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IK Multimedia Releases New AmpliTube 4 Version

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To go with its great mobile tech gear for musicians, IK has released a new and improved version of its app AmpliTube 4 ($19.99). This latest and greatest iOS music software provides musicians with superior DSP, multi-looping and much much more.



Apple Pay About to Get More Rewarding

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Apple Pay is already popular among iPhone owners. Apple Pay users tend to seek out establishments that accept the payment system. I recall crossing the street in Los Angeles to shop at a Walgreens even though I was in front of a CVS, because CVS doesn't take Apple Pay.



Tip of the Day: How to Clear All Notifications at Once on Your Apple Watch

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One of the Apple Watch's many benefits is the ability to manage incoming messages and notifications from your wrist. But if you've let the notifications pile up, don't worry about going through and dismissing them one by one; there's an easy way to dismiss all your notifications at once.



Unleash Your Inner App Developer Part 17: Core Data Test Drive

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Do you have an idea for an app but lack the programming knowledge to begin building it? In this weekly blog series, I will take you, the non-programmer, step by step through the process of creating apps for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Join me each week on this adventure, and you will experience how much fun turning your ideas into reality can be! This is Part 17 of the series. If you are just getting started now, check out the beginning of the series here. (This post has been updated to Swift 1.2, iOS 8 and Xcode 6.3.)

In my previous post, you learned how to generate Swift classes from entities in a data model and you were introduced to the mmBusinessObject class, which provides an easy-to-use wrapper for Core Data classes. In this week's post, we're going to create our app's custom business controllers and take them for a test drive!



Apple Confirms June 8 WWDC Keynote; Schedule Includes 180 Mystery Sessions

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The upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference looks like it's going to be filled with exciting news, and now, according to 9To5Mac, Apple has confirmed that there will be a keynote session on June 8 at 10 a.m. PST. Hopefully the keynote will be live streamed, as it has been the past couple years. In addition, Apple has indirectly confirmed that there will be a lot of new things they haven't yet announced because they've scheduled over 180 sessions for developers during the week of WWDC (June 8–12) that currently have titles in the schedule such as "Highly confidential," "You'll like this one," and "Pins and needles."



What's Behind the News? Notes from a CNNgo Technology Briefing

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I recently had a conversation with CNNgo’s product lead. This conversation was prompted by a frustrating experience with the streaming of a CNN on-demand program through the CNNgo on the iPad. The experience consisted for short bursts of program followed by over three-minutes of commercials, and then seconds more of the program, and then more commercials.



Roundup: Recent iOS 9 and iPhone 6s Rumors

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As the June 8-12 Worldwide Developers Conference approaches—and the anticipated announcement of iOS 9—we're seeing a lot of rumors related to iOS 9 and the forthcoming iPhone, which many are expecting to be called the iPhone 6s. 



Android OS to Get Native Fingerprint Reading

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Touch ID has been standard in most Apple iPhones for over a year, and more recently, Touch ID was added to the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. Our friends with Android devices haven't been so fortunate. Some hardware makers added their own implementations of fingerprint readers, but now it looks like Google will be adding that capability natively to Android, just in time for Android Pay, and as Apple has done recently, make it possible for apps and websites to leverage the reader.



InnoFlask Portable Bluetooth Speaker Is Just What I Was Wanting

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When I received the InnoFLASK portable speaker ($129.95), the first music I played was my long-time favorite: Rimsky-Korsakov's Russian Easter Overture. It has a wide dynamic range, and seemed like a perfect test for this speaker. I was impressed.



PicoPro Is a Powerful Projector in a Pocketsize Package

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I had the opportunity to try PicoPro ($379.99). Celluon loaned me the pint-sized projector, along with the necessary cables to connect to an iPhone. The projector is as thin as an iPhone in a rugged case, maybe thinner, and could easily fit in a jacket pocket, which makes the PicoPro an ideal projector for road warriors.



Bug Lets a Text Message Reboot an iPhone

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I'm torn about publicizing this, but iPhone owners need to know that their Messages app could become unusable or their iPhone could reboot automatically because of a bug. A basic text message can cause this behavior and, as you can imagine, folks are using this for nefarious purposes. I won't post the offending text message here, but you can read about a workaround at 9to5mac.com.



Tip of the Day: Edit Your Mailbox List to Show Unread Emails

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If you're like everyone else, you have a ton of email in your Inbox in Mail on your iPhone or iPad. And likely those are a mix of read and unread emails. If you're making a concerted effort to respond to all of them, you might find it convenient to just view those that are unread. Fortunately, in iOS 8 you can now edit the mailbox list so that you have a mailbox that just shows your unread emails.



We Have a Winner! Find Out Who Won Our Apple Watch Giveaway

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A big thank you goes out to everyone who entered our Apple Watch Giveaway! We love you guys so much we wish we could strap an Apple Watch on each of your wrists. 



Could iPhone 5c Update Add Touch ID and Apple Pay?

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The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus get all the press but Apple is happy to "sell" you the iPhone 5c at no cost (thanks to carrier subsidies), and that may be enough power for most people. In fact, the smaller size could be desirable to some. Even the plastic packaging is proving to be tougher than folks imagined, including standing up to a shotgun blast and saving the life of the owner in the process!



Unboxing Videos of Apple Watch Edition and Stunning Gold-Plated Watch

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Customers are now receiving their Apple Watch Edition, and unboxing videos are starting to appear on the blogs. However, in my mind a new unboxing video of a gold-plated Apple Watch and Link Bracelet is more impressive than the Edition. 



IK Aims at Camera Stabilization with iKlip Grip

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The iKlip Grip ($59.99) is a departure for IK Multimedia from their usual music-oriented gadgetus. The Grip is basically a portable, expandable camera stand that can also become a handy selfie pole. However, the Grip is no one-trick pony, thanks to its universal camera mount attachment point that is compatible with many cameras and accessories.



The Apple Effect on Smartwatch Competitors

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The Apple Watch may be in short supply, but its very existence is having an effect, let's call it the Apple Effect, on competitors. As Apple enters a market, it legitimizes that market but also raises the bar on design and features. Competitors have to adjust prices, at first, while they try to match Apple on style. We've seen it with smartphones, tablets, and now smartwatches.



Tip of the Day: How to Grant and Revoke Access to Shared Calendars

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There are many ways to stay connected with friends, family, and coworkers on iOS. Today we'll show you how to grant and revoke access to a shared calendar. Please note you can only share calendars with contacts who also have iCloud accounts and the email associated with their iCloud account must be saved in their contact card.



Tip of the Day: Use Your Apple Watch to Locate Your Misplaced iPhone

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Are you in the habit of losing your iPhone in the couch cushions? Did your toddler wander off with your phone only to reappear a few minutes later empty handed? Good news; your Apple Watch can help you find your misplaced iPhone, as long as it's in range of your watch.



Tip of the Day: Use iTunes to Sync Photos to Your Device

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While iCloud Photo Library has generally replaced iTunes for syncing photos between your computer and your iPhone or iPad, you can still opt to use the iTunes software. I can think of a couple reasons you may want to do this. If you'd like to keep a limited selection of your photos on your device in order to save storage space, iTunes may be a good choice. Also, some people simply don't feel comfortable using the cloud.



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