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Sunday March 23

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apple

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

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

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

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

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

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17:39
Downcast 1.0.11

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

 

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

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

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

Not just...

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17:20
PopChar X 6.5

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AluFrame

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

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

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

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


Saint-Tropez, France

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

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

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

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

Kanex sent me their $90...

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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06:00
RoomScan creates floor plans automatically

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

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

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05:21
How your tweets reveal your home location

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Saturday March 22

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[Photo credit: raneko]...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Mi.Mu gloves are MIDI and...

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07:30
How to Visualize Your Music in iTunes

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


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07:09
Soccer broke my brain

A riveting, first person essay about concussions.

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

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

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

Flights overhead

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

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

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07:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Pushing buttons

Pushing buttons

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

D&D

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

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

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

Sir Steve has his very...

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06:34
The daily routines of geniuses

A fascinating read. Here’s just a taste:

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

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

Twitter Music is an experiment that never quite caught on.

Here’s the official goodbye tweet.

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

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

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Friday March 21

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About 12 years, Apple brought out its second-generation iPod and made it compatible with Windows, where it had previously been a Mac-only product. A year later, iTunes came to Windows in a move that ensured the software's dominance in the then still-niche MP3 player market. According to music trade magazine Billboard, Apple may again be considering "sleeping with the enemy" in the form of an iTunes app for Android, and is also said to be considering expanding its streaming-music options....
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16:46
High-Octane Rock drum loops

Perfect for fans of John Bonham, Simon Phillips, Alex Van Halen, and Dave Grohl, this is the groove inspiration you’ve been looking for – a powerful source of rock drum loops inspired as much by the classic grooves of rock as much as more contemporary rock styles. Just pure, live rock drums. No beat detective. No sequenced samples. This is live, steaming, sweaty, raw rock and roll – the way it was meant to be.

Sounds perfect.

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16:38
3 Free iOS Note Apps

Need a better iOS note app? Vern Seward points out 3 that might fit the bill in this week's Free on iTunes: DraftPad, Squarespace Note, and SwiftKey Note.


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16:06
Twitter to pull #music app from App Store, shut down...

After a year-long run, Twitter #music will be pulled from the iOS App Store on Friday, while the corresponding service will shut down in mid April.

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15:52
AT&T fires back, calls Netflix strong net...

The Netflix and large ISP peering arrangement war of words is heating up. After Netflix CEO Reed Hastings' remarks yesterday, AT&T has also penned a missive, suggesting that ISPs follow strong net neutrality provisions giving cost-free data to the streamer is nothing less than suggesting "that people who don't subscribe to Netflix should nonetheless pay for Netflix."...
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15:43
Twitter #music goes the way of the Flappy Bird,...


Remember Twitter #music? Apparently not many people do, and as a result Twitter has decided to pull the app from the iOS App Store today and shut the service down completely next month. According to a pair of tweets posted on the official @TwitterMusic account, the app will be removed from the App Store later today and all streaming service will end on April 18th—one year after the app first launched.

If you...

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15:30
The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for March 21, 2014

NOTE: An issue with the Libsyn player not working on iOS devices has been resolved by moving to an MP3 format from the previous M4A format. We apologize for the inconvenience the past few days.

It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news...

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15:26
Briefly: WeatherPro for iPad, MobileFamilyTree...

MeteoGroup has released an update for WeatherPro for iPad, featuring additions to its forecast screen as well as its premium version. A dynamic 18-hour forecast is now a part of the forecast options, as well as the addition of a new radar preview tile. Premium subscribers can customize the new radar tile to preview and of the weather maps, and also access a brief overview on the lockscreen that automatically refreshes. Radar coverage for Europe now encompasses Spain and Scandinavia. WeatherPro for iPad is priced at $4, and can be downloaded through the iTunes Store....
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15:14
An oral history of Nirvana and the recording of...

I stumbled upon this earlier today. This came out a few years ago, but is new to me. Had to share it. GQ interviewed almost 40 people about the creation of Nirvana’s seminal Nevermind.

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15:00
Bracketron TruRunner: Protecting you and your iPhone...

Runners have options when it comes to carrying their iPhones along for a brisk run, with things like armbands and good old fanny packs being popular solutions. Bracketron will begin selling the TruRunner lightweight pack (US$19.95) in May, so we took...

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14:03
Linux Goes to the Head of the Class


A new book on open source education teaches school leaders and parents why kids need to see coding as more than cool. Energizing Education through Open Source: Using Open Source Software to Enhance Learning by Christopher Whittum makes a strong case for deploying the Linux OS and its academic software in schools. The step-by-step lessons and free online resources Whittum provides make this book required reading for developing computer-driven curriculum and at-home studies.

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14:03
Apple reportedly exploring on-demand music streaming...

In a supposed bid to bolster declining iTunes music sales, Apple is in talks with major record labels to launch a Spotify-like on-demand streaming service, as well as an official iTunes app for the Android mobile operating system.

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14:00
Color Cables Have Just the Right Amount of Glow-in-...

A couple of weeks ago I posted a Cool Stuff Found article for Color Cables, an Indiegogo campaign for photofluorescent (i.e. glow-in-the-dark) Lightning, 30-pin Dock, and Micro USB charging cables. The company sent me a couple of their prototypes, and I thought I'd post a Quick Look review while the campaign was still active.


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14:00
Reactr for iOS lets you share a photo or video and...

Reactr (free) is a clever and just-released app that lets you get a reaction to a photo or image you've shared with a friend. Often, we send out what we think is the world's greatest pic, then get nothing from silence from our friends on the other...

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13:54
Report: Apple to launch Spotify rival, iTunes...

Apple has “opened exploratory talks” with record executives about creating an on-demand music streaming service, à la Spotify, and the company is also considering making an iTunes app for Android, Billboard reports. The discussions are reportedly part of a strategy to help Apple cope with declining downloads in the…

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13:47
iLounge Game Spotlight: Star Horizon

Star Horizon ($4) is a new space shooter from Tabasco Interactive. A graphically impressive game, Star Horizon puts players into the ship of space fighter pilot. The on-rails shooter supports iOS controllers. Star Horizon certainly looks like a premium title. With…

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13:44
Report: Apple considering iTunes Store for Android...

According to a new report from Billboard, Apple is considering launching an iTunes Store app on the Android platform to combat declining music sales on the digital platform. The report also says that Apple execs are in talks with high level label executives to discuss debuting an on-demand streaming service.

Apple has opened exploratory talks with senior label executives about the possibility of launching an on-demand streaming service that would rival Spotify and Beats Music, according to three people familiar with the talks. Apple is also thinking about adding an iTunes App for Android phones, the Google rival that has been growing faster than the iPhone, these sources said.

The move to an on-demand streaming service could transform iTunes Radio from the Pandora-like radio model to the more robust on-demand...

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13:35
Google Glass is on the Ropes. Could be Finished

Google Glass has been an inspired product. Along the way, however, Google forgot one important thing: to create a thoughtful and beloved product, support it, and develop a considered path to market. That's why Glass looks to be history according to one of its strongest supporters, Robert Scoble.


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13:30
ExtraBITS for 24 March 2014

Lots happened this week, and we have a boatload of ExtraBITS for you to read. Google officially entered the wearables market with Android Wear, a version of its mobile operating system designed for wearables. Time scored a rare interview with Jony Ive, but our own Jeff Carlson wasn’t thrilled with it. Twitter made it easy to discover anyone’s first tweet, the founder of IDG passed away, and the very first Apple dealer is closing its doors.

 

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13:30
iPad refresh cycle more closely resembles a Mac than...

A new report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners indicates that the refresh cycle on the iPad is more similar to the Mac than it is to the iPhone. In other words, consumers tend to buy and hold onto iPads much longer than they do...

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13:26
Twitter Offers Trip Down 8-Year-Long Memory Lane


It's been eight years since Twitter first began to impose its 140-character regime on the social world, and to celebrate, the company this week launched a new, nostalgically minded tool. At First-Tweets.com, Twitter users now can fondly reminisce about -- and, of course, tweet and share -- what they said the first time they ever took to the twittersphere. By typing in any Twitter handle, in fact, they can look up any other user's fledgling comments as well.

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13:24
Convert images using Preview in OS X

Apple's Preview can be used to quickly convert any supported image or PDF into one of several common formats.

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13:22
‘HealthPatch’ biosensor coming soon to consumer...

Vital Connect, a company working on innovative biomedical and sensor technology, is today officially launching a small biosensor capable of tracking biometric measurements that would normally require a number of larger, clunky accessories or professional medical equipment. You might remember Vital Connect from our report in January when the company’s VP of research and development was scooped up by Apple, likely to work on the company’s highly anticipated iWatch project and health & fitness focused features planned for iOS 8. HealthPatch is already being used by select partners in the medical space, but we’ve learned it’s about to become a reality for everyday iPhone users as consumer...

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13:04
Forums: the true faults of iPhone photography

This week in the MacNN forums, Mac Elite "PeterParker" started a thread discussing the pros and cons of taking pictures with an iPhone from the point of view of someone who has studied photography. Today one Mac Elite hit their head against the wall while trying to figure out problems with iTunes 11, and turned to the forums looking for advice....
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13:01
Apple deals: up to $630 off Retina MBP

Apple's online store this week has a wide selection of refurbished Retina MacBook Pro models with steep discounts. The 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of Flash Storage has been cut by $440 to $1,059. For $1,529 is the refurbished 13.3-inch Retina MacBook Pro with a 2.6GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 512GB of Flash Storage....
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13:00
Test-driving the Satechi USB 3.0 Aluminum Hub

You can always use a few more USB ports, and with the new Satechi USB 3.0 Aluminum Hub, you'll add four more speedy ports to your Mac with a single plugin.

Specifications

Price: US$49.99 (Available at $39.99)
Material: Aluminum
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12:59
DealNN: Samsung 840 EVO 1TB for $420 and more

At Rakuten.com, save 23 percent on the Samsung 840 EVO 1TB internal solid state drive which has been cut from $599.99 down to $459.99 with free budget shipping. Use coupon code '4D5198F' at checkout to drop the price down to $419.99. That's $96 less than the lowest price we have seen anywhere else. This weekend only save even more with coupon code 'SUPERWKND' which gives you 10 percent back in Rakuten credits. This SSD features 1TB of storage with read speeds of up to 540MB/s and write speeds of up to 520MB/s. It is backed by a three year warranty on parts and labor from Samsung....
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12:52
Briefly: Civilization V updated for Mac Pro,...

Aspyr has released a new update for Civilization V, aimed at improving its performance on the newest Mac Pro. Allowing for 4K resolutions on supporting monitors while running into fewer crashes, Mac games that use the Mac Pro will be able to take advantage of the machine's second video card. The updated Civilization V will automatically download and install for Steam users, and Mac App users can grab the update from the App Store. Civilization V and all of its DLC and expansions are currently 50 percent off, until March 27, 2014....
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12:00
Here's the iPhone's handy "Undo...

The iPhone is a wonderful tool, but sometimes its simple design ends up inadvertently hiding a useful feature. Today we've got a handy video that will teach you how to utilize your iOS device's "Undo Typing" feature, allowing you to reclaim text you...

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11:57
Apple Death Knell #64: Apple Must Deliver iWatch in...

Mark your calendars. If Apple doesn't release the iWatch by April 19th, the company will "disappear" and become an "irrelevant zombie." Those are bold words from an analyst who is never right, and Bryan Chaffin is adding it to the Apple Death Knell Counter as entry #64.


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11:52
Samsung's Galaxy S4 displaced other Androids in...

A new report on North American adoption of smartphones found iPhone 5 gained users the fastest, building upon Apple's lead in U.S. and Canadian market share, but that Samsung phones displaced other Android devices, giving the Korean giant a plurality of Android's user base.

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11:30
Daily Deals for March 21, 2014, featuring the Car...

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.

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11:00
This screenshot perfectly sums up FireChat right now

FireChat, the new "off the grid" chat client for iPhone, kind of exploded in popularity yesterday thanks to a number of piece around the web announcing its existence. The app features two modes: A hyperlocal "Nearby" chat mode that connects directly...

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10:59
NBA team uses iBeacons to push seat upgrades

The Golden State Warriors have become the first NBA team to deploy Apple's iBeacon technology at their stadium, the Oracle Arena, according to Bloomberg. At a recent game, some people who bought cheaper tickets received notifications on their phones, asking them if they wanted to pay extra to upgrade. Several dozen iBeacons have been installed by a company called Sonic Notify....
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10:59
Leaked NSA documents shed light on large sysadmin...

More Snowden document leaks have shed light on the US National Security Agency's initiative to compromise system administrators in its quest to gather intelligence on foes. The documents lay out the NSA's plan to build a network of system administrators, personnel associated with access to networks that the agency wants to implant spyware and other malware....
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10:32
Chinese State Media Prompts Amazon to Close Store


China's state media seems to have the ear of U.S. tech companies. Amazon's China unit closed down a third-party store after state media criticized Amazon for selling fake cosmetics. Amazon's China unit took the accusations seriously, it said, promising to "strengthen the process of scrutiny." The fake-product accusations were floated on China Central Television, which is the same outlet that railed against Apple a year ago. Within a few weeks, Apple had issued an apology to all Chinese consumers.

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10:29
Inside the iPad rig Jimmy Fallon used to duet with...

Apple's iPad was the centerpiece of a live performance this week featuring the legendary Billy Joel and "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon, and AppleInsider has learned exactly what hardware and software producers utilized to make the memorable duet happen.

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10:00
iPhone 101: Use Safari AutoFill to enter information...

Typing on a mobile keyboard can be a pain, especially when you are entering information into a long web form. To make it easier, you can enable the useful AutoFill feature in Safari, which will automatically enter contact and credit card information...

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09:57
9to5Toys Last Call: 2 Nest Protect alarms $200 ($60...

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09:47
iPads may have Mac-like replacement cycle, study...

Shoppers are likely to hold onto an iPad for the same time someone might keep a Mac, a Consumer Intelligence Research Partners study suggests. The firm recently polled 2,000 Americans who bought an iPhone, iPad, or Mac in 2013. While iPhone owners tend to replace their devices every two years or so when it's time to renew a contract, iPad owners are believed to be holding on for a period closer to two to four years, at least. The first-generation iPad only launched in 2010....
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09:12
Google begins damage control for Google Glass

The Google Glass team posted “The Top 10 Google Glass Myths” trying to stem the tide of bad press. They didn’t mention how creepy the company is—perhaps that’s for another “Top 10″ list.

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09:06
MGG 494: Webcam Tweaks, iTunes Clean-up, Using Mics...

John and Dave come to you on Friday this week, just to get ahead of their Macworld/iWorld travels for next week. This show sees your favorite geeks answering questions about optimizing your webcam, fixing iTunes messes, plugging a mic into an iPad, and more! Download today (it's free!) and enjoy.


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09:00
Apple features new "Indie Game Showcase",...

Apple has rolled out a new section on the App Store called "Indie Game Showcase." It's dedicated to spotlighting stunning games by independent iOS developers. As Apple describes the new section:

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08:40
Hacker demos untethered iOS 7.1 jailbreak for iPhone...

A hacker going by the alias "winocm" has demonstrated what appears to be the first untethered jailbreak of iOS 7.1. The hack currently works only with the iPhone 4 however, since it's the only iOS 7-capable device with an A4 processor. winocm and well-known jailbreaker iH8sn0w are said to be working on a jailbreak for A5-based devices, like the iPhone 4S, iPad 2, and first-generation iPad mini. That could mean it will be some time before modern A7-based devices are cracked....
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08:38
Golden State first NBA team to use iBeacons

The Golden State Warriors are the first NBA team to roll out iBeacons in their home arena, Bloomberg BusinessWeek reports. Oracle Arena in Oakland uses iBeacons to push seat upgrades, as fans with the team’s smartphone app — and cheaper seats — are prompted to upgrade when in the…

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08:30
President Obama to hold second meeting with Internet...

President Obama is slated to meet with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and undisclosed tech company executives later today, according to the White House schedule. On the agenda are further discussions with the executives about recent NSA revelations, and a continuation of the president's "dialogue with them on the issues of privacy, technology, and intelligence."...
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08:06
∞ Apple adds Indie Game Showcase to iTunes

To get to the page, launch iTunes, click the App Store link at the top of the page to get to the App Store, then click the Indie Games Showcase banner at the top of the page (you might need to wait for it to rotate into view).

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