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Wednesday April 9

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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05:26
External Link: The Ultimate Guide to iPhone Battery...

Scotty Loveless, a former Apple Genius, has posted the best guide we’ve seen to solving iOS battery drain. Unlike many guides that tell you to turn off every feature, Loveless offers a more targeted approach, including instructions on how to test battery drain and specific suggestions that are likely to improve battery life. Two surprises: the Facebook app is a huge battery hog and quitting apps may make hurt battery life.

 

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05:21
External Link: Josh Centers Talks Apple TV, WWDC on...

Josh Centers swapped between his “Take Control of Apple TV” author and TidBITS managing editor hats while joining hosts Shawn “Doc” Boyd, Kelly Guimont, and the TUAW crew on the Ask TUAW podcast to discuss what’s next for Apple TV, what Apple will announce at WWDC, the TidBITS workflow, and security tips.

 

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05:21
External Link: Josh Centers Discusses Office for...

TidBITS Managing Editor Josh Centers and Kirk McElhearn, author of “Take Control of iTunes 11: The FAQ,” joined host Gene Steinberg on The Tech Night Owl podcast. Josh discussed paranormal attorneys, what Microsoft has been up to, his first Macworld/iWorld experience, and Amazon’s new Fire TV. Kirk talked about his problems with satellite Internet, why expensive cables are a rip-off, and vinyl versus digital music.

 

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04:49
Comcast reportedly plans carrier service using Wi-Fi...

Comcast is considering expanding its existing cable services into becoming a carrier, according to a report. The operator is said to be working on a service that will use Wi-Fi from subscriber routers and public hotspots to provide the bulk of connections, supplemented by cellular coverage provided by an existing carrier, in a hybrid service similar to one Google is reportedly looking into creating....



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04:34
Rumor: Apple will launch 4.7-inch iPhone 6 in Sep,...

It seems to be the season for sketchy rumors, with Taiwan’s Industrial & Commercial Times (cited by EMSOne) claiming that the 4.7-inch version of the iPhone 6 will enter mass-production in July, suggesting the usual September/October launch date, while the 5.5-inch model will only do so in September, suggesting that it would go on sale close to the holidays.

It’s not the first rumor to this effect, with Reuters having suggested earlier this month that the 5.5-inch model would be released later in the year, saying that production difficulties with the larger screen were...

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04:04
Apple’s expert witnesses explain why Samsung owes...

Image: CNET

With Samsung having argued in its opening statement that the $2B sum being claimed by Apple for five alleged patent violations was “a gross, gross exaggeration,” Apple called two expert witnesses to explain why it believes the sum is reasonable.

Re/code reports that first MIT professor John Hauser carried out a form of trade-off analysis to determine the value of individual features to customers.

Apple used a similar analysis from Hauser in the first Apple-Samsung trial in which he found customers might pay as much as $100 more for a Samsung phone that included patented features …

...

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00:04
Apple's iBeacon tech to be featured at...

According to an app update for the upcoming Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the gathering will have on-site iBeacons that push notifications and other information to users as they walk the grounds at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif. this weekend next.



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00:01
Up to 83% off 12 top rated iOS apps: 1yr. Parallels...

From 9to5Toys: Stack Social is offering up to 83% off on a collection of top rated apps for your iPhone and iPad starting today. The “StackUp iOS Bundle” consists of 12 award winning apps, 5 of which are ranked among the Top 10 in their respective categories: Printer Pro, Scanner Pro, iDownloader Pro, Day One, and FX Photo Studio.

While these apps have all been bundled in one place for you, you’re not stuck with the whole collection if you don’t want it. They are priced...

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Tuesday April 8

22:54
Rumor: Apple takes delivery of iWatch circuit boards...

Coming on the heels of a separate iWatch report, sources from the Far East on Wednesday claim Apple has taken receipt of flexible PCB sample boards bound for the much rumored device that could be revealed as soon as September.



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22:41
Apple vs. Samsung, Day Four: $2.191 billion

The fourth day of testimony in the second Apple vs. Samsung trial has ended, with various Apple-hired experts and employees going over the nature of the patents at stake in Apple's part of the case. The jury also got a dose of history borrowed from the first patent trial, details about Apple's manufacturing process, and finally heard the full, exact amount that Apple is seeking from Samsung in terms of both damages due to lost sales as well as what it owes in royalties for its infringement: $2.191 billion....



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22:37
Digitimes: iWatch circuit board samples being...


Concept: jivaldi.com

On Tuesday we reported that Apple was planning to reveal its entry into the wearable market in August or September. Now a new Digitimes report corroborates that timeframe. According to the new report, three different firms have supplied Apple with samples of flexible circuit boards that will be integrated into the iWatch for a fall release.

The companies involved are Flexium Interconnect, Career Technology, and Zhen Ding Technology Holding, according to Digitimes. Zhen Ding Technology Holding is currently Apple’s largest supplier of...

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21:01
Apple moves to renew FRAND licensing suit against...

With a court battle against Samsung raging on the West Coast, Apple on Tuesday asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C. to renew a lawsuit against Motorola's alleged unreasonable licensing fees for declared-essential cellphone technology.



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20:13
MacPhun adds print service from Milk Books to Focus 2

Image software maker MacPhun has partnered with PQ Blackwell-owned Milk Tailor Made Books, integrating print services into MacPhun's Focus 2 software for the first time. Users can now order prints of their manipulated images directly from within the program, in the form of postcards, folded notecards, framed gallery prints or wrapped canvas prints....



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19:47
Heartbleed bug

The finding of the so-called “Heartbleed” vulnerability, by researchers with Google Inc and a small security firm Codenomicon, prompted the U.S. government’s Department of Homeland Security to advise businesses on Tuesday to review their servers to see if they were using vulnerable versions a type of software known as OpenSSL.

It said updates are already available to address the vulnerability in OpenSSL, which could enable remote attackers to access sensitive data including passwords and secret keys that can decode traffic as it travels across the Internet.

Sounds nasty.

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18:37
LabWerk creates mApp platform for museums based on...

A Dutch startup called LabWerks is introducing a new platform aimed at museums, called mApp, that incorporates Apple's iBeacon technology to allow staffers to quickly and easily roll out interactive exhibits, potentially revolutionizing the mini-industry of museum tour self-guidance. The customizable mApp platform lets institutions use iBeacons that only trigger when visitors come within range of an exhibit, room or area of the museum where more information is available....



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18:26
Briefly: PayPal Here POS app, PCalc 4.0 updates

PayPal announced today that its point-of-sale app, PayPal Here, has been updated. The app allows users to facilitate payment transactions on their iPad, iPhone or iPod touch with its accompanying card reader, accepting debit and credit cards. The latest version of PayPal Here now includes a dynamic search tool, a streamlined custom inventory entry system, as well as the ability to swipe cards at any moment during the order process. Enhanced cart views and simplified order entry fields for quicker sales processing are also included. PayPal Here for iPhone and iPod touch and iPad are free to do...



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18:00
MediaFire slashes cloud sharing prices

The war for your cloud hosting business just heated up, as major player MediaFire has cut prices to generate more business.

MediaFire is a Mac and iOS friendly cloud service that allows you to store and share files. Users can get 10 GB storage for...

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17:16
iPhone grows in popularity among teens

Apple’s iPhone continues to grow in popularity with U.S. teenagers, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster’s latest semiannual teen survey, which asked 7,500 teens about their device preferences. 61 percent of teens now own an iPhone, compared to 55 percent from a survey conducted in October 2013 and 40 percent in the fall of 2012.

Get them while they’re young and they will be with you for a long time.

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17:00
I'd die without my phone: 5 people whose lives...

We've all heard someone say "I'd die without my phone." 99 percent of the time what the person means is "Candy Crush and texting is the only thing that gets me through the day", but what about the other 1 percent. No, not the foes of the Occupy...

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16:44
Apple expert on why Samsung owes $2.2 billion

Apple expert John Hauser testifying on why Samsung owes Apple $2.2 billion:

Hauser surveyed hundreds of Samsung device users — 507 for phones and 459 for tablets — to measure the percent of consumers who would buy devices with certain features. He then used those results to determine how much people would pay for Apple’s patented features.

“The features that were enabled by the patents at issue in this case have a measurable impact on consumer demand for Samsung devices,” Hauser said during his testimony Tuesday.

Samsung are thieves.

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16:31
Smithsonian Magazine’s 2014 photo contest finalists

Wow, these photos are stunning.

[Via Kottke]

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16:30
New aerial shots of Apple Campus 2 show land now...

Photos taken by a Mac and iOS developer's tip site last month and recently show a great deal of progress being made on the preparation for construction of Apple's "spaceship" Campus 2 main building and grounds. A month ago, demolition of existing HP buildings was still taking place; in the most recent photos, the site is all but completely cleared of any trace of its former occupant. Currently, a small army of equipment is preparing the ground for construction....



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16:23
Apple explains $2.2B damages claim against Samsung...

During testimony in the second California Apple v. Samsung patent trial on Tuesday, an Apple damages expert revealed the full damages claim stands at $2.19 billion for lost profits and reasonable royalty fees on five alleged infringed patents.



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16:19
My Lightroom mobile Fuel Ebook

The book features 53 pages of detailed information on how to use Lightroom mobile, including lots of tips on how to get the most out of Adobe’s new remote tool. And it costs just $8!

The book is written by Jeff Carlson, someone I’ve known for a long time, and someone that has written many books in the past.

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16:00
According to Samsung, Apple is a slouchy, cool dude

We've heard plenty of internal tidbits about Apple's interworkings thanks to the company's current litigation, but tasty details about Samsung's laundry have been a bit slower to surface. Today brings a humorous look inside Samsung's walls thanks to...

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15:45
Apple Reportedly Cements iWatch Suppliers for Q3...

Gird your loins, because it's time for more iWatch rumors: Economic Daily News of Taiwan is claiming to have a finalized list of suppliers for Apple's iWatch with terms that include August delivery for components for a Q3 introduction. The report also claims Apple is targeting production of 65 million units for 2014 alone, but take that one with a huge grain of salt.


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15:30
The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for April 8, 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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15:00
Fluxmob BOLT: USB iPhone charger and battery pack in...

It's always great to see Kickstarter projects that have made it past funding and into manufacturing, and today's example is no exception. Fluxmob's BOLT is a USB iPhone charger and a battery pack in one small package, and today I'm going to take a...

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14:30
A family of four... um, Apples?

I generally dislike the whole practice of putting stickers on your car to represent your immediate family, but I suppose if I were to join in, I'd consider this as a way to go. Of course, there's also the possibility that this person just really...

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14:21
FOSS Community Hustles to Fix Gaping Heartbleed Flaw


A flaw in OpenSSL that has been around since 2011, the Heartbleed Bug, lets hackers steal information protected by the SSL/TLS encryption used to secure the Internet. Codenomics, which co-discovered the flaw at about the same time as Google's Neel Mehta, tested some of its own services and found it could steal "the secret keys used for our X.509 certificates, user names and passwords, instant messages, emails and business-critical documents and information, without using any privileged information or credentials."

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14:08
Teen interest in 'iWatch' growing as...

Apple's iPhone continues to lead all competing devices in the important U.S. teen demographic, but the future spenders of America are exhibiting fast-growing interest in new product categories like the iWatch.



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13:46
Adobe Lightroom for iPad

Edit and organize images anywhere, anytime on your iPad. Enhance everything from smartphone photos to raw images from DLSRs using powerful and familiar tools. Automatically sync all your mobile edits with Lightroom 5 on your desktop. Easily share all your photos to social media sites. With Adobe Lightroom mobile, your photography is going places.

It’s free to download, but you need one of the following accounts:

  • Creative Cloud complete plan
  • Creative Cloud – Photoshop Photography Program
  • Creative Cloud Student and Teacher Edition
  • Creative Cloud for teams complete plan

I don’t have any of those, but it’s great to see Adobe bring its high-end photo app to the iPad. Where the hell is Aperture?

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13:45
Chrome 34 adds responsive image support, updated Web...

Google has released Chrome 34 for Windows, Mac, and Linux users. The main addition is support for "responsive" images. This allows web developers to set multiple versions of a graphic, improving speed and bandwidth consumption on less powerful devices. Whereas a Windows desktop user might see the full-quality version of an image, for example, someone on an iPhone might see a lower-resolution file. The iOS and Android apps haven't been updated yet, however....



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13:44
Forums: file sharing, backlit keyboards and more

This week MacNN forum members have been assisting Mac Enthusiast "jszrules" with determining why File Sharing is automatically enabled on multiple occasions after having to restart their computer due to it freezing. Yesterday Grizzled Veteran "jmiddel" shared their joy with the forums after finding a Logitech backlit keyboard to use with their Mac desktop after years of blindly plucking away at the standard Apple keyboard for years....



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13:42
Apple deals: Save up to $570 on refurbished iMacs

Apple's online store is currently offering a wide range of discounts on refurbished iMacs. The refurbished 21.5-inch iMac with a 2.7GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive is available for $1,049 after a $250 price cut. A $200 discount drops the price on the 21.5-inch iMac with a 2.7GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive down to $1,099....



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13:39
DealNN: $699 off Retina MacBook Pro

At MacMall.com's Spring Savings sale, save $699 on the 15.4-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display which was $3,050, but has been cut to $2,350. That discount makes this about $50 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. It features a 2.8GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and 768GB of Flash Storage. Included is a one year warranty on parts and labor from Apple....



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13:30
Ask TUAW Live is on the air at 5 PM ET today!

"Ask TUAW Live" happens today, Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 5:00:00 PM EDT. You can check here for showtimes in your area. We're taking your questions now via the Ask Tuaw feedback form, Twitter, Facebook or Google+.

To watch the live feed and...

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13:00
AppleCare+ covers much more than you may have thought

Extended warranties get a bad reputation for a good reason, since lots of them are ripoffs. They cost too much money for coverage that's either limited or just not useful for the amount of time the warranty covers. Still they have their uses. You...

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13:00
Scapple for Mac and Windows, a Freeform Note Taker...

Have you seen Scapple? it's an app from Literature and Latte, the awesome company behind Scrivener, which I just love. At first blush, Scapple could be mistaken for mind mapping software, but the developers call it a freeform text editor. I instantly thought of a white board, an analog tool I've personally found easier to use than mind mapping software, which is why I'm excited about Scapple. "Scappleâs nonlinear approach to the process of creative thinking is similar to what Gabriele Rico calls 'clustering' in her popular book, Writing the Natural Way," Literature and Latte said on Scapple's webpage. The app doesn't force you make connections, and there are no rules about where to start. I'm hoping it lets me leave my white board behind, but we'll have to see after I've used it a bit. Scapple is US$14.99 for a "household license," but if that isn't good enough, MacHeist is giving it away as part of their current bundle promotion.

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12:44
Office for iPad to get printing, serve as basis for...

The recently-launched Office for iPad will get printing support "in due course," according to a Reddit AMA conducted by members of the software's engineering team. The team says it is also considering mathematical notation in OneNote, and working on implementation of comments and add/change conditional formatting in Excel. Something the suite won't support, though, is third-party Office apps, despite the fact that Microsoft allows desktop developers to hook into Office 365. Microsoft blames the situation on Apple's App Store policies, which block apps from installing code other than their o...



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12:41
Critical OpenSSL 'HeartBleed' bug...

A major security flaw has been discovered in the OpenSSL cryptographic software library, jeopardizing security for a large number of SSL/TLS-based transmissions. The fault, named the "Heartbleed Bug," has apparently existed since March last year but only recently uncovered, and puts at risk not only the contents of encrypted online communications, but also the SSL keys used in the transmission....



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12:37
OWC expands OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual with...

Peripheral vendor Other World Computing today expanded its family of Thunderbolt interface storage products with the addition of the OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual external high-performance drive with hardware RAID capabilities. The new design is available in capacities up to 8TB....



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12:23
Microsoft Adds Sci-Fi Series to Xbox Originals


Microsoft added to its list of original programming for its Xbox gaming system Monday with the announcement of a new science fiction series called Humans. Based on a hit TV series in Sweden, Humans is a cooperative effort of Xbox Entertainment Studios and UK broadcaster Channel 4. It is scheduled to air next year exclusively on the Xbox platform and Channel 4. Eight one-hour episodes will be produced by Kudos and scripted by the team of Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley, writers of the popular UK TV series Spooks.

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12:04
A Bluetooth Speaker Converted to an Old Wooden...

Do you remember the old record player and stereo that belonged to your grandparents? It was a piece of furniture. Four feet across, three feet tall, and 18-inches deep, and made of wood, it's taken decades to realize how cool it was. Jeffrey Stephenson has made a glorious stand for a Bluetooth speaker that will take you back to 1961.


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12:00
Adobe Lightroom Mobile for iPad is going to make...

As mentioned in my post earlier today, Adobe Lightroom has come to the iPad in the form of Lightroom Mobile. If you are an Adobe Creative Cloud subscriber, the app is free. You download it from the App Store, sign in with your Adobe ID and you are...

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11:52
JP Morgan sees Apple further eating away at Windows...

Apple is excluding itself from a $63 billion market opportunity, investment firm J.P. Morgan believes, by only partially competing in the sub-$1,000 portable computing market, which is why one analyst argues Apple should introduce a new notebook powered by a more full-featured version of iOS.



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11:51
Microsoft to compete with Amazon and Netflix with...

Bloomberg:

Microsoft Corp. is going Hollywood with a cast including comedians Sarah Silverman and Seth Green, aspiring World Cup players and eerily human robots.

All are involved in shows that Microsoft’s new Xbox television studio plans to roll out globally starting in June. Helmed by former CBS Corp. honcho Nancy Tellem, who Microsoft hired 19 months ago to build a TV powerhouse from the ground up, the studio now has six series lined up — including a science-fiction thriller called “Humans” about humanoid robot workers — and more than a dozen projects in development.

This is Microsoft’s not-so-Trojan horse into the living room, building dependence on the Xbox One for accessing web-based programming on your TV, competing with Apple TV, Fire TV, and Google’s evolving TV solution.

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11:50
Microsoft does Reddit: Five cool things we learned...

Don’t look now, but the Office for iPad team ventured onto Reddit for one of the service's Ask Me Anything (AMA) sessions. Here are the five most intriguing things they said.

The Office for iPad team and Office for Mac team are one and the same

Not a big surprise, but the folks who built the Office for iPad apps are the same ones who are working on Office for Mac. And it’s a pretty Mac-centric group, too; According to the team, “everyone has an iPad, and the Mac:PC ratio is 16:1.” Don’t expect them to reveal when the next version of Office might make its way to the Mac, however; when asked, the group would only say “we are working on the next version.”

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11:40
Apple Will End the War of the TV Set-top Boxes

Black boxes for delivering Video content are flooding the market, and, as fast as they appear, they're updated with new designs. Is it just a phase the industry is going through? Where is this all leading? More importantly, how can Apple differentiate itself?


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11:34
∞ WWDC lottery results are out – here’s mine

Am I in? Am I in?

Dear Developer,

Thank you for registering for the random selection process to attend WWDC 2014.

Unfortunately, you were not selected to purchase a ticket. However, you can still take advantage of great WWDC content. We’ll be posting session videos, slides, and sample code throughout the week for all Registered Apple Developers.

We appreciate your support.

Best regards,
Apple Developer Program Support

Pheh. If you put yourself in for the lottery, hopefully your luck was better than mine. The good news is, Apple has been great about putting everything on line quickly.

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11:30
Daily Deals for April 8, 2014, featuring PDFpenPro

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
New 'mApp' platform helps museums leverage...

Museum visits may become far more immersive in the future thanks to Dutch microlocation startup LabWerk's new mApp platform, a deployment and management system that allows museums to quickly and easily roll out iBeacon-based interactive exhibits.



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11:17
Comcast/Time Warner filing hints at new Apple TV set...

An FCC filing made by Comcast and Time Warner -- attempting to defend their proposed merger -- also hints that Apple is developing a new Apple TV set-top, reports note. "Today, Google competes as a network, video, and technology provider, and 8 out 9 of the next Google Fiber markets the company announced are in Comcast or TWC areas," part of the filing reads. "Apple tablets are viewing platforms for cable services even while Apple offers an online video service, Apple TV, and explores development of an Apple set-top box."...



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11:12
Apple, Google, and Amazon's Quest For One...

smaxp writes: "If the cable and satellite live television providers were to comment on the latest Amazon Fire TV or reports of the new Google Android and Apple TVs, it would likely be in the voice and character of Charlton Heston: 'We will give up our remotes when they are pried from our cold dead hands.' Amazon's Fire TV and the rumored Google Android and Apple TVs excite and then disappoint. At first glance, it looks like cable and satellite television are about to be outflanked and the eternal struggle with the TV remote and set-top box will be solved with an intuitive interface to search both live television and archival content from streamed online video companies such as Netflix. Sadly, it isn't so. The cable and satellite companies that provide live television have made sure this won’t happen, because putting Amazon in the forefront would make live television providers’ brands less relevant. Amazon would then also have a wedge to pry its way into the live television...

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11:00
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

Distant Suns: The new...

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10:55
Office for iPad and Mac: What’s next

The Office for iPad engineering team answered questions this morning on Reddit, offering a peak at what’s to come for the app as well as what went into designing it.

Some great tidbits of info in here.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:53
Rethinking What We Mean by ‘Mobile Web’

Chris Dixon, in a piece titled “The Decline of the Mobile Web”, citing stats from ComScore and Flurry:

People are spending more time on mobile vs desktop. And more of
their mobile time using apps, not the web.

This is a worrisome trend for the web. Mobile is the future. What
wins mobile, wins the Internet. Right now, apps are winning and
the web is losing.

I think Dixon has it all wrong. We shouldn’t think of the “web” as only what renders inside a web browser. The web is HTTP, and the open Internet. What exactly are people doing with these mobile apps? Largely, using the same services, which, on the desktop, they use in a web browser. Plus, on mobile, the difference between “apps” and “the web” is easily conflated. When I’m using Tweetbot, for example, much of...

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10:45
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This week’s Mac app roundup brings you a great selection of writing tools designed to fit every need, from the professional screenwriter to the casual author, with a little email and photography sprinkled in for good measure.

Airmail 1.3.3

Bloop’s $2 Airmail (Mac App Store Link) has been updated to provide new writing options and better attachment support.

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10:44
SITU Smart Food Nutrition Scale for iPad

SITU is a simple food scale with a Bluetooth chip that talks to your iPad. You can place virtually any food item on SITU and view the exact nutrition information for that amount of food on the companion SITU app.

This looks great. I bet they could sell a lot of these.

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10:41
Briefly: NBC app gets AirPlay, iBank for iPad 2.1...

Television network NBC has released an update for its iOS app. Offering free streaming of NBC show content on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, NBC for iOS allows users to designate preferred shows as a Favorite, share what one is viewing via Facebook, Twitter or e-mail, and follow one's favorite series on Twitter through the app. Version 2.5.1 of NBC for iOS now includes AirPlay streaming, meaning the content can now be mirrored to a TV via Apple TV. Additionally, the app now features trending clips, where users can watch previews and highlight from NBC's late-night shows, including The Tonight Sh...



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10:40
Apple narrows gap with Samsung in US ad spending

The gap between Apple and Samsung's US advertising budgets narrowed during 2013, according to new data from Kantar Media. Apple's budget is said to have increased 5 percent year-over-year to $351 million. Samsung, conversely, actually cut its spending by 10 percent, but still ended spending more with a budget of $363 million. Most of Apple's cash is said to have gone toward TV commercials....



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