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Thursday January 29

06:58
DiRT 3 Complete Edition powers onto the Mac

Feral Interactive says DiRT 3 Complete Edition, a off-road and rally racing game, is out now on the Mac App Store. A Steam version for the Mac, which includes online multiplayer, will follow shortly.

Originally developed and published for PC and consoles, DiRT 3 Complete Edition is the latest of Codemasters’ racing games to be brought to the Mac by Feral.

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06:51
Brooklyn Effects releases six new lighting effects...

Brooklyn Effects has released six new lighting plug-ins exclusively for Apple's Final Cut Pro X users. Each product is designed to help users create a distinct lighting effect in their project.

These effects include: lens flares, light leaks, stage lights, volumetric lighting, shutter streaks, and anamorphic streaks. You can create a custom lens flare for any scene in Final Cut Pro X with the Skyline Lights plugin. Users can drag and drop the lens flare layer above their footage and use the control point to match the position and angle of the light source in the scene.

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06:51
Apple’s Back to School sale returns to Australia and...

Apple’s annual Back to School sale in Australia and New Zealand has gone live with a promotion for qualifying students to receive Apple Store credit with the purchase of a Mac, iPad, or iPhone. Similar to last year, the Back to School sale includes the usual education pricing on Macs and iPads, but this year Apple is including Apple Store gift cards rather than App Store gift cards like last year.

Included with a MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, or Mac Pro is a A$100/NZ$125 gift card while an iPhone 6, 5s, or 5c or iPad Air or iPad Air 2 qualifies for a A$50/NZ$65 gift card. For the...

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06:45
CloudConvert easily converts hundreds of file types...

Usually, when you have a video file on your iPad or iPhone, the file can play on that device—why else would it be there? But occasionally you’ll run into a need to convert a video file, like I did recently, and when that happens CloudConvert gets it done right on the same device, no computer necessary. CloudConvert can handle more than just video files, but that’s where my story begins.

Rule No. 1 about Fight Cam...

I recently set up a Motorola Focuss66 wireless camera in my kids’ playroom. They spend a lot of time in this room where imaginations run amok, laughter is contagious, and inevitably fighting erupts. The psuedo-brawls always seems to erupt shortly after my wife or I walk out of the room, leaving us to decipher the crying and bruises to figure out exactly what happened.

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06:45
News: Chinese Government may require Apple to build...

A new report from The New York Times reveals that the Chinese Government is implementing new regulations that will require technology companies to comply with a stringent set of security disclosures and procedures in order to sell equipment to Chinese banks. The new rules are laid out in a 22-page document and are only the first in a new set of policies from the Chinese government which intend to strengthen cybersecurity in key Chinese industries.…

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06:38
Korea's Mobile Service Provider SK Feeds into...

In November we posted a report titled "Apple's iPhone 6 Sales are on Fire in South Korea." That assessment was proven to be true when earlier this month we reported that Apple's iPhone 6 smashed a smartphone sales record on Samsung's home turf. Now that the iPhone has smashed that record, there's a new buzz in Korea for Apple's iPhone and one Korean carrier wants to tap into that mania with a deal that may be too hard for South Koreans to resist.

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06:27
Apple Remembers Remote Desktop Exists, Releases...

Apple released Apple Remote Desktop 3.8 on Wednesday, the first update for the remote Mac administration app in more than a year. The update improved OS X Yosemite compatibility, refreshed the user interface, and more.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple still supports ARD? We thought they forgot about it since its last update was pretty much just an OS X Mavericks compatibility release.


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06:12
Apple has highest growth of laptop makers

The TrendForce research group (www.trendforce.com) says laptop shipments totaled 175.5 million in 2014, representing a year-on-year growth of 3.6%. HP was the top vendor, but Apple saw the most growth.

Apple had the biggest gain in 2014 owing to its price-lowering strategy that made its takeover of the midrange and premium market complete. Apple posted a spectacular year-on-year growth of 46.4% and increased its market share to 9.3%. It shot past Toshiba to become number six worldwide and closing in on Acer in terms of shipments. 

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06:06
More Android-to-iPhone switchers coming from...

Apple revealed this week that the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus attracted more Android users than ever before. But new data suggests that the rate of Android switchers in the U.S. was steady last quarter, implying that international users are the ones who made the jump to iPhone in record numbers.

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06:01
Apple tied with Samsung as world's largest...

According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com), global smartphone shipments grew 31% annually to reach a record 380 million units in the fourth quarter of 2014 [Q4 2014].

Apple tied with Samsung to become the world’s largest smartphone vendor.
Global smartphone shipments grew 31% annually from 290.2 million units in Q4 2013 to a record 380.1 million in Q4 2014. An impressive 1.3 billion smartphones were shipped worldwide in 2014, with very strong growth seen last year in emerging markets such as China, India and Africa, says ABI Research.

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06:00
Rumor Roundup: BREAKING - March and April not same...

AAPL earnings will come in well above upper end of company's guidance, say analysts, at $68.3B (9to5 Mac)

Source: Some analysts

Chance it's true: None

"Analyst consensus" of Apple's performance was off by billions of dollars. You know, like always...

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06:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Ballistic's Hard Core...

Ballistic's Hard Core rugged case, the latest Juice Pack from Mophie, and more

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases brings you the latest picks in extreme protection, battery options for additional talk and surf time, and trendy alternatives if you want your case to stand out from the crowd.

Ballistic

Developed through a partnership with Tacprogear, the Hard Core Tactical (iPhone 6; price unavailable) is designed to shield your iPhone against the harshest conditions.

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05:56
Sundance Film Festival hit movie was filmed entirely...

Tangerine, a gritty movie that proved a hit at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, was filmed entirely using three iPhone 5s phones and the $8 app FiLMiC Pro – albeit with the help of Steadicams and clip-on external lenses

Filmmaker Sean Baker insisted to SlashFilm that using iPhones wasn’t just a marketing gimmick, nor done entirely because of the very low budget for the movie, but also...

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05:51
Pages 5: Using Borders and Rules

Let's talk about Pages! Specifically, let's talk about using Pages to add borders and rules to your text, which is an easy way to make your documents look professional. As a bonus, these elements will move with the paragraphs you add them to, making them much simpler to work with than drawn lines or shapes. Come on in and check it out!


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05:35
Cyberduck 4.6.4 - FTP and SFTP browser. (Free)

Cyberduck is a robust FTP/FTP-TLS/SFTP browser for the Mac whose lack of visual clutter and cleverly intuitive features make it easy to use. Support for external editors and system technologies such as Spotlight, Bonjour, Keychain, and AppleScript are built-in.

Cyberduck is an Open Source product licensed under the GPL and free to use. Donations are welcome to help advance development in the future. Thanks to contributors, Cyberduck is available in English, Japanese, German, Catalan, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Russian, and Polish.



Version 4.6.4:

  • [Feature] Send packets to keep connection alive (SFTP)
  • [Bugfix] Crash opening preferences when default editor is no longer installed (Mac)
  • [Bugfix] Downloading files with Content-Encoding metadata decompresses and truncates the...

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05:17
Apple takes top gifting spot in China

Apple’s star is rising as other luxury gift brands are falling.

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05:12
Apple Invents a Solution to Counter Clock...

On January 29, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a solution to counter a common hacking method involving clock overdriving.

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04:57
Kool Tool: iRig Mic Studio

IK Multimedia's iRig Mic Studio is an ultra-portable large-diaphragm digital condenser microphone for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC and Android devices. With it, musicians, vocalists, home producers, podcasters, broadcasters, voice-over artists and more have a studio-quality large-diaphragm microphone that fits in the palm of their hand.

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04:57
AKVIS Draw for Mac OS X revved to version 2.0

AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has unveiled AKVIS Draw 2.0, the latest version of its standalone application and Photoshop plugin for Mac OS X (10.6 and higher) and Windows.

The software creates hand drawn pencil sketches and line art pictures from photos. The program makes both B&W and color drawings. The new version adds the presets quick preview and other features.

A demo is available at the AKVIS website. Registered users of AKVIS Draw can upgrade to the new version for free. A home license costs US$49.

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04:43
E-waste management market to reach $49.4 billion by...

A new report from Allied Market Research (www.alliedmarketresearch.com) says that the global E-waste management market will reach an amount of US$49.4 billion by 2020, registering a CAGR [compound annual growth rate] of 23.5% during 2014-2020.

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04:43
E-waste management market to reach $49.4 billion by...

A new report from Allied Market Research (www.alliedmarketresearch.com) says that the global E-waste management market will reach an amount of US$49.4 billion by 2020, registering a CAGR [compound annual growth rate] of 23.5% during 2014-2020.

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04:34
China accused of protectionism through new...

The NY Times reports that the Chinese government has adopted a set of supposed cybersecurity regulations on western companies selling technology to banks. These requirements are so absurd that it would be impossible for companies like Apple to comply.

The Chinese government has adopted new regulations requiring companies that sell computer equipment to Chinese banks to turn over secret source code, submit to invasive audits and build so-called back doors into hardware and software, according to a copy of the rules obtained by foreign technology companies that do billions of dollars’ worth of business in China.

The paper reports that while the regulations are so far limited to sales to Chinese banks, they are merely the first in a series of new cybersecurity policies expected to be introduced in the coming months...

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04:14
Apple Invents a Superheterodyne Pen Stimulus...

We noted in a previous report that for Apple's digital pen or stylus to be truly successful, it has to conquer the current latency issues. Apples latest invention addresses this very issue head on.

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04:00
eMedia Music releases Singing For Dummies Level 2

eMedia Music Corp. has released eMedia Singing For Dummies Level 2 and an upgrade to the eMedia Singing For Dummies software.

The new Performance Evaluation feature in eMedia Singing For Dummies Level 2 and the upgraded eMedia Singing For Dummies software is designed to make it easier to learn to sing by showing where you sang flat, sharp, or in tune, and grades your performance for an entire piece.

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03:55
Apple now leads the luxury gift market in China,...

Apple is on rather a roll at the moment. A new world record for quarterly profitsBest-selling smartphone maker in China. Joint leader of the global smartphone market. Record-breaking app store earnings. Now Reuters reports that it’s picked up a new accolade, leading the luxury goods market in China.

Apple Inc has taken the number one luxury gifting spot in China from designer goods maker Hermès International SCA, according to a Hurun luxury report on Thursday, reflecting the iPhone maker’s recent hot streak in...

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03:37
Mac Pro Vault stuffs 48 top-of-the-line Macs into...

What do you get when you stick 48 Mac Pro units in the same spot? A data center cabinet from CyberLynk's Mac Pro Vault that is near pornographic in the amount of raw Apple computing power it can hold.

Mac Pro Vault cabinets can hold up to 48 computers.

The new Mac Pro cabinets are part of the company's colocation service that began with Mac Mini Vault in 2010 and now extends to the 2013-era Mac Pro units. The first Mac Pro Vault cabinet was up and running in late 2014 in the company's Milwaukee data center. CyberLynk plans to have Mac Pro cabinets roll out to its second data center in Phoenix by mid-2015.

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03:29
Herald 5.0.2 - Notification plugin for Mail.app. (...

Note: Versions 2.1.3 (for OS X 10.7), 3.0.6 (for OS X 10.8), and 4.0.8 (for OS X 10.9) are no longer supported by the developer.

Herald is a notification plugin for Mail.app, Apple's Mac OS X email client. Inspired by the excellent Mail.appetizer plugin, Herald shows you popup notifications whenever you receive new Mail. It also allows you to perform common actions directly from within the notification window, including deleting messages, initiating replies, viewing messages in Mail, or marking messages as read. Herald's appearance is highly customizable, allowing you to change the background color, text color, size, shadow, transparency, and position of the window. Herald even provides a scrolling text view so you can read full messages without having to switch back to Mail. Herald is a free download and requires OS X 10.10 Yosemite. Note: Mail plugins are not officially supported by Apple. While Herald has been thoroughly tested,...

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03:12
DEVONthink Pro 2.8.3 - Knowledge base, information...

Save 10% with our exclusive coupon code: MACUPDATE10

DEVONthink Pro is your essential assistant for today's world, where almost everything is digital. From shopping receipts to important research papers, your life often fills your hard drive in the form of emails, PDFs, Word documents, multimedia files and more. Questions eventually pop up, like where do you store all of this stuff? How do you organize these very different file types, and even better, how do you find the exact file you're looking for the second you need it? It's almost as if you need a second brain just to keep your digital life straight.

DEVONthink is the solution to the digital age conundrum. It is your second brain, the one and only database for all your digital files, be they PDFs, emails, Word docs or even multimedia files. Boasting a refined artificial...

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02:56
Samsung's Mobile Division Profits Suffer...

As Apple's historic holiday revenues announcement is still reverberating throughout the tech sector, the flipside of that monster quarter has led to yet another profits crash for South Korea's Samsung.

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00:19
Microsoft launches revamped Outlook mail app based...

Microsoft announced plans today to launch a new app for its Outlook email service on iOS. The app is based on the Acompli software that the company purchased in December for $200 million. The app includes “email triage” features found in the old app as well as new features to help appeal to a wider audience, such as the ability to toggle threaded conversation views.

The Outlook iOS app will also support mail from third-party services beyond Microsoft’s. iCloud, Gmail, and Yahoo email accounts can be plugged into the app, and attachments can be added to messages from cloud services like Google Drive and Dropox.

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00:00
The future of mobile email—how much can you...

Today Microsoft released new Outlook apps for iOS and Android, which is both the culmination of several years’ of work and the first step in a greater journey to bring a true Outlook email experience to every mobile platform.

With roots back to the mid-1960s, email has been part of the fabric of the Internet since the beginning. Its foundation of open standards means that a message sent from an iPhone today can still be theoretically read on a Commodore 64. It is one of the most open, available communications technologies on Earth.

That fact goes a long way toward explaining why, even with such a long history, email has never lost relevance. Despite claims in the industry about its imminent demise—email usage is going up, not down. Last year there were 1.1 billion email subscribers and according to the analyst firm Radicati that number should double by 2018. In the business world, email will always have a critical role...

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00:00
The Office you love is now on your Android tablet

At Microsoft, we are working hard to reimagine the Office experience for a cloud-first, mobile-first world. On January 21st we previewed versions of Office for Windows 10 fully optimized for touch and mobile devices. Today, we are proud to announce the general availability of Word, Excel and PowerPoint for Android tablets.

Similar to Office for Windows 10, Word, Excel and PowerPoint for Android tablets are built from the ground up for touch and are perfect for mobile productivity. Consider a pharmaceutical sales rep on a train in Chicago, updating her monthly budgets in Excel. Or a student in a Madrid coffee shop writing a paper in Word, while collaborating with other students back at the dorm. Or a consultant from Bangalore at his client’s site, wirelessly projecting a PowerPoint presentation to a large screen. These are just a few scenarios our engineering teams anticipated when we designed the apps—for touch, on the go and...

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00:00
A deeper look at Outlook for iOS and Android

Today, we announced the release of Outlook for iOS and a preview of Outlook for Android. If you have an iPhone, iPad, Android phone or Android tablet, chances are that you’re using the built-in email and calendaring capabilities of your device. Why use the new Outlook app instead? We’re glad you asked!

Despite the smartphone becoming a primary screen for reading email, most of us perform only basic email triage on the phone, delaying the rest to deal with on the computer. Activities like sorting through large amounts of email, managing your calendar, and sharing files require too many steps or multiple apps that don’t work together well on the phone.  The new Outlook app brings together the core tools you need to get things done—your email, calendar, contacts and files—helping you get...

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00:00
Acompli-based Outlook for iOS, Android promises to...

Microsoft has updated its Outlook clients for iOS and Android today. The clients—a stable release for iOS, a preview for Android—work with Exchange, Outlook.com, Yahoo! Mail, Gmail, as well as standards-based mail.

Redmond has had Outlook clients for the mobile platforms before, but these have been front-ends for the Outlook Web App, Microsoft's HTML front-end to Exchange. The new client is something new: it's based on the Acompli e-mail and calendaring client. Microsoft bought the then 18-month old Acompli late last year for an estimated $200 million.

Announcing the app's availability, former Acompli CEO Javier Soltero, now on the Outlook team, said that Acompli users dip into the app for, on average, 24 seconds at a time. Much of the time, they perform what Microsoft calls e-mail triage: deciding whether an e-mail should be deleted, flagged for follow-up, or merely marked as read. Similarly, meeting invitations can be quickly accepted,...

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Wednesday January 28

21:10
Radiation Island (Games)

Radiation Island 1.0.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Radiation Island is a survival adventure game where you craft your own destiny in a huge open world environment. As part of the Philadelphia Experiment you have become stranded in a parallel, alternate reality. Discover this new and mysterious world, with all its surprises. Use everything you find to survive it and solve its puzzle to get back to the real world.

Follow your own path in an environment of breathtaking beauty and gigantic scope. Explore huge forests inhabited by dangerous wolves, bears and mountain lions. Investigate abandoned villages and old military compounds where zombies guard vital tools, weapons and clues to the secrets of this world. You can even swim and dive, if you can avoid the hungry crocodiles.

Hunt wild animals, fish or...

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20:40
Exiles (Games)

Exiles 1.1
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $4.99, Version: 1.1 (iTunes)

Description:

Launch sale - over 20% off! Limited time only.

From the creators of the award winning Ravensword: Shadowlands comes EXILES, a beautiful Sci-Fi 3D role playing game that takes place on a distant world.

In the near future, a colony on a distant planet has been driven to isolation and desolation, as a corrupt government tries to enslave it with a lethal virus.

Become one of the Elite Enforcers, and go on various missions that will unravel the secrets behind the plot to enslave the world. Unleash a large arsenal of weapons and items against vicious aliens and mechanized enemies.

Features:

Explorer a huge and open world, full of alien hives, underground temples, and caves
A large colony with various interior locales
Choose from 3 different character...

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20:30
Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered (Games)

Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered 1.0.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $9.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes)

Description:

IMPORTANT: Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered has an extremely large file size. Please be patient while downloading via WiFi, and please ensure you have 6GB of storage space on your iOS device.

Guilt is a chilling feeling…

Originally released in 2005, Fahrenheit (known as Indigo Prophecy in North America) was a breakthrough in interactive narrative, teetering between the worlds of cinema and gaming while also embracing them, carving its own unique genre in the entertainment landscape. This newly remastered edition features updated graphics, a streamlined user interface custom-made for the touch screen, and full controller support.

With a rich multilayered narrative, innovative presentation, and a...

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20:26
Apple, Samsung now tied for the title of world'...

The 74.5 million iPhones sold over the last three months of 2014 didn't just help Apple report the highest quarterly profit of any publicly-traded company in history, they also propelled the Cupertino giant into a first-place tie with Samsung as the largest smartphone maker in the world.

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20:02
Apple ties for title of world’s largest smartphone...

Following on the heels of a record-breaking quarter for Apple, Strategy Analytics has crunched the numbers and crowned Apple the king of the smartphone vendors for Q4 2014—or rather, one of the kings. It seems the Cupertino company managed to tie rival Samsung for the title.

Both companies shipped 74.5 million handsets during the quarter, though Samsung still outsold Apple in terms of the annual total by a hefty margin. Those quarterly sales gave both companies an equal marketshare of 19.6%.

Strategy Analytics notes that this is the first time since...

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19:28
Apple and Samsung Tied as World's Largest...

The latest numbers from Strategy Analytics reveal that Apple tied Samsung during Q4 2014 to become the world's largest smartphone maker based on global shipments. According to the report, both Apple and Samsung shipped 74.5 million smartphones during the three-month period of October through December. Apple's number is an official figure from its financial results, while Samsung's number is an estimate since the company stopped reporting smartphone shipments a few years ago. The research firm adds that Apple and Samsung were last tied in smartphone market share in Q4 2011.

Apple experienced a record-breaking first quarter of the fiscal year because of strong demand for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The larger screen sizes of the two new smartphones were a major selling...

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19:21
Samsung's mobile profits plunge 64.2% after...

Samsung Electronics reported overall Q4 operating profits of 5.29 trillion won ($4.9 billion)--a 36 percent year-over-year drop--but its Mobile division suffered a 64.2 percent drop in profits, falling from $5 billion in the year ago quarter to $1.8 billion in the December quarter.

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19:14
Amplified: “I can’t back this up with facts but…”

Jim, Shawn and our Special Guest, Dave Mark, talk Apple earnings, Swift programming, NAMM and “digital music”.

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19:13
TracFone will pay $40 million to settle unlimited...

Consumers who have previously signed up for pre-paid wireless plans advertised with unlimited data from TracFone now have the right to claim a refund, as the company has agreed to a $40 million settlement over charges that it throttled or disconnected customers who used too much data.

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18:14
Apple’s Quarterly Revenue vs. 15 Really Big Numbers

Apple had the best quarter in the history of all quarters, as reported Tuesday. Kelly put together some comparisons of Apple's earning numbers to give this quarter some context.


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18:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

Apps Now Free

Gentlemen...Ricochet! [...

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17:30
Following Apple's Record Quarter Announcement,...

On the heels of an earnings call that saw Apple announcing record earnings, rival phone maker Samsung today announced its own results for the October to December period, reporting a 27 percent quarterly decline in earnings.

Samsung saw net profit of 5.3 trillion won ($4.9 billion), compared to 7.3 trillion won last year, marking its first annual earnings decline in three years and its fifth consecutive quarter of decline. Apple, meanwhile, announced record earnings of $18 billion, largely due to the success of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Overall, Samsung's 2014 profit was at 25 trillion won, down from 36.8 trillion won in 2013. Samsung did not announce mobile sales numbers, but Apple sold a record 74.5 million iPhones during the...

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17:00
Sundance hit Tangerine was shot on iPhone 5s with a...

Given the spread of affordable high-quality video cameras in the modern world, there's probably never been a better time to be an amateur filmmaker. You don't even need more than a nice smartphone if Tangerine is any indication. The Sundance Film Fes...

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16:40
ACM 291: Apple’s Massive Numbers and the Rosetta...

Apple turned in some big numbers on Tuesday-really big. Jeff and Bryan talk about the Macs and the iPhones and the fact that we won't hear about iPods any more.They also delve into the billion iOS devices Apple has sold and speculate on whether Tim Cook gave himself a prize for getting that billionth unit. One of the most interesting things from Apple's conference call, however, had to be when Mr. Cook revealed the Rosetta Stone for understanding Apple's timing.


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16:38
Jawbone introduces marketplace for partner apps and...

Fitness gadget maker Jawbone announced today that it has launched a new “partner marketplace” for third-party apps and hardware that work together in an attempt to embrace the “Internet of Things.”

The new store features “smart home” products like the Nest Learning Thermostat and other automation tools, such as Automatic’s driving assistant. Software, like the Sleepio app, are also available.

The offerings in the store are very limited at the moment, and Jawbone says that’s...

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16:37
There's a GHOST in Linux's Library


Patches for GHOST, a critical vulnerability in glibc, the Linux GNU C Library, now are available through vendor communities for a variety of Linux server and desktop distributions. Qualys earlier this week reported its discovery of GHOST, a vulnerability that allows attackers to remotely take control of an entire system without having any prior knowledge of system credentials. Qualys security researchers found the GHOST flaw and worked closely with Linux distribution vendors in a coordinated effort to develop a patch for all affected systems.

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16:21
How Facebook is using autoplaying videos and ad tech...

Scrolling slowly through News Feed, you’ll see a slew of videos. Some are from your friends. Others are ads from brands you like. All of them play automatically. Facebook now sees 3 billion video views a day, a fun fact that could have a huge effect on the network’s bottom line.

More than 50 percent of American Facebook users who visit the network daily watch one video per day, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said in the company’s fourth-quarter earnings call on Wednesday. (It counts as a view if you watch a clip for three seconds or more.) And as Facebook decreases the number of ads it shows, it has to make sure the ads you do see are high-quality, ones that you’ll actually respond to. The network is now commanding 335 percent more money for fewer ads based on the power of its ad targeting tech, which hooks into a level of detail about you that only Facebook (and maybe your best friend) has access to. Video ads, which...

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16:13
Qualcomm lowers revenue forecasts as Apple squeezes...

Chipmaker Qualcomm on Wednesday revised its revenue forecast downward for 2015, lopping nearly $1 billion off of its high-end estimate and seemingly blaming the change in part on Apple's annexation of market share with the iPhone 6.

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16:06
China has Adopted new Rules that Could Require Apple...

Last week we posted a report titled "Apple is the First U.S. Company Agreeing to have their Products Submitted to Chinese Authorities for Web Security Evaluations." In that report ...

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15:42
Apple's R&D spending shoots up 42% year-...

Apple does not appear to be resting on its laurels despite record sales of its iPhone and Mac, as the company spent nearly $2 billion on research and development in the first fiscal quarter of 2015, an increase of more than 40 percent over the year-ago figure.

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15:30
Set healthy goals with iHydrate

Despite the numerous studies about how drinking more water keeps us focused and energized and does things like help us fight off colds and stave off migraines, most of us fail at drinking the recommended eight glasses of water a day. iHydrate, US$1.9...

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15:01
Apple's iPhone Targeted in a Patent Lawsuit...

An Illinois company by the name of Rosetta Wireless is suing Apple for patent infringement. The patent infringement lawsuit concerns a number of Apple iPhone models.

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15:00
Now that YouTube has jumped to HTML5, here's...

Today, YouTube announced it will now default to HTML5 when a video is loaded rather than using Flash. For years, Apple has been criticized for not allowing Flash on its iOS devices, leading Steve Jobs in April 2010 to release an open letter explainin...

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14:38
China to demand source code access, backdoors in...

China's central government has introduced new procurement regulations that would force technology companies wishing to do business with the country's banks to submit source code for review and build government-accessible backdoors into their products, according to a Wednesday report.

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14:30
One Way Apple Could Help Us Find Apple Pay Locations

Apple Pay is, by all accounts, a success. Adoption has been rapid by both payers and payees, and Tim Cook has declared 2015 the year of Apple Pay. Our own Adam Christianson has an idea about how to make it even easier to find.


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14:19
GoDaddy fucks up again

In the ad, the lost puppy returns home only to find that his owners have sold him using a website made with GoDaddy.

So now puppy mills are okay with GoDaddy. What’s wrong with this company?

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:00
Apple Remote Desktop admin tool is updated for the...

There was one other Apple software update that came out yesterday, though it got lost in the shuffle between OS X and iOS system updates and record-breaking financial results. The venerable Apple Remote Desktop (ARD) application has been bumped from version 3.7.2 to version 3.8. Version 3.7.2 was a relatively minor update issued in March of 2014, and version 3.7 goes all the way back to October of 2013.

ARD is pretty far off the...

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14:00
Daily Deals for January 28, 2015, Get 11 TB Of...

It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections.

All prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly....

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13:48
Ask iLounge: How do I get a phone number on iMessage?

Q: How do I create my own phone number or at least get a new number on iMessage? It’s kind of hard using my e-mail as a phone number. A: The short answer is that there isn’t any way to assign a phone number to iMessage manually. In other words, you can’t actually punch a number in anywhere on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or even Apple’s website. If you have an active iPhone, that device’s phone number automatically gets used…

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13:33
Sony Partners with Spotify to Bring Music to 41...

Sony has announced today that they're absolutely thrilled to introduce a new music destination called PlayStation Music, with Spotify as their exclusive partner. They've partnered with their friends at Spotify to bring its award-winning digital music service to PlayStation Network this spring in 41 markets around the world. Sony states that they know how important music is to their community...

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13:28
Sheriffs expand concerns about Waze mobile traffic...

Associated Press:

A law enforcement campaign to compel Google Inc. to disable a feature in its popular Waze traffic app that lets drivers warn others about nearby police activity shifted Wednesday when a sheriffs’ organization openly complained that the app not only puts officers’ lives at risk, it also interferes with the ability to write speeding tickets.

So it’s OK for government officials and corporations to track us but not OK for us to track them?

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:22
Tech-Savvy Cubans Build Their Own Private Internet


Because Cuba's government makes it difficult for all but a handful of Cubans to access the Internet, people in Havana and other parts of the country reportedly have linked thousands of PCs to create an informal network known as "StreetNet," or "SNet" for short. The network was built with commercially available equipment. The PCs are connected by WiFi antennae and Ethernet cables strung across streets and over rooftops. SNet's main uses appear to be sharing gossip and news, accessing popular TV shows and movies, and playing online games.

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13:20
How America got addicted to road salt — and why it’s...

Vox:

There are huge benefits to salting the roads. One 1992 study found that spreading salt can reduce accidents by 87 percent during and after a snowstorm.But road salt also comes with major downsides: Salt is corrosive, chewing through cars, trucks, concrete, and steel bridges. Worse still, when all that salt dissolves and washes away, it steadily accumulates in rivers and streams. Other times, moose and elk get attracted to the salt and wander onto roads, raising the risk of crashes.

We have similar issues here in Canada with road salt and its affect on cars and the environment. That last sentence came to light for me while riding my motorcycle in the Banff National Park. I came around a corner and there was a herd of massive elk in the middle of the road, licking the salt off the pavement. It created a very high Pucker Factor, to say the least.

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13:15
GitHub repository for installing Apple Watch ‘San...

When Apple released WatchKit in November giving developers time to prepare apps for the upcoming Apple Watch, it included the custom San Francisco font displayed on the Watch. Shortly after, instructions appeared on GitHub showing how to install the San Francisco font from the Apple Watch onto a Mac with OS X Yosemite since Apple changed the system font from Lucida Grande to Helvetica.

Unfortunately (but unsurprisingly), it appears that someone (Apple?) has forced that project to be removed from GitHub citing copyright issues since Apple owns the San Francisco font and distributes it only for use with Apple Watch,...

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13:07
How one of the best films at Sundance was shot using...

The Verge:

Plenty of amateur films have been shot using iPhones, but by all reports, this is the first movie at the Sundance Film Festival to be shot almost entirely on an Apple device. It was a decision that indie writer and director Sean Baker made to accommodate the film’s small budget. But you’d never guess the camera, to look at it: Tangerine was shot in a widescreen, 2:35:1 aspect ratio, and its camera zooms through the streets of LA with a fluidity you’d never expect from a handheld device. And yet despite his camera of choice, Baker says the iPhone made for a good partner. “It was surprisingly easy,” Baker says. “We never lost any footage.”

Another interesting story about the functionality and versatility of the iPhone.

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13:01
Samsung's Marketing Trickery Skews Chitika...

The Samsung Galaxy Tab is a line of upper mid-range Android-based tablet computers that were first introduced on in September 2010 at the IFA in Berlin. Four plus years after their introduction, they've finally broken the 10% share mark of North American web traffic, according to a new Chitika survey.

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13:00
Sony to shutter iTunes & Beats Music competitor...

Struggling Japanese electronics maker Sony has conceded defeat in the digital music market, announcing on Wednesday that it will close its cross-platform Music Unlimited service at the end of March and refer customers to another iTunes & Beats Music competitor, Spotify.

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13:00
Apple Remote Desktop updated with Yosemite support

Apple has released a new update for Remote Desktop which will come as a godsend for administrators and users who found the app no longer working after updating to OS X Yosemite. The update fixes that issue, along with enhancing sending files and full...

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12:47
Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs Movie Starts Filming with...

Aaron Sorkin's adaptation of Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs biography is officially a thing, with a star and everything. Universal Pictures announced Tuesday that principle photography has begun in San Francisco, with Michael Fassbender (Macbeth, X-Men: Apocalypse, The Light Between Oceans) playing the title role.


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12:30
OneDrive for Business comes to Mac and iOS devices

Today’s post was written by Reuben Krippner director on the Office 365 team.

Today we’re excited to announce new ways that you can access and manage your OneDrive for Business files from your Mac and iOS devices.

In the last few months we’ve rolled out new mobile experiences across Android and Windows Phone, which allow people to connect to both their personal and business OneDrive storage from a single app. We’re excited to announce that today we released an updated OneDrive app for iOS that provides access to personal and work storage. This release rounds out the first phase of our mobile investments that deliver a single OneDrive experience across work and life.

We also heard the feedback from Mac users wanting to be able to easily access and take their OneDrive for Business files offline. Today we released the public preview of our OneDrive for Business sync client for Mac, which provides a simple and secure way to manage and sync your files...

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12:01
Watch Super Bowl XLIX live streams on your iPhone,...

Super Bowl XLIX with the Seahawks vs. the Patriots kicks off this weekend on February 1st and we’re already getting prepared with a handy list of links for watching on all your Apple devices.

Head below for details on how to watch the game from iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

iPhone: 
NFL Mobile app

Verizon will have the official stream to smartphones locked down through its NFL Mobile app. The live stream of Super Bowl XLIX and The 2015 Pro Bowl are only available to Verizon customers, which means everyone else will have to find other ways to stay up to date...

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12:00
The Lowdown meetings app for iOS is now free and...

Lowdown (free) is an intriguing business app that provides briefings on participants and companies you are meeting with, helps you get to the meeting with location information, and tells you when others arrive.

When you start you can integrate the a...

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11:50
We Are the World was recorded 30 years ago today –...

USA Today:

On Jan. 28, 1985, at A&M Recording Studios in Hollywood, following the American Music Awards, more than 40 artists gathered to record a song Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson had written to raise awareness of widespread, life-threatening poverty in Africa. Most of that show’s winners — including Cyndi Lauper, Hall & Oates, Bruce Springsteen, Huey Lewis, Willie Nelson, Tina Turner, the Pointer Sisters, Kenny Rogers and the Jacksons — participated.

This was a pretty big deal at the time. Part of the magic is that they managed to keep the whole production a complete secret until the song was released.

∞...

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11:45
Revogi Smart Color Bluetooth LED Bulb: $34.99

Check out the Revogi Smart Color Bluetooth LED Bulb. You can control it from your iPhone, iPad, and some Android devices. It offers 16 million colors, variable brightness, timers, preset scenes, and through our deal you can get them for US$34.99.


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11:31
Review: RHA’s T10i in-ear headphones are iPhone-...

If you’ve been looking for high quality in-ear headphones, RHA has a very special treat for you. The T10i headphones pack unique characteristics when compared to others. The presentation is excellent and it won’t be easy to find similar in-ear headphones in this price range…

Whenever I’m looking into a new product, presentation is everything. It’s one of the first things that wins me over. RHA’s T10i headphones are beautifully packaged and include anything you could possibly need to get set up. Inside of the box you’ll find ten replacement ear tips, nine of which are stored on a thin metal card for easy organization, three pairs of “tuning filters” (which we’ll discuss in a bit), a shirt...

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11:31
∞ Tesla P85D “Insane Mode” launch reactions

OK, now I want to test drive a Tesla.

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11:00
Google Play may have the downloads, but App Store...

Mobile analytics firm App Annie released figures today that show that even though the Google Play Store leads the iOS App Store in mobile application downloads by a whopping 60 percent margin, Apple's digital storefront is still where the money is.

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10:57
New App Annie Report Reveals that Apple's App...

As always, App Annie's retrospective reports about the top trends in apps of any given year is always interesting and this year is no exception. Our report today covers a few of the key trends such as Apple's iOS App Store vs. Google Play, emerging market app store trends, music trends and much more.

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10:38
FTC Levies $40M Fine Against TracFone for Throttling...

In recent months, the Federal Trade Commission has taken a significant interest in carrier throttling practices and today handed down a ruling that could have future ramifications for carriers who throttle their unlimited customers.

As reported by Re/code, the FTC has ordered prepaid wireless carrier TracFone to pay $40 million to consumers who paid for unlimited service and were then throttled after reaching certain data limits.

TracFone advertised "unlimited text, talk, and data" for $45 a month under the brands Straight Talk, Net10, Simple Mobile, and Telcel America, and until September 2013...

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10:34
Mac: Pushbullet for Mac

The Handoff and Continuity features in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite are a really handy addition to improving inter-device workflows, but the features are still somewhat limited to Apple’s own technologies and pairings of third-party apps specifically designed to support the features. For those looking for something that goes a bit beyond, there’s

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10:30
Archer Diaries is on target

Travel to exciting replications of real-world locations in an attempt to master the art of archery in Archer Diaries. At the start of each level, players are tasked with obtaining a certain score by hitting targets and other objects before the time r...

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10:27
Boom 2 1.0.1 - System-wide pro audio app for Mac. (...

Boom 2 is a system-wide volume booster and equalizer app that is designed especially for OS X 10.10 Yosemite.

It comes with a smart interface, self-calibrates itself according to your Mac, offers hands-on advanced equalizer controls for finer audio control and amazing audio effects for enhanced audio output. You get a personalized acoustic experience on your Mac so that your Boom 2 sounds like you. Unique.

Boom 2 is a pro audio app that:

  • Auto-Calibrates itself according to the type of Mac
  • Runs exclusively on Yosemite along with 64-bit compatibility
  • Powerfully boosts volume on a system-wide level
  • Fine-tunes any audio with advanced and precise equalizer controls
  • Enhances quality of audio output with cool one-click audio effects
  • Intelligently boosts the volume of file audio

Custom Audio Settings for A Personalized Experience: Every Mac is personal and contains its owner's...

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10:24
Carl Icahn says Apple is still undervalued, plans to...

Activist investor Carl Icahn believes shares of Apple should be valued much higher than their current trading price, and on Wednesday said he even plans to revise his own price target for the stock, which he called a "no-brainer" investment.

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10:20
My Love/Hate Relationship with Apple’s Handoff and...

Dr. Mac has a love/hate relationship with Continuity and Handoff. He loves the idea that his Apple devices can be interchangeable for most tasks. So that's the love part. Now, hereâs what he hates...


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10:17
TMO Daily Observations 2015-01-28: AAPL Q1 2015...

Apple's first fiscal quarter earnings conference call for 2015 happened yesterday, and the company reported block buster numbers. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's earnings report and Tim Cook's leadership, plus they have a few things to say about YouTube's decision to drop Flash as its default media format for desktop computers.


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10:15
Facebook Paper iPhone app updated w/ improved photo...

Facebook is rolling out an update to its Paper app for iPhone users bringing a better photo sharing experience to the alternative News Feed app.

Starting with version 1.2.5, Paper will now support the new Favorites album from the Photos app introduced with iOS 8. This means you can easily find and post photos that you’ve favorited with the heart icon in Photos when sharing with Paper. The photo browser also makes finding photos and videos from your Camera Roll easier by organizing them chronologically.

Facebook also says the new version of Paper speeds up overall performance with faster responsiveness. Version 1.2.5 is the first update to Paper since last October when Facebook added iPhone 6 and iPhone...

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10:00
YouTube begins transition to HTML5 for default...

YouTube announced yesterday that videos on the desktop website will now default to HTML5 when loaded. In other words, HTML5 is kicking Flash to the curb. So much for all the pundits and analysts who a) thought Apple abandoning mobile Flash was a stra...

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09:15
Apps: The LEGO Movie Video Game, Rocket Cars,...

New Games The LEGO Movie Video Game ($5) — Almost one year after the release of The LEGO Movie comes the, aptly, if not originally titled, companion game. Generally following the storyline of the movie, the iOS game puts players into the world of Emmet as he finds himself unwittingly pulled into a quest to save the world and stop the evil tyrant Lord Business. Featuring a mix of more than 90 characters from the film, including Batman, Superman,…

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09:07
9to5Toys Last Call: iPad Air 2 $109 off, Duet iOS...

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:

Last Call updates:

  • WhatSim allows you to send unlimited WhatsApp messages from all over the globe for free
  • ...
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09:00
Sway feature updates—Internet embeds and more!

It’s been a little over a month since we expanded Sway Preview so anybody could create Sways and help us shape and improve Sway together. It’s been exciting to get more feedback from broader usage. And we’ve been hard at work making Sway even better, based on how our customers are telling us they want to use it to reimagine how their ideas come to life.

In addition to making Sway for iPhone available more broadly in January (now available in the U.S. and many other countries where English is an official language), we’ve been working on some exciting new capabilities for Sway on the web.

Here’s a rundown of the most recent updates:

Add your content from third-party sites via embed codes

With Sway...

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09:00
Have you heard? The iPhone 6 is REALLY LOUD

(Original photography from pickywallpapers.com, photoshopping by Mike Wehner)

You can always tell when it's the day after a big Apple news day, because we end up writing and publishing stories like this... iClarified (via Cult of Mac) recently updat...

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08:57
Sony's 'Music Unlimited' Service...

Sony announced on Wednesday that it will be shutting down its Music Unlimited on-demand streaming music service ahead of launching Spotify on PlayStation Music. Music Unlimited will shut down in all 19 countries it operated on March 29, 2015, with nearly all of the countries among the 41 regions that Spotify for PlayStation Music will be available upon launch, including the United States, Canada, Mexico and Brazil.

Music Unlimited launched in December 2010 on PlayStation Network in several countries worldwide, and the service was later extended to iPhone [Direct Link], Android, PlayStation Vita and other devices and platforms. In February 2011, it was reported that Sony...

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08:27
Security Update 2015-001 (Mountain Lion and...

Patches various vulnerabilities but does not block the proof-of-concept Thunderstrike attack, as OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 Update does for 2013 Macs. (Free, various sizes)

 

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08:25
Wall Street shocked by Apple's staggering...

Apple's stunning first quarter of fiscal 2015 blew virtually every prediction out of the water, and left Wall Street analysts rushing to increase their price targets on Wednesday as the stock jumped higher.

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08:10
Lamp And Vamp (Games)

Lamp And Vamp 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Lamp and Vamp is a roguelike game where you play as a Vampire seeking the castle of his dreams.

Your Vampire is alone against the world! You will need to master the dark arts to find your way to the tomb in each level, where you will
acquire new powers. Choose them wisely: there are many paths to success, but the slightest mistake can be fatal!

Winner of "Best Game" and "Best Art" at http://proceduraldeathjam.com/ in March 2014.

Tom Christiansen, http://www.gamezebo.com/2014/03/29/browser-pick-lamp-and-vamp/
"Lamp and...

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08:02
Apple Pay to arrive at 200,000 vending machines,...

You’ll soon be able to pay for your vending machine items with Apple Pay.

Per 9to5Mac, USA Technologies today announced it’s bringing support to around 200,000 of these self-serve payment terminals that its customers use for everything from coffee brewers to vending machines, kiosks, laundry equipment and pay parking terminals.

The company offers a suite of services for companies looking to deploy self-serve, cashless terminals. A few examples it lists as current markets include vending machines, pay laundry machines, kiosks, amusement parks and arcades, car washes, and transit services.

USA Technologies says it has deals with big...

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08:01
How to Restore Missing iPhoto Image Thumbnails

Using iPhoto to manage the photos from your iPhone, iPad, and digital camera is fine unless the thumbnails showing you previews of your snapshots disappear. Keeping track of your pics when you can't actually see them isn't very productive, but there is a fix for that. Read on to learn how to resurrect your missing iPhoto image thumbnails.


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08:00
Introducing the Microsoft Ignite session catalog

This morning, we announced the availability of the session catalog for Ignite, Microsoft’s new, premier enterprise technology event. This provides the first in-depth look at the hundreds of sessions that will be available at the event covering deep technical information on products as well as strategy, guidance and best practices on security, deployment and usage. If you haven’t already, register now for Ignite. 

What to expect at Ignite

Ignite builds on the best of past events including the SharePoint, Exchange, Lync and Project conferences. Hear from Microsoft General Manager, Julia White, about what to expect in terms of the remarkable content and community experience at Ignite.

 

Mark your...

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08:00
AAPL share price hovering near all-time high

Here's a surprise -- usually the day after Apple announces record-breaking financial performance, the stock drops. Today, however, on the heels of truly astounding news and optimistic statements from Apple executives, the share price has been climbin...

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07:50
Marissa Mayer Says Yahoo Would 'Welcome the...

Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer, during the company's quarterly earnings call on Tuesday, expressed interest in Yahoo becoming the default search engine in Safari. Mayer recognized the significance that getting Yahoo in front of Mac, iPhone and iPad could have for the search engine, referring to Apple's default web browser as "one of the premier search deals in the world if not the premier search deal in the world.""The Safari platform is basically one of the premier search deals in the world if not the premier search deal in the world," Mayer told RBC Capital Markets analyst Mark Mahaney. "We're definitely in the search distribution business. I think that we've stated that really clearly in the past and I think with Mozilla and also in addition we brought Amazon eBay on board with smaller distribution partnerships in Q4."Google...

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07:45
The Best iPhone 6 + iPhone 6 Plus Battery Cases

It’s a great time to buy an iPhone 6 battery case. Last year, there were zero Apple-certified options, but today, there are a handful of good to great choices at various price points. They may look similar to each other in the picture above, but the sea of black shells masks some important differences in iPhone protection, battery recharging capabilities, and pricing. One stands out as a particularly excellent combination for the iPhone 6, and we also have a good pick for the iPhone 6 Plus.

Which iPhone 6 battery case should you buy? Read on…

Key Details:

  • All of the iPhone 6 battery cases here are nearly identical in size.
  • They’re all Apple-certified.
  • Batteries vary from 2,600mAh (full...
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07:44
Apple ships one billionth iOS device

You can’t sneeze at a billion of anything.

It’s just a really huge number.

Per AppleInsider, during its quarterly conference call on Tuesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the company had sold its one billionth iOS device in the December quarter, a device that will be kept at Cupertino for posterity.

Apple’s one billionth iOS device shipment, a number calculated from total iPhone, iPad and iPod touch sales, is emblematic of the mobile operating system’s global appeal and marks a momentous achievement for the consumer electronics space.

“On Nov. 22, we shipped our one billionth iOS device,” Cook said. “It was a space-gray 64GB iPhone 6 Plus, which we’ve saved here at Apple.”

It’s fitting that an Phone 6 Plus...

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07:40
Particle Mace (Games)

Particle Mace 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Now on iOS!

PARTICLE MACE is a game by Andy Wallace about defending yourself in a hostile universe by swinging particles into enemies.
Experience the thrill of classic arcade games with a new, physics based mechanic.
PARTICLE MACE is a game about trying not to die, but that’s impossible.

Photosensitive Warning: flashing colors.

◥ Features ◤
▴ 3 Endless and Brutal Arcade Modes
▴ 150 missions to complete
▴ Killer OST
▴ Reach a zen-like state as you master the art of swinging trash in great arcs to kill enemies
▴ Unlock 9 new ships with different attributes
▴ Colorblind mode

◥ Showcased At ◤
▴ Indiecade, Night Games & eSports Showcase 2014
▴ MAGFest 2015
▴ Gamercamp 2014
▴ Out Of Index...

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07:35
Apple Security Update 2015-001 - For OS X 10.9 and...

Apple Security Update 2015-001 is recommended for all users and improves the security of OS X. For detailed information about the security content of this update, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

The download link above is for OS X 10.9 Mavericks; also available:



  • OS X 10.9 or later
  • See Related Links for OS X 10.8



Download Now

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07:32
POS Terminals Rich Vein for Gold-Digging Hackers


Hackers are like gold miners. Once they find a rich vein for their malware, they mine it until it's dry. Point-of-sale terminals are such a vein. Following the success of the Target breach in 2013, the hacker underground was quick to rush more POS malware to market. "Attackers have recognized that the physical point-of-sale terminal is a new viable soft target," said Christopher Budd, threat communications manager at Trend Micro. "So we saw an increase in interest in malware that targets that."

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07:25
Android won the download race last year, but iOS...

The difference between Android and iOS hardware–Android having the market share, Apple making most of the profits–was mirrored in last year’s app downloads, reports mobile analytics firm App Annie. Its 2014 retrospective revealed that the Google Play Store saw 60% more downloads than the iOS App Store, but iOS apps made around 70% more money.

Re/code notes that this reflects data recently shared by Ustwogames for its best-selling Monument Valley game, which showed that of the $5.8M revenue generated by the game, 81.7% of it came from the iOS app.

App...

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07:22
The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don...

HughPickens.com writes: Five years ago, Steve Jobs introduced the iPad and insisted that it would do many things better than either a laptop or a smartphone. Will Oremus writes at Future Tense that by most standards, the iPad has been a success, and the tablet has indeed emerged as a third category of computing device. But there's another way of looking at the iPad. According to Oremus, Jobs was right to leave out the productivity features and go big on the simple tactile pleasure of holding the Internet in your hands. But for all its popularity and appeal, the iPad never has quite cleared the bar Jobs set for it, which was to be "far better" at some key tasks than a laptop or a smartphone. The iPad may have been "far better" when it was first released, but smartphones have come a long way. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and their Android equivalents are now convenient enough for most mobile computing tasks that there's no need to carry around a tablet as well. That helps explain why iPad...

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07:21
AAPL up 8% to near record highs, bringing the rest...

Apple broke many records with its latest quarter reporting $74.6 billion in revenue and $18 billion in profit with 74.4 million iPhones sold, numbers which greatly surpassed both Apple’s guidance and the even higher consensus analysts predicted, and Wall Street is taking notice.

Following a dismal day for the market yesterday which saw Apple down a few points ahead of its earnings report—it was soon back on the rise in after hours trading—both Apple and the Dow are climbing this morning largely due to those record numbers yesterday. Hovering around 7.5% higher since opening this morning and occasionally crossing 8%, Apple is positioned to cross its previous record high shortly.

In terms of Apple’s market cap, the company added nearly $50 billion overnight...

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07:19
Drive Genius 4.0.1 - Powerful system utility. (Demo)

Drive Genius 4 gives you faster performance from your Mac while also protecting it. The award-winning and improved DrivePulse feature alerts you to hard drive issues before they become major problems. Optimized for OS X 10.10 Yosemite, top features like Defrag and DriveSlim will help keep your Mac running fast. The all-new BootWell tool lets you create a special bootable secondary drive to Defrag or Repair your main hard drive. You can also personalize and organize your Mac hard drive icons with IconGenius.



Version 4.0.1:

  • Fixed a potential spurious DrivePulse free space warning.
  • Fixed a potential issue where a drive name would be doubled in the drive list.
  • Fixed BootWell errors not being shown.
  • Fixed a stability issue when canceling Instant Pulse.
  • Fixed a stability issue when a Drive Genius support folder is read-only.
  • Fixed a potential stability issue when creating a BootWell drive.
  • ...

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07:19
News: Daily Deal: Stay charged with the rugged...

In today’s iLounge Deal we’re offering the ZeroLemon SolarJuice 20000mAh Battery for only $49.99 – that’s 50% off the normal price. Combining a 20,000 mAh battery pack with a 1.2W monocrystalline solar panel, the SolarJuice lets you power up your iPhone, iPad, iPod, or other USB device repeatedly and can be plugged in to charge up at home, or simply recharge from the power of the sun. Dual outputs allow for simultaneous charging…

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07:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: Keyboards, guitars,...

Keyboards, guitars, golf, and more

This week's roundup shows off the versatility of your iOS hardware—for use in writing, making music, playing sports, and a whole range of life's activities. Read on.

Blast Motion

The $150 Blast Golf system attaches a sensor to your golf club; fire up the app on your iOS device, and record your swing. The video view, combined with data transmitted from the sensor via Bluetooth, will tell you everything you need to know to become the next Sam Snead. And it’s social: Share your stats via Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail from the app.

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06:51
DearMob releases 5KPlayer for Mac OS X

DearMob has introduced 5KPlayer, a free multipurpose player for Mac OS X. It's designed to let you play high quality videos and music with functional integration of the AirPlay receiver/sender and online audio video downloader.

5KPlayer supports 180-plus video and 60-plus audio formats, 3D videos and radio. According to Houston Xu, product manager of DearMob, the basic features of 5KPlayer include:

° The ability to play video and music in formats such as MKV, AVI, MP4, WMV, FLV, MP3, AAC, APE and FLAC, play DVDs (even with region codes and copy protections), 3D videos and radio.

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06:45
Google Play downloads are growing, but Apple's...

Downloads still aren't translating to dollars for Google and developers who create applications for its Play store for Android devices, as Apple's iOS App Store remains far and away the most profitable digital storefront, according to the latest data.

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06:43
MovieConverter-Studio Pro for Mac OS X gets new...

MovieConverter (www.movieconverter-studio.com) has launched MovieConverter-Studio Pro 3.0, an update to their video converter software for Mac OS X.

Featuring support for all modern codecs, users can change aspect ratio of any video source from square screen to wide screen, and vice versa. Version 3.0 offers a new "easy mode" for beginners and more.

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06:40
Today, the Tech World is in Awe of Apple's...

The accolades are ringing in from around the world about Apple's mind boggling monster quarter. Last night we reported on some of the facts behind Apple's iPhone 6 mania that drove profits to historic highs along with other colorful commentary from Tim Cook about calendar Q4 and what's ahead for Apple in 2015. In the end, the one fact that Tim Cook stated that captured Apple's historic quarter succinctly is this: Apple ...

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06:37
ChronoSync for Mac OS X gets maintenance update

Econ Technologies has released ChronoSync to version 4.5.5, an update of the automated synchronization and backup application for Mac OS X that can synchronize, backup, and create bootable backups.

This release features performance and behavior improvements on Mac OS X Yosemite, as well as changes that improve stability and reliability. This maintenance release also includes Package File analysis improvements and several minor bug fixes.

For new users the cost is US$40. A demo is available for download from the Econ Technologies web site (http://www.econtechnologies.com).

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06:32
ATTO expands 12Gb ExpressSAS HBA line

ATTO Technology (www.attoteach.com) has expanded its line of 12Gb ExpressSAS Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) with three new models. 

Each of these new products provide both internal and external ports for connecting up to 2048 devices while occupying a single PCIe slot. They're designed for high-performance computing environments.

These low profile adapters offer the ability to connect JBOD, RAID storage, tape, SSD and HDD on the same adapter. ATTO integrates RAID 0,1, 1e and 10 into select model 12Gb HBAs.

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06:25
FileMaker Developer Conference Early Bird discount...

Early early bird discount registration (http://www.filemaker.com/r/devcon) for the 20th anniversary edition of the FileMaker Developer Conference, the worldwide gathering for corporate and independent FileMaker solution developers, is now open. The 2015 FileMaker Developer Conference takes place July 20-23, 2015, at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Nevada.

The conference is for anyone who wants to acquire new skills, improve current skills or advance their careers by using the FileMaker Platform to build compelling custom business solutions for Mac OS, iOS, Windows and web browsers.  

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06:20
Don’t stress about Apple Watch battery life

Marcel Christianis, writing for Medium, addresses the recent rumors about Apple Watch battery life, calling the whole discussion silly. A solid read, especially the exploration of the history of the watch.

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06:18
YouTube Puts Another Nail in Flash’s Coffin with...

YouTube put another nail if Flash's coffin this week with the announcement that it is dropping Adobe's media format as the default for videos in favor of HTML5 on computers. The change means Flash-based content will be available at even fewer places online, pushing the format farther into obscurity.


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05:53
Principal filming finally underway for Sorkin/Boyle...

Universal Pictures has announced that principal filming of the Steve Jobs biopic written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Danny Boyle is now finally underway. The announcement confirms that the movie, dropped by Sony back in November, will still follow the original three-act structure based around three keynote presentations.

Universal Pictures today announced that principal photography has commenced in San Francisco on Steve Jobs. Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, the film takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter.

Surprisingly, Universal says that the final product announcement will be the iMac, in 1998, rather than the...

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05:53
∞ Tim Cook on iPhone sales

A quick walkthrough of Apple’s numbers, plus some thoughts on Tim Cook’s respond to an analyst question on the iPhone

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05:36
Transcript of yesterday’s Apple call

Links to the webcast, if you’d like to listen to Tim Cook’s mellifluous voice, or a hand crafted transcript, if you prefer.

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05:31
By the numbers: Apple's ludicrous fourth quarter

Apple reported the biggest quarter in its history this week --?and one of the largest by any company ever -- by nearly every metric imaginable. AppleInsider puts those mind-boggling numbers into perspective.

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05:30
Freemium Field Test: Candy Crush Soda Saga can get...

Free-to-play games often look appealing, but it’s difficult to know at a glance whether the business model is insidious and fun ruining, or reasonable and worth pumping a few bucks into. With Freemium Field Test, we’ll take a recent free-to-play iOS game, put it through its paces, and let you know if it’s really worth your time (and money).

I never expected to spend $25 in Candy Crush Soda Saga. Actually, I never expected to spend $25 within any mobile game, least of all something like Candy Crush Soda Saga. But here we are a couple weeks later, and now I have to collect my iTunes receipts and sheepishly forward them to my editor. (Sorry, boss!)

To read this article in full or to...

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05:30
Grow: Cuby's Quest is an intriguing space...

Grow: Cuby's Quest is a new space adventure game for iOS. You control Cuby. No one's entirely sure what Cuby actually is, but at the very least it's a cube-shaped character that survives and thrives on "pecs," crystals in the game. The short version:...

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05:25
Yosemite Cache Cleaner 9.0.3 - Clear caches, access...

Yosemite Cache Cleaner is an award-winning general purpose tool for OS X. YCC makes system maintenance simple with an easy point-and-click interface to many OS X functions. Novice and expert users alike will appreciate the powerful toolset YCC provides. Yosemite Cache Cleaner is one of the world's leading maintenance tools, with millions of downloads around the globe.

Maintenance. Yosemite Cache Cleaner is a one-stop solution for all of your OS X maintenance needs. Intel or PPC, Tiger or Yosemite, YCC has the tools to keep your system running at its best. YCC Documents and the YCC Engine maintain system health by providing full automation of common maintenance chores, including virus scanning of Internet downloads. The YCC Engine can even repair permissions automatically after software installations. With the YCC Engine, powerful system maintenance and antivirus can be completely transparent or as close as your menu bar.

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04:46
EditShare ships Geevs 7 Video Server

EditShare (www.editshare.com) has released version 7 of its Geevs range of ingest and playout video servers. Geevs 7 adds such new features as enhanced integration with EditShare’s shared storage and Flow media asset management solutions.

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04:45
Tim Cook insists iPad prospects still rosy despite...

Apple’s press release yesterday noted “all-time record revenue from iPhone and Mac sales as well as record performance of the App Store,” while remaining silent on iPad sales. The reason? The slide continued last quarter, with year-on-year sales down 18%, and a reduction in average selling price meaning revenue was down 22%.

Tim Cook acknowledges that the switch to larger-screened iPhones mean the iPad is being squeezed from both sides.

There’s probably some level of cannibalization that’s going on, with the Mac on one side and the phone on the other.

It’s also undeniable that people upgrade their iPads less frequently than their iPhones–Cook putting the number at “somewhere between” the 2-year cycle of the...

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04:35
Tension Software announces AutoMailer 2.2 for Mac OS...

Tension Software has announced AutoMailer 2.2, an update of its Mac OS X app that allows you to send personalized emails to multiple addresses, in text or web format, each merged with data from an internal database. It's been optimized for Mac OS X Yosemite.

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04:30
Where to get the perfect custom iPhone case

Your iPhone case says a lot about you—a Speck CandyShell, for example, tells the world that you’re fun, bright, and quirky-yet-practical when it comes to protection and usability. TwelveSouth’s BookBook, on the other hand, says you love books—even fake books.

So, here’s the question: If your iPhone case is a window to your soul, do you really want to settle for something mass produced and inherently un-unique, when you could spring for a custom case? If the answer is no, you’re in luck: Thanks to a myriad of custom case-makers, personalized cases are relatively inexpensive and easy to come by.

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04:19
Kool Tools: Canon large format printers

Canon U.S.A., (http://www.usa.canon.com) has rolled out three three new affordable large format printers and a newly enhanced Canon Alliance Partner Program (CAPP).

The 24-inch imagePROGRAF iPF670, the 36-inch imagePROGRAF iPF770 printers, and the imagePROGRAF iPF770 MFP M40 Scan-to Print/File/Share System provides cost-effective solutions for low-volume, on-demand print environments. These models support a variety of applications including: posters, presentations, technical documents, drawings, company announcements, and enlargements.

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04:15
One-in-four to buy new TVs in 2015 (and spend more...

Year-over-year survey results from FatWallet.com show consumers flip flop on when to find best TV deals, ranking Black Friday just ahead of Super Bowl sales this year, while 1 in 4 now choose to stream TV programming.
 

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04:15
One-in-four to buy new TVs in 2015 (and spend more...

Year-over-year survey results from FatWallet.com show consumers flip flop on when to find best TV deals, ranking Black Friday just ahead of Super Bowl sales this year, while 1 in 4 now choose to stream TV programming.
 

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04:09
Apple’s quarterly profit set new world record for...

Apple didn’t just set a new record for the company when it beat every forecast in the Q1 results announced yesterday, it set a new world record for the most profitable quarter of any company in history, says credit ratings giant Standard & Poor’s. Its net profit of $18B far exceeded the previous record of $15.9B, set by oil company ExxonMobil back in 2012.

With such huge numbers difficult to grasp, there have been various attempts around the net to put the numbers into perspective.  TechCrunch expressed it as a profit of $8.3M per hour. Reddit user Cal00 noted that Apple made more from the iPhone alone that Google and Microsoft made from their entire product ranges–combined...

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03:19
The 6 things you need to know about Apple's...

Apple made all the money last quarter—its $18 billion in profit is not only the best quarter Apple’s ever had, it’s the best quarter any company has ever had, and a jaw-dropping 74.5 million iPhones sold is a big reason why. But record-shattering $74.6 billion revenues weren’t the most interesting part of Tuesday’s Q1 2015 earnings conference call, in which Tim Cook took questions from analysts about the rest of Apple’s plan for success, and how to keep this momentum going.

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03:18
xScope 4.1.1 - Onscreen graphic measurement tools. (...

xScope is powerful set of tools that are ideal for measuring, inspecting, and testing on-screen graphics and layouts. Its tools float above your desktop windows and can be accessed via a toolbar, menubar, and/or hot keys.

Mirror

  • Remote Viewing - Easily view Photoshop, files or windows on your iOS or AirPlay device
  • Templates - Automatically shows icon or wallpaper mockup on iOS
  • Chromeless UI - No overlaid chrome to get in the way while you work
  • Security - Toggle user authentication requests on/off via Preferences
  • Download the xScope Mirror App for iOS at http://xscopeapp.com/ios

Text - New!

  • Powerful Search - For name or tag in any of the 100,000+ Unicode characters
  • Decipher Text - Deciphers text entities, encodings, constants, and more!
  • Convert Format - Output text as a string, entities, URL encoding, and more!...

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02:31
OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 - Apple's latest...

OS X Yosemite is Apple's newest operating system for Mac.

An elegant design that feels entirely fresh, yet inherently familiar. The apps you use every day, enhanced with new features. And a completely new relationship between your Mac and iOS devices. OS X Yosemite will change how you see your Mac. And what you can do with it.

Redesigned interface.
With OS X Yosemite, we set out to elevate the experience of using a Mac. To do that, we looked at the entire system and refined it app by app. Feature by feature. Pixel by pixel. And we built great new capabilities into the interface that put need-to-know information at your fingertips. The result is that your Mac has a fresh new look, with all the power and simplicity you know and love.

Powerful built-in apps.
One of the best things about a Mac is that it comes loaded with state-of-the-art, beautifully designed apps you’ll love to use every day. In OS...

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00:37
Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By...

jmcbain writes: Yesterday, Apple reported its financial results for the quarter ending December 27, 2014. The company posted $18 billion in profit (on $74 billion in revenue), the largest quarterly profit by any company, ever. The previous record was $16 billion by Russia's Gazprom (the largest natural gas extractor in the world) in 2011. Apple sold 74.5 million iPhones last quarter, along with 5.5 million Macs and 21.4 million iPads.

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00:01
First look at the new Power BI Preview

This week Michael Tejedor joins Jeremy Chapman on Office Mechanics to give a first look at the updates to Power BI. The preview announced yesterday adds a number of new Power BI capabilities, including dashboards, new visualizations, support for popular software-as-a-service applications, a native iPad app and live “hybrid” connectivity to on-premises SQL Server Analysis Services tabular models. Michael demonstrates all this and more on the show and explains how to establish a secure connection to on-premises data using Power BI.

For those not familiar with Power BI, it is a cloud-based business analytics service for non-technical business users. With just a browser or a Power BI mobile app, you can keep a pulse on your business via live operational dashboards or explore business data through interactive visual reports.

Now you can even try the preview of the new Power BI for free....

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Tuesday January 27

20:58
Quad-Core 2012 Mac Mini Mysteriously Reappears on...

Apple today has mysteriously added back a 2012 model Mac mini to the Apple Online Store for $699. The over two-year-old machine still has the same hardware specifications as it did in 2012, including a 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, 4GB of RAM and Intel HD Graphics 4000. The listing also shows that the computer ships with OS X Mavericks installed.

It is unknown if the outdated Mac mini has mistakenly resurfaced on the Apple Online Store, or if Apple intentionally reintroduced the model on its website. One plausible reason that Apple may be making this older Mac mini available for purchase again is to provide customers with a quad-core option, as the existing 2014 models are each powered by dual-core Intel Core i5 processors.

The entry-level Mac is listed as out of stock in the United States, and MacRumors could not find the model...

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20:47
Apple Store employees to get updated attire, go...

Starting Feb. 2, customers walking into an Apple Store may notice something a little different as employees are expected to wear newly designed crew neck or polo shirts in a familiar shade of blue, but with repositioned and resized white Apple logos.

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20:29
Apple iOS 8.1.3 - The latest version of Apple's...

The latest version of iOS can be downloaded through iTunes.

Apple iOS 8 comes with big updates to apps you use every day, like Messages and Photos. A whole new way to share content with your family. And exciting new connections between apps and between devices. All that and more make iOS 8 the biggest iOS release ever.

Photos. The all-new Photos app makes it simpler than ever to find and rediscover your favorite photos with new search features and smart albums that organize your photos for you. And you can make every shot look even better immediately after you've taken it with powerful new editing tools, no matter your skill level.

Messages. Now Messages lets you connect with friends and family like never before. Tap to add your voice to any conversation. Send a video of what you're seeing the moment you're seeing it. And easily share your location so they know right where you are.

Design....

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20:02
Universal Pictures announces cast of upcoming Steve...

In a prepared statement issued on Tuesday, Universal Studios announced the full cast list for its upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, currently titled "Steve Jobs," including actresses set to play Jobs' daughter Lisa at three different ages.

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19:03
Apple's iPhone 6 Mania Drove Apple to Historic...

The news out of Apple's Financial Conference Call was nothing short of amazing today. Apple's iPhone 6 mania most definitely swept the globe without mercy crushing all competitors that challenged them this holiday season. Earlier today we reported ...

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19:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

Apps Now Free

Don't Shoot Yourself! [...

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18:46
eBay developing Apple Watch software with ties to...

Apple Watch owners may never need to worry about being outbid in an eBay auction again, as a new job listing posted by the Internet auctioneer suggests advanced development of a bespoke Apple Watch app.

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18:44
The NFL just released an anti-domestic violence...

Mic:

The league, in partnership with the anti-domestic violence organization NO MORE, recently released an ad that will air live Sunday during the Super Bowl. Based on a real 911 call, the ad pans over the wreckage of a domestic dispute while the audio of a chilling emergency call plays in the background.

Powerful and chilling. Thanks to my friend JennS for the link.

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18:25
Witnessing the last days of Blue Fin Tuna at the...

Medium:

The whole Tsukiji experience is comparable to strolling through the fish section of Whole Foods early one morning when the LSD kicks in and the store suddenly turns into JFK Airport and a monster bike rally is starting and a marathon walk is ending and all the cars have Jersey plates and valet service is provided by Hell’s Angels. You are the outsider at the fish anarchist’s ball.

One of my Bucket List items was/is to visit this market. Looks like I’ll have to hurry.

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18:09
Apple just had the most profitable quarter of any...

Techcrunch:

Until today, Russia’s Gazprom (the largest natural gas extractor in the world) held the record at $16.2 billion in a quarter.

Apple now holds the record: $18.04 billion in profit, fiscal Q1 of 2015.

For reference, that means Apple makes around $8.3 million dollars per hour in profit (24 hours a day).

This was a company written off as all but dead less than 20 years ago.

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18:00
Daily Deals for January 27, 2015, Save 25% On The...

It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections.

All prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly....

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17:43
Apple iPad sales slumped 18% in Q1, but Cook still...

As many industry analysts predicted, iPad sales saw a steep year-over-year decline for the first fiscal quarter of 2015, but CEO Tim Cook is optimistic and sees great potential in Apple's upcoming hardware pipeline.

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17:38
Tim Cook: The Apple Watch ships in April

Ars Technica:

Apple CEO Tim Cook dropped a rare bit of product news on the company’s Q1 2015 earnings call: the Apple Watch begins shipping in April.The Apple Watch will start at $349 for the aluminum Apple Watch Sport model, though starting prices for the more expensive stainless steel and gold models haven’t yet been revealed.

About the time frame we expected. As we get closer to a sales date, I find it interesting how many people I hear are at least interested in seeing the Apple Watch with an eye towards buying it.

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17:00
Found a lost iPhone? Siri can help you find its owner

Say one day you're walking down the street, enjoying a nice cup of coffee and the sun shine, when you come across an iPhone without its owner. If the device has been placed in Lost Mode already the phone will give you the needed information to contac...

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16:52
Apple Blocks Flash on the Mac Following Major...

Apple has updated its Flash Player blacklist again, this time blocking versions lower than 16.0.0.296 and 13.0.0.264. The move follows a zero-day exploit currently targeting Windows PCs that could also potentially go after Macs, too.

The Mac Observer Spin: If you don't need Flash Player on your Mac, don't install it. Flash is an ongoing security headache that doesn't seem to be improving despite Adobe's constant updates.


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16:46
Apple Ups the Secrecy with Wall Street

Apple continued to up its vaguery game when it comes to Wall Street on Tuesday, eliminating two more categories of numbers from what it breaks out. For the December quarter-Apple's first fiscal quarter-Apple didn't report iPod unit sales.


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16:41
Cook confirms Apple Watch will ship in April

It’s not a specific release date, but the Apple Watch now has a slated month for its release.

Per Macworld, Apple CEO confirmed that the Apple Watch will begin shipping in April. Cook dropped the news on Apple’s quarterly earnings call Tuesday afternoon, saying Apple Watch is “on schedule” and will ship in April. The company reportedly hasn’t publicly committed to a date because Cook and co. are still working on the device’s battery life.

According to recent reports, Apple is aiming for 19 hours of mixed active and passive use, but isn’t sure it can nail that goal for the first generation of Apple Watches.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

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16:30
Apple's last quarter profit the biggest in...

Read that headline again.

Apple's most recent quarter (Q1 2015) profit of $18.02 billion is now the biggest ever for all corporations on Planet Earth, ever.

The previous winner was Russia's Gazprom (a natural gas extractor), with measly profits of...

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16:16
Tim Cook calls 2015 the 'year of Apple Pay...

Apple Pay now accounts for two out of every three dollars processed through contactless payment systems, a huge achievement for Apple's NFC-based solution that debuted less than three months ago.

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16:00
iMacompanion: Kickstarted accessory puts a USB 3.0...

It's always a pleasure to see projects graduate from Kickstarter or Indiegogo and actually become available for sale. One project that was intriguing a few months ago, the Wiplabs iMacompanion (US$39.99), is now in the BiteMyApple.co and Amazon.com s...

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15:33
Apple shipped one billionth iOS device in Q1,...

During its quarterly conference call on Tuesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the company had sold its one billionth iOS device in the December quarter, a device that will be kept at Cupertino for posterity.

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15:30
The Week in Mac Apps: Updates from LastPass and...

Updates from LastPass and 1Password, and more

In this week’s roundup of new Mac apps, you’ll find apps that keep your data private, help you organize your pictures, and help you manage your finances without breaking the bank.

1Password 5.1

AgileBits’s $50 1Password (Mac App Store Link) helps you keep tabs on many bits of private information, like passwords, ID documents, credit cards, and so on, using military-grade encryption to protected them.

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15:30
WiFi Map uses community power to share network...

WiFi Map is a crowdsourced tool for finding all of the Wi-Fi hotspots in your area as well as the passwords to certain security-protected networks. Anyone in the area is able to comment on a WiFi network and leave the password for others to use, plus...

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15:29
SpamSieve 2.9.19 - Robust spam filter for major...

SpamSieve is a robust spam filter for major email clients that uses powerful Bayesian spam filtering.

SpamSieve understands what your spam looks like in order to block it all, but also learns what your legitimate messages look like to avoid confusion. SpamSieve only marks spam in your email client so you never lose any mail.



Version 2.9.19:

  • Works with Apple Mail under Mac OS X 10.10.2. It’s easiest if you update to SpamSieve 2.9.19 before updating to Mac OS X 10.10.2. In any case, if you don’t see the SpamSieve commands in Apple Mail’s Message menu, be sure to choose Install Apple Mail Plug-In from the SpamSieve menu. Otherwise, with the SpamSieve plug-in not installed, Mail will...

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15:13
Apple’s Q1 stats: iPhone now makes up 69% of total...

Apple announced a lot of numbers during its fiscal Q1 2015 earnings call today in addition to confirming the Apple Watch will ship in April. Some of Apple’s highlights include numbers on Apple Pay since its launch in October, the 1 billionth iOS device shipping in November, and big growth in China as Apple sells a record 74.4 million iPhones during the quarter.

Head below for a roundup of stats and milestones that Apple announced during the call:

  • Apple Q1 2015 revenue: $74.6b
  • Device sales: 74.4m iPhones, 21.4m iPads, 5.5 Macs
  • Apple sold over 34 thousand iPhones an hour
  • iPhone made up 69% of Apple’s total revenue...
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15:06
Oculus VR's Story Studio to Create Cinematic...


Oculus VR on Monday unveiled a new project at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Oculus Story Studio will produce movies in virtual reality. It presented its first example of the genre on Monday evening -- a 4-minute experience called Lost.
Oculus, which was founded in 2012 and quickly raised $2.4 million via crowdfunding and venture capital, was acquired last year by Facebook for a reported $2.2 billion. Story Studio currently has about 10 people on its team, including some from Pixar Animation Studios and Lucasfilm.

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15:05
Apple sells record number of iPhones in blockbuster...

Record revenue from iPhone and Mac sales helped Apple bring in $74.6 billion in revenue last quarter, up from $57.6 billion a year earlier.

The company's next new product, the highly anticipated Apple Watch, will start shipping in April, CEO Tim Cook said on a conference call to discuss the financial results.

Income for the quarter, which ended Dec. 27 and included the important holiday shopping period, was $18 billion, up from $13.1 billion in the same quarter last year. Earnings per share came in at $3.06 compared with $2.07 a year earlier.

Record revenue from iPhone and Mac computer sales helped the company's results, Cook said in a news release. iPhone sales totalled 74.5 million units, the company said. Sales outside the U.S. accounted for 65 percent of revenue.

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15:00
Happy 5th Birthday, iPad!

Five years ago Steve Jobs stood on the stage of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco to introduce Apple's latest offering to the masses; the iPad. Launching on April 3 of that year in six configurations -- 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB with 3G...

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14:58
News: Notes from Apple’s Q1 2015 earnings call

During Apple’s conference call announcing its record-breaking numbers from Q1 2015, Apple CEO Tim Cook kicked it off by saying that “demand for iPhone has been staggering, shattering our high expectations,” referring to the 74.5 million iPhones sold in the first quarter. “This volume is hard to comprehend.” He said the company sold 34,000 iPhones every hour of every day of the entire quarter. Cook also briefly mentioned…

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14:57
USA Technologies Announces Support for Apple Pay at...

Today Apple's CEO Tim Cook stated during the company's Financial Conference call that this was going to be the year of Apple Pay. One of the latest announcements concerning Apple Pay came from USA Technologies earlier today. USA Technologies, a leader of wireless, cashless payment and M2M/IoT solutions for small-ticket, self-serve retailing industries, announced a nationwide rollout ...

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14:35
China responsible for massive Apple revenue growth,...

Apple on Tuesday announced a record smashing $74.5 billion in revenue with the usual suspects U.S. and Europe sales ticking the highest numbers, but China is quickly moving in on second place after bringing in a huge $16.1 billion.

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14:34
Apple posts $74.6 billion in revenue, $18 billion in...

It was a good quarter for Apple.

Per 9to5Mac, Apple announced its Q1 2015 earnings results today, the company reporting US$74.6 billion in revenue and earning US$18 billion in profit during the three-month period.

The results showed a gross margin of 39.9 percent compared to 37.9 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 65 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

In addition to its revenue and profit disclosure, Apple reported sales numbers for the following categories:

iPhone: 74.4 million

iPad: 21.4 million

Mac: 5.5 million

iTunes: 4.7 million

Accessories: 2.6 million

“We’d like to thank our customers for an incredible quarter, which saw demand for Apple products soar to an all-time high,” said Tim Cook,...

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14:30
Tim Cook: Apple Pay accounts for $2 out of every $3...

Apple CEO Tim Cook shared some stats on Apple Pay during the company’s fiscal Q1 2015 earnings call today. Among them: Cook said that around $2 out of every $3 spent using contactless payments across Visa, Mastercard, and American Express are being made with Apple Pay since the service launched in October.   

Also of note: Apple has now signed on around 750 banks and credit unions that will roll out support for the service. That’s up from the 500 banks Apple initially announced it had signed on to support the service. Currently Apple has rolled out support for cards from a 45+ banks and credit unions in the US. ...

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14:30
Pzizz, now free and on the iPad, helps you get to...

Pzizz is an app designed to help you get in a good power nap or get to sleep. For years, it's actually been two apps, one called Energizer (for power naps) and one for Sleep (for, well I think you can guess). The apps use a combination of a soothing ...

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14:29
Apple Watch starts shipping in April, Tim Cook...

We knew it was coming sometime this spring, but now we have a more narrow timeframe: Apple Watch starts shipping in April, Tim Cook said.

So it’s not an exact date, but we’re getting closer. Cook dropped the news on Apple’s quarterly earnings call Tuesday afternoon, saying Apple Watch is “on schedule” and will ship in April. The company reportedly hasn’t publicly committed to a date because Cook and co. are still working on the device’s battery life.

According to a recent 9to5Mac scoop, Apple is aiming for 19 hours of mixed active and passive use, but isn’t sure it can nail that goal for the first generation of Apple Watches.

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14:27
Tim Cook: The Apple Watch ships in April

Apple CEO Tim Cook dropped a rare bit of product news on the company's Q1 2015 earnings call: the Apple Watch begins shipping in April.

The Apple Watch will start at $349 for the aluminum Apple Watch Sport model, though starting prices for the more expensive stainless steel and gold models haven't yet been revealed. To use the watches, you'll need an iPhone 5, 5C, 5S, 6, or 6 Plus, and the watch's NFC chip will enable Apple Pay support for the phones that don't support it natively.

A new update to iOS, version 8.2, will also be required to use the watch—it's currently in its fourth developer beta. Some of those betas have already outed some Apple Watch features, and like Android Wear it looks like the...

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14:25
Apple Pay Dominates Mobile Payment Platforms

Apple's mobile payment system, Apple Pay, is only about three months old, but already accounts for the lion's share of wireless credit card payments. The iPhone and iPad maker said Apple Pay currently accounts for more than two thirds of contactless payments.


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14:22
Apple Reports Record First Quarter Results

Apple has announced financial results for its fiscal 2015 first quarter ended December 27, 2014. The company posted record quarterly revenue of $74.6 billion and record quarterly net profit of $18 billion, or $3.06 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $57.6 billion and net profit of $13.1 billion, or $2.07 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 39.9 percent compared to 37.9 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 65 percent of the quarter’s revenue. The results were fueled by all-time record revenue from iPhone and Mac sales as well as record performance of the App Store. iPhone unit sales of 74.5 million also set a new record. “We’d like to thank our customers for an incredible quarter, which saw demand for Apple products soar to an all-time high,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Our revenue grew 30 percent over last year to $74.6 billion, and the execution by our teams to achieve these results was simply phenomenal...

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14:22
Apple releases iOS 8.1.3 update

It’s not a revolutionary update, but it could be useful.

On Tuesday, Apple released its iOS 8.1.3 update for its iOS devices.

The update, a 200+ megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

- Reduces the amount of storage required to perform a software update.

- Fixes an issue that prevented some users from entering their Apple ID password for Messages and FaceTime.

- Addresses an issue that caused Spotlight to stop displaying app results.

- Fixes an issue which prevented multitasking gestures from working on iPad.

- Adds new configuration options for education standardized testing.

iOS 8.1.3 requires an iOS device running iOS 8.0 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the iOS 8.1.3 update and have any feedback to offer, please let us know what you think in the comments.

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14:16
Tim Cook: Apple Watch on Schedule to Ship in April

During today's earnings call covering the first fiscal quarter of 2015, Apple CEO Tim Cook shared some new details on the prospective launch date of the Apple Watch. According to Cook, Apple Watch development is currently on schedule, and the company is planning to ship the device in April.

Development for Apple Watch is right on schedule, and we expect to begin shipping in April.When the Apple Watch was announced, Apple gave a vague "Early 2015" launch date for the device, making it unclear when it would actually ship. Several rumors recently pointed towards a March launch date for the device, but it appears it will actually begin shipping out to consumers a month later, in April.

Cook confirmed that the Apple Watch's April shipping date was within the expected range of early 2015, which Apple...

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14:15
Apple releases OS X 10.10.2 update

You’ve been hankering for it.

And it’s here.

On Tuesday, Apple released its long-awaited OS X 10.10.2 update. The update, a 400+ megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

- Resolves an issue that may cause Wi-Fi to disconnect.

- Resolves an issue that may cause web pages to load slowly.

- Fixes an issue that caused Spotlight to load remote email content when the preference was disabled in Mail.

- Improves audio and video sync when using Bluetooth headphones.

- Adds the ability to browse iCloud Drive in Time Machine.

- Improves VoiceOver speech performance.

- Resolves an issue that causes VoiceOver to echo characters when entering text on a web page.

- Addresses an issue that may cause the input method to switch languages...

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14:15
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Brought More Android Switchers,...

During today's earnings call covering the first fiscal quarter of 2015, Apple CEO Tim Cook was asked about the sales split between the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. He declined to provide specific numbers on the split, but he did confirm that the iPhone 6 was the most popular device.

"Obviously to sell 74.5 million devices, they were all popular," Cook said. "Both did incredibly well. We're really proud of them, along with the iPhone 5s and 5c."

According to Cook, there was some clear geographical preference for the iPhone 6 vs the iPhone 6 Plus. Some locations skewed higher to iPhone 6 Plus preference, while others preferred the iPhone 6. He didn't specify which regions preferred which devices, but data has suggested Asian countries favored the iPhone 6 Plus.

During the call, Cook also mentioned...

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14:15
Tim Cook Says Apple Watch Will Ship in April

Apple CEO Tim Cook said on Tuesday that Apple will ship its highly anticipated Apple Watch in April. Until now, we've only had an "early 2015" timeline, making Mr. Cook's comments the first hard news on a shipping date for the device.


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14:15
Apple Watch on track to ship in April, CEO Tim Cook...

During Apple's quarterly conference call on Tuesday, CEO Tim Cook said Apple Watch development is on track and expects to launch the device in April, coming in just under the company's "early 2015" promise.

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14:13
Apple Watch will ship in April, Tim Cook says during...

Apple has revealed that the Apple Watch will ship in April, though a specific date wasn’t given. The announcement came during today’s earnings call.

Apple’s wearable will support notifications and “glances” from iPhone-based apps and is said to be aiming for 19-hour battery life, though it is reportedly having trouble hitting that goal. Apple is also planning to enable...

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14:12
News: Cook: Apple Watch shipping in April

CEO Tim Cook said the company is expecting to ship the upcoming Apple Watch in April. Cook briefly mentioned the tidbit during today’s conference call announcing Apple’s record-breaking Q1 2015 results. It’s the first time Apple has narrowed down the release date of its upcoming smartwatch to a specific month, but no particular date was mentioned....

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14:11
Apple iOS Device Sales Top 1 Billion Units

Apple has sold over 1 billion iOS devices since the original iPhone was introduced over seven years ago. News of the sales figures came from Apple CEO Tim Cook during the company's first fiscal quarter earnings report on Tuesday.


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14:09
Apple’s Q1 2015: Ridiculously high iPhone sales, 18...

Apple's earnings report for the first quarter of fiscal 2015 is here, and as usual the numbers for the holiday quarter are looking pretty good. iPhone sales are way up, and account for over two-thirds of Apple's revenue. Macs continue their more modest but still impressive growth, while iPads have seen their sharpest year-over-year decline.

Let's get the numbers out of the way first. Apple broke quarterly records with $18 billion in profit and $74.6 billion in revenue, compared to $13.1 billion in profit and $57.6 billion in revenue in Q1 of 2014. It maintained a healthy profit margin of 39.9 percent. These results firmly beat Apple's guidance for the quarter, which predicted revenue between $63.5 billion and $66.5 billion and profit margins between 37.5 and 38.5 percent.

Apple managed to increase revenues across the board in all...

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14:09
Apple announces 1 billion iOS devices sold

Today during Apple’s Q1 earnings call with investors, CEO Tim Cook announced that the company sold its billionth iOS device back in November.

Cook noted that the billionth device was a 64GB iPhone 6 Plus and that the company is keeping it at its headquarters in honor of the milestone.

The news comes as Apple beats expectations and reports record smartphone sales today with 74.4 million iPhone units sold during the holiday quarter.

Apple Marketing VP Phil Schiller also joined in on celebrating the milestone:

1 Billion iOS devices shipped!!


Philip Schiller (@pschiller)...

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14:06
Notes of interest from Apple's Q1 2015...

Apple reported the biggest quarter in its company's history on Monday, selling nearly 100 million iPhones and iPads to earn $74.6 billion in quarterly revenue. Following the announcement, executives from the company participated in a conference call with analysts and the media, and notes of interest follow.

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14:00
Apple reports record first quarter results

Apple has announced financial results for its fiscal 2015 first quarter that ended Dec. 27, 2014. The company posted record quarterly revenue of $74.6 billion and record quarterly net profit of $18 billion, or $3.06 per diluted share.

These results compare to revenue of $57.6 billion and net profit of $13.1 billion, or $2.07 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 39.9% compared to 37.9% in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 65 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

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14:00
New Swift Development Courses Available on iTunes U

Stanford University's iOS programming course, one of the most popular on iTunes U with over 1.2 million downloads, is now being taught using Swift. Learn how to build apps with this exciting new programming language by following Stanford's curriculum: Developing iOS 8 Apps with Swift. The first two lectures for the winter 2015 quarter are now live and additional lessons will be added as they are taught. Swift courses from other internationally recognized universities, such as Plymouth University in the UK, are also now available on iTunes U with more courses from other top educational institutions coming soon.

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14:00
New Swift Development Courses Available on iTunes U

Stanford University's iOS programming course, one of the most popular on iTunes U with over 1.2 million downloads, is now being taught using Swift. Learn how to build apps with this exciting new programming language by following Stanford's curriculum: Developing iOS 8 Apps with Swift. The first two lectures for the winter 2015 quarter are now live and additional lessons will be added as they are taught. Swift courses from other internationally recognized universities, such as Plymouth University in the UK, are also now available on iTunes U with more courses from other top educational institutions coming soon.

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13:57
Apple Posts $74.6 Billion Revenue Fueled by All-Time...

Wall Street was looking for Apple to do more than just beat expectations – they wanted Apple to crush them without mercy – and that's exactly what Apple delivered.

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13:56
Apple grew 157% in China to over $16B in revenue...

Ahead of Apple’s fiscal Q1 2015 earnings report today, there were signs that Apple had enjoyed significant growth in China and a record number of smartphone sales in the region during the holidays. Today, we get some more insight into that growth, as Apple reported a 157% increase from the previous quarter: revenue of $16.144 billion in Greater China compared to $6.292 billion in Q3.

That’s up 70% year over year from the $9.496 billion the company pulled in from the region in the holiday quarter last year.

Compare Apple’s 157% growth in China with an increase of around 55% for the Americas during the same period. The Americas remained Apple’s largest market at $30.566 billion for the...

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13:47
Big iPhones Mean a Big Q1 2015 for Apple; Apple...

Apple has posted yet another record-shattering financial quarter, and Tim Cook has finally announced when we can get our hands on the Apple Watch.

 

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