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Google Drive for iOS updated to 4.0, adds new Material Design user interface, other features

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Date: Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015, 15:43
Category: iOS, News, Software

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Google Drive for iOS has just been updated and it’s added some nifty new features.

The app now features a Material Design user interface to bring it in like with Google’s other apps. A new swipe feature can be used to go back a level in the app and other new features include faster syncing, faster image viewing and improved scrolling performance.

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Apple issues recall for Beats Pill XL speaker, cites possible overheating, fire risk

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Date: Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015, 07:19
Category: Accessory, Hardware, News

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This isn’t the most auspicious beginning to Apple’s partnership with Beats.

Also, if you bought a Beats Pill XL speaker at an Apple store, there’s a chance it could catch fire.

Apple has issued a rare recall notice on the Beats Pill XL portable Bluetooth speaker sold in Apple Stores and various other retailers. The voluntary recall cites a situation in which the battery can overheat and become a fire hazard. Apple purchased Beats Electronics and Beats Music for some US$3 billion in 2014. The current Beats Pill XL hardware has remained the same since Apple purchased the speaker company.

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Recently published support guide shows how Apple TV can control HomeKit devices

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Date: Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015, 07:24
Category: Apple TV, Hardware, HomeKit, iOS, News, Software

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Apple has found a new use for the Apple TV: Controlling every HomeKit-based device in your home.

A recently published support page explains how to set up and use HomeKit and how the Apple TV is used as a hub for remotely controlling HomeKit accessories while on the go.

The guide explains how HomeKit will work with any iOS device running iOS 8.1 or later, how to pair an accessory and how to find and enter a seven-digit setup code and enter it into the gear maker’s custom iOS app. Some apps should allow accessories to be grouped together into homes, rooms, or scenes.

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Rumor: Apple working on “Reserve and Pickup” system for purchasing Apple Watch units in Apple Store retail locations

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Date: Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015, 07:02
Category: Apple Watch, retail, Rumor, Wearables

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It’s June and the Apple Watch unit you’ve been hankering for might just be available this month.

A new set of Apple training materials has indicated that Apple will be using a “Reserve and Pickup” system for customers to buy Apple Watches in its retail stores. The system will apparently allow customers to check model availability online, reserve the one they want, and pick it up.

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Thunderbolt 3 specification announced, will be housed within USB-C cabling

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Date: Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015, 07:23
Category: Hardware, News

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The Thunderbolt 3 specification has been announced by Intel.

And it’ll be housed within the new USB-C cabling.

The next generation of the high-speed Thunderbolt specification was announced on Tuesday, effectively replacing the legacy Mini DisplayPort connector for the new smaller, reversible USB-C standard, and offering transfer speeds of up to 40Gbps with high-end cables.

Thunderbolt 3 will be a “superset” for USB 3.1, which runs at 10Gbps. Using a standard USB-C cable, Thunderbolt 3 will offer transfer speeds of twice that, at 20Gbps.

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Microsoft announces June 29th launch date for Windows 10, says it’ll play nicer with the iPhone

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Date: Monday, June 1st, 2015, 10:56
Category: iOS, iPhone, News, Software, Uncategorized

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You may not love it, but Windows 10 will be en route to a computer near you come June 29th.

And Microsoft says it’ll play nicer with the iPhone.

Microsoft Operating Systems Vice President Joe Belfiore stated that the new operating system would be released on June 29th. Windows 10 will include Cortana, Microsoft’s voice control system that is often considered superior to Apple’s Siri. It also includes new Photos, Videos, Music, Maps, Mail, People, and Calendar apps, all of which will tie into Microsoft’s own iPhone apps.

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Woman donates rare Apple I computer worth $200,000 to recycling center, effort begins to locate her to provide resale payment

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Date: Monday, June 1st, 2015, 07:44
Category: Fun, Hardware, News

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Ok, this is why you check before you hurl something in the trash.

A Bay Area recycling center in Milpitas, California is attempting to track down an unidentified woman who dropped off a 1976-model Apple I in April, after the computer sold to a private collector for US$200,000 this month.

The Apple I was one of the first batch of 200 hand-assembled by Apple co-founders Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ron Wayne in the company’s first year of operation. The woman is being sought because it is the center’s policy to split sale proceeds with donors.

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Fleet of camera-laden minivans part of Apple Maps data collection effort

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Date: Monday, June 1st, 2015, 07:49
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Pictures

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If you were wondering what that minivan with photo gear attached to its roof was doing driving down the street, it’s probably one of Apple’s. In an effort to gather data for its iOS Maps app, a fleet of mysterious vans has appears and begun taking pictures of business storefronts to replace Yelp photos to replace Yelp photos. Sources have stated that this reduces the company’s reliance on outfits like TomTom and allows them to build a 3D Street View feature.

The vans have been spotted in cities such as Los Angeles, Dallas and New York this year and are part of an effort to gather in-house data for the Maps application.

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Apple buys German augmented reality firm Metaio, may be looking into extensive AR-related projects

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Date: Friday, May 29th, 2015, 08:04
Category: Finance, News, Uncategorized

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I guess they had something Apple wanted.

Earlier this month, Apple completed its acquisition of Metaio, a German augmented reality firm that first started life as a side project at Volkswagen, for an as-yet-unknown project.

The acquisition was completed with a full transfer of shares from Metaio’s holdings to Apple.

Metaio recently canceled its user conference originally set for June, disabled its Twitter accounts and just days ago posted a notice announcing an end to product and subscription sales.

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TextExpander 5.0 released for OS X, includes new features, iOS companion apps

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Date: Friday, May 29th, 2015, 08:13
Category: News, Software

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A cool thing just became that much more useful.

Smile has released TextExpander 5 for Mac OS X. The new version, a major upgrade to the popular typing shortcut tool, lets you type abbreviations that expand to whole paragraphs, images and more. TextExpander 5 suggests which frequently typed phrases to abbreviate, saving time. Search on your abbreviations as you type to speed text entry.

In addition to an updated user interface for Yosemite, TextExpander 5 adds the ability to store your snippets in a location of your choice, and sync via iCloud Drive or any sync folder. It reminds you when you could have used abbreviations; adds JavaScript snippets that expand programmatically; all with a stats display so that you know how much time TextExpander has saved you.

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