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Jul 23 2014 6:13AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
LONDON (Reuters) - British broadband provider TalkTalk added 185,000 subscribers to its TV service in its first quarter, taking its base to more than 1.1 million and helping revenue rise 3.1 percent to 434 million pounds ($741 million).

Jul 23 2014 6:06AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
TOKYO (Reuters) - Sony Corp said on Thursday it would invest 35 billion yen ($345 million) to increase production of image sensors for smartphones and tablets, as the company courts handset makers to get more orders for front-facing camera sensors, used to take selfies.

Jul 23 2014 3:35AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
TOKYO (Reuters) - Sony Corp said on Thursday it would invest 35 billion yen ($345 million) to increase production of image sensors for smartphones and tablets, as the company courts handset makers to get more orders for front-facing camera sensors, used to take selfies.

Jul 23 2014 3:28AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Online retailer eBay Inc still sees Russia as a top priority in emerging markets, Vice President Wendy Jones told a news conference on Wednesday.

Jul 23 2014 1:49AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SEATTLE/BOSTON (Reuters) - eBay Inc's StubHub online ticket resale service said it was the victim of a massive international cyber fraud ring, the details of which authorities plan to disclose on Wednesday as they announce arrests in the case.

Jul 23 2014 12:50AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SEATTLE/BOSTON (Reuters) - eBay Inc's StubHub online ticket resale service said it was the victim of a massive international cyber fraud ring, the details of which authorities plan to disclose on Wednesday as they announce arrests in the case.

Jul 22 2014 11:45PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp said it aims to get its loss-making Nokia phone unit to break even within two years, helping its stock rise in after-hours trade.

Jul 22 2014 11:34PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

Apple held its quarterly earnings call today, and the report from CEO Tim Cook follows the general trend we've been seeing for some months now. Device sales are generally up for year-over-year, with the notable exception of the iPad (which has witnesses sales drops of 8 percent in the past 12 months). But there's an important statistic among all these numbers—since 2008, the Cupertino giant has paid over 20 billion to its iOS developers.

Compare that figure to the $15 billion Apple reported just last January, and you'll discover that that's a increase of $5 billion just within the last half-year. TechCrunch, who drew attention to the figure, points out that Google reportedly paid out $5 billion over the entirety of last year. Push those numbers a few months further, and it's suddenly apparent that Apple has paid out "nearly half" of the total $20 billion within the last 12 months along.

TechCrunch also points out that Apple's cut of all this is approximately $8.5 billion, based on a calculation figuring in the iPhone maker's 30 percent cut and thus bringing the total number to roughly $28.57 billion. If you weren't already aware, in other words, it's a good idea to focus on iOS if you design apps for mobile devices.

All total, Apple sold 35.20 million iPhones, 13.27 million iPads, 4.41 million Macs, and 2.96 million iPods during the last quarter. For the same quarter last year, Apple sold 31.24 million iPhones, 14.62 million iPads, 3.75 million Macs, and 4.57 million iPods.

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Jul 22 2014 11:25PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

Today Apple secured a patent for a smartwatch from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (No. 8,787,006), providing some of the first direct evidence that the company is, in fact, working on a piece of wearable tech for the wrist. Here's the thing, though—the patent filing dates all the way back to 2011, meaning that whatever Apple announces in the coming months (if they do) might not look anything like what we see on the paper.

Indeed, at this point, the concept described seems rather old fashioned. Rather than an integrated device, the filing describes a unit with sensors to be worn on the wrist that can be fitted with various peripherals. That's only found in the details, though. The basic wording is so vague that the patent could likely be interpreted as applying to smartwatches in general.

Some of the language, for instance, reads as follows: "As an electronic wristband to be worn on a wrist of a user, another embodiment of the invention can, for example, include at least a central portion and at least one band portion. The central portion can include a touch screen display, control circuitry and a battery. The touch screen display can be configured to present visual information to the user and to receive user input from the user. The control circuitry can be configured to control operation of the electronic watchband, and the battery can be configured to provide power to the electronic wristband."

And so forth. You can read the entire lengthy document here if you have around 15 minutes to spare. It also describes gesture-based controls in place on the swipes and taps we know so well from iOS, and it already includes information about the health and fitness sensors that have been a staple of iWatch rumors almost from the beginning. And how about that name? The patent filing calls the device "iTime," which seems like a more elegant styling for such a device than the more prosaic "iWatch."

Be sure to check out our roundup of existing iWatch rumors here.

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Jul 22 2014 10:54PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

Are you one of those people who likes to organize your life around to-do lists? If so, Mavericks’ Reminders app is here to help. Just as on the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, Reminders makes it easy to create to-dos and synchronize them seamlessly with all your devices using iCloud — with any changes made on one appearing on all the others.

You get a default Reminders list to start things off, but it’s easy to add new ones. You can rename a list by right-clicking on its name, choosing Rename from the pop-up menu, typing a new name, and pressing Return. Reminders also lets you set up categories of lists so that you can get a quick overview of specific tasks, such as birthdays and anniversaries. We’ll show you how to add items to your Reminders list, set up and both time- and location-based alerts, and sync them using iCloud. To set iCloud up, open the Apple menu and go to System Preferences > iCloud. If you’re not logged in, type in your Apple ID and click Sign In > Next > Allow. Once that’s done, check that Calendars and Reminders is ticked. Next, sign in with the same Apple ID on any iOS devices you own by going to Settings > iCloud.

1. Create a Reminder

Open Reminders and click the + symbol (top-right). Type the name of the reminder and press Return. This creates a simple “to do” without a due date, time, or location. To mark it as done, click the box to the left of the reminder and it goes into your Completed items.

 

2. Timed Reminders

Repeat step one, but this time, hover the mouse pointer over the “to do” you’ve created. Click the “I” that appears. In the box that pops up, click “On a day,” then click the date to make a mini calendar appear. Now, simply choose the date to be alerted to your reminder.

 

3. Choose Your Time

Click the date you want to be reminded about. Now, click the hour to highlight it, then type in when you want the alert to appear — doing the same for the minutes — and click Done. Your reminder is now set and an alert will pop up on all your Apple devices.

 

4. Location Aware

You can make reminders appear when you’re in a certain place — handy if you’re syncing your Reminders to an iPad or iPhone. To do this, create a reminder, click the “I” as in step 2, and tick “At a location.” You need to have Location Services switched on.

 

5. Pick Your Place

Type in the location — an address from Contacts, a zip code, or the full address — and then hit Return. Pick 
the location from the list that appears, then choose whether you want to be reminded when you arrive or when you leave that location.

 

6. Completed Reminders

When you click the box next to a reminder, it’s marked as “Complete” and is moved to the Completed list. You can click on it to check on your completed tasks. Click to uncheck the reminder and it goes back on your reminders list. Reminders also appear in iCloud.devices.

Jul 22 2014 10:36PM EST | Source: CNET iPhone Atlas
Previously for iPad only, this smart mail-manager automatically separates the wheat from the chaff.






Jul 22 2014 9:59PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - Computer systems containing the Wall Street Journal's news graphics were hacked by outside parties, according to the paper's publisher Dow Jones & Co.

Jul 22 2014 9:34PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - Computer systems containing the Wall Street Journal's news graphics were hacked by outside parties, according to the paper's publisher Dow Jones & Co.

Jul 22 2014 9:23PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc's iPad is losing steam just four years after its release, but an alliance with International Business Machines Corp could rejuvenate a flagging product by entering into a largely untapped corporate market.

Jul 22 2014 9:10PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc posted a smaller-than-expected 6 percent rise in quarterly revenue on Tuesday, but revenue surged 28 percent in greater China despite stiff competition in its third-largest market.

Jul 22 2014 9:07PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

Perhaps the most eagerly anticipated music-related software of the past few years is Bitwig Studio, a full-featured DAW (digital audio workstation) designed by former employees of Ableton, the company that made the popular program Ableton Live. It bears more than a passing resemblance to that application, with a slew of additional enhancements and unique features to clearly differentiate it and make it a viable tool for live and studio work.

The ability to display the Clip launcher and Arrange panels next to each other in a single window is a real improvement over Ableton Live.

Bitwig veers away from the standard multitrack approach of traditional DAW software and instead embraces the mindset established by Ableton Live: clips are self-contained, layered musical segments created with internal softsynths, samplers, or pre-baked musical loops, and are triggered via a clip-launcher panel (designed for live performance), while the Arrange panel is where clips are sequenced in a timeline along with sampled audio (such as vocal passages), or recorded external instruments (think guitar solos). A mixer view lets you ride the virtual track faders, and a separate edit view delivers precision, event-level editing, and track automation. Bitwig offers some uniquely powerful nesting and linking of effects and instruments in ways that go far beyond the scope of this review but are indeed unparalleled in the DAW market.

There is a decent (if somewhat limited) range of included musical instruments, including a nice polyphonic synth, drawbar organ, drum machine, and a sampler. You’ll likely want to use external softsynths, however, and here is where we found a big gremlin: Bitwig lets you use VST plugins with ease (unusual for a Mac DAW), but, surprisingly, there is currently no support for Audio Units plugins — a significant oversight. Bitwig also lacks ReWire support, limiting its connectivity with other music applications, which is a notable drawback.

There are a lot more audio effects plugins in Bitwig — these are just a sampling — and they all sound stellar and offer extensive modulation options.

The range and quality of the bundled Bitwig effects is a more promising situation, with an excellent compressor, a few different equalizers, a very smooth reverb, highly customizable filter, a pair of delays, and much more. All of these instruments and effects offer a level of cross-modulation control that gives us a glimpse of the underlying modular architecture of Bitwig — suffice it to say that it far surpasses most other audio software, and is most comparable to the extensive modulation and scripting options of Adobe After Effects. Bitwig is a natural for crafting complex, shifting aural textures that pulse and shimmer, as if alive.

The bottom line. It would be almost impossible for any third-party DAW software to currently offer more value than Apple’s potent Logic Pro X (which is a bargain at $199), but if you’re curious about a different way to create and perform electronic music, and don’t mind dealing with the slightly rough edges around a 1.0 product, Bitwig is certainly worthy of consideration. It costs nothing to download the fully functional demo at the Bitwig website, and while it’s a bit expensive at $399, you might discover it’s the perfect songwriting partner for your music.

Review Synopsis

Product: 

Bitwig Studio

Company: 

Bitwig

Contact: 

Price: 

$399

Requirements: 

Mac with an Intel CPU and OSX 10.7.1 or later, 2GB RAM, 5GB disk space

Positives: 

Innovative interface. Extensive modulation options. Decent array of built-in instruments and effects. Demo available.

Negatives: 

No Audio Units plugin support. Lacks ReWire connectivity. Pricey.

Jul 22 2014 8:11PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc posted a smaller-than-expected 6 percent rise in quarterly revenue on Tuesday, but revenue surged 28 percent in greater China despite stiff competition in its third-largest market.

Jul 22 2014 8:00PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Video game publisher Electronic Arts Inc reported better-than-expected revenue and profit for the first quarter, driven by robust sales of titles such as "Titanfall," digital revenue and cost control.

Jul 22 2014 7:34PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp said it aims to get its loss-making Nokia phone unit to break even within two years, helping its stock rise in after-hours trade.

Jul 22 2014 6:45PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Broadcom Corp said on Tuesday it is winding down its money-losing cellular baseband chip business and cutting one-fifth of its total workforce, instead of selling the unit.

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