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Monday March 24

12:33
Roku iPhone app gets redesign w/ new search feature...




The companion iPhone app for Roku hardware was updated today with a complete visual overhaul that gives the app a brand new look on top of a few new features. In addition to the redesign pictured above, the updated Roku app will also now let you access Roku’s search feature to search for content across apps by movie, show, actor, or director right from an iPhone. 

Version 3.0 of the Roku app also includes a...

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12:30
It's staring at me, isn't it?

Nobody ever said the iPad mini wasn't scary.

[Photo credit: Mrkwanten]...

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12:25
Google Now makes official debut in stable versions...

Google Now notifications are beginning to roll out to users of the stable versions of Chrome, according to an official announcement. Until this week, Now was only available in Android, beta editions of Chrome, and the Google Search app for iOS. Only a small percentage of Chrome users will see notifications today; the full rollout is set to last several weeks....
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12:19
TMO Highlights Macworld Presentations on MacVoices

The Mac Observer's Jeff Gamet, Bryan Chaffin, Chuck La Tournous are all speaking at this week's Macworld/iWorld Conference in San Francisco, and they all paid visits to Chuck Joiner's MacVoices podcast to talk about what they have in store for attendees.


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12:14
Verizon allegedly forcing CA customers from copper...

California-based Utility Reform Network (TURN) has filed with the California Public Utilities Commission, alleging that Verizon is refusing to repair legacy copper-wire landline telephones. The public advocacy group says that Verizon is "neglecting the repair and maintenance of its copper network" and aims to forcibly migrate clients to IP-based services and fiber-optic connections....
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12:06
Xsan Failback

Forums: Troubleshooting

Hi,

We have an Xsan 2.1 environment with 3 SANs, 3 MDCs and 11 clients. Occasionally we've had the odd failover occur over the years. We're currently in a state where the 3 MDCs and 2 of the clients are running Mavericks and Xsan 3.1. We're eventually aiming to move all cilents to Mavericks and Xsan 3.1 but in the mean time the older snow leopard machines are running Xsan 2.2.2 (build 148)

Every once in a while a SAN will failover to it's secondary metadata controller. However, recently we had our second SAN failover and then fail BACK to the original controller. I read in the physical copy of the Xsan 2 Administration guide (2009) I have that this is called failback and that a failback should never occur automatically: it must be manually instigated by person. However, we had a failback occur without a person insitigating it....

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12:06
Clever FlipStand Case for All iPad minis Features...

The FlipStand case for the iPad mini from Felix provides protection and a stand that automatically opens when needed. It features the ability to stand up the iPad mini in portrait or landscape mode, and includes sleep/wake magnets. It is compact and functional with a flair.


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12:00
Only One of Two Larger iPhone 6 Models Likely,...

Apple may only launch one of two larger size iPhones this fall, according to UBS analyst Steve Milunovich. Barrons relays the research note which is based on Milunovich's "checks" of the supply chain.

iPhone 6 rumors have repeatedly suggested that Apple is working on two new sizes for the iPhone. Predictions most commonly include 4.7" and 5.5" sizes, up from the current 4" screen of the iPhone 5S. Milunovich's report agrees that Apple is working on those same two models, but isn't sure both will launch:... an “iPhone 6” is most likely to come in August or September, rather than June, in two different models, one with a 4.7-inch screen, one with a 5.5-inch screen. He thinks the former, the smaller of the two, “seems certain,” but that the 5.5-inch model “may...

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11:56
Rumor: Apple to Intro 12-inch MacBook Pro

Apple is reportedly working on a 12-inch version of its MacBook Pro laptop to ship later this year. Along with a smaller display, the new model will ditch internal fans as well as the mechanical trackpad button currently used on all Apple laptops.

The Mac Observer Spin: It isn't any secret that Apple is phasing out built-in optical drives, so this year would be a perfect time to finally drop that from the 13-inch MacBook Pro. It would also make for a great time to seriously revamp the laptop lineup with improvements that go beyond incremental speed bumps.


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11:37
Apple’s iTunes Radio Expands to News with NPR Station

Apple has added its first news station to iTunes Radio, NPR News and Culture. The station went live Tuesday morning, and it offers a mix of live news and segments from the public radio network's shows, including All things Considered, and The Diane Rehm Show.


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11:30
Daily Deals for March 24, 2014

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.

TUAW's Daily Deals

The Car Stereo FM Transmitter [On sale for $27.99,...

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11:13
iPhone Apps: Tweetbot, Boxer, Ultimate Guitar Tabs


    

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11:09
Boom 1.9 - Boost audio output for your entire system...

Boom is a system-wide volume booster and equalizer application that effortlessly improves the sound of your Mac.

Using Boom is easy. It works like the volume controls of your Mac to boost the sound; making it a louder, clearer and better sounding experience.

Boom can boost them all! From videos on YouTube to your favorite music/video playing on iTunes, Spotify and Netflix. Even video chats through Skype and FaceTime can now be audible! .

iPod/iPhone users have always wanted their music to play louder on their device speakers. Boom provides the ability to boost the audio files residing in the iTunes library or from the desktop. It lets the users enjoy the new boosted experience with a seamless transfer of the boosted files to their iPod/iPhone through a separate iTunes playlist.

Use equalizing presets such as Dubstep, Jazz, Acoustic, Classical and many more or just customize your very own preset to something unique.

Boom is now...

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11:03
Google Now notifications now available in Chrome for...

After spending about a month and a half in the beta channel, Chrome is rolling out Google Now notifications to all users. To activate the feature, Google says to sign in with the same Google account used on iOS.

Users can find their cards through the Google Chrome Notifications window. This view is available by clicking the bell icon in the OS X menubar. Cards for events such as weather, sports, directions and reminders will appear just like Now works on mobile platforms.

Some cards that appear on iPhone and iPad...

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11:00
Emails reveal that Steve Jobs angrily called Sergey...

During a period spanning 2005 through 2009, Apple and several other high-profile tech companies effectively signed off on anti-poaching agreements, whereby they agreed not to recruit employees from one another.

The participants included Apple,...

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10:50
Apple adds NPR as first news channel on iTunes Radio

Apple is today adding National Public Radio as a channel on iTunes Radio, according to officials with NPR. The stream will be free and run 24 hours a day, mixing live news with the broadcaster's pre-recorded shows. Within the next few weeks, local NPR affiliates should start offering channels of their own. Other details of the agreement with Apple are unknown, but NPR is run as a non-profit....
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10:49
Apple Reserves the Right to Tap into your iCloud...

There's been a lot of noise in the media over the last months about the NSA being able to tap into your email with the help of Google, Apple and others. There has been angry reaction to this news by the companies that were supposedly working hand-in-glove with the NSA. These respective companies reacted to those claims with their own public campaigns. Yet when I read the other day that Microsoft had hacked into a bloggers email account, the ugly truth and hypocrisy of it all began to unravel. Then surprisingly late last week we were all unpleasantly reminded that Apple also ...

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10:39
About the OS X Server v3.1.1 Update

Learn about changes included in the OS X Server v3.1.1 Update.

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10:30
13 years ago today, Apple began shipping OS X 10.0

OS X is now a man. 13 years ago today, Apple forever changed the trajectory of the Mac OS when it began shipping the original version of OS X for $129 -- a vestige of an era back when Apple actually used to charge for an OS.

Codenamed Cheetah, the...

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10:17
9to5Toys Last Call: Up to 65% off Samsung memory...

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:

 

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10:00
JibJab's StoryBots will hook kids and their...

2004 was the year the iPod Mini made its debut, along with the 4th generation iPod and iPod Photo. Apple sold its 200 millionth song through the iTunes Store, and the iMac G5 was introduced. Macs were running OS X Panther.

And in July 2004, leading...

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09:55
NPR news channel coming to iTunes Radio today

iTunes Radio will add National Public Radio as its first news channel, Re/code reports. NPR’s channel is expected to go live today, and it will offer a free 24-hour stream of live news and pre-recorded shows. Additionaly, some local NPR stations will offer their own iTunes Radio channels “within…

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09:50
Basecamp was under network attack this morning: A...

From a Basecamp blog post, in a lull from the denial-of-service attack earlier today:

Criminals attacked the Basecamp network with a distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS) attack this morning. The attackers tried to extort us for money to make it stop. We refused to give in and worked with our network providers to mitigate the attack the best we could. Then, about two hours after the attack started, it suddenly stopped.

This really sucks.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:48
MacJournal 6.1 - Create, maintain, and blog a...

MacJournal is the world's most popular journaling software for the Mac. MacJournal 6 adds a calendar mode that show entries from any journal, geolocation, word count, and progress tracking, as well as additional blogging support. A Timeline mode has been added to give the journaler the ability to see their writing activity in chronological order. MacJournal 6 even introduces a feature for creating books from journals specially formatted for publishing. Add any kind of content, not just text. Drag PDFs, QuickTime movies, images, audio, and more. Record audio and video, even publish to a blog account on Blogger, WordPress, LiveJournal, Posterous, and Tumblr. Dropbox support added as well.

We've made it easy for you.

We've created and designed MacJournal, the world's most popular journaling application for the Mac, so that you can start writing and express yourself the moment you launch it. Easily create a journal - for your dreams,...

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09:41
NPR on iTunes Radio

Digital streams of Morning Edition, All Things Considered and hourly newscasts will be available on a new 24-hour streaming NPR channel on iTunes Radio.

Great news for everyone.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:31
∞ Bill Nye on how he became “The Science Guy”

[VIDEO] I’m a long time fan, found this fascinating.

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09:31
NSA Lifts Middle Finger to Middle Kingdom


Oh, there have been some good National Security Agency revelations. Like the one about the NSA tapping German Chancellor Angela Merkel's phone. Or the one about the NSA planting agents inside World of Warcraft, or impersonating Facebook in a global quest to spread malware. Delicious as all those stories are, however, last weekend's NSA bombshell may take the cake. The NSA reportedly has created back doors directly into networks run by Huawei, the Chinese telecommunications giant that the U.S. has long suspected of skulduggery.

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09:27
CSS Diner

It’s a little game to help you learn CSS selectors. Type in the correct selector to complete each level.

Very nice.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:21
NPR brings live streaming news to Apple's...

Live streaming news content is headed to iTunes Radio, with the first partner launching on Apple's service Monday: National Public Radio.

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09:19
Google prematurely launches iOS Chromecast photo...

Google has released what appears to be a partially finished iOS application to Apple's App Store, leveraging its new Chromecast television dongle peripheral. The new iOS-only app called "Photowall for Chromecast" will at some point allow users to create a photo montage through the iOS device to a Chromecast....
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09:17
Unbabel is new online translation service

Unbabel is a new kind of online translation service that "provides human quality translation at one-fifth the going rate."

Unbabel also has released a REST-based API [application programming interface] with which companies can integrate translation directly into their workflow. The service says it currently has nearly 3,000 translators and are translating over 25,000 words per day for over 30 paying customers. Go to http://www.unbabel.com for more info.

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09:10
iTunes Radio Adds NPR, with More News Channels on...

Apple's iTunes Radio streaming music service is expanding today with the addition of a new National Public Radio (NPR) channel, reports Re/code.NPR’s channel, which should be live today, will offer a free stream, 24 hours a day, which mixes live news with segments from pre-recorded shows like “All Things Considered” and “The Diane Rehm Show.” NPR officials say that within weeks, some of the broadcaster’s local stations should begin offering their own channels, with a similar mix of live and taped news.NPR has also been working on bringing on-demand programming based on users' tastes to its mobile apps, and it is possible that functionality could come to the station's iTunes Radio service as well.

The report notes that it is currently unclear what the business relationship between Apple and NPR is in terms of generating revenue for NPR, but NPR vice president of digital media Zach Brand says...

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09:07
Google Photowall turns your TV into a crowdsourced...

Two interesting developments hit the App Store over the weekend, as Google's new Photowall app lets iPhone owners beam photos from their handset to their TV using the company's Chromecast streaming stick, while Loopy HD is now 50% off after being featured on The Tonight Show.

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09:06
NPR added to iTunes Radio as the first news...

Now this is interesting (if you like talk radio): Recode is reporting that iTunes Radio is slated to pick up streaming news today through a partnership with NPR.

NPR’s channel, which should be live today, will offer a free stream, 24 hours a day, which mixes live news with segments from pre-recorded shows like “All Things Considered” and “The Diane Rehm Show.” NPR officials say that within weeks, some of the broadcaster’s local stations should begin offering their own channels, with a similar mix of live and taped news.

You can add the new station to your iTunes Radio lineup below:

This marks the first news streaming channel on the music streaming service bringing a real radio feel to iTunes...

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09:04
New emails expose anti-poaching collusion between...

A newly-published set of emails explicitly detail the anti-poaching agreements reached between Apple, Google, and a collection of other high-tech firms. The companies settled a US Department of Justice investigation on the matter in 2010, but are still dealing with class action litigation. One of the instigators of the anti-poaching deals appears to have been former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who made "irate" calls to Google co-founder Sergey Brin in February 2005, complaining that Google was trying to hire away members of the Safari development team. Brin mentions "veiled threats" from Jobs; af...
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09:00
SMK-Link Electronics to introduce PadDock

SMK-Link Electronics Corporation has announced the US$169.99 PadDock Pivot Dual Arm Locking Table Stand for the iPad. It will debut at this wrk's Macworld/iWorld Expo.

The PadDock enables the deployment of iPads or other standard size 9 x 11-inch mobile tablets in schools, hospitals, retail stores and professional offices. the locking tablet cradle rotates 360 degrees for viewing in any orientation, while tilting through a 165 degree range to provide your best viewing angle.

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09:00
UK App Store and iTunes Store pricing may increase...

Last week British Chancellor George Osborne introduced the UK's annual budget for the year ahead. It included, among other things, a change that may affect the price of apps and media in the UK App Store and iTunes Store by up to 20%. As The Guardian...

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08:55
TeamViewer 9.0.27313 - Establish remote connections...

TeamViewer gives you remote control of any computer or Mac over the Internet within seconds, or can be used for online meetings. Find out why more than 200 million users trust TeamViewer!

Free for non-commercial users. Licensing terms for business users can be found here.



Version 9.0.27313:

  • Minor improvements and fixes.



OS X 10.6 or later

Download Now

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08:36
The emails that led to accusations of an Apple and...

From Mark Ames at PandoDaily:

Back in January, I wrote about “The Techtopus” — an illegal agreement between seven tech giants, including Apple, Google, and Intel, to suppress wages for tens of thousands of tech employees. The agreement prompted a Department of Justice investigation, resulting in a settlement in which the companies agreed to curb their restricting hiring deals. The same companies were then hit with a civil suit by employees affected by the agreements.

This week, as the final summary judgement for the resulting class action suit looms, and several of the companies mentioned (Intuit, Pixar and Lucasfilm) scramble to settle out of court, Pando has obtained court documents (embedded below) which show shocking evidence of a much larger...

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08:28
Review: Crumpler JackPack, the perfect-sized daypack...

No matter how many camera bags a photographer may own, it seems you never have one that’s quite the right size. In my case, I have a very large roller-bag for when I want to take almost all my kit with me when travelling, a large backpack for when a roller-bag isn’t practical and a very compact backpack that just carries one camera, one flashgun and a couple of extra lenses.

That worked reasonably well until I got a MacBook Air 11. That was so light that it made sense to carry it with me so that I could transfer and review photos while out & about, but my compact bag had no laptop slot. So when Mobile Fun invited me to take a look at its range, I decided to try a bag that was small enough to work as a daypack, but had room for a MacBook and a second camera. The Crumpler JackPack Full Photo Backpack seemed to fit the bill … ...

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08:28
Voila: Screen Capture & Screen Recorder for Mac...

Record anything on your screen, edit it with powerful yet efficient tools and share them with just one-click!

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

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

Go ahead and give it a Try...

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08:00
TUAW at Macworld/iWorld 2014

Many of the Apple blogosphere cognoscenti are on their way to San Francisco this week for the annual Apple love fest/tech show known as Macworld/iWorld. This year's event officially runs between Thursday (March 27) and Saturday (March 29), although...

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07:55
Apple, Comcast In Talks To Team Up On Apple TV

Late Sunday the Wall Street Journal reported talks are happening between Apple and Comcast, likely working out how to offer cable TV content on an Apple TV.

The Mac Observer Spin: This sounds good for customers. Is it too good to be true?


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07:52
Someone is happy with iPhone 5c sales: Pegatron...

Photo: Associated Press

Pegatron, Apple’s main supplier for the iPhone 5c, has reported 22 percent year-on-year earnings growth, citing mobile products as the main source of the increase. KGI Securities analyst Angela Hsiang told the WSJ that Apple provides 40 percent of the company’s business.

Pegatron has long been a secondary iPhone supplier, but was last year given the lead in production of the iPhone 5c, which it manufactures along with the iPad Mini. The company did not provide any breakdown in earnings between the two products.

Although the...

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07:46
New York Times: NSA involved in ongoing hack against...

In an interesting reversal, Snowden-leaked documents are pointing to a pervasive infiltration of Chinese electronics manufacturer Huawei's servers. NSA Operation "Shotgiant" allegedly probed connections between Huawei and the Chinese army, but also aimed to attack technology manufactured by the company and use the compromised technology for worldwide surveillance....
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07:43
Apple Seeks Trademarks for new iPhoto and iMovie...

On March 24, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest trademark filings relating to icons for iPhoto OS X and iOS 7 along with the iMovie icon for iOS 7. The iOS 7 icons represent ...

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07:41
Apple looking to fully automate iPhone battery...

Apple is working to get iPhone batteries manufactured on fully automated production lines in 2014, supply chain sources claim. The company is already said to have mostly automated iMac and Mac Pro production, the only exceptions being materials and final assembly. Apple is allegedly interested in reducing the manpower needed for its products; this may be due to rising minimum wages in China, and problems like labor shortages and high turnover rates, linked to the fact that many young people don't want to work in manufacturing. Such jobs can often demand 60 or more hours a week in poor condi...
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07:36
UK digital download taxes could increase in 2015

Digital downloads including App Store and iTunes purchases are due to see a tax increase in the U.K. under new laws next year, The Guardian reports. A new budget would force Apple and others to charge a 20 percent tax rate on such downloads. The budget closes a tax…

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07:29
Employee Anti-Poaching Agreements May Extend Far...

Apple, Google and five other large technology companies were caught signing "no solicitation" agreements that prevented the companies from trying to hire away each others' employees. Court documents newly obtained by Pando Daily suggest these anti-poaching agreements extend far beyond this Silicon Valley seven.

According to these documents, over a dozen companies and as many as one million employees may have been affected by these secret hiring agreements.
Confidential internal Google and Apple memos, buried within piles of court dockets and reviewed by PandoDaily, clearly show that what began as a secret cartel agreement between Apple’s Steve Jobs and Google’s Eric Schmidt to illegally fix the labor market for hi-tech workers, expanded within a few years to include companies ranging from Dell, IBM, eBay and...

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07:20
∞ BaseCamp in middle of denial of service attack

Are you a user of 37Signals’ Basecamp project management app? If so, things might be a little slow to respond this morning. From their Twitter account this morning at about 10a ET, US:

We are experiencing a DDoS attack. All apps may be slow to respond while we investigate. Stay tuned for updates.

Just FYI.

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07:16
WSJ: Apple talking with Comcast about streaming TV

Apple is talking with Comcast about working together on a streaming television service that would use an Apple set-top box like Apple TV, the Wall Street Journal reports. The deal would use Comcast’s cables to bypass web congestion, sources said. Using Comcast as a partner would, ideally, prevent buffering…

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07:01
iTunes and app sales projected to grow to 20% of...

iTunes content and the App Store are projected to be key drivers of growth for Apple moving forward, with one new forecast calling for content and apps alone to account for 20 percent of profits by 2020.

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07:00
Access Qlogic Switches & Other Java Apps From OS...

Qlogic fibre channel switches are about the most common I see in Xsan environments. A common frustration when managing a Qlogic switch is that the Java runtime used to manage the switch is blocked from most OS X systems by default. But it’s pretty easy to get into them with a couple of minor adjustments.

To get started, first download and install the latest Java from here. Once installed, open System Preferences on your Mac and then open the Java Preferences. Here, click on the Security tab.

Click Edit Site List… In the pop-up, click Add and enter http:// followed by the name or IP address of your switch.

Click on OK to commit your changes. Then access...

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07:00
10.9: Run sysdiagnose with keyboard shortcut

The command-line utility sysdiagnose can be triggered by pressing Cmd+Opt+Ctrl+Shift+Period, and it may take a few minutes to complete. When ready, the output will automatically be revealed in a Finder window (or it can be manually retrieved from /var/tmp).



What sysdiagnose Collects:

  • A spindump of the system
  • Several seconds of fs_usage ouput
  • Several seconds of top output
  • Data about kernel zones
  • Status of loaded kernel extensions
  • Resident memory usage of user processes
  • All system logs, kernel logs, opendirectory log, windowserver log, and log of power management events
  • A System Profiler report
  • All spin and crash reports
  • Disk usage information
  • I/O Kit registry information
  • Network status
  • If a specific process is supplied as an argument: list of malloc-allocated buffers in the process's heap is collected
  • ...

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07:00
Rumor Roundup: "Flop"

Here's a riddle: when is a flop not a flop?

Easy: when it sells a metric load of units and makes tons of money. Don't try telling that to some people, though. Their skulls are far too thick, and the contents of those skulls... the less said about...

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06:47
United Kingdom sales tax law changes could alter...

A change in the way taxes are applied to purchases in the United Kingdom could cause some digital items to rise in price, according to a report. The country's recent budget announcement by chancellor George Osborne included a statement that would force online sales to use the UK's rate of sales tax (Value Added Tax, or VAT) instead of a far lower rate used elsewhere in Europe....
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06:46
Google’s new Photowall app turns your Chromecast-...



Adding to the capabilities of the Chromecast HDMI streaming stick, Google is out with a new app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users called Photowall that lets you turn your Chromecast-connected TV...

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06:35
UK proposes close of tax loophole, iTunes VAT to...

From the Guardian:

George Osborne’s latest budget could spell an end to 99p song downloads by closing a tax loophole that meant consumers were paying VAT at very low foreign rates on online purchases of books, music and apps.

The chancellor will bring in new laws making sure that internet downloads are taxed in the country where they are purchased, meaning web firms such as Amazon and Apple will have to charge the UK’s 20% rate of VAT. At the moment they are allowed to sell digital downloads through countries such as Luxembourg, where the tax rate is as low as 3%.

In a little-noticed announcement, Osborne said he would used this year’s finance bill to impose the new law from 1 January 2015.

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06:30
iPhone 5c & iPad mini assembler Pegatron sees...

Pegatron, the main assembler for both the iPhone 5c and iPad mini, saw its earnings grow 22 percent in the first quarter, potentially signaling strong sales of Apple's low-end iOS devices.

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06:08
UK to Drive Up iTunes Store Purchases through Tax...

The days of Â0.99 music downloads at Apple's U.K. iTunes Store may be coming to an end, and it isn't the iPhone and iPad maker that'll be driving the cost up. Britain's Government is looking to close a tax loophole that lets companies charge VAT rates from other countries -- something Apple and other companies currently do.

The Mac Observer Spin: Closing the VAT loophole for Apple, Google, and other companies selling online may help increase money coming into the government, but it won't make consumers happy.


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06:04
Haunted Empire - Biased Author or Biased Readers?


What really surprises me about the book Haunted Empire, which predicts the decline of Apple, isn't that Apple fans don't like it. That's a given -- Apple fans only want positive books and stories. It is the level of effort that has gone into killing this book, and how much that apparently has accelerated sales. There is an old saying that the only thing better than bad publicity is no publicity, and Apple's effort seem to be driving this book onto the best sellers' list. What also amazes me is how worked up some folks are getting.

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06:03
MacAppware updates 1000 OpenType fonts

MacAppware, a division of 128bit Technologies, has added two new fonts to its commercial use 1000 OpenType Fonts collection for creative Mac users.

Each font is in OpenType font format and can be used for any personal and business project on both Mac and PC computers. International character support is standard for nearly every font, though bar code fonts and wingding fonts don't include international character support.

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06:00
Daily App: Jump and Chump your way to leaderboard...

Jump! Chump! is a simple game with challenging yet addictive mechanics a la Flappy Bird. As listed in its app description, the game has three features which are Jumping, Chumping and online leaderboards.

You play the game with two block characters...

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05:54
WSJ: Apple in talks with Comcast about live...

Apple is reportedly in discussions with Comcast, which could see the two collaborate on a streaming TV service. Sources for the Wall Street Journal claim the service would involve Apple supplying the set-top box to customers, with Comcast giving the device preferential treatment in the bandwidth management of the connection itself....
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05:41
Apple Reportedly In Talks With Comcast For Separate...

An anonymous reader writes "Apple is reportedly in talks with Comcast to obtain a network pathway dedicated to live and on-demand programming for subscribers of unspecified Apple services. In other words, Apple traffic would be separated from the rest of the public's internet traffic. This deal is different from the one Netflix made with Comcast in that Apple is reportedly asking for separate traffic in the path from Comcast facilities to consumer homes; the Netflix deal only gains Netflix direct access to the Comcast network. While net neutrality rules no longer restrict ISPs from monetizing their traffic prioritization, Comcast is still bound in that respect until 2018 as part of the conditions for its acquisition of NBCUniversal in 2011."

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05:35
Spotlight on the Mac: Searching the Current Folder...

If you'd rather look through the current folder when using Spotlight's search field in Finder windows instead of searching every drive connected to your Mac, you aren't alone. Lucky for you, Michael Johnston knows how to tell Spotlight to do just that, and he's ready to show you how, too.


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05:30
MacWorld/iWorld starts this Thursday

It’s that time of year again, when the fans of Apple and its various iThings pile into Moscone Center in San Francisco to ogle products, learn a few things, or just hang out and talk about Apple tech. I’m talking about the MacWorld/iWorld event (I wish they’d do something about that weird slash-enabled name) which starts this Thursday, March 27th, and runs until Saturday the 29th. If you are one of those last minute shoppers, you can still get tickets on the event’s web site, BUT I’ve tracked down a couple of promo code links that will get you some discounted tickets. For example, currently the Expo Hall pass is $25 at the site, but using the promo links you can get it for $10! The Conference Pass is cut from $299 to $149. Don’t wait too long though, I...

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05:05
Rumor: Apple to switch to automated battery assembly...

Batteries for Apple's next-generation iPhone may be assembled on fully automated production lines in China, rather than through manual labor, a new rumor out of the Far East claims.

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04:52
ABI Research: startups driving market for public...

The public cloud services market is slowly maturing, giving rise to a varied ecosystem of composite and value-added services. Security is starting to figure more prominently among these services as organizations realize they need better control over cloud-based processes, according to ABI Research (http://www.abiresearch.com).

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04:52
ABI Research: startups driving market for public...

The public cloud services market is slowly maturing, giving rise to a varied ecosystem of composite and value-added services. Security is starting to figure more prominently among these services as organizations realize they need better control over cloud-based processes, according to ABI Research (http://www.abiresearch.com).

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04:45
Apple to Ramp-Up New Robotic Production Lines for...

Last October Apple revealed the new Mac Pro in greater detail at a Special Event. There we learned of their state of the art automated assembly plant in Texas. Today we're learning through Apple's supply chain in Taiwan that Apple is now planning to begin new a automated manufacturing process for iPhone batteries.

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04:19
Kool Tool: Cinemagraph Pro for Mac OS X

Flixel Photos's Cinemagraph Pro for Mac OS X 10.9 and higher is a fun, "living photo" creation software that lets you create Cinemagraph images.

Cinemagraph is a hybrid media form that combines the quality of a photograph and elements of moving video. You can find some cool examples at http://cinemagraphs.com .

The US$199.99 software includes support for UHD (4K) resolution video capture, masking tools, looping options and a wide range of filters. Creators can upload and share their living photos in high resolution to Flixel's community, as well as to a variety of social networks.

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04:03
URL Extractor for Mac OS X upgraded to version 4.2.1

Tension Software (http://www.tensionsoftware.com) has revved URL Extractor — the Mac OS X tool for extracting URLs and emails from the web, search engine and local files — to version 4.2.1. The new version boasts an improved web extraction engine and better handling of non-native file formats.

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

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03:05
Apple reportedly pushing to automate iPhone battery...


iFixit: iPhone 5s battery

Digitimes is reporting that Apple is looking to transition iPhone battery production from labor-intensive processes to fully-automatic machine production lines in 2014.

Although the reliability of Digitimes’ reporting is often poor, in this case the trustworthiness of the report is much more likely to be solid. Unlike some of their previous stories in recent memory, automating battery production is a direct matter of the supply chain — which is Digitimes’ area of expertise.

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00:31
Apple to Move Production of iPhone Batteries to...

Apple is set to begin producing all iPhone batteries on automated production lines starting later this year, according to a report from DigiTimes. The move is being done to reduce manpower demand and to allow the company to shift its supply chain resources towards production efforts on other parts. Apple has already automated its Mac Pro and iMac production lines. Other than materials and final assembly, manpower is not required for the rest of the manufacturing. The move will likely help Apple with iPhone production going forward, as company supplier Pegatron will reportedly be starting production on the iPhone 6 in the second quarter of this year at its new Kunsahn, China plant. Moving the production of iPhone batteries to automated lines may also help Apple avoid...

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Sunday March 23

21:11
Briefly: AnyFont 1.1, Exak Time 2.0 released for iOS

Font app AnyFont for iOS has released an update, v 1.1, offering users greater flexibility with font management. AnyFont allows users to install any additional font in TrueTypeFont (.ttf) or OpenTypeFont (.oft) format on one's iPhone or iPad. In v1.1.0, users can now install multiple fonts or multiple shapes of a font at once, add or delete multiple fonts to AnyFont as a ZIP archive in one step, and preview fonts in AnyFont's storage. Additionally included are bug fixes, including a remedy to a localization issue. Available for $2, AnyFont can be downloaded through iTunes....
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20:37
British consumers face iTunes price hike after tax...

Apple may be forced to increase the amount of Value Added Tax that it charges for iTunes music and video sales in the U.K. as Her Majesty's Treasury pushes to end tax loopholes that allow consumers to pay much lower rates on digital purchases.

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20:08
Non-poaching emails show Jobs was warring with...

If you’ve paid attention to the ongoing feud between Apple and Google in recent years, you might think that the conflict is the result of Google’s decision to create a competitor to the iPhone after working in tandem with Apple to create the iconic device. And you’d be forgiven for thinking that.

But according to some emails sent by Google’s Sergey Brin back in 2005 that recently surfaced during a class-action lawsuit over the do-not-hire policies of the two companies (among others), that may not be the case. This “...

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19:45
Apple discussing new streaming set-top box with...

Apple is reportedly planning to release a new streaming set-top box, and is in talks with cable provider Comcast on a potential deal that would bypass Web congestion and allow faster and more reliable performance for users.

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19:20
Apple wants its own path on Comcast network for...

Apple

Apple is negotiating with Comcast in an attempt to create "a streaming-television service that would use an Apple set-top box and get special treatment on Comcast's cables to ensure it bypasses congestion on the Web," the Wall Street Journal reported today. The usual "people familiar with the matter" revealed the companies' plans, which would involve streaming live and on-demand TV programming to an Apple set-top box, presumably the Apple TV.

If accurate, Comcast would have to be careful not to violate network neutrality obligations. The Federal Communications Commission's rules against Internet service providers giving special treatment to specific Web services were vacated by a court decision, but Comcast still has to follow...

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18:13
Apple in Talks with Comcast to Provide Streaming TV...

Apple is in talks with Comcast about using the cable provider's network for a streaming TV service to be integrated in a future version of the Apple TV, reports The Wall Street Journal. According to the report, Apple's set top-box would be able to access Comcast's wide variety of channels for a monthly subscription, with the Apple TV receiving "special treatment" from Comcast when connected to its cable network to ensure that it would bypass congestion on the Internet for optimal streaming.

Apple's intention is to allow users to stream live and on-demand TV programming and digital-video recordings stored in the "cloud," effectively taking the place of a traditional cable set-top box.

...Under the plan Apple proposed to Comcast, Apple's video streams would be treated as a "managed service" traveling in Internet protocol format—similar to cable video-on-demand or...

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18:01
Apple reportedly discussing the possibility of a TV...

The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple is now in talks with Comcast about the possibility of a collaborative television streaming service. The plan, according to the report, is for Comcast to provide preferential streaming treatment to an Apple-built set-top box like the existing Apple TV.

The service would allow subscribers to stream live TV shows as well as on-demand content provided by Comcast. The agreement between the two companies would allow Apple’s box to continue streaming smoothly even when other connections were bogged down by high traffic and bypass bandwidth issues.

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17:39
Downcast 1.0.11

Adds an audio-only option for playing video podcasts. ($9.99 new, free update, 6.5 MB)

 

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17:30
Talkcast tonight, 7pm PDT/10pm EDT: Macworld/iWorld...

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

Sunday has once again come upon us, and with it comes another TUAW talkcast!

Not just...

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17:20
PopChar X 6.5

Adds a custom insertion technique for apps that don’t reliably support direct event-based insertion of characters. (€29.99 new, free update, 3.7 MB)

 

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16:09
With Android Wear, Google fires first shot in...

Google's aggressive stance with Android Wear, putting industrial design -- rather than tech specs or bundled software -- at the forefront, reveals the makings of a strategy designed to take on Apple at their own game.

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14:41
30 Years of the Mac – Video

Tim Perfitt of Twocanoes Software has put together a nice video showcasing the thirty years of Macintosh models.

I’ve owned eight of them, mostly portables.  How about you?

Read more about the video on the Twocanoes blog.

About Samuel Keeley

Samuel Keeley is a Mac Systems Administrator at Dropbox. He can frequently be found in ##osx-server on Freenode, or on Twitter @keeleysam.

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14:00
Bitcoin exchange Vircurex heads into insolvency,...

Another Bitcoin exchange has run into financial problems, following in the wake of other recent turmoil surrounding the currency after the collapse of Mt. Gox. Vircurex, based in Beijing, is faced with insolvency, causing the company to immediately halt withdrawals. Starting March 24, the company will put a freeze on all customer accounts....
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13:30
Crytek releases new CryEngine subscription program...

Not to be outdone by Epic Games, game developer Crytek has announced a new pricing plan for its CryEngine called an "Engine -as-a-Service" (EaaS) program for developers. The program consists of a $10 license fee per month that is royalty-free. This undercuts Epic Game's recent announcement that it would price its Unreal Engine 4 at $19 per month, with a five percent royalty on gross revenues....
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13:21
iTubeX 9.7 - Download media from almost any website...

iTubeX allows you to download videos (Flash, HTML5, and others), .mp3, and .swf files from almost any website as easily as possible. You can also choose to save only the audio of a video as a .mp3 file and save complete webpages as .jpg, .png, .tiff, .pdf (with or without links) or .eps files. iTubeX also has a feature to convert files into a lot of other filetypes, for the iPhone, iPod Touch, other mobile phones and even more filetypes.

Version 9.7:

  • Fixed download issues.
  • Fixed a rare audio playback issue.
  • Correctly code signed.



OS X 10.5 or later

Download Now

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12:55
HighPoint releases RocketStor 6328 Thunderbolt 2...

One of the first hardware RAID adapters for Thunderbolt 2 has popped up on the market from accessory maker HighPoint. The RocketStor 6328 features seven RAID configurations, supporting SAS and SATA hard drives and solid state drives....
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12:42
Review two-pack: Just Mobile’s latest iPhone...

As we have previously noted, Just Mobile sells a variety of premium accessories primarily for Apple products that are made out of aluminum. These designs and materials are similar to what Apple makes for its own products, so Just Mobile’s accessories are popular items for fans of Apple’s product design. For the past few weeks, we have been testing out some of Just Mobile’s latest iPhone accessories: the AluFrame and the AluCup Grande. You can find our full reviews below:

AluFrame

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12:16
New tax law could see UK iTunes customers paying up...

Members of the UK government are seeking to close a tax loophole that currently allows online music, app, and book downloads to avoid the country’s 20% “value added tax” in favor of much lower international tax rates, reports The Guardian. If the push is successful, iTunes customers in the UK will instead be taxed at the appropriate rate for their own country.

However, the new law won’t go into effect until January 1, 2015, so there’s still time for things to change. Supporters of the change say that it will lead to more fair...

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12:01
Apple Maps gains 3D flyover support in three new...


Saint-Tropez, France

Apple added 3D flyover support in its Maps application for Mac and iOS to three new cities this weekend: Perth, Australia; Saint-Tropez, France; and Cordoba, Spain. This addition comes just a few months after Apple added flyover support for Cape Town and others as the company continues to expand its coverage to...

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11:53
App Store and iTunes Prices in UK May Increase Up to...

Apple's iTunes and App Store downloads may see a price increase next year when new UK laws take effect.

The Guardian reports that the most recently introduced budget closes a loophole that allowed digital downloads to avoid UK taxes.The budget document said: "As announced at budget 2013, the government will legislate to change the rules for the taxation of intra-EU business to consumer supplies of telecommunications, broadcasting and e-services. From 1 January 2015 these services will be taxed in the member state in which the consumer is located, ensuring these are taxed fairly and helping to protect revenue."Digital download retailers such as Apple and Amazon presently avoid the UK's 20% VAT by selling from countries such as Luxembourg where the tax rate is only 3%. Under the new law, downloads to UK customers will be taxed at the higher 20% rate.

The change...

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11:15
Briefly: Nokia Pocket Magnifier, Newsbeat launches...

Last week Nokia released a new app for the Windows Phone to help people with vision issues or those that need bigger text in their day to day activities. The aptly named Pocket Magnifier was developed with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) in the UK to use a phone's camera to enhance text. The app allows for frames to be frozen for steady reading, offers filters to help define text and allows the use of an LED (flash) to light up the object being read. Owners of a number of Nokia Windows Phones utilizing their cameras now have another use for their device if they need assista...
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10:50
Review: $90 Kanex SimpleDock is a beautiful USB 3/...

We’ve reviewed a fair bit of Thunderbolt docks for Mac here and one thing remains constant: The starting prices range well over $200 (Belkin’s a deal at $150) and that’s before you buy an expensive $30 Thunderbolt cable. The question is: Do you really need Thunderbolt to have a quality/usable dock for your MacBook? Can you get almost all of what you need just from USB 3?

Kanex sent me their $90...

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08:01
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 24...

Notable software releases this week include Apple Remote Desktop 3.7.2 and GarageBand 10.0.2.

 

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07:34
Tony Fadell, Nest founder, now with Google,...

The interview is behind a paywall. You can read a few quotes shared by Loop reader Rob Richman on his blog.

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07:22
A drone that can hack into your phone?

This is really no different than the danger you face when you go out in any crowded public space. But that doesn’t mean the danger is not real. Pretty interesting.

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07:00
Produce Random Complex Passwords in Excel

Recently, I’ve been spending a lot of time normalizing data in Excel. And when I needed to generate a bunch of passwords for a project, I almost switched to another tool to do so. But I decided that I was already in Excel so I might as well do it there. Excel has a couple of random (pseudorandom) number and character functions in RAND() and RANDBETWEEN(). In its simplest, let’s just pick a number between one and ten:

=RANDBETWEEN(1,10)

Now let’s pick a number that’s 9 characters after a decimal:

=RAND()

Or make it a regular nine character number:

=RAND()*1000000000

Regrettably numbers are OK for passwords. So let’s bump up our game a little and produce a random letter that can be used in a password (64+26=90):

=CHAR(RANDBETWEEN(65,90))

Or for more complex characters (thus allowing for more modern passwords):

=CHAR(TRUNC(RAND()*90+33))

You can then add an ampersand after and throw it in again, like so (minus the...

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06:56
Google founder Sergey Brin’s Stanford resume, with...

I found this amusing. Someone posted a link to Sergey Brin’s Stanford resume, before he founded Google. That alone is kind of cool. But they also dug into the source code and found a little gem embedded in a comment in the resume code.

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06:00
RoomScan creates floor plans automatically

Now here's a clever idea for an app: using the position sensors in your iPhone, the free RoomScan app creates a pretty accurate floor plan (within a foot or so) of any room.

When you launch the app you'll see some help screens, and there are links...

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05:21
How your tweets reveal your home location

Geotagged tweets and images can breach privacy walls and even cost lives:

But it also raises privacy issues, particularly when users are unaware, or forget that, their tweets are geotagged. Various celebrities are thought to have given away their home locations in this way. And in 2007, four Apache helicopters belonging to the US Army were destroyed by mortars in Iraq when insurgents worked out their location using geotagged images published by American soldiers.

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05:04
An unknown iOS 7 feature that is a real game changer

Ever hear of the Multipeer Connectivity framework? No reason you should, unless you are an iOS developer and keep up with the latest and greatest evolutions in networking. But this is a game changer. Read the post for details.

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00:44
Review: Sharp's 32" 4K display is a high-...

Apple has made clear its intent to support ultra high-resolution displays with the latest Mac and OS X products, but without a 4K display of its own (yet) the company sells only one UHD monitor as a go-along with its flagship Mac Pro: Sharp's PN-K321.

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Saturday March 22

21:33
Briefly: Telegram app security updates, Wendy's...

Messaging app Telegram been updated for both iOS and Android devices, featuring voice notes and new security options. Telegram users can now send audio recordings to one another, with the option depicted with a microphone to the right of the message field. In respects to security, individual messages within its Secret Chats section can now be deleted, offering greater privacy and control over message histories. Free to download, Telegram can be found through the iTunes Store and Google Play....
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20:59
VueScan 9.4.27 - Scanner software with advanced...

VueScan is a scanning program that works with most high-quality flatbed and film scanners to produce scans that have excellent color fidelity and color balance. VueScan is easy to use, and has advanced features for restoring faded colors, batch scanning and other features used by professional photographers.

Why should you use VueScan?

  • Easy to use - just run VueScan, press Preview, adjust the cropping, then press Scan.
  • Accurate colors - uses ICC profiles and IT8 calibration.
  • Powerful - dozens of advanced options.
  • Faster workflow - can edit one image while the next image is being scanned (most scanner software won't let you work with one image while another is being scanned).
  • Simple to install - installing VueScan changes nothing on your system, installs nothing in your operating system and all other scanner software will continue to function.
  • Award winning - 2002 "Best Utility", Mac Addict Magazine....

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15:00
Apple reportedly considering on-demand music service...

Apple may be considering a number of intriguing changes to its music strategy, according to a Billboard report published on Friday.

The music publication relays that Apple has "opened exploratory" talks with record labels regarding the potential for...

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13:35
Facebook's DeepFace facial software nears human...

Facebook has revealed in a research paper that it has discovered a way to match faces in two different photographs with 97.25 percent accuracy. The research has aided in the development of a software project called DeepFace which only slightly trails the facial recognition measured average of a human by only 0.28 percent....
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13:06
Briefly: Monochrome 2.0.1 update, Evernote for iOS...

Einstein's Legacy has announced the release of an update of its image batch conversion software, Monochrome v2.0.1. The application offers users the ability to convert batches of color images to grayscale, providing control over the conversion process and applied effects, creating a consistent-looking set of output images. Its latest version features faster GPU-based image rendering, additional conversion methods, thirty new image effects, and new options for previewing, printing and sharing images....
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13:00
Bigger isn't always better

Here we see the PowerBook 140 in its natural habitat, having just pounced upon a 13-inch MacBook Pro w/Retina. The PowerBook will now consume its prey whole, digesting it over a period of several days.

[Photo credit: raneko]...

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12:39
iPhone 5c outsold Blackberry, Windows Phone and...

This is surprising, given all the doom and gloom in the press.

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11:10
Symantec dumps CEO Steve Bennett amidst slow...

The anti-virus company Symantec fired its CEO this week adding to the list of troubles for the ailing security software company who has seen revenues decline as the PC market cooled and more competitors entered the fray. The termination of Steve Bennett marks the most recent high profile exit for Symantec who has seen five other senior executives part ways with the company since July....
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10:20
Adobe Creative Cloud 2.5.0.367 - Everything new from...

Adobe Creative Cloud costs $49.99/month (or less if you're a previous Creative Suite customer). Creative Suite 6 is still available for purchase (without a monthly plan) if you prefer.

Introducing Adobe Creative Cloud desktop applications, including Adobe Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC. They're the next generation of CS tools. Get hundreds of all-new features. Keep your entire creative world in sync: files, feedback from team members, fonts, settings, and updates. And, as always, your applications live on your desktop, not in a browser and not in the cloud.

With Creative Cloud, your entire creative world is synced and organized for you across multiple devices. Track comments posted to shared files, keep tabs on your work and your followers on Behance, respond to invitations to...

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10:05
Rhapsody and Napster to bring The Echo Nest...

Rhapsody International, the company that houses both Rhapsody and Napster music streaming services, says it cutting ties with the music recommendation system The Echo Nest. The move comes not long after Spotify purchased The Echo Nest for an undisclosed sum at the beginning of March....
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09:32
Pixelmator

My thanks to Pixelmator for sponsoring The Loop’s RSS feed this week. Pixelmator is one of the apps that I use every day and have for years. It’s very powerful, but yet approachable, allowing new users to instantly manipulate their images. There is no better image editor.

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08:40
The rig used in Jimmy Fallon’s iPad duet with Billy...

Nice job by Apple Insider’s Neil Hughes to pull together the details on the hardware used by Jimmy Fallon and Billy Joel on their fantastic duet.

If you missed it, our servers were rocked yesterday when Tim Cook tweeted our blog post sharing the performance. Yesterday was a lot of fun.

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08:18
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings’ blog post on Net...

If discussions of net neutrality make your eyes glaze over, this is a good read. Clear and thoughtful, without being too parochial. I recognize that Netflix has a vested interest in how this plays out, but you can’t ignore the fact that Reed Hastings has a unique vantage point. He’s at the center of this storm.

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08:09
BlackBerry selling most of its Canadian real estate...

Smart, smart move. If BlackBerry is going to survive, lean and mean is the way to go.

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07:58
Imogen Heap, her incredible music controlling gloves...

[VIDEO] I remember the moment I discovered Imogen Heap. I was watching Saturday Night Live and one of Andy Samburg’s Digital Shorts came on, called Dear Sister. It was crazy weird, funny as hell, and the music grabbed me immediately. If you are interested in this part of the story, watch the second of the embedded videos. The song is called Hide and Seek.

The real point of this post is Imogen Heap’s new Kickstarter project. If you play an electronic keyboard or any sort of MIDI controlled device, watch the first of the embedded videos.

The Mi.Mu gloves are MIDI and...

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07:30
How to Visualize Your Music in iTunes

The iTunes Visualizer has been around since the very first version of iTunes. Sandro Cuccia helps you explore and get the most from this scantily documented feature that enhances your enjoyment of your iTunes music. Warning: Visualizer may cause drowsiness while working on your computer.


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07:13
Could China's new Search Engine be a Google...

A new Chinese-language online search engine - Chinaso.com - was launched Friday, marking China's first search service set up by the country's major news organizations. China is the world's largest market and it looks like they're trying to rid itself of Google. Though to be honest, there's an emerging trend in China that is out to challenge, if not eventually marginalize, traditional US based software kings.

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07:09
Soccer broke my brain

A riveting, first person essay about concussions.

The grass and goals are spinning when I stand up. My vision is laced with black spots. It is alarming, but I make an athlete’s calculus, measuring these symptoms against the need to show some grit to this skeptical audience. After a brief break, I rejoin practice. Passes and players ricochet past me and I can’t get anywhere quick enough. I can’t read plays as they unfold. The black spots linger. I’ve slammed my brain hard against my skull.

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07:05
See an airplane flying overhead? Siri can tell you...

Follow the headline link for all the details, but here’s the short and sweet version. Fire up Siri and say:

Flights overhead

If you are in a relatively urban area, you might be amazed at how many planes are overhead at any given moment.

We did a small Twitter experiment this morning, and it seem like the Wolfram Alpha database that makes this work only has data for North America. If you see an exception to this, please let me know (@davemark).

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07:00
Test Volume Speeds for Xsan Metadata Controllers

I have used a variety of tools for testing the speed of Xsan volumes. But none have been as easy as the BlackMagic Disk Speed Test. It’s cute, it’s fast, it’s very informative and it requires no Terminal, unlike the other tools I’ve used for years. To use Disk Speed Test, first download it from the Mac App Store (it’s free). Then mount the volume you’d like to test and open the Disk Speed Test app.

 

Click on the Settings icon in the middle and select the volume you’d like to test.

Then click Start. Enjoy.

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07:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Pushing buttons

Pushing buttons

This week's iPad-case roundup comes to you with leather that will make your tablet look spiffy every day of the year. We also have a couple accessories that put keys back where they belong, and one that will turn you into a mobile identity machine.

D&D

The Varsity (iPad Air; $50) is a ruggedized case designed to protect your tablet from everyday accidents.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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07:00
Caturday: Sir Steve's iMac G3 castle

Sir Steve Cat is a British Shorthair Silver Tabby living in Hungary who is obviously royalty -- after all, why else would he have his own iMac G3 castle to live in? Owner Szergely says that Sir Steve is now about 11 weeks old.

Sir Steve has his very...

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06:34
The daily routines of geniuses

A fascinating read. Here’s just a taste:

Jane Austen asked that a certain squeaky hinge never be oiled, so that she always had a warning when someone was approaching the room where she wrote. William Faulkner, lacking a lock on his study door, just detached the doorknob and brought it into the room with him.

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05:55
∞ Twitter music app is gone, existing app will...

Twitter Music is an experiment that never quite caught on.

Here’s the official goodbye tweet.

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05:50
How to manage your iTunes or App Store subscriptions...
05:28
Music to Apple's Ears: the iPhone is Mobile...

Yesterday we reported that China Mobile had reported their first financial loss in 14 years as they surge ahead with their buildout of their new 4G network. We also noted that Mobile China only began selling Apple's iPhones very late in December which couldn't boost their yearend profits. Today, news has come to light about a comment that China Mobile Chairman Xi Guohua made during his conference call that is ...

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04:06
Apple's iPhone 5c 'failure flop'...

From the constant harping about the supposed "failure" of Apple's iPhone 5c, you'd think the phone is selling poorly. The reality is that middle tier model, while dramatically less popular than Apple's top of the line iPhone 5s, still managed to outsell every Blackberry, every Windows Phone and every Android flagship in the winter quarter, including Samsung's Galaxy S4.

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Friday March 21

22:30
iPad owners are willing to hold onto tablets longer...

Here's an interesting report to consider: those who purchase iPads are more willing to hold onto them longer than those who get an iPhone. Consumer Intelligence Research Partners says that iPad replacement cycles tend to be longer than the iPhone. As...

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21:13
Rumor: Next MacBook Air to offer 12-inch screen,...

A source described by other sites as "normally reliable" has claimed that Apple is planning to revamp its MacBook Air line, potentially introducing a single 12-inch model that the source claims utilizes a "fanless" design (current MacBook Airs have one, very quiet, fan in them). The revamp also allegedly replaces the mechanical "clicker" in the trackpad with gesture-only and tap control, rather than any physical "clicks." As a result, the rumor says, the new design will be even thinner than it is presently....
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20:21
Virgin Mobile cuts prices on contract-free iPhone 5s...

Sprint subsidiary Virgin Mobile, which sells CDMA iPhone models without an obligation to a monthly contract, is running a sale on both the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s, with the 16GB 5c starting at $315, with the 32GB at $385. The iPhone 5s is available for $385 (16GB), $455 (32GB) or $525 (64GB). There is a catch to the offer: the iPhones are all locked to Virgin Mobile, and the carrier doesn't unlock the phones. Under current US law, it is illegal to unlock a carrier-locked smartphone without the company's blessing....
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19:32
Hands-on: VideoGIF for Mac

GIFs. You see them everywhere on the Net, but putting them together in the past has usually involved a little Photoshop know-how or skill with another similar type of application. VideoGIF for Mac, by Pearl Mountain aims to make the process simpler and less expensive. We have had the opportunity to get some hands-on time with the app, which has recently gone live on the Mac App Store and have been impressed with how easy and how much fun it is to use....
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19:00
Twitter removes #music iOS app from store, will kill...

Twitter has quietly announced that it will pull the plug next month on its year-old Twitter #music service, which offered users a way to follow and listen to the music of popular artists and up-and-coming discoveries based on crowd-sourced recommendations. The service will be shut down on April 18, and as of Friday afternoon the iOS Twitter #music app was no longer available on the App Store....
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18:37
Script to Create Exchange Mailboxes for Active...

Here’s a little powershell script to enable mailboxes based on an OU and put their new mailbox into a given database. To customize, change OU=ORGANIZATIONALUNIT,DC=companyname,DC=com to the DN for the OU you are configuring. Also, change DATABASENAME to the name of the information store that you’d like to use for the mailboxes in that OU.

Import-module activedirectory

$OUusers = Get-ADUser -LDAPfilter ‘(name=*)’ -searchBase {OU=ORGANIZATIONALUNIT,DC=companyname,DC=com}
foreach($username in $OUusers)
{
Enable-Mailbox -Identity $username.SamAccountName -database {DATABASENAME}
}

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18:36
Stacks 2.5.4 - New way to create pages in...

Stacks is a new way to create pages in RapidWeaver: A plugin designed to combine drag-and-drop simplicity with the power of fluid layout.

Features:

  • Fluid Layout: Stacks lets you build pages that flow text to the dimensions of a theme even if the theme has a variable width. You can build flowing columns, flexible rows, and tiles of images.
  • Nesting Objects: Build columns within columns within rows within columns. Or group a stack of objects inside a box. Almost anything is possible with Stacks.
  • Download More Stacks:There are hundreds of professionally designed free and low cost stacks ready for download. Easily add amazing content to your site.
  • Live Image Editing: Resize, rotate, and style your images with an easy to use HUD and see the changes happen right in the layout.
  • Pros Welcome: Because Stacks builds layout...

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18:04
Rumor: Apple prepping 12" MacBook without fan,...

Rumors from the Far East on Friday claim Apple will soon refresh its MacBook Air lineup and may introduce a slimmed-down 12-inch fan-less version with a new trackpad design that does away with the current mechanical click button component.

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17:49
Rumor: 12-inch Retina MacBook/Air updates coming...

A forum poster with a reputable history on WeiPhone.com [Google translate] (via MacRumors) claims to have information about an upcoming MacBook/Air refresh. According to this source, the new model will sport a 12-inch design close to the current 11.6-inch model, but will...

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17:30
Billboard: Apple considering further streaming,...

About 12 years, Apple brought out its second-generation iPod and made it compatible with Windows, where it had previously been a Mac-only product. A year later, iTunes came to Windows in a move that ensured the software's dominance in the then still-niche MP3 player market. According to music trade magazine Billboard, Apple may again be considering "sleeping with the enemy" in the form of an iTunes app for Android, and is also said to be considering expanding its streaming-music options....
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17:27
New Slim 12" MacBook and MacBook Air Updates...

A new forum post on Weiphone.com has revealed a number of details about Apple's upcoming plans for their MacBook notebooks as well as some details about their iWatch initiative. The author of the post has previously posted legitimate leaks and photos of un-released MacBook hardware in the past.

The poster writes about the upcoming MacBook Pro line as well as a new 12" notebook that has previously been predicted. A MacRumors reader provides a summary translation of the post:

1. MacBook Air updates are coming soon; MacBook Pro updates won't occur until September.
2. He discusses a new 12 inch notebook without fan assembly. It comes with a new trackpad design that doesn't include the mechanical button, as we do on...

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16:46
High-Octane Rock drum loops

Perfect for fans of John Bonham, Simon Phillips, Alex Van Halen, and Dave Grohl, this is the groove inspiration you’ve been looking for – a powerful source of rock drum loops inspired as much by the classic grooves of rock as much as more contemporary rock styles. Just pure, live rock drums. No beat detective. No sequenced samples. This is live, steaming, sweaty, raw rock and roll – the way it was meant to be.

Sounds perfect.

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16:38
3 Free iOS Note Apps

Need a better iOS note app? Vern Seward points out 3 that might fit the bill in this week's Free on iTunes: DraftPad, Squarespace Note, and SwiftKey Note.


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16:06
Twitter to pull #music app from App Store, shut down...

After a year-long run, Twitter #music will be pulled from the iOS App Store on Friday, while the corresponding service will shut down in mid April.

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15:54
China Mobile Posts First Loss in 14 Years as they...

As the saying goes, "Short term pain for long term gain." It's the philosophy that China Mobile has to take as they’ve just reported their first financial loss in 14 years as they surge ahead with the buildout of their new 4G network. Mobile China only began selling Apple's iPhones very late in December ....

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15:52
AT&T fires back, calls Netflix strong net...

The Netflix and large ISP peering arrangement war of words is heating up. After Netflix CEO Reed Hastings' remarks yesterday, AT&T has also penned a missive, suggesting that ISPs follow strong net neutrality provisions giving cost-free data to the streamer is nothing less than suggesting "that people who don't subscribe to Netflix should nonetheless pay for Netflix."...
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15:43
Twitter #music goes the way of the Flappy Bird,...


Remember Twitter #music? Apparently not many people do, and as a result Twitter has decided to pull the app from the iOS App Store today and shut the service down completely next month. According to a pair of tweets posted on the official @TwitterMusic account, the app will be removed from the App Store later today and all streaming service will end on April 18th—one year after the app first launched.

If you...

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15:30
The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for March 21, 2014

NOTE: An issue with the Libsyn player not working on iOS devices has been resolved by moving to an MP3 format from the previous M4A format. We apologize for the inconvenience the past few days.

It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news...

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15:26
Briefly: WeatherPro for iPad, MobileFamilyTree...

MeteoGroup has released an update for WeatherPro for iPad, featuring additions to its forecast screen as well as its premium version. A dynamic 18-hour forecast is now a part of the forecast options, as well as the addition of a new radar preview tile. Premium subscribers can customize the new radar tile to preview and of the weather maps, and also access a brief overview on the lockscreen that automatically refreshes. Radar coverage for Europe now encompasses Spain and Scandinavia. WeatherPro for iPad is priced at $4, and can be downloaded through the iTunes Store....
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15:14
An oral history of Nirvana and the recording of...

I stumbled upon this earlier today. This came out a few years ago, but is new to me. Had to share it. GQ interviewed almost 40 people about the creation of Nirvana’s seminal Nevermind.

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15:00
Bracketron TruRunner: Protecting you and your iPhone...

Runners have options when it comes to carrying their iPhones along for a brisk run, with things like armbands and good old fanny packs being popular solutions. Bracketron will begin selling the TruRunner lightweight pack (US$19.95) in May, so we took...

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14:03
Linux Goes to the Head of the Class


A new book on open source education teaches school leaders and parents why kids need to see coding as more than cool. Energizing Education through Open Source: Using Open Source Software to Enhance Learning by Christopher Whittum makes a strong case for deploying the Linux OS and its academic software in schools. The step-by-step lessons and free online resources Whittum provides make this book required reading for developing computer-driven curriculum and at-home studies.

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14:03
Apple reportedly exploring on-demand music streaming...

In a supposed bid to bolster declining iTunes music sales, Apple is in talks with major record labels to launch a Spotify-like on-demand streaming service, as well as an official iTunes app for the Android mobile operating system.

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14:01
Apple in Talks for On-Demand Streaming Music Service...

Apple is considering launching an on-demand streaming service similar to Spotify in light of declining music sales, reports Billboard. The service would be part of a multi-prong strategy that may also include an iTunes app for Android.Apple has opened exploratory talks with senior label executives about the possibility of launching an on-demand streaming service that would rival Spotify and Beats Music, according to three people familiar with the talks. Apple is also thinking about adding an iTunes App for Android phones, the Google rival that has been growing faster than the iPhone, these sources said.In January, it was reported that music sales had declined for the first time since the iTunes Store opened 2003...

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14:00
Color Cables Have Just the Right Amount of Glow-in-...

A couple of weeks ago I posted a Cool Stuff Found article for Color Cables, an Indiegogo campaign for photofluorescent (i.e. glow-in-the-dark) Lightning, 30-pin Dock, and Micro USB charging cables. The company sent me a couple of their prototypes, and I thought I'd post a Quick Look review while the campaign was still active.


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14:00
Reactr for iOS lets you share a photo or video and...

Reactr (free) is a clever and just-released app that lets you get a reaction to a photo or image you've shared with a friend. Often, we send out what we think is the world's greatest pic, then get nothing from silence from our friends on the other...

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13:54
Report: Apple to launch Spotify rival, iTunes...

Apple has “opened exploratory talks” with record executives about creating an on-demand music streaming service, à la Spotify, and the company is also considering making an iTunes app for Android, Billboard reports. The discussions are reportedly part of a strategy to help Apple cope with declining downloads in the…

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13:47
iLounge Game Spotlight: Star Horizon

Star Horizon ($4) is a new space shooter from Tabasco Interactive. A graphically impressive game, Star Horizon puts players into the ship of space fighter pilot. The on-rails shooter supports iOS controllers. Star Horizon certainly looks like a premium title. With…

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13:44
Report: Apple considering iTunes Store for Android...

According to a new report from Billboard, Apple is considering launching an iTunes Store app on the Android platform to combat declining music sales on the digital platform. The report also says that Apple execs are in talks with high level label executives to discuss debuting an on-demand streaming service.

Apple has opened exploratory talks with senior label executives about the possibility of launching an on-demand streaming service that would rival Spotify and Beats Music, according to three people familiar with the talks. Apple is also thinking about adding an iTunes App for Android phones, the Google rival that has been growing faster than the iPhone, these sources said.

The move to an on-demand streaming service could transform iTunes Radio from the Pandora-like radio model to the more robust on-demand...

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13:36
Apple and Google, Like Microsoft, Reserve Right to...

Apple, Yahoo, and Google all have terms of service that allow them to read users' emails if necessary, according to research done by The Guardian. Apple's iCloud Terms and Conditions includes a clause that gives Apple permission to disclose Account information and Content, including iCloud email, when necessary by law, to address security, fraud, or technical issues, or to protect the rights and property of Apple.You acknowledge and agree that Apple may, without liability to you, access, use, preserve and/or disclose your Account information and Content to law enforcement authorities, government officials, and/or a third party, as Apple believes is reasonably necessary or appropriate, if legally required to do so or if we have a good faith belief that such access, use,...

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13:35
Google Glass is on the Ropes. Could be Finished

Google Glass has been an inspired product. Along the way, however, Google forgot one important thing: to create a thoughtful and beloved product, support it, and develop a considered path to market. That's why Glass looks to be history according to one of its strongest supporters, Robert Scoble.


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13:30
OS X Server (Mavericks): Font profiles with payload...

OS X Server v3.1 or later allows you to create font payloads using Profile Manager. If you include a font larger than 2MB, the payload may not deploy.

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13:30
ExtraBITS for 24 March 2014

Lots happened this week, and we have a boatload of ExtraBITS for you to read. Google officially entered the wearables market with Android Wear, a version of its mobile operating system designed for wearables. Time scored a rare interview with Jony Ive, but our own Jeff Carlson wasn’t thrilled with it. Twitter made it easy to discover anyone’s first tweet, the founder of IDG passed away, and the very first Apple dealer is closing its doors.

 

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13:30
iPad refresh cycle more closely resembles a Mac than...

A new report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners indicates that the refresh cycle on the iPad is more similar to the Mac than it is to the iPhone. In other words, consumers tend to buy and hold onto iPads much longer than they do...

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13:26
Twitter Offers Trip Down 8-Year-Long Memory Lane


It's been eight years since Twitter first began to impose its 140-character regime on the social world, and to celebrate, the company this week launched a new, nostalgically minded tool. At First-Tweets.com, Twitter users now can fondly reminisce about -- and, of course, tweet and share -- what they said the first time they ever took to the twittersphere. By typing in any Twitter handle, in fact, they can look up any other user's fledgling comments as well.

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13:24
Convert images using Preview in OS X

Apple's Preview can be used to quickly convert any supported image or PDF into one of several common formats.

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13:22
‘HealthPatch’ biosensor coming soon to consumer...

Vital Connect, a company working on innovative biomedical and sensor technology, is today officially launching a small biosensor capable of tracking biometric measurements that would normally require a number of larger, clunky accessories or professional medical equipment. You might remember Vital Connect from our report in January when the company’s VP of research and development was scooped up by Apple, likely to work on the company’s highly anticipated iWatch project and health & fitness focused features planned for iOS 8. HealthPatch is already being used by select partners in the medical space, but we’ve learned it’s about to become a reality for everyday iPhone users as consumer...

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13:04
Forums: the true faults of iPhone photography

This week in the MacNN forums, Mac Elite "PeterParker" started a thread discussing the pros and cons of taking pictures with an iPhone from the point of view of someone who has studied photography. Today one Mac Elite hit their head against the wall while trying to figure out problems with iTunes 11, and turned to the forums looking for advice....
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13:01
Apple deals: up to $630 off Retina MBP

Apple's online store this week has a wide selection of refurbished Retina MacBook Pro models with steep discounts. The 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of Flash Storage has been cut by $440 to $1,059. For $1,529 is the refurbished 13.3-inch Retina MacBook Pro with a 2.6GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 512GB of Flash Storage....
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13:00
Test-driving the Satechi USB 3.0 Aluminum Hub

You can always use a few more USB ports, and with the new Satechi USB 3.0 Aluminum Hub, you'll add four more speedy ports to your Mac with a single plugin.

Specifications

Price: US$49.99 (Available at $39.99)
Material: Aluminum
Connectivity:...

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12:59
DealNN: Samsung 840 EVO 1TB for $420 and more

At Rakuten.com, save 23 percent on the Samsung 840 EVO 1TB internal solid state drive which has been cut from $599.99 down to $459.99 with free budget shipping. Use coupon code '4D5198F' at checkout to drop the price down to $419.99. That's $96 less than the lowest price we have seen anywhere else. This weekend only save even more with coupon code 'SUPERWKND' which gives you 10 percent back in Rakuten credits. This SSD features 1TB of storage with read speeds of up to 540MB/s and write speeds of up to 520MB/s. It is backed by a three year warranty on parts and labor from Samsung....
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12:52
Briefly: Civilization V updated for Mac Pro,...

Aspyr has released a new update for Civilization V, aimed at improving its performance on the newest Mac Pro. Allowing for 4K resolutions on supporting monitors while running into fewer crashes, Mac games that use the Mac Pro will be able to take advantage of the machine's second video card. The updated Civilization V will automatically download and install for Steam users, and Mac App users can grab the update from the App Store. Civilization V and all of its DLC and expansions are currently 50 percent off, until March 27, 2014....
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12:07
Tweetbot 1.5 - Popular iOS twitter client now...

Tweetbot is a full-featured OS X Twitter client with a lot of personality. Whether it's the meticulously-crafted interface, sounds and animation, or features like multiple timelines and column views, there's a lot to love about Tweetbot.

Features:

  • Multiple Timelines. Quickly switch between your lists as your main timeline.
  • Multiple Windows and Columns. Display timelines from different accounts side by side.
  • Notification Center support.
  • Beautiful Retina graphics.
  • Mute filters lets you block messages from users without unfollowing them. You can also mute hashtags and specific keywords.
  • Sync timeline position, direct message read statuses, and mute filters between your Mac, iPhone, and iPad via iCloud.
  • Support for multiple services like Pocket, Instapaper, Readability, CloudApp, and Droplr.
  • Save drafts, add locations and POI's, attach photos/videos, manage your lists, and...

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12:00
Here's the iPhone's handy "Undo...

The iPhone is a wonderful tool, but sometimes its simple design ends up inadvertently hiding a useful feature. Today we've got a handy video that will teach you how to utilize your iOS device's "Undo Typing" feature, allowing you to reclaim text you...

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11:57
Apple Death Knell #64: Apple Must Deliver iWatch in...

Mark your calendars. If Apple doesn't release the iWatch by April 19th, the company will "disappear" and become an "irrelevant zombie." Those are bold words from an analyst who is never right, and Bryan Chaffin is adding it to the Apple Death Knell Counter as entry #64.


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11:52
Samsung's Galaxy S4 displaced other Androids in...

A new report on North American adoption of smartphones found iPhone 5 gained users the fastest, building upon Apple's lead in U.S. and Canadian market share, but that Samsung phones displaced other Android devices, giving the Korean giant a plurality of Android's user base.

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11:30
Daily Deals for March 21, 2014, featuring the Car...

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.

TUAW's Daily Deals

The Car Stereo FM Transmitter [On sale for $27.99,...

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11:00
This screenshot perfectly sums up FireChat right now

FireChat, the new "off the grid" chat client for iPhone, kind of exploded in popularity yesterday thanks to a number of piece around the web announcing its existence. The app features two modes: A hyperlocal "Nearby" chat mode that connects directly...

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10:59
NBA team uses iBeacons to push seat upgrades

The Golden State Warriors have become the first NBA team to deploy Apple's iBeacon technology at their stadium, the Oracle Arena, according to Bloomberg. At a recent game, some people who bought cheaper tickets received notifications on their phones, asking them if they wanted to pay extra to upgrade. Several dozen iBeacons have been installed by a company called Sonic Notify....
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10:59
Leaked NSA documents shed light on large sysadmin...

More Snowden document leaks have shed light on the US National Security Agency's initiative to compromise system administrators in its quest to gather intelligence on foes. The documents lay out the NSA's plan to build a network of system administrators, personnel associated with access to networks that the agency wants to implant spyware and other malware....
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10:33
Google Takes their Glass Vision to Smart Contact...

Yesterday, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Google that reveals a new multi-sensor contact lens computer system that could work with many future devices including Google Glass and/or other future wearable devices, an Android smartphone, a television, a gaming system, navigation and/or car stereo and beyond. You may not be a fan of Google, but it's always interesting to see what the competition is doing. And in the blink of an eye ...

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10:32
Chinese State Media Prompts Amazon to Close Store


China's state media seems to have the ear of U.S. tech companies. Amazon's China unit closed down a third-party store after state media criticized Amazon for selling fake cosmetics. Amazon's China unit took the accusations seriously, it said, promising to "strengthen the process of scrutiny." The fake-product accusations were floated on China Central Television, which is the same outlet that railed against Apple a year ago. Within a few weeks, Apple had issued an apology to all Chinese consumers.

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10:29
Inside the iPad rig Jimmy Fallon used to duet with...

Apple's iPad was the centerpiece of a live performance this week featuring the legendary Billy Joel and "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon, and AppleInsider has learned exactly what hardware and software producers utilized to make the memorable duet happen.

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10:00
iPhone 101: Use Safari AutoFill to enter information...

Typing on a mobile keyboard can be a pain, especially when you are entering information into a long web form. To make it easier, you can enable the useful AutoFill feature in Safari, which will automatically enter contact and credit card information...

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09:57
9to5Toys Last Call: 2 Nest Protect alarms $200 ($60...

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:

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09:54
RE:Vision Effects announces Twixtor 6

RE:Vision Effects has announced Twixtor 6 with GPU support for The Foundry Nuke and Assimilate Scratch. You can now create slow motion shots with Twixtor without the cost of renting a high speed camera.

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09:47
iPads may have Mac-like replacement cycle, study...

Shoppers are likely to hold onto an iPad for the same time someone might keep a Mac, a Consumer Intelligence Research Partners study suggests. The firm recently polled 2,000 Americans who bought an iPhone, iPad, or Mac in 2013. While iPhone owners tend to replace their devices every two years or so when it's time to renew a contract, iPad owners are believed to be holding on for a period closer to two to four years, at least. The first-generation iPad only launched in 2010....
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09:16
Absolute LoJack 1.2.0.37 - Theft recovery solution...

Absolute LoJack is a robust theft recovery solution. In addition to keeping your data safe, Absolute LoJack will aid in the recovery of your stolen laptop, smartphone or tablet and return to it you. Locate your device, lock it against unauthorized users and permanently erase files, all from your remote location. Even if thieves reset your device to factory settings or wipe your hard drive, patented Absolute persistence technology re-installs the software despite their best efforts. Your identity is protected. Your data is protected. Your device gets back to you, where it belongs.

Version 1.2.0.37: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

OS X 10.5 or later

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09:12
Google begins damage control for Google Glass

The Google Glass team posted “The Top 10 Google Glass Myths” trying to stem the tide of bad press. They didn’t mention how creepy the company is—perhaps that’s for another “Top 10″ list.

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09:06
MGG 494: Webcam Tweaks, iTunes Clean-up, Using Mics...

John and Dave come to you on Friday this week, just to get ahead of their Macworld/iWorld travels for next week. This show sees your favorite geeks answering questions about optimizing your webcam, fixing iTunes messes, plugging a mic into an iPad, and more! Download today (it's free!) and enjoy.


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09:00
Apple features new "Indie Game Showcase",...

Apple has rolled out a new section on the App Store called "Indie Game Showcase." It's dedicated to spotlighting stunning games by independent iOS developers. As Apple describes the new section:

Often made up of just a few dedicated members,...

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08:46
Tim Cook Highlights 'Magical' iPad Doo-Wop...

Last night on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, Billy Joel joined the talk show host in a doo-wop video so entertaining that it was singled out by Tim Cook on Twitter.

Check this out. @jimmyfallon and @billyjoel with iPad and a cool app called Loopy HD. Magical. http://t.co/dWlZr6Lsm6

— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) March 21, 2014
The featured iPad app is Loopy HD [Direct Link], which allows you to create music by layering loops that you record yourself. Fallon and Joel sang The Lion Sleeps Tonight, a song made popular in the 1960s by doo-wop group The...

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08:40
Hacker demos untethered iOS 7.1 jailbreak for iPhone...

A hacker going by the alias "winocm" has demonstrated what appears to be the first untethered jailbreak of iOS 7.1. The hack currently works only with the iPhone 4 however, since it's the only iOS 7-capable device with an A4 processor. winocm and well-known jailbreaker iH8sn0w are said to be working on a jailbreak for A5-based devices, like the iPhone 4S, iPad 2, and first-generation iPad mini. That could mean it will be some time before modern A7-based devices are cracked....
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08:38
Golden State first NBA team to use iBeacons

The Golden State Warriors are the first NBA team to roll out iBeacons in their home arena, Bloomberg BusinessWeek reports. Oracle Arena in Oakland uses iBeacons to push seat upgrades, as fans with the team’s smartphone app — and cheaper seats — are prompted to upgrade when in the…

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08:30
President Obama to hold second meeting with Internet...

President Obama is slated to meet with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and undisclosed tech company executives later today, according to the White House schedule. On the agenda are further discussions with the executives about recent NSA revelations, and a continuation of the president's "dialogue with them on the issues of privacy, technology, and intelligence."...
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08:06
∞ Apple adds Indie Game Showcase to iTunes

To get to the page, launch iTunes, click the App Store link at the top of the page to get to the App Store, then click the Indie Games Showcase banner at the top of the page (you might need to wait for it to rotate into view).

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08:03
SimpleAir Wins $85M in Google Android Patent...

The patent holding company SimpleAir has been awarded US$85 million in its infringement fight against Google. The company won its case in U.S. District Court in Eastern Texas -- a court that's known for favoring patent trolls.

The Mac Observer Spin: Just because Apple is fighting with Samsung and Google over whether or not Android OS infringes on its patents doesn't necessarily make SimpleAir's win a good thing. SimpleAir is just a patent holding company, often referred to as a patent troll, and its win only helps to line its own pockets and doesn't help to improve the overall patent system.


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