Smartphone theft drops dramatically in London, two U.S. cities following kill switch implementation

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Date: Thursday, February 12th, 2015, 04:34
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Legal, News, Software

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This may be better news, but keep an eye on your iPhone when you’re in crowds.

Thefts involving smartphones have declined dramatically in three major cities since manufacturers began implementing “kill switches” that allow the phones to be turned off remotely if they are stolen, authorities said on Tuesday.

The number of stolen iPhones dropped by 40 percent in San Francisco and 25 percent in New York in the 12 months after Apple Inc added a kill switch to its devices in September 2013. In London, smartphone theft dropped by half, according to an announcement by officials in the three cities.

“We have made real progress in tackling the smartphone theft epidemic that was affecting many major cities just two years ago,” said London Mayor Boris Johnson.

Johnson, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon and New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman were among numerous officials arguing for new laws mandating the kill switches.

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Apple confirms that Aperture will be discontinued after launch of Photos for OS X

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Date: Wednesday, February 11th, 2015, 14:45
Category: News, Software

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It’s time to move on from Aperture.

Shortly after last week’s deployment of OS X 10.10.3 to developers, Apple updated its official Aperture page on its website, adding a notice stating that Aperture will be removed from the Mac App Store when the Photos for OS X app launches.

The same notice can also be found in the app’s Mac App Store description. Once removed from the Mac App Store, it will no longer be possible for new users to obtain the Aperture software, but those who have previously purchased Aperture will continue to be able to download it from the “Purchases” tab.

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Updated Touch ID hardware to provide more secure, reliable Apple Pay experience

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Date: Tuesday, February 10th, 2015, 13:14
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News

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The Touch ID hardware is about to get better.

A report from well-connected insider Ming-Chi Kuo released on Tuesday stated that Apple’s new Touch ID model will improve the Apple Pay experience with fewer reading errors.

Kuo, an analyst with KGI Securities, projects that Touch ID module shipments will grow 12.4 percent this year to 262 million. His forecast was revealed in a research note to investors.

According to Kuo, the upgraded Touch ID module will “offer a better and safer Apple Pay user experience by reducing reading errors.” He expects companies in Apple’s supply chain to begin ramping up for the new Touch ID module in the second quarter of calendar 2015.

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JetBlue to begin accepting Apple Pay on international flights next week, domestic flights later this year

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Date: Tuesday, February 10th, 2015, 07:31
Category: Finance, iPhone, News

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This is sort of cool.

While assorted vendors are lining up and adding support for Apple Pay, JetBlue Airways has announced that it has become the first airline to use Apple Pay to purchase things in-flight starting next week.

Starting next week, passengers on select JetBlue Airways flights can use Apple Pay on their iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets to buy food, drinks and certain onboard amenities when the plane reaches cruising altitude. You’ll be able to upgrade to available premium seats via Apple Pay as well.

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MacBook Air falls 1,000 feet from airplane, survives

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Date: Tuesday, February 10th, 2015, 07:15
Category: Fun, MacBook Air, News

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Your MacBook Air may be tougher than you think.

Apparently, a South African pilot managed to drop his MacBook Air notebook from the light aircraft he was flying when the canopy flew open. The MacBook, along with his flying license and logbook, fell 1000 feet into the fields below–but amazingly survived the experience.

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DexCom device, app to work with Apple Watch upon launch, continuously monitor glucose levels for diabetics

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Date: Monday, February 9th, 2015, 08:46
Category: Hardware, News, Software, Wearables

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This is interesting.

Medical company DexCom says that a glucose monitor made by the company that monitors blood sugar levels will be supported by the Apple Watch. The company is currently working on an app for the wearable that will be able to show blood sugar levels at a glance and can monitor them continuously.

The app has apparently been under construction for some time and while the Food and Drug Administration is generally required to approve new medical hardware, a hands-off approach to the companion app has allowed developers to sink their teeth into its creation for the time being.

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Steve Jobs biopic release date announced

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Date: Friday, February 6th, 2015, 08:33
Category: Fun, News

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The Steve Jobs biopic has a release date.

Universal Pictures will release the long-anticipated Steve Jobs movie on October 9. The upcoming biopic, based on Walter Isaacson’s official biography of the late Apple co-founder, is directed by Danny Boyle and stars Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs and Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak. Universal took over the film in November.

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Apple releases first OS X 10.10.3 build to developer community, includes first look at Photos application

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Date: Friday, February 6th, 2015, 05:54
Category: Developer, News, Software, Yosemite

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It’s the previews and betas that let you know about the cool stuff coming down the pipe…

Developers got their mitts on build 14D721, the first preview build of OS X 10.10.3 on Thursday. The new build featured the first sample of Apple’s forthcoming Photos application, which replaces iPhoto for Mac.

Apple offered a preview of Photos under embargo to select publications ahead of Thursday’s beta release. Initial impressions make it clear the application is yet another marriage between iOS and OS X, including icons and a general look and feel borrowed from the native Photos application for iOS 8.

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Swatch looking to release smartwatch to compete in wearables market

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Date: Friday, February 6th, 2015, 04:38
Category: Hardware, News, Wearables

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It’s been a while since Swatch was considered hip and/or cutting edge, but the company might be seeing something in the wearables market.

Swatch Group AG announced plans to start selling a smartwatch within the next three months, potentially pitting the Swiss maker of colorful plastic timepieces against the debut of the Apple Watch.

The device will communicate via Near Field Communications and won’t have to be charged, Chief Executive Officer Nick Hayek said in an interview. The Swatch smartwatch will also let consumers make mobile payments and work with Windows and Android software, he said.

Analysts stated that the market for such timepieces, which enable phone or data communication, will probably reach about US$10 billion in 2018, Citigroup Inc. analysts forecast last year, with half of the market coming from traditional watch wearers switching to the devices.

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Microsoft acquires Sunrise for $100 million, looks to expand cross-platform calendar app technologies

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Date: Thursday, February 5th, 2015, 13:05
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, News, Software

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When in doubt, buy the best calendar app you can and make it part of your services package.

Microsoft has shelled out a reported US$100 million for Sunrise, an outfit offering a suite of calendar products for mobile and desktop users that connects with and consolidates calendars from different providers. It’s available on the iPhone, iPad, Android devices, and on the Mac App Store, as well as offering a web client.

Users can access their calendars from Google, iCloud, and Microsoft Exchange, as well as connecting to a wide range of other third-party apps. That cross-device and cross-platform support has helped it gain significant traction among users.

The purchase furthers Microsoft’s push into supporting the platforms of rival technology firms. Microsoft made waves when it released a touch-friendly version of Office for Apple iOS, for example, before it did so for its own Windows 10 platform.

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