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Monday February 16

13:00
Speck CandyShell INKED case for iPhone 6 Plus

Speck candyshell inked case for iphone 6 plus. photo for apple world today © steven sande all rights reserved

Today I'm taking a look at the Speck CandyShell INKED case for iPhone 6 Plus (US$44.95 MSRP, $39.95 through Amazon - affiliate link). For those who have opted for the biggest iPhone around, the CandyShell INKED is a protective and stylish case with a price tag that won't scare you away. Speck is a long-time manufacturer with a great reputation for quality, so you're getting a product that's going to last.

Let's start with a few specifications. The case weighs just 1.6 ounces (45.36 grams), and is just slightly larger than the iPhone 6 Plus itself. While it's light and slim, it offers features you're not going to see with a lot of iPhone...

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12:11
Proposed FAA rules would restrict private drone use...

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has proposed a set of rules that would restrict the use of drones in the sky, placing new qualifications on private enthusiasts and seemingly striking a serious blow to Amazon's airborne delivery plans.

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11:42
What the tech world doesn’t understand about fashion

Racked:

It’s pure arrogance for Silicon Valley to imagine that it can make wearables cool by hiring a few fashion people, putting the product on a runway, or throwing money at “collaborations” with brands. This is a new game they’re trying to play, one with different rules. The rollout of the Apple Watch would look much different if it were orchestrated by a brand like Chanel. Instead of being released at $350, it would hit stores with a price tag in the thousands. Consumers would clamor to get their hands on one, only to be stymied by limited runs, which would further stoke desire. Only after a few years of artificial scarcity would it enjoy wider release.

I have the fashion sense of a hobo so I have no idea if this piece is an accurate portrayal or not but it is an interesting take on the subject.

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11:31
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 16...

Notable software releases this week include Hazel 3.3.4, Microsoft Office 2011 14.4.8, BusyCal 2.6.4, and PDFpen and PDFpenPro 7.0.2.

 

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11:31
ExtraBITS for 16 February 2015

In ExtraBITS this week, Aperture is leaving the Mac App Store, The New Yorker profiles Apple design head Jony Ive, Managing Editor Josh Centers chats with the Tech Night Owl, U.S. carriers now have to unlock your paid-off smartphone, and Apple’s Activation Lock is preventing iPhone thefts.

 

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11:20
Jean-Louis Gassée's contrarian view of the...

image via vecci.org.au

One of the newsletters that I look forward to reading each week is the Monday Note, edited by Frédéric Filloux and ex-Apple executive Jean-Louis Gassée. Not only is the Monday Note fascinating to read, but it provides a level of insight and analysis that's much more reasoned and believable than most tech blogs. That's why I refused to write anything about the much-ballyhooed Apple Car last week when many of the other Apple sites were all over the "story" until I read what Gassée had to say about it. His take? "The fantastic Apple Car is a fantasy."

Yes, I know that this goes contrary to popular opinion, but I'm in Gassée's court on this one. I don't think Apple is going to be selling a car. Sure, Apple may have "400 people" working on an auto-related project, but as Gassée points out, they could just as well...

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10:26
Screens: Control your computer from wherever you are...

Screens is a beautiful, yet powerful VNC client for iOS and Mac that lets you connect back to your computer from the comfort of your living room, the corner coffee shop or anywhere in the world.

Until the end of the month, we’re happy to offer 20% off Screens for Mac to the readers of The Loop. Simply use this link to save!

Jim’s Note: I’ve used Screens for Mac and iOS since they were first released. I love them both.

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10:12
Inside Apple’s new offices in Herzliya, Israel [...

Apple is opening up a new suite of offices inside Israel this week, with CEO Tim Cook reportedly visiting Israel in part to inaugurate the new workspace. Recent reports have indicated that the offices will hold approximately 800 employees across 180,000 square feet of space.

Today, Israel-based website GSM-Israel has published purported photos of the upcoming new Apple space in Herzliya. The construction, features,...

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10:00
Steve Sande and Ross Rubin talk crowdfunding on the...

Once a week, Backerjack founder Ross Rubin and I meet up to chat about the latest products that are attempting to get funding through Indiegogo, Kickstarter or other crowdfunding sources. This week, on Episode 6 of the Backerjack Podcast, Ross and I talk about:

  • A new device, CarVi, that provides some rather high-tech driving assistance in a small, windshield-mounted and connected device.
  • Those who love the subtle glow of garden lights at night will love the solar-powered, color LED PLAYBULB.
  • A relatively unexciting wearable with nebulous goals called The One.
  • The fun (...
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09:31
Review: Nomad’s NomadClip, NomadKey + NomadPlus are...

Lightning cables and battery packs are often so similar that I rarely have a strong preference for “nicer” alternatives over basic ones. But Nomad has been working to change that by creating practical charging accessories that you’ll actually want to carry around everywhere. Last year, it debuted the NomadKey ($25), which places a Lightning to USB cable on your keychain, as well as NomadPlus ($40), an iPhone battery pack that combines with Apple’s 5W USB Power Adapter to become an 1800mAh “anywhere” recharger.

Now it’s shipping the NomadClip ($40), which combines a super-sturdy carabiner clip with a Lightning cable. I’ll...

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09:16
9to5Toys Last Call: PNY flash storage up to 50% off...

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:
Last Call Updates:

  • iPad deal roundup: iPad mini $200, iPad Air $339, iPad Air 2 $424, more
  • LEGO brings...
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09:15
Apple making Campus 2 components in its own factory...

When Apple's now-famous new campus opens next year, it will feature numerous parts created by the company's in-house design group and manufactured in a California factory built specifically for the project.

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08:17
External Link: Aperture to Depart the Mac App Store

Apple has confirmed that it will be removing Aperture for sale from the Mac App Store after Photos for OS X launches in a few months. Regardless, previous purchasers will still be able to redownload it as necessary. If you’ve never used Aperture, now would not be a good time to start, but if you need to purchase an extra copy to tide you over for a while, it’s now or never.

 

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07:43
Take Control of Security for Mac Users, Chapter 4:...

In this chapter we continue by looking at some security settings that require a bit more explanation and thought. That includes a discussion of OS X’s Gatekeeper and sandboxing security features, some basics for using user accounts more securely, and a couple of quick suggestions about sharing files, your screen, and other resources.

 

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07:42
Chapter 4 of “Take Control of Security for Mac Users...

In this week’s chapter of the streamed “Take Control of Security for Mac Users,” Joe Kissell explains how to use OS X’s Gatekeeper technology to protect yourself from malicious apps, helps you set up user accounts for optimal security, and looks at how to share resources on your Mac securely.

 

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07:27
Jony Ive & his design team esteemed as Apple...

Apple design chief Jony Ive's transformation into the new face of the company continued this week with a flattering, far-reaching profile that considers him "one of the two most powerful people" at Apple and a reluctant standard bearer for Steve Jobs's legacy.

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07:00
The New Yorker profile of Jony Ive highlights Apple...

New Yorker reporter Ian Parker spoke to Jony Ive and other ranking Apple employees about Ive's contribution to the company since he joined in 1992. The lengthy profile details Jony Ive's life at Apple and includes a rare trip into Apple's design studio on the company's Infinite Loop campus. Much of the profile focuses on the upcoming Apple Watch and the design considerations that went into creating the wristwatch device.

“For the watch, it was a year before Ive settled on straps that clicked into slots. Ive later tested watchbands by wearing them outside the studio with other watches. The shape of the body, meanwhile, barely changed: a rectangle with rounded corners. “When a huge part of the function is lists”—of names, or appointments—“a circle doesn’t make any sense,” Ive said. Its final form...

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06:41
Review: Pad & Quill’s Bella Fino wallet case for...

I’m generally a minimalist where iPhone cases are concerned, preferring either the naked phone or a very slim case like the Mujjo wallet case that is my daily driver. But Pad & Quill’s leather cases are so gorgeous, it’s hard to resist trying out something a little more substantial.

The Pad & Quill Bella Fino is a pocket book style leather wallet case available for both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Designed for use in a jacket pocket, it combines all-round protection for the phone with slots for either four (iPhone 6) or five (iPhone 6 Plus) cards, plus a slot for bills … 

The first thing you notice about the Bella Fino is the thickness of the leather. Both front and back covers are rigid,...

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06:17
External Link: Jony Ive Profiled by The New Yorker

The New Yorker’s Ian Parker has written an exhaustive profile of Sir Jonathan Ive, Apple’s head of design. Set aside some time for this one, as it’s the very definition of a long read, but if you’re at all interested in Apple’s design process, it’s worth it. Two tidbits of note: Ive gave director J.J. Abrams some ideas for lightsaber designs for the upcoming Star Wars movie, and Ive goes on at length about car design, adding fuel to the rumors that Apple is working on one of its own.

 

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06:16
External Link: Josh Centers Discusses Net Neutrality...

Managing Editor Josh Centers joined the Tech Night Owl podcast to explain his take on net neutrality, why Apple may be working on an Apple Pen, and ponder the possibility of an Apple Car.

 

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06:15
Jony Ive & Angela Ahrendts collaborating on an...

Apple design chief Jony Ive and retail head Angela Ahrendts are working together on a redesign of Apple's retail stores --?a different approach that will make them better suited for selling the fashionable Apple Watch, according to a new report.

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06:00
Happy President’s Day from O’Grady’s PowerPage!!!

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s President’s Day and the staff of O’Grady’s PowerPage will be spending the day with friends and family and will return tomorrow with more Mac and iOS mobile news and features.

Stay warm, enjoy the holiday and we’ll be back tomorrow with more news that will ROCK YOUR SPLEENs and keep you up to date!

Excelsior!!!

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06:00
This Week's Sponsor: Realmac Software

This week’s sponsor of Apple World Today is Realmac Software, the developers behind such amazing apps as Clear, Typed, RapidWeaver and Ember.

Realmac is making its incredible Mac Markdown editor Typed...

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05:07
Woz more impressed with Apple Watch than Ive is with...

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak–who hasn’t always been complimentary about the company’s products since being no longer involved–expressed great enthusiasm for the Apple Watch in a brief video interview with the BBC.

“This watch will be so special,” he said, describing the display as “almost like a little piece of art.” While other smartphone manufacturers have struggled to sell in significant numbers, Woz has no doubt that the Apple Watch will succeed: “Millions of people will buy this watch right from the start.”

Woz showed off his own current watch during the interview, a huge, eccentric wristpiece featuring genuine vacuum tubes. Jony Ive didn’t return the...

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05:02
As mysterious minivan sightings proliferate, rumored...

With the total U.S. car market valued at over $500 billion per year, taking just a 10 percent share would represent a new $50 billion revenue opportunity for Apple, according to one analyst.

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05:00
Accessible Apple: Introducing Alex Jurgensen

This is Alex's guide dog Zandra -- read more about her at the bottom of this post in a description that is machine-readable.

It's with a great deal of pride that we're introducing a new Apple World Today column along with a new columnist. The column is Accessible Apple, and as far as we know it's the first time that an Apple-centric website has featured a regular column about accessible computing. In his first post for AWT, Accessible Apple columnist Alex Jurgensen introduces himself:

I started life in the tech industry in 1995, on a Macintosh given to me by a friend who bought it off a lease at the university where he worked. It was he who over the years would introduce me to the PowerMac G4, the Unix command-line, and ultimately the wonderful world of Apple accessibility.

Back in 1995, my sight was beginning to fail, but my ability to overcompensate meant that it would go unnoticed and untreated for several years yet...

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05:00
Is Paltrow More Qualified Than Mayer to Run Yahoo?


I recently revisited Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's decision not to hire Academy Award winner and successful lifestyle author and blogger Gwyneth Paltrow for a lifestyle editing position...because she didn't have a college degree. In doing so, I ran into a comment by Martha Stewart, the 'queen of lifestyle' who clearly is acting like Paltrow is a threat. Since there is no doubt that Stewart has been very successful as a CEO, this got me thinking that if Martha Stewart is scared of how well Paltrow is doing, and Stewart is a better CEO than Mayer, would Paltrow be a better CEO than Mayer?

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04:31
12 tips for typing faster on your iPhone or iPad

You might know most of these, but chances are you don’t know all of them. I didn’t.

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04:20
VLC for iOS back in the App Store for some/upgraders...

The VLC for iOS app–a favorite media player for many–has returned to the App Store in some countries and is expected to be available for all shortly. Some existing US users (us included!) are also reporting on Reddit being able to update to the latest version (2.4.1) if they have the previous version from before it was removed.

The app has something of a chequered history in the App Store, first removed from the store way back in 2011 after a licensing dispute, the original open-source developers claiming that the App Store terms were incompatible with the GNU Public License for the code. The app finally returned in 2013 before disappearing once more last September … ...

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04:12
iCloud beta lets Windows users create an Apple ID,...

Now anyone, with or without a Mac or iOS device, will be able to create an Apple ID and sign in to the iCloud beta website to start using Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for free. Great idea for Apple.

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04:02
The New Yorker profiles Jony Ive: details meeting...

The New Yorker has published an extensive profile on Jony Ive, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Design. Many newspapers have written up articles on Ive in recent years, but this latest account by Ian Parker is by far the most detailed and (arguably) the most interesting, revealing new anecdotes and tidbits on Apple’s latest products in the process.

The story tracks how Jony arrived at Apple back in the late 90’s, how his relationship with Jobs developed over that period and how he is adapting to ‘leading’ design in post-Jobs Apple. The piece includes some new details about how the Watch project and the newest iPhones formed, as well as incorporating quotes from Tim Cook, Bob Mansfield and others.

Read on for some select excerpts from the New Yorker’s story.

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03:54
Jean-Louis Gassée takes on the Apple Car whirlwind

Jean-Louis Gassée makes his case against the Apple Car.

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03:43
Jonathan Ive and the future of Apple

This long form New Yorker piece explores, side-by-side with Sir Jony, the past present and future of Apple. A magnificent read.

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03:15
A car could be the final piece of Apple's puzzle

There’s a hole in the digital hub. All day long we have a unique, immediate connection to the places we go, whether it’s through an iPhone, Apple TV or, soon enough, an Apple Watch. HomeKit has brought a sense of unity to the Internet of Things. HealthKit has laid the foundation for a bridge between patient and doctor. Digital Touch gives us a quick, spontaneous way to communicate with our distant friends and loved ones.

To read this article in full or...

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02:40
Daily Deals for February 16, 2015

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

AWT's Daily Deals

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

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

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Sunday February 15

22:31
Laptop

Forums: Hardware

The laptop market has changed a lot over the previous decade. No longer restricted to the business world, laptops have become all over the place at school and at home. The total amount of selection when it comes to buying new releases laptops can be a little incredible, particularly for a new buyer. the advantages of laptop are You can take a laptop with you everywhere. Even out of the country provided that you get a power adapter in addition. Keep the negatives in mind when buy a laptop. Laptops are great for portable but it has some drawback also Laptops are easy to steal if you forgot to take care when traveling, their battery life is not extraordinarily well-built and can be provoking if you want to work without electricity. Think what you will be using it for in view of the fact that laptops have such a...

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20:45
Hazel 3.3.4

Maintenance release with several fixes and improvements for the file cleanup utility. ($29 new, free update, 8.9 MB)

 

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20:45
Microsoft Office 2011 14.4.8

Fixes frustrating bugs in PowerPoint and Outlook. (Free update, 114 MB)

 

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20:44
BusyCal 2.6.4

Adds support for the BusyContacts contact management app and provides a number of fixes. ($49.99 new, free update, 10.3 MB)

 

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17:16
60 Frames Per Second and the Web

Faruk Ateş, in a thoughtful piece regarding the new Flipboard website, which, because it eschews the DOM and builds the entire layout using the HTML5 element, is not accessible:

I’m also hopeful that Accessibility is the next big project to
tackle for the engineering team. A 2.0 release, if you will.

But more than anything, I am dismayed.

I am dismayed that Accessibility was treated not even as a mere
afterthought, but as something worth sacrificing completely for
the sake of flashiness.

I am dismayed that Flipboard’s leadership chose fancy but
ultimately irrelevant animations over function, over purpose.

And I am dismayed that people like John Gruber now think this
solution by Flipboard is somehow “a scathing condemnation of the...

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10:50
Dave on Noted Tech

Our own Dave Caolo was recently interviewed for Noted Tech, where he talked about several aspects of Apple World Today. Big thanks to Adam Oram for the opportunity. 

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09:16
February 15th is “National Flag of Canada Day”!

On February 15, 1965, our national flag was raised for the first time on Parliament Hill. Canada was just two years away from centennial celebrations when the maple leaf flag was made official by Royal Proclamation. In 1996, February 15 was declared National Flag of Canada Day and has been observed every year since.

February 15, 2015, will mark the 50th anniversary of the National Flag of Canada. This special Flag Day is the perfect opportunity to learn more about how our flag was created and what it means to us.

I love my country and I’m very proud of our flag and what it stands for. Thanks to John Kordyback for the link.

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09:00
This Weekend in the App Store -- the best free apps...

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

7 Minute Workout - Quick Fit [iPhone; Now free, down from $1.99] Get in shape with this scientifically proven, full body workout, in only 7 minutes.

Printability - print Safari page to PDF [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] Just make it printability and share pdf anywere!

Numerity - Find images in numbers [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $0.99] Discover what is hidden in a...

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08:00
Review: SwitchEasy’s Canvas returns as an affordable...

Every iPad since the original has had a SwitchEasy Canvas case, a series of folio designs that hit their apex back in 2013 with an uber-protective version for the original iPad mini. The formula’s always the same: a canvas lid and mostly canvas back, plus a plastic iPad-holding shell and a fabric lining. SwitchEasy always tosses in some goodies to sweeten the package, too, including screen film and a cleaning cloth. There aren’t many surprises, but a Canvas case is always a good case.

Arriving at a time when iPad Air 2 cases are still scarce, ...

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06:48
∞ Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin file to...

Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin will sell about 4,000,000 shares. Read on to see what this really means. Interesting stuff.

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Saturday February 14

20:43
Apple bolsters revamped Beats Music team with...

The BBC announced today that Zane Lowe, who has worked as an award-winning Radio 1 DJ for nearly twelve years, is stepping down from his position in March and moving to California to take up a role at Apple. Lowe has long been regarded as one of the UK’s top sources for music discovery, and his show helped make many artists the stars they are today.

Lowe hasn’t publicly stated what role he’ll be filling at the Cupertino tech company, but it’s not hard to conclude that he’ll be lending his curation expertise to the big upcoming relaunch of the Beats Music streaming service. Beats Music, of course, is already staffed by music industry icons...

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18:07
Grammy-nominated DJ Zane Lowe leaving flagship BBC...

One of BBC Radio's most popular music personalities is set to leave the historic British broadcaster in March, and will reportedly move across the pond to take a still-unknown position at Apple.

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17:13
Apple hires BBC Radio DJ

The 41-year-old DJ, who joined the station in 2003, is moving to the US to work at Apple.

Something’s up.

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14:22
Apple’s electric car plans

It looks like Apple is working on an electric, possibly autonomous automobile. Numerous publications have reported that Apple CEO Tim Cook started the project about a year ago, which followed a M&A meeting with Tesla’s Elon Musk in the Spring of 2013.

We must remember that Apple has many R&...

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13:00
Aviary Photo Editor puts a robust photo editing...

If you are looking for a capable photo editor that will spruce up your photos, look no further than Photo Editor by Aviary. Once developed by an independent company, Aviary is now owned by Adobe. Aviary Photo Editor is more than just a basic photo editor; the app includes a variety of artistic filters and other editing tools to transform a plain photo into something beautiful.

When you first open Aviary, the first thing you will notice are the wide variety of the tools aligned neatly at the bottom of the app. The available utilities run the gamut from the auto-enhance preset that fixes your photo in one step to the sliders that provide granular control over color saturation, contrast and more. The tools include enhance (presets), effects (filters), frames, overlays, stickers, orientation, crop, lighting, color sharpness, focus, vignette, blemish remover, blur, whiten, red eye, draw,...

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12:00
Review: Incipio’s new Clarion, Faraday & Tuxen...

Having reviewed hundreds of different models over the years, I can say with some authority that iPad cases are rarely “exciting.” Early on, Apple established the folio — a lidded sleeve with the ability to stand upright for videos — as the de facto standard for iPad case design, and perhaps half of all the iPad cases since then have followed the same general theme, differing more in materials than functionality. Incipio’s latest designs for the iPad Air 2 are all small riffs on the same idea: fabric lids connected to plastic iPad holders, varying more in the particulars than the broad strokes.

We’re taking a quick look today at three cases: Clarion ($...

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09:00
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

ViewExif [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $0.99] ViewExif is an iOS extension which allows you to view exif metadata of photos.

Orphion [iPad; Now free, down from $3.99] Orphion is a musical instrument with a unique sound between string instrument and percussion.

Reverser Cam - Backward Video Camera [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] Record hilarious backward videos with Reverser Cam. Get started with just one...

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07:15
Apple reportedly learning how to develop self-...

In the latest high-profile claim surrounding Apple's rumored electric car project, Reuters on Saturday cited sources who believe the company has been interacting with automotive suppliers and car manufactures in an attempt to learn how to develop an autonomous car.

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07:00
Caturday! A tradition continues with Seba's...

Photo courtesty of sonny gilbert

I'd like to welcome new Apple World Today readers who may not have been familiar with our old site (The Unofficial Apple Weblog) to a time-honored tradition: Caturday. Yes, it happens on Saturdays. Yes, it involves pictures of cats near Apple gear. And yes, it does go away for a while in the summer for something we'll call The Dog Days of Summer. Since AOL doesn't own the rights to Caturday in any way, shape or form - we actually got the idea from the #caturday hashtag on Twitter -  we're giving you the kittehs and their Macs, iPads, iPhones, and iPods right here on Apple World Today.

Our first Caturday cat is Seba, who is the companion of Sonny Gilbert. Seba has a very special cat condo made from an eMac, which has my two four-legged bosses glaring at me wondering why they don't get the same treatment. 

Have a picture of your cat soaking...

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07:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Targus’s catchy new design,...

Targus’s catchy new design, Kavaj’s leather case, and more

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases includes some understated leather options, and plenty of red and pink cases for Valentine’s Day.

Case Logic

The Rotating Folio (iPad Air 2; $50) sports full-bodied protection, wrapping your iPad in a messenger bag-esque case for easy carrying.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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06:57
∞ A beautifully hand crafted Valentine’s Day present

To be up front, this is an ad for a red Field Notes memo book that came out a few years ago. But ad or not, it’s full of Valentine’s Day sentiment. Share this with someone you love. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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06:49
The original Les Paul prototype guitar about to go...

CNN:

The crusade to find a home for a sacred electric guitar is reverberating like a thundering encore through the music business as innovator Les Paul’s Black Beauty from the ’50s is going up for auction.

There’s also video of Tom Doyle talking about the guitar and the tech and craft that went into it.

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06:41
Reuters: Apple’s electric car is ‘all about...

Image via the Oatmeal

One of the weird details in the WSJ report on the Apple electric car project yesterday was this bit:

Other Silicon Valley giants are looking at autos. Google Inc. has been working on a self-driving car for years. The head of Google’s autonomous vehicle project said last year that the company aims to forge a partnership with auto makers to build a self-driving car within the next few years. A self-driving car is not part of Apple’s current plan, one of the people familiar with the project said.

This morning’s Reuters report contradicts the earlier WSJ report saying that Apple’s electric car will be autonomous...

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06:12
The snakes that ate Florida

This well-drawn graphic novel format tells the true story of the Burmese pythons that came to Florida as an accidental invasive species, and started gobbling up all the animals.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:05
An oral history of 70′s music mecca Laurel Canyon

Some of the biggest names in 60s and 70s singer-songwriting made their homes in California’s Laurel Canyon, just outside of Los Angeles. This is how they remember it. Fantastic read.

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Friday February 13

23:27
For Apple's revamped photo experience to work,...

The impending release of Photos for OS X and the new iCloud Photo Library make Apple's commitment to the cloud more important than ever before. But the company's current iCloud storage options are confusing to the average user and remain a significant hurdle it must find a way to address.

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17:12
Apple Hiring Automotive Experts

An anonymous reader writes: A report at the Financial Times (paywalled) says Apple is on an aggressive hiring push to pick up automotive experts. Recent rumors suggest Apple is putting together a transportation research lab, and nobody outside the company is quite sure why. It's unlikely they's want to build an entire car themselves, but quite possible they see a big space for Apple technology within motor vehicles, much as Google seems to. They already have CarPlay, and it will doubtless grow, but we still don't have anything approaching a dominant platform for car software. Whatever they're working on, it looks like the competition for more robust computer technology in cars is heating up.

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17:12
Apple Hiring Automotive Experts

An anonymous reader writes: A report at the Financial Times (paywalled) says Apple is on an aggressive hiring push to pick up automotive experts. Recent rumors suggest Apple is putting together a transportation research lab, and nobody outside the company is quite sure why. It's unlikely they's want to build an entire car themselves, but quite possible they see a big space for Apple technology within motor vehicles, much as Google seems to. They already have CarPlay, and it will doubtless grow, but we still don't have anything approaching a dominant platform for car software. Whatever they're working on, it looks like the competition for more robust computer technology in cars is heating up.


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17:00
Daily Deals for February 13, 2015

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

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

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

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16:07
'Digital Dark Age' Imminent Warns '...


Vint Cerf, vice president and chief Internet evangelist for Google, this week issued a stern warning at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science conference, held in San Jose. "Old formats that contain documents, photos and other data may not be readable with the latest version of the software," Cerf said, adding that backwards compatibility is not guaranteed, and over time there could be vast archives of digital content that simply can't be accessed.

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16:00
60-Second Tips: Customize Share Sheets

When Apple introduced introduced iOS 8, it also introduced Extensibility. In a nutshell, that means any app can hook into the share sheet that lets you share content with other people, apps and services. In this video, I show you how to customize those options. 

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15:47
Report: Apple has “several hundred” staffers...

On Friday, recent rumors about an Apple-branded automobile exploded with allegations that a staff of "several hundred" employees was working on an electric car inside of Apple headquarters.

The Wall Street Journal's report cited "people familiar with the matter" in describing a project named "Titan," and while the report acknowledged the possibility that such a car might never see release, or at least take years to launch, its sources claimed that the specific people put onto the Titan project—including former Ford engineer and current Apple product design vice president Steve Zadesky—were a sign that "the company was serious."

The report also noted that Apple recently hired former Ford designer Marc Newson; if Apple is indeed building a car, then Newson's hire starts making even more sense. In addition to his...

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15:37
WSJ: Apple gears up to challenge Tesla in electric...

Enough new details on the Apple-branded-car rumor to really make it believable.

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15:12
Apple has 'several hundred' workers...

The smoke surrounding rumors of an Apple-branded vehicle has begun to thicken, as a new report says that Apple is indeed working on an all-electric vehicle that would take the shape of a minivan, with a huge team tasked to the project.

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15:03
WSJ: Tim Cook approved Apple electric car project a...

Following a report today that Apple was hiring experts from the automotive industry for a new research lab, The Wall Street Journal adds to the story claiming Apple has several hundred employees working on an Apple-branded electric car:

Apple has several hundred employees working secretly toward creating an Apple-branded electric vehicle, according to people familiar with the matter. They said the project, code-named “Titan,” has an initial design of a vehicle that resembles a minivan, one of these people said.

The report adds that CEO Tim Cook approved the project close to a year ago with product design Vice President Steve Zadesky, a former Ford...

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14:49
Apple signs on to Obama's cybersecurity...

Apple is among more than a half-dozen major U.S. corporations that have agreed to integrate the White House's Cybersecurity Framework into their operations, but the iPhone maker will not share security information with the federal government.

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14:03
White House: Apple Pay will support debit cards for...

Tim Cook was one of the only Silicon Valley execs to speak at the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection, held on Friday in Palo Alto. Mark Zuckerberg, Marissa Mayer, Larry Page, and Eric Schmidt were invited, but all declined to attend.

And President Barack Obama did Apple a solid in return: The White House announced that Apple Pay will soon support federal-payment cards, such as debit cards issued for Social Security and veterans benefits.

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13:59
How-To: Now’s the right time to swap your old iMac’s...

If you bought your iMac 3-5 years ago, there’s probably nothing so seriously wrong with the hardware that you need to consider replacing the machine. Sure, the new iMac with 5K Retina Display looks a little nicer, but at a steep $2,499 starting point, it’s still a luxury, not a necessity.

Yet there’s something you can do for $200 to $500 that will radically change your iMac’s performance: install a solid state drive (SSD) in addition to or instead of its original hard drive. SSDs use high-speed memory chips rather than the spinning platter mechanisms in traditional hard drives, achieving up to 5X benefits in speed while requiring no moving parts. Five...

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13:59
Tim Cook speaks cybersecurity at Stanford

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13:30
Revived View-Master Is a Virtual Reality


Google and Mattel now are teaming up to revive and modernize the View-Master. Mattel on Friday announced a new version that works with Google Cardboard and Android smartphones. Mattel will offer the new View-Master and a sample experience reel this fall, for US$30. Additional experience reel packs, each featuring four themed experience reels, will be offered at $15. These reel packs will have themes such as nature, adventure destinations, and science.

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13:30
The "Year of Apple Pay" continues - Newest...

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No sooner had the post about Apple Pay negotiations going on between Apple and several banks in Brazil gone live than we received more Apple Pay news. The United States federal government today announced that it will support Apple Pay with its own payment cards and that Uncle Sam is going to start accepting Apple Pay for various purchases.

Among the agencies to accept Apple Pay will be the National Park Service, the United States Postal Service, the Kennedy Space Center (tours and gift shops, rocket rides not included), the Smithsonian Institution museums, and US Customs and Border Protection.

Apple is also working with Visa, MasterCard, Comerica Bank and US Bank to make Apple Pay available for federal payment cards such as DirectExpress and GSA SmartPay cards. This would allow federal employees to use those cards -- in a tokenized, encrypted...

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12:45
Apple Pay appears to be on the way to Brazil

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At present, Apple Pay is only making a big splash in one place - the United States. But Apple has publicly stated that it wants to expand the payment system everywhere as soon as possible. Now comes word from Brazil that three banks in the South American country are negotiating with Apple to bring Apple Pay to their customers.

As Season Business reporter Guilherme Felitti notes in an article today, banks Bank of Brazil, Bradesco, and Itáu are in talks with Apple about Apple Pay. Felitti says that "Technically, all the factors to make Apple Pay work in Brazil are already lined up." The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are being sold in Brazil, and almost 80 percent of the retail terminals installed by the two top providers are already compatible with Near Field Communication (NFC) - a key part of the overall Apple Pay system.

In fact, Felitti notes that if an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus user has a US-issued credit card, they can already use Apple Pay in Brazil. A...

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12:11
US government to accept Apple Pay

Speaking at the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection on Friday, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook revealed that the U.S. government plans to begin accepting Apple Pay for a number of transactions, starting with admission to U.S. national parks.

And there you go. Apple Pay is huge.

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11:58
US government to accept Apple Pay for 'many...

Speaking at the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection on Friday, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook revealed that the U.S. government plans to begin accepting Apple Pay for a number of transactions, starting with admission to U.S. national parks.

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11:46
Apple doesn’t want to compete — it wants to own the...

Billboard:

You didn’t have to look too far to spot the action at Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy gala on Feb. 7. Ground zero was table 108, where Apple CEO Tim Cook, senior vp Internet software and services Eddy Cue, iTunes vp Robert Kondrk and Beats co-founder and title-less Apple executive Jimmy Iovine were seated alongside former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and former House speaker Nancy Pelosi. After a shout-out from the party’s host (Davis called Cook a “special human”), music execs lined up single file for an audience with the Apple contingent — not to mention selfies and overshares about their first Macs.

Headline hyperbole aside, Apple is definitely making behind the scenes moves with the music industry. It will be very exciting to see what they come up with.

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11:43
Why Tim Cook Would Build an Apple Car


The wildest tech rumor this week comes from little substance, but somehow manages to ignite the imagination: According to Business Insider, an unsolicited Apple employee emailed to say that a group at Apple is working on a project that would "give Tesla a run for its money." For this to be true, it means that an Apple employee either broke Apple's strict rules for secrecy in some obvious way that makes Business Insider believe the email actually came from an Apple employee, or that it was some sort of vague and intentional leak from Apple, sent straight to Business Insider.

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11:18
Automotive executives being recruited for 'top-...

Rumors of a new vehicle-related project underway at Apple continue to surface, with yet another report claiming on Friday that the company has been on a hiring spree for its secret new initiative.

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11:02
White House announces federal cards for veterans,...

The White House on Friday revealed that users of federal payment cards, including Social Security and veterans benefit debit cards, will become compatible with Apple Pay.

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11:00
Microsoft Outlook Arrives for iOS

Now iPhone and iPad users have a version of Outlook: Microsoft’s consolidated email, scheduling, and contacts app. The new arrival is crammed with useful features as well.

 

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10:56
International Verify Your Backups Day

TidBITS:

Ss those of us who have had to rely on our backups in the past know, the act of backing up is only the first small step in the full equation — it’s being able to restore that really matters.

Take a few minutes to identify some critical files and see if you can restore them successfully from your backups. If a bootable backup is part of your backup strategy, make sure you can actually boot from it.

Adam has mentioned this every Friday the 13th and it’s a good thing to remember – all the backups in the world are useless if you can’t restore your data from them.

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10:53
Apple hires head of Mercedes-Benz R&D, other...


Apple has hired former president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Research & Development Johann Jungwirth to join the company as Director of Mac Systems Engineering. The hire was confirmed by Jungwirth’s LinkedIn page, and first noted by a report in the Financial Times detailing Apple’s recent hires in the automotive industry and secretive new automotive research lab.

The report claims Apple’s automotive hires are for a new research lab where “experienced managers from its iPhone unit, are...

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10:39
Federal government embracing Apple Pay, enabling...

Tim Cook is set to speak ahead of President Obama today at the White House Summit on Cybersecurity at Stanford University, and the White House has already shared some unexpected news regarding government support for Apple Pay. As noted by Bloomberg, the White House announced that federal-payment cards will support Apple Pay, including debit cards where veteran benefits and Social Security payments are issued.

“The White House announced Friday that Apple Inc.’s mobile-payment system will be enabled for users of federal-payment cards, including Social...

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10:38
Visa to follow Apple Pay’s lead, use tokens for...

Following Apple Pay’s successful use of tokens—one-time-use, unique codes rather than credit card numbers for payment transactions—Visa today announced that it will remove 16-digit account numbers for mobile and online payments across 2015. No specific date was given for the transition; instead, Visa suggests that tokens will begin to replace credit card numbers as the company’s partners get access to the Visa Token Service that rolled out alongside Apple Pay in October 2014.

“Removing card account numbers from the processing and storage of payments represents one of the most innovative and promising technologies we’ve seen in decades,” said Charlie Scharf, chief executive officer, Visa Inc.

According to Visa, online transactions made with Visa Checkout will be tokenized this year, securing transactions for over 110 existing merchants. ...

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10:30
App Store: Weed is in, gun depictions are out

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A few months ago, Apple pulled a marijuana-related app called MassRoots from the App Store. What's odd is that the app, a social-networking tool for those who use cannabis medically or for recreational purposes, had been in the store between July 2013 and November 4, 2014. 

At the time, it was conjectured that Apple pulled the app for violating Section 2.18 of the App Store Review Guidelines. Those guidelines state that "apps that encourage excessive consumption of alcohol or illegal substances, or encourage minors to consume alcohol or smoke cigarettes, will be rejected." 

After the app was removed from the App Store, MassRoots founder Isaac Dietrich attempted to have the app reinstated by offering to geo-restrict its use to the 23 states that allow legal medical and/or...

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10:28
Beats Music integration only part of the story as...

Apple's ambitions in the music industry go beyond competing with the likes of streaming services like Spotify and Pandora, signaling that the acquisition of the Beats Music subscription service is just a part of the company's plans to overhaul iTunes.

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10:04
Tech Industry In Search of Leadership At White House...

chicksdaddy writes: President Obama travels to Stanford University on Friday to join Apple CEO Tim Cook in talking about the need for more private-public sector cooperation to fight cyber crime. But technology industry executives attending the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection complain that a major obstacle to cooperation is a lack of legislative action that clarify the rules of the road for private firms when it comes to sharing information about customers with the government and each other. The controversy over government surveillance has put the ball in the government's court, said Michael Brown, RSA's Global Public Sector Vice President. "They need to articulate what amount of access to private information is 'appropriate and legal' for law enforcement and the government," Brown said. "It's not just about 'when, where, and how.' They also need to clearly articulate 'why' – for example: this is a matter of public safety and this is the only way we can...

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10:04
Tech Industry In Search of Leadership At White House...

chicksdaddy writes: President Obama travels to Stanford University on Friday to join Apple CEO Tim Cook in talking about the need for more private-public sector cooperation to fight cyber crime. But technology industry executives attending the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection complain that a major obstacle to cooperation is a lack of legislative action that clarify the rules of the road for private firms when it comes to sharing information about customers with the government and each other. The controversy over government surveillance has put the ball in the government's court, said Michael Brown, RSA's Global Public Sector Vice President. "They need to articulate what amount of access to private information is 'appropriate and legal' for law enforcement and the government," Brown said. "It's not just about 'when, where, and how.' They also need to clearly articulate 'why' – for example: this is a matter of public safety and this is the only way we can...

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09:53
Watch: Apple CEO Tim Cook talk cybersecurity at...

As we mentioned earlier this week, Apple CEO Tim Cook is in attendance at the White House Summit on cybersecurity today at Stanford University where he’s expected to discuss Apple, privacy, and security. Notably, Tim Cook is the only technology company chief executive participating in the event with the White House as CEOs at Facebook, Yahoo, and Google each declined deciding to send lower-level staff instead. Other CEOs in attendance include the heads of Apple Pay partners Bank of America and Visa as well as the chief executive officer of AIG. You can view a stream of the event below:

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09:52
Product distortion field

Six Colors:

I believe Apple is truly a company that is always looking at the big picture, I really do. The iPhone and iPad and Mac all work together, using iTunes and iCloud and even Apple Pay as infrastructure, in a harmonious way. But at the same time, it’s hard not to look at the size of Apple’s iPhone business and wonder how the success of the iPhone affects Apple’s decision-making.

I’ve often made the same point. I don’t think Apple is truly ignoring the the other aspects of their business but the iPhone is definitely the 800 lb gorilla.

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09:11
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Digits for iOS free,...

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Digits calculator app for humans is FREE for iPhone and iPad (reg. $3.99)
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09:08
No hardware? No problem: Apple's Web-based...

Apple is throwing the doors open to its online iWork suite, even for people who’ve never purchased Apple hardware.

The browser version of iWork—now 18 months old and still in beta—has always required an iCloud account. But until now, Apple hasn’t let people create an account without an iOS device or a Mac. As BetaNews reports, Apple’s iCloud site now offers a way to create an account straight from the browser, providing access to web versions of Pages, Numbers and Keynote.

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08:55
App Store showcases non-freemium games

Apple has added a new section to its App Store that features non-freemuim games. Called "Pay Once & Play," the new collection features games like Minecraft PE, Adventure Time Game Wizard (which my kids love), Bastion and Leo's Fortune...all games without in-app purchases. I can see the appeal of featuring theses titles. 

As a reminder, you can easily disable in-app purchases on your kids' iPhones and iPads. Here's how:

  1. Tap Settings, then General
  2. Tap Restrictions and then Enable Restrictions
  3. Enter a Restrictions passcode, one that your child can’t guess (1234 is out)
  4. Scroll down and move the In-App Purchases slider to the Off position

That’s it. Your child can no longer make in-app purchases. I know many kids have their own iPod touches, iPhones and even iPads. If they’re young and not buying apps with their own money, you should do this. If you share an device with your kids, choose a...

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08:48
Facebook Launches ThreatExchange to Stymie Cybercrime


Facebook this week announced ThreatExchange, an API-based platform for technology companies to share information on security threats. It had been working on the platform for about a year in a joint project with other prominent Internet firms. Facebook layered APIs on top of its existing platform infrastructure, so participants can query the available information and control which other participants they publish their information to, using a predefined set of data fields. ThreatExchange is based on Facebook's ThreatData threat analysis framework.

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08:24
Try iWork apps for free via iCloud beta

Apple has made its iWork suite of apps -- Numbers, Pages and Keynote -- free for everyone to try via iCloud Beta. It's restricted to the website for now, but anyone can create an Apple ID, and try out the browser-based apps with 1 GB of storage space to boot.

Our take on the news

There's certainly nothing wrong with making it easy for potential customers to try your products. But note that this extends beyond iWork. Many people will be creating an Apple ID, experiencing iCloud (in a limited capacity, mind you) and just a touch of the Apple ecosystem for the first time. I suspect at least a few will want to see what else iCloud can offer. 

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08:18
CoeLux: artificial sunlight that’s real enough to...

Petapixel:

An Italian company called CoeLux has developed a new light source that recreates the look of sunlight through a skylight so well that it can trick both human brains and cameras.

The scientists who invented the light figured out how to use a thin coating of nanoparticles to accurately simulate sunlight through Earth’s atmosphere and the effect known as Rayleigh scattering. It’s not just the color temperature thats the same — the quality of the light feels the same as well.

This is just mindbogglingly cool. I have lived in basement apartments most of my life so I know the practical application of this in living spaces could be profound. I especially like the concept of “earthscrapers”.

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**Job Summary** As an Apple Solutions Consultant (ASC) you are the link between our customers and our products. Your role is to drive the Apple business in a retail Read more
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