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Apple, Silicon Valley raised millions to fund Hillary Clinton platform backing tech's positions on encryption, privacy, innovation, patents, education

AppleInsider - Mon, 2016-09-26 18:38
Ahead of the first U.S. Presidential campaign debates between Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump, fundraising among California's Silicon Valley tech elite has decisively backed Clinton--in response to her policies that outline clear support for tech industry concerns involving encryption, privacy, innovation, patents and education.

Apple reveals algorithm behind Apple Music mixes, execs discuss past and future of service

AppleInsider - Mon, 2016-09-26 18:33
Mixed in with the usual PR speak and promises to make Apple Music the most accessible, consumer-friendly streaming service available, Apple executives in a wide-roving interview published Monday hinted at the development of exceedingly advanced personalized playlist algorithms.

Apple to reveal fiscal Q4 2016 earnings on Oct. 27

AppleInsider - Mon, 2016-09-26 17:00
Apple on Monday announced it will report quarterly earnings for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2016 on Oct. 27, to be followed by a live-streamed conference call on Apple's investor website.

watchOS 3: Mickey and Minnie Mouse Can Now Speak the Time

MacObserver - Mon, 2016-09-26 16:38

One of the coolest Apple Watch faces has been Mickey Mouse, tapping his foot in time with the seconds. Now, watchOS 3 adds Minnie to the fun. Plus they can each speak the time out loud with a tap. John shows you how.


iOS 10: How to Use Maps Extensions

MacObserver - Mon, 2016-09-26 15:51

iOS 10 lets third party apps link into Maps, which means you can find where you want to go and request an Uber, decide where to eat and make a dinner reservation, and more. Follow along to learn how to use extensions in Maps with TMO’s video tip.


Drake's 'Views' exceeds 1B streams on Apple Music

AppleInsider - Mon, 2016-09-26 15:50
Popular rapper Drake recently saw his album "Views" become the first to surpass one billion streams on Apple Music, an achievement Apple commemorated with a plaque presented to the artist on Monday.

TMO Background Mode: Interview with Founder & President of Bombich Software, Mike Bombich

MacObserver - Mon, 2016-09-26 15:07

Mike Bombich is the founder and president of Bombich Software, the developer of Carbon Copy Cloner. It’s a backup app for the Mac that has saved the day for many users. He started his career at Bowling Green State University studying aquatic ecology. But he also took computer science classes thinking that one day he would do scientific simulations of ecological systems. Soon, Mike discovered that he had a strong interest the software development process itself. Later, Mike worked for a tech support organization and discovered the real need for software that could back up the new Mac OS X launched in 2001. He created CCC. That got the attention of Apple and landed him a job working on technical solutions for professionals. Mike tells the story about how this app changed his life.


34% off Master Lock Bluetooth Keyless Outdoor Padlock - Deal Alert

MacWorld - Mon, 2016-09-26 15:05

Use your smartphone to open this padlock from Master Lock. Share access, monitor access history and receive alerts if someone is tampering. Designed for outdoor use, its shackle offers 2 inch vertical clearance and is made of boron for maximum resistance to cutting and sawing. The lock features alternate methods of access for when Bluetooth isn't available or the replaceable battery dies. Its typical list price of $89 has been reduced 34% to $59 (see on Amazon). An indoor version is available, also at a discount (28% off, $50 -- See on Amazon).

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New job listings hint at Nvidia GPUs in future Macs (released after 2016)

AppleWorld.Today - Mon, 2016-09-26 15:01

The current Mac lineup relies on AMD graphics;  however, a switch to Nvidia could be in the works for the MacBook Pro and other Macs, if new job listings from the GPU maker is any indication.

As noted by AppleInsider, a series of new available positions advertised by Nvidia seek software engineers for the company's Mac graphics drivers team. Qualified applicants should have experience with Apple's Metal which is featured on new Macs as well as iOS devices.

Introduced at the 2015 Apple Worldwide Developer Conference, Metal is a core graphics technology that gives apps near-direct access to the GPU [graphics processing unit]. This means faster and more efficient rendering performance across the system.

While new Macs are almost certain to arrive next month, it's likely that any potential switch to Nvidia would be months or years down the road. Still, “the listings strongly suggest that Nvidia and Apple are working together behind the scenes, potentially to bring Nvidia hardware back to new Macs at some point in the future,” notes AppleInsider.

AWT News Update: September 26, 2016

AppleWorld.Today - Mon, 2016-09-26 15:00

Ahhh, back from a nice weekend in the Colorado Rockies, Steve has three fascinating little stories from the world of tech and Apple that you just have to hear!

  • In the near future, you won't need to set up your own Plex media server to use the service, as the company is moving Plex to the cloud
  • Last week, Salesforce.com was being bandied about as a possible suitor for Twitter. Today's possible hot date for Twitter? Think Mickey or Minnie Mouse...
  • A group of developers got a bit silly at a company retreat and decided to test the water resistance of the iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case. Find out how it did!

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Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for September 26, 2016.

Media server Plex today announced that it’s moving to the cloud with Plex Cloud. No longer will people need to set up their own Plex server; now the Plex Cloud will be your server. It will be a premium offering and is currently available as an invite-only beta program, but it’s basically quite simple. You just store your stuff — music, videos, photos — in the cloud, with Amazon Drive doing the hard work. You have unlimited storage, and will be able to store and stream media for a few dollars a month. Plex says that most Plex Media Server features are already working on Plex Cloud, but that Camera Upload, Mobile Sync, Cloud Sync, Media Optimizer, DLNA and DVR will be added as possible in the future.

In case you haven’t noticed, Twitter has been looking for a buyer lately. The company really needs one, since up to this point I’m not sure they’ve actually ever turned a profit. Last week, it was Salesforce.com that was in the news as a possible suitor. Today, Bloomberg reports that the Walt Disney Company is working with a financial adviser on making a bid for Twitter. Nick Bilton noted on Twitter that “From (high-up) people I’ve spoken to internally at Twitter, I’ve always heard Disney is the dream suitor.” If you think it’s odd that a company that runs theme parks is possibly making a bid for Twitter, remember that a media conglomerate, owning ESPN and ABC. Twitter is a media company and publishing service, and not really a social network. The two would fit together quite well.

From the “don’t try this at home department” comes this story of water resistance testing. As you know, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are Apple’s first phones that are specifically advertised as being water resistant, and of course bloggers have been dunking them, holding them underwater for long periods of time, basically testing the limited of how water resistant the phones are. Now comes words that a group of folks from development company Squirrels — the people who bring you Reflector and AirParrot Remote — were on a company retreat and decided to test the water resistance of Apple’s iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case. Apple tells people to NOT expose the Smart Battery Case to liquids, and to unplug it if it has been exposed to rain, liquid, excessive moisture, and the like. So the Squirrels team got silly and put the iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case two feet deep into a swimming pool for 30 minutes, one foot deep into Florida Gulf Coast saltwater for an hour, and one foot down into a hot tub for 30 minutes. The result? The Smart Battery Case still worked. Squirrels found out that the Smart Battery case is epoxy sealed, which does a good job of keeping liquids out. The takeaway from this unofficial test? If you accidentally dunk your Smart Battery Case, let it dry out before you plug it in, but it should be just fine.

That’s all for today; We’ll be back tomorrow afternoon with another edition of the AWT News Update.

Notable apps and app updates for Sept. 26, 2016

AppleWorld.Today - Mon, 2016-09-26 14:51

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

macOS Apps/Updates

Mac OS X File Recovery has announced Mac Data Recovery Guru 4.0, an update to its data recovery utility for macOS. The app can recover all common file types from any Mac drive or volume. 

Mac Data Recovery Guru scans any drive, and displays a list of all recoverable files on the disk. Users then select the files they wish to recover, select a destination drive, and click the "Recover" button. Version 4.0 offers the ability to scan disk images that can't mount for file recovery.

Mac Data Recovery Guru requires macOS 10.7 or higher. It costs $89 and is available directly from the publisher's website. A free scan-only download is also available.

einstein's legacy has released LightTable 3.0.1, an update of its unlimited virtual canvas app for macOS X. 

It lets users layout, inspect and compare images. Images can be resized, repositioned, layered and aligned allowing users to discover different storytelling perspectives. Version 3.0.1 introduces gesture-based manipulation of canvas items, consolidates the user interface and provides several stability enhancement bug fixes.

LightTable 3.0.1 require macOS 10.11 or higher and costs $19.99. It’s available worldwide from the Mac App Store.

Nvidia working with Apple on graphics for 'revolutionary' new Mac products

AppleInsider - Mon, 2016-09-26 14:01
Though Apple's current Mac lineup relies on AMD graphics, a switch to Nvidia could be in the works for the MacBook Pro and beyond, if new job listings from the GPU maker is any indication.

New Mac Trojan uses the Russian space program as a front

MacWorld - Mon, 2016-09-26 13:59

Security researchers have found a new Mac OS X malware that appears to be targeting the aerospace industry.

The Trojan, called Komplex, can download, execute, and delete files from an infected Mac, according to security firm Palo Alto Networks. Interestingly, the Trojan will also save a PDF document to the infected system concerning the Russian space program.

The PDF document details planned Russian space projects from 2016 to 2025, but it acts as a decoy, Palo Alto Networks said in Monday blog post.

In reality, the Trojan is a package of tools that will attempt to secretly communicate with its creators' command-and-control servers. This includes sending back data on the version, username, and process list running on the infected system. The Trojan can also receive instructions, and it will forward the results to the control servers.

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42% off Corsair Waterproof Shockproof 256GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive - Deal Alert

MacWorld - Mon, 2016-09-26 13:23

Military-style data transportation. That's how Corsair describes their Flash Survivor Stealth series of USB flash drives. Its anodized, aircraft-grade aluminum housing is waterproof to 200 meters, vibration-resistant, and shock-resistant while small enough to fit on your keychain. USB 3.0 offers read speeds up to four times faster than traditional USB 2.0 drives, so it's fast enough to play most videos directly from it, without having to transfer to a hard drive first. The drive is backwards compatible to 2.0 as well. Just plug it in, and it works with Windows, Mac OS and Linux without any additional software or drivers. This product also comes with a limited 5 year warranty. It averages 4.5 out of 5 stars from over 170 people on Amazon (read reviews), many of which report it's still alive after years of hard use. The 256GB model's list price of $156 has been reduced 42% to $91.30. If 256GB is more storage than you need, they have a 32GB model that's currently discounted 25% ($20.73 -- See it on Amazon).

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iOS 10 Maps ‘Overview’ Buttons Moved to the Swipe-Up Drawer

MacObserver - Mon, 2016-09-26 13:13

The Maps app got a major overhaul in iOS 10. It has a new look and feel (that I like), as well as a new layout. One of the basic changes is that the Overview button moved from the main interface to the drawer at the bottom of the screen.  Bryan Chaffin shows you where to find it.


Disney said to be weighing Twitter purchase to bolster online video efforts

AppleInsider - Mon, 2016-09-26 13:05
The Walt Disney Company is reportedly examining the prospects, and the risks, of purchasing social media venue Twitter, potentially battling Google and Salesforce for the service.

Sonos brings PLAY:1 & PLAY:5 speakers to Apple's online & retail stores

AppleInsider - Mon, 2016-09-26 12:50
Wi-Fi speaker maker Sonos on Monday announced a partnership that will see the company's PLAY:1 and PLAY:5 speakers sold in Apple's online and physical retail stores.

A-Shirt Makes Apple-Inspired Shirts for Apple Fans

MacObserver - Mon, 2016-09-26 12:35

Have you heard of A-Shirt? They produce Apple-inspired T-shirts for fans of the company. They work on a subscription model where you get a new shirt every two months. The shirts are designed by designers all over the world. In the image I included, the white T-shirt with the drawings of the Two Steves is the current shirt being offered. Each shirt is a one-time production, and once they’re shipped, they’re gone. A-shirt even destroys the printing framed. The company also offers members a lot of content about how each shirt is created, the dyes used, the material, etc. You can sign up to get your first shirt for $25, with subsequent shirts at $50. If you commit to longer terms, the price-per-month decreases.


TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-26: macOS Sierra PDF Issues, Apple ID Two-Factor Authentication

MacObserver - Mon, 2016-09-26 12:32

Worried about viewing PDF documents in macOS Sierra? Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at what we know now about potential data loss in PDFs, plus they dive into two-factor authentication for Apple IDs and why that matters for HomeKit and Apple Watch users.


Apple's big plan for HealthKit would put all your medical data in one spot

MacWorld - Mon, 2016-09-26 12:31

If you live in America and you’ve seen more than one doctor in your lifetime, you know there’s no central database where all of your medical data lives. Instead, each health care provider has a separate record, and rarely are they ever merged.

Apple is reportedly working on electronic health record software that will take advantage of all the data collected from HealthKit apps and use it in more meaningful ways—like to diagose medical conditions—and create a centralized place for all that information to live.

Part of that effort is coming from the team that made up Gliimpse, an electronic health record database centralization startup Apple acquired earlier this year. According to Bloomberg, former Gliimpse employee and current Apple Health senior engineer Mohan Randhava described his work on LinkedIn as “building a platform, a set of application program interfaces, and a simple product that will bring what we believe will be a disruptive consumer health-care application to the U.S. for the first time.”

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