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Thursday March 5

16:49
Here’s how to get Office 2016 for Mac, right now

Anyone that relies on Microsoft Office is intimately aware that the current version (that’s Office 2011 for Mac) was released five years ago. That’s 36 dog years, but who’s counting?

If you’ve been pining for a new version of the venerable office suite (and haven’t yet switched to Google Drive for some reason) there’s hope. Microsoft posted an Office for Mac Preview today, which is...

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15:18
24 Hour Project street photography

A street photography project to document world’s humanity in one single day. World wide participants will share their city stories through one photo per hour during 24 hours.

Sounds great.

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14:16
Rock Band 4 Rises From the Ashes


Harmonix on Thursday revealed that the fourth installment of Rock Band will launch this fall on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The news comes about five years after the last title in the franchise made its debut. Harmonix is celebrating the series' return by gifting fans Frank Turner's I Still Believe. It's an appropriate track for a series that has taken some time off, with its iconic lyric, Now who'd have thought that after all, something as simple as rock 'n' roll would save us all?

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14:15
The weak link in Apple Pay’s strong chain is bank...

Earlier this week, a February blog post by mobile payments consultant Cherian Abraham captured the attention of the media and set off a flurry of articles about rampant fraud on Apple Pay. But despite headlines declaring that Apple Pay sees 60 times more fraud than magnetic stripe credit cards, the details are a bit more nuanced. It turns out that Apple Pay as a platform appears quite secure—it hasn’t yet seen any man-in-the-middle or other hacking attacks (that we know of) that could result in the loss of thousands of credit card numbers,...

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14:01
Chasing the Aurora

In February 2015, I traveled far north to Norway to hunt down and photograph the Northern Lights, one of the most mesmerizing natural phenomena of this planet.

The Northern Lights are amazing.

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13:53
Why China loves Apple best

Apple received the highest score for loyalty of any brand cited across all categories. What explains Apple’s unrivaled loyalty in China? Yes, the products are attractive. Yes, the price point is high enough that the iPhone is a status symbol that is more accessible than a diamond-studded watch or flashy sports car.

Very interesting article.

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13:49
AltConf call for speakers

AltConf is a free, community-driven and supported event, held in downtown San Francisco alongside Apple’s WWDC. We’re currently planning the 2015 conference, and we’ve got some very exciting plans in the works that we’re hoping that we can announce very soon.

Mike and Judy do a tremendous job with AltConf. If you’re interested in speaking or wish to support the conference, be sure to get in touch with them.

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12:39
iPhone orders remain strong, Apple likely to top 54M...

Sources in Apple's supply chain are particularly bullish about iPhone sales to start 2015, leading investment firm Barclays Capital to say that its forecast of 54 million units for the current quarter is a "conservative" estimate.

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11:48
Gmail gets share sheet functions, Foursquare saves...

Several important updates have been released at the iOS App Store, bringing share sheet functions to Gmail, a Saved Places tab to Foursquare, and a complete redesign of Imgur's official iPhone app.

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11:32
Review: Gumdrop Cases Drop Tech Case for iPhone 6...

Gumdrop Cases' Drop Tech Case for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus ($40) is a rugged case at a low price point. The design of the three-piece case has been reworked a bit since the last time we saw the case for iPhone 5 — Gumdrop claims switching the outer skin from silicon to TPU has made the case more durable and easier to pull out of a pocket, while the internal frame was also reportedly made stronger. The case comes with a holster belt clip which can also act as a stand.{/exp:char_limit}

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11:13
The education of Alex Rodriguez

People hate him. Boy, wow, do they hate him. At first they loved him, and then they were confused by him, and then they were irritated by him, and now they straight-up loathe.

I’m definitely in the “loathe” camp. I’ve loathed him since way back in his days in Seattle. But it’s still an interesting, well written (and well presented on the web site) article. And, after reading it, I still loathe him.

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11:12
Apple sends end-of-life reminder to Aperture users,...

Apple on Thursday notified customers who have previously purchased its Aperture photography software that the application will soon be removed from the Mac App Store, and invited those users to try the new Photos app as part of the OS X 10.10.3 public beta.

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11:07
News: Revamped Apple music service not coming until...

Following on earlier rumors that Apple’s new streaming music service may have been ready for a March launch, a new report from 9to5Mac indicates that the new service likely won’t be unveiled until at least June, when the company holds its annual Worldwide Developers Conference. Citing music industry sources that have been briefed on Apple’s timeline for the new service, the report confirms that the new iTunes music streaming service…

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11:01
China's Cybersecurity Plans Draw US Fire


China should change its tune on new rules for purchases from American high-tech companies if it wants to do business with the U.S., President Obama has warned. China reportedly is planning to ask U.S. high-tech firms to hand over their encryption keys and install security backdoors to allow surveillance as a counterterrorism measure. It also will require high-tech companies to keep servers and user data within China's borders, supply law enforcement authorities with communications records, and censor terrorism-related Internet content.

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11:00
Gmail 4.0 for iOS is out, adds actionable...

Google just published a new update to Gmail for iOS. Gmail 4.0 has arrived in your App Store updates, bringing with it several new features designed to make life easier for those who use the app to handle multiple Gmail accounts... or even just a single Gmail account.

First, you'll find that notifications from Gmail let you either reply or archive a message with a single tap. That's a wonderful way to delete unimportant messages without even having to open the Gmail app. 

Next, Google has added a share extension that allows Gmail users to send attachments from any app that supports the iOS 8 share sheet. You'll need to activate the extension by tapping "More" on the list of app icons that appears on the share sheet, then sliding the switch next to Gmail to the on position. 

Finally, there's also a new attachment viewer for Gmail 4.0 that allows users to open...

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10:57
Disney's 'Show Your Disney Side' app...

Disney's new theme park-connected "Show Your Disney Side" app for iPhone lets users shoot a selfie and merge it with a famous character from one of the company's movies or attractions, such as Frozen, Star Tours, Pirates of the Caribbean, or the Haunted Mansion.

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10:46
TMO Daily Observations 2015-03-05: iPad Pro Design...

Word on the street is that Apple may include USB ports on the rumored 12-inch iPad. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to debate whether or not that makes sense, and why Apple would considering changing up its iPad design. They also look at HBO's plan to offer its content through a subscription outside of cable and satellite TV packages.


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10:45
Apple released a new Software Update

Apple just released a new Software Update:

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10:11
It’s about time: Microsoft releases free Office for...

For the last 12 months, Microsoft has focused on getting its flagship Office suite on screens where it's never been before—iPhones, iPads, and Android tablets. The Office for OS X apps were left behind, though. Microsoft released a new version of Outlook and an official OneNote client, but the core Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps were stuck back in 2010.

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10:07
Winning photo from Yukon hair freezing contest goes...

CBC:

The contest is held in association with the Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous festival, but Takhini Hot Pools owner Andrew Umbrich says he runs the contest the entire month of February to account for unpredictable temperatures.

He says -20C works for hair sculpting, but -30C is ideal.

“It just takes 10 minutes to a half hour to make a pretty incredible picture,” he says.

Goofy Canadians.

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10:06
Apple rumored to further enhance personalization of...

People wanting to buy an Apple Watch may be able to ask for a custom engraving, much as the company has allowed with products like the iPad and iPod before it, although the option may not be available in time for the product's launch.

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10:04
Tip of the Day: Turning off alerts for individual...

If you share calendars among friends, family members, and co-workers, you may have sometimes found yourself in the annoying situation of having their reminders go off on your iPhone. Fortunately, the iOS 8 Calendar app now allows you to turn off notifications on a per-calendar basis. To do this, simply go into the Calendar app, tap the “Calendars” button in the bottom center to bring up your list of Calendars, and then tap the red “i”…

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09:56
Apple Watch predicted to take 55% of the 2015 global...

Research firm Strategy Analytics released its latest report today forecasting global Apple Watch sales and smartwatch marketshare for 2015. The firm’s predictions put Apple’s anticipated global smartwatch marketshare at more than half with 54.8% reached in 2015. Notably, that forecasted percentage is versus all other smartwatches combined competing with the Apple Watch.

While the report predicts that Apple will take the overwhelming majority of smartwatch sales this year, it predicts a relatively conservative number of units shipped globally in 2015 at 15.4 million. That forecast still beats the collective “other” group with a 12.7 million units shipped globally predicted.

To be clear, the firm is predicting that the as-of-yet unreleased Apple Watch will outsell the existing smartwatch market in 2015…

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09:56
Mix your Apple Watch

This is a cleverly designed site that allows you to mix and match various Apple Watch bodies with different straps. Fun few minutes diversion. What’s your favourite look?

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09:45
Microsoft releases Office 2016 for Mac preview

Microsoft has released a preview of Office 2016 for Mac that includes several firsts for the platform, including a revamped ribbon and tighter consistency across platforms. The release will let users get their hands on Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and One Note before the final release comes out in the second half of 2015.

This preview demonstrates that Office 2016 for Mac is designed for the platform. It's Retina-ready, more secure than ever and features new levels of consistency. For example, you can opt to have keyboard shortcuts remain consistent with the Mac or Windows versions. That way commands can be consistent across all end points.

Word features new threaded comments and a new Styles Pane, which is a first for Office for the Mac. The ribbon has been redesigned as well for improved appearance and performance. Excel users can also expect consistency of shortcut keystrokes across the Mac and...

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09:16
Gmail for iOS updated w/ share sheet support,...



Google this morning has released a major update for Gmail on iOS. The update bumps the app to version 4.0 and packs a handful of new features. First off, Gmail on iOS now supports the ability to archive and reply to messages directly from a notification, a feature many have been requesting since iOS 8 launched.

The update also adds the ability to attach documents from third-party apps via the share sheet directly to an email to make it easier to move files on the go. That feature works the opposite way too, meaning that you can...

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09:02
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Beats Solo2 headphones $150,...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Beats by Dr. Dre Solo2 wired and wireless on-ear headphones $50 off,...

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09:00
First look: Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac doesn...

You may not have noticed, but of late there’s been a mind shift at Microsoft. First with the introduction of Office for iPad in 2014, then the addition of OneNote for Mac and iOS and an updated and useful version of Office for iPhone. Then, just a few weeks ago, Outlook for iOS, which may just be the best email app you’ll find for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Today? The preview release of Office 2016.

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09:00
FireChat's hashtags help festival-goers find...

Off-the-grid messaging app FireChat is designed for chatting in congested spaces, like political protests in Hong Kong or music festivals in India. As the city of Austin gears up to host the music, film, and tech festival South by Southwest, FireChat is getting ready to introduce a new way to join a conversation with so-called “chat-tags.”

FireChat

Find out where to go and what to do with FireChat's new hashtagged rooms, launched just in time for South by Southwest.

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09:00
First look: Microsoft's all-new Office 2016 for...

Half a decade after Microsoft's last major update to Office for Mac, the venerable productivity suite returns anew with a Retina redesign, a modern codebase, and a host of new features -- and it's available today as a public preview. AppleInsider was given early access to the new apps and brings you a close-up view of Redmond's latest.

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08:55
Back to the Mac: Microsoft releases redesigned...

Before today, the latest versions of Word, PowerPoint, and Excel for OS X came with Office for Mac 2011, a suite of productivity apps which you can tell from the name included dated software without many modern features Mac users expect. Office for Mac 2011 was actually first released in October 2010. A lot has changed since then.

Microsoft moved Office from a paid upgrade approach to a cloud subscription model, saw its CEO Steve Ballmer retire and buy a basketball team, appointed Satya Nadella as head of the company, and even released...

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08:37
Analyst: Apple Watch a $26B Business by 2018

Apple Watch could be a US$26 billion business for Apple in only three years, according to Deutsche Bank analyst Sherri Scribner. She thinks Apple will outsell all other smartwatch makers after Apple Watch ships in the coming weeks, although she sees only a limited impact on Apple's overall business from smartwatch sales.

The Mac Observer Spin: It's interesting to see analysts saying Apple's entry into the smartwatch market will be a huge success, but that the company won't be as successful overall because it refuses to join the race to the bottom in the smartphone market.


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08:30
Join AWT on Monday, March 9, for our Apple event...

Back at that old website, we used to love Apple events because we always had the opportunity to do a liveblog. On Monday, March 9 starting at 10 AM PT/1 PM ET, you'll be able to join the AWT gang and everybody's favorite liveblogger -- Erica Sadun -- for the Spring Forward event.

We'll be trying out a new liveblogging service so bear with us if there are any hiccups along the way, but our early tests show that the liveblog should be similar to what you used to experience over at "that other place."

You can bookmark the liveblog page now, although there's no content yet, of course. We want to thank our friends at Securifi, makers of the Almond+ Router and home automation hub, for sponsoring the liveblog. Be sure to pick up an...

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08:20
Daily Deals for March 5, 2015, featuring GravityView...

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

WALTR [OS X; On sale for $20.07, down from $39.00] AppleWorld.Today is pleased to offer an exclusive deal on WALTR by Softorino. Instead of uploading the limited file formats that iPad/iPhone & iTunes is used to, Softorino engineered a technology that lets you upload and watch MKV, AVI, MP4 videos on your iOS device without having to convert the files before hand.

WALTR is available for US$29.95, but AWT readers can save 33% off the retail price when they use the promo...

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08:12
Rumor: Apple could launch iOS 8.2 next week, will...

The release of iOS 8.2 remains imminent, and could debut as soon as Apple's "Spring Forward" event next Monday, bringing a number of improvements to the iPhone's health app, along with the usual stability improvements and bug fixes.

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07:50
Imgur returns to iPhone with a slick new app

Imgur, every Redditor’s favorite viral image site, recently released its second attempt at an iOS app after producing—and then pulling—its first shot at iOS several years ago. The new app is currently an iPhone-only affair that focuses on browsing the site’s image collection.

Noticeably absent are any tools to upload images to the site, at least for now.

Imgur for iPhone.

The new app doesn’t look anything like the original, which attempted to mimic the grid format of Imgur’s PC site—a format the Android app still holds to. Instead of a grid, you'll see a single image and swipe from right to left to view more. To read the comments you have to scroll down underneath the picture.

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07:46
Release notes from an internal iOS 8.2 build show...


After several weeks of testing, Apple is expected to release iOS 8.2 next week as it puts the Apple Watch on stage one more time. We reported before the event date was announced that Apple has been targeting the second week in March for iOS 8.2 release and passed over BGR’s report that the update would be available as soon as this week (which didn’t pan out). Ahead of the update’...

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07:40
What to expect when we “spring forward” with Apple...

There's an Apple event on Monday, so it's time to run down our list of rumors and hunches so you know what to expect from the company.

Apple's tagline for the event is "spring forward," a less-than-subtle reference to the Apple Watch and a reminder that holding a product event the day after Daylight Saving Time begins is cruel. Since this event is likely to be the springboard for an all-new product line, it's probably going to crowd out most other announcements, which makes this list shorter than it normally is. That said, the timing is right for a handful of other announcements—here's what we think will share the stage on Monday.

Apple Watch


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07:28
Reports Claim 12-inch iPad to Copy Microsoft Surface...

Apple's rumored 12.9-inch iPad Pro may be more like Microsoft's Surface tablet, assuming the latest round of rumors are correct. Insider sources claim Apple is looking at including USB 3.0 ports on the bigger screen model so users could attach keyboards and mice, along with external hard drives. Sources also claim Apple won't release the new model until September instead of this spring as some had hoped.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple most likely has experimented with additional ports on prototype iPads, but expecting to see USB ports on shipping models just doesn't seem likely. Seeing a spring launch for a bigger model didn't seem like much of a possibility, either, so saying it's delayed is wrong. iPad Pro simply wasn't on the spring schedule.

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06:53
New Apple Pay FAQ details fraud, fees & merchant...

Ahead of likely Apple Watch and Apple Pay announcements on Monday during Apple’s ‘Spring forward’ event, Apple has spruced up the main Apple Pay site to further highlight the Watch’s compatibility with Apple Pay and clarify frequently asked questions about the service for merchants. Changes to the site include a dedicated page for finding out where to use Apple Pay, and a new FAQ support document to help merchants learn about Apple Pay and start accepting the mobile payment service.

When the Apple Watch hits the market in April, a lot more people will be suddenly able to use Apple Pay in stores than ever...

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06:35
HBO Now needs to be rock solid

HBO is taking on a new responsibility with HBO Now, that of a service provider.

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06:28
EU court says ebooks aren’t books, must be subject...

Europe’s top court has declared that ebooks are ‘services’ rather than books, and that European countries are not allowed to give them the same favorable tax treatment as paper books. The reasoning, such as it is, is that ebooks cannot be used without a physical device, and ebooks are a service provided to those devices.

Both France and Luxembourg have applied to ebooks the same reduced rate of VAT (sales tax) enjoyed by books made from crushed trees. The WSJ reports that the EU has ruled that this is illegal.

Since 2012, France has applied a 5.5% VAT rate and Luxembourg a 3% VAT rate on e-books, the same rate as for paper books. The European Court of Justice said both countries must apply their normal VAT rate, which for France is 20% and for Luxembourg is 17%.

Europe already closed one ebook-...

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06:17
News: Larger iPad production delayed until later...

Apple’s release plans for a 12.9-inch iPad have been pushed back to later this year, according to multiple reports. Production of the device will start “around September” due to display panel delays, Bloomberg reports. Initially, Apple was set to start manufacturing the larger device this quarter. A report from The Wall Street Journal also notes production will start in this year’s second half. However, this report makes no…

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06:07
Apple, HBO Look to Bring HBO Now Streaming Service...

Apple and HBO are working out the details for a deal that would bring the entertainment company's shows to Apple TV without requiring a cable or satellite television subscription. The service, called HBO Now, is scheduled to launch in April and would give TV viewers a way to pay just for HBO and open up their programming to the 10 million U.S. broadband Internet subscribers who don't have a TV channel package.

The Mac Observer Spin: Adding HBO as an independent channel to Apple TV would be a huge win for Apple and cable TV subscribers who would rather pay just for HBO content. It's also going to open up a new path for broadband Internet users who don't have cable TV to become HBO subscribers, too.


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05:32
News: Daily Deal: Ultra Premium Mac Bundle Extended...

We’ve extended our Ultra Premium Mac Bundle to March 11th, so you’ve still got an opportunity to grab 8 award-winning Mac apps at one great price. For only $44.99, you can pick up fully licensed copies of ScreenFlow 5, Things 2, Data Rescue 4, ExpanDrive 4, AfterShot Pro 2, Typed, Snapselect, and Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth. That’s a savings of over $400, or 90% off the price of purchasing each of these great apps…

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05:23
iOS 8 adoption up to 75%

The latest pie chart shows iOS 8 adoption at 75%, with iOS 7 at 22%.

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05:08
Instant logo design

Withoomph takes a business name and a set of keywords and gens up a set of logos for your consideration.

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05:00
The Great War's Untapped Video Game...


Last year marked the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. Known as "The Great War," it claimed the lives of more than 10 million soldiers and about seven million civilians, ranking it among the deadliest conflicts in human history. With these numbers in mind, it's understandable that WWI might be a taboo subject for entertainment purposes. Yet, it is fair to say that game developers have missed an opportunity with World War I.

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05:00
ChaletOS Is a Design Tweak in the Linux House


ChaletOS began as a personal project of developer Dejan Petrovic. Its name comes from the style of the mountain houses in Switzerland. Just as the Swiss Chalet is a distinctive design, so too is the look and feel of ChaletOS. This operating system has a familiar Windows-like style, with appealing simplicity and impressive speed. Much of that performance credit goes to the use of the Xfce desktop. Its system controls are tweaked to bring unique style-changing capabilities to a classic Linux desktop environment.

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04:53
Some incredibly useful option-key Mac tips

A nice little treasure trove of Mac tips, all of them making use of the option key. As always, you may know most of these, but take a look, there might be a gem in here that’s new to you.

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03:35
Watch this space: Apple is about to fill all the...

Only a few more days until Tim Cook will stride onto the stage at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and show off his Apple Watch. You know, again. We got the broad strokes in September, but the watches shown to the press weren’t running final software, so Apple still has more painting to do to give us the whole picture.

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03:00
Apple Watch: 3 big questions Apple still needs to...

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02:06
Apple researching device waterproofing via vapor...

A U.S. patent application published on Thursday reveals Apple is actively researching ways to make its products resistant to moisture, a feature sometimes attributed to "active" smartphone models marketed by competing smartphone manufacturers.

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Wednesday March 4

23:24
Rumored 12-inch MacBook Air with Retina display to...

While rumors surrounding Apple's purported 12-inch MacBook Air have died down amid Apple Watch hype, a new report on Wednesday claims partner manufacturers have already started mass production of the device in preparation of a second quarter launch.

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23:06
Apple's 'iPad Pro' might include USB...

Following reports that claimed Apple was forced to push back its production timeline for a larger 12.9-inch iPad, new rumors suggest the company is looking to incorporate USB 3.0 connectivity and possibly ports for keyboards and a mouse.

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23:04
WSJ: Apple considering adding USB 3.0 ports &...

Following up on today’s report that the 12.9-inch iPad has been pushed back to September, the Wall Street Journal claims tonight that the hardware features for the device are still in flux. According to this latest rumor, Apple is considering adding USB 3.0 ports to the tablet to allow users to connect external devices.

We’ve already heard that the company may be planning to build its first external input device for the “iPad Pro,” but this is the first time we’ve heard that there may be plans in the works to support the connection of additional peripherals.

As unbelievable as it seems, the report even suggests that Apple will allow the connection of mice and keyboards.

To...

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17:50
Decades-Old Legacy Encryption Found in iOS, OS X,...

Legacy encryption technology has been found in iOS, OS X, and Android that allows malicious hackers to potentially sniff data going to and from servers that appear to be secure. The vulnerability has been dubbed FREAK by researchers, and Apple said, "We have a fix in iOS and OS X that will be available in software updates next week."


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16:30
ACM 296: Apple’s Spending Restraint, Disconnected...

Apple may be the most valuable company in the world, but it isn't spending like it is. Jeff and Bryan take a look at Apple's fiscal restraint, plus they have some thoughts on a report that Apple's stock will tank because it can't sustain iPhone sales, and they also dive into Google's plans to start its own cell service as an MVNO.


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16:23
Pay What You Want: Front-End Developer Bundle

We have another pay-what-you-want deal for you, this one's called the Front-End Developer Bundle. Pay whatever you want and get two course, one for CSS and HTML, and another for designing Web sites. If you beat the average price, which is just $6.84 as of this writing, you get five more course, including a jQuery course, a course on front end development, Javascript, CSS3, and more. Plus, 10 percent of your purchase price goes to benefit Creative Commons, a great charity. Check it out.


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16:00
Today in the App Store -- Crazy Taxi City Rush,...

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 Octagon, Orderly and a fun Crazy Taxi City Rush update that Hot Wheels fans will love. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

Apps Now Free

Octagon - A Minimal Arcade Game with Maximum Challenge [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] You are trapped inside the Octagon, a megaplex of hallways, platforms, and gaps—and the clock is running. Can you survive the mad race through this trippy 8-sided tunnel?

Phone Book Pro - Easy contact management [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99]This app will help bring order to...

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15:49
“HBO Now” coming this spring for $15 per month, with...

A source speaking to the International Business Times said that HBO will launch its standalone streaming service, called HBO Now, for $15 per month this spring with the premier of Game of Thrones. The company is also working with Apple to make Apple TV one of the launch partners for the service, the sources said.

HBO’s standalone streaming service has been greatly anticipated. For a monthly fee, viewers will be able to get HBO content without having to pay for an entire cable package. HBO’s long-standing relationship with pay-TV packages has prevented it from capturing key audiences, including younger people who may have never paid for TV service before and watch most of their...

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15:45
The Week in Mac Accessories: Better bags for your...

Better bags for your MacBook

This week's roundup features several different bags for toting your laptop around. Plus: A cool new standing desk, external storage solutions, and more.

Brenthavien

The $40 Tred Sleeve Plus is “an ergonomic, protective sleeve” for your MacBook that offers “excellent drop protection” while featuring a “slim, contoured silhouette” and comes with an ID card window, optional arm strap, and a zippered front pocket for small accessories.

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15:45
Judges skeptical Apple suffered irreparable harm...

Apple's litigious crusade against Samsung trundled along in U.S. appellate court on Wednesday, but judges were skeptical of an argument claiming continued patent infringement by Samsung is causing Apple irreparable harm.

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15:35
Apple asks for injunction against Samsung

Samsung lawyer Kathleen Sullivan of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP said the South Korean company had all but stopped using the patents, so no injunction was needed.

Wait, I thought Samsung said it didn’t infringe on Apple’s patents. Now they’re saying they did infringe, but they sort of stopped. This company is crazypants crazy.

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15:23
Metallica to reissue early cassette on Record Store...

The seven-track demo (Metallica’s second overall) dropped during the summer of 1982, when the band members themselves (which then included Dave Mustaine on guitar in the pre-Kirk Hammett days) sent the copies out to friends and the underground metal cognoscenti.

Yeah, I’ll be picking this one up.

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15:21
Amplified: “I’m held together with cigarettes and...

Jim, Shawn and Dave talk about the Apple Watch, healthier lifestyles and guitar amp software!

Sponsored by lynda.com. (Start learning something new in 2015 by visiting the link to get a 10-day free trial and access their 2400+ courses)

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15:21
Nvidia's Shield Takes On Crysis With Confidence


Nvidia on Tuesday unveiled Shield, an Android TV console that in addition to playing content locally, can stream video games, movies, music, apps and more. Yes, it can play Crysis. That claim, a measure of a gaming PC's power a few years ago, is how Nvidia is marketing the Shield console. Nvidia's Shield Tablet led the way with its Tegra K1 processor and its ability to play Android ports of AAA games natively. The Shield console continues that progress by serving up some of some of the year's biggest games either locally or through Nvidia's cloud gaming service, Grid.

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15:07
Safari vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attack

Apple has promised to distribute a client-side patch for the issue on both iOS and OS X by next week, while the researchers who discovered the flaw — from INRIA, IMDEA, and Microsoft Research — have been working to notify hosts who still serve export ciphers.

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14:46
Samsung CEO sums up Galaxy S6 philosophy in two words

“These products are the result of a simple philosophy,” Samsung CEO J.K. Shin said. “It comes to two words: Relentless innovation.”

Here are two more accurate words: Copying Apple.

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14:45
Bloomberg: Apple pushes back 12.9-inch iPad Pro...

The 12.9-inch “iPad Pro” that was expected to make its first public appearance around April before being pushed back to Q2 has been postponed yet again, a new Bloomberg report says. The new release date is reportedly some time in September, right around the next-gen iPhone launch.

This delay is said to be the result of display panel supply problems…

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14:45
AWT News Update: March 4, 2015

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On today's AWT News Update podcast: 

  • Apple and HBO are in talks to bring the new HBO Now subscription service to Apple TV
  • San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is being decorated in preparation for Monday's Spring Forward Event
  • Apple wins the dubious Overall Product Placement title in Brandchannel's Brandcameo Product Placement Awards
  • Rumors abound about new MacBook Airs, although those spreading the rumors aren't able to determine if they will just have new processors or if the new laptop will be totally redesigned

Listen to the AWT News Update every weekday for a quick overview of stories we may not have published on the blog. Be sure to join the AWT Team at 10 AM PT/1 PM ET on March 9th for our liveblog of the Apple Event. 

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14:41
Led Zeppelin concert film coming to theaters

Here’s some news from the Zeppelin camp: A film offering a bevy of Led Zeppelin live footage is coming to a movie theater near you. The movie, appropriately called Led Zeppelin, will feature Zeppelin performing several concerts that happened throughout their career and play in more than 300 U.S. cinemas March 30.

This is going to be a must-see film. I hope they make it available on iTunes because I’ll be buying it.

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13:40
Probable Broadwell MacBook Air shows up in...


This "MacBook Air 7,2" looks like a Broadwell refresh of the current model, not a new Retina version.

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We're drawing near to Apple's next product event, which means that leaks are starting to show up. Today, 9to5Mac posted screenshots from a Chinese forum that appear to confirm refreshed 2015...

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13:40
Intuit Hoses Quicken (Mac) Users…Again

Intuit recently sent a message to users of Quicken Essentials for Mac: âYour connected services will be discontinued on 4/30/15. Upgrade to maintain services. Donât worry - weâve got you covered." But that's only part of the story...


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13:40
Q Card Case for iPhone 6 Plus Uses Credit Card Slot...

The Q card case for iPhone 6 Plus from CM4 holds three cards/cash, provides drop protection, and has a very clever way to provide a kickstand with two position options. A screen protector and a micofiber cleaning cloth are provided. It comes in five colors, and Nancy liked it.


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13:22
News: Apple, others likely to reach $415M settlement...

A U.S. judge appears ready to accept a $415 million offer to settle a lawsuit accusing Apple and three other Silicon Valley companies of conspiring to keep employee wages low, Reuters reports. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh rejected an earlier $324 million offer as too low after one of the plaintiffs objected. Apple, Intel, Google and Adobe are accused of agreeing not to recruit employees from the other companies, limiting job mobility to keep salaries…

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13:05
Judge approves $415m settlement in Apple/Google non-...

Apple has settled a long-running class action lawsuit by workers that accused the company along with Google and other tech companies of entering illegal non-poaching agreements.

Associated Press reports that a judge has given the green light to a $415 million settlement after rejecting an earlier settlement as inadequate.

Judge Lucy Koh had rejected an earlier settlement offer, saying it didn’t offer enough compensation to about 64,000 workers affected by the case. She cited evidence of a corporate conspiracy to make it difficult for tech workers to negotiate better jobs at rival companies… Koh said she was satisfied this week after the companies increased their earlier offer of $324.5 million. She invited final comments on the deal before she grants final approval at a hearing on June 9.

If the...

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13:00
Inateck BTSP-10 Plus Mini HiFi Bluetooth Speaker:...

Last year, I began to receive review products from a company I had never heard of before -- Germany's Inateck. Since there are a lot of accessory companies that have been around the States for a while, it was surprising to me to find that this company was making some pretty high quality products. A current example is the Inateck BTSP-10 Plus Mini HiFi Bluetooth Speaker (US$49.99), a portable speaker with excellent sound quality. Let's check it out.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 6.5 x 2.4 x 2 inches (16.5 x 6 x 5 cm)
  • Weight: 13.75 ounces (390 grams)
  • Battery life (fully charged): 9 to 15 hours, 2100 mAh battery
  • Bluetooth Version 4.0
  • Includes: USB charging cable, 3.5mm audio cable, carrying bag

Design

The BTSP-10 Plus is definitely made for...

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12:56
Apple Will Reportedly Announce MacBook Air with...

In case you haven't heard, Apple's holding an event on March 9. Some sources have leaked information about the content of that event, and Kelly weighs in on those claims.


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12:37
News: Apple and HBO in talks for ‘HBO Now’ service...

Apple is in talks with HBO about launching its new “HBO Now” streaming video service on the Apple TV, International Business Times reports. HBO is apparently working with partner Major League Baseball Advanced Media to launch the standalone web service in April, tied in with the premiere of the fifth season of “Game of Thrones.” Unlike HBO’s prior streaming offerings, HBO Now will be available for purchase directly from…

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12:34
Review: Uniq Aircraft+ for iPhone 6

Uniq's Aircraft+ collection of cases for iPhone 6 ($33-$35) takes its cues from company's previously released Aircraft Clear line for iPhone 6, with some important differences. Whereas Aircraft Clear consists of an aluminum bumper around a clear shell, there's more to Aircraft+, as you might surmise. This time, the aluminum bumper slides over a separate rubber bumper, and a backplate slides into the back of the aluminum bumper to complete the case. Button coverage is present for the volume controls and sleep/wake button. The backplate contains a magnet for docking — the case will also be sold with a car mount as part of a larger package, as pictured further below. {/exp:char_limit}
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12:30
Why Some Observers Think Apple Watch Won’t Succeed

Most of the connected and astute observers of Apple are confident that the Apple Watch will succeed. Perhaps brilliantly. Apple has the savvy, resources, engineering talent and executive leadership to make it a success. So why are there pockets of observers who are sure this new product from Apple will fail? John Martellaro ponders the negative reactions surrounding the Apple Watch, before we have even a hint of sales success.


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12:26
4 things iPhoto can do that Photos can't (yet)

While it’s true that Apple is phasing out iPhoto in favor of its new Photos app, iPhoto is still an incredibly powerful program and includes many features you likely know nothing about. If you don’t plan on moving to Yosemite 10.10.3, or if you elect to keep using iPhoto when you do—yep, it’ll still work!—here are four useful things that iPhoto can do that even the new Photos app currently cannot.

Add captions to slideshows

If you don’t relish the idea of narrating your slideshows, try adding captions instead. Select a photo in an album, or in Photos or Events view, and then click the Info button in iPhoto’s toolbar. In the panel that appears, enter a title and/or a description for your photo (titles appear in a slightly larger point size than...

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12:22
HBO reportedly in talks to debut $15/month...

HBO is reportedly negotiating with Apple to have the Apple TV included as a launch device when the network’s new standalone streaming service launches next month. International Business Times reports Apple has been “aggressive” in pushing to get access to the new service as HBO reportedly plans a launch by mid-April in time for the latest season of hit show Game of Thrones:

HBO is in talks with Apple to make Apple TV one of the launch partners for its highly anticipated streaming service when it debuts next month. HBO and streaming partner Major League Baseball Advanced Media are working to have the standalone service, called “HBO Now,” ready to launch in April...

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11:44
How-To: Boost your Mac’s speed and prolong its...

As I’ve spotlighted over the past month, the best way to dramatically speed up an older Mac is to replace its old hard drive with a new solid state drive (SSD). The process is super-easy on MacBooks and Mac Pros, surprisingly manageable on iMacs, and challenging on Mac minis, yielding 3X to 5X speed boosts. But there’s another option that can speed things up with relatively little effort or expertise: upgrading your Mac’s RAM.

RAM upgrades are easy and cheap. You can expect to pay...

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11:20
Alleged specs of refreshed 13-inch MacBook Air w/...

Specs of what appears to be an unannounced, refreshed MacBook Air have surfaced via screenshots posted to Chinese forums Feng.com.

The images show system specs for a 13-inch “MacBookAir7,2” with similar internals to the existing model but with a couple upgrades. A new Intel Broadwell Core 1.6GHz i5-5250U processor and Intel HD Graphics 6000 shown in the images would be an upgrade from the 1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 and Intel HD Graphics 5000 shipping in the current 13-inch MacBook. Also present is in the specs is a slightly larger 7422mAh battery. 

Other specs in the screenshot include 4GB of RAM and a 1440×900 resolution display, both of which are the same as the current generation MacBook Air.

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11:15
News: Report: Next-gen ‘iPhone 6s’ to feature 2GB...

Apple plans to increase the RAM in the next-generation iPhone — likely to be dubbed the ‘6s’ — to 2GB, according to AppleInsider. This would provide more working memory to allow for apps to stay open and preserve data in the background, although at a potential battery cost. While Apple has defied expectations thus far in maintaining the iPhone RAM at 1GB in recent years, the iPad Air 2 received a RAM bump to 2GB last year, suggesting…

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10:56
‘Spring forward’ banners start going up at Yerba...

The banners for the Spring Forward Apple event have started going up at Yerba Buena, in preparation for March 9th. As is usual, the display mirrors the logo and patterns seen on the event invite sent last week. Apple has already been setting up an outdoor structure behind the venue, which will likely become the demo area for press when the event is over.

More pics below (we’ll update as the workers fill in the banner)  …

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10:39
Nvidia to take on Apple TV with Shield set-top box...

The latest major company to step into the crowded set-top box market, where the Apple TV competes, is Nvidia, whose upcoming Shield media player will be powered by Google's Android TV platform.

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10:12
These interactive sites let you try out Apple Watch...

Two new interactive tools let you try out the Apple Watch before it hits Apple Store shelves next month: The first lets you try out various Apple Watch case colors and finishes with the different strap options available. The next lets you play with the Apple Watch apps that have already been announced.

MixYourWatch.com: We know Apple will have bands sold separately as accessories when Apple Watch launches, but we’ll have to see what style of bands it has for sale. In other words, the gold case with steel milanese loop combo pictured above might not be an option if the band isn’t available separately (not...

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10:09
Numerous will put number tracking on your wrist with...

The Apple Watch is expected to take stage on Monday ahead of its aniticipated debut next month, and with it will come a whole new class of apps based on the iPhone that present information on the wrist. Today we got the first look at what Numerous, my favorite number tracking app for iOS, has planned for the Apple Watch as soon as it starts shipping.

The shots of Numerous on the Apple Watch are real screenshots of what will be available, not theoretical mockups, and show just what...

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10:07
Next iPhone rumored to (unsurprisingly) feature 2 GB...

AppleInsider is reporting that it has received information about the next-generation iPhone hardware. It claims that the next iPhone, generally expected to be a ‘6s’ style device (meaning that it will feature internal changes but the external chassis will be the same as the 6), will feature 2 GB of RAM, just like the A8X in the iPad Air 2. It also says that Apple is considering inclusion of an Apple SIM as standard, just like the cellular iPads.

For some context, the iPhone first shipped with 1 GB of RAM in 2012 with the iPhone 5. This means a RAM jump is now about ‘due’, with many expecting an increase last year to help accommodate the increased asset size required by the Retina HD iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

Although 9to5Mac cannot directly backup the...

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10:01
Apple's new Maps patent guides your car around...

Every day when I drive over the Bay Bridge, I lose my wireless signal, just briefly. This is the firstest of first-world problems, and some days I don’t notice, but often I’m streaming music on a shuffle, and the track tries to change, and it just…can’t. It’s super annoying.

Driving around the entire San Francisco Bay is obviously not an option, but if Apple follows through on a patent it received Tuesday, someday your Apple in-dash navigation system could steer you in the direction of a strong wireless signal, so you never lose touch.

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10:00
Monument Valley picks up top prize at 11th Mobile...

Until the awesome Alto's Adventure appeared on the scene, the one game that attracted the attention of all of us here at Apple World Today was the beautiful puzzler Monument Valley (US$3.99). Featuring stunning artwork, Escher-like architecture, and mind-bending gameplay, the app pulls you into the world of Princess Ida and the crows for hours on end. We're happy to announce that Monument Valley was awarded the "Grand Prix" prize for best Mobile Game of 2014 at the 11th International Mobile Gaming Awards held last night.

Monument Valley first appeared in the App Store on April 3, 2014 and was an immediate hit. On November 12, 2014, Forgotten Shores -- a $1.99 in-app purchase for an expansion pack to the game -- added eight more levels to the ten in the original game...

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09:07
Apple wins patent for Maps feature that could help...

Apple applies for and gets awarded patents for everything under the sun, and patents don’t always translate to shipped features. Disclaimer aside, the iPhone maker was recently awarded a patent for a potentially useful feature that could help you avoid areas with weak cellular coverage when planning your trip with navigation in Maps.

The USPTO awarded Apple with a patent (via Gigaom) to analyze routes between two locations and “employ an algorithm that considers wireless network signal strengths along those routes.”

In other words, because your iPhone can collect and measure cellular signal data and many...

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09:05
Gadget Ogling: A Lovely Sky Snapper, a Grotesque...


There's a new Nikon camera that actually won't work for parents eager to flash their cash at a kid's birthday party with an expensive DSLR when a camera phone would work just fine.
The D810A has an infrared filter that might -- probably will -- result in distorted colors when used for everyday purposes. So you might not want to use it for that cute shot of a butterfly nestling on a poppy. However, for nebulas in bloom, this camera apparently comes alive.

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09:03
Podcast: Watching and waiting for the Apple Watch

This week, Susie and Glenn are watching and waiting for the Apple Watch, and discuss what Apple needs to reveal at Monday's special event. It's only been a week since we last talked about mobile payments, but in that time two new players emerged at Mobile World Congress—the creatively monikered Android Pay and Samsung Pay. Let us know what you think of this week's podcast!

Show notes

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09:00
9to5toys Last Call: 5-port USB car charger $14,...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

Today’s can’t miss deals:
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09:00
App Camp For Girls announces 2015 registration, new...

App Camp For Girls Portland, July 2014: Image courtesy of App Camp For Girls

App Camp For Girls is an amazing non-profit organization designed to provide girls who will be entering 8th or 9th grade in the Fall 2015 with fun and accessible educational programs in iOS development. Jean MacDonald, the founder of AC4G, let us know that the camps are expanding this year and also that the program is now open for applications.

The locations and dates are:

  • Vancouver, BC: July 6-10, 2015
  • Seattle, WA: July 13-17, 2015
  • Martinsville, NJ: July 20-24, 2015
  • Portland, OR (2 sessions): July 27-31 and August 17-21, 2015

Tuition for camp is US$375 for the US locations and CAD$375 for the Vancouver session. Space is limited and the...

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08:38
TMO Daily Observations 2015-03-04: Apple’s Pro-...

Apple is making a positive move with contract workers in Silicon Valley by hiring its own security staff. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at Apple's decision to bring its contract security staff in house and how that fits in with the Silicon Valley economy. They also have some thoughts on Nissan-Renault's praise for Apple's plans for electric cars.


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