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Wednesday April 2

06:57
Crowdfunding for journalists

This is very interesting. It’s kind of like a cross between Kickstarter, but with a writing platform like Medium. It would be very nice if something like this worked.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:55
Render gives first look at next-gen reversible USB...


Back in December, the the USB 3.0 Promoter Group announced that a next-generation of USB connectors was under development. The new standard, dubbed “USB Type-C,” introduces a new design, a smaller overall footprint, and usability enhancements such as a symmetrical, reversible connector that doesn’t require users to worry about orientation when plugging in (much like with Apple’s Lightning connector.) It will also allow manufacturers to create thinner and sleeker product designs and scale for future USB performance standards with a transfer speed up to 10Gbps. Today we get our first look at what...

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06:50
3D art

This is just incredible.

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06:50
∞ Apple releases Safari 7.0.3 for Mavericks

The upgrade fixes a number of issues, including notification handling and security issues.

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06:39
Samsung: Edgy ads drove Apple ‘crazy’

Samsung claims its “Next Big Thing” advertising campaign bothered Apple, as shown by internal Apple documents, The Verge reports. “This new, edgy marketing strategy ... it drove Apple crazy,” Samsung lawyer John Quinn noted during the latest patent trial involving the two companies. Quinn said the ad campaign, which…

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06:36
Adobe overhauls Premiere Pro, After Effects with...

Graphics software giant Adobe on Wednesday spoke at the annual NAB show in Las Vegas to reveal new versions of the video editing apps in its Creative Cloud suite, including significant upgrades for Premiere Pro and After Effects, making them part of a more cohesive, tightly integrated suite of products.
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06:34
OWC rolls out Mac Pro processor and memory upgrades

When the Mac Pro was first introduced, there was a lot of discussion about the potential for user upgradeability. Back in January, Other World Computing (OWC) confirmed that they were able to upgrade a Mac Pro in-house. Now they are making processor and memory upgrades available to the rest of us.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:25
The research that shows Apple is right to take its...

New research from Endeavour shows that more than half of U.S. consumers who have owned a wearable device no longer use it, and of those two-thirds stopped using it within the first six months of ownership. This is up from the 40 percent abandonment found by a similar survey by CSS Insight last fall.

The Guardian newspaper in the UK has a supporting piece in which it found more than 900 Galaxy Gear watches for sale on eBay, with asking prices as low as a third of the purchase cost.

While the data may be bad news for existing smartwatch and fitness band suppliers, The Guardian has an apposite comparison with early mp3 players, which also suffered high abandonment rates a decade ago.

So lots of those early MP3...

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06:00
iOS Pebble 2.1 app critical fail

The latest version of Pebble’s iOS app has proven to be a problem. Released on March 31st, the 2.1 version has totally disabled the app, generally crashing when anyone attempts to run it. Pebble advises anyone who has not yet updated the app not to do so until a fix is in place. If you are one of the lucky ones, it is recommended that you turn off Automatic Updates on your iPhone. Pebble has stated that a 2.1.1 update has already been submitted to Apple, but there is not yet any information on when it will go live on the App Store. While some sites are reporting that the buggy update prevents the smart watch from working, that is not necessarily the case. Being one of the unfortunate upgraders, I find...

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06:00
Daily App: Ready to Go misses the mark as a manager...

Ready to Go from AppBit has an interesting premise -- rather than a to-do list for everything you need to do in a day, the app focuses on those routine household tasks you must do every time you are "ready to go" somewhere. It's perfect for folks...

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05:55
Fantastical 2 for iPad: It’s Finally Here

Fantastical is one of our favorite calendar apps for the Mac and iPhone because of its great interface and natural language entry system, and now -- finally -- it's available for the iPad, too. Flexibits introduced Fantastical 2 for the iPad on Wednesday with a special half-off price for a limited time.


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05:30
MacWorld/iWorld 2014 Session wrap-up

Sessions have always been a big part of any Mac Expo, but especially in recent years in response to the absence of Apple’s Steve-notes and daily product demonstrations and tutorials. While I miss the Apple presence, as a power-user I welcome the fact that the bar for session topics has been risen. Past “standard” sessions (non-IT) focused primarily on the average consumer, giving tips on using iPhoto for organizing and improving the quality of photos, using standard utilities to execute basic maintenance, or creating ringtones with GarageBand. These are all worthy topics, and the average user is an important demographic for Mac, but it was frustrating that there were few opportunities for the average power-user to learn something new or push their learning experience to the next level. While there has been some improvement, I think there could be more done for power-user education, however, that...

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05:24
Cameron Diaz’s ‘Sex Tape’ comedy mixes iPads, iCloud...

Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel star in an upcoming comedy ‘Sex Tape’ (showing in cinemas on the 25th of July), which combines iPads, iCloud and sex to mock a real-world issue about cloud services. It is very true that most people have little grasp of how iCloud operates, what data is available where and who can see it.

In a particularly hilarious moment in the trailer, Segel’s character screams ‘nobody understands the cloud’ as they realise what has happened.

“It went up, it went up to the cloud”

“You can’t get it down from the cloud?”

“Nobody understands the cloud, it’s a ****ing mystery.”

The film takes this to the unrealistic extreme of suggesting that iCloud automatically shares a passionate video of the couple amongst their friends and family. The plot here is that Diaz and Segel’s...

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05:17
Nest spreads Thermostat to United Kingdom, offers...

Nest has opened up sales of its smart Thermostat in the United Kingdom, marking the first time the device has gone on sale outside of the United States and Canada. The smart digital thermostat from the Google-owned company joins the Protect smoke and carbon monoxide detector on sale in the country, and could be the sign of a further expansion into Europe....
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05:13
After a series of 'home runs,' it'd...

After the iPod, iPhone and iPad all proved to be "home run" products, the law of large numbers mean it's likely Apple's next new product category may only be a "single" or a "double" -- and that's perfectly fine, in the eyes of one analyst.
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05:05
Review: Fantastical for iPad completes the improved...

After first debuting on the Mac then joining iOS with the iPhone, Fantastical is finally ready to replace the calendar on your iPad, too. With Fantastical for iPad, Flexibits has brought the same, streamlined design and natural language parsing for quick event and reminder entry to the iPad. I’ve been using Fantastical for iPad for a few weeks now, so let’s take a look at how it compares to Apple’s calendar app…

What’s Fantastical?

If you’re not familiar with the Fantastical software, it’s major feature is natural language input. What that means is you can type a phrase like “Golf with Bob on Saturday at 10 am” and Fantastical will schedule it; you don’t have to program each line of the event in...

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04:41
Apple so rattled by ‘Next Big Thing’ ads, it almost...

Apple senior VP of marketing Phil Schiller was so concerned about Samsung’s Next Big Thing ad campaign, in which the company poked fun at Apple customers, that he emailed Tim Cook to suggest a change of ad agency to fight back – according to a claim by Samsung lawyer Jon Quinn.

The Verge reports that Quinn made the claim in his opening arguments in the patent trial in which Apple is accusing Samsung of violating...

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04:39
iWork Suite Gains View-Only Option and Other...

Apple has yet again updated its iWork apps for Mac, iOS, and iCloud, continuing to polish and enhance the functionality of the retooled productivity suite.

 

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04:12
Covers removed from first Apple Store in Turkey,...

Turkish websites DonanimHaber and iPhoneTurka provide our first look at Apple’s first Turkish store now the covers have been removed, revealing a mostly-glass design. Like the iconic 5th Avenue store in NYC, what is visible above ground is simply an empty glass space, though in this case it’s a lower and more subtle skylight than the famous glass cube.

More photos below … 

The store, located in the Zorlu Center mall in the capital Instanbul, opens at 10am on Saturday (5th April). There are...

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03:58
Spotify dramatically overhauls its iPhone app with...

Spotify has released a major update to its iPhone app, bringing a new dark look and feel. The new layout relies heavily on the contextual blurring and geometric motifs of iOS 7.

Artist artwork is masked in an oval shape, again reflecting iOS 7′s design direction. Album art remains true to its root as square imagery. There is a big focus on typography — a deference to surrounding chrome. Unlike Spotify’s first attempt at an iOS 7 update, which was basically a quick degloss of interface elements, this feels and looks really modern.

There is a similar refresh for Mac too, although the changes are less drastic than the iPhone update. iPad users are currently left in the cold, but...

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03:00
Apple updates iWork for Mac, iOS, and iCloud

Apple updated its iWork suite on all three platforms (iOS, Mac, and iCloud) yesterday, with improvements to almost every aspect of every app, from editing in Pages to creating charts in Numbers and delivering presentations in Keynote.

All three apps will purportedly be more compatible with Microsoft Office (which, coincidentally, finally appeared on the iPad last week). On the Mac, the three iWork apps now aim to do a better job of exporting to Office’s XML formats. The iCloud versions of the three apps can now open password-protected documents, spreadsheets, and presentations from Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. And the Mac and iOS apps claim to preserve custom number formats in charts imported from their Office counterparts.

To read this...

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02:33
Photos show seamless glass cuboid to cap new Turkish...

Less than a week before a scheduled grand opening, construction workers at Apple's first retail outlet in Turkey took the wraps off a large all-glass structure that will serve as a huge skylight for the underground store.
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01:00
Apple vs. Samsung, Day One: Apple asks for $2B in...

A bit of juror trouble was ironed out, last-minute issues decided, opening arguments heard and the first witness called on the opening day of the second Apple-Samsung patent trial, which began on Tuesday in San Francisco. Judge Lucy Koh, who oversaw the first trial, is again in charge as the two companies present their cases over a different set of patents -- five from Apple, two from Samsung -- that each says are being infringed by the other....
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00:14
WhatsApp announces 64 billion messages sent through...

 


Whatsapp, the popular messaging client for iOS and Android, announced today on Twitter that it had reached a new record for messages sent in a single day. With 20 billion outgoing messages and 44 incoming messages handled in a single 24-hour period, the grand total came out to 64 billion.

new daily record: 20B messages sent (inbound) and 44B messages received (outbound) by our users = 64B messages handled in just 24 hours....

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00:01
Mac sales success “defies the laws of economics,”...

Noting that the Mac’s share of the PC market has risen almost continuously over the past decade (with just a brief dip in 2012) despite costing an average of $700 more than competitor machines, Needham’s Charlie Wolf is quoted by Fortune as saying that it “seems to defy the laws of economics.”

The only explanation that we see is the now-mythical halo effect. Beginning with the iPod in the middle of the past decade and then extending to the iPhone and iPad, a meaningful number of Windows users who bought these products seem to have switched from a PC to a Mac [...]

What should be underscored is how unique the Mac phenomenon is [...] we view the Mac’s success as the rare instance where sales increased in the face of rising prices.

The halo effect of the...

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Tuesday April 1

23:45
Greater usability for iWork and more news from April...

Apple has released a very nice update to its iWork apps for Mac, iOS and iCloud. It includes a new document editor for Pages, view-only options for iOS and Mac, improved pop-up menus in Numbers and a better search, and Keynote gaining an improved...

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22:03
OWC launches Mac Pro CPU and memory upgrade service

Other World Computing on Tuesday announced a new turnkey upgrade program for late-2013 Mac Pros that offers replacement Intel Xeon CPUs and cheaper memory options not available directly from Apple.
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21:57
OWC ships four Xeon processor upgrades for 2013 Mac...

Upgrade company OWC today officially introduced Intel Xeon processor "turnkey" upgrades for the latest Apple Mac Pro 2013. Options include 8-Core, 10-Core, and 12-Core models. The processors are fully compliant with Apple technical specifications and power requirements and are fully tested, qualified, and guaranteed to meet or exceed the processors available from Apple....
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21:47
Adata launches high capacity, speedy SP920 SSD line

DRAM modules and NAND Flash manufacturer Adata today announced the launch of the Premier Pro series SP920 solid state drive (SSD). The SP920 comes in a 2.5-inch form factor, and is equipped with the latest generation Marvell controller implementing the SATA III 6Gb/sec specification....
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20:00
Schiller takes stand in Apple vs. Samsung patent...

Apple's Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller, took the stand on Tuesday in the second Apple-Samsung patent trial. His testimony following opening arguments, in which Apple asked the jury for more than $2 billion in damages against Samsung (and "reasonable" licensing fees for the copied patents), while Samsung's attorney characterized the amount as "gross overexaggeration," suggesting a $40 million figure and asking $6 million for its two disputed patents....
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18:56
OWC Brings Processor Upgrades to Apple’s New Mac Pro

OWC brought processor and memory upgrade options to Apple's new Mac Pro (2013) on Tuesday. The device can be built-to-order from Apple with an Intel Xeon 4, 6, or 8-core processor, but OWC is offering upgrades of 8, 10, and 12-core chips. According to the company, the upgrades are compliant with Apple's technical specifications, and they are fully tested and qualified.

The Mac Observer Spin: Processor upgrades on a Mac Pro? Be still our collective hearts at TMO. Oh, sure, any one of Apple's Mac Pro models is likely far faster than most of us could possibly need in the next several years, but a processor upgrade means we can have even MOAR!


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18:53
Apple’s Phil Schiller testifies

Still on the stand, Schiller is getting into slightly new ground as he is asked to think back to his first reaction to the first Samsung Galaxy.

“It looked so much like an attempt to copy the iPhone,” Schiller said.

Competition is not the problem here. Blatantly stealing and copying Apple is the problem.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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18:48
Apple Argues that Copying Was Built into Samsung’s...

Apple told a jury on Tuesday that Samsung didn't just copy Apple's intellectual property, but that deliberately copying the iPhone was part of Samsung's "development process." The accusation came during Apple's opening statements in the second big patent infringement trial between the two companies.


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18:22
Apple updates Safari to 7.0.3/6.1.3, adds enhanced...

Alongside updates for the iWork apps for iCloud, OS X and iOS, Apple on Tuesday released version 7.0.3 (for Mavericks) and 6.1.3 (for Mountain Lion) of its Safari browser. The new release, which only had two betas released to developers before going final, adds enhanced push notification settings and direct support for some new top-level domains (which could previously only be accessed through a search). The update also addresses a few credit card autofill and security issues....
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18:00
Write round, baby, write round

It figures that the company that brought us a round computer mouse would also be responsible for an unconventional notepad.

[Photo credit: Kenneth]...

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17:50
Apple's Schiller rehashes prior testimony in...

As the first day of Apple's second California patent trial against Samsung drew to a close on Tuesday, the suit's first witness, Apple SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller, took the stand to deliver testimony nearly identical to that given twice before during the first Apple v. Samsung case.
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17:00
I can't tell you why Sometimes You Die is so...

"Unique" is an overused word these days, and every game on the App Store wants you to believe it's like nothing you've ever played before, no matter how similar it is to every other app out there. Sometimes You Die doesn't really have to worry about...

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16:37
Briefly: VisionTek's new MacPro memory upgrades...

Upgrades and accessories manufacturer, VisionTek, has announced the immediate availability of new high-performance Error Correcting Code 1866MHz quad-channel matched module memory upgrades of up to 64GB for Apple's Mac Pro 2013 models. Test certified at both the component and module level, the memory upgrades are accompanied by a lifetime warranty. Four upgrades are available, and can be purchased as singular 16GB modules for $220, or 32GB($430), 48GB ($640) and 64GB($830) kits....
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16:33
Apple updates Pages, Numbers, Keynote for Mac, iOS

In what is probably a coincidental update following the recent release of Office for iPad, Apple has launched new versions of the trio of apps formerly known as iWork (i.e., Pages, Numbers and Keynote) for both OS X and iOS. The biggest new feature across all versions is a new "view only" setting that allows users to share documents but keep them read-only. Pages for OS X and iOS gains better support for key features such as ePub export, Numbers for OS X and iOS has improved Excel compatibility, and Keynote for both platforms now supports PPTX export, among many other new and improved features...
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16:16
Apple Updates Pages, Keynote, Numbers for OS X with...

Apple released X.2 updates for its iWork suite for the Mac on Tuesday. Pages 5.2, Keynote 6.2, and Numbers 3.2 include a host of improvements and changes, including new templates, new effects and transitions, and support for the new "view only" setting for documents you share on iCloud that was released earlier on Tuesday.


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15:58
HTC’s last bet

Good story from Hayley Tsukayama looking at the HTC M8.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:56
Dish subscribers can now access ESPN, Disney &...


Dish and The Walt Disney company announced today that they have reached a multi-year distribution deal that will see Dish subscribers gain access to a ton of Disney content including its ABC and ESPN networks. That means if you subscribe to Dish, you’ll now be able to access the WATCH ABC, WATCH ABC Family, WATCH Disney Channel, WATCH DisneyXD and WatchESPN through your computer, smartphone, tablet and other connected devices like game consoles and Apple TV. The...

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15:48
Apple Improves Push Notifications and Search in...

Apple released Safari 7.0.3 for Mavericks on Tuesday, an update that includes both bug fixes and feature improvements. The company added the ability to turn off Push notifications for a particular site, and it fixed a problem stopping some notifications from arriving. The release also improves search functionality within Safari, and it improved credit card autofill.


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15:30
The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for April 1, 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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15:23
Apple updates Safari with enhanced push notification...

Apple on Tuesday rolled out an update to its Safari Web Browser for Mac, with new features like enhanced push notification settings coming to users of OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
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15:00
Pad & Quill Traveler Case for iPhone 5/5s is...

It's always a pleasure to meet with Brian and Kari Holmes from Pad & Quill, and last week at Macworld/iWorld 2014 they greeted me with a sample of a new iPhone 5/5s case that's unlike any other I have seen or used before. The new Traveler Case...

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14:59
Apple releases Safari 7.0.3 with push notification...

 

After updating iWork for iCloud and its Mac and iOS counterparts, Apple has pushed out a new Safari update as well. The new version is 7.0.3 and contains mostly bug and security fixes. Apple has been...

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14:55
Apple wants $2 billion from Samsung

“The total damages are high,” said Harold McElhinny, a lawyer for Apple. “But I hope you understand the reason the damages are high is because the scope of Samsung’s infringement is massive.”

Samsung should be made to pay every penny.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:52
Apple seeking damages of $2B in new trial, Samsung...

The second California Apple v. Samsung patent trial kicked off on Tuesday, with both parties offering opening statements to the jury, two of whom were excused just one day after being selected.
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14:43
∞ iWork updated for Mac, iOS and iCloud

Big day for iWork. The updates can all be downloaded from their respective App Stores.

iWork on the Mac
- Delete, duplicate, and reorder sections using the page navigator in Pages v5.2
- Set margins and create headers and footers in print setup in Numbers v3.2
- Enhanced presenter display options and new transitions including Droplet and Grid in Keynote v6.2

iWork for iOS
- Improved support for bi-directional text in Pages v2.2
- Progress indicator for calculations in Numbers v2.2
- New remote feature lets you control slideshows on other devices in Keynote v2.2

iWork for iCloud beta
- New “view only” setting lets you share documents you want others to view but not edit
- Updated design in document editor
- Open documents directly from iCloud Mail

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14:31
Apple updates iWork for iOS, OS X and iCloud with...

Apple on Tuesday released a series of updates to the iCloud versions of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, including new iOS and OS X app versions, as the company continues to refine its web-based productivity suite.
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14:30
The origins of Samsung's logo.. and its...

Given that Apple and Samsung's second California trial is now underway, not to mention that today is April 1, we thought you might enjoy this comical take explaining how Samsung came up with its logo. Apparently Samsung's Apple-inspired design has a...

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14:26
Apple Updates iWork For iCloud, Mac/iOS Updates...

Apple has released updates to iWork for iCloud, but if you also use the Mac or iOS versions of the iWork apps, you will want to proceed with caution before using the updates.


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14:19
iWork for iCloud gets fresh upgrades; iOS/Mac...

Apple has made some improvements to iWork for iCloud, according to pop-up messages. All three web apps in the suite -- Pages, Numbers, and Keynote -- have been given better support for Retina displays, a new editor tab, and upgraded sharing functions. The latter let people set shared documents as view-only, and open documents directly via iCloud Mail....
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14:15
Apple updates iWork for Mac and iOS with read-only...

Following today’s iWork for iCloud update, Apple has pushed out new versions of the iOS and OS X version of the productivity suite, providing feature parity with the online version. Pages (iOS / Mac), Keynote (iOS /...

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14:00
Card Table for iOS gives you a virtual deck of cards...

Now this is clever: Card Table (free) really isn't a card game. As the developer says, "It's every card game." What you get is a virtual deck of cards. Your iPad is the table, and an iPhone or iPod touch holds your individual hands. You can move...

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13:47
iAd Workbench opens up to anyone with an Apple ID,...

Apple has today significantly opened up iAd Workbench, the tool used to submit and manage iAd campaigns. Ad Age notes that Workbench is now accessible to anyone with an Apple ID, where previously accounts were restricted to registered app developers. That should expose iAd to a more Google-like advertising base, in which anyone can participate; when it was originally introduced in 2010, iAd was targeted exclusively at major corporations able to afford the then-minimum buy-in of $1 million. New ad buyers can choose to operate on a cost-per-click or cost-per-thousand impressions basis....
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13:30
Ask TUAW Live is on the air at 5 PM ET today!

Yesterday was World Backup Day. Just in case you missed it, today Ask TUAW will be dedicated to getting your data in a safe place so you can be confident when and if your storage malfunctions you'll be able to get it back.

"Ask TUAW Live"...

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13:29
Square Adds Support for Bitcoin Payments on Square...

Square announced on Monday that the company was adding support for Bitcoin to Square Market, the company's online storefront. The system allows users to choose to pay with Bitcoins, but Merchants get paid immediately in U.S. dollars.


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13:05
UN uses Apple's iBeacons to create '...

Visitors to New York's New Museum of Contemporary Art on Friday will be able to get some idea of what it is like to walk through a minefield thanks to a new iBeacon-powered installation sponsored by the United Nations Mine Action Service.
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13:00
Logitech Bluetooth Audio Adapter makes any speaker...

What do you do with that old pair of expensive speakers you purchased back in college now that everything is going wireless? Logitech has an answer for that -- just get one of their new Bluetooth Audio Adapters (US$39.99) and you'll be streaming...

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12:59
iWork for iCloud apps add shared view-only docs,...

Apple has updated its iWork apps — Pages, Keynote, and Numbers — at iCloud.com. The updates include new designs for the web apps, Retina display support, and the ability to share view-only documents, among other features. Apple has said compatible updates…

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12:52
Apple claims copying iPhone was part of Samsung’s...

Following jury selection in the latest Apple vs Samsung patent trial in San Jose, today the trial officially started with Apple’s opening statements. In the trial, Apple is seeking $2B in damages for five patents it claims Samsung violated, while Samsung has counter-claims that Apple devices violate two of its own patents. While some thought the case—which unlike previous patent battles between the companies involves only software related patents— could make Android and therefore Google the real target of the outcome Apple is seeking, Apple actually made it clear that’s not the case in its opening statement (...

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12:52
Apple in talks to buy part of Renesas Electronics,...

Apple is in negotiations with Japan's Renesas Electronics to acquire a unit of the company, says Nikkei. In particular Apple is said to be after Renesas SP Drivers, a joint venture with Sharp and Powerchip that designs chips for smartphone displays. The takeover deal would involve buying up Renesas' 55 percent stake at an estimated price of 50 billion yen, or roughly $479 million....
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12:38
April Schools' Day: School Canceled Thanks to...


Well, an A for creativity. In Australia, someone penetrated a high school's IT system and penned text messages and emails to parents saying that the school had been badly damaged by a fire and was not fit for students. There was no truth to the message, however -- just a bit of April Fools' Day shenanigans. The local Department of Education and Communities claims that an unknown person wiggled into the school's IT systems and shot out the messages early Tuesday morning.

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12:30
Apple opens up iAd Workbench to all

Apple is making its iAd Workbench advertising system available to anyone with an Apple ID starting today, Advertising Age reports. Workbench was previously available only to registered mobile developers. Customers can now add short videos to an ad unit with Workbench, which works exclusively for ads on iOS devices.…

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12:30
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

orphinio [iPhone; Now...

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12:27
∞ The science of a slapshot

Did you know that when a hockey player winds up for a slap shot they’re not trying to hit the puck?

Duh. I’m Canadian.

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12:20
iWork for iCloud gains new design & sharing...

Apple is making some notable improvements to its iWork suite of productivity applications today across its platforms. First, the Pages, Numbers, and Keynote apps found on iCloud.com have been updated with some enhancements: all three apps now have improved Retina display support, an updated design for the editor tab, and improved sharing functionality. The new sharing options allow users to share documents in a view-only state (previously, anyone could edit documents shared via iCloud), and documents can be opened directly via iCloud Mail.

Keynote, Apple’s slide presentation creator, has added the ability for the editing of charts within imported files. Numbers, Apple’s Excel-competitor, has improved pop-up menus, and Pages has gained improved text wrapping, new...

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12:09
∞ Dixie Chicks: Not Ready To Make Nice

Such a great song. I’ve been listening to it over and over.

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12:09
FCC chairman refutes possibility of wider net...

The FCC is apparently not going to examine Netflix CEO Reed Hastings' call for a wider net neutrality. Shutting down the discussion, an FCC spokesperson said that the matter was not up for consideration in the upcoming Open Internet proceeding. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler noted that arrangements such as between Netflix and Comcast are "not a net-neutrality issue."...
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12:06
Report: Apple may acquire display chipmaker

Apple is in discussions to acquire a division of Japan’s Renesas Electronics that develops chips for smartphone displays, Nikkei Asian Review reports. The division in question, Renesas SP Drivers, is “the world’s leading producer of drivers and controllers for small and midsize LCDs.” These chips are said to “determine…

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12:04
Forums: Kindle vs. iBooks

Yesterday in the MacNN forums members began a debate about which ebook distribution service was better, Kindle or iBooks, after one Mac Elite stated that they think iBooks just might be better. "When I put the computer to sleep, does that affect ongoing transfers to and from the internet?" asks Mac Elite "rotuts" earlier today....
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12:03
Apple deals: iPods and Mac Accessories

This week Apple's online store has a wide selection of refurbished iPod models on sale. They start at $99 for the refurbished 7th generation 16GB iPod nano which comes in blue, silver, pink, green or purple. Save $40 on the refurbished 16GB 5th generation iPod touch in black, it was $229, but has been cut to $189....
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12:01
DealNN: 27-inch iMac for $1,450 and more

At MacMall.com this week get a 27-inch iMac for $1,450. It was $1,999, but has been reduced to $1,550. Save an additional $100 via a mail-in-rebate offer making this $150 less than the lowest price we have seen anywhere else. This iMac features a 3.2GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive. Included is a one year warranty on parts and labor from Apple....
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11:59
Apple's iAd creation tools expanded to non-...

Apple is working to expand its iAd mobile advertising platform, making the "Workbench" tool for ad creation available to anyone with an Apple ID, and also enabling the ability to run short videos within ads.
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11:58
Apps: Comedy Central, Endless Numbers, Shazam 7.5 +...

Comedy Central has released an all new free app. The app features full episodes available the day after airing — generally provided that you sign in with a television provider. There are, however, a number of shows which don’t require a sign-in. Some of the network’s most popular programs,…

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11:32
Report: Apple in talks to buy chipmaker Renesas SP...

According to a report from Nikkei Asian Review, Apple is currently negotiating with Japan’s Renesas Electronics over the possibility of acquiring a unit of the company that builds chips for smartphone displays used in the iPhone and other devices. The buy, according to Nikkei, could allow Apple to take advantage of the company’s engineering experience to “improve image sharpness and battery life” while bringing development of the components in-house:

Apple has its eye on Renesas SP Drivers, a Renesas joint venture with Sharp and Taiwan’s Powerchip. Apple is said to be seeking Renesas’ entire 55% stake for...

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11:30
Apple opens iAd Workbench platform to non-developers...

As noted in a report today from Ad Age (via MacRumors), Apple is now allowing non-developers to access and use the iAd Workbench platform.

At the onset of its mobile-ad business, Apple extended olive branches to a select group of brands, promising premier reach. But advertisers pushed back against its pricey offerings. Now, it appears Apple has concluded money in mobile ads comes from a wide net; in short, it’ll look more like Google.

Previously, iAd Workbench users had to at least be enrolled in Apple’s $99/year registered developers program, but now opening an iAd Workbench account will only require an Apple ID which is free to create with any Apple service or device. Ad Age reports that customers using iAd Workbench can choose between payment based...

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11:30
Daily Deals for April 1, 2014, featuring free...

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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11:14
Apple in talks for $479M stake in Japanese chipmaker...

Apple could be on the verge of bringing another important hardware component in-house as the company is reportedly working on a deal to acquire controlling interest in Renesas SP Drivers, a Japanese firm that makes LCD chips for Apple's iPhone.
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11:10
Apple receives patent for interchangeable iPhone...

A newly granted Apple patent shows us one way Apple could improve its iPhone cameras.

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If you want to take good pictures, one of the things you need is a good lens. As good as lenses have gotten, this is one of the areas where smartphone cameras continue to be constrained: you can fit a small, fixed focal length lens to the back of a phone, but doing anything more complicated would make the device considerably larger. One potential solution to this problem would be a system of detachable, interchangeable lenses like those used in DSLRs and other mid-to-high-end cameras, but the attachment mechanism itself would normally take up quite a bit of space.

That's one problem that Apple is apparently trying to crack, according to...

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11:06
Clock Counting Down on Windows XP Support


As Microsoft prepares to cut off support for Windows XP, hackers are sharpening their knives in anticipation of carving up the operating system's carcass. Web predators will pounce on XP 10 minutes after Microsoft pulls the support plug on the software, predicted one former military computer specialist and network engineer. Indeed, it appears that information highwaymen are stockpiling ammunition for a series of assaults on the operating system. Stockpiles of zero day exploits aren't the only vulnerabilities XP users will have to worry about.

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11:01
∞ Black Label Society: My Dying Time

The first single from Zakk’s upcoming album, “Catacombs of the Black Vatican,” which will be released on April 8.

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11:00
6 Apple products that were better off as April Fools...

Companies are typically remembered for their successes as opposed to their failures -- and the same is true for Apple -- but the company has still had plenty of missteps that, while potentially frustrating at the time, can now be looked back on with...

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10:30
Reuters: Next iPhone will come with 4.7” or 5.5”...

Satire - The iPhone 5S (Parody) Ad

Reuters reports that Apple's next iPhone will be available in both 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screen versions—considerable increases over the current iPhone 5S and 5C models' 4-inch displays.

Reuters cites "supply chain sources" for the information, which could mean anything from a Foxconn vice president down to a factory janitor. According to Reuters, three separate suppliers have been tapped to produce the larger LCD panels: Japan Display, Sharp, and LG Display. The existence of the displays themselves isn't necessarily the point of the Reuters report, though—according to Reuters, not only are the two unannounced display sizes planned, but the 5.5-inch version might already be facing production problems.

The report speculates that the displays will contain...

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10:30
Today is Apple's 38th birthday

On Thursday April 1, 1976 Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne started Apple Computers. Their first product was the Apple I computer kit, built by hand by its designer Steve Wozniak. The Apple I consisted of just a motherboard, leaving users to...

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10:28
Judge Cote Gives Apple Ebook Antitrust Case Class...

Consumers targeting Apple with a lawsuit over claims that the iPhone and iPad maker teamed up with publishers to drive up the price of ebooks has been granted class action status by U.S. Federal Court Judge Denise Cote. She's the Judge that oversaw the lawsuit the Department of Justice filed against Apple and book publishers, ruled that Apple did participate in a conspiracy, and placed a monitor inside the company to ensure it doesn't engage in anti-competitive practices.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple is going to be dealing with the repercussions of the DOJ's antitrust lawsuit for years, and it's going to cost lots of money. The company is facing lawsuits from over 30 states, plus this consumer-started class action case, and the appeal process in the DOJ's win. So far, the big winner is Amazon because now there isn't an easy way for book retailers to compete with its practice of selling books below cost.

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10:12
9to5Toys Last Call: WD My Passport Pro RAID 15% off...

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10:08
US Mac Pro shipping times slip to 5-6 weeks

Shipping estimates for the 2013 Mac Pro have slipped from "April" to 5 to 6 weeks at Apple's US online store, checks show. At least some international storefronts are continuing to mention April, but could follow suit. Built-to-order Pros should take longer to ship as per usual....
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10:05
Hands On: Oyster e-book subscription service

We're not sure that there's any debate about the future of subscription services for digital content. Between Netflix, Amazon Video, Next Issue, and a few other services offering near-unlimited consumption, our appetite seems voracious for digital offerings. A subscription service for e-books has recently launched for the iOS called Oyster -- it purports to allows users access to over 200,000 titles offline and online. How well does it accomplish that goal, as well as giving the reader a positive reading experience?...
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10:04
Aspyr game showcase

Lots of great Mac games here from Aspyr.

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09:59
Amplified: Doc Oc Arms

Jim Dalrymple and Dan Benjamin talk about the evolution of a small business, making things you like instead of what the audience wants, wearable tech, guitar modeling vs. the real thing, and more.

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09:30
TUAW Bookshelf: iPad and iPhone Kung Fu

Apple expert Keir Thomas, who brought us Mac Kung Fu a few years ago, has just launched a follow up volume: iPad and iPhone Kung Fu (US$12 ebook, US$19 print). With over 300 tips and tricks, there's a lot of useful knowledge in the book for any new...

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09:19
iPhone Apps: Fantastical, Awesome Note, Movies by...


    

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09:00
Like a glove: April Fools efforts from Samsung, HTC...

With accusations of copying and commoditization already rife within the smartphone and tablet industries, three of the market's biggest names -- Samsung, HTC and Toshiba --?all showcased similar glove-themed prank products on Tuesday for April Fools' Day. Hilarity ensued.
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09:00
Apple Q2 investor call and other news for April 1,...

Sourcing news on April 1 sure is fun, let me tell you. But just to prove that I'm not a total curmudgeon, let me congratulate Think Geek on winning April Fool's Day. As usual. Rosetta Stone for Klingon? Qapla'! Meanwhile...

Apple has announced...

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09:00
The Week in Mac Apps: Bioshocking

Bioshocking

This week’s Mac app roundup takes us shooting through an underwater city in an alternate reality. If fantastic games aren't your thing, we also have an app that can remove the scratch from your old songs, one that helps you keep track of your movies, and one that will help you write the next great movie, TV show, or play.

Audio Cleaner Pro 1.2.3

Magix Software’s $55 Audio Cleaner Pro (Mac App Store Link) takes your old recordings and scrubs them clean of interference and noise.

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08:45
New details emerge on Razer Kazuyo iOS controller

More information has reportedly leaked on Razer's upcoming iOS game controller, codenamed Kazuyo. The combination case/gamepad is expected to include features like pressure-sensitive buttons, and full-sized analog sticks, which should make some games easier to control. Since earlier incarnations, the device appears to have been given a more rounded design....
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08:38
Apple Patent Could Herald Interchangeable iPhone...

concertina226 (2447056) writes with this excerpt from IBTimes: "Apple has been granted a patent for interchangeable camera lenses — which could be used on the up-coming iPhone 6. The application was granted by the US Patent and Trademark Office in remarkably quick time, according to Patently Apple. Patent No. 8,687,299 has been granted to Apple today for 'Bayonet attachment mechanisms,' i.e. a bayonet mount that is able to securely attach lenses to an iOS device, such as an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. A bayonet mount is a fastening mechanism which is typically seen on cameras, used to attach lenses to the camera body. At the moment, there is no adjustable camera lens system in existence for smartphones, although there are lots of third party macro lens products that consumers can buy to clip onto their smartphone."

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