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This $9300 analog watch has an Apple Watch strapped to its back like a papoose

MacWorld - 2 hours 7 min ago

I’m reviewing the Pebble Time right now, but I’ve kept wearing my Apple Watch, and let me tell you: I feel pretty silly wearing two of these things. But that’s nowhere near the pinnacle of silliness: the Pinnacle, a line of luxury Swiss-made wristwatches with an Apple Watch on the other side.

Announced Monday by California watchmaker Nico Gerard, and available for preorder, the Pinnacle watches feature a normal-looking fancy watch on one side, which you wear facing out on your wrist. It’s got a 41mm case and a date indicator, and it’s water resistant to 100 meters, but you can’t really take it that deep, because the other side, where the clasp would normally go, is an Apple Watch, which is only water resistant to 30 meters.

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iPhone gains US platform share at expense of Android, Windows, BlackBerry

AppleInsider - 2 hours 9 min ago
The iPhone grew as a platform in May to 43.5 percent of the U.S. smartphone market, encroaching on Android, which shrank slightly to 52.1 percent, according to comScore research data released on Monday.

Griffin’s WatchStand for Apple Watch is Beautiful, Full of Features

MacObserver - 2 hours 11 min ago

A charging stand for an Apple Watch should be handsome, well thought out in that it hides the charging cable, presents the Apple Watch nicely, is convenient to use, and has additional uses. The Griffin WatchStand does all that.

Apple issues sixth beta of OS X El Capitan to developers

AppleInsider - 2 hours 34 min ago
Apple on Monday released a sixth developer beta of OS X El Capitan, further refining the operating system as it rapidly approaches a fall release date.

iPhone 6s rumors: Force Touch, selfie camera, thicker and in pink?

MacWorld - 2 hours 38 min ago

The yearly iPhone refresh is a fact of life, as unmistakeable a sign of fall as back-to-school sales and baseball playoffs. And one thing you can count on just as certainly as a new iPhone is the rumor mill spinning out of control leading up to its unveiling. The iPhone 6s is no exception.

To help make sense of the chaotic hearsay, we’ll collect every rumor that surfaces about the iPhone 6s, from its reported specs to its guesstimated release date, and everything in between—as well as try to discern the plausibly of the rumor. If tradition holds, expect Apple to officially announce its next flagship phone in early September. It’s going to be a long, rumor-packed summer...

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TigerVPN Lite Lifetime Subscription: $29

MacObserver - 3 hours 1 min ago

We have a deal for you today for a lifetime subscription to TigerVPN. With this service, you can connect to any of TigerVPNâs 61 servers around the world to get fast, private access that is encrypted and free from location restrictions. It supports multiple encryption methods, too. Through our deal, you can get a lifetime subscription for $29. Check out the details on the deal listing.

Apple pays $138 million for 43-acre building plot in San Jose tech corridor

AppleInsider - 3 hours 22 min ago
Apple's seemingly insatiable appetite for Silicon Valley office space has reportedly led the company to acquire an undeveloped 43-acre site in San Jose, a deal worth $138 million that could add as much as 2.8 million square feet of space to Apple's inventory.

Report: Apple testing its own mobile service plan in the U.S. and Europe

MacWorld - 3 hours 27 min ago

It’s been almost a decade since Apple first filed a patent to become a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), but Cupertino’s plan is reportedly still underway.

According to Business Insider, Apple is secretly conducting trials to set up its own MVNO service in the U.S., and is also in conversations with European telecoms companies to bring the service to the other side of the pond. This MVNO service would essentially make the Cupertino tech company its own carrier, with iPhone owners paying Apple directly for cell service and data plans. 

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Macs vulnerable to same remote firmware exploits as Windows PCs, researchers find

AppleInsider - 4 hours 37 min ago
Macs can still be successfully attacked using some of the same firmware vulnerabilities affecting many Windows PCs, a new proof-of-concept worm is said to demonstrate.

Macs can be remotely infected with firmware malware that remains after reformatting

MacWorld - 4 hours 50 min ago

When companies claim their products are unhackable or invulnerable, it must be like waving a red flag in front of bulls as it practically dares security researchers to prove otherwise. Apple previously claimed that Macs were not vulnerable to the same firmware flaws that could backdoor PCs, so researchers proved they could remotely infect Macs with a firmware worm that is so tough to detect and to get rid of that they suggested it presents a toss your Mac in the trash situation.

Corey Kallenberg, Xeno Kovah and Trammell Hudson will present “Thunderstrike 2: Sith Strike” at Black Hat USA on August 6. “Although several attacks have been presented against Mac firmware, unlike their PC counterparts, all of them required physical presence to perform,” they wrote in the description of their talk. “Interestingly, when contacted with the details of previously disclosed PC firmware attacks, Apple systematically declared themselves not vulnerable. This talk will provide conclusive evidence that Macs are in fact vulnerable to many of the software-only firmware attacks that also affect PC systems. In addition, to emphasize the consequences of successful exploitation of these attack vectors, we will demonstrate the power of the dark side by showing what Mac firmware malware is capable of.”

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NetMarketShare: Mac OS X, iOS both gain market share in July

AppleWorld.Today - 5 hours 32 min ago

According to the latest market share survey from NetMarketShare, the market share for Mac OS X and iOS both rose in July.

According to the report, among desktop operating systems, Mac OS X had 7.66% of the global market share in July compared to 7.54% in June (that’s global market share; in the US it’s over 12%). The all-time high for OS X was in October 2013 when it had 7.73%. Windows remains dominant with 90.85% as of July. That's down from 91.07% in June.

iOS had 41.56% of the mobile operating system market share in July, up from from 40.83% in June. This compares to 51.07% for Android, 2.51% for Windows Phone, 2.11% for Java ME, 1.47% for Symbian, and 1.16% for Blackberry. The all-time high for iOS was in July 2012 with 65.94%.

NetMarketShares’ monthly surveys don’t measure market share in terms of computer systems sold. Instead they sample data from visitors to some 40,000 web sites operated by their clients. And note that NetMarketShare’s numbers don’t equate to sales.

Learn to Record Anything with “Take Control of Audio Hijack”

TidBITS - 5 hours 43 min ago
If you need help to getting started with recording audio from your Mac, or if you’ve upgraded from Audio Hijack Pro 2 to Audio Hijack 3, we now have a book that will help you figure out the best ways of working in Audio Hijack’s new flowchart-like interface.


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TMO Daily Observations 2015-08-03: Apple, BMW and Cars, Plus an iPhone Hologram Projector

MacObserver - 5 hours 45 min ago

Apple may be looking to BMW to help bring its rumored electric car to market. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to sort out what they think this report means for Apple's car plans, plus they check out a cool setup that turns your iPhone into a hologram projector.

Apple dipped to 3rd in Chinese smartphone market in June, Canalys says

AppleInsider - 6 hours 3 min ago
Despite the country being a key market continuing to see tremendous growth, Apple nevertheless lost ground in China to native phonemakers Xiaomi and Huawei during the June quarter, according to Canalys market research data teased on Monday.

Analyst predicts new iMacs this quarter; what about MacBook Pros?

AppleWorld.Today - 6 hours 6 min ago

In a note to clients — as noted by AppleInsider — KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says the iMac will be updated this quarter with even better screens and improved processors. This begs the question: what about the MacBook Pro?

But back to the iMac. Better screens than the 5K model with Retina display? Kuo thinks we'll see an all-in-one with a LED phosphor material called KSF that will boost color saturation. Purportedly, LED backlights with KSF phosphor are emerging as a new wide color gamut solution.

As for the processor upgrade, the question is whether it will be the latest Intel Broadwell processor or Intel's not-yet-available Skylake (iMacs currently use Haswell chips). With Apple's track record of getting Intel's latest and greatest before anyone else, I'm betting on the latter.

If Apple is indeed getting Skylake processors this quarter, we're almost certain to get substantial upgrades to the MacBook Pro. If not, I don't expect to see the MBP line revved until spring 2016. 

According to Intel, Skylake chips “will have the biggest PC innovations in the last 10 years. Skylake will bring wireless charging and data transfers, and also a “significant increase in performance, battery life and power efficiency,” Kirk Skaugen, general manager of Intel’s PC Client Group, said at last year’’s Intel Developer Forum. The next gen Intel chip will also purportedly offer performance gains of 10x or more and support DDR4 RAM for further speed improvements.

Perhaps most intriguingly, it will adopt the WiGig standard — a technology that enables gigabit-speed communications without using wires — which will form the basis of the wireless docking capability. And, according to some, wireless display connectivity and charging. In other words, it’s possible that a Skylake Mac laptop would need no cables for power, connectivity with accessories, or connection to an external monitor. (Hmmmm. Could Apple be planning a WiGig Cinema Display?)

The problem is that it’s uncertain if Skylake will ship this quarter or in early 2016. That's why it's a guessing game on when we'll see a major upgrade to the MacBook Pro line.

But back to the iMac. In April Apple’s biggest display partner LG Display, said in a paper (since removed) explaining 8K (7,680 x 4,320) resolution and that “Apple has also announced that they will release the ‘iMac 8K’ with a super-high resolution display later this year.” Of course, Apple hadn’t made any such announcement, but could it happen?

I’m dubious, but it’s possible. VESA’s new DisplayPort 1.4a standard allows 7,680 x 4,320 displays, and 8K computer displays are expected to arrive sometime in 2016. Also, the advent of 8K broadcasting in Japan for the 2020 Olympics is expected to spur a new round of TV set resolution increases, even though shipments have not yet started in serious commercial volumes.

According to the IHS research group (www.ihs.com), a global source of critical information and insight, shipments of 8K ultra-high definition (UHD) resolution (7680 ×  4320 pixel) TVs are expected to increase from 2,700 shipped worldwide in 2015 to 911,000 in 2019. The IHS 8K TV forecast hinges on the 65-inch screen size, which has by far the highest volume in production and will account for almost 80% of 8K TV shipments in 2019.

However, 4K TVs and monitors, which have four times the resolution of 1080p displays, aren’t yet mainstream devices. 4K TVs only accounted for 20% of global TV sales last year, according to research firm DisplaySearch. Only a limited number of content providers yet offer 4K content — much less 5K — which limits the practicality of owning such displays.

Kuo said he expects iMac sales to grow 100% quarter-over-quarter, ending the upcoming September period with one million units shipped. 

Deals: New $30-$200 coupons on all of Apple's early-2015 MacBook Pros, plus a free accessory

AppleInsider - 6 hours 25 min ago
Back-to-school shoppers this week can use new $30, $100 and $200 coupons to save up to $130 off all of Apple's early-2015 MacBook Pros bundled with a free accessory (such as a Free LG super drive & Brenthaven MacBook Sleeve combo), or up to $300 off the same models bundled with AppleCare and a free Canon PIXMA MG6620 AirPrint-ready all-in-one printer (or your choice of other accessories).

Rumor: Apple considering becoming a carrier, leasing network from existing wireless providers

AppleInsider - 6 hours 31 min ago
Apple is allegedly in talks with wireless providers in both the U.S. and Europe about launching its own cellular service, in the same way MetroPCS and Boost Mobile piggyback on established carrier networks.

Supposed 'iPhone 6s' display assembly seen again in more leaked photos

AppleInsider - 7 hours 4 min ago
Apple's next-generation iPhone display assembly has seemingly once again been leaked via sources within the Asian supply chain, lending credence to previous leaks but still revealing little about the technical makeup of the so-called iPhone 6s.

How to get Siri to shut up...

AppleWorld.Today - 7 hours 16 min ago

I love Siri. I use it all the time. But there are some occasions where having that voice coming out of my phone is just really inconvenient. Fortunately, Apple designed Siri so that you can shut off the vocal responses and just see replies in text.

Pop into Settings > General > Siri, and then tap on Voice Feedback:

Tapping on Voice Feedback provides two choices -- Always and Handsfree Only (see below). Select Handsfree Only, and now when Siri answers a question or does something for you, the response is text only. 

If "Hey Siri" happens to be turned on and you invoke Apple's digital assistant by using the phrase, Siri assumes that you're unable to touch the iOS device screen and still provides a voice response. By the way, if you ask Siri to shut up, it won't respond verbally... but you may hurt its feelings (see image at top of this post).  

Apple may add voicemail transcription to Siri's abilities

MacWorld - 7 hours 16 min ago

With iOS 9, Apple is working to make Siri a more intuitive, powerful personal assistant. But a new feature not ready for the next major mobile upgrade’s September debut is voicemail transcription, which Cupertino is reportedly readying to roll out next year.

Apple employees are currently testing the new feature, which is called iCloud Voicemail, according to Business Insider. iCloud Voicemail works by enlisting Siri to answer and record incoming calls. She’ll even be able to tell people why you’re not picking up the phone and share your location, if you enable those features. And then she’ll transcribe what the voicemail says, in the same way she recognizes what you say when you ask her to perform a specific task.

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