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Monday March 9

11:26
Apple Watch starts at $349, launching April 24

SAN FRANCISCO—On Monday, Apple finalized and solidified the release plans for the Apple Watch, telling customers to get ready to line up for the wearable device on April 24. The cheapest option, the Apple Watch Sport, will start at $349 for the 38 mm model and $50 more for the 42 mm model.

Meanwhile, the stainless steel Apple Watch will start at $549 for the 38 mm model, and that price will balloon all the way to $1,049 "depending on the band you pick," Apple CEO Tim Cook told the San Francisco crowd. The stainless steel 42 mm model will cost $50 more. Both models will be available for pre-order from Apple Stores and Apple's website beginning April 10; select stores will also begin hosting Apple Watch previews on that date. A far more lucrative Apple Watch Edition, priced "from $10,000" with solid-gold cases and custom-designed bands, will be made available in "select retail stores" in the near future as well.

"[Apple Watch is] the most...

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11:22
Apple releases iOS 8.2 today with Apple Watch...

SAN FRANCISCO—iOS 8.2 has been in development for several months now, and today Apple is formally releasing the update to the public. It's available as an over-the-air update or through iTunes for any device running iOS 8, including the iPhone 4S, 5, 5C, 5S, 6, and 6 Plus; all iPads except the first-generation model; and the fifth-generation iPod Touch.

The biggest feature update is support for the Apple Watch. The device will work with the iPhone 5 and newer models, but it will not work with iPads or iPods. Once you've tethered a watch to your phone, a new companion app will allow you to change the watch's settings, organize its Home screen, and make other changes. We'll take a longer look at this companion app when the time comes to review the Apple Watch itself.

For those of you with other iDevices and/or no particular interest in the Apple Watch, there are still plenty of reasons to install the update. HomeKit is automation geared and...

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11:20
Apple Releases iOS 8.2 with Apple Watch Support

Apple has updated iOS to version 8.2, which includes a new Apple Watch app for the upcoming wearable.

 

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11:17
Apple's radical 12-inch MacBook is the slimmest...

There’s a reason Apple hasn’t changed the MacBook Air’s core design for years now: It’s basically perfect—the epitome of a thin-and-light laptop, from its luxurious, razor-thin exterior to its majestic glass trackpad. But even perfection can’t coax Apple into sitting on its heels.

On Monday, Apple revealed a new 12-inch MacBook, a radical revamp that shakes up the winning MBA design by dumping virtually every conventional port—Thunderbolt, the SD card slot, a power connector, everything—in favor of a pair a single USB Type-C connection and an audio jack. That, paired with numerous other advances, helped the 12-inch MacBook become the slimmest, lightest MacBook ever—and it's silent, too.

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11:09
New 12-inch MacBook Joins Updated MacBook Air and...

With the release of the new 12-inch MacBook, Apple has made the lightest, thinnest notebook Mac ever. The new notebook also features a completely redesigned trackpad and keyboard, Retina display, and a single USB-C port for all your charging and connectivity needs. But it’s more expensive than the MacBook Air and offers significantly less performance than the equivalently priced 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display.

 

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11:00
Apple updates non-Retina MacBook Airs and the 13”...

SAN FRANCISCO—As expected, Apple has just updated its MacBook Air lineup with new Broadwell-U processors from Intel. Those CPUs were released later than originally scheduled—this is the first time the Airs have gotten a real refresh since June of 2013, though Apple gave them a small CPU clock speed bump and price cut in April of 2014.

The base includes a 1.6GHz (2.7GHz Turbo) dual-core Core i5-5250U and an Intel HD 6000 GPU, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB PCI Express SSDs. We examined this CPU and GPU in...

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10:54
Apple unveils the Macbook, the lightest and thinnest...

As part of its March press event, Apple unveiled a new ultra-thin laptop simply called the Macbook. The 12-inch notebook with edge-to-edge display weighs a svelte 2 pounds and measures only 13.11mm thick. It also features a new full-device keyboard that's been overhauled with new butterfly mechanism to improve the tactile feedback and slim down the keyboard. Each key has an individual LED to improve the backlit feature.

Apple also updated its trackpad in the new MacBook with a new pressure-sensitive Force Touch trackpad. The casing features a new unibody design that allows the MacBook to shed its fan, making this model the first MacBook ever without a fan. Another unique feature is the single-port USB-C connector that supports USB, DisplayPort, HDMI and VGA.

The MacBook will be powered by a 1.3 GHz Intel Core M processor with a turbo charge that'll boost processor speed to 2.9 GHz. The new Mac will deliver all-day battery...

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10:49
Private, Public Teamwork Needed to Fight ISIS on...


Social media firms should team up with the United States government to work out appropriate responses to extremism on their sites, recommends a Brookings Institution report released last week. The Institution's J.M. Berger and Jonathon Morgan last year launched a study to define and describe the population of ISIS supporters on Twitter. Among other things, they found that ISIS ramped up its efforts on Twitter following the suspension of many supporters' accounts. Twitter froze at least 1,000 such accounts between September and December.

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10:35
Apple reveals new 12” retina-display MacBook

It was a foregone conclusion that Apple would be releasing a watch today at the company's event at the Yerba Buena Center, but we weren’t sure if there would be time for anything else (ha ha!). However, the company did in fact squeeze in something besides just the new timepieces: there are new MacBooks coming as well.

Instead of going with a Broadwell i5 or i7 like with the MacBook Air, the new MacBook will start with a 1.1GHz Intel Core M that sips 5W of power. It will come standard with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of solid state storage, and it will start at $1,299. An upgraded 1.2GHz Core M CPU (which will boost up to nearly 3Ghz under load) and 512GB of storage will run $1,599. The new models are expected to start shipping on April 10, and they even come in three colors: Space Gray, Silver, and Gold.

As rumored, The new MacBook—which appears to be called just that, the "MacBook"—features a 12-inch 2304x1440 pixel "Retina" display....

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10:27
Apple unveils ResearchKit, a new open source program...

As part of its its March press event, Apple announced the new ResearchKit that turns the iPhone and HealtKit into powerful medical research tools. The software framework is designed to benefit medical research and can pull data from the Apple Watch and the Health app on iOS. Apps will be able to monitor asthma, assess Parkinson symptoms and more. Participation will be optional and data will be stored and transmitted securely. Partners in the ResearchKit program include Mount Sinai Hospital, Standford University and other major medical research hospitals and universities. The company will debut the first five ResearchKit apps today and will be making the open source development kit next month.

Our take on the news:
This is big announcement for Apple as it moves it health initiative from simply monitoring your activity level to helping the medical community understand illnesses as well as help cure diseases. Not...

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10:22
Tim Cook discusses iPhone, Apple Pay

At this afternoon's Spring Forward event, Apple CEO Time Cook announced that his company has sold 700 million iPhones to date, making it the top selling smart phone in the world. That's a lot of iPhones and, fortunatley for Apple, a lot of happy customers. Tim noted that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are enjoying a 99% customer satisfaction, according to a recent survey.

Tim also briefly discussed Apple Pay. After just three months, the program has expanded from six supporting banks to over 2,500. Retail participation has nearly tripled in that same time period to almost 700,000 participants. Finally, Cook noted that Coca-Cola is rolling out vending machines that support Apple Pay. No more struggling with crinkled dollar bills!

Stay with Apple World Today all day for coverage and insights related to today's announcements.

Our take on the news:

Cook-led Apple is a...

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10:16
Apple Announces HBO Partnership, Cheaper Apple TV

Apple had no new Apple TV hardware to offer at today’s “Spring Forward” event, but it’s dropping the price of the existing model and partnering with HBO for a new service that will make cord cutters cheer.

 

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09:00
Today in the App Store -- Ghostnote for OS X,...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today's notable apps include a discount on CrazyTalk7 PRO, the new Ghostnote for Mac, and an update to outdoor app Yonder. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Loggr - Graph Your Life [Now free, down from $0.99] Everyday is an improvement on the last. Exercise more, eat more vegetables, read more books.

EPOCH.2 [Now free, down from $4.99] EPOCH has trekked across a war-ravaged country to find the one person he was programmed to protect: the Princess, Amelia.

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08:30
Rumor: Power Reserve reportedly offers significant...

This could prove helpful.

The Apple Watch’s battery life should be significantly better in the shipping product than some early accounts suggested, one report says, while the device itself could fundamentally change the way users interact with their iPhones.

Citing sources who have spent “extended time” with the product, TechCrunch reports that Apple has been working on improving longevity, such that during a normal day of periodic use, the Watch should still have roughly 25 percent of its power left.

While people will still have to charge the device overnight, they should be able to make it through a full day on a single charge....

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08:15
Should you buy an Apple Watch? A flowchart

Here's a great tongue-in-cheek flowchart meant to guide your Apple Watch purchase decision. I love the no-nonsense start:

Do you have at least $349 to spare? > No. > Don't do it.

Answer "Yes" and the chart gets more convoluted and entertaining. Just don't be "that guy" (or woman). You'll see what I mean. 

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08:12
Apple Store down in advance of “Spring Forward”...

As expected, the Apple Store has gone down in advance of the Apple Watch announcement.

Not that this hasn’t happened before, but this tends to be a very strong indicator that something new will be available to buy after the event. It’s also expected that you’ll be able to order a next-gen MacBook after the event is over, as the 13-inch MacBook refresh reported is the most likely reason as to why the Apple Online Store is now saying ‘We’ll be back soon’. These products seem to be the most likely to be ready to ship immediately after announcement. There is also a good chance that this product refresh may not even feature during the presentation, but appear online...

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08:09
HelloTalk: Learn a new language on your iPhone [...

Finally, learning and practicing a new language is easier and more intuitive than ever before. Introducing HelloTalk, the language app where your teachers are native language speakers from around the world. You just pick the language you want to learn—there are over 100 from which to select—and almost instantaneously you’ll be in touch with native speakers of that language … and you’ll start learning and practicing immediately.

HelloTalk isn’t a course you strictly follow; rather, you learn and practice at your pace and in the manner that best meets the way you learn. Practice foreign languages with people around the world. Simultaneously speak and type the language you’re learning. Record your voice before speaking to your HelloTalk friends and compare your recording to standard pronunciations. Change your friends’ audio messages to text for better understanding, and receive help to improve your grammar. Easily translate whenever you don’t understand, and so much more....

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07:30
News Hub: Apple’s ‘Spring Forward’ Apple Watch event


Yerba Buena this morning via James Martin

Today’s the day. Apple is holding its “Spring Forward” event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, California. We’ll be using this article as a news hub linking out to the latest updates from the event in live blog style. We’ll also post any late breaking news here, so stay tuned for all of the updates. The event itself begins at 10 AM Pacific/ 1PM Eastern time.

 

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07:17
How much does Apple Watch cost? Give us your last...


It’s your last chance to guess what Apple Watch will cost ahead of today’s ‘Spring Forward’ event where CEO Tim Cook and company are expected to fill us in on pricing, availability, and hopefully preorders.

We know Apple Watch will start at $349, likely for the Sport model, but what we’re really interested in is the starting price for the most expensive model(s): the 18k gold Apple Watch Edition and the stainless steel Apple Watch with stainless steel band (pictured above).

Polls for both of these are below, but feel free to tell us your predictions for pricing on the entire lineup in the comments. Our own roundup of what we expect to...

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06:59
How to watch Apple’s ‘Spring Forward’ Apple Watch...

If you’re planning to watch the livestream of today’s Spring Forward event, be careful you don’t get caught out by daylight savings time! You may think you know what time 10am California time is in your country, but the time difference changed yesterday, hence Apple’s name for the event.

The USA put its clocks forward one hour as it started daylight savings time over the weekend, but the UK and the rest of Europe haven’t yet made the switch, meaning the difference between local time and Cupertino time has changed by an hour.

So, if you’re watching from the UK or Europe, here’s the time the event starts:

  • UK: 5pm (7 hrs ahead of CA)
  • Central European Time (most European countries): 6pm (8 hrs ahead of CA)
  • Eastern European Time (Finland, Estonia,...
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06:55
Apple to increase shuttle bus driver wages by 25%

After boosting the pay of its security guards, Apple will also grant its shuttle bus drivers at its Cupertino headquarters 25 percent raise, it was announced on Monday.

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06:54
Online Apple Store down ahead of today's Watch...

Apple's online Apple Store has gone down ahead of today's Spring Forward event, which is believed to be all about Apple Watch. This is typical of Apple, as the company often adds an option to buy or pre-order new hardware after press events. 

It's possible that Apple will add Watch pre-order to the store or even surprise us with a new laptop. We'll know for sure this afternoon starting at 10:00 AM PT. You can watch the event live online or on your Apple TV. Be sure to follow our live blog while you do, for real-time summaries of the news plus commentary and insight.

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06:38
Future Apple Watches could include platinum models...

Apple has been evaluating platinum for future versions of the Apple Watch, and may be using ceramic blending to achieve the extra-durable gold in first-generation Edition units, according to a new report.

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06:25
Apple improves deal for shuttle bus workers...

Apple is ensuring that its sub-contracted shuttle bus workers get a better deal, directly funding a 25% bump in their pay and requiring contractors to pay a higher hourly rate for split shifts–where drivers work both mornings and evenings but are kept hanging around without pay between the two … 

Apple is also requiring bus companies to improve rest areas, reports the Mercury News:

“Over 5,000 Apple employees in the Bay Area take advantage of our commute alternatives program every day,” said Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet. “We’re working with the bus companies to help make a number of changes for the more than 150 drivers of our commute shuttles, including funding a 25...

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06:07
Watch Apple's "Spring Forward" event...

Apple's "Spring Forward" Watch event will begin in just a few hours, and an "Apple Events" channel on Apple TV will let you stream it live.

The new channel, which Apple busts out to live stream select media events, will appear automatically on your Apple TV. If you aren't seeing it, go to the device's settings screen and restart it.

Of course, you can catch our live blog coverage with insight and commentary, starting at 10:00 AM PT.

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06:05
Apple preps to 'Spring Forward' with Apple...

With just hours remaining before Apple executives take the stage at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for an event that is expected to focus on the Apple Watch, the company has re-added its "Apple Events" channel to the Apple TV set-top box and temporarily halted sales in its online store.

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05:40
Major brands had no interest in smartwatch apps...

Y Media Lab, which creates smartphone and tablet apps for thousands of clients, says that major brands showed no interest in smartwatch apps prior to the announcement of the Apple Watch. The company’s clients include big-name brands like the BBC, Sesame Street, eBay, Disney and Bank of America, reports Business Insider.

Marketing director Robbie Abed said that he couldn’t recall a single client request a smartwatch app before the Apple Watch debut, but some have “already decided” they want an app for Apple’s wearable, while others are asking whether it should form part of their marketing plans.

Even so, Apple may have some work to do to persuade brands that the platform makes sense for them. Abed wouldn’t reveal names or exact numbers, but said that “less that a quarter” of the company’s clients have so far expressed...

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05:06
Take Control of Security for Mac Users, Chapter 7:...

Regardless of how secure your Mac’s connection with another computer may be, that computer could try to send your Mac dangerous software, or someone could attempt to break into your Mac remotely. Conversely, you could have software on your Mac that attempts to make connections to distant servers without your knowledge and send them information you’d rather keep private. This chapter discusses ways of keeping your Mac and its data safe from outside attacks, some of which could appear in the form of malicious software, or malware.

 

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05:06
Chapter 7 of “Take Control of Security for Mac Users...

In this week’s chapticle of “Take Control of Security for Mac Users,” Joe Kissell explains how to erect barriers against incoming attacks and prevent malicious software from transferring data away from your Mac.

 

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05:04
Apple Online Store goes down ahead of Spring Forward...

The Apple Store is down, in preparation for announcements later today at Apple’s Spring Forward event. The store going down is a very strong indicator that something new will be available to buy after the event is over — but what products? The most likely answer is new MacBooks.

There is also the potential of Apple Watch preorders, although these are more likely to take place in a couple of weeks, assuming an April launch.

The 13-inch MacBook refresh reported here are the most likely reason as to why the Apple Online Store is now saying ‘We’ll be back soon’. These products seem to be the...

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05:00
10% of iPhone/iPad users estimated to buy the Apple...

Adobe is estimating that 10% of those who own either an iPhone or iPad will buy an Apple Watch within the first 18 months, equating to around 25M sales.

The prediction follows a poll of 1,000 American smartphone and tablet users, where 27% say they are likely or very likely to buy a wearable, and two-thirds of those think it will be an Apple Watch. Adobe thinks those numbers are high, and with good reason … 

The results would equate to 18% of all smartphone and tablet owners–iOS and Android combined–claiming they’re likely to buy an Apple Watch. However, the headline results combine ‘likely’ and ‘very likely,’ and the usual rule of thumb is that only the ‘very...

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05:00
Bushel: This week's sponsor of Apple World Today

Our sponsor this week is Bushel, an incredibly easy-to-use cloud-based Mobile Device Management solution for Mac, iPhone, iPad, and iPod. Bushel is focused on those organizations that may not have a dedicated IT staff,  instead relying on individuals who take on the mantle of responsibility to keep those Apple devices up-to-date and safe. For free for the first three devices and just US$2 per month per device above that number, here are some of the features of Bushel:

  • Device Inventory lets you see your capacity, which user is using which device, what apps you’ve installed on devices, and more.
  • Automatically configure email on all of your devices. Users can get up and running quickly, and IT can ensure...
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05:00
Hillary Clinton's Possibly Fatal Email Mistake


Hillary Clinton's email scandal showcases that she shouldn't be president. This has nothing to do with her party or politics -- it has to do with how she seems to approach a decision -- through tunnel vision leadership. This method isn't biased on the left or right, but it is more hardwired into men than women. Unfortunately, Clinton seems to have this in spades. It may even explain mistakes like Benghazi better than any of the hair-brained theories that her opponents so far have fielded.

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04:20
How to watch Apple’s Spring Forward event livestream...

Officially, Apple’s event livestream only works with Safari on Mac OS X, iPhones, iPads, Apple TV (where the channel just appeared) and iPod touch. However, if you are on Windows (or even Android) — there is a workaround if you want to follow along with the announcements. (This trick will also work if you happen to be using an older version of OS X or iOS 6 that QuickTime Player doesn’t support)

  • Download VLC, the VideoLan media player, from the web.
  • Once downloaded, launch the app.
  • Navigate to the ‘Media’ tab and select ‘Open Network Stream ….
  • In the URL field, type (or copy) the following link. This is the direct location to the...
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04:17
Here’s what Tim Cook says about Apple Watch

This is a fascinating collection of quotes, more so if you can get Tim Cook’s voice in your head as you read them.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:16
Apple saving money on the gold in Apple Watch...

Tim Cook and Jony Ive have both spoken numerous times about the Apple Watch Edition being more scratch-resistant than standard 18-karat gold, describing it as ‘twice as hard’ as standard gold but but without explaining how. A patent application (via Leancrew) appears to explain this–and shows that Apple saves money on the gold into the bargain.

18-karat gold isn’t pure gold, it is defined as being 75% gold by weight. The remaining 25% of the mix is usually made up of one or more other metals, with silver and copper popular choices. The Apple patent describes mixing gold with low-density ceramic particles instead of metal.

Because weight, not volume, is what defines the karat gold standards, Apple’s watch could use less than a third the...

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03:47
On today’s Apple Watch event

Link to the live feed, plus a few other ramblings.

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03:06
Apple Events channel appears on Apple TV, ready for...

As is the norm nowadays, the Apple Events channel has appeared on the Apple TV ahead of Apple’s Spring Forward event later today. From 10 AM PDT, Apple will be live streaming the entire presentation, for those not lucky enough to be there in person.

Customers can follow along on the Apple TV, or online at http://apple.com/live. 9to5Mac will also have full coverage of all the announcements, so stay tuned.

A big part of today’s ‘Spring Forward’ presentation will feature more specific details about the Apple Watch. Pricing and availability will almost certainly be mentioned. Also expect several demos from app developers so Apple can demonstrate the wide range of potential this new form...

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01:07
Editorial: Apple Pay finds frauds reporting

When Apple rolls out a rare new product--rather than canceling it internally--you'd have to be naive to think it was rushed to market without much consideration and therefore probably doomed to failure. But you'd be equally naive to think that the incumbents positioned in the path of Apple's next potential juggernaut wouldn't desperately seek to defend their turf, bending the truth to the breaking point if necessary.

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Sunday March 8

18:35
∞ #Fury325 roller coaster test run

Here’s video of the first test run of #Fury325 at Carowinds from a riders point of view! The coaster was tested late Wednesday afternoon, March 4. Debuting this spring, Fury 325 will be the world’s tallest & fastest giga coaster. The thrill ride stands 325 feet tall with an 81-degree initial drop and reaches breathtaking speeds of 95 miles per hour.

Oh. My. God. I want to ride this so much.

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18:24
Susan Kare archive At MOMA

I, Programmer:

Susan Kare is the artist responsible for many of the classic Mac icons that are universally recognized. Now her impact as a pioneering and influential computer iconographer has been recognized by the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Susan Kare designed all of her early icons on graph paper, with one square representing each pixel. Now this archive of sketches has been acquired by MoMA, jointly with San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art, and has gone on show as part of a new exhibition, This is for Everyone: Design Experiments For The Common Good.

We all owe a huge debt of gratitude to Kare for her lovely and elegant icon designs.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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18:20
Apple gold

Dr. Drang:

Apple’s patent application is for a method that allows them to make 18k gold that has, on a volume basis, less gold than regular 18k gold.

How can this be? It’s because Apple’s gold is a metal matrix composite, not a standard alloy. Instead of mixing the gold with silver, copper, or other metals to make it harder, Apple is mixing it with low-density ceramic particles. The ceramic makes Apple’s gold harder and more scratch-resistant—which Tim Cook touted during the September announcement—and it also makes it less dense overall.

The media is going to have a field day with this. They’ll get it wrong but they’ll still lose their collective minds over it.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:35
Classic Mac Icons Archive Bought By MOMA

mikejuk writes Susan Kare is the artist responsible for many of the classic Mac icons that are universally recognized. Now her impact as a pioneering and influential computer iconographer has been recognized by the Museum of Modern Art in New York. She designed all of her early icons on graph paper, with one square representing each pixel. Now this archive of sketches has been acquired by MoMA, jointly with San Francisco's Museum of Modern Art, and has gone on show as part of a new exhibition, This is for Everyone: Design Experiments For The Common Good. So now you can think of the smiling Mac, the pointing finger and scissors as high art.


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12:00
Review: Catalyst for iPhone 6 – Offers protection...

Catalyst is a sleek thin case that barely hides the design of the iPhone 6, considering how protective the case is. It is drop proof to 2 meters (6.6 feet), water proof to 5 meters (16.4 feet), dirt proof, snow proof and works with Touch ID.


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11:30
Liveblog: Apple’s “spring forward” event starts...

Has it already been nearly five months since our last Apple event? Time flies by so fast that it's hard to keep track of such things, but Apple has a product or two in store that might help with that.

Monday's "spring forward" event is expected to revolve around the Apple Watch, which was announced alongside the iPhone 6 family in September but isn't actually scheduled to ship until April. Expect to get more concrete information about the watch's availability, pricing, and third-party developer support, along with a recap of some of the communication and fitness features we've already heard about.

As...

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07:05
Latest 4K drone video of Apple Campus 2 posted, roof...

The latest 4K flyover video showing construction progress on Apple’s Campus 2 has just arrived in our inbox. Thanks to our good friend MyithZ, we see that the full internal structure has now been started including all the way to the roof in one part of the video.

The full drone flyover is available in full 4K video below:

This latest drone flyover follows Apple’s latest official aerial image of the site posted to the City of Cupertino’s website late last month. Apple also recently provided an authorized ‘sneak peak’ of the construction site, while CEO Tim Cook...

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05:42
What HBO Now means to Apple and to Big Cable

Why HBO Now is so critical to Apple and the future of Apple TV

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:18
Pebble founder Migicovsky shares insights on smart...

Interesting interview with Pebble founder Migicovsky. With his $16 million in kickstarter money, I think he has Pebble right where it needs to be, a real sweet spot in the market.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:50
Here’s Ford’s plane

Some pithy words about Harrison Ford, plus a picture of his plane after the crash.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Saturday March 7

23:09
Review: Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera offers pro...

From iPhone to mid-level DSLR cameras, the video production world has many options for the amateur and prosumer videographer. Blackmagic's Pocket Cinema Camera offers users a next step into the pro video world, along with pro video challenges.

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21:58
Apple Watch Prelude

I realize there’s little point to further Apple Watch speculation at this point — in two days, we’ll know most of the answers. But there is one good reason for last-minute speculation: this is fun. Apple tends to be such a predictable company that we often know the basic gist of what to expect before one of their media events. Not this time. The many unknowns surrounding the watch are what makes it so fun to ponder prior to next week’s event. So let’s have some fun.

First, there’s this. The same day I published my piece on Apple Watch pricing, MacRumors forum member “pgiguere1” created a graphic with possible prices, posting it with the comment:

I made this speculative price list based in large part on Gruber’s
speculation:

The graphic is a pastiche of genuine Apple marketing material. A trained eye can easily tell it’s not from Apple — the typefaces are ones...

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19:46
Inside Greater China: An exclusive look at Apple Inc...

Apple has singled out Greater China--including mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan--as a primary growth center. AppleInsider took a trip to learn more, starting with a week exploring Taiwan followed by a week in Hong Kong.

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14:00
Spring Forward: Reminders for tonight ... and Monday

Just a reminder for our US readers - be sure to set your clocks ahead one hour tonight, as we're finally going into Daylight Saving Time. Everything changes at 2 AM tomorrow morning, so just get those non-Apple clocks set one hour ahead before you go to sleep tonight, and hopefully your Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch will all handle the change automatically for you... hopefully.

And there's another Spring Forward to think about for Monday; the Apple "Spring Forward" event that will begin at 10AM PT/1PM ET. As the logo above notes, you can watch the event live on Apple's stream of the event. We'd also like to invite you to bookmark this page for our liveblog of the event, featuring everybody's favorite liveblogger extraordinaire, Erica Sadun!

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11:30
Backerjack Podcast episode 9: Time and some other...

This week on the Backerjack Podcast, Ross Rubin and I sit down for a talk about quite a few things, including a lot of projects with four-letter names: Time (well, it is the Pebble Time, but bear with me...), Keys, Podo, Fogo. There's also a quick chat about Sesame and Reserve Strap. What are all of these crowdfunded projects?

  • The Sesame lock is an easy-to-install way to retrofit an existing deadbolt lock and replace your keys with your iPhone
  • Keys, a MIDI keyboard with LED-illuminated keys, gesture control, and even the ability to magnetically attach to other Keys. The keyboard will have support on over 150 apps at launch
  • ...
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10:00
iOS 8 How-to: Use Siri to return a lost iPhone to...

What happens if you are out and about and happen to find an iPhone? You happen to be a good person and want to return the iPhone to the original owner, but the phone is locked with a passcode. You might think you are stuck, but actually you can use Siri to find out who owns the device.

Tap and hold the home button to activate Siri. You can say “Who owns this phone,” “Who’s phone is this,” “Who does this iPhone belong to,” or “Who does this phone belong to.” Siri will then respond and display the information of the device’s owner.


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08:00
Caturday: Monkey misses the CRTs

Monkey enjoying a snooze in the sun... Photo by Cookie Bonanza

Cats of the past had some advantages over the new generation. For example, they could lay on top of hot CRT monitors and soak up a lot of the wasted energy. Sadly, the move to flatscreen displays made it hard for felines to lay on top of monitors and stay warm. Says owner Cookie Bonanza:

“It’s Caturday today, and here’s a pic of my cat, Monkey. He got into the habit of sleeping on my monitors back when I had a pair of CRTs, and his shedding messed with their cooling so I built a platform for him that rested on top of one of them. When they were replaced with a pair of sweet Apple 30” flatscreen monitors, there was nowhere for him to sleep anymore. Trouble ensued, until I built another platform behind the monitors for him. Here he is after a hard day of napping, judging my browsing habits.”

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08:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Tough protection from Targus...

Tough protection from Targus, Brenthaven, and Ballistic

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases includes a variety of rugged cases and basic designs—plus, a case with a built-in keyboard for those of you who prefer tactile typing.

Ballistic

The Tough Jacket (iPad Air 2; $70) lives up to its name, with three layers of shock-resistent material designed to keep your iPad safe from almost anything.

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06:00
Get Ready - It's About to Be Apple Watch All...


The Apple Watch, which represents Apple's first major new device category in more than four years, is about to be unleashed upon the world -- no doubt shortly after Apple reveals pricing and availability details at its special media event Monday. Careful what you wish for. While Apple enthusiasts like myself -- and even far more rabid fans -- have been pining for new products, Apple naysayers have been gleefully dissing Apple for not jumping into a major new device category.

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00:56
Review: Outdoor Tech Chips helmet headphones, a Siri...

Skiers and snowboarders looking to listen to music and stay connected while on the mountain should check out the Chips Bluetooth headphones from Outdoor Tech, a well-designed and simple solution for adding wireless connectivity to your helmet.

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Friday March 6

22:30
Apple's Eddy Cue explains Apple Pay on Apple...

Oracle Arena, home of the Golden State Warriors, became the second NBA venue to adopt Apple Pay on Friday, and Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue was on hand to explain how the service will work with Apple Watch.

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22:22
Eddy Cue debuts Apple Pay at Oracle Arena in Oakland...

Eddy Cue took some time today to show off Apple Pay at Oracle Arena in Oakland and oversee the rollout of the payment system at the stadium. Cue showed up to the event wearing a stainless steel model of the Apple Watch and provided some more details on how Apple Pay will work with it.

The executive explained that transactions made using the wearable device won’t require Touch ID or PIN code authorization, as long as the watch is unlocked and near its paired iPhone. The phone unlocks the watch, so there’s no need to confirm your identity again. To trigger the Apple Pay transaction, you just needs to double tap the button on the side of the device.

Cue also reiterated the ...

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22:00
Banks reportedly clamp down on Apple Pay card...

Banks are instituting more stringent credit and debit card authorization policies for Apple Pay users after criminals took advantage of previously lax security protocols to provision new accounts using stolen card data.

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18:30
Daily Deals for March 6, 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.

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17:30
Game developers seek Apple Watch event spotlight as...

Hundreds of iOS developers have been working with Apple in secret Cupertino-based sessions on apps for the Apple Watch, and now we’ve learned that this list includes game developers. According to two sources, multiple “mass market, casual” game developers have been in the running to show off light games on stage during Monday’s “Spring Forward” event in San Francisco. While Apple could end up not showcasing games next week, we’re still told that they are championing the idea of light weight gaming on the Apple Watch. As one source said, “the iOS gaming ecosystem will be well represented on the Apple Watch despite [the simplicity] of the...

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17:30
Today in the App Store -- Breaking ~ News for iOS...

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 the now free Inspire — Paint, Draw & Sketch, new Breaking ~ News apps for the iPad, iPhone and Mac and a mission-filled update to Space Marshals. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

Apps Now Free

Inspire — Paint, Draw & Sketch [iPhone; Now free, down from $4.99] Inspire delivers an incredibly fast and realistic painting, drawing and sketching experience that you can take with you wherever you go and use whenever inspiration strikes.

Monkey Flight 2 [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] Your favorite monkeys are BACK!...

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15:25
Apple Retail looks to get a better understanding of...

In order to further personalize the Apple Watch sales experience, Apple is positioning its retail employees to learn more about its customers in order to help them make an even better Apple Watch purchasing decision. Apple today sent a memo to retail employees that summarizes feedback from 16 retail store employees who helped show off the Watch during Paris Fashion Week at Parisian boutique Colette in September 2014. The most notable piece of advice:

 Helping customers buy a watch means you need to understand them more. You need to know about their life, their activities, and [needs]… Be prepared to ask permission to interact closely with people.

While this statement may seem like Apple wants its employees to get overly personal with...

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15:07
Apple Watch battery life reportedly 'much...

The Apple Watch's battery life should be significantly better in the shipping product than some early accounts suggested, one report says, while the device itself could fundamentally change the way users interact with their iPhones.

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14:58
Microsoft Releases Public Preview of Office 2016 for...

Long-suffering Office for Mac users finally have an updated version of the productivity suite, if only in preview form. Even so, the software achieves visual and functional parity with versions on iOS, Android, and Windows.

 

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14:45
AWT News Update: March 6, 2015

It's Friday! Here's what's on the AWT News Update podcast: 

  • There's no denying it - you can't get away from Apple Watch news! Like Harry in the GIF above, it's enough to make you shout "SHUT UP!"
  • Matt Panzarino at TechCrunch reports that the main advantage of the Apple Watch is how it makes you use your iPhone less during a typical day
  • Rumors about an iPad mini update are making the rounds

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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14:24
UBS predicts Apple will sell massive 58M iPhones in...

Demand for the iPhone 6 continues to outstrip Apple's ability to keep up with supply, as a new survey from UBS has led the investment firm to increase its projected sales for the March quarter to a whopping 58 million units.

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13:59
Apple's 'iPad in Education' program...

Apple is working on "significant" evolutions to the iPad in Education program that should solve some of the barriers schools encounter when trying to deploy iPads in the classroom, according to a new report.

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13:33
Apple Watch pricing, availability, surprises &...

Apple’s “Spring Forward” event is scheduled for Monday, March 9th and we’re already getting prepared to bring you live coverage and last minute leaks leading up to the event. What can you expect at the event? Below we’ve put together our list of likely announcements including some unannounced Apple Watch features and possible surprises…

Watch Pricing & Availability |

Get your credit cards ready, Apple will likely give us more on pricing and availability for the Apple Watch and could even give details on preorders.

The biggest question on everyone’s mind: How much will the 18k gold Apple Watch Edition cost? We know the Apple Watch lineup will start at $349, and most expect that represents pricing for the Sport model, but otherwise we’ve yet to get...

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13:18
Precision Laser Weapon Scorches Mile-Away Truck...


Lockheed Martin this week conducted a test of its ATHENA laser system. The successful demonstration attests to just how far directed energy weapons technology has come. Boring clean through the engine of a truck mounted on a platform more than a mile away, ATHENA decommissioned the running vehicle in a matter of seconds. The technology is now ready for wider adoption, according to Lockheed Martin. The test moved ATHENA a step closer to implementation in the weapons arrays of attack helicopters, jets, ships and trucks.

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13:06
Apple planning iPad in education improvements,...

Update: Here’s the full letter, which we received following the original report and confirmed is legit. It appears to be an email sent out to Apple’s education partners:

In iPad one-to-one environments, schools are seeing more engaged students, better attendance, and higher test results. You can see this happening in districts and schools like Prince George’s County, and Essa Academy.

We understand that some schools are not able to give every student an iPad and are sharing devices across classes and students. We want to make learning with a shared iPad a great experience for these students as well as their teachers and administrators.  We are already at work on significant changes to App distribution, Apple ID, and Apple Deployment Programs that we are planning to deliver next year to make using iPad in the classroom even better.

To simplify large deployments, including one-to-one and shared use,...

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12:57
Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper film 'Serena...

Serena, a Susanne Bier movie starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, is now available for rent on the iTunes Store and Google Play -- three weeks before the film is due to arrive in US theaters.

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12:19
External Link: Apple to Replace AT&T in the Dow...

After 18 March 2015, Apple will officially replace AT&T on the Dow Jones Industrial Average. While it’s a prestigious position for Apple, the Dow, which indexes only 30 companies, is an inferior stock index compared to the S&P 500, which indexes 500, or the Russell 3000, which indexes 3,000.

 

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12:16
Make Site-Specific Browsers with Google Chrome

Want to open your favorite Web apps faster? Adam Engst shares the best way to turn a Web app into a native Mac app via a hidden feature in Google Chrome.

 

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12:16
External Link: Another Reason to Not Install Java

Installing Java on your Mac is ill-advised, since it can lead to many security headaches. But now Oracle has made Java an even worse proposition by bundling the Ask Search Extension with the Java installer. The Ask extension, long bundled in the Java installer for Windows, is considered adware and should be avoided.

 

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12:00
The Week in iOS Apps: MLB and PGA update apps for...

MLB and PGA update apps for sports lovers

This week’s roundup features updated apps from MLB and the PGA—but we also have offerings for productivity, video-making, and weather forecasting.

CalPal

Version 3.0 of CalPal, the free “smart scheduler” for iPhone, introduces a total redesign of its user interface, including the addition of a new “block-based” calendar view to its original list view—and, developers promise, a seamless transition between the two. The chat feature (which lets you converse with collaborators inside a calendar item) has also been overhauled. The app synchronizes with other calendar programs that are compatible with your iPhone, including Google, Exchange, iCloud, and Facebook Events.

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12:00
Fraud comes to headlines about Apple Pay

I am a cynical, grizzled veteran of the technology wars. I implemented my first payment system in 1995, and just a few weeks ago was programming in PHP to handle refunds through the online payment processor Stripe’s excellent interface.

But when I saw the variants on the headline, “Fraud Comes to Apple Pay,” I figured what was stated wasn’t true. Apple retains so very little information about credit cards registered to a phone, and tucks it away so securely, that this scenario seemed exceedingly unlikely.

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12:00
Reader poll: What do you think the Apple Watch...

image from Apple.com

I love the guys over at The Loop, and Dave Mark has set up a bet with longtime writer/blogger Kirk McElhearn concerning the pricing of the Apple Watch Edition. That's the version of the Watch that has a gold case. At this point, Kirk's guess is that since "this is not a luxury watch; this is a smartwatch with a gold case" the price for the base model Apple Watch Edition will be $1,999. Dave Mark, on the other hand, uses the price/cost ratio of the iPhone 6 (the ratio of the price of the device to how much it costs to manufacture)...

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11:40
Sources offer hands-on Apple Watch details: battery...

Just ahead of the finalized Apple Watch’s presentation at Apple’s March 9th “Spring Forward” event, sources with hands-on Apple Watch experience have revealed a collection of new details about the device’s features to 9to5Mac. Our sources have offered new information on the Watch’s real-world battery life, health and fitness features, apps, and experiences using Apple’s next-generation touchscreen hardware…

Power Reserve Mode and Battery Life

The Apple Watch’s battery life has concerned many prospective customers, as Apple said only that the Watch will need to be charged nightly. Earlier this year, we...

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11:33
Amazon Game Studios announces plans to bring four...

Amazon Game Studios has revealed plans to publish four more games for iOS, including two new titles -- Lost Within and Til Morning's Light -- along with two older ones, To-Fu Fury and Tales From Deep Space.

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11:16
Apple asks some Apple Watch developers to hold...

Apple has asked developers who attended secretive Apple Watch app development workshops in Cupertino across January and February to hold off on announcing their applications, according to multiple high-profile developers. These people say that Apple has asked developers to not provide in-depth details, revealing screenshots and videos, or launch information about their applications until after the event at the very least. In some cases, Apple has even asked developers to wait until late March or early April to announce their applications…

Apple asking developers to hold off on their announcements...

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11:16
Apple reportedly invests in new $1.4 billion Japan...

Reuters reports that Japan Display Inc, an Apple parts supplier, just announced plans to build a new $1.4 billion LCD plant that will reportedly help it become a primary supplier of smartphone displays to Apple.

The report also claims that Apple has invested in the plant, but didn’t disclose any financial details related to the investment:

The company did not name Apple, in line with its policy of not identifying clients. A person familiar with the matter said Apple would also invest an unspecified amount in the plant, which would further the Japanese screen maker’s aim of becoming the primary supplier of high-tech screens for iPhones.

The news follows reports last month that Apple was considering such an investment in the new...

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11:02
Windows Caught in Path of FREAK Security Storm


Microsoft on Thursday issued a security advisory acknowledging a vulnerability in all versions of Windows that could allow FREAK exploits. Windows systems previously were thought to be immune to FREAK attacks. "The vulnerability could allow an attacker to force the downgrading of the cipher suites used in an SSL/TLS connection on a Windows client system," the advisory reads. Apparently at the root of the problem are flaws the United States National Security Agency browbeat cryptographers into introducing in security algorithms.

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11:00
Reserve Strap: The $250 battery strap for your $350...

Although Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly told Apple Store employees in Berlin that his Apple Watch could make it through a day with a charge, the developers of Reserve Strap aren't taking any chances. They think that the battery life of the first-generation Apple Watch will be unacceptable to most buyers, so they're now taking pre-orders for their $250 product -- an external battery pack in a wristwatch band.

As you see in the video above, the idea is actually quite smart -- it takes the inductive charging capabilities of the Apple Watch charger and builds it into a strap along with a battery pack that will allegedly give the Watch an extra day or so of power.

The project isn't being Kickstarted; rather, the Reserve Strap team is hoping that enough people will pony up $250 in pre-orders to fund development. They provide a nice caveat on the pre-order...

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10:47
What to expect at Apple's 'Spring Forward...

Apple's executive team is set to take the stage next week for the first time this year, with the spotlight shining squarely on the hotly-anticipated Apple Watch. AppleInsider takes a look at what we're likely to hear from Tim Cook & Co. on Monday.

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10:30
You Should Play: Rob your friends and protect your...

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

Robin Hood was all about robbing the rich to give to the poor—a noble cause, obviously. But in King of Thieves, your goal is much more barbarous: Rob from your friends to give to yourself. King of Thieves is all about rising to the very top, which makes Robin Hood look like some middling prince (with apologies to Robin Hood, of course).

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10:02
9to5Toys Last Call: Sky Gamblers for iOS free,...

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.

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10:00
Jennifer Lawrence’s film ‘Serena’ hits iTunes 3...

Apple today has listed Jennifer Lawrence’s upcoming film ‘Serena’ on the iTunes Store. The film is not slated to hit theaters in the United States until March 27th, but eager Lawrence fans can rent it on iTunes now for $9.99 in HD. The film also went up on Google Play this morning.

‘Serena’ stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper as the lead couple. The film is set in North Carolina during the Great Depression and focuses on making it through the time period while fighting “blackmail, jealousy, and murder.”

$9.99 is certainly steep for a digital movie rental, but keep...

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09:44
Oracle extends its adware bundling to include Java...

ZDNet:

For years, Oracle has tormented Windows users by bundling adware with its Java installer for Windows PCs. Now Oracle has begun including the same adware as part of a default installation of Java for the Mac, using the same deceptive techniques.

More sleazy business practices for you and yours to be made aware of. Thanks to Rob Griffiths for the heads up.

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09:33
∞ The Apple Watch bet

The terms of the bet? Kirk wins if the price of the highest end Apple Watch Edition is US$2500 or less. One penny more than that and I win.

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09:30
Apple joining the Dow Jones Industrial Average on...

CNBC is reporting that Apple will become part of the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) beginning at the opening of trading on March 19, 2015. The company will be replacing AT&T in the group of companies that make up the DJIA.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is the bellwether of how the American economy is doing, at least in terms of corporate share value. The index is determined by looking at how the share price of 30 companies -- referred to as the "Dow 30" -- did during a particular trading session.

While Apple, which is the most valuable public traded company in the world, seems like it would have been a natural to join this group, it wasn't until the company split its stock 7-to-1 last year that it was first considered. The company would have had way too much weigh in the average, with even slight price swings producing a correspondingly large jump in the Dow. Because of the stock split and an...

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09:28
Is Apple’s real watch innovation a gold case that’s...

There’s a long piece over at the Financial Times today about Jony Ive and Apple’s watch plans. The author, Nick Foulkes, is obviously not a techie, but he does know a thing or two about watches, and the article is worth a read if you have a horological bent.

The article does contain some interesting tech tidbits, too. For example, Foulkes tells us that “Ive explains how the molecules in Apple gold are closer together, making it twice as hard as standard gold.” This claim was greeted in the office by more than a little bemusement. Gold is a metal! Has Apple finally left a reality-based existence behind it?

Perhaps the company is not entirely crazy, though. In June 2014, Apple...

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09:23
Rumor: Apple may soon update iPad mini with A8 CPU,...

With last year's iPad mini 3 upgrade largely viewed as a disappointment, sporting the same processor and form factor as its predecessor, a new report says Apple may be looking to soon rectify that with a fourth-generation model featuring upgraded internal specifications.

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09:15
Apple’s Gatekeeper leaves hole open for malware and...

The Mac Observer:

For the purposes of Gatekeeper, Apple verifies the identity of the developer, but not their intent. It’s up to you to ensure that the applications you install and run on your Mac come from the people you think they came from, and we’ll show you how to do that.

The key words are, “it’s up to you” to not let your guard down and to always be aware of what you are downloading and installing. Apple is doing their part and it’s up to the user to do theirs.

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09:10
Apple to join Dow Jones Industrial Average

CNN:

Apple will replace AT&T in the Dow — an exclusive club of 30 stocks that also includes tech giants Microsoft, Intel, and Cisco as well as brand-name consumer firms Walmart, Coca-Cola, and Disney.

“As the largest corporation in the world and a leader in technology. Apple is the clear choice for the Dow Jones Industrial Average,” said David Blitzer, managing director and chairman of the index committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices, in a statement.

Apple will enter the Dow at the close of trading on March 18.

As tha article says, this is mostly symbolic but, for a company on the edge of bankruptcy less than 20 years ago, it’s a remarkable journey.

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09:05
Rumor: AppleCare now offering support for Beats...

As of Thursday, AppleCare has begun providing support for Beats Music customers as well as accepting Apple Pay for payment. Prior to this, support for Beats’ customers went through an alternate service. According to sources, AppleCare staff are now taking Apple Pay as a form of compensation.

Support for the Beats music products has been slowly integrated into Apple’s system since the company’s purchase of Beats Electronics and Beats Music for US$3 billion in 2014.

As for Apple Pay, the change is part of a new initiative to encourage businesses to accept Apple Pay and expand the locations where the iPhone and Apple Watch...

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08:58
Installing Java on a Mac? Beware the now-bundled Ask...

Java’s shady bundled adware is no longer a Windows exclusive, as Oracle has started sneaking the Ask.com toolbar into the Mac version.

Similar to the Windows version, Java for OS X now attempts to install the Ask toolbar during the setup process, and also tries to set Ask.com as the default browser homepage. ZDNet’s Ed Bott first reported on the adware, noting that Oracle added it to Mac installations sometime over the last month.

To avoid the adware entirely, users must hit “Cancel” when the “Install the Search App by Ask” prompt appears. This is counter-intuitive, because all other steps of the setup process require users to click “Next” to advance. In this case, clicking “Next” installs the toolbar, even when the “Set Ask.com as my browser homepage” box is unchecked.

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Are You ready to rumble? The official WWE WrestleMania app, by World Wrestling Entertainment, is now available. Now you can get all your WrestleMania info in one place before anyone else. The app offers details on superstar signings, interactive... | Read more »
Bio Inc's New Expansion is Infectin...
Bio Inc., by DryGin Studios, is the real time strategy game where you infect a human body with the worst virus your evil brain can design. Recently, the game was updated to add a whole lot of new features. Now you can play the new “Lethal”... | Read more »
The Monocular Minion is Here! Despicable...
Despicable Me: Minion Rush, by Gameloft, is introducing a new runner to the mix in their latest update. Now you can play as Carl, the prankster minion. Carl has a few new abilities to play with, including running at a higher speed from the start.... | Read more »
Dungeon of Madness (Games)
Dungeon of Madness 1.0.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes) Description: Dungeon of Madness is an action game where you rotate tiles to create our own route. Help the hero by connecting the... | Read more »
Filters for iPhone (Photography)
Filters for iPhone 1.0 Device: iOS iPhone Category: Photography Price: $.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: | Read more »
Jump'N'Shoot Attack (Games)
Jump'N'Shoot Attack 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: A mobile game for gamers! Join Louise Lightfoot, the legendary "Master of Jumping and Shooting", on her mission to save... | Read more »
Space Bounties Inc. (Games)
Space Bounties Inc. 1.4 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.4 (iTunes) Description: SuperGameDroid: 4/5 "Satisfying futuristic RPG combat, high replay value, and a heavy dose of nostalgia make Space... | Read more »

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iMacs on sale for up to $205 off MSRP
B&H Photo has 21″ and 27″ iMacs on sale for up to $205 off MSRP including free shipping plus NY sales tax only: - 21″ 1.4GHz iMac: $1019 $80 off - 21″ 2.7GHz iMac: $1189 $110 off - 21″ 2.9GHz... Read more
Färbe Technik Offers iPhone Battery Charge LI...
Färbe Technik, which manufactures and markets of mobile accessories for Apple, Blackberry and Samsung mobile devices, is offering tips on how to keep your iPhone charged while in the field: •... Read more
Electronic Recyclers International CEO Urges...
Citing a recent story on CNBC about concerns some security professionals have about the forthcoming Apple Watch, John Shegerian, Chairman and CEO of Electronic Recyclers International (ERI), the... Read more
Save up to $380 with Apple refurbished iMacs
The Apple Store has Apple Certified Refurbished iMacs available for up to $380 off the cost of new models. Apple’s one-year warranty is standard, and shipping is free: - 27″ 3.5GHz 5K iMac – $2119 $... Read more
Logitech Says MX Master Is Its Most Advanced...
Logitech’s new MX Master Wireless Mouse incorporates the best of Logitech’s many computer mouse innovations into a striking hand-sculpted design. The company claims that the MX Master creates a new... Read more
Save up to $300 on a new Mac, $30 on an iPad,...
Purchase a new Mac or iPad at The Apple Store for Education and take up to $300 off MSRP. All teachers, students, and staff of any educational institution qualify for the discount. Shipping is free,... Read more
Apple refurbished 2014 MacBook Airs available...
The Apple Store lowered prices on Apple Certified Refurbished 2014 MacBook Airs recently, with models now available starting at $679. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each MacBook, and... Read more
Mac Notebook Evolution; A Desktop Replacement...
More often than not right from the beginning, Apple’s Macs have tended to skew toward small. The original Macs were called “compacts,”, and notwithstanding a few exceptions like the honking Big Mac... Read more
13-inch 1.4GHz/128GB MacBook Air (Apple refur...
The Apple Store has Apple Certified Refurbished 2014 13″ 1.4GHz/128GB MacBook Airs available for $759 including free shipping plus Apple’s standard one-year warranty. Their price is $240 off original... Read more
YEP! Alternative Browser for iOS Now Supports...
Pfaeffikon, Switzerland based Power App AG has announced the release of an update to their Yep! Web Browser (v1.3.0) for iOS8 iPhone and iPad. Yep! hit the App Store shortly after the release of iOS... Read more

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Lead *Apple* Solutions Consultant - Retail...
**Job Summary** Job Summary The Lead ASC is an Apple employee who serves as the Apple business manager and influencer in a hyper-business critical Reseller's store Read more
*Apple* Pay - Site Reliability Engineer - Ap...
**Job Summary** Imagine what you could do here. At Apple , great ideas have a way of becoming great products, services, and customer experiences very quickly. Bring Read more
*Apple* Solutions Consultant - Retail Sales...
**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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