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Friday March 27

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

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

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

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

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

Google had...

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05:55
Numbers: Using the Quick Calculations Bar

Today's Quick Tip is all about how to work with that fancy calculations bar that'll appear at the bottom of your Numbers window when you select a group of cells. Using that, you can quickly add formulas to your spreadsheet, for example, or learn more about the different functions available to you. Come on in and check it out!


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03:00
You Should Play: Mr. Jump might just be the most...

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

One thing you should know before you start playing Mr. Jump, a minimalist one-touch platformer game by 1Button: Expect to jump a great deal, and then die. On one level, I had 108 attempts before finally succeeding. And you know what? I was proud that I finally beat that level. It’s probably one of my singular most impressive gaming feats—it’s right up there with beating some of the old Mega Man games and unlocking 007 mode in Goldeneye. That’s the kind of brutal difficulty you have in store for you with Mr. Jump. Read on for three more reasons why this intense game is worth a play or...

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Thursday March 26

21:33
Apple Watch shops set to open on April 10 in London...

Apple on Thursday announced it will officially open three international Apple Watch store-within-a-store locations on April 10, offering customers shopping at high-end department stores the chance to try on and preorder the device before it goes on sale.

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17:00
Daily Deals for March 26, 2015

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

MacPhun Focus [Now free, down from $9.99] To celebrate the launch of AppleWorld.Today, photo software developer Macphun is offering their popular Focus app for Mac for FREE readers of AWT.

This nifty photo software allows anyone to do a couple of super-cool things: (a) direct attention to the most interesting part of your photo and (b) use tilt-shift and motion blur effects towards...

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16:32
App Store, iTunes, Apple TV and more experiencing...

Update: Apple says all services are restored.

Following an outage of many Apple services earlier this week, several of Apple’s iTunes and App Store services are again today experiencing disruptions, according to Apple’s system status page.

Apple is currently listing outages for the App Store, Apple TV, iBooks Store, iTunes in the Cloud, iTunes Match, iTunes Radio, iTunes Store, iTunes U, Mac App Store, and OS X Software Update.

The company says that only some users are affected and currently “unable to access multiple services and stores or...

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16:00
AWT News Update: March 25, 2015

MLB.COM AT BAT ON Apple Watch. Via Apple.com/Watch

It's your favorite Apple news podcast, which also streamed live over the new Twitter Periscope app today. What did viewers see? Apple World Today editor Steve Sande reading this news:

  • iPhone apps supporting the Apple Watch began appearing in the App Store today, with a number of familar apps updating to provide a wrist-borne interface
  • Backblaze announced an update to version 4.0 of their Mac backup app that should speed things up for a number of users
  • Twitter released Periscope today
  • Microsoft is rolling out invitations to a beta of Skype for Web

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15:08
The New MacBook Giveaway

I'm pretty stoked about announcing our MacBook giveaway with our friends at Stack Social. That's the new MacBook. The one that is insanely thin, has a Retina Display, and comes in three colors. We're giving one away. All you have to do is register to receive our daily email deals, and if you've already done so, just hit the register button for this (and all the other great giveaways we do on our Deals site). There are ways of sharing the link, too, and earning yourself more entries, so get on it.


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14:15
The flood of Apple Watch apps begins

With just a few weeks left until we're able to get our hands on Apple Watches -- for try-on purposes, of course - a number of iOS apps are being updated to provide support for the Watch. At the present time, Apple Watch apps are part of existing iPhone apps since the iPhone provides the brain power for the app while the Watch provides a simple user interface. Apple says that eventually apps that run solely on the Watch will be provided as well, but that day may be far off.

MacRumors compiled a list of apps that are available with Apple Watch support, along with descriptions of what users can do with those apps. We're providing a shortened list with comments here - for a more comprehensive list please visit their post.

  • Evernote: According to Evernote, you'll be able to "dictate notes in Apple Watch and they'll be transcribed and synced to Evernote; See...
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14:11
First Apple Watch-compatible apps arrive, now...

You may not be able to buy the Apple Watch for almost a month, but the apps are coming out for it.

A slew of new apps have been released with full Apple Watch functionality. That being said, here we go:

Target – The Target app lets you add items to your list and find aisle locations for items. The app’s glance lets you swipe up from the watch face to see when your store is open and how many items are on your list.

Dark Sky – The popular hyper-local weather app brings its accurate forecasting to your wrist.

Evernote – Evernote on the Apple Watch lets you dictate notes, view your recently-created notes, search, and create reminders...

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13:58
Turn on "three finger drag" for your Force...

"Three finger drag" is a Multi-Touch gesture in OS X. It lets you use three fingers to move the active window on your screen.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204609

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13:58
Twitter's Periscope Allows Live Stream Replays


Twitter on Thursday unveiled Periscope, the live-streaming app developed by a company it acquired earlier this year, reportedly for just under $100 million. It's a big bet for an app that's in a genre that already has matured, but Twitter is counting on the mobile world's appetite for more video. Periscope is a lot like the popular new app Meerkat, with the biggest difference being Periscope's support for broadcasting replays of streamed content. Both allow broadcasters to store copies of their feeds locally, but Meerkat doesn't allow reruns.

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13:50
Rumor: Apple to release three new iPhone models in...

There’s maybe a nugget of truth to be found here, albeit the source itself it sometimes sporadic.

Digitimes is claiming that Apple will release three new iPhone models this year. While many Apple watchers are expecting to see the release of two new “S” models—the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus—the new report also says the company will release a third model this year.

Where it was rumored that the iPhone “C” units would disappear after the launch of the iPhone 6, Digitizes is claiming that Apple will debut an “iPhone 6C” later this year that will sport a 4-inch display like that of the iPhone 5 and 5s.

The display panels for all three models will be sourced from Japan...

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13:30
Tip of the Day: Finding your iPhone’s Serial Number...

If you’ve ever had to contact Apple for iPhone service, or had to call your cellular carrier to make changes to your account, you’ve probably been asked to provide a cryptic number to uniquely identify your iPhone. In Apple’s case, your serial number is used to track warranty service, and with your cellular carrier, your IMEI, or International Mobile Station Equipment Identity, is a number that uniquely identifies your mobile phone…

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13:25
Oculus's chief scientist: VR will succeed...

Virtual reality has been just beyond our grasp for decades. The parts to build VR headsets were too expensive, the technology too rudimentary to convince anyone that what they were seeing was real.

Virtual reality has become more accessible and less expensive, thanks to Oculus. Samsung’s Oculus-powered Gear VR headset is now on sale for $200, and Oculus Rift is expected to finally hit store shelves this year for somewhere in the $200-$400 range. But the technology has also improved by leaps and bounds, thanks to Oculus’s exploitation of your terible vision.

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13:11
Apple Watch support comes to flurry of iPhone apps...

A collection of iPhone apps -- such as Evernote, Dark Sky, and the New York Times -- were updated today to support the Apple Watch, even though the wearable isn't shipping until April 24.

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13:00
Apple’s Tim Cook leads different

Fortune:

Since replacing the legendary Steve Jobs, Cook has led the iBehemoth to even greater financial success. Along the way he’s changed the culture of the company—and found his public voice as a leader.

Another profile on Cook. I like reading these because he seems to be more open about things than Jobs was.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:55
About the OS X Server v3.2.1 Update (Apple KB)

This software updates OS X Server versions 3.0 through 3.1.2. It requires OS X Mavericks v10.9.5.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201096

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12:53
Get help receiving receipts (Apple KB)

Learn where your receipts go and how to get them.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201090

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12:47
OS X Mavericks: Sophos Anti-Virus on-access scanner...

Sophos Anti-Virus on-access scanner versions 8.0 - 9.1 may cause OS X Mavericks to unexpectedly restart (kernel panic).

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT200555

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12:46
OS X Mavericks: Unexpected restart when Tuxler 1.0...

Version 1.0 of "Tuxler" may cause OS X Mavericks to unexpectedly restart (kernel panic).

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT200554

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12:43
OS X: When your computer spontaneously restarts or...

In rare situations, your Mac may do one or more of the following: spontaneously restart, become unresponsive, turn off, display a message "Your computer restarted because of a problem." or display a message "You shut down your computer because of a problem.".

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT200553

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12:40
Create your own iTunes Radio station (Apple KB)
12:38
Arrange apps on your iPhone (Apple KB)
12:36
External ports and connections on your Mac mini (...

Learn about the different ports and types of connectors on your Mac mini (Late 2014) computer.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204292

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12:36
Apple TV (2nd and 3rd generation): Resolve issues...

Your Apple TV might not respond to Apple Remote, or your Apple Remote might unexpectedly start to control your Mac computer. Learn to resolve these issues.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT200220

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12:00
X-Doria Defense Metal Series for iPhone 6/6 Plus:...

X-Doria has a complete line of cases for iPhones and other smartphones, and their latest protective series is the Defense Metal Series for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, consisting of a bumper called the Defense Gear (US$39.99) and a case called the Defense Shield ($49.99). Today we're taking a look at both of these new lightweight aluminum products for your favorite new iPhone. Note that as of publication time, X-Doria had not updated its website to include this series.

Defense Gear

Defense Gear is an aluminum bumper for your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. As such, it offers no protection for the front or back of your device other than a raised lip to provide protection against flat drops. If the iPhone and bumper is dropped onto the edges that are protected by Defense Gear, you're in luck -- it exceeds MIL-STD-810G for drops, meaning that it is certified to survive 6.6 foot (2 meter) drops onto concrete. That protection...

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11:18
Is the Apple Watch a Useful Medical Device? (Video)

Let's kill the suspense right away by answering the title question, 'Probably not.' For one thing, according to interviewee Alfred Poor, the Apple Watch is in no way linked to the Apple Research Kit. Dr. Poor is editor of the Health Tech Insider website, so he follows this kind of thing more carefully than most people. And the Apple watch is not the only device mentioned in this video (or transcript, if you prefer reading to listening). If you want to ruminate about the possibility of direct mind control, for instance, you need to know about the Thync, whose vendor calls it 'A groundbreaking wearable device that enables you to shift your state of mind in minutes.' They say it 'induces on-demand shifts in energy, calm, or focus.' It even has a 'pleasure' setting. Crank that to 11 and you might happily spend your days prone, being fed by a drip and emptied by a catheter, moving only when an attendant turns you over to keep bedsores from developing -- not that you'll care if they do...

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11:17
Gear: PowerSkin PowerStand Boost

PowerSkin’s PowerStand Boost ($25) is a tiny 2600 mAh battery pack. PowerStand Boost has a small built-in rubber mat, which can be unrolled and used as a viewing stand for an iPhone. While we found it had no problems holding up an iPhone 6, an iPhone 6 Plus proved too big for the stand. PowerStand Boost’s battery capacity should also deliver a full charge to an iPhone 6. PowerSkin’s small cylindrical charger includes both a 1A USB…

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11:08
CAPTCHAs May Do More Harm Than Good


If an annoyance contest were held between passwords and CAPTCHAs, passwords would probably win, but not by much. CAPTCHA -- Completely Automated Public Turing Test To Tell Computers and Humans Apart -- was created to foil bots attempting to mass-create accounts at websites. Once created, those accounts could be exploited by online lowlifes for malicious ends, such as spewing spam. However there are signs that the technology that uses distressed letters to weed out machines from humans may have outlived its usefulness.

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11:00
How Facebook Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp...

Facebook’s $22 billion acquisition of popular messaging app WhatsApp last year raised some eyebrows. Facebook already has a popular messaging app, the in-house Facebook Messenger, not to mention a popular photo-sharing app, Instagram. Why did it need to bring yet another app into the fold? Wouldn’t the three apps end up cannibalizing each other?

But as WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram continue to grow, with monthly active user numbers swelling to 700 million, 600 million, and 300 million respectively, Facebook has proved that naysayers know nothing about what people want from the apps they use every day. Product chiefs of WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram took the stage at Facebook’s annual F8 developers conference in San Francisco on Thursday to dispel any myths about rivalry between the three apps—and hinted deeper cooperation (or integration...

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10:30
Twitter launches Periscope video streaming service

Twitter has released Periscope for the iPhone (free), which lets Twitter customers broadcast live streaming video with almost no friction at all. If that sounds familiar, it's because Meerkat recently rose in popularity for doing the same thing. The darling of SXSW, Meerkat gained traction and an audience that has persisted beyond the festival's conclusion, despite Twitter hindering its usefulness. The apps are similar yet different, and I'll have a full comparison next week.

Periscope looks nice and is dead simple to use. After logging in with your Twitter account, you'll find that you've got three options: browse live streams, begin a stream and find people to follow. There are three "featured" streams at the top of...

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10:09
∞ Mongolian throat singing rap

This might just be the coolest thing I’ve watched all week.

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09:30
Amazon Cloud Drive launches new $60 Unlimited...

Amazon today announced that it was expanding its Cloud Drive service to include two new unlimited plans. The new Unlimited Photos provides unlimited photo storage and 5GB of video and file storage for $11.99 per year. The Unlimited Everything plans is a step up, allowing users to store an infinite number of photos, videos, music and documents for $59.99 a year.

“Most people have a lifetime of birthdays, vacations, holidays, and everyday moments stored across numerous devices. And, they don’t know how many gigabytes of storage they need to back all of them up,” said Josh Petersen, Director of Amazon Cloud Drive. “With the two new plans we are introducing today, customers don’t need to worry about storage space—they now have an affordable, secure solution to store unlimited amounts of photos, videos, movies, music, and files in one convenient place.”

Both new and...

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08:48
News: Apple retail stores to have very limited Apple...

Perhaps not surprisingly, most Apple Stores are expected to have limited stock of the Apple Watch for the initial launch, 9to5Mac reports. Sources at Apple Stores have noted that priority will be given to reservations as well, limiting stock even further for walk-in purchases, and employees have been told to treat launch day as if there is no walk-in stock available at all. This problem will be exacerbated by the wide variety of models available,…

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08:44
News: Apple quietly acquiring companies to improve...

Apple’s recent acquisition of database developer FoundationDB actually follows another quiet acquisition of a related company in 2013, Bloomberg reports. Acunu Ltd., a U.K. based data analytics company, appears to have been acquired by Apple in late 2013, according to a LinkedIn entry that reveals that Acunu’s Chief Technology Officer began working as a manager for Apple’s iCloud division, followed by several other Acunu employees…

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08:30
Behind the scenes look at CARROT, the A.I. construct...

Last week, developer Brian Mueller of Grailr released CARROT Weather, the fifth app in the popular CARROT series. The star of these apps is the unforgettable CARROT, a sarcasm-wielding robot with a heart of weapons-grade plutonium. CARROT is known for her cutting comments that shame you into compliance while helping you meet goals like being fit or waking up on time. The Artificial Intelligence behind the app has a colorful history, and we were able to talk with developer Mueller about how his main character has evolved from a bespectacled Corgi to a faceless construct. 

Kelly Hodgkins: The early app mockups featured a well-dressed Corgi with monocles and top hat. It's a very butler-ish character that is radically different from the A.I. construct we all know and love. How did that happen? Why did you transition away from the canine and towards the sentient robot? Was it a gradual change or an abrupt decision...

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08:21
Private I: Trust and verify for network certificate...

In a post on March 23, Google’s security team explained that it had discovered that someone was delivering digital certificates to users for Google domains that weren’t authorized by Google. A quick investigation discovered that a Chinese certificate authority (CA), CNNIC, had improperly given a reseller enough power to create verifiable certificates for any domain in the world.

With a verifiable certificate, any seemingly secured web connection can be intercepted by a party that can insert a tap into a network point between the browser and the server. It’s bad.

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07:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Diane von Furstenberg,...

Diane von Furstenberg, Kate Spade, and Michael Kors take a crack at designing cases

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases brings you stunning designs from the runway, plus ultra-protective cases from OtterBox and Lifeproof.

Diane von Furstenberg

If you're looking for some travel-inspired fashion, the Hologram (iPhone 6; $48) features a simple hologram airplane pattern that changes to reveal a warm hidden message. 

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07:00
Throwback Thursday: "At last, the tool I needed...

Having been around since the dawn of time, I have many old Mac magazines collecting dust and spiders in my basement. Between those and some of the retro gear that Dave and I have laying around, we thought it would be fun to take the occasional walk down memory lane. Today, we present for your amusement and education an ad from the premiere issue (October 1985) of MacUser Magazine.

The company in the ad? Silicon Beach Software, a pioneering Mac development firm famous for later coming out with SuperPaint, SuperCard, Airborne! and PersonalPress. The company was acquired by Aldus (makers of PageMaker) in 1990, which was in turn swallowed up by Adobe in 1994.

AD ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN OCTOBER 1985 ISSUE OF MACUSER MAGAZINE (CLICK TO EXPAND)

What's not to love about this? Spending $40 (that's $89 in today's dollars) on a floppy disk...

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06:58
News: Apple planning to release three iPhone models...

Apple may be planning to release three different iPhone models later this year, essentially adding a new 4-inch model to the lineup, according to the often-dubious DigiTimes. Citing “industry sources,” the report notes that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus would be directly upgraded to the “iPhone 6S” and “iPhone 6S Plus”, respectively, and that a new “iPhone 6C” would be added to the lineup — a four-inch…

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06:49
Twitter launches Periscope, a Meerkat-like live...

Live video streaming app Meerkat took Twitter by storm during SXSW earlier in March, and now Twitter has released its response. On Thursday, Twitter introduced Periscope, its own live video streaming app that will compete directly with Meerkat.

Twitter's plan for live streaming actually began long before we'd even heard of Meerkat. Periscope was first an independent startup. Then in January there were rumblings about Twitter acquiring the app. Finally, about two weeks ago—the day after SXSW wrapped up, not-so-coincidentally—Twitter confirmed it acquired Periscope.

To read this...

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06:48
News: Report reveals more details on Apple’s...

The New York Times has a report today that provides some additional insight into Apple’s plans for the upcoming streaming music service that the company is rumored to be developing with its Beats division. Being billed as a service that is expected to rival Spotify, the new subscription offering has Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails fame overseeing the redesign of the iOS Music app to accommodate the new services. The report also notes that Apple…

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06:15
How to get hired

Jason Mark (no relation) talks about the process of winnowing a pool of almost 150 applicants to find that perfect new hire. This is not an anecdote about the hiring process. It is a list of things to watch out for, things to NOT do when you are trying to get hired, along with attractive traits that separate you from the field.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:07
Digging into the Apple Watch as a personal trainer

Rene Ritchie, writing for iMore, demystifies the three rings interface of Apple Watch, shows how those rings help you get fit.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:00
Create apps for your quadcopter with 3D Robotics...

3D Robotics develops the open source software that powers a lot of home brew UAVs. Today it's introducing a new tool to the public: DroneKit, software that allows anyone to create apps for, well, drones! DroneKit works with any craft that uses 3DR's ...

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06:00
Samsung's Galaxy S6 and S6 edge will debut in...

Yes, you can lay claim to an HTC One M9 of your very own at the stroke of midnight on March 27, but what if your fondness for flagships leads you in another direction? No problem - Samsung has just announced that you'll be able to pre-order the Galax...

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05:58
Apple plans China iPhone trade-in program

Chinese iPhone owners can bring their old phone to Apple, trade it in for a new model, Foxconn will repair and resell the old units.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:52
The battle of the two Steve Jobs’ bios, plus a new...

There’s the Isaacson official Steve Jobs bio. There’s the new bio, Becoming Steve Jobs. And now there’s a documentary that’s of an unguarded Steve Jobs. At the center is what’s really important.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:43
LG's Watch Urbane LTE will soon be available in...

LG is releasing the Watch Urbane LTE in South Korea within the next few days, which means we now have an idea how much one will cost. Turns out the fancy mobile internet-connected smartwatch is priced at 650,000 won or $590 in its home turf. That amo...

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05:24
UK House of Commons buys all 650 members new iPads

The thing I found most interesting about this story was the role of ecosystem in the purchase decision. There’s a great quote in the article that brings this point home. Read on.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:21
Google Keep makes to-do lists easier to find with...

If you're the type who maintains a massive amount of to-do lists and notes, you likely need a system to organize the things that keep you, well, organized. That's probably why Google has introduced labels for its Keep note-taking app on Android. It's...

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05:00
HTC One M9 to go on sale for $649 unlocked tonight

Never mind that M9+ thing in China. Back in the US, it's all about the M9 for local HTC fans, as the device is about to hit the official online store at midnight ET for $649 unlocked (it'll have the same bands as the AT&T model). This may not mean mu...

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05:00
Ford Tech Could Put an End to Speeding Tickets


Ford Motors on Tuesday unveiled a new technology that can scan traffic signs and automatically adjust a vehicle's speed accordingly. The Intelligent Speed Limiter was demonstrated in Germany, but it will be available worldwide in the newest edition of Ford's S-Max cars. The technology features a camera mounted on the windshield that works with a recognition system that can read roadside signs. When the system determines that the driver is exceeding the posted speed limit, the car can adjust the speed without applying the brakes.

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05:00
Bodacious Bodhi Broadens Linux Desktop


Bodhi Linux 3.0.0 RC3's implementation of the Enlightenment desktop, makes an awesome desktop computing platform for office or home. Bodhi is one of only a handful of Linux distros embracing the Enlightenment environment. Its developers call Bodhi the Enlightened Linux Distribution. Beware if you try it: Bodhi Linux could easily become your favorite Linux distro. Enlightenment takes a bit of adjusting to, however. It has a learning curve and a customization path that renders it not so out-of-the-box ready.

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04:55
iPhone-connected Canary home monitoring system hits...

The Canary smart home monitoring system that started with a $100l Indiegogo goal and actually raised almost $2 million, is now available in retail stores for the first time, priced at $259.

Canary is a security camera that learns your living patterns, like when people leave and enter the home, and sends alerts to your iPhone when anything seems out of the ordinary. You can then view and listen remotely to ensure all is well.

Canary is now available in Best Buy, Home Depot and Verizon Wireless, and is also available on Amazon with free shipping. The company plans to make it available in other countries later this year.

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04:37
Twitter's Periscope is the best livestreaming...

The age of ubiquitous livestreaming is upon us. I say this not only because of the sudden popularity of Meerkat, the mobile livestreaming app that now boasts over 100,000 users and celebrity aficionados like Jimmy Fallon and Madonna. No, it's because...

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04:14
Apple, Google & other large tech companies urge...

Apple is one of ten tech giants to once again call on the US Government not to reauthorize the Patriot Act in its current form. The Act expires on 1st June unless it is renewed by Congress. Apple was joined by AOL, Dropbox, Evernote, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter and Yahoo.

In an open letter to President Obama, NSA Director Admiral Rogers and other prominent government figures, the companies urge Congress to end the bulk collection of communications metadata–the logs that determine how and when ordinary citizens contact each other.

The letter says that mass surveillance must end, and that a revised bill must contain mechanisms to ensure that future government surveillance ...

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03:49
Choosing the right launcher for your Mac

If you’re still manually digging around in folders looking for apps to launch and documents to open, it’s time to stop. You can save tremendous amounts of time and energy by using a launcher utility instead, which can open apps and files, as well as perform calculations, search the Web, run scripts, and do all sorts of other laborsaving tricks. 

In this roundup, we put four all-purpose, keyboard-based launchers to the test: Running with Crayons’ Alfred (free, but £17/$26 for the highly recommended Powerpack option), Many Tricks’ Butler ($20), Objective Development’s LaunchBar ($29), and the Quicksilver Project’s open-source Quicksilver (free).

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03:45
How Facebook Messenger will help you discover new...

Finding new apps is easy. Remembering to use them more than once? Not gonna happen.

Facebook found a new way to point you toward new, must-have apps with app install ads in News Feed. The ads are a hit, accounting for a large chunk of Facebook’s ad revenue each quarter. Facebook has made so much money from app install ads that other social networks like Twitter and Pinterest have followed suit. But getting people to open those apps after installing them instead of relegating them to the last page, where apps go to die, is a challenge.

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03:43
Apple's music service may fight Spotify with...

Subscription streaming music services are everywhere now, so what can Apple's potential offering bring to the table? Combining many previous rumors and adding on a few twists, a New York Times report puts Trent Reznor in a "major role" redesigning th...

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03:00
Facebook's Video API lets brands push more and...

Coming soon to a News Feed near you: More videos from brands and content creators, instead of your friends. Facebook rolled out an update to its Video API on Wednesday, and went over the details during a session at the company’s F8 Developer Conference. The goal of these new features is to help creators better reach their audiences—which could be you. 

The bulk of these API updates have to do with control over viewership. Those who work with Facebook’s Video API can now restrict the audience of the video by age, gender, and location—for example, limited videos to people living on the East Coast to eliminate TV spoilers, or pushing a video out to users who are at least 18 years old. Also new is the ability to publish a video directly to a Page without distributing it in News...

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02:55
Channel 4 will replace 4oD with new 'All 4...

Until now, Channel 4's streaming services have been a bit of a muddle. The renowned "4oD" platform handles all of its on-demand content, but the live channel feeds and web-centric shorts are held elsewhere. To make everything a little simpler for vie...

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02:42
Microsoft's next Surface could signal the death...

Microsoft hasn't given up on the idea of a mini-me version of its successful Surface Pro 3 convertible, according to a rumor from WinBeta. But a Surface 3 model won't follow in the Surface 2's wobbly footsteps by packing the RT version of Windows. In...

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Wednesday March 25

22:25
Rumor: Apple to launch three iPhone models in 2015...

The latest scuttlebutt out of East Asia claims Apple has plans to release a total of three new iPhone models during its annual refresh cycle in the second half of the year, one of which will incorporate a 4-inch display.

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21:30
New rumor claims Apple will launch three iPhone...


A sketchy new rumor from the sometimes-unreliable Digitimes claims that Apple will be releasing three new iPhone models this year. While many Apple watchers are expecting to see the release of two new “S” models—the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus—the new report also says the company will release a third model this year.

We’ve previously heard rumors that the “C” iPhone lineup would be disappearing after the launch of the iPhone 6. However, Digitimes claims that Apple will be debuting an “iPhone 6C” later this year that will sport a 4-inch display like that of the iPhone 5...

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21:03
Apple to activate Chinese iPhone trade-in program in...

A report on Wednesday claims Apple is primed to roll out an iPhone trade-in program in China that will let customers sell back old equipment to Foxconn in return for store credit.

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20:17
Apple acquires big data analytics firm Acunu

Apple appears to have acquired London-based big data analytics firm Acunu, which previously marketed an eponymous real-time analytics platform that boasted high-velocity ingests and compatibility with Cassandra databases.

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19:09
Apple to expand iPhone trade-in program to China...

Apple will begin rolling out an iPhone trade-in program in China in the near future. The option may become available in stores as soon as March 31st, allowing Chinese users to take advantage of the program that has helped boost iPhone sales in several countries already, including the United States, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, and the Netherlands.

Chinese retail employees will determine the condition of the phone being traded in, and...

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18:15
ACM 299: Happy Birthday OS X, and Cutting the Cable...

Apple's OS X is 14 years old, so Jeff and Bryan take a look back at the early days of the Mac's current operating system. They also have some thoughts on Apple's recent purchase of FoundationDC, and what it means to cut the cable cord and why it may not be exactly what some TV watchers really want.


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17:39
Top 3 biggest Facebook changes from F8

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17:28
Today in the App Store -- NBA 2K15, Everyday and more

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 2K games, the new The Trace: Murder Mystery Game game and an update to Everyday. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

gTasks Pro - Tasks Manager for Google Tasks, GMail, Todo list & Reminders [Now free, down from $4.99] Sync your tasks with Google and across your iPhone & iPad devices. Never liked your tasks app? You’ll love this one :)

Hunter Island: Monsters & Dragons [Now free, down from $$0.99] Hunter Island is a real monster collection RPG with live multiplayer.

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16:30
Apple reportedly puts Trent Reznor in charge of...

A report on Wednesday claims Apple is moving forward with a long rumored overhaul of its streaming music services lineup that will incorporate a reworked Beats Music app developed with the help of Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor, as well as a revamped iTunes Radio service.

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16:23
NYT: Trent Reznor ‘point man’ in designing iOS 8.4...

Apple’s Spotify-like subscription music service based on its $3 billion Beats acquisition last year is fully underway, The New York Times reports in a new article heavily corroborating our own reporting on the upcoming music service from the past several months. A few interesting details in the report describe two projects being largely led by music industry veterans rather than engineers…...

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16:21
Censoring for Apple

Marco Arment:

No sensible developer should be worried about angering “Apple” by fairly expressing legitimate criticism.

Agreed.

There is no single “Apple” to anger, as the company comprises thousands of people across many different departments, all of whom can think for themselves. I’m sure some of them can’t take criticism well and may be vindictive — any large group of people will contain almost every personality type — but that’s not the attitude of any of the Apple people I’ve interacted with.

This has been my experience as well.

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16:14
Contact Apple TV content providers (Apple KB)

Learn how to get information or support from a third-party content provider.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204153

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16:01
Apple, U.S. tech giants call for government spying...

A number of powerful tech companies sent an open letter to Congress, President Barack Obama and other government agencies on Wednesday, arguing for drastic change in the nation's surveillance laws that currently allow for bulk consumer data collection.

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16:00
Daily Deals for March 25, 2015, featuring the free...

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

MacPhun Focus [Now free, down from $9.99] To celebrate the launch of AppleWorld.Today, photo software developer Macphun is offering their popular Focus app for Mac for FREE readers of AWT.

This nifty photo software allows anyone to do a couple of super-cool things: (a) direct attention to the most interesting part of your photo and (b) use tilt-shift and motion blur effects towards...

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15:52
How To Recycle Old iPhones, iPads, and Other Mobile...

Now that we've wrangled all those now unnecessary cables, it's time to chip away at the devices that go with them. If you have some old iPhones or even feature phones tucked away, now's the time to set them free. Kelly explains the digital equivalent of sending them off to a farm in the country.


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15:45
Kenu Stance Tripod for iPhone is Small, Folds Up and...

Kenu's Stance Tripod is small, folds up, and in a pinch, will (wait for it...) open bottles. It is small as a pack of gum, very sturdy, and lightweight. The Lightning connector's design holds the iPhone securely.


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15:00
A New Apple TV with 4K Would NOT Break the Internet

Often, for the sake of dramatic effect and the attention it brings, technical articles are couched in terms of dramatic change. And while change is what our industry is all about, the technical people behind the scenes know that nothing all happens at once. The same applies to 4K streaming.


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14:53
Leap Motion Faceplate Lets OSVR Head Talk to the Hand


Open Source Virtual Reality, a platform that aims to unify virtual reality input devices, games and output, and Leap Motion, a company that has established itself in the development of motion-tracking hardware, on Wednesday announced what may be a compelling way to control movements in a virtual reality environment. Despite spending years -- decades, in many cases -- navigating digital worlds with the "A, S, D, W" keys and computer mice, many in the video gaming community are wary of doing so when there are VR displays strapped to their faces.

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14:40
Apple security updates (2011, 2012) (Apple KB)

For the protection of our customers, Apple does not disclose, discuss or confirm security issues until a full investigation has occurred and any necessary patches or releases are available.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204611

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14:30
The H-Word

Emma-Kate Symons goes full Apple-is-a-religious-cult in a piece for Quartz, “The Canonization of St. Steve of Cupertino”:

Take a new authorized hagiography of the late Apple founder, out
today, with the propagandistic title of Becoming Steve Jobs: The
Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader
.

In this unabashedly flattering account, written with the
overenthusiastic participation of Apple’s senior executives and
staff, Cook tries a little too hard to rescue and reframe the
partially tarred image of his former boss. The man was not “a
greedy, selfish and egomaniac,” he says adamantly, and only yelled
at him, you know, about four or five times in his life.

There’s a lot to unpack in just these two paragraphs. For one thing, I don’t think Symons has actually read the book — (a) the book only came out yesterday, so...

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14:30
AWT News Update: March 25, 2015

IMAGE VIA NHK TV

The Apple news for today is all over the map, literally and figuratively...

  • New green Apple R&D facility is under construction in Yokohama, Japan
  • You too can be in the Steve Jobs biopic!
  • Another channel is added to the Apple TV lineup
  • Buying an Apple Watch Edition? You're special, and Apple wants to treat you as a very important person

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14:06
Apple Buys Advanced Database Company FoundationDB

Apple has acquired FoundationDB, a company that developed advanced database technologies designed to crunch large amounts of data more swiftly and efficiently. FoundationDB announced on its website that it would no longer offer its product for download, and Apple issued its standard boilerplate statement it uses to confirm corporate acquisitions without actually confirming them.


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13:56
Apple TV adds CNNgo for live and on-demand news video

Apple on Wednesday silently updated the Apple TV with another app channel, CNNgo, to provide users with live and on-demand video from the news network.

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13:47
Dan and Jim on Amplified 133: Tim Needs His Cookies

Dan returns to join Jim on this episode to talk in depth about the Apple Watch, guitars, and more.

Sponsored by Squarespace (Get started by using the code GUITARS for a free trial and 10% off your first website on Squarespace).

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13:47
News: Apple adds CNNgo channel to Apple TV

Apple has added CNNgo to its list of Apple TV channels, just a day after adding a trio of channels to the set-top box. CNNgo offers live news coverage, shows, and recorded news clips. While live coverage and CNN programming require cable authentication, the news clips are free for all to access....

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13:37
Everything Facebook announced at F8

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg kicked off the company’s developer conference today by saying the event, called F8, would focus less on product announcements and more on serving the developer community. And then he dove in and detailed a number of the social network’s new features, products, and updates.

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13:34
What's in an Apple Name?


Apple has chosen some iconic names in the past, like the "iPod" and "iMac." Apple even managed to take "iPad" -- which was widely panned for evoking a feminine hygiene product -- and transformed it into the popular lexicon of children and Wall Street analysts alike. However, Apple does far more than give big and bold names to products -- it even names key features. For instance, when Apple introduced a sharp new pixel-dense screen, it did something incredibly smart -- it gave the feature a special name -- a "Retina" display.

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13:21
Gear: Hex Convoy Collection

Hex recently introduced its Convoy Collection ($30-$130), a collection spanning a wide range of bags, cases, and wallets, all in a black-and-white striped pattern. We received the Convoy Convertible Backpack ($100), Convoy Laptop Tote ($80), and Convoy 13” Convertible Sleeve ($60) for further examination. Convertible Backpack is a traditional backpack which can accommodate a laptop up to the size of a 15” MacBook Pro, and the bag’s…

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13:19
Mac Pro: External ports and connectors (Apple KB)

The external ports and connectors of a Mac Pro can be found on both the front and the back of the computer.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201795

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13:18
iPhoto: Troubleshooting Camera Connections (Apple KB)

iPhoto does not recognize a camera connected to the computer.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT203155

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13:17
iPhoto: Network alert when ordering prints or books...

If the computer's date and time are not correct, you may not be able to place an order from iPhoto.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT203154

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13:16
iMovie: Using Flip Mino and Flip Ultra camcorders (...

Video clips from Flip Ultra and Flip Mino camcorders cannot be imported or played back properly in iMovie unless the latest version of the 3ivx QuickTime component is installed.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201672

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13:15
Podcast: The Apple TV is a rumor to watch

Both Glenn and Susie use their Apple TVs every single day. So we're excited about the prospect of a hardware refresh—which, let's face it, is long overdue, especially if Apple TV is destined to be a HomeKit hub, and to get advanced features like Siri. We've got some ideas for the rumored Apple streaming TV service too.

Later, we turn to the topic of what Nintendo's move into mobile gaming means for Nintendo fans, as well as people who haven't bought a Nintendo product in years. And it seems like iOS 8.3 will be out very soon, so we recap what we're expecting there, and the iOS 8 bugs that still, well, bug us.

Show notes

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13:14
Christy Turlington: Apple Watch Accurately Tracks...

Apple Watch spokesperson Christy Turlington-Burns posted her Week Three blog entry in a series about training for the upcoming London Marathon. Mrs. Turlington-Burns said in her Apple-sponsored blog that after a few uses, her Apple Watch learned enough about her stride that she didn't need her iPhone with her to accurately track her results.


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