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Apple acknowledges battery percentage indicator bug for iPhone 6s, 6s Plus iPhones, states fix is in the works

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Date: Monday, January 18th, 2016, 08:43
Category: battery, iPhone, News, Software

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Well, this is why they invented software updates.

Following a plethora of complains, Apple recently posted a new support document acknowledging an issue with the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus that causes the battery percentage indicator in the status bar not to update as the battery itself drains. This means that the battery percentage icon could display that you have much more battery life left than you actually do.

The support document states that Apple is working to address the issue and assures issues that the company is working on a fix. Strangely, Apple also states that the issue is caused by time zone changes, whether done manually or automatically while traveling.

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Rumor: Samsung borrowing Live Photos feature for Galaxy S7 handset

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Date: Friday, January 15th, 2016, 07:40
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor, Software

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From one perspective, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

From the other, Samsung could just file this into the realm of legal arguments it’s had and is having with Apple.

Samsung seems to be copying the Live Photos feature found on the iPhone 6s. A new feature which shoots short video clips before and after a photo is taken appears to be surfacing from Samsung. A new rumor claims that Samsung could be first out the gate with a similar software feature for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and all its variants. Still in development, the feature could be dubbed either “Vivid Photo” or “Timeless Photo,” with Samsung allegedly rushing to get this out the door in time for the Galaxy S7’s debut in a few short weeks.

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Apple receives San Jose planning commission approval, snags additional 4.15 million square feet of office space in region

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Date: Thursday, January 14th, 2016, 14:34
Category: Legal, News

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Apple’s real estate expansion through San Jose continues.

On Wednesday, Kristina Raspe, senior director of real estate and development for Apple, stated that the company will be establishing a significant corporate presence” in North San Jose Kristina Raspe, senior director of real estate and development for Apple to the city’s commissioners.

Her comments came just before the the advisory body signed off on a development agreement that allows Apple up to 15 years to build a maximum of 4.15 million square feet of space — ranging from industrial to R&D to office. The agreement is just a prelude to an actual project proposal, but represents a big milestone and potentially the largest corporate expansion in San Jose since Cisco Systems’ go-go growth in the 1990s.

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Proposed bill in New York state could allow backdoor access for law enforcement, threatens fines for non-compliance

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Date: Thursday, January 14th, 2016, 09:27
Category: Legal, News, security

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Let the arguments begin.

A new bill proposed in New York could require that all phone manufacturers be required to implement a way for law enforcement agencies to access and decrypt user devices. This bill is somewhat similar to the Investigatory Powers Bill currently being debated in the UK, which Apple has voiced its opposition towards. Apple and Tim Cook have repeatedly stated that government agencies should not have any access to user devices or data, whether be through a built-in backdoor or other means.

The bill is currently making its way through the new York state assembly and specifically states that “any smartphone manufactured on or after January 1, 2016, and sold or leased in New York, shall be capable of being decrypted and unlocked by its manufacturer or its operating system provider.” Failure to meet such a requirement would impose a $2,500 on each infringing device.

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1Password for Mac updated to 6.0

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Date: Thursday, January 14th, 2016, 08:58
Category: News, security, Software

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1Password just hit version 6.0 for the Mac.

AgileBits’ password manager has just been updated to version 6.0 and the changes are pretty massive:

All Vaults View: This allows you to see all of your items in the main app and mini app without switching vaults. Vaults can also be created for families and teams, such as when business social media accounts are shared.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook criticizes White House policies towards encryption

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Date: Wednesday, January 13th, 2016, 10:21
Category: News, security

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In spite of how well received last night’s State of the Union was, Apple CEO Tim Cook still had harsh words for the Obama administration regarding encryption last night.

Cook, who’s currently in favor of unbreakable encryption, offered the following statement:

“The White House should come out and say ‘no backdoors’ Cook said. That would mean overruling repeated requests from FBI Director James Comey and other administration officials that tech companies build some sort of special access for law enforcement into otherwise unbreakable encryption. Technologists agree that any such measure could be exploited by others.”

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Apple patent suggests move away from 3.5mm headphone jack, towards Bluetooth or Lightning connector, for next-gen iPhone

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Date: Wednesday, January 13th, 2016, 08:59
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, Patents

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As frightening as the idea of an iPhone without the headphone jack may be, a recently published Apple patent suggests that the idea may be fairly likely.

A new patent awarded to Apple on Monday suggests that Apple may convert from the classic 3.5mm headphone jack to Lightning and Bluetooth. The patent seemingly describes a method of getting higher-quality and higher-volume audio from speakers built into slimmer devices.

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VLC app becomes available for Apple TV

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Date: Wednesday, January 13th, 2016, 08:48
Category: News, Software, TvOS

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The much-loved VLC app has just become available for the Apple TV.

VLC, which looks to play video files in “their native formats without conversions”, is a full port of VLC media player combined with platform specific features.

Per lead iOS developer Felix Kühne:

VLC for Apple TV integrates with a plethora of devices and services on your local network and includes a custom way of casting files directly to the TV from your other computers using a web browser!
I was able to test the VLC Apple TV app for a few hours earlier today, and whilst it is early days yet, I am pretty impressed at what the VLC team has been able to accomplish.

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Apple releases first iOS 9.3 beta, hints at new feature set

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Date: Tuesday, January 12th, 2016, 08:54
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Software

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It’s the betas that tell you the cool things that are coming down the pipe.

Apple on Monday released the first iOS 9.3 beta through the Apple Developer Center, and a public beta is likely to be available in the near future.

The beta includes mentions of the following new features:

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1Password 6.2 for iOS released, adds array of new features

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Date: Tuesday, January 12th, 2016, 08:26
Category: iOS, News, security, Software

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The cool cats at AgileBits have just released 1Password 6.2 for iOS, adding in a heaping helping of changes along the way:

Smarter Searching: The company’s made changes to the Search tool, and you can now search from the Favorites and Organize tabs, in addition to the Categories tab.

Users can also use a Search Titles feature as well as a Search Everything feature.

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