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Tuesday April 8

10:29
Amplified: Sitting on Jim’s Lap

Jim and Dan are joined by Zak Holder, 5by5 engineer and so much more to discuss the Amazon Fire, the Heartbleed security flaw, WWDC lottery, and delve in again to the world of emulated amplifiers.

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10:29
9to5Toys Last Call: Jabra Solemate Mini BT speaker $...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call updates:

  • Jabra Solemate Bluetooth speaker (red): $65 shipped, Memorex Bluetooth speaker/phone:...
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10:22
PCalc 4 for Mac

PCalc 4 is a brand new version of PCalc for OS X. Based on the iOS version, it has been completely rewritten as a modern 64-bit Cocoa app. It has every feature from iOS, and some brand new ones too.

Interesting that the Mac app is based on the iOS version. Times are changing.

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10:18
WWDC 2014 - What to Expect

WWDC 2014 will kick off on June 2nd with a keynote address from Apple CEO Tim Cook. iOS 8 is the mostly likely focus of the event, but there are a number of other possible topics, including OS X 10.10, Apple TV, MacBook Airs, and the long rumored iWatch.

Read full article for more details.

Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories
'PayPal Here' for iOS Updated with Revamped User Interface, Dynamic Search
Apple Bringing More Chip Development In House
American Express Offers $5 off a $5 iTunes/App Store Purchase
Intel Expands Thunderbolt Networking with PC Support for Ultra-Fast Connections
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10:14
36daysoftype

36days A project about series of 36 days where we invite people to share their view on alphabet symbols.

[Via Coudal]

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10:09
Amazon says it has now passed Apple and Hulu in...

Amazon has officially passed Hulu and Apple in streaming video usage in the US, according to a press release it sent out today citing recent research from Qwilt. Amazon also announced that video streams from its Prime Instant Video service have tripled since this time last year.

Qwlit’s report shows Amazon experience a 94% traffic volume increase of users consuming video since last year and that includes streams from the service to just US broadband subscribers. The report doesn’t specify, however, what video content exactly is being tracked from Apple. Amazon also experienced growth of almost 300% in certain markets. In March of this year, only Netflix and YouTube were able to capture more online video traffic in the...

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10:00
IFTTT for iPad brings service/device mashups to your...

I have an amazing amount of love and respect for IFTTT.com, an online service that provides an easy way to connect apps, devices, and services in ways that make them much more useful. Want to get a phone call from your house telling you that your...

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09:51
PCalc updated, now available at the Mac App Store

TLA Systems has announced PCalc 4.0, an update to their scientific calculator for Mac OS X. The company took the latest code from the iOS version and ported it back to the Mac. It has every feature from the iOS version, and new ones, including:

° The ability to show multiple lines on the display, including the RPN stack;

° An optional "Ticker Tape" that shows a history of recent calculations underneath the main display;

° Editable user functions and conversions, which sync via iCloud with all your other Macs and iOS devices;

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09:40
P22 Type Foundry announces the Wedge font

The P22 Type Foundry and the International House of Fonts (IHOF) have announced Wedge, a font by architect Bruce Rotherham. The design of the font purportedly takes the history of the Roman letter into full consideration.

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09:35
Courtroom Drama: Hollywood Sues Megaupload


Six Hollywood studios have banded together in a copyright infringement lawsuit against Megaupload, the wildly popular though now shuttered site that, in its heyday, was ground zero for file-sharing. The suit doesn't specify an amount of damages, but does say that the studios should be entitled to $150,000 per copyright infringement, as well as profits earned by Megaupload. U.S. authorities claim Megaupload facilitated $500 million worth of copyright infringement, and that the website and its kingpin, Kim Dotcom, generated about $175 million.

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09:32
Review: D-Link DIR-510L portable router

Having Internet access in hotels and other similar locations used to be a miasma of connectivity issues. If Wi-Fi was available, it was overloaded, at a cost per device, and slow. The addition of 4G to most major markets has helped that somewhat, but in many cases, Wi-Fi is still the fastest option, if not the cheapest sometimes as the per-device charges still seem to be prevalent. The D-Link DIR-510L portable router tries to even this out somewhat, allowing users with an available tethered or cellular modem-provided 3G/4G, Wi-Fi, or Ethernet connection make a local area network in a small pac...



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09:29
In pushing for Time Warner merger, Comcast cites...

Rumors that Apple is working on a new set-top box are high-profile enough that Comcast saw it fit to cite them on Tuesday as part of a filing with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.



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09:25
Apple, Google, other firms look to settle anti-...

Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe are among the high-tech companies working to settle a class action lawsuit over their hiring practices within the next several weeks, according to the New York Times. The suit covers some 100,000 people, and alleges that anti-poaching policies agreed to between the companies deprived workers of higher wages they would've got had the businesses had been hiring competitively. If a settlement isn't reached, the firms could owe as much as $9 billion in damages, or $90,000 per person....



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09:13
Apps: Hazel, PCalc, GarageSale
09:06
Mobile malware authors 'almost exclusively...

Attackers continue to target Android more than any other mobile operating system, according to a new report released Tuesday, as Google's platform played host to all but one of the new mobile malware families discovered last year.



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09:01
Samsung's Latest Blunder has Analysts Seeing...

A new Korean report published today states that Samsung Electronics is expected to record an operating profit of 8.4 trillion won ($7.9 billion) in the first quarter, down 4.33 percent from a year ago, as the result of slow smartphone sales growth. The estimate did not provide figures for each of its business divisions. These will be made public in the last week of April. Yet looking forward, analysts are seeing the coming smartphone pricing wars being a negative on Samsung's bottom line going forward.

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09:00
How to bookmark map locations and share them across...

With the debut of iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks, Apple's Maps app is now on both platforms, allowing you to share location-based information across devices via your iCloud account. One handy feature is the bookmark list, which can save important locations...

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08:58
Comcast/Time Warner filing with FCC says Apple...

There has been no shortage of indicators that a new version of the Apple TV set-top box is incoming. We reported last year and earlier this year that Apple is progressing on new Apple TV hardware that will include new content, such as an App Store or “Game Store,” references to a new model have appeared in iOS 7 code, and numerous other reports have said that a new box is incoming from Apple.

Today, a filing from...

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08:57
Apple, other firms could pay $9 Billion in poaching...

A class-action lawsuit is seeking $9-Billion in lost wages from Apple and other companies for their alleged roles in preventing employees from being hired by rivals, the New York Times reports. Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe are negotiating to settle the case. Though the companies “privately scoff” at the…

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08:54
Google Targets Apple TV, Fire TV with Android TV

Apple has Apple TV, Amazon has Fire TV, and soon Google will have Android TV. The Internet search giant is reportedly ready to jump into the set top box game -- despite the fact that it already sells Google Chromecast.

The Mac Observer Spin: Oh, great. More fragmentation in the streaming set top box market. With Apple TV and Fire TV it's easier to decide which device to get based on your current media buying habits, but what happens when Android TV hits store shelves?


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08:45
iPhone 6 Renderings Based on Leaked Schematics...

Late last month, a set of alleged design drawings was published by Japanese magazine MacFan, showing dimensions for upcoming 4.7-inch and 5.7-inch iPhone models. It's not uncommon for us to see design and case leaks in the months leading up to the new iPhone release.

In some cases, as with the iPhone 5C, early design leaks turn out to be quite close to the final product, though in other instances they turn out to be inaccurate.

Based on those drawings, MacRumors commissioned designer Ferry Passchier to create some full product renderings of the rumored iPhone 6. While these aren't the...

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08:27
Samsung continues mocking iPad’s lack of features in...

Samsung today posted a series of ads for its new Galaxy Pro tablets and with them continues the theme of directly mocking Apple. This time the target is the iPad Air. In one ad called “Multi User” (above), Samsung highlights the ability to have multiple user accounts on the Galaxy Pro tablet, a highly requested feature among iOS users that Samsung notes is still not available on the iPad.

Another ad, titled “Pixel Density” (below) takes on the iPad’s Retina display, claiming that the Galaxy Pro tablet has a better looking display due to a higher pixel density. Samsung’s Tab Pro 10.1 2014 tablet includes a resolution of 2560 x 1600 with a pixel density of 299 compared to the iPad’s 2048 x 1536, 264 ppi display. 

Samsung has also posted two other ads...

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08:23
“What could possibly go wrong?”

Marco Arment on Microsoft ending support for Windows XP:

People just don’t care to upgrade. Windows XP still “works” for them, and the upgrades are different, which is bad.

Agreed.

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08:19
TMO Forum Poll: Are You Going to WWDC 2014?

Apple sent out notifications letting developers know on Monday if they can buy tickets for the 2014 Worldwide Developer Conference on Monday after wrapping up the lottery entry. Did you win, and are you going? Head on over to the TMO forums and let us know in today's poll.


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08:01
Rumors claim in-house iPhone baseband, Q3 iWatch...

The Apple iWatch will ship in the third quarter of the year and be manufactured by Quanta Computer, claims Taiwan's Economic Daily News, as quoted by Digitimes. Two other companies, Richtek and TPK, will reportedly be supplying chips and sapphire touch panels. The watch's processor is expected to be developed by Apple, but manufactured by Samsung, which currently handles all iOS processor production. Apple is said to be aiming at having 65 million iWatches assembled by the end of 2014....



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08:00
Lepow ADD Power Bank: A pleasant surprise in a...

I'll be the first to admit that extended battery packs aren't exactly the most exciting accessory to write or read about. But every once in a while some manufacturer comes out with a product that's so different that you just have to say "wow!"...

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08:00
Reviews: D-Link DIR-510L 802.11AC travel router

Having Internet access in hotels and other similar locations used to be a miasma of connectivity issues. If Wi-Fi was available, it was overloaded, at a cost per device, and slow. The addition of 4G to most major markets has helped that somewhat, but in many cases, Wi-Fi is still the fastest option, if not the cheapest sometimes as the per-device charges still seem to be prevalent. The ......

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07:54
Apple Narrows Gap in U.S. Advertising Spending With...

Samsung is the leader in mobile advertising, significantly outspending all its rivals on commercials that target the U.S. market. Though still number one, the Korean company's advertising dollar lead is shrinking, reports the Wall Street Journal, with Samsung's rivals increasing their advertising spending by 33 percent year over year in 2013.

According to ad research company Kantar Media, the top seven U.S. smartphone makers spent over $1.3 billion in 2013 on advertisements for print, TV online, radio and outdoor venues. Apple spent $351 million last year, with the bulk of that money ($339 million) going toward TV ads.

While Apple increased its spending 5 percent year over year on mobile phone ads, Samsung scaled back its advertising efforts, reducing its U.S. advertising by 10 percent in 2013 to $363 million. The gap between Samsung and Apple now has...

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07:53
iOS Nap Time: Playing Music to Fall Asleep

If you want to listen to music on your iPhone while you fall asleep, you don't need to remember to shut it off or download third-party apps to handle that for you. Turns out the iPhone can handle that task all on its own, and it's easy to set up.


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07:44
PCalc 4.0 - Full-featured scientific calculator. (...

PCalc is a full-featured, scriptable scientific calculator with support for hexadecimal, octal, and binary calculations, as well as an RPN mode, programmable functions, and an extensive set of unit conversions.

A Dashboard Widget is included with the main application.

Version 4.0:

  • Entirely rewritten based on the latest code from the iOS version, and is now a modern 64-bit Cocoa app.
  • Added an option to show multiple lines on the display.
  • Added an option for a "Ticker Tape" which shows a history of recent caculations underneath the main display.
  • You can now edit user functions and conversions on the Mac, and sync them automatically via iCloud with all your other Macs and iOS devices.
  • Redesigned tape and register windows that can be torn off from the main calculator window and resized.
  • Smart searching for conversions, constants, and functions - try "£ to $" in the search field, for example....

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07:41
Amazon A9 VP joins Apple to lead Maps search

Benoit Dupin, Vice President of Amazon A9′s Search Technology group, has left the high-profile search technology firm to take up a job with Apple. Dupin’s profile from Amazon A9′s executive management website disappeared this week, and his LinkedIn profile has been updated to reflect that he began his position as a director at Apple this month.

Sounds like a great person for Apple.

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07:17
Kim Dotcom finally sued by motion picture studios,...

Six US film studios have filed suit against MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The suit alleges that Dotcom, while running now-closed Megaupload "facilitated, encouraged and profited" from a business model promoting piracy and paying bounties to users that had popular content....



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07:15
Adobe Flash Player 13.0.0.182 - Plug-in plays...

Adobe Flash Player is a cross-platform, browser-based application runtime that provides uncompromised viewing of expressive applications, content, and videos across browsers and operating systems.

Version 13.0.0.182:

  • Contain fixes for critical vulnerabilities.



  • OS X 10.6 or later
  • Browser compatibility:
    • Safari 5.0 or later
    • Mozilla Firefox 17.0 or later
    • Google Chrome
    • Opera 11 or later



Download Now

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07:15
You wouldn't like Phil Schiller when he's...

Macworld’s Reading List for Tuesday, April 8, 2014: The Apple-Samsung trial reveals some irate emails from Apple SVP Phil Schiller, the iWatch has another rumored release date, and Apple has released official iOS 7 adoption numbers on its website.

Phil Schiller Exploded On Apple’s Ad Agency In An Email

Thanks to the Apple-Samsung trial, we the users have been learning all sorts of interesting closed door facts about Apple’s higher-ups and advertising partners. A smattering of these fine facts: Steve Jobs and his associates discussed market share and larger iPhone sizes behind closed doors. The folks at Media Arts Lab, Apple’s design agency, don’t seem to like capital letters very much. And if you write to Apple’s SVP of worldwide marketing, Phil Schiller, you probably...

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07:13
Amazon Fire TV Fails to Rage but Glows Hot


The Amazon Fire TV, available for $99 from Amazon, hasn't yet made any jaw-dropping leaps forward, but it is an excellent set-top box that, in some ways, breaks ahead of the Apple TV, Google Chromecast and Roku competition. Though the Amazon Fire TV is just another box that lets you stream movies and video to your living room HDTV, it's solid, svelte, sexy and fast. It boasts 1080p HD delivered through a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8064 Krait 300 quad-core 1.7 GHz processor, Adreno 320 graphics, 2 GB of memory, and 8 GB of storage.

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07:08
Amazon A9's Benoit Dupin joining Apple search...

Benoit Dupin -- formerly the VP of Amazon's A9 Search Technology Group -- has left the company to take a job with Apple. The executive's profile disappeared from the Amazon A9 site earlier this week, and his LinkedIn profile now positions him as a "director" at Apple. More uncertain is what Dupin's new responsibilities are, but a source says that he's working with the search technology team behind Maps, the iTunes Store, and the App Store....



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07:08
Amazon’s A9 Search Leader Joins Apple

Benoit Duplin, formerly Amazon's vice president of A9 Search Technology, now works for Apple and may be part of the company's team working on search technology for the iTunes Store, the App Store, and Maps. If so, that's a big win for Apple and a loss for Amazon because A9 is the core of Amazon's extensive site search system.

The Mac Observer Spin: Amazon's site searches may not always bring back the results we expect, but that doesn't mean Mr. Duplin can't be a strong asset to Apple's own Maps search features. Here's hoping for even more improvements to Maps.


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07:04
Amazon A9 Executive Joins Apple to Work on Maps, App...

Benoit Dupin, the Vice President of Amazon A9′s Search Technology group, has left his position at the online retailer to join Apple, reports 9to5Mac. Dupin's profile recently was removed from Amazon's A9 website, and Dupin's LinkedIn profile now reflects his new position as Director at Apple.

At Amazon, Dupin worked in the A9 group, which powers product search and advertising throughout Amazon's international web stores. Dupin has experience working with search infrastructure, search experience and search relevance at Amazon. He also held positions at HP, Easyplanet and Canon Research France.

Dupin is joining Apple as a possible replacement for the exiting Cathy Edwards of Chomp, who...

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07:00
Change Active Directory Forest Mode With A Script

Changing the Forest Mode in Active Directory can be scripted. I find this useful when regression testing such tasks in a sandbox (e.g. restore image, automate login, change mode, run tests, etc). The script is very simple. First, you’ll import he ActiveDirectory modules:

Import-Module -Name ActiveDirectory

Then you’ll check for the mode prior to running:

Get-ADForest | Format-Table ForestMode

Then you’ll change the forest and domain modes (one per line):

Set-ADForestMode –Identity “krypted.com” –ForestMode Windows2008Forest
Set-ADDomainMode –Identity “krypted.com” –DomainMode Windows2008Domain

Then you’ll report the result:

Get-ADForest | Format-Table Name , ForestMode

The end result could be as simple as three lines if just testing:

Import-Module -Name ActiveDirectory
Set-ADForestMode –Identity “krypted.com” –ForestMode Windows2008Forest
Set-ADDomainMode –Identity “krypted.com” –DomainMode...

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07:00
Custom margins in TextEdit

There is already an old hint about this topic, but it doesn't really explain it very clearly, only in the comments.



Here's how you can change the margins in TextEdit to your favourite size, so that you can use, for example, the whole space on a sheet of paper when printing.



First, save your document first as a Rich Text file (.rtf), if you have not already done this. To see the effect directly in your document, open it and enable under the Format menu the setting Wrap to Page for your document.



Next open up the TextEdit preferences, switch to the tab Open and Save and check on the option Display RTF files as RTF code instead of formatted text.



Open the document again and you will see the raw code that defines how the document look like. You want to look in the 4th row, where it says:



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07:00
Ever wonder what would happen if you microwaved your...

There are a lot of ways to destroy an iPhone by accident: Dropping it on a hard surface from a good distance, letting it slip out of your breast pocket and into the toilet, or forgetting it on the roof of your car are all fine choices. But nobody has...

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06:53
Microsoft hopes to counter Apple with AI-driven...

Just days after officially announcing Cortana, a Siri-like personal digital assistant for Windows Phone, Microsoft has revealed a substantial and wide-ranging artificial intelligence program it hopes will leapfrog similar offerings from Apple and Google.



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06:40
Former Amazon A9 search VP now at Apple

Former Vice President of Amazon’s A9 Search Technology group, Benoit Dupin, has taken a job with Apple. Dupin’s LinkedIn page has been updated to note he is a “Director” at Apple. He will work on search for Maps, the iTunes Store, and the App Store, 9to5Mac reports.…

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06:37
NBC iOS app finally lets you AirPlay its free full-...


NBC updated its mobile app for iPhone and iPad today with one big update for iOS and Apple TV users: the ability to AirPlay content from the mobile app to your TV via Apple TV.

The update is a big deal for a couple of reasons. The most notable being the fact that NBC offers full TV episodes for free through its mobile app, without the requirement of signing into your existing cable subscription like many other popular network apps. NBC has always been one of the go to apps for cord cutters, and now they’ll be able to beam that content onto the big screen using an Apple TV and AirPlay....

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06:22
Toontrack’s Classic Amp EZmix Pack

I watched the video and listened to the amp samples—this sounds really good and you can’t beat the price.

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06:10
Latest aerial shots of Apple Spaceship Campus site...

New aerial photos of the site of Apple’s new ‘spaceship’ campus now appear to show that demolition of the existing buildings is complete, with an army of construction vehicles at work preparing the ground for construction … 

Apple Toolbox last took aerial shots a month ago, at which time a number of old buildings were still standing:

One month earlier

Apple received the final paperwork for the...

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06:09
Apple, Google & others could pay '...

A class-action lawsuit from tech sector employees against employers including Apple and Google seeks some $9 billion in lost wages --?an astronomical sum that the complainants could ultimately receive, some believe, thanks to a mountain of evidence appearing to implicate Silicon Valley employers in an alleged no-hire cartel.



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06:04
Adobe Lightroom Mobile brings photo tools to the iPad

Adobe has announced the availability of Lightroom mobile, a companion app to Lightroom desktop software, only available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud. The new Lightroom mobile app brings Lightroom tools to the iPad.

It delivers photography essentials – such as non-destructive processing of files – and utilization of new Smart Preview technologies to the Apple tablet. Lightroom mobile is built on a synchronization architecture, designed specifically for photos, and provides the most efficient way to manage and edit images across desktops, mobile devices and the Web.

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06:02
Adobe Lightroom Comes to the iPad

Adobe announced the immediate availability of Lightroom for the iPad on Monday as a companion app for Lightroom 5 on the Mac and Windows. Lightroom is Adobe's professional photography management and editing application.

The Mac Observer Spin: iPhoto on the iPad is nice, but it isn't the same as having a mobile version of Aperture. Right now, Adobe is doing more for professional photographers on the go than Apple. It's your move, Cupertino.


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06:00
iPhone Tips: Improving Touch ID accuracy

Since I was in a fingerprint scanning news mood, I thought it would be a good time to share this tip that I learned recently. Courtesy of iOS 7.1, you can now add additional training to your Touch ID settings in order to improve accuracy. In iOS 7.0.x, the only way to try and improve Touch ID was really to start over, and once it told you that the training was finished, you could opt to continue adding more scans of your finger. In 7.1, Apple made it fairly painless.

Here’s how it’s done. Open the Settings app on your iPhone 5S and go to the Touch ID & Passcode section. You will be prompted for your ‘character’ passcode, and then you will find the list of registered fingers under Fingerprints. Here’s the cool part! Simply place the finger you want to add scan training for (in the image, the “Right thumb”) on the phone’s Touch ID sensor/Home...

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06:00
Daily App: Rormix brings indie music videos to your...

Aspiring musicians have several ways to promote their music. One tool new to the scene is Rormix, which focuses not on music but on music videos. The app recently received a major overhaul making it easier to find new artists that match your taste in...

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05:59
Samsung sues newspaper over negative reports of...

The newspaper is sticking to its story.

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05:52
Hazel 3.2.6 - Create rules for organizing and...

Hazel is your personal housekeeper, organizing and cleaning folders based on rules you define. Hazel can also manage your trash and uninstall your applications.

Organize your files using a familiar rule interface. Filter on the file's name, type, date, the site or email address it came from and more. And do more than just file. You can set color labels, Spotlight keywords and comments and even archive files. Hazel also cleans, sporting options to clean out incomplete and duplicate downloads.

In addition, Hazel can manage your Trash for you, relieving you of having to empty it yourself.

All this is done automatically in the background allowing you to focus on your real work.



Version 3.2.6

Note: If auto-updating, System Preferences may not restart after the update. Just quit and restart System Preferences manually in this case.

New features:

  • When matching text...

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05:46
TA14-098A: OpenSSL 'Heartbleed'...

Original release date: April 08, 2014
Systems Affected

  • OpenSSL 1.0.1 through 1.0.1f
  • OpenSSL 1.0.2-beta

Overview

A vulnerability in OpenSSL could allow a remote attacker to expose sensitive data, possibly including user authentication credentials and secret keys, through incorrect memory handling in the TLS heartbeat extension.

Description

OpenSSL versions 1.0.1 through 1.0.1f contain a flaw in its implementation of the TLS/DTLS heartbeat functionality. This flaw allows an attacker to retrieve private memory of an application that uses the vulnerable OpenSSL library in chunks of 64k at a time. Note that an attacker can repeatedly leverage the vulnerability to retrieve as many 64k chunks of memory as are necessary to retrieve the intended secrets. The sensitive information that may be retrieved using this vulnerability include:

  • Primary key material (secret keys)
  • Secondary key material (user...
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05:30
Apple’s Touch ID vs. Samsung fingerprint scanner

In three days, anyone who has been longing to get their hands on a new Samsung Galaxy S5 will get their wish, assuming quantities are sufficient. The internet has already been awash with reviews and first looks, but video demos of Samsung’s fingerprint scanner, making its debut on the S5, have been of particular interest. Over on YouTube, user iCrackUriDevice has a pretty thorough comparison between the S5′s scanner and Apple’s Touch ID scanner on the iPhone 5S. (does anyone else see the irony in the 5S vs. the S5?)

As you can see from the video, setting up scanning on both phones seems similar and straight-forward. Where the Galaxy S5′s scanner seems to drop the ball is in the physical scanning of the user’s finger. The oblong design of the S5′s...

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05:05
Apple Secretly Moves Next-Gen iPhone Baseband...

Two new rumors surfaced today courtesy of Taiwan's DigiTimes. The first rumor claims that Apple reportedly has plans to form a new Research and Development team responsible for developing next generation baseband processors for use in their 2015 iPhones. The second rumor ..

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04:59
Recommended reading: 'Learn iOS 7 Programming...

AppCoda's first iOS programming book, "Learn iOS 7 Programming from Scratch," is a hands-on guide for first time app developer.

If you're new to Objective-C and programming, creating an iOS app from scratch may be difficult for you. This book was written to teach you everything you need to build your first iOS app. Based on the tutorials of AppCodea's programming course, you'll learn iOS 7 programming from the ground up.

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04:58
Zevrix PDF Checkpoint 1.6.5 delivers activation fixes

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has announced PDF Checkpoint 1.6.5, a maintenance update to its PDF preflight and conversion solution for Mac OS X.

The software automatically preflights, converts to images, splits and optimizes Adobe PDF files. The program is equally suitable to process hundreds of files as well as single PDF documents. The new version addresses an issue in which PDF Checkpoint users could not activate their registered software on certain systems.

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04:57
Web content filtering market to reach $2.6 million...

According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research (www.transparencymarketing.com), a global market intelligence company, the web content filtering market was valued at US#1,230.9 million in 2012 and is expected to reach $2,579.6 million by 2019, growing at a CAGR [compound annual growth rate] of 11.3% from 2013 to 2019.

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04:34
Rumor: Quanta to build 65M Apple "iWatch"...

A suspect new report out of China claims to have a great deal of specifics on Apple's rumored "iWatch," namely that it will debut in the third quarter of this year and will include advanced sensors to detect a user's heart rate and blood pressure, among other things.



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04:32
Adobe Lightroom 5.4 - Import, develop, and showcase...

Adobe Lightroom software helps you bring out the best in your photographs, whether you're perfecting one image, searching for ten, processing hundreds, or organizing thousands.

Create incredible images that move your audience. Experiment fearlessly with state-of-the-art nondestructive editing tools. Easily manage all your images. And showcase your work in elegant print layouts, slide shows, and Web galleries, as well as on popular photo-sharing sites. All from within one fast, intuitive application.



Version 5.4:

  • Support for Lightroom mobile, a new service to access, organize, edit and share your images from mobile devices
  • Fixes for bugs introduced in earlier versions of Lightroom 5
  • Camera support for many new cameras, including the Fujifilm X-T1, Nikon D4s, and DJI Phantom quadcopter



  • OS X 10.7 or later



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04:10
Rumor: Apple planning to release iWatch in August-...

 

Concept image: Stephen Olmstead

You can’t get much sketchier than a Chinese Economic Daily report cited by DigiTimes, but the former is citing supply chain sources in claiming that Apple plans to release the iWatch in the third quarter of this year, and that the company expects to ship 65M units this year.

The iWatch will be manufactured by Quanta Computer, while Taiwan-based chip design house Richtek has also entered the supply chain. The device’s touch panel will be supplied by TPK, the paper noted. [With Samsung making the processor to Apple's design.]

The original story says that suppliers have been...

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04:07
Apple Granted 46 Patents Today Covering Push-to-Talk...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 46 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's patent relating to a possible future Push-to-Talk iPhone and/or iDevice feature. We also cover a more advanced version of Apple's famed Slide-to-Unlock and two patents relating to avatar creation and editing for social networking, video conferencing and gaming.

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04:01
EditShare's MAM, Ark solutions now integrate...

EditShare says its Flow Media Asset Management (MAM) and Ark archiving/backup solutions now now integrate with the Avid ISIS 5500/5000 and 7500/7000 shared storage families. The new integration lets Avid ISIS facilities add EditShare asset management, ingest and archiving tools to their workflow.

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04:01
VidConvert gets Mavericks update, adds Chinese...

Reggie Ashworth has released VidConvert 1.5.2, an Mavericks update to his video converter for Mac OS X.

The app is a video converter that will convert just about any type of video into one of many popular formats. You can use it to create videos for your iPhone or iPad, for your Mac or TV, or in formats such as DivX and MPEG.

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02:58
Apple Reportedly Targeting Q3 2014 Launch for iWatch

An alleged bill of materials for Apple’s upcoming iWatch has surfaced, with supply chain sources indicating that the product will launch in the third quarter of this year, reports Taiwan’s Economic Daily News [Google Translation] (via DigiTimes).

iWatch concept by Todd Hamilton, based on the Nike FuelBand
The report claims that the iWatch itself will be manufactured by Apple supplier Quanta Computer, with Richtek Technology and TPK supplying chips and sapphire touch panels, respectively. Meanwhile, the device’s processor is said to be developed by Apple, with chip production being...

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01:53
Apple vs. Samsung, Day Three: Into the weeds of...

Over the weekend, Apple filed a notice with the court that it could wrap up its main presentation by tomorrow at the earliest, but expects to be done no later than Friday, barring any changes to Samsung's pattern of cross-examination. On Monday, patent expert Andrew Cockburn from New Zealand was summoned back to the witness stand for a scant 16 minutes of light cross-examination, followed by testimony from Apple engineer Thomas Deniau and a pair of additional patent experts....



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01:01
Apple notifies winners, losers of WWDC 2014 ticket...

This year, those wishing to attend Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference don't just need to have $1,600 burning a hole in their pockets; they also need lady luck on their side. Due to last year's instant sellout of the conference, Apple has decided to move to a lottery system to help ensure that people from across different time zones have a chance of attending. Those selected in the lottery are being notified by email, and will have until April 14 to buy their ticket....



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Monday April 7

23:18
Adobe officially debuts Lightroom Mobile for iPad

In a surprise debut on Monday, Adobe took the wraps of its briefly-leaked Lightroom Mobile for iPad, a mobile version of its desktop software intended as a companion app to the full version for desktops and notebooks. As such, it requires both the latest version of Lightroom 5 (which was also updated earlier today to v5.4) for Mac or Windows, and a subscription to Adobe's Creative Cloud subscription service in order to use the free application. The program uses syncing and lower-rez thumbnails to get around the problem of the iPad's limited storage....



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23:02
Rumor: Apple plans to bring iPhone baseband chip...

A rumor from the Far East on Tuesday claims Apple is mulling the creation of a research and development team that will be responsible for designing future iPhone baseband processors to be used as soon as 2015.



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22:45
Amazon A9′s VP of Search heads to Apple to fix up...

Benoit Dupin, Vice President of Amazon A9′s Search Technology group, has left the high-profile search technology firm to take up a job with Apple. Dupin’s profile from Amazon A9′s executive management website disappeared this week, and his LinkedIn profile has been updated to reflect that he began his position as a director at Apple this month.

Amazon A9 is Amazon’s Palo Alto, California-based subsidiary that focuses on developing Amazon’s marquee search and advertising functionality. While Amazon has become popular in the tablet, eBook reader, and now set-top-box worlds, its core business has, of course, been Amazon.com, and Dupin’s work on search powers the heart of the online sales giant…

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22:30
Digitimes: Apple working on in-house baseband chip...

Apple is reportedly putting together a new engineering team that would focus on creating baseband hardware for future iPhone models, according to Digitimes. Apple’s current chips are supplied by Qualcomm, but is said to be considering a move to an in-house design as it did with its mobile processors with the launch of the iPad.

The report indicates that any such design would not appear in hardware this year, but could be considered for the next round of iPhone updates. That would put it on track for what we could tentatively call the iPhone 6s.

Of course, this report...

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22:07
Analyst: Apple could outperform consensus Q2...

Analyst Brian White of Cantor Fitzgerald, who is currently on a tour of Asia and meeting with partners in Apple's supply chain and resellers, has told investors in a memo on Monday that his sources indicate that Apple sales strengthened substantially in March, following a "soft" January and February. While still believing that sales will be down 24 percent from the holiday quarter (compared to an average drop of 19 percent), White said Apple may still "surprise" analysts -- who have been expecting revenue to be generally flat -- in its next earnings report....



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22:05
Adobe's 'Lightroom mobile' for iPad...

Adobe on Monday introduced Lightroom Mobile for iPad, a touch-friendly accompaniment to the company's suite of photography software that brings powerful new tools to Apple's iOS, including on-the-go RAW image editing.



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21:54
iWatch Rumored to Include UV Light Exposure Sensor

Apple’s long-rumored “iWatch” smartwatch may include a UV light exposure sensor provided by Texas-based Silicon Labs, according to a new research note from Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis (via AppleInsider). The digital ultraviolet sensor, which was announced in February, is described by Silicon Labs as “ideal for activity-tracking wrist and arm bands, smart watches and smartphone handsets.” In addition to tracking UV sun exposure, the sensor is also said to track heart/pulse rate and blood oximetry levels and provide proximity and gesture control.

Traditional watch-style iWatch concept by...

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21:01
Adobe debuts Lightroom mobile for iPad

Adobe has officially introduced Lightroom mobile for iPad, a subscription-required tablet version of its photo editing and management software. Lightroom mobile lets users enhance smartphone photos and RAW images from DSLR cameras, as the new app can handle “virtually any image format.” The new app will also be coming…

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21:01
Adobe Debuts 'Lightroom Mobile' for iPad,...

Adobe's professional photo editing software Lightroom has finally made its way to iOS devices with Adobe's new Lightroom mobile app for the iPad, allowing photographers who use the desktop version of Lightroom to edit and organize photos from anywhere.

Integrating seamlessly with the full version of Lightroom 5 for PCs and Macs, Lightroom mobile allows users to log in to the app with an Adobe ID to access the library of content stored in a desktop version of Lightroom. The app downloads Smart Previews of files from the desktop app, allowing for very fast content transfers between the desktop and the mobile app.The new Lightroom mobile app brings powerful Lightroom tools to the...

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21:01
Adobe releases Lightroom Mobile for iPad today

Lots of Adobe pro users and serious photographers will be thrilled with this news: as of today, you can download Lightroom Mobile for iPad from the iOS App Store. It syncs with Lightroom on your desktop or laptop, and while not meant to be a...

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21:00
Adobe debuts Lightroom Mobile for iPad with powerful...

After briefly leaking earlier this year, Adobe is finally ready to show off its Lightroom Mobile for iPad software for photographers and photo editors. The iPad application borrows many of the essential features from the powerful desktop software and is optimized for the touch input user experience key to the tablet. We’ve taken a sneak peek at Lightroom Mobile for iPad, and we have all the details on Adobe’s latest Lightroom update.

Adobe has really positioned Lightroom Mobile as just that: an updated feature to the existing desktop software. Notice it’s...

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20:21
Intel unveils Thunderbolt Networking for Thunderbolt...

In a direct challenge to the venerable networking standard Ethernet, Intel on Monday introduced Thunderbolt Networking -- an interconnect standard for Thunderbolt 2-equipped devices that can transfer data at up to 10 gigabits (Gb) per second, 10 times faster than the previous limit. Mac users with Thunderbolt 2 devices running OS X Mavericks already have the new feature built-in, with PC drivers for Windows said to be coming "soon."...



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20:00
Developers win the WWDC lottery and other news from...

A few developers have won the WWDC lottery. Developers who wanted to attend the conference in June were notified on Monday evening if they got in. They have a week from the notification to purchase their tickets. Thousands of developers signed up for...

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19:52
Barclays: Apple's 'iWatch' could...

Apple might be looking to lend a helping hand to those who are particularly prone to sunburns or are otherwise sensitive to harmful UV rays, as one analyst believes that the company will include new UV exposure sensors in its so-called "iWatch."



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19:47
Apple continues 'Your Verse' campaign with...

A choreographer for Bollywood movies is the subject of the latest installment of Apple's "Your Verse" iPad campaign, which starts with inspirational stories of individual users on its website that often go on to be incorporated into its television ads. Feroz Khan, the choreographer in question, says he relies on his iPad Air to help with directing and analyzing dance scenes, scouting locations, assisting with costumes and other details involved in the filmmaking process....



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19:02
Apple: Dumb As a Patent Trolling Fox On iPhone Prior...

theodp (442580) writes "GeekWire reports that a Microsoft researcher's 1991 video could torpedo Apple's key 'slide to unlock' patent, one of 5 patents that the iPhone maker cited in its demand for $40 per Samsung phone. Confronted with what appears to be damning video evidence of prior art that pre-dates its 'invention' by more than a decade, Apple has reportedly arguied that the sliding on/off switch demoed by Catherine Plaisant is materially different than the slide to unlock switch that its 7 inventors came up with. Apple's patent has already been deemed invalid in Europe because of similar functionality present in the Swedish Neonode N1M." The toggle widgets demoed in the video (attached below) support sliding across the toggle to make it more difficult to swap state (preventing accidental toggling). The video itself is worth a watch — it's interesting to see modern UIs adopting some of the idioms that testing in the early 90s showed were awful (e.g. Gtk+ 3's state toggles)....

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18:39
Briefly: Amazon Instant Video 2.5, more FXHome...

Amazon's video streaming service app for iOS, Amazon Instant Video, has been updated to version 2.5.0. Powered by Prime Instant Video, users can stream over 40,000 movies and TV episodes, including Amazon's original content. Purchased and rented content can be downloaded for offline viewing from the library, and content can be viewed on Apple TV using AirPlay. In its latest update, Amazon Instant Video is optimized for iOS 7, featuring a revised overall look. Also included are bug fixes and stability improvements. Amazon Instant Video for iOS is available for iPad and iPhone, and can be downlo...



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18:26
Samsung sues newspaper for $284k over negative...

Samsung has sued Electronic Times for 300 million KRW (about $284,000 US) regarding its reporting related to the company's new Galaxy S5 phone.



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18:19
Lessons Learned from Mozilla's Edgy Eich Episode


It seems fair to say that we here in the Linux blogosphere are no strangers to difficult topics, but over the past few weeks FOSS fans have been struggling with what may be one of the trickiest yet. It is, of course, the matter of Brendan Eich. Cofounder of Mozilla, creator of JavaScript, Mozilla CTO for years and then CEO for just 10 days, Eich's term at the helm was cut short as a result of a firestorm of protest over his donation back in 2008 to the campaign for California Proposition 8 opposing same-sex marriage.

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18:03
Samsung profits expected to drop for second straight...

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is expected to report its second straight quarter of profit decline as its high-end smartphone business loses steam, a trend likely to sharpen the firm’s focus on costs and the cheaper phone market.

Must be the strength of those smartwatches.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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18:00
New emails highlight Phil Schiller's...

Apple and Samsung's ongoing trial continues to provide all sorts of interesting tidbits of information. While we previously described how Apple exec Phil Schiller expressed concern over Samsung's anti-Apple advertising efforts, Business Insider...

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17:58
Microsoft lifts from Apple, intros 'Windows in...

In a somewhat startling direct lift from Apple, Microsoft announced a new "Windows in the car" initiative based on Windows Phone and Windows 8 that would mirror most of what Apple previously called "iOS in the Car" last summer before renaming it CarPlay. The concept, unveiled at last week's Build conference in San Francisco, comes on the heels of Ford's rejection of Microsoft's previous system in its Sync interface in favor of a BlackBerry-powered in-vehicle infotainment system....



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17:51
OPEN TOTALLY WINS

Since Android is so infested with Malware, users feel the need to protect themselves. It makes sense that the No. 1 paid app is Virus Shield, except:

Unfortunately for the buyers, Android Police has discovered that all the app does is change a red “X” graphic to a red “check” graphic. Literally. The 859kb app doesn’t protect, secure, or scan anything.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

This app costs $3.99, has been on the Play Store for just under two weeks and has already had 10,000 downloads with a 4.5 star review from 1,700 people. 2,607 people hit the Google “recommend” button.

Priceless.

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17:37
Apple sends out WWDC 2014 ticket purchase...

Apple on Monday sent out emails to developers who participated in this year's WWDC 2014 ticket lottery, notifying those accepted that tickets will be saved until Apr. 14.



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17:14
Apple notifies winners in the WWDC ticket lottery,...

 

Apple has just sent out emails notifying entrants in the WWDC ticket lottery whether they won a chance to purchase a $1,599 ticket to the conference. Winners will be able to purchase a ticket to the event before April 14th. The conference kicks off on June 2nd and runs through the 6th.

Those who didn’t win a spot haven’t gotten any notification from the company (Update: rejection emails going out now, see below). Those unable to buy a ticket will have to settle for watching the stream of the keynote presentation and recorded videos of the sessions after they happen. If you just want to read all of the announcements early, why not...

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17:08
WWDC 2014 Ticket Lottery Ends, Winners Being...

Because of overwhelming demand for its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple enacted a lottery to determine who would be able to attend the 2014 event, accepting entries from Thursday, April 5 to April 7 at 10:00 AM PT.

The ticket lottery has now ended and Apple has begun notifying lottery winners by email. According to the WWDC site, all applicants who submitted an entry were supposed to know if they had won (or lost) by 5 PM PT, but it appears the emails are taking a bit longer to be sent out.

In 2012, Apple sold tickets on a first come first serve basis, with the available tickets selling out in just under two hours. A year later, in 2013, those tickets were gone in just two minutes, though Apple...

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16:38
American Express offers $5 credit to iTunes...

American Express is running a special offer through the month of April allowing cardholders to get $5 back on any $5 purchase through the iTunes music, app, or iBook stores. If you’ve got an American Express card and want to take advantage of the deal, you’ll need to opt-in to the offer through your account online.

Once you’ve done that, just make $5 worth of purchases on iTunes Store with your American Express card. You’ll see the money credited back on your statement during...

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16:33
Apple's Schiller was 'shocked' at ad...

Email correspondence made public as part of the second California Apple v. Samsung patent trial illustrates Apple marketing guru Phil Schiller's displeasure at the company's high-profile ad agency, which in 2013 was under the gun to churn out quality material in light of Samsung's own media blitz.



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16:30
Daily Deals for April 7, 2014, featuring Sound Step...

It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections. Don't forget to check out our "Today in the App Store" post that singles...

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16:27
Harvard's New Case Study Supplement about Apple...

According to the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business School (HBS) is creating a new kind of case study program that illustrates high profile companies like Apple via comic books. The first one is about the early years at Apple. The Wall Street Journal is saying that Harvard is trying to make case studies more relatable, especially for foreign students or just visual learners. Yet some of the comic book illustrations are terrible. One particular image was rather provoking if you’re an Apple fan. You have to wonder what's being taught about Apple at Harvard these days.

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16:19
Apple's iOS 7 hits 87 percent, still outpacing...

On Monday, Apple updated its iOS adoption statistics for developers to show that 87 percent of active iOS devices are now running iOS 7, with only 11 percent still on iOS 6 and a mere two percent (presumably devices that cannot upgrade, such as the original iPad) stuck on earlier versions. The figure was achieved less than seven months after the original release of the upgrade in mid-September. By comparison, only about 5.3 percent of Android users have or have been allowed to upgrade to last year's KitKat , which was announced around the same time as iOS 7 and debuted a month later....



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16:10
Finally! MacPaint Has Been Recreated For Your Browser

At long last, someone has filled a gaping hole in our lives: MacPaint in a browser. OK, I said, "finally," but it was actually posted on Tumblr back in October, but it's still totally cool. Called, fittingly enough, CloudPaint, this is a pixel-for-pixel recreation of MacPaint, a piece of software that symbolized why the Mac was so much different from other computers in 1984. If you're up for some Mac nostalgia, or if you just want to get a taste of what it was like to create art on a computer at the beginning of it all, CloudPaint is a great walk down memory lane.


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16:00
Intel expands 10Gbps “Thunderbolt Ethernet”...

Thunderbolt 2 is picking up another feature.

Chris Foresman

If standard gigabit Ethernet isn't cutting it for you, Intel will soon give you another option: this week at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in Las Vegas, the company announced a new feature called "Thunderbolt Networking" that will soon be available to all PCs with Thunderbolt 2 controllers.

The feature, which will be enabled by an upcoming Windows driver update, will "emulat[e] an Ethernet connection environment" and provide a 10Gbps two-way link between two computers connected with a Thunderbolt cable. Since you'll need to connect the two computers directly to each other, this solution obviously won't scale as well as real 10Gbps networking equipment. But for now, that hardware remains relatively uncommon and expensive—well outside the price range of...

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15:59
G-Tech, LaCie, and Promise show new Thunderbolt 2...

The 2014 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in Las Vegas is in full swing . As usual, the opening day of this annual gathering brings a host of product announcements aiming to excite this group of performance-hungry video professionals.

LaCie

LaCie took the opportunity to announce three new storage products, Each features Thunderbolt 2 and can be configured to use the latest 6TB hard drives from LaCie’s parent company, Seagate.

The LaCie 2big Thunderbolt 2 is an external, two-drive hardware RAID that connects via Thunderbolt 2 or USB and can be set to work as either a striped or mirrored array. It has two Thunderbolt 2 ports to enable daisy chaining Thunderbolt devices and its two hot...

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15:34
Apple’s Incoming Retail Chief to Be Named Dame of...

Angela Ahrendts, the outgoing CEO of fashion retailer Burberry and the incoming head of Apple's worldwide retail operations, is set to be named a Dame of the British Empire. UK newspaper The Daily Mail reported that Ms. Ahrendts will be so named in a "low key" ceremony, and that she is believed to be starting her gig at Apple this month.


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15:30
The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for April 7, 2014

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

You can listen to today's...

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15:07
Adobe Premiere Pro CC 7.2.2 - Digital video editing...

Premiere Pro CC is available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud for as little as $19.99/month (or $9.99/month if you're a previous Premiere Pro customer). Premiere Pro CS6 is still available for purchase (without a monthly plan) if you prefer.

Adobe Premiere Pro CC lets you edit video faster than ever before. Dozens of brand-new features include a redesigned timeline, improved media management, and streamlined color grading. And it's just the beginning: You'll get access to new features the moment they're released. Your entire creative world, together in one place. Only in Creative Cloud.



Version 7.2.2:

Note: This update can currently only be obtained through Adobe Updater.

  • Provides important fixes addressing red frame occurrence...

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15:00
SmartThings Hub: Connecting your home, phone and you

At Macworld/iWorld 2014, I delivered a talk about Siri and connected devices titled "Siri's Arms and Legs: Giving Apple's Intelligent Assistant the Power to Control Your World." My original idea for the presentation was based on some work I'd done...

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14:50
Everdock Go, Universal Car Dock

Fuz Designs has launched a Kickstarter campaign for the EverDock Go, a universal car dock to complement their existing Everdock products. What I like about the EverDock line is that they really are universal. There's no cable hardwired in, so you don't have to forsake your lovely dock if you get a different phone, just wire up a different cable and move on with your day. I really like that this is a trend, because right now my house is half 30-pin and half Lightning and it is a giant pain in the neck. Fuz Designs was founded by two former ZAGG employees, a company that knows a little about mobile accessories. The project is already fully funded with 38 days to go. For $39 at Kickstarter you can get a perk of an EverDock Go in silver or black.


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14:30
These hideously ugly, radiation-blocking jeans are...

You know what they say about functionality: "It's always better to look like a fool than have a few specks of dust on your iPhone." Wait, nobody ever said that?

What you see above are a pair of WTFJeans, which are designed specifically for iPhone...

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14:23
iOS 7 Adoption up to 87% Ahead of WWDC's Likely...

iOS 7 adoption continues to grow, with Apple seeing the operating system on 87 percent of devices connected to the App Store, according to Apple's App Store developer support page. The numbers come seven months after the operating system's original release and two months ahead of the expected preview of iOS 8 at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in two month's time.

Apple has traditionally seen speedy adoption of its new iOS releases because it makes it easy for customers to upgrade to the new operating system without too much trouble, and it's likely that iOS 8 will see similar adoption after its expected release this fall.

iOS 8 is expected to include upgrades to Apple's Maps app, including possible support for public transit...

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14:22
Apple's iOS 7 reaches 87% adoption, still...

Apple has updated its App Store statistics for April, reporting that 87 percent of its users accessing the iTunes Store have now installed its latest iOS 7.



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14:17
20 WordPress Themes for $29

We have a deal for you today for 20 WordPress themes designed by Tesla Themes for US$29. There are tons of free WordPress themes out there, but Tesla themes are professionally designed and professionally implemented. If you have a WordPress site, this is a great opportunity to make it look great. This deal expires in 4 days.


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14:04
Apple's Schiller excoriated ad firm in 2013...

In a series of early 2013 emails, Apple's marketing lead Phil Schiller delivered angry words to long-time Apple advertising partner TBWAChiatDay, and specifically its Apple-dedicated Media Arts Lab, according to documents exposed through the ongoing Apple v. Samsung trial. As was mentioned in court, Schiller was upset with a Wall Street Journal piece arguing that Apple had "lost its cool" to Samsung. He forwarded the story to TBWA, simply commenting that "we have a lot of work to do to turn this around."...



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14:02
Bollywood choreographer subject of latest 'Your...

Apple on Monday posted to its website the latest installment of its "Your Verse" ad campaign, this time focusing on Bollywood choreographer Feroz Khan and his the day-to-day with the iPad Air.



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14:00
Videoshop is an excellent video editor for iOS

As Video editors go, Videoshop (free for a limited time, typically US$2.99) is first rate and easy to use. I prefer it to iMovie on iOS and just about anything I have tried.

You can start a new movie or load an old one. If it is one you have loaded...

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13:51
New rumors on 65″ OLED panels being made for Apple

Those Apple television rumors just won’t quit will they? According to Cult of Mac, a new rumor/report from the South Korea-based Korea Herald, an “unnamed” South Korean display manufacture is currently making 65-inch organic light emitting diode (OLED) panel samples for Apple’s proposed “iTV”.

The Korea Herald also reported that a source close to the matter said this on Saturday;

“Around 2 million Apple‘s iTVs with 65- and 77-inch liquid crystal displays were expected to hit the market in the second half of this year. However, Apple...

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13:49
Apple Orders Sample 65-inch Displays Sparking TV Set...

Apple has ordered âsample display panelsâ from a Korean display maker, according to a Korean analyst. Lee Seung-woo, an analyst at Seoul-based IBK Securities, told The Korean Herald that Apple has ordered samples and was working with a local company to produce them, but from there the story gets fuzzy, to be generous.


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13:18
Intel: Thunderbolt Macs will be able to directly...

Thunderbolt is of special interest to the attendees of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show, since it provides the throughput needed for video production. Intel likes to make Thunderbolt announcements at NAB, and this year, the company revealed that Thunderbolt Networking would be expanded so that Macs and PCs can be directly connected.

Since the release of OS X Mavericks, Thunderbolt Macs have been able to directly connect to each other. You'll find a Thunderbolt Bridge option in the Network system preference.

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13:14
More Schiller emails reveal Apple ad turmoil

A recent report illustrated how Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller was bothered by Samsung’s marketing campaign targeting Apple, and newly released January 2013 emails show the back-and-forth between Schiller and Apple ad agency TBWA/Media Arts Lab. These emails, posted by Business Insider, follow Schiller’s email to the agency…

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13:10
∞ Apple says 87% percent of its devices are running...

Apple on Monday updated its Developer Web site with some new numbers indicating that adoption of iOS 7 is very high. According to the numbers released by Apple, 87% of its devices are on iOS 7, 11% are using iOS 6 and 2% are using an iOS version earlier than 6.0.

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13:01
XP Users Have a Bad Headache Coming On


Money will be the biggest problem users of Windows XP will face when Microsoft officially stops supporting it on Tuesday. As a last resort, Microsoft is offering custom support for Windows XP as a temporary stopgap. That could cost as much as $200 per PC per year, Gartner estimated. The UK government reportedly has paid Microsoft about $9 million to extend Windows XP support for one year. The average user will have to shell out for a new Windows 7 or Windows 8 computer and subscribe to Microsoft Office online, at the very least.

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12:59
Future Apple retail SVP Angela Ahrendts gets British...

Apple's incoming senior VP of Retail, Angela Ahrendts, is receiving her expected Dame of the British Empire title today, British newspaper the Daily Mail The honor is equivalent to a knighthood; instead of the Queen, though, today's ceremony will be hosted by Vince Cable, the British government's Secretary of State for Business. Ahrendts is originally American, and non-British citizens can't be granted damehood by the Queen; likewise, while she will be able to attach "DBE" to her name, she won't be able to refer to herself as Dame Ahrendts....



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12:40
Latest ‘Your Verse’ story shares how a Bollywood...

After showcasing how athletes and coaches have been able to utilize the iPad by determining concussions sooner as a part of its ‘Your Verse’ campaign last month, Apple has updated its home page and iPad microsite to tell the story of how the iPad is helping one choreographer find inspiration for his passion…

Specifically, the new story shares Bollywood choreographer Feroz Khan’s experience using the iPad Air to capture elements for dance scenes and routines by capturing photos or videos of things that inspire him.

The story profiles specific apps Khan uses including Artemis HD for...

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12:39
iOS 8: Healthbook as aggregator, faster camera speed

Apple’s planned Healthbook app in iOS 8 is described as “an application that aggregates health and fitness data from various applications and hardware accessories” in a new 9to5Mac article. The feature, which mainly summarizes much of what’s already been reported about iOS 8, alludes to Healthbook being a sort…

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12:30
So THAT'S what the inside of an iPhone looks...

No word on how this unfortunate iPhone 2G met its demise, but the damage it pretty remarkable and certainly points to something more than a simple drop. I like to imagine it died while being shot out of a cannon from the summit of K2.

[Photo credit:...

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12:30
2011 Samsung memo: Beating Apple is our #1 priority...

Courtroom exhibits in the current Apple/Samsung trial show that Apple kept close tabs on Android. A Steve Jobs email from 2010, for example, has the Apple co-founder calling 2011 a year of "holy war" against Android. What's more, Phil Schiller was...

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12:20
Promise deploys M4 RAID array, two high speed...

Promise Technology today announced three new Thunderbolt 2 and shared storage devices aimed at the creative professional market. The Pegasus2 M4 uses an array 2.5-inch drives in a new portable form factor. The VTrak G1100 NAS Gateway is a 1U file server with an 8Gb Fiber channel front end and 10GbE dual port connectivity. The SANLink2 10G is a Thunderbolt 2 10-Gigabit Ethernet bridge adapter that connects any Thunderbolt 2 enabled Mac to high performance 10Gb Ethernet networks....



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12:12
Emails Show Phil Schiller's Displeasure with Ad...

Multiple insider details on Apple and its business practices are surfacing during the company's second patent trial with Samsung, including a series of tense emails between Apple's head of marketing Phil Schiller and Apple's longtime ad agency, TBWA/Media Arts Lab (via BusinessInsider).

Following the January 2013 release of an article from The Wall Street Journal entitled, "Has Apple Lost Its Cool to Samsung?" Schiller emailed Media Arts Lab and told them "We have a lot of work to do to turn this around…."

In the article, The Wall Street Journal lauds Samsung's aggressive marketing campaign for the Galaxy S3, which had the clever tagline "The next big thing is already here." Samsung has...

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11:50
Briefly: Combat Mission: Red Thunder, QiPack...

Battlefront.com has released today a major new title in its series of tactical WW2 combat simulations, entitled Combat Mission: Red Thunder. Set during 1944, when Operation Bagration took the Soviet forces from swamps of Belarus to the gates of Warsaw, players can play out historical battles and campaigns or create customized quick battles. Combat Mission: Red Thunder is a standalone game, and features new game engine features such as backpack and vehicle flamethrowers, tank riders, hit decals, and more. The game is available for download for Mac OS X (as well as PC), priced at $55....



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11:40
Frozen: How to Force the Restart of a Mac

Occasionally, a Mac can become stubbornly uncooperative and refuse to accept inputs. It's time for a reboot. Here are some simple techniques to force a restart your Mac with escalating abruptness.


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11:32
Everything to know about iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 (...

While Apple only officially announced its 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) last week, we have been reporting all of the known information about what Apple plans to unveil at the event over the course of the past few months. Now that WWDC is official, we have compiled a roundup of everything we know about Apple’s next-generation iOS device and Mac operating systems below, and we’ve also included some new tidbits not found in our earlier reporting. You can find out what there is to know so far about iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 below:

iOS 8 – Codenamed Okemo:...

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11:19
Dave Hamilton Talks TMO, Music, Podcasting on Mac...

Our own Dave Hamilton stopped by the studios of Mac Power Users recently to talk about The Mac Observer, cohosting The Mac Geek Gab, his own podcasting setup, and being a musician. If that's not enough, he offered his thoughts on Mac maintenance. Mac Power Users cohosts-David Sparks and Katie Floyd-make for a good interview, so check it out.


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11:16
This is Android TV

According to documents obtained exclusively by The Verge, Google is about to launch a renewed assault on your television set called Android TV. Major video app providers are building for the platform right now. Android TV may sound like a semantic difference — after all, Google TV was based on Android — but it’s something very different. Android TV is no longer a crazy attempt to turn your TV into a bigger, more powerful smartphone. “Android TV is an entertainment interface, not a computing platform,” writes Google. “It’s all about finding and enjoying content with the least amount of friction.” It will be “cinematic, fun, fluid, and fast.”

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11:15
Intego ships VirusBarrier X8, NetBarrier X8

Intego has released VirusBarrier X8 and NetBarrier X8, updates of its Mac security apps. Both titles have been revised with new, streamlined interfaces. VirusBarrier specifically also has a new low-priority scanning mode, designed to ease the processing burden on a Mac....



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11:12
Americans Distrust Tech Companies


The steady stream of reports on government surveillance of Americans has taken a toll on the image of high-tech companies, according to a Harris poll. More than two-thirds of Americans -- 67 percent -- feel technology companies violate their users' trust by helping the government spy on its citizens, suggests the poll of 2,000 consumers, which was sponsored by ESET. Sixty percent of respondents said they were less trusting of those companies because of their involvement in government surveillance.

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11:11
Intego has launched X8 versions of its Internet...

Intego introduced VirusBarrier X8 and NetBarrier X8, new versions of its security and protection software for Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.
 
Alongside an all-new user interface, VirusBarrier X8 has a new low-priority scanning mode for enhanced performance. NetBarrier X8 has enhanced rule functionality for easier configuration and new firewall/application monitoring options.
 

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11:05
ArithMetric: An iPad app to help kids learn math

This looks like a really good app for kids or adults to learn Math.

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11:04
HP unveils HP Z24x, Z27x high color accuracy...

At this week's National Association of Broadcasters conference, HP has announced two new HP DreamColor Displays. The new displays, available today, boast 1.07 billion on-screen colors, giving what the company calls "color error so small that it is not discernible to the human eye."...



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11:00
CalDigit debuts Thunderbolt 2 RAID storage solution

CalDigit has announced the CalDigit T4 Thunderbolt 2 RAID storage solution for creative professionals. IT will be available in two versions.

Both versions feature dual Thunderbolt 2 ports for integration into any 4K post-production workflow. The T4 R is a RAID 0, 1, 5 and JBOD solution on the market. The device is predominantly intended to be used as a RAID 5 solution.

The T4 J is a RAID 0, 1 and JBOD solution. The T4 J is intended for users who either need outstanding performance (RAID 0) or a flexible JBOD device.

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11:00
Apple engineer Greg Christie talks about designing...

When Steve Jobs first unveiled the iPhone, he took some time to highlight what was then the current state of the smartphone market. In short, Jobs said that phones at the time were either easy to use and not very powerful, or were powerful but...

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10:58
∞ HBO’s “Silicon Valley” first episode online

Did you watch the show? What did you think of it?

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10:51
Frosted glass with CSS filters

There are some cool things being done with CSS these days—I really like this one.

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10:46
Internal emails reveal Phil Schiller shocked by...

Phil Schiller at WWDC 2013

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from the latest Apple v. Samsung trial, it’s that Phil Schiller isn’t as cool, calm, and collected at Apple HQ as he appears at each Apple keynote. We’ve already seen the Apple SVP of Worldwide Marketing fret over Android marketshare and Media Arts Lab not being on par with Samsung’s advertising, and Business Insider has covered an additional email exchange revealed in the trial where an irate Phil Schiller proves he is most definitely a product of Steve Jobs. We’ve...

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10:43
Intel unveils 10-gigabit Ethernet Thunderbolt...

Intel on Monday took the covers off of Thunderbolt Networking, an addition to the Thunderbolt 2 interconnect standard that will allow users to transfer data between two Macs and PCs at up to 10 gigabits per second over an emulated Ethernet connection.



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10:37
G-Technology enhances G-Drive; launches G-Speed RAID...

Storage manufacturer G-Technology today announced the latest additions in its Evolution Series family -- the G-Drive ev SSD and the 500GB G-Drive ev external drive modules. Also released are the four-bay Thunderbolt 2 G-Speed Studio with hardware RAID, and the two-bay G-Speed RAID Studio....



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10:26
9to5Toys Last Call: Seagate 2TB desktop HDD $70,...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:

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10:03
Supply chain data suggests Apple's March...

Sales data from some of Apple's biggest suppliers shows stronger than expected returns for the just-concluded month of March, potentially hinting that Apple itself could also surprise to the upside when it reports earnings later this month.



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10:02
2011 Samsung document says 'Beating Apple is #1...

An internal Samsung document from late 2011, obtained by AppleInsider, posits "beating Apple" as the company's top priority for the following year. The document discusses "lessons learned" from 2011, and says that the "threat from Apple is extremely real and urgent." It lays out various strategies the company was planning to implement; while some of these weren't directly targeted at Apple, the memo also refers trying to "understand why consumers buy Apple and develop countermeasures by carrier/retailer."...



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10:01
EditShare's MAM, Ark solutions now integrate...

EditShare says its Flow Media Asset Management (MAM) and Ark archiving/backup solutions now now integrate with the Avid ISIS 5500/5000 and 7500/7000 shared storage families. The new integration lets Avid ISIS facilities add EditShare asset management, ingest and archiving tools to their workflow.

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10:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Titanic: Her Journey...

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09:39
JMR ProBracket for the Mac Pro debuts at NAB

JMR Electronics is debuting its ProBracket family mounting hardware for Apple's 2013 Mac Pro at this week's National Association of Broadcasts (NAB) show. The American-made mourning brackets allow the pro desktop to be securely installed under a desk, aside a desk pedestal, to a wall, or into a rack cabinet.

The mounts let you mount the Mac Pro with its I-O ports available or hidden. Each mount includes cable management and secure integrated straps that hold the computer in place. Rubberized gasketed surfaces protect the Mac Pro from migration and scratches.

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09:38
Apple's Angela Ahrendts Recognized as Honorary...

In the coming months, former Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts will assume her new position as the senior vice president in charge of Apple's retail and online sales efforts. Before she leaves the fashion world for technology, Ahrendts will be made an honorary Dame of the British Empire for her work at Burberry, reports The Daily Mail.

Because she is American, Ahrendts won't receive the honor from the Queen at Buckingham Palace, and she won't be allowed to use the title Dame, only the initials DBE (Dame of the British Empire) at the end of her name. She will be honored at a small ceremony to be held today at the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills in Westminister with the UK's business secretary Vince...

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09:33
Highpoint shows pair of Thunderbolt 2 SAS, eSATA...

Highpoint is adding a pair of new Thunderbolt devices to its product lineup. The storage connectivity vendor has debuted the eight-channel Rocketstor 6328L, along with the four-channel RocketStor 6324L eSATA and SAS Thunderbolt 2 adapters at this week's National Association of Broadcasters show....



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09:30
This Apple II SD card reader is retrotastic and...

Compared to USB hubs, which come in all shapes, sizes, and themes, SD card readers rarely get special treatment. They're usually plain, lame, and not worth showing off. But as bitter as I am about SD card accessories being largely ignored, I'm...

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09:28
Micro 3D printer meets Kickstarter goal within 11...

A small 3D printer that launched on Kickstarter reached its crowdfunding goal within 11 minutes. The Micro, a compact 3D printer that hopes to offer the same printing options as the MakerBot Replicator series and other devices but with a more user-friendly approach, has soared past its $50,000 target with 29 days of the campaign left to run....

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09:24
The fallacy Of Android-First

Fascinating article by Dave Feldman, the co-founder of Emu, on why those chose to launch on Android and why they decided to move to iOS.

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09:13
Apple SVP Angela Ahrendts becomes ‘Dame of the...

Angela Ahrendts, soon to be ex-CEO of Burberry, is to become a dame today according to the Daily Mail. The retail magnate will become a Dame of the British Empire in a ‘low key’ ceremony according to the British paper, for her contributions to business.

The Queen will not be in attendance, apparently. The government’s business secretary Vince Cable will instead lead proceedings. According to the Daily Mail, Cable will congratulate Ahrendts for her restoration of the Burberry brand. The Mail also believes that Ahrendts will join Apple this month.

Mr Cable will pay tribute to the mother of three,...

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09:10
Apple's iBeacon is ready for Minnesota Twins...

Earlier this morning we reported on Apple's three new trademark applications for iBeacon icons in color and black and white. Yet the news on Apple's iBeacon doesn't stop there. Today, sources in Minneapolis reports that iPhone-toting Minnesota Twins fans will have ...

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09:03
Seagate ships 'world's fastest' 6TB...

Seagate is shipping what it says is the "world's fastest" drive for scale-out, cloud-based data centers. It's the 6TB hard disk drive dubbed the Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD v4.

Scott Horn, Seagate's vice president of marketing, says the drive enables faster data transfers by building on an eight-generation platform that lets it deliver up to a 25% increase in performance over competing 6TB drives. The Enterprise Drive utilizes the latest generation of 12Gb/s SAS and is also available in an enterprise-ready SATA 6Gb/s interface for simplified system integration.

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09:00
German Apple Stores get iPhone trade-in and more...

Monday, everyone's favorite day. Here's some Apple news to help you get through it:

Apple's official iPhone trade-in program has expanded to Germany. Good news for customers in Germany looking for an easy way to upgrade their iPhone. According to...

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08:50
iOS 7: Changing Siri’s Voice

Siri's pretty cool because it lets you talk to your iPhone, iPad, or iPhone iPod touch to issue commands, but what if you don't like the gender of the default voice Siri uses when it replies? That's not a problem in iOS 7 because you can switch Siri's gender between female and male with just a couple screen taps.


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08:48
Autodesk unveils Smoke 2015 for the Mac

Autodesk is unveiling Smoke 2015, the latest version of its professional video editing software, at this week's National Association of Broadcasts (NAB) show. In addition to new creative tools and performance enhancements, the software will now be available as a desktop subscription so customers can use it on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Smoke 2015 offers improved workflows with tools such as Final Cut Pro. It features 3D Tracker, a new Timeline FX workflow, added hardware support, and optimization for the new Mac Pro running Mac OS X Mavericks.

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08:30
Seagate launches 6TB 7200RPM SATA, SAS enterprise...

Storage company Seagate Technology, today announced it is now shipping a 6TB hard disk drive -- the Seagate® Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD v4. The drive comes in two versions, 12Gb/s SAS and 6Gb/s SATA, with a variety of encryption and secure data destruction options....



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08:30
Internal Apple slide: "Consumers want what we...

Re/Code was recently able to obtain a few slides from an April 2013 Apple presentation that Samsung presented into evidence last week. The slides show that Apple's sales team was well aware that smartphone growth had begun trending towards cheaper...

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08:26
ExtraBITS for 7 April 2014

After a Macworld hiatus, ExtraBITS is back with a variety of must-see pieces from around the Web. Leading off is Dropbox, which explained its DMCA review policy after an Internet outcry. Make sure to keep your passcode on, since an iOS 7.1 vulnerability could leave your iPhone exposed. Lending new meaning to “The journey is the reward,” Uber launched a new UberXotic service that adds fun to boring taxi rides. Also, we have an interview with Nigerian email scammers, a quick eulogy to MacFixIt from site founder Ted Landau, and a report that Apple is in talks with Comcast to provide a streaming TV service via Apple TV.

 

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08:25
Samsung Reportedly Preparing New Standalone...

According to a Korean press source, a new standalone variant of the Samsung Gear 2, equipped with a universal subscriber identity module, or USIM, will likely be christened the Samsung Gear Solo. Samsung Electronics and SK Telecom are jointly preparing to release the new smartwatch.

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08:17
Betterment: Elegant, straightforward online...

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Imagine if poring over your finances were as easy as using your favorite app, or smartphone. – “The Apple of finance,” Quartz.

Now it is, with Betterment.

Betterment is the most preferred online financial advisor, integrating technology and years of investment expertise in one elegant application already being used by over 30,000 customers. Betterment has eliminated the unnecessary costs and complications of investing intelligently. It’s straightforward investing for all, whether you have $10,000 or $10 million.

Betterment lets you manage multiple investment goals in one delightful place. Our UX and UI are adored by design enthusiasts, separating us...

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08:15
Autodesk announces Smoke 2015 with 3D Tracker,...

Autodesk has revealed Smoke 2015, the next edition of its video editing software. Upgrades this time around include an overhauled Timeline FX system, with added effects options including direct access to Action 3D compositing. A new 3D Tracker tool matches visual effects to camera movements, such as layers, text, or 3D objects....



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08:05
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 7...

Notable software releases this week include Paprika 2.0.2, Type2Phone 2.4.1, and Safari 7.0.3 and 6.1.3.

 

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08:03
Samsung's Goals for 2012: 'Beating Apple...

Internal documents included in the second patent trial between Samsung and Apple last week revealed how Apple viewed Android, calling for a "Holy War" against Google and expressing concern about competition from larger-screened, lower-priced Android phones. A new set of documents reported by Re/code and AppleInsider reverses this perspective, showing how Samsung was laser-focused on Apple with the objective of beating the Cupertino company as its "#1 priority" in 2012.

The internal...

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08:00
iPhone 101: Using Photos app to view photos sorted...

The Photos app in iOS 7 has a useful feature that allows you to view the location information of all the photos you took during the past year. To make use of this feature, you must have geotagging turned on the settings (Settings > Privacy > Location...

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08:00
LaCie refreshes 5big, 2big with Thunderbolt 2; adds...

Seagate Technology's LaCie brand announced at the 2014 NAB Show three new storage solutions featuring Thunderbolt 2 technology. The LaCie 8big Rack, 5big, and 2big feature and the latest technologies from Seagate, including new 6TB hard drives....



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08:00
The ultimate guide to solving iOS battery drain
07:58
Tile: The world’s largest lost and found

I love this. Such a great idea.

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07:53
Getting delay right when mixing guitars

The most important rule to me is do you actually need it. Use your ears, and don’t put things in your mix that don’t improve it.

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07:42
∞ How to coil a cable

I don’t know about you, but I always find this frustrating. Here are two great examples of how to do it right.

[Via Pro Tools Expert]

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07:24
Amazon updates Instant Video iOS app with iOS 7...




Amazon has just updated its Amazon Instant Video app, which provides access to its catalogue of over 40k movies and TV shows, with a redesign of the entire UI inspired by iOS 7.

Amazon isn’t listing any new features in the iTunes release notes other than bug fixes and stability...

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07:23
Tension Software announces Precise Screenshot 1.2

Here are some of the latest incremental product updates for Mac OS X.

° Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated Precise Screenshot, its Mac OS X tool for taking screen shots, to version 1.2.

The upgrade's status menu now offers a visual feedback for the timer and for when you're taking screenshots. Also, user-saved shot sizes are now sorted by area.

Precise Screenshot requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. It costs US$5 and is available at the Mac App Store.

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07:18
Office for iPad Team to Host Reddit AMA Tuesday

Have questions about Office for iPad? Microsoft's developers are ready with answers. More accurately, they'll be ready on Tuesday, April 8 when they host a Reddit AMA, or Ask Me Anything, session at 9AM pacific time. The great thing about AMAs is that you really can ask anything, and the sessions are open to anyone. Just point your favorite Web browser to Reddit, and feel free to ask your questions and offer feedback. The Office for iPad team will be listening.


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07:16
Official iPhone trade-in program reaches German...

Apple's iPhone Reuse and Recycling Program is now in effect in German Apple Stores. As elsewhere, the plan lets people get credit towards a new iPhone by trading in eligible older models. In Germany, Apple is offering up to €230 in credit, depending on the model and its condition....



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07:00
Create A Server 2012 VM In VMware Fusion

Our friends at VMware continue to outdo themselves. The latest release of Fusion works so well with Windows Server 2013 that even I can’t screw it up. To create a virtual machine, simply open VMware Fusion and click New from the File menu.


Click “Choose a disc or disc image.”

Select your iso for Server 2012 and click on Open (if you have actual optical media it should have skipped this step and automatically sensed your installation media). Click Continue back at the New Virtual Machine Assistant screen.

Click Continue when the Assistant properly shows the operating system and...

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07:00
Rumor Roundup: Unreleased Apple product '...

IPHONE 6 LEAK: This could be our first look at the completely redesigned iPhone 6 (BGR)

BGR wants us to believe that some guy's 3D rendering, based on "leaked" blueprints of dubious provenance, counts as a "first look" at the iPhone 6.

While the...

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06:55
Review: Amazon's Fire TV makes iterative...

The set-top streaming business got a little more crowded when Amazon announced the Fire TV last week. With voice-activated search, predictive content loading and a gaming "bonus feature," the Internet retail giant is positioning its new device as a cure-all usability for problems plaguing existing products.



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06:50
Apple Files Three New Trademarks for "iBeacon...

Back in November Apple filed four iBeacon trademark applications which covered future financial services, e-commerce, consumer loyalty programs and much, much more. Today, the US Patent & Trademark Office published three new Apple trademark applications covering the iBeacon icon in color and black and white. The applications were actually ...

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06:48
Apple internal slides reveal need for larger,...

Internal Apple slides revealed by Samsung in the latest patent battle between the companies illustrate Apple’s need to create larger and cheaper smartphones. The slides from an April 2013 meeting, posted by Re/Code, show that while the iPhone growth rate is slowing, there’s still demand and growth for cheaper…

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06:47
Decorated lists with CSS

There are certainly some Web sites that could use something like this. For me, I’d just rather use a simple bullet point list.

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06:31
Microsoft shows off new 'Windows in the car...

Software giant Microsoft is planning to revamp its in-car offerings after suffering setbacks with the existing Sync platform, unveiling a new "Windows in the car" initiative at the company's annual Build conference in San Francisco.



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06:22
‘Beating Apple is #1 priority, everything must be in...

Documents revealed by the second Apple vs Samsung patent trial are not just giving us a peek behind the corporate curtains at 1 Infinite Loop, but also a glimpse into Samsung’s Seoul boardroom. A slide from a Samsung business forecast from 2011 shows the company viewing “beating Apple” as its number one priority for 2012 … 

The presentation, entitled 2011 Summary...

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06:22
Apple’s WWDC 2014 Registration Lottery Ends at 10AM...

Instead of a mad rush for Worldwide Developer Conference tickets this year, Apple is conducting a lottery. Apple plans to notify lottery winners today so they can buy their tickets, but to have a chance you need to register by 10 AM pacific time (2 PM eastern time) today.


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06:13
Reminder: Less than 4 hours to join the WWDC 2014...

If you have even the slightest inclination to attend the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, you probably want to throw your name in the hat for your chance to purchase a ticket before the window closes in less than four hours.

Unlike years prior, Apple has decidedly opted for a random selection lottery system of sorts to determine who will have the opportunity to purchase a coveted ticket to Apple’s big conference.

Apple announced the event details last Thursday as well as its new system for purchasing a ticket. Registered developers have been able to request a ticket, which cost $1599, since last...

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06:13
Paprika 2.0.2

Bug fixes and refinements for the popular recipe manager. ($19.99 new, free update, 3.5 MB)

 

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06:00
Daily App: PiggyBot is a colorful allowance tracker...

PiggyBot is a new allowance app from BancVue that landed in the iOS App Store earlier this month. Unlike other piggy banks that track real money in your child's physical piggy bank, PiggyBot is a ledger sheet that tracks virtual money.

The virtual...

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05:59
FXHome announces HitFilm plug-ins for Final Cut Pro...

FXHome has announced that many of its VFX, compositing, motion graphics, and grading effects will soon be available for the first time for Final Cut Pro X, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere, and Apple Motion. They take the effects present in HitFilm 2 Ultimate to multiple platforms.


The plug-ins range from visual effects and professional green screening to procedural motion graphics and cinematic color grading. They'll be available starting April 16 for US$499. Go to FXHome.com for more info.

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05:51
Early iPhone 5 buyers were already asking for bigger...

Patent trials generally aren’t the most exciting of events, but documents revealed through the second Apple vs Samsung case are certainly providing a lot of fascinating glimpses behind the scenes.

The latest is the above summary of research Apple carried out among early buyers of the iPhone 5 to find out what they thought of the phone and what improvements they wanted to see, tweeted by Jay Yarow. While longer battery-life and better maps will surprise no-one, it’s interesting that even at the beginning of last year,...

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05:43
Apple Settles Intertrust Security Patent Lawsuit

Apple has one less patent infringement lawsuit on its schedule now that it has settled a dispute with Intertrust Technologies. The company filed a case claiming that nearly every product Apple made infringed on 15 of its security and digital rights management-related patents.

The Mac Observer Spin: Considering how much of Apple's product line was named in the Intertrust Technologies lawsuit, it could've been devastating if the company had managed to win at trial and score an injunction blocking the sale of infringing products. It wouldn't have been likely that the court would've allowed nearly everything Apple makes to be pulled from the market, but settling now instead of going to trial no doubt saved Apple a lot of time and money.


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05:35
Curated JavaScript resources

This is an actively curated collection, with articles for beginners and those with experience. Terrific resource.

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05:24
The Earth Is Moving Under the Smartphone Market


One thing that Apple made clear when it took the smartphone market by storm and away from then- dominant players Palm, BlackBerry and Microsoft is that to win you need to make big bets and change the battle. The market is now dominated by Apple and Google technology -- much of which Google doesn't control -- and Microsoft just swapped CEOs because the old CEO couldn't pull the needed rabbit out of his hat. Well Microsoft caught a number of us by surprise and actually announced some really interesting stuff at its Build conference last week.

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05:23
Israeli firm shows off nanotech that can charge a...

[VIDEO] Wall Street Journal:

StoreDot Ltd., a Tel-Aviv based start-up, says it hopes to at least make the charging process faster–unveiling Monday a prototype charger that promises to take you battery from a tiny sliver of red to 100%, all in about 30 seconds.

My natural reaction is a healthy skepticism. That said, here’s an article from last October on StoreDot’s work with bio-organic LED displays, and another from November on biological semiconductors. There’s certainly some science behind the show. Video embedded in the post.

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04:54
Is the private cloud losing steam?

It's no longer a question of whether cloud is the right strategy, but rather how you will leverage the cloud's abundance of resources to outpace your competition, according to a study from Cloud Connect in partnership with the Everest Group. Titled, "Cloud Adoption in the Enterprise: Distilling the Facts from Hype. The study reveals the increasing influence of the cloud on IT budgets, staff and business strategy.

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04:43
Sony launches 12.2MP A7s full-frame camera with ISO...

Sony has added another model to its Alpha 7 line of full-frame interchangeable lens cameras, one with an extremely high level of sensitivity. Where the A7 and A7r offer a maximum sensitivity of ISO 25,600, the A7s ranges between ISO 50 and an extended ISO 409,600, with the sensor said to optimize the dynamic range and minimize noise in dark scenes....



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04:27
30-second smartphone charge demonstrated using...

I’d find this video hard to believe were it not for its credentials. The WSJ reports that StoreDot, the start-up behind the technology, has its background in the Nanotechnology department of Tel Aviv University, and it’s been demonstrated at Microsoft’s Think Next conference.

Ultra-fast battery charging has been seen before, but using special (and not very portable) battery technology. This system charges standard cellphone batteries. It’s demonstrated here with a Samsung Galaxy S4, but the company says that it plans to make versions for other phones, which will could certainly include the iPhone … ...

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