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Devs work in top secret Apple lab to make Watch apps

Today, 04:24 AM

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How do you make Apple Watch apps without access to the actual device? For many developers, it doesn’t get better than the simulation tools Apple provides and some cardboard cutouts. But for a select few, Apple has given the opportunity<span class="ellipsis">…</span><div class="read-more"><a href="http://www.cultofmac...tch-apps/">Readmore ›</a></div><img width='1' height='1' src='http://cultofmac.com.feedsportal.com/c/33797/f/606249/s/4418409f/sc/21/mf.gif' border='0'/><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166894026/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/4418409f/sc/21/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166894026/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/4418409f/sc/21/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166894026/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/4418409f/sc/21/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166894026/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/4418409f/sc/21/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166894026/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/4418409f/sc/21/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166894026/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/4418409f/sc/21/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166894026/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/4418409f/sc/21/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166894026/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/4418409f/sc/21/a2.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/222166894026/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/4418409f/sc/21/a2t.img" border="0"/>

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Oracle begins bundling Ask adware with Java for Mac insta...

Today, 03:33 AM

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<p>Windows users are likely already familiar with the adware that’s usually bundled with Oracle’s Java software, but for Mac users that annoyance has been mostly avoided. Unfortunately, <a href="http://www.zdnet.com...java-for-macs/"target="_blank">ZDNet reports</a> that today Oracle has updated its Java installer to include the Ask toolbar on OS X.</p>
<p>The installation process automatically changes users’ browser homepage to the nearly useless Ask.com, which is populated by ads and mostly irrelevant results. The software also installs an Ask browser toolbar. Since these changes are made by default during Java installation, those who don’t want these “useful” changes made to their computers will need to manually deselect the option during Java installation.</p>
<p>The changes seem to affect both Safari and Google’s Chrome browser. It may also impact some other third-party browsers. Even if you do install the adware, it should be fairly simple to remove the toolbar through your browser’s extension manager and change your home page back.</p><br />Filed under: <a href='http://9to5mac.com/c...-company/'>AAPLCompany</a> Tagged: <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/adware/'>adware</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/ask-com/'>ask.com</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/java/'>java</a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gocomments/9to5mac.wordpress.com/367992/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/comments/9to5mac.wordpress.com/367992/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/9to5mac.wordpress.com/367992/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/9to5mac.wordpress.com/367992/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/9to5mac.wordpress.com/367992/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/9to5mac.wordpress.com/367992/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/9to5mac.wordpress.com/367992/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/9to5mac.wordpress.com/367992/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/9to5mac.wordpress.com/367992/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/9to5mac.wordpress.com/367992/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/9to5mac.wordpress.com/367992/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/9to5mac.wordpress.com/367992/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/9to5mac.wordpress.com/367992/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/9to5mac.wordpress.com/367992/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="http://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=9to5mac.com&blog=22754319&post=367992&subd=9to5mac&ref=&feed=1" width="1" height="1" /><p>Visit <a href="http://9to5mac.com">9to5Mac</a> to find more special coverage of <a href="http://9to5mac.com/category/aapl-company/">AAPL Company</a>, <a href="http://9to5mac.com/tag/java/">java</a>, and <a href="http://9to5mac.com/tag/ask-com/">ask.com</a>.</p><p>What do you think? <strong><a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/03/05/java-adware/#comments">Discuss "Oracle begins bundling Ask adware with Java for Mac installations by&nbsp;default" with our community.</a></strong></p><div class="inlinead"><a href="http://rss.buysellads.com/click.php?z=1288305&k=0d0633b70e3c2bda246a715efcc79f88&a=1425623560&c=1866901070" target="_blank"><img src="http://rss.buysellads.com/img.php?z=1288305&k=0d0633b70e3c2bda246a715efcc79f88&a=1425623560&c=1866901070" border="0" alt="" /></a></div>

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New Report Provides Look into Apple's Secret Lab For...

Today, 02:58 AM

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Three weeks ago, it was reported that Apple was inviting developers to the company's Cupertino headquarters to receive help finalizing Apple Watch apps. A new report from Bloomberg Business provides a look into the secret lab where Apple is helping developers, offering a look at Apple's strategy for Apple Watch apps as well as the security around the project.

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Developers from Facebook, BMW, Starwood Hotels and others have been making multiple trips to Cupertino, with each visit requiring confidentiality.
Apple, which will share more details about the gadget at a March 9 event, uses extreme measures to keep the work secret. Internet access is blocked inside the rooms, and no outside materials can be brought in to the labs with the test watches, a person who attended said. The companies, sometimes sharing a room, must bring in source code for their apps on a computer hard drive that can't leave Apple's headquarters. To prevent information from leaking out, Apple is storing the code and sending it to the companies closer to the watch's introduction date, the person said.
The unreleased Apple Watch is also available for the developers to test out their apps, allowing them to check for glitches and optimize user experience for the Digital Crown and Force Touch, two of the watch's unique interface options.

One of the challenges for both Apple and its developers has been to balance the apps so that they are useful but not annoying. Apple has recommended that developers be "judicious" about interrupting users with alerts that would constantly buzz or drain the battery. Instead, they suggest that apps should be used for no longer than 10 seconds at a time.

Another challenge for developers has been working on an unreleased product, as developers have noticed problems that still need to be worked through. One developer tells Bloomberg that the Bluetooth connection between the iPhone and Apple Watch caused lag with some applications. Additionally, some developers like Starwood have had to use computer simulations and cardboard cutouts to explain to the designers who weren't invited to Cupertino how its app would work.

Apple is expected to show off the Apple Watch apps developers have been working on, as well as more information about the new device, at its "Spring Forward" event on Monday, March 9 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time. Apple plans to provide live coverage for the event on its website and through a channel on Apple TV, and MacRumors will also be covering the event with both a live blog on MacRumors.com and through our MacRumorsLive Twitter account.mf.gif


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Oracle Now Bundling Ask.com Adware with Java for Mac

Today, 02:04 AM

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For years, Oracle has been bundling an Ask.com search toolbar with Java for Windows, relying on what some call deceptive methods to get users to install the add-on to their browsers. Now, the company has extended its adware strategy to Java for Mac, according to ZDNet.

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The unwelcome Ask extension shows up as part of the installer if a Mac user downloads Java 8 Update 40 for the Mac. In my tests on a Mac running that latest release of OS X, the installer added an app to the current browser, Chrome version 41. (In a separate test, I installed Java using the latest version of Safari, where it behaved in a similar fashion.)
The Java installer selects the option to install the Ask extension by default, which means that users casually clicking through the dialogue boxes would find the extension installed and enabled on their browser of choice. Oracle has also updated its installation instructions for Mac to account for the change.

As noted by ZDNet, Ask.com typically provides low-quality search results and numerous ads with little distinction between ads and organic results. Ask.com parent company IAC pays a commission to Oracle and other companies that bundle the Ask extension with its products.

Users who want to remove the Ask toolbar can do so from the Help menu for the Ask toolbar on Chrome. Alternatively, users can go to the Chrome menu bar, then Preferences, then the settings page, then Manage Search Engines to remove Ask, followed by removing the extension from the Extension tab. Safari users can do so by going to Extensions in the Safari preferences and turning it off.mf.gif


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Bloomberg provides new details on secretive Apple Watch s...

Today, 01:54 AM

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Last month 9to5Mac reported that Apple had invited high-profile developers to its Cupertino campus to participate in a workshop focused on finishing Apple Watch apps in time for the device’s debut in April. Today Bloomberg has published a report corroborating that claim.

Bloomberg has also provided some additional details about how the program works. Developers from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, and more have been given a chance to take part in these workshops to perfect their software ahead of the official Apple Watch launch.

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Despite having already shown the device publicly and released development tools to software makers, Apple is keeping things pretty tight-lipped. The workshop is reportedly being held in a secret lab at Apple HQ, and participants are barred from bringing so much as “a pad of paper” into the room.

In fact, developers are only allowed to bring in one item at all: a hard drive containing the source code for their applications. Apple is so strict about its security, however, that the software developers aren’t allowed to take their hard drives back out of the room. Everything has to be stored on-location by Apple. Each developer will only get their watch app source code back from Apple once the wearable is closer to launch.

Apple will show off its first wearable device next Monday at its “Spring Forward” event. The event is also expected to serve as the announcement day for iOS 8.2, and is rumored to serve as the launching pad for the 12-inch MacBook Air.


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iPhone 5 battery replacement program extended into Januar...

Today, 01:01 AM

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When Apple launched its iPhone 5 battery replacement program last year, the company said that it would accept devices for replacement up to two years after purchase. Because the devices with the faulty batteries were sold between September 2012 and January 2013, two years from that date range would have given buyers until January 2015 (or March 1st, 2015, according to the page) to get their devices swapped.

However, as spotted by iPhone in Canada, Apple today updated the copy on the page to state that replacements would be accepted for an additional year. The page now says that users may return their defective units until three years after the date of purchase, pushing the end date for the program back to January 2016 for those who bought their phones near the end of the time when affected models were sold.

Since only certain phones were impacted by this problem, users will need to plug their iPhone’s serial number into Apple’s support page to find out if they qualify for a replacement.


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What’s inside Apple’s mystery tent?

Today, 12:25 AM

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SAN FRANCISCO — Another Apple event, another mysterious building sprouting up seemingly overnight. They pop up to shield Apple’s prep work from prying eyes, but they also fuel the imaginations of anybody who’s interested in Cupertino’s next move. The latestmf.gif


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CNN app gets a Notification Center widget, sports section...

Yesterday, 11:29 PM

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CNN today pushed out an update to its iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch application with a pair of features that some users will find significant: a Today widget for iOS 8’s Notification Center and a sports section. The widget is populated with the latest top stories from CNN, while the sports section sources its content from Bleacher Report, which has a dedicated App Store app (iPhone, iPad). CNN also says this version includes various bug fixes, like every app update that has come before it.

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Disney’s latest app transforms you into your favorite cha...

Yesterday, 11:20 PM

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show-your-disney-side-app.jpg?w=704&h=46Today Disney Parks released a free iOS app called Show Your Disney Side, which transforms you into a 3D moving Disney character. Your Disney Side is the part of you that laughs a little bit louder, believes in magic, and never backs down from a pirate fight (even against Captain Hook!). This app was created to help you channel your inner Disney Side even when you’re nowhere near a Disney Park.

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Turn yourself into a princess from Frozen, a X-Wing Pilot from Star Wars, Jafar from Aladdin, and several other Disney characters. You can even unlock new Haunted Mansion characters by visiting a Disney Park or sharing your Disney Side pics on social media.

The idea is pretty simple. Choose the character you’d like to become, snap a quick selfie, make a couple quick photo adjustments and you’re all set. The app will create a 3D moving image of yourself as the Disney character you picked. There’s also a share button so you can send your favorite shots to friends and family.

Download it for free.

Here’s a couple of tips from the Disney Parks Blog to help your transformation:

  • Smile big – but without your teeth showing.
  • Make sure your hair isn’t blocking your face.
  • Try to take your photo in front of a plain background.

Promo video and full App Store description follows:

We all have a Disney Side—the side of us that comes out to play the moment we step through the gates at Disney Parks. The new Show Your Disney Side app will help bring YOURS to life! Transform into a Jedi, a pirate, or other Disney Parks characters wherever you are!

CREATE – Choose a Disney Parks character, take a selfie and transform into your Disney Side.

PLAY – Try different costumes, add a frame, then tap and swipe to watch your Disney Side come to life with special effects

SHARE – Whether you’re at a Disney Park or at home, you can share your Disney Side with your family and friends right from the app

EXPLORE – Select different characters from favorite Disney Parks attractions and experiences like Frozen, Star Tours®, Pirates of the Caribbean®, Villains of Disney Parks, and Haunted Mansion®

Visit the Disneyland® Resort and Walt Disney World® Resort where your Disney Side can be unleashed to the fullest!

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The weak link in Apple Pay’s strong chain is bank verific...

Yesterday, 10:15 PM

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Earlier this week, a February blog post by mobile payments consultant Cherian Abraham captured the attention of the media and set off a flurry of articles about rampant fraud on Apple Pay. But despite headlines declaring that Apple Pay sees 60 times more fraud than magnetic stripe credit cards, the details are a bit more nuanced. It turns out that Apple Pay as a platform appears quite secure—it hasn’t yet seen any man-in-the-middle or other hacking attacks (that we know of) that could result in the loss of thousands of credit card numbers, like the Target breach did. But Apple Pay as a service, offered to customers in conjunction with bank issuers, might be struggling to keep up with the persistence of identity thieves.

Abraham, who works as an adviser to SimplyTapp, a company that builds Host Card Emulation technology for devices using Android, says identity thieves are buying iPhones with stolen credit card information and then loading them with that stolen credit card information. Because the fraudster's iPhone is so new, Abraham argues, there’s very little detail that Apple can send to the banks to help them verify who the user is and if that card information is fraudulent.

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