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Tuesday April 1

13:30
Ask TUAW Live is on the air at 5 PM ET today!

Yesterday was World Backup Day. Just in case you missed it, today Ask TUAW will be dedicated to getting your data in a safe place so you can be confident when and if your storage malfunctions you'll be able to get it back.

"Ask TUAW Live"...

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13:29
Square Adds Support for Bitcoin Payments on Square...

Square announced on Monday that the company was adding support for Bitcoin to Square Market, the company's online storefront. The system allows users to choose to pay with Bitcoins, but Merchants get paid immediately in U.S. dollars.


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13:21
OWC Debuts First Intel Xeon Processor Upgrades for...

Back in January, OWC confirmed that the 2013 Mac Pro's processor was socketed and removable, theoretically allowing for future upgrades, which are now available by the company. As of today, OWC is allowing users to send in their Mac Pros for both processor and memory upgrades.

Processor upgrades, which start at $1,498 with the trade-in of the base Apple-supplied quad-core processor, include 8-core, 10-core, and 12-core models that are compliant with Apple's technical specifications and power requirements. OWC says that the upgrades are tested, qualified, and guaranteed to meet or exceed the processors available from Apple....

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13:05
UN uses Apple's iBeacons to create '...

Visitors to New York's New Museum of Contemporary Art on Friday will be able to get some idea of what it is like to walk through a minefield thanks to a new iBeacon-powered installation sponsored by the United Nations Mine Action Service.
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13:00
Logitech Bluetooth Audio Adapter makes any speaker...

What do you do with that old pair of expensive speakers you purchased back in college now that everything is going wireless? Logitech has an answer for that -- just get one of their new Bluetooth Audio Adapters (US$39.99) and you'll be streaming...

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12:59
iWork for iCloud apps add shared view-only docs,...

Apple has updated its iWork apps — Pages, Keynote, and Numbers — at iCloud.com. The updates include new designs for the web apps, Retina display support, and the ability to share view-only documents, among other features. Apple has said compatible updates…

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12:57
iWork for iCloud Updated With Retina Support and...

Following the launch of Microsoft's Office apps for iOS, Apple is updating its iWork apps for iCloud, Mac, and iOS, adding some major improvements to compete with Microsoft's Excel, Keynote, and Word.

As noted by 9to5Mac, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for iCloud have gained updated designs for their document, spreadsheet, and presentation editors along with support for Retina displays. All three apps have also been updated with the ability to share view-only documents and to open documents directly from iCloud Mail.

Individually, Pages has also been updated with new templates, the ability to edit charts in imported documents, and improved text wrap. Numbers now has improved pop-up menu support, and...

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12:52
Apple claims copying iPhone was part of Samsung’s...

Following jury selection in the latest Apple vs Samsung patent trial in San Jose, today the trial officially started with Apple’s opening statements. In the trial, Apple is seeking $2B in damages for five patents it claims Samsung violated, while Samsung has counter-claims that Apple devices violate two of its own patents. While some thought the case—which unlike previous patent battles between the companies involves only software related patents— could make Android and therefore Google the real target of the outcome Apple is seeking, Apple actually made it clear that’s not the case in its opening statement (...

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12:52
Apple in talks to buy part of Renesas Electronics,...

Apple is in negotiations with Japan's Renesas Electronics to acquire a unit of the company, says Nikkei. In particular Apple is said to be after Renesas SP Drivers, a joint venture with Sharp and Powerchip that designs chips for smartphone displays. The takeover deal would involve buying up Renesas' 55 percent stake at an estimated price of 50 billion yen, or roughly $479 million....
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12:38
April Schools' Day: School Canceled Thanks to...


Well, an A for creativity. In Australia, someone penetrated a high school's IT system and penned text messages and emails to parents saying that the school had been badly damaged by a fire and was not fit for students. There was no truth to the message, however -- just a bit of April Fools' Day shenanigans. The local Department of Education and Communities claims that an unknown person wiggled into the school's IT systems and shot out the messages early Tuesday morning.

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12:30
Apple opens up iAd Workbench to all

Apple is making its iAd Workbench advertising system available to anyone with an Apple ID starting today, Advertising Age reports. Workbench was previously available only to registered mobile developers. Customers can now add short videos to an ad unit with Workbench, which works exclusively for ads on iOS devices.…

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12:30
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

orphinio [iPhone; Now...

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12:27
∞ The science of a slapshot

Did you know that when a hockey player winds up for a slap shot they’re not trying to hit the puck?

Duh. I’m Canadian.

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12:20
iWork for iCloud gains new design & sharing...

Apple is making some notable improvements to its iWork suite of productivity applications today across its platforms. First, the Pages, Numbers, and Keynote apps found on iCloud.com have been updated with some enhancements: all three apps now have improved Retina display support, an updated design for the editor tab, and improved sharing functionality. The new sharing options allow users to share documents in a view-only state (previously, anyone could edit documents shared via iCloud), and documents can be opened directly via iCloud Mail.

Keynote, Apple’s slide presentation creator, has added the ability for the editing of charts within imported files. Numbers, Apple’s Excel-competitor, has improved pop-up menus, and Pages has gained improved text wrapping, new...

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12:09
∞ Dixie Chicks: Not Ready To Make Nice

Such a great song. I’ve been listening to it over and over.

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12:09
FCC chairman refutes possibility of wider net...

The FCC is apparently not going to examine Netflix CEO Reed Hastings' call for a wider net neutrality. Shutting down the discussion, an FCC spokesperson said that the matter was not up for consideration in the upcoming Open Internet proceeding. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler noted that arrangements such as between Netflix and Comcast are "not a net-neutrality issue."...
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12:06
Report: Apple may acquire display chipmaker

Apple is in discussions to acquire a division of Japan’s Renesas Electronics that develops chips for smartphone displays, Nikkei Asian Review reports. The division in question, Renesas SP Drivers, is “the world’s leading producer of drivers and controllers for small and midsize LCDs.” These chips are said to “determine…

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12:04
Forums: Kindle vs. iBooks

Yesterday in the MacNN forums members began a debate about which ebook distribution service was better, Kindle or iBooks, after one Mac Elite stated that they think iBooks just might be better. "When I put the computer to sleep, does that affect ongoing transfers to and from the internet?" asks Mac Elite "rotuts" earlier today....
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12:03
Apple deals: iPods and Mac Accessories

This week Apple's online store has a wide selection of refurbished iPod models on sale. They start at $99 for the refurbished 7th generation 16GB iPod nano which comes in blue, silver, pink, green or purple. Save $40 on the refurbished 16GB 5th generation iPod touch in black, it was $229, but has been cut to $189....
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12:01
DealNN: 27-inch iMac for $1,450 and more

At MacMall.com this week get a 27-inch iMac for $1,450. It was $1,999, but has been reduced to $1,550. Save an additional $100 via a mail-in-rebate offer making this $150 less than the lowest price we have seen anywhere else. This iMac features a 3.2GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive. Included is a one year warranty on parts and labor from Apple....
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11:59
Apple's iAd creation tools expanded to non-...

Apple is working to expand its iAd mobile advertising platform, making the "Workbench" tool for ad creation available to anyone with an Apple ID, and also enabling the ability to run short videos within ads.
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11:58
Apps: Comedy Central, Endless Numbers, Shazam 7.5 +...

Comedy Central has released an all new free app. The app features full episodes available the day after airing — generally provided that you sign in with a television provider. There are, however, a number of shows which don’t require a sign-in. Some of the network’s most popular programs,…

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11:32
Report: Apple in talks to buy chipmaker Renesas SP...

According to a report from Nikkei Asian Review, Apple is currently negotiating with Japan’s Renesas Electronics over the possibility of acquiring a unit of the company that builds chips for smartphone displays used in the iPhone and other devices. The buy, according to Nikkei, could allow Apple to take advantage of the company’s engineering experience to “improve image sharpness and battery life” while bringing development of the components in-house:

Apple has its eye on Renesas SP Drivers, a Renesas joint venture with Sharp and Taiwan’s Powerchip. Apple is said to be seeking Renesas’ entire 55% stake for...

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11:30
Apple opens iAd Workbench platform to non-developers...

As noted in a report today from Ad Age (via MacRumors), Apple is now allowing non-developers to access and use the iAd Workbench platform.

At the onset of its mobile-ad business, Apple extended olive branches to a select group of brands, promising premier reach. But advertisers pushed back against its pricey offerings. Now, it appears Apple has concluded money in mobile ads comes from a wide net; in short, it’ll look more like Google.

Previously, iAd Workbench users had to at least be enrolled in Apple’s $99/year registered developers program, but now opening an iAd Workbench account will only require an Apple ID which is free to create with any Apple service or device. Ad Age reports that customers using iAd Workbench can choose between payment based...

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11:30
Daily Deals for April 1, 2014, featuring free...

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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11:20
CleanMyMac 2.2.3 - Delete files that waste your disk...

CleanMyMac makes space for the things you love. Sporting a range of ingenious new features, CleanMyMac 2 lets you safely and intelligently scan and clean your entire system, delete large, unused files, reduce the size of your iPhoto library, uninstall unneeded apps or fix the ones that started to work improperly, manage all your extensions from one place and do much more - all from one newly designed and beautifully simple interface.

Version 2.2.3:

  • Updated DevMate Feedback Reporter with screenshot attachment functionality.
  • Items removed via Secure Erase don’t get logged.
  • Improved and updated CleanMyMac Safety Database.
  • Fixed the inability to obtain root privileges for a complete cleanup session.
  • Fixed wrong country flags in Languages Cleanup.
  • Minor interface improvements.
  • Several localization improvements.
  • Fixed all known crashes.



  • OS X 10.7 or...

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11:14
Apple in talks for $479M stake in Japanese chipmaker...

Apple could be on the verge of bringing another important hardware component in-house as the company is reportedly working on a deal to acquire controlling interest in Renesas SP Drivers, a Japanese firm that makes LCD chips for Apple's iPhone.
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11:10
Apple receives patent for interchangeable iPhone...

A newly granted Apple patent shows us one way Apple could improve its iPhone cameras.

USPTO

If you want to take good pictures, one of the things you need is a good lens. As good as lenses have gotten, this is one of the areas where smartphone cameras continue to be constrained: you can fit a small, fixed focal length lens to the back of a phone, but doing anything more complicated would make the device considerably larger. One potential solution to this problem would be a system of detachable, interchangeable lenses like those used in DSLRs and other mid-to-high-end cameras, but the attachment mechanism itself would normally take up quite a bit of space.

That's one problem that Apple is apparently trying to crack, according to...

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11:06
Clock Counting Down on Windows XP Support


As Microsoft prepares to cut off support for Windows XP, hackers are sharpening their knives in anticipation of carving up the operating system's carcass. Web predators will pounce on XP 10 minutes after Microsoft pulls the support plug on the software, predicted one former military computer specialist and network engineer. Indeed, it appears that information highwaymen are stockpiling ammunition for a series of assaults on the operating system. Stockpiles of zero day exploits aren't the only vulnerabilities XP users will have to worry about.

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11:01
∞ Black Label Society: My Dying Time

The first single from Zakk’s upcoming album, “Catacombs of the Black Vatican,” which will be released on April 8.

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11:00
6 Apple products that were better off as April Fools...

Companies are typically remembered for their successes as opposed to their failures -- and the same is true for Apple -- but the company has still had plenty of missteps that, while potentially frustrating at the time, can now be looked back on with...

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10:57
Apple Expands Access to iAd Workbench, Introduces...

Apple is making it easier for anyone to create an ad campaign using its iAd Workbench mobile advertising tool. As noted by Ad Age, the company is now allowing any person with an Apple ID to open an iAd Workbench account and create an ad campaign, a feature previously restricted to registered developers. The changes will make it simpler for advertisers, small and large, to create ads for the platform.

At the onset of its mobile-ad business, Apple extended olive branches to a select group of brands, promising premier reach. But advertisers pushed back against its pricey offerings. Now, it appears Apple has concluded money in mobile ads comes from a wide net; in short, it'll look more like Google.Apple is also introducing new features to Workbench, its web-based platform used for tracking and...

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10:30
Reuters: Next iPhone will come with 4.7” or 5.5”...

Satire - The iPhone 5S (Parody) Ad

Reuters reports that Apple's next iPhone will be available in both 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screen versions—considerable increases over the current iPhone 5S and 5C models' 4-inch displays.

Reuters cites "supply chain sources" for the information, which could mean anything from a Foxconn vice president down to a factory janitor. According to Reuters, three separate suppliers have been tapped to produce the larger LCD panels: Japan Display, Sharp, and LG Display. The existence of the displays themselves isn't necessarily the point of the Reuters report, though—according to Reuters, not only are the two unannounced display sizes planned, but the 5.5-inch version might already be facing production problems.

The report speculates that the displays will contain...

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10:30
Today is Apple's 38th birthday

On Thursday April 1, 1976 Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne started Apple Computers. Their first product was the Apple I computer kit, built by hand by its designer Steve Wozniak. The Apple I consisted of just a motherboard, leaving users to...

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10:29
Apple Seeking to Boost iPhone Display Quality by...

Apple is in talks with chipmaker Renesas Electronics over the potential acquisition of a unit that creates chips for smartphone displays, reports Japanese business site Nikkei. The chips, which are already used in the iPhone's liquid crystal displays, improve both image sharpness and battery life.

Renesas SP Drivers, the division Apple is aiming to purchase, is a leading producer of drivers and controllers for small LCDs. The company is a joint venture between Renesas, Sharp, and Powerchip, with Apple offering 50 billion yen or $479 million for Renesas' 55 percent stake in the company. Following the transaction, Sharp is also expected to sell its 25 percent of shares in Renesas SP to Apple, while Powerchip will retain 20 percent.Renesas SP is the world's leading producer of drivers and controllers for small and midsize LCDs, with a market...

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10:28
Judge Cote Gives Apple Ebook Antitrust Case Class...

Consumers targeting Apple with a lawsuit over claims that the iPhone and iPad maker teamed up with publishers to drive up the price of ebooks has been granted class action status by U.S. Federal Court Judge Denise Cote. She's the Judge that oversaw the lawsuit the Department of Justice filed against Apple and book publishers, ruled that Apple did participate in a conspiracy, and placed a monitor inside the company to ensure it doesn't engage in anti-competitive practices.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple is going to be dealing with the repercussions of the DOJ's antitrust lawsuit for years, and it's going to cost lots of money. The company is facing lawsuits from over 30 states, plus this consumer-started class action case, and the appeal process in the DOJ's win. So far, the big winner is Amazon because now there isn't an easy way for book retailers to compete with its practice of selling books below cost.

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10:12
9to5Toys Last Call: WD My Passport Pro RAID 15% off...

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:

Last Call updates:

  • Free Coupon for Two Months of Audiobooks from Audible ($60 value)

 

WD My Passport Pro portable RAID storage w/ integrated Thunderbolt cable: 2TB...

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10:08
US Mac Pro shipping times slip to 5-6 weeks

Shipping estimates for the 2013 Mac Pro have slipped from "April" to 5 to 6 weeks at Apple's US online store, checks show. At least some international storefronts are continuing to mention April, but could follow suit. Built-to-order Pros should take longer to ship as per usual....
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10:05
Hands On: Oyster e-book subscription service

We're not sure that there's any debate about the future of subscription services for digital content. Between Netflix, Amazon Video, Next Issue, and a few other services offering near-unlimited consumption, our appetite seems voracious for digital offerings. A subscription service for e-books has recently launched for the iOS called Oyster -- it purports to allows users access to over 200,000 titles offline and online. How well does it accomplish that goal, as well as giving the reader a positive reading experience?...
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10:04
Aspyr game showcase

Lots of great Mac games here from Aspyr.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:59
Amplified: Doc Oc Arms

Jim Dalrymple and Dan Benjamin talk about the evolution of a small business, making things you like instead of what the audience wants, wearable tech, guitar modeling vs. the real thing, and more.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:48
Imagineer Systems introduces Mochalmpot+ for Nuke

Imagineer Systems has released Mochalmport+ for Nuke. It allows visual effects artists to work on complex compositing and tracking projects using their "go to" visual effects apps.

Mochalmport+ offers a workflow between mocha and Nuke. NUKE products are compositing tools. You can learn more about them at http://tinyurl.com/otp92el . mocha products combine planar tracking with tools for roto, object removal, lens calibration, stabilization, and more.

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09:38
Theme Inn launches templates for Microsoft Office...

Theme Inn has unveiled a new suite of templates for use on Microsoft Office for the Mac. It sports 262 templates for Word, 30 spreadsheet templates for Excel, and 10 presentation themes for PowerPoint.

Suite for MS Office costs US$39.99. It's available at the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. Samples can be viewed at Theme Inn's website (www.themeinn.com).

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09:30
Mellel 3.3.2 - Powerful word processor with...

Mellel is the leading word processor for OS X and has been widely considered the industry standard since its inception. Mellel focuses on writers and scholars for technical writing and multilingual word processing. It offers special tools to help you write and organize long documents easily. If you need multilingual support or are writing bi-directional text, Mellel is just the thing for you: Arabic, Persian, Hebrew, and Syriac never looked better on a Mac. Even if you don't need all the bells and whistles, Mellel is still the right choice for you: clean, stable, and easy to use.

Version 3.3.2:

  • Fixed a bug that caused Mellel to produce inoperable documents when importing RTF documents containing track-changes insertions/deletions inside comments.
  • (13161) PICT and PDF images are converted to 600DPI bitmaps when exporting to RTF. Correctly exporting the image vertical positioning. This improves rtf export of documents with MathType/...

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09:30
TUAW Bookshelf: iPad and iPhone Kung Fu

Apple expert Keir Thomas, who brought us Mac Kung Fu a few years ago, has just launched a follow up volume: iPad and iPhone Kung Fu (US$12 ebook, US$19 print). With over 300 tips and tricks, there's a lot of useful knowledge in the book for any new...

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09:19
iPhone Apps: Fantastical, Awesome Note, Movies by...


    

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09:15
VisionTek announces memory upgrades for the 2013 Mac...

VisionTek Products has announced high-performance Error Correcting Coe 1866MHz, quad-channel matched module memory upgrades up to 64MB for the 2013 Mac Pro. The company says their memory products can save you up to 36% on Apple's factory installed upgrades.

The upgrade options are:

°  16GB (1 x 16GB) PC3-14900 DDR3 1866MHz ECC RDIMM Module US$219.99;

°  32GB (2 x 16GB) PC3-14900 DDR3 1866MHz ECC RDIMM Kit $429.99;

° 48GB (3 x 16GB) PC3-14900 DDR3 1866MHz ECC RDIMM Kit $639.99;

° 64GB (4 x 16GB) PC3-14900 DDR3 1866MHz ECC RDIMM Kit $829.99.

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09:00
Like a glove: April Fools efforts from Samsung, HTC...

With accusations of copying and commoditization already rife within the smartphone and tablet industries, three of the market's biggest names -- Samsung, HTC and Toshiba --?all showcased similar glove-themed prank products on Tuesday for April Fools' Day. Hilarity ensued.
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09:00
Apple Q2 investor call and other news for April 1,...

Sourcing news on April 1 sure is fun, let me tell you. But just to prove that I'm not a total curmudgeon, let me congratulate Think Geek on winning April Fool's Day. As usual. Rosetta Stone for Klingon? Qapla'! Meanwhile...

Apple has announced...

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09:00
The Week in Mac Apps: Bioshocking

Bioshocking

This week’s Mac app roundup takes us shooting through an underwater city in an alternate reality. If fantastic games aren't your thing, we also have an app that can remove the scratch from your old songs, one that helps you keep track of your movies, and one that will help you write the next great movie, TV show, or play.

Audio Cleaner Pro 1.2.3

Magix Software’s $55 Audio Cleaner Pro (Mac App Store Link) takes your old recordings and scrubs them clean of interference and noise.

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08:45
New details emerge on Razer Kazuyo iOS controller

More information has reportedly leaked on Razer's upcoming iOS game controller, codenamed Kazuyo. The combination case/gamepad is expected to include features like pressure-sensitive buttons, and full-sized analog sticks, which should make some games easier to control. Since earlier incarnations, the device appears to have been given a more rounded design....
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08:40
Samsung has Mixed Feelings about the New Jury in the...

Officials of Samsung Electronics showed mixed feelings for the newly formed jury which will review the blockbuster patent infringement case involving Samsung and Apple. On the first day of the second round of their legal battle, Judge Lucy H. Koh of the San Jose court selected new jurors. The jury includes a number of iPhone owners as well as several people with ties to the technology industry.

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08:38
Apple Patent Could Herald Interchangeable iPhone...

concertina226 (2447056) writes with this excerpt from IBTimes: "Apple has been granted a patent for interchangeable camera lenses — which could be used on the up-coming iPhone 6. The application was granted by the US Patent and Trademark Office in remarkably quick time, according to Patently Apple. Patent No. 8,687,299 has been granted to Apple today for 'Bayonet attachment mechanisms,' i.e. a bayonet mount that is able to securely attach lenses to an iOS device, such as an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. A bayonet mount is a fastening mechanism which is typically seen on cameras, used to attach lenses to the camera body. At the moment, there is no adjustable camera lens system in existence for smartphones, although there are lots of third party macro lens products that consumers can buy to clip onto their smartphone."

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08:30
RunKeeper announces regional localization, and more...

You know how hard it is to believe that some people are speaking the same language -- allegedly English -- that you are? Bostonians are probably the worst manglers of the Queen's English, although some of the New York/New Jersey dialects can be...

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08:06
Think Geek’s Rosetta Stone Klingon Language Kit

If you're planning on dealing with Klingons and surviving, you better speak their language. Luckily, interplanetary travelers who think today isn't a good day to die can bone up on the warrior race's native tongue with Rosetta Stone's software-based Klingon language lessons. It's only US$269.99, and available exclusively through Think Geek on April 1. Qapla!


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08:05
Apple granted patent for camera lens mount

A new Apple patent for bayonet attachment mechanisms may signal the company’s interest in using an attachable camera lens system in its iOS devices. The patent describes a system that would use a bayonet mount integrated into the camera of an electronic device — lenses could be swapped in…

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08:00
Mac 101: How to move pages between PDF documents...

Preview is often overlooked by users who have yet to delve into the many features of the OS X app. Its name, "Preview," suggests it is only a document viewer, but it has editing capabilities that allow you do much more than merely read a file.

One...

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07:51
Apple's Safari most-used smartphone browser,...

Smartphone owners are nearly seven times as likely to choose native apps over mobile Web apps, new data shows. But when mobile users do turn to the Web, a majority use Apple's Safari browser.
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07:49
Apple suppliers to start producing next-gen iPhone...

Apple's suppliers should start mass production of next-generation iPhone displays in May, in preparation for a launch expected this fall, according to supply chain sources in contact with Reuters. In keeping with earlier rumors, the suppliers are said to include Sharp, LG Display, and Japan Display. The sources claim that 4.7-inch displays should enter production first, while 5.5-inch screens could be delayed. Reuters describes both sizes as belonging to the iPhone 6, but it's unclear if Apple itself will use the same distinction....
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07:48
Apple Buys iFixit, and Other 2014 April Fools'...

Today is April Fools' Day, which means readers should be wary of what they read online as much of it will be a gross hyperbole created in the name of fun. Today also marks Apple's 38th anniversary, with the company having been founded on this day in 1976 by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.

Among the popular April Fools' Day jokes making the rounds today are the following:

Apple Acquires iFixit

Based on the number of tips we've received, iFixit wins the award for the most believable Apple-related April Fools' prank for 2014. The popular device repair company changed its entire website to announce that it is being acquired by Apple. It’s finally here. We're thrilled to announce that we are joining forces with Apple starting this summer. It has been an exciting adventure for all of us at iFixit, and we can’t thank our dedicated community enough. Let’s...

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07:39
What are the five iOS features Apple is claiming...

With the second patent battle between Apple and Samsung now underway, we thought it would be useful to look at each of the five features Apple claims Samsung (or Google) stole from iOS.

The patents are, of course, worded in the usual dense legaleze. If you want to read them for yourself, you can find them on the US Patent and Trademark Office website in the links below. But here’s my reading of what each one is about, in plain English … 

Patent ...

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07:31
Mac Pro shipping estimates slip to 5-6 weeks from...

It looks like Apple’s shipping estimates on its new Mac Pro have once again slipped with at least Apple’s US online store listing shipping availability as “5-6 weeks.” That puts the current delivery dates for the Mac Pro at sometime during May. Previously, Apple’s website was listing an available to ship date as “April.”

When the all-new Mac Pro finally went on sale back in December, it wasn’t long before shipping estimates for the new machine slipped to February on the same day, then March...

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07:08
Comedy Central debuts new iPhone & iPad app...

Rather than having a dozen, show-specific iOS apps to follow your favorite Comedy Central shows, the network has finally bundled the content into a single app featuring full episodes (listen up, cable cutters) for free. Much like Hulu and on-demand services through cable providers, the Comedy Central app will feature the latest episode of several shows from the network the day after it airs… no cable subscription required, no joke.

The list of free shows includes The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, South Park, @midnight, and original digital shorts. For cable subscribers, there’s even more content available including full seasons of new shows like Tosh.0 and archived seasons of shows like Chappelle’s Show and RENO 911....

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07:00
Ask PowerShell Who Hasn’t Changed Their Active...

You can use PowerShell to pretty much get anything you want out of Active Directory. Let’s say you want to see when the last time a user changed their password was. You can use the Get-ADUser commandlet to obtain any attribute for a user in the Active Directory schema. To use Get-ADUser, you’ll need to define a scope. In this example, we’ll do so using the -filter option and filter for everyone, using an *. That could be a lot of data, so we’re also going to look for the property, or attribute of PasswordLastSet using the -Properties option:

Get-ADUser –filter * -Properties PasswordLastSet

We can then add a little more logic and pipe the output to a conditional statement that just looks at who hasn’t ever changed their password.

Get-ADUser –filter * -Properties PasswordLastSet | Where { $_.passwordLastSet –eq $null }

A more common task, we could also look for the last 90 days, using “(get-date).adddays(-90)” in our filter. We don’t want to display...

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07:00
Flickr Find: iLove my iPhone 5s and all my other...

Say hello to this lovely iPhone 5s, which has joined a wonderful household of Apple devices over at Tiffany's house. Along with this new member, you also will find an iPad 4, an Apple TV and soon-to-arrive MacBook Pro. I can relate to all this iLove,...

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06:51
Apple's premium-priced Macs 'defy the laws...

Mac sales have continued to grow in the face of a recession and declining overall PC market, but Apple's iPhone could not escape shifting trends in the smartphone space, analyst Charlie Wolf of Needham said on Tuesday.
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06:50
Apple Granted 51 Patents Today Covering a 3D Apple...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 51 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we primarily cover integrated camera windows in Apple iDevices, the MacBook Pro's unibody design and a possible future 3D remote controller for Apple TV. While we may not be getting an Apple centric HDTV anytime soon, perhaps we could look forward to Apple's 3D remote on the horizon. Only time will tell ...

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06:47
Apple Q2 earnings call set for April 23

Apple has announced on its investor webpage that it will release its Q2 fiscal year earnings on Wednesday, April 23. As usual, the earnings will be released in a conference call starting at 5 p.m. ET. The company provided guidance of Q2 revenue between $42 billion and $44 billion…

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06:41
Apple v Samsung First Witness: Phil Schiller

With jury selection complete, Apple is ready to call its own senior vice president or worldwide marketing, Phil Schiller, to the stand as the first witness in its latest patent infringement trial with Samsung. The two are squaring off in their second major U.S. case over accusations that they are infringing on each other's mobile device patents.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple and Samsung both have plenty at stake in the mobile device patent wars. With appeals filed in their first case, and their second underway, it doesn't feel like we're any closer to a resolution. Expect these cases to drag out for a long time.


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06:35
Microsoft joins Google and Amazon, announces deep...

First Google announced their price cuts, then Amazon followed suit. Took a while, but that third domino finally fell.

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06:30
Fools of the Year

Has it been another year again?! Because, really, reading the work of these pundits, it seems like it’s been a lot longer. But catalog the atrocities we must! For history must know … that … uh …

Ladies and gentlemen, the Macalope.

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06:26
iPhone 6 with 4.7” screen in fall, 5.5” model...

Apple suppliers will start mass producing displays for the next iPhone “as early as May” for the next iPhone’s release this fall, Reuters reports. It’s reported that a 4.7” screen is “likely” to be produced first, but the rumored 5.5” version of the new iPhone could be delayed. According…

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06:25
AnandTech takes on Apple’s Cyclone micro-architecture

If you know the difference between the Apple A6 and the A7, and if the term ARMv8-A means anything to you, then this read will likely bring you great joy. Anand Lal Shimpi is one smart guy.

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06:16
TD-LTE iPad Air and iPad mini released in China

Apple announced TD-LTE models of the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display are available in China, starting today. Although there were already existing iPad Air and iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular models, these are the first new iPad models sold in China to support higher speeds. Prices…

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06:02
MacWorld/iWorld 2014 Expo Hall wrap-up

Last week was a bit of a whirlwind as Macworld/iWorld took over a large portion of my week. Now that I’ve had some time to put together some of the things I saw, I thought I’d provide a brief recap. This year, the convention was held in Moscone Center’s North Hall. The first day, Wednesday, was my traditional walk around the show floor which I always do on the first day so I can make some mental notes about what I want to go back and see later. This makes it easier to go straight to the important stuff when you only have about 45 minutes between talks and demos. There wasn’t much that was unique about the Expo Hall this year, except for possibly the two live stages (I only recall one in the past).

 

The rest was made of of some of the familiar booths of the likes of...

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06:00
Daily App: Miximal teaches children basic sounds by...

Miximal is a clever learning app from Yatatoy that teaches young children about sounds and syllables. The app uses simple, but adorable animated animal graphics to represent sounds in a flip book-style approach to learning.

The app includes a...

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05:48
George Lucas explains how he invented lightsabers

So very great. From The Verge’s post:

There’s one particularly interesting shot around two minutes into the video that shows Obi Wan Kenobi being run through by Darth Vader’s lightsaber. In Lucas’ cut of Episode IV, the blade passes through an ethereal Obi Wan; in the early shot, it rips through his cloak, leaving a trail of fire and the aging Jedi’s upper body hanging in the air as his lower body slumps to the floor.

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05:45
4 Mac Pranks for April Fools’ Day! (Part 2)

In honor of April Foolsâ Day, Melissa Holt has written her second article about fun pranks you can play. Câmon, everybody-this is the one time of the year that we can all get away with being complete annoying idiots, so we should take as much advantage of that as possible!


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05:35
Optrix lets your iPhone swim with (and take photos...

We’ve already seen a couple of fisheye lenses that you can use with the iPhone’s camera. But what about a fisheye lens for the iPhone that actually works underwater?

That’s what Optrix is selling in form of new camera lenses that work with its waterproof iPhone case (available for iPhone 5 and 5s). Those lenses include a couple of telephotos, a macro, and, yes, a fisheye. At Macworld/iWorld, they were demoing this by submerging an iPhone in a tank filled with water. The point being that you could, if you were feeling truly confident, take your iPhone on your next snorkeling expedition and get fisheye shots of fish.

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05:30
∞ Delta’s deadpan, ’80s themed flight safety video

[VIDEO] Your first clue that something is amiss is the hair. The hair and the music. Oh, and the electronics. WiFi? What’s that?

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05:30
Internet News Reading Down 80% Due to Unreliable...

People who are used to getting their daily news from online news sources and blogs have finally given up on reading anything on the web, as the yearly trend to post fake stories to the internet on April 1st continues. The online statistics service AdNumbers stated today that ad revenue from online marketing and banner ads, as of 8:00 AM EST, was down nearly 80% as workers across the country resorted to getting some work done rather than be duped by mischievous journalists and bloggers. ADNumbers representative Nick O’Parkman stated, “Everyone is just fed up. They go to the internet to read news on April 1st and they don’t know what to believe anymore, so now they don’t bother! It is really cutting into our bottom line.”

Medical health journalist, Dr. Eugene...

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05:24
Slide Rule is a free resource to find online courses

Slide Rule is a terrific resource, a collection of online courses of all stripes.

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05:10
United Nations uses iBeacons to simulate a minefield...

For the UN’s International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action taking place on April 4, New Museum in New York City will host an exhibit that uses iBeacons to simulate a virtual minefield and let anyone experience the danger of land mines.

Fantastic use of iBeacons.

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05:00
Sony's New Business Slate Allows Document...


Sony has launched a high-end tablet targeted at businesses, which allows users to annotate and draw on documents on an e-Ink screen. The company is pitching the Digital Paper device as a solution for increasing productivity and streamlining collaboration in paper-heavy environments. It's targeting the legal and higher education sectors, along with corporate boards and government agencies, as potential clients. Digital Paper has a 13.3-inch display that offers full-screen views of PDF documents in a letter-sized format.

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04:59
The Northern Spy: don your computers

By Rick Sutcliffe

Wearable computing technology has been the "latest" buzz longer than most ideas (indeed longer than some ideas endure from conception to death), generating endless speculation about who will bring out what product in the genre and when.

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04:53
Apple is granted a Patent for one of their Most...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 51 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover one of the most important gesturing inventions that define Apple's revolutionary iDevices. This is a classic patent invented by Greg Christie. We noted in a report that we posted last week that back In February 2005, the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs gave senior software engineer Greg Christie

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04:44
Online video the most important video source for...

Over 50% of U.S. broadband households now use paid over-the-top (OTT) video services, either subscription or transactional, according to research from Parks Associates (http://www.parksassociates.com). The firm also notes 37% of consumers 18-24 say online video is their most important video source.

"Parks Associates research shows 45% of U.S. broadband households subscribe to a paid online video service, with younger consumers such as Millennials more likely than older consumers to use OTT services," says John Barrett, director, Consumer Analytics, Parks Associates.

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04:38
iPad Air, iPad mini with LTE available in China

Apple has announced TD-LTE capable models of the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display that bring LTE performance to customers in China.

They join TD-LTE also accommodate the TD-SCDMA mobile standard, and join existing iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display WLAN + Cellular models in support of Personal Hotspot connectivity and other advanced cellular technology (GSM/EDGE, DC-HSDPA, HSPA+) to provide Chinese customers cellular access to whichever iPad model they choose.

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04:34
CleverFiles announces Disk Drill 2.2 (plus a special...

CleverFiles (www.cleverfiles.com) has released Disk Drill 2.2, an update to its Mac OS X data recovery software.

Disk Drill allows you to save HFS+ metadata, preserve copies of trashed files, monitor internal and external drive S.M.A.R.T. status, and rescue files from almost any type of storage device. Version 2.2, a free upgrade to current users, adds partition rebuilding and recovery algorithms as well as adds a set of new file signatures to Deep Scan.

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04:34
einstein's legacy introduces MovieBriefs 1.0.1

einstein's legacy has announced MovieBriefs 1.0.1. It's an update of the Mac OS X video utility for creating image contact sheets from your movies by extracting up to 400 images and displaying them in an onscreen grid.  

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04:23
Red Giant announces upcoming Magic Bullet Looks 2.5

Red Giant has unveiled Magic Bullet Looks 2.5, an upcoming free update for current users of Looks and the Red Giant Color Suite. The free update includes new color correction tools, better previewing of presets, and a major bump in speed.  

Magic Bullet Looks 2.5 will be available in Q2 as a free upgrade for current users of Magic Bullet Looks 2. Learn more about the Magic Bullet Looks 2.5 upgrade at http://redgiant.com/magicbulletupgrade.

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04:15
Apple vs Samsung patent jury selected, Phil Schiller...

Image: Mobile Magazine

The jury for the second Apple vs Samsung patent case has now been selected after a number of potential jurors were dismissed for possible bias. Apple is seeking damages of up to $40 per device sold for those Samsung phones and tablets it says violate up to five Apple patents, while Samsung is counter-claiming that Apple devices violate two of its own patents.

Unlike the previous trial, in which the similarity of Samsung’s hardware to iPhones and iPads was a key issue, the patents in dispute here are all software ones, and include standard Android features, leading some to suggest that Google is the real target in this case.

Trying to find unbiased jurors...

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04:06
Recommended Reading: 'iPad and iPhone Kung Fu...

"iPad and iPhone Kung Fu" is a fun read with over 300 tips, tricks, hints, and hacks to help you make the most of your iDevice. You can learn to, for instance, learn the secrets of FaceTime, Maps, Safari, and Mail and transform your Apple device into a go-to office tool, as well as tighten security to deter theft.

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03:59
Study claims smartphone kill switches could save $2....

Owners of smartphones could collectively save an estimated $2.6 billion annually if "kill switches" are made available for all mobile devices, a new study claims. The system, which would in theory make a smartphone unusable once triggered, could lead to lower sales of insurance policies, and potentially a rise in the sales of more basic insurance schemes....
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02:46
Apple Granted an Attachable Camera Lens Patent in...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 51 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a patent that just came to light as a patent application two weeks ago. We covered it extensively in our report titled "Apple Reveals New Camera Lens Attachment System for iDevices." This has got to be one of the fastest patent approvals I've ever seen. Does this ...

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01:58
Visionaries of the tech world who foresaw Apple...

April first is historically a day to honor brilliant minds who have shared their genius with the world. So many of these have contributed their opinions on Apple over the years that there's not even enough space on the Internet to acknowledge all of their meaty chunks of cerebral output, but here are a few nuggets of wisdom from the tech sector's most elite thinkers.
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01:17
Apple may use bayonet mounts for interchangeable...

Apple is investigating the use of bayonet lens mounts -- one of the most common lens attachment mechanisms used in modern photography -- in its iOS device lineup, suggesting the company is mulling interchangeable lens accessories for its iOS device lineup.
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00:18
Apple acquires DIY firm iFixit

Do-it-yourself repair company iFixit, which has in the past been hard on Apple's repair policies, on Tuesday announced it has been purchased by Apple for an undisclosed amount.
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Monday March 31

23:13
How Gmail happened: the inside story of its launch...

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Time:

If you wanted to pick a single date to mark the beginning of the modern era of the web, you could do a lot worse than choosing Thursday, April 1, 2004, the day Gmail launched.

Scuttlebutt that Google was about to offer a free email service had leaked out the day before. But the idea of the search kingpin doing email was still startling, and the alleged storage capacity of 1GB—500 times what Microsoft’s Hotmail offered—seemed downright implausible. So when Google issued a press release date-stamped April 1, an awful lot of people briefly took it to be a really good hoax. (Including me.)

Gmail turned out to be real, and revolutionary. And a decade’s worth of perspective only makes it look more momentous.

I still remember getting that Google press release and thinking, “This is the stupidest April Fool’s Day prank ever.”

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23:12
iPhone 6 displays could go into mass production next...

Reuters is reporting that the displays for the next-generation iPhone could go into mass production as soon as May, with Japan Display, LG, and Sharp all said to be working on them. Previous reports indicated that the iPhone 6 would be available in two different sizes: 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches. According to today’s new report, however, the larger model could see delays of several months due to manufacturing difficulties.

Apple...

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23:05
Apple to Reportedly Release 4.7-Inch iPhone 6 This...

Apple is set to begin mass production of the 4.7-inch display to be used in the iPhone 6 this May in preparation for the device’s general release this fall, according to a new report from Reuters.

Citing supply chain sources, the report also states that the much rumored 5.5-inch version of the iPhone could be delayed due to difficulties with in-cell production technology, and is likely to commence several months after the initial production of the 4.7-inch displays. Japan Display Inc, Sharp Corp and South Korea’s LG Display Co Ltd have all been tapped to make the screens, said the sources, who asked not to be identified.

…But due to difficulties with in-cell production technology for the larger 5.5-inch size, one of the sources said, a decision was made to begin mass production with the 4.7-inch version alone....

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22:52
Survey: iOS gamers prefer 'freemium' games...

A new study from Wild Tangent and IHS Technology has found that iOS gamers overwhelmingly prefer free games with ads -- so called "freemium" games -- over paid but ad-free game apps. A total of 86 percent of the 500 respondents sampled in the survey said they preferred free games with ads over paid games, with 70 percent preferring advertising-support games, while the other 16 percent preferred ad-supported games that offered in-app purchases (IAPs) to buy equipment, levels and other items....
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22:26
Reuters: Production of 'iPhone 6' screens...

Apple is preparing to ramp up production of displays bound for next-generation iPhones which, according to Reuters, will launch this fall in 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch varieties.
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21:43
FontExplorer X Pro 4.2 - Font management software. (...

FontExplorer X Pro is optimized for professional use; it's the solution that gives you the power you need to manage all your fonts.

Now you can more easily manage, activate and organize your existing font collection as well as find and experiment with new fonts. Whether you've got a hard drive full of typefaces or a few cherished families, FontExplorer X Pro handles your font library quickly, efficiently and reliably. And when you're ready to add to your collection, you can view thousands of classic designs and the latest releases from independent foundries using the integrated store.

FontExplorer X Pro features an enhanced user interface with a configurable toolbar, activation control, comprehensive font information at your fingertips, customizable font previews, back-up functionality and access to FontExplorer X Server. Used together, FontExplorer X Pro and FontExplorer X Server are your complete solution for organizing, exploring and buying fonts...

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21:30
Briefly: LaCie Fuel wireless hard drive, wood bumper...

Seagate Technology has announced the upcoming availability of its newest capacity option of the LaCie brand hard drive Fuel. A wireless hard drive with a 2TB capacity, the LaCie Fuel is intended for users who would benefit from a large storage capacity, such as journalists, photographers and bloggers. Offering the same features as the 1TB model, the LaCie Fuel includes the ability to wirelessly stream content to up to five devices without an internet connection, wireless hotspot creation, Airplay compatibility, and a 10 hour battery life. The LaCie Fuel 2TB can be reordered through the LaCie o...
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21:08
ExtraBITS for 1 April 2014

We have three quick ExtraBITS for you today, starting with the return to the App Store of the essential password utility PassScreen, Apple finally giving a nod to the wearable market, and “Take Control of Your Passwords” author Joe Kissell talking about password security on Oprah.

 

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21:08
RIAA to Sue NSA over Illicit Media Copies

Among the NSA revelations that have recently leaked are details of the agency’s purloined media trove — and the contents spell bad news for Apple.

 

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21:07
TidBITS Watchlist for 1 April 2014

Notable software releases today include Firefox 104, Mac Pro ATS Update 1.0, Pages 5.1.1, and Jamiroquai 5.2.143.78.1.

 

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21:06
7 Reasons Apple’s iCar Is Delayed: Is the iCar...

A Goldman Sachs analyst has given TidBITS the inside scoop on why the iCar may never hit the road. Will these setbacks finish off the beleaguered tech giant’s “next big thing”?

 

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21:05
FunBITS: Super Mario Bros. 3 Disappoints on iPad and...

Nintendo has answered the call of its fans and has brought one of its classic titles, Super Mario Bros. 3, to the iPhone and iPad. But Josh Centers thinks maybe that wasn’t such a great idea.

 

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21:04
NSA to Sponsor Low Cost Mobile Phone Plan

Newly revealed documents from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden show that the NSA plans to create a mobile virtual network operator that will offer inexpensive mobile phone plans. The tradeoff is obvious, but might consumers still jump at the price?

 

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21:03
Install and Run OS X 10.9 Mavericks on the iPad Air

If you’ve ever wanted to run Mac OS X on your iPad, you now have your chance. TidBITS has discovered a well-hidden way to install 10.9 Mavericks on an iPad Air, hinting at the possibility of ARM-based Macs.

 

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21:02
Are Comcast and the NSA Locking Horns over Bandwidth?

Consumer advocates have derided Comcast for putting the squeeze on Netflix, but is the company perhaps becoming an unexpected ally of privacy advocates by putting the same squeeze on the U.S. government?

 

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21:01
United Nations employs iBeacons, app to create...

To help promote awareness of land mines and international efforts to clear them from former battlefields around the world, a museum in New York City will be hosting an exhibit utilizing Apple's iBeacon technology, headphones and an iOS or Android app to create a "virtual minefield." The idea, part of the UN International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action being held on April 4, is to allow users to experience the fear of land mines....
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20:55
Apple announces Q2 2014 earnings call, increases App...

Apple has announced its earnings call for the second fiscal quarter of 2014. The call will be April 23 at 2 p.m., and an audio webcast will be available.

In addition to this, Apple also sent out an email to developers letting them know that because...

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20:45
Daily Deals for March 31, 2014, featuring the Media...

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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20:22
iPhone 5s vs. HTC One M8: Which camera is better?

Speaking as an amateur photographer, I think Allyson Kazmucha did a great job with this comparison. Looking at the pics, I don’t think the panoramas were a tie—the iPhone 5s won that.

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19:43
OkCupid urges boycott of Mozilla over CEOs gay...

“Mozilla’s new CEO, Brendan Eich, is an opponent of equal rights for gay couples,” the message said. “We would therefore prefer that our users not use Mozilla software to access OkCupid.”

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19:11
Briefly: Crackle, Rdio, receive Chromecast support

Movie and TV show streaming app, Crackle, has received an update today. Central to the app's update is its new support for Google Chromecast, allowing Crackle users to stream content from its service through to one's Chromecast device ($35), and view content on one's HDTV. Crackle features a wide variety of video media for free, including original content such as Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. Available for iOS and Android devices, Crackle is free to download....
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18:55
China now selling TD-LTE compatible iPad Air, iPad...

Apple has revealed that China Mobile and its other Chinese telecom partners -- along with its own stores and resellers -- are carrying a special model of the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display that is specific to the Chinese market, and compatible with the country's proprietary TD-SCDMA wireless standard, meaning new iPad buyers can now use the tablets on China's limited TD-LTE cellular network, which is mostly limited to the biggest cities. The Chinese iPads are separate models from the ones sold outside China....
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18:31
Japan to Fire Off Emails in Event of Incoming Missile


Starting April 1, Japan's Fire and Disaster Management Agency will send email alerts to residents' phones should North Korea start lobbing missiles. The messages would be sent using the nation's already-functional J-Alert, a free system designed to notify people about earthquakes and tsunamis. The missile-warning service is aimed specifically at those who use NTT Docomo, KDDI au and Softbank Mobile devices. Information contained in the missile messages would include the direction of the missile(s), and whether or not an evacuation is needed.

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18:05
[Sponsor] Crashlytics — The Most Powerful, Real-time...

Spend less time finding and more time fixing crashes. Crashlytics provides deep and actionable insights, even the exact line of code your app crashed on. We’re extremely passionate about building the most powerful tools for developers. Our plugins keep you informed of the issues within your app so you can track the most prevalent crashes without ever leaving your IDE.

Our platform is designed for scale and enterprise-level security. Trusted by apps like Square, Amazon, Yelp and Path, we offer unlimited developer seats at no cost! Enjoy it on us.

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17:54
Apple schedules fiscal Q2 earnings call for April 23

Apple has announced that it will release its Q2 results and hold its quarterly conference call with analysts on April 23 after the markets close. The company's fiscal second quarter, which just ended, is traditionally a difficult one for the company -- at least from an analyst's perspective. Sales, while still growing year-over-year and extremely robust by the standards of nearly any other company, fall precipitously from the previous holiday quarter. Apple's Q1 saw $57.6 billion in revenue, but the company guided analysts that it expects between $42 billion and $44 billion for this quarter....
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17:53
Designer Marc Newson “wouldn’t be seen dead wearing...

“What Google have done thus far, I wouldn’t be seen dead wearing. It really looks pretty stupid,” he said.

Indeed.

Via Om]

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17:37
Jury selected for second California Apple v. Samsung...

After a day-long selection process, the jury for Apple's second California patent trial against Samsung has been decided and proceedings are set to kick off on Tuesday with Apple's first witness: the company's SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller.
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16:50
Voxeet 3DHD audio service comes to the Mac

Starting April 2, immersive audio conferencing provider Voxeet will make available for the first time a Mac version of its free 3DHD wide band audio service. It will require Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks or later.

Originally designed for mobile devices, Voxeet's conference call service has been expanding its audio offering to laptops and desktop softphones. The latest version (2.0) also includes dial-in functionality that lets customers use public switched telephone network (PSTN) numbers in more than 40 countries. You can learn more at Voxeet.com.

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16:41
Apple rolls out TD-LTE iPad Air, Retina iPad mini...

Apple on Monday announced it has started sales of TD-LTE equipped iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display models in China, specifically granting China Mobile users access to next-generation 4G high-speed mobile Internet.
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16:39
iPad Air & iPad mini with LTE available in China

Great news for China.

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16:34
Apple Launches iPad Air and iPad mini with TD-LTE...

Apple announced on Monday (technically, the announcement was made on Tuesday in China) the release of TD-LTE models of iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina Display in China. The models will increase Apple's footprint in China, where cellular networks have been built with different wireless technologies than the rest of the world.


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16:30
A wounded iPhone

There's something about seeing an iPhone with chunks of its front entirely missing -- and the phone still function as intended -- that makes them seem like Terminator robots.

[Photo credit: Pankaj Kaushal]...

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16:23
Apple launches TD-LTE iPad Air and Retina iPad mini...

Apple has released new versions of the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display in China to support the area’s TD-LTE networks. This brings high-speed capable versions of the late-2013 iPad models to China for the first time:

BEIJING―April 1, 2014―Apple® today announced TD-LTE capable models of iPad Air™ and iPad mini™ with Retina® display, bringing high-speed LTE performance* to iPad® customers in China, are available starting today. The new iPad models give customers the ability to connect to today’s most advanced cellular data networks at blazingly fast speeds, so users can surf the web or download email and apps even faster. iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display models supporting TD-LTE also accommodate the TD-SCDMA mobile standard, and...

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16:19
Apple Schedules Q2 Conference Call for April 23rd

Apple announced on Monday that it will hold its March quarter conference call with analysts on Wednesday, April 23rd, at 5:00 PM EDT. The march quarter is Apple's 2nd fiscal quarter, and the event will be webcast.


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16:11
Jury picked in Apple vs. Samsung trial, Schiller to...

[Update: jury finalized, Phil Schiller to be first witness] Jury selection is now in progress as part of the second Apple versus Samsung patent trial, this one covering a different set of patents than were covered in the first trial in 2012. Juror candidates -- some of them clearly eager to avoid serving -- are being questioned about any stock holdings in either company, whether they know anyone who works for Apple or Samsung (or their respective attorney's firms) and of course what brand of tablets, smartphones, computers and televisions they own....
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16:02
Fresh renders of the thin and wide iPhone 6 look...

Render: Nowhereelse.fr

With the rash of iPhone 6 rumors hitting the wires lately, the expression “where there’s smoke, there’s fire” could become extremely relevant around this time of year.

The months leading up to an iPhone announcement (expected in September, in the case of the iPhone 6) are filled with leaks from Apple’s supply chain. Parts, pieces and components become increasingly harder to hide as the company begins to manufacture millions of devices. Manufacturing partner Foxconn (a.k.a. Hon Hai Precision Co.) has the capacity to build as many as half a million iPhones per day at its peak, and as it does, leaks become inevitable.

Armed with leaks of...

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16:00
Why Apple should buy Starbucks

Am I taking crazy pills, or did the internet just give me two hilarious pie-in-the-sky Apple acquisition articles in the span of three days?

On March 26th, The Street posted an argument for why Apple should throw down the cash to buy Netflix. Not to...

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15:49
Apple raises international App Store prices to...

Apple on Monday notified developers that App Store pricing for five currencies will be changing within the next 24 hours, with the adjustments serving to acclimate the digital store to fluctuating exchange rates.
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15:30
The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for March 31, 2014

It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get some the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world.

You can listen to today's...

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15:15
PSA: Pebble for iOS v.2.1 update contains critical...

According to a support forum post, the latest update to the Pebble app for iOS contains a critical issue that prevents the application from working. The company is working on a fix, but, in the meantime, it is asking users to delay installing the...

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15:14
Johnny Cash, Eighties Man

Johnny Cash is one of the best ever. I wish I could have met him.

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15:13
World Backup Day Is March 31, How Do You Protect...

Today is World Backup Day, specifically chosen to keep someone from losing data and becoming an April Fool. Today, solutions for backing up and protecting data are less expensive and less complicated than ever before. Take a moment and find out more about


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15:12
Apple's fiscal Q2 earnings call scheduled for...

Apple on Monday announced it will reveal quarterly earnings results for the second fiscal quarter of 2014 on Apr. 23, with the usual question and answer session to follow directly thereafter.
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15:11
Apple to Announce Q2 2014 Earnings on April 23

Apple updated its investor relations page today to note that it will announce its earnings for the second fiscal quarter (first calendar quarter) of 2014 on Wednesday, April 23. The earnings release typically occurs just after 4:30 PM Eastern Time following the close of regular stock trading, and the conference call is scheduled to follow at 5:00 PM Eastern / 2:00 PM Pacific.

MacRumors will provide running coverage of the earnings release and conference call.

The release will provide a look at sales of the iPad Air and Retina iPad mini sales during their second quarter of availability as well as iPhone 5s and 5c sales through the first three months of 2014. Apple reported a record number of iPhone/iPad sales during first quarter of 2014, at 51 million iPhones and 26 million iPads.

In its fiscal first-quarter earnings call, Apple guided...

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15:10
Is this the iPhone 6′s rear bezel?

While this one lands squarely in the rumor department, someone posted what might be the first photos of a bona fide iPhone 6 to microblogging service Weibo (via Nowhereelse.fr and BGR)

It might only be the rear casing, but these photos look like they could be the real deal.

What’s your take? Any Chinese readers care to translate the on-screen text to the left of the first image? Any pixel pushers care to grok the EXIF data? Start sleuthing and post your discoveries in the comments.

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15:00
Square Jellyfish Tablet Tripod Mount and Jelly Long...

Last week at Macworld/iWorld 2014 I had the opportunity to be a speaker, doing a presentation on Friday afternoon about Siri and The Internet of Things. One of the benefits of being a speaker at this conference is a "swag bag" full of goodies from...

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14:56
Apple to hold second quarter earnings call on April...

 

Apple has just announced that it will hold its quarterly investor conference call on April 23rd at 5 PM. As usual, Apple executives will go over all of the sales and earnings for the second quarter of 2014. The company will also likely continue teasing “new product categories” to be announced later this year.

The first half of FY2014 hasn’t been especially full of new Apple products. Instead, the company has focused on revising its existing lineup. It launched an 8 GB iPhone 5c in five markets...

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14:41
∞ Bennie and the Jets

One of Elton’s best songs.

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14:37
Google Seeks Pokémon Master for Google Maps Team

OK, PokÃmon Masters, here's your chance to put what those doubting Thomases so maliciously characterized as your "misspent youth." Google, it seems, is looking for a PokÃmon Master to join its Google Maps team. Unrelated (we're just sure), it's already April 1st in Australia. In any event, Tatsuo Nomura, "Advanced PokÃmon Trainer" for Google, made a blog post for the company promoting the PokÃmon Challenge for Google Maps in conjunction with Nintendo. To be clear, this is an April Fool's prank, but it involves a real game that has been hidden inside Google Maps for iOS and Android. There's a 150 PokÃmon hidden within the map, and you have until April 2nd to catch 'em all.


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14:30
Want to own the computer that inspired the Apple II...

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but it's also an important part of innovation. In keeping with that idea we'd like to draw your attention to this wonderful rare eBay listing. A seller in Louisiana is offering up a working SOL-20...

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14:22
Several potential jurors dismissed from Apple v...

As the latest patent dispute between Apple and Samsung kicked off in court today, the search for unbiased jury members to serve with Judge Koh began today resulting in a standing room-only environment in the court room with over 100 potential jurors summoned.

While the process begins with a number of prospective jurors, the first day is meant to dismiss those with a preconceived bias against either party involved for any reason.

If today’s reporting from several different case watchers is any indication, finding an unbiased jury without any connection to Apple, Samsung, or Google in California is easier said than done.

The first few potential jurors to be dismissed expressed that they...

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14:21
T-Mobile shutters employee discount Advantage Program

T-Mobile CEO John Legere has announced in a blog post that it is no longer offering its Advantage Program to new customers, and will discontinue the program to existing users. The employer rate plan discount program used "employees as bargaining chips" to close contracts, and the CEO believes that the excision of the program helps with the company in "simplifying wireless for everyone."...
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14:17
Apple’s A7 Processor Truly ‘Desktop Class’, iOS Apps...

Anandtech provides a detailed analysis of Apple's A7 (ARM-based) mobile processor which was introduced in the iPhone 5s. The latest information and analysis comes from Apple's own code changes to the LLVM Compiler project.

While Anandtech goes into great detail on the architecture of the A7 chip and how it compares to the A6, they conclude that the A7 chip is indeed -- as Apple claimed -- "desktop class" and "the rest of the players in the ultra mobile CPU space didn't aim high enough". In fact, they found that there are almost no iOS apps that take full advantage of the A7 processor. The processor even seems overpowered for the current devices in both RAM bottlenecks and battery consumption.

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13:37
iOS Users Overwhelmingly Prefer Free Games With...

The majority of iOS users prefer iOS games that are available for free and supported with advertisements, according to a new study conducted by Wild Tangent in collaboration with analytics firm IHS Technology.

The survey, which queried 500 iOS users, saw 86 percent of respondents state that they prefer free games with ads over paid games without ads. Broken down, 70 percent of respondents preferred free games supported by advertising, while 16 percent were in favor of freemium games with the option to pay for levels. Just 14 percent of those surveyed preferred iOS games that required money upfront to download.

When asked about their preference for the types of games online gamers preferred, advertising supported games were chosen by the vast majority of those surveyed. 70% of respondents said they preferred free games supported by...

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13:33
Groupon and Amazon Offer 64GB iPad mini WiFi +...

Groupon and Amazon are both offering 64GB iPad minis (with WiFi + Cellular) at a pretty significant discount. Groupon has one bundled with a JBO speaker dock for $479.99, while Amazon has a few in stock for $469. Bryan Chaffin has the details.


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13:30
TUAW at Macworld/iWorld 2014: Hider 2 from MacPaw...

The best way to make sure that nobody steals or reads documents on your Mac that you don't want to share is to make them invisible. That's what Hider 2 from MacPaw Software accomplishes quickly and easily! The app isn't live in the Mac App Store...

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13:17
FCC opens up 100MHz of Wi-Fi bandwidth for public use

In a unanimous vote, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is opening up 100MHz in the lower part of the 5GHz spectrum for new-build Wi-Fi devices. The bandwidth opening is intended to increase traffic and capacity in public venues like parks and libraries....
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13:00
TUAW at Macworld/iWorld 2014: Creaceed Emulsio in...

So you've just finished shooting a bunch of video with your iPhone, iPad, or maybe even a GoPro camera. That video is sitting on your iPad, and there's only one problem with it -- it's shaking all over the place. Shaky video isn't a problem anymore...

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12:42
Apple hikes App Store prices in Australia, India,...

Apple is raising iOS and Mac App Store prices in several countries, according to an email memo sent to developers. The hikes will impact Australia, India, Indonesia, Turkey, and South Africa. Apple blames the change on fluctuations in exchange rates, which the company adjusts for on a regular basis....
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12:36
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 31...

Notable software releases this week include DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.7.4, Skype 6.15, Fluid 1.8.2, Keyboard Maestro 6.4, Retrospect 11.0.1, Downcast 1.0.11, and PopChar X 6.5.

 

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12:35
Briefly: PluralEyes 3.5, Shade 3D 14.1.1

Red Giant announced today the release of its updated audio/video sync tool for Shooter Suite, PluralEyes 3.5. Able to analyze the audio from all devices and automatically sync it to video, the editing industry tool aims to save hours and days of work in the audio/video syncing. The latest version of PluralEyes offers improved and expanded support for more media types, and support for AVCHD camera that include support for spanned clips. PluralEyes 3.5 integrates with BulletProof Red Giant's footage backup and preparation tool. BulletProof sends imported footage to PluralEyes when one is ready t...
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12:30
Judge Cote grants class action status to consumers...

Reuters is reporting that a federal judge has given consumers the go-ahead to proceed with a class action lawsuit against Apple for colluding with a number of publishing houses to raise the price of e-books.

U.S. District Judge Denise Cote said the...

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12:07
Truck advertising with optical illusions

This is so incredibly cool.

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12:05
Not satisfied with providing recipes, Appetites...

When I’m not tapping out articles in front of a computer, I’m usually in a kitchen, whipping up something to eat. Usually that means old reliables, but I like to mix it up now and then by trying a new recipe. But usually there’s something standing between me and expanding my culinary horizons: the ingredient list. More recipes than I care to name have what I’ve grown to call “The Deal Killer”—a single, necessary ingredient that I don’t have and can’t procure without undertaking a Joseph Campbell-style hero’s journey.

The makers of Appetites, an iOS app offering step-by-step cooking instructions, must run into that problem a lot. Because the next update to Appetites will introduce a feature that should appeal to home cooks who always wanted to try that marinated seared tuna but don't happen to have the sambal olek the recipe requires: ingredient...

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12:01
The IN1 iPhone Case Holds 9 Tools

Yeah, you're iPhone's super awesome, and all that, but does it have a built-in screw driver? How about scissors? A pen? The folks at IN1 Case are here to change that with their self-titled debut product, the IN1 Case. This thing holds nine different tools right in its casing, including a tooth pick, scissors, tweezers, a nail file, a phillips screw driver, a slotted (flat-head) screw driver, a red pen and a blue pen. If that isn't enough, it also has a built-in stand. Cool, right? It comes in black, white, or a clear model, and you can see all the features in the video below. It's $44.95, and it's available now. Thanks to Geoduck for the heads up.


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12:00
Newsbeat creates a custom newscast for your commute

I've looked at a few news apps over the years that are designed to read the news to you while you commute or travel. Most fall pretty short of ideal, failing in voice quality or news selection.

Newsbeat from Tribune Digital Ventures comes the...

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11:56
Accessibility as innovation

Steven Aquino:

So often, the tech commentariat — and a few of my Android-loving friends — disparage Apple for a perceived “lack” of innovation, arguing that Cupertino has failed to deliver to market anything truly innovative and revolutionary since introducing the original iPad in 2010.

The problem with exclusively tying innovation to hardware is that it misses, obviously, the innovation that can be made in terms of software. More specifically, I contend that an underrated aspect of Apple’s ability to innovate is the strides made by Apple’s Accessibility efforts, particularly on iOS.

What a great article.

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11:44
Cool Products from Macworld/iWorld 2014: Part 1

One of the best parts of walking the show floor at Macworld/iWorld every year in San Francisco is stumbling across the products that raise the pulse of the cynical tech writer. “Oh, that’s cool,” we think, “People will really like that!” Read on for the first installment of our roundup of the products that caught our attention.

 

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11:11
United Nations uses iBeacons to simulate a minefield...

We’ve been seeing more and more interesting implementations of iBeacons, Apple’s Bluetooth LE standard that opens up a ton of opportunities for location-based experiences as iOS devices communicate with the beacons around them. This, however, might be the most unique use of iBeacons we’ve seen yet:  For the UN’s International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action taking place on April 4, New Museum in New York City will host an exhibit that uses iBeacons to simulate a virtual minefield and let anyone experience the danger of land mines.

Visitors will download an app called Sweeper for iOS or Android that will allow them to experience the fear of land mines as they walk through the space. Here’s how it works:...

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11:09
US Supreme Court hearing arguments about software...

For the first time in over three decades, the US Supreme Court is hearing significant arguments on whether "computer-implemented inventions," otherwise known as software, can be patented. The debate will center around what qualifies for a patent, centering on a debate about a computer system used to handle financial transactions, evaluating risks of default. Despite the suit itself being relatively small, the ruling will set precent for patent law for decades to come....
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11:08
PDFPen and PDFPen Pro for 50% Off - Ends Monday

We have a doozy of a deal for you today, a 50 percent discount on some of our favorite software: PDFPen (US$29.98) and PDFPen Pro ($49.98). Both apps are amazing, and they're made by Smile Software, a great company that has long supported many publications and podcasts, including The Mac Observer, Mac Geek Gab, and Apple Context Machine. So, it's a great deal for great software from a great company. If you need to edit or create PDFs, get 'em while you can, because the deal ends today (Monday).


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11:04
Apple adjusting App Store prices for several...

As it has previously done from time to time, Apple has announced to developers in an email (seen above) that it will be adjusting App Store prices in a number of countries to address changes in foreign exchange rates.

Prices in Australia, India, Indonesia, Turkey, and South Africa that use the currencies listed above will automatically see an increase on the App Store over the following 24 hour period, Apple says.

Apple has also announced prices listed with the Israeli New Shekels and some listings using the New Zealand Dollar will actually see App Store prices decrease per recent changes in the foreign exchange rate.

Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: App Store, app store prices, Apple, Australian dollar...

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11:00
iFixit CEO Kyle Wiens: Apple is doing all it can to...

Like clockwork, anytime Apple releases new hardware, the good folks from iFixit are first in line to pick one up, take it home, and skillfully pry it wide open for the world to see. Over the past few years, Apple has taken ever greater steps (such as...

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10:56
Microsoft's Merry-Making MS-DOS Code Caper


It's the end of another March here in the Linux blogosphere, and that can mean only one thing: the arrival of another April Fools' Day. As if on cue, Microsoft recently made an eminently Fools' Day-worthy move. "On Tuesday, we dusted off the source code for early versions of MS-DOS and Word for Windows," wrote Roy Levin, distinguished engineer and managing director for Microsoft Research Silicon Valley, in a blog post last week. "With the help of the Computer History Museum, we are making this code available to the public for the first time."

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10:49
That Time Steve Wozniak Delivered an iMac and Blew a...

Check out this video of Steve Wozniak once again demonstrating how cool he is. Mr. Wozniak is hand-delivering an iMac that Peter Fraser bought for his daughter Emma, only Emma didn't know it was happening. And despite being a teenager, she thought Woz was the bee's knees, which is cool in and of itself. In any event, according to Gizmodo, Woz and Mr. Fraser only knew each other through email, but Woz thought it would be a great prank. And we all know how Woz loves his pranks. According to Mr. Fraser, "It was like Thomas Edison delivering your light bulbs."


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10:45
Photos show alleged test unit for next-gen iPhone

New photos posted on Chinese site Weibo may show a test unit for the iPhone 6. The images are said to have been leaked from Apple's primary manufacturer, Foxconn, but no other details are available. They are however consistent with recent rumors calling for a thin, iPad mini-like chassis paired with a much larger display. A lens ring appears to protrude from the test unit's camera, much like the Nexus 5 and other phones that have advanced optics such as image stabilization....
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10:37
The simplicity of Apple’s advertising: 1977-1997

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VintageZen:

I’ve collected print ads from Apple, from their earliest days in the late 1970s to the present, which illuminate their continued focus on simplicity in design. In the first part of this two part series, I’ll look at Apple’s first twenty years of advertising.

We often think about Apple’s TV commercials when we talk about their advertising but for many years, it was all about print ads. How many of these do you remember?

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10:30
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Brave Guardians TD [iOS...

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10:05
Rdio, Crackle, & Vudu updated with Chromecast...

Adding to the catalog of Chromecast-supported content, Rdio and Crackle are both adding the ability to play more content from your smartphone, tablet, or browser to your TV today.

Crackle has refreshed its Android and iOS apps with support for Chromecast streaming. The Sony-backed content provider serves up a number of movies and TV shows for free including comedian Jerry Seinfield’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” original.

Video streaming service Vudu has also added Chromecast support in the latest versions of its...

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10:02
MLB At Bat app updated for 2014 season w/ new...

This season will be the first that Major League Baseball uses a new expanded instant replay system that it first announced back in January. Now, the MLB At Bat app for iOS devices has been updated with support for the 2014 season and the new replay system. That means that users of the app will be able to view “every decisive instant replay video clip and review explanation,” the same footage the umpires review, through the app’s Gameday feature. 

A little more on the new replay system from the MLB’s announcement:

MLB’s new system of instant replay dictates...

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10:00
Facebook Internet Project: The Skies Have It


Facebook last week announced more detailed plans to bring affordable Internet access to every person on the planet. CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed some fresh details about the work Facebook's Connectivity Lab is carrying out to build drones, satellites and lasers geared to providing connectivity for everyone as part of the Internet.org initiative. The lab has made strong progress, noted Zuckerberg, with projects in the Philippines and Paraguay doubling the number of people who use mobile data connections through Facebook's telecom partners.

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10:00
Hands on with the new Sonos iOS app

I've spent a few weeks using a beta of the new Sonos app which is to be released this spring. Sonos was one of the first companies to embrace the Mac when the company launched its whole-house wireless music solution back in 2002. When Apple allowed...

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09:59
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Case-Mate iPad cases $10,...

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:


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09:56
Sketchy iPhone 6 Images Said to be Sourced from...

A set of images posted on Chinese microblogging site Weibo (via GforGames) may depict the iPhone 6 under development at Foxconn. Said to be sourced directly from Apple's manufacturing partner, the images show an iPhone with a slim chassis, rounded corners, and a protruding camera lens, similar to the camera in the iPod touch. The device appears to be taller and potentially wider than the existing iPhone 5s.

The design is potentially in line with some leaked facts about the iPhone 6, including the thin size of the device, but the quality of the images makes it difficult to determine the veracity of the iPhone in the picture.

The text is unreadable, and though it is hard to see the phone's flash to glean more information, it appears to have rounded design. Apple introduced a much-...

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09:45
Satya Nadella sends out company wide email, names...

Satya Nadella formally names Scott Guthrie as EVP of Cloud and Enterprise, Phil Spencer boss of all things Xbox, and Stephen Elop, former Nokia CEO, as EVP Microsoft Devices Group.

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09:44
LaCie Fuel for the iPad, Mac doubles storage capacity

LaCie (www.lacie.com) is doubling the capacity of its Fuel wireless drive for the iPad, iPhone or Mac. Next month it will be available in a 2TB model for US$249.99.

The Fuel provides wireless streaming of up to five devices without an Internet connection. It can create its own Wi-Fi network and act as a hotshot when connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi.

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09:36
Questionable 'iPhone 6' prototype shows...

New snapshots that purport to show a prototype of Apple's so-called "iPhone 6" have emerged from China, though the device pictured bears some bizarre inconsistencies that call its authenticity into question.
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09:34
Macworld/iWorld 2014: Wish You’d Been There

Adam Engst reflects on what it was like to attend Macworld/iWorld 2014, and wishes that everyone in the Apple community could experience what makes Macworld special.

 

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09:32
30% of U.S. adults get news on Facebook

According to Pew Research's "State of the News Media," the role that social media plays in the spreading of news isn’t as big as many people tend to believe.

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09:30
Primer on Apple vs. Samsung Part II

Apple and Samsung's second major patent trial gets underway in California today. While the parties involved remain the same, the products and patents at issue are substantially different. Undoubtedly, in the coming weeks we'll be inundated with...

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09:28
PluralEyes to feature improved support for AVCHD...

Red Giant has previewed PluralEyes 3.5, an update to its Shooter Suite’s automated audio/video sync tool. The software analyzes the audio from all devices and automatically syncs them with the touch of a button.

Version 2.5 features improved support for AVCHD cameras, including support for spanned clips. In addition, PluralEyes’ Replace Audio feature now supports many more media types than before.

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09:23
How Dropbox knows when you’re sharing copyrighted...

TechCrunch:

Late last night, a tweet was spread far and wide showing that a DMCA notice had blocked a file from being shared on a Dropbox user’s account.

What was going on? Was Dropbox suddenly doing something sketchy? Were they suddenly lurking around their users’ folders, digging for copyrighted material hiding amongst personal files?

Nope. The system is neither new, nor sketchy. It’s been in place for years.

You may have seen the original tweet fly around on the weekend. As is often the case, if you wait – rather than Chicken Little panic – someone comes up with a good explanation for the “offence”.

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09:20
NeoFinder for Mac OS X gets a speed boost, more

Norbert M. Doerner has released a new version (6.5) of NeoFinder (formerly CDFinder) with a speed boost, the ability to catalog more media formats, native support for App Nap in Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks, the addition of catalog thumbnails for RED video files, and more.

NeoFinder is designed to make it easier to keep track of your digital files, photos, songs, movies, fonts on hard disks, USB sticks, server disks, Blu-ray disks, DVD-ROMs, CDs and other digital media. It generates thumbnails and reads metadata during cataloging for search possibilities.

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09:20
Connected Data Opens Up Transporter to App Developers

Transporter "private cloud" storage has announced a developer program to allow integration with apps that wish to sync files via less public methods.


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09:16
Apple and Samsung Face Off in Court as Second Patent...

Apple is seeking more than $2 billion in damages from Samsung in a second patent infringement suit that begins Monday in the US District Court of Northern California with Judge Lucy Koh presiding over the case (Via The Financial Times).

This second lawsuit involves new patents and more recent devices than the previous case, which ended with an $890 million judgement in Apple's favor. This latest suit focuses on five utility patents involving software features such as auto-correct, slide-to-unlock and Siri's universal search. Apple lists Samsung's Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Nexus smartphones as infringing devices.

Google is expected to take a bigger role in the litigation with testimony from executives such as current vice-president...

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09:02
Alleged iPhone 6 leaked pics show protruding camera

Alleged photos of the iPhone 6 have surfaced on Weibo. The pictures show a large phone that appears to have a metal frame in the middle, capped off on each end by D-shaped pieces with rounded edges. A protruding rear camera with a smaller, circular flash than the iPhone 5s…

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09:01
FunBITS: Macworld/iWorld 2014 Roundup

There wasn’t much gaming to be found on the Macworld/iWorld show floor, but Josh Centers found a number of fun products that might even tip over into the useful category.

 

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09:00
No BlackBerry keyboard for you, and other news for...

Sorry folks, it looks like those of you who dreamed of having a BlackBerry-type keyboard for your iPhone will have to just keep on dreaming. The company has won a court order against Ryan Seascrest's Typo iPhone keyboard. The Typo had been expected...

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08:55
NeoOffice 3.4.1 Patch 1 - Mac-tailored, OpenOffice-...

To download NeoOffice from the developer's site, a minimum donation of $10 is required. The developer also mentions that users may download NeoOffice for free via torrents.

NeoOffice is a fully-featured set of office applications (including word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, drawing, and database programs) for Mac OS X. Based on the OpenOffice.org office suite, NeoOffice has integrated dozens of native Mac features and can import, edit, and exchange files with other popular office programs such as Microsoft Office.

Released as open-source software under the GNU General Public License (GPL), NeoOffice is fully functional and stable enough for everyday use. The software is actively developed, so improvements and small updates are made available on a regular basis.

Please consider donating to the NeoOffice project, see the link below on this page.

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08:40
Purported iPhone 6 pictures show protruding camera,...

Images posted on Weibo claim to show an iPhone 6 under testing at Foxconn, via GforGames. The validity of these images cannot be confirmed, but the shots do line up with previous rumours. The iPhone 6 depicted here has a protruding camera (similar to the current design of the iPod touch), rounded edges and a considerably thinner profile than the current iPhone 5s.



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EverWeb, the Easiest Way to Create Websites on Your...

EverWeb is the all new, drag and drop website builder for OS X that combines the ease of use of Apple’s discontinued iWeb with the power features Mac users need to create professional websites. EverWeb requires no coding or technical skills and can create beautiful websites that work on desktop and mobile devices.

EverWeb supports e-commerce websites and one-click publishing to get your website online instantly.

Try a free demo copy of EverWeb and start building your website today!

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