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Wednesday March 4

17:50
Decades-Old Legacy Encryption Found in iOS, OS X,...

Legacy encryption technology has been found in iOS, OS X, and Android that allows malicious hackers to potentially sniff data going to and from servers that appear to be secure. The vulnerability has been dubbed FREAK by researchers, and Apple said, "We have a fix in iOS and OS X that will be available in software updates next week."


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16:30
ACM 296: Apple’s Spending Restraint, Disconnected...

Apple may be the most valuable company in the world, but it isn't spending like it is. Jeff and Bryan take a look at Apple's fiscal restraint, plus they have some thoughts on a report that Apple's stock will tank because it can't sustain iPhone sales, and they also dive into Google's plans to start its own cell service as an MVNO.


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16:23
Pay What You Want: Front-End Developer Bundle

We have another pay-what-you-want deal for you, this one's called the Front-End Developer Bundle. Pay whatever you want and get two course, one for CSS and HTML, and another for designing Web sites. If you beat the average price, which is just $6.84 as of this writing, you get five more course, including a jQuery course, a course on front end development, Javascript, CSS3, and more. Plus, 10 percent of your purchase price goes to benefit Creative Commons, a great charity. Check it out.


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16:00
Today in the App Store -- Crazy Taxi City Rush,...

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 Octagon, Orderly and a fun Crazy Taxi City Rush update that Hot Wheels fans will love. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

Apps Now Free

Octagon - A Minimal Arcade Game with Maximum Challenge [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] You are trapped inside the Octagon, a megaplex of hallways, platforms, and gaps—and the clock is running. Can you survive the mad race through this trippy 8-sided tunnel?

Phone Book Pro - Easy contact management [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99]This app will help bring order to...

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14:45
Bloomberg: Apple pushes back 12.9-inch iPad Pro...

The 12.9-inch “iPad Pro” that was expected to make its first public appearance around April before being pushed back to Q2 has been postponed yet again, a new Bloomberg report says. The new release date is reportedly some time in September, right around the next-gen iPhone launch.

This delay is said to be the result of display panel supply problems…

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14:45
AWT News Update: March 4, 2015

HBO/Macall B. Polay

On today's AWT News Update podcast: 

  • Apple and HBO are in talks to bring the new HBO Now subscription service to Apple TV
  • San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is being decorated in preparation for Monday's Spring Forward Event
  • Apple wins the dubious Overall Product Placement title in Brandchannel's Brandcameo Product Placement Awards
  • Rumors abound about new MacBook Airs, although those spreading the rumors aren't able to determine if they will just have new processors or if the new laptop will be totally redesigned

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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13:40
Intuit Hoses Quicken (Mac) Users…Again

Intuit recently sent a message to users of Quicken Essentials for Mac: âYour connected services will be discontinued on 4/30/15. Upgrade to maintain services. Donât worry - weâve got you covered." But that's only part of the story...


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13:40
Q Card Case for iPhone 6 Plus Uses Credit Card Slot...

The Q card case for iPhone 6 Plus from CM4 holds three cards/cash, provides drop protection, and has a very clever way to provide a kickstand with two position options. A screen protector and a micofiber cleaning cloth are provided. It comes in five colors, and Nancy liked it.


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13:05
Judge approves $415m settlement in Apple/Google non-...

Apple has settled a long-running class action lawsuit by workers that accused the company along with Google and other tech companies of entering illegal non-poaching agreements.

Associated Press reports that a judge has given the green light to a $415 million settlement after rejecting an earlier settlement as inadequate.

Judge Lucy Koh had rejected an earlier settlement offer, saying it didn’t offer enough compensation to about 64,000 workers affected by the case. She cited evidence of a corporate conspiracy to make it difficult for tech workers to negotiate better jobs at rival companies… Koh said she was satisfied this week after the companies increased their earlier offer of $324.5 million. She invited final comments on the deal before she grants final approval at a hearing on June 9.

If the...

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13:00
Inateck BTSP-10 Plus Mini HiFi Bluetooth Speaker:...

Last year, I began to receive review products from a company I had never heard of before -- Germany's Inateck. Since there are a lot of accessory companies that have been around the States for a while, it was surprising to me to find that this company was making some pretty high quality products. A current example is the Inateck BTSP-10 Plus Mini HiFi Bluetooth Speaker (US$49.99), a portable speaker with excellent sound quality. Let's check it out.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 6.5 x 2.4 x 2 inches (16.5 x 6 x 5 cm)
  • Weight: 13.75 ounces (390 grams)
  • Battery life (fully charged): 9 to 15 hours, 2100 mAh battery
  • Bluetooth Version 4.0
  • Includes: USB charging cable, 3.5mm audio cable, carrying bag

Design

The BTSP-10 Plus is definitely made for...

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12:56
Apple Will Reportedly Announce MacBook Air with...

In case you haven't heard, Apple's holding an event on March 9. Some sources have leaked information about the content of that event, and Kelly weighs in on those claims.


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12:30
Why Some Observers Think Apple Watch Won’t Succeed

Most of the connected and astute observers of Apple are confident that the Apple Watch will succeed. Perhaps brilliantly. Apple has the savvy, resources, engineering talent and executive leadership to make it a success. So why are there pockets of observers who are sure this new product from Apple will fail? John Martellaro ponders the negative reactions surrounding the Apple Watch, before we have even a hint of sales success.


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12:22
HBO reportedly in talks to debut $15/month...

HBO is reportedly negotiating with Apple to have the Apple TV included as a launch device when the network’s new standalone streaming service launches next month. International Business Times reports Apple has been “aggressive” in pushing to get access to the new service as HBO reportedly plans a launch by mid-April in time for the latest season of hit show Game of Thrones:

HBO is in talks with Apple to make Apple TV one of the launch partners for its highly anticipated streaming service when it debuts next month. HBO and streaming partner Major League Baseball Advanced Media are working to have the standalone service, called “HBO Now,” ready to launch in April...

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11:44
How-To: Boost your Mac’s speed and prolong its...

As I’ve spotlighted over the past month, the best way to dramatically speed up an older Mac is to replace its old hard drive with a new solid state drive (SSD). The process is super-easy on MacBooks and Mac Pros, surprisingly manageable on iMacs, and challenging on Mac minis, yielding 3X to 5X speed boosts. But there’s another option that can speed things up with relatively little effort or expertise: upgrading your Mac’s RAM.

RAM upgrades are easy and cheap. You can expect to pay...

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11:20
Alleged specs of refreshed 13-inch MacBook Air w/...

Specs of what appears to be an unannounced, refreshed MacBook Air have surfaced via screenshots posted to Chinese forums Feng.com.

The images show system specs for a 13-inch “MacBookAir7,2” with similar internals to the existing model but with a couple upgrades. A new Intel Broadwell Core 1.6GHz i5-5250U processor and Intel HD Graphics 6000 shown in the images would be an upgrade from the 1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 and Intel HD Graphics 5000 shipping in the current 13-inch MacBook. Also present is in the specs is a slightly larger 7422mAh battery. 

Other specs in the screenshot include 4GB of RAM and a 1440×900 resolution display, both of which are the same as the current generation MacBook Air.

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11:15
News: Report: Next-gen ‘iPhone 6s’ to feature 2GB...

Apple plans to increase the RAM in the next-generation iPhone — likely to be dubbed the ‘6s’ — to 2GB, according to AppleInsider. This would provide more working memory to allow for apps to stay open and preserve data in the background, although at a potential battery cost. While Apple has defied expectations thus far in maintaining the iPhone RAM at 1GB in recent years, the iPad Air 2 received a RAM bump to 2GB last year, suggesting…

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10:39
Nvidia to take on Apple TV with Shield set-top box...

The latest major company to step into the crowded set-top box market, where the Apple TV competes, is Nvidia, whose upcoming Shield media player will be powered by Google's Android TV platform.

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10:01
Apple's new Maps patent guides your car around...

Every day when I drive over the Bay Bridge, I lose my wireless signal, just briefly. This is the firstest of first-world problems, and some days I don’t notice, but often I’m streaming music on a shuffle, and the track tries to change, and it just…can’t. It’s super annoying.

Driving around the entire San Francisco Bay is obviously not an option, but if Apple follows through on a patent it received Tuesday, someday your Apple in-dash navigation system could steer you in the direction of a strong wireless signal, so you never lose touch.

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10:00
Monument Valley picks up top prize at 11th Mobile...

Until the awesome Alto's Adventure appeared on the scene, the one game that attracted the attention of all of us here at Apple World Today was the beautiful puzzler Monument Valley (US$3.99). Featuring stunning artwork, Escher-like architecture, and mind-bending gameplay, the app pulls you into the world of Princess Ida and the crows for hours on end. We're happy to announce that Monument Valley was awarded the "Grand Prix" prize for best Mobile Game of 2014 at the 11th International Mobile Gaming Awards held last night.

Monument Valley first appeared in the App Store on April 3, 2014 and was an immediate hit. On November 12, 2014, Forgotten Shores -- a $1.99 in-app purchase for an expansion pack to the game -- added eight more levels to the ten in the original game...

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09:05
Gadget Ogling: A Lovely Sky Snapper, a Grotesque...


There's a new Nikon camera that actually won't work for parents eager to flash their cash at a kid's birthday party with an expensive DSLR when a camera phone would work just fine.
The D810A has an infrared filter that might -- probably will -- result in distorted colors when used for everyday purposes. So you might not want to use it for that cute shot of a butterfly nestling on a poppy. However, for nebulas in bloom, this camera apparently comes alive.

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09:03
Podcast: Watching and waiting for the Apple Watch

This week, Susie and Glenn are watching and waiting for the Apple Watch, and discuss what Apple needs to reveal at Monday's special event. It's only been a week since we last talked about mobile payments, but in that time two new players emerged at Mobile World Congress—the creatively monikered Android Pay and Samsung Pay. Let us know what you think of this week's podcast!

Show notes

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09:00
App Camp For Girls announces 2015 registration, new...

App Camp For Girls Portland, July 2014: Image courtesy of App Camp For Girls

App Camp For Girls is an amazing non-profit organization designed to provide girls who will be entering 8th or 9th grade in the Fall 2015 with fun and accessible educational programs in iOS development. Jean MacDonald, the founder of AC4G, let us know that the camps are expanding this year and also that the program is now open for applications.

The locations and dates are:

  • Vancouver, BC: July 6-10, 2015
  • Seattle, WA: July 13-17, 2015
  • Martinsville, NJ: July 20-24, 2015
  • Portland, OR (2 sessions): July 27-31 and August 17-21, 2015

Tuition for camp is US$375 for the US locations and CAD$375 for the Vancouver session. Space is limited and the...

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08:38
TMO Daily Observations 2015-03-04: Apple’s Pro-...

Apple is making a positive move with contract workers in Silicon Valley by hiring its own security staff. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at Apple's decision to bring its contract security staff in house and how that fits in with the Silicon Valley economy. They also have some thoughts on Nissan-Renault's praise for Apple's plans for electric cars.


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08:22
Rumor: Apple in settlement talks with A123 Systems...

When in doubt, compromise and settle.

Apple is apparently in talks to settle a lawsuit filed by electric-car battery maker A123 Systems, which has charged the iPhone maker with poaching five of its employees to set up a new battery division.

The lawsuit has added fuel to reports that Apple is getting into the electric-car business.

On Tuesday, Apple filed a motion that requested the court for more time to file its response to A123’s motions as it and the five engineers charged “are exploring potential resolution of this matter.”

A123 alleged in its complaint filed last month in the U.S. District Court for the District of...

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08:12
Rumor: Apple could launch 12-inch Retina MacBook Air...

While the March 9th event is expected to focus on the upcoming Apple Watch, there could be word of the rumored 12-inch Retina MacBook Air as well.

Sources familiar with the matter within Apple have exclusively told The Michael Report that Apple plans to unveil the long-awaited Retina MacBook Air at the same event. The web site has independently verified this information to be highly credible.

While there have been no concrete rumors from major sites linking the Retina MacBook Air to Apple’s March 9 event, previous rumors have indicated that Apple is planning for a spring release. Apple supplier Quanta is said to have begun...

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08:03
Review: Brydge keyboard for iPad Air/2 — can this...

One thing I love about 9to5Mac readers is how engaged they are in the comments. My review of the ClamCase Pro iPad keyboard case last month led to a lively discussion about the relative merits of that vs the Brydge keyboard, so I decided to give that a try for a retrospective shoot-out.

The Brydge Air is a slightly different beast to the ClamCase, being just a keyboard and not a full case. It still hinges shut in a laptop-like clamshell fashion, but there’s no rear protection on this one. That, as we’ll see, has both pros and cons … 

Looks & portability

Looks are, let’s be honest, important. You don’t spend this kind of money on an iPad keyboard just to get decent typing performance: there are plenty of cheaper options for that...

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08:00
Video captures the excitement of Zhongjie Joy City...

China's latest Apple Store, the Zhongjie Joy City store, opened recently in Shenyang, China. A video of the event showcases the large crowd waiting for the store's official debut and captures the excitement when the doors are opened for the first time. As pointed out by ifoapplestore, the enthusiasm for Apple’s retail stores "transcends cultures and international boundaries."

Our take on the news:
Apple manages to generate excitement for its retail efforts regardless of geographic location. Whether it is in China, Turkey, Brazil or the US, any Apple event attracts a throng of happy, smiling faces who enjoy the launch swag as much as browsing the store's shiny, new displays.

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07:44
Apple’s Security Contractors are about to Become...

Apple has decided to transition its on-site contract security force into company employees at key Silicon Valley locations. Apple's decision follows a similar move by Google last October, and is being praised by local union representatives as a positive economic change.

The Mac Observer Spin: Seeing Apple take a positive stance on local employee conditions instead of just overseas factory workers is great. Hopefully moves like this from Apple and Google will set an example other Silicon Valley tech companies will follow.


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07:07
RadPad now lets you easily split rent with roommates...

RadPad, an app we told you about back in November when it launched as one the first to let you pay rent using Apple Pay, now lets you easily split rent with roommates.

Pay with RadPad Roommates makes it really, really easy for renters who have roommates to pay their rent together, using their own credit, debit card or Apple Pay… A roommate signs up and invites their other roommates to pay rent together: RadPad sends invites to each roommate, via text and email. The roommate receives the invite, accepts it and then enters in their credit or debit card or elects to use Apple Pay. That’s it!

You’ll also be able to see when your roommates are slacking with status information on their half of the rent.  The app allows up to four roommates to split the rent and sends a check to the landlord on behalf of the tenants. You can even setup rent payments to...

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07:00
Waze to bring location-specific AMBER alerts to your...

Crowdsourced navigation and traffic app Waze today announced the addition of AMBER alerts to its service. Alerts will be sent to Waze users in the vicinity of an alert and will appear when a user's car has been stationary for more than 10 seconds. Alerts can be dismissed by tapping on the alert map. They also disappear automatically when a vehicle again begins to move. To avoid notification overload, each alert will appear only once per week.

“Waze has always been about sharing information for the common good. In this spirit we hope the addition of AMBER alerts to Waze will make a significant contribution to safety and awareness for children and parents across communities everywhere.”

— Waze

The AMBER alert program is an urgent bulletin system designed to alert a community and get their assistance in locating missing and abducted...

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06:36
Apple Working on Settlement with A123 after Hiring...

A new court filing revealed Apple is working on reaching an out of court settlement with A123 Systems after getting hit with a lawsuit for hiring away key vehicle battery employees. Apple requested an extension on Tuesday for its response to A123's lawsuit saying it is exploring a potential resolution with the company.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple had to know going into these hires that a lawsuit was a very real possibility. That means there's a good chance the company is ready to throw enough money at the problem to make A123 System's lawsuit go away.


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05:59
Life after cancer: How the iPhone helped me achieve...

This piece by Federico Viticci is moving. It is equal parts a cancer survival story, full of harrowing detail and heroic triumphs, and detailed look at the HealthKit ecosystem. But the best part for me is the denouement, the upshot of his journey.

This read is worth setting aside time for.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:50
OS X Photos Beta: Adding to Existing Albums

Hey, did you hear that Apple released the new Photos app as part of the 10.10.3 beta? Well, that program is what today's Quick Tip is about, so all of you early adopters can get a jump on using Apple's neat new image-organization application. Melissa Holt's got the scoop!


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05:48
Waze app to get AMBER alerts, help users look out...

Waze, the free crowdsourced navigation and traffic app, is to get AMBER alerts in the U.S., helping users look out for missing and abducted children. You’ll only see alerts for children in your local area, and for safety reasons details will only appear once your vehicle has been stationary for at least ten seconds.

AMBER alerts are created by law enforcement agencies to quickly alert members of the public to children who have been reported missing or are believed to have been abducted. Waze says the app will scan for new alerts every ten minutes, though once you’ve dismissed an alert it won’t be shown again for a further week.

Alerts will display all the information available, which will normally include a photo of the child, their name, age, description, where they were last seen, what clothing they were wearing and details of any vehicle...

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05:40
Apple Watch wins gold at renowned IF design awards

From the International Forum web site:

Apple Watch features revolutionary new technologies, a pioneering interface, and a design that honors the rich tradition of watchmaking.

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05:35
The Impossibility domain name generator

Impossibility has you provide the core word you want in your new domain name, then give it a focus by specifying it as either an adjective, verb, noun, or wild card. It then spits out a series of available domains.

Definitely worth a look.

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05:24
Happy Hour Podcast 004 | Predictions and...

Episode 004 of Happy Hour is finally here and Apple’s March 9th “Spring Forward” event is right around the corner. It’s safe to say, we’re all pretty excited. What can you expect to be announced on stage at the event? Well, today we’re discussing the entire thing and getting into all of the details along with our expectations and predictions. The Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and through our dedicated RSS feed…

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

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05:20
∞ Apple Watch and the power of focused design

If price was no object, if every single watch in both the Apple Watch and Android Wear collections cost exactly the same, and if both watch lines worked equally well with your personal choice of platform, which watch would you choose?

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05:00
Video of iOS 8 vs iOS 3 shows the longer animations...

A user experience expert has put together a video showing that the longer animations introduced in iOS 7 and continued in iOS 8 have a small usability cost: user input is ignored while the animation is running, making the user interface seem slower. The video compares it to iOS 3 running on the original iPhone.

While William Van Hecke believed that the issue was that animations used to be interruptible, this isn’t actually the case except for Springboard. In other cases, iOS has always ignored input until animations are complete, it’s just that they used to be shorter. If you’re fast with your fingers, there will now be times when you’re trying to do something while the animation is still doing its thing.

The new spring-based animations also make it less clear...

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04:12
Security flaw places Mac, iOS & Android users at...

Cryptographers have discovered that a security flaw dating back to the ’90s is placing OS X, iOS and Android users at risk from hacking attacks when visiting some major websites, including American Express, Airtel, Bloomberg, Business Insider, Groupon, Marriott and many more.

The FREAK exploit allows an attacker to force a website to use lower-grade encryption for HTTPS connections, which can be cracked within a few hours when using a small botnet of just 75 computers. Once cracked, attackers would be able to hack the website as well as steal personal data from those visiting the site … 

The weakness exists because of a U.S. government policy dating back...

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03:08
How will Samsung Pay compare to Apple Pay?

As soon as Tim Cook unveiled Apple Pay back in September, two things were instantly clear: 1) Contactless payments had arrived; and 2) Samsung was going to copy it. So when Samsung unveiled its next flagship phones, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, on Sunday in Barcelona, I followed along with great interest, ready to snicker at its iPhone-like curved edges, fingerprint sensor, and perfectly circular speaker grilles.

Samsung’s gotten so good at this game, it’s not even fair. About halfway through the presentation, it was announced the new phones would have a mobile payments system called … wait for it … Samsung Pay. And suddenly, I couldn’t point and laugh. Besides the Single White Female-level name copying, this service, which launches in the U.S. and South Korea this summer, sounds like it might actually one-up Apple Pay. Here’s what you need to know so far, and why this could still be good news for Apple Pay users.

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Tuesday March 3

22:22
Google said to be planning iOS support for Android...

Last month a developer managed to hack together a solution that enabled iPhone users to see their notifications on Google’s Android-powered wearable operating system, but at the moment there is no official way to use the two competing platforms together. That could change at Google’s annual I/O conference later this year, if new rumors are to be believed.

According to French tech blog 01Net, Google is developing an update to Android Wear that would enable it work with Apple’s iOS devices…

With Apple launching...

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21:15
Google reportedly looking to bring Android Wear...

Google is allegedly developing an Android Wear app for iOS, a move that would expand support for the wearables platform beyond Android handsets and enable iPhone and iPad owners to use products like the Moto 360 and the LG G Watch.

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18:30
David Sparks Debuts ‘Workflow Video Field Guide’ for...

David Sparks recently branched out on his own, and his first project, the Workflow Field Guide, is now available. Kelly tells you more about the latest MacSparky Field Guide.


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18:11
Gartner Says Apple Beat Samsung in Smartphones in...

Gartner announced on Tuesday that Apple topped Samsung in smartphone sales during the December quarter of 2014. While Apple has long made between most and all of the hardware profits in the smartphone industry, this is the first time in many years that Apple can claim to be the top smartphone maker in mere units-sold terms.


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17:33
Website builds interactive Apple Watch app previews...

A new website has created interactive Web versions of bite-sized Apple Watch apps slated for release next month, offering prospective buyers a chance to test drive the device before it hits store shelves in April.

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17:01
Apple considering settlement in A123 Systems...

Electric car battery manufacturer A123 Systems is currently locked in a lawsuit with Apple over whether the latter  poached employees from the former while building out its Project Titan team. Today Reuters reports that Apple is considering a settlement in the case.

Apple has asked for an extension on the time required to respond to the suit, telling the court that it is currently “exploring a potential resolution.” Of course, it’s hardly unexpected that the company ...

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17:00
Apple Watch wins iF Design Award for 2015

Apple Watch Edition

Although the Apple Watch hasn't shipped yet and there's no guarantee that it will be a success in the marketplace, it has already won a prestigious design award. On February 27 in Munich, Germany, the Apple Watch was awarded the gold in the watches/jewelry category at the iF Design Awards 2015.

The juror's statement says it all:

“The idea of combining classic materials such as leather and metal with state-of-the-art technology to create a very individual fashion accessory has resulted in a delightful product offering a holistic user experience. The Apple Watch scores highly for each design detail and is an altogether extraordinary piece of design. For us, it is already an icon.”

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16:50
Samsung just pisses me off

Samsung ditched almost all of its hardware differentiation to go all in on iPhone 6-style design — though layering in, iPhone 4-like, with glass on both sides.

Does this company have no shame? Can they not come up with anything on their own? Pathetic.

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16:18
Apple discussing settlement with battery maker over...

In a court filing on Tuesday, Apple informed a Massachusetts federal judge that it is in discussions with A123 Systems to settle out of court a lawsuit claiming Apple poached the battery maker's key engineers for a secret internal project.

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16:16
Universal Audio releases UAD v8.0

I’ve been waiting for this version since I saw it at NAMM in January. The new software includes Apollo Expanded featuring Console 2.0 Software; Sound Machine Wood Works Plug-In; Distortion Essentials Plug-In Bundle; Friedman Amplifiers Plug-In Collection; and (Mac) Support for OS X Yosemite. This is a great update.

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16:00
AT&T announces March 20 ship date for LTE-...

AT&T Modio LTE Case for iPad mini

So, you bought a Wi-Fi-only iPad mini, but you really regret not being able to surf the web, send pictures or emails, or make FaceTime calls when you're away from home. Never fear, on March 20 you'll be able to buy an AT&T Modio LTE case complete with a built-in hotspot that works with any generation of the iPad mini.

The Modio case was first outed at CES 2015, and it not only provides LTE connectivity to a Wi-Fi-only iPad mini but also protects the device and includes an external microSD slot for adding up to 32GB more storage.

All you'll need to do is download and install the AT&T Modio Data app. Pair your case to your iPad mini, and the app manages your connections, handles transferring content to and from the microSD...

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15:48
Apple Watch wins prestigious iF Design Gold Award...

Before an expected launch in April, Apple's upcoming Apple Watch was given top honors at the 2015 iF Design Awards, an annual industrial design competition dating back to 1954.

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15:15
The Week in Mac Apps: Better invoices, fancy folders...

Better invoices, fancy folders, document converters, and more

In this week’s roundup of new Mac apps, you’ll find software that helps you clean up your appointment book, manage your invoices, design your folders, and even track your time more efficiently.

Calendar Cleaner 1.7.2

If your calendar is so full of color-coded appointments that it looks like a rainbow exploded inside it, MacPRO Services’s $5 Calendar Cleaner (Mac App Store Link) will help you bring some order to the chaos.

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15:00
Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster on Apple Watch...

Piper-Jaffray Analyst and Apple Smart TV Fan Gene Munster

When it comes to Apple High-Definition Smart TVs, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has been consistently wrong. As a result of his cracked crystal ball, Munster has become a bit of an in-joke among Apple bloggers, although his financial analysis of Apple is often quite accurate. Today StreetInsider.com featured Munster's look at the pricing, gross margins, and sales of the various models of the Apple Watch, and his predictions bear repeating.

First, Munster believes that despite the expected Apple Watch Sport base model pricing of $349, the average selling price (ASP) of the Sport will be closer to $450 based on "potentially different case and storage options." I'm not exactly sure what he's referring to in terms of case...

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14:55
Apple Watch wins noted iF Design Gold award before...

The Apple Watch hasn’t shipped yet, but it’s already showing up on fashion magazine covers, and now it’s even winning design awards. The wearable device picked up the iF Design Gold award from the iF International Forum Design. The organization declared that the Cupertino-designed smartwatch is “already an icon.”

The idea of combining classic materials such as leather and metal with state-of-the-art technology to create a very individual fashion accessory has resulted in a delightful product offering a holistic user experience. The Apple Watch scores highly for each design detail and is an altogether extraordinary...

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14:44
Credit unions lead new round of 18 Apple Pay...

Apple continues to forge forward in expanding card support for its fledgling Apple Pay service and on Tuesday added 18 new credit unions and banks to the list of participating issuers.

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14:38
Nissan-Renault CEO Says Apple Car Is ‘Good News for...

The CEO of the Nissan-Renault Alliance, Carlos Ghosn, said on Monday that Apple making an electric car would be "good news for us." During a keynote address at Barcelona's Mobile World Congress, Mr. Ghosn effectively said that Apple's entrance to the market would raise awareness of electric cars, something that could help propel them into the mainstream.


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14:08
White Hat Security Hacker Bundle: $49

We have a bundle of six training courses that will teach you to protect yourself on the Internet. There's a course on Word Press security, the command line in Linux, a technical and security course on OS X, a course on white hat hacking and penetration, a course on ethical hacking, and a course on Web scraping. Through our deal, this bundle is just $49, more than 90 percent off retail.


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14:00
AWT News Update: March 3, 2015

A $1.89 million iphone accessory (via koenigsegg.com)

On today's AWT News Update podcast: 

  • A new Swedish "hypercar" will support Apple's CarPlay, if you have $1.89 million to buy one of the vehicles
  • Dr. Buzz Aldrin may have walked on the moon and taken a sub to the resting place of the Titanic, but he can't get a new app through the App Store approval process
  • Apple and three other companies agree to pay a $415 million settlement in an anti-poaching lawsuit
  • Gartner says Apple was the number one seller of smartphones in the 4th quarter of 2014
  • Apple will be using the "soft sell" to sell the Watch at Apple Stores

Listen to the AWT News Update every weekday for a quick overview of stories we may not have published on the blog.

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13:49
Tip of the Day: Quickly viewing your most recent...

While Touch ID is a really great way to unlock your iPhone, sometimes it’s a little too fast, as anybody can attest to who has ever watched an important notification disappear from the Lock Screen before you could even identify what it was. The good news is that you can easily find these notifications by pulling down the Notification Center, but they may not always be easily seen if you’re not sorting them properly. The good news is that…

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13:23
Analyst Gene Munster guesses Watch pricing, thinks...


Spotted: Analyst guessing Apple Watch pricing.

Analyst Gene Muster, from Piper Jaffray, has today posted a report with his predictions about Apple Watch pricing. Munster believes that Apple will improve overall margins through the sale of bands. This makes a lot of sense, especially considering Apple Retail SVP Angela Ahrendts is calling out ‘accessories’ as a key area for retail in the coming months.

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13:07
“FREAK” flaw in Android and Apple devices cripples...

Security experts have discovered a potentially catastrophic flaw that for more than a decade has made it possible for attackers to decrypt HTTPS-protected traffic passing between Android or Apple devices and hundreds of thousands or millions of websites, including AmericanExpress.com, Bloomberg.com, NSA.gov, and FBI.gov.

In recent days, a scan of more than 14 million websites that support the secure sockets layer or transport layer security protocols found that more than 36 percent of them were vulnerable to the decryption attacks. The exploit takes about seven hours to carry out and costs as little as $100 per site. The so-called FREAK attack—short for Factoring attack on RSA-EXPORT Keys—is possible when an end user with a vulnerable device—currently known to include Android smartphones, iPhones, and Macs running Apple's OS X operating system—connects to a vulnerable HTTPS-protected website. Vulnerable sites are those configured to use a weak...

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13:00
Daily Deals for March 3, 2015, featuring WALTR and...

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.

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WALTR is available for US$29.95, but AWT readers can save 33% off the retail price when they use the promo...

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12:51
News: Report: Apple Watch retail strategy aims to...

The approach expected to be used by Apple Retail to sell and promote the Apple Watch has been unveiled in a new report by 9to5Mac. The strategy will focus on “three key features” as well as a plan to encourage Apple Watch customers to adopt the latest iPhone models. Citing sources within Apple Retail, the new selling guidelines indicate that Apple believes “many customers have already decided they want an Apple Watch.” The company…

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12:42
Twitter's New Safety Rules: Hot Diggity or Hot...


Twitter last week announced actions to further protect users of its network -- but it left them vague. The company is rolling out unspecified improvements to its reporting process for content issues including impersonation, self-harm, and the sharing of private and confidential information, aka "doxing." It's also beginning to add new enforcement actions for use against accounts that violate its rules. However, in announcing the updates, Tina Bhatnagar, VP of user services, did not specify just what Twitter will do.

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12:13
Have we reached peak smartphone?

At the end of 2006, the cell phone landscape was awash with devices that filled specific wants and needs. If you wanted the coolest way to make calls, you got the RAZR. If you needed to email colleagues on the go, you bought a BlackBerry. If you were constantly texting your friends during study hall, there was the Sidekick.

Some had keyboards, some flipped, some gave us access to the “baby Internet,” some had cameras. Walking into a Verizon or AT&T store was an exercise in exhaustion, with rows of phones running the gamut of designs. There were no real unifying elements, even as cellphones were clearly heading in a smarter, richer direction. No one was able to put it all together until Steve Jobs pulled the iPhone out of his pocket. 

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12:13
Review: Speck MightyShell + Faceplate for iPhone 6...

Last October, we reviewed Speck's MightyShell for iPhone 6, a slightly bulkier, more protective version of the company's classic CandyShell case. Now the company will soon be releasing an iPhone 6 Plus version of MightyShell. Additionally, the company has recently introduced its Faceplate, a front film cover that Speck claims has five layers of protection to prevent screen damage. We'll be offering two separate ratings in this review — one for the iPhone 6 Plus MightyShell ($55) and another for the iPhone 6 Plus MightyShell + Faceplate ($70).{/exp:char_limit}

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12:00
SXSW 2015 to use iBeacons for meetups, location-...

Last year at the Austin, TX-based SXSW festival, iBeacons -- those Bluetooth LE (Low Energy) beacons that broadcast their location and information -- made a very limited debut. For this year's festival, the organizers are going all-out with iBeacons and will install more than a thousand Gimbal-built beacons around the festival venues.

The official SXSW Go app for the 2015 festival has several fun features built in to take advantage of iBeacons. There's a new "Around Me" feature that will allow attendees to introduce themselves to each other with a short message. Fortunately for those introverts attending the festival, the Around Me feature is opt-in only.

Attendees will also receive...

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11:34
$415M Settlement in Apple, Google Anti-poaching Case...

The US$415 million settlement Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe proposed in the employee anti-poaching lawsuit brought by Silicon Valley employees has a preliminary greenlight. Judge Lucy Koh chose not to deny the settlement amount and instead has scheduled a new hearing where it will likely get her official nod of approval.

The Mac Observer Spin: The companies involved in the employee anti-poaching scheme were essentially caught red-handed. It's good to see this case closing in on a real settlement so everyone who was impacted by not being able to land a better job can finally move on.


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11:31
Apple Watch’s retail sales pitch revealed: 3 key...

With next week’s Apple Watch event fast approaching, Apple has revealed its retail selling strategies to employees, including a focus on “three key features” and a plan to encourage Watch customers to upgrade or switch to new iPhones. According to selling guidelines provided by sources within Apple Retail, Apple believes that “many customers have already decided they want an Apple Watch,” and will use the Watch to “position the benefits” of purchasing a compatible iPhone model. Retail employees have been told to ask customers about their iPhone usage habits, their favorite feature in iOS 8, and if they use health and fitness software on their iPhone…

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11:20
Fuck off Kanye

Kayne talking to Oxford students:

“I love Steve Jobs, he’s my favourite person, but there’s one thing that disappoints me. When Steve passed he didn’t give the ideas up. That’s kinda selfish. You know that Elon’s like ‘yeah, take these ideas’. Maybe there are companies outside of Apple that could work on them and push humanity forward. Maybe the stock brokers won’t like that, the stock holders wouldn’t like that idea, but ideas are free and you can’t be selfish with them.”

What a moron.

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11:01
Blogo: Blogging app for the Mac

This is a really nice looking app. I just downloaded the trial and it works great too—if there’s one thing I would add, it would be access to custom fields in WordPress. Otherwise, I really like it.

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11:00
Music Launcher is a handy if limited addition to...

Music Launcher from Cromulent Labs is pretty clever. It combines music, a launcher app and iOS 8's Today Widgets to let you launch your favorite music, podcasts and audiobooks right from the iOS Notification Center. It's terribly convenient, and easy to set up. I spent some time playing with it, and despite a few caveats, I enjoyed using Music Launcher. Here's my look at this handy app.

How it works

It's easy to get Music Launcher up and running. Once you've got the app installed, it leads you through the process by creating launchers for a few songs from your library. Next, it describes how to add Music Launcher to Notification Center's Today view. You can play with it right away to see how it works, and then create your own custom launchers.

The editing screen is pretty basic. To create a launcher, tap the edit button in the upper right, and then hit the green "+" button. Music...

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10:30
Apple hiring majority of contracted security guards...

Comical Apple HQ security skit from October 2014 event

 

Apple is changing the way it hires much of its security staff, San Jose Mercury News reports. Apple will begin to directly employe most of its security offers rather than contracting staff out.

After a yearlong review, Apple has decided to hire the majority of its day-to-day security staff in the valley as full-time Apple workers, a spokeswoman told this newspaper.

The change is especially notable as it means Apple will be providing benefits including health insurance and retirement options to its security staff.

An Apple spokesperson told the newspaper that it will be working...

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10:23
TMO Daily Observations 2015-03-03: Google’s MVNO...

Google says it's ready to launch its own cell service as an MVNO. John Martellaro and The MacCast's Adam Christianson join Jeff Gamet to talk about what Google's entry into the cell service provider market could mean for AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint, plus they sort out what's really going on with credit card scammers and Apple Pay.


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09:58
What it’s like giving a presentation to Steve Jobs

Steve was wicked smart. I was always amazed at how sharp he was and how quickly he could focus on what was important. I don’t know ANYONE that even comes close to how good he was at being able to do that.

Don’t just read the story, read the comments too. I miss Steve.

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09:52
Review: Anker’s Keyboard Case for iPad Air 2 brings...

I’ve tested almost every major iPad keyboard case since the first iPad was released five years ago, and still recall when companies charged $100 for greasy vinyl folios with terrible, squishy rubber keys. Thankfully, a lot has changed since then. If you’re willing to spend $100, you can get a much nicer iPad-holding case attached to a nearly great keyboard. Drop $130-$150 (or go nuts for $170), and you can get a metal keyboard that partially resembles a MacBook Air. Personally, $100 is the ceiling I’d ever be willing to pay for an iPad keyboard case, and I’d rather pay less. But unless you count discontinued models for...

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09:41
CSS Clocks

I don’t know why I found this so cool, but I did. Working CSS Clocks.

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09:31
Gartner: iPhone worldwide sales topped Samsung in...

Gartner is out with its latest report tracking smartphone movement during the previous year and more specifically the holiday quarter.

Headlining the report is news that over 1 billion smartphones were sold in 2014, a data point IDC first said was hit in the previous year, adding that two out of three phones sold last year qualified as smartphones.

Gartner’s data shows Apple topped Samsung in worldwide smartphone sales with 74,832,000 units shipped during the holiday quarter, just 1.8 million units more than Samsung, giving Apple 20.4% market share for the quarter, a virtual tie with Samsung’s 19.9%.

Notably, Gartner’s data told a...

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09:26
External Link: Proof iBooks with the Web Inspector

Those who develop EPUBs are aware of how similar to a Web site an EPUB is, containing, as it does, XHTML and CSS files to present the ebook’s contents. Not many know, however, that Apple makes it possible to use OS X’s built-in Web Inspector to debug EPUBs. Derrick Schultz shows how developers can enable the Web Inspector in iBooks on the Mac so they can select text in an EPUB being proofed in iBooks and see the underlying XHTML and CSS underlying that text in the Web Inspector.

 

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09:17
News: Apple back on top in phone sales for first...

Apple took back the throne as the world’s top-selling phone manufacturer in the final quarter of 2014, according to Gartner, Inc. Sales of the iPhone made up more than 20 percent of the total phone market, narrowly edging out Samsung for the first time since 2011. Apple reported its best quarter ever at the end of 2014, selling 74.8 million units. The increase is attributed to Apple’s strong ecosystem of products and the release of the…

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09:01
9to5Toys Last Call: uNu iPhone 6 battery case $49,...

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09:00
BitTorrent Sync 2.0 adds pro features

More than two years after its initial public release, BitTorrent Sync has been updated to version 2.0 and dropped its “beta” designation. Based on the peer-to-peer BitTorrent protocol, it enables users to securely sync folders among their own devices and share them with other users, without relying on cloud servers like Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, and Apple’s iCloud Drive.

Although the software remains free, version 2.0 adds an optional Pro tier—aimed primarily at business users—with extra convenience features and access controls, for $40 per user per year (with volume discounts for more than five licenses). All users of BitTorrent Sync 2.0 get 30 days of free access to the Pro features.

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08:58
Apple adds 17 more banks and credit unions to list...

Apple recently announced that more than a dozen new banks and credit unions have added support for Apple Pay, adding to the 98+ banks and institutions that have come on board with the payment plan.

The new banks and institutions are as follows:

Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union

American Airlines Credit Union

Bank of Hawaii

Baxter Credit Union

CFE Federal Credit Union

Commonwealth Credit Union

Foothill Credit Union

Founders Federal Credit Union

IBM Southest Employees Federal Credit Union

Lister Hill Credit Union

PenFed Credit Union

Royal Credit Union

Schools...

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08:45
Intuit’s Mint app adds new bill reminder features,...



The popular Intuit-owned Mint finance management app updated to version 4.1 today adding new bill reminder features, more accessibility support, and general improvements all around.

Highlighted in the new version is the ability to manage bill reminders right from the app. For the iPhone version, bill reminders can be created, edited, and managed from the latest version of the app. A change to the Overview tab wraps all this together.

Mint has also enhanced the newly added...

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08:45
iOS 8: How to Set Up Your New iPad or iPhone - Those...

When you take that new iPhone or iPad out of box, it's very exciting. The device is amazingly thin and beautiful. But then, when you first turn it on, you'll face a multitude of possibly perplexing questions. John Martellaro walks us through each question with explanations for the beginner.


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08:44
OS X malware on the rise, tips posted as to how to...

This is worth a gander.

A recent piece on How-To Geek points out the dramatic rise in malware for Mac OS X, the article highlighting a spike in spyware, adware and overall malware that comes with clicking the wrong items during an installation.

Once installed, the adware injects itself directly into your browser, analyzing your Web traffic, email and sending data back to company servers. The overall message is this: even though you’re a Mac user, there’s additional malware on the rise and it’s time to form some better habits where security is concerned. In the meantime, the Mac App Store is still secure thanks to Apple vetting what goes through there, although not all...

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08:30
SXSW plans largest iBeacon deployment yet to let...

 



South by Southwest (SXSW) just launched its official mobile app ahead of the festival and alongside it announced plans for the world’s largest deployment of iBeacons to offer mobile app features triggered by the Bluetooth beacons. In total, more than 1000+ beacons will be deployed to pull it all off. SXSW thinks the features will “fundamentally change attendee’s experiences” by letting mobile app users network and navigate the event.

Working with its...

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08:23
Jordan Leopold’s daughter writes letter asking for...

Sports Illustrated:

Eleven-year-old Jordyn Leopold misses her dad. NHL defenseman Jordan Leopold started the season with the Blues and was traded to the Blue Jackets in November. Jordyn and the rest of her family have been living in Minnesota, so she wrote a letter to the Wild asking them to trade for her dad.

Such a sweet story. And the daughter’s letter shows she knows more than a little bit about hockey.

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07:57
Sonos Controller app updated w/ quick Rooms access,...


Sonos is today rolling out version 5.3 of its Sonos Controller app for iOS to introduce a few new features and a tweaked user interface. 

The feature being highlighted above others in the update is easier access to controlling the app’s Rooms feature: Effortlessly move your music around your home with a more accessible ROOMS menu available by tapping the top of any screen in the Sonos app. Group and ungroup rooms from the ROOMS menu to play music in perfect synchrony throughout your home.

Also new in the update is an updated user experience for iPad users that offers new, separate views for currently playing music and discovery features:

  • More engaging browse...
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07:48
News: Phishing scam targets iCloud credentials of...

Criminals who stole iPhones and iPads are phishing for iCloud information from the very people they robbed in a new scam, according to Symnantec’s security blog. Some users with lost or stolen devices have reportedly received messages informing them that their device has been found — these users are then sent links to fraudulent websites that often incorporate the word “icloud” into the URL and are made to look like the real iCloud…

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07:47
Photographer captures weasel riding on the back of a...

Petapixel:

A photographer and birdwatcher in London has captured a strange and rare photo that has the Internet abuzz: an image showing a weasel riding on the back of a woodpecker as it flies through the air.

Perfect example of what I teach in my photography class – always be ready to shoot.

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07:00
Pebble unveils $299 Steel Time smartwatch, details...

Pebble today introduced the Pebble Time Steel, a steel version of its recently announced Pebble Time smartwatch. The new Steel edition has a CNC-finished 316L stainless steel case with Gunmetal Black, Silver Stainless and Gold finishes. It will ship with band options of leather or stainless steel. The device also includes a larger battery that provides an advertised ten days of battery life. The Pebble Steel Time is available to pre-order via Pebble's Kickstarter page for $249, a $50 discount off the suggested retail price of $299. Customers who ordered the Pebble Time can upgrade to the Steel edition and still keep their place in line, though the Steel version won't ship until July.

In addition to the Steel Time, Pebble also...

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06:58
Apple Pay adds 17 more banks & credit unions,...

Ahead of Apple’s ‘Spring forward’ event on Monday where we expect to hear much more about the Apple Watch, more than a dozen new banks and credit unions have added support for Apple Pay. The Apple Watch will support the mobile payment service and extend Apple Pay support in stores beyond the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, and iPhone 5s when paired. Following the addition of 17 new banks including credit unions for American Airlines and IBM today, Apple Pay is now supported by nearly 100 institutions. Here’s the list of newly added banks:
Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union
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06:52
Google Ready to Launch it Own Cell Service Network

Google has plans to go beyond making the operating system for your smartphone and now wants to offer its own cell service, too. The Internet search giant said it plans to make an announcement in the coming months, and that it doesn't plan to compete with the current crop of cell service providers.

The Mac Observer Spin: Google launching its own MVNO cell service sounds like another shakeup for the market even though the company says this is a way for it to experiment. If Google offers price plans and features AT&T and Verizon customers find appealing, they'll have to respond or risk losing some of their marketshare-just as they've had to do with T-Mobile.


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06:24
Koenigsegg includes CarPlay in crazy (and gorgeous)...

You’d think putting three electric motors into a sportscar to generate a total of 697bhp would be pretty impressive in itself, as would a 1085bhp 5-litre V8 gas engine, but no: Koenigsegg had to combine the two. The exclusive Swedish supercar manufacturer’s new Regera hybrid delivers a total output of 1782bhp.

With all that power, it might be a little hard to hear the stereo over the engine noise and tire screeching, but Koenigsegg has fitted a CarPlay unit to the car for those times when you’re taking things a little easier … 

As you’d expect from Koenigsegg, the Regera isn’t going to be cheap. They are making just 80...

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06:13
Crystal Quest reboot

Cool! A Kickstarter to bring Crystal Quest back to life. I’m definitely in.

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06:04
Pebble Adds Steel to its New Time Smartwatch Lineup

Pebble clearly wasn't done with its new smartwatch announcements when it unveiled its Kickstarter for Pebble Time because now you can preorder Pebble Time Steel, too. The Steel version of Pebble Time comes with an all metal body instead of the Time's metal bezel on a plastic body, plus it sports longer batter life.

The Mac Observer Spin: Seeing people flip over Pebble Time and Pebble Steel doesn't necessarily mean the entire market has been holding out waiting for something besides the devices that are already shipping, but it does show that consumers who want certain brands are willing to buy without a second thought. That's a very good sign for Apple Watch when it goes on sale.


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06:00
ZAGG Pocket Keyboard: Foldable magic and a darned...

ZAGG pocket keyboard for Apple smartphones, phablets and tablets

Late last year, accessory manufacturer ZAGG hit the market with a folding keyboard targeted at "phablets" like the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus as well as the larger Samsung smartphones. The US$69.99 ZAGG Pocket Keyboard received a lot of attention at CES 2015, and for good reason. 

Specifications:

  • Dimensions (folded): 8.75 x 2.125 x .5625 inches (22.2 x 5.4 x 1.43 cm)
  • Weight: 6.8 ounces (193 grams)

Design:

The brilliance of the ZAGG Pocket Keyboard is in the design. Many folding keyboards have chosen to fold from the sides to the center, meaning that the keyboard usually has a space in the center to accommodate a hinge mechanism and that it's still quite wide. For example, an iWerkz folding keyboard I have (see photo below for comparison) is almost 6 x 3.5...

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WaterField Designs Introduces the Minimalist...
With Apple Pay gaining popularity, Android Pay coming in May 2015, and loyalty cards and receipts that can be accessed from smartphones, San Francisco’s WaterField Designs observes that it may be... Read more
Sale! 15-inch 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pro for $...
 Best Buy has the 15″ 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pro on sale for $1774.99 $1799.99, or $225 off MSRP. Choose free home shipping or free local store pickup (if available). Price valid for online orders... Read more
13-inch 2.5GHz MacBook Pro (refurbished) avai...
The Apple Store has Apple Certified Refurbished 13″ 2.5GHz MacBook Pros available for $170 off the cost of new models. Apple’s one-year warranty is standard, and shipping is free: - 13″ 2.5GHz... Read more
13-inch 2.5GHz MacBook Pro on sale for $100 o...
B&H Photo has the 13″ 2.5GHz MacBook Pro on sale for $999.99 including free shipping plus NY sales tax only. Their price is $100 off MSRP. Read more
27-inch 3.5GHz 5K iMac in stock today and on...
 B&H Photo has the 27″ 3.5GHz 5K iMac in stock today and on sale for $2299 including free shipping plus NY sales tax only. Their price is $200 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price available for... Read more

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*Apple* Solutions Consultant - Retail Sales...
**Job Summary** As an Apple Solutions Consultant (ASC) you are the link between our customers and our products. Your role is to drive the Apple business in a retail Read more
Position Opening at *Apple* - Apple (United...
…Summary** As a Specialist, you help create the energy and excitement around Apple products, providing the right solutions and getting products into customers' hands. You Read more
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*Apple* Solutions Consultant - Retail Sales...
**Job Summary** As an Apple Solutions Consultant (ASC) you are the link between our customers and our products. Your role is to drive the Apple business in a retail Read more
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