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Monday March 30

11:00
Accessible Apple: Overcoming quadriplegia with the...

In my previous article, I asked readers to tune in this week for part two of my "Building a Wheelchair/Bed Mounted iDevice Setup" series, where I would focus on iDevice mounts and cases. The article will appear later this week as a special edition of Accessible Apple, so please stay tuned.

iOS has changed the lives of many people with disabilities. The video below showcases the stories of two men, Todd Stabelfeldt and his friend Ian, who have used iDevices to regain their independence after accidents that left them paralyzed. Watch the video and see how Apple has made a difference in their lives and the lives of those around them.

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10:57
Major new Tesla product line coming in April

Elon Musk tweeted this morning that a major new product line was coming, but it is not a car. I can’t wait to see what it is.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:36
iPad Pro Dummy Points Towards Dual Lightning Ports...

Images of what appear to be a mockup version of the upcoming larger-screened "iPad Pro" depict either a secondary Lightning port or a USB-C port on one side of the device, suggesting it could potentially have multiple methods of charging and/or the ability to support accessories like keyboards and mice. The pictures, which show the mystery port, a headphone jack/speakers, and the camera, originated on microblogging site Sina Weibo and were shared by Italian site HDBlog.

Case manufacturers and other accessory makers often create dummy models of upcoming Apple devices to get an early start on the development process, and the tablet pictured in the photos is likely one of these mockups. Most of these models are based on rumors and leaked schematics, and while they're frequently accurate, there...

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10:35
Take Control of Security for Mac Users, Chapter 10:...

Most of the topics in this book address ways of protecting your data in one fashion or another. But in this chapter, we change gears to address two key pieces of data security — preventing loss and theft of your data while it’s stored on your Mac.

 

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10:34
Chapter 10 of “Take Control of Security for Mac...

In this week’s installment, Joe Kissell moves from looking at the various ways you can keep people out of your Mac to how you can prevent loss and theft of your data while it’s stored on your Mac.

 

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10:28
YouTube Fiddles With 4K


YouTube on Friday announced that it would begin supporting Ultra High Definition 4K video content. YouTube officially unveiled the news via TestTube, an incubator for new features concocted by its so-called mad scientists. YouTube developers have posted six experimental videos that can be streamed at up to 2160p -- essentially a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160. The videos support 60 frames per second, and thus are sharper and smoother than the common frame rates of 24fps and 30fps.

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10:28
Apple preps basic and fancy shopping experiences for...

Buying an Apple Watch won’t be as simple as wandering into your local Apple Store and pointing out the device you want, like it is with most other Apple products. Expect more of a “journey,” if 9to5Mac’s latest reports about the watch-buying experience are accurate.

Special treatment for high rollers

Watch Edition buyers will get the white-glove treatment, as you would guess from a shopping trip that could end in a $10,000 to $17,000 sale. If you’re interested in dropping some serious cash on a watch, Apple will set you up with an hour-long personalized appointment away from the riff-raff trying on the lower-priced models. You’ll be able to try on two Edition models at a time, plus accessories to round out your purchase. The customer...

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10:20
News: Apple expands iPhone trade-in program to non-...

Apple’s rumored expansion of its iPhone trade-in program to include non-Apple devices went live today in the U.S. and Europe, French blog MacPlus reports. The U.K. website for Brightstar, a third-party company that handles Apple’s trade-ins, indicates Apple is now offering Apple Store credit in exchange for select handsets from Sony, Nokia, Blackberry, Samsung, NTC and LG. The change to Apple’s exchange program was handled with little…

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10:15
Gmail

 March 30, 2015 10:15:00 AM PDT

The problem with Gmail should be resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and continued support. Please rest assured that system reliability is a top priority at Google, and we are making continuous improvements to make our systems better.

This only affected IMAP connections to Gmail.

If you are still experiencing any issues, please reconnect your IMAP client.

 March 30, 2015 9:15:00 AM PDT

We're aware of a problem with Gmail affecting a significant subset of users. The affected users are able to access Gmail, but are seeing error messages and/or other unexpected behavior. We will provide an update by March 30, 2015 10:15:00 AM PDT detailing when we expect to resolve the problem. Please note that this resolution time is an estimate and may change.

This is only affecting IMAP connections to Gmail.

 March 30, 2015 8:15:00 AM PDT

We're aware of a problem with...

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10:10
Apple Extends Its Trade-In Program

Mark Wilson writes "Earlier in the month it was reveal that Apple was about to start offering gift cards as part of a trade-in program for people buying new a new iPhone. The updated program has now gone live so you can take your old Apple device, or non-Apple smartphone to an Apple store, or mail it in to receive credit. The credit can be used in store or online against the purchase of a new Apple device, and this program expansion is the latest move from Apple to try to tempt users away from other platforms. You can check online to see how much you can expect to receive for your existing phone and decide whether it's worth your while. Hint: it might not be.


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10:07
Gold Apple Watch Edition comes with a buying...

You probably already know if you're going to shell out $10,000 or more for the Apple Watch Edition—aside from being made of gold, it isn't going to do anything that the $349 Apple Watch Sport or the $549 Apple Watch can't do. However, buying and getting support for the five-figure watches will apparently be substantially different, according to a report from 9to5Mac.

It begins with the buying experience itself. The cheaper Apple Watches will reportedly be sold using five- to ten-minute demo sessions at tables set up throughout Apple Stores, but the Apple Watch Edition will be demoed in private one-on-one sessions that can last up to an hour. Accessories and alternate bands will apparently be offered after customers have been allowed to try on the watches.

Once you've bought your five-figure smart watch, you can elect to...

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10:00
Tim Cook: ‘religious freedom’ laws are dangerous

Photo via flickr user Mike Deerkosk.

In an op-ed piece written for The Washington Post online, Apple CEO Tim Cook formally announced his opposition to "pro-discrimination religious freedom laws," such as Senate Bill 101, which you can read in its entirety here. The so-called "religious freedom" law passed in Indiana last week, which opponents say could give business owners the right to refuse service to gay customers.

Under Tim Cook, Apple has celebrated diversity among its employees. In this week's editorial, the CEO recounted his company's pro-diversity, anti-discrimination stance:

"Our message, to people around...

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09:59
Adobe launches Comp CC for the iPad

Adobe has released Adobe Comp CC, a free iPad app that enables the rapid creation of layout concepts for mobile, Web and print projects. It's available at the Apple App Store.

With Comp CC, designers can start layout-design projects on an Apple tablet, creating concepts that incorporate previously created assets and then move to the desktop where essential Adobe Creative Cloud tools, including Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC and InDesign CC, can be used to create production-quality work.

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09:57
The Apple Store will give you credit for old Android...

If you’re ready to defect to the iPhone from Android or BlackBerry, the Apple Store will welcome you with open arms—and some store credit.

Apple retail stores are expanding their trade-in programs beyond the iPhone and iPad to include “select” smartphones from other manufacturers. Word of the new program first appeared on individual store websites, as spotted by 9to5Mac.

Apple has been offering credit for old iPhones and iPads at its retail stores since 2013. The company also accepts old Apple products and Windows PCs through its Reuse and Recycle website. This is the first time Apple will be offering store credit for Android and BlackBerry phones.

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09:51
Fuddruckers serves up Apple Pay

Seventy-two of Fuddruckers (http://www.fuddruckers.com) company-owned fast casual restaurants throughout the country are now accepting Apple Pay, a new category of service that transforms mobile payments with an easy, secure and private way to pay.

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09:00
Buckman finds the right communications chemistry by...

Buckman is a specialty chemical company based in Memphis, TN, which produces chemistries for water treatment and for the paper and leather industries. With people, factories and customers all over the world, Buckman communicates across geographies, teams and time zones all the time. It recently swapped a complex multi-vendor communications and collaboration toolset for Microsoft Office 365. The result has been smoother, more effective collaboration among the company’s 1,700 associates, higher reliability, lower costs and tighter control over email and data. We recently sat down with Tim Meek, vice president of Global Information Technology at Buckman, and Paul Grassel, director of Global IT Computer Services, to learn more about why Buckman switched to Office 365.

Q: Give us a brief history of your communications and collaboration landscape.

Meek: Microsoft Outlook has been our standard for a long time. Even as our email...

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09:00
News: Alleged ‘iPhone 6c’ rear shell photos leaked

Alleged photos of an alleged “iPhone 6c” rear shell have been posted on Future Supplier. The housing — which Future Supplier claims to have found but neglects to disclose from where — is similar to that of the iPhone 5c, but with an oval-shaped opening for the rear camera’s flash, matching the iPhone 5s flash instead of the round opening on the iPhone 5c. The purported iPhone 6c images also show two speaker grilles on the bottom…

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09:00
AWT Health Club: Withings Smart Body Analyzer

How did the last week go for those of you who decided to take the challenge and start (or keep) tracking your health? For me, the week was kind of a wash; my Achilles tendon was hurting, which kept me from walking a lot. However, I still managed to get some walking in… Sadly, I was bad over the weekend and actually ended up 0.3 lb from last week…

Withings WS-50 Smart Body Analyzer: Image via Withings.com

Health device of the week: Withings WS-50 Smart Body Analyzer

This week’s focus is on a device that’s been checking my weight almost every morning since 2009. That’s a Withings Connected Scale, which also measures body fat and displays your Body Mass Index (BMI). The scale has come a long way since I first bought one back in 2009; it now also acts as an air quality sensor and takes your pulse when you weigh in. Any measurements made by the scale are transmitted via Wi-Fi to the Withings cloud, where you can either view it on a website or using...

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08:54
External Link: Tim Cook Speaks Out Against “...

Apple has come a long way from Steve Jobs’s open letters about DRM, Flash, and the firm’s environmental efforts. In a Washington Post op-ed, Apple CEO Tim Cook criticizes state laws that he says “would allow people to discriminate against their neighbors,” such as Indiana’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which some say opens the door to discrimination against LGBT individuals. Invoking his childhood in the South during the civil rights movement, Cook moves from noting that “America’s business community recognized a long time ago that discrimination, in all its forms, is bad for business,” to the more humanistic “This isn’t a political issue. It isn’t a religious issue. This is about how we treat each other as human beings.”

 

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08:49
News: Gear section, Disqus comments added to iLounge

iLounge has recently added a new section: Gear. This section will further highlight products we’ve received that have often “slipped through the cracks” in the past — items that don’t fit into our Reviews section. We’ve already featured some new bags and a small battery pack. Apple Watch bands will also have a home in Gear. Also, for those who haven’t noticed, we’d like to point out that we’ve moved…

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08:40
The most unforgettable hockey game requires the most...

Huffington Post:

A four-month contest to reward Canada’s most dedicated hockey players could only end in a place like this.

The lucky winners of Molson Canadian’s #AnythingForHockey campaign were flown by helicopter this month to a professionally built rink on a glacial B.C. lake to play an epic game of shinny.

These ads have been all over Canadian TV for months and, while you couldn’t pay me to drink Molson Canadian, their ad campaigns have always been wonderful examples of what it can mean to be Canadian and what hockey means to us. Now, excuse me. After watching that video, I’ve got some dust in my eyes I need to get a tissue to wipe out.

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08:26
News: FDA taking ‘hands-off approach’ to regulating...

With the Apple Watch poised to launch Apple into the health care industry, the Food and Drug Administration is doing its best to stay out of the way, Bloomberg reports. Current FDA guidelines leave mobile applications geared toward wellness and fitness tracking mostly free from scrutiny, focusing more on technology used to diagnose, treat and prevent illnesses. The Federal Trade Commission has cracked down on apps making dubious claims about diagnosing…

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08:21
Leaked Images Provide First Look at Purported Rear...

Chinese parts supplier Future Supplier (via Nowhereelse.fr) has posted leaked images of what it believes could be the rear shell for the so-called "iPhone 6c." The rear housing looks similar to the plastic iPhone 5c, with two notable differences being a pill-shaped LED flash cutout and two rows of speaker grilles on the bottom of the smartphone. The size of the rear shell indicates that the device's screen size could fall within the 4-inch range.

The pill-shaped LED flash design and two rows of speaker grilles are also found on the iPhone 5s, indicating that the iPhone 6c could have the same internals as the two-generation-old smartphone with a plastic shell. The smartphone would likely be positioned at the low end of the iPhone lineup as Apple's free smartphone, alongside the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and next...

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08:00
Built-in mobile device management now generally...

Today’s post was written by Shobhit Sahay, technical product manager on the Office 365 team.

A few months ago at TechEd Europe we announced that built-in mobile device management (MDM) capabilities were coming to Office 365. Today, we are pleased to offer the general availability of MDM capabilities for Office 365. With MDM for Office 365, you can manage access to Office 365 data across a diverse range of phones and tablets, including iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices. And what makes today’s news even better: the built-in MDM features are included at no additional cost in all Office 365 commercial plans, including Business, Enterprise, EDU and Government plans.

This short video explains the key MDM features included in Office 365:

Office 365’s MDM capabilities work to keep your data safe in three ways:

  • Conditional Access...
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08:00
Farewell, ifoAppleStore: You will be missed

The masthead of ifoAppleStore.com

On Friday, Gary Allen -- the brains behind the ifoAppleStore.com website -- wrote a farewell piece. After 14 years of providing the most detailed news about Apple Stores to readers and other bloggers, Allen has decided to move on.

Allen notes that back in 2001 when he started the site, "I was the only person studying the stores. In fact, most onlookers were skeptical of the stores' future success." But 14 years later, the retail outlets are a very big part of the Apple story around the world, and "Now, everyone is interested in the Apple stores -- and most of them also seem to be writing about the stores. Who am I to keep up with them?"

The "ifo" in ifoAppleStore means "in front of", and Allen was famous for joining the crowds in front of new Apple Stores to help...

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07:45
News: Apple Watch won’t be sold to walk-in customers...

Leaked documents confirm Apple Stores won’t be selling Apple Watches to walk-in customers when the product launches on April 24, according to MacRumors. Customers will have to make an online “Product Reservation” to purchase a specific model at their local Apple Store, with Apple noting that even making a “try-on appointment” doesn’t reserve a specific Apple Watch for purchase. New training documents for Apple Store…

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07:44
Periscope won’t change the world – but it appeals to...

The Next Web:

The desire of so many to just bang the drum for these companies without asking too many questions. Technology writers shouldn’t be carnival barkers for startups and their VC backers. They shouldn’t be so easily seduced by a nicely designed interface and the opportunity to indulge their narcissism.

Periscope and Meerkat have flooded our social streams with hours of awful new content, just like Snapchat and Vine before them. Very few people stop to think whether their thoughts are worth sharing. Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.

I have been doing live streaming video for over ten years. The only thing new about Periscope, Meerkat and others is the app – the tech has been around for the average person for years – and it has never really caught on for the masses. I don’t believe this latest round of hype for these apps will change that.

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07:40
Leaked Apple documents outline possible Apple Watch...

Some leaked documents have revealed what may be in store for Apple Watch buyers come April.

Shoppers wanting to buy an Apple Watch from an Apple Store will not be able to pick one up without a prior reservation, at least at launch, according to a new report.

Prospective buyers will need to make a “Product Reservation” online to secure a specific model, eschewing Apple’ usual Personal Pickup option, according to leaked training documents obtained by MacRumors. The documents also reportedly state that if a person simply walks into an Apple Store, retail workers should offer the option to try on a Watch, but then help them place an order through Apple’s...

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07:35
Apple begins accepting non-iPhone trade-ins in the...

Consumers looking to make the switch from an Android, BlackBerry, or Windows Phone device to an iPhone can now bring their old handset directly to Apple, where they could trade it in to receive credit toward the purchase of a new iPhone.

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07:31
Apple Watch could help lend data to hyper-local...

A lot of attention has gone into the upcoming Apple Watch’s biometric and health-centric sensors, but the device could also be great for weather forecasting.

Last fall, after the announcement of the iPhone 6 and its barometer, meteorologist Cliff Mass wrote a giddy blog post about the promise of smartphone barometers. He said experimental results from his research team show that dense networks of mobile barometers alone can create highly accurate three-dimensional weather maps. That “almost sounds like magic” to Mass.

The implications of highly localized weather forecasts are profound. The Weather Company, which owns the Weather Channel, has used local...

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07:27
Air Video Server HD 2.1.0 - Stream videos in almost...

Air Video Server HD streams videos instantly from your computer on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Apple TV. No need to worry about converting or transferring files.

We took everything that was great about Air Video and then re-thought and re-engineered it.

  • Universal App. A single purchase of Air Video HD lets you install the app on your iPhones, iPads and iPod touches.
  • Mac and Windows. Share folders from both your Mac or your Windows PC and access the movies on your iOS device.
  • Offline Mode. Download any video in your library to your device with just one tap for playback without network access.
  • A state of the art streaming pipeline. Videos stream faster and more reliably than ever before, with flawless support for H.264 passthrough, full 1080p HD, soft subtitles and 5.1 surround sound through Apple TV.
  • A beautiful user interface....
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07:24
Using iMovie and Vimeo to spark creativity in kids

Like many parents, I want my children to be technology savvy, so I encourage them to use my Apple gear in ways that are educational and fun. They already know how to use my iPad for games, but I want them to explore the creative side of the device and understand how powerful it is as a content creation tool. One of the best tools for this type of exploration is iMovie, which we use to create videos that we host on Vimeo and post on a family blog.

Documenting the world

My kids love to make documentaries about everything that happens around us. Some are silly -- like the slow-mo of my son burping -- while others are more interesting, like the short of the dogs chasing squirrels. I let them have free range with my iPhone when the moment strikes. My children have no shortage of moments they want to capture, just look at the 200 videos and 800 photographs in my Camera Roll for evidence.

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07:09
Apple's Smartphone Trade-In Program Launches in...

Apple has expanded its Reuse and Recycling Program in the United States, Canada and several European countries to cover eligible Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone smartphones. The new trade-in program is available online and in-store and provides customers with the option to mail in eligible non-Apple smartphones, including certain Samsung, HTC, LG, Nokia, Sony and BlackBerry models, for credit in the form of an Apple Store gift card or bank transfer.

The smartphone trade-in program has gone live in the United States, United Kingdom, Italy, France, Germany and Canada in partnership with third-party device buyback and trade-in company...

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06:52
FDA Takes an Almost Hands-off-Approach to Apple...

It's being reported today that With Apple and fellow Silicon Valley companies edging further into health care, the U.S. agency in charge of oversight says it will give the technology industry leeway to develop new products without aggressive regulation.

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06:51
News: Daily Deal: Last Chance to save over 75% on...

This week is your last chance to pick up the Wireless Bluetooth Cloud Buds for only $24.99 in our iLounge Deals. Providing a truly hands-free listening experience, the Bluetooth Cloud Buds provide up to thirty feet of Bluetooth connectivity and feature an integrated mic for taking calls while on the go. The package includes a noise-cancelling outer shell, optional ear hooks and multiple sizes of gelled ear buds and caps so you can fit these in with…

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06:48
News: Cook: ‘Religious freedom’ laws allowing...

In an op-ed column for the Washington Post, Apple CEO Tim Cook says pro-discrimination “religious freedom” laws popping up all over the country are dangerous. Cook sees a law passed last week in Indiana which allows individuals to use their religious beliefs to refuse service to customers — and another in Texas taking the pay of clerks issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples — as transparent efforts to legalize discrimination.…

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06:45
FDA confirms 'very light touch' regulation...

Wearable devices that collect and collate personal health data, such as the forthcoming Apple Watch, are unlikely to fall under the thumb of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as long as manufacturers stay away from medical diagnosis, an agency representative said this week.

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06:34
If You Want To Buy an Apple Watch In-Store, You...

An anonymous reader writes "Good news for those of you thinking of buying an Apple watch but were concerned the experience wouldn't feel exclusive enough. According to MacRumors there will be no walk-in sales the first few weeks of launch. Instead, you'll have to call the store and make reservations. From the article: "Apple will begin offering online pre-sales of the Apple Watch starting on April 10th, with the first deliveries occurring on April 24th, the official Apple Watch launch date. During those two weeks, customers will be able to have hands-on 'try-on' appointments at Apple retail stores in order to help make up their mind. However, according to training documents that MacRumors has received, Apple is not allowing any walk-in retail purchases for the Apple Watch at launch. Instead customers must make an online 'Product Reservation' to hold a specific Apple Watch model at a retail store. This new 'Product Reservation' system is used instead of Apple's 'Personal Pickup'...

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06:29
GoodTask 2 has been updated for Mac OS X Yosemite

Haha Interactive has released GoodTask 2 (http://goodtaskapp.com/mac), an update to their to-do/task manager application for Mac OS X.

GoodTask works on top of Apple's stock Reminders app. Completely re-imagined to fully feature Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite, GoodTask 2 has been rebuilt from the ground to make it more powerful with better usability, according to the folks at Haha.

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06:18
Apple Watch for retail sale by reservation only, no...

Shoppers wanting to buy an Apple Watch from an Apple Store will not be able to pick one up without a prior reservation, at least at launch, according to a new report.

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06:17
Hon Hai's Net Profits Rise 22% on Strong Sales...

According to NASDAQ, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., the world's largest manufacturer of electronics said its 2014 net profit rose 22% from a year earlier, thanks to strong sales of larger-screen Apple Inc. iPhones.

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06:00
Apple/Beats streaming music service has competition...

If Apple plans to offer artist exclusives as a way to encourage sign-ups to its rebranded Beats Music streaming service, it will be facing new competition. TechCrunch reports that Tidal, the high-definition music service being relaunched later today by new owner Jay Z, is set to announce some exclusive deals with big-name artists.

Tidal is […] reportedly making a move to snag new releases by some of the biggest musicians of the moment including Kanye West, Madonna and Daft Punk […]

Tidal’s plan of attack will be to ink first-window deals with the artists, where Tidal would get first releases of tracks...

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05:34
Samsung Display Creates a Specialty Team to...

A somewhat odd report surfaced in Korea this morning. According to this new report "Samsung Display is creating an exclusive group for focusing only on Apple’s product development and management." To clarify ...

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05:33
Steve Jobs biopic shoots scenes from unveiling of...

The upcoming film about the life of Steve Jobs, starring Michael Fassbender, will feature scenes reliving his return to the company and the unveiling of the very first iMac.

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05:16
Tim Cook Calls 'Religious Freedom'...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has called recent "religious freedom" legislation passed in Indiana and Arkansas "very dangerous" in a public op-ed letter published by The Washington Post. Cook argues that there are nearly 100 pro-discrimination bills in the United States that "go against the very principles" the country was founded on and "have the potential to undo decades of progress towards greater equality."

Cook's letter comes in response to Indiana governor Mike Pence passing the controversial Religious Freedom...

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05:06
Want to work for Apple in the US? Here are the five...

If Apple’s recently-revamped jobs site has tempted you to consider a move to the US, data from the Office of Foreign Labor Certification may provide a guide to your chances. Applications for H-1B visas–those allowing overseas workers to accept job offers in the US–reveal that top tech companies like Apple mostly sponsor the visas for five main roles, reports TechCrunch.

By examining the most common professions among H-1B applicants for Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft, five consistent career paths emerged across each company. Software engineers, systems software engineers, financial analysts, computer systems analysts and marketing managers make up a large part of H-1B visa...

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05:00
Retiring in a Tropical Paradise: Risks May Outweigh...


One of the really attractive options for retirement is moving to another country and, for a fraction of the cost of living in the U.S., living like royalty. Well, I've been hearing a lot of stories about this over the last year, and I think there is reason for concern. This isn't to say that a lot of folks haven't done it successfully, but I've met a considerable number who appear to be in denial or simply have no choice now but to ride out their decision, because they can't afford to move back to the U.S.

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04:32
Kool Tools; Print Window for Mac OS X

Searchware Solutions' Print Window is a useful window printing utility for Mac OS X. Integrated with the Finder, it allows users to print a file listing of folders with a simple key command (or other methods of triggering a file listing).

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04:29
Global devices shipments to grow 2.8% this year

Worldwide combined shipments of devices (PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones) are estimated to reach 2.5 billion units in 2015, an increase of 2.8% over 2014, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). In spending terms, the global computing devices market (PCs and ultramobiles) is on pace to reach US$226 billion, a 7.2% decline in current U.S. dollars, says the research group.

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04:12
Tim Cook calls Arkansas & Indiana laws “...

Tim Cook has written an op-ed in the Washington Post describing legislation permitting businesses to bypass anti-discrimination laws on religious grounds as “very dangerous,” and in fundamental opposition to the founding principles of the United States. In it, he referenced the ugly days of racial segregation, which finally ended only in the 1960s.

Men and women have fought and died fighting to protect our country’s founding principles of freedom and equality. We owe it to them, to each other and to our future to continue to fight with our words and our actions to make sure we protect those ideals. The days of segregation and discrimination marked by “Whites Only” signs on shop doors, water fountains and restrooms must remain deep in our past. We must never return to any...

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02:14
BusyContacts 1.0.2

Maintenance release for the new contact manager app. ($49.99 new, free update, 5.4 MB)

 

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01:00
New OneNoteInEducation.com—designed for everyone in...

When we developed OneNoteforTeachers.com exclusively for educators, we didn’t know that OneNote would take off the way it has in education. Since launching the site in October 2014, we have seen interest from educators for getting “Ninja” trained on OneNote with the wealth of interactive guides on the site. Now, they are telling their principals and students about their new skills in OneNote sparking their interest in OneNote in education. To meet this need, we redesigned the site to include guides and pages for both students and administrators and gave it a more fitting name of OneNoteInEducation.com.

New guides for anyone in your school or district

The...

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Sunday March 29

21:24
Twitter sharing disappears in latest iOS beta, may...

A small change to the latest beta version of iOS may indicate a big change coming to the official Twitter application. In the pre-release version of the software that was provided to testers and developers last week, it seems the option to share content to Twitter has been removed entirely.

Not only is the Twitter icon now missing from the share sheet in first-party apps like Photos and Safari, but from all third-party apps that use the native sharing option introduced in iOS 8. The change could just be a glitch, but it more likely suggests that Apple may be removing its in-house Twitter sheet in favor of something new…

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21:22
Liquid metal machines 'eat' in order to...

Robots typically rely on batteries to get power, but they may soon have to do little more than nibble on another material to start moving. Chinese researchers have developed simple liquid metal machines (not shown here) that zip around if they "eat" ...

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20:48
Cook says discriminatory 'religious freedom...

In an editorial published by The Washington Post on Sunday, Apple CEO Tim Cook comes down hard on a spate of U.S. legislation he believes enables discrimination under the guise religious freedom.

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20:27
Halo 5 lands on Xbox One this October 27th

Ready for the next installment of Halo? The bad news is you still have a seven-month wait on your hands, but at least it's a concrete release date, right? Right? The news coincides with a new in-game teaser for Halo 5, with Master Chief et al. attemp...

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20:21
Apple Won't Allow Swapping of Bands at Apple...

The Apple Watch will be available for in store previews and Try-On appointments starting on April 10th. The Apple Watch comes in a variety of sizes, colors, and band-types which can make the decision of how to pick a band and Apple Watch combination complicated.

Apple has a number of recommended combinations highlighted on their online store, but also sells bands separately, allowing customers to potentially mix and match between the various Apple Watches and bands. Some combinations could yield a mix of materials that readers feared may not look natural together, such as an aluminum Apple Watch Sport and a stainless steel accented band. The stainless steel Apple Watch is the most...

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20:05
Tim Cook: Pro-discrimination ‘religious freedom’...

Washington Post:

America’s business community recognized a long time ago that discrimination, in all its forms, is bad for business. At Apple, we are in business to empower and enrich our customers’ lives. We strive to do business in a way that is just and fair. That’s why, on behalf of Apple, I’m standing up to oppose this new wave of legislation — wherever it emerges.

Another example of Tim Cook making Apple a company in his own image. And that’s a good thing.

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19:05
How would you change Sony's Xperia Z1?

There's a familiar theme whenever Engadget reviews a Sony smartphone, which is that the hardware's great, but not compelling enough to make you buy one. When Sharif Sakr got his hands on the Xperia Z1, he found that the headline feature -- that 20 me...

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19:01
Napkin 1.5

Significant update to image annotation and diagramming app adds many user requested features and overhauls user interface to be more aligned with 10.10 Yosemite. ($39.99 new, free update, 5.4 MB)

 

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19:00
Backblaze 4.0

Improves upload and download speeds through new threading scheme. (Free, 9.8 MB)

 

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17:11
Game Boy camera gun prints when you shoot

If you had a spare Game Boy Camera and the printer to match, what would you do with them? If you're media artist Dmitry Morozov, you'd make a one-of-a-kind firearm. His GBG-8 gun uses Nintendo's photographic peripherals and an Arduino board to shoot ...

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15:58
Inside iCloud: Apple Inc has quietly doubled its...

Apple has greatly expanded its data center near Reno, Nev., about four hours east of Silicon Valley. However, it appears that the company's aggressive growth in iCloud server capacity is only just getting started, with massive room for expansion surrounding the facilities.

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15:32
Apple Watch Edition buyers will get the red carpet...

When you're buying a $10,000 watch, you expect first-class service -- and Apple is apparently ready to deliver. Sources for 9to5Mac claim that people who buy the gold Apple Watch Edition will get to skip the queues whenever they need help. They'll be...

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15:07
Apple will offer virtual online try-ons and personal...

While Apple will offer extensive in-store sales and try-on experiences in Apple Stores, the company will also allow customers to virtually try on an Apple Watch or Apple Watch Edition and receive setup support, according to sources. Prior to purchasing either of two higher-end Apple Watches, customers will be able to video chat with an Apple Online Store representative who will personally try-on and model Apple Watch collections and band combinations. Additionally, as we noted in our prior article about Apple Watch Edition sales perks, Edition customers...

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14:22
Apple won’t offer business pricing/financing or...

Apple won’t offer special business pricing, financing, and bulk discount options, like it does with Macs, iPhones, and iPads, for the Apple Watch at launch, according to sources. However, business customers will still be able to make their purchases via the dedicated Business Teams at some Apple Stores…

In most cases, business customers will still, however, be offered the walk-through sales process discussed in our earlier articles. Some readers have hoped that Apple would sell the stainless steel or ...

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13:50
Apple Store revamp for Apple Watch revealed: ‘...

While the 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition has been receiving a lot of attention due to its premium pricing and aesthetic, Apple will sell far more of the lower-priced Apple Watch and Apple Watch Sport models, and has created a different customer journey for those customers, according to sources briefed on the plans. Most of the sales process will be familiar to buyers of other products from the Apple Store, but a number of steps are different, including the process of visiting a “magical” display case, trying on different models, playing with demo units, and actually finalizing the purchase. Below, we detail the entire customer experience for the upcoming Apple Watch launch…

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13:46
Apple Watch for Sale in Retail Stores by Reservation...

As the Apple Watch launch approaches, details have been leaking out about how Apple will be handling sales of their new device. According to leaked Apple documentation, the company will not be selling the Apple Watch to walk-in customers at launch.

Apple will begin offering online pre-sales of the Apple Watch starting on April 10th, with the first deliveries occurring on April 24th, the official Apple Watch launch date. During those two weeks, customers will be able to have hands-on "try-on" appointments at Apple retail stores in order to help make up their mind.

However, according to training documents that MacRumors has received, Apple is not allowing any walk-in retail purchases for the Apple Watch at launch. Instead customers must make an online "Product Reservation" to hold a specific Apple Watch model at a retail store. This new "Product Reservation" system is used instead of Apple's "...

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13:34
NSA considered scrapping its mass phone surveillance...

The National Security Agency may present a united front when it defends against criticism of its bulk phone data collection, but it's now clear that there has been at least some doubt within the ranks. Associated Press sources have revealed that ther...

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12:21
Apple Watch Edition perks: 24/7 support, private 1-...

After hiring a new team of fashion sales and marketing experts from Yves St. Laurent, Louis Vuitton, and Burberry, Apple has developed a unique Apple Store purchasing experience just for the 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition, according to sources briefed on the launch plans. When a customer interested in the Apple Watch Edition enters the store, he or she will be given no-wait access to a dedicated Expert, who will provide a personalized “journey” from the beginning of the appointment until the end, as much as one hour later. There will even be a new option for at-home video conferencing rather than in-store personal setup. By design, it will be more “elegant” than the...

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12:12
How Apple's new MacBook gets nearly as much...

Apple has packed its all-new MacBook with some impressive technology, but its outstanding battery life -- nine hours from a single charge -- may be the most staggering. AppleInsider took a look under the hood to see how they could have done it.

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11:30
Life with the Moto 360: has Motorola's...

When the Moto 360 first hit the scene, its reception was... mixed. That round display was eye-catching, but it couldn't make up for the smartwatch's all-too-short battery life and undercooked software. Times have changed, though. Motorola trotted out...

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09:29
Samsung Invents Biosignal ID for their Smartwatch to...

Samsung has had some problems with their fingerprint scanner over time, and while they're working on improving that feature for smartphones and tablets, they've also been working on how to perform user authentication on their Gear smartwatch.

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09:21
Why Final Fantasy XV's main playable characters...

Final Fantasy XV's playable demo confirmed suspicions that the long-awaited game's core playable characters are all, well, men. For those wondering, even just a bit, why the creators came to that decision when previous main titles featured mixed-gend...

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09:13
MGG 546: Calendars, Flaky Connections and NAS Backups

TAMED this week: flaky internet connections, disappearing sent mail, recurring installer relaunches and keyboard shortcuts who refuse to sync. Your geeks just won't let these things stand, and neither should you. In addition they share some tips from listeners about making the Finder show you just what you want and backing up network drives. Trust us, you don't want to miss this one!


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07:00
Inhabitat's Week in Green: e-paper shoes,...

Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week's most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us -- it's the Week in Green.

Fans of green cars are eagerly awaiting the release of the Tesla Model X, but you won't have to wait to s...

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Saturday March 28

20:02
Native Instruments teases a portable, touch-...

Native Instruments has a full-fledged DJ deck and mixer combo, but it can be a big hassle -- do you really want to lug a giant controller with you on tour, especially if you already have a preferred mixer? You won't have to make that sacrifice for mu...

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19:31
Review: 'Becoming Steve Jobs' looks to...

With "Becoming Steve Jobs," coauthors Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli seek to dismantle perceptions of Jobs the egomaniacal, callous autocrat, replacing accepted opinion with a retelling of the life of a man who they describe -- for better or worse -- as being "half genius, half asshole."

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18:52
UK's Boots Pharmacy Chain Onboard with new...

In July 2015 we posted a report titled "A New Landmark Partnership between Apple and IBM is about to transform the Way Work gets done." Eight months after Apple and IBM began working together on building mobile apps for businesses ... the UK pharmacy chain Boots that has begun equipping store employees with iPads to serve shoppers in the aisles.

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18:17
Air Canada Exited to Offer new Apple Watch App Next...

top of the month we posted a report titled "Apple-IBM Showcase Air Canada using MobileFirst Apps at Barcelona Trade Show." Late yesterday Air Canada announced in Montreal that it has developed an app for the recently unveiled Apple Watch...

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17:41
Hillary Clinton confirms she wiped her email server

Members of the US House of Representatives hoping to get a look at Hillary Clinton's personal email server just got a big disappointment. Clinton's attorney has confirmed to a House committee on Benghazi that, after handing over work-related email to...

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15:23
Emvio's smartwatch will tell you when you'...

Smartwatches are growing ever more capable by the day. Sometimes, though, there's no harm in a little focus. Enter Emvio, a watch with one core goal: to help you manage stress. There are no message notifications or apps, instead, Emvio monitors varia...

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13:04
Best Buy is shutting down Canada's biggest tech...

Best Buy is a mainstay of tech shopping in the US, but it knows that it's small potatoes in Canada -- it kept the country's better-known Future Shop chain going for years after a takeover, even after opening shops of its own. However, the American re...

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10:45
AMC's channels come to PlayStation Vue

If you were intrigued by PlayStation Vue as a substitute for cable TV but refused to sign up until you could watch The Walking Dead, it's time to hop aboard. Sony has added AMC Networks to Vue's channel roster, giving you AMC proper as well as IFC, S...

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10:30
The Week in iPad Cases: Build your library with book...

Build your library with book-style cases from Pad & Quill and Portenzo

This week’s roundup of new iPad’s cases includes colorful themes from Portenzo, a reliable standby from Body Glove, and a convenient keyboard option from Kensington.

Body Glove

If protection against extreme conditions is your primary concern, the Toughsuit (iPad Air; $60) packs military-grade rubber construction that absorbs and dissipates impact from drops and shocks.

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09:27
Apple Granted Two Design Patents for their Apple...

Over the years Apple has been granted several design patents for their famous Flagship Apple Stores including the one on Fifth Avenue in New York City along with one in Shanghai China. In this report we cover Apple's Hong Kong granted design patent for their Flagship Store in Zhongjie Joy City.

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09:00
iOS 8 How-To: Use Siri to search the App Store,...

Sometimes searching the App Store can be an overwhelming task. You might already know what you want to download, or other times you might get distracted when you open the store and forget why you were there, and typing in what you want to download is old fashioned now. With iOS 8, you can use Siri to search the App Store, iTunes Store, iBooks Store, and more for you. It’s all a matter of asking Siri with the right commands.

Press down and hold on the home button for two seconds for Siri to appear.

For example you can say something like, “Search the App Store for sports apps,” and Siri will open up the App Store and bring you to the search results of sports.


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08:24
Hong Kong Patent Office Grants Apple 8 Design...

Over the years Apple has been granted several design patents for their famous Flagship Apple Stores including the one on Fifth Avenue in New York City along with one in Shanghai China. Surprisingly late yesterday the Hong Kong Patent Office granted Apple 8 design patents for their latest West Lake China ...

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08:20
Chrome OS beta is getting a new launcher with Google...

Intrepid folks running Chrome OS beta will soon get to test a huge new feature that's not quite ready for stable release: Chrome Launcher 2.0. This version looks more like a new tab on the Chrome browser than the platform's current, more traditional ...

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07:30
How to Create Light Trails Photographs with Your...

Light trails on an iPhone? Easy! Vern Seward Shows you how in this week's iPhoneography 101.


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07:00
Caturday: A Krispy Mac Sandwich and Billi the IT Cat

KRISPY MAC SANDWICH. PHOTO BY CATHERINE FAMBRINI

It's a double feature Caturday! That kitty you see scrunched between the MacBook Pro with Retina display and the Apple monitor is Krispy, who until recently was one of Catherine Fambrini's office mates. Catherine tells us:

“I work from home so every day is ‘take your cat (and dog) to work’ day. Little Krispy is addicted to the heat emitted by the Apple display and MBPr and she will spend her day literally sandwiched in-between the two. Billi (photo below), which is “cat” in Hindi, was rescued as a baby from the streets of Mumbai, India, so he’s the resident tech support specialist. He’s a bit more pragmatic as you can see, and can usually diagnose issues by sitting on, or directly in front of, the hardware in question.”

BILLI & KRISPY. PHOTO BY CATHERINE FAMBRINI.

Sadly, Catherine let us know that Krispy recently passed away of cancer. Our sympathies go out to Catherine, Billi and anyone else who...

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06:00
HTC One M9, law-abiding cars and other stories you...

Saturday is finally here and it's a great time to catch up this week's top stories. We review the HTC One M9, learn about Ford's new car that will force you to obey the speed limit and get all the details on the best cheap WiFi router that you can bu...

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05:55
Lost Serial Cable that came with the E Class

Forums: Promise TechnologyTags: serialmaintenance

Hello all,
I have got a Promise VTrack E Class and extension J Class and an Xserve.
After updated the firmware of E Class from 3 to 4.2, the Vtrack is in maintenance mode. Article found on Promise KB website deals with this situation :
As this article say, http://kb.promise.com/KnowledgebaseArticle10180.aspx?Keywords=rj11

Unfortunatly, we lost Serial Cable that came with the E Class to link Vtrack to XServe serial port. I Think it is really simple to homemade but I didn't find the schema on the web. It is a simple...

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05:08
Solutions for connecting to the Internet, setting up...

This article covers solutions for connecting to the Internet, setting up a small network, and troubleshooting.

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05:08
Solutions for connecting to the Internet, setting up...

This article covers solutions for connecting to the Internet, setting up a small network, and troubleshooting.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT1714

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05:00
Inconsistent Support Bedevils MacBook Pros Suffering...

The anti-glare coating in some MacBook Pro displays is peeling off under normal use, but Apple is being inconsistent with how it approaches the problem. Topher Kessler of MacIssues offers advice for those with affected Macs.

 

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05:00
Gadget Ogling: Shooting Flames, Flowing Time, and...


Someway, somehow, it's apparently legal to own the XM42 flamethrower in the United States, unless you happen to live in California or Maryland. I can't fathom any circumstance under which a weapon -- let's not mince words here -- capable of shooting flames 25 feet should be available for anyone to pick up if they have $700 lying around to back Ion Productions' crowdfunding campaign. That said, it's incredibly cool and fulfills all my childhood superhero fantasies.

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04:55
‘Becoming Steve Jobs’ – Meet the Authors Brent...

Apple is clearly a fan of the new Becoming Steve Jobs book (review) by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli ($12+Amazon, $13 iBooks, Free Audible). Apple execs including Tim Cook, Jony Ive, ...

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02:51
NASA is working with Russia on a new space station (...

Russia is teaming up with the USA to build ISS 2.0 once the current one's funding runs out in 2024 -- at least according to Russia Today and state news agency TASS. The country's space agency, Roscosmos threatened in February to use the Russian ISS m...

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01:42
Apple's new MacBook employs unorthodox keyboard...

To pursue its continuing obsession with thinness, Apple has gone to extraordinary lengths with the keyboard on the new 12-inch MacBook, redesigning it in a way that is thoroughly distinct from its Macbook Air and MacBook Pro stablemates.

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Friday March 27

20:59
Duplicate Annihilator 5.7.5 - Find and delete...

Duplicate Annihilator takes on the time-consuming task of comparing the images in your iPhoto library using effective algorithms to make sure that no duplicate escapes.

Duplicate Annihilator detects:

  • Duplicates
  • Imported thumbnails
  • Imported thumbnails of faces
  • Missing image files
  • Corrupt JPEGs



Version 5.7.5:

  • Improved error handling.



  • OS X 10.6 or later
  • iPhoto 5 or later



Download Now

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20:38
Laser-activated nanoparticles are coming to clear...

Researchers at UC Santa Barbara have developed a high-tech solution to the bane of adolescence: acne. Acne occurs when the skin's pores become clogged. Conventional remedies generally involve stripping the skin of sebum -- the waxy substance naturall...

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19:07
The Windows 10 preview will work on more phones soon

If you've been itching to try out a technical preview version of Windows 10 on your phone but didn't have a device on the short list, then we have good news. Microsoft just released a list of devices that it expects to support in the next "flight" an...

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18:43
Journey to the center of the earth

How far would you have to travel to reach the Earth’s core? And what would you see along the way? Discover what lies beneath…

The BBC did a great job with this.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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18:41
∞ Jack White And Robert Plant perform “The Lemon...

This is just great.

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18:37
If your brand isn’t perceived as being premium

Michael Mulvey on Samsung’s decision to price its Galaxy S6 higher than the iPhone 6 in the UK:

Premium pricing only works if your brand is perceived at premium and this perception is controlled by people who buy your products, not the company making them.

That pretty much sums up my thoughts. Does anyone see Samsung as anything other than a bunch of copying bastards?

∞ Read this on The Loop

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18:31
Apple, Beats plan to take on Spotify

In a sign of how important Beats is in reshaping Apple’s digital music, the company has made a musician a point man for overhauling the iPhone’s music app to include the streaming music service, as opposed to an engineer. Trent Reznor, the Nine Inch Nails frontman who was the chief creative officer for Beats, is playing a major role in redesigning the music app, according to two Apple employees familiar with the product, who spoke on the condition they not be named because the plans are private.

I’ll be honest—I love Apple, but they really missed the boat on the whole streaming music market. iTunes Radio is hit or miss at best.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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18:03
Daily Roundup: The best cheap WiFi router, Tim Cook...

In today's Daily Roundup you can learn about the best cheap WiFi router from our friends at The Wirecutter, read about Tim Cook planning to donate his fortune to charity and how new memory technology may allow SSDs with up to 10TB of storage. Catch u...

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16:50
How to Update Any Icon on Your Mac

Back in the day you could tell who the serious Mac users were because they had the skills to customize the icons for their hard drive and other icons. You can do the same in OS X, and it's even easier now. Kelly explains how to swap out icons, and sources for more.


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16:39
See in the dark (for a little bit) with night vision...

Daring biohackers from California's Science for the Masses collective have just performed the world's first night vision-enabling "Shine Job." They employed a chemical called Chlorin e6 (Ce6), which is extracted from deep sea fish and occasionally us...

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16:37
Get help using iCloud Contacts

Learn what to do if you’re having issues using iCloud Contacts. For example, you might make changes to Contacts that don't update across all of your devices.

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16:37
Get help using iCloud Contacts (Apple KB)

Learn what to do if you’re having issues using iCloud Contacts. For example, you might make changes to Contacts that don't update across all of your devices.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204150

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16:25
Steve Wozniak: Apple Watch Edition Won’t Move the...

Steve "Woz" Wozniak is interested in the Apple Watch, but not the Apple Watch Edition at the high end. At a keynote event titled What's Next--The Future of Technology at the Automate/Promat Show in Chicago on Wednesday, Mr. Wozniak said he thought the US$10,000 and $17,000 Apple Watch Edition wasn't the kind of device that would move the world forward.


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16:10
Frequently asked questions about using a Retina...

Review frequently asked questions about using a Retina display.

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16:10
Frequently asked questions about using a Retina...

Review frequently asked questions about using a Retina display.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202471

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16:06
Big Money Helps Cyanogen Go for Android's...


Cyanogen this week announced the completion of a follow-up round of Series C financing that brought $80 million in new funds to pay for more hiring and accelerated development of its open platform software development kit. Cyanogen is committed to liberating the Android OS from the financial grip of Google. Its CyanogenMod firmware adds considerable personalization features and improvements to the Android platform. Cyanogen has spurred a developing secondary app market for an alternative Android distribution based on its mods.

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16:00
Resetting an AirPort base station FAQ

This article answers questions about resetting AirPort base stations including AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and AirPort Time Capsule. It also includes steps for how to reset your AirPort base station.

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16:00
Resetting an AirPort base station FAQ (Apple KB)

This article answers questions about resetting AirPort base stations including AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and AirPort Time Capsule. It also includes steps for how to reset your AirPort base station.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201945

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16:00
Today in the App Store -- Dark Sky, MLB Manager 2015...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today's notable apps include a discount on Reverser Cam - Backward Video Camera, the new MLB Manager 2015 and an update to Dark Sky - Weather Radar, Hyperlocal Forecasts, and Storm Alerts. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

myCal PRO: Calendar & Event Organizer [Now free, down from $3.99] No more dots in your calendar! myCal PRO displays what you need to see, your events!

Square Video for Instagram & Vine [Now free, down from $1.99] Square Video empowers you to capture and share your video within the ideal horizontal or vertical viewing ratio (...

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15:48
How to identify Mac mini models

Use the information below to help determine which Mac mini model you have.

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15:48
How to identify Mac mini models (Apple KB)

Use the information below to help determine which Mac mini model you have.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201894

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15:46
Compatibility of Apple wired headset models with...

The features of Apple wired headsets can vary between iPhone, iPad, and iPod models. Most headsets can play back audio, but some headsets have features, such as a mic or buttons to control iPod functions, that work only on newer models.

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15:46
Compatibility of Apple wired headset models with...

The features of Apple wired headsets can vary between iPhone, iPad, and iPod models. Most headsets can play back audio, but some headsets have features, such as a mic or buttons to control iPod functions, that work only on newer models.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201869

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15:37
iTunes: Frequently asked questions about viewing and...

You can play videos and even sync them to iPad, iPhone, and some iPod models. Here are answers to frequently asked questions about video playback in iTunes and on mobile devices.

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15:37
iTunes: Frequently asked questions about viewing and...

You can play videos and even sync them to iPad, iPhone, and some iPod models. Here are answers to frequently asked questions about video playback in iTunes and on mobile devices.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201784

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15:30
Google, Johnson & Johnson to partner on surgical...

Google has formed a partnership with medical and consumer goods firm Johnson & Johnson that will see the development of robots to help surgeons in the operating room, according to an announcement made on Friday.

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15:29
'The Legend of Zelda' Wii U version pushed...

Nintendo's Legend of Zelda game in development for Wii U is no longer due out in 2015, producer Eiji Aonuma announced in a video (embedded after the break) today. "I must apologize to you all that were expecting the game by year's end, but we are no ...

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15:27
iTunes in the Cloud, iTunes Match, and iTunes Radio...

Find out which content types are supported for iTunes in the Cloud by country and where iTunes Match and iTunes Radio are available.

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15:27
iTunes in the Cloud, iTunes Match, and iTunes Radio...

Find out which content types are supported for iTunes in the Cloud by country and where iTunes Match and iTunes Radio are available.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204632

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15:07
Play 'Super Mario 64' in your browser now

Take the edge off of a full work week with a bit of Super Mario 64, available for download or playable right in your browser thanks to ingenious Unity developer Roystan Ross. He calls it Super Mario 64 HD, and it features the original game's first le...

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14:45
The Week in iOS Apps: Periscope and Stre.am join the...

Periscope and Stre.am join the videocasting revolution

This week’s roundup includes two new apps that let you broadcast live video straight from your phone. Plus, we have a new “Star Wars” game. And we know you love those.

Atari Fit

Need a little incentive to get off your butt? The free Atari Fit app for iPhone offers more than 100 exercises, so you’ll have a useful guide to getting in shape — and if you actually do the exercises, you can earn “coins” that unlock classic games like Pong, Super Breakout, and Centipede.

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14:41
AWT News Update: March 27, 2015

Today's top stories on the AWT News Update:

  • Instapaper adds Tweet Shots, background updates, and speed reading features
  • A new technology promises 10 TB solid state drives that are faster and less expensive per gigabyte of storage
  • The Slack team collaboration service was hacked, and the company is asking users to update passwords and enable two-factor authentication

Be sure to watch the AWT News Update live on Periscope every afternoon!

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14:11
Meerkat works around Twitter social graph, Vine gets...

A trio of popular media apps received updates Friday, with live broadcasting app Meerkat gaining upgrades to compete with Twitter's Periscope, while Vine moves to 720p video and Instapaper adds Instant Sync and Twitter "textshots."

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14:09
Slack beefs up security after data breach with two-...

When you've got a hot new online platform, you inevitably become a target for hackers. That's the lesson Slack, a popular business collaboration tool, learned when it discovered an intrusion in its systems last February. As a result, the company is n...

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14:00
Slack users: Set up two-factor authentication now

Over a half-million users sign into Slack every day at work from their iPhones, iPads, Macs, or those “other platforms.” It’s a very popular and new collaboration tool for teams; we use it here at Apple World Today, and I actually communicate with another team through the app. Well, today the commpany announced that there was “unauthorized access to a Slack database containing user profile information,” and recommends that users change their passwords and enable Two-Factor Authentication as well.

Two-Factor Authentication is simple — whenever you sign into Slack in the future, you’ll enter your user email and password as usual, but you’ll also be asked for a six-digit code that is generated by either the Google Authenticator or Duo Mobile app...

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13:54
Browse and buy books from the iBooks Store and the...

You can browse and buy books on on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, and on your computer.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204081

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13:54
Browse and buy books from the iBooks Store and the...

You can browse and buy books on on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, and on your computer.

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13:53
Mac Basics: Notifications keep you informed (Apple...

The Notifications feature of OS X helps you keep track of what's new.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204079

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13:53
Mac Basics: Notifications keep you informed

The Notifications feature of OS X helps you keep track of what's new.

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13:52
News: iLounge Weekly arrives Monday, sign up now

The latest edition of iLounge Weekly, our weekly newsletter covering all things iLounge, will be arriving in subscribers’ inboxes early next week. iLounge Weekly is a summary of the week’s best news, reviews, and feature articles we’ve published, and it also features giveaways and accessory discount offers from various companies. There’s still plenty of time to sign up and receive this week’s edition — just use the simple form…

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13:38
Hands-On With the Apple Watch: A Developer's...

Earlier this month, Apple began inviting a select number of developers to an Apple Watch development lab in Sunnyvale, California, located near the company's main Cupertino campus. Developers were invited to reserve a testing appointment to test their Apple Watch apps on actual Apple Watch devices to get ready for the device's April 24 launch.

One of the developers who had a chance to visit Apple's WatchKit lab and get hands-on time with the Apple Watch shared his testing experience with MacRumors and gave us some of his thoughts on the device after spending all day using it.

Apple maintained strict control over the Apple Watches that developers were allowed to use for testing. Security guards were on hand, and developers were not allowed into the room until receiving a badge, which had to be worn at all times. Entering into the lab was done through two doorways, each of which was locked and could only be opened via an electronic keycard.

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13:38
Apps: Layout from Instagram, Periscope, The Trace +...

New Apps + Games Layout from Instagram (free) — Instagram’s latest addition to the App Store allows users to quickly and easily create photo collages and share them. While Layout is far from the first iOS app to do this sort of thing, it’s definitely one of the best designed that we’ve seen, providing the ability to quickly select a group of photos, choose your favorite layout, and then even make drag-and-drop adjustments to move…

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13:36
Apple has not approached Comcast about Web...

Amid rumors of an Apple branded streaming television service, Comcast asserts it has not engaged in any discussions with the company about licensing NBCUniversal content to air alongside programs from potential partners ABC, CBS, Fox and more.

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13:32
Insane Android OEM in China Compares Apple to Hitler...

The rivalry between Apple and Android fans has been long standing. During the Samsung patent infringement trials we saw firsthand how fanatical Android fans could be. But by and large, each community pokes each other in the eye ...

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13:12
Last chance to get in on Prong PWR Case Indiegogo...

OK, I know it's a bit late since there are only about 11 hours left in this Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. But I thought that this case was rather nifty and thought at least some of our readers might want to jump on the Prong PWR iPhone Case before it's too late.

I'll let the team behind this ingenious case explain the campaign to you, but basically Prong is a combination of iPhone case, battery pack and charger all in one clever package. The campaign is currently funded at 132% of its goal, but you can still pick up one for US$70 -- this is a product that's expected to retail for over $100 when it finally makes it to market.

Check it out, and if you decide to back the campaign, do it NOW! You won't have another chance.

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13:07
Opinion: As Nintendo ponders iOS, it’s time for Mac...

When Nintendo announced last week that it will collaborate with DeNA to release iPhone and iPad games, gamers split into two camps: people intrigued by the promise of brand new Nintendo titles designed for mobile devices, and others — including myself — who expect Nintendo to release shallow mobile minigames, mostly to promote console titles. Nintendo hasn’t actually committed to bringing the Super Mario games people love into the App Store; instead, it’s saying only that its characters will appear in new titles that won’t require complex controls. The implication is that only Nintendo consoles are capable of playing Nintendo’s console...

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13:00
Mail Designer Pro 2 is perfect for the in-betweeners

For many of us, email is a way to quickly share information with a distant party. For example, a sweet message and a birthday photo will make grandma's day. For others, it's serious marketing that's managed by a director, an art department and a copywriter. Mail Designer Pro 2 (currently on sale for US$49.99, regularly $89.99), a WYSIWYG email designer for the Mac, is for everyone in between.

Mail Designer Pro 2 lets you create and deliver beautiful, custom email newsletters with no knowledge of HTML required. It's compatible with Campaign Monitor and Mail Chimp, so you can upload your designs when they're done. With 38 default templates to choose from (and more via in-app purchase) and a wealth of editing options, Mail Designer Pro 2 seems intimidating at first, but you'll soon be designing great-looking campaigns for your members, subscribers or customers. Here's our look at Mail Designer Pro 2 for Mac.

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12:59
Pocket camera helps the visually impaired navigate...

This might be one of the least invasive sight aids for the visually impaired that we've spotted: it's a camera that sits in the shirt pocket, Her-style, and uses auditory alerts to warn when the user approaches obstacles. The idea here is to help fol...

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12:53
Apple Hasn't Approached NBC Over Content Deal...

Over the past couple of weeks, rumors have leaked pointing towards an Apple-branded streaming television service that could include 25 channels for $30 to $40 per month with partners like CBS, ABC, and Fox. NBC and parent company Comcast are not part of the negotiations, and according to a new report from Re/code, that's because Apple has not approached Comcast about a partnership.

Earlier rumors about the streaming television service suggested NBC's absence from the upcoming package was due to a falling out between Apple and Comcast, but on Thursday, Comcast said that wasn't true in a letter that it sent to the Federal Communications Commission. Comcast's letter was a response to a filing from Stop...

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12:47
Apple's Tim Cook plans to give away all of his...

Apple chief executive Tim Cook has revealed plans to donate the vast majority of his wealth to charity before he dies, saying that he wants to develop a "systematic approach" to philanthropy.

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12:45
The REAL Reason Apple’s iPad is Faltering

Apple's iPad sales started out growing like gangbusters. It looked to become a major product line along side the iPhone But then, in the last year, sales have faltered. Various reasons have be put forward: update cycles, the popularity of phablets, and so on. But the real reason goes much deeper. John Martellaro explains.


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12:39
Facebook Invites App Devs to Join in Messenger...


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg this week told an audience at the F8 conference for Facebook developers that the company's future lies in its family of apps and in giving the network's members the ability to share what they want, where they want.
"We're building this family so we can offer unique, world-class experiences for all of the ways that people want to share," Zuckerberg told some 2,000 developers attending the forum in San Francisco. That shift from a single service to a family of applications is a significant one, he added.

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12:25
Pay an unpaid balance in the iTunes Store (Apple KB)

If your payment method was declined or there's a billing problem with a previous purchase, you might need to update your billing information. You can complete your purchase on a Mac or PC. If you're using an iOS device, open iTunes on your computer.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT203005

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12:24
Topics for the OS X Mavericks 10.9 Troubleshooting...

Learn what topics are on the OS X Mavericks 10.9 Troubleshooting Exam (9L0-065).

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202997

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12:23
Contact Apple for support and service (Apple KB)

See a list of Apple phone numbers around the world.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201232

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12:22
Topics for Mac Service Certification Exam (9L0-011...

This article lists the exam topics for the Mac Service Certification Exam (9L0-011).

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202985

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12:21
Apple Technical Learning Administration System FAQ (...

 The following are frequently asked questons concerning the Apple Technical Learning Administration System FAQ

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202914<

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12:19
Tiny 3D-printed retro TV set plays B-movies for your...

The Philco Predicta television is a 1950s design icon and one of the most easily recognizable television models in history, what with its detached picture tube and nearly flat screen. Unfortunately, finding a working example these days is nearly impo...

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12:18
Fantastical 2 now available, offers redesigned...

A useful calendar application just got better.

This week, Flexibits released Fantastical 2 for the Mac.

The new version, which sports a redesigned user interface, also includes a full calendar window with day, week, month, and year views, an intuitive parsing engine, iCloud reminders support, light theme, time zone support, birthday reminders, Action and Share Extensions as well as Handoff support to connect your Mac with your iOS devices.

iCloud Reminders are even better and users can now see their events and dated reminders together in the main list. Reminders can be quickly created by starting sentences with “reminder”, “todo”, “task”, or “remind me...

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12:08
iRig 2, the sequel to the most popular guitar/bass/...

Thanks to IK Multimedia for sponsoring The Loop with iRig 2, a guitar interface I’m using all the time. Now everyone can plug in their guitar, bass or other instrument and enjoy killer tone on their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or Android device — with the release of iRig 2, the world’s most popular guitar interface is now better than ever before. Revolutionize the way you make your music while on the go!

A digital rig with physical presence

With iRig 2, you’ll be able to enjoy IK’s full range of AmpliTube apps (the #1 app for guitar and bass players). It’s ready to go right out of the box. It comes with a powerful cross-platform suite of apps and software that includes free versions of AmpliTube for iOS,...

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12:08
The Process behind Apple's "Sensor-on-...

In September 2012 Apple introduced new In-Cell iPhone glass technology that Phil Schiller referred to as "Integrated touch." Months later, one of Apple's patents covering in-cell displays came to light. Late yesterday a patent application from Apple was filed in Europe revealing their specialized lamination process that they referred to as sensor-on-glass. It's now commonly known as "In-Cell." Apple had...

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11:50
‘Bobine’ Flexible iPhone Charging Dock: $24.99

Check out the Bobine, a very clever approach to a charging cable and dock for your Lightinging iPhone. It's a flexible cable that will stay where you put it, even supporting your iPhone in the process. That makes it a highly adjustable dock, a tripod, and a charger, all in one. It's MFi-certified, and features a military-grade nickel-plated steel design. Through our deal, you can get it for $24.99.


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11:46
Tim Cook 'deeply disappointed' by new...

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Friday stood in opposition to a new Indiana law that allows businesses in the state to legally discriminate against gays and lesbians, while calling on Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson to veto a similar measure that is set to hit his desk.

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11:43
Vine's six-second slices of life get a big...

Artists and comedians have been doing some truly amazing things with Vine since it launched as a Twitter product two years ago, but those mesmerizing slices of life that eat up your day in six-second increments have never really looked all that great...

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11:35
Tim Cook calls out controversial Arkansas and...

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Twitter today shared Apple’s opposition to a controversial new law in Indiana while calling on the governor of Arkansas to veto legislation before it becomes law. Both laws relate to religious freedom protection but have been criticized as enabling LGBT discrimination.

Apple joined a crowd of companies publicly opposing similar legislation passed by the state congress in Arizona last year before its governor decided to veto the bill rather than signing it into law.

Apple has championed diversity and equality through...

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11:35
Apple CEO Tim Cook Speaks Out Against Indiana's...

Apple CEO Tim Cook today sent out a series of Tweets condemning Indiana Governor Mike Pence's decision to sign a controversial "religious freedom" bill into law, saying Apple is "deeply disappointed" in the move and "open for everyone."

Apple is open for everyone. We are deeply disappointed in Indiana's new law and calling on Arkansas Gov. to veto the similar #HB1228.

— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) March 27, 2015
The religious freedom legislation that was approved by Pence on Thursday could let businesses turn away gay and lesbian customers by citing "religious freedom." The approval of the bill has earned Indiana national attention, and much of...

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11:16
Stars and writers of “NewsRadio” look back on the...

Uproxx:

Twenty years later, though, you can mention NewsRadio in a conversation about the best shows in TV history and faces light up. But we wanted to go straight to the heart of the WYNX studio, so we talked to some of the show’s stars — Dave Foley, Stephen Root, Maura Tierney and Khandi Alexander — as well as writers Brad Isaacs and Joe Furey, to find out how they feel about this series two decades later.

It really was an amazingly good television show.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:15
HTC, Valve offer free Vive VR dev kits to select...

Valve, the company that spawned Steam, Team Fortress 2, Portal and Half-Life, will hand out dev kits of its Vive virtual reality headset to select developers at no cost, company spokesperson Doug Lombardi tells Ars Technica. Valve plans to launch a n...

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11:05
UK Safari Users can Sue Google Over Unwanted Browser...

Google lost its fight to keep UK residents from filing lawsuits over the Safari browser tracking cookies it placed on their computers even when they explicitly blocked the activity. The Court of Appeal ruling means potentially millions of people can file lawsuits against the company over claims that their privacy has been violated.

The Mac Observer Spin: Google may have claimed it was simply using "known functionality" in the Safari Web browser, but both US and UK courts think the company crossed the line. Seems even though most people are fine giving up privacy, they draw the line at Google using tracking cookies even after browser settings are changed to prohibit that.


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11:00
Pastimes: Apps and accessories to help your golf game

Pastime (noun): an activity that someone does regularly for enjoyment rather than work; a hobby; his favorite pastimes were shooting and golf. 

For a lot of people, the weekend means time to get away from the day-to-day drudgery of working for a living and do something that you enjoy. In this new weekly column, I'll focus on specific hobbies or "pastimes" and the apps and/or accessories that can help you get even more enjoyment out of those precious weekend moments. I thought I'd start this column off with a sport that I don't pursue, but about 24 million people in the US do -- golf!

Apps to help your game

SKYDROID - GOLF GPS

SkyDroid - Golf GPS ($1.99): Knowing where you are in relation to the green is a big...

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10:55
Gear: Booq Cobra squeeze

Booq’s Cobra squeeze ($195) is a new backpack with 13 separate compartments for your gear, including a MacBook up to the size of a 15” MacBook Pro. The bag’s gray exterior is made of Bionic Yarn, a fabric that combines recycled plastics with cotton — it gives the weatherproof Cobra squeeze a smooth texture that can stand up to the elements. Most pockets inside are lined with polyester, though an extra cushion is also provided to…

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10:14
OS X Server (Yosemite): Server administrator...

Learn which username and password to use when installing an Xsan configuration profile on OS X Server (Yosemite).

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201202

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10:03
The best Apple Watch accessories: bands, cases,...



Apple Watch preorders, reservations, and sales are set to kick off in the coming weeks, so we’ve prepared a running list of the best accessories available to purchase and preorder online.

Companies aren’t waiting around for an official Apple third-party accessory program for the device, as a long list of straps, cases, charging docks, screen protectors and more are scheduled to ship next month in...

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10:00
'Wunderlist' for Apple Watch Brings To-Do...

Wunderlist has provided a closer look at its Apple Watch companion app, which appeared on the App Store on Thursday ahead of the device's launch next month. The app is designed with a unique Home View that provides access to your most important items first, with four buttons that display a bird's eye view of your to-do lists, agenda and reminders on your wrist.

Wunderlist for Apple Watch delivers a hand-free experience in situations where you might normally use your iPhone, such as while shopping at a supermarket and checking items off your grocery list, or when using smart voice input to add to-dos for an upcoming meeting. The combination of Glances and real-time notifications ensure that you will stay up to date with important things during your day, be it during your morning commute, at the...

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10:00
60-Second Tip: Change Siri's voice and language...

My kids love to play with Siri on my iPhone. They are always changing my default name to some oddball phrase or asking Siri to "Tell them a story." For April Fools' Day, I decided that I am going to prank them by changing Siri's voice and language. It takes less than a minute to change those attributes, and you'll get a good laugh when you watch the bewildered responses of your familly members. Follow the steps in today's 60-second tip, so you can be armed and ready for the prank fest that is April Fools'.

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09:58
Google teams with Johnson & Johnson for robotic-...

Google's mysterious facility, Google X, is churning out next level technologies -- a self-driving car, delivery drones and Internet balloons. Its Life Sciences division is now teaming up with Ethicon, one of Johnson & Johnson's medical device compani...

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09:56
TMO Daily Observations 2015-03-27: Tim Cook is the...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has been named the world's greatest leader, which is really saying something. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to share some interesting facts they learned about Mr. Cook following Fortune's proclamation of his superior leadership skills. They also take a look at a new marketing campaign out of China from Leshi TV comparing Apple to Adolph Hitler.


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09:52
Sony drops PlayStation TV price to £45 in the UK

Sony's PlayStation 4 is selling incredibly well, but an early price drop suggests its smaller cousin isn't doing so hot in the UK. The PlayStation TV has always been a peculiar proposition, offering an easy way to play some, but not all PlayStation V...

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09:51
Micron, Intel unveil new 3D NAND flash memory...

Micron Technology (www.micron.com) and Intel (www.intel.com) have announced the availability of their 3D NAND technology, the world's highest-density flash memory.
 

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09:36
The Loop Magazine Issue 32: All About Apple Watch

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The latest issue of The Loop Magazine is available on the App Store for both iPhone and iPad. I took a different approach with this issue, focusing entirely on Apple’s forthcoming Apple Watch. You can download the app free and preview each of the articles at no cost. You can purchase a monthly subscription, and get access to all issues for just $1.99 a month. You can also purchase a single issue for $1.99.

Among the articles in this issue are:

Thoughts On Apple Watch: I had some hands-on time with the watch after the event ended on March 9. I run through my observations and thoughts.

The Apple Watch Will Save My Life. Here’s How:...

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09:27
Twitter’s Meerkat Killer, Periscope, Has Arrived

Twitter has unveiled its own entry in the online video broadcasting race, and it’s already taking the world by storm. Josh Centers explains what differentiates it from Meerkat.

 

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09:23
BlackBerry sells just 1.6M smartphones in Q4 as...

Canadian device maker BlackBerry on Friday revealed yet another quarterly decline in hardware sales, moving just 1.6 million smartphones in its fiscal fourth quarter as its once-dominant device business continues to retreat.

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09:03
9to5Toys Last Call: $200 off iPad mini 3 w/ iPhone...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

Today’s can’t miss deals:
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09:02
Landmark Ruling: Safari users can Sue Google in the...

According to a new report published this morning, the U.K. Court of Appeal won’t block a privacy lawsuit that alleges Google tracked Safari users without authorization ...

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09:00
Outdoor App Adventures: Using the iPhone for a...

Maple syrup is a staple in New England with both hobbyists and professionals anxiously awaiting the spring thaw so they can tap trees and collect the precious sap when it starts flowing. After a long and cold winter, we finally have arrived at this transitional season. We recently moved into a house with a long tradition of maple sugaring, so we decided to tap the maple trees this spring once the temperatures rose above freezing. This first episode of Outdoor App Adventures will profile this collection process and showcase how I use my iPhone, iPad and Mac in my many outdoor activities.

The first and perhaps most important step in maple syrup collection is tree identification. Most participants in the syrup collection ritual mark their trees in the summer or early fall when leaves are abundant, and trees are easy to identify. When scouting trees, I usually look for that distinct lobed shape of the sugar maple in our midst. Unfortunately, we moved in the winter months,...

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08:55
Create a new book in iBooks Author with the same...

Learn how to create a template that includes the styles of a previous book.

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08:51
The Internet's Split Personality


The Internet has been good for education but bad for morality, according to a study by the Pew Research Center. Researchers conducted face-to-face surveys with 36,619 people in 32 developing countries. A median of 64 percent of respondents said the Internet has had a good influence on education. On the other hand, a median of 42 percent said the Internet has had a bad influence on morality. Those polled were divided over the impact of the Net on politics, but they believed it has had a positive impact on personal relationships and the economy.

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08:47
About the OS X Server v2.2.4 Update

This software updates OS X Server versions 2.0 through 2.2.3. It requires OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.5.

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08:43
OS X Server: Removal of the localhost.plist does not...

Removing the localhost.plist file may prevent you from connecting to some Wi-Fi networks.

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08:40
Courses to study for the ACMT 9L0-065 exam

This article lists the courses that you should review for the 9L0-065 exam.

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08:37
Apple CEO Tim Cook to give away estimated $785...

It might be about time to change your name to “Charity”.

Or start doing something really good that requires a bit of financing.

Apple’s Tim Cook, in an interview with Fortune magazine, stated that he planned to donate his estimated US$785 million fortune to charity – after paying for his 10-year-old nephew’s college education.

“You want to be the pebble in the pond that creates the ripples for change,” Cook told the magazine.

Fortune estimated Cook’s net worth, based on his holdings of Apple stock, at about $120 million. He also holds restricted stock worth US$665 million if it were to be fully vested.

The 54-year-old CEO’s revelation...

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08:33
Apple's $848M solar power deal better on back...

The $848 million solar power deal Apple signed with First Solar last month is a better value than some have suggested, according to vice president of Environmental Initiatives Lisa Jackson, who on Thursday pointed to a surge in the amount of power Apple will receive towards the end of the contract.

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08:33
'Citymapper' and 'Transit App'...

As a few popular iPhone apps begin rolling out updates for their built-in Apple Watch apps ahead of the April 24 launch, a pair of transit-focused services have posted on Medium to share detailed looks into exactly what kind of experience users can expect from Citymapper and Transit App on the Apple Watch next month.

Sifting through the data gathered from its iPhone app, Citymapper learned that its users frequently turned their phone on and off throughout one trip, unlocking to reorient themselves and quickly locking the device again to save battery. That's where its upcoming Apple Watch app comes in, Citymapper promising an experience tailor-made for the wrist-worn device.

This is the nature of transit information when you move across the city. You need snippets of information. Different things...

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08:19
Intel, Micron 3D NAND partnership could allow for...

Via the combined forces of Intel and Micron, NAND flash memory could get even faster.

This, in turn, could make the memory in your iOS devices even faster and allow for more storage space.

The two companies are apparently working on a 3D NAND flash technologies wherein 3D NAND is stacked in 32 vertical layers. According to Intel this can potentially triple capacity, for example allowing “gum-stick sized” solid state drives with over 3.5 terabytes of storage space, or conventional 2.5-inch solid state drives (SSDs) that surpass 10 terabytes. Even the SSD in a custom-configured iMac or Mac Pro currently tops out at 1 terabyte.

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08:10
Review: Swapping MagSafe for SnapFit, BatteryBox...

Thanks to Apple’s patent on the MagSafe connectors used in MacBook Airs and Pros, the list of third-party external batteries for MacBooks previously began with Hyper’s HyperJuice/HyperJuice 2 and ended with Lenmar’s ChugPlug — not much of a variety. Apple’s legal department chased Hyper for attaching harvested MagSafe connectors to its batteries, and Lenmar chose a workaround, sending ChugPlug’s power indirectly though an...

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07:59
Mac: G-Technology G-Drive ev ATC with Thunderbolt

G-Technology has introduced a number of new, rugged hard drives, and we’ve recently received the company’s 1TB G-Drive ev ATC with Thunderbolt ($230). The product features a removable G-Drive ev RAW USB hard drive within a rugged enclosure. The hard plastic case with hard rubber accents features a watertight latch for water protection — the enclosure floats and can protect the drive in a pool of water “up to 1 foot for 30 seconds” — and it’s also pressure-resistant and dust-resistant. Additionally, G-Technology claims the enclosure can protect the drive from drops of up to 2 meters (about 6.6 feet) onto a “carpeted concrete floor.” Inside the enclosure is a 7200 RPM hard drive offering transfer rates up to 136MB/s, formatted for Mac, with the ability to be reformatted for Windows. A Thunderbolt cable is built into the enclosure itself for use when the hard drive is docked inside.
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07:56
Leshi TV CEO Says Apple is Hitler

Leshi TV CEO Jia Yueting kicked his hyperbole engine into overdrive and is equating Apple to Adolph Hitler. His company went so far as to release a vaguely South Park-style image online of the Nazi leader, complete with an Apple logo on a red arm band.

The Mac Observer Spin: While equating competitors to the bad guys is a fairly common marketing tactic, going so far as to draw parallels to Hitler and the Nazi regime is in bad taste, to say the least.


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07:55
Intel's New 3D NAND Technology Allows for...

Intel and Micron on Thursday announced the availability of new 3D NAND technology that enables high-density flash devices with three times more storage capacity than other NAND technologies in production. 3D NAND technology is also more cost efficient than planar NAND, with faster performance, improved latency and new sleep modes that result in low-power use by cutting power to inactive NAND die.

The advancements pave the way for future Macs and other devices with flash memory to be equipped with greater than 10TB solid-state drives, significantly more storage capacity than the maxed out 1TB PCIe-based flash storage upgrade option that Apple offers for the MacBook Pro, iMac and Mac Pro. As planar NAND faces practical scaling limits, Intel and Micron expect that 3D NAND will shape the future of flash memory."Micron and Intel's collaboration has...

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07:49
The first Apple Watch apps have arrived, sort of

The Apple Watch won’t launch until late April, but a couple dozen apps have already arrived.

As 9to5Mac reports, several app makers are now advertising Watch support in their App Store listings. That means users should be able to download the apps now, and have them ready to go when the Apple Watch launches on April 24.

Here’s a rundown of the first apps:

  • Air Canada: View flight status, glance at boarding time, and board with Passbook
  • AliPay: Make mobile payments
  • Babbel: Discover words in new languages on the watch
  • Dark Sky: Find out exactly when it’s going to rain or snow in the next hour
  • ...
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07:36
AppleInsider podcast discusses Twitter's live...

This week's all-new AppleInsider podcast is now available to download and subscribe in iTunes or SoundCloud, with detailed analysis of this week's news. Twitter launches Periscope for iPhone, a live streaming app to compete with Meerkat. The issues with iCloud storage, Fantastical 2 for OS X hands-on, Square Cash, Apple Pay, and who still wants a 4" iPhone.

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LaunchBar is an award-winning productivity utility that offers an amazingly intuitive and efficient way to search and access any kind of information stored on your computer or on the Web. It provides... Read more
Firefox 37.0 - Fast, safe Web browser. (...
Firefox offers a fast, safe Web browsing experience. Browse quickly, securely, and effortlessly. With its industry-leading features, Firefox is the choice of Web development professionals and casual... Read more
Arq 4.11 - Online backup to Google Drive...
Arq is super-easy online backup for the Mac. Back up to your own Google Drive storage (15GB free storage), your own Amazon Glacier ($.01/GB per month storage) or S3, or any SFTP server. Arq backs up... Read more
MacFamilyTree 7.3.4 - Create and explore...
MacFamilyTree gives genealogy a facelift: it's modern, interactive, incredibly fast, and easy to use. We're convinced that generations of chroniclers would have loved to trade in their genealogy... Read more
Yummy FTP 1.10.2 - FTP/SFTP/FTPS client...
Yummy FTP is an FTP + SFTP + FTPS file transfer client which focuses on speed, reliability and productivity. Whether you need to transfer a few files or a few thousand, schedule automatic backups, or... Read more
VueScan 9.5.08 - Scanner software with a...
VueScan is a scanning program that works with most high-quality flatbed and film scanners to produce scans that have excellent color fidelity and color balance. VueScan is easy to use, and has... Read more
Iridient Developer 3.0.1 - Powerful imag...
Iridient Developer (was RAW Developer) is a powerful image conversion application designed specifically for OS X. Iridient Developer gives advanced photographers total control over every aspect of... Read more
Monodraw 0.8.4.1 - Powerful ASCII art ed...
Monodraw allows you to easily create text-based art (like diagrams, layouts, flow charts) and visually represent algorithms, data structures, binary formats and more. Because it's all just text, it... Read more
Air Video Server HD 2.1.0 - Stream video...
Air Video Server HD streams videos instantly from your computer on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Apple TV. No need to worry about converting or transferring files. We took everything that was... Read more

Marvel Mighty Heroes, the Ultimate Marve...
DeNA and Marvel Entertainment have brought us a new action-packed brawler: Marvel Mighty Heroes. You can play with up to four of your friends as you favorite marvel heroes like Iron Man, Thor, Spider-Man, Captain America, Star-Lord, Hulk, and... | Read more »
Take Note - The Jot Script 2 Evernote Ed...
Adonit's Jot Script 2 sylus has an all-new edition that's meant to be Evernote's BFF. The sylus has been redesigned to work better with iPads and give you faster stroke tracking, smoother line rendering, and better tip-to-line accuracy. | Read more »
INFINIT Lets Mobile Users Send Files of...
Infinit  is a file sharing app that ignores file size limits. It maintains the original quality of your photos and videos so you can be sure they look awesome after sending. You can move entire albums of photos or full HD films from your iPhone to... | Read more »
Serious Sam Double D Developer is Making...
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2K Announces WWE 2K, Mobile's First...
It seems like this month has been pretty big for wrestling. First Wrestlemania, then 2K has announces that they're releasing  WWE 2K for iOS. It's a simulation-based WWE game where you'll get to play with several WWE superstars such as John Cena, ... | Read more »
How the Apple Watch Could Change the Fac...
The Apple Watch is still a ways out, but my previous musings on the wearable’s various features got me thinking: what might it be like a year after launch? Two years? Five years? What if it becomes a symbiotic part of the iOS framework to the point... | Read more »
You Can Start Challenging Your Friends t...
Last year we reported that Sebastian Gosztyla's new game, Dual, was theorized to be released sometime during the summer of 2014. Sadly that did not become a reality, but the good news it there is now an official release date. | Read more »
Forgotten Memories : Alternate Realities...
Forgotten Memories : Alternate Realities, from Psychoz Interactive, is planned for release on April 23. The Resident Evil, Silent Hill, and Alone in the Dark inspired horror game puts you in the shoes of Rose Hawkins as she searches for a missing... | Read more »
Pie In The Sky: A Pizza Odyssey (Games)
Pie In The Sky: A Pizza Odyssey 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: A game about delivering pizza. In space. | Read more »
Chosen Gives Hopeful Singers, Songwriter...
If YouTube videos and reality TV shows like The Voice have taught us one thing, it’s that there are a lot of people out there who are anxious to show the world their talents. And if they’ve taught us a second thing, it’s that there’s an almost... | Read more »

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Will Microsoft’s Surface 3 Give The 12-inch M...
The more I ruminate over the new 12-inch MacBook, the more it occurs that it’s probably going to be more of a cannibalization threat to high-end iPads (including a new 12-inch ‘Pad when/if that... Read more
13-inch 2.4GHz Retina MacBook Pro available f...
MacMall has the 2013 13″ 2.4GHz/128GB Retina MacBook Pro available for $949.99 for a limited time. Shipping is free. Their price is $350 off original MSRP, and it’s the only sub-$1000 new Retina... Read more
Adobe Brings Powerful Layout-Design Capabilit...
Adobe today announced the availability of Adobe Comp CC, a free iPad app that enables rapid creation of layout concepts for mobile, Web and print projects. With Comp CC, designers can rough out and... Read more
13-inch 2.6GHz/256GB Retina MacBook Pro avail...
Best Buy has clearance 2014 13″ 2.6GHz/256GB Retina MacBook Pros available for $1199.99 including free shipping. Their price is $300 off original MSRP, and it’s the lowest price for this model.... Read more
Updated Mac Price Trackers
We’ve updated our Mac Price Trackers with the latest information on prices, bundles, and availability on systems from Apple’s authorized internet/catalog resellers: - 15″ MacBook Pros - 13″ MacBook... Read more
21-inch 1.4GHz iMac on sale for $999, save $1...
Best Buy has the 21″ 1.4GHz iMac on sale for $999.99 on their online store. Choose free shipping or free local store pick up. Price is for online orders only, in-store prices may vary. Their price is... Read more
2.6GHz Mac mini on sale for $649, save $50
Amazon has the 2.6GHz Mac mini on sale for $649.99 including free shipping. Their price is $50 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price available for this model. Read more
Textkraft Professional 3.2 Powerful iPad Text...
Finally it’s springtime, at least theoretically in my neck of the woods, where we’re still navigating canyons between towering snowbanks with temperatures well below freezing in winter weather that... Read more
Apple offering refurbished 27-inch 5K iMacs f...
The Apple Store is offering Apple Certified Refurbished 27″ 3.5GHz 5K iMacs for $2119 including free shipping. Their price is $380 off the price of new models, and it’s the lowest price available for... Read more
16GB iPad mini on sale for $199, save $50
Walmart has 16GB iPad minis (1st generation) available for $199.99 on their online store, including free shipping. Their price is $50 off MSRP. Online orders only. Read more

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