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Wednesday February 26

08:11
Apple Rolls Out Security Updates for Lion, Mountain...

Apple's 10.9.2 update for Mavericks wasn't the only security-related patch to roll out from Cupertino on Tuesday. The company also released security updates for Lion and Mountain Lion, although they didn't include the critical SSL fix that was part of OS X 10.9.2 because those versions of the operating system didn't include the same code flaw.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple isn't saying exactly what these security updates include, but considering how dangerous some flaws can be it's a good idea to stay up to date.


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07:28
Sprint MVNO Ting Adds iPhone 5 Support

Ting, the Sprint MVNO owned by Tucows, is expanding its smartphone support to include Apple's iPhone 5. The carrier already supported the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, but until now had been held back from newer models.

The Mac Observer Spin: It's great seeing iPhone 5 support on Ting, but it sure would be nice if Sprint gave the MVNO approval for iPhone models faster than it does.


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07:17
Apple appeals e-book antitrust ruling

As expected, Apple has filed an appeal disputing a July ruling that the company conspired to raise e-book prices. Apple told a federal appeals court the ruling “is a radical departure” from modern antitrust law, and warned it would “chill competition and harm consumers,” the Associated Press reports.…

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06:40
Mavericks: Using the “Do Not Disturb” Feature

With Mavericks, you can now use Do Not Disturb for keeping things quiet when you need to sleep or get work done, and itâs just as handy on your Mac as it is on your iOS 7 devices. In this tip, weâll cover how to use it and change its settings, and weâll even go over how to set up a keyboard shortcut for it. Uninterrupted work time, here we come!


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Tuesday February 25

19:26
Apple Says Antitrust Conviction Is ‘Radical...

Apple told an appeals court that its 2013 antitrust conviction was a "radical departure" from modern antitrust law, and that if that conviction is allowed to stand it will "sill competition and harm consumers." According to the Associated Press, Apple made the arguments in formal written filings with the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.


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18:41
Apple Starts iBeacon Certification Under ‘Made for...

Apple has begun certifying devices for the "iBeacon" mark under its MFi ("Made for iPod/iPhone/iPad") licensing program. Manufacturers can now apply to use Apple's iBeacon logo on devices that meet the company's standards.


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17:24
WeatherFlow Wind Meter, an Anemometer for Your iPhone

Check out the WeatherFlow Wind Meter, an anemometer for your iPhone or Android device. Stick it in your iPhone, point it into the wind, and get real-time local windspeed and directional measurements. According to the company, it's accurate to the larger of +/- 0.5% of the reading or 0.2 mph at up to 15Â off-axis, and it reads in meters/second, miles/hour, knots, kilometers/hour, or the beaufort scale. For information junkies, you can also have your app report its findings to other users and see data from other users, too. It's priced at US$34.95, and it's available now. Yay science!


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14:16
Disney Partners with Apple for Disney Movies...

Disney announced a proprietary digital movie access platform on Tuesday called Disney Movies anywhere, and the company partnered with Apple and iTunes to make it happen. With Disney Movies Anywhere, customers can access their Disney movies on any iOS device, or through a browser on Mac and PC. As an incentive to attach your iTunes account to your Disney account, the company is offering a free copy of the awesome Pixar movie The Incredibles.


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14:10
Apple releases iBeacon specification

Apple has released an iBeacon specification through its MFi program, as noted by Beekn. If manufacturers meet certain established criteria, they will be able to brand their devices with the iBeacon name. In addition to bearing the name, official iBeacons will broadcast Bluetooth LE to Apple’s standards. Applying to…

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12:59
Apps: Brian Cox’s Wonders of Life, Disney Movies...

Brian Cox’s Wonders of Life ($6) from HarperCollins lets users explore nature through 3D creatures and habits, video, and high-res images. More than two hours of video let users view creatures in HD, and more than 1,000 high-res images include commentary. It’s an extremely impressive app — a collection…

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12:25
Touch ID: How to Correctly Give Your iPhone 5s the...

For some people, the iPhone 5s fingerprint recognition in Touch ID can be less than perfect, occasionally frustrating. Either it doesn't work the first time, all the time, or defining multiple fingers doesn't help. John Martellaro shows how he made it work for him, first time, every time, with just one finger.


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11:55
TV4 Play added to Apple TV in Sweden

Apple has added a new TV4 Play channel to Apple TV in Sweden. Swedish network TV4 announced the addition to Apple TV, along with pricing tiers and features. For free, users can can watch some live broadcasts, and shows for 7…

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11:48
Apple, Google, Samsung Push for Patent Troll Reform...

Sometimes-rivals Apple, Google and Samsung have banded together in Europe in hopes of bringing patent trolls and their abuse of the court system under control. 19 companies have signed a letter asking the European Union to take action to limit the ability of companies that hold patents as their sole source of income from using the legal system to essentially extort money out of other businesses.

The Mac Observer Spin: The fact that both the EU and United States are looking into ways to improve the patent litigation process and protect companies from patent trolls is great news. The current patent system needs some serious fixing.


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11:32
Apple Releases OS X 10.9.2 with SSL Goto Fail Fix,...

Apple released OS X 10.9.2 on Tuesday, a Mavericks update that includes important bug fixes and a couple of new features. More importantly for some users, TMO can confirm that the update includes a fix for the SSL security hole that was patched in iOS on Friday.


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09:14
Apple sapphire partner expects orders in ‘latter...

Apple sapphire partner GT Advanced Technologies recently announced its 4Q 2013 fiscal results, noting the company “now expects equipment orders from investments to be received during the latter part of 2014.” GT expects “meaningful revenue recognition” will start in early 2015. “We expect to return to profitability during the…

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08:34
Yes, You can Jailbreak iOS 7.0.6

iOS updates can pose problems for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch owners that like to jailbreak their devices. The big question with the release of iOS 7.0.6 is whether or not it's possible to perform an untethered jailbreak. The answer is yes, but you'll have to dive under the hood and make some changes to the jailbreak utility.


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07:55
Apple urges veto of Arizona anti-gay bill

Apple has asked Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to veto a “religious freedom” bill that would allow businesses to deny service to gays and lesbians, the Associated Press reports. Company spokeswoman Kristin Hueget confirmed Apple “had reached out to Brewer and urged a veto,” according to the report. Apple

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07:16
Ignite Denver: Jeff Gamet’s Coffee Shop Observations...

What do you get when you mix The Mac Observer's Managing Editor Jeff Gamet with coffee shops and Ignite Denver? How about a presentation where he talks about the ridiculous things he sees people do when he's enjoying his drink. That's what happened, and if you weren't there you can watch it online now.


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06:45
How to Add a Time Capsule or AirPort Extreme to an...

Mac Geek Gab listener James is replacing his existing Apple Time Capsule with a series of non-Apple routers, but he'd still like to keep the Time Capsule in his home network in order to back up his Macs. We explain how to integrate an Apple Time Capsule or AirPort Extreme into an existing network without causing complications with his new networking gear.


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Monday February 24

19:43
Apple Urges Arizona Governor to Veto Bill Legalizing...

Apple has officially added its hefty corporate weight to the business forces urging Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to veto a bill legalizing discrimination against homosexuals as long as the discriminator can claim religious prejudice. Apple has a recent track record of being politically active in the gay rights arena, both under the late Steve Jobs and under current CEO Tim Cook, a gay man.


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18:38
Ford Said to Dump Windows for Car Sync and Move to…...

I thought about writing a full article on this, but really, all I can come up with is #lolthefuturelooksbright. The short version is that Bloomberg reported that Ford is planning to dump Microsoft's Windows for its in-car "Sync" platform, and instead embrace the future with Blackberry's QNX platform. The reasons apparently boil down to the fact that it's cheaper and better than Windows, but in either case it's not saying all that much. Perhaps it will be the shot in the arm that Blackberry needs to survive. Then again, maybe Ford will be find itself needing to shop around again in a few years. Either way, it's further anti-validation for Microsoft. Speaking of which, this could shed some light on why Ford CEO Alan Mulally wasn't interested in the Microsoft gig eventually given to new CEO Satya Nadella. [Image courtesy of Shutterstock]

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17:54
AL.com Profiles Tim Cook’s Childhood in Alabama (...

Alabama promotional site AL.com has published a great profile of Apple CEO Tim Cook, focusing on his childhood in Robertsdale, Alabama. From it, we learn that Mr. Cook was popular as a kid, meticulous, well liked, and that he served on the yearbook staff as business manager.


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16:55
Tim Cook Tweet Reminds World “It’s Worth Waiting to...

Tim Cook tweeted a pair of remembrances for Steve Jobs's birthday on Monday, including one of Mr. Jobs's favorite phrases, "Stay hungry, stay foolish." He also reminded the world that Apple won't release a product before it's ready, a reference to Apple critics who whine about Apple's supposed lack of innovation.


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16:28
Comcast, Netflix Deal Shows the Future of Net...

Netflix and Comcast raised eyebrows over the weekend when they announced a deal where the video streaming company will pay to ensure its content stutter or stall on Comcast's network. The deal sounds a lot like a no-throttling agreement, which flies in the face of net neutrality, but the real issue may not be as simple as that.


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16:12
Minimalist Cyrillic Tribute to Steve Jobs Unveiled,...

A statue of the late Steve Jobs by sculptor Dragan Radenović was unveiled in Belgrade, Serbia, and according to Serbian newspaper Netokracija, it was selected by Apple to be shown at one of the company's Cupertino offices. The minimalist tribute includes Steve Jobs's bust, two Cyrillic letters, and the roman numerals 0 and 1, representing the binary system used by computers today.

The Mac Observer Spin: Most great art is initially rejected, and judging by the initial reaction to this piece, it will be considered great indeed at some point.


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13:30
Report: Apple sues Chinese gov’t agency, company...

Apple is reportedly suing a Chinese government agency and a Chinese company over patent rights for Siri, according to the Xinhua news agency. The Cupertino company has targeted Shanghai’s Zhizhen Network Technology, which “developed software similar to Siri,” and the State Intellectual Property Office, which controls Chinese patent rights protection.…

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13:11
Video Reimagines Steve Jobs’s 2007 iPhone...

The folks at EasyExplainVideo have created a cool video that reimagines the late Steve Jobs's 2007 iPhone launch at what was then called Macworld Expo. We take the iPhone and smartphones for granted today, but the reality is that Steve Jobs blew our minds by announcing three new devices-a wide screen iPod with touch controls, a revolutionary mobile phone, and a breakthrough Internet communications device. Oh yeah, and they're all one device. EasyExplainVideo took the audio from that introduction and present it with graphics the company designed to illustrate what was being said. It's pretty cool, and it was released just in time for Steve Jobs's birthday today, as well as the Apple-bashing coming from would-be competitors.


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12:23
ReSound Linx MFi hearing aid launches

GN ReSound has launched ReSound Linx, an MFi hearing aid. First announced last October, the hearing aid connects directly to an iOS device. The ReSound Smart app will let users adjust volume, treble, bass, and geo-tag locations for preferred settings. A…

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09:45
Apple TV gets WWE Channel

Apple expanded Apple TV content again on Monday with the addition of the WWE Network. The new channel for the set top box brings pro wrestling content to viewers, including all 12 of the WWE live Pay-Per-View events.


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09:17
Mad Catz unveils C.T.R.L.i iOS controller

Mad Catz has introduced its C.T.R.L.i ($80) iOS controller. The Bluetooth-enabled controller comes with a removable clip with a mount that can hold current iPhones, and can also adjust for larger devices. The controller will reportedly come in black, white, blue,…

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08:37
Microsoft Considers Lower Priced Windows to Compete...

Microsoft is having a hard go of it in the mobile device market, and to help turn that around is considering drastically reducing the price manufacturers pay to install Windows on their smartphones and tablets. Instead of the US$50 manufactures pay now for products priced under $250, Microsoft will charge only $15.

The Mac Observer Spin: Microsoft can't push Windows on all devices simply by being Microsoft any more. The company has to find ways to compete with Apple and Google if it wants to have a fighting chance at staying relevant in the mobile device market. The easiest way to do that is by lowering how much it charges device makers to pre-install Windows, and that should've happened a long time ago.


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08:20
WWE Network launches on Apple TV

As expected, the WWE Network has launched on Apple TV today. The new network from World Wrestling Entertainment can be purchased with an iTunes account. It costs $60 for a six-month WWE subscription on Apple TV, as opposed to $10 per month…

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07:58
Apple iPhone trade-in program coming to Canada soon?

Apple’s in-store iPhone Reuse and Recycling trade-in program will launch in Canada in “the coming weeks,” 9to5Mac reports. A source indicated Canadian Apple Store employees would begin training for the program soon. The iPhone Reuse and Recycling program already exists in the U.S. and U.K., and Apple also has…

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07:35
What Apple’s Goto Fail Security Bug Means to You

Safari in OS X Mavericks may not be as secure as you think, especially if you surf the Web in public places like coffee shops or at school. A serious flaw in Safari's code, called the Goto Bug, could expose data you'd rather keep private -- like passwords and banking information -- and even let hackers intercept your email. Apple promises a fix is coming, but until then it's up to you to practice safe browsing habits to help avoid accidentally exposing your personal information online.


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06:25
OS X: How to do Math in Spotlight

Spotlight is more than just a tool for seraching the contents of your Mac's hard drive. It's also a calculator, and Michael Johnston is ready to show you how to make it bend to your mathematic bidding.


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Wednesday June 8

17:36
Sprint iPhone in advanced testing?

Sunday March 13

14:49
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22:55
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