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Wednesday February 25

15:22
Beard t-shirts

I never realized how many great beard t-shirts were out there. I need to make my own beard t-shirts.

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15:12
Griffin Survivor Slim Case for iPhone 6/6 Plus:...

Griffinâs Survivor Slim for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus provides serious drop protection (MIL-STD 801G), works with the fingerprint scanner, is fairly light weight, and, as a bonus, is actually easy to remove from the package without the aid of a chain saw. It's easy to insert the iPhone, but getting it out is not. The surface texture affords a great grip. Nancy Gravley fills us in.


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15:02
Full Stack Hacker Developer Training Bundle: $49

Today's deal will get you eight developer training courses for just $49. It's called the Full Stack Hacker Bundle, and it includes courses on Amazon Web Services, HTML 5, GitHub fundamentals, Python, MySQL, PHP, and more. The retail value of this package is $668.


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14:57
Apple's iPad loses ground to generic tablets in...

A new report from Strategy Analytics published on Wednesday suggests so-called "Brand X" tablets collectively outperformed Apple's iPad and offerings from Samsung in 2014, marking the first time generic device makers beat out the two established brands on a year-end basis.

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14:09
Google Play Music now stores 50K songs free, Apple...

Google Play Music on Wednesday was updated to store up to 50,000 songs in the cloud for free, more than doubling its previous limit of 20,000 songs, and also blowing past the 25,000-song cap of Apple's subscription iTunes Match service.

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14:00
AWT News Update: February 25, 2015

On the AWT News Update podcast today: 

  • The Apple Watch gets a 12-page ad in Vogue Magazine's March issue
  • Fueled by the Podcasts app in iOS 8... and Serial... AdAge finds that podcast consumption grew by 18% between spring and fall of 2014
  • Apple will be adding GasBuddy.com and GreatSchools.com as new data providers for Apple Maps
  • A movie debuting on Friday gets the distinction of being the first Hollywood film edited using Final Cut Pro X
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook and Hardware Technologies VP Johny Srugi visit Israel

Listen to the AWT News Update every weekday for a quick overview of stories we may not have published on the blog. Note that we will release a link to the podcast in the iTunes Store as soon as it is approved by Apple. 

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13:59
Ask iLounge: How do I disassociate my phone number...

Q:  How do I disassociate my phone number from iMessage? I recently broke my hand-me-down iPhone 4S mid-contract and I’ve had to revert back to using an old cell phone. Now when friends with iPhones (almost everyone I know) try to send me an SMS I never get the message. Using both my wife’s and daughter’s iPhones, we’ve confirmed that the only way I seem to be able to receive their text messages is if they turn off cellular…

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13:55
Company with no product wins $533M verdict vs. Apple...

Smartflash LLC is a company that operates out of a tiny office suite in Tyler, Texas. It has no employees or products and no assets except for a handful of patents—but it may be getting a whole lot of cash. A jury verdict (PDF) that came out late yesterday orders Apple to pay the company $533 million for infringing three of its patents.

The company is no "patent troll," its lawyer insisted in e-mail and telephone discussions with Ars. He says that term doesn't apply because the company is part-owned by founder Patrick Racz, who's the named inventor on the three patents found to be infringed, numbered 7,334,720, 8,118,221, and 8,336,772. All three are related to downloading...

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13:00
Intrepid Bag Company's Luxury Leather Line: For...

I have a thing for leather — leather computer accessories, that is. That’s why when I saw a Kickstarter campaign for the Luxury Leather Line from the Intrepid Bag Co., I just had to sneak a glance at what they had.

Like their partners over at Pad & Quill, Intrepid makes high quality bags for carrying your tech gear as well as accessories. Last year, the company successfully funded the Journeyman Commuter Leather Messenger Bag and Lillium Leather Side Purse Hip Satchel. This year, they’re back with a complete line that includes a Wayfarer Messenger bag for your 15-inch MacBook Pro, the Zinnia Convertible (backpack/crossbody bag for up to a 13-inch MacBook Pro), a Slim Wallet (useful when you can’t pay with Apple Pay), a...

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12:55
Rumor: Apple to overhaul Genius Bar operating...

Your Genius Bar experience could be changing as soon as next month.

According to the rumor mill, Apple Retail is reportedly in the process of overhauling its Genius Bar experience. In a bid to better serve customers, starting from the week of March 9, a new initiative dubbed “Concierge” will be rolled out to replace walk-in appointments. The program involves Apple Store employees using an algorithm-driven iPad app to provide priority-assessed wait times for a customer’s query.

The customer then provides a phone number, which Apple uses to send three text messages with wait time updates:
An initial text message confirming the Genius Bar request and providing the wait time.

A text message telling the customer to start heading back to the Apple Store.

A final text message telling the customer that their technician is ready to help and where they can be located...

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12:49
Apple spotlights 'Focus' starring Will...

Opening in theaters this Friday, "Focus" starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie was edited entirely using Final Cut Pro X?--?a fact that Apple has highlighted on the software's official website.

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12:31
Volvo Talks Up Its Self-Driving Cars


Volvo last week revealed the latest developments in its Drive Me project, showing off a complete system that could make it possible to integrate self-driving cars into regular traffic with drivers behind the wheel. Volvo is making progress toward its goal of releasing 100 self-driving vehicles to consumers on selected roads around Gothenburg -- Sweden's second largest city -- by 2017, the company said. Volvo is working with legislators, transport authorities and city officials to help ensure a crash-free future on the roads.

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12:20
Mac Users Have Fallen Out of Love with Personal...

There was a time, when we were all new to personal computers, that we loved to build and use databases. A computer is the perfect tool for that kind of record keeping. However, in time, we all drifted away from that activity. John Martellaro ponders the why of it all.


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12:16
It's Official: NSA Spying Is Hurting the US...

An anonymous reader writes China is backing away from U.S. tech brands for state purchases as NSA revelations, according to Reuters, which confirms what many US technology companies have been saying for the past year: the activities by the NSA are harming their businesses in crucial growth markets, including China. From the article: "A new report confirmed key brands, including Cisco, Apple, Intel, and McAfee -- among others -- have been dropped from the Chinese government's list of authorized brands, a Reuters report said Wednesday. The number of approved foreign technology brands fell by a third, based on an analysis of the procurement list. Less than half of those companies with security products remain on the list."

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12:11
GasBuddy & GreatSchools now providing data for...

Third-party data presented to users within Apple Maps may soon include local gas prices and school locations, thanks to new partnerships with GasBuddy and GreatSchools.

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12:00
Skype 7.5 for Mac now available

Skype 7.5 for Mac is now available from Microsoft, and the app is adding localization for a number of new languages as well as tackling some performance issues.

The localization expansion provides speakers of Hindi, Turkish, Czech, Ukrainian, Greek, Hungarian, Romanian, Indonesian, Catalan, Croatian, Slovak, Vietnamese, Thai and Malay with controls, menus and help in those languages.

In the past, some Mac users saw high CPU activity when using animated emoticons during a chat; Microsoft says that it has "significantly reduced CPU consumption" for that specific situation. Also, a bug with OS X's App Nap feature that could keep Skype from reconnecting when used in background has been fixed.

The app is available as a free download from Microsoft, and can be updated automatically or by selecting "Check for Updates" from the Skype menu. To run Skype 7.5 on your Mac, it...

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11:59
Thanks to 'Serial' & Apple's...

Though podcasts are not a new medium, the format has seen significant growth over the last few months, attributed in part to the fact that Apple's Podcasts app is now built in to iOS 8.

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11:54
Apple Maps adds GasBuddy and GreatSchools as data...

Apple has recently added two new companies to its list acknowledging data providers for Apple Maps. The two latest additions, GasBuddy and GreatSchools, first spotted by applemapsmarketing.com, are likely a sign that Apple intends to add additional features or points of interest to its maps apps for iOS and Mac.

GasBuddy is a service that aggregates data from local websites to offer up to date information on gas prices, while Great Schools gathers data and reviews for local schools.

Apple has continued to add...

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11:51
First Hollywood film edited with Final Cut Pro X...

It’s no secret that Final Cut Pro X, the overhauled follow up to Apple’s widely used video editing software, wasn’t exactly a hit with its users when the app was first released in 2011.

A comprehensive change in the way the software functioned and a lack of legacy features from the prior version gave the app a reputation for being “iMovie Pro” rather than a true professional desktop video editor. Soon after its launch, Apple addressed the flood of criticism with an FAQ site and a promise that more features would slowly become available in the new version.

Nearly four years later, the first Hollywood film edited in Final Cut Pro X is set to be released. To showcase the movie debut and FCPX’s...

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11:34
A New Take on Feature Film Post-Production

After researching several workflows, directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra decided to edit “Focus” — a major new Warner Bros. film starring Will Smith — entirely in Final Cut Pro X. The results were even better than they’d expected. Final Cut Pro X helped them deliver the movie on time and under budget, and it played and looked just as they’d envisioned it. “I’ve cut on all the other systems, and I can easily say I’m three times faster on Final Cut Pro X,” says Ficarra.

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11:00
YouTube Kids provides a safe environment for kids as...

YouTube recently debuted a new iOS app designed for the younger generation. The company's YouTube Kids app promises to provide kid-friendly content in an interface that "even little ones can navigate." How does YouTube Kids deliver on its promises? Read on to find out what my little ones thought of YouTube Kids after using it for a few days.

The first thing I noticed when I opened YouTube Kids is that the UI is very simple, colorful and arranged nicely. Catchy music plays in the background while large icons and video thumbnails make it easy for non-readers to find their favorite shows. The content is arranged in easy-to-explore "Channels" that provide access to a group of similar videos.

The app launches to the "Shows" view, which provides access to the curated channels included in the app. As kids scroll through the channels, they can move from "Shows" to "Music", then to "Learning" and...

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10:48
TMO Daily Observations 2015-02-25: Philips Hue and...

Philips Hue and Lux smart lighting systems are popular with the TMO team, and our own Kelly Guimont has plenty of expertise to share. Kelly and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about what makes Hue lighting so cool, and what you can do to make your setup even more useful. John also has some thoughts on our changing perception on how we track important data.


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10:32
12-page print ad & digital video showcase Apple...

As the April launch of the Apple Watch fast approaches, Apple has taken out a major 12-page ad in the latest issue of fashion magazine Vogue, and also included a video version in the digital iPad edition.

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10:17
Podcast: Good morning Glenn

In this episode we welcome our new host, Glenn Fleishman, whom you probably already know from everywhere. As Macworld's security expert, Glenn breaks down the newest potential creepy threat—malware embedded on the tiny computers inside our hard drives or even Lightning cables. (Don't sweat it just yet, though.) We also talk about Apple's solar farm project, discuss the latest push by Google Wallet, and how it could benefit Apple Pay—and bash Current-C again just because it's fun.

Show notes

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10:04
Happy Hour Podcast 003 | All things Apple Watch

Welcome to episode 003 of the Happy Hour podcast! Today we’re discussing all things Apple Watch. Can Apple succeed in the smartwatch game? It’s clear Apple has been developing this product for a while and we’ll get into all of the need-to-know information surrounding it. The Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and through our dedicated RSS feed…

Click here to subscribe on iTunes or listen to the episode embedded above.

New episodes of Happy Hour will be available...

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10:04
Valve To Put Steam Behind VR Efforts With New Headset


Valve on Monday announced that it's getting into the virtual reality hardware business. In a terse tease posted to the Web, the company trumpeted its intentions to reveal its SteamVR hardware system next week at the 2015 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Valve also announced that it is looking for developers and publishers to create content for its new VR hardware system. Also to be demonstrated at next week's GDC will be a refined version of the Steam Controller and a number of living room devices, Valve said.

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10:00
Sesame is a $99 smart lock that lets you unlock your...

Note: Kickstarter currently appears to be down possibly because of a certain new smartwatch

The iPhone-connected smart lock market is getting a new player today as Candy House introduces a new, competitively priced device called Sesame—a play on the phrase “open sesame”—that retrofits your existing deadbolt lock with modern smarts.

While current smart lock options carry higher price tags and require replacing existing hardware, Sesame starts at $99 ($89 early bird special) and adds smart lock features to most existing door locks. Check below for an excellent video demo and more info:...

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10:00
Review: Wacom Bamboo Stylus Fineline

Wacom bamboo stylus fineline and bamboo paper - notebook app

When it comes to reviews, this one has probably taken longer to be published than any other I've ever written. Why? Well, I originally wrote a draft review of the US$59.95 Wacom Bamboo Stylus Fineline back when we were all still at TUAW. However, there were some issues with the device -- it didn't track properly when drawing diagonal lines -- so I waited for a firmware update. Well, that update and an updated version of the companion Bamboo Paper - Notebook app (free with in-app purchases) recently arrived, so I decided it was time to dust off the draft. Here we go:

Steve Jobs famously mocked the need for styluses on smartphones during the intro of the iPhone in 2007 by saying “So let's not use a stylus. We're going to...

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09:59
Lenovo’s adware disaster gets worse

The list of software known to use the same HTTPS-breaking technology recently found preinstalled on Lenovo laptops has risen dramatically with the discovery of at least 12 new titles, including one that’s categorized as a malicious trojan by a major antivirus provider.

Good luck Lenovo users.

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09:53
What it’s like interviewing for a job at Apple

Apple is very particular and thorough.

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09:49
Apple Watch returns to Vogue w/ first video ad...


(via Carlos Ribas)

As Apple prepares to bring the Apple Watch to market in just a few short weeks, the company is once again turning to Vogue magazine to showcase its new product category or wearable devices. We first saw the Apple Watch make its magazine debut on the cover of Vogue China late last year, and now the popular fashion-focused publication is featuring a multi-page spread displaying various Apple Watch collections....

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09:38
Cassius Clay

Today in Media History: In 1964, sportswriters reported that Cassius Clay was the new heavyweight boxing champion.

What a great story.

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09:26
Apple's Jony Ive and Tesla's Elon Musk...

One of the top designers in the world and the leader in electric car technology were spotted engrossed in private conversation this past Sunday at an exclusive Academy Awards afterparty, amidst a flurry of rumors surrounding Apple's rumored plans to build its own electric, autonomous car.

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09:21
Skype 7.5 for Mac adds 14 new languages, several...

Microsoft is releasing the latest version of Skype for Mac today adding support for over a dozen additional languages and performance improvements for users. Beginning with Skype 7.5 for Mac, the communication app will now feature localization for the following languages: Hindi, Turkish, Czech, Ukrainian, Greek, Hungarian, Romanian, Indonesian, Catalan, Croatian, Slovak, Vietnamese, Thai and Malay

Microsoft also says the latest version of Skype addresses performance issues including “significantly reduced CPU consumption” when using animated characters during chat. Mac users should also see fewer issues...

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09:16
Apple Pay adoption keeps climbing: Chase says 1...

Chase’s early numbers on Apple Pay adoption are promising: More than a million of the bank’s customers have added debit and credit cards to the service since it launched last October.

That number is slightly higher than rival Bank of America’s, which saw 800,000 customers rush to add 1.1 million cards to Apple Pay between the mobile payment program’s launch Oct. 20 and the end of 2014. Apple CEO Tim Cook said that as of December, Apple Pay comprised $2 of every $3 spent with mobile payments at supporting retailers. Apple hasn’t released any other Apple Pay adoption numbers.

To...

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09:08
Tim Cook visits Israel

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook was in Israel on Wednesday, and had a meeting with President Reuven Rivlin, as Apple is prepared to open a new office in the country.

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09:05
9to5Toys Last Call: iMac USB extender $6, iPhone 6/...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

Today’s can’t miss deals:
Last Call updates:

Life Hack: Fix your iMac’s biggest annoyance by moving its USB ports, deals from $6 Prime shipped

  • Rearth Ringke cases for iPhone 5 and 6/Plus ...
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08:59
Apple CEO Tim Cook visits Israel, meets with...

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook was in Israel on Wednesday, and had a meeting with President Reuven Rivlin, as Apple is prepared to open a new office in the country.

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08:31
Pebble Time raises over $9 million on Kickstarter...

Most Kickstarter campaigns don’t work out this well.

Pebble Time, the successor to the Pebble & Pebble Steel smartwatches, was able to hit its US$500,000 goal in 17 minutes and also hit the US$2M mark in less than an hour on its crowdsourced Kickstarter campaign. The new wearable is touting a color e-paper display and microphone for responding to notifications.

It also has features Pebble users are already familiar with, such as seven days of battery life, water resistance, and an extensive library of watch faces and apps.

The campaign currently stands at over US$9M in donations with 30 days to go.

It’s hard to say how this will affect Apple Watch sales, but wearables are the in thing now and Pebble Time just did extremely well for itself and...

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08:30
Apple ordered to pay $533M for infringing Smartflash...

As reported by Bloomberg, a federal jury found Apple quilty of infringing patents held by holding company Smartflash LLC. Filed in 2013, the original lawsuit claims that the iTunes Store, the iOS and Mac App Store, and Apple's other transaction services infringe on three Smartflash patents that cover "data storage and managing access through payment systems." The company originally was seeking $852 million in damages, but was awarded $533M as part of the jury's decision.

Apple argued against Smartflash's patents, claiming the patents were invalid and the company's royalty demands were excessive.

““Smartflash makes no products, has no employees, creates no jobs, has no U.S. presence, and is exploiting our patent system to seek royalties for technology Apple invented,” said Kristin Huguet, an Apple spokeswoman. “We refused to pay off this...

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08:17
Tim Cook & Apple Technology VP Johny Srouji...

Apple CEO Tim Cook & Israel President Reuven Rivlin

Apple CEO Tim Cook is continuing his international tour this week with a stop in Israel, The Marker reports. The publication reports that Cook arrived in Israel today and has since met with President Reuven Rivlin (seen above) at his home in Jerusalem; Cook is also expected to meet with former President Shimon Peres during the trip. Alongside Cook for the trip, notably, is Johny Srugi, Apple’s Vice President of Hardware Technologies, a graduate of Technion, Israel’s Institute of Technology…

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08:16
Luxury outfitter now offering 24 karat gold “Year of...

If you ever wanted a luxury gold iPhone 6 case that celebrates the year of the goat, this is for you.

Accessory outfit Goldgenie, which released a £2.3 million (US$3,563,928.10) iPhone 6, has released another limited edition of the same iPhone 6 device and is available for purchase.

24k gold iPhone 6 Year of the Goat edition is released to mark the Chinese New Year 2015. It has a laser engraved a hand-painted Chinese symbol of the Goat, which brings a peaceful energy into the year ahead.

The unit can be yours for an asking price of £2,637 (US$3,668.27). That is for the 64 GB version, but if you want the 128 GB model you’ll have to pay £2,837(US$4,396.65). The rest of the specs are the same.

So, you know, 24 karat gold iPhone 6 case. With a goat on it. Hopefully it’ll bring peaceful energy into your life.

Why WOULDN’T you buy this?

Via...

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08:02
Results: 60% want Apple to thicken the next iPhone...

A recent poll of over 3,100 9to5Mac readers indicates that most are not satisfied with current-generation iPhone battery life. Over 90% of respondents said that they want to see Apple improve iPhone battery life, versus less than 7% saying that “iPhone battery life and battery cases are good enough as-is.”

The split in responses interestingly suggests that Apple can safely stop prioritizing thinness over superior battery performance. A solid majority of over 60% of respondents said that Apple should thicken the next iPhone to improve its battery life, which is especially noteworthy given that there were other poll options. Over 31% said that Apple should achieve whatever battery improvements it can by improving the iPhone’s chips, while just under 2% said that Apple should instead focus...

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08:00
Chase announces 1M wallets provisioned on Apple Pay

During its 2015 Investor Day on Tuesday, JP Morgan Chase confirmed that more than one million customers have activated their credit cards or debit cards on Apple Pay (Via AppleInsider).

“We were an early participant of Apple Pay,” said Eileen Serra, CEO of Chase Card Services. “We do continue to see good growth in the number of consumers that are provisioning Chase cards in their Apple Pay wallet.”

— JP Morgan Chase

The number of cards provisioned by Chase over time has grown steadily since Apple launched the mobile payment service in October of last year. Chase customers who activate Apple Pay tend to be young, have high incomes and favor credit cards, which make up 69 percent of Chase's Apple Pay transactions.

Our take on the news:...

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07:40
Tim Cook: Apple Watch will be showerproof, Apple Pay...

French site iGen is reporting that Tim Cook told an employee in the Kurfürstendamm Apple Store in Berlin that he wears his Apple Watch all the time–”even in the shower.” While Apple has previously mentioned water-resistance, and stated that the S1 innards are “completely encapsulated in resin,” this is the first time we’ve had a specific indication on what that means in practice.

In line with expectations that the watch will only have one day of battery-life, Cook confirmed that he removes it every night to charge … ...

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07:30
Prong’s PWR case for iPhone 6 provides the easiest...

There are a ton of power accessories on the market for iPhone that it’s almost difficult to tell them apart. They all fit a ton of battery power in a case, but they are all pretty much the same, except for one.

Prong has recently launched a new Indiegogo campaign for its new PWR case for iPhone 6. Not only does this case have a built-in battery pack, it also features a power supply as well. This means you could get away with never using a cable again to charge up your iPhone…

Prong’s PWR case isn’t the first of its kind from the company. Originally Prong successfully...

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07:30
Steve & Ross on The Backerjack Podcast: Beam...

Another week, another Backerjack podcast with Ross Rubin! For episode 7, we discussed three rather interesting crowdfunding campaigns. First, the Beam pico projector/LED light bulb, which is powered by any old light socket and can project stuff from your iPhone. Next, Neo smart jars, food containers that can tell how much of a foodstuff you've just poured out and give you the nutritional info you need. And finally, a rehash of the old standard -- the Pigeon connected picture frame. 

We give you the scoop on these three campaigns (guess which one is failing?) and more on the Backerjack podcast. Subscribe at:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-backerjack-podcast/id955301362?mt=2

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07:21
Jury Tells Apple To Pay $532.9 Million In Patent Suit

An anonymous reader writes: Smartflash LLC has won a patent lawsuit against Apple over DRM and technology relating to the storage of downloaded songs, games, and videos on iTunes. Apple must now pay $532.9 million in damages. An Apple spokesperson did not hesitate to imply Smartflash is a patent troll: "Smartflash makes no products, has no employees, creates no jobs, has no U.S. presence, and is exploiting our patent system to seek royalties for technology Apple invented. We refused to pay off this company for the ideas our employees spent years innovating and unfortunately we have been left with no choice but to take this fight up through the court system." The trial happened in the same court that decided Apple owed VirnetX $368 million over FaceTime-related patents back in 2012.

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07:03
Apple Hit with $532.9M Fine for Infringing on...

A Texas court has ordered Apple to pay Smartflash US$532.9 million for infringing on the company's DRM and payment system-related patents. Smartflash argued that Apple used its patented technology in iTunes for managing purchases, along with accessing and storing downloaded content such as songs and apps.

The Mac Observer Spin: Assuming the Smartflash claims are valid, the company won't be seeing the money it was awarded for some time considering Apple will appeal the ruling. If the ruling is overturned, however, this will turn into a very expensive goose chase for the patent holding company.


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07:01
What Samsung’s Galaxy S6 would look like if it didn’...

Even Samsung likes making fun of Samsung.

Unlike most of its competitors, Samsung is embracing all of the crazy rumors about its upcoming devices and having a little fun with it on its website. This is probably what Samsung’s devices would actually look like if it didn’t copy Apple. 

The images above and below were posted to a webpage on Samsung’s website teasing some absurd renderings of imaginary mobile devices based on rumors floating around online for the company’s upcoming next-gen Galaxy device. This is clearly Samsung having a little fun with the rumormongers, but it’s only to hype its new flagship Galaxy S6 expected to make an appearance in the coming weeks…

Samsung is...

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07:01
Rumor: Tim Cook reveals waterproofing on Apple Watch...

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook was reportedly overheard telling a retail employee in Germany that he wears his Apple Watch in the shower, which would suggest that the water resistance of the wrist-worn device has changed since it was first announced last year.

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06:58
Opinion: Does the Apple Watch Edition signal future...

Back in April of last year, when a luxury model of the Apple Watch was still a vague rumor, I wrote an opinion piece in which I expressed the view that Apple could indeed pull this off. I went further, and suggested that it could even create an entire range of luxury versions of its existing products, from iPhones to Macs.

Ten months on, with the Apple Watch Edition now real, and the general expectation that it’s going to cost several thousand dollars at least, I thought it was time to revisit that idea. Is a luxury model of the Apple Watch a one-off, or does Apple see this as the first step toward Edition models of its complete product range … ? ...

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06:45
News: Apple ordered to pay $532.9m in iTunes patent...

Apple has been ordered to pay $532.9 million in an iTunes patent infringement case, Bloomberg reports. Texas-based Smartflash LLC brought a suit against Apple claiming that the Cupertino company infringed three patents related to iTunes digital rights management and “inventions related to data storage and managing access through patent systems.” The original claim sought $852 million in damages as an entitlement to a percentage of sales…

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06:30
Apple ordered to pay $533 million in patent dispute

Bloomberg Business:

Apple Inc. was told to pay $532.9 million after a federal jury said the company’s iTunes software used a Texas company’s patented inventions without permission.

This one’s not over.

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06:04
iOS: Forcing iCloud Contacts & Calendars to Sync

Having trouble with iCloud syncing? That's what we're here for. In today's Quick Tip, we'll cover a (very) simple trick you can try when new contacts or calendar events just won't show up on your iOS device. Trust us, throwing your iPhone out the window won't help, but this article just might.


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06:00
Letterswirl for iPhone and iPad is an atmospheric...

Letterswirl for iPhone and iPad ($1.99, universal) feels like an artifact that was stolen from the land of Myst. Chimes, atmospheric music and an old-world, clockwork look create an effectively themed game. The fact that it's also challenging and fun is icing on the cake. Here's our look at the clever word game, Letterswirl.

How to play

You're presented with a ring containing 10 spheres. One additional sphere hovers in the ring's center. On each sphere is a letter. The objective is to arrange the spheres so that neighboring letters form words. Once you've created words all the way around the circle without gaps, you've won. Sound easy? It's not.

There are a few rules to be aware of. Once per turn, you may replace a lettered sphere that's in the ring with the...

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05:52
Just 6.8M smartwatches sold in 2014 at an average...

In yet another sign that the forthcoming Apple Watch is poised to shake up the wearables market in a big way, the average smartwatch sold in 2014 for just over half of the Apple Watch's $349 starting price.

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05:28
iPhone battery life compared on latest iOS 8 betas (...

Battery life is always a concern for those updating to new versions of iOS. With that in mind, today we get a detailed comparison of battery life across the most recent versions of iOS including iOS 8.0.2, 8.2 Beta 2, and 8.3 Beta 2. A reader sent in the video below using a brand new out of the box 16GB iPhone 5 and Geekbench to record the results.

While the results are a close call, the latest iOS 8.3 Beta 2 seems to be underperforming in battery life slightly compared to other versions in the test. iOS 8.1.3 clocked the highest score, as pictured above.

Earlier this week we had the debate over whether or not you’d like to see Apple prioritize battery life over thickness in future iPhones. The results: Around 60% of participants said Apple should thicken the next iPhone to improve battery life.

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05:00
Number tracking app ‘Numerous’ adds channels for...

New channels added to Numerous for iOS

Numerous, a dashboard app for tracking a wide range of numbers, is an iOS app gem in terms of taking advantage of Apple technologies and one of my favorite lesser known apps for that reason. Today a new version of Numerous is being released adding new channels including a Tesla channel for Model S owners as well as a Google Sheets channel for tracking numbers from spreadsheets…

Soon after iOS 8’s release, Numerous delivered a rather customizable widget for adding numbers you track to the Today view in Notification Center. Most recently, I used this to track the days until a couple of important birthdays as well as the ever important...

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05:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: Crowdfunded devices...

Crowdfunded devices take the spotlight

This week’s roundup includes two new devices that became real thanks to crowdfunding by Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Plus batteries, stands, and Bluetooth speakers.

Allo

The Allo Bike Mount is billed as the “world’s first all-in-one bike mount and speaker”—a safer alternative to using earbuds while still listening to music or conducting phone calls while you’re zipping down the street or up mountain trails. The hardened plastic case protects the phone from scrapes if you get in an accident. The product has been funded through Kickstarter, but it’s not to late to get in and grab an “early bird special” price of $40 for the device.

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05:00
Google Puts Blogger Porn Under Wraps


Google will place a privacy curtain around sexually explicit images and video on its Blogger platform if users fail to remove the content of their own volition. Google has begun notifying Blogger subscribers about the policy change affecting adult content. The ban targets images and video that are sexually explicit or show graphic nudity. The measure falls short of outright censoring the content or terminating users. However, it does restrict access to the owner or admins of the blog and the people with whom the owner has shared it.

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05:00
Open Source vs. Proprietary Firms on the IoT...


Technology wars are predictable. Every new wave of gadgetry brings a fight over who will be the next king of the software hill. The next big battle is brewing over control of the Internet of Things marketplace. Consumers see only convenience and extensions to their always-on mobile devices. Product makers see a pathway to streaming data that can be monetized from buyers' connections. Will history repeat itself, as open source begins to take on the current, yet unsustainable, walled-garden core of the IoT?

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04:11
Tim Cook met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel...

It seems Tim Cook had more on his schedule than a meeting with BILD during his visit to Berlin yesterday: the newspaper reports that he also met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Cook told BILD that they discussed security, net neutrality, environmental protection and education–but the key topic appears to have been data privacy.

Cook said that he could well understand Germany’s strong stance on data privacy, stating that Germans “have the same views on privacy as I do” … 

Cook said it was the first time he had met Merkel, and that he was “impressed by her deep knowledge...

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03:45
5 apps for signing documents with your iPhone and...

The dance of printing a document, taking a pen and signing it, then scanning and emailing it to a banker or client is one I think we’ve all done. It’s also extremely inefficient, not to mention annoying.

The Mac’s handy-dandy Preview app makes it possible to fill out and digitally sign a document, but it’s just as easy to sign from an iOS device, and of course there is no shortage of apps for that. I’ve whittled that selection down to these five that cover all the bases, letting you sign, fill out forms, connect to your cloud storage accounts, and use’s iOS 8’s share extension, among other features. The differences between them boil down to aesthetics, workflow, and pricing—which means one of them is probably just right for you.

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Tuesday February 24

21:55
Pointer Events finalized, but Apple’s lack of...

The Pointer Events specification, an API for Web developers to handle touch, mouse, and pen inputs in Web applications, has been published as a Recommendation by the World Wide Web Consortium. This is the Web standards group's final, mutually agreed on version of the spec.

Pointer Events was first proposed by Microsoft as an alternative to another specification, Touch Events. Touch Events was born from Apple's initial work to touch-enable Safari on the iPhone. W3C moved to standardize it without Apple's involvement, and at one point during Touch Events' development, it looked as if the spec would be covered by Apple-owned patents, with Apple unwilling to offer a royalty free grant for users of the spec. Had this situation continued, it would have precluded W3C from issuing the spec as a Recommendation.

Pointer Events avoided the...

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21:09
‘Modern Family’ producers reveal how they filmed an...

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Last week it was announced that an upcoming episode of the ABC sitcom Modern Family had been filmed using only iOS devices, and the entire story would play out on the screen of a MacBook. Today the producers of the show provided BuzzFeed with a look at how the episode was shot.

In order to make it look like the actors were actually holding the devices—without actually...

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21:02
Jury orders Apple to pay $533M for infringing gaming...

A U.S. federal jury in Texas ordered Apple to pay $532.9 million in damages on Tuesday after it found the company's iTunes digital media purchasing and distribution system in infringement of three patents held by licensing firm Smartflash.

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19:45
Apple ordered to pay out $532.9 million for gaming-...

A Texas jury has ordered Apple to pay out just under $533 million in a patent infringement case brought by Smartflash LLC regarding technology that the company said iTunes used without permission. Apple had attempted to argue that the patents were invalid. The court ruled in Smartflash’s favor, but chose not to award the entire $852 million the software maker was seeking.

The patents in question were related to “data storage and managing access through payment systems,” according to Bloomberg. Several game developers who took advantage of the tech settled out of court last year, leaving Apple to stand against Smartflash alone.

Apple tried to get out of paying any royalties...

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19:18
Chase says it has activated 1 million Apple Pay...

During a conference call with JPMorgan Chase investors today, executives announced that Chase Bank has activated over one million Apple Pay accounts since the service launched last year (via AppleInsider). The bank revealed some statistics about who’s using Apple Pay with their Chase cards, and how they’re using it.

Chase found that the average Apple Pay user is nine years younger and makes 21% more money than its average customers. Apple Pay users also used their credit cards more often, and were more likely to add...

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19:10
'Modern Family' co-creator details episode...

In a behind-the-scenes look at an upcoming "Modern Family" episode shot completely on iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2, co-creator and executive producer Steve Levitan said using the iOS devices didn't dramatically change the production process, and revealed that tomorrow's show is not the first time producers turned to Apple's handset for in-show footage.

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18:53
Daimler Chairman Continues Auto Industry’s Dismissal...

Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of Daimler AG and chief executive of Mercedes-Benz Cars, has stepped up to be the next major auto executive to dismiss Apple's much rumored "Titan" car. Dr. Zetsche, a 37 year veteran of Daimler, said that Apple has no experience in cars and asked why the iPhone maker would be interested in such a low margin business.


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17:42
Chase announces over 1M wallets provisioned on Apple...

As part of JP Morgan Chase's 2015 Investor Day on Tuesday, the bank went over statistics relating to its credit card business, announcing it has provisioned over one million wallets on Apple's fledgling Apple Pay mobile payments service.

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14:38
AOL Screen Name Users Must Convert To Apple IDs

Apple has posted a knowledge base article outlining how to convert to an Apple ID from an AOL Screen Name. Currently screen names are able to sign in to the iBooks/iTunes/App Stores, but not for much longer. And not converting can have some pretty dire consequences.


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14:32
Apple adds Maps Flyover support for nine new cities

In spite of a pretty rough birth, Apple’s working to expand on Maps, its locations and its features.

Recently, the company added nine new cities, including Venice, Italy, to the list of locations sporting 3D Flyover support.

The latest Maps Flyover additions were announced through Apple’s iOS 8 feature availability webpage and include a number of medium- to large-sized cities across Europe and North America.

Apple’s updated Flyover coverage includes the following locales:

Baton Rouge, La.
Boise, Idaho
Cáceres, Spain
Edinburgh, Scotland
Guadalajara, Mexico
Ponce, Puerto Rico
Linz, Austria
Rennes, France
Venice, Italy

First introduced as part of iOS 6 in 2012, Flyover is touted by Apple as a tentpole feature that sets Apple Maps apart from competitors like Google Maps. The service incorporates high-resolution images...

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14:16
Apple expands Maps Flyover support to 9 new...

As part of Apple's continued effort to build out its in-house mapping service, the company recently added nine new cities, including Venice, Italy, to the list of locations sporting 3D Flyover support.

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14:10
Bluetooth wireless speaker with glow lights only $9....

In my humble opinion, everyone needs a portable Bluetooth speaker. If you've been postponing your purchase due to price, here's a bargain for you: The GOgroove BlueSYNC EDG Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker w/ Rechargeable Battery , Stereo Streaming & Blue LED Glow Lights has Bluetooth v2.1+EDR with A2DP for audio transmission up to 32 feet; a unique design with blue LED light accents; both a 3.5mm audio connection and Bluetooth; and a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery that provides 6-8 hours of audio playback per charge. Here's the cool part: Its MSRP is $49.99; though it typically sells for $20-30 on Amazon.com. But Tuesday through Friday (February 27th), it's only $9.99 with free shipping from Amazon.com (good in the U.S. only).


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14:00
AWT News Update: February 24, 2015

Fans of our previous home on the web may remember the Daily Update, a popular daily podcast featuring stories from the world of Apple. It was so popular that we're bringing it back -- this time, as the AWT News Update. At this point you'll need to listen to the podcast from the link below, but we'll soon have it available for subscription on iTunes.


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13:51
How Much Gold Will the Apple Watch Edition Consume?

If rumored production numbers of the Apple Watch Edition are true, Apple may be about to make a bigger dent in the universe than anyone could have ever anticipated. Or maybe the numbers are a tad high.

 

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13:42
Large ilumi LED Smartbulb for $89

The ilumi-brand LED lightbulbs are now available in a larger size, and we have a deal on them. These bulbs are fully controllable from your iPhone or iPad, including hue and intensity. The app also allows you to program the lights for automated sequences like waking up in the morning to a slowly brightening light. The larger size is designed for overhead lighting, and you get these devices for $89 through our deal.


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13:35
How-To: Upgrade the SSD in your MacBook Air or...

Over the past two weeks, I’ve written about the (surprisingly easy) process of adding solid state drives (SSDs) to radically speed up older iMacs, and the varied challenge levels of adding SSDs to older Mac Pros, Mac minis, and non-Retina MacBooks. Today’s guide looks at the easiest SSD installations of all: the MacBook Air and Retina MacBook Pro.

Apple shipped most MacBook Airs and all Retina MacBook Pros with solid state storage, so upgrading these machines for extra capacity and speed is generally as simple as picking a new drive, then using two special screwdrivers during the installation process. Assuming your MacBook is old enough to be out of warranty — except for a few specific models — you’...

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13:25
Hue Do You Love? (Or, My Expensive Love Affair with...

What is the "secret sauce" that made Dr. Mac fall in love with his overpriced Hue lighting system? There's only one way to find out... click here.


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13:19
Tip of the Day: Enabling 60 fps Video Recording on...

One of the less publicized features of Apple’s latest pair of iPhone models is the ability to record video at a higher frame rate — 60 frames per second. By default, however, Apple chose to leave this feature disabled, so unless you’ve dug into your iPhone Settings app and found it already, you’ll still be shooting video at the same old 30fps rate used by the iPhone since video recording first debuted with the 3GS. A quick trip…

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13:00
Pebble Makes Big Ripples on Kickstarter


The money is pouring into Pebble's Kickstarter campaign, launched Tuesday, for its new smartwatch, Pebble Time. Within hours, upwards of 27,000 supporters had pledged more than $5.6 million. The project's goal was to raise a mere $500,000. The strength of the response highlights the enthusiastic fan base Pebble has built over the years.
"Pebble's no stranger when it comes to wildly successful Kickstarter campaigns, with its first-gen watch currently seated second among the sites most-funded projects," said 451 Research analyst Ryan Martin.

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13:00
Iconfactory offers soup-to-nuts app development

The workers at the Iconfactory have added a new service to their repertoire of offerings: full iOS, Android and Mac app development. Now the team behind acclaimed apps like Twitterrific, Xscope and Flare can work on your 1.0 release.

These folks know what they're doing. Your app will be in good hands.

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12:52
Apple adding 9 new 3D Flyover locations to Maps

Apple today added nine new cities to its Flyover feature offering high resolution 3D imagery of select locations in its Maps app.

The full list of new locations rolling out is below:

Baton Rouge, LA
Boise, ID
Edinburgh, Scotland
Cáceres, Spain
Guadalajara, Mexico
Ponce, Puerto Rico
Venice, Italy
Linz, Austria
Rennes, France

The new additions follow Apple’s latest update last month that added another 11 cities from locations around the world.

As always, Apple has a full list of supported locations for iOS features including Flyover on its website.

Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple Maps,...

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12:50
iOS, Android dominate smartphone market with 96%...

Apple and Google have all but destroyed the competition in the smartphone space, with the two companies' flagship mobile operating systems -- iOS and Android -- combining to power 96.3 percent of the smartphones shipped in 2014, new data indicates.

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12:45
Review: ExoLens Professional Photography System for...

The ExoLens Professional Photography System ($130) for iPhone 6 is a new camera accessory competitor to the more established Olloclip brand. ExoLens comes with two lenses — a 165-degree wide-angle lens and 3x telephoto lens — which can be swapped in and out of a machined aluminum bracket that slides onto an uncased iPhone 6. The total package also includes a lens hood, two outer lens caps, two inner lens caps, and a microfiber carrying bag.{/exp:char_limit}

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12:42
Kill the wireless phone contract

Joanna Stern:

Without much thought, I did what most Americans do every two years: I agreed to be locked in by a multibillion-dollar wireless company. With pricey contracts and confusing add-ons, they make it incredibly hard to leave, let alone take our phones with us. I deserve to walk around with “Property of Verizon” stamped on my forehead.

I know a lot of people that are going for the unlocked phone so they don’t have to be locked in any more. It’s more expensive upfront, but sometimes the flexibility is worth it.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:27
∞ Apple’s response to Camel Audio buyout rumors

Rumors have been swirling since late last night that Apple acquired Instrument and effect plug-in maker, Camel Audio. I contacted Apple today to see whether or not the rumors were true. [...]

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12:20
Xserve (Early 2009): Power consumption and thermal...

Learn about the power consumption and thermal output of Xserve (Early 2009) computers.

Read more: http://support.apple.com/en-us/HT200237

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12:15
The Week in Mac Apps: OmniFocus' Yosemite...

OmniFocus' Yosemite release, plus apps for writing, traveling, and more

This week’s roundup of new Mac apps brings you apps for writing, task management, traveling, or simply kicking back and listening to music.

Desk 1.2

Yo’s $30 Desk (Mac App Store Link) is a Markdown editor that, despite its minimalistic look and feel, manages to provide plenty of great features.

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12:10
If Lion Server has share points and privileges you...

When migrating data and settings from Lion Server to OS X Server (Mountain Lion), previously configured share points will not be retained. Make note of any existing share points prior to migration.

Read more: http://support.apple.com/en-us/HT200227

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12:00
Daily Deals for February 25, 2015, featuring the...

It's time to save some of your hard-earned money with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive deals for AWT readers, hardware discounts and our own handpicked iOS and OS X sales. All prices are USD and subject to change. Please check prices before you purchase as some deals may expire quickly.

AWT's Daily Deals

Take Control February Sale [Take Control; On sale for 50% off] Order now to expand your ebook library at half off—it's the perfect opportunity to polish your Mac and iOS skills, and start working more efficiently. This offer is good through the end of February 25th, 2015.

Simon...

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11:38
If you can't send or receive messages on your...

You might see an exclamation mark next to a message you try to send, or you might not receive messages that someone sends to you. These steps can help. 

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11:27
Netflix targets broadcast TV

Broadcast television may be now facing a similar, scary phase shift. Netflix has been making inroads among U.S. consumers for years, but its impact on the key 18-to-49-year-old demographic has so far been limited. Old habits die hard and many viewers have remained mostly loyal to habit of gorging on linear television on Thursday nights.

But the most recent numbers have some scary elements that point to a possibly massive disruption in the near term. Broadcast TV consumption among 18-to-34-year-old Americans plunged by 11% in the Christmas quarter. Ominously, audiences of young-skewing cable channels like Nickelodeon and MTV are now sliding by 14 to 17% year-on-year.

I’ll be honest, I’m more excited about a new Netflix series than I am about anything on one of the big networks.

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11:16
iOS & Android increase duopoly on smartphone...


IDC just released its latest numbers on the top smartphones by operating system showing iOS and Android continue to collectively dominate the market with both experiencing growth during 2014. Together, iOS and Android grabbed 96.3% of all smartphone shipments, which IDC points out is up from 95.6% in 4Q13 and from 93.8% in calendar year 2013.

Android experienced the most growth last year with 81.5% of the market during the year marking an increase in both unit volume and market share from 2013. iOS, on the other hand,...

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11:01
Jony Ive and the Apple car

Interesting article from John Cassidy in The New Yorker. If Apple is working on a car, I think they could give the traditional car companies more of a run than Cassidy does.

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11:00
Happy 60th Birthday, Steve Jobs

Today would have been the 60th birthday of Apple co-founder and legend Steve Jobs. Born on February 24, 1955, Jobs passed away from pancreatic cancer on October 5, 2011. 

Apple CEO Tim Cook took some time today to remember Jobs in a tweet:

Remembering Steve, who would have turned 60 today. "The only way to do great work is to love what you do." pic.twitter.com/0YD0gZ7jvm

— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) February 24, 2015

Cook was visiting the offices of German tabloid Bild-Zeitung today, although the reason for the visit is unknown. Yesterday Cook visited German glassmaker seele in Gersthofen, where he inspected the last of 2,400 glass panels that will be used on the Apple Campus 2 building now under construction in Cupertino, California. 

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10:48
Happy Birthday Steve Jobs

Tim Cook posted this tweet today. I still miss Steve. He would have been 60 today.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:40
Microsoft Band adds MapMyFitness & HealthVault...

The wearable fitness tracking Microsoft Band received an update this week adding support for biking, and integration with MapMyFitness and Microsoft's own HealthVault service, but it still lacks compatibility with Apple's HealthKit tools and Health app for iOS 8.

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