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Thursday April 3

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!

∞ Read this on The Loop

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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.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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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.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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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.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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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.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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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.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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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.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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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.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:50
∞ Apple releases Safari 7.0.3 for Mavericks

The upgrade fixes a number of issues, including notification handling and security issues.

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06:39
Samsung: Edgy ads drove Apple ‘crazy’

Samsung claims its “Next Big Thing” advertising campaign bothered Apple, as shown by internal Apple documents, The Verge reports. “This new, edgy marketing strategy ... it drove Apple crazy,” Samsung lawyer John Quinn noted during the latest patent trial involving the two companies. Quinn said the ad campaign, which…

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06:36
Adobe overhauls Premiere Pro, After Effects with...

Graphics software giant Adobe on Wednesday spoke at the annual NAB show in Las Vegas to reveal new versions of the video editing apps in its Creative Cloud suite, including significant upgrades for Premiere Pro and After Effects, making them part of a more cohesive, tightly integrated suite of products.
  ...

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06:34
OWC rolls out Mac Pro processor and memory upgrades

When the Mac Pro was first introduced, there was a lot of discussion about the potential for user upgradeability. Back in January, Other World Computing (OWC) confirmed that they were able to upgrade a Mac Pro in-house. Now they are making processor and memory upgrades available to the rest of us.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:25
The research that shows Apple is right to take its...

New research from Endeavour shows that more than half of U.S. consumers who have owned a wearable device no longer use it, and of those two-thirds stopped using it within the first six months of ownership. This is up from the 40 percent abandonment found by a similar survey by CSS Insight last fall.

The Guardian newspaper in the UK has a supporting piece in which it found more than 900 Galaxy Gear watches for sale on eBay, with asking prices as low as a third of the purchase cost.

While the data may be bad news for existing smartwatch and fitness band suppliers, The Guardian has an apposite comparison with early mp3 players, which also suffered high abandonment rates a decade ago.

So lots of those early MP3...

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06:00
iOS Pebble 2.1 app critical fail

The latest version of Pebble’s iOS app has proven to be a problem. Released on March 31st, the 2.1 version has totally disabled the app, generally crashing when anyone attempts to run it. Pebble advises anyone who has not yet updated the app not to do so until a fix is in place. If you are one of the lucky ones, it is recommended that you turn off Automatic Updates on your iPhone. Pebble has stated that a 2.1.1 update has already been submitted to Apple, but there is not yet any information on when it will go live on the App Store. While some sites are reporting that the buggy update prevents the smart watch from working, that is not necessarily the case. Being one of the unfortunate upgraders, I find...

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06:00
Daily App: Ready to Go misses the mark as a manager...

Ready to Go from AppBit has an interesting premise -- rather than a to-do list for everything you need to do in a day, the app focuses on those routine household tasks you must do every time you are "ready to go" somewhere. It's perfect for folks...

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05:56
Mimecast brings its enterprise cloud services to Mac...

Mimecast — a cloud email security, archiving and continuity service —is bringing its enterprise products to Mac users via a native app, Mimecast for Mac.

The app lets enterprise users benefit from the cloud services previously only available for users of Microsoft Outlook for Windows or web portal users. Mimecast for Mac gives you access to your email when your primary services does down, spam management, and the ability to search everything in your personal email.

It also lets you send large files securely. Go to http://tinyurl.com/qelgbme for more info.

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05:55
Fantastical 2 for iPad: It’s Finally Here

Fantastical is one of our favorite calendar apps for the Mac and iPhone because of its great interface and natural language entry system, and now -- finally -- it's available for the iPad, too. Flexibits introduced Fantastical 2 for the iPad on Wednesday with a special half-off price for a limited time.


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05:49
Quark launches Creative Pro Bundle offer

Quark Software Inc. has announced a special and limited-time offer to creative professionals who want to upgrade to QuarkXPress 10. Anyone who purchases QuarkXPress 10 as an upgrade or new full product will have the option to receive a bundle of tools for creative professionals worth more than US$1,000.

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05:46
Sky Battles launching on Steam Greenlight

Magnetic Studio says its air combat game, Sky Battles, will launch on Stream Greenlight in mid-2014. It will be available for Mac, Windows, iOS, and Android platforms.

Here's how the game is described: "Sky Battles is a game where you battle against large iron beasts with different abilities. Krakens, dragons, robots and helicopters seek you out. Barrel roll, dodge, dive bomb and out wit these hellish behemoths.

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05:30
MacWorld/iWorld 2014 Session wrap-up

Sessions have always been a big part of any Mac Expo, but especially in recent years in response to the absence of Apple’s Steve-notes and daily product demonstrations and tutorials. While I miss the Apple presence, as a power-user I welcome the fact that the bar for session topics has been risen. Past “standard” sessions (non-IT) focused primarily on the average consumer, giving tips on using iPhoto for organizing and improving the quality of photos, using standard utilities to execute basic maintenance, or creating ringtones with GarageBand. These are all worthy topics, and the average user is an important demographic for Mac, but it was frustrating that there were few opportunities for the average power-user to learn something new or push their learning experience to the next level. While there has been some improvement, I think there could be more done for power-user education, however, that...

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05:24
Cameron Diaz’s ‘Sex Tape’ comedy mixes iPads, iCloud...

Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel star in an upcoming comedy ‘Sex Tape’ (showing in cinemas on the 25th of July), which combines iPads, iCloud and sex to mock a real-world issue about cloud services. It is very true that most people have little grasp of how iCloud operates, what data is available where and who can see it.

In a particularly hilarious moment in the trailer, Segel’s character screams ‘nobody understands the cloud’ as they realise what has happened.

“It went up, it went up to the cloud”

“You can’t get it down from the cloud?”

“Nobody understands the cloud, it’s a ****ing mystery.”

The film takes this to the unrealistic extreme of suggesting that iCloud automatically shares a passionate video of the couple amongst their friends and family. The plot here is that Diaz and Segel’s...

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05:17
Nest spreads Thermostat to United Kingdom, offers...

Nest has opened up sales of its smart Thermostat in the United Kingdom, marking the first time the device has gone on sale outside of the United States and Canada. The smart digital thermostat from the Google-owned company joins the Protect smoke and carbon monoxide detector on sale in the country, and could be the sign of a further expansion into Europe....
  ...

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05:13
After a series of 'home runs,' it'd...

After the iPod, iPhone and iPad all proved to be "home run" products, the law of large numbers mean it's likely Apple's next new product category may only be a "single" or a "double" -- and that's perfectly fine, in the eyes of one analyst.
  ...

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05:05
Review: Fantastical for iPad completes the improved...

After first debuting on the Mac then joining iOS with the iPhone, Fantastical is finally ready to replace the calendar on your iPad, too. With Fantastical for iPad, Flexibits has brought the same, streamlined design and natural language parsing for quick event and reminder entry to the iPad. I’ve been using Fantastical for iPad for a few weeks now, so let’s take a look at how it compares to Apple’s calendar app…

What’s Fantastical?

If you’re not familiar with the Fantastical software, it’s major feature is natural language input. What that means is you can type a phrase like “Golf with Bob on Saturday at 10 am” and Fantastical will schedule it; you don’t have to program each line of the event in...

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04:58
Kool Tools: Adobe Muse templates and widgets

Muse Templates Pro Company's Adobe Muse templates provide an unique design for websites that are created with Adobe Muse software. The widgets provide even more enhancing of Adobe Muse websites.

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04:41
Apple so rattled by ‘Next Big Thing’ ads, it almost...

Apple senior VP of marketing Phil Schiller was so concerned about Samsung’s Next Big Thing ad campaign, in which the company poked fun at Apple customers, that he emailed Tim Cook to suggest a change of ad agency to fight back – according to a claim by Samsung lawyer Jon Quinn.

The Verge reports that Quinn made the claim in his opening arguments in the patent trial in which Apple is accusing Samsung of violating...

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04:39
iWork Suite Gains View-Only Option and Other...

Apple has yet again updated its iWork apps for Mac, iOS, and iCloud, continuing to polish and enhance the functionality of the retooled productivity suite.

 

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04:24
Red Giant announces BulletProof 1.2

Red Giant has announced BulletProof 1.2. The update brings more camera support and other improvements to the footage backup and preparation tool.

In addition to the current support for Canon and Nikon DSLRs and GoPro cameras, BulletProof now includes support for Panasonic and Sony DLSRs, and for the Canon C-series and XF-series cameras. The app is designed to solve several issues such as reliable back-up.

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04:12
Covers removed from first Apple Store in Turkey,...

Turkish websites DonanimHaber and iPhoneTurka provide our first look at Apple’s first Turkish store now the covers have been removed, revealing a mostly-glass design. Like the iconic 5th Avenue store in NYC, what is visible above ground is simply an empty glass space, though in this case it’s a lower and more subtle skylight than the famous glass cube.

More photos below … 

The store, located in the Zorlu Center mall in the capital Instanbul, opens at 10am on Saturday (5th April). There are...

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04:03
Splice 2 for Mac OS X gets new user interface

einstein's legacy has released Splice 2.0.1.  Splice is a movie management utility for Mac OS X. Targeted to professionals and amateur video content creators, it's a tool for organizing and joining a collection of video clips together into a single movie.  

The 2.0.1 update introduces an enhanced user interface, movie segmentation and content sharing via e-mail or popular internet services like Vimeo. Splice 2.0.1 requires Mac OS X 10.8.5 or higher.

It costs US$9.99 and is available at the Mac App Store. Go to http://www.einsteinslegacy.com for more info.

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04:02
Global smartphone market to grow at CAGR of 15.3%

According to Research and Markets (www.researchandmarkets.com), the global smartphone market will grow at a CAGR [compound annual growth rate] of 15.3% over the period 2013-2018. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the declining ASP [average selling price] of smartphones.

The global smartphones market has also been witnessing increasing demand for large-screen smartphones, according to the research group. However, the high production cost could pose a challenge to the growth of this market.

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03:58
Spotify dramatically overhauls its iPhone app with...

Spotify has released a major update to its iPhone app, bringing a new dark look and feel. The new layout relies heavily on the contextual blurring and geometric motifs of iOS 7.

Artist artwork is masked in an oval shape, again reflecting iOS 7′s design direction. Album art remains true to its root as square imagery. There is a big focus on typography — a deference to surrounding chrome. Unlike Spotify’s first attempt at an iOS 7 update, which was basically a quick degloss of interface elements, this feels and looks really modern.

There is a similar refresh for Mac too, although the changes are less drastic than the iPhone update. iPad users are currently left in the cold, but...

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03:21
OmniPlan 2.3.4 - Robust project management software...

With OmniPlan, you can create logical, manageable project plans with Gantt charts, schedules, summaries, milestones, and critical paths. Break down the tasks needed to make your project a success, optimize resources, and streamline budgets. It's project management made painless.

How to get your project done on time and under budget:

  • Translate strategy into tactics everyone can understand
  • Create summaries of work broken into lists of activities
  • Distribute workloads fairly and efficiently
  • Manage costs as you go

Plan, monitor, and control it all with software designed to make your job easier, not harder.

Version 2.3.4:

Bug Fixes:

  • If you edit a field in an outline view and indent or outdent the row without first ending editing, OmniPlan no longer discards your edits.
  • If folded editing is enabled, the text of long folded rows will be drawn correctly when...

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03:03
ExpanDrive 3.0.3042 - Access remote files over SSH/...

ExpanDrive builds cloud storage in every application, acts just like a USB drive plugged into your Mac. With ExpanDrive, you can securely access any remote file server directly from the Finder or even the terminal. ExpanDrive supports:

  • SFTP/FTP/FTPS
  • Amazon S3
  • Dropbox
  • WebDAV
  • Rackspace Cloud Files
  • Openstack Swift
  • Dreamhost DreamObjects
  • Google Drive and SkyDrive coming soon



Version 3.0.3042:

New:

  • Shared with Me folder now visible for Google Drive
  • [windows] Support for multiple users in Windows Server environments
  • Dropbox for business authentication
  • Support tested for Oracle Cloud storage

Changed:

  • By default ExpanDrive no longer shows up in the Dock

Fixed:

  • Some small number of upgrades from v2 would get stuck with a...

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03:00
Apple updates iWork for Mac, iOS, and iCloud

Apple updated its iWork suite on all three platforms (iOS, Mac, and iCloud) yesterday, with improvements to almost every aspect of every app, from editing in Pages to creating charts in Numbers and delivering presentations in Keynote.

All three apps will purportedly be more compatible with Microsoft Office (which, coincidentally, finally appeared on the iPad last week). On the Mac, the three iWork apps now aim to do a better job of exporting to Office’s XML formats. The iCloud versions of the three apps can now open password-protected documents, spreadsheets, and presentations from Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. And the Mac and iOS apps claim to preserve custom number formats in charts imported from their Office counterparts.

To read this...

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02:36
Apple Keynote 6.2 - Apple's presentation...

Apple Keynote makes it simple to create and deliver beautiful presentations. Powerful tools and dazzling effects bring your ideas to life. You can work seamlessly between Mac and iOS devices. And work effortlessly with people who use Microsoft PowerPoint.

Version 6.2:

  • New "view only" setting lets you share presentations you want others to view but not edit
  • Improved Presenter Display layouts and labels
  • New transitions and builds: Object Revolve, Drift and Scale, and Skid
  • Improved Magic Move including text morphing
  • Apply motion blur to animations
  • Show rulers as a percentage of document size
  • Improved Instant Alpha image editing
  • Media Browser improvements, including search
  • Directly specify start and end points of movies
  • Create custom data formats
  • Export to PPTX format
  • Improved AppleScript support
  • Control the z-order of bubble chart labels...

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02:34
Apple Safari 7.0.3 - Apple's Web browser; part...

Apple Safari in OS X Mavericks brings you all-new ways to find and enjoy the best of the web. It works with iCloud to give you a seamless browsing experience across all your devices. It looks out for your privacy. It loads content incredibly fast. And with amazing power-saving technologies that let you browse longer than with other browsers, Safari is simply the smartest way to surf.

Version 7.0.1:

Note: This update is only available as part of the OS X Mavericks update.

  • Fixes an issue that could cause the search and address field to load a webpage or send a search term before the return key is pressed
  • Improves credit card autofill 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...

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02:34
Apple Numbers 3.2 - Apple's spreadsheet app...

With Apple Numbers, sophisticated spreadsheets are just the start. The whole sheet is your canvas. Just add dramatic interactive charts, tables, and images that paint a revealing picture of your data. You can work seamlessly between Mac and iOS devices. And work effortlessly with people who use Microsoft Excel.

Version 3.2:

  • New "view only" setting lets you share spreadsheets you want others to view but not edit
  • Set margins in print setup
  • Create headers and footers in print setup
  • New printing options: page numbering, page ordering and zoom
  • Create custom data formats
  • Create custom table styles
  • Drag and drop a CSV file directly into a sheet
  • Automatically update an existing table by dragging in a CSV file
  • Control the z-order of bubble chart labels
  • Cell-based import feedback
  • Improved text box behaviour
  • Media Browser improvements, including search
  • ...

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02:33
Photos show seamless glass cuboid to cap new Turkish...

Less than a week before a scheduled grand opening, construction workers at Apple's first retail outlet in Turkey took the wraps off a large all-glass structure that will serve as a huge skylight for the underground store.
  ...

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02:31
Apple Pages 5.2 - Apple's word processor from...

Apple Pages is a powerful word processor that gives you everything you need to create documents that look beautiful. And read beautifully. It lets you work seamlessly between Mac and iOS devices. And even work effortlessly with people who use Microsoft Word.

Version 5.2:

  • New "view only" setting lets you share documents you want others to view but not edit
  • Delete, duplicate and reorder sections using the page navigator
  • Inline images and shapes in table cells are preserved on import
  • Copy-paste style improvements
  • Better placement of inserted and pasted objects
  • Improved Instant Alpha image editing
  • Media Browser improvements, including search
  • Improved AppleScript support
  • New Arabic and Hebrew templates
  • Improved support for bi-directional text
  • Word count for Hebrew
  • Create custom data formats
  • Control the z-order of bubble chart labels
  • ...

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02:19
Copy 1.43.0290 - Cloud storage and file syncing...

Note: You must first sign up to use Copy (get a 5GB sign-up bonus through our 'Download' link above).

Copy lets you sync, protect, and share. Everywhere.

Want to bring some files home? No problem! With Copy, they're already there. Copy's apps keep files in sync between your Macs, PCs, iOS devices, Android devices, and more.

There are no file size limits with Copy, and with Copy's "Fair Storage," the size of a shared folder is split between the number of users sharing the folder, so a 25GB folder shared with 5 users only counts as 5GB towards each user's quota.

Copy is developed by network security and backup giant Barracuda Networks, meaning your files are stored on servers Barracuda Networks controls and manages, for maximum security. Your data is also protected by multiple layers of encryption, including AES-256, both during transfer and while at rest on Barracuda's enterprise-class cloud storage. Advanced...

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01:00
Apple vs. Samsung, Day One: Apple asks for $2B in...

A bit of juror trouble was ironed out, last-minute issues decided, opening arguments heard and the first witness called on the opening day of the second Apple-Samsung patent trial, which began on Tuesday in San Francisco. Judge Lucy Koh, who oversaw the first trial, is again in charge as the two companies present their cases over a different set of patents -- five from Apple, two from Samsung -- that each says are being infringed by the other....
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00:14
WhatsApp announces 64 billion messages sent through...

 


Whatsapp, the popular messaging client for iOS and Android, announced today on Twitter that it had reached a new record for messages sent in a single day. With 20 billion outgoing messages and 44 incoming messages handled in a single 24-hour period, the grand total came out to 64 billion.

new daily record: 20B messages sent (inbound) and 44B messages received (outbound) by our users = 64B messages handled in just 24 hours....

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00:01
Mac sales success “defies the laws of economics,”...

Noting that the Mac’s share of the PC market has risen almost continuously over the past decade (with just a brief dip in 2012) despite costing an average of $700 more than competitor machines, Needham’s Charlie Wolf is quoted by Fortune as saying that it “seems to defy the laws of economics.”

The only explanation that we see is the now-mythical halo effect. Beginning with the iPod in the middle of the past decade and then extending to the iPhone and iPad, a meaningful number of Windows users who bought these products seem to have switched from a PC to a Mac [...]

What should be underscored is how unique the Mac phenomenon is [...] we view the Mac’s success as the rare instance where sales increased in the face of rising prices.

The halo effect of the...

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Tuesday April 1

23:45
Greater usability for iWork and more news from April...

Apple has released a very nice update to its iWork apps for Mac, iOS and iCloud. It includes a new document editor for Pages, view-only options for iOS and Mac, improved pop-up menus in Numbers and a better search, and Keynote gaining an improved...

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23:16
WiFi Performance to Improve As FCC Opens Unlicensed...

In February, the Wall Street Journal reported on the formation of a new lobbying group called WifiForward that advocated the opening up of unlicensed frequencies to alleviate Wi-Fi congestion and improve performance. The group consisted of industry partners including Google, Best Buy, Microsoft, and many others.

On Monday, the FCC announced that it was freeing up more airwaves for Wi-Fi usage. The WiFiForward group wrote in response to the ruling:Today, the FCC voted unanimously to unleash more unlicensed spectrum will support all the things we already use and further drive investment and experimentation—a 50%...

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22:03
OWC launches Mac Pro CPU and memory upgrade service

Other World Computing on Tuesday announced a new turnkey upgrade program for late-2013 Mac Pros that offers replacement Intel Xeon CPUs and cheaper memory options not available directly from Apple.
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21:57
OWC ships four Xeon processor upgrades for 2013 Mac...

Upgrade company OWC today officially introduced Intel Xeon processor "turnkey" upgrades for the latest Apple Mac Pro 2013. Options include 8-Core, 10-Core, and 12-Core models. The processors are fully compliant with Apple technical specifications and power requirements and are fully tested, qualified, and guaranteed to meet or exceed the processors available from Apple....
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21:47
Adata launches high capacity, speedy SP920 SSD line

DRAM modules and NAND Flash manufacturer Adata today announced the launch of the Premier Pro series SP920 solid state drive (SSD). The SP920 comes in a 2.5-inch form factor, and is equipped with the latest generation Marvell controller implementing the SATA III 6Gb/sec specification....
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20:00
Schiller takes stand in Apple vs. Samsung patent...

Apple's Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller, took the stand on Tuesday in the second Apple-Samsung patent trial. His testimony following opening arguments, in which Apple asked the jury for more than $2 billion in damages against Samsung (and "reasonable" licensing fees for the copied patents), while Samsung's attorney characterized the amount as "gross overexaggeration," suggesting a $40 million figure and asking $6 million for its two disputed patents....
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18:56
OWC Brings Processor Upgrades to Apple’s New Mac Pro

OWC brought processor and memory upgrade options to Apple's new Mac Pro (2013) on Tuesday. The device can be built-to-order from Apple with an Intel Xeon 4, 6, or 8-core processor, but OWC is offering upgrades of 8, 10, and 12-core chips. According to the company, the upgrades are compliant with Apple's technical specifications, and they are fully tested and qualified.

The Mac Observer Spin: Processor upgrades on a Mac Pro? Be still our collective hearts at TMO. Oh, sure, any one of Apple's Mac Pro models is likely far faster than most of us could possibly need in the next several years, but a processor upgrade means we can have even MOAR!


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18:53
Apple’s Phil Schiller testifies

Still on the stand, Schiller is getting into slightly new ground as he is asked to think back to his first reaction to the first Samsung Galaxy.

“It looked so much like an attempt to copy the iPhone,” Schiller said.

Competition is not the problem here. Blatantly stealing and copying Apple is the problem.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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18:48
Apple Argues that Copying Was Built into Samsung’s...

Apple told a jury on Tuesday that Samsung didn't just copy Apple's intellectual property, but that deliberately copying the iPhone was part of Samsung's "development process." The accusation came during Apple's opening statements in the second big patent infringement trial between the two companies.


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18:22
Apple updates Safari to 7.0.3/6.1.3, adds enhanced...

Alongside updates for the iWork apps for iCloud, OS X and iOS, Apple on Tuesday released version 7.0.3 (for Mavericks) and 6.1.3 (for Mountain Lion) of its Safari browser. The new release, which only had two betas released to developers before going final, adds enhanced push notification settings and direct support for some new top-level domains (which could previously only be accessed through a search). The update also addresses a few credit card autofill and security issues....
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18:00
Write round, baby, write round

It figures that the company that brought us a round computer mouse would also be responsible for an unconventional notepad.

[Photo credit: Kenneth]...

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17:50
Apple's Schiller rehashes prior testimony in...

As the first day of Apple's second California patent trial against Samsung drew to a close on Tuesday, the suit's first witness, Apple SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller, took the stand to deliver testimony nearly identical to that given twice before during the first Apple v. Samsung case.
  ...

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17:00
I can't tell you why Sometimes You Die is so...

"Unique" is an overused word these days, and every game on the App Store wants you to believe it's like nothing you've ever played before, no matter how similar it is to every other app out there. Sometimes You Die doesn't really have to worry about...

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16:59
Apple updates iWork apps, Safari

Apple has updated its iWork apps for the Mac and for iCloud. It's also revved Safari.

Pages 5.2, Keynote 6.2, and Numbers 3.2 sport new templates, new effects and transitions, enhanced AppleScript support, as well as support for the "view only" setting for docs you share on iCloud. The iCloud version of the apps gets Retina display support and the ability to open iWork or Microsoft Office docs directly in iCloud Mail.

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Briefly: VisionTek's new MacPro memory upgrades...

Upgrades and accessories manufacturer, VisionTek, has announced the immediate availability of new high-performance Error Correcting Code 1866MHz quad-channel matched module memory upgrades of up to 64GB for Apple's Mac Pro 2013 models. Test certified at both the component and module level, the memory upgrades are accompanied by a lifetime warranty. Four upgrades are available, and can be purchased as singular 16GB modules for $220, or 32GB($430), 48GB ($640) and 64GB($830) kits....
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Apple updates Pages, Numbers, Keynote for Mac, iOS

In what is probably a coincidental update following the recent release of Office for iPad, Apple has launched new versions of the trio of apps formerly known as iWork (i.e., Pages, Numbers and Keynote) for both OS X and iOS. The biggest new feature across all versions is a new "view only" setting that allows users to share documents but keep them read-only. Pages for OS X and iOS gains better support for key features such as ePub export, Numbers for OS X and iOS has improved Excel compatibility, and Keynote for both platforms now supports PPTX export, among many other new and improved features...
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Apple Updates Pages, Keynote, Numbers for OS X with...

Apple released X.2 updates for its iWork suite for the Mac on Tuesday. Pages 5.2, Keynote 6.2, and Numbers 3.2 include a host of improvements and changes, including new templates, new effects and transitions, and support for the new "view only" setting for documents you share on iCloud that was released earlier on Tuesday.


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HTC’s last bet

Good story from Hayley Tsukayama looking at the HTC M8.

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Dish subscribers can now access ESPN, Disney &...


Dish and The Walt Disney company announced today that they have reached a multi-year distribution deal that will see Dish subscribers gain access to a ton of Disney content including its ABC and ESPN networks. That means if you subscribe to Dish, you’ll now be able to access the WATCH ABC, WATCH ABC Family, WATCH Disney Channel, WATCH DisneyXD and WatchESPN through your computer, smartphone, tablet and other connected devices like game consoles and Apple TV. The...

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Apple Argues that Samsung has made the Corporate...

On Tuesday morning, Apple and Samsung set out their opening arguments in the beginning of this next patent infringement case between the two companies. Apple claims that Samsung has sold 37m smartphones and tablets that copy its designs and that it is due more than $2bn in damages. Samsung responded with a new line of argument by accusing Apple of launching an "attack on Android."

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