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Friday March 28

09:12
∞ Thoughts on Office for iPad and iWork

It’s important to recognize that Microsoft did a pretty good job in designing Office for iPad. It’s certainly better than what they did for the Surface. Having said that, I don’t find that I’m very excited by Office on the iPad. [...]

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09:00
Office Mobile goes free for the iPhone, and other...

Amid all the hoopla about Microsoft Office finally coming to the iPad (even Tim Cook tweeted about it) was a little bit of information that was missed by many: Microsoft has made its Office Mobile for iPhone suite free, and home users can edit their...

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08:45
MS Office for iPad Seizes Top Four Free Spots in...

Microsoft's Office Suite for iPad, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, in that order, have seized the top four spots in the Free section of Apple's App Store. How long they stay there will be interesting to watch.


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08:43
Philips announces Hue Lux and Hue Tap

Philips has announced new additions to its Hue lightbulb line — Hue Lux and Hue Tap. Lux is a white-only Hue bulb. The Hue app can control the brightness and set schedules for the Lux bulb, which comes in a starter kit with two bulbs and a Hue bridge…

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08:35
Foxconn gives a shoutout to Apple products after...

Apple’s lead manufacturer Foxconn reported a 13 percent rise in net profit to 106.7B new Taiwan dollars (US$3.5B) following record iPhone and iPad sales, reports the WSJ. More than 40 percent of the company’s revenue comes from Apple.

The news comes a few days after Apple supplier Pegatron reported a 22 percent rise in earnings.

Hon Hai’s results were underpinned by demand from Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple, which sold 51 million iPhones in its fiscal first quarter ended Dec. 28, 2013—up 7% from the...

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08:21
Apple taking 30 percent cut from in-app Office 365...

Apple is claiming a 30 percent cut of Office 365 subscriptions bought through Microsoft's Office for iPad, as usual at the App Store, an Apple spokesperson confirms. Although people can sign up for Office 365 outside of the iPad apps, a $100 in-app purchase provides a one-year plan. That suggests that Microsoft is sacrificing a significant amount of revenue to one of its rivals in order to attract iPad users....
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08:15
MacHider Adds Powerful Encryption, More with Hider 2

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - TMO's John F. Braun is at this weekâs Macworld/iWorld Conference where he checked out Hider 2, an update to MacPaw's original MacHider program, introducing more security and features. Read on to learn how it protects your Mac's sensitive data.


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08:05
Apple retail: Istanbul store to open April 5,...

The first official Apple retail store in Turkey is set to open its doors next Saturday in Istanbul, while one of Apple's outlets in Vancouver, British Columbia will reportedly be moving to a 'substantially' larger space in the fall of 2015.
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08:00
Daily App: Monocle offers menu bar search for Mac...

Monocle is a handy menu bar search utility that allows you to search Google, Bing, Yahoo, YouTube and Wikipedia in just one click. Monocle is more web search focused then OS X's Spotlight search and much less complex than similar productivity tools...

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07:55
BeHere app uses iBeacons to automatically take...

A new app called BeHere aimed at teachers uses Apple’s new Bluetooth LE iBeacon technology to recognize students and automatically take attendance as they enter a classroom.

With the BeHere app installed, the teacher’s iPad acts as an iBeacon and students entering the classroom with an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch will automatically appear in the app with a profile picture and name. Students will have to install the app on their device too, but thanks to recent iBeacon improvements in iOS 7.1, they won’t have to even open the app or take the device out of their pocket to be recognized as they walk in. ...

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07:28
iTunes credits sent out for e-book price fixing

Customers affected by Apple’s role in the e-book price fixing scandal are now receiving emails with iTunes credits. Though Apple is appealing the ruling, the company is still sending credits to customers. The emails are coming from the E-Book AG Settlement Administrator — not Apple — so customers should…

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07:20
Istanbul Apple Store launch official for April 5th

The Zorlu Center Apple Store in Istanbul, Turkey will officially open April 5th at 10AM local time, according to Apple. The launch is one day later than a local report suggested. The same report also claimed that Apple CEO Tim Cook and Turkish President Abdullah Gül would attend the opening, but Cook rarely appears at Apple Stores, and might not want to be seen alongside Gül given Prime Minister Recep ErdoÄüan's attempts at blocking Twitter and YouTube to silence news about his government's corruption scandal....
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07:15
BusyMac Expands Product Line with BusyContacts...

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - TMO's John F. Braun is at this weekâs Macworld/iWorld Conference and checked out BusyContacts, a Public Beta from BusyMac. It's meant to replaces Apple's Contacts application.


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07:04
OS X: How to Share Calendars

Whether you view your iCloud calendars on your Mac, on an iOS device, or even on iCloud.com, it's as simple as all get-out to set up a shared calendar with other people. That'll mean fewer missed appointments, reduced miscommunication, and fewer event invites that you've gotta send (whew!). In this Quick Tip, weâll tell you how to set up sharing-it's very easy, we promise.


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07:02
Macworld/iWorld conference panel kickoff condensed...

IDG’s senior VP Jason Snell tried to provoke comment with the view that “Apple must release a smart watch in 60 days or it’s all over,” but if the rest of the clips are any guide, there wasn’t too much controversy in the rest of the discussion …

The show opened yesterday in San Francisco, and ends tomorrow.

Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple, IDG, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iWorld, Jason Snell, Macworld, San...

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07:00
Falling asleep with a good iBook

Gather 'round, kids and Grandpa Dave will tell you a story. Back when I was your age, "iBooks" were computers, not software. They were brightly colored, had plastic handles and resembled a Barbie purse. Plus, you could take a nap beneath one, as...

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06:49
Twitter and Billboard to create continuously updated...

I think this is a clever idea. It’ll be interesting to see if this catches on with the industry.

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06:34
Apple getting 30 percent of Office 365 in-app sales

Microsoft’s Office for iPad apps went on sale Thursday, and it’s been revealed that a cut of the Office 365 subscriptions sold within the apps are going to Apple. Apple confirmed that Microsoft is paying the customary 30 percent cut to Apple for in-app sales of the subscriptions, Re/code

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06:07
Popular Google Play apps are hacked, secretly mining...

Every time I read about Android and malware like this, I shudder at the though of bringing an Android phone or tablet into my universe. I know Android is popular, but I just can’t get my head around why people seem not to care about this problem. Am I missing something?

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06:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

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05:51
The complete map to Earth’s deepest cave

Just thinking about the process of making my way down this map both scared me and filled me with wonder. I would love the chance to dive this cave. At least virtually.

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05:50
Apple planning expansion at Arizona sapphire plant...

Apple and sapphire manufacturing partner GT Advanced Technologies are looking to expand operations at the companies' Mesa, Ariz., facility, possibly to accommodate higher yields for an as-yet-unknown component, AppleInsider has learned.
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05:41
This week’s iPhone 6 concepts seemingly inspired by...

One of our favourite concept designers, Martin Hajek, has been busy again – this time with an iPhone 6 concept reminiscent of the iPod Nano design, commissioned by Dutch site iPhoneclub.

The iPhone 6 is widely expected to be launched in two different sizes, with Bloomberg and ...

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05:40
Expo Notes: After securing devices with EverDock,...

Fuz Designs wants to do the same thing for phone docks in your car that it's done for docking stations for the home and office: add a little stability to the picture.

The company was a Kickstarter success story last fall, when it sought funding for its EverDock line of mobile device charging docks. The public responded, pledging more than $450,000—well past the modest goal of $50,000 that Fuz Designs was asking for.

The EverDock from Fuz Designs

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05:35
Newspapers Cling to Life Despite Online News Trend


Print media is limping along and TV news has gained some strength, even though the trend toward getting news online continues to grow, Pew Research reported this week.
It all boils down to economics, said Mark Jerkowitz, associate director of the Pew Research Center Journalism Project. Advertising revenues for newspapers have fallen about 50 percent from 2006, forcing some smaller publications to close. Others have reduced their publication schedules.

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05:33
The making of 2048 (in a weekend)

To complement the earlier post about the Threes team, here’s some background on the creation of 2048.

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05:29
It’s official: Apple’s first store in Turkey to open...

Following several months of anticipation, Apple’s first official Apple Retail Store in Turkey will open in Istanbul on April 5th. The new store is located in the center of the Zorlu Center mall, and the official announcement has come in the form of emails to customers in Turkey and on a banner around the physical store…

Apple has also published a retail website that indicates the store will open at 10 AM local time. The Turkey-based store will feature many of the usual...

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05:20
Building the next Pixar

This is not quite what you think. This is not about building an animation studio, but about using the techniques that Pixar leveraged into their great success to produce your own great success.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:20
Roku CEO speculates Apple loses money on $99 Apple...

Though he offered no evidence to prove it, the CEO of Roku said this week that he believes rival set-top streamer Apple TV is a money losing product, though one analyst believes the device is more likely a break-even business for APple.
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05:15
The Threes team talks ripoffs vs originality, walks...

It’s the nature of the App Store that as soon as original hits the store, the cloners start their copiers. There’s been a lot of talk about Flappy Bird and the huge number of clones it spawned. But it’s true of just about every successful app. The Threes team weighs in with their take on this.

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05:00
Expo Notes: Corporate IT tools sneak into the home

You’ve heard about the consumerization of IT—the infiltration of personal consumer devices like the iPhone and iPad into business computing environments. Looks like things are flowing in the opposite direction, too: A couple of companies at Macworld/iWorld are seeking to bring corporate-level IT technologies into the home.

NetHero's iOS app

The first is NetHero, an app for iOS and OS X that lets you monitor all the devices on your home network (much as IT folks can remotely monitor systems in offices). (In fact, the company that developed NetHero, Pie Digital, is best known for its cloud-based IT management software.)

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04:43
Be one of first 50 to bring an iPad to any Microsoft...

See the post for details. Can’t beat free!

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04:32
Roku CEO says Apple TV ‘loses money’, calls it an...

CNET is reporting that Roku CEO Anthony Wood described Apple TV as an ‘iPad accessory’ at Re/code’s Code/Media conference. Until recently, even Apple characterised the product as a ‘hobby’. The Apple TV box has not changed much since its major revamp in 2010. More controversially, Wood followed up by claiming that the Apple TV actually loses money for Apple – which would immediately seem strange since Rokus have similar hardware and cost less.

“Apple TV is essentially an accessory for the iPad. They lose money, which is unusual for Apple,” he said Thursday, speaking at the Recode conference here. “If you’re losing money, why would you want...

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04:07
Microsoft selling Office 365 within iPad apps, Apple...

While one of the big holdups for Office for iPad was getting the software just right, another was Apple’s policy that apps that sell things — including subscriptions — use Apple’s in-app purchase mechanism and hand over 30 percent of that revenue to Apple.

This had been a big sticking point historically, so it was one of the key question marks looming over this launch.

Indeed, Microsoft does offer Office 365 subscriptions within the just-released Word for iPad and the other Office apps and, yes, it is paying the 30 percent cut, Apple confirmed to Re/code. Microsoft declined to comment on the matter.

Wonder if that was the real sticking point that kept iPad versions of Office in the can? Maybe the previous regime refused to budge, newer thinking prevailed? Just a thought.

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00:00
Update your Square reader now and other news from...

Square updated its card reader at the end of 2013, and if you haven't signed up to get one of the new readers yet, you'll need to do so by June 1. An email to Square users says that the original reader will no longer be supported after then....

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Thursday March 27

21:01
Philips adds 3D-printed luminaires, all-white bulbs...

Philips on Friday announced three new products hue wireless lighting ecosystem, including 3D-printed art-like luminaires, dimmable white-only hue lux bulbs and a unique battery-free wireless light switch called the hue tap.
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20:53
Microsoft retail stores to offer free Office 365...

In a follow-up announcement after it took the wraps off its long-awaited Office for iPad app, Microsoft has announced that it will run a promotion on Friday in its own Microsoft retail stores offering free year-long Office 365 subscriptions to iPad owners. The Office for iPad app requires a Office 365 subscription in order to engage the editing and creation functions in the app -- without one, it will act only as a viewer and file manager for Office documents. The first 50 people to bring an iPad to a Microsoft retail outlet will get the free subscription, a $99 value....
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14:05
Satya Nadella Has a Smart, Technical Vision for...

The honeymoon has started. Microsoft's new CEO, Satya Nadella, is smart, pleasantly geeky and communicates well. He's off to a good start changing his company's messaging about what it wants to achieve.


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13:45
Cloak 2 Makes It Easier to Secure Your iPhone and...

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - TMO's John F. Braun is at this weekâs Macworld/iWorld Conference and checked out Cloak 2, an important upgrade to a VPN solution for both OS X and iOS. Read on for his take on the apps and service.


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13:21
Rain Design’s iSlider, a Foldable iPad Stand that...

SAN FRANCISCO - I stopped by the Rain Design booth at Macworld/iWorld. The company makes a lot of great looking Mac and iOS device accessories, but the iSlider really caught my eye. This is a cool iPad stand that folds up into a self contained box that fits in your pocket. To use it, you slide a tray out of the case. This is clever, because the stand then has a base that's long enough to really support your iPad. It features multiple viewing and typing angles, and it's has a great look and feel. In addition to the photo below from the show floor, there's an animated GIF that shows the device being unfolded. Rain Design introduced this last year, but it's shipping now for US$49.90. If you stop by Booth #642, you can get it for 20 percent off.

TMO's travel and coverage sponsors for Macworld/iWorld 2014 are The Omni Group, Kromtech and Other World Computing.

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13:11
Tim Cook Welcomes MS Office to the iPad on Twitter

In a gentlemanly and gracious gesture, Apple CEO Tim Cook welcomed Microsoft Office to the iPad today in a tweet. It's a reminder of Mr. Cook's strong values and should taken at face value.


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12:37
Chitika: Free Mavericks Has Accelerated OS X...

A report from Chitika says that recent usage data for Mavericks indicates that the free update has accelerated its adoption compared to previous OS X versions.


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12:17
Apps: Game of Thrones Ascent, iTunes Movie Trailers...

The strategy game Game of Thrones Ascent has come to iPad from developer Kongregate. Based on the wildly popular George R.R. Martin novels and HBO show, Game of Thrones Ascent already has 2.5 million online players. The game will be updated with new quests each Monday following new Sunday…

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11:22
Report: New hi-res iPhones ‘as early as September’

Apple’s new iPhone will arrive in two screen sizes “as early as September,” Japan’s Nikkei Asian Review reports. The report claims mass production of LCD panels will start next quarter, noting the resolution of the handset “is expected to be significantly higher than that of current models.”  As

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11:09
Microsoft Announces Office For iPad

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella gave a talk Thursday morning in San Francisco about Microsoft's vision for mobile devices, and made a few announcements, the most notable being the release of full versions of Word, PowerPoint, and Excel for iPads running iOS 7.


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10:20
Apple Appears to be Ramping up for iPhone 6...

DigiTimes said on Wednesday that Apple has reportedly placed orders with two companies for iPhone 6 batteries. Another company that has been making iPhone 5 and 5c batteries has, so far, been passed over - so far.


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08:52
Where and When to Find TMO Team at Macworld/iWorld...

It's Macworld/iWorld time again, and here's the full rundown on where you can find Bryan Chaffin, Jeff Gamet, and Dave Hamilton around the show.


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08:45
Microsoft announces Office for iPad

As expected, Microsoft officially announced Office for iPad today at an event featuring new CEO Satya Nadella. Office for iPad will go live at 2 p.m. EST today with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint in the App Store. For free, users can download the apps to read and…

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06:45
Apple patent may hint at sapphire touchscreens

A newly published patent application further hints at the possibility of sapphire displays in Apple products. The application for “oleophobic coating on sapphire” reveals a component that would feature a surface coating and transition layer on top of a sapphire glass base layer, which may be “a window for…

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06:16
Searching iTunes Now Faster And Easier With fnd.io...

Searching in iTunes has never been a very good experience, and now fnd.io is looking to fix that. Developed by Jeremy Mack and Ryann Pierce, the new search tool was launched this week.


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Wednesday March 26

14:24
Street Blaster: OMG, a Kilowatt of Portable Audio...

Is it a small turbojet engine? Is it an NFL benchwarmer for sub-zero weather? Nope. It's Pyle Audio's Street Blaster, a boombox that can generate a 1000 watts of stereo audio on the go. Features include Bluetooth and NFC support, multiple audio inputs and USB for recharging the battery. (Size not disclosed.) "The AUX input allows users to connect iPods, tablets, MP3 players, PCs and various other devices for even more play options."

At over two feet long (62 cm) and a dainty 21.7 pounds (almost 10 kg), it's not going into your carry-on items. Instead, it's going to have special outdoor and arena uses that will likely provide plenty of audio shock and awe. The Street Blaster is available now for US$249.99.


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13:55
Analyst McCourt Sees iPhone Share of U.S. Market...

Raymond James Financial Advisor's Analyst Travis McCourt, in a recent assessment of the U.S. smartphone market, reported that the iPhone's share looks to be stabilizing at about 50 percent. He also thinks the game is just about over for Nokia's Lumina and BlackBerry with 3.4 and 1.5 percent U.S. market share respectively.


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12:17
Omni Group Resumes OmniFocus 2 For Mac Testing,...

CEO of Omni Group Ken Case revealed on the company blog Wednesday that testing has officially resumed on OmniFocus 2 for Mac, after last year's delay. He also announced a new improved ship date for the long-awaited GTD app.


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11:05
New Rumors for Retina MacBook Air and 12-inch iPad...

DigiTimes has posted a pair of speculative statements, but they seem to fit in with what we've been expecting all along. Even so, they must be considered rumors.


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10:00
Mail: Turn On Toolbar Text to Eliminate Guesswork

Apple Mail's toolbar isn't as intuitive as it could be, but luckily, there's an easy solution. If you're new to the Mac or to Mail (or heck, if you just prefer clearer controls for what you're doing), then come on in and read this tip on how to make the toolbar a friendlier place.


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09:19
Drobo Announces Third-Generation Four-Bay Device

Drobo has announced the third generation of their 4-bay storage device, which has USB 3.0 and a lower price.


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07:43
Apple engineer shares details on iPhone creation

Apple senior software engineer Greg Christie has revealed a number of details about the birth of the iPhone to the Wall Street Journal. Christie and his team were struggling with the original iPhone’s software when Apple co-founder and then-CEO Steve Jobs told the group it had two weeks to…

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07:39
New York Times Announces Two New Digital...

On April 2, the New York Times will unveil two new digital subscription choices. One of them will be a subscription iOS app called NYT Now.

The Mac Observer Spin: A digital Times subscription for the same monthy price as Netflix sounds like a pretty good idea.


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07:26
Former Delta VP joins Apple online retail

Bob Kupbens, former vice president of marketing and digital commerce at Delta Air Lines, has joined Apple. According to his LinkedIn page, Kupbens’ title is VP, Apple Online Retail. Advertising Age noted the title was unconfirmed, but regardless, Kupbens looks to play a large role in Apple’s online…

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06:44
Apple working to add diversty to emoji

Apple is working on adding more diversity to the emoji keyboard character set, according to MTV Act. The website reached out to Apple CEO Tim Cook about the lack of diversity in emoji, and received a response from Katie Cotton, Apple Vice President of Worldwide Corporate Communications: “Tim forwarded…

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06:11
WSJ Interviews iPhone Engineer Just Before Another...

The Wall Street Journal has published an interview with Greg Christie, an engineer responsible for the original iPhone.

The Mac Observer Spin: Some of the smaller details in the piece remind us what Apple was like under Steve Jobs. Getting to read about it at all is a reminder of what Apple is like under Tim Cook.


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Tuesday March 25

20:17
Leitz Label Printer Combines iOS App and Wi-Fi for...

Label printers have always been an iffy affair. If an OS X upgrade didn't render it unusable, then the connector became obsolete. Or it was too much fuss to get going quickly. Now, Leitz is introducing the Icon, the first label printer that's accessed with an iOS app. It allows one to start creating a label with just a few taps.

The Icon prints at 4-inches (10 cm) per second on labels up to 3.5-inches wide (9 cm.) It creates its own Wi-Fi hot spot and prints at up to 600 dpi. A battery pack makes it portable. Best of all, it's made by Leitz and that typically means quality and a class act.

The Leitz Icon launches on April 1 and will retail for about US$109.


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

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


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14:55
Apple Quietly Sells 500 Million iPhones

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


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

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


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12:29
Report: Apple sells 500 millionth iPhone

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

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10:42
Karen Gillan Does Reddit AMA

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


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

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

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08:28
Apple wins Japanese patent infringement ruling

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

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07:30
Apple ‘related’ search spotted in App Store

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

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07:07
Japan Court Rules Apple didn’t Infringe on Samsung...

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

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


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05:55
Former Democratic Staff Director Now Lobbies for...

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

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


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Monday March 24

19:56
Apple Hires (Another) Privacy Counsel

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


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15:50
How to Find Out ‘What’s on Apple TV’ in Your Browser

Every so often when you fire up the Apple TV, you'll see a new channel or two appear as if by magic. What do they show? Wonder no more, because it turns out Apple has a "What's on Apple TV," and Kelly Guimont will show you hot to use it.


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14:09
Apple Reportedly Discusses iTunes Subscriptions With...

Apple is reportedly considering expanding its music offerings in the face of declining iTunes sales, including the option of offering a subscription service. The more interesting options being discussed include a Spotify/Beats Music-style paid subscription service for on-demand listening, and perhaps even a version of the iTunes store for Android devices.

The Mac Observer Spin: An Android version of iTunes? Really!? Well, yeah, maybe.


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13:42
Apple Should Have Bought Time Warner When it Had the...

It's a challenge, from the outside, to figure out just what Apple wants. For example, just like the original iPhone deal with AT&T, Apple appears to want to leverage off the Comcast network and then create its own relationship with the customer. AT&T benefitted from that, but Comcast is not that desperate. That puts Apple back at square one.


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12:19
TMO Highlights Macworld Presentations on MacVoices

The Mac Observer's Jeff Gamet, Bryan Chaffin, Chuck La Tournous are all speaking at this week's Macworld/iWorld Conference in San Francisco, and they all paid visits to Chuck Joiner's MacVoices podcast to talk about what they have in store for attendees.


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12:06
Clever FlipStand Case for All iPad minis Features...

The FlipStand case for the iPad mini from Felix provides protection and a stand that automatically opens when needed. It features the ability to stand up the iPad mini in portrait or landscape mode, and includes sleep/wake magnets. It is compact and functional with a flair.


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11:56
Rumor: Apple to Intro 12-inch MacBook Pro

Apple is reportedly working on a 12-inch version of its MacBook Pro laptop to ship later this year. Along with a smaller display, the new model will ditch internal fans as well as the mechanical trackpad button currently used on all Apple laptops.

The Mac Observer Spin: It isn't any secret that Apple is phasing out built-in optical drives, so this year would be a perfect time to finally drop that from the 13-inch MacBook Pro. It would also make for a great time to seriously revamp the laptop lineup with improvements that go beyond incremental speed bumps.


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11:37
Apple’s iTunes Radio Expands to News with NPR Station

Apple has added its first news station to iTunes Radio, NPR News and Culture. The station went live Tuesday morning, and it offers a mix of live news and segments from the public radio network's shows, including All things Considered, and The Diane Rehm Show.


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09:55
NPR news channel coming to iTunes Radio today

iTunes Radio will add National Public Radio as its first news channel, Re/code reports. NPR’s channel is expected to go live today, and it will offer a free 24-hour stream of live news and pre-recorded shows. Additionaly, some local NPR stations will offer their own iTunes Radio channels “within…

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07:55
Apple, Comcast In Talks To Team Up On Apple TV

Late Sunday the Wall Street Journal reported talks are happening between Apple and Comcast, likely working out how to offer cable TV content on an Apple TV.

The Mac Observer Spin: This sounds good for customers. Is it too good to be true?


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07:36
UK digital download taxes could increase in 2015

Digital downloads including App Store and iTunes purchases are due to see a tax increase in the U.K. under new laws next year, The Guardian reports. A new budget would force Apple and others to charge a 20 percent tax rate on such downloads. The budget closes a tax…

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07:16
WSJ: Apple talking with Comcast about streaming TV

Apple is talking with Comcast about working together on a streaming television service that would use an Apple set-top box like Apple TV, the Wall Street Journal reports. The deal would use Comcast’s cables to bypass web congestion, sources said. Using Comcast as a partner would, ideally, prevent buffering…

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06:08
UK to Drive Up iTunes Store Purchases through Tax...

The days of Â0.99 music downloads at Apple's U.K. iTunes Store may be coming to an end, and it isn't the iPhone and iPad maker that'll be driving the cost up. Britain's Government is looking to close a tax loophole that lets companies charge VAT rates from other countries -- something Apple and other companies currently do.

The Mac Observer Spin: Closing the VAT loophole for Apple, Google, and other companies selling online may help increase money coming into the government, but it won't make consumers happy.


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05:35
Spotlight on the Mac: Searching the Current Folder...

If you'd rather look through the current folder when using Spotlight's search field in Finder windows instead of searching every drive connected to your Mac, you aren't alone. Lucky for you, Michael Johnston knows how to tell Spotlight to do just that, and he's ready to show you how, too.


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Saturday March 22

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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Friday March 21

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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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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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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13:35
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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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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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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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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08:03
SimpleAir Wins $85M in Google Android Patent...

The patent holding company SimpleAir has been awarded US$85 million in its infringement fight against Google. The company won its case in U.S. District Court in Eastern Texas -- a court that's known for favoring patent trolls.

The Mac Observer Spin: Just because Apple is fighting with Samsung and Google over whether or not Android OS infringes on its patents doesn't necessarily make SimpleAir's win a good thing. SimpleAir is just a patent holding company, often referred to as a patent troll, and its win only helps to line its own pockets and doesn't help to improve the overall patent system.


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06:51
The Definitive Chronological Order for Viewing Star...

There isn't anything wrong with watching the popular Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series in the order the episodes were released, but it turns out that isn't exactly chronological order. Now that the series is available on Netflix Streaming, StarWars.com had released a list showing exactly which order to watch the episodes to show how they really fit in the overall Star Wars timeline. You won't miss out on anything by watching in order of release, but for die-hard fans it's nice to see just how each story fits into the Star Wars universe.


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06:04
Apple Digital Camera RAW Update Adds New Fujifilm,...

If you're headed to Macworld/iWorld 2014 next week and plan on snapping photos with your brand new Fujifilm, Nikon, Panasonic or Pentax camera, Apple has you covered. The company released Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 5.04 for the Mac on Thursday, adding support for new camera models from all four companies to iPhoto '11 and Aperture 3.


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05:40
Recent Phishing Attempts: Avoid Being a Victim

Phishing emails are becoming harder to spot-and thus, it's getting more difficult to protect your data from malicious people. In this article, Melissa Holt is going to show you an example of a recent phishing attempt she received and give you some suggestions on how you can avoid falling prey to scammers' tricks.


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Thursday March 20

17:22
Fortune Names Apple CEO Tim Cook one of ‘World’s 50...

Fortune magazine released a list of the people it thinks are the "World's 50 Greatest Leaders," and showing up as #33 in the list is Apple CEO Tim Cook. The magazine cited Mr. Cook's "parade of winning new products" and his decision to hire Angela Ahrendt of Burberry to run Apple retail among the reasons he made the list.

The Mac Observer Spin: Not mentioned by Fortune is the herculean task of managing a company like Apple in the wake of its iconic founder's death and working in that founder's shadow. Few people could have done that job, which is likely one of the many reasons Steve Jobs hand-picked Tim Cook to be his successor.


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