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Tuesday March 10

14:49
Security Update 2015-001 (Mountain Lion, Mavericks,...

Patches the FREAK vulnerability to prevent interceptions of SSL/TLS-encrypted traffic. (Free, various sizes)

 

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14:41
What Mobile World Congress Delivered Besides Same-...


The latest handsets and tablets received their typical share of headlines at this year's MWC, but their mindshare shrank considerably. Sony unveiled its Xperia Z4 tablet, possibly its last hurrah in the mobile space. Meanwhile, Samsung's latest iPhone answer, the Galaxy S6, stole the spotlight. However, with more than 2,000 tech organizations promoting their wares and services -- most of which didn't bring iAssassins -- MWC 2015 offered a fresh set of promises, electrifying trade show audiences and intriguing those who watched from afar.

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14:20
Will the iPhone transform medicine? The FDA may have...

Apple’s keynote this week produced a lot of hype-worthy news, as such Apple announcements often do. Laptops with no ports! Wearables with five-figure price tags! And who could forget the claims that the iPhone is now going to transform medical research? The keynote seemed to imply that iPhones, and ResearchKit, would transform our smartphones into medical tricorders, ready to diagnose Parkinson’s disease or atherosclerosis at the tap of a screen. Not so fast.

As much as Silicon Valley likes to think of itself as a force for good, disrupting this and pivoting that, it sometimes forgets that...

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14:06
Apple finds sympathetic ear in fight to remove...

The Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York on Tuesday heard Apple's arguments to dislodge lawyer Michael Bromwich from his position as external antitrust monitor, with one judge voicing concern over the methods used in his investigation.

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14:01
Apple Stores preparing new Reserve and Pickup system...

Apple is preparing a new Reserve and Pickup system at its retail stores that will roll out in time for the Watch launch on April 24th, according to sources. The Reserve and Pickup system for the Apple Watch will differ from the existing Personal Pickup system for other products, which allows customers to fully purchase items online before picking them up at Apple retail locations. The new system will allow potential Watch customers to reserve a desired case and band combination online, then try the specific Watch in-store before completing the purchase.As it announced yesterday, Apple will begin taking pre-orders for the Watch beginning April 10th at which point Apple Watches will begin to be displayed within Apple retail stores. Apple is describing the two week period between pre-orders and the Watch going on sale as Preview, and the...

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13:40
USB-C in 12-Inch MacBook Adds Limitations but Opens...

Apple's newest MacBook is one of the first computers to take advantage of the USB Type-C specification, which was finalized in August of 2014. USB-C uses a small reversible connector that's similar in size to a Lightning connector, but slightly larger.

In addition to delivering power to the Apple MacBook (it's capable of delivering up to 100 watts at 20 volts), USB-C has a DisplayPort alternate mode for connecting monitors, cables, docking stations, and more, plus it supports USB 3.1 data transfers up to 5GBps (Apple is using Gen 1 USB 3.1) and it also has support for VGA and HDMI connections. It's able to deliver bi-directional power, meaning it lets the MacBook be charged and through the same port, it lets the MacBook charge other devices.

USB-C is an upgrade from USB-A, the standard USB ports that many of us are used to on our computers, and USB-B. USB-B is used by many of us in...

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13:37
You can now compare Apple Watch 38mm and 42mm actual...

Apple Watch Space Black Stainless Steel, 38mm & 42mm

When the Apple Watch becomes available for pre-order on April 10th next month, customers will have to decide between two different sizes: 38mm and 42mm. Deciding between the two sizes may be difficult if you want to buy one before they begin shipping on April 24th, so the Watch will go on display at Apple Stores two weeks ahead of its launch.

You might not be able to visit a crowded Apple Store just to make that decision, and Apple (mostly) has that covered too. Buried inside the Apple Store app for iPhone is an actual size comparison for each case size. The mockup shows the casing of the Apple Watch with the home screen icons displayed, and you can tap to toggle between the smaller and larger cases....

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13:30
CalDigit Thunderbolt Station 2: Maximum expansion,...

CalDigit Thunderbolt station 2. Photo by Steve sande © 2015, All rights reserved

Despite Apple's decision to not include Thunderbolt 2 in the new MacBook, the fast connectivity option is quickly becoming mainstream for those who need lots of speedy external storage or multiple big monitors. As such, manufacturers like CalDigit have been stepping up efforts to produce docks that allow multiple peripherals to be connected to a MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, Mac mini or Mac Pro with a single cable. Today we're looking at the CalDigit Thunderbolt Station 2 (US$199, affiliate link), a surprisingly small but powerful Thunderbolt 2 dock.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 5.2 x 3.88 x 1.71 inches (13.2 x 9.86 x 4.34 cm)
  • Weight: 1.34 lbs (.61 kg)

Design

Many of the docks I've reviewed in the past have come in a horizontal...

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13:11
Ending! $40 Mac Bundle: Things, ScreenFlow, Typed,...

Update: Ending in 24 hours

9to5Toys Specials has put together a really impressive bundle of 8 Mac apps including the latest versions of Screenflow and Things (which are $100 and $49 at the Mac App Store by themselves!).

Using the coupon code ULTRAMAC5 at checkout, 9to5 readers can get an extra $5 discount over at Specials.9to5Toys.com to buy the whole bundle ...

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13:07
Griffin introduces WatchStand for Apple Watch, LaCie...

Two companies major accessory makers have capitalized on Apple's latest hardware announcements to introduce new products: Griffin has revealed the WatchStand for the Apple Watch, while LaCie has premiered a USB-C version of the Porsche Design Mobile Drive, aimed at Apple's 12-inch MacBook.

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13:04
Micromat revamps Techtool Pro 8 for Mac OS X

Micromat (www.micromat.com) has announced a new version of Techtool Pro. The company calls the new version Techtool Pro 8 and says the new version offers a number of significant new features.

"Techtool Pro 8 is a major leap forward compared to our prior versions," says Jeff Baudin, president of Micromat. "Version 8 brings us to the level of ASD (Apple Service Diagnostics). Added with Techtool's legacy battery of tests and repair functions, it takes us quite a bit further." 

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13:02
Opinion: Apple’s Spring Forward event signals huge...

Although many people expected that Apple’s Spring Forward event would mostly focus on the Apple Watch, more than half of the event — notably, the first part — covered other topics. Collectively, there were so many interesting developments that their individual significance was somewhat lost, particularly given that long-awaited Watch pricing news wrapped up the event.

That’s why I wanted to reconsider what Spring Forward revealed about some of Apple’s non-Watch products. Some of the announcements signal that big changes are ahead for Apple’s Mac, iPad, and Apple TV product lines, as well as Apple itself. Read on for my thoughts, and add yours to the comments section below…...

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13:00
The Week in Mac Apps: Blueprint offers seamless...

Blueprint offers seamless business management, plus disk cleaning utilities and more

This week, our roundup of new Mac app brings you apps to manage your text files, notes, business relationships, and photos. For variety, we even threw in a new way to look at the sky, and an easy solution to get rid of the clutter that affects your storage.

Assembler 1.0

Quote-Unquote Apps’s $10 Assembler (Mac App Store Link) solves a surprisingly common problem: It glues together multiple text files into a single document.

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12:56
WaterField Designs announces Zip Brief for the 12-...

WaterField Designs has announced the US$179 Zip Brief (http://tinyurl.com/p87vryj), created to protect and showcase the new 12-inch MacBook. Lined with soft material, the Zip's internal pockets cradle the MacBook on one side and accessories on the other.

The TSA-friendly Zip combines leather with waxed canvas or ballistic nylon for a comfortable yet sophisticated look, according to Gary Waterfield, owner of WaterField Designs. It's available in tan waxed canvas or black ballistic nylon with full-grain, naturally-tanned leather trim.

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12:55
Swiss watch industry headed for an 'ice age...

Apple's soon-to-be-released entry into the wearable market could bring financial pain for the low end of Switzerland's vaunted watch industry, according to Swatch co-inventor Elmar Mock, who believes that the Apple Watch "will put a lot of pressure on the traditional watch industry and jobs in Switzerland."

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12:18
Snowden docs show CIA's attempts to hack Apple...

Researchers sponsored by the U.S. government have reportedly tried to defeat the encryption and security of Apple devices for years.

Several presentations given between 2010 and 2012 at a conference sponsored by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency described attempts to decrypt the firmware in Apple mobile devices or to backdoor Mac OS X and iOS applications by poisoning developer tools.

Abstracts of the secret presentations were among the documents leaked by former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden to journalists and were published Tuesday by The Intercept.

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12:09
Taking Apple Watch for a run? Don't forget your...

This runner’s idea of heaven is strapping a 38mm Apple Watch Sport to my wrist, throwing on a Bluetooth headset, and hitting the Prospect Park loop completely unencumbered.

But my hopes were dashed when I realized during Monday’s Apple Watch event that some key fitness features won’t work if I run without my iPhone 6. The Watch’s heart rate sensor and accelerometer work on their own, and the native Workout app can track different kinds of workouts that don’t require GPS. All of that information can later be synced with your phone if you exercise without it.

An iPhone companion

On Monday, Apple took the wraps off new Watch app partners, including fit tech companies like Nike, Runtastic, and Strava, which will track your workout progress on your wrist. It’s a far more convenient place to see your current pace than having to unlock your phone and fumble through various screens.

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12:03
Third-party Apple Watch straps coming soon with...

Apple will have its own straps and bands available for Apple Watch when it launches next month, but companies are already planning third-party options…

The big draw for third-party bands will be the ability for customers to purchase the entry-level $349 Sport model and upgrade to a stainless steel or leather band for much less than Apple’s official bands.

A new crowdfunding campaign from Monowear Design, for instance, promises leather and stainless steel bands for $80 each. Compare that with the...

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12:02
Schumer to FAA: Straighten Up Cybersecurity and Fly...


The United States Federal Aviation Administration should implement cybersecurity upgrades recommended by the U.S. Government Accountability Office immediately, or risk hackers taking over its computer systems, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., has warned. The GAO last week released a report that found significant security control weaknesses in the FAA's computer systems threatened its ability to ensure the safe and uninterrupted operation of the U.S. national aerospace system, or NAS.

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12:00
Creative Pro User Group Network announces Las Vegas...

The Creative Pro User Group (CPUG) Network says the 14th Annual Las Vegas SuperMeet will take place on Tuesday, April 14, in the Royale Ballroom at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas Nevada.

The SuperMeet promises to be the single largest gathering of Final Cut Pro, Adobe, Avid and DaVinci Resolve editors, gurus, digital filmmakers and content creators during the 2015 NAB Show. Early bird tickets are on sale for US$10 ($7 for students) through March 11.

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11:53
Choosing your Apple Watch: Case and band...

After deciding on a case size and material, choosing a band is the most important part of buying a new Apple Watch. Apple uses case and band combinations to stratify the wearable's pricing, so AppleInsider took a look at the options.

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11:47
Leaked Documents Suggest CIA Work on Hacked Version...

United States Central Intelligence Agency researchers have been working for years to crack the security of Apple's iPhone and iPad, and may have done so through the creation of a modified version of Xcode, Apple's software development tool designed for developers.

According to secret documents obtained by The Intercept, at a 2012 "Jamboree" that focused on security flaws found in various electronics, CIA researchers outlined both a hacked version of Xcode and a modified OS X updater that could be used to install malicious software like keyloggers.The modified version of Xcode, the researchers claimed, could enable spies to steal passwords and grab messages on infected devices. Researchers also claimed the modified Xcode could "force all iOS applications to send...

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11:30
Landscape and Garden Solution comes to ConceptDraw...

CS Odessa (http://www.conceptdraw.com) has announced the Landscape and Garden Solution, a new Solution for ConceptDraw Pro 10. The Solution contains professionally-drawn samples of garden elements to allow users to visualize your landscape plans using templates and libraries.

These include topiary, flowers, water features, pathways and plots, hedges and recreational equipment. The Landscape and Garden solution is designed for any green-fingered gardener wondering how to design a garden. It contains 14 libraries containing 420 vector graphics shapes.

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11:25
Red Giant Universe gets more visual effects and...

Red Giant has updated and expanded the Red Giant Universe to version 1.4, adding more visual effects options.

Version 1.4 introduces eight new tools to Universe, growing the library to include 89 visual effects and transitions. The update also offers new host support for FXHome HitFilm 3 Pro, allowing users to work across multiple host apps – Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro X, Apple Motion, Sony Vegas and Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve – with the same effects.

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11:01
High-End Retail Shops Around the World Preparing to...

During yesterday's Apple Watch event, Apple CEO Tim Cook suggested the high-end Apple Watch Edition will be available in limited quantities at a select number of stores. He was likely referring to some of the pop up shops we've seen under construction, in upscale department stores Galeries Lafayette in Paris and Selfridges in London.

Women's Wear Daily has shared some more information on the locations where we will see the $10,000+ Apple Watch Edition and other versions of the Apple Watch shown off around the world. Described as "shop-in-shops" in high-visibility locations, each of Apple's pop up stores will ensure customers looking to make major purchases will get the best service possible.

At...

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10:15
Google releases Calendar for iPhone app

Google just announced its much anticipated Google Calendar app for iPhone is now available on the App Store. The app is essentially an iPhone version of the standalone Calendar mobile app previously only available for Android devices. Google first unveiled the latest version of its Calendar app alongside the release of Android 5.0 Lollipop late last year. 

The Google Calendar app for iPhone works with your Exchange and iCloud calendars and also integrates with Gmail to automatically turn events from emails into Calendar entries. Here’s a rundown on features from Google:

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10:15
Apple patches FREAK vulnerability on Mountain Lion,...

Apple has published their second major security roll-up package of the year, Security Update 2015-002, which contains fixes for multiple version of OS X stretching from Mountain Lion 10.8.5 to Yosemite 10.10.2. These updates mitigate threats from several different vulnerabilities, but the most notable is a fix that will inoculate Safari users against the so-called "FREAK" SSL/TLS exploit (CVE-2015-0204, although at publication time the Apple page shows CVE-2015-0167 as the CVE ID for FREAK).

First publicized a week ago, the "FREAK" vulnerability can be used by an attacker to force someone’s SSL/TLS connection to a...

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10:12
Roundup: CarPlay, Tesla, diversity and more at Apple...

Apple’s annual shareholders meeting is taking place today at its headquarters in Cupertino where shareholders vote on proposals from both Apple management and other shareholders, and Apple fields questions from attendees at the meeting. While shareholder meetings aren’t broadcasted like earnings calls, a few members of the media are in attendance to report the event’s activities. Below is a roundup of news coming out of the meeting…

– Shareholders pass all Apple proposals

All Apple proposals passed, but exec comp one got 25.37% no votes, which is high.

— Philip Elmer-DeWitt (@philiped) March 10, 2015

– Cook says ResearchKit isn’t about ROI

Tim Cook says research kit has no business model or ROI – "this is not the lens at...

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10:10
CIA Tried To Crack Security of Apple Devices

According to a story at The Guardian passed on by an anonymous reader, The CIA led sophisticated intelligence agency efforts to undermine the encryption used in Apple phones, as well as insert secret surveillance back doors into apps, top-secret documents published by the Intercept online news site have revealed. he newly disclosed documents from the National Security Agency's internal systems show surveillance methods were presented at its secret annual conference, known as the "jamboree."


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10:05
Gadget Ogling: Slick, Dull and Outlandish...


Samsung is trying something a little different while simultaneously positioning its S6 and S6 edge as the market's dominant Android smartphones. Sure, they're faster, smarter, brighter, stronger and more powerful than previous models -- as you might expect in a flagship refresh -- and that's all terribly pedestrian. Still, I love the edge concept. I'm glad to see Samsung continue and expand it, with slivers of the screen bending around both edges of the surface.

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10:00
Swiss watchmakers offer mix of deep concern,...

Swiss watchmakers are once again weighing in on how Apple Watch might impact the Swiss watch industry after Apple yesterday revealed pricing and availability for its three Watch collections. By confirming that its 18k gold models will range from $10,000-$17,000, Apple signaled that it isn’t content to sell into the $350 – $1,000 market where the aluminum Sport and stainless steel Watch models sit; it’s also aiming at the premium luxury watch market. However, it’s the lower end of Apple’s collection that Swiss watchmakers are really worried about.

In an interview...

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09:54
Welcome to the Mac: Revisiting OS X's welcome...

I bought an iMac G4 the other day; you’ll get to meet her soon in Think Retro, but she’s just wonderful; I’ve wanted to own one from the second I saw them. This column’s not about her, though.

Even though the chap I bought it from had carefully—responsibly!—erased his personal data from it, the first thing I wanted to do, of course, was install a clean OS. I couldn’t find any Tiger install discs, but I knew I’d created disc images of at least some installers and stored them safely on my Drobo. I couldn’t burn the image to a DVD, but that might be because the cake of blank DVDs I unearthed is many years old and so may be degraded.

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09:53
External Link: Apple Devices Targeted by the CIA

The Intercept has received top secret internal documents that show that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has spent years trying to infiltrate Apple devices. Tactics attempted by the CIA include modifying Xcode to place vulnerabilities in apps, modifying the Mac OS X updater to install keyloggers, and attempting to extract iPhone Group ID keys by analyzing the devices’ electromagnetic emissions. It’s unknown how effective the CIA’s techniques have been.

 

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09:51
Apple Donates Over $50 Million to Increase Diversity...

Apple's annual shareholders meeting is currently underway at the company's headquarters in Cupertino, California, and one big item on the agenda, according to Apple’s human resources chief Denise Young Smith, is a plan to partner with a few non-profit organizations on an effort to bring more women, minorities, and veterans into the tech industry (via Fortune).

The deal is said to be a multi-year effort worth $50 million, and to start off, Apple is partnering with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, a non-profit which focuses on supporting students enrolled in "historically black colleges and universities."

The two will work together in expanding the role of minorities in the field, with Apple planning to donate over $40 million to the organization.
“Historically, other organizations have provided scholarship dollars or focused...

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09:36
Sci-fi fantasies realized: the iPhone is the best...

Many boys want to be a firefighter when they grow up. Or maybe a race car driver, a police officer or a solider.

I wanted to work on the USS Enterprise.

Look at that enormous thing. oh, how I wanted one. 

Star Trek, the original series, was in syndication when I was young. My father loved the show, and he'd invite me to watch it with him. We'd sit side by side on the couch and watch Kirk and Spock fly through space and have incredible adventures. My dad would explain who the aliens were and what the ships were called. He described McCoy's Tricorder, Kirk's flip-open communicator and the transporter. I fell in love with them and imagined what life would be like if I had those things.

I'd ride by bike around the neighborhood, pedaling as hard as my skinny little legs would go, the whole time imagining I was the...

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09:33
Apple Donates $50 Million to Two Funds Assisting...

On December 9, 2014 we reported that Apple's CEO Tim Cook met privately with Rev. Jesse Jackson who later stated that he was impressed with Tim Cook and the conversation that they had. He further noted that Cook has a real vision for Apple and he sees the value in inclusiveness ...

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09:29
New MacBook Pro and Air Benchmarks Comparable to Mid...

The newly refreshed 13" Retina MacBook Pro announced on Monday is seeing comparable performance to the mid-2014 model, according to the latest Geekbench benchmark. The early 2015 model with an Intel Core i5 processor clocked at 2.7GHz achieved a single-core score of 3043 and a multi-core score of 6448, a minor variance from last year's low-end 13" Retina MacBook Pro single-core score of 3056 and multi-core score of 6554.

The latest 11" MacBook Air, with an Intel Core i5 processor clocked at 1.6GHz, also performed comparably to its predecessor in Geekbench benchmarks, with its single-core score of 2753 and multi-core score of 5486...

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09:18
Labels say 'no' to Apple on cheap...

Record labels are reportedly standing firm against Apple's plan for an $8 per month streaming music service, and may even consider new listening caps for Spotify.

Citing unnamed insiders, Billboard reports that labels are rethinking the value of streaming music now that services like Spotify have taken hold. While labels had been eager to establish new revenue sources after the decline of the CD business, some are now worried that these services still aren't bringing in enough money. It's a sentiment echoed by artists such as Radiohead, Bjork, and Taylor Swift, who have withheld some or all of their songs from Spotify.

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09:10
Dash 2.2.4 - Instant search and offline access to...

Dash is an API Documentation Browser and Code Snippet Manager. Dash helps you store snippets of code, as well as instantly search and browse documentation for almost any API you might use (for a full list, see the screenshots).

Documentation Browser Features

  • Offline Documentation: iOS, OS X, Man Pages, ActionScript, Akka, Android, Angular.js, Appcelerator Titanium, Arduino, Backbone.js, Boost, Bootstrap, Bourbon, C, C++, CakePHP, Cappuccino, Clojure, Cocos2D, Cocos2D-X, Cocos3D, CodeIgniter, CoffeeScript, Common Lisp, Compass, Corona, CSS, Django, Dojo Toolkit, Drupal, D3.js, Elixir, Emacs Lisp, Ember.js, Erlang, Express.js, ExtJS, Flask, Foundation (by Zurb), Git, GLib, Grails, Go, Groovy, Haskell, HTML, Java, JavaFX, JavaScript, Joomla, jQuery, jQuery Mobile, jQuery UI, Knockout.js, Kobold2D, Laravel, Less, Lua, Lo-Dash, Marionette.js, Meteor, MongoDB, Mono, MySQL, Node.js, OpenGL, Perl, PhoneGap, PHP, Play, PostgreSQL, Processing, Prototype.js,...

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09:05
Uncovered documents point towards CIA-sponsored...

When the CIA sponsors a full-on “jamboree” focused on breaking the security found in the iPhone and iPad, there’s something to be said for that.

According to recently obtained top-secret documents, security researchers were gathered at a CIA-sponsored “Jamboree” event wherein attendees discussed strategies for exploiting security flaws in household and commercial electronics. The conferences have spanned nearly a decade, with the first CIA-sponsored meeting taking place a year before the first iPhone was released.

By targeting essential security keys used to encrypt data stored on Apple’s devices, the researchers sought to...

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09:00
Engineering success in the cloud

Today’s Office 365 post was written by Daniel M. Horton, chief information officer at Michael Baker International, a leading global provider of engineering and technical consulting services

Pushing the technology envelope brings innovation and mobility to clients—that’s real value that we add to help them achieve strategic objectives. The engineering and development projects that our company performs position us to better understand what global companies need to succeed in the twenty-first century. To that end, we recently began to move our own infrastructure into the cloud.

Making any major technology transition requires diligence, focus and a deep understanding of alternatives. For example, facing a messaging system upgrade in 2014, we carefully reviewed our options, one of which was to adopt Microsoft Office 365 cloud services.

After evaluating the...

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09:00
LaCie announces USB Type-C mobile drives to match...

Now that Apple’s new 12-inch MacBook is out, the mad dash is on among peripheral makers to create fancy new accessories to match the fanless, USB Type-C-loaded laptop.

On Tuesday, LaCie announced an update to its Porsche Design Mobile Drive line. The Seagate-owned storage maker announced the portable hard drives will soon come with a USB Type-C connector. The new drives will be available in 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB capacities and are expected to go on sale before the end of June.

One thing the drives won’t have is USB 3.1—the blazing fast, next-gen version of USB that promises up to 10Gbps data transfer speeds. Instead, the drives will come with USB 3.0 interfaces and maximum transfer speeds of 100MB/s.

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08:32
GameStop and Marriott International Announce Apple...

More news continues to circulate following yesterday's Apple Watch-centered media event, with today bringing confirmation that two big new companies, GameStop and Marriott, are partnering with Apple to support Apple Pay.

First announced yesterday, Marriott confirmed that it will be the first hospitality company to offer Apple Pay to its customers. The roll-out will begin sometime this summer and launch in eleven total Marriott-owned locations like The Ritz-Carlton, EDITION Miami, Renaissance Hotels, and Marriott Hotels.
“Approximately 75 percent of our guests travel with one or more mobile devices, and it is even higher among 25-35 year olds – a group that will make up a much larger proportion of our guests over the next three years,” said...

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08:29
Select Marriott Hotels, Etsy to begin accepting...

This summer, you’ll be able to use Apple Pay at certain Marriott hotels in the U.S.

In addition, Marriott Rewards members will be able to load their Rewards benefits via co-branded credit cards into Apple Pay.

The first batch of Marriott hotels to get Apple Pay include The Ritz-Carlton New York at Central Park, The Ritz-Carlton Washington D.C., EDITION Miami, JW Marriott Chicago, Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel, San Francisco Marriott Marquis, San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront, New York Marriott Downtown, San Jose Marriott, Courtyard Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile, Courtyard Los Angeles L.A. Live and Residence Inn Los Angeles L.A. Live.

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08:23
Apple secures Safari against FREAK attacks

Apple on Monday patched the FREAK flaw in both OS X and iOS, issuing updates for both operating systems to protect users of its Safari browser.

In a pair of accompanying advisories, Apple noted the FREAK fix as one of several in iOS 8.2 and OS X Yosemite, Mavericks and Mountain Lion. The OS X update was labeled 2015-002 to identify it as a multi-edition fix.

“Secure Transport accepted short ephemeral RSA keys, usually used only in export-strength RSA cipher suites, on connections using full-strength RSA cipher suites,” Apple stated in both advisories. “This issue, also known as FREAK, only affected connections to servers which support export-strength RSA cipher suites, and was addressed by removing support for ephemeral RSA keys.”

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08:16
Apple releases Security Update 2015-002 for OS X 10....

It’s not a huge security update, but it came out yesterday and is probably worth snagging.

Late Monday, Apple released Security Update 2015-002, a 4.8 megabyte update containing updated security fixes for the OS X 10.8, 10.9 and 10.10 operating systems.

The update, which addresses vulnerabilities such as the “FREAK” attack, can be located and installed through OS X’s Software Update/App Store features and requires a quick restart to install.

Full technical notes for Security Update 2015-002 can be found here and if you’ve tried the update and have any feedback to offer, let us know in the...

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08:08
Does USB Type C Herald the End of Apple's...

An anonymous reader writes The Verge has an interesting editorial about the USB Type C connector on the new Macbook, and what this might mean for Apple's Lightning and Thunderbolt connectors. The former is functionally identical to USB Type C, and the latter has yet to prove popular in the external media and "docking" applications for which it was originally intended. Will Apple phase out these ports in favour of a single, widely-accepted, but novel standard? Or do we face a dystopian future where Apple sells cords with USB Type C on one end, and Lightning on the other?


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08:07
Apple confirms 8 GB of space on Apple Watch, will...

This is interesting

Apple confirmed that all three editions of the Apple Watch will ship with 8GB of internal storage. Apple Watch users will be limited to up to 2GB of songs and up to 75MB of photos that are locally stored on the device and can be listened to or viewed without a paired iPhone. Songs can be synced using the Apple Watch companion app on compatible iPhones running iOS 8.2 or later.

2GB of music works out to anywhere from 200 to 500 songs depending on the audio quality, while the report claims that 75MB of photos will equal to over 100 photos that are automatically compressed for reduced file size on the Apple Watch.

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08:01
The Apple Watch has an Eye on the Enterprise Market

Now that Apple Watch is nearing its launch date of April 24, businesses want to literally tap into this new tool as most business executives wear watches.

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08:00
Accessible Apple: Springing into accessibility, 2015...

Via Apple livestream of the 3/9/15 spring forward event

Yesterday's Apple Spring Forward event blew my expectations clean out of the water. Yesterday morning, we saw Apple make a lot of announcements that have far-reaching implications for universal accessibility. These include, but are not limited to, the Apple TV, ResearchKit, the new MacBook, and the Apple Watch.

The two primary announcements regarding the Apple TV made today were HBO Now and the price reduction. HBO Now, a service allowing subscribers to access HBO's current and archived content for $14.99 per month, brings the Apple TV one step closer to replacing...

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07:58
Rumor: In lieu of upcoming iTuns music streaming...

This is the cost of a company getting to be a certain size or have a certain influence on its surrounding industries.

Apparently, Apple is unlikely to offer a free, ad-supported tier for its upcoming streaming music service. It also seemed like Apple was going to try to undercut competitors like Spotify by offering its service for US$7.99 per month. Now, it’s looking like Apple might not be able to use price to catch up to Spotify — a report from Billboard indicates that the record companies are unsurprisingly unhappy with Apple’s attempt to make streaming music even cheaper. As such, it sounds like Apple is no longer...

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07:52
WaterField Designs shows off ultra-slim Zip Brief...

Now that the 12-inch MacBook we first unveiled in January has been officially announced, we’re starting to see new accessories designed especially for Apple’s redesigned notebook. San Francisco-based WaterField Designs has a brand new ultra-slim bag fitted specifically for Apple’s new Retina 12-inch MacBook…

The Zip Brief features “leather with waxed canvas or ballistic nylon” on the outside as well as an exterior, angled pocket for toting...

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07:49
Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath comes to Mac, syncs game...

After a remastered release of critically acclaimed console game ‘Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath’ on iOS devices last year, today the title officially arrives for Mac users via the Mac App Store.

New for the Mac version of the game: iCloud integration so you can save and continue playing on iOS, gamepad support and fully mappable keyboard/mouse controls, Game Center achievements/leaderboards, and support for all Mac resolutions including Retina displays and the new 5K iMac.


The 20+...

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07:46
Apple Watch Has 8GB of Storage, Limited to 2GB for...

Apple confirmed that all three editions of the Apple Watch will ship with 8GB of internal storage, according to 9to5Mac. Apple Watch users will be limited to up to 2GB of songs and up to 75MB of photos that are locally stored on the device and can be listened to or viewed without a paired iPhone. Songs can be synced using the Apple Watch companion app on compatible iPhones running iOS 8.2 or later.

2GB of music works out to anywhere from 200 to 500 songs depending on the audio quality, while the report claims that 75MB of photos will equal to over 100 photos that are automatically compressed for reduced file size on the Apple Watch. A portion of the remaining storage capacity is likely allocated to the Apple Watch's operating system, and will store application binaries and resources when a native SDK is released.

Recent Mac and...

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07:39
Apple Watch will fight obsolescence with a...

Battery longevity could be a problem for Apple Watch users, but at least there’s a replacement plan in the works.

An Apple spokesman told TechCrunch that the Apple Watch’s battery is replaceable. It’s unclear how much a fresh battery will cost, or what the replacement procedure will be. (We’re guessing you won’t be able to do it yourself at home.)

Fresh out of the box, Apple is promising up to 18 hours of normal use on a charge. But all batteries lose capacity over time, and it’s not unusual for a mobile device to store just 80 percent of its original capacity after several hundred full recharge cycles. For the Apple Watch, that means an 18-hour battery could dwindle to 14 or 15 hours, at which...

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07:38
Opinion: Why I’m not the target for the new ultra-...

Mark Gurman nailed it, so there were few surprises for 9to5Mac readers in yesterday’s launch of Apple’s new, ultra-portable 12-inch MacBook. But one thing we didn’t know for sure then was whether the new machine would be a cut-down, entry-level MacBook or a high-spec premium one.

The answer, we now know, is neither–or both. It’s cut-down in some respects, specced-up in others. A lower-spec CPU, but more RAM and SSD storage. A lower-spec GPU, but a higher-res screen. It loses Thunderbolt, but gains USB C. Clever things done with battery space and power-efficiency, but potential gains in battery-life wiped out by the smaller, thinner form-factor.

It makes for a slightly odd positioning in the line-up … ...

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07:35
Chinese Apple Watch knockoffs now available for sale

If you don’t want to wait a month for your Apple Watch, you can buy a Chinese knockoff right now.

Knockoff versions of the Apple Watch can be found at Huaqiangbei electronics market in the southern city of Shenzhen, and others are being sold nationwide via popular e-commerce websites.

The fakes mimic the design and style of Apple’s new offering, right down to the digital crown. With names like “Ai Watch” and “D-Watch,” they cost between 250 yuan and 500 yuan (US$40 to US$80).

Most run an Android operating system that has been made to look like an Apple interface. They even have snazzy Apple-like icons on the home screen.

The early availability of knockoffs...

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07:30
Apple MainStage 3.1.1 - Live performance tool for...

Love the sound you got on your recording? MainStage 3 makes it easy to bring all the same instruments and effects to the stage. Everything from the Sound Library and Smart Controls you're familiar with from Logic Pro X is integrated into MainStage 3. You can even expand your show with prerecorded backing tracks. You’ll also find new features like an improved Mixer, easier-to-use channel strips, and more. With the Mac as the core of your live rig, setup is faster, teardown is faster, and everything in between is more reliable. And you can easily use your favorite hardware to control every nuance of your performance.



Version 3.1.1:

  • Allows Screen Saver to be disabled when in Perform Mode
  • Fixed an issue where expression pedals could not control the input level of audio channel strips
  • Key commands that turn parameter values on and off now work correctly
  • Resolved a bug where the Download Manager could appear empty...

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07:20
Apple airs its first MacBook promotional videos

Shortly after wrapping up its Monday press event, Apple published two official videos showcasing the company's new 12-inch MacBook notebook. The two videos, available now on YouTube, were shown during the company's Spring Forward event on Monday.

The shorter video is a one-minute look at the aesthetics of the machine, while the longer video is narrated by Jony Ive and takes a closer look at the Force Touch trackpad, the butterfly keyboard design and other technology that the notebook introduced.

Apple's next generation MacBook will be available starting April 10 with a starting price tag of $1,299 for the base model with a 1.1GHz Intel Core M processor, 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD.

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07:18
Apple Watch includes 8 GB of storage, allows 2 GB of...

In our report last week, we reported that internal models of the Apple Watch included 8 GB of storage. We have now confirmed with the company that the shipping units do indeed ship with an 8 GB storage capacity. However, there are some important limitations.

As a user, you are only allowed to use a subsection of that total space for certain types of data. As confirmed with Apple, users are only allowed to store up to 2 GB of music on the Watch and up to 75 MB of photos for the Photos app. Note that all three collections — Sport, Watch and Edition — feature the same 8 GB memory capacity.

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06:53
File Juicer 4.39 - Extract images, video, or sound...

File Juicer is a drag-and-drop can opener and data archaeologist. Its specialty is to find and extract images, video, audio, or text from files which are hard to open in other ways.

It finds and extracts: JPEG, JP2, PNG, GIF, PDF, BMP, WMF, EMF, PICT, TIFF, Flash, ZIP, HTML, WAV, AVI, MOV, MP4, MPG, MP3, AIFF, AU, WMV, or text from files which contain data in those formats.

Lossless extraction... File Juicer does't convert the images/sounds/videos it finds, but saves them unchanged in their original format if possible. See the manual for details.

This is useful:

  • if you want to extract the images/sounds/videos from a PDF or Word document;
  • if you have old files you can no longer open with current applications;
  • if you receive emails with attachments you can not open;
  • if you have corrupt files or databases;
  • if you have damaged or accidentally erased flash cards for your digital camera;
  • ...
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06:51
Marriott to be the First Global Hospitality Company...

Marriott International will become the first global hospitality company to offer Apple Pay. This represents the latest step in Marriott’s creation of a complete mobile-powered travel experience that is effortless ...

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06:45
Wall Street expects high margins, respectable sales...

Analysts on Wall Street came away generally pleased with this week's announcement of Apple Watch launch details, viewing the new platform as a way to extend the company's valuable ecosystem and generate more revenue from high-margin products.

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06:38
Apple Watch battery will be replaceable to extend...

In the event that the Apple Watch battery needs to be replaced, Apple technicians will be able to swap the component out, although the company hasn't elaborated on how the replacement process will be handled.

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06:35
If your Xsan volume does not start after enabling...

Learn what to do if you see an Xsan-related panic in your server logs that mentions an Inode version mismatch.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204345

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06:00
Apple Watch will reportedly use a Mind Blowing 31...

A new supply chain report forecasts that a total of 30.8 million millimeters of two-inch equivalent sapphire ingots will be used for Apple Watch covers in 2015. This accounts for ...

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05:51
Reading convenience for students to be key for...

Device portability and reading convenience have had a positive impact on the global digital education publishing market, according to TechNavio (www.technavio.com).

With digitally published material, students, especially in the post-secondary segments, don't have to carry bulky textbooks, notes the research firm. E-readers, tablets and other devices provide easy access to the same content as a print book.

"Overall the convenience of e-textbooks will cement their place in the education sector over the forecast period," says Faisal Ghaus, Vice President of TechNavio.

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05:39
Kool Tools: Snowflake for Mac OS X Yosemite

Vemedio's (www.http://vemedio.com) Snowflake is a new Mac OS X app made especially for listening to Internet radio on Yosemite. It's a lightweight app that works with thousands of radio stations worldwide that stream over the Shoutcast/Icecast streaming protocol and comes with 20,000 radio stations already included. You can import URLs to custom streams.

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05:31
Apple Event Archives: Full 2015 Spring Forward Event...

The full Apple Spring Forward event video presented to you above will be archived in our "Apple Event" archives for easy access and future references. The video covers ...

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04:59
CIA has waged 'secret campaign' to crack...

Classified documents released by whistleblower Edward Snowden reveal that the Central Intelligence Agency has been engaged in a multi-year coordinated effort to crack the security of Apple's iOS platform, which powers and protects the iPhone and iPad.

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04:47
Apple Granted 41 Patents today covering the Apple...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 41 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover the first Apple Watch design patent to surface. We cover two other specific patents and wrap up this week's granted patent report with ...

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04:41
∞ The new Apple Watch ad

This is the best kind of ad. Just show off the product, show what it can do. Simple. Perfect.

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04:32
GraphicConverter 9.6 - Graphics editor with powerful...

GraphicConverter is an all-purpose image-editing program that can import 200 different graphic-based formats, edit the image, and export it to any of 80 available file formats.

The high-end editing tools are perfect for graphic manipulation as well as the ability to use Photoshop-compatible plug-ins. It offers batch-conversion capabilities, a slide-show window, and so much more.



Version 9.6: New features

  • Photoshop Pattern file import
  • optional indicator for iOS HDR files to browser
  • batch SVG to PDF (vector) conversion
  • bpg (Better Portable Graphics) import and export
  • user defined fill patterns
  • vignetting correction
  • freeze and atmosphere filter
  • invert luminance
  • invert hue
  • shift channels left and right
  • temperature effect filter
  • option "Information palette follow main window"
  • import and export of Photoshop PSD layers (as option...

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04:22
Thunderbolted: USB-C is our new connection overlord...

When news of a new Mac notebook leaked two months ago, one of the aspects that seemed most absurd was the omission of multiple ports. Instead, there would be just one hole. Weirder still, it would be USB-C, a format never before seen in a Mac and unfamiliar to most people, as it was only unveiled in production equipment last September.

Turns out, it wasn’t absurd at all. With the new 12-inch MacBook, Apple has gone all in for all-in-one, using USB-C to provide power, display output, and USB connections. Thunderbolt is gone. The SD card slot is gone as well. And the MagSafe component of the power connection has disappeared into very thin Air—I mean, thin MacBook. (Magnets? How do they work?)

...

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03:34
Accessibility improvements Apple should make in iOS 9

For many visually impaired users, myself included, it was a rough transition from the “classic” iOS 6 to the top-to-bottom redesign of iOS 7. While I still take issue with some of the design changes iOS 7 brought, I’ve grown accustomed to them and can’t imagine going back to the old style. If anything, I feel the iOS 7 and iOS 8 look is much more aesthetically pleasing overall.

Still, as someone with low vision, I continue to struggle with the legibility of iOS in various parts of the system. With iOS 9 in the works, here are six things I’d like to see Apple tweak in an effort to make iOS more visually accessible.

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

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02:47
Apple Security Update 2015-002 - For OS X 10.10, 10....

Apple Security Update 2015-002 is recommended for all users and improves the security of OS X. For detailed information about the security content of this update, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

The download link above is for OS X 10.10.2 Yosemite; see Related Links for additional security updates.



  • OS X 10.10.2 or later
  • See Related Links for OS X 10.9 and 10.8



Download Now

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02:06
Apple Granted a Patent for Future iDevices with...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 41newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's granted patent relating to possible future iDevices like the iPhone having sidewall flexible displays that could represent virtual buttons ...

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01:00
OneNote welcomes partner Obindo

Over the course of the last year, we’ve been excited to welcome more and more partners to the OneNote ecosystem, as we combine forces to increase the power of the tools you use every day to get stuff done. Today, we’re excited to highlight another great partner, Obindo—a new Google Chrome extension to help you capture ideas and files from Gmail and send them to OneNote or Yammer without leaving your inbox.

Obindo routes all your great ideas, thoughts and files, which often get stuck in email to OneNote where you can work with them more easily. Rather than having to continually switch back-and-forth from Gmail to OneNote, you can make sure information is saved to OneNote where it belongs.

Obindo also works with Yammer. If you receive a message in Gmail that you would like to share with others in your organization, just click the Yammer button on the Obindo toolbar. You can use Obindo to share a conversation or set of...

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00:58
Hands on: Why trying an Apple Watch made me want to...

I had a $17,000 Apple Watch Edition strapped to my wrist today. Rose gold. 38mm. Rose gray strap that felt like butter, with a modern buckle also in solid 18-carat gold. It was beautiful. But as luxe as the materials are, my hands-on demo time with the Apple Watch made me confident that I can go with the entry-level Apple Watch Sport and be just as happy.

Why? It’s the software, silly! The Apple Watch’s apps, glances, and notifications are so easy to use and well-thought-out that once I started tapping, pressing, and scrolling around the tiny display, I quickly forgot what materials were in the case and strap. Here’s...

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Monday March 9

21:30
Battery 4.1.0.2330 - Professional drum sampler. (...

Battery breathes life into your drum samples. It boasts separate sound parameters for 54 Instruments, powerful modulation capabilities and an unbeatable ease of use. BATTERY is fast, effective, intelligent and convenient. It has sample-accurate timing, internal 32-bit resolution, up to 128 velocity layers per instrument and can play samples at any pitch - BATTERY fulfills even the highest demands regarding precision, sound quality and flexibility. BATTERY has access to all the biggest sound libraries because it is compatible with the formats AKAI, SF2, LM4, AIFF, WAV and MAP. Also, more than 30 high quality soundsets (590 MB) are already included on a second CD.

Features:

  • Sampler designed for drum sounds, but also good for pitched sounds
  • Internal 32-bit resolution and sample-accurate timing
  • Reads samples in the formats AKAI S-1000™, SF2™, REAKTOR Map, LM4™, AIFF and WAV, from 8 to 32 bits
  • More than 30 high-quality...

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21:04
Apple Raises Prices on Several Products in Many...

While Apple discounted the Apple TV to $69 in the United States this afternoon, it also raised the prices on several products across many countries due to the strength of the U.S. dollar. A wide selection of Apple products, including the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Thunderbolt Display, are now more expensive in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, France, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Portugal and multiple other countries to reflect currency adjustments.

Apple now charges up to $3,049 for the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro in Canada
A spot check of the Apple Online Store in Canada, for example, reveals that Apple has increased the price of the unlocked iPhone 6 from between $749-$969 to $839-$1,099, Thunderbolt Displays from $999 to $1,199, and 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros from between $2,099-$2,699 to $2,449-$3,049....

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21:00
Sponsored: Solar Powered Commute

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20:59
Xcode 6.2 - Integrated development environment (IDE...

Xcode is Apple's integrated development environment (IDE) for OS X. The full Xcode package is free to ADC members and includes all the tools you need to create, debug, and optimize your own Universal applications, targeting both Intel and PowerPC platforms. At the heart of Xcode is a graphical workbench that tightly integrates a syntax-highlighting text editor, a robust build control system, a debugger, and the powerful GCC compiler capable of targeting both Intel and PowerPC regardless of host platform. Xcode is both easy to use, using assistants to create working projects in just minutes, and also powerful enough to build the largest OS X applications. Xcode is bundled with Interface Builder, AppleScript Studio, Java development support, and WebObjects development tools, among many others.



Version 6.2:

  • Includes SDKs for OS X 10.10 Yosemite and iOS 8.2
  • Adds support for iOS 8.2 and WatchKit to create apps for Apple Watch
  • ...

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18:58
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18:13
Thinnest-ever Apple MacBook hands-on

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18:02
12-inch MacBook hands-on: Great keyboard and...

What’s lighter than Air? The all-new MacBook. Apple’s newest, goldest laptop is lighter and thinner than the MacBook Air, and sports a gorgeous Retina display like the top-of-the-line MacBook Pros. But this isn’t an Air or a Pro. It’s just a MacBook, and yet... it changes everything.

The first thing I noticed during my hands-on time is the MacBook’s screen. The colors are bright and vivid, and the 2304x1440 resolution shows all the detail you’re used to seeing on a Retina display. The bezel around the screen has shrunk significantly. The screen doesn’t go completely edge to edge, but it’s pretty darn close.

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18:00
Apple's March 2015 press event now available to...

Apple today held its March 2015 press event and used the occasion to unveil a new MacBook model and confirmed the launch details for the Apple Watch. The company also introduced the medical-oriented ResearchKit and announced a partnership with HBO that brings the HBO Now streaming service exclusively to the Apple TV. If you missed the original live stream when it happened, you now can watch the event in its entirety on Apple's event website.

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17:35
Thinnest MacBook, a la carte HBO, and Apple Watch:...

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17:14
AppleInsider podcast goes deep inside Apple's...

In a special AppleInsider podcast episode, we get reactions from Daniel Eran Dilger, who was at Monday's event that ushered in a brand new 12-inch MacBook with Retina display, refreshed MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models, and extensive details regarding Apple Watch specs and pricing.

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17:01
Apple Watch hands-on: Apple's first-ever reveal...

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17:00
Apple Watch band pricing starts at $49, climbs to $...

Interested in the Apple Watch and wondering what your final cost will be once you've made your band and Watch selection? You now can visit Apple's online storefront and browse all 38 variants of the Watch, including the 10 Sports models, the 20 Watch versions and the 8 Watch Edition models. The quoted price based on the watch collection, case size, and band option you choose.

You also can check out the "Bands and Accessories" section that lists the available bands and their prices. Pricing on the Watch straps start at $49 for the Sport band and climb to $449 for the Link bracelet. Apple also is selling extra charging cables in 1 and 2 meter lengths for $29 and $39, respectively.

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16:36
Apple addresses 'FREAK' attack in latest...

Apple on Monday rolled out a security update for OS X, as well as separate updates for iOS and Apple TV, that addresses a number of recently discovered vulnerabilities, including a widely publicized SSL/TSL flaw dubbed "FREAK" that could in some cases allow malicious users to intercept secure communications.

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16:24
Mega Poll: Are you buying an Apple Watch? If so,...


Apple today gave us the full rundown on the Apple Watch, revealing new details including all of the available variants and their prices. The Apple Watch Sport is going to start at $349 (as we already knew), but the mid-tier Apple Watch is going to start at $549, while the top-end Apple Watch Edition will be starting at $10,000 (and go all the way up to $17,000).

There are a total of 38 models listed in the Apple online store, and this is a pretty wide range of options to choose from considering they’re all functionally identical. But the question, knowing the prices and models available, is this: Are you...

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16:18
AppleCare+ warranty for Apple Watch to cover two...

If you ding your brand-spanking-new Apple Watch, there IS some forgiveness for it.

As long as it’s the low-end watch and not the super-mega-premium Apple Watch model.

The Apple Watch Sport and the stainless steel Apple Watch will be covered by a limited one-year warranty for hardware repairs and up to 90 days of complimentary support from Apple, the same coverage offered for the iPhone, iPad and many other products. Meanwhile, the more expensive 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition will be backed by two years of hardware coverage and complimentary support.

AppleCare+ will also be available for all three Apple Watch models,...

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16:17
Apple Springs Bevy of New Products at Watch Event


The Apple Watch wasn't the only new product to take the stage at Apple's media event on Monday -- Apple also introduced an all-new sleek MacBook. In addition, Apple nabbed the chance to be the exclusive launch partner for HBO's new streaming subscription service. Among the event highlights: Apple Watch will be available for preorder April 10, sale April 24; Apple Watch Edition starts at $10,000; All-new super slim MacBook has a 12-inch Retina display; HBO Now streaming service will launch on Apple devices in early April for $14.99/month.

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16:00
Some thoughts on the heart of the new MacBook

New MacBook, image from Apple.com

My first thought today when I saw the new MacBook was "damn, that's thin!" The second was some fleeting thought about how nice the Space Gray version looked, and the third thought was about the speed of the new laptop. I did a quick search for information on the Intel Core M SoC (System on a Chip) used in the new device and it actually looks pretty good despite the slow clock speed. Remember, it's not all about clock speed...

Although it's not clear from Apple's web page about the new MacBook, it appears that it is using the Intel Core M-5Y70 Broadwell SoC. It generally putters along at about 1.1 GHz (1.3 GHz available), but can spike up to 2.4 GHz (2.9 on the top end model) in Turbo Boost mode. The graphics chip of this system is the Intel HD Graphics 5300.

The new MacBook Air starts off with a 1.6 GHz Intel Core i5 SoC, also from the 14nm Broadwell family. It will...

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15:53
Apple Watch announced, device to be available for...

And now, the big kahuna.

On Monday, Apple announced the Apple Watch, which will become available for pre-order on April 10.

The wearable device ranges from US$249 with a smaller 38mm watch band and goes for US$399 with a 42mm watch band. The Sport model features a stainless steel alloy that’s apparently 80 percent harder than normal stainless steel, leaps up to US$549 for the 38mm model with Apple’s most pedestrian wrist band, and tops out at US$1,049 for 38mm versions with high-end fashion bracelets—like the Space Black Stainless Steel Link version.

For those of you who are made of money, an 18K gold version...

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15:52
Apple Watch Hands-On: A First Look at Software,...

We got several hands-on first impressions of the Apple Watch following its September debut, but at that time, finished versions of the Apple Watch with fully functional software were not available.

As of today, members of the press are getting their first look at Apple Watches running near-complete versions of Watch OS, and several sites have shared new tidbits and thoughts on the device, which we've rounded up below.

TechnoBuffalo's Jon Rettinger tested the aluminum Apple Watch Sport, Apple's most affordable watch, giving a demo of the device's software. A hard press on the screen brings up different watch faces, each of which can be customized, as Tim Cook described during today's event.

In a second video, TechnoBuffalo takes a look at the design of the Apple Watch Sport,...

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15:45
Video: Apple's 'Spring Forward' event...

Apple's "Spring Forward" event on Monday was jam-packed full of information about upcoming products, including the Apple Watch and the all-new MacBook with Retina display. AppleInsider offers a quick video summary of all the news.

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15:44
ExtraBITS for 9 March 2015

In this week’s collection of links, Apple replaces AT&T in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Oracle’s Java now comes with a nasty surprise in the installer, and it turns out you can proof EPUBs with the iBooks Web Inspector.

 

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15:41
Watch this: All the Apple Watch info from today...

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15:39
Apple reportedly backs down in push to lower...

As it continues to negotiate with music labels on a rumored Beats Music relaunch, Apple has reportedly surrendered on one of its key initiatives: lowering the cost of the rebooted service to $8 per month.

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15:39
Hands-on with the Retina MacBook: One-port wonder


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SAN FRANCISCO—Apple announced a new MacBook today—not MacBook Air, not MacBook Pro, just MacBook. It’s the first one of those that Apple has offered since it killed the plastic MacBooks earlier this decade, and while those computers were low-cost alternatives to the MacBook Pro and then the MacBook Air, this laptop is a much different beast.

It’s Apple’s first fanless MacBook. It’s the first to use Intel’s ultra-low-power processors in the form of the Broadwell-based Core M. It’s got a Retina Display. It’s not a cut-down budget model, and it’s not quite a MacBook Air replacement. We got a chance to take the laptop for a test drive at Apple’s event today, and here’s what it’s like to use.

Look and feel

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15:38
iOS 8.2 uses your home screen as an Apple Watch...


I don't have one yet, though! Good thing I can learn about it via the official, undeletable Apple Watch app.

During Monday's Apple press conference in San Francisco, Tim Cook announced that iOS 8.2 would immediately begin rolling out to compatible iDevices—as in, any device that could already run the original version of iOS 8. Along with expected bug fixes, the update's biggest addition was support for the upcoming Apple Watch. It's a fact that users are now being bonked over the head with thanks to the creation of a dedicated, mandatory app.

Apple, along with its smartphone-making peers, has a long history of...

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15:28
iMovie for Mac upgraded to version 10.0.7

Apple has upgraded iMovie for Mac to version 10.0.7. It's available at the Mac App Store.

The upgrade adds support for Photos for Yosemite, the app that will replace both iPhoto and Aperture. With the Photos integration in iMovie, iMovie users can browse Moments, Collections, Favorites, and Albums that have been stored in Photos, using the Photos app to insert content into video projects. Also, in iMovie 10.0.7:

° Play/Pause, Prev/Next and Full Screen buttons are always displayed below the Viewer for easier navigation;

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15:24
Apple Pay to land in Marriott hotels this summer,...

Adding to Apple Pay's expanding footprint, Marriott and Etsy announced separately that they will offer physical and digital support for Apple's payments service in the coming weeks.

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15:22
Apple TV price dropped to $69, HBO Now offered...

Not only did Apple wrangle HBO into their corner, they’re dropping the price of the Apple TV.

Following Apple’s announcement that HBO Now is coming exclusively to Apple TV, company CEO Tim Cook said the price of the set top box is dropping from US$99 to US$69. The price cut was made, according to Mr. Cook, to make Apple TV more accessable to an even larger audience.

The set top device received a US$30 price cut following HBO Now exclusive channel announcement.

News of Apple TV’s price drop came during the company’s “Spring forward” media event Monday morning. The event also included the news of HBO Now’s April launch for US$14.99 a month...

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15:22
AWT News Update: March 9, 2015

Apple CEO Tim Cook talks about Apple Watch at today's Spring Forward Event

All the news you need about Apple's Spring Forward Event held today, in about three minutes. We touch on:

  • News about Apple TV
  • The new 12-inch Retina MacBook
  • MacBook Air gets updated
  • Apple creates ResearchKit for health research
  • Watch pricing and availability news

Be sure to give us a review in the iTunes Store when you get a chance!

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15:20
Apple releases Apple Watch app with iOS 8.2 update

The Apple Watch app includes a walk-through on pairing your Watch to your iPhone. Too bad we don't have a Watch to pair just yet.

As Tim Cook promised during Monday’s Apple Watch event, Apple just released iOS 8.2, and with it comes the first glimpse of the Apple Watch app. You’ll find options for pairing your Watch with your iPhone, videos about the Apple Watch, and a place for future third-party Apple Watch apps. 

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15:11
Apple Watch Available in Nine Countries on April 24

Apple today announced that Apple Watch will be available April 24 to customers in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the UK, and the U.S. Apple Watch brings an entirely new way to receive information at a glance and interact with the world through third-party apps designed specifically for the wrist. “Apple Watch begins a new chapter in the way we relate to technology and we think our customers are going to love it,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We can’t wait for people to start wearing Apple Watch to easily access information that matters, to interact with the world, and to live a better day by being more aware of their daily activity than ever before.”

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15:09
Apple Unveils All-New MacBook

Apple today unveiled the all-new MacBook, a thinner and lighter line of notebooks available in gold, silver, and space gray aluminum finishes. MacBook features a 12-inch Retina display; a full-size keyboard; the all-new Force Touch trackpad; a compact USB-C port for data transfer, video out, and charging in a single connector; and a new battery designed to deliver all-day life. “Apple has reinvented the notebook with the new MacBook, and at just 2 pounds and 13.1 millimeters, it’s the thinnest and lightest Mac ever,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Every component of the MacBook reveals a new innovation. From its fanless design, ultrathin Retina display, and full-size keyboard that’s 34 percent thinner, to its all-new Force Touch trackpad, versatile USB-C port, and breakthrough terraced battery design, the new MacBook is the future of the notebook.”

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15:09
Apple Watch's IPX7 water resistance good for...

One of the last remaining questions surrounding the Apple Watch was answered Monday, when Apple revealed that its forthcoming wearable would be rated to the IPX7 waterproofing standard.

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15:08
Apple Updates 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina...

Apple has updated the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display and the 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air. “Today, the popular 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, 11-inch MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Air all received significant upgrades,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The 13-inch MacBook Pro has been updated with the latest processors, more powerful graphics, faster flash, longer battery life, and the all-new Force Touch trackpad. We’re also bringing the latest processors and graphics and faster Thunderbolt 2 to the 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air, as well as up to two times faster flash to the 13-inch MacBook Air.”

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15:07
Apple Introduces ResearchKit, Giving Medical...

Apple today announced ResearchKit, an open-source software framework designed for medical and health research that can help doctors and scientists gather data more frequently and more accurately from participants using iPhone apps. World-class research institutions have already developed apps with ResearchKit for studies on asthma, breast cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and Parkinson’s disease. “iOS apps already help millions of customers track and improve their health. With hundreds of millions of iPhones in use around the world, we saw an opportunity for Apple to have an even greater impact by empowering people to participate in and contribute to medical research,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s senior vice president of Operations. “ResearchKit gives the scientific community access to a diverse, global population and more ways to collect data than ever before.”

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15:06
The Surprise of the Apple Event: Apple Reinvents the...

What an interesting Apple event it was today. It covered much more than I had ever imagined. In fact, my favorite segment by far was the introduction of the new MacBook. This report is primarily about that key segment.

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15:00
HBO NOW Premiering in April; Subscription Available...

Apple and HBO today announced HBO NOW is premiering next month, making an HBO subscription available directly to Apple customers for the first time ever. iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple TV users can purchase HBO NOW directly in-app as a standalone service to watch HBO’s original programming, Hollywood hit movies, documentaries, sports, and comedy specials for $14.99 a month. “HBO NOW offers a new generation of HBO fans many of the best TV programs in the world without a cable or satellite subscription,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “Now, with the same simplicity as buying an app, customers can subscribe to HBO NOW and instantly start viewing their favorite HBO programs as they air — this is huge.”

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15:00
I really want stainless steel, I can afford aluminum

Watch Sport at left (42/38mm), Watch at right (42/38mm)

Today we were finally given access to the pricing ranges for the Apple Watch, and I know that for me, the pricing was a bit of a shock. That $349 number that had been bandied about for months for the Watch Sport? Wait a second -- that's only for the 38mm version. For the bigger 42mm size, you'll need to cough up $399. 

While the pricing of the mid-range stainless steel Watch started right where I thought it would be -- $549 -- that price is for the 38mm model with the Sport Band. The pricing goes up to $599 for the 42mm version, and you can pay anywhere up to $1049 (38mm) or $1099 (42mm) depending on what band you decide to purchase.

What seemed somewhat reasonable now seems absurd. There's not that much difference in terms of the looks of the Space Gray aluminum case Watch Sport with a black Sport band and the stainless steel case with a black Sport band, except one is matte finish (Sport) and one is...

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14:59
First look: Apple Watch companion app debuts in iOS...

With the release of iOS 8.2 on Monday, countless iPhones have been upgraded with compatibility for the forthcoming Apple Watch. Here's a closer look at the new Apple Watch companion app.

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14:44
Apple introduces 12-inch MacBook, offers...

This may be the MacBook you’ve been waiting for.

On Monday at its “Spring Forward” media event, on Monday, Apple revealed a new 12-inch MacBook, a radical revamp that shakes up the winning MBA design by dumping virtually every conventional port—Thunderbolt, the SD card slot, a power connector, everything—in favor of a pair a single USB Type-C connection and an audio jack.

The overhaul slims the notebook down to a mere 2 lbs. and 13.1mm—the slimmest MacBook by a full 24 percent, according to Apple’s Phil Schiller. This is in addition to a new, full fanless design, which Apple has never done before.

The display on...

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14:43
iMovie for OS X gets support for Photos beta in...

Apple has released an update to the OS X edition of iMovie, making several minor but important changes, including integration with Yosemite's new Photos app, which is bundled with the current OS X 10.10.3 beta.

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14:30
Etsy, Marriott to support Apple Pay

Hotel chain Marriott and retail site Etsy have both announced their intentions to support Apple Pay following the company's announcement's this morning. 

First up, the Marriott has announced that three U.S. locations will support the service in the near future, including the Ritz-Carlton at Central Park, the San Francisco Marriott Marquis, and the Courtyard Chicago Downtown.

Meanwhile, Etsy detailed its plans to support Apple Pay, noting that "...sellers who already accept Direct Checkout, currently available in 22 countries, will automatically be eligible to receive payments via Apple Pay from US buyers."

Our take on the news

Expect the figure that Cook quoted today -- 700,000 participants -- to grow by leaps and bounds. The popularity of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are now doubt a factor behind the adoption rate. Now imagine that Apple Pay is even...

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14:29
First look: Hands-on with Apple Watch and working...

Apple spilled additional details about its hotly anticipated Apple Watch wearable on Monday, and AppleInsider was there to take a first look at the device that could soon dominate a burgeoning smartwatch market.

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14:25
First Impressions of New 12-Inch MacBook:...

Following today's "Spring Forward" media event, Apple allowed members of the media in attendance to get some hands-on time with the brand-new 12-inch Retina MacBook. Many sites are now sharing their first impressions of the notebook, which includes an incredibly thin design (13.1mm), a revamped trackpad, a Core M processor, silent operation thanks to the lack of a fan, an edge-to-edge keyboard, and a single USB-C port.

We've gathered up some of the initial thoughts below to give our readers an introductory look at what to expect from the new MacBook.

To begin with, TechnoBuffalo has a hands-on video of the 12-inch Macbook, which gives a good look at the various features of the device, including the edge-to-edge keyboard, the Touchpad, and the new USB-C port. It also gives us a clear picture of just how thin the new MacBook is.

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14:00
AWT special deal: Macphun Focus... for free!

This week we have a special deal partner -- Macphun, the makers of many wonderful photography apps for Mac. To help celebrate one month of Apple World Today, they'd like for you to get a free copy of their Focus app (regularly US$9.99) and introduce you to the rest of the lineup of Macphun apps. Just click that image above and you'll be whisked to their web page for the free copy.

This nifty photo software allows anyone to do a couple of super-cool things:  (a) direct attention to the most interesting part of your photo and (b) use tilt-shift and motion blur effects towards really creative ends—like the miniature toy style or creating the illusion of speed. Bottom line is that many photographers spend thousands of dollars on prime and creative tilt-shift lenses, when many of...

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13:58
Apple iMovie 10.0.7 - Edit personal videos and share...

With an all-new design, Apple iMovie lets you enjoy your videos like never before. Browse your clips more easily, instantly share your favorite moments, and create beautiful HD movies and Hollywood-style trailers. And when you're ready to premiere on all your devices, iMovie Theater rolls out the red carpet.

Version 10.0.7:

  • Browse Moments, Collections, Favorites and Albums from the Photos app to add content to your projects
  • Play/Pause, Prev/Next and Full Screen buttons are always displayed below the Viewer for easier navigation
  • Record Voiceover button available below the Viewer for easier access to controls when adding narration
  • Adds support for the Sony XAVC-S format
  • Addresses stability and compatibility issues



  • OS X 10.10 or later



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13:57
Apple Posts Full Video of Today's 'Spring...

Now that Apple's "Spring Forward" media event has wrapped up, the company has posted a full video of the event on its website, which viewers can watch at their leisure.

During the event, Apple shared several product videos, which it has now uploaded to YouTube. There are dedicated videos on the new MacBook, each of the Apple Watch models, the new West Lake, China Apple Store, and more. A full list of videos is below.

- The New MacBook - Design
- The New MacBook - Reveal
- Apple Watch + Christy Turlington Burns
- Apple Watch - The Watch Reimagined
- Apple Watch Sport -Aluminum
-...

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13:54
Apple's new 12" MacBook uses iPad-style...

Alongside its all-new, ultra-slim MacBook, Apple on Monday also revealed some additional accessories including a redesigned power adapter that takes its cue from the iPad and a set of breakout adapters for the device's lone USB-C port.

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13:47
Apple Unveils More Apple Watch Details

Apple revealed more, but not all, about the Apple Watch in its “Spring Forward” event today. Notably, you’ll be able to pre-order an Apple Watch on 10 April 2015, with delivery two weeks later. But you might not like the prices.

 

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13:41
First look: Hands-on with Apple's all new 12...

Following the redesigned 12-inch MacBook's unveiling on Monday, AppleInsider was on hand to take a first look at Apple's latest thin-and-light, which comes in three colors including gold.

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13:37
Apple Backs Down on $7.99 Price Point for New Music...

Amid all of the excitement over the 12-inch MacBook and new pricing details on the Apple Watch, Billboard has shared some new information on Apple's rumored music service.

Initial rumors suggested Apple was hoping to undercut competing services like Spotify on price, offering its upcoming music service for $7.99, but according to Billboard, music labels are said to be highly resistant to pricing under the industry standard of $9.99.

Due to labels' insistence on the $9.99 price point, Apple is said to have backed down from its aggressive $7.99 pricing goal, suggesting the service may cost subscribers $9.99 per month instead of $7.99 per month.Negotiations for Apple's upcoming subscription service are evidence labels are standing...

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13:25
Apple releases Xcode 6.2

Along with iOS 8.2, Apple has released Xcode 6.2. Xcode is Apple's integrated development environment (IDE) tool.

The update for the app development environment includes iOS 8.2 support, and WatchKit support for developing Apple Watch apps. Xcode includes software development kits for Mac OS X and iOS. It’s a free download at the Mac App Store.

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13:03
∞ A new level of respect for Apple

Like most people that attended Apple’s event on Monday, I was waiting for news of the Apple Watch, but I was distracted early on by another, incredibly important announcement: ResearchKit.

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13:00
Daily Deals for March 9, 2015 featuring GravityView...

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13:00
Xcode 6.2 including iOS 8.2 SDK with WatchKit Now...

Xcode 6.2 including iOS 8.2 SDK with WatchKit Now Available

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13:00
Xcode 6.2 including iOS 8.2 SDK with WatchKit Now...

Xcode 6.2 including iOS 8.2 SDK with WatchKit Now Available

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12:49
How apps like Instagram and Uber will work on Apple...

An Apple Watch without the essential apps you want on your wrist would be useless, so Tim Cook and co. made sure that must-haves like Uber, Instagram, WeChat, American Airlines, Shazam, and a slew of others were ready to go at launch.

Apple has its own native Watch apps, like Workout and Activity for fitness-tracking, but to install third-party Watch apps, you’ll need iOS 8.2, which is now available as an over-the-air download. The upgrade has a few new features, including the Apple Watch app, which is where you’ll find the Watch app store. Apple will feature all the apps and games you’ll need to get started when you unbox the Watch—just don’t expect them to be like iPhone apps.

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12:44
iOS 8.2 is now available with Apple Watch support

Apple has released iOS 8.2 with support for the Apple Watch, plus additional improvements. As of this writing, it's available over the air and should be accessible via iTunes later today. The update is compatible with iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Apple Watch iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, and iPhone 5s, as well as iPad.

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12:43
Apple introduces ResearchKit

Apple has announced ResearchKit, an open source software framework designed for medical and health research, helping doctors and scientists gather data more frequently and more accurately from participants using iPhone apps.

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12:42
Apple’s golden year gallery: Apple Watch and the new...

ars.AD.queue.push(["xrailTop", {sz:"300x250", kws:[], collapse: true}]);The Apple Watch has existed for a while, but as of Monday, it finally has a list of prices and release dates to match. More importantly to us, the models are now being demonstrated as finished products, meaning we are getting to test how they interact with our iDevices just feet away from where Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the new products' April 24 release date.

While our intrepid reporter Andrew Cunningham covers his wrist in as many Apple Watches as he possibly can—we hope he puts three of them on at once—we've put together a gallery of both the Apple Watch and today's surprise announcement of a Macbook refresh. (Added to the beloved gold...

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12:32
Apple Watch Battery Life: 18 Hours Mixed Usage, Up...

Apple has outlined specific information about Apple Watch battery life on its website, claiming that the wrist-worn device gets all-day battery life of 18 hours on a single charge based on mixed usage, and up to 72 hours in Power Reserve mode. The battery testing was conducted in March using a preproduction Apple Watch paired with an iPhone running preproduction software.

Apple claims that the Apple Watch has battery life of up to 3 hours for talk time, 6.5 hours for audio playback over Bluetooth, up to 7 hours during a workout session with the heart rate sensor on and up to 48 hours for timekeeping. Apple Watch charging times are listed as about 1.5 hours from 0% to 80% and 2.5 hours from 0% to 100% using the included MagSafe inductive charger.

Apple's claim of all-day battery life is based on using the Apple Watch for 90 time checks, 90 notifications, 45 minutes of app use, and a 30-minute workout with music...

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12:31
ResearchKit

“iOS apps already help millions of customers track and improve their health. With hundreds of millions of iPhones in use around the world, we saw an opportunity for Apple to have an even greater impact by empowering people to participate in and contribute to medical research,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s senior vice president of Operations. “ResearchKit gives the scientific community access to a diverse, global population and more ways to collect data than ever before.”

I didn’t see this one coming, but I’m really glad Tim and company decided to do it.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:29
Apple Watch Bands Range in Price from $49 for the...

Following today's "Spring Forward" media event where Apple shared additional details on the Apple Watch, the company has a new online storefront that details the prices of all of the different Apple Watch combinations and individual bands. As predicted, Apple is selling the Apple Watch in pre-configured arrangements, but the company is also offering bands on a standalone basis.

The entry-level aluminum Apple Watch sport pricing starts at $349 for a 38mm model with an included sport band, while the 42mm model is priced at $399.

Standalone Sport bands are priced at $49 across the board, and are available in Black w/ Space Gray pin, Black, White, Pink, Blue, and Green. The Apple Watch Sport is only available pre-configured with Sport bands. Each Apple Watch Sport...

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12:29
Apple’s new MacBook

“Apple has reinvented the notebook with the new MacBook, and at just two pounds and 13.1 mm, it’s the thinnest and lightest Mac ever,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Every component of the MacBook reveals a new innovation. From its fanless design, ultra-thin Retina display and full-size keyboard that’s 34 percent thinner, to its all-new Force Touch trackpad, versatile USB-C port and breakthrough terraced battery design, the new MacBook is the future of the notebook.”

So Apple has the MacBook Air, MacBook, and MacBook Pro lines again. I spent some time with the new MacBook today and it is stunning. I want that gold one.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:26
Apple iOS 8.2 - The latest version of Apple's...

The latest version of iOS can be downloaded through iTunes.

Apple iOS 8 comes with big updates to apps you use every day, like Messages and Photos. A whole new way to share content with your family. And exciting new connections between apps and between devices. All that and more make iOS 8 the biggest iOS release ever.

Photos. The all-new Photos app makes it simpler than ever to find and rediscover your favorite photos with new search features and smart albums that organize your photos for you. And you can make every shot look even better immediately after you've taken it with powerful new editing tools, no matter your skill level.

Messages. Now Messages lets you connect with friends and family like never before. Tap to add your voice to any conversation. Send a video of what you're seeing the moment you're seeing it. And easily share your location so they know right where you are.

Design....

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12:25
Apple Watch available April 24

“Apple Watch begins a new chapter in the way we relate to technology and we think our customers are going to love it,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We can’t wait for people to start wearing Apple Watch to easily access information that matters, to interact with the world, and to live a better day by being more aware of their daily activity than ever before.”

It was a great keynote and a very interesting product.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:24
HBO subscription available directly to Apple...

Apple and HBO have announced that HBO NOW is premiering next month, making an HBO subscription available directly to Apple customers for the first time ever.

iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV users can purchase HBO NOW directly in-app as a standalone service to watch every episode of every season of the best of HBO’s original programming, as well as the biggest and latest Hollywood hit movies, groundbreaking documentaries, sports and exclusive comedy specials for US$14.99 a month.

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12:15
Waterfield Designs announces Time Travel Apple Watch...

That took no time at all. Waterfield Designs just announced the new Time Travel Apple Watch Case ($49 - $59) and the $17 WatchPad to accessorize your Apple Watch.

Time Travel is a beautiful padded case for carrying your charger, spare watch bands, a Bluetooth earpiece or your iPhone, and even the Watch when it's not being worn.

It comes in black, camel, grey, red, forrest green, cowboy brown, or black ballistic leather and will ship shortly after April 24. 

The WatchPad is a simple protective charging pad available in black or grizzly leather:

It's available now!

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12:04
Apple Watch available in nine countries on April 24

The Apple Watch will be available on Friday, April 24, to customers in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the UK and the US.

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11:51
Apple Watch Launches April 24, Price Ranges From $...

Apple announced on Monday that the Apple Watch will be available in nine countries beginning April 24, with pre-orders starting on April 10. The first wave launch countries include the United States, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan and United Kingdom. Apple Watch will be available for purchase by reservation at Apple Stores, online and at select authorized resellers in China and Japan.“Apple Watch begins a new chapter in the way we relate to technology and we think our customers are going to love it,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We can’t wait for people to start wearing Apple Watch to easily access information that matters, to interact with the world, and to live a better day by being more aware of their daily activity than ever before.”
Apple Watch Sport will cost $349 for the 38mm model and...

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11:50
Apple announces exclusive HBO Now streaming service...

Apple kicked off its March press event by introducing the new HBO Now, a standalone streaming service that will be available exclusively for Apple TV owners. The subscription service will debut in April with a monthly cost of $14.99. As part of this partnership, Apple is lowering the price of the Apple TV to $69.

Our take on the news:
This partnership bodes well for the future of the Apple TV. With such a high-profile exclusive deal, Apple will continue to keep the Apple TV in its product lineup with a hardware update hopefully coming sometime this year.

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11:49
Apple Watch starts at $349 for 38mm Sport, while...

If you’ve got your heart set on an Apple Watch, be prepared to pay some of the highest prices in the wearables universe when you pre-order on April 10. The absolute cheapest model—the 38mm anodized aluminum Sport model—costs $349, and you’ll pay another $50 more if you need the 42mm version for your largish wrist. 

The sweet-spot Apple Watch, made of a stainless steel alloy that’s apparently 80 percent harder than normal stainless steel, leaps up to $549 for the 38mm model with Apple’s most pedestrian wrist band, and tops out at $1,049 for 38mm versions with high-end fashion bracelets—like the Space Black Stainless Steel Link version. Add another $50 to all these iterations if you have a wrist that requires a 42mm watch case.

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11:43
Apple's "Spring Forward" Event Debuts...

samzenpus (5) writes There was a lot of news at Apple's Spring Forward keynote today. Here's a list of some of the most eye-catching announcements.
HBO Now standalone streaming service coming to Apple TV and iOS apps in early April for $14.99 a month.Lowered price of Apple TV to $69.Apple Pay accepted at up to 100,000 Coca-Cola machines by the end of the year.ResearchKit Announced: Is open source and allows medical researchers to create apps, and use the iPhone as a diagnostic tool.New MacBook: Lightest ever at 2 pounds, 13.1mm at its thickest point. 2304x1440 display, consumes 30% less energy. Fanless, powered with Intel's Core M processor. 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0. and 9 hours of web browsing battery life. Supports many protocols through one connector USB-C. Ships April 10, starting at $1,299.iOS 8.2 is available todayApple Watch: Accurate within 50ms of UTC. Read and delete email, built-in speaker and mic so you can receive calls. It tracks your movement and exercise. Use...

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11:41
Apple updates the 13-inch MacBook Pro and the...

Apple has updated the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display with the all-new Force Touch trackpad, fifth generation Intel Core processors and Intel Iris Graphics 6100 for two times faster flash and longer battery life.

Apple has also updated the 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air with fifth generation Intel Core processors, Intel HD Graphics 6000, and Thunderbolt 2, and added up to two times faster flash to the 13-inch MacBook Air.

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11:40
About the security content of Xcode 6.2

This document describes the security content of Xcode 6.2.

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11:36
Gold Apple Watch Edition Costs Between $10,000 to $...

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Monday at the “Spring Forward” media event in San Francisco announced that the 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition will cost upwards of $10,000, and will be available in limited quantities. At the low end of Apple Watch Edition pricing, the 38mm 18-Karat Rose Gold Case with White Sport Band costs $10,000, and at the high end is the 38mm 18-Karat Yellow Gold Case with Bright Red Modern Buckle for $17,000.

Follow the rest of our March 2015 event coverage for the latest information.

Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories
Stainless Steel Apple Watch to Cost Between $549-$1049 (38mm), $599-$1099 (42mm)
Apple Watch Sport to Cost $349 (38mm) and $399 (42mm)
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11:34
Apple Watch available on April 24 with $349 starting...

Apple today confirmed that it will begin accepting pre-orders for the Apple Watch starting April 10, with in-store displays also available on that day. The Watch will go on sale starting April 24th with a price tag of $349 for the 38mm Watch Sport and $399 for the 42mm Sports model.

The stainless steel Apple Watch offers the widest variety of bands and a starting price tag of $549 that can climb to $1049 depending on band choices for the 38mm model. The 42mm version again is available for an additional $50 ($599-$1099). The gold Apple Watch edition will be priced from $10,000 and available in select retail stores.

Besides a lengthy product demonstration showing Uber, WeChat and other apps, Apple also confirmed that the Watch will deliver all-day battery life (18h) under most circumstances.

Our take on the news:
Get those credit cards ready and prepare to grab your Apple Watch. I'm sold on the device and will be there on day one, will...

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11:26
Apple Watch starts at $349, launching April 24

SAN FRANCISCO—On Monday, Apple finalized and solidified the release plans for the Apple Watch, telling customers to get ready to line up for the wearable device on April 24. The cheapest option, the Apple Watch Sport, will start at $349 for the 38 mm model and $50 more for the 42 mm model.

Meanwhile, the stainless steel Apple Watch will start at $549 for the 38 mm model, and that price will balloon all the way to $1,049 "depending on the band you pick," Apple CEO Tim Cook told the San Francisco crowd. The stainless steel 42 mm model will cost $50 more. Both models will be available for pre-order from Apple Stores and Apple's website beginning April 10; select stores will also begin hosting Apple Watch previews on that date. A far more lucrative Apple Watch Edition, priced "from $10,000" with solid-gold cases and custom-designed bands, will be made available in "select retail stores" in the near future as well.

"[Apple Watch is] the most...

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11:25
Apple unveils new MacBook

Apple has unveiled the all-new MacBook, a new line of notebooks that weighs just two pounds and is 13.1 mm thin. It boasts a 12-inch Retina display that is the thinnest ever on a Mac, an Apple-designed full-size keyboard which is thinner and more responsive than its predecessor, a new Force Touch trackpad, and a compact USB-C port.

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11:22
Apple releases iOS 8.2 today with Apple Watch...

SAN FRANCISCO—iOS 8.2 has been in development for several months now, and today Apple is formally releasing the update to the public. It's available as an over-the-air update or through iTunes for any device running iOS 8, including the iPhone 4S, 5, 5C, 5S, 6, and 6 Plus; all iPads except the first-generation model; and the fifth-generation iPod Touch.

The biggest feature update is support for the Apple Watch. The device will work with the iPhone 5 and newer models, but it will not work with iPads or iPods. Once you've tethered a watch to your phone, a new companion app will allow you to change the watch's settings, organize its Home screen, and make other changes. We'll take a longer look at this companion app when the time comes to review the Apple Watch itself.

For those of you with other iDevices and/or no particular interest in the Apple Watch, there are still plenty of reasons to install the update. HomeKit is automation geared and...

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11:20
Apple Releases iOS 8.2 with Apple Watch Support

Apple has updated iOS to version 8.2, which includes a new Apple Watch app for the upcoming wearable.

 

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11:17
Apple's radical 12-inch MacBook is the slimmest...

There’s a reason Apple hasn’t changed the MacBook Air’s core design for years now: It’s basically perfect—the epitome of a thin-and-light laptop, from its luxurious, razor-thin exterior to its majestic glass trackpad. But even perfection can’t coax Apple into sitting on its heels.

On Monday, Apple revealed a new 12-inch MacBook, a radical revamp that shakes up the winning MBA design by dumping virtually every conventional port—Thunderbolt, the SD card slot, a power connector, everything—in favor of a pair a single USB Type-C connection and an audio jack. That, paired with numerous other advances, helped the 12-inch MacBook become the slimmest, lightest MacBook ever—and it's silent, too.

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11:09
New 12-inch MacBook Joins Updated MacBook Air and...

With the release of the new 12-inch MacBook, Apple has made the lightest, thinnest notebook Mac ever. The new notebook also features a completely redesigned trackpad and keyboard, Retina display, and a single USB-C port for all your charging and connectivity needs. But it’s more expensive than the MacBook Air and offers significantly less performance than the equivalently priced 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display.

 

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11:05
MacBook Air and 13" Retina MacBook Pro Updated...

Following the announcement of the brand new line of MacBooks, Apple today revealed a slight update to its MacBook Air and 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro lines.

Both the 11" and 13" MacBook Air models will be upgraded to 5th generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, Thunderbolt 2, and Intel HD Graphics 6000.Today the popular 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, 11-inch MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Air all received significant upgrades,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The 13-inch MacBook Pro has been updated with the latest processors, more powerful graphics, faster flash, longer battery life and the all-new Force Touch trackpad. We’re also bringing the latest processors and graphics, and faster Thunderbolt 2 to the 11-inch...

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11:00
Apple updates non-Retina MacBook Airs and the 13”...

SAN FRANCISCO—As expected, Apple has just updated its MacBook Air lineup with new Broadwell-U processors from Intel. Those CPUs were released later than originally scheduled—this is the first time the Airs have gotten a real refresh since June of 2013, though Apple gave them a small CPU clock speed bump and price cut in April of 2014.

The base includes a 1.6GHz (2.7GHz Turbo) dual-core Core i5-5250U and an Intel HD 6000 GPU, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB PCI Express SSDs. We examined this CPU and GPU in...

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10:54
Apple unveils the Macbook, the lightest and thinnest...

As part of its March press event, Apple unveiled a new ultra-thin laptop simply called the Macbook. The 12-inch notebook with edge-to-edge display weighs a svelte 2 pounds and measures only 13.11mm thick. It also features a new full-device keyboard that's been overhauled with new butterfly mechanism to improve the tactile feedback and slim down the keyboard. Each key has an individual LED to improve the backlit feature.

Apple also updated its trackpad in the new MacBook with a new pressure-sensitive Force Touch trackpad. The casing features a new unibody design that allows the MacBook to shed its fan, making this model the first MacBook ever without a fan. Another unique feature is the single-port USB-C connector that supports USB, DisplayPort, HDMI and VGA.

The MacBook will be powered by a 1.3 GHz Intel Core M processor with a turbo charge that'll boost processor speed to 2.9 GHz. The new Mac will deliver all-day battery...

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10:49
Private, Public Teamwork Needed to Fight ISIS on...


Social media firms should team up with the United States government to work out appropriate responses to extremism on their sites, recommends a Brookings Institution report released last week. The Institution's J.M. Berger and Jonathon Morgan last year launched a study to define and describe the population of ISIS supporters on Twitter. Among other things, they found that ISIS ramped up its efforts on Twitter following the suspension of many supporters' accounts. Twitter froze at least 1,000 such accounts between September and December.

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10:35
Apple reveals new 12” retina-display MacBook

It was a foregone conclusion that Apple would be releasing a watch today at the company's event at the Yerba Buena Center, but we weren’t sure if there would be time for anything else (ha ha!). However, the company did in fact squeeze in something besides just the new timepieces: there are new MacBooks coming as well.

Instead of going with a Broadwell i5 or i7 like with the MacBook Air, the new MacBook will start with a 1.1GHz Intel Core M that sips 5W of power. It will come standard with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of solid state storage, and it will start at $1,299. An upgraded 1.2GHz Core M CPU (which will boost up to nearly 3Ghz under load) and 512GB of storage will run $1,599. The new models are expected to start shipping on April 10, and they even come in three colors: Space Gray, Silver, and Gold.

As rumored, The new MacBook—which appears to be called just that, the "MacBook"—features a 12-inch 2304x1440 pixel "Retina" display....

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10:27
Apple unveils ResearchKit, a new open source program...

As part of its its March press event, Apple announced the new ResearchKit that turns the iPhone and HealtKit into powerful medical research tools. The software framework is designed to benefit medical research and can pull data from the Apple Watch and the Health app on iOS. Apps will be able to monitor asthma, assess Parkinson symptoms and more. Participation will be optional and data will be stored and transmitted securely. Partners in the ResearchKit program include Mount Sinai Hospital, Standford University and other major medical research hospitals and universities. The company will debut the first five ResearchKit apps today and will be making the open source development kit next month.

Our take on the news:
This is big announcement for Apple as it moves it health initiative from simply monitoring your activity level to helping the medical community understand illnesses as well as help cure diseases. Not...

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10:22
Tim Cook discusses iPhone, Apple Pay

At this afternoon's Spring Forward event, Apple CEO Time Cook announced that his company has sold 700 million iPhones to date, making it the top selling smart phone in the world. That's a lot of iPhones and, fortunatley for Apple, a lot of happy customers. Tim noted that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are enjoying a 99% customer satisfaction, according to a recent survey.

Tim also briefly discussed Apple Pay. After just three months, the program has expanded from six supporting banks to over 2,500. Retail participation has nearly tripled in that same time period to almost 700,000 participants. Finally, Cook noted that Coca-Cola is rolling out vending machines that support Apple Pay. No more struggling with crinkled dollar bills!

Stay with Apple World Today all day for coverage and insights related to today's announcements.

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Cook-led Apple is a...

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10:16
Apple Announces HBO Partnership, Cheaper Apple TV

Apple had no new Apple TV hardware to offer at today’s “Spring Forward” event, but it’s dropping the price of the existing model and partnering with HBO for a new service that will make cord cutters cheer.

 

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09:46
Desperados game comes to the Mac App Store

Runesoft (http://www.rune-soft.com) has introduced Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive 1.0.0, its new game title on the Mac App Store. It requires Mac OS X 10.9 and costs US$19.99.

Here's how the game is described: "Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive offers a thrilling storyline with breath-taking landscapes in an unmatched Wild West atmosphere. In this real-time tactic-strategy game, your job is to complete 25 missions by using the skills of your up to six Desperados to unveil the secret surrounding recent train robberies.

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09:00
Support corner webcast—what’s new in Project Online...

Join us this Tuesday, March 10th at 9 a.m. PST/12 p.m. ET for a discussion on what’s new in Project Online and Project Server 2013.  This webcast will cover recent updates to Project Online as well as details of the March 2015 updates for our on-premises customers of Project and Project Server 2013.

Presenters—Adrian Jenkins has been at Microsoft for 25 years and has spent most of his time working on Microsoft Project in one capacity or another. Currently, he is a senior escalation engineer and works heavily with the cumulative update release process, future directions and so forth. Brian Smith is a senior escalation engineer on the Project support team and has been supporting Project Server for as long as it has existed.  He  also now supports Project Online and Project Pro for Office 365.

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09:00
Today in the App Store -- Ghostnote for OS X,...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today's notable apps include a discount on CrazyTalk7 PRO, the new Ghostnote for Mac, and an update to outdoor app Yonder. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

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Loggr - Graph Your Life [Now free, down from $0.99] Everyday is an improvement on the last. Exercise more, eat more vegetables, read more books.

EPOCH.2 [Now free, down from $4.99] EPOCH has trekked across a war-ravaged country to find the one person he was programmed to protect: the Princess, Amelia.

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08:30
Rumor: Power Reserve reportedly offers significant...

This could prove helpful.

The Apple Watch’s battery life should be significantly better in the shipping product than some early accounts suggested, one report says, while the device itself could fundamentally change the way users interact with their iPhones.

Citing sources who have spent “extended time” with the product, TechCrunch reports that Apple has been working on improving longevity, such that during a normal day of periodic use, the Watch should still have roughly 25 percent of its power left.

While people will still have to charge the device overnight, they should be able to make it through a full day on a single charge....

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08:26
Apple Considering a Technology Development Center in...

According to a report from India, Apple is evaluating options to set up a company-owned technology development center in India, which, if it happens, will rank as a significant endorsement of the country's software engineering prowess.

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08:26
Live Coverage of Apple's March 2015 '...

Six months after the Apple Watch's unveiling, Apple's "Spring Forward" media event in San Francisco today will give us final details on the device ahead of its launch next month. We could see a few other announcements as well, but given the tagline and timing of the event, the Apple Watch will undoubtedly be the focus of today's proceedings.

The event is being held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco and begins at 10:00 AM Pacific Time / 1:00 PM Eastern Time. Apple will be providing a live video stream on its website for Mac and iOS users and via Apple TV.

Live Video Stream of Apple's March 2015 "Spring Forward" Media Event

In addition, we will be updating this article with summary coverage and issuing Twitter updates through our @...

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08:15
Should you buy an Apple Watch? A flowchart

Here's a great tongue-in-cheek flowchart meant to guide your Apple Watch purchase decision. I love the no-nonsense start:

Do you have at least $349 to spare? > No. > Don't do it.

Answer "Yes" and the chart gets more convoluted and entertaining. Just don't be "that guy" (or woman). You'll see what I mean. 

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08:12
Apple Store down in advance of “Spring Forward”...

As expected, the Apple Store has gone down in advance of the Apple Watch announcement.

Not that this hasn’t happened before, but this tends to be a very strong indicator that something new will be available to buy after the event. It’s also expected that you’ll be able to order a next-gen MacBook after the event is over, as the 13-inch MacBook refresh reported is the most likely reason as to why the Apple Online Store is now saying ‘We’ll be back soon’. These products seem to be the most likely to be ready to ship immediately after announcement. There is also a good chance that this product refresh may not even feature during the presentation, but appear online...

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08:09
HelloTalk: Learn a new language on your iPhone [...

Finally, learning and practicing a new language is easier and more intuitive than ever before. Introducing HelloTalk, the language app where your teachers are native language speakers from around the world. You just pick the language you want to learn—there are over 100 from which to select—and almost instantaneously you’ll be in touch with native speakers of that language … and you’ll start learning and practicing immediately.

HelloTalk isn’t a course you strictly follow; rather, you learn and practice at your pace and in the manner that best meets the way you learn. Practice foreign languages with people around the world. Simultaneously speak and type the language you’re learning. Record your voice before speaking to your HelloTalk friends and compare your recording to standard pronunciations. Change your friends’ audio messages to text for better understanding, and receive help to improve your grammar. Easily translate whenever you don’t understand, and so much more....

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07:50
Tidy Up 4.0.5 - Find duplicate files and tidy up...

Tidy Up is a complete duplicate finder and disk-tidiness utility.

With Tidy Up you can search for duplicate files and packages by the owner application, content, type, creator, extension, time modified, time created, name, label, visibility, and date/age. You can also search by the tag, duration, and bit installments of MP3 and AAC sound files and EXIF metadata; search the contents of the iPhoto, Aperture, iTunes, iPod databases, and Mail mailboxes; and synchronize deletions with iPhoto, Mail, and iTunes.

Tidy Up allows you to search for duplicate folders by name, date modified, date created, label visibility, empty folders, their contents, and more. Tidy Up is also fast: it doesn't index the scanned volumes, so you don't waste precious time and space. With its multitasking capability, you can do multiple searches at one time and take full advantage your Mac's processing power.

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07:35
Apple to Take Reservations for Trying On Apple Watch...

Apple is shifting its retail strategy for the Apple Watch to deliver a more personalized shopping experience, according to The Wall Street Journal. The report claims that Apple Stores will accept in-store reservations for customers to try on the Apple Watch and corroborates that Apple is training its retail employees to help customers choose an Apple Watch model that suits them best.

The report, citing sources familiar with the matter, adds that the high-end Apple Watch Edition will have scratch-resistant gold, which an in-depth analysis over the weekend revealed is because Apple mixes the metal with low-density ceramic particles. Apple is also said to have studied a platinum Apple Watch, but the model is unlikely to be announced Monday."The...

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07:30
News Hub: Apple’s ‘Spring Forward’ Apple Watch event


Yerba Buena this morning via James Martin

Today’s the day. Apple is holding its “Spring Forward” event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, California. We’ll be using this article as a news hub linking out to the latest updates from the event in live blog style. We’ll also post any late breaking news here, so stay tuned for all of the updates. The event itself begins at 10 AM Pacific/ 1PM Eastern time.

 

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07:17
How much does Apple Watch cost? Give us your last...


It’s your last chance to guess what Apple Watch will cost ahead of today’s ‘Spring Forward’ event where CEO Tim Cook and company are expected to fill us in on pricing, availability, and hopefully preorders.

We know Apple Watch will start at $349, likely for the Sport model, but what we’re really interested in is the starting price for the most expensive model(s): the 18k gold Apple Watch Edition and the stainless steel Apple Watch with stainless steel band (pictured above).

Polls for both of these are below, but feel free to tell us your predictions for pricing on the entire lineup in the comments. Our own roundup of what we expect to...

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06:59
How to watch Apple’s ‘Spring Forward’ Apple Watch...

If you’re planning to watch the livestream of today’s Spring Forward event, be careful you don’t get caught out by daylight savings time! You may think you know what time 10am California time is in your country, but the time difference changed yesterday, hence Apple’s name for the event.

The USA put its clocks forward one hour as it started daylight savings time over the weekend, but the UK and the rest of Europe haven’t yet made the switch, meaning the difference between local time and Cupertino time has changed by an hour.

So, if you’re watching from the UK or Europe, here’s the time the event starts:

  • UK: 5pm (7 hrs ahead of CA)
  • Central European Time (most European countries): 6pm (8 hrs ahead of CA)
  • Eastern European Time (Finland, Estonia,...
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06:56
Samsung Declares War on Apple Pay with New Tactic

While Samsung is gearing up to launch its own mobile payment service in Korea and the U.S this summer, they've decided to stir things up by announcing that ...

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06:55
Apple to increase shuttle bus driver wages by 25%

After boosting the pay of its security guards, Apple will also grant its shuttle bus drivers at its Cupertino headquarters 25 percent raise, it was announced on Monday.

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06:54
Online Apple Store down ahead of today's Watch...

Apple's online Apple Store has gone down ahead of today's Spring Forward event, which is believed to be all about Apple Watch. This is typical of Apple, as the company often adds an option to buy or pre-order new hardware after press events. 

It's possible that Apple will add Watch pre-order to the store or even surprise us with a new laptop. We'll know for sure this afternoon starting at 10:00 AM PT. You can watch the event live online or on your Apple TV. Be sure to follow our live blog while you do, for real-time summaries of the news plus commentary and insight.

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06:38
Future Apple Watches could include platinum models...

Apple has been evaluating platinum for future versions of the Apple Watch, and may be using ceramic blending to achieve the extra-durable gold in first-generation Edition units, according to a new report.

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06:36
Best Buy Unlikely to Carry Apple Watch at Launch

Best Buy may not carry the Apple Watch when the wrist-worn device launches in April, according to Reuters. The report, citing sources with direct knowledge of the matter, corroborates speculation that Apple might control the Apple Watch sales experience, at least initially, by limiting the product to Apple Stores.

Apple has been training its retail employees to deliver a more personalized shopping experience, as many customers will want to try on the various watch editions, faces and bands to determine which is best for them. Given that, it would make sense that Best Buy, and possibly other authorized resellers such as Walmart, Target and Sam's Club, might not immediately sell the Apple Watch.

While...

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06:25
Apple improves deal for shuttle bus workers...

Apple is ensuring that its sub-contracted shuttle bus workers get a better deal, directly funding a 25% bump in their pay and requiring contractors to pay a higher hourly rate for split shifts–where drivers work both mornings and evenings but are kept hanging around without pay between the two … 

Apple is also requiring bus companies to improve rest areas, reports the Mercury News:

“Over 5,000 Apple employees in the Bay Area take advantage of our commute alternatives program every day,” said Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet. “We’re working with the bus companies to help make a number of changes for the more than 150 drivers of our commute shuttles, including funding a 25...

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06:07
Watch Apple's "Spring Forward" event...

Apple's "Spring Forward" Watch event will begin in just a few hours, and an "Apple Events" channel on Apple TV will let you stream it live.

The new channel, which Apple busts out to live stream select media events, will appear automatically on your Apple TV. If you aren't seeing it, go to the device's settings screen and restart it.

Of course, you can catch our live blog coverage with insight and commentary, starting at 10:00 AM PT.

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06:05
Apple preps to 'Spring Forward' with Apple...

With just hours remaining before Apple executives take the stage at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for an event that is expected to focus on the Apple Watch, the company has re-added its "Apple Events" channel to the Apple TV set-top box and temporarily halted sales in its online store.

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06:03
Tower 2.2.0 - Version control with Git made easy. (...

Tower is a powerful Git client for OS X that makes using Git easy and more efficient. Users benefit from its elegant and comprehensive interface and a feature set that lets them enjoy the full power of Git.

Learning Git with Tower. Tower abstracts Git's complexity in an easy-to-use interface. For example, lots of actions can be performed simply via drag and drop, and mistakes can be undone easily.

Using Tower as an Expert. Advanced users can increase their productivity with features like single line staging, submodule support, or the file history.

Features include:

  • git-svn support
  • file history
  • git-flow support
  • submodule support
  • blame view
  • single line staging (per-line committing)
  • cherry-picking
  • discard chunks/lines
  • direct Github, Beanstalk, and Bitbucket integration
  • Support for full-screen and Retina displays
  • ...

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05:54
Healthcare cybersecurity a 'massive'...

The healthcare sector is ill-prepared for the new cyberage, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com). Hospitals, clinics, trusts, and insurers are constantly under attack from malicious online agents, says the research group.

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05:40
Major brands had no interest in smartwatch apps...

Y Media Lab, which creates smartphone and tablet apps for thousands of clients, says that major brands showed no interest in smartwatch apps prior to the announcement of the Apple Watch. The company’s clients include big-name brands like the BBC, Sesame Street, eBay, Disney and Bank of America, reports Business Insider.

Marketing director Robbie Abed said that he couldn’t recall a single client request a smartwatch app before the Apple Watch debut, but some have “already decided” they want an app for Apple’s wearable, while others are asking whether it should form part of their marketing plans.

Even so, Apple may have some work to do to persuade brands that the platform makes sense for them. Abed wouldn’t reveal names or exact numbers, but said that “less that a quarter” of the company’s clients have so far expressed...

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05:10
Kool Tools: WD's new NAS solutions

WD (www.wd.com) has expanded its suite of network attached storage (NAS) solutions with four new products that address the increasing demands for content storage, management, protection and streaming among prosumers, creative professionals and small businesses.

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05:08
Apple Online Store Goes Down Ahead of 'Spring...

The online Apple Store has been taken offline this morning less than five hours prior to Apple's highly-anticipated "Spring Forward" media event in San Francisco, where the company is expected to unveil further details about the Apple Watch alongside other potential announcements. If history repeats itself, the storefront should remain down until shortly after the conclusion of Apple's keynote.

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05:07
Apple Live Streaming Today's 'Spring...

With a few hours left to go before Apple's big "Spring Forward" media event, the company has once again unlocked the "Apple Events" channel on the Apple TV in preparation for the big event.

Largely expected to be the central focus later today is the Apple Watch, given the Daylight Saving Time reference in the title of the event and the small amount of pricing and launch-related information known about the device so close to its rumored release date of April.

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Other outlying possibilities include small refreshes of the 11" and 13" MacBook Air and the 13" Retina...

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05:06
Take Control of Security for Mac Users, Chapter 7:...

Regardless of how secure your Mac’s connection with another computer may be, that computer could try to send your Mac dangerous software, or someone could attempt to break into your Mac remotely. Conversely, you could have software on your Mac that attempts to make connections to distant servers without your knowledge and send them information you’d rather keep private. This chapter discusses ways of keeping your Mac and its data safe from outside attacks, some of which could appear in the form of malicious software, or malware.

 

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05:06
Chapter 7 of “Take Control of Security for Mac Users...

In this week’s chapticle of “Take Control of Security for Mac Users,” Joe Kissell explains how to erect barriers against incoming attacks and prevent malicious software from transferring data away from your Mac.

 

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MLB Manager 2015 5.0.14 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 5.0.14 (iTunes) Description: Guide your favorite MLB franchise to glory! MLB Manager 2015, officially licensed by MLB.com and based on the award-... | Read more »
Breath of Light (Games)
Breath of Light 1.0.1421 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0.1421 (iTunes) Description: Hold a quiet moment. Breath of Light is a meditative and beautiful puzzle game with a hypnotic soundtrack by... | Read more »
WWE WrestleMania Tags into the App Store
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