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AAPL: 94.02

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Apple has quietly added a server-side API to CloudKit, following an announcement on the developer news blog. This will enable developers to add a lot of functionality to apps powered by CloudKit, enabling developers to interact with the iCloud CloudKit database outside of user interaction with iOS, Mac or web apps. The web service API enables developers to run independent code on servers that can add, delete and modify records in the CloudKit stack.

Until now, interaction with CloudKit has been limited to the APIs Apple provided in apps. Although this was useful, it lacked the options for more advanced use — most modern apps rely on servers to perform tasks whilst users are away. With the addition of the web API, developers can create many more types of applications using CloudKit as the backend. For instance, an RSS reader app can now add new feed items to the CloudKit stack from the server. Before, this action could only occur when a user opened a CloudKit-powered app, which was essentially impractical and meant developers had to use other tools.

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January 29

AAPL: 97.34

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Apple has dipped its toes in original content with projects like the Beats 1 radio station, but there has been a lot of speculation around whether the company will ever produce its own media content, as both Amazon and Netflix have shown it can be very lucrative, launching many successful independent television series in recent years.

According to a contributor report from The Street, Apple is now looking to take that jump. It wants to produce original TV shows as exclusive content for its iTunes library offerings, according to the report, having spoken to ‘members of the Hollywood creative community’ late in 2015. These new TV shows could form part of a future Apple TV cable subscription service.

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January 28

AAPL: 94.09

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[Update: Chase confirmed to the USA Today this week that it is planning NFC-based ATM withdrawals later this year.]

According to a report out of TechCrunch, Bank of America and Wells Fargo are both working to integrate Apple Pay support into their ATMs. The report, citing “a source familiar with the terms on the projects,” says that the companies have both placed employees on multi-month long assignments to integrate the Apple Pay options into ATMs around the country.

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January 25

AAPL: 99.44

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According to a report out of Bloomberg, notorious patent troll VirnetX is seeking $532 million from Apple, claiming that Apple has taken its intellectual property without permission. VirnetX holds a variety of patents relating to technology used in creating Virtual Private Networks, or VPNs. The company claims that Apple’s own VPN technology, as well as its FaceTime and iMessage services, all infringe on its patents.

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January 18

AAPL: 97.13

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Like last year, Apple is once again dedicating the entirety of its Apple.com home page to commemorate Marin Luther King Jr Day. A black and white photo fills the entire width and height of the browser, with all product marketing removed to focus on the celebration. The quote used cleverly reflects Apple’s company values in products as well as their goals towards society and ecology: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”

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January 17

AAPL: 97.13

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For nearly half a decade, teams of hackers and programmers have worked tirelessly to crack Apple’s iOS software code in order to inject new features, themes, and applications. Now, a team led by noted former jailbreak developers Will Strafach, otherwise known as “Chronic”, and Joshua Hill, known as P0sixninja, is working to secure Apple’s mobile platform. The duo, along with a list of unnamed former jailbreak developers, has been working on a new comprehensive platform to secure iOS devices for both enterprises and consumers. Strafach provided us with a preview of the platform known as “Apollo,” the first security product from his new company Sudo Security Group.

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January 11

AAPL: 98.53

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During an interview at Tesla’s design Studio in Los Angeles, Tesla CEO Elon Musk commented on Apple’s rumored electric vehicle program, codenamed “Project Titan“. It was hardly the first time the CEO commented on the project, but it always interesting to hear about the possibility of Apple bringing an electric car to market. This time Musk called the project under-development an “open secret” and agreed that Apple is “serious about it.” expand full story

The movie Steve Jobs last night won two of the four Golden Globes awards for which it was nominated. Aaron Sorkin picked up the award for Best Screenplay, and Kate Winslet won Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role. However, Michael Fassbender lost out to Leonardo DiCaprio in Best Performance by an Actor. Daniel Pemberton, who wrote the score for the movie, was also beaten by Ennio Morricone for The Hateful Eight.

Fassbender being beaten to the best actor award by DiCaprio had a certain degree of irony: DiCaprio had previously been offered and turned down the title role in Steve Jobs.

Despite claiming to be lost for words, Sorkin managed a wry acknowledgement of the fact that the movie bombed at the box office …

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January 10

AAPL: 96.96

0.51
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[Update 1/11: This is one rumor Apple is happy to deny. Here’s a statement to Buzzfeed:“There is no truth to this rumor,” Apple spokesperson Trudy Muller said in a statement to BuzzFeed News. “We are entirely focused on switching users from Android to iPhone, and that is going great.”]

Apple launched a Move to iOS app in September, pictured, that enables Android users to quickly transfer documents, photos, contacts and other personal data to a new iPhone. This eases the pain for Android users to switch to iOS, which clearly benefits Apple. Interestingly, the Telegraph is reporting that Apple is now developing a similar tool that goes in the opposite direction, letting iPhone users more easily transfer to Android devices.

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January 7

AAPL: 96.45

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In a radio interview on the syndicated show Conversations on Health Care, Apple COO Jeff Williams said that the reason Apple has come under attack for the use of child labor in its supply chain is that the company actively goes out looking for it. Other companies, he said, simply keep their heads down.

No company wants to talk about child labor. They don’t want to be associated with that. We shine a light on it. We go out and search for cases where an underage worker is found in a factory somewhere and then we take drastic actions with the supplier and the labor groups to try and make a change.

Then we report it publicly every year. We take a lot of heat for that. But we think the only way to make change is to go hit it head-on and talk about it.

Apple has come under fire over the years when underage workers were found in the company’s supply chain, and Williams has spoken before about Apple’s unusual stance on these issues …

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January 6

AAPL: 100.70

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It may not be available for long, but a new screen recording utility has appeared on the App Store for iPhone and iPad. The app, called Vidyo, costs $4.99 and allows users to record their device’s display by simulating an AirPlay Mirroring connection (via MacStories).

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January 5

AAPL: 102.71

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iHome today has unveiled a handful of new accessories at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The well-known accessory maker has unveiled a new version of its popular SmartPlug, a handful of Bluetooth accessories, and a pair of new docking stations.

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January 4

AAPL: 105.35

0.09
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Welcome to the latest edition of Jeremy’s 5, my latest quick roundup of 5 interesting little things that aren’t big enough for full articles, but are still worth sharing with you.

My first edition of 2016 looks at two separate topics related to this week’s 2016 CES: first, Apple’s continued absence from the show, and second, the annual event’s seemingly declining interest to Apple fans. I also wanted to share some additional thoughts on Apple’s Remote Loop for the new Apple TV’s Siri Remote, the classic (but ever-evolving) iOS app Akinator the Genie, and the continued scourge of free-to-play games…

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If you have a 12-inch MacBook and are looking for an external monitor for it, Lenovo and Acer have each announced the neatest solutions yet, with a choice of 24-, 25- and 27-inch USB-C monitors.

Lenovo’s ThinkVision X24 Pro is the most basic, with a 1920×1080 resolution starting at $399, with availability in May. Acer’s H7 series monitors offer 2560×1440 resolution in 25- and 27-inch variants, and you’ll be able to get your hands on one of those next month, starting at $499.99.

Finally, Lenovo’s ThinkVision X1 is a 27-inch model offering 3840×2160 resolution, again from May, priced at $799 …

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December 28, 2015

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“I have a Kindle and my mom was kind enough to buy me a book she knew I wanted on iTunes without discussing it. She didn’t know they’re not compatible. I don’t have anything to read an iBook on. Is it possible to remove the DRM? I tried apprenticealf’s tools for calibre and it didn’t help me at all.

It really is a bummer that when I do have a legally paid for ebook I can’t even read it…”  – From reddit (https://www.reddit.com/r/ebooks/comments/1ljvi2/ibooks_and_drm_removal/)

This is where Digital Rights management (DRM) or put more plainly, copy-protection, becomes a buge nuisance. If you buy an iBook from iBook store, the ePub file contains DRM that keeps us from reading the eBook on anything but Apple devices and software. That clearly doesn’t work if I want to read the iBook with other software.

By searching iBook related topic on Google, I found the most one we are talking is that iBook DRM protection. It prevents us reading iBooks more convenient.  As an iBook lover, I also want to bypass the iBook DRM protection and read the iBooks everywhere, like Amazon Kindle, Nook Tablet or my Android phone.  Here I want to share my experience on how to decrypt the iBook DRM protection and convert iBook ePub files to other common eBook formats.

Firstly, we should remove the DRM from iBooks.  I chose TunesKit iBook Copy for Mac (http://www.tuneskit.com/ibook-copy-mac.html), which is a smart and unique iBook DRM removal tool in the market currently.  Now I’m a big fan of this powerful application. 

You should download and install this application on your Mac at first. This app only works with Mac OS X 10.8 or above and you need to install the newest iTunes version as well.  It will work with iTunes together to bypass the iBook DRM.

iBook drm removal for mac

Yes, the layout of this Mac app is clear, and it’s very easy to use.  Just add iBook ePub files to the program by clicking “Add Files” button or directly dragging and dropping the ePub files. Then start to strip iBook DRM protection by easily clicking “Convert” button.

Secondly, to read the ePub files on other eReaders or eReader software, I have to convert the ePub files to other formats, because the ePub format is not compatible with many devices like Kindle.   Calibre (http://calibre-ebook.com/) is a well-known eBook converter freeware on the network.

Calibre is the best e-Book manager & Converter tool for Mac, Windows and Linux.  It can convert e-books from format to format.  Calibre supports the input formats: CBZ, CBR, CBC, CHM, EPUB, FB2, HTML, LIT, LRF, MOBI, ODT, PDF, PRC, PDB, PML, RB, RTF, SNB, TCR, TXT. The output formats: EPUB, FB2, OEB, LIT, LRF, MOBI, PDB, PML, RB, PDF, SNB, TCR, TXT.

calibre freeware

Choose the OS X version for your Mac, then install it.

Launch the Calibre freeware on your Mac,  and Add TunesKit generated ePub files, then choose the eBook Converter panel on Calibre. Set output settings and choose the right format you want to convert to. Finally, click “OK” to start converting ePub files to other formats.

tutorial on how to convert ePub files

 

After the conversion done, you can transfer the DRM free iBook ePub files everywhere you want.

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Welcome to the latest edition of Jeremy’s 5, my latest quick roundup of 5 interesting little things I’ve been testing over the past week. These are all items that aren’t big enough for full articles, but are worth sharing with you anyway.

This week’s edition discusses the state of Apple TV apps/games as we close out 2015, a tip on how to deal with a broken Touch ID sensor, and three apps: KimojiBadland 2, and Real Boxing 2 CREED

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December 22, 2015

AAPL: 107.23

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Steve Jobs famously said that people don’t know what they want until they see it. To which I’d add that sometimes we don’t know what we want until we’ve used it for a while.

I’m old enough to have been around when the first Macintosh was launched. In that case, I knew I wanted one the moment I saw it. This was how computers were supposed to work. The total cost of the Macintosh plus second floppy drive plus ImageWriter printer was a frightening amount at the time, but I didn’t care – I had to have one.

The iPad was a different story. I originally bought one intending it to be nothing more than the movie equivalent of the Kindle, yet within a very short time it became my primary mobile computing device.

The Apple Watch was different again. As someone who started out as a total smartwatch skeptic and has now been fully assimilated, I thought it might be interesting to briefly look back on that journey and also think a little about what the future might hold for the device …

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electrek 

December 16, 2015

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Hi there,

Could you try my new Chrome extension called Tabr. This extension was developed for those who used to have multiple Chrome tabs open and suffer from Chrome memory usage. We rethink the way users navigate through dozens tabs and suggest a new approach.

Tabr is available in Chrome Web Store https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/tabr-visual-tab-viewer-an/bmkiddcbjejcplgggpoakjbfdiiiggfa

Thanks!

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