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Wednesday April 9

17:09
Apple's 2014 iPads to sport Touch ID & TSMC...

Apple will reportedly introduce new iPad Airs and Retina iPad minis later this year that will feature the company's latest A8 mobile processor and new Touch ID sensor. Meanwhile, prices of older iPads are expected to inch downward while an effort to deliver a larger 12.9-inch entertainment tablet shapes up to drive growth next year.



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16:53
Apple reportedly plans high-res 5.5" iPhone 6,...

Apple will release two new iPhones this year, with an all-new redesigned 4.7-inch model and high-resolution "phablet" type 5.5-inch version poised to take the high-end smartphone world by storm this fall.



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16:46
Apple 'likely' to launch low-cost iMac...

Apple is reportedly gearing up to launch a new low-cost iMac as soon as this quarter, while a completely redesigned thinner and lighter 12-inch MacBook Air with Retina display is expected to launch before the end of the year.



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16:09
Apple to sell two sizes of iWatch with flexible...

With Apple expected to be fielding a smartwatch later this year, one analyst reveals new details about the long-awaited device, including biometrics, flexible AMOLED display with sapphire cover lens and NFC, among other features.



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16:05
IDC, Gartner: Mac and PC sales down in Q12014

Compounding the usual decline in Mac and Windows PC sales following the holiday quarter, analysts IDC and Gartner say that the continuing worldwide drop in PC sales is affecting the entire industry, Apple included. While the Mac actually managed a 30 percent year-over-year increase in the last quarter of 2013, predictions for its first calendar quarter show a drop varying from 3.8 percent (Gartner) to seven percent (IDC). The overall PC market in the US is continuing to suffer from anemic or flat growth....



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16:05
Apple confirms: Longtime iPhone software engineer...

Originally reported by 9to5Mac, Apple today confirmed that longtime software engineer Greg Christie will be leaving the company. At Apple, Christie served as the Director of Human Interface.

In a statement provided to Tim Bradshaw of the Financial...

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16:04
Apple reportedly planning massive Q3 rollout for...

 

KGI Research analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has released a timeline indicating that Apple is planning a massive rollout for multiple new products in Q3 2014. According to the Kuo, the only thing we can expect to see in the first half of the year is a small iMac update. Starting at the end of the third quarter and continuing into the beginning of the fourth, however, Apple will update most of its product lineup: iPad Air and mini, the Apple TV, and the MacBook family.

Two new products reportedly planned for this timeframe are the iWatch, which Kuo says will be...

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15:41
Shakeup Cements Jony Ive’s Control Over Apple’s...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has reportedly initiated another management shakeup at Apple in a change that will soon leave Sir Jony Ive firmly in charge of Apple's software design. Apple Human Interface Vice President Greg Christie is reportedly departing the company, and Sir Jony will completely subsume control over Apple's software design group.


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15:40
Apple searching for new ad agencies following court...

Ad Age reports that Apple is planning to hire as many as four new digital ad agencies. Evidence presented in the latest Samsung-Apple lawsuit earlier this week revealed that Phil Schiller, the Cupertino company’s SVP of marketing, was shaken up by Samsung’s recent ad campaign and furious with Media Arts Lab, Apple’s current advertising company...

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15:36
Apple to roll out glut of new products in Q3...

Apple is expected to start rolling out new products starting in the second quarter, says one informed analyst, including the much rumored iWatch, redesigned "iPhone 6," a 12-inch MacBook Air and a low-cost iMac.



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15:34
Apple confirms VP Greg Christie’s retirement

“Greg has been planning to retire later this year after nearly 20 years at Apple,” said a company spokesman. “He has made vital contributions to Apple products across the board, and built a world-class human interface team which has worked closely with Jony for many years.”

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:30
The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for April 9, 2014

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

You can listen to today's...

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15:15
Apple issues sixth OS X 10.9.3 Mavericks seed to...

Apple on Wednesday released to developers the latest version of its upcoming OS X maintenance update, asking beta testers to concentrate on graphics drivers, audio, Safari and iTunes contacts and calendar syncing over USB.



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15:03
Apple seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 build 13D38 to...

Approximately one week following the previous seed, Apple has provided developers with OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 build 13D38 to developers. The new version of OS X, which is yet to have an announced release date, will bring improved support for 4K monitors and syncing through iTunes. Thanks, D!

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15:00
Dropbox launches Carousel and expands Dropbox for...

Dropbox wants to be the go-to source for sharing videos and photos online, and their new app seeks to make that familiar task even easier. Today the company launched Carousel, a fast new photo and video sharing app that allows users to quickly sort...

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14:54
Apple considers 'dramatic' revamping of...

Apple is considering a major overhaul of the iTunes Music Store in light of iTunes Radio failing to slow the decline of music downloads, say anonymous executives allegedly familiar with the company's plans. One of the key features of iTunes Radio, from Apple's perspective, is the ease with which it lets people by music from the iTunes Store. Only about 1 to 2 percent of people are actually tapping the Buy button though, and overall music downloads have declined by more than 15 percent....



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14:30
WWSJD?

WWSJD? He probably would have parked in a handicapped spot. Spotted at Apple HQ.

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14:29
Sponsor: The Omni Group

This week it is my absolute pleasure to welcome The Omni Group as our sponsor. And not only is The Omni Group this week's sponsor here, they were also instrumental in helping to make Cirque du Mac 2014 happen. They deserve (and got!) a big round of applause just for that. But that's not all. The Omni Group has been making fantastic apps for decades, and their iOS and Mac apps are all best-in-class.


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14:15
OpenTV and Nagravision file patent lawsuit against...


Photo: mashable.com

Suing Apple seems to be the thing to do these days. While the company is locked into a furious, seemingly-unending battle with Samsung, another suit has been announced today by two Swiss sister companies called OpenTV and Nagravision.

According to a press release by the The Kudelski Group, the parent company of the two filing suit, OpenTV focuses on software that includes “advanced program guides, video-on-demand, personal video recording, interactive and addressable advertising and a variety of enhanced television applications,” while Nagravision “provides security and multiscreen user experience solutions for the monetization of digital media.”

While the five patents...

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14:13
Apple VP out after friction with Jony Ive

The design shakeup at Apple will result in Christie soon leaving the company, with all software designers now working directly under Ive with the rest of his industrial design team instead of within Federighi’s engineering group. Sources say that Christie’s upcoming departure is significant and stems from a falling out with Ive.

Greg Christie is an important figure at Apple and will certainly be a loss for the company, but it makes a lot of sense for all design teams to report to Jony Ive. The news would be much worse if it was Ive leaving.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:12
Slow writes to Xsan over AFP/SMB/NFs

Forums: Resharing

Hi

I have an odd situation and am hoping someone has come across this issue and can provide some help.

I have the following:

machine 1 = machine connected to FC sharing xsan volume video over AFP and SMB
machine 2 = machine mounting the AFP or SMB share from machine 1
test file = 120GB which is a .mxf file

scenario 1
If i setup the local drives of machine 1 as AFP shares and mount the share on machine 2 i can copy the test file from machine 1 (local HDD) to machine 2 (local HDD) within 10 minutes

scenario 2
If i mount the AFP share of ol01 on machine 2 and copy the test file from machine 1 (video) to machine 2 (local HDD) it copies within 10 minutes

scenario 3
If i setup the local drives of machine 1 as AFP shares and mount the share on machine 2 i can copy the test file from machine 2 (...

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14:09
What the Heartbleed bug really means to Mac and iOS...
14:04
Core iOS creator said to be leaving Apple after row...

Apple's Human Interface VP, Greg Christie, will soon leave the company following a conflict with design lead Jonathan Ive, sources say. Ive assumed control of both hardware and software interface design after iOS head Scott Forstall was forced out. Until this week, however, Christie was more directly responsible for Apple software design, and is credited not only with helping to invent the iOS interface -- including patented concepts like slide-to-unlock -- but influencing the direction of app design via his WWDC presentations....



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14:00
Micro Brings 3D Printing to the Mainstream


The Micro is the latest consumer-targeted 3D printer to generate buzz after flying past its $50,000 Kickstarter goal this week. It took only 11 minutes for the printer to reach its goal. As of mid-day Wednesday, the Micro had brought in more than $1.8 million from more than 6,400 backers. The Micro is the world's "first truly consumer 3D printer," its makers claim, in part because of its affordable price. Two hundred fifty Kickstarter backers were able to claim the Micro for $199, and another 500 pledged $249 or more to get their hands on one.

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13:59
Facebook killing off in-app messaging

Soon, you will have to download Facebook’s messaging app in order to chat with people using the service.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:55
TUAW TV Live: Spring Fever episode

Ahhh, spring is in the air. The birds are singing, the trees are budding, and a young man's fancy turns to thoughts of WWDC announcements. Well, it's probably a bit premature to start thinking about what might (or might not) be announced at this...

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13:43
Apple’s “Spaceship” Campus nearing construction...

As recent photos have shown, Apple may be close to breaking ground to begin construction of its new campus, slated to be finished sometime in 2o16. Apple Toolbox has been keeping an eye on site developments and has just released another batch of photos showing the current status of the new campus’ home. Photos taken nearly a month ago had shown that several building were still standing on the site. Now it appears that the area has finally been cleared and that it appears a number of heavy construction vehicles have arrived and are further preparing the area.

The site of Apple’s futuristic new space is being built...

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13:43
Mac sales slump in Q1 as PC market faces 8th...

Apple's share of the U.S. computer hardware market slipped during the first quarter of 2014, with both IDC and Gartner seeing a year-over-year decline in worldwide PC shipments as consumers trend toward mobile.



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13:39
US DoJ, SEC pens $108M settlement with HP over...

HP will dole out $108 million to settle claims by the US Department of Justice, and the Securities and Exchange Commission, alleging bribery and other crimes. The complaints centered around the company's business practices in Poland, Russia, and Mexico alleging that HP paid out over $500,000 in exchange for assistance winning contracts to supply governments with computer hardware and services....



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13:20
Facebook to pull messaging from main app

Facebook will soon be taking the messaging function out of its main mobile app, The Verge reports. The separate Facebook Messenger app will be required to chat; users who click the messages button in Facebook will be transferred to the Messenger app. Facebook is already notifying users in some…

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13:16
Briefly: Deframe video tool, Hyperbolic's Quick...

Einstein's legacy has announced the release of its updated video tool software, Deframe. Allowing users the ability to extract high-quality still images and video clips from their footage, Deframe v 1.5.1 includes a redesigned user interface, new slide show creation and the ability to share images via e-mail or social media platforms. Deframe operations have been consolidated into a singe window, providing a simplified interface for manipulating movies and extractions. Its slide show feature displays in a full screen mode, and can be navigated manually, or as a timed slide show. Available for...



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13:10
Minimal Sudoku

Minimal Sudoku is an easy to use, clutter-free classic sudoku game which is designed for iOS 7. It’s ad-free and offers different levels for everybody from casual gamers to addicted masters of sudoku.

I like minimal things. You can also purchase higher levels if you wish through an in-app purchase.

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13:10
MyTask: an iPhone 5/5s Case with Toolkit Trays

MyTask, launched on Kickstarter, is an iPhone 5/5s case that includes options for three different slide out trays: urban, bike and stash. The urban version, weighing just 65 grams, includes, for example, a pen, a touchscreen stylus, an 8 GB USB drive, a Phillips screwdriver, a Flathead screwdriver, a mirror and scissors to name a few. The bike version, weighing just 80 grams, includes box wrenches Allen wrenches, a pedal and axle wrench, three tube patches and more. A third option has a 3.5 mm deep accessory tray that allows you to stash your own stuff. The case adds only 6 mm to the iPhone's thickness.

Plus, all the items are TSA approved, so you can take this case on a flight. At the US$50 support level, backers get a choice of case color, red or black, and tray type. Time is running out for this fabulous Kickstarter project.

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13:09
MLB brings RBI Baseball back with iOS app, Cyber...

iPhone and iPad owners have new options for fun and communication after Major League Baseball released R.B.I. Baseball for Apple's mobile devices and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban brought his Snapchat-like test messaging service out of beta.



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13:08
Aviary upgrades iOS SDK with new UI features, new...

Aviary has launched a major update to its Photo Editor SDK for iOS, used by a number of photography-related apps. The SDK includes a new UI scheme, aligned with changes made in iOS 7. Developers can choose to customize the editor to suit their particular apps. Aviary has also improved the code's efficiency, for instance by shrinking the SDK, and boosting performance in finished apps through changes like 64-bit support....



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13:06
An iWatch as soon as this summer?

The latest rumors on Apple’s supposed entry into the wearables market suggests that the device may hits the shelves as early as this summer, sometime after WWDC. The report comes from the Economic Daily News out of China and is claiming that Taiwan’s Quanta Computer will be the exclusive manufacturer of the iWatch, initially producing sixty-five million of the devices. Apple is thought to be producing a chip specifically for the iWatch based on the same architecture as the A7 which currently runs the iPhone 5S, and will be produced by Samsung. As Cult of Mac points out, regardless of the heated battles between the two companies, Samsung is still the only place to go for high-output...

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13:00
Apple reportedly considering “dramatic overhaul” of...

Billboard has a report out today claiming Apple is considering “the most dramatic overhaul of its iTunes music store in more than a decade” due to lack of traction with its new iTunes Radio service launched in September of last year.

According to the report, which cites executives close to the project at Apple, some of things Apple is considering include new types of on-demand streaming services and “negotiating download sales windows that favor Apple.” It also mentioned the possibility of an iTunes store for Android devices, something the publication has reported previously. 

What direction Apple will take iTunes, however, is still reportedly up for...

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13:00
Dropbox bringing Mailbox email client to the Mac

Amid a slew of announcements today, Dropbox dropped one that’ll be of particular interest to Mac users: Mailbox, the acclaimed email client for iOS, is coming to the Mac. Mailbox for OS X is in public beta now; you can sign up at the Mailbox website.

The public beta isn’t surprising: It’s reminiscent of the way the developer originally rolled out the iOS version in early 2013. Then, you'd download the app, but you had to get on a waiting list to actually use it. (That waiting list went away a couple of months later.)

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13:00
Firefox OS is starting to look very, very familiar

I don't use the term "ripoff" lightly -- it's a mean, scathing word that suggests a lack of creativity and imagination -- but I can't come up with another way to describe the upcoming 2.0 update of Firefox OS. To say that the OS, which Mozilla is...

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12:57
Google patches Mail, Search, others for Heartbleed...

In the wake of the disclosure of the OpenSSL "Heartbleed" bug, search engine Google has patched its systems to counter the day-zero flaw. While nothing that Google Chrome and ChromeOS aren't affected, the search engine behemoth has fixed any issues with Search, Gmail, YouTube, Wallet, Play, Apps, and App Engine....



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12:43
Rumor: Apple UI chief Greg Christie set to leave...

Longtime Apple human interface director Greg Christie, who has been with the iPhone maker since 1996, is said to be planning an exit after his relationship with recently-elevated senior vice president of design Jony Ive allegedly turned sour.



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12:39
Dropbox Announces Carousel, More Mailbox, New...

Dropbox has been busy today, announcing an upgrade to its Camera Upload service and new versions of Mailbox, one for Android (out today) and one for Mac OS (in beta).


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12:30
Aviary updates iOS app, gives developers new tools

Aviary (free with in-app purchases) has always been an excellent iOS photo editor. On top of that, the company provides an SDK (software development kit) that allows other camera app creators to include the Aviary processing engine in their software....

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12:26
Apple considering ‘dramatic overhaul’ of iTunes...

Apple is now considering “the most dramatic overhaul of its iTunes music store in more than a decade,” Billboard reports. The internal debate has been prompted by iTunes Radio’s inability to cease the decline of music downloads. Apparently, only 1-2 percent of iTunes Radio listeners are clicking the buy…

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12:17
Dropbox: Carousel, Mailbox for iOS and Mac

Big day for Dropbox. Mailbox for iOS and Mac:

Mailbox for Mac has been another labor of love for our team. It’s the product of painstaking iteration (over, and over, and over) to build the lightest, fastest, most delightful desktop mail client ever. You can watch a demo of the app during the Dropbox keynote (available on the Dropbox blog later today), and sign up to get early access here. We’ve still got quite a bit of work to do, but we’ll be adding people to the beta as quickly as we can.

Carousel:

We’d like you to meet Carousel: a gallery for all the photos and videos from your life. It combines the photos in your Dropbox with the photos on your phone, and automatically backs up new ones as you take them. Carousel sorts all...

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12:06
Apple considering 'dramatic' overhaul of...

Facing significant declines in digital music sales, Apple is reportedly plotting a potential overhaul of its iTunes Music Store, in addition to considering new revenue opportunities through on-demand streaming and even allegedly an iTunes for Android.



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12:00
Apple Human Interface VP Greg Christie leaving...

Apple Human Interface Vice President Greg Christie’s clashes with Senior Vice President of Industrial Design Jony Ive have led to Christie’s imminent departure from the company, 9to5Mac reports. Ive will take control of the company’s software design group. Christie is an original iPhone designer who has led software design…

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12:00
Answering Google's most asked questions about...

One of the first places people go with their questions is Google, and as always, Apple is a hot topic. Brace yourselves: It's time to answer Google's most popular questions about Apple and its various products.

Why is Apple called Apple?...

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11:44
Jony Ive shakes up Apple’s software design group,...

Following friction between top Apple Human Interface Vice President Greg Christie and Senior Vice President Jony Ive, Apple’s hardware and software design is being dramatically shaken up, according to sources familiar with the matter. After adding human interface design direction to his responsibilities in 2012, Ive will soon completely subsume Apple’s software design group, wresting control away from long-time human interface design chief Christie, according to sources briefed on the matter. Previous to this shakeup, all Apple software design has been led by Christie, who has reported to Craig Federighi, and Ive has been attending interface design meetings and providing instruction…

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11:38
Dropbox bringing Mailbox to the Mac, launches new...

Popular file synchronization service Dropbox unveiled two new updates for the Apple ecosystem Wednesday, announcing that it would bring its Mailbox e-mail app from iOS to the Mac and showing off a new multimedia gallery app dubbed Carousel.



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11:30
Daily Deals for April 9, 2014, featuring the StackUp...

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

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11:28
Underwhelming start to iTunes Radio lights fire...
11:20
Dropbox launches new “Carousel” photo & video...

Dropbox is introducing its latest product today, a photo and video management app called Carousel that integrates many of the features from the photo storage service Snapjoy acquired by Dropbox back in 2012.

The company unveiled the app at an event today in San Francisco as a gallery to store and share all of your photos and videos. The app is built for quick and easy sharing of one or multiple photos to phone contacts or email addresses (even if the recipient doesn’t have a Dropbox account), allowing you to get around the upload limitations usually associated with sharing photos. With everything backed up in full resolution directly to Dropbox, it essentially becomes a standalone app to manage just photos and videos that you want to store in Dropbox.

With Dropbox, we built a home for your photos and videos but never gave you a great way to experience them. We’d like you to meet ...

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11:00
Apple’s damages case: Samsung should pay $2.2 billion

Damages experts from Apple laid out the specifics of their massive demands against Samsung in an ongoing patent trial yesterday in San Jose. Apple wants the jury to award it a total of $2.19 billion for Samsung's alleged infringement of five patents that Apple says represent key user interface features on the Apple iPhone. The number is about 10 percent more than the $2 billion figure told to the jury during opening statements

Apple has now made the bulk of its case against Samsung in its second major patent trial, which began on April 1. It's the second big jury trial between the two leading smartphone makers. In the trials, Apple has accused Samsung of copying the designs and features of its phones.

PC World has details about the damages data shown...

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11:00
Crowdfunded Project News: This week on Kickstarter...

Every week, TUAW provides readers with an update on what new or significant crowdfunded Apple-related projects are in the news. While our policy is to not go into detail on items that haven't reached at least 80 percent of their funding goal, this...

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10:54
Apple, Google considering possibility of buying...

Both Apple and Google have explored buying mobile payment platform Square during the past year, sources say. Rumors about an acquisition have allegedly increased in recent weeks, with Google being picked as the most likely buyer, should a deal actually happen. No offers have been made though, and people close to Square's management say the company isn't actively chasing an acquisition....



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10:52
[Sponsor] Igloo Is an Intranet You'll Actually...

You’ve heard about Igloo before: a cloud platform that’s easy-to-use, yet designed for secure enterprise use. It’s like SharePoint, but… you know, enjoyable.

What you might not know? Igloo offers in-house consulting, design, and implementation services to ensure you’re successful. Igloo has helped thousands of businesses — like Ipswitch, Nextel, and IDC with custom solutions built on the Igloo platform.

Look no further than their website. It’s built entirely on Igloo, proving what can be made with their customizable content types, site structure, CSS, and JavaScript.

And best of all? Igloo is free to use with up to ten people — no credit card required.

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10:50
Font war: inside the design world’s $20 million...

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Bloomberg BusinessWeek:

For 15 years, Frere-Jones and Hoefler seemed charmed. They made typefaces that rendered the stock charts in the Wall Street Journal readable and helped Martha Stewart sell cookbooks.

In January, Frere-Jones filed a lawsuit against Hoefler, saying that their company was not actually a partnership, but a long con in which Hoefler had tricked him into signing over the rights to all of his work, cheating Frere-Jones out of his half of the business.

Sad, fascinating story. Watch the two men in happier times in the short film, “Font Men”.

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10:50
Briefly: Vengeance K70 keyboard in new colors, Feral...

Gaming hardware developer, Corsair, has announced that its Vengeance K70 mechanical gaming keyboard, originally available in black aluminum with red backlit keys, is now available in new keyswitch color options. Now offered in Cherry MX Blue and Brown keyswitches in addition to the original Cherry MX Reds, the refreshed K70 features an anodized black aluminum chassis and red backlighting. The switch types vary in color as well as tactile response, with Red keyswitches featuring a smooth, linear response, Brown a light tactile feedback "bump", and Blue including a firmer feedback and audible cl...



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10:39
Mailbox goes beyond iOS, now available on Android...

Dropbox announced today that Mailbox, the popular gesture-heavy email client it bought last year, will soon be launching a desktop version of its software.

The company also announced a set of new features like Dropbox account sign in and syncing and delete automation coming soon to the iPhone and iPad versions that will debut first in a version available for Android; this marks the first time the email software will be available on another platform aside from iOS as Mailbox is available on the Google Play Store today.

Users interested in using the beta version of Mailbox for OS X (...

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10:36
MarvelousDB searches Marvel Comics Data, Say Goodbye...

Marvel comics announced an API in January to allow access to vast amounts of data about their titles and characters. Now you can wade through all that data beautifully over at MarvelousDB. Want to know Rhodeyâs complete history? Confused about Ant-Man? Trying to sort out which X-Men are on which team? All these questions (and more) are now beautifully answered. Created by Orchestrate, this is a glorious way to spend a morning. Or an afternoon. Or if you have an idea on how to improve MarvelousDB, send a pull request since itâs open source and now you have weekend plans, too! Thanks to Silicon Florist for the link!


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10:30
Why the OpenSSL Heartbleed bug doesn't affect...

There's been a lot of concern about the OpenSSL Heartbleed bug, which is a vulnerability that allows theft of information that's normally protected by the SSL/TLS encryption used to secure many Internet sites and services. Well, thanks to a tip...

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10:29
The Normal Person’s Guide to the Heartbleed...

The Heartbleed bug that exposes memory on vulnerable servers to attackers is one of the worst security problems ever to hit the Internet. Adam Engst and security analyst Rich Mogull explain what Heartbleed is, what it means for normal Internet users, and what you can do to protect yourself (unfortunately, not much at the moment).

 

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10:15
T-Mobile adds low-end Simple Starter with unlimited...

T-Mobile today introduced a new entry-level Simple Starter value plan. The new $40 plan gives users unlimited talk and text, and 500MB of 4G/LTE data. The move is the first one for the week, which CEO John Legere calls "three days of UnCarrier" in a blog post calling the other carriers to task for predatory pricing and "obscene" price hikes....



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10:05
Apple hires former high-level Broadcom baseband...

Two senior baseband engineers have left Broadcom for Apple this year, says AppleInsider. One of these is Paul Chang, who worked at Broadcom for 11 years, and was the RF hardware lead on baseband transceivers used by Nokia and Samsung. Chang's name is also on three Broadcom patents related to circuit manufacturing. According to his LinkedIn profile, Chang is now a senior program manager at Apple, having joined the company in February....



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10:04
9to5Toys Lunch Break: OtterBox iON iPhone battery...

Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: TwitterRSS Feed,FacebookGoogle+ and subscribe to the new Safari push notifications feature.

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Smartphone Battery Cases: OtterBox iON for iPhone 4/4s...

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10:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Fonta - Telling Stories...

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09:45
NAB 2014 roundup: Thunderbolt 2 accessories, DJI...

This week is the annual National Association of Broadcasters show, where a number of Mac and iOS compatible products geared toward professionals have been unveiled, including new Thunderbolt 2 accessories, an upgraded DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ flying camera drone, and a plethora of 4K video recording and playing devices.



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09:31
Gmail

 April 9, 2014 9:31:00 AM PDT

We're investigating reports of an issue with Gmail. We will provide more information shortly.

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09:30
Apple reportedly testing new Maps feature to notify...

Apple has begun testing a new notification feature in its Maps app, according to a recent report from MacRumors. The report relays that some users who have reported erroneous mapping data to Apple are being presented with a notification option...

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09:20
Agency: 'Cuban Twitter' Meant to Help, Not...


Rajiv Shah, the administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, defended a Twitter-esque social media site created by the agency, saying it was an attempt to nurture communication on the island -- not, as has been claimed, a way to collect data and incite a revolt. Appearing before the Senate and House appropriations subcommittees, Shah said the "programs are part of our mission to promote open communications." He added that the agency has financed similar programs in Latin America, Asia and Africa.

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09:08
iPhone Apps: SoundHound Infinity, Drafts for iPad....
09:06
∞ Pro Tools Cloud Collaboration

Looks cool.

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09:00
iBeacon tech at Coachella and other news for April 9...

Here's your AM roundup of Apple news. This time around it's Apple vs. Samsung (again), iBeacon goes to Coachella and improving Apple Maps.

Apple has laid out its claim against Samsung, and it's a whopper. The Cupertino company is after US$2.2...

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08:48
T-Mobile’s new $40 plan gets you unlimited talk,...

T-Mobile is about to kick off three days of announcements for new initiatives starting with a new $40 Simple Starter plan that it says is a first for a U.S. carrier. Starting on April 12, T-Mobile claims the new $40 plan will make it the first to offer “unlimited talk and text, and up to 500MB of 4G LTE data and tethering with no data overages” at that price point. In this case, since the LTE data isn’t unlimited, no overages isn’t entirely accurate. It  really means you’ll have to purchase additional data once you hit that 500MB cap for the month. In its press release, T-Mobile compared the new plan to AT&T’s entry-level plan:

T-Mobile contrasted its new flat-rate value plan against AT&T’s entry-level plan, whose costs...

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08:44
How to Protect Yourself from OpenSSL’s Heartbleed...

OpenSSL's Heartbleed security flaw is a pretty big deal, and you need to know what to do to protect yourself and the websites you maintain. We covered heartbleed in depth, but if you don't have time to read all the details that doesn't mean you can't take steps to keep you and your sites safe. Just jump right to our how-to in our full report. We've got your back.


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08:42
Apple taking flexible board samples for iWatch ahead...

Three flexible PCB suppliers have reportedly been delivering validation samples to Apple in preparation for iWatch production, sources tell Digitimes. The people are scarce on other details, but do say they expect Apple to announce the iWatch in September. A company called Zhen Ding is said to be Apple's largest FPCB supplier, and planning to spend $100 million to upgrade its capacity not just for the iWatch, but for greater demand of iPhone and iPad parts....



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08:37
Sesame GO

Instantly watch Sesame Street, Sesame Street Classics, and Pinky Dinky Doo episodes, all presented in a secure, ad-free, and child-friendly environment.

I wish this was available when my kids were young.

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08:24
Apple implementing push notifications of user-...

Apple is in the process of testing a new Maps error reporting feature. Reports are surfacing that when users note errors in Apple's Maps iOS app, reporters given the option to receive a push notification when the error is rectified. Implementation is spotty, but has been reproduced in part by MacNN....



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08:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: My Blue(tooth) heaven

My Blue(tooth) heaven

Just when you think we've shown you every possible Bluetooth-enabled iOS accessory in existence, we've found even more. And chargers and lenses and filters, oh, my.

Adorama

The $70 Prong PocketPlug Charger + Case for iPhone 5/5s (pictured) is an iPhone case with an integrated plug that lets you recharge your handset by plugging it directly into a wall outlet. When the charger is not being used, the plug prongs fold flat into the case. Adorama is also selling the $199 Impossible Instant Lab for iPhone, which attaches to the phone and prints Polaroid-style photos from it.

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08:00
iPhone 101: How to lock exposure and focus in the...

This feature has been around for a while, but not too many iPhone owners realize the iOS Camera app includes an exposure and focus lock feature that allows you to lock these parameters and then frame your shot. This AE/AF lock is useful when you are...

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07:52
Maps notifications for user-reported errors

The user reported an error to Apple in the Maps app on April 6 and was given an option to receive a notification when the issue was resolved, with Apple sending a push notification on April 8 indicating the problem had been fixed.

That’s certainly better than having your feedback go into a black hole and never really knowing what’s going on.

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07:49
Dealing with Heartbleed: What You Need to Know

Heartbleed is a security flaw in OpenSSL, which is the system used to ensure the security of nearly half the websites on the Internet. The flaw gives hackers the ability to gain the security keys that keep the information passing between your Web browser and online servers encrypted, which could let them decrypt information you're expecting to remain secure -- including user names, passwords, and credit card numbers -- and even pose as legit servers. That sounds pretty ominous, so we sorted out what that means for you.


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07:40
Apple nabs senior RF engineers from Broadcom amid...

At least two high-level baseband hardware engineers have left wireless semiconductor company Broadcom for new positions at Apple this year, adding weight to speculation that the iPhone maker is planning to design and build its own baseband processors.



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07:37
Updated aerial pictures of Apple’s new spaceship...

It’s definitely getting there.

As you can see from the pictures below, the demolition part of the work seems to be complete. There are no buildings left standing. There is a lot of work being done by heavy construction machines throughout the field.

Great pictures.

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07:35
How Uber plans to challenge Amazon on same day...

I would not have made the connection from Uber to same day package delivery, but once you see the logic, hard to punch a hole in it. They are leveraging their existing GPS tracking infrastructure.

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07:29
New rumors put 4.7-inch iPhone in July production, 5...

A 4.7-inch iPhone will start production in July, but a 5.5-inch model will only enter manufacturing in September, claims Taiwanese publication the Industrial & Commercial Times. July production would be in keeping with Apple's normal September/October iPhone launch window; starting in September, though, would imply a launch in late October at best, and most likely November. Apple typically needs two months to churn out enough units to meet launch demand....



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07:23
Intel moving some operations out of Costa Rica; 1,...

Intel has announced that it is shedding 1,500 jobs from its Costa Rica operations. The move is cited as part of the chipmaker's efforts to reduce costs and improve efficiency, and will maintain "geographic closeness between plants and main markets" by moving the now vacant positions to Asia....



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07:00
Funny moments with Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs has been called many things: genius, visionary, and of course, temperamental. However, every now and then Steve gave the public an example of his sense of humor. As you might expect, it was biting, sharp and smart. Here's a collection of...

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06:55
How to piss off a graphic designer

I remember doing some of these things years ago when I first started using Photoshop.

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06:47
Stanford Controller Could Get Video Gamers'...


Stanford researchers have created a new game controller that can measure a player's emotions. Eventually, developers may be able to use this information to adjust video gameplay, depending on a player's level of engagement. The prototype consists of an Xbox 360 controller with the back panel removed. Researchers replaced it with a 3-D printed plastic module that is packed with sensors. Metal plates affixed to the rear of the controller can measure a player's heart rate, blood flow, respiration rate, and how deeply the player is breathing.

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06:47
Web design color contrast testing

We have plenty of considerations to design for when crafting web sites. Web accessibility is not a new design consideration, but is still very important, no matter the size or speed of device we’re testing on. The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) tells us our content should be distinguishable and requires we “[m]ake it easier for users to see and hear content including separating foreground from background.”

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06:34
Apple 'considered' buying mobile payment...

Both Apple and Google have reportedly had internal discussions about making respective offers to buy mobile payment company Square, though Google is seen as the more likely of the two to actually go through with a purchase.



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06:19
Report: Apple mulled Square acquisition

Apple considered making an acquisition offer for Square in the past year, Re/Code reports. Google also thought about making an offer for the payment company, but Square CEO Jack Dorsey reportedly favors Apple. Dorsey believes Apple’s aesthetics and values align more closely with Square, and he was also reportedly…

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06:09
Impressions of a Macworld Newbie… 2014 Edition

2014 marked the 30th year of Macworld Expo, but the first visit by TidBITS Managing Editor Josh Centers. How does it compare to previous managing editor Jeff Carlson’s first visit in 1997?

 

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06:00
Daily App: WeathrClip brings the current weather...

What better place for a weather app than your menu bar, allowing you to see the current outside temperature with additional details available at a click. One simple, but effective weather app for your menu bar is WeathrClip by Gavin...

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05:55
Could Apple buy Square to accelerate its mobile...

Re/code is reporting that both Apple and Google have considered making acquisition offers for payments company Square, with CEO Jack Dorsey said to favor a sale to Apple.

In the last year, both Apple and Google have considered making acquisition offers for Square, according to industry sources familiar with the situation [...]

[Dorsey] believes, sources said, that his company’s design aesthetic and values match up much more closely with Apple than Google …

Apple is known to have plans in mobile payment, allowing payment for physical goods in third-party retailers...

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05:40
Sharing Pictures with the Apple TV

In this Quick Tip, weâre going to cover how to send images from your Mac to your second- or third-generation Apple TV using Home Sharing. This is a really entertaining way to view and share your photos, and itâs simple to configure. Melissa Holtâs got the skinny on how to set it up (and all the caveats youâll need to know!).


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05:37
How the Heartbleed vulnerability works

I’ve been reading about the Heartbleed bug, trying to understand how it does what it does, how a hacker could use the vulnerability to gain access to your data.

If you have not heard of Heartbleed, read this, which was posted last night.

Read the main post for my ham-handed attempt at explaining how this vulnerability works.

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