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Sunday March 29

09:13
MGG 546: Calendars, Flaky Connections and NAS Backups

TAMED this week: flaky internet connections, disappearing sent mail, recurring installer relaunches and keyboard shortcuts who refuse to sync. Your geeks just won't let these things stand, and neither should you. In addition they share some tips from listeners about making the Finder show you just what you want and backing up network drives. Trust us, you don't want to miss this one!


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Saturday March 28

20:02
Native Instruments teases a portable, touch-...

Native Instruments has a full-fledged DJ deck and mixer combo, but it can be a big hassle -- do you really want to lug a giant controller with you on tour, especially if you already have a preferred mixer? You won't have to make that sacrifice for mu...

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19:31
Review: 'Becoming Steve Jobs' looks to...

With "Becoming Steve Jobs," coauthors Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli seek to dismantle perceptions of Jobs the egomaniacal, callous autocrat, replacing accepted opinion with a retelling of the life of a man who they describe -- for better or worse -- as being "half genius, half asshole."

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17:41
Hillary Clinton confirms she wiped her email server

Members of the US House of Representatives hoping to get a look at Hillary Clinton's personal email server just got a big disappointment. Clinton's attorney has confirmed to a House committee on Benghazi that, after handing over work-related email to...

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15:23
Emvio's smartwatch will tell you when you'...

Smartwatches are growing ever more capable by the day. Sometimes, though, there's no harm in a little focus. Enter Emvio, a watch with one core goal: to help you manage stress. There are no message notifications or apps, instead, Emvio monitors varia...

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13:04
Best Buy is shutting down Canada's biggest tech...

Best Buy is a mainstay of tech shopping in the US, but it knows that it's small potatoes in Canada -- it kept the country's better-known Future Shop chain going for years after a takeover, even after opening shops of its own. However, the American re...

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10:45
AMC's channels come to PlayStation Vue

If you were intrigued by PlayStation Vue as a substitute for cable TV but refused to sign up until you could watch The Walking Dead, it's time to hop aboard. Sony has added AMC Networks to Vue's channel roster, giving you AMC proper as well as IFC, S...

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10:30
The Week in iPad Cases: Build your library with book...

Build your library with book-style cases from Pad & Quill and Portenzo

This week’s roundup of new iPad’s cases includes colorful themes from Portenzo, a reliable standby from Body Glove, and a convenient keyboard option from Kensington.

Body Glove

If protection against extreme conditions is your primary concern, the Toughsuit (iPad Air; $60) packs military-grade rubber construction that absorbs and dissipates impact from drops and shocks.

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09:00
iOS 8 How-To: Use Siri to search the App Store,...

Sometimes searching the App Store can be an overwhelming task. You might already know what you want to download, or other times you might get distracted when you open the store and forget why you were there, and typing in what you want to download is old fashioned now. With iOS 8, you can use Siri to search the App Store, iTunes Store, iBooks Store, and more for you. It’s all a matter of asking Siri with the right commands.

Press down and hold on the home button for two seconds for Siri to appear.

For example you can say something like, “Search the App Store for sports apps,” and Siri will open up the App Store and bring you to the search results of sports.


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08:20
Chrome OS beta is getting a new launcher with Google...

Intrepid folks running Chrome OS beta will soon get to test a huge new feature that's not quite ready for stable release: Chrome Launcher 2.0. This version looks more like a new tab on the Chrome browser than the platform's current, more traditional ...

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07:30
How to Create Light Trails Photographs with Your...

Light trails on an iPhone? Easy! Vern Seward Shows you how in this week's iPhoneography 101.


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07:00
Caturday: A Krispy Mac Sandwich and Billi the IT Cat

KRISPY MAC SANDWICH. PHOTO BY CATHERINE FAMBRINI

It's a double feature Caturday! That kitty you see scrunched between the MacBook Pro with Retina display and the Apple monitor is Krispy, who until recently was one of Catherine Fambrini's office mates. Catherine tells us:

“I work from home so every day is ‘take your cat (and dog) to work’ day. Little Krispy is addicted to the heat emitted by the Apple display and MBPr and she will spend her day literally sandwiched in-between the two. Billi (photo below), which is “cat” in Hindi, was rescued as a baby from the streets of Mumbai, India, so he’s the resident tech support specialist. He’s a bit more pragmatic as you can see, and can usually diagnose issues by sitting on, or directly in front of, the hardware in question.”

BILLI & KRISPY. PHOTO BY CATHERINE FAMBRINI.

Sadly, Catherine let us know that Krispy recently passed away of cancer. Our sympathies go out to Catherine, Billi and anyone else who...

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06:00
HTC One M9, law-abiding cars and other stories you...

Saturday is finally here and it's a great time to catch up this week's top stories. We review the HTC One M9, learn about Ford's new car that will force you to obey the speed limit and get all the details on the best cheap WiFi router that you can bu...

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05:55
Lost Serial Cable that came with the E Class

Forums: Promise TechnologyTags: serialmaintenance

Hello all,
I have got a Promise VTrack E Class and extension J Class and an Xserve.
After updated the firmware of E Class from 3 to 4.2, the Vtrack is in maintenance mode. Article found on Promise KB website deals with this situation :
As this article say, http://kb.promise.com/KnowledgebaseArticle10180.aspx?Keywords=rj11

Unfortunatly, we lost Serial Cable that came with the E Class to link Vtrack to XServe serial port. I Think it is really simple to homemade but I didn't find the schema on the web. It is a simple...

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05:08
Solutions for connecting to the Internet, setting up...

This article covers solutions for connecting to the Internet, setting up a small network, and troubleshooting.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT1714

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05:00
Inconsistent Support Bedevils MacBook Pros Suffering...

The anti-glare coating in some MacBook Pro displays is peeling off under normal use, but Apple is being inconsistent with how it approaches the problem. Topher Kessler of MacIssues offers advice for those with affected Macs.

 

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05:00
Gadget Ogling: Shooting Flames, Flowing Time, and...


Someway, somehow, it's apparently legal to own the XM42 flamethrower in the United States, unless you happen to live in California or Maryland. I can't fathom any circumstance under which a weapon -- let's not mince words here -- capable of shooting flames 25 feet should be available for anyone to pick up if they have $700 lying around to back Ion Productions' crowdfunding campaign. That said, it's incredibly cool and fulfills all my childhood superhero fantasies.

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04:55
‘Becoming Steve Jobs’ – Meet the Authors Brent...

Apple is clearly a fan of the new Becoming Steve Jobs book (review) by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli ($12+Amazon, $13 iBooks, Free Audible). Apple execs including Tim Cook, Jony Ive, ...

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02:51
NASA is working with Russia on a new space station (...

Russia is teaming up with the USA to build ISS 2.0 once the current one's funding runs out in 2024 -- at least according to Russia Today and state news agency TASS. The country's space agency, Roscosmos threatened in February to use the Russian ISS m...

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01:42
Apple's new MacBook employs unorthodox keyboard...

To pursue its continuing obsession with thinness, Apple has gone to extraordinary lengths with the keyboard on the new 12-inch MacBook, redesigning it in a way that is thoroughly distinct from its Macbook Air and MacBook Pro stablemates.

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Friday March 27

20:38
Laser-activated nanoparticles are coming to clear...

Researchers at UC Santa Barbara have developed a high-tech solution to the bane of adolescence: acne. Acne occurs when the skin's pores become clogged. Conventional remedies generally involve stripping the skin of sebum -- the waxy substance naturall...

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19:07
The Windows 10 preview will work on more phones soon

If you've been itching to try out a technical preview version of Windows 10 on your phone but didn't have a device on the short list, then we have good news. Microsoft just released a list of devices that it expects to support in the next "flight" an...

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18:43
Journey to the center of the earth

How far would you have to travel to reach the Earth’s core? And what would you see along the way? Discover what lies beneath…

The BBC did a great job with this.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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18:41
∞ Jack White And Robert Plant perform “The Lemon...

This is just great.

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18:37
If your brand isn’t perceived as being premium

Michael Mulvey on Samsung’s decision to price its Galaxy S6 higher than the iPhone 6 in the UK:

Premium pricing only works if your brand is perceived at premium and this perception is controlled by people who buy your products, not the company making them.

That pretty much sums up my thoughts. Does anyone see Samsung as anything other than a bunch of copying bastards?

∞ Read this on The Loop

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18:31
Apple, Beats plan to take on Spotify

In a sign of how important Beats is in reshaping Apple’s digital music, the company has made a musician a point man for overhauling the iPhone’s music app to include the streaming music service, as opposed to an engineer. Trent Reznor, the Nine Inch Nails frontman who was the chief creative officer for Beats, is playing a major role in redesigning the music app, according to two Apple employees familiar with the product, who spoke on the condition they not be named because the plans are private.

I’ll be honest—I love Apple, but they really missed the boat on the whole streaming music market. iTunes Radio is hit or miss at best.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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18:03
Daily Roundup: The best cheap WiFi router, Tim Cook...

In today's Daily Roundup you can learn about the best cheap WiFi router from our friends at The Wirecutter, read about Tim Cook planning to donate his fortune to charity and how new memory technology may allow SSDs with up to 10TB of storage. Catch u...

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16:50
How to Update Any Icon on Your Mac

Back in the day you could tell who the serious Mac users were because they had the skills to customize the icons for their hard drive and other icons. You can do the same in OS X, and it's even easier now. Kelly explains how to swap out icons, and sources for more.


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16:39
See in the dark (for a little bit) with night vision...

Daring biohackers from California's Science for the Masses collective have just performed the world's first night vision-enabling "Shine Job." They employed a chemical called Chlorin e6 (Ce6), which is extracted from deep sea fish and occasionally us...

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16:37
Get help using iCloud Contacts (Apple KB)

Learn what to do if you’re having issues using iCloud Contacts. For example, you might make changes to Contacts that don't update across all of your devices.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204150

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16:25
Steve Wozniak: Apple Watch Edition Won’t Move the...

Steve "Woz" Wozniak is interested in the Apple Watch, but not the Apple Watch Edition at the high end. At a keynote event titled What's Next--The Future of Technology at the Automate/Promat Show in Chicago on Wednesday, Mr. Wozniak said he thought the US$10,000 and $17,000 Apple Watch Edition wasn't the kind of device that would move the world forward.


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16:10
Frequently asked questions about using a Retina...

Review frequently asked questions about using a Retina display.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202471

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16:06
Big Money Helps Cyanogen Go for Android's...


Cyanogen this week announced the completion of a follow-up round of Series C financing that brought $80 million in new funds to pay for more hiring and accelerated development of its open platform software development kit. Cyanogen is committed to liberating the Android OS from the financial grip of Google. Its CyanogenMod firmware adds considerable personalization features and improvements to the Android platform. Cyanogen has spurred a developing secondary app market for an alternative Android distribution based on its mods.

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16:00
Resetting an AirPort base station FAQ (Apple KB)

This article answers questions about resetting AirPort base stations including AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and AirPort Time Capsule. It also includes steps for how to reset your AirPort base station.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201945

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16:00
Today in the App Store -- Dark Sky, MLB Manager 2015...

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 Reverser Cam - Backward Video Camera, the new MLB Manager 2015 and an update to Dark Sky - Weather Radar, Hyperlocal Forecasts, and Storm Alerts. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

myCal PRO: Calendar & Event Organizer [Now free, down from $3.99] No more dots in your calendar! myCal PRO displays what you need to see, your events!

Square Video for Instagram & Vine [Now free, down from $1.99] Square Video empowers you to capture and share your video within the ideal horizontal or vertical viewing ratio (...

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15:48
How to identify Mac mini models (Apple KB)

Use the information below to help determine which Mac mini model you have.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201894

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15:46
Compatibility of Apple wired headset models with...

The features of Apple wired headsets can vary between iPhone, iPad, and iPod models. Most headsets can play back audio, but some headsets have features, such as a mic or buttons to control iPod functions, that work only on newer models.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201869

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15:37
iTunes: Frequently asked questions about viewing and...

You can play videos and even sync them to iPad, iPhone, and some iPod models. Here are answers to frequently asked questions about video playback in iTunes and on mobile devices.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201784

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15:30
Google, Johnson & Johnson to partner on surgical...

Google has formed a partnership with medical and consumer goods firm Johnson & Johnson that will see the development of robots to help surgeons in the operating room, according to an announcement made on Friday.

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15:29
'The Legend of Zelda' Wii U version pushed...

Nintendo's Legend of Zelda game in development for Wii U is no longer due out in 2015, producer Eiji Aonuma announced in a video (embedded after the break) today. "I must apologize to you all that were expecting the game by year's end, but we are no ...

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15:27
iTunes in the Cloud, iTunes Match, and iTunes Radio...

Find out which content types are supported for iTunes in the Cloud by country and where iTunes Match and iTunes Radio are available.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204632

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15:07
Play 'Super Mario 64' in your browser now

Take the edge off of a full work week with a bit of Super Mario 64, available for download or playable right in your browser thanks to ingenious Unity developer Roystan Ross. He calls it Super Mario 64 HD, and it features the original game's first le...

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14:45
The Week in iOS Apps: Periscope and Stre.am join the...

Periscope and Stre.am join the videocasting revolution

This week’s roundup includes two new apps that let you broadcast live video straight from your phone. Plus, we have a new “Star Wars” game. And we know you love those.

Atari Fit

Need a little incentive to get off your butt? The free Atari Fit app for iPhone offers more than 100 exercises, so you’ll have a useful guide to getting in shape — and if you actually do the exercises, you can earn “coins” that unlock classic games like Pong, Super Breakout, and Centipede.

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14:41
AWT News Update: March 27, 2015

Today's top stories on the AWT News Update:

  • Instapaper adds Tweet Shots, background updates, and speed reading features
  • A new technology promises 10 TB solid state drives that are faster and less expensive per gigabyte of storage
  • The Slack team collaboration service was hacked, and the company is asking users to update passwords and enable two-factor authentication

Be sure to watch the AWT News Update live on Periscope every afternoon!

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14:11
Meerkat works around Twitter social graph, Vine gets...

A trio of popular media apps received updates Friday, with live broadcasting app Meerkat gaining upgrades to compete with Twitter's Periscope, while Vine moves to 720p video and Instapaper adds Instant Sync and Twitter "textshots."

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14:09
Slack beefs up security after data breach with two-...

When you've got a hot new online platform, you inevitably become a target for hackers. That's the lesson Slack, a popular business collaboration tool, learned when it discovered an intrusion in its systems last February. As a result, the company is n...

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14:00
Slack users: Set up two-factor authentication now

Over a half-million users sign into Slack every day at work from their iPhones, iPads, Macs, or those “other platforms.” It’s a very popular and new collaboration tool for teams; we use it here at Apple World Today, and I actually communicate with another team through the app. Well, today the commpany announced that there was “unauthorized access to a Slack database containing user profile information,” and recommends that users change their passwords and enable Two-Factor Authentication as well.

Two-Factor Authentication is simple — whenever you sign into Slack in the future, you’ll enter your user email and password as usual, but you’ll also be asked for a six-digit code that is generated by either the Google Authenticator or Duo Mobile app...

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13:54
Browse and buy books from the iBooks Store and the...

You can browse and buy books on on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, and on your computer.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204081

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13:53
Mac Basics: Notifications keep you informed (Apple...

The Notifications feature of OS X helps you keep track of what's new.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204079

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13:52
News: iLounge Weekly arrives Monday, sign up now

The latest edition of iLounge Weekly, our weekly newsletter covering all things iLounge, will be arriving in subscribers’ inboxes early next week. iLounge Weekly is a summary of the week’s best news, reviews, and feature articles we’ve published, and it also features giveaways and accessory discount offers from various companies. There’s still plenty of time to sign up and receive this week’s edition — just use the simple form…

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13:38
Apps: Layout from Instagram, Periscope, The Trace +...

New Apps + Games Layout from Instagram (free) — Instagram’s latest addition to the App Store allows users to quickly and easily create photo collages and share them. While Layout is far from the first iOS app to do this sort of thing, it’s definitely one of the best designed that we’ve seen, providing the ability to quickly select a group of photos, choose your favorite layout, and then even make drag-and-drop adjustments to move…

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13:36
Apple has not approached Comcast about Web...

Amid rumors of an Apple branded streaming television service, Comcast asserts it has not engaged in any discussions with the company about licensing NBCUniversal content to air alongside programs from potential partners ABC, CBS, Fox and more.

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13:12
Last chance to get in on Prong PWR Case Indiegogo...

OK, I know it's a bit late since there are only about 11 hours left in this Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. But I thought that this case was rather nifty and thought at least some of our readers might want to jump on the Prong PWR iPhone Case before it's too late.

I'll let the team behind this ingenious case explain the campaign to you, but basically Prong is a combination of iPhone case, battery pack and charger all in one clever package. The campaign is currently funded at 132% of its goal, but you can still pick up one for US$70 -- this is a product that's expected to retail for over $100 when it finally makes it to market.

Check it out, and if you decide to back the campaign, do it NOW! You won't have another chance.

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13:07
Opinion: As Nintendo ponders iOS, it’s time for Mac...

When Nintendo announced last week that it will collaborate with DeNA to release iPhone and iPad games, gamers split into two camps: people intrigued by the promise of brand new Nintendo titles designed for mobile devices, and others — including myself — who expect Nintendo to release shallow mobile minigames, mostly to promote console titles. Nintendo hasn’t actually committed to bringing the Super Mario games people love into the App Store; instead, it’s saying only that its characters will appear in new titles that won’t require complex controls. The implication is that only Nintendo consoles are capable of playing Nintendo’s console...

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13:00
Mail Designer Pro 2 is perfect for the in-betweeners

For many of us, email is a way to quickly share information with a distant party. For example, a sweet message and a birthday photo will make grandma's day. For others, it's serious marketing that's managed by a director, an art department and a copywriter. Mail Designer Pro 2 (currently on sale for US$49.99, regularly $89.99), a WYSIWYG email designer for the Mac, is for everyone in between.

Mail Designer Pro 2 lets you create and deliver beautiful, custom email newsletters with no knowledge of HTML required. It's compatible with Campaign Monitor and Mail Chimp, so you can upload your designs when they're done. With 38 default templates to choose from (and more via in-app purchase) and a wealth of editing options, Mail Designer Pro 2 seems intimidating at first, but you'll soon be designing great-looking campaigns for your members, subscribers or customers. Here's our look at Mail Designer Pro 2 for Mac.

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12:59
Pocket camera helps the visually impaired navigate...

This might be one of the least invasive sight aids for the visually impaired that we've spotted: it's a camera that sits in the shirt pocket, Her-style, and uses auditory alerts to warn when the user approaches obstacles. The idea here is to help fol...

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12:47
Apple's Tim Cook plans to give away all of his...

Apple chief executive Tim Cook has revealed plans to donate the vast majority of his wealth to charity before he dies, saying that he wants to develop a "systematic approach" to philanthropy.

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12:45
The REAL Reason Apple’s iPad is Faltering

Apple's iPad sales started out growing like gangbusters. It looked to become a major product line along side the iPhone But then, in the last year, sales have faltered. Various reasons have be put forward: update cycles, the popularity of phablets, and so on. But the real reason goes much deeper. John Martellaro explains.


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12:39
Facebook Invites App Devs to Join in Messenger...


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg this week told an audience at the F8 conference for Facebook developers that the company's future lies in its family of apps and in giving the network's members the ability to share what they want, where they want.
"We're building this family so we can offer unique, world-class experiences for all of the ways that people want to share," Zuckerberg told some 2,000 developers attending the forum in San Francisco. That shift from a single service to a family of applications is a significant one, he added.

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12:25
Pay an unpaid balance in the iTunes Store (Apple KB)

If your payment method was declined or there's a billing problem with a previous purchase, you might need to update your billing information. You can complete your purchase on a Mac or PC. If you're using an iOS device, open iTunes on your computer.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT203005

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12:24
Topics for the OS X Mavericks 10.9 Troubleshooting...

Learn what topics are on the OS X Mavericks 10.9 Troubleshooting Exam (9L0-065).

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202997

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12:23
Contact Apple for support and service (Apple KB)

See a list of Apple phone numbers around the world.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201232

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12:22
Topics for Mac Service Certification Exam (9L0-011...

This article lists the exam topics for the Mac Service Certification Exam (9L0-011).

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202985

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12:21
Apple Technical Learning Administration System FAQ (...

 The following are frequently asked questons concerning the Apple Technical Learning Administration System FAQ

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202914<

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12:19
Tiny 3D-printed retro TV set plays B-movies for your...

The Philco Predicta television is a 1950s design icon and one of the most easily recognizable television models in history, what with its detached picture tube and nearly flat screen. Unfortunately, finding a working example these days is nearly impo...

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12:18
Fantastical 2 now available, offers redesigned...

A useful calendar application just got better.

This week, Flexibits released Fantastical 2 for the Mac.

The new version, which sports a redesigned user interface, also includes a full calendar window with day, week, month, and year views, an intuitive parsing engine, iCloud reminders support, light theme, time zone support, birthday reminders, Action and Share Extensions as well as Handoff support to connect your Mac with your iOS devices.

iCloud Reminders are even better and users can now see their events and dated reminders together in the main list. Reminders can be quickly created by starting sentences with “reminder”, “todo”, “task”, or “remind me...

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12:08
iRig 2, the sequel to the most popular guitar/bass/...

Thanks to IK Multimedia for sponsoring The Loop with iRig 2, a guitar interface I’m using all the time. Now everyone can plug in their guitar, bass or other instrument and enjoy killer tone on their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or Android device — with the release of iRig 2, the world’s most popular guitar interface is now better than ever before. Revolutionize the way you make your music while on the go!

A digital rig with physical presence

With iRig 2, you’ll be able to enjoy IK’s full range of AmpliTube apps (the #1 app for guitar and bass players). It’s ready to go right out of the box. It comes with a powerful cross-platform suite of apps and software that includes free versions of AmpliTube for iOS,...

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11:50
‘Bobine’ Flexible iPhone Charging Dock: $24.99

Check out the Bobine, a very clever approach to a charging cable and dock for your Lightinging iPhone. It's a flexible cable that will stay where you put it, even supporting your iPhone in the process. That makes it a highly adjustable dock, a tripod, and a charger, all in one. It's MFi-certified, and features a military-grade nickel-plated steel design. Through our deal, you can get it for $24.99.


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11:46
Tim Cook 'deeply disappointed' by new...

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Friday stood in opposition to a new Indiana law that allows businesses in the state to legally discriminate against gays and lesbians, while calling on Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson to veto a similar measure that is set to hit his desk.

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11:43
Vine's six-second slices of life get a big...

Artists and comedians have been doing some truly amazing things with Vine since it launched as a Twitter product two years ago, but those mesmerizing slices of life that eat up your day in six-second increments have never really looked all that great...

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11:35
Tim Cook calls out controversial Arkansas and...

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Twitter today shared Apple’s opposition to a controversial new law in Indiana while calling on the governor of Arkansas to veto legislation before it becomes law. Both laws relate to religious freedom protection but have been criticized as enabling LGBT discrimination.

Apple joined a crowd of companies publicly opposing similar legislation passed by the state congress in Arizona last year before its governor decided to veto the bill rather than signing it into law.

Apple has championed diversity and equality through...

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11:16
Stars and writers of “NewsRadio” look back on the...

Uproxx:

Twenty years later, though, you can mention NewsRadio in a conversation about the best shows in TV history and faces light up. But we wanted to go straight to the heart of the WYNX studio, so we talked to some of the show’s stars — Dave Foley, Stephen Root, Maura Tierney and Khandi Alexander — as well as writers Brad Isaacs and Joe Furey, to find out how they feel about this series two decades later.

It really was an amazingly good television show.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:15
HTC, Valve offer free Vive VR dev kits to select...

Valve, the company that spawned Steam, Team Fortress 2, Portal and Half-Life, will hand out dev kits of its Vive virtual reality headset to select developers at no cost, company spokesperson Doug Lombardi tells Ars Technica. Valve plans to launch a n...

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11:05
UK Safari Users can Sue Google Over Unwanted Browser...

Google lost its fight to keep UK residents from filing lawsuits over the Safari browser tracking cookies it placed on their computers even when they explicitly blocked the activity. The Court of Appeal ruling means potentially millions of people can file lawsuits against the company over claims that their privacy has been violated.

The Mac Observer Spin: Google may have claimed it was simply using "known functionality" in the Safari Web browser, but both US and UK courts think the company crossed the line. Seems even though most people are fine giving up privacy, they draw the line at Google using tracking cookies even after browser settings are changed to prohibit that.


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11:00
Pastimes: Apps and accessories to help your golf game

Pastime (noun): an activity that someone does regularly for enjoyment rather than work; a hobby; his favorite pastimes were shooting and golf. 

For a lot of people, the weekend means time to get away from the day-to-day drudgery of working for a living and do something that you enjoy. In this new weekly column, I'll focus on specific hobbies or "pastimes" and the apps and/or accessories that can help you get even more enjoyment out of those precious weekend moments. I thought I'd start this column off with a sport that I don't pursue, but about 24 million people in the US do -- golf!

Apps to help your game

SKYDROID - GOLF GPS

SkyDroid - Golf GPS ($1.99): Knowing where you are in relation to the green is a big...

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Gear: Booq Cobra squeeze

Booq’s Cobra squeeze ($195) is a new backpack with 13 separate compartments for your gear, including a MacBook up to the size of a 15” MacBook Pro. The bag’s gray exterior is made of Bionic Yarn, a fabric that combines recycled plastics with cotton — it gives the weatherproof Cobra squeeze a smooth texture that can stand up to the elements. Most pockets inside are lined with polyester, though an extra cushion is also provided to…

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Learn which username and password to use when installing an Xsan configuration profile on OS X Server (Yosemite).

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10:03
The best Apple Watch accessories: bands, cases,...



Apple Watch preorders, reservations, and sales are set to kick off in the coming weeks, so we’ve prepared a running list of the best accessories available to purchase and preorder online.

Companies aren’t waiting around for an official Apple third-party accessory program for the device, as a long list of straps, cases, charging docks, screen protectors and more are scheduled to ship next month in...

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10:00
60-Second Tip: Change Siri's voice and language...

My kids love to play with Siri on my iPhone. They are always changing my default name to some oddball phrase or asking Siri to "Tell them a story." For April Fools' Day, I decided that I am going to prank them by changing Siri's voice and language. It takes less than a minute to change those attributes, and you'll get a good laugh when you watch the bewildered responses of your familly members. Follow the steps in today's 60-second tip, so you can be armed and ready for the prank fest that is April Fools'.

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09:58
Google teams with Johnson & Johnson for robotic-...

Google's mysterious facility, Google X, is churning out next level technologies -- a self-driving car, delivery drones and Internet balloons. Its Life Sciences division is now teaming up with Ethicon, one of Johnson & Johnson's medical device compani...

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TMO Daily Observations 2015-03-27: Tim Cook is the...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has been named the world's greatest leader, which is really saying something. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to share some interesting facts they learned about Mr. Cook following Fortune's proclamation of his superior leadership skills. They also take a look at a new marketing campaign out of China from Leshi TV comparing Apple to Adolph Hitler.


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09:52
Sony drops PlayStation TV price to £45 in the UK

Sony's PlayStation 4 is selling incredibly well, but an early price drop suggests its smaller cousin isn't doing so hot in the UK. The PlayStation TV has always been a peculiar proposition, offering an easy way to play some, but not all PlayStation V...

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09:36
The Loop Magazine Issue 32: All About Apple Watch

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The latest issue of The Loop Magazine is available on the App Store for both iPhone and iPad. I took a different approach with this issue, focusing entirely on Apple’s forthcoming Apple Watch. You can download the app free and preview each of the articles at no cost. You can purchase a monthly subscription, and get access to all issues for just $1.99 a month. You can also purchase a single issue for $1.99.

Among the articles in this issue are:

Thoughts On Apple Watch: I had some hands-on time with the watch after the event ended on March 9. I run through my observations and thoughts.

The Apple Watch Will Save My Life. Here’s How:...

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09:27
Twitter’s Meerkat Killer, Periscope, Has Arrived

Twitter has unveiled its own entry in the online video broadcasting race, and it’s already taking the world by storm. Josh Centers explains what differentiates it from Meerkat.

 

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09:23
BlackBerry sells just 1.6M smartphones in Q4 as...

Canadian device maker BlackBerry on Friday revealed yet another quarterly decline in hardware sales, moving just 1.6 million smartphones in its fiscal fourth quarter as its once-dominant device business continues to retreat.

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09:03
9to5Toys Last Call: $200 off iPad mini 3 w/ iPhone...

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09:00
Outdoor App Adventures: Using the iPhone for a...

Maple syrup is a staple in New England with both hobbyists and professionals anxiously awaiting the spring thaw so they can tap trees and collect the precious sap when it starts flowing. After a long and cold winter, we finally have arrived at this transitional season. We recently moved into a house with a long tradition of maple sugaring, so we decided to tap the maple trees this spring once the temperatures rose above freezing. This first episode of Outdoor App Adventures will profile this collection process and showcase how I use my iPhone, iPad and Mac in my many outdoor activities.

The first and perhaps most important step in maple syrup collection is tree identification. Most participants in the syrup collection ritual mark their trees in the summer or early fall when leaves are abundant, and trees are easy to identify. When scouting trees, I usually look for that distinct lobed shape of the sugar maple in our midst. Unfortunately, we moved in the winter months,...

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08:51
The Internet's Split Personality


The Internet has been good for education but bad for morality, according to a study by the Pew Research Center. Researchers conducted face-to-face surveys with 36,619 people in 32 developing countries. A median of 64 percent of respondents said the Internet has had a good influence on education. On the other hand, a median of 42 percent said the Internet has had a bad influence on morality. Those polled were divided over the impact of the Net on politics, but they believed it has had a positive impact on personal relationships and the economy.

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08:37
Apple CEO Tim Cook to give away estimated $785...

It might be about time to change your name to “Charity”.

Or start doing something really good that requires a bit of financing.

Apple’s Tim Cook, in an interview with Fortune magazine, stated that he planned to donate his estimated US$785 million fortune to charity – after paying for his 10-year-old nephew’s college education.

“You want to be the pebble in the pond that creates the ripples for change,” Cook told the magazine.

Fortune estimated Cook’s net worth, based on his holdings of Apple stock, at about $120 million. He also holds restricted stock worth US$665 million if it were to be fully vested.

The 54-year-old CEO’s revelation...

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08:33
Apple's $848M solar power deal better on back...

The $848 million solar power deal Apple signed with First Solar last month is a better value than some have suggested, according to vice president of Environmental Initiatives Lisa Jackson, who on Thursday pointed to a surge in the amount of power Apple will receive towards the end of the contract.

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08:19
Intel, Micron 3D NAND partnership could allow for...

Via the combined forces of Intel and Micron, NAND flash memory could get even faster.

This, in turn, could make the memory in your iOS devices even faster and allow for more storage space.

The two companies are apparently working on a 3D NAND flash technologies wherein 3D NAND is stacked in 32 vertical layers. According to Intel this can potentially triple capacity, for example allowing “gum-stick sized” solid state drives with over 3.5 terabytes of storage space, or conventional 2.5-inch solid state drives (SSDs) that surpass 10 terabytes. Even the SSD in a custom-configured iMac or Mac Pro currently tops out at 1 terabyte.

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08:10
Review: Swapping MagSafe for SnapFit, BatteryBox...

Thanks to Apple’s patent on the MagSafe connectors used in MacBook Airs and Pros, the list of third-party external batteries for MacBooks previously began with Hyper’s HyperJuice/HyperJuice 2 and ended with Lenmar’s ChugPlug — not much of a variety. Apple’s legal department chased Hyper for attaching harvested MagSafe connectors to its batteries, and Lenmar chose a workaround, sending ChugPlug’s power indirectly though an...

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07:59
Mac: G-Technology G-Drive ev ATC with Thunderbolt

G-Technology has introduced a number of new, rugged hard drives, and we’ve recently received the company’s 1TB G-Drive ev ATC with Thunderbolt ($230). The product features a removable G-Drive ev RAW USB hard drive within a rugged enclosure. The hard plastic case with hard rubber accents features a watertight latch for water protection — the enclosure floats and can protect the drive in a pool of water “up to 1 foot for 30 seconds” — and it’s also pressure-resistant and dust-resistant. Additionally, G-Technology claims the enclosure can protect the drive from drops of up to 2 meters (about 6.6 feet) onto a “carpeted concrete floor.” Inside the enclosure is a 7200 RPM hard drive offering transfer rates up to 136MB/s, formatted for Mac, with the ability to be reformatted for Windows. A Thunderbolt cable is built into the enclosure itself for use when the hard drive is docked inside.
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07:56
Leshi TV CEO Says Apple is Hitler

Leshi TV CEO Jia Yueting kicked his hyperbole engine into overdrive and is equating Apple to Adolph Hitler. His company went so far as to release a vaguely South Park-style image online of the Nazi leader, complete with an Apple logo on a red arm band.

The Mac Observer Spin: While equating competitors to the bad guys is a fairly common marketing tactic, going so far as to draw parallels to Hitler and the Nazi regime is in bad taste, to say the least.


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07:49
The first Apple Watch apps have arrived, sort of

The Apple Watch won’t launch until late April, but a couple dozen apps have already arrived.

As 9to5Mac reports, several app makers are now advertising Watch support in their App Store listings. That means users should be able to download the apps now, and have them ready to go when the Apple Watch launches on April 24.

Here’s a rundown of the first apps:

  • Air Canada: View flight status, glance at boarding time, and board with Passbook
  • AliPay: Make mobile payments
  • Babbel: Discover words in new languages on the watch
  • Dark Sky: Find out exactly when it’s going to rain or snow in the next hour
  • ...
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07:36
AppleInsider podcast discusses Twitter's live...

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. Twitter launches Periscope for iPhone, a live streaming app to compete with Meerkat. The issues with iCloud storage, Fantastical 2 for OS X hands-on, Square Cash, Apple Pay, and who still wants a 4" iPhone.

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06:44
The incredibly useful Egg Timer

There are plenty of alarm apps out there. There’s Siri and the Clock app, too. But I really like the simplicity and universality of this approach. Take a look.

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06:33
Google loses UK appeal in Safari cookie tracking...

The U.K.'s Court of Appeal has denied Google's request to block lawsuits from British consumers over the search giant's disregard for Safari privacy restrictions designed to prevent advertisers from tracking users.

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06:29
Apple Watch Compatible Apps are Already Arriving

With Apple Watch pre-orders still a couple weeks off and then a couple more before we can finally wrap Apple's smartwatch around our wrists, the first iPhone app updates with Apple Watch support are already rolling out. Several apps are touting Apple Watch compatibility, such as Dark Sky, Evernote, and SPG: Starwood Hotels and Resorts.

The Mac Observer Spin: Seeing Apple Watch updates showing up now is practically a tease, although the select few journalists and bloggers who get early access for reviews will need some apps to test out.


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06:26
Millions of British Safari users able to sue Google...

UK Safari users have been given the go-ahead to sue Google for continuing to drop cookies on their devices even after they had refused permission through their browser settings.

It was revealed in 2012 that Google bypassed the setting in Safari which instructed sites not to drop cookies, enabling it to deliver personalized ads. The FTC in the US fined the company $22.5M for the practice, with millions more in additional fines levied by 38 US states. There was no government action in the UK, but a group of British iPhone users took Google to court, seeking compensation for breaching their privacy.

Google had...

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