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Friday February 13

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key Features:

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

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

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



    Version 15.1.0.6982 (2014.1.1):

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

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

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

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

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

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



    Version 10.2.0.69 (2014.2):

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

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

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

    ∞ Read this on The Loop

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    04:48
    24U Software updates FileMaker plug-ins

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

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

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

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

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    04:44
    Kirk McElhearn on lossless music streaming

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

    ∞ Read this on The Loop

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

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

    ∞ Read this on The Loop

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

    Your iOS apps are about to get a lot larger.

    Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

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

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

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

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

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

    ∞ Read this on The Loop

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

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

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

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

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

    This might come in handy where security is concerned.

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

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

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

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

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    04:20
    Kool Tools: Magic Bullet Suite 12

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

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    04:15
    Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

    Apps Now Free

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

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

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

    ...

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

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

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

    Key Features

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

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

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

    ∞ Read this on The Loop

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    04:00
    Five dating apps that are just the worst

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

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

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

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

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

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

    To read this article in full or to leave a...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Features:

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

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    Thursday February 12

    21:41
    PDFpen and PDFpenPro 7.0.2

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

     

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

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

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

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



    Version 1.2.0:

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

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

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



    Version 3.0b5: New Features:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    According to App Store guideline...

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

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

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

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

    The first app affected by the change was...

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Pocket Gamer:

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

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

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

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

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    16:28
    Google doomed

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

    ∞ Read this on The Loop

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

    illustration by steven sande, apple world today

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

    Two-step authentication requires you not...

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    15:49
    Chicago Style Q&A

    This is great. I laughed.

    ∞ Read this on The Loop

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

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

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

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

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

    ∞ Read this on The Loop

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    15:18
    Allegorithmic unveils Substance Designer 5

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

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

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    15:03
    Popular automation app Workflow updated w/ over 50...

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

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

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    15:00
    Apple extends two-factor authentication to FaceTime...

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

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

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    15:00
    Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

    Apps Now Free

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    ∞ Read this on The Loop

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    14:26
    ∞ Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” played in the style of 10...

    This is impressive.

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    14:19
    ∞ Apple adds two-step verification to iMessage and...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    13:30
    Daily Deals for February 12, 2015, featuring Simon 4...

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

    AWT's Daily Deal

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

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

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

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

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

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    13:00
    Leef iBridge: Moving files between iOS and OS X in a...

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

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

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

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    12:50
    Apple Two-Step Verification Now Available for...

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

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

    Two-factor authentication for iCloud is...

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    12:50
    Piper Jaffray sees a revamped Apple TV set-top box...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    12:23
    SkyMall will fly again

    Scott Jordan:

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

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

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

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

    ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    11:51
    Did Copycat Samsung Get Sucker Punched by this Apple...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    11:30
    Announcing TestFlight Groups

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

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    11:30
    Announcing TestFlight Groups

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

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    11:30
    Now Accepting Larger Binaries

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

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    11:30
    Now Accepting Larger Binaries

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

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

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

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

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

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    11:08
    BusyContacts 1.0

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

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

    ∞ Read this on The Loop

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    10:58
    How The New York Times works

    Popular Mechanics:

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

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

    ...

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    10:45
    Apple Campus 2 Construction Progress Timeline: new...



    First announced by Steve Jobs in 2006, Apple kicked off construction on its new 176-acre “Campus 2″ in late 2013/early 2014 and expects to move in around 12,000 of its employees when the project is complete. Apple currently plans to wrap up construction by late 2016, so it’s possible the company could move into the new 2.8 million sq ft location starting sometime in early 2017.

    Apple has been providing sporadic updates on progress on the site, but we have a more comprehensive timeline below that we’ll update as we...

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    10:44
    BusyMac introduces BusyContacts for Mac OS X

    BusyMac (www.busymac.com) has introduced BusyContacts for Mac OS X (10.9 or higher). The app brings to contact management the same power, flexibility, and sharing capabilities that BusyCal users have enjoyed with their calendars.

    What's more, BusyContacts integrates with BusyCal. Features include:

    ° Customizable views — you can view contacts in a single-column Card View or multi-column List View;

    ° Tags that can be used for grouping, filtering and coloring contacts;

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    10:44
    Intel to sell remaining stake in Apple partner...

    The Intel Foundation will sell its 4.9 percent stake in Imagination Technologies, the company whose PowerVR graphics processors are a key component of Apple's iPhone and iPad, it was announced on Thursday.

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    10:13
    StarTech releases Travel A/V Adapter

    StarTech.com has released the new 2-in-1 Mini DisplayPort to HDMI or VGA adapter, which enables mobile users to connect their Mini DisplayPort-equipped laptop to either an HDMI or VGA display.

    Combining two of the most common display interfaces into a single adapter, StarTech.com’s A/V Travel Adapter eliminates having to carry multiple Mini DisplayPort adapters, which provides a portable solution for users to connect their laptop as needed in BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) environments or while traveling, says Karishma Punwani, senior product manager at StarTech.com..

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    10:11
    Anki Overdrive: race AI-powered toy cars on courses...

    The Wall Street Journal:

    Anki Overdrive is the latest proof that videogames are coming to real life. The tiny AI-powered cars, which surprised robotics and slot-car fans alike when they first hit the market in 2013, will get new customizable tracks—plus hotter designs and abilities—when they arrive this fall.

    But this second generation swaps out the simple roll-out mat tracks that the first cars drove on for a set of modular tracks that you can lay out any way you want. The new tracks are made up of plastic pieces that magnetically snap together. You can even create terrain—bridges, banked turns and dead-end cliffs.

    I had the original track and, while interesting, it quickly lost our interest because of the track limits. This new setup looks fantastic.

    ...

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    10:07
    What is this ‘Carrier Settings Update’ on my iPhone...

    Re/code:

    Oh God, what is this?That’s the first thought you might have when a notification appears on your iPhone or iPad prompting you to download a “Carrier Settings Update.”If you’re like me, you’ll shrug and tap the Update button (YOLO!). But others might be a little more wary, and want to know what the update is for and whether it’s safe to download before taking any action.Unfortunately, getting answers to these questions is much harder than it should be.

    I had this happen while setting up a friend’s phone yesterday. Finding info on what it is was frustratingly difficult.

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    10:05
    60-Second Tips: Save iPhone voicemails

    In today's 60-Second Tip, I show you how to get voicemail messages off of your iPhone and onto your computer, so you can save them for as long as you like. 

    I was recently asked about saving voice mail messages that are on an iPhone. Specifically, someone had received an especially cute message from their son, and she wanted to keep it for posterity. That's a cute idea, so I looked around for a solution, which I found, and I'll explain here. 

    We'll pull this off with a piece of software called iExplorer. iExplorer can access the voicemail files that are on your iPhone, and export them to your Mac. There's a free demo version you can use with some restrictions, or unlock all functionality for $34.99 (...

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    09:33
    Apple Reveals a Zoom Lens Breakthrough for Future...

    Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their work on delivering a real zoom lens mechanism for future iDevices like the iPhone.

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    09:30
    Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 033 on My Apps...

    In this episode Jeremy Thake talks to Mauricio Ordonez and Russell Palmer about how you can extend the My Apps and App Launcher user interface in Office 365.

    http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP33.mp3

    Download the podcast.

    Weekly updates

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    09:00
    Phorm case for iPad promises tactile typing w/ the...

    Tactus Technology is introducing a unique, new keyboard case today called Phorm that promises to bring tactile feedback to the typing experience while still using the on-screen touch keyboard. Phorm uses microfluids to raise a segments of a screen protector kept on with a frame and protective case to apply “physical” keys that appear and disappear at the swipe of switch. The goal is to improve typing speed and accuracy when typing with the iPad without requiring a keyboard you have to charge or pair with your tablet. Check out the video below to see Phorm in action.

    While I have not had the opportunity to go hands-on with the Phorm case for iPad, the idea of being able to add and remove buttons from the display without assembling and removing another accessory is certainly novel.

    Phorm combines a durable tablet case with...

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    09:00
    'Phorm' Case Adds Morphing Tactile...

    For the last several years, Tactus Technology has been working on displays that take advantage of microfluidic technology, with buttons that raise up and disappear on demand for a superior touchscreen typing experience.

    As of today, the company is ready to unveil its first product to the world, an iPad mini case called "Phorm." An all-in-one case, keyboard, and screen protector, Phorm can dynamically add and remove tactile buttons on the iPad mini's screen to add texture to the on-screen keyboard.

    As seen in the video above, sliding the bar on the back of the Phorm case to the right causes small fluid-filled physical buttons to pop up on the screen protector portion of the case, giving users a tactile typing experience while still allowing them to use the default iOS keyboard. Shifting the bar to the left causes the buttons to disappear again, allowing the touchscreen to...

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    09:00
    60 minutes with Phorm for iPad mini, its founder,...

    Imagine launching Notes or Messages on your iPad or iPhone and having a keyboard full of transparent, physical buttons magically rise from the surface of your touchscreen. Phorm, which was officially announced on Thursday for Apple's iPad mini, promises to deliver the first taste of this intriguing technology in a consumer package.

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    09:00
    Feel the love with these Valentine's Day apps

    Image via Wallpaperput.com

    Valentine's Day is just around the corner and if you haven't yet made arrangements for Saturday, well, we hope these apps may help you turn a potential romantic disaster into a successful day full of kisses.

    OpenTable: If you're not already an OpenTable user, you should be. The app is used for browsing and making reservations at more than 32,000 restaurants worldwide. They're usually the type of restaurants that you'd think of for a romantic dinner, too! It takes just a second to download the app, a few minutes to set up your account, and then you can get down to the business of trying to find an "Open Table" for Saturday night. Good luck...

    ...

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    08:49
    ESPN for iOS becomes a universal app for iPhone...

    ESPN's official application for iOS was given an overhaul on Thursday, becoming a universal app for iPhone and iPad, gaining support for the larger displays of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and also getting a fresh coat of paint.

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    08:33
    Apple patent shows potential use of shifting mirrors...

    When in doubt, use mirrors.

    A recently published patent application posted on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office web site shows that Apple has revealed a new concept that would offer improved optical image stabilization using mirrors.

    The patent, entitled “Mirror Tilt Actuation,” describes an image sensor for small, multifunction devices like an iPhone that would compensate for the user’s hand movement to improve picture quality.

    Apple introduced optical image stabilization in its products last year with the debut of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The smaller iPhone 6 accomplishes this through software, while the larger iPhone 6 Plus also uses hardware OIS for superior image taking capabilities.

    In its filing, Apple notes that OIS adjusts the direction of the field of view of the camera to compensate for user motion. This can be accomplished through “lens barrel...

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    08:32
    9to5Toys Lunch Break: free streaming stick w/ Sling...

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

    Today’s can’t miss deals:

    Get a free Fire TV/Roku streaming stick or 50%...

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    08:25
    Why Twitter just bought a social media talent agency

    Social media star is an actual job title now, with so-called influencers raking in tens of thousands a month to craft tweets, Vines, and other content for paying brands. Twitter sees this activity and has decided it wants a cut: The company just bought Niche, a talent agency and analytics firm that connects some 6,000 top content creators with advertisers.

    Now Twitter and its 6-second video-looping service Vine, where some of social media’s biggest stars were born, control the connection between creators and brands that want to make ads that don’t seem like ads. That means the company presumably gets a cut when popular Viners signed to Niche make clips for brands...

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    08:00
    Pinterest debuts new 'app Pins' to help...

    Pinterest today announced new "app Pins" that promote apps in the iOS App Store. The app pins join exisiting specialty pins designed to share recipes, products and articles.

    The new app Pins will link to an iOS app and allow you to download the app to your phone without leaving the Pinterest app. Apple also added an App Store profile to showcase the latest and greatest app Pins, while Pinterest is promoting their own app Pins on the Staff Picks board.

    Our take on the news:
    Brilliant move by Pinterest to bring the App Store to the social network's 70 million users and help them find useful apps for their iPhone or iPad.

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    07:56
    Obama's Cyberthreat Intel Aggregator Plan...


    The Obama Administration on Tuesday announced plans to set up a national Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center to integrate all data from government agencies and the private sector, and disseminate it appropriately. Lisa Monaco, assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism, made the announcement following months of research by White House cybersecurity coordinator Michael Daniel's staff. Reactions from cybersecurity experts were mixed.

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    07:37
    Apple Invents a New Apple Pay Lower NFC Power Mode...

    Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a new Apple Pay feature that will be able to lower NFC power drain when not in use.

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    07:19
    Tim Cook reportedly headed to Israel for opening of...

    Tim Cook is scheduled to attend the opening of Apple’s latest offices in Israel early next week, according to a report from Israeli daily business newspaper Calcalist.

    The report says the new offices will be located in Herzliya, Israel, and hold around 800 employees in approximately 180,000 square feet.

    There is no info on what exactly the company has planned for the new facility, but Apple has run satellite offices in Israel for a few years following its acquisition of NAND flash technology provider Anobit for a reported $390 million back in 2011 and...

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    07:15
    UK eBayer turns paper MacBook scam into fund-raising...

    Image of Paul Barrington and printed MacBook as published by Express and Echo.

    UK resident Paul Barrington fell victim to one of the worst eBay scams. As reported by Express & Echo, he purchased a top-of-the-line MacBook at the incredible price of £300 ($460 USD), in hopes of starting up a new business as a wedding DJ. Barrington left his previous job in child care due to a lung condition and sold his surfboard to acquire the funds for the notebook. His good fortune at finding such an excellent deal turned to despair when he received his package, and all it contained was a printed picture of the prized MacBook.

    He shared his unfortunate tale with friends and family and the news...

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    07:14
    Carl Icahn says Apple stock should be worth $216 per...

    Activist investor Carl Icahn this week once again heaped praise on Apple, saying the company's stock continues to be vastly undervalued and should be trading today at a price of $216.

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    06:53
    Flexiglass update is out with OS X 10.10.2...

    Nulana has released Flexiglass 1.6. an update that brings compatibility with Mac OS X 10.10.2 and fixes for such features as Real Zoom and Quick Layouts in multi-monitor configurations.

    Flexiglass offers a new way to move, resize, maximize, close and arrange windows on the screen with a mouse, keyboard, trackpad, and graphics tablet. It allows a Mac user to move and resize windows by clicking anywhere on them and arrange multiple windows on the screen.

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    06:49
    ESPN app overhauled w/ new look, iPhone 6/6+ &...



    ESPN is out with a brand new version of its iPhone app today adding native resolution support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+ while also debuting on the iPad for the first time. The new app not only sports a new look right down to its icon, but ESPN says it “pulled a Puff Daddy and changed the name.” Previously, the app was branded as ESPN SportsCenter, but now it’s simply “ESPN”.

    The version of the sports network’s iOS app also touts a new feature called ESPN Now, which puts “up to-the-...

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    06:30
    Apple helps Pinterest launch rich pins for better...

    Apple and Pinterest are teaming up to help you discover apps with a new type of pin on the social bulletin board that leads to the App Store.

    App pins are a type of rich pin, which offers more information than a typical pin that consists solely of an image with a link to the original source. Pinterest developed rich pins two years ago and now supports detailed, contextual pins for recipes, places, articles, products, movies, and—with Apple’s help—apps.

    How it works

    If you’re browsing Pinterest on an iOS device and come across an app pin, the platform will give you the option to install the app directly to your iPhone or iPad. To help Pinterest launch app pins, Apple has curated a collection of lifestyle apps ranging from healthy recipe services to apps for New York Fashion Week.

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    06:26
    Apple concept would improve iPhone camera quality...

    In its quest to build smaller phones that still somehow offer better photo taking capabilities, Apple has revealed a new concept that would offer improved optical image stabilization using mirrors.

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    05:49
    Photos for Mac: an FAQ

    Two good reads if you are interested in learning about Photos for OS X, Apple’s coming replacement for iPhoto.

    ∞ Read this on The Loop

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    05:48
    Apple Continues their Work on Two High Profile...

    Today, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published two patent applications from Apple that reveal their ongoing work on two high profile projects that uses infrared beam technology.

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    05:47
    Tesla thinks it can grow to an Apple-sized market...

    Black Tesla Model X prototype with a trailer hitch and redesigned front end

    Quite an interesting statement from Tesla CEO Elon Musk in last night’s earnings call. With all of the “Apple car” talk and fight for employees, it is interesting to note how big Tesla thinks the market for electric cars and lithium batteries will be in the coming decade (assuming 10% yoy growth and P/E ratio of 20).

    For the record, I’ve also heard rumblings of an early vehicle program at Apple which...

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    05:46
    Autopano Giga 4.0 - Stitch multiple images (beta). (...

    Autopano Giga allows you to stitch 2, 20, or 2,000 images.

    Version 3.0 integrates impressive new features that will definitely make you adopt Autopano Pro or Autopano Giga:

    • Choose between 9 projection modes the one that best suits your image, including Little-Planet, Panini, Hammer, Mirror Ball, Orthographic and more.
    • Edit your panoramas with an exceptional efficiency: the panorama editor is now real-time and pixel accurate. The ergonomics have been totally revamped, so that all tools take advantage of the real-time editor.
    • Use the Preview mode to get an instant visualization of your final panorama, before even rendering it. You can keep this mode on when you use all the tools of the panorama editor.
    • Manually remove the ghosts in the overlapping areas in an instant thanks to the Mask tool. Also very useful to remove the tripod, or get rid of anything in your panorama (Autopano Giga only).



    ...

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    05:29
    PayPal, Apple Pay, and friction

    Karen Webster, in her weekly piece for PYMENTS.com, interviews PayPal’s GM of Retail, Brad Brodigan. She then follows this with some cogent analysis, focused on Apple Pay, PayPal, and friction in the payments market.

    ∞ Read this on The Loop

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    05:10
    Apple dropping four smelters from supply chain after...

    Apple has revealed in its annual Supplier Responsibility Progress Report that it has informed four smelters–who provide metals used in the production of the company’s devices–that they will be dropped from the supply chain after refusing to submit to “conflict mineral” audits … 

    The audits are designed to ensure that the extraction of the minerals used does not finance armed groups associated with human rights violations:

    “Tantalum, tin, tungsten, and gold are called conflict minerals because, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and adjoining regions, their extraction may finance or benefit armed groups associated with human rights violations. Apple is dedicated to using only conflict-free minerals in...

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    05:00
    Starbucks adds support for Apple Pay to its iOS App

    Starbucks recently updated its iOS app to version 3.2.1, adding support for Apple Pay. Customers now can use Apple Pay to reload their Starbucks card and then use those funds to make purchases at their favorite Starbucks location. The update also improves the calorie information within the app and enhances the Mobile Order and Pay in Portland, Oregon, which allows customers to place an order ahead of time so it will ready when they arrive.

    Our take on the news:

    It's great to see Starbucks embracing Apple's latest technology, but it's unfortunate that Apple Pay is not being fully implemented as a payment service during checkout. According to MacRumors, Starbucks retail locations are not equipped with the NFC terminals that are required...

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    05:00
    The Week in iPhone Cases: Speck’s Valentine’s Day...

    Speck’s Valentine’s Day CandyShell, Catalyst’s wine-inspired case, and Case-Mate's glittering design

    This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases brings you a few options for your Valentine’s Day celebrations, a shimmering alternative for everyday use, and a few all-weather solutions for additional peace of mind.

    Carte Blanche

    The Brassard (iPhone 4/4S, 5/5S, 5C, 6, and 6 Plus; $20 to $40) is an armband that quickly attaches to your arm, making it the perfect companion for running, working out, or performing any kind of activity where you need to have your hands free.

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

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    04:59
    New legislation requires U.S. wireless carriers to...

    This could come in handy.

    America’s top wireless providers can no longer refuse to unlock devices for customers who have paid financing plans in full or completed their contract term under a new set of industry rules — agreed to over one year ago — which went into effect yesterday.

    As part of the pact, wireless carriers AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon, and will notify active customers whose devices are eligible for unlocking. Those who have purchased a used, carrier-locked device can also have those unlocked for a “reasonable fee.”

    The carriers will respond to all device unlock requests within two business days, though the actual unlocking time may be slightly longer. Military personnel being deployed overseas can have their device unlocked at any time, as long as their account is in good standing, by showing their carrier their deployment papers...

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    04:49
    Smartphone theft drops dramatically in London, two U...

    This may be better news, but keep an eye on your iPhone when you’re in crowds.

    Thefts involving smartphones have declined dramatically in three major cities since manufacturers began implementing “kill switches” that allow the phones to be turned off remotely if they are stolen, authorities said on Tuesday.

    The number of stolen iPhones dropped by 40 percent in San Francisco and 25 percent in New York in the 12 months after Apple Inc added a kill switch to its devices in September 2013. In London, smartphone theft dropped by half, according to an announcement by officials in the three cities.

    “We have made real progress in tackling the smartphone theft epidemic that was affecting many major cities just two years ago,” said London Mayor Boris Johnson.

    Johnson, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon and New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman were...

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    04:49
    Kool Tools: Audio Switcher for Mac OS X

    Spike Software's (http://www.spikesoft.net) Audio Switcher, an update to its menubar applet utility for Mac OS X, has recently been revved to version 2.5.2.

    Audio Switcher allows you to switch your audio input and output between different audio devices. It supports a range of devices, as well as the built-in audio hardware of your Mac desktop or laptop. Version 2.5.2 is a maintenance release that fixes a few bugs, including a bug where Audio Switcher would not correctly set the level on the default device on some computers.

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    04:32
    Google: The biggest threat in mobile to hotels and...

    According to the App Overlap Report Series published by the Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com) research group, only 20% of those that use airline applications also use hotel applications leading to bifurcated trip planning.

    According to the data gathered from the 1,500-plus user US AppOptix Android panel just 17% of travelers that used an airline app have also used a hotel app. The overlap between these services is considerably higher and the dynamic demonstrates a break in the experience.

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    04:29
    Time Logger for Mac OS X upgraded to version 1.0.1

    Imre Katai has released Time Logger 1.0.1 (http://timelogger.metapps.eu), a maintenance update to the productivity application for OS X.

    Developed specifically to optimize how users spend time on workflow projects, Time Logger manages tasks, organizes projects by client, records pay rates, notes, and time allocated to each assignment. Also, Time Logger generates reports for additional support. Users can easily start and end timers with an overview panel linked to the upper right hand of screen.

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    04:07
    Two days after AAPL hits highest market cap ever,...

    Two days after Apple set a new record for the highest market capitalization of any company, valuing it at more than $700B, billionaire investor Carl Icahn has suggested the true value of the company is close to double this, at $1.3T.

    Icahn, who is one of the company’s ten biggest shareholders with stock worth around $6.5B, says that a realistic valuation of the company would be 20 times its earnings per share. Factoring in Apple’s cash reserves of $178B, that would give a share price of $216–for a total company value of $1.3T.

    Icahn notes that while he has previously been criticized for over-optimistic valuations of AAPL, 31 analysts have “dramatically increased” their earnings-per-share...

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    04:04
    Apple Reveals the Technology behind the Apple Watch...

    Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals some of the details behind the new Apple Watch's Digital Crown.

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    01:58
    Apple's iPhone with Wraparound Display...

    Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their ongoing work on an iPhone with a wraparound display.

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    Wednesday February 11

    23:06
    Apple teams up with Pinterest to help make app...

    Pinterest today debuted a new type of post that users can expect to see showing up in their feeds soon. The new “app pin” shows additional information, such as an app’s developer, when users link to software in the iOS App Store. These new pins feature a prominent “Install” button that opens a standard App Store preview pane and allows users to install an app without ever having to leave Pinterest.

    The change was almost certainly prompted by Apple, as Pinterest also announced that the tech company had created an App Store profile to share both popular and undiscovered applications. The profile currently features collections like “Editors’ Choice” and “Fashion Apps.”

    You can download the updated Pinterest app...

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    23:04
    Financial services

    Forums: General FCS Discussion

    Financial services are the economic services and products provide by the financial institution such as insurance companies, consumer finance companies, banks, credit card companies, brokerage firms and investment companies. international financial services a leading management company integrated in Mauritius and approved by the Financial Services Commission (FSC) to provide counseling and management services for international businesses. It is also a part of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Wales and England as well as a Platinum Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (UK).We live in a country whose financial system seven years ago was only saved by a £1tn intervention. Trinity financial services is a company listed on the official market of the...

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    22:42
    iOS users can now install apps directly from...

    Apple and social network Pinterest on Thursday rolled out "app pins," a new type of enhanced pin that lets users of Pinterest's iOS app install pinned apps on their device without switching to the App Store.

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    22:00
    Have an out-of-contract iPhone? US carriers are now...

    As of today, any mobile phone that has completed its contract term or that has been paid off in full under a financing plan must be unlocked by US mobile carriers at the request of the owner.  

    AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint and US Cellular will begin to notify customers who have phones that are eligible for unlocking. After requesting that the device be unlocked, the carriers have two days to respond, although it may take longer to actually have the unlock completed.  The carriers agreed to these rules in late 2013 as part of the CTIA Consumer Code for Wireless Service. At that time, the carriers pledged to implement three rules by May of 2014 and be in compliance with all of the rules by today.

    Those customers with used, carrier-locked devices can have them unlocked for a reasonable fee. Even prepaid users get an opportunity for unlocking - they can have their phones unlocked no later than one year after initial activation, "consistent with reasonable time,...

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    21:58
    New 'App Pins' Allow Users to Install iOS...

    Pinterest today announced a new partnership with Apple to launch "App Pins" that will allow users to install iOS apps on their devices without ever needing to leave the Pinterest app.

    Let’s say you’re Pinning workout inspiration to your Marathon Training board. If you see a fitness app that helps you reach your goals, you can download it right from Pinterest.

    When you come across an app Pin, tap Install to download the app right to your iPhone or iPad without ever leaving Pinterest (you’ll only see app Pins when you’re using the Pinterest app on your iPhone or iPad).As part of the rollout, Apple is also launching its own App Store board on Pinterest, giving the company a place to feature apps on a variety of topics within Pinterest. Apple is currently featuring a number of apps and other pins focused on fashion...

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    20:59
    QuickBooks 2015 16.0.3.1460 R4 - Financial...

    Save 20% on QuickBooks Pro for Mac today through this special discount link

    QuickBooks 2015 helps you manage your business easily and efficiently. Organize your finances all in one place, track money going in and out of your business, and spot areas where you can save.

    • Built for Mac OS - Looks and works like you'd expect
    • Create invoices, pay bills, and manage expenses
    • Gain insight into your business with over 100 reports
    • New tool lets you easily track mileage
    • New multi-user options offer simultaneous access to QuickBooks data



    Version 16.0.3.1460 R4: Budgets:

    • Fixed an issue that caused the QuickMath icon to not be visible for the last column on the budget window when maximized.
    • Fixed an issue that caused the Clear Row option on a budget to not clear the entire row.
    • Fixed an issue that...

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    20:59
    Toast Titanium 12.1 - The ultimate media toolkit;...

    Toast Titanium goes way beyond the very basic burning in the Mac OS and iLife software, and sets the standard for burning CDs, DVDs, and now Blu-ray discs on the Mac. Create superior sounding audio CDs with smooth crossfades and transitions. Enjoy your TV shows anywhere with exclusive TiVoToGo and EyeTV burning. Convert and export video for an iPod, PSP, mobile phone, and more. Burn files of any size, and automatically catalog the contents of your discs. Copy your audio CDs, movies and DVDs. There is no easier or faster way to save, share, and enjoy your digital media on disc.



    Version 12.1:

    • Enhanced encoding performance.
    • Improved stability.
    • Added audio preview support.
    • Fixed several bugs.



    • OS X 10.5 or later



    Download Now

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    20:59
    Quicken 2015 2.4.0 - Complete personal finance...

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

    Features:

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

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    19:44
    Apple offers closer look at Campus 2 as the City of...

    Apple's spaceship-like Campus 2 project was shown from a new angle Wednesday as the company allowed members of the media on-site, while Cupertino leaders have begun to reconsider ways to diversify the city's Apple-dominated tax base.

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    19:22
    Apple provides ‘sneak peek’ of its new campus as...

    Image via KQED

    Apple has continued to make steady progress on its new headquarters, and this week provided KQED News with a special “sneak peek” at the construction site. The news outlet has released several photos of some of the major structures on the upcoming campus, and has promised additional photos from the tour will be published later this month.

    Last week we got an drone’s-eye view of the progress, which gave us our first look at some of these buildings. The new photos provide another point of view, showing the structures from the ground. This is the first time we’ve seen photos like this for the “spaceship” campus.

    ...

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    19:01
    Sneak Peak at Apple Campus 2 Offers New Look at...

    Apple's new spaceship-shaped Apple Campus 2 is under construction, and the company gave KQED News a tour of the site, providing them with new details and a ground-based look at its progress.

    As previously revealed, the building has an enviromentally-conscious design, with features like using recycled water to flush toilets and solar arrays to power its functions. Keeping with this theme, the building also uses recycled parts from older buildings.

    Photo of Apple Campus 2 main office, via KQED News.“What Apple inherited on the property was several older buildings, all of which were broken down and deconstructed,” says KQED Science reporter Amy Standen, who got a tour of the site. “...

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    18:35
    New rules requiring U.S. carriers to unlock out-of-...

    America's top wireless providers can no longer refuse to unlock devices for customers who have paid financing plans in full or completed their contract term under a new set of industry rules -- agreed to over one year ago -- which go into effect today.

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    18:09
    Apple Publishes Supplier Responsibility Progress...

    In December there was a BBC documentary about Apple's Broken Promises to better the working condition of workers in Chinese factories where Apple products are made. We posted a report on the matter titled "The BBC Report about Apple is Motivated by Politics and Unions," showing that the BBC was most definitely being led by China's Union in the making of their documentary. It's still a contentious issue ...

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    18:06
    Stanford Health Care launches MyHealth app for iOS...


    Stanford Health Care released an iOS app today for its MyHealth service. The new software allows patients to track their health data and keep track of the information in their online MyHealth account. A HealthKit syncing feature allows the app to pull in your data from Apple’s built-in data tracker and upload it to Stanford for a “virtual checkup.”

    The app can also be used to make appointments, see test results, and consult with your doctor over a video chat. Users can also manage prescriptions and message Stanford’s...

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    17:15
    I’m Brianna Wu, and I’m risking my life standing up...

    This weekend, a man wearing a skull mask posted a video on YouTube outlining his plans to murder me. I know his real name. I documented it and sent it to law enforcement, praying something is finally done. I have received these death threats and 43 others in the last five months.

    This is just unreal. You have to read this piece.

    ∞ Read this on The Loop

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    16:30
    J.P. Morgan Forecasts 26 Million Units of Apple...

    Samsung first introduced their Gear smartwatch sixteen months ago with sugar plumbs dancing in their heads that they would sell tens of millions of the new device. From October 2013 until June 2014, under 500,000 smartwatches were sold and not all by Samsung. One of the first reviews of Samsung's smartwatch ...

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    15:58
    Apple Outlines New Ban on Bonded Labor at Supplier...

    Apple on Wednesday released its 2015 Supplier Responsibility Progress Report [PDF] and updated its Supplier Responsibility website, giving new details on its efforts to improve the lives of the workers that assemble its products.

    For its ninth annual progress report, Apple conducted 633 audits covering more than 1.6 million workers in 19 countries, and called an additional 30,000 workers to survey them on working conditions.

    One of Apple's main achievements in 2014 was putting an end to bonded labor. In October, the company told all of its suppliers that as of 2015, no worker employed on an Apple line could be charged recruitment fees. Employees have, in the past, faced significant fees levied against them by third-party recruiters, who offer them a job at an Apple factory in exchange for money. In some cases...

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    15:30
    Hands-on with the Olloclip Telephoto + CPL Lens for...

    Olloclip Telephoto + CPL Lens

    Back in the days when I was writing for "another website", I did a review of Olloclip's 4-in-1 lens for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus ($79.99). Now while I love the fact that I can take ultra-wide angle, fisheye, and macro photos with my iPhone 6 Plus, I'm more of a fan of telephoto lenses. Well, it didn't take long for Olloclip to come out with the answer to my wishes with its new Telephoto + CPL (circular polarizing lens) for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus ($99.99). 

    The Telephoto + CPL lens follows the new design meme of snapping into a wearable lanyard pendant in bright green, light blue or black -- it's nice to be able to carry your lenses without shoving them into a pocket where they might be scratched by keys. The lens kit itself has a total height of 1.08...

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    15:27
    Apple releases 2015 Supplier Responsibility Report,...

    Apple on Wednesday issued its annual Supplier Responsibility Report, covering a range of issues from factory overtime to the environment, including new rules for factories wishing to be a part of its global supply chain that prohibit those firms from charging "recruitment fees" to employees.

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    15:07
    Led Zeppelin re-releases Physical Graffiti 40 years...

    The Led Zeppelin reissue campaign continues in 2015, turning the spotlight on the double album Physical Graffiti. The deluxe edition of the group’s sixth studio album will arrive 40 years to the day after the original debuted on February 24, 1975. As with the previous deluxe editions, Physical Graffiti has been newly remastered by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page and is accompanied by a disc of companion audio comprising previously unreleased music related to the original release.

    It’s available for pre-order.

    ∞ Read this on The Loop

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    14:59
    Apple bars suppliers from employing debt-bonded...

    Apple’s SVP of Operations Jeff Williams said today that the Cupertino company made changes to its requirements for supplier factories with regard to bonded labor practices in October. The practice in question centers on suppliers charging workers recruitment fees in exchange for a job on the assembly line.

    Apple now says that these fees should be paid by employers, and employees should not pay anything at all.

    As Bloomberg notes, Apple has previously stated that its supplier partners should not charge laborers “excessive fees” equal to a month’s pay or more, but with the recent shift has banned what Williams referred to as “bonded servitude” entirely.

    Apple has long...

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    14:55
    You’re welcome Heineken

    Heineken NV, the world’s third-largest brewer, forecast growth against a tough market backdrop in the year ahead after reporting higher revenue for 2014 and increasing its dividend.

    I’ve done my part.

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    14:53
    Apple confirms that Aperture will be discontinued...

    It’s time to move on from Aperture.

    Shortly after last week’s deployment of OS X 10.10.3 to developers, Apple updated its official Aperture page on its website, adding a notice stating that Aperture will be removed from the Mac App Store when the Photos for OS X app launches.

    The same notice can also be found in the app’s Mac App Store description. Once removed from the Mac App Store, it will no longer be possible for new users to obtain the Aperture software, but those who have previously purchased Aperture will continue to be able to download it from the “Purchases” tab.

    Apple first announced that it would be discontinuing Aperture and iPhoto back in June, but the company did not specify at that time that the software would be removed from the Mac App Store entirely. Instead, it said only that there would be “no new development of Aperture” as it focused its...

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    14:48
    Want to buy this guitar? He may not sell it to you

    A Craigslist ad selling a guitar:

    “THIS GUITAR WILL NOT PLAY DOOM METAL. This guitar needs to play GOOD RIFFS and not BORING doom riffs. If your favorite band is Black Sabbath, I can’t sell this guitar to you. If you own a Fender or Gibson and want to upgrade, I can’t sell this to you (Ibanez Japanese guitars are the PRIME of guitar craftsmanship crafted by the ancient Japanese wizards—if you think otherwise, you haven’t played one of these HEAVY METAL BATTLE TANKS.)

    “If you want to play REAL GUITAR RIFFS, this guitar is for you! If you have a Marshall full-stack in your bedroom, THIS GUITAR IS FOR YOU. If you say you are ready to buy this guitar and show up to buy it wearing a Mastodon shirt, I can’t sell it to you. I MEAN RIFFS, not some banjo jangle pentatonic shit. If you own an HM2, this guitar is perfect. You can get the perfect chainsaw distortion with these HOT HIGH GAIN RAIL PICKUPS. Real riffs only.”

    That’s some funny shit.

    ...

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    14:41
    Apple's iPhone 6 Plus drives double the data...

    The phablet-sized iPhone 6 Plus sees data usage closer to a tablet than a phone as users consume more mobile video content, according to a new report, while iOS continues to dominate the enterprise market around the world.

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    14:33
    iOS apps for guitarists

    Good list of apps here from Lee Peterson. I use all of those and a couple more.

    ∞ Read this on The Loop

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    14:17
    Foremost: Small-batch, American-made clothing for...

    Each month, Foremost releases a limited-edition collection of clothing — three-to-five items per gender — alongside an interview series with some of the world’s most prominent, interesting, and creative personalities.

    Good luck to my friend, Matt Alexander, on his new project.

    ∞ Read this on The Loop

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    14:12
    ∞ Black Label Society: Stronger Than Death

    Zak Wylde puts on such a great show. This is one of my favorite BLS songs.

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    14:10
    Android Wear sales: Bad compared to phones, OK...

    So far, we haven't had much information about how Android Wear is doing, but the analysts over at Canalys say that more than 720,000 Wear watches shipped in 2014. LG's first G Watch and Samsung's Gear Live were available at the end of June, so these numbers mean that all six extant Android Wear watches shipped around three-quarters of a million units in six months (and remember, a unit shipped isn't necessarily a unit sold).

    These numbers are decidedly unimpressive when considered next to smartphone sales numbers—Apple by itself sold almost 114 million iPhones in the same amount of time—but by smartwatch standards, the Wear ecosystem is collectively doing OK. Pebble recently announced that it had shipped (that word again)...

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    13:55
    Parallels Desktop 10.1.4 - Run Windows apps without...

    Parallels Desktop is simply the world's bestselling, top-rated, and most trusted solution for running Windows applications on your Mac. With Parallels Desktop for Mac, you can seamlessly run both Windows and Mac OS X applications side-by-side without rebooting. Drag-and-drop files between Windows and Mac applications, launch Windows applications from your Mac dock, and do much more with speed, control and confidence.

    Seamless Simplicity Use Run Windows programs like they were native to your Mac. Setting up Parallels Desktop for Mac is simple and quick. Enjoy the best of both worlds - Windows and Mac OS X - on one seamless desktop.

    Performance and Personalization Experience as much or as little Windows as you want. Multiple view modes make it possible for you to customize the level of integration between Mac and Windows without compromising performance.



    Version 10.1.4 (28883):

    Note:...

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    13:52
    Samsung Smart TV Owners Fume Over Sneaky Pop-Up Ads


    Samsung Smart TV owners, already shaken by news earlier this week that their TVs can transmit voice commands and other private data to third parties, have been hit by another revelation -- that the devices sneak ads into movies they're watching without the owner's knowledge or consent. A user on the Plex forum complained that a Pepsi ad popped up every 10-15 minutes while he was watching content on his Samsung TV. This followed upgrading his Plex Media Server to version 0.9.1101.

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    13:45
    Daily Deals for February 11, 2015, featuring Simon 4...

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

    AWT's Daily Deal

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

    The native Mac utility can be used to monitor both your own website and servers as well as external sites. You can use it to track your favorite blogs, check for web mail, keep an eye on auctions...

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    12:54
    External Link: U.S. Carriers Now Required to Unlock...

    If you’ve paid off your cellular contract, your carrier is now required to unlock your phone upon request. This is part of a 2013 agreement between the FCC and the carriers. The carriers must also unlock prepaid devices after one year of activation, assuming reasonable time, payment, or usage requirements. Contact your carrier for details.

     

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

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    12:53
    Happy Hour Podcast 001 | New iOS 9 details, Apple...

    Happy Hour is back and better than ever. Join us as we kick off the first episode and discuss everything you need to know about Apple’s master plan for iOS 9, a new music streaming service in the works, Apple Watch launch details, and more. The Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and through our dedicated RSS feed.

    Click here to subscribe on iTunes or listen to the first episode embedded above.

    New episodes of Happy Hour will be available every Wednesday. As...

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    12:53
    External Link: Phone Kill Switches Are Preventing...

    So-called “kill switches,” such as the Activation Lock feature of iOS 7 and 8, are making real progress in preventing smart phone thefts. After Apple added the feature in September 2013, iPhone thefts dropped by 25 percent in New York City, 40 percent in San Francisco, and 50 percent in London in the following 12 months. Be sure to enable it if you haven’t already done so by enabling Find My iPhone in Settings > iCloud.

     

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

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    12:28
    Yojimbo 4.0.4 - Data information organizer. (Demo)

    Yojimbo empowers Mac users to manage, effortlessly and securely, the onslaught of information encountered every day at work and at home, even across multiple computers. Yojimbo stores different data types: text notes, passwords, Web bookmarks, product serial numbers, PDFs, and Web archives.

    Data input into Yojimbo follows familiar Mac user interface gestures such as copy-and-paste, drag-and-drop, a Quick Input Panel, or PDF Services from the Print menu. Searching and retrieval are instantaneous, using either Yojimbo's built-in search, or the Spotlight search system in OS X.

    Note: Yojimbo 4.0 is a free upgrade for those that purchased Yojimbo 3.x after June 14, 2013.



    Version 4.0.4:

    Note: Now requires OS X 10.8.5 or later

    Additions

    • This release consists entirely of fixes for reported issues,...

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    12:00
    Office Online gets even better in 2015

    Office Online is getting even better in 2015. We’ve been listening to your feedback and we’re rolling out updates that improve the Reading View, file management and editing experiences.

    Here are some of the new features to look for:

    Enhanced reading experience

    To make the Reading View easier to use we updated the toolbar so that the Edit, Print, Share and Comments commands are now one click away and more the advanced tools, such as Translate or Download a file, are easier to find.

    Also, now you can print faster and easier by enabling direct printing of PDF files from Word Online without having to first download the file.

    More options to save and manage your files

    Save As options have expanded to provide you additional file management options that we think you will appreciate.

    • Save As—Saves a copy of the...
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    11:56
    Amplified: Two And A Half White Guys

    Jim, Shawn and Special Guest Dave Mark talk Tim Cook, The Loop Magazine, The Grammys and Kanye West!

    ∞ Read this on The Loop

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    11:50
    iPhone users can now reload their Starbucks Card...

    The official Starbucks application for iOS was updated on Wednesday to add support for Apple Pay, allowing users to quickly reload their Starbucks Card with the press of a fingertip.

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    11:49
    iFFmpeg 5.2 - Convert multimedia files between...

    iFFmpeg is a graphical front-end for FFmpeg, a command-line tool used to convert multimedia files between formats. The command line instructions can be very hard to master/understand, so iFFmpeg does all the hard work for you. This allows you to use FFmpeg without detailed command-line knowledge.



    Version 5.2:

    • Improved merging MPEG TS files.
    • Added FFmpeg option 'seek2any' (Allow seeking to non-keyframes on demuxer level)
    • Added audio normalisation threshold (0dB, -1dB, -2dB, -3dB, -4dB and -5dB)
    • It is now possible to hardburn blu-ray (HDPGS) subtitles.
    • Changed font size for better reading.
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    • Improved checking FFmpeg binary.
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    11:34
    Historic Genius Bar logos are being removed

    IFO Apple Store:

    An original and significant element of Apple’s retail stores is disappearing. Over the past month workers have been removing the “atom” symbol that has pinpointed the Genius Bars since the first store opened in 2001, and they are replacing it with wall graphics to match those recently installed in back-lit wall displays.

    I’ll be sorry to see them go. One of my favourite photos I ever took was of Steve Jobs at the opening of the first New York Store. He was leaning forward on the Genius Bar and I framed a perfect shot of him with the word “Genius” right about his head.

    ∞ Read this on The Loop

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    11:08
    Starbucks iPhone app updated w/ Apple Pay, enhanced...


    Apple announced Starbucks as an Apple Pay partner when it unveiled the mobile payment system last fall, and today the coffee chain is beginning to roll out support for Apple Pay through the latest version of its iPhone app.

    While Starbucks does not yet accept Apple Pay in its brick-and-mortar stores, customers have long been able to pay with the iPhone app in stores using a digital Starbucks Card barcode scanned by a barista. Starting today, customers can load credit to a Starbucks Card within the app using Apple Pay as a payment method....

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    11:00
    How do you use Notification Center?

    First introduced with iOS 5, Notification Center made its way to the Mac with OS X Mountain Lion in July 2012. Three years later, I've got a love-hate relationship with it. Some features are tremendously useful, while other aspects feel like yet another "thing" I've got to attend to. I'm interested in seeing if and how you use Notification Center on your Mac, but first, here are my thoughts. 
     
    What I Love

    There's a lot to be enthusiastic about, especially the zero-effort, glance-friendly delivery of information. You can be working along when ping! In comes an unobtrusive notification about an email message, a text, something new on Facebook, etc. Often, simply reading the notification is all the interaction that's required. I barely even break the stride of what I was doing. 

    Also awesome? Do Not Disturb. There will be times when you can't have those...

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    10:38
    iPhone thefts drop after Apple adds “kill switch”

    The number of stolen iPhones dropped by 40 percent in San Francisco and 25 percent in New York in the 12 months after Apple Inc added a kill switch to its devices in September 2013. In London, smartphone theft dropped by half, according to an announcement by officials in the three cities.

    This was a real concern for cities around the world. The drop shows how powerful the kill switch has been as a deterrent.

    ∞ Read this on The Loop

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    10:33
    Review: Hyper’s new Pearl is a compact, LED-lit...

    It’s not easy to create a legitimately novel accessory these days, and it’s even harder to sail smoothly through a crowdfunding campaign to bring one to market. Sanho — better-known as Hyper thanks to a popular line of battery products — spent much of 2014 preparing to release a female-friendly combination compact mirror and USB battery pack, using both Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns to raise funds for its production. After making a public splash at the 2015 CES alongside the new (and world’s smallest) laser pointer iPin, the mirror-battery Pearl ($39) is now shipping to customers through Indiegogo’s InDemand service.

    The result — a 3.6″-diameter circular double mirror with a 3000mAh battery underneath — has been...

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    10:27
    Android Wear stumbles out of the gate with just 720K...

    Though Google and its manufacturing partners hoped to get the jump on the Apple Watch with the debut of its own wearable platform last year, it didn't translate into blockbuster sales to consumers, according to a new study.

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    10:18
    iPhone 6 Plus Owners Use Twice as Much Data as...

    There's a new mobile analytics report out from Citrix [PDF] and it's filled with interesting data on mobile usage, including a tidbit that suggests iPhone 6 Plus owners use far more data than other iPhone owners.

    People who own the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus consume twice as much data as people who own the smaller 4.7-inch iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus data usage is 10 times higher than data usage on the 3.5-inch iPhone 3GS. That last statistic isn't surprising -- along with a small screen, the iPhone 3GS is much slower with hardware that's almost six years old.

    Citrix suggests that the higher iPhone 6 Plus data usage is due to its users treating it like a tablet, consuming more media like streaming movies on the device.iPhone 6 Plus subscribers generate the most data volume, double that of an iPhone 6. This increase impacts...

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    10:06
    Apple Seeks Trademarks for Ten Round "Apple...

    Last Friday Apple filed a series of ten trademark applications covering various "Apple Watch" app icons that were published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office today. Although all were filed under International Class 9, the specific verbiage for each has been custom tailored for each of the specific Apple Watch icons.

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    Box to Let Enterprises Bring Their Own Keys to the...


    Box is working with Amazon Web Services and Gemalto to bring to market the solution, called "Box Enterprise Key Management," and give its most security-minded customers total control over the keys used to encrypt data they store on Box. "Industries like finance, government, legal and healthcare are facing a new set of challenges when it comes to establishing control over their content -- and who can access it -- without hindering collaboration and productivity," Aaron Levie, Box co-founder and CEO, said in a statement.

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    10:00
    Apple's Activation Lock credited for drop in...

    Apple Inc. Activation Lock Status Webpage

    Reuters reported today that smartphone thefts -- particularly those of iPhones -- have dropped dramatically since Apple first implemented its "kill switch" Activation Lock in September of 2013.

    In San Francisco, iPhone theft dropped 40 percent, while New York saw a 25 percent decline. Perhaps the most impressive decline was in London, where smartphone theft was cut in half. 

    With such impressive results, lawmakers are calling for action to mandate similar features in all smartphones. London Mayor Boris Johnson, New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon are all pressing for laws mandating "kill switches". California already...

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    Parallels Desktop offers 'experimental support...

    Parallels says Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac (parallels.com/desktop) now provides experimental support for Windows 10 Technical Preview and Office Preview for Windows 10, which includes Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

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    09:36
    Apple Confirms Aperture to Be Removed From Mac App...

    Shortly after last week's deployment of OS X 10.10.3 to developers, Apple updated its official Aperture page on its website, adding a notice stating that Aperture will be removed from the Mac App Store when the Photos for OS X app launches.

    The same notice can also be found in the app's Mac App Store description, as noted by MacGeneration [Google Translate]. Once removed from the Mac App Store, it will no longer be possible for new users to obtain the Aperture software, but those who have...

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    09:28
    Google brings smooth Safari-like zoom to Chrome...

    The latest build of Chrome Canary for Mac packs a great new feature that’s likely familiar to those who use Safari on a daily basis. While current stable builds of Chrome have a jaggedy pinch-to-zoom functionality that only zooms in 10% increments, the latest build of Chrome Canary provides a smooth buttery zoom experience like Apple’s browser.

    As of right now, it looks like the feature works a little bit less fluidly than Apple’s offering, but that’s to expected in the most experimental public release version of Chrome. Zooming works the same way that it does in Safari and current versions of Chrome, so all it takes is pinching two fingers on the Trackpad.

    If you’re sticking with Safari on your Mac for this reason or others (battery life, anyone?), it looks like this feature—once it makes its way to the stable release—will give you one more reason to switch over to Google...

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    09:25
    Apple Shares Continue to Surge as Record-Breaking...

    Apple shares are currently valued at roughly $124 each in intraday trading, giving the Cupertino-based company a record-breaking market cap exceeding $720 billion. Apple stock continues to rise after the iPhone maker became the first U.S. company to close with a market cap over $700 billion on Tuesday, the same day in which CEO Tim Cook spoke live at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference.

    Apple shares have risen over 48% since the start of 2014, despite some critics suggesting that the company has faced a lack of innovation since the passing of late co-founder Steve Jobs. Apple has been particularly successful in China, which Cook claims has grown from a $1 billion to $38 billion market for the company in the past five years. Apple plans to expand from 19 to 40 retail stores in China over the next year...

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    9to5Toys Last Call: Retina MacBook Pro $250 off, uNu...

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

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    09:00
    Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

    Apps Now Free

    gTasks Pro - Tasks Manager for Google Tasks, Todo list & Reminders [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $4.99] Sync your tasks with Google and across your iPhone & iPad devices.
    Never liked your tasks app? You’ll love this one :)

    Pomodoro Time: Focus Timer & Goal Tracker for work and study based on Pomodoro Technique ™ [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] Create tasks, configure breaks and track your progress throughout the day, week or custom period. Use either your iPhone...

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    08:51
    Four Little-Known Safari Tricks

    Safari in Yosemite may look simple on the surface, but if you know where to look under its skin, you can find a number of useful and advanced features.

     

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    Apple's $848M, 25-year solar agreement is the...

    Apple's landmark solar power deal, announced by CEO Tim Cook this week, is a long-term sustainable energy solution that should generate enough to power essentially all of the company's California operations, including the upcoming "spaceship" Campus 2, by the end of 2016.

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    08:45
    Smartphone Theft Drops After Spread of Kill Switches

    alphadogg writes "Thefts involving smartphones have declined dramatically in three major cities since manufacturers began implementing 'kill switches' that allow the phones to be turned off remotely if they are stolen, authorities said on Tuesday. The number of stolen iPhones dropped by 40 percent in San Francisco and 25 percent in New York in the 12 months after Apple added a kill switch to its devices in September 2013. In London, smartphone theft dropped by half, according to an announcement by officials in the three cities.

    ...

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    08:30
    The Week in iOS Accessories: Dandy docks and super...

    Dandy docks and super selfies

    This week’s roundup includes a pair of cool new iOS docks and a couple of different accessories for taking great selfies. Plus: speakers, photo lenses, and more.

    CableJive

    The $50 HeroDock has a sturdy aluminum base designed to support either your iPhone or your iPad while it charges. The maker says it features “a solid aluminum base for a solid foundation and one-hand release, a secure stage for docking all size devices, perfect lift and tilt for streaming audio and video.”

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

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    08:26
    Snowman teases new game Alto's Adventure

    Snow, llamas, snowboards, inclement weather! Snowman has released a teaser video for its upcoming game, Alto's Adventure. I've been playing with the beta builds for quite a while and I am liking it a whole heck of a lot. I'll have all the details when the app ships on February 19th. 

     

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    08:15
    Tired of Tinder? Try Willow, the Quora of dating apps

    For better or worse, Tinder and its clones have changed the way people date. But swiping through photos to find the hottest nearby hook-up partner isn’t for everyone. Willow launches Wednesday in the App Store to give you another, less superficial way to meet people.

    How it works: People love to answer questions, if the popularity of Quora and Yahoo! Answers is any indication. They also love to talk about themselves. Willow combines the two with a Q&A-style format designed to encourage conversation before a big photo reveal.

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

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    07:55
    iPhone 6 Plus owners consume twice the data of their...

    Apple iPhone 6 Plus owners outpace all other iPhone owners in data consumption, doubling the amount used by iPhone 6 owners and exceeding iPhone 3GS owners by a factor of ten. As reported by Citrix, the data consumption pattern of iPhone 6 Plus owners mirrors that of tablet users.

    “iPhone 6 Plus subscribers generate the most data volume, double that of an iPhone 6. This increase impacts subscribers when choosing a new device – be careful to select a data plan that matches your super-sized screen.

    Clearly the phablet sized iPhone 6 Plus shows data usage patterns more akin to tablet usage. For mobile operators, this increase provides an opportunity to shift subscriber Wi-Fi usage towards mobile networks.”

    — Citrix

    Our take on the news:

    These results are not surprising...

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    07:43
    Review: iBattz’ Refuel Invictus battery case lets...

    Like most things, the title of “best iPhone 6 battery case” is subject to change whenever something new and great shows up to challenge existing options, and as the iPhone 6 is still young, we’re expecting a lot of jockeying for position over the next few months. The latest real contender comes from iBattz, maker of some of the best iPhone battery cases I’ve tested. Refuel Invictus for iPhone 6 ($100, aka Mojo Refuel Invictus) is the first iPhone 6 case to include a great feature from some earlier iPhone 4/4S and 5/5s cases: removable, replaceable batteries.

    Using solely the items in its own box, Refuel Invictus delivered the largest recharge I...

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    07:27
    Apple Releases a New "Make Music with iPad...

    Apple has released a new "Make Music with iPad" video as noted above featuring the tune "All or Nothing" by Elliphant.

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    07:18
    Hazel 3.3.4 - Create rules for organizing and...

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

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

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

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



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    07:14
    Microsoft Office 2011 14.4.8 - Popular productivity...

    Microsoft Office 2011 helps you create professional documents and presentations. And since Office for Mac 2011 is compatible with Office for Windows, you can work on documents with virtually anyone, anywhere.

    Work well with others. Be on the same page with Office for Mac and Office for Windows, including new features in Office 2010. Whether you're looking to share files or work together online, now you can do it with complete confidence, knowing that Office for Mac is most compatible with Office for Windows. With Office being used on more than 1 billion Macs and PCs worldwide, you can work with practically anyone you want, how you want, wherever you want-with no worries.

    Save time with software you already know. Learning new software can be time-consuming. Office for Mac 2011 contains the familiar commands, formats, and interfaces you already know, so you can start working right away. It's never been easier to switch...

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    06:58
    Sketchy analyst claim says Apple will stick to 8MP...

    A Taiwanese analyst speaking about the company which makes most of the lenses for iPhones claims that Apple will be sticking to an 8MP camera in the next-generation iPhone 6s, reports Taipei Times.

    Jeff Pu said that the camera specifications of the next-generation iPhone, dubbed iPhone 6S, will stay the same as the current iPhone 6 at 8-megapixels, limiting potential catalysts to push [Apple lens supplier] Largan’s stock price higher in the second half of the year.

    Pu’s reasoning–that limited supplies of higher-resolution CMOS sensors have lead Apple to make the decision–seems somewhat spurious for a company renowned for its supply chain management, but the idea isn’t an unreasonable one.

    While those who know little about photography may buy on numbers, cramming more megapixels into a small sensor can actually...

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    06:46
    Apple Seeks to Trademark a Key "Apple Watch...

    Last Friday Apple filed a trademark application for a key "Apple Watch" user interface graphic. Today the U.S. and European Patent & Trademark Offices published Apple's application filed under International Class 9 which covers all manner of computers, interfaces for computers and beyond.

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    06:38
    Apple Invests $848 Million Into Solar Farm

    An anonymous reader writes: Apple is making a huge investment in solar energy, sending $848 million to First Solar's California Flats Solar Project. The deal will supply Apple with energy for 25 years. Construction of the new 2,900-acre solar farm will start this summer and finish by the end of 2016. Apple's share of the energy produced will be about 130 megawatts, while another 150 MW will be sold to Pacific Gas & Electric. "The iPhone maker already powers all of its data centers with renewable energy. Tim Cook, Apple's chief executive officer, has advocated taking more steps to combat climate change."

    ...

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    06:36
    JP Morgan raises Apple price target to $145,...

    Investment firm J.P. Morgan on Wednesday revised its estimates to accommodate for the April launch of the Apple Watch, a product it believes will help push shares of AAPL to $145 before the end of 2015.

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    06:28
    Transcript of Tim Cook at the Goldman Sachs...

    Serenity Caldwell is a miracle worker. She put together a transcript of Tim Cook’s talk at the Goldman Sachs conference. Given the casual, conversational nature of his talk, that was no easy feat.

    ∞ Read this on The Loop

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    06:25
    iPhone 6/6 Plus come to Ting as Sprint MVNOs no...

    Sources say Sprint is dropping a requirement that made the mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) using its network—such as Ting, FreedomPop, Straight Talk, Boost, and Virgin—wait a certain period of time, usually at least a year, before offering support for the latest devices.

    Up until now, that meant that Sprint MVNO carriers like Ting have only offered support for last generation devices. With the lifting of the requirement, Ting is getting set to announce support for both iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Other Sprint partners will likely follow. 

    Users that purchase a SIM-free unlocked iPhone 6 or 6 Plus can soon bring and activate...

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    06:22
    Kool Tools: HoudahSpot 4.0 for Mac OS X

    Houdah Software's HoudahSpot 4.0, an upgrade to their desktop search tool for Mac OS X, has been completely reimagined for OS X Yosemite, is faster and easier to use.

    Version 4.0 has been completely reimagined for OS X Yosemite. It's faster, easier to use and packs many new features, according to the folks at Houdah Software.

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    06:11
    24U Software releases 24U Phone Companion 2.0

    24U Software has rolled out 24U Phone Companion 2.0, a new version of their FileMaker plug-in solution for Mac OS X and Windows.

    4U Phone Companion allows FileMaker solutions to interact directly with supported PBX (telephone switches). Version 2.0 adds support for call centers by providing called trunk line identification and improving support for complex phone handling workflows thanks to the ability to process unknown messages from and send raw commands back to the connected phone system.

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    ∞ Tim Cook setting the Apple Watch bar on “Cool”

    An interesting moment in Tim Cook’s Goldman Sachs talk where he calls out the moderator on his choice of watches.

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    Pegatron's Pegacasa Team to Introduce Designer...

    Taiwan-based Pegatron, a contract electronics supplier for Apple and other brands, has unveiled a new product line of mobile accessories to cater to big-screen iPhone users.

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