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Thursday March 26

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

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

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

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06:15
How to get hired

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

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06:11
Apple Watch gets 2-page spread in Fitness First...

Days after its Down Under debut, the Apple Watch has been featured in Australian exercise magazine Fitness First with a two-page spread that extolls the new wearable's virtues for fitness aficionados.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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05:58
Apple plans China iPhone trade-in program

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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05:00
Bodacious Bodhi Broadens Linux Desktop


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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03:49
Choosing the right launcher for your Mac

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday March 25

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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20:17
Apple acquires big data analytics firm Acunu

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

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

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

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

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17:39
Top 3 biggest Facebook changes from F8

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

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today's notable apps include a discount on 2K games, the new The Trace: Murder Mystery Game game and an update to Everyday. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

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

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

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

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

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

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

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16:21
Censoring for Apple

Marco Arment:

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

Agreed.

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

This has been my experience as well.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AWT's Daily Deals

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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14:30
The H-Word

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

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

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

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

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14:30
AWT News Update: March 25, 2015

IMAGE VIA NHK TV

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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13:37
Everything Facebook announced at F8

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

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13:34
What's in an Apple Name?


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

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

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

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

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

iPhoto does not recognize a camera connected to the computer.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Show notes

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13:10
iMac (Late 2006): External Ports and Connectors (...

In this article we'll describe the external ports and connectors on the iMac (Late 2006) model of computers:

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201758

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13:09
iDVD: Setting Encoding preferences (Apple KB)

The Encoding settings and DVD Type setting in iDVD Preferences > Projects sets the default setting for new projects. It does not alter the current project you are editing, or projects you may have previously created.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201606

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13:08
Apple TV gains CNNgo channel for viewing live and on...

Just a day after the last Apple TV channel refresh, CNNgo has added more news content to the set-top box lineup. The new channel appears to require an active cable subscription to view live content, but on demand news content is available without authenticating a subscription. This marks the first time content from CNN has been available on the Apple TV.

CNNgo joins ABC News, Bloomberg TV, CBS News, CNBC, PBS, Sky News, and WSJ Live in providing news content on the Apple TV in the United States.

The channel is organized by the Featured front page, Live TV for cable subscribers, Shows for seeing everything CNN offers, and Must See for viewing news by categories like politics and entertainment as well as top news and many other sections.

The Live section of CNNgo also includes a multi-hour schedule of...

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13:06
Aperture: Working with stacks (Apple KB)

During a typical photo shoot, you may capture multiple images that are very similar to each other. For example, you might have five almost identical headshots or two similar cake-cutting images. You know you'll only use one of them, but you keep the others around just in case you change your mind.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201807

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12:55
Apple Stores will cater to Apple Watch Edition...

Starting April 10, standard appointments for sampling Apple Watch will run 15 minutes, but shoppers interested in the $10,000-and-up Apple Watch Edition will get a half-hour to see how it looks and fits.

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12:46
Facebook turns Messenger into a shopping platform...

Facebook’s mission of connecting the world is really about connecting everyone to Facebook, even when you’re not actually using the network. At the company’s annual F8 conference for app developers, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg introduced new tools that will bring the apps you use, the news articles you read, and even your clothing purchases directly into Facebook.

Messenger as a platform

A key piece of Facebook’s efforts is Messenger, the stand-alone messaging app that now has more than 600 million monthly active users. The company’s new Messenger Platform lets you install and use third-party apps directly inside Messenger. When a text, photo, video, or sticker just won’t do, you can now bring apps like Giphy, JibJab, Ditty, and Magisto Shot into Messenger to send song clips, GIFs,...

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12:30
Social Prenup: They get your consent or you take...

Social media and smartphones have made relationships somewhat complex these days. No longer can you just go out on a date with someone; now you'll most likely take a selfie or two of yourself and your squeeze-du-jour, and if things get a little frisky, you might take some photos for "private sharing." Of course, when you break up you just hope that that other person doesn't use those intimate photos and videos for nefarious purposes. Having a little "legal insurance" to protect yourself is the idea behind Social Prenup, a new app that's the brainstorm of a guy named Jason Partovi who enlisted the help of a group of lawyers to make sure the app was legally binding.

The idea is that you make a legally binding agreement with that other party with Social Prenup before you start snapping photos or shooting video. Once the agreement is signed digitally, you or the other...

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12:18
Facebook announces Messenger API, spherical videos...

Facebook on Wednesday made a series of announcements at its F8 Developer Conference in San Francisco, revealing plans to make Messenger a platform, and improve other aspects of its social network with functions like Share Sheets, spherical videos, and an embeddable video player.

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12:03
If you can't back up or restore your Mac using...

Check these things if you see an alert that Time Machine is unable to back up your data, or if you can't select your backup disk in Time Machine preferences.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204157

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11:42
External Link: Pixar Releases Renderman Free for Non...

Pixar has released its Renderman command-line 3D-rendering tool for free, given that you use it for non-commercial purposes. Note that it’s not a standalone tool, but requires Autodesk’s Maya or The Foundry’s Katana to create the actual 3D models. But this should excite any student of the 3D arts, as Renderman was used to create visual effects for The Lord of the Rings series, the Star Wars prequels, Titanic, and of course, Pixar’s own animated films.

 

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11:25
Happy Hour Podcast 007 | New Apple TV hardware on...

There’s new Apple TV hardware right around the corner and Apple might have plans to launch a new Web TV subscription service later this year, but will it allow you to finally cut the cord with cable companies? We’ll get into that and also discuss new details on the retail plans for Apple Watch and what what you should expect in stores on April 10. The Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and through our dedicated RSS feed…

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11:21
Review: Filters, a new photo editor for iPhone with...

Mike Rundle, an independent designer and developer, is today releasing Filters for iPhone ($0.99), a visual effects photo editor. Rundle’s integrated development workflow, both writing the code and designing the interface, shows through in his work. This is how Filters describes itself.

You don’t take photos with Filters. You transform them. Filters has over 800 ways to transform your photographs including fully adjustable authentic vintage film recreations, hand-painted textures, vibrant colored gel overlays, special multi-effect adjustments (Shine, Luna, Color Boost, Intimidate and Smart Fade) as well as standard image adjustment tools like brightness, contrast, color temperature, exposure and more. All features are included with nothing extra to purchase.

The app features over 800 different image effects presented with some of the best UI design I’ve seen. However there’s no getting away from the fact Filters...

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11:13
How-To: Decode Apple’s Tech Specs pages before...

Buying a Mac is designed to be easy. Apple has a handful of different models, each generally available in good, better, and best configurations. You’re supposed to start with the specific Mac model that fits your needs, pick a configuration that has the price and features you want, and walk away happy with your purchase. (Better yet, do your research online and save money after ordering from Amazon, or use the product guides off to the bottom right of this page.)

One thing Apple tends to downplay are tech specs — important numbers and acronyms that nonetheless confuse many people. Look carefully on Apple’s web site and you’ll find that there’s a Tech Specs page for every Mac Apple sells; they’re the keys to making an informed Mac purchase that will be right for your current and future needs. My latest How-To is here to walk you through each of Apple’s specs with...

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10:41
Facebook unveils platform to integrate third-party...


During its F8 Developer Conference today, Facebook announced a new Facebook Messenger Platform that will allow third-party apps to integrate with its popular Messenger app.

The platform will allow users to launch and install other apps from the Facebook Messenger app itself that add additional features to the experience and allow users to easily share directly from Messenger, as pictured in the screenshots...

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10:24
Yelp adds outdoor activities, florists, nightclubs...

Yelp this week introduced five new business categories users can transact with via its website and mobile apps, including outdoor activities, florists, nightclubs, spas and salons, and even legal advisors.

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09:31
UK government approves free iPad Air 2 for all 650...

The UK government has decided to equip all of its 650 members of parliament with an iPad Air 2, according to a report from The Telegraph citing an official announcement from the House of Commons Commission this week.

While some have been critical of the decision to lock into Apple’s ecosystem, it’s now official with all members set to receive a 16GB WiFi + Cellular iPad Air 2 at a cost of around £200,000 or almost $300,000 US a year:

“Our requirements are for a secure, SIM-enabled tablet with a good life expectancy and capable of supporting future upgrades. “The Apple iPad Air 2 meets these requirements and is competitively...

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09:12
Why Apple is banking on USB-C for its all-new 12-...

Apple recently made a splash by announcing a new 12-inch MacBook that features a single port for both power and data transfers: USB-C, a new connector spec that may sweep away not just USB 2.0, but also Thunderbolt -- and possibly even Apple's Lightning.

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09:11
9to5Toys Last Call: 49-inch LG 4K Smart UHDTV $660,...

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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09:02
PSA: Customers can start booking Apple Watch try-on...

While some had assumed that it would be possible to book an Apple Watch try-on appointment ahead of the April 10th Apple Store preview kickoff, several Apple employees have told 9to5Mac that the booking process will actually begin on the 10th — the same day appointments will commence. Customers will be able to book 15 minute appointments, which are not necessarily required, via the Apple website on a computer or via the Apple Store iOS app. Apple Store employees have been instructed to promote the Apple Store app during in-store purchases leading up to the 10th, which Apple hopes...

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09:02
Apple recycled water project for Cupertino &...

A $17.5 million project led and partly funded by Apple to increase the use of recycled water in Sunnyvale and Cupertino has been approved by city officials.

Mercury News reports that the Santa Clara Valley Water District has given the project the go ahead this week which will see the city of Sunnyvale, Apple and the California Water Service Company work together to lay 13,300 feet of pipeline to bring recycled water into Sunnyvale and Apple’s new campus in Cupertino:

Apple catalyzed talks among the various water stakeholders in the area, making plain its desire to use recycled water on its new campus, said Katherine Oven, deputy operating...

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09:00
Wearables Wednesday: The watch is the computer with...

It’s Wearables Wednesday here at Apple World Today, the day when I talk about the latest in the wearable technology -- regardless of whether or not it’s from Apple. Wearables are an emerging market, so we’ll look at both what comes out from Apple, what works with our Apple devices, and even keep an eye on the competition.

Today I’m focusing on a rather interesting crowdfunding campaign called Neptune Suite. There’s no compatibility with Apple at all — it’s an Android-based system. So what makes the Neptune Suite worth bringing up on an Apple-centric website?

It’s the design. The Apple Watch is clearly designed as an accessory to an iPhone, with the smartphone providing the bulk of the brains in the duo. Not so with the Neptune Suite; it all...

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08:51
Tests confirm 2015 MacBook Air can support 60Hz 4K...

Your brand new 2015 MacBook Air WILL be able to officially support external monitors with resolutions up to 2,560-pixels-by-1,600-pixels, tests have shown that the slim portable can actually drive an external 4K display at a full 60Hz.

The cool cats over at Ars Technica tested the early 2015 MacBook Air with a Dell P2415Q 24-inch 4K display and found that the Air correctly identified the attached monitor at 4K resolution, switching the user interface into HiDPI mode.

Subsequent refresh rate tests confirmed that it was running at 60Hz, and the publication said that interface components were “more than smooth enough for desktop use.” Problems cropped up when...

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08:30
Belgian IT firm lets you preview Apple Watch through...

This might be ridiculous.

Or it could be amazing.

A Belgian IT company called Underside is allowing you to try on the Apple Watch via augmented reality. Simply print a special wristband, attach it to your wrist like a watch, then point your phone at the paper watch, and through the magic of augmented reality, becomes an Apple Watch.

Tapping on the screen lets you cycle through different watch and band combinations.

You can get the app on the Underside web site.

Via YouTube and...

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08:21
Yet another outage hits Apple's App Store...

Apple's cloud-based woes continue to reappear, with a major outage hitting the App Store, iTunes Store and other digital storefronts on Wednesday, seemingly affecting users around the world and preventing them from searching for and downloading apps or other content [updated].

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07:38
Apple's early 2015 MacBook Air confirmed to...

While Apple says that its latest MacBook Air will officially support external monitors with resolutions up to 2,560-pixels-by-1,600-pixels, tests have shown that the slim portable can actually drive an external 4K display at a full 60Hz.

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06:33
Fantastical 2 for Mac is a full calendar replacement

Fantastical 2 for Mac (currently 10 dollars off at $39.99) is now available, and it embraces OS X Yosemite with a nice, warm hug. The software, which I first reviewed way back in 2011, has grown quite a bit in the last four years. Fantastical 2 includes a full calendar window, a detachable menu bar calendar, a Today widget for Notification Center and so much more. Fantastical has received steady attention and development, and it shows. Here's my look at this great calendar app for Mac.

Looks

Old (Left) and new (right). Larger month view, bolder colors, flat as a pancake

Right away, you'll notice the bold new color scheme. Its predecessor's dark background is gone, and the software's trademark red is nice and bright. Fantastical 2 has adopted Yosemite's "flat" aesthetic, giving it a modern, up...

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06:30
Apple's Japanese R&D facility confirmed for...

An Apple research and development facility promised by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been formally announced by the mayor of Yokohama, and is due to be completed sometime in 2016.

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06:15
Apple Watch insight – look at your steering wheel

Nice analogy, likening the Apple Watch and iPhone relationship to the buttons on your steering wheel and the same controls in the dashboard.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:05
The shift-option-K Apple logo glyph is not cross...

Shift-Option-K produces an Apple symbol on an Apple product, but not on other platforms. This is not a good thing, it turns out.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:00
First look: Fantastical 2 for Mac brings advanced...

After launching a successful follow-up to popular calendar app Fantastical for iPhone and iPad, developer Flexibits returns its attention to Mac with Fantastical 2 for OS X, bringing a slew of new features like Today widgets and extensibility support.

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05:56
Get your Apple Pay glass and register decals here

I wonder how long this page will exist in its current form. As is, you can order an Apple Pay decal kit at no charge (not even a shipping fee).

How do they do it? Volume! [rim-shot]

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:28
Apple Watch at the Apple Store: Build trust, offer...

The Apple Watch is the first product I can think of that requires such a left-shift in thinking from Apple Store sales staff.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:15
Developers and the Fear of Apple

An anonymous reader writes: UI designer Eli Schiff has posted an article about the "climate of fear" surrounding Apple in the software development community. He points out how developers who express criticism in an informal setting often recant when their words are being recorded, and how even moderate public criticism is often prefaced by flattery and endorsements. Beyond that, the industry has learned that they can't rely on Apple's walled garden to make a profit. The opaque app review process, the race to the bottom on pricing, and Apple's resistance to curation of the App Store are driving "independent app developers into larger organizations and venture-backed startups." Apple is also known to cut contact with developers if they release for Android first. The "climate of fear" even affects journalists, who face not only stonewalling from Apple after negative reporting, but also a brigade of Apple fans and even other journalists trying to paint them as anti-Apple.

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05:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: Alternative energy for...

Alternative energy!

We’ve got two iPhone accessories this week that power up the phone through alternative means—one through hand-cranking, the other through solar. Also: A bunch of new Apple Watch gadgets to enjoy.

Calypso Crystal

The $69 CalypsoPad is a kind of slightly plush viewing stand for your iPhone 6; it’s made of soft Italian leather and embedded with magnets to hold your phone in place at a gentle viewing angle—and it also holds your charging cord in place for easy access to power.

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05:00
Over-the-Air Tinkering Keeps Tesla's Model S New


Tesla CEO Elon Musk last week said that the company's line of high-end electric cars will get some autonomous driving capabilities via an over-the-air software update this summer. The new features will let drivers give their vehicles control of certain tasks on major roads, possibly even highways. Other software updates for the Tesla S, including Range Assurance, Trip Planner and new safety functionality, already are rolling out. "Tesla is one of the only automotive OEMs that can offer this sort of update," said IHS Technology's Egil Juliussen.

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03:54
AAA road safety campaign shows real videos of...

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has put online video clips from real car crashes caused by 16-19 year old drivers using smartphones while driving. The videos, which show both the view through the windscreen and a view of the driver, are designed to make real the dangers of distracted driving.

None of the crashes featured in the above clip feature injuries, but almost 3,000 people a year are killed in crashes involving drivers in this age-range, the majority of them caused by the driver being “inattentive or engaged in some other non-driving-related activity.” A further 383,000 people a year are injured.

Researchers at the University of Iowa examined carcam footage from 1,691 crashes involving drivers aged 16-19 to determine the cause. Distracted driving was found to be the cause in 58% of crashes, with 12% of them due to using a phone while driving. For crashes involving the car leaving...

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03:01
Ode to the 12-inch PowerBook G4, Apple's first...

At its best, Apple has the ability to make stuff that reaches right around the rational, pragmatic part of your brain to grab your amygdala and squeeze it till the juice runs out. The 12-inch PowerBook G4 was such a machine. Hell, is such a machine.

It wasn’t a machine without compromise, as our review at the time made clear, but it felt like it was. Before it was announced in January 2003, anyone buying a laptop realistically had to decide between capability and portability, but with the 12-inch PowerBook G4, you felt for the first time like you could have both: a powerful machine easily able to be your main Mac, in a tiny, chuck-it-in-a-bag frame. Although not directly comparable, the fact that the first 12-inch PowerBook G4 had an 867MHz processor while the entry-level Power Mac G4 announced at the same time seemed to be only slightly faster at 1GHz meant that...

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02:26
Manage Mount Volumes in Xsan 4

Forums: Troubleshooting

Hello everybody.
I have a question, maybe it's simple.

I actually have an Xsan 4 with a first Volume 1 created and regularly mounted on all my 8x clients connected.

Now i have to add a second volume with a new array, but some clients will have to mount only the first, some clients only the second, and some clients both volumes.

Now that the Xsan Admin is gone, how can i manage the mount of multiple volumes using the new profiler system?

Thank you very much for your time

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00:00
Here's another high-speed 3D printer that...

If Carbon3D's capability to print out objects 25 to 100 times faster than usual is the reason why you can't wait for it to come out, then you'll love this machine, as well. An Australian company has announced that it's also working on a super speedy ...

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Tuesday March 24

22:31
​Google's driverless car ideas include airbags...

Airbags on the inside, that's what cars typically have, protecting the driver from any incident that might knock them around inside a vehicle. But how about airbags on the outside, for the rest of us? Google's patented the idea for its driverless car...

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20:59
Super-precise artificial hand uses smart wires as...

As a rule, bionic hands are clunky contraptions made of motors, pneumatics and other machinery that just can't be as elegant as the real thing. Germany's Saarland University might just change that, however. Its researchers have developed an artificia...

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19:31
US broadband is getting faster but still lags behind...

It's been a good year for the internet in America. Not only did it receive much needed federal Net Neutrality protections, the average download speed increased by a solid 10 Mbps nationwide over the previous year. As of March 2015, the average downlo...

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19:07
Apple Campus 2 recycled water project set for final...

Apple, the Santa Clara Valley Water District, the city of Sunnyvale and the California Water Service Company may soon break ground on a joint $17.5 million project that will pipe recycled water into Cupertino and Apple's sprawling Campus 2 headquarters.

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18:36
FAA makes it faster and easier to secure permits for...

Even the FAA itself knows it needs to speed up its notoriously slow drone approval process. That's why it has debuted a new rule that will quickly grant permits to companies that promise to adhere to certain restrictions. All applicants whose drones ...

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18:18
UK Parliament approves $1.5M plan to supply members...

The UK's House of Commons has decided to give each member of parliament a copy of Apple's latest iPad Air 2, as well as a laptop, as part of a project that will cost taxpayers almost $1.49 million.

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17:57
Xbox One snags Epix streaming app

Epix is now on Xbox One. That sounds simple enough, but now try saying it five times in a row, as fast as you can. Yeah, that's what we thought. It might be difficult to say, but it's definitely true: Epix, the movie and TV streaming app from Paramou...

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17:28
Daily Roundup: Mars One criticism, paying bills with...

What's happening in the world of technology today? We interview Bas Lansdorp, the CEO of Mars One, and ask about recent criticism of his organization's project. In other news, you may soon be able to pay bills from inside Gmail and the White House sn...

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16:42
PDFpen and PDFpenPro 7.1

Adds advanced page numbering options and improvements to custom stamps. ($74.95/$124.95 new, free update, 52.4/53 MB)

 

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16:37
Apple is training its store staff to offer fashion...

Now that the Apple Watch is close to launch, Apple is getting its stores ready to sell the wearable -- and apparently, that involves turning its T-shirt-wearing staffers into fashion gurus. A 9to5Mac leak has revealed that the company is asking retai...

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16:13
Docker's No Flash in the Pan


Docker -- the open source application container technology that has drawn broad interest from the enterprise IT industry -- recently marked its second birthday since its launch in March 2013. Judging by its growth and traction thus far, and the example set by such open source projects as Linux, Hadoop, Android, OpenStack and Cloud Foundry, expect big things from this young open source software project and community. The Docker technology is being embraced by developers, prioritized by large enterprises, and questioned by central IT teams.

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16:00
Daily Deals for March 24, 2015, featuring...

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

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

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