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Thursday February 4

15:37
Apple Says U.S. Supreme Court Should Reject Samsung...

In December, Samsung asked the United States Supreme Court to hear a final appeal in its ongoing patent battle with Apple, which would potentially nullify a $548 million settlement awarded to Apple. In a lengthy document filed with the court this afternoon (via Foss Patents), Apple urges the Supreme Court to deny Samsung's request, accusing the company of raising issues that do not "deserve review" in an effort to prolong court proceedings.

Samsung has claimed that the jury did not adequately understand the patents in question because members weren't provided with enough explanation by the court. The South Korean company has also suggested the case has wider implications that could encourage design patent trolls...

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15:31
Rumor: Apple interested in digital nights for NFL ‘...

The National Football League is shopping digital rights for “Thursday Night Football” games — and Apple, Amazon, Google, and Verizon’s Go90 are among those interested, reports Variety,  quoting unnamed “industry sources.”

The NFL announced two-year TV broadcast deals with CBS and NBC on Monday to divvy up the Thursday matches, with each network securing rights to five. Now the league is “in active discussions with prospective digital partners” for global over-the-top streaming rights to the same games. The NFL didn’t say what companies those were, but “multiple sources” tell Variety that Apple, Amazon, Google, and Verizon are among the players expected to put in bids for the marquee property.

Last month Reuters, quoting...

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15:16
A huge X-ray system is scanning entire trucks at...

A massive truck-based X-ray system and 32-mile ban on drones are two of the security measures in place for Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara.

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15:10
AWT News Update: February 4, 2016

It's a short and sweet podcast today, covering some news about an Apple "all-hands meeting" that was held after the earnings call last week. Key points include:

  • Apple expects to start moving employees into Apple Campus 2 in January of 2017
  • The company will now provide paid leave for caring for an ill family member
  • All metals used in the products since early 2015 are either certified as conflict-free or as coming from smelters that are in the process of being certified.
  • Tim Cook sees potential for continued growth and sales of iPhone

Text is below. No video simulcast of the recording was made today.

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for February 4, 2016. Our sponsor...

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15:05
Apple again rumored to bid on NFL streaming...

Apple, Google, Amazon and Verizon might soon be locked in a bidding war for rights to stream NFL's "Thursday Night Football," as a report on Thursday says each company is seeking favor as the league's Internet content partner.

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14:43
∞ Finding new music with Apple Music

I’ve been very vocal about the problems I’ve had with Apple Music since it was released, but the service has improved quite a bit over the last couple of months, so I should be just as vocal about that. One of the more significant improvements I’ve found is with Apple’s built-in radio stations. In fact, it’s changed how I listen to music. [...]

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14:30
Why Apple’s Time Machine Utterly Fails User Needs

Apple's Time Machine backup system was born in a time when Apple realized that customers weren't routinely backing up their Macs. So a simple, stopgap system, with some novel features, was devised for the novice user. Unfortunately, over the years, the app hasn't progressed and kept pace with modern user needs. Today, most every tech writer says: Use it, but don't trust it completely. This is unfortunate.


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14:17
Pay What You Want: Leawo Media-Pro Mac Bundle

Check out the Leawo Media-Pro Mac Bundle, a collection of five Mac apps to help you manage your media. Clean up your song files, rip DVDs, convert DVDs, and more. This is one of our pay-what-you-want deals, too. Pay anything, and you'll get Music Recorder for Mac. Beat the average price-$9.18 as of this writing-and you'll get all five apps. Make the leaderboard at any time during the deal's run, and you'll get an entry into a drawing, and 10 percent of the profit goes to Save the Children. Cool, eh?


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14:08
Opinion: How Apple Pay has changed in year one, and...

We learned this week that Apple Pay has reached a new milestone with 2 million locations accepting the iPhone and Apple Watch-based mobile wallet. This an impressive climb for the service that launched with just over 220,000 locations on board in fall 2014, but what does it look like in everyday use and what’s next for Apple Pay?

For me personally, the Apple Pay rollout was pretty smooth starting in October 2014. I already had an iPhone 6 so I updated the software that turned on Apple Pay and was able to add my debit card. Luckily I already banked with one of the handful of major partners signed up so I could start paying with my iPhone from day one; Apple has since added nearly 1,000...

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14:07
Airplane!’s creators reveal the origins of “Don’t...

Vulture:

There are few movies as quotable as the 1980 disaster-movie parody Airplane! — and of the movie’s many memorable gags, arguably the most enduring is the moment when reluctant pilot Ted Striker (Robert Hays) tells Dr. Rumack (Leslie Nielsen), “Surely you can’t be serious,” and Rumack replies, “I am serious — and don’t call me Shirley.”

As part of our weeklong 100 Jokes That Shaped Comedy series, we dug into the origins and execution of that exchange — as well as the overall comedic mechanics of Airplane! — with the trio who wrote and directed the film, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker.

Airplane! is one of the funniest, silliest movies I’ve ever seen, and as enjoyable now as when I first saw it as a kid. I remember hearing that line for the first time and using it in real life millions of times since. One of the funniest lines ever uttered in a movie.

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14:04
Apple TV gains Siri + universal search for Fox Now,...

When Apple initially announced the fourth-generation Apple TV, the company made a point to focus on a new feature called universal search. This capability allows users to perform a single search using Siri or the Search app and see content across multiple channels. Until today, the feature was limited to Netflix, iTunes, Hulu, PBS, PBS Kids, Showtime, Showtime Anytime, HBO Go and HBO Now, but now, three new apps have gained support for universal search: Nat Geo TV, Fox Now, and FXNow.

With support for universal search having been added to these apps, their content will now appear in search results done using the Siri or Search app interfaces. For instance, if you say “Siri, show me The Simpsons,” Fox Now and FXNow are now listed as...

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14:01
Apple integrates Fox Now, FX Now and Nat Geo TV into...

After integrating PBS and PBS Kids into tvOS universal search last month, Apple on Thursday expanded the deep linking feature to include content sources Fox Now, FX Now and Nat Geo TV.

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13:53
Google to Put Self-Driving Cars Through Rainy-Day...


Google on Wednesday announced that it has chosen Kirkland, Washington, as the next location to test its self-driving cars. It picked Kirkland as the third test city to give the cars more experience driving in new environments, traffic patterns and road conditions, the company said. Google has conducted testing mainly at or near its campus in Mountain View, California. Last year it expanded to Austin, Texas. Its self-driving cars have racked up 1.4 million miles, the company said, adding that people in Kirkland soon may be able to catch a glimpse of the latest test vehicle, a Lexus RX450h.

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13:45
Notable apps and app updates for February 4, 2016

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

OS X apps/updates

One of my favorite OS X apps just got better. Day One, the journaling app that has been out for five years now on both OS X and iOS, has been upgraded to an all-new product called Day One 2: Journal + Notes (US$39.99, introductory price of $19.99). The new app lets you create multiple journals, add multiple photos per entry, and syncs through the various versions on different devices through a free sync service that is incredibly fast. There are now list, photo, map and calendar views; the map view can be powerful in following up on trip journals. There's still a classic version, but if you're...

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13:31
Apple expands universal search on the Apple TV

Universal search, which allows users to find content across multiple apps and services using text or Siri voice search, has expanded for the fourth generation Apple TV, according to MacRumors.

When it debuted, universal search only worked with iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and Showtime, but Apple promised to expand the feature. MacRumors says Apple has lived up to its word. It’s been expanded to cover FOX NOW, FXNOW, and National Geographic. Apple also expanded universal search to include PBS and PBS Kids in January.

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13:24
Apple TV Universal Search Feature Expands to FOX NOW...

Universal search, which allows users to find content across multiple apps and services using text or Siri voice search, is one of the most useful features on the new fourth-generation Apple TV. At launch, universal search worked with iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and Showtime, but Apple promised to expand the feature to include additional content sources over time.

Apple has made good on that promise. As of today, searching for content on the Apple TV will encompass the aforementioned apps along with FOX NOW, FXNOW, and National Geographic. Apple also expanded universal search to include PBS and PBS Kids in January.

Apple maintains a full list of apps that are included in the Apple TV's universal search feature in a dedicated support document. The new channels aren't listed yet,...

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13:10
Apple CEO hints at more cross-platform services,...

Speaking at a recent internal "town hall" event, Apple CEO Tim Cook hinted that services beyond Apple Music might soon make the leap to additional platforms, like Android.

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13:09
Rumor: Apple to offer upgraded iPhone trade-in...

According to 9to5Mac, Apple plans to offer an upgraded iPhone trade-in program for iPhones with damaged screens, cameras, or buttons, and a program that allows Apple Retail Stores to install screen protectors on iPhones.

Currently, the Apple Store Reuse and Recycle iPhone trade-in program lets you bring in an older iPhone and trade it in for credit toward the purchase of a new model. However, iPhones with cracked displays, or broken cameras and buttons need not apply. That may be about to change.

9to5Mac says that, starting this week, the updated program will allow Apple Stores to give credit for iPhone 5s and iPhone 6/6 Plus units with damaged displays, cameras, and buttons within reason. Apple believes that this new program will encourage new iPhone upgrades versus a standard iPhone screen repair, the article...

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13:09
News: Apple to begin taking broken iPhones for trade...

Apple is planning to launch two new retail initiatives for iPhone users, according to a new report by 9to5Mac. The first is an enhancement to the company’s Reuse and Recycle Program that it launched two years ago, allowing customers to bring in an older iPhone model to trade it in and receive credit toward the purchase of a new iPhone. Starting this week, in addition to working iPhone models, Apple will now begin accepting iPhone 5s, iPhone…

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13:06
PCWorld Show Episode 2: VAIO's New Windows Phone

PCWorld's Gordon Mah Ung, Florence Ion and Jon Phillips discuss the significance of the new Windows Phone release from VAIO.

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12:55
3 ways to drive business decisions using the new...

With the release of Office 2016, we unveiled a set of highly anticipated new charts to give you more ways to explore data and tell rich stories across Excel, Word and PowerPoint. The Waterfall, Histogram, Box & Whisker, Pareto, Treemap and Sunburst are six examples of powerful new charts that help you quickly visualize common financial, statistical and hierarchical data.

Below are just a few ways these new charts speed up your analysis and expand the ways you drive business decisions. We also share a sneak peek at the Funnel chart, coming soon to Office 365 subscribers.

Quickly visualize gains and losses

Most business owners seek to better understand their finances to ensure their success. However, understanding and communicating your gains, losses and balances by viewing financial statements can be challenging. With the Waterfall chart, you can quickly illustrate the line items...

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12:52
Review: Edifier MP700 Rave Portable Bluetooth Speaker

MP700 Rave ($230) is a new portable Bluetooth speaker from Edifier with a distinctive aluminum handle and grill. For a Bluetooth speaker, MP700 Rave is mid-range in both size and price. Edifier packed two 70mm drivers, two 19mm tweeters, and three passive radiators into MP700 Rave for a total power output of 36W. The speaker uses Bluetooth 4.0, aptX, and DSP electronic frequency control, and it's also splashproof and dustproof. Edifier claims MP700 Rave can get up to 8 hours of use — unfortunately, there's no battery level on the speaker itself, or any battery indicator on the iPhone during play. MP700 Rave ships with an audio cable, and an AC adapter for recharging the speaker.{/exp:char_limit}
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12:35
Tim Cook Talks iPhone Sales, Apple TV, Campus 2, and...

Following Apple's first quarter earnings report, Apple executives hosted a Town Hall meeting with Apple employees to answer questions and to divulge a few details about the company's future plans. 9to5Mac has shared highlights of what was covered at the event. While much of what was said was reiterating information that was shared during the earnings call, there are a few tidbits worth noting.

When it comes to the iPhone and the rumor that Apple has perhaps reached "peak iPhone," Cook said the device is the "greatest business of the future" with growth potential in key emerging markets like India and China. He said Apple does not need to launch a less expensive device with pared-down features to entice buyers in these markets, as research suggests people will spend more for a better experience. These comments...

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12:34
Patent application hints at greater use,...

This could lead to something interesting.

A recently published patent application describes how the Touch ID home button could gain additional functionality, allowing it to perform different actions in response to different fingerprints, as well as adding pressure sensors to provide it with 3D Touch type functionality.

The patent hints at how it might allow different fingerprints to access a device, but restrict their access to particular apps and for a limited time. The obvious application here would be allowing a child to use only specific apps and/or limit the time they are allowed to use a device.

A previous Apple patent described how a specific finger could be used to activate a ‘panic button’ feature.

Pressure sensors could also determine...

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12:32
Apple Music quietly launches for users in Turkey

Since first launching its new Apple Music subscription streaming service for users last June, and bringing it to China in September, Apple has been slowly bringing it to more countries behind the scenes. Today, Turkey is the latest to get access as the service quietly launches for users in the country.

Local blog macReports got word from Apple about the official launch and the company’s local website in the country is also now advertising the service. Apple Music in Turkey is available for 9.99 TL per month...

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12:09
Apple launching new broken iPhone upgrade, screen...

Apple is gearing up to launch a pair of new retail initiatives centered around the iPhone: an upgraded iPhone trade-in program for iPhones with damaged screens, cameras, or buttons, and a new program that allows Apple Retail Stores to install screen protectors on iPhones.

The Apple Store Reuse and Recycle iPhone trade-in program currently allows a customer to bring in an older iPhone model and trade it in for credit toward the purchase of a new iPhone model. The main exception since the launch of the program is that this does not apply toward older iPhones with cracked displays, or broken cameras and buttons. That’s about to change …

Starting this week, the updated program will allow Apple Stores to give credit for iPhone 5s and iPhone 6/6 Plus units with damaged displays, cameras, and buttons within reason. Apple...

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12:04
Nearly One-Third of iPhone Users Still Have 4-Inch...

The latest data from Mixpanel shows that approximately 32.22% of active iPhone users still have a 4-inch screen. That is the same screen size as the so-called "iPhone 5se" that Apple is expected to announce at its rumored March 15 event.

Apple has released three iPhone models with 4-inch screens since 2013, including the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, and iPhone 5s, and some customers still feel these smartphones have the best screen size for pocketability and one-handed usage.

Apple's newest 4-inch smartphone, the iPhone 5s, represented just under 20 percent of current iPhones in use, trailed by the iPhone 5 at 7.53 percent and the plastic-backed iPhone 5c at 5.66 percent. The numbers fluctuate slightly in real time.

In the company's latest...

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12:04
Apple Pay is Charging into 2016 with Two Million...

A new BloombergBusiness report noted that Apple has said that its mobile-payment service is now available in more than 2 million retail locations, with merchants such as Crate & Barrel, ...

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12:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Meet HEX's latest...

...plus, a variety of other wallet cases, and more

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases features a new wallet case and look from HEX. Plus, a case that glows in the dark. Read on!

Belkin

The Slim-Fit Plus (iPhone 6/6s; $35) is a stretchy neoprene armband, which should provide a snug and comfortable fit while you work out.

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11:55
Bretford previews new MacBook, iPad charging carts

Brentford Manufacturing (http://apple.bretford.com) has previewed three new MacBook and iPad charging carts. The Mobility MiX, PureCharge MiX, and PowerSync MiX carts are designed with the Bretford MiX Module System,which offers customizable modules that can be continually modified or replaced to accommodate future devices.

The MiX Module System is removable, adjustable, and reconfigurable. As device and power needs change, simply swap out or add a MiX Module. Modules, shelf heights, and slot sizes can continually change and evolve without the need to replace the entire cart.

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11:54
Tim Cook holds company-wide Town Hall, talks iPhone...

In the days following Apple’s record Q1 earnings announcements, Apple CEO Tim Cook and other top Apple executives held a Town Hall meeting at the Infinite Loop headquarters in Cupertino to reveal new announcements and take attendee questions.

Multiple sources in attendance at the event said that Cook as well as newly appointed Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams each spoke and made announcements and teases related to new employee benefits, future iPad growth, Apple Watch sales, future retail stores in China, Apple Campus 2, and the future product pipeline.

Cook also fielded questions from the audience, attempting to reduce concerns related to the company’s iPhone dependence, discussing porting more Apple services to Android, growth in India, and releasing cheaper iPhones to appease growing markets...

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11:49
comScore: Apple was the top smartphone manufacturer...

comScore has released new data reporting key trends in the U.S. smartphone industry for December 2015. Apple ranked as the top smartphone manufacturer with 42.9% OEM [original equipment manufacturer] market share, while Google Android led as the number one smartphone platform with 53.3% platform market share. 

According to comScore, whose Mobile Metrix provides mobile audience measurement across smartphones and tablets, 197.4 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones  during the three months ending in December. As mentioned pple ranked as the top OEM with 42.9% of U.S. smartphone subscribers. Samsung ranked second with 28.4% market share, followed by LG with 9.9%, Motorola with 5.3%, and HTC with 3.3%.

Android ranked as the top smartphone platform in December with 53.3%, followed by Apple with 42.9%, Microsoft with 2.9%,and BlackBerry...

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11:46
Rugged Turing Phone to Run on Sailfish OS, Not...


Turing Robotic Industries this week announced that it has uninstalled Google's Android mobile platform in favor of Jolla's Sailfish OS in its yet-to-appear secure smartphone. The Turing Phone, molded from a single unit of the Liquidmorphium liquid-metal alloy, is designed to be more durable to absorb shocks and prevent screen breakage. Preorder pricing ranges from $610 for the 16-GB version to $870 for the 128-GB model. TRI started taking preorders for the smartphone last year.

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11:46
Instagram rolling out multiple account support to...

A little over two months ago our sister site 9to5Google reported that Instagram was releasing multiple account support for its Android app, and it now appears it will be coming to iOS too. The feature is not currently available to all users, but there are reports that many are already seeing it enabled. Multiple users are reporting to Latergramme that the option is now visible for them under the Options menu view.

With this long-awaited feature being integrated into the...

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11:45
TMO Daily Observations 2016-02-04: Apple’s Hacker...

Apple bought the security research company behind the Thunderstrike 2 Mac exploit. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at Apple's commitment to software and hardware security, and how putting the people who find exploits on its payroll plays into that. They also look at Foxconn's winning bid to buy Sharp.


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11:35
Sharp Ready for Foxconn Buyout

Sharp is about to have a new owner, and instead of Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, it's going to be Foxconn-the same company that builds iPhones for Apple. Taiwan-based Foxconn's US$5.3 billion bid was about double what INCJ was offering, and seems to have been enough to overcome Japan's stigma of foreign investors.


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11:35
Apple Pay is now accepted in 2 million locations,...

International expansion has paid well for Apple Pay.

According to Bloomberg, Apple Pay is now accepted in more than 2 million retail locations around the world, with more retailers—like Crate & Barrel, Chick-fil-A, and Au Bon Pain—planning to incorporate Apple’s mobile payment system soon.

Originally, Apple wanted to expand Apple Pay to 1.5 million retail locations worldwide by the end of 2015. In addition to surpassing that goal, Apple also saw in-app Apple Pay purchases more than double in the last six months of 2015. That statistic is likely attributed to the growing number of online retailers offering Apple Pay during checkout.

To read this article in full or to...

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11:09
Here’s which smartphone apps have the most usage on...

comScore today has shared its monthly report on both smartphone and app marketshare. The data released today reflects the three-month average ending in December of 2015. The report breaks down the top smartphone platforms, manufacturers, and perhaps most interestingly, the most popular apps…

As you can see in the chart below, Facebook remains the most used app on smartphones, reaching 76.8 percent of all smartphone users that are 18 or older. Facebook Messenger comes in second place with 62.5 percent, while...

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10:58
Microsoft's Bing & Cortana apps for iPhone...

Microsoft on Thursday updated two of its iPhone apps -- Cortana and Bing Search -- with support for 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, along with a number of other new upgrades.

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10:21
Summon your Tesla Model S using only your Apple...

Last month Tesla released its latest ‘Autopilot’ update (v7.1), which we covered intensively on Electrek, but if you are not up-to-date with Tesla’s latest software, the Model S’ Autopilot now includes a new feature called ‘Summon’, which allows Tesla owners to remotely move their vehicle without anyone in it.

At the moment, it is primarily used to get the Model S in and out of a garage easily, but in the future, Tesla CEO Elon Musk says you will be able to summon your car from across the country and it will come meet you while charging at Tesla Superchargers along the way....

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10:13
News: Apple ordered to pay $625M to VirnetX in...

Apple has been ordered to pay $625.6 million in damages to patent-holding company VirnetX over its FaceTime and VPN patents, CNET reports. This latest lawsuit is a retrial of a 2012 award where Apple was ordered to pay $368.2 million; an appeals court dismissed that damage award against Apple and ordered a new trial for some of the infringement claims. VirnetX refiled the suit in January, covering these earlier infringement claims as well as infringements…

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10:12
Apple Deals: $100 off 13" MacBook Airs with 8GB...

AI readers this week can save $370-$440 on Apple's most popular 15" MacBook Pros with 3 years of AppleCare included, plus a free AIO AirPrint photo printer, free shipping, and no tax in 48 states. Also, $100 off select 13" MacBook Airs, or $100+ off all 13" MacBook Airs with AppleCare plus a free Apple Super Drive.

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09:53
Notarize app turns your iPhone into a convenient,...

For anyone who knows the pain of having to look for a public notary, you may be interested in the new Notarize app that just hit the App Store today. Users can actually get documents legally notarized conveniently from the iPhone. Here’s how it works:

Thanks to a law passed in 2011 by the state of Virginia, certified Virginian notaries can complete remote notarization using live video calls. Notarize takes advantage of this and other related laws to create a seamless notarization process. Without having to search for or wait in lines for public notaries, users can quickly notarize documents from anywhere with an iPhone and an Internet connection.

Here’s how Notarize explains it...

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09:44
Spotify gives Amazon Echo a dose of on-demand music

Amazon Echo is going back to its music streaming roots with Spotify support.

The connected speaker can now tap into Spotify’s 30 million songs through voice commands. For instance, users can say “Alexa, play Pearl Jam from Spotify,” or “Alexa, play Afternoon Acoustic from Spotify.”

Voice commands should work with any song, artist, album, or playlist, provided users have signed into Spotify through Amazon’s Alexa companion smartphone app. Echo also supports Spotify Connect, allowing a phone or tablet to serve as the remote control while music plays through the speaker.

There’s just one catch: Listening through Amazon Echo requires a $10 per month Spotify Premium subscription. This isn’t a huge surprise given that Spotify also requires a subscription for some other home entertainment devices, such as Chromecast Audio and...

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09:30
The Narrative Clip 2: A cautionary tale of why you...

Image via GetNarrative.com, since I obviously don't have the camera in hand...

I have a problem - I like to pre-order tech devices and back crowdfunding projects, and then I wait for a long time for this stuff to ship. My most recent frustration is with the Narrative Clip 2. The Narrative Clip 2 is the second generation of a tiny lifelogging camera that clips onto your clothing and then takes photos or videos without a need to remember to press a shutter button. I liked the first Narrative Clip -- although my wife told me to "take that damned thing off" when she realized it was taking photos of her all the time -- and when the improved second version was announced last year I decided it was time to revisit the Clip. My order was made on May 27, 2015, and as of today, it still hasn't shipped.

Now I have to admit that the team in Sweden that's working on the Narrative Clip 2 is doing some pretty amazing...

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08:59
Google Chrome will flag deceptive download buttons...

Google is taking another aggressive step towards correcting deceptive practices on the web.

The company recently announced Chrome will throw up a warning page if it detects a user heading to a webpage with deceptive download buttons attached to an ad. The new warning is in line with the company’s social engineering policy announced in November, Google said in a blog post.

Google

An example of a deceptive download button contained in an ad.

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08:58
Hands-on with CarPlay on the new Chevy Volt’s 8-inch...

Earlier this year at CES, Seth and I had the opportunity to test drive the new Chevy Volt hybrid (okay, I actually just held the camera in the back seat) which has one of the best CarPlay screen we’ve seen yet. Check out our hands-on experience with the Volt’s very nice display from our test drive below …

You can read more about the second-gen Chevy Volt at Electrek, but the takeaway for the purpose of this piece is that the quality of the display in the car can really make or break the CarPlay experience.

The Volt uses an 8-inch capacitive touch display, which is only slightly larger than an iPad mini and bigger than either of my aftermarket CarPlay displays. The bottom line is that bigger is better, and avoid resistive...

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08:50
Apple adds new data for 20 locations to Apple Maps

It never hurts when a new clump of data is added to the Apple Maps database.

On Wednesday, Apple announced that 3D Flyover, traffic and point of interest data had been added for 20 locations to its in-house mapping solution, including popular locales like the Virgin Islands and Taiwan.

The company listed the following locations:

– Adelaide, Australia

– Amiens, France

– Berne, Switzerland

– Bremen, Germany

– Columbus, OH

– Dresden, Germany

– Eindhoven, Netherlands

– Johannesburg, South Africa

– La Rochelle, France

– Louisville, KY

– Middlesbrough, UK

– Nantes, France

– Salzburg, Austria

– South Bend, IN

– Springfield, MO

– Taormina, Italy

– Toulouse, France

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08:40
A Revolving Verdict against Apple in Patent...

In November 2012 Apple lost their FaceTime patent lawsuit to VirnetX who was awarded $368.2 million. Apple appealed and ...

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08:39
iTunes, App Store, & Apple TV services hit by...

The iTunes Store, the iOS and Mac App Stores, and even the Apple TV were among services affected by a midday outage on Thursday, leaving some people unable to reach them or make purchases. [Updated]

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08:30
Why your Facebook News Feed is filled with Friends...

When you sign in to Facebook this morning, you’ll be greeted by a strange message: “Happy Friends Day!” If you’re wondering what Friends Day is, don’t worry—you haven’t missed out on celebrating this important holiday for your entire life. It’s a social media holiday that Facebook just invented to celebrate its 12th birthday.

Facebook

But you can join in on the pseudo-holiday fun. Facebook is creating personalized videos for every user, stitching together several photos of you and your friends so you can reflect on how great your relationships are. Or, in my case, wonder why on earth Facebook’s algorithm would choose such awful photos.

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08:20
Apple Pay now supported at approximately two million...

It’s hard to laugh at two million points of sale.

Apple’s Apple Pay mobile payment solution is now supported at approximately two million locations around the world. In addition to revealing that 2 million locations now support the service, a Bloomberg article also says that Chick-Fil-A, Crate & Barrel, and Au Bon Pain will also start rolling out support for the service soon.

In the past, Chick-Fil-A has experimented with a QR-based solution for mobile payments, but that effort has ultimately flopped according to employees. The company also recently revamped its app, but it’s unclear if the app too will gain support for Apple Pay, or if the rollout is limited to physical locations.

Online retailer Zappos has also stated that...

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08:01
The ticking time bomb of Parse shutting down

What happens to apps that are dependent on Parse when Parse shuts off its service for good? There are a LOT of apps in this category.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:54
App Store and iTunes Experiencing Issues for Many...

Apple has updated its System Status page to reflect that many users may be unable to access, purchase, or update apps on the App Store on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Multiple other iCloud services are or were also experiencing downtime, including the iTunes Store, iBooks Store, iCloud Drive, and iWork for iCloud.

The issues began shortly before 7:00 a.m. Pacific and appear to be widespread, affecting customers in the United States, Canada, Europe, and elsewhere, according to social media posts. Apple TV services and Apple's Volume Purchase Program are also affected by the service issues.

Update (9:10 a.m. Pacific): Apple's System Status page shows that the App Store, iTunes, and other iCloud services have been restored.

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07:54
Bing Search for iPhone gets barcode scanner w/ price...

Users of the Bing app for iPhone are getting some welcomed improvements today with the latest update bringing a new barcode scanner with price comparison functionality and a new deal finder feature.

With the barcode scanner, Bing notes on its blog that it will use scanned barcodes to automatically search its database and “return prices and customer ratings from major retailers, including Amazon, Walmart, Target, and others.”

For iPhone 6s and 6s+ users, the barcode scanner can quickly be accessed using new 3D Touch quick actions with a firm press of Bing app icon. Also available in quick actions is access to...

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07:50
Banned by Tesla!

Really, Tesla? You cancelled his car order? Both sides should be embarrassed by this back and forth.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:49
Apple Revisits a Key Flexible Display Invention that...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published continuation patent application 20160033994 from Apple. This particular patent application originally ignited the excitement behind the idea of a future iWatch.

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07:47
iTunes, App Store, and other services experiencing...

A list of App Store and iTunes services are currently down preventing users from processing downloads, making purchases or in some cases even streaming their music from iTunes in the Cloud. Apple’s system status currently (as of 10:52AM EST) lists App Store, Apple TV, iBooks Store, iTunes in the Cloud, iTunes Match, iTunes Store, Mac App Store, and the Volume Purchase Program as potentially being unavailable for some users.

The detailed timeline listed at the bottom of the page describes that in regards to all store services, some users are affected and have been since a little before 10AM EST. It also appears that multiple...

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07:42
Apple ordered to pay $625M in revived VirnetX patent...

Given that this is a retrial, can Apple appeal this verdict?

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07:36
Sharp leaning towards Foxconn takeover, but with no...

Sharp is indeed leaning towards a takeover by Apple's main manufactuing partner, Foxconn, but no exclusive negotiating rights have been offered, the company's CEO announced at a Thursday press conference.

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07:29
News: Apple Pay reaches 2 million retail locations

Apple Pay is now available in more than two million retail locations, The Business Times reports. In addition, new merchants such as Crate & Barrel, Chick-fil-A, and Au Bon Pain have begun rolling out Apple Pay in their stores. Last year, Apple set a goal to make Apple Pay available in 1.5 million locations by the end of 2015, and not only has the company exceeded that goal, but Apple notes the volume of in-app purchases using Apple Pay have more…

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07:27
USB Type-C cable so bad it fries Google engineer’s...

What’s interesting about this is the possibility that a bad USB-C cable can fry a laptop.

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07:22
Rethinking the value of the iPad Pro and Surface Pro

Tim Bajarin weighs in with his thoughts on using the iPad Pro as his primary computer.

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07:13
Five Original Apple Watch Interface Patents Surface...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a series of five patent applications from Apple that are primarily related to the Apple Watch. The entire series of applications are identically titled "Context-Specific User Interfaces" and presents current and future ideas.

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07:08
GoPro works to stem losses with 'connected and...

Facing increasingly fierce competition in the industry it helped create, GoPro this week announced plans to simplify its product line and innovate on usability, with what CEO Nick Woodman called "the most connected and convenient GoPro we have ever made."

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06:23
Apple Pay Now in 2 Million Retailers

The number of retailers accepting Apple Pay is still climbing and has hit the 2 million mark. Au Bon Pain, Chick-fil-A, Create & Barrel, and Zappos are among the latest to get on board with Apple's wireless mobile payment system, and more are on the way.

The Mac Observer Spin: More retailers on board means more opportunities for iPhone and Apple Watch owners to use Apple Pay. It's easy to use, and far more secure than the magnetic stripes on credit cards. It's a little frustrating that more stores aren't supporting NFC payment systems.


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06:20
Apple discourages Supreme Court from hearing Samsung...

Apple this week attempted to dissuade the U.S. Supreme Court from hearing Samsung's request for review in their ongoing patent infringement dispute, with Apple telling the highest court in America that the $548 million settlement does not deserve review.

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Pay What You Want Leawo Media-Pro...

In today’s iLounge Deals you can get a collection of five handy media apps in the Pay What You Want Leawo Media-Pro Mac Bundle. Pay whatever you want for Music Recorder for Mac, and if you beat the average price you’ll receive the complete set of all five apps, including Tunes Cleaner for Mac, YouTube Downloader for Mac, Video Converter for Mac, and DVD Ripper for Mac. Best of all, 10% of the profits from your purchase will go toward Save…

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05:00
Update Existing SQL Records Using the UPDATE...

Previously we looked at finding data in a SQL database and The UPDATE statement is used to update records in a table. You can also use the UPDATE statement to update existing records in a table. When using the SQL UPDATE statement, we’ll also use the WHERE clause, as we used previously to constrain output of a SELECT statement. The WHERE locates the record(s) to be updated with syntax as follows:

UPDATE table
SET column=value,column=value,...
WHERE column=value;

The WHERE clause indicates the record(s) to update. I’ve forgotten to put it in in the past and updated every record of a database. That’s bad (unless you mean to do it). So let’s run a SELECT on our sample database from earlier, so we can see the “Customers” table from our first article:

ID Site Contact Address City Zip Country
1 Krypted Charles Edge my house Minneapolis 55418 US
2 Apple Tim Cook spaceship Cupertino 95014 US
3 Microsoft Satya Nadella campus Redmond 98053...

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05:00
Holster up, partner, with this LD West iPhone case

iPhones don't always fit well (or at all) in a pocket, especially the big ol’ iPhone 6 Plus, which I use. This means you’ll need either a case that clips onto your belt or a holster case.

Yep, a holster case, similar to one used for packing a side arm. LD West ’s $120 Original LD West Holster is a fine example of this, though it’s not for everyone. I like it when I’m wearing a jacket or my outdoor work clothes, but it looks kinda silly when I’m wearing a T-shirt and short pants.

Available in different hues, the Original LD West Holster offers quick and easy access to your iPhone. I thought I might find the holster case uncomfortable to wear for a long time, but it was surprisingly comfortable. The straps adjust to fit just about anyone. However, I found it a bit tricky to assemble the Original LD West Holster. Thankfully, you can view a helpful instructional video on how to do this...

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05:00
Apple Pencils In March 15 for 4-Inch iPhone Launch


Apple is planning an event to unveil a refresh of its iPhone 5s and its Apple Watch, as well as to introduce a new version of its iPad Air, according to a Tuesday report. However, the event date could change, or the company could opt for an online announcement. The 4-inch Phone 5se reportedly will look similar to the 5s and sell at the same price point -- $450 -- but it will have a faster processor, Apple's A9 chip and support for Apple Pay.

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04:50
Kool Tools: BBEdit 11.5

Bare Bones Software’s (www.barebones.com) BBEdit 11.5, an update to its professional strength HTML and text editor, provides several performance improvements, refinements to fit and finish, and changes to streamline workflow in specific areas, such as Find Differences.

In all, this new version includes more than one hundred and sixty new features, changes to existing features, and fixes for specific reported issues. Version 11.5requires Mac OS X 10.9.5 or later, and is fully compatible with OS X El Capitan.

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04:28
Rising number of smart homes will drive the global...

The global connected device market is set to reach $6.2 million by 2020, growing at a compound annual growth rate of over 10%, according to new data from the Technavio (www.technavio.com) research group.

In 2015, the Americas was the largest market for connected devices, accounting for almost 46% of the overall market share. Technavio’s report states that rapid advances in technology and changing consumer preferences regarding the use of electronic devices are the main factors contributing to market growth in this region.

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04:19
Apple Inventions Reveal Original 3D Touch System...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a pair of patent applications from Apple relating to next-generation force and/or 3D Touch. One involves a new touch force deflection sensor system ...

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04:18
Apple Pay Coming Soon to Crate & Barrel, Chick-...

Apple Pay is now available at more than 2 million retail locations, with merchants such as Crate & Barrel, Chick-fil-A and Au Bon Pain set to accept the system in stores imminently, reports The Business Times.

Online clothing retailer Zappos.com also added Apple Pay to its iPhone and iPad apps on Tuesday, following a number of requests from customers to use the feature.

The announcement by Apple comes alongside news that the mobile payment service exceeded the company's goal to make it available at 1.5 million locations by the end of 2015. In-app purchases using the service also more than doubled in the last six months of 2015 compared with the first half, says the company.

Despite the upbeat announcement, Apple still has work to convince U.S. customers to use Apple Pay at retail stores. According to a survey by consumer researcher...

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04:12
Ableton Link is now available in Live

Ableton has announced that Link, its new technology for playing in time together, is now available in Live 9.6, a free update to Live 9.

Link synchronizes beat, phase, and tempo of Live and Link-enabled iOS apps over a wireless or ethernet connection. It works between several instances of Live, with Live and iOS apps, or even without Live in your setup.

Live 9.6 is a free update for Live 9 users. Link is also now available in a number of iOS apps. Go to the Ableton website (www.ableton.com) for details.

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04:01
CoverMe announces private cloud storage service

CoverMe, Inc. has announced a new CoverMe Private Cloud Storage service, which works together with their CoverMe App iOS 2.5 to provide backup of your private, confidential data.

People have often asked if they lose their phone can they recover their photos? If they change their mobile phone, can the contacts list and data be transferred to their new phone? The new CoverMe Private Cloud Storage provides the solution to these questions, creating a place to store your personal data.

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03:25
The 3 technologies retailers need to succeed

Retailers looking to grow in a fast-changing industry need to focus on three main technologies. Computerworld's Sharon Gaudin -- just back from the National Retail Federation's Big Show -- and Executive News Editor Ken Mingis have the details.

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03:00
Mingis on Tech: Mac guy becomes a Dell dude;...

Dell's XPS 15 9550 Touch laptop wins kudos from Computerworld Editor in Chief Scot Finnie. And what about those reports that Apple's iPhone may soon get wireless charging capabilities?

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01:52
Apple invention hints at force-sensitive Touch ID...

An Apple patent filing published on Thursday suggests future iPhones and iPads might sport force-sensing Touch ID home buttons that rely on technology similar to iPhone 6s' 3D Touch system.

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01:11
Patent Troll VirnetX Awarded $626M In Damages From...

Tackhead writes: Having won a $200M judgement against Microsoft in 2010, lost a $258M appeal against Cisco in 2013, and having beaten Apple for $368M in 2012, only to see the verdict overturned in 2014, patent troll VirnetX is back in the news, having been awarded $626M in damages arising from the 2012 Facetime patent infringement case against Apple.


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Wednesday February 3

23:07
Suede protector products can be purchased from...

Forums: Hardware

Cleaning Suede Fabric jackets and accessories should be tackled in much the same way as cleaning suede boots and shoes, but there are some slight differences in the methods and the suede cleaners.

Suede protector products can be purchased from stores and most shoe shops. They act as a barrier against dirt and water stains. It’s best to apply protector when you first get your suede boots or jackets home, and again after each clean. Keep in mind, however, that although these products reduce dirt build up, they don’t prevent it altogether.

If you’re packing up your suede to take on a trip, don’t try to transport it in plastic bags, or any other form of non-breathable material that will cause the suede to sweat. Instead, use a cotton tote bag, or even an old pillowcase.

Suede is a much softer and...

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22:54
The biggest plus of a modular home from Chian

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: container housesentry boxmodular homehzxiaoya

The biggest plus of a modular home is likely its energy efficiency. Believe it or not, because pre-fabricated Container Houses are constructed indoors, totally within a factory setting, they are made with materials that never endure weather damage. This cuts down on drywall warping and mold damage. Also the manufacturer is able to insulate a modular...

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22:35
Apple Pay accepted at more than 2M locations, coming...

As of Thursday, iPhone and Apple Watch owners can use their devices to complete Apple Pay transactions at more than two million retail locations, Apple says, with chains like Chik-fil-A expected to add compatibility soon.

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21:14
shaiya gold Weekend said the extradition

Forums: HardwareTags: shaiya gold

Trinidad Lawyer Common Faris Al Rawi on shaiya gold Weekend said the extradition situation could proceed, and on Weekend a magistrate will choose whether or not to discharge the demand by the US.

Warner's defense is challenging Monday's choice, noting that Al Rawi's authorisation was finalized Five times after a due date set by a lawful assess.
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20:47
Apple Pay now accepted at 2M locations, rolling out...

Bloomberg reports today that Apple’s mobile payments solution Apple Pay is now supported at 2 million locations around the world. In addition to revealing that 2 million locations now support the service, the report also says that Chick-Fil-A, Crate & Barrel, and Au Bon Pain will also start rolling out support for the service soon.

In the past, Chick-Fil-A has experimented with a QR-based solution for mobile payments, but that effort has ultimately flopped according to employees. The company also recently revamped its app, but it’s unclear if the app too will gain support for Apple Pay, or if the rollout is limited to physical locations.

Likewise, online retailer Zappos will soon be adding Apple Pay...

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20:40
Sharp, Foxconn to enter talks over $5.5B takeover...

Sharp reportedly plans to enter talks with Foxconn over a takeover bid that could be worth some $5.5 billion, suggesting an end is near for Foxconn's bidding war with Innovation Network Corporation of Japan.

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18:36
VirnetX Scores $625 Million from Apple for Patent...

VirnetX chalked up legal another victory Wednesday with a $625 million prize. The company won the award in a patent infringement trial against Apple Inc. covering four patents.


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17:55
Apple adds 20 Flyover cities, new Traffic and Nearby...

As part of Apple's continued Maps buildout effort, the company on Wednesday added 3D Flyover, traffic and point of interest data to its in-house mapping solution, including popular locales like the Virgin Islands and Taiwan.

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17:39
A Perfect Game of Snake (Video)

A perfect game of Snake? Turns out such a thing exists, as pointed out by Kyle Hill, science editor for @Nerdist Industries. Just watch. It's very cool. (I called it a video int he title, but it's actually an animated GIF.)

Hereâs a perfect game of Snake if you need something to stare at. pic.twitter.com/1tOijCAks1
- Kyle Hill (@Sci_Phile) February 3, 2016


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17:28
Apple’s App Problem

Following up on Walt Mossberg’s column regarding the quality of Apple’s first-party apps, Jim Dalrymple writes:

I understand that Apple has a lot of balls in the air, but they
have clearly taken their eye off some of them. There is absolutely
no doubt that Apple Music is getting better with each update to
the app, but what we have now is more of a 1.0 version that what
we received last year.

Personally, I don’t care much about all the celebrities that Apple
can parade around — I care about a music service that works.
That’s it.

If Apple Music (or any of the other software that has
problems) was the iPhone, it would never have been released in
the state it was.

Software and hardware are profoundly different...

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16:50
XSAN 2.2 Storage Pool Failure

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: XSAN 2.2

I have a storage pool that just failed and now my Xsan 2.2 volume will not mount. The storage pool that went down was on an XServe RAID and it seems like a drive failed on it and it did not rebuild the volume.

One of the metadata controllers still has the volume mounted and I can see and access the other storage pools. I can see what files were on the storage pool that went down and I am okay with losing those files.

I cannot however mount the volume on new any newer machine.

What are my options to get the volume working again?

I was thinking of reinitializing the Xserve RAID and then renaming it with the storage pool and LUN name as it was before?

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16:50
How to Save and Autofill Arbitrary Online Forms with...

Modern web browsers can save usernames and passwords for online logins. Most of them also support "auto-fill" for data like contacts or credit cards. But what do you do if you regularly have to fill out complex online forms that contain arbitrary text fields, menus, and checkboxes? Your Password manager, like 1Password, can handle it for you.


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16:08
Apple Music update lets Android users save songs to...

Apple in an update to the Android version of Apple Music on Wednesday added the ability to save downloaded songs to an SD card, greatly increasing the offline listening library capacities for phones running Google mobile operating system.

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15:50
Here's the 'Simpsons' search engine...

You don't win friends with salad, but you can probably make plenty of new ones by becoming a Simpsons meme machine with Frinkiac, a new search engine dedicated to the show. Just type in a few lines and Frinkiac will match it up with screenshots from...

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15:34
The Beatles Performing ‘Two of Us’ Video

On Tuesday I wrote about Bill gates choosing the song "Two of Us" by The Beatles as symbolic of his relationship with Steve Jobs-something Mr. Jobs himself suggested in a joint interview the two gave. That sparked a friend of mine to point me to this performance video of the song by The Beatles from 1970. It's a straight ahead promo video, recorded more than a decade before the launch of MTV, but I always enjoy seeing The Beatles.

Two Of Us 1970 by moss3516


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15:28
Justin.tv is set to return as a Snapchat channel

The man who played a key role in pioneering livestreaming as we know it is offering viewers a window into his life once more. Justin Kan announced that his Justin.tv "lifecasting" exploits will make a comeback as a Snapchat channel. Kan says he likes...

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15:26
Fitbit's Alta Is Dressed to Kill


Fitbit has unveiled a new fitness tracker that highlights muted colors and fashion-forward design elements. The Alta, priced at $129, has a brushed, stainless steel body that supports interchangeable bands, so that it doesn't stand out for the wrong reasons. Consumers can select bands from the Classic line, available in plum, teal, black and blue for $30 each. They can step up the style with hide-leather Luxe bands that come in graphite and lush pink for $60 each, or take it up another notch with a hand-polished stainless steel band for $100.

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15:11
ACM 344: Spying through the Internet of Things and...

Bryan and Jeff go deep in this episode of the Apple Context Machine on surveillance, whether or not the government is "Going Dark" due to encryption, and security, of the lack thereof, in the Internet of Things. They also talk about Apple's reported plans for wireless charging.


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15:09
A Texas jury says Apple must pay VirnetX $626...

An Eastern District of Texas jury has decided Apple must pay $626 million for infringing four patents held by VirnetX, a Nevada-based patent licensing company, according to Macworld.

The jury ruled against Apple on all counts, saying the infringement was willful. Apple has already asked the judge to declare a mistrial after lawyers for VirnetX made what Apple called "arguments outside the evidence, blatantly misrepresenting the testimony of Apple witnesses,” notes Macworld.

In January 2014, VirnetX filed a motion with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas seeking to supplement its infringement contentions against Apple, the defendant in a patent infringement lawsuit.

The motion alleged that Apple products, including products containing the redesigned VPN On Demand and Per App VPN features implemented in...

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14:57
Apple Ordered to Pay $625 Million in VirnetX Patent...

Apple was today found guilty of willfully infringing on four patents in an ongoing dispute with VirnetX and has been ordered to pay $625 million in damages, reports CNBC.

The patents in question relate to virtual private networking (VPN) protocols and in today's ruling, the jury decided that Apple's FaceTime and iMessages service, along with the iOS devices that support those services, infringe on VirnetX's intellectual property.

The patent dispute between Apple and VirnetX dates back to 2010, with a jury initially awarding VirnetX $368 million in 2012 after Apple was found guilty of infringing on VirnetX patents. That decision was...

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14:49
Jury: Apple must pay $626 million to patent troll...

An East Texas jury has ruled that Apple must pay patent-holding company VirnetX $625.6 million for infringing four patents. It's a massive verdict for VirnetX, a company that has no products and makes its money solely through patent litigation.

The verdict form (PDF) shows the jury found Apple infringed on every patent claim that was at issue. The first question was how much Apple should pay for infringement related to two VirnetX patents that it had already been ruled to infringe, and the jury held Apple should pay $334.9 million. The panel also found in VirnetX's favor on other, disputed patent claims, and ordered Apple to pay another $290.7 million for infringing those. The accused products included Apple's VPN on Demand, FaceTime, and the iMessage service.

The VirnetX v. Apple showdown may be one of the last of its...

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14:46
Mossberg weighs in on Apple’s app shortcomings of...

There’s a pretty interesting piece over on The Verge in which the mighty Walt Mossberg cites some apparent shortcomings in Apple’s apps in recent years.

He points out that Apple’s products are often considered the best you can buy and that this is part of the Mac and iOS user experience.

“In the last couple of years, however, I’ve noticed a gradual degradation in the quality and reliability of Apple’s core apps, on both the mobile iOS operating system and its Mac OS X platform. It’s almost as if the tech giant has taken its eye off the ball when it comes to these core software products, while it pursues big new dreams, like smartwatches and cars.”

He might be right.

Mossberg then goes on to point out the the majority of Apple’s apps work well and integrate...

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14:30
Lynktec ReelJuice Portable USB Battery is Unique:...

There are many ho-hum and many good portable battery chargers for our iDevices. Most are just little boxes with a battery, LED lights and USB ports. However, the new Lynktec (5,300 or 8,000 mAh) charger has a multitude of thoughtful features, expansion options and usage profiles. John Martellaro has been putting one though its paces and files this review.


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14:27
Apple hit with $626 million in damages in patent case

A jury in Texas has decided Apple must pay $626 million for infringing four patents held by a Nevada-based patent licensing company.

The patents cover technology used in Apple's VPN on Demand software back to 2009, its FaceTime messaging system back to 2010, and its iMessage software.

The trial follows one in 2012 in which Apple was found to infringe on Virnet X patents but managed to overturn the verdict on appeal.

On Wednesday, a jury in the Eastern District of Texas found for VirnetX and against Apple on all counts, going on to find the infringement was willful -- a legal finding that can greatly increase damages.

The Eastern District court is a popular place for patent infringement lawsuits and has earned a reputation as somewhere that favors patent holders in such disputes.

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14:09
Apple ordered to pay $625M in revived VirnetX patent...

A federal jury on Wednesday found Apple guilty of willfully infringing on four VirnetX patents, awarding the non-practicing entity $625.6 million in damages and ongoing royalties from a previous court finding.

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14:09
MIT Team Runs Victory Lap in 1st Hyperloop...


A team from MIT won the best overall design award in the first round of the Hyperloop pod design contest, held last weekend at Texas A&M University. About 120 teams participated in the event. The MIT entry focused on speed, braking, stability and levitation. Powerful magnets placed over a conducting plate -- the aluminum SpaceX track -- will accomplish levitation in an actual pod. The magnets generate lift.
The MIT team's capsule, which is about 8 feet long and 3 feet wide, weighs about 550 pounds. It's not meant to hold people or cargo.

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13:43
Tip of the Day: Syncing iTunes Store videos with...

Although many users are likely focused mostly on HD videos these days, Apple has still been taking steps recently to increase the quality of the SD video content in the iTunes Store, pushing the envelope beyond what older traditional iPods can handle. If you’re still using an iPod classic or iPod nano for storing and watching videos, you may start running into an error message that “high-quality SD video is not compatible with this iPod”…

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13:34
Watch the amazing verbal choreography behind Grease...

The Verge:

…this video from the show’s associate director Carrie Havel shows you a small slice of the action, with Havel coordinating the live footage — singing along to “Great Lightning,” but with all the lyrics replaced with camera numbers.

It just goes to show that when it comes to live performances, the choreography behind the scenes is usually as impressive as what’s on stage.

This behind the scenes stuff is fascinating. You can’t begin to imagine the work that goes into a production like this and then to add to the pressure, they’re doing it live. Incredible work.

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13:20
Review: Just Mobile HoverDock for Apple Watch +...

Just Mobile introduced two new docks at CES, and unlike many products seen at the show, both HoverDock for Apple Watch ($35) and HoverDock for iPhone ($35) will be ready for release in the coming days. Both docks are extremely similar — in fact, other than a slight difference in how the cables are held, they're the exact same dock. In both iterations, HoverDock is surrounded by an aluminum ring, with a soft-touch top section, and cable management hidden inside the dock, accessible through a removable plastic-and-rubber base. Cleverly, HoverDock's base can be rotated to further retract either the Lightning cable or Apple Watch charging cable (you must supply your own cable in either instance). Both docks intend to give the sense that a Lightning-based iPhone or Apple Watch is floating, hence the name HoverDock. But though there's only one true difference between the HoverDocks, that slight divergence matters more than you might expect.{/exp:char_limit}
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12:38
How to Unlearn Misspellings and Sync Your User...

If you’ve accidentally told OS X’s system-wide spelling checker to learn misspelled words, never fear, since there’s an easy way to remove them, either one at a time, or in bulk. And once you learn that, you’ll see how you can sync your custom words between Macs so you have the same set everywhere.

 

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12:26
Sony says dual-lens camera tech launching with...

Apple's image sensor supplier, Sony, is expecting its dual-lens camera technology to be launched by "major smartphone players" within the next year, according to comments by the company's CFO.

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12:12
T-Mobile Wins OpenSignal Speed Tests


T-Mobile's 700-MHz rollout has given its mobile users some of the fastest data speeds in the U.S. market, according to a report OpenSignal released Tuesday. OpenSignal crowdsources data on carrier signal quality from users who have its consumer mobile application installed. T-Mobile has the fastest 4G LTE download speeds in the country, overtaking Verizon by a slight edge. Its expanded LTE coverage is almost identical to AT&T's coverage and is closing the gap with Verizon's coverage, according to the "State of Mobile Networks: USA" report.

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12:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: A wallet with a wallop

Wallet with a wallop

This week’s roundup features an iPhone case that doubles as a wallet and as a viewing stand for the phone. Read on!

Dreem

Wallets seem to be the rage in iPhone accessories these days. The $29.88 Dreem features a “detachable wallet folio,” as well as kickstands and “premium vegan leather.”

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11:45
How to assess security, compliance and privacy...

In keeping with our commitment to provide customers the utmost transparency, we have released a detailed overview of how Office 365 controls map to the security, privacy, compliance and risk management controls defined in the Cloud Security Alliance Cloud Control Matrix (CSA CCM).

The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) is a nonprofit organization led by a broad coalition of industry practitioners, associations, governments and corporate and individual members who are dedicated to defining and raising awareness of best practices that help ensure a secure cloud computing environment. The CSA CCM Security, Trust & Assurance Registry (STAR) is considered the gold standard while performing risk assessment and due diligence against cloud service providers. As part of our efforts to provide customers with in-depth insights into our security, compliance and privacy controls, we regularly publish self-assessments of...

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11:43
Pebble update adds support for Health-based...

Apple Watch competitor Pebble has today announced a hefty update to its smartwatch experience. The update, which bumps the company’s Pebble Time smartphone app for iPhone to version 3.6 and the watch firmware to version 3.9, includes a variety of enhancements to Health, Messages, and more.

As far as Pebble Health goes, the company says that a new API is now available that allows watchfaces and apps to take advantage of Pebble Health stats. Watchfaces that use this new feature will be available on the Pebble app store “soon,” according to a blog post. Furthermore, Pebble says that Health tracking is “more accurate overall” and also now includes the ability to show step distance in kilometers.

In addition to the Pebble Health enhancements, version 3.9 of...

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11:10
Sony's Dual Camera to See Inclusion in Devices...

Sony, the manufacturer behind many the camera sensors used in Apple's iOS devices, recently confirmed that its dual-lens camera platform will be featured in devices from "major smartphone players" in 2016. The information was shared by Sony CFO Kenchiro Yoshida during the company's recent Q3 2015 earnings call and was highlighted by Xperiablog.

Sony's camera technology is used by a wide range of smartphone manufacturers, including Apple, and Yoshida declined to name specific companies that would take advantage of Sony's dual-lens camera platform. Dual-lens technology has previously been used in smartphones such as the HTC M8, but it may soon become a more popular option following rumors that Apple plans to incorporate a dual-lens system into its...

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10:56
NewerTech HDMI Headless Video Accelerator now...

NewerTech (www.newertech.com) is shipping its HDMI Headless Video Accelerator again after it sold out last November. It’s a $19.50adapter that plugs into the Mac mini’s HDMI display port to make “headless” display-free Mac minis used as storage and media servers think there’s a display attached.

The NewerTech adapter activates the Mac’s video drivers and GPU (graphics processing unit) for 100% full video performance. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later.

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10:52
InSili.co launches ObjCConverter for Swift for the...

InSili.co has launched ObjCConverter for Swift for the Mac App Store. ObjCConverter for Swift (previously known as iSwift) offers automatic as-you-type conversion of your Objective-C sources to Apple's Swift language along with a full-featured Objective-C editor.

It allows you to convert and translate your existing Objective-C files — Cocoa or iOS — to Swift on the fly. ObjCConverter for Swift/iSwift 2.4 is available for $14.99 at the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/z9aa93q). It requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.

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10:39
∞ About Walt Mossberg and Apple’s app problem

Walt Mossberg wrote this morning that Apple’s apps need work. He’s absolutely right. [...]

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10:35
Podcast 493: VR hints, smaller iPhone rumors, Apple...

Everyone's antsy for Apple's next move. This week we discuss the rumored March 15 event, and how we think a lot of people could get pretty excited about a "new" 4-inch iPhone 5se. The new iPad Air should have some cool features too, and it probably makes sense that Apple would happily roll out new mayonnaise loops but avoid getting locked in to a yearly refresh cycle for the Apple Watch hardware itself.

But new iPhones and iPads aren't enough to impress those weirdos on Wall Street, who are obsessed with viewing Apple's business three months at a time, and aren't that wild about where the company is right now. We talk about if that's reasonable, and what it could mean for regular customers like us. Oh, and speaking of the earnings call, what's this about Tim Cook's interest in VR?

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10:34
Square's Apple Pay-ready NFC reader goes on...

The Square Contactless and Chip Reader -- compatible with Apple Pay -- arrived at U.S. Apple Stores on Wednesday, and should soon be available through Apple's online storefront.

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09:44
Apple Back to School promo returns to Australia...

Apple on Wednesday launched the Australian and New Zealand editions of its annual Back to School sale, offering either Beats headphones or iPad discounts to qualifying shoppers buying a new Mac.

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09:21
External Link: Walt Mossberg Says Core Apple Apps...

If you feel as though Apple’s own apps aren’t living up to the company’s high standards, you’re not alone. At The Verge, venerable tech columnist Walt Mossberg has penned a criticism of Apple’s more troubled apps, singling out iTunes (“I dread opening the thing.”), Mail, Photos, and iCloud. “It’s almost as if the tech giant has taken its eye off the ball when it comes to these core software products, while it pursues big new dreams, like smartwatches and cars,” Mossberg said. Given the problems we and our readers have seen with iTunes and Mail in particular, we hope Apple pays heed to this warning from the elder statesman of tech journalism.

 

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09:07
Microsoft purchases SwiftKey, states that iOS and...

Microsoft confirmed via a blog post that the company will be buying SwiftKey, the developer of a popular software keyboard for Android and iOS phones—even though it already has its own software keyboard, Word Flow.

SwiftKey and Word Flow allow users to slide their finger from one letter of a keyboard to another, drawing the shape of the word while an analytical pattern works to identify the word they’re trying to type.

Microsoft’s executive vice president for technology and research, Harry Shum, confirmed the deal in a blog post Wednesday morning.

In some ways, Microsoft’s move is surprising, as it already has its own software keyboard, Word Flow, and last month announced that it would release versions of Word Flow for Android and...

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09:00
Planner preview expanded to include more plans and...

A few months ago, we began rolling out the preview of Office 365 Planner to Office 365 First Release customers with enterprise plans. Today, we are making the Planner preview available to customers with Education and Nonprofit plans, as well as to Government tenants in the multi-tenant environment. (Planner preview is not currently available to customers on Government Community Cloud).

In addition, we are expanding the preview to tenants that are configured with the “Select people” option for First Release. Previously, the Office 365 Planner preview was only available for tenants that are configured with the “Entire organization” option for First Release. To verify how your organization is configured for First Release, your Office 365 admin can navigate to the Office 365 Admin Portal, expand Service Settings and select Updates...

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09:00
Sway helps strategic music company Man Made Music...

Today’s post was written by Kristen Lueck, senior strategist for Culture and Innovation at Man Made Music, Inc.

Discovering and translating the “who, what, when, why and where” of culture—that’s a simple way to sum up my role at Man Made Music. Our company creates experiences, identities and sonic strategies for entertainment and brands, with offices and personnel across New York City, Los Angeles and the United Kingdom. You may have heard our audio logo work on brands such as AT&T, Southwest Airlines and the IMAX countdown before screenings. There’s no shortage of information on what’s moving and shaking across entertainment, fashion, design and technology, and I distill that knowledge down into shareable, useful and entertaining takeaways for our staff and clients. What differentiates us is not...

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09:00
Square's new Apple Pay-compatible reader...

Many small businesses depend on Square for payment from customers, but until last year the company's card reader could only accept standard debit and credit cards through a swipe. Square introduced the $49 Square Reader to let those small businesses accept Apple Pay and the new chip-equipped cards, and as of today every Apple Store in the U.S. carries the new reader.

As of this tweet, our new Apple Pay reader is available in every Apple Store across the U.S.

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08:56
Apple Now Selling Square's New NFC Reader for...

Square has announced that its new NFC reader that enables small businesses to accept Apple Pay, Android Pay, and other contactless payments can now be purchased from Apple online or in U.S. stores for $49.

The reader is compatible with NFC-equipped smartphones, including the iPhone 6 or newer, and contactless Chip-and-PIN debit and credit cards based on technologies like American Express ExpressPay, MasterCard PayPass, and Visa payWave.

The small square-shaped reader functions like other NFC-enabled payment terminals, allowing users to wave an iPhone, paired Apple Watch, or contactless Chip-and-PIN card near the reader for a few seconds to complete a purchase.

The NFC reader, which connects wirelessly with iOS and Android devices via Bluetooth, also works with Chip-and-PIN cards that are inserted rather than tapped. Square includes a magstripe reader in the box for accepting...

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08:52
Yahoo prepares for split, will lay off 15% of...

Internet search, content pioneer and Apple partner Yahoo is readying for either a reverse spinoff or outright sale that would see the well-known web businesses separated from the parent company and more than 1,000 employees laid off.

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08:48
Dodgy USB Type-C cable fries vigilante engineer...

Benson Leung’s good intentions have finally caught up with him. The Google engineer who launched a crusade against bad USB-C cables in late 2015 just uncovered another sub-standard USB-C cable—and this time it’s cost him a $1,000 laptop.

The Google engineer recently tested Surjtech’s 3M USB 3.1 Type-C to standard Type-A USB 3.0 adapter cable, but those tests didn’t get very far at all. Leung said that as soon as he connected the cable to his Chromebook Pixel, via a small USB power delivery (PD) analyzer, both the PD and his laptop ceased working properly.

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08:40
Apple acquires security firm LegbaCore

When in doubt, buy one of the best security firms you can get your hands on.

Back in November of 2015, Apple quietly acquired security consultancy firm LegbaCore. The acquisition was initially revealed back in December by security researcher Trammell Hudson during a presentation at the 32C3 conference. The acquisition was further corroborated by a series of tweets from founder Xeno Kovah and the company’s website, which states that it is “not accepting any new customer engagements.”

The specific details are unclear, although Kovah and his partner Corey Kallenberg are working full-time at Apple, although their specific roles are unclear. Kovah only stated that he and Kallenbeg would be working on “low level security” at the company.

LegbaCore and Trammell Hudson were the first to discover...

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08:28
Fitbit slims down with fashionable new Alta fitness...

Fitbit took a bold step at CES last month when it unveiled the Blaze, a $200 fitness-forward smartwatch that seemed designed to compete with Apple Watch. But Wall Street wasn’t a fan of the announcement, and Fitbit’s stock plunged. Though the Blaze hasn’t even been released yet, Fitbit is back with an activity tracker more in line with the rest of its fitness bands.

The $130 Fitbit Alta is slimmer than many of the Fitbits you may have used in the past, like the Surge and Charge HR, and is more stylish than the similarly trim Fitbit Flex. The Alta has all the basic activity-tracking features that other Fitbit bands do, but also adds Apple Watch-like reminders to move—though the Alta urges you to walk around instead of just stand so you’ll reach a goal of 250 steps per hour. Like the Blaze, the Alta automatically recognizes exercises such as walking, running...

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08:21
Supply chain suggests iPhone orders will rebound...

Forecast trends in the demand for flexible PCB (printed circuit board) parts for iPhones indicate that while iPhone production may be down in the first half of the year, it will likely rebound in the second half as work begins on Apple's next-generation models.

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08:15
Apple getting kudos for NYC historic preservation...

While most Apple fans think of the iconic flagship Apple Stores around the world -- the Fifth Avenue Store in New York City, Zorlu Center in Istanbul, or the Pudong store in Shanghai, China -- the company has also done a standout job of taking old, historic buildings and converting them into stunning new stores. The New York Landmarks Conservancy announced today that Apple will receive its 2016 Chairman's Award recognizing the company's preservation and restoration of historic structures in New York City. 

Apple Store, SoHo. Photo via Apple

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08:07
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Client Apple to Receive NY...

Long time Bohlin Cywinski Jackson client, Apple Inc., will receive the New York Landmarks Conservancy's 2016 Chairman's Award ...

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08:02
Prime Minister of the Netherlands meets with Apple,...

Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands and Neelie Kroes, special envoy for Startup Delta, are now in San Francisco and have met with a number of California companies with operations in the Netherlands, including Apple, Facebook, Tesla, Cisco, Uber and Planet Labs. (Startup Delta is an organization that collaborates with more than 10 Dutch tech hubs to make the Netherlands the largest startup ecosystem in Europe.)

As part of his visit, the Prime Minister invited top executives from the Bay area to an investment dinner, hosted by the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA), which helps international companies establish and expand operations in the Netherlands. Amazon, Google, IBM, Intel, Guess, Palo Alto Networks, Dolby, Applied Materials, Netflix, NetApp, Nike, Twitter, GoPro, BioMarin and Salesforce were also among more than two dozen companies represented at the gathering of American investors in the Netherlands. A visit to...

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08:00
PSA: If you don't want to fry your new MacBook...

Apple's decision to include a single, all-new USB-C port on the reinvented MacBook has sent buyers of the ultraportable scrambling for adapters and conversion cables to connect legacy devices -- but be mindful of what you plug in.

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07:50
Parallels Remote Application Server 15 launches

Parallels has launched Parallels Remote Application Server version 15, giving IT organizations an updated solution to deliver Windows applications and desktops to employees on any device.

Designed with IT admin productivity and the end user experience in mind, Parallels Remote Application Server now features an enhanced user interface that reduces time for most common admin tasks, including a streamlined user enrollment process with intuitive configuration wizards for tasks such as application maintenance and new server setups, says Jack Zubarev, Parallels president.

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07:45
Canalys: iOS grew 10% and OS X notebooks 7% in the...

Recently released Canalys (www.canalys.com) estimates show that 1.74 billion smart phones, tablets, two-in-ones and notebooks shipped in 2015, a year-on-year increase of 5%. Growth was driven by two-in-ones and smart phones, while tablets and notebooks declined. Microsoft has taken the biggest hit from the pivotal shift to mobility. Its share of the total mobility market was just 12%, against Alphabet at 70% and Apple at 17%.  

Shipments of mobility products running Linux-based operating systems increased by over 200%, albeit from a small base, notes the research group. This was primarily driven by YunOS shipments, which became the third largest smart phone platform in China in the fourth quarter of 2015.

The industry is also grappling with other shifts in dynamics, according to Canalys analyst Wilmer Ang.  Android grew only 6% as tablets went into a decline, denting the 10% growth from its...

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07:45
YouTube may get live 360-degree videos

The virtual reality revolution is almost here, and YouTube wants to be ready for it.

The Google-owned property is getting ready to roll out live 360-degree videos, according to Buzzfeed. This would allow users to watch live concerts and other events with a virtual reality headset or just pan around the scene with a mobile device. A launch date for the purported live 360-degree video service is unknown.

To get ready for live streaming, YouTube has been meeting with 360-degree camera makers, Buzzfeed says. What those conversations were about, however, is unclear.

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07:39
Rare video from 1936: AT&T explains the brand...

[VIDEO] Imagine this scenario. All the telephones in the US operated without dials, all depended on a human operator connecting your call by hand. No phones had dials.

City by city, AT&T had to roll out new equipment, giving rotary dial telephones to everyone. They put out the word via a newsreel shown in the town’s movie theaters. See the video in the main post.

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07:39
Walt Mossberg notes quality decline in Apple’s core...

Veteran tech journalist Walt Mossberg, now an executive editor at The Verge and editor-at-large of Re/code, says that in the last couple of years, he’s noticed a “gradual degradation in the quality and reliability of Apple’s core apps, on both the mobile iOS operating system and its Mac OS X platform.” Most folks (myself included) think he’s right, but Apple seems to be addressing the issue.

“It’s almost as if the tech giant has taken its eye off the ball when it comes to these core software products while it pursues big new dreams, like smartwatches and cars,” Mossberg writes. “Let me be clear: Most of the time, in most scenarios, I find the core Apple apps work well enough, sometimes delightfully well. Otherwise, I couldn’t recommend the hardware. I love iMessage, the new Notes, Apple Pay, Touch ID, Safari, AirPlay and more. And it isn’t as though the core apps...

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07:27
Here’s how Nintendo will get people to use its...

Nintendo is planning a new rewards program to go along with its first smartphone game next month.

Dubbed “My Nintendo,” the program will reward players both for playing games and for making purchases. Those rewards will then carry across smartphones, tablets, and Nintendo game consoles.

Nintendo plans to split rewards into two types of points. “Platinum Points” will be awarded for playing the company’s mobile apps, logging into the Nintendo eShop, or meeting certain other conditions. Players can then redeem these points for downloadable content. “Gold Points” will work more like a traditional rewards program, letting players earn money-saving coupons by purchasing Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games.

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07:18
VR Team Members from Apple Spotted Attending Cutting...

Jeremy Bailenson is founding director of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab where they're working on some fascinating projects ...

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07:08
iBank products have been redubbed ‘Banktivity’

IGG Software says its flagship family of iBank products have a new name: Banktivity, a moniker that combines bank + activity, which more closely aligns with the company's products and goals.

The new version of Banktivity is free for all existing iBank 5 customers. Banktivity 5 is available for new users for $59.99 after a 30-day free trial through the IGG Software online store (www.iggsoft.com). Banktivity 5 for Mac is also available on the Mac App Store. Banktivity requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher and is fully compatible with 10.11 El Capitan.

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07:01
My bathroom mirror is smarter than yours

Google’s Max Braun took some of his off time to marry an HDMI display board with a two-way mirror to produce a bathroom mirror that shows you the news, weather, etc. Terrific project. Lots of details and pictures, back and front.

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06:55
Microsoft’s new way of cooling its data centers:...

Ars Technica:

Microsoft has demonstrated an experimental prototype of a new approach: instead of pumping water around the data center, put the data center in the water.

Would this raise sea temperatures?

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06:55
Nintendo's 'Miitomo' coming to iOS in...

Nintendo's first smartphone-only app, Miitomo, will launch sometime next month for iOS and Android, with a pre-registration process beginning on Feb. 17, the Japanese game maker announced on Wednesday.

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06:50
UAG introduces Tempered Glass Screen Shields

Urban Armor Gear (urbanarmorgear.com) has released High-Strength Tempered Glass Screen Shields to accompany their line of smartphone and tablet cases. They’re engineered to protect displays from scratches and abrasions.

UAG’s ultra-thin glass construction is 3D Touch compatible. An oleophobic coating has been applied to the shield to help repel natural skin oils, limiting fingerprints and smudges.

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06:46
Angela Merkel, a bit of super-heated hydrogen, and...

Aamna Mohdin, writing for Quartz:

German scientists today will set about the first steps towards what has become the Holy Grail of energy—nuclear fusion, which has the potential for unlimited amounts of clean power.

This is a fascinating post, and Angela Merkel just got a lot cooler to me.

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06:38
A beginner’s guide to kerning like a designer

A nice, detailed tutorial on kerning. Something here for even moderately experienced designers.

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06:22
The struggle to create fusion energy at MIT

MIT's Dennis Whyte talks about the efforts to build a prototype fusion reactor.

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06:20
Fitbit's latest wearable is Alta, a low-profile...

Fitbit on Wednesday announced the latest addition to its iOS-connected wearable devices lineup, the $130 Alta, featuring a slim touchscreen OLED and five days of usage on a single charge.

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05:50
Apple Acquired Legbacore to Advance Security for Macs

Thunderstrike 2 was the first of its kind firmware worm for Macs that was almost impossible to remove. The worm could easily bypass any updates to the system, or even ...

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05:06
New York Landmarks Conservancy to recognize Apple...

The New York City Landmarks Conservancy announced on Wednesday that the recipient of its 2016 Chairman's Award will be Apple, in recognition of the company's preservation and restoration of notable historic structures in New York City.

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05:00
Add New Records To MySQL Databases With The INSERT...

Sometimes you need to write a record into a table in a SQL database. The INSERT INTO statement creates new records in a table and can work in one of two ways. The first form does not specify the column names where the data will be inserted, only their values. When doing so, each value needs to be inserted in the columned order they appear, here the table being the name of the table you’re adding a record into and each value would be replaced with the contents of your value (don’t insert the string ‘value’ into each!):

INSERT INTO table
VALUES (value,value,value,...);

If you don’t have every value to insert, you can also list the columns to insert data in and then include the values in the same order that the columns are listed in. The second form specifies both the column names and the values to insert:

INSERT INTO table (column,column,column,...)
VALUES (value,value,value,...);

Below is a selection from the “Customers” table that I put in...

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05:00
Europe, US Cut 11th Hour Safe Harbor Deal


Europe and the United States on Tuesday announced a new Safe Harbor agreement that neutralizes the threat of enforcement actions against domestic companies handling overseas data. Called the "EU-US Privacy Shield," the agreement aims to protect the privacy of data belonging to European citizens when it's handled by U.S. companies. "The new EU-US Privacy Shield will protect the fundamental rights of Europeans when their personal data is transferred to U.S. companies," said EU Commissioner Vera Jourová.

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04:55
Kool Tools: Booq Daypak

Book’s Daypack is designed to endure life’s daily adventures. It’s available in four colors – blue-aqua, black-tarp, brown canvas and gray-red – and each feature their own unique interior lining fabric. Its slim profile makes it perfect for comfortable commuting and working on-the-go.

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04:55
AssistiveWare grows its unique children voices...

AssistiveWare and Acapela Group have introduced what they say is the world's first genuine Swedish text-to-speech children's voices. Available through Infovox iVox both voices can read any text on Mac.

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04:41
CS announces Stakeholder Onion Diagrams for...

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced a new paid addition, the Stakeholder Onion Diagrams ($25), to the ConceptDraw Solution Park.

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04:33
Microsoft confirms SwiftKey buy, says it will...

Microsoft is buying SwiftKey, the developer of a popular software keyboard for Android and iOS phones—even though it already has its own software keyboard, Word Flow.

Software keyboards such as SwiftKey and Word Flow are used to speed up input: Rather than pecking at individual letters, users slide their finger from one letter to another, drawing a shape on the touchscreen. The software analyses the pattern to identify which word they are trying to type.

Microsoft’s executive vice president for technology and research, Harry Shum, confirmed the deal in a blog post Wednesday morning, after rumors began circulating Tuesday.

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04:13
Nintendo: Our second iPhone game will feature a ‘...

When Nintendo first announced that it would finally be launching an iPhone game, it’s safe to say, many of we children of the 90’s got a little excited. Sadly, excitement turned to bemusement once the company revealed it would be launching a weird game called Miitomo, which wasn’t exactly a game, but rather a social network.

Following its disappointing Q4 results, Nintendo has confirmed that its second title would include a “very familiar character”, and won’t be another social network attempt. It did, however, stop short of confirming exactly which character we’re going to see.

“The second game won’t be another communication app,...

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04:13
1-in-3 home Wi-Fi routers to double as public...

A new study from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) predicts that at least one in three home routers will be used as public Wi-Fi hotspots by 2017, and that the total installed base of such dual-use routers will reach 366 million globally by the end of 2020.

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04:00
Rayman Origins on the Mac is a fun, retro side-...

Rayman Origins — published by Feral Interactive — is great retro-ish arcade fun, especially now that an old-schooler like me can use a dedicated gamepad with it. More on that in a moment.

The game is designed and directed by Rayman's original creator Michel Ancel and published by Ubisoft for PC and consoles. Now the limbless hero is serving up vibrant fun on the Mac in one of the best side-scrollers in recent memory.

Here's how the game is described: "When a marauding army of the Livid Dead threatens his magical homeland, it's up to Rayman to leap into action and save the day. With a riotous mixture of unique moves, outrageous enemies and boldly psychedelic environments, this is Rayman at his hilarious and heroic best. Players will jump, swim, sprint and hover though over 60 fantastical levels, from a desert of immense didgeridoo formations and bouncy bongo drums to the fiery stomach of a dragon chef. They'll punch out enemies with Rayman's telescopic fists, confound...

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03:55
Apple removes ‘impact resistant’ claim from Apple...

The BBC reports that Apple has removed the phrase ‘impact resistant’ from its description of the Apple Watch after losing a UK court case over a cracked screen. The owner said that he had been influenced by the description as he is “prone to knocking things about a bit.”

Gareth Cross, 32, from Aberystwyth, [bought] his Apple Watch Sport, but spotted a crack in the glass face 10 days later. The technology giant said work to fix the watch was not covered by warranty […]

Mr Cross took the company to the small claims court in Aberystwyth for breach of the Sale of Goods Act, and has won the case after a six-month fight. The company was ordered to refund the cost of the watch and pay £429 ($620) costs. Apple has now changed the description of the watch, removing the claim it was resistant to impact.

Cross says that he still plans to buy a replacement...

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00:00
PCWorld Show Episode II: Tanking tablets, the...

In this week's episode of the PCWorld Show, we ponder why PCs are killing tablets, why Microsoft would buy SwiftKey, why anyone would make a new Windows phone, and why we love (or hate) USB-C.

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Tuesday February 2

23:13
You can change the placement of the walls

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: container housesentry boxmodular homehzxiaoya

If you are looking to insult a Container House, one simple way is to say it looks prefab. That is now starting to change with new technology. The prefabricated housing industry is now creating multi-story homes that are designed by custom architects using assembly line efficiency in factories. This change has really gained steam in the last five years...

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19:44
Apple hires firmware security experts who worked on...

Apple recently added a pair of firmware security experts to its ranks when it hired the team behind "deep system security" startup LegbaCore in November, an apparent effort to bolster platforms like iOS and OS X.

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19:08
Apple acquired LegbaCore consultancy firm to improve...

Back in November of 2015, Apple quietly acquired security consultancy firm LegbaCore it has recently been discovered. The acquisition was initially revealed back in December by security researcher Trammell Hudson during a presentation at the 32C3 conference. The acquisition was further corroborated by a series of tweets from founder Xeno Kovah (seen below) and the company’s website, which states that it is “not accepting any new customer engagements.”

Specific details of the acquisition are unclear at this point. Kovah and his partner Corey Kallenberg are working full-time at Apple, although their specific roles are unclear. Kovah only stated that he and Kallenbeg would be working on “low level security” at the company (via...

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18:50
Apple Stores reportedly stall growth at top US...

Apple Stores, which consistently rank among the most profitable retail outlets per square foot, are reportedly bogging down growth at a chain of upscale shopping malls across the U.S.

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18:30
Apple Acquired Firmware Security Company LegbaCore...

Apple acquired firmware security company LegbaCore in November 2015, according to security researcher Trammell Hudson, who revealed the acquisition in his presentation at the 32C3 conference in December. LegbaCore's goal, according to founder Xeno Kovah, is "to help build systems that are as secure as we know how to make."

In November, Kovah and fellow LegbaCore founder Corey Kallenberg revealed that they had joined Apple as full-time employees. Just a couple days before that, LegbaCore's website announced that it would "not be accepting any new customer engagements", noting that the website would remain up "to serve as a reference for LegbaCore's past work."

LegbaCore had collaborated with Hudson on...

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18:27
Amazon plans hundreds of brick-and-mortar bookstores...

NASDAQ:

After dipping its toes into brick-and-mortar retailing last year with its first physical bookstore, online giant Amazon.com Inc. is poised to dive into the deep end.

The Seattle company plans to open as many as 400 bookstores, Sandeep Mathrani, chief executive of mall operator General Growth Properties Inc., said on an earnings call on Tuesday.

While nothing official has been announced by Amazon yet, if true, this seems like a bit of a head scratcher. After all, Amazon has been the prime suspect in the decline of traditional bookstores. But the best part of this story is the line, “Physical stores would give Amazon customers a place to leaf through books before buying them.” You don’t say. What a clever idea.

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17:22
Zagg to buy iPhone battery case maker Mophie for $...

Re/code:

Mophie, the accessory maker best known for its iPhone battery cases, is being bought for at least $100 million by rival Zagg.Zagg CEO Randy Hales said in a statement that the deal creates “numerous opportunities” to boost profits and revenues by combining the two companies’ strengths and distribution networks. Mophie CEO Daniel Huang and operating chief Shawn Dougherty will continue in their current roles, reporting to Hales. The deal, approved by both boards, should close later in the first quarter.

I’ve always been a fan of the Mophie products. I met their people several times at Macworld Expos and really liked them. Hope this works out well for all involved.

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17:16
Microsoft reportedly buys SwiftKey for $250M as part...

Microsoft is looking to expand on its artificial intelligence program with the reported purchase of UK-based developer SwiftKey, makers of the popular cross-platform predictive keyboard of the same name.

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16:56
Apple releases Xcode 7.2.1 with bug fixes and...

Apple this evening has pushed a small update to its developer software Xcode. The update bumps the app to version 7.2.1, following the initial release of version 7.2 late last year. Xcode 7.2.1 carries the build number 7C1002 and includes a handful of under-the-hood fixes and improvements.

Apple says that a variety of bugs have been fixed with this evening’s Xcode update. Hiccups relating to the command line and debugger have been fixed, while the certificate used to developer Wallet passes, Safari Push Notifications, and Safari Extensions has also been updated. As usual, the company says there are “additional bug fixes and stability improvements,” as well.

The full changelog is below:

Fixed in Xcode 7.2.1:

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16:24
ZAGG to merge with mophie

In a deal valued at US$100 million, accessory manufacturer ZAGG has acquired another well-known manufacturer of accessories -- mophie. Despite the irreconcilable differences in their use of upper or lower case, the two companies are actually a good fit for each other. As noted in a press release sent out today, the combination of the two companies will create the market leader in four different accessory categories; battery cases, external batteries, screen protection and tablet keyboards.  

In 2015, the two companies had combined net sales of about $470 million. The new entity (no word yet on whether they'll change the name of the combined company) expects to see growth through strengthened product development and expanded distribution.  

The companies expect the deal to be consummated in the first quarter of 2016 dependent on regulatory...

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16:18
Microsoft purchases popular keyboard maker SwiftKey...

The Financial Times is reporting that Microsoft has purchased popular third-party keyboard maker SwiftKey for $250 million. While SwiftKey is most known for their predictive keyboard, the acquisition is more of an artificial intelligence play for Microsoft.

While this deal could be seen as just the latest in a line of Microsoft purchases of popular apps, it is not. A source told the FT that, “There’s a war for talent in artificial intelligence...

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15:13
Zagg buys battery case maker Mophie for $100M

Zagg, best known for its InvisibleShield line of protective display coverings, on Tuesday announced plans to purchase iPhone battery case maker Mophie in a deal worth at least $100 million.

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15:00
AWT News Update: February 2, 2016

Happy Groundhog Day! We have a new sponsor this week (Winning WordPress) and plenty of fun news and rumors for the day.

Happy Groundhog Day! We have a new sponsor this week (Winning WordPress) and plenty of fun news and rumors for the day.

(see what I did there?)

  • MacRumors has word that the iPhone 7 will lose the camera bump of the iPhone 6 and 6s, as well as a few of the antenna bands that stretch across the back of the existing phones
  • A veteran Mac app developer updates a Mac CAD program that's been getting new features and updates since 1988
  • Everybody's favorite Apple analyst, Gene Munster, thinks the Apple Watch might get a hardware upgrade in March
  • A new Safe Harbor agreement is in place for data transfers between the US and EU

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14:51
Apple has become a regular at Stanford University...

Amid rumors claiming Apple is investing heavily in virtual and augmented reality solutions, it was revealed on Tuesday that the company has taken a recent interest in Stanford University's Virtual Human Interaction Lab, sending representatives to visit the facility three times in as many months.

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14:46
ZAGG to acquire Mophie, takeover battery, screen...

Popular accessory maker Zagg today announced that it has acquired Mophie, another accessory maker best known for its iPhone battery cases and power accessories. The deal will see Zagg purchase Mophie for $100 million. Mophie CEO Daniel Huang and COO Shawn Dougherty will continue their current respective roles and will report to Zagg CEO Randy Hales.

In the press release, Hales said that the acquisition will allow the two companies to work together and deliver an even better customer and investor experience than they could as independent companies....

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14:43
US Customs is seizing thousands of hoverboards

In the last few months, US customs officers have seized thousands of counterfeit and potentially dangerous hoverboards

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14:26
Poll: Will you buy the upcoming 4-inch iPhone 5se?

With Apple’s much rumored upcoming iPhone 5se on the horizon— an upgraded version of the iPhone 5S that retains the 4-inch display size for diehard fans of the model— we want to find out if you plan on upgrading when the new device launches. That’s the question we ask in today’s poll, in addition to what device you’re upgrading from (or downgrading, depending on how you look at it). 

There are a few things to consider unlike usual Apple and iPhone product launches. It looks like the iPhone 5se, as we previously reported is the current plan for the device’s moniker, will break up Apple’s usual fall release schedule with a mid-year iPhone refresh. It will...

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14:25
ATTO Technology ThunderLink devices certified with...

ATTO Technology (www.attotech.com) has announced that its ThunderLink 10GbE Desklink devices have been certified for use with Avid’s collaborative shared storage solutions.

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14:21
Apple, other companies to be taxed on digital sales...

Taxes on digital sales by Apple, Google Play and Netflix has been approved by the Russian government and is expected to be implemented as of 2017, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The article says that President Vladimir Putin ordered that relevant state agencies prepare changes to the country's legislation aimed to "ensure equal conditions for online companies' operation in Russia" by September 2016. Russian online video services complained that foreign companies selling digital content in Russia have an unfair advantage since don't pay VAT (value-added tax), which in Russia amounts to 18%.

An exemption from VAT was originally adopted in Russia for foreign software developers and was subsequently applied to software sales on Apple's AppStore and Google Play and later to sales of movies and music on iTunes, Google Play Music and...

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14:16
Apple Watch officially launching in Israel next week

Even before Apple shakes up the lineup with new bands and software next month, the Apple Watch is continuing its initial launch around the world. Israel, which doesn’t have an Apple Retail Store presence and instead relies on authorized resellers, is will be selling the Apple Watch locally for the first time next week.

iDigital, an authorized reseller owned by iCon Group in Israel, is expected to carry the Apple Watch Sport as well as select stainless steel models from 1,999 NIS, or about $430 USD without tax, starting Thursday, February 11th. Apple.com in Israel now lists the launch date as well.

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14:15
Rumor: the iPhone 7 will have a flush rear camera,...

Quoting an unnamed “source who has provided reliable information in the past,” MacRumors says the iPhone 7 body will appear very similar to the design used for the iPhone 6 and 6s, with two significant exceptions involving cameras and the antenna bands. 

The article says the rear camera, which protrudes slightly on the iPhone 6 and 6s, will sit flush with the rear casing of the iPhone 7, enabled by a thinner camera module. Recent rumors have indicated Apple is considering equipping the iPhone 7 Plus with a dual-lens rear camera, but the smaller iPhone 7 is expected to include a more traditional camera. 

MacRumors adds that the iPhone 7’s body will see the removal of antenna bands across the rear. Antenna bands at the sides and around the top and bottom edges are said to remain.

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14:04
Notable apps and app updates for Feb. 2, 2016

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

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

SweetP Productions has served up Cookie 5.0, an update to their cookie management product for Mac OS X.

The app can be configured to automatically remove any security threats including tracking cookies, unnecessary cookies, flash cookies, silverlight, and databases from your Mac. Version 5.0 has been re-written from the ground-up to support El Capitan and supports Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Chromium, and Opera browsers.

Cookie 5.0 requires El Capitan and costs . It can be purchased at the product website or the Mac App Store.

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13:51
News: Report: iPhone 7 to include flush camera lens...

A few new details have emerged on Apple’s iPhone 7, as reported by MacRumors. Citing a reliable source, the report notes that the iPhone 7 body will be very similar to the iPhone 6 design, although the rear camera will apparently sit flush with the rear casing, rather than protruding as it does on the iPhone 6 and 6s. The iPhone 7 will also reportedly exclude the antenna bands across the rear, providing a cleaner, flat metal look on the back,…

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13:45
Satechi Magnet Mount and Magnet Vent Mount: Stick...

SATECHI MAGNET MOUNT. PHOTO © 2016 STEVEN SANDE

Most people who have iPhones and iPads quickly find new and fun uses for them, and it's remarkable where you'll find the Apple devices. Whether it's on an exercise bike control panel, in the bathroom for watching the news while shaving, or in the kitchen as a digital cookbook and timer, Apple's digital toys are everywhere. Here's a pair of upcoming products from Satechi that will help you mount your iPhone or iPad mini just about anywhere. The Satechi Magnet Mount (US$19.99) and Magnet Vent Mount ($19.99) use powerful magnets to hold your device rock-steady in the kitchen, gym or car.

Design

Both of the mounts work the same way; if your device is in a case, you slide a slim rectangular plate into the case...

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13:44
Mac: Bloop Airmail 2.6 for Mac

We liked the look and feel of Bloop’s Airmail email client for Mac when it debuted a couple of years ago, and now Bloop is back, taking it to the next level with Airmail 2.6 for Mac ($10). The latest version adds support for OS X El Capitan, along with a totally redesigned app menu, new shortcuts, and a snooze feature akin to the now-defunct Mailbox. You can also now resize images in attachments, and a new smart unread selection helps you manage your inbox more effectively. The update came just before the recent debut of Airmail for iOS.

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13:30
Man successfully sues Apple for a crack in his ‘...

Gareth Cross, 32, a Welsh man from Ceredigion has successfully sued Apple after his watch broke, forcing the company to change its product description, reports the BBC News. He paid £339 in July 2015 for his Apple Watch Sport, but spotted a crack in the glass face 10 days later.

Apple said fixing the watch wasn’t covered by the smartwatch’s warranty, despite its official claim it was scratch-resistant. Cross took the company to the small claims court in Aberystwyth for breach of the Sale of Goods Act, and has won the case after a six-month fight. Apple was ordered to refund the cost of the watch and pay £429 costs. BBC News says the company has changed the description of the watch, removing impact resistant claim.

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13:17
'iPhone 7' to return to flat back without...

Apple's next flagship iPhone will return to a flatter and more elegant rear casing, ditching some of the style cues of the iPhone 6 and 6s, a report said on Tuesday.

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12:57
Environmental concerns slow progress on Apple's...

Progress on Apple's new ?850 million data center in Ireland is reportedly at a standstill as the Irish government continues to sort out complaints about the project's potential to harm local wildlife.

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12:44
Harvard Researchers Debunk Warnings of Terrorists...


The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University on Monday released a report that questions the so-called "going dark" phenomenon. The U.S. government and its surveillance and law enforcement agencies have been calling for an end to encryption because they say it lets terrorists communicate and plan with impunity and is responsible for going dark -- the inability of law enforcement to monitor communications. That's not true, according to the Berkman Center.

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12:38
Report: iPhone 7 will lose camera bump and antenna...

While reports have been circulating that Apple is considering using a rear dual-camera system on the expected iPhone 7 Plus later this year, a new report today claims that there’s another change coming to the iPhone 7 camera as well.

Citing an anonymous source with an apparently reliable history, MacRumors is reporting that the upcoming iPhone 7 will lose the rear camera bump thanks to a thinner camera...

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12:30
The Week in Mac Apps: Get things done with Chaos...

...plus, plenty of productivity tools

This week’s roundup of new Mac apps features Chaos Control, a tool for task management. Plus, you’ll find an app for tracking shipments, a publishing program, and more. Read on!

Beautiful Backup : Create Beautiful Folders for Photos 4.0

Protect your most precious memories with Muharrem Ozkan’s $5 Beautiful Backup (Mac App Store Link), a simple app that backs up all of your digital media in easily accessible folders.

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12:27
Man sues Apple, wins case over Apple Watch Sport...

A Welsh man on Tuesday won a small-claims case against Apple, one which accused the company of violating the region's Sale of Goods Act in refusing to honor his Apple Watch warranty.

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