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Monday June 15

04:20
iOS 9 iPad keyboard adds additional keys and symbols...

Following on from the Apple Watch native apps hack, Steve Troughton Smith has also found that the keyboard view in iOS 9 has much better adaptability support on Apple’s latest operating system. As shown by the screenshots, at larger resolutions, the iPad keyboard rearranges itself to make use of the space. Tab and Caps Lock keys are notably added onto to the left side as well as as entirely new top row of symbols.

This new row reflects the symbols normally found on hardware keyboards above the number keys: @ # $ % ^ & * ( ) _ +. Next to the ‘p’ on the first row, the keyboard also gains curly braces and a pipe...

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04:05
IDC: Internet of Things spending to reach $1.7...

The Internet of Things (IoT) continues to gain momentum as vendors and enterprises begin to embrace the opportunities this market presents. According to new research from IDC (www.idc.com), the worldwide Internet of Things market will grow from US$655.8 billion in 2014 to $1.7 trillion in 2020 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16.9%.

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04:05
Bethesda brings Fallout to iOS for the first time...

Fans of Bethesda’s Fallout games on Xbox, PlayStation and PC got the news yesterday that Fallout 4 will be launched in November – and the company also threw in a surprise bonus in the form of an iOS game. Fallout Shelter is a kind of blend of SimCity, XCOM and FTL in which you create your own fallout shelter and try to keep its residents alive and happy.

Fallout Shelter puts you in control of a state-of-the-art underground Vault from Vault-Tec. Build the perfect Vault, keep your Dwellers happy, and protect them from the dangers of the Wasteland.

Select from a variety of modern-day rooms to turn an excavation beneath 2,000 feet of bedrock into the very picture of Vault Life. Get to know your Dwellers and lead them to happiness. Find their ideal...

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04:00
Google Slides app for iOS, Android updated, content...

This could be useful.

Google on Friday updated Google Slides for Android and iOS with streaming support via Chromecast and AirPlay to your TV.

The update allows you to wirelessly share Google Slides content to the big screen. To do so, all you need is a smartphone or tablet with the Slides app.

To use the new feature, open a presentation in Google Slides, go near a Chromecast device, and hit the cast button. Once your presentation shows up on the TV, you can use your smartphone or tablet to advance slides, view speaker notes, and keep an eye on your pace with the built-in timer.

Up until now, if you wanted to present a Google...

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03:45
HoudahSpot 4.0.7 - Advanced file-search tool. (Demo)

HoudahSpot is a powerful desktop search software. Use HoudahSpot to locate hard-to-find files and keep frequently used files within reach. HoudahSpot builds upon Spotlight, which comes preinstalled with OS X. It makes Spotlight both more powerful and easier to use.

Start with a simple search. Refine it by adding and combining criteria. Quickly sort through search results. Add columns. Apply filters. Preview files and text matches.

If you've ever had a hard time finding a file before, this is the tool you've been looking for.

  • Find files by name, text, content kind, author, recipient, pixel count, etc.
  • Combine criteria to narrow down search results
  • Specify which folders to search and which ones to exclude
  • Add any of the hundreds of columns available
  • Apply filters to reduce search results to only the relevant items
  • Preview files and text matches
  • Open files and, where the...
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03:35
Multitasking in iOS 9 makes the iPad a true post-PC...

The iPad has always been a paradox. While it may have been built to fill the rather sizable gap between the iPhone and Mac, it never really embraced its own identity, playing second fiddle to each of the devices it was stuck between. Consequently, Apple’s mighty tablet has never quite been able to live up to the lofty expectations it created as the de facto leader of the post-PC revolution.

But all that’s about to change. During the middle of his WWDC presentation, Craig Federighi somewhat surprisingly devoted an entire segment to the iPad, highlighting several exclusive features that power users have been clamoring for. For the first time since its launch, Apple seems to want the iPad to be a device that will truly transform the way we work. With iOS 9, Apple has refocused its attention on what the iPad is and can be, positioning it as a powerful, versatile tool that seeks to redefine the role the Mac plays in Apple’s ecosystem.

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03:33
SyncTwoFolders 2.1.2 - Syncs two user-specified...

SyncTwoFolders simply synchronizes two folders. It supports synchronization across mounted network drives and it is a possibility to run a simulation showing in a log what will be done.

Please visit author's website for other version (Carbon or Cocoa) and old versions (PPC, previous systems, etc.).



Version 2.1.2:

  • Corrected Scheduler when Mac suspended.



  • OS X 10.7 or later



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00:33
Stacks 2.7.0 - New way to create pages in...

Stacks is a new way to create pages in RapidWeaver. It's a plugin designed to combine drag-and-drop simplicity with the power of fluid layout.

Features:

  • Fluid Layout: Stacks lets you build pages that flow text to the dimensions of a theme even if the theme has a variable width. You can build flowing columns, flexible rows, and tiles of images.
  • Nesting Objects: Build columns within columns within rows within columns. Or group a stack of objects inside a box. Almost anything is possible with Stacks.
  • Download More Stacks:There are hundreds of professionally designed free and low cost stacks ready for download. Easily add amazing content to your site.
  • Live Image Editing: Resize, rotate, and style your images with an easy to use HUD and see the changes happen right in the layout.
  • Pros Welcome: Because Stacks builds layout with...

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00:33
Inside App Extensions: WebKit Content Blockers...

Last year, Apple introduced App Extensions to enable third party developers to add system-wide features using a secure new architecture. This year, iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan introduce a new Content Blockers category of App Extensions, specifically targeting Safari.

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00:00
Bethesda E3 2015 Briefing: Fallout 4, Fallout...

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Sunday June 14

21:11
24 Hour Deal: Apple's Unlocked 128GB iPad Air...

For the next 24 hours, readers can grab Apple's 128GB iPad Air Wi-Fi + 4G LTE completely unlocked in either Silver or Space Grey for just $449 with free shipping, a free BlooPro Ultra Clear Anti Scratch Screen Protector, and no sales tax collected outside NY.

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20:26
GraphicConverter 9.7

Adds support for browsing the Photos for Mac database. ($39.95 new, free update, 236 MB)

 

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18:17
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14:43
The Logic Pros: How to control anything in Logic...

The Logic Pros is a new regular series exploring all of the most interesting gadgets and software for making music on your Mac/iOS devices. If there is any gear you would like us to take a closer hands-on look at, let us know in the comments section below or shoot us an email.

In this week’s edition of The Logic Pros, we will be looking at how to map all those fun looking sliders, switches, buttons and encoders on our controllers to various functions inside of Logic Pro X. In many case, we get home with our MIDI controller, plug it in, and it just works. The keys/pads function just as they should, but the plethora of other dials and faders available generally won’t do much, unless you tell them to.

We will be covering the basics of how to get our MIDI keyboard/controller mapped to just about any parameter in our session, along with...

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13:19
Woz To Be Immortalized In Wax

mikejuk writes: Having already made wax figures of Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg, the Madame Tussauds museum recently put out a call for nominations for who should be next, with the stipulation that the nominees have a connection with the Bay Area. The shortlist was then whittled down to ten, including Google co-founder Larry Page, Tesla's Elon Musk, Marc Benioff of Salesforce, Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg and Marissa Mayer of Yahoo. Any of them would look great as wax figures, but outcome of the public vote was a clear winner — Steve Wozniak. Once his statue is complete Woz will be on display next to Steve Jobs in San Francisco and an ideal setting for a selfie.


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12:31
Celebrities get digital puppets made from paparazzi...

Typically, recreating a celebrity as an animated 3D character requires painstaking modeling based on motion capture and laser scans. In the future, though, all you'll need is a few limo-chasing photographers. University of Washington researchers have...

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12:08
Swift: Apple's Biggest Achievement For Coders

GordonShure.com writes: Despite its publicity and hype being rather quiet by Apple standards, the Swift programming language has attracted praise since its release last year. Swift is one of the few Apple products that represent a departure from the hardware-led Steve Jobs approach to the business. If this year's survey of coders by Stack Overflow is anything to go by, it looks as if the language might have potential to really shake things up in a landscape which has been little changed since the 1990s. Might the days of Apple programmers relying upon objective C be numbered?


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11:21
Apple is making the Watch better by making it even...

Apple is set to introduce two new features in the second generation of watchOS --?internet connectivity independent of the iPhone and push-capable complications --?that promise to make the company's first wearable an even better companion.

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06:11
Apple releases new PowerBeats2 Wireless headphone...

image credit: Ben Thomas

Apple quietly updated its Powerbeats2 headphones to match Apple Watch Sport colors this week signalling a new move to focus audio accessories to the Apple Watch ecosystem. The new colors, which match the Apple Watch Sport Band colors of Blue, Black, Green, Pink and (updated) White, are available in Apple Stores but haven’t arrived at other retail locations yet.

The Apple Watch can store and play 2GB of music without a tethered iPhone wirelessly via Bluetooth 4 and with...

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05:27
‘Code Like a Girl’ is an inspiring look at 5 young...

This video is so well done, it is almost like Apple made/coordinated it themselves.

Filed under: AAPL Company

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04:54
Dave Grohl breaks leg after falling off stage,...

Dave Grohl is a master showman, great guitarist and songwriter, and must have one hell of a pain threshold. Respect.

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03:19
Popular podcast app Instacast now discontinued as...

Popular podcasting app Instacast for iOS and Mac is shutting down as the founders can no longer fund it or any of Vemedio’s other projects.

In an email sent to paid members, Martin Hering says that all of Vemedio’s products will be ‘discontinued’, with Instacast being the most well known app affected by this. The company says they will keep the servers up for as long as possible so current users will not be left with non-functional apps immediately.

Hering seems to imply that profitability issues are the cause as the email plainly states “I ran out of funds to keep the project going”. The company’s Twitter account is now private and vemedio.com now redirects...

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Saturday June 13

22:23
Apple Launches Beats Powerbeats2 Wireless Earphones...

Somewhat lost among all of the announcements coming out of WWDC last week, Apple on Monday introduced a new set of colors for the Beats Powerbeats2 wireless in-ear headphones, with the new colors matching the Apple Watch sport band options of black, white, blue, green, and pink.

Carrying the same $200 price as the original Powerbeats2 introduced last June after Apple had announced it was acquiring Beats but before the deal officially closed, the new versions are identical with the exception of the new colors. The new headphones have begun showing up in Apple's retail stores, where they are being given a significant amount of promotional space.

The Powerbeats2 have received mixed reviews over the past year, with reviewers disagreeing over whether the...

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18:56
Apple SVP Retail/Online Angela Ahrendts opens...

Amazing customers, team and new Apple Store, Upper East Side. Home for 25 years, NYC has a special place in my heart. http://t.co/7aGrZaksWb


Angela Ahrendts (@AngelaAhrendts) June 13, 2015

As previously reported, the Upper East Side New York Apple Store opened today and Apple’s head of retail was on hand for the occasion.  Angela Ahrendts tweeted from the event (above) and took photos with visitors (below). The store is at  940 Madison Avenue on the corner of 74th St, a block from Central Park.

We noted previously that the almost 100-year old building that Apple restored used to be a bank which included a vault that Apple...

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15:24
At WWDC, Apple profiles efforts to invite girls into...

The overwhelming majority of WWDC attendees continues to be male, but Apple its stepping up its own efforts to encourage more women--starting with young girls--to take prominent roles in tech. That included prominent stage time for female executives in leadership roles, and the featuring of GoldieBlox, an effort to interest girls in engineering careers, starting early on in the toy isle.

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15:03
Mac OS X 10.4: Included printer drivers and...

Mac OS X 10.4 installs printer drivers and PostScript Printer Description files (PPDs) for many printers. Some printer files included with Mac OS X 10.4 might not be included with previous Mac OS X versions, and vice-versa. This article contains a list of all printer drivers and PPD files included with Mac OS X 10.4. Please note that some of these drivers were created by open-source projects (refer to the "Install Package" column in the list to find the driver source).
Tip: To ensure that you have the latest drivers for your printer, always check your printer manufacturer's website.

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14:11
Surface Pro 3 Handily Outperforms iPad Air 2 and...

An anonymous reader points to an interesting comparison of current tablets' peformance, as measured with the Geekbench benchmarking tool, which boils down various aspects of performance to produce a single number. The clear winner from the models fielded wasn't from Apple of Samsung (Samsung's entrants came much lower down, in fact), but from Microsoft: the i5-equipped Surface Pro 3, with a Geekbench score of 5069.; second place goes to the Apple iPad Air 2, with 4046. The Nexus 9 rated third, with 3537. One model on the list that U.S. buyers may not be familiar with is the Tesco Hudl 2, a bargain tablet which Trusted Reviews seems quite taken by.


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13:45
Google working to make Chrome more efficient on the...

If you find the Chrome browser to be a bit too power-hungry for your liking, Google has some good news for you. According to Google software engineer Peter Kasting, the Chrome team is hard at work to make the browser more efficient, particularly on the Mac.

In a post published to Google+, Kasting outlined several areas of browser performance the Chrome team has been working on improving. For example, background tab rendering is now set at a lower priority, which means that other, more pressing tasks will get processor resources ahead of a webpage you may not look at right away anyway. And Kasting says the team has managed to reduce processor use up to 70 percent for certain tasks on Chrome for Mac. 

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12:40
Apple opens Upper East Side NYC store with unique...

Apple's somewhat controversial new store on Manhattan's tony Upper East Side opened for business this weekend, and photos of the remodeled bank reveal a number of one-off design flourishes including a dedicated Beats display wall and a bank vault-turned-VIP room.

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10:28
Apple's Original Patents Relating to Health App...

Patently Apple reported on the first of three Apple patent applications yesterday that were published by the European Patent Office late on Thursday. Our first report titled "New Apple Watch Patent Covers Wearable Multi-Modal Physiological Sensing System," focused on advancing the Apple Watch's heart rate sensors to work while a user is in motion. Today we're reporting on the second and third patents in this group which cover Apple's Health app and ResearchKit.

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10:05
Wikipedia's secure pages stop others from...

You may not think that the security of your Wikipedia research is a big deal, but it can be. You don't want spies to misinterpret your searches for potassium nitrate and the Gunpowder Plot as evidence of a terrorist conspiracy, after all. Appropriate...

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09:28
Gadget Ogling: Equalized Eardrums, Holographic...


Aumeo is an attachment that's all about fine-tuning your earphones to better hear anything you listen to on your smartphone, tablet or other audio-emitting gadget. Using a smartphone app, it tests how well you can hear a number of different frequencies and provides you with a personal equalizer attuned to each of your ears. The sound fidelity supposedly is far better, and the clarity means you'll have little need to raise the volume to ear-splitting levels, helping preserve your delicate eardrums for longer.

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09:01
Tech Jobs and Apple: Every Bit As "Fun" As...

theodp writes: On the eve of Apple's big Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the lack of diversity in tech is 'our fault' — 'our' meaning the whole tech community. "I think in general we haven't done enough to reach out and show young women that it's cool to do it [tech] and how much fun it can be," Cook explained. Indeed, the WWDC scholarship winners shooting selfies with Cook at the San Francisco Four Seasons to celebrate their iPhone apps and other WWDC attendees looked to be having as much fun as, well, Pinocchio at Pleasure Island. But, as the NY Times recently pointed out, Cook can be guilty of overlooking inconvenient truths. Which here is that most young women (and men) wouldn't find it 'cool' or 'fun' to live with 8,000 co-workers in factory dormitories where they can be roused out of bed in the middle of the night by Apple for an emergency 12-hour shift to fit glass screens into beveled iPhone frames, although that too conjures up a scene from...

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07:00
Review: blueLounge’s Portiko + Pixi bring elegance...

blueLounge isn’t a typical Apple accessory maker. If you look through its 15-year backcatalog of releases, you’ll notice that its products are markedly different from somewhat overlapping alternatives produced by rivals — intensely practical and cleanly-designed, yet sometimes so conceptually minor that they’re hard to review. Take CableDrop and CableDrop...

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07:00
Caturday: Gijs watching his YouTube videos

Gijs watching bird videos on YouTube. Photo via Flickr user FotoRolf (Rolf Rosing), All Rights Reserved

And now, a cat from Amsterdam. Gijs is the feline companion of Rolf Rosing and Zwann Kuiper, and he has a new hobby:

“Hi, this is our eleven year old cat Gijs. He is currently enjoying the new found cat video’s on YouTube, featuring birds on a feeder. Gijs is hooked on these movies since a few days, doesn’t want to stop watching them. He is using our old iPad 2 in an original Pad & Quill case. His fellow cat Joep doesn’t mind these video’s. He’s not bothered, and keeps on sleeping (that’s why he doesn’t show up on these photos).”

Gijs watching bird videos on YouTube. Photo via Flickr user FotoRolf (Rolf Rosing), All Rights Reserved

Apple World Today needs good cats! Have a picture of your...

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06:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Looking for a sleeve with...

Looking for a sleeve with plenty of room? Check out’s Striiiipes’ latest addition

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases includes diverse folios from Pad & Quill, Smythson, Incase, and HEX, polished wooden skins from Cover Up, and more!

Booq

The Folio mini (all iPad mini models; $35) combines a detachable magnetic cover with a polycarbonate shell for all-around protection.

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05:47
This week on AppleInsider: WWDC blowout, antitrust...

The lion's share of the week's Apple news occurred during Monday's WWDC 2015 keynote, when the company unveiled OS X El Capitan, iOS 9, watchOS 2, and Apple Music. The rest of the week was not uneventful however, with word of antitrust investigations and the real story behind Apple's mapping vans.

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05:00
External Link: Apple’s Phil Schiller Talks to John...

On a special live version of The Talk Show podcast, Apple SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller sat down for an interview with Daring Fireball’s John Gruber. Gruber quizzed Schiller on Apple’s software quality, the capitalization of watchOS, iOS 9, OS X 10.11 El Capitan, and sports.

 

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03:51
Video for John Gruber’s WWDC interview of Phil...

Here’s the video to Gruber’s interview of Apple’s Phil Schiller. Just great.

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Friday June 12

20:59
Day One 1.10.1 - Maintain a daily journal. (...

Day One is the easiest and best-looking way to use a journal / diary / text-logging application for the Mac. Day One is well designed and extremely focused to encourage you to write more through quick Menu Bar entry, a Reminder system, and inspirational messages. Support for Dropbox syncing allows easy backup and syncing with the Day One iPhone application.

Features:

  • Customizable reminder system
  • Quick-entry via the menu bar
  • Inspirational messages to encourage writing
  • iPhone application sync (via Dropbox)
  • Starred entries list

Note: Day One is not encrypted or password protected on this version. If this is an issue for you, please do not purchase this app yet.



Version 1.10.1:

  • Text rendering in Read view fixed.
  • Day One Sync performance improvements.
  • Other minor improvements.



  • OS X 10.9 or later...

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17:09
Beats almost had a Sonos killer built before Apple...

According to a new report from Variety, Beats was developing a line of Sonos-like speakers before it was acquired by Apple. When the Apple acquisition occurred, development of the connected speakers was stopped, according to the report. Some of the engineers that were working on the project were moved to other teams, while others have since left the company.

The line of speakers that Beats had planned was originally slated to launch before the 2014 holiday season. While the company already offers several Bluetooth-based speakers, the company wanted to develop a new line that combined Bluetooth, WiFi, and NFC technologies to allow for more seamless playback. Beats was planning a large, living room speaker that was reportedly going to be priced...

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17:00
Beats Electronics failed to help Apple Music take on...

In an alternate reality, you would have been able to stream Apple Music directly on a all-new Wi-Fi home speaker system designed by Beats Electronics. Now that product has either been killed by Apple or been put on hiatus, depending on who you ask.

A new report in Variety claims that Beats Electronics was working on a Wi-Fi-connected home speaker that could be used to stream music directly from the Internet. This new Beats speaker was intended as part of the larger home entertainment strategy involving Apple Music, the new streaming service that Tim Cook announced earlier this week at WWDC. But Apple killed the product before its expected release date: the 2014 holiday season. Without the new Beats speaker,...

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16:40
Apple releases 'San Francisco' system...

Apple on Friday made downloads of its San Francisco system font available to developers working on next-generation apps for iOS 9, OS X El Capitan and watchOS 2.

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16:31
Apple and Beats Scrapped Sonos-Like Speaker Post...

Before it was acquired by Apple, Beats Electronics was working on a Sonos-like Wi-Fi-connected loudspeaker that would play music from services like Pandora and Spotify straight from the Internet, reports Variety. The news comes days after learning that the new Apple Music streaming service will not immediately be compatible with Sonos speakers.

Beats Pill speakersCase in point: Beats Electronics, which ...

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16:00
Freemium Field Test: Jurassic World: The Game might...

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).

I don’t know what to think of Jurassic World (the film) quite yet—though I’m sure I’ll have a better idea this weekend. On one hand, I want to feel that amazing sense of wonder imparted by the original film, which I first saw as a kid. On the other hand, the wooden acting, rough CG, and trained velociraptors of the trailer raise red flags—and I can’t forget the crummy Jurassic Park III. I’m hopeful, but admittedly not that optimistic. 

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15:33
Beats axed plans for Sonos-esque Wi-Fi speaker...

A report on Friday claims Beats had plans to build a Wi-Fi-connected speaker system similar to product lines from market leader Sonos, but ultimately killed the project following Apple's purchase of the company.

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15:07
With iOS 9’s Wallet, Apple lets marketers push “...

With Apple’s new Wallet app in iOS 9, a revamped version of the old Passbook app with a name that better reflects Apple Pay integration, Apple will let marketers send out dynamic offers triggered by location or a user’s interests through iAd. Apple noted the feature on its blog for advertisers explaining that “marketers can reach loyal customers with specific messages that reflect the customers’ interests, or convert a new customer by presenting a reason to try something new.”

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15:05
Rumor: LG to be exclusive OLED supplier for second-...

A report out of South Korea on Friday claims Apple tapped current Apple Watch plastic OLED supplier LG Display to handle panel production for a second-generation model, which could see release next year.

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15:00
AWT News Update: On hiatus until July 8

hiatus |hīˈātəs| noun (pl. hiatuses) [ usu. in sing. ] a pause or gap in a sequence, series, or process: there was a brief hiatus in the war with France.

The AWT team is quite small, so when one of us takes a vacation, has kid (or elderly parent) issues, or gets sick, it means that something has to give. For the next three weeks, that something is the AWT News Update podcast. 

We'll resume the podcast on July 8, along with the daily Periscope video blast that goes along with it. We will try to get a written news update out once a day with highlights of everything that passes for Apple news on a particular day... if there's not a slow news day like today.

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14:19
Synaptics Gives Spacebar Some New Touches


Touchpad pioneer Synaptics has touched up an unlikely area on a keyboard: the spacebar.
The company last week announced the availability of its SmartBar technology, which adds gesture features to the bar. For example, text can be selected by swiping it. A double-thumb gesture can be used to zoom in and out on a document or image. What's more, the bar can be configured into five virtual buttons for executing macros that can be managed with software provided by Synaptics.

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13:55
New Apple Watch Patent Covers Wearable Multi-Modal...

Every once in a while an Apple patent application will surface in Europe that has bypassed the U.S. Patent Office for reasons unknown. Late yesterday Patently Apple discovered a patent application covering Apple Watch that specifically discusses a multi-modal physiological sensing system.

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13:45
iBooks: Syncing iTunes Digital Booklets to iPhone,...

Learn how to sync digital booklets to iPhone, iPad, and/or iPod touch with iBooks.
 

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13:37
Flipboard responds to Apple’s News app, says it...

We’ve already heard what many of the top streaming music services have to say regarding Apple Music, but now another company with whom Apple is now competing has commented on its new battle. At WWDC, Apple introduced a new News app that will be built into iOS 9 when it launches later this fall. The app features a magazine-style interface that when showed off for the first time, prompted many comparisons to the popular Flipboard reading app.

It appears that users weren’t the only ones to notice the similarities. During an interview on BBC’s Tech Tent show, Flipboard CEO Mike McCue commented on Apple’s foray into the news...

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13:27
8 historic concerts you can watch online right now

Mic:

The Internet has a wealth of concerts, but it can be next to impossible to wade through the options. Places like Netflix and Hulu carry the classics, like The Last Waltz and Gimme Shelter, while random YouTube pages carry snippets of concerts. But somewhere in the middle are hidden gems — complete nights from historic moments in music.

From the Beach Boys to Rage Against the Machine and B.B. King to Nirvana, here are eight historic shows available at your fingertips.

I am so watching the daylights out of that Rage Against The Machine concert right now.

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13:10
Audio production on iOS 9 is vastly improved as apps...

Apple is introducing full support for audio plug-ins in iOS 9, allowing developers to sell plug-ins like effects and virtual instruments on the App Store that can be used within audio editing apps like Apple’s own GarageBand.

Apple has long used Audio Units as a standard for audio plug-ins in Mac OS X for applications like its own Logic Pro and GarageBand. It’s now bringing full support for Audio Units to iOS devices and allowing developers to easily port their audio plug-ins from OS X with very...

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13:00
Waterfield Designs Dash Sleeve: Protecting your...

Waterfield designs dash sleeve. photo ©2015, steven sande. All rights reserved.

Sometimes protecting a laptop from the world doesn't mean encasing it in a big bag. For many MacBook owners, a padded sleeve is just the answer for carrying that laptop around without adding bulk. Waterfield Designs has just released the new Dash Sleeve ($59) in a range of sizes for everything from the 12-inch MacBook with Retina Display to the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display.

Design

The Dash Sleeve comes in basic black, but with two trims -- black and copper. The trim is applied to a slender line along one side, as well as on the brand label. The outside of the Dash is made of ballistic nylon, a material that holds up to years of abuse without showing wear. I have a Waterfield Designs bag that I've used almost daily since 2008 and the ballistic nylon still looks as good as it...

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12:49
Videobox 4.1.9 - Download Flash video through your...

Videobox allows you to quickly and easily download Flash video from most all of the popular video sites on the internet. Videobox will convert the video into a native Quicktime format so it's ready to view on your Mac, iPod, iPhone, or iTunes.



Version 4.1.9: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

  • OS X 10.6 or later (OS X 10.7 or later recommended)



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12:37
Facebook will now update your News Feed based on...

You’ve been warned: Facebook is about to become even more captivating.

On Friday Facebook announced that it will start taking into account how much time users spent viewing a particular story as a determining factor for that story showing up at the top of your News Feed. Basically, the stories you take the time to read (or watch) will be prioritized over the stories that you scroll right through out of general disinterest.

“We’ve discovered that if people spend significantly more time on a particular story in News Feed than the majority of other stories they look at, this is a good sign that content was relevant to them,” wrote Facebook software engineers Ansha Yu and Sami Tas. 

To read this article in full...

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12:17
iOS 9 hardware keyboard shortcuts bring Apple's...

New hardware keyboard capabilities for the iPad in iOS 9 make it easier than ever to switch apps and access shortcuts, pushing Apple's tablet to become more like a traditional computer than ever before.

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11:09
Third-party SSDs to get TRIM support in OS X El...

Apple appears ready to allow third-party solid state drives (SSDs) to use TRIM, an OS-level tool for reclaiming unused space, as a new report claims that an at-your-own risk TRIM tool will debut in either OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 or OS X El Capitan 10.11. TRIM keeps SSDs running quickly as they get filled up with and purged of content, automatically reallocating deleted file space to be used by new files.

According to the report, MacRumors forum users experimenting with El Capitan’s new Rootless security system have discovered a new built-in tool called “Trimforce,” which force-enables TRIM for SSDs even if they weren’t “validated for data integrity while using that functionality.” The tool’s language suggests that the feature can be enabled at the user’s own risk: “By using this tool to enable TRIM, you agree that Apple is not liable for any consequences that may result, including but not limited...

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10:56
Inside iOS 9: Apple's Notes app is greatly...

Apple's native Notes application is getting a major overhaul with iOS 9, allowing users to sketch ideas, insert pictures, include links to external apps, and more, making it a fully featured note taking solution.

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10:44
Review: House of Marley’s Chant Mini is a solid...

Back at CES 2015, I had a chance to swing by House of Marley’s booth and check out some of their latest and greatest. One of those items was the Chant Mini Bluetooth speaker. Well, it’s finally here and time to give it the review treatment. Can a $50 portable Bluetooth speaker really be all that great? Let’s find out…

First off, let’s start with materials. Like all of House of Marley’s products, the Chant Mini is made from recycled materials. It has a great build quality to it and is covered in a nice fabric on the outside, with an aluminum...

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10:33
Duqu 2.0 Makes Other Malware Look Clunky


Duqu 2.0 may have just snatched the title of "most sophisticated malware ever," according to Kaspersky Lab, which published a report on the new threat this week. Kaspersky discovered Duqu 2.0 after the malware penetrated its own internal networks. "The philosophy and way of thinking of the Duqu 2.0 group is a generation ahead of anything seen in the APT world," said Kurt Baumgartner, principal security researcher at Kaspersky. "Its level of sophistication surpasses even the Equation Group -- supposedly the 'crème de la crème' in this sphere.

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10:33
iMac: How to remove or install memory

Learn how to remove or install memory in your iMac computer.

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10:30
The Week in iOS Apps: No end of photo and weather...

New in weather and photo-editing apps

This week’s app roundup features new apps for editing your photos and tracking the weather. Yes, that’s often true, but it’s really true this week!

Angry Birds Fight!

Angry Birds Fight! is the latest entry in the franchise—a series of “match three” challenges that let you augment your character’s health, power, attack effectiveness, armor, and more. And yes, there are Monster Pigs to contend with.

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10:05
Why iOS 9's ad-blocking is bad news for Google

Apple didn’t openly declare war on ads at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, but quietly included a new feature in iOS 9 that will dramatically cut down on mobile ads you see.

The company included a tool for developers in the latest version of iOS that supports ad-blocking extensions in Safari. That means you’ll be able to install an ad-blocker in the App Store just like you can install ad-blocking extensions in Safari on your Mac.

What this means for you: Mobile ads eat up data that could be used for other, more important activities, like checking your email or streaming music. Being able to block annoying ads, some of which are awful App Store redirects, will be a huge improvement for the Safari...

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10:00
Twitterrific for iOS brings quick update replies to...

The Iconfactory workers have released Twitterrific for iOS version 5.12 with a slew of new features, including quick update replies for Twitterrific on Apple Watch. 

Watch owners can now reply to replies and DM's custom responses, right on their tiny devices. After installing Twitterrific 5.12, open Apple's Watch app and select Twitterrific. You'll see a list of options, including one to generate quick replies. You can create up to five, which become available as ready-to-go replies on Twitterrific for Apple Watch. It's tremendously handy and fast. I love it!

There's a lot more to this update. You can now move the nav bar...

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09:48
The new Microsoft era: any developer, any app, any...

I’d like to thank Microsoft for sponsoring The Loop this week. This year, Microsoft is making major investments in developer and cloud tools to move beyond Windows and bring great support to iOS developers and other popular platforms. As part of this focus, Microsoft is sponsoring Altconf this week and will be there to show you some of the cool new services and free tools to help you take your apps to the next level.

I also want to thank Microsoft for sponsoring the Beard Bash party on Monday June 8th. Life may run on code, but we all know developers run on beer.

If you cannot attend Altconf or the Beardbash, you can learn more about what is possible at http://AnyDevAnyApp.com.

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09:45
New for app devs: iTunes Connect improvements,...

Apple is rolling out improvements to its iTunes Connect portal that developers use to submit and manage their apps on the App Store. In addition to some welcomed UI tweaks, Apple is introducing a few notable improvements for developers. The big ones include increased limits for testing apps in TestFlight, the ability to manage multiple accounts/apps from a single username, and new user roles to allow a team of developers varying access to iTunes Connect features.

For TestFlight, Apple is increasing limits for the number of builds a developer can release per day, the number of apps per account, and the number of internal and external testers. In...

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09:31
Inside iOS 9: Apple brings IFTTT-like functionality...

With HomeKit-compatible accessories finally hitting the market, Apple is getting ready to add new capabilities to its home automation platform in iOS 9 to make smart bulbs, locks, and garage door openers easier to manage and more powerful --?including the ability to define IFTTT-style event chains with new Event Triggers.

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09:11
Rdio responds to Apple Music with statement...

Rdio on Friday responded to this week's announcement of Apple Music, satirizing Apple marketing from 1981 as part of an argument that the company is doing nothing fundamentally new.

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09:10
Developers hack Apple Watch to run real UIKit-backed...


Well-known developers Steve Troughton-Smith, Saurik and Adam Bell have managed to hack the Apple Watch on watchOS 2 to run truly native apps on the device. Although Apple is advertising native apps with watchOS 2, it isn’t as ‘native’ as some developers wanted or expected. The logic code now runs on the watch, but raw access to the user interface is still not allowed on watchOS 2.

This means frameworks like UIKit cannot be used to draw truly custom UI. Instead developers must rely on the same techniques employed with current WatchKit apps that revolve around image sequences to create more interesting effects.

In the demo, video embedded below, the team managed to get a...

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09:00
Office Mix interactive panel tutorials helps you put...

Jumping into any new software program can be a taxing chore even when the potential benefits are known to be great. With our new Office Mix first run experience, we bring a sense of welcoming and enlightenment to the basics.

When you first download and install the Office Mix add-in and then open PowerPoint for the first time, an interactive panel opens on the right-hand side of the screen where you’re presented with three buttons that each play a Quick Start Video tutorial. Additionally, you’re offered an option to “Create Your First Mix,” which opens the Getting Started template. As you’ll discover, the interactive panel is resizable and can be undocked, which permits you to move to split-screen mode and follow in-step with the tutorial’s instructions.

As you’ll discover, the...

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09:00
9to5Toys Last Call: 4-Port USB Desktop Charger $9,...

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:
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08:48
Adobe Creative Cloud 2.1.0.108 - Access Adobe apps...

Adobe Creative Cloud costs $49.99/month (or less if you're a previous Creative Suite customer). Creative Suite 6 is still available for purchase (without a monthly plan) if you prefer.

Introducing Adobe Creative Cloud desktop applications, including Adobe Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC. They're the next generation of CS tools. Get hundreds of all-new features. Keep your entire creative world in sync: files, feedback from team members, fonts, settings, and updates. And, as always, your applications live on your desktop, not in a browser and not in the cloud.

With Creative Cloud, your entire creative world is synced and organized for you across multiple devices. Track comments posted to shared files, keep tabs on your work and your followers on...

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08:44
OS X El Capitan Opens Door to TRIM Support on Third-...

For users looking to upgrade their older Macs with third-party solid-state drives (SSDs), one issue has been a lack of support for TRIM on these drives under OS X. TRIM is a system-level command that allows the operating system and the drive to communicate about which areas of the drive are considered unused and thus ready to be erased and rewritten to. In the absence of TRIM, users can see significantly slower drive writes as the drive begins to fill up.

Officially TRIM has only been supported on Apple's drives, and while tools such as TRIM Enabler have been developed to turn on TRIM for third-party drives, they ran into issues under OS X Yosemite due to Apple's use of kext signing. With this security measure in place, users have had to disable kext signing in order to enable TRIM, and should kext signing be turned back on such as by resetting NVRAM/PRAM during troubleshooting, the user's system will refuse to...

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08:36
Samsung and IBM Dominate Patent Activity in the U.S...

Over the years, many in the Android community angrily pointed to Apple filing more patents than any other tech company for the simple sake of suing other tech companies. Of course that's simple hysteria that's not supported by the facts...

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08:00
CTO of world’s leading chemical company talks ‘...

Germany’s CIO of the Year: With Office 365 ‘we’re not following, we’re leading’

At BASF, the world’s leading chemical company, Wiebe van der Horst is Senior Vice President Global Process & Enterprise Architecture. But given his philosophy, colleagues might also call him “captain” or “coach.” Van der Horst runs IT at BASF in an optimistic, collaborative, “all-aboard” way, which is probably why he was named Germany’s CIO of the Year last year.

Jurors for the German CIO award, which is presented by Computerwoche and CIO magazine, were pleased by van der Horst’s leadership in creating “a uniform, global workplace infrastructure using the latest technologies,” such as social networking, online document collaboration and exchange, and web conferencing.

Van der Horst recently talked...

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08:00
∞ Apple, backstage at the start of the WWDC keynote

This is what developers saw just before Tim walked out onto the stage. Pretty great.

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08:00
I want to love 'The Witcher 3,' but my...

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, a massive, open-world, role-playing game from Polish studio CD Projekt Red, has sold 4 million copies in two weeks across PlayStation 4, PC and Xbox One. Those aren't Grand Theft Auto V numbers, but it's a huge milestone for...

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07:51
Twitter will remove 140 character limit on DMs next...

I wonder if the 140 character limit on regular tweets is sacrosanct, or if its days are numbered, too.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:47
Wired’s take on Apple Music

Liz Stinson of Wired lays out her take on Apple Music.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:37
IRS to fight fraud and identity theft with help from...

The IRS has just revealed a collaboration with various tax-preparation firms and software companies such as Intuit that aims to prevent refund fraud. It will introduce new safeguards to authenticate a person's identity, including monitoring and flagg...

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07:28
Leaked document shows Apple Music to pay industry...

When Apple Music hits, it’ll pay artists about the industry standard.

A leaked document shared by Digital Music News shows that with Apple charging between US$9.99 and US$14.99 per month for its upcoming on-demand Apple Music service, with 58 percent of its subscription revenues going to record labels. For every US$9.99 Apple collects from subscribers in the United States, it will pay out US$5.80 to labels. Additionally, Apple pays approximately 12 percent to publishers and/or songwriters, leaving the company with somewhere around 30 percent of the revenue from the Apple Music service.

The figures come on the heels of...

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07:16
David Attenborough dives into VR with special museum...

Wildlife documentarian and hypnotizing narrator Sir David Attenborough will finally lend his storytelling expertise to the fledgling medium of virtual reality later this month, in a special exhibit opening at London's Natural History Museum. As stunn...

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07:16
Parrot refreshes iOS-controlled minidrone lineup,...

Parrot on Friday announced several changes to its minidrone line, showing off updated jumping bots, new flying drones, and revealing its first-ever water drone. [updated]

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07:11
Users express concern over watchOS downgrade issues...

Upgrading software is easy.

It’s downgrading that’s the hard part.

A number of deleted posts from Apple’s support forums and active discussions elsewhere online highlight a growing concern for Apple Watch users; specifically, the inability to downgrade from a newer version of watchOS to an older version. The issue, which first became apparent when users discovered that watchOS 1.0.1’s heart rate monitoring was less frequent than in watchOS 1.0, is that the Apple Watch apparently lacks a user-accessible recovery or DFU (device firmware update) mode. While there has been a spike in downgrade-related complaints since Apple released the beta...

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07:10
Opinion: Will the launch of Apple Music mark the...

Spotify is almost synonymous with streaming music. It may not quite have managed the Google trick of becoming a verb, but it’s pretty much the default way to stream music.

Spotify has 75M active users and, despite doubts in many quarters about its ability to convert free users to paid subscribers, it has succeeded there too. The company announced this week that it now has more than 20M paid subscribers, half of them added in the past 12 months, at a rate of one every three seconds.

It seems hard to imagine that any new entrant into the market, even one with Apple’s clout, could steal its crown. And yet early market leaders often look unassailable – until they are left behind. Look at Nokia or BlackBerry. I wondered...

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07:01
No, CNN, Apple Music will not sound worse

Kirk McElhearn explains why Apple Music’s 256 kbps is better than Spotify’s 320 kbps.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:57
Apple has posted its humorous WWDC "Backstage...

Apple has posted the spoof video that opened this week's Worldwide Developer Conference on YouTube.

Dubbed "Backstage," it features Saturday Night Live alumnis Bill Hader as a director tasked with producing an opening musical number for the developer event. The parody features celebrity cameos, an elevator full of Tim Cook look-a-likes, nodes to popular apps such as Angry Birds, and more.

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06:51
Phil Schiller takes a big risk, John Gruber makes it...

Phil took the risk. John Gruber made it pay off. And Marco caught the true essence of the moment.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:47
Twitter removing the character limit on Direct...

In a blog post (http://tinyurl.com/nbmog2s), Twitter says it will be effectively removing the character limit on Direct Messages between users sent through the social network. Previously DMs shared the same character limit as tweets which max out at 140 characters.

Tweets will continue to be the 140 characters they are today. However, direct messages have a character limit of 10,000 starting next month.

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06:00
What to play this weekend: 13 Thieves

13 Thieves (free with in-app purchases) from Space Inch is a tile puzzle game in the tradition of Threes! and 2048. This time, the "tiles" are numbered thieves who would rob you of everything if given half the chance. 13 Thieves is a fun game with nice graphics, goofy sound effects and familiar yet still engaging game play. Here's our look at 13 Thieves.

Looks

It's a pretty cute game. Each numbered thief has its own look and personality, often greeting you with his or her own catchphrase. Actually, "catchphrase" is inaccurate. It's more of a "catch sound." Number four's drawn out "Helloooo" is my favorite.

My only complaint is the mission review screen. Tap the bullseye button to get a pop-up...

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05:57
External Link: Revisit the Flying Toasters via CSS

Remember the After Dark screensaver, and its famous flying toasters? If so, you’ve just dated yourself (via screenochronology, natch), but you can re-energize those neurons for a few moments with Bryan Braun’s recreation of the core After Dark screensaver modules in CSS. Be sure to say hello to the fish as well.

 

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05:24
FunBITS: Be a VJ with the iTunes Visualizer

The iTunes visualizer might be the most powerful creative tool you don’t know about. Alexandre Leroux explains how to unlock its full potential.

 

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05:20
The News about Foxconn Manufacturing Apple Products...

As far back as mid-April we reported that the Taiwan press had broken the news that the Foxconn Technology Group would soon be investing in three new production plants in India that could be used in part to assemble iPhones for Apple.

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05:08
AppleInsider podcast talks WWDC, privacy, Metal,...

This week's all-new AppleInsider podcast features Daniel Eran Dilger as we discuss Apple's WWDC keynote, Apple Music, Apple News, Wallet, privacy and Apple's apps for Android phones. Daniel gives us a view into what's important to Apple, how it changes the industry, and what matters for consumers.

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05:00
Beware the Killer Robots


Russia's advanced military combat robot -- which has drawn alarmed comparisons to Hollywood's Terminator -- will be able to run and clear an obstacle course by late this year, according to reports that surfaced this week. That's just the latest news fueling the already-fiery debate over what to do about killer robots. Artificial intelligence and robotics experts must decide whether to support or oppose the development of lethal autonomous weapons systems, urged Stuart Russell, a UC Berkeley professor, in a recent paper.

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04:53
MacFamily Tree for Mac OS X grows to version 7.5

Synium Software (www.syniumsoftware.com) has launched MacFamilyTree 7.5, an upgrade of their genealogy application for Mac OS X. The new version allows you to create Family tree books, browse places of your family history in Apple Maps or access original documents through FamilySearch.

You can now create, share and print family books. Family books include all important data contained in your family tree and supplements it with informative and graphically impressive charts, statistics, and reports. Numerous templates and styles are available to help you create family books quickly.

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04:53
SIM card shipments to reach 5.4 billion this year

ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com) predicts that 5.4 billion SIM cards will ship during 2015 marking a modest YoY [year-over-year] growth rate of 4.1%. The days of double-digit shipment growth for SIM cards are over and declining ASPs [average sales prices] have forced smart card and IC vendors to change strategies, says the research group.

Vendor focus is now moving away from market share gains and up the value chain. This movement is driven by higher value product propositions such as SWP and LTE SIMs with the aim of maintaining reasonable revenue growth.

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04:28
iOS 9 To Have Ad Blocking Capabilities

An anonymous reader writes: iOS 9 will reportedly carry ad blocking capabilities for it's Safari browser when it is released later this year. The feature wasn't rolled out with the usual fanfare one might expect, and flew under the radar. ZDNet reports: "It's not immediately clear why the new ad-blocking privacy feature was included in iOS 9, due out later this year. After all, the iPhone and iPad maker has its own advertising network -- even if its success was limited (which is putting it nicely). What's clear is that allowing ad-blockers in iOS 9 could deliver a serious blow to Google, the biggest rival to Apple in the mobile space, because advertising remains a massive portion of the search giant's income."


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04:23
Outline 3.5 for Mac OS X and the iPad now supports...

Gorillized Corp. has announced Outline 3.5 (http://outline.ws/), an update to its smart digital notebook for the Mac and iPad.

It allows users to take typewritten or handwritten notes, then annotate them, store and organize together into structured notebooks. Version 3.5 brings support for iCloud Drive, a repository that provides a full access to files stored in cloud from practically any device.

Outline 3.5 for Mac costs US$14.99 and is available at the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. Outline is also available for iPad on the Apple App Store.

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04:22
Kool Tools: REB175P Wi-Fi range extender

Amped Wireless' (ampedwireless.com) US$279.99 REB175P, a High Power AC1750 Wi-Fi Range Extender/Bridge is a business class device that provides up to 8,000 square feet of extended Wi-Fi coverage and is designed for complex networks that demand long range coverage, high performance Wi-Fi speeds and advanced security features.

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03:53
Apple Music FAQ: The ins and outs of Apple's...

Apple singlehandedly turned the digital music marketplace on its head when it launched the iTunes Store in 2003, and now it’s going after the current hottest trend: Streaming media. Apple introduced this new service, Apple Music, during its annual Worldwide Developer’s Conference, bringing out the company’s big guns (record exec and Beats cofounder Jimmy Iovine, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software Eddy Cue, and hip hop star Drake) to show the world how Apple Music plans to compete with the likes of Spotify, Rdio, and Tidal.

So, will this replace iTunes? Can you listen to music offline? What about existing Beats subscriptions? We’ve got the answers to those questions and more in this guide to everything Apple Music. We’re still learning more—it doesn’t officially launch until June 30—so if you have any additional questions, let us know in the comments...

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03:46
Tunnelblick 3.6beta02 - GUI for OpenVPN (beta). (...

Tunnelblick is a free, open source graphic user interface for OpenVPN on OS X. It provides easy control of OpenVPN client and/or server connections. It comes as a ready-to-use application with all necessary binaries and drivers (including OpenVPN, easy-rsa, and tun/tap drivers). No additional installation is necessary -- just add your configuration and encryption information.

To use Tunnelblick you need access to a VPN server -- your computer is one end of the tunnel and the VPN server is the other end. For more information, see Getting VPN Service.

Support is provided by the Tunnelblick Discussion Group.



Version 3.6beta02 (4335):

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03:06
External Link: Pandoland Conference Offers Free...

The Pandoland technology and entrepreneurship conference, which takes place in Nashville, Tennessee from 15 June to 17 June 2015, is giving away free tickets to female entrepreneurs in order to combat institutional sexism (tickets are usually $699 each). Women are also invited to bring a guest of any gender for free. Confirmed speakers include Birchbox co-founder Katia Beauchamp, Blue Bottle founder James Freeman, Postmates founder Bastian Lehman, and Stack Overflow CEO Joel Spolsky. There will also be a startup competition.

 

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Thursday June 11

23:59
BrightStarr uses Office 365 within and integrate...

Today’s post was written by Matthew Boyd, public relations and communications executive for BrightStarr.

At BrightStarr we work with the Microsoft enterprise technology stack, focusing on SharePoint, Office 365 and Yammer. We take great pride in our knowledge of these technologies and our ability to build great solutions for our clients.

We have always had a SharePoint intranet for unifying our global business and making sharing and collaborating easier and faster. As Microsoft’s cloud platforms have continued to mature, we wanted to help our clients take full advantage of everything it had to offer so we developed Unily. Unily is our cloud Intranet as a Service built on Office 365, SharePoint Online and Yammer that delivers a cloud, mobile, social intranet all within a consumer quality user experience. Once we developed this solution for our customers we adopted it within our business.  Just like Microsoft, we...

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21:50
Twitter’s CEO Dick Costolo chooses to step down,...

Techcrunch:

After years of user-growth struggles, Twitter just announced that its CEO Dick Costolo has chosen to step down July 1, though he’ll remain on the board. Twitter co-founder and Square CEO Jack Dorsey will be the interim CEO.

Dorsey will continue to be Square’s CEO, but will fill in for Costolo until Twitter finds a replacement. Dorsey was previously Twitter’s CEO before being forced out and replaced by co-founder Ev Williams in 2008. Dorsey became Twitter’s executive chairman in 2011 when Costolo became CEO.

Chaos is never good for a publicly traded company and Twitter has certainly had many ups and downs during Costolo’s tenure. Many hope the next CEO, who ever he or she may be, will finally give the company a direction both users and Wall St can look forward to.

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18:14
Grab 2 $50 iTunes gift cards: $70 shipped at eBay (...

From 9to5Toys:

Grab 2 $50 iTunes Gift cards for $40/each (already a good deal) delivered free via mail. Then apply CFATHERS10 at checkout to knock off another $10 – bringing the total to $70 for $100 worth of iTunes Gift Cards. These are great gifts for Dads or is good for 30% off Apple Music, Videos, Mac/iOS Apps, Games, Books or anything sold at the iTunes and App Stores.

More great gift cards deals including $10 off $50 at Ebay here...

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17:05
Is the Investigation into Apple Music now Turning to...

Today the topic has reportedly gone from Apple pressuring the music labels to whether or not Apple "pressurized stars and others into snubbing Spotify."

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16:56
Apple posts 'Backstage' parody sketch from...

With WWDC 2015, Apple chose to kick things off with a humorous sketch video lampooning the lengths to which companies go to produce gala keynote presentations. The video is now up on YouTube for your viewing pleasure.

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16:50
External Link: iOS Bug Could Lead to Stolen iCloud...

A bug in iOS 8.3 prevents Mail from stripping risky code from email messages. In a proof-of-concept attack, security researchers inserted code into email messages that displayed a fake iCloud login prompt. While this hasn’t appeared in the wild yet, there’s an easy way to tell if an Apple login dialog is real: press the Home button. The real dialog is modal, which means that pressing the Home button will do nothing until the dialog has been addressed.

 

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16:29
Twitter CEO Dick Costolo to resign, 140-character...

Twitter announced two major, albeit unrelated, developments on Thursday, noting the departure of Dick Costolo as CEO and a crucial service change that raises direct messaging limits from 140 characters to 10,000.

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16:09
Remember that crazy WWDC opening video? Apple just...

Apple did something out of the ordinary to open WWDC this year. Before CEO Tim Cook took the stage, the company played a bizarre opening video that showed a behind the scenes look at the opening number it had planned but that never came to fruition. Featuring Saturday Night Live alum Bill Hader, the video seemingly pays homage to the popular 2014 hit film Birdman.

There are numerous references to culturally popular tech, including the iOS apps Monument Valley, Angry Birds, Tinder, Crossy Road, Evernote, Apple’s own Tips, Lyft, Goat Simulator, and a variety of other tech terms.

It’s a bizarre, wacky, and over the top video, but nevertheless Apple has now uploaded it to YouTube for anyone who missed the live stream of the keynote itself. You can check it out below and tell us what you think of it in the comments...

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16:06
'Backstage' at WWDC: Apple posts the Bill...

Apple loves its dad jokes, especially when celebrities can get involved and lend an air of coolness. “Our products are cool, but we’re all nerds here,” seems to be the message, and there’s no better audience for that message than the Worldwide Developers Conference. Monday’s keynote kicked off with a video made expressly to delight the 5,000 developers, who laughed and hooted through the whole thing.

Starring Bill Hader of SNL fame, with an appearance by Danny Pudi of Community, the video is called “Backstage” and it’s pretty funny. If you were tapping your foot during the live stream hoping they’d just get on with it already, do yourself a favor and watch it again, for the lulz.

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15:33
Apple Shares Humorous 'Backstage' Video...

To kickoff its 2015 Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple shared a humorous "Backstage" video starring Saturday Night Live alum Bill Hader. Hader took on the role of David LeGary, WWDC's director, prepping for the big show.

As of this afternoon, Apple's uploaded the "Backstage" video to YouTube, giving those who missed the WWDC keynote live stream a chance to watch the opening act.

The video makes references to several apps like Angry Birds and Tinder, with several app mascots on hand. There's a guy in a bird costume for Angry Birds, and a goat for Goat Simulator. Community's Danny Pudi raps a silly song during the video, and it ends showing just a water bottle and a laptop after a power failure. "All right, we'll work with it," says Hader. "I'll tell you what, whoever walks out there better have something incredible to say."

Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference is wrapping up later this week. During the keynote event, the company debuted iOS 9, OS X...

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15:22
Twitter launches 'Experiments' program for...

Twitter is launching an "Experiments" beta-testing program for iOS, a report said on Thursday. Google meanwhile updated its three iOS Docs apps, most notably adding AirPlay and Chromecast support to Slides.

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15:15
Twitter to expand the DM character limit from 140 to...

If you ever wanted to Twitter DM the entirety of War & Peace to a fellow Tolstoy enthusiast, you’ll soon be able to do it in fewer messages. 

On Wednesday Twitter announced that starting in July users will be able to send private direct messages to each other that are up to 10,000 characters long. The current limit is 140 characters, exactly the same as public tweets. Could this mean that public tweets might soon get overly verbose too? Not a chance, according to Twitter.

“You may be wondering what this means for the public side of Twitter. Nothing! Tweets will continue to be the 140 characters they are today,” wrote Sachin Agarwal, Twitter’s DM product manager.

To read this article in full or to leave a...

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14:42
European Commission probes Amazon over e-book...

The European Commission on Thursday began an antitrust investigation into Amazon's e-book business, addressing concerns the company is unfairly using publisher deals to undercut competition -- mirroring earlier cases brought against Apple.

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14:08
Twitter is about to become a much better messaging...

Twitter announced today that it will be effectively removing the character limit on Direct Messages between users sent through the social network. Previously DMs shared the same character limit as tweets which cap out at 140 characters before being unable to be sent.

While not everyone is thrilled about the nature of direct messages changing from limited texts to longer form communication, the move should help Twitter position private direct messaging as a stronger competitor against Apple’s iMessage and Facebook’s Messenger and WhatsApp.

The change follows other recent enhancements to direct messages including the ability to embed and share tweets. The changes better position Twitter’s direct messaging feature if the social network ever...

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13:58
Apple leases 26K-square-foot space in Pittsburgh for...

Apple has leased one and a half floors, or about 26,000 square feet of floor space, of a mixed use development currently under construction in Pittsburgh, though the company's plans for the facility are unknown, a report said Thursday.

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13:42
The Stunningly Cool Oculus Rift was Revealed Today...

Oculus, Facebook's VR Company, held an event today to show off the next-generation of Oculus Rift that will be coming to market in Q1 2016. Today, Oculus revealed more of the hardware that will make up the Oculus VR system ...

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13:36
Patch Tuesday Sunset Will Be a Mixed Bag for Windows...


Microsoft will phase out Patch Tuesday -- its monthly potpourri of software product fixes -- when it rolls out Windows 10, which could be a mixed bag for the operating system's security. Patches will be applied automatically as they're ready. That means users no longer will have to wait until the second Tuesday in the month to secure their systems from potentially troublesome vulnerabilities. However, there are a number of caveats to that scenario. First, the scheme applies only to Windows 10.

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13:25
FAQ: Everything you need to know about the Apple...

The Apple Watch isn’t a must-have like your iPhone, but Apple’s most personal device has the potential to change the way we interact with other people—and our phones. If you’re waiting until late June to check out the watches when they finally hit store shelves, then read the definitive Macworld review of the watch in the meantime to help you make your decision.

In our early days with Apple Watch, we drafted a wishlist of improvements we longed for Apple to make, and at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, the company announced that watchOS 2 would solve just about every problem we have with the first-gen version.

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13:00
AWT News Update: June 11, 2015

Apple Store Fifth Avenue, Photo by Apple Inc. 

At the top of the virtual headlines today:

  • The 5th Avenue Apple Store in NYC will be undergoing a renovation soon
  • A new Apple Store in the Upper East Side will open this Saturday
  • Foxconn wants to build an iPhone plant in India
  • ReplayKit will make it easier for users to record gameplay for sharing
  • The iPod disappears from the top menu of Apple's website

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12:32
First look: iOS 9's new cursor-controlling...

One of the headline features in Apple's next-generation mobile operating system is the ability to turn the iPad's on-screen keyboard into an ersatz trackpad, an extremely useful addition that power users will love.

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12:01
Apple Music Pays Industry Standard Subscription...

Apple plans to charge between $9.99 and $14.99 per month for its upcoming on-demand Apple Music service, with 58 percent of its subscription revenues going to record labels. For every $9.99 Apple collects from subscribers in the United States, it will pay out $5.80 to labels. Additionally, Apple pays approximately 12 percent to publishers and/or songwriters, leaving the company with somewhere around 30 percent of the revenue from the Apple Music service.

The figures come from a leaked document shared by Digital Music News earlier this week. In its article, Digital Music News erroneously suggested Apple was paying less to music labels than other streaming music services like Spotify (after failing to take into account the publisher's fee), but as it turns out, the 70 percent that Apple pays out to rights holders...

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12:00
Today in the App Store, featuring Four Seasons...

Today in the App Store, featuring Tomb Raider: Underworld and Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today’s notable apps include a discount on Tomb Raider: Underworld; the new Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts app; and an update to Rules! All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Warhammer Quest [9.99 → Free] Lead your group of brave adventurers through the perilous dungeons of the Warhammer World in the search for wealth and glory!

Mechanic Panic [1.99 → Free] Work was great, until the day the elevators stopped working. A catastrophic explosion has rocked the world's first Space Elevator....

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11:44
If you're asked for the password to your...

Your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch might ask for the password to your previous Apple ID when you sign out of iCloud. Follow these steps if you can't sign out of iCloud because it's tied to your previous Apple ID.

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11:25
Twitterrific adds support for quoted tweets on...



Before the launch of Apple Watch, Twitterrific for iPhone gained support for a Watch app that featured a variety of capabilities. Now, the company has updated its iPhone app and with it come new features for both the Watch and phone. Version 5.12 of Twitterrific adds support for Twitter’s new quoted tweets feature, which embeds the actual tweet instead of simply quoting it as text. To do a quote retweet with Twitterrific, simply tap and hold on the RT button.

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11:22
Google Drive 1.22 - File backup and sharing tool; 15...

Google Drive is a place where you can create, share, collaborate, and keep all of your stuff. Whether you're working with a friend on a joint research project, planning a wedding with your fiancé, or tracking a budget with roommates, you can do it in Drive. You can upload and access all of your files, including videos, photos, Google Docs, PDFs, and beyond.

Features:

  • Create and collaborate. Google Docs is built right into Google Drive, so you can work with others in real time on documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. Once you choose to share content with others, you can add and reply to comments on anything (PDF, image, video file, etc.) and receive notifications when other people comment on shared items.
  • Store everything safely and access it anywhere (especially while on the go). All your stuff is just... there. You can access your stuff from anywhere--on the Web, in your home, at the office, while...

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11:11
iOS 9 code hints at a new iPhone camera designed for...

Apple may have banned selfie sticks from WWDC, but the company may not be as put-off by selfies after all.

The Verge first reported about code found in the iOS 9 developer beta that suggests that the forthcoming iPhone model will include an updated front-facing camera with a built-in flash. The iPhone’s front camera will also have the ability to create panoramas, record video in 1080p and capture slo-mo at 24 frames per second. All these functions are currently available on the rear camera of the iPhone 6 models.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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11:08
Users struggle with Apple Watch downgrades as Apple...

Deleted posts from Apple’s support forums and active discussions elsewhere online indicate a growing concern for Apple Watch users: the inability to downgrade from a newer version of watchOS to an older version. The issue, which first became apparent when users discovered that watchOS 1.0.1’s heart rate monitoring was less frequent than in watchOS 1.0, is that the Apple Watch apparently lacks a user-accessible recovery or DFU (device firmware update) mode. While there has been a spike in downgrade-related complaints since Apple released the beta version of watchOS 2 on Monday, the issue remains a concern for some watchOS 1.0.1 users, as well.

Without access to such a mode, users with watchOS-related problems are currently being instructed...

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11:08
Lowest Price Ever: Apple's 15" MacBook Pro...

In yet another unbelievable WWDC deal from Apple's Authorized Resellers, readers today can take advantage of an offer that delivers a $700 discount and the lowest price we've ever seen for Apple's 15-inch MacBook Pro (2.5GHz, 16GB, 512GB, 750M) model MGXC2LL/A at $1,799.99 (or $1,949.99 with AppleCare) with free accessories.

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11:07
Apple to renovate flagship Fifth Ave. glass cube...

Apple is planning to renovate its iconic Fifth Avenue store in New York City, and during construction will reportedly direct shoppers to a temporary outlet in a space currently occupied by FAO Schwarz.

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11:01
Use LTE on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus with China...

Certain models of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus can support 4G LTE for China Telecom.
If your carrier is China Unicom, learn to use LTE on iPhone with China Unicom.

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10:59
A Trojan horse to phish iCloud passwords lurks in an...

When we get complacent, we get bad about security. The more we’re prompted by something irritating that can be dismissed only by entering a password again, the more likely we are to not pay attention to what’s asking. I speak, of course, of Apple’s seemingly random and sometimes frequent iCloud login popup messages in iOS.

A vulnerability of sorts has been uncovered in HTML handling in Mail in iOS that leverages our desire to ignore a message by just giving it what it wants. It’s not an exploit that allows remote control or system access. Rather, it’s a form of Trojan horse that engages in phishing, fooling the unwary and the wary alike into entering a credential in an illegitimate place that can be used elsewhere.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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10:58
Foxconn is planning to build iPhones in India for...

According to government officials, iPhone manufacturer Foxconn is planning to open operations including 10-12 factories and data centers by 2020 in India for the first time. Foxconn producing iPhones and iPads in India could result in lower prices on Apple’s hardware in the country where Apple’s hardware is sold at a price higher than many of its competitors. 

The move is also said to be an effort by Foxconn to chase low wage costs as wages in China where it currently operates rise, Reuters reports. Foxconn’s intent to open shop in India maybe also be to achieve lower operation costs that make it more competitive against its rivals like Quanta that compete for Apple’s business in producing hardware.

Neither...

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10:53
New iOS 9 ReplayKit will screen record gameplay...

You’re about to hear a lot more about gameplay and in-app screen recording as Apple implements an API for the first time in iOS 9. ReplayKit, a new framework that arrived for developers with the introduction of iOS 9 this week at WWDC, will enable screen recording for gameplay and other apps without the need for a Mac or a third-party solution.

With ReplayKit, developers will be able to offer users the ability to screen record gameplay or other apps automatically or manually with a single tap. Users will then be able to share recorded content through an iOS share sheet directly to social networks and video sharing sites. Apple pauses all incoming notifications and anything that might ruin the gameplay video experience, and only users will have access to the recorded videos.

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10:51
Google Docs ‘Slides’ app updated with AirPlay and...

Google announced today that it updated its Slides app, available for Android and iOS, to both support Google Cast and AirPlay. The update comes following the announcement of the Remote Display API that Google showed off at its I/O developers conference at the end of June, which allows developers to present more intricate applications and games on a remote screen.

After you’ve used the new app to cast your presentation to an AirPlay or Chromecast device, you can use your phone as a remote and control the slides being presented on the big screen. Within the smartphone app, you can also keep your eye on your notes and make sure your presentation stays in line using the app’s timer—all over the air. And you can cast from a tab in Chrome on the desktop, too.

When you’re up on the big screen, you can use your smaller screen...

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10:17
Throwback Thursday: "A whole universe on one...

Image from Macworld Magazine, February 1986 issue

It's February of 1986, and you've just seen the future. A single optical disk called a "CD-ROM" can hold "amazing quantities of data" -- 550 megabytes! That was the cover of Macworld Magazine back in that much more innocent age, discussing the arrival of writable compact discs and opening up a veritable universe of storage -- if you were used to hard disk drives that maxed out at 20 MB of capacity.

In the accompanying article, author Ted Nace described an optical disk-based "virtual reality" interactive video program developed by MIT that let a computer user "drive" around Aspen, Colorado. This was heady stuff in the mid-80s!

The article also talks about another groundbreaking MIT application called "NewsPeek" that took a text feed from the Nexis news database and video stored on an optical disk to create a weekly interactive news magazine that combined the best of a newspaper with video clips. Of course, this...

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10:12
How to unlock your iPhone for use with another...

You can unlock your iPhone for use with different carriers. Unlocking means that you can use your phone with a different carrier. An unlocked phone is sometimes called a SIM-Free or contract-free phone.

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10:00
Apple’s Upper East Side retail store is built over a...


When Apple opens its new Upper East Side Apple Store on Saturday, visitors will have the opportunity to view historical architecture in addition to shopping for iPhones and Apple Watches. That’s because the new retail store located on 940 Madison Avenue was once the home of the U.S. Mortgage & Trust bank — there’s even a bank vault below the store — and Apple has restored much of the original design for its new showroom…

Apple’s Upper East Side location maintains a portion of a Beaux Arts building, the...

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09:54
Using two-step verification with Outlook 2010

Learn what to do if Outlook 2010 repeatedly asks you to authenticate your iCloud account and won't completely open. If there's a password pre-populated for you, you might need to update it with an app-specific password.

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09:36
iOS 9's 'predictive touch' may pave...

One of the new technologies in iOS 9 is "predictive touch," an addition that may presage the launch of an Apple-made stylus in tandem with an anticipated jumbo-sized 12.9-inch iPad.

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09:27
About iTunes Pass

iTunes Pass gives you another option for adding funds to your iTunes account balance, exclusively at Apple Retail Stores.

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09:13
Grand New York Upper East Side Apple Store Opens...

The latest Apple Store on New York's Upper East Side occupies part of a Beaux Arts building that originally housed the U.S. Mortgage & Trust bank. Apple sought to restore some of the building's old grandeur ...

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09:09
9to5Toys Last Call: Transcend flash storage,...

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:
Last Call Updates:

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09:08
If Safari is slow, stops responding, quits...

The issue could be caused by a Safari Extension, Internet plug-in, or other add-on. 

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09:04
Inside iOS 9: Apple makes it easier to upgrade with...

In a bid to drive the already-impressive iOS upgrade rate even higher, Apple has brought a bit of OS X to iOS 9 with a new automatic installation option that will let iPhones and iPads update themselves --?at a convenient time for the user.

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09:00
More control over data access with workload-specific...

Your people and your data are your organization’s greatest assets. With Office 365, we continuously strive to provide you with more control over how your data is managed and accessed.

At Ignite in May, we announced the ability to assign workload-specific service administrator roles to your organizations IT administrators for Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and Skype for Business Online. We’re pleased to announce that this capability is rolling out starting today.

The ability to assign workload-specific admin roles provides your organization more control over how your Office 365 administrators access your data. An admin assigned to a workload-specific admin role would only have access to the relevant controls and settings associated with that workload. For example, the SharePoint Online administrator role provides that admin access to only SharePoint related controls and settings in the Office 365 Admin Center. The SharePoint Online admin can manage SharePoint site...

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09:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 049 with Eric...

In this episode, Jeremy Thake and Richard DiZerega talk to Eric Shupps, in the second part of a call, to discuss the community work and user group that he helps run in Texas.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP49.mp3

Download the podcast.

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09:00
Sway Use Case series #2: Food Sways

Sway is all about making it quick and easy for you to create and share an interactive and multimedia-rich canvas that brings your ideas to life and looks great on any screen. This blog series highlights great examples of Sways made by different types of people, across a variety of different scenarios.

In the last Sway Use Case blog, we celebrated the amazing ways that educators have been using Sway. Today’s blog is all about food (you guessed it!). Warm food, cold food, local food, exotic food—we’ll dive deep into the visually delicious and artfully designed Sways that chefs, foodies, and culinary adventurers have created… all while salivating just a bit. Check out the highlights below! And maybe go get a snack…

Using Sway to share an interactive and visual recipe

Dan St. Hilaire (Vermont, @dansth) uses Sway to share recipes for delicious-looking food in a...

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09:00
Rights Management Service departmental templates...

Today’s post was written by Shobhit Sahay, technical product manager for the Office 365 team.

Rights Management Service (RMS) is one of the encryption mechanisms that helps you protect your Intellectual property in Office 365. One of the new RMS capabilities we announced earlier with was departmental templates, a feature that allows organizations to define different policies that will be deployed to different departments (or roles) for their use in documents and emails. We are excited to share that this capability is now natively supported in Office 2013.

Departmental templates make use of an additional parameter for each template, called the “scope,” where you can designate groups that receive this template. This is especially handy when an organization wants to define a policy for specific departments so that only users within that department see that template. Users...

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09:00
Apple Store employees sent emails to Tim Cook...

Yesterday, a judge unsealed records that are part of a 2013 lawsuit that alleges Apple should pay employees for the time it takes to do security bag checks. These checks are done at the end of shifts and were designed to insure that employees were not taking merchandise from the retail outlets. 

An email was sent to Cook in 2012 by a store worker, telling him that Apple managers "are required to treat 'valued' employees as criminals." Cook forwarded the email to retail and human resources executives asking "Is this true?" In another email sent to Cook in 2013 by a retail employee in Beijing, the worker said Apple treated it's employees "as animals" and thieves, complaining that an emergency exit at the store was blocked by products.

The 2012 email was sent to Cook with the subject line "Fearless Feedback from Apple Retail Specialist," noting that retail employees should be treated with the same respect Apple shows its customers. The employee complained that "These...

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08:59
Use Activity Monitor on your Mac

Activity Monitor shows the processes that are running on your Mac, so you can see how they affect your Mac's activity and performance.

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08:58
Apple to Renovate Iconic Fifth Avenue Store,...

Apple's iconic Fifth Avenue store in New York City will soon close for renovations and temporarily relocate to the soon-to-be-vacated FAO Schwarz toy store in the General Motors Building, according to the Associated Press. The report does not offer a timeline for the renovation plans.

Apple's iconic Fifth Avenue store, left, and nearby FAO Schwarz store, far right (Flickr)
FAO Schwarz, the oldest toy store in the United States, is set to vacate its ground-level store in the General Motors Building in July 2015 due to the rising cost of rent. The storefront is located just steps away from the current Apple Store at 58th Street and Fifth Avenue, so the temporary move should be rather seamless.

Apple reportedly...

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08:49
Xcode 7 available for free, allows iOS app...

Apple’s allowing wider – and free – access to its iOS development tools at long last.

Prior to this, Apple required users to pay US$99/year to become a member of Apple’s Developer Program in order to run code on physical iPhone and iPads. As part of the new Developer Program, this is no longer required. Apps can be tested on devices, no purchase necessary.

While this technically means that developers will be able to release apps outside of the App Store, testing it on their own devices and thus avoiding the App Store completely.

While apps could be run from unknown sources, also known as “sideloading”, this would still require a physical...

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08:28
iPod's disappearance from top of Apple website...

Apple quietly removed the iPod category from the top menu of its website earlier this week, in yet another sign that Apple is further sidelining the aging portable media player product category.

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08:24
Apple manifest file points towards 1080p front-...

This could be useful.

An iOS 9 manifest file discovered by developer Hamza Sood lists ways for apps to determine the hardware capabilities of the device they’re running on, a number of entries reference front-facing camera features that don’t currently exist. In addition to 1080p recording and a front flash, the manifest also refers to “Front60FPSVideo,” “FrontSlomo” and “FrontPanorama.”

At present, the front-facing camera on Apple’s iPhone 6 series is capable of capturing video at 720p and 30 frames per second, and lacks the ability to capture panoramic photos or slow-motion video.

This marks the first time that...

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08:04
Inside iOS 9: Apple's iPad-only 'Picture...

Starting with the release of iOS 9 this fall, iPad owners will be able to shrink video and continue watching and listening while accomplishing other tasks, thanks to Apple's all-new Picture in Picture mode.

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08:00
Daily Deals for June 11, 2015, featuring Billings...

It’s time to save some of your hard-earned money with our Daily Deals, featuring highlighted deals for AWT readers, hardware discounts and our own handpicked iOS and OS X sales. All prices are USD and subject to change. Please check prices before you purchase as some deals may expire quickly.

AWT Featured App

    • Billings Pro [Starting at $5 per user/month] Make invoicing painless with Billings Pro. Now with Apple Watch support.

Hardware and Accessory Deals

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07:44
More Samsung Headaches Arise as their 96th Top-...

Who likes to kick someone when they're down, right? But there are always exceptions in life and when it comes to Samsung, well, I just can't help myself.

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07:40
Review: Drift Stealth 2 iPhone-controlled action cam

Action cams are a great way to relive fun experiences, and also provide the reassurance of video evidence should anything untoward happen while cycling. I’ve run a camera on my bikes for a few years now, my current one being the Garmin Virb Elite. The Drift Stealth 2 has a similar form-factor to the Garmin, but is about half the size, so I thought I’d see how well it stacks up.

If I lived in California, I might be able to entertain you with some surfing footage from the morning, skiing from the afternoon. As I live in London, however, the best I can offer is a cycle commute across central London. While lacking the big scenery, there are...

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07:15
At least two employees complained to Tim Cook about...

At least two Apple retail store workers complained directly to CEO Tim Cook that the company's policy of checking retail employees' bags as a security precaution was "embarrassing and demeaning," according to a court filing made public on Wednesday — as noted by Reuters (http://tinyurl.com/ofdvfp3).

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07:05
Poll: What do you think of Apple’s new “Technicolor...

When Apple Music launches around the world on June 30th, the icon for Music on iOS and iTunes on OS X is set to change from the pinkish orange version we’ve had since iOS 7 and OS X 10.10 to one drenched in technicolor (yawn). Apple generally only changes the icon for Music and iTunes after a major feature addition or overall redesign, and the idea here is to attract attention and have more people look within the app to discover Apple Music. But are you a fan of the new icon design?

Once Apple Music debuts, the splash of rainbow color within or around a music note is what people will see until Apple decides Music and iTunes have changed enough again to...

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06:58
Sync or transfer podcasts

You can sync podcast subscriptions, stations, and playback position between your iOS devices, computers with iTunes, and Apple TV. You can also transfer episodes of podcasts between your devices.

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06:56
About closed captioning in the iTunes Store

Learn how to find movies and TV shows on the iTunes Store that have closed captioning.

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06:49
Foxconn may build iPhone manufacturing plant in India

Foxconn Technology is in talks to manufacture iPhone in India, reports Reuters (http://tinyurl.com/ow78f26), quoting government officials. The company plans to develop 10-12 facilities in India, including factories and data centers, by 2020.

"Foxconn is sending a delegation of their officers to scout for locations in a month's time," Subhash Desai, Industries Minister of India's western state Maharashtra, told Reuters.

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06:40
About HD videos in iTunes

Some videos you buy from iTunes are offered in high definition (HD). You can watch these videos your computer, iPhone, iPad, iPod, or Apple TV.

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06:40
Foxconn may build Apple iPhone plant in India, could...

Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn is reportedly in talks to open a new iPhone assembly plant in India, potentially allowing the handset to achieve lower prices and boost sales in the growing market.

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06:39
Apple Pay is about to get much better

First woman on stage at an Apple keynote? Really? This is a terrific read, really shows how much is happening in the Apple Pay universe.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:38
Sync photos to your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch in...

Learn how to sync photos from your computer to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod with a color display using iTunes. Also, learn how to delete synced photos from your devices.

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06:37
Today Patents Relating to Apple's Mac Pro...

On June 11, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published patent applications from Apple relating to the Mac Pro security lock and new connectors that are USB-C compatible. Our report also covers an interesting patent application published by USPTO this morning from Konica Minolta ...

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06:28
CPPlay for Mac OS X upgraded to version 1.1

YAWMOO (http://www.yawmoo.com ) has released CPPlay 1.1, an update to its C and C++ interpreted environment for Mac OS X Yosemite.

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06:22
How to export and import your Health data

Sébastien Page, writing for iDownloadBlog, talks you through the process of exporting data from your Health app so you can later import that data into a 3rd party app, import that same data into a freshly restored device, or a new device.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:12
Initial thoughts on iOS 9’s iPad multitasking

This is a great read, gets right to the heart of the matter.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:08
Inside iOS 9: Siri brings new smarts to sports,...

With Siri replacing Spotlight in iOS 9, Apple's personal digital assistant received a new brain that lets her retrieve information sports and weather, find photos, look inside apps, and more.

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05:47
BitTorrent 7.4.3 - Official client of the BitTorrent...

BitTorrent is a protocol for distributing files. It identifies content by URL and is designed to integrate seamlessly with the web. Its advantage over plain HTTP is that when multiple downloads of the same file happen concurrently, the downloaders upload to each other, making it possible for the file source to support very large numbers of downloaders with only a modest increase in its load.



Version 7.4.3 (40399):

Note: Now requires OS X 10.6 or later.

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  • OS X 10.6 or later



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05:00
Microsoft's Surface Hub Aims to Unify the...


Microsoft on Wednesday unveiled the Surface Hub, a large-screen device meant to dramatically improve business collaboration. The 55-inch and 84-inch interactive displays marry white boards with presentations, voice with video, speakers with addressees, Android with iOS, and Windows 10 with conference rooms. The Surface Hubs will go on sale July 1, and on Sept. 1, they'll start shipping out of a Microsoft facility about 200 miles south of the company's Redmond, Washington, headquarters.

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05:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Rokform’s newest patterns...

Rokform’s newest gorgeous patterns dress your device in pure eye candy

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases brings you hexagonal shapes from SwitchEasy, wireless charging solutions from Trident, all weather options from PureGear, and much more.

Belkin

The Grip Candy CE (iPhone 6 Plus; $35) sports a form-fitting design, with textured edges designed to provide an enhanced grip.

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04:58
Line launches streaming music service in Japan,...

Line, best known for its messaging app, has launched its own streaming music service in Japan, ahead of Apple Music’s release. Available on iOS and Android, Line Music offers a two-month free trial, then costs 1,000 yen ($8) per month, with a half-price option offering up to 20 hours per month.

While Line may have beaten Apple to the punch in Japan, it is lagging some way behind on tracks. Although ...

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04:41
Tonality Pro 1.2.0 - Professional-grade monochrome...

Tonality Pro is the award-winning black and white photo software for Mac, and the world's only monochrome photo editing app, picked as Editor's Choice by Apple. Tonality brings unique powerful features and over 150 professional one click presets that will take your photography to a whole new level of awesomeness. Take advantage of stackable layers, custom textures, native 16-bit RAW processor, authentic film effects, lens blur and amazing tools for structure and details. Learn more about Tonality Pro on Macphun site, and click the links above to give it a try for free.



Version 1.2.0:

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04:39
PDF Checkpoint 1.7.9 simplifies PDF color conversion

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has released PDF Checkpoint 1.7.9, a maintenance update to its PDF preflight and conversion solution.

The software automatically preflights, exports as images, splits and optimizes multiple Adobe PDF files. It can also convert the color of PDF document elements, downsample resolution and compress images. The new version recognizes color profiles in user's ColorSync folder, as well as in subfolders of all designated ICC profile locations.

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04:34
Unsigned singer used to demo Apple Music Connect...

If you’re an unsigned musician looking for your break into the big time, being featured by Apple during a keynote watched by millions of people around the world isn’t a bad way to start.

When Eddy Cue introduced Apple Music, he used the example of Loren Kramar to demonstrate Apple Music Artist Accounts, more colloquially known as Connect. Any artist, he said, would be able to share content with fans through the social features provided within Apple Music – and he named Kramar as an artist who was “going to be really, really huge.”

Kramar yesterday launched his debut single, My Life,...

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04:33
Apps for smart wearable devices poised to surge

According to a new forecast from IDC (www.idc.com), the number of third-party applications designed to run on smart wearable devices is expected to grow from 2,500 at the end of 2014 to 349,000 in 2019.

While the majority of these applications will be consumer focused, the research group believes a significant opportunity exists for enterprise-oriented applications. Developers capable of delivering clear benefits and a transformative experience will catalyze demand and further accelerate application development on the supply side.

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04:22
File Juicer 4.40 - Extract images, video, or sound...

File Juicer is a drag-and-drop can opener and data archaeologist. Its specialty is to find and extract images, video, audio, or text from files which are hard to open in other ways.

It finds and extracts: JPEG, JP2, PNG, GIF, PDF, BMP, WMF, EMF, PICT, TIFF, Flash, ZIP, HTML, WAV, AVI, MOV, MP4, MPG, MP3, AIFF, AU, WMV, or text from files which contain data in those formats.

Lossless extraction... File Juicer does't convert the images/sounds/videos it finds, but saves them unchanged in their original format if possible. See the manual for details.

This is useful:

  • if you want to extract the images/sounds/videos from a PDF or Word document;
  • if you have old files you can no longer open with current applications;
  • if you receive emails with attachments you can not open;
  • if you have corrupt files or databases;
  • if you have damaged or accidentally erased flash cards for your digital camera;
  • ...
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04:14
Unsealed Court Document Proves that Apple's CEO...

Information relating to complaints within a current lawsuit against Apple that began in 2013 were ordered by the court to be unsealed revealing that ...

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04:04
Kool Tools: iNotepad

Apimac's iNotepad is a new app for Mac OS X that let you write and manage hundreds (or even thousands) of texts in one single document. With it, you have everything in one place
Every document in iNotepad may contain hundreds or thousands of texts. For example all the reviews that you wrote for your blog or all the research papers that you wrote for college in the last few years.

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03:32
djay Pro 1.1.2 - Transform your Mac into a full-...

djay Pro provides a complete toolkit for performing DJs. Its unique modern interface is built around a sophisticated integration with iTunes and Spotify, giving you instant access to millions of tracks. Pristine sound quality and a powerful set of features including high-definition waveforms, four decks, audio effects, and hardware integration give you endless creative flexibility to take your sets to new heights.

Note: This application contains in-app purchases.



Version 1.1.2:

  • Introducing Force Touch trackpad support: use force click to trigger additional actions with a single click to preview tracks, activate cue play, kill EQs, engage high pass filter, or reset sliders (available on 2015 MacBooks with Force Touch trackpad)
  • Added ability to activate slip mode by holding Cmd (⌘) key when scratching or clicking play/pause, cue jump, or loop buttons
  • Added support for Reloop Beatpad 2 MIDI...

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