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Wednesday April 8

12:45
Apple releases iOS 8.3

Apple has released iOS 8.3 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. It includes performance improvements, bug fixes, and a tweaked emoji keyboard with more than 300 new emoji.

iOS 8.3 allows you to start speaker phone calls via Siri commands. The "personal digital assistant" also now recognizes languages like Portuguese, Russian, Thai, and Turkish.

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12:42
Umask fixed in Yosemite: OSX 10.10.3

Tags: umask

Finally!

Yes, Apple has restored the ability to set a user and system umask in OS X 10.10.3. This is a huge fix for users of shared storage. Xsan and all SANs where users want to be able to share files, projects and all things without using ACLs or any LDAP directory. Anyone using shared storage have been demanding this since the upgrade to Yosemite. 10.10.3 is out today and we will be happy.

This is the new way:

sudo launchctl config user umask nnn

sudo launchctl config system umask nnn

Replace nnn with the value you want to set.

Reference: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201684

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12:30
Dell will sell a bigger version of its flagship...

You might not think of Dell as a big name in tablets -- not on the level of, say, Apple or Samsung. In fact, though, the once-stodgy PC maker sells one of our favorite Android tabs, the Venue 8 7000, which won a Best of CES award and earned a strong ...

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12:26
Hillary Clinton recruits a Google exec as her chief...

Hillary Clinton may not have even formally announced that she's running for President yet, but that isn't stopping her from gearing up for what should be a very tech-heavy election. Both the Washington Post and Reuters claim that the former Secretary...

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12:17
EE's WiFi calling service now works on iPhones...

Remember the other day when we said EE's seamless WiFi calling feature was launching on April 10th? Well, there's been a slight change of plan, as the service is available right now on compatible iPhones (the 5s, 5c, 6 and 6 Plus). WiFi calling was o...

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12:11
Facebook Messenger brings fragmented communication...

Wish you could have the Facebook Messenger experience somewhere other than your mobile device? Pine no more because now it's available on the web (it's a platform now, remember?). As Slashgear notes, it's essentially the app experience but living ins...

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12:04
Podcast: It's New Stuff Week, and Apple's...

It's New Everything Week at Apple, with preorders beginning Friday for the Apple Watch. (Susie still isn't sure which one to get, but she's narrowed it down to three. OK, four.) Also launching this week is the new MacBook and its tiny USB-C port, which Glenn can't wait to test. Oh, and some movies on the iTunes Store, something about a war in the stars? Could be good.

We also take another chance to point and giggle at CurrentC (QR codes, seriously, those never cease to make us chuckle), and talk about whether the rumored new Apple TV needs 4K, or if our broadband can even handle that.

Show notes

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11:46
Gear: Hex Century Convertible Laptop Tote

Hex’s new Century Convertible Laptop Tote ($100) comes from the company’s Century Collection, which is characterized by its blue oil-waxed canvas twill with brown faux leather trim. Convertible Laptop Tote isn’t just a tote bag — an included shoulder strap and four metal loops allow it to be carried as a shoulder tote bag, a messenger bag, and even a backpack, using the loop on the back of the bag. The bag can carry up to a 15”…

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11:30
64-bit Requirement for App Updates

As a reminder, beginning June 1, 2015 app updates submitted to the App Store must include 64-bit support and be built with the iOS 8 SDK. To enable 64-bit in your project, we recommend using the default Xcode build setting of “Standard architectures” to build a single binary with both 32-bit and 64-bit code. For more information, read the 64-Bit Transition Guide for Cocoa Touch.

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11:30
64-bit Requirement for App Updates

As a reminder, beginning June 1, 2015 app updates submitted to the App Store must include 64-bit support and be built with the iOS 8 SDK. To enable 64-bit in your project, we recommend using the default Xcode build setting of “Standard architectures” to build a single binary with both 32-bit and 64-bit code. For more information, read the 64-Bit Transition Guide for Cocoa Touch.

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11:20
Apple Unleashed an In-Your-Face Apple Watch Media...

Today Apple gave big media the green light to post their Apple Watch reviews to positively promote Apple Watch in each and every way. Most reviewers loved the Apple Watch with a few minor negatives ...

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10:57
Pump up your messages with hundreds of new emoji in...

Emoji have become a key part of the way many of us communicate, but everyone knows the symbols aren’t inclusive. An emoji redesign has been in the works for quite some time, and now the results have landed on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch with Wednesday’s release of iOS 8.3.

Now you have access to more than 300 new emoji plus a new scrolling keyboard, so you don’t have to tap through pages to find the symbol that expresses your deepest thoughts. (Or what you had for lunch.)

iOS 8.3 is more diverse across the board, with Siri now able to recognize new languages like Thai, Russian, Turkish, Portuguese, and more.

There are a few other interesting changes, like the addition of filtering to wall out unknown numbers in iMessage. You can also report messages as junk to Apple.

To read this article in full or to...

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10:46
Tip of the Day: Filtering iMessages from unknown...

If you find yourself getting a lot of random iMessages from strangers, a new feature in iOS 8.3, released earlier today, allows you to easily filter these out of your main Messages list and block notifications from them. You can enable or disable this feature with a quick trip into the Messages section of your iOS Settings app. Simply look for the “Filter Unknown Senders” option and toggle it on. Once enabled, go into your Messages app…

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10:40
Apple releases OS X 10.10.3 Update

This may be the update you’ve been hankering for.

On Wednesday, Apple released its OS X 10.10.3 update. The update, which can be downloaded via the App Store, introduces Photos for OS X and adds the following fixes and changes:

- Adds over 300 new Emoji characters.

- Adds Spotlight suggestions to Look Up.

- Prevents Safari from saving website favicon URLs used in Private Browsing.

- Improves stability and security in Safari.

- Improves Wi-Fi performance and connectivity in various usage scenarios.

- Improves compatibility with captive Wi-Fi network environments.

- Fixes an issue that might cause Bluetooth devices to disconnect.

- Improves...

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10:29
Create Booklet is a new PDF booklet creation tool...

TheKeptPromise has introduced Create Booklet 1.0 (http://tinyurl.com/nyvqmx7), its new PDF booklet creation solution for Mac OS X.

Create Booklet is both an application and PDF Service that allows you to create a booklet "off almost anything from almost anywhere." It puts your pages side by side re-sorted for booklet printing.

Create Booklet requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later. It's being offered at the special introductory price of US$4.99 (50% off) and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.

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10:23
Apple launches OS X 10.10.3, introduces new emojis...

Apple released the latest version of Yosemite on Wednesday, ushering in a wave of new features. OS X 10.10.3 includes the all-new Photos app—which we got a sneak peak of during the introduction of Yosemite during Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in 2014—plus 300 new diversified emoji. The update also includes a new “look up” panel with Spotlight suggestions, and several other improvements. We got to see some of these features when OS X 10.10.3’s public beta dropped in February, but now the update is available for everyone to install.

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10:20
Apple iOS 8.3 - The latest version of Apple's...

The latest version of iOS can be downloaded through iTunes.

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

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

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

Design....

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10:18
Karelia announces Sandvox hosting and ships Sandvox...

Karelia Software has shipped Sandvox 2.10 and announced a new Sandvox Hosting service.

Sandvox 2.10 now provides access to the new Sandvox Hosting service in this update to the website building software for OS X. New Sandvox Hosting provides fundamental hosting from directly within Sandvox, integrated and optimized for hosting most Sandvox sites.

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10:16
iOS 8.3 released with fixes for performance and just...

Just a month after adding Apple Watch support with iOS 8.2, Apple has released iOS 8.3 with a larger and much more wide-ranging list of fixes. The update is available as an over-the-air update or through iTunes for any device running iOS 8, including the iPhone 4S, 5, 5C, 5S, 6, and 6 Plus; all iPads except the first-generation model; and the fifth-generation iPod Touch.

The most noticeable fixes, especially for those with older iDevices, will be the performance improvements. Apple claims it has improved general app launch times and responsiveness, as well as specific performance improvements for Messages, Wi-Fi, Control Center, Safari tabs, third-party keyboards, keyboard shortcuts, and the Simplified Chinese keyboard.

The biggest feature update is the new emoji keyboard, also released today as part of OS X 10....

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10:07
News: Apple releases iOS 8.3, iCloud Photo Library...

Apple has publicly released iOS 8.3, noting more than 50 new fixes and improvements across areas such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, Messages, CarPlay, Family Sharing, Accessibility, Enterprise features, orientation and rotation features, and more. The update also boasts improved performance for launching apps, responsiveness of apps, Messages, Wi-Fi, Control Center, Safari tabs, third-party keyboards, and other features. Notably, with iOS 8.3, Apple has…

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10:06
Apple releases OS X 10.10.3 with new Photos app,...

Apple has just released the final version of OS X 10.10.3, the latest major update for OS X Yosemite. The update was first available to the public as a beta build back in early March, and it follows a little over three months after OS X 10.10.2. You can view the full release notes on Apple's site here.

The star of this update is the new Photos app, an OS X version of the photo viewing and editing app included with iOS. It primarily functions as a replacement for iPhoto, the basic photo app included with the iLife suite for years before becoming available for free for all new Macs. It also replaces Aperture, Apple's pro photo editing app—though it...

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09:28
OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 - Apple's latest...

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

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

Redesigned interface.

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

Powerful built-in apps.

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

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09:00
5 easy and powerful Excel features you may not know...

Today’s post on Excel was written by Purna Duggirala president of chandoo.org.

We all know that Excel is packed with tons of powerful features, libraries of formulas and galleries of interesting charts, making it one of the most useful tools for business analysts. I believe that, among the great secrets of Excel, there are several that are easy to use and quickly add value to your work. Let’s take a look at these features—what I like to call the low-hanging fruit— including Sparklines, Conditional Formatting, Slicers and a few simple but useful formulas you may not have noticed.

Sparklines

Sparklines, first introduced in Excel 2010, are charts that provide simple visualization representations of trends across a row of your data—in a single worksheet cell. Sparklines offer excellent real-estate savings on crowded dashboard worksheets and can be extremely insightful for the amount of space used. This feature is unbelievably cool and ridiculously...

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09:00
Introducing Exchange Online Advanced Threat...

Today’s post on Exchange Online was written by Shobhit Sahay, technical product manager for the Office 365 team.

Today, Office 365 provides robust email protection against spam, viruses and malware with Exchange Online Protection (EOP). But as hackers around the globe launch increasingly sophisticated attacks, many organizations are seeking tools that provide advanced protection. That’s why we are pleased to introduce Exchange Online Advanced Threat Protection (ATP), a new email filtering service that provides additional protection against specific types of advanced threats. ATP is currently in private preview and is expected to be available this summer as an optional service for Office 365 commercial customers

ATP for Exchange Online delivers the following benefits:

  • Protection...
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09:00
Choosing Office 365 to empower graduates to compete...

Today’s post on Office 365 was written by Nguyen Thi Minh Thuy, principal at Nguyen Sieu School.

As the principal of Nguyen Sieu School, one of the first private schools established in Vietnam, I feel tremendous responsibility to continuously improve the traditions established over the last 25 years, while introducing new approaches. I believe in student-centered learning and an increased emphasis on teaching English. My goal is to retain the traditional values of Vietnamese culture and learning, while equipping students to become global citizens. We have made great strides, becoming the first Vietnamese school to achieve accreditation with Cambridge International Examinations. In so doing, we have joined an international network of schools, which brings opportunities to equip our students with the confidence to compete with their international...

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08:43
First Apple Watch unboxing videos begin to surface

The very first Apple Watch unboxing videos have surfaced.

An unboxing video has surfaced from French web site Metronews, showing the unpacking of a rounded rectangular box nestled inside a square outer one. The rounded box contains the 42mm Watch held on its side, with a buyer’s chosen band type already attached.

The video is short, but confirms that photos of the packaging shared yesterday were legitimate, with a squat, square box housing the MagSafe charging cable in its bottommost compartment and the actual Watch in its own plastic-looking box separate from the rest of the packaging.

Here’s the video and let us know what you think in the comments:

The...

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08:40
Will it be a Rocky Road for Apple Pay outside the U....

While the news on Apple Pay has been generally positive to date, a new Reuters report today questions if Apple will be able to translate their U.S. success to Europe, Asia and other key markets.

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08:37
The early word on Apple Watch: It's not a must-...

Apple is wading into uncertain territory with its smartwatch, which is an entirely new product category for the company and one that doesn’t seem immediately necessary for most people to buy. Though the same could be said of pretty much any tech gadget, the Apple Watch’s high price point—some models cost as much as an entry-level car—has many people asking: Why do I need one?

Well, you don’t, according to early reviews from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and other mainstream outlets. But that doesn’t mean you won’t want one. Apple opens up preorders for Apple Watch on Friday, so these advance looks at the watch from major publications are designed to show everyone why the Watch is worth buying. And for some, it might not be. But these early reviews indicate that the Apple Watch is a beautiful, useful device, even if it’s...

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08:37
News: After School app returns to App Store with new...

After being pulled from the App Store twice for objectionable content, the anonymous After School app is back with improved safety features, The Daily Dot reports. The app requires students to sign in with Facebook credentials to verify their location and school, then lets them post content anonymously to be viewed by others at their school. Bullies used that anonymity to torment other students, so After School’s parent company, One, spent three…

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08:14
The Tech Block publishes ever-growing Apple Watch...

If you’re looking for as many reviews as humanly possible about the Apple Watch before running out and snagging your own unit, you’re in luck.

The cool cats over at The Tech Block have begun compiling a full roundup of as many published reviews about the wearable as possible. The collection includes YouTube videos, summaries and links to the articles themselves and promises to keep growing as additional pieces are published to the Web.

At present, the roundup features reviews from The Verge, Bloomberg, CNET, the New York Times, Techpinions, Daring Fireball, the Wall Street Journal, Recode, Mashable and Yahoo Tech.

If you’re looking for someone’s...

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07:56
New York Times Apple Watch review hits, cites...

The New York Times has come out the door swinging with one of the very first Apple Watch reviews. The piece, penned by Farhad Manjoo, focuses on what works with the watch, what doesn’t and what needs improvement.

It also makes some fairly salient points in that it cites the author’s initial hesitancy about the device, the learning curve, who it’s designed around and what to expect from it.

Perhaps the most interesting point the piece makes is that it helped wean the author away from his smartphone to a degree. Manjoo points out that since the adoption of smartphones in our lives, we’re constantly...

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07:44
News: Interview details intricate Apple Watch face...

A new Wired interview with Apple human interface chief Alan Dye provides insight into the intricate design process behind some of the Apple Watch’s faces. Dye said that to capture a flower blooming for one Motion face, Apple designers took more than 24,000 photos over 285 hours instead of turning to CGI techniques. The team built a fish tank in its studio to capture jellyfish movements at 300 frames per second for another Motion face, and the…

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07:26
Google, Apple and Microsoft Squirm As Global Tax...

An anonymous reader writes: Google, Apple and Microsoft chiefs were hauled in front of an Australian Senate Committee on Wednesday and forced to answer questions about their tax dodging structures. "Under questioning from Greens Senator Christine Milne, [Google's Maile Carnegie] revealed none of the revenue derived from Google's lucrative advertising business is taxed in Australia, rather it is booked in Singapore where the corporate tax rate is set at 17 per cent, as opposed to Australia's 30 per cent. ... However in the strongest defense yet of the company's complex tax structure, Ms Carnegie attempted to highlight the hypocrisy of criticising global technology companies for using the same approach that Australian mining firms, like Rio Tinto, use when deriving profits from China. 'These are international tax arrangements and what Google is doing in Australia is very very similar to what Australian companies are doing outside of Australia. I am not sitting here today trying to...

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07:08
Bartender 1.2.35 - Organize your menu bar apps. (...

Bartender lets you organize your menu bar apps.

Features:

  • Lets you tidy your menu bar apps how you want.
  • See your menu bar apps when you want.
  • Hide the apps you need to run, but do not need to see.
  • Have the clean looking menu bar you want.
  • Rearrange your menu bar items as you wish.

Bartender lets you organize your menu bar apps by hiding them, rearranging them, or moving them to Bartender's Bar. You can display the full menu bar, set options to have menu bar items show in the menu bar when they have updated, or have them always visible in Bartender's Bar.

There are loads of ways to configure Bartender to perform as you wish. Give it a go and find out.



Version 1.2.35: New Features / Improvements

  • Performance Improvements - We continue to make Bartender work faster and use less resources.

Bug Fixes

  • Menu items...

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07:03
“Popcorn Time” iOS app doesn’t require jailbreak

Semi-legal video streaming app Popcorn Time is coming to iOS with a new version that can be installed without users needing to jailbreak their phones or tablets—but with all the legal risks and ethical problems of actually using it still in place.

Although Popcorn Time already existed for Apple users, it required them to circumvent their devices' protections and then install a third-party alternative to the App Store, both of which voided any warranties with the manufacturer. The 1.2 Beta iOS app avoids these steps entirely.

Despite not needing to jailbreak, you still won't find the app on the official iOS App Store listings—there's no way the Apple gatekeepers would ever allow it onto the platform unless it went completely legit, as anime streaming service Crunchyroll did years...

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06:47
Microsoft's Surface Hybrid-Tablet is Still a...

Last May we posted a report titled "Microsoft's Surface: Tablets that make no Sense or Dollars," that was followed by a second report in October titled "Microsoft's Surface Pro is Still a Loser in the Bigger Picture." Both reports showed how Microsoft's Surface was a loser even after re-marketing it as a hybrid notebook to foolishly try to take on Apple's MacBook Air. Microsoft is going to take another crack ...

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06:45
News: Photos of Apple Watch packaging appear on...

Three photos showing the packaging for an Apple Watch and an individual watch band appeared on Instagram Tuesday. The photos from the Instagram account of Daily Mail employee Jeremy Gan (the account has been made private since the photos were posted) show what appears to a 42mm stainless steel Apple Watch with a Milanese Loop band on a stand inside its packaging. Other photos show the Apple Watch box and what appears to be the light brown Leather…

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06:44
The Apple Watch

Apple Watch is, in many ways, the Bizarro iPhone — in some ways parallel and similar, but in others, the inverse, the opposite.

Both were introduced as three things in one. Steve Jobs, introducing the iPhone back in 2007: “The first one is a widescreen iPod with touch controls. The second is a revolutionary mobile phone. And the third is a breakthrough Internet communications device.” Tim Cook, introducing the Apple Watch: “In addition to being a beautiful object, Apple Watch is the most advanced timepiece ever created, it’s a revolutionary new way to connect with others, and it’s a comprehensive health and fitness companion.”

An iPod, a phone, and an “Internet communicator”.

A watch, a “new way to connect with each other”, and a health and fitness companion.

The iPhone...

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06:25
Now that’s marketing!

Duncan Robson makes YouTube supercut videos and is taking to Patreon to seek funding to keep making them. What’s a supercut video? Watch.

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06:22
Kool Tools: 12-inch Travel Express MacBook Case

WaterField Designs (www.sfbags.com) has refreshed its MacBook Retina Travel Express with new colors and materials in a custom size for the 12-inch MacBook.

The new Travel Express maintains the compact and light feel, the scratch-free customized interior pockets, and the impact-resistant insert from the original case. The updated case is custom-sized for Apple's most up-to-date MacBook and comes in new, modern materials and colors. MacBook users can now choose an all-black ballistic nylon, a tan waxed canvas, or a black, blue or red soft perforated nylon case to complement their wardrobe.

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06:18
Fast Company’s profile of HBO and HBO CEO Richard...

Part industry analysis and part interview, this Fast Company profile is a well crafted and extremely entertaining read.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:18
News: Daily Deal: Innori 22400mAh Portable Battery...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering the Innori 22400mAh Portable Battery Pack for only $39.99 – 40% off the regular price. With three USB ports, this high-capacity battery pack will help you fuel up your iPhone and iPad several times over, and at the same time too. A handy LED light indicator flashes while charging your devices, and turns off when fully charged, and provides 20 meters of lighting distance for convenient night charging. Get…

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06:08
External Link: The Official Guide to Cleaning Your...

Apple has released a support article with instructions for cleaning all of your Apple products: iPhones, iPads, iPods, Macs, cases, displays, and even peripherals. Most of the advice is common sense, but it’s a good idea to check before you clean so you don’t accidentally damage your devices.

 

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06:00
Daily Deals for April 8, 2015, featuring TurnPlay...

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.

Hardware and Accessory Deals

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05:57
∞ Ask Siri which Apple Watch to get

The iHeartApple2 blog asked Siri:

“Which Apple Watch should I get?”

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05:50
Samsung caught hiring fans to attend their S6 Edge...

WantChinaTimes:

South Korean smartphone giant Samsung paid people to pretend to be its fans at a press conference for its products’ release on Friday, reports Shanghai-based news outlet the Paper.

How is it possible Samsung did this and did not know they’d get caught?

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05:48
Apple Watch review roundup: the best smartwatch yet...

Apple has just lifted the embargo on the Apple Watch for reviewers, allowing the technology press the to give their verdict on the device ahead of Watch preorders on the 10th. The device will actually be available to the public on the 24th. The Apple Watch is a huge release for Apple, its first new product category under Tim Cook. The anticipation for Apple Watch has been simply immense. The pricing model alone is a huge step for the company, entering ‘high-end’ luxury for the first time with the Apple Watch Edition … and a price tag in the $10,000 range. These reviews are our first glance at whether Apple succeeded in making the next hit product.

Reviewers got a demo of the entire Apple Watch buying process, from the initial Apple Store try-on experience right through to handling the device for a few days. Reviewers got to choose their watch-band combination,...

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05:36
The evolution of Apple’s Map and Spotlight location...

Developer Rusty Mitchell is obsessed with Apple’s Map and Spotlight icons. Lots of interesting bits in this blog post.

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05:35
Apple Watch Review Roundup: Future of the Wrist, But...

Apple has given members of the media several hands-on experiences with the Apple Watch following its special events, but ahead of Apple Watch pre-orders, select sites have been able to get a much closer look at the device. Apple has provided multiple publications with Apple Watch review units, giving them a chance to spend multiple days with the watch, and they've now shared their opinions in reviews published today.

Apple Watch has received favorable reviews, but isn't for everyone (Image: CNET)
We've rounded up tidbits from several of the best reviews in order to give MacRumors readers a look at the Apple Watch from the perspective of those who have finally had a chance to use it extensively. The roundup includes reviews and opinions from The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Verge, Re/code, Yahoo Tech and...

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05:01
OS X 10.10.3 With All-New Photos App Launching Later...

OS X 10.10.3 with the all-new Photos app will be available Wednesday as a free software update for Mac users, according to The Associated Press. The news organization mentioned the release date as part of its in-depth release about the all-new Photos for OS X app, which it praised for making basic photo editing easy."Procrastinate no more. Apple's new Photos app for Mac computers, available Wednesday as a free software update, makes it easy to organize and edit your pictures. The app, which replaces iPhoto, bundles professional-level tools such as granular color correction into one free consumer package."OS X 10.10.3 will be available through Software Update in the Mac App Store.

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05:00
The Week in Mac Accessories: Woodcrafted wonders and...

Woodcrafted wonders

This week’s roundup includes Monoprice’s first batch of USB-C cables, plus a couple of new products from Grovemade, whose woodcrafted accessories for Mac add luxury and class to a product that already has plenty of both.

Aecraft

The $106 MacBook Sleeve is built for the 11-inch MacBook Air—made of natural Merino wool felt and full-grained vegetable-tanned leather in Belgium. It has no zipper, so no danger of scratches on your laptop; instead, magnets seal up your Apple computer nice and tight.

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05:00
Flexible Aluminum-Ion Battery Recharges in 60 Seconds


Stanford University researchers on Tuesday revealed they had stumbled onto a breakthrough that could lead to the adoption of fast-charging, long-lasting batteries in the near future. The turning point occurred when the researchers were trying out materials to serve as a cathode, and they began experimenting with graphite. Using one of the aluminum-ion prototypes, they were able to charge a battery comparable to one used in a smartphone, in roughly 1 minute.

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04:44
Cloud-DVR subscribers worldwide will increase to 24...

New data from Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) shows the total number of cloud-DVR subscribers worldwide will exceed 4.6 million in 2015 and total 24 million by 2018.

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04:24
Kool Tools: AKVIS Points for Mac OS X

AKVIS 's AKVIS Points 1.0 for Mac OS X and Windows turns images into pointillism paintings. This painting technique is characterized by applying of separate brush strokes in the form of dots or spots.

A complex hue is decomposed into individual colors, which are displayed on the canvas as dotted strokes, small dabs of paint of pure color. The optical mixing of these dots provides a visual perception of an entire painting.

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04:03
The Second Apple Store in Hangzhou China Opens on...

Apple Store number 14 in China opened in Hangzhou on January 24. Apple is scheduled to open a second store in Hangzhou on April 24, 2015

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03:34
Chromium 41.0.2272.118 - Fast and stable open-source...

Chromium is an open-source browser project that aims to build a safer, faster, and more stable way for all Internet users to experience the web.

FreeSMUG-Free OpenSource Mac User Group build is based on the stable Chromium code plus "Check for Updates..." command.



Version 41.0.2272.118:

  • Contains four security fixes



  • OS X 10.6 or later



Download Now

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Tuesday April 7

22:25
Using Apple Earphones with Remote with iPod shuffle...

This document is for iPod shuffle (3rd generation and later).

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21:42
Internet connection does not work with an IP address...

Your Mac, iOS device, or Apple TV cannot access the Internet with an IP address of 169.254.xxx.xxx (where xxx represents a number from 0 to 255).

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21:06
Remove the SIM card from your iPhone or iPad

Learn how to remove the SIM card from your iPhone or iPad.

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20:59
Boom 2 1.1.2 - System-wide pro volume booster and...

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

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

Boom 2 is a pro audio app that:

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

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

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20:59
rekordbox 3.2.1.3231 - Professional DJ music...

rekordbox is the best way of preparing and managing your tracks, be it at home, in the studio, or even on the plane! It allows you to import music from other music-management software using the Bridge function, or by simply adding them into the software for management. rekordbox will work out the BPM and allow you to set hot-cue and loop points into the track, utilizing a full beat grid view in advance, as well as color-coding your music and adding all the ID3 information so it appears automatically later on any rekordbox-enabled Pioneer DJ player.

Working with rekordbox also means that when tracks are exported to a USB key or SD card (CDJ-2000NXS and CDJ-2000 only), the waveforms are loaded instantly. Record your cue, loop, and set history during your set and recall them in rekordbox later. If you enable the Quantize feature within the CDJ-2000NXS/CDJ-2000/CDJ-900NXS/CDJ-900, then rekordbox makes loop and cue points snap to the beat (1ms accurate), ensuring...

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20:34
Apple to open second store in Hangzhou, China on...

Apple on Tuesday announced the upcoming opening of a second store in Hangzhou, China, scheduled to start serving customers on April 24, the same day Apple Watch is slated to launch.

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17:31
Oopsie: Apple Watch packaging pics show up online

A series of photos have surfaced on social media today that provide a first look at what could be the retail packaging for the Apple Watch and individual bands. Instagram user Jeremy Gan posted the photos to his profile, which he has since switched to private, this afternoon. The photos appear to show a 42mm stainless steel Apple Watch with Milanese Loop propped on a stand within its official packaging, alongside a brown leather band in a separate box.

Gan works for the Daily Mail, so the pics could very well be genuine. Somehow I don’t think he was supposed to post these pics to social media.

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17:02
Photos of supposed Apple Watch, accessory strap...

Weeks ahead of Apple's official Apple Watch launch date, a number of photos hit the Web on Tuesday allegedly revealing the device's packaging, as well as a first look at accesosry wrist bands.

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17:00
The Backerjack Podcast, Episode 13: More USBs,...

In Episode 13 of the Backerjack Podcast, Steve and Ross check out four of the latest products seeking funds and preorders.

  • SnapPower, a replacement outlet cover that adds a USB port in seconds
  • Octodon, a wild smartphone keyboard that uses magnetic disks mounted to an unfolding smartphone extension
  • Codie, a little robot loaded with treads and loaded with sensors that's programmed with an iPhone

Many thanks to SnapPower for sponsoring this episode! Please support its ...

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16:37
Retail Packaging for Apple Watch and Bands...

A series of photos have surfaced on social media today that provide a first look at what could be the retail packaging for the Apple Watch and individual bands. Instagram user Jeremy Gan posted the photos to his profile this afternoon, showing off what appears to be a 42mm stainless steel Apple Watch with Milanese Loop within its official packaging and brown leather band in a separate box.

We cannot guarantee the veracity of these photos, and it is entirely possible that the retail packaging is not official. The long, narrow box for the Apple Watch band in particular appears consistent with an image that appeared on Apple's jobs page last month, which at the time was speculated to be retail packaging for bands. We'll update the post as we learn more details about the authenticity of these photos.

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16:37
Packaging for Apple Watch & bands shown off in...



The Apple Watch goes up for pre-order this coming Friday, but an Instagram user this evening has provided us with the first images of the device’s box. The images, which appear to have been posted from New York City, show the box for the 42mm stainless steel Apple Watch with the Milanese Loop band. The Apple Watch pictured appears to have been sourced to UK newspaper The Daily Mail.

A separate image...

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16:08
Intel Looking for a Hit with their New $149 Computer...

We were the first to report in North America last month that Microsoft was testing a New PC Stick Concept in Korea. Surprisingly, the PC Stick isn't just for Korea. Intel may be ramping up production of the Compute Stick quicker than some thought.

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16:00
Accessible Apple: Using the "Additional Notes...

With the Apple Watch preview coming this Friday, Apple Stores will begin offering fitting appointments. According to 9to5Mac's Apple Watch Appointment FAQ, appointments can be booked through Apple.com or through the Apple Store app. I imagine that the process will be similar to that used to book Genius Bar appointments. An Apple sales representative I spoke to earlier today confirmed that an Apple ID will be required in order to book an appointment.

The fact that Apple has made the Apple Watch try-on available by appointment only brings up an opportunity to discuss an often overlooked feature of most appointment/pickup systems -- the "Additional Notes" field. This field can be a great place to add information that can help the group or individual you are interacting with to better...

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15:45
Monoprice undercuts Apple with $10 USB-C cables

Cables—every nerd has a shoebox full of them, but never the one that’s really, really needed. For that, we have Monoprice. The online retailer is our go-to source for cheap but sturdy cables of all kinds, even Apple-licensed MFI (Made for iPhone) cables.

And now it’ll be our go-to source for USB-C cables for the new MacBook as well. On Tuesday, Monoprice announced USB-C cables for the new MacBook and the new Chromebook Pixel...

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15:30
The Week in Mac Apps: Logoist 2, Affinity Designer,...

Logoist 2, Affinity Designer, Mocha Keyboard, and more

This week’s roundup of new Mac apps is jam packed with great design tools, music programs, and photo apps—plus a finance app thrown in for good measure.

Affinity Designer 1.2

Serif’s $50 Affinity Designer (Mac App Store Link) helps you create eye-catching vector graphics with an intuitive and highly functional interface.

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14:41
Samsung Advances their Wide-Band Smartwatch in new...

The whole craze for a future smartwatch really picked up momentum once Apple's early 2013 patent application came to light. The invention provided us with a broad stroke of conceptual ideas regarding a wide-band computer display worn on a user's wrist. Samsung countered that with a patent application filing in September 2013 ....

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14:33
Set up and use Third-party Bluetooth accessories

Learn how to pair your iOS device with your Bluetooth accessories so you can stream phone calls, music, videos, and more.

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14:30
AWT News Update: April 7, 2015

In today's news:

  • Adobe announces Document Cloud, which can best be described as "Acrobat in the cloud" for editing and signing PDF files
  • Researchers at Stanford University have made a prototype aluminum-ion battery that has significant benefits over today's lithium-ion batteries
  • HBO NOW has gone live on Apple TV, iPad, and iPhone
  • Plan on ordering an Apple Watch or 12-inch MacBook online, as Apple Store employees want to avoid lines at the stores

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13:45
News: Photos of alleged iPad mini 4 rear shell appear

New photos and a video alleging to show the rear shell of the next-generation iPad mini have appeared on French blog nowhereelse.fr. The accompanying description notes that the shell includes two rows of ten holes for the speakers on either side of the Lightning port, differing from the number of holes on the current-generation iPad mini. Notably, the report also indicates that the lock switch has disappeared and the new shell appears more similar…

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13:43
Gadget Ogling: Dashing Buttons, a Plug-In PC and a...


Amazon Dash is a series of WiFi connected buttons you dot around your home for various products. Once you run out, hit the button, and Amazon will ship out more of what you need. Run out of things like trash bags, razors, detergent, diapers, paper towels, dog food or toilet paper, and Amazon can ship you more at the touch of a button. It's wonderfully simple and a shining example of how the Internet of Things can better and enrich our lives beyond letting us open a door with a smartphone tap or changing the color of light in a room with an app.

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13:30
60-Second Tips: Safari's Reading List

It happens all the time - you're surfing the web and you find the article that you just have to keep for posterity. You could always bookmark the page for future reference, but sometimes articles are deleted or -- even worse -- changed beyond recognition when the author decides to backslide on his or her original opinion. In today's 60-Second Tip, I'll show you just how easy it is to use Safari's Reading List feature to save complete web pages for offline reading or future reference.

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13:25
How to combine multiple audio interfaces by creating...

By creating an aggregate device, you can use more than one audio interface at the same time with audio applications like Logic, MainStage, or most other Core Audio-compliant applications.

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12:54
Get help with multiple-NAT configurations for Back...

In these cases, your routers could be providing too many layers of NAT. A multiple-NAT configuration happens when at least one router in the network is connected to another router, and each one provides NAT. For example, if your cable modem is providing NAT, and you connect an AirPort Base Station to the modem using the default AirPort settings, the AirPort Base Station might provide another layer of NAT.
To resolve the issue, follow the steps below. If you're on a corporate network, contact your network administrator for help.

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12:51
About Location Services in OS X and Safari

Location Services allows applications and websites to gather and use information based on the current location of your computer. You have to give your permission before an app or website can use your location data.

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12:16
A Landmark Patent Case Opens Tomorrow that Could...

In February of this year, we posted a report titled "The Engineering Group Known as the IEEE has Ruled on Changing Mobile Chip licensing that will Benefit Apple & Others." The report noted that "A particularly controversial change in its bylaws states that reasonable rates should reflect the "smallest salable implementation" of a patented invention."

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12:16
System requirements for Continuity on iPhone, iPad,...

Continuity lets you seamlessly move between your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac, or use them together. You can use Continuity features on the devices listed below.

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11:53
MCE releases Aluminum USB 3.0 Blu-ray/DVD/CD...

MCE Technologies (http://tinyurl.com/khvlneg) has begun shipping an Aluminum USB 3 Blu-ray/DVD/CD Recorder designed for all Macs with, or without, a built-in optical drive.

The enclosure material is aluminum, the interface is USB 3.0, and it includes Mac Blu-ray Player software in order to watch Blu-ray movies on the Mac. It is compatible with all forms of optical disc media including M-Disc 25GB Blu-ray media.

The retail price of the Aluminum USB 3 Blu-ray/DVD/CD Recorder is US$99.95. It's available immediately.

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11:44
Where Apple products are born: a rare glimpse inside...

Re/code:

Foxconn is eager to present a different face, and agreed to give Re/code a tour of a sprawling manufacturing facility in Shenzhen in the south China province of Guangdong were it makes iPads and Macs. To be clear, we were not allowed unfettered access. A special assistant to CEO Terry Gou traveled from Shanghai to escort us on a tour that appeared to paint a picture of workers being treated well. We weren’t permitted to observe the factory floor — an unidentified customer wouldn’t allow that.

I think it’s fair to assume we all know who the “unidentified customer” was.

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11:44
Default Folder X 4.7 for Mac OS X expands Filename...

St. Clair Software (http://tinyurl.com/2gm24v) has launched Default Folder X 4.7 today, an update to their utility for Mac OS X.

Default Folder X enhances the file dialogs in all Mac OS X applications. Its custom keyboard shortcuts put your favorite and recent folders at your fingertips. It provides fast navigation to your files, previews, integrated Spotlight tagging, and more. Version 4.7 expands the filename edit field in Save dialogs and fixes several bugs (and un-fixes one).

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11:41
Samsung expects Q1 profits to drop 30%

Despite continued losses, Samsung’s projected earnings are actually an improvement from the last two quarters, when sales fell 36 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014, and a whopping 60 percent in the quarter before that.

Here’s the way it’s gone for Samsung over the past few years: They shamelessly copied Apple and made a boatload of money; Apple sued the hell out them, so Samsung changed it’s designs thinking it had consumers locked up; They didn’t and profits began to fall dramatically when they released phones not copied from Apple; The new Galaxy S6 shamelessly copies Apple’s iPhone 6.

Samsung is hoping for two things: 1. Apple doesn’t sue the shit out of them again. 2. People are too stupid to recognize the points I listed above and will buy the piece of shit.

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11:38
Reggie Ashworth releases MAS AppDelete Lite 4.0

Reggie Ashworth (www.reggieashworth.com) has announced AppDelete Lite 4.0, an update to his Mac application deletion utility via the Mac App Store.

Via drag and drop, AppDelete Lite will uninstall anything along with all of the associated items. Mac users will no longer have to hunt through their system to find and delete these items manually.

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11:30
Line 6′s Apple Watch app for guitar players

Guitarists are always looking for great tones. AMPLIFi is a Bluetooth speaker and guitar amp in one. Now, with AMPLIFi Remote for Apple Watch, you can pick your favorite guitar sound right from your wrist. And when it’s time to tune up, you’ll see which note you’re playing and whether it’s sharp, flat, or in tune.

I can’t wait to try this out.

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11:27
DE:Flicker released with GPU support for Final Cut...

RE:Vision Effects (www.revisionfx.com) has announced DE:Flicker for Apple Final Cut Pro and Motion; the company has also added GPU support to the already-released version of DE:Flicker for Adobe After Effects. 

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11:16
Recommended Reading: 'Consciously Connecting...

"Consciously Connecting," a new book from Balboa Press, a division of Hay House, aids those too connected to technology with insight on “How to Reconnect in a Disconnected World” to themselves and others without the use of computer screens, keyboards or cell phones. 

As a step-by-step guide, "Consciously Connecting" engages readers in a weekly plan of action to unlock the secrets of reconnecting to the "real" world despite today’s easily accessible, digital communication devices, recommending:

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11:09
Digital-Tutors releases new 'Introduction to...

Digital Tutors (Digital-Tutors.com), a Pluralsight company and provider of an e-learning resource, has released an "Introduction to Unity" tutorial.

The new Unity training includes over four hours and 30 minutes of training content that teaches the viewer how to create a game that they can share with others. Aspects of using Unity 5 are covered including interface comprehension, project creation, character set-up and the development of materials, terrains, and characters.

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11:01
Sonnet announces Fusion PCI Flash Drive

Sonnet (www.sonnettech.com) has announced the Fusion PCIe Flash Drive, a rugged, pocket-size solid-state drive (SSD) storage device with 256GB or 512GB storage capacity — and the newest member of Sonnet's growing family of Thunderbolt 2 technology products.

The Sonnet flash drive serves as an alternative to USB thumb drives and portable SATA-based hard disk drive and SSD storage products. It connects to a compatible Mac or Windows computer, or at the end of a Thunderbolt device daisy chain, via an attached 0.5-meter Thunderbolt cable. 

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10:37
∞ HBO NOW is live

First announced during the Apple Watch event in March, HBO NOW is available to Apple customers today. You can sign-up using your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch or directly on Apple TV.

HBO is offering a 30-day trial to new HBO NOW customers who sign-up through Apple. You can learn more about the programming available by visiting Apple’s HBO NOW channel.

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10:29
Roku Offers Shiny New Streamers


Roku on Monday unveiled its new Roku 3 and an updated Roku 2. The Roku 3 brings voice search and private listening via a headphone jack on the remote control. The Roku 2 received a buff so that its speed falls in line with the company's latest flagship streamer. Roku's share of the streaming hardware market fell from about 48 percent in 2013 to about 27 percent last year, according to Parks Associates. While Roku's share of the market has shrunk over the last few years, the sector has grown immensely.

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10:13
HBO Now's contract-free, stand-alone streaming...

HBO fans have waited long enough for the chance to stream Game of Thrones on their Apple TVs without having to shell out hundreds of dollars for a monthly cable subscription. The time has come. HBO Now is live.

Unlike your cable contract, HBO Now on Apple TV is incredibly straightforward: $15 a month with no commitment for all the HBO content your heart desires. If you sign up before April 30, your first month is free. Game of Thrones starts Sunday. Perfect timing, right?

Apple recently dropped the price of Apple TV from $99 to $69, making it more competitive with other streaming set-top boxes. And HBO Now is exclusive to Apple devices for the next three months, after which HBO can start shopping to the service around to other non-pay TV platforms, which makes...

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10:04
HBO NOW service, app rolls out for Apple TV, iOS...

Amidst the slew of quiet content updates to the Apple TV, the HBO NOW channel is now one of them. The channel has also released its app for the iPhone and iPad, which can stream all of HBO’s past and present original content while the standalone streaming service costs $14.99 per month, with customers receiving the first month free if they sign up in April.

The HBO NOW app and service now divides its content into assorted categories such as a watch list, series and movies. The app also includes a search engine and settings menu and the Apple TV channel itself should surface today alongside the app.

For customers using the HBO NOW app, content can be streamed to an iPhone or...

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09:55
HBO Now launches on Apple TV and Cablevision’s...

After years of speculation and months of planning, HBO Now is finally live. The subscription service is offering a 30-day free trial, and after that it costs $14.99 per month—no cable subscription required. For now, HBO Now is only available on Apple's second- and third-generation Apple TV hardware, as well as over Cablevision's Optimum Internet service, which serves the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut areas.

The launch was expected to happen before the...

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09:23
News: ‘Star Wars’ movies available on iTunes April 10

Add the release of the “Star Wars” movie series on iTunes to the list of big things happening for Apple on April 10. A TV ad from Disney and tweets from iTunes confirm SD and HD versions of all six “Star Wars” movies with hours of new bonus extras are available for pre-order in iTunes at $20 each. Reactions on Twitter were mixed, with many complaining that there’s no bundle discount for buying all 6 movies when fans have…

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09:09
Apple developers getting hands-on Watch time

Maximize your personal productivity by working with limited time under intense supervision deep inside a secret location. 

Apple has been given hands-on Watch time to select app developers, at the rate of about 20 per day. The Financial Times reports that the developers work under surveillance and are required to cover their phone cameras while in the facility.  

Our take on the news:

Developing for the Watch must provide unique challenges to developers, and allowing some hands-on time gives select developers a chance to get top-notch apps ready for day one. Also, Apple's security prevents images of the testing lab itself from leaking, and prevents competitors from getting any information other than what Apple has already shared between now and launch day. 

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09:08
Apple Watch reservations to be limited to one unit...

It’s one Apple Watch reservation at a time for in-store pickup, ladies and gentlemen.

Sources have confirmed that customers will be limited to one Apple Watch each through Apple’s Reserve and Pickup service. Customers in the United States and other launch countries will have to present a valid government-issued photo ID upon pickup. Apple has also stated that surrogate pickups won’t be permitted and only the person whose name is on the reservation will be allowed to pick up the Apple Watch.

Per Apple:

Inventory is subject to change. Your reservation is valid for pickup only at the Apple Retail Store that you selected. If you do not...

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09:04
About AirPrint

AirPrint is an Apple technology that helps you create full-quality printed output without the need to download or install drivers.

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08:54
Apple wants you to buy an Apple Watch online after...

More than six months after Apple Watch made its public debut, the device will finally be available to preorder this Friday. Six months of rumors, news, and breathless anticipation is a lot of hype for a new gadget, so plan accordingly if you expect to buy or try one on in-store.

Try before you buy

We’ve come to expect throngs of eager Apple fans to line up in advance of a new product, but it’s easier than ever to just buy what you want online and avoid the hassle. According to an employee memo from Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts obtained by Business Insider, the company wants the in-...

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08:41
1Password 5.3 for OS X released, includes slew of...

Arguably the best password protector/security application for OS X just got better.

On Monday, AgileBits released version 5.3 of its 1Password application for OS X. The new version, a 36.5 megabyte download, includes a massive list of fixes and changes including time-based one-time passwords for two-step verification, new language translations, bug fixes, core improvements and the like.

Version 5.3, dubbed the “Bionic Edition”, is available for US$49.99 and requires OS X 10.10 or later to install and run.

Check it out if you have a chance, and be sure to take a look at the massive change log for version 5.3, which includes some meaty...

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08:27
Entire Star Wars film series to hit iTunes on Friday...

It won’t just be the Apple Watch that comes out this Friday, April 10th.

Walt Disney on Monday announced a completely digital re-release of the venerable Star Wars series, which will launch as a collection of all six episodes on April 10 through Apple’s iTunes and other outlets.

From Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace to Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, each installment comes with bonus content and will be made available for download on Apple’s mobile devices.

The collection will include bonus material, including never-before-released conversations between the artists behind the movies.

Along with an announcement on the official Star...

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08:27
Mac: Grovemade Laptop Stand

Despite the shiny, high-tech look of Apple’s MacBooks, natural and wood-finished products still remain popular choices for accenting one’s work environment, helping to create a more eclectic look. Grovemade’s Laptop Stand ($120) joins the company’s collection of handcrafted wooden accessories. Crafted from multiple molded sheets of wood veneer, the stand provides a graceful curve that raises your MacBook screen for ergonomics while providing room beneath for expanded space on your desk — a great place to keep your MacBook accessories out the way.

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08:24
News: Regulators scrutinizing Apple’s streaming...

Apple’s upcoming subscription music streaming service is facing new scrutiny from federal regulators, the New York Post reports. Sources confirm the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice are holding talks with music industry executives to see if Apple’s attempts to undercut streaming music competitors violate any antitrust laws. European regulators are conducting a similar investigation. Jimmy Iovine, Apple’s executive…

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08:16
HBO Now streaming subscription channel launches on...

HBO's cable-free subscription service, HBO Now, launched with a free trial on the Tuesday with a new dedicated Apple TV channel and an app on the iOS App Store , ahead of this Sunday's hotly anticipated premiere of "Game of Thrones."

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08:15
Grovemade introduces beautiful wood Laptop Stand

GROVEMADE LAPTOP STAND

Recently, a number of accessory manufacturers have put their focus towards Apple's laptops and created some innovative stands on which to place MacBooks for better desktop viewing. Today, Grovemade announced a stunning Laptop Stand (US$119). 

The Laptop Stand is handcrafted of walnut or maple veneer, with a leather-lined aluminum stop at the front to keep your MacBook and other devices from sliding off. As with Grovemade's other accessories, the Laptop Stand is stylish and unique. It's perfect for those who may want to use an external Bluetooth keyboard and mouse or trackpad on a desk and move the MacBook to a more ergonomic position.

The Laptop Stand is available today; we'll be reviewing this accessory in the near future.

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07:45
Intel to mask billion-dollar mobile losses with new...

With its troubled mobile chip unit hemorrhaging cash -- thanks in part to Apple's domination of the smartphone and tablet markets -- Intel this week announced that it would no longer report mobile earnings as a separate line item, instead choosing to lump them in with its money-minting PC business.

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06:56
If you can't unlock the Security & Privacy...

You can't use admin accounts with blank passwords to unlock the Security & Privacy pane of System Preferences.

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06:56
Researchers build aluminum battery that can be...

Promising battery tech from Stanford. Aluminium!

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06:53
LaCie doubles capacity of Rugged Thunderbolt SSD

LaCie (www.lacie.com) has announced that its Rugged Thunderbolt storage solution will be available in a 1TB SSD capacity.

With double the storage, the new LaCie Rugged is just as portable with no size or weight increase compared to the 500GB offering. Plus, it still features the lightning–fast transfer rates of Thunderbolt and is tough in the field with shock, dust and water resistance, according to Erwan Girard, Business Unit manager for LaCie.

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06:46
Apple Watch developers making daily visits to Apple...

Developers can’t get their hands on their own Apple Watch for testing, so the lucky ones are getting brief visits to the secret underground (not really) Apple Watch lair.

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06:36
Apple Pay picks up 39 new banks, credit unions in...

Apple on Tuesday added 39 more banks and credit unions to the roster of institutions offering support for Apple Pay, bringing the total to more than 180 since the service's launch in October 2014.

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06:18
Tim Cook: Apple employees get 50% discount on Apple...

In a memo to employees, Tim Cook lays out the benefit. Not just the US. In every country they sell Apple Watch.

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06:18
Angela Ahrendts to change Apple product launches

"The days of waiting in line and crossing fingers for a product are over for our customers."

Those are the words of Apple's retail chief Angela Ahrendts. In an internal memo acquired by Business Insider, Ahrendts asks retail employees to steer customers away from brick-and-motar stores for the Watch launch by encouraging them to order online:

"The Apple Store app and our online store make it much easier to purchase Apple Watch and the new MacBook. Customers will know exactly when and where their product arrives.

This is a significant change in mindset, and we need your help to make it happen. Tell your customers we have more availability online, and show them how easy it is to order. You'll make their day."

Our take on the news:

For years, Apple has enjoyed a boost in visibility as customers...

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06:10
Samsung Profits Crash Again Despite the Press Trying...

Wow, do the press love Samsung or what? Samsung announced today that their first quarter will come in with profits down again at 31 percent ...

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06:09
Use Mail Connection Doctor

Mail Connection Doctor can help explain why the Mail app isn't sending or receiving email on your Mac.

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05:55
Entire Star Wars saga headed to iTunes this Friday

The entire collection is available for preorder now. Choose carefully, Padawan.

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05:33
iWatermark Pro 1.63 - Easily add watermarks to art,...

iWatermark Pro - The Essential watermarking app for professionals, business and personal use.

iWatermark, is the No. 1 and only watermarking tool available for all 4 platforms iPhone/iPad, Mac, Android and Windows. iWatermark is the most popular professional watermarking tool for photos.

Easily, secure and protect your photos with a text, graphic, signature or QR watermark. Once added to a photo this visible watermark displays it is created and owned by you.

Features

  • Works with Lightroom, Photoshop, Picasa, ACDSee, iPhoto, Aperture and other photo organizers
  • Batch processing or sequential
  • Input/Output to all major file types JPEG, TIFF, PNG, RAW, etc.
  • Create text, graphic, or QR watermarks
  • Adjust opacity, font, color, border, scale, rotation, shadow, special effects, etc.
  • Use metadata (GPS, Exif, XMP) as watermarks
  • Design, edit and manage a library of watermarks
  • Export...

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05:28
The Chinese Prepare to Burn Banknotes from Hell and...

Every once and a while a strange story pops up that I just can't pass on posting. Today we're learning that people in China ...

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05:04
Apple Granted 41 Patents Today Covering an Apple...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 41 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover one of Apple's retail store related systems for authenticating different levels of security ...

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05:00
Parsix 7 Morphs GNOME Into a Better Desktop


Linux GNOME desktop distros are a dime a dozen. What makes Parsix a shinier dime than many of the others is how the tweaking of the GNOME desktop makes this distro such a pleasure to use. Dubbed Nestor, Parsix 7 is wrapped around Debian GNU/Linux Wheezy 7.0. The project's goal is to provide a ready-to-use and easy-to-install operating system based on Debian's testing branch and the latest stable release of the GNOME desktop environment. The Parsix distro meets that goal -- and goes even beyond.

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04:53
Angela Ahrendts: 'The Days of Waiting in Line...

Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts has issued an internal memo to retail employees that encourages store staff to direct customers to the Apple Online Store to purchase the Apple Watch and new MacBook, according to Business Insider. Ahrendts says that this is "a significant change in mindset" for Apple, noting that the long lines that typically form on Apple product launch days "are over" at retail stores."Get in line online

The days of waiting in line and crossing fingers for a product are over for our customers. The Apple Store app and our online store make it much easier to purchase Apple Watch and the new MacBook. Customers will know exactly when and where their product arrives.

This is a significant change in mindset, and we need your help to make it happen. Tell your customers we have more...

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04:22
Smartphones fuel biometrics to $3.1 billion

ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com) forecasts US$3.1 billion global revenues in 2015 for biometrics in the consumer and enterprise sectors with much of the growth coming from smartphone solutions.

Existing smartphone hardware provides a relatively stable foothold for some authentication modalities but rapid advances in the biometrics field will drive further smartphone hardware upgrades. Meanwhile, pioneering algorithm design and cloud computing services are transforming user authentication.

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04:11
Kool Tools: Fantastical 2 for Mac OS X

Flexibits has introduced Fantastical 2 (http://flexibits.com/fantastical), an update of the OS X calendar app.

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04:06
Apple Granted a Design Patent for their "Glass...

In December we posted a report titled "Apple's "Glass Lantern" Store in Istanbul Turkey Wins Top Structural Award for ..."

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04:02
Doxie 2.8.1 - Scan, share, and store documents,...

Introducing Doxie, the new, modern paper scanner that's so simple, it'll revolutionize the way you think about sharing and storing docs and photos forever. Doxie is ultra-portable, fully automatic, and integrated with your favorite desktop and Web apps - ready to scan and share all of your paper for just $149!

Doxie scans all of your documents, photos, and receipts, then makes it easy to store and share - so amazing, useful, and affordable, it's love at first scan.

The PPC version (1.4) is available here, as well as from the secondary link under the Download link above.



Version 2.8.1:

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.



  • OS X 10.7 or later



Download Now

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03:27
1Password 5.3 - Powerful password manager;...

1Password is a password manager that uniquely brings you both security and convenience. It is the only program that provides anti-phishing protection and goes beyond password management by adding Web form filling and automatic strong password generation. Your confidential information, including passwords, identities, and credit cards, is kept secure using strong encryption.

1Password fully supports major Web browsers, including Safari, Firefox, Chrome, and Opera. All browser extensions share the same encrypted data which means you never need to manually copy your passwords between browsers or from the password manager to a browser ever again!

1Password has received numerous awards, including 5 mice from Macworld magazine, MacLife Editors pick, and was the Pick of Week on MacBreak Weekly by both Leo Laporte and Merlin Mann.

1Password is also available for and syncs with Windows, iOS, and Android.



Version 5.3: New

  • ...

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02:50
Apple Granted a Patent that will allow Hand Signals...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 41 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular granted patent report we cover one of Apple's acquired patents from Primesense. The patent covers a Kinect-like device that creates 3D depth maps of a human hand.

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02:34
iOS: Unable to import photos to computer

Your computer does not recognize an attached iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch as a camera, preventing you from importing photos to your computer. The steps below may resolve the issue.

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01:07
OS X Mavericks: Using advanced Active Directory...

A configuration profile can be used to configure OS X to join an Active Directory (AD) domain.

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01:00
Support Corner webcast— supporting common scenarios...

Join us Tuesday, April 14th at 9 a.m. PT/12 p.m. ET to learn the basics of OneDrive for Business, including using and updating the sync app, working with the OneDrive for Business site and common troubleshooting scenarios.

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

Presenters

Rory Lenertz is a technical readiness engineer focusing on SharePoint Online. Rory has been working with SharePoint Online for over four years with an emphasis on Knowledge Base articles and support readiness materials.

Brian Bishop is a technical readiness engineer. He’s worked for Microsoft since 2006 as a support engineer and content creator. His current focus is building SharePoint readiness training and documentation.

For more information on future Office 365 support webcasts, visit the...

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00:59
LG may have just outed an 8K iMac

Apple's suppliers take a $50 million blood oath on new model secrecy, but it looks like someone from LG didn't get that memo. In a press release explaining why 4K is now passé (really?), the company's display division inadvertently leaked an iMac wit...

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00:02
Twitter now quotes tweets without wasting text

If you've previously tried to quote tweets in the official Twitter app, you know how painful it was -- all it did was throw quotation marks around the post, giving you little space to add your own color commentary. At last, though, it's working the w...

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Monday April 6

23:16
Turning the Arduino Uno Into an Apple ][

An anonymous reader writes: To demonstrate how powerful modern computers are compared to their forebears, engineer Damian Peckett decided to approximate an Apple ][ with an Arduino Uno. In this post, he explains how he did it, from emulating the 6502 processor to reinventing how characters were displayed on the screen. "The Apple II used a novel approach for video generation, at the time most microcomputers used an interlaced frame buffer where adjacent rows were not stored sequentially in memory. This made it easier to generate interlaced video. The Apple II took this approach one step further, using an 8:1 interlacing scheme. This had the first line followed by the ninth line. This approach allowed Steve Wozniak to avoid read/write collisions with the video memory without additional circuitry. A very smart hack!" Peckett includes code implementations and circuit diagrams.

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23:05
Default Folder X 4.7 - Enhances Open and Save...

Default Folder X attaches a toolbar to the right side of the Open and Save dialogs in any OS X-native application. The toolbar gives you fast access to various folders and commands. You just click on the buttons to go to your favorite and recently used folders, manage the folders and files shown in the list, and make changes to your settings. It also fixes a number of problems in Open and Save dialogs, "rebounding" to the last selected file, putting the path listing back in the top menu, and correcting bugs in scrolling column views.

Features:

  • Directory assistant: You can access the contents of your recent, favorite, and open folders right from Default Folder X's toolbar.
  • Real time saving: If you're constantly saving things inside the same folder, Default Folder X can remember that folder for you.
  • Finder management: Default Folder X lets you open up or save to any Finder window...

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22:30
Futuristic 'SuperTruck' doubles the MPG of...

The EPA estimates that motor vehicles contribute about half of America's smog-forming volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxide emissions every year. And given that the average fuel efficiency of your average 18-wheeler only hits about 6 miles pe...

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22:08
Apple Pay participating issuers

Apple Pay works with most of the major credit and debit cards from the top U.S. banks. Just add your participating cards and continue to get all the rewards, benefits, and security of your cards.

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20:59
GraphicConverter 9.6.1 - Graphics editor with...

GraphicConverter is an all-purpose image-editing program that can import 200 different graphic-based formats, edit the image, and export it to any of 80 available file formats.

The high-end editing tools are perfect for graphic manipulation as well as the ability to use Photoshop-compatible plug-ins. It offers batch-conversion capabilities, a slide-show window, and so much more.



Version 9.6.1: New features

  • added option to disable selection rotation handle
  • added option to use standard folder icon as background for new folder icon

Updates features

  • rename by exif date supports now PCD metadata date
  • improved HPGL import
  • added option to disable tool tips inside image
  • increased JPEG special file size limit to 8192KB

Bug fixes

  • fixed exception during "New Image from Selection" context menu entry
  • fixed a bug during smart crop of large files...

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20:44
Daily Roundup: Hacking in television, PlayStation...

Catch up on all of today's top stories in the Daily Roundup. Find out if the hacking portrayed in prime-time television is realistic, read about PlayStation Home shutting down and get the details on Intel's PC on a stick. Head past the break to read ...

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20:05
Entire Star Wars saga headed to iTunes this Friday...

Disney announced today that the entire Star Wars saga will finally be available for digital HD download later this week, marking the first time ever that the films have been offered in this format.

As confirmed in the TV spot above and the iTunes tweet below, the entire collection will be available to purchase from the iTunes Store this Friday. Pre-orders are already up and running, with each movie coming in at $19.99 for both SD and HD versions.

It’s on!
All the @starwars movies in one place.
#StarWarsOniTunes
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19:56
Apple Watch pops up on wrist of Pharrell Williams...

As Apple Watch edges closer to release, it appears Apple is releasing sample units to high profile personalities, with Pharrell Williams being among the first.

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19:37
You can (legally) download the 'Star Wars...

While the world waits for the next entries in the Star Wars saga (Episode VII on December 18th, followed by the Rogue One spinoff next year and Episode VIII in 2017), Disney, Fox and Lucasfilm have finally worked it out so you can buy the movies as d...

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18:33
Pharrell shows off Apple Watch on The Voice as Tim...


Last week we noticed that Apple had started seeding Apple Watch review units to the media, and this evening the device is getting more promotion. On popular TV show “The Voice,” coach Pharrell Williams can clearly be seen wearing the Apple Watch. Likewise, Apple CEO Tim Cook is attending the NCCA national championship game with the Apple Watch clearly strapped on his wrist.

Tim Cook appears to be wearing the stainless steel Apple Watch with a white sport band, while Pharrell appears to have...

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18:26
Judge says you can serve divorce papers through...

How do you end a marriage to someone who's purposefully avoiding your divorce papers? Try Facebook. A Manhattan Supreme Court judge has ruled that a New York woman can serve her divorce summons by messaging her soon to be ex-husband on Facebook. He'l...

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17:14
Twitter unveils revamped ‘quote tweet’ functionality...


Twitter this evening has announced a change to the “quote tweet” functionality of its service. With an update that’s rolling out to iPhone and web users today, using the quote tweet feature will now embed the actual tweet instead of simply quoting it as text.

This new quote functionality allows users to add 116 characters worth of a comment to any tweet, no matter how many characters the original tweet contained. One of the biggest complaints about the previous way quote retweets were handled was that users barely had any characters left to add a comment, which defeated the...

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17:06
What's on your HDTV: 'Game of Thrones...

March is over, and in a few hours March Madness will be too. As the NCAA Men's basketball tournament wraps up -- as well as the first season Better Call Saul -- we're eyeing another championship series with intrigue and plenty at stake: HBO's Game of...

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16:20
Bill Gates’ letter to employees on Microsoft’s 40th...

Good letter. Much better than the drivel Ballmer wrote.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:16
Apple reportedly acquired search startup Ottocat in...



Apple often acquires small startup companies very quietly and without any formal announcement to bolster its own services, and a new report from TechCrunch claims that the company acquired Ottocat in late-2013. Ottocat was a startup that focused on developing a system to organize and discover apps based on increasingly specific subcategories. Apple currently uses this technology to power the “Explore” tab in the App Store, as seen above.

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16:14
Use Control Center on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod...

Control Center gives you quick access to commonly used settings and apps from anywhere in iOS—including the Lock screen.

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16:01
EE to launch its seamless WiFi calling feature on...

EE's been talking about adding WiFi calling to its list of customer conveniences since last summer, and though slightly delayed, the feature is now ready for prime time. Well, almost, as WiFi calling will officially launch on April 10th, coinciding w...

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15:41
Microsoft Could Throw Windows Wide Open


Open sourcing the code for Microsoft Windows is "definitely possible," Microsoft engineer Mark Russinovich reportedly said last week during a panel discussion at ChefConf. The company isn't acknowledging any movement in that direction as yet, but Russinovich's remarks are a strong indication that the Microsoft of today isn't the trenchant foe of the paradigm it was in the past. Open source code has become a part of business life, and Microsoft has accommodated that reality, he acknowledged during the ChefConf session.

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15:32
Device Enrollment Program: iOS Activation Procedure...

iOS devices automatically connect to the Mobile Device Management (MDM) server during setup if the device is enrolled into the Device Enrollment Program (DEP) and is assigned to an MDM server.

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15:23
Some 2015 13-inch MacBook Pro owners cite user...

This is what bug and firmware fixes are for.

As nifty as the new 2015 13-inch MacBook Pro is, a number of users have logged complaints about the user interface lag in OS X Yosemite. The lag accounts for slow and choppy animations across functions like Mission Control, Launchpad, launching full-size applications, resizing windows and scrolling through web pages.

A pair of threads related to the issue have received close to 200 replies and 20,000 views within the discussion forums, with some users that previously experienced UI lag offering advice on how to resolve the problem. One potential solution involves resetting the Mac’s...

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15:01
Automated test-taking monitor records your every move

Taking a college course online usually means you're attending class in your underwear while eating a third bowl of cereal. But some Rutgers students were surprised to find out they'd have to put on some pants to take their midterms, since their every...

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15:00
AWT News Update: April 6, 2015

Aerial photograph of Apple campus two construction by michael light for the california sunday magazine

It's Apple Watch Launch Week, but we decided to start the week with a completely Watch-Free News Update. Here's what's up today:

  • Apple doesn't want felons building its new headquarters in Cupertino (seen in the image above)
  • Foxconn gives Re/Code a tour of the living quarters for those employees who build all of your favorite Apple products
  • Samsung paid 500 people in China to act as "fans" at a press event for the new Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge 
  • LG says Apple will release an 8K iMac this year, which of course Apple hasn't announced

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14:34
Yamaha AG Series Mixers: Perfect for podcasting,...

Perfect for webcasting, podcasting, gaming and music production, the AG03 and AG06 hybrid mixing consoles/USB interfaces have unique features that make your computer-based audio tasks easier and better. The AG Series offers high-resolution (24-bit/192kHz) audio recording and playback, iOS compatibility and battery operation.   The intuitive “TO PC” switch allows users to route selected inputs back to a desktop or iOS device. The “Dry CH 1-2” allows computer or iOS recording of inputs 1 and 2, while the “INPUT MIX” switch routes all inputs to the computer or iOS device via USB for music production applications. The “LOOPBACK” switch routes all inputs to the stereo USB output along with the USB input from the computer — perfect for podcasters   Gamers will appreciate the headset/mic interface and direct hardware control of game and voice level, perfect for adding professional audio to videos...

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14:24
Apple ID FAQ

This could be a handy document to bookmark.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:20
Stanford's aluminum battery fully charges in...

Lithium-ion batteries have been a boon for the modern world -- they've replaced the heavier, single-use alkaline type in everything from wristwatches to jumbo jets. Unfortunately, these rechargeable cells are already struggling to keep up with our ev...

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14:04
Samsung responds to bendgate
13:53
How to browse and buy content from the iTunes Store

If you're new to the iTunes Store, you can learn how to browse and make purchases.

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13:53
Tip of the Day: Using Thread Notifications in iOS...

If you find yourself regularly participating in ongoing email conversations, you may find it handy to get more proactive notifications when somebody sends a reply in an existing thread. iOS 6 introduced a “VIP List” feature that lets you get notifications when messages come in from specific people, but that’s not always useful if you only want to enable notifications on an ad-hoc basis, so the Mail app in iOS 8 takes this a step…

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13:47
BlackBerry Messenger helps uncover a Brazilian...

Some less-than-ethical businesspeople are learning the hard way that even secure messaging systems aren't all that private. Brazilian authorities have used BlackBerry Messenger records (obtained through warrants and BlackBerry's help) to level corrup...

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13:40
Use LTE on iPhone with China Unicom

You can update certain models of iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c to iOS 8 and enable 4G LTE for China Unicom. Your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus already have iOS 8, and certain models can support 4G LTE for China Unicom.
If your carrier is China Telecom, learn to use LTE on iPhone with China Telecom.

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13:37
Tim Cook: Apple employees will get 50% off Apple...

Apple CEO Tim Cook today sent out a memo to all employees ahead of the Apple Watch’s retail try-on kickoff this Friday. Cook thanks employees who have worked on the Apple Watch by saying, “congratulations to everyone who has worked so hard for years to help this product reach our customers.” Cook also prepares the company’s retail division by noting that try-ons will begin in over 400 Apple Stores on Friday ahead of the official Friday, April 24th launch

Likely to the delight of Apple employees, Cook also announced major Apple Watch...

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13:30
AWT Health Club: Chocolate Easter Bunnies and WebMD

Lindt Chocolate Bunny, Image via Candyblog.net

Another week, another chance to get healthier… or did you bite the ears off of too many chocolate bunnies? My personal goals were once again thwarted; my heel’s feeling better, but I’ve had a very painful toothache for the last week that has not yet been fixed and the combination of pain and fatigue has kept me sidelined. However, as you’ll see on my personal stats, I still managed to increase my daily average steps.

This week’s app: WebMD

Sometimes you just don’t feel good. Perhaps you have pain that’s recurring and interfering with your workouts, maybe it’s a spot on your arm that suddenly appeared. Whatever the situation, WebMD’s apps for iPhone and iPad are both valuable companions.

While the layout of both apps varies...

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13:20
Use iBooks with PDF documents on your iPhone, iPad,...

With iBooks for iOS, you can view, sync, save, share, and print PDFs on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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13:19
John Oliver Tackles Surveillance in Surprise Snowden...


Comedian John Oliver boldly went where few journalists from the mainstream media have dared to tread, grilling whistle-blower Edward Snowden about his leaking of thousands of NSA documents to the press. He raked Snowden over the coals for not having read every one of the documents, insisting there's a difference between understanding what's in documents and reading them. The documents were "passed to the journalists," Snowden responded, "and they're using extraordinary security measures to make sure this is reported in the most secure way."

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13:18
Autopkg – Download Recipe Decision Making Process

It’s been a long-standing goal of mine to help people get started making their own recipes for autopkg, which was recently spurred on by revisiting my previously-discussed recipeGenerationUtils. The autopkg wiki can only be so instructive on the process besides some general guidelines, so I thought I’d expand on some points here, while zooming-in on the download recipe in particular. In this flowchart, I take apart the decision making process for what processors to choose and when, which should cover most possibilities.

Why a separate download recipe?

While there are folks who skip download recipes entirely, it really helps sharing and reuse by folks using different management systems if you do insert this step as a separate recipe. Let’s get started:

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12:36
Video: 15 minutes of the new 12-inch MacBook being...

Ahead of its April 10th launch, the new 12-inch MacBook is continuing its world early hands-on tour. The computer already surfaced with detailed unboxing footage and hands-on photos in Vietnam, and now a Ukraine-based YouTube channel has posted a 15 minute long video of the new MacBook being handled.The video shows off the new design, Force Touch Trackpad, and throws in some comparisons with the MacBook Air. Unfortunately, the MacBook does not actually boot OS X, so the video producer’s decided to tape a printed out version of the Yosemite interface over the laptop’s screen.

Watchers may also enjoy the stunts related to walking over the new, non-MagSafe USB Type-C charger that comes with the new MacBook. The new MacBook goes on sale on Friday, April 10th...

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12:36
LG Accidentally Leaks Apple iMac 8K Is Coming Later...

An anonymous reader writes LG accidentally revealed in blog post that Apple is planning to release a 8K iMac later this year. This news comes as a surprise as the leak came from a different company rather than Apple. LG is one of Apple's biggest display partners and has already demonstrated 8K monitors at CES in Las Vegas. They note that the panel boasts 16 times the number of pixels as a standard Full HD screen.


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12:35
Apple Retail Employees Outfitted With New Shirts...

Apple's retail employees were today given newly redesigned shirts that will be worn during the Apple Watch launch, MacRumors has learned. The shirts are a dark shade of navy blue, much darker in color than the existing brighter blue shirts employees wear now. Employees have been given two T-shirts each and have been instructed to wear the shirts beginning on April 10. Apple also typically distributes polo shirts and T-shirts with longer sleeves, but employees have not yet received these.

The new shirts Apple employees are receiving for the Apple Watch mark the second wardrobe change that's been enacted this year. In January, Apple distributed redesigned T-shirts and polo shirts all in a dark shade of blue, with an Apple logo located at the top left of the shirt, over the heart.

Apple's head of retail Angela Ahrendts was rumored to be behind the first style change, and she's likely handling the new look for employees during the Apple Watch as well, using...

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12:27
About the security content of Apple TV 7.0.3

This document describes the security content of Apple TV 7.0.3.

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11:59
Gear: Rickshaw Bagworks Reflective Tweed Sutro...

Rickshaw Bagworks has introduced a new custom fabric, Reflective Tweed, which the company has added to its bags in a new collection. We recently received new versions of the company’s Sutro Backpack ($279-$379) and Medium Zero Messenger Bag ($179-$259) featuring the fabric. Reflective Tweed is an American-made fabric on Rickshaw’s American-made bags — it’s made from polyester and 3M Scotchlite reflective yarn. Rickshaw raised more…

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11:04
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 6...

Notable software releases this week include Evernote 6.0.8, iFlicks 2.2, Fantastical 2.0.2, TweetDeck 3.9.482, LaunchBar 6.2, and ChronoSync 4.6 and ChronoAgent 1.5.1.

 

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11:04
ExtraBITS for 6 April 2015

In this week’s collection of external links, Adam Engst sits in on MacBreak Weekly, Comcast Internet speeds are about to see a big boost, Apple’s Lisa Jackson discusses the company’s environmental efforts, we find out how a stolen iPhone changed a man’s life for the better, and we get a look at the making of the Apple Watch.

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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11:00
How people reacted to the iPhone in 2007

This is pretty damn funny.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:50
How-To: Choose the best stand or desktop mount for...

Apple currently sells more “laptop” than “desktop” Macs, but in reality, most Macs will be used substantially on flat surfaces — desks, tables, and sometimes nightstands. iPads are more lap-friendly, but also tend to get used upright, particularly for watching videos and access in the kitchen. Since I’ve spent a lot of time testing Apple device stands and mounts, I wanted to share what I’ve learned with you, so you can choose the solution that best suits your Mac, iPad, or both at the same time.

Below, I’ve hand-picked options for different types of users, starting with passive MacBook stands such as Twelve South’s BookArc for MacBook Pro ($50). Made from Mac-matching aluminum with gray rubber inserts, BookArc is designed to safely hold a MacBook Pro...

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10:30
Hands-on with the LaCie Rugged RAID: Thunderbolt...

LaCIe Rugged RAID

LaCie is a brand that’s probably quite familiar to Apple World Today readers, producing stylish storage products for Mac for years. Today I’m looking at the new LaCie Rugged RAID (US$419.99, available today), featuring up to 4 TB RAID 0 or 2 TB RAID 1 (mirrored) storage in an portable bus-powered enclosure designed to put up with shock, dust and even being splashed with water.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 1.3 x 3.6 x 5.8 inches (34 x 91 x 148 mm)
  • Weight: 1.2 lbs. (0.56 kg)
  • Internal Storage: 2 x 2 TB HD
  • Interfaces: Thunderbolt, USB 3.0
  • RAID Modes: Preconfigured RAID 0, Hardware RAID 0/1
  • Rugged Design: IP 54 rated, 1.5 meter (5 ft) drops, can withstand being run over by a 2205 lb/1000 kg car

Design

LaCie’s Rugged line of drives features a design by Neil Poulton that is almost...

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10:28
Opinion: Could the 1080p Apple TV 4 hint at a 4K...

The Apple TV set-top box hardware is expected to be updated this summer after 3 years since the last real refresh and a recent price drop from $99 to $69. While the last Apple TV upgrade boosted video output from 720p to 1080p, the rumored Apple TV 4 is not believed to support ultra high definition 4K video output featured on newer TV sets. Here’s why that’s no surprise and what I think it could mean for an actual Apple TV set:

Apple doesn’t do specs for the sake of specs. The iPhone has maintained an 8MP camera between several generations. The 8MP iSight camera...

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10:12
[Sponsor] PencilCase by Robots and Pencils

HyperCard has been reimagined with PencilCase, an iOS app maker that doesn’t require any coding. Now creating a native app is as simple as importing designs into PencilCase: Studio and then adding complex interactions, transitions and animations using the powerful built-in tools.

  • Animate anything using the physics tool or timeline.
  • Create complex behaviors using the intuitive Whens & Thens system.
  • Incorporate 3D models as easily as adding an image.

With one-tap publishing, your app can be instantly distributed to PencilCase: Player or exported as an Xcode project and submitted directly to the App Store.

PencilCase is free to try. Start making today.

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10:11
Fiorina's and Clinton's Presidential Runs...


There will be a lot of irony in the U.S. presidential primaries and general election as campaigns ramp up later this year. Last time, with Mitt Romney, we saw a business multimillionaire and ex-governor get schooled in how to use analytics by a guy who wasn't even that experienced in politics. Well, there are two women running for president this time -- Carly Fiorina and Hillary Clinton -- and it's likely that analytics, which comes from the male-dominated technology industry, once again will deeply influence the outcome.

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10:09
T3 Thunderbolt 2 RAID upgraded to support RAID 5

CalDigit (www.caldigit.com) says its T3 Thunderbolt 2 RAID storage solution has now been upgraded to support RAID 5, and is available to pre-order at prices staring at US$499 for a 1.5TB model. It will ship April 20.

The T3’s 3-bay design allows CalDigit to offer RAID 5 in a form-factor traditionally found in larger multi-bay storage towers. In smaller form-factor RAID storage most people use 2-bay RAID 0 storage that does not offer single drive redundancy.

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10:08
Frequently asked questions about Apple ID

Need help? You might find the answer to your question below.

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10:02
Restore your Apple TV (2nd and 3rd generation)

Learn how to restore your Apple TV (2nd and 3rd generation).

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09:14
TripAdvisor, Booking.com reviews surface in Apple...

Apple Maps is starting to get some neat stuff put in.

Since the launch of the app back in 2012, Yelp has served as the sole partner for integrating customer reviews of businesses and other points of interest. Recently, Apple’s Maps app has begun including reviews from TripAdvisor and Booking.com on select hotel listings.

It’s currently unclear as to whether a hotel will include a review from Yelp, TripAdvisor or Booking.com, but these reviews have been showing up either way, especially with Booking.com’s stronger international presence in England, France and Australia.

Apple has yet to officially acknowledge that it is sourcing Tripadvisor and Booking.com...

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09:13
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPad mini 2 WiFi+Cell 128GB $...

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:

Apple iPad mini 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular 128GB in Space Gray for $370 shipped (Orig. $829)

Amazon Gold Box –...

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09:01
Rumor: Next-gen Apple TV won’t support 4K video...

If you’re hankering for 4K support on your next Apple TV device, you might have to wait a bit.

Sources close to the story stated that the fourth-generation Apple TV will not support 4K content streaming at launch.

“4K is great, but it’s still in its infancy,” said an unnamed source.

In November, a report claimed Apple’s latest A8 system-on-chip as found in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus was capable of outputting 4K video. If Apple sticks with convention the chip will likely power a next-generation Apple TV, leading some to believe the set-top box would also offer 4K support.

Given that 4K video is still very much a niche product, however, Apple’s...

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Today’s post on Excel was written by Felienne Hermans, an assistant professor at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, where she heads the Spreadsheet Lab.

Should a university teach a course on Excel? I have heard this question a lot. But while doing research for my Ph.D. thesis at Delft University of Technology, I noticed the whole world is run by Excel. A manager at a big Dutch bank once told me, “If email goes down, that will be uncomfortable, but if Excel stops working, we’ll all go home.” Excel is so omnipresent in business, yet, we at the university do not help students become proficient in the application.

For example, I was recently visited by a student from the Architecture department. For his graduation project, he was supposed to create a spreadsheet calculating the impact of different building styles. The model was not the problem, he told me, but rather he needed to know how to build the spreadsheet and ensure the calculations were...

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Apple Maps adds Trip Advisor, Booking.com reviews

In the past, Apple Maps has provided reviews of points of interest from Yelp. While that's useful, Yelp reviews often don't provide the depth that is found in reviews from other sources. The Maps app has added reviews from two of those other sources -- Trip Advisor and Booking.com -- to a number of locations.

The Maps source attribution page still only shows Yelp as the source for local reviews, perhaps waiting for a wider availability of Booking.com and Trip Advisor reviews. For example, at this time my local reviews are all still Yelp-only. 

The new sources aren't the only improvements Apple has made to its in-house mapping service. The company has added new locations to the 3D Flyover capability, and is adding data partners like Gas Buddy and Great Schools as well. The presence of Apple-marked vans on the streets of some major cities has raised suspicion that the company may also add a Google Street View-like feature to Apple Maps in the future.

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Subscribe to iTunes Match

iTunes Match stores all of your music in iCloud, even songs you’ve imported from other sources such as CDs, and gives you access to it from all of your devices, at any time. iTunes Match is an annual subscription.

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Mac Basics: Use Mission Control to switch between...

Mission Control zooms out beyond your desktop to give you an easy way to switch between apps, spaces, and windows.

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What to do before you install iOS beta

To use an iOS beta release, you need to be a member of Apple Beta Software Program, Customer Seed Program, or iOS Developer Program. Here's what to do before you install an iOS beta release on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

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08:19
No 4K streaming support for new Apple TV, report says

Apple is reportedly staying out of the 4K video chicken-and-egg problem with the next Apple TV set-top box.

Citing unnamed sources “in a position to know,” BuzzFeed’s John Paczkowski reports that the next Apple TV won’t support 4K video streaming. Apple is rumored to launch its new set-top this summer, with a faster processor, more storage, and an overhauled version of iOS that allows for Siri voice commands and HomeKit controls. A long-awaited TV version of the App Store may also be part of Apple’s plans.

To read this...

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08:00
Report: New Apple TV box won’t support 4K

Rumor has it that we'll get a long-overdue hardware refresh for the Apple TV set-top box at WWDC this year, along with an SDK that will let developers make applications for the platform without Apple's direct involvement. One feature it apparently won't include, however, is higher-resolution video support: BuzzFeed reports that the box won't support 4K output.

This is primarily because 4K is far from a mainstream feature—it still doesn't have wide support from the studios that produce content, the cable and streaming providers that serve that content, and the consumers who view that content. The report suggests that the storage and bandwidth costs associated with 4K video are high enough that it won't become a mainstream...

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07:50
Preparing for Apple Watch: Guided Tours

While you’re waiting for 12:01 AM PT on Friday, April 10 to roll around so that you can try to pre-order an Apple Watch online, why not spend a little time learning how to navigate around some of the features of the “most personal computer yet”? Apple has published the first three of ten initial Apple Watch Guided Tour videos to get buyers pointed in the right direction.

These first Guided Tours outline the use of the Digital Crown, Force Touch, and other interface elements for three built-in apps: Messages, Faces (customizing watch faces), and Digital Touch. They’re short, demonstrate the clever ways in which Apple has made it possible to perform complex functions with a minimal display and interface, and definitely serve the function of ramping up excitement about the Watch as well.

Coming soon in the series are Guided Tours for Phone Calls, Siri, Maps, Music, Apple Pay, Activity, and Workout. ...

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07:49
News: Apple releases Guided Tour videos for Apple...

Apple has added four new Apple Watch Guided Tour videos to its website, giving users a general overview of how to operate the watch, in addition to closer looks at Messages, Faces and Digital Touch features on the upcoming device. Other instructional videos for features like Siri, Phone Calls, Music, Apple Pay and Maps are listed as “coming soon.” The videos emphasize how the Apple Watch augments some functions of a user’s iPhone,…

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07:45
About the security content of Apple TV 5.2.1

Learn more about the security content of Apple TV 5.2.1.

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About the security content of Apple TV 6.0

Learn about the security content of Apple TV 6.0.

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