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Thursday February 26

16:25
Apple takes top spot in online order fulfillment in...

In its first ever quarterly study, customer service analytics firm StellaService ranked Apple as the fastest and most most efficient online retailer in terms of shipments for the fourth quarter of 2014, taking an average of 2.5 days to send out orders.

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15:36
Apple Opens iWork Web-only Access to All

Everyone, even those who don’t own an Apple device, can now get free access to the Web version of Apple’s iWork apps — Pages, Numbers, and Keynote — along with 1 GB of iCloud storage.

 

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15:30
The Week in iPhone Cases: Bring out the battery...

Bring out the battery cases!

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases brings you new battery cases from Otterbox, Unu, and BuQu, plus some interesting multi-purpose cases and a way to mount your iPhone in the car—without an actual mount!

BuQu

The PowerArmour (iPhone 6; $80) sports a lightweight, unibody design that makes installation and removal a snap—a big plus for a battery case. Its design remains protective enough that it will prevent damage against bumps and falls.

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14:10
Apple's iWork for iCloud goes platform agnostic...

Apple on Thursday removed the beta tag from its Apple ID creation tool, granting anyone, on any platform access to access to the iWork for iCloud Web-based productivity suite.

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13:27
Who killed Tony the Tiger?

Bloomberg:

For almost a century, Kellogg defined the American breakfast: a moment when people would be jolted out of their drowsiness—often with a stupendous serving of sugar.

The sales of 19 of Kellogg’s top 25 cereals eroded last year, according to Consumer Edge Research, a Stamford (Conn.) firm that tracks the food industry. Sales of Frosted Flakes, the company’s No. 1 brand, fell 4.5 percent.

Kellogg executives don’t expect cereal sales to return to growth this year, though they hope to slow the rate of decline and do better in 2016. But some Wall Street analysts say cereal sales may never fully recover. In Battle Creek, so-called Cereal City, that would be the equivalent of the apocalypse.

I haven’t sat down to a bowl of breakfast cereal in more than a decade but my favourite was always Apple Jacks.

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13:01
What will the Apple Watch Edition cost? Jewelry and...

[Ed. Note: Rob Bates, is a senior editor for JCK, and blogger/writer about the diamond and jewelry industries—this post originally posted here]

When we first started talking about the Apple Watch, some predicted that the highest-end model—the 18k gold Edition—could retail for more than $1,000. Now that seems almost quaint. Apple-focused blogs such as Daring Fireball now regularly bandy about numbers like $10,000—and sometimes far more.

The jewelry and watch sources I spoke with all think a price tag of $6,000 or more...

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12:43
Mac: STM Dux for MacBook Air

We’ve seen STM’s Dux for both iPhone and iPad before, and now we have an early look at the MacBook Air edition of the protective case. STM’s Dux for MacBook Air ($60) is a transparent polycarbonate case with TPU edges for drop protection. Four textured rubber feet on the bottom of Dux prevent your MacBook from slipping on a smooth surface. We received the 13” MacBook Air version of Dux, but a 11” MacBook Air version should be available, as well. The 13” version should be released in late April/early May.

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12:00
Zirx for iPhone summons a human to park your car

The tagline of Zirx for iPhone (free) is "never park your car again." It's an on-demand valet service that's currently available in in San Francisco and Seattle. The way it works is this: after creating an account (including credit card information), you use the app to tell an agent where you'll be when you no longer need your car. That agent then meets you, identities are confirmed, and your car is driven to a secure garage.

Need your car back? Let the app know when and where you'll be, and your car is delivered to where you stand. Zirx agents will even wash your vehicle or gas it up for an additional fee.

I live in Massachusetts, so I was unable to test this out. But as a person who's had to park in Boston and Manhattan, I appreciate the option of being able to hand that task over to someone else. If you have experience with Zirx, let us know. It's an interesting idea, and I'm curious about the execution. 

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11:57
Net Neutrality Passes, Eliminating Broadband...

The FCC has voted in favor of Title II net neutrality regulations and to overturn some state municipal broadband restrictions. But we don’t yet know exactly what was voted for.

 

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11:00
Apple Watch: What the Apple World Today staff is...

Image from Apple.com website

Rene Ritchie over at iMore did a fun thing today -- he polled all of the writers at the site about their choices of options for the Apple Watch and wrote a post about it. It was such a great idea that I'm appropriating it for Apple World Today! Here are the same questions that Rene asked his team, answered by Kelly Hodgkins, Dave Caolo and myself:

Which size Apple Watch will you be getting?

Kelly: I have small wrists and will be getting the smaller 38mm sized watch.

Dave: I’ll be getting the smaller 38mm size, as I’m afraid the larger model will be just a bit too bulky.

Steve: I'm old and have lousy eyesight. Give me the 42mm size, thank you. I think that extra tiny bit of screen space might help. 

Aluminum, stainless steel, or gold?

Dave: ...

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10:51
TMO Daily Observations 2015-02-26: Apple Spring...

Apple announced a special media event today for March 9 with only one hint in its tag line: "Spring forward." Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on the media event and what sort of Apple Watch-related announcements it may include. They also take a look at the FCC's vote on Net Neutrality.


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10:18
Apple announces March 9th “Spring Forward” special...

This could provide all the Apple Watch details you’ve been hankering for.

Apple said it will hold a “special event” for March 9 that is likely to be a coming-out party for Apple Watch. Apple has said the watch will go on sale in April.

The event will start at 10 a.m. at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco.

Apple unveiled the Apple Watch in September when it also showed off its new iPhones and Apple Pay, its mobile-payment service. On March 9, Apple is expected to delve deeper into the various features of the watch. The presentation aims to answer the defining purpose of the company’s first all-new product since it introduced the iPad in...

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10:13
Keeping Up with the Snoops 8: Snoop Harder

Just when he thought it was over, Josh Centers is pulled back into the spy game, giving you the latest on the Patriot Act’s renewal, hard drive malware, SIM card encryption key theft, and how to find out if you’re being watched.

 

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10:00
Apple highlights Final Cut Pro and its role in...

Ahead of the February 27th release of romantic comedy Focus, Apple has provided a detailed look at the role Final Cut Pro X played in the production and development of the motion picture.

““What I love about Final Cut Pro X is that it allowed me to be involved with, and in control of, every aspect of making our film.””

— John Requa, Director

Our take on the news:

These short profiles by Apple are wonderful testimonies to what can be accomplished with Apple's technology and some creative thinking. It's especially encouraging to see Final Cut Pro X highlighted as the software was criticized for being too simplified when it launched in 2011. Apple listened to the complaints and steadily improved the software to the point where it is capable of editing a major motion film.

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09:31
Spring forward: Apple will take the wraps off Apple...

Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 8. The following day, Apple is inviting us to “spring forward” at a “special event” in San Francisco. Hmm…could Apple be showing off a device that has something to do with setting the clock? Macworld will be in the audience to bring you the details at 10 a.m. Pacific.

As is standard for Apple, the invite gave no details other than time, date, and location (Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, a larger venue than Town Hall in Cupertino, where Apple held its last event). But given the tag line and the timing, it’s a given that the company is finally launching Apple Watch after months of build-up.

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09:26
Rumor: Tim Cook vouches for shower-safe, waterproof...

Well, there’s gotta be a nugget of truth in here somewhere.

The rumor mill currently has Apple CEO Tim Cook telling Apple Store employees in Berlin that he wears his Apple Watch everywhere, “even in the shower.”

Apple has not officially designated the Apple Watch as either waterproof or water resistant. If Mr. Cook actually said he wears his in the shower, it could indicate that Apple will market the device as one or the other.

This is all just hearsay at this point, there could have been some translation issues and it could be a joke, so it’s hard to know how much stock to put in this.

That and you might not want to know about the...

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09:23
Apple sending out invites to a March 9th press event

Apple today started sending out invites to a press event to be held on March 9th. Details on the topic of the "Spring Forward" event were not revealed, but it likely involves the Apple Watch, which is slated to launch in April. We expect Apple to confirm the final pricing and launch details for the wearable device.

Our take on the news:

Apple is ready to deliver another knock-out product and we will watching along with you to get all the launch details on Apple's latest device. We can't wait, can you?

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09:16
Apple invites us to “spring forward” at its March 9...

Apple will be hosting an event on March 9 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts theater in San Francisco. The invitation invites attendees to "spring forward," and given the reference to the beginning of Daylight Saving Time on March 8 and the proximity to April, it's a fair bet that the event will involve the Apple Watch.

Expect to hear final details about the Apple Watch, including more about its software, its battery life, and pricing for more models and bands. Apple often announces more than one product at these events, so some new Broadwell Macs could also be fair game.

The event begins at 10:00am Pacific. We'll be there on the ground to bring you the news as it happens.

Read on Ars Technica |...

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09:11
Malicious Emailers Find Healthcare Firms Juicy Prey


Healthcare providers have garnered growing interest from hackers in recent months. More evidence of that trend appeared last week in a report on email trust. An email that appeared to come from a healthcare company was four times more likely to be fraudulent than an email purportedly from a social media company like Facebook, one of the largest creators of email on the Internet, Agari found. The report gives industries a TrustScore -- that is, a number that reflects the trustworthiness of email from companies within that industry group.

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08:01
iPhone accounting for almost 90% of smartphone...

If nothing else, the iPhone industry is profitable for Apple.

The latest numbers from Strategy Analytics reveal that Apple continued to dominate in global smartphone profit during the fourth quarter of 2014, capturing a record-high 88.7 percent share of profit during the three-month period ending December. Apple earned quarterly operating profit of US$18.8 billion on iPhone sales, up from US$11.4 billion during the fourth quarter of 2013.

“Global smartphone operating profit grew 31 percent annually from US$16.2 billion in Q4 2013 to US$21.2 billion in Q4 2014. Android hardware vendors combined took a record-low 11 percent global...

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07:30
Tim Cook to deliver May commencement address at...

Apple CEO Tim Cook will deliver the keynote address to graduates at George Washington University, reports GW Today. Cook, along with Anthony S. Fauci and Carole Watson, will receive an honorary doctorate of public service. Cook was nominated by GWU students and accepted the invitation for the May 17th event.

“I am delighted that Tim Cook has accepted our invitation to give this year’s commencement address on the National Mall,” George Washington President Steven Knapp said. “I know our graduating students will be inspired and enlightened by his reflections on the lessons he has garnered from his distinguished career as a highly effective leader at the forefront of technological innovation.”

— George Washington University

Our take on the news:

This isn't Tim Cook's first commencement speech, the Apple CEO also delivered...

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06:52
Apple partner Imagination Technologies unveils new...

Imagination Technologies, the company who designs the graphics processors used in Apple's A-series chips, unveiled the PowerVR GT7900 on Thursday, a so-called "super-GPU" that will power affordable game consoles, and could be a candidate for a future Apple TV refresh.

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06:46
News: Brikk unveils opulent Apple Watch line priced...

Brikk, a company that produces high-end versions of tech and lifestyle products, has announced Lux Watch, an expensive line of modified diamond-studded Apple Watches. The Lux Watch is available in three versions — Standard, Deluxe, and Omni — with prices set based on its materials, size, and the amount of diamonds included. A Lux Watch Standard starts at $7,500, while the Lux Watch Omni in 24-karat yellow gold can reach a price as high as $75,000,…

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06:36
Apple's Tim Cook pledges more growth in Israel...

A meeting this week between Apple chief executive Tim Cook and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin reportedly included assurances from Cook that the company intends to continue growing its operations in the region, a large part of which are focused on chip design.

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06:35
Apple kicking off Watch advertising campaign in...

According to AdAge, Apple may use Vogue magazine's glossy print ads to introduce its Apple Watch wearable to fashion-conscious consumers. The campaign is expected to kick off in March, approximately one month ahead of the device's planned April launch.

The Watch is rumored to debut in the March issue of Vogue in a print campaign that will include 12 pages of advertising. The marketing pieces are expected to be simple, but powerful -- showcasing each Watch version against a white background. The advertising blitz is timed to coincide with the fashion industry's preview of their spring collections.

Our take on the news:

The Apple Watch is a device of a different calibre, requiring Apple to market the device outside the tech sector. From print advertising...

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06:32
External Link: Google Teaming Up with Carriers on...

Google has agreed to a deal with AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon that will make Google Wallet more competitive with Apple Pay. All three carriers will pre-install the Wallet app on Android phones, and Google will gain intellectual property from the carrier-owned payment service Softcard. Google beat Apple to mobile payments by several years, but in many cases, the carriers prevented Google Wallet from accessing the NFC chip in Android phones.

 

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05:43
News: Daily Deal: Last Chance to get the Code Black...

Today is your last chance to pick up The Limited Edition Code Black Drone and HD Camera in today’s iLounge Deal. You can still get this dark knight of the sky for only $89, or over half off the normal price. One of the most fun introductory drones on the market, the Code Black is extremely stable to fly but will have you flipping through the air in no time. The included HD camera can also capture high-res video footage on the go, and with six-axis…

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05:05
∞ Every Apple Watch, and repairability

A gallery of every single Apple Watch, and a discussion of repairability and the Apple Watch lifespan.

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05:00
Pearl OS Could Be a Gem in the Making


If you favor the OS X environment, Pearl OS might be a Linux distro to feed your fancy.
Pearl OS is a revival of the discontinued Pear OS distro. It picks up where Pear left off in early 2014. Pearl OS has two desktop versions: XFCE and MATE. Both are based on Ubuntu Linux distro version 14.04 Mini release. The two flavors of Pearl OS are customized to look and act like the OS X operating system. But Pearl is Linux and not OS X. This distro runs Debian-based Linux applications. It does not run OS X software or have actual OS X functions.

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04:55
Mini review: Lightning Rabbit Triforce USB charger...

It seems pretty much every gadget in the world these days–from phones to bicycle lights–is charged via USB, so you can never have too many USB charging points in your home.

The Lightning Rabbit Triforce is a simple device with two goals: to charge your devices quickly, and to look cute (if quirky) while doing so.

At the rear, there’s just a figure-of-8 power socket (with a supplied power cable). At the front, there are four USB sockets, all of them delivering the same 2.4A power as an Apple iPad charger, ensuring that devices are charged as quickly as possible.

For lower-powered devices, there is no harm in having the extra power available–power draw is determined by the device itself, the charger just delivering whatever is requested.

I’ve been using it to charge a variety of gadgets over the past week or so, all of them charging...

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04:53
Spotify’s Mac app getting integrated Musixmatch...

If you’re a fan of impromptu karaoke sessions, Spotify is about to make life easier by integrating Musixmatch lyrics into its desktop apps.

Simply fire up any song on our desktop app and hit the new Lyrics button. You can also search and browse popular lyrics from Spotify’s top songs using the Explore feature.

The music streaming service is also improving the Friend Feed, to make it easier to see what your friends are listening to, and introducing daily viral charts, showing you the most-shared tracks both globally and in your own region.

Spotify says the rollout of the updated app will take place “gradually” across all its desktop apps over the coming weeks. The company updated its iOS app last month with a touch preview function and new swipe gestures.

Filed under...

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04:35
China drops Apple, Cisco, Intel, Citrix from...

Reuters:

China has dropped some of the world’s leading technology brands from its approved state purchase lists, while approving thousands more locally made products, in what some say is a response to revelations of widespread Western cybersurveillance.

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04:26
First Hollywood film edited with Final Cut Pro X...

Astonishing that there’s not been a single film edited with Final Cut Pro X to hit the theaters in the last four years. Interesting development.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:12
Apple’s growing presence in Israel geared to chip...

The WSJ is suggesting that Apple’s growing presence in Israel is focused on expanding the company’s chip design capabilities, reporting that it has hired most of the local employees of a chip design company shut down by Texas Instruments and is advertising new positions in silicon and semiconductor design.

“Apple’s Israeli acquisitions and its expanding local workforce show that the company is becoming more and more independent on the chip level, where it once had to rely on external suppliers,” said Shlomo Gradman, chairman of the Israeli Semiconductor Club.

While the report contains more speculation than hard fact, we noted yesterday that Tim Cook–who is currently visiting the country–is accompanied...

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03:34
Throw away your fax machine and use these apps...

When I was growing up, that screeching sound now most commonly associated with a dial-up modem wasn’t emitted from a computer. The sound came from a heap of plastic and buttons called a fax machine. As digital communications took over, faxing declined, but some agencies and large corporations still rely on faxing documents instead of emailing them. Looking at you, government offices.

But honestly, how many of us actually own a fax machine? If you said yes, is it actually hooked up to a dedicated phone line? If you answered no to either one of those questions, or are looking for a way to cut back on expenses for your small business, an iOS app might work just as well.

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Wednesday February 25

22:53
Tim Cook Reportedly Showers with Apple Watch,...

The Apple Watch might be water resistant, according to comments reported by French site iGen. Either that or it's a misunderstanding, and we don't really know which. Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly told employees at an Apple Store in Berlin that he wears his Apple Watch everywhere, "even in the shower."


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21:02
Chinese government removes Apple from list of...

The Chinese government has removed several prominent US tech companies, including Apple, from its list of approved vendors for state purchases, Reuters reported today. The change is hardly unexpected following the government’s response to accusations several years ago that the US National Security Administration had been using backdoors in Apple products to spy on users.

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21:00
Killer Deal: Apple's 64GB iPad Air Wi-Fi + 4G...

Today only, until supplies run out, readers can grab Apple's 64GB iPad Air (Wi-Fi + 4G LTE) in Space Grey for $399 shipped, while a sister offer slashes the company's top-of-the-line MacBook Pro by $400 -- both of which are the lowest prices we've ever seen for these models.

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18:30
Apple CEO Tim Cook to Give Commencement Speech at...

George Washington University announced Wednesday that Apple CEO Tim Cook will give the commencement address for the 2015 graduating class. He will also be awarded an honorary doctorate of public service by the school. According to the school, Mr. Cook was suggested by its students during its nomination process.


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17:31
Tim Cook to give commencement address at George...

Apple CEO Tim Cook will give the commencement address at George Washington University’s graduation ceremony this May, the school announced today. Cook, who will receive an honorary degree during the event, was selected after being suggested by GWU students.

The commencement will take place on May 17th on the National Mall. The full GWU press release is included below.

Apple CEO Tim Cook to Deliver George Washington University Commencement Address

Anthony Fauci and Carole Watson to Receive Honorary Degrees

WASHINGTON (Feb. 25, 2015)— Apple CEO Tim Cook will deliver the George Washington University’s Commencement address before graduates on May 17. He will also be awarded an honorary doctorate of public service from the university. Mr. Cook, whose invitation was...

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17:00
Daily Deals for February 25, 2015, featuring Simon 4...

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

AWT’s Daily Deals

Simon 4.0 [OS X; On sale for $49.00, down from $99.00] AppleWorld.Today is pleased to offer an exclusive deal on Simon 4.0 by Dejal Systems. Simon is a robust site monitoring tool for OS X that checks servers for changes or failures and notifies you when a change is detected. The app sends a notification via email, sound, speech, Twitter, or a variety of other means.

The native Mac utility can be used to monitor both your own website and servers as well as external sites. You can use it to track...

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16:46
Apple Watch spread in Vogue

This is exactly what I’d expect from Apple—lots of room on the page with the focus being on the product, and not on a bunch of needless words. It speaks for itself.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:40
Amplified: “Well, you’re just stupid…”

Jim, Shawn and Dave talk about Steve Jobs, Apple Watch pricing and Roadie Tuner!

Sponsored by WALTR (Visit the link and use the code BIGBEARDSPECIAL for 33% off).

∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:00
Bumpies for iPhone 6/6 Plus: The un-case for your...

If there's one category in the iPhone accessories genre that seems to be somewhat overloaded with a lot of lookalikes, it's cases. That's why Bumpies caught my attention a while back. Instead of surrounding your iPhone in plastic or metal, Bumpies cover just four places - the corners of your iPhone. 

A set of Bumpies for your iPhone 6 costs just US$24 (affiliate link)-- sure,  you can get cheaper cases at your local dollar store, but they probably look cheap, too! Bumpies come in a variety of colors -- black, blue, fuchsia, gray, green, orange, pink, red, white and yellow. 

To install the Bumpies, you use an included alcohol wipe to clean the corners of the iPhone, slip it into the cardboard package sleeve the Bumpies come in, remove a piece of backing paper from each of the Bumpies, and press them onto the corners -- using the package...

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15:53
ACM 295: Pebble Time, Samsung Cars, and Being an...

Does Samsung want to make an electric car? Jeff Gamet and Bryan Chaffin think so. They also look at the Pebble Time, which has raised tons of money on Kickstarter, even as Apple prepares to release the Apple Watch. With Apple getting ever-larger., they also want to know what it means to be an Apple fan today, and what it might mean tomorrow.


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15:30
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

Apps Now Free

Tainted Keep [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] Uncover sinister evil in this console quality, magical, twin stick hack and slash.

Expenses OK - the excellent expense tracker (its handy widget save your time,money and finance) [iPhone; Now free, down from $0.99] Expenses OK - the fastest way to track your expenses.

Yet It Moves (puzzle platformer) [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $2.99]...

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15:22
Beard t-shirts

I never realized how many great beard t-shirts were out there. I need to make my own beard t-shirts.

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15:12
Griffin Survivor Slim Case for iPhone 6/6 Plus:...

Griffinâs Survivor Slim for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus provides serious drop protection (MIL-STD 801G), works with the fingerprint scanner, is fairly light weight, and, as a bonus, is actually easy to remove from the package without the aid of a chain saw. It's easy to insert the iPhone, but getting it out is not. The surface texture affords a great grip. Nancy Gravley fills us in.


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15:02
Full Stack Hacker Developer Training Bundle: $49

Today's deal will get you eight developer training courses for just $49. It's called the Full Stack Hacker Bundle, and it includes courses on Amazon Web Services, HTML 5, GitHub fundamentals, Python, MySQL, PHP, and more. The retail value of this package is $668.


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14:00
AWT News Update: February 25, 2015

On the AWT News Update podcast today: 

  • The Apple Watch gets a 12-page ad in Vogue Magazine's March issue
  • Fueled by the Podcasts app in iOS 8... and Serial... AdAge finds that podcast consumption grew by 18% between spring and fall of 2014
  • Apple will be adding GasBuddy.com and GreatSchools.com as new data providers for Apple Maps
  • A movie debuting on Friday gets the distinction of being the first Hollywood film edited using Final Cut Pro X
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook and Hardware Technologies VP Johny Srugi visit Israel

Listen to the AWT News Update every weekday for a quick overview of stories we may not have published on the blog. Note that we will release a link to the podcast in the iTunes Store as soon as it is approved by Apple. 

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13:59
Ask iLounge: How do I disassociate my phone number...

Q:  How do I disassociate my phone number from iMessage? I recently broke my hand-me-down iPhone 4S mid-contract and I’ve had to revert back to using an old cell phone. Now when friends with iPhones (almost everyone I know) try to send me an SMS I never get the message. Using both my wife’s and daughter’s iPhones, we’ve confirmed that the only way I seem to be able to receive their text messages is if they turn off cellular…

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13:55
Company with no product wins $533M verdict vs. Apple...

Smartflash LLC is a company that operates out of a tiny office suite in Tyler, Texas. It has no employees or products and no assets except for a handful of patents—but it may be getting a whole lot of cash. A jury verdict (PDF) that came out late yesterday orders Apple to pay the company $533 million for infringing three of its patents.

The company is no "patent troll," its lawyer insisted in e-mail and telephone discussions with Ars. He says that term doesn't apply because the company is part-owned by founder Patrick Racz, who's the named inventor on the three patents found to be infringed, numbered 7,334,720, 8,118,221, and 8,336,772. All three are related to downloading...

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13:00
Intrepid Bag Company's Luxury Leather Line: For...

I have a thing for leather — leather computer accessories, that is. That’s why when I saw a Kickstarter campaign for the Luxury Leather Line from the Intrepid Bag Co., I just had to sneak a glance at what they had.

Like their partners over at Pad & Quill, Intrepid makes high quality bags for carrying your tech gear as well as accessories. Last year, the company successfully funded the Journeyman Commuter Leather Messenger Bag and Lillium Leather Side Purse Hip Satchel. This year, they’re back with a complete line that includes a Wayfarer Messenger bag for your 15-inch MacBook Pro, the Zinnia Convertible (backpack/crossbody bag for up to a 13-inch MacBook Pro), a Slim Wallet (useful when you can’t pay with Apple Pay), a...

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12:55
Rumor: Apple to overhaul Genius Bar operating...

Your Genius Bar experience could be changing as soon as next month.

According to the rumor mill, Apple Retail is reportedly in the process of overhauling its Genius Bar experience. In a bid to better serve customers, starting from the week of March 9, a new initiative dubbed “Concierge” will be rolled out to replace walk-in appointments. The program involves Apple Store employees using an algorithm-driven iPad app to provide priority-assessed wait times for a customer’s query.

The customer then provides a phone number, which Apple uses to send three text messages with wait time updates:
An initial text message confirming the Genius Bar request and providing the wait time.

A text message telling the customer to start heading back to the Apple Store.

A final text message telling the customer that their technician is ready to help and where they can be located...

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12:49
Apple spotlights 'Focus' starring Will...

Opening in theaters this Friday, "Focus" starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie was edited entirely using Final Cut Pro X?--?a fact that Apple has highlighted on the software's official website.

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12:31
Volvo Talks Up Its Self-Driving Cars


Volvo last week revealed the latest developments in its Drive Me project, showing off a complete system that could make it possible to integrate self-driving cars into regular traffic with drivers behind the wheel. Volvo is making progress toward its goal of releasing 100 self-driving vehicles to consumers on selected roads around Gothenburg -- Sweden's second largest city -- by 2017, the company said. Volvo is working with legislators, transport authorities and city officials to help ensure a crash-free future on the roads.

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12:20
Mac Users Have Fallen Out of Love with Personal...

There was a time, when we were all new to personal computers, that we loved to build and use databases. A computer is the perfect tool for that kind of record keeping. However, in time, we all drifted away from that activity. John Martellaro ponders the why of it all.


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12:16
It's Official: NSA Spying Is Hurting the US...

An anonymous reader writes China is backing away from U.S. tech brands for state purchases as NSA revelations, according to Reuters, which confirms what many US technology companies have been saying for the past year: the activities by the NSA are harming their businesses in crucial growth markets, including China. From the article: "A new report confirmed key brands, including Cisco, Apple, Intel, and McAfee -- among others -- have been dropped from the Chinese government's list of authorized brands, a Reuters report said Wednesday. The number of approved foreign technology brands fell by a third, based on an analysis of the procurement list. Less than half of those companies with security products remain on the list."

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12:11
GasBuddy & GreatSchools now providing data for...

Third-party data presented to users within Apple Maps may soon include local gas prices and school locations, thanks to new partnerships with GasBuddy and GreatSchools.

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12:00
Skype 7.5 for Mac now available

Skype 7.5 for Mac is now available from Microsoft, and the app is adding localization for a number of new languages as well as tackling some performance issues.

The localization expansion provides speakers of Hindi, Turkish, Czech, Ukrainian, Greek, Hungarian, Romanian, Indonesian, Catalan, Croatian, Slovak, Vietnamese, Thai and Malay with controls, menus and help in those languages.

In the past, some Mac users saw high CPU activity when using animated emoticons during a chat; Microsoft says that it has "significantly reduced CPU consumption" for that specific situation. Also, a bug with OS X's App Nap feature that could keep Skype from reconnecting when used in background has been fixed.

The app is available as a free download from Microsoft, and can be updated automatically or by selecting "Check for Updates" from the Skype menu. To run Skype 7.5 on your Mac, it...

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11:59
Thanks to 'Serial' & Apple's...

Though podcasts are not a new medium, the format has seen significant growth over the last few months, attributed in part to the fact that Apple's Podcasts app is now built in to iOS 8.

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11:54
Apple Maps adds GasBuddy and GreatSchools as data...

Apple has recently added two new companies to its list acknowledging data providers for Apple Maps. The two latest additions, GasBuddy and GreatSchools, first spotted by applemapsmarketing.com, are likely a sign that Apple intends to add additional features or points of interest to its maps apps for iOS and Mac.

GasBuddy is a service that aggregates data from local websites to offer up to date information on gas prices, while Great Schools gathers data and reviews for local schools.

Apple has continued to add...

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11:51
First Hollywood film edited with Final Cut Pro X...

It’s no secret that Final Cut Pro X, the overhauled follow up to Apple’s widely used video editing software, wasn’t exactly a hit with its users when the app was first released in 2011.

A comprehensive change in the way the software functioned and a lack of legacy features from the prior version gave the app a reputation for being “iMovie Pro” rather than a true professional desktop video editor. Soon after its launch, Apple addressed the flood of criticism with an FAQ site and a promise that more features would slowly become available in the new version.

Nearly four years later, the first Hollywood film edited in Final Cut Pro X is set to be released. To showcase the movie debut and FCPX’s...

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11:34
A New Take on Feature Film Post-Production

After researching several workflows, directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra decided to edit “Focus” — a major new Warner Bros. film starring Will Smith — entirely in Final Cut Pro X. The results were even better than they’d expected. Final Cut Pro X helped them deliver the movie on time and under budget, and it played and looked just as they’d envisioned it. “I’ve cut on all the other systems, and I can easily say I’m three times faster on Final Cut Pro X,” says Ficarra.

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11:00
YouTube Kids provides a safe environment for kids as...

YouTube recently debuted a new iOS app designed for the younger generation. The company's YouTube Kids app promises to provide kid-friendly content in an interface that "even little ones can navigate." How does YouTube Kids deliver on its promises? Read on to find out what my little ones thought of YouTube Kids after using it for a few days.

The first thing I noticed when I opened YouTube Kids is that the UI is very simple, colorful and arranged nicely. Catchy music plays in the background while large icons and video thumbnails make it easy for non-readers to find their favorite shows. The content is arranged in easy-to-explore "Channels" that provide access to a group of similar videos.

The app launches to the "Shows" view, which provides access to the curated channels included in the app. As kids scroll through the channels, they can move from "Shows" to "Music", then to "Learning" and...

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10:48
TMO Daily Observations 2015-02-25: Philips Hue and...

Philips Hue and Lux smart lighting systems are popular with the TMO team, and our own Kelly Guimont has plenty of expertise to share. Kelly and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about what makes Hue lighting so cool, and what you can do to make your setup even more useful. John also has some thoughts on our changing perception on how we track important data.


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10:32
12-page print ad & digital video showcase Apple...

As the April launch of the Apple Watch fast approaches, Apple has taken out a major 12-page ad in the latest issue of fashion magazine Vogue, and also included a video version in the digital iPad edition.

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10:17
Podcast: Good morning Glenn

In this episode we welcome our new host, Glenn Fleishman, whom you probably already know from everywhere. As Macworld's security expert, Glenn breaks down the newest potential creepy threat—malware embedded on the tiny computers inside our hard drives or even Lightning cables. (Don't sweat it just yet, though.) We also talk about Apple's solar farm project, discuss the latest push by Google Wallet, and how it could benefit Apple Pay—and bash Current-C again just because it's fun.

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10:04
Happy Hour Podcast 003 | All things Apple Watch

Welcome to episode 003 of the Happy Hour podcast! Today we’re discussing all things Apple Watch. Can Apple succeed in the smartwatch game? It’s clear Apple has been developing this product for a while and we’ll get into all of the need-to-know information surrounding it. The Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and through our dedicated RSS feed…

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10:04
Valve To Put Steam Behind VR Efforts With New Headset


Valve on Monday announced that it's getting into the virtual reality hardware business. In a terse tease posted to the Web, the company trumpeted its intentions to reveal its SteamVR hardware system next week at the 2015 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Valve also announced that it is looking for developers and publishers to create content for its new VR hardware system. Also to be demonstrated at next week's GDC will be a refined version of the Steam Controller and a number of living room devices, Valve said.

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10:00
Sesame is a $99 smart lock that lets you unlock your...

Note: Kickstarter currently appears to be down possibly because of a certain new smartwatch

The iPhone-connected smart lock market is getting a new player today as Candy House introduces a new, competitively priced device called Sesame—a play on the phrase “open sesame”—that retrofits your existing deadbolt lock with modern smarts.

While current smart lock options carry higher price tags and require replacing existing hardware, Sesame starts at $99 ($89 early bird special) and adds smart lock features to most existing door locks. Check below for an excellent video demo and more info:...

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10:00
Review: Wacom Bamboo Stylus Fineline

Wacom bamboo stylus fineline and bamboo paper - notebook app

When it comes to reviews, this one has probably taken longer to be published than any other I've ever written. Why? Well, I originally wrote a draft review of the US$59.95 Wacom Bamboo Stylus Fineline back when we were all still at TUAW. However, there were some issues with the device -- it didn't track properly when drawing diagonal lines -- so I waited for a firmware update. Well, that update and an updated version of the companion Bamboo Paper - Notebook app (free with in-app purchases) recently arrived, so I decided it was time to dust off the draft. Here we go:

Steve Jobs famously mocked the need for styluses on smartphones during the intro of the iPhone in 2007 by saying “So let's not use a stylus. We're going to...

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09:59
Lenovo’s adware disaster gets worse

The list of software known to use the same HTTPS-breaking technology recently found preinstalled on Lenovo laptops has risen dramatically with the discovery of at least 12 new titles, including one that’s categorized as a malicious trojan by a major antivirus provider.

Good luck Lenovo users.

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09:53
What it’s like interviewing for a job at Apple

Apple is very particular and thorough.

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09:49
Apple Watch returns to Vogue w/ first video ad...


(via Carlos Ribas)

As Apple prepares to bring the Apple Watch to market in just a few short weeks, the company is once again turning to Vogue magazine to showcase its new product category or wearable devices. We first saw the Apple Watch make its magazine debut on the cover of Vogue China late last year, and now the popular fashion-focused publication is featuring a multi-page spread displaying various Apple Watch collections....

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09:38
Cassius Clay

Today in Media History: In 1964, sportswriters reported that Cassius Clay was the new heavyweight boxing champion.

What a great story.

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09:26
Apple's Jony Ive and Tesla's Elon Musk...

One of the top designers in the world and the leader in electric car technology were spotted engrossed in private conversation this past Sunday at an exclusive Academy Awards afterparty, amidst a flurry of rumors surrounding Apple's rumored plans to build its own electric, autonomous car.

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09:21
Skype 7.5 for Mac adds 14 new languages, several...

Microsoft is releasing the latest version of Skype for Mac today adding support for over a dozen additional languages and performance improvements for users. Beginning with Skype 7.5 for Mac, the communication app will now feature localization for the following languages: Hindi, Turkish, Czech, Ukrainian, Greek, Hungarian, Romanian, Indonesian, Catalan, Croatian, Slovak, Vietnamese, Thai and Malay

Microsoft also says the latest version of Skype addresses performance issues including “significantly reduced CPU consumption” when using animated characters during chat. Mac users should also see fewer issues...

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09:16
Apple Pay adoption keeps climbing: Chase says 1...

Chase’s early numbers on Apple Pay adoption are promising: More than a million of the bank’s customers have added debit and credit cards to the service since it launched last October.

That number is slightly higher than rival Bank of America’s, which saw 800,000 customers rush to add 1.1 million cards to Apple Pay between the mobile payment program’s launch Oct. 20 and the end of 2014. Apple CEO Tim Cook said that as of December, Apple Pay comprised $2 of every $3 spent with mobile payments at supporting retailers. Apple hasn’t released any other Apple Pay adoption numbers.

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09:08
Tim Cook visits Israel

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook was in Israel on Wednesday, and had a meeting with President Reuven Rivlin, as Apple is prepared to open a new office in the country.

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09:05
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08:59
Apple CEO Tim Cook visits Israel, meets with...

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook was in Israel on Wednesday, and had a meeting with President Reuven Rivlin, as Apple is prepared to open a new office in the country.

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08:31
Pebble Time raises over $9 million on Kickstarter...

Most Kickstarter campaigns don’t work out this well.

Pebble Time, the successor to the Pebble & Pebble Steel smartwatches, was able to hit its US$500,000 goal in 17 minutes and also hit the US$2M mark in less than an hour on its crowdsourced Kickstarter campaign. The new wearable is touting a color e-paper display and microphone for responding to notifications.

It also has features Pebble users are already familiar with, such as seven days of battery life, water resistance, and an extensive library of watch faces and apps.

The campaign currently stands at over US$9M in donations with 30 days to go.

It’s hard to say how this will affect Apple Watch sales, but wearables are the in thing now and Pebble Time just did extremely well for itself and...

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08:30
Apple ordered to pay $533M for infringing Smartflash...

As reported by Bloomberg, a federal jury found Apple quilty of infringing patents held by holding company Smartflash LLC. Filed in 2013, the original lawsuit claims that the iTunes Store, the iOS and Mac App Store, and Apple's other transaction services infringe on three Smartflash patents that cover "data storage and managing access through payment systems." The company originally was seeking $852 million in damages, but was awarded $533M as part of the jury's decision.

Apple argued against Smartflash's patents, claiming the patents were invalid and the company's royalty demands were excessive.

““Smartflash makes no products, has no employees, creates no jobs, has no U.S. presence, and is exploiting our patent system to seek royalties for technology Apple invented,” said Kristin Huguet, an Apple spokeswoman. “We refused to pay off this...

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08:17
Tim Cook & Apple Technology VP Johny Srouji...

Apple CEO Tim Cook & Israel President Reuven Rivlin

Apple CEO Tim Cook is continuing his international tour this week with a stop in Israel, The Marker reports. The publication reports that Cook arrived in Israel today and has since met with President Reuven Rivlin (seen above) at his home in Jerusalem; Cook is also expected to meet with former President Shimon Peres during the trip. Alongside Cook for the trip, notably, is Johny Srugi, Apple’s Vice President of Hardware Technologies, a graduate of Technion, Israel’s Institute of Technology…

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08:16
Luxury outfitter now offering 24 karat gold “Year of...

If you ever wanted a luxury gold iPhone 6 case that celebrates the year of the goat, this is for you.

Accessory outfit Goldgenie, which released a £2.3 million (US$3,563,928.10) iPhone 6, has released another limited edition of the same iPhone 6 device and is available for purchase.

24k gold iPhone 6 Year of the Goat edition is released to mark the Chinese New Year 2015. It has a laser engraved a hand-painted Chinese symbol of the Goat, which brings a peaceful energy into the year ahead.

The unit can be yours for an asking price of £2,637 (US$3,668.27). That is for the 64 GB version, but if you want the 128 GB model you’ll have to pay £2,837(US$4,396.65). The rest of the specs are the same.

So, you know, 24 karat gold iPhone 6 case. With a goat on it. Hopefully it’ll bring peaceful energy into your life.

Why WOULDN’T you buy this?

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08:02
Results: 60% want Apple to thicken the next iPhone...

A recent poll of over 3,100 9to5Mac readers indicates that most are not satisfied with current-generation iPhone battery life. Over 90% of respondents said that they want to see Apple improve iPhone battery life, versus less than 7% saying that “iPhone battery life and battery cases are good enough as-is.”

The split in responses interestingly suggests that Apple can safely stop prioritizing thinness over superior battery performance. A solid majority of over 60% of respondents said that Apple should thicken the next iPhone to improve its battery life, which is especially noteworthy given that there were other poll options. Over 31% said that Apple should achieve whatever battery improvements it can by improving the iPhone’s chips, while just under 2% said that Apple should instead focus...

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08:00
Chase announces 1M wallets provisioned on Apple Pay

During its 2015 Investor Day on Tuesday, JP Morgan Chase confirmed that more than one million customers have activated their credit cards or debit cards on Apple Pay (Via AppleInsider).

“We were an early participant of Apple Pay,” said Eileen Serra, CEO of Chase Card Services. “We do continue to see good growth in the number of consumers that are provisioning Chase cards in their Apple Pay wallet.”

— JP Morgan Chase

The number of cards provisioned by Chase over time has grown steadily since Apple launched the mobile payment service in October of last year. Chase customers who activate Apple Pay tend to be young, have high incomes and favor credit cards, which make up 69 percent of Chase's Apple Pay transactions.

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07:40
Tim Cook: Apple Watch will be showerproof, Apple Pay...

French site iGen is reporting that Tim Cook told an employee in the Kurfürstendamm Apple Store in Berlin that he wears his Apple Watch all the time–”even in the shower.” While Apple has previously mentioned water-resistance, and stated that the S1 innards are “completely encapsulated in resin,” this is the first time we’ve had a specific indication on what that means in practice.

In line with expectations that the watch will only have one day of battery-life, Cook confirmed that he removes it every night to charge … ...

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07:30
Prong’s PWR case for iPhone 6 provides the easiest...

There are a ton of power accessories on the market for iPhone that it’s almost difficult to tell them apart. They all fit a ton of battery power in a case, but they are all pretty much the same, except for one.

Prong has recently launched a new Indiegogo campaign for its new PWR case for iPhone 6. Not only does this case have a built-in battery pack, it also features a power supply as well. This means you could get away with never using a cable again to charge up your iPhone…

Prong’s PWR case isn’t the first of its kind from the company. Originally Prong successfully...

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07:30
Steve & Ross on The Backerjack Podcast: Beam...

Another week, another Backerjack podcast with Ross Rubin! For episode 7, we discussed three rather interesting crowdfunding campaigns. First, the Beam pico projector/LED light bulb, which is powered by any old light socket and can project stuff from your iPhone. Next, Neo smart jars, food containers that can tell how much of a foodstuff you've just poured out and give you the nutritional info you need. And finally, a rehash of the old standard -- the Pigeon connected picture frame. 

We give you the scoop on these three campaigns (guess which one is failing?) and more on the Backerjack podcast. Subscribe at:

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07:21
Jury Tells Apple To Pay $532.9 Million In Patent Suit

An anonymous reader writes: Smartflash LLC has won a patent lawsuit against Apple over DRM and technology relating to the storage of downloaded songs, games, and videos on iTunes. Apple must now pay $532.9 million in damages. An Apple spokesperson did not hesitate to imply Smartflash is a patent troll: "Smartflash makes no products, has no employees, creates no jobs, has no U.S. presence, and is exploiting our patent system to seek royalties for technology Apple invented. We refused to pay off this company for the ideas our employees spent years innovating and unfortunately we have been left with no choice but to take this fight up through the court system." The trial happened in the same court that decided Apple owed VirnetX $368 million over FaceTime-related patents back in 2012.

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07:03
Apple Hit with $532.9M Fine for Infringing on...

A Texas court has ordered Apple to pay Smartflash US$532.9 million for infringing on the company's DRM and payment system-related patents. Smartflash argued that Apple used its patented technology in iTunes for managing purchases, along with accessing and storing downloaded content such as songs and apps.

The Mac Observer Spin: Assuming the Smartflash claims are valid, the company won't be seeing the money it was awarded for some time considering Apple will appeal the ruling. If the ruling is overturned, however, this will turn into a very expensive goose chase for the patent holding company.


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07:01
What Samsung’s Galaxy S6 would look like if it didn’...

Even Samsung likes making fun of Samsung.

Unlike most of its competitors, Samsung is embracing all of the crazy rumors about its upcoming devices and having a little fun with it on its website. This is probably what Samsung’s devices would actually look like if it didn’t copy Apple. 

The images above and below were posted to a webpage on Samsung’s website teasing some absurd renderings of imaginary mobile devices based on rumors floating around online for the company’s upcoming next-gen Galaxy device. This is clearly Samsung having a little fun with the rumormongers, but it’s only to hype its new flagship Galaxy S6 expected to make an appearance in the coming weeks…

Samsung is...

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07:01
Rumor: Tim Cook reveals waterproofing on Apple Watch...

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook was reportedly overheard telling a retail employee in Germany that he wears his Apple Watch in the shower, which would suggest that the water resistance of the wrist-worn device has changed since it was first announced last year.

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06:58
Opinion: Does the Apple Watch Edition signal future...

Back in April of last year, when a luxury model of the Apple Watch was still a vague rumor, I wrote an opinion piece in which I expressed the view that Apple could indeed pull this off. I went further, and suggested that it could even create an entire range of luxury versions of its existing products, from iPhones to Macs.

Ten months on, with the Apple Watch Edition now real, and the general expectation that it’s going to cost several thousand dollars at least, I thought it was time to revisit that idea. Is a luxury model of the Apple Watch a one-off, or does Apple see this as the first step toward Edition models of its complete product range … ? ...

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06:45
News: Apple ordered to pay $532.9m in iTunes patent...

Apple has been ordered to pay $532.9 million in an iTunes patent infringement case, Bloomberg reports. Texas-based Smartflash LLC brought a suit against Apple claiming that the Cupertino company infringed three patents related to iTunes digital rights management and “inventions related to data storage and managing access through patent systems.” The original claim sought $852 million in damages as an entitlement to a percentage of sales…

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06:30
Apple ordered to pay $533 million in patent dispute

Bloomberg Business:

Apple Inc. was told to pay $532.9 million after a federal jury said the company’s iTunes software used a Texas company’s patented inventions without permission.

This one’s not over.

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06:04
iOS: Forcing iCloud Contacts & Calendars to Sync

Having trouble with iCloud syncing? That's what we're here for. In today's Quick Tip, we'll cover a (very) simple trick you can try when new contacts or calendar events just won't show up on your iOS device. Trust us, throwing your iPhone out the window won't help, but this article just might.


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06:00
Letterswirl for iPhone and iPad is an atmospheric...

Letterswirl for iPhone and iPad ($1.99, universal) feels like an artifact that was stolen from the land of Myst. Chimes, atmospheric music and an old-world, clockwork look create an effectively themed game. The fact that it's also challenging and fun is icing on the cake. Here's our look at the clever word game, Letterswirl.

How to play

You're presented with a ring containing 10 spheres. One additional sphere hovers in the ring's center. On each sphere is a letter. The objective is to arrange the spheres so that neighboring letters form words. Once you've created words all the way around the circle without gaps, you've won. Sound easy? It's not.

There are a few rules to be aware of. Once per turn, you may replace a lettered sphere that's in the ring with the...

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Mac minis available for up to $75 off MSRP
MacMall has Mac minis on sale for up to $75 off MSRP including free shipping. Their prices are the lowest available for these models from any reseller: - 1.4GHz Mac mini: $459.99 $40 off - 2.6GHz Mac... Read more
WaterField Unveils Versatile Padded Gear Pouc...
San Francisco manufacturer WaterField Design’s new Padded Gear Pouch is a light and handy-sized, yet protective, organizer for every kind of take-along gear: technology, travel, toiletries,... Read more
College Student Deals: Additional $50 off Mac...
Take an additional $50 off all MacBooks and iMacs at Best Buy Online with their College Students Deals Savings, valid through April 11, 2015. Anyone with a valid .EDU email address can take advantage... Read more

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*Apple* Solutions Consultant - Retail Sales...
**Job Summary** The ASC is an Apple employee who serves as an Apple brand ambassador and influencer in a Reseller's store. The ASC's role is to grow Apple Read more
*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
*Apple* Solutions Consultant (ASC)- Retail S...
**Job Summary** The ASC is an Apple employee who serves as an Apple brand ambassador and influencer in a Reseller's store. The ASC's role is to grow Apple Read more
*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
Sr. Technical Services Consultant, *Apple*...
**Job Summary** Apple Professional Services (APS) has an opening for a senior technical position that contributes to Apple 's efforts for strategic and transactional Read more
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