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Monday March 31

04:21
Is Android the real target of latest Apple vs...

Photo: Reuters

Pieces in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal suggest that the real target of Apple’s second courtroom patent battle with Samsung may be Android.

Some features in Samsung devices that Apple objects to are part of Google’s Android operating system, by far the most popular mobile operating system worldwide, running on more than a billion devices made by many manufacturers. That means that if Apple wins, Google could have to make changes to critical Android features, and Samsung and other Android phone makers might have to modify the software...

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Sunday March 30

23:48
Samsung shifts strategy in second Apple trial, now...

Apple's second patent infringement trial against Samsung begins today, outlining a battle that the two sides are waging in very different ways. Apple will be expanding upon its legal strategy outlined in the first trial, while Samsung is starting over with an entirely new tactic aimed at devaluating Apple's inventions so it can continue using them for virtually nothing.
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21:08
Briefly: Shazam updates for iOS, new Handy Photo Free

Shazam, a music and TV identifying app, has been updated for iOS devices. Offering a revised user interface, Shazam features a new track page design, and new appearance for video, album and track reviews, artist biographies and more. The Auto Shazam feature is more efficient on battery life, and connectivity to Rdio and Facebook has been added. Lastly Shazam's news feed notifications can be controlled more easily. Available for free, Shazam require iOS 6.0 or later....
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20:32
Follow-up: Judge overrules Samsung on patent video

Ahead of the second patent trial between Apple and Samsung, US District Court Judge Lucy Koh has overruled objections filed by Samsung over an instructional video on the US patent process that will be shown to jurors. Samsung's attorneys had complained that the video depicts a number of Apple products, in most cases used innocuously, and would be "highly prejudicial" to the jury....
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18:00
TUAW Talkcast at 7 PM PT/10 PM ET tonight: Macworld/...

All-new dial-in experience! See below -- do not call into Talkshoe, we won't be there. Be sure to set up Fuze Meeting before the show if you want to join in live.

Macworld/iWorld 2014 is now a thing of the past, which means two things: first, a lot...

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17:26
Dropbox receives criticism for DMCA warnings in...

Dropbox is preventing some users from sharing specific files over DMCA complaints, according to reports. A screenshot showing a folder on the cloud-based storage service with the DMCA warning has appeared on Twitter, which at the time of writing has been retweeted close to 3,000 times, with the user seemingly unable to share a file thanks to Dropbox's automated copyright-infringement prevention systems....
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17:17
The misinterpretation of Virginia Woolf’s suicide...

She left behind a remarkable body of work — from her poignant diaries to her magnificent essays to her little-known children’s books to “the longest and most charming love letter in literature” — and a cohort of heartbroken friends, but the most stirring thing she left behind was her suicide letter to her husband Leonard.

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17:00
TUAW at Macworld/iWorld 2014: EverWeb gets new...

A few years ago at Macworld/iWorld, we had a chance to see the first version of EasyWeb, an OS X app designed to serve as a replacement for Apple's abandoned iWeb. While the app was remarkably complete and easy to use back in those days, it's even...

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16:48
Thumbs Up to Judge Koh for Overruling Samsung's...

Yesterday we reported that Samsung didn't want jurors in the Apple-Samsung to see an instructional video from the Federal Judicial Center, claiming that the video strongly suggests that Apple's products are innovative and patentable. We expressed our view of that request and Judge Koh poked Samsung in the eye by overruling their objection earlier today.

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16:19
Google Plays a Bigger Role in Latest Apple vs....

Google engineers, including former Android Chief Andy Rubin, may testify during the second patent lawsuit trial between Apple and Samsung, reports The Wall Street Journal.

Samsung will reportedly use the testimonials to prove that it licensed four out of the five software features it is accused of infringing upon, as it contends that Google had already been working on the technologies before Apple filed for patents. To help defend Samsung, Google engineers are expected to take the stand to refute Apple's arguments that it forged new ground with the iPhone. Andy Rubin, the former head of Google's mobile business who oversaw the development of...

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16:00
A roundup of last week's popular and featured...

Last week was a busy one with your favorite TUAW writers posting some excellent How-To guides, commentary and other useful articles. Here's a quick roundup of our recent feature worthy posts you may have missed:

Apple's failed attempts at taking...

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15:55
Typo Keyboard For iPhone Faces Sales Ban

time_lords_almanac (3527081) writes "BlackBerry is trying to put the kibosh on the Typo, a physical keyboard attachment for iPhone. And they've won the first round, in the form of a sales ban on the attachment. From the article: '"BlackBerry is pleased that its motion for a preliminary injunction against Typo Products LLC was granted. This ruling will help prevent further injury to BlackBerry from Typo's blatant theft of our patented keyboard technology," a spokeswoman for BlackBerry told the news agency in an email.'"

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15:50
The Strat at 60

Great timeline on the Strat. I would love to have one of the 60th anniversary models.

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15:16
Judge Koh overrules Samsung objection to patent...

U.S. Judge Lucy H. Koh has overruled objections raised by Samsung regarding an instructional video providing jurors an introduction to the patent system.
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15:00
A roundup of recent hardware reviews on TUAW

In the last few weeks, we reviewed a variety of hardware and accessories that'll complement your favorite iOS or OS X devices. Here's a quick roundup of recent hardware reviews that you may have missed:

Thermodo's miniscule thermometer dongle is...

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14:15
A roundup of last week's app reviews on TUAW

Last week was a busy one for app news and announcements, giving your favorite TUAW writers a chance to post some great reviews of the apps that grace their home screens. Here's a quick roundup of our recent reviews -- and a few app roundups -- you...

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13:45
What Apple's iWatch Can Learn From Pebble

redletterdave (2493036) writes "Many believe Apple's iWatch will marry the looks of a luxury wristwatch with the powerful sensors found in today's fitness wristbands, and, of course, familiar elements from the iPhone and iPad shrunken down and reconfigured to work from your wrist. Apple is undoubtedly full of its own ideas. But it would also benefit from looking at the progenitor of the modern smartwatch—or rather, its steely successor—both as inspiration and as a model to surpass."

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12:05
Access any Tesla S with only a 6 character password...

I don’t find this worrisome, since if someone wants access to a Tesla S, they’d find a way to break in. But I do find it interesting.

Tesla Motors Inc’s electric vehicles can be located and unlocked by criminals remotely simply by cracking a six-character password using traditional hacking techniques, according to newly released research.

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11:04
Apple Files New Round of iOS 7 Icon Trademarks in...

Apple filed for new iOS 7 icons in the US this past week and we covered their filings in four separate reports (01, 02 and 03) including a bizarre abandonment of their iMovie icon that they had just filed for the day before. Today, we discovered that Apple has mirrored those filings in Hong Kong China as well as adding three additional icons to the list. Our report covers Apple's new filings in China as well as a few design patents that surfaced this month.

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11:03
Your salary vs. a major league baseball player’s...

Online Sports Marketing Guy:

Have you ever wondered how much money you make compared to a Major League Baseball player? The interactive visualization can be used to compare your salary and the average US worker’s salary to any MLB player across several different statistics from the 2013 season.

Take my advise – do not do this. It’s way too depressing.

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10:00
African mobile company creates new emoticons in the...

Oju Africa / Wired UK

Oju Africa—a division of African mobile manufacturer Mi-Fone—has launched a set of "afro" emoticons following the recent debate over a lack of diversity of emojis.

It started with an article by MTV journalist Joey Parker, who flagged the fact that there are no (or barely any) non-white emojis in the basic range within most text-message apps used by Apple, Google, and Microsoft. Parker contacted Apple's CEO Tim Cook about the issue and, remarkably, received a reply. It wasn't from Cook himself but from Katie Cotton, VP of worldwide corporate communications for Apple.

She told Parker: "Tim forwarded your e-mail to me. We agree with you. Our emoji characters are based on the Unicode standard, which is necessary for them to be displayed properly across many platforms. There needs to be more diversity in the emoji character set, and we have been working...

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07:18
∞ Walt Disney’s nine old men

[VIDEO] Disney is selling a boxed set of beautifully hardbound flip books, each showcasing one of its pioneering animators. The video in the post is a bit soft on focus but does a good job of giving you a sense of what’s inside. Really lovely.

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07:11
Wikipedia about to undergo a massive font retooling

From FastCoDesign:

Next Thursday, Wikipedia will launch a redesign that’s almost impossibly large in scope, scaling across 32,533,899 pages in 287 languages. But admittedly, it’ll take a sharp eye to notice that font size is larger, or that the section headers will render in authoritative, old media serif (think Georgia) while body copy will render in streamlined sans-serif (think Helvetica).

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07:00
Walhburglering Transformers

Seriously though, Dinobots and Marky Mark together at last! Totally looks like Michael Bay will bring Christmas 6 months early this year!

Yeah, boyyyyyys!

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06:49
Google’s 100 year study of employee happiness

Interesting. There’s potential to help fine-tune work environments to make employees happier and, presumably, more productive. There’s a big brother aspect to this. Hopefully, the “Don’t be evil” motto is still in effect at Google.

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06:30
The Apple-Samsung Patent Trial Begins this Week with...

The next round in the Apple-Samsung patent infringement war begins this week. Yesterday we presented a video that Samsung doesn't want the jurors to see from the Federal Judicial Center, as it all but screams out that Apple is a leading US inventor. In a trial where Apple is seeking more than $2 billion in damages for copying features of its iPhone, the stakes are higher than they were in the first trial. So much so that Google will ...

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06:23
Review: IK Multimedia's iLoud portable speaker...

Being a portable battery-powered Bluetooth speaker, an amp, and a guitar effects modeling system, the iLoud and its dedicated iOS apps cram a lot of potential into a small package.
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06:08
The invention of Jeopardy!

Jeopardy! will turn 50 this year and the version hosted by Alex Trebek will turn 30. Ken Jennings, one of the all time biggest winners on any game show ever, won more than $3 million on the show. In the linked post, Jennings interview the mother and creator of Jeopardy, Julann Griffin. Julan was married to Merv Griffin, who created Wheel of Fortune. Just saying.

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06:01
Slideshow: Macworld/iWorld 2014 in pictures

Welcome to the show

Whether you come for the sessions and keynotes or to see the products on the show floor, there's something for everyone at Macworld/iWorld 2014.

Before the gates open

Taken one hour before the show floor opened to the general public. As the minutes tick away, hundreds of people gather at the entrance.

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Saturday March 29

23:58
Feature: High-resolution audio

If you think that high-resolution audio includes music ripped from typical CDs in lossless formats including FLAC and ALAC, you'd be wrong. The term refers to music that has a higher sampling frequency and bit depth than standard CD recordings, which are mastered at a bit depth of 16-bits and with a sampling frequency of 44.1kHz. FLAC and ALAC, however, do support music recorded at resolutions equivalent to those used in studio recordings, which is better than CD-quality. In recent times, a growing number of sites have started offering music in studio quality giving listeners the opportunity t...
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21:17
Briefly: Updated Square card reader, Pyle Audio...

Square, a mobile payment service, has begun to notify its existing customers that they can receive the latest Square reader for free. The redesigned Square card reader is 45 percent thinner than the original, and will be replacing the previous model as the standard device, with the former to no longer be supported. Users can receive their new Square reader for free by signing into their web dashboard....
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20:59
Arq 4.1.2 - Online backup (requires Amazon Web...

Arq is online backup for the Mac using Amazon S3 and Amazon Glacier. It backs-up and faithfully restores all the special metadata of Mac files that other products don't, including resource forks, ACLs, and creator codes.

Arq works like Time Machine, except you don't have to remember to plug in your external hard drive. Following the initial backup, Arq automatically makes incremental backups every hour, every day, uploading just the files that have changed since your last backup. Arq keeps hourly backups for the past 24 hours, daily backups for the past month, and weekly backups for everything older than a month.

Arq lets you set a budget for S3 storage, and it automatically drops the oldest backups to keep within the budget.

Arq backs up everything with no limits. It backs up files of any size, external drives, and network drives.

Arq "de-duplicates" your backups, never storing the same file twice in your S3 account.


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19:58
Voila: Screen Capture & Screen Recorder for Mac

Many thanks to Voila for sponsoring The Loop’s RSS feed this week. Record anything on your screen, edit it with powerful yet efficient tools and share them with just one-click!

Voila Mac Screen Capture Tool from Global Delight makes screen captures a piece of cake with its intuitive and brilliant features. Capture in HD, edit and annotate with tools like arrows, text, stamps, callouts and much more while being able to share instantly to the likes of YouTube, Dropbox, Evernote, Tumblr, Flickr and more!

Voila is especially useful for educators, students, designers, corporates and the like who need brisk, high-performance and solid screen captures without breaking a sweat. Creating tutorials, training manuals, lessons, DIY videos etc. is now super easy and you also get to manage them expertly with Voila’s smart...

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19:15
Remembering Leo Fender

Leo Fender enabled us to make beautiful music.

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19:15
Samsung objects to patent instructional video

Ahead of its second patent battle with Apple in a case set to open on Monday, Samsung is objecting to a US government video intended to instruct jurors on how patents are granted. The video, which has been updated since the first Apple-Samsung trial, now shows some Apple products -- leading Samsung attorneys to claim showing it would be "highly prejudicial," as it would leave jurors with the idea that Apple products are innovative enough to be patentable....
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18:33
The Mac Observer’s Editors’ Choice Awards for...

SAN FRANCISCO - The Mac Observer spent the week looking for the coolest products at Macworld/iWorld 2014 and came up with a great list of apps and hardware. Read on to see which products earned TMO Editors' Choice Awards this year.


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17:53
Briefly: StepPoly Arp, PDF Converter with OCR for...

StepPoly Arp, a Midi arpeggiator app for iPad, has received an update, bringing the latest version to 2.3. Allowing users to control Midi instruments, a variety of sequencers and other virtual instruments, StepPoly Arp can automatically generate melodic patterns from note or chords played in real time. The update features 64-bit support, as well as the addition of start/stop following mode from its external sequencer. Available for iPads running iOS 5.1.1 or later, StepPoly Arp is priced at $12....
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17:50
Petcube Watches and Plays with Your Cat

TMO's John F. Braun winds up his tour of the Macworld/iWorldConference by checking out PetCube, a software and hardware combination which promises to be a total pet entertainment solution.


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17:04
Apple, Google Go On Trial For Wage Fixing On May 27

theodp writes: "PandoDaily's Mark Ames reports that U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh has denied the final attempt by Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe to have the class action lawsuit over hiring collusion practices tossed. The wage fixing trial is slated to begin on May 27. 'It's clearly in the defendants' interests to have this case shut down before more damaging revelations come out,' writes Ames. (Pixar, Intuit and LucasFilm have already settled.) The wage fixing cartel, which allegedly involved dozens of companies and affected one million employees, also reportedly affected innovation. 'One the most interesting misconceptions I've heard about the "Techtopus" conspiracy,' writes Ames of Google's agreement to cancel plans for an engineering center in Paris after Jobs expressed disapproval, 'is that, while these secret deals to fix recruiting were bad (and illegal), they were also needed to protect innovation by keeping teams together while avoiding spiraling costs.' Ames adds, 'In a...

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16:13
Company buys every cd, dvd, and video game you don’t...

Fast Company:

Decluttr buys anything–because that’s their business model. They will literally buy any CD, DVD, or video game you want to mail them. And they pay the postage, too.

Might be a way to get rid of all that old media you have no use for.

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16:08
The business of building roller coasters

Priceonomics:

Perhaps no other creation in history has navigated the divide between terror and unadulterated joy as skillfully as the roller coaster.

Since these “scream machines” were introduced nearly 250 years ago, they have brought millions to tears in all capacities. As one roller coaster designer told us, anonymously: “My job is basically to get as close to making people poop their pants as possible, then have them step off in ecstasy and want to go again.”

I’ve always loved roller coasters. One of my biggest regrets while I was living in the US was not getting to the sixteen roller coasters of Cedar Point, Ohio.

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16:00
Handy Photo Free is a capable iOS image editor with...

Ah, another iOS image editor review. There are so many available in the App Store, with lots of overlapping functions. Cropping, filters, frames ... one could get lost.

Handy Photo Free has all these features, but it's the unique features that make...

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15:10
Leaked iPhone 6 dimensions: definitely larger than...

The good folks at Nowhereelse.fr have posted a document from a Chinese website that they think could be a schematic design for the iPhone 6. The drawing depicts a device that is 85 millimeters wide by 150 millimeters long, which would give it a display with a 5-inch (diagonal) screen.

The problem with the leaked dimensions is that they don’t sync with previous rumors that we’ve seen about the upcoming iPhone 6 sporting a 4.7, 5.5, or even 5.7-inch display (or possibly, both).

Take this one with a healthy grain of salt and, as always,...

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15:00
Expo Notes: Satisfy your itchy photo-taking trigger...

Judging by the showfloor at Macworld/iWorld, just about everyone is fed up with blurry photos shot with shaky hands on your mobile device. We’ve already told you about Emulsio, a mobile app that looks to smooth out the bumps that can occur when you’re shooting video on your iPhone. The developers behind Grip&Shoot have a hardware-based fix for the problem—a trigger that attaches to your phone.

The Grip&Shoot features a case and trigger-equipped handle. iPhone photographers, you may fire when ready.

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14:20
Expo Notes: Livescribe hopes to make the pen...

Think we’re living in a post-pen world? Think again, Livescribe says. The smartpen maker says its research shows that most people—even those toting around phones and tablets—still like having pen and paper on hand to jot down notes. But that doesn’t mean people want those notes to be available digitally, which is where the Livescribe 3 comes in.

The Livescribe 3 lets you write notes onto a piece of paper, just like you would with any ordinary pen. But, if you’re using one of Livescribe’s Dot Paper notebooks, your notes can also be stored digitally with the help of a companion app for organization, tagging, and searching.

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14:03
Review: Dragon Dictate 4.0 for Mac – The best speech...

Using our voice to control computers has never really taken off. For many of us, using voice recognition technology wasn’t even a consideration until features like dictation and Siri arrived on our iPhones and iPads. There’s good reason too: the voice recognition features built into our devices have always had the reputation of being half-baked. They simply aren’t accurate and consistent enough to replace our tried and trusted mouse and keyboard or touchscreen. While half decent dictation features come with every Mac (and are powered by Nuance’s technology), the voice recognition features you get with latest version of Nuance’s Dragon Dictate for Mac go well beyond simply dictating speech to text. ...

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14:01
∞ When your dad is a DreamWorks special effects...

[VIDEO] DreamWorks After Effects artist Daniel Hashimoto made this series of videos of his little boy. Just incredible.

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13:30
Shazam's latest update increases speed and...

For music lovers on the go, Shazam is an invaluable discovery tool. With the simple press of a button, the app tells you the name and artist of any song currently playing around you. Today Shazam released a new update that throws a fresh coat of...

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13:20
Samsung Doesn't Want Jurors to See this Video...

Samsung has raised objections to the video above being shown to the jury this coming week during the new Apple Samsung patent infringement case. At the 2:58 point of the noted video from the Federal Judicial Center, US District Judge Jeremy Fogel states that "During ...

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13:00
Expo Notes: Drobo gets faster, more compatible with...

Drobo is giving Macworld/iWorld conference attendees a first look at its brand new, third-generation, four-bay Drobo.

Starting at $349, this new Drobo maintains the familiar look of previous models. But the company claims that under-the-hood changes make this latest Drobo between three and five times faster than the four-bay enclosure it replaces.

For those unfamiliar with Drobo, the company once touted these external devices as the “World’s First Storage Robot”. Using a technology they call BeyondRAID, Drobo allows you to pop in drives of any capacity and type; they will automatically be formatted and included as part of your available storage space. SSD, HDD, 1TB, 256GB—it’ll all work. If you start to run out of room, you simply pop out...

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12:30
Expo Notes: Glyph is the ideal mobile personal...

Oculus may be dominating the news about personal video headsets thanks to Facebook, but there are other similar devices hoping to make their place in the market. Avegant makes one of those devices, and at Macworld/iWorld this week, the company is showing prototypes of its Glyph mobile personal theater.

In simplistic terms, Glyph consists of a pair of headphones with a display mounted in the bar that connects the two cans. You can wear Glyph like a regular set of headphones, but the bar moves down over your eyes so you can see the display. You end up looking like one-half of a popular electronic music duo.

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12:09
Samsung objects to U.S. patent video for jurors...

Samsung has raised objections to a "how patents work" video created by the Federal Judicial Center to provide jurors with an introduction to the patent system, claiming it would be "highly prejudicial" to expose jurors to the idea that Apple invented original products worthy of being patented.
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12:00
Square notifying existing customers to update to new...

 

Last year we reported how Apple’s former accessory hardware division leader Jesse Dorogusker redesigned the Square reader to make it 45% thinner than the original version. The updated card reader will be replacing the previous model soon, with the older version no longer being supported by the company.

The company has started notifying existing customers that they can get the new Square reader for free by signing into their web dashboard.

Square, which was co-founded in 2010 by Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, allows iOS and Android users to accept credit card payments directly from their mobile devices.

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11:26
Search Google’s newspaper database

Back in 2008, Google started scanning and archiving old newspapers, making the archives searchable. Imagine seeing the newspaper from the day after we landed on the moon. Great resource!

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11:08
Expo Notes: Double Robotics' growing army of...

The Double Robotics Double telepresence robot made its debut at last year’s Macworld/iWorld, with a small generic booth, one robot, and a couple of company representatives. Things seem to have changed for the better for the firm: they have a much bigger booth with more of a brand presence, several robots on display, and a staff to meet and greet show visitors.

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10:47
Apple Seeks Patent for their new US Plant Five Axis...

Last Thursday the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals that they're seeking protection for a newly advanced five axis robotic arm used in the manufacture of their new Mac Pro. Apple's Senior Vice President Operations Jeff Williams states in a video presented below that in order to make the advanced Mac Pro Tower, Apple had to pioneer entirely new processes. Of course one of them relates to Apple's new robotic arm.

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10:00
Expo Notes: Give your iPhone night vision with the...

The Flir One detects thermal heat and energy.

Every tech tradeshow usually has a whole bunch of smartphone and tablet cases on display, and the 2014 edition of Macworld/iWorld is certainly no exception. But an iPhone case that’s also a thermal imaging sensor? I can safely say that’s a first.

The Flir One is an accessory that fits around your iPhone 5 or 5s just like a case, but packs its own camera on the back—right where the much loved Apple logo is located. The camera is actually a two-in-one—a visible camera and a thermal camera—so when the Flir One is in use, it temporarily turns off your iPhone’s built-in camera. It connects to your iPhone’s Lightning connector port and has an on/off switch for controlling when you’d like to activate the thermal sensor.

To...

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09:15
Video report: Another look at Macworld's Best...

Earlier this week, we announced our Best of Show winners for Macworld/iWorld 2014. In this video report, we’ll take you on a tour of the showfloor for another look at the winning hardware and software.

In this video, you’ll see:

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09:09
Judge bars sale of Ryan Seacrest's BlackBerry-...

In a victory for Canadian cellphone manufacturer BlackBerry, US District Judge William Orrick in San Francisco ruled that the Ryan Seacrest-backed Typo Products iPhone keyboard case has been barred from sale. Judge Orrick ruled that BlackBerry is "likely to prevail" over the imitator in issuing his ruling blocking the Typo keyboard....
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08:42
Satechi Wireless Smart Keypad continues where Apple...

The Satechi Wireless Smart Keypad on my desk next to my keyboard and trackpad.

Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica

If you were to take a walk through the Ars Orbiting HQ, you would hear the click-clack of many a IBM Model M keyboard and its ilk. Senior Reviews Editor Lee Hutchinson finds the “crisp break of the spring” addictive. Me? I like how the Apple keyboard feels—I have the truncated Bluetooth model and I find it a pleasure to type on. There’s one drawback, though: the lack of a numeric keypad.

In a perfect world, Apple would offer a wireless keyboard with built-in numeric keypad, but if you want to exercise your mad 10-key skillz on an Apple keyboard, you’ll have to do it with wires.

Having a white USB cable running along the top of my desk to the back of my iMac would upset my delicate aesthetic sensibilities, so I’ve gone with the...

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08:24
Apple faces certified class action suit over e-book...

US District Court Judge Denise Cote yesterday granted class certification to plaintiffs in a lawsuit over Apple's alleged e-book price-fixing.

Cote last year ruled that Apple led a conspiracy with publishers to raise e-book prices above those charged by Amazon. That lawsuit was filed by the Department of Justice, but there was also a class action suit filed on behalf of book buyers by the Hagens Berman law firm."After a bench trial in two closely related cases, defendant Apple Inc. was found to have colluded with five major publishers to fix e-book prices, violating Section 1 of the Sherman Antitrust Act," said yesterday's decision by Cote, a federal judge in the...

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08:01
Deals: iPads from $239; $120 to 150 off current...

The weekend is delivering a number of deals on iPad minis and 128GB 4th-gen iPads, which are being discounted by up to $329. Meanwhile, a pair of resellers have again slashed the price of iMacs. And a trio of exclusive prices on MacBooks for AI readers are set to expire following the weekend. Also $159 off Bluetooth headphones.
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08:00
Expo Notes: Geeks, don't deny it, you won'...

Part of the charm of Macworld/iWorld’s Appalooza is that it’s mostly filled with software developers that are small companies; sometimes they are operations of one, two, or three people. Jera Design is one of those companies, with John Brewer manning his booth to show his latest app, ResistorVision.

ResistorVision does one thing: It identifies resistors. But instead of deciphering color codes or using a reference chart, ResistorVision uses your iPhone’s camera to “look” at the resistor and identify it in real time, no network connection required. ResistorVision is still under development, but Brewer says he will offer the app at a special introductory price (probably $2) when it is ready.

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07:30
How to Have iOS Speak Text Back to You

You can set your iPad or iPhone to read selected text out loud for you. There are several great uses for this capability, and it supports multiple languages. Sandro Cuccia is here to tell you all about Speak Selection and how to enable it.


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07:12
Interview with Microsoft exec on Office, Bing and...

Qi Lu is an Executive Vice President at Microsoft and runs Bing Search, Skype, and Office. Office for iPad was the result of his group’s efforts. This interview was interesting, but I thought the real value was to get to know him.

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07:00
Stupid Human Tricks: Plug Your iPhone Earbuds Into A...

I was fumbling around in the dark on the plane and I tried to plug the Earbuds for my iPhone into my MacBook. In case you were considering doing the same thing I thought I’d post a screenshot of what happens. Hope you enjoy and now know that you don’t have to try to do the same!


Yup, again I provide I’m not-so-bright!

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07:00
Caturday: Charis the assistant editor

Charis is a 1-1/2 year old Greek cat who, according to his human Dimitrios Georgoulas, thinks of himself as an assistant editor at AppleWorldHellas. Dimitrios tells us that Charis loves Apple products, especially the new iPad Air and the MacBook Pro...

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06:00
Expo Notes: Accessory makers have their eye on...

I’ll admit: If I’m on the ferry in to work, and someone’s tapping away at an iOS device, I’m not above sneaking a peek. “Hey, that guy’s pretty good at Threes,” I might say to myself. Or “I wonder what that email’s about.” And on occasion, “I don’t think public transit is an appropriate venue to be watching that movie.”

What my fellow passengers should probably do is avail themselves of an accessory that might shield their devices from the wandering eyes of snoops. I spotted a pair of privacy protectors while waking the floor this week at Macworld/iWorld—and I didn’t even have to glance around surreptitiously to spy them.

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05:46
∞ Writing Aid, a real assist for writers

If you are a writer, check out the Writing Aid, an iPhone app by Benjamin Mayo. The interface couldn’t be simpler. Launch the app, type in a word or phrase, and a banner appears at the top of the app, scrolling side to side with a list of synonyms. At the same time, the definition of the word appears in the main body of the app.

Tap a synonym to jump to a new page with more synonyms and a definition of that word. And so on. You can tap on the upper left of the screen to climb back out to previous synonyms.

Simple, elegant, effective.

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05:31
Something original and fun to play with

Just start hitting keys. This is a lot of fun.

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05:30
Expo Notes: Making the Mac (and iPad and iPhone)...

While no one would mistake the floor of Macworld/iWorld for NAMM, there are a lot of companies exhibiting at this year’s show that aim to help Mac users make music.

Sonoma Wire Works has been busy updating their popular line of GuitarJack audio interfaces for iOS. The GuitarJack Stage (shown above) ($299, shipping in a couple of months) can be used for live performances or recording. This 24-bit audio interface and pedal controller comes with four assignable foot switches, volume, tone and gain knobs. It works great with the company’s own GuitarTone app for iOS, but supports many other iOS music apps as well as Macs and PCs. The GuitarJack Stage features quarter-inch...

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05:24
How a typeface change can save the government $400...

This is an incredibly clever idea that makes sense. Just took a teenage science whiz to think of it. Thinner typeface equals less ink. Read the post for details, but this is genius.

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05:15
Microsoft: The enemy of my enemy is my friend

An interesting take on the release of Office for iPad.

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05:00
Macworld announces 2014 Best of Show awards

Macworld/iWorld 2014, currently going on at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, handed out its Best of Show awards on Friday, including a mix of hardware devices and software apps, many of which started life as successful Kickstarter or similar crowd-funded ideas, both from established companies and novice entrepreneurs. Winners included a portable RAID drive, a thermal camera for the iPhone, an app to get kids to do their chores, and new Thunderbolt adapters, among other useful apps and gadgets....
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05:00
Expo Notes: Emulsio takes the shakes out of handheld...

If, like everyone else in the world, you’re using your smartphone or tablet as your default video camera these days, chances are the results are often pretty shaky. After all, without a tripod, it’s hard to hold your phone or tablet perfectly still.

Creaceed has a new app out that aims to take the shake out of those videos. Emulsio (free) is a video-stabilization application that works with footage captured using your iPhone or iPad’s camera. It helps smooth out the shakes and bumps that naturally occur when shooting handheld video. It can even compensate for the wobble that naturally happens when you pan.

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04:54
Heidi Roizen: What I learned negotiating with Steve...

Heidi Roizen has long time ties with the Apple universe, including a stint as Apple’s VP of World Wide Developer Relations from 1996-97. This is a great story.

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04:34
Why did Microsoft port Office to Apple's iOS...

Earlier this month, Gartner reported worldwide tablet sales for 2013 that depicted Apple's iPad as slipping into obscurity with just 36 percent market share left. Why would Microsoft target Apple's minority tablet platform with its new mobile Office apps over Google's Android, which supposedly owns a 61.9 percent marketshare?
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Friday March 28

22:27
Apple sends 'neighborly' update letter...

Residents, landlord and others living on or owning property around the area of Apple's forthcoming "Campus 2" facility in Cupertino have received letters from the iPad maker, updating them on construction plans and any possible road or utility work that might impact them. The letter is the second such update, with the last one delivered nearly a year ago that was more of an informational brochure detailing plans for the campus. The new letter is signed by Dan Whisenhunt, Apple's senior VP of real estate and development....
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21:20
Judge OKs Class Action Suit Against Apple For E-Book...

An anonymous reader writes "Reuters reports: 'A federal judge in New York granted class certification on Friday to a group of consumers who sued Apple Inc for conspiring with five major publishers to fix e-book prices in violation of antitrust law....The plaintiffs are seeking more than $800 million in damages.' The trial will probably be in July or September. The judge who granted class certification, Denise Cote, ruled in 2013 that Apple was guilty of colluding with other publishers to raise the price of e-books and to force Amazon.com to do the same."

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21:18
BlackBerry wins injunction, sales ban against '...

A U.S. district court judge on Friday granted BlackBerry a preliminary injunction against the Typo iPhone keyboard case for infringing on certain patents, effectively banning sales of the Ryan Seacrest-backed device.
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20:59
evasi0n 7 1.0.8 - Untethered jailbreak for all iOS 7...

evasi0n 7 is an untethered jailbreak for all iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and iPad mini models running iOS 7.0 through 7.0.6.

Instructions:

  • Backup your device using iTunes (or iCloud) before using evasi0n. If something breaks, you'll always be able to recover your data.
  • Those who use backup passwords in iTunes must disable them for now. After doing so, iTunes makes a brand new backup. Please wait for that backup to complete before proceeding! Feel free to re-enable your backup password after jailbreaking.
  • Please disable the lock passcode of your iOS device before using evasi0n. It can cause issues.
  • Launch evasi0n, plug in your device, and click "Jailbreak". Just sit back and observe its progress. Watch for any steps you may be asked to perform.
  • Avoid all iOS and iTunes related tasks until evasi0n is complete. Why not just enjoy a brief break from the computer to stretch your legs?
  • If the...

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20:29
Apple sends out letters to Cupertino 'neighbors...

Residents living in and around the area of Apple's upcoming Campus 2 in Cupertino are receiving letters from the company updating them on build progress, including road work, utilities and on-site construction, the latter of which is scheduled to start in April.
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20:27
BlackBerry wins injunction against Ryan Seacrest’s...

The Typo iPhone case has been blocked from sale by BlackBerry, according to a report from Reuters. The smartphone maker sued over the design of the case earlier this year, saying that it infringed on several of the company’s patents and its “iconic” keyboard design. The case is designed to add a BlackBerry-like keyboard to the iPhone 5 and 5s.

The injunction blocks the sale of the Typo, which is made by a...

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20:00
Judge Cote grants class-action status to consumer e-...

Judge Denise Cote, the same jurist that notably pre-announced Apple's likely guilt when she oversaw the Department of Justice lawsuit against Apple, has granted class-action status to various consumers and consumer groups that are also suing Apple and the various publishers over alleged price-fixing of e-book prices -- even though most prices under the "agency model" Apple used have in fact fallen. The iPhone maker lost the first suit, with Judge Cote ruling that Apple somehow "led" a price-fixing conspiracy among publishers in an effort to bust Amazon's near-monopoly of the e-book market....
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19:52
DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.7.4

Provides more control over how labels are displayed. (All updates are free. DEVONthink Pro Office, $149.95 new; DEVONthink Professional, $79.95 new; DEVONthink Personal, $49.95 new; DEVONnote, $24.95 new.)

 

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19:51
BlackBerry wins injunction again Ryan Seacrest’s Typo

U.S. District Judge William Orrick in San Francisco said that the Canadian mobile phone maker had established a “likelihood” of proving that Typo infringed its patents, while mentioning that Typo had not sufficiently challenged the patents in question.

That’s good. There’s little doubt that Seacrest’s company infringed on the patents.

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19:16
Judge grants class-action status to e-book customers...

Apple is facing a new class-action lawsuit from iBooks customers over price-fixing practices according to Reuters. As has been previously argued, Apple conspired with book publishers to hike the prices of ebooks, a violation of U.S. anti-trust law. The Department of Justice won its case against Apple for the same reason last year, and Apple is...

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19:16
Skype 6.15

Fixes two prominent instances of crashes and ensures that per-conversation notification settings are respected. (Free, 41.5 MB)

 

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19:15
Fluid 1.8.2

Improves support for multiple displays and fixes JavaScript and CSS sytnax highlighting for those who purchase the full license. (Free, 3.5 MB)

 

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19:15
Keyboard Maestro 6.4

Adds support for tags in Mavericks, plus improves accessibility and VoiceOver support. ($36 new, free update, 24.4 MB)

 

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19:15
Retrospect 11.0.1

Squashes a number of bugs, including several related to the new block-level incremental backup option. ($119–$2,199 new, free update, 362 MB)

 

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18:57
Microsoft will no longer snoop your email

Brad Smith, General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft:

Effective immediately, if we receive information indicating that someone is using our services to traffic in stolen intellectual or physical property from Microsoft, we will not inspect a customer’s private content ourselves. Instead, we will refer the matter to law enforcement if further action is required.

Mighty good of them.

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18:11
Silicon Valley anti-poaching suit to proceed as...

A federal judge on Friday issued an order denying requests from Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe to escape going to trial over claims that the four tech heavyweights artificially suppressed employee wages through anti-poaching agreements.
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17:10
Pairing a Bluetooth keyboard with your Apple TV

I haven’t done this, but it could be handy.

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17:06
MGG 495: Three Geeks Caught on The Show Floor of...

Dave and John ... and Pilot Pete ... appear live in public together for the first time to record Mac Geek Gab 495 on stage at Macworld/iWorld 2014. They play a little "Stump the Geeks" with the crowd, they go through some of their favorite Cool Stuff Found from the show floor, and they also give Mavericks a 6th month report card. All this and more... for free! Just download and enjoy.


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16:40
Expo Notes: Sit or stand, the Ergotron’s WorkFit...

Studies have shown that when you’re working at your computer, you should take the opportunity to stand as much as possible. It’s better for your health. And the office furniture market has responded, with an explosion of standing desk offerings.

But sometimes you need to sit, so it’s good to be able to switch between sitting and standing with your computer. Ergotron’s WorkFit uses an arm to that can raise your Mac when you’re standing, and lower the computer when you’re sitting.

Macworld actually reviewed the WorkFit-A when it was first released. Designed for the iMac, the build quality and features of the WorkFit-A are great, but at the time of the review, the monitor would jiggle when typing. An Ergotron representative...

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16:35
BearExtender Turbo Gives Your USB Mac 802.11ac Speeds

TMO's John F. Braun is tearing up the Macworld/iWorld Conference show floor, but slowed down just long enough to learn about the BearExtender Turbo 802.11ac. It lets your older Mac take advantage of faster WiFi speeds, and John explains why that's cool.


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16:05
Expo Notes: CrazyTalk7 brings photo animation to iOS...

We had a lot of fun testing Reallusion’s CrazyTalk7 for Mac at the last year’s Macworld-iWorld—so much fun, in fact, that we named it one of the 2013 Best of Show winners. And what’s not to like about CrazyTalk? The demo we saw of this facial animation software featured a sarcastic talking cat, complete with eye-rolling, so you know I’m sold based on that.

CrazyTalk7 is back at Macworld/iWorld again this year, showing off a new companion app for the iPhone and iPad. Once you complete your animation on the Mac, you can share your character with the app, animating it some more on your mobile device. Shake your iPhone to make your character bounce around, or drag your finger across the screen to move him in a specific direction. You can also record something for your character to say—up to 30 seconds long...

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16:02
Briefly: Philips A5-PRO headphones, Little Big...

Philips, in partnership with renowned DJ Armin van Buuren, has launched the A5-PRO DJ headphones. Designed for audio monitoring and mixing, the headphones' replaceable bayonet mount cushions are available in three sizes for comfort options. Its anodized aluminum form with leather headband is foldable, and its 50mm high-definition neodymium driver offer high quality low-frequency sound. Pricing and availability have not yet been announced....
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16:01
Japan Display shows off 5.5-inch, quad-HD mobile...


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Japan Display—one of Apple’s iPhone display suppliers—announced a new 5.5-inch mobile phone display this week that could provide a hint at what we’ll see in the next iPhone. The display. The display sports a resolution of 1,440x 2,560 (or quad-HD) and a pixel density of 538ppi—well above “Retina” quality.

The display will go into mass production very soon, lining up with reports that the next iPhone display would also be entering...

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16:00
Smashed iPhone or piece of abstract art?

This poor iPhone was left on top of a car and took an unfortunate trip when the car drove off. It was provided to us by reader Yvette Fragile....

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15:56
Visual history of OmniFocus for Mac

Great post from Shawn Blanc. I remember every version of this app—the screenshots bring back memories.

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15:47
Expo Notes: Do something useful with your iMac'...

Your iMac’s built-in stand is elegant, but it seems as though you should be able to do more with it. Two vendors here at the Macworld/iWorld show aim to help you do just that.

Rain Design’s upcoming mBase stand (above), available in June, is cut from iMac-matching aluminum and elevates your Mac about two inches off the surface it’s resting on. The mBase uses those two inches to provide a convenient drawer for your iPhone, a small hard drive, some cables, or even a charging brick.

What makes the mBase’s drawer especially useful is that it includes cable-management holes in the front and back, letting you string, say, a USB cable into the drawer from the back, or even all the way through the front. And vents along the back of the drawer keep its contents cool.

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15:46
Apple and Samsung head back to court

Apple’s complaint, filed in 2012, says Samsung “systematically copied Apple’s innovative technology and products, features, and designs, and has deluged markets with infringing devices in an effort to usurp market share from Apple.”

“Instead of pursuing independent product development, Samsung slavishly copied Apple’s innovative technology, with its elegant and distinctive user interfaces product design, in violation of Apple’s valuable intellectual property rights,” Apple said in the document.

I love “slavishly copied.”

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15:44
Judge grants class status in e-books price fixing...

A U.S. district court judge on Friday ruled plaintiffs seeking class status in a suit against Apple over e-book price fixing had "more than met their burden" to sue as a group.
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15:39
Expo Notes: Spruce up your selfies with Facetune

Hello, gorgeous. Yes, I’m talking to you. You are perfect just the way you. All of those selfies you upload to Instagram on a daily basis are completely flawless. Don’t ever change a thing.

Much better. 

But, if you do take a snap of yourself and notice something that you don’t quite love, you can easily fix it up with Facetune, a new portrait-editing app for iOS. Facetune lets you easily tweak and touchup your facial features, all with a few simple swipes. Erase a blemish, whiten your teeth, smooth out blotchy skin (or shiny skin in my case), brighten your eyes, and place the focus on where you want it.

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15:26
Macworld: IDrive adds syncing service to online...

Online backup storage service IDrive has revamped its plans to offer more space, and a new separate sync service -- and to celebrate, it will give current and new users the same amount of sync space as they use for backups at no additional charge. The new service allows users to sync files in real time across all linked devices (on Macs, PCs or mobile devices) as well as their separate IDrive account. The sync feature can optionally be protected with private-key encryption if desired....
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15:15
Western Digital Introduces First Portable...

TMO's John F. Braun is at this weekâs Macworld/iWorld Conference learning about the new Western Digital My Passport Pro, the first portable Thunderbolt powered, dual drive solution.


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15:14
Microsoft's Office for iPad suite dominates App...

About 24 hours after debuting on the iOS App Store, Microsoft's Office for iPad productivity suite has taken over the first three Top Free Apps seats, with the fourth going to the redesigned OneNote.
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15:00
TUAW at Macworld/iWorld 2014: Kashoo accounting for...

I'm one of those people who sucks as an accountant. So when I heard about Kashoo a few years ago and realized that I could do most of the accounting work for one of my small businesses from an iPad, I jumped on the opportunity to try it out. I...

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14:49
New phishing scam relies on fake Apple ID login page

A new phishing scam is operating using a fake Apple ID login page, says security group InfoSec. Victims will receive an email directing them to a website called appleidconfirm.net; the page uses screenshots of Apple's real website mixed with entry forms to create a convincing facade. People are prompted to enter their Apple ID login, and the site even uses Javascript to help validate an Apple ID as authentic via email....
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14:40
Pad & Quill announce new iPhone 5/s Traveller...

We’re huge fans of Pad & Quill so we’re excited to let you know that today the St. Paul, MN-based company announced some new wallets/cases for iPhone 5/s. Most notable is the $70 Traveller case [WANT] which will hold your iPhone and multiple cards in a pouch around back with a slider that helps eject your wares. We’ve noted before how much we like Pad and Quill’s rugged construction and genuine materials.

My dad had an old coin pouch that he carried everywhere with him and I have very good memories of that. We made this case inspired by his old coin pouch. It’s a tribute to my Dad and to the Craftsman. This is a VERY intricately hand assembled iPhone cover that includes a generous hidden back pocket for multiple Credit cards and ID. This is soft full grain luxury and...

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14:30
Expo Notes: Penclic Mouse looks like a pen but it’s...

When I first saw the Penclic Mouse from a short distance from Prestige’s Macworld/iWorld booth, I thought, “Why is someone selling those pens and pen holders you find at banks?” But upon closer inspection, I realized that the Penclic Mouse is an input device that uses a mounted stylus.

The Penclic Mouse is held like a pen, which may be a more comfortable grip for some people than a typical mouse. You don’t use it like you would a stylus on a tablet, however; the Penclic Mouse’s base has a sensor underneath, so you move the whole device on your desk. The device has five buttons, a scroll wheel (that’s oddly located on the base, not on the pen), and a switch for changing between 800, 1200, and 2400 dpi.

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14:15
Stitcher overhauls iOS app with new interface,...

Podcast streaming service Stitcher has released major update of its iOS app, v6.0.0. The app's interface has been redesigned not only to match iOS 7, but to streamline navigation. The front page, for example, now highlights new episodes from favorites, as well as headlines and other news stories. A new Mini Player provides constant access to what's playing, and the Now Playing screen has gained quick access to car mode and the sleep timer. Playlists can be accessed from anywhere in the app via a swipe gesture....
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14:05
Mini-review: People who already use Office will love...

These four applications collectively make up the new Office for iPad suite.

Andrew Cunningham

To say that Microsoft is late to the game with the Office for iPad applications it announced yesterday is something of an understatement. Whatever the holdup was—internal politics and a Windows-first development policy are both oft-cited reasons—the software is here four full years after the release of the first iPad, six months after Apple made its own productivity applications free to new iPad owners, and nearly one-and-a-half years since Microsoft released its very own tablet without a touch-optimized version of Office. Whatever metric you use, we've been waiting for a while.

And yet despite that fact, Word, Excel,...

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14:02
Readmill purchased by Dropbox, social reading...

Online storage provider Dropbox has purchased social reading app developer Readmill. The deal, suspected to be worth around $8 million will see the shuttering of the Readmill app, with the team responsible for coding and development moving to assist Dropbox with its core service....
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14:00
TUAW at Macworld/iWorld 2014: Kamino

Kamino is a new free app that is making its debut at Macworld/iWorld 2014. Described as an "urban discovery app", the idea behind Kamino is that people who enjoy walking or hiking around their urban homes can capture those hikes and share them with...

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13:31
Apple Patent Addresses Texting-Walking Risk


Texting while walking can be dangerous, but Apple could be aiming to make it less so, judging from a patent awarded Thursday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Apple has found an innovative way to use an electronic communication device's camera to continuously capture and present video images as background within a text-messaging session, its patent application 20140085334, titled "Transparent Texting," suggests.
The device's rear-facing camera could be used to make it appear the user was looking through a transparent screen.

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13:30
3 Free App for the Citizen Scientist

All science isn't done in a lab by white coated professors.You can do scientific field work where ever you are with these three free iOS app featured in this week's Free on iTunes. Project Squirrel, Project Noah, Merlin Bird ID.


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13:12
Office for iPad apps grab top spots in App Store...

Just a day after their release, the Office for iPad apps are already in high positions in the Top Free and Top Grossing charts at the App Store. The top three Free apps are currently Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, in that order; a related Microsoft app, OneNote, is in fourth. Word is #5 on the Top Grossing chart, while Excel is 12th, and PowerPoint is 29th....
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13:10
Briefly: Facebook Messenger adds Groups, new Vox for...

Facebook Messenger for iOS received an update yesterday, offering its users access to Group features, including a forwarding function. In v4.0, users can now create groups for the people one messages the most often, and name them, and set group photos. Messages and photos can be forwarded to someone who is not in a designated conversation thread by using a tapping gesture. Additionally, miscellaneous improvements to improve the app's speed and reliability have been included in the latest update. Facebook Messenger is free to download, and requires iOS 6.0 or later to run....
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13:00
San Francisco Giants Hope iBeacon Hits a Home Run...

Starting this baseball season, the San Francisco Giants are adopting Apple’s iBeacon technology to send offers and alerts directly to fans’ iOS 7 devices while they’re at AT&T Park, reports Engadget. This is the first year Major League Baseball has begun using the technology, and it will appear in 20 of the 30 MLB ballparks. The Giants believe that iBeacon technology can help fans have a better time at the ballpark. “Mobile and digital experiences are paramount to our fan experience,” says the team’s Chief Information Officer Bill Schlough. “It opens up a world of possibilities.”

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13:00
Yahoo updates and improves its popular iOS Weather...

Yahoo Weather (free) has been my favorite quick-look weather app since it came out a year ago. I believe it looks better than Apple's weather app and provides more information.

Yahoo has posted an updated version, with some worthwhile features. You...

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12:57
Forums: PDFs, GPUs, Free Apps and more

This week MacNN forum goers discuss a wide range of topics from Virtual Machines and merging PDFs to new GPUs for a Mac Pro. One long time member turned to the forums yesterday looking for virtual machine software that was able to assign specific optical drives to specific VMs after having no luck finding software with this feature in the past. Mac Elite "And.reg" started a thread this week looking for a way to merge multiple PDFs into one PDF using Preview....
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12:56
Apple deals: Mac desktops as low as $509

This week Apple's online store has a variety of refurbished iMac and Mac mini models at discounted prices. The refurbished Mac mini with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive has been reduced by $90 to $509. For $1,099 after a $200 discount, is the 21.5-inch iMac with a 2.7GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive....
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12:56
FLIR Shows FLIR One Thermal Imaging Camera for iPhone

SAN FRANCISCO - The folks at FLIR are showing off the FLIR One, the first thermal imaging camera for iPhone. We covered it back in January when they announced it, but this is the first time we've seen it in use. This device takes the form of a case with the thermal imaging camera built inside. It also has its own battery, so it's not using your iPhone's battery to operate. It can take up to two hours of video, which get saved to the companion app in your iPhone. It will also take still s. If you want to find leaks in your house, the animal rustling in the bushes, or the ghost hiding in your basement, the FLIR One brings thermal imaging into the financial reach of mortals at $349. It's expected to ship in May, and you can reserve one now. I love this thing. Oh, and check out Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus. He's hot.

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12:53
DealNN: 21.5-inch iMac for $1,100

This week at MacMall.com get a 21.6-inch iMac for $1,100. It was $1,500, but has been cut to $1,180. Until April 30, save an additional $80 via a mail-in-rebate offer that drops the final cost to $1,100. That makes this the lowest price we have seen on this computer by roughly the same price margin. This iMac features a 2.9GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive. A one year warranty on parts and labor is included from Apple....
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12:34
Wikipropaganda

Daniel Eran Dilger on the Apple vs Samsung trial:

Anyone reading Wikipedia’s ostensibly encyclopedic recounting of the initial global lawsuits between the two companies would only get one side of the story: Samsung’s.

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12:32
iLounge Game Spotlight: Sometimes You Die

Sometimes You Die ($2) is a new minimalist puzzler/side scroller from Philipp Stollenmayer. Unlike most games, in which a player’s death is usually a setback, Sometimes You Die lets players benefit from dying. Many of the puzzles seem to require such sacrifices.

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12:30
Here's what your new black MacBook Air would...

In love with the idea of a new black Apple notebook? So am I. There's just no denying that a black MacBook would be an awesome addition to the company's lineup, though whether we'll ever be graced with such a device is anyone's guess.

But just to...

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12:28
Microsoft Office Apps Top App Store Charts One Day...

Just a day after being released into the App Store, Microsoft's new iPad Apps, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, appear to be quite popular with consumers, ranking as the top three free iPad apps in the App Store, with the redesigned Microsoft OneNote in the number four spot.

Microsoft Word for iPad is ranked as the number five top grossing app, while Excel is ranked twelfth, indicating Microsoft's downloads are raking in some cash in the form of Office 365 subscriptions, which are available within the apps as a $9.99/month or $99/year purchase. Users can also purchase Office 365 subscriptions outside of the app, however, which would not influence App Store charts.

While Microsoft's apps can be downloaded at no charge and allow documents to be viewed or presented, creating and editing documents requires an Office 365 subscription that...

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12:27
There's a New Kid on the Solar System Block


Astronomers this week reported what they believe to be the most-distant member of our solar system discovered so far. 2012 VP113, a probable dwarf planet that was found to lie beyond the known edge of the solar system, was discovered by Chadwick Trujillo, an astronomer at the Gemini Observatory in Hawaii, and Scott Sheppard, an astronomer at the Carnegie Institution for Science, using the National Optical Astronomy Observatory's new 13-foot Dark Energy Camera on the NOAO 4 meter telescope in Chile.

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12:05
Taylor Guitars Road Show

An Evening of Guitar Talk & Demos with Taylor’s Friendly Factory Experts

I love my Taylor.

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12:00
Can we just stop with the lame iPhone and OS X...

There's a bad tendency for websites to label any and all Apple related concepts as "epic" or "unbelievably cool." And sure, concepts for future devices can be damn interesting, but things lately have really gotten out of hand.

Recently, there seems...

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11:45
Suspend Your iPhone in Mid-Air with iPEVO...

IPEVOâs Articulating Video Stand allows one to suspend an iPhone or iPod touch virtually in mid-air with great flexibility. It will appeal to anyone who needs to create training or demonstrations videos or suspend the iPhone's camera above an object. There are many other uses.


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11:30
Daily Deals for March 28, 2014, featuring the iPad...

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. Don't forget to check out our "Today in the App Store" post that singles...

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11:12
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella points to Office for...

Sure, you could argue that Microsoft’s shiny new Office apps for iPad are only ranking so well because they’re freemium apps since they’re listed for free but require a subscription to fully function, but they are taking up the top four spots nonetheless.

Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella is apparently pleased with this as he tweeted out “looks like it’s a productive Friday for [iPad] owners!’ following yesterday’s friendly back-and-forth exchange with Apple CEO Tim Cook.

What really...

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11:07
Foxconn profits rise 13 percent on iPhone and iPad...

Taiwan-based manufacturer Hon Hai -- better known as Foxconn -- saw its profits rise 13 percent last year to $3.5 billion, something attributed mainly to record iPhone and iPad sales, according to the Wall Street Journal. Foxconn is closely linked to Apple, deriving over 40 percent of its revenue from Apple orders. As such, any fluctuation in iPhone and iPad sales can dramatically affect its income....
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11:00
Apple's failed attempts at taking over the...

The iPhone remains one of the most popular "cameras" on the planet, and Apple's smartphone has indeed conquered consumer photography, but it wasn't the company's first attempt to do so.

In the mid '90s, Apple was going through its "see what sticks"...

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10:57
iPhone Apps: Byword, OneNote for iPad, Tiny Space...


    

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10:41
RE:Vision Effects releases ReelSmart Motion Blur 5

RE:Vision Effects has released ReelSmart Motion Blur 5 with GPU support for Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer/Symphony/Newscutter, The Foundry Nuke, Assimilate Scratch, and Sony Vegas Pro.

ReelSmart Motion adds more natural looking blur to a sequence. You can add as little or as much blurring as you need, or even remove motion blur. Also included in some RSMB versions is a feature that allows you to blur with user-supplied motion vectors that, most likely, come from a 3D animation system.

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10:37
Report: Apple attempting to hire Swiss watchmakers

Apple is trying to lure top Swiss watchmakers away from their companies to work on the iWatch, the Financial Times reports. Jean-Claude Biver, president of LVMH’s watches and jewelry division, said Apple has tried to recruit staff from Hublot and parts manufacturers. “Apple has contacted some of my employees…

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10:35
Prong PocketPlug Allows iPhone Charging Nearly...

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - TMO's John F. Braun is at this weekâs Macworld/iWorld Conference where he checked out PocketPlug from Prong, a case that allow you to charge your iPhone 4/4s/5/5s nearly anywhere.


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10:30
How Wikipedia's sloppy facts obscured reality...

In 2011, the world's two most profitable mobile phone makers engaged in a global IP war that continues to this day. As Apple and Samsung prepare for their second trial, it's useful to review why many onlookers were so ill informed about the first one: Wikipedia.
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10:28
Apple issues fourth OS X 10.9.3 beta to developers,...

One week after the last beta, Apple has returned with another pre-release version of OS X 10.9.3 for testing by employees and registered Mac developers with a focus on graphics drivers, audio, Safari, USB data synchronization, and Mail.
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10:16
Apple, Samsung, Google trying to court Swiss...

Apple, Google, and Samsung are among the wearable tech developers trying to court help from Swiss watchmakers, says the Financial Times. One of the core targets has been Swatch, the world's biggest watchmaker. "We have been in discussions – not ever initiated by us – with practically all players in smart wearables up until today," says Swatch CEO Nick Hayek. "However, we see no reason why we should enter into any partnership agreement."...
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10:13
Apple seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 build 13D28 to...

A little over a week following the past seed, Apple has released OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 build 13D28 to developers. Apple is again asking testers to focus on Graphics Drivers, Audio, Safari, and Contacts/Calendar USB sync via iTunes. The first 10.9.3 seed brought enhanced support for 4K external monitors. Apple previously started seeding 10.9.3 builds to AppleCare employees as well as fixes for iTunes. Apple is yet to indicate when 10.9.3 will be released to the public. Thanks, D!

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10:06
Read the Fine Print with Satechi LED Magnifier

The ReadMate LED Desktop Magnifier from Satechi is not a specific Mac product, but it is so darn helpful and well designed that it deserves a review on these pages. Come to think of it, we techies are always looking at the details of smaller and smaller gadgets.


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10:00
US Judge: Free Speech Protects Baidu's Beijing-...


A Manhattan judge ruled that a Chinese search engine's practice of restricting free speech is, wouldn't you know it, protected by free speech. Chinese Internet company Baidu won the dismissal of a U.S. lawsuit filed by activists who objected to its, shall we say, selective search results, which adhere to the government's notoriously limited view of what is and isn't acceptable. Eight New York-based writers and video producers were ticked that Baidu's search algorithms blocked U.S. users from viewing their content advocating for democracy in China.

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10:00
Expo Notes: Thunderbolt takes over

While much of the Macworld iWorld show floor is devoted to iOS and software products, there is still plenty of Mac OS hardware to be found. In particular, a bunch of companies are showing off devices equipped with the fastest external connection found on modern Macs: Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2.

Western Digital is showing off its brand new My Passport Pro dual-drive RAID with Thunderbolt. The drive can be configured as RAID 0, RAID 1 or JBOD through the WD Utility. Using 5400 RPM drives, the drive won’t break any speed records, but the 2TB and 4TB configurations ($300 and $430, respectively) offer plenty of bus-powered capacity.

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10:00
Philips Hue app-controlled lighting family add three...

The Philips Hue app-controlled lighting products were among the first "Internet of Things" products we covered here at TUAW, and the product line has become quite popular. Now the company has announced three new products in the Hue line, including a...

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09:51
Apple's Arizona Sapphire Plant May See...

As construction on Apple and GT Advanced's sapphire manufacturing plant in Mesa, Arizona, progresses, the two companies are already looking at expanding their available space.

According to AppleInsider, several companies in the area are currently bidding on a potential expansion, which would possibly allow GT Advanced to put out even greater quantities of sapphire for use in Apple's products. While it remains unclear just how Apple will use the sapphire, there have been several strong hints and equipment orders pointing towards sapphire displays for the upcoming iPhone 6.

Aerial view of Apple's existing facility (via AppleInsider)
Announced...

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09:48
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Sharp 42″ 1080p HDTV $330,...

Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: TwitterRSS Feed,FacebookGoogle+ and subscribe to the new Safari push notifications feature.

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Sharp 42″ LED 1080p 120Hz HDTV with DTS sound $330 shipped (Reg. $480)

REI members 20% coupon: GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition $320...

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09:47
Apple reaching out to Swiss watchmakers for...

Apple has reportedly been in contact with executives and craftsmen at Swiss watch brands as the company attempts to strike new partnerships and bring high-end watchmaking expertise in house for development of a so-called "iWatch."
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09:39
Philips boosts Hue lighting with switch, white bulb...

Philips has unveiled a trio of smart lighting products. Leading off the announcements are the Hue Tap switch and a white-only variant of the Hue light called the Hue Lux. Also debuting are a trio of 3d-printed Hue Luminaires, bringing what the company calls "a piece of art to your living room."...
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09:37
Steve Jobs’ infamous brutality shown off in HR email...

It’s undeniable that the competitive landscape around Silicon Valley and its key players is a steep one, and that ‘magic’ that Apple infuses its products with doesn’t come without some ugly, behind-the-scenes elbow throwing. The corporate culture created by the competition between these companies is not for the faint of heart by any means.

Earlier this week, we saw BlackBerry sue its own Senior Vice President of Software, Sebastien Marineau-Mes, as he attempted to jump off a sinking ship and take a VP job at Apple. In that case, the court offered that BlackBerry can enforce the contract which dictated its employee give six months notice before defecting to the other side, which it did.

And BlackBerry isn’t alone in extending a cold hand void of much empathy.

The devil is in the details of the emails exchanged by the...

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09:19
Apple, GT Advanced already planning to expand...

Even though the core facility still isn't finished, Apple and GT Advanced are already planning to expand their sapphire factory in Mesa, Arizona, AppleInsider reports. The site claims that several companies have already stepped up with bids for the expansion. The plant and its grounds currently occupy 83 acres; the expansion may grow into land directly behind it, which records show are vacant and more than large enough to support a bigger complex....
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09:12
Streaming music adds fuel to digital music growth

Global digital music revenues reached an all-time high of $5.9 billion last year as revenues from streaming services, both ad-supported (+17.6%) and subscription-based (+51.3%), saw strong growth that outweighed a slight decline in download sales (-2.1%), according to Statistica (http://tinyurl.com/n8mp662).

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09:12
∞ Thoughts on Office for iPad and iWork

It’s important to recognize that Microsoft did a pretty good job in designing Office for iPad. It’s certainly better than what they did for the Surface. Having said that, I don’t find that I’m very excited by Office on the iPad. [...]

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09:11
Blu-ray Player 2.10.2.1547 - Blu-ray media player. (...

Blu-ray Player is the first universal media player for Mac and PC in the world. It can play Blu-ray discs or its ISO files not only on Mac or PC, but also on iPhone/iPad/iPod touch. It supports all media formats for movies, videos, audio, music, and photos. It has multi-language support, and has a user-friendly interface. After adding DTS 5.1 into it, Blu-ray Player brings you the most popular Blu-ray HD video entertainment on your Mac.

The first Blu-ray player software supporting Mac... Mac Blu-ray player, the world's first Blu-ray player software for Apple Mac, is the unique Blu-ray media player that supports both Mac and Windows systems. All Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray files, and Blu-ray folders (BDMV folders) can be perfectly played on MacBook Pro, Air, Mac mini, iMac, Mac Pro with OS X 10.5 to 10.9 Mavericks, as well as Windows 8 / 7 / XP / Vista by Mac Blu-ray player software. With this fabulous Mac Blu-ray Player software you can easily...

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09:00
Office Mobile goes free for the iPhone, and other...

Amid all the hoopla about Microsoft Office finally coming to the iPad (even Tim Cook tweeted about it) was a little bit of information that was missed by many: Microsoft has made its Office Mobile for iPhone suite free, and home users can edit their...

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08:45
MS Office for iPad Seizes Top Four Free Spots in...

Microsoft's Office Suite for iPad, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, in that order, have seized the top four spots in the Free section of Apple's App Store. How long they stay there will be interesting to watch.


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08:43
Philips announces Hue Lux and Hue Tap

Philips has announced new additions to its Hue lightbulb line — Hue Lux and Hue Tap. Lux is a white-only Hue bulb. The Hue app can control the brightness and set schedules for the Lux bulb, which comes in a starter kit with two bulbs and a Hue bridge…

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08:35
Foxconn gives a shoutout to Apple products after...

Apple’s lead manufacturer Foxconn reported a 13 percent rise in net profit to 106.7B new Taiwan dollars (US$3.5B) following record iPhone and iPad sales, reports the WSJ. More than 40 percent of the company’s revenue comes from Apple.

The news comes a few days after Apple supplier Pegatron reported a 22 percent rise in earnings.

Hon Hai’s results were underpinned by demand from Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple, which sold 51 million iPhones in its fiscal first quarter ended Dec. 28, 2013—up 7% from the...

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08:24
Swiss Watchmakers Rebuff Apple's Partnership...

Apple allegedly is trying to tap Swiss watchmakers for their technical and metallurgy expertise as the company works to brings its rumored iWatch to the market, reports the Financial Times. Though Apple is reaching out to several companies, most are not willing to work with the Cupertino company.

Swatch chief executive officer Nick Hayek confirmed the watchmaker has talked to several companies about their wearable products, but he is not interested in forging a partnership with any group. We have been in discussions – not ever initiated by us – with practically all players in smart wearables up until today,” Swatch chief executive Nick Hayek told the Financial Times. “However, we see no reason why we should enter into any partnership agreement.” Hayek says his reluctance to work with Apple and similar companies comes from his desire to protect Swatch's...

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08:21
Apple taking 30 percent cut from in-app Office 365...

Apple is claiming a 30 percent cut of Office 365 subscriptions bought through Microsoft's Office for iPad, as usual at the App Store, an Apple spokesperson confirms. Although people can sign up for Office 365 outside of the iPad apps, a $100 in-app purchase provides a one-year plan. That suggests that Microsoft is sacrificing a significant amount of revenue to one of its rivals in order to attract iPad users....
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08:15
MacHider Adds Powerful Encryption, More with Hider 2

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - TMO's John F. Braun is at this weekâs Macworld/iWorld Conference where he checked out Hider 2, an update to MacPaw's original MacHider program, introducing more security and features. Read on to learn how it protects your Mac's sensitive data.


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08:05
Apple retail: Istanbul store to open April 5,...

The first official Apple retail store in Turkey is set to open its doors next Saturday in Istanbul, while one of Apple's outlets in Vancouver, British Columbia will reportedly be moving to a 'substantially' larger space in the fall of 2015.
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08:00
Daily App: Monocle offers menu bar search for Mac...

Monocle is a handy menu bar search utility that allows you to search Google, Bing, Yahoo, YouTube and Wikipedia in just one click. Monocle is more web search focused then OS X's Spotlight search and much less complex than similar productivity tools...

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07:55
BeHere app uses iBeacons to automatically take...

A new app called BeHere aimed at teachers uses Apple’s new Bluetooth LE iBeacon technology to recognize students and automatically take attendance as they enter a classroom.

With the BeHere app installed, the teacher’s iPad acts as an iBeacon and students entering the classroom with an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch will automatically appear in the app with a profile picture and name. Students will have to install the app on their device too, but thanks to recent iBeacon improvements in iOS 7.1, they won’t have to even open the app or take the device out of their pocket to be recognized as they walk in. ...

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07:28
iTunes credits sent out for e-book price fixing

Customers affected by Apple’s role in the e-book price fixing scandal are now receiving emails with iTunes credits. Though Apple is appealing the ruling, the company is still sending credits to customers. The emails are coming from the E-Book AG Settlement Administrator — not Apple — so customers should…

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07:20
Istanbul Apple Store launch official for April 5th

The Zorlu Center Apple Store in Istanbul, Turkey will officially open April 5th at 10AM local time, according to Apple. The launch is one day later than a local report suggested. The same report also claimed that Apple CEO Tim Cook and Turkish President Abdullah Gül would attend the opening, but Cook rarely appears at Apple Stores, and might not want to be seen alongside Gül given Prime Minister Recep ErdoÄüan's attempts at blocking Twitter and YouTube to silence news about his government's corruption scandal....
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07:15
BusyMac Expands Product Line with BusyContacts...

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - TMO's John F. Braun is at this weekâs Macworld/iWorld Conference and checked out BusyContacts, a Public Beta from BusyMac. It's meant to replaces Apple's Contacts application.


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07:10
Subscription and Streaming Music Services Still...

Looking at the past five years, music downloads are still up by more than 50% as our chart below confirms despite the noise that the download music market is dying. The stats of subscription and steaming music services sound hot, but they're still miles from catching up to the download music market that's led by Apple's iTunes.

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07:04
OS X: How to Share Calendars

Whether you view your iCloud calendars on your Mac, on an iOS device, or even on iCloud.com, it's as simple as all get-out to set up a shared calendar with other people. That'll mean fewer missed appointments, reduced miscommunication, and fewer event invites that you've gotta send (whew!). In this Quick Tip, weâll tell you how to set up sharing-it's very easy, we promise.


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07:02
Macworld/iWorld conference panel kickoff condensed...

IDG’s senior VP Jason Snell tried to provoke comment with the view that “Apple must release a smart watch in 60 days or it’s all over,” but if the rest of the clips are any guide, there wasn’t too much controversy in the rest of the discussion …

The show opened yesterday in San Francisco, and ends tomorrow.

Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple, IDG, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iWorld, Jason Snell, Macworld, San...

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07:00
Use PowerShell to Query WMI on Windows Servers

I recently needed to check and see whether a backup drive (which was just a 4TB USB drive) was plugged into a server. But the server had no GUI, so I had to use the command line. There was no drive letter mapped to this drive, so I needed to use something else and I needed to make a script that could be used long-term. Luckily, PowerShell can be used to obtain WMI information on the hardware installed on a computer. This allows administrators to query WMI about the USB devices currently installed on a server. In the following command, we’re going to use gwmi from PowerShell and we’re going to query
for Win32_USBControllerDevice. We’re going to run the command against the computer name in question (example here is host.krypted.com although if we left the -computername option off it would run against the host the command is run on).

Get-WMiObject Win32_USBControllerDevice -computername host.krypted.com | fl Antecedent,Dependent

This will apply a filter, similar to...

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07:00
Falling asleep with a good iBook

Gather 'round, kids and Grandpa Dave will tell you a story. Back when I was your age, "iBooks" were computers, not software. They were brightly colored, had plastic handles and resembled a Barbie purse. Plus, you could take a nap beneath one, as...

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07:00
10.9: Enable experimental network commands

Many advanced network configuration commands can be reached with the scutil command line tool. Launch Terminal.app and run:



ENABLE_EXPERIMENTAL_SCUTIL_COMMANDS=1 scutil --net, then type help and press the Return key to see the available options.



For example:

localhost:~ user$ ENABLE_EXPERIMENTAL_SCUTIL_COMMANDS=1 scutil --net
set "Automatic" selected
> help

Available commands:

help : list available commands
f.read file : process commands from file
quit [!] : quit

commit : commit any changes
apply : apply any changes

create interface [ | ]
create protocol
create ser ...

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06:55
Apple to Open First Turkish Retail Store in Istanbul...

Apple is ready to open its first retail store next week in Turkey, with a grand opening gala that may feature Apple CEO Tim Cook and Turkish President Abdullah Gül. Located in Istanbul's Zorlu Center Shopping Center, the retail store will open at 10:00 AM on Saturday, April 5, 2014, reports Elma Dergisi.

The Turkish store occupies approximately 20,000 square feet in the heart of Istanbul's popular, multi-use shopping center. The Zorlu Center store is thought to feature a cubic glass ceiling, glass sides and in-store services such as a dedicated "Family Room" floor and dual Genius Bars, reports...

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06:49
Twitter and Billboard to create continuously updated...

I think this is a clever idea. It’ll be interesting to see if this catches on with the industry.

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06:34
Apple getting 30 percent of Office 365 in-app sales

Microsoft’s Office for iPad apps went on sale Thursday, and it’s been revealed that a cut of the Office 365 subscriptions sold within the apps are going to Apple. Apple confirmed that Microsoft is paying the customary 30 percent cut to Apple for in-app sales of the subscriptions, Re/code

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06:07
Popular Google Play apps are hacked, secretly mining...

Every time I read about Android and malware like this, I shudder at the though of bringing an Android phone or tablet into my universe. I know Android is popular, but I just can’t get my head around why people seem not to care about this problem. Am I missing something?

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06:00
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. Also, check out our Daily Deals, with...

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05:51
The complete map to Earth’s deepest cave

Just thinking about the process of making my way down this map both scared me and filled me with wonder. I would love the chance to dive this cave. At least virtually.

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05:50
Apple planning expansion at Arizona sapphire plant...

Apple and sapphire manufacturing partner GT Advanced Technologies are looking to expand operations at the companies' Mesa, Ariz., facility, possibly to accommodate higher yields for an as-yet-unknown component, AppleInsider has learned.
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05:41
This week’s iPhone 6 concepts seemingly inspired by...

One of our favourite concept designers, Martin Hajek, has been busy again – this time with an iPhone 6 concept reminiscent of the iPod Nano design, commissioned by Dutch site iPhoneclub.

The iPhone 6 is widely expected to be launched in two different sizes, with Bloomberg and ...

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05:40
Expo Notes: After securing devices with EverDock,...

Fuz Designs wants to do the same thing for phone docks in your car that it's done for docking stations for the home and office: add a little stability to the picture.

The company was a Kickstarter success story last fall, when it sought funding for its EverDock line of mobile device charging docks. The public responded, pledging more than $450,000—well past the modest goal of $50,000 that Fuz Designs was asking for.

The EverDock from Fuz Designs

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05:35
Newspapers Cling to Life Despite Online News Trend


Print media is limping along and TV news has gained some strength, even though the trend toward getting news online continues to grow, Pew Research reported this week.
It all boils down to economics, said Mark Jerkowitz, associate director of the Pew Research Center Journalism Project. Advertising revenues for newspapers have fallen about 50 percent from 2006, forcing some smaller publications to close. Others have reduced their publication schedules.

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05:33
The making of 2048 (in a weekend)

To complement the earlier post about the Threes team, here’s some background on the creation of 2048.

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05:29
It’s official: Apple’s first store in Turkey to open...

Following several months of anticipation, Apple’s first official Apple Retail Store in Turkey will open in Istanbul on April 5th. The new store is located in the center of the Zorlu Center mall, and the official announcement has come in the form of emails to customers in Turkey and on a banner around the physical store…

Apple has also published a retail website that indicates the store will open at 10 AM local time. The Turkey-based store will feature many of the usual...

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05:20
Building the next Pixar

This is not quite what you think. This is not about building an animation studio, but about using the techniques that Pixar leveraged into their great success to produce your own great success.

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05:20
Roku CEO speculates Apple loses money on $99 Apple...

Though he offered no evidence to prove it, the CEO of Roku said this week that he believes rival set-top streamer Apple TV is a money losing product, though one analyst believes the device is more likely a break-even business for APple.
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05:15
The Threes team talks ripoffs vs originality, walks...

It’s the nature of the App Store that as soon as original hits the store, the cloners start their copiers. There’s been a lot of talk about Flappy Bird and the huge number of clones it spawned. But it’s true of just about every successful app. The Threes team weighs in with their take on this.

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05:00
Expo Notes: Corporate IT tools sneak into the home

You’ve heard about the consumerization of IT—the infiltration of personal consumer devices like the iPhone and iPad into business computing environments. Looks like things are flowing in the opposite direction, too: A couple of companies at Macworld/iWorld are seeking to bring corporate-level IT technologies into the home.

NetHero's iOS app

The first is NetHero, an app for iOS and OS X that lets you monitor all the devices on your home network (much as IT folks can remotely monitor systems in offices). (In fact, the company that developed NetHero, Pie Digital, is best known for its cloud-based IT management software.)

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04:53
URL Extractor for Mac OS X upgraded to version 4.2.2

Tension Software (http://www.tensionsoftware.com) has revved URL Extractor — the Mac OS X tool for extracting URLs and emails from the web, search engine and local files — to version 4.2.2. The new version boasts an improved refresh of the extracted URL list and better "Stop Extraction" in long extraction operations.

URL Extractor requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. It costs US$50 and is available from the Tension Software web site and the Mac App Store.

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04:43
Be one of first 50 to bring an iPad to any Microsoft...

See the post for details. Can’t beat free!

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04:43
Scratch, Scratch Lab software upgraded to version 8

Assimilate has rolled out version 8 of its Scratch and Scratch Lab software to allow encoding of Apple ProRes files on Microsoft Windows 7/8-based PCs.

The Scratch data-centric DI system is an end-to-end cinema and broadcast imaging tool. Artists on-set or in post production can now use both the OS X and Windows versions of the software. It supports most popular digital workflows, including, RED, ARRI, Sony F65 and F55, Canon 5D, Phantom, GoPro and more.

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04:32
Roku CEO says Apple TV ‘loses money’, calls it an...

CNET is reporting that Roku CEO Anthony Wood described Apple TV as an ‘iPad accessory’ at Re/code’s Code/Media conference. Until recently, even Apple characterised the product as a ‘hobby’. The Apple TV box has not changed much since its major revamp in 2010. More controversially, Wood followed up by claiming that the Apple TV actually loses money for Apple – which would immediately seem strange since Rokus have similar hardware and cost less.

“Apple TV is essentially an accessory for the iPad. They lose money, which is unusual for Apple,” he said Thursday, speaking at the Recode conference here. “If you’re losing money, why would you want...

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04:27
Branded tablet shipments to reach 200 million this...

ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com) says this is a pivotal year for tablets as the traditional markets leading computing and CE [consumer electronics] deployments reach a tipping point and give way to growth regions.

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