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Wednesday April 22

03:35
4 must-have Apple Watch apps for getting work done...

No one knows for sure how Apple Watch will fit into their lives when it starts shipping Friday, but one thing is certain: It’s going to be a lot easier for your job to slide to the forefront of your thoughts with Watch notifications from collaboration apps like Slack, HipChat, and Trello.

But those notifications might just be more useful on your Watch than your phone. When a coworker mentions you in a Slack room or pings you on HipChat, you can glance at the message and quickly respond without diving into other ”work” tasks on your iPhone.

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Tuesday April 21

23:16
My love-hate relationship with Apple’s new USB-C port

Apple began shipping the new 12-inch Retina MacBook this week (more on it in a future post) and with it, a totally redesigned power adapter based on USB-C. (There are a lot of opinions about Apple’s roll in developing USB-C, which you can read here, here and here, but they’re outside the scope of this post.) As with...

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21:12
Networking Library Bug Breaks HTTPS In ~1,500 iOS...

mrflash818 writes: A new report from analytics service SourceDNA found that roughly 1,500 iOS apps (with about 2 million total installs) contain a vulnerability that cripples HTTPS and makes man-in-the-middle attacks against those apps easy to pull off. "The weakness is the result of a bug in an older version of the AFNetworking, an open-source code library that allows developers to drop networking capabilities into their apps. Although AFNetworking maintainers fixed the flaw three weeks ago with the release of version 2.5.2, at least 1,500 iOS apps remain vulnerable because they still use version 2.5.1. That version became available in January and introduced the HTTPS-crippling flaw."


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20:19
Apple offers workaround for users experiencing setup...

Apple today shared a support article that offers users of the new 12-inch MacBook assistance getting around a bug involving Setup Assistant. According to the article, some users have had the spinning beach ball appear during the initial setup of their MacBook.

Apple is suggesting that users who get stopped by this bug to either wait 30 minutes for setup to resume, or to complete the Setup Assistant process without connecting to the internet. If the user chooses the latter option, they must reboot their machine after running Setup Assistant and choose a network after the laptop restarts. From there, they will be able setup iCloud and other services.

Apple writes:

Allow Setup Assistant to complete

If your MacBook stops responding...

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19:00
Wi-Fi Attack Breaks iPhones By Locking Them Into an...

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers from Skycure demonstrated a novel attack at the RSA 2015 conference that affects iPhones and other iOS devices. The attack, which takes advantage of new and previously announced vulnerabilities, locks iPhones into a never-ending reboot cycle effectively rendering them useless. Skycure CEO Adi Sharabani explained that this attack began when Skycure researchers bought a new router and were messing around with its network settings. In doing so, they discovered a particular configuration that caused apps in iPhones connected to that router to crash whenever they launched.


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18:31
Apple details fix for 12" MacBook Setup...

Apple on Tuesday published a support document to its website detailing workarounds for apparent system stalls some new 12-inch MacBook owners are experiencing during the setup process.

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17:35
Microsoft OneNote will now take dictation from Apple...




As we near the April 24th launch for the Apple Watch, a pair of notable apps have received support for the device this evening. First off, Microsoft’s OneNote app has been updated to version 2.11.7 with support for the Apple Watch. A variety of features will be available from the Watch, including the ability to dictate new...

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16:39
Apple Watch Sport's Ion-X glass reportedly...

A video published to YouTube on Tuesday shows a scratch test featuring what is claimed to be an Apple Watch Sport's Ion-X cover glass, a scratch-resistant material whose properties lie somewhere between toughened glass and sapphire.

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16:38
Video Scratch Test for Ion-X Glass Shows High...

YouTuber Unbox Therapy has published a video showing several scratch tests for Ion-X glass, the material Apple is using on Apple Watch Sport. The tests were conducted on sample Ion-X material, rather than an actual Apple Watch Sport, and showed the material to handle a key, a knife, and steel wool. It didn't hold up to sandpaper, however, so make sure you don't rub your Apple Watch face with sandpaper. Sapphire will hold up to that sort of beating-or scraping-however, so if you're expecting some nasty run-ins with sandpaper-wielding vandals, or maybe some sort of horrific shop accident, you may want to consider Apple Watch instead of Apple Watch Sport.


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16:21
Apple Watch Sport’s ‘Ion-X’ glass gets put through...

If you’re still having trouble deciding between the Apple Watch and Apple Watch Sport, there’s a new video that may make it a bit easier. Not too long ago, a video was released that tested the scratch resistance of the Apple Watch’s sapphire glass panel, but today the Ion-X glass found on the Sport model gets put through the same treatment. Will it hold up against the torture?

In the video below from YouTuber Unbox Therapy, the Ion-X glass from the Sport model gets tortured...

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15:50
Apple continues to block older Flash Player versions...

Apple today has confirmed that is updating its web plug-in blocking mechanism in OS X to disable all versions of Adobe Flash Player prior to the most recent, which is version 17.0.0.169. On older systems, all versions of Flash prior to 13.0.0.281 are blocked.

Apple notes on its Support page that if you must run an older version of Flash in Safari, you can do so by using the Internet plug-in management option in the browser. With this option, you can choose to run the Flash Player plug-in in unsafe mode on websites that you trust.

Apple cites security issues for its reasoning to block old versions of Adobe Flash:

Due to security issues in older versions, Apple has updated the web plug-in blocking mechanism to disable all versions prior to Flash Player...

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15:30
Inside Apple’s ResearchKit

LifeMap Solutions

Performing large-scale medical studies has never been easy. Getting people to provide informed consent, respond to surveys, or (even worse) show up for testing has often led to high rates of attrition, unreliable information, or both.

So it was intriguing to hear that Apple had decided to try to help out in this area. Smartphones have a number of significant advantages: people use them already, users already accept that phones can gather information on everything from our location to our fingerprints, and it's possible to develop sophisticated software that runs on the devices. The problem has been that medical researchers' software talents tend to lie in building statistical models, not sophisticated user-facing software.

ResearchKit had the potential to make a decent GUI much more manageable. But Apple hadn't even revealed what was in the framework, so it was difficult to tell how much easier it would be—or even...

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15:23
Keynote for iOS Updated to Support ‘Keynote Remote...

Apple updated Keynote for iOS to version 2.5.3 Tuesday. The update includes support for the "Keynote Remote Apple Watch" app. That app will allow users to control Keynote presentations directly from their Apple Watch.


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15:00
AWT News Update: April 21, 2015

On today's AWT News Update:

  • Early orders of Apple Watch are now showing that they're preparing for shipment
  • Developers are getting an opportunity to order an Apple Watch for early delivery
  • Apple adds 31 new banks and credit unions to the growing list of over 200 financial institutions that support Apple Pay
  • New study shows Apple Pay is more popular than other mobile payment systems

The text version of the news update can be found below.

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This is Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and you’re listening to the AWT News Update for April 21, 2015. Our sponsor this week is It’s About Time Products, developers of Desk App for Mac, an inexpensive way to find out what files are taking up space unnecessarily on your...

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14:50
Angela Ahrendts Explains Apple Watch Rollout in...

Apple Senior Vice President of Retail Angela Ahrendts sent a video to Apple Store retail employees explaining the decision to limit initial Apple Watch orders to online only. In the video, Ms. Ahrendts delivers a very personal address that goes deeper into points she made in a written memo earlier in April, and stresses that Apple launched two new products at one time, Apple Watch and MacBook.


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14:42
Apple updates several optional iOS apps, adds Watch...

Apple on Tuesday updated several of its official iOS apps -- including the iWork suite -- with minor improvements, but most significantly added Apple Watch support to Keynote, allowing remote control of presentations.

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14:12
Apple retail chief Ahrendts addresses Apple Watch,...

In an internal video sent out to Apple Store employees on Tuesday, Apple SVP of Retail Angela Ahrendts clarifies the situation with Apple Watch and 12-inch MacBook availability, reiterating the need to push customers toward online sales as supply catches up to demand.

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13:37
Pay What You Want for the Back-End Developer Course...

We have a training bundle for back-end developers today, and you get to name your own price. It works like this: pay what you want-say a penny-and you get two training courses. There are Python, Ruby, and PHP training courses in the package. But if you pay more than the average, you get all eight courses, and as of this writing, the average price is just $9.85. Plus, 10 percent of what you pay goes to one of three charities-you choose. Get to it!


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13:32
Randomly Selected Developers Offered Expedited Apple...

Apple Watches are in short supply as indicated by current ship times. However, some developers are receiving emails with an opportunity to purchase a silver Apple watch with a blue Sport band that will ship by April 28, guaranteed.


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13:17
Recent job posting indicates Apple may be looking to...

It’s the hiring that shows where a company’s going.

A recent Apple job listing shows that the company is looking for a software engineer to help bring public transit information to Apple Maps.

The listing reads as follows:

“As a member of the Routing team, you will work on one of the most anticipated features of Apple Maps,”

In the job requirements, the company directly asks for someone with “in-depth knowledge about public transit,” both as a rider and on a technical level.

Until the iOS 6 version of Maps, transit directions were a popular integrated feature. That update stripped out Google content in...

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13:12
Mac: Adobe Lightroom CC

With Apple basically having turned its back on continuing to develop its “pro” photo management app, Aperture, serious Mac photographers are essentially left with Adobe’s Lightroom as the only real game in town. Many photographers already preferred Lightroom to Aperture, if for no other reason than the fact that Adobe kept up a pretty brisk update cycle that seems to have fallen into a stride of one major upgrade per year. This spring brings Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC ($10/month), an update that preserves all of the features, UI, and workflow that Lightroom fans have come to love, with some great new added features such as Face Detection, HDR image support, panorama creation, video slideshows, HTML5 web galleries, and more.
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13:08
Apple offers expedited Apple Watch order lottery to...

Apple Watches are both everywhere and nowhere. Beyoncé and Karl Lagerfeld have theirs already. The first reviews are in. But you can't get one at an Apple Store until June, and online orders quickly slipped to that timeframe too.

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13:00
Inateck MacBook Bohemian Canvas Case Bag merges...

Our friends at Inateck recently sent over a protective MacBook case that is definitely eye-catching and can keep your MacBook and other goodies protected while looking good. The Inateck MacBook Bohemian Canvas Case Bag (US$36.99, on sale at Amazon for $14.99) fits any  MacBook Air or MacBook Pro up to 13.3 inches in size, and is perfect for the new slimline 12-inch Retina MacBook.

Design

This bag is definitely fashion-forward, featuring a bright and cheerful exterior pattern over an off-white canvas bag. The canvas exterior hides an inside padded layer of Lycra and Neoprene, while the inside features a cloud-soft lining of tan fleece. 

Your MacBook is secured inside the bag with a simple wood button and leather loop closure, with no zippers to scratch your favorite laptop. The...

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12:58
31 additional banks and credit unions adopt Apple...

Apple Pay is growing.

There’s no denying that.

The payment method is now supported by an additional 31 banks and credit unions, bringing the total number of institutions now exceeds 200 banks and credit unions with active support, and some 2,000 banks have signed on to support the mobile payment system for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch in the future.

The new banks and credit unions are as follows:

AmeriCU Credit Union

Bankers Trust

Central Minnesota Credit Union

Chrome Federal Credit Union

City Employees Credit Union

Consumers Cooperative Credit Union

Coulee Dam Federal Credit Union...

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12:41
Review: Rokform Rokfolio Wallet Case for iPhone 6...

Rokform's new Rokfolio Wallet Case ($46-$56) for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus offers a number of features usually found in separate cases. Not only is it a folio wallet case which can hold up to three credit cards, but Rokfolio also features a built-in magnet and comes with a magnetic mount, as well, to mount the case on various surfaces. The case is also compatible with Rokform's v3 mounting accessories using the hole in the back of the case. Volume controls and the sleep/wake button are both covered.{/exp:char_limit}

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12:35
Apple offers developers a second chance at an early...

To get an Apple Watch on or anywhere near the advertised April 24 availability date, you needed to place your order within minutes of its 3am pre-order launch on April 10. Orders placed today won't ship until May or June. If you're an app developer hoping to capture the interest of early adopters, this is especially inconvenient.

Today Apple sent out an e-mail offering recourse to those developers: register now and you'll be entered for a chance to buy an Apple Watch Sport with a blue Sport Band that will be delivered to your door on April 28. Apple is using a WWDC-like lottery system to determine who will actually get these watches—if you don't win the lottery, you'll have to (figuratively) wait in line with the regular people who placed their orders in the online Apple Store.

Some Apple Watch developers have already spoken to Ars about...

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12:29
Ubuntu's Vivid Vervet Makes Snappy Entrance


Canonical on Tuesday announced the release of Ubuntu 15.04, aka "Vivid Vervet," as in East African monkey. It will be available for download on Thursday. The new OS offers tools for cloud, device, client and Internet of Things development. The Ubuntu desktop release includes mostly maintenance and bug fixes, along with new integrated menus and dashboard usability improvements. Ubuntu 15.04 for cloud and servers comes at a critical time to attract companies adopting cloud technologies.

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12:00
Still seeing this page every time you visit Apple...

Recently one of our readers pointed out that he kept seeing the Welcome to Apple World Today post each and every day when he visited the site. By clicking on the Apple World Today logo, he was able to visit the "correct" and current home page, but he was annoyed that this was happening. A quick look at our site metrics pointed out that the first post we put up on AWT on February 8, 2015 is still seeing a lot of traffic... so obviously something is wrong.

The answer is simple -- on that first day of AWT's online life, you bookmarked the first post that's found at https://www.appleworld.today/blog/2015/1/28/welcome-to-apple-world-today. Whenever you click a favorites link or button, or start typing in "appleworld.today" in your browser, it's pointing to that page. 

To fix the recurring issue, just delete any bookmarks you may currently have for Apple World Today. Next, type in the...

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11:19
10 Must Have Apple Watch Apps for Launch Day

The first wave of Apple Watches will start arriving this Friday, April 24. You'll need some apps to show off just how cool your brand new smartwatch is, so TMO put together a list of must-have apps to make your daily routine easier while wowing your friends at the same time.


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11:00
James Bond, It’s Time to Try on Your Apple Watch

Ever since the movie Dr. No, James Bond has, on and off, used a gadget wristwatch to get out of a tight spot. Have the watches of the Bond movies seeped into our collective smartwatch subconsciousness? Also, Bond is a Brit and Sir Jonathan Ive is a Brit. What connection could there possibly be? John Martellaro ponders the various influences.


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10:57
Apple Watch custom faces

John Gruber:

I just can’t see Apple ever allowing these sort of watch faces for Apple Watch — that’ll be left for the jailbreak crowd. A few weeks ago I thought third-party watch faces would be like third-party apps were for the iPhone — something that wasn’t there at the launch, but which came sooner rather than later.

That’s what I thought too. John has some interesting thoughts on custom watch faces and why we won’t see them.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:36
Government Surveillance: What to Do, What to Do?


The CIA has been trying to hack into iOS for years. British and American agencies reportedly have collaborated to create a map of the Internet and Web users. The United States National Security Agency has, together with the UK's GCHQ, reportedly stolen SIM card encryption keys from Gemalto. The FBI is frothing at the mouth over Google's and Apple's encryption of their mobile OSes. Vulnerabilities in Signaling System 7 telephony protocols let third parties eavesdrop on cellphone calls and intercept text messages, despite encryption.

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10:24
TMO Daily Observations 2015-04-21: The Real Scoop on...

Twitter put the social networking world in a tizzy yesterday when it said that Direct Messaging was opening up to people who aren't following each other. Dave Hamilton and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to help explain what's really happening, and why you aren't going to get overloaded with spam messages. Kelly also shows why OS X's Network Locations feature is so handy.


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10:10
60-Second Tips: Subscribe to RSS feeds in Safari...

Think that you need a separate RSS feed reader app or service to keep up with the latest from your favorite websites? You don't! Safari in OS X 10.10 Yosemite and iOS 8 features a way to subscribe to RSS feeds through Shared Links, which is normally used to see what links your friends are sharing on social networks. In this 60-second tip, we take you through the process for both OS X and iOS. The text version of this tip follows the video.

Text Version

Today’s 60-second tip looks at a quick way to follow the news feeds for your favorite websites in Safari, without the need to use a separate RSS reader app. 

In OS X 10.10 Yosemite, open Safari and visit the website you wish to follow. Click the open sidebar button, then click on the Shared Links button - it looks like an “at sign”. This usually shows links shared by people or organizations you follow on Twitter and other social networks. At...

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09:54
Control what you see in Health app on iPhone

If you haven’t used the Health app on iPhone, it’s something you just consider doing. Here’s a good article on how to easily show the information you’re looking for without overwhelming you.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:46
Apple details Apple Watch’s heart rate monitor

Learn how Apple Watch measures your heart rate, and get tips for a more accurate reading.

Great information from Apple.

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09:07
Adobe unveils Lightroom CC: speed boost, RAW HDR and...

Petapixel:

Adobe today announced its latest version of Lightroom, called Lightroom CC. The update brings faster performance, some revamped tools, and a set of powerful new creation features.

Here’s a look at the major new things found in Lightroom CC, which will also be sold as a standalone program called Lightroom 6.

Now that Aperture has all but disappeared, Lightroom will be the only choice for most professional photographers. Luckily, it’s a very good app on its own and these new features add a lot to its abilities.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:59
BusyCal 2.6.6

Adds support for auto-filling matching tags for the Attendee and Contact fields from BusyContacts. ($49.99 new, free update, 10.3 MB)

 

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08:58
BusyContacts 1.0.3

Brings several helpful additions to the contact manager, including support for a tag extension that auto-fills the Attendee and Contact fields in BusyCal. ($49.99 new, free update, 5.4 MB)

 

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08:56
Apple starts charging Apple Watch buyers as it preps...

If you managed to preorder an Apple Watch at 12 a.m. PT/3 a.m. ET on the dot on April 10, your Watch might actually arrive on Friday.

Apple started charging buyers’ credit cards on Monday afternoon for a variety of different Watch models, not just the popular Sport. If a charge from Apple appears as pending on your card, check your Watch order status: It should have changed from “processing” to “preparing for shipment.”

This was a welcome notification on Monday.

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08:56
Microsoft backs Apple Watch with PowerPoint and...

After giving lots of love to Android Wear, Microsoft is setting sights on Apple’s smartwatch with new PowerPoint and OneDrive apps.

With the latest version of PowerPoint for iOS, Apple Watch users will be able to remotely control PowerPoint slideshows on the iPhone. The Watch app will show navigation controls, along with elapsed time, the current slide number, and the total number of slides.

Unfortunately, Microsoft hasn’t included wrist controls for PowerPoint on other devices such as PCs and Macs, though it seems like an obvious feature to include down the road. In the meantime, users should be able to mirror the iPhone’s display on an Apple TV using AirPlay, and use the watch to control slideshows that way.

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08:53
Adobe debuts Lightroom 6 and Lightroom CC,...

Following months of rumors, Adobe is today announcing Photoshop Lightroom 6 and Lightroom CC, the latest versions of its popular photo editing and organization software. Sharing the same code, design, and much of the same functionality, the two Lightroom releases are separated into purchasable (Lightroom 6) or subscription (Lightroom CC) versions, only the latter of which can sync with Adobe’s mobile applications. Apple notably recommended Lightroom as a replacement for its recently-discontinued Aperture professional photo application, and worked with Adobe to build an Aperture library importing tool to aid users during the transition.

Lightroom manages large photo libraries, while offering photographers powerful tools for RAW and JPEG image adjustment. Now...

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08:31
Google ending YouTube support on older Apple TVs,...

Apple TV 3 with Google’s new YouTube channel

Google announced yesterday that it will be ending support for its YouTube Data API v2 used by older devices. For Apple users, this means the YouTube app will no longer work on iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches running iOS 6 or earlier; users instead will have to rely on the mobile web version of YouTube at m.youtube.com going forward.

The change also affects some Apple TV users, as only the current 3rd-generation 1080p Apple TV supports YouTube’s overhauled channel; prior-generation models will entirely lose access to YouTube…

Older Apple TVs...

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07:28
News: Security flaw leaves about 1,500 iOS apps...

About 1,500 iOS apps have an HTTPS vulnerability leaving them open to attack, according to analytics service SourceDNA. The flaw stems from a weakness in version 2.5.1 of AFNetworking, an open-source code which provides networking capabilities for apps. Apps containing the code may not properly validate SSL certificates, leaving users of apps like Movies by Flixster with Rotten Tomatoes and Citrix OpenVoice Audio Conferencing vulnerable to spying…

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07:15
News: YouTube app won’t work on older Apple TVs,...

Google has announced that the YouTube app will cease to function starting in May for iOS devices running an OS older than iOS 7 — this likely refers to the older Apple-developed YouTube app that was discontinued in iOS 6. The change also impacts second-generation and older Apple TV units, which won’t be able to access YouTube starting in May unless Apple chooses to provide a software update for the older model. Users of the YouTube app on…

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07:09
Google Kills YouTube for 2nd Gen Apple TV, Older iOS...

Google is dropping support for several devices from its YouTube API, which means that second generation Apple TV owners won't be able to watch cat videos any more. Along with the older Apple TV model, YouTube support for iPhones and iPads running iOS 6, older Google TV versions, and some smart TVs was dropped, too.

The Mac Observer Spin: If watching YouTube videos through the Apple TV channel is a big thing for you, the third generation model costs US$69.


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06:56
PowerPoint for iOS updated to 1.8, allows Apple...

This is actually pretty interesting.

The newest version of Microsoft PowerPoint for iOS includes a feature that allows you to manage your live presentation on your Apple Watch, progressing through each slide without having to pick up your smartphone, tablet or Mac or Windows PC.

Some minor details like elapsed time, current slide number (as well as total number of slides) are also present on the wearable app.

PowerPoint 1.8 for iOS is available for free and requires iOS 7.1 or later to install and run.

Via iMore...

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06:38
News: Daily Deal: Save 50% off the XTC In-Ear...

Today in iLounge Deals you can save over 50% off the XTC In-Ear Genuine Wood Headphones – a great deal at only $23.99. Featuring noise-isolating speakers and all-natural acoustics, these headphones combine premium sound reproduction with top-notch noise isolation through the use of high-quality wood. A built-in microphone provides the ability to take calls, and the headphones feature a sleek nylon black cable, soft silicon earbuds for a comfortable…

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06:10
Jeff Gamet Talks Cloud Services at Denver Apple Pi

The Mac Observer's Jeff Gamet will be talking about cloud-based services tonight, April 21, at the Denver Apple Pi Mac User Group. He'll be sharing tips on using online services and storage, how to get the most out of the services on your Mac, iPhone, and iPad, and how to help keep your data safe.


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06:00
iCloud fails and foibles that need to be addressed...

When we asked people to comment on what Apple products or services are causing them angst, the overwhelming winners in the negativity column were iCloud and other online services such as Messages. With Apple continuing to embrace these services, hopefully, some of the issues below will be remedied in iOS 9 and OS X 10.11, both of which may be unveiled at WWDC 2015. Below you will find your top five complaints -- and our responses -- about iCloud and Messages listed in no particular order.

Messages don’t sync properly across devices or within groups

iMessage is used extensively by iOS owners, so glitches and problems with service are very noticeable. One of the biggest complaints is missing messages, with some messages appearing on one iOS device and not on another, even though both devices are configured the same way. Sometimes a message will just disappear into...

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06:00
Freemium Field Test: Final Fantasy: Record Keeper...

Free-to-play games often look appealing, but it’s difficult to know at a glance whether the business model is insidious and fun ruining, or reasonable and worth pumping a few bucks into. With Freemium Field Test, we’ll take a recent free-to-play iOS game, put it through its paces, and let you know if it’s really worth your time (and money).

As a teenager, I obsessed over the Final Fantasy series. I’d get lost in the many-dozen-hour adventures, absorbing the convoluted but often emotional plots and devising tactics to overcome the challenging encounters. Truth be told, I spent much, much more time writing about the games on fan sites and message boards, and it’s what pushed me towards writing professionally. I’m ever grateful for that unexpected career path borne out of pure fandom. 

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02:52
Apple patents Apple Watch Sport Band, Classic Buckle...

Just days before Apple Watch is slated to ship out to early buyers, Apple on Tuesday was granted patents for its unique Sport Band, Classic Buckle and Link Bracelet device accessories, protecting the innovative designs from potential copycats.

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Monday April 20

20:57
Daily Roundup: Nokia making phones again, Sony wants...

Today, read how Nokia is planning to get back into the phone game, ponder why Sony's added image-stabilization technology to the front of its new flagship phone and get all the details on the best vaporizers around -- because it's that day. All that ...

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20:38
Bushel: Free easy-to-use cloud-based tool for Apple...

For some people, IT is a task and not a career. Bushel is a simple-to-use cloud-based tool that anyone can leverage to manage the Apple devices in their workplace. Bushel allows you to easily set-up and protect all of the Apple devices that you distribute to your team, or those that your team already has. Provide access to company email accounts, automatically install work apps to every device all at once, and separate and protect your team’s personal data from company data. And if a device is ever lost or stolen, you can even remotely lock it or wipe company data completely. Do all of this and much more, without any help from IT. All wrapped into one seamless interface so you can manage those Apple devices when you want, wherever you are. Bushel makes the complex simple, so you can focus on what matters most, all while taking back your nights and weekends. Your first three devices are free forever, and each additional device is just $2 per month with no contracts or commitments....

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19:39
Custom Watch Faces

A weekend Twitter thread regarding custom watch faces for Android Wear and the prospects of custom faces for Apple Watch led me to FaceRepo, a repository of downloadable watch faces for Android Wear. Remember the sites with “skins” for SoundJam and Audion? Like that, but for Android Wear. A few thoughts that went through my mind after perusing the offerings:

  • I don’t expect Apple to open up watch faces to arbitrary designs, even when the full Apple Watch SDK ships later this year. If they do allow third-party faces, I think it’ll be through design partners hand-selected by Apple. (The Mickey face is arguably an example of this already.) The idea of fully-customizable watch faces is right in the sweet spot between the differing philosophies of Google (anything goes) and Apple (tightly controlled). Apple Watch currently offers 10 different faces, and most of...

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17:43
Apple shares Earth Day 2015 collection with content...



After sharing its latest Environmental Responsibility report this morning, Apple this evening has added a new Earth Day 2015 section to the App Store. The section highlights content that contribute to environmental awareness, as well as apps that promote green living and going paperless.

Further, Apple’s Earth Day 2015 section aggregates books, movies, iTunes U content, podcasts, and TV shows that relate to the Earth. Selections include the TV show “Planet Earth,” the movie “March...

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17:00
Today in the App Store -- Lifeline, Stackables and...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today's notable apps include a discount on Readkit, the new Lifeline game and a major update to Workflow. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Cut Me Out Pro - Easy photo editor to Chop photo, superimpose or erase background [Now free, down from $1.99] Cut out sections of an image in any shape and paste it to selected background photo with Cut Me Out Pro.

Perfect Picture - Photo Editor for Instagram [Now free, down from $0.99] Create amazing photos to share on Instagram or any other photo sharing app installed on device.

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16:09
Beyonce seen sporting Apple Watch Edition with gold...

Less than a week after star fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld showed off pictures of his yellow gold Apple Watch Edition with custom all-gold link bracelet, Beyonce was seen at Coachella wearing what appears to be the same combination.

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15:32
Google Dresses Up Android Wear


Google on Monday released an update to Android Wear -- the first significant feature refresh for its wearable device software since its introduction more than a year ago.
"This update is overdue," said Ian Fogg, senior director and head of the mobile and telecoms team at IHS Technology. "With other products, Google adds features fairly continuously," he noted. "Android Wear hasn't had as much focus from Google over the last year as some of its other products."

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15:12
Apple Watch orders statuses changing to “Preparing...

Your pre-ordered Apple Watch might be about to head out the door.

A number of Apple Watch order statuses have begun changing from “Processing Items” to “Preparing for Shipment” as Apple gets ready to send out the first Apple Watch orders to customers who pre-ordered their devices on Friday, April 10th. The order statuses have shifted over to “Preparing for Shipment” for some buyers and are listing prospective delivery dates of April 24th to May 8th, while the first orders are expected to begin arriving on Friday, April 24th.

The change to customer order statuses came only minutes after Apple began charging credit and debit cards for Apple Watch...

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15:01
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14:30
AWT News Update: April 20, 2015

On today's show:

  • Porsche announces CarPlay for upcoming vehicles
  • The NAB wants Apple to enable the FM radio built into every iPhone
  • Samsung is so hated in Japan that the company is removing its logo from the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge when they are released in the country this week
  • Accessibility seekers trying out an Apple Watch can use Siri to enable VoiceOver.

A text version of the podcast is now included at the end of this post for those who would rather read than listen to the news (or watch it on Periscope). 

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14:29
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 20...

Notable software releases this week include OS X Server 4.1, Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.1, OmniOutliner 4.2, Tinderbox 6.2, LaunchBar 6.3, Final Cut Pro X 10.2, Compressor 4.2, Motion 5.2, and OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 Supplemental Update 1.0.

 

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14:29
ExtraBITS for 20 April 2015

In our latest ExtraBITS roundup, Apple has released its ResearchKit framework to the open-source community, developer Marco Arment calls for thicker Apple devices, Apple is getting into forestry, iOS 8.3 blocks third-party file managers, and Josh Centers discusses spider robots on The Tech Night Owl.

 

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14:20
Apple preparing to ship out first Apple Watch orders...

Ahead of the expected first Apple Watch arrivals on April 24th, Apple has began charging customer credit and debit cards. Various users on social media that pre-ordered the Apple Watch are reporting that they have been charged by Apple for their order. According to reader reports, both Apple Watch and Apple Watch Sport customers have been charged.

While some users report that their shipment status has yet to change, our own Dom Esposito’s order status for his 38mm Apple Watch Sport has changed from from...

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14:14
Apple favorite Beyoncé shows off exclusive Apple...

Following an Apple Watch with gold link bracelet, an exclusive combo that Apple isn’t offering to consumers, surfacing on the wrist of designer Karl Lagerfeld, today Beyonce is flaunting the same model at Coachella, as shown in these images posted to her website. 

While so far Apple has been quiet about the exclusive Apple Watch models, it appears...

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14:08
1,500 iOS apps have HTTPS-crippling bug. Is one of...

About 1,500 iPhone and iPad apps contain an HTTPS-crippling vulnerability that makes it easy for attackers to intercept encrypted passwords, bank-account numbers, and other highly sensitive information, according to research released Monday.

An estimated two million people have installed the vulnerable apps, which include the Citrix OpenVoice Audio Conferencing, the Alibaba.com mobile app, Movies by Flixster with Rotten Tomatoes, KYBankAgent 3.0, and Revo Restaurant Point of Sale, according to analytics service...

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14:04
iOS-controlled toy Sphero made Star Wars’ BB-8...

Best known for its app-controlled robotic toys, iOS developer Sphero was responsible for creating the real version of the ball-shaped droid BB-8 featured in Disney’s upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens, according to Time. Having released the original iOS-controlled Sphero and much-improved Sphero 2.0 balls in 2012 and 2013, the company was accepted into a Disney accelerator program in 2014, receiving personal mentoring from ...

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13:36
Ask iLounge: Why can’t I set a longer passcode...

Q: I just upgraded to a new iPhone 6 Plus from my old iPhone 5, but this new iPhone seems to always want me to enter my passcode or use Touch ID whenever I turn the screen back on — even if it’s only been off for a second. I’m used to just being able to turn my iPhone off and then back on with the top button to check something quickly without being prompted for a passcode each time. Even with Touch ID, it would still be easier to turn…

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13:30
The best travel accessories for your MacBook Air,...

Traveling with any MacBook is a lot easier today than it was five or ten years ago. Apple’s latest laptops consume much less space than their predecessors, and last much longer when they’re in active use. Whether it’s on a seat-back tray or resting in your lap, your MacBook can deliver quite a few hours of productive work time, video viewing, or even gameplay without assistance. But it can do even more if you bring the right accessories along.

My goal is to help you choose the best items to carry with you on the road — the type of items I’ve spent years testing. The picks below are highly practical and focused to make good use of space and address real-world concerns that many travelers have. Read on!

The Best Way To Protect Your Privacy. If you’ve ever tried to work or look at private files on a...

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13:09
Mac: Macphun Noiseless

Although recent iPhone cameras have gotten significantly better at low-light photography, it’s still inevitable that some graininess or “noise” will mar the surface of your photos when shooting in less ideal lighting conditions. Professional tools like Lightroom offer some capability of dealing with this, but running everything through Lightroom or Photoshop may be too much for the casual photographer to deal with. Fortunately, Macphun’s Noiseless ($18), provides a much simpler, lower-cost alternative. Designed with simplicity in mind, Noiseless provides a “one-button” solution for removing digital noise from photos while keeping the detail and color intact.
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12:52
Review: Parrot Bebop Drone

Parrot's Bebop Drone ($500) has the company getting back to bigger drones, after releasing such products as the Jumping Sumo and the much smaller-than-usual Rolling Spider minidrone. Bebop Drone has a price tag to match that jump in size, and the drone features Parrot's P7 dual-core CPU, a quad-core GPU, and 8GB of internal flash memory for storing photos and videos taken with the 14MP camera. The drone can be controlled using Parrot's free FreeFlight 3 app. {/exp:char_limit}

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12:30
Watch "pre-orders being shipped" and more...

In less than five days, Apple Watch deliveries are supposed to begin. Now we haven’t received any notification that anybody who ordered one in the wee hours of the morning on April 10 has seen an order status other than “Processing Items”, but some lucky folks might see their Watches by April 24. MacRumors is reporting that “pre-orders are now being shipped to centralized distribution points across the United States as couriers prepare the shipments to be delivered ahead of the wrist-worn devices’s launch on April 24.”

Citing a source “that has provided accurate information in the past,” the rumor site says that “customers that pre-ordered the Apple Watch early should see their order status change soon.” Their source “assures us bulk shipments have begun,” and it would be reassuring to those who pre-ordered to see that status change in the very near future.

In other Apple Watch...

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12:25
Swift Tops List of Most-Loved Languages and Tech

Nerval's Lobster writes Perhaps developers are increasingly overjoyed at the prospect of building iOS apps with a language other than Objective-C, which Apple has positioned Swift to replace; whatever the reason, Swift topped Stack Overflow's recent survey of the "Most Loved" languages and technologies (cited by 77.6 percent of the 26,086 respondents), followed by C++11 (75.6 percent), Rust (73.8 percent), Go (72.5 percent), and Clojure (71 percent). The "Most Dreaded" languages and technologies included Salesforce (73.2 percent), Visual Basic (72 percent), WordPress (68.2 percent), MATLAB (65.6 percent), and SharePoint (62.8 percent). Those results were mirrored somewhat in recent list from RedMonk, a tech-industry analyst firm, which ranked Swift 22nd in popularity among programming languages (based on data drawn from GitHub and Stack Overflow) but climbing noticeably quickly.

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12:09
The Hunt's revamped app solves life's big...

There’s nothing more satisfying than tracking down an item online that you’ve been lusting after for weeks—and bonus points if it’s on sale. That’s the appeal of The Hunt, a crowdsourcing platform that unleashes the power of the Internet to help you find clothes, housewares, and other lifestyle items. If it can be seen and purchased, The Hunt’s community of seekers will find it for you.

How it works: When you see a photo online of a must-have outfit, piece of furniture, etc., you can start a hunt by posting it to the platform. The community’s experts will scour the Internet to find that exact item or comparable ones, if you’re seeking something cheaper. The Hunt has become insanely popular among young women, and its more than 3.5 million users are submitting 90 percent of the site’s answers from their smartphones. People are spending 12–14 minutes a day in the app with the intent to buy something.

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12:04
Apple could be changing supply and demand/data...

Even if you have something that looks like it’s going to be a hit, there’s always the risk of forecasting the wrong sales numbers and producing too many units.

Noted analyst and longtime Apple watcher Carl Howe has stated that while he expects the Apple Watch became an overnight multi-billion-dollar business when preorders began earlier this month, he believes Apple will likely minimize its risks and produce units as it gauges demand. This could help handle the question as to which Apple Watch model will prove the most popular, while models might prove less popular and how to wrap production around these factors.

“Building huge inventories...

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11:46
TuneIn Radio adds real radio stations to CarPlay +...

TuneIn Radio is the latest addition to Apple’s short list of App Store apps that work with the iPhone’s CarPlay feature. The service streams “over 100,000 real radio stations from around the world, including sports, news, talk, and music.” The latest version of TuneIn for iPhone brings radio station streaming to the CarPlay interface and includes Apple Watch support for controlling stations from your wrist.

Once you install the latest version of TuneIn Radio on your iPhone, the app will appear on any CarPlay-compatible in-dash receiver when connected. The CarPlay version of TuneIn Radio is designed to make finding something to play quick and easy...

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11:31
How the Apple Watch heart rate sensor works,...

If you’re curious how the Apple Watch’s heart rate monitor works, the company is now happy to explain.

A new support document on Apple’s website describes exactly how the watch measures your pulse, how often the readings happen, and what factors might affect the readings for better or worse.

Similar to many other wearable fitness trackers, the Apple Watch relies on green LED lights for a method called photoplethysmography (or PPG). Because blood absorbs green light, and each pulse brings a spike in blood flow, determining heart rate is a matter of measuring the changes in green light absorption. During workouts, the Apple Watch does this by flashing green light onto your wrist hundreds of times per second, then measuring light absorption with photodiodes.

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11:30
Easily duplicate calendar events on your iPhone

Last week, we asked our readers, "What's bugging you?", and many of you responded. Now, we're addressing your frustrations! In this post, I'll address easy duplication of calendar events. 

Reader George Jetson wrote (Daughter Judy! Jane, his wife!):

“In iOS, I have been wanting a copy/paste function in Calendar since the beginning...Primarily needed, for instance, after visiting a doctor, and making a new appoint for the next visit. I don’t want to type in the same info with a different date, and I don’t want to change the date of the appointment I just had, as I need to keep a record of when I was there throughout the year.”

I've been annoyed by this myself several times. Fortunately, there is something you can do. You may wonder, "Is it possible to learn this power?" Yes, but not from a Jedi. Instead, we...

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11:25
External Link: Apple Releases ResearchKit

As promised, Apple has released ResearchKit to the open-source community. ResearchKit is a development framework that can be used to create medical research apps. If you’re a developer interested in trying it out, grab the source code from GitHub.

 

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11:13
US Navy Gears Up for Cyberwarfare


The U.S. Fleet Cyber Command, part of the U.S. 10th Fleet, reportedly is developing a strategy for modernizing its cyberoperations and transforming the Navy's network into a cyberwarfare platform. The strategy will seek to advance five key goals: operating the Navy network as a warfighting platform; conducting tailored signals intelligence; conducting offensive operations in cyberspace; expanding cybersituational awareness; and launching Navy cyberforces -- essentially teams of cyberexperts who will conduct cyberwarfare.

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10:50
How does the Apple Watch stack up as a health-and-...

Re/code:

One of the proposed benefits of wearable technology is the notion of having a health-and-fitness tracker attached to your body 24/7 — or at least for a good portion of the day. This is the case with activity-tracking wristbands, like Fitbit and Jawbone Up, and also the appeal of some smartwatches, such as Apple Watch.

As I wrote in my earlier review, I’ve found Apple Watch to be a capable health-and-fitness tracker — especially for a smartwatch.

As I suspected and as was confirmed by several reviewers, the Apple Watch, while not a perfect fitness tracking device for the hard core exercise buff, will certainly provide benefit to those who use it to track their activities. And the really good news is, once it gets in the hands of developers and users, it will only get better.

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10:45
Got a new MacBook? USB Target Disk Mode works with...

On Friday, you might have read my and executive editor Susie Ochs’s experiences with our out-of-the-box, retail purchased MacBooks. We had a lot of glitches in setup and configuration, many confirmed by other MacBook owners and some by people who had experienced the same problems in setting up new Macs.

But the one truly unexpected part had to do with migration. Because of an OS X mismatch—the MacBook shipped with 10.10.2 and my MacBook Air had 10.10.3 installed—I was unable to use the initial setup assistant to migrate. (If I’d been persistent, I could have booted into the Recovery Disk on the MacBook, used network recovery to download and install 10.10.3 on the startup partition, and then proceeded.)

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10:22
Pad & Quill introduce The Timber Catchall...



Pad & Quill has just introduced another product in its recently announced collection of goodies for the Apple Watch: The Timber Catchall, a charging station/organizer that holds your iPhone and Apple Watch with enough room to fit keys, change, or a few other small items.

Like the rest of its product line, the new Apple Watch charging...

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09:59
Twitter upgrades direct message feature

CNET:

Twitter is upgrading its popular direct message feature to allow users to receive messages from other users regardless if they follow each other. The move is part of its ongoing effort to try to boost user growth as pressure from Wall Street investors continues.

I’m not sure how or why CNET describes this as a “upgrade”. It’s like the people who run Twitter don’t actually use Twitter. This will open up a whole new way for spammers to abuse the service and, while it might draw in advertisers who want to send “personalized” direct messages to people, it will drive away more users than it could ever to benefit.

UPDATE: The Next Web points out this is “an optional feature” and “The new setting is turned off by default.”

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09:50
Broken Beer Bottle Battle In Debate Over Merits of...

HughPickens.com writes Lee Hutchinson writes at Ars Technica that platform loyalty is a powerful thing, as two roommates in Tulsa, Oklahoma stabbed each other with broken beer bottles in a debate over the relative merits of Android versus iPhones. Tulsa police were called to Evergreen Apartments at 1 a.m after a woman found a man covered in blood, stumbling around the parking lot and found that two roommates had been drinking and arguing over their mobile phones. The two men broke beer bottles and stabbed each other with them and one of the men smashed a bottle over the back of the other man's head. "In over 35 years as a cop, this is one of the oddest reasons I've seen for assault," says Maj. Rod Hummel. According to Channel 8 News, police had no comment when asked which phone was in fact better.


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09:18
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Canon T3i (refurb) $336, Audio...

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Canon EOS Rebel T3i DSLR (refurb) w/ 18-55mm Lens Kit $336 shipped (Orig. $599), ...

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09:00
AWT Health Club: RunKeeper

By Chris Brown (originally posted to Flickr as Marathon Runners) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

This week’s app: RunKeeper

Other than a few stints over the years when I was training for and running 5Ks, I have never been a runner. I prefer to take the world at a slower pace with trail walks instead, but that doesn’t mean I can’t use what’s undeniably one of the best running apps on the market, RunKeeper (free, but with $39.99 in-app purchase for RunKeeper Elite and other IAPs for training plans).

The app has been out for years, and is a sibling to Breeze, which I also use. So what’s the difference between the two apps? Think of Breeze as being the iPhone app version of a Pedometer, giving...

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08:15
News: Details of Apple Watch’s heart monitor,...

An Apple support document shows how Apple Watch uses colored light to measure heart rate. By flashing green LED lights hundreds of times per second, the Apple Watch monitors how much blood is flowing through a users’ veins when paired with light-sensitive photodiodes. A different method using infrared light measures users’ heart rates every 10 minutes throughout the day, storing that information in the iOS 8 Health app. The watch will…

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08:00
Apple highlights environmental efforts with new video

Apple has produced a video highlighting its recent and ongoing efforts to become a more environmentally-friendly company. The video shows a solar farm that's being built in China to power the company's corporate and retail locations throughout the country, as well as a water-powered data farm in Oregon.

Back in 2013, Apple's VP of Environmental Initiatives Lisa Jackson spoke at VERGE and said, “Tim Cook didn’t hire Lisa Jackson to be quiet and keep the status quo. We understand our responsibility and we do care." It looks like she, and Apple, are following through.

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07:51
TidBITS Hits a Quarter Century of Internet Publishing

It seems like only yesterday we were reviewing Now Utilities and writing about the latest update to WordPerfect. That’s right, TidBITS has now been publishing for 25 years, making us one of the oldest Internet publications of all time. Adam shares some of how we got here.

 

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07:26
Un-conventional: How WWDC became the heart of the...

WWDC is a massively good time and the center of the Apple universe, at least for a week. Great writeup.

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07:11
News: Apple releases its 2015 Environmental...

Apple has released its Environmental Responsibility Report for 2015, providing an update on the company’s progress toward becoming more eco-friendly during the 2014 fiscal year. The report emphasizes Apple’s use of clean energy sources like solar, wind, bio gas fuel cells and geothermal to power all of its U.S. data centers and 87 percent of those worldwide, but admits the company and its suppliers still emitted 34.2 metric tons of greenhouse…

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07:02
Elon Musk Had a Deal to Sell Tesla to Google in 2013

Fascinating read. Especially if you keep in mind all the Apple Car talk of the last 6 months or so.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:00
This Week's Sponsor: It's About Time...

This week’s sponsor is It’s About Time Products, featuring the amazing Disk App (US$1.99) for Mac. We’ll also take a look at two new apps from this developer on Friday… can you imagine what platform they might possibly run on?

I had the opportunity to do a full review of Disk App back in the TUAW days, and I have to say that it’s probably one of the best two-dollar investments any Mac owner can make. Unlike other Mac apps that promise to clean up old or unused files, Disk App shows you what’s taking up space in various places on your Mac but gives you control over what is or isn’t deleted. As a result, once you’ve chosen the files or categories of files (i.e., Cache, App Logs, Old iOS versions, Downloads) to delete, you can press the “Click to free” button with confidence that you’re not deleting needed files.

When I did my first test of Disk...

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06:54
Independent Nokia Technologies aiming to return to...

Although Nokia's original mobile phone division was sold to Microsoft in 2013, one of the company's three remaining divisions -- Nokia Technologies -- is planning to re-enter the phone world, a report revealed on Monday.

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06:46
News: Daily Deal: Get the ZeroLemon SolarJuice...

In today’s iLounge Deal we’re offering the ZeroLemon SolarJuice 20000mAh Battery for only $49.99 – that’s 50% off the normal price. Combining a 20,000 mAh battery pack with a 1.2W monocrystalline solar panel, the SolarJuice lets you power up your iPhone, iPad, iPod, or other USB device repeatedly and can be plugged in to charge up at home, or simply recharge from the power of the sun. Dual outputs allow for simultaneous charging…

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06:04
AnandTech’s highly detailed 2015 MacBook review

Ryan Smith, writing for AnandTech, digs in to the new MacBook as only AnandTech can. And the new MacBook brings Apple towards the muddy product waters of Apple just before Steve Jobs’ return.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:00
Accessible Apple: An interview with Laura Legendary...

Last Thursday, I had the opportunity to speak with Laura Legendary, cofounder of Fashionability and owner of Elegant Insights Braille Creations, about her opinion of the Apple Watch and its implications in the fashion industry. She is a speaker, author, and educator specializing in disability awareness, advocacy, accessibility, and assistive technology. You can read a transcript of our conversation below:

Alex Jurgensen (AJ) - Hi, Laura. Thank you for speaking with me today regarding the Apple Watch and how it fits into the fashion industry. For those of our readers who aren’t familiar with Fashionability, what is it and what is your role within the group?

Laura Legendary (LL) - Fashionability is a podcast devoted to making fashion and style information inclusive and accessible for everyone.  I cofounded the Fashionability Channel...

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05:40
Norway to become first country to kill off FM radio

Norway will officially kill off FM radio in 2017. Will the dominos fall? Is Norway the first of many?

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Final day for Best Buy’s 4 Day Sale: Up to $3...
Best Buy has the new 2015 13″ 1.6GHz/128GB MacBook Air on sale for $799.99 through April 27th. That’s $200 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price available for this new model from any reseller. Choose... Read more
College Student Deals: Additional $50 off Mac...
Take an additional $50 off all MacBooks and iMacs at Best Buy Online with their College Students Deals Savings, valid through May 9, 2015. Anyone with a valid .EDU email address can take advantage of... Read more
Save up to $300 on a new Mac, $30 on an iPad,...
Purchase a new Mac or iPad at The Apple Store for Education and take up to $300 off MSRP. All teachers, students, and staff of any educational institution qualify for the discount. Shipping is free,... Read more
Zoho Business Apps for Apple Watch Put Select...
Pleasanton, California based Zoho has launched Zoho Business Apps for Apple Watch, a line of apps that extends Zoho business applications to let users perform select functions from an Apple Watch.... Read more
Universal Stylus Initiative Launched to Creat...
OEMs, stylus and touch controller manufacturers have announced the launch of Universal Stylus Initiative (USI), a new organization formed to develop and promote an industry specification for an... Read more
Amazon Shopping App for Apple Watch
With the new Amazon shopping app for Apple Watch, Amazon customers with one of the wearable devices can simply tap the app on the watch to purchase items in seconds, or save an idea for later. The... Read more
Mac Pros on sale for up to $260 off MSRP
B&H Photo has Mac Pros on sale for up to $260 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges sales tax in NY only: - 3.7GHz 4-core Mac Pro: $2799, $200 off MSRP - 3.5GHz 6-core Mac Pro: $3719.99... Read more
Apple refurbished Time Capsules available for...
The Apple Store has certified refurbished Time Capsules available for $100 off MSRP. Apple’s one-year warranty is included with each Time Capsule, and shipping is free: - 2TB Time Capsule: $199, $100... Read more
Intel Compute Stick: A New Mini-Computing For...
The Intel Compute Stick, a new pocket-sized computer based on a quad-core Intel Atom processor running Windows 8.1 with Bing, is available now through Intel Authorized Dealers across much of the... Read more
Heal to Launch First One-Touch House Call Doc...
Santa Monica, California based Heal, a pioneer in on-demand personal health care services — will offer the first one-touch, on-demand house call doctor app for the Apple Watch. Heal’s Watch app,... Read more

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*Apple* iOS Specialist - TCML (United States...
AppleiOS Specialist Senior Apple /iOS Administrator/Engineer responsible for configuration and distribution of desktop, laptop and mobile devices to State Employees Read more
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Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, you're also the Read more
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Job Description Jack Henry & Associates is seeking an Apple Support Technician. This position while acting independently, ensures the proper day-to-day control of Read more
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…drive revenue and profit in assigned sales segment and/or region specific to the Apple brand and product sets. This person will work directly with CDW Account Managers Read more
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