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Thursday April 3

12:28
New Study: Apple Users Lead the Trend of Multi-...

According to a new Kantar Worldpanel report published today, the data clearly shows that Apple users are high quality users and lead the trend of multi-screen adoption. What's interesting about the study is that the trend appears to be occurring in urban China – one of the most important mobile markets in the world.

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12:27
Cortana Reports for Windows Phone 8.1 Duty


Microsoft on Wednesday introduced Windows Phone 8.1, the latest refresh to its mobile operating system. The update includes a personal digital assistant named "Cortana," based on the popular AI character in the video game Halo. Cortana is the Windows Phone 8.1 counterpart to Apple's Siri or Google's much less personal Now. Users can access Cortana by voice or type, and she will respond in kind. Powered by Bing, Cortana is capable of learning users' habits and preferences, and can curate and communicate information.

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12:19
Type2Phone 2.4

Releases since our review of the Mac app that types on an iOS device add a variety of minor tweaks, bug fixes, and shortcuts, along with a Send Using Type2Phone service and a compose window. ($4.99 new, free update, 800K)

 

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12:15
Apple's Exploration of Pressure Sensitive Touch...

Apple is exploring touch screen technology that determines pressure sensitivity using a combination of capacitive touch and infrared light sensing, according to a new patent application recently published by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (via AppleInsider).

The patent describes a method of determining the force of a user's touch on a capacitive screen using infrared transmit lines from transmitters and receivers positioned under the frame of the cover glass. Capacitive touch combined with light would determine both the position of the finger and distinguish...

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12:08
Safari updated to version 7.0.3

Earlier this week, Apple released an update to Safari bringing it up to version 7.0.3 for Mavericks and Safari 6.1.3 for Mountain Lion and Lion users. The updates are available through the OS X App Store application. You will need to quit Safari, if it is open, in order to complete the update. The following is the list of changes in the update:

  • Fixes an issue that could cause the search address field to load a webpage or send a search term before the return key is pressed
  • Improves credit card auto fill compatibility with websites
  • Fixes an issue that could block receipt of push notifications from websites
  • Adds a preference to turn off push notification prompts from websites
  • Adds support for webpages with generic top-level domains
  • Strengthens Safari sandboxing
  • Fixes security issues, including several identified in recent security...
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12:07
Facebook Messenger for iPhone updated with free...

Just a week after Facebook added group management to its Messenger app, the social network is out with yet another update to the messaging service: free calls for everyone.

The feature allows you to call your Facebook friends who also have the app over WiFi for free (you can call over cellular as well, but this uses data, of course). Free calling is especially beneficial to users who communicate internationally as calling rates tend to get pricey in that area.

Messaging threads now include a phone icon for prompting calls from the app, and the actual phone user interface resembles the native iOS Phone UI prior to iOS 7.1 introducing a tweaked design to the Phone app.

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12:00
Fantastical shines on the iPad's display

Fantastical from Flexibits has been my go-to calendar on the Mac and iPhone for a long time now. This week the company released an iPad version (US$9.99) that takes advantage of the device's big display. The app isn't simply larger on the iPad. The...

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11:51
Pebble 2.1.1 update now in the App Store, appears to...

Sometime yesterday, Pebble’s updated iOS app to fix the problems introduced by the 2.1 update, appeared on the App Store. Version 2.1.1, in our experience, has resolved the problems, in particular the inability to launch the iOS app. I simply installed the new version over the old and everything started up fine. There was a method posted on some sites for removing 2.1 and reinstalling the old version, but I do not know the results of trying this. Pebble’s response was little more than a confirmation that the updated app had been submitted and then the fact that the 2.1.1 version was showing up in the App Store. The following in the list of...

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11:47
Apple settles patent infringement suit with Sony,...

Apple has reached an out-of-court settlement with Intertrust Technologies, a holding company owned jointly by consumer electronics giants Sony and Philips, putting an end to a patent infringement lawsuit filed against the iPhone maker by Intertrust one year ago.
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11:45
Elgato debuts $230 Thunderbolt Dock

Elgato has released the Thunderbolt Dock, its own entry for MacBook owners looking to expand connection options. The peripheral includes two Thunderbolt ports, the second enabling passthroughs to other Thunderbolt devices. Also present are three USB 3.0 ports, HDMI and Ethernet connections, and headphone and microphone jacks....
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11:44
Apps: AmpliTube Orange, Fantastical 2, IFTTT 2.0 +...

IK Multimedia’s AmpliTube Orange ($15) is a new version of the studio recording app, featuring the look and sound of the legendary Orange amplifiers. Like the standard AmpliTube app, AmpliTube Orange is a guitar/bass multi-FX processor and recording studio that connects a guitar to an iOS device using various…

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11:41
Review: Ooma Office VoIP telecommunications suite

Voice over IP (VoIP) services have been around for a very long time. Only recently has the implementation become a bit more robust allowing for businesses to shift the majority of telephony to the devices. One of the foremost devices in the field right now is the Ooma Office suite. The device promises to revolutionize all office communications for a lower monthly price than traditional telecommunications providers. Can it really do all it claims to? Read our review to find out....
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11:33
Safari 7.0.3 and 6.1.3

Safari 7.0.3 adds improved credit card autofill and a preference to disable push notification prompts, along with important security fixes. (Free)

 

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11:30
Daily Deals for April 3, 2014, featuring 1stFlip...

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

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11:18
Apple acquired speech recognition company Novauris...

Apple has acquired Novauris Technologies, a company with a lot of talent in the automatic speech recognition field, according to a report from TechCrunch. The purchase of Novauris Technologies actually happened sometime last year, and the team is now at Apple working to improve speech recognition features of Siri. A quick look at CEO Yoon Kim’s LinkedIn page shows that the company likely joined Apple in September of last year.

The company is actually made up of former Dragon Systems R&D team members, a company with notable history in the voice dictation and speech recognition fields.

Apple quietly...

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11:17
Apple Acquired Speech Recognition Firm Novauris Last...

Apple purchased automatic speech recognition company Novauris Technologies last year, reports TechCrunch. Novauris' main product was NovaSystem, a server-based distributed speech recognition system.

According to the company's website, its technology is able to handle multiple simultaneous voice requests, recognizing complete phrases and analyzing syllable structure for better speech recognition.

NovaSearch doesn’t carry out recognition at the word or sequence-of-words level, but rather identifies complete phrases from start to finish by matching them against a potentially huge inventory of possible utterances. This enables it to assemble information about what has been spoken over utterances of virtually any length and take near-optimal decisions.While the Novauris website does not mention its acquisition by Apple, TechCrunch...

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11:12
Apple acquires speech recognition company Novauris

Apple has acquired automatic speech recognition company Novauris Technologies, TechCrunch reports. The acquisition reportedly occurred in 2013, and the Novauris team was already working on Siri as of last fall. Last year, it was reported that a formerly unknown “small team of notable names in speech technology” was…

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11:00
WWDC for fun and tickles

It's that time of year again! This morning, when Apple announced its WWDC dates and opened its new lottery system, potential attendees started going crazy attempting to book flights and hotel rooms in the hope they'd get lucky. This morning thousands...

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10:55
Apple acquired speech recognition firm Novauris last...

An Apple acquisition from 2013 may have quietly flown under the radar, as it was revealed this week that the Siri development team has added personnel from Novauris Technologies.
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10:53
IFTTT gains support for iPad, iOS notifications in...

Service-linking website IFTTT (If This Then That) has updated its iOS app with its first-ever iPad support, and more significantly, its entire platform with support for iOS push notifications. That means that any recipe can now trigger notifications on an iOS device. If a weather service is forecasting a storm for tomorrow, for example, the IFTTT app can display an alert. Most recipes are said to refresh every 15 minutes, though notifications should become faster as more people use them....
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10:40
Obama administration upset over alleged Samsung...

The White House is reportedly unhappy with South Korean electronics maker Samsung, over allegations that the company sponsored a "selfie" to which President Barack Obama was inadvertently a party.
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10:30
Steve Jobs email: "2011: Holy War with Google...

Steve Jobs was never one to mince words, which makes recently released emails from the former Apple CEO not all that surprising. In documents that have come to light as part of Apple and Samsung's second California trial, the Wall Street Journal...

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10:20
VoiceAge Patents used in new Infringement Lawsuit...

St. Laurence Communications has filed a major patent infringement lawsuit against Samsung involving five patents. All five inventions were originally filed under VoiceAge Corporation that have been recognized as a pioneer in speech and audio compression for the modern mobile phone by the ITU, ISO, ETSI, 3GPP2 and others. The products allegedly infringing upon these five patents are extensive. They include Samsung’s HD Voice phones including the Galaxy ...

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10:20
Apple Joins IBM, Microsoft in Patent Reform Lobby...

Apple is taking a bigger role in pushing for patent reform in the United States by teaming up with IBM, Microsoft, and other companies as part of the Partnership for American Innovation. The organization's goal is to lobby the Federal government to adopt the changes it wants to improve the country's patent system.

The Mac Observer Spin: The current state of the patent system in the U.S. has made for an environment where it's far to easy for patent trolls to bully companies into licensing payments that may not be appropriate, but are less expensive than drawn out litigation. It's clear there needs to be some chance, so hopefully the Partnership for American Innovation will work for good and not evil.


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10:08
Micron DDR4 RAM rumored to improve battery life,...

A mysterious $250 million payment to memory maker Micron has fueled speculation that the company's new LPDDR4 DRAM could be making its way to future Apple products, potentially as soon as its next generation of iPhone, iPad and Mac models.
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10:05
9to5Toys Last Call: Mpow Bluetooth headphones $33,...

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call updates:

  • Mpow Bluetooth 4.0 Stereo Foldable Headphones Headset $33 shipped (Reg. $80)
  • iOttie Easy One Touch Car Mount for iPhone, Galaxy, and other smartphones ...
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10:05
Together 3.1.8 - Store and organize all of your...

Together helps you organize your Mac, giving you the ability to store, edit and preview your files in a single clean, uncluttered interface.

Smart storage. With simple drag-and-drop functionality, Together lets you gather up images, text, bookmarks, and files for safekeeping. With built-in note-taking capabilities and easy inter-app file transfers, take control of cluttered, disorganized groups of files and restore them to a state of order and manageability.

Previewing and editing. Together can edit and preview a wide range of filetypes, and seamlessly incorporates QuickView for everything else. File editing is always a double-click away, and your changes are automatically synchronized.

Organization, optimized. If you are tired of dealing with scatterbrained systems of files and folders, Together's refreshing, iTunes-like interface will help you breathe easy. Organize items into groups and...

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10:00
Zombie Launcher is a fun time burner once you get...

When it comes to iOS games I've got a particular taste for oddball time burners. The Flappy Bird and Spellgrid's of the world are perfect for getting a quick game in when you don't have a lot of time. So when I was sent Zombie Launch, I felt the...

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10:00
Reviews: Ooma Office small business VoIP

Voice over IP (VoIP) services have been around for a very long time. Only recently has the implementation become a bit more robust allowing for businesses to shift the majority of telephony to the devices. One of the foremost devices in the field right now is the Ooma Office suite. The device promises to revolutionize all office communications ......
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09:51
Details You're Not Supposed To See From Boston...

curtwoodward (2147628) writes "In January, Boston University settled lawsuits against two dozen big technology companies for allegedly using its patented blue LED technology without permission. But apparently, the school's lawyers were a little too forthcoming for everyone's tastes — they recently asked a federal judge to delete a court filing that spelled out all of the companies who settled. Luckily, we still had the unredacted version, which shows that Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Motorola and many more are on the list, even if they don't want you to know it."

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09:51
Details You're Not Supposed To See From Boston...

curtwoodward (2147628) writes "In January, Boston University settled lawsuits against two dozen big technology companies for allegedly using its patented blue LED technology without permission. But apparently, the school's lawyers were a little too forthcoming for everyone's tastes — they recently asked a federal judge to delete a court filing that spelled out all of the companies who settled. Luckily, we still had the unredacted version, which shows that Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Motorola and many more are on the list, even if they don't want you to know it."

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09:45
How to use Voice Search with the Apple TV

When Amazon introduced the Fire TV yesterday, much was made about the ability to do voice search on the device. In the linked post, Kirk McElhearn walks through the process of doing the same thing on Apple TV, using the iOS Remote app. Cool beans.

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09:42
The radio trumps online services for music discovery

When it comes to discovering new music nothing beats the good old radio. That's according to the results of an Edison Research survey which finds that 35% of Americans, who try to keep up with the latest music, consider FM/AM radio their number one source to keep up with the latest trends.

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09:38
Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Kicks Off June...

Apple has announced that it will hold its annual Worldwide Developers Conference June 2 through June 6 at San Francisco’s Moscone West. At the conference, developers from around the world will learn about the future of iOS and OS X. WWDC will feature more than 100 technical sessions, over 1,000 Apple engineers, hands-on labs to help developers integrate new technologies and fine-tune their apps, as well as the Apple Design Awards, which showcase the best apps from the past year. Developers can apply for tickets via the WWDC website now through Monday, April 7 at 10 a.m. PDT, and tickets will be issued to attendees through random selection. Developers will know their status by Monday, April 7 at 5 p.m. PDT. There will also be 200 Student Scholarships available, giving students around the world the chance to earn a free ticket (developer.apple.com/wwdc/students).

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09:30
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

Quick 4 Minute Workout...

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09:23
Review: STM Folio for iPad Air

For professional use, the iPad is something of a strange beast. It's more work-friendly than a smartphone obviously, but still not as powerful as a laptop. The main advantage over a computer is portability -- it's thin and lightweight, and many airport checkpoints won't even make you take it out of your carry-on when you fly. STM's new Folio case for the iPad Air is intended to make things even more travel-friendly, thanks to loops and pockets for your essential gear. Does that actually make it a practical case, though?...
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09:16
Apple, Microsoft, others partner for PAI group

A diverse group of g companies — including Apple, DuPont, Ford, GE, IBM, Microsoft and Pfizer — have launched the Partnership for American Innovation (PAI) to safeguard America’s position as a global innovation leader. Former U.S. Patent Trademark Office (USPTO) Director David Kappos, now a partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, is a senior advisor to the group.

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09:10
Lenmar introduces ChugPlug, an external portable...

Lenmar Enterprises has released the ChugPlug, a portable power pack and battery charger for the MacBook. It's designed for the MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro.

Marty Goldberg, president of Lenmar Enterprises, says the ChugPlug provides an additional three hours of power for the 13-inch MacBook Pro and four hours for the MacBook Air. It's designed to be the same height and weight of Apple's 60-watt MagSafe and connects with the MacBook power adapter.

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09:09
iPhone Apps: TextExpander, Angry Birds Star Wars II...


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09:05
Greenpeace praises Apple for helping to foster a...

For a number of years, it seemed that Greenpeace was all too eager to take shots at Apple. These days, the environmental organization can't help but heap praise upon Apple for its increased attention to renewable energy and its otherwise increasing...

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09:03
Micron's DDR4 RAM May Improve Battery Life in...

Apple's customers may receive a boost in performance and improved battery life from the company's 2014 products thanks to improvements in Micron's LPDDR4 DRAM technology, claims Matt Margolis (Via 9to5Mac).

According to Margolis, Micron is ramping up production of its DDR4 RAM and will supply Apple with memory chips for its 2014 iPad, iPhone and Mac models, which are expected to debut later this year. Margolis believes a "mystery" $250 million payment Micro received for "product to be supplied through September 2016" is from Apple as part of a multi-year deal. Apple is a current DRAM customer of Micron...

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09:01
Briefly: FTL comes to iPad, Pebble 2.1.1 adds app...

Subset Games' PC strategy game Faster Than Light (FTL), has been ported for the iPad 2 and later. Gamers are tasked with running a spaceship trying to escape an oncoming rebel fleet. This involves managing crews and subsystems, coping with threats like fires, boardings, and depressurization. The iPad version includes the free Advanced Edition expansion, which adds new ship, enemies, events, weapons, and more. Available for $10 on iTunes, FTL requires iOS 6 or later, and is not compatible with the original iPad....
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09:00
The Week in iOS Apps: Captain, courageous

The Week in iOS Apps: Captain, courageous

This week’s apps include an appearance by Marvel’s superhero of the moment. Plus updates to Spotify, Fantastical 2, TextExpander, and other popular apps.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

This $3 game for iPhone and iPad lets you fight some of Cap’s better-known enemies—King Cobra, Taskmaster, Puff Adder, and the Winter Soldier—while occasionally calling in some of his friends, like the Black Widow, the Falcon, and even some Avengers. In-app purchases make it possible for you to upgrade Cap’s suit, research enemies more quickly, and advance in the game more efficiently.

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08:59
Flux: Design iOS transitions

This looks really cool. It even generates the files needed for Xcode on export—there’s a public beta available for download.

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08:50
Apple, others form patent lobbying group

Apple and a number of other large companies have created a new lobbying group dedicated to fighting proposed changes to the patent system, Reuters reports. The group — which also includes DuPont, Ford, General Electric, IBM, Microsoft, and Pfizer — calls itself the Partnership for American Innovation. Pending legislation…

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08:39
Apple, Microsoft, IBM team to form pro-patent...

Apple, in conjunction with IBM, Microsoft, and others not in the technology industry have created The Partnership for American Innovation. The group's first goal is lobbying the US government to alter the trajectory of patent reform. Former US Patent Trademark Office (USPTO) Director David Kappos is a senior advisor to the group....
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08:34
∞ Black Sabbath: Changes

One of my favorite songs.

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08:30
IFTTT app update brings support for push...


If This Then That (IFTTT), the popular web service that allows users to automate tasks from a long list of other mobile apps and web services, is today announcing an update to its iOS app that also introduces full support for iPad and new features for the iPhone version (via TNW).

The most notable new feature is push notification support, allowing any IFTTT “recipe” to result in a push notification to your iPhone or iPad. While you could already get push notifications to show up in a recipe from many apps that send out...

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08:30
Monument Valley is proof that games can be art

If you have a dog in the never-ending "Are games art?" debate, you know that there are good arguments to be made on both sides. I firmly believe that games can be art, and to anyone who disagrees, I would eagerly point you in the direction of...

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08:29
Apple Joins Safeguard Patent Group 'Partnership...

It's being reported today that a diverse group of industry-leading companies such as Apple, DuPont, Ford, GE, IBM, Microsoft and Pfizer that have staked their businesses on innovation, have launched the Partnership for American Innovation (PAI) to safeguard America's position as a global innovation leader.

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08:24
Apple, Microsoft and others group to lobby against...


Apple is worried that new legislation will limit its ability to protect its own intellectual property.

Reuters is reporting that Apple, Microsoft, Ford, General Electric, IBM and other companies are forming a lobbyist group called the ‘Partnership for American Innovation’. The group is worried that upcoming legislation focused on patent trolls may adversely affect true ‘innovators’ as well.

The legislation is targeted at fighting patent assertion entities (PAEs), companies commonly referred to as patent trolls. These companies buy up patents but produce no actual products themselves, instead...

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08:14
Apple's iPhone 5s remains best selling...

Consumers continued to choose Apple's flagship iPhone 5s more than any other smartphone in March thanks in part to strong brand loyalty, and one analyst believes that Apple's sales could increase even further as buyers begin to upgrade their handsets more frequently.
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08:00
Doo moves beyond document syncing, releases Scanbot...


Earlier this year, the developers of the document-syncing application Doo announced that the company was shutting down its backend and removing its app from sale. The company wasn’t going anywhere, however, and had plans for a brand new product that would be revealed soon.

Today, the company has taken the wraps off of its newest app, Scanbot, which allows users to scan documents into their iPhone and store them as PDFs or JPGs on a variety of cloud services. We had a chance to talk to Frank Thelen, CEO of Doo, about why the original service was shuttered, how the company decided on a new direction, and and what...

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08:00
MacHeist launches Apple Design Award Bundle

MacHeist is offering a new software deal, the Apple Design Award Bundle. As the name implies it gathers together some past winners of the Apple Design Awards at a cheaper cost, specifically just $20. The titles in the bundle are normally worth $1,776 when bought separately....
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08:00
How to watch Major League Baseball games on your...

The 2014 Major League Baseball season kicked off this week, which means it is time to outfit all your devices with the right tools to catch every morale-crushing strikeout or game-winning homerun. To get the most complete coverage, you'll want to...

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08:00
Reading List: Inactivation lock, iAds for the masses...

Sometimes smaller stories slip through the cracks; this Thursday, we’re here to catch them with a feature we call Reading List.

iOS 7 bug allows anyone to disable Find My iPhone and bypass Activation Lock without a password

The Activation Lock feature introduced with iOS 7, which prevents an iOS device from being activated without the relevant iCloud login, can apparently be bypassed with a little fleet-fingered work. (This is reminiscent of some of the passcode lock bugs we saw with earlier versions of iOS 7.) However, having a passcode enabled will thwart most people trying this one, so it’s not yet time to panic in the streets.

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08:00
Reviews: STM Folio for iPad Air

For professional use, the iPad is something of a strange beast. It's more work-friendly than a smartphone obviously, but still not as powerful as a laptop. The main advantage over a computer is portability -- it's thin and lightweight, and many airport checkpoints won't even make you take it out of your carry-on when you fly. STM's new Folio case for the iPad Air is intended to make things ......
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07:44
Review: Elmo BOXi T-200 mobile projector

Projectors have become a key piece of equipment for the business world. From presentations and slideshows, being able to show an audience a visual representation of the talk is an important aspect. However the display devices can often be large or cumbersome to deal with especially when traveling. Wouldn't it be more practical to have a compact, travel projector to bring along on business trips? Elmo thought so and released the BOXi T-200, which features a small footprint that is easily stowed in a laptop bag. Read our review to see how well the projector performed for us....
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07:38
jAlbum Pro 12 - Organize your digital images and...

jAlbum Pro has all the features you love in jAlbum, but comes with a commercial license.

With jAlbum, you can create gorgeous custom photo galleries for the Web without writing a line of code!

Beginner-friendly, with Pro Results
Simply drag and drop photos into groups, choose a design from hundreds of beautiful album skins, and you're done!

Share the memories
Effortlessly upload your album to your website. If you don't have one, select one of jAlbum's affordable storage plans.

Photo galleries for everyone
jAlbum is the perfect photo-sharing tool for bloggers, small business, social groups, and families.

jAlum Pro Features:

  • White labeled albums
  • No ads in your albums
  • Priority e-mail support

For a more detailed comparison, see ...

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07:35
jAlbum 12 - Create custom photo galleries for the...

With jAlbum, you can create gorgeous custom photo galleries for the Web without writing a line of code!

Beginner-friendly, with pro results
Simply drag and drop photos into groups, choose a design from hundreds of beautiful album skins, and you're done!

Share the memories
Effortlessly upload your album to your website. If you don't have one, select one of jAlbum's affordable storage plans.

Photo galleries for everyone
jAlbum is the perfect photo-sharing tool for bloggers, small business, social groups, and families.



Version 12:

News and Updates

  • Redesigned user interface, more targeted at professionals and cleaned-up. Read blog post
  • Embedded browser preview (Google Chromium) streamlining the work flow. (Can be switched off under preferences)
  • Auto updates the album preview when playing around with settings...

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07:33
Analyst: Amazon’s Fire TV no Threat to Apple TV

Amazon unveiled its Fire TV set top streaming media box on Wednesday, and while it offers some features Apple TV doesn't, it isn't a big threat to Apple, according to Forrester analyst Jim Nail. Fire TV offers streaming video content from the usual sources, such as Netflix and Hulu Plus, and it supports gaming, too.

The Mac Observer Spin: Amazon's Fire TV does have some features that set it apart from Apple TV, but it doesn't sound like that's enough to wow analysts. Still, it would be great to see Apple beef up Apple TV's capabilities. Competition is good for consumers, after all.


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07:31
Expect faster MacBooks with longer battery-life...

Matt Margolis is predicting that Apple will be switching from DDR3 to DDR4 RAM for future MacBooks this year, suggesting faster performance and improved battery-life.

One of Apple’s RAM manufacturer. Micron, says that DDR3 bandwidth tops out at around 17GB/s, while DDR4 aims to double this by 2015:

Since the introduction of the iPhone, the industry has responded with an evolutionary transition from 2.6 GB/s LPDDR1, to 8.5 GB/s LPDDR2, to 17 GB/s LPDDR3, the technology currently is powering today’s high-end devices in volume production. DRAM bandwidth has roughly doubled with each generation to keep pace with demand.

The next generation of low-power DRAM (LPDRAM)—also known as LPDDR4—addresses these constraints by doubling the bandwidth of LPDDR3 while maintaining power neutrality. For example, LPDDR4...

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07:26
Lensbaby planning to bring its DSLR selective focus...

Lensbaby is planning to make an iPhone version of its popular selective focus lens range. The company’s existing lenses for DSLRs allow a small focal point to be positioned in a scene, creating some whacky burred effects in the rest of the image. I’ve used one on my DSLR, and it’s fun to play around with.

A magnetic attachment system means that you’ll be able to combine the Lensbaby with any existing magnetic iPhone lenses you already own.

It’s currently just a Kickstarter project, but with half of the modest $20,000 goal already reached just one day in, it seems pretty certain to make it into production. As of the time of writing, you can reserve one for $50, a $20 saving on the planned retail price.

Sample images below.

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07:20
WWDC 2014 to be held June 2nd, tickets go on sale...

Apple has officially announced that the 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference will kick off on June 2nd at Moscone West in San Francisco, and run through the 6th. Registrations are due to open up on Monday, April 7th, at 10AM Pacific time (1PM Eastern). Entrants will be randomly selected, and notified if they got in by 5PM Pacific the same day. The company is also planning to offer 200 student scholarships granting people free tickets; the National Center for Women & Information Technology and its partners will help promote those scholarships to female developers....
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07:15
Bring Out Yer Apps with Autopkg! (Maybe with a...

(Guest post by Allister Banks)

Working with modern tools in the ‘auto’(dmg/pkg) suite, it sure reinforces the old chestnut, ‘it’s turtles XML all the way down.’ The thing that struck me when first diving into using autopkg was that different product recipes could potentially have a good amount of similarities when they share common processors. One example is drag-drop apps that can be discovered with an ‘appcast’ URL, which, in my recollection, became common as the Sparkle framework gained popularity.

This commonality is exactly the type of thing sysadmins like myself seek to automate, so I built a few helper scripts to 1. discover what apps have appcast URLs, 2. generate the base download recipe, and further, the 3. pkg-building recipe that can use...

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07:07
Apple Reveals New Multitouch with FTIR and...

On April 3, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their work on next generation multitouch technology that uses FTIR (Frustrated Total Internal Reflection) and capacitive sensing. It's much like the technology that Microsoft calls PixelSense. It's a technology that could sense different pressure levels which could be used for an on-screen gaming controller. If you want ...

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07:00
A spoiled generation of tech observers yearn for...

It's a funny thing; the more technology advances, the more impatient people become in anticipation of even newer and greater innovations. The result is an abundance of analysts, bloggers, and pundits who may very well be the crappiest generation of...

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06:58
How to Bake Scientifically Accurate Cake Planets

Science is cool, and cake is great, so what happens when you put the two together? Scientifically accurage planet cakes, of course. Cakecrumbs figured out how to make spherical cakes that show you a cross section down to the planet's core when cut -- and it's cake! They even made a video showing exactly how to bake your own planet cakes. Thanks to Wait Wow for the heads up, and did we mention... cake planets!


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06:54
How to Watch TV on Your Laptop


The big TV news this week is about hardware, with Amazon launching its Fire TV to rival Roku, Apple TV and Chromecast. For a while, speculation was hot and heavy that Amazon would launch its own pay-TV service, but that hasn't happened... yet. That's what the real TV wars likely will be fought over, though -- how content reaches consumers. The Supreme Court later this month will hear arguments on both sides of cord-cutter startup Aereo's business plan. Aereo lets users stream or record live television programming.

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06:51
Investors increasingly banking on profitable new...

Though Apple had pledged to introduce new products "throughout 2014," it has yet to have a major launch this year. That's helped set the stage for expectations among bullish investors that the company is working on something big that could truly move the needle on Apple's stock price in the coming months.
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06:44
Apple’s 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference kicks...

WWDC begins in just two short months.

Apple

Apple this morning announced the dates for this year's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco. As usual, the show will take place in the Moscone West convention center, and it will run from June 2 to June 6.

The majority of the show is dedicated to technical sessions for OS X and iOS developers, but its day-one keynote has historically been used to unveil the next versions of those operating systems to the public. Apple has also been known to make smaller hardware announcements at the show—we probably won't see a new iPad, but a new MacBook Air or Mac Mini isn't out of the question.

In the past, Apple has sold WWDC tickets on a first-come, first-serve basis, and in recent years this has become a mad scramble that leaves many developers out in...

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06:15
Daily App: Faster Than Light brings real-time, rogue...

Released in 2012 for the desktop, Faster Than Light from Subset games is considered to be one of the top indie real-time strategy games. In the game, you control a spaceship from Galactic Federation that contains critical information. You must escape...

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06:14
Apple opens WWDC ticket lottery, starting today

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) kicks off on June 2nd, runs through June 6th, at its usual spot in Moscone West in San Francisco. Sign up. Hope to see you there!

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06:10
Apple's 2014 WWDC is June 2-6, tickets...

If you were holding your breath waiting for news of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, wait no longer: Apple announced on Thursday that the annual shindig will kick off on June 2 at San Francisco’s Moscone West, running through June 6. As usual, it will feature technically-oriented sessions presented by Apple engineers.

The big news, however, is how Apple is handling tickets. Spots for last year’s conference sold out in just about three minutes, highlighting the accelerating demand; 2012’s tickets took about two hours to disappear, while 2011’s vanished in 12 hours. Many developers were shut out from the conference, while others experienced technical problems completing their purchases, leading to many cries for a new system...

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06:06
Apple's WWDC 2014 kicks off June 2

Apple will hold its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) June 2 through June 6 at San Francisco’s Moscone West. At this year’s five-day conference, developers from around the world will learn about the future of iOS and OS X.

Apple says WWDC will feature more than 100 technical sessions, over 1,000 Apple engineers, hands-on labs to help developers integrate new technologies and fine tune their apps, as well as the Apple Design Awards which showcase the best apps from the past year.

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06:00
Reviews: BOXi T-200 travel projector

Projectors have become a key piece of equipment for the business world. From presentations and slideshows, being able to show an audience a visual representation of the talk is an important aspect. However the display devices can often be large or cumbersome to deal with especially when traveling. Wouldn't it be more practical to have a compact, travel projector to bring along on business trips? ......
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05:52
How Zipcar’s founders built and lost a car-sharing...
05:50
Apple announces WWDC for June 2-6

In a press release this morning, Apple announced the dates of its annual Worldwide Developers Conference. The event will run June 2 through June 6 at Moscone West in San Francisco. This year, tickets will be available via a…

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05:48
Apple’s WWDC 2014 kicks off June 2nd for 5 days,...

Apple has announced that it’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference will begin this year on 2nd June, running for five days.

Apple today announced that it will hold its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) June 2 through June 6 at San Francisco’s Moscone West. At this year’s five-day conference, developers from around the world will learn about the future of iOS and OS X®, giving them the latest tools and technologies to continue creating the most innovative apps for the millions of iOS and Mac® customers worldwide. WWDC will feature more than 100 technical sessions, over 1,000 Apple engineers, hands-on labs to help developers integrate new technologies and fine tune their apps, as well as the Apple Design Awards which showcase the best apps from the past year …

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05:47
Apple Announces WWDC 2014 Scheduled for June 2-6,...

Apple today announced that its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) for 2014 will be held June 2-6 at the Moscone West convention center in San Francisco. The company also announced that tickets for the event will go on sale starting now through Monday, April 7 starting at 10:00 AM. PDT Tickets will be issued to attendees via a random lottery.

“We have the most amazing developer community in the world and have a great week planned for them,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Every year the WWDC audience becomes more diverse, with developers from almost every discipline you can imagine and coming from every corner of the globe. We look forward to sharing with them our latest advances in iOS and OS X so they can create the next generation of great apps.” As was the case in previous years,...

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05:45
A new phase in scamming: using your online photos

A new breed of scammer now lifts your online photos to create a fake online identity, using your real name. There are a number of paths they take, but one in particular is to ensnare the unwary into a personal relationship that they can exploit. The scammers obviously know who you are, and block you from these accounts making it difficult for you to detect.

This is a fascinating read.

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05:45
WWDC 2014 will take place June 2-6

Apple has announced that WWDC 2014 will take place June 2-6 at Moscone West in San Francisco. Tickets will become available on April 25 at 10 AM Pacific Time.

For the past few years, tickets have sold out quicker than you can blink your eyes. This...

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05:45
Apple’s Annual WWDC Set for June 2-6

Apple announced the dates for its 2014 Worldwide Developer Conference dates will be June 2 through June 6, and the event will be held at the Moscone West Convention Center in San Francisco. The annual event brings together Mac and iOS developers with Apple's own engineers to learn about the company's roadmap and improve their own products.


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05:36
Comparing Amazon’s Fire TV with Apple TV, Google...

Good side-by-side comparisons in this LA Times piece. You might also want to take a look at this comparison from Forbes.

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05:36
Review roundup: Is Office for iPad worth ninety-nine...

Image: smallbiztrends.com

The iPad edition of Microsoft Office has been a long-time coming. This was, it now seems clear, no accident: Microsoft wanted to attempt to boost sales of its ill-fated Surface tablet by pointing to the lack of Office software on the iPad.

Now that the company has accepted the inevitable, that most people would rather have Office on their iPad than buy a Surface, the question is: was it worth the wait … ? 

TechCrunch...

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05:35
Apple's WWDC 2014 kicks off June 2, tickets to...

Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, where the company traditionally unveils the next generation of its iOS mobile operating system, will kick off on June 2 this year, with randomly selected attendees set to be announced next week.
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05:18
Apple to Dramatically Advance the Quality of their...

On April 3, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple titled "System and Method of Detecting a User's Voice Activity using an Accelerometer." It appears that Apple is working to advance their EarPod with Remote and Mic headset so as to provide superior voice quality for phone calls in the future. Technically speaking, the new system will have a voice activity detector (VAD) system that uses signals from ...

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04:56
OmniOutliner Pro 4.0.4 - Pro version of the popular...

OmniOutliner Pro is a flexible program for creating, collecting, and organizing information. Give your creativity a kick start by using an application that's actually designed to help you think. It's like having an extra brain - one that doesn't keep losing the car keys.

You can use OmniOutliner's document structure to create hierarchies of main headings and subpoints that can be expanded and collapsed, which are immensely useful when it comes to brainstorming new ideas, drilling out specifics, and lining up steps needed to get everything done. But you aren't limited to outlines - you've got multiple columns, smart checkboxes, customizable popup lists, and an Ÿber-innovative styles system at your disposal.

Use OmniOutliner to draft to-do lists, create agendas, manage tasks, track expenses, take notes, plan events, write screenplays...and just about anything else you can think of.

It's a smarter way to write, a more productive way to stay...

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04:54
Kool Tools: Digital Anarchy's Flicker Free plug...

Digital Anarchy's Flicker Free 1.0 for Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Apple's Final Cut Pro gives video editors and visual effects artists a useful tool that fixes a wide range of footage affected with flicker or strobing.

Flicker Free analyzes on the fly, renders quickly, and easily produces flicker free footage. There are presets for many different types of flicker, allowing it to fit into any editor's workflow.

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04:52
OmniOutliner 4.0.4 - Organize your ideas, projects,...

OmniOutliner is a flexible program for creating, collecting, and organizing information. Give your creativity a kick start by using an application that's actually designed to help you think. It's like having an extra brain - one that doesn't keep losing the car keys.

You can use OmniOutliner's document structure to create hierarchies of main headings and subpoints that can be expanded and collapsed, which are immensely useful when it comes to brainstorming new ideas, drilling out specifics, and lining up steps needed to get everything done. But you aren't limited to outlines - you've got multiple columns, smart checkboxes, customizable popup lists, and an Über-innovative styles system at your disposal.

Use OmniOutliner to draft to-do lists, create agendas, manage tasks, track expenses, take notes, plan events, write screenplays...and just about anything else you can think of.

It's a smarter way to write, a more productive way to stay...

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04:52
ABI Research: unlock quality audio key to mobile...

Feature phones, smartphones, and tablets shipped more than 1.9 billion units combined in 2013. However, the quality of audio experience hasn’t kept pace with other mobile advancements making it the Achilles’ heel.

According to new research from market intelligence firm ABI Research (http://www.abiresearch.com), next-generation devices are poised to deliver high-definition voice capability and a surge in smart audio accessories will result in users spending a greater portion of the waking day with their devices.

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04:40
Product Manager for Mac OS X gets redesigned user...

Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has launched Product Manager 2.0, an update of its Mac OS X app to manage company products from different standpoints. The new version has a redesigned user interface.

Product Manager is document based and can managed an "unlimited" number of documents, each with an "unlimited" number of products subdivided into families. Version 2.0 also adds a customized layout of values for any product, customizable label descriptions, and more.

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04:12
Apple working on voice-recognizing headphones with...

Apple is looking to advance the design of its bundled iPhone EarPods by potentially implanting an accelerometer into the earbud portion that could recognize voice activity, which in turn would activate and tune beamforming microphone arrays.
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03:43
Apple Invents Secure Touchscreen SIM Card Tray...

On April 03, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a simple yet sophisticated next generation SIM card tray ejection system. The system is activated on a future iOS touchscreen UI virtual button. The new system adds a new level of ...

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03:39
WWDC 2014 Opens Ticket Lottery for June Conference

Mac and iOS developers can now register for the WWDC ticket lottery through 7 April 2014. If you’re among the 5,000 people randomly selected to attend, you’ll have until 14 April 2014 to purchase the $1,599 ticket.

 

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03:12
Apple new touchscreen tech would use IR light to...

Using a combination of capacitive touch and infrared light sensing, Apple's newly revealed touchscreen technology concept allows users to accurately convey force applied to a touch surface without bulky physical hardware, opening new dimensions in GUI navigation and interaction.
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02:36
Apple's Invents Sapphire Growth Systems

Last week we posted a report titled "Apple Reveals an Oleophobic Coating on Sapphire Process for iDevices that may Incorporate Liquid-Metal." The week prior we reported that Apple revealed laser cutting techniques for processing sapphire. The wave of sapphire related patents continues for the third straight week with one titled "Continuous Sapphire Growth." Apple's patent application relates to sapphire growth and, more particularly, to systems and methods for continuous sapphire growth.

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00:00
iOS 7 bug allows anyone to disable Find My iPhone...

Starting with iOS 7, deleting an iCloud account or restoring a device requires Find My iPhone to be disabled. Find My iPhone, in turn, requires the user to enter the password for the Apple ID attached to the iCloud account. This system ensures that phone thieves can’t remove the account and avoid being tracked through the Find My iPhone website.

Unfortunately, there’s a pretty easy way to bypass this requirement, as demonstrated in the video above. To do so, you first need to tap both “delete account” and the switch to disable Find My iPhone at the same time in the iCloud settings panel. That’s actually the hardest part of the entire process. When prompted for a password, hold down the...

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00:00
Images: Apple takes wraps off stunning new Istanbul...

The cover has come off the new Istanbul Apple store in Turkey a few days ahead of its official opening on April 5, and revealed a stunning new above-ground glass opening that leads down to a full two-storey Apple Store. The cuboid canopy, which acts as a skylight for the store, uses exceptionally large glass panes surrounded by a shallow pond, and is bound to be as iconic a piece of retail architecture as the company's showcase stores in New York City and Shanghai....
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Wednesday April 2

22:00
Hands on: MacPaw Hider 2 file-encryption tool

While at the Macworld Expo last weekend in San Francisco, MacNN got a chance to talk with members of the MacPaw software team, best known for their duplicates finder Gemini II and their utility app Clean My Mac. The company released its latest upgrade, file-and-folder encryption tool Hider 2 (formerly MacHider), for OS X 10.8 and higher on Wednesday. The program is designed to allow users to hide, encrypt and password-protect sensitive files, whether they are confidential business documents or those pictures of an ex....
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21:25
Briefly: Bolt portable USB wall charger, BBC iPlayer...

Reign23 has released its combination USB wall charger and rechargeable portable battery, Bolt. Its portable battery has a 3000mAh capacity, large enough for two full charges of an iPhone or other mobile device. Initially launched as a Kickstarter project in 2013, Bolt is small, at 2.75-inches by 1.33-inches by 1.10-inches. Its smart charge technology automatically bypasses the battery when fully charged, and is available in blue and black color options. Priced at $60, the Bolt USB Wall Charger and Battery can be purchased online....
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20:59
OmniGraffle 6.0.5 - Create diagrams, flow charts and...

OmniGraffle helps you draw beautiful diagrams, family trees, flow charts, org charts, layouts, and (mathematically speaking) any other directed or non-directed graphs. We've had people use Graffle to plan plotlines for a story, make an overview of an operating system, show the evolution of computers, and even show how diseases can spread in a closed population. If you want to organize your thoughts, your projects, or even your friends graphically using boxes and lines, OmniGraffle is your tool.

Version 6.0.5:

  • Stencil search results should now include results from our online Library, which has been seeded with stencils from the old OmniGraffle Extras page. User-submitted stencils are coming soon; if you’ve created any stencils that you would like to contribute, please contact us!
  • By popular request, the scale in Page Setup once again applies to canvases as well as to print (just as it did in...

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20:50
Amazon's Fire TV Looks A Lot Like the Rumored...

Earlier today Amazon launched its Fire TV media streaming box, entering a market that features fierce competition from Roku and its streaming boxes, Google's Chromecast and the Apple TV. To help set it apart from its competitors, Amazon included an app store, strong gaming support and much more for its box, which are features that have been heavily rumored for Apple's next generation streaming box.

While gaming on a media streaming box is nothing new, as Roku has allowed users to play games like Angry Birds on its devices, Amazon has gone through great lengths, including purchasing Killer Instinct game developer Double Helix and reaching out to third-party publishers like EA, Disney, Ubisoft and Minecraft creator Mojang, to bring 133 high quality games to the Fire TV, with...

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20:11
Dealing with email

MG Siegler:

I’m going to try to only respond to email at a set time during each day. I’m going to put an hour (or perhaps two) in my calendar for this at the end of the day. And in that hour (or two), I’m not going to do anything besides email.

It’ll be interesting to see how this experiment goes.

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19:48
Microsoft Reveals Cortana & Sets the iPhone in...

Last month we posted a report titled "Nokia Declares War on Samsung with Exciting New Android Smartphones at Stunning Prices." Today, at Microsoft's Build 2014 developer conference, we got a glimpse at their new Windows Phone 8.1 OS that will be introducing Cortana, their synthetic cousin to Apple's Siri. Yet the surprise that emerged from this event was Nokia's introduction of new Windows 8.1 smartphones that will start rolling out in the US this July. The new models, in my humble opinion, are squarely aimed at both Apple's iPhone 5S and 5C. This is definitely going up the ante for Apple's upcoming iPhone 6 due to debut this fall.

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19:34
Apple Gets Green Thumbs Up From Greenpeace For...

Greenpeace has a number of nice things to say about Apple and Apple's commitment to renewable energy. Greenpeace released a report ranking cloud service providers and other internet services and their power usage, and for once thought Apple wasn't completely blowing it.

The Mac Observer Spin: You were doing so well to start with, Greenpeace. Really.


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18:33
Briefly: NYTNow, Fantastical 2 for iPad now out

Two significant apps made their debut on Wednesday, with The New York Times releasing a new reading app, NYT Now (free), for its content, and Fantastical 2 hitting the iPad, the latter a thoughtful reimagining of a calendar front-end designed to make it easier to enter and edit calendar entries. As previously reported, the iPhone- and iPod touch-only app is meant to be a scaled-down version of the regular NYT app, the latter of which is available for iPad as well....
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18:13
Pebble Smartwatch iOS app update brings new Pebble...

Two days after releasing a buggy update to its Pebble Smartwatch iOS app, Pebble on Wednesday pushed out a patched version of the title that offers users all-new apps and sharing capabilities.
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17:30
Pebble updates its iOS app with new apps, sharing...

Pebble today rolled out an update that brings its iOS App to version 2.1.1. The most notable feature in the latest version is a bug fix for version 2.1, which was released earlier this week and included a critical flaw that prevented users from...

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17:30
ACM 248: Macworld/iWorld Roundup, Apple v. Samsung,...

Jeff and Bryan survived last week's Macworld/iWorld conference and are here to tell you about what they saw, the cool products they found, and all the great stuff you missed. They also take a look at the just started second patent infringement trial between Apple and Samsung, and offer up their take on Amazon's new Fire TV set top streaming content device.


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17:01
BlackBerry cuts ties with T-Mobile, signals new...

Beleaguered handset maker BlackBerry on Tuesday said it would be severing ties with U.S. wireless carrier T-Mobile, suggesting the company is reducing reliance on carriers to sell product.
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17:00
Darklings asks you to step out of the light

In Darklings, your adorable little character named Lum is on a quest to purge the world of darkness and restore the stars to the sky. You don't do this in the traditional "gamey" way -- by navigating worlds, hopping on enemy's heads, and destroying...

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16:40
Apple Reportedly in Talks To Purchase Renesas Mobile

Apple has opened discussions to purchase the majority of Renesas SP, a Japanese chip maker in dire financial straits. According to Reuters, Apple wants the 55 percent stake that Renesas SP owns in another company called Renesas SP Driver, the largest supplier of chips that control mobile screens to all three iPhone suppliers: Sharp, LG Display, and Japan Display Inc.


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16:30
Apple poaches Samsung employees (Humor)

Here's an amusing Joy of Tech comic published recently by Re/code. It is rather apropos given the current news cycle that includes the start of a second patent infringement trial between Samsung and Apple and renewed interest in the anti-poaching...

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16:22
Analyst: Expect 'modest' buyback, dividend...

Tech analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray has told investors in a new memo that he expects "moderate" increases in both Apple's share-buyback program and its dividend to shareholders, likely to be announced during the company's next earnings call, scheduled for April 23. This belief, he noted, is already "priced into" shares of AAPL and is unlikely to take price any higher in and of itself. The current quarterly dividend, raised last year, is $3.05 per common share....
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16:00
The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for April 2, 2014

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

You can listen to today's...

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15:52
Briefly: Withings' Blood Pressure Monitor,...

Health technology produce, Withings, has announced the retail debut of its wireless blood pressure monitor, which has achieved FDA clearance. Additionally, Withings has joined the American Medical Group Association's Measure Up/Pressure Down hypertension campaign as a project sponsor. Users can take measurements with the Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor by wrapping the cuff around one's arm, and turning on the device. Automatically, the device connects with a smartphone via Bluetooth and opens the Withings Health Mate application. By tapping the start button, the cuff inflates and commences tak...
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15:34
∞ Jake E. Lee talks “Bark at the Moon”

Jake is a great player.

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15:26
Website speed is important

Fascinating case studies from Amazon, Google, Bing, and others.

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14:36
Apple Leads Shift Toward Cleaner Internet

A Greenpeace study shows that Apple leads the way in making the Internet greener and more sustainable, according to The Telegraph. Greenpeace’s “Clicking Clean” report looked at 19 major tech companies and concluded that Apple — with all its data centers powered by energy from sustainable sources — is the most aggressive in reaching the goal of 100 percent renewable energy. Apple’s shift to clean energy “made it clear why it’s one of the world’s most innovative and popular companies,” said Gary Cook, senior IT analyst at Greenpeace.

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14:30
An iPhone cover that looks like an iPhone

Just in case you want everyone to know that beneath your smartphone sleeve is indeed an iPhone, you can just make it look like an iPhone. Mind = blown.

[Photo credit: Aaron Stroot]...

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14:23
NYT releases NYTNow subscription-based app,...

Two interesting new developments hit the App Store this week, as the New York Times officially released its iOS-first "NYTNow" subscription app and replacement calendar Fantastical 2 launched a new iPad version.
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13:42
Amazon fireTV launch 'aggressively'...

Analyst Gene Munster, who has long held out hope for a more fully functional Apple TV and even a full television set from the company, believes that Wednesday's launch of the Amazon fireTV should serve as further motivation for Apple to make major moves in the television space.
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13:38
Soundfreaq ships Sound Rise Bluetooth clock speaker

Soundfreaq has started shipping the Sound Rise, a new Bluetooth-based clock speaker. The device is relatively straightforward, for instance featuring built-in dual alarms, which can use separate weekday/weekend settings and a gradual volume increase, whether an alarm is toggled to FM radio, a connected device, or a chime. The speaker also includes a sleep timer which can be set in increments up to 120 minutes, and dimmable display brightness that can even be shut off completely....
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13:30
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

Teacher's Assistant...

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13:29
Clickbait journalism

Mathew Ingram:

Lapham’s Quarterly came up with some relatively ancient examples in a recent post entitled “Going Viral in the 19th Century.” At that time, it was commonplace for newspapers and magazines to include silly or amusing anecdotes, trivia, jokes and bad poetry as a way of lightening up the news. Newspaper editor Frederick Hudson was apparently driven to despair by these light-hearted items, which ran under headings like “Witticisms” or “Oddities.”

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13:18
Amazon Sets TV on Fire


Amazon on Wednesday put paid to the buzz circulating around its plans for a set-top box, announcing Amazon Fire TV at a New York event. The size of a CD box and just over half an inch thick, Fire TV takes on set-top boxes, the iPod, Apple TV and game consoles. It plugs into users' HDTVs to provide instant access to Netflix, Prime Instant Video, Hulu Plus, WatchESPN, Showtime and videos from Amazon, among other offerings. Users can play a variety of games, including Minecraft, The Walking Dead and Riptide GP2.

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13:08
Nest Smart Thermostat Warms Up to the UK

Nest Protect and the Nest Learning Thermostat are now available in the UK, making both available outside the US for the first time. Since there aren't a lot of thermostats in the UK, it's an interesting idea to start offering them.

The Mac Observer Spin: Well, Google still hasn't killed That Cool Thing They Bought, and in fact, did the opposite by engineering a new version so they could offer it in another market. This is a confusing, but positive, move by Google.


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13:05
InPublishing’s review of The Loop Magazine

I thought this particular review was very interesting because it comes from a company that follows the publishing industry.

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13:00
LifeProof frē for iPad mini with Retina display:...

When picking out a case for your tablet, you typically have to choose between all-encompassing protection or ease of use, and these two groups rarely overlap. But sometimes they do, and in that thin sliver where form and function marry, there's the...

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12:45
Verizon cuts prices on select group of smartphone...

Verizon has discounted its smartphone plans for a select group of customers, reports say. For people on a plan with 10GB of data or more, and who are subscribed to the carrier's Edge upgrade scheme, the cost per smartphone has been reduced a further $5 to $15. Plans below the 8GB threshold are unchanged at $30 each; people with subsidized phones must still pay $40 per line....
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12:41
Microsoft Announces Siri Competitor Cortana, Coming...

Microsoft today announced Windows Phone 8.1, which comes equipped with the company's digital assistant, Cortana. In development for several years, Cortana is Microsoft's answer to Siri and Google Now, the digital assistants from Apple and Google.

Cortana is named for an AI character in the popular Halo video game series and as in the game, the assistant is voiced by actress Jen Taylor. Given a distinctly female personality, she is powered by Microsoft's search engine, Bing, and is designed to learn about users by asking questions and monitoring user activity, interacting through both text and speech.

According to an extensive piece on Cortana from The Verge, Microsoft designed the...

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12:30
TUAW TV Live: Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

With apologies to David Bowie for mutilating his lyrics in a TUAW TV Live promo post headline.

Changes are afoot at TUAW TV Live. By next week, we expect to have the show broadcasting on YouTube Live and will then start adding some new features to...

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12:30
Daily Deals for April 2, 2014, Learn Tech With...

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

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12:22
OmniGraffle Pro 6.0.5 - Create diagrams, flow charts...

OmniGraffle Pro helps you draw beautiful diagrams, family trees, flow charts, org charts, layouts, and (mathematically speaking) any other directed or non-directed graphs. We've had people use Graffle to plan plotlines for a story, make an overview of an operating system, show the evolution of computers, and even show how diseases can spread in a closed population. If you want to organize your thoughts, your projects, or even your friends graphically using boxes and lines, OmniGraffle is your tool.

OmiGraffle Professional has all of the great features in 6.0, plus a powerful toolset for advanced document creation and editing options. For the pro user who's looking for an in-depth diagramming application that's still priced below the competition, you've come to the right place.

Version 6.0.5:

  • Stencil search results should now include results from our online Library, which has been seeded with stencils from the old OmniGraffle Extras page....

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12:17
Microsoft’s ‘Cortana’ Siri-clone shows the potential...

At its BUILD conference, Microsoft officially unveiled its personal assistant for Windows Phone named Cortana. The similarities to Siri are rather uncanny (and three years late) but in some areas, Siri could definitely learn from Cortana’s feature set.

Cortana certainly does a good job of cloning Siri’s appearance and functionality. However, it goes further by allowing third-party applications to do tasks and answer questions as well. For instance, you can ask Cortana to add a film to your Hulu watch list with natural language.

Rumors of a Siri SDK have floated around since Siri was first introduced alongside the iPhone 4S. Cortana finally...

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12:00
The New York Times releases NYTNow, a curated news...

Today marks the launch of NYTNow, an app with Flipboard-like features aimed at a mobile audience. The app is free, but only only allows viewing of 10 stories a month. To get more, you need to add a US$8.00 a month subscription that is available as an...

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11:39
Amazon’s Fire TV Makes it Clear: It’s Time for a New...

All the details about Amazon's new Fire TV set top box are out, it looks like the company is packing a lot into its US$99 device. It ramps up the competition for Apple and Roku, and based on price, leaves Apple TV somewhat lacking.


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11:34
Amazon Fire TV Turns Up the Heat on Apple TV

Amazon has released its long-rumored challenger to the Apple TV, and it’s a doozy. Josh Centers, author of “Take Control of Apple TV” gives the rundown on how it stacks up.

 

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11:32
Sprint sends invitations to April 29 event, hints at...

Sprint has sent out invitations to an event in New York, asking members of the press to "hear it for yourself." Though the invitation does not specifically mention what exactly will be demonstrated, the April 29th event is likely to be a formal unveiling of Sprint's delayed HD Voice service, and an announcement about the high-quality audio call's national launch....
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11:11
Greenpeace ranks Apple as most environmentally...

In terms of datacenters, Apple has scored the top position on a new Greenpeace list of the most environmentally-friendly high-tech businesses. The company is the only one with a 100 percent figure on Greenpeace's "clean energy index," since its datacenters are completely free of any dependence on coal, nuclear power, or natural gas. It also has an "A" score under categories of Energy Transparency, Commitment & Siting Policy, and Deployment & Accuracy. It achieved a B in terms of Energy Efficiency & Mitigation....
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11:09
Google+ Changes Rules of Engagement


Gauging your popularity on Google's social network, Google+, just got a little easier. The would-be Facebook competitor has added page view analytics. Now, when members view their profile page -- which metrics show isn't that often -- they'll see a number beneath their mug indicating the number of times their content -- profile page, posts and photos -- has been viewed by someone since Oct. 12, 2012. Someone doesn't have to click on your content to generate a page view, Google+ Chief Architect Yonatan Zunger explained.

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11:07
Apple scores 100% from Greenpeace

Wow, the rest of the companies are pretty pathetic. eBay (6%), Amazon (15%), Twitter (21%), Google (48%) and Facebook (49%).

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11:00
Crowdfunding roundup: All Kickstarter this week

Every week, TUAW provides readers with an update on what new or significant crowdfunded Apple-related projects are in the news. While our policy is to not go into detail on items that haven't reached at least 80 percent of their funding goal, this...

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10:51
Microsoft reveals Windows Phone 8.1 with Siri-like...

Software behemoth Microsoft on Wednesday showed off the latest update to its Windows Phone mobile operating system, refining several areas and officially unveiling Cortana, Microsoft's answer to Apple's Siri.
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10:49
Presidential selfie was a Samsung promotional stunt

Because nobody in their right mind would use that piece of shit unless they were getting paid.

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10:45
World Autism Awareness Day

According to the CDC, one in 68 children have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a 30% increase from 1 in 88 two years ago. You can also check out the Autism specific apps for the iPhone and iPad.

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10:37
Guitar Center’s financial woes

Just incredible that they’re in this position.

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10:30
Apple/Samsung trial, day 1: Phil Schiller was...

Day 1 of Apple and Samsung's second California trial is now in the books. On Tuesday, both Apple and Samsung presented their opening arguments, with both sides naturally presenting vastly different takes on the smartphone revolution.

Apple of course...

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10:30
The Week in iOS Accessories: Big and little sounds

Big and little sounds

This week's roundup of iOS accessories includes everything from tiny Bluetooth speakers to 1,000-Watt monsters. And, of course, batteries, chargers, and AirPlay streamers, oh my.

Arcam

The AirDAC “allows you to network any audio system to an Apple Airplay-enabled music source,” says the company. The device lets you use AirPlay with any iOS device running iOS7 to send music to a stereo system, whatever audio that might be: the Music app, Internet radio, music streaming services such as Spotify, or general apps. You can get more information about purchasing directly from a dealer.

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10:24
Fantastical 2 for iPad

All the beauty of Fantastical, but now for the iPad. I use it for the Mac and iOS—I beta tested the iPad version and love it.

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10:21
Sonnet Announces New 4U Enclosure to Rack Mount Two...

Mounting and organizing options for heavy duty Mac Pro users continue to grow since the new machine's launch at the end of last year, with Sonnet now announcing a new rack mount enclosure capable of holding two Mac Pros. The new enclosure is an additional option to go along with the enclosure and expansion chassis the company announced last week.

This time, the Sonnet Rack Mac Pro allows users to rack mount one or two Mac Pro machines in a 4U space. The unit includes a front panel power button with USB 3.0 port for each machine, plus a second USB 3.0 port, a Gigabit Ethernet port, and an HDMI connector on the back of the rack for each Mac Pro.

There are no rear Thunderbolt ports because, Sonnet says, there are no panel-mount Thunderbolt connectors available. There is, however, room inside the rack for Thunderbolt cables to be attached, and the company says it is "fairly easy" to directly connect...

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10:16
Graphic Node unveils a new suite for iWork

Graphic Node has expanded its assortment of iWork templates with the release of Suite for iWork. It features a mixture of 576 templates — from business proposals and newsletters to posters and certificates — for Pages, Keynote, and Numbers.

You can customize the templates to your requirements. Suite for iWork requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It's available on the Mac App Store for US$$9.99. Go to http://graphicnode.com for more info.

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10:09
Scourge: Outbreak now available on Steam for the Mac...

Tragnarion Studios says that Scourge: Outbreak, a futuristic, squad-based, third person shooter, is now available on Steam for the Mac and PC.

The game offers eight-player, player-vs.-player modes (DeathMatch, Team Deathmatch, and Capture the Flag) in five maps. There's also a six hour-plus co-op campaign for four players in which each player has unique narrative elements.

The game is available in a variety of bundles. For more info go to http://store.steampowered.com/app/227560/ .

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10:04
Amazon launches Fire TV media streamer, starts...

Amazon has launched its new streaming media player, the Fire TV, at its New York media event today. Part of the retailer's push into the streaming video marketplace and building upon the success of its Kindle tablets, the Amazon Fire TV is a small set-top box that allows users access to TV shows and movies watch video from Amazon's Instant Video, as well as other services....
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10:00
RunServer introduces Classic Solitaire for the Mac

RunServer has introduced Classic Solitaire for Mac OS X. It's a copy of the original Klondike Solitaire card game.

Classic Solitaire feels like the old game, but sports high resolution cards redraw for Retina displays. The game requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later and costs US$0.99.

It's available on the Mac App Store in the Games category. Go to http://runserver.net/apps/ for more info.

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10:00
9to5Toys Last Call: DODOcase 40% off, iPad mini 64GB...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call updates:

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10:00
Popular pin-toppler game Polar Bowler lands on iOS

Polar Bowler first debuted as a Windows PC game ten years ago and became a long-standing hit for WIldTangent and its casual game network. After bringing the popular Polar Bear and his new sidekick J to iOS last year in the 1st Frame game, the company...

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09:51
Are landline phones becoming endangered?

According to data provided by the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (PDF), landline phones are gradually losing relevance in the United States. The CDC has tracked phone ownership by U.S. households as a by-product of its biannual National Health Survey since 2004.

Since then the percentage of households that have a landline phone has dropped from 92.7% to 58.1%t, while the percentage of households with cellphones only has risen from 5% to 39.4%. Go to http://tinyurl.com/nyrymwz for more info.

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09:45
MacPaw releases Hider 2 for Mac OS X

MacPaw has released Hider 2 for Mac OS X. It's an app designed to keep your personal data safe.

Hider 2 both hides and encrypts (AES 256) all kinds of files and folders on your Mac. Hidden files can't be spotted by the Finder or Spotlight.

Hider 2 normally costs US$19.99, but is being offered at a special release price of $9.99. Go to http://tinyurl.com/mcat8rg for more info.

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09:30
Apples and Oranges: Amazon moves into the Apple TV...

Those of us who have been waiting for an Amazon Prime channel to finally show up on their Apple TV now have an explanation as to why it never arrived. Today Amazon introduced FireTV (US $99), an Amazon set-top box that seems perfectly situated to...

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09:26
Google Sued by Priceplay for Infringing Patents...

Priceplay Inc. has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Google. The patent infringement lawsuit concerns two specific Priceplay patents. The company alleges that Google's Cost-Per-Click" bidding and "Quality Score"/"Ad Rank" systems relating to "AdWords" infringe upon their intellectual property.

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09:20
USB 3.1 Type C connector detailed, supports up to...

The previously hinted-at USB Type-C connector has been detailed in a presentation at IDF conference in China. The new connector is smaller than existing USB connectors, supports more power, faster data transfers, and is symmetrical, similar to Apple's Lightning connector....
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09:13
Amazon takes on Apple TV with new $99 fireTV...

Already a content creator and seller, Amazon will now enter the set-top box business with the new $99 fireTV, launching today with video streaming and gaming capabilities, taking on the likes of the Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecast.
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09:08
inMarket lets specific brands, not just retailers,...

inMarket, an in-store marketing platform that recently started rolling out iBeacons to retailers, today announced an interesting new twist for the platform: the first consumer packaged goods brand to take advantage of iBeacons in a retail environment. That means that rather than the retailer controlling the entire iBeacon experience and the location-based notifications that get beamed to shoppers, inMarket’s Mobile to Mortar (M2M) platform is giving that same opportunity to the individual brands on the store’s shelves. We’ve also learned it’s about to expand and continue its rollout of iBeacons in retail locations across New York, Boston, and Miami.  ...

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09:03
Apps: OmniPlan, Fanurio, CleanMyMac


    


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09:02
FireChat Messaging App: Look Ma, No Internet!


FireChat, an iPhone app designed for anonymous hyperlocal communication, could change the way we connect with one other: It does not require an Internet connection or even a cell signal to work. FireChat takes advantage of the Multipeer Connectivity Framework in iOS 7. This feature allows developers to connect devices to each other using Bluetooth, WiFi, and peer-to-peer connections. Users must be within a maximum of 100 feet of another to use the Nearby feature.

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09:00
Spotify's facelift and more news for April 2,...

Spotify has updated its iOS app with some keen new features, including a reworked browse function and playlist features. It also sports a "darker theme," which I hoped would mean it's edgy and brooding but no ... they've just used dark...

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08:56
T-Mobile backtracks on employer discount program,...

Under heavy consumer complaint, wireless carrier T-Mobile will continue to extend corporate discounts to existing customers, but is still shuttering the program and not allowing new sign-ups. Late Tuesday night, T-Mobile's Chief Marketing Officer Mike Sievert wrote that "tomorrow we will announce that current corp customer employees can keep their discounts. New plan will apply to new customers."...
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08:56
Hider 2 Hits the Mac App Store

MacPaw showed off Hider 2 for the Mac at Macworld/iWorld 2014 last week, and impressed The Mac Observer enough to win an Editors' Choice Award. Now it's available for download at Apple's Mac App Store.


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08:50
iTubeDownloader 5.0.0 - Easily download any YouTube...

iTubeDownloader is a powerful-yet-simple YouTube downloader for the masses. Because it contains a proprietary browser, you can browse YouTube like you normally would. When you see something you want to download, just click the "Download" button - it just works.

Features:

  • Download virtually any YouTube Video including: Vevo videos, movie trailers, TV shows, and much more!
  • Simple and clutter free UI
  • International - Available in the following languages: English, Spanish, German, Japanese, Italian, and Chinese (Simplified). If your language is missing, contact us and we will include it as soon as possible.
  • Quick support - I respond to emails usually within 24 hours, you can also use the "Feedback" in the menu to provide: bug reports, suggestions and questions.
  • Downloads in MP4 format so you can sync your videos with your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.
  • Frequent updates


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08:48
Amazon announces Fire TV media streaming device

The Fire TV device will stream Amazon Prime Instant Video titles as well as content from other providers such as Netflix and Hulu. Amazon also bundled games into the device with support for an external $39 Fire game controller. Well-known gaming studios such as Disney, Gameloft, EA, Sega, Ubisoft and Double Fine have partnered with Amazon to bring their titles to the Fire TV device.

Some competition for Apple TV.

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08:42
Apple datacenters the most environmentally friendly...

Apple is "the most innovative and most aggressive" company in Silicon Valley when it comes to identifying ways to feed its power-hungry datacenters with renewable energy, according to a new report from environmental watchdog Greenpeace.
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08:40
One-third of consumers abandoning wearables

So far, there aren’t clear signs of quite what it is that smartwatches and fitness trackers are replacing…

That’s key.

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08:36
Amazon announces $99 Fire TV set-top box shipping...


Amazon has just announced its Apple TV competitor, dubbed ‘Fire TV’. You can buy it now from Amazon.com for $99. The product roughly resembles an Apple TV in size and shape, but is thinner by a few millimetres and has square (rather than rounded) edges. Spec-wise, Amazon claims it is three times as powerful as Apple TV or Roku. It runs on a quad-core processor with 2GB RAM. The fireTV can stream video at 1080p over HDMI, alongside Dolby Digital surround sound.

Input comes via a Bluetooth remote that features a five-way directional pad and some ancillary buttons. The remote has an inbuilt ...

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08:36
Greenpeace Features Apple as 'Green Energy...

Environmental activist group Greenpeace, which has in the past taken Apple to task over environmental issues, has released a new report entitled "Clicking Clean: How Companies are Building the Green Internet" which classifies Apple along with Google and Facebook as "green energy innovators". The report praises Apple for its commitment to renewable energy, awarding the company three "A" grades and a "B" grade in the group's four rating categories.Apple's aggressive pursuit of its commitment to power the iCloud with 100% renewable energy has given the company the inside track among the IT sector's leaders in building a green Internet. Apple has made good on its pledge by building the largest privately owned solar farms at its North...

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08:36
Apple ranked well in Greenpeace’s ‘Green Internet’...

As Business Insider points out, Apple’s renewable energy efforts have ranked it well on Greenpeace’s “Clicking Clean: How Companies are Creating the Green Internet” study. Apple scored an “A” rating in ‘energy transparency’, ‘renewable energy commitment & siting policy’, and ‘renewable energy deployment & advocacy’, while it scored a “B” in ‘energy efficiency & mitigation’. Facebook and Google both averaged well in the same categories, while Amazon, Microsoft, and Twitter all scored poor to dismal ratings in each category. Full report card below:Earlier this year, Apple released its...

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08:36
Adobe unveils new versions of Premiere Pro, After...

Presenting at this week's National Association of Broadcasters expo in Las Vegas, Adobe has revealed updated versions of its flagship video editing tools, Premiere Pro CC and After Effects CC. New features in Premiere include the ability to edit After Effects compositions without switching apps, and a heavier emphasis on the cloud, specifically in the form of automated backups and real-time sync between apps and teams using Adobe Anywhere. A new dynamic masking and tracking function should make it easier to blur out logos and faces....
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08:27
Spotify update introduces darker theme, 'Your...

Spotify has made drastic changes to its user interface, by introducing a new darker theme. The change in appearance of the streaming music service across all platforms is joined by a new feature called "Your Music," something the company previewed in late 2012, allowing users to collect and manage their music without requiring users to create playlists....
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08:23
Amazon Takes on Apple TV, Roku with Fire TV

Amazon made a new push to take over your livingroom on Wednesday when it announced the Amazon Fire TV. Like Apple TV, Roku, Xbox Live, and Google Chromecast, Fire TV offers streaming content such as TV shows, movies, and music.

The Mac Observer Spin: Amazon clearly wants to be the one stop shop for your books, movies, music, and videos. Between Amazon Prime, Kindle Fire, and now Fire TV, they're working hard to make that happen.


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08:21
Amazon Announces the Fire TV Media Streaming Device

In line with earlier rumors, Amazon today announced the Fire TV, a new media streaming device that will compete with the Apple TV, Google Chromecast and the new Roku Streaming Stick. The Verge is providing live coverage of the event, and we will be updating this post as additional details are announced.

The Fire TV has a quad-core processor with a dedicated graphics processor and 2GB of RAM. It supports 1080p and features dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi with MIMO for fast video downloads. Amazon claims it is three times as powerful as its competitors.

The Fire TV device will stream Amazon Prime Instant Video titles as...

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08:14
Adobe announces new features for After Effects,...



Adobe announced a few product updates today at NAB 2014 in Las Vegas including updates to all of its video apps in the Adobe Creative Cloud suite including Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects. Among the standout new features are Live Text Templates, autosave, and Masking and Tracking features for Premiere Pro, as well as Master Keying effects and Typekit...

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08:03
TextExpander touch

New gestures include left and right swipe to navigate through screens and a three finger tap to share snippets or notes. Improved organization options include reordering of snippet groups via drag and drop and moving snippets between groups. The new snippet group info view includes a setting to turn off expansion of the group’s snippets.

Lots of changes and additions, including being built for iOS 7.

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08:02
Amazon launches Amazon fireTV

At a media event today, Amazon introduced Amazon fireTV, a streaming box designed to compete with Apple TV. Citing search, laggy performance, and closed ecosystems as issues with similar products on the market, Amazon’s Peter Larsen says the company sought to address those issues. The box has a quad-core processor,…

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08:00
How to power off or lock the screen of an iPhone...

I have an iPhone 4 kicking around that I use with my children so they can contact me when they are away from home. It worked perfectly until recently, when the power button broke. The biggest drawback to a broken power button is that you can no...

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07:59
Second Apple-Samsung Patent Trial Begins with Focus...

Samsung and Apple's second patent trial started earlier this week with jury selection and opening arguments by both Apple and Samsung. Phil Schiller also took the stand as Apple's first witness in the trial, which started in earnest on Tuesday.

Among the volume of internal documents provided in the case, The Wall Street Journal highlights emails from Apple founder Steve Jobs that reveal his commitment to beating Android, calling the competition a "Holy War" with Google.

Jobs outlined this "battle" in an October 2010 email to 100 employees prior to the company's annual retreat. Jobs said in the email that "Apple is in danger of hanging on to old paradigm for too long (innovator's dilemma)" and notes that "Google and Microsoft are further along on the technology, but...

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07:54
Apple predicted to announce 'modest'...

The highlight of Apple's next quarterly earnings call later this month could be moderate increases to the company's share buyback program and dividend payouts to shareholders, many investors reportedly expect.
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07:34
Apple almost ditched ad firm in view of Samsung...

During Monday's opening statements in the second Apple v. Samsung trial, attorney John Quinn -- representing Samsung -- revealed that Apple marketing head Phil Schiller was deeply concerned about Samsung's "Next Big Thing" ad campaign. One email from Schiller to his team specifically addressed a January 2013 Wall Street Journal story with the headline "Has Apple Lost Its Cool to Samsung?" Schiller commented that "We have a lot of work to do to turn this around."...
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07:30
Latest iWork update is another win for AppleScript

Late last year, Apple generated a wave of negative press after releasing slimmed down Mac versions of the iWork apps—Keynote, Numbers, and Pages. Rewritten from the ground up to focus on ease of use, consistency, and iCloud support, the apps lacked lots of the useful productivity features that Mac users had come to use. One major setback was a significant reduction in AppleScript support, a problem for anyone attempting to automate an iWork-based office workflow.

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07:20
OWC processor/memory upgrades available for the Mac...

You may still be waiting for your Mac Pro to arrive, but OWC is ready to sell you a CPU upgrade once it does. The company offers a choice of four E5 2600-series processors, ranging from an 8-core 2.6GHz chip with 20MB cache for $950, to a 12-core 2.7GHz processor for $1480.

We first confirmed that CPU upgrades were possible last December. The company says the upgraded processors offer speed gains ranging from 25 percent to 46 percent over Apple’s base model 4-core 1600-series processor. You can get rebates of between $100 and $750 for trading in the processor supplied with your Mac Pro, and also have the option...

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07:17
BlackBerry Screws Itself, Won’t Renew T-Mobile...

BlackBerry CEO John Chen is apparently still upset over T-Mobile's trade-in-your-BlackBerry promotion because he won't be renewing the carrier's license to sell his company's smartphones. For T-Mobile, this isn't that big of a deal, but for BlackBerry it's yet another nail in its coffin -- a nail it's driving in itself.


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07:13
Amazon following Netflix strategy, greenlights six...

Six new series for available exclusively for Amazon Prime Instant Video. More disruption for the TV industry.

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07:09
Amazon: And Now for Something Completely Different


Amazon is widely expected to reveal a new set-top video streaming device on Wednesday. It likely will introduce either a streaming stick like the HDMI Google Chromecast or a set-top box like the Apple Apple TV. Or, the company might produce both options -- like Roku's new Streaming Stick or more traditional Roku box. Like the Kindle Fire, Amazon's operating system will be Android-based. It will provide streaming access to Amazon's video streaming library of movies and TV shows.

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07:08
One Samsung Tactic is to Discredit Phil Schiller...

Samsung is attempting to change their patent infringement trial tactics from the last patent infringement trial that they lost. One tactic is Samsung's attorney Peter Quin stating in court that ...

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07:00
Edit Windows Hosts File

Pretty much every operating system has a hosts file. In that file, you can define a hostname and then set a target IP. In Windows, that file is called hosts.txt and located in %systemroot%\system32\drivers\etc\.

By default, that %systemroot% is going to be C:\Windows. This makes the path to the file C:\Windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts.txt.

By default, you’ll see the following:

127.0.0.1 localhost loopback
::1 localhost

When you edit the file, add a new line with the IP address then a tab then the hostname that you’d like to be able to ping to get the address in question. For example, to add server.krypted.com to point to 192.168.210.210, you’d add some lines to make it look as follows:

127.0.0.1 localhost loopback
::1 localhost
192.168.210.210 server.krypted.com

Then save and try pinging the host:

ping server.krypted.com

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07:00
Hiding Software Updates

Since the introduction of Lion the system's Software Opdate mechanism has been integrated into App Store.app and the Software Update Preference Pane has been removed and substituted with "App Store".



If you constantly are being reminded to install software updates you don't really want to install, you can right-click (Control+click) the name of the update and hide it, eliminating the reminder.



[crarko adds: I think this is probably known already to many of you, but if it's not it can be a handy trick. I find the whole App Store method for Software Update a lot less pleasant than the old Snow Leopard mechanism where it was separate, but maybe I'm just old fashioned.]

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07:00
YouTube Find: Line-waiting and cheering at the...

Four years ago this week, Apple started selling its first iPad model.The iPad was announced on January 27, 2010, by Steve Jobs during an Apple press event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Pre-orders began in March, and the...

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06:57
Crowdfunding for journalists

This is very interesting. It’s kind of like a cross between Kickstarter, but with a writing platform like Medium. It would be very nice if something like this worked.

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06:55
Render gives first look at next-gen reversible USB...


Back in December, the the USB 3.0 Promoter Group announced that a next-generation of USB connectors was under development. The new standard, dubbed “USB Type-C,” introduces a new design, a smaller overall footprint, and usability enhancements such as a symmetrical, reversible connector that doesn’t require users to worry about orientation when plugging in (much like with Apple’s Lightning connector.) It will also allow manufacturers to create thinner and sleeker product designs and scale for future USB performance standards with a transfer speed up to 10Gbps. Today we get our first look at what...

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06:50
3D art

This is just incredible.

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