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Monday March 23

08:23
News: Daily Deal: KeySmart 2.0 & Expansion Pack

In our iLounge Deal for today we’re offering the KeySmart 2.0 & Expansion Pack for only $16.99. This handy little accessory allows you to say goodbye to annoying and bulky key rings, allowing you to keep your keys organized in a single convenient, compact, and lightweight holder, allowing you to store twice the keys in half the space. The included expansion pack provides you with room for up 10 keys, and is specifically designed to work…

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08:00
Accessible Apple: Building a Wheelchair/Bed-mounted...

Welcome to the Building a Wheelchair/Bed Mounted iOS Device Setup Guide, a multi-part series in which I discuss how to build an iOS device setup that can be operated with minimal mobility requirements. When complete, you should have an easy-to-use setup that does not require hands or feet to operate.

Introduction

Throughout this guide, I discuss switch access, device mounts, cases and charging solutions. I also look at apps that can ease using iOS in hands-free environments.

Picking the right iOS device

Picking the right iOS device is key to an optimal setup. Whether you decide to go with an iPad, iPad Mini, iPhone or iPod Touch, here are a few things to consider:

  1. What size screen do you need? The device will be mounted far enough away from your face so as not to obstruct your vision or get in the way when holding conversations. An iPad Mini provides a good compromise on size and portability, or if you...

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07:54
Merlin Project 3.0.6.39564 - Project management...

Merlin Project is for those of you who are responsible for complex projects. Simple lists of tasks won't suffice.

Good planning raises questions about the dependencies of activities on each other, the impact of delays on the project completion date, and budget planning. Here, a spreadsheet quickly runs up against its limitations.

These are precisely the answers Merlin Project provides you with to plan and implement projects with just a few mouse clicks. Have we whetted your appetite? Read on to learn about all the benefits of this truly magical software.



Version 3.0.6.39564:

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.



  • OS X 10.9.5 or later



Download Now

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07:46
calibre 2.22.0 - Complete e-library management...

Calibre is a complete e-book library manager. Organize your collection, convert your books to multiple formats, and sync with all of your devices. Let Calibre be your multi-tasking digital librarian.

Manage, convert, sync, and more

  • Library management. Calibre keeps things orderly by creating single entries for books that contains multiple formats. Add tags and comments for better searchability.
  • Format conversion. Calibre's robust conversion options support a wide variety of file formats.
  • File syncing. Calibre's device drivers seamlessly support all the top e-readers and devices.



Version 2.22.0: New Features

  • Book List: When editing...

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07:46
New Smartphone Infographic Shows Apple's iPhone...

In Fast Company's latest interview with Apple's CEO Tim Cook, Cook noted that "There's this thing in technology, almost a disease, where the definition of success is making the most. How many clicks did you get, how many active users do you have...

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07:23
How my app ended up in an Apple ad, and what...

Tiny Hearts Studio founder Robleh Jama writes about his breathtaking experience aboard the Apple marketing roller coaster.

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07:22
Apple Praises 'Becoming Steve Jobs' as...

Apple continues to offer praise for Becoming Steve Jobs, the unauthorized biography of the late Apple co-founder set to be released on Tuesday. A spokesperson for Apple told The New York Times that the upcoming book is "better than anything else we've seen," and several executives at the company agreed to be interviewed for the title because they "felt a responsibility to say more" about the Steve that they knew and worked with.“After a long period of reflection following Steve’s death, we felt a sense of responsibility to say more about the Steve we knew,” Steve Dowling, an Apple spokesman, said. “We decided to participate in Brent and Rick’s book...

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07:21
Take Control of Security for Mac Users, Chapter 9:...

Because so many aspects of OS X depend on Apple’s free iCloud service for key functionality, iiCloud security merits its own chapter. Of course, iCloud works on mobile devices, Windows PCs, and even Apple TVs — not just on your Mac — but the more you know about iCloud security, the better you’ll be able to protect your Mac and its data from unwanted access.

 

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07:20
Chapter 9 of “Take Control of Security for Mac Users...

It’s nearly impossible for today’s Mac user to avoid iCloud, and although Apple has done a good job on iCloud security, Joe Kissell still has some steps you can take to increase your overall security level.

 

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07:12
Pegtron Rides the iPhone Wave to Big Profits

Pegatron's annual net profit is up 53.4 percent year over year, and that's thanks to Apple's iPhone 6. The company builds iPhone for Apple, and that partnership has been paying off with profits hitting US$466.8 million.

The Mac Observer Spin: As long as iPhone sales stay strong, Pegatron is doing great. Considering revenue is down substantially for its other manufacturing categories, however, the company could find itself hurting if iPhone sales drop, or if Apple takes its assembly needs somewhere else.


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07:00
Nomad introduces Puck, Stand charging accessories...

This could come in handy.

Last week, accessory maker Named unveiled two new product categories for Apple Watch; Stand and Pod. The Stand for Apple Watch is built from a solid piece of military grade extruded aluminium with a concealed, precision CnC milled, channel on the backside to effortlessly guide Apple’s cable and magnetic puck into place. The Stand, which retails for US$59, is an Apple Watch charging stand for your desk or bedside with stabilization provided by a copper ballast and high friction rubber base that will begin shipping by May 1st.

Pod for Apple Watch is the only portable power station and cable manager for Apple Watch. Built with a high density...

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06:48
Strong iPhone 6 Sales Sets Record High Profits for...

Strong iPhone 6 sales lifted annual net profit at Pegatron Corp, the Taiwanese assembler of Apple's to a record high..

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06:46
App Wrapper updated to version 3.5

Ohanaware (www.ohanaware.com) has released App Wrapper 3.3, an update to their App Store preparation tool.

It was designed to simplify the process of preparing applications for submission to the Mac App Store and deploying on web sites. App Wrapper features a graphical user interface for adding the required App Store properties, creating high resolution icons, code signing an application, placing an app into a App Sandbox and packaging it in a signed installer or creating a zip file, and more.

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06:39
Apple opens up for new Steve Jobs biography to shape...

Apple executives like CEO Tim Cook were willing to participate in interviews for the new biography Becoming Steve Jobs because of the main author's connections to Jobs, and because the company wants to influence its co-founder's public image, according to an official spokesman.

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06:30
12-inch MacBook logic board studied, proven smaller...

The 12-inch MacBook is being studied in depth.

And it is cool.

Perhaps one of the most striking features about the new machine is that the new logic board is actually smaller than the Raspberry Pi.

The cool cats at Digital Trends ran a comparison and noted that the logic board is 4.6 inches wide and 1.5 inches deep, rounding to the nearest tenth, and not counting a tiny sliver of circuit board that protrudes on one side.

Meanwhile, the Raspberry Pi measures about 3.4 inches by 2.2 inches (rounding to the nearest tenth). That works out to 7.48 square inches, a full quarter of a square inch larger than the MacBook’s logic board. The Pi...

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06:28
Aqua Data Studio 16 released with enhanced visual...

AquaFold has announced Aqua Data Studio 16, an upgrade to its universal database management and analytics software that gives users more charts, features, capabilities, and options.

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06:18
Mac version of Toy Defense 3: Fantasy is out now

Melesta Games (http://www.melesta-games.com) has launched the Mac version of its tower defense game, Toy Defense 3: Fantasy. It's requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.

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06:13
Seeing Android switchers fueling iPhone growth,...

After conducting a new survey showing that iPhone growth is being driven by new owners of the platform, investment firm Cowen and Company raised its price target for Apple on Monday to $135.

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06:12
A day in the life of an Apple Watch user

Sébastien Page, writing for iDownloadBlog, flexes his imagination, sharing his take on a day spent with an Apple Watch in hand. Great imagination, really makes the Apple Watch come to life.

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06:11
Australia's Latest Edition of Elle Magazine...

Australia's latest edition of Elle Magazine highlights the upcoming Apple Watch. The article begins with "Tick-tock, tick-tock: the Apple Watch is coming."

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06:10
AT&T Uses Title II Regulation to Get Out of...

AT&T may have fought the FCC's decision to classify Internet service as a Title II common carrier service, but that isn't stopping the company from using that to its advantage. The cell service and broadband Internet provider argued last week that it fees Great Lakes Comnet and Westphalia Telephone Company of Michigan charged were against the law because of AT&T's common carrier status, and the FCC agreed.

The Mac Observer Spin: AT&T may not like being classified as a common carrier for its Internet services, but that doesn't mean the company can't take advantage of the change. In fact, it would be bad business if it didn't.


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06:03
A lesson from Steve

Tony Fadell, speaking at a TED conference about what he learned from Steve Jobs. Good lesson.

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06:00
Swifty app helps teach Swift programming basics on...

This qualifies as both useful and cool.

Last summer, Apple surprised almost everyone at WWDC with the announcement of Swift, a new programming language for iOS and Mac development.

The language feels like something Apple would invent. Like several of the languages currently popular in web development, it has a concise, readable syntax that’s easier to pick up than Apple’s older language, Objective-C. It was engineered by Apple’s compiler experts, so in addition to being compatible with existing code and Cocoa libraries, it’s also faster by some metrics.

But even though Apple’s tagline for the language is that it “lets everyone build amazing apps,” no novice is...

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05:47
Apple’s mini-Rickroll

Remember Rickrolling? Take a look at Apple’s Control Center support page.

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05:32
Apple Watch stars in Elle Australia magazine's...

Apple's upcoming wearable made its Down Under debut this week in a spread for Elle Australia, with the magazine's senior fashion editor helping fashionistas with tips for styling the Apple Watch for the weekend, at work, or at an after-hours cocktail party.

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05:30
State Farm won’t cover Apple Watch

If you’re pondering an Apple Watch, you might not be able to insure it with State Farm.

According Rob Lee, who was following up on insurance coverage, an email inquiry as to whether State Farm would cover the forthcoming Apple Watch was met with the following reply:

From: Laura Keeler
Date: March 17, 2015 at 3:53:51 PM PDT
To: Rob Lee
Subject: RE: State Farm Claim Information

Hi Rob,

State Farm is not able to insure the Apple Watch as it is too high of a risk. You may want to see if Apple offers insurance for the watch. To cover jewelry/watches you may want to increase the endorsement for jewelry on your Renters policy.

Have a great day!
Laura

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05:05
Samsung to Hold Unprecedented Event in their Korean...

Samsung knows that their new smartphone Galaxy S6 sales have to do well in Q2 2015 in order to stop their mobile division from bleeding for yet another quarter. In Q4 Samsung's profits had crashed...

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05:00
Freemium Field Test: The grinding SimCity BuildIt...

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

This might not be the perfect time to spotlight SimCity BuildIt, which some fans of the long-running urban management series see as a bastardization of what made the classic entries so great. That's because earlier in March, publisher Electronic Arts announced that it had closed the core Maxis studio in Emeryville, California.

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05:00
The Big Implications of the Google, FTC Antitrust...


A 160-page report that was far more complete than the FTC no doubt wanted last week was leaked to the media, clearly showcasing that the FTC staff recommended action against Google for anticompetitive practices. The FTC commissioners then decided to let Google off the hook, apparently because it made some minor changes. Because the Obama administration and Google have been especially cozy, that move gave the impression that the FTC was effectively in Google's pocket.

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04:48
Apple says it participated in ‘Becoming Steve Jobs’...

In the first official statement about Apple’s decision to allow Tim Cook and other senior executives to be interviewed for Becoming Steve Jobs, company spokesman Steve Dowling said it was from a sense of responsibility to Steve’s memory.

After a long period of reflection following Steve’s death, we felt a sense of responsibility to say more about the Steve we knew. We decided to participate in Brent and Rick’s book because of Brent’s long relationship with Steve, which gave him a unique perspective on Steve’s life. The book captures Steve better than anything else we’ve seen, and we are happy we decided to participate.

Apple had initially refused interview requests by authors Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli, the company taking 18 months to change its mind, reports the ...

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04:28
Older mobile users spur data traffic growth in the U...

According to Strategy Analytics’ AppOptix Telemetry Intelligence Platform (www.strategyanalytics.com), the total data traffic (Wi-Fi andcellular combined) doubled between the first quarter [Q1} 2014 and Q4 2014, with the bulk of the growth coming from an older demographic.

The analysis is based on over one million individual application sessions from 3000+ panel members in the US. The results are powered by Strategy Analytics’ elemetry Intelligence Platform. Additional findings from the study include:

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04:07
Kool Tools: Techtool Pro 8 for Mac OS X

Micromat's (www.micromat.com) new version of Techtool Pro (version 8) for Mac OS X offers a number of significant new features. Of the new features included in version 8, the most significant is the component tests. Depending on the model of Macintosh, it can now check up to 150 new components, sensors and voltage levels of which the app previously couldn't test.

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04:05
Elle magazine Australia offers fashion tips for...

Latest stop in the Apple Watch tour of the world’s fashion magazines is the Australian edition of Elle, where fashion editor Sara Smith models the watch and “shares her tips for making the watch work in your wardrobe.” The magazine’s editor in chief, Justine Cullen, also shares why she wants one … 

For the ‘Elle look’ shown above, says Smith, no other accessories are needed.

Team the Apple Watch with chic tailored separates and martial arts- inspired pieces. That’s how I styled it for ELLE this month – everything is belted to give it a karate-inspired edge. Add a pair of sports shoes, no need for jewellery or accessories because the watch is the hero....

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00:00
Pixelmator: Full-featured image editing for Mac and...

This week, the Apple World Today team is excited to announce our latest sponsor: Pixelmator

If you're not familiar with Pixelmator for Mac (US$29.99), you should be! It's an incredibly powerful and full-featured multi-layer image editor. Don't just believe the AWT staff -- look at the reviews on the App Store, with over a 4-1/2 star rating with 3325 ratings over all versions. The latest version (3.3.1) provides:

  • Pixel-accurate selection tools that let you quickly and easily select any part of an image, edit and apply special effects to just a portion of your pictures, select and remove unwanted elements in photos, and cut out objects from one image to place in another.
  • Powerful painting tools that allow painting much as you would on canvas, with different brush shapes, sizes, hardness and blending modes, as...
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Sunday March 22

20:30
Google News buries news of Google's FTC...

After the embarrassing leak of a U.S. Federal Trade Commission investigation that described how Google shifted around its search results to harm competition, Google News has shifted its search results to harm journalism, promoting instead a fluff piece glorifying Google, written by Daniel Lyons.

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19:30
Apple Watch Makes First Australian Magazine...

Elle is the first magazine to feature the Apple Watch in Australia with a fashion shoot starring the publication's in-house fashion editor Sara Smith. The multi-page style guide in the latest April issue offers women tips on how to make the Apple Watch work with different wardrobes depending on the time and place, such as during the weekend, at a cocktail party or in the workplace.

Apple continues to carefully curate the Apple Watch's image and exercise control over the way it's portrayed in magazines, positioning the wrist-worn device as a fashion item first and a technology device second. Apple wants the Apple Watch to be seen as trendy and sporty, perhaps in an attempt to avoid the device being viewed as overly technical and unfashionable as some people have opined about other wearables."For a cocktail party: Wear with a tuxedo suit and sexy heels (think Le Smoking Saint...

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17:23
Apple opens up to praise new book on Steve Jobs, and...

New York Times:

Steve Jobs prized secrecy from his executives and employees during his tenure at Apple. Now his top lieutenants are speaking out — to help shape the legacy of Steve Jobs.

Through interviews and tweets, Apple brass, including the chief executive, Timothy D. Cook, are throwing their weight behind a new unauthorized biography of the Apple co-founder, “Becoming Steve Jobs,” which goes on sale on Tuesday. In the book, executives take aim at another title, “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson, an authorized biography published shortly after Mr. Jobs’s death in 2011.

Not unexpected but interesting to think there might be a concerted, organized PR campaign, not just from the book’s publisher, which is to be expected, but also from Apple.

...

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17:00
Backerjack Podcast Episode 11: Neptune's suite...

NEPTUNE SUITE: IMAGE BY NEPTUNE INC.

In Episode 11 of The Backerjack Podcast, Steve and Ross check out three of the latest products seeking funds and preorders.

  • Neptune Suite, a family of computing products that rely on having all the computing intellgence in the smartwatch. It's the most audacious mobile tech product mashup since the Dragonfly Futurefon.
  • LyfeLens, a connected dash cam that monitors your car even when it's parked and serves as a mobile hotspot
  • ...
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15:30
If your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch is lost or stolen

If you lose your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch or think it might be stolen, these steps might help you locate it and protect your data.

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14:54
Nomad introduces Stand, Pod charging accessories for...

This could come in handy.

Last week, accessory maker Named unveiled two new product categories for Apple Watch; Stand and Pod. The Stand for Apple Watch is built from a solid piece of military grade extruded aluminium with a concealed, precision CnC milled, channel on the backside to effortlessly guide Apple’s cable and magnetic puck into place. The Stand, which retails for US$59, is an Apple Watch charging stand for your desk or bedside with stabilization provided by a copper ballast and high friction rubber base that will begin shipping by May 1st.

Pod for Apple Watch is the only portable power station and cable manager for Apple Watch. Built with a high density...

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13:09
This week on AppleInsider: Apple's ambitious TV...

Last week began with AppleInsider taking a fresh aerial tour of Apple's Campus 2, and later saw important news emerging on the company's TV plans, including harbingers of a streaming service and a redesigned Apple TV set-top. We also renewed the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Force Touch, and took a look at the cars owned by Apple's executives.

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12:00
Review: The 2015 MacBook Air’s once-trailblazing...


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The current design of the MacBook Air was a big deal when it was unveiled back in 2010. Its construction and design were a major improvement over previous Airs, it was Apple's first Mac to go with solid-state storage across the lineup, and it came with a price drop that made them palatable to people who otherwise would have just bought a vanilla MacBook. The MacBook Pro soon imitated the Air by getting thinner, moving to standard SSDs, and dumping stuff like FireWire and the optical drive. And the new MacBook takes the qualities of the Air—thin, light, minimalist—to their logical extremes.

Unfortunately, as the rest of the MacBook lineup and the wider PC industry has shifted around it, the Air's design has stood still. Visually, there is absolutely nothing to distinguish the 2015 MacBook Air from...

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09:12
MGG 545: Ghosts In The Mac

Has your Mac ever suddenly developed a problem that you're swear you didn't create? Maybe it has a ghost. Or is it time for Dave's "Gremlin Story" from his consulting days? Download today to find out! In addition, your geeks also chat through using an SD Card for ongoing data storage, sharing your iCloud Photo Library, how DiskWarrior can save the day, and battery advice from KISS!


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08:52
Magic Leap

Magic Leap is an augmented reality company, developing technology that blends computer generated imagery with reality. Take a look at the video to get a sense of what they have in mind. Cool stuff.

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07:44
Read an exclusive free sample of Becoming Steve Jobs...

Becoming Steve Jobs, a new book by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli about Jobs’ life, comes out on March 24th and is available to download both in digital and print. As part of a strong marketing push by Apple in the run up to the book’s release, iBooks is offering an exclusive free sample of the prologue and first chapter that you can download right now. The sample is available in at least the US and the UK, but may not be available in other regions.

Apple has been heavily promoting the book in the last few days, on its iBooks Twitter account as well as through iTunes marketing emails. iBooks describes it as the ‘only book about Steve recommended by the people who knew him best’. For comparison, in ...

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07:00
Inhabitat's Week in Green: self-driving cars,...

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

It was a big week for Tesla. CEO Elon Musk just announced the end of electric vehicle range anxiety thank...

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06:25
iOS 8.3 includes settings to download free apps and...


A reader has spotted that iOS 8.3 includes some new configuration options for password entry in the iTunes and App Store. Labelled as ‘Password Settings’, the new view allows users to configure how frequently Apple should ask for the user’s iTunes Store password for purchases. This includes allowing users to choose to allow free apps to be downloaded, no password necessary.

The first option allows users to require passwords immediately or expire after fifteen minutes. This option has existed in previous versions of iOS, under the Restrictions settings. However, the toggle below — ‘Require Password’ for free downloads is an altogether new option. It allows users...

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05:00
This Weekend in the App Store -- Osmos, PDF Expert 5...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today's notable apps include a 50% discount on PDF Expert 5, the exciting new Enlight photo editor, and a feature-filled update to Hype 3. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Plump [Now free, down from $0.99] Plump is a tiny and fat creature who loves chocolate! Help Plump eat chocolates in a wonderful land full of adventures!

my monster voice [Now free, down from $0.99] Ever wanted to sound like a monster? 'my monster voice' changes your voice into creepy or funny monster sounds.

Touch™ [Now free, down...

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04:53
Which Apple Watch band should you get?

Rene Ritchie, writing for iMore, take a variety of passes through the Apple Watch band collection, looking at things like size, weight, and closure.

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04:04
Mercedes will have 10 new plug-in hybrid cars by 2017

After dipping its toes into the plug-in hybrid waters, Mercedes-Benz is ready to jump in with both feet. The automaker is planning to launch 10 new plug-in hybrid models between now and 2017 -- on average, that's a new green machine every four months...

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00:53
Switching to electric cars would help cool down...

Electric cars can do more for the environment than cut back on air pollution and fossil fuel use -- they can make sweltering summers more bearable, too. Researchers have determined that EVs create a cooling effect in urban areas, since they aren't pr...

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Saturday March 21

23:40
Intel Core M lets new MacBook go light and fanless,...

At the heart of Apple's upcoming 12-inch MacBook is the Intel Core M, a processor series launched late last year and meant to power extremely light notebooks and tablets. But the new chips come with their own set of benefits and sacrifices, particularly for people considering other MacBook models.

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21:34
TuneIn brings internet radio to your Android Auto-...

If you're part of the fortunate group that can use Android Auto now that it's up and running on Pioneer head units, you may be looking for fresh internet audio sources to keep you entertained during your commute. Well, TuneIn is happy to oblige -- th...

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21:14
OnyX 2.9.6b4 - Maintenance and optimization tool (...

OnyX is a multifunctional utility for OS X. It allows you to verify the startup disk and the structure of its System files, to run miscellaneous tasks of system maintenance, to configure the hidden parameters of the Finder, Dock, Spotlight, and of some of Apple's own applications, to delete caches, to remove a certain number of files and folders that may become cumbersome, and more.



Version 2.9.6b4:

  • Metal interface discontinued
  • Parameters pane reorganized
  • Info pane improved
  • New option: Reset Launchpad
  • New option: Change the background image in the Login window
  • New option: Show/hide Spotlight icon in the menu bar
  • New option: Turn dark menu bar and Dock on or off using the Control-Option-Command-T hotkey
  • New option: Set the speed of display of help tags
  • Deleting the Internet cache improved
  • Deleting the logs improved
  • Deleting the Diagnostic...

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20:00
Disney CEO kept Steve Jobs’ cancer a secret for...

Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger knew early on that Steve Jobs’s cancer had returned and kept it a secret for three years before it became public knowledge, a new biography of Apple Inc.’s late CEO reveals.

Iger learned about the illness less than an hour before Disney announced its 2006 agreement to buy Pixar, the computer-animation studio run by Jobs

This is going to be a very interesting book.

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19:55
iBooks is offering an exclusive sneak peek from “...

iBooks:

There have been many books—on a large and small scale—about Steve Jobs, one of the most famous CEOs in history. But this book is different from all the others.

It’s interesting to see the extensive marketing campaign behind this book.

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19:02
DC airport tries using face recognition to catch...

If you come to the US through Washington DC's Dulles airport in the near future, don't be surprised if Customs and Border Protection takes your snapshot before letting you through. The agency has confirmed to Motherboard that it will be testing a fac...

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18:19
For Boot Camp Users, New Macs Require Windows 8 Or...

For anyone using Windows 7 by way of Apple's Boot Camp utility, beware: support for Windows via Boot Camp remains, but for the newest Apple laptops, it's only for Windows 8 for now. From Slashgear:

This applies to the 2015 MacBook Air, and the 13-inch model of the 2015 MacBook Pro. Windows 8 will remain compatible, as will the forthcoming Windows 10. The 2013 Mac Pro also dropped Boot Camp support for Windows 7, while 2014 iMacs are still compatible, along with 2014 MacBook Airs and 2014 MacBook Pros.

For those who still prefer to run Windows 7 on their Macs, there are other options. This change to Boot Camp will not affect using the Microsoft operating system through virtualization software, such as Parallels and VMware Fusion. Also at PC Mag.


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18:04
Iconic: A Photographic Tribute to Apple Innovation

My thanks to Iconic for sponsoring The Loop this week. Looking for a special gift for that mega Apple enthusiast in your life? How about the newest edition of an absolutely stunning coffee table book that features lush, beautiful photographs of Apple devices? ICONIC: A Photographic Tribute to Apple Innovation is Iconic uses vivid color and detail to document Apple’s journey in design, form and function—and looks back at over 35 years of Apple innovation. Four years in the making, the author captured over 150,000 photos of nearly every product Apple has made, including rare prototypes and even packaging. With a foreword from Steve Wozniak and The Loop’s own Jim Dalrymple and hundreds of amazing quotes from other Apple pundits—ICONIC is the ultimate coffee table book for every Apple fan, and the perfect gift for any Apple owner who ever wanted to explore and discover the true roots of their favorite iMac, iPod, iPad, or iPhone. With free global shipping,...

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16:45
Bjork at MoMA, fight for the open internet and other...

The weekend has arrived and you can catch up on all the stories you might have missed right here. Read about Bjork's new project at the NYC MoMA, how the fight for the open internet isn't over and the history behind Nintendo's mobile gaming ambitions...

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14:31
Google Fiber starts testing targeted, trackable TV...

For all of the other things it does, Google is still a company that makes a ton of money from advertising, and now it's turning that focus to TV. This week the company announced that it's testing a new kind of ad-tracking system for Google Fiber TV c...

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12:42
‘Hey Siri’ in iOS 8.3 allows for automatic...


Apple has made a small, but helpful, change in the way that iOS 8.3 can make phone calls via Siri. With the launch of iOS 8.0 last fall, Apple added a feature to Siri that allows users to activate the service hands-free by saying the phrase “Hey Siri” if the phone is plugged into power. However, if a user asked Siri to make a phone call via the “Hey Siri” hands-free command, the call would strangely not automatically transfer to speakerphone. Based on our tests, this will change in iOS 8.3. As can be seen in the screenshots above, if a user asks Siri to make a phone call through speakerphone, the call will...

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12:38
In Q4 2014 Apple Posted All-Time-High Market Share...

According to the newly-published France Handset Vendor Market share by Operator: Q4 2014 report, published under our HCST (Handset Country Share Tracker) service ...

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12:30
Apple Killed the PC: Smartphones are now the King of...

A new IDC report finds that the combined total market of smartphones, tablets plus 2-in-1s, and PCs is set to grow from 1.8 billion units in 2014 to 2.5 billion units in 2019. During that time, smartphones will grow ...

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12:26
BBM Protected users can chat securely with pals on...

While BBM Protected has been keeping enterprise users' chats secure since last year, it only used to work if it's installed on both parties' phones. Now, though, the feature can keep convos secure even if only one of the chatters has it. In fact, the...

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11:51
Video of the Tag Heuer, Google & Intel...

On Thursday we posted a brief report titled "As Predicted, Tag Heuer Partners with Intel for New Smartwatch." In this report we cover Intel's video of the announcement and more.

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11:48
OS X Users: 13 Characters of Assyrian Can Crash Your...

abhishekmdb writes No browsers are safe, as proved yesterday at Pwn2Own, but crashing one of them with just one line of special code is slightly different. A developer has discovered a hack in Google Chrome which can crash the Chrome tab on a Mac PC. The code is a 13-character special string which appears to be written in Assyrian script. Matt C has reported the bug to Google, who have marked the report as duplicate. This means that Google are aware of the problem and are reportedly working on it.


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10:51
A Sucker Is Optimized Every Minute

theodp writes Now that we have hard data on everything, observes the NY Times' Virginia Heffernan in A Sucker Is Optimized Every Minute, we no longer make decisions from our hearts, guts or principles. "The gut is dead," writes Heffernan. "Long live the data, turned out day and night by our myriad computers and smart devices. Not that we trust the data, as we once trusted our guts. Instead, we 'optimize' it. We optimize for it. We optimize with it." To win Presidential elections. To turn web pages into Googlebait. To sucker people into registering for websites. Of the soon-to-arrive Apple Watch, Heffernan notes: "After time keeping, the watch's chief feature is 'fitness tracking': It clocks and stores physiological data with the aim of getting you to observe and change your habits of sloth and gluttony. Evidently I wasn't the only one whose thoughts turned to 20th-century despotism: The entrepreneur Anil Dash quipped on Twitter, albeit stretching the truth, 'Not since I.B.M. sold...

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10:22
Your Android phone will soon stay unlocked while you...

If you're frustrated that your smartphone locks while it's still in your hands, Google may soon come to your rescue. A handful of Android Police readers report that their Lollipop-equipped phones' Smart Lock security now includes "on-body detection,"...

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10:00
Caturday: Bindi and her iPad

Bindi - Photo by Lan Wang

There are a growing number of cats around the world who are lucky enough to have their own iPads. One of them is Bindi, and her human Lan Wang explains just what she's up to in this picture of this beauty:

“My cat Bindi just loves her iPad. That’s right, we are now putting the iPad 1 to good use. She plays with the bird in the Cat Toy HD app, and when she has exhausted herself, she lies purring and drooling on the iPad, with one eye on the bird! She regularly demands that we pull out the iPad when she’s bored, and we’re happy to oblige!”

Our stock of good Apple-cat photos is drying up! Have a picture of your cat soaking up the good vibes of an Apple product? Tell us the back story behind your kitty's photo on the Apple World Today contact page - we don't accept inbound attachments, so please host the photo on Dropbox, Flickr, iPhoto, etc... and then include the link in your message...

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09:51
Foxconn to Make Second Attempt at Acquiring a Stake...

In November we posted a report titled "Foxconn Partners with Innolux on New Display Plant for 2015" showing that the company was full steam ahead for manufacturing display for the iPhone and beyond. Earlier in the year we had reported that Foxconn was attempting to access Sharp's new brilliant backlight technology for future iDevice display. Now Foxconn wants to make a second attempt ...

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09:44
Review: Elgato’s Game Capture HD60 livestreams your...

Over the past decade, video gaming became social, as voice chat, multi-player matchmaking, and live game streaming enabled gamers to share their experiences with friends and strangers online. Streaming game video was the hardest, requiring so much horsepower that consoles needed computer assistance. Elgato entered the market in 2012 with Game Capture HD, which was designed to record directly from the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Now there’s a more powerful version called Game Capture...

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09:00
Yosemite & iOS 8 How-To: Record video from your...

Have you ever wanted to create an iOS gaming video or a tutorial of how to use your iOS device? Now, with Yosemite and iOS 8 you can record and make a video of what you are doing on your iOS device using your Mac. Here’s how:

In order for this to work, you need to have a newer iOS device with the Lightning connector and the Lightning cable. This includes the iPhone 5 or newer, iPad 3 or newer, iPad mini or newer, and iPod touch (5th gen).

To get started open up the QuickTime app included with your Mac...

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08:24
Holy sh*t snacks! Redditors find massive '...

I'm not sure which is more impressive: the fact that the Archer series creators went through so much trouble to create such an elaborate Easter egg or the fact that someone was actually able to crack the multiple mind-bending puzzles needed to reveal...

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07:52
∞ In appreciation of the MagSafe power adapter

Appreciate for the MagSafe adapter that has saved my bacon many, many times, and now appears on the way out.

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07:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Gorgeous bags, elegant...

Gorgeous bags, elegant keyboards, and more

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases includes fashionable-forward looks from Mulberry, Aspinal of London, and Case Logic, keyboard cases from Sena and Ionic, and everyday protection from Ballistic and Cygnett.

Aspinal of London

The Small Mount Street Tech (all iPad models; $925) is a carry-all bag, designed to fit all of your electronics in style.

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06:39
FX Photo Studio Pro 3.0 - Powerful post-processing...

FX Photo Studio Pro's broad palette of effects and features helps you bring boundless creativity to your photography projects. Whether you are a professional photographer or a hobbyist, this powerful post-processing photo editor takes your images to a whole new level of clarity, brilliance and style.

Features:

  • Includes amind-blowing variety of over 170 photo effects & filters
  • 20 categories for different styles of photography
  • PRO image editing tools and color controls
  • Masking and Color splash tools
  • Possibility to apply multiple layers to one image
  • Access to your iPhoto and Aperture albums
  • Intuitive user interface
  • Sharing via the most popular social networks

Effects:

  • Combine and layer any of the 172 effects to perfect your images.
  • Apply unlimited filters to a single image
  • Combine effects and save the mixes to presets
  • Share your...

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06:30
Recommended Reading: Marvel's 'Agents of S...

Recommended Reading highlights the best long-form writing on technology and more in print and on the web. Some weeks, you'll also find short reviews of books that we think are worth your time. We hope you enjoy the read.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I....

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05:00
Gadget Ogling: Cute Robots, Secure Tablets and a...


PLEN2 is simply adorable. A robot to seemingly fix all the world's problems, if its Kickstarter project is anything to believe, PLEN2 is possibly the most joyous humanoid machine I've seen in years. Maybe I'm swayed a little by the infectious theme song in the pitch video. The idea is to sell the basic robot and let customers get creative using open source tools and 3D-printed parts to customize PLEN2 any way they like. What's most compelling, beyond the innate charm of the thing, is the multitude of control options the owners promise.

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02:17
Reuters: FAA to ease approval process for commercial...

The Federal Aviation Administration wants to make it easier to operate commercial drones, it'd seem. The idea is to make it so companies that are already are exempt from the drone ban don't have to get a new certificate of authority for additional us...

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02:11
Apple Inc Campus 2 Spaceship Ring tops out fifth...

The grand, expansive entry of the center "Spaceship" Ring in Apple's Campus 2 mega-project has reached its ceiling, with a steel structure now only barely visible over the construction barrier from the street, but clearly discernible from the air.

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Friday March 20

22:49
'Halo 5: Guardians' hype train starts with...

Halo fans aren't strangers to alternate reality games, and it looks like Halo 5: Guardians could get something similar to Halo 2's I Love Bees treatment. The just released teaser trailer (embedded below) doesn't give much by way of clues, but ends wi...

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22:17
Apple Collected Over 18,000 Hours of Health and...

ABC was recently invited to Apple's top-secret health and fitness lab for the Apple Watch for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the testing facility, accompanied by Apple executives Jeff Williams and Jay Blahnik. The network shared a preview of its visit on Good Morning America earlier today, and has now provided a closer look at the facility on the latest episode of late night show Nightline.

The five-minute interview behind closed doors revealed that Apple collected over 18,000 hours of health and fitness data based on over 10,000 workout sessions that Apple employees participated in over the past two years at the company's secretive fitness lab. Blahnik, director of fitness and health technologies at Apple, also confirmed that the company tested the Apple Watch outdoors based on a variety of activities.

Apple Watch will be...

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21:08
Review: Apple's early 2015 13" MacBook Pro...

While we love Apple's new Force Touch trackpad, you still need to buy an entire computer to get one. For the moment, that means picking up the latest 13-inch MacBook Pro, a tradeoff that's certainly worth it --?unless you need maximum power or extreme portability.

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20:59
Google Chrome 41.0.2272.101 - Modern and fast Web...

Google Chrome is a Web browser by Google, created to be a modern platform for Web pages and applications. It utilizes very fast loading of Web pages and has a V8 engine, which is a custom built JavaScript engine. Because Google has used parts from Apple's Safari and Mozilla's Firefox browsers, they made the project open source.



Version 41.0.2272.101:

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.



  • OS X 10.6 or later



Download Now

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20:59
Quicken 2015 2.4.2 - Complete personal finance...

Quicken 2015 helps you manage all your personal finances in one place, so you can see where you're spending and where you can save. Quicken automatically categorizes your financial transactions, helps you stay on top of bills and set goals so you can save more. You can even access your data on the go.

Features:

  • View All Your Accounts in One Place - See all your bank, credit card, investment and retirement accounts in one place, so you know exactly where you stand. Quicken 2015 downloads your income and expenses from your accounts, so you don't have to enter transactions manually and avoid the hassle of going to multiple websites.
  • See Exactly Where Your Money Is Going - Quicken 2015 automatically categorizes expenses like groceries, entertainment, and more, so you don't have to edit them manually. You can easily see where you're spending and where you can save.
  • Plan, and Stay on, a Budget...

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20:33
Vector smartwatches promise a 30-day battery life

Tag Heuer's Android Wear device wasn't the only smartwatch at this year's Baselworld. Other devices were also shown and launched during the annual luxury watch fair in Switzerland, including the new Vector Watch. It's slated to come out in two differ...

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19:59
Mac doesn't start up from disc

If your Mac stops responding when starting up from a Mac OS X Install DVD, learn about some troubleshooting steps you can use. 

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19:59
Mac doesn't start up from disc (Apple KB)

If your Mac stops responding when starting up from a Mac OS X Install DVD, learn about some troubleshooting steps you can use. 

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/TS2000

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19:55
Mac OS X: Gray screen appears during startup

Instead of seeing the Finder or the login window after startup, your computer may stop responding and the display may only show a persistent gray screen (you may also see an Apple logo, spinning gear, spinning globe, prohibitory sign, or a folder with a flashing question mark on it).

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19:55
Mac OS X: Gray screen appears during startup (Apple...

Instead of seeing the Finder or the login window after startup, your computer may stop responding and the display may only show a persistent gray screen (you may also see an Apple logo, spinning gear, spinning globe, prohibitory sign, or a folder with a flashing question mark on it).

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204325

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19:52
Mac Basics: Use Mail on your Mac

Use OS X Mail to compose, reply to, and store email on your Mac. 

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19:52
Mac Basics: Use Mail on your Mac (Apple KB)

Use OS X Mail to compose, reply to, and store email on your Mac. 

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204093<

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19:48
Get help using iCloud storage (Apple KB)

Get help upgrading or downgrading your iCloud storage.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT203527

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19:48
Get help using iCloud storage

Get help upgrading or downgrading your iCloud storage.

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19:45
About iTunes Store pre-orders (Apple KB)

You can pre-order music and movies from the iTunes Store prior to the public release date.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202723<

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19:45
About iTunes Store pre-orders

You can pre-order music and movies from the iTunes Store prior to the public release date.

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19:43
If your iPhone, iPad, user iPod touch is lost or...

If you lose your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch or think it might be stolen, these steps might help you locate it and protect your data.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201472

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19:41
Open Directory: Enabling SSL for Open Directory with...

Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) can be enabled to provide encrypted communications between an Open Directory Master, Replica, and the computers that access the LDAP directory domain. SSL uses a digital certificate to provide a certified identity for the servers. You can use a self-signed certificate or a certificate obtained from a certificate authority.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201952

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19:41
Open Directory: Enabling SSL for Open Directory with...

Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) can be enabled to provide encrypted communications between an Open Directory Master, Replica, and the computers that access the LDAP directory domain. SSL uses a digital certificate to provide a certified identity for the servers. You can use a self-signed certificate or a certificate obtained from a certificate authority.

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19:40
How to disinfect the Apple internal or external...

Learn how to disinfect your Apple internal or external keyboard, trackpad, and/or mouse.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201294

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19:40
How to disinfect the Apple internal or external...

Learn how to disinfect your Apple internal or external keyboard, trackpad, and/or mouse.

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19:36
Search with Spotlight (Apple KB)

You can use Spotlight to search for content on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. To use Spotlight, swipe down on your home screen to reveal the search field.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201285

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19:36
Search with Spotlight

You can use Spotlight to search for content on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. To use Spotlight, swipe down on your home screen to reveal the search field.

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19:29
Daily Roundup: Google manipulated search results,...

Happy Friday, readers! In today's edition of the Daily Roundup, you can read about an FTC report that revealed how Google manipulated its search results, Microsoft clarified its Windows 10 upgrade policy for pirated copies and what Popcorn Time is do...

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19:21
About Thunderbolt to Thunderbolt cable (2.0 m)

Learn more about Thunderbolt to Thunderbolt cable (2.0 m) and find answers to frequently asked questions, including the proper usage of Thunderbolt cables.

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19:21
About Thunderbolt to Thunderbolt cable (2.0 m) (...

Learn more about Thunderbolt to Thunderbolt cable (2.0 m) and find answers to frequently asked questions, including the proper usage of Thunderbolt cables.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201164

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18:06
Amazon wants to give paid apps away for free

Downloads from Amazon's Appstore almost assuredly aren't the raging success that the company's ventures like Prime are, but the retail juggernaut isn't giving up on it yet. In fact, the former looks like it's getting an injection of the latter's DNA ...

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17:17
Steve Jobs told Disney's Bob Iger about cancer...

An upcoming book reveals Steve Jobs informed Disney boss Bob Iger in 2006 that his cancer had returned, a secret Iger kept for three years until the information went public.

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17:14
UN Women pulls out of Uber's million-woman...

The hits just keep coming for Uber this week, unfortunately they're mostly in the form of gut punches. First, police forces in both South Korea and France raided Uber offices in their respective countries. Then, later that same day, a Frankfurt court...

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16:17
Here are the most beautiful medical images you'...

This isn't some long lost Jackson Pollock, it's what's going on inside the mind of a fruitfly. Life really does imitate art, as this incredible collection of medical images from Wellcome Images illustrates. These spectacular shots leverage modern med...

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15:45
Second Apple Watch diary entry from model Christy...

Apple posted and update on model Christy Turlington Burns as she uses Apple Watch to train for the London Marathon, this time throwing a spotlight on the device's prowess as a daily planner and run timer.

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15:30
Today in the App Store -- PDF Expert 5, TouchTone...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today's notable apps include a 50% discount on PDF Expert 5, the exciting new TouchTone, and a long-awaited update to Launcher. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Dark Echo [Now free, down from $1.99] Trapped in darkness, you must use visualized sound to guide your way through threatening environments. Apple's App of the week.

C.H.A.O.S Combat Copters HD - №1 Multiplayer Helicopter Simulator [Now free, down from $2.99] CHAOS - is a unique opportunity to act online as a pilot of a military helicopter.

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15:12
Suicide hoax lands Facebook user in psychiatric...

A user from California recently put Facebook's suicide prevention feature to test. According to a report, Shane Tusch shared his frustrations about his bank on the social network and posted a fake-threat to hang himself from the Golden Gate Bridge. A...

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15:08
Jony Ive feared Jobs would fire him on returning to...

In a book excerpt published on Friday, lead Apple designer Jony Ive says he was worried he would be fired when Steve Jobs returned to serve as the company's CEO in 1997.

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15:01
48 Hours Only: Get the lowest prices anywhere on all...

From now until Sunday at 11:59pm PT only: AppleInsider has teamed up with MacMall to offer the lowest prices anywhere on every possible configuration of Apple's early 2015 MacBook Airs and 13" MacBook Pros with Force Touch trackpads with exclusive coupon / promo code APPLEINSIDER01. Current 15-inch MacBook Pros also qualify for the offer.

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14:30
AWT News Update: March 20, 2015

"Apple A8 system-on-a-chip" by Henriok - Own work. Licensed under CC0 via Wikimedia Commons

Happy first day of spring! Some of our Apple news stories for today:

  • Apple may announce a new version of Apple TV this June, featuring Siri voice control, the ability to be used as a home automation hub, more storage and a more powerful A8 system on a chip (image at right). 
  • Apple Stores are considering a way to let customers try out in-ear headphones without fear of sanitation issues.
  • Those newly upgraded MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro models will no longer run Windows 7 under Boot Camp.
  • Apple shares close down 1.25% after an initial morning rise on positive Apple TV news from Morgan Stanley.

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14:14
New Apple TV reportedly debuting at WWDC, with App...

The second the $69 price drop was announced, the first thought I had was, new Apple TV in the pipeline, price dropped to clear out inventory.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:13
Google created an 'Ebola-proof' tablet to...

Up until now, doctors fighting highly contagious diseases like Ebola have had to forgo their gadgets for pen and paper. But Google, at the request of the French organization Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), has developed an alterna...

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13:59
Apple's Boot Camp drops support for Windows 7...

Apple has dropped Boot Camp support for installations of Windows 7 on the recently refreshed 13-inch MacBook Pro and MacBook Air lineup, meaning users will have to switch to third-party virtualization software, upgrade to Windows 8 or wait for Microsoft to release Windows 10.

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13:30
Daily Deals for March 20, 2015, featuring 50% off...

It's time to save some of your hard-earned money with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive deals for AWT readers, hardware discounts and our own handpicked iOS and OS X sales. All prices are USD and subject to change. Please check prices before you purchase as some deals may expire quickly.

AWT's Daily Deals

Readdle PDF Expert 5 [One sale for $4.99, down from $9.99] PDF Expert 5 is a must-have app for anyone who reads, annotates or edits PDF documents on iPad or iPhone. It allows you to mark up documents with highlights and handwriting, insert text and stamps, sign and even merge PDFs

MacPhun Focus [Now free, down from $9.99] To celebrate the launch of AppleWorld.Today, photo...

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13:27
MakeDongle protects Mac software with a USB dongle

Excel Software has announced MakeDongle 1.0, which runs on Mac OS X, Windows or Linux computers. It generates a secure USB dongle that grants a license to run protected software on the attached computers and complements a suite of protection and licensing tools.

Protected software can be stored on the computer or dongle itself. When launched, the dongle is validated before the software is allowed to run. When building dongles, MakeDongle can copy multiple licenses, applications or installers to the USB drive.

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13:25
News: iLounge Weekly coming Monday, sign up now

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

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13:12
Apple discontinues Boot Camp support for Windows 7...

Apple’s latest MacBook Pro and the upcoming MacBook will not support running Windows 7 through Boot Camp according to a support document for the software. Starting on the newest machines, users will need to upgrade to Windows 8 or later in order to take advantage of the Mac’s dual-boot capabilities.

Of course, for users who still rely on Windows 7, there are solutions that allow you to run the operating system on your Mac. Both Parallels Desktop 10 and...

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13:00
Review: TaoTronics’ Bluetooth 4 Car Kit for iPhone...

Up until recently, no one complained about the way iPhones sounded through my cars’ Bluetooth speakerphones, but after switching to an iPhone 6 Plus and a Toyota Prius, friends and family told me that ambient noise has been increasing to distracting levels during our phone calls. If it wasn’t for those complaints, I would never have thought to test an alternative such as TaoTronics’ TT-BR03 Bluetooth 4.0 Hands-Free Car Kit ($30, currently $25 on Amazon). Most cars these days include Bluetooth speakerphone and music streaming support, but this inexpensive accessory is here for cars that don’t — and for cars exhibiting weird audio-related bugs with iPhones. Judging from its...

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12:54
Apple Stops Supporting Windows 7 in Boot Camp on New...

Apple's newly refreshed MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro models no longer support running Windows 7 with Boot Camp, according to Apple's Boot Camp support document. Boot Camp on the new notebooks only works with Windows 8 or later, so it is impossible to use Boot Camp to install Windows 7 on the machines.

For those unfamiliar with Boot Camp, it is Apple's software designed to allow Mac users to install Microsoft Windows on their machines.

Apple also dropped Windows 7 Boot Camp support in the 2013 Mac Pro, suggesting the software would cease to be supported by future Macs, but Macs released in 2014 continued to offer Windows 7 installations. The 2014 MacBook Air and the 2014 MacBook Pro will be the last Apple notebooks that support Windows 7.

It is not surprising that Apple has opted to phase out support for Windows 7...

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12:36
The best iPhone/iPad USB flash drives with Lightning...

There are now several companies selling USB thumb drives for iPhone and iPad since the first ones with built-in Lightning connectors debuted late last year. By connecting a small and lightweight thumb drive directly to your iOS device, you can avoid limitations of onboard storage and cloud services and instead store and stream media like music, video, and photos using the drive’s additional storage.

A few things to consider when searching for the right Lightning drive: some have a battery that requires charging, companion apps for managing and streaming content from an iOS device vary in quality, and I found some have designs that make using...

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12:30
Review: iWalk Extreme Spartan

iWalk's Extreme Spartan ($100) is a bulky 13000 mAh standalone battery that's IP66 certified, meaning it's dustproof and waterproof, though not submersible. Spartan includes two output ports — 2.4A and 1A, respectively. It also has passthrough charging which can charge both the battery and two devices simultaneously. The battery also includes a flashlight and small loop to accommodate an included carabiner hook with compass. A micro-USB cable and Lightning cable also come with Extreme Spartan, as well.{/exp:char_limit}

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12:00
Photo allegedly reveals Apple Store demo kit for...

A new photo, published on Friday, shows what is claimed to be a demonstration kit Apple Stores will soon use for customers to try on in-ear headphones, something that might otherwise be uncomfortable or unsanitary.

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11:51
Apps: Atari Fit, Launcher, Stormblades, Camera+ 6.2...

New Apps + Games Atari Fit (free) — The video game pioneer takes a sharp turn with this latest App Store entry that brings gaming to fitness. Designed to motivate “players” to work out either by themselves or as a team with friends, Atari Fit includes a collection of more than 100 different exercises and workouts including full-body circuits and running programs certified by a professional trainer and performance enhancement specialist.…

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11:38
Voila 3.8.3

Updates the screen capture utility to support 64-bit processors. ($29.99 new, free update, 30.2 MB)

 

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11:24
Security Update 2015-003 (Yosemite)

Patches two vulnerabilities related to iCloud Keychain and IOSurface for those running 10.10.2 Yosemite. (Free, various sizes)

 

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11:18
Apple's Safari among browsers taken down at...

Safari, Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer were all successfully exploited during the second day of the annual Pwn2Own hacking contest in Vancouver.

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11:00
The Week in iOS Apps: Star Wars, Starships, and stuff

Star Wars, Starships, and stuff

This week’s roundup of apps includes a couple of new offerings to take your imagination off-planet—plus new apps for calendars, Mac security, and more.

Google Calendar

Google Calendar has finally arrived as its own app on iOS—sparing Google-loving iPhone users the hassle of syncing disparate calendars across platforms. The new app includes a schedule view, the ability to schedule events directly from Gmail, and “smart suggestions” to help you quickly fill out your event details.

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10:46
Inside Apple’s top secret health and fitness lab for...

ABC News:

Apple engineers, managers and developers have been secretly volunteering for the past year in this state-of-the-art lab to participate in rowing, running, yoga and many more fitness activities in order to collect data for the Apple Watch’s inner workings.

“[The employees] knew they were testing something, but they didn’t know it was for the Apple Watch,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s senior vice president of operations. “We hooked them up with all the masks and so forth, but we would put on an Apple Watch covered up.”

You can watch the video of this story tonight on “Nightline” at 12:35 a.m. ET.

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10:26
New Apple TV hardware coming this summer, report says

Apple is reportedly prepping a new Apple TV set-top box for this summer, with Siri, the App Store, and home automation as centerpieces.

The report comes from BuzzFeed’s John Paczkowski, who has a highly reliable track record with Apple rumors. Paczkowski’s unnamed sources say Apple will show off the new hardware at its Worldwide Developers Conference in June, and will release a software development kit for a TV-friendly version of the App Store.

The hardware itself could be a “significant overhaul,” possibly with Apple’s latest A8 system-on-chip and much more storage than the current Apple TV’s 8GB. The operating system will get a revamp as well, allowing for Siri voice commands and remote control of HomeKit-enabled smart...

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10:01
Apple devices account for over 25% of visits to U.S...

More than one quarter of the visitors to U.S. government websites in the last three months have come by way of a Mac or iOS device, according to federal analytics data, underscoring just how much Apple has inserted itself into the lives of average Americans.

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10:00
Apple gives ABC an exclusive look at its secret...

Ahead of its Watch launch next month, Apple allowed ABC's Good Morning America inside its secret testing facility for the Apple Watch. According to the report, employees were monitored while they exercised as part of the project, but did not know they were testing the Apple Watch.

“[The employees] knew they were testing something, but they didn't know it was for the Apple Watch,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s senior vice president of operations. “We hooked them up with all the masks and so forth, but we would put on an Apple Watch covered up.”

Our take on the news:
Apple has been investing a lot of time and money into developing the Apple Watch, with the fitness and medical applications being one of the major features of the devices. We tend to agree with Stanford's Dr. Michael McConnell who believes the Apple Watch...

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10:00
Force Touch APIs in OS X 10.10.3

The Force Touch trackpad in the all new MacBook and updated 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display has built-in force sensors for a new level of interactivity and control within your apps. Use Force Touch APIs, including Force click, pressure sensitivity, and accelerators, to add a new dimension to your app’s user experience. Learn more about Force Touch.

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10:00
Force Touch APIs in OS X 10.10.3

The Force Touch trackpad in the all new MacBook and updated 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display has built-in force sensors for a new level of interactivity and control within your apps. Use Force Touch APIs, including Force click, pressure sensitivity, and accelerators, to add a new dimension to your app’s user experience. Learn more about Force Touch.

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09:45
This is the Apple Store’s in-ear headphone try-on...

Earlier this month we shared that Apple would soon begin allowing customers to try in-ear headphones at its retail stores. As we mentioned then, Demo Kits include six models of in-ear headphones, half of which are Beats-branded:

The following headphones are available to try out with Demo Kits (Apple’s prices listed, but linked to better prices at Amazon): RHA MA450i ($49.95), urBeats ($99.95), ...

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09:42
Adobe Flash Player updates available for OS X on...

Adobe Flash Player updates address a recently identified Adobe Flash Player web plug-in vulnerability.

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09:37
Apple releases iPhoto 9.6.1 update, works to pave...

It’s not a huge update, but it preps the way for the upcoming transition to the long-awaited OS X Photos app.

On Thursday, Apple released iPhoto 9.6.1. The update, a 1.14 gigabyte download available via OS X’s Software Update/App Store feature, offers the following fixes and changes:

-Improves compatibility when migrating iPhoto libraries to the new Photos app in the OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 (available this spring).

-Fixes an issue that caused iPhoto to display only the first 25 images in a Facebook album.

-Fixes an issue that could cause iPhoto to become unresponsive when printing an image.

As we have known for months, the...

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09:32
Report: Apple plans a new Apple TV box with an app...

Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple is working on a streaming-only TV service for the Apple TV that involves channels from ABC, CBS, Fox, and a handful of others. Today, a report from Buzzfeed's John Paczkowski indicates that we may finally see a new Apple TV set-top box this summer at the Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference and that the upgraded hardware will ship with a new app store and SDK that will let developers do more with the device.

As is often the case with Apple rumors, people have been talking about the possibility of an Apple TV app store for quite a while, but the shop has never actually come to pass. Up until now, creating new channels for the...

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09:19
Rumor: Apple to release updated Apple TV with A8...

Apple may be updating the ol’ hockey puck come WWDC…

Citing sources familiar with Apple’s plans, John Paczkowski of Buzzfeed News reported on Friday that Apple will introduce a next-generation Apple TV in a matter of months. It will also apparently provide developers with a new software development kit to write applications for the new hardware.

In addition to a dedicated App Store with support for third-party software, the new Apple TV will also reportedly support Siri voice input, as well as the company’s latest A8 processor found in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Characterizing it as a “significant overhaul,” Paczkowski also said...

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09:05
Why Swiss smartwatches have no chance against the...

Quartz:

Apple didn’t just take a heritage watch case, add a screen, and shove in a microchip and a bunch of sensors. Trying to integrate one company’s microchip with another’s operating system and app ecosystem, then reconciling that combination with your company’s century-old design ideals is going to require some major compromises.

I don’t think the Swiss watchmakers have “no chance” but they are definitely behind a giant 8-ball and don’t seem to understand why. That’s lethal to their desires in this segment of the market.

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09:01
remove open directory from MDC

Forums: Troubleshooting

I'm upgrading my xSAN to mountain lion from 10.6.8. I'd like to stop using OpenDirectory on my controllers. I have my clients connected to my "real" open directory server and everything seems to work ok except I have warnings in xsan admin showing incorrect search policy. If I demote the mdc replica to standalone, xsan admin complains that it is not a replica. When I demote the mdc master to standalone OD, or connected to a OD, xSAN admin says it should be a OD master.

Is it possible to undue the original configuration to use OD? Or should I just leave it as configured and ignore the warnings?

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08:55
New York Times editor called out in wake of Apple...

Apparently everyone freaked out two days ago when New York Times staff writer Nick Bilton published a column. The column, originally titled “Could Wearable Computers Be As Harmful As Cigarettes”, but was later changed to “The Health Concerns in Wearable Tech,” earnestly points to the rising interest in smartwatches and fitness trackers and wonders if technology’s relentless march might come at a cost of our own health.

The piece began innocently enough:

We have long suspected that cellphones, which give off low levels of radiation, could lead to brain tumors, cancer, disturbed blood rhythms and other health problems if held too close to the body...

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08:50
9to5Toys Last Call: iPad mini 2 $250, LG 50″ 4K...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:
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08:40
Apple offers rare look inside secret Apple Watch...

In a new television segment aired on Friday, Apple offered an inside look at the previously secret health and fitness testing labs for the Apple Watch, hidden inside of a rather plain looking warehouse.

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08:38
Video: See Apple Watch animated emoji and Companion...


Here’s a couple of fun Apple Watch tidbits: for those wondering what the animated emoji look like that you can create on the Watch and send to your phones, we have been sent two examples … one of a smiley emoji and one of a ‘love’ emoji.

This feature was first shown in September as part of the Watch’s unveiling, although interestingly Apple did not show it again at the March Spring Forward event. Users can use touch to adjust the expressions and make ‘custom’ emojis to send to friends.

In addition, last week, we showed you ...

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08:30
LEGO Apple Watch

We saw this amazing LEGO Apple Watch in Jeff Gamet's Twitter stream and couldn't resist its DIY charm. Architect Neil Pann's son put it together. Well done, Master Pann! It's excellent. 

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08:24
Force Touch Trackpad Makes MacBooks More Compelling

Julio Ojeda-Zapata put Apple’s new Force Touch trackpad through its paces and found its features to be flawlessly executed, fairly useful, and wicked cool. He is not yet persuaded to give up the mouse he uses at his office desk, though.

 

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08:20
Hon Hai Executive Overseeing iPhone Production in...

It's being reported today in China that New Taipei District prosecutors on Thursday summoned a Hon Hai Precision Industry executive for questioning on allegations that he had stolen 4,000 iPhone 6 handsets.

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08:18
Tip of the Day: Seeing your Photos on a Map

You probably already know that the photos you take with your iPhone are automatically tagged with the location where you took them, and this information is pretty clearly displayed in the “Moments” section of the new iOS Photos app above each grouping of photos. What you may not have realized, however, is that you can easily view this information on a map simply by tapping any of these headings with a location name. This will take you…

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08:10
News: New Apple TV expected to debut at WWDC with...

After nearly two years of rumors and speculation on Apple’s plans for its next set-top box, a new report from BuzzFeed indicates that the company plans to debut a revamped Apple TV at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June. Citing sources familiar with the company’s plans, the report suggests that Apple will choose to show the device off at WWDC along with a long-anticipated App Store for the living room screen, with…

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08:00
Apple to Debut New A8-Based Apple TV Box With App...

Apple plans to announce its next-generation Apple TV set-top box at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in June, according to BuzzFeed News. The report, citing sources familiar with the plans, claims that the new Apple TV will be a "significant overhaul" of the streaming TV box, featuring both Siri and an App Store with an SDK available for developers to create apps.

The new Apple TV will feature Apple's latest A8 system-on-a-chip and a "dramatic increase" in internal storage, well beyond the 8GB included in the current third-generation set-top box. The addition of Siri will enable Apple TV owners to control a wide selection of HomeKit-enabled home automation devices through the set-top box, according to the report.

The new Apple TV will be part of Apple's ambitious plans to improve the TV experience, an area that iTunes...

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07:52
New Apple TV reportedly debuting at WWDC, with App...


Apple recently dropped the price of the current Apple TV.

John Paczkowski at Buzzfeed, formerly Recode, has today posted that Apple intends to debut a new Apple TV at WWDC, in the summer. Matching reports from 9to5Mac from the last year, he claims the new device (a revamp of the current hockey-puck Apple TV) will feature Siri and an App Store.

This is one of the reason’s why the new hardware would be shown at WWDC, so that developers can begin application development ahead of the product’s release.

The report claims that the device will feature more onboard storage to store applications and ‘expects’ it to use...

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07:52
Apple to reveal new Apple TV with App Store, Siri...

Apple is planning to take the wraps off of a brand new Apple TV set-top box, featuring Siri integration and support for a native App Store, at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference this June, according to a new report.

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07:51
Apple releases security update 2015-003

The update involves iCloud Keychain and the IOSurface framework (for sharing graphics surfaces between applications) and is for Yosemite 10.10.2.

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07:36
ABC Exclusive: The Top Secret Apple Watch Lab...

Apple, known for keeping its product developments under the strictest of lock-and-key, gave ABC News exclusive access into its top secret health and fitness lab, where only Apple employees became test subjects for the new Apple Watch. Apple engineers, managers and developers have been secretly volunteering for the past year in this state-of-the-art lab to participate in rowing, running, yoga...

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07:35
Review: EnerPlex Surfr for iPhone 6

EnerPlex's Surfr ($100) for iPhone 6 is a 2700 mAh battery case with one very notable bonus feature — a solar panel on the back of the case is meant to charge the case's battery "in an emergency situation." Of course, the case can also be charged regularly by using the included micro-USB cable. Surfr uses a two-piece slider design to accommodate installation and removal of an iPhone 6. The case lacks button coverage, though there is a slight lip for screen protection, and the sides of the iPhone remain covered, as well. Surfr is a bit larger and bulkier than most iPhone 6 battery cases we've seen. Lights on the bottom of the case denote how much battery life remains, and another nearby light turns red to indicate the solar panel is charging the case's battery.{/exp:char_limit}
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07:17
China Mobile: It's Time to Expand our...

According to a new report that was published in South China late yesterday, Mobile China could be poised to broaden its 14 month-old alliance with Apple ...

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07:07
Apple Watch health & fitness testing lab...

As Apple continues to build up hype for the upcoming Watch launch on April 24th, the company has given ABC News an exclusive look at the health and fitness lab used for developing the activity features for the new wearable. Jeff Williams, who introduced ResearchKit on stage earlier this month, is featured in the video interview discussing the Apple Watch’s potential impact on health, while Jay Blahnik, formerly of Nike, leads a tour inside Apple’s fitness test facility.

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07:05
AppleInsider podcast recaps exclusive Project Titan...

This week's all-new AppleInsider podcast is now available to download and subscribe in iTunes or SoundCloud, with detailed analysis of this week's news. Editors Neil Hughes and Mikey Campbell review their 'Project Titan' Apple Car report, we give a first look and thoughts on the new MacBook Force Touch trackpad, Nintendo commits to make mobile games, online Apple TV service coming this fall, and more.

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07:03
'Good Morning America' Goes Inside Apple...

ABC News this morning revealed an exclusive behind-the-scenes video of Apple's testing facility for the upcoming Apple Watch, showing off dozens of Apple employees covered in various sensor-tracking technology used to gather data for the health and fitness areas of the wearable device. Apple executives Jeff Williams and Jay Blahnik accompanied ABC on a tour of the facility.

Employees of the company, from engineers to managers and developers, have volunteered to participate in the tests for nearly two years, not knowing of the reason behind the facility until recently. Wearing masks that measure changes in breathing and other various statistics, the volunteers were put through various workout regimens including rowing, yoga, and running, in order to collect data for the Watch.

“[The employees] knew they were testing something, but they didn't...

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06:37
US Navy will fire fighter jets into the air with...

For the last 60 years, the US Navy has launched fighters from carrier decks using steam catapults. While that made for some atmospheric Top Gun shots, the jerky motion adds wear-and-tear to aircraft and pilots alike. The military is now ready to test...

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06:33
Google brings beta Places API to iOS, promises...

Google on Thursday launched a beta Places API for iOS, which should allow future apps with location sharing to use actual place names, instead of latitude and longitude.

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06:29
New Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS Accreditation...

I recently got the announcement of the new official Microsoft Office Accreditation through MacTech. I was lucky enough to sit in on the previous version of this, so thought I’d push out the information on it. It’s attached to the MacTech Pro Events that MacTech has been running:

As you know, Microsoft released a public preview of Office 2016 for Mac. MacTech and Microsoft have created a new accreditation for Apple techs called “Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS Accredited Support Professional, 2015.” Prior to the public Office 2016 announcement, we did a preview of this new course under NDA in Seattle earlier this month.

We’re now announcing the new accreditation — which covers not only Office for Mac (2011 and 2016), but also Office for iOS and Office 365. In short, anyone that supports others using Microsoft Offie on OS X or iOS should get attend and...

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06:21
Review: Aukey’s PB-N30 is the first iPhone external...

When the first iPhone 6 battery cases hit the market late last year, one 9to5Mac reader commented repeatedly that he was holding out for something with a female Lightning port on the bottom, rather than the currently ubiquitous alternative, micro-USB. Why would anyone care? Well, if an accessory can recharge using Lightning, the same charging cable you get with any iPhone can be used with its accessories, too. That means you’ll have one less cable to carry around, a convenience that inspired Apple late last year to offer accessory developers access to female Lightning connectors.

The rollout has been slow: there’s still no Apple-authorized accessory with a Lightning port, since Apple was still only ...

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06:16
Mach Software Design announces an iCloud Note Taker

Mach Software Design (http://www.machsoftwaredesign.com) has released Mach Note, an iCloud PDF note taker, audio note taker, and RTF word processor. It's available for both Mac OS X and iOS.

Mach Note uses iCloud to keep your documents in sync across all your devices. You can access your files from any device with iCloud Drive. It supports iCloud HandOff/Continuity features so you can transfer files between devices. What's more, you can record audio in M4A format with a 3D visualize and more.

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06:11
News: Daily Deal: Jamstik Wireless Smart Guitar

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering you a chance to pick up the Jamstik Wireless Smart Guitar for a great price of $199 – 33% off the normal price. Combining real strings and frets with digital technology, you can play the Jamstik just like a normal guitar right into Garageband or your other favourite iOS app. The bundled apps make Jamstik a great tool for learning to play the guitar, with quality in-depth tutorials, yet the versatility…

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06:08
Apple subscription TV plan could help push services...

Apple's growing services business, including the App Store and Apple Pay, could account for 20 percent of its earnings in the next two years, or perhaps even sooner if the company launches its rumored subscription TV service this fall, one analyst believes.

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06:08
Tiny glass fibers are the secret to boots made for...

A team of Canadian researchers don't think cleats and studs are the way to go when it comes to winter boots. In fact they've developed what they believe are superior alternatives: ones that use minuscule bits of glass instead. The team has designed b...

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06:06
Apple's iPhone Success has Rocked the Korean...

In a January report, Counterpoint's Research Director based in Korea, Tom Kang commented on Apple's performance in Korea in this way: "No foreign brand has gone beyond the 20% market share mark in the history of Korea's smartphone industry. It has always been dominated by the global smartphone leader, Samsung – but ...

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06:00
Building AWT: Finding a new workflow and the bumps...

It's been over a month since Apple World Today launched, and it has been a whirlwind experience. Everything came together so quickly for AWT that my head was spinning for those first few weeks. Part of the chaos came from the necessary change of doing things one way at TUAW and another at AWT. Even the same posts -- my Daily Deals and Today in the App Store posts -- required a whole new workflow. My colleagues have discussed their experiences; now it is time for me share my first month at AWT.

The biggest overhaul for me with AWT was all the changes I had to make to my daily routine. The tools I previously used and the way I used them, no longer worked at AWT. I had to drop a bomb on my old routine and completely forge a new one. I enjoy changes that require me to check out new apps, but it's always been a leisurely experience. This time, however, I had to adapt quickly and get up running with new tools as soon as possible.

Hardware Challenges

One of the...

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06:00
You Should Play: Planet Quest blends music-based...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.

We’ve seen attempts to bring console-style music games to iPhone and iPad, with touch-based entries like Tap Tap Revenge and even adaptations of Rock Band and Guitar Hero—but they’ve been serviceable at best without instrument controllers. And curiously, all of those have since been removed from the App Store!

Instead, the best mobile rhythm games have been those designed from the ground up for touch: Experiences that connect you to the music with a tap, free of excessive interface elements or complicated gameplay. I’m talking Groove Coaster, Taito’s amazing blend of electronic music and...

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05:52
The Force Touch trackpad and the power of bumpy...

The latest version of iMove shows off the Force Touch trackpad and its bumpy pixels. Fascinating technology.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:42
FBI accuses NYPD officer of scamming road accident...

When most people are short of cash, they either sell some junk on eBay or get a second job. NYPD Auxiliary Deputy Inspector Yehuda Katz, on the other hand, decided to try something a little more audacious: a scam that involved breaking into into the ...

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05:15
The inside story of how Apple’s ResearchKit was born

Great story, not only for this fantastic bit:

After Friend’s talk, O’Reilly approached the doctor, and, in typical tight-lipped Apple fashion, said: “I can’t tell you where I work, and I can’t tell you what I do, but I need to talk to you,” Friend recalls. Friend was intrigued, and agreed to meet for coffee.

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05:04
Who’s got the Apple Watch sensor data?

Ask ten different apps how many steps you took today and you’ll no doubt get ten different answers. Why? And what’s the fix?

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:00
Mars One Could Turn Out to Be Mars Zero


Mars One, a Dutch nonprofit organization aiming to land the first humans on Mars and establish a space colony by 2025, appears to have run into trouble. Astrophysicist Joseph Roche, one of the 100 shortlisted candidates, was excited about the project until recently. However, his disposition has soured. At best, things are not quite what they appear to be, according to Roche. He pointed to an assessment of the Mars One mission that concludes, in essence, that the project is not feasible within its established parameters.

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04:36
SCSC releases Scannerz 1.9.9.10 for Mac OS X

Software and Computer System Company (SCSC) has released Scannerz 1.9.9.10 (http://scsc-online.com) for Mac OS X.

The Scannerz package is a set of hard drive, SSD, and system analysis tools designed to help users isolate hardware, system, and performance problems. The package consists of Scannerz, Performance Probe 2, Phoenix, and FSE or FSE-lite. With the release of Mac OS Yosemite Apple is placing more emphasis on Core Storage technology, and SCSC has responded by expanding the products handing of both Core Storage and Apple RAID components.

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04:28
Sponsored Data to expand mobile connectivity to...

Sponsored data provides a useful business model for bringing mobile data to new users in emerging markets and to new device types —according to a new report from Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com).

With sponsored data business models, third party companies like consumer brands, web stores or enterprises can pay the mobile operator for data used by consumers or employees to access their content in a toll-free model, or can offer data rewards like loyalty points. Key findings from the research group's report:

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04:25
CrossOver 14.1 - Run Windows apps on your Mac. (Demo)

CrossOver can get your Windows productivity applications and PC games up and running on your Mac quickly and easily. CrossOver runs the Windows software that you need on Mac at home, in the office, or at school without purchasing a Windows license, without rebooting your computer, and without having to use a virtual machine. And CrossOver can run a wide range of Windows software. Check the What Runs database on the developer's Web site.

Easy Installs!
Many Windows titles can be installed using our CrossTie technology. If you have CrossOver installed, and have the installer for your Windows software, simply click the button in our Compatibility Database, and CrossOver will automatically install your application for you!

Compatibility Center Statistics:

  • 10,961 applications in database
  • 1,761 gold medal applications in database
  • 1,261...

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04:17
Tunnelblick 3.5beta08 - GUI for OpenVPN (beta). (...

Tunnelblick is a free, open source graphic user interface for OpenVPN on OS X. It provides easy control of OpenVPN client and/or server connections. It comes as a ready-to-use application with all necessary binaries and drivers (including OpenVPN, easy-rsa, and tun/tap drivers). No additional installation is necessary -- just add your configuration and encryption information.

To use Tunnelblick you need access to a VPN server -- your computer is one end of the tunnel and the VPN server is the other end. For more information, see Getting VPN Service.

Support is provided by the Tunnelblick Discussion Group.



Version 3.5beta08 (4236):

  • Security Update: Includes OpenSSL 1.0.1m. See...

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04:17
Force Touch features in iMovie illustrate the power...

Haptic feedback features found in a recent iMovie update illustrate the power of Apple’s new Force Touch trackpad to provide feedback, not just as an input device, says one of the pioneers of the technology.

Freelance film editor Alex Gollner first noticed Apple was using the trackpad to provide tactile feedback in a recent update to iMovie.

When dragging a video clip to its maximum length, you’ll get feedback letting you know you’ve hit the end of the clip. Add a title and you’ll get feedback as the title snaps into position at the beginning or end of a clip. Subtle feedback is also provided with the alignment guides that appear in the Viewer when cropping clips.

Apple showed-off the Force Touch feature when announcing the new...

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04:10
Kool Tools: GraphicConverter 9.6

Lemke Software's GraphicConverter 9.6 is a powerful update to its image utility for OS X that offers the ability to export in almost 80 different formats. GraphicConverter is a universal image editing program that features image conversion from more than 200 graphic file formats. Version 9.6 offers:

* Ability to open files in 200 graphics formats
* Ability to export in almost 80 different formats
* Import directly from camera (also RAW)
* Catalog generation (web, print, picture)
* TWAIN and image capture interface for scanners

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03:30
Nintendo making mobile games was inevitable, and it...

For players of all stripes, the name Nintendo is synonymous with gaming. But for die-hard enthusiasts—at least, the ones not blinded by nostalgia—it’s a name also associated with stubbornness, and a slowness to adapt to market changes and emerging trends.

Like when Nintendo opted not to embrace CD-ROMs in the mid-90s, instead sticking with expensive-to-produce, space-limited cartridges for the Nintendo 64. That allowed the PlayStation to take over the market, but of course, there’s an extensive backstory to that whole fiasco. Nintendo has also run into issues with its chilly relationships with third-party developers, its frustratingly slow embrace of online gaming, and its insistence on using aging tech to power recent hardware.

To read this article in full or to...

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01:00
Support corner webcast: Outlook connectivity with...

Join us this Tuesday, March 24 at 9 a.m. PST/12 p.m. ET, when we will talk about MAPI over HTTP, which is a new transport used to connect Outlook and Exchange. We will also discuss some troubleshooting tips and tricks.

To add the webcast to your calendar, visit Office 365| Summit Events.

Presenters

Nagesh Mahadev started at Microsoft about 14 years ago on the Exchange Messaging team and worked with some of Microsoft’s largest premier customers to resolve mission critical and highly complex issues that involve their messaging infrastructures. Focused on cloud technologies for a few years, Nagesh authored several guided walk-through’s and blogs.  

Jon Bradley started at Microsoft as a contractor in late 1999 on the PPS Exchange 24×7 team and became a full-time employee or “Blue Badge” in April of 2000...

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01:00
Office 365 news roundup

Microsoft makes some of the world’s most popular productivity tools, but we know from experience that true productivity is sometimes an elusive goal.

Would it surprise you to learn that the average knowledge worker today spends “an estimated 28 percent of the workweek managing email and nearly 20 percent looking for internal information or tracking down colleagues who can help with specific tasks?” Those are the facts, according to the McKinsey Global Institute. That means many highly skilled professionals are devoting almost half their working hours to routine tasks rather than focusing on creative, innovative work. That’s one reason why we spend so much of our time improving Office 365 and our other productivity tools to make them even more useful and efficient.

During the past couple of weeks, we have highlighted a number of new features, updates and improvements...

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Thursday March 19

23:13
New Interview Offers 'Inside Look' at...

ResearchKit, Apple's new open-source medical framework, was one of the unexpected announcements during the company's Spring Forward media event. Dr. Stephen Friend, one of the key members of the ResearchKit team, talked about the potential genesis of the project in a new interview with Fusion (via iMore).

In September 2013, nearly one and a half years before ResearchKit was unveiled, Friend was at Stanford's MedX conference giving a talk about the future of medical research. He explained how he envisioned an open source system where users could upload their medical data to the cloud for researchers to use in trials.

Sitting in the audience that day was Michael O'Reilly, M.D., the former...

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21:36
Insiders detail beginnings of Apple's...

After a surprise debut earlier in March, Apple's open source ResearchKit framework is being hailed by some as the future of distributed medical research. Dr. Stephen Friend, who worked on the project and now serves as a medical technology advisor at Apple, paints a picture of the tool's early days.

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20:59
iPhoto 9.6.1 - Import, edit, and share your photos...

iPhoto lets you do more than you ever thought possible with your photos. It gives you easy ways to find, sort, and rediscover your favorites. Simple but powerful editing tools let you turn good shots into magnificent ones. And you can share your photos in all kinds of great ways, including fun slideshows, Facebook, and Twitter -- even professional-quality prints, photo books, cards, and calendars. iPhoto isn't just a collection of pictures. It's a collection of possibilities.



Version 9.6.1:

  • Improves compatibility when migrating iPhoto libraries to the new Photos app in the OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 (available this spring)
  • Fixes an issue that caused iPhoto to display only the first 25 images in a Facebook album
  • Fixes an issue that could cause iPhoto to become unresponsive when printing an image



  • OS X 10.10 or later



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18:05
Apple Removes Intego's 'VirusBarrier...

Apple appears to be cracking down on "anti-virus" apps in the iOS App Store, in an effort to prevent customers from believing iOS devices are capable of contracting viruses and malware. Intego, a company that produces anti-virus software for Mac and iOS, recently had its VirusBarrier iOS app pulled from the App Store.

VirusBarrier was an app designed to scan external files stored in the cloud or attached to emails, to detect viruses that might be sent on to vulnerable devices.

Intego CEO Jeff Erwin announced the removal of the app from the iOS App Store yesterday, and pointed towards a larger culling of all anti-virus apps available on Apple's platform. MacRumors spoke to Erwin this afternoon to shed some light on why Apple opted to remove VirusBarrier...

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18:00
Today in the App Store -- CARROT Weather, PDF Expert...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today's notable apps include a 50% discount on PDF Expert 5, the exciting new CARROT Weather, and a feature-filled update to Pixelmator. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

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The PewDiePie Soundboard [Now free, down from $0.99] Here it is - the FIRST and ORIGINAL PewDiePie Soundboard for iOS with more than 250+ PewDiePie-qoutes!

Game About Flight 2 [Now free, down from $0.99] Here comes the Game about Planes 2 with a great many upgrades from the previous version

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17:25
Launcher for iPhone returns after six months

In September 2014, developer Greg Gardner received a call from Apple about his app, Launcher. The app featured Today widgets that launched a variety of third-party apps, and that made Cupertino nervous. "The short story is," Greg told me, "[Apple] told me to remove the widget or they'd take down the app. They also told me that they are usually restrictive when it comes to new functionality and that they sometime loosen the restrictions over time." Apparently that time has come, as Launcher returned to the App Store this week after a six-month absence.

But it wasn't an easy process.

Greg spent the last six months working on "various takes" on Launcher. In January, he released Music Launcher, which we reviewed here. Music...

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17:17
With TV à La Carte Just around the Corner is Apple...

Mediatech Capital Partners' Porter Bibb was on Bloomberg TV yesterday and downplayed Apple's next move into TV bundling. Bibb stated: "I think Apple is ‘too little, too late,' and the cable industry is really not bothered by Apple's entry." He later added that Apple has been fooling around with television for over a decade and that Apple TV was a consumer product failure.

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17:00
AWT News Update: March 19, 2015

A few tidbits of Apple-related news for your Thursday:

  • A number of airlines are preparing Apple Watch apps to provide owners of the new device with pre and post flight information as well as flight status during their trips. 
  • An update is available for iPhoto, perparing the way for migration of iPhoto libraries to the new Photos app when it launches later this spring.
  • Antivirus and antimalware apps appear to be disappearing from the iOS App Store, and that's a good thing.
  • Apple replaced AT&T as part of the Dow Jones Industrial Average today.

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16:35
Fitness Magazine Shares Behind-the-Scenes Details on...

The Apple Watch has already been spotted within the pages of several fitness and fashion-oriented magazines during the month of March as Apple makes an advertising push ahead of the device's launch, and as of this week, it's also scored a spot on the cover of Fitness Magazine.

On the cover, model Kate Bock wears an Apple Watch sport with an aluminum band. The Apple Watch feature focuses heavily on images and doesn't offer much in the way of details compared to other Apple Watch magazine spots, but Fitness shared some information about the shoot with MacRumors, giving us an interesting inside look at Apple's Apple Watch marketing efforts.

Apple first reached out to the magazine about HealthKit following the launch of the iPhone 6, which developed into a relationship that allowed Fitness to be the first women's magazine to photograph the Apple Watch back in early December.

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