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Wednesday March 19

15:30
In China, new iOS product launches drive older...

In most countries, when Apple releases a new iPhone model the handset quickly becomes a hot-seller as older models fall by the wayside. The opposite is true in China, according to fresh data from research firm Mixpanel.

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15:12
Winners of the 2014 Sony world photography awards

As you’d expect, these are some great pictures. But the national winner, the first one on the page, just blows me away. It looks like a painting. Incredible capture.

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15:00
The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for March 19, 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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14:58
Fake Tor client in App Store said to be laced with...

A Tor client on the App Store, Tor Browser, is actually a fake app saturated with adware and spyware, according to complaints. The app is said to have been reported to Apple in December; at one point the company suggested that the app's creator, Ronen, would be allowed to respond, but no news has emerged since, and the app remains on sale for 99 cents....
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14:58
Epic Games offers Unreal Engine 4 access for $19...

Epic Games is updating the way it charges for access to its game technology, by offering Unreal Engine 4 for a monthly fee. Instead of making an arrangement to pay potentially millions of dollars for the engine's use in a game, Epic is instead providing it for a subscription of $19 per month, as well as a five-percent cut of royalties from gross revenues....
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14:58
Fake Tor client in App Store said to be laced with...

A Tor client on the App Store, Tor Browser, is actually a fake app saturated with adware and spyware, according to complaints. The app is said to have been reported to Apple in December; at one point the company suggested that the app's creator, Ronen, would be allowed to respond, but no news has emerged since, and the app remains on sale for $1....
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13:55
TUAW TV Live Pre-Macworld/iWorld Episode

The TUAW-logoed Aloha shirts are packed, we're getting the giveaways boxed up, and we're making plans for the annual Apple lovefest known as Macworld/iWorld. TUAW will be wandering about the show floor, hitting the parties, and bringing you all the...

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13:30
letZi for iOS is a unique group photo viewer

I remember the old days when a group of us would pass around paper photo prints to oooh and aaah over. The digital age has replaced that quaint ritual for many of us, because we zip photos around by email, MMS or a variety of social services.

Now...

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13:26
The anonymous cattiness of Secret

Interesting writeup on the industry’s reaction to Secret. Personally, I feel like I need to wash my eyeballs after reading some of these posts. Anonymous posting brings out the worst in people. And maybe that’s why they found it so easy to raise $8.6 million.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:26
iOS 7.1 breaking Personal Hotspot on unsupported...

iOS 7.1 appears engineered to block people from using the iPhone's Personal Hotspot (tethering) feature on carriers without official support, complaints on Apple's support forums indicate. Previously it was possible to manually edit APN settings to connect to any carrier. Since that editing is gone, though, tethering has been limited to the smaller number of carriers that officially offer Personal Hotspot....
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13:15
Class action status for Google email privacy suit...

US District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, CA has handed a partial victory to Google in a privacy suit against the search engine. In a Tuesday decision, the judge rued that a handful of lawsuits the company is facing may not be combined into a class action suit, as the suits lack sufficient commonality. Based on the ruling, the myriad of filers must be heard individually or in smaller groups, escalating costs to the complainants....
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13:09
Eddy Cue says Steve Jobs pen story in Haunted Empire...

Benjamin Mayo (from 9to5Mac): I am slightly obsessed with the anecdote about Jobs throwing a pen in your face. Is the story true?

Eddy Cue: No it’s not.

‘Nuff said.

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13:00
Apple touted as most valuable billion dollar brand...

Apple is currently the most valuable billion dollar brand in the United States, this according to a recent report published by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

According to the chart above, which was compiled by Brand Finance, Apple's brand...

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12:47
Apple pushes ‘Critical Security Update’ notification...

Although most users have likely installed OS X 10.9.2 by now, after its release late last month, Apple is providing a reminder to those who haven’t.

Laggards like myself who are still running OS X 10.9.1 have begun to see notifications like the one below over the past day, pushing the critical update which included a fix for the well-publicized SSL bug found in both iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks.

It’s both in Apple’s best interest and your own for everyone to update to 10.9.2, so it’s...

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12:40
EA server used in Apple ID phishing scam, claims...

A web server owned by game publisher Electronic Arts has been compromised and used in a phishing attack against users of Apple services, a security firm has claimed. The server, apparently used to host a calendar under the ea.com domain, is said to be used to try and acquire the Apple ID credentials of potential victims by posing as an account verification site....
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12:30
Burger King will soon let you pay with your iPhone...

Following announcements from other fast-food chains planning to roll out mobile payment and ordering systems this year, Bloomberg reports that Burger King will be the latest to let customers make purchases using a smartphone app.

The program will be introduced next month and should be in all of Burger King’s more than 7,000 U.S. locations in “a few months,” Bryson Thornton, a spokesman for the company, said in an e-mailed statement. The option to order food and drinks ahead of time for later in-store pickup may be added, he said.

McDonalds, Taco Bell, Dunkin Donuts and others are all currently testing or already beginning to roll out similar apps in markets around the US, while other chains like Starbucks have long offered similar payment options through its app. The apps will also provide coupons and other promotions to customers, and I’m sure it won’t be...

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12:30
Eddy Cue calls accuracy of "Haunted Empire...

One of the few pieces of interesting information found in Yukari Kane's new book about Apple -- Haunted Empire -- details how Eddy Cue became one of Steve Jobs' trusted lieutenants.

The passage in question reads:

In one version of a story that he...

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12:20
View your iPhone on your Mac

Using a few third-party utilities, you can quickly turn your Mac into a display for your iPhone or iPad.

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12:20
GE-backed Quirky Aros is a window air conditioner...

Finally some much needed smart appliance love for those without central air conditioning (and it’ll keep you cool): the Quirky Aros. Backed by GE, the New York-based start-up Quirky has combined the traditional window A/C unit with some very modern technologies to create the Nest (smart thermostat) of window air conditioners at a particularly reasonable price. On the surface, the Aros is an 8,000 BTU window A/C unit (rated to cool 350 square feet) with an almost Apple-like exterior (it looks as good as any window A/C unit I could imagine). Throw in touch capacitive buttons, Wi-...

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12:20
Apple TV Critics Are Not Looking at the Big Picture

The frenzy of HDMI dongles on the market or just announced reveals that Apple's competitors are taking the easy road and don't understand what customers really want in the world of TV.


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12:15
How to send a text message via command line in OS X

You can send text messages to anyone using Terminal.

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12:09
Apple's 8GB iPhone 5c offers just 3.7GB less...

Apple's lower cost 8GB iPhone 5c scales down its entry cost by dropping 8GB, but ends up with only 3.7GB less available room for apps, pics and other user data as Samsung's 16GB Galaxy S4, thanks to more efficient storage use and the lack of third party bundles and offers.

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12:03
∞ Incredible continuous shot with camera passed in...

[VIDEO] You really have to see this to get how cool this is. Either watch the entire video below, because this is an awesome movie and stunts and great driving.

OR

Jump right to 8:45 in the video and watch this incredible camerawork.

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12:00
Crazy Taxi is fast, fun and, for a limited time, free

Crazy Taxi is one of those games that almost every gamer has taken for a spin at one point in their lives, be it on the Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, or even the arcade original. The game sped onto iOS in 2012 and although I've always been meaning to...

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11:51
EA Games website hacked to steal Apple IDs

No way to verify this (at least not yet) but take extra care if you find yourself heading over to the EA Games site.

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11:50
Jesse Jackson Targets Apple, Other Tech Companies...

Jesse Jackson is set to visit HP's Annual Shareholder Meeting Wednesday as part of the Digital Inclusion Initiative, drawing attention to the lack of diversity in leadership positions throughout Silicon Valley.

The Mac Observer Spin: Jesse Jackson is not wrong, and the numbers that back him up are pretty bleak.


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11:43
Ars Technica tests a “bulletproof” iPhone screen...

Ars Technica:

Screen protectors: don’t use ‘em, don’t want ‘em, don’t need ‘em. I’ve been rocking a naked smartphone since 2007, and I don’t ever anticipate changing. And yet the screen protector PR pitch that landed in my inbox last week proved difficult to resist:

Subject: Preview the bulletproof iPhone?
On March 18, Sir Lancelot’s Armor will announce the first reusable screen protectors for iPhones and iPads made of bulletproof glass….If interested in getting a sample to use or test, please let me know the model and color of your iPhone.

The only word I needed to hear was “bulletproof.”

I got the same PR email and thought, “Bull.” Glad to see testing proved me right.

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11:36
Eddy Cue denies pen-throwing incident in Haunted...

Apple's senior VP for Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, is denying an incident mentioned in the recent Yukari Iwatani Kane book Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs. The book claims that at one point, Jobs threw a pen at Cue's face. Asked if the anecdote is true, Cue now says "No it's not."...
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11:30
Daily Deals for March 19, 2014, featuring the BiONN...

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

The BiONN SoundPad [On sale for $45.99, down from...

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11:30
Macworld/iWorld 2014 using Passbook, iBeacons to...

Those of you who are headed -- like us -- to Macworld/iWorld 2014 in San Francisco next week probably got an interesting email today. If you happen to read that email on your iPhone, you'll find a big button that lets you add a pass to Passbook.

The...

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11:24
Briefly: 18 Xfinity TV Go channel adds, Samsung Gear...

Today, Comcast announced the addition of 18 live streaming channels to its Xfinity TV Go service. Adds made today include A&E, Bravo, Cooking Channel, DIY Network, E!, Food Network, HGTV, HISTORY, mun2, Oxygen, Sprout, STARZ, Syfy, TBS, TNT, Travel Channel, truTV, and the USA Network. The adds bring the total amount of channels viewable on the app and online to 53....
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11:15
EA Games Site Hacked to Steal Apple IDs

EA Games has a headache on its hands thanks to hackers that compromised one of their servers to use as a phishing scheme to steal Apple IDs. The hackers crafted a login page that asks for users Apple ID information, along with their credit card number, birthday, and other bits of information that would be handy for anyone wanting to steal your identity.

The Mac Observer Spin: Phishing scams are a real pain because once you've been tricked into giving up your personal information, your bank accounts, online logins and identity are in someone else's hands. This hack probably could've been avoided if EA had updated some of the web modules they're using on their servers.


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11:00
Crowdfunded Project News: A few hot picks and some...

Every week, TUAW provides readers with an update on what new or significant crowdfunded Apple-related projects are in the news. While our policy is to not go into detail on items that haven't reached at least 80 percent of their funding goal, this...

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10:53
Apple cracks down on Personal Hotspot abuse with iOS...

iPhone owners who previously made use of the Personal Hotspot feature on wireless networks that do not support it are now out of luck, after changes in iOS 7.1 have disabled the ability to manually edit tethering settings for unauthorized carriers.

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10:41
Unreal Engine 4 arrives w/ new $19/month (+ 5%...

Epic Games is announcing the release of its new Unreal Engine 4 engine today and in the process introducing a new pricing scheme and support for OS X out of the gate. The engine that powers many of our favorite games across platforms will now be available to developers as a subscription that will see devs pay $19 a month plus a 5 percent royalty on gross product revenue (that’s before Apple takes its 30% cut for the App Store, for example.) That will give devs access to the all Unreal Engine 4 features and tools, full C++ source code available on GitHub, as well as the usual documentation and upcoming updates.

This first release of Unreal Engine 4 is just the beginning. In the C++ code, you can see many new initiatives underway, for example to support Oculus VR, Linux, Valve’s Steamworks and Steam Box efforts, and deployment of games to web browsers via HTML5.  It’s all right there, in plain view, on day...

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10:36
Apple IDs targeted in phishing scam through hacked...

The servers of video game publisher Electronic Arts have apparently been compromised, with a new phishing page set up with the intend of stealing Apple ID usernames, passwords, and credit card information.

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10:27
OWC upgrades Mercury Pro Blu-Ray drive with BDXL-R...

Mac and PC upgrade and storage technology company Other World Computing has upgraded its OWC Mercury Pro External Blu-ray Optical Drive to achieve professional grade 16X BD-R write speeds, adding 128GB BDXL compatibility, and high-speed USB 3.0 connectivity. The upgrade offers expanded support for up to 100GB of data on triple layer BDXL-R/BDXL RE discs and up to 128GB on quad layer BDXL-R discs....
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10:26
Hacked EA game site phishing for Apple IDs

An EA Games server is hosting a phishing site that’s asking for Apple IDs, passwords, and credit card information, according to anti-fraud Internet services company Netcraft. Two websites in the ea.com domain use the compromised server, which redirects users to the actual Apple ID website after entering their confidential…

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10:15
Individual states launch Time Warner and Comcast...

Comcast and Time Warner Cable are facing more than just federal inspection of the merger between the pair. Reports are surfacing that Florida, Indiana, and other as yet un-named states are looking at the transaction in conjunction with the federal government effort by the US Department of Justice....
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10:10
9to5Toys Last Call: Logitech UE Boombox $120, Apple...

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:

  • Apple MacBook Pro ME866LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop with Retina Display and Intel Core i5 2.60GHz 8GB Memory $1600 (Reg. $1800)
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10:00
Report: EA Games server compromised, hackers...


Update: EA said in a statement that it’s investigating the reports (via TheVerge):

“Privacy and security are of the utmost importance to us, and we are currently investigating this report… We’ve taken immediate steps to disable any attempts to misuse EA domains…”

According to a report from internet security and research company Netcraft, hackers have compromised an EA Games server...

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10:00
Steve Jobs sobbed in the wake of Antennagate

In a recently discovered video on 99u, former Apple VP of Marketing Communications Allison Johnson details what it was like working in Apple's marketing department under the always watchful eye of Steve Jobs.

Recalling her time at Apple, Johnson...

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09:52
Report: NSA Listens to International Calls From the...


The National Security Agency reportedly possesses a system that enables it to record telephone calls -- all telephone calls -- in a foreign country, and review conversations for up to a month after they took place. The system is said to be akin to a time machine, allowing for retroactive snooping on foreign targets. Thanks to this technology, the NSA can record "every single" call made across an entire nation, according to a classified summary. Billions of calls are stored in a 30-day rolling buffer.

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09:40
General Electric and Quirky unveil iPhone-connected...

Window-mounted air conditioners are the latest appliance to receive a connected home makeover, as crowdsourced invention company Quirky and appliance giant GE have unveiled the new iPhone-compatible Aros smart air conditioning unit.

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09:25
Eddy Cue throws a pen at Haunted Empire/Yukari Kane’...

Tim Cook may have called the Haunted Empire book ‘nonsense’, but the derisive comments about the book from Apple executives do not end there. Personally, I found the pen-throwing anecdote too funny and decided to ask Cue whether it was true or not. I wasn’t really expecting a reply, but to my surprise he actually did.

I asked about the story’s truthfulness:

I am slightly obsessed with the anecdote about Jobs throwing a pen in your face. Is the story true?

Cue replied rather curtly:

No it’s not.

Hard to argue with a direct reply from Cue himself. The full extract from Haunted Empire can be seen below. You can find 9to5Mac‘s...

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09:20
Facebook security chief holds court on NSA, Snowden...

Facebook's Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan claims that the NSA ability to intercept traffic to and from the social network and masquerade as an official Facebook server is "not viable." The executive pointed to the company's shift to SSL data encryption for all Facebook traffic last summer, as the primary method of defense against intelligence gathering agency surveillance....
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09:15
Fake Tor browser for iOS laced with adware, spyware...

High-ranking members of Tor complained this app is a fake. Four months later, it was still available in Apple's App Store.

App Store

Members of the Tor anonymity service are warning that a Tor iOS app available in Apple's highly curated App Store since November is a fake that is laced with adware and spyware.

"Tor Browser in the Apple App Store is fake," a report ticket published two months ago on the Tor website by high-ranking volunteer Phobos stated. "It's full of adware and spyware. Two users have called to complain. We should have it removed."

The ticket went on to say that Tor officials notified Apple of the fake Tor Browser app app in December. In the intervening time, the app has remained available, touching off a series of exchanges among Tor members about how to respond. Ars was unable to...

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09:00
Here's the most popular colors in the App Store...

The App Store offers more than a million apps, and the first thing a shopper sees while browsing is their icons. That first impression is important, and developers often spend a good chunk of time and money on designing a good one.

Icons aren't only...

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08:35
Analyst: Q2 iPhone Sales to Hit 42M, Blow by Wall...

Apple's second quarter iPhone sales will hit the 42 million mark, coming in above the market consensus of 38 million. That high number comes from Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty who said everyone has been reading the supply chain information wrong.

The Mac Observer Spin: 42 million iPhones versus 38 million? That's some serious money for Apple's bottom line. If she's right, it'll be interesting to see how Wall Street responds: happiness for beating their estimates, or disappointment for not beating then enough.


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08:30
Steve Jobs reference in forthcoming Captain America...

Marvel has released the first 11 minutes of Captain America 2: Winter Soldier to get fans excited about the feature. There's lots of exciting action, as you'd expect, but also an amusing reference to Steve Jobs.

In the beginning of the clip, Steve...

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08:28
8GB iPhone 5c, $399 'iPad 4' seen having...

With Apple making slight adjustments to its iPhone and iPad lineups this week, the new, cheaper device offerings are projected by one analyst to have only a minor effect on the company's bottom line.

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08:27
Pandora increasing ad-free subscription rate for new...

Online music streamer Pandora is raising its prices for subscribers. The current subscription cost for unlimited and ad-free Pandora One is climbing to $5 per month, up from $4 for new subscribers. Existing Pandora One monthly subscribers that remain active will not experience a price increase and will continue to pay $4 per month....
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08:07
Apps: Web Snapper, Dropbox, Pacifist


    


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08:04
Morgan Stanley forecast calls for 42 million iPhones...

March-quarter iPhone sales should come in stronger than has otherwise been forecast, says Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty. Using the financial firm's "Alphawise Smartphone Tracker," Huberty suggests that Apple will record 42 million iPhones, up from the 37.4 million the company sold in the same quarter last year. Alphawise is based off web search analysis, but has proven reasonably accurate in the past, for instance suggesting 50.5 million phones in the December quarter. Actual sales were about 51 million....
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08:00
How to autoimport your iPhone photos using OS X...

Image Capture for OS X has been around for a long time, but many new Mac users are not aware of the photo importing tool. The handy utility sits in the "Other" folder in Launch Pad or in the Applications folder and can be used to import your iPhone...

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07:57
New camera tech takes pictures from inside your...

Heart surgery is a big deal. Doctors frequently have to use a circular saw to cut through your breastbone, often have to remove your heart to get at the backside of it. Any tech that makes this unnecessary, or even a bit easier, is a real boon.

This camera is threaded to your heart via an artery and produces high resolution images in real time.

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07:41
∞ The busker’s gift

This is worth watching for two reasons. First, Nellie Niel is a street musician, down on his luck, but is an incredibly gifted slide guitarist. Just wow!

But enter Rob Chapman. Rob has a channel on YouTube, posted a video of Nellie on his channel, and actually made a nice bit of change on the post. It’s what he did next that got my attention and respect. Well done, Rob. Love this!

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07:36
Career and life advice from the CEO of Ogilvy...

Too many people focus on the short term wins in their life. This thoughtful piece, by Brian Fetherstonhaugh, CEO of one of the largest and most successful advertising agencies in the world, is valuable both as career advice and life guidance.

I think there’s incredible food for thought here, so very much worth the time to read.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:21
iPad Switch Out Takes On Samsung’s New Tablets

Apple dropped the iPad 2 as its lower priced tablet on Tuesday and replaced it with the formerly discontinued fourth generation iPad with Retina Display. Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um thinks that was a smart move because it puts Apple in a better competitive position against Samsung and its new Galaxy TabPRO product line.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple's fourth generation iPad may be old gear in technology terms, but it still offers a great feature set at a good price point. It beats Samsung's new Galaxy TabPRO price point, and for consumers who were already thinking about an iPad, that may be enough to keep them from looking at Samsung's tablets.


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07:20
∞ Siri’s “galaxy far far away” story

Siri has long told stories, but this one is new to me. Bring up Siri, and say:

Tell me a story

Keep going until you get one that starts:

OK…

Once upon a time, in a virtual galaxy far, far away, there was an intelligent young agent by the name of Siri.

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07:14
Review: Grove Bamboo Case for iPad Air

It's hard to say where it comes from exactly, except perhaps the speaker industry, but there seems to be a strange fetish for wood in modern electronics. If you're buying a Moto X, you can even pay a $25 upfront premium to add a wood back. Few companies though have gone to the same extremes as Grove, which -- apart from a few leather notebooks -- only produces wooden iOS and Mac accessories. We were recently given a sample of their Bamboo case for the iPad Air, which we put through the wringer....
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07:00
Flickr Find: Three-Card Brag with iPhones

This handful of old iPhones reminds me of a British card game, Three Card Brag. Will you fold or place a bet? What combination of iPhones will give you the highest hand?

The photo titled "iPhone 4 joins his older brothers" is from Flickr member hezi...

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07:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: Pictures, perfect

Pictures, perfected

This week's roundup of new gear for your iOS devices includes several new options for the photographer, as well as new ways to hear and see the media on your iPhone or iPad.

BiteMyApple

The $70 Snappgrip mounts onto the iPhone 5, 5c, and 5s to give you more-effective camera controls, including include the capability to full-press to take a picture, half-press to focus. You also get controls for shooting mode, portrait, landscape, flash, video, zoom in, and zoom out. A standard tripod mount sits on the bottom, along with a standby power switch. The Snapgrip makes the iPhone feel like a real camera.

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06:31
The very first Fender Stratocaster goes on sale for...

I’m a long-time Strat fan and find this pretty amazing.

The sunburst-finish Strat bears the serial number 0100. Although some Strats have lower numbers that begin with 0001, Gruhn says they actually were manufactured later in that first year of production. He says the number-one Strat was sold to an amateur who evidently took good care of it.

If someone is going to sell a Strat for $250K, there better be some damn well documented provenance.

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06:28
Checkmark 2 for the iPhone Takes Your Task Lists to...

Snowman's just released Checkmark 2 for the iPhone and iPod touch is a cool task list manager for keeping track of pretty much anything at your desk or on the go. The new version includes iCloud Sync support, date-specific reminders based on locations, easy to set recurring reminders for daily, weekly, bi-weekly and monthly tasks, one-tap rescheduling, and more. You'll need iOS 7 to run Checkmark, and it's currently available through the App Store for half price at US$2.99.


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06:27
External Link: Jeff Carlson Talks About Ive Talking...

Our own Jeff Carlson wasn’t pleased with Time’s profile of Jony Ive. In a post on his blog, he describes the article as “ill-informed puff,” pointing out how the author, John Arlidge, compares Steve Jobs to a god, calls an assistant a “tech-head,” and lacks key knowledge about Apple. “I really do wish I knew why such high-profile, information-rich interview opportunities like this one are squandered by big magazines,” Carlson said.

 

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06:25
External Link: Ive Talks to Time

Writing for Time, John Arlidge scored a rare interview with Jony Ive, SVP of Design at Apple. Ive talks about his design process, how he got along with Steve Jobs, and what drives him. Ive said, “We’re surrounded by anonymous, poorly made objects. It’s tempting to think it’s because the people who use them don’t care — just like the people who make them. But what we’ve shown is that people do care. It’s not just about aesthetics. They care about things that are thoughtfully conceived and well made. We make and sell a very, very large number of (hopefully) beautiful, well-made things. Our success is a victory for purity, integrity — for giving a damn.”

 

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06:20
Rev. Jesse Jackson targets Apple, Google, HP, others...

American political activist the Rev. Jesse Jackson on Wednesday launched a new campaign aimed at drawing awareness to the lack of racial diversity in the executive ranks of top-tier Silicon Valley firms, including Apple.

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06:18
Google watches and wearables will not run developer...

From Seeking Alpha (free reg-wall):

In effect, the watch is a device for using Google Now and cards that apps on the phone send to it.

This is an interesting model. It means that a Google watch is a satellite device that locks you in to the Google ecosystem. Since the watch without the phone is just a wrist-watch, or less, if it does not have the built in smarts to do its watch and alarm thing without its master.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:06
Reviews: Grove Bamboo Case for iPad Air

It's hard to say where it comes from exactly, except perhaps the speaker industry, but there seems to be a strange fetish for wood in modern electronics. If you're buying a Moto X, you can even pay a $25 upfront premium to add a wood back. Few companies though have gone to the same extremes as Grove, which -- apart from a few leather notebooks -- only produces wooden iOS and Mac acces ......
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06:00
Pebble updates device hardware and iOS app to...

Pebble has released the latest software for the Pebble Smartwatch. Once the iOS Pebble app is downloaded or updated, it will prompt to let it update the firmware on the watch, leaving both at version 2.0.2. The update includes the following;

Pebble OS Firmware, ver. 2.0.2

  • Fixes an issue preventing some users from successfully installing the Pebble OS 2.0 firmware onto their watches.

Pebble App for iOS, ver. 2.0.2

  • More JavaScript apps included!
  • Fixed a number of crashes.

No update for the the recently updated Pebble app for Android to Pebble 2.0…YES, it’s out now! More on that in a future post.

 

 

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06:00
Daily App: Image Resize easily scales down your...

Image Resize from Jason Pan is a useful iOS utility that allows you to quickly and easily resize an image captured with your iPhone's camera. I use the app to prepare images for blog posts on my family blog. Instead of relying on Wordpress to resize...

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05:59
A view from the very tippy-top of 1 World Trade...

This is truly gorgeous. A completely controllable, 360 degree, zooming view from atop the tallest skyscraper in the western hemisphere. Brilliant!

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05:53
Dear App Store game developers, knock it off with...

Well said, Mike. I feel exactly the same. I know I can turn these notifications off, but that’s an extra step I have to take and an annoyance.

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05:46
Apple will announce 4M more iPhone sales than supply...

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Predictions of disappointing Q2 iPhone sales could be unduly pessimistic, says Morgan Stanley’s Katy Huberty. She expects Apple to announce that it shipped 42M iPhones in the first quarter of the year (Apple’s fiscal Q2), rather than the 38M suggested by supply chain analysis, reports Business Insider. This would represent year-on-year growth of more than 4.5M handsets.

Huberty says that the supply chain may work in overdrive during the holiday quarter to generate extra product, and then ease back in the March quarter, thus giving an unreliable read out on sales.

Huberty bases her estimate on a method which sounds eccentric but has an excellent track-record...

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05:38
US carrier promotions help drive higher demand for...

Demand for Apple's iPhone has been higher than expected in the first quarter of calendar 2014, thanks in part to new smartphone promotions by U.S. wireless carriers, new tracking data reveals.

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05:33
iPhoto: Search Your Photos by Date

Wondering where certain pictures ended up in your iPhoto library? You can find them by the date they were taken, without having to page through all your events! We think this built-in date search is pretty darned handy, especially if youâve got a ton of images, and itâs easy to use, too. In this Quick Tip, Melissa Holt will tell us how.


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05:30
Apple finally ditches 2nd Gen iPad

Tuesday, Apple finally retired the iPad 2, replacing it with the 16 GB 4th Generation iPad. “But wasn’t the 4th Gen iPad retired?”, you ask. Yes, the 4th Generation iPad was officially discontinued in October of last year, but it appears Apple felt it needed a new lease on life when compared to the aging iPad 2. Like the original iPad mini (still available) the 4G iPad is ONLY available in a 16 GB version, now acting as Apple’s entry-level “large” tablet device. This now means that the original iPad mini has the only non-retina display among the iPad and iPhone lineups. The iPad 2 was also the last device in the iPad line to sport the old 30-pin dock connector, leaving the iPhone 4S as the sole device in Apple’s current product line to still have one.

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05:22
External Link: Tech Geeks Film Explosive Chimney...

Our friend Julio Ojeda-Zapata of the St. Paul Pioneer Press pulled an undesirable weekend reporting shift recently, but was able to turn it into a grand geek adventure by filming the explosive demolition of the 280-foot chimney stack on a decommissioned power plant. He used his iPhone 5c, a Nokia Lumia 1020, a Sony handheld camcorder, and the help of a number of friends, one of whom was flying camera-equipped drones above the site. Julio pulled it all together with Final Cut Pro X and shared the full story — along with the video — on TwinCities.com.

 

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05:19
Is this iPhone & iPad screen-protector made from...

You can always count on an Ars Technica review being thorough. So if a company is foolish enough to pitch an iPhone and iPad screen protector as being made from bulletproof glass, well …

I couldn’t let a “bulletproof” claim stand without challenge. Al Trug and the Clear Creek Gun Range graciously agreed to let me come in before regular hours on a weekday morning and mount the second Holy Grail review sample up on one of their targets, this time affixed to my friend Matt’s old iPhone 4.

‘Second’ sample because the company sent two, and reviewer Lee Hutchison had already attacked the first one with a screwdriver and ran it over with his car. As you do. You can see the second video on the Ars Technica ...

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05:00
Apple May Throw the Healthbook at You


Apple reportedly is working on a health and fitness tracking app called "Healthbook," which could be a one-stop shop for iOS users interested in using mobile tech to better keep track of their progress toward health goals. The app reportedly would help users monitor blood pressure, hydration, weight, respiratory rate, nutrition, physical activity, heart rate, breathing rate, oxygen saturation, sleep, and other health information. Healthbook also could help users track health tests.

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05:00
Backblaze now storing 100 petabytes of data,...

When it comes to storing large amounts of data inexpensively, Backblaze is a leader. The online backup company just announced that they're now storing 100 petabytes -- that's one hundred million gigabytes -- of data from both Mac and Windows users...

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04:06
Farewell iPad 2; Welcome Back, iPad 4

At long last, we bid a fond adieu to the iPad 2, and say hello again to the fourth-generation iPad, which returns as Apple’s introductory model. But is it a bargain?

 

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03:56
The Lazy Man’s New Camera: the Fujifilm X-E2

Former commercial photographer Charles Maurer shares the details about a new small camera that competes with the heavyweights and wins.

 

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Tuesday March 18

15:12
Disney CEO Says ‘The Incredibles’ Sequel from PIXAR...

Good news, fans of Pixar's The Incredibles: a sequel is, at long last, in the works. Disney CEO Bog Iger told analysts and investors that Brad Bird, the writer and director of the first movie, is working on a script for a sequel.


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14:47
Apple CEO Cook slams new ‘Haunted Empire’ book

Apple CEO Tim Cook has issued a strongly-worded statement slamming “Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs,” a new book by former Wall Street Journal technology reporter Yukari Iwatani Kane. Cook said in a statement to CNBC, “This nonsense belongs with some of the other books I’ve read about Apple.…

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14:44
Google Announces Android Wearables Developer Preview...

Google has announced Tuesday Android Wear, which is primarily a way to carry Android through to wearable technology (namely, watches). There's a Developer Preview available now for those (with Android Developer accounts) curious about what wearing Android devices will entail.

The Mac Observer Spin: Now that a lot of Android's rough edges are much smoother, this might be an interesting idea if the fragmentation issue can be overcome and device compatibility hurdles are much lower. There's a lot of possibility here, especially for whoever can strike a balance between readable display and comfortable-to-wear accessory.


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14:10
How to Assign an App to a Specific Mavericks Desktop

If you have multiple displays, there are two operating modes in Mavericks. You can have one big - or two independent desktops. Here's how to assign an application to a specific desktop.


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13:35
Automatic Link Talks to Your Car’s Computer, Reports...

Have you seen Automatic Link? If you haven't, check it out. It's a device that connects directly to your car's onboard computer and relays the data to your iPhone or Android device. The app can then give you feedback about your driving-if you then act on that feedback, your mileage could improve. You also get detailed diagnostic information, the kind of information normally available only to your mechanic, including decoding your Check Engine light. Cool, right? The device is available now for US$99.95 (no subscription required), it works only in the U.S., and it works with, "just about any gasoline engine car sold in the U.S. since 1996."


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12:03
Apple releases iTunes 11.1.6 beta to employees

Apple has released iTunes 11.1.6 beta to its employees, 9to5Mac reports. The beta restores the ability to sync contacts and calendar information to an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch from a Mac running OS X 10.9.3, which is also in beta. Apple had previously removed the ability to sync…

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11:39
Apple Launches ‘Films Funded on Kickstarter’ Page on...

Apple has launched a page on iTunes dedicated to films that were funded through Kickstarter campaigns. A subsection of the "Independent" category, "Films Funded on Kickstarter" debuted featuring Veronica Mars.


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10:01
Flying Toasters Screen Saver Recreated in CSS

There was a time when the Flying Toasters screen saver from After Dark was a stunning thing to see on your trusty old Mac Quadra. Or Centris. Or Performa. At the time, that took native apps and some serious processing power to render those screen savers and save our CRT displays from image burn-in. Bryan Braun has brought Flying Toasters, along with other After Dark screen savers, back to life, and he did it all with CSS. That means you can relive Fish, Spotlight, Rainstorm, Warp, and more right in your browser -- and you can do it on your Mac, iPad or iPhone. No kidding.


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07:45
Apps: Angry Birds Epic, Bears vs. Art, Facebook 8.0...

In Angry Birds Epic (Free), just soft launched in the Australian, Canadian, and New Zealand App Stores, Rovio has brought its most famous characters into an unusual new genre: a tactical RPG where the birds navigate through a fantasy world, battling bad piggies along the way. Combat is handled…

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07:24
Microsoft to Finally Bring Office to the iPad in...

Microsoft is reportedly ready to release a version of its Office suite for the iPad this month, which seems like something of a contradiction considering former CEO Steve Ballmer routinely said Apple's tablet isn't a device for serious work. The new CEO, Satya Nadella, is expected to announce Office for the iPad ahead of the company's Build conference in early April.

The Mac Observer Spin: If Office for the iPad is little more than a shell for Office 365, Microsoft shouldn't even bother. There are already plenty of Office-compatible alternatives that run natively on iOS.


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06:27
Apple Drops iPad 2, Brings Back iPad 4

Apple unceremoniously put the iPad 2 out to pasture on Tuesday when it replaced the entry level model with the fourth generation iPad. Apple had offered the iPad 2 as a lower priced option to the iPad Air at US$399, and now it's offering the previously discontinued iPad 4 at the same price point.

The Mac Observer Spin: As of now, the only non-Lightning connector iOS device in Apple's lineup is the iPhone 4S. Bonus: Your $399 gets you a lot more iPad than it did on Monday.


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05:38
Apple Adds More Market Competition with 8GB iPhone 5C

True to Monday's reports, Apple launched an 8GB version of the iPhone 5C Tuesday morning. It's available in the E.U. and U.K right now, and will presumably show up on Apple's U.S. website later this morning.

The Mac Observer Spin: It'll be interesting to see what the 8GB iPhone 5C does for Apple's sales. The iPhone 5S is selling well, as is the iPhone 4S. At a price point that's just $60 below the 16GB model, the 8GB iPhone 5C may be enough to keep customers who are dead set on buying Apple, but it probably isn't enough to pull in shoppers who are looking hard at Android alternatives.


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05:07
Apple adds 8GB iPhone 5c, re-launches 4th-gen iPad,...

Confirming reports yesterday, Apple officially expanded the iPhone lineup this morning by adding an 8GB version of the plastic-bodied iPhone 5c, and changed the iPad family by discontinuing the aging iPad 2 in favor of the fourth-generation iPad, also known as the “iPad with Retina display.” It appears that neither…

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Monday March 17

18:13
Microsoft Steps into Evernote Territory with OneNote...

Microsoft is making a move into Evernote's market on the Mac with its OneNote app. The app has been available to Windows users for some time, but not for the Mac until now.

The Mac Observer Spin: This is something Microsoft should've brought to the Mac years ago. Instead, they left the market open for Evernote -- and by extension, they left the iPhone and iPad market in Evernote's hands, too. Microsoft may be big, but that doesn't mean they can take down Evernote.


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17:13
Apple to bring back iPad 4 on Tuesday?

Apple will bring back the fourth-generation iPad on Tuesday, 9to5Mac reports. According to a source, Apple stores have been receiving shipments of the previously discontinued iPad. Both Wi-Fi and LTE black and white 16GB models have arrived in stores. It’s likely that Apple will make the 16GB fourth-gen iPad…

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16:40
Microsoft Office to make iPad debut March 27

Microsoft will unveil Office for iPad at a March 27 event, The Verge reports. The iPhone and iPod versions of Office were released last June. Apparently, the iPad version will be similar, requiring an Office 365 subscription for editing. Document creation and editing will reportedly be supported in…

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