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Tuesday March 25

16:40
Adobe Announces Marketing Cloud Upgrade, Now With...

Adobe has announced an upgrade to Marketing Cloud, a suite of apps that now includes integration with iBeacons and PhoneGap Enterprise, a way to build mobile apps without learning to code.


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16:00
Apple's state-of-the-art, ground-breaking, game...

It's hard to believe, what with modern Macs abandoning even SuperDrives en masse, but way, way back in the late 1970s, programs on the original Apple II came on these. My, how far we've come.

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15:30
The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for March 25, 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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15:00
Kenu Highline case and security leash keeps your...

Those pesky iPhones can sometimes act like little kids or pets, seemingly wandering off on their own. An iPhone can easily slip out of a pocket unnoticed, do a backflip out of a purse or backpack, or fall from a hand while you're taking a photo....

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14:55
Apple Quietly Sells 500 Million iPhones

Half a billion iPhones have been sold in six and a half years. This is even more remarkable since it took over half that time to make it to 100 million.


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14:49
Briefly: Roku iOS app update, 2014 FileMaker...

Roku's iOS app has received an update, offering a refreshed user interface and the addition of a remote control feature. The app requires an iOS device to be connected to the same network as a Roku player, and facilitates controlling and accessing various media content. In v3.0.0 of Roku's iOS app, users now have access to searching Roku content on one's iPhone, by entering a movie, show, actor, or director and exploring the results. By connecting to any Roku player on one's network, the app can control it, play photos, music or video. The app's over-all visual design has been revamped, and mi...
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14:40
Apple updates Trailers app with push notifications,...


Apple has updated its iTunes Movie Trailers app with several new features and upgrades. The biggest new feature is the ability to get push notifications when movies marked as favorites hit theaters or iTunes. The in-app movie reviews have also been tweaked. Where previously you could only see a movies overall Rotten Tomatoes rating, you can now read full reviews right from within the app.

A few smaller features are also included in the update. You can now share links to movie trailers via AirDrop to other iOS devices, and a few bugs have been squashed....

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14:39
Facebook to acquire virtual reality firm Oculus VR...

Social media monolith Facebook is said to prepping another huge acquisition, this time setting its sights on Oculus VR, the virtual reality hardware and software firm responsible for the Oculus Rift.
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14:25
Apple brings on Delta exec for online sales as Chomp...

In the fluid world of tech hires, two changes were recently recorded to Apple's roster as the company hired ex-Delta Airlines VP Bob Kupbens to bolster online sales, while Chomp cofounder Cathy Edwards is scheduled to depart in April.
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14:20
Chomp co-founder leaves Apple, Delta marketing VP...

One of the co-founders of Chomp, Cathy Edwards, is leaving Apple on April 11th, reports say. Edwards joined Apple in 2012 after it bought Chomp, which specialized in app search technology. She became Apple's head of Search and Measurement, working on the search systems used in Maps, iTunes, and the App Store. After Chomp was completely shut down, she became the director of Evaluation and Quality for Apple's Maps division....
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14:19
Apple’s 500 Millionth iPhone

Seems clear they made it. Congrats Apple.

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14:14
How and When to Use Both Ethernet Ports on a Mac Pro

Unlike all other Macs, the Mac Pro line has two Ethernet ports. How and when would one want to use both of these ports? John Martellaro looks at a pair of typical scenarios.


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14:00
Twelve South's Travel Journal is a Trapper...

While Steve Sande was taking his cruise around the Southern Hemisphere, the folks at Twelve South sent over a couple of their latest products for me to try in his stead. First up is their handsome BookBook Travel Journal for the...

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13:57
iPad Writes a New Game Plan for Concussions

To help diagnose sports-related concussions, Cleveland Clinic in Ohio is using an iPad app that can measure and monitor symptoms moments after an athlete gets hurt. With iPad and the C3 Logix app, trainers can visualize an injury’s effect on cognitive and motor performance, making it easier to spot a concussion. “In the past, evaluating a concussed athlete involved a lot of guesswork,” says athletic trainer Jason Cruickshank, whose team is part of a program using this new technology. “iPad and the C3 Logix app have taken that subjectivity out of the process.” And injury assessments that previously required several pieces of equipment have now become simpler. “We needed an acceleromater, a gyroscope, and a great display to be able to objectively test balance, vision, and reaction time,” Cruickshank says. “iPad gave us all of that in a single device.”

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13:54
Kaleidoscope 2.1 Public Beta

Kaleidoscope is one of the world’s best tools for spotting differences in images and text. Now it supports the ignoring of leading, trailing and line-ending whitespace too. Kaleidoscope integrates directly with Git, Subversion, Mercurial, P4, and Bazaar to fit perfectly in your workflow.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:39
Apple seeds second betas of Safari 7.0.3, 6.1.3 to...

Apple has begun seeding its second betas of Safari 7.0.3 and 6.1.3 to developers. Apple is once asking for testing to be focused on push notifications, extension compatibility, overall website compatibility, and login AutoFill. For v7.0.3 exclusively, developers are asked to examine credit card AutoFill....
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13:28
Obama, Legislators Tackle Bulk Surveillance Issue


The political frenzy over the NSA's collection of Americans' bulk telephone metadata is escalating, with both the White House and the U.S. House of Representatives' Intelligence Committee announcing plans to introduce legislation to regulate the practice. The White House's proposal reportedly would require phone companies to store the data and provide it under a court order. The House Intelligence Committee's legislation, drafted by NSA supporters Mike Rogers and C.A. "Dutch" Ruppersberger, would lower the bar for surveillance.

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13:18
HTC One (M8)

I always felt bad for HTC. I think they made a good product, but didn’t have the marketing budget to compete with Samsung, which meant people didn’t pay much attention. I’m not sure the new phone will change that.

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13:04
Google Glass partners with maker of Ray-Ban, Oakley...

While the developer preview of Glass has established the heads-up display as advanced technology, it's also earned Google's headwear a reputation for being unfashionable --?something the company hopes to address with a new partnership with the Luxottica Group.
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13:01
Amplified: Glass, Charge Thyself

Jim and Dan talk about Google Glass and its myths, escaped water buffalos, Peter Gabriel and his flute, Pandora, Spotify, and iTunes Radio (now with NPR), “The Techtopus”, wage suppression, and more.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:56
Facebook testing alternative sources of location...

Facebook has started testing location information embedding, looking at integrating Facebook Places data into Instagram. Instagram currently uses Foursquare data for geotagging and attaching photo data to a location. Neither Facebook nor Foursquare have any comment on the matter, and a wholesale replacement of the photo tag data source doesn't appear to be underway in any more than a small scale test to a limited subset of users.....
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12:34
Delta exec travels to Apple as new Online Retail VP...

News of a pair of notable Apple personnel changes has emerged today. First on the list is a notable addition to Apple’s online retail store management team. According to his LinkeIn profile, Delta Vice President of Marketing Bob Kupbens has traveled to Apple to become the company’s new Vice President of Online Retail. This move comes at a time in which Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts transitions into Apple’s top retail role as the new Senior Vice President of both retail stores and online retail. Apple’s current online stores VP is Jennifer Bailey, and recent reports...

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12:29
Report: Apple sells 500 millionth iPhone

Apple has likely sold its 500 millionth iPhone during the past few weeks, Forbes estimates. There has yet to be an official announcement from Apple regarding the milestone; the company sometimes heralds large-scale sales in press releases, and at other times waits to mention them during media events. …

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12:27
Forums: Coaxing Mavericks onto older Macs

MacNN forum goers try to help Mac Elite "Helmling" figure out a way to get Mavericks to run on a MacBook from mid-2007, as well as provide some interesting insight on how this can be accomplished. "ShortcutToMoncton" is looking for good backup software that can assist in backing up their data to multiple drives....
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12:26
Apple deals: Mac Pro and iMac

This week Apple's online store is offering a selection of refurbished Mac Pro and iMac models at discounted prices. The refurbished Mac Pro with a 3.2GHz Intel quad-core Xeon processor, 6GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive has seen a $360 price cut to $2,139. For $2,549 is the refurbished Mac Pro with a 3.33GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon processor, 6GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive....
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12:26
HTC unveils 5" HTC One M8 with gesture controls...

Taiwanese handset maker HTC on Tuesday unveiled its latest flagship device intended to take on Apple's iPhone: the HTC One M8, with a larger screen, higher-spec internals, a depth-sensing camera and dual LED flash -- but no biometrics.
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12:24
DealNN: Canon Pixma Pro-100 with paper only $130

Amazon this week is offering the Canon Pixma Pro-100 color inkjet photo printer for $388 with free shipping. That's $112 off the list price of $500, and if you order before 3/31/14, save an additional $200 via a mail-in-rebate offer. Add a 50 sheet pack of LU-101 or SG-201 paper, or two 20-packs of PM-101 paper and receive an additional $100 off for a total savings of $300, bringing the final cost to around $130. This is about $70 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. This printer features 8 dye based inks, 3 of which are grayscale, 4800 x 2400 dpi resolution, Wi-Fi printing, PictB...
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12:00
Elevation Earth for iOS is endlessly fascinating and...

Elevation Earth is a universal iOS app (US$2.99) that displays a 3D model of our planet. You can manipulate your location with finger movements on the screen while rotating and zooming into Earth using standard iOS gestures.

The app shows more than...

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11:49
Facebook releases ‘Tweaks’ tool to help devs iterate...

Facebook has today open-sourced its rapid prototyping tool ‘Tweaks’, a framework that helps application developers quickly iterate on their projects and test out different possibilities for their iOS apps.

The best way to improve an app is to use it every day. Even when ideas can be tested out in advance — for example, with Origami — it can still take some time with the app to see how it works in practice.

Occasionally, it’s perfect the first try. Sometimes, the idea doesn’t work at all. But often, it just needs a few minor adjustments. That last case is where Tweaks fits in. Tweaks makes those small adjustments easy: with no code changes and no computer, you can try out different options and decide which works best.

Tweaks makes it really simple for developers to adjust parameters and properties in their application and then test them...

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11:30
Daily Deals for March 25, 2014, featuring PDFpen

It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections.

TUAW's Daily Deals

Give Power To Your PDFs With PDFpen [On sale for...

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11:28
Apple seeds Safari 7.0.3 and 6.1.3 Seed 2 to...

After seeding the first beta of the next versions of Safari for OS X a week ago, Apple has just seeded another pre-release version of Safari 7.0.3 and Safari 6.1.3 (Seed 2) to developers.

Apple provides the following focus areas for devs in the release notes:

Please focus testing on the following areas:

• General website compatibility

• Safari Push Notifications

• Login AutoFill

• Credit Card AutoFill (OS X Mavericks only) • Extension Compatibility

Safari 7.0.3 will arrive for Mavericks users while the 6.1.3 release is the latest for Mountain Lion users. The updates require the following:

Safari 6.1.3 for OS X Lion requires OS X 10.7.5 with Security Update 2013-002. Safari 6.1....

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11:07
45% of businesses offer Macs to employees, 77% find...

A new survey of IT decision makers in the enterprise found that almost half of businesses now offer their workers Macs, while the vast majority feel Apple's Mac platform is more reliable than PCs running Microsoft's Windows.
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11:02
Apple has likely sold its 500 millionth iPhone, says...

Despite not having announced it, Apple has probably already sold its 500 millionth iPhone, Forbes remarks. By the end of 2013, the company had recorded sales of 472 million phones. Since analysts are forecasting 38 million or more unit sales by the end of the current quarter, that should mean that Apple passed the 500 million mark earlier this month, if not in February....
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11:00
The ultimate Mac user's guide to Minecraft on...

Minecraft is an amazing game thanks largely to a massive community of creative individuals who spend their free time tweaking, modifying, and overhauling just about every aspect of the experience. The game can be played in its "vanilla" version quite...

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10:42
Karen Gillan Does Reddit AMA

At this moment, Karen Gillan of Doctor Who fame is doing a Reddit AMA or "Ask Me Anything". She's answering questions live and so far the two most useful bits of information are that her last name is pronounced with a hard G, and Wil Wheaton has asked her to come play a game on his show Tabletop. When someone does a Reddit AMA, they have to submit proof. Here's Karen's:


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10:41
2048 – I’m really sorry

2048 is a lovely and addictive game, quite similar to the beautifully designed Threes by Asher Vollmer.

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10:30
iOS 7 adoption rate hits 85 percent

Apple this week updated its developer page with a chart indicating that 85 percent of iOS devices are now running iOS 7. By way of contrast, the number of iOS devices using iOS 7 back in December of 2013 was 74 percent.

In addition to iOS 6 users...

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10:17
Remember the Million Dollar home page? It still...

The million dollar home page was conceived back in 2005 by a student in Wiltshire, England as a way to pay for his education. The idea was, create a single web page, 1,000 by 1,000 pixels, then sell each pixel on the page for $1 each. The hope was, the page would go viral and bring value to the advertising embedded in the page. Read the post for an update on where things stand today.

Interesting social experiment, and an interesting read.

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10:16
Amazon begins distributing settlement in e-book...

Amazon has started issuing credit to Kindle e-book buyers as a part of the legal settlements agreed to by publishers Hachette, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Penguin, according to notices being sent to out to customers. The money is being deposited into shoppers' Amazon accounts, and is typically just a few dollars, depending on how many qualifying Kindle titles a person bought between April 1st 2010 and May 21st 2012. "We will automatically apply your available credit to your next purchase of a Kindle book or print book sold by Amazon.com, regardless of publisher," the comp...
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10:08
9to5Toys Last Call: iPad Air $430, WD portable HDDs...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call updates:

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10:03
China Seeks Answers About NSA/Huawei Report


China's government is asking the U.S. to explain itself -- and to knock it off with all the cyberespionage -- following reports that the National Security Agency has had its way with Chinese telecom giant Huawei. The NSA reportedly penetrated Huawei servers to monitor communications among company executives, and to gain access to the dealings of Huawei customers. Huawei does business all over the world, of course, so knowing its ins-and-outs is quite the snooping boon.

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10:00
Today in the App Store -- the best sales, updates...

Here are some the best sales, app updates and new apps that have landed in the app recently.

App Updates You Don't Want to Miss

Codea [iPad; $9.99] Codea lets you create games and simulations -- or just about any visual idea you have. Turn your...

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09:59
Flexibits teases iPad version of popular ‘...


Flexibits, makers of the popular Fantastical calendar apps for Mac and iPhone, today teased an upcoming iPad version of the app on its website.

Fantastical 2 for iPad is “coming soon,” and the company is taking sign ups for those interested in learning more, but it hasn’t yet revealed any other details on the app. The company did confirm in the tweet below that the iPad version would be a separate download and not introduced as a new universal app for both iPhone & iPad. The iPhone version of Fantastical 2 sells for...

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09:57
Apps: Arq, Boom, MacJournal


    


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09:39
Apps: FireChat, Photowall for Chromecast, Second...

FireChat is a new free app from Open Garden that lets users send messages to other nearby users without an Internet connection or mobile coverage, using iOS 7’s Multipeer Connectivity Framework to link users together. Users can see what FireChat users everywhere are talking about, or they have the…

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09:39
Retailers begin distributing credits from e-book...

Apple, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo have begun the process of handing out $166 million in account credits to consumers affected by the e-books price fixing scandal as notification emails began going out on Tuesday.
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09:30
HackingUI presents some intriguing ideas to improve...

Notifications in iOS have undeniably come a long ways from the days when they only took the form of intrusive blue modal alerts.

Nonetheless, there's always room for improvement as highlighted in a great post from Hacking UI which provides a bevy of...

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09:05
HTC unveils new One (M8) with dual-LED flash, Sense...


HTC has just announced its 2014 flagship in New York. Dubbed the new HTC One (M8), the device is just as all the leaks have depicted it over the past few months. Most notably, HTC is touting the device’s high-quality metal construction, which it describes “like a premium watch.” (Remember when Jobs described the iPhone 4 as a “a beautiful old Leica camera”?) The device is  available in a new Gunmetal Gray Hairline Finish that makes it look significantly more high-end...

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09:01
Audio tricks on the Mac
09:00
The Week in Mac Apps: A notebook in the cloud

A notebook in the cloud

A certain tech giant's cloud note-taking software makes its appearance in this week’s Mac app roundup, which also brings you a bit of music, some weather news, and a way to finally wade through that massive collection of photos you’re keeping stashed in a virtual drawer.

CV Maker 1.2

Individual Software’s $20 CV Maker (Mac App Store Link) helps you build a killer résumé, complete with all the proper information you’ll need to land your next big job.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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09:00
Apple offering refunds for unauthorized in-app...

Apple has sent an email to users who have made recent in-app purchases (IAPs) announcing they can receive a refund for any unauthorized IAPs "made by a minor." The refund initiative is part of a consent decree Apple struck with the U.S. Federal Trade...

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08:59
NY Times pulls iPad Air ad due to juxtaposition with...

Apple and the New York Times mutually agreed to pull an iPad Air ad from the Times' website yesterday after an unfortunate headline pairing, according to Advertising Age. The ad is another take on Apple's Your Verse campaign, and features a still of a scuba diver using an iPad, with the slogan "See the unique ways people are using iPad around the world." On Tuesday, though, that ad was paired alongside a headline reading "Malaysia Says Jet Went Down in Ocean."...
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08:56
Twitterrific goes free with version 5.7, optional...

With the latest update, The Iconfactory has changed their business model for Twitterrific rather dramatically. Up to now, Twitterrific has been available for iPhone and iPad for $2.99.

However, Twitterrific has now changed to a freemium business model. This means anyone can download the app for free as an ad-supported application. There is also a selection of unlockable features available as in-app purchases.

Features such as the today view, translation and removal of ads are now offered as paid upgrades. Most notably, enabling push notifications now requires a paid upgrade.

Existing owners of Twitterrific are unaffected by the change in business model. ...

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08:52
Bandwidth deal between Apple & Comcast would...

Though the U.S. government wouldn't need to approve a deal between Apple and Comcast for faster and more reliable streaming video, such an alignment would likely draw regulatory scrutiny, in particular with respect to its effects on net neutrality.
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08:48
‘Jobs’ biopic starring Ashton Kutcher now available...

If you haven’t seen Ashton Kutcher’s portrayal of the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs yet or just want to catch the film again, Netflix now features ’Jobs’, notes MacRumors, in its catalog of streaming movies and TV shows for subscribers. Netflix of course offers streaming to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users in addition to Apple and Mac users for $7.99 a month.

The biopic featuring Kutcher was released to mixed reviews, and our own Michael Steeber shared his thoughts on the film in 9to5Mac‘s review of Jobs.

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08:38
LG Sheds Light on Internet of Things


LG Electronics on Monday unveiled a light bulb designed to illuminate consumers lives in a more intelligent way. The Smart Lamp, which can be controlled by an iOS or Android device over Bluetooth or WiFi, debuted in LG's home market of South Korea.
The 10W LED bulb is 80 percent more energy-efficient than other incandescent bulbs, LG claimed, and will last for up to 10 years when used for around five hours per day. Users can alter the lighting in their homes according to a range of preferences.

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08:30
Reading List: This is NPR, iTunes refunds, App Store...

Some Apple news every day may not keep the doctor away, but it will at least provide some reading material. Here are the latest news stories making the rounds on Tuesday:

Starting Today, Find NPR Shows And Newscasts On iTunes Radio

iTunes Radio has added its first news station, National Public Radio. It’ll run 24 hours a day and broadcast shows like Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and the hourly newscasts. Streams for actual local stations are expected to arrive later this spring—no news on whether pledge drives will accompany them.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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08:28
Apple wins Japanese patent infringement ruling

Apple didn’t infringe on certain Samsung patents and won’t have to pay damages in a Japanese court ruling, Bloomberg reports. A Tokyo District Court ruled the iPhone 4, 4s, and iPad 2 don’t infringe on Samsung data communication patents. Samsung expressed their disappointment with the decision and noted that…

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08:25
Apple tests Related Search on App Store

The new related search suggestions mark one of Apple’s first attempts to augment App Store search results with visual semantics for apps. In testing the feature, I was able to get suggestions for specific sub-categories such as “business news” and “video game news”, “writing” and “story ideas”, or “healthy cooking” and “food recipes”; each set of related searches included new results that were more specific and relevant to the suggested search.

I like this. Anything Apple can do to show more relevant results will help them and the user.

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08:22
[Sponsor] Igloo Is an Intranet You'll Actually...

Igloo is an intranet you’ll actually like: built with easy-to-use,
integrated apps like shared calendars, Twitter-like microblogs, file
sharing, and more. Everything you need is built-in, and everything is
social. This means if you upload a file or write a corporate blog post,
your employees can share it, comment on it, rate it, like it, and even
manage versions.

The idea is to get your whole company communicating better.

If your company has a legacy intranet or a customer community built on
SharePoint, you should give Igloo a try. This report from
Igloo
outlines the five main areas SharePoint falls short and how Igloo does it better.

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08:22
Apple didn't infringe on Samsung patents, Tokyo...

Apple didn't infringe on Samsung data communications patents and won't have to pay any damages, a Tokyo District Court has ruled. Samsung had filed a lawsuit that brought Apple's iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, and iPad 2 into the crosshairs. "We are disappointed by the court's decision," an emailed statement from Samsung reads. "Upon a thorough review of the ruling, we will determine which measures to take, including an appeal."...
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08:15
Amazon sending out credit to customers affected by...

Amazon has begun issuing credit to accounts that qualify for a refund as a result of the price fixing settlement reached between Amazon and publishers. Customers are eligible for refund credit on ‘qualifying’ Kindle book purchases between April 1st 2010 and May 21st, 2012.

How Amazon determines how much credit a person is eligible for has not been disclosed; assumedly it is some percentage of the price paid for the title.  Don’t expect a massive windfall: most people on Twitter are reporting refunds of just a few dollars each. Obviously, the refund will be roughly proportionate with how often you buy Kindle ebooks.

The credit is valid until the 31st March 2015, so eligible account holders have about a year to use...

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08:00
Mac 101: How to enable or disable automatic app...

Just like iOS, OS X now has an automatic update feature that allows you to install updates from the Mac App Store without lifting a finger to click. This feature was added in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and remains the latest version, OS X 10.9...

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07:32
Hannover Apple Store likely due in April; Edinburgh...

New photos may suggest that Apple's upcoming store in Hannover, Germany is almost finished. The outlet has been under development since April 2013, and construction facades are still in place on the inside of the building. An Apple logo is now on display outside the shop though, and is being lit up at night, although it's still covered. It's believed that the location could open as soon as next month....
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07:30
Apple ‘related’ search spotted in App Store

Apple is apparently testing a new feature in the App Store that offers users related term suggestions when doing a search. A number of reports have noted the new feature, though it appears it was first spotted by developer Olga Osadcha. Osadcha found the feature while using iOS 7.1.…

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07:25
NYT pulls iPad Air underwater ad after '...

A digital version of Apple's 'Your Verse' ad for the iPad Air, which ends in an underwater scene, was removed from the New York Times's website Tuesday after the newspaper mistakenly allowed it to run alongside a story about the possible ocean crash of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370.
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07:07
Japan Court Rules Apple didn’t Infringe on Samsung...

Samsung took it on the chin in its patent infringement fight against Apple in Japan. A court in the country ruled on Tuesday that the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPad 2 aren't infringing on Samsung's data communications patents, which is matches with a similar ruling just over a year ago.

The Mac Observer Spin: Samsung's most recent loss in Japan is yet another feather in Apple's legal cap. Win after win can add turn into strong legal arguments for Apple, and the company already has a nicely stocked bag full of wins as it heads into its next U.S. infringement trial with Samsung.


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07:00
Photo: Wall-mounted Apple keyboards

It's like a nerdy Bat Cave. Flickr user Peter Bocken shares this image of several Apple keyboards, carefully mounted on a wall. Can you name them all? We'd like to see a Bluetooth keyboard added to the display. You can see Bocken's mouse collection...

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06:50
Cut the Rope developer challenging King’s “Candy”...

ZeptoLabs, the maker of Cut the Rope, is challenging the trademark in EU court. Re/code speculates that this might be a publicity stunt.

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06:46
Apple exploring split cameras for thinner iPhones,...

Future iPhones could be thinner and more secure thanks to technology outlined in two unique proposed inventions from Apple, covering adaptive security profiles and a new type of split-sensor camera.
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06:32
Twitter Bags Encryption Program


While Twitter rose to notoriety by being the place where people spilled the minutiae of their lives, there are times when its users don't want everyone in the online world to see what they're thinking. For those occasions, there's direct messaging. When direct messages are sent by one tweeter to another, there's a certain expectation of privacy there -- even though little is done to protect those messages should they be snatched by a snoop. Twitter was planning to change that.

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06:27
Water buffalos escape from Samsung ad shoot

You can’t make this shit up.

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06:07
iPhone-connected ‘MicrobeScope’ lets you capture...

A new product called MicrobeScope raising funds on Kickstarter is an iPhone-connected, pocket-sized 800x microscope that allows users to record and share video of what they are viewing.

The specimen is placed directly on the inverted lens, and the internal AAA size battery powered light source provides the illumination. The 800x magnification achieved by this simple device is unmatched by other small scopes and the phone mount is a game changer because of the ability to share real time video.

The company, 4D Optical, has been developing similar products for around 10 years and explained that advancements in iPhone camera tech in recent years have made MicrobeScope possible:

Before cell phone cameras became as good as they are now we were using standard video cameras. While this scope version produced excellent optical quality...

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06:00
The Week in Mac Accessories: Free to USB

Free to USB

This week's roundup of Mac accessories includes several devices that aim to take advantage of the power of USB 3.0, along with backpacks, sleeves, and other ways to protect your Apple computer.

Edge Memory

The DiskGo Sonic USB 3.0 Flash Drive is a handy bit of external storage that's available in 60 GB, 120 GB, and 240 GB capacities—with a whopping 480 GB version coming soon. Thanks to USB 3.0 technology, it can achieve transfer speeds of up to 450 MB/s, but it’s small enough to be attached to your key chain.

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Daily App: Snippit mixes music with photos in a very...

If you're the social type that loves mixing music with your photography, then you may want to take Snippit for a spin. The app allows you to take a photo, overlay 10 seconds of music and then share the result with the world.

Snippit is first and...

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Reviews: Avenger Elite Xbox 360 controller attachment

Online gameplay is becoming more and more competitive, to the point where there an assortment of leagues where "pro gamers" can be found earning a very good wage, if they perform well enough. In the past, some gamers have turned to "modded" controllers, meaning console controllers that have been artificially boosted in some way, but lately, nearly all of these have been banned from organized p ......
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05:55
Former Democratic Staff Director Now Lobbies for...

Former Democratic Staff Director for the Senate Finance Committee Amber Cottle has a new job as Apple's senior lobbyist. She has a history with the a Washington DC crowd, and was the committee's Chief International Trade Counsel, too.

The Mac Observer Spin: Lobbying isn't anything new for Apple, or any other big tech company, for that matter. If you have to play the game, you might as well have as strong a team as you can get.


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05:54
Google Glass joins forces with Luxottica Group,...

I think this is a logical move on Google’s part. Certainly this will improve the look of Google Glass, but there’s only so much you can do without reducing the footprint of the Glass module itself.

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05:54
Japanese court says Apple's iPhones, iPads don...

Apple has once again defeated rival Samsung in the courtroom, this time in Japan, where it was ruled that the iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 and iPad 2 do not infringe on data communication patents owned by the South Korean electronics giant.
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05:30
Death knell is coming for Google Voice

After five years, it looks like Google Voice is going away…at least as an independent service and app. In 2007 Google acquired GrandCentral (started in 2005) and eventually rebranded it and launched it as Google Voice in 2009. Very little was done for the switchover, from a user standpoint, other than to incorporate the service into Google’s infrastructure. I had a GrandCentral account and it was nearly identical to how Google Voice works and looks today. According to 9to5Google, sometime in the coming months, Google plans to...

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05:23
∞ Construction of Apple’s new campus begins with...

[VIDEO] As always, I am really excited to watch this new campus take shape. Gotta take down the old HP buildings first.

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Use Your iPod touch or iPad as an iPhone

Tired of your expensive cellular bill? You can break free with an iPad or iPod touch and still make phone calls and send text messages, but there are a few catches.

 

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Amazon sends out eBook settlement credits, auto adds...

Last December, publishers Hachette, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Penguin settled their eBook price fixing suits. This morning, Amazon sent out their credit notifications. Here’s mine. Interesting that the credit is for “some” of my past Kindle book purchases. I’m assuming that’s because not all of my purchases were from the settling publishers.

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Dear Dave Mark,

Good news! You are entitled to a credit of $xx.xx for some of your past Kindle book purchases. The credit results from legal settlements reached with publishers Hachette, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Penguin in antitrust lawsuits filed by State Attorneys General and Class Plaintiffs about the price of eBooks.

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04:11
Hannover Apple Store nearing completion, opening...

New images from iFun.de reveal an Apple logo on the front of the building in Hannover, Germany suggesting Apple is nearing completion on the project. Development on the site started in April last year.

Although the building has been covered, iFun.de has managed to catch a photo of the Apple logo whilst it is lit up — the logo is visible because the light is bleeding through the cover. This sighting not only acts as confirmation that the site is indeed an Apple Store, it also suggests that the site is almost ready to open to the public.

iFun.de says that the store is likely to open sometime next month.

Thanks Christian!

In addition, an image sent in by a reader shows what is apparently construction beginning on the rumored Edinburgh, Scotland store:

Thanks Graham!
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03:00
External Link: Apple in Talks with Comcast for...

The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple is in talks with Comcast to provide a streaming TV service. While it’s far from a done deal, Comcast would give Apple a sort of fast lane for content to prevent buffering and playback hiccups. Apple is also wanting control of customer information, a cut of Comcast’s monthly subscription fees, and Apple would have to acquire its own content deals. Comcast is reportedly interested in working with Apple to modernize its set-top boxes, due to fear from “cord cutters,” which is a move Josh Centers predicted in “The Future of Apple TV,” 21 February 2014.

 

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00:18
Briefly: App Store 'related' testing,...

On Monday, various users reported seeing a new feature during their visits to the iOS App Store -- a "related" keywords feature not previously present, seen when searching for apps. The test only appeared on devices running iOS 7, possibly limited to iOS 7.1 and OS X only, and quickly reverted to normal. The company already offers "related" suggestions, but only with a specific "app card," rather than while a search is still in progress. The feature is thought to be another example of Chomp integration, a company Apple bought in 2012....
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Monday March 24

23:15
"Your Verse" campaign tackles sports-...

Apple has updated its "Your Verse" campaign with a new segment dedicated to sports-related concussions. This is a subject that has garnered a lot of media attention in recent months, as NFL players await a proposed $765 million settlement. Apple...

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22:57
Apple: iOS 7 adoption now at 85 percent

As of March 23, Apple says 85 percent of active users of iOS devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod touch) are running some version of iOS 7. This follows figures that showed a majority of users -- 52 percent -- had adopted iOS 7 just a week after its release last September. By Christmas, it was on 78 percent of compatible devices. Some 12 percent of users are on iOS 6, with the remaining three percent running older devices limited to older releases. The rapid adoption rate of iOS releases continues to be a major security and developer advantage over Android....
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22:23
Apple testing 'Related' App Store search...

According to reports late Monday, Apple may be planning on rolling out a new app discovery feature for the iOS App Store as users have spotted a new option that suggests terms related to a given search.
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21:46
Apple experimenting with related terms in App Store...


Image via Olga Osadcha

Apple appears to be testing a new feature for the iOS version of the App Store that presents users with related search terms at the top of the search results page.

The feature isn’t available to everyone yet, but users on iOS 7.1 and 7.0.x are reporting spotting it. 9to5Mac‘s own Zac Hall only had access to the feature temporarily, though his search results have now returned to the previous design.

The feature was first pointed out by Olga Osadcha on Twitter:

Just noticed "Related" search suggestions in App Store. Has it always been there? (iPhone only) http://t.co/...

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21:06
New video footage shows initial demolition at Apple...

High quality video footage of the demolition currently underway at Apple's Campus 2 build site in Cupertino, Calif., was posted to the Web on Monday, with the short clip showing what appears to be the complete teardown process of an entire building.
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21:06
Apple hires new top DC lobbyist, also creates new...

A former Senate staffer will take on the role of Apple's new top US government lobbyist in Washington DC, while a certified privacy professional with a background in healthcare, national security and social network privacy issues has been named to a new "privacy counsel" position within the company. Amber Cottle served as a staff director for an influential congressional committee, while Sabrina Ross as already begun her job overseeing the protection of customer data....
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19:56
Apple Hires (Another) Privacy Counsel

Apple hires Sabrina Ross as "Privacy Counsel," according to AppleInsider, and her experience might give some insight into what Apple is spending time on these days.


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19:01
Apple sends out refund letters to iTunes customers...

As part of a settlement Apple agreed to with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over problems and excessive charges made by children through in-app purchases (IAPs), the company has sent out letters to some iTunes account holders, offering refunds "in certain cases" where a child has been able to make unauthorized IAPs without the parents' awareness. There have been numerous incidents made public of children who racked up extraordinary charges through IAPs....
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18:47
Apple taps veteran Senate finance staffer as new top...

A report on Monday claims Apple has hired former Senate staffer Amber Cottle, who served as staff director on one of the most influential committees on Capitol Hill, to be its new lobbyist in Washington, D.C.
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18:20
New video shows demolition of old HP buildings as...

A new video popped up on YouTube today showing what appears to be the demolition of the buildings that formerly occupied the space where Apple’s new headquarters will be located. We’re not sure who the source of the video is, but it is in fact legitimate footage that Apple circulated internally.

The actual demolition started last month, but was only completed recently. Construction of expected to begin soon on...

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18:09
Adoption of Apple's iOS 7 continues to rise,...

In a change to Apple's developer website on Monday, the company announced adoption of iOS 7 is now at 85 percent while the share of devices running iOS 6 has fallen to 12 percent.
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18:09
Apple finds new Washington, D.C. lobbyist in former...

Apple has hired Amber Cottle as its new chief lobbyist, reports Politico. Before joining the Cupertino company, Cottle spent time as the Democratic Staff Director on the Senate Finance Committee, giving her a unique perspective on how Washington politics affect companies like Apple. Prior to serving the Finance Committee, Cottle was the Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Investment.

In the past, Apple has not always focused heavily on lobbying efforts in Washington, and though...

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18:00
iPad helps trainers monitor concussions

This is incredible. We often talk about how the possibilities of what we can do with an iPad seem endless, but this is a step above.

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17:31
Briefly: OS X Server updated again, Flyover gains...

Having released OS X Server for Mavericks nearly a week ago, Apple on Monday replaced the former 3.1 version available on the Mac App Store with a revised version, 3.1.1, which does not list any differences or bug fixes from the previous 3.1 release. The previous and current release both list a number of improvements, including new support for a Device Enrollment Program within Device Manager; new management of fonts, AirPrint and Wi-Fi Hotspot 2.0 settings, and improved Activation Lock use for admins. The suite costs $20 for new users, but the updated version is free for existing 3.x users....
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