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Monday February 16

06:00
News: Happy Presidents’ Day from iLounge

Happy Presidents’ Day from iLounge! We’ll be on a limited publication schedule today in observance of Presidents’ Day, and Family Day in Canada. We will return to normal updates on Tuesday, Feb. 17. Thanks for reading!...

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05:53
Suitcase Fusion 6 17.0 - Font management solution...

Suitcase Fusion 6 is the creative professional's font manager.

Every professional font manager should deliver the basics: spectacular previews, powerful search tools, and efficient font organization. You have those basics covered. But there is a lot more you actually DO with fonts - namely traditional and web design. We can help with that too!

Features:

  • Secure, professional font storage
  • Full-featured font previews allow you to compare fonts side-by-side
  • Auto-activation plug-ins for professional design applications, including Adobe Creative Cloud and QuarkXPress
  • Support includes OS X 10.9 Mavericks and Windows 8
  • See how fonts work side-by-side in paste-up style previews with QuickComp
  • Patented Font Sense technology fingerprints fonts for precise identification
  • Find similar fonts fast with QuickMatch
  • Web font enabled with WebINK and Google Font connections
  • Organize fonts...

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05:49
Jonathan Ive Discusses Steve Jobs and Apple Watch in...

Apple design chief Jonathan Ive has been interviewed in an exhaustive profile with The New Yorker, in which he discusses a number of topics ranging from Steve Jobs to the Apple Watch.

The interview provides a rare glimpse inside Apple's design studio at Two Infinite Loop at its Cupertino headquarters, as Ive shares some of his experiences working at Apple over the past few decades.

The iconic designer recounts how Jobs visited Apple's design studio upon returning to Apple in 1997 and quickly bonded with Ive, solidifying a longtime friendship between the two."During the visit, Ive said, Jobs 'became more and more confident, and got really excited about our ability to work together.' That day, according to Ive, they started collaborating on what became the iMac. Soon afterward, Apple launched its 'Think Different' campaign, and Ive took it as a reminder of the importance of “not...

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05:07
Woz more impressed with Apple Watch than Ive is with...

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak–who hasn’t always been complimentary about the company’s products since being no longer involved–expressed great enthusiasm for the Apple Watch in a brief video interview with the BBC.

“This watch will be so special,” he said, describing the display as “almost like a little piece of art.” While other smartphone manufacturers have struggled to sell in significant numbers, Woz has no doubt that the Apple Watch will succeed: “Millions of people will buy this watch right from the start.”

Woz showed off his own current watch during the interview, a huge, eccentric wristpiece featuring genuine vacuum tubes. Jony Ive didn’t return the...

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05:02
As mysterious minivan sightings proliferate, rumored...

With the total U.S. car market valued at over $500 billion per year, taking just a 10 percent share would represent a new $50 billion revenue opportunity for Apple, according to one analyst.

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05:00
Accessible Apple: Introducing Alex Jurgensen

This is Alex's guide dog Zandra -- read more about her at the bottom of this post in a description that is machine-readable.

It's with a great deal of pride that we're introducing a new Apple World Today column along with a new columnist. The column is Accessible Apple, and as far as we know it's the first time that an Apple-centric website has featured a regular column about accessible computing. In his first post for AWT, Accessible Apple columnist Alex Jurgensen introduces himself:

I started life in the tech industry in 1995, on a Macintosh given to me by a friend who bought it off a lease at the university where he worked. It was he who over the years would introduce me to the PowerMac G4, the Unix command-line, and ultimately the wonderful world of Apple accessibility.

Back in 1995, my sight was beginning to fail, but my ability to overcompensate meant that it would go unnoticed and untreated for several years yet...

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05:00
Is Paltrow More Qualified Than Mayer to Run Yahoo?


I recently revisited Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's decision not to hire Academy Award winner and successful lifestyle author and blogger Gwyneth Paltrow for a lifestyle editing position...because she didn't have a college degree. In doing so, I ran into a comment by Martha Stewart, the 'queen of lifestyle' who clearly is acting like Paltrow is a threat. Since there is no doubt that Stewart has been very successful as a CEO, this got me thinking that if Martha Stewart is scared of how well Paltrow is doing, and Stewart is a better CEO than Mayer, would Paltrow be a better CEO than Mayer?

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04:44
Graphic Node updates Set for iWork

Graphic Node has again expanded its assortment of iWork templates with a new update of Set for iWork.

The pack for Apple's Pages, Keynote, and Numbers contains over 3,000 templates and images, while the recent update includes a new Graphics category and reduces the size of the download. Set for iWork covers everything from brochures and business cards to vacation planners to photos and newly added flat icons.

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04:40
Legend - Animate Text in Video & GIF (...

Legend - Animate Text in Video & GIF 1.0
Device: iOS iPhone
Category: Photography
Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Turn text into stunning animations!
Put your words in motion. Inspire people. Make friends laugh. In just 2 taps!
Perfect for Instagram, Twitter, iMessage, WhatsApp. Save video or GIF.

~~ From the makers of 2014 App of the Year "Replay” ~~
Professional motion designers handcrafted each text animation with love, and the ambition to raise the bar of how we express ourselves visually. There are hundreds of combinations of typography, animations, backgrounds and colors to play with.

HOW IT WORKS
1. Write your text
2. Select a text animation style
3. Select a color/background combo

LEGENDARY FEATURES
- add & crop a photo for background,
- add & trim a video for...

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04:31
12 tips for typing faster on your iPhone or iPad

You might know most of these, but chances are you don’t know all of them. I didn’t.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:27
Kool Tools: Moda 2 display and speaker

The Philips Moda 2 (www.lcdmonitors.philips.com) is a new IPS monitor and Bluetooth speaker in one that combines vivid visuals with the convenience of a Bluetooth speaker.

The display features Bluetooth and MHL connectivity, and a pair of 7-Watt speakers to stream your music while you work. The monitor also delivers flicker-free technology, Full HD resolution and an IPS panel .

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04:25
AppleMacSoft releases MP3 Splitter for Mac OS X

AppleMacSoft ( http://www.applemacsoft.com/ ) has introduced MP3 Splitter for Mac OS X. The utility that enables you to crop and trim MP3, M4A and AAC audio files, or just rapidly split a large MP3 file into many smaller files. or to extract manually selected segments of an audio file to new audio files without reducing quality.  

You can automatically split MP3 files based on silence, which is useful for LP, audiobooks and sound recordings. What's more, MP3 Splitter features a built-in audio player, making pre listening simple and easy.

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04:20
VLC for iOS back in the App Store for some/upgraders...

The VLC for iOS app–a favorite media player for many–has returned to the App Store in some countries and is expected to be available for all shortly. Some existing US users (us included!) are also reporting on Reddit being able to update to the latest version (2.4.1) if they have the previous version from before it was removed.

The app has something of a chequered history in the App Store, first removed from the store way back in 2011 after a licensing dispute, the original open-source developers claiming that the App Store terms were incompatible with the GNU Public License for the code. The app finally returned in 2013 before disappearing once more last September … ...

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04:12
iCloud beta lets Windows users create an Apple ID,...

Now anyone, with or without a Mac or iOS device, will be able to create an Apple ID and sign in to the iCloud beta website to start using Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for free. Great idea for Apple.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:11
Sending on mobile devices, SaaS, IaaS shot up in 2014

Mobile workers now comprise nearly one-third or approximately 30 percent of corporations’ total workforce, according to the results of the Strategy Analytics Mobile Workforce Strategies (www.strategyanalytics.com) survey.

The survey which polled over 1,200 organizations found that a workforce comprising nearly 1/3 of mobile employees is the most common. In general, mobility solution decisions are increasingly driven by line-of business management and IT and spending on mobile devices, SaaS, IaaS, and security software have increased the most in 2014 compared to 2013.

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04:11
Sending on mobile devices, SaaS, IaaS shot up in 2014

Mobile workers now comprise nearly one-third or approximately 30 percent of corporations’ total workforce, according to the results of the Strategy Analytics Mobile Workforce Strategies (www.strategyanalytics.com) survey.

The survey which polled over 1,200 organizations found that a workforce comprising nearly 1/3 of mobile employees is the most common. In general, mobility solution decisions are increasingly driven by line-of business management and IT and spending on mobile devices, SaaS, IaaS, and security software have increased the most in 2014 compared to 2013.

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04:02
The New Yorker profiles Jony Ive: details meeting...

The New Yorker has published an extensive profile on Jony Ive, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Design. Many newspapers have written up articles on Ive in recent years, but this latest account by Ian Parker is by far the most detailed and (arguably) the most interesting, revealing new anecdotes and tidbits on Apple’s latest products in the process.

The story tracks how Jony arrived at Apple back in the late 90’s, how his relationship with Jobs developed over that period and how he is adapting to ‘leading’ design in post-Jobs Apple. The piece includes some new details about how the Watch project and the newest iPhones formed, as well as incorporating quotes from Tim Cook, Bob Mansfield and others.

Read on for some select excerpts from the New Yorker’s story.

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03:54
Jean-Louis Gassée takes on the Apple Car whirlwind

Jean-Louis Gassée makes his case against the Apple Car.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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03:43
Jonathan Ive and the future of Apple

This long form New Yorker piece explores, side-by-side with Sir Jony, the past present and future of Apple. A magnificent read.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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03:15
A car could be the final piece of Apple's puzzle

There’s a hole in the digital hub. All day long we have a unique, immediate connection to the places we go, whether it’s through an iPhone, Apple TV or, soon enough, an Apple Watch. HomeKit has brought a sense of unity to the Internet of Things. HealthKit has laid the foundation for a bridge between patient and doctor. Digital Touch gives us a quick, spontaneous way to communicate with our distant friends and loved ones.

To read this article in full or...

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02:40
Daily Deals for February 16, 2015

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

AWT's Daily Deals

Simon 4.0 [OS X; On sale for $49.00, down from $99.00] AppleWorld.Today is pleased to offer an exclusive deal on Simon 4.0 by Dejal Systems. Simon is a robust site monitoring tool for OS X that checks servers for changes or failures and notifies you when a change is detected. The app sends a notification via email, sound, speech, Twitter, or a variety of other means.

The native Mac utility can be used to monitor both your own website and servers as well as external sites. You can use it to track your...

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02:40
OnyX 2.9.6b1 - Maintenance and optimization tool. (...

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



Version 2.9.6b1:

  • Parameters pane reorganized
  • New option: Show/hide Spotlight icon in the menu bar
  • New option: Turn dark menu bar and Dock on or off using the Control-Option-Command-T hotkey
  • New option: Set the speed of display of help tags
  • Deleting the logs improved
  • Restart and shut down routines modified
  • Indonesian translation added
  • New Dutch translation
  • New version integrated 3.8.8.2 of sqlite3

Some translations are incomplete. Contact me if you want...

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Sunday February 15

22:31
Laptop

Forums: Hardware

The laptop market has changed a lot over the previous decade. No longer restricted to the business world, laptops have become all over the place at school and at home. The total amount of selection when it comes to buying new releases laptops can be a little incredible, particularly for a new buyer. the advantages of laptop are You can take a laptop with you everywhere. Even out of the country provided that you get a power adapter in addition. Keep the negatives in mind when buy a laptop. Laptops are great for portable but it has some drawback also Laptops are easy to steal if you forgot to take care when traveling, their battery life is not extraordinarily well-built and can be provoking if you want to work without electricity. Think what you will be using it for in view of the fact that laptops have such a...

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20:45
Hazel 3.3.4

Maintenance release with several fixes and improvements for the file cleanup utility. ($29 new, free update, 8.9 MB)

 

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20:45
Microsoft Office 2011 14.4.8

Fixes frustrating bugs in PowerPoint and Outlook. (Free update, 114 MB)

 

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

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20:44
BusyCal 2.6.4

Adds support for the BusyContacts contact management app and provides a number of fixes. ($49.99 new, free update, 10.3 MB)

 

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

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17:16
60 Frames Per Second and the Web

Faruk Ateş, in a thoughtful piece regarding the new Flipboard website, which, because it eschews the DOM and builds the entire layout using the HTML5 element, is not accessible:

I’m also hopeful that Accessibility is the next big project to
tackle for the engineering team. A 2.0 release, if you will.

But more than anything, I am dismayed.

I am dismayed that Accessibility was treated not even as a mere
afterthought, but as something worth sacrificing completely for
the sake of flashiness.

I am dismayed that Flipboard’s leadership chose fancy but
ultimately irrelevant animations over function, over purpose.

And I am dismayed that people like John Gruber now think this
solution by Flipboard is somehow “a scathing condemnation of the...

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16:26
Mysterious Apple Van Captured on Video in Palo Alto...

A largely unmarked van with rooftop cameras, similar to the one originally spotted roaming Bay Area streets earlier this month, has been captured on video in Palo Alto, California. MacRumors obtained the footage from reader Jonathan Shiu, who recently recorded the van driving past Juana Briones Park on Clemo Avenue, a residential side street located approximately 10 miles from Apple's headquarters in Cupertino.

It has been increasingly speculated that these fifth-generation Dodge Caravans, which are reportedly leased to Apple, are part of the company's work on an electric car, but it is also possible that the vans are being used for a project similar to Google's Street View. It is conceivable that the rooftop cameras are being used to either collect mapping data for Apple Maps or as sensors to assist with self-driving initiatives...

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16:00
Dedalus - Delay Audio Mangler (Music)

Dedalus - Delay Audio Mangler 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Music
Price: $3.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Dedalus Delay is a real time audio mangler. A network of delay lines is continually granulated and modulated, producing a labyrinth of echoes, which are further processed by filters, dynamic processors and saturation modules. Dedalus can produce a wide variety of effects, from reverb-like ambiences to evolving resonation, from rhythmic pulsation to chaotic layering, from subtle chorusing to pure noise.

Main Features:

- Audiobus and Inter-App Audio support (sender and FX)
- Multiple delay lines with feedback and granulation
- Signal saturation
- Built In Sampler with varispeed
- Control Manager LFO for Parameters
- Midibus, Virtual Midi and Network: 14 bit NRPN controllers
- File Manager, sharing common...

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13:03
Another Purported 'iPad Pro' Case Shown in...

French website Nowhereelse.fr has shared new photos for another possible third-party case for the so-called "iPad Pro" tablet. The black protective cover has cutouts for a Lightning connector, rear-facing camera and microphone, volume rocker, mute switch and power button, consistent with previous iPad Air and iPad mini designs. The case does not have a cutout on the left side like the purported iPad Pro case that surfaced last month, nor does it have speaker cutouts due to having a different design that leaves the top and bottom edges exposed.

This second third-party case appears to originate from a Chinese accessory maker that also makes cases for the iPad Air 2, providing yet...

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12:56
China Labor Union Slams Apple for Closing their Eyes...

In December we posted a report titled "The BBC Report about Apple is motivated by Politics and Unions." The report showed that while the BBC thought that their documentary about Apple's Broken Promises was an original one, we made it clear that we knew that it was really a re-hashed China Labor Watch (CLW) report put to video...

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11:38
Beach Road Music Files Class Action Lawsuit against...

In January we posted a report titled "New Class Action Filed against Apple over iTunes Radio." The class action was filed by Zenbu related to sound recordings of musical performances that initially were recorded prior to February 15, 1972 exploited by Apple via iTunes Radio. Late on Friday, a new Class Action lawsuit was filed by Beach Road Music ...

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10:50
Dave on Noted Tech

Our own Dave Caolo was recently interviewed for Noted Tech, where he talked about several aspects of Apple World Today. Big thanks to Adam Oram for the opportunity. 

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09:50
Apple Taps into the Beat of the U.K. Music Scene by...

Last September Apple's CEO talked about their acquisition of Beats with Charlie Rose. He told Rose that one night he was checking out their competitor's music streaming services, which included Beats Music. Then all of a sudden it dawned on him ...

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09:16
February 15th is “National Flag of Canada Day”!

On February 15, 1965, our national flag was raised for the first time on Parliament Hill. Canada was just two years away from centennial celebrations when the maple leaf flag was made official by Royal Proclamation. In 1996, February 15 was declared National Flag of Canada Day and has been observed every year since.

February 15, 2015, will mark the 50th anniversary of the National Flag of Canada. This special Flag Day is the perfect opportunity to learn more about how our flag was created and what it means to us.

I love my country and I’m very proud of our flag and what it stands for. Thanks to John Kordyback for the link.

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09:00
This Weekend in the App Store -- the best free apps...

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

7 Minute Workout - Quick Fit [iPhone; Now free, down from $1.99] Get in shape with this scientifically proven, full body workout, in only 7 minutes.

Printability - print Safari page to PDF [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] Just make it printability and share pdf anywere!

Numerity - Find images in numbers [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $0.99] Discover what is hidden in a...

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08:00
Review: SwitchEasy’s Canvas returns as an affordable...

Every iPad since the original has had a SwitchEasy Canvas case, a series of folio designs that hit their apex back in 2013 with an uber-protective version for the original iPad mini. The formula’s always the same: a canvas lid and mostly canvas back, plus a plastic iPad-holding shell and a fabric lining. SwitchEasy always tosses in some goodies to sweeten the package, too, including screen film and a cleaning cloth. There aren’t many surprises, but a Canvas case is always a good case.

Arriving at a time when iPad Air 2 cases are still scarce, ...

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06:48
∞ Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin file to...

Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin will sell about 4,000,000 shares. Read on to see what this really means. Interesting stuff.

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Saturday February 14

21:55
VirtualBox 4.3.22 - x86 virtualization software. (...

VirtualBox is a family of powerful x86 virtualization products for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL).

Presently, VirtualBox runs on Windows, Linux and Mac hosts and supports a large number of guest operating systems including but not limited to Windows (NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista), DOS/Windows 3.x, Linux (2.4 and 2.6), and OpenBSD.

VirtualBox is being actively developed with frequent releases and has an ever growing list of features, supported guest operating systems and platforms it runs on. VirtualBox is a community effort backed by a dedicated company: everyone is encouraged to contribute while innotek ensures the product always meets professional quality criteria.



Version...

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20:43
Apple bolsters revamped Beats Music team with...

The BBC announced today that Zane Lowe, who has worked as an award-winning Radio 1 DJ for nearly twelve years, is stepping down from his position in March and moving to California to take up a role at Apple. Lowe has long been regarded as one of the UK’s top sources for music discovery, and his show helped make many artists the stars they are today.

Lowe hasn’t publicly stated what role he’ll be filling at the Cupertino tech company, but it’s not hard to conclude that he’ll be lending his curation expertise to the big upcoming relaunch of the Beats Music streaming service. Beats Music, of course, is already staffed by music industry icons...

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18:25
BBC Radio DJ Zane Lowe Joining Apple's iTunes...

Noted DJ Zane Lowe, who has headed up BBC Radio 1's popular evening new music show for over a decade, is leaving the broadcaster next month to join Apple, reports BBC News. Lowe has won a number of awards for his radio show and other work over the years, and was nominated for a Grammy Award this year for his role in writing and producing Sam Smith's album "In The Lonely Hour."

Zane said: "I want to thank everyone at Radio 1 for their support and friendship. "The station has allowed me to share incredible music with the country's best music fans."

During his time on the station, the New Zealand-born DJ has become well known for championing emerging talent and many acts have made their breakthrough after having one of their tracks named as "hottest record in the world" on Zane's show.While Lowe has apparently not publicly stated what role he will take on at Apple,...

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18:07
Grammy-nominated DJ Zane Lowe leaving flagship BBC...

One of BBC Radio's most popular music personalities is set to leave the historic British broadcaster in March, and will reportedly move across the pond to take a still-unknown position at Apple.

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17:13
Apple hires BBC Radio DJ

The 41-year-old DJ, who joined the station in 2003, is moving to the US to work at Apple.

Something’s up.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:22
Apple’s electric car plans

It looks like Apple is working on an electric, possibly autonomous automobile. Numerous publications have reported that Apple CEO Tim Cook started the project about a year ago, which followed a M&A meeting with Tesla’s Elon Musk in the Spring of 2013.

We must remember that Apple has many R&...

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13:00
Aviary Photo Editor puts a robust photo editing...

If you are looking for a capable photo editor that will spruce up your photos, look no further than Photo Editor by Aviary. Once developed by an independent company, Aviary is now owned by Adobe. Aviary Photo Editor is more than just a basic photo editor; the app includes a variety of artistic filters and other editing tools to transform a plain photo into something beautiful.

When you first open Aviary, the first thing you will notice are the wide variety of the tools aligned neatly at the bottom of the app. The available utilities run the gamut from the auto-enhance preset that fixes your photo in one step to the sliders that provide granular control over color saturation, contrast and more. The tools include enhance (presets), effects (filters), frames, overlays, stickers, orientation, crop, lighting, color sharpness, focus, vignette, blemish remover, blur, whiten, red eye, draw,...

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12:37
EarthDesk 6.5 - Striking real-time animated image of...

EarthDesk replaces your static desktop picture with a rendered image of Earth showing correct sun, moon, and city illumination.

With an Internet connection, EarthDesk displays near-real-time global cloud cover, allowing users to track hurricanes and typhoons, or simply admire our beautiful planet. User options allow you to adjust the overall transparency of the cloud layer.

Crisp, Realistic Images. Unique to EarthDesk is accurate rendering of moonlight on the Living Earth satellite map. To create this stunning effect, the phase of the moon and reflectiveness of the Earth's surface are used to determine correct coloring of the image, ensuring a realistic view of the Earth from space.

Global Cloud Cover. EarthDesk displays near real-time global cloud cover (internet access required), letting you track storms and volcanic eruptions, or simply admire our beautiful planet. You can also adjust the overall...

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12:00
Review: Incipio’s new Clarion, Faraday & Tuxen...

Having reviewed hundreds of different models over the years, I can say with some authority that iPad cases are rarely “exciting.” Early on, Apple established the folio — a lidded sleeve with the ability to stand upright for videos — as the de facto standard for iPad case design, and perhaps half of all the iPad cases since then have followed the same general theme, differing more in materials than functionality. Incipio’s latest designs for the iPad Air 2 are all small riffs on the same idea: fabric lids connected to plastic iPad holders, varying more in the particulars than the broad strokes.

We’re taking a quick look today at three cases: Clarion ($...

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10:04
Google's Android likely to take an early Lead...

Today we posted a report on Patently Mobile about Google inventing an Apple-TV-like Set Top Box with its top surface acting as an inductive charging station.

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09:00
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

ViewExif [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $0.99] ViewExif is an iOS extension which allows you to view exif metadata of photos.

Orphion [iPad; Now free, down from $3.99] Orphion is a musical instrument with a unique sound between string instrument and percussion.

Reverser Cam - Backward Video Camera [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] Record hilarious backward videos with Reverser Cam. Get started with just one...

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07:15
Apple reportedly learning how to develop self-...

In the latest high-profile claim surrounding Apple's rumored electric car project, Reuters on Saturday cited sources who believe the company has been interacting with automotive suppliers and car manufactures in an attempt to learn how to develop an autonomous car.

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07:00
Caturday! A tradition continues with Seba's...

Photo courtesty of sonny gilbert

I'd like to welcome new Apple World Today readers who may not have been familiar with our old site (The Unofficial Apple Weblog) to a time-honored tradition: Caturday. Yes, it happens on Saturdays. Yes, it involves pictures of cats near Apple gear. And yes, it does go away for a while in the summer for something we'll call The Dog Days of Summer. Since AOL doesn't own the rights to Caturday in any way, shape or form - we actually got the idea from the #caturday hashtag on Twitter -  we're giving you the kittehs and their Macs, iPads, iPhones, and iPods right here on Apple World Today.

Our first Caturday cat is Seba, who is the companion of Sonny Gilbert. Seba has a very special cat condo made from an eMac, which has my two four-legged bosses glaring at me wondering why they don't get the same treatment. 

Have a picture of your cat soaking...

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07:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Targus’s catchy new design,...

Targus’s catchy new design, Kavaj’s leather case, and more

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases includes some understated leather options, and plenty of red and pink cases for Valentine’s Day.

Case Logic

The Rotating Folio (iPad Air 2; $50) sports full-bodied protection, wrapping your iPad in a messenger bag-esque case for easy carrying.

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

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06:57
∞ A beautifully hand crafted Valentine’s Day present

To be up front, this is an ad for a red Field Notes memo book that came out a few years ago. But ad or not, it’s full of Valentine’s Day sentiment. Share this with someone you love. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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06:49
The original Les Paul prototype guitar about to go...

CNN:

The crusade to find a home for a sacred electric guitar is reverberating like a thundering encore through the music business as innovator Les Paul’s Black Beauty from the ’50s is going up for auction.

There’s also video of Tom Doyle talking about the guitar and the tech and craft that went into it.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:41
Reuters: Apple’s electric car is ‘all about...

Image via the Oatmeal

One of the weird details in the WSJ report on the Apple electric car project yesterday was this bit:

Other Silicon Valley giants are looking at autos. Google Inc. has been working on a self-driving car for years. The head of Google’s autonomous vehicle project said last year that the company aims to forge a partnership with auto makers to build a self-driving car within the next few years. A self-driving car is not part of Apple’s current plan, one of the people familiar with the project said.

This morning’s Reuters report contradicts the earlier WSJ report saying that Apple’s electric car will be autonomous...

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06:12
The snakes that ate Florida

This well-drawn graphic novel format tells the true story of the Burmese pythons that came to Florida as an accidental invasive species, and started gobbling up all the animals.

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06:05
An oral history of 70′s music mecca Laurel Canyon

Some of the biggest names in 60s and 70s singer-songwriting made their homes in California’s Laurel Canyon, just outside of Los Angeles. This is how they remember it. Fantastic read.

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05:55
Apple's Automobile Project Said to Include Self...

Following up on yesterday's series of reports about a "top-secret research team" at Apple working on an electric car, Reuters now weighs in with its own source claiming the project involves a self-driving electric car.Technology giant Apple is learning how to make a self-driving electric car and is talking to experts at carmakers and automotive suppliers, an automotive source familiar with the talks said on Saturday.

The Cupertino, California-based maker of phones, computers and watches is exploring how to make an entire vehicle, not just designing automotive software or individual components, the source said.

"They don't appear to want a lot of help from carmakers," the source, who declined to be named, said.The source's of claim of self-driving capabilities for the vehicle directly contradicts ...

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Friday February 13

23:27
For Apple's revamped photo experience to work,...

The impending release of Photos for OS X and the new iCloud Photo Library make Apple's commitment to the cloud more important than ever before. But the company's current iCloud storage options are confusing to the average user and remain a significant hurdle it must find a way to address.

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20:35
The iCar: It's Popcorn for your Mind

On February 3 we posted two patent reports about cars. One was a granted patent about advanced auto controls and systems that we originally covered in 2013. That patent was about some serious technology that seemed over ambitious for just CarPlay.

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17:12
Apple Hiring Automotive Experts

An anonymous reader writes: A report at the Financial Times (paywalled) says Apple is on an aggressive hiring push to pick up automotive experts. Recent rumors suggest Apple is putting together a transportation research lab, and nobody outside the company is quite sure why. It's unlikely they's want to build an entire car themselves, but quite possible they see a big space for Apple technology within motor vehicles, much as Google seems to. They already have CarPlay, and it will doubtless grow, but we still don't have anything approaching a dominant platform for car software. Whatever they're working on, it looks like the competition for more robust computer technology in cars is heating up.

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17:00
Daily Deals for February 13, 2015

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

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Simon 4.0 [OS X; On sale for $49.00, down from $99.00] AppleWorld.Today is pleased to offer an exclusive deal on Simon 4.0 by Dejal Systems Simon is a robust site monitoring tool for OS X that checks servers for changes or failures and notifies you when a change is detected. The app sends a notification via email, sound, speech, Twitter, or a variety of other means.

The native Mac utility can be used to monitor both your own website and servers as well as external sites. You can use it to track your...

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16:07
'Digital Dark Age' Imminent Warns '...


Vint Cerf, vice president and chief Internet evangelist for Google, this week issued a stern warning at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science conference, held in San Jose. "Old formats that contain documents, photos and other data may not be readable with the latest version of the software," Cerf said, adding that backwards compatibility is not guaranteed, and over time there could be vast archives of digital content that simply can't be accessed.

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16:00
60-Second Tips: Customize Share Sheets

When Apple introduced introduced iOS 8, it also introduced Extensibility. In a nutshell, that means any app can hook into the share sheet that lets you share content with other people, apps and services. In this video, I show you how to customize those options. 

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15:47
Report: Apple has “several hundred” staffers...

On Friday, recent rumors about an Apple-branded automobile exploded with allegations that a staff of "several hundred" employees was working on an electric car inside of Apple headquarters.

The Wall Street Journal's report cited "people familiar with the matter" in describing a project named "Titan," and while the report acknowledged the possibility that such a car might never see release, or at least take years to launch, its sources claimed that the specific people put onto the Titan project—including former Ford engineer and current Apple product design vice president Steve Zadesky—were a sign that "the company was serious."

The report also noted that Apple recently hired former Ford designer Marc Newson; if Apple is indeed building a car, then Newson's hire starts making even more sense. In addition to his...

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15:37
WSJ: Apple gears up to challenge Tesla in electric...

Enough new details on the Apple-branded-car rumor to really make it believable.

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15:21
Hundreds of Apple Employees Working on Creating...

Following up on today's report suggesting that Apple is recruiting automotive technology and vehicle design experts to work in a secret research lab, The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple is developing an electric vehicle.

According to the publication's sources, Apple has hundreds of employees working to design an Apple-branded minivan-like electric vehicle under the code name Project Titan. The large size of the team indicates that the company is serious about the project, but it's possible that Apple may not go through with plans to create a car despite its current research efforts.

Apple may decide not to proceed with a car. In addition, many technologies used in an electric car, such as advanced batteries and in-car electronics, would be useful to other Apple products, including the iPhone and iPad. Apple often investigates technologies and potential products,...

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15:12
Apple has 'several hundred' workers...

The smoke surrounding rumors of an Apple-branded vehicle has begun to thicken, as a new report says that Apple is indeed working on an all-electric vehicle that would take the shape of a minivan, with a huge team tasked to the project.

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15:07
Prosoft rolls out Drive Genius 4.0.1

Prosoft Engineering (www.prosofteng.com) has released Drive Genius 4.0.1, an update of its US$99 collection of software tools to speed up, clean up and protect your Mac. It's a maintenance upgrade.

Drive Genius 4 sported a new, enhanced interface that allows for running tools on multiple drives simultaneously.  The DrivePulse tool alerts you to hard drive issues before they become major problems.

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15:03
WSJ: Tim Cook approved Apple electric car project a...

Following a report today that Apple was hiring experts from the automotive industry for a new research lab, The Wall Street Journal adds to the story claiming Apple has several hundred employees working on an Apple-branded electric car:

Apple has several hundred employees working secretly toward creating an Apple-branded electric vehicle, according to people familiar with the matter. They said the project, code-named “Titan,” has an initial design of a vehicle that resembles a minivan, one of these people said.

The report adds that CEO Tim Cook approved the project close to a year ago with product design Vice President Steve Zadesky, a former Ford...

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14:49
Apple signs on to Obama's cybersecurity...

Apple is among more than a half-dozen major U.S. corporations that have agreed to integrate the White House's Cybersecurity Framework into their operations, but the iPhone maker will not share security information with the federal government.

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14:03
White House: Apple Pay will support debit cards for...

Tim Cook was one of the only Silicon Valley execs to speak at the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection, held on Friday in Palo Alto. Mark Zuckerberg, Marissa Mayer, Larry Page, and Eric Schmidt were invited, but all declined to attend.

And President Barack Obama did Apple a solid in return: The White House announced that Apple Pay will soon support federal-payment cards, such as debit cards issued for Social Security and veterans benefits.

...

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13:59
How-To: Now’s the right time to swap your old iMac’s...

If you bought your iMac 3-5 years ago, there’s probably nothing so seriously wrong with the hardware that you need to consider replacing the machine. Sure, the new iMac with 5K Retina Display looks a little nicer, but at a steep $2,499 starting point, it’s still a luxury, not a necessity.

Yet there’s something you can do for $200 to $500 that will radically change your iMac’s performance: install a solid state drive (SSD) in addition to or instead of its original hard drive. SSDs use high-speed memory chips rather than the spinning platter mechanisms in traditional hard drives, achieving up to 5X benefits in speed while requiring no moving parts. Five...

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13:59
Tim Cook speaks cybersecurity at Stanford

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13:31
Apple's CEO Announces a Huge Win for Apple Pay...

Earlier this week we noted that while CNN seemed to be confused as to why Apple's CEO Tim Cook would be speaking about security at the Cybersecurity Summit in California, we thought it was pretty clear. We stated that Apple Pay ...

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13:30
Revived View-Master Is a Virtual Reality


Google and Mattel now are teaming up to revive and modernize the View-Master. Mattel on Friday announced a new version that works with Google Cardboard and Android smartphones. Mattel will offer the new View-Master and a sample experience reel this fall, for US$30. Additional experience reel packs, each featuring four themed experience reels, will be offered at $15. These reel packs will have themes such as nature, adventure destinations, and science.

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13:30
The "Year of Apple Pay" continues - Newest...

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Department of the Interior/USGS
U.S. Geological Survey/photo by Toni smith

No sooner had the post about Apple Pay negotiations going on between Apple and several banks in Brazil gone live than we received more Apple Pay news. The United States federal government today announced that it will support Apple Pay with its own payment cards and that Uncle Sam is going to start accepting Apple Pay for various purchases.

Among the agencies to accept Apple Pay will be the National Park Service, the United States Postal Service, the Kennedy Space Center (tours and gift shops, rocket rides not included), the Smithsonian Institution museums, and US Customs and Border Protection.

Apple is also working with Visa, MasterCard, Comerica Bank and US Bank to make Apple Pay available for federal payment cards such as DirectExpress and GSA SmartPay cards. This would allow federal employees to use those cards -- in a tokenized, encrypted...

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13:07
Samsung Aims to be First-to-Market with Wireless...

After Apple iPhone 6 sales annihilated Samsung's profits in Q4, Samsung's executive teams know all too well that their new Galaxy S6 has to hit a home run at the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona. Their special event is scheduled for Sunday March 1, 2015. We've read about ...

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12:45
Apple Pay appears to be on the way to Brazil

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At present, Apple Pay is only making a big splash in one place - the United States. But Apple has publicly stated that it wants to expand the payment system everywhere as soon as possible. Now comes word from Brazil that three banks in the South American country are negotiating with Apple to bring Apple Pay to their customers.

As Season Business reporter Guilherme Felitti notes in an article today, banks Bank of Brazil, Bradesco, and Itáu are in talks with Apple about Apple Pay. Felitti says that "Technically, all the factors to make Apple Pay work in Brazil are already lined up." The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are being sold in Brazil, and almost 80 percent of the retail terminals installed by the two top providers are already compatible with Near Field Communication (NFC) - a key part of the overall Apple Pay system.

In fact, Felitti notes that if an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus user has a US-issued credit card, they can already use Apple Pay in Brazil. A...

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12:38
FontExplorer X Pro 4.2.3 - Font management software...

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

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

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

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12:11
US government to accept Apple Pay

Speaking at the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection on Friday, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook revealed that the U.S. government plans to begin accepting Apple Pay for a number of transactions, starting with admission to U.S. national parks.

And there you go. Apple Pay is huge.

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11:58
US government to accept Apple Pay for 'many...

Speaking at the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection on Friday, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook revealed that the U.S. government plans to begin accepting Apple Pay for a number of transactions, starting with admission to U.S. national parks.

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11:46
Apple doesn’t want to compete — it wants to own the...

Billboard:

You didn’t have to look too far to spot the action at Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy gala on Feb. 7. Ground zero was table 108, where Apple CEO Tim Cook, senior vp Internet software and services Eddy Cue, iTunes vp Robert Kondrk and Beats co-founder and title-less Apple executive Jimmy Iovine were seated alongside former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and former House speaker Nancy Pelosi. After a shout-out from the party’s host (Davis called Cook a “special human”), music execs lined up single file for an audience with the Apple contingent — not to mention selfies and overshares about their first Macs.

Headline hyperbole aside, Apple is definitely making behind the scenes moves with the music industry. It will be very exciting to see what they come up with.

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11:43
Why Tim Cook Would Build an Apple Car


The wildest tech rumor this week comes from little substance, but somehow manages to ignite the imagination: According to Business Insider, an unsolicited Apple employee emailed to say that a group at Apple is working on a project that would "give Tesla a run for its money." For this to be true, it means that an Apple employee either broke Apple's strict rules for secrecy in some obvious way that makes Business Insider believe the email actually came from an Apple employee, or that it was some sort of vague and intentional leak from Apple, sent straight to Business Insider.

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11:18
Automotive executives being recruited for 'top-...

Rumors of a new vehicle-related project underway at Apple continue to surface, with yet another report claiming on Friday that the company has been on a hiring spree for its secret new initiative.

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11:02
White House announces federal cards for veterans,...

The White House on Friday revealed that users of federal payment cards, including Social Security and veterans benefit debit cards, will become compatible with Apple Pay.

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11:00
Microsoft Outlook Arrives for iOS

Now iPhone and iPad users have a version of Outlook: Microsoft’s consolidated email, scheduling, and contacts app. The new arrival is crammed with useful features as well.

 

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10:56
International Verify Your Backups Day

TidBITS:

Ss those of us who have had to rely on our backups in the past know, the act of backing up is only the first small step in the full equation — it’s being able to restore that really matters.

Take a few minutes to identify some critical files and see if you can restore them successfully from your backups. If a bootable backup is part of your backup strategy, make sure you can actually boot from it.

Adam has mentioned this every Friday the 13th and it’s a good thing to remember – all the backups in the world are useless if you can’t restore your data from them.

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10:53
Apple hires head of Mercedes-Benz R&D, other...


Apple has hired former president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Research & Development Johann Jungwirth to join the company as Director of Mac Systems Engineering. The hire was confirmed by Jungwirth’s LinkedIn page, and first noted by a report in the Financial Times detailing Apple’s recent hires in the automotive industry and secretive new automotive research lab.

The report claims Apple’s automotive hires are for a new research lab where “experienced managers from its iPhone unit, are...

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10:51
Apple Watch Roundup Updated

Apple CEO Tim Cook says Apple's goal with the Apple Watch is to "change the way you life your life," and that everyone is going to find a feature they can't live without in the device.

He also recently shared news that the Apple Watch will be released in April. Check out our roundup to find out more.

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10:50
Apple Recruiting Automotive Experts to Work in...

Apple is recruiting automotive technology and vehicle design experts to work in a new "top-secret research lab," according to Financial Times. The report adds that a number of Apple designers working under design chief Jonathan Ive have also been regularly meeting with automotive executives and creators in recent months, and even trying to hire them in some cases.

A team of Apple employees, led by experienced managers from Apple's iPhone unit, are said to be researching automotive products at a secretive location outside of the Cupertino-based company's One Infinite Loop headquarters. The new research lab was allegedly set up late last year, shortly after the unveiling of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch.

Financial Times claims that Apple may be developing an advanced software platform that builds upon the CarPlay dashboard system,...

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10:39
Federal government embracing Apple Pay, enabling...

Tim Cook is set to speak ahead of President Obama today at the White House Summit on Cybersecurity at Stanford University, and the White House has already shared some unexpected news regarding government support for Apple Pay. As noted by Bloomberg, the White House announced that federal-payment cards will support Apple Pay, including debit cards where veteran benefits and Social Security payments are issued.

“The White House announced Friday that Apple Inc.’s mobile-payment system will be enabled for users of federal-payment cards, including Social...

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10:38
Visa to follow Apple Pay’s lead, use tokens for...

Following Apple Pay’s successful use of tokens—one-time-use, unique codes rather than credit card numbers for payment transactions—Visa today announced that it will remove 16-digit account numbers for mobile and online payments across 2015. No specific date was given for the transition; instead, Visa suggests that tokens will begin to replace credit card numbers as the company’s partners get access to the Visa Token Service that rolled out alongside Apple Pay in October 2014.

“Removing card account numbers from the processing and storage of payments represents one of the most innovative and promising technologies we’ve seen in decades,” said Charlie Scharf, chief executive officer, Visa Inc.

According to Visa, online transactions made with Visa Checkout will be tokenized this year, securing transactions for over 110 existing merchants. ...

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10:36
Apple CEO Tim Cook Speaks at White House...

Apple CEO Tim Cook is at the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection which is occurring now, and he is expected to speak for approximately 10 minutes beginning at 11 a.m. Pacific Time, ahead of a presidential address set to take place at 11:15.

The summit is being streamed live on YouTube and can be watched below.

The White House is expected to unveil its next executive action on cybersecurity at today's summit. The event includes tech executives, academics, government officials, with several panels on topics like payment security, and improving cybersecurity practices at consumer oriented businesses.

Update: During his speech at the Summit, Apple CEO Tim Cook highlighted Apple's commitment to privacy and security, once again pointing out that Apple makes its money by selling...

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10:33
BitTorrent 7.4.3 - Official client of the BitTorrent...

BitTorrent is a protocol for distributing files. It identifies content by URL and is designed to integrate seamlessly with the web. Its advantage over plain HTTP is that when multiple downloads of the same file happen concurrently, the downloaders upload to each other, making it possible for the file source to support very large numbers of downloaders with only a modest increase in its load.

Version 7.4.3: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

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10:30
App Store: Weed is in, gun depictions are out

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A few months ago, Apple pulled a marijuana-related app called MassRoots from the App Store. What's odd is that the app, a social-networking tool for those who use cannabis medically or for recreational purposes, had been in the store between July 2013 and November 4, 2014. 

At the time, it was conjectured that Apple pulled the app for violating Section 2.18 of the App Store Review Guidelines. Those guidelines state that "apps that encourage excessive consumption of alcohol or illegal substances, or encourage minors to consume alcohol or smoke cigarettes, will be rejected." 

After the app was removed from the App Store, MassRoots founder Isaac Dietrich attempted to have the app reinstated by offering to geo-restrict its use to the 23 states that allow legal medical and/or...

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10:28
Beats Music integration only part of the story as...

Apple's ambitions in the music industry go beyond competing with the likes of streaming services like Spotify and Pandora, signaling that the acquisition of the Beats Music subscription service is just a part of the company's plans to overhaul iTunes.

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10:04
Tech Industry In Search of Leadership At White House...

chicksdaddy writes: President Obama travels to Stanford University on Friday to join Apple CEO Tim Cook in talking about the need for more private-public sector cooperation to fight cyber crime. But technology industry executives attending the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection complain that a major obstacle to cooperation is a lack of legislative action that clarify the rules of the road for private firms when it comes to sharing information about customers with the government and each other. The controversy over government surveillance has put the ball in the government's court, said Michael Brown, RSA's Global Public Sector Vice President. "They need to articulate what amount of access to private information is 'appropriate and legal' for law enforcement and the government," Brown said. "It's not just about 'when, where, and how.' They also need to clearly articulate 'why' – for example: this is a matter of public safety and this is the only way we can...

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09:53
Watch: Apple CEO Tim Cook talk cybersecurity at...

As we mentioned earlier this week, Apple CEO Tim Cook is in attendance at the White House Summit on cybersecurity today at Stanford University where he’s expected to discuss Apple, privacy, and security. Notably, Tim Cook is the only technology company chief executive participating in the event with the White House as CEOs at Facebook, Yahoo, and Google each declined deciding to send lower-level staff instead. Other CEOs in attendance include the heads of Apple Pay partners Bank of America and Visa as well as the chief executive officer of AIG. You can view a stream of the event below:

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09:52
Product distortion field

Six Colors:

I believe Apple is truly a company that is always looking at the big picture, I really do. The iPhone and iPad and Mac all work together, using iTunes and iCloud and even Apple Pay as infrastructure, in a harmonious way. But at the same time, it’s hard not to look at the size of Apple’s iPhone business and wonder how the success of the iPhone affects Apple’s decision-making.

I’ve often made the same point. I don’t think Apple is truly ignoring the the other aspects of their business but the iPhone is definitely the 800 lb gorilla.

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09:11
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Digits for iOS free,...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Digits calculator app for humans is FREE for iPhone and iPad (reg. $3.99)
Gameloft’s Modern Combat 5 Blackout for iOS ...

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09:08
No hardware? No problem: Apple's Web-based...

Apple is throwing the doors open to its online iWork suite, even for people who’ve never purchased Apple hardware.

The browser version of iWork—now 18 months old and still in beta—has always required an iCloud account. But until now, Apple hasn’t let people create an account without an iOS device or a Mac. As BetaNews reports, Apple’s iCloud site now offers a way to create an account straight from the browser, providing access to web versions of Pages, Numbers and Keynote.

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09:00
OneNote is now (even more) free!

Today’s post was written by Brad Corob, program manager for the OneNote team.

Last year we made OneNote 2013 (our full-featured Windows desktop software) free for personal use and the response was overwhelmingly positive. We’ve heard from many of you that enjoy the ability to take and share notes, ink and highlight directly on the page and stay organized with instant search. And we’ve also heard from many who want more from the OneNote 2013 free edition.

Today we’re happy to share that we’re adding even more to the free edition. We’re removing all feature restrictions from OneNote 2013. Starting today you’ll be able to access the full power of OneNote on your PC, including these features previously reserved for paid editions:

  • Password protected sections—Add a password to protect sensitive information.
  • Page history—Easily see or go back to prior...
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08:55
App Store showcases non-freemium games

Apple has added a new section to its App Store that features non-freemuim games. Called "Pay Once & Play," the new collection features games like Minecraft PE, Adventure Time Game Wizard (which my kids love), Bastion and Leo's Fortune...all games without in-app purchases. I can see the appeal of featuring theses titles. 

As a reminder, you can easily disable in-app purchases on your kids' iPhones and iPads. Here's how:

  1. Tap Settings, then General
  2. Tap Restrictions and then Enable Restrictions
  3. Enter a Restrictions passcode, one that your child can’t guess (1234 is out)
  4. Scroll down and move the In-App Purchases slider to the Off position

That’s it. Your child can no longer make in-app purchases. I know many kids have their own iPod touches, iPhones and even iPads. If they’re young and not buying apps with their own money, you should do this. If you share an device with your kids, choose a...

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08:50
Apple Executives Mingled at Pre-Grammy Party Amid...

While the Grammy Awards happened last weekend, information on a few Apple-related conversations happening at and around Clive Davis' pre-Grammy party are just now beginning to emerge, reports Billboard. Representing Apple at the gala were Tim Cook, Eddy Cue, Jimmy Iovine and iTunes VP Robert Kondrk, with the Apple executives chatting with a number of music industry representatives during the event.

The party came as Iovine has reportedly been meeting with senior executives from many record labels in recent weeks, and while Billboard reports "a nondisclosure agreement preceded every sit-down," details on some of the discussions are beginning to trickle out. One of the main takeaways appears to be a targeted spring/summer launch window for the ...

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08:48
Facebook Launches ThreatExchange to Stymie Cybercrime


Facebook this week announced ThreatExchange, an API-based platform for technology companies to share information on security threats. It had been working on the platform for about a year in a joint project with other prominent Internet firms. Facebook layered APIs on top of its existing platform infrastructure, so participants can query the available information and control which other participants they publish their information to, using a predefined set of data fields. ThreatExchange is based on Facebook's ThreatData threat analysis framework.

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08:37
Apple to Open New Offices in a Seaside City in...

Israel's Calcalist news website reported yesterday that Apple's CEO Tim Cook is expected to arrive on Tuesday for the inauguration of the new company offices in Herzliya. While in Israel Cook ...

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08:24
Try iWork apps for free via iCloud beta

Apple has made its iWork suite of apps -- Numbers, Pages and Keynote -- free for everyone to try via iCloud Beta. It's restricted to the website for now, but anyone can create an Apple ID, and try out the browser-based apps with 1 GB of storage space to boot.

Our take on the news

There's certainly nothing wrong with making it easy for potential customers to try your products. But note that this extends beyond iWork. Many people will be creating an Apple ID, experiencing iCloud (in a limited capacity, mind you) and just a touch of the Apple ecosystem for the first time. I suspect at least a few will want to see what else iCloud can offer. 

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08:18
CoeLux: artificial sunlight that’s real enough to...

Petapixel:

An Italian company called CoeLux has developed a new light source that recreates the look of sunlight through a skylight so well that it can trick both human brains and cameras.

The scientists who invented the light figured out how to use a thin coating of nanoparticles to accurately simulate sunlight through Earth’s atmosphere and the effect known as Rayleigh scattering. It’s not just the color temperature thats the same — the quality of the light feels the same as well.

This is just mindbogglingly cool. I have lived in basement apartments most of my life so I know the practical application of this in living spaces could be profound. I especially like the concept of “earthscrapers”.

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08:00
The Week in iOS Apps: New camera options with...

New camera options with Darkroom and Nutshell

This week’s roundup of apps includes two new offerings for editing and sharing images captured on your iPhone—plus TV, social media, and more.

Darkroom

It seems like every week brings a new iOS photo editor and Darkroom, a free offering for iPhone, well, it’s one of the newest. It comes with 12 filters, a version history so that you can easily correct editing mistakes, and the ability to create your own DIY filter sets.

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07:50
Apple promoting “great games with no in-app...

Macstories:

Apple has started promoting games that don’t have any In-App Purchases on the front page of the App Store. Currently featured in the UK App Store and likely expanding to the U.S. store later today as part of the App Store’s weekly refresh, the section is called ‘Pay Once & Play’ and it showcases “great games” that don’t require users to pay for extra content through IAPs.

Great to see Apple promoting these games. Go out and buy one or two.

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07:40
Facebook Lets Members Prepare for the Digital Beyond


Facebook on Thursday announced a new feature for members who want to plan for their passing into the digital beyond. Initially rolled out in the United States, the feature allows Facebook members to appoint a "legacy contact" to administer their account when they die. Legacy contacts will, among other powers, have the authority to download an archive of the deceased member's public information, including photos, posts and profile information.

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07:35
BMO raises Apple target to $135, predicts 19M Apple...

Investment firm BMO Capital Markets was the latest to increase its Apple price target this week in the face of the stock's huge gains, which are forecast to continue with the success of the iPhone 6 and upcoming launch of the Apple Watch.

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07:25
Nike+ FuelBand iPhone app adds HealthKit integration...



Nike today released a long-awaited update to its FuelBand app for iPhone users with the fitness tracking FuelBand wearable adding support for sharing NikeFuel points with Apple’s Health app on iOS 8. The update also adds support for motion tracking right from the iPhone for iPhone 5s users and up and no longer requires a Nike FuelBand to use.

The new version uses HealthKit, a framework introduced with iOS 8, to let Nike’s FuelBand app share data easily and with your permission to Apple’s built-in Health app and other apps that integrate...

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07:23
Apple’s Baffling Response to 2011 MacBook Pro...

2011 MacBook Pros are experiencing a number of mysterious graphics failures, highlighting a weak spot in Apple’s customer service.

 

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07:20
Apple highlights games without in-app purchases in...

All too often, freemium games in the App Store feel a little scammy. Sure, you can download them for free, but many, many freemium games then sacrifice playability to squeeze nickels and dimes out of players—forcing you to pay to get past certain levels in a timely manner, or making you purchase digital goods to advance the game in any meaningful way. Pushing against that trend, Apple is now highlighting games without in-app purchases in a new section in the App Store.

Apple's Pay Once & Play section on the App Store app for iOS.

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07:16
David Carr, New York Times critic and champion of...

New York Times:

David Carr, a writer who wriggled away from the demon of drug addiction to become an unlikely name-brand media columnist at The New York Times, and the star of a documentary about the newspaper, died on Thursday in Manhattan. He was 58.

An incredible loss for journalism and writing. I devoured everything he wrote, not because I agreed with everything he said but because he wrote so damn well. He will be sorely missed.

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07:08
Tropical Software announces Fastspring partnership

Tropical Software has announced a new eCommerce partnership with Fastspring to market and sell Tropical's Mac software.

"Fastspring has helped us design an entirely new app store. It has cleaner, fresher look than our old store, and we feel customers will find it easier to use and easier to enter and complete an order," says James Lee, owner of Tropical Software. "We feel it will offer a great, easy to use, and modern purchasing experience."

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07:08
International Verify Your Backups Day

What better day than Friday the 13th to check that your backups are actually working by restoring some critical files?

 

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07:01
Problem with Xsan and PANIC error

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: PANIC error

hello all,

yesterday we had PANIC error which resulted in all clients dismounting. As
users reported inability to access volume in XSAN Admin Ive noticed that
volume is stopped, but that lasted just for two seconds or so (probably
duration needed to XSAN Admin to refresh itself).

All in all disconnection lasted very short probably just few seconds and
volume started again.

We are running Mavericks XSAN single 75T volume. Can someone help us
identify the problem? Any help is appreciated. This would be first time we
are seeing this problem on our SAN.

Problem was noticed yesterday at 4:45 PM and here are some logs:

{\rtf1\ansi\ansicpg1252\cocoartf1344\...

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06:45
Mattel plans to release its new Google Cardboard-...

Google and Mattel are holding a press event today to announce a new product that merges Google’s experimental Cardboard virtual reality platform with Mattel’s classic View-Master toy. Also announced at the event: Mattel plans to bring the new View-Master toy and with it Google’s Cardboard platform to the iPhone by the end of the year.

First announced in June of last year, the Cardboard platform utilizes an inexpensive VR headset constructed from cardboard to provide a virtual reality-like experience for Android apps. While the platform...

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06:45
Opinion: Could Apple’s Pinterest profile be an early...

iOS and Android are completely different worlds when it comes to apps. Android is pretty much the wild west, with little control over quality or even safety (malware is commonplace). iOS, on a non-jailbroken device, is a walled garden, where Apple decides what apps can and can’t do, and which ones get approved for sale.

Yet despite that carefully-controlled approach, the App Store can still feel like a bit of a jungle. Which is why I wonder whether the Pinterest tie-in announced yesterday may offer hope for the future.

But let’s start with the problem I think needs to be solved, and that problem begins with search. Results may vary by country, and you can try the searches for yourself to compare your results with mine,...

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06:09
Apple extends two-factor authentication to FaceTime...

Apple recently extended its two-step verification protections to two more services. The SMS-based security measure now covers FaceTime and iMessage in addition to iCloud and your Apple ID, as first reported by The Guardian

The new security measure means that if you have two-step verification enabled, the next time you try to login to iMessage or FaceTime on a new device you will have to supply a code sent to your smartphone via text message in addition to logging in with your password. Apple's version of two-factor authentication does not work with authenticator smartphone apps.

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06:08
Surprise! The iPad holds a Whopping 83% Market Share...

Apple's iPhone 6 growth has been so earth shattering to Samsung that the Korean Government is stepping in to find ways to thwart Apple's future growth in that country. Samsung, being one of the largest employers in that country, has a lot of sway with the government. Samsung thought that pushing the government ...

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05:54
iWork for iCloud apps now available for Windows,...

Apple has made its iWork apps — Pages, Numbers and Keynote — available to users of beyond Mac OS X and iOS apps. Yep, that means Windows and Android users.

The apps are accessible to users without an Apple device through the iCloud Beta program. Anyone can sign up for an Apple ID to access Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for free. Each account comes with 1GB of complementary iCloud storage.

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05:53
Adobe Creative Cloud 1.9.0.465 - Everything new from...

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

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

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

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05:44
Canadian rapper Drake releases surprise mixtape...

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Drizzy (@Drake) February 13, 2015

Canadian rapper Drake has released an unexpected new mixtape album on iTunes, announcing it on Twitter as it went live. The album, entitled If you’re reading this it’s too late, was added to iTunes shortly before midnight ET … 

The album, tagged as hip-hop/rap, has 17 tracks–and it will come as no surprise to anyone that every one of them is flagged as having explicit lyrics. The album includes collaborations with hip-hop artist Travi$ Scott, R&B singer PartyNextDoor and...

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05:41
Adobe Muse CC 2014.3 - Design and publish HTML...

Muse CC is available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud for as little as $14.99/month (or $9.99/month if you're a previous Muse customer). Muse CS6 is still available for purchase (without a monthly plan) if you prefer.

Adobe Muse enables designers to create websites as easily as creating a layout for print. Design and publish original HTML pages using the latest Web standards, and without writing code. Now in beta, Muse makes it a snap to produce unique, professional-looking websites.

Key Features:

  • Plan your project- Easy-to-use sitemaps, master pages, and a host of flexible, site-wide tools make it fast and intuitive to get your site planned out and ready for design.
  • Design your pages - Combine...
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    05:32
    Adobe Dreamweaver CC 2014 15.1.0.6982 - Build world-...

    Dreamweaver CC 2014 is available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud for as little as $19.99/month (or $9.99/month if you're a previous Dreamweaver customer). Dreamweaver CS6 is still available for purchase (without a monthly plan) if you prefer.

    Adobe Dreamweaver CC 2014 allows you to design, develop, and publish for web and mobile platforms without getting buried in code. Dreamweaver provides an intuitive visual interface for website creation and editing, and offers up-to-date compatibility with web standards as well as first-class support for HTML5/CSS3 and jQuery.



    Version 15.1.0.6982 (2014.1.1):

    Note: Please note that you must sign-in to your Adobe Creative Cloud account in order to download a demo...

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    05:31
    AppleInsider podcast discusses Apple's $700B...

    This week's all-new AppleInsider podcast is now available to download and subscribe in iTunes or SoundCloud, with detailed analysis of this week's news, including Apple's record $700 billion market cap, $850 million investment in solar energy, MacBook Air refresh, Apple TV and the new Phorm iPad accessory.

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    05:24
    Adobe InDesign CC 2014 10.2.0.69 - Professional...

    InDesign CC 2014 is available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud for as little as $19.99/month (or $9.99/month if you're a previous InDesign customer). InDesign CS6 is still available for purchase (without a monthly plan) if you prefer.

    Adobe InDesign CC 2014 is part of Creative Cloud. That means you have access to all the latest updates and future releases the moment they're available. Sharpen your skills and master new tools with a rich and growing library of training videos. And Creative Cloud is integrated with Behance, so you can share your projects and get immediate feedback from creatives around the world.



    Version 10.2.0.69 (2014.2):

    Note: Please note that you must sign-in to your Adobe Creative Cloud account in order to...

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    05:06
    Apple and the confusion of the law of large numbers

    What is the law of large numbers and why is there so much confusion about it, especially where Apple is concerned?

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    05:04
    iWork for iCloud Beta Apps Now Accessible Without an...

    Apple on Thursday made Pages, Numbers and Keynote accessible to users without an Apple device through iCloud Beta. Starting last night, anyone can sign up for an Apple ID to access the trio of iWork for iCloud beta apps for free. Each account comes with 1GB of complimentary iCloud storage for use with the productivity software.

    While the offer is currently limited to the iCloud Beta website, it is likely that Apple will rollout the feature to the regular version in the future. To create a free Apple ID account, navigate to iCloud Beta and click on the get started link in the top banner to begin the signup process.

    Apple introduced iWork for iCloud at WWDC 2013, bringing Pages, Numbers and Keynote to the web. After receiving "overwhelming response," Apple eventually opened the service...

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    05:04
    Apple now allowing marijuana-themed App Store...

    America's stance on marijuana is changing, and so too are Apple's App Store policies, as the iPhone maker has begun giving the greenlight to cannabis-related apps, provided they are accessed from a state where the drug has been legalized.

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    04:55
    Tim Cook only CEO taking part in today’s White House...

    We learned earlier this week that Tim Cook would be speaking at a White House cybersecurity summit today, and it now appears he will be the only tech CEO to do so. USNews is reporting that CEOs of other top tech companies all declined President Obama’s invitation, sending lower-ranking execs in their place.

    Unlike Apple’s Cook, other top executives at key Silicon Valley companies declined invitations to the summit. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer and Google’s Larry Page will not attend amid the ongoing concerns about government surveillance. Facebook spokesman Jay Nancarrow said Zuckerberg is unavailable to attend and that Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan will speak during a panel at the event.

    It’s believed other CEOs consider refusing to...

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    04:48
    24U Software updates FileMaker plug-ins

    24U Software (http://www.24usoftware.com/) has announced an immediate availability of updating custom-developed FileMaker plug-ins and mobile apps for 64-bit architecture.

    The new service includes identifying hidden issues, cleaning-up code, creating new builds for FileMaker Server 13 and iOS 8, and more. Owners of FileMaker plug-ins and iOS apps can now hire 24U to update their products for 64-bit versions of FileMaker Server and iOS.

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    04:45
    iWork for iCloud now available to users who don...

    Apple has made it so that anyone, on any type of system, can create an Apple ID, allowing them to access the browser-based iWork productivity suite on iCloud.com.

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    04:44
    Kirk McElhearn on lossless music streaming

    What is lossless streaming? Kirk McElhearn lays out the pros and cons.

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    04:39
    MacDailyNews poll asks which Apple Watch model...

    Three models, two sizes for each model, which one would you buy?

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    04:31
    Apple raises maximum iOS app size from 2GB to 4GB

    Your iOS apps are about to get a lot larger.

    Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

    Apple on Thursday announced that it is increasing the maximum app size from 2GB to 4GB, letting developers release apps that are up to 4GB in size. The extended limits will likely be useful for high-quality game titles that need the extra space to introduce improved graphical effects or longer playtimes.

    The size limit of an app package submitted through iTunes Connect has increased from 2 GB to 4 GB, so developers can include more media in your submission and provide a more complete, rich user experience upon installation. Please keep in mind that this change does not affect the cellular network delivery size limit of 100 MB.

    Apple’s 2GB size limit has been in place since the App Store first launched, so the new 4GB limit marks the first-ever size increase. The 2GB...

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    04:28
    Apple CEO Tim Cook to speak at White House...

    This is about privacy and the ongoing battle over government access to our emails and digital lives. This is an opportunity to find a path that works for both sides, or at least better understand the issues at stake. Tim Cook will be there. Other notables will not.

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    04:23
    Fleksy Keyboard updated with hotkey shortcuts, case-...

    Fleksy has updated its popular custom keyboard app with a range of new features, mixing the practical and the fun.

    On the practical side, you can now add a row of seven customizable hotkeys that act as shortcuts for anything from an emoji or symbol to an email address. The functionality of the globe button is also now customizable, for example making it dismiss the keyboard, and you can opt for a case-sensitive keyboard layout. More keys have been added to the iPad app, also appearing in the iPhone app in landscape mode, and dictionary words now sync between devices via iCloud … 

    Fun stuff comprises new animated themes through an Energy Theme Pack, and a valentine extension which makes keys pop with hearts as you type. Pro tip: don’t think that installing this on your...

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    04:20
    Apple expands two-step verification to iMessage,...

    This might come in handy where security is concerned.

    Apple has now expanded the number of services protected by its two-step verification service, security-conscious users now able to count iMessage and FaceTime among those features protected by the service.

    Beginning today, those who have opted in to the two-step verification program will be asked to provide a one-time security code the next time they configure iMessage or FaceTime on a device.

    Existing two-step verification users who are already signed into FaceTime or iMessage on their devices do not need to take any additional steps. Two-step verification is automatically enabled, and will be triggered if users log out and log back in or sign in to their Apple ID on another device.

    Apple introduced two-step verification as an opt-in feature in 2013. After enrolling and nominating at least one SMS-capable...

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    04:20
    Kool Tools: Magic Bullet Suite 12

    Red Giant's (www.redgiant.com) Magic Bullet Suite 12 delivers a potent color correction and grading experience with a number of new features and improvements to existing tools.

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    04:15
    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

    iTrace — handwriting for kids [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $3.99] Finally, an app that really TEACHES handwriting.

    ACDSee [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] Capture, perfect, and share your photos with ACDSee.

    Runtastic Heart Rate Monitor & Pulse Tracker PRO [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] Runtastic Heart Rate Monitor & Pulse Tracker PRO.

    ...

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    04:13
    BusyContacts 1.0 - Fast, efficient contact manager...

    BusyContacts is a contact manager for OS X that makes creating, finding, and managing contacts faster and more efficient. It brings to contact management the same power, flexibility, and sharing capabilities that BusyCal users have enjoyed with their calendars. What's more, BusyContacts integrates seamlessly with BusyCal, forming a flexible, easy-to-use CRM solution that works the way you do.

    BusyContacts syncs with the built-in Contacts app on OS X and iOS, and supports all leading cloud services, including iCloud, Google, Exchange, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

    Key Features

    • Customizable Views -- View contacts in a single-column Card View or multi-column List View.
    • Tags -- Tags can be used for grouping, filtering and coloring contacts.
    • Smart Filters -- Smart Filters are a powerful tool for...

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    04:04
    If you work with color, the ColorDrop app is a great...

    If you work with color, this is an excellent app to have. Pick a picture from your library, zoom in, touch a pixel, all the info you could ever want about the pixel’s color.

    ∞ Read this on The Loop

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    04:00
    By 2017, mobile commerce revenue to be 50% of U.S....

    Rampant interest in mobile payments is expected by 2015, along with a significant increase in mobile commerce. Due to this, Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com) predicts that by 2017, U.S. customers' mobile engagement behavior will drive mobile commerce revenue in the U.S. to 50%of U.S. digital commerce revenue.

    A recent Gartner survey found that mobile commerce currently generates 22% of digital commerce revenue. 

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    04:00
    By 2017, mobile commerce revenue to be 50% of U.S....

    Rampant interest in mobile payments is expected by 2015, along with a significant increase in mobile commerce. Due to this, Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com) predicts that by 2017, U.S. customers' mobile engagement behavior will drive mobile commerce revenue in the U.S. to 50%of U.S. digital commerce revenue.

    A recent Gartner survey found that mobile commerce currently generates 22% of digital commerce revenue. 

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    04:00
    Five dating apps that are just the worst

    Online dating used to be a way for shy, socially awkward people to meet their (shy, socially awkward) soulmates and begin relationships based on, well, more than just looks and sex. But when dating sites moved from the wired Internet to smartphones, well, let’s just say things started to go downhill

    Now, instead of questionnaire-based sites like eHarmony, we have hot-or-not style apps like Tinder. Instead of looking for “the one,” we’re looking for the one who can take the sexiest selfie, and who’s within 25 miles of our house and down to...get coffee.

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    03:58
    You Should Play: Gunbrick is a puzzle game disguised...

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

    Gunbrick is a hybrid platformer/puzzler that tasks you with “shooting and rolling your way to victory,” to paraphrase developer Nitrome’s description. This challenging title features stylized pixelated art, unlockable adventures, boss fights, and of course, a gunbrick—which is exactly what it sounds like it is. To jump right in, here are the three reasons why Gunbrick stands out as a clear winner. 

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    03:48
    Apple opens up iWork for iCloud apps to anyone, no...

    Apple appears to be aiming to tempt Android and Windows users to try out its iWork apps, making Pages, Numbers and Keynote for iCloud available to anyone, with no requirement to own an Apple device. A new banner promoting the offer was last night added to the iCloud beta site, beta.icloud.com … 

    The ability to use iWork for iCloud apps is of course of no use without storage space, so accounts created in this way get 1GB of free iCloud storage.

    It’s not known at this stage whether Apple plans to roll out the offer to the main iCloud site, or is merely...

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    02:44
    BusyCal 2.6.4 - Powerful calendar app with multiple...

    BusyCal is an award-winning desktop calendar that combines personal productivity features for individuals with powerful calendar sharing capabilities for families and workgroups.

    BusyCal's unique features include a non-modal Info Panel for easier data entry; To Dos that display in the calendar and auto-forward until completed; repeating To Dos; customizable calendar views including a List view and scrolling Month and Week views; adjustable font styles and sizes, live weather feeds, moon phases, graphics, sticky notes and more.

    BusyCal allows families and workgroups to share calendars with MobileMe, Google Calendar, iCal Server, and other CalDAV Servers. You can even share calendars with other BusyCal users on a local area network without the need of a server. And BusyCal syncs with iCal, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and other apps and devices that sync with MobileMe or Sync Services.

    Features:

    • View and edit event details in a non-modal...

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    Thursday February 12

    21:41
    PDFpen and PDFpenPro 7.0.2

    Adds Share button to default toolbar, plus a smattering of fixes and improvements. ($74.95/$124.95 new, free update, 51.6/52.2 MB)

     

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    20:59
    Macs Fan Control 1.2.0 - Monitor and control your...

    Macs Fan Control allows you to monitor and control almost any aspect of your computer's fans, with support for controlling fan speed, temperature sensors pane, menu-bar icon, and autostart with system option.

    • Software solution to noise problems such as those caused by iMac HDD replacement, or overheating problems like those found on a MacBook Pro
    • Set any constant value to any fan (e.g., minimum)
    • Control fan speed in relation to a temperature sensor (e.g., 3rd party HDD)
    • Real-time monitoring of Mac's fans speed and temperature sensors including 3rd party HDD/SSD (using S.M.A.R.T.)
    • Display menu bar icon
    • Compatible with OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard or later



    Version 1.2.0:

    • New preferences dialog
    • Improved user interface of fans list
    • Improved display of menu bar text and icon, support of OS X 10.10 dark mode
    • Optimized CPU usage
    • Exclude displaying of...

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    20:59
    Iridient Developer 3.0b5 - Powerful image editing...

    Iridient Developer (was RAW Developer) is a powerful image conversion application designed specifically for OS X. Iridient Developer gives advanced photographers total control over every aspect of their digital camera's output, yet still provides easy drag and drop conversion convenience and access to basic adjustments for the casual user. Iridient developer supports RAW files from over 550 digital camera models.



    Version 3.0b5: New Features:

    • Added support for saving settings subsets to disk (aka "presets") which makes it easy to save and apply only specific adjustments, for example just sharpening, without changing other image adjustments and without having to go through a more complicated copy/paste operation.
    • Now supports grouping settings files and presets into subfolders in the Settings window popup menu.
    • Iridient...

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    20:59
    Direct Mail 4.0.2 - Create and send great looking...

    Direct Mail is an easy-to-use, fully-featured email marketing app purpose-built for OS X. It lets you create and send great looking email campaigns.

    Start your newsletter by selecting from a gallery of professionally-designed templates, then customize to your heart's content. Design Tests let you see how your email looks in a wide variety of email clients, including live mobile previews sent to your iPhone or iPad. You'll love not having to hassle with a slow, clunky, web-based editor.

    When you're ready to send, rely on Direct Mail's built-in email service to deliver your message in a flash. Campaign reports show you a clear summary of opens, clicks, and more. Grow your mailing list by creating customizable subscribe forms and publish them to your website or Facebook.

    Direct Mail is free for up to 50 emails per month. If you would like to send more, there are a number of pricing...

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    20:30
    Apple reverses decision barring marijuana apps from...

    Apple has apparently been revising its app review strategy this week and has decided to reverse a previous decision that banned MassRoots, a marijuana-centric social app, from its software storefront. The application was booted from the App Store late last year (though it lasted much longer on the store than some other apps).

    According to App Store guideline...

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    20:11
    Apple begins enforcing rule requiring App Store...

    Apple has started enforcing a long-ignored rule in its App Store guidelines regarding what kinds of content can appear in app metadata. According to rule 3.6 in the guidelines document:

    Apps with App icons, screenshots, and previews that do not adhere to the 4+ age rating will be rejected

    This rule has been mostly unenforced since the App Store launched, but according to a new report from Pocket Gamer, some app developers are starting to see their apps rejected for depictions of violence in their screenshots.

    The first app affected by the change was...

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    19:17
    Apple Rejecting Violent App Screenshots for...

    Apple has been rejecting a number of apps with screenshots that depict violence or guns from being released or updated on the App Store, as reported by Pocket Gamer. As a result, developers have been forced to modify their app screenshots to either completely remove or blur any violent materials in order to get through the approval process.

    A screenshot with a blurred gun to adhere to Apple's guidelines
    Apple has long required developers to ensure all front-facing App Store materials are appropriate for children, although it has been more aggressively enforcing its stance against violent screenshots in recent weeks. Earlier today, Instapaper developer Marco Arment pointed towards language in the App Store Review...

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    17:36
    App Store reviewers rejecting games for depicting...

    Apple may have altered its guidelines for marketing violent games in the App Store, as reviewers are reportedly rejecting some games that have guns or show human violence in their screenshots or app icons.

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    17:10
    ∞ About Apple cracking down on App Store screenshots

    Pocket Gamer:

    Multiple developers have told Pocket Gamer that Apple is starting to reject games and updates from the App Store, if they use screenshots that show people holding guns, or being maimed or killed.

    I spoke with Apple about this today and they told me the company is being more liberal lately with what it allows in the App Store for images and screenshots. I don’t know the specifics of individual games, but overall, Apple is being more lenient of late.

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    17:04
    Developers get new group options in Apple's...

    Running split tests or assessing multiple variants of an application simultaneously has been made easier for iOS developers with Apple's announcement of new TestFlight functionality that lets beta testers be divided into groups.

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    16:28
    Google doomed

    As much as we might not like Google’s business model of selling our information and habits to anyone that will pay, I agree with Brian—Google isn’t going anywhere.

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    16:00
    Apple adds two-step authentication to Messages,...

    illustration by steven sande, apple world today

    The Guardian is reporting that two-step authentication -- first enabled for iTunes and iCloud accounts nearly two years ago -- has now been added to FaceTime and Messages as well. If you've already logged into an iPhone, iPad or Mac using your iCloud account, you're already covered by that extra security. But if you log out of your iMessage or FaceTime accounts and then  try to log in again, or if you log in from another machine, you'll be required to enter a security code to verify your password and user name.

    Two-step authentication requires you not...

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    15:49
    Chicago Style Q&A

    This is great. I laughed.

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    15:48
    Is Apple Abandoning their Iconic "Genius Bar...

    An original and significant element of Apple’s retail stores is disappearing...

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    15:36
    Apple increasing the size of apps from 2 GB to 4 GB

    The size limit of an app package submitted through iTunes Connect has increased from 2 GB to 4 GB, so you can include more media in your submission and provide a more complete, rich user experience upon installation. Please keep in mind that this change does not affect the cellular network delivery size limit of 100 MB.

    This is good. As we move farther down the road with apps, they are becoming more complex and require more space. Science apps and games can be especially large, but they are both popular categories.

    ∞ Read this on The Loop

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    Allegorithmic unveils Substance Designer 5

    Allegorithmic (www.allegorithmic.com) has launched Substance Designer 5, the new iteration of its node-based texturing hub for the next generation of game artists. It introduces new features dedicated to next-gen procedural art, as well as pipeline enhancements designed to ensure consistency for large-scale teams as they share and reuse assets. Non-linear and non-destructive.

    Substance Designer lets you create PBR materials for real-time 3D projects. New features in version 5 include:

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    Popular automation app Workflow updated w/ over 50...

    Leveraging the power of iOS 8 extensions and new system customization options, Workflow debuted on the iPhone and iPad last year bringing a powerful automation app to users. Today the team behind Workflow is releasing version 1.1, which adds support for over 5o new actions in addition to including new features and updating some existing actions. Check out the latest from Workflow for iOS below:

    As far as features go, Workflow 1.1 adds a list of new functionality. For instance, Workflow already allows you to drag and drop actions to create tasks on a grid for easily...

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    Apple extends two-factor authentication to FaceTime...

    Back in September, Apple enabled a two-factor authentication (2FA) security option for iCloud in the wake of a celebrity photo hacking scandal. While this helped protect backups, photos, and other personal data stored using Apple's cloud service, it didn't extend to some other commonly used Apple services. According to Guardian report, Apple is turning on 2FA for the iMessage and FaceTime services starting today.

    If you've already enabled 2FA on your iCloud account, there's nothing else to do—signing into iMessage or FaceTime on a new device will now prompt you to generate an app-specific password on the AppleID management page...

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    15:00
    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

    Bits Diary [iPhone; Now free, down from $2.99] Why you should blog and journal separately, if you can do both in one application.

    Drift Sumi-e [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $0.99] A modern approach on a classic brushstroke art form focusing on capturing the essence of the subject, create a brush line and watch as it comes to life, car gracefully sliding through course.

    Calistix Personal Trainer Men & Women [iPhone; Now free, down from $4.99]...

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    14:52
    Apple Legal is Busy Filing Trademark Applications...

    Today a new series of trademark applications filed by Apple legal in Europe and Hong Kong China were published. We covered eleven trademark filings that were published in the U.S. yesterday...

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    14:32
    ZZ Top played their first gig 45 years ago today

    ZZ Top, the famous beard-heavy blues rockers from Houston, Texas played their first show on February 11, 1970. Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard Knights filled the rafters of the Knights of Columbus Hall off U.S. 90 at a gig arranged by DJ Al Caldwell.

    ZZ Top’s early music was very blusey, and still is to be honest.

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    ∞ Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” played in the style of 10...

    This is impressive.

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    ∞ Apple adds two-step verification to iMessage and...

    Apple on Thursday updated its security procedures by adding two-step verification to both iMessage and FaceTime. This added step is meant to prevent someone from accessing your account, even if they know your password. [...]

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    14:13
    Apple's iMessage, FaceTime now protected by two...

    Apple continues to expand the range of offerings covered by its two-step verification scheme, with security-conscious users now able to count iMessage and FaceTime among those features protected by the service.

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    14:00
    iOS app limit size doubles from 2GB to 4GB

    Developers who want to add higher quality imagery to their games have something to rejoice about today: Apple has doubled the maximum size of apps on the App Store from the previous 2GB limit to an impressive 4GB. The company notes that:

    “The size limit of an app package submitted through iTunes Connect has increased from 2 GB to 4 GB, so you can include more media in your submission and provide a more complete, rich user experience upon installation. Please keep in mind that this change does not affect the cellular network delivery size limit of 100 MB.”

    Our take on the news: It's great news, particularly for game developers and gamers. By building higher quality images and sound files into games, the user experience is going to be even more impressive. In order to keep cellular data customers from maxing out their plans with one quick update, Apple has wisely kept the...

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    Daily Deals for February 12, 2015, featuring Simon 4...

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

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    Simon 4.0 [OS X; On sale for $49.00, down from $99.00] AppleWorld.Today is pleased to offer an exclusive deal on Simon 4.0 by Dejal Systems Simon is a robust site monitoring tool for OS X that checks servers for changes or failures and notifies you when a change is detected. The app sends a notification via email, sound, speech, Twitter, or a variety of other means.

    The native Mac utility can be used to monitor both your own website and servers as well as external sites. You can use it to track your...

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    13:02
    Apple increases the maximum size of iOS app binaries...

    For the first time since the introduction of the App Store in 2008, Apple is increasing the maximum size of the app binaries that developers can upload to iTunes Connect. The company announced today that the cap would increase from 2GB to 4GB, though this doesn't affect the 100MB limit imposed on apps downloaded on cellular networks.

    iOS app binaries contain both the executable file and all of the images, sounds, and other assets that the app needs—everything from icons to splash screens to UI is all included in one big file. Because of how they're packaged, these binaries can get rather large. Binaries include all the assets for all the devices they support. If you're shipping a universal app that supports all iOS 8 devices, for example, you've got Retina iPhone assets,...

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    Leef iBridge: Moving files between iOS and OS X in a...

    32GB Leef ibridge Photo by Steven Sande, Apple World Today

    Ever need to transfer files between your Mac and an iPhone or iPad, or have movies that you'd like to watch but don't want to store on your iOS device? The Leef iBridge may be just the answer for your data transfer needs. 

    Available in 16GB ($59.99), 32GB ($79.99), 64GB ($119.99), and 128GB ($199.99) versions, the iBridge is a tiny black device that holds flash RAM, a MFi-certified Lightning adapter, and a USB adapter in a unique J-shaped casing. A small plastic...

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    Apple Two-Step Verification Now Available for...

    Apple's two-step verification system now covers FaceTime and iMessage, reports The Guardian. Signing into an iMessage or FaceTime account will ask users to input an authentication code from a verified device on accounts that have two-factor verification enabled to prevent unauthorized entry attempts.

    Two-factor verification is an opt-in system that was first introduced in March of 2013 to increase the security of Apple ID accounts. Prior to today, a verification code was only required for making changes to an account, signing into iCloud, or making iTunes/App Store purchases from a new device.

    Two-factor authentication for iCloud is...

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    Piper Jaffray sees a revamped Apple TV set-top box...

    Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, who has long clamored for an Apple television set, said on Thursday that he believes a revamped Apple TV set-top box could prove to be a centerpiece for the company's fall 2015 product lineup.

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    12:28
    Apple adds two-factor authentication option to...

    In the wake of a report last month that multiple Apple services remained insecure against hacking attempts, Apple has turned on two-factor authentication for the FaceTime audio/video calling service and iMessage text/picture/voice messaging service, notes The Guardian. Two-factor authentication was previously offered optionally by Apple to secure iCloud accounts against access from previously unknown computers, but other Apple services such as iMessage, FaceTime, the iTunes Store, the App Store, and Apple.com itself were left with only simple passwords for security....

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    12:26
    Apple Promotes Games Without In-App Purchases in App...

    Apple today made one of its weekly updates to the App Store, adding a new featured category that highlights "Pay Once & Play" games in the App Store. As noted by MacStories, the section includes a list of popular game titles that do not include in-app purchases. The new feature has appeared in European App Stores already and should be making its way to other countries as the weekly update propagates.

    "Pay Once & Play" offers a range of titles that are organized into the following categories: Recent Releases, Blockbuster Games, and App Store Originals. Some of the featured titles include Thomas Was Alone, Minecraft - Pocket Edition, ...

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    SkyMall will fly again

    Scott Jordan:

    While I am playing much of our strategy close to the (SCOTTe)vest – and keeping a few aces in my pockets (since I am Pocket Man) – I just have to tease some of our favorite developments in our bid to rescue SkyMall.

    More than just a catalog. Sure, it looks like a catalog. But SkyMall has always been entertainment first, and shopping second. That’s the secret sauce that made it so compelling. While the “social sharing” of SkyMall’s content was limited to just exposing your travelling companion yet another outrageous product, the content was always entertaining.

    We will dial up that entertainment aspect of SkyMall by embracing it as a source of creative content.

    I’m a big fan of SCOTTeVEST and, while this seems like an insane waste of money, I hope they pull it off.

    ...

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    12:18
    Apple introduces TestFlight Groups feature for...

    Apple announced today that it’s rolling out a new feature for its TestFlight beta distribution service called TestFlight Groups to improve the experience of managing builds with multiple testers.

    Apple noted the Groups feature will allow developers to “organize your testers into groups to quickly send specific builds”, provide separate instructions on where to focus, and apply an action to several testers at once in TestFlight.”

    The new feature is available to those using Apple’s in beta TestFlight service through iTunes Connect.

    Apple acquired the TestFlight beta app testing platform through its purchase of Burstly in February of last year and...

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    12:09
    App Store responds to freemium haters, features ‘Pay...

     As part of Apple’s weekly App Store refresh, the company is currently highlighting iOS games for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch that are paid apps with no in-app purchases, MacStories points out. The featured section is notable as in-app purchases have been a source of confusion and frustration for many consumers since their introduction despite being an added revenue source for developers and Apple.

    Apple has made a number of moves to help its customers avoid issues that spring from the use of in-app purchases, especially in games, both at the request of various government agencies and on its own.

    Most recently, Apple moved to change the way app prices are presented to users in its...

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    11:57
    Apple increases app size limit from 2GB to 4GB for...

    Apple today announced that it is increasing the size limit for apps submitted by developers to the App Store through its iTunes Connect service. Previously limited to 2GB, app packages can now be a maximum of 4GB in size. Apple made the announcement on its website for developers earlier today but some apps have been over the 2GB limit since at least January. 

    Apple noted the change will allow developers to “include more media in your submission and provide a more complete, rich user experience upon installation.”

    While the change increases the overall size of app packages, Apple pointed out that doesn’t...

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    Did Copycat Samsung Get Sucker Punched by this Apple...

    The late Steve Jobs did have his own geeky sense of humor. He and the Woz liked to play jokes on people. When introducing the original iPhone during a 2007 keynote, Steve Jobs showed a slide of an iPod with a rotary dial that made many laugh. The funny thing is that it wasn't just a one-time photo, it was part of a prank iPhone patent as we noted back in 2010. That prankster side ...

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    11:51
    Apple increases size limit of App Store downloads to...

    Apple on Thursday announced that the size limit of application packages submitted through iTunes Connect can now be as large as 4 gigabytes, doubling the previous 2-gigabyte restriction.

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    11:50
    Apple Increases Maximum App Size from 2GB to 4GB

    Apple today announced that it is increasing the maximum app size from 2GB to 4GB, letting developers release apps that are up to 4GB in size. The extended limits will likely be useful for high-quality game titles that need the extra space to introduce improved graphical effects or longer playtimes.The size limit of an app package submitted through iTunes Connect has increased from 2 GB to 4 GB, so you can include more media in your submission and provide a more complete, rich user experience upon installation. Please keep in mind that this change does not affect the cellular network delivery size limit of 100 MB.Apple's 2GB size limit has been in place since the App Store first launched, so today's new 4GB limit marks the first-ever size increase. The 2GB size limitation has prevented some games from being available on the App Store, such as Final Fantasy VII. In 2013, Square Enix producer Takashi Tokita said that a...

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    11:33
    Visa hopes to track smartphone locations to prevent...

    Currently most of us have to inform our bank by phone when we’re travelling to avoid purchases in other countries appearing as red flags for fraud and being declined. That could soon change as Visa looks to track smartphones with a service called Mobile Location Confirmation in order to help their security systems become smarter and reduce declined purchases by as much as 30%.

    While infrequent, unnecessary transaction declines can mean lost sales for retailers, additional customer service costs for financial institutions and, ultimately, frustration for the cardholder if unable to make a purchase when traveling… The service uses mobile geo-location data in real time as an...

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    11:30
    Announcing TestFlight Groups

    Now it’s easier than ever to manage external testers in TestFlight. Organize your testers into groups to quickly send specific builds, provide separate instructions on where to focus, and apply an action to several testers at once in TestFlight. Get started in iTunes Connect.

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    11:30
    Announcing TestFlight Groups

    Now it’s easier than ever to manage external testers in TestFlight. Organize your testers into groups to quickly send specific builds, provide separate instructions on where to focus, and apply an action to several testers at once in TestFlight. Get started in iTunes Connect.

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    11:30
    Now Accepting Larger Binaries

    The size limit of an app package submitted through iTunes Connect has increased from 2 GB to 4 GB, so you can include more media in your submission and provide a more complete, rich user experience upon installation. Please keep in mind that this change does not affect the cellular network delivery size limit of 100 MB.

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    11:30
    Now Accepting Larger Binaries

    The size limit of an app package submitted through iTunes Connect has increased from 2 GB to 4 GB, so you can include more media in your submission and provide a more complete, rich user experience upon installation. Please keep in mind that this change does not affect the cellular network delivery size limit of 100 MB.

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    11:20
    Aluminum Clamp Hub with four USB ports attaches to...

    Satechi's new Aluminum Clamp Hub provides an iMac with four additional USB 3.0 ports for charging smartphones, syncing and more.

    The plug and play Aluminum Clamp Hub attaches to any iMac (2012 or newer) or PC (less than one inch thick) without any installation required. Simply attach the device directly onto the monitor, tighten the screw to attach, and plug in the included USB extension cable.

    Additionally, the Aluminum Clamp Hub features a blue LED light to indicate it is powered on and ready for use. The hub is available now for US$27.99 at Satechi.net and Amazon.com.

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    11:08
    BusyContacts 1.0

    BusyContacts brings to contact management the same power, flexibility, and sharing capabilities that BusyCal users have enjoyed with their calendars. What’s more, BusyContacts integrates seamlessly with BusyCal forming a flexible, easy to use CRM solution that works the way you do.

    I really like the work these guys do. Great looking app.

    ∞ Read this on The Loop

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    10:58
    How The New York Times works

    Popular Mechanics:

    The paper on which tonight’s edition is being printed arrived, as it does each week, from four different paper mills—two in Quebec, one in Ontario, and one in Tennessee—where it was packaged into rolls large enough to serve as the business end of a steamroller: 2,200 pounds each and fifty inches in diameter. Eighteen-wheelers carried them to a Times storage facility in the Bronx, where more trucks took twenty rolls each from there to the plant in Queens, where manned forklifts deposited each one in a four-story warehouse that can hold 2,231 just like it.

    For all of its problems and issues, The New York Times is still my favourite paper and this is a really interesting story about how it ends up in physical form.

    ...

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