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Saturday March 29

07:00
Caturday: Charis the assistant editor

Charis is a 1-1/2 year old Greek cat who, according to his human Dimitrios Georgoulas, thinks of himself as an assistant editor at AppleWorldHellas. Dimitrios tells us that Charis loves Apple products, especially the new iPad Air and the MacBook Pro...

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06:00
Expo Notes: Accessory makers have their eye on...

I’ll admit: If I’m on the ferry in to work, and someone’s tapping away at an iOS device, I’m not above sneaking a peek. “Hey, that guy’s pretty good at Threes,” I might say to myself. Or “I wonder what that email’s about.” And on occasion, “I don’t think public transit is an appropriate venue to be watching that movie.”

What my fellow passengers should probably do is avail themselves of an accessory that might shield their devices from the wandering eyes of snoops. I spotted a pair of privacy protectors while waking the floor this week at Macworld/iWorld—and I didn’t even have to glance around surreptitiously to spy them.

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05:46
∞ Writing Aid, a real assist for writers

If you are a writer, check out the Writing Aid, an iPhone app by Benjamin Mayo. The interface couldn’t be simpler. Launch the app, type in a word or phrase, and a banner appears at the top of the app, scrolling side to side with a list of synonyms. At the same time, the definition of the word appears in the main body of the app.

Tap a synonym to jump to a new page with more synonyms and a definition of that word. And so on. You can tap on the upper left of the screen to climb back out to previous synonyms.

Simple, elegant, effective.

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05:31
Something original and fun to play with

Just start hitting keys. This is a lot of fun.

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05:30
Expo Notes: Making the Mac (and iPad and iPhone)...

While no one would mistake the floor of Macworld/iWorld for NAMM, there are a lot of companies exhibiting at this year’s show that aim to help Mac users make music.

Sonoma Wire Works has been busy updating their popular line of GuitarJack audio interfaces for iOS. The GuitarJack Stage (shown above) ($299, shipping in a couple of months) can be used for live performances or recording. This 24-bit audio interface and pedal controller comes with four assignable foot switches, volume, tone and gain knobs. It works great with the company’s own GuitarTone app for iOS, but supports many other iOS music apps as well as Macs and PCs. The GuitarJack Stage features quarter-inch...

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05:24
How a typeface change can save the government $400...

This is an incredibly clever idea that makes sense. Just took a teenage science whiz to think of it. Thinner typeface equals less ink. Read the post for details, but this is genius.

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05:15
Microsoft: The enemy of my enemy is my friend

An interesting take on the release of Office for iPad.

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05:00
Macworld announces 2014 Best of Show awards

Macworld/iWorld 2014, currently going on at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, handed out its Best of Show awards on Friday, including a mix of hardware devices and software apps, many of which started life as successful Kickstarter or similar crowd-funded ideas, both from established companies and novice entrepreneurs. Winners included a portable RAID drive, a thermal camera for the iPhone, an app to get kids to do their chores, and new Thunderbolt adapters, among other useful apps and gadgets....
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05:00
Expo Notes: Emulsio takes the shakes out of handheld...

If, like everyone else in the world, you’re using your smartphone or tablet as your default video camera these days, chances are the results are often pretty shaky. After all, without a tripod, it’s hard to hold your phone or tablet perfectly still.

Creaceed has a new app out that aims to take the shake out of those videos. Emulsio (free) is a video-stabilization application that works with footage captured using your iPhone or iPad’s camera. It helps smooth out the shakes and bumps that naturally occur when shooting handheld video. It can even compensate for the wobble that naturally happens when you pan.

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04:54
Heidi Roizen: What I learned negotiating with Steve...

Heidi Roizen has long time ties with the Apple universe, including a stint as Apple’s VP of World Wide Developer Relations from 1996-97. This is a great story.

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04:34
Why did Microsoft port Office to Apple's iOS...

Earlier this month, Gartner reported worldwide tablet sales for 2013 that depicted Apple's iPad as slipping into obscurity with just 36 percent market share left. Why would Microsoft target Apple's minority tablet platform with its new mobile Office apps over Google's Android, which supposedly owns a 61.9 percent marketshare?
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Friday March 28

22:27
Apple sends 'neighborly' update letter...

Residents, landlord and others living on or owning property around the area of Apple's forthcoming "Campus 2" facility in Cupertino have received letters from the iPad maker, updating them on construction plans and any possible road or utility work that might impact them. The letter is the second such update, with the last one delivered nearly a year ago that was more of an informational brochure detailing plans for the campus. The new letter is signed by Dan Whisenhunt, Apple's senior VP of real estate and development....
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21:20
Judge OKs Class Action Suit Against Apple For E-Book...

An anonymous reader writes "Reuters reports: 'A federal judge in New York granted class certification on Friday to a group of consumers who sued Apple Inc for conspiring with five major publishers to fix e-book prices in violation of antitrust law....The plaintiffs are seeking more than $800 million in damages.' The trial will probably be in July or September. The judge who granted class certification, Denise Cote, ruled in 2013 that Apple was guilty of colluding with other publishers to raise the price of e-books and to force Amazon.com to do the same."

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21:18
BlackBerry wins injunction, sales ban against '...

A U.S. district court judge on Friday granted BlackBerry a preliminary injunction against the Typo iPhone keyboard case for infringing on certain patents, effectively banning sales of the Ryan Seacrest-backed device.
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20:29
Apple sends out letters to Cupertino 'neighbors...

Residents living in and around the area of Apple's upcoming Campus 2 in Cupertino are receiving letters from the company updating them on build progress, including road work, utilities and on-site construction, the latter of which is scheduled to start in April.
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20:27
BlackBerry wins injunction against Ryan Seacrest’s...

The Typo iPhone case has been blocked from sale by BlackBerry, according to a report from Reuters. The smartphone maker sued over the design of the case earlier this year, saying that it infringed on several of the company’s patents and its “iconic” keyboard design. The case is designed to add a BlackBerry-like keyboard to the iPhone 5 and 5s.

The injunction blocks the sale of the Typo, which is made by a...

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20:00
Judge Cote grants class-action status to consumer e-...

Judge Denise Cote, the same jurist that notably pre-announced Apple's likely guilt when she oversaw the Department of Justice lawsuit against Apple, has granted class-action status to various consumers and consumer groups that are also suing Apple and the various publishers over alleged price-fixing of e-book prices -- even though most prices under the "agency model" Apple used have in fact fallen. The iPhone maker lost the first suit, with Judge Cote ruling that Apple somehow "led" a price-fixing conspiracy among publishers in an effort to bust Amazon's near-monopoly of the e-book market....
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19:52
DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.7.4

Provides more control over how labels are displayed. (All updates are free. DEVONthink Pro Office, $149.95 new; DEVONthink Professional, $79.95 new; DEVONthink Personal, $49.95 new; DEVONnote, $24.95 new.)

 

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19:51
BlackBerry wins injunction again Ryan Seacrest’s Typo

U.S. District Judge William Orrick in San Francisco said that the Canadian mobile phone maker had established a “likelihood” of proving that Typo infringed its patents, while mentioning that Typo had not sufficiently challenged the patents in question.

That’s good. There’s little doubt that Seacrest’s company infringed on the patents.

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19:16
Judge grants class-action status to e-book customers...

Apple is facing a new class-action lawsuit from iBooks customers over price-fixing practices according to Reuters. As has been previously argued, Apple conspired with book publishers to hike the prices of ebooks, a violation of U.S. anti-trust law. The Department of Justice won its case against Apple for the same reason last year, and Apple is...

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19:16
Skype 6.15

Fixes two prominent instances of crashes and ensures that per-conversation notification settings are respected. (Free, 41.5 MB)

 

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19:15
Fluid 1.8.2

Improves support for multiple displays and fixes JavaScript and CSS sytnax highlighting for those who purchase the full license. (Free, 3.5 MB)

 

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19:15
Keyboard Maestro 6.4

Adds support for tags in Mavericks, plus improves accessibility and VoiceOver support. ($36 new, free update, 24.4 MB)

 

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19:15
Retrospect 11.0.1

Squashes a number of bugs, including several related to the new block-level incremental backup option. ($119–$2,199 new, free update, 362 MB)

 

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18:57
Microsoft will no longer snoop your email

Brad Smith, General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft:

Effective immediately, if we receive information indicating that someone is using our services to traffic in stolen intellectual or physical property from Microsoft, we will not inspect a customer’s private content ourselves. Instead, we will refer the matter to law enforcement if further action is required.

Mighty good of them.

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18:11
Silicon Valley anti-poaching suit to proceed as...

A federal judge on Friday issued an order denying requests from Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe to escape going to trial over claims that the four tech heavyweights artificially suppressed employee wages through anti-poaching agreements.
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17:10
Pairing a Bluetooth keyboard with your Apple TV

I haven’t done this, but it could be handy.

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17:06
MGG 495: Three Geeks Caught on The Show Floor of...

Dave and John ... and Pilot Pete ... appear live in public together for the first time to record Mac Geek Gab 495 on stage at Macworld/iWorld 2014. They play a little "Stump the Geeks" with the crowd, they go through some of their favorite Cool Stuff Found from the show floor, and they also give Mavericks a 6th month report card. All this and more... for free! Just download and enjoy.


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16:40
Expo Notes: Sit or stand, the Ergotron’s WorkFit...

Studies have shown that when you’re working at your computer, you should take the opportunity to stand as much as possible. It’s better for your health. And the office furniture market has responded, with an explosion of standing desk offerings.

But sometimes you need to sit, so it’s good to be able to switch between sitting and standing with your computer. Ergotron’s WorkFit uses an arm to that can raise your Mac when you’re standing, and lower the computer when you’re sitting.

Macworld actually reviewed the WorkFit-A when it was first released. Designed for the iMac, the build quality and features of the WorkFit-A are great, but at the time of the review, the monitor would jiggle when typing. An Ergotron representative...

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16:35
BearExtender Turbo Gives Your USB Mac 802.11ac Speeds

TMO's John F. Braun is tearing up the Macworld/iWorld Conference show floor, but slowed down just long enough to learn about the BearExtender Turbo 802.11ac. It lets your older Mac take advantage of faster WiFi speeds, and John explains why that's cool.


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16:05
Expo Notes: CrazyTalk7 brings photo animation to iOS...

We had a lot of fun testing Reallusion’s CrazyTalk7 for Mac at the last year’s Macworld-iWorld—so much fun, in fact, that we named it one of the 2013 Best of Show winners. And what’s not to like about CrazyTalk? The demo we saw of this facial animation software featured a sarcastic talking cat, complete with eye-rolling, so you know I’m sold based on that.

CrazyTalk7 is back at Macworld/iWorld again this year, showing off a new companion app for the iPhone and iPad. Once you complete your animation on the Mac, you can share your character with the app, animating it some more on your mobile device. Shake your iPhone to make your character bounce around, or drag your finger across the screen to move him in a specific direction. You can also record something for your character to say—up to 30 seconds long...

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16:02
Briefly: Philips A5-PRO headphones, Little Big...

Philips, in partnership with renowned DJ Armin van Buuren, has launched the A5-PRO DJ headphones. Designed for audio monitoring and mixing, the headphones' replaceable bayonet mount cushions are available in three sizes for comfort options. Its anodized aluminum form with leather headband is foldable, and its 50mm high-definition neodymium driver offer high quality low-frequency sound. Pricing and availability have not yet been announced....
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16:01
Japan Display shows off 5.5-inch, quad-HD mobile...


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Japan Display—one of Apple’s iPhone display suppliers—announced a new 5.5-inch mobile phone display this week that could provide a hint at what we’ll see in the next iPhone. The display. The display sports a resolution of 1,440x 2,560 (or quad-HD) and a pixel density of 538ppi—well above “Retina” quality.

The display will go into mass production very soon, lining up with reports that the next iPhone display would also be entering...

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16:00
Smashed iPhone or piece of abstract art?

This poor iPhone was left on top of a car and took an unfortunate trip when the car drove off. It was provided to us by reader Yvette Fragile....

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15:56
Visual history of OmniFocus for Mac

Great post from Shawn Blanc. I remember every version of this app—the screenshots bring back memories.

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15:47
Expo Notes: Do something useful with your iMac'...

Your iMac’s built-in stand is elegant, but it seems as though you should be able to do more with it. Two vendors here at the Macworld/iWorld show aim to help you do just that.

Rain Design’s upcoming mBase stand (above), available in June, is cut from iMac-matching aluminum and elevates your Mac about two inches off the surface it’s resting on. The mBase uses those two inches to provide a convenient drawer for your iPhone, a small hard drive, some cables, or even a charging brick.

What makes the mBase’s drawer especially useful is that it includes cable-management holes in the front and back, letting you string, say, a USB cable into the drawer from the back, or even all the way through the front. And vents along the back of the drawer keep its contents cool.

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15:46
Apple and Samsung head back to court

Apple’s complaint, filed in 2012, says Samsung “systematically copied Apple’s innovative technology and products, features, and designs, and has deluged markets with infringing devices in an effort to usurp market share from Apple.”

“Instead of pursuing independent product development, Samsung slavishly copied Apple’s innovative technology, with its elegant and distinctive user interfaces product design, in violation of Apple’s valuable intellectual property rights,” Apple said in the document.

I love “slavishly copied.”

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15:44
Judge grants class status in e-books price fixing...

A U.S. district court judge on Friday ruled plaintiffs seeking class status in a suit against Apple over e-book price fixing had "more than met their burden" to sue as a group.
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15:39
Expo Notes: Spruce up your selfies with Facetune

Hello, gorgeous. Yes, I’m talking to you. You are perfect just the way you. All of those selfies you upload to Instagram on a daily basis are completely flawless. Don’t ever change a thing.

Much better. 

But, if you do take a snap of yourself and notice something that you don’t quite love, you can easily fix it up with Facetune, a new portrait-editing app for iOS. Facetune lets you easily tweak and touchup your facial features, all with a few simple swipes. Erase a blemish, whiten your teeth, smooth out blotchy skin (or shiny skin in my case), brighten your eyes, and place the focus on where you want it.

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15:26
Macworld: IDrive adds syncing service to online...

Online backup storage service IDrive has revamped its plans to offer more space, and a new separate sync service -- and to celebrate, it will give current and new users the same amount of sync space as they use for backups at no additional charge. The new service allows users to sync files in real time across all linked devices (on Macs, PCs or mobile devices) as well as their separate IDrive account. The sync feature can optionally be protected with private-key encryption if desired....
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15:15
Western Digital Introduces First Portable...

TMO's John F. Braun is at this weekâs Macworld/iWorld Conference learning about the new Western Digital My Passport Pro, the first portable Thunderbolt powered, dual drive solution.


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15:14
Microsoft's Office for iPad suite dominates App...

About 24 hours after debuting on the iOS App Store, Microsoft's Office for iPad productivity suite has taken over the first three Top Free Apps seats, with the fourth going to the redesigned OneNote.
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15:00
TUAW at Macworld/iWorld 2014: Kashoo accounting for...

I'm one of those people who sucks as an accountant. So when I heard about Kashoo a few years ago and realized that I could do most of the accounting work for one of my small businesses from an iPad, I jumped on the opportunity to try it out. I...

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14:49
New phishing scam relies on fake Apple ID login page

A new phishing scam is operating using a fake Apple ID login page, says security group InfoSec. Victims will receive an email directing them to a website called appleidconfirm.net; the page uses screenshots of Apple's real website mixed with entry forms to create a convincing facade. People are prompted to enter their Apple ID login, and the site even uses Javascript to help validate an Apple ID as authentic via email....
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14:40
Pad & Quill announce new iPhone 5/s Traveller...

We’re huge fans of Pad & Quill so we’re excited to let you know that today the St. Paul, MN-based company announced some new wallets/cases for iPhone 5/s. Most notable is the $70 Traveller case [WANT] which will hold your iPhone and multiple cards in a pouch around back with a slider that helps eject your wares. We’ve noted before how much we like Pad and Quill’s rugged construction and genuine materials.

My dad had an old coin pouch that he carried everywhere with him and I have very good memories of that. We made this case inspired by his old coin pouch. It’s a tribute to my Dad and to the Craftsman. This is a VERY intricately hand assembled iPhone cover that includes a generous hidden back pocket for multiple Credit cards and ID. This is soft full grain luxury and...

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14:30
Expo Notes: Penclic Mouse looks like a pen but it’s...

When I first saw the Penclic Mouse from a short distance from Prestige’s Macworld/iWorld booth, I thought, “Why is someone selling those pens and pen holders you find at banks?” But upon closer inspection, I realized that the Penclic Mouse is an input device that uses a mounted stylus.

The Penclic Mouse is held like a pen, which may be a more comfortable grip for some people than a typical mouse. You don’t use it like you would a stylus on a tablet, however; the Penclic Mouse’s base has a sensor underneath, so you move the whole device on your desk. The device has five buttons, a scroll wheel (that’s oddly located on the base, not on the pen), and a switch for changing between 800, 1200, and 2400 dpi.

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14:15
Stitcher overhauls iOS app with new interface,...

Podcast streaming service Stitcher has released major update of its iOS app, v6.0.0. The app's interface has been redesigned not only to match iOS 7, but to streamline navigation. The front page, for example, now highlights new episodes from favorites, as well as headlines and other news stories. A new Mini Player provides constant access to what's playing, and the Now Playing screen has gained quick access to car mode and the sleep timer. Playlists can be accessed from anywhere in the app via a swipe gesture....
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14:05
Mini-review: People who already use Office will love...

These four applications collectively make up the new Office for iPad suite.

Andrew Cunningham

To say that Microsoft is late to the game with the Office for iPad applications it announced yesterday is something of an understatement. Whatever the holdup was—internal politics and a Windows-first development policy are both oft-cited reasons—the software is here four full years after the release of the first iPad, six months after Apple made its own productivity applications free to new iPad owners, and nearly one-and-a-half years since Microsoft released its very own tablet without a touch-optimized version of Office. Whatever metric you use, we've been waiting for a while.

And yet despite that fact, Word, Excel,...

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14:02
Readmill purchased by Dropbox, social reading...

Online storage provider Dropbox has purchased social reading app developer Readmill. The deal, suspected to be worth around $8 million will see the shuttering of the Readmill app, with the team responsible for coding and development moving to assist Dropbox with its core service....
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14:00
TUAW at Macworld/iWorld 2014: Kamino

Kamino is a new free app that is making its debut at Macworld/iWorld 2014. Described as an "urban discovery app", the idea behind Kamino is that people who enjoy walking or hiking around their urban homes can capture those hikes and share them with...

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13:31
Apple Patent Addresses Texting-Walking Risk


Texting while walking can be dangerous, but Apple could be aiming to make it less so, judging from a patent awarded Thursday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Apple has found an innovative way to use an electronic communication device's camera to continuously capture and present video images as background within a text-messaging session, its patent application 20140085334, titled "Transparent Texting," suggests.
The device's rear-facing camera could be used to make it appear the user was looking through a transparent screen.

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13:30
3 Free App for the Citizen Scientist

All science isn't done in a lab by white coated professors.You can do scientific field work where ever you are with these three free iOS app featured in this week's Free on iTunes. Project Squirrel, Project Noah, Merlin Bird ID.


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13:12
Office for iPad apps grab top spots in App Store...

Just a day after their release, the Office for iPad apps are already in high positions in the Top Free and Top Grossing charts at the App Store. The top three Free apps are currently Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, in that order; a related Microsoft app, OneNote, is in fourth. Word is #5 on the Top Grossing chart, while Excel is 12th, and PowerPoint is 29th....
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13:10
Briefly: Facebook Messenger adds Groups, new Vox for...

Facebook Messenger for iOS received an update yesterday, offering its users access to Group features, including a forwarding function. In v4.0, users can now create groups for the people one messages the most often, and name them, and set group photos. Messages and photos can be forwarded to someone who is not in a designated conversation thread by using a tapping gesture. Additionally, miscellaneous improvements to improve the app's speed and reliability have been included in the latest update. Facebook Messenger is free to download, and requires iOS 6.0 or later to run....
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13:00
San Francisco Giants Hope iBeacon Hits a Home Run...

Starting this baseball season, the San Francisco Giants are adopting Apple’s iBeacon technology to send offers and alerts directly to fans’ iOS 7 devices while they’re at AT&T Park, reports Engadget. This is the first year Major League Baseball has begun using the technology, and it will appear in 20 of the 30 MLB ballparks. The Giants believe that iBeacon technology can help fans have a better time at the ballpark. “Mobile and digital experiences are paramount to our fan experience,” says the team’s Chief Information Officer Bill Schlough. “It opens up a world of possibilities.”

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13:00
Yahoo updates and improves its popular iOS Weather...

Yahoo Weather (free) has been my favorite quick-look weather app since it came out a year ago. I believe it looks better than Apple's weather app and provides more information.

Yahoo has posted an updated version, with some worthwhile features. You...

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12:57
Forums: PDFs, GPUs, Free Apps and more

This week MacNN forum goers discuss a wide range of topics from Virtual Machines and merging PDFs to new GPUs for a Mac Pro. One long time member turned to the forums yesterday looking for virtual machine software that was able to assign specific optical drives to specific VMs after having no luck finding software with this feature in the past. Mac Elite "And.reg" started a thread this week looking for a way to merge multiple PDFs into one PDF using Preview....
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12:56
Apple deals: Mac desktops as low as $509

This week Apple's online store has a variety of refurbished iMac and Mac mini models at discounted prices. The refurbished Mac mini with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive has been reduced by $90 to $509. For $1,099 after a $200 discount, is the 21.5-inch iMac with a 2.7GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive....
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12:56
FLIR Shows FLIR One Thermal Imaging Camera for iPhone

SAN FRANCISCO - The folks at FLIR are showing off the FLIR One, the first thermal imaging camera for iPhone. We covered it back in January when they announced it, but this is the first time we've seen it in use. This device takes the form of a case with the thermal imaging camera built inside. It also has its own battery, so it's not using your iPhone's battery to operate. It can take up to two hours of video, which get saved to the companion app in your iPhone. It will also take still s. If you want to find leaks in your house, the animal rustling in the bushes, or the ghost hiding in your basement, the FLIR One brings thermal imaging into the financial reach of mortals at $349. It's expected to ship in May, and you can reserve one now. I love this thing. Oh, and check out Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus. He's hot.

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12:53
DealNN: 21.5-inch iMac for $1,100

This week at MacMall.com get a 21.6-inch iMac for $1,100. It was $1,500, but has been cut to $1,180. Until April 30, save an additional $80 via a mail-in-rebate offer that drops the final cost to $1,100. That makes this the lowest price we have seen on this computer by roughly the same price margin. This iMac features a 2.9GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive. A one year warranty on parts and labor is included from Apple....
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12:34
Wikipropaganda

Daniel Eran Dilger on the Apple vs Samsung trial:

Anyone reading Wikipedia’s ostensibly encyclopedic recounting of the initial global lawsuits between the two companies would only get one side of the story: Samsung’s.

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12:32
iLounge Game Spotlight: Sometimes You Die

Sometimes You Die ($2) is a new minimalist puzzler/side scroller from Philipp Stollenmayer. Unlike most games, in which a player’s death is usually a setback, Sometimes You Die lets players benefit from dying. Many of the puzzles seem to require such sacrifices.

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12:30
Here's what your new black MacBook Air would...

In love with the idea of a new black Apple notebook? So am I. There's just no denying that a black MacBook would be an awesome addition to the company's lineup, though whether we'll ever be graced with such a device is anyone's guess.

But just to...

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12:27
There's a New Kid on the Solar System Block


Astronomers this week reported what they believe to be the most-distant member of our solar system discovered so far. 2012 VP113, a probable dwarf planet that was found to lie beyond the known edge of the solar system, was discovered by Chadwick Trujillo, an astronomer at the Gemini Observatory in Hawaii, and Scott Sheppard, an astronomer at the Carnegie Institution for Science, using the National Optical Astronomy Observatory's new 13-foot Dark Energy Camera on the NOAO 4 meter telescope in Chile.

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12:05
Taylor Guitars Road Show

An Evening of Guitar Talk & Demos with Taylor’s Friendly Factory Experts

I love my Taylor.

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12:00
Can we just stop with the lame iPhone and OS X...

There's a bad tendency for websites to label any and all Apple related concepts as "epic" or "unbelievably cool." And sure, concepts for future devices can be damn interesting, but things lately have really gotten out of hand.

Recently, there seems...

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11:45
Suspend Your iPhone in Mid-Air with iPEVO...

IPEVOâs Articulating Video Stand allows one to suspend an iPhone or iPod touch virtually in mid-air with great flexibility. It will appeal to anyone who needs to create training or demonstrations videos or suspend the iPhone's camera above an object. There are many other uses.


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11:30
Daily Deals for March 28, 2014, featuring the iPad...

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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11:12
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella points to Office for...

Sure, you could argue that Microsoft’s shiny new Office apps for iPad are only ranking so well because they’re freemium apps since they’re listed for free but require a subscription to fully function, but they are taking up the top four spots nonetheless.

Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella is apparently pleased with this as he tweeted out “looks like it’s a productive Friday for [iPad] owners!’ following yesterday’s friendly back-and-forth exchange with Apple CEO Tim Cook.

What really...

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11:07
Foxconn profits rise 13 percent on iPhone and iPad...

Taiwan-based manufacturer Hon Hai -- better known as Foxconn -- saw its profits rise 13 percent last year to $3.5 billion, something attributed mainly to record iPhone and iPad sales, according to the Wall Street Journal. Foxconn is closely linked to Apple, deriving over 40 percent of its revenue from Apple orders. As such, any fluctuation in iPhone and iPad sales can dramatically affect its income....
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11:00
Apple's failed attempts at taking over the...

The iPhone remains one of the most popular "cameras" on the planet, and Apple's smartphone has indeed conquered consumer photography, but it wasn't the company's first attempt to do so.

In the mid '90s, Apple was going through its "see what sticks"...

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10:57
iPhone Apps: Byword, OneNote for iPad, Tiny Space...


    

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10:37
Report: Apple attempting to hire Swiss watchmakers

Apple is trying to lure top Swiss watchmakers away from their companies to work on the iWatch, the Financial Times reports. Jean-Claude Biver, president of LVMH’s watches and jewelry division, said Apple has tried to recruit staff from Hublot and parts manufacturers. “Apple has contacted some of my employees…

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10:35
Prong PocketPlug Allows iPhone Charging Nearly...

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - TMO's John F. Braun is at this weekâs Macworld/iWorld Conference where he checked out PocketPlug from Prong, a case that allow you to charge your iPhone 4/4s/5/5s nearly anywhere.


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10:30
How Wikipedia's sloppy facts obscured reality...

In 2011, the world's two most profitable mobile phone makers engaged in a global IP war that continues to this day. As Apple and Samsung prepare for their second trial, it's useful to review why many onlookers were so ill informed about the first one: Wikipedia.
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10:28
Apple issues fourth OS X 10.9.3 beta to developers,...

One week after the last beta, Apple has returned with another pre-release version of OS X 10.9.3 for testing by employees and registered Mac developers with a focus on graphics drivers, audio, Safari, USB data synchronization, and Mail.
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10:16
Apple, Samsung, Google trying to court Swiss...

Apple, Google, and Samsung are among the wearable tech developers trying to court help from Swiss watchmakers, says the Financial Times. One of the core targets has been Swatch, the world's biggest watchmaker. "We have been in discussions – not ever initiated by us – with practically all players in smart wearables up until today," says Swatch CEO Nick Hayek. "However, we see no reason why we should enter into any partnership agreement."...
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10:13
Apple seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 build 13D28 to...

A little over a week following the past seed, Apple has released OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 build 13D28 to developers. Apple is again asking testers to focus on Graphics Drivers, Audio, Safari, and Contacts/Calendar USB sync via iTunes. The first 10.9.3 seed brought enhanced support for 4K external monitors. Apple previously started seeding 10.9.3 builds to AppleCare employees as well as fixes for iTunes. Apple is yet to indicate when 10.9.3 will be released to the public. Thanks, D!

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10:06
Read the Fine Print with Satechi LED Magnifier

The ReadMate LED Desktop Magnifier from Satechi is not a specific Mac product, but it is so darn helpful and well designed that it deserves a review on these pages. Come to think of it, we techies are always looking at the details of smaller and smaller gadgets.


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10:00
US Judge: Free Speech Protects Baidu's Beijing-...


A Manhattan judge ruled that a Chinese search engine's practice of restricting free speech is, wouldn't you know it, protected by free speech. Chinese Internet company Baidu won the dismissal of a U.S. lawsuit filed by activists who objected to its, shall we say, selective search results, which adhere to the government's notoriously limited view of what is and isn't acceptable. Eight New York-based writers and video producers were ticked that Baidu's search algorithms blocked U.S. users from viewing their content advocating for democracy in China.

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10:00
Expo Notes: Thunderbolt takes over

While much of the Macworld iWorld show floor is devoted to iOS and software products, there is still plenty of Mac OS hardware to be found. In particular, a bunch of companies are showing off devices equipped with the fastest external connection found on modern Macs: Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2.

Western Digital is showing off its brand new My Passport Pro dual-drive RAID with Thunderbolt. The drive can be configured as RAID 0, RAID 1 or JBOD through the WD Utility. Using 5400 RPM drives, the drive won’t break any speed records, but the 2TB and 4TB configurations ($300 and $430, respectively) offer plenty of bus-powered capacity.

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10:00
Philips Hue app-controlled lighting family add three...

The Philips Hue app-controlled lighting products were among the first "Internet of Things" products we covered here at TUAW, and the product line has become quite popular. Now the company has announced three new products in the Hue line, including a...

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09:48
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Sharp 42″ 1080p HDTV $330,...

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Sharp 42″ LED 1080p 120Hz HDTV with DTS sound $330 shipped (Reg. $480)

REI members 20% coupon: GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition $320...

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09:47
Apple reaching out to Swiss watchmakers for...

Apple has reportedly been in contact with executives and craftsmen at Swiss watch brands as the company attempts to strike new partnerships and bring high-end watchmaking expertise in house for development of a so-called "iWatch."
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09:39
Philips boosts Hue lighting with switch, white bulb...

Philips has unveiled a trio of smart lighting products. Leading off the announcements are the Hue Tap switch and a white-only variant of the Hue light called the Hue Lux. Also debuting are a trio of 3d-printed Hue Luminaires, bringing what the company calls "a piece of art to your living room."...
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09:37
Steve Jobs’ infamous brutality shown off in HR email...

It’s undeniable that the competitive landscape around Silicon Valley and its key players is a steep one, and that ‘magic’ that Apple infuses its products with doesn’t come without some ugly, behind-the-scenes elbow throwing. The corporate culture created by the competition between these companies is not for the faint of heart by any means.

Earlier this week, we saw BlackBerry sue its own Senior Vice President of Software, Sebastien Marineau-Mes, as he attempted to jump off a sinking ship and take a VP job at Apple. In that case, the court offered that BlackBerry can enforce the contract which dictated its employee give six months notice before defecting to the other side, which it did.

And BlackBerry isn’t alone in extending a cold hand void of much empathy.

The devil is in the details of the emails exchanged by the...

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09:19
Apple, GT Advanced already planning to expand...

Even though the core facility still isn't finished, Apple and GT Advanced are already planning to expand their sapphire factory in Mesa, Arizona, AppleInsider reports. The site claims that several companies have already stepped up with bids for the expansion. The plant and its grounds currently occupy 83 acres; the expansion may grow into land directly behind it, which records show are vacant and more than large enough to support a bigger complex....
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09:12
∞ Thoughts on Office for iPad and iWork

It’s important to recognize that Microsoft did a pretty good job in designing Office for iPad. It’s certainly better than what they did for the Surface. Having said that, I don’t find that I’m very excited by Office on the iPad. [...]

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09:00
Office Mobile goes free for the iPhone, and other...

Amid all the hoopla about Microsoft Office finally coming to the iPad (even Tim Cook tweeted about it) was a little bit of information that was missed by many: Microsoft has made its Office Mobile for iPhone suite free, and home users can edit their...

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08:45
MS Office for iPad Seizes Top Four Free Spots in...

Microsoft's Office Suite for iPad, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, in that order, have seized the top four spots in the Free section of Apple's App Store. How long they stay there will be interesting to watch.


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08:43
Philips announces Hue Lux and Hue Tap

Philips has announced new additions to its Hue lightbulb line — Hue Lux and Hue Tap. Lux is a white-only Hue bulb. The Hue app can control the brightness and set schedules for the Lux bulb, which comes in a starter kit with two bulbs and a Hue bridge…

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08:35
Foxconn gives a shoutout to Apple products after...

Apple’s lead manufacturer Foxconn reported a 13 percent rise in net profit to 106.7B new Taiwan dollars (US$3.5B) following record iPhone and iPad sales, reports the WSJ. More than 40 percent of the company’s revenue comes from Apple.

The news comes a few days after Apple supplier Pegatron reported a 22 percent rise in earnings.

Hon Hai’s results were underpinned by demand from Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple, which sold 51 million iPhones in its fiscal first quarter ended Dec. 28, 2013—up 7% from the...

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08:21
Apple taking 30 percent cut from in-app Office 365...

Apple is claiming a 30 percent cut of Office 365 subscriptions bought through Microsoft's Office for iPad, as usual at the App Store, an Apple spokesperson confirms. Although people can sign up for Office 365 outside of the iPad apps, a $100 in-app purchase provides a one-year plan. That suggests that Microsoft is sacrificing a significant amount of revenue to one of its rivals in order to attract iPad users....
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08:15
MacHider Adds Powerful Encryption, More with Hider 2

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - TMO's John F. Braun is at this weekâs Macworld/iWorld Conference where he checked out Hider 2, an update to MacPaw's original MacHider program, introducing more security and features. Read on to learn how it protects your Mac's sensitive data.


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08:05
Apple retail: Istanbul store to open April 5,...

The first official Apple retail store in Turkey is set to open its doors next Saturday in Istanbul, while one of Apple's outlets in Vancouver, British Columbia will reportedly be moving to a 'substantially' larger space in the fall of 2015.
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08:00
Daily App: Monocle offers menu bar search for Mac...

Monocle is a handy menu bar search utility that allows you to search Google, Bing, Yahoo, YouTube and Wikipedia in just one click. Monocle is more web search focused then OS X's Spotlight search and much less complex than similar productivity tools...

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07:55
BeHere app uses iBeacons to automatically take...

A new app called BeHere aimed at teachers uses Apple’s new Bluetooth LE iBeacon technology to recognize students and automatically take attendance as they enter a classroom.

With the BeHere app installed, the teacher’s iPad acts as an iBeacon and students entering the classroom with an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch will automatically appear in the app with a profile picture and name. Students will have to install the app on their device too, but thanks to recent iBeacon improvements in iOS 7.1, they won’t have to even open the app or take the device out of their pocket to be recognized as they walk in. ...

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07:28
iTunes credits sent out for e-book price fixing

Customers affected by Apple’s role in the e-book price fixing scandal are now receiving emails with iTunes credits. Though Apple is appealing the ruling, the company is still sending credits to customers. The emails are coming from the E-Book AG Settlement Administrator — not Apple — so customers should…

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07:20
Istanbul Apple Store launch official for April 5th

The Zorlu Center Apple Store in Istanbul, Turkey will officially open April 5th at 10AM local time, according to Apple. The launch is one day later than a local report suggested. The same report also claimed that Apple CEO Tim Cook and Turkish President Abdullah Gül would attend the opening, but Cook rarely appears at Apple Stores, and might not want to be seen alongside Gül given Prime Minister Recep ErdoÄüan's attempts at blocking Twitter and YouTube to silence news about his government's corruption scandal....
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07:15
BusyMac Expands Product Line with BusyContacts...

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - TMO's John F. Braun is at this weekâs Macworld/iWorld Conference and checked out BusyContacts, a Public Beta from BusyMac. It's meant to replaces Apple's Contacts application.


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