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Thursday April 24

18:19
NBC's 'Today' offers rare look inside...

During Thursday's edition of NBC News' Today, Apple's push for environmental friendliness was highlighted in a special segment called "A new kind of Apple farm," with a special focus on the company's Maiden, N.C. solar array.



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17:30
Tenative jury form for Apple-Samsung patent trial...

On Wednesday, US District Court Judge Lucy Koh published a draft form that jurors in the second Apple-Samsung patent trial will fill out to assign damages and royalties due -- if any -- to both Apple and Samsung as warranted by their findings of infringement. Apple is suing Samsung over its alleged copying of five patents, while Samsung is countersuing over claims Apple infringed on two patents the Galaxy S5 maker purchased after the first Apple-Samsung patent trial....



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17:11
Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe Settle Anti-Poaching...

Four Silicon Valley tech giants Thursday settled a class action lawsuit accusing the companies of entering anti-poaching agreements with one another. The settlement was revealed in court documents, according to Reuters, though terms of the deal won't be announced until May 27th.


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17:10
Apple, Google Agree To Settle Lawsuit Alleging...

An anonymous reader writes "A group of tech companies including Google and Apple have agreed to settle an antitrust lawsuit over no-hire agreements in Silicon Valley. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. From the article: 'Tech workers filed a class action lawsuit against Apple Inc, Google Inc, Intel Inc and Adobe Systems Inc in 2011, alleging they conspired to refrain from soliciting one another's employees in order to avert a salary war. Trial had been scheduled to begin at the end of May on behalf of roughly 64,000 workers in the class.'"

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17:00
Start your own mosh pit with the Metalcore Breakdown...

Out in the sea of odd samplers and drum machines on the iOS platform there's one understandable blind spot for music apps; metalcore. Birthed out the hardcore punk and death metal scenes the sub-genre started promisingly before becoming incredibly...

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16:40
Editorial: The US judicial system versus modern...

It can be argued that we're always on the cutting edge of technology -- every day there are new advances, and new techniques developed to do legacy tasks some other way. Likewise, hardly a day goes by without a new lawsuit from an entrenched company, claiming that this new way somehow infringes upon, or unfairly penalizes, an old-guard way of doing business. This seems to be the way of things, but as technology marches on, our judicial system doesn't seem to be able to keep in step....



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16:30
Apple and others reach settlement agreement in anti-...

The anti-poaching class action lawsuit that embroiled a number of high profile tech companies has come to an end. The New York Times reports that Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe all reached settlement agreements with the plaintiffs party to the...

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16:00
The death of an iPod

Apple's gadgets even die in the most adorable ways. Let's have a moment of silence for this fallen musical soldier.

[Photo credit: Enrico Palombaro]...

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15:30
The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for April 24, 2014

It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get some the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world.

You can listen to today's...

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15:00
Netatmo expands iOS-friendly Weather Station with...

Netatmo introduced its Weather Station (US$179) to the world in 2012, providing an easy way for iPhone owners to track indoor and outdoor temperatures and air quality at their homes or offices. Since that time, a vast number of users have enjoyed the...

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14:42
Apple, Google will pay 64,000 engineers to avoid...

Cube warriors win one.

timlewisnm / flickr

A class-action lawsuit against Google, Apple, Adobe, and Intel over how they recruited employees was scheduled to go to a jury trial at the end of next month. But it's not going to happen. Court papers filed today indicate that the case has been settled. The development was first noted by Reuters.

A New York Times report on this case, published Sunday, suggested that the parties were nearing settlement. That's no surprise considering how potentially embarrassing a jury trial could have been for all of these companies.

The lawsuit had already made e-mails between Steve Jobs and Google...

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14:32
QiPack on Kickstarter Brings Wireless Charging to...

There's a new project on Kickstarter called QiPack that would bring wireless charging to your iPhone. The developers behind the project have created a portable charger small enough to fit in your pocket. That charger can then charge your iPhone through a special case that connects inductively. That means it will charge wirelessly. There are Android devices on the market with support for the Qi standard that don't need a case, but other devices, including Apple's iOS devices, will need a case or a coil receiver. Either way, though, there are tons of folks who want portable charging without charging cables. There's a ton of information on the Kickstarter page, and funding options for iPhone owners start at $53.


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14:27
Apple improves Mac Pro ship times to 3-5 weeks

In a change to the Online Apple Store on Thursday, Apple is now quoting Mac Pro shipping availability at three to five weeks for all configurations, suggesting supply of the flagship Mac is finally catching up to demand.



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14:23
Facebook Dips a Toe Into the News Biz


Facebook on Thursday announced FB Newswire, a site aggregating content from posts users put up on their pages that it will offer as a resource to journalists and newsrooms.
The content will be curated by Irish firm Storyful, which News Corp., at the heart of a cellphone hacking scandal in the UK, purchased in December. Journalists and media organizations "have become an integral part of Facebook," and referral traffic from Facebook to media sites quadrupled in 2013, Facebook said.

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14:11
Deal potentially reached in Silicon Valley anti-...

According to court filings before the Northern District of California, Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe have made a settlement offer to conclude the antitrust investigation against the quartet, as expected earlier this month. The four tech companies were accused of conspiring to not poach each others' vital employees to prevent escalating salaries and employee demands, but protested the limiting advancement opportunities and salaries was not its intention....



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14:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Flowpaper [iOS...

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13:46
Mac Pro shipping improves to 3-5 weeks after four...

 

While it is still not readily available for purchase, 2013 Mac Pro shipping dates are gradually starting to improve since it debuted in late December last year. You still can’t walk in to an Apple Store or similar retailer and walk out with a new Mac Pro, but you might just get it in less than a month from the time you order it. Shipping estimates from Apple.com have dropped down to three to five weeks for the first time since the new machine debuted at the end of last year; previous shipping estimates pegged shipping at five to six weeks…...

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13:29
Apple’s fix for FaceTime woes in iOS 6? Upgrade to...

Apple has released a new support document explaining some of the issues that iOS 6 users have experienced lately when trying to make FaceTime calls. Along with an explanation, there’s finally a fix in sight that’s also detailed on the support page. What’s the fix? Update to iOS 7.

First spotted by MacRumors, the support document informs users of a pretty obvious solution to the problem. If you’re using a device that supports iOS 7, you’ll need to update to the latest version of iOS 7. If the device in question isn’t compatible with iOS 7, update to iOS 6.1.6 to resolve the FaceTime bug.

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13:25
What Apple’s 7-for-1 Stock Split Means for...

Apple Inc. announced a 7-for-1 stock split on Wednesday, and the question many shareholders have is, "What does this mean to me?" Bryan Chaffin has a long and a short answer for you. Spoiler: the short answer is "Nothing."


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13:21
Apple, others settle poaching antitrust suit

Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe have agreed to settle an antitrust lawsuit regarding no-hire agreements, Reuters reports. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed. Former employees of the companies were reportedly seeking $9 billion in lost wages, alleging the companies agreed not to hire each other’s employees.…

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13:20
Apple’s Drop in iPad Market Share is a Natural Part...

Apple's iPad market share is slowly being diluted. And yet customers love their iPads and do amazing things with them. Those iPads also greatly dominate Web traffic. It's a great paradox, but John Martellaro thinks he has part of the answer.


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13:12
Hulu Plus for iOS updated with remote control...

The folks at Hulu have expanded their recent Chromecast efforts and thanks to a new update the company’s iOS app now moonlights as a remote control for the Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 game consoles. Users can pause, stop fast-forward and rewind content directly from their mobile device. This will definitely come in handy, because it takes the strain off your controller’s battery, which should be reserved strictly for gaming.

In addition to navigating your media experience, the refreshed software adds a bit of a second screen experience by letting you search and queue content from your mobile device without interrupting playback on your TV. In...

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13:10
Some iOS 6 users must upgrade to iOS 7 to fix...

A new Apple support document reveals that some iOS 6 users must upgrade to iOS 7 in order to get FaceTime to work properly. Those iOS 6 users who have seen FaceTime call issues pop up after April 16, 2014 may be affected by a bug “resulting from a…

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13:04
Apple reaches settlement in Silicon Valley anti-...

A major antitrust lawsuit accusing major technology companies, including Apple, of participating in an illegal hiring agreement won't proceed in court, as the accused parties have reached a settlement with the class who brought the complaint.



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13:00
Tim Cook calls mobile payments an "interesting...

In the wake of Apple's stellar earnings report, CEO Tim Cook sat down for a brief interview with the Wall Street Journal. Echoing a sentiment he put forth during the company's earnings conference call, Cook explained Apple's underlying goal is to...

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12:57
Trademark filings hint at possible future names for...

Apple is using at least two shell companies to secure trademarks on future names for OS X, reports claim. On the same day in early December, two firms -- Yosemite Research LLC and Coast Research LLC -- are said to have filed for US trademarks on several California-related names. The former applied for "Yosemite," "Redwood, "and "Mammoth," while Coast pursued "California," "Big Sur," and "Pacific."...



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12:55
Apple, Google & others settle in anti-trust suit...

Reuters reports today that Apple, Google, Adobe, and Intel have settled in the long running antitrust lawsuit filed by employees alleging the companies entered into agreements to not hire employees from one another. Apple previously settled out of court in a lawsuit brought on by the Department of Justice for the same practices, but the class-action suit from employees settled today was given the go ahead last year.

Four major tech companies including Apple and Google have agreed to settle a large antitrust lawsuit over no-hire agreements in Silicon Valley, according to a court filing on Thursday.

The lawsuits have...

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12:35
Don’t give up on the iPad

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Stratechery:

The future of the iPad is not to be a better Mac. That may happen by accident, just as the Mac eventually superseded the Apple II, but to pursue that explicitly would be to sacrifice what the iPad might become, and, more importantly, what it already is.

Anyone “giving up” on the iPad really has no clue as to what Apple’s long term strategy is and has always been.

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12:35
Hands on: Opera Coast iPhone browser offers a...

To delete sites from your home screen, tap on an icon and hold, then drag to the top.

Safari is the go-to browser for the vast majority of iPhone users—it’s the default, after all. But there are a few third-party browsers vying for your attention, and the latest is Opera Coast from the folks at Opera Software. Opera Coast is actually at version 3.0—the iPad version has been out since last fall.

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12:30
Apple tops JD Power smartphone satisfaction and...

Former Apple engineer Francisco Tolmasky has shared some very interesting stories about the development of mobile Safari and other software features of the new iPhone. Including Steve Jobs' insistence that it be "like magic." Meanwhile, Apple's stock...

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12:11
Prong’s PWR case for iPhone 5/5s features a...

Prong has just unveiled its new PWR case for iPhone 5/5s that offers an “all-in-one” power solution. This case will allow you to simultaneously charge your iPhone and a detachable battery pack using its integrated wall adapter. When the backup battery is removed, the iPhone is left with a clean bumper for minimal protection against drops and dings.

The PWR case features a 1,500mAh battery and will be available in black, white, blue-grey and white-pink. Currently, it’s...

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12:08
Apps: Bonsai Slice, Bounsy, IMDb 4.2 + The Weather...

Playground Theory’s new Bonsai Slice ($3) has already gotten some press for its unique play mechanics. The game makes players move and swing their iPads around in their hands as if holding a sword. Onscreen, a swinging sword slashes through items to earn points and coins — sort of…

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12:07
Google exec & social networking chief Vic...

Vic Gundotra, an outspoken member of Google's executive team who spearheaded the company's Google+ social networking service and oversaw its early mobile applications, has left the company after an 8-year tenure, he announced on Thursday.



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12:00
Lunch with Tim Cook up for auction

Have a couple of hundred grand burning a hole in your pocket? Want to ask Tim Cook some burning questions about the iWatch or Apple HDTV? Now's your chance! CharityBuzz and The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights announced the 8th...

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11:45
Briefly: Opera Coast for iPhone, Prong PWR iPhone...

Opera Software has released an iPhone version of its WebKit-based browser, Opera Coast. An iPad version was released last September, initially optimizing the browser for touchscreens. Users can begin a search by using a pulling down gesture on the home screen, bringing up an input interface with an icon-based autofill for sites previously visited. Navigation between pages can be executed by a swipe, with websites displayed on the iPhone's full screen. Opera Coast features a small toolbar on the bottom that includes a visual grid (that can can consists of multiple screens) of saved websites, wi...



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11:44
Taking credit

The thing is, attribution can also mean responsibility. Putting your name on something (or allowing that to happen) isn’t just an endorsement, but also an admission that the buck stops with you. If there’s a problem with this, it’s my fault.

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11:35
Apple's iOS 7.1.1 tweaks shown to extend iPhone...

The latest version of Apple's mobile operating system seems to have brought with it enhancements designed to ease strain on the iPhone's battery, as some users are reporting noticeable increases in uptime with iOS 7.1.1.



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11:34
Google Rolls Out Time-Traveling Maps


Google has launched a new feature on Street View that enables users to browse through images dating back as far as 2007, as well as images from different seasons and at night. Street View users have long pined for the ability to look at shots from the past, according to Google Maps Street View Director of Engineering Luc Vincent. How neighborhoods used to look. How natural disasters affected scenes on the ground. Google denotes the ability to tinker with time with a small hourglass in the upper left-hand corner of a Street View panorama.

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11:31
eBay revamps iOS apps, adds in-store pickup on iPad...


Ebay has pushed out a notable update to its main iPhone and iPad apps today that include a number of new features and updated designs. Most notably, the iPad now includes an in-store pickup option that shows a “Free In-Store Pickup” option under the “Shop Locally” search filter to show items from local merchants available for purchase.” That feature was previously limited to the iPhone. To go along with the new in-store pickup option on iPad, you can also now save your in-store pickup...

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11:30
Daily Deals for April 24, 2014, featuring...

It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections. Don't forget to check out our "Today in the App Store" post that singles...

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11:29
Craig Mod on where digital publishing is heading

Mod and I talked about how Hi was developed, how to build tools to encourage a regular writing routine, and where online publishing is heading next. Here’s a lightly edited transcript of our conversation.

Craig is a really smart fellow.

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11:19
Anonymous sources

That’s one problem with anonymous sources: They often get it wrong because why make sure you have it right when you will not be held accountable for what you say.

I really enjoyed this article.

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11:19
Apple CEO Tim Cook auctions off lunch date for...

Apple CEO Tim Cook is now auctioning off a lunch date via the website Charitybuzz. The auction runs today through May 13th, and has a $100,000 target, with the proceeds due to go to the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights. The RFK Center is involved in field activities around the world, as well as awards and educational programs....



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11:16
Industry bigwigs launch OpenSSL-fixing Core...

The Linux Foundation today announced it has formed a new project to fund and support critical elements of the global information infrastructure, namely, OpenSSL. The newly formed Core Infrastructure Initiative enables technology companies to collaboratively identify and fund open source projects that are in need of assistance, while allowing the developers to continue their work under open source community norms. Founding backers of the Initiative include Amazon Web Services, Cisco, Dell, Facebook, Fujitsu, Google, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, NetApp, Rackspace, VMware and The Linux Foundation....

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11:10
Tim Cook auctions lunch meeting for charity

Sounds like a great gift for someone to give me.

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11:00
Opera Coast is ready to impress you... and then be...

Do you remember Yahoo Axis? It was an iOS Web browser that it seemed as though everyone thought it was the second coming of the mobile Web. It was called "impressive," "surprisingly fresh," and "one of the best Web browsers," only to be...

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10:54
Hands-on: Logitech Hinge and Turnaround cases for...

On Tuesday Logitech announced several new iPad cases. Here at MacNN we were given a chance to try two of them, the Hinge and the Turnaround, both in versions for the iPad Air. Since they're relatively straightforward cases, we thought we'd give them a simple-hands-on rather than full reviews....



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10:30
Goodbye Net Neutrality: FCC Backs Down on Internet...

After Verizon won its case claiming the FCC's rules requiring all Internet traffic be treated equally the Commission promised revisions to ensure Net Neutrality doesn't die. Now it seems that may not be the case because the FCC has changed course and instead will instead let Internet service providers charge companies like Netflix and Facebook for preferential treatment and guarantees of faster data transfers through their networks -- and that's a change that flies in the face of what was promised in Net Neutrality.


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10:18
Francisco Tolmasky, the then 20-year old that...

Tolmasky via Flickr

The New York Times profiles Francisco Tolmasky who was hired out of college early by Apple in 2006 to work on Mobile Safari in the run up to the launch of the iPhone. It is hard to imagine a more difficult first job than working with Steve Jobs on something so important.

Mr. Jobs was taking a monthlong vacation, so Mr. Tolmasky had to wait for him to return to give his personal blessing for the hiring. “He was super guarded about the project, and he was probably suspicious of some random 20-year-old,” Mr. Tolmasky said. “I remember being very frustrated. This was, like, an impossible task.”

It wasn’t just Mobile Safari…...

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10:07
Tim Cook offering lunch date at Apple HQ for charity

Apple fans, detractors, and investors alike now have a chance to sit down with CEO Tim Cook one-on-one, as the executive is auctioning off a lunch date at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., to benefit charity.



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10:05
Apple tops 2014 JD Power rankings for smartphone...

Apple has topped a 2014 JD Power ranking of customer satisfaction among US smartphone owners. Each smartphone maker is scored according to metrics for performance, physical design, features, and ease of use, and relative to each of the four major US carriers: AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint. Apple is in first place with all four carriers, but trailed closely by Samsung....



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10:04
Trademark filings might show future OS X names:...

Following the introduction of OS X Mavericks and Apple’s new naming scheme inspired by locations in California, there has been much speculation about which famous California destination might be the name of future releases. Today, French blog Consomac has discovered trademark filings for other California locations that appear to be linked to Apple.

The site found trademarks for Yosemite, Redwood, Mammoth, California, Big Sur, and Pacific, all of which are registered by one of two shell companies, Yosemite Research LLC and Coast Research LLC. While that wouldn’t normally be enough evidence to assume Apple is behind the filings, the site also found the trademarks include protection for operating systems and connections to Apple through the lawyers that filed the...

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10:00
Satechi LED Desk Lamp: Cool, Glare-free and...

Satechiâs Flexible LED desk lamp provides five levels of glare-free illumination and includes a USB port that can charge tablets and smartphones. It comes in attractive brushed silver color.


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10:00
Play It On A Mac: Goat Simulator

In this weekly series I'll show you how to get your favorite Windows-exclusive PC games running on OS X. For more information on the programs used, check out the Play It On A Mac explainer. For suggestions and/or questions about any game, feel free...

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09:48
Tim Cook auctioning lunch meeting at Apple HQ for...

It was only just a year ago when Tim Cook raised $610,000 for charity through an auction to have coffee with the Apple CEO himself. This time the subject will move from coffee to lunch with the head of the company at Apple Headquarters in Cupertino. The charity auction is hosted by the website Charitybuzz just like last time and hopes to raise $100,000 for the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights. It’s likely however that the charity auction will raise much more than its goal as last year’s goal of $50,000 was far exceeded at $610,000 before wrapping up.

The charity auction kicked off today and runs through Tuesday on May 13th when the price is surely to drive much higher than its goal. In less than one hour...

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09:30
Introducing Play It On A Mac

I'm a gamer who doesn't like compromises. I have a gaming PC that runs Windows, but I also have a few Macs around my house as well, and the fact that most PC games found on Steam are Windows-exclusive is a huge bummer. Play it on a Mac is a new...

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09:00
Facebook buys out Moves fitness app for iOS and...

Facebook has bought out Finnish firm ProtoGeo Oy and its signature product, Moves, a health and fitness tracking app for iOS and Android. ProtoGeo says it will start contributing to Facebook's own services in an unspecified capacity. Moves will continue to exist as a standalone app though, and ProtoGeo adds that there are "no plans to change that or commingle data with Facebook."...



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09:00
This Week in iOS Apps: Unlimited coffee!

Unlimited coffee!

This week’s roundup of apps includes ways to buy coffee, plant your garden, plan your tasks, and call a cab. Oh, and everybody’s favorite web-slinger makes an appearance, too.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

This is one of those apps that kind of sells itself: The $5 Amazing Spider-Man 2 for iPhone and iPad features the latest adventures of everybody’s favorite web-slinger. The game, though, goes beyond the story of the new film and includes new characters like Black Cat and Screwball. (You’ll also take on six “legendary villains” from the Marvel universe.) Best of all? You can pretend to be Spider-Man without risking an actual broken limb.

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09:00
Tim Cook says Apple is "on the prowl";...

During Apple's earnings conference call yesterday, an analyst pointed out that companies like Google and Amazon are increasingly diversifying their business while Apple doesn't seem to be following suit. The analyst subsequently asked about Apple's...

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08:52
Brand minimalism

Visitors to Chicago’s Renaissance Society in the winter of 1980 encountered a concise exhibition with a provocative thesis. “Objects and Logotypes: Relationships Between Minimalist Art and Corporate Design” was a polemical juxtaposition of two strands of postwar American culture that, at first blush, could hardly seem more opposed.

Great read.

[Via Khol Vinh]

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08:42
The 10 Commandments of Typography

Certainly a good starting place.

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08:34
Facebook buys 'Move' fitness tracking app...

Yet another Silicon Valley power entered the "quantified self" race on Thursday when Facebook acquired the developers behind Moves, an iPhone app that allows users to create an "activity diary" by automatically recording walking, cycling, and running.



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08:31
Apps: Arq, World Clock Deluxe, Screens
08:10
Rumor Claims New MacBook Air Models Only Days Away

The MacBook Air may be see a refresh next week, according to unnamed insider sources. The last time the MacBook Air line saw an update was about 10 months ago, which does make the thin laptop line ripe for a change.

The Mac Observer Spin: It's about time for a MacBook Air refresh, and there isn't any obvious reason why Apple shouldn't roll out new models next week. That said, nothing has been confirmed, so reports that they're on the way have to be considered as rumors for now.


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08:00
RunKeeper for iOS adds 'Goal Coach' for...

Popular iPhone fitness application RunKeeper saw a significant update on Thursday with the addition of "Goal Coach," a new free feature that allows users to set achievable but challenging goals as they train.



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08:00
Mac 101: Use this tip to easily map a contact's...

Traveling to a friend's new house and not exactly sure how to get there? if their new address is in your Contacts, then you can quickly and easily pull up a map to see where they live. Once you have Maps open, driving directions are just few clicks...

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07:52
VMware Fusion 6.0.3 and Fusion 6.0.3 Professional

Resolves OpenSSL security vulnerabilities related to the Heartbleed bug. ($59.99/129.99 new, free updates, 514 MB)

 

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07:34
Google agreed to pay some of Samsung’s legal fees

This is very interesting. AppleInsider has some details from a number of sites—definitely worth a read.

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07:32
Apple tops J.D. Power’s 2014 survey in smartphone...

J.D. Power, which previously awarded the iPhone highest in consumer satisfaction for smartphones eight years in a row, today released a report that puts Apple on top for customer satisfaction by carrier. While measure four key metrics— performance, physical design, features, and ease of operation— across the four major carriers, J.D. Power found Apple and the iPhone’s overall score ranked #1 for Sprint, Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile. However, in most cases, it’s only beating Samsung by a small margin.

The report also shared some stats on overall satisfaction for carriers and the most requested features for new devices from consumers:...

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07:31
DEVONagent Lite, Express, and Pro 3.8

Updates nearly all of the research software’s plug-ins. (Free/$4.95/$49.95, free updates)

 

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07:31
DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.7.5

Adds support for rendering MultiMarkdown and improves tagging on Mavericks. (All updates are free. DEVONthink Pro Office, $149.95 new; DEVONthink Professional, $79.95 new; DEVONthink Personal, $49.95 new; DEVONnote, $24.95 new.)

 

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07:30
7-for-1 AAPL split to encourage smaller investors,...

It wasn’t just Apple’s earnings and iPhone sales that took people by surprise yesterday: the company also announced a 7-to-1 stock split.

A stock split is where a company divides one expensive share into two or more cheaper shares. In theory, there’s no benefit to this: it’s just like splitting a $100 bill into two $50 bills. You end up with the same amount of money and the same share of the wealth. But in practice, a lower share price tends to encourage investment, partly because it allows smaller investments and partly because stock splits tend to signal that a share price is likely to continue to increase.

Most stock splits are 2-to-1, sometimes 3-to-1. A 7-to-one split is highly unusual, and in yesterday’s earnings call, Tim Cook explained the...

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07:30
Tidbits you might have missed from Apple's...

While the big focus of Apple's Q2 earnings call was the stock split and dividend increase, a number of other interesting tidbits were announced during the call. A few of them, culled from our liveblog of the call, include:

More than 20 million...

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07:26
Facebook revenue grows 72 percent

Facebook said that mobile ads represented 59 percent of its ad revenue in the first quarter, up from 30 percent in the year-ago period. Facebook’s overall revenue grew 72 percent year-on-year to $2.5 billion in the first quarter, above the $2.36 billion expected by analysts polled by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

“They’ve got the right products for what advertisers are looking for and that’s manifesting itself in the results you’re seeing,” said JMP Securities analyst Ronald Josey.

Remember, you are the product being sold.

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07:25
Cook: New products ‘closer,’ mobile payments ‘really...

Apple CEO Tim Cook again hinted at upcoming new products without revealing anything concrete in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. He said the company’s strong fiscal quarter might silence critics, while adding, “Maybe it will take some new products.” In the interview, Cook again stressed the importance…

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07:21
Analyst: Apple Needs to Choose iPhone Margins or...

Apple reported selling 43.7 million iPhones during its second fiscal quarter for 2014, beating analyst estimates and showing better margins in the process. Despite that good news, Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um sees a time coming where Apple will have to choose between maintaining high device margins, or driving unit sales.

The Mac Observer Spin: There isn't anything stopping Apple from selling iPhones at a higher price point, and that's possible if the next new model ships with a larger display. That doesn't mean Apple will stop selling iPhones at current prices, and it doesn't necessarily mean iPhone sales will suffer. If Apple wants to keep its high margins on iPhone sales, and can't keep component costs low, it'll have to raise prices across the board, and that's the part that could impact sales.

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07:19
Facebook buys fitness app Moves as health race heats...


There’s certainly no shortage of buzz around health tracking and fitness-related products and software these days, and Facebook is making sure it its not going to be left out of the race (there’s also no shortage of Facebook acquisitions).

Finnish company ProtoGeo Oy, the developers behind the iPhone and Android fitness app Moves (seen above), has been acquired by Facebook as it...

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07:18
New MacBook Airs could debut as soon as next week,...

Apple could be planning to update the MacBook Air as soon as next week, according to sources for French site MacGeneration. This includes refreshes of both the 11- and 13-inch lineups. It's unclear which processors they might use; lower-end models could use recent options like the 1.4 GHz i5-4260U, 1.4 GHz i5-4350U, or 1.5 GHz i5-4360U, but Intel hasn't announced a replacement for the i7-4650U used in more expensive Airs....



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07:12
J.D. Power ranks iPhone No. 1 for customer...

It would be great to win best in customer satisfaction at one or two carrier, but all four is beyond impressive.

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07:09
The Incredible Shrinking Technology


We are constantly moving. From a morning meeting to a lunch date to an afternoon conference call, we are always on the go and so are our technology devices. They are with us every step of the way, acting as our personal assistants, communicators and life-savers. We are progressing closer to a world where HUVr boards aren't a hoax and technology no longer fits in the palm of your hand but on a node in your brain. We are shifting from using static, desktop devices to portable devices in order to accommodate our lightspeed lifestyle.

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07:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: Wireless wonders

Wireless wonders

This week's round up of new accessories for your iPhone and iPad is flush with wireless functionality, including everything from speakers to alarms to utilizing Siri in a brand-new way.

Adesso

The $80 Campagno Air Blueooth 3.0 Scissor-Switch Keyboard & Folio “includes a standard 64-key layout with iPad and Multimedia Hotkeys to easily access iPad shortcuts with one touch,” says the company. It weighs 1.3 pounds, and offers up to 100 hours of continuous use on a single charge of its battery.

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07:00
Rumor Roundup: Another unannounced Apple product...

Apple trademark update suggests company may enter jewelry business, hinting at rumored 'iWatch' (AppleInsider)

Apple first applied for the iWatch trademark last year. Then, as now, this trademark application is not proof that Apple intends to launch...

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06:58
Cook says new products ‘closer than it’s ever been...

In Cook’s latest interview with The Wall Street Journal, the Apple CEO largely reiterates his comments about the company’s values and the product creation process but also expanded on his opinion of mobile payments.

Cook said that their strong results should qualm some of the recent anti-Apple chatter. However, he added that it will likely take the addition of some new products to change people’s minds…

As you might expect, Cook repeated his comments about new product categories without being the least bit specific.

Cook echoed...

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06:36
Poll: If the rumors are true, will you buy the 4.7-...

With it seeming increasingly likely that Apple plans to launch two versions of the iPhone 6, one with a 4.7-inch screen, the other with a larger 5.5-inch display, which one will you buy?

Last time we ran a poll, we didn’t know what sizes were on the cards, so simply asked you to choose from a range of sizes. At that point, most of you opted for something in the 4.6-5 inch range, with only 7 percent wanting something larger than five inches.

Now that the likely sizes seem more certain, and you’ve had a chance to...

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06:30
Opera’s Coast browser adds iPhone support, adds...

Opera first launched Coast back in September 2013, on the iPad. Although it didn’t make a huge impression on the App Store first time around, Opera is probably hoping its new version will be more popular.

The app has been fully reworked for the iPhone size. There are hardly any buttons onscreen; the app relies almost exclusively on gesture-based navigation.

For both iPhone and iPad, the developers have also added a new recommendations section called ‘Stuff we like’. It’s basically a collection of bookmarks for popular sites — which may help some users find some “interesting sites to waste time on”.

Importantly, this update also adds iCloud syncing of...

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06:23
Wall Street impressed by Apple's surprise...

Apple's second-quarter earnings report was packed with surprises that delighted investors on Wall Street, prompting some analysts to respond by raising their price targets for the iPhone maker's stock.



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06:21
AAPL Jumps $44 in Pre-market Trading after Strong Q2...

Apple's shares shot up over US$40 in after hours trading following the company's strong second quarter earnings report on Wednesday, and continued to climb over night. Shares were up 8.53 percent in Thursday morning's pre-market trading, which didn't fit with the price drop Apple's shares often see after an earnings report.


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06:19
How ACH works (that thing where your employer...

I’m a big fan of clear explanations, especially when they involve a complex process. This is a clear explanation of ACH, or Automated Clearing House.

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06:15
Prong debuts Prong PWR Case for iPhone 5/5s

Prong has introduced its Prong PWR Case ($80), a new iPhone 5/5s case with an integrated wall plug and detachable backup battery. The detachable battery charges using the integrated plug, while the iPhone remains separate in its own protective bumper. As in Prong’s PocketPlug iPhone 5 Case +…

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06:00
Daily App: Dance Machine turns your videos into...

Dance Machine-The Fun Editor is a new app that lets you take a video clip and turn it into a dance video in just a few minutes. The app falls into photo & video category, but when you pair the right video with some upbeat music, there is a healthy...

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05:52
Game of Phones

A kickstarter based on a deck of custom cards and a group of friends with smartphones. Great idea.

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05:49
Amazon and HBO ink exclusive content deal for Amazon...

This is a big deal for Amazon and a bit of bad news for Netflix.

Amazon.com, Inc. today announced a content licensing agreement with HBO, making Prime Instant Video the exclusive online-only subscription home for select HBO programming. The collection includes award-winning shows such as The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, The Wire, Big Love, Deadwood, Eastbound & Down, Family Tree, Enlightened, Treme, early seasons of Boardwalk Empire and True Blood, as well as mini-series like Band of Brothers, John Adams and more. Previous seasons of other HBO shows, such as Girls, The Newsroom and Veep will become available over the course of the multi-year agreement, approximately three years after airing on HBO. The first wave of content will arrive on Prime Instant Video May 21. This is the first time that HBO programming has been licensed to an online-only subscription streaming service. This programming will remain on all HBO platforms.

A smart move for Amazon and Fire TV....

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05:45
Opera 'Coast' for iOS brings the enjoyment...

Opera Software on Thursday launched Coast version 3.0, a Web browser for Apple iOS devices that eschews extraneous onscreen buttons and text boxes for intuitive gesture controls and contextual pop-out menus. The end result is a tidy full-screen surfing experience.



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05:44
Tim Cook publicly thanks Peter Oppenheimer for years...

One last bit from the results call:

Finally, before we start the Q&A, I would like to take a minute to talk about my dear friend and colleague Peter Oppenheimer. As you know, Peter will be transitioning from the CFO role in June. Peter has been Apple’s CFO for 10 years and the list of his accomplishments is immense. Apple is now more than 20 times the size it was when Peter became our CFO and his expertise, leadership and incredibly hard work had been instrumental to the company’s success. I’d like to thank him very publicly for his contributions to Apple, from the very bottom of my heart and wish him all the best in his approaching retirement at the end of September.

And I’d also like to recognize him that he has never missed guidance in the 10 years as CFO which must be an all-time record for CFOs. We’re really happy and fortunate to have someone with Luca’s talent on Board to replace Peter. He has over 25 years of experience, building and leading finance teams...

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05:38
∞ Apple announces seven way stock split

There was a lot to digest in yesterday’s earnings conference call. One item that was mentioned, almost as an afterthought, was Tim Cook’s announcement of a seven way stock split. Read the original post for details.

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05:30
Rumor says iPhone 6 will get curvy

Another report from the Japanese blog Mac Otakara says that the iPhone 6 may have more rounded edges and a curved screen similar to Samsung’s Galaxy S III, although references to a curved or “rounded” screen may simply indicate that the screen extends to the edge of the screen with the edges of the glass being rounded. The blog points to a current case design for the iPhone 5 and 5S as an example of what the edges of the future iPhone might look like. The Curvacious Bumper, from SQUAIR, adds a rounded edge to the iPhone 5/5S which the designers liken to the rounded form of the iPhone 3G.

The case is made from “Super Extra Duralumin A7075″ which is an aluminum alloy. In case you are curious,...

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05:15
Rumor: Minor MacBook Air refresh coming as soon as...

French site MacG is citing “reliable sources” in suggesting a minor refresh to the MacBook Air line-up next week. With Intel having updated its range of laptop CPUs, it seems likely the 11- and 13-inch machines will see a small increase in speed, from the existing 1.3GHz chip to either 1.4GHz or 1.5GHz.

It’s also possible, though less likely, that Apple would increase the SSD size from the present starting point of 128GB.

If you can wait until later in the year, however, you’ll probably get much more for your money when it’s strongly rumored that Apple will be launching an all-new...

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05:14
∞ Transcript of Tim Cook and yesterday’s Apple...

Want all the detail of yesterday’s call?

Here’s a link to MacWorld’s edited transcript, focused on Tim Cook’s comments.

And here’s a more complete transcript from Seeking Alpha (free reg-wall). The Seeking Alpha transcript includes Tim’s comments, as well as those from Nancy Paxton (Senior Director, Investor Relations) and Luca Maestri (VP of Finance and Corporate Controller) as well as the Q&A that followed.

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05:07
Rumor: Apple to update current MacBook Air models...

Apple's existing designs for the 11- and 13-inch MacBook Air will allegedly see a refresh next week, likely with newer and faster Intel processors, according to a new report.



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