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Thursday March 27

05:00
FlippedBITS: Do Privacy Policies Mean Anything?

Most companies that do business on the Internet have published privacy policies, and although they’re often full of tedious legalese, they’re worth reading. Whether they do anything to protect you is another question.

 

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04:32
Apple tips hand on sapphire displays with patent for...

While Apple remains coy about plans to incorporate sapphire into its product lineup, a new patent application published on Thursday suggests the company is at the least experimenting with the hard material for use in touch-capable displays.
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04:27
External Link: BusyContacts to Offer Alternative to...

Finally! For years now we’ve been asking BusyMac for an app that will do for Apple’s Contacts what BusyCal does for Calendar — that is, replace it. (Can you tell we’ve never liked Contacts?) At Macworld/iWorld, BusyMac announced BusyContacts, which promises to do just that — provide a multi-account solution for syncing, sharing, and maintaining address books via iCloud, Google Contacts, Exchange, and any other CardDAV-compatible service. BusyContacts will offer customizable views, tagging, smart filters, social network integration, and more. It is slated to enter public beta within a few months and will cost $49.99 when it ships later in 2014.

 

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03:07
Apple's 'transparent texting' tech...

Apple is looking into technology that offers users an easier, safer, way to text and walk by making an iPhone's screen "transparent" during messaging operations through the clever use of live video.
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00:01
Sonnet creates new Mac Pro enclosure for rackmount...

Hardware upgrade and card maker Sonnet on Wednesday unveiled a long-promised Thunderbolt 2-compatible rack-mountable docking station for the new, Mac Pro that adds ports and slots galore while encasing the cylindrical workstation so that it can be mounted in a rack using a 4U enclosure for use in datacenters. Now scheduled to ship in June, the XMac Pro Server enclosure offers a total of four USB 3.0 ports (one of them in the front), two Gigabit Ethernet ports, an HDMI port, BNC connectors and three PCIe single-width expansion slots alongside Thunderbolt 2 compatibility....
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00:00
Join us for the Macworld/iWorld 2014 State of Apple...

When it rains, it pours. Sure enough, it has been raining here in drought-stricken Northern California, so much so that numerous flights were delayed coming into the city yesterday. And after a drought of Apple-related liveblogs, we actually have two...

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Wednesday March 26

22:30
OmniFocus 2 is redesigned, expected to ship in June...

It's been more than a year since The Omni Group announced OmniFocus 2 for Mac (ironically, it was at last year's Macworld/iWorld), and now the company says its expanding its testing pool with an expected ship date of June.

Testers can download the...

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22:27
Briefly: Russian gov't drops iPads; Clear,...

Russian government officials have opted to stop using iPads in official capacities, possible due to concerns about alleged "backdoors" that allowed for NSA monitoring (which Apple has denied). Instead the government has arranged a deal with Samsung that will see politicos using customized, secured tablets specifically designed to handle confidential information as legislators often need to have available. There was no detail on prices or the cost of dropping the iPads, and the move could be seen as part of an effort to stop supporting American companies, given the US opposition to Russia's pol...
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21:57
Briefly: Twitter app adds more photo tagging, new V-...

Twitter announced an update to its mobile apps today, adding the ability to now tag up to ten people in a photo. Available for both iOS and Android app, tagging does not affect character count in a tweet. Up to four photos can be shared in a single tweet, and a full image in a group can be viewed by tapping on a preview. The new photo features rolled out today on iPhone, and are due soon for Android and its web version....
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21:20
Briefly: OWC's 128GB upgrade kit for Mac Pro,...

Other World Computing announced the expansion of its MaxRAM Certified Upgrades to include up to 128GB memory upgrade kits for the Apple Mac Pro 2013 six-core, eight-core, 12-core models. Offering both OWC 32GB modules and matched kits up to 128GB, pricing per module starts at $600. The new 128GB upgrade kit is priced at $2,130....
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20:14
Crews working round the clock to finish Apple...

Photos and reports from tipsters indicate that Apple's forthcoming sapphire manufacturing plant may already be partially online as construction crews race to finish the building for a targeted June completion date. The building, which is very nondescript in appearance, is located in Mesa, Arizona and was built in a partnership with GT Advanced Technologies, the inventors of a process to manufacture nearly scratch-proof sapphire glass in larger quantities and at lower cost than had previously been available....
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17:53
Russian government drops iPad in favor of Samsung...

Russian government officials have stopped using iPads in an official capacity, instead opting to use offerings from Samsung according to a new report by Business Insider. The new Samsung devices are custom, secured tablets designed to be used with the confidential information government officials often need to handle.

Russian officials have denied that the swap is an effort to stop supporting American companies following sanctions related to the Ukrainian crisis. It also doesn’t seem to relate to recent rumors that the US government had...

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17:44
Study: Apps with TV commercials do better in App...

A new study by mobile analytics firm App Annie has quantified the idea that app developers can increase their products' visibility in the App Store and gain players through the use of TV commercials -- particularly for top-quality "freemium" titles. While the practice of developers creating their own TV ads is common in some countries like Japan, it is a fairly new phenomenon in the North America. The App Annie study showed a correlation between TV exposure and a gain in App Store rankings....
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17:43
Microsoft rumored to debut Enterprise Mobility Suite...

Many expect Microsoft to launch Office for iPad on Thursday, but fresh rumors say the company may also make a play for mass device management with a cross-platform Enterprise Mobility Suite, a competitor to Apple's recently released Deployment Programs initiative.
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17:30
Join us for the Microsoft announcement liveblog,...

All the signs are pointing to an Office for iPad announcement coming tomorrow from Microsoft's new CEO Satya Nadella. While the software giant's product teams were long suspected of having a finished iPad version of the PC and Mac productivity suite...

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17:00
Bandcamp is an invaluable music resource, but you...

Bandcamp is a revolutionary service that has helped break down the barriers for self-released music across every genre of music. If you like music, they have you covered.

Utilizing deep fan integration and tags the site allows you to search by...

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16:53
iBeacons at Macworld 2014

We were excited to see what we could do with iBeacons at the show. We focused on using iBeacons in a way that was both exciting and appropriate for the event. We settled on check-in to speed up people getting their badges and a game to help people investigate the show floor and highlight how beacons can help explore large environments.

Great to see.

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16:42
Tips for the obsessive compulsive traveler

I recently revamped the way I travel, so I found Michael Lopp’s article interesting.

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16:40
New photos of Apple's sapphire plant show build...

Fresh photos of Apple's Mesa, Ariz., sapphire plant, built in partnership with GT Advanced Technologies, show construction of external fixtures is progressing as planned, while a new rumor claims the site may be expanded to a neighboring building.
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16:07
Briefly: Game of Thrones for iPad, iTunes gift card...

Just ahead of its fourth season debut on HBO, the official Game of Thrones: Ascent game, previously playable only on the web and Facebook, has launched on the iPad. The free app includes Game Center integration, updated artwork suitable for Retina-quality displays, and "Volume You," a history of the player's character through the storyline. As the series unfolds, new content will be added to the game to reflect what has happened on the show. Season Four of the popular drama will debut on April 6....
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15:00
Device 6 is a fun, clever puzzler for iPhone

Device 6 for iPhone (US$3.99, universal) was recently featured in Apple's Indie Game Showcase, and for good reason. It feels like a contemporary take on Zork and other text-based games I loved years ago. It combines fun puzzles, clever design, great...

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14:52
Twitter adds photo tagging feature, bumps attached...

Twitter on Wednesday announced two new additions to its ubiquitous microblogging platform, including a photo tagging feature and a loosening of the per-tweet picture cap.
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14:24
Street Blaster: OMG, a Kilowatt of Portable Audio...

Is it a small turbojet engine? Is it an NFL benchwarmer for sub-zero weather? Nope. It's Pyle Audio's Street Blaster, a boombox that can generate a 1000 watts of stereo audio on the go. Features include Bluetooth and NFC support, multiple audio inputs and USB for recharging the battery. (Size not disclosed.) "The AUX input allows users to connect iPods, tablets, MP3 players, PCs and various other devices for even more play options."

At over two feet long (62 cm) and a dainty 21.7 pounds (almost 10 kg), it's not going into your carry-on items. Instead, it's going to have special outdoor and arena uses that will likely provide plenty of audio shock and awe. The Street Blaster is available now for US$249.99.


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14:15
Twitter announces photo tagging, multiple photo...

Twitter has announced a few new features for its iPhone app today. Users with the latest update to the Twitter for iPhone app will soon see the ability to select up to four photos at a time to upload when composing a tweet. These photos will be displayed as a collage on the tweet’s detail screen.

Along with the multi-photo support, users are also now able to tag other people in their photos. A new “who’s in these photos?” button allows you to add the username of other people in the picture. Photo tags won’t take up any characters in the body of the tweet, so the full character count will be...

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13:56
Is Google Thwarting Android-x86 Development?


Has Google been spreading FUD to discourage computer makers from using an Android OS retooled to run on legacy computers? The maintainer of the Android-x86 Project has suggested that the Justice Department should investigate whether Google has been interfering with adoption of the open source code his community is developing. The release of the latest version of an open source Android OS to run as an alternative Linux distro may stall without Google's support.

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13:55
Drobo’s newest storage array is its most affordable...

Connected Data has announced the third generation version of its 4-bay Drobo storage array. A completely new architecture along with USB 3.0 connectivity help make it “three times faster than the previous generation.” Speed is always a welcome upgrade, but the real crowd-pleaser in this announcement is that its MSRP has been chopped to $349, and previous generation Drobo owners are eligible for a $50 customer loyalty discount.

Current Drobo owners will find it easy to migrate their data to the new system because it’s also built on BeyondRAID technology:

The foundation that allows first and second generation Drobo customers to seamlessly upgrade to a new Drobo by simply removing the disk pack from their current Drobo, and moving it to their new one.

It also offers Apple users an easy way to limit the amount of space available to Time Machine. This prevents OS X from storing extremely old backups...

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13:55
Analyst McCourt Sees iPhone Share of U.S. Market...

Raymond James Financial Advisor's Analyst Travis McCourt, in a recent assessment of the U.S. smartphone market, reported that the iPhone's share looks to be stabilizing at about 50 percent. He also thinks the game is just about over for Nokia's Lumina and BlackBerry with 3.4 and 1.5 percent U.S. market share respectively.


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13:55
TUAW TV Live at Macworld/iWorld 2014

Although a slight weather delay may keep me from starting off the show with Doc today, we're both planning on gracing your computer and tablet screens later today with a live show from San Francisco. The team is in the Bay Area for Macworld/iWorld...

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13:30
Gandalf takes a break on his MacBook Pro while...

Let the software install wizard jokes fly! What you're looking at above is Gandalf, played by Ian McKellen, using his MacBook Pro while taking a break during filming of The Hobbit.

Naturally, the photo has inspired a slew of photoshopping and other...

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13:02
Oculus defends sale to Facebook

If I just made $2 billion, the last thing I’d be doing is defending the sale—I’d be knee-deep in Heineken bottles.

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13:00
5 iPhone speaker amplifiers that you already own

The speakers on the iPhone are fine for text tones and chirps from Angry Birds, but they don't really fit the bill for high-quality music. If you don't have your headphones handy but still want to rock out to some booming tunes, give these household...

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12:53
Amazon follows Google in cloud price cuts

Clearly, it’s good when price cuts happen, but as noted in the story, this is the 42nd price cut for AWS since it’s introduction.

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12:47
Last.fm closing streaming music service, continues...

Last.fm is shutting down its subscription-based music streaming service at the end of next month. The company reveals in a forum post that it's closing the $3 ad-free streaming radio function from its apps on April 28th, though it will continue to operate its ongoing "Scrobbler" music tracking, playlist building, and new music recommendation service to users as normal....
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12:41
BlackBerry CEO declares war on leaks

In my short time leading BlackBerry…

Blah, blah, blah

But, when curiosity turns to criminality, we must take strong action.

Blah, blah, blah

This may mean you see a few less blog posts with photos and rumors…

Nobody gives a sweet flying shit.

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12:36
Oculus co-founder defends sale of company amidst...

After word broke that virtual reality pioneer Oculus will be bought by Facebook for $2 billion, enthusiasts responded negatively, questioning the merits of the deal and future of the Rift headset. That led the co-founder of Oculus to take to the Internet to defend the sale, in which he argued Facebook is a better landing spot for the company than Apple or Microsoft.
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12:30
Daily Deals for March 26, 2014, featuring the Mac...

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.

TUAW's Daily Deals

The Mac Freebie Bundle [On sale for FREE, down...

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12:27
Xsan 2 on a Xserve2,1 (10.6.8) and Marvericks

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: Mavericks xserve

Hi everibody,

I've a question about the old osx server and his client. Can I have different OSX version client using Xsan 2 on my 10.6.8 Xserve2,1 server?

Because i want to buy a new mac, and maybe upgrade another one, but I don't know if can coexist different OS-Client in the same Xsan network

Thamk you so much!

Gino

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12:23
Bruce Tognazzini on the iWatch

askTog:

Before delving into what an Apple smartwatch might look like, we need to understand why, right now, people not only think they don’t need a smartwatch, they flat-out don’t want a smartwatch.

Long piece on the subject but Tog brings up some interesting points as to what he sees as the advantages and disadvantages of a smart watch.

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12:21
Ad Hoc Powerpage Meetup

Hi PowerPage-ers! (we need a trendier name like Veronica Mars has “Marshmallows”) I know this is late notice, but if any readers are going to be at MacWorld/iWorld in San Francisco this week, I’d like to setup a brief meetup on Saturday. Post in the comments if you’ll be there and if Saturday afternoon works for you.

Thanks, and hope to see you there!

Oooo…how about “Bolters”?

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12:17
Here’s what the first Macworld looked like in 1985

SFGate:

The first MacWorld in 1985 looked much different than the current incarnation, which peaked with more than 50,000 attendees at Moscone Center several years ago.

The show starts this week and, while it is the barest shadow of what it was in its glory days, it’s still a show I miss going to if only for the friends and colleagues who are there.

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12:17
Omni Group Resumes OmniFocus 2 For Mac Testing,...

CEO of Omni Group Ken Case revealed on the company blog Wednesday that testing has officially resumed on OmniFocus 2 for Mac, after last year's delay. He also announced a new improved ship date for the long-awaited GTD app.


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12:16
HBO’s Game of Thrones Ascent game comes to iPad...


Ahead of the return of HBO’s massively popular Game of Thrones series with Season 4 on April 6, today the official Game of Thrones Ascent game has made its way to iPad.

The game already has around 2,500,000 players on Facebook and the web, and now is available as a free download in the App Store with new art, optimized imagery for Retina displays, and Game Center leaderboards. Here’s the gameplay description from the press release:

With Game of Thrones Ascent, fans can immerse themselves beyond the books and show...

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12:13
Basecamp postmortem

It’s always important to understand what happened in attacks like Basecamp suffered through.

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12:01
What to look for at Macworld/iWorld 2014

Macworld/iWorld, the ultimate Apple fan event, starts on Thursday at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. There’s plenty to see at the show, so here are a few events and exhibitors you should make sure to check out.

On Thursday, March 27 at 10 a.m., The State of Apple 2014 panel opens the show on the Main Stage (room 103). Macworld’s own Jason Snell leads the panel in a discussion of Apple’s present and future. Joining Jason are Ben Bajarin of Creative Strategies, Christina Bonnington of Wired, Rene Ritchie of iMore.com, and...

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11:57
HTC Flips Switch on One M8 Buzz Machine


Ask the Internet. That's the pitch in HTC's TV ads for its new flagship smartphone, the HTC One M8. It's a pitch that hopes to acquire by word of mouth what HTC was unable to get for its predecessor: consumer mindshare. "The challenge for any vendor outside of Samsung and Apple in the North American market is to get on the radar screen," said Gartner analyst Van L. Baker. "HTC did that once in the past, but faded rapidly, which points to the challenges of staying on top of the market if you're not a Samsung or Apple."

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11:52
Dieter Rams: Ten principles for good design

Many of you may already know Rams’ principles, but if not, it’s worth a read. Note the similarities to what Jony Ive designs for Apple.

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11:47
Briefly: Booqpad for iPad Air, xMac Pro Server for...

Tech-related accessories company, Booq, has announced its release of its latest multi-fold folio and snap case, the Booqpad for iPad Air. A combination of a folio and case, the Booqpad facilitates protecting one's iPad Air while accommodating viewing and typing. Its multi-fold cover folio magnetically attaches to the polycarbonate snap case, opening to reveal a 50-sheet notepad for analog notetaking. Featuring a screen protector, the Booqpad for iPad Air provides fully enclosed protection of one's device. The snap case easily adheres and detaches from the folio component, and includes complete...
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11:30
How to completely hide any app or folder on your...

Keeping prying eyes from poking around in your more precious apps is always a concern, especially for those of us with nosey friends or kids. Until now, keeping apps private meant hiding them in a folder somewhere, but wouldn't it be ideal to be able...

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11:16
Labor class action v. Apple may wait for Supreme...

Lawyers for the plaintiffs in a class action suit filed against Apple are seeking to delay the case until a US Supreme Court ruling is handed down, says The Recorder. The suit, filed in the Northern District of California last year, accuses Apple of failing to pay wages for time workers spend waiting in bag-check lines. The Supreme Court is currently reviewing a case called Integrity Staffing Solutions Inc. v. Busk, and deciding whether hourly workers must be compensated for work-related security screenings. Should the Supreme Court agree, the plaintiffs' attorneys in the Apple case sugges...
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11:05
New Rumors for Retina MacBook Air and 12-inch iPad...

DigiTimes has posted a pair of speculative statements, but they seem to fit in with what we've been expecting all along. Even so, they must be considered rumors.


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11:00
Why Facebook bought Oculus

If you ask me, that is the real story here — realization that there is a glass ceiling to advertising especially as we shift gears and move away from the old desktop advertising ecosystem to a smaller, pocketable ecosystem that is less prone to cheap optimization tricks and is also limited by available attention…

I buy that argument, but Zuck said they don’t plan to make money from selling the Oculus hardware and would use it for advertising and virtual goods. If Facebook is looking for additional revenue streams, I’m not sure they found it.

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11:00
Crowdfunded Project News: Speakers, child GPS...

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

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10:33
Rocket the Vote! NASA Asks People to Vote on New...


NASA is asking people to vote on their favorite design for the outer shell of the new Z-2 spacesuit. While the Z-2 models may descend from their Apollo 13-style ancestors, there are some decidedly 21st Century twists. The "Biomimicry" design, for example, has a reptilian flare; "Trends in Society" has a more everyday look -- at least, as far as spacesuits go; and "Technology" has electroluminescent wire and exposed rotating bearings, among other features.

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10:30
This is not the iPad Pro [Video]

A few weeks ago, folks were all too quick to claim that the photo above, found on Apple's website, accidentally revealed a heretofore unannounced larger screened iPad Pro. In truth, the photo is nothing more than a MacBook Pro shot at just the right...

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10:27
NYT Now to come iPhone, iPod touch on April 2nd

The New York Times is preparing to launch a new iPhone/iPod app, NYT Now, on April 2nd. The app is in some ways a scaled-back version of the regular Times apps for the iPhone and iPad, but as consequence will cost just $8 per month for full access, versus the $45 for a regular Times digital subscription. People will be able to use Now for free, but only to read headlines, summaries, and a maximum 10 articles per month....
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10:11
Matthew Modine’s “Full Metal Jacket Diary” Audiobook

Modine’s award-winning diary becomes an immersive audiobook experience performed with original music and sound effects.

There are some great rewards if you pledge to support this project.

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

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently.

Apps Now Free

Peek Calendar [iPhone; Now free, down from $2.99] Peek is a quick and simple to use calendar for your iPhone. It is designed to...

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10:00
Mail: Turn On Toolbar Text to Eliminate Guesswork

Apple Mail's toolbar isn't as intuitive as it could be, but luckily, there's an easy solution. If you're new to the Mac or to Mail (or heck, if you just prefer clearer controls for what you're doing), then come on in and read this tip on how to make the toolbar a friendlier place.


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09:55
9to5Toys Last Call: iTunes gift cards 15% off, Apple...

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:

Save 15% on select iTunes gift cards at Best Buy

Apple TV 3rd gen. 1080p streaming media player $80 shipped (Reg. $99)

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09:42
iPhone games hit the big-time & find new success...

With mobile games now an established part of the mainstream, publishers have begun promoting their titles with high-profile television commercials, resulting in measurable gains among the number of active iPhone players.
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09:39
iPhone Apps: Screens, GroupMe, RunKeepr


    


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09:33
BlackBerry Secure Work Space FIPS 140-2 certified...

BlackBerry announced earlier today that is has received US Government Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 certification, which allows employees to use its enterprise software on Apple's iPads and the predominantly Samsung-provided mobile equipment. The certification applies to Secure Work Space, which isolates management-installed apps and files from personal content....
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09:30
Has Apple sold its 500 millionth iPhone?

It appears that Apple may have recently sold its 500 millionth iPhone. News of the milestone, which will likely be touted by Apple during their next earnings report in April, was first noticed by Forbes earlier this week.

Here's how the data all...

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09:23
iOS 7.1 glitch allows folders-within-folders, hiding...

A bug in iOS 7.1 lets people place folders within folders, or even hide icons, users note. To pull off the folder trick, a person has to first completely fill an iOS homescreen with apps -- including both the regular grid and the dock, which in the case of an iPad can fit up to six apps. A user must then create a new folder by dragging one app on top of another. As the folder animation starts, though, a person has to quickly drag the folder they want nested into the new one....
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09:19
Drobo Announces Third-Generation Four-Bay Device

Drobo has announced the third generation of their 4-bay storage device, which has USB 3.0 and a lower price.


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09:09
Briefly: Jawbone Up24 hits Europe and Asia, Fitbit...

Jawbone has put its Up24 fitness tracker on sale in 29 more countries, after launching the device in the United States. Appearing in the UK, Australia and areas of Europe and Asia for the first time, the Up24 connects over Bluetooth LE instead of using a smartphone's headphone socket for synchronising like the original Up, and offers activity tracking and sleep monitoring. Usable on both iOS and Android devices, the Jawbone Up24 is priced at £125 ($207) in the UK, and around € 150 ($207) in Europe....
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09:02
New York Times launching a staff curated version of...

Debuting next week, The New York Times is taking the iPhone-only route with its new NYT Now app.

The idea is simple enough. For $8 a month, iPhone users will have access to stories from The New York Times and other sources in a streamlined user interface and will include news summaries each morning and evening.

NYT Now will be managed by a staff of 10 editors handpicking content to present.

The approach is similar to Facebook and its Paper app, which is also iPhone-only for now and offers news...

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09:00
Here's what Apple's first hacked-together...

Yesterday we told you the Wall Street Journal posted its interview with one of the original iPhone engineers about the creation of the iPhone. But now Apple has share an image of what the first hacked-together "iPhone" looked like. As you can see...

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08:41
Third-generation Drobo NAS unveiled; update brings...

Connected Data, the creator of the Drobo line of smart storage solutions, today announced the release of the latest four-bay Drobo. The third generation Drobo is less expensive, up three times faster than the previous release, and includes new features such as USB 3.0, significantly faster rebuild times and enhanced support for Apple's Time Machine backup technology....
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08:30
iPhone 101: How to use Reader mode in Safari to...

It doesn't take long to get annoyed by ads and images that clutter your reading space when you are trying to digest a long-form article on your iPhone or iPad. To clear your reading space and bring focus to the words on the page, you can activate...

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08:16
Drobo adds enhanced support for Apple's Time...

Popular bring-your-own-drive external storage company Drobo announced an update its flagship 4-bay unit Wednesday, making it faster and easier for Mac users to back up to the device using Time Machine.
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08:14
Apple, Unicode Consortium working on more emoji...

Apple is working with the Unicode Consortium on expanding the racial diversity of emoji characters in iOS, and by extension other platforms, according to a statement provided to MTV. "Our emoji characters are based on the Unicode standard, which is necessary for them to be displayed properly across many platforms," Apple says. "There needs to be more diversity in the emoji character set, and we have been working closely with the Unicode Consortium in an effort to update the standard."...
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08:11
Realmac teases upcoming Reminders feature in popular...

Fantastical isn’t the only app with a new version on the way. Realmac Software, makers of the popular to-do list app Clear, have been hyping the addition of Reminders functionality since late last year and expected to ship the update around this time. Realmac says its still fine tuning the Reminders experience in Clear and expects to release the update early next month. This marks the first time we’ve seen a shot of how the Reminders function will look in Clear (seen above) as well as a blurred teaser for the Mac version as well (notice the calendar date picker).

Realmac has previously mentioned that the update...

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07:58
CoSoSys extends digital loss prevention tool for OS...

Security solutions provider CoSoSys has released Endpoint Protector 4, the first digital loss prevention tool that provides enforced encryption on removable storage devices. The new app suite aims to secure sensitive data and prevent data loss on computers in a "bring yur own computer" environment using Mac OS X....
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07:43
Apple engineer shares details on iPhone creation

Apple senior software engineer Greg Christie has revealed a number of details about the birth of the iPhone to the Wall Street Journal. Christie and his team were struggling with the original iPhone’s software when Apple co-founder and then-CEO Steve Jobs told the group it had two weeks to…

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07:39
New York Times Announces Two New Digital...

On April 2, the New York Times will unveil two new digital subscription choices. One of them will be a subscription iOS app called NYT Now.

The Mac Observer Spin: A digital Times subscription for the same monthy price as Netflix sounds like a pretty good idea.


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07:26
Former Delta VP joins Apple online retail

Bob Kupbens, former vice president of marketing and digital commerce at Delta Air Lines, has joined Apple. According to his LinkedIn page, Kupbens’ title is VP, Apple Online Retail. Advertising Age noted the title was unconfirmed, but regardless, Kupbens looks to play a large role in Apple’s online…

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07:25
Synology adds support for Chromecast streaming in...

If you’re unfamiliar with Synology’s DiskStation network-attached storage (NAS) hardware and software, I recently wrote a full review on the latest update. The company’s DiskStation products come with slick apps for Mac and iOS that let you stream all of your content stored in your own private cloud to just about any device you could think of, and today the company has added yet another with official support for Google’s Chromecast HDMI stick.

Much like you can send video and audio stored on your DiskStation to your Apple TV over AirPlay, or to your TV or PlayStation using DiskStation’s built...

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07:22
Apple finally at work on Retina MacBook Air, rumor...

Apple is planning to launch a Retina MacBook Air in the second half of 2014, alongside other updated MacBooks, Taiwanese supply chain sources claim. Although the MacBook Pro has had Retina options for a couple of years, the Air has been stuck with resolutions topping out at 1366x768 or 1440x900, depending on screen size. A Retina upgrade may be possible due to easier and/or cheaper production of Retina panels, and the need for Apple to keep the Air attractive next to Windows laptops with Retina-equivalent graphics....
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07:06
∞ Harrowing rescue

[VIDEO] Wow. Nailbiting situation.

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07:03
A big fat zero

When you invest in a Kickstarter, you are helping a company get their legs, giving them the money they need to achieve stability with zero risk. The risk is foisted onto those initial investors. Is that a fair trade?

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07:01
New $8-per-month 'NYT Now' subscription...

The New York Times announced on Wednesday that it will expand its digital subscription offerings in the coming months, starting with a "core" package dubbed "NYT Now" targeted at light readers, and it will debut exclusively on Apple's iPhone on April 2.
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07:00
Top Apple engineer details how the original iPhone...

The Wall Street Journal has published a rare authorized interview with Apple senior software engineer Greg Christie who detailed the arduous process involved in getting the iPhone from a concept to a shipping product.

In February of 2005, Steve Jobs...

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06:44
Apple working to add diversty to emoji

Apple is working on adding more diversity to the emoji keyboard character set, according to MTV Act. The website reached out to Apple CEO Tim Cook about the lack of diversity in emoji, and received a response from Katie Cotton, Apple Vice President of Worldwide Corporate Communications: “Tim forwarded…

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06:44
Why Minecraft creator canceled port to Oculus VR in...

Yesterday, we posted about Facebook buying virtual reality company Oculus VR. Before that deal, Minecraft was exploring a deal to bring a version of the incredibly popular gaming environment to Oculus. But once the Facebook deal was announced, Markus Persson, Minecraft creator, tweeted this:

We were in talks about maybe bringing a version of Minecraft to Oculus. I just cancelled that deal. Facebook creeps me out.

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06:33
Sprint CEO reveals HD Voice launching across network...

Sprint will be launching its delayed HD Voice on compatible smartphones in the majority of markets across the United States this summer, the head of the carrier has revealed. CEO Dan Hesse revealed during a keynote talk at Oracle Industry Connect that the high-quality voice service will roll out for subscribers throughout the country "around the first of July."...
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06:30
Triage for iOS Enables Quick Email Checks

Want a lightweight way to scan through new email as quickly as possible, without worrying about getting sucked in? The iOS app Triage makes short work of that task.

 

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06:26
Bioprinting, Part 1: The Promise and the Pitfalls


It's long been the dream of humans to be able to regenerate body parts. Scientists have been researching this possibility for years, but the subject is complex, and they are just beginning to get to a glimmer of understanding as to what's required. "There are different layers of complexity in developing tissue-engineered products, so the easiest thing is to make it something that's one single type of cell and is a flat sheet," said Charlie Whelan, healthcare and life science director of consulting at Frost & Sullivan.

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06:19
Google announces massive price drops for its cloud...

These are pretty huge price drops. Google just become very competitive with Amazon on cloud services. Hardware prices have been plummeting, but cloud service prices have been slow to come down.

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06:18
Apple’s working to introduce more diverse emoji—what...

Apple's working with the Unicode Consortium to augment the whitewashed set of emoji.

Andrew Cunningham

If you use emoji regularly, you might have noticed something unfortunate about the adorable and surprisingly expressive pictures. Emoji faces, bodies, and hands are almost universally white.

News made the rounds last night that Apple was working to change this situation and add more racially diverse emoji. "There needs to be more diversity in the emoji character set," Apple's Katie Cotton wrote to MTV Act, "and we have been working closely with the Unicode Consortium in an effort to update the standard."

Why wait for the Unicode Consortium to catch up instead of just using custom characters to fill this gap now? Using the Unicode standard for its emoji instead of going its own way provides important benefits—well, as important as anything involving emoji...

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06:13
The secret room where the iPhone software was born

To go along with the Greg Christie interview, the Wall Street Journal also ran this small piece that focused on the room in which the iPhone was developed and tested.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:11
WSJ Interviews iPhone Engineer Just Before Another...

The Wall Street Journal has published an interview with Greg Christie, an engineer responsible for the original iPhone.

The Mac Observer Spin: Some of the smaller details in the piece remind us what Apple was like under Steve Jobs. Getting to read about it at all is a reminder of what Apple is like under Tim Cook.


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06:06
NYT launching two new subscription products

The New York Times plans to launch two new subscription products on April 2: NYT Now, a standalone iOS app that costs $8 a month, and Times Premier, which the company describes as a “premium subscription service designed for The Times enthusiast.”

The premium product will cost $45 every four weeks.

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06:01
Head of Apple’s UI team recalls iPhone’s birth

Apple’s head of User Interface Greg Christie gave an interview with the Wall Street Journal (paywall) to discuss the birth of the iPhone. The interview was done on the eve of a new patent-infringement trial against Samsung which starts Monday.

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06:00
Daily App: DragonVale lets you breed Dragons and...

DragonVale from BackFlip Studios debuted in 2011 and has continued to improve over time. The games lets you raise a farm of dragons, with Farmville-style rules.

DragonVale is all about dragons letting you hatch new dragons, breed dragons to get...

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05:11
iOS 7.1 glitch allows stock apps to be hidden on the...

In what feels like an annual affair, somebody has once again found a glitch with the iOS Home Screen. The bug allows users to place folders inside folders on the iOS 7 Springboard, which is normally not possible. With a certain configuration of steps, the bug can also make apps disappear from the Home Screen entirely. For instance, you could hide some of the stock Apple apps (like Compass or Voice Memos) that normally can’t be removed.

The apps aren’t actually deleted from your iPhone or iPad; it’s merely a visual display glitch that hides them. This means the apps will return when you reboot your iOS device. The steps to hide some apps are below, but the video demo above by iDeviceHelpus demonstrates how to do...

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05:00
External Link: Behind the Scenes with Nigerian Email...

Erika Eichelberger, writing for Mother Jones, visited a couple of email scammers in Nigeria. While they make a good living from digital grift, their incomes have declined in recent years as Americans have become more savvy. But, due to corruption in Nigeria’s government, don’t expect them to change careers any time soon.

 

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04:59
Apple once again rumored to launch MacBook Pro with...

The latest supply chain rumors add to claims that Apple is planning to launch a new MacBook Air with a high-resolution Retina display later this year, bringing the same pixel-packing power already found in the company's MacBook Pro lineup.
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Apple once again rumored to launch MacBook Air with...

The latest supply chain rumors add to claims that Apple is planning to launch a new MacBook Air with a high-resolution Retina display later this year, bringing the same pixel-packing power already found in the company's MacBook Pro lineup.
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