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Why I stopped wearing my Apple Watch

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Date: Friday, February 12th, 2016, 05:16
Category: Android, Android Wear, Apple Watch, iOS, Opinion

I’ve been a Mac user since 1984 and iOS user since 2007. In 2016 I’m switching from iPhone and Apple Watch to Android and Android Wear as an experiment. This blog post is one in a series from a lifelong Apple/iOS user  switching to Android.

The Huawei Watch is a sharp-looking timepiece.

Like many of you I ordered an Apple Watch at midnight on April 10, 2015 and received it on April 24, 2015. To say that anticipation was high might be the understatement of the year.

Before the arrival of the smart watch, I wore a Breitling watch daily (and a Tag Heuer before that). I don’t consider myself a horologist or even a watch snob, I just have thing for nice watches. A watch is one of the few accessories that men can wear and I have a fondness for fine Swiss movements.

I dutifully wore my Apple Watch from April 24 until December 25, 2015 when I received an Android Wear watch as a gift – more on that later. As a daily Apple Watch wearer for eight months, switching to Android was disruptive and sometimes unsettling but, pardon the pun, the time had come.

I’m quite happy with Android Wear in my first six weeks of wearing it full time. There are four killer features in Wear that trump watchOS…

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Apple, Dr. Dre working on scripted television series

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Date: Friday, February 12th, 2016, 04:09
Category: Apple Music, News

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Apple and the mighty Dr. Dre are creating an original television show.

It’s been discovered that the company and Dr. Dre (real name Andre Young), who works as one of its executives, will have Dr. Dre starring and executive producing his own six-episode vehicle, dubbed Vital Signs, and the production is being bankrolled by Apple. The series likely will be distributed via Apple Music, the company’s subscription streaming site, but it’s not clear if Apple TV, the iTunes store or other Apple platforms (or even a traditional television distributor) will be involved. Apple and a rep for Dre declined to comment.

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Apple’s Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi discuss Apple Music, iCloud subscription numbers

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Date: Friday, February 12th, 2016, 04:21
Category: App Store, Apple Music, Apple TV, iCloud, iTunes, News

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Apple’s Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi sat down and discussed subscriptions numbers to some of its services.

The execs claimed that there are currently more than 11 million paying Apple Music subscribers, and 782 million iCloud users. That’s on over one billion Apple devices, too.

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Proposed bipartisan bill would prevent individual states from mandating backdoor access to encryption protocols

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Date: Thursday, February 11th, 2016, 09:42
Category: iOS, iPhone, Legal, News, security, Software

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The plot may yet become even more intricate when it comes to states require backdoors into encryption.

A bipartisan bill introduced to the U.S. House of Represenatives on Wednesday would bar individual states and localities from requiring backdoors in encryption, something often demanded by law enforcement officials and intelligence agencies.

The ENCRYPT Act, sponsored Democrat Ted Lieu and Republican Blake Farenthold, was crafted in direct response to proposed rules in New York and California that would require companies to be able to decrypt smartphones.

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“It is completely technologically unworkable for individual states to mandate different encryption standards in consumer products,” said Lieu. “Apple can’t make a different smartphone for California and New York and the rest of the country.”

Support for the bill has been said to have originated from FBI Director James Comey, who has regularly stated that encryption could interfere with investigations and police observation. On Tuesday, Comey appeared in front of a Senate panel, where he said that investigators were still unable to access the contents of a phone belonging to one of the shooters responsible for the Dec. 2 massacre in San Bernardino, Calif.

Companies like Apple have put their own pressure on U.S. politicians, arguing that leaving holes in encryption would simply make intrusion easier for malicious hackers and/or government surveillance.

The encryption in iOS 8 and iOS 9 is so stringent that even when served with a warrant, Apple claims it can’t crack a passcode-protected device. Later versions of Google’s Android OS support similar levels of encryption, though it may sometimes have to be enabled manually.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via AppleInsider and Reuters

TSMC to be exclusive manufacturer for iPhone 7’s A10 processor, will begin full production in June

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Date: Thursday, February 11th, 2016, 08:19
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, Processors

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It looks like TSMC will be taking on the full manufacturing load for the iPhone 7’s processor.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company announced that they’ve reached a deal to produce the A10 processor and will most likely use a 10-nanometer manufacturing process. Full production is slated to begin in June.

Along with the 10-nanometer production process, TSMC is said to have beaten out rival Samsung for the contract given its better power performance and efficiency.

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Researcher finds Sparkle framework vulnerability, highlights popular apps that could be exploited

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Date: Wednesday, February 10th, 2016, 08:31
Category: News, OS X, security, Software, Yosemite

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Well, this is a mess.

A “huge” number of third-party Mac apps are under threat of man-in-the-middle attacks due to a recently discovered vulnerability in Sparkle, an open source framework used to facilitate software updates.

The flaw, which centered around a flawed WebKit rendering engine implementation found in certain Sparkle builds, is to blame for the newly discovered attack that allows malicious users to insert and execute JavaScript code when affected app check for software updates.

Along with a flawed Sparkle version, vulnerable apps must also be running an unencrypted HTTP channel to receive software updates from offsite servers. This can allow other users to capture network traffic and thereby run malicious code on a target computer. The exploit has been cited by a software engineer called “Radek”, who confirmed the exploit affects apps running on the latest versions of OS X 10.11 El Capitan and OS X 10.10 Yosemite.

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Sonos to officially support Apple Music starting today

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Date: Wednesday, February 10th, 2016, 07:15
Category: Apple Music, Hardware, News, Retail Store

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Following its public beta last December, Sonos has announced that it will officially add support for Apple Music to its connected speaker lineup tomorrow, February 10th.

“We’re big fans of Sonos,” Apple senior vice president of internet software and services Eddy Cue said to BuzzFeed. “We’ve been looking forward to this.” When asked why Sonos didn’t support Apple Music from the start, especially considering it supported Beats Music, Cue explained that it took some time to get it right. “It’s important to get the integration right the first time out,” Cue said. “Apple has a high bar for this stuff; So does Sonos. Apple Music isn’t even 6 months old yet, so this really did not take much time at all.”

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Legal ground work begins towards class action lawsuit following iPhone Error 53 controversy

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Date: Tuesday, February 9th, 2016, 08:32
Category: iPhone, Legal, News

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It was bound to happen.

In the wake of the iPhone Error 53 bricking issue, The law firm of PVCA hasn’t filed a case against Apple yet, but is looking for iPhone owners ready to sign up for a class action lawsuit.

As mentioned before, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners who had their Home button and Touch ID components repaired by a third party are encountering Error 53 if the parts aren’t properly installed and paired with the rest of the device. Apple says it’s a security feature to prevent anyone from bypassing the built-in personal data and privacy safeguards.

PVCA offered the following opinion on the matter:

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Apple launches iPhone screen protector program in assorted Apple Store retail locations

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Date: Tuesday, February 9th, 2016, 08:14
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, retail

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Apple’s new screen protector program is coming to Apple Store locations in the United States and other countries today. The program was first mentioned and rolled out to Japanese Apple Store locations last week and allows customers to get a Belkin screen protector carefully applied to their iPhone in store. At Apple Stores across America, customers can purchase a Belkin screen protector and have it applied in store by an Apple Store employee. The program supports only Apple’s latest iPhone models in both 4.7 and 5.5 inch variants: the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

The service looks to apply screen protectors to the iPhone, eliminating common errors like air bubbles. For the official experience, Apple employees will use a cloth to remove any dust from the iPhone before applying the protector with the mechanical system. As a guarantee, after application, unsatisfied customers can ask the Apple employee to repeat the process with a new cover to get the fit just right. The service is free with the purchase of the appropriate Belkin screen protector for your iPhone.

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Rumor: Apple quietly launches Mac Pro Repair Extension Program for certain Mac Pro models

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Date: Monday, February 8th, 2016, 08:30
Category: Hardware, Mac Pro, Rumor

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If you have a 2013 or later Mac Pro, it looks like Apple will be launching a Mac Pro Repair Extension Program to address complaints of video related issues with select models of the desktop.

Apple recently sent out a notice to its authorized service providers detailing the new program and those eligible for repairs or replacements.

In the notice, Apple notes that Mac Pros manufactured between February 8, 2015 and April 11, 2015 are eligible for repairs due to issues with the machine’s graphics cards that “may cause distorted video, no video, system instability, freezing, restarts, shut downs, or may prevent system start up.”

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