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Apple supplier Foxconn replaces 60,000 workers with robots

AppleInsider - 49 min 58 sec ago
Apple's primary manufacturing partner, Foxconn, has replaced 60,000 people with robots at a single factory in Kunshan, China, a report said on Wednesday.

Apple working on charging infrastructure for electric cars - report

AppleInsider - 1 hour 11 min ago
Apple is talking with firms which provide vehicle charging stations and hiring engineers with experience in the field as it works on a means of charging its rumored electric car, a report claimed on Wednesday.

Want to join the beta for the Throttle for iPhone app? Here's how!

AppleWorld.Today - 1 hour 58 min ago

It would sure be nice to take control of what's coming into your inbox, taking all of those mass mailings, notifications, interesting newsletters (like the Team AWT Newsletter), and other emails, keeping them from distracting us from the real work we need to accomplish. That's the idea behind Throttle, which is a tool that lets you sign up for just about anything online without giving away your real email address. 

Throttle has just launched its Throttle iPhone app in beta, and they'd like for 20 Apple World Today readers to get the opportunity to try out the app. Just send me an email, and the first 20 respondents will get an invite code. You'll need the free Apple TestFlight app on your device to be included (that's how the beta software is delivered). When I send your invite code, you'll also get instructions on where and how to sign up.

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Microsoft Cuts more Smartphone Jobs, Hopes for Enterprise Success

MacObserver - 2 hours 28 min ago

Microsoft's big push into the smartphone market seems to have failed. The company recently sold off its consumer phone business, and now is scaling back again to focus on the enterprise smartphone market while laying off 1,850 employees.

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MacWorld - 3 hours 2 min ago

Learn everything you need to turn your app idea into a real, working product with 10 courses (77.5+ Hours) of premium content. This bundle is regularly listed for $1,312, but for a limited time is being offered for just $49, or 96% off, making this a great deal for anyone looking to break into mobile app development.

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Microsoft set to axe nearly 2,000 jobs in bid to 'streamline' smartphone biz

AppleInsider - 3 hours 5 min ago
Microsoft on Wednesday announced a restructuring of its mobile hardware group that will see as many as 1,850 employees -- most of them former Nokia staffers -- lose their jobs as the company looks to right the listing smartphone ship.

Temkin: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, HP beat Apple in computer/tablet consumer experience (say what!?)

AppleWorld.Today - 3 hours 9 min ago

Proving that 99% of all statistics are made up, the Amazon (Kindle), Barnes & Noble (Nook), and Hewlett Packard deliver the best customer experience in the computer and tablet industry, according to the 2016 Temkin Experience Ratings, an annual ranking of companies based on a survey of 10,000 U.S. consumers. However, according to the J.D. Power Tablet Satisfaction Study for 2016 Volume 1 concerning the US market, Apple is still topping the charts in tablet satisfaction with the iPad,

But back to the Temkin report: Amazon took the top spot for the second year in a row, earning a rating of 73% and placing 28th overall out of 294 companies across 20 industries. Barnes & Noble and Hewlett-Packard tied for the distant second spot out of 12 firms in the industry, each receiving a rating of 61% and an overall rank of 142nd. At the other end of the spectrum, eMachines and Compaq tied for the lowest-rated computer and tablet maker, each with a rating of 44% and an overall ranking of 278th.

Overall, the computer and tablet industry averaged a 59% rating in the 2016 Temkin Experience Ratings and came in ninth place out of 20 industries. The average rating of the industry decreased by four percentage-points between 2015 and 2016, dropping from 63% to 59%.

The ratings of all computer and tablet makers in the 2016 Temkin Experience Ratings are as follows: Amazon (73%), Barnes & Noble (61%), Hewlett-Packard (61%), Apple (60%), Gateway (57%), Toshiba (55%), Dell (55%), Lenovo (55%), Acer (53%), Sony (50%), Compaq (44%), and eMachines (44%). Apple was down eight points from 2015.

To generate these ratings, the Temkin Group asked 10,000 U.S. consumers to evaluate their recent experiences with a company across three dimensions: success (can you do what you want to do?), effort (how easy is it to work with the company?), and emotion (how do you feel about the interactions?). Temkin Group then averaged these three scores to produce each company's Temkin Experience Rating.

J.D. Power’s 2016 U.S. Tablet Satisfaction Study Volume 1 is based on experiences evaluated by 3,485 tablet owners who have owned their current device for less than one year. The study was fielded between September 2015 and February 2016. According to that study, Apple ranks highest in overall satisfaction; performance is higher than the segment average in all factors except with cost.

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ClipBuddy a useful tool for 'power' clippers on the Mac

AppleWorld.Today - 3 hours 10 min ago

By Aaron Lee

There are lots of multiple clipboard apps available for the Mac (and you have to wonder why Apple hasn't built that functionality into Mac OS X). If you're looking for a powerful, customization one that can store images (and more), or one that lets you exclude apps that you don't want to save clippings from, give Ondesoft ClipBuddy a try.

This multiple clipboard is designed to log all clipboard data. on OS X 10.6 or higher. This data can be images, PDFs, text (including "rich" text coming from Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Word, Excel, iChat, etc.) or a mixture of them. ClipBuddy saves an unlimited number of clips (actually that number is limited by how much memory you have on your Mac) in a searchable database. The app works fine with any application and data that works with the Mac OS X Clipboard.

You can be up and running ClipBuddy with little training. If you've copied an item, just double-click on a clip or press the paste button in ClipBuddy to paste it. It's that simple.

However, you should read the tutorials at the OndeSoft web site to take advantage of all the app's features. For example, you can capture screenshots of a rectangular region or a full screen and automatically save them as clips. Pretty cool.

There's a "Super Paste" feature that allows you to paste multiple clips in a loop, without any punctuation. Personally, I found this feature a bit confusing. You'll definitely want to read Ondesoft's tutorial on this feature. 

You can also make use of ClipBuddy's Recorded Metadata feature to see what application the clipping came from, when it was made, and even the URL of the website it was taken from. Now this I did find very useful.

With ClipBuddy you can edit the content of any clip within the app's preview window, accomplishing tasks such as changing case, removing line breaks, or finding and replace specific words. You can also export clips to separate TXT files or, when it comes to images, as JPG, PNG or BMP files.

In the ClipBuddy preferences, you can (as mentioned) include any apps from which you don't want clipped items saved. You can also set the maximum number of tray history clips (up to 200). You can also have ClipBuddy launch at log-in, show or hide the Dock icon or use black and white menu bar icons. (By the way, there's a typo in the ClipBuddy prefs that reads: "Use balck and white menu bar icons. The folks at OndeSoft might want to fix that for a more professional appearance.)

ClipBuddy is also designed to be an extender of the Mac clipboard that works with Dropbox. You can sync the ClipBuddy database with Dropbox if you wish.

Not enough? You can also set hotkeys for ClipBuddy's various functions, have backups of your clipped data saved to your hard drive on an hourly, daily, weekly or monthly basis. From there you can restore your clipped data.

There are less expensive Mac clipboard tools around, ranging in price from free (CopyClip) to iClipboard ($29.95) — the latter of which Dennis Sellers prefers. You can check 'em all out at the Mac App Store.

If you only copy and paste one item at a time, the Mac OS X Clipboard will work just fine for you. However, if you cut and paste a lot of data and use it repeatedly, ClipBuddy may prove to be a helpful buddy app indeed.

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Indian finance minister shoots down prospect of local Apple Stores - report

AppleInsider - 3 hours 18 min ago
India's finance minister has reportedly ratified a ruling that Apple must follow local sourcing rules, potentially halting the company's near-term attemps to launch its first stores in the country.

Apple releases firmware updates for its 802.11n AirPort Base Stations

AppleWorld.Today - 3 hours 22 min ago

Apple has released firmware 7.6.7 for all of its 802.11n AirPort Base Stations. This includes the AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and AirPort Time Capsule. 

According to Apple's release notes, it improves stability and performance for its AirPort Base Stations. It also fixes an issue which may prevent communication between clients.

Apple has also released firmware 7.7.7 for the 802.11ac AirPort Extreme, and AirPort Time Capsule. The updates can be applied by using the AirPort Utility app on iOS or OS X.

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Plaintiffs want to keep the ‘Error 53’ lawsuit alive

AppleWorld.Today - 3 hours 29 min ago

Apple's motion to dismiss a pending class action lawsuit related to the "Error 53" Touch ID issue was countered in a recent court filing that claimed the company's remedial actions, which include an iOS software update and reimbursement efforts, are inadequate, reports AppleInsider.

Error 53 involved a problem brought on by having an unauthorized technician fix your device. When an iPhone is services by an authorized Apple service provider or Apple retail store for changes that affect the Touch ID sensor, the pairing is re-validated. However, with an unofficial repair that pairing can go unvalidated and cause the Error 53 message to appear when iOS is updated or restored on the device.

Apple released a software update to address the problem and offeredto reimburse customers who paid to have affected devices repaired or replaced. With those actions, Apple argues the class action lawsuit should be ditched.

However, the plaintiffs claim that the company didn’t properly inform users of the reimbursement program. Aside from a "vague" announcement on its official website — a Support Pages document published in April — Apple made little effort to inform customers, the document says. 

Both the original and amended complaints allege fraud, negligent misrepresentation and unjust enrichment tied to Error 53 bricking and device repairs. Unless there’s a settlement before then, the parties will meet in a motion hearing on June 16, notes AppleInsider.

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Singapore becomes the sixth country to get full Apple Pay support

AppleWorld.Today - 3 hours 41 min ago

Apple Pay is rolling out in full force in Singapore today with Visa, MasterCard and five major banks on board, reports The Straits Times. This makes Singapore the sixth country to get Apple Pay, after the U.S., UK, Canada, Australia and China.

Together, the five banks - POSB, DBS Bank, OCBC Bank, United Overseas Bank (UOB) and Standard Chartered Bank - account for more than 80 per cent of the Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards issued in Singapore, the article adds. Apple Pay was launched in Singapore in April; however, its use was limited to holders of American Express-issued cards until today.

Apple has hinted that Spain and Hong Kong are also in line to get Apple Pay at some point this year (Spain currently supports it for Amex only). CEO Tim Cook also recently spoke about plans to bring the mobile payment system to India, while France, Japan and Brazil are also expected to add Apple Pay support in the near future.

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Apple looking for lawyer with HIPAA expertise

AppleWorld.Today - 3 hours 49 min ago

An Apple job listing shows that the company is looking to hire a seasoned attorney with health privacy expertise to take on the role of Privacy Counsel , “suggesting a health and medical systems expansion could be in the works,” reports Business Insider

The Privacy Counsel will, per the job posting, “have the opportunity to work with a dynamic and experienced team on privacy issues impacting Apple’s business and products across the globe. You will work directly with business and engineering teams to design innovative privacy solutions for products as well as across the legal department on Apple activities and regulatory issues.”

In 1996, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act or the HIPAA was endorsed by the U.S. Congress. It’s goal is “to improve portability and continuity of health insurance coverage in the group and individual markets, to combat waste, fraud, and abuse in health insurance and health care delivery, to promote the use of medical savings accounts, to improve access to long-term care services and coverage, to simplify the administration of health insurance, and for other purposes.”

HIPAA compliance is difficult, and Apple has, so far, left most of the responsibility to third-party app developers, even as it’s released health-focused software. However, the listing for a HIPPA specialist indicates that Apple might be looking to expand further into medical technology in a way that means it's handling sensitive medical data, notes Business Insider.

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Seven ways to save time and effort with proxy icons

AppleWorld.Today - 4 hours 47 min ago

You can save time and effort with proxy icons. If you don’t know what a proxy icon is, or you know what it is but didn’t know it was called a “proxy icon,” I'm talking about the little icon in the title bar of all Finder windows and most document windows, like these: 

Left to right: Photoshop, Word, and Finder windows with their proxy icons highlighted. 

What’s cool about proxy icons is that they behave exactly the same as the “real” icons they represent, but are often more convenient.

It’s important to note that while Finder windows always display a proxy icon, you can’t use them in document windows until the file has been saved. Furthermore, the proxy icon will be dimmed as long as there are unsaved changes to the document.

How do you know if there are unsaved changes? Files that need saving have a black dot in the middle of their red Close buttons and their proxy icons are dimmed and un-selectable; saved files have no black dot and their proxy icons are normal—undimmed and selectable—as shown here:

Unsaved documents have dimmed proxy icons and black dots in their red Close buttons.  


Now that you know what proxy icons are, here are seven cool ways they can save you time and effort:

  • Move the file or folder to a new location by dragging its proxy icon to a different folder, disk, or to the Trash.
  • Make a copy of a file or folder by pressing the Option key and dragging the proxy icon. 
  • Make an alias of a file or folder by pressing the Command and Option keys and dragging the proxy icon.
  • Add the file or folder to the Toolbar of all Finder windows by pressing the Command and Option keys while dragging the proxy icon onto the Toolbar. Tip: To remove an icon from the Toolbar, press the Command key and drag it off the Toolbar—it will disappear with a satisfying “poof.”
  • Add the file or folder to the Sidebar of all Finder windows by dragging the proxy icon onto the Sidebar. Tip: To remove an item from the Sidebar, drag the item off the Sidebar until you see a little X, then, release the mouse button and watch it disappear with a satisfying “poof.”
  • Drag a folder's proxy icon onto any Open File dialog or Save sheet to display that folder's contents in the Open File dialog or Save sheet. 
  • Right-click the proxy icon (or click while pressing either the Command or Control key) to see the path to the document or folder (Smart Proxy icon tricks in the figure below).
  •  If you release the button while a folder along the displayed path is selected.


Right-click, Command-click, or Control-click the proxy icon to see the path to this document or folder (Smart Proxy icon tricks). 

That's nice, but if you select one of the other folders (Dropbox above) before releasing the mouse or trackpad button, that folder's contents will appear in a new Finder window or tab, which is even nicer. 

I use proxy icons almost every day and they save me time and effort every time I do. If you're already a proxy icon user, congrats on knowing this elegant technique for moving, copying, creating aliases, and more. If this is the first time you've considered proxy icons, try to remember them the next time you need to move, copy, create an alias, or whatever.  

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Essential gear for working with an iPad Pro

MacWorld - 4 hours 48 min ago

The last time we took a look at extra tools and accessories to help you get more work done on an iPad, the iPad Pro was nothing more than a glass slab of rumors.

As we now know, the iPad Pro is very real. Whether you’re thinking of picking up an iPad Pro, or already have one and want to get more out of the tablet, here’s some accessories I’ve found that make working on the iPad Pro a breeze.

Apple’s Smart Keyboard

There are a several Bluetooth enabled keyboards available for both sizes of iPad Pro, but they’re often bulky and require charging. It only makes sense to use a keyboard that takes advantage of the iPad Pro’s Smart Connector. Apple’s Smart Connector provides power to the keyboard, and provides two-way communication between the keyboard and iPad Pro.

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What developers want from iOS 10

MacWorld - 5 hours 8 min ago

When it comes to WWDC, we all have a little developer in us. Apple’s biggest annual event may be targeted to app designers and coders, but you don’t need to know how to declare a string-type variable to get caught up in the hype. In the weeks leading up to the kick-off keynote address, everyone has an opinion on what Apple should bring to iOS and OS X, and right on cue, there are already a lot of great ideas floating around, from dramatic Control Center revamps to smarter and more versatile ways to handle files.

But while it’s fun to imagine what our iPhones will be able to do in the fall, for developers, WWDC is indispensable. When Tim Cook and Craig Federighi break down the newest features and technologies, they are providing app makers with the tools they’ll need to prepare their apps for the future. Developers look to WWDC to not just bring design and productivity improvements, but to also supply a new set of blocks on which they can build the next great apps.

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Mobile apps run slooooower in the summer

AppleWorld.Today - 5 hours 17 min ago

On average, apps will run about 15% slower in the summer, according to research from Apteligent a mobile app intelligence platform. 

Why? Due to the science behind the propagation of radio waves. Increases in water vapor cause attenuation of the waves, especially at higher frequency bands. This means that the humid summer months will cause degradation in signal strength, and slight delays in data delivered to the handsets of consumers. The impact is pronounced in the data. 

The accompanying compares latency of apps in the summer against the winter.

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Apple hires mobile encryption pioneer as encryption debate rages on

MacWorld - 5 hours 17 min ago

Apple has rehired a mobile encryption pioneer as it continues to face pressure from governments wanting access to user data stored on iPhones. 

Jon Callas most recently worked as a co-founder of Silent Circle, which produced the security-minded Blackphone and has joined the iPhone and iPad maker in an undisclosed capacity, Apple revealed to Reuters. Callas is a veteran of the security industry who also co-founded PGP Corporation.

He first worked at Apple from 1995-1997, then again from 2009-2011. He has two patents to his name from that second stint that are both focused on full-disk encryption, something that Apple uses in its smartphones, tablets and computers. 

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iDevices Socket lets you turn an ordinary light bulb into a connected bulb

AppleWorld.Today - 5 hours 47 min ago

iDevices has released the $79 Socket, which allows you to turn any ordinary light bulb into a connected bulb. 

Simply screw Socket into your favorite lighting fixture and insert any standard bulb. Using the free iDevices Connected app, you can take advantage of Socket’s dimming functionality and customizable color light ring. You can use Siri voice commands to control power and brightness to your lights.

The iDevices Connected app — available at the Apple App Store — also lets you add iDevices products to your home Wi-Fi network and securely pair them to their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Navigation allows users to create dynamic schedules and group products into “scenes.”

The iDevices Socket’s dimming capability lets you dim your lights directly from your iOS device. It fits into conventional lighting receptacles, making it easy to transform any lamp into a connected lamp. The iDevices Socket is also compatible with standard Edison style bulbs (up to 60 watts), allowing you to use pre-existing bulbs in your home. You can also use Socket to create dynamic, low-light environments and enhance your home with personalized color.

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How to master the NetInstall service

MacWorld - 5 hours 47 min ago

One of the toughest things you have to tackle in your IT life, beyond the Sisyphean task of keeping everyone you deal with happy, is deploying devices in a way that doesn’t require touching every single computer you’re responsible for. Apple’s NetInstall service, which is one of the features available in Apple’s Server app, offers a simple yet efficient set of tools to help you create and distribute images to every Mac in your environment. Over the next few weeks, we’ll take a look at the NetInstall service, so you can get a leg up on imaging and make it easier for you to deploy Macs in your environment.

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