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Wednesday April 16

07:19
Apple, Samsung Sign on for CTIA’s Smartphone Kill...

Apple and Samsung are among the smartphone makers that have agreed to comply with CTIA's guidelines calling for a "kill switch" that renders devices useless if lost or stolen. The agreement will take effect in July 2015, and for Apple, it won't involve much more than it already offers through its Find My iPhone feature.

The Mac Observer Spin: Tools to help smartphone owners protect their personal information if the device is lost or stolen are great, but it doesn't seem like Find My iPhone has done much to reduce iPhone thefts. It may be a little myopic for companies and law enforcement agencies to think that will change come July 2015.


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07:12
The future of WordPress

I agree with Marko that WordPress has a remarkable community, but I would add one more thing that WordPress should do—a simplified version for blogging. Do something like Medium or Svbtle that doesn’t have the complicated backend and code. That’s what I want.

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07:01
Apple agrees to anti-theft smartphone measures

Apple and a number of other smartphone makers have agreed to a voluntary commitment to include anti-theft technology on phones starting next year, Re/Code reports. Other smartphone makers, including Google, HTC, Motorola, Microsoft, Nokia, and Samsung have all agreed to make such a commitment, and the five largest U.S.…

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07:00
YouTube Find: Robin Williams' side-splitting...

Comedian and actor Robin Williams impersonates Siri and transforms her into a French man in this hilarious clip from The Ellen Show....

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06:56
Micing an acoustic guitar

Some great techniques from two pros.

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06:52
External Link: How Apple Can Improve iOS for...

Bradley Chambers, Director of IT for the Brainerd Baptist School in Chattanooga, TN, has a number of suggestions for ways Apple could improve the role of iOS in education, including a way to deploy in-app purchases in MDM or Apple Configurator, the option to redistribute iBookstore textbooks between classes, increasing the default storage space in future devices, and an iCloud email option for schools.

 

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06:52
FBI May Pick Out Your Face in a Crowd


The FBI is planning to have a fully operational facial recognition system in place by this summer and may be well on its way to reaching that goal. The system will be able to query a database of photos to identify individuals based on their appearance even if they do not have a criminal record, reported Jennifer Lynch, a senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The EFF received documents related to the system following a Freedom of Information Act request for details on the FBI's Next Generation Identification project.

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06:44
Texas Instruments adds iBeacon support to its...

Texas Instruments announced today that it is adding iBeacon support across its Bluetooth LE chips and development kits. The company is starting by adding support to some of its Bluetooth wireless micro controllers, an automotive connectivity device, and other combo Wi-Fi/Bluetooth products and development kits. TI’s Oyvind Birkenes imagines support for iBeacons in its Bluetooth chips opening up new possibilities for Apple’s Bluetooth LE platform including “asset trackers, retail, building automation systems, automotive and industrial applications, and a wide variety of consumer electronics” beyond what we’ve seen so far. 

“Restaurants, retailers and even sports stadiums have started using iBeacon technology, but there are many more applications that could benefit from the technology. Everything from asset...

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06:23
TI brings Apple's iBeacon to Bluetooth products...

Silicon firm Texas Instruments on Wednesday announced plans to support Apple's iBeacon microlocation technology across a large swath of TI's Bluetooth product line, including chips for embedded and automotive applications.



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06:19
8GB iPhone 5c launches in more European countries

Apple has made the 8GB iPhone 5c available in a number of European countries today. The low-capacity iPhone is now on sale in Belgium, the Czech Republic, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, and Sweden. In each country, the 8GB 5c is roughly $50 cheaper than the 16GB 5c. The 8GB 5c…

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06:16
Judge Cote Denies Apple Request to Stop State Ebook...

Apple's attempt to dismiss the string of ebook antitrust lawsuits filed against it by several states was shot down by Federal Judge Denise Cote on Tuesday. Several state Attorneys General filed lawsuits accusing Apple of conspiring with publishers to artificially raise the price of books, and Judge Cote -- who already found Apple guilty in the antitrust case filed by the Department of Justice -- said the states can move forward with their trial scheduled for July 14.

The Mac Observer Spin: It's no surprise that the states get to move forward with their antitrust lawsuit because Judge Cote doesn't think Apple has been able to back up its claims that there wasn't any injury. July should be an interesting month for Apple's legal team.

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06:06
External Link: Microsoft Unveils Office 365 Personal

Want to edit Office documents on your iPad, but don’t need to edit on 5 computers, like Office 365 Home Premium allows? Microsoft has announced Office 365 Personal for $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year, which lets you edit Office documents on 1 PC or Mac and 1 tablet, plus offers 20 GB of extra OneDrive storage. However, you can buy a year of Office 365 Home Premium at Amazon for $67.13, and maybe Amazon will offer an even better deal on Office 365 Personal soon.

 

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06:00
Reviews: Linksys EA6900 AC Router

As AC networking begins to makes its way into more and more devices you may find yourself considering an upgrade for your home network. One option is Linksys' EA6900, a new top-tier networking devices from a long-standing name in the world of routers. Broadly, the EA6900 is a compelling option that offers a router that is not only fast and reliable, but also extremely simple to set up. If we are ......



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06:00
Daily App: Help Me Fly challenges you to solve snap...

With its cartoonish graphics, Help Me Fly looks like a children's game, but the title bridges across generations with its challenging circuit based puzzles that even the most dedicated puzzle fan will enjoy.

The premise of Help Me Fly is simple. You...

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05:25
Mavericks: Use Maps to See Traffic and Alerts

You can use Mavericksâ cool Maps program for all sorts of things-getting directions, obviously, or checking out 3D views of cities. But one of the features you may not have known about is the ability to see if thereâs construction, accidents, or other impediments along your route. Weâve got the scoop on how to do so (and what the symbols mean!) in this Quick Tip.


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05:19
Apple launches smaller-capacity 8GB iPhone 5c in...

Apple has continued to slowly expand availability of its new entry-level 8-gigabyte iPhone 5c model, with the handset debuting in a number of additional countries this week, including Italy and Sweden.



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05:04
Case purportedly for Apple's 'iPhone 6...

As they have done in years past, case makers are once again betting on unconfirmed designs rumored for Apple's next iPhone, with one manufacturer betting this year's model will sport a larger display and a sleep/wake button moved to the upper right side.



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04:19
Death of Steve Jobs prompted Samsung’s U-turn on...

We learned yesterday from patent trial evidence that Samsung was worried about running ads that directly attacked Apple, wanting Google to do it for them. We now know that it was the death of Steve Jobs which prompted Samsung’s change of mind, running the Next Big Thing ads which directly mocked Apple customers.

An email trail shows that Samsung America’s VP of U.S. sales Mike Pennington cynically described the death of Jobs as “the best opportunity” to run the campaign, as consumers might be worried about Apple’s future product innovations following the death of its famous co-founder.

Sorry to continue to push this issue, but I have seen this far too long...

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03:17
Alleged iPhone 6 cases reflect rumored design...

We’re still months away from Apple’s expected announcement of the iPhone 6, but ambitious manufactures are already designing accessories based on current rumors. Additional silicon cases rumored to fit the iPhone 6 were recently published on NoWhereElse and provide a closer look at some of the device’s possible design changes.

The case pictured above has slightly rounded edges, similar to the 5th generation iPod touch or iPhone 5c, and are consistent with previous rumors. As we’ve seen in...

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01:21
8 GB iPhone 5c now available in the Netherlands,...

After a brief period of downtime, the Apple Store website around the world has now gone back up. Aside from a bit of Mother’s Day promotional advertising, there is no change to most regions. For some countries, however, Apple has now made the 8 GB iPhone 5c introduced last month available for sale. The device is now available in the Netherlands, Italy, Sweden, Belgium, Poland, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Austria, and other regions.

The phone appeared in some Netherlands carrier stores yesterday, as spotted by...

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00:47
Apple vs Samsung, Day Seven: You can't infringe...

Not only did Samsung not infringe on Apple's patents, a parade of witnesses for Samsung told the jury today in the Apple-Samsung trial, those patents aren't valid even if Samsung did copy them. With some help from Apple's very light cross-examination, Samsung again flew through a lengthy list of experts who testified on the relative worthlessness of Apple's patents for "data detectors" (also referred to as "quick links"), universal search, autocorrection and the "slide to unlock" concept....



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00:09
Samsung email targeted Steve Jobs' death as...

Samsung executives discussed Steve Jobs' passing as "unfortunately" having an "unintended benefit for Apple," and at the same time, "our best opportunity to attack iPhone," in internal memos marked "highly confidential," presented in the Apple v. Samsung trial.



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Tuesday April 15

23:41
Samsung calls on computer scientists to refute Apple...

In the ongoing Apple v. Samsung patent trial on Tuesday, Samsung continued its defense against by calling on a cavalcade of computer science experts who testified that Apple's patents were not novel, should not have been granted or did not apply to alleged infringing products.



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21:53
Apple iAd director spotted in London; UK iTunes...

Fueling speculation that Apple may be planning to expand iTunes Radio to selected countries in the near future, tweets on Twitter have revealed that Apple's director of iAd services, Paul Wright, has been making the rounds of London media marketing and ad agencies where he is based. This follows claims by online radio service Bloom, which would be a competitor to iTunes Radio in the UK, that it was rebuffed from advertising on iAd, and a report of iTunes Radio briefly functioning in Ecuador....



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21:02
The Apple Store is offline!

The Apple Store is down! The average Store downtime is about 3 hours and 1 minute.

What to do next?

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Check the store yourself later
Wait for the media to report anything new
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20:30
Data swiped from LaCIe and other news from April 15...

News from Tuesday afternoon includes:

LaCie is notifying customers that malware was used to gain access to customer transactions between March 27, 2013, and March 10, 2014. Customers who have shopped through LaCie's site during this time might...

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20:00
Cote rules against Apple again; no dismissal on...

For observers in Apple's battle against the US Department of Justice over alleged e-book "price fixing," it will come as no shock whatsoever that Judge Denise Cote has ruled against the company on a connected legal matter -- but the fact that she actually cited a reasoning based in law this time may surprise some. The US District Court judge has refuted Apple's filing for a dismissal in the lawsuits brought by 33 states and territories based on the DOJ case ruling....



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19:26
Judge denies Apple motion to dismiss states' e-...

A federal judge on Tuesday denied Apple's motion to dismiss a lawsuit leveled by state attorneys general over e-book price fixing, allowing a trial that could cost the company up to $840 million to move forward.



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19:06
Briefly: Google Helpouts for iPhone, Borderlands 2...

Google debuted its Hangouts-based video support service Google Helpouts last fall; today an app version for iPhone has been released. Users can connect over Google's Hangouts service to experts who are knowledgable in a specific subject for tutoring. The iOS app offers the ability to find, schedule, give or start a "Helpout," read reviews and listing details, receive text-message and mobile reminders, and more....

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18:41
Design decisions behind Secret app

For Chrys Bader, the co-founder and lead designer of the two-month-old Secret mobile app, his “allergy to complexity” all started when he spent about a year working on Google+. It was during that time, working on one of the most complex social products out there, that he realized that utter simplicity and a singular focus were the keys to building powerful social mobile products.

I love articles like this because you get to see what’s behind the app. Sometimes you can even see where the product doesn’t match the philosophy.

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18:40
Apple seeds seventh 10.9.3 beta to developers

Just shy of a week after the last release, Apple has issued its seventh beta of the forthcoming maintenance release, 10.9.3, to developers. As before, the new version lists no known issues, and asks testers to focus on any remaining issues with graphics drivers, audio, Mail, Safari, and the re-introduced feature of local syncing of Contacts and Calendar data through iTunes to local devices. The new build, 13D43, also includes preliminary support for pixel doubling on 4K displays....



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17:24
∞ James Taylor: Fire and Rain live in 1970

James had some great songs, but this my favorite.

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17:04
Apple, Samsung, others sign on to wireless industry...

Apple, Samsung, Google and Microsoft, among others, have joined with the top five US wireless carriers to create an industry group dedicated to fighting smartphone theft and implementing multi-platform technology to aid that cause by next summer. HTC, Huawei, Motorola and Nokia are also part of the group, which is aiming to create a "baseline anti-theft tool" similar to the steps Apple has already taken in its own iPhone security software, particularly with regards to preventing reactivation....



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17:00
Power Grounds is punishing and playful

I love mobile games that present a streamlined way to play while not sacrificing the difficulty or nature of the experience. Power Grounds is a role-playing game that you can control with a single finger, with a roguelike one-death difficulty curve...

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16:32
Apple issues OS X 10.9.3 Mavericks beta to...

Apple on Tuesday pushed out the latest OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 beta seed to developers with no known issues and



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16:22
Apple seeds OS X 10.9.3 build 13D43 to developers

Approximately one week following the previous beta release, Apple has provided build 13D43 of the upcoming OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 to developers. The update is available in the Mac App Store Software Update section for those on earlier betas and can also be found on the Mac Developer Center website. Apple has not announced when 10.9.3 will be publicly released. Indications from those using the beta point to the update providing improved support for 4K external displays and improved syncing with iTunes. Thanks, D!...

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16:22
How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car...

Velcroman1 writes: "Car stereo salesmen and installers around the country are hoping Apple's CarPlay in-car infotainment system will have a big presence in the aftermarket car stereo industry. The Nikkei Asian Review reports that Alpine is making car stereo head units for between $500 – $700 that will run the iOS-like system Apple unveiled last month, and Macrumors added Clarion to the list of CarPlay supporters. Pioneer is also getting into the game, with support said to be coming to existing car stereo models in its NEX line ($700 – $1400) via firmware update, according to Twice. Given Apple's wildly supportive fan base, its likely that a lot of aftermarket CarPlay units are about to fly off stereo shop shelves. Indeed, CarPlay coming to aftermarket stereo units could bring back what Apple indirectly stole from the industry going back as far as 2006."

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16:03
Windows Phone 8.1 Becomes Available to Devs and Risk...


After an 18-month lull, Windows Phone took a step closer to an upgrade on Monday as Microsoft released version 8.1 of the OS to developers. Unlike most developer versions of software, however, consumers can download and run the latest edition of Windows Phone on their mobile device -- as long as they're willing to void its warranty until their carrier OKs the upgrade. Although developers and brave consumers can get their hands on Windows Phone 8.1 this week, it will be a few months before its fortunes in the market can be determined.

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16:00
Using a Lego robot to defeat freemium game roadblocks

If current trends are any indication, freemium gaming isn't going anywhere, leaving players to make some personal choices in their gaming. Do you bite the bullet and pay premiums for in-game currency that's usually necessary to play the game...

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15:40
Pioneer to upgrade 5 exisitng consoles for CarPlay,...

Pioneer's $700 AVH-4000NEX is on sale today and will get a CarPlay-compatible firmware update early this summer.

Pioneer

Yesterday, Alpine Electronics announced plans to release a new in-car display compatible with Apple's CarPlay. It was the first announcement we'd heard about adding CarPlay support to an existing vehicle rather than buying an all-new one, but it will require the purchase of all-new hardware—as far as we know, Alpine's existing in-car displays won't be upgraded to support the feature.

Today, the Pioneer Corporation is doing Alpine one better: it...

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15:34
Apple agrees to participate in “Smartphone Anti-...

Apple has agreed to back a new initiative along with a host of Android manufacturers and all of the major U.S. cellular carriers that would require all smartphones manufactured after July 2015 to come with specific anti-theft features. The program is the latest attempt to prevent theft of smartphones, which some have blamed for...

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15:30
The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for April 15, 2014

It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get some the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world.

You can listen to today's...

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15:29
Intel posts $1.9B net income; sees large drops in...

Intel Corporation today reported first-quarter revenue of $12.8 billion, operating income of $2.5 billion, net income of $1.9 billion and earnings per share of 38 cents. This is a dramatic drop from the company's fourth quarter results, with a drop of 26 percent in net income, with a drop of eight percent of the company's revenue....



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15:28
The Mimimalist Aluminum RADIUS iPhone 5/5s Case

Check out the RADIUS iPhone5 Case for iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s from REIGN23. It was originally and successfully funded through Kickstarter, and I think it's a study in minimalist design intended to protect the corners of your iPhone. It's made of T6061 Aluminum (an alloy with magnesium and silicon) and it's assembled with stainless steel screws. Better yet, it weighs just 5 grams-for those of us in the States, that's 0.20 ounces. It comes in Red & Slate/Black, Gold, Natural/Silver, or Slate/Black, and it's priced at US$69.99. I think it looks sexy as heck, and I might even review it.


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15:20
Apple joins tech heavyweights, wireless carriers in...

A group of smartphone industry giants, including Apple, Samsung, Google and Microsoft, signed on to a voluntary program spearheaded by the U.S. wireless industry that looks to incorporate anti-theft technology into handsets by July 2015.



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15:20
Apple, Samsung, mobile carriers to debut anti-theft...

Nathan Borror

Rather than waiting for pending legislation to mandate an anti-theft kill switch, the leading mobile phone manufacturers and service providers—including Apple, Samsung, Huawei, AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, and Sprint—came together Tuesday to impose their own solution.

The new “Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment” stipulates that new phones made after July 2015 will have a “preloaded or downloadable” anti-theft tool.

Two months ago, Mark Leno, a California state senator...

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15:16
Alpine confirms plans to launch aftermarket CarPlay-...

Following a Nikkei report to the effect earlier this week, Alpine has officially confirmed plans to ship aftermarket receivers compatible with Apple's CarPlay. The units will roll out in the US and Europe towards the end of 2014, but apart from a concept image, no other details are available. The Nikkei account suggested prices would fall between $500 and $700....



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15:02
Samsung braced for "iPhone 5 Tsunami,"...

New confidential internal memos presented in the Apple v. Samsung trial detail a "counter tsunami plan" Samsung hoped to set up in response to Apple's iPhone 5 launch, in order to distract from its own Galaxy product vulnerabilities it described as "plastic feeling" with "lack of key feature."



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15:00
Review and giveaway: Moshi VersaKeyboard for iPad Air

In the seemingly endless parade of iPad keyboard cases, there's one thing that is usually missing -- the ability to separate the keyboard from the case. The new Moshi VersaKeyboard for iPad Air (US$100) not only takes a different method to hold up...

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14:41
Total Eclipse Paints the Moon Red


A total lunar eclipse in the early hours of Tuesday gave viewers in parts of the world a rare glimpse of what's sometimes called a "blood moon," due to the reddish hue it takes on as a result of dust in the atmosphere. Beginning at about 1:55 AM EDT on April 15, the eclipse lasted roughly three and a half hours -- peaking at 3:45 a.m. EDT -- and was visible in North America, South America and Australia, with partial visibility in parts of Asia, Africa and Europe. Lunar eclipses last much longer than solar eclipses do and are safe to view.

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14:30
The anti-Apple fanboy

Yikes! Watch out for this dude the next time you're chatting on your precious iPhone in public.

[Photo credit: Nathan Rupert]...

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14:25
LaCie Warns Customers of Year-Long Credit Card Breach

LaCie warned its customers on Monday of a credit card breach that lasted almost a year. The company said that unauthorized persons gained access to customer transactions that took place between March 27th, 2013 and March 10th, 2014, and that it was taking its ecommerce service offline while, "we transition to a provider that specializes in secure payment processing services."


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14:11
Macro photos of insects

Bobby Solomon freaked me out with these shots, so I thought I’d share.

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14:10
Metal iPhone 6 mockups make appearance at Hong Kong...

Adding to a slew of iPhone 6 related "leaks," a case maker at the 2014 Hong Kong Electronics Fair on Tuesday showed off a tooled metal mockup purportedly representative of Apple's next-generation iPhone 6.



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14:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

Apps Now Free

ClearWeather HD [iPad;...

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13:54
Time Machine Bug In Mavericks with Secondary Monitor...

There's a known issue in Mavericks where a secondary monitor causes Time Machine all manner of grief and heartache. If this is happening to you, we have some suggested workarounds to help you access your backups.


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13:51
iPhone 6 metal mockups spotted at electronics show

A few metal mockups of the alleged iPhone 6 — said to be used to make cases for the upcoming device — were spotted at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair, Macotakara reports. The pictured mockups do seem to somewhat resemble what’s been indicated for the expected upcoming 4.7” iPhone…

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13:50
Fun and Angst With Google Glass


Google Glass, which has been the focus of considerable controversy, went on sale Tuesday -- for one day only -- at $1,500, with Android KitKat and new features that include improved battery life, photo bundles, photo replies and voice command sorting.
However, one feature -- video calling -- has been eliminated because fewer than 10 percent of Explorer beta users employed it. "Today we hope to bring even more Explorers into the program to reflect an even more diverse group of people," said Google spokesperson Chris Dale.

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13:49
∞ Siri celebrates Jackie Robinson Day

Ask Siri:

  • “Show me [INSERT TEAM NAME]” and Siri will pull up the appropriate roster, displaying all players as number 42.

  • “What is Jackie Robinson day?” and Siri will share the history of the day via Wikipedia.

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13:37
Problem with the latest version of Flash? Read this

Overthought.org:

This morning, Adobe kindly alerted me of an update available for Flash to take it to version 13.0.0.182.

The update breaks Flash.

DO NOT run this update, at least until Adobe solves whatever is causing the plugin to fail.

Several readers of Overthought.org have reported that this update completely breaks Flash for Safari on OS X 10.9 Mavericks. I have also personally experienced this issue.

If you run into a problem with your newly updated Flash install, read the rest of the post. Hopefully, it will help. [Via @stumark and @jordanmerrick]

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13:34
Briefly: Deus Ex Director's Cut, Grovemade...

Feral Interactive has announced today that Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut has been released for OS X, available exclusively through Steam. Deus Ex: Human Revolution players perform as an ex-SWAT specialist who has been hired to oversee the security of an experimental biotechnology firm. Adam Jensen discovers there is more to the company than previously thought when a black ops team breaks in and kills scientists....



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13:31
Physical iPhone 6 mockups & upcoming accessories...


Following a number of leaks claiming to show prototypes, cases, and manufacturing tools for the next-generation iPhone, today yet another leak of a physical iPhone 6 mockup has popped up via Japanese blog Macotakara.jp. The site posted images from the...

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13:30
Ask TUAW Live is on the air at 5 PM ET today!

"Ask TUAW Live" happens today, Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 5:00:00 PM EDT. You can check here for showtimes in your area. We're taking your questions now via the Ask Tuaw feedback form, Twitter, Facebook or Google+.

To watch the live feed and...

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13:25
Alpine confirms Apple CarPlay head units coming in...

Japanese aftermarket manufacturer Alpine confirmed on Tuesday that it will be the second car audio maker to bring Apple's CarPlay to aftermarket receivers with products set to launch in the U.S. and Europe later this year.



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13:11
Alpine Electronics announces aftermarket CarPlay...

Alpine Electronics officially announced today it will offer aftermarket products compatible with Apple CarPlay. A Monday report noted Alpine would sell such a system, and today Alpine confirmed the existence of upcoming products. The Alpine system will be an in-dash touch screen that incorporates CarPlay using a Lightning…

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13:00
On the road with the Divoom Voombox Travel Bluetooth...

Looking for an inexpensive, but sturdy Bluetooth speaker for outside use? The DIvoom Voombox Travel (US$49.95) is going to fit the bill, being both built like a tank and available for less than fifty bucks. Read on for the review, and then enter for...

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12:44
Google releases Helpouts for iOS, A&E brings...

A trio of interesting updates hit the App Store Tuesday as Google brought its Helpouts live video tutorial service to iOS and A&E Networks launched live streaming of its A&E and History channels to the iPad.



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12:20
Rapoo E2700 Keyboard Includes Touchpad

Rapooâs E2700 Keyboard for computers contains a built-in touch pad on the right side. It's not quite a full-size keyboard being only 10-inches wide, including the touchpad. With it, right-handed users can sit back and relax while they compute, never having to take their hands off the wireless keyboard.


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12:14
The Loop Sponsorships available May and June

We have some sponsorship weeks available coming up in May and June. If you want to get your product or service in front of the fine readers of The Loop with an exclusive sponsorship, let me know.

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12:06
The Nocera Chronicles

New York Times columnist Joe Nocera (of “and I think you’re a slime bucket” Steve Jobs phone call fame) devoted his weekend column to Apple. He describes a company already in decline, several times citing Yukari Iwatani Kane’s widely-panned Haunted Empire:

The only real way to stave off further decline is to come out with
a product that establishes a whole new category — the way the
iPad did in 2010. But that seems unlikely. “Outside the echo
chamber of Apple’s headquarters, the notion of the company’s
exceptionalism has been shattered,” Kane writes.

That’s the extent of...

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12:00
How to turn your iPhone or iPad into a retro game...

The iPhone and iPad are already super-capable gaming devices, with thousands of quality titles spanning all genres and tastes, but sometimes it's nice to take a trip back to yesteryear... and sometimes you want to see those games on the big,...

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11:51
Google debuts iPhone app for its Helpouts learning...


Google has added yet another app to its collection of iPhone apps today. This time it’s Google Helpouts, which connects users over its Hangouts service to experts knowledgeable in a specific subject for tutoring. Google’s Helpouts service first launched last fall.

Google on what Hangouts has to offer:

What you can do on the iOS app

Find and...

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11:50
Universal Audio releases the Chandler Limited GAV19T...

Available exclusively for UAD-2 DSP Accelerators and Apollo-equipped workstations, the Chandler Limited GAV19T Amplifier Plug-In is an exacting emulation of the dual EL84-powered boutique guitar amp. Inspired by British classics such as Vox and Marshall — and lesser-known gems from Watkins and Selmer — the Chandler Limited GAV19T Amplifier plug-in offers features not found on the original hardware, such as an FX Rack with an onboard noise gate, host-syncable lo-fi delay, Power Soak, and pre/post switchable EQ filter controls.

Can’t wait to try this out.

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11:43
Ricoh deploys new medium format Pentax 645Z DSLR...

Today, Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation has revealed the new Pentax 645Z magnesium alloy-bodied medium-format DSLR. The new camera features a 51.4MP CMOS image sensor, tiltable LCD, and is the only camera so far in the medium-format category to offer video recording capabilities....



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11:39
Apps: A&E/History 2.0, Ally 3.0, Amazon Cloud...

A&E Television Networks Mobile has updated two of its free apps — A&E and History — to version 2.0, bringing live streaming TV to both apps. Of course, as you may have suspected, both apps require signing in with a TV provider. A quick glance at the list…

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11:30
Daily Deals for April 15, 2014

It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections. Don't forget to check out our "Today in the App Store" post that singles...

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11:30
Microsoft Word for iPad Gets Touch Word Processing (...

Through the decades, we've never known anything else but Microsoft Word for Windows and Mac. On the iPad, it's, right away, the familiar workings of Word, with cross-platform file compatibility. But it's also developed with many of the key technologies and User Interfaces so well appreciated on the iPad. John Martellaro thinks it's a sight to behold.


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11:23
New Office 365 Personal plan targets individual iPad...

If you were looking to try out Office for iPad, but didn’t precisely feel like shelling out the full $10-per-month or $100-per-year for an Office 365 Home plan, then may Microsoft interest you in a slight discount? The company this week launched a new Office 365 Personal Plan at a lower price point.

Not that much lower, though: The Personal plan runs $7 per month, or $70 for a year-long subscription. And that lower price comes with more restrictions: Unlike the Home plan, which allows you to run Office 365 on 5 PCs or Macs and 5 Windows tablets or iPads, the Personal plan—as the name suggests—works only on a single PC or Mac in addition to one tablet. If you’re a student, you also have access to a four-year Office 365 University subscription for $80, which offers most of the same benefits.

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11:20
Amazon Smartphone Rumors Now Include Photos

Last week we had reports of Amazon building a smartphone, this week we have more details and pictures, including notable features such as a 4.7â screen, 720p resolution, and six cameras. Yes, six.

The Mac Observer Spin: Amazon's smartphone sounds more legit all the time, but it's noteworthy feature of 3-D opens up a lot of questions.


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11:07
Heineken asks 40 legendary individuals to craft...

heineken has teamed up with over 40 legendary individuals from the worlds of sport, entertainment and art to create a series of bespoke posters in support of reporters without borders, a global non-profit which which protects journalists and ensures freedom of information.

I need a drink.

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11:07
A&E, History iOS apps update with live TV support

A&E has updated two of its iOS apps -- History, and the network's namesake -- with support for watching live TV. Previously users were able to watch clips and full episodes, but only after the fact. Like some other TV apps, gaining access to the live streams requires a cable subscription....



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11:06
Fast cvfsck question

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: cvfsck

We have three SANs that have started failing over very frequently after we updated to Mavericks and Xsan 3.1. After trying a great many things, I'm concerned that the SAN definitions might corrupted.

I've just learned about the cvfsck command in Xsan, and the steps to check if a volume has problems. I just have one question:

1) How long does this process take? The first two SANs are the ones we're concerned about. SAN1 is 42 TB and SAN2 is 36 TB. We're in the middle of Baseball Season and we're ingesting a lot of video of the Seattle Mariners every day. We need to find a time to run this test but I'm not sure how long it could take. Any approximate guesses?

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10:58
CocoaConf Fall dates announced

To help meet the growing demand, we are adding two new cities. This fall, we will be returning to Columbus, Boston, and Atlanta, and making our first stops in Seattle and Las Vegas! It is going to be one exciting fall conference season!

I’ve always heard great things about CocoaConf.

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10:39
Twitter Tries to Defuse Turkey Controversy


Twitter has agreed to close some accounts in Turkey, but the two sides are still at loggerheads over allegations of tax evasion and whether or not Twitter must maintain a physical presence in the country. Twitter VP of Global Public Policy Colin Crowell led a delegation of sorts to address the country's multifaceted grievances with the social media site. Twitter was banned in Turkey in March. Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's administration followed that up with claims that the company was evading taxes and refusing to heed to Turkish law.

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10:17
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10:02
Microsoft launches $70/year Office 365 Personal for...

Pricing on Microsoft's Office 365 service became a little more affordable for individual users on Tuesday, as the company launched a new "Personal" subscription plan priced at $69.99 per year.



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09:57
Apple meeting with UK ad agencies in preparation for...

Apple appears to be readying for an UK iTunes Radio launch in the near future. As indicated by this tweet, Apple’s director of iAd Paul Wright has recently been visiting media marketing agencies to discuss iAd in relation to iTunes Radio.

Bloomberg said that Apple was planning to launch in the UK in ‘early 2014′ last October, but so far this has not happened several months into 2014. Although many people have seen iTunes Radio sporadically appear on their devices in recent months, it is has only officially expanded to Australia beyond the US launch alongside iOS 7.

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09:50
iPad-friendly Office 365 subscription now available...



The newest addition to Microsoft's range of Office 365 subscriptions is now available. For $6.99 a month, or $69.99 a year, Office 365 Personal lets you use Office on one PC or Mac and one Windows tablet or iPad.

The Personal plan slots in below the Home plan (formerly known as Home Premium), which costs $9.99 a month, or $99.99 a year, which supports five PCs or Macs and five tablets in the same house.

Both subscriptions also include 20GB of OneDrive storage and 60 minutes of global Skype calls per month. Both are also licensed only for "home" use, with "business" use requiring different subscriptions; the Small Business Premium subscription, for $12.50 a month or $150 a year, appears to be the closest equivalent.

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09:37
Microsoft creates Office 365 Personal subscription...

Microsoft has launched a new cheaper tier of its Office 365 subscription service, aimed at individuals wanting to use the productivity suite. Hinted at last month, Office 365 Personal allows for the software to be installed and used on one PC or Mac and one tablet, including the iPad version, rather than the five computers and five tablets provided in the more expensive Office 365 Home Premium, renamed to Home, subscription plan....



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09:34
A&E and History Channel add live TV stream in...


A&E Networks has just updated iOS apps for two of its most popular TV channels, A&E and History, with the ability to watch live TV on both iPhone and iPad. The apps, which previously provided full episodes and clips on-demand to users in the US, will now provide a live stream of what’s playing on the TV channels. The live TV feature, however, will require a cable subscription. 

The new feature will require users to sign into their cable account through one of the supported TV providers. Currently the live TV feature...

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09:23
Amazon's iPhone competitor purportedly revealed...

A series of snapshots hit the web Tuesday showing what is alleged to be a prototype of Amazon's upcoming first-party smartphone, with a 4.7-inch display and 6 cameras that are said to power a unique three-dimensional user interface.



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09:12
Pioneer to join list of aftermarket CarPlay upgrade...

Audio specialist Pioneer has announced plans to ship five Apple CarPlay-compatible receivers this summer. The new models in the NEX series will all have large LCD displays, but come in at very different price points. The cheapest model, the AVH-4000NEX, is set to cost $700. Higher-end models will ship for $750, $900, $1,200, and $1,400. Pioneer is also promising various non-CarPlay related improvements; the units are expected to have more responsive interfaces, for example, and better sound and safety features....



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09:11
Apple confirms after-market CarPlay and other news...

A new subscription plan from Microsoft, after-market CarPlay and more gorgeous hardware from Twelve South. Here's this morning's news.

Apple has confirmed to The Verge that after-marked CarPlay solutions will be made available. The company did not...

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09:10
Microsoft’s new cheaper 365 subscription gets you...

Microsoft is launching a cheaper ‘Personal’ Office 365 subscription today that will give you access to the cloud services and mobile apps for $69/year or $6.99/month opposed to the $99/year Home subscription. The new Personal subscription only provides access for one Mac (or PC) and iPad (or tablet) instead of the 5 PC or Macs and 5 tablets you get with a Home subscription.

You might want to hold off on the new subscription, however, as Amazon is currently selling the full Home subscription for just $63 (37% off). That’s cheaper than the new...

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08:54
Pioneer Gets in on Aftermarket Apple CarPlay

Pioneer is tossing its hat into Apple's CarPlay ring with five aftermarket receivers for cars that don't ship with the feature pre-installed. CarPlay is Apple's in-dash system for linking your iPhone to your car for music playback, driving directions, and more.

The Mac Observer Spin: Aftermarket CarPlay systems won't be cheap, but it's great to see companies stepping up so most anyone can get in on the hands-free action. It won't be cheap, but it still costs less than buying a new car.


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08:32
Forums: audio problems, Logic X questions and more

This week in the MacNN forums, members help other long time users and Fresh-Faced Recruits resolve problems. Forum members try to assist one Fresh-Faced Recruit with an iMac that is unable to recognize audio inputs or outputs after a power failure, but so far have been unsuccessful in their attempts. Yesterday Junior Member "phkc070408" was trying to determine if there was a way to assign a specific key or series of keys to type a pre-programmed set of text....



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08:32
Closer look at alleged 'iPhone 6' front...

Whether it's legitimate or not, a newly revealed front panel claimed to be for Apple's next-generation iPhone appears to show a part for a 5.1-inch display with a screen ratio of 16 to 9.



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08:30
Who else could direct the Jobs movie and what would...

As reported by the Hollywood Reporter, Sony balked at director David Fincher's request to have $10 million upfront to helm the Steve Jobs biopic based on Walter Issacson's book. Fincher is best known for directing "The Social Network," "The Girl with...

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08:29
Apple deals: iPads and iPods

This week Apple's online store has a wide selection of refurbished iPad and iPod models on sale. Right now the refurbished 16GB iPad mini can be had for $249 after a $50 discount. A $120 discount slashes the cost of the second-generation iPad 2 down to $279....



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08:25
DealNN: $400 off 27-inch iMac

MacMall.com has dropped the price on the 27-inch iMac from $1,800 down to $1,400. Until 4/30/14, a $100 mail-in-rebate offer drops the price even further to $1,300. That is about $200 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. This iMac features a 2.9GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive. Included is a one year warranty on parts and labor from Apple....



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