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Monday March 30

19:50
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18:23
Apple Maps Connect services branch out to Italy,...

Apple on Monday expanded the reach of its Maps Connect service for small businesses to three more countries, namely Italy, Mexico, and Switzerland.

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16:13
ifoAppleStore Calls it Quits, ‘My Work Is Done’

ifoAppleStore's Gary Allen announced over the weekend that he was calling it quits on regular coverage of Apple's fleet of retail stores. In an announcement titled "My Work Is Done," Mr. Allen said that when he started, there was little detailed coverage of Apple Stores, but that now, even mainstream coverage on Apple's retail goings on is extensive.


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15:00
AWT News Update: March 30, 2015

Today's Apple News:

  • 1Password for iOS receives a significant update providing new features and more speed.
  • 9to5Mac reports on the special 'kid glove" treatment that will be provided for those who plan to purchase the gold Apple Watch Edition.

We're now broadcasting the AWT News Update live on Periscope; be sure to follow @AppleWorldToday to be notified when a broadcast begins -- replays are available for 24 hours after the broadcast.

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14:59
Apple announces live Q2 2015 earnings call for April...

Apple has scheduled its Q2 2015 earnings call for April 27th. The call will be held at 2PM Cupertino time, and will cover the company’s earnings for the second quarter of the fiscal year. As usual, the live audio of the call will be available on Apple’s website.

Prior to the call, the company will release its Q2 earnings report, then the executive team will break down the numbers in a bit more detail for investors and members of the media on its quarterly conference call. A Q&A session will provide a chance for the executives to cryptically hint at future plans while going into even further detail on specific points.

During the previous call, Apple announced that it had reached a major milestone by shipping its 1 billionth iOS device and sold 74.4 million iPhones, 21.4 million iPads, and 5.5 million Mac computers, raking in a...

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14:00
Twelve South BaseLift for MacBook: Ultra-portable...

Twelve south baselift for Macbook. Photo via Twelvesouth.com

On the first day Apple World Today was open for business (Feb. 9, 2015), our first published review was about the Twelve South ParcSlope (US$49.95, affiliate link), an aluminum stand for MacBook. While the ParcSlope gathered a five-star rating from AWT for its sleek design and solid construction, it's hardly a stand that you can take with you everywhere. Little did we know at the time that Twelve South had another, much more portable MacBook stand waiting in the wings. The BaseLift for MacBook ($39.99) is now available from Twelve South, and it can be used anywhere to give your laptop a lift and your thighs some insulation from the heat (...

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12:27
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 30...

Notable software releases this week include BusyContacts 1.0.2, Napkin 1.5, Backblaze 4.0, and PDFpen and PDFpenPro 7.1.

 

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12:27
ExtraBITS for 30 March 2015

In our latest ExtraBITS roundup, Apple CEO Tim Cook makes a political statement in the Washington Post, Pixar releases RenderMan for free, Apple Store employees prepare to offer fashion advice, a Mac Plus gets on the Web, and Amazon reveals future updates for the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick.

 

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12:06
How to select an Xsan metadata network in OS X...

This article explains how to select a private metadata network after a SAN has been created.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204249

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12:00
Apple expands Reuse and Recycling Program to include...

Apple today has expanded its Reuse and Recycling program to include non-Apple devices such as PCs and Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone smartphones from HTC, Nokia, LG and others. According to MacRumors, this new trade-in program is available in the United States, the UK and several other European countries.

The smartphone trade-in program has gone live in the United States, United Kingdom, Italy and France in partnership with third-party device buyback and trade-in company Brightstar Corporation. Apple is also accepting various PC models by certain manufacturers as part of its expanded Reuse and Recycling Program, which is also being handled by third-party vendor Dataserv.

Customers trading in these non-Apple devices will receive a Store gift card or a bank transfer credit for the value of the trade-in...

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11:17
Jay-Z to relaunch his new Tidal Music Service

Tidal, the high-definition music streaming service acquired by rapper and music mogul Jay-Z, is gearing up for its official relaunch under new ownership later today, and it will be doing so by reportedly making a move to snag new releases by some of the biggest musicians of the moment including Kanye West, Madonna and Daft Punk, ahead of rival services like Spotify and Beats.

The streaming business is getting pretty crowded. Apple is late to the game, but they could still make its mark in the industry with a redesigned Beats.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:13
Amazon Home Services

Handpicked Pros. Upfront Prices. Happiness Guarantee

This is a really interesting move by Amazon. They invite pros to be part of the network and vet them for you. Amazon has a great brand, so this has a lot of potential for them.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:00
Accessible Apple: Overcoming quadriplegia with the...

In my previous article, I asked readers to tune in this week for part two of my "Building a Wheelchair/Bed Mounted iDevice Setup" series, where I would focus on iDevice mounts and cases. The article will appear later this week as a special edition of Accessible Apple, so please stay tuned.

iOS has changed the lives of many people with disabilities. The video below showcases the stories of two men, Todd Stabelfeldt and his friend Ian, who have used iDevices to regain their independence after accidents that left them paralyzed. Watch the video and see how Apple has made a difference in their lives and the lives of those around them.

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10:57
Major new Tesla product line coming in April

Elon Musk tweeted this morning that a major new product line was coming, but it is not a car. I can’t wait to see what it is.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:35
Take Control of Security for Mac Users, Chapter 10:...

Most of the topics in this book address ways of protecting your data in one fashion or another. But in this chapter, we change gears to address two key pieces of data security — preventing loss and theft of your data while it’s stored on your Mac.

 

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10:34
Chapter 10 of “Take Control of Security for Mac...

In this week’s installment, Joe Kissell moves from looking at the various ways you can keep people out of your Mac to how you can prevent loss and theft of your data while it’s stored on your Mac.

 

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10:28
YouTube Fiddles With 4K


YouTube on Friday announced that it would begin supporting Ultra High Definition 4K video content. YouTube officially unveiled the news via TestTube, an incubator for new features concocted by its so-called mad scientists. YouTube developers have posted six experimental videos that can be streamed at up to 2160p -- essentially a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160. The videos support 60 frames per second, and thus are sharper and smoother than the common frame rates of 24fps and 30fps.

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10:28
Apple preps basic and fancy shopping experiences for...

Buying an Apple Watch won’t be as simple as wandering into your local Apple Store and pointing out the device you want, like it is with most other Apple products. Expect more of a “journey,” if 9to5Mac’s latest reports about the watch-buying experience are accurate.

Special treatment for high rollers

Watch Edition buyers will get the white-glove treatment, as you would guess from a shopping trip that could end in a $10,000 to $17,000 sale. If you’re interested in dropping some serious cash on a watch, Apple will set you up with an hour-long personalized appointment away from the riff-raff trying on the lower-priced models. You’ll be able to try on two Edition models at a time, plus accessories to round out your purchase. The customer...

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10:20
News: Apple expands iPhone trade-in program to non-...

Apple’s rumored expansion of its iPhone trade-in program to include non-Apple devices went live today in the U.S. and Europe, French blog MacPlus reports. The U.K. website for Brightstar, a third-party company that handles Apple’s trade-ins, indicates Apple is now offering Apple Store credit in exchange for select handsets from Sony, Nokia, Blackberry, Samsung, NTC and LG. The change to Apple’s exchange program was handled with little…

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10:15
Gmail

 March 30, 2015 10:15:00 AM PDT

The problem with Gmail should be resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and continued support. Please rest assured that system reliability is a top priority at Google, and we are making continuous improvements to make our systems better.

This only affected IMAP connections to Gmail.

If you are still experiencing any issues, please reconnect your IMAP client.

 March 30, 2015 9:15:00 AM PDT

We're aware of a problem with Gmail affecting a significant subset of users. The affected users are able to access Gmail, but are seeing error messages and/or other unexpected behavior. We will provide an update by March 30, 2015 10:15:00 AM PDT detailing when we expect to resolve the problem. Please note that this resolution time is an estimate and may change.

This is only affecting IMAP connections to Gmail.

 March 30, 2015 8:15:00 AM PDT

We're aware of a problem with...

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10:07
Gold Apple Watch Edition comes with a buying...

You probably already know if you're going to shell out $10,000 or more for the Apple Watch Edition—aside from being made of gold, it isn't going to do anything that the $349 Apple Watch Sport or the $549 Apple Watch can't do. However, buying and getting support for the five-figure watches will apparently be substantially different, according to a report from 9to5Mac.

It begins with the buying experience itself. The cheaper Apple Watches will reportedly be sold using five- to ten-minute demo sessions at tables set up throughout Apple Stores, but the Apple Watch Edition will be demoed in private one-on-one sessions that can last up to an hour. Accessories and alternate bands will apparently be offered after customers have been allowed to try on the watches.

Once you've bought your five-figure smart watch, you can elect to...

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09:00
News: Alleged ‘iPhone 6c’ rear shell photos leaked

Alleged photos of an alleged “iPhone 6c” rear shell have been posted on Future Supplier. The housing — which Future Supplier claims to have found but neglects to disclose from where — is similar to that of the iPhone 5c, but with an oval-shaped opening for the rear camera’s flash, matching the iPhone 5s flash instead of the round opening on the iPhone 5c. The purported iPhone 6c images also show two speaker grilles on the bottom…

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08:49
News: Gear section, Disqus comments added to iLounge

iLounge has recently added a new section: Gear. This section will further highlight products we’ve received that have often “slipped through the cracks” in the past — items that don’t fit into our Reviews section. We’ve already featured some new bags and a small battery pack. Apple Watch bands will also have a home in Gear. Also, for those who haven’t noticed, we’d like to point out that we’ve moved…

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08:40
The most unforgettable hockey game requires the most...

Huffington Post:

A four-month contest to reward Canada’s most dedicated hockey players could only end in a place like this.

The lucky winners of Molson Canadian’s #AnythingForHockey campaign were flown by helicopter this month to a professionally built rink on a glacial B.C. lake to play an epic game of shinny.

These ads have been all over Canadian TV for months and, while you couldn’t pay me to drink Molson Canadian, their ad campaigns have always been wonderful examples of what it can mean to be Canadian and what hockey means to us. Now, excuse me. After watching that video, I’ve got some dust in my eyes I need to get a tissue to wipe out.

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08:26
News: FDA taking ‘hands-off approach’ to regulating...

With the Apple Watch poised to launch Apple into the health care industry, the Food and Drug Administration is doing its best to stay out of the way, Bloomberg reports. Current FDA guidelines leave mobile applications geared toward wellness and fitness tracking mostly free from scrutiny, focusing more on technology used to diagnose, treat and prevent illnesses. The Federal Trade Commission has cracked down on apps making dubious claims about diagnosing…

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07:45
News: Apple Watch won’t be sold to walk-in customers...

Leaked documents confirm Apple Stores won’t be selling Apple Watches to walk-in customers when the product launches on April 24, according to MacRumors. Customers will have to make an online “Product Reservation” to purchase a specific model at their local Apple Store, with Apple noting that even making a “try-on appointment” doesn’t reserve a specific Apple Watch for purchase. New training documents for Apple Store…

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07:40
Leaked Apple documents outline possible Apple Watch...

Some leaked documents have revealed what may be in store for Apple Watch buyers come April.

Shoppers wanting to buy an Apple Watch from an Apple Store will not be able to pick one up without a prior reservation, at least at launch, according to a new report.

Prospective buyers will need to make a “Product Reservation” online to secure a specific model, eschewing Apple’ usual Personal Pickup option, according to leaked training documents obtained by MacRumors. The documents also reportedly state that if a person simply walks into an Apple Store, retail workers should offer the option to try on a Watch, but then help them place an order through Apple’s...

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07:35
Apple begins accepting non-iPhone trade-ins in the...

Consumers looking to make the switch from an Android, BlackBerry, or Windows Phone device to an iPhone can now bring their old handset directly to Apple, where they could trade it in to receive credit toward the purchase of a new iPhone.

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07:31
Apple Watch could help lend data to hyper-local...

A lot of attention has gone into the upcoming Apple Watch’s biometric and health-centric sensors, but the device could also be great for weather forecasting.

Last fall, after the announcement of the iPhone 6 and its barometer, meteorologist Cliff Mass wrote a giddy blog post about the promise of smartphone barometers. He said experimental results from his research team show that dense networks of mobile barometers alone can create highly accurate three-dimensional weather maps. That “almost sounds like magic” to Mass.

The implications of highly localized weather forecasts are profound. The Weather Company, which owns the Weather Channel, has used local...

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06:51
News: Daily Deal: Last Chance to save over 75% on...

This week is your last chance to pick up the Wireless Bluetooth Cloud Buds for only $24.99 in our iLounge Deals. Providing a truly hands-free listening experience, the Bluetooth Cloud Buds provide up to thirty feet of Bluetooth connectivity and feature an integrated mic for taking calls while on the go. The package includes a noise-cancelling outer shell, optional ear hooks and multiple sizes of gelled ear buds and caps so you can fit these in with…

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06:45
FDA confirms 'very light touch' regulation...

Wearable devices that collect and collate personal health data, such as the forthcoming Apple Watch, are unlikely to fall under the thumb of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as long as manufacturers stay away from medical diagnosis, an agency representative said this week.

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06:34
If You Want To Buy an Apple Watch In-Store, You...

An anonymous reader writes "Good news for those of you thinking of buying an Apple watch but were concerned the experience wouldn't feel exclusive enough. According to MacRumors there will be no walk-in sales the first few weeks of launch. Instead, you'll have to call the store and make reservations. From the article: "Apple will begin offering online pre-sales of the Apple Watch starting on April 10th, with the first deliveries occurring on April 24th, the official Apple Watch launch date. During those two weeks, customers will be able to have hands-on 'try-on' appointments at Apple retail stores in order to help make up their mind. However, according to training documents that MacRumors has received, Apple is not allowing any walk-in retail purchases for the Apple Watch at launch. Instead customers must make an online 'Product Reservation' to hold a specific Apple Watch model at a retail store. This new 'Product Reservation' system is used instead of Apple's 'Personal Pickup'...

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06:18
Apple Watch for retail sale by reservation only, no...

Shoppers wanting to buy an Apple Watch from an Apple Store will not be able to pick one up without a prior reservation, at least at launch, according to a new report.

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06:00
Apple/Beats streaming music service has competition...

If Apple plans to offer artist exclusives as a way to encourage sign-ups to its rebranded Beats Music streaming service, it will be facing new competition. TechCrunch reports that Tidal, the high-definition music service being relaunched later today by new owner Jay Z, is set to announce some exclusive deals with big-name artists.

Tidal is […] reportedly making a move to snag new releases by some of the biggest musicians of the moment including Kanye West, Madonna and Daft Punk […]

Tidal’s plan of attack will be to ink first-window deals with the artists, where Tidal would get first releases of tracks...

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05:33
Steve Jobs biopic shoots scenes from unveiling of...

The upcoming film about the life of Steve Jobs, starring Michael Fassbender, will feature scenes reliving his return to the company and the unveiling of the very first iMac.

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05:06
Want to work for Apple in the US? Here are the five...

If Apple’s recently-revamped jobs site has tempted you to consider a move to the US, data from the Office of Foreign Labor Certification may provide a guide to your chances. Applications for H-1B visas–those allowing overseas workers to accept job offers in the US–reveal that top tech companies like Apple mostly sponsor the visas for five main roles, reports TechCrunch.

By examining the most common professions among H-1B applicants for Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft, five consistent career paths emerged across each company. Software engineers, systems software engineers, financial analysts, computer systems analysts and marketing managers make up a large part of H-1B visa...

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05:00
Retiring in a Tropical Paradise: Risks May Outweigh...


One of the really attractive options for retirement is moving to another country and, for a fraction of the cost of living in the U.S., living like royalty. Well, I've been hearing a lot of stories about this over the last year, and I think there is reason for concern. This isn't to say that a lot of folks haven't done it successfully, but I've met a considerable number who appear to be in denial or simply have no choice now but to ride out their decision, because they can't afford to move back to the U.S.

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04:12
Tim Cook calls Arkansas & Indiana laws “...

Tim Cook has written an op-ed in the Washington Post describing legislation permitting businesses to bypass anti-discrimination laws on religious grounds as “very dangerous,” and in fundamental opposition to the founding principles of the United States. In it, he referenced the ugly days of racial segregation, which finally ended only in the 1960s.

Men and women have fought and died fighting to protect our country’s founding principles of freedom and equality. We owe it to them, to each other and to our future to continue to fight with our words and our actions to make sure we protect those ideals. The days of segregation and discrimination marked by “Whites Only” signs on shop doors, water fountains and restrooms must remain deep in our past. We must never return to any...

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02:14
BusyContacts 1.0.2

Maintenance release for the new contact manager app. ($49.99 new, free update, 5.4 MB)

 

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Sunday March 29

21:24
Twitter sharing disappears in latest iOS beta, may...

A small change to the latest beta version of iOS may indicate a big change coming to the official Twitter application. In the pre-release version of the software that was provided to testers and developers last week, it seems the option to share content to Twitter has been removed entirely.

Not only is the Twitter icon now missing from the share sheet in first-party apps like Photos and Safari, but from all third-party apps that use the native sharing option introduced in iOS 8. The change could just be a glitch, but it more likely suggests that Apple may be removing its in-house Twitter sheet in favor of something new…

...

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21:22
Liquid metal machines 'eat' in order to...

Robots typically rely on batteries to get power, but they may soon have to do little more than nibble on another material to start moving. Chinese researchers have developed simple liquid metal machines (not shown here) that zip around if they "eat" ...

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20:48
Cook says discriminatory 'religious freedom...

In an editorial published by The Washington Post on Sunday, Apple CEO Tim Cook comes down hard on a spate of U.S. legislation he believes enables discrimination under the guise religious freedom.

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20:27
Halo 5 lands on Xbox One this October 27th

Ready for the next installment of Halo? The bad news is you still have a seven-month wait on your hands, but at least it's a concrete release date, right? Right? The news coincides with a new in-game teaser for Halo 5, with Master Chief et al. attemp...

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20:05
Tim Cook: Pro-discrimination ‘religious freedom’...

Washington Post:

America’s business community recognized a long time ago that discrimination, in all its forms, is bad for business. At Apple, we are in business to empower and enrich our customers’ lives. We strive to do business in a way that is just and fair. That’s why, on behalf of Apple, I’m standing up to oppose this new wave of legislation — wherever it emerges.

Another example of Tim Cook making Apple a company in his own image. And that’s a good thing.

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19:05
How would you change Sony's Xperia Z1?

There's a familiar theme whenever Engadget reviews a Sony smartphone, which is that the hardware's great, but not compelling enough to make you buy one. When Sharif Sakr got his hands on the Xperia Z1, he found that the headline feature -- that 20 me...

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19:01
Napkin 1.5

Significant update to image annotation and diagramming app adds many user requested features and overhauls user interface to be more aligned with 10.10 Yosemite. ($39.99 new, free update, 5.4 MB)

 

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19:00
Backblaze 4.0

Improves upload and download speeds through new threading scheme. (Free, 9.8 MB)

 

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17:11
Game Boy camera gun prints when you shoot

If you had a spare Game Boy Camera and the printer to match, what would you do with them? If you're media artist Dmitry Morozov, you'd make a one-of-a-kind firearm. His GBG-8 gun uses Nintendo's photographic peripherals and an Arduino board to shoot ...

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15:58
Inside iCloud: Apple Inc has quietly doubled its...

Apple has greatly expanded its data center near Reno, Nev., about four hours east of Silicon Valley. However, it appears that the company's aggressive growth in iCloud server capacity is only just getting started, with massive room for expansion surrounding the facilities.

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15:32
Apple Watch Edition buyers will get the red carpet...

When you're buying a $10,000 watch, you expect first-class service -- and Apple is apparently ready to deliver. Sources for 9to5Mac claim that people who buy the gold Apple Watch Edition will get to skip the queues whenever they need help. They'll be...

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15:07
Apple will offer virtual online try-ons and personal...

While Apple will offer extensive in-store sales and try-on experiences in Apple Stores, the company will also allow customers to virtually try on an Apple Watch or Apple Watch Edition and receive setup support, according to sources. Prior to purchasing either of two higher-end Apple Watches, customers will be able to video chat with an Apple Online Store representative who will personally try-on and model Apple Watch collections and band combinations. Additionally, as we noted in our prior article about Apple Watch Edition sales perks, Edition customers...

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14:22
Apple won’t offer business pricing/financing or...

Apple won’t offer special business pricing, financing, and bulk discount options, like it does with Macs, iPhones, and iPads, for the Apple Watch at launch, according to sources. However, business customers will still be able to make their purchases via the dedicated Business Teams at some Apple Stores…

In most cases, business customers will still, however, be offered the walk-through sales process discussed in our earlier articles. Some readers have hoped that Apple would sell the stainless steel or ...

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13:50
Apple Store revamp for Apple Watch revealed: ‘...

While the 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition has been receiving a lot of attention due to its premium pricing and aesthetic, Apple will sell far more of the lower-priced Apple Watch and Apple Watch Sport models, and has created a different customer journey for those customers, according to sources briefed on the plans. Most of the sales process will be familiar to buyers of other products from the Apple Store, but a number of steps are different, including the process of visiting a “magical” display case, trying on different models, playing with demo units, and actually finalizing the purchase. Below, we detail the entire customer experience for the upcoming Apple Watch launch…

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13:34
NSA considered scrapping its mass phone surveillance...

The National Security Agency may present a united front when it defends against criticism of its bulk phone data collection, but it's now clear that there has been at least some doubt within the ranks. Associated Press sources have revealed that ther...

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12:21
Apple Watch Edition perks: 24/7 support, private 1-...

After hiring a new team of fashion sales and marketing experts from Yves St. Laurent, Louis Vuitton, and Burberry, Apple has developed a unique Apple Store purchasing experience just for the 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition, according to sources briefed on the launch plans. When a customer interested in the Apple Watch Edition enters the store, he or she will be given no-wait access to a dedicated Expert, who will provide a personalized “journey” from the beginning of the appointment until the end, as much as one hour later. There will even be a new option for at-home video conferencing rather than in-store personal setup. By design, it will be more “elegant” than the...

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12:12
How Apple's new MacBook gets nearly as much...

Apple has packed its all-new MacBook with some impressive technology, but its outstanding battery life -- nine hours from a single charge -- may be the most staggering. AppleInsider took a look under the hood to see how they could have done it.

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11:30
Life with the Moto 360: has Motorola's...

When the Moto 360 first hit the scene, its reception was... mixed. That round display was eye-catching, but it couldn't make up for the smartwatch's all-too-short battery life and undercooked software. Times have changed, though. Motorola trotted out...

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09:21
Why Final Fantasy XV's main playable characters...

Final Fantasy XV's playable demo confirmed suspicions that the long-awaited game's core playable characters are all, well, men. For those wondering, even just a bit, why the creators came to that decision when previous main titles featured mixed-gend...

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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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07:00
Inhabitat's Week in Green: e-paper shoes,...

Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week's most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us -- it's the Week in Green.

Fans of green cars are eagerly awaiting the release of the Tesla Model X, but you won't have to wait to s...

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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.

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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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Fantastical 2.0 - Create calendar events...
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Cocktail 8.2 - General maintenance and o...
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Once only available for Android devices, OfficeSuite has finally landed on the app store. The Mobile Systems app lets you view, edit, create, and share Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents as well as convert them to/from PDFs. It's touted as being... | Read more »
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The Apple Watch is less than a month from hitting store shelves, and once you get your hands on it you're probably going to want some apps and games to install. Fear not! We've compiled a list of all the Apple Watch apps and games we've been able to... | Read more »
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Being at 148Apps these past 2 years has been an awesome experience that has taught me a great deal, and working with such a great team has been a privilege. Thank you to Rob Rich, and to both Rob LeFebvre and Jeff Scott before him, for helping me... | Read more »
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Let’s get this out of the way quickly. Allstar Heroes looks a lot like a certain other recent action RPG release, but it turns out that while it’s not yet available here, Allstar Heroes has been around for much longer than that other title. Now that... | Read more »
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WWE Immortals, by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and WWE, has gotten a superstar update. You'll now have access to Macho Man Randy Savage and Steve Austin. Both characters have two different versions: Macho Man Randy Savage Renegade or Macho... | Read more »
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I actually had my first look at Fearless Fantasy last year at E3, but it was on a PC so there wasn't much for me to talk about. But now that I've been able to play with a pre-release version of the iOS build, there's quite a bit for me to talk... | Read more »
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The Apple Store has Apple Certified Refurbished 13″ 2.6GHz/128GB Retina MacBook Pros available for $979 including free shipping. Original MSRP for this model was $1299. Read more
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The Apple Store is offering Apple Certified Refurbished Mac Pros for up to $600 off the cost of new models. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each Mac Pro, and shipping is free. The... Read more
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Samsung Electronics America, Inc. has announced the Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 edge will be available in the U.S. beginning April 10, with pre-orders being accepted now. “We have completely reimagined... Read more
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