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  • WALTR: Transfer and playback unsupported formats on iOS devices

    Fri 1:07pm By Jim Dalrymple
    MY thanks to WALTR for sponsoring The Loop this week. WALTR is the first Mac app in the world to allow users transfer and playback unsupported formats such as MKV, AVI, FLAC & more – directly from the native Videos/Music app.iTunes is the only option Apple…
  • Millions of Android phones don’t completely wipe data

    Fri 12:56pm By Jim Dalrymple
    Weaknesses in the factory reset function within Google's Android mobile operating system mean data from more than 500 million phones can be discovered despite being wiped, researchers have found.And Recovering data was even possible with full-disk encryption…
  • Samsung’s S6 is a sales disaster

    Fri 12:51pm By Jim Dalrymple
    In the month since the phone's launch, however, the response has been lacklustre. The Korean news outlet Yonhap News Agency reports that the device has seen 10 million shipments so far. For comparison, Samsung's previous model, the S5, shipped 11 million units…
  • ∞ Heineken Door Lock

    Fri 12:39pm By Jim Dalrymple
    I need one of these.
  • Make it so: Chinese building looks just like Star Trek’s USS Enterprise

    Fri 11:55am By Shawn King
    Mashable:There's a building in China that looks almost exactly like the USS Enterprise from Star Trek. Drone footage shows how a relatively conventional-looking building from the ground dramatically transforms into a regal starship when viewed from the…
  • How accurate is the Apple Watch’s step counter and distance tracking?

    Fri 11:27am By Shawn King
    CNET:There's no doubt that the Apple Watch can do a lot of things. It can be used to communicate with others, view notifications from an iPhone and even pay for items with Apple Pay. It's also a dedicated activity tracker that can measure active calories…
  • Take a one-handed picture or video directly from the Messages app

    Fri 9:36am By Dave Mark
    Not sure how long this has been part of iOS, but I just stumbled on this yesterday. A fantastic tip.∞ Read this on The Loop
  • Change your Mac’s notification banner wait time

    Fri 9:21am By Dave Mark
    When notifications appear on your Mac, do they disappear too quickly? Want to make them hang around just a bit longer?∞ Read this on The Loop
  • Net neutrality tester

    Fri 9:18am By Dave Mark
    The Internet Health Test site runs a series of upload and download tests to check for consistency and degradation in the connection through your ISP. That data is then passed back as part of a crowd-sourcing effort.∞ Read this on The Loop
  • Shoe retailer Clarks rolls out iPad foot measuring, data gathering system

    Fri 9:12am By Dave Mark
    Clarks is no small operation. They've got more than 1,000 stores throughout the world and they also manufacture their own shoes which they sell in their own shops, as well as via third party retailers.This new system gives them accurate foot measurement, but…
  • On the Apple Watch interaction model and the Digital Crown

    Fri 8:46am By Dave Mark
    John Gruber digs into the digital crown interface, explaining how it works and why it's not as complicated as it first seems. This is helpful if you are confused or, perhaps, intimidated by the Apple Watch interface.∞ Read this on The Loop
  • 9to5mac: iPad to get dual app viewing mode

    Fri 8:26am By Dave Mark
    Mark Gurman, writing for 9to5mac: Facing slowing growth for the first time since the iPad’s 2010 debut, Apple is working on several significant software and hardware updates to reinvigorate the tablet over the next year. Apple is developing a dual-app…
  • Why making your apps accessible is just the right thing to do

    Thu 7:29pm By Jim Dalrymple
    Accessibility is not just an additional feature, but a best-practice.Another great article on app accessibility.∞ Read this on The Loop
  • Why accessibility matters

    Thu 7:26pm By Jim Dalrymple
    Ideally, people with a variety of abilities should be able to access the same mainstream technology wherever possible. Companies such as Apple work hard to make their devices and software accessible irrespective of whether the user may have hearing…
  • Apple highlights apps for Accessibility Awareness Day

    Thu 7:24pm By Jim Dalrymple
    We should all be aware of accessibility when making our apps. Apple has posted a few on its "Accessibility Awareness" page on the App Store.∞ Read this on The Loop
  • AmpliTube 4 for iOS

    Thu 4:52pm By Jim Dalrymple
    There are a lot of changes in the new version. Two that really stood out to me are the fact AmpliTube for iOS now uses the same amp DSP as AmpliTube 3 Custom Shop for OS X, and the "Cab Room" that allows 3D miking of cabinets with up to two mics. I just…
  • How NSA exploits mobile app stores from Google, Samsung

    Thu 4:29pm By Jim Dalrymple
    In 2011 and 2012, the NSA and the communications intelligence agencies of its "Five Eyes" allies developed and tested a set of add-ons to their shared Internet surveillance capability that could identify and target communications between mobile devices and…
  • Currencies for iPhone and Apple Watch

    Thu 4:21pm By Jim Dalrymple
    I tested this app and love it. It's so easy to use on the Apple Watch.Just speak: "Five point ninety-nine" gets you 5.99 "One hundred US dollars to euro" gets you 100 USD converted to EURWorks great for me.∞ Read this on The Loop
  • Find the tempo of any song

    Thu 8:58am By Dave Mark
    Go to and enter an artist and title. SongBPM will search its database and return all songs that match, along with the beats per minute (BPM) for each song.∞ Read this on The Loop
  • ∞ Steve Jobs and time travel

    Thu 8:51am By Dave Mark
    Yesterday, I posted this video, a collection of photos and audio interviews of Apple's early days. A reader alerted me to an interesting picture of a young Steve Jobs at about 1:50 into the video. Take a look.
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