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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.

Our take on the news:

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.

Join Lync Meeting | Conference ID: 704980577

Office 365 support webcasts are a critical...

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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.

iOS Apps Now Free

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.

Tidy Up comes with a two search modes. Basic Mode includes more...

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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.

Image via MacStories
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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05:04
Apple Online Store goes down ahead of Spring Forward...

The Apple Store is down, in preparation for announcements later today at Apple’s Spring Forward event. The store going down is a very strong indicator that something new will be available to buy after the event is over — but what products? The most likely answer is new MacBooks.

There is also the potential of Apple Watch preorders, although these are more likely to take place in a couple of weeks, assuming an April launch.

The 13-inch MacBook refresh reported here are 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...

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05:00
10% of iPhone/iPad users estimated to buy the Apple...

Adobe is estimating that 10% of those who own either an iPhone or iPad will buy an Apple Watch within the first 18 months, equating to around 25M sales.

The prediction follows a poll of 1,000 American smartphone and tablet users, where 27% say they are likely or very likely to buy a wearable, and two-thirds of those think it will be an Apple Watch. Adobe thinks those numbers are high, and with good reason … 

The results would equate to 18% of all smartphone and tablet owners–iOS and Android combined–claiming they’re likely to buy an Apple Watch. However, the headline results combine ‘likely’ and ‘very likely,’ and the usual rule of thumb is that only the ‘very...

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05:00
Bushel: This week's sponsor of Apple World Today

Our sponsor this week is Bushel, an incredibly easy-to-use cloud-based Mobile Device Management solution for Mac, iPhone, iPad, and iPod. Bushel is focused on those organizations that may not have a dedicated IT staff,  instead relying on individuals who take on the mantle of responsibility to keep those Apple devices up-to-date and safe. For free for the first three devices and just US$2 per month per device above that number, here are some of the features of Bushel:

  • Device Inventory lets you see your capacity, which user is using which device, what apps you’ve installed on devices, and more.
  • Automatically configure email on all of your devices. Users can get up and running quickly, and IT can ensure...
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05:00
Hillary Clinton's Possibly Fatal Email Mistake


Hillary Clinton's email scandal showcases that she shouldn't be president. This has nothing to do with her party or politics -- it has to do with how she seems to approach a decision -- through tunnel vision leadership. This method isn't biased on the left or right, but it is more hardwired into men than women. Unfortunately, Clinton seems to have this in spades. It may even explain mistakes like Benghazi better than any of the hair-brained theories that her opponents so far have fielded.

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04:58
HandBrake 0.10.1 - Versatile video encoder; convert...

HandBrake is a tool for converting video from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs.

Supported Sources:

  • VIDEO_TS folder, DVD image or real DVD (unencrypted -- CSS is not supported internally and must be handled externally with third-party software and libraries), BDMV folder (unencrypted), and some .VOB and .TS files
  • Any multimedia file it can get libavformat to read and libavcodec to decode.

Outputs:

  • File format: MP4 and MKV
  • Video: MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264 or Theora (1 or 2 passes or constant quantizer/rate encoding)
  • Audio: AAC, HE-AAC, AC3, MP3, Vorbis, FLAC (16-bit, 24-bit) or AAC, MP3, AC3, DTS and DTS-HD pass-through (supports encoding of several audio tracks)

Misc features:

  • Chapter selection
  • Soft subtitle support (DVD/VobSub in DVD/MKV/MP4, Blu-ray/PGS in BD/MKV, SRT files, SRT/UTF-8 in MKV, ASS/SSA in MKV, TX3G/3GPP in MP4...

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04:20
How to watch Apple’s Spring Forward event livestream...

Officially, Apple’s event livestream only works with Safari on Mac OS X, iPhones, iPads, Apple TV (where the channel just appeared) and iPod touch. However, if you are on Windows (or even Android) — there is a workaround if you want to follow along with the announcements. (This trick will also work if you happen to be using an older version of OS X or iOS 6 that QuickTime Player doesn’t support)

  • Download VLC, the VideoLan media player, from the web.
  • Once downloaded, launch the app.
  • Navigate to the ‘Media’ tab and select ‘Open Network Stream ….
  • In the URL field, type (or copy) the following link. This is the direct location to the...
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04:17
Here’s what Tim Cook says about Apple Watch

This is a fascinating collection of quotes, more so if you can get Tim Cook’s voice in your head as you read them.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:16
Apple saving money on the gold in Apple Watch...

Tim Cook and Jony Ive have both spoken numerous times about the Apple Watch Edition being more scratch-resistant than standard 18-karat gold, describing it as ‘twice as hard’ as standard gold but but without explaining how. A patent application (via Leancrew) appears to explain this–and shows that Apple saves money on the gold into the bargain.

18-karat gold isn’t pure gold, it is defined as being 75% gold by weight. The remaining 25% of the mix is usually made up of one or more other metals, with silver and copper popular choices. The Apple patent describes mixing gold with low-density ceramic particles instead of metal.

Because weight, not volume, is what defines the karat gold standards, Apple’s watch could use less than a third the...

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03:47
On today’s Apple Watch event

Link to the live feed, plus a few other ramblings.

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03:06
Apple Events channel appears on Apple TV, ready for...

As is the norm nowadays, the Apple Events channel has appeared on the Apple TV ahead of Apple’s Spring Forward event later today. From 10 AM PDT, Apple will be live streaming the entire presentation, for those not lucky enough to be there in person.

Customers can follow along on the Apple TV, or online at http://apple.com/live. 9to5Mac will also have full coverage of all the announcements, so stay tuned.

A big part of today’s ‘Spring Forward’ presentation will feature more specific details about the Apple Watch. Pricing and availability will almost certainly be mentioned. Also expect several demos from app developers so Apple can demonstrate the wide range of potential this new form...

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01:07
Editorial: Apple Pay finds frauds reporting

When Apple rolls out a rare new product--rather than canceling it internally--you'd have to be naive to think it was rushed to market without much consideration and therefore probably doomed to failure. But you'd be equally naive to think that the incumbents positioned in the path of Apple's next potential juggernaut wouldn't desperately seek to defend their turf, bending the truth to the breaking point if necessary.

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01:00
OneNote and AVID—positively impacting my students...

Today’s post on OneNote for Education was written by Madeline “Brandi” Collins, AVID elective teacher/site coordinator at San Jacinto Intermediate School in Pasadena, Texas.

There is an old saying, “When you find a job you love, you will never have to work another day in your life.” For me, no words have ever been more true and I can say without a doubt that I stopped working three years ago when I began teaching AVID at San Jacinto Intermediate in Pasadena, Texas. AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. AVID began with one teacher’s extraordinary vision for one group of students and more than 30 years later, AVID reaches 800,000 students in 44 states and 16 countries/territories.

AVID teachers are taught to focus on what I like to call the big three: Binders, Cornell...

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Sunday March 8

18:35
∞ #Fury325 roller coaster test run

Here’s video of the first test run of #Fury325 at Carowinds from a riders point of view! The coaster was tested late Wednesday afternoon, March 4. Debuting this spring, Fury 325 will be the world’s tallest & fastest giga coaster. The thrill ride stands 325 feet tall with an 81-degree initial drop and reaches breathtaking speeds of 95 miles per hour.

Oh. My. God. I want to ride this so much.

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18:24
Susan Kare archive At MOMA

I, Programmer:

Susan Kare is the artist responsible for many of the classic Mac icons that are universally recognized. Now her impact as a pioneering and influential computer iconographer has been recognized by the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Susan Kare designed all of her early icons on graph paper, with one square representing each pixel. Now this archive of sketches has been acquired by MoMA, jointly with San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art, and has gone on show as part of a new exhibition, This is for Everyone: Design Experiments For The Common Good.

We all owe a huge debt of gratitude to Kare for her lovely and elegant icon designs.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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18:20
Apple gold

Dr. Drang:

Apple’s patent application is for a method that allows them to make 18k gold that has, on a volume basis, less gold than regular 18k gold.

How can this be? It’s because Apple’s gold is a metal matrix composite, not a standard alloy. Instead of mixing the gold with silver, copper, or other metals to make it harder, Apple is mixing it with low-density ceramic particles. The ceramic makes Apple’s gold harder and more scratch-resistant—which Tim Cook touted during the September announcement—and it also makes it less dense overall.

The media is going to have a field day with this. They’ll get it wrong but they’ll still lose their collective minds over it.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:35
Classic Mac Icons Archive Bought By MOMA

mikejuk writes Susan Kare is the artist responsible for many of the classic Mac icons that are universally recognized. Now her impact as a pioneering and influential computer iconographer has been recognized by the Museum of Modern Art in New York. She designed all of her early icons on graph paper, with one square representing each pixel. Now this archive of sketches has been acquired by MoMA, jointly with San Francisco's Museum of Modern Art, and has gone on show as part of a new exhibition, This is for Everyone: Design Experiments For The Common Good. So now you can think of the smiling Mac, the pointing finger and scissors as high art.


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12:00
Review: Catalyst for iPhone 6 – Offers protection...

Catalyst is a sleek thin case that barely hides the design of the iPhone 6, considering how protective the case is. It is drop proof to 2 meters (6.6 feet), water proof to 5 meters (16.4 feet), dirt proof, snow proof and works with Touch ID.


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11:30
Liveblog: Apple’s “spring forward” event starts...

Has it already been nearly five months since our last Apple event? Time flies by so fast that it's hard to keep track of such things, but Apple has a product or two in store that might help with that.

Monday's "spring forward" event is expected to revolve around the Apple Watch, which was announced alongside the iPhone 6 family in September but isn't actually scheduled to ship until April. Expect to get more concrete information about the watch's availability, pricing, and third-party developer support, along with a recap of some of the communication and fitness features we've already heard about.

As...

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11:27
Interesting Timing: Nike Updating their iOS Nike+...

Nike is releasing an update to their famous Nike+ Running App for the iOS platform tomorrow, according to a Nike Press release. The new improvements will include an optimized landscape/armband mode ...

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09:36
SpiderOak 5.1.10 - Secure cloud backup, storage, and...

SpiderOak is a multi-platform secure online backup, storage, access, and sharing solution engineered for the consumer and small businesses. You must first sign up to use SpiderOak.

Running natively on Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux, SpiderOak allows users to create a central storage repository where they can access data from all their SpiderOak devices within the application, or via Web login at SpiderOak.com.

Using an automated approach, SpiderOak immediately backs up and stores any additions, edits, or changes to the back up set. Historical versions of any document can be identified and downloaded by timestamp.

Any folders within a user's SpiderOak account can be selected for sharing in a password protected setting called a 'ShareRoom', and any changes or additions to the shared folders are automatically seen by visitors to the ShareRoom.

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09:33
Bookends 12.5.3 - Reference management and...

Bookends is a full-featured bibliography/reference and information-management system for students and professionals.

Access the power of Bookends directly from Mellel, Nisus Writer Pro, or MS Word (including Word 2011): Bookends allows you to scan your existing word-processor files and automatically generate finished manuscripts with properly formatted bibliographies. You can also scan Apple Pages '08, '09, and 5, and OpenOffice 3 files, or RTF files saved from any word processor.

Bookends allows you to share your references over the Internet with anyone, on any platform. And with Bookends, you can directly search and import references from numerous sources:

  • EndNote
  • PubMed
  • Web of Science
  • JSTOR
  • Google...
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09:30
What to Expect at Apple's 'Spring Forward...

With just one day to go until Apple's "Spring Forward" media event in San Francisco, there are still plenty of unknowns about what the company will be showing off beyond a focus on the Apple Watch. As a result, we've put together this summary of what we expect to see, what we might see, and what we probably won't see at the event.

Apple Watch
Given the time-related tagline of "Spring Forward" and today's start of Daylight Saving Time in the United States, it's clear the Apple Watch is the focus of tomorrow's event. We got a first look at the device last September, but now with just a month to go until launch, it's time for Apple to provide final details and shape the marketing message. Expect more details on launch dates and pricing of course, as well as some updates on performance aspects such as battery life.

Also expect apps...

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07:50
The New Apple Watch could One Day Own San Francisco

Tomorrow is going to be an exciting day for Apple fans around the globe as Apple's Spring Forward event is to reveal more about the upcoming Apple Watch. This week we learned that key developers have been working on Apple Watch apps in a secret lab where communicating to the outside world is all but impossible.

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07:05
Latest 4K drone video of Apple Campus 2 posted, roof...

The latest 4K flyover video showing construction progress on Apple’s Campus 2 has just arrived in our inbox. Thanks to our good friend MyithZ, we see that the full internal structure has now been started including all the way to the roof in one part of the video.

The full drone flyover is available in full 4K video below:

This latest drone flyover follows Apple’s latest official aerial image of the site posted to the City of Cupertino’s website late last month. Apple also recently provided an authorized ‘sneak peak’ of the construction site, while CEO Tim Cook...

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05:42
What HBO Now means to Apple and to Big Cable

Why HBO Now is so critical to Apple and the future of Apple TV

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:18
Pebble founder Migicovsky shares insights on smart...

Interesting interview with Pebble founder Migicovsky. With his $16 million in kickstarter money, I think he has Pebble right where it needs to be, a real sweet spot in the market.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:50
Here’s Ford’s plane

Some pithy words about Harrison Ford, plus a picture of his plane after the crash.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Saturday March 7

23:09
Review: Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera offers pro...

From iPhone to mid-level DSLR cameras, the video production world has many options for the amateur and prosumer videographer. Blackmagic's Pocket Cinema Camera offers users a next step into the pro video world, along with pro video challenges.

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21:58
Apple Watch Prelude

I realize there’s little point to further Apple Watch speculation at this point — in two days, we’ll know most of the answers. But there is one good reason for last-minute speculation: this is fun. Apple tends to be such a predictable company that we often know the basic gist of what to expect before one of their media events. Not this time. The many unknowns surrounding the watch are what makes it so fun to ponder prior to next week’s event. So let’s have some fun.

First, there’s this. The same day I published my piece on Apple Watch pricing, MacRumors forum member “pgiguere1” created a graphic with possible prices, posting it with the comment:

I made this speculative price list based in large part on Gruber’s
speculation:

The graphic is a pastiche of genuine Apple marketing material. A trained eye can easily tell it’s not from Apple — the typefaces are ones...

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19:46
Inside Greater China: An exclusive look at Apple Inc...

Apple has singled out Greater China--including mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan--as a primary growth center. AppleInsider took a trip to learn more, starting with a week exploring Taiwan followed by a week in Hong Kong.

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14:00
Spring Forward: Reminders for tonight ... and Monday

Just a reminder for our US readers - be sure to set your clocks ahead one hour tonight, as we're finally going into Daylight Saving Time. Everything changes at 2 AM tomorrow morning, so just get those non-Apple clocks set one hour ahead before you go to sleep tonight, and hopefully your Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch will all handle the change automatically for you... hopefully.

And there's another Spring Forward to think about for Monday; the Apple "Spring Forward" event that will begin at 10AM PT/1PM ET. As the logo above notes, you can watch the event live on Apple's stream of the event. We'd also like to invite you to bookmark this page for our liveblog of the event, featuring everybody's favorite liveblogger extraordinaire, Erica Sadun!

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11:30
Backerjack Podcast episode 9: Time and some other...

This week on the Backerjack Podcast, Ross Rubin and I sit down for a talk about quite a few things, including a lot of projects with four-letter names: Time (well, it is the Pebble Time, but bear with me...), Keys, Podo, Fogo. There's also a quick chat about Sesame and Reserve Strap. What are all of these crowdfunded projects?

  • The Sesame lock is an easy-to-install way to retrofit an existing deadbolt lock and replace your keys with your iPhone
  • Keys, a MIDI keyboard with LED-illuminated keys, gesture control, and even the ability to magnetically attach to other Keys. The keyboard will have support on over 150 apps at launch
  • ...
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10:34
A New Apple Patent Surfaces in Europe Covering...

Today we discovered a new European patent filing that Apple made earlier this week that was about inductive charging. While Apple's patent filing lists home appliances and wearable devices as categories that could take advantage of inductive charging, like the Apple Watch, it was interesting to see that they also listed "electric vehicles" as another category which was timely.

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10:00
iOS 8 How-to: Use Siri to return a lost iPhone to...

What happens if you are out and about and happen to find an iPhone? You happen to be a good person and want to return the iPhone to the original owner, but the phone is locked with a passcode. You might think you are stuck, but actually you can use Siri to find out who owns the device.

Tap and hold the home button to activate Siri. You can say “Who owns this phone,” “Who’s phone is this,” “Who does this iPhone belong to,” or “Who does this phone belong to.” Siri will then respond and display the information of the device’s owner.


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08:12
The Phablet: The Ultimate Media-Consumption Device

This week a new report surfaced and presented some very interesting stats about the power of the Phablet in the market today that's worth noting.

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08:00
Caturday: Monkey misses the CRTs

Monkey enjoying a snooze in the sun... Photo by Cookie Bonanza

Cats of the past had some advantages over the new generation. For example, they could lay on top of hot CRT monitors and soak up a lot of the wasted energy. Sadly, the move to flatscreen displays made it hard for felines to lay on top of monitors and stay warm. Says owner Cookie Bonanza:

“It’s Caturday today, and here’s a pic of my cat, Monkey. He got into the habit of sleeping on my monitors back when I had a pair of CRTs, and his shedding messed with their cooling so I built a platform for him that rested on top of one of them. When they were replaced with a pair of sweet Apple 30” flatscreen monitors, there was nowhere for him to sleep anymore. Trouble ensued, until I built another platform behind the monitors for him. Here he is after a hard day of napping, judging my browsing habits.”

Have a picture of your cat soaking up the good vibes of an Apple product? Tell us the back story behind...

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08:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Tough protection from Targus...

Tough protection from Targus, Brenthaven, and Ballistic

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases includes a variety of rugged cases and basic designs—plus, a case with a built-in keyboard for those of you who prefer tactile typing.

Ballistic

The Tough Jacket (iPad Air 2; $70) lives up to its name, with three layers of shock-resistent material designed to keep your iPad safe from almost anything.

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

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06:00
Get Ready - It's About to Be Apple Watch All...


The Apple Watch, which represents Apple's first major new device category in more than four years, is about to be unleashed upon the world -- no doubt shortly after Apple reveals pricing and availability details at its special media event Monday. Careful what you wish for. While Apple enthusiasts like myself -- and even far more rabid fans -- have been pining for new products, Apple naysayers have been gleefully dissing Apple for not jumping into a major new device category.

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00:56
Review: Outdoor Tech Chips helmet headphones, a Siri...

Skiers and snowboarders looking to listen to music and stay connected while on the mountain should check out the Chips Bluetooth headphones from Outdoor Tech, a well-designed and simple solution for adding wireless connectivity to your helmet.

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Friday March 6

22:30
Apple's Eddy Cue explains Apple Pay on Apple...

Oracle Arena, home of the Golden State Warriors, became the second NBA venue to adopt Apple Pay on Friday, and Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue was on hand to explain how the service will work with Apple Watch.

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22:22
Eddy Cue debuts Apple Pay at Oracle Arena in Oakland...

Eddy Cue took some time today to show off Apple Pay at Oracle Arena in Oakland and oversee the rollout of the payment system at the stadium. Cue showed up to the event wearing a stainless steel model of the Apple Watch and provided some more details on how Apple Pay will work with it.

The executive explained that transactions made using the wearable device won’t require Touch ID or PIN code authorization, as long as the watch is unlocked and near its paired iPhone. The phone unlocks the watch, so there’s no need to confirm your identity again. To trigger the Apple Pay transaction, you just needs to double tap the button on the side of the device.

Cue also reiterated the ...

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22:00
Banks reportedly clamp down on Apple Pay card...

Banks are instituting more stringent credit and debit card authorization policies for Apple Pay users after criminals took advantage of previously lax security protocols to provision new accounts using stolen card data.

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18:30
Daily Deals for March 6, 2015, featuring GravityView...

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

AWT's Daily Deals

WALTR [On sale for $20.07, down from $39.00] AppleWorld.Today is pleased to offer an exclusive deal on WALTR by Softorino. Instead of uploading the limited file formats that iPad/iPhone & iTunes is used to, Softorino engineered a technology that lets you upload...

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17:57
Hands-On With the Collapsible Magnetic '...

Back in January, WayTools, a company known for its high-quality NextEngine 3D laser scanner, surprised the world with a collapsible, magnetic keyboard unlike anything we had seen before. Called the TextBlade, the keyboard garnered a significant amount of attention from the media and from prospective buyers who were intrigued with its unique design.

Commenters here on MacRumors and across the Internet were immediately curious about the TextBlade, and had several questions. How does it work? How easy is it to use? What's the learning curve? How does it feel?

Today we're going to answer all of those questions and more. Yesterday, WayTools invited MacRumors to visit its headquarters in Santa Monica to get an...

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17:30
Game developers seek Apple Watch event spotlight as...

Hundreds of iOS developers have been working with Apple in secret Cupertino-based sessions on apps for the Apple Watch, and now we’ve learned that this list includes game developers. According to two sources, multiple “mass market, casual” game developers have been in the running to show off light games on stage during Monday’s “Spring Forward” event in San Francisco. While Apple could end up not showcasing games next week, we’re still told that they are championing the idea of light weight gaming on the Apple Watch. As one source said, “the iOS gaming ecosystem will be well represented on the Apple Watch despite [the simplicity] of the...

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17:30
Today in the App Store -- Breaking ~ News for iOS...

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 the now free Inspire — Paint, Draw & Sketch, new Breaking ~ News apps for the iPad, iPhone and Mac and a mission-filled update to Space Marshals. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

Apps Now Free

Inspire — Paint, Draw & Sketch [iPhone; Now free, down from $4.99] Inspire delivers an incredibly fast and realistic painting, drawing and sketching experience that you can take with you wherever you go and use whenever inspiration strikes.

Monkey Flight 2 [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] Your favorite monkeys are BACK!...

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15:25
Apple Retail looks to get a better understanding of...

In order to further personalize the Apple Watch sales experience, Apple is positioning its retail employees to learn more about its customers in order to help them make an even better Apple Watch purchasing decision. Apple today sent a memo to retail employees that summarizes feedback from 16 retail store employees who helped show off the Watch during Paris Fashion Week at Parisian boutique Colette in September 2014. The most notable piece of advice:

 Helping customers buy a watch means you need to understand them more. You need to know about their life, their activities, and [needs]… Be prepared to ask permission to interact closely with people.

While this statement may seem like Apple wants its employees to get overly personal with...

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15:07
Apple Watch battery life reportedly 'much...

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.

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14:58
Microsoft Releases Public Preview of Office 2016 for...

Long-suffering Office for Mac users finally have an updated version of the productivity suite, if only in preview form. Even so, the software achieves visual and functional parity with versions on iOS, Android, and Windows.

 

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14:45
AWT News Update: March 6, 2015

It's Friday! Here's what's on the AWT News Update podcast: 

  • There's no denying it - you can't get away from Apple Watch news! Like Harry in the GIF above, it's enough to make you shout "SHUT UP!"
  • Matt Panzarino at TechCrunch reports that the main advantage of the Apple Watch is how it makes you use your iPhone less during a typical day
  • Rumors about an iPad mini update are making the rounds

Listen to the AWT News Update every weekday for a quick overview of stories we may not have published on the blog. Be sure to join the AWT Team at 10 AM PT/1 PM ET on March 9th for our liveblog of the Apple Event. 

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14:24
UBS predicts Apple will sell massive 58M iPhones in...

Demand for the iPhone 6 continues to outstrip Apple's ability to keep up with supply, as a new survey from UBS has led the investment firm to increase its projected sales for the March quarter to a whopping 58 million units.

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13:59
Apple's 'iPad in Education' program...

Apple is working on "significant" evolutions to the iPad in Education program that should solve some of the barriers schools encounter when trying to deploy iPads in the classroom, according to a new report.

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13:42
Apple Watch Takes Two Hours to Charge, Only Delivers...

Apple Watch will take approximately two hours to fully charge and deliver all-day battery life with normal on-and-off usage, according to TechCrunch. Those estimates corroborate a previous report that also claimed the Apple Watch will deliver all-day battery life and support up to five hours of heavy usage per charge.

The report also claims that the Apple Watch will only deliver notifications while worn on the wrist. The smartwatch will not ping you for notifications without being in contact with skin so that the device is not disruptive at unnecessary times. Apple Watch will also stop delivering notifications when the battery reaches 10% or lower in an effort to conserve the remaining power."Here’s a tidbit you might not know — in order to receive notifications from apps, the Watch must be on...

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13:33
Apple Watch pricing, availability, surprises &...

Apple’s “Spring Forward” event is scheduled for Monday, March 9th and we’re already getting prepared to bring you live coverage and last minute leaks leading up to the event. What can you expect at the event? Below we’ve put together our list of likely announcements including some unannounced Apple Watch features and possible surprises…

Watch Pricing & Availability |

Get your credit cards ready, Apple will likely give us more on pricing and availability for the Apple Watch and could even give details on preorders.

The biggest question on everyone’s mind: How much will the 18k gold Apple Watch Edition cost? We know the Apple Watch lineup will start at $349, and most expect that represents pricing for the Sport model, but otherwise we’ve yet to get...

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13:18
Precision Laser Weapon Scorches Mile-Away Truck...


Lockheed Martin this week conducted a test of its ATHENA laser system. The successful demonstration attests to just how far directed energy weapons technology has come. Boring clean through the engine of a truck mounted on a platform more than a mile away, ATHENA decommissioned the running vehicle in a matter of seconds. The technology is now ready for wider adoption, according to Lockheed Martin. The test moved ATHENA a step closer to implementation in the weapons arrays of attack helicopters, jets, ships and trucks.

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13:09
A Major Apple Pay Patent Surfaces in Europe that...

On Thursday March 6, 2015 we posted a report titled "Apple Reveals One of the Systems behind Passbook and Apple Pay." It was an extremely light patent compared to the one that we discovered at the European Patent Office this past week. Apple's European patent filing had some real teeth to it. In fact it steeped in details that ...

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13:06
Apple planning iPad in education improvements,...

Update: Here’s the full letter, which we received following the original report and confirmed is legit. It appears to be an email sent out to Apple’s education partners:

In iPad one-to-one environments, schools are seeing more engaged students, better attendance, and higher test results. You can see this happening in districts and schools like Prince George’s County, and Essa Academy.

We understand that some schools are not able to give every student an iPad and are sharing devices across classes and students. We want to make learning with a shared iPad a great experience for these students as well as their teachers and administrators.  We are already at work on significant changes to App distribution, Apple ID, and Apple Deployment Programs that we are planning to deliver next year to make using iPad in the classroom even better.

To simplify large deployments, including one-to-one and shared use,...

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12:57
Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper film 'Serena...

Serena, a Susanne Bier movie starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, is now available for rent on the iTunes Store and Google Play -- three weeks before the film is due to arrive in US theaters.

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12:30
Apple Overhauling iPad for Education Program to...

Apple will be making significant changes to iPad deployment for education during the upcoming school year that should eliminate some of the hurdles that school districts face when adopting iPads for use in the classroom. In an email obtained by MacRumors, the company outlines plans to make app distribution easier by eliminating the need for an Apple ID to load apps, tweaking the Apple ID for Students program and unifying several deployment programs into one.

Apple plans to simplify app distribution by allowing schools to assign and distribute apps to a device without an Apple ID this fall, reducing the number of steps needed to set up an iPad. Schools will no longer be required to create generic Apple IDs solely to load content on the tablet, and teachers and administrators will have the option to block students from making personal purchases without approval."To simplify large deployments, including one-to-one and shared use, we want to make app distribution even...

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12:21
Apple Watch Battery to Support Five Hours of Heavy...

With just over two days to go until Apple's big March 9 "Spring Forward" event that's said to be heavily focused on the Apple Watch, information on the device is leaking out at a rapid pace. Apple's been relatively quiet about battery life, stating only that the Apple Watch will need to be charged on a daily basis, but 9to5Mac has a few more details on how long we can expect the Apple Watch to last between charges.

According to the site's sources, final software tweaks and optimizations to the device have led to a battery life of approximately five hours of heavy application usage. The device reportedly will not run out of battery life "during a typical day of mixed and passive use," but it will need to be charged on a nightly basis as Apple has previously said. There's also been little said about how the Apple Watch will affect the...

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12:19
External Link: Apple to Replace AT&T in the Dow...

After 18 March 2015, Apple will officially replace AT&T on the Dow Jones Industrial Average. While it’s a prestigious position for Apple, the Dow, which indexes only 30 companies, is an inferior stock index compared to the S&P 500, which indexes 500, or the Russell 3000, which indexes 3,000.

 

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12:16
Make Site-Specific Browsers with Google Chrome

Want to open your favorite Web apps faster? Adam Engst shares the best way to turn a Web app into a native Mac app via a hidden feature in Google Chrome.

 

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12:16
External Link: Another Reason to Not Install Java

Installing Java on your Mac is ill-advised, since it can lead to many security headaches. But now Oracle has made Java an even worse proposition by bundling the Ask Search Extension with the Java installer. The Ask extension, long bundled in the Java installer for Windows, is considered adware and should be avoided.

 

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12:00
The Week in iOS Apps: MLB and PGA update apps for...

MLB and PGA update apps for sports lovers

This week’s roundup features updated apps from MLB and the PGA—but we also have offerings for productivity, video-making, and weather forecasting.

CalPal

Version 3.0 of CalPal, the free “smart scheduler” for iPhone, introduces a total redesign of its user interface, including the addition of a new “block-based” calendar view to its original list view—and, developers promise, a seamless transition between the two. The chat feature (which lets you converse with collaborators inside a calendar item) has also been overhauled. The app synchronizes with other calendar programs that are compatible with your iPhone, including Google, Exchange, iCloud, and Facebook Events.

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12:00
Fraud comes to headlines about Apple Pay

I am a cynical, grizzled veteran of the technology wars. I implemented my first payment system in 1995, and just a few weeks ago was programming in PHP to handle refunds through the online payment processor Stripe’s excellent interface.

But when I saw the variants on the headline, “Fraud Comes to Apple Pay,” I figured what was stated wasn’t true. Apple retains so very little information about credit cards registered to a phone, and tucks it away so securely, that this scenario seemed exceedingly unlikely.

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12:00
Reader poll: What do you think the Apple Watch...

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I love the guys over at The Loop, and Dave Mark has set up a bet with longtime writer/blogger Kirk McElhearn concerning the pricing of the Apple Watch Edition. That's the version of the Watch that has a gold case. At this point, Kirk's guess is that since "this is not a luxury watch; this is a smartwatch with a gold case" the price for the base model Apple Watch Edition will be $1,999. Dave Mark, on the other hand, uses the price/cost ratio of the iPhone 6 (the ratio of the price of the device to how much it costs to manufacture)...

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11:40
Sources offer hands-on Apple Watch details: battery...

Just ahead of the finalized Apple Watch’s presentation at Apple’s March 9th “Spring Forward” event, sources with hands-on Apple Watch experience have revealed a collection of new details about the device’s features to 9to5Mac. Our sources have offered new information on the Watch’s real-world battery life, health and fitness features, apps, and experiences using Apple’s next-generation touchscreen hardware…

Power Reserve Mode and Battery Life

The Apple Watch’s battery life has concerned many prospective customers, as Apple said only that the Watch will need to be charged nightly. Earlier this year, we...

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11:33
Amazon Game Studios announces plans to bring four...

Amazon Game Studios has revealed plans to publish four more games for iOS, including two new titles -- Lost Within and Til Morning's Light -- along with two older ones, To-Fu Fury and Tales From Deep Space.

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11:16
Apple asks some Apple Watch developers to hold...

Apple has asked developers who attended secretive Apple Watch app development workshops in Cupertino across January and February to hold off on announcing their applications, according to multiple high-profile developers. These people say that Apple has asked developers to not provide in-depth details, revealing screenshots and videos, or launch information about their applications until after the event at the very least. In some cases, Apple has even asked developers to wait until late March or early April to announce their applications…

Apple asking developers to hold off on their announcements...

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11:16
Apple reportedly invests in new $1.4 billion Japan...

Reuters reports that Japan Display Inc, an Apple parts supplier, just announced plans to build a new $1.4 billion LCD plant that will reportedly help it become a primary supplier of smartphone displays to Apple.

The report also claims that Apple has invested in the plant, but didn’t disclose any financial details related to the investment:

The company did not name Apple, in line with its policy of not identifying clients. A person familiar with the matter said Apple would also invest an unspecified amount in the plant, which would further the Japanese screen maker’s aim of becoming the primary supplier of high-tech screens for iPhones.

The news follows reports last month that Apple was considering such an investment in the new...

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11:02
Windows Caught in Path of FREAK Security Storm


Microsoft on Thursday issued a security advisory acknowledging a vulnerability in all versions of Windows that could allow FREAK exploits. Windows systems previously were thought to be immune to FREAK attacks. "The vulnerability could allow an attacker to force the downgrading of the cipher suites used in an SSL/TLS connection on a Windows client system," the advisory reads. Apparently at the root of the problem are flaws the United States National Security Agency browbeat cryptographers into introducing in security algorithms.

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11:00
Reserve Strap: The $250 battery strap for your $350...

Although Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly told Apple Store employees in Berlin that his Apple Watch could make it through a day with a charge, the developers of Reserve Strap aren't taking any chances. They think that the battery life of the first-generation Apple Watch will be unacceptable to most buyers, so they're now taking pre-orders for their $250 product -- an external battery pack in a wristwatch band.

As you see in the video above, the idea is actually quite smart -- it takes the inductive charging capabilities of the Apple Watch charger and builds it into a strap along with a battery pack that will allegedly give the Watch an extra day or so of power.

The project isn't being Kickstarted; rather, the Reserve Strap team is hoping that enough people will pony up $250 in pre-orders to fund development. They provide a nice caveat on the pre-order...

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10:47
What to expect at Apple's 'Spring Forward...

Apple's executive team is set to take the stage next week for the first time this year, with the spotlight shining squarely on the hotly-anticipated Apple Watch. AppleInsider takes a look at what we're likely to hear from Tim Cook & Co. on Monday.

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10:30
You Should Play: Rob your friends and protect your...

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

Robin Hood was all about robbing the rich to give to the poor—a noble cause, obviously. But in King of Thieves, your goal is much more barbarous: Rob from your friends to give to yourself. King of Thieves is all about rising to the very top, which makes Robin Hood look like some middling prince (with apologies to Robin Hood, of course).

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10:02
9to5Toys Last Call: Sky Gamblers for iOS free,...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:
Last Call Updates:

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10:00
Increasing opportunities for JavaScript developers...

Today’s post was written by Jeremy Thake, product marketing manager on the Office 365 team.

Today, we launched new capabilities to allow JavaScript developers to interact with the Office 365 APIs. The OneDrive for Business and Sites APIs now have cross-origin resource sharing (CORS) support and Mail/Calendar/Contacts are coming soon. As more Office 365 API endpoints come online for services they will also support this including Office Graph, Yammer, Video Portal, Skype and content services.

Developers now have the choice to call the Office 365 APIs from the server-side or client-side. This means developers can write single page applications, which have a better user experience and better performance, because they don’t have to proxy all their calls through a server-side façade service.

As we have said in the past, we are listening on all the channels we encourage you to participate on (UserVoice,...

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10:00
Jennifer Lawrence’s film ‘Serena’ hits iTunes 3...

Apple today has listed Jennifer Lawrence’s upcoming film ‘Serena’ on the iTunes Store. The film is not slated to hit theaters in the United States until March 27th, but eager Lawrence fans can rent it on iTunes now for $9.99 in HD. The film also went up on Google Play this morning.

‘Serena’ stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper as the lead couple. The film is set in North Carolina during the Great Depression and focuses on making it through the time period while fighting “blackmail, jealousy, and murder.”

$9.99 is certainly steep for a digital movie rental, but keep...

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09:50
Apple Store Listing MagSafe to MagSafe 2 Converter...

Apple has quietly listed the MagSafe to MagSafe 2 converter as discontinued on the Apple Online Store in the United States and Canada this week. The converter is required to charge a MagSafe 2-equipped MacBook Air or MacBook Pro when the notebook is connected to a Thunderbolt Display or Cinema Display. The converter still appears to have in-store availability, although for how long remains unknown.

Apple discontinuing the MagSafe to MagSafe 2 converter would prove problematic for Thunderbolt Display and Cinema Display users. The company does include the converter in the box for the Thunderbolt Display, but not being able to purchase a replacement if you misplace one would be an issue. Given that, it is possible that Apple could have larger plans in store.

It could be theorized that Apple may be planning a Thunderbolt Display refresh with MagSafe 2, USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt 2,...

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09:46
Apple Digital Camera RAW Compatibility 6.03 - Adds...

Apple Digital Camera RAW Compatibility update adds RAW image compatibility to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11. For more information on supported RAW formats, see this page.



Version 6.03:

  • This update adds RAW image compatibility for the following cameras to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11:
    • Leica D-Lux (Typ 109)
    • Leica V-Lux (Typ 114)
    • Leica X (Typ 113)
    • Leica X Vario (Typ 107)
    • Nikon D5500
    • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ70 / DMC-FZ72
    • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS40 / DMC-TZ60 / DMC-TZ61
    • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS50 / DMC-TZ70 / DMC-TZ71
    • Pentax 645Z
    • Pentax K-S1
    • Sony Alpha ILCE-7M2



  • OS X 10.10 or later
  • iPhoto 9.6 or Aperture 3.6



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09:44
Oracle extends its adware bundling to include Java...

ZDNet:

For years, Oracle has tormented Windows users by bundling adware with its Java installer for Windows PCs. Now Oracle has begun including the same adware as part of a default installation of Java for the Mac, using the same deceptive techniques.

More sleazy business practices for you and yours to be made aware of. Thanks to Rob Griffiths for the heads up.

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09:36
Media Explorer for iMessage Released for OS X

LostVertex has released Media Explorer for iMessage, an iMessage file explorer application for Mac OS X.

The utility finds pictures, videos, audio and documents that have been previously sent to an iMessage account on a Mac. Media Explorer for iMessage is designed to make it simple to find forgotten pictures, videos or lost documents such as PDFs, spreadsheets and more.

Media Explorer for iMessage requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher. It's available for US$3.99 exclusively through the LostVertex store (http://lostvertex.co.uk/).

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09:33
∞ The Apple Watch bet

The terms of the bet? Kirk wins if the price of the highest end Apple Watch Edition is US$2500 or less. One penny more than that and I win.

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09:30
Apple joining the Dow Jones Industrial Average on...

CNBC is reporting that Apple will become part of the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) beginning at the opening of trading on March 19, 2015. The company will be replacing AT&T in the group of companies that make up the DJIA.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is the bellwether of how the American economy is doing, at least in terms of corporate share value. The index is determined by looking at how the share price of 30 companies -- referred to as the "Dow 30" -- did during a particular trading session.

While Apple, which is the most valuable public traded company in the world, seems like it would have been a natural to join this group, it wasn't until the company split its stock 7-to-1 last year that it was first considered. The company would have had way too much weigh in the average, with even slight price swings producing a correspondingly large jump in the Dow. Because of the stock split and an...

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09:28
Is Apple’s real watch innovation a gold case that’s...

There’s a long piece over at the Financial Times today about Jony Ive and Apple’s watch plans. The author, Nick Foulkes, is obviously not a techie, but he does know a thing or two about watches, and the article is worth a read if you have a horological bent.

The article does contain some interesting tech tidbits, too. For example, Foulkes tells us that “Ive explains how the molecules in Apple gold are closer together, making it twice as hard as standard gold.” This claim was greeted in the office by more than a little bemusement. Gold is a metal! Has Apple finally left a reality-based existence behind it?

Perhaps the company is not entirely crazy, though. In June 2014, Apple...

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09:23
Rumor: Apple may soon update iPad mini with A8 CPU,...

With last year's iPad mini 3 upgrade largely viewed as a disappointment, sporting the same processor and form factor as its predecessor, a new report says Apple may be looking to soon rectify that with a fourth-generation model featuring upgraded internal specifications.

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09:15
Apple’s Gatekeeper leaves hole open for malware and...

The Mac Observer:

For the purposes of Gatekeeper, Apple verifies the identity of the developer, but not their intent. It’s up to you to ensure that the applications you install and run on your Mac come from the people you think they came from, and we’ll show you how to do that.

The key words are, “it’s up to you” to not let your guard down and to always be aware of what you are downloading and installing. Apple is doing their part and it’s up to the user to do theirs.

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09:10
Apple to join Dow Jones Industrial Average

CNN:

Apple will replace AT&T in the Dow — an exclusive club of 30 stocks that also includes tech giants Microsoft, Intel, and Cisco as well as brand-name consumer firms Walmart, Coca-Cola, and Disney.

“As the largest corporation in the world and a leader in technology. Apple is the clear choice for the Dow Jones Industrial Average,” said David Blitzer, managing director and chairman of the index committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices, in a statement.

Apple will enter the Dow at the close of trading on March 18.

As tha article says, this is mostly symbolic but, for a company on the edge of bankruptcy less than 20 years ago, it’s a remarkable journey.

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09:05
Rumor: AppleCare now offering support for Beats...

As of Thursday, AppleCare has begun providing support for Beats Music customers as well as accepting Apple Pay for payment. Prior to this, support for Beats’ customers went through an alternate service. According to sources, AppleCare staff are now taking Apple Pay as a form of compensation.

Support for the Beats music products has been slowly integrated into Apple’s system since the company’s purchase of Beats Electronics and Beats Music for US$3 billion in 2014.

As for Apple Pay, the change is part of a new initiative to encourage businesses to accept Apple Pay and expand the locations where the iPhone and Apple Watch...

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08:58
Installing Java on a Mac? Beware the now-bundled Ask...

Java’s shady bundled adware is no longer a Windows exclusive, as Oracle has started sneaking the Ask.com toolbar into the Mac version.

Similar to the Windows version, Java for OS X now attempts to install the Ask toolbar during the setup process, and also tries to set Ask.com as the default browser homepage. ZDNet’s Ed Bott first reported on the adware, noting that Oracle added it to Mac installations sometime over the last month.

To avoid the adware entirely, users must hit “Cancel” when the “Install the Search App by Ask” prompt appears. This is counter-intuitive, because all other steps of the setup process require users to click “Next” to advance. In this case, clicking “Next” installs the toolbar, even when the “Set Ask.com as my browser homepage” box is unchecked.

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08:49
This $249 battery strap will charge Apple Watch...

The possibility of third-party accessories for Apple Watch is still something Apple hasn’t made official, but that isn’t stopping a slew of companies from announcing products before the Apple Watch ships next month. The latest is a band accessory called Reserve Strap that aims to combat any battery life issues with a strap that includes embedded batteries to charge the device while you wear it.

The possibility of such an accessory has been a source of conversation, especially after the recently introduced...

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08:49
Apple's rebranded Beats Music service won'...

When Apple launches a rebranded Beats Music later this year, the streaming service may not have an ad-supported free tier, according to a new report, citing sources who allegedly spoke with Apple's Eddy Cue and Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine.

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08:48
Apple quietly extends iPhone 5 battery replacement...

If you’re having issues with your iPhone 5 battery, then you’re in luck.

Apple has pushed back the expiration date of its iPhone 5 battery replacement program, which was originally scheduled to end on March 1, to provide owners of faulty equipment a full three years of component coverage.

While Apple did not formally announce the change, language on the program’s dedicated webpage was modified to reflect a new coverage period extending to three years after a device’s first retail sale. The updated page was first spotted by iPhone in Canada.

Prior to the change, iPhone 5 owners could swap out faulty batteries for “two years after the first retail...

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08:47
MacBook Air and 13" MacBook Pro Shipping Times...

MacBook Air and 13" Retina MacBook Pro shipping times have slipped on the Apple Online Store from "in stock" to "1 business day" ahead of Apple's upcoming "Spring Forward" media event on Monday. Earlier this week, we reported that a MacBook Air refresh with the latest Intel Broadwell processors and Intel HD 6000 graphics appears imminent, and it is plausible that Apple also updates the MacBook Pro with similar hardware.

The shipping dates have slipped across North America, with the Apple Online Store in the United States, Canada and Mexico showing the longer "1 business day" estimate. A spot check of the United Kingdom and Australia online storefronts still shows regular shipping times. In-store availability of the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro in...

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08:43
Apple Watch Edition won’t be the most expensive...

With informed speculation suggesting that the price of the Apple Watch Edition will be somewhere in the $6-10,000 range, you might think that would easily make it the most expensive smartwatch on the market. But no: luxury watchmaker Hoptroff makes a mechanical gold smartwatch for £14,400 ($21,700)–and the platinum model works out to a cool $54,000.

Functionality may be limited, but it’s genius design. It syncs with your iPhone to access your calendar data, then one dial points to the time of your next appointment while another points to the first letter of the appointment title–for example, the name of the person you’re meeting. Delightfully clever, if perhaps questionable in usability.

Of course, for $54k you...

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08:30
Apple hosting private Watch workshops for high-...

Bloomberg today provided details on a secret Watch app development lab that allows select developers pre-launch access to the wearable device. According to people familiar with the process, companies such as Facebook, BMW and United have been sending developers to Cupertino's headquarters to work hands-on with Apple's smartwatch. Internet access is blocked in the conference rooms and developers invited to the labs are not allowed to bring in any outside materials. Even app source code must remain at Apple headquarters until the Watch is closer to launch.

“There’s a lot of confidentiality,” said Stephen Gates, a vice president and creative director for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc., which is building a watch application to unlock hotel-room doors. Apple featured Starwood’s application in September, when it first announced...

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08:28
New $1.4B Japan Display plant slated to open in 2016...

Component manufacturer Japan Display on Friday officially unveiled plans for a new $1.4 billion display plant in central Japan, with Apple reportedly investing in the facility to secure supplies of advanced LCD panels for its products.

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08:26
Amazon Game Studios announces four games coming soon...




Amazon Game Studios announced today that it’s bringing four games to iOS devices starting with two previously released only on Android and two new titles coming soon.

The two older titles arriving on iOS include Tales From Deep Space and To-Fu Fury, while the new games include survival horror Lost Within and action-adventure...

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08:19
Paragon Boot Camp Backup gets you back-up Windows...

Paragon Software Group (PSG) has released Paragon Boot Camp Backup (http://www.paragon-software.com/home/bootcamp-backup/), a free Mac OS X-based backup solution for Windows partitions on Macs.

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08:11
∞ Mary Poppins death metal

With apologies to Jim. Can not stop watching this.

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08:08
My ’70s TV

This may just ruin your weekend.

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08:06
Apple, Google, hundreds of other US companies file...

A mass of 379 companies including Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft have filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court expressing their support for same-sex marriage, in advance of a landmark April hearing on the issue.

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07:54
Free HTML5, CSS site templates

I think these are pretty nice looking, elegant without complexity. Try them out, view the page source. Good stuff.

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07:45
Austin Mann video shows hanging of Apple World...

Jump to the page and watch the video. You’ll watch the process of taking down an existing ad, see a time lapse of the new piece being hung, and get a really nice tip on shooting a panorama. All of this was done using an iPhone 6 (of course!)

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07:25
Apple to Replace AT&T in Dow Jones Industrial...

Apple will be joining the Dow Jones Industrial Average, according to S&P Dow Jones (via The Wall Street Journal). Apple will be added to the Dow Jones at the close of trading on March 18, replacing AT&T as one of 30 members on the major price-weighted index. Apple is listed on Nasdaq with a pre-market share price hovering around the $128 mark as of writing.“Apple is the clear choice for the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the most recognized stock market measure,” says David M. Blitzer, chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices.The addition of Apple on the Dow Jones Industrial Average will occur just weeks after the iPhone maker recorded the most profitable quarter of any company ever, posting record-breaking quarterly revenue of...

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07:24
Jony Ive's publicity tour continues as he...

Continuing his evolution from behind-the-scenes design czar to company-fronting rock star, Apple's Jony Ive granted an interview to one of his hometown newspapers this week and revealed his reasons for joining Apple, touched on his friendship with Steve Jobs, and discussed the design of the Apple Watch.

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07:23
Hot News: Apple to Replace AT&T in the Dow Jones...

Apple to Replace AT&T in the Dow Jones Industrial Average ...

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07:23
Google overhauls Gmail app with key iOS 8 features

Google recently flipped over the counter on Gmail’s iOS app to version 4.0, an update that includes a number of helpful new features designed to take advantage of iOS 8.

The biggest productivity booster is the addition of quick actions on notifications. Now, when you get a new message, you can choose to reply to it or archive it directly from your device’s notifications at the top of the screen or from the lock screen.

Gmail is also joining the iOS 8 share sheet, allowing you to quickly add documents and images from other apps to a Gmail message. Finally, Google added a new “attachment viewer” that lets you open file attachments in Gmail and then send them to any other app on your device.

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07:21
Financial Times interviews Jony Ive, offers more...

Terrific long form piece on Jony Ive by Nick Foulkes of the Financial Times. Well worth the read.

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07:09
Apple stock to replace AT&T in Dow Jones...

Apple will be added to the Dow Jones Industrial Average later this month, a new major distinction on Wall Street for the world's most valuable company.

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07:05
AAPL joining famed Dow Jones Industrial Average,...

Apple will be joining the Dow Jones Industrial Average taking wireless carrier AT&T’s spot on the famed stock market index, CNBC reports. The change will take place in just under two weeks at the end of trading on March 18th. The Dow is heavily viewed as being indicative of the overall stock market performance in the United States, and Apple’s rising stock price will soon be a significant factor to that number.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is currently made up of 30 major companies based in the United States including ExxonMobil, Microsoft, IBM, and Walt Disney.

Apple’s eligibility for joining the Dow was...

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07:00
OmniGraffle iOS update brings diagramming tool to...

The Omni Group this week released an update to its popular diagramming tool, OmniGraffle for the iPad, which brings a highly-requested feature -- support for the iPhone. OmniGraffle was originally released as a charting, wireframing and diagramming tool for the Mac and then made its way to the iPad. The latest 2.1 version is a universal app compatible with both the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

With this release, The Omni Group has redesigned the iOS app, sizing the elements and moving them around so users can conveniently access the tools on the iPhone's smaller screen. The user interface was created to be dynamic, with the layout changing based on the screen size of the iPhone model and its orientation.

Besides a handful of smaller improvements and bug fixes, the company also added editing points to...

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06:45
BMO forecasts 19M Apple Watch sales in 2015, with...

Momentum for the Apple Watch will likely take a short time to build driven mostly by apps, one analyst believes, with sales quickly escalating to 10 million units in the holiday 2015 shopping season.

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06:38
Bank's Weak Apple Pay Back-End Security Systems...

Apple aimed to solve the issue of stolen credit cards by working with the card networks to mask the user’s information by issuing a one-time code for each purchase. However, this doesn’t prevent thieves from loading already stolen cards into the service.

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06:06
FT interviews Jony Ive ahead of Apple Watch, details...

London’s Financial Times today carries a profile of Jony Ive in which he discusses how the Mac changed his dislike of computers, why he is consumed by design and disinterested in sales, the difference between designing a phone (and its slim battery)  and designing a smartwatch–and why Apple decided to take a low-key approach on even the top-end Edition watch.

The piece also contained an interesting (if possibly mistaken) estimate on Apple Watch pricing (update: Apple PR has now confirmed to us that the FT is indeed mistaken) … 

Ive told the FT‘s Nick Foulkes that the original Macintosh changed his view of computers, and set the tone for his design philosophy It is a...

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06:05
AppleInsider podcast discusses Apple's presence...

This week's all-new AppleInsider podcast is now available to download and subscribe in iTunes or SoundCloud, with detailed analysis of this week's news, including Editor Daniel Dilger's experience in Taiwan, we dissect the Samsung Galaxy S6 reveal, Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and mobile payment news, plus final predictions for Apple's 'Spring Forward' event.

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06:00
Bracing for the Cyberthreat Deluge


Almost 17,000 malware alerts surface every week, the Ponemon Institute recently found. Only 4 percent of alerts were investigated, and traditional antivirus products missed nearly 70 percent of malware in the first hour, researchers discovered in a recent Damballa study.
Rescanning led to identification of 66 percent of the malware in 24 hours and 72 percent after seven days. It took AV products more than six months to create signatures for 100 percent of the malware.

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06:00
Building AWT: Lessons learned so far

It’s hard to believe that we’re already almost four weeks into the life of Apple World Today. In that short period of time we’ve written a lot of posts, made a few mistakes, and have started settling into a routine. I thought it might be fun to let you all in on how things are going.

It helps a lot to get “Fireballed”

Our first few days of traffic were beyond our wildest dreams, thanks to a nice little two-line shout-out from John Gruber. You won’t believe how that helped out. Thanks, John! Um, could you mention us again? Other sites brought us traffic those first critical days, but nothing like what we saw coming from DF.

Traffic isn't where we'd like it to be

I had hoped that Apple World Today would be able to capture about 20% of the traffic that we were getting at TUAW, and those early readership numbers...

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05:59
Jony Ive Discusses Design of Apple Watch in Latest...

Apple design chief Jonathan Ive recently discussed the design process behind creating the Apple Watch in a new profile with Financial Times. Ive describes the Apple Watch as "the most personal product" that Apple has ever made, with "thousands and thousands of hours of evaluation and testing" invested into the device. “Even now, when the design of the Apple Watch is incredibly mature and has gone through thousands and thousands of hours of evaluation and testing, we’re still working and improving. You are trying to keep everything fluid for as long as possible because everything is so interconnected. The best products are those where you have optimized each attribute while being very conscious of other parts of the product’s performance.”The iconic designer adds that he appreciates the convenience afforded by the Apple Watch, describing the wrist as the perfect place for this...

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05:56
Nektony introduces Duplicates Finder 2.0 for Mac OS X

Nektony (http://nektony.com/) has introduced Duplicate Expert 2.0, an update of the cleanup utility for Mac OS X.

Duplicates Expert was developed specifically to help anyone find and delete all duplicate content, including hidden files as well as inspect duplicate files and folder - even similar folders. It can scan at a time as many folders and drive as you selected.

Duplicates Expert requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later and costs US$1.99. It's available at the Mac App Store.

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05:55
Augmented, VR devices to explode to 55 million units...

The augmented (AR) and virtual reality (VR) markets are seeing much action, from new devices and new content, to existing content adapting to make use of the new medium, according to ABI Research (www.abirsearch.com). Head Mounted Displays (HMDs) will be the prevailing form-factor for both AR and VR devices, but AR will see varied form-factors as the technology progresses into more applications, notes the research group.

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05:39
Kool Tools: DriveXpander 2.5" drive expansion...

VisionTek's (http://www.visiontek.com) is compatible with the latest Mac Pro. Designed to fit any full-sized PCI or PCIe expansion slot, it enables data transfer speeds up to 600MB/s from bare drives with nearly any Mac OS X based 2006-2012 Mac Pro or Windows-based PC desktop.

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05:01
Apple, Google, Microsoft & others urge Supreme...

Apple, Google, Microsoft and Facebook have joined with 370 other companies to urge the US Supreme Court to legalize same-sex marriage across the country.

The companies have filed what’s known as an amicus brief, a way for parties not directly involved in a case to make an argument for or against a particular decision by the court. The brief argues that there is a sound business case for consistency across the country, explained counsel Susan Baker.

The competition for top talent crosses state and even national borders. State laws that prohibit same-sex marriage make it harder for businesses to recruit and retain talented employees. The patchwork of inconsistent state marriage laws makes it challenging and more costly for employers to administer benefits systems when some employees are unable to marry, and other employees’ marriages are not...

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04:29
OmniGraffle Pro 6.1.4 - Create diagrams, flow charts...

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

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



Version 6.1.4: Export

  • Fixed a bug that could lead to incorrect folder locations when exporting.

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  • Fixed a bug where newly-...

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04:27
OmniGraffle 6.1.4 - Create diagrams, flow charts,...

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



Version 6.1.4: Export

  • Fixed a bug that could lead to incorrect folder locations when exporting.

Sidebar

  • Fixed a bug where newly-created canvases would not prompt editing of their names.

Performance

  • Fixed a performance issue related to Shared Layers and text tags that could resize.

Visio

  • Fixed an array bound error when opening certain Visio files.

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04:19
MegaSeg 5.9.5 - Professional MP3 DJ application. (...

MegaSeg is a complete solution for pro audio/video DJ mixing, radio automation, and music scheduling with rock-solid performance and an easy-to-use design. Mix with visual waveforms and Magic Trackpad cue and sync. Preview tracks with optional audio outputs and MIDI control. Enjoy fast access and elegant management of your iTunes library, including iTunes Match. Segue or beat-mix between songs or music videos, trigger sound effects via hot keys, note requests via color-coded request lists, cue and preview tracks via multiple sound outputs, create dynamic scheduled playlists, program automatic playlist events, and more...

  • Full iTunes library and playlist integration, including iTunes Match.
  • Visually sync beats in real-time with the waveform viewer.
  • Use Multi-touch trackpad controls for cue-scrub, pitch shift, and click-drag sync.
  • Kick back on autopilot with automatic segues.
  • Change the font face, color, and size....
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04:07
Top Apple Watch Developers are Working at a Secret...

Prior to Monday's Apple event that is likely about the Apple Watch, there are certain companies working at a secret lab within Apple's headquarters to fine tune their Apple Watch apps that will launch on the watch and/or be demonstrated during Monday's keynote.

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04:03
How developers are making apps for an Apple Watch...

The Apple Watch is designed to make you healthier and help you communicate more easily, but those lofty goals can’t be attained without apps to back them up. Apple has its own apps in the works, like Workout and Activity for fitness-tracking, but the company needs popular iOS app developers to extend their services to Apple Watch. The company rolled out the WatchKit SDK in November to guide programmers and designers through the process, but I was curious: How do you make an elegant app without ever having seen the watch in person?

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02:00
Office 365 News Round-Up

Microsoft Office was initially conceived as a productivity tool for business—the name says it all—and many people had their first experience with Office applications either at work or at school. Office is still essential for many businesses, of course, and companies of all sizes are realizing even more benefits by adopting Office 365 and moving to the cloud. Today, Office 365 is also an important tool for education and government, helping schools, universities and government agencies reduce costs, enhance collaboration and increase productivity.

During the past two weeks, we made it easier than ever for students worldwide to get free access to Office 365, which will help them develop the skills they’ll need to succeed when they enter the...

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01:22
Apple extends iPhone 5 battery replacement program...

Apple has pushed back the expiration date of its iPhone 5 battery replacement program, which was originally scheduled to end on March 1, to provide owners of faulty equipment a full three years of component coverage.

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Thursday March 5

21:59
MarsEdit 3.6.8 - Quick and convenient blog editor. (...

MarsEdit is a blog editor for OS X that makes editing your blog like writing email, with spell-checking, drafts, multiple windows, and even AppleScript support.

It works with with most blog services including WordPress, Blogger, Drupal, Movable Type, TypePad, and many others.



Version 3.6.8:

  • Address issues with images being uploaded for display on Retina screens:
    • Images are now uploaded at 2x specified dimensions when Retina checkbox selected
    • Width and height fields now show size as "points" instead of "pixels"
    • Width and height fields now limited based on size of image and Retina setting
  • Rich and HTML Editor bug fixes
    • Fix a bug where pressing return in a blockquote could cause a new blockquote to be created
    • Fix a bug where smart quotes, etc. were erroneously allowed in plain HTML
    • Fix a bug that prevented images from being pasted into post editor content...

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20:52
Oracle bundles Ask.com adware with latest Java for...

It appears Oracle is bringing its adware wiles to OS X with the latest version of Java for Mac, as the installer comes bundled with the Ask.com toolbar, which is deceptively set to install itself by default.

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20:33
Oracle begins bundling Ask adware with Java for Mac...

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Windows users are likely already familiar with the adware that’s usually bundled with Oracle’s Java software, but for Mac users that annoyance has been mostly avoided. Unfortunately, ZDNet reports that today Oracle has updated its Java installer to include the Ask toolbar on OS X.

The installation process automatically changes users’ browser homepage to the nearly useless Ask.com, which is populated by ads and mostly irrelevant results. The software also installs an Ask browser toolbar. Since these changes are made by default during Java installation, those who don’t want these “useful” changes made to their computers will need to manually deselect the option during Java installation.

The changes seem to affect both Safari and Google’s Chrome browser. It may also impact some other third-party browsers....

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19:58
New Report Provides Look into Apple's Secret...

Three weeks ago, it was reported that Apple was inviting developers to the company's Cupertino headquarters to receive help finalizing Apple Watch apps. A new report from Bloomberg Business provides a look into the secret lab where Apple is helping developers, offering a look at Apple's strategy for Apple Watch apps as well as the security around the project.

Developers from Facebook, BMW, Starwood Hotels and others have been making multiple trips to Cupertino, with each visit requiring confidentiality.
Apple, which will share more details about the gadget at a March 9 event, uses extreme measures to keep the work secret. Internet access is blocked inside the rooms, and no outside materials can be brought in to the labs with the test watches...

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19:18
Secret Apple lab allows early Apple Watch access to...

Apple reportedly granted developers from big-name companies monitored access to Apple Watch at its headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., in hopes of building out a solid initial app offering when the device launches in April.

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19:04
Oracle Now Bundling Ask.com Adware with Java for Mac

For years, Oracle has been bundling an Ask.com search toolbar with Java for Windows, relying on what some call deceptive methods to get users to install the add-on to their browsers. Now, the company has extended its adware strategy to Java for Mac, according to ZDNet.

Image via ZDNetThe unwelcome Ask extension shows up as part of the installer if a Mac user downloads Java 8 Update 40 for the Mac. In my tests on a Mac running that latest release of OS X, the installer added an app to the current browser, Chrome version 41. (In a separate test, I installed Java using the latest version of Safari, where it behaved in a similar fashion.)The Java installer selects the option to install the Ask extension by default, which means that users casually clicking...

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18:54
Bloomberg provides new details on secretive Apple...

Last month 9to5Mac reported that Apple had invited high-profile developers to its Cupertino campus to participate in a workshop focused on finishing Apple Watch apps in time for the device’s debut in April. Today Bloomberg has published a report corroborating that claim.

Bloomberg has also provided some additional details about how the program works. Developers from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, and more have been given a...

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18:42
Apple Pay fraud stems from retailer data breaches,...

According to a report on Thursday, fraudsters are using credit card information gleaned from recent high-profile retail chain data to create Apple Pay accounts, while Apple Stores themselves account for 80 percent of unauthorized transactions.

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18:37
Apple, Google, Bringing Low-Pay Support Employees In...

jfruh writes One of the knocks against Silicon Valley giants as "job creators" is that the companies themselves often only hire high-end employees; support staff like security guards and janitors are contracted out to staffing agencies and receive lower pay and fewer benefits, even if they work on-site full time. That now seems to be changing, with Apple and Google putting security gaurds on their own payroll.


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18:27
∞ Apple puts up banners at Yerba Buena for March 9...

I was by Yerba Buena today and Apple was putting up the banners in preparation for Monday’s event, so I thought I’d share.

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18:19
Formatting Screenplays with Fountain

Aspiring screenwriters have enough on their plates without having to figure out how to make their word processors handle screenplay format, but with Fountain markup they don’t have to.

 

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18:01
iPhone 5 battery replacement program extended into...

When Apple launched its iPhone 5 battery replacement program last year, the company said that it would accept devices for replacement up to two years after purchase. Because the devices with the faulty batteries were sold between September 2012 and January 2013, two years from that date range would have given buyers until January 2015 (or March 1st, 2015, according to the page) to get their devices swapped.

However, as spotted by iPhone in Canada, Apple today updated the copy on the page to state that replacements would be accepted for an additional year. The page now says that users may return their defective units until three years after...

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17:49
Here’s how to get Office 2016 for Mac, right now

Anyone that relies on Microsoft Office is intimately aware that the current version (that’s Office 2011 for Mac) was released five years ago. That’s 36 dog years, but who’s counting?

If you’ve been pining for a new version of the venerable office suite (and haven’t yet switched to Google Drive for some reason) there’s hope. Microsoft posted an Office for Mac Preview today, which is...

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17:00
Today in the App Store -- Lastronaut, Signal Private...

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 the now free Temple Run:Oz, a big update for Omnigraffle and the new "pixel-packed, adrenaline-fueled" game Lastronaut. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

Apps Now Free

Temple Run: Oz [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] The most thrilling running experience now comes to the yellow brick road!

Toca Train [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $2.99] All aboard? Time to get on Toca Train! Your kids are the train driver in this fun and friendly train simulator.

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16:47
Apple Watch reportedly features unannounced...

A report on Thursday claims the upcoming Apple Watch boasts a mysterious data connection port, previously undisclosed by Apple, that is currently being used for diagnostics and testing.

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16:29
CNN app gets a Notification Center widget, sports...

CNN today pushed out an update to its iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch application with a pair of features that some users will find significant: a Today widget for iOS 8’s Notification Center and a sports section. The widget is populated with the latest top stories from CNN, while the sports section sources its content from Bleacher Report, which has a dedicated App Store app (iPhone, iPad). CNN also says this version includes various bug fixes, like every app update that has come before it.

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16:20
Disney’s latest app transforms you into your...

Today Disney Parks released a free iOS app called Show Your Disney Side, which transforms you into a 3D moving Disney character. Your Disney Side is the part of you that laughs a little bit louder, believes in magic, and never backs down from a pirate fight (even against Captain Hook!). This app was created to help you channel your inner Disney Side even when you’re nowhere near a Disney Park.


Turn yourself into a princess from Frozen, a X-Wing Pilot from Star Wars, Jafar from Aladdin, and several other Disney characters. You can even unlock new Haunted Mansion characters by visiting a Disney Park or sharing your Disney Side pics on social media.

The idea is pretty...

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16:18
24 Hour Project street photography

A street photography project to document world’s humanity in one single day. World wide participants will share their city stories through one photo per hour during 24 hours.

Sounds great.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:00
AWT News Update: March 5, 2015

Today on the AWT News Update podcast: 

  • Strategy Analytics believes Apple will sell 15.4 million Watches in 2015, grabbing 54.8% of the market
  • Want to see what the different Watch and band combinations look like? Head over to mixyourwatch.com and have some fun
  • Apple's Beats-based streaming music service may not be unveiled until WWDC in June
  • Google updates the Google Docs, Sheets and Slides apps for iPhone and iPad
  • Imgur drops a new iOS app in the App Store, just for finding viral images on your iPhone

Listen to the AWT News Update every weekday for a quick overview of stories we may not have published on the blog. Be sure to join the AWT Team at 10 AM PT/1 PM ET on March 9th for our liveblog of the Apple Event. 

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15:52
Mobile execs predict Apple Watch to dominate...

A number of mobile executives who attended this week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona are already projecting that the Apple Watch will dominate the smartwatch market when it launches in April, much as the iPad currently controls the tablet industry.

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15:40
Live blog: Apple's March 9 special event

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15:36
Apple to reportedly bolster iAd user targeting with...

According to a report on Thursday, Apple's iAd division is looking to reinvigorate sales, and will soon allow third-party agencies to provide demographic targeting information to advertisers, including matching of phone numbers, emails and other data.

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15:16
Rock Band 4 Rises From the Ashes


Harmonix on Thursday revealed that the fourth installment of Rock Band will launch this fall on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The news comes about five years after the last title in the franchise made its debut. Harmonix is celebrating the series' return by gifting fans Frank Turner's I Still Believe. It's an appropriate track for a series that has taken some time off, with its iconic lyric, Now who'd have thought that after all, something as simple as rock 'n' roll would save us all?

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15:15
The weak link in Apple Pay’s strong chain is bank...

Earlier this week, a February blog post by mobile payments consultant Cherian Abraham captured the attention of the media and set off a flurry of articles about rampant fraud on Apple Pay. But despite headlines declaring that Apple Pay sees 60 times more fraud than magnetic stripe credit cards, the details are a bit more nuanced. It turns out that Apple Pay as a platform appears quite secure—it hasn’t yet seen any man-in-the-middle or other hacking attacks (that we know of) that could result in the loss of thousands of credit card numbers,...

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15:12
Apple Watch has a Lightning port for development,...

A new report from TechCrunch notes that the upcoming Apple Watch has a port that Apple has yet to show off hidden in one of the two slots where the Watch’s straps connect to its case. The report brings up the possibility of using it to facilitate “smart straps” and other Apple Watch accessories, but 9to5Mac has learned from sources that the port, which is actually a Lightning port being used for testing, will not be included on the product shipping to customers.

The port is currently being used to connect to the Watch for development purposes, but TechCrunch speculated it could be used to bring “smart straps” to the device in the future:

The reason I ask is that the Apple...

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15:03
AppleCare now supporting Beats Music service, Apple...

Starting today, AppleCare will begin providing support service for Beats Music customers as well as businesses interested in accepting Apple Pay, according to sources. Support for the streaming music service previously went through a separate system from Apple’s other products and services. AppleCare staff has also been advised on helping businesses with accepting Apple Pay as the company pushes its new mobile payment service.Support for Beats products has slowly been integrated with Apple’s customer support channel for its products and services since Apple bought Beats Electronics and Beats Music for $3 billion last year. Most recently we reported that Apple would begin offering online chat support for Beats hardware. Apple...

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