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Factions Form For and Against Upcoming ‘Steve Jobs’...

Controversy is building around Steve Jobs, an upcoming film based on Walter Isaacson's biography of the same name. While praised by critics, the film is being criticized by some of the people who were closest to him, including his widow, Laurene Powell Jobs, Apple CEO Tim Cook, and long-time Apple board member Bill Campbell.

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New Apple Watch Ads Showcase Messaging, Fitness,...

Apple debuted a new series of Apple Watch ads aimed at simply showing off specific features. The new ads, which are all set against bright backgrounds and feature people using their Watches for specific purposes, show off the device's fitness and messaging capabilities in addition to Apple Pay and Maps.

The first two ads, "Sing" and "Date" feature people using Apple Watch's messaging capabilities to live their lives. In "Sing", the user sends someone an audio message of a song he's singing.

In "Date", actress Lake Bell, who is the narrator of the iPhone 6s commercial, enjoys a night out and is updated on her child via Messages.

The second two ads, "Train" and "Cycle", showcase the Apple Watch's fitness capabilities. In "Train", a user can be seen checking his heart rate as he air boxes.

In "Cycle," a user is completing their indoor cycling exercise and watching it get recorded by the Apple Watch.

In "Ride", a user is shown driving around...

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Apple shares six new Apple Watch ads showcasing...

Apple this evening has shared six new video advertisements for Apple Watch. All six of the ads have different focuses, but all of them center around what Apple Watch is useful for and in what instances it can be used effectively.

The first ad is called “Sprinkle” and focuses on Apple Watch’s support for Apple Pay, which is the company’s contactless payment solution. The second ad is entitled “Date” and showcases how notifications are handled with Apple Watch, including the light vibration your wrist feels whenever you receive a message. The next ad, called “Ride,” focuses on Apple Maps and how it works with Apple’s wearable. The video showcases a user asking Siri for directions to a destination.

The fourth ad is called “Cycle” and showcases a user working out while wearing Apple Watch and using the Activity app...

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Mayors unite to trash Verizon over slow fiber...

New York isn't the only city getting up in Verizon's grill over the provider's reluctance to roll out FiOS across its service areas. The mayors of 13 large US cities (plus a mayoral candidate in Philadelphia) have sent a letter to Verizon CEO Lowe...

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DraftKings and FanDuel face questions about '...

Massive ad campaigns have made the rise of daily fantasy hard to ignore, but maybe there's one thing that could put the brakes on the likes of FanDuel and DraftKings: scandal. The issue seems to have started with a forum thread on Rotogrinder calli...

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Another Day, Another Billion Android Users at Risk

Google on Monday released an over-the-air update for Nexus devices, which includes patches for the latest Stagefright vulnerabilities and other flaws. Android's Stagefright media processing feature, which recently imperiled 1 billion devices around the world, was once again putting them at risk, Zimperium revealed last week. Zimperium found two new vulnerabilities that manifest when Android's Stagefright media playback engine handles specially crafted MP3 audio or MP video files.

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Apple adds Boston and Sydney Transit data to Apple...

After transit directions made their debut in iOS 9 last month, work continues toward building out support for the new Apple Maps feature, the latest additions being information for areas in Boston, Mass. and Sydney, Australia.

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'Destiny' is getting microtransactions,...

Destiny is getting microtransactions. Unlike item cool-downs or the obnoxious stuff that's intrinsic to all those Facebook distractions that clog up your news feed, however, these purchases aren't game-impacting. No, come October 13th they'll take...

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YouTube for iOS updated w/ Material Design interface...

After a long time in scattered A/B testing, YouTube today has updated its iOS app with a brand new design very reminiscent of its Material Design theme that has graced its other iOS apps recently, as well.

YouTube says that the new interface makes it even easier to find and discover new content. Recommended videos, favorite channels, and subscriptions are all directly accessible from the homescreen of the app by either swiping left and right or tapping on the icons. As you can see in the screenshots above and below, a variety of other changes are also present when it comes to the interface of the app.


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YouTube for iOS gets 'material design'...

Months after Google rolled out a redesigned YouTube app for Android, the Internet search giant released a similarly revamped version for iOS on Monday with new gesture controls, video editing tools and more.

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Watch this: Inside Android's Easter egg...

Google loves placing Easter eggs in its products. On Android devices, this has been a tradition since the Gingerbread days, wherein a zombie showed up on the screen after repeatedly tapping a menu's setting. That's still the case now, although the...

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The Dalrymple Report with Merlin Mann: Hey Dingus!

Jim and Merlin talk about appreciating ‘good enough’ and how to start playing guitar, and Merlin gets really excited about his new Amazon Echo.

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Apple acquires advanced smartphone artificial...

Bloomberg reports that Apple has acquired Perceptio, a startup that focuses on developing technology that allows companies to run artificial intelligence systems on smartphones, but without the need for sharing as much user data in the cloud.

Perceptio was founded by Zac Stone and Nicolas Pinto with the goal of developing advanced artificial intelligence systems for smartphones. Both Pinto and Stone have backgrounds in the artificial intelligence field, having been researchers dedicated to building image-recognition systems that use deep learning.

The main goal with...

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Apple buys machine learning firm Perceptio...

Apple on Monday confirmed the purchase of machine learning firm Perceptio, a startup focused on bringing advanced image-classifying artificial intelligence to smartphones with minimal data overhead.

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Apple Acquires Artificial Intelligence Startup...

Apple has purchased Perceptio, a small startup focused on artificial intelligence, reports Bloomberg. Founded by Nicolas Pinto and Zak Stone, Perceptio was developing technology that would let smartphone companies create advanced artificial intelligence systems "without needing to share as much user data" in the cloud. Perceptio's goals were to develop techniques to run AI image-classification systems on smartphones, without having to draw from large external repositories of data. That fits Apple's strategy of trying to minimize its usage of customer data and do as much processing as possible on the device.According to Bloomberg, both Stone and Pinto are established artificial intelligence researchers who specialize in creating image-recognition systems using deep learning. There's little information available about Perceptio, but Re/code...

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Flip PDF For Mac: $9

Flip PDF for Mac turns ordinary PDF documents into animated flip books, and we have a deal on it for you. It requires no programming ability, and it comes with 100+ templates, 400+ themes, 200+ scenes and 700+ backgrounds to help you create just what you want. Flip PDF for Mac retails for $99, but through our deal, it yours for $9. There's a YouTube video on the deal listing with more information.

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The Week in iPad Cases: Sena's latest Ellie...

...plus rugged cases, skins, and more!

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases brings you folios from Incase, OtterBox, and Targus, messenger bags from Booq and CaseCrown, a skin from BodyGuardz, and much more.


The Armor Carbon Fiber (iPad mini 4; $30) is a skin that you apply to the back of your iPad to prevent damage from scratches and minor drops.

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AWT News Update: October 5, 2015

A short AWT News Update today on a slow October news day...

  • Evernote, once a darling of tech investors everywhere, is apparently having issues with finances
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook tells BuzzFeed a universal search API for Apple TV is on the way

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for October 5, 2015.

Fans of the Evernote note-taking app might want to start searching for a different solution, as a Business Insider article posted on Saturday notes that the company is having financial issues despite being a company that jumped quickly into the Unicorn club — the group of tech startups that are worth $1 billion or more. Well, the company still has over 150 million registered users, but isn’t...

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iPhone 6s vs. MMA Contender Luke Rockhold (Video)

I found this highly entertaining. SquareTrade pitted Apple's flagship iPhones against #1 MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) contender Luke Rockhold. Spoiler alert, an iPhone can't take a roundhouse kick from a martial arts expert, especially not when it hits a wall. Shocker that, of course, but it's a crap ton of fun to watch. What was more interesting was the strength test, where Mr. Rockhold broke iPhone 6/6 Plus/6s/6s Plus. Turns out iPhone 6s Plus is way stronger than the other devices. This is in keeping with SquareTrade's more formal testing methods that found iPhone 6s and 6s Plus were both stronger than last year's devices. Anyhoo, let's have some fun:

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Tim Cook pens emotional Steve Jobs essay on the...

Monday, October 5, marks the fourth year anniversary of Steve Jobs’ death. He would’ve been 60 this year.

To commemorate Jobs’ life and legacy, several Apple executives, including Apple CEO Tim Cook, penned personal remembrances that were posted on AppleWeb, Cupertino’s internal news website.

“He was unselfish in the face of his own mortality,” wrote Cook, recalling his last days with the iconic Apple co-founder. Cook shared how he had offered Jobs a portion of own liver for a donor liver transplant, but Jobs refused.

“Even when his outlook was bleak and he had every right to accept help, he refused, rather than put a friend’s health at risk,” Cook continued. “He put his compassion for me above his own needs, and I will never forget it.”

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The 'Secure Empty Trash' option has...

When you delete files from a hard disk, the storage space that the files occupied is available for use. However, the deleted files can still be recovered using data-recovery software.

If you've installed Mac OS X El Capitan, you may have discovered that the Secure Empty Trash feature is missing and it doesn't seem as if you can get it back.

A support page on the security content of El Capitan says: "An issue existed in guaranteeing secure deletion of Trash files on some systems, such as those with flash storage. This issue was addressed by removing the Secure Empty Trash option."

Previously, if you wanted to delete files that contain sensitive information, you could use Secure Empty Trash. Files deleted in that way were completely overwritten by meaningless data. 

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Rumor: iPad Pro, Apple Pencil & Smart Keyboard...

Rumors out of the Far East on Monday claim Apple is preparing to start sales of its massive 12.9-inch iPad Pro in the first week of November, a date thought to coincide with the debut of device-specific accessories like the pressure sensitive Apple Pencil stylus.

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Apple reenables App Slicing in iOS 9

Apple has reenabled iOS 9's App Slicing feature. It had been temporarily unavailable due to a bug in iCloud.

App Slicing (also known as app thinning) tailors app delivery to the capabilities of the user’s particular device, with minimal footprint. This optimization, called app thinning, lets you create apps that use the most device features, occupy minimum disk space, and accommodate future updates that can be applied by Apple.

Starting with iOS 9.0.2, users will have access to updated apps that take advantage of App Thinning.

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Facebook, Eutelsat to Use Satellites to Spread Net...

Facebook and Eutelsat Communications on Monday announced a partnership to leverage satellite technology to provide Internet access to remote parts of sub-Saharan Africa.
The initiative, which includes a multiyear agreement with Spacecom, will utilize the entire broadband payload on the future AMOS-6 satellite as the backbone of a dedicated system that will include satellite capacity, gateways and terminals. Facebook and Eutelsat will provide online access to African regions where there is little to no connectivity.

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YiSpecter Malware Hits Non-jailbroken iPhones in...

iPhone and iPad users have yet another security threat to deal with, called YiSpecter, that targets jailbroken and non-jailbroken phones alike. Turns out it's been in the wild since November 2014, but don't get too worried because there's a good chance you haven't been infected.

The Mac Observer Spin: Never trust pop-ups that ask you to install software outside of the App Store. YiSpecter is a perfect example of what can happen when you do.

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Notable apps and app updates for October 5, 2015

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a short 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 iOS and Mac OS X:

Dasvibes Digital has announced Cheerio 1.0. The US$0.99 app removes advertising, trackers, and other elements from web pages when using Safari on your iPhone or iPad.

DynamoLogic Solutions has released Scanify 1.0. It's a free shopping companion. Scanify scans, parses and generates QR and Barcodes. The app deciphers the linear and two-dimensional barcodes including QR Codes, Aztec Codes and Data Matrix Codes.


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Want to make Apple Watch bands? Official band lugs...

It didn't take long for a lot of accessory manufacturers to jump on the Apple Watch bandwagon with everything from cheap silicone band knockoffs to more pricy and stylish leather straps. But now, a third-party distributor -- Avnet -- is selling Apple authorized "Made for Apple Watch" lugs that manufacturers can (and probably should) use for their Watch bands.

All of the lugs are made of stainless steel, have the phrase "Made for Apple Watch" etched onto them, and require a special pentalobe screwdriver ($12.65 each) to assemble. They're available in 38 and 42mm versions in lots of either 25 or 200 -- 25 38mm lugs will cost you $278.75 if you wish to go into the band manufacturing business, or up to $1866 for 200 of the 45mm lugs.

There are...

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New iOS malware mainly affects users in China

Over the weekend, security site Palo Alto Networks reported a new iOS malware that's can infect non-jailbroken Apple devices using enterprise certificates and private APIs[application programming interfaces]. It's apparently infected at least 100 Apple App Store apps.

“Although the specific behaviors of this malware are fairly unique, it still is no more able to install itself invisibly than any other iOS malware to date,” says Mac security expert, Thomas Reed, director of Mac Offerings at Malwarebytes, provider of an user-installed anti-malware solution. “It's signed with an enterprise provisioning profile, so the user must accept its installation. Two aspects of this are concerning. One is the difficulty of removing the malware. I'd recommend a full factory reset of the phone to be 100% sure everything is wiped."


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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 5...

Notable software releases this week include Coda 2.5.12, Microsoft OneNote 15.14.2, Skype 7.13, Mellel 3.4.3, CleanMyMac 3.1, PDFpen and PDFpenPro 7.3.1, BBEdit 11.1.3, TextWrangler 5.0, Safari 9.0, and SuperDuper 2.8.


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Apple fixes iOS 9 app slicing bug, releases full...

Apple on Monday announced it has fixed an iCloud bug that prevented the release of iOS 9 App Thinning features, and released searchable text transcripts of WWDC 2015's keynote and developer sessions.

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Apple acknowledges 'YiSpecter' iOS malware...

A piece of recently-identified iOS malware, known as YiSpecter, is not a major threat despite its ability to attack both jailbroken and factory stock devices, Apple said on Monday.

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Mail Capitan Sale on Numerous Apple Mail Plug-ins

If you use Apple Mail in El Capitan, you can make it far more capable with the plug-ins that are part of the Mail Capitan sale through 18 October 2015.


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Apple Responds to YiSpecter Malware, Says Fix Was...

Over the weekend, security site Palo Alto Networks detailed a new iOS malware that's able to infect non-jailbroken Apple devices using enterprise certificates and private APIs. It originated in Taiwan and China and was installed through several methods, including hijacking traffic from ISPs, an SNS worm on Windows, and offline app installation.

Called YiSpecter, the malware is able to download, install, and launch apps, doing things like replacing existing apps, displaying advertisements in legitimate apps, changing Safari's default engine, and uploading user information to remote servers.

A popup ad that was able to install YiSpecter on iOS devices
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Apple resolves issue that delayed iOS 9 App Thinning...

Apple CEO Tim Cook at WWDC 2015

After initially holding back a new iOS 9 feature called App Thinning (or App Slicing) that allows developers to ship smaller apps to customers and download additional content as needed, Apple now says it has resolved the issue that caused the delay. Starting with the recently released iOS 9.0.2, users will have access to updated apps that take advantage of App Thinning. Apple also updated developers on a Game Center-related change and rolled out an improved way for finding content from Apple’s developer sessions.Apple first revealed that App...

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Find WWDC Video Content Quickly

Now it's easier to discover and share information presented in WWDC videos with our recent search update. You can search a keyword and find all the instances of it mentioned in the videos. Go straight to the time the keyword was mentioned in the video or easily share a link to it. Try it out.

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Game Center Sandbox Update

At WWDC 2015 we announced that the Game Center development sandbox environment would be turned off to simplify game development and beta testing. Starting today, the sandbox will no longer be available and all versions of iOS and OS X will automatically switch over to the production environment for development testing.

To learn more, read Game Center: Life without a Sandbox or visit the developer forums.

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Find WWDC Video Content Quickly

Now it's easier to discover and share information presented in WWDC videos with our recent search update. You can search a keyword and find all the instances of it mentioned in the videos. Go straight to the time the keyword was mentioned in the video or easily share a link to it. Try it out.

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Game Center Sandbox Update

At WWDC 2015 we announced that the Game Center development sandbox environment would be turned off to simplify game development and beta testing. Starting today, the sandbox will no longer be available and all versions of iOS and OS X will automatically switch over to the production environment for development testing.

To learn more, read Game Center: Life without a Sandbox or visit the developer forums.

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Apple begins selling official Apple Watch lugs to...

Via a third-party distributor, Avnet, Apple is now selling authorized lugs for the Apple Watch that accessory makers can use in their own bands for the device.

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∞ Apple’s official statement on the YiSpecter iOS...

Earlier today, we posted about a report from Palo Alto Networks about YiSpector, iOS malware that was said to attack non-jailbroken iOS devices.

We reached out to Apple for comment. Read on for their response.

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Week in review video: Remembering Steve Jobs, build...

Each Monday, AppleInsider packs all the Apple news you need to know into a fast-paced, 120-second show. This week, we cover all of the news about Steve Jobs, new water protection enhancements in the iPhone 6s, Apple TV developer kits, and much more.

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Apple Watch Hermès now on sale in 10 different styles

You can now go out and buy an Apple Watch Hermès, but you might want to bring your French dictionary.

First announced in September during Apple’s big iPhone 6s event, the Apple Watch Hermès collection is available now, but only in select Apple Stores and Hermès store locations in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Toronto, as well as in several cities in Europe and Asia.

The special Hermès-branded stainless steel Watch comes in three styles and five fancy French colors, which you can combine to get ten different looks. The price of an Apple Watch Hermès ranges from $1,100 to $1,500, depending on the size of the case and the style of the band.


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Review: Just Mobile Quattro Folio for iPhone 6s

Just Mobile's Quattro Folio ($45) is a leather folio case for iPhone 6s — while Just Mobile notes that the case will fit both iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s, it's being marketed as a 6s case on the company's website. Like many folio cases, Quattro Folio doesn't offer button coverage. Unfortunately, Quattro doesn't offer much coverage, period, leaving all corners of the phone and nearly the entire left side exposed when the iPhone 6s' screen is in use. The folio cover slot is designed for business cards, but we found it will accommodate two credit cards. The case also doubles as a landscape viewing stand.{/exp:char_limit}

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MFi Apple Watch straps closer to launch as Apple...

After announcing an official program for accessory makers interested in making Apple Watch bands back in May, Apple has now delivered on its promise of providing Apple-made watch lugs that third-party manufacturers can use to make straps. That’s the first sign that official third-party watch bands will soon be hitting the market through Apple’s Made for iPhone program (MFi). Companies enrolled in the MFi program can now order the parts (pictured above) through Apple’s supplier (via MR)....

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Apple purchases VocalIQ, may use APIs to boost Siri...

Add this to the other cool things Apple has bought over the years and may or may not do something with.

Apple has apparently purchased VocalIQ, a startup located in the UK that has “developed a self-learning dialogue API built on 10 years of natural language research, belief tracking, decision making, and message generation.”

Albeit no one has said how Apple plans to use VocalIQ’s assets, it’s thought that VocalIQ’s API can help improve Siri. It’s also thought that Apple could use the technology for its upcoming car project, as VocalIQ specialized in in-car applications among other things, as the company has collaborated with General Motors in the past. .

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Second-generation Philips Hue Bridge supports...

One of the first home automation products to make it into Apple Stores was Philips Hue lighting. App-controlled, Philips Hue showcased many of the promises of home automation, while also pointing out the issues inherent in a market without standards. Apple hopes to get home automation device manufacturers marching in sync towards a Siri-controlled future through its HomeKit framework, and today Philips helped out by introducing the second-generation Hue Bridge (US$59.99).

The Bridge is compatible with both HomeKit and Siri, and works with other connected home platforms as well. Philips Lighting CEO Eric Rondolat noted that "Lighting is the most accessible aspect of the connected home, and as the lighting expert for the Internet of Things we are taking connected lighting to the next phase. By integrating Philips Hue with Apple HomeKit, we are broadening people's experience of light beyond what has...

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Adobe reverses course, says Metal support in After...

Despite promises at this June's Worldwide Developers Conference hosted by Apple, Adobe is now adopting an ambiguous stance on whether After Effects will support Apple's Metal graphics technology.

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Matt Gemmell on ad blocking

Matt is in a unique position to write about this debate:

I’m on both sides of this debate.

Let’s get the obvious argument out of the way: if you block ads, you’re depriving sites of revenue they presumably need in order to continue running, and if too many people do that, those sites are likely to go away. The reality is more complicated, but the argument is essentially sound – all other things being equal, and unchanged.

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Digital or physical books

Craig Mod on his reading habits:

But in the past two years, something unexpected happened: I lost the faith. Gradually at first and then undeniably, I stopped buying digital books. I realised this only a few months ago, when taking stock of my library, both digital and physical. Physical books – most of all, works of literary fiction – I continue to acquire voraciously. I split my time between New York and Tokyo, and know that with each New York trip I’ll pick up a dozen or more volumes from bookstores or friends.

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The most instagrammed locations in the U.S. and...

I found this really interesting.

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Ireland's finance minster: problem into Apple...

The findings of a probe into Apple’s tax affairs in Ireland won’t hurt the country, according to Finance Minister Michael Noonan, who vowed to go to court to fight any negative ruling from European Union watchdogs, reports Blooomberg Business (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-10-05/apple-tax-probe-won-t-...).

Ireland has an “indication ” the EU will decide before the end of the year whether the nation’s tax dealings with the iPhone maker violate the bloc’s state-aid rules, Noonan told reporters in Luxembourg.

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First look: Using Apple’s new Audio Unit plug-ins in...

With iOS 9 released late last month, Apple introduced a full-fledged audio plug-in framework for the first time on its mobile devices, allowing iPhone and iPad apps to implement support for third-party audio plug-ins just like on a Mac.

In fact, the audio plugin framework comes in the form of Audio Unit version 3, an updated version of the file type Apple has long used on the Mac for audio plug-ins in professional-class apps like Logic Pro.

Now that iOS 9 is available to all, we took the feature for a test drive using a couple of the very first apps to update with support...

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Fiery Irish Finance Minister Says They'll Fight...

The findings of a probe into Apple Inc.’s tax affairs in Ireland won’t hurt the country, according to Finance Minister Michael Noonan, who vowed to go to court to fight any negative ruling from European Union watchdogs.

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Storm Apple Watch companion app: A great reason to...

Weather nerds unite! There's now a compelling reason to have not only your own weather station (you do have one, don't you?), but an Apple Watch as well. Weather Underground's Storm app now has an Apple Watch companion you can use to see conditions at your station or one nearby with a few taps. That's a screenshot of the Storm app from my Watch.

Of course, getting your own weather station can be even more expensive than buying an Apple Watch. The Internet-attached station I have is a Rainwise MK-III package (image below) that retails for US$1268, or even more for a long range version that allows the station sensors to be further away from your Internet connection.

RainWise MK-III Weather Station. Image via Rainwise.com

Data from my weather station (known as KCOHIGHL29) is streamed...

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Apple Now Selling 'Made for Apple Watch'...

Apple has begun selling official Apple Watch lugs through authorized distributor Avnet that may only be used in third-party bands that adhere to the company's Band Design Guidelines for Apple Watch. Apple-designed stainless steel lugs are each marked with "Made for Apple Watch" laser etching to verify their authenticity.

The stainless steel lugs are available in 38mm and 42mm sizes and are compatible with all Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition models. However, at the time of publication, Space Gray, Space Black, Yellow Gold and Rose Gold lugs are not listed for sale.

Apple has published Apple Watch Lug Assembly Guidelines that provide accessory makers with step-by-step instructions and a list of required tools for...

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Review: Chromecast Audio brings new life to dated...

I’m an Apple guy. I have enough Apple hardware around my house to serve as a mini-museum and I use Apple’s software and services every single day. But when Google makes something interesting like Chromecast Audio, I can’t help but want to try out the new toy.

Sold for just $35 (Google Store, Best Buy), Chromecast Audio lets you stream audio over the Internet from services like Spotify and NPR to old speakers. This varies from Apple’s AirPlay in that audio streams directly to the Chromecast Audio rather than from device to device, using your iPhone or iPad only as the remote. In practice, Chromecast Audio is most similar to Sonos, but with Google’s accessory selling at a much lower, irresistible price as it relies on your...

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Review: X-Doria Defense Lux for iPhone 6s/6

X-Doria's Defense Lux ($60) case for iPhone 6s/6 is a more premium version of the "bumper around a case" option that we've seen more of recently. In X-Doria's edition, a rubber and polycarbonate case is bolstered by an aluminum outer frame. The hinged frame locks onto an iPhone 6 or 6s — it barely stretches around the iPhone 6s' slightly larger body. Defense Lux has a soft, slightly puffy backing. Button coverage is present for the sleep/wake button and volume controls. The case comes in four different colors; we received the "black carbon" option.{/exp:char_limit}

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Four years after the death of Steve Jobs, Michael...

Actor Michael Fassbender spent nearly half a year learning about and portraying Steve Jobs, in a performance audiences will finally have the opportunity to see more than four years after the Apple cofounder's passing.

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Research group: Apple Pay will grow slowly for the...

Researcher Aite Group says that Apple Pay, which marks its one-year anniversary this month, has failed to catch on with consumers, accounting for only one percent of all retail transactions in the U.S., reports Bloomberg Business

The service has reportedly suffered from a lack of promotion and limited number of terminals available in stores. Plus Apple Pay is only available on newer iPhones.

“People don’t know why it is they’d use Apple Pay,” Jared Schrieber, CEO of InfoScout, a shopper-research firm, told Bloomberg Business. “They are satisfied with the current methods and they don’t know how Apple Pay works.”

More than 75 percent of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users hadn’t tried the service as of April, according to...

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SVALT: Ultimate high-performance Apple laptop dock [...

Thanks to SVALT for sponsoring The Loop this week. Use code “LOOP” for a $15 discount on the ultimate high-performance Apple laptop dock, the SVALT D Performance Cooling Dock, that increases CPU Turbo Boost speeds by 106% and speeds up 4K exports in Final Cut Pro X by 10% on 15-in Retina MacBook Pro.

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Adobe announces new mobile apps, desktop tools

At Adobe MAX 2015, Adobe has outlined its vision for Creative Cloud -- a "connected creative canvas" where people create and share their work from anywhere.

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Apple Pay 1 year in: Slow to grow, but 'off to...

Tech companies have been trying to make mobile payments happen for years, and when Apple entered the space last October with Apple Pay, it seemed like paying for things with your phone might actually become a daily occurrence.

But Apple Pay adoption is still slow going a year after its launch, according to new reports. The service is barely a blip on the retail radar, accounting for about 1 percent of total transactions in the U.S., according to research firm Aite Group.

The Wall Street Journal dug up numbers from various retail chains and analysts that seem to back up that figure: At Panera, Apple Pay usage is in the “low single digits,” while Firehouse Subs says the service accounts for 2 percent of all transactions. (Panera did say that...

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Microsoft Working on Fix for Office Bugs in OS X El...

Since OS X El Capitan was released to the public last week, Microsoft Office users have noticed some serious bugs when attempting to use the software. MacRumors has received multiple emails from people having issues with Office 2016, and there are several threads about the problem on our forums.

Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint are crashing for many Microsoft users who have installed Office 2016, and Office 2011 users are also noticing problems with Outlook.

Microsoft is aware of the problems with its software and has been responding to customer complaints. In a thread on the Microsoft...

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Dark Knight Mode In El Capitan Server

In case your Mac just isn’t emo enough for ya’, Apple’s provided us a cool little new feature in Yosemite called dark mode. No, this won’t cause Hellboy to leap forth from your MacBook Air. Well, maybe he’ll visit your MacBook Pro, but I haven’t tested that so please don’t quote me on that. Instead, you’ll get the nice new dark menu bar:

But that’s not all folks! Your dock will also get all dark and gothy!

To turn it on, just open the General System Preference pane and check the box for “Use dark menu bar and Dock”.

Enjoy! Oh, and if that’s not emo enough for you feel free...

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News: Apple Pay transaction numbers still low overall

A year after Apple Pay’s launch, the digital payment system is only accounting for 1 percent of U.S. retail transactions, Bloomberg reports. Apple Pay has suffered from a lack of promotion and limited support from retailers, but at Panera Bread — an early adopter of the new pay format — the percentage of Apple Pay transactions is in the low single digits. Even within Panera’s iOS app that lets users order from their iPhone, Apple Pay…

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Share with the click of a button in Office 2016

Welcome to the Collaboration in Office blog!

With the recent release of Office 2016 and a renewed focus on making it easier for our users to collaborate within Office, we’ve created a new blog series focusing on and highlighting new and existing collaboration features within Office. In the coming months, we’ll cover a wide variety of topics related to collaboration and how to get tasks related to collaboration done in Office. We’ll also talk about Office collaboration in different contexts—like in the office, the classroom and at home. So we hope you find these topics interesting and worth sharing. We’ll start the series off with a post about Sharing from Jade Kessler, program manager for the Office Core team.

—The Collaboration Experiences team

Last week, we introduced Office 2016 for Windows, which takes the work out of working together. Using...

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What’s new: September 2015

Office 2016 is here! That’s the big news, but a host of new apps, tools, features, integrations, services and previews arrived in September too. Check out Snip, an exciting new tool for screen captures. For Office 365 for business, there’s a new Office 365 Admin Center Preview and the next-generation sync client for the updated OneDrive for Business is now in preview. There’s also a new Office 365 Import Service, a new experience called Office 365 Planner, and a new service feature, the Office 365 Service Trust Portal. Invite, which helps you easily organize meetings on the go, and Outlook Groups are the new mobile apps. Several posts this month highlight what’s new for Excel 2016 and Project 2016. Others focus on helping admins prepare for, manage and deploy the new Office. For education users, security features were added to Office 365 Education, and the developer community saw the launch of a new...

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Tips & Tricks for the Modern Workplace webcast...

Join us for a live webcast series titled “Tips & Tricks for the Modern Workplace” and learn how to take your Office 365 skills to the next level.

With the industry’s most advanced productivity suite—Office 365—Microsoft is focused on helping you be more productive, mobile and collaborative, making your day-to-day tasks easier. We are making updates weekly, monthly and quarterly to all parts of the cloud service, ensuring your users have “the right tool” at “the right time.” As a result of the continued enhancement of our productivity suite, we’ve built this four-part webcast series to cover topics on PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote and Skype. These are delivered from Microsoft subject experts with top industry knowledge to keep you informed on the latest capabilities you can bring to your organization.


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Top teacher-requested features added to OneNote...

School has started in most parts of the world, and the OneNote team has some exciting announcements to share! As we mentioned on the Microsoft Education blog earlier this month, OneNote Class Notebooks and OneNote Staff Notebooks are now available for Office 365 customers (teachers and faculty) around the world. We’ve seen OneNote Class Notebooks created in 95 countries, and Staff Notebooks created in 45 countries. More OneNote Class and Staff Notebooks are being created by teachers and staff every day!

We are listening to feedback from teachers and staff and improving Class Notebooks based suggestions from educators. Today we are happy to announce the upcoming release of two new...

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News: Apple releases Apple Watch Hermès collection

After its announcement weeks ago, Apple has officially launched the Apple Watch Hermès, with prices starting at $1,100. The watch sports three leather band options and a custom face designed by Apple using fonts that mimic the classic Hermès style. The classic Single Tour band is available in both 38mm and 42mm sizes in brown and black. The Double Tour band — which wraps around the wrist twice — is only available in 38mm, but also comes in red…

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Apple Watch Hermès Collection Debuts in Select Apple...

Apple today officially launched the Apple Watch Hermès collection, which the two companies announced at the September 9 "Hey Siri" event. The collection includes three different strap options for customers -- Single Tour, Double Tour, and Cuff -- alongside a stainless steel Apple Watch casing. None of the new Hermès bands are available to purchase separately, however, and are only included in one of the collection's ten available models.

Hermès offers four different colored versions of the Double Tour band, including Bleu Jean and Etain gray, but only in 38 mm sizes. Those interested in the Single Tour can choose between three different colors, two of which come in both 38 mm and 42 mm, but one -- the red-tinted Capucine Leather band -- is only offered in 38 mm. Alternatively, the Cuff option is a bit more simplistic for buyers, due to its...

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Apple TV aims open its universal search to all apps

When the new Apple TV launches later this month, its universal search features will only work with a select number of apps. But it’s not going to stay that way forever.

Apple CEO Tim Cook recently told BuzzFeed that Apple plans to offer an API for universal search, so that any app can feed into the results. “I think that many, many people will want to be in that search. And that’s great for users,” Cook said.

At launch, Siri’s search results will come from five streaming services: iTunes, HBO, Hulu, Netflix, and Showtime. That’s a fairly short list, and one that leaves out some major sources such as YouTube, Crackle, Watch ABC, and PBS.


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News: Apple to open Apple TV’s universal search API...

Apple plans to expand the new Apple TV’s universal search far beyond its initial launch partners, Buzzfeed reports. Universal search is one of the marquee features in the new device, letting users search once for a term and see results from multiple sources. The feature will support iTunes, Hulu, Netflix, HBO and Showtime when the new Apple TV ships this month, but Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company is opening its API so other sources can make…

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Microsoft Office 2016 users complain about bugs,...

Well, this is a giant mess.

Following the release of Apple’s new OS X 10.11 El Capitan on Wednesday, a number of users have complained of crashes with Office 2016 and the new operating system.

“This is beyond the Pale. We basically can’t use Office on our computers,” wrote one user on the longest thread related to the crash problem.

Users have complained of apparently random crashes since the update, the discussion thread regarding the issues currently running for more than 140 pages.

Where Office 2016 was shipped in early July, the complaints discussion thread has exploded since the release of OS X 10.11 El Capitan...

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YiSpecter: New iOS malware attacks non-jailbroken...

This has the potential to be a real mess, but the sense I get is that this is something Apple can detect and eliminate with more stringent review controls.

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With "Steve Jobs" on screens later this...


On October 9, the movie "Steve Jobs" -- directed by Danny Boyle and scripted by Aaron Sorkin from the biography by Walter Isaacson -- opens at theaters nationwide. With a crop of films about the Apple co-founder having been released over the past four years since Jobs' death, many have felt that the movies tend to focus on the negatives of the man rather than what he accomplished in his lifetime. Sadly, it appears that even his close friends and family can't agree on whether they like or hate the upcoming movie.

First, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Jobs' widow, Laurene Powell Jobs, tried to block the production of the movie repeatedly, saying that the movie and others focus on Jobs as being...

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At what age did your childhood pet run away?

Fantastic alternative list of password security questions. Hard to pick a favorite.

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Apple leases additional office space, expands to...

The Apple expansion continues.

In recent weeks, it’s been discovered that Apple has leased another major project in Sunnyvale — a two-building, 215,000-square foot office park that’s wrapping up construction at North Mathilda Ave. and W. Maude Ave. The project, from Christensen Holdings, is in a business district that’s already thick with Apple outposts.

This is not a completely new change, as the Mathilda Tech Center in Sunnyvale is located in a thick of office buildings already occupied by Apple.

It’s expected that Apple will continue to lease buildings in this segment of Sunnyvale, known as “Peery Park”.

Also, Apple is likely to...

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Mac OS System 7. In your browser. Much fun.

Though this emulator will run on your iOS device, the taps are not responsive, so save the link to run on your Mac.

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Forbes Writer Thinks that Apple Music is a '...

It's definitely Dump on Apple Music Week. Yesterday CNET Writer Sarah Mitroff posted a report as to why she ditched Apple Music for Spotify and today it's Forbes writer Ewan Spence stepping into the ring ...

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Siri, Turn on My Lights: Philips Hue gets HomeKit...

Philips is finally on board with Apple's HomeKit platform thanks to a new version of its Hue LED light hub. The new model works just like the original version, but adds in Siri voice control support and Apple's required HomeKit security features.

The Mac Observer Spin: Finally! Hue gets HomeKit support! There wasn't any way to update the original Hue Bridge to support HomeKit support, so it's nice that Philips is offering current customers a discounted price on the new hub.

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Apple officially launches Hermès Watch collection,...

If you haven’t yet found your perfect Apple Watch strap among the company’s own offerings or the numerous third-party options, Apple has today officially launched its partnership with French leather fashion company Hermès.

Uncompromising craftsmanship. Pioneering innovation. Groundbreaking functionality. Apple Watch Hermès is the culmination of a partnership based on parallel thinking, singular vision and mutual regard. It is a unique timepiece designed with both utility and beauty in mind. With leather straps handmade by Hermès artisans in France and an Hermès watch face reinterpreted by Apple designers in California, Apple Watch Hermès is a product of elegant, artful simplicity — the ultimate tool for modern life.

Splashing out between...

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How to fix that iCloud “last backup could not be...

Sébastien Page, writing for iDownloadBlog, digs into an error that is both common and non-obvious and lays out the fix. Worth bookmarking and passing along.

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Coda 2.5.12

Brings a number of fixes specific to OS X 10.11 El Capitan to the Web site development tool. ($99 new, free update, 85.1 MB)


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The diagnostic info on every iPhone and iPad

Joe Caiati, writing for dot info, digs into the completely visible diagnostic info found on each of your iOS devices.

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Advertising Malware Affects Non-Jailbroken iOS...

An anonymous reader writes: Malware called YiSpecter is infecting iOS devices belonging to Chinese and Taiwanese users, and is the first piece of malware that successfully targets both jailbroken and non-jailbroken devices, Palo Alto Networks researchers warn. What's more, the techniques it uses for hiding are making it difficult to squash the infection. YiSpecter's malicious apps were signed with three iOS enterprise certificates issued by Apple so that they can be installed as enterprise apps on non-jailbroken iOS devices via in-house distribution. Through this kind of distribution, an iOS app can bypass Apple's strict code review procedures and can invoke iOS private APIs to perform sensitive operations.


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PricewaterhouseCoopers see's Apple's...

What consumer products will be hot this Holiday season? The holidays are the most important time of the year for retailers as well as some shoppers: about a third of some stores' profits are made in the last two months of the year ...

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ExtraBITS for 5 October 2015

In this week’s ExtraBITS roundup, Amazon stops selling the Apple TV and Chromecast, Apple’s Eddy Cue gives a rare interview, Sprint raises prices on its unlimited plans, a photographer compares every iPhone camera, and we explain why you shouldn’t shower with your iPhone 6s.


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Apple tops Interbrand's 'Best Global...

Apple tops Interbrand's "Best Global Brands" list for the third time. The company has appeared on Interbrand's Best Global Brand ranking since 2000, when the ranking first debuted.

In 2000, Apple ranked #49 and had a brand value of US $5.5 billion. Today, Apple's brand value is $170.3 billion. 

Other companies in the top 10 are Google, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, IMB, Toyota, Samsung, GE, and McDonald's. Valuation is calculated based on a company's financial performance, a brand's ability to influence customer purchases, and the extent to which it can support premium pricing. (Interbrand is a brand consultancy firm.)

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Apple Pay transactions seeing ‘continued, double-...

Apple has declared that Apple Pay is off to a “great start” almost a year after its launch with the company seeing steady growth in Apple Pay transactions every month. In a statement to Bloomberg, the company said:

“We’re off to a great start and we are seeing continued, double-digit monthly growth in Apple Pay transactions since launch,” Apple said in an e-mailed statement.

Apple Pay launched last year with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the US. The service expanded to the UK a few months ago. In Apple’s January investor call, Cook claimed 2015 was “the year of Apple Pay”. However, Bloomberg notes that not everyone is as thrilled with...

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Use dnsconfig in OS X Server 5

DNS is DNS. And named is named. Except in OS X Server. Sometimes. The configuration files for the DNS services in OS X Server are stored in /Library/Server/named. This represents a faux root of named configuration data, similar to how that configuration data is stored in /var/named on most other platforms. Having the data in /Library/Server/ makes it more portable across systems. The current version of BIND is 9.9.7-P2.

Traditionally, you would edit this configuration data by simply editing the configuration files, and that’s absolutely still an option. In OS X Server 5 (for El Capitan and Yosemite), a new command is available at /Applications/Server.app/Contents/ServerRoot/System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/DNSManager.framework called dnsconfig. The dnsconfig command appears simple at first. However, the options available are actually far more complicated than they initially appear. The verbs available include help (show help information), list (show the contents of...

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Review: Prong’s iPhone 6 PWR Case adds folding wall...

I’ve tested lots of iPhone battery cases since 2007, and quite a few great iPhone 6 battery cases over the past year. It’s extremely rare to find a battery case with integrated wall plugs that recharge both the battery and iPhone, but a company named Prong is now on its second-generation version of exactly that product. Prong’s first iPhone cases had no batteries, but included wall plugs so you could recharge wherever you found a standard wall outlet. Then it took the next logical step and...

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Dialog Semiconductor announces Bluetooth support for...

Dialog Semiconductor, a provider of integrated power management, AC/DC power conversion, solid state lighting (SSL) and Bluetooth Smart technology, has announced a Bluetooth Smart development kit, with full support for Apple HomeKit, to accelerate development of smart home accessories.

In a recent report on the connected home, BI Intelligence predicts that the smart home market will grow at an annual rate of 67% between now and 2019, resulting in 1.8 billion accessories being shipped in that year.

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Latest 4K drone footage of Campus 2 shows huge glass...

With the construction of Apple’s new Spaceship campus now showing rapid progress, new 4K drone footage (below) shows huge glass panels in the staging area close to the metal sections.

The circular Campus 2 building is really taking shape now above ground level, even when compared to footage from just three weeks ago, and we get a sense of the scale of the excavation from the sizeable pyramid of excavated dirt just outside the ring … 

The campus, which will provide workspace for around 13,000 employees, is scheduled to see the main building completed in late 2016, with the surrounding building works completing early the following year.

Although the finished building...

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Tim Cook Commemorates Steve Jobs on Fourth...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has sent an internal email to employees (via The Telegraph) to commemorate the fourth anniversary since the death of late Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs, who passed away October 5, 2011 following a lengthy illness.

Cook described Steve as a "brilliant person," encouraging Apple employees to ask their co-workers about "what he was really like," and reminded his staff about the "privilege and responsibility" of continuing the work that he "loved so much."Team,

Today marks four years since Steve passed away. On that day, the world lost a visionary. We at Apple lost a leader, a mentor, and many of us lost a dear friend.

Steve was a brilliant person, and his priorities were very simple. He loved his family above all, he loved Apple, and he loved the people with whom he worked so closely and...

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MediaTek announces two software development kits for...

MediaTek (www.mediatek.com), a fabless semiconductor company, has released two software development kits (SDKs) that support Apple HomeKit. Apple HomeKit is a framework built into iOS that enables secure home control from iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Apple Watch and lets home accessories work together in smart ways.

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Study: the iPad Pro and others like it could turn...

Strategy Analytics says there is "immense opportunity" for new and replacement sales of tablets, reversing a four percent decline in shipments in 2015 to seven percent growth in 2016. Part of that growth will be due to Apple's iPad Pro and other, "super-sized" tablets, according to the research group.

Consumer surveys show that tablets and personal computers are nearly equally desired among owners of both devices and with over 700 million of these devices beyond the midpoint of their lifecycles in 2015. The "hard work put in by vendors like Apple, Microsoft, and Samsung to redefine the tablet will bear fruit in 2016," according to Strategy Analytics.

The iPad Pro, due next month, sports a 12.9-inch Retina display with 5.6 million pixels, the most ever in an iOS device. It also packs a new 64-bit A9X chip, which Apple says rivals "most portable PCs." A four-speaker audio design provides stereo sound.

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Apple Snaps Up Natural Speech Tech Company Vocal IQ

Your next iPhone may be a lot more conversational because Apple has purchased Vocal IQ, a London-based company that specializes in natural language technology. The company's tech could be used to make talking to Siri much more like interacting with Tony Stark's JARVIS, or the computer system on Star Trek's USS Enterprise.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple's Vocal IQ purchase gets us another step closer to my dream device: the Knowledge Navigator.

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News: Daily Deal: Resuming Résumé Creator Lifetime...

Today in iLounge Deals you can get a lifetime subscription to Resumonk Résumé Creator for only $24.99 – that’s 57% off the regular price. This tool helps you create a résumé that will stand out from the crowd, helping you build a professional résumé and cover letter, saving you hours of formatting your résumé in Microsoft Word or Apple’s Pages and leaving you with more time to focus on the job search itself. The package includes…

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Apple Remains World's Most Valuable Brand Per...

Apple has retained the number one spot in Interbrand's annual ranking of the world's most valuable brands, a position it has held onto since 2013 when it knocked Coca-Cola out of the top spot. Following close behind the Cupertino-based company are brands like Google, Microsoft, and Samsung in second, fourth, and seventh place, respectively.

Since last year's ranking, Apple has grown in brand value a total of 43 percent, earning it one of Interbrand's "Top Riser" designations. Overall, the company increased from $118.9 billion last year to $170.3 billion in this year's survey, up a total of about $51.4 billion in brand valuation from 2014 to 2015. Other companies like Amazon and...

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Adobe debuts Photoshop Fix + Capture CC, Mix +...

With Adobe Max Creative Conference kicking off later today, it’s time for the wraps to come off the latest advancements in Creative Cloud including new apps for iPhone and iPad.

New from Adobe this year is the Photoshop Fix image retouching iOS app (seen above), Capture CC for iOS and Android which turns images into color themes and brushes, enhanced versions of Photoshop Mix for image composition and ...

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In wake of unflattering movies, Tim Cook emails...

Tim Cook has emailed Apple staff on the 4th anniversary of the passing of Steve Jobs, thanking them for “remembering both who he was and what he stood for,” reports the Telegraph. Cook said that Jobs was “a brilliant person” who left an incredible legacy.

What is his legacy? I see it all around us: An incredible team that embodies his spirit of innovation and creativity. The greatest products on earth, beloved by customers and empowering hundreds of millions of people around the world. Soaring achievements in...

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Apple tops Interbrand’s list of the world’s most...

Interbrand has named Apple as the world’s most valuable brand for the third year running, estimating that it increased its total value by 43% in the past year to hit $170B. The company bases its estimates on a mix of the financial performance of the company, its ability to influence purchase decisions and the degree of brand loyalty it enjoys.

Google again took second place, seeing its value climb by 12% to $120B. Tech companies made up half of the top 10, Microsoft at #4, IBM at #5 and Samsung retaining 7th place. A similar brand equity ranking by Millward Brand back in May also gave Apple and Google the top two slots.

Apple first knocked Coca-Cola...

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Apple's CEO Sends email to Staff Remembering...

Today Tim Cook has asked Apple staff to honor the late Steve Jobs on the fourth anniversary of his death, urging them to stop each other to "ask what he was really like."

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New Philips Hue Bridge brings support for Apple...

Philips on Monday officially debuted its second-generation Hue Bridge which, through compatibility with Apple's HomeKit protocol and Siri, acts as a central control hub for connected devices like lights, door locks and more.

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Philips officially unveils Bridge 2.0, bringing Siri...

Siri voice control is finally coming to Philips Hue connected light bulbs thanks to promised HomeKit support and a new bridge product. Details have been surfacing over the last month with product listings going up a day early, and today Philips is ready to officially reveal how it’s bringing HomeKit support to Hue bulbs and lamps. As expected, Hue bulb owners will be able to upgrade to the new Philips Hue Bridge 2.0 to enable using Siri to control Hue lights. The new, square-shaped bridge works similar to the old, round bridge...

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So What's Really the Best Smartphone?

The best smartphone on the market is the iPhone, right? That is the conventional wisdom. However, if I were to ask about the best shoes, shirt, car, boat or TV, the answers likely would be all over the map -- not just on brand but on type. When it comes to cars, for instance, I personally favor convertibles because they remind me of my youth when I could ride a motorcycle without a helmet, and they are just more fun. They suck if you want to carry a bunch of things, though, which is why my contractor favors a pickup with an extended cab.

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The Beats Solo2 Headphones Don’t Deserve Their Bad...

Beats headphones have a reputation for being overpriced fashion items, but are things changing under Apple’s command?


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Majority of gamers lack confidence in developers...

PlayFab (www.playfab.com), a backend service to build, launch and grow live games, has announced findings from its recent survey on cybersecurity concerns and awareness among gamers.

The findings, which include responses from 500 participants that play video games more than four hours per week, revealed that 83 percent of respondents believe game developers should be responsible for securing players' personal data, however fewer than 40 percent said they feel confident in current safeguards.

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Kool Tools: Actiontech 802.11ac Wireless Network...

Do you want faster Wi-Fi in your home and the ability to stream multiple HD movies and TV shows at a time without any glitches? Actiontec Electronics' (http://www.actiontec.com) new family of 802.11ac Wireless Network Extenders delivers whole-home connectivity, with Gigabit wired and wireless speeds for faster HD video streaming and online gaming on any device, in any location in the home.

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Laurene Powell Jobs tried to block the Steve Jobs...

The WSJ reports that Steve Jobs’ widow Laurene Powell Jobs repeatedly tried to block production of the Sorkins/Boyle movie Steve Jobs.

Ms. Jobs repeatedly tried to kill the film, according to people familiar with the conversations. She lobbied, among others, Sony Pictures Entertainment, which developed the script but passed on the movie for financial reasons, and Universal Pictures, which is releasing the $33.5 million production on Friday … 


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Interbrand Lists Apple as the Number One Global...

Madison Avenue may be the center of the advertising industry, but Silicon Valley is home to the most valuable brands. For the third consecutive year, Apple tops the annual Interbrand Best Global Brands report.

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Mail Designer Pro 2.5: Perfect for creating fancy...

If you need to design more than your run-of-the-mill emails and newsletters, Mail Designer Pro from equinux needs to be in your software arsenal. Compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 and later, it allows you to create eye-popping emails — including HTML emails — quickly and easily without knowing anything about HTML coding. With version 2.5, Mail Designer Pro works with OS X El Capitan and all of its features such as Split View.

Mail Designer 2.5 plays nice with other Apple apps. You can design your own multi-column newsletters using drag and drop, then send them via the OS X Mail app. You can add photos and pictures from a variety of sources, such as the El Capitan Photos app. You can also design buttons for your emails and newsletters, as well as create headers and badges. A variety of social media buttons, artwork and tools are included with Mail Designer Pro.

In addition to El Capitan compatibility, version 2.5 sports a new sidebar that offers quick access to content and...

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Microsoft OneNote 15.14.2

Adds support for OS X 10.11 El Capitan and switches to using the CPU (rather than GPU) to preserve battery life. (Free, 334 MB)


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The best Glances for the Apple Watch

Getting started with Glances

Nestled somewhere between an app and a complication, Glances are the ultimate evolution of the widget. Small, smart, and sleek, most of them require little or no interaction and need only seconds of attention, offering useful bits and quick shortcuts that are able to be gleaned in an instant. 

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RE:Vision Effects releases DE:Flicker with GPU...

RE:Vision Effects has released DE:Flicker for the OpenFX plug-in hosts Nuke, Vegas Pro, Fusion, HitFilm, Scratch, Natron and Nucoda. And it continues to be available for After Effects, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X and Motion, which requires a separate license.

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Skype 7.13

Adds support for OS X 10.11 El Capitan and its Split View mode. (Free, 38.8 MB)


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Apple co-founder’s allies take aim at Hollywood over...

The Wall Street Journal:

Four years after Steve Jobs’s death, a new movie is reopening a debate over the Apple Inc. co-founder’s legacy.

Mr. Jobs’s allies, led by his widow, Laurene Powell Jobs, say the film “Steve Jobs,” and other recent depictions, play down his accomplishments and paint Mr. Jobs as cruel and inhumane. Ms. Jobs repeatedly tried to kill the film, according to people familiar with the conversations. She lobbied, among others, Sony Pictures Entertainment, which developed the script but passed on the movie for financial reasons, and Comcast Corp.’s Universal Pictures, which is releasing the $33.5 million production on Friday.

“A whole generation is going to think of him in a different way if they see a movie that depicts him in a negative way,” said Bill Campbell, a longtime Apple board member and friend of Mr. Jobs. Mr. Campbell hasn’t seen the film.

I don’t know that I agree with Campbell on his assessment of Jobs’ legacy and whether...

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Mellel 3.4.3

Maintenance release for the word processing app addresses a number of bugs. ($39 new, free update, 93.6 MB)


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The Logic Pros: Getting the most out of Logic’s...

In this week’s episode of The Logic Pros, we are looking at one of LPX’s most over-looked features, the MIDI FX Arpeggiator. A somewhat new option for Logic users, these FX offer a number of interesting ways to create patterns, sounds and more on any Audio Instrument in your library:

MIDI FX are essentially a group of plug-ins, not unlike your typical Audio FX, that can alter our MIDI patterns, among many other things. Highlighted by the Arpeggiator, the list of options is generally split into creative options and those that serve a more utility type of role like for example, the Transposer. For today’s...

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Apple's Tim Cook accepts Visibility Award at...

In accepting his Visibility Award at a Human Rights Campaign dinner on Saturday night, Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke about his coming out as gay and argued that there are still obstacles to LGBT acceptance even if much progress has been made.

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Drama from Steve Jobs Movie Director: Companies like...

English film Director, producer and screenwriter Daniel Boyle who directed the biographical drama based on the life of Steve Jobs has quite the dramatic flair. After Aaron Sorkin put a bullet in the film 'Steve Jobs' by lashing out at Apple's current CEO Tim Cook recently, Boyle was out in full force ...

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New HomeKit-enabled Philips Hue lights and bridge...

As we reported last week, Philips is readying new HomeKit enabled smart home accessories, including new lights with better color reproduction and a HomeKit-compatible bridge box, for early October launch. However, it seems that some of the new products have appeared on sites like Amazon and Best Buy a bit prematurely, as Philips is yet to officially acknowledge the new devices.

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AirPort Utility 6.3.6 - Set up and manage your Wi-Fi...

Note: Most recent release available only within OS X 10.11 El Capitan update.

Use AirPort Utility to set up and manage your Wi-Fi network and AirPort base stations, including AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and Time Capsule. See a graphical overview of your Wi-Fi network and devices. Change base station and network settings, or manage advanced features such as security modes, wireless channels, and more.

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Note: Most recent release available only within OS X 10.11 El Capitan update.

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

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Quicksilver 1.3.1 - Application launcher and much...

Quicksilver is a light, fast and free Mac application that gives you the power to control your Mac with keystrokes alone.

Quicksilver allows you to find what you need quickly and easily, then act upon these objets as you see fit. All with your fingers on the keyboard. As an example, if you want to find an application hidden in the depths of your file system, simply activate Quicksilver with a keystroke, type a few letters of the application's name, then hit Return or Enter to launch it, or tab and type to find an action such as Quit, Trash, Email To..., Run at Login, Move To..., Get Info, Reveal, the list goes on.

Quicksilver indexes and parses only selected parts of the contents of your hard drive in the Catalog, which means it locates and displays the items matching your search quickly. Quicksilver has a modular structure which means features for interaction with a whole host of of other applications (iTunes, 1Password, Safari, Microsoft Office)...

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Talent behind 'Steve Jobs' didn't...

The actors who bring the film "Steve Jobs" to life went to great lengths to get to personally know the real-life people they were portraying. But in the end, they weren't worried about closely matching their physical appearance, or even making them happy about how they were depicted.

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6 fantastic (and free) video editing apps for iOS


Personal videos have long been an integral part of our lives, allowing us to share and cherish memories with our friends and family. Apple’s recent release of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s+ have introduced ultra high-definition 4K video recording to a massive new audience. With such a powerful device, you may want to tweak your footage before you share it. Today, we are taking a quick look at five different editing solutions for your iOS device.

As a photographer, I don’t mess around with video on my iPhone very much but when I do, I use a couple of these free apps to quickly bang out something I can post online.

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CNET Writer: Why I Ditched Apple Music for Spotify

CNET's Sarah Mitroff wrote today that "After signing up, I decided to make Apple Music my only music service during its initial three-month trial period. I canceled my Spotify subscription and worked on personalizing Apple [Music] to suit my ...

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All 8,400 Apollo Moon Mission photos just went online

Mother Jones:

Every photo ever taken by Apollo astronauts on moon missions is now available online, on the Project Apollo Archive’s Flickr account. That’s about 8,400 images, grouped by the roll of film they were shot on. You can finally see all the blurry images, mistakes, and unrecognized gems for yourself. The unprocessed Hasseblad photos (basically raw scans of the negatives) uploaded by the Project Apollo Archive offer a fascinating behind-the-scenes peek at the various moon missions as well as lots and lots (and lots) of photos detailing the surface of the moon.

This is one of those Flickr pages you don’t want to go to unless you have a lot of free time this afternoon.


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Phillip Elmer-Dewitt: 7 Things I can't Image...

Fortune's Phillip Elmer-Dewitt wrote today that it was hard for him to watch Tim Cook's acceptance speech last night at the Human Rights Campaign "on the anniversary of Steve Jobs’ death and not think ...

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iOS 9 bug makes several apps appear zoomed in for...

Do some apps on your iPhone 6s look as if they’re zoomed in? You’re not alone. MacRumors reported late last week that some iPhone 6s users who upgraded from an iPhone 5, 5s, or 5c report that certain apps on their phones look as if they’ve been zoomed in.

The bug gets triggered when you restore an iPhone 6s from a backup of an iPhone 5, 5s, or 5c. As a result, the edges of onscreen content appear to get clipped in a number of bundled apps, including Weather, Wallet, Watch, Calculator, and Health. (We’re assuming the fact that this bug affects all the “W” apps is a mere coincidence.)

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statshares in OS X Server 5

I wrote about using the smbutil for DFS in Lion awhile back. I haven’t needed to write anything else as it hadn’t changed since. But in OS X 10.11 El Capitan, a new option for smbutil appears: statshares. The statshares option has an -m option to look at a mount path for showing the path to the mount (e.g. if the mount is called krypted this should be something like /Volumes/krypted):

smbutil statshares -m /Volumes/krypted

When run, you see a list of all the attributes OS X tracks for that mount path, including the name of the server, the user ID (octal), how SMB negotiated an authentication, what version of SMB is running (e.g. SMB_1), the type of share and whether signing, extended security, Unix and large files are supported.

Additionally, if you’d like to see the attributes for all shares, use the -a option after statshares:

smbutil statshares -a

Overall, this is a nice health check type of verb to...

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MGG 573: I Yell At Sites That Use Flash

Clicking and Clacking is what your two Mac Geeks do when they're not answering questions. Or maybe that's how they answer your questions. Regardless, this is what they do and today is no different. Sharing your El Capitan and iOS 9 tips and questions, this week's episode is sure to inform and entertain!

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Tim Cook Clarifies Universal Search in New Apple TV

When Apple’s next-generation Apple TV arrives at market in October it will include a new universal search feature that will allow you to search for a movie or TV show once, and see results from all sorts of different sources

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Delete User Configurable nvram In El Capitan

A nifty little feature of nvram is the ability to delete all of the firmware variables you’ve created. This can get helpful if you’ve got a bunch of things that you’ve done to a system and want to remove them all. If you run nvkram followed by a -p option you’ll see all of the configured firmware variables:

nvram -p

If you run it with a -d you’ll delete the given variables that you define (e.g. boot-args):

nvram -d boot-args

But, if you run the -c you’ll wipe them all:

nvram -c

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Tidy Up (Five Users) 4.1.5 - Find duplicate files...

Tidy Up is a complete duplicate finder and disk-tidiness utility.

With Tidy Up you can search for duplicate files and packages by the owner application, content, type, creator, extension, time modified, time created, name, label, visibility, and date/age. You can also search by the tag, duration, and bit installments of MP3 and AAC sound files and EXIF metadata; search the contents of the Photos, iPhoto, Aperture, iTunes, iPod databases, and Mail mailboxes; and synchronize deletions with iPhoto, Mail, and iTunes.

Tidy Up allows you to search for duplicate folders by name, date modified, date created, label visibility, empty folders, their contents, and more. Tidy Up is also fast: it doesn't index the scanned volumes, so you don't waste precious time and space. With its multitasking capability, you can do multiple searches at one time and take full advantage your Mac's processing power.

Tidy Up comes with a two search modes. Basic Mode includes...

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Mellel 3.4.3 - The word processor of choice for...

Mellel is the leading word processor for OS X and has been widely considered the industry standard since its inception. Mellel focuses on writers and scholars for technical writing and multilingual word processing. It offers special tools to help you write and organize long documents easily. If you need multilingual support or are writing bi-directional text, Mellel is just the thing for you: Arabic, Persian, Hebrew, and Syriac never looked better on a Mac. Even if you don't need all the bells and whistles, Mellel is still the right choice for you: clean, stable, and easy to use.

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  • Fixed an issue that caused Mellel to sometimes crash when typing in cells in the Page Style header/footer editor
  • Fixed a problem that caused Mellel to crash under some rare conditions
  • Fixed an issue where clicking inside a table inside a header/footer sometimes caused Mellel to crash
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Install OS X Server On A Fresh Computer

The first thing you’ll want to do on any server is setup the networking for the computer. To do this, open the System Preferences and click on Network. You usually want to use a wired Ethernet connection on a server, but in this case we’ll be using Wi-Fi. Here, click on the Wi-Fi interface and then click on the Advanced… button.

At the setup screen for the interface, provide a good static IP address. Your network administrator can provide this fairly easily. Here, make sure you have an IP address and a subnet mask. Since we need to install the Server app from the Mac App Store, and that’s on the Internet, you’ll also need to include a gateway, which provides access to the Internet and using the DNS tab, the name servers for your Internet Service Provider (ISP).


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Inhabitat's Week in Green: the Model X and man-...

Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week's most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us -- it's the Week in Green.

After three years of anticipation Tesla just launched its latest electric car. The company says the Model...

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Vice President Joe Biden Praised Tim Cook Last Night...

Apple CEO Tim Cook was honored at the Human Rights national dinner last night and praised by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden as noted in our report's opening video clip. Cook received the LGBT advocacy organization's Visibility Award ...

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How to use gestures in OS X El Capitan Mail

Mail in Mac OS X El Capitan supports more gesture controls than its predecessor. Add your accounts to Mail and you’ll be able to access all your email from one place, then use swipe gestures to delete messages (just as you can in iOS 9) or mark them as unread.

To delete an email, swipe across your Mac's trackpad Magic Trackpad or Magic Mouse) with two fingers to the left. Swipe right to mark the message as unread. Swipe to the right again and the message is marked as read again.

Also, you can scroll through your list of emails in the left side of the Mail screen Swiping with two fingers up or down to scan through your messages.

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We should be able to leave our digital goodies to...

You may not know it but when you "buy" digital content such as books, music and movies from Apple and Amazon, you're not actually buying them but renting them. As more people realize this, it's unlikely they'll reconsider making physical purchases instead of digital ones. But this needs to change. 

Apple and Amazon grant “nontransferable” rights to use content. In other words, when you buy digital content, you own a license to use the digital files, but you don't truly own them. I've bought lots of music and movies on iTunes. However, unless the law changes I can't give bequeath them to my kids.

That stinks.

As noted in a 2012 Wall Street Journal article, someone who owns 10,000 hardcover books and the same number of vinyl records could leave them to descendants. However, legal experts say passing on iTunes and Kindle libraries would be much more complicated.

"I find it hard to imagine a situation...

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Daimler tests a self-driving, mass-produced truck on...

Daimler's dreams of self-driving big rig trucks just took one step closer to reality. The automaker has conducted the first-ever test of its semi-autonomous Highway Pilot system in a production truck on a public road, driving an augmented Mercedes-...

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Skype - Voice-over-internet phone and...

Skype allows you to talk to friends, family and co-workers across the Internet without the inconvenience of long distance telephone charges. Using peer-to-peer data transmission technology, Skype eliminates the central server as a middle manager.

Today, millions of individuals and businesses are taking advantage of Skype's diverse communication features:

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Human Rights Campaign honors Tim Cook with National...

Tim Cook speaking at BoxWorks on Tuesday

Speaking before an audience in Washington D.C. tonight, Tim Cook was honored with the Human Rights Campaign’s National Visibility Award at a dinner where he discussed the fight against discrimination and inequality. The Apple CEO famously wrote earlier this year about being gay, making Cook the first chief executive of a Fortune 500 company to openly come out. In the essay in which he first publicly acknowledged his sexuality, Cook shared that he felt it was more important to help other people facing discrimination for being gay than it was to protect his private life. Delivering a speech at the HRC dinner, Cook...

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Review: 'Steve Jobs' an electric depiction...

A humanizing, honest and emotional portrayal of the complex man who cofounded Apple, "Steve Jobs" is a deeply satisfying film grounded by sharp dialogue and a stellar cast. AppleInsider had a chance to screen the film in New York on Saturday, and also to participate participate in a Q&A with the talent behind the production.

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Apple to open Apple TV universal search API to third...

Apple CEO Tim Cook recently confirmed that developers will indeed be granted access to a universal search API set to debut with the fourth-generation Apple TV, meaning third-party apps have the opportunity to get screen time alongside big name services like HBO and Hulu.

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Notable apps and app updates for October 3, 2015

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a short 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 iOS and Mac OS X:

iOS Apps / Updates

Feeling the need for speed? Need for Speed: No Limits is a freemium street racer with in-app purchases that was updated a few days ago to bring players tournaments against other players in which prizes include performance parts and exclusive cars (like the Toyota Supra). You can even take part in a special limited time event against Snoop Dogg.

It's a classic for the iPhone and iPad, so it's no wonder that it's back at the top of the charts again. Minecraft: Pocket Edition ($6.99) has been updated to add The Nether and all of its inhabitants, ocelots, golems, and flower pots, among other goodies.

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Bookends 12.6.0 - Reference management and...

Bookends is a full-featured bibliography/reference and information-management system for students and professionals.

Access the power of Bookends directly from Mellel, Nisus Writer Pro, or MS Word (including Word 2011): Bookends allows you to scan your existing word-processor files and automatically generate finished manuscripts with properly formatted bibliographies. You can also scan Apple Pages '08, '09, and 5, and OpenOffice 3 files, or RTF files saved from any word processor.

Bookends allows you to share your references over the Internet with anyone, on any platform. And with Bookends, you can directly search and import references from numerous sources:

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Apple to Open Up Apple TV's Universal Search to...

One of the key features of the new Apple TV set to launch later this month is universal search, which allows users to find content across a number of different services using text entry or, in some countries, Siri voice search. Universal search will work across iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and Showtime at launch, but it was initially unclear whether the feature would be expanded to include additional content sources over time.

In a follow-up story on his interview with Tim Cook last month, BuzzFeed's John Paczkowski relates some additional details on Apple TV shared by Cook, including word that developers will indeed be able to make their content available to universal search via an API.“At launch we’ll have iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, Showtime, and HBO — so we’ll have five major inputs into universal search initially,”...

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Tivo Bolt

This looks really interesting. It combines streaming services like Netflix and includes SkipMode, which completely skips over commercial breaks by pressing one button.

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This week on AppleInsider: 13 million iPhones, OS X...

The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus continued to play an important part in this week's news -- and AppleInsider had a chance to review the devices -- but the Mac had a brief moment to shine with the launch of OS X El Capitan, and Apple made a rare addition to its board of directors.

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Navigating accountsd in OS X

The directory services options in OS X has quietly been going through some slow changes over the past couple of years. Many of the tools we use to manage accounts look similar on the outside but sometimes work a little differently under the hood. Account information is still stored in the /var/db/dslocal/nodes directory. Here, the local directory service pulls files from within directories recursively when accountsd loads. You can still create a second instance of the local directory service by copying the Default directory. For example, here we’ll copy the Default directory node to a directory node called NEW:

sudo cp -prnv /var/db/dslocal/nodes/Default /var/db/dslocal/nodes/NEW

If you killall accountsd then wait (this is slower than doing a killall of DirectoryService was), you’ll then see and be able to use this new directory node:

sudo killall accountsd

This is one way to go about forklifting large collections of accounts from one system to another....

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‘The Martian’ gets official iOS/Apple Watch game as...

‘The Martian’, Ridley Scott’s new sci-fi film starring Matt Damon, gets an official iOS and Apple Watch game tie-in just as the movie hits theaters in the US this weekend. The game was developed by Little Labs on license from Fox Digital Entertainment and with a little help from the author of the original book that the new film is based on.

The game mostly consists of text-based strategy gameplay, prompting players to make decisions to help Astronaut Mark Watney (played by Matt Damon in the movie) through solving problems after finding himself stranded on Mars.

The game puts Mark’s life directly in the...

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Tim Cook: Apple will offer an Apple TV API to open...

The Apple TV is launching later in October but many of the details about the device remain under wraps. At the announcement, Apple announced that the Apple TV Siri universal search feature will include data from iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, Showtime and HBO. Many had hoped that Apple would be more open with this feature, allowing Siri to incorporate data from third-party services without requiring a special Apple partnership. In a move that will please many, Tim Cook has announced that Apple will offer an API for universal search, after all, via an interview with Buzzfeed.

In a recent interview with BuzzFeed News, Apple CEO Tim...

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How to take professional looking photos with the...

Fstoppers does a nice quick video tutorial on how to get professional looking photos from the already amazing shooter in the iPhone 6s. The only tools they used can be picked up at Amazon for a few bucks:

  1. Black foam core ($11)
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Manage Groups in OS X Server 5

There are a number of ways to create groups in OS X Server 5, running on Yosemite or El Capitan. The first is using the Server app, the second is using Workgroup Manager (which requires a little work to get working in El Capitan), the third is using the Users & Groups System Preference pane and the fourth is using the command line. In this article we will look at creating groups in the Server app.

Once a server has been an Open Directory Master all user and group accounts created will be in the Local Network Group when created in Server app. Before that, all user and group objects are stored locally when created in Server app. Once promoted to an Open Directory server, local groups must be created in Workgroup Manager, the Users & Groups System Preference pane or using a command line tool appropriate for group management.

 To create a new group, open the Server app and then click on Groups in the ACCOUNTS list of the Server app sidebar. From here, you can...

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Gadget Ogling: Eyes on Google

Chromecast helps people easily stream whatever they want through their TV via a simple dongle. Now Google's adding a splash of color to the device, along with a string of new features. Instead of resembling a USB stick, Chromecast 2 is more like a colorful button, and Google says it is easier to plug into an HDMI slot. It apparently can stream videos faster and with less buffering. It also can preload content -- for instance, start downloading a movie -- as soon as you open the Chromecast app, which Google also has refreshed.

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Microsoft Likely to Introduce New Iris Scanner for...

Now that Apple and Google have updated their hardware for the Christmas season, it's now Microsoft's turn to do so this coming Tuesday. They'll be introducing next-gen ...

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ICYMI: Grippy robot hands, smarten up your dumb car...

Today on In Case You Missed It: MIT developed robotic hands of pliable silicon that are also studded with pressure sensors so it knows how tightly to hold something. A small dashboard camera and advanced computer vision software are being tested in...

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The Week in iPhone Cases: Dodocase's ultra-...

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This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases features many different protective styles, from simple bumpers to fashionable folios made by Incipio, Nodus, Rockform, and many more.


The Radius v3 (iPhone 5/5s, 6/6s, and 6 Plus/6s Plus; $50 to $250) is now available in a rose gold finish designed to match the iPhone 6s’ newest color option.

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SquareTrade Kicks the Hell out of the iPhone 6s in...

SquareTrade, famous for their device testing, released their torture tests on the new iPhone 6 line this week.

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Some Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus Smartphones...

MojoKid writes: Apple's iPhone 6s and 6s Plus were two of the most highly anticipated smartphones to launch so far this year. The excitement surrounding Apple's new refresh cycle flagships was so great that Apple reported record first weekend sales, with 13 million devices finding their way to customers. However, it appears that some of those customers are having a puzzling issue with their brand new iPhones. Owners are reporting that their phones are turning off randomly when left alone — even when the smartphones have sufficient battery remaining. "New Phone 6s 128GB turned off for no reason the last two nights," wrote Joachim Frey in an Apple discussion thread. "In the morning you then have to push the power-on button for a long time to get it started."


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Apple released OS X EL Capitan last Wednesday, capping a September where Apple released iOS 9, the new iPhone 6s, and the new iPad mini 4. And if you started your Apple Music trial on June 30, Wednesday was also the day to decide whether you will pay for the service or stop using it. It’s...

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The second project aims to understand intelligence by coming at it from the opposite direction — by starting with nature and deconstructing and analyzing the pieces. It’s an attempt to reverse-engineer the human brain by slicing it up — literally — modeling it and running simulations.

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The TV platform battles are heating up, with the latest salvo fired by Amazon, which will stop selling the Apple TV and Google’s Chromecast by the end of the month, ostensibly because they don’t “interact well” with Amazon Prime Video. That explanation falls somewhat flat given that the upcoming fourth-generation Apple TV will allow independent apps, and Amazon could presumably have created a Prime Video app (unless, of course, Apple made doing so infeasible for some reason, which is also entirely possible). The move will probably hurt Chromecast sales more than Apple TV sales, due to Apple’s strong retail presence. In the end, this is just tech giants playing hardball with one another — Amazon isn’t sufficiently dominant for there to be any antitrust issues at play.


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Fabless chip designer MediaTek has joined Broadcom, Marvell and Texas Instruments in releasing support for HomeKit, Apple's "Internet of Things" specification for secure, Siri-driven wireless control of appliances, switches and other devices around the home from users' iOS devices or Apple Watch.

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An anonymous reader writes: Users of Microsoft Office on the Mac are reporting widespread instabilities and conflicts after upgrading to the latest version of the Apple desktop operating system, El Capitan. The first indications that El Capitan and Office 2016 were not working well together came in a now epic thread at Microsoft Community. Many users have surmised that new restrictions in file permissions in El Capitan caused the problems initially, though nearly all agree that Office's Outlook email client is the critical point of failure in the current round of application crashes and loss of functionality.


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This week’s roundup contains a couple of apps—Texture and Vizo—that offer new ways of reading the news. Read on!

Box Capture

Box Capture is a free picture-sharing iOS app being pitched mostly for workplace use—snap a picture of a whiteboard, or of some object you consider inspirational, and you can share with your “team” for further consideration and action. You can segregate personal pics from work photos, then add comments and context to the pictures (or video) you want to share, and move to the next agenda item quickly.

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Office 365 news roundup

The worldwide release of Office 2016 for Windows on September 22 was another milestone in pursuit of Microsoft’s company ambition to reinvent productivity and business processes.

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The reports have come in praising the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus’ nigh-waterproof nature and while the handsets aren’t completely waterproof, they appear to be a huge step in the right direction.

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AWT News Update: October 2, 2015

Just a short podcast today with three news stories for your Apple fix:

  • Apple purchases VocalIQ, a company that's been working on a conversational man-machine voice interface API
  • iCloud Data Centers are being expanded around the globe to hold your photos, videos, and other data
  • The Apple Watch is coming to five European countries next Friday, and two countries in South America the following week.

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Metal performance in OS X El Capitan: Sometimes...

Enlarge / Craig Federighi announces Metal for Mac at WWDC. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Note: This testing expands upon the Metal section of our OS X review. We'll be adding these results to the review but thought it would be best to publish them separately to make them easier to find.

OS X El Capitan includes a new graphics API called Metal, the same API the company included in iOS 8 last year. Metal is roughly analogous to technologies like DirectX 12 and the not-quite-finalized Vulkan, designed to improve performance by reducing driver overhead.

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Apple buys speech technology company VocalIQ

Apple has purchased VocalIQ, a startup located in the United Kingdom that has developed a natural language API to allow computers and people to have a more natural dialogue, reports Financial Times. According to VocalIQ’s website, the company has developed a self-learning dialogue API built on 10 years of natural language research, belief tracking, decision making, and message generation.

Siri is becoming an increasingly important part of how people interact with Apple’s devices and operating systems.

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Apple Bull Kevin O'Leary is 'Bitterly...

"Shark Tank" Investor and O'Leary Financial Group Chairman Kevin O'Leary defends his bullish Apple position against short seller Don Kaufman – but is currently bitterly disappointed in Apple.

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Macphun debuts Creative Kit 2016, six Pro photo...

Macphun, maker of elegantly powerful photo editing tools including Tonality, Noiseless, and FX Photo Studio, has announced the impending release of Creative Kit 2016 — a bundle of 6 of the company’s Pro apps with 4 bonus items, collectively available at a pre-order price of $89.99. Creative Kit 2016 includes:


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Apple has Acquired Vocal IQ, a Company with Amazing...

As our cars, mobile devices and wearables become more powerful and feature-rich, our current interaction paradigms are becoming a hindrance - and in some cases, even dangerous. That's what Vocal IQ states on one of their company webpages. This is the company that Apple has just acquired. Vocal IQ stated that in one of their blogs that existing digital assistants have fallen 'well short of consumer expectations," singling out Siri as a mere "toy."

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El Capitan Boosts Mac Speed, Productivity

Improved performance and some app enhancements to boost productivity highlight the latest version of Apple's desktop operating system, OS X 10.11 El Capitan. Apple on Wednesday made El Capitan available for download to its users from the Mac App Store.
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XOR Trojan Threatens Linux Networks

Researchers for the Security Intelligence Response Team at Akamai on Tuesday issued a high-risk threat advisory for XOR DDoS proliferation. The XOR DDoS Trojan is used to hijack Linux servers to build a botnet for distributed denial-of-service attacks with SYN and DNS floods, researchers tracking the malware said. The massive Linux-based botnet, which they discovered last year, can take down websites under a flood of DDoS traffic exceeding 150 Gbps using heavy volumes of junk network traffic.

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