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Monday March 24

11:03
Google Now notifications now available in Chrome for...

After spending about a month and a half in the beta channel, Chrome is rolling out Google Now notifications to all users. To activate the feature, Google says to sign in with the same Google account used on iOS.

Users can find their cards through the Google Chrome Notifications window. This view is available by clicking the bell icon in the OS X menubar. Cards for events such as weather, sports, directions and reminders will appear just like Now works on mobile platforms.

Some cards that appear on iPhone and iPad...

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11:00
Emails reveal that Steve Jobs angrily called Sergey...

During a period spanning 2005 through 2009, Apple and several other high-profile tech companies effectively signed off on anti-poaching agreements, whereby they agreed not to recruit employees from one another.

The participants included Apple,...

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10:50
Apple adds NPR as first news channel on iTunes Radio

Apple is today adding National Public Radio as a channel on iTunes Radio, according to officials with NPR. The stream will be free and run 24 hours a day, mixing live news with the broadcaster's pre-recorded shows. Within the next few weeks, local NPR affiliates should start offering channels of their own. Other details of the agreement with Apple are unknown, but NPR is run as a non-profit....
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10:30
13 years ago today, Apple began shipping OS X 10.0

OS X is now a man. 13 years ago today, Apple forever changed the trajectory of the Mac OS when it began shipping the original version of OS X for $129 -- a vestige of an era back when Apple actually used to charge for an OS.

Codenamed Cheetah, the...

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10:17
9to5Toys Last Call: Up to 65% off Samsung memory...

Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: TwitterRSS Feed,FacebookGoogle+ and subscribe to the new Safari push notifications feature.

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call updates:

 

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10:00
JibJab's StoryBots will hook kids and their...

2004 was the year the iPod Mini made its debut, along with the 4th generation iPod and iPod Photo. Apple sold its 200 millionth song through the iTunes Store, and the iMac G5 was introduced. Macs were running OS X Panther.

And in July 2004, leading...

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09:55
NPR news channel coming to iTunes Radio today

iTunes Radio will add National Public Radio as its first news channel, Re/code reports. NPR’s channel is expected to go live today, and it will offer a free 24-hour stream of live news and pre-recorded shows. Additionaly, some local NPR stations will offer their own iTunes Radio channels “within…

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09:50
Basecamp was under network attack this morning: A...

From a Basecamp blog post, in a lull from the denial-of-service attack earlier today:

Criminals attacked the Basecamp network with a distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS) attack this morning. The attackers tried to extort us for money to make it stop. We refused to give in and worked with our network providers to mitigate the attack the best we could. Then, about two hours after the attack started, it suddenly stopped.

This really sucks.

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09:41
NPR on iTunes Radio

Digital streams of Morning Edition, All Things Considered and hourly newscasts will be available on a new 24-hour streaming NPR channel on iTunes Radio.

Great news for everyone.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:31
∞ Bill Nye on how he became “The Science Guy”

[VIDEO] I’m a long time fan, found this fascinating.

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09:31
NSA Lifts Middle Finger to Middle Kingdom


Oh, there have been some good National Security Agency revelations. Like the one about the NSA tapping German Chancellor Angela Merkel's phone. Or the one about the NSA planting agents inside World of Warcraft, or impersonating Facebook in a global quest to spread malware. Delicious as all those stories are, however, last weekend's NSA bombshell may take the cake. The NSA reportedly has created back doors directly into networks run by Huawei, the Chinese telecommunications giant that the U.S. has long suspected of skulduggery.

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09:27
CSS Diner

It’s a little game to help you learn CSS selectors. Type in the correct selector to complete each level.

Very nice.

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09:21
NPR brings live streaming news to Apple's...

Live streaming news content is headed to iTunes Radio, with the first partner launching on Apple's service Monday: National Public Radio.

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09:19
Google prematurely launches iOS Chromecast photo...

Google has released what appears to be a partially finished iOS application to Apple's App Store, leveraging its new Chromecast television dongle peripheral. The new iOS-only app called "Photowall for Chromecast" will at some point allow users to create a photo montage through the iOS device to a Chromecast....
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09:07
Google Photowall turns your TV into a crowdsourced...

Two interesting developments hit the App Store over the weekend, as Google's new Photowall app lets iPhone owners beam photos from their handset to their TV using the company's Chromecast streaming stick, while Loopy HD is now 50% off after being featured on The Tonight Show.

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09:06
NPR added to iTunes Radio as the first news...

Now this is interesting (if you like talk radio): Recode is reporting that iTunes Radio is slated to pick up streaming news today through a partnership with NPR.

NPR’s channel, which should be live today, will offer a free stream, 24 hours a day, which mixes live news with segments from pre-recorded shows like “All Things Considered” and “The Diane Rehm Show.” NPR officials say that within weeks, some of the broadcaster’s local stations should begin offering their own channels, with a similar mix of live and taped news.

You can add the new station to your iTunes Radio lineup below:

This marks the first news streaming channel on the music streaming service bringing a real radio feel to iTunes...

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09:04
New emails expose anti-poaching collusion between...

A newly-published set of emails explicitly detail the anti-poaching agreements reached between Apple, Google, and a collection of other high-tech firms. The companies settled a US Department of Justice investigation on the matter in 2010, but are still dealing with class action litigation. One of the instigators of the anti-poaching deals appears to have been former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who made "irate" calls to Google co-founder Sergey Brin in February 2005, complaining that Google was trying to hire away members of the Safari development team. Brin mentions "veiled threats" from Jobs; af...
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09:00
UK App Store and iTunes Store pricing may increase...

Last week British Chancellor George Osborne introduced the UK's annual budget for the year ahead. It included, among other things, a change that may affect the price of apps and media in the UK App Store and iTunes Store by up to 20%. As The Guardian...

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08:36
The emails that led to accusations of an Apple and...

From Mark Ames at PandoDaily:

Back in January, I wrote about “The Techtopus” — an illegal agreement between seven tech giants, including Apple, Google, and Intel, to suppress wages for tens of thousands of tech employees. The agreement prompted a Department of Justice investigation, resulting in a settlement in which the companies agreed to curb their restricting hiring deals. The same companies were then hit with a civil suit by employees affected by the agreements.

This week, as the final summary judgement for the resulting class action suit looms, and several of the companies mentioned (Intuit, Pixar and Lucasfilm) scramble to settle out of court, Pando has obtained court documents (embedded below) which show shocking evidence of a much larger...

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08:28
Review: Crumpler JackPack, the perfect-sized daypack...

No matter how many camera bags a photographer may own, it seems you never have one that’s quite the right size. In my case, I have a very large roller-bag for when I want to take almost all my kit with me when travelling, a large backpack for when a roller-bag isn’t practical and a very compact backpack that just carries one camera, one flashgun and a couple of extra lenses.

That worked reasonably well until I got a MacBook Air 11. That was so light that it made sense to carry it with me so that I could transfer and review photos while out & about, but my compact bag had no laptop slot. So when Mobile Fun invited me to take a look at its range, I decided to try a bag that was small enough to work as a daypack, but had room for a MacBook and a second camera. The Crumpler JackPack Full Photo Backpack seemed to fit the bill … ...

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08:28
Voila: Screen Capture & Screen Recorder for Mac...

Record anything on your screen, edit it with powerful yet efficient tools and share them with just one-click!

Voila Mac Screen Capture Tool from Global Delight makes screen captures a piece of cake with its intuitive and brilliant features. Capture in HD, edit and annotate with tools like arrows, text, stamps, callouts and much more while being able to share instantly to the likes of YouTube, Dropbox, Evernote, Tumblr, Flickr and more!

Voila is especially useful for educators, students, designers, corporates and the like who need brisk, high-performance and solid screen captures without breaking a sweat. Creating tutorials, training manuals, lessons, DIY videos etc. is now super easy and you also get to manage them expertly with Voila’s smart organizational abilities. It’s that simple!

Go ahead and give it a Try...

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08:00
TUAW at Macworld/iWorld 2014

Many of the Apple blogosphere cognoscenti are on their way to San Francisco this week for the annual Apple love fest/tech show known as Macworld/iWorld. This year's event officially runs between Thursday (March 27) and Saturday (March 29), although...

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07:55
Apple, Comcast In Talks To Team Up On Apple TV

Late Sunday the Wall Street Journal reported talks are happening between Apple and Comcast, likely working out how to offer cable TV content on an Apple TV.

The Mac Observer Spin: This sounds good for customers. Is it too good to be true?


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07:52
Someone is happy with iPhone 5c sales: Pegatron...

Photo: Associated Press

Pegatron, Apple’s main supplier for the iPhone 5c, has reported 22 percent year-on-year earnings growth, citing mobile products as the main source of the increase. KGI Securities analyst Angela Hsiang told the WSJ that Apple provides 40 percent of the company’s business.

Pegatron has long been a secondary iPhone supplier, but was last year given the lead in production of the iPhone 5c, which it manufactures along with the iPad Mini. The company did not provide any breakdown in earnings between the two products.

Although the...

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07:46
New York Times: NSA involved in ongoing hack against...

In an interesting reversal, Snowden-leaked documents are pointing to a pervasive infiltration of Chinese electronics manufacturer Huawei's servers. NSA Operation "Shotgiant" allegedly probed connections between Huawei and the Chinese army, but also aimed to attack technology manufactured by the company and use the compromised technology for worldwide surveillance....
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07:41
Apple looking to fully automate iPhone battery...

Apple is working to get iPhone batteries manufactured on fully automated production lines in 2014, supply chain sources claim. The company is already said to have mostly automated iMac and Mac Pro production, the only exceptions being materials and final assembly. Apple is allegedly interested in reducing the manpower needed for its products; this may be due to rising minimum wages in China, and problems like labor shortages and high turnover rates, linked to the fact that many young people don't want to work in manufacturing. Such jobs can often demand 60 or more hours a week in poor condi...
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07:36
UK digital download taxes could increase in 2015

Digital downloads including App Store and iTunes purchases are due to see a tax increase in the U.K. under new laws next year, The Guardian reports. A new budget would force Apple and others to charge a 20 percent tax rate on such downloads. The budget closes a tax…

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07:20
∞ BaseCamp in middle of denial of service attack

Are you a user of 37Signals’ Basecamp project management app? If so, things might be a little slow to respond this morning. From their Twitter account this morning at about 10a ET, US:

We are experiencing a DDoS attack. All apps may be slow to respond while we investigate. Stay tuned for updates.

Just FYI.

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07:16
WSJ: Apple talking with Comcast about streaming TV

Apple is talking with Comcast about working together on a streaming television service that would use an Apple set-top box like Apple TV, the Wall Street Journal reports. The deal would use Comcast’s cables to bypass web congestion, sources said. Using Comcast as a partner would, ideally, prevent buffering…

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07:01
iTunes and app sales projected to grow to 20% of...

iTunes content and the App Store are projected to be key drivers of growth for Apple moving forward, with one new forecast calling for content and apps alone to account for 20 percent of profits by 2020.

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07:00
Rumor Roundup: "Flop"

Here's a riddle: when is a flop not a flop?

Easy: when it sells a metric load of units and makes tons of money. Don't try telling that to some people, though. Their skulls are far too thick, and the contents of those skulls... the less said about...

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06:47
United Kingdom sales tax law changes could alter...

A change in the way taxes are applied to purchases in the United Kingdom could cause some digital items to rise in price, according to a report. The country's recent budget announcement by chancellor George Osborne included a statement that would force online sales to use the UK's rate of sales tax (Value Added Tax, or VAT) instead of a far lower rate used elsewhere in Europe....
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06:46
Google’s new Photowall app turns your Chromecast-...



Adding to the capabilities of the Chromecast HDMI streaming stick, Google is out with a new app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users called Photowall that lets you turn your Chromecast-connected TV...

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06:35
UK proposes close of tax loophole, iTunes VAT to...

From the Guardian:

George Osborne’s latest budget could spell an end to 99p song downloads by closing a tax loophole that meant consumers were paying VAT at very low foreign rates on online purchases of books, music and apps.

The chancellor will bring in new laws making sure that internet downloads are taxed in the country where they are purchased, meaning web firms such as Amazon and Apple will have to charge the UK’s 20% rate of VAT. At the moment they are allowed to sell digital downloads through countries such as Luxembourg, where the tax rate is as low as 3%.

In a little-noticed announcement, Osborne said he would used this year’s finance bill to impose the new law from 1 January 2015.

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06:30
iPhone 5c & iPad mini assembler Pegatron sees...

Pegatron, the main assembler for both the iPhone 5c and iPad mini, saw its earnings grow 22 percent in the first quarter, potentially signaling strong sales of Apple's low-end iOS devices.

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06:08
UK to Drive Up iTunes Store Purchases through Tax...

The days of Â0.99 music downloads at Apple's U.K. iTunes Store may be coming to an end, and it isn't the iPhone and iPad maker that'll be driving the cost up. Britain's Government is looking to close a tax loophole that lets companies charge VAT rates from other countries -- something Apple and other companies currently do.

The Mac Observer Spin: Closing the VAT loophole for Apple, Google, and other companies selling online may help increase money coming into the government, but it won't make consumers happy.


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06:04
Haunted Empire - Biased Author or Biased Readers?


What really surprises me about the book Haunted Empire, which predicts the decline of Apple, isn't that Apple fans don't like it. That's a given -- Apple fans only want positive books and stories. It is the level of effort that has gone into killing this book, and how much that apparently has accelerated sales. There is an old saying that the only thing better than bad publicity is no publicity, and Apple's effort seem to be driving this book onto the best sellers' list. What also amazes me is how worked up some folks are getting.

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06:00
Daily App: Jump and Chump your way to leaderboard...

Jump! Chump! is a simple game with challenging yet addictive mechanics a la Flappy Bird. As listed in its app description, the game has three features which are Jumping, Chumping and online leaderboards.

You play the game with two block characters...

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05:54
WSJ: Apple in talks with Comcast about live...

Apple is reportedly in discussions with Comcast, which could see the two collaborate on a streaming TV service. Sources for the Wall Street Journal claim the service would involve Apple supplying the set-top box to customers, with Comcast giving the device preferential treatment in the bandwidth management of the connection itself....
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05:41
Apple Reportedly In Talks With Comcast For Separate...

An anonymous reader writes "Apple is reportedly in talks with Comcast to obtain a network pathway dedicated to live and on-demand programming for subscribers of unspecified Apple services. In other words, Apple traffic would be separated from the rest of the public's internet traffic. This deal is different from the one Netflix made with Comcast in that Apple is reportedly asking for separate traffic in the path from Comcast facilities to consumer homes; the Netflix deal only gains Netflix direct access to the Comcast network. While net neutrality rules no longer restrict ISPs from monetizing their traffic prioritization, Comcast is still bound in that respect until 2018 as part of the conditions for its acquisition of NBCUniversal in 2011."

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05:35
Spotlight on the Mac: Searching the Current Folder...

If you'd rather look through the current folder when using Spotlight's search field in Finder windows instead of searching every drive connected to your Mac, you aren't alone. Lucky for you, Michael Johnston knows how to tell Spotlight to do just that, and he's ready to show you how, too.


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05:30
MacWorld/iWorld starts this Thursday

It’s that time of year again, when the fans of Apple and its various iThings pile into Moscone Center in San Francisco to ogle products, learn a few things, or just hang out and talk about Apple tech. I’m talking about the MacWorld/iWorld event (I wish they’d do something about that weird slash-enabled name) which starts this Thursday, March 27th, and runs until Saturday the 29th. If you are one of those last minute shoppers, you can still get tickets on the event’s web site, BUT I’ve tracked down a couple of promo code links that will get you some discounted tickets. For example, currently the Expo Hall pass is $25 at the site, but using the promo links you can get it for $10! The Conference Pass is cut from $299 to $149. Don’t wait too long though, I...

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05:05
Rumor: Apple to switch to automated battery assembly...

Batteries for Apple's next-generation iPhone may be assembled on fully automated production lines in China, rather than through manual labor, a new rumor out of the Far East claims.

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03:05
Apple reportedly pushing to automate iPhone battery...


iFixit: iPhone 5s battery

Digitimes is reporting that Apple is looking to transition iPhone battery production from labor-intensive processes to fully-automatic machine production lines in 2014.

Although the reliability of Digitimes’ reporting is often poor, in this case the trustworthiness of the report is much more likely to be solid. Unlike some of their previous stories in recent memory, automating battery production is a direct matter of the supply chain — which is Digitimes’ area of expertise.

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Sunday March 23

21:11
Briefly: AnyFont 1.1, Exak Time 2.0 released for iOS

Font app AnyFont for iOS has released an update, v 1.1, offering users greater flexibility with font management. AnyFont allows users to install any additional font in TrueTypeFont (.ttf) or OpenTypeFont (.oft) format on one's iPhone or iPad. In v1.1.0, users can now install multiple fonts or multiple shapes of a font at once, add or delete multiple fonts to AnyFont as a ZIP archive in one step, and preview fonts in AnyFont's storage. Additionally included are bug fixes, including a remedy to a localization issue. Available for $2, AnyFont can be downloaded through iTunes....
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20:37
British consumers face iTunes price hike after tax...

Apple may be forced to increase the amount of Value Added Tax that it charges for iTunes music and video sales in the U.K. as Her Majesty's Treasury pushes to end tax loopholes that allow consumers to pay much lower rates on digital purchases.

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20:08
Non-poaching emails show Jobs was warring with...

If you’ve paid attention to the ongoing feud between Apple and Google in recent years, you might think that the conflict is the result of Google’s decision to create a competitor to the iPhone after working in tandem with Apple to create the iconic device. And you’d be forgiven for thinking that.

But according to some emails sent by Google’s Sergey Brin back in 2005 that recently surfaced during a class-action lawsuit over the do-not-hire policies of the two companies (among others), that may not be the case. This “...

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19:45
Apple discussing new streaming set-top box with...

Apple is reportedly planning to release a new streaming set-top box, and is in talks with cable provider Comcast on a potential deal that would bypass Web congestion and allow faster and more reliable performance for users.

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19:20
Apple wants its own path on Comcast network for...

Apple

Apple is negotiating with Comcast in an attempt to create "a streaming-television service that would use an Apple set-top box and get special treatment on Comcast's cables to ensure it bypasses congestion on the Web," the Wall Street Journal reported today. The usual "people familiar with the matter" revealed the companies' plans, which would involve streaming live and on-demand TV programming to an Apple set-top box, presumably the Apple TV.

If accurate, Comcast would have to be careful not to violate network neutrality obligations. The Federal Communications Commission's rules against Internet service providers giving special treatment to specific Web services were vacated by a court decision, but Comcast still has to follow...

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18:01
Apple reportedly discussing the possibility of a TV...

The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple is now in talks with Comcast about the possibility of a collaborative television streaming service. The plan, according to the report, is for Comcast to provide preferential streaming treatment to an Apple-built set-top box like the existing Apple TV.

The service would allow subscribers to stream live TV shows as well as on-demand content provided by Comcast. The agreement between the two companies would allow Apple’s box to continue streaming smoothly even when other connections were bogged down by high traffic and bypass bandwidth issues.

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17:39
Downcast 1.0.11

Adds an audio-only option for playing video podcasts. ($9.99 new, free update, 6.5 MB)

 

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17:30
Talkcast tonight, 7pm PDT/10pm EDT: Macworld/iWorld...

All-new dial-in experience! See below -- do not call into Talkshoe, we won't be there. Be sure to set up Fuze Meeting before the show if you want to join in live.

Sunday has once again come upon us, and with it comes another TUAW talkcast!

Not just...

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17:20
PopChar X 6.5

Adds a custom insertion technique for apps that don’t reliably support direct event-based insertion of characters. (€29.99 new, free update, 3.7 MB)

 

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16:09
With Android Wear, Google fires first shot in...

Google's aggressive stance with Android Wear, putting industrial design -- rather than tech specs or bundled software -- at the forefront, reveals the makings of a strategy designed to take on Apple at their own game.

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14:00
Bitcoin exchange Vircurex heads into insolvency,...

Another Bitcoin exchange has run into financial problems, following in the wake of other recent turmoil surrounding the currency after the collapse of Mt. Gox. Vircurex, based in Beijing, is faced with insolvency, causing the company to immediately halt withdrawals. Starting March 24, the company will put a freeze on all customer accounts....
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13:30
Crytek releases new CryEngine subscription program...

Not to be outdone by Epic Games, game developer Crytek has announced a new pricing plan for its CryEngine called an "Engine -as-a-Service" (EaaS) program for developers. The program consists of a $10 license fee per month that is royalty-free. This undercuts Epic Game's recent announcement that it would price its Unreal Engine 4 at $19 per month, with a five percent royalty on gross revenues....
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12:55
HighPoint releases RocketStor 6328 Thunderbolt 2...

One of the first hardware RAID adapters for Thunderbolt 2 has popped up on the market from accessory maker HighPoint. The RocketStor 6328 features seven RAID configurations, supporting SAS and SATA hard drives and solid state drives....
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12:42
Review two-pack: Just Mobile’s latest iPhone...

As we have previously noted, Just Mobile sells a variety of premium accessories primarily for Apple products that are made out of aluminum. These designs and materials are similar to what Apple makes for its own products, so Just Mobile’s accessories are popular items for fans of Apple’s product design. For the past few weeks, we have been testing out some of Just Mobile’s latest iPhone accessories: the AluFrame and the AluCup Grande. You can find our full reviews below:

AluFrame

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12:16
New tax law could see UK iTunes customers paying up...

Members of the UK government are seeking to close a tax loophole that currently allows online music, app, and book downloads to avoid the country’s 20% “value added tax” in favor of much lower international tax rates, reports The Guardian. If the push is successful, iTunes customers in the UK will instead be taxed at the appropriate rate for their own country.

However, the new law won’t go into effect until January 1, 2015, so there’s still time for things to change. Supporters of the change say that it will lead to more fair...

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12:01
Apple Maps gains 3D flyover support in three new...


Saint-Tropez, France

Apple added 3D flyover support in its Maps application for Mac and iOS to three new cities this weekend: Perth, Australia; Saint-Tropez, France; and Cordoba, Spain. This addition comes just a few months after Apple added flyover support for Cape Town and others as the company continues to expand its coverage to...

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11:15
Briefly: Nokia Pocket Magnifier, Newsbeat launches...

Last week Nokia released a new app for the Windows Phone to help people with vision issues or those that need bigger text in their day to day activities. The aptly named Pocket Magnifier was developed with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) in the UK to use a phone's camera to enhance text. The app allows for frames to be frozen for steady reading, offers filters to help define text and allows the use of an LED (flash) to light up the object being read. Owners of a number of Nokia Windows Phones utilizing their cameras now have another use for their device if they need assista...
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10:50
Review: $90 Kanex SimpleDock is a beautiful USB 3/...

We’ve reviewed a fair bit of Thunderbolt docks for Mac here and one thing remains constant: The starting prices range well over $200 (Belkin’s a deal at $150) and that’s before you buy an expensive $30 Thunderbolt cable. The question is: Do you really need Thunderbolt to have a quality/usable dock for your MacBook? Can you get almost all of what you need just from USB 3?

Kanex sent me their $90...

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08:01
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 24...

Notable software releases this week include Apple Remote Desktop 3.7.2 and GarageBand 10.0.2.

 

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07:34
Tony Fadell, Nest founder, now with Google,...

The interview is behind a paywall. You can read a few quotes shared by Loop reader Rob Richman on his blog.

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07:22
A drone that can hack into your phone?

This is really no different than the danger you face when you go out in any crowded public space. But that doesn’t mean the danger is not real. Pretty interesting.

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06:56
Google founder Sergey Brin’s Stanford resume, with...

I found this amusing. Someone posted a link to Sergey Brin’s Stanford resume, before he founded Google. That alone is kind of cool. But they also dug into the source code and found a little gem embedded in a comment in the resume code.

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06:00
RoomScan creates floor plans automatically

Now here's a clever idea for an app: using the position sensors in your iPhone, the free RoomScan app creates a pretty accurate floor plan (within a foot or so) of any room.

When you launch the app you'll see some help screens, and there are links...

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05:21
How your tweets reveal your home location

Geotagged tweets and images can breach privacy walls and even cost lives:

But it also raises privacy issues, particularly when users are unaware, or forget that, their tweets are geotagged. Various celebrities are thought to have given away their home locations in this way. And in 2007, four Apache helicopters belonging to the US Army were destroyed by mortars in Iraq when insurgents worked out their location using geotagged images published by American soldiers.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:04
An unknown iOS 7 feature that is a real game changer

Ever hear of the Multipeer Connectivity framework? No reason you should, unless you are an iOS developer and keep up with the latest and greatest evolutions in networking. But this is a game changer. Read the post for details.

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00:44
Review: Sharp's 32" 4K display is a high-...

Apple has made clear its intent to support ultra high-resolution displays with the latest Mac and OS X products, but without a 4K display of its own (yet) the company sells only one UHD monitor as a go-along with its flagship Mac Pro: Sharp's PN-K321.

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Saturday March 22

21:33
Briefly: Telegram app security updates, Wendy's...

Messaging app Telegram been updated for both iOS and Android devices, featuring voice notes and new security options. Telegram users can now send audio recordings to one another, with the option depicted with a microphone to the right of the message field. In respects to security, individual messages within its Secret Chats section can now be deleted, offering greater privacy and control over message histories. Free to download, Telegram can be found through the iTunes Store and Google Play....
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15:00
Apple reportedly considering on-demand music service...

Apple may be considering a number of intriguing changes to its music strategy, according to a Billboard report published on Friday.

The music publication relays that Apple has "opened exploratory" talks with record labels regarding the potential for...

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13:35
Facebook's DeepFace facial software nears human...

Facebook has revealed in a research paper that it has discovered a way to match faces in two different photographs with 97.25 percent accuracy. The research has aided in the development of a software project called DeepFace which only slightly trails the facial recognition measured average of a human by only 0.28 percent....
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13:06
Briefly: Monochrome 2.0.1 update, Evernote for iOS...

Einstein's Legacy has announced the release of an update of its image batch conversion software, Monochrome v2.0.1. The application offers users the ability to convert batches of color images to grayscale, providing control over the conversion process and applied effects, creating a consistent-looking set of output images. Its latest version features faster GPU-based image rendering, additional conversion methods, thirty new image effects, and new options for previewing, printing and sharing images....
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13:00
Bigger isn't always better

Here we see the PowerBook 140 in its natural habitat, having just pounced upon a 13-inch MacBook Pro w/Retina. The PowerBook will now consume its prey whole, digesting it over a period of several days.

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12:39
iPhone 5c outsold Blackberry, Windows Phone and...

This is surprising, given all the doom and gloom in the press.

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11:10
Symantec dumps CEO Steve Bennett amidst slow...

The anti-virus company Symantec fired its CEO this week adding to the list of troubles for the ailing security software company who has seen revenues decline as the PC market cooled and more competitors entered the fray. The termination of Steve Bennett marks the most recent high profile exit for Symantec who has seen five other senior executives part ways with the company since July....
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10:05
Rhapsody and Napster to bring The Echo Nest...

Rhapsody International, the company that houses both Rhapsody and Napster music streaming services, says it cutting ties with the music recommendation system The Echo Nest. The move comes not long after Spotify purchased The Echo Nest for an undisclosed sum at the beginning of March....
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09:32
Pixelmator

My thanks to Pixelmator for sponsoring The Loop’s RSS feed this week. Pixelmator is one of the apps that I use every day and have for years. It’s very powerful, but yet approachable, allowing new users to instantly manipulate their images. There is no better image editor.

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08:40
The rig used in Jimmy Fallon’s iPad duet with Billy...

Nice job by Apple Insider’s Neil Hughes to pull together the details on the hardware used by Jimmy Fallon and Billy Joel on their fantastic duet.

If you missed it, our servers were rocked yesterday when Tim Cook tweeted our blog post sharing the performance. Yesterday was a lot of fun.

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08:18
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings’ blog post on Net...

If discussions of net neutrality make your eyes glaze over, this is a good read. Clear and thoughtful, without being too parochial. I recognize that Netflix has a vested interest in how this plays out, but you can’t ignore the fact that Reed Hastings has a unique vantage point. He’s at the center of this storm.

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08:09
BlackBerry selling most of its Canadian real estate...

Smart, smart move. If BlackBerry is going to survive, lean and mean is the way to go.

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07:58
Imogen Heap, her incredible music controlling gloves...

[VIDEO] I remember the moment I discovered Imogen Heap. I was watching Saturday Night Live and one of Andy Samburg’s Digital Shorts came on, called Dear Sister. It was crazy weird, funny as hell, and the music grabbed me immediately. If you are interested in this part of the story, watch the second of the embedded videos. The song is called Hide and Seek.

The real point of this post is Imogen Heap’s new Kickstarter project. If you play an electronic keyboard or any sort of MIDI controlled device, watch the first of the embedded videos.

The Mi.Mu gloves are MIDI and...

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07:30
How to Visualize Your Music in iTunes

The iTunes Visualizer has been around since the very first version of iTunes. Sandro Cuccia helps you explore and get the most from this scantily documented feature that enhances your enjoyment of your iTunes music. Warning: Visualizer may cause drowsiness while working on your computer.


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07:09
Soccer broke my brain

A riveting, first person essay about concussions.

The grass and goals are spinning when I stand up. My vision is laced with black spots. It is alarming, but I make an athlete’s calculus, measuring these symptoms against the need to show some grit to this skeptical audience. After a brief break, I rejoin practice. Passes and players ricochet past me and I can’t get anywhere quick enough. I can’t read plays as they unfold. The black spots linger. I’ve slammed my brain hard against my skull.

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07:05
See an airplane flying overhead? Siri can tell you...

Follow the headline link for all the details, but here’s the short and sweet version. Fire up Siri and say:

Flights overhead

If you are in a relatively urban area, you might be amazed at how many planes are overhead at any given moment.

We did a small Twitter experiment this morning, and it seem like the Wolfram Alpha database that makes this work only has data for North America. If you see an exception to this, please let me know (@davemark).

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07:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Pushing buttons

Pushing buttons

This week's iPad-case roundup comes to you with leather that will make your tablet look spiffy every day of the year. We also have a couple accessories that put keys back where they belong, and one that will turn you into a mobile identity machine.

D&D

The Varsity (iPad Air; $50) is a ruggedized case designed to protect your tablet from everyday accidents.

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07:00
Caturday: Sir Steve's iMac G3 castle

Sir Steve Cat is a British Shorthair Silver Tabby living in Hungary who is obviously royalty -- after all, why else would he have his own iMac G3 castle to live in? Owner Szergely says that Sir Steve is now about 11 weeks old.

Sir Steve has his very...

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06:34
The daily routines of geniuses

A fascinating read. Here’s just a taste:

Jane Austen asked that a certain squeaky hinge never be oiled, so that she always had a warning when someone was approaching the room where she wrote. William Faulkner, lacking a lock on his study door, just detached the doorknob and brought it into the room with him.

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05:55
∞ Twitter music app is gone, existing app will...

Twitter Music is an experiment that never quite caught on.

Here’s the official goodbye tweet.

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05:50
How to manage your iTunes or App Store subscriptions...
04:06
Apple's iPhone 5c 'failure flop'...

From the constant harping about the supposed "failure" of Apple's iPhone 5c, you'd think the phone is selling poorly. The reality is that middle tier model, while dramatically less popular than Apple's top of the line iPhone 5s, still managed to outsell every Blackberry, every Windows Phone and every Android flagship in the winter quarter, including Samsung's Galaxy S4.

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Friday March 21

22:30
iPad owners are willing to hold onto tablets longer...

Here's an interesting report to consider: those who purchase iPads are more willing to hold onto them longer than those who get an iPhone. Consumer Intelligence Research Partners says that iPad replacement cycles tend to be longer than the iPhone. As...

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21:13
Rumor: Next MacBook Air to offer 12-inch screen,...

A source described by other sites as "normally reliable" has claimed that Apple is planning to revamp its MacBook Air line, potentially introducing a single 12-inch model that the source claims utilizes a "fanless" design (current MacBook Airs have one, very quiet, fan in them). The revamp also allegedly replaces the mechanical "clicker" in the trackpad with gesture-only and tap control, rather than any physical "clicks." As a result, the rumor says, the new design will be even thinner than it is presently....
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20:21
Virgin Mobile cuts prices on contract-free iPhone 5s...

Sprint subsidiary Virgin Mobile, which sells CDMA iPhone models without an obligation to a monthly contract, is running a sale on both the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s, with the 16GB 5c starting at $315, with the 32GB at $385. The iPhone 5s is available for $385 (16GB), $455 (32GB) or $525 (64GB). There is a catch to the offer: the iPhones are all locked to Virgin Mobile, and the carrier doesn't unlock the phones. Under current US law, it is illegal to unlock a carrier-locked smartphone without the company's blessing....
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19:32
Hands-on: VideoGIF for Mac

GIFs. You see them everywhere on the Net, but putting them together in the past has usually involved a little Photoshop know-how or skill with another similar type of application. VideoGIF for Mac, by Pearl Mountain aims to make the process simpler and less expensive. We have had the opportunity to get some hands-on time with the app, which has recently gone live on the Mac App Store and have been impressed with how easy and how much fun it is to use....
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19:00
Twitter removes #music iOS app from store, will kill...

Twitter has quietly announced that it will pull the plug next month on its year-old Twitter #music service, which offered users a way to follow and listen to the music of popular artists and up-and-coming discoveries based on crowd-sourced recommendations. The service will be shut down on April 18, and as of Friday afternoon the iOS Twitter #music app was no longer available on the App Store....
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18:04
Rumor: Apple prepping 12" MacBook without fan,...

Rumors from the Far East on Friday claim Apple will soon refresh its MacBook Air lineup and may introduce a slimmed-down 12-inch fan-less version with a new trackpad design that does away with the current mechanical click button component.

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17:49
Rumor: 12-inch Retina MacBook/Air updates coming...

A forum poster with a reputable history on WeiPhone.com [Google translate] (via MacRumors) claims to have information about an upcoming MacBook/Air refresh. According to this source, the new model will sport a 12-inch design close to the current 11.6-inch model, but will...

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17:30
Billboard: Apple considering further streaming,...

About 12 years, Apple brought out its second-generation iPod and made it compatible with Windows, where it had previously been a Mac-only product. A year later, iTunes came to Windows in a move that ensured the software's dominance in the then still-niche MP3 player market. According to music trade magazine Billboard, Apple may again be considering "sleeping with the enemy" in the form of an iTunes app for Android, and is also said to be considering expanding its streaming-music options....
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