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Friday April 3

07:15
On its 5th anniversary, Apple's iPad remains...

The iPad has proven to be a bigger success than just about anyone, including Apple, ever predicted. But while the overall tablet market exploded, riding high on the success of the iPad, it plateaued just as quickly, and seems poised for a shakeup in the near future.

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07:09
Apple Watch Wins Red Dot 'Best of the Best...

Still three weeks away from being released to the public, the Apple Watch has received another design award for Apple ahead of launch, this time receiving the "Best of the Best" designation by the German Red Dot design awards (via aBlogtoWatch).

Previously winning the Gold Award, and being called "an icon", at the International Forum Design awards earlier in March, the Red Dot award counts a second win for the wearable in the design category before its April 24 launch date.

The Apple Watch wasn't alone in the smartwatch category, however, as the MB&F HM6 Space Pirate horological smartwatch also received the "Best of the Best" designation.

The Red Dot jury judged the Apple Watch, and all products...

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07:08
NASA and Boeing to test eco-friendly technologies...

Boeing's new ecoDemonstrator (a 757) is slated to go on a series of flights this spring to try out two of NASA's experimental fuel-saving techniques. One of them's the Active Flow Control Enhanced Vertical Tail Flight Experiment, which entails instal...

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07:00
Opinion: How soon is too soon for an Apple Watch 2?

Apple’s upcoming retail overhaul for displaying the Watch

A lot of my techie friends are saying that the entry priced-Apple Watch Sport will be their pick next month, and not because of the exterior look. The theory is that Sport is the cheapest way to experience Apple’s new product category in 2015, and since the second-gen Apple Watch will inevitably be upgraded, why pay a premium this year for nicer materials such as stainless steel and sapphire glass?

Despite the Apple Watch’s desire to marry jewelry with technology, it hasn’t lost the baggage gadgets carry, namely the reality that they’ll be outdated and replaced in a relatively short period of time. If the Apple Watch evolves anything like the original iPad did when it became the iPad 2, the differences could be dramatic.

Personally, when...

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07:00
Drexel University installs iPad rental vending...

This is pretty cool. Drexel University has installed an iPad rental vending machine that can be accessed by university students and neighboring residents. Students must present their ID while non-students take out an iPad with a valid Library of Philadelphia card. The rental period lasts four hours, and all data entered by the customer is expunged when the device is returned. 

Our take on the news

When I was in college, the school referred to its library as the "media center." I thought it was a silly name, but today I realize just how prescient a decision it was. Today, I love to...

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06:48
The do’s and don’ts of making a video trailer for...

If you are building an app, you are going to want to build an app trailer. App Annie offers some useful advice, worth the read.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:45
NHS vehicles trial tech that turns traffic lights...

Traffic lights are a pet peeve for many city-dwelling drivers. You'll be running late for a meeting, but all of your attempts to make up the time are thwarted by successive red lights. Bad luck on the road can be particularly problematic for ambulanc...

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06:38
What happens when you try to Photoshop money

Turns out Photoshop has a built in money detector. Read on for the details.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:35
Following his stolen iPhone all the way to China

Matt Stopera’s iPhone was stolen in a bar in New York City. This is the crazy story of him tracking down the phone – All the way to China!

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:34
Georgia wants EV owners to pay for saving the planet

Climate change is still a real, looming threat, so you'd think that getting people using electric cars would be a vital project to safeguard the future. Unfortunately, the state of Georgia is so broke that it's not only pulling its electric vehicle s...

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06:31
Expanded Google ARC project brings Android apps to...

Google this week expanded its beta App Runtime for Chrome (ARC) project, enabling Android apps to run not just in Chrome OS but also on Mac, Windows, and Linux computers, with some basic limitations.

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06:28
Speedy file transfers using IP over Thunderbolt

Plenty of ways to transfer files between computers, but thought this approach was worth knowing about: Dan Moren, writing for Six Colors, walks you through the process of direct file transfer using IP via Thunderbolt cable.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:20
iFlicks for Mac OS X gets redesigned interface, more

Jendrik Bertram has released iFlicks 2.2 (www.iflicksapp.com), the first major update of iFlicks 2 for Mac OS X.

The utility has integrated video mixing and encoding capabilities for users to choose the best option to quickly import their video files into iTunes and automatically complete them with metadata and artwork. Version 2.2 features a redesigned interface, improved metadata, chapter and subtitle support, faster processing, and more powerful rules.

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06:09
Five years ago today: A look back at the original...

Rene Ritchie, writing for iMore, takes a look back at the iPad launch, first impressions, and impact.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:08
The Galaxy S6 Edge Bends faster than the iPhone 6...

During the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2015 event in Barcelona last month, Samsung's head of global marketing, IT and Mobile Division Young-Hee Lee stated the following about the Galaxy S6: It's "The most advanced smartphone in the world ...

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06:00
You Should Play: Solve a mystery in an epic game of...

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.

The Trace starts out like all good murder mysteries do: You play Baltimore police detective Sam Pearce, investigating an apparent suicide that turns out to be a murder. You’re aided by your lab partner, Alex, who checks in occasionally via phone, and a forensic flashlight that you can use to examine objects for clues, such as blood, fibers, and fingerprints. As you discover clues, you start to piece together a larger web of questions, which ends up leading you to the answer of whodunit?

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06:00
Inside the UK's first dedicated eSports arena

The sound of gunfire echoes across the room, followed by an approving roar from the crowd. A five-man team called "Ninjas in Pyjamas" has taken the lead and fans can hardly contain their excitement. Another counter-terrorist suddenly drops to the flo...

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05:48
Opinion: Will Apple’s streaming music service mean I...

I was an early adopter of digital music (you hide your surprise well). I bought my first mp3 player in 1998, some three years before the first iPod. It cost a silly amount of money and stored exactly one album at a time in its 64MB (not GB) of flash memory.

Me being me, I went through a few different generations of mp3 player before Apple completely changed the game with the iPod. Ironically, by adopting a less sophisticated technology–a hard drive in place of flash memory–Apple created a far better product. One that allowed us to carry around 80 albums at a time. I bought one the day it went on sale, having by then finished ripping all my CDs to mp3.

When the 160GB iPod came out in 2007, I again bought one immediately. That was large enough to hold my entire music collection at the time. I not only carried it everywhere with me, I also plugged it into my hifi at home and to the AUX socket of my car stereo....

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05:42
'Grand Theft Auto V' at 60 frames per...

I know, I know: The PC version of Grand Theft Auto V seems like it's been delayed at least a dozen times, but maybe the snazzy new 1080p, 60FPS trailer below will help heal those old wounds. Predictably, it looks gorgeous and should give the PC maste...

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05:36
AppleInsider podcast discusses supposed 'iPhone...

This week's all-new AppleInsider podcast is now available to download and subscribe in iTunes or SoundCloud. We discuss the leaked part for supposed upcoming 4-inch "iPhone 6c," Force Touch technology in the iPhone, Mikey reviews 'Becoming Steve Jobs', Tidal streaming music service, Amazon Dash, and Microsoft's Surface 3.

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05:00
The Apple Watch as Bullsh*t Filter? We Can Only Hope


In "iPhone Killer: The Secret History of the Apple Watch," David Pierce doesn't reveal any serious secrets -- because Apple never does -- but he does illuminate the early days of the Apple Watch, centering on an interview with Kevin Lynch, Apple's vice president of technology. It's an interesting read for sure -- an easy recommend for any Apple enthusiast. And the most interesting "secret?" The Apple Watch was created as a bullsh*t filter designed to save the world from the tyranny of iPhones. No kidding.

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05:00
The Week in iOS Apps: More from Marvel

More from Marvel

This week’s roundup of apps includes a new “brawler” game featuring the greatest heroes in the Marvel universe. Plus: Games, photo apps, and more.

Automatic

Automatic improves your driving experience by taking data transmitted from a sensor installed in your vehicle and displaying it on your iPhone. Its latest update lets you use and collect the car’s data even if you don’t bring the phone with you; next time you do bring the phone, you’ll be able to download the distance, fuel efficiency, duration and more data. 

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04:48
Megawatt electric race car chases prestigious...

Think Tesla's top-of-the-line, dual-motor-equipped P85D electric car is fast? Think again. Drive eO, an electric and hybrid car specialist in Latvia, is developing a one megawatt electric race car to take on the prestigious Pikes Peak International H...

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04:40
The global mobile biometrics revenue is set to boom

Starting from a base of $249 million 2015, global mobile biometrics revenue is forecast to reach $3.5 billion by 2024, with cumulative revenue for the 10-year period totaling $17.5 billion, according to Research and Markets (www.researchandmarkets).

Biometrics for mobile devices have finally reached a tipping point. The march began with the release of the Apple iPhone in 2007 and later the iPad, each subsequently matched by Android competitors. These smartphones and tablets finally have enough processing power and hardware capabilities to put biometrics directly into their users' hands.

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04:11
Drylab R&D has announced Dailies Creator 2.3 for...

Drylab R&D (http://drylab.no/products/) has announced Dailies Creator 2.3 for Mac OS X. Creator is part of an integrated system for distributing digital dailies and is used by film and TV drama productions.

Now, the DIT can provide the DP, producer, director, script supervisor, and others with Retina display ready dailies viewable on their own specially configured iPads. Creator ingests QuickTime-compatible files, transcodes to H.264, organizes them into shots, scenes, takes, and adds metadata. Clips and metadata are distributed to authorized iPads on-set or off (via the cloud).

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04:08
Dropbox 3.4.3 - Cloud backup and synchronization...

Dropbox is an application that creates a special Finder folder that automatically syncs online and between your computers. It allows you to both backup files and keep them up-to-date between systems.

Note: You must first sign up to use Dropbox.

The Dropbox application is available for OS X, Windows, and Linux. A video on the site explains more.



Version 3.4.3:

Note: Now requires OS X 10.6 or later running on an Intel processor.

  • Bug fixes for Mac context menus
  • Minor fixes and improvements



  • OS X 10.6 or later



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04:07
Recommended reading: 'Advanced Software...

For those looking to achieve advanced skills in test analysis, design, and execution, "Advanced Software Testing, Volume 3, 2nd Edition" (http://tinyurl.com/kqdzjg6) by Rex Black and Jamie Mitchell provides an answer.

With a hands-on, exercise-rich approach, this book teaches how to define and carry out the tasks required to implement a test strategy. It instructs on how to analyze, design, implement, and execute tests using risk considerations to determine the appropriate effort and priority for tests.
 

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04:00
How to solve the five biggest Messages and FaceTime...

Apple’s messaging system works brilliantly—most of the time. So, when something goes wrong, it’s easy to become frustrated. Shouldn’t these things just work?

To understand FaceTime and Messages on their own, it helps to understand how these services work together. To start, there’s Messages—the OS X and iOS hub for instant messaging platforms, iMessages, and SMS-based text messages. Within Messages, you’ll also find your iMessage conversations, the text-like messages that replace standard SMS texts when you’re messaging between Apple devices. Finally, there’s FaceTime, an OS X and iOS app that handles real-time video chatting. (FaceTime replaced iChat on the Mac a few years ago.)

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03:55
Filmmakers hack drone to carry 1,000 fps 4K camera

There are 4K cameras and drones, and then there's the Phantom Flex4K and the Aerigon drone --products that top the bad-assery charts in both categories. Drone cinematography outfit Brain Farm decided to pair them up, resulting in a video exactly as i...

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03:44
iPad turns 5: What Apple's tablet has meant to...

The iPad was rumored long before it was announced—luckily the one about it costing $1,000 wasn’t true—but even after Steve Jobs walked us through its apps and features, we still didn’t get it, not exactly. People said it was just a big iPod touch. Those people were wrong.

Once the first iPad shipped April 3, 2010, it quickly became clear: the iPad is a game-changer. It wasn’t the first tablet, but it was the first one that really mattered to the world, and the rest of the industry has been trying to catch up ever since—for five years and counting.

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03:03
Snapchat transparency report shows cops don't...

Snapchat's spent the better part of the last year doing its best to dispel the notion that it's just an insecure way of letting people see your genitals. It's already started to refashion itself as a media platform and a money wire service, but now t...

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01:00
Office 365 news roundup

We are now living in a mobile world where devices outnumber people. To be productive when you’re on the go, you need access to the data and applications that allow you to be effective while untethered from your workspace or home. At Microsoft, with our mobile-first, cloud-first strategy, we strive to provide our customers with the services, applications and data that roam wherever they do.

Microsoft recently announced that the core editing and viewing capabilities of Office 365 will now be free on any for device with a screen size of 10.1 inches or less, ensuring a quality mobile experience for anyone who wants the power of Office literally at their fingertips. In addition, Microsoft...

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Thursday April 2

22:14
No One Seems to Know who Won Apple's iPhone...

On Mar 26, we posted a report titled "TSMC Reportedly Wins the Bulk of Apple's iPhone Chip Business in 2015 including the new iPhone 6C." Earlier that month we posted another report titled "Daiwa Securities: TSMC has Won Most of Apple's A9 Business for 2015." Today, the latest rumor de jour ...

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20:04
Apple Watch uses Force Touch to change animated...

Week four of Christy Turlington Burns' Apple Watch diary finds the supermodel in California, where she reveals a few more tidbits about the device's user interface and how it keeps her motivated.

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19:17
Bloomberg: Samsung to produce Apple’s A9 chip for...

Bloomberg reports that Samsung has signed on to provide A9 chips to Apple for the next-generation iPhone. Apple moved to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) in 2013 for its processors, looking to reduce its reliance on Samsung, who is a major competitor in the smartphone space and a legal foe. With that said, it was reported last September that Samsung was still supplying 40 percent of the A8 chips found in the iPhone 6 despite Apple’s attempt to part ways.

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18:38
Samsung Confirmed to Produce A9 Chips for Apple...

Samsung will provide Apple with A9 chips for its next-generation iPhone and other devices, reports Bloomberg, confirming a previous report in early February. Over the past couple of months there had been confusion and conflicting reports as to whether Samsung, Apple's longtime supplier and rival, or Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) would produce the chips.

Samsung will start making Apple A9 processor chips at its Giheung plant in South Korea, the people said, asking not to be identified because the contract hasn’t been discussed publicly. Additional orders will go to Samsung’s...

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18:17
Samsung reportedly wins contract to supply 'A9...

A report on Thursday once again affirms rumors that Apple is contracting Samsung to manufacture A-series processors expected for inclusion in next-generation iPhone handsets.

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17:00
Today in the App Store -- Waze, A Day In The Woods...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today's notable apps include a discount on The Minims - A New Beginning, the new A Day In The Woods game and an update to Waze . All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Quiet, Please! [Now free, down from $0.99] After an annoying day at school, you just want some peace and quiet. But everything at home is so noisy!

Snap Save - save your photos and videos for snapchat free [Now free, down from $2.99] Save your snaps without the other person knowing!

Path Input: Better...

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16:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: A Qi wireless-charging...

From deep-sea protection to wireless charging

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases includes a waterproof case from Livelloo, a folio with built-in storage from Urban Armor Gear, and extra battery power from Unu.

Livelloo

Planning a summer diving or snorkeling trip? You’ll need your iPhone to take pics, but make sure you pick out a good waterproof case first. The Mermaid 5 (iPhone 5/5s; $80) is guaranteed by the manufacturer to be waterproof up to 80 feet while still giving you full access to all of the iPhone’s camera functions.

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15:22
Drexel University intros an iPad Vending Machine for...

Last year we read about Drexel University's vending machine for MacBooks project and they've now followed up with a new iPad vending machine for students.

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15:05
CleanMyMac 2.3.5 - Delete files that waste your disk...

CleanMyMac makes space for the things you love. Sporting a range of ingenious new features, CleanMyMac 2 lets you safely and intelligently scan and clean your entire system, delete large, unused files, reduce the size of your iPhoto library, uninstall unneeded apps or fix the ones that started to work improperly, manage all your extensions from one place and do much more - all from one newly designed and beautifully simple interface.



Version 2.3.5:

  • Added support of iPhoto 9.6.1.
  • CleanMyMac Safety Database updated to version 1.25.



OS X 10.7 or later

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15:00
AWT News Update: April 2, 2015

New apps, software updates, vending machines and fast Internet are all in the news today on the AWT News Update:

  • Adobe releases a new app - Adobe Slate - for iPad
  • Microsoft Outlook for iOS received an update providing some features that should make corporate users of the app happy
  • Drexel University creates a vending machine for lending iPads to students and local residents
  • Comcast announces that it will begin rolling out 2 Gbps broadband to homes in the Atlanta area next month

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14:47
Drexel University installs iPad rental vending...

Philadelphians living near Drexel University can now rent one of a dozen iPads thanks to a new vending machine installed at the school's Dana and David Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships.

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14:30
Ultrabook Plus: The 2015 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro...


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The 2015 MacBook Air is a bit out-of-step with the times, but the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro doesn't have that problem yet. Its design is just a couple of years old, and it still makes a strong case for itself next to the MacBook Air and the MacBook Air-alikes that dominate the market for high-end 13-inch laptops.

We've already compared the Air and the Pro head-to-head, but today we're taking some time to talk about the Pro by itself. The design is the same as last year's, and it picks up only a handful of truly new features—Thunderbolt 2 and improved 4K support are probably the biggest ones. Between the performance improvements...

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14:26
Discrimination double standard

Liz Gannes:

A who’s who of leaders from companies such as Yelp, Square, Twitter, Lyft, Airbnb, eBay, PayPal and others signed their names to a petition today urging legislatures to forbid discrimination or denial of services to anyone, saying, “Discrimination is bad for business.” Petition leader Max Levchin, a PayPal co-founder and currently CEO of finance startup Affirm, told Re/code: “I am asking all CEOs to evaluate their relationships and investments in states that do not specifically protect LGBT people from discrimination.”

That’s great and even admirable, except that here on the home front, Silicon Valley has its own very obvious discrimination problems. Gender is a big one. Race is another.

Good read.

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14:11
Microsoft debuts Office Lens for iPhone, OmniFocus 2...

Microsoft on Thursday released a new scanning app for the iPhone, Office Lens, while Omni Group's OmniFocus 2 has become a universal title on iOS, eliminating the need for separate iPhone and iPad downloads of the professional task manager.

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14:10
Drexel University installs iPad vending machine to...

Drexel University and the Free Library of Philadelphia are introducing what might be one of the first vending machines that lends out iPads to both students and local residents. The self-serve kiosk is located at the university and holds a dozen iPads that students and locals can checkout using their Free Library of Philadelphia card or Drexel student ID:

Residents of Philadelphia’s Mantua and Powelton Village neighborhoods bordering Drexel’s campus will be able to use their Free Library of Philadelphia card to sign out an iPad...

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13:40
Samsung Galaxy S6: If Looks Could Kill


Samsung's upcoming pair of flagship smartphones are distinguished by their form factors. The Galaxy S6 edge is almost identical to the $650 Galaxy S6, but, for an additional $100, users get a display that spills over its sides, allowing notifications to appear along its marquee-like edges, without rousing the handset's display in full. Reviews of the S6 and S6 edge have been warm all around, holding true to a trend that's been going on for several Galaxy releases.

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13:23
4 handy options for adding storage to your iPhone or...

Part of breaking free from using a dedicated computer is figuring out a storage solution. Apple’s made it a tad easier by doubling the second and third tier storage levels of recent iOS devices to 64GB and 128GB respectively. That’s better than the paltry 16GB entry-level models, but when you look at using an iPad as your only computer, even 128GB might not be enough.

Luckily, there are accessories and storage solutions for iOS devices that make increasing storage easy and inexpensive. I took a look at a few different options, mixing wireless storage with devices that connect to Apple’s Lightning port.

Having never used a portable storage solution in any capacity, I wasn’t sure what to expect. But at the end of it all, I was pleasantly surprised.

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13:14
Apple ranks 8th on list of companies with most...

Apple last year placed eighth in a list of companies granted the most mobile patents, above most of the industry but below some of its chief rivals, a new market report revealed on Thursday.

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12:57
Sorry, Tidal: Why I'm waiting for Apple to...

The new generation of music fans buys an album once or twice a year, usually from artists who withheld their latest releases from Spotify (Beyoncé, I’m looking at you). They have no use for a giant library of songs, preferring to build varied playlists and move on to the next big thing when it strikes. I am one of these people. 

Artists finally understand this new breed of listener, which is why they’re joining forces to promote new(ish) streaming service Tidal. Hip-hop icon Jay Z acquired Tidal’s parent company, Aspiro, for $56.2 million last month and relaunched the streaming service in the States on Monday with a little help from wife Beyoncé and pals like Rihanna, Madonna, Coldplay, and Deadmau5. Jay’s pitch to artists is simple: You’ll get more money from Tidal streams than Spotify ones.

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12:53
External Link: Comcast Introducing 2 Gbps Internet...

Feeling the pressure from Google Fiber and others, Comcast has announced that it will be rolling out a new 2 Gbps fiber-optic Internet service in Atlanta next month. Comcast said that it plans to expand the service as quickly as possible, covering 18 million American homes by the end of 2015. The company is also planning a 1 Gbps service for 2016, which it said should be available to almost every customer.

 

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12:30
Throwback Thursday: "High capacity storage...

Ahhh, those were the days. If your wallet was full of cash or you had a decent amount of available credit on your credit card, you could pick up one of these babies -- a "ten plus megabyte" Macbottom hard drive for your Mac 128K or 512K. All you had to do is call 1-800-MACBUTT (I am not making this up) to order one.

CLICK TO EXPAND PICTURE. FROM OCTOBER 1985 ISSUE OF MACUSER MAGAZINE

Not only did this device offer tons of storage, but it was faster than a floppy drive. You either plugged it into your printer or modem port, and it would load your favorite business apps in minutes! Macbottom sat right under your Mac, foreseeing today's products like the NewerTechnology miniStack Max that sits under a Mac mini. And it only weighed "less than five pounds"!

While I wasn't able to find a price tag for one of these drives anywhere in the October 1985 MacUser that this ad came from (it was...

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12:19
Review: Incipio’s offGRID Shine expands iPhone 6...

Apple’s lack of interest in releasing official iPhone 6 docks has created an opportunity for third-party product developers, notably including HiRise maker Twelve South and battery case maker Mophie, which is rolling out iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus versions of its Juice Pack Dock. Incipio has decided to join the pack with its own options: the offGRID Dock ($40) and several new offGRID battery cases, starting with...

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12:00
More background on building collaboration into Sway

We’re excited to announce today that Sway is now collaborative and lets you create and edit together with others. Check out this blog post for more detail.

One of the great things about working at Microsoft is that you can build on the work of other teams. Several members of the Sway team formerly worked on Word and OneNote. We’re able to learn from that experience as well as build on some shared pieces of technology in Office. We’ve built the core collaboration infrastructure for Sway based on the co-authoring technology pioneered in OneNote several years ago, which has been lighting up across Office over the last number of years. Building on our shared technology helps us not only get these features into your hands sooner, but also addresses the really hard challenges. For example, while it is not uncommon for online editing tools to support co-...

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12:00
Sway is now collaborative—create and edit together...

When we announced Sway, we knew that people would want to work on standout class projects, eye-catching business reports, engaging vacation recaps, or more, together—it’s the way things are done now, right? But Sway up until now has been a tool for individual authors to create polished content in a new and interactive way to share with their audiences. However, we know you’ve asked for shared editing in Sway in our feedback channels (such as UserVoice), and that Office has delivered real-time editing and collaboration features for years, allowing people to work together to share their collective ideas. On top of that, we can’t tell you how many times that we on the Sway team have said to each other, “I wish I could work on this Sway with you!” So now we’re rolling out co-authoring in Sway!

Whatever you want to make, it’s easy to create and edit Sways with other people. Simply share an edit link with anyone...

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12:00
Twitterrific 5.10 for iPhone adds muting, muffling,...

The workers at the Iconfactory have released Twitterrific 5.10 for iPhone (free with in-app purchases) with some very nice new features, including drafts, muffle and mute. 

Drafts

I'm liking drafts a whole lot. To send a tweet to your drafts library, simply tap "close" after composing it, and then hit "Save Draft." When you're ready to publish, tap the paper icon at the bottom of the compose window to flip it over and reveal your list of drafts. From here you've got two options. 

The Copy Drafts button will puts the saved tweet into the current compose field and copies it to the clipboard. The other button moves the draft to the compose field, deleting it from your drafts queue. Note that the former method keeps your draft in the queue while the latter deletes it. If there's a message that you'll re-use...

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11:59
Apple pushes sixth OS X 10.10.3 beta to developers...

As Apple continues to refine the next update to its desktop operating system, the company seeded a sixth pre-release version of OS X 10.10.3 to developers and members of the OS X public beta program on Thursday.

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11:34
Microsoft Introduces "Office Lens" Scanner...

Microsoft introduced "Office Lens" today for the iPhone. Microsoft's Office Lens trims, enhances, and makes pictures of whiteboards and documents readable. Office Lens can convert images to editable Word, PowerPoint, and PDF files.

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11:19
Apple releases OS X 10.10.3 build 14D130a for public...

Three days after the last release, Apple has seeded an updated build of the OS X 10.10.3 software update for Mac. The new build ranks in at 14D130a, just a few steps above the 14D127 build released at the start of the week, for both developers and public beta testers. The update measures in at 1.52GB and highlights stability and security improvements.

The new version of OS X Yosemite includes the all-new Photos for Mac app, new and diverse emoji characters, improved login for Google accounts, and...

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11:14
Apple Seeds Seventh OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite Beta to...

Apple today seeded the seventh beta of OS X Yosemite to developers, three days after seeding the sixth OS X Yosemite beta and two months after releasing the first OS X 10.10.3 beta.

The new beta, build 14D130a, is available for registered developers through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store and through the Mac Developer Center.

In today's beta notes, Apple has added Safari and Mail as focus areas for testing, in addition to previous testing areas that include Wi-Fi captive networks, screen sharing, and Arabic/Hebrew system languages. The known issues section lists just one remaining issue with missing thumbnails when using Time Machine to restore a Photos library upgraded from Aperture.

OS X 10.10.3 includes several new features, like the Photos for OS X app. Designed to integrate...

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11:09
Envisioning Apple’s next-gen Watch: new materials,...

Will the first generation Apple Watch become collectible? Or will your shiny new Apple Watch go the way of old iPhones and iPads in a year or two when the upgrade to a newer, likely more feature-filled model proves too hard to resist?

If Apple follows the release cycles of its other products, the Apple Watch could see at least a minor refresh every year and perhaps even a larger overhaul every other year, much like we see with Apple’s iPhones and iPads.

What might Apple’s second and third-generation Apple Watch collections look like? And what will that mean for owners of the current collection?

With a lot of help from our friend Antonio De Rosa of...

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11:09
How to use the Software Update service in OS X...

The Software Update service included with OS X Server lets you host Apple Software Updates on your own server.

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11:01
PopSockets available for iPhones, iPads

The backside of your iPhone and iPad is prime real estate. PopSockets (http://www.popsockets.com/) are designed to help you make the most of it.

They expand to two levels, tilt in all directions, and collapse tight against the back of your device to fit in your pocket. You can use them for texting and photo grips, headset management, multi-directional stands, and hip clips.

PopSockets can be customized in a variety of designs. A pair of PopSockets starts at US$15, and additional items, such as the Custom iPhone 5/5S Case, is available, as well.

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11:01
External Link: Lisa Jackson on Apple and Renewable...

Lisa Jackson, former head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and current Apple VP of Environmental Initiatives sat down with the Wall Street Journal to discuss Apple’s commitment to renewable energy. While Apple is working to make all of its U.S. interests run on renewable power, there’s much to be done overseas, where most of Apple’s products are manufactured.

 

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10:58
First look: Office Lens scans documents and...

For a world going paperless, there’s still an awful lot of paper around. And when you’re in a meeting with a group of people, scribbling ideas and diagrams on a whiteboard is still more efficient than trying to collaborate on one computer.

But when it’s time to actually do work with all that paper and all those whiteboard images, Microsoft has a new way to get them into your computer and ready to edit in the Office apps you use every day. It’s called Office Lens, and it launched Thursday for the iPhone.

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10:50
Arturia launches soft synth classics collection

Arturia has released V Collection Classics, which rounds up five of its Analog Classics soft synth emulations of five analogue synthesizers from five bands.

Think ARP 2600 (1970-81), MinimoogTM (1970-81), Synthesizer Expander Module (1974-79), Jupiter-8 (1981-84), and Prophet-5 (1978-82). V Collection Classics is available to purchase as a boxed version for US$229 from any authorized Arturia dealer or online as a boxed version or download directly from Arturia at http://tinyurl.com/mlycubl .

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10:46
European Regulators Sticking their Nose into Apple...

Sticking their nose in Apple's business is becoming an annual affair with European Regulators of one kind or another. Last year they warned Apple that they had to adopt the charging standard for mobile devices that was adopted by Android because, well, they felt like it. Now, one year later, and they're at it again.

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10:30
Twitter's Periscope tackles interface and bug...

Twitter today released its first update to Periscope, solving a variety of early glitches and interface issues, while Google upgraded its Waze navigation app to be faster and offer several new features, such as a traffic bar.

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10:30
Hands-on: Adobe Slate takes another stab at “visual...

Adobe just launched a new iPad app that aims to make anyone feel like a magazine editor.

It’s called Adobe Slate, and it offers a way to mash up words and pictures into slick-looking stories for the web. Slate automates things like animations and transitions, and purposely limits control over fonts and formatting, so that anyone can make a good-looking story with no design know-how.

The end-result is a webpage, hosted by Adobe, that automatically formats itself to fit any screen size. (Here’s an example.) Slate is available now as a free app for the iPad.

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10:00
Update to popular Scanbot app adds two powerful...

With as many apps as I have on my iPhone 6 Plus, I usually put them all in nicely arranged folders. There's an exception, though -- Scanbot (free with in-app purchases) always remains on my Home screen because I use it constantly. It was just a year ago that the app was launched, and the developers announced that over 1.75 million people have now downloaded Scanbot. Today the app received an update to version 3.7, and the developers added some extremely powerful integrations to the mix as well.

The free Scanbot Standard app added integrations to Slack and Wunderlist. That first integration will be extremely useful to those of us here at Apple World Today, as we use Slack as our team collaboration app. The update allows scans to be uploaded to conversations and...

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09:21
Rumor: Apple asking TV networks to pick up...

Apple may be asking other parties to pick up the tab when it comes to handling the costs and responsibilities of its proposed streaming video service.

Apple, in turn, will provide the content.

Industry executives have indicated that Apple has asked the TV networks to take on both the cost and responsibility of running Apple’s proposed streaming services which Apple would like to launch next fall.

This isn’t entirely new, as many networks and services work with content delivery networks and other providers for such tasks.

Streaming costs aren’t known to be prohibitively expensive, which is what’s...

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09:16
9to5Toys Last Call: 11″ MacBook Air (early 2014) $...

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09:10
Wired chronicles the history and development of the...

Ahead of the Apple Watch debut later this month, Wired's David Pierce interviewed Apple's Kevin Lynch, who left Adobe in 2013 and joined the Cupertino company. The long-form article doesn't focus on Lynch exclusively; rather it chronices the history and development of the Apple Watch.

In his conversation, Lynch reveals that Apple developed the Watch to solve a problem it created with the iPhone -- too much time interacting with a phone and not enough undistracted time with other people.

“We’re so connected, kind of ever-presently, with technology now,” Lynch says. “People are carrying their phones with them and looking at the screen so much.” They’ve glared down their noses at those who bury themselves in their phones at the dinner table and then absentmindedly thrust hands into their own pockets at every ding or buzz. “People want that level of engagement,” Lynch says. “But how do we provide it in a way...

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09:02
Apple's iPhone grows to 27.6% of Chinese...

The iPhone's share of the Chinese smartphone market rose to a new all-time high of 27.6 percent in a three-month period ending in February, driven primarily by sales of the iPhone 6, according to industry research data published on Thursday.

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09:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 040 on Xamarin...

In this episode, Jeremy Thake introduces the show with Richard diZerega and Frank Marasco. The main interview this week is with James Montemagno from Xamarin.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP40.mp3

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09:00
Microsoft brings its OneNote scanner to the iPhone...



Microsoft is bringing its OneNote scanner app called Office Lens to the iPhone after first launching on Windows Phone a year ago. Office Lens is similar to other on-the-go scanner apps letting you use your iPhone camera to capture information from receipts, documents, and other information around you. Office Lens is different, however, because it’s connected directly with OneNote, Microsoft’s cloud-syncing notebook service.

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09:00
OneNote—a collective ripple

The OneNote team can proudly say that the power of the collective has resonated throughout the country.

Shortly after our first event that honored University of Central Florida engineering student Albert Manero, The Collective Project and Robert Downey Jr. collaborated to surprise Alex—a child in need of a bionic arm—with his own Iron Man arm. We were all blown away by the power that story had as it circulated the Internet immediately after Robert Downey Jr. released the video on March 12th. The touching video brought tears to viewers everywhere, and thanks to the generous people involved, we all discovered the stunning impact that one action has when people selflessly come together to create something for the greater good.

After making a huge splash, it was time to give a new group of...

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09:00
BeyondCore’s new apps for Office helps find insights...

Imagine an analyst who can quickly analyze and present data to help you see if you are meeting your business objectives such as increase profits, reduce costs or decrease patient length of stay. The analyst then repeatedly queries your data to select the best ten or so graphs that you should see based on your business objective. Your analyst conducts multiple statistical tests to rule out graphs that could mislead you because the visual pattern is driven by outliers. Finally the output is a Word or PowerPoint report that walks you through each graph and explains how to accurately interpret each. And your analyst can do all this work in seconds; all you need is to know how to use Microsoft Office. Sounds like a fantasy? Well the Excel team is helping BeyondCore, a recognized leader in Smart Pattern Discovery, to bring this to reality right inside of Excel and the rest of the Office apps.

The U.S. faces a shortage of 140,000 to 190,000...

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09:00
Office Lens comes to iPhone and Android

Just over a year ago, we introduced Office Lens for Windows Phone—and over that time the app has become one of the most popular free apps on Windows Phone, with an average rating of 4.6 stars (out of 5) from more than 18,500 reviews.

Today, we’re releasing Office Lens for iPhone and Android phones.

Office Lens is a handy capture app that turns your smartphone into a pocket scanner and it works with OneNote so you’ll never lose a thing. Use it to take pictures of receipts, business cards, menus, whiteboards or sticky notes—then let Office Lens crop, enhance and save to OneNote. Just like that—all the scanned images you capture from Office Lens are accessible on all your devices.

Office Lens for iPhone is available for free at the Apple App Store. Here’s a quick look at some of the more...

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09:00
Next on Modern Workplace—globalization of the...

With 34.5 million workers employed worldwide by U.S. multinational companies, today’s workplace is truly borderless. Organizations are competing for top talent on a global scale and employees need to collaborate effectively across multiple cultures, languages and time zones.

Register now to watch Modern Workplace live on April 7th, and hear directly from two global leadership experts about how to span geographical and cultural boundaries to create a culture of collaboration that makes your business more efficient and agile—no matter where employees are located. We’ll also look at how Office 365 tools can be used to bring teams together, drive innovation and improve efficiency across the global enterprise.

Globalization of the workforce

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08:52
KGI: 4 inch iPhone ‘unlikely’ for 2015, Force Touch...

In a new report from KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo, the analyst claims that a new four inch iPhone is unlikely for 2015. This contradicts some recent reports and supposed 4-inch ‘6C’ case leaks, but KGI is generally more reliable than other analysts. We would still be wary of any such predictions however, given that mass production of iPhone models will not be started for a few months giving plenty of time for Apple to change plans.

KGI also notes that whilst the next-generation 4.7 and 5.5 inch iPhones will feature pressure-sensitive Force Touch technology, it will work differently to what customers will see in the Apple Watch, new MacBook and updated 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro...

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08:49
Apple Reveals Inventive Next-Gen Stackable MagSafe...

Earlier today we posted a patent report about a new connector titled "Apple Invents Inductive Charging Interfaces for Mobile Devices." The new connector used magnetic retention like MagSafe. In a second major patent relating to next-generation MagSafe connectors, Apple introduces us to stackable MagSafe connectors ...

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08:48
Wireless carrier support and features for iPhone in...

Choose your region to learn about the wireless carriers in your country.

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08:40
Rumor: Apple to bring Force Touch components, other...

Apple may be bringing its Force Touch technology to the next generation of iPhones along with other changes.

A recent source has indicated that Apple partner TPK could be the sole supplier of force sensing components for the iPhone 6S Plus and Apple Watch. If true, it’s estimated that the parts could increase the cost of the 6s Plus by US$13 to US$14, compared to the US$4 to US$5 it is believed to cost for each Apple Watch.

Such a move would follow Apple’s current practice of integrating more advanced technology in the larger iPhone. The iPhone 6 Plus boasts an optically-stabilized camera, an option that the smaller iPhone 6...

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08:37
Skype iOS app adding language support for Vietnamese...

Skype is about to add support for 12 new languages to its iOS app in an update arriving over the next week.

The new languages include Croatian, Slovak, Catalan, Vietnamese, Thai, Hindi, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Malay, Turkish, and Estonian.

The update follows version 5.11 released last month with language support for Czech, Romanian and Ukrainian.

The new Skype app, version 5.12, will be available on the App Store sometime in the coming week.

Skype’s Qik iPhone app is also receiving an update today:

We created 8 new...

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08:24
iPhone's Force Touch Tech May Track Contact...

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a respectable track record at reporting on Apple's upcoming plans, issued a note to investors on Thursday that claims the next-generation iPhone will have a FPC-made capacitive Force Touch sensor under the backlight, laminated with metal shielding. Kuo adds that the change may be significant enough for Apple to call its next iPhone the "iPhone 7" instead of the so-called "iPhone 6s."

The analyst claims that the hardware design of Force Touch will be different than the technology used in the Apple Watch and 12-inch Retina MacBook. Instead of directly detecting the pressure applied by fingers, the new improved Force Touch hardware will monitor the contact area where a finger presses to determine how much pressure is being applied. The sensor will use capacitive technology and thin FPC material to save space."We believe that iPhone’s Force Touch sensor doesn’t directly detect the pressure applied by fingers. Instead, it monitors...

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08:15
Apple modeling Apple Watch try-on/appointment...

The scheduling and appointment-based changes that seem to be effective for the Genius Bar will apparently be used for Apple Watch try-ons and appointments.

Recently, sources have indicated that Apple will be focusing on appointments to try on and view the Apple Watch upon its release later this month. These changes, which are similar to those that have been implemented at the Genius Bar (wherein the Genius Bar will handle walk-in appointments by taking a customer’s cell phone number, encouraging them to walk around and then texting updates as to their waiting times), will also be used for Apple Watch customers.

Interestingly, Apple Watch...

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07:53
Force Touch for iPhone expected to bring about most...

Apple may name this year's iPhone upgrade the "iPhone 7," instead of the "iPhone 6s," because the addition of Force Touch input will represent such a significant change to the user interface, according to one well-connected insider.

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07:47
Even the Apple Watch was searching for a problem to...

When Apple started dreaming up a smartwatch in 2011, it didn’t know exactly why people would need such a thing.

The actual problem that the Apple Watch will try to solve—saving us from staring at our phones all the time—was determined later in the development process, according to an exclusive Wired story that interviews key Apple personnel.

The story points out that Jony Ive, Apple’s senior vice president of design, first thought about a watch in October 2011, after Steve Jobs died. He then took the idea to Alan Dye, head of Apple’s human interface group, along with others in the company’s design studio, which at the time was designing iOS 7.

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07:45
Review: Buying a contract free, certified used Apple...

Apple and most third-party vendors charge a hefty sum for a new, out-of-the-box iPhone, especially an unlocked model, but there is an alternative in the form of resale services such as Gazelle, which AppleInsider recently put to the test by ordering an iPhone 6.

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07:41
Resolve USB-related alerts in iTunes

If there's an issue with the USB connection to your device, you might see an alert message like "iPhone has timed out" or "error 9" or your device might unexpectedly disconnect when syncing.

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07:30
TrueCrypt cryptographic audit turns up little to fear

Most desktop cryptography relies on software created and maintained by corporations, often (not always) based on open standards, but requiring a level of trust in that firm’s ability to resist government efforts to weaken it as well as believing they can validate and audit their own code well enough to find and then repair serious flaws.

Open-source projects, whether in the world of free software or other license structures, supposedly had the advantage that anyone could examine the code for flaws or injections.

That’s turned out not to be the case, but things are getting better.

Truly cryptic

TrueCrypt is open-source virtual and full-disk encryption software that remains the only viable multiplatform option one could recommend that wasn’t tied to a company. The independent project was developed by anonymous programmers for a decade; they still aren’t identified. It works in Windows XP and later,...

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07:26
What to do after you change your Apple ID email...

After you change your Apple ID email address or password, you might need to update your sign-in information with any Apple services that you're using.

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07:23
Rumor: Apple may limit Force Touch to the next-gen...

If Apple's pressure-sensing Force Touch technology does make its way to the next generation of iPhones, a new report from Taiwan suggests that it may be exclusive to the so-called "iPhone 6s Plus."

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07:20
FotoMagico 4.5.5 - Powerful slideshow creator with...

FotoMagico lets you create professional slideshows from your photos and music with just a few, simple mouse clicks. It sports a very clean and intuitive yet powerful user interface. High image quality, fast performance, and user flexibility were some of the design goals for this application.

Create the most spectacular slideshows:

  • Scale, move, rotate, zoom or pan around your images to highlight that part that matters the most.
  • Your slides fit together perfectly with the new, gorgeous transitions.
  • Provide more meaning with subtle titles here and there.

Perform a breathtaking show:

  • Your slideshow uses the best possible resolution of your presentation device.
  • Use large displays, HDTV screens and other high resolution devices.
  • Even on a VGA projector, your photos will look better with FotoMagico.

Your audience will want to take it home:

  • Burn DVDs of your...

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07:09
Microsoft updates Outlook for iOS with new address...

The busy iOS developers at Microsoft have released an update to Outlook that features a new address book and improvements to calendar. 

First off, the People section now displays all contacts, not just the top few. Those who use Office 365 or Exchange Server at work can now search the global address list from the app. 

Meanwhile, the calendar now offers a three-day view in landscape mode and an improved day picker. Additionally, you can now easily remove cancelled appointments. 

Go and grab it and enjoy the newness now.

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07:04
Adobe announces storytelling app for the iPad

Adobe has launched Slate, a new free iPad app that lets you turn words and images into a story that can be published as laid-out Web content, in minutes.

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07:00
Review: Griffin’s iTrip Bluetooth adds wireless...

Twelve years have passed since Griffin released its first iTrip, a breakthrough FM transmitter that enabled iPods to send music wirelessly to car and home stereos. The original model, a glossy white housing that sat atop early iPods like a tube of Chapstick, effectively defined iPod accessories for an entire generation of early adopters. And it was fun, too: using an radio antenna and brilliant software, iTrip could flood an empty FM radio channel with iPod music, acting like a pocket-sized pirate radio station.

Everything changed when the FCC cracked down on FM transmitters, forcing reductions in broadcasting power that made iTrips (and numerous competitors) sound staticky, reducing their appeal. Around the same time, Apple and car companies transitioned to better-...

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06:54
Force Touch Could Be Exclusive to 'iPhone 6s...

Apple's pressure-sensing Force Touch technology could be exclusive to the so-called "iPhone 6s Plus," according to Taiwan's Economic Daily News (via GforGames). The report, which claims Taiwanese manufacturer TPK will be responsible for supplying Apple with the Force Touch sensors, makes no mention of the "iPhone 6s," leading to speculation that the technology could be reserved for the larger iPhone 6s Plus.

It has been reported that Apple will include Force Touch technology on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus on at least three occasions since the beginning of this year. TechNews Taiwan reported that the iPhone 6s will gain Force Touch and 2GB of RAM in January, while AppleInsider...

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06:32
LibreOffice 4.4.2.2 - Free, open-source office suite...

LibreOffice is an office suite (word processor, spreadsheet, presentations, drawing tool) compatible with other major office suites. The Document Foundation is coordinating development and maintenance of this OpenOffice.org fork.

Many different language versions are available here.



Version 4.4.2.2:

  • Bug fixes



  • OS X 10.8 or later



Download Now

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06:31
Apple Watch designers detail years of research and...

The Apple Watch underwent many iterations and refinements before its designers felt it would be comfortable to use on the wrist, including over a year of adjustments on the Taptic Engine alone, according to a new profile published on Thursday.

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06:27
Kevin Lynch and Alan Dye Share Behind-the-Scenes...

In a new interview with Wired, Apple vice president of technology Kevin Lynch and head of human interface design Alan Dye shed some light on the intricate origins of the Apple Watch, from its secretive beginnings to its legacy in a post-Steve Jobs Apple.

Leaving a job at Adobe, Lynch walked onto the Apple Watch project blind and found a team of Apple engineers working away with bare-bones prototypes that included everything from vague sketches to the inclusion of an old-school iPod click wheel.

The team created a new typeface, San Francisco, specifically for the Watch
Lynch was immediately tasked with spearheading the group in designing a wrist-worn device that would, as Wired points out, aim to be Apple's fourth major game changer following the iPod, iPhone and iPad.
Apple decided to make a watch and only then set out to discover what it might be good for (besides...

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06:22
Apple camera patent would allow high-resolution...

If you were wondering why Apple has ignored the megapixel race and stuck to a modest 8MP camera in its latest iPhones when almost every other manufacturer is cramming in as many pixels as physically possible, it’s all about image quality. While more pixels allow you to blow up photos to larger sizes, that comes at a cost. Squeezing more pixels into a tiny sensor means more noise, reducing quality, especially in low-light situations like bars and parties.

A clever patent granted today could allow future iPhones to have the best of both worlds, allowing higher-...

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06:11
External Link: Stolen iPhone Turns BuzzFeed Writer...

Matt Stopera’s iPhone was stolen at a bar in New York City. Whatever. A year later, photos from a guy in China start appearing in his iCloud photo stream. OK, that’s weird. Then he writes an article about it on BuzzFeed, and his story goes viral. In China. Now it’s getting stranger by the minute. Finally, he travels to China to meet the guy who ended up with his phone. That’s where it becomes truly insane, but also turns into a lovely tale of friendship across language and cultural barriers. Read it now, or if you’re really busy, you can wait for the movie. Yes, the movie.

 

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06:00
First look: Adobe Slate for iPad is an easy-to-use...

Building on a growing base of mobile creativity app offerings, Adobe on Thursday launched Slate, an iPad-only tool that lets users construct and publish online visually striking presentations, newsletters, reports and more.

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06:00
Adobe Slate lets you publish magazine-like stories...

Adobe is out today with its latest app for content creators on the iPad. The new Adobe Slate app is available for free and joins the similar Voice app Adobe launched last May. Where Adobe Voice focused on using the iPad and later the iPhone for story telling with the spokenword backed by visual elements, the new Adobe Slate app pairs text with fluid and customizable attractive layouts that look great whether you’re a designer or not.

Adobe Slate lets you publish written word around the web with rich design helping to tell your story. A story published by the app is called a Slate.

While a Slate is created from the iPad, anyone...

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05:50
European Commission 'Concerned' About...

European regulators are scrutinizing Apple's discussions with record labels for its much-rumored streaming music service, according to Financial Times. The report claims the European Commission has contacted several labels and digital music companies to request information about their agreements with Apple, although these actions do not guarantee it will launch a formal antitrust investigation.

The report, citing people familiar with the matter, claims that the European Commission is "concerned" that Apple will use its size and influence to persuade the music groups to abandon free, ad-supported services such as Spotify. Apple has nearly 1 billion iTunes users, and the company could face hefty fines and be required to change its business practises if committed of wrongdoing.

Apple is expected to launch a revamped...

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05:45
Apple Invents Water Tight iDevice Buttons

Apple began working on various waterproofing methods for iDevices back in 2010 and in 2013 devised a waterproofing nano coating. In March we posted a report covering Apple's most advanced invention on waterproofing to date titled "Apple Invents a Waterproofing Method for Future iDevices using Hydrophobic Conformal Coatings and Silicon Seals." Today ...

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05:35
External Link: Behind the Scenes of the Apple Watch

David Pierce of Wired offers an exclusive inside look at the development of the Apple Watch. While the watch was Apple SVP of Design Jony Ive’s vision, it was Kevin Lynch, Adobe’s former CTO who publicly battled Steve Jobs over Flash, who made it a product. The concept behind the Apple Watch is an interesting one: the iPhone is ruining your life, and it’s the Apple Watch’s mission to separate you from your phone. Pierce gives us a look at the Apple Watch’s rough beginnings, such as the original velcro strap, and a digital crown dongle created for the iPhone. It took more than a year for the Apple Watch team to perfect its sounds and taps to Jony Ive’s satisfaction.

 

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05:28
European antitrust authorities investigating Apple’s...

Apple’s planned rebranding and relaunch of the Beats streaming music service has not had the easiest of rides. The launch, initially planned for earlier this year, was delayed by the departure of key execs and difficulties integrating Beats and Apple technologies. A planned $5/month price-point had to be abandoned in favor of an attempt at $7.99/month when music labels wouldn’t play ball, and that too now looks increasingly unlikely even though Google Play offered...

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05:10
Apple Watch Featured on Cover of Canadian Fashion...

Apple Watch continues to be marketed around the world leading up to its highly-anticipated launch in April, this time making its Canadian debut in the upcoming May issue of fashion magazine Flare. The publication features actress Hailee Steinfeld wearing an Apple Watch Sport on two separate covers in both silver and space gray, accompanied by an article listing things you can do with your Apple Watch.

In addition to the fashion shoot, the magazine outlines more than a dozen ways the Apple Watch can be used beyond timekeeping, such as for ordering a coffee, boarding a flight, learning a new language, hailing a cab, managing finances, tracking health and fitness, identifying songs, controlling a vehicle, becoming a karaoke star, controlling an Apple TV, unlocking a hotel...

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05:05
EU scrutinizing record labels over potential deals...

With Apple expected to rebrand and relaunch its acquired Beats Music service this summer, the company has already come under the watchful eye of the European Union, which has begun probing the company's plans even before the product is made official.

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05:00
Obama Draws Cyber Line in Sand


President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed an executive order that gives the Secretary of Treasury the authority to impose sanctions on entities found responsible for or complicit in carrying out a cyberattack harmful to U.S. interests. The Secretary of Treasury will have to consult with the Secretary of State and the Attorney General before enacting the powers granted under the order. "Starting today, we're giving notice to those who pose significant threats to our security or economy," said Obama.

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04:45
Like all mobile wallets before it, Apple Pay...

A recent study published by market research company Phoenix Marketing International found that 47 percent of all Apple Pay users shopping in a participating store were not able to use Apple Pay to complete a transaction at least once.

The finding reflects one of the biggest stumbling blocks that Apple Pay and its competitors face in trying to get people to adopt mobile payments—the fact that no payment platform can control the experience a customer has when they walk into a brick-and-mortar store.

Phoenix surveyed 3,000 people about their smartphone shopping habits. 523 of those were iPhone 6 users (currently the only model on which Apple Pay works), 350 were Apple Pay adopters (linking a card to the service), and 302 had made a purchase at least once in the four months since Apple Pay was introduced in late October.

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04:38
Kool Tools: Tune-Instructor for Mac OS X

Tibor Andre's Tune-Instructor for Mac OS X has been revved to version 3.5, which provides 25 workflow options for organizing iTunes files, plus playback controls.

With the software, users can organize their song libraries, lyrics, artwork, files, and folders however they wish. The menu bar controller launches an optional Track Info window, which can display song information and scrolling lyrics. Hovering over the menu bar expands the interactive info window and disappears when you move the mouse.

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04:33
Apple Watch graces cover of Canada's '...

Academy Award nominated actress Hailee Steinfeld wears an Apple Watch Sport on the latest cover of popular Canadian fashion magazine Flare, in the latest cover story for Apple's soon-to-launch wearable.

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04:33
Mobile, casual gaming fuels gaming content markets

Overall, ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com) expects the video game market to pass US$80 billion in 2020, growing from under $70 billion in 2014.

Mobile gaming is behind nearly all of this projected growth, with the traditional PC and console segments seeing 1 to 2% annual growth. Triple-A titles have the potential to dramatically change a developer/publisher’s financials, but gaming’s long tail is equally important to the continued growth of the industry.

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04:24
Apple Invents Inductive Charging Interfaces for...

On April 02, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals new inductive charging interfaces with magnetic retention for electronic devices and accessories. To date, Apple has filed a for a patent regarding "Wireless charging via Near Field Magnetic Resonance," while implementing USB Type-C ...

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03:58
Informationen zum Sicherheitsinhalt des iOS 5-...

Dieses Dokument beschreibt den Sicherheitsinhalt des iOS 5-Softwareupdates.

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03:58
iPhone: Erkennen der nur für China bestimmten...

Die mit dem iPhone 4s (und neuer) in der Volksrepublik China mitgelieferten Ohrhörer unterscheiden sich (aufgrund der behördlichen Bestimmungen) von denen, die in anderen Teilen der Welt ausgeliefert werden. Dieser Artikel zeigt Ihnen, wie Sie diese Kopfhörer erkennen können, und erörtert, mit welchen Produkten diese kompatibel sind.

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03:58
Informationen zum Sicherheitsinhalt des iOS 4.3.2-...

In diesem Dokument wird der Sicherheitsinhalt des iOS 4.3.2-Softwareupdates beschrieben.

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03:58
iOS 5: Grundlagen zu den Ortungsdiensten

In diesem Artikel erhalten Sie einen Überblick über die verschiedenen Ortungsdienste, die auf einem Gerät mit iOS 5 (iPhone, iPad und iPod touch) zur Bestimmung Ihrer Position verwendet werden können. 

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03:58
Informationen zum Sicherheitsinhalt von iOS 4.3

In diesem Dokument wird der Sicherheitsinhalt von iOS 4.3 beschrieben.

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03:58
iPhone: Informationen zu Notfallwarnungen für Japan

Hier erhalten Sie Informationen zu den Notfallwarnungen, die in Japan für Ihr iPhone erhältlich sind. Vom japanischen Wetterdienst oder der japanischen Regierung werden Warnmeldungen bereitgestellt.

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03:58
Informationen zum Sicherheitsinhalt des iOS 4.2.7-...

In diesem Dokument wird der Sicherheitsinhalt des iOS 4.2.7-Softwareupdates beschrieben.

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03:58
iOS: Mitteilungszentrale und Kontrollzentrum mit...

Hier erfahren Sie, wie Sie die Mitteilungszentrale oder das Kontrollzentrum öffnen, wenn VoiceOver aktiviert ist.

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03:58
Informationen zum Sicherheitsinhalt des iOS 5.0.1-...

In diesem Dokument wird der Sicherheitsinhalt von iOS 5.0.1 beschrieben.

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03:48
Thunderbird 31.6.0 - Email client from Mozilla. (...

As of July 2012, Thunderbird has transitioned to a new governance model, with new features being developed by the broader free software and open source community, and security fixes and improvements handled by Mozilla.

Thunderbird is a free, open-source, cross-platform e-mail and news client developed by the Mozilla Foundation. The project strategy is modeled after Mozilla Firefox, a project aimed at creating a Web browser.



Version 31.6.0: Security Fixes

  • Same-origin bypass through anchor navigation
  • CORS requests should not follow 30x redirections after preflight
  • resource:// documents can load privileged pages
  • Use-after-free when using the Fluendo MP3 GStreamer plugin
  • Miscellaneous memory safety hazards (rv:37.0 / rv:31.6)



  • OS X 10.6 or later
  • ...

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03:30
The plying game: An inside look at the voracious,...

Reviews are the lifeblood of online sales—as buyers, we rely heavily on the opinions of others to help inform our decisions. Sure, we research potential purchases first, but ultimately the one- to five-star ratings beside the things we want to buy are often the final arbiters over whether we add something to our carts or move along.

When it comes to the App Store, that rudimentary rating system is taken to the utmost degree. Our window to buy is often measured in seconds, and the majority of our purchases are based on impulse rather than need. Even if you’re looking for a specific kind of game or utility, the star rating holds a disproportionate amount of weight, especially when the app you’re considering is sandwiched between a dozen search results. Few of us do a much comparison shopping before we settle on which “Get” button to tap, so we place a great deal of trust in the cumulative score reflecting prior users’ level of satisfaction.

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03:03
Apple invention details single-sensor, multi-lens...

An Apple patent filing published Thursday describes a mechanism capable of directing light from two apertures onto a single image sensor, facilitating smaller iPhone form factors while ensuring identical image quality from both front- and rear-facing cameras.

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03:00
Tweetbot 1.6.2 - Popular Twitter client. (Commercial)

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

Features

  • Multiple Timelines. Quickly switch between your lists as your main timeline.
  • Multiple Windows and Columns. Display timelines from different accounts side by side.
  • Notification Center support.
  • Beautiful Retina graphics.
  • Mute filters lets you block messages from users without unfollowing them. You can also mute hashtags and specific keywords.
  • Sync timeline position, direct message read statuses, and mute filters between your Mac, iPhone, and iPad via iCloud.
  • Support for multiple services like Pocket, Instapaper, Readability, CloudApp, and Droplr.
  • Save drafts, add locations and POI's, attach photos/videos, manage your lists, and much more.
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02:57
Apple's Invention Covering the Butterfly Hinge...

On April 2, 2015, The European Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's patent application WO2015047612 that reveals their new butterfly hinge mechanism that debuted with the new MacBook earlier in March. This is another patent fulfilled.

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00:36
WSJ: EU is gearing up to file antitrust lawsuit...

Google might have avoided going to court over antitrust charges in the US, but it could still face a lawsuit in Europe. According to the Wall Street Journal, the European Commission has started asking companies that filed complaints against Google's ...

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00:00
HTC's One M8s revises last year's flagship...

We may have just peeled the cellophane off HTC's One M9 flagship, but there's still life left in its predecessor. Today, we (well, those in Europe) get to meet the HTC One M8s -- a revised version of last year's top billing handset. What does a lower...

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Wednesday April 1

22:51
Philips expands smart lighting lineup with Hue Go...

Announced on Thursday, Philips' new Hue Go lamp introduces portability and autonomy to the company's iOS-connected Hue smart lighting range of products.

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22:30
The Hue Go puts wireless lighting anywhere in your...

Philips has just unveiled a mobile addition to its venerable line of programmable LED Hue bulbs. It's called the Hue Go and is basically a salad bowl of light that you can hold in your lap (because people do that apparently?) or use as an accent or s...

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21:01
Nikon's dive into 4K starts with the 1 J5...

Nikon's bread-and-butter business may be its entry-level and high-end DSLRs, but the point-and-shoot and mirrorless models are equally as important to the company. This is particularly true now more than ever, as these cheaper cameras begin to lose g...

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21:00
How to Say “No Thanks” to Verizon’s Supercookie

A supercookie may sound like a delicious treat, but it’s a threat to your privacy. If you’re a Verizon Wireless customer, read on to find out how to avoid it.

 

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20:49
Duck-like US Navy drone can fly or swim to hunt...

There are plenty of flying and swimming drones, but you'd ideally have both at once for sub-hunting -- you want something that can poke its head underwater, but move quickly through the air when needed. The US Navy certainly knows this. It's developi...

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18:47
Citi lays out five reasons why Apple stock, growth...

Citi analyst Jim Suva believes investors and the Street are seriously underestimating Apple's growth potential, especially related to iPhone 6 performance, saying he expects AAPL to beat consensus for March quarter sales by at least $1 billion.

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18:37
Geekbench results from 12-inch MacBook show similar...

Even though the device is not yet available, an early unboxing gave us a hands-on look at Apple’s upcoming 12-inch Retina MacBook this morning, and now Geekbench results from the device have emerged giving us a look at what kind of performance we can expect from it. The Geekbench process tested the performance of the entry-level 12-inch Retina MacBook, which packs an Intel Core M-5Y31 processor clocked at 1.1GHz with Turbo Boost to 2.4GHz.

The 12-inch Retina MacBook was put through its paces twice...

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18:00
Today in the App Store -- Tweetdeck, Figure and more

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today's notable apps include a discount on Figure, the new Boss Monster game and an update to Tweetdeck for OS X. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Flic – Delete & Manage Camera Roll | Easily Delete Photos to Increase Disk Space [Now free, down from $$1.99] Clean up valuable storage memory on your phone by easily deleting pictures from your camera roll with ease.

Figure [Now free, down from $0.99] Got three minutes and want to make some music? Figure is the fun music-making app for instant inspiration.

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17:00
Take the stage at Microsoft Ignite!

We’ve just opened the Call for Content for community-presented sessions at Microsoft Ignite in Chicago, IL, May 4-8 2015. These sessions are a great opportunity to share your hard-won expertise and best practices with other attendees at the event. The 20-minute sessions will be delivered by community members to attendees in the Lounge theaters located in the Expo Hall during lunchtime Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, May 5-7 2015.

To submit a session proposal, go to the Call for Content (RSVP code = Ign!t3) and provide:

  • Twitter handle
  • Blog URL
  • Title and abstract (Note: No third-party pitches)
  • List program membership if any: MVP, RD, MCT, user group lead
  • Note, you must be a registered attendee to speak at or attend a session

For these community sessions, we will supply the following logistical support...

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16:45
∞ The Loop Magazine is back in the App Store

I woke up this morning to see that The Loop Magazine was no longer available for download on the App Store. This comes at a time when I’m trying to get the magazine back on track, and it was working. The magazine was climbing the charts on Newsstand and was No. 1 in downloads and No. 3 in grossing for the Computers and Internet section. We’re trying to track down the problem.

Worse, some subscribers were sent the following letter today. All I can ask is for you to check your subscription and make sure it’s active. For a publication that doesn’t offer any ads, I rely on the subscriptions to pay for it every month. I appreciate the support.

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16:40
First 12-inch MacBook unboxing video hits

If you’ve been hankering for an early unboxing video of Apple’s new 12-inch MacBook, you’ve got it.

It’s in Vietnamese.

Still, it’s an unboxing video, a bit early and it shows the new 29-watt power brick, 2-meter charging cable and brand new USB Type C connectors.

The company appears to have eschewed the longer power cord that it includes with its other notebook, though the power brick does feature interchangeable plugs. Also gone are the flip-up winding posts that have long adorned Apple’s power bricks.

The charging cord itself appears somewhat thicker and stiffer than those attached to Apple’s MagSafe connectors. The UCB type C plugs look like larger versions of the...

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16:31
AOL Usernames can no longer be used with the iTunes...

As of April 1, 2015, AOL Usernames can no longer be used to sign in to the iTunes Store. If you didn't manually convert your AOL Username before April 1, your Username has been automatically converted to an Apple ID.

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16:25
Apple's ultra-thin 12-inch MacBook benchmarks...

Fresh benchmark statistics posted to the Web on Wednesday suggest Apple's upcoming 12-inch MacBook laptop will perform at levels commensurate of older MacBook Air models from 2011.

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16:11
iCloud Photo Library beta FAQ

iCloud Photo Library works seamlessly with the new Photos app to keep your photos and videos stored in iCloud and up to date on your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, on iCloud.com, and soon on your Mac.

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16:07
If you can't make or receive FaceTime calls

FaceTime requires a broadband connection, and works best with a fast network.

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16:02
Early Benchmarks Put Retina MacBook CPU Performance...

Though the Retina MacBook isn't officially launching until April 10, an early 64-bit Geekbench benchmark of the entry-level machine was spotted this afternoon, giving us our first glimpse at how the new ultra thin MacBook measures up to existing products in Apple's notebook line.

The 1.1GHz entry-level Retina MacBook with an Intel Core M-5Y31 processor was benchmarked twice, giving two single-core scores of 1924 and 2044, and multi-core scores of 4038 and 4475. Comparatively, the 2015 entry-level MacBook Air with a 1.6GHz Intel Core i5 processor has seen scores in the neighborhood of 2881 (single-core) and 5757 (multi-core), so it's a good bit faster than the new MacBook.

Performance wise, the Retina MacBook seems to be par with the higher-end 2011 MacBook Air with a 1.8GHz Core...

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15:30
AWT News Update: April 1, 2015

Our top non-prank news stories for this April Fools' Day:

  • Apple and IBM release another eight apps in the MobileFirst Collection
  • Chinese iPad and iPhone owners can now trade in older models for credit on new devices
  • Vietnamese website Tinhte.vn does the first unboxing video and photos of the new 12-inch Retina display MacBook
  • Apple's asking streaming partners to cover the cost and infrastructure required

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15:15
Re-download or transfer your iTunes Store purchases...

If you purchased items from the iTunes Store and you've stored them on only your iOS device or iPod, you can transfer them to any computer that is authorized with your Apple ID.

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15:14
MacBook Pro and MacBook Pro with Retina display...

Learn how to adjust graphics performance on your MacBook Pro or MacBook Pro with Retina display computer

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15:11
Find My iPhone Activation Lock

Find My iPhone includes a feature called Activation Lock that is designed to prevent anyone else from using your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch if it's ever lost or stolen. Activation Lock is enabled automatically when you turn on Find My iPhone on a device using iOS 7 or later.

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15:08
iCloud: Unsaved documents in Apple apps that use...
15:01
Google Goes Crazy for Chromebooks


Google has announced two new budget-busting Chromebook computers, a tablet/notebook convertible with a full swivel screen, and a Chrome computer-on-a-stick. The Haier Chromebook 11 and the Hisense Chromebook both are available for preorder for $149. The Asus Chromebook Flip will hit the market this spring with a $249 price tag. The Asus Chromebit will be available this summer for less than $100. "Chromebooks ... could and should put increasing pressure on lower-end PCs and laptops," said Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT.

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14:41
Xsan, Lion Server: Issues saving a file to an Xsan...

In OS X Lion and Lion Server v10.7 through v10.7.2, if a file on a locally mounted Xsan volume has been edited by multiple users on different systems, you may see the following alert message when trying to save the file: "The operation couldn’t be completed. (GSLibraryErrorDomain error 1.)"

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT200163

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14:30
The Week in iOS Accessories: Apple Watch accessories...

Even more stuff for the Apple Watch

This week’s roundup of iOS accessories includes even more items for Apple Watch. But don’t worry: We’ve still got stuff for your iPhone and iPad.

Bandstand

The Bandstand is a do-it-all charging dock—the stand is focused on charging your new Apple Watch, of course, but the base offers room to plug in your iPhone and iPad as well. Sign up now if you want to buy it later; the Bandstand won’t ship until summer.

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14:14
Farhad Manjoo on the Samsung Galaxy S6

Farhad Manjoo for The New York Times:

The S6 phones are made out of aluminum and glass rather than the plastic in Samsung’s older phones. Both the S6 and S6 Edge strongly resemble Apple’s iPhone. The S6 in particular looks like Apple’s brother from another mother. Samsung has also co-opted many of the design ideas for which its fans have long criticized Apple. The new Galaxys no longer offer a removable battery, for example, or a slot for add-on storage cards, and unlike the Galaxy S5, the S6es aren’t waterproof.

And

But if the new phones are beautiful and functional, they are still something of a pain to use. The S6 and S6 Edge run Samsung’s modified version of Google’s Android operating system. Despite Samsung’s engineers’ efforts to clean up the software, the phone’s interface is a hodgepodge of odd design decisions and overly complicated functions.

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13:57
Apple reportedly asking providers handle cost and...

Apple is laying the the cost and responsibility of streaming infrastructure on TV networks participating in its upcoming subscription Internet TV service, according to industry executives quoted in a Wednesday report.

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13:53
Apple Looking for TV Networks to Bear Streaming...

For its upcoming streaming TV service, Apple is asking its content partners to take on the job of streaming television shows and movies to its customers, reports Re/code. Rather than hosting streaming content itself, Apple is requesting that its partners build out the necessary infrastructure and take on the related costs.Apple is asking TV networks to handle the responsibility and cost of the streaming infrastructure associated with its Web video service, industry executives say. That issue is one of many unresolved questions about the proposed service, which Apple would like to launch next fall but can't until it lines up programming deals.Negotiations for the streaming service are reportedly being conducted by iTunes chief Eddy Cue, who has told networks and potential partners that Apple wants to concentrate on software and hardware, areas where it...

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13:46
∞ Van Halen Performs “Hot for Teacher” and “Eruption...

Hot for Teacher, Eruption/You Really Got Me and if you were wondering why Dave has a bandage on his nose

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13:01
Xsan 2: Xsan Admin displays an authentication alert...

When using Xsan Admin on a Mac that has been configured to use an HTTPS proxy, you may encounter unexpected authentication issues when connecting to Xsan systems. The following alert may appear: "Authentication failures occurred. Not all clients were successfully authenticated."

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT200022

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13:00
Accessible Apple: April Newsletter

===Accessible Apple===

By: Alex Jurgensen

Hello, and welcome to a new edition of the Accessible Apple newsletter. For those of us in the blind community, I have to sadly report that our cry for equal access to the new Mac OS and Newton has gone unanswered for yet another month. What's up with that, Apple?

Well, I guess that wasn't a surprise. I mean, it was them after all that changed APIs so much that the Alva Access Group decided not to update Outspoken (1). I'm really beginning to lose hope that someone will write a screen reader for the new Mac OS. At this point, the only way I could see the Mac becoming accessible again would be if Apple were to write their own screen reader in-house, but we all know that'll never happen!!!

In other news, there have been a number of exciting developments in the Assistive Tech world since I wrote last month's newsletter. It appears that most of the industry isn't waiting for Apple to catch up accessibility-wise and...

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12:40
Homeless Canadians brought to tears by the mean...

CBC:

Usually a “mean tweets” video ends in laughter, but this one ends in tears.

A new campaign by the non-profit organization Raising the Roof features people dealing with homelessness reading the mean things people have said about them on social media aloud.

The goal? To get people to see that those who have nowhere to live are human beings too.

Having been homeless myself for a period of time, I felt the pain these people went through as they read these cruel and pointless tweets. If you can help, please do. If you can’t, leave these people alone.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:37
Surface 3 Targets Windows-Loving Prosumers


Microsoft has raised the curtain on its new Surface 3 tablet, targeting users who want a robust Windows tablet at an iPad price. Up to now, those looking for a full-featured Windows tablet had to spend $799 for a Surface Pro 3, but some customers will find their needs can be met with the new $499 Surface 3. "It allows Microsoft to continue to market and promote all of the innovations of the Surface Pro 3 and have a go-to product for those who aspire to get a Pro model, but it's not in their budget," noted Directions on Microsoft's Wes Miller.

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12:15
Apple aiming for “full jewelry counter experience”...

Apple’s apparently trying to create the snazziest, most “jewelry counter-style” experience for Apple Watch buyers. As such, sources are saying that the appointment-only process will accommodate walk-ins using a system similar to one recently instituted at Genius Bars worldwide.

Back in February, Apple rolled out a new Genius Bar “customer journey” aimed at enhancing the experience for customers walking in without appointments. Instead of just being left to wait around for one’s name to be called, Genius Bar walk-in customers are now asked for their cell phone number, given a time estimate and then encouraged to leave the store...

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12:08
Apple’s Lisa Jackson on the company’s green...

For almost two years, Apple Inc. ’s efforts to go green have been the responsibility of Lisa Jackson, who was hired to oversee the company’s sustainability initiatives after she stepped down as head of the Environmental Protection Agency.

She sat down with Jeffrey Ball, contributing editor at The Wall Street Journal and scholar-in-residence at Stanford University’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, to discuss Apple’s commitment to renewable energy and why a recently announced solar deal is a good one for shareholders.

Apple is one of the few companies that is transparent about its environmental commitment. Sadly, this is the reason that the press goes after Apple more than other companies—Apple makes all the information available, while the others hide it.

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11:46
Sling TV adding live and on-demand HBO in new $15...

Apple is not the only cord-cutting option for those who can't live without HBO content, as Dish Network on Wednesday announced that its Sling TV over-the-top web television service would add HBO as a $15-per-month add-on within the next two weeks.

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11:31
WSJ likes Samsung Galaxy 6 more than iPhone 6

Joanna Stern:

A better camera, sharper display and faster charging put Samsung’s new flagship phones ahead in the smartphone race.

Since the dawn of the smartphone wars, there have been basic truths about Samsungs: They’re made of flimsy plastic, their cameras can’t keep up with the iPhone’s, and their modified Android software is ugly and intolerably cluttered.

With the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, which arrive at U.S. carriers on April 10, none of that is true anymore. I am not afraid to say it: I love Samsung’s new phones, maybe even more than my own iPhone 6. Like a child who just found out that Santa isn’t real, I have spent the past week questioning everything I know.

I like Joanna and respect her opinion a lot. I still don’t like the way Samsung does business though.

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11:24
Podcast: Join our 'Becoming Steve Jobs'...

The newest Steve Jobs biography wasn't authorized by Steve Jobs himself, but it does come with the blessing of many of Apple's top brass, and includes plenty of insights from its subject, as he had participated in interviews with coauthor Brent Schlender for years. Glenn and Susie, along with our special guests, Macworld's associate managing editor Leah Yamshon, and frequent contributor Jeff Carlson, discuss what this book taught them about working with Steve, and how he applied the lessons learned from his early failures to his later projects. If Walter Isaacson's official authorized Steve Jobs biography left you cold, Becoming Steve Jobs may be just what you're looking for.

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11:22
TweetDeck for Mac gets catch-up update, Facebook...

Twitter today released its first major TweetDeck for Mac update since August, bringing support for features like Teams and group messages, while Facebook launched Riff, an app for shooting and sharing collaborative videos.

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11:11
Sonnet enhances xMac Pro Server with additional PCIe...

Sonnet ( www.sonnettech.com) has announced the Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kit – Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe Card Expansion Edition, the latest addition to their line of Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe card expansion systems.

The new chassis is an accessory for Sonnet's xMac Pro Server and Echo Express III-R rackmount expansion systems, and is itself a self-contained three-slot PCI Express (PCIe) expansion system that mounts inside the xMac Pro's or III-R's enclosure and can connect to a second 20Gbps Thunderbolt 2 bus on a Mac Pro computer.

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11:00
A quick April Fools' product roundup

While we are staying true to our journalistic integrity today, that's not keeping us from having at least a little fun. Some of the manufacturers and developers that we work with have a good sense of humor, so we thought we'd share some of their April Fools' Day goodies.

Twelve South: Introducing HiRise Toast

CLICK TO ENLARGE

Uber

Do you miss the SkyMall catalogs you used to see "the seat pocket in front of you" while flying? Never fear -- Uber introduces its new Uber Car Shop!

Betabrand

The same company that brings you such great (and real) fashion items as the Suitsy (a business suit onesie), the Gold Disco Tank Top, and the...

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10:34
UK enacts new tax to cope with companies like Apple...

A new tax in the U.K. directly targets companies such as Apple, Amazon, and Google, which have been accused of shifting profits overseas to avoid paying taxes in countries where they nevertheless do business.

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10:30
Pandora CFO confirms Apple Watch integration, says...

With more than 81 million active users, Pandora is a heavyweight in the music streaming industry. It is bigger than Spotify, which has 60 million active users, and iTunes Radio, a less popular streaming service that Apple introduced alongside iOS 6. With Apple now owning Beats Music and reportedly working to revamp the service, the competition in the streaming music business is now more intense than it has ever been.

Speaking to Fox Business, Pandora CFO Mike Herring said that, despite their rival relationship, the company still is a close partner with Apple.

Pandora, which owes part of its success to the popularity of its iPhone app, has a “frenemy kind of relationship going on” with...

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10:11
Scholarships announced for FileMaker DevCon 2015

Molly Connolly of Thorsen Consulting and Cris Ippolite of iSolutions have announced a new scholarship opportunity available to FileMaker developers.

The scholarships have been established to encourage FileMaker developers wishing to take advantage of the many professional training and networking opportunities at DevCon (http://www.filemaker.com/learning/devcon/). The scholarship will cover the cost of a full conference pass to DevCon 2015. Connolly and Ippolite will select two developers for the award.

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10:00
Wearables Wednesday: TrackR bravo

This week on Wearables Wednesday I'm doing a review of the second iteration of a tracking device that works with an iOS (and Android) app to help you find lost items. Back in the TUAW days, I reviewed the first version of TrackR; now TrackR bravo is available for pre-order (US$29.99). I had an opportunity to test a pre-release version of TrackR bravo, and I still have some reservations about this entire class of “wearable”… Read on for details.

Specifications

  • Diameter: 31mm
  • Thickness: 3.5mm
  • Battery Life: 1 year
  • Battery Type: Replaceable CR1616 Battery
  • Device Ringer Volume: 85dB
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0 (Bluetooth Low Energy)
  • Device Compatibility: iPhone 4s & Later, iPad 3rd Generation & Later

Design

The idea behind TrackR bravo and similar Bluetooth trackers is that you connect them to...

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09:43
Apple's new 12" MacBook unboxed in Vietnam...

Consumers looking for an early glimpse at the shipping version of Apple's all-new 12-inch MacBook need wait no longer, as the Force Touch-packing ultraportable has found itself the subject of a pre-release unboxing video in Vietnam.

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09:05
The Beast of Turin awakens and it’s very, very angry

Autoweek:

This unbelievable Fiat S76, the so-called Beast of Turin, is the one surviving example of a pair of speed-record contenders the Italian automaker built before WWI. Its gargantuan 28.5-liter inline-four was capable of providing an impressive 300 hp — enough to propel the car to 116 mph, and a one-mile land speed record, in 1911.

Plus, it spits hellfire and sounds meaner than anything an army of 10,000 Carlo Abarths could have ever dreamed up.

Watch the video above if you don’t believe us.

First of all, turn your volume down.

I posted about this back in December when they had first restored this fire breathing monster. Now they’ve actually got it out on public roads, scaring humans and livestock alike. Thanks again to...

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09:03
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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Pixelmator – the best photo editor for Mac – cuts its price in half to $15 (Reg. $30)

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09:00
Let them use OneNote—it could change their lives

Today’s post was written by Becky Keene, national board certified teacher for the Kent School District, Microsoft expert educator and master trainer.

When I talk to people about the power of OneNote, I have a real reason for my passion. I call OneNote, “The best app in all of education.” In the spring of 2005, I was preparing a group of students to present what they learned over the past school year to a group of about 100 families who were interesting in applying for our public school academy program. One student, who I’ll call Tony, volunteered to speak at the presentation. I was surprised because Tony had struggled in school that year, and I wasn’t sure what he would want to share. Tony was a student who qualified for several accommodations at school, including extra time, opportunities to redo assignments and assistance organizing his daily tasks. Not one to turn down a willing seventh grader, I said we’d love to have him present. When we gathered the student...

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09:00
What’s new in Skype for Business and how you can...

With April’s Office update, Lync will become Skype for Business, with a new user interface (UI) in the Windows desktop application. On today’s show, we take a look the new Skype for Business desktop application for Windows. BJ Haberkorn joins Jeremy Chapman to demonstrate what’s new and explain what’s coming. With April’s update from Lync to Skype for Business around the corner, Jeremy also demonstrates how you can control what your users will see.

On March 16th we announced how you can get ready for Skype for Business and get started with the Skype for Business technical preview. The updated experience will be familiar to both Lync and Skype users, with notable requested updates to improve discoverability of the dial pad, easier access to controls and device selection...

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08:59
12-inch MacBook gets video unboxing in Vietnam ahead...

The 12-inch Retina MacBook may not be available in stores yet, but Vietnam-based blog Tinhte has already gotten its hands on the next-gen machine. A video posted to YouTube (embedded below) shows the MacBook being unboxed, though it doesn’t seem to be a shipping model, as it won’t boot into OS X. You can see the full unboxing video below, along with a gallery of photos of the computer itself and the accessories that ship with it, including the new charger and quick start guide.

Apple first announced the redesigned...

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08:59
Inside Force Touch: Apple's new 'force...

The new Force Touch trackpad found on the latest 13-inch MacBook Pro and upcoming 12-inch MacBook features an entirely new method of input, activated by applying additional pressure to the trackpad. AppleInsider offers a closer look at how force click works, and what new possibilities it opens up for OS X.

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08:40
Piper Jaffray: Apple will Sell One Million Apple...

This morning, Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster reiterated an Overweight rating on Apple, and a $160 price target, writing that "we believe investors may begin to focus on opening weekend metrics."

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08:31
New Retina MacBook Appears in Early Unboxing Video

With the official launch of the new ultra-slim 12-inch MacBook with Retina display still over a week away on April 10, Vietnamese site Tinhte.vn has managed to get its hands on the brand-new silver MacBook and has shared an unboxing video and photos.

The entirety of the video is in Vietnamese, of course, but is still worth a watch to check out the design of the new MacBook, the USB-C adapter, and the edge-to-edge keyboard in someone's hands outside the confines of Apple's media event last month.

Additional photos from the unboxing can be found on the Tinhte.vn official website, with the full video located on the site's YouTube channel. The new MacBook launches on April 10, and Apple has yet to announce whether it will be offering...

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08:30
Thank you to our patrons

Another month comes to end and it's time to thank our fantastic patrons on Patreon. You folks keep the lights on, the pirate flag flying and the best news, reviews and original content we can make in your RSS reader. The following supporters backed us at the less-than-five-dollar level: that's all it takes to get a special thank-you right here on AWT. Our gratitude goes out to:

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08:25
TweetDeck Mac app adds Group DMs, Teams account...

The TweetDeck Mac app today received an update with a handful of new features including the ability to share account access with others, direct messages to groups, support for in-line GIFs and videos, and much more.

The updated app will now allow users to share their accounts with others using a new feature called Teams. The feature first started rolling out for users on the web, Chrome and Windows in February.

“TweetDeck Teams is a simple solution to Twitter account sharing. It enables you to delegate access to as many people as you like, and remove accounts when they no longer need access.

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08:20
Pandora CFO points towards upcoming CarPlay...

Apple and Pandora could be teaming up where CarPlay is concerned.

As part of a wide ranging interview with FOX Business Network on Tuesday, Pandora’s chief financial officer Mike Herring broke the silence on upcoming compatibility with Apple’s in-car infotainment solution, saying the streaming service will “definitely be in CarPlay.”

While Herring failed to produce a timeline of availability, he is the first company official to comment on Pandora’s CarPlay plans. Pandora was a glaring omission when Apple announced CarPlay one year ago, and the streaming Internet music giant has yet to make its way onto Apple’s in-dash system.

With CarPlay to be featured in 40 new...

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08:12
∞ !!!slooF lirpA

Google really did it this time. They broke the internet.

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08:11
Incorrect search policy

Forums: Troubleshooting

Hello,

we had some air condition failure recently in server room and sadly our hard drives overheated and turned off. Lucky us it was the only piece of hardware that turned off.

There was no damage to our hardware but XSAN admin reports "Incorrect search policy" next to MDC2.

We have three metadata controllers and only this one is being affected. We have open directory (master on mdc1 and replicas on mdc2 and third metadata controller).

In server app on mdc2 open directory service is turned off and any attempt to turn it on will result in "on/off" switch sitting in "on" status for about a minute and afterwards returning to its "off" state.

In server app of mdc1 and mdc3 i can see open directory running normally and both servers are reporting that mdc2 is running replica. Im unable to bind any clients to mdc2...

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08:09
Killer Deal: Grab any current MacBook Pro (including...

Back for a limited time, AppleInsider readers can use exclusive coupons at one of Apple's top authorized resellers to get the lowest prices anywhere on all 13-inch MacBook Pros with Force Touch (up to $82 off, many in stock) and 15-inch MacBook Pros (up to $300 off) with free shipping and other perks.

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07:57
The Obama Administration Launches First-Ever...

The Obama administration has just launched the first-ever sanctions program to financially punish individuals and groups outside the United States that are engaged in malicious cyber-attacks.

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07:56
Chinese iPhone and iPad trade-in program encounters...

Apple's just-launched Chinese iPhone and iPad trade-in program is already meeting with a tepid response in the country, particularly in light of the prices of new devices and higher trade-in values at third-party recycling companies.

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07:28
Apple Showcases 8 New MobileFirst Apps for...

During Apple's Financial Conference Call in January, Apple's CEO Tim Cook noted that the IBM Partnership was strong. In December the Alliance delivered their first 10 applications. Today, the alliance launched a new round of MobileFirst Apps for Healthcare, Industrial Products and more.

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07:02
Hands on with the Force Touch trackpad on the new 13...

This ComputerWorld review takes the new entry level MacBook Pro for a spin. What I found most interesting was the hands-on with the new Force Touch trackpad.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:51
∞ Apple’s call for Apple Watch apps, and “a small...

Apple sent out a note to developers yesterday calling for them to “Submit your WatchKit apps now”. The note referred to “a small group of people”.

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06:41
UBS declares Apple a 'special' kind of...

Reading the new "Becoming Steve Jobs" biography inspired UBS analyst Steven Milunovich to share his thoughts on where Apple is headed, leading him to suggest to investors that the iPhone maker's best days may still be ahead of it.

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