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Thursday April 3

15:37
Apple issues fifth OS X 10.9.3 Mavericks beta to...

Apple on Thursday issued the fifth OS X 10.9.3 Mavericks beta to developers, asking testers to focus on graphics, audio, Safari and the recently restored iTunes contacts and calendar syncing over USB.
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15:30
The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for April 3, 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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15:20
Apple seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 build 13D33 to...

After seeding the fourth OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 beta (build 13D28) to developers a week ago, Apple today pushed out another pre-release version of the update, Mavericks 10.9.3 (build 13D33). Like previous builds, Apple is once again asking developers to focus on Graphics Drivers, Audio, Safari, and Contacts/Calendar USB sync via iTunes.

The new beta release is available now through software update and Apple’s developer channels.

One feature users can expect when the update is released to the public is the enhanced support for 4K external monitors we discovered in the first beta. Apple recently started...

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15:04
Nest suspends sales of Protect smoke & carbon...

Google-owned smart home firm Nest announced on Thursday that it has suspended sales of the Protect Smoke + CO Alarm after discovering one of the product's built-in convenience features poses a potential safety risk.
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15:00
Speck DuraFolio iPad cases: Slim, tough and...

iPad folios and cases seem to always pick two of the three off of the feature menu of slim, tough, or adjustable. Case pioneer Speck is now shipping their new DuraFolio iPad cases for iPad Air and iPad mini (with or without Retina display), and it...

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14:59
iPhoto for iOS update adds white border printing...

Following a slew of updates to iWork, Apple has released a minor update to iPhoto for iOS, part of its iLife suite. The update adds a new border printing option. When ordering prints, you can now frame your photos with a white border. As usual, the update also includes miscellaneous bug fixes and “other improvements”.

What’s New in Version 2.0.1

• Add a white border to photos when ordering prints
• Includes bug fixes and other improvements

iPhoto costs $5 on the App Store, but new iOS device purchases automatically unlocks the app for the registered account for free.

Filed under: Apps Tagged: Apple,...

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14:53
Samsung pisses off the White House

“Without getting into counsel’s discussions, I can tell you that as a rule, the White House objects to attempts to use the president’s likeness for commercial purposes, and we certainly object in this case,” he said.

Fucking morons at Samsung.

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14:52
Apple Will Need to Up Its TV Game to Compete with...

Amazon announced the Fire TV on Wednesday, and once again Amazon has taken aim at Apple and come out swinging. Itâs another box to hook up to the telly, but this one offers a lot. Many consumers will find it compelling, and that means Apple should pay attention.


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14:35
Apple files motion protesting Samsung assertion that...

Apple and Samsung have only been at it for a day and already the two companies are squabbling. In a motion filed earlier this afternoon, Apple expressed displeasure with the fact that Samsung, during its opening argument, asserted that Apple doesn't...

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14:30
Flickr Find: Just horsing around with a MacBook Pro

See folks, you really can make an ass of yourself when you spend too much time on your MacBook Pro. Of course, we should probably ask reader Ken Fager if he was just horsing around on Halloween in this gem of a photo taken a few years ago....

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14:27
Vine iOS, Android apps get private messaging feature

Twitter-owned Vine has updated its iOS and Android apps with a new direct messaging feature. The option lets people send videos privately, regardless of whether the recipient is a Vine user. People who don't have a Vine account will instead get the videos via SMS or email....
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14:26
The Learn To Code Game Developer Bundle for $49

I have a deal on a bundle of training courses that will teach you how to make games for iOS (and Android, but it's mainly iOS), and it has proven to be very, very popular. It's called "The Learn To Code Game Developer Bundle," and includes an introduction to the Unity3D engine, how to use Stency to create 2D games, an HTML 5 game development course for beginners, how to make clones of Flappy Bird and Candy Crush (I recommend those for instructional purposes only-be creative!), Creating iOS Games For Beginners, and Learn Android App Development From Scratch. That's a lot of courses, and they retail for $989. You ca get it for $49 through our deal, which expires in 12 days, so giddy up!


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14:14
Microsoft Office for iPad hits 12M downloads one...

Microsoft on Thursday announced Office for iPad downloads hit the 12 million mark after just one week of availability, illustrating pent-up demand for an iPad port of the software giant's productivity suite.
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14:05
Yahoo Issues Security Sitrep


Yahoo has announced a new effort to upgrade its security, in the wake of a torrent of breaches and hacker attacks over recent months. Yahoo's plans include encryption of data in motion, enabling HTTPS encryption, and implementing the latest in security best practices, said Chief Information Security Officer Alex Stamos, who took over the job in March. A series of attacks that began last October resulted in Yahoo's servers being taken offsite for several days in December, forcing CEO Marissa Mayer to make a public apology.

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14:04
Office for iPad: A Deep Look

Julio Ojeda-Zapata runs the just-released Office for iPad through its paces, providing a full review and challenging it with real-world Office documents that bring Apple’s iWork apps to their knees. Read on to find out how it fares.

 

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13:58
Apple agrees to out-of-court settlement in...

Apple has agreed to an out-of-court settlement for a lawsuit brought by Intertrust Technologies last year, court documents show. The two parties filed for a dismissal yesterday with District Court judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers. She has since agreed to the request, dismissing claims with prejudice, and ordering each side to pay its own legal fees. The terms of the settlement haven't been made public, however....
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13:51
Brendan Eich steps down at Mozilla Foundation, no...

In the wake of a $1000 political contribution controversy, Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich has voluntarily stepped down. In a post noting the departure, Mozilla claims that "We didn't act like you'd expect Mozilla to act. We didn't move fast enough to engage with people once the controversy started. We're sorry. We must do better."...
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13:48
Brendan Eich Steps Down as CEO of Mozilla Amidst...

Brendan Eich-tech wiz, programmer, creator of JavaScript, longtime member of the Mozilla community, and anti-gay marriage advocate. He built his reputation in technology to become CEO of Mozilla Corporation, but it was a US$1,000 donation in support of Prop 8 in California in 2008 led to his departure from that position on Thursday.


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13:39
IFTTT adds iOS push notification support, Faster...

Popular web-based automation and productivity service "If This, Then That" now allows users to add iOS push notifications into their recipes, while computer spaceflight simulator Faster Than Light has come to Apple's iPad.
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13:37
Microsoft says Office iPad apps hit 12 million...

After announcing the release of the Office for iPad apps late last month, Microsoft announced today that the separate Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps for iPad have collectively reached 12 million downloads a week after release. The number also included downloads of the OneNote app for iPad, which has been available for a couple of years leading up to the release of the Office apps, but Microsoft didn’t provide a breakdown of sales by app.

It wasn’t long after release that Microsoft’s three new Office apps for iPad hit the top of the free App Store charts thanks to a ton of promotion from the announcement,...

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13:15
The woman behind Apple’s first icons

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Priceonomics:

Susan Kare “was the type of kid who always loved art.” As a child, she lost herself in drawings, paintings, and crafts; as a young woman, she dove into art history and had grandeur dreams of being a world-renowned fine artist.

But when a chance encounter in 1982 reconnected her with an old friend and Apple employee, Kare found herself working in a different medium, with a much smaller canvas — about 1,024 pixels. Equipped with few computer skills and lacking any prior experience with digital design, Kare proceeded to revolutionize pixel art.

Kare is a legend and I never tire of reading or hearing about her story.

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13:11
Greenpeace flies blimp over Silicon Valley to praise...

While Greenpeace and Apple have had their clashes in the past, the environmental advocacy group took to the skies to instead praise Apple this week, championing the iPhone maker, along with Facebook and Google, for "building a greener Internet."
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13:02
AOC unveils 24-inch 1ms gaming-oriented pivot display

Display manufacturer AOC today announced the 24-inch 144Hz Gaming Monitor -- model number G2460PQU. Designed for high-performance gaming, the AOC G2460PQU delivers a refresh rate of 144Hz and response time of 1ms to offer users reduced input lag and more frames per second....
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13:01
Apple acquired Novauris in 2013, moved workers onto...

Unnoticed, Apple bought speech recognition company Novauris last year, a report says. While Apple itself hasn't talked about the acquisition, a call to Novauris' UK offices is said to have got confirmation from an employee. People from the Novauris team are claimed to be working on Siri, Apple's voice command system....
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12:36
Vine adds private video messaging, profile theming...

 

Vine has just released its ‘biggest update yet’ to the App Store, bringing one-on-one video messaging to the service for the first time. Analogous with Twitter DM’s, Vine’s VM’s work in the same way — hosting private conversations outside of the main stream. As you might expect, conversations can include short video clips as well as text messages.

You can start a conversation directly to a recipient, or bounce off a public Vine for inspiration. Just share the Vine to as many as friends as you want to start a message. It’s important to note you cannot have group conversations (yet). If you share a Vine to more than one person, a separate thread is created for each recipient.

Version 2 also adds some new customization options for your Vine profile. In Settings, you can theme your profile with a specific color which then...

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12:30
iWork: The changes in Apple's productivity suite

This week brought a big update to iWork, the iOS, OS X and iCloud productivity suite made up of Pages, Keynote, and Numbers. You may have already grabbed the updates for iOS and OS X from the respective App Stores and not noticed too much of a visual...

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12:27
Cortana Reports for Windows Phone 8.1 Duty


Microsoft on Wednesday introduced Windows Phone 8.1, the latest refresh to its mobile operating system. The update includes a personal digital assistant named "Cortana," based on the popular AI character in the video game Halo. Cortana is the Windows Phone 8.1 counterpart to Apple's Siri or Google's much less personal Now. Users can access Cortana by voice or type, and she will respond in kind. Powered by Bing, Cortana is capable of learning users' habits and preferences, and can curate and communicate information.

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12:19
Type2Phone 2.4

Releases since our review of the Mac app that types on an iOS device add a variety of minor tweaks, bug fixes, and shortcuts, along with a Send Using Type2Phone service and a compose window. ($4.99 new, free update, 800K)

 

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12:08
Safari updated to version 7.0.3

Earlier this week, Apple released an update to Safari bringing it up to version 7.0.3 for Mavericks and Safari 6.1.3 for Mountain Lion and Lion users. The updates are available through the OS X App Store application. You will need to quit Safari, if it is open, in order to complete the update. The following is the list of changes in the update:

  • Fixes an issue that could cause the search address field to load a webpage or send a search term before the return key is pressed
  • Improves credit card auto fill compatibility with websites
  • Fixes an issue that could block receipt of push notifications from websites
  • Adds a preference to turn off push notification prompts from websites
  • Adds support for webpages with generic top-level domains
  • Strengthens Safari sandboxing
  • Fixes security issues, including several identified in recent security...
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12:07
Facebook Messenger for iPhone updated with free...

Just a week after Facebook added group management to its Messenger app, the social network is out with yet another update to the messaging service: free calls for everyone.

The feature allows you to call your Facebook friends who also have the app over WiFi for free (you can call over cellular as well, but this uses data, of course). Free calling is especially beneficial to users who communicate internationally as calling rates tend to get pricey in that area.

Messaging threads now include a phone icon for prompting calls from the app, and the actual phone user interface resembles the native iOS Phone UI prior to iOS 7.1 introducing a tweaked design to the Phone app.

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12:00
Fantastical shines on the iPad's display

Fantastical from Flexibits has been my go-to calendar on the Mac and iPhone for a long time now. This week the company released an iPad version (US$9.99) that takes advantage of the device's big display. The app isn't simply larger on the iPad. The...

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11:51
Pebble 2.1.1 update now in the App Store, appears to...

Sometime yesterday, Pebble’s updated iOS app to fix the problems introduced by the 2.1 update, appeared on the App Store. Version 2.1.1, in our experience, has resolved the problems, in particular the inability to launch the iOS app. I simply installed the new version over the old and everything started up fine. There was a method posted on some sites for removing 2.1 and reinstalling the old version, but I do not know the results of trying this. Pebble’s response was little more than a confirmation that the updated app had been submitted and then the fact that the 2.1.1 version was showing up in the App Store. The following in the list of...

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11:47
Apple settles patent infringement suit with Sony,...

Apple has reached an out-of-court settlement with Intertrust Technologies, a holding company owned jointly by consumer electronics giants Sony and Philips, putting an end to a patent infringement lawsuit filed against the iPhone maker by Intertrust one year ago.
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11:45
Elgato debuts $230 Thunderbolt Dock

Elgato has released the Thunderbolt Dock, its own entry for MacBook owners looking to expand connection options. The peripheral includes two Thunderbolt ports, the second enabling passthroughs to other Thunderbolt devices. Also present are three USB 3.0 ports, HDMI and Ethernet connections, and headphone and microphone jacks....
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11:44
Apps: AmpliTube Orange, Fantastical 2, IFTTT 2.0 +...

IK Multimedia’s AmpliTube Orange ($15) is a new version of the studio recording app, featuring the look and sound of the legendary Orange amplifiers. Like the standard AmpliTube app, AmpliTube Orange is a guitar/bass multi-FX processor and recording studio that connects a guitar to an iOS device using various…

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11:41
Review: Ooma Office VoIP telecommunications suite

Voice over IP (VoIP) services have been around for a very long time. Only recently has the implementation become a bit more robust allowing for businesses to shift the majority of telephony to the devices. One of the foremost devices in the field right now is the Ooma Office suite. The device promises to revolutionize all office communications for a lower monthly price than traditional telecommunications providers. Can it really do all it claims to? Read our review to find out....
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11:33
Safari 7.0.3 and 6.1.3

Safari 7.0.3 adds improved credit card autofill and a preference to disable push notification prompts, along with important security fixes. (Free)

 

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11:30
Daily Deals for April 3, 2014, featuring 1stFlip...

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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11:18
Apple acquired speech recognition company Novauris...

Apple has acquired Novauris Technologies, a company with a lot of talent in the automatic speech recognition field, according to a report from TechCrunch. The purchase of Novauris Technologies actually happened sometime last year, and the team is now at Apple working to improve speech recognition features of Siri. A quick look at CEO Yoon Kim’s LinkedIn page shows that the company likely joined Apple in September of last year.

The company is actually made up of former Dragon Systems R&D team members, a company with notable history in the voice dictation and speech recognition fields.

Apple quietly...

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11:12
Apple acquires speech recognition company Novauris

Apple has acquired automatic speech recognition company Novauris Technologies, TechCrunch reports. The acquisition reportedly occurred in 2013, and the Novauris team was already working on Siri as of last fall. Last year, it was reported that a formerly unknown “small team of notable names in speech technology” was…

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11:00
WWDC for fun and tickles

It's that time of year again! This morning, when Apple announced its WWDC dates and opened its new lottery system, potential attendees started going crazy attempting to book flights and hotel rooms in the hope they'd get lucky. This morning thousands...

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10:55
Apple acquired speech recognition firm Novauris last...

An Apple acquisition from 2013 may have quietly flown under the radar, as it was revealed this week that the Siri development team has added personnel from Novauris Technologies.
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10:53
IFTTT gains support for iPad, iOS notifications in...

Service-linking website IFTTT (If This Then That) has updated its iOS app with its first-ever iPad support, and more significantly, its entire platform with support for iOS push notifications. That means that any recipe can now trigger notifications on an iOS device. If a weather service is forecasting a storm for tomorrow, for example, the IFTTT app can display an alert. Most recipes are said to refresh every 15 minutes, though notifications should become faster as more people use them....
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10:40
Obama administration upset over alleged Samsung...

The White House is reportedly unhappy with South Korean electronics maker Samsung, over allegations that the company sponsored a "selfie" to which President Barack Obama was inadvertently a party.
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10:30
Steve Jobs email: "2011: Holy War with Google...

Steve Jobs was never one to mince words, which makes recently released emails from the former Apple CEO not all that surprising. In documents that have come to light as part of Apple and Samsung's second California trial, the Wall Street Journal...

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10:20
Apple Joins IBM, Microsoft in Patent Reform Lobby...

Apple is taking a bigger role in pushing for patent reform in the United States by teaming up with IBM, Microsoft, and other companies as part of the Partnership for American Innovation. The organization's goal is to lobby the Federal government to adopt the changes it wants to improve the country's patent system.

The Mac Observer Spin: The current state of the patent system in the U.S. has made for an environment where it's far to easy for patent trolls to bully companies into licensing payments that may not be appropriate, but are less expensive than drawn out litigation. It's clear there needs to be some chance, so hopefully the Partnership for American Innovation will work for good and not evil.


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10:08
Micron DDR4 RAM rumored to improve battery life,...

A mysterious $250 million payment to memory maker Micron has fueled speculation that the company's new LPDDR4 DRAM could be making its way to future Apple products, potentially as soon as its next generation of iPhone, iPad and Mac models.
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10:05
9to5Toys Last Call: Mpow Bluetooth headphones $33,...

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:

Last Call updates:

  • Mpow Bluetooth 4.0 Stereo Foldable Headphones Headset $33 shipped (Reg. $80)
  • iOttie Easy One Touch Car Mount for iPhone, Galaxy, and other smartphones ...
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10:00
Zombie Launcher is a fun time burner once you get...

When it comes to iOS games I've got a particular taste for oddball time burners. The Flappy Bird and Spellgrid's of the world are perfect for getting a quick game in when you don't have a lot of time. So when I was sent Zombie Launch, I felt the...

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10:00
Reviews: Ooma Office small business VoIP

Voice over IP (VoIP) services have been around for a very long time. Only recently has the implementation become a bit more robust allowing for businesses to shift the majority of telephony to the devices. One of the foremost devices in the field right now is the Ooma Office suite. The device promises to revolutionize all office communications ......
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09:51
Details You're Not Supposed To See From Boston...

curtwoodward (2147628) writes "In January, Boston University settled lawsuits against two dozen big technology companies for allegedly using its patented blue LED technology without permission. But apparently, the school's lawyers were a little too forthcoming for everyone's tastes — they recently asked a federal judge to delete a court filing that spelled out all of the companies who settled. Luckily, we still had the unredacted version, which shows that Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Motorola and many more are on the list, even if they don't want you to know it."

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09:51
Details You're Not Supposed To See From Boston...

curtwoodward (2147628) writes "In January, Boston University settled lawsuits against two dozen big technology companies for allegedly using its patented blue LED technology without permission. But apparently, the school's lawyers were a little too forthcoming for everyone's tastes — they recently asked a federal judge to delete a court filing that spelled out all of the companies who settled. Luckily, we still had the unredacted version, which shows that Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Motorola and many more are on the list, even if they don't want you to know it."

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09:45
How to use Voice Search with the Apple TV

When Amazon introduced the Fire TV yesterday, much was made about the ability to do voice search on the device. In the linked post, Kirk McElhearn walks through the process of doing the same thing on Apple TV, using the iOS Remote app. Cool beans.

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09:38
Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Kicks Off June...

Apple has announced that it will hold its annual Worldwide Developers Conference June 2 through June 6 at San Francisco’s Moscone West. At the conference, developers from around the world will learn about the future of iOS and OS X. WWDC will feature more than 100 technical sessions, over 1,000 Apple engineers, hands-on labs to help developers integrate new technologies and fine-tune their apps, as well as the Apple Design Awards, which showcase the best apps from the past year. Developers can apply for tickets via the WWDC website now through Monday, April 7 at 10 a.m. PDT, and tickets will be issued to attendees through random selection. Developers will know their status by Monday, April 7 at 5 p.m. PDT. There will also be 200 Student Scholarships available, giving students around the world the chance to earn a free ticket (developer.apple.com/wwdc/students).

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09:30
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

Quick 4 Minute Workout...

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09:23
Review: STM Folio for iPad Air

For professional use, the iPad is something of a strange beast. It's more work-friendly than a smartphone obviously, but still not as powerful as a laptop. The main advantage over a computer is portability -- it's thin and lightweight, and many airport checkpoints won't even make you take it out of your carry-on when you fly. STM's new Folio case for the iPad Air is intended to make things even more travel-friendly, thanks to loops and pockets for your essential gear. Does that actually make it a practical case, though?...
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09:09
iPhone Apps: TextExpander, Angry Birds Star Wars II...


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09:05
Greenpeace praises Apple for helping to foster a...

For a number of years, it seemed that Greenpeace was all too eager to take shots at Apple. These days, the environmental organization can't help but heap praise upon Apple for its increased attention to renewable energy and its otherwise increasing...

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09:01
Briefly: FTL comes to iPad, Pebble 2.1.1 adds app...

Subset Games' PC strategy game Faster Than Light (FTL), has been ported for the iPad 2 and later. Gamers are tasked with running a spaceship trying to escape an oncoming rebel fleet. This involves managing crews and subsystems, coping with threats like fires, boardings, and depressurization. The iPad version includes the free Advanced Edition expansion, which adds new ship, enemies, events, weapons, and more. Available for $10 on iTunes, FTL requires iOS 6 or later, and is not compatible with the original iPad....
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09:00
The Week in iOS Apps: Captain, courageous

The Week in iOS Apps: Captain, courageous

This week’s apps include an appearance by Marvel’s superhero of the moment. Plus updates to Spotify, Fantastical 2, TextExpander, and other popular apps.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

This $3 game for iPhone and iPad lets you fight some of Cap’s better-known enemies—King Cobra, Taskmaster, Puff Adder, and the Winter Soldier—while occasionally calling in some of his friends, like the Black Widow, the Falcon, and even some Avengers. In-app purchases make it possible for you to upgrade Cap’s suit, research enemies more quickly, and advance in the game more efficiently.

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08:59
Flux: Design iOS transitions

This looks really cool. It even generates the files needed for Xcode on export—there’s a public beta available for download.

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08:50
Apple, others form patent lobbying group

Apple and a number of other large companies have created a new lobbying group dedicated to fighting proposed changes to the patent system, Reuters reports. The group — which also includes DuPont, Ford, General Electric, IBM, Microsoft, and Pfizer — calls itself the Partnership for American Innovation. Pending legislation…

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08:39
Apple, Microsoft, IBM team to form pro-patent...

Apple, in conjunction with IBM, Microsoft, and others not in the technology industry have created The Partnership for American Innovation. The group's first goal is lobbying the US government to alter the trajectory of patent reform. Former US Patent Trademark Office (USPTO) Director David Kappos is a senior advisor to the group....
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08:34
∞ Black Sabbath: Changes

One of my favorite songs.

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08:30
IFTTT app update brings support for push...


If This Then That (IFTTT), the popular web service that allows users to automate tasks from a long list of other mobile apps and web services, is today announcing an update to its iOS app that also introduces full support for iPad and new features for the iPhone version (via TNW).

The most notable new feature is push notification support, allowing any IFTTT “recipe” to result in a push notification to your iPhone or iPad. While you could already get push notifications to show up in a recipe from many apps that send out...

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08:30
Monument Valley is proof that games can be art

If you have a dog in the never-ending "Are games art?" debate, you know that there are good arguments to be made on both sides. I firmly believe that games can be art, and to anyone who disagrees, I would eagerly point you in the direction of...

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08:24
Apple, Microsoft and others group to lobby against...


Apple is worried that new legislation will limit its ability to protect its own intellectual property.

Reuters is reporting that Apple, Microsoft, Ford, General Electric, IBM and other companies are forming a lobbyist group called the ‘Partnership for American Innovation’. The group is worried that upcoming legislation focused on patent trolls may adversely affect true ‘innovators’ as well.

The legislation is targeted at fighting patent assertion entities (PAEs), companies commonly referred to as patent trolls. These companies buy up patents but produce no actual products themselves, instead...

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08:14
Apple's iPhone 5s remains best selling...

Consumers continued to choose Apple's flagship iPhone 5s more than any other smartphone in March thanks in part to strong brand loyalty, and one analyst believes that Apple's sales could increase even further as buyers begin to upgrade their handsets more frequently.
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08:00
Doo moves beyond document syncing, releases Scanbot...


Earlier this year, the developers of the document-syncing application Doo announced that the company was shutting down its backend and removing its app from sale. The company wasn’t going anywhere, however, and had plans for a brand new product that would be revealed soon.

Today, the company has taken the wraps off of its newest app, Scanbot, which allows users to scan documents into their iPhone and store them as PDFs or JPGs on a variety of cloud services. We had a chance to talk to Frank Thelen, CEO of Doo, about why the original service was shuttered, how the company decided on a new direction, and and what...

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08:00
MacHeist launches Apple Design Award Bundle

MacHeist is offering a new software deal, the Apple Design Award Bundle. As the name implies it gathers together some past winners of the Apple Design Awards at a cheaper cost, specifically just $20. The titles in the bundle are normally worth $1,776 when bought separately....
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08:00
How to watch Major League Baseball games on your...

The 2014 Major League Baseball season kicked off this week, which means it is time to outfit all your devices with the right tools to catch every morale-crushing strikeout or game-winning homerun. To get the most complete coverage, you'll want to...

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08:00
Reading List: Inactivation lock, iAds for the masses...

Sometimes smaller stories slip through the cracks; this Thursday, we’re here to catch them with a feature we call Reading List.

iOS 7 bug allows anyone to disable Find My iPhone and bypass Activation Lock without a password

The Activation Lock feature introduced with iOS 7, which prevents an iOS device from being activated without the relevant iCloud login, can apparently be bypassed with a little fleet-fingered work. (This is reminiscent of some of the passcode lock bugs we saw with earlier versions of iOS 7.) However, having a passcode enabled will thwart most people trying this one, so it’s not yet time to panic in the streets.

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Reviews: STM Folio for iPad Air

For professional use, the iPad is something of a strange beast. It's more work-friendly than a smartphone obviously, but still not as powerful as a laptop. The main advantage over a computer is portability -- it's thin and lightweight, and many airport checkpoints won't even make you take it out of your carry-on when you fly. STM's new Folio case for the iPad Air is intended to make things ......
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07:44
Review: Elmo BOXi T-200 mobile projector

Projectors have become a key piece of equipment for the business world. From presentations and slideshows, being able to show an audience a visual representation of the talk is an important aspect. However the display devices can often be large or cumbersome to deal with especially when traveling. Wouldn't it be more practical to have a compact, travel projector to bring along on business trips? Elmo thought so and released the BOXi T-200, which features a small footprint that is easily stowed in a laptop bag. Read our review to see how well the projector performed for us....
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07:33
Analyst: Amazon’s Fire TV no Threat to Apple TV

Amazon unveiled its Fire TV set top streaming media box on Wednesday, and while it offers some features Apple TV doesn't, it isn't a big threat to Apple, according to Forrester analyst Jim Nail. Fire TV offers streaming video content from the usual sources, such as Netflix and Hulu Plus, and it supports gaming, too.

The Mac Observer Spin: Amazon's Fire TV does have some features that set it apart from Apple TV, but it doesn't sound like that's enough to wow analysts. Still, it would be great to see Apple beef up Apple TV's capabilities. Competition is good for consumers, after all.


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07:31
Expect faster MacBooks with longer battery-life...

Matt Margolis is predicting that Apple will be switching from DDR3 to DDR4 RAM for future MacBooks this year, suggesting faster performance and improved battery-life.

One of Apple’s RAM manufacturer. Micron, says that DDR3 bandwidth tops out at around 17GB/s, while DDR4 aims to double this by 2015:

Since the introduction of the iPhone, the industry has responded with an evolutionary transition from 2.6 GB/s LPDDR1, to 8.5 GB/s LPDDR2, to 17 GB/s LPDDR3, the technology currently is powering today’s high-end devices in volume production. DRAM bandwidth has roughly doubled with each generation to keep pace with demand.

The next generation of low-power DRAM (LPDRAM)—also known as LPDDR4—addresses these constraints by doubling the bandwidth of LPDDR3 while maintaining power neutrality. For example, LPDDR4...

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07:26
Lensbaby planning to bring its DSLR selective focus...

Lensbaby is planning to make an iPhone version of its popular selective focus lens range. The company’s existing lenses for DSLRs allow a small focal point to be positioned in a scene, creating some whacky burred effects in the rest of the image. I’ve used one on my DSLR, and it’s fun to play around with.

A magnetic attachment system means that you’ll be able to combine the Lensbaby with any existing magnetic iPhone lenses you already own.

It’s currently just a Kickstarter project, but with half of the modest $20,000 goal already reached just one day in, it seems pretty certain to make it into production. As of the time of writing, you can reserve one for $50, a $20 saving on the planned retail price.

Sample images below.

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07:20
WWDC 2014 to be held June 2nd, tickets go on sale...

Apple has officially announced that the 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference will kick off on June 2nd at Moscone West in San Francisco, and run through the 6th. Registrations are due to open up on Monday, April 7th, at 10AM Pacific time (1PM Eastern). Entrants will be randomly selected, and notified if they got in by 5PM Pacific the same day. The company is also planning to offer 200 student scholarships granting people free tickets; the National Center for Women & Information Technology and its partners will help promote those scholarships to female developers....
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A spoiled generation of tech observers yearn for...

It's a funny thing; the more technology advances, the more impatient people become in anticipation of even newer and greater innovations. The result is an abundance of analysts, bloggers, and pundits who may very well be the crappiest generation of...

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06:58
How to Bake Scientifically Accurate Cake Planets

Science is cool, and cake is great, so what happens when you put the two together? Scientifically accurage planet cakes, of course. Cakecrumbs figured out how to make spherical cakes that show you a cross section down to the planet's core when cut -- and it's cake! They even made a video showing exactly how to bake your own planet cakes. Thanks to Wait Wow for the heads up, and did we mention... cake planets!


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06:54
How to Watch TV on Your Laptop


The big TV news this week is about hardware, with Amazon launching its Fire TV to rival Roku, Apple TV and Chromecast. For a while, speculation was hot and heavy that Amazon would launch its own pay-TV service, but that hasn't happened... yet. That's what the real TV wars likely will be fought over, though -- how content reaches consumers. The Supreme Court later this month will hear arguments on both sides of cord-cutter startup Aereo's business plan. Aereo lets users stream or record live television programming.

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06:51
Investors increasingly banking on profitable new...

Though Apple had pledged to introduce new products "throughout 2014," it has yet to have a major launch this year. That's helped set the stage for expectations among bullish investors that the company is working on something big that could truly move the needle on Apple's stock price in the coming months.
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06:44
Apple’s 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference kicks...

WWDC begins in just two short months.

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Apple this morning announced the dates for this year's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco. As usual, the show will take place in the Moscone West convention center, and it will run from June 2 to June 6.

The majority of the show is dedicated to technical sessions for OS X and iOS developers, but its day-one keynote has historically been used to unveil the next versions of those operating systems to the public. Apple has also been known to make smaller hardware announcements at the show—we probably won't see a new iPad, but a new MacBook Air or Mac Mini isn't out of the question.

In the past, Apple has sold WWDC tickets on a first-come, first-serve basis, and in recent years this has become a mad scramble that leaves many developers out in...

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06:15
Daily App: Faster Than Light brings real-time, rogue...

Released in 2012 for the desktop, Faster Than Light from Subset games is considered to be one of the top indie real-time strategy games. In the game, you control a spaceship from Galactic Federation that contains critical information. You must escape...

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06:14
Apple opens WWDC ticket lottery, starting today

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) kicks off on June 2nd, runs through June 6th, at its usual spot in Moscone West in San Francisco. Sign up. Hope to see you there!

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06:10
Apple's 2014 WWDC is June 2-6, tickets...

If you were holding your breath waiting for news of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, wait no longer: Apple announced on Thursday that the annual shindig will kick off on June 2 at San Francisco’s Moscone West, running through June 6. As usual, it will feature technically-oriented sessions presented by Apple engineers.

The big news, however, is how Apple is handling tickets. Spots for last year’s conference sold out in just about three minutes, highlighting the accelerating demand; 2012’s tickets took about two hours to disappear, while 2011’s vanished in 12 hours. Many developers were shut out from the conference, while others experienced technical problems completing their purchases, leading to many cries for a new system...

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06:00
Reviews: BOXi T-200 travel projector

Projectors have become a key piece of equipment for the business world. From presentations and slideshows, being able to show an audience a visual representation of the talk is an important aspect. However the display devices can often be large or cumbersome to deal with especially when traveling. Wouldn't it be more practical to have a compact, travel projector to bring along on business trips? ......
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05:50
Apple announces WWDC for June 2-6

In a press release this morning, Apple announced the dates of its annual Worldwide Developers Conference. The event will run June 2 through June 6 at Moscone West in San Francisco. This year, tickets will be available via a…

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05:48
Apple’s WWDC 2014 kicks off June 2nd for 5 days,...

Apple has announced that it’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference will begin this year on 2nd June, running for five days.

Apple today announced that it will hold its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) June 2 through June 6 at San Francisco’s Moscone West. At this year’s five-day conference, developers from around the world will learn about the future of iOS and OS X®, giving them the latest tools and technologies to continue creating the most innovative apps for the millions of iOS and Mac® customers worldwide. WWDC will feature more than 100 technical sessions, over 1,000 Apple engineers, hands-on labs to help developers integrate new technologies and fine tune their apps, as well as the Apple Design Awards which showcase the best apps from the past year …

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05:45
A new phase in scamming: using your online photos

A new breed of scammer now lifts your online photos to create a fake online identity, using your real name. There are a number of paths they take, but one in particular is to ensnare the unwary into a personal relationship that they can exploit. The scammers obviously know who you are, and block you from these accounts making it difficult for you to detect.

This is a fascinating read.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:45
WWDC 2014 will take place June 2-6

Apple has announced that WWDC 2014 will take place June 2-6 at Moscone West in San Francisco. Tickets will become available on April 25 at 10 AM Pacific Time.

For the past few years, tickets have sold out quicker than you can blink your eyes. This...

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05:45
Apple’s Annual WWDC Set for June 2-6

Apple announced the dates for its 2014 Worldwide Developer Conference dates will be June 2 through June 6, and the event will be held at the Moscone West Convention Center in San Francisco. The annual event brings together Mac and iOS developers with Apple's own engineers to learn about the company's roadmap and improve their own products.


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05:36
Comparing Amazon’s Fire TV with Apple TV, Google...

Good side-by-side comparisons in this LA Times piece. You might also want to take a look at this comparison from Forbes.

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05:36
Review roundup: Is Office for iPad worth ninety-nine...

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The iPad edition of Microsoft Office has been a long-time coming. This was, it now seems clear, no accident: Microsoft wanted to attempt to boost sales of its ill-fated Surface tablet by pointing to the lack of Office software on the iPad.

Now that the company has accepted the inevitable, that most people would rather have Office on their iPad than buy a Surface, the question is: was it worth the wait … ? 

TechCrunch...

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05:35
Apple's WWDC 2014 kicks off June 2, tickets to...

Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, where the company traditionally unveils the next generation of its iOS mobile operating system, will kick off on June 2 this year, with randomly selected attendees set to be announced next week.
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04:12
Apple working on voice-recognizing headphones with...

Apple is looking to advance the design of its bundled iPhone EarPods by potentially implanting an accelerometer into the earbud portion that could recognize voice activity, which in turn would activate and tune beamforming microphone arrays.
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03:39
WWDC 2014 Opens Ticket Lottery for June Conference

Mac and iOS developers can now register for the WWDC ticket lottery through 7 April 2014. If you’re among the 5,000 people randomly selected to attend, you’ll have until 14 April 2014 to purchase the $1,599 ticket.

 

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03:12
Apple new touchscreen tech would use IR light to...

Using a combination of capacitive touch and infrared light sensing, Apple's newly revealed touchscreen technology concept allows users to accurately convey force applied to a touch surface without bulky physical hardware, opening new dimensions in GUI navigation and interaction.
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iOS 7 bug allows anyone to disable Find My iPhone...

Starting with iOS 7, deleting an iCloud account or restoring a device requires Find My iPhone to be disabled. Find My iPhone, in turn, requires the user to enter the password for the Apple ID attached to the iCloud account. This system ensures that phone thieves can’t remove the account and avoid being tracked through the Find My iPhone website.

Unfortunately, there’s a pretty easy way to bypass this requirement, as demonstrated in the video above. To do so, you first need to tap both “delete account” and the switch to disable Find My iPhone at the same time in the iCloud settings panel. That’s actually the hardest part of the entire process. When prompted for a password, hold down the...

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