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Friday March 27

13:54
Browse and buy books from the iBooks Store and the...

You can browse and buy books on on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, and on your computer.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204081

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13:53
Mac Basics: Notifications keep you informed (Apple...

The Notifications feature of OS X helps you keep track of what's new.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204079

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13:52
News: iLounge Weekly arrives Monday, sign up now

The latest edition of iLounge Weekly, our weekly newsletter covering all things iLounge, will be arriving in subscribers’ inboxes early next week. iLounge Weekly is a summary of the week’s best news, reviews, and feature articles we’ve published, and it also features giveaways and accessory discount offers from various companies. There’s still plenty of time to sign up and receive this week’s edition — just use the simple form…

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13:38
Apps: Layout from Instagram, Periscope, The Trace +...

New Apps + Games Layout from Instagram (free) — Instagram’s latest addition to the App Store allows users to quickly and easily create photo collages and share them. While Layout is far from the first iOS app to do this sort of thing, it’s definitely one of the best designed that we’ve seen, providing the ability to quickly select a group of photos, choose your favorite layout, and then even make drag-and-drop adjustments to move…

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13:36
Apple has not approached Comcast about Web...

Amid rumors of an Apple branded streaming television service, Comcast asserts it has not engaged in any discussions with the company about licensing NBCUniversal content to air alongside programs from potential partners ABC, CBS, Fox and more.

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13:12
Last chance to get in on Prong PWR Case Indiegogo...

OK, I know it's a bit late since there are only about 11 hours left in this Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. But I thought that this case was rather nifty and thought at least some of our readers might want to jump on the Prong PWR iPhone Case before it's too late.

I'll let the team behind this ingenious case explain the campaign to you, but basically Prong is a combination of iPhone case, battery pack and charger all in one clever package. The campaign is currently funded at 132% of its goal, but you can still pick up one for US$70 -- this is a product that's expected to retail for over $100 when it finally makes it to market.

Check it out, and if you decide to back the campaign, do it NOW! You won't have another chance.

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13:07
Opinion: As Nintendo ponders iOS, it’s time for Mac...

When Nintendo announced last week that it will collaborate with DeNA to release iPhone and iPad games, gamers split into two camps: people intrigued by the promise of brand new Nintendo titles designed for mobile devices, and others — including myself — who expect Nintendo to release shallow mobile minigames, mostly to promote console titles. Nintendo hasn’t actually committed to bringing the Super Mario games people love into the App Store; instead, it’s saying only that its characters will appear in new titles that won’t require complex controls. The implication is that only Nintendo consoles are capable of playing Nintendo’s console...

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13:00
Mail Designer Pro 2 is perfect for the in-betweeners

For many of us, email is a way to quickly share information with a distant party. For example, a sweet message and a birthday photo will make grandma's day. For others, it's serious marketing that's managed by a director, an art department and a copywriter. Mail Designer Pro 2 (currently on sale for US$49.99, regularly $89.99), a WYSIWYG email designer for the Mac, is for everyone in between.

Mail Designer Pro 2 lets you create and deliver beautiful, custom email newsletters with no knowledge of HTML required. It's compatible with Campaign Monitor and Mail Chimp, so you can upload your designs when they're done. With 38 default templates to choose from (and more via in-app purchase) and a wealth of editing options, Mail Designer Pro 2 seems intimidating at first, but you'll soon be designing great-looking campaigns for your members, subscribers or customers. Here's our look at Mail Designer Pro 2 for Mac.

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12:59
Pocket camera helps the visually impaired navigate...

This might be one of the least invasive sight aids for the visually impaired that we've spotted: it's a camera that sits in the shirt pocket, Her-style, and uses auditory alerts to warn when the user approaches obstacles. The idea here is to help fol...

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12:47
Apple's Tim Cook plans to give away all of his...

Apple chief executive Tim Cook has revealed plans to donate the vast majority of his wealth to charity before he dies, saying that he wants to develop a "systematic approach" to philanthropy.

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12:45
The REAL Reason Apple’s iPad is Faltering

Apple's iPad sales started out growing like gangbusters. It looked to become a major product line along side the iPhone But then, in the last year, sales have faltered. Various reasons have be put forward: update cycles, the popularity of phablets, and so on. But the real reason goes much deeper. John Martellaro explains.


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12:39
Facebook Invites App Devs to Join in Messenger...


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg this week told an audience at the F8 conference for Facebook developers that the company's future lies in its family of apps and in giving the network's members the ability to share what they want, where they want.
"We're building this family so we can offer unique, world-class experiences for all of the ways that people want to share," Zuckerberg told some 2,000 developers attending the forum in San Francisco. That shift from a single service to a family of applications is a significant one, he added.

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12:25
Pay an unpaid balance in the iTunes Store (Apple KB)

If your payment method was declined or there's a billing problem with a previous purchase, you might need to update your billing information. You can complete your purchase on a Mac or PC. If you're using an iOS device, open iTunes on your computer.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT203005

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12:24
Topics for the OS X Mavericks 10.9 Troubleshooting...

Learn what topics are on the OS X Mavericks 10.9 Troubleshooting Exam (9L0-065).

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202997

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12:23
Contact Apple for support and service (Apple KB)

See a list of Apple phone numbers around the world.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201232

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12:22
Topics for Mac Service Certification Exam (9L0-011...

This article lists the exam topics for the Mac Service Certification Exam (9L0-011).

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202985

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12:21
Apple Technical Learning Administration System FAQ (...

 The following are frequently asked questons concerning the Apple Technical Learning Administration System FAQ

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12:19
Tiny 3D-printed retro TV set plays B-movies for your...

The Philco Predicta television is a 1950s design icon and one of the most easily recognizable television models in history, what with its detached picture tube and nearly flat screen. Unfortunately, finding a working example these days is nearly impo...

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12:18
Fantastical 2 now available, offers redesigned...

A useful calendar application just got better.

This week, Flexibits released Fantastical 2 for the Mac.

The new version, which sports a redesigned user interface, also includes a full calendar window with day, week, month, and year views, an intuitive parsing engine, iCloud reminders support, light theme, time zone support, birthday reminders, Action and Share Extensions as well as Handoff support to connect your Mac with your iOS devices.

iCloud Reminders are even better and users can now see their events and dated reminders together in the main list. Reminders can be quickly created by starting sentences with “reminder”, “todo”, “task”, or “remind me...

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12:08
iRig 2, the sequel to the most popular guitar/bass/...

Thanks to IK Multimedia for sponsoring The Loop with iRig 2, a guitar interface I’m using all the time. Now everyone can plug in their guitar, bass or other instrument and enjoy killer tone on their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or Android device — with the release of iRig 2, the world’s most popular guitar interface is now better than ever before. Revolutionize the way you make your music while on the go!

A digital rig with physical presence

With iRig 2, you’ll be able to enjoy IK’s full range of AmpliTube apps (the #1 app for guitar and bass players). It’s ready to go right out of the box. It comes with a powerful cross-platform suite of apps and software that includes free versions of AmpliTube for iOS,...

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11:50
‘Bobine’ Flexible iPhone Charging Dock: $24.99

Check out the Bobine, a very clever approach to a charging cable and dock for your Lightinging iPhone. It's a flexible cable that will stay where you put it, even supporting your iPhone in the process. That makes it a highly adjustable dock, a tripod, and a charger, all in one. It's MFi-certified, and features a military-grade nickel-plated steel design. Through our deal, you can get it for $24.99.


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11:46
Tim Cook 'deeply disappointed' by new...

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Friday stood in opposition to a new Indiana law that allows businesses in the state to legally discriminate against gays and lesbians, while calling on Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson to veto a similar measure that is set to hit his desk.

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11:43
Vine's six-second slices of life get a big...

Artists and comedians have been doing some truly amazing things with Vine since it launched as a Twitter product two years ago, but those mesmerizing slices of life that eat up your day in six-second increments have never really looked all that great...

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11:35
Tim Cook calls out controversial Arkansas and...

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Twitter today shared Apple’s opposition to a controversial new law in Indiana while calling on the governor of Arkansas to veto legislation before it becomes law. Both laws relate to religious freedom protection but have been criticized as enabling LGBT discrimination.

Apple joined a crowd of companies publicly opposing similar legislation passed by the state congress in Arizona last year before its governor decided to veto the bill rather than signing it into law.

Apple has championed diversity and equality through...

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11:16
Stars and writers of “NewsRadio” look back on the...

Uproxx:

Twenty years later, though, you can mention NewsRadio in a conversation about the best shows in TV history and faces light up. But we wanted to go straight to the heart of the WYNX studio, so we talked to some of the show’s stars — Dave Foley, Stephen Root, Maura Tierney and Khandi Alexander — as well as writers Brad Isaacs and Joe Furey, to find out how they feel about this series two decades later.

It really was an amazingly good television show.

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11:15
HTC, Valve offer free Vive VR dev kits to select...

Valve, the company that spawned Steam, Team Fortress 2, Portal and Half-Life, will hand out dev kits of its Vive virtual reality headset to select developers at no cost, company spokesperson Doug Lombardi tells Ars Technica. Valve plans to launch a n...

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11:05
UK Safari Users can Sue Google Over Unwanted Browser...

Google lost its fight to keep UK residents from filing lawsuits over the Safari browser tracking cookies it placed on their computers even when they explicitly blocked the activity. The Court of Appeal ruling means potentially millions of people can file lawsuits against the company over claims that their privacy has been violated.

The Mac Observer Spin: Google may have claimed it was simply using "known functionality" in the Safari Web browser, but both US and UK courts think the company crossed the line. Seems even though most people are fine giving up privacy, they draw the line at Google using tracking cookies even after browser settings are changed to prohibit that.


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11:00
Pastimes: Apps and accessories to help your golf game

Pastime (noun): an activity that someone does regularly for enjoyment rather than work; a hobby; his favorite pastimes were shooting and golf. 

For a lot of people, the weekend means time to get away from the day-to-day drudgery of working for a living and do something that you enjoy. In this new weekly column, I'll focus on specific hobbies or "pastimes" and the apps and/or accessories that can help you get even more enjoyment out of those precious weekend moments. I thought I'd start this column off with a sport that I don't pursue, but about 24 million people in the US do -- golf!

Apps to help your game

SKYDROID - GOLF GPS

SkyDroid - Golf GPS ($1.99): Knowing where you are in relation to the green is a big...

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10:55
Gear: Booq Cobra squeeze

Booq’s Cobra squeeze ($195) is a new backpack with 13 separate compartments for your gear, including a MacBook up to the size of a 15” MacBook Pro. The bag’s gray exterior is made of Bionic Yarn, a fabric that combines recycled plastics with cotton — it gives the weatherproof Cobra squeeze a smooth texture that can stand up to the elements. Most pockets inside are lined with polyester, though an extra cushion is also provided to…

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10:14
OS X Server (Yosemite): Server administrator...

Learn which username and password to use when installing an Xsan configuration profile on OS X Server (Yosemite).

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201202

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10:03
The best Apple Watch accessories: bands, cases,...



Apple Watch preorders, reservations, and sales are set to kick off in the coming weeks, so we’ve prepared a running list of the best accessories available to purchase and preorder online.

Companies aren’t waiting around for an official Apple third-party accessory program for the device, as a long list of straps, cases, charging docks, screen protectors and more are scheduled to ship next month in...

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10:00
60-Second Tip: Change Siri's voice and language...

My kids love to play with Siri on my iPhone. They are always changing my default name to some oddball phrase or asking Siri to "Tell them a story." For April Fools' Day, I decided that I am going to prank them by changing Siri's voice and language. It takes less than a minute to change those attributes, and you'll get a good laugh when you watch the bewildered responses of your familly members. Follow the steps in today's 60-second tip, so you can be armed and ready for the prank fest that is April Fools'.

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09:58
Google teams with Johnson & Johnson for robotic-...

Google's mysterious facility, Google X, is churning out next level technologies -- a self-driving car, delivery drones and Internet balloons. Its Life Sciences division is now teaming up with Ethicon, one of Johnson & Johnson's medical device compani...

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09:56
TMO Daily Observations 2015-03-27: Tim Cook is the...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has been named the world's greatest leader, which is really saying something. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to share some interesting facts they learned about Mr. Cook following Fortune's proclamation of his superior leadership skills. They also take a look at a new marketing campaign out of China from Leshi TV comparing Apple to Adolph Hitler.


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09:52
Sony drops PlayStation TV price to £45 in the UK

Sony's PlayStation 4 is selling incredibly well, but an early price drop suggests its smaller cousin isn't doing so hot in the UK. The PlayStation TV has always been a peculiar proposition, offering an easy way to play some, but not all PlayStation V...

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09:36
The Loop Magazine Issue 32: All About Apple Watch

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The latest issue of The Loop Magazine is available on the App Store for both iPhone and iPad. I took a different approach with this issue, focusing entirely on Apple’s forthcoming Apple Watch. You can download the app free and preview each of the articles at no cost. You can purchase a monthly subscription, and get access to all issues for just $1.99 a month. You can also purchase a single issue for $1.99.

Among the articles in this issue are:

Thoughts On Apple Watch: I had some hands-on time with the watch after the event ended on March 9. I run through my observations and thoughts.

The Apple Watch Will Save My Life. Here’s How:...

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09:27
Twitter’s Meerkat Killer, Periscope, Has Arrived

Twitter has unveiled its own entry in the online video broadcasting race, and it’s already taking the world by storm. Josh Centers explains what differentiates it from Meerkat.

 

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09:23
BlackBerry sells just 1.6M smartphones in Q4 as...

Canadian device maker BlackBerry on Friday revealed yet another quarterly decline in hardware sales, moving just 1.6 million smartphones in its fiscal fourth quarter as its once-dominant device business continues to retreat.

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09:03
9to5Toys Last Call: $200 off iPad mini 3 w/ iPhone...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

Today’s can’t miss deals:
Last Call Updates:

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09:00
Outdoor App Adventures: Using the iPhone for a...

Maple syrup is a staple in New England with both hobbyists and professionals anxiously awaiting the spring thaw so they can tap trees and collect the precious sap when it starts flowing. After a long and cold winter, we finally have arrived at this transitional season. We recently moved into a house with a long tradition of maple sugaring, so we decided to tap the maple trees this spring once the temperatures rose above freezing. This first episode of Outdoor App Adventures will profile this collection process and showcase how I use my iPhone, iPad and Mac in my many outdoor activities.

The first and perhaps most important step in maple syrup collection is tree identification. Most participants in the syrup collection ritual mark their trees in the summer or early fall when leaves are abundant, and trees are easy to identify. When scouting trees, I usually look for that distinct lobed shape of the sugar maple in our midst. Unfortunately, we moved in the winter months,...

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08:51
The Internet's Split Personality


The Internet has been good for education but bad for morality, according to a study by the Pew Research Center. Researchers conducted face-to-face surveys with 36,619 people in 32 developing countries. A median of 64 percent of respondents said the Internet has had a good influence on education. On the other hand, a median of 42 percent said the Internet has had a bad influence on morality. Those polled were divided over the impact of the Net on politics, but they believed it has had a positive impact on personal relationships and the economy.

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08:37
Apple CEO Tim Cook to give away estimated $785...

It might be about time to change your name to “Charity”.

Or start doing something really good that requires a bit of financing.

Apple’s Tim Cook, in an interview with Fortune magazine, stated that he planned to donate his estimated US$785 million fortune to charity – after paying for his 10-year-old nephew’s college education.

“You want to be the pebble in the pond that creates the ripples for change,” Cook told the magazine.

Fortune estimated Cook’s net worth, based on his holdings of Apple stock, at about $120 million. He also holds restricted stock worth US$665 million if it were to be fully vested.

The 54-year-old CEO’s revelation...

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08:33
Apple's $848M solar power deal better on back...

The $848 million solar power deal Apple signed with First Solar last month is a better value than some have suggested, according to vice president of Environmental Initiatives Lisa Jackson, who on Thursday pointed to a surge in the amount of power Apple will receive towards the end of the contract.

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08:19
Intel, Micron 3D NAND partnership could allow for...

Via the combined forces of Intel and Micron, NAND flash memory could get even faster.

This, in turn, could make the memory in your iOS devices even faster and allow for more storage space.

The two companies are apparently working on a 3D NAND flash technologies wherein 3D NAND is stacked in 32 vertical layers. According to Intel this can potentially triple capacity, for example allowing “gum-stick sized” solid state drives with over 3.5 terabytes of storage space, or conventional 2.5-inch solid state drives (SSDs) that surpass 10 terabytes. Even the SSD in a custom-configured iMac or Mac Pro currently tops out at 1 terabyte.

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08:10
Review: Swapping MagSafe for SnapFit, BatteryBox...

Thanks to Apple’s patent on the MagSafe connectors used in MacBook Airs and Pros, the list of third-party external batteries for MacBooks previously began with Hyper’s HyperJuice/HyperJuice 2 and ended with Lenmar’s ChugPlug — not much of a variety. Apple’s legal department chased Hyper for attaching harvested MagSafe connectors to its batteries, and Lenmar chose a workaround, sending ChugPlug’s power indirectly though an...

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07:59
Mac: G-Technology G-Drive ev ATC with Thunderbolt

G-Technology has introduced a number of new, rugged hard drives, and we’ve recently received the company’s 1TB G-Drive ev ATC with Thunderbolt ($230). The product features a removable G-Drive ev RAW USB hard drive within a rugged enclosure. The hard plastic case with hard rubber accents features a watertight latch for water protection — the enclosure floats and can protect the drive in a pool of water “up to 1 foot for 30 seconds” — and it’s also pressure-resistant and dust-resistant. Additionally, G-Technology claims the enclosure can protect the drive from drops of up to 2 meters (about 6.6 feet) onto a “carpeted concrete floor.” Inside the enclosure is a 7200 RPM hard drive offering transfer rates up to 136MB/s, formatted for Mac, with the ability to be reformatted for Windows. A Thunderbolt cable is built into the enclosure itself for use when the hard drive is docked inside.
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07:56
Leshi TV CEO Says Apple is Hitler

Leshi TV CEO Jia Yueting kicked his hyperbole engine into overdrive and is equating Apple to Adolph Hitler. His company went so far as to release a vaguely South Park-style image online of the Nazi leader, complete with an Apple logo on a red arm band.

The Mac Observer Spin: While equating competitors to the bad guys is a fairly common marketing tactic, going so far as to draw parallels to Hitler and the Nazi regime is in bad taste, to say the least.


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07:49
The first Apple Watch apps have arrived, sort of

The Apple Watch won’t launch until late April, but a couple dozen apps have already arrived.

As 9to5Mac reports, several app makers are now advertising Watch support in their App Store listings. That means users should be able to download the apps now, and have them ready to go when the Apple Watch launches on April 24.

Here’s a rundown of the first apps:

  • Air Canada: View flight status, glance at boarding time, and board with Passbook
  • AliPay: Make mobile payments
  • Babbel: Discover words in new languages on the watch
  • Dark Sky: Find out exactly when it’s going to rain or snow in the next hour
  • ...
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07:36
AppleInsider podcast discusses Twitter's live...

This week's all-new AppleInsider podcast is now available to download and subscribe in iTunes or SoundCloud, with detailed analysis of this week's news. Twitter launches Periscope for iPhone, a live streaming app to compete with Meerkat. The issues with iCloud storage, Fantastical 2 for OS X hands-on, Square Cash, Apple Pay, and who still wants a 4" iPhone.

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06:44
The incredibly useful Egg Timer

There are plenty of alarm apps out there. There’s Siri and the Clock app, too. But I really like the simplicity and universality of this approach. Take a look.

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06:33
Google loses UK appeal in Safari cookie tracking...

The U.K.'s Court of Appeal has denied Google's request to block lawsuits from British consumers over the search giant's disregard for Safari privacy restrictions designed to prevent advertisers from tracking users.

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06:29
Apple Watch Compatible Apps are Already Arriving

With Apple Watch pre-orders still a couple weeks off and then a couple more before we can finally wrap Apple's smartwatch around our wrists, the first iPhone app updates with Apple Watch support are already rolling out. Several apps are touting Apple Watch compatibility, such as Dark Sky, Evernote, and SPG: Starwood Hotels and Resorts.

The Mac Observer Spin: Seeing Apple Watch updates showing up now is practically a tease, although the select few journalists and bloggers who get early access for reviews will need some apps to test out.


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06:26
Millions of British Safari users able to sue Google...

UK Safari users have been given the go-ahead to sue Google for continuing to drop cookies on their devices even after they had refused permission through their browser settings.

It was revealed in 2012 that Google bypassed the setting in Safari which instructed sites not to drop cookies, enabling it to deliver personalized ads. The FTC in the US fined the company $22.5M for the practice, with millions more in additional fines levied by 38 US states. There was no government action in the UK, but a group of British iPhone users took Google to court, seeking compensation for breaching their privacy.

Google had...

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06:24
News: Daily Deal: TuneUp for Mac 69% off

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering TuneUp for Mac for $14.99 – that’s 69% off the normal price. Designed to help you perfect your music library, TuneUp connects directly to iTunes and helps you organize and categorize your music from top to bottom, correcting mislabelled songs, identifying and removing duplicates, and adding missing cover art. Song info gets accurately fixed through waveform analysis of the tracks themselves, correcting…

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06:17
Intel & Micron's new 3D flash memory could...

Intel and Micron have announced the launch of a new 3D NAND flash technology, one which could substantially improve the amount of data storage possible in Macs, iPhones, iPads, and numerous other devices.

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05:55
Numbers: Using the Quick Calculations Bar

Today's Quick Tip is all about how to work with that fancy calculations bar that'll appear at the bottom of your Numbers window when you select a group of cells. Using that, you can quickly add formulas to your spreadsheet, for example, or learn more about the different functions available to you. Come on in and check it out!


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05:44
Safari users win right to sue Google over privacy

BBC:

A group of users claim that Google bypassed security settings on the Safari browser to install tracking cookies on their computers in order to target them with advertising.

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05:42
Chinese smartphone company wins bad taste of decade...

Rival tech companies haven’t been shy when it comes to Apple attack ads, but one Chinese company has definitely crossed the line in a promotion for its forthcoming Android smartphone. LeTV has posted to Weibo a poster likening Apple to Nazis, a red Apple armband replacing the Nazi logo.

The underlying message is supposed to compare the claimed freedom of the Android platform with the carefully controlled iOS one, but it’s hard to imagine a more offensive way to try to communicate it.

The image appeared on the verified Weibo account of billionaire CEO of LeTV, Jia Yueting, and was first spotted by ...

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05:39
Apple begins releasing the first set of third-party...

The excitement builds.

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05:07
Tim Cook on philanthropy

There have been plenty of CEOs who have turned to philanthropy after they retired. But few have stood for change, taken public stands on controversial issues while they were still CEO.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:01
Future Macs could get up to 10TB SSDs thanks to new...

SSDs are fast, but still expensive compared to spinning metal drives, giving us less storage capacity in today’s Macs than we got in older models. Pick up a classic 13-inch MacBook Pro with a hard drive, for example, and you’ll get 500GB of storage for $1100, compared to just 128GB of SSD storage in the $1300 entry-level Retina model.

That may be set to change thanks to new 3D NAND technology announced by Intel and Micron, allowing them to fit far greater storage capacity into the same space as today’s drives. By stacking flash cells on top of each other, up to 32 layers deep, they can can triple the capacity in the same size chip without the usual high price-tag, reports PC World.

For a standard 2.5-inch SATA drive that means up to 10TB of space; for the M.2 drive type used...

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04:08
Apple announces grand opening for Apple Watch shops...

We reported last month that Apple was creating Apple Watch displays inside department stores in London and Paris, adding earlier this month that Tokyo was joining the party. All three stores-within-a-store are now official, with entries on Apple’s website. As we previously noted, the locations are Selfridges in LondonGaleries Lafayette in Paris and Isetan Shinjuku in Tokyo.

All three are opening on April 10th, the same day Apple Watchs are...

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03:04
Launcher for iOS Finds the Rock

After months in App Store purgatory, Launcher by Cromulent Labs returns to the App Store, letting you launch apps and actions from iOS 8’s Notification Center.

 

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03:00
You Should Play: Mr. Jump might just be the most...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.

One thing you should know before you start playing Mr. Jump, a minimalist one-touch platformer game by 1Button: Expect to jump a great deal, and then die. On one level, I had 108 attempts before finally succeeding. And you know what? I was proud that I finally beat that level. It’s probably one of my singular most impressive gaming feats—it’s right up there with beating some of the old Mega Man games and unlocking 007 mode in Goldeneye. That’s the kind of brutal difficulty you have in store for you with Mr. Jump. Read on for three more reasons why this intense game is worth a play or...

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02:55
Fantastical 2 Aims to Replace Apple’s Calendar

If you’re dissatisfied with Apple’s Calendar app, the new Fantastical 2 from Flexibits is worth a look to see if it’s more to your liking. And even if you’re not considering replacing Calendar, read on, because some of Fantastical’s features might change your mind.

 

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Thursday March 26

21:33
Apple Watch shops set to open on April 10 in London...

Apple on Thursday announced it will officially open three international Apple Watch store-within-a-store locations on April 10, offering customers shopping at high-end department stores the chance to try on and preorder the device before it goes on sale.

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18:35
SoHo Apple Store hosts 'Becoming Steve Jobs...

Authors Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli visited the Apple Store SoHo in New York on Thursday to read selections from their hotly anticipated biography "Becoming Steve Jobs" and field questions from what quickly became a packed house.

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18:20
7 Things We Learned when Fortune Named Tim Cook...

Fortune magazine named Apple CEO Tim Cook the world's greatest leader on Thursday. A tremendous feather in Tim Cook's hat, the resulting interview he gave to Fortune resulted in seven things we didn't already know about Mr. Cook and Apple.


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17:39
Apple moves to dismiss lawsuit over 'misleading...

Apple on Wednesday filed a motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit that claims the company misrepresented to consumers the amount of storage space iOS 8 uses in newly shipped iPhone and iPad devices, noting plaintiffs failed to provide evidence of fraud.

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17:22
How To Sell, Trade In, or Recycle Old Macs or PCs

Kelly helped you find ways to clear out your old cables, and your old handheld/mobile gear. Today we're on to the biggest items on the list, previous computers. Choose which option is right for you and your stack of hardware.


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17:00
Daily Deals for March 26, 2015

It's time to save some of your hard-earned money with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive deals for AWT readers, hardware discounts and our own handpicked iOS and OS X sales. All prices are USD and subject to change. Please check prices before you purchase as some deals may expire quickly.

AWT's Daily Deals

MacPhun Focus [Now free, down from $9.99] To celebrate the launch of AppleWorld.Today, photo software developer Macphun is offering their popular Focus app for Mac for FREE readers of AWT.

This nifty photo software allows anyone to do a couple of super-cool things: (a) direct attention to the most interesting part of your photo and (b) use tilt-shift and motion blur effects towards...

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16:35
Apple’s App Store, iTunes, iBooks, Software Update...

Several of Apple's online services are down as of this writing, including the App Store, iTunes Store, iBooks Store, iTunes in the Cloud, iTunes Match, iTunes Radio, the Mac App Store, and OS X Software Update. It's the second outage in the last two weeks.


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16:32
App Store, iTunes, Apple TV and more experiencing...

Update: Apple says all services are restored.

Following an outage of many Apple services earlier this week, several of Apple’s iTunes and App Store services are again today experiencing disruptions, according to Apple’s system status page.

Apple is currently listing outages for the App Store, Apple TV, iBooks Store, iTunes in the Cloud, iTunes Match, iTunes Radio, iTunes Store, iTunes U, Mac App Store, and OS X Software Update.

The company says that only some users are affected and currently “unable to access multiple services and stores or...

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16:00
AWT News Update: March 25, 2015

MLB.COM AT BAT ON Apple Watch. Via Apple.com/Watch

It's your favorite Apple news podcast, which also streamed live over the new Twitter Periscope app today. What did viewers see? Apple World Today editor Steve Sande reading this news:

  • iPhone apps supporting the Apple Watch began appearing in the App Store today, with a number of familar apps updating to provide a wrist-borne interface
  • Backblaze announced an update to version 4.0 of their Mac backup app that should speed things up for a number of users
  • Twitter released Periscope today
  • Microsoft is rolling out invitations to a beta of Skype for Web

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15:08
The New MacBook Giveaway

I'm pretty stoked about announcing our MacBook giveaway with our friends at Stack Social. That's the new MacBook. The one that is insanely thin, has a Retina Display, and comes in three colors. We're giving one away. All you have to do is register to receive our daily email deals, and if you've already done so, just hit the register button for this (and all the other great giveaways we do on our Deals site). There are ways of sharing the link, too, and earning yourself more entries, so get on it.


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14:50
Apple Watch's Workout app learns users'...

In the third week of her promotional Apple Watch diary, posted Thursday, model Christy Turlington Burns made mention of a previously unknown feature of the wearable's Workout app that adjusts to a user's gait for more accurate results.

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14:15
The flood of Apple Watch apps begins

With just a few weeks left until we're able to get our hands on Apple Watches -- for try-on purposes, of course - a number of iOS apps are being updated to provide support for the Watch. At the present time, Apple Watch apps are part of existing iPhone apps since the iPhone provides the brain power for the app while the Watch provides a simple user interface. Apple says that eventually apps that run solely on the Watch will be provided as well, but that day may be far off.

MacRumors compiled a list of apps that are available with Apple Watch support, along with descriptions of what users can do with those apps. We're providing a shortened list with comments here - for a more comprehensive list please visit their post.

  • Evernote: According to Evernote, you'll be able to "dictate notes in Apple Watch and they'll be transcribed and synced to Evernote; See...
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14:11
First Apple Watch-compatible apps arrive, now...

You may not be able to buy the Apple Watch for almost a month, but the apps are coming out for it.

A slew of new apps have been released with full Apple Watch functionality. That being said, here we go:

Target – The Target app lets you add items to your list and find aisle locations for items. The app’s glance lets you swipe up from the watch face to see when your store is open and how many items are on your list.

Dark Sky – The popular hyper-local weather app brings its accurate forecasting to your wrist.

Evernote – Evernote on the Apple Watch lets you dictate notes, view your recently-created notes, search, and create reminders...

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13:58
Turn on "three finger drag" for your Force...

"Three finger drag" is a Multi-Touch gesture in OS X. It lets you use three fingers to move the active window on your screen.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204609

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13:58
Twitter's Periscope Allows Live Stream Replays


Twitter on Thursday unveiled Periscope, the live-streaming app developed by a company it acquired earlier this year, reportedly for just under $100 million. It's a big bet for an app that's in a genre that already has matured, but Twitter is counting on the mobile world's appetite for more video. Periscope is a lot like the popular new app Meerkat, with the biggest difference being Periscope's support for broadcasting replays of streamed content. Both allow broadcasters to store copies of their feeds locally, but Meerkat doesn't allow reruns.

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13:50
Rumor: Apple to release three new iPhone models in...

There’s maybe a nugget of truth to be found here, albeit the source itself it sometimes sporadic.

Digitimes is claiming that Apple will release three new iPhone models this year. While many Apple watchers are expecting to see the release of two new “S” models—the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus—the new report also says the company will release a third model this year.

Where it was rumored that the iPhone “C” units would disappear after the launch of the iPhone 6, Digitizes is claiming that Apple will debut an “iPhone 6C” later this year that will sport a 4-inch display like that of the iPhone 5 and 5s.

The display panels for all three models will be sourced from Japan...

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13:30
Tip of the Day: Finding your iPhone’s Serial Number...

If you’ve ever had to contact Apple for iPhone service, or had to call your cellular carrier to make changes to your account, you’ve probably been asked to provide a cryptic number to uniquely identify your iPhone. In Apple’s case, your serial number is used to track warranty service, and with your cellular carrier, your IMEI, or International Mobile Station Equipment Identity, is a number that uniquely identifies your mobile phone…

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13:25
Oculus's chief scientist: VR will succeed...

Virtual reality has been just beyond our grasp for decades. The parts to build VR headsets were too expensive, the technology too rudimentary to convince anyone that what they were seeing was real.

Virtual reality has become more accessible and less expensive, thanks to Oculus. Samsung’s Oculus-powered Gear VR headset is now on sale for $200, and Oculus Rift is expected to finally hit store shelves this year for somewhere in the $200-$400 range. But the technology has also improved by leaps and bounds, thanks to Oculus’s exploitation of your terible vision.

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13:16
Review: OORT SmartFinder, SmartLED + SmartSocket

iOS-based home automation accessories are becoming more and more popular as open standards like Bluetooth LE and Wi-Fi gradually supplant the more closed X.10 and Z-Wave systems of yesteryear. OORT is the latest startup to toss its hat into the ring with SmartFinder ($30), SmartLED ($40), and SmartSocket ($50). All of OORT's devices work over Bluetooth LE, so you can communicate directly with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch without needing to worry about intermediate hardware, and the company also provides a $180 SmartHub which we did not receive to review.{/exp:char_limit}

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13:11
Apple Watch support comes to flurry of iPhone apps...

A collection of iPhone apps -- such as Evernote, Dark Sky, and the New York Times -- were updated today to support the Apple Watch, even though the wearable isn't shipping until April 24.

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13:01
JP Morgan predicts Apple will stick with LCD, not...

Despite finally jumping into the OLED market with the Apple Watch, Apple is not expected to migrate its handset line away from LCD technology in the near future, instead choosing to stick with LTPS-based LCD panels when it debuts its so-called "iPhone 7."

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13:00
Apple’s Tim Cook leads different

Fortune:

Since replacing the legendary Steve Jobs, Cook has led the iBehemoth to even greater financial success. Along the way he’s changed the culture of the company—and found his public voice as a leader.

Another profile on Cook. I like reading these because he seems to be more open about things than Jobs was.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:55
About the OS X Server v3.2.1 Update (Apple KB)

This software updates OS X Server versions 3.0 through 3.1.2. It requires OS X Mavericks v10.9.5.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201096

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12:53
Get help receiving receipts (Apple KB)

Learn where your receipts go and how to get them.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201090

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12:47
OS X Mavericks: Sophos Anti-Virus on-access scanner...

Sophos Anti-Virus on-access scanner versions 8.0 - 9.1 may cause OS X Mavericks to unexpectedly restart (kernel panic).

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT200555

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12:47
10 reasons why Apple is to blame for the decline of...

KGI

It has been a tough slough for Apple’s iPad since the height of its popularity in 2013. Facing its second straight year of negative growth, there isn’t a consensus on why iPad sales have declined. I believe the slump is attributable to a combination of factors.

Apple CEO Tim Cook called the declining iPad sales a “speed bump” last year before the launch of the 2014 models, but we haven’t seen what Apple plans to do to rejuvenate the product. From my point of view, Apple itself has done more to hurt iPad sales than any external factor, such as Microsoft or Google.

But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Here’s a full explanation of my theory…

1. Apple’s...

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12:46
OS X Mavericks: Unexpected restart when Tuxler 1.0...

Version 1.0 of "Tuxler" may cause OS X Mavericks to unexpectedly restart (kernel panic).

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT200554

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12:43
OS X: When your computer spontaneously restarts or...

In rare situations, your Mac may do one or more of the following: spontaneously restart, become unresponsive, turn off, display a message "Your computer restarted because of a problem." or display a message "You shut down your computer because of a problem.".

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT200553

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12:40
Create your own iTunes Radio station (Apple KB)
12:38
Arrange apps on your iPhone (Apple KB)
12:36
External ports and connections on your Mac mini (...

Learn about the different ports and types of connectors on your Mac mini (Late 2014) computer.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204292

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12:36
Apple TV (2nd and 3rd generation): Resolve issues...

Your Apple TV might not respond to Apple Remote, or your Apple Remote might unexpectedly start to control your Mac computer. Learn to resolve these issues.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT200220

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12:03
Apple begins releasing the first set of third-party...

The Apple Watch is still almost a month away from shipping and 15 days away from being available to preview in Apple Stores, but a select few apps selected by Apple to be available for the Apple Watch have started hitting the App Store today. These app updates that add Apple Watch support include Twitter, Things, Target, Dark Sky, and Sky Guide, and many more apps are continuing to roll out with support.

While most developers working on Apple Watch apps ahead of the device’s release next month still cannot submit their Watch-specific updates, Apple has clearly flipped the switch on the select apps being promoted alongside the Apple Watch.

The apps are likely being released publicly now to allow the inevitable Apple Watch reviewers to access third-party Apple Watch apps. These apps will likely also be included with the...

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12:00
X-Doria Defense Metal Series for iPhone 6/6 Plus:...

X-Doria has a complete line of cases for iPhones and other smartphones, and their latest protective series is the Defense Metal Series for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, consisting of a bumper called the Defense Gear (US$39.99) and a case called the Defense Shield ($49.99). Today we're taking a look at both of these new lightweight aluminum products for your favorite new iPhone. Note that as of publication time, X-Doria had not updated its website to include this series.

Defense Gear

Defense Gear is an aluminum bumper for your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. As such, it offers no protection for the front or back of your device other than a raised lip to provide protection against flat drops. If the iPhone and bumper is dropped onto the edges that are protected by Defense Gear, you're in luck -- it exceeds MIL-STD-810G for drops, meaning that it is certified to survive 6.6 foot (2 meter) drops onto concrete. That protection...

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