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Tim Cook: iPad Pro Will Replace Notebooks and...

Ahead of the launch of the iPad Pro, Apple executives have been doing a series of interviews to drum up excitement and interest in the device. Earlier today, The Independent published an interview with Tim Cook where he shared his thoughts on the Apple Pencil and the iPad Pro's target market.

This afternoon, The Telegraph published a second interview where Tim Cook spoke further on his vision of the iPad Pro as a PC replacement and how tablets are subsuming the PC market. According to Cook, the iPad Pro will serve as a replacement for a notebook or desktop computer for "many, many people.""I think if you're looking at a PC, why would you buy a PC anymore? No really, why would you buy one?" [...]

"Yes, the iPad Pro is a...

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Doctors breach the blood-brain barrier for the first...

Our blood-brain barrier is a highly selective membrane specially designed to only allow very specific molecules access to our grey matter while keeping everything else out -- regardless of whether they're invading foreign bodies or potentially life...

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Apple Releases New 'iPad Pro - A Great Big...

There's a great big universe in the new iPad Pro.

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The Week in iPad Cases: DODOcase's latest book-...

... plus, the leather Sena Vettra for the iPad Pro, and more

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases features a sling pack from Incase, a messenger bag from Brenthaven, and more fashion-forward picks.

Acme Made

The Skinny Cover (iPad mini & mini 2, iPad Air & Air 2; $40) sports a water-resistant cover that doubles as a stand for viewing or typing in landscape orientation.

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Apple goes to space in first iPad Pro ad, touts...

Ahead of Apple's iPad Pro preorder kickoff on Wednesday, the company released a new TV spot highlighting the advantages of a gigantic touchscreen, including split screen views in iOS 9 and Apple Pencil markup support.

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The first iPad Pro ad explores the universe on a 12....

By Friday the public will be able to get its collective hands on the new iPad Pro. Apple's first ad for the new device was released on YouTube this afternoon and will be featured during Monday Night Football this evening. 

The music, by the way, is "Sound & Color" by Alabama Shakes.

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EPA plans more real-world emissions tests in light...

Car makers like Volkswagen should have an even tougher time cheating on emissions tests than they first thought. The Environmental Protection Agency has revealed that it'll include considerably more real-world diesel emissions tests as part of its...

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TAG Heuer Releases their First Two Smartwatch TV Ads...

After months of Jean-Claude Biver Revving up the Rhetoric about TAG Heuer's coming Smartwatch vs. the Apple Watch, the day finally arrived for the new TAG Heuer smartwatch called the 'Connected Watch.'

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Apple debuts new iPad Pro ad ‘A Great Big Universe’...

Ahead of the device’s availability on Wednesday, Apple today has shared the first video advertisement for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. In a video entitled “A Great Big Universe” shared on its YouTube channel, Apple shows of the benefits of the device’s larger form factor, as well as apps that are optimized for it.

The ad is heavily focused on the galaxy and using the iPad Pro to explore it with apps like Sky Guide Pro and Star Walk. Apple also shows off the split-screen multitasking capability of the device, as well as using the Apple Pencil to annotate maps and images. “Introducing the biggest iPad ever,” is how Apple wraps up the ad before simply displaying “iPad Pro.”

There’s a great big universe in the new iPad Pro. It’s...

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Apple Shares 'A Great Big Universe' iPad...

Apple today launched a new ad for the iPad Pro, entitled "A Great Big Universe." The ad depicts a gorgeous and detailed close up of the solar system, which zooms out to show that it's actually being displayed on the iPad Pro's Retina display. According to The Verge, the ad will premiere on TV tonight during Monday Night Football.

There's a great big universe in the new iPad Pro. It's the largest iPad ever and takes your creativity and productivity to an epic scale.The new iPad Pro ad comes just two days before Apple will began accepting orders for the device. This morning, Apple announced orders would begin online on Wednesday, November 11, with the iPad Pro available in stores later in the week.

Pricing for the iPad Pro starts at $799 for the entry-level 32GB Wi-Fi only model. A 128GB Wi-Fi only...

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Latest Xcode update fixes critical Interface Builder...

Apple pushed out a batch of bug fixes with the latest version of its Xcode development software on Monday, addressing critical issues discovered in Interface Builder, debugging and user interface testing.

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Apple’s Angela Ahrendts talks her relationship w/...

Ahead of her appearance at Bloomberg’s ‘Year Ahead’ business summit tomorrow, Apple’s SVP of Retail and Online Stores Angela Ahrendts has today made an appearance at Fast Company’s Innovation Festival in New York City. Ahrendts sat down with Fast Company Editor at Large Rick Tetzei to discuss her role at Apple since joining the company in 2014…

Ahrendts first noted that when she originally joined Apple, she spent the first 6 months on the job visiting the company’s retail locations in 40 markets and listening to the thoughts and opinions of retail employees. Ahrendts said that more than...

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Facebook must stop tracking non-users in Belgium, or...

If you thought Facebook was already in hot water for its web tracking, you haven't seen anything yet. A Belgian court has given Facebook 48 hours to stop violating the country's privacy law by following non-users with a web cookie. If it doesn't,...

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Hangouts video calls are getting a quality boost

Google isn't giving up in its bid to improve Hangouts' call quality any time soon. It just introduced a redesigned web calling experience that, on top of a simpler interface, improves quality across the board. Video chats should not only look bette...

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BlackBerry's Priv Puzzles the Tech World

BlackBerry on Friday released its Priv smartphone, its first Android-based device. The Android 5.1.1 Lollipop slider is driven by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor and an Adreno 418 GPU. It's stocked with 3 GB of low-power RAM and 32 GB of storage. There's an 18-MP shooter on its backside and a 2-MP chat cam on its face. BlackBerry tactfully denied the existence of the device, with CEO John Chen famously saying that the company wouldn't release an Android-based device unless it found a way to secure it properly.

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 9...

Notable software releases this week include ClamXav 2.8.7, OmniFocus 2.3.1, Postbox 4.0.8, Voila 3.9.2, Evernote 6.2, and TextExpander 5.1.3.


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ExtraBITS for 9 November 2015

In our latest ExtraBITS roundup, Managing Editor Josh Centers weighs in on the Apple TV with the MacJury, we explain why the FBI won’t help you with ransomware, and Microsoft severely limits its OneDrive cloud storage service.


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Apple releases Xcode 7.1.1 w/ fixes for critical...

Three weeks after the release of Xcode 7.1 to developers, Apple today has released Xcode 7.1.1 to the Mac App Store. The update brings about a handful of under-the-hood fixes relating to the new features added with the more significant 7.1 update last month.

Apple says that Xcode 7.1.1 improves the overall stability of the app, making for an improved developer experience. Apple also says the update fixes “critical issues” in the Interface Builder, debugging, and UI testing.

Last month, Xcode 7.1 added support for the new Apple TV’s tvOS, as well as storyboard support for 3D Touch gestures, a new workflow to add a devices for development and testing, and a handful of other minor changes.

Xcode 7.1.1 is available now from the Mac App Store.

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Tim Cook hints at new health product, touts iPad Pro...

Apple CEO Tim Cook continued his press tour in support of the upcoming iPad Pro on Monday, touting the tablet's workstation and media consumption capabilities in an interview, but also dropped a hint about potential work on a health product unrelated to Apple Watch.

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AWT News Update: November 9, 2015

Today in Apple news on the AWT News Update:

  • Facebook Messenger will soon be getting facial recognition and the ability to nag you to send your friends pictures of themselves
  • The horror...the horror. An iPhone 6s and the tire of a Ducati pocket bike meet.
  • There's a working Apple /// Plus for sale on eBay. Put in your bid to buy a piece of history!

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Notable apps and app updates for November 9, 2015

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

iOS Apps/Updates

Takeoff360 has announced Takeoff360 1.0. The free private jet chartering app lets you book charter flights directly from your iOS devices. Takeoff360 compares rates for various types of charter jets, with no subscription or initiation fees. No subscription is required.

RoGame Software has released Mozart 2 Pro. It’s a $7.99 a tool designed to help musicians of all kinds improve their music reading skills in an entertaining casual game and has been around since the early days of the first...

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IK Multimedia unveils Miroslav Philharmonik 2

IK Multimedia has announced Miroslav Philharmonik (www.philharmonik.com), its expressive orchestral collection for Mac OS X and Windows.

Made in conjunction with master musician Miroslav Vitous, it comes with over 1,000 new sounds that include strings, woodwinds and brass in both solo and ensemble forms. In total, Miroslav Philharmonik offers a 55GB-plus content library with over 2,500 instruments sampled in high-resolution audio with multiple articulations plus over 30 professional quality effects, three playback engines, a synthesizer section, a built-in mixer and more.

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Tim Cook and Eddy Cue talking up iPad Pro before it...

Image via The Independent

Concurrent with the announcement today by Apple that the iPad Pro will be available for order on November 11 and in stores on November 13, Apple CEO Tim Cook and senior VP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue have been making the rounds and getting the PR engine revved up for the release.

Cook was in London today, visiting educational software vendor Touchpress and talking to The Independent. Cook told The Independent that the iPad Pro with Apple Pencil is the first real replacement for the sketch pad, and even commented that the Pencil isn't a stylus:

“Well, we didn’t really do a stylus, we did a Pencil. The traditional stylus is fat, it has really bad latency so you’re sketching here and it’s filling the line in somewhere behind. You can’t sketch with something like that, you need something that mimics the...

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Tesla Model S owner turns on Autopilot mode and then...


Once Tesla rolled out its new Autopilot software a few weeks ago, it wasn’t long before we started seeing videos of Model S owners engaging in some downright foolish and dangerous behavior.

Say what you will about the guy shaving in the Model S while zooming down the Autobahn, at least he had the good sense to stay in the driver’s seat.

This is idiotic – not only on the part of the driver but also on the part of Tesla. It’s completely irresponsible to put this software out in the wild without proper controls in place.

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Never download software from software download sites


You may not need to read this column for yourself, but read it nonetheless and help those with less wariness take better heed: Don’t download software for OS X from anywhere but the developer’s own website or Apple. Period.

But the experience last week of a user noticing that a download of Skype from MacUpdate was wrapped in an installer that contained adware and trialware reminds me to run the flag up the pole again to remind folks who weren’t aware—and to ask all of you who understand the issue to help your friends, colleagues, and family avoid these risks.

We old-timers remember the days of lots of sites to download software. Sadly, those days are long gone. Tell your friends and family about this article and warn them about downloading software from any place other than the Mac App Store or the developer’s own web site.


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New Apple TV gets its first software update, tvOS 9....

The new Apple TV is already getting an update.

On Monday, Apple released the first software update for tvOS, version 9.0.1. Fourth-generation Apple TV owners can manually download and install the over-the-air update through the Settings app by going into System and Software Updates. If you have enabled your new Apple TV to get automatic updates, your set-top box will get the new software update...automatically. 

The release of tvOS 9.0.1 was first reported by 9to5Mac, which notes the lack of new features that this update brings to the Apple TV. There are no 9.0.1 release notes included, meaning that the update is most likely meant to improve performance and get rid of any bugs that plagued the initial release. According to 9to5Mac, tvOS 9.0.1 still doesn’t support Bluetooth keyboards nor Apple’s Remote app for iOS. Also missing from the current tvOS is a way to restore the software without...

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Early Black Friday ads from Target, Staples, Sam’s...

From 9to5Toys.com:

Believe it or not, we’re only a little over two weeks away from Black Friday. Over at 9to5Toys we’ve been tracking a steady stream of Black Friday ad leaks, reveals, and news since last month. While we haven’t seen every retailers’ deals yet, we have seen enough to get a good idea of what types of discounts top Apple products will be getting this holiday season:

There’s no shortage of iPad Air 2 deals. Most notably, Staples will be offering the 16GB Wi-Fi model for $374, while Sam’s...

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Shadowy group linked to Apple's 'Project...

A mysterious California company believed to be used to mask the development of Apple's rumored electric car has been spotted at an automotive industry conference, strengthening the ties between the self-styled "market research" firm and vehicle manufacturing.

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Tag Heuer debuts first Swiss luxury Android Wear...

Tag Heuer debuted the $1,500 Tag Heuer Connected on Monday, the first Android smartwatch from a Swiss watchmaker. In development for a year, it started with one instruction to the designers.

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Facebook Messenger’s new ‘Photo Magic’ feature...

A new feature in Facebook Messenger is now rolling out that scans photos added to your camera roll in search of your Facebook friends, and suggests that you send them to the people it finds. It’s a pretty nifty feature, if you feel comfortable with Facebook looking at every single photo you take on your device and constantly processing data on the friends you’re hanging out with…

When you first enable the feature, Messenger will go searching for a recent photo on your phone that contains a Facebook friend to show you how it works. After this, you’ll notice that a notification will pop up on your phone within seconds of taking a photo telling you to send it to friends that Facebook sees within. In the current version for Android,...

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Xbox Gamers Get to Replay 104 Older Titles on Xbox...

Microsoft on Monday announced that 104 catalog titles for the Xbox 360 will be fully compatible and playable on its "new" Xbox One video game system, which hit store shelves two years ago. The list of Xbox One backward-compatible games includes notable hits such as the complete Gears of Wars catalog, Assassin's Creed II, Fallout 3, Borderlands and Castle Crashers, among many others. These games will be playable on the Xbox One beginning on Nov. 12.

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Eddy Cue Talks up Apple TV with CNN While Tim Cook...

CNNMoney's Brian Stelter got an exclusive look at the new iPad Pro from Apple Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue and earlier today Tim Cook visited the UK headquarters of Touchpress and tweeted two photos that are presented below.

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Where to buy Apple’s new, larger iPad Pro this week

When the iPad Pro goes on sale later this week, Apple won’t be the only retailer carrying the massive new tablet. Ordering from Apple.com may be the most convenient way to ensure your new iPad is delivered on day one, but Apple Stores and authorized resellers including select carriers will be selling the iPad Pro as well. Here’s what we know so far:

While we haven’t heard from every major US carrier just yet, two major carriers have already confirmed that they will be offering the iPad Pro when it goes on sale later this week.

Unlike the iPad mini 4 and iPad Air 2, only the highest storage capacity model of the iPad Pro will be available with built-...

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MacUpdate Considered Harmful

Just for those that didn’t see this: https://blog.malwarebytes.org/news/2015/11/has-macupdate-fallen-to-the-a...

Supposed to be 80.1MBs, downloads a 1.8MB DMG

MacUpdate has decided to sell out their good name and lie down with the scummiest hijackers on the internet by allowing downloads to be delivered as an app instead of the actual payload. I guess Skype was too big a product to hijack, and so they’re only doing it for every other app, like, say, the little-known Firefox web browser. Which the don’t show as the first search result, which they sold to Chrome.
What happens when you try to download Firefox? It instead delivers a ‘...

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Eddy Cue, Tim Cook and Adobe Discuss iPad Pro Ahead...

Following today's announcement that iPad Pro online orders begin November 11, with in-store availability later this week, CNNMoney and The Independent have published interviews with Apple executives Eddy Cue and Tim Cook respectively about the new 12.9-inch tablet.

Cue described the iPad Pro as great for consuming content, such as emails, news and websites, and spoke in general terms about how Apple pushes itself to "create tools that let people solve incredible problems." He also praised the tablet's new four-speaker design that delivers stereo sound. "One of the things with the iPad Pro...

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Apple CEO Tim Cook says he travels with just an iPad...

On a tour to promote this week's launch of the iPad Pro, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said the new 12.9-inch tablet, as well as the iPhone, paired with an Apple Watch, are the only products he is traveling with.

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Samson's little Go Mic Direct offers good sound...

Last week Apple World Today took a look at the Samson Meteorite, a small ball-shaped USB microphone that did a surprisingly good job of capturing sound in our review. This week we're looking at an even smaller USB microphone from Samson -- the Go Mic Direct ($64.99 MSRP, available for $29.99 from Amazon affiliate link). Why would someone plug one of these into a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro when that device already has a built-in mic? Well, the Go Mic Direct supposedly works with Samson's Sound Deck Software to provide noise cancellation, which is usually helpful if you're recording in a noisy environment.


The design of the Go Mic Direct is actually quite interesting: the microphone itself is on a swivel mount on a tiny L-shaped stand with a push-...

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tvOS 9.0.1 update for Apple TV is released

Apple today released the first software update for tvOS, taking the 4th-generation Apple tv to version 9.0.1. Apple didn't supply release notes for the update, so it's unknown for sure what was in it. Generally early updates of this type include "bug fixes and performance enhancements."

If you're not thrilled about installing the software update because of how long it used to take the first-though-third generation Apple TVs -- which didn't run tvOS -- to update, take heart. Users are reporting that the entire process takes less than five minutes.

Just open Settings on the Apple TV and the update is available for download and installation. The next "point release" of tvOS is expected soon, as tvOS 9.1 has been released in beta form to registered developers. 

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Nokia Study Shows Apple has Highest Share of Devices...

Apple reportedly has the biggest share of the total 14.8 million 4G-enabled devices active across all important frequencies in India according to a new study by Nokia Networks.

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Lytro's VR Camera System Promises Unprecedented...

Lytro last week announced its Immerge concept, a virtual reality camera system that promises to plop people right in the center of an experience the company calls "six degrees of freedom." Lytro's Immerge harnesses the potential of light field technology, the same tech behind the clandestine Magic Leap augmented reality headset. Light field enables Immerge to capture data from all points, and viewpoints, inside any given volume of space, the company said.

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TAG Heuer unveils $1,500 'Connected'...

The Swiss watch industry fired its first significant shot across the Apple Watch's bow with the Monday revelation of TAG Heuer's Connected smartwatch, sporting a classic design, a titanium case, and a $1,500 price tag.

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First software update for the new 4th-gen Apple TV...

Apple on Monday pushed its first software update for tvOS, bumping the operating system which sits at the heart of the 4th-generation Apple TV to version 9.0.1.

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The 'Steve Jobs' Movie Officially Falls...

Last week we reported that Aaron Sorkin's movie Steve Jobs had dropped 63.7% from its opening weekend nationwide. This past weekend, the movie fell off the planet ...

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Apple Releases tvOS 9.0.1 Update for Apple TV

Apple today released the first update to tvOS, the new operating system that runs on the fourth-generation Apple TV. tvOS 9.0.1 is a minor update that likely includes bug fixes and performance updates to address issues discovered since the launch of tvOS on October 30.

The new 9.0.1 update can be downloaded over-the-air through the Settings app on the Apple TV by going to System --> Software Update.

Apple has not provided release notes for the tvOS 9.0.1 update, so the exact details on what's new are not yet known. Any discoveries we make will be added to this post.

tvOS 9.0.1 comes as Apple is testing the first major update to the operating system, tvOS 9.1. Apple has thus far seeded one beta of tvOS 9.1 to developers, with release notes for that beta pointing towards...

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Three Highlights from MacTech Conference 2015

Adam reports on MacTech Conference 2015, focusing on a new external storage solution, an application that anyone managing projects should investigate, and the trend toward proactive support.


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EU regulators may issue decision on Ireland/Apple...

Ireland’s finance minister thinks European Union regulators will issue a decision on the country's tax deal with Apple before the end of 2015, which could force the Cupertino, California-based company to pay a hefty amount of back taxes, notes Reuters.

The European Commission (EU) has already ordered Dutch authorities to recover up to 30 million euros (about US$32.23 million) from U.S. coffee chain Starbucks and Luxembourg to do the same with Fiat Chrysler for their tax deals.

The EU, Europe’s anti-trust and consumer investigation agency, has claimed that Ireland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands have attracted investment and jobs by helping big companies avoid tax in other countries, including EU members. The commission suspects Ireland was too lenient in rulings it gave to Apple and which helped the company shield tens of billions of dollars in profit from taxation. At 12.5...

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Apps that Reveal the Apple TV’s Potential

“Take Control of Apple TV” author Josh Centers explores the first wave of Apple TV apps to see how things are shaping up, what works, and what doesn’t.


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New Apple TV Gains Limited Siri Support for Apple...

Apple recently confirmed that Siri is coming to Apple Music on the new Apple TV at the beginning of next year, but iDownloadBlog has discovered the virtual assistant can now be used for certain music-related commands on the latest tvOS 9.1 beta ahead of time.

Jeff Benjamin shared a video demo of Siri being used to search for songs, albums, artists and playlists on Apple Music from the Home screen on the new Apple TV, without needing to open the Apple Music app. Siri can also be used to play and pause Beats 1 radio.

MacRumors was able to replicate this functionality on the new Apple TV running tvOS 9.1 beta in the United States, but Siri...

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Attachments in Outlook 2016—ready for collaboration

Tired of digging around for the file you want to attach when you were just working on it earlier? Tired of later trying to sift through emails to find links shared with you? With the Windows release of Outlook 2016, attachments just got a whole lot better. You can now skip the hassles associated with finding and sharing files, regardless of whether you were working on them on your computer, phone or tablet.

The next time you go to attach a file to your email, the first thing you’ll notice is a list of recently accessed documents under the Recent Items. The Recent Items list is comprised of documents on your local hard drive as well as OneDrive, OneDrive for Business and SharePoint—making it simple to pick files you have accessed across any of your devices.

If you can’t find what you were looking for in the Recent Items list, we make it easy...

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Restore A Device Backup Using Apple Configurator 2

One of the common tasks to perform when doing some larger iOS deployments is to restore an iOS device as part of setting the device up for users. Restoring a device will retain a few things like icon placement on a device. To restore a device, we’ll first create a backup, described here. As of Apple Configurator 2, you can use iTunes and Apple Configurator 2-sourced backups of devices. You can also now assign the restore task to a Blueprint or do so manually.

To get started with restoring a device, first plug in a device and open Apple Configurator.

Right-click on a device and then choose the Restore from Backup… option.

You’ll then be prompted to verify that...

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Install Apps To iOS Devices Using Apple Configurator...

One of the primary use cases for Apple Configurator 1 and Apple Configurator 2 is to get apps on devices. Even with MDM, you can use Apple Configurator 2 for app deployment. The value here might be that you end up transferring 10 gigs of apps over a USB cable, rather than over the air in larger deployments. Here, we’ll look at a basic app deployment using Apple Configurator 2.

To get started, first download the app and get it in iTunes. This can be accomplished by copying the .ipa file for an app onto a device, or syncing an iOS device with iTunes that has the app installed. Take care that the Apple ID associated with the app will be applied on the device. Then, open Apple Configurator 2 and choose a Blueprint (View -> Edit Blueprints) you’d like to apply, or deploy, this app to. Once uploaded and assigned, any device that you apply the Blueprint to will receive the app. Right-click on the Blueprint and click on Add and then choose Apps in the submenu.


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Join us for Create the Modern Workplace webcast...

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

With the industry’s most advanced productivity suite—Office 365—Microsoft is focused on creating the modern workplace to help you communicate and collaborate without borders and barriers. We know that connecting with coworkers, customers and partners is critical for your business. With better tools and better connections, your opportunities for business growth are limitless.

This three-part webcast series will help you learn about the industry’s most innovative productivity suite. Today, with Office 2016 and Office 365, there is no one else who takes such a broad view of productivity. We think about productivity across individuals, teams/groups and organizations. Explore how you can take...

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Paragon’s NTFS for Mac updated to version 14, adds...

It doesn’t make the news every day, but it’s a useful app to have on hand.

Paragon Software’s NTFS, which allows full OS X read and write access to NTFS volumes, has just hit version 14.

The new version introduces new volume management functions for NTFS volumes, and it supports all versions of NTFS. Paragon has no limit for the file or partition sizes it can handle, and the software supports NTFS functions such as resource forks, reading and writing hardlinks, symlinks, and file permissions.

Paragon says that its transfer rate for file operations on NTFS partitions is “just as good” as for operations on native HFS partitions, and that users won’t...

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Apple announces iPad Pro availability via online...

Well, this is straight from the equine’s mouth.

Late last week, Apple announced that the iPad Pro will go on sale in 40 countries on Wednesday, November 11th. The 12.9-inch tablet will also be available in Apple Retail Stores later in the week.

The iPad Pro retails for US$799 for the 32 GB base model and maxes out at US$1,079 for the WiFi + Cellular 128 GB version. The iPad Pro will be available to buy in 40 countries, including the US, UK, Canada, China and Japan.

The iPad Pro accessories, such as the Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil, will also be available for sale on Wednesday, November 11th. The Apple Pencil will retail for US$99...

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You can buy Apple's iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, and...

Apple took the wraps off its long-rumored super-sized tablet, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, back in September, but would only say its release would happen sometime in November. The company announced today that the Pro will go on sale this Wednesday online only, but will arrive in stores “later this week” (usually Apple code for Friday).

The Pro starts at $799 for a 32GB Wi-Fi model and goes all the way up to $1079 for a 128GB version with Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity. The tablet comes in silver, gold, and space gray. The tablet will be available in 40 countries at launch, including the U.S., U.K., Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, and Russia.

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∞ VIDEO: Eddy Cue talks about the iPad Pro

As part of his exclusive interview with CNN Money, Apple’s Eddy Cue gives his take on the iPad Pro.

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Universal drops Steve Jobs movie from thousands of...

Tepid interest from moviegoers has led Universal to pull the Danny Boyle-helmed film chronicling the life of Apple's late cofounder from more than 2,000 theaters, leaving the picture on only a few hundred domestic screens.

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Use The Fitbit App With Your iPhone Instead Of A...

Recently, I had my third Fitbit in a year break. I decided to pick up a Jawbone UP3 instead. But I got to missing my Fitbit friends and some of the other features that are great on the Fitbit. So I looked into using the Fitbit app without a Fitbit device. And I was in luck; I found that the Fitbit app has a feature called MobileTrack. MobileTrack allows you to use your iPhone as a Fitbit, in a way.

To setup MobileTrack, install the Fitbit app from the App Store and login with your FitBit account. From the Fitbit app, tap on the “Account” icon in the icon bar.

You’d normally add your Fitbit at this screen. At the Account screen, tap on “Set Up a Device”.

At the list of device types, you’d normally select the tracker that you’re installing. At this point, tap...

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Kool Tools: Martini 2 for Premiere Pro

The Martini 2 storyboarding plug-in now supports Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015 on Mac OS X and Windows. It’s a post-production plug-in designed to bring the creativity of visualization into video editing. Rather than breaking the flow of a work-in-progress with "white-text-on-a-black-background" slugs, Martini lets you create shots that look like scenes that have yet to be shot.

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Online iPad Pro orders start Wednesday, devices...

Enlarge / Big iPads all in a row. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Apple has officially announced that the new iPad Pro and its accessories will go on sale this Wednesday, November 11. Online orders can be placed Wednesday, and the tablet will arrive in stores "later this week" (this usually means Friday).

The new iPad looks a lot like an iPad Air 2, but it has a larger 12.9-inch 2732×2048 screen, a new Apple A9X SoC, and 4GB of RAM. Between the better specs, the larger screen, and the accessories, Apple obviously intends the...

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Martini Storyboarding plug-in available for Premiere...

PowerProduction Software, a developer of visualization software for film and video production, and MacVideo Promo, a promotion company that offers exclusive deals on tools for video editors, have announced that the Martini 2 storyboarding plug-in now supports Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015 on Mac OS X and Windows.

It’s a post-production plug-in designed to bring the creativity of visualization into video editing. Rather than breaking the flow of a work-in-progress with "white-text-on-a-black-background" slugs, Martini lets you create shots that look like scenes that have yet to be shot.

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iPad Pro Goes on Sale This Week

Apple’s big iPad Pro goes on sale Wednesday, along with the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard accessories.


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External Link: The MacJury Judges the New Apple TV

TidBITS Managing Editor Josh Centers joined Bart Busschots, Jeff Gamet, and host Chuck Joiner for a special session of the MacJury on the MacVoices podcast to evaluate the new Apple TV, including its launch, the Siri Remote, and apps. The verdict? It has a number of rough edges, but is still an improvement over the old model.


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iPad Pro: Order online Wednesday, in stores later...

Apple’s press release and a thought on specific timing.

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Here’s how to get coverage for your app or product

Got an app or product and want coverage in the blogosphere? Allyson Kazmucha pulled together a column telling you what to do and, more importantly, what not to do. Pass this along.

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iPad Pro available for pre-order on Wednesday

Apple has announced that the iPad Pro will be available to order online Wednesday, Nov. 11, from Apple.com and will arrive at Apple’s retail stores, select carriers and Apple Authorized Resellers starting later this week. The Apple Pencil and Apple’s new Smart Keyboard, will also be available to order.

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Aurora HDR brings high-dynamic range photography to...

Your eyes can see a lot more than your camera sensor can, and high-dynamic range photography, or HDR, is a popular technique that attempts to overcome those limitations by bringing out detail in both the light and dark areas of a photo. HDR is especially popular for travel photos, like landscapes, but getting it right can take careful shooting and skillful editing. To help photographers of all skill levels achieve flexible HDR results, Macphun tapped HDR photographer and Stuck In Customs founder Trey Ratcliff to co-develop a new app called Aurora HDR.

“It was as tight a collaboration as we can have short of his putting fingers on the keyboard,” Kevin LaRue, Macphun’s vice president told Macworld. “Trey has been involved with the naming conventions, the workflow, and the order of tools on the right-hand side of the interface.” In addition, the software will sport signature custom presets and textures straight out of Ratcliff’s...

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FarmAway! game for the Apple TV will grow on you

FarmAway! from Futureplay Games is a farming app in which players tap and swipe to cultivate cute animals, crops and virtual riches. The game plays on iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches. It’s also one of the first games released for the fourth generation Apple TV, and it’s that platform on which I tested it.

FarmAway!’s visuals and sound effects are polished and cartoonishly (that’s not a criticism) vibrant. Gameplay is simple: the more advanced your farming/crop growing strategy, the more money you’ll rack in. You’ll need to upgrade the farm, discover new plants and animals, and exchange harvests at the market for special seeds that boosts your next harvest season. Farm buildings can be upgraded for profit boosts with diamonds gained for free by leveling up or purchased with in-app purchases (parents, be warned).

You can also control the weather. Make it rain and make the...

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But, Apple, I don’t want to sync ALL my photos with...

I’m a big fan of Photos, Apple’s replacement for iPhoto and Aperture. However, there’s one feature it lacks that I really want: the ability for the app NOT to sync certain photos and/or folders to iCloud.

iCloud Photo Library was introduced with iOS 8, but with the launch of the Photos for Mac OS X, it’s now available on the Mac. It lets you sync all of your images across all your devices and to iCloud. 

However, it’s the “all” part I don’t like. I want the ability to only sync select photos to my iCloud Photo Library. Hopefully, Apple has something like this in the works for the future.

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You'll want to lug the ChugPlug along with your...

You'll want to lug Lenmar Enterprises' $159.99 ChugPlug with you when you travel. It's a portable power pack and battery charger for the MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro that provides up to four extra hours of juice for the former and three for the latter. 

The ChugPlug is the same height and weight of Apple’s 60-watt MagSafe and connects with the MacBook power brick. Previous portable battery/charging solutions such as the Sanho HyperJuice meant you had to do a bit of hacking on Apple's power plug. Not with this baby; the Lenmar gadget plugs into your laptop's power adapter. Your MacBook's power brick attaches to the right side of the Chug Plug. It charges the external battery pack even as you use your laptop.

The ChugPlug has over-charge protection, but you should unplug it once it's fully juiced up. Leaving it, or any battery plugged in after it has completely charged, can...

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New numbers show Apple continues to crush Samsung in...

Analytics firm comScore just released their latest mobile sector numbers and, in a nutshell, Apple continues eating Samsung’s lunch in terms of market share.

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Apple's iPad Pro available to order Wednesday,...

Apple on Monday announced that its new 12.9-inch iPad Pro will officially go on sale on Wednesday, allowing early adopters to get their hands on the jumbo-sized tablet later this week.

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Siri beats out Google Now and Cortana in survey,...

A survey in which Siri, Google Now and Cortana users were asked to rate their satisfaction with their respective intelligent assistants found that Siri got the highest scores, with 81% of users declaring themselves satisfied compared to 68% for Google Now and just 57% for Cortana.

Survey participants were also asked to try out seven different requests and report on how well their service performed, as well as to note how many times they were asked follow-up questions. Siri had the lowest percentage of incorrect answers, and also asked fewer follow-up questions before it was able to carry out the task or answer the question.

Siri is definitely a feature that polarises users – some (like me) extremely...

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Jean-Claude Biver to Launch Tag Heuer's First...

We first reported two years ago that Intel was likely to power a new Tag Heuer smartwatch in 2015 and in March 2015 we reported on Tag Heuer's new smartwatch powered by Intel and Google for later this year. Well today is the day ...

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Apple’s 12.9 inch iPad Pro goes on sale Wednesday in...

As we reported last week, Apple has announced that the iPad Pro will go on sale in 40 countries on Wednesday, November 11th. The ‘epic’ 12.9 inch device will also be available in Apple Retail Stores later in the week.

The iPad Pro costs $799 for the 32 GB base model and maxes out at $1079 for the WiFi + Cellular 128 GB version. The iPad Pro will be available to buy in 40 countries, including the US, UK, Canada, China and Japan …

The iPad Pro accessories, such as the Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil stylus accessory, will also be available from Wednesday, November 11th. In the US, Apple Pencil costs $...

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Fantastic look back at the original iPod release

Natasha Vargas-Cooper did a great job pulling together a Reddit-unearthed MacRumors thread from the day the iPod was released, a video of Steve Jobs pitching the iPod at a music event back in 2001, and the very first iPod commercial.

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iPad Pro Online Orders Start November 11, Available...

Apple today announced that its much-anticipated larger-screened iPad Pro will go on sale at Apple Stores, select carriers and Apple Authorized Resellers in the U.S. and over 40 countries starting later this week, with online orders set to begin on Wednesday, November 11.

While Apple will not begin accepting online orders until Wednesday, November 11, other retailers have already begun allowing customers to place orders for the iPad Pro. Sam's Club was the first to accept pre-orders but quickly sold out, while MacMall and Staples are still accepting orders. Ordering from one of these sites...

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Why Tablets Are Tanking

Boy, we really have gone full circle on tablets -- and not just once. Back when the Windows tablets first came to market, a whole bunch of us predicted it wouldn't be long before they replaced all of the notebooks. I don't think they even made it to 10 percent before the tablet market collapsed, and the pre-existing forms reclaimed their shares. Then the iPad launched, and a whole bunch of new folks claimed that tablets were the future and laptops were dead. Now Apple is reporting a year-over-year decline at 20 percent. What happened?

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Know your Apple Watch notification icons – round or...

Scroll through your Apple Watch notifications. Notice that sometimes the icon attached to each notification is square, sometimes it’s round.

Mac Kungfu explains why.

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TAG Heuer launching $1500 smartwatch today, claims “...

Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer has announced that its Android Wear-based Carrera Connected smartwatch, launching today in New York, will have “almost the same functions as an Apple Watch.”

TAG Heuer CEO Jean-Claude Biver told Le Matin Dimanche that he didn’t want to reveal too much ahead of today’s official unveiling, which takes place at 11am ET … 

Our watch will have almost the same features as an Apple Watch, but I don’t want to say too much.

The watch, which is based on the company’s traditional Carrera watch (above right), is made from titanium and will offer a...

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∞ The very first iPhone commercial

This teaser spot ran during the 2007 Oscars, promoting the iPhone’s June release. I remember this like it was yesterday.

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Apple's iPhone Chassis Supplier Records Record...

According to a new report this morning, Metal-alloy chassis maker Catcher Technology generated its highest quarterly consolidated revenues ...

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Here’s everything Siri can do on Apple TV

Not sure this is everything Siri can do, but this is a solid list.

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The AfterPad review of Apple TV games

The folks at AfterPad pulled together a solid list of their favorite Apple TV games, along with reviews of each one.

Very helpful.

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Jean-Louis Gassée: The quasi-impossibility of...

Every successful company, at some point or another, faces the dreaded moment where their existing business model no longer works, where the world has changed around them and they need to pivot or die.

Jean-Louis Gassée, writing for MondayNote, lays out some notable examples. Great read.

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Pinterest adds visual search tool to iOS app – can...

If you’ve ever been browsing Pinterest and spotted a lamp you really like in a shot of someone’s living room, or a bag you love in a street shot, the iOS app now has a tool designed to help. Just tap the search tool in the corner of the photo, highlight the object of interest and the app will search its product database to try to identify it … 

Pinterest says that it has so far indexed a billion of the 50 billion images posted to the service, and in time aims to index them all.

While the new feature will be useful to users, it’s of course also designed to help the company monetise the platform. It added Buyable Pins back in June, together with...

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Fifty-one percent of customers surveyed would likely...

CCG Catalyst (www.ccg-catalyst.com), a management consulting firm offering strategic advice to banks, has released the results of its recent study, “The Age of Mobile Wallets: What Banks Need to Know When Considering the Creation of a Bank Branded Mobile Wallet.”

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ClamXav 2.8.7

Improves recognition of the Time Capsule data volume and Recovery HD. ($29.95 new, free update, 21.4 MB)


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Kool Tools: JMR Thunderbolt 2 to PCIe devices...

MR Electronics’ new line of Lightning Thunderbolt 2 to PCIe equipped storage products are now available.

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Macphun announces Aurora HDR app for high dynamic...

Macphun creates a lot of photography apps for Mac, and today the company announced a new member of its complete line of software. Aurora HDR (US$39.99 intro price, $49.99 afterward) will be available on the Mac App Store starting on November 19. A Pro edition is available for pre-order now; Aurora HDR Pro has an introductory price of $89.99 (normal price $99.99), and pre-orders can be made from www.macphun.com and www.stuckincustoms.com

If you recognize that last web address, then you're obviously one of the many fans of Trey Ratcliff. Ratliff is considered to be one of the world's leading experts in high dynamic range (HDR) photography and has been working with Macphun for the past year to bring what he considers to be "the ultimate HDR software" to market. 


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OmniFocus 2.3.1

Fixes several bugs for the Getting Things Done-inspired task management app. ($39.99 new, free update, 25.1 MB)


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Sunday November 8

Lowest Prices Ever: 13" MacBook Pro (2.7GHz,...

For the next 4 days, B&H Photo and AI have teamed up to offer the lowest prices ever on Apple's early-2015 13" MacBook Pro (2.7GHz, 8GB, 256GB) at $1,349 ($150 off) and Mid-2015 15" MacBook Pro (2.8GHz, 16GB 1TB M370X) for $2,849.00 ($350 off). Also $100 off iMac 4Ks and 5Ks with no sales tax outside NY.

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Postbox 4.0.8

Makes several improvements to the popular email client. ($15 new, free update, 25.6 MB)


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Apple wins dismissal of suit over retail worker bag...


Apple Inc. persuaded a judge to throw out a lawsuit by employees of the company’s retail stores in California seeking back pay for time spent in “demoralizing” security searches when they left work for the day.

The ruling by a San Francisco federal judge Saturday releases the company from having to compensate as many 12,400 former and current employees from 52 stores throughout the state a few dollars a day for time spent over a six-year period having their bags and Apple devices searched at meal breaks and after their shifts.

I’m sure this is very disappointing to the workers. Having worked in this kind of environment, it is not a fun thing to have to do, especially during a rush. You can waste a lot of time waiting for a security droid to check bags. But the writing was on the wall last year when the Supreme Court ruled against Amazon employees in a similar case.


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International Space Station turns 15

The ISS has been continually orbiting the earth for 15 years and astronauts have conducted thousands of experiments on it.

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Voila 3.9.2

Adds compatibility with OS X 10.11 El Capitan, and requires El Capitan users to re-install the audio device. ($29.99 new, free update, 32.9 MB)


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Evernote 6.2

Brings a redesigned note editor toolbar and window view that can be shrunk for use with Split View on OS X 10.11 El Capitan. (Free, 61.3 MB)


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Support from 60 Tech Companies including Apple on...

Last Saturday we reported that Apple and 60 tech companies supported the Houston Unites Coalition on a key human rights vote that took place on last week. Houston residents rejected the ordinance by a vote of 61 per cent to 39 per cent.

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UK wants all residents to have access to broadband...

The UK certainly has fast broadband access in some places, but ubiquitous access? Not so much. However, that might change if the British government has its way. It's developing a Universal Service Obligation that, by 2020, would give all residents...

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The After Math: Pop culture phenoms

Quentin Tarantino is taking some serious flack this week for his comments on the #BlackLivesMatter debate. As such, we're taking a look at some other franchises that are sure to get your geek blood pumping harder than the first time you listened to G...

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Profitless HTC Releases an Anti-Apple Ad to Help Set...

In 1984 Apple released a Super Bowl Commercial Introducing Macintosh Computer that has become of the best ads ever created. Now HTC has created an anti-Apple ad that plays off of that same theme with a twist of 'Think Different.'

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Judge dismisses employee ‘bag check’ lawsuits...

A federal court judge has dismissed a pair of proposed class action lawsuits against Apple by its retail employees, who argued the company's anti-theft policies incurred lost wages, reports Bloomberg. U.S. District Court Judge William dismissed the suit with prejudice.

This means Apple won’t compensate as many 12,400 former and current employees from 52 stores throughout the state a few dollars a day for time spent over a six-year period having their bags and Apple devices searched at meal breaks and after their shifts. Workers were free to choose to avoid searches by not bringing bags with them, Alsup said in the ruling. 

“It is undisputed that some employees did not bring bags to work and thereby did not have to be searched when they left the store,” he said.

In July Alsup ruled that f ex-employees who filed the suit in 2013...

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View Logs On Apple TV

When applying management profiles, it helps to be able to look at the logs and troubleshoot why any settings aren’t applied. To view logs on an Apple TV, open Xcode and then click on an Apple TV.

From the Apple TV screen, click on View Device Logs. The logs will appear in the app.

Click Done when you’re finished reviewing the logs.

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Class Action over Apple Store Employee Searches...

On July 16 we reported that a Federal Judge certified a class action against Apple that was filed by Apple retail store employees back in 2013.

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Judge dismisses Apple Store employee 'bag check...

A California federal judge on Saturday tossed out a class action lawsuit brought against Apple by employees claiming the company's anti-theft measures, specifically "demeaning" bag checks instituted in 2009, resulted in lost wages.

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Saturday November 7

California judge dismisses class action suit against...

Nearly a year ago, a federal judge dismissed a class action lawsuit Apple employees filed against the company for wages they lost while standing in bag-check lines for 10 to 15 minutes before and after their shifts. The case, however, lived on in California. Until today, that is. According to a report out of Bloomberg, a San Francisco judge has today sided with Apple in the case, saying employees could have easily avoided the checks.

The case would have seen Apple compensating as many as...

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Lawsuit by Apple Retail Employees Over Off-the-Clock...

U.S. District Judge William Alsup today dismissed a lawsuit against Apple that had been brought by several retail employees over Apple's policy of conducting required security searches of personal bags without compensation after workers had clocked out for meal breaks or at the end of their shifts, reports Bloomberg. The class action lawsuit covered thousands of employees at Apple's California retail stores.

(Photo via Reuters/Hannibal Hanschke)The ruling by a San Francisco federal judge Saturday releases the company from having to compensate as many [as] 12,400 former and current employees from 52 stores throughout the state a few...

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Brydge: A tale of good customer support

When a new gadget fails the knee-jerk reaction is one of anger. You paid good money for something and you expect it to keep working forever. The reality is that no matter what the device may be, a certain percentage of them will fail. When that happens the response of the customer support folks can go a long way to making the unhappy customer get back on board.

See the AWT review of the BrydgeMini keyboard

This happened to me recently. The BrydgeAir keyboard for the iPad Air 2, which I have been very happy with, died completely. It worked one day and the next morning wouldn’t power on at all. Charging it didn’t change things, the unit was totally without power.

I went to the Brydge web site and filed a complaint as instructed. A few hours later I was contacted by customer support via email for more information, and we went back and forth a couple of times.


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The enduring appeal of the iconic Zippo lighter

Cool Material:

Here we are, some 83 years later, and the Zippo brand continues to thrive. Why? Well, there are a number of reasons—a determined founder, some clever ad placements, war—but one that shouldn’t be overlooked is collectibility, which is something Zippo has catered to—both knowingly and unknowingly—since its earliest days.

My father(s) all had Zippos and as a kid, it was a treat to be allowed to light their cigarettes (it was a different time) with one of them. They were Canadian sailors and had Zippos that were custom made with the name and image of their ships on them. I haven’t used a Zippo in a dozen years but I can still hear the click of it opening and closing in my head.


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BrydgeMini: An Apple World Today Top Pick

BrydgeMini Photo©2015, Steven Sande

One of the toughest assignments for an iPad keyboard manufacturer to face is trying to make a keyboard for the iPad mini. The tiny tablet usually forces designers to cram keys too close together, move seldom-used keys to unfamiliar locations, or even make the keyboard case larger than the mini in order to accommodate the keys. When Brydge asked if I'd like to review the new Brydge for iPad mini 1, 2 & 3 (US$129.99, affiliate link), I jumped at the chance since I was impressed with their BrydgeAir Keyboard for iPad Air 1 & 2. Let's take a look and see how the smaller sibling of that 5-star keyboard case fares.


The basic design of the Brydge for iPad mini — AKA BrydgeMini —is quite similar to that of the BrydgeAir in that the keyboard acts...

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Apple TV (2015) vs NVIDIA Shield Android TV –...

Today we’re comparing the forth generation Apple TV to the NVIDIA Shield. These are quite possibly the two best set top boxes out right now. I won’t be going into every little detail here, but instead the things that are most important for myself. But before we get in-depth with either option, let’s take a look at specifications between the two…


First up, we have the fourth generation Apple TV which packs a dual-core A8 processor, 2GB of RAM, either 32 or 64GB storage options, and also an HDMI 1.4 port (and yes that means no 4K video this time around, but maybe next year)....

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JBL Pulse 2 vs Marsboy Orb: Bluetooth speakers at...

If you are looking for some differentiation in your Bluetooth speakers, the JBL Pulse 2 ($199) and the Marsboy Orb ($30 after SPDJVX3R code) offer varying degrees of light show to accompany your music. While the JBL Pulse 2 is essentially a very good Charge 2+ with a light show wrapped around the outside, the Marsboy brings a base model Chinese brand speaker with a LED...

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: T-Mobile iPhone 6s/Plus $100...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:

T-Mobile is discounting iPhone 6s/Plus by $100 when bought on an installment plan or outright

Apple iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi 64GB in all colors: ...

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Disable iOS Initial Device Activation Options Using...

One of the things that Apple Configurator 2, or an MDM solution, can do to make large-scale iOS deployments easier is to disable some of the screens displayed to users during the initial setup of an iOS device. This is critical when trying to get to a zero-touch deployment. On a DEP-based device, most of these steps would be disabled by your MDM solution. However, on a non-DEP-based device, these options would be disabled on the iOS device directly.

To disable the initial configuration screens during activation on an iPhone or iPad and therefore require less steps during the setup of devices, first plug a device into Apple Configurator. Then, right-click on the device and choose the Prepare… option.

From the prepare wizard, first choose whether the configuration will be automatic or assist during the...

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Apple has 43.6 percent of U.S. smartphone...

Apple was the top smartphone manufacturer in September with 43.6 percent of U.S. smartphone subscribers, according to new data from comScore (www.comscore.com), a global media measurement and analytics company. That’s down half a percentage point from June.

Samsung ranked second with 27.6 percent market share, followed by LG with 9.4 percent (up 1.1 percentage points from June), Motorola with 4.8 percent and HTC with 3.3 percent.

Android ranked as the top smartphone platform in September with 52.3 percent market share (up 0.7 percentage points from June). iOS followed with 43.6 percent, Microsoft with 2.9 percent, BlackBerry with 1.2 percent and Symbian with 0.1 percent.

According to comScore, 192.4 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones (77.4 percent mobile market penetration) during the three months...

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Ericsson Files Request to Obtain Apple's...

On February 27, 2015 Ericsson filed their first two patent lawsuits against Apple followed by seven more lawsuits the day after. today we're learning that two letters were filed by Apple and Ericsson in the Northern District of California last night that deal with an underlying legal question that is of the utmost importance to this case.

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Gadget Ogling: An Emotional Keyboard, a Puzzling...

To communicate online in 2015 is to have at least a passing awareness of emoji -- the colorful symbols that are endemic in social media and text messages. Inputting emoji into a post or message from a computer is often awkward, though this item might help.
EmojiWorks has a physical keyboard which, at the touch of a modifier -- think ctrl, alt or command -- you can use to type emoji. A skintone changer lets you bring each icon in line with recent diversity adjustments to the various emoji images. Users can choose 47, 94 or 120 emoji to input.

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Facebook blocking all mentions of competitor Tsu.co

The question here is, is Facebook protecting its users from spam, or are they taking action to prevent a potential competitor from gaining a foothold?

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Remove Apps From A 4th Generation Apple TV

The 4th Generation of the Apple TV supports installing apps. And part of playing around with new apps is sometimes you’re not going to want them on your TV any more. To remove apps, the process is similar to that of an iPad. Highlight an app that you’d like to remove and then hold down the clicker on the app.

The app will go a little larger. Click on it again and you’ll get the option to Delete the app.

Click Delete and the app disappears.

That’s it. The app, and any storage that is being consumed by the app, is then freed up.

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Apple Solidly the Top Smartphone OEM in the U.S. in...

The latest published ComScore report reconfirms that Apple is the top smartphone manufacturer in the U.S. with ...

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Apple Rushes to Court to Stop Supplier BYD Precision...

Apple filed a petition for an Order Compelling Arbitration and for Injunctive Relief Pending Arbitration against BYD Precision Manufacturing Co. Ltd and BYD Company Limited on October 29th. BYD is trying to stop Apple's production of the iPhone 6 ....

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Two Videos: Eddy Cue Talks about Apple's...

Last Wednesday Mobile World Live provided highlights of a fireside chat between the senior Apple exec Eddy Cue and AT&T Mobility’s Glenn Lurie. Eddy Cue also reveals a hidden feature in the new Apple TV.

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The week in Apple news: iPad Pro, iPhone 7 rumors, 4...

Apple headlines for the week ending Nov. 6, 2015

Everybody’s wondering, will the iPad Pro ship on November 11? Only the folks at Apple know, though Apple Senior Vice President Eddy Cue showed off the iPad Pro at a recent conference.We’ll see what happens next week. In the meantime, catch up on all the important Apple headlines in this slideshow. Just click the link to get more information on a story.

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This week on AppleInsider: Apple TV & 4K iMac...

AppleInsider this week took a crack at reviewing not one but two major new Apple products, while the rumor cycle again turned to the long-term with possible details of iOS and iPhone upgrades, the Apple Car, and live content plans.

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Free Apple SuperDrive and 50% off AppleCare with 13...

For the next 9 days, AI readers can take advantage of a pair of exclusive deals that deliver a free Apple SuperDrive and 50% off AppleCare with Apple's early-2015 13 MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs. Plus free shipping and no sales tax in 48 states.

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Friday November 6

How a Mobile App Firm Found the XcodeGhost In the...

SpacemanukBEJY.53u writes: A Denver-based mobile app development company, Possible Mobile, had a tough time figuring out why Apple recently rejected its app from the App Store. After a lot of head scratching, it eventually found the XcodeGhost malware hidden in an unlikely place — a third-party framework that it had wrapped into its own app. Their experience shows that the efforts of malware writers can have far-ranging effects on the mobile app component supply chain.


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Apple retains US smartphone lead as LG reports...

Apple's iPhone was again the top smartphone in the U.S. market for the third quarter of 2015, according to analytics firm comScore, but Korean company LG was the only manufacturer to enjoy sequential gains.

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‘Shot on iPhone 6’ photographers surprised with...

Apple’s Shot on iPhone ad campaign was largely deemed a huge success, with the campaign taking home the top prize at the Cannes Grand Prix festival over the summer. Separately, a photo featured in the campaign won its own Cannes Lions award. Now, Apple is rewarding those photographers who had their iPhone-shot pictures featured in the campaign.

Apple today has surprised Shot on iPhone photographers with physical photo books featuring the images featured in the campaign. Participants in the ad campaign are receiving packages with the photo book, as well as a pair of plain white gloves, presumably meant to wear while the handle the cloth photo books. The books are all white and titled “The Gallery.”

One photographer who received a book, Brendan Ó Sé, of Cork, Ireland, said the books...

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Apple's Eddy Cue talks over-the-top Apple TV...

In newly released footage of Eddy Cue's recent interview with CNNMoney, the Apple exec offered a few more details about the company's vision for the living room, specifically discussing the role apps will play in freeing consumers from traditional viewing habits.

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Apple's iPad Pro up for preorder at MacMall...

After Sam's Club spilled the beans on Apple's iPad Pro release date earlier on Friday, authorized reseller MacMall is now showing preorder availability for the big-screen slate expected to ship on Nov. 13, complete with early-bird discounts.

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Eddy Cue on Apple TV: Customers Should Be Able to...

Apple executive Eddy Cue sat down with CNN senior correspondent Brian Stelter last week for a two-part interview about the new Apple TV, describing the fourth-generation device as an "add-on for most people," since content providers such as ABC, CNN and WatchESPN still require authenticating with a cable or satellite TV subscription.

Eddy Cue's interview with CNNMoney about the new Apple TV last week

CNNMoney has now shared a few additional comments Cue made about Apple's rumored streaming TV service. Specifically, Cue said the new Apple TV could support whole cable packages from content providers such as Comcast, but he refused to elaborate much further, beyond alluding that Apple wants...

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Apple sends 'Shot on iPhone 6'...

In a thank you to photographers whose pictures were used as part of Apple's "Shot on iPhone 6" ad campaign, the company is sending out special coffee table books containing a page-by-page collection of selected works and their respective installations seen on outdoor billboards around the world.

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Now Facebook Users Can Tell Their Music Stories

Facebook on Thursday announced Music Stories, a feature in its iPhone app that lets users post links to music they like with comments. Clicking the link will launch a 30-second preview of the music, which is streamed from either Apple Music or Spotify. Listeners then can purchase the music from the service or save it to their account there. Facebook plans to add other streaming services to the feature. There was no word on whether it will offer Music Stories in its Android or Windows Phone apps.

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MacMall already has iPad Pros on sale with modest $...

From 9to5Toys.com:

iPads officially go on sale next week and AppleCare training started today but Apple reseller MacMall is the first US retailer advertising offering the iPad Pro and they’ve already marked prices down modestly $12/SKU.   MacMall, unlike Apple, takes Paypal and only collects sales tax in CA, NY, IL, WI, MN, CO, TN, NC and GA which can save a significant bit of change.

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Eddy Cue talks Apple’s rumored web TV service &...

CNN Money has today shared the second part of its interview with Apple SVP Eddy Cue. In the first part of the interview, shared last week, Cue noted of how the Apple TV has graduated from the “hobby” stage and sold more than 20 million units. While sales of the new fourth-gen box are unclear at this point, Cue did hint at some future features come to the device in part two of the interview, as well as  Apple’s ultimate goal with the tvOS platform.

The current state of cable TV, as CNN notes, is in somewhat of a disastrous and outdated state. Cue, however,...

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Google buys iOS video app maker Fly Labs to boost...

Google on Friday announced plans to bolster its Google Photos team with the purchase of Fly Labs, developers behind four iOS apps for making quick video edits on the go.

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Apple now has 32 percent of the streaming TV...

One week after the fourth-generation Apple TV went on sale, Apple now has a bigger share of the market than Amazon, Roku, and Google according to Slice Intelligence. With the addition of the new Apple TV, Apple has the largest share of the streaming TV hardware market, at 31 percent, followed closely by Amazon, at 28 percent.

Among those who had purchased a TV streaming device over the past two years, most of them bought an Apple TV. However, the vast majority had not bought an Apple set-top box, Roku, Chromecast, or Fire TV during this period. The research group — which bases its data on his panel of three-million-plus online shoppers — also notes that:

While the average person who buys an Apple product spends $788 per year on Apple gear, those who bought the latest Apple TV spent $1,161 in the same period....

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AWT News Update: November 6, 2015

Lots of fun Apple news for a Slow News Friday®:

  • The Apple TV is now the leader in the streaming TV hardware market
  • Rumors -- could Faraday Future actually be Apple, Inc?
  • Instagram testing 3D Touch-able ads

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Introducing the Shopping Category

The new Shopping category is now available in all 155 App Store territories. This category makes it easy for iPhone and iPad users to find and enjoy apps that enhance the shopping experience—including mobile commerce apps, marketplace apps, coupon apps, and apps that incorporate Apple Pay. You can select the Shopping category for your new apps and app updates in iTunes Connect. To learn more about assigning categories for your apps, read App Store Product Page.

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Introducing the Shopping Category

The new Shopping category is now available in all 155 App Store territories. This category makes it easy for iPhone and iPad users to find and enjoy apps that enhance the shopping experience—including mobile commerce apps, marketplace apps, coupon apps, and apps that incorporate Apple Pay. You can select the Shopping category for your new apps and app updates in iTunes Connect. To learn more about assigning categories for your apps, read App Store Product Page.

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Notable apps and app updates for November 6, 2015

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

iOS Apps/Updates

Ahh, it's finally Friday. Time to sit back, relax, and perhaps enjoy a frosty brew (insert warning to drink responsibly here...). So let's get a little silly and look at some beer-related apps for your iOS devices. 

First up is the best -- and maybe only -- beer social network, Untappd (free). It's a check-in network for anyone who enjoys beer, giving you a way to search for local craft beers and bars, and what beers are recommended. You can track all of the beers you try, rate them, take photos, and send 'em to your friends. The more you try different beers and locations, the more badges you can...

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Opinion: With Apple TV 4’s open app platform, some...

While the new fourth-generation Apple TV advances Apple’s entertainment box in many areas including universal search, Siri  input and a whole App Store for the first time, much of week one with Apple TV 4 has been about what you lose when moving from Apple TV 2 or 3.

The list is uncomfortably packed for a device that had three years to advance since its predecessor hit the market: missing Bluetooth keyboard and iPhone/iPad Remote app support for easier text input, Apple Watch’s built-in Remote app doesn’t recognize it yet, the Podcasts app hasn’t moved over, and the Photos app is exactly the same (no iCloud Photo Library) despite the newer iCloud Music Library feature making the cut for Apple Music.

There’s also the oddity of each channel being pre-installed on older Apple TVs while new Apple TVs ship with only iTunes, Music, and Photos apps installed. If I were gifting a family member a new Apple TV...

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Rumor claims new electric car maker Faraday Future...

A mysterious electric car maker called Faraday Future -- backed by large resources -- could be a front for Apple, a report speculated on Friday.

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FunBITS: Preparing for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Star Wars fans are champing at the bit for the first new Star Wars movie in a decade. Managing Editor and Star Wars fan Josh Centers explains how you can scratch your Star Wars itch with your Apple devices.


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No Time to Respond to Email? Let Google Do It

Google this week unveiled Smart Reply for Gmail on iOS and Android. It uses machine intelligence and neural networks to suggest up to three possible responses for incoming email, based on the content of those emails. The system learns from users' responses to suggestions to fine-tune its offerings. It has a repository of 20,000 Smart Replies that will continue to grow with time, said Google spokesperson Emma Ogiemwanye. Smart Reply will be available in English in Google Play and Apple's App Store.

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Instagram reportedly testing ads with 3D Touch...

Instagram is reportedly testing new ads that will take full advantage of being integrated with Apple’s platforms including the new 3D touch pressure sensitive touchscreen feature and its payments service Apple Pay, Digiday reports.

The integration of Apple Pay and 3D Touch, a new feature introduced with the iPhone 6s that allows pressure sensitive touchscreen interactions, is reportedly being tested as an expansion of Instagram’s recently launched “Shop Now” feature:

It has even run tests with restaurants to sell menu items right from the Instagram feed, without the need to click off the app’s main feed, said an ad agency source familiar with the test.

Some of the shopping tests incorporate features like Apple’s force touch screen feature, which lets consumers apply pressures in their clicks to...

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Hacked Apple TV runs native tvOS browser

That didn't take long.

Dutch developer jvanakker hacked the new Apple TV to run a native tvOS web browser. Here's Apple's website on the fourth-generation Apple TV:

Sadly, this app wouldn't be allowed on the tvOS App Store since it uses a private API based on Apple's UIWebView class. The browser, which can be looked at as an interesting proof of concept, lets users scroll through pages with the Siri Remote, with a press on the center of the touch surface bringing up a cursor for clicking. 

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The Week in iOS Apps: Google wants to know: Who...

Who's Down?

This week’s roundup includes a new invite-only app from Google that lets you and your friends know “Who’s Down” for some fun. Read on!


Chatbaka is pitched as a safe way to send SMS messages while you’re driving: Just open the app, hit the “record” button, dictate your text, and send it. The message is sent as both text and voice recording. Question: Do you need this app when you’ve already got Siri? Chatbaka’s developers hope so: The latest release includes new features to more easily shift the app into “drive mode” and to choose chat recipients.

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Korean High Court Dismisses Case against Apple for...

Late yesterday it was reported that an appeals court ruled against South Korean iPhone users who filed a damages suit against Apple for collecting their location information...

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Apple might enable your iPhone with a secret way to...

If you carry around sensitive information on your iPhone, you could soon have one less reason to panic.

This week Business Insider reported that Apple has filed a patent to activate “panic mode” when unlocking your iPhone using a designated finger. Once your iPhone is unlocked using the secret panic mode method, the device would automatically limit access to personal information, reset the device altogether or activate preset actions.

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Hydration made easy with WaterMinder for iOS

One of the big health tips that's been going around for the past few years is to drink more water. A surprising number of us go around in a slightly dehydrated state, which can cause a number of issues. Drinking more water can keep your stomach feeling full and keep you from snacking, help keep your skin more supple, prevent infections and kidney stones, and more. The problem is that it's hard to remember to keep drinking water. That's where WaterMinder for iOS (US$1.99) comes in handy.

After loading and launching the app on your iPhone, you're asked if you wish to link it to the iOS Health app. If you do, it will also ask if you with to share information from and to the Health app. Your age, weight, gender and other information will be automatically entered into WaterMinder, at which point it creates a target goal for you in terms of ounces of water to drink per day....

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Apple singles out shopping apps in new iOS App Store...

Apple added a new Shopping category to the iOS App Store on Friday to collect mobile banking, marketplace and coupon apps -- including those that accept Apple Pay -- in one easy to browse location.

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10 Days Only: Free AppleCare & Free Apple...

In an effort to best last year's holiday deals, AI one of Apple's authorized resellers are teaming up to offer Free AppleCare, a Free Apple SuperDrive, and cash discounts on a handful of Late-2015 15" MacBook Pros (including both key retail configurations), or a Free Apple Super Drive and up to 80% off AppleCare with the remainder of the 15" MacBook Pro lineup.

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Is Apple positioning Apple Music’s Connect as Vevo/...

It’s no secret that Apple has had a hand in producing video and other content for artists since launching its new Apple Music streaming service. While we’ve known it has been hosting videos for artists using its own video player inside Apple Music, Apple quietly started adding an embed button to the video player that takes it out of Apple Music and makes it sharable across the rest of the web. The feature is notable for a few reasons and could mean big things to come for Apple, video, and its relationship with YouTube and other competitive music and video services…

The new sharing option began appearing sometime in recent weeks as new videos from Drake and the company’s latest Apple Music ad featuring Kenny Chesney included an embed button on Apple’s usual video player. It’s currently hidden,...

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New Apple TV hacked to run makeshift Safari browser

A new YouTube video (embedded below) showing the first browser designed for the new Apple TV has been published. The app uses a private API to render web content, so it’s not likely you’ll be seeing it on the App Store any time soon, but the project is open source and can be downloaded by anyone.

The browser takes advantage of the Siri Remote bundled with the new Apple TV hardware to navigate websites. Pressing the glass surface on the remote switches between two modes.

The first allows the user to scroll by flicking the glass, while the other mode displays an arrow that can be moved freely around the...

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Instagram testing next-gen ads leveraging Apple...

Facebook-owned Instagram is reportedly testing ads that exploit two of Apple's most recent technologies, 3D Touch and Apple Pay, as part of a broader effort to reap more cash from the photo-sharing service. [Updated with Instagram denial]

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Apple launches new Shopping category in the App...

Apple has enabled a new category on the iOS App Store designed to help shoppers find apps for specific retailers. The Shopping category is now rolling out worldwide and includes apps from companies including Apple, Target, eBay. and Groupon.

As the inclusion of these apps demostrates, the section can be used to track down not only products, but also deals, coupons, and auctions. Previously such apps were grouped into the Lifestyle section, which wasn’t the best fit as that also included apps with a wide variety of purposes ranging from...

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iOS App Store Gains New 'Shopping' Category

Apple will be updating the iOS App Store today to introduce a new Shopping category that will allow iOS users to better find shopping-related apps. According to TechCrunch the Shopping category will be available to users worldwide and will encompass apps that offer shopping, auctions, price comparisons, coupons, product reviews, and more, transitioning them from the existing Lifestyle category to the new less noisy category.

Apple plans to use the Shopping category to highlight apps that support Apple Pay, its mobile payments service. Many apps now include Apple Pay integration, letting users pay for merchandise with a finger on the Touch ID fingerprint button on supported devices.

The new App Store category will include launch with several different collections of shopping apps,...

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Apple's iPad Pro pegged for Friday, Nov. 13...

Apple's jumbo-sized iPad Pro is set to launch in one week, on next Friday, Nov. 13, according to retail chain Sam's Club, which has begun accepting preorders on its website.

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Sam's Club Begins Taking iPad Pro Pre-Orders,...

Popular warehouse chain Sam's Club has started accepting pre-orders for Apple's iPad Pro on its website, and has listed a release date of Friday, November 13 for the device. Sam's Club began advertising the iPad Pro in emails sent out to members this morning.

Sam's Club is accepting pre-orders for the 32 and 128GB Wi-Fi iPad Pro models in Space Gray, Silver, and Gold, but it is not selling the 128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model. Sam's Club is also selling the device at a slight discount, pricing the two models at $787 for 32GB and $937 for 128GB, compared to Apple's pricing of $799 and $949.

Previous rumors suggested the iPad Pro would launch on Wednesday, November 11, but Friday, November 13 perhaps makes more sense as November 11 is Veterans Day in the United...

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New Apple TV Hacked to Run Native tvOS Web Browser

Dutch developer jvanakker has hacked the new Apple TV to run a native tvOS web browser using a private API based on Apple's UIWebView class, sharing the code on GitHub as a fork of developer Steven Troughton-Smith's tvOSBrowser project. The demo video below shows Apple's website running on the fourth-generation box.

The simplistic tvOS web browser allows you to scroll through pages with the Siri Remote, and pressing the center of the touch surface brings up a cursor for clicking. Pressing the Menu button returns you to the previous page, while the Play/Pause button allows you to input URLs, according to GitHub.

Apple does not allow Apple TV apps to have UIWebViews, so this web browser would not be approved on the tvOS App Store, but the project is a good proof of concept. Apple TV users interested in...

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Carbon Copy Cloner: What’s your plan when your Mac’s...

Thanks to Carbon Copy Cloner for sponsoring The Loop this week. What’s your plan when your Mac’s hard drive dies? Plan ahead and get back to work in minutes with a Carbon Copy Cloner bootable backup. CCC—the app that saves your bacon.

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Roundup: The best apps and games for the new Apple TV

The Apple TV has been available for a week now and the tvOS App Store is estimated to include over 1,000 apps, with more coming online every day. There’s a pretty good selection of titles, with a heavy focus on gaming. Developers are still figuring out how to use the touchpad Siri Remote in interesting and new ways but the initial launch is promising for sure. We’ve rounded up our favourite apps and games for the new Apple TV so far …

Top Apps And Games For The New Apple TV
Battle Supremacy: Evolution

My current favorite Apple TV game, Battle Supremacy: Evolution. You play as a transforming mecha unit and speed through beautiful-scenery like futuristic cityscapes, mountains and more. The vehicle can swap between being a tank, a drone or an airplane and...

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Rumor: iPad Pro to arrive in stores on Friday, Nov....

Sources tell Apple World Today that the iPad Pro will be in stores on Friday, Nov. 13, instead of Wednesday, Nov. 11, as previously rumored. Actually, stores will have the super-sized tablets on hand the 11th, but won’t release them to consumers until the 13th, says our source.

The new date aligns with Apple’s convention, and the fact that new Apple products generally go on sale on Fridays. Pricing for the iPad Pro starts at $799 for the 32GB with Wi-Fi model and $1,079 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular 128GB model. The iPad Pro comes in three metallic finishes including silver, gold and space gray.

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A new Skype for Business look for Lync Room Systems!

In March 2015, we announced that Microsoft Lync has been rebranded as Skype for Business, bringing the familiar and well-loved Skype experience to the workplace, combined with the trusted enterprise-grade Lync platform.

We are happy to announce that Lync Rooms Systems will be updated with the Skype for Business experience. On November 10, we are rolling out a Cumulative Update to all existing Crestron, Polycom and SMART Lync Room Systems, updating the user interface (UI) and branding to Skype for Business. The Cumulative Update will either be applied automatically, or manually, depending on the policy set by the IT admin. The update does not change the functionality, but users will see a sleeker, darker design theme, attuned to large-screen viewing.

Let’s take a look at the new user interface.

The image below shows the pre-meeting calendar UI on the console. The console, positioned at the center of the meeting room table, is used to control the meeting room...

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iPad 2 still most used iPad model, early adoption...

iPad 2 was still the most commonly-used iPad in October, despite the numerous other models shipped since 2011, according to a study published on Friday by analytics firm Localytics.

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: Apple Watch pre-owned from $...

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Rename An iOS Device Using Apple Configurator

Apple Configurator 2 can rename iOS devices. To use Apple Configurator to rename a device, first plug it into a Mac running Apple Configurator 2.

From Apple Configurator, right-click on the device and choose Device Name… from the Modify menu.

At the “Rename device” screen, enter a new name for the device and click on Rename.

Alternatively, you can use the (+) menu to choose variables to use during the renaming process. Here, you can choose to base a name on a Serial number, the Number, the device Type, or the Capacity of the device.


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Opinion: Apple rumors can be valuable forecasts of...

Theo Levey’s early iPhone 6 render wasn’t perfect, but it was usefully close

Reporting on future Apple products isn’t easy — it’s actually one of the biggest challenges in the world of technology journalism. Back in April 2011, The Verge’s predecessor (This Is My Next) ran a much-discussed report on the “iPhone 5,” which was claimed to be teardrop-shaped, with an enlarged, gesture-sensitive Home Button, and a bezel-less 3.7″ screen. NFC, inductive charging, and a speaker and sensors hidden behind the screen were also said to be possibilities for the new iPhone. Not surprisingly, the report lit up the Internet, generating a lot of attention (and over 500 comments) for a fledgling web site. Though some people were skeptical, accessory makers...

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Dear first-generation sex robot ...

A life-size rubber doll named Roxxxy is on display during the Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010.

Computer Love is a semi-regular column exploring the weird world of human sexuality in the 21st century.

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Some users complain of Touch ID slowness,...

This is why bug fixes exist.

An increasing number of reports have surfaced stating that iPhones running iOS 9.1 are experiencing Touch ID problems wherein Touch ID has become slow or unreliable.

The complaints are similar: users running iOS 9.1 find Touch ID either refuses to recognise a user’s fingerprint, has become highly unreliable or doesn’t even register a fingerprint pressed against it. Users have tried hard resets (holding in the power and home button for 10 seconds) and complete factory resets without any success.

The issue appears to be affecting a small number of users, but harkens back to issues with Apple’s iOS 8.0.1 update last year...

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Instagram reportedly testing ads that use 3D Touch...

Instagram ads have been around for some time now, but a new report claims the company is looking to boost the in-app shopping experience. According to Digiday, the photo-sharing app is testing 3D Touch and Apple Pay support for those ads from compa...

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US must make next move on Safe Harbor

The European Union expects the U.S. to make the next move in negotiating a replacement for the Safe Harbor Agreement.

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Updated Apple Watch estimates place unit sales at...

The current guesstimate is that Apple has sold almost 7 million Apple Watch units since the device’s launch in late April, thereby trouncing competing smartwatch products from firms like Pebble, Samsung and Motorola.

This figure comes from analyst Daniel Matte of Canalys, who said that “After experiencing significant supply chain constraints early on, Apple managed to overcome its production struggles with the Apple Watch and is building momentum going into Q4.”

A Canalys estimate published in July suggested that the company had sold 4.2 million units in the June quarter. Apple hasn’t published any official data however, and other analysts have...

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iOS 9.2 to bring Arabic support to Siri following...

Last week, Apple seeded the first beta of the upcoming iOS 9.2 release to developers, and we’ve discovered that the new update will add support for Arabic in Siri. Apple previously built in the fundamental elements of understanding Arabic to iOS by adding Arabic support to the Keyboard Dictation and QuickType features in iOS 8 last year. Apple adding Arabic support to Siri follows up on Apple expanding its retail presence to the United Arab Emirates by opening up a pair of flagship stores in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

A local YouTube video shows off examples of...

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The inside story on getting an app in the Apple TV...

Matt Braun is an indie developer who busted his ass to get his game, SketchParty TV, up and running in time to be in the Apple TV app store in time for the day one rollout. Great story.

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Searching for Bollywood on the new Apple TV

Kathy Gibson gives some insight into searching for content on the Apple TV. Good read.

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Opinion: Five hardware lessons Apple could learn...

I know, it’s almost a blasphemous headline, and I can feel the comments system bracing itself for impact even before anyone has read a word of my arguments. Especially as Apple has engaged in lengthy lawsuits against Samsung for copying its own features.

But while Apple doesn’t blindly copy, it does learn from other companies, and it does so all the time. Indeed, you could say it’s one of the key things that sets Apple apart in the tech world: it doesn’t scrabble to be first to market with new technology. Apple instead sits back and watches, looks at what other companies do and then figures out how to create a better version.

Touch ID is a classic example. Fingerprint readers have been around forever in laptops, and Motorola put one into a smartphone – the Atrix – way back in 2011. But early fingerprint readers...

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How to power on and navigate your 4th-gen Apple TV...

With a compatible gaming controller, the new fourth-generation Apple TV can be used just like a traditional game console, powering on and navigating across the entire tvOS platform. Here's how it works.

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Macworld: Gaming on the Apple TV

Andrew Hayward, writing for MacWorld, digs into the gaming experience on the Apple TV. Worth reading.

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Cable CEO angry HBO hasn’t cracked down on streaming...

A subtle behind the scenes war between cable companies and HBO/Netflix, all over password sharing. Fascinating.

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The best wired exercise headphones

By Lauren Dragan

This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. Read the full article here.

After considering 145 sport-specific headphones and testing 82 of the best-reviewed and newest options, ou...

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Rumored A10 Production Win for TSMC Could Be Tied to...

According to a recent report from Taiwan's Commercial Times, via EE Times and a separate research report from KGI Securities' Ming-Chi Kuo, Taiwan-based TSMC may have won sole production rights on the A10 chip slated for the next-generation iPhone 7.

This is in contrast to the split production of the A9 processor between Samsung and TSMC featured in the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Apple's decision to revert back to TSMC as a single supplier, as was seen in A8 chip production, could be motivated by advanced device packaging techniques offered by TSMC that may not have equivalents in Samsung's packaging offerings.

The Commercial Times report mentions TSMC's integrated fan-out wafer-level packaging (InFO WLP) technology as one of the key inclusions in the production contract. InFO WLP is one of many...

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Use the old Apple TV remote with the new Apple TV

Kirk McElhearn tells you why you should be sure to keep your old remote around. Brilliant!

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The best game controllers for Apple TV

AfterPad takes a look at game controllers for your brand new Apple TV.

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Oh Samsung

Strange default behavior on the part of the Samsung Galaxy S4. Just odd.

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James Bond: World of Espionage offers awful,...

Free-to-play games often look appealing, but it’s difficult to know at a glance whether the business model is insidious and fun ruining, or reasonable and worth pumping a few bucks into. With Freemium Field Test, we’ll take a recent free-to-play iOS game, put it through its paces, and let you know if it’s really worth your time (and money).

With its daring stunts, explosive chase sequences, and tense shootouts, the James Bond film series is absolutely ripe for a video game adaptation—as the iconic GoldenEye 007 proved on the Nintendo 64 back in 1997. It seems logical that a game maker would seize the opportunity provided by this week’s release of Spectre to deliver a thrilling new interactive experience, but Glu Games’ World of Espionage for iOS isn’t exactly that. 

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For Tech-Savvy Teens and Tweens, TV and Music Still...

Although teens and tweens have more choices than ever when it comes to media activities, watching television and listening to music are their top preferences, according to a report Common Sense Media released this week. Among tweens, ages 8 to 12, watching TV was the top media activity, with nearly 62 percent saying they did it every day. For teens, ages 13 to 18, listening to music was the top media activity, with 66 percent of them saying they listend to music every day.

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The iPad Pro could reverse declining iPad sales...

Apple sold “only” 9.9 million iPads in its fiscal 2015 fourth quarter that ended Sept. 26. That’s down 10% from last quarter and down 20% year-over-year. However, the company says it remains optimistic about its tablet line and has high hopes for the upcoming iPad Pro. And new data from Gartner gives at least a bit of hope for a positive bump in tablet sales.

A survey by the research group found that 17 percent of consumer respondents in mature markets intend to buy a tablet in the next 12 months. The survey, which was conducted in May and June 2015, surveyed 19,000 consumers in the U.S., U.K., France, China, Brazil and India.

However, the survey found that less than one in five users in mature markets are planning to purchase or upgrade a tablet. The penetration of tablets has reached more than 66 percent of households in the U.S., with more than 25 percent of households having two or more tablets. Something...

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Apple contemplating huge campus of up to 4.15...

Nathan Donato-Weinstein, writing for the Silicon Valley Business Journal:

Apple Inc. and the city of San Jose are working toward a development agreement that would allow the Cupertino-based juggernaut to build a north San Jose campus of up to 4.15 million square feet, according to city records — an amount larger than Apple’s “spaceship” campus under construction in Cupertino.

Some thoughts on this purchase…

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Copy Big Update Files Between Apple Configurator 2...

One of the things that is awesome and sometimes frustrating about Apple Configurator is that when you do certain tasks, you end up updating the OS on devices. The reason this is awesome is that it allows you to centralize operations. The reason this can be frustrating is that if you’re on a limited bandwidth connection, you may find that you can’t do very basic tasks before downloading a large OS update. And if you’ve got a bunch of Apple Configurator workstations, and you are running a training session, this can get infinitely more annoying.

In these types of lab environments, you’re in luck. If you have an ipsw (the iOS OS update file), you can copy the file from ~/Library/Group\ Containers/K26BKF7T3D.group.com.apple.configurator/Library/Caches/Firmware/ onto another machine. To copy them onto a USB drive called bananarama for example, use the following command:

cp -R ~/Library/Library/Group\ Containers/K26BKF7T3D.group.com.apple.configurator/Library/Caches/Firmware...

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Survey: five percent of Japanese plan to buy iPad Pro

The iPad Pro is shaping up to be a hit in Japan. Five percent of Japanese consumers say they plan to buy Apple's super-sized tablet, according to a new survey by Mobile Marketing Data Lab (as noted by BrightWire.com, a global investment newswire).

When initially asked whether they're interested in a possible November release of the iPad Pro, 23.9 percent of 2,203 respondents said yes in the survey, which was conducted between Oct. 30 and Nov. 1. Sixty-two percent of respondents who plan to buy the iPad Pro said they like its design, and forty-nine percent said they like the larger display.

The iPad Pro will reportedly go on sale Nov. 11, although this hasn’t been confirmed by Apple. Pricing starts at $799 for the 32GB with Wi-Fi model and $1,079 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular 128GB model. The iPad Pro comes in three metallic finishes including silver, gold and space gray.

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An Apple Car may sport a digital license plate; here...

Add another hire to the list of folks Apple has scooped up, reportedly to build an Apple Car. According to Electrek, hired a veteran software engineer with an expertise in fleet management software and especially digital license plates. If so, and an Apple-built car is a success, it could help states make and save money.

Before going to work at Apple as a “Secret Agent” on “special projects” according to his LinkedIn profile, Rónán Braonáin was director of engineering at Reviver, a stealth startup working on what he called “the world’s first digital license plate.” Prior to his stint at Reviver, Braonáin spent five years as a software engineer at BMW before becoming chief technology officer at Vision Fleet, a company offering electric vehicle fleet management software and financing to businesses.

The idea behind digital license plates is to replace metal license plates with...

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Tony Fadell, Steve Jobs, and the early talks about...

Nest’s Tony Fadell talks about self driving cars and conversations with Steve Jobs about building a car back in 2008.

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AppleInsider podcast reviews the new Apple TV, talks...

On this week's all-new AppleInsider podcast, Neil, Mikey, and Victor discuss the new Apple TV. Neil talks about the latest "iPhone 7" rumors, Mikey reviews the 21.5-inch iMac, and we tackle listener questions.

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Plex is a must-have personal media server for the...

Plex — the all-in-one, network agnostic media sharing server — has come to the new Apple TV via the tvOS App Store. Though the set-up process is a little com-Plex (snicker), this is a great solution for streaming your own media to just about any device you own. 

Plex comes in two versions. A free version of the media server software, and a $4.99 version called Plex Pass (more on that in a moment). Plex — even the free version — gives you one simple interface to organize all of your media: your movie and TV collection, your music library, and all of your photos and home videos. 

The media sharing platform also adds descriptions, plot summaries, posters, and album covers. It also pulls in information from the Web, including Rotten Tomatoes ratings, related content, trailers and more. The app also supports advanced search options allowing those with larger personal libraries to search by actor, director and genre, among others. Music receives similar treatment with...

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Knowledge Miner releases Insights 4.0 for OS X

KnowledgeMiner Software has released Insights 4.0, an update to its Mac OS X (10.10 or higher) application that implements original, self-learning modeling algorithms for development of reliable predictive models from data.

With ready-to-use Python and Objective-C source code implementation of developed models into web, iOS, or OS X development projects, Insights 4.0 takes cost and time-to-deploy measures to a new level of applicability and value for academic users and app developers, according to the folks at KnowledgeMiner.

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Ditch the man purse, go with the RFID Travel Vest...

Traveling with all my gadgets — such as an iPad Air, iPhone 6s Plus,, and more — once meant I carried a "man purse." No more. Now I travel hands-free thanks to the $135 RFID Travel Vest for Men from Scottevest. 

Yep, hands-free even though I often travel with LOTS of gadgets. I recently went to a meeting with my iPad Air, iPhone, 27-inch iMac, and more packed into my Travel Vest. Just kidding about the iMac. However, watching someone remove the maximum number of devices and accessories that you can pack into the vest is like watching a dozen clowns clamor out of a teeny "clown car."

How many pockets does the Travel Vest boast? Twenty-six. There are dedicated pockets for an iPhone, iPad, digital camera, keys, a water bottle, travel documents, USB/Bluetooth device, eyeglasses/sunglasses (replete with a cleaning cloth on an elastic cord), and more. What's more, the Travel Vest...

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Pebble Time Round starts shipping Sunday, on sale in...

Pebble has announced that its first circular smartwatch, the Pebble Time Round, will begin shipping on 8th November, and will be available in Best Buy and Target the same day, priced at $249.99. The watch offers significantly less functionality than the Apple Watch, but a much longer battery-life thanks to its always-on color e-paper display.

This Sunday marks the debut of the world’s lightest and thinnest smartwatch at Best Buy and Target stores in the US, giving customers a chance to see and feel Pebble Time Round in-person. Pebble Time Round will also be available online at Amazon.com, BestBuy.com, Target.com, and Pebble.com.


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We've been sifting through the App Store to find the best ways to do computer tasks on a tablet. That gave us a thought - what if we could just do computer tasks from our tablets? Here's a list of the best remote desktop apps to help you use your... | Read more »
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Nitrome just launched a new game and, as to be expected, it's a lot of addictive fun. It's called Gopogo, and it challenges you to hoparound a bunch of platforms, avoiding enemies and picking up shiny stuff. It's not easy though - just like the... | Read more »
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Sago Mini Superhero 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Education Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: KAPOW! Jack the rabbit bursts into the sky as the Sago Mini Superhero! Fly with Jack as he lifts impossible weights,... | Read more »
Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes guide - How...
Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes is all about collecting heroes, powering them up, and using them together to defeat your foes. It's pretty straightforward stuff for the most part, but increasing your characters' stats can be a bit confusing because it... | Read more »
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Target has discounted Apple Watches by 15% for Cyber Monday. Choose free shipping or free local store pickup (if available). Sale prices for online orders only, in-store prices may vary: - Apple... Read more
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Take up to $500 off MSRP on the price of a new Mac at B&H Photo today as part of their Black Friday/Holiday weekend sale. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY tax only. These prices are... Read more
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B&H Photo has iPad Air 2s on sale for up to $80 off MSRP including free shipping plus NY sales tax only: - 16GB iPad Air 2 WiFi: $459 $40 off - 64GB iPad Air 2 WiFi: $569 $30 off - 128GB iPad Air... Read more
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B&H Photo continues to have all new Macs on sale for up to $500 off MSRP as part of their Black Friday/Holiday weekend sale. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY tax only: - 15″ 2.2GHz Retina... Read more
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iMobie Inc. has announced the new update of PhoneClean 4, its iOS cleaner designed to reclaim wasted space on iPhone/iPad for use and keep the device fast. Alongside, iMobie hosts a 3-day giveaway of... Read more
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U.S. Cellular today announced that it is offering the new iPad Pro with Wi-Fi + Cellular, featuring a 12.9-inch Retina display with 5.6 million pixels — the most ever in an iOS device. U.S. Cellular... Read more
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