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Thursday April 16

10:07
Microsoft releases ‘Halo: Spartan Strike’ top-down...

Microsoft Studios is today releasing a new top-down shooter set in the Halo universe for iPhones and iPads (in addition to Windows mobile devices and Steam for PC).

The game, developed by Microsoft Studios, 343 Industries, and Vanguard Games, is set during the timeline of Halo 2 and follows a Spartan supersolider on “30 challenging missions while leading UNSC troops through cities and jungles with an all new arsenal of weapons, abilities and vehicles.”

The company is also making Halo; Spartan Assault, the first top-down Halo shooter it developed, available on both iPad and iPhone today. It’s available in a $9.99 bundle with the new Halo: Spartan Strike title:

Also available on iPad, iPhone, and Steam is the Halo:...

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10:02
Apple releases OS X 10.10.3 supplemental update to...

Approximately one week after releasing OS X 10.10.3 to the public, Apple has released an OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 Supplemental Update to fix a startup issue related to video drivers. The update is available on the Mac App Store in the Software Update tab. 10.10.3 introduced the new iCloud-based photos app, new emojis, and improved Google login for accounts with two-factor authentication.

Filed under: AAPL Company ...

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10:00
Accessible Apple: Apple Watch Try-ons, What You Need...

PHOTO FOR APPLE WORLD TODAY © 2015, KELLY HODGKINS

Last Friday, I visited my local Apple Store for my 11:30 AM Apple Watch Try-on appointment. During the appointment, I confirmed a few facts that I had previously read about and discovered some new ones. Below is a list of the things you should know before booking your Apple Watch try-on appointment if you are interested in seeing the watch's accessibility features in action:

1. The Apple Watch's used for try-on appointments are running videos showcasing their software. You cannot interact with these demos. The primary purpose of these watches is to allow customers to try them on for size.

2. The watches mounted to the table displays in the Apple Store are running full copies of Watch OS and can be interacted with. There are some restrictions on what you can do, some of which are discussed below.

3. The toggle switches used to enable accessibility features on the table-top display watches are dimmed,...

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09:21
9to5Toys Last Call: iTunes Free App of the Week,...

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:

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09:14
The best Apple Watch headphones and earphones

Up until now, Bluetooth wireless audio was purely optional for Apple’s devices: every iPad, iPhone, and iPod has shipped with a 3.5mm audio port to connect with wired earbuds and headphones. The Apple Watch is different: it’s Apple’s first fully wireless device, with no user-accessible ports to connect accessories, even though it can work as a standalone music player during workouts. The lack of a headphone port is actually a positive, since tethering your wrist to your head with a cable would look silly, and isn’t ergonomically ideal. Thankfully, Bluetooth headphones have come a long way over the past few years, shrinking from gangly and boxy earmuffs into earphones comfortable enough to exercise with.

Since one of the Apple Watch’s major selling points is fitness functionality, this quick guide to the best Apple Watch headphones and earphones focuses mostly on accessories that can work anywhere, rather than options you can’t wear while exercising. But I’ll include some...

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09:10
Killer Deal: Save $50-$220 off all iMac 5Ks plus...

AppleInsider has re-teamed with one of Apple's authorized resellers to offer $50-$220 discounts on 48 different configurations of Apple's new iMac with Retina 5K display, each of which is in stock and also comes with a free 3-Year AppleCare Protection Plan, a free Canon PIXMA all-in-one printer, free expedited shipping (and no sales tax collected in 48 states).

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09:00
Astropad gains support for FiftyThree’s Pencil...

Popular graphic design iPad app Astropad has today announced a new partnership with FiftyThree, the company behind the Paper app and accompanying Pencil stylus. Astropad has revealed that version 1.1 of its iPad app adds deep support for the Pencil stylus by FiftyThree. With support for Pencil, users will be able able to draw from their iPad directly into Photoshop and other apps on the Mac.

Astropad now supports the unique features of Pencil, including surface pressure and the eraser. Astropad is able to detect the amount of the...

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08:35
L.A. school district ditches iPad curriculum, seeks...

LA Times:

The Los Angeles Unified School District is seeking to recoup millions of dollars from technology giant Apple over a problem-plagued curriculum that was provided with iPads intended to be given to every student, teacher and administrator.

To press its case, the Board of Education on Tuesday authorized its attorneys in a closed-door meeting to explore possible litigation against Apple and Pearson, the company that developed the curriculum as a subcontractor to Apple.

This story has been ongoing and includes an FBI investigation, resignations of officials and plenty of blame for all to go around.

∞ Read this...

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08:30
CEO raises his company’s minimum wage to $70,000 by...

Inquisitr:

Dan Price, the CEO of a start-up company located in Seattle, has just raised his employee’s minimum wage to $70,000 by cutting his $1 million salary to that of his lowest-paid employees.

Price is taking upwards to 80 percent of his credit card processing company Gravity Payments’ $2.2 million expected profit and putting it into his employee’s salaries.Price recently announced that over a three-year period, Gravity Payments will be offering its 120 employees a salary of at least $70,000.

Fantastic news for the company’s employees. Some say this will become the model for other companies but I’d be hugely surprised if anyone else followed suit. It’s just not The Corporate Way.

One thing bothered me about this story though.

Price recently told the New York Times that he was motivated to make the radical change after he read a newly released study about how pay raises increase the happiness of those receiving them.

Seriously? You had...

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08:30
Sago Mini Toolbox lets toddlers discover hammers,...

Children’s app company Sago Sago is known for their “mini” series of apps, which are designed for preschoolers and include colorful and playful themes. This trend is continued in the company’s latest title - Sago Mini Toolbox, which debuted today in the iOS App Store.

As its name implies, Sago Mini Toolbox has a building theme that allows children to explore tools such as hammers, saws, rulers and scissors. The app has a “making” philosophy that encourages kids to pick a tool and build (or saw, or drill) something with it.

Like most Sago apps, the user interface is simple for younger children to understand. My 3-year-old son immediately knew how to start in on a building project, and the app provided the right tools for him to use. He also had no problem completing the task thanks to the kid-friendly graphics and controls.

The one thing I love about...

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08:25
Memo: Apple Watches won’t be available in stores...

Shipping dates for most Apple Watches have slipped into May or June at this point. According to an internal Apple Store memo obtained by The Telegraph, the high demand combined with Apple's initial supply will keep the watches from being sold in brick-and-mortar Apple stores until at least June.

Apple will still allow customers to come into Apple Stores and try the watches on—we came away generally impressed by the experience last week—but the memo from Apple retail head Angela Ahrendts says that actual orders will need to be placed online "through the month of...

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08:20
After fifteen years, Ars says goodbye to John...

After 15 years of providing Ars readers with deep insight into the internals of Apple’s desktop operating system, John Siracusa has announced that his OS X Yosemite review will be his last OS X review for Ars or for any other publication.

John has published a review for every major OS X revision stretching back to before the operating system's formal release, and his explorations into the Unix-y underpinnings of OS X are the main reason why I am writing this retrospective on a Mac today. His retirement post on Hypercritical states that in 1999 he was "at the forefront of long-form nerd-centric tech writing," and that’s absolutely spot-on. I still remember being absolutely mesmerized by his 6,000-word OS X Developer Preview 2 review in 1999, and I was in awe of...

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08:13
Apple Watch orders to remain online-only until May,...

It’s the leaked internal memos that make life interesting.

For those of you looking to snag an Apple Watch, a leaked internal memo from Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts to Apple Store employees states that Apple Watch orders will continue to be taken exclusively online through May and that deliveries will begin April 24th as planned.

Per the memo:

“The feedback from customers is overwhelmingly positive. They are excited about Apple Watch, and your teams are creating fantastic experiences for them. Customers who pre-ordered will start receiving deliveries next Friday as planned, and I know you will do a great job helping set them up.

Many of you have been asking if we will have the Apple Watch available...

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08:09
OS X reviewed

John Siracusa:

Nearly 15 years ago, I wrote my first review of Mac OS X for a nascent “PC enthusiast’s” website called Ars Technica. Nearly 15 years later, I wrote my last. Though Apple will presumably announce the next major version of OS X at WWDC this coming June, I won’t be reviewing it for Ars Technica or any other publication, including the website you’re reading now.

Siracusa’s name was known to many long before he started to write his incredible in-depth reviews of Apple’s Mac OS X but he will be forever known as the guy who wrote in the most detail about the OS.

He says:

Someone else can pick up the baton for the next 15 years.

Sadly, that’s not going to happen. No one can replace Siracusa or his writing style or his passion for writing the most complete reviews humanly possible of Mac OS X.

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08:02
Don't expect to buy an Apple Watch in-store...

Good news: If you preordered an Apple Watch on April 10 and saw an April 24-May 8 estimated shipping date, you might actually get a Watch on the 24th. Bad news: If you holding off on preordering a Watch until you could buy one in-store, you’ll have to wait until June.

According to 9to5Mac, Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts sent an internal memo to employees explaining why no Apple Stores will sell Apple Watches on launch day:

Apple

You can try on an Apple Watch in-store, but you'll have to buy online.

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07:52
News: Leaked cases may hint at ‘iPad Pro’ design...

Leaked cases revealed by Sonny Dickson may provide some details on the design of the alleged larger “iPad Pro” currently under development at Apple. Examining cases that claim to be for the new device, the report speculates that the new device will resemble the current iPads, but include stereo speakers located on both the bottom and the top of the device. The case design also suggests that components such as iSight camera and Touch ID…

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07:48
DataMan apps add Apple Watch support, allow quick...

This could come in handy.

XVision has announced that its DataMan apps are now ready for the Apple Watch. With DataMan, you can quickly glance at your wrist to see just how much data is left on your calling plan as well as your overall usage. Users can be notified if they’re about to go over their data cap as well as check used and remaining amounts of data.

DataMan for Apple Watch is now available in the DataMan Next and DataMan Pro apps. The app requires iOS 8.2 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the DataMan apps and have any feedback to offer, let us know in the comments.

XVision...

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07:38
News: Daily Deal: 50% off MiFi 2 Global Touchscreen...

For today’s iLounge Deal, we’re offering the MiFi 2 Unlocked Global Hotspot for only $99 – 50% off the normal price. Providing 4G Wi-Fi Internet access for up to 10 devices, this little devices lets you bring the Internet anywhere, staying connected securely and reliably without having to suffer the vagaries of coffee shop Wi-Fi. This global hotspot works in over 150 countries, and it’s unlocked so you can choose your own carrier…

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07:30
News: L.A. school district seeking restitution over...

The Los Angeles Unified School District is looking to recover millions of dollars from Apple following the failure of an iPad-based curriculum program, the Los Angeles Times reports. Developed by Pearson, an educational consulting firm working as a sub-contractor to Apple, the $1.3-billion program was intended to provide iPads to every student, teacher, and school administrator. The devices began rolling out in the fall of 2013, however, the plan…

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07:25
News: Apple partners with The Conservation Fund to...

The Conservation Fund has announced a partnership with Apple to conserve more than 36,000 acres of working forests — more than 32,400 acres in Maine and more than 3,600 acres in North Carolina. Apple will receive a “steady supply of sustainably harvested timber” for its paper and packaging. Lisa Jackson, Apple Vice President of Environmental Initiatives, posted on Medium that the company “is striving to supply 100 percent of the…

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06:55
News: In-store sales of Apple Watch delayed until at...

Limited availability of the Apple Watch is now expected to continue into June, according to a new report from The Telegraph. The articles quotes an internal memo from Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts in which she notes that lack of in-store availability of the Apple Watch is expected to “continue through the month of May” and directs Apple retail store staff to advise customers to order their watches online in order to receive “the…

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06:16
Apple Watch preorders estimated at 2.3M units, low...

The linked article has lots of interesting tidbits to process.

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06:12
Any.Do updated with new list sharing, list filters...

Popular To-Do List app Any.do was updated today to version 3.0 which features an improved user interface, list sharing, theme support and more. The changes were applied across all platforms including iOS, Mac, web, Chrome and Android.

The first change you will notice with Any.do is a new guided tour that launches the first time you use the app. The four-step tour greets you with a Welcome screen and introduces you to Any.do’s list organization, the three new views (Date, Priority or original List), and group sharing. Once you view the guide or press the “skip” button, you hop right into the app and can begin organizing your to do list.

Any.do 3.0 has a revised usere interface that is standardized across all platforms, which makes it easy to use as it is the same no matter which device your are using. One UI for all devices has its drawbacks, especially on the desktop. It is clear that Any.do is focused on mobile, with a layout that...

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06:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Feast your eyes on Gresso...

...plus battery packs, clear cases, and more

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases features a pricey little number from Gresso, the latest battery cases from Mophie and Ventev, a unique one-handed accessory from Portenzo, and much more.

Bodyguardz

The ScreenGuardz Pure and Crown bundle (iPhone 6 and 6 Plus; $40 to $45) is actually a high-end screen protector coupled with a custom-made aluminium rim designed to offer streamlined protection with a little flare.

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05:00
Opening Windows Source Code Could Improve Security


Microsoft Technical Fellow Mark Russinovich raised a few eyebrows at ChefCon earlier this month, when he aired the possibility of Windows becoming an open source program. Sure, Microsoft's attitude toward the open source movement has mellowed over the years, but the prospect of the company rubbing elbows with the likes of Linux overloads the imagination. Still, there could be real benefits to making Windows an open source operating system -- among them, better security.

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04:38
L.A. Unified School District may sue Apple for “...

The Los Angeles Unified School District is exploring the possibility of litigation against Apple over the failed project intended to provide every student with an iPad, reports the LA Times.

The Los Angeles Unified School District is seeking to recoup millions of dollars from technology giant Apple over a problem-plagued curriculum that was provided with iPads intended to be given to every student, teacher and administrator.

The project ran into early problems when students figured out how to bypass the restrictions designed to ensure the devices could be used only for school...

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03:58
No Apple Watches in store until June, Ahrendts tells...

Angela Ahrendts has told Apple Store staff that the Apple Watch is unlikely to be available for in-store purchases before June – but they should expect the usual ‘blockbuster launches’ in retail stores for future products.

In a memo to retail store staff, Apple’s retail head thanked staff for making the try-ons “unforgettable,” told them customer feedback had been “overwhelmingly positive” and that the online-only ordering period was likely to continue throughout May.

Many of you have been getting questions asking if we will have the watch available in stores on April 24 for walk-in purchases. As we announced last week, due to high global interest combined with our initial supply, we are only taking orders online right now. I’ll have more updates as we get closer to in-store availability, but we expect this to continue through the month of May.

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03:55
Baseball app GameChanger brings major league...

My junior year of high school was the last year I would play competitive baseball. As the season came to a close, I sat in the last row of the team bus on a return trip from a game that was played three hours away. I had the scorebook on one knee, and a piece of paper and pen on another. Page by page, diamond-filled square by diamond-filled square, I went through the book and tallied my batting average, runs batted in, errors, and a slew of other baseball stats.

The tedious process took the entire ride back, yet it felt like time well spent. I knew where I did and didn’t contribute to the team throughout the season, and was able to confirm I was in the midst of the best season I’d ever had. But I was the only one that knew any of this, as I was the only one that actually took the time to go through the book.

To...

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03:26
Automator actions, geotags, and more advanced tricks...

Photos for OS X is here, and the transition from iPhoto and Aperture has begun. While Photos definitely resembles its predecessor iPhoto, it’s also definitely a 1.0 product. Here are a few interesting tidbits that I’ve dug up about Photos as I’ve been writing my ebook about the app.

Automator actions

Photos does have some basic scripting support, but it doesn’t come with any Automator actions. Automator can be an extremely useful utility for Mac users who want to automate tasks—these days I’m using it to customize shell scripts and execute scripts from the Finder....

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01:41
Apple interested in light field imaging technology,...

A patent application filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday reveals Apple is continuing to explore light field camera applications, in this case imagining how users would manipulate image data to change focus or depth of field post festum.

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Wednesday April 15

21:25
Jawbone unveils Up4 fitness tracker w/ mobile...

Even though the long-delayed Up3 isn’t shipping until later this month, Jawbone this evening has taken the wraps off of two new fitness trackers, the Up4 and the Up2. The latter is a replacement for the Up24 released in 2013, while the former is a new fitness tracker by the company. The Up4 most notably adds support for on-band wireless payments from American Express. Both watches pair with your iPhone over Bluetooth.

The Up4 sports an NFC chip to perform the wireless payments. Existing...

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20:54
Apple quietly updates Watch website, removes April...

The Apple Watch site as it appears now

Apple has made a small but notable change to the web page for its upcoming wearable device. The page previously featured the tagline “Available 4.24.15,” but that notice has now been replaced with “The Watch is coming.”

The change likely stems from the fact that many users have discovered they will be unable to actually get their devices on launch day due to shipping delays, low stock, or the inability to buy them at an Apple Retail Store on launch day.

The Apple Watch site as it appeared until the evening of April 15th

There’s no reason whatsoever to believe that the launch date has been moved. Instead it can be seen as an acknowledgement by Apple that most shoppers will not be able to get their devices on day one...

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18:13
∞ iOS users dominate music festival Coachella

Gopi Sangha, Director of Technology for Coachella said three-quarters of attendees are using the Coachella app and 90 percent of those are using iOS. [...]

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18:08
KGI estimates over 2.3M Apple Watch pre-orders, 85%...

In a new report from KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo, the usually accurate analyst estimates that global pre-orders for the Apple Watch will top 2.3 million units through May. A report earlier this week claimed that Apple Watch first day pre-orders were at almost 1 million units…

Further breaking it down by specific model, Kuo estimates that the Sport model of the Apple Watch accounted for 85 percent of pre-orders, while the...

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17:55
Designer Karl Lagerfeld gets Apple Watch Edition...

Several celebrities like Katy Perry, Drake, and Pharrell Williams have been spotted with the gold Apple Watch Edition ahead of the device’s launch, but Apple gifted designer Karl Lagerfeld with something even more special — a custom gold Apple Watch with a gold Link Bracelet.

I checked and FedEx didn’t leave one of these at my door.

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17:00
Today in the App Store -- Wikipedia Mobile, Vox...

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 SimplePhysics, the new Vox Player and a major update to Wikipedia Mobile. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Sunny ~ Sleep Relax Meditate on the Beach with Calm Wave and Ocean Sounds [Now free, down from $2.99] You will sleep and feel better with Sunny, your collection of beautiful beaches recorded in stereoscopic 3D for headphones.

Curved Text [Now free, down from $1.99] Curved Text] helps you to add beautiful curved texts on your photo. With tons of curve shapes, text styles, artistic fonts and background templates, you can add...

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16:39
Los Angeles school district demands multi-million...

On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) told Apple that it would not accept any further deliveries of Pearson curriculum, which Apple has been providing as part of a $1.6 billion plan to give every student in the nation's second-largest school district an iPad. LAUSD also asked for a “multi-millon dollar refund” for software that had already been delivered, according to local public radio station KPCC.

In 2013 the school district signed an initial $30 million deal with Apple in a program that was supposed to cost up to $1.3 billion. As part of the program, LAUSD said it would buy iPads from Apple at $768 each, and then Pearson, a...

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16:00
AWT News Update: April 15, 2015

It's Tax Day in the US, and if you're anxiously trying to complete your 1040 or file an extension today, we'll help by letting you listen to today's Apple news.

  • Reuters poll determines that at least 15 million Apple Watches could be sold in the US this year
  • Tumblr gets a big update to 4.0, and you can now create new blogs from the app
  • Want to have lunch with Tim Cook and a friend? Head over to CharityBuzz.com now
  • Chess grandmaster gets banned from a Dubai tournament after it's discovered he was cheating with the assistance of an iPod touch

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15:00
Wikipedia app overhauled with new sharing features,...

The Wikipedia app for iOS was updated today with a handful of new features that make it easier to read and share content on the free online encyclopedia. The biggest change are the new image options that make images more prominent as you browse through the entries. Each entry now includes a lead image that appears at the top of an article, giving the app more of a blog feel instead of text-onlyencyclopedia entry. The app also now supports image galleries, allowing you swipe through multiple images that may be attached to an article. 

Another notable feature is a new sharing option that allows youth share a text snippet or an image of the article with your friends, family or followers. The image option includes a thumbnail from the article with text overlayed on top. It's a pleasing presentation that bundles concise information with good looks. Last, but not least, is a handy new...

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14:57
Apple adds new Apple Watch video guided tours for...

Update: Apple just uploaded the four new guided tours to its YouTube channel, as well. They are embedded below.

Apple has now updated its Apple Watch Guided Tour page with four more videos, featuring Phone Calls, Siri interactions, Maps navigation and the Music app. Apple began this series earlier in the month.

The videos demonstrate different Apple Watch features, such as taking a phone call, asking Siri for directions, getting navigation turn-by-turn directions in Maps or controlling music playback in the Music app.

...

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14:37
Here's video of SpaceX's rocket landing,...

Yesterday SpaceX made another unsuccessful try at landing a Falcon 9 first stage on a barge in the ocean, but the fuzzy Vine clip posted cut off right before things got exciting. Today, the company posted a longer, higher res video but quickly pulled...

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14:04
Amplified: I sleep nude

Jim and Dan talk about the meaning behind the WWDC announcement, why Jim got three Apple Watches, the evolution of music (from vinyl to tapes to cd’s and now streaming), beginning guitar without an amp, and more.

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14:00
Backerjack Podcast #14: Breathing sensors, social...

In Episode 14 of the Backerjack Podcast, Steve and Ross check out some of the latest products seeking funds and preorders:

  • Neobase, a home server that lets you create your own private Facebook for sharing with your (small) circle of friends. Now all your base are belong to you!
  • Wakē, a focused light and speaker combo that mounts over your bed to wake you gently without disturbing those sharing the boudoir
  • Prana, a wearable sensor that scores your breathing and posture and lets you practice via a video game

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13:40
Ask iLounge: Can I turn off Message Read Receipts...

Q: Is there a way I can turn off those little “Read” status notifications that my iPhone sends out for only certain people? I know I can turn the setting off for everybody, but I do like my close friends to know when I’ve read their messages — it lets them know I’m alive and I’ve got their message without responding to type “OK” back to them. However, I’m not so fond of the receipts being on for other…

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13:04
Gear: Knomo Falmouth Laptop Backpack

Knomo, an accessory company based in London, has released the Falmouth Laptop Backpack ($179), a cotton canvas backpack that can accommodate up to a 15” MacBook. A separate front compartment can hold any sized iPad, and there’s plenty of extra room inside the pack for additional items and accessories. The backpack comes in black or olive — we received the latter option.

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13:00
Wireless iPhone charging with the iQi Mobile...

iPhone 6 & Wood Puck Bamboo Edition Qi charger, Photo ©2105 Steven Sande

The Qi (pronounced "chee") inductive power standard is designed to make charging of electronic devices easy. By placing a Qi receiver that's either connected to a device or built into it near a Qi charger, induction provides a way to charge the device without plugging it in. The Apple Watch will work this way, although as far as we know it doesn't comply with the Qi standard. So how come we still can't charge our iPhones wirelessly? Well, with a Qi receiver from Fone Salesman and one of their Wood Puck chargers, you can.

Receiver:

The receiver is called the iQi Mobile (US$36.66) and it works with any Lightning port iPhone. While I haven't dissected the receiver yet, my guess is that it consists of a flat wound wire "antenna" connected to some simple circuitry. The idea is for you to use the receiver with your iPhone in a case, which is fine since I use a simple (and...

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12:19
∞ iTunes Radio is being maliciously stupid now

I used to like iTunes Radio, but it seems like the crew has abandoned ship and the service is crashing hard. It’s actually gone from questionable song choices to downright maliciously stupid. I swear it just tries to upset me.

My parents were in town for a visit recently and while we were driving, I thought I’d put on some 70s music for them. You know, classic rock songs that they would know.

I tried iTunes Radio and this is what I got:

This song was released in 2008. The rest of the selection from iTunes Radio was no better.

Jon B.: They Don’t Know (1997)
Anthony David: 4evermore (2011)
Conya Doss: Ain’t Giving Up (2005)
Eric Roberson: Picture Perfect (2011)

Clearly none of these are in the genre Apple listed them under in iTunes Radio.

So I fired up Spotify, Rdio, Pandora, and iHeart Radio. Each of those services delivered some nice 70s music like I

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12:17
Guitar Hero Strikes Back


Activision on Tuesday took the wraps off Guitar Hero Live, setting the video gaming stage for a battle of the bands. Though Guitar Hero's original developer left the group years ago to work on Rock Band, the series is in capable hands. DJ Hero developer FreeStyle Games has been prepping Guitar Hero Live for its fall release, which may be right around the time Rock Band 4 appears. The philosophies of the two music games always have been different, and these latest versions are no exception.

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12:00
MacTech Pro Boston a great event for Mac consultants

Today I'm attending MacTech Pro Boston, an event for Apple techs who support small to medium-sized businesses, either as independent consultants or with a larger firm. This year's session covers a variety of helpful topics and, just as important, provides an opportunity to meet and talk with professionals who really know their stuff.

It's a solid event attended by Mac administration professionals who are knowledgeable, thoughtful and generous with their time and expertise. I attended several talks covering topics like iCloud and a deep dive on Time Machine.

The iCloud talk featured a detailed look at exactly where iCloud Drive stores the files that are magically accessible across all of your devices. As presenter Derek Braunschweiger said, "magical" solutions are great until you have to fix them....

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11:43
Universal Audio introduces the next-gen Apollo...

I’ve used a lot of interfaces over the years, but honestly these are the best.

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11:41
Taylor releases new 600 series Maple guitars

Maple acoustic guitars haven’t been known for their warm, rich tone. Until now. Taylor master builder Andy Powers has poured his expertise into revoicing Taylor’s maple 600 Series, and the results are stunning. From specially aged spruce tops that produce a played-in sound from day 1 to custom-calibrated bracing that unleashes more volume, low-end warmth and sustain, Taylor’s new 600s give players a multi-dimensional musical voice that responds wonderfully to every playing style.

I played one of these at NAMM and was impressed.

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11:00
Wearables Wednesday: Some really bad (and a few good...

By the end of next week, the first Apple Watches will be embracing the wrists of some lucky early adopters. With all the hype surrounding the Watch, a number of crowdfunded projects have been launched in order to capture the imagination of those same early adopters. Sadly, most of these will never make it to market, and we’ll let you figure out why, starting with Kickstarter.

Apple Watch Temporary Tattoos - can’t afford a Watch? Here’s a temporary tattoo (see below) with separate watch faces. A whopping $3 and people still aren't backing this campaign.

Apple Watch Friend Finder - actually an app instead of an accessory, designed to let you “find and communicate with Apple Watch users near you”. Or let your friendly neighborhood thug find you and rob you of your...

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10:19
Don’t be so happy about that tax refund

FiveThirtyEight:

Americans hate filing tax returns, but they love getting refunds. More than three in four taxpayers get refunds, and the average amount they get back is close to $3,000, according to IRS data. That means that for many Americans, their annual refund is the biggest single check they’ll get all year.

But if you’re among the millions expecting a payout from the IRS this spring, make no mistake: That money was yours all along. Getting a refund means you paid too much in taxes last year and the government is paying that money back — without interest.

I’m no tax expert but I’ve always told people they should work their taxes so they get the smallest refund possible. Otherwise, you’re just giving the government an interest free loan of your money.

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10:08
Surprise! iFixit says you can’t do much to fix or...

As Apple's laptops have become thinner and lighter, they've also become more tightly integrated. The tradeoffs here are the same as they've ever been: lighter laptops that take up less space are obviously desirable, and manufacturing practices like bonding glass directly with LCD panels improve display quality beyond what would normally be possible. The downside is that you can do increasingly little to repair or upgrade these laptops yourself, and iFixit's teardown of the 2015 MacBook shows that it's even harder to work on than recent MacBook Airs and Pros.

The fun begins when you remove the pentalobe screws on the bottom of the laptop and attempt to remove the lower case—while this lower case is just a standalone piece of aluminum in the Air and the Pro, in the MacBook it actually houses some components that are connected to the rest of the laptop via cables. Be...

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09:59
From beaches to bridges, Apple has plenty of...

With Apple's next-generation Mac operating system expected to be unveiled at the upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference in June, AppleInsider looks at possible names the company might choose for its follow-up to the OS X versions dubbed Yosemite and Mavericks.

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09:34
Podcast: Apple Watch try-ons, WWDC, and the case of...

After being teased for months with events, slick videos, and the first crop of reviews, the world (well, the world who lives close to an Apple Store, anyway) can finally try on the Apple Watch. Leah Yamshon and Caitlin McGarry join us this week to dish about what it’s like to have $17,000 of wrist candy strapped to your arm, and whether they felt like they had to prove they could even afford the Apple Watch Edition to try it on. (Spoiler: Nope.)

The new MacBook has one big thing in common with the Apple Watch: You can’t buy it at an Apple Store, or at least Susie and Glenn weren’t able to on its supposed launch day. Online orders placed right away on April 10 are starting to arrive at customer’s homes today (April 15), but we think that Apple should have warned us to expect online ordering only. And what’s up with the 4-6 week ship time for USB-C adapters?

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09:24
Microsoft updates Office 2016 for Mac preview

It’s interesting when a company updates the preview version of its application.

In short, it means they really hope you buy it once it’s officially released.

Microsoft has updated its preview version of Office 2016 for Mac as well as launched two companion apps for iOS, Office Delve and Office 365 Video.

The new versions allow Office 2016 for Mac users to use the Outlook application to propose new times for meetings to which they’ve been invited, and allows organizers to modify proposed meetings and send updates. The new version of Word has received macro recording, online template search and new proofing tools, Excel has been given new analysis tools and a “solver”...

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09:18
Tim Cook offers keynote invite, Cupertino lunch in...

Charitybuzz today announced that for the third year in a row, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook is auctioning off some of his time in order to benefit the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights, which backs human rights causes around the globe.

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09:17
Samsung cozies up to Apple with new dedicated...

After years of accusations and litigation, the once-frosty relationship between Apple and Samsung is thawing. The two companies may always be rivals who create competing products, but their business partnership is growing stronger: Samsung is reportedly dedicating 200 employees to creating displays exclusively for Apple.

According to Bloomberg, Samsung formed a group on April 1 that is dedicated to making displays for iPads and MacBooks. The 200-person team at Samsung Display Co. can only share Apple information within its ranks, which may cut down on the supplier leaks that have ruined Apple product surprises in recent years.

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09:16
Here’s how 1Password, Evernote, SoundHound, and...

Abdel Ibrahim, writing for WatchAware, takes you on a tour of four different Apple Watch interfaces.

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08:47
European Commission charges Google with multiple...

Search giant Google has run once again into the welcoming embrace of European regulators, finding itself in the European Commission's crosshairs over allegations that it favors its own services unfairly with Android and web search products.

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08:20
Apple's new 12-inch MacBook closely guards its...

It may be the most amazing MacBook yet, but as you no doubt expected, Apple's new 12-inch Retina MacBook is a nightmare for the fix-it-yourself crowd.

Per their custom, the teardown masters at iFixit took apart this slender clamshell to discover all the secrets contained within its aluminum frame. What they found is that its secrets didn't come easily, thanks to a mess of proprietary screws, glue, and soldering.

In fact, iFixit gave the 12-inch MacBook one of the worst repairability scores possible at 1 out of 10, with 10 being the easiest to repair.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment,...

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08:13
iFixit posts teardown of 12-inch MacBook

The teardown you’ve been waiting for has been completed.

And it shows off some really nifty stuff.

The coolest of cats at iFixit have published a teardown of the new 12-inch MacBook. The feature shows just how tiny the notebook’s logic board is, coming in at 67 percent smaller than that of the MacBook Air. The piece also shows a new terraced battery design for the MacBook, allowing more batteries to be efficiently fit into a small space.

Finally, the new MacBook also features the same Force Touch technology seen on the 2015 Retina MacBook Pro. The Force Touch trackpad doesn’t actually push in like a normal trackpad, but rather provides haptic feedback to provide the same...

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08:08
Microsoft updates Office 2016 for Mac Preview,...

Microsoft on Wednesday released an updated version of the Office 2016 for Mac Preview, cleaning up bug and performance problems while adding new features, as the company also simultaneously launched two new Office 365 apps for the iPhone, Office Delve and Office 365 Video.

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08:05
Review: Divoom Voombox-party Portable Bluetooth...

Divoom's Voombox-party ($119) is a portable Bluetooth speaker which ticks off many desirable boxes — splash resistance, 8-hour battery life, NFC, quick-pairing Bluetooth, speakerphone capabilities, and enough range to stream from across the house. Divoom's stereo speaker is bolstered by two 2" full-range drivers, an active 3" subwoofer, and two passive radiators, boasting 20W of output power. Voombox-party’s design is like a thinner, longer version of last year's Voombox, and its sturdy (if heavy) design inspires confidence. A micro-USB port is included for charging, in addition to an aux port — both a micro-USB cable and a short audio cable are included.{/exp:char_limit}
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07:59
Handy Apple Watch quick start guide

Nice little Apple Watch interface flow diagram from Ben Lovejoy at 9to5mac.

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07:51
XSAN 2.1.1 Crashing

Forums: Troubleshooting

Dear Concerns,

We are using XSAN 2.1.1 in our facility with 12 fibre clients. Recently we rebuilt XSAN 2.1.1 using the same HDDs in single VTRAK (E-Class). Using the following procedure:

1) made 3 logic unit numbers i.e. 1 (Raid 1 for metadata of 2 drives), 2 (Raid 5 of 6 drives for data), 3(Raid 5 of 6 drives for data), 2 spares. Drives used are of 2TB
2) quick initialised the Logic numbers
3) Reinstalled Metadata controllers
4) Created SAN and than Volume (with same settings as previous Volume)

After completion of LUNs we created the Volume and provided to clients. But the Read/Write speed was drastically slow.
Users used the Volume for the day and than controllers stopped responding and Volume crashed. We again created the Volume and faced the same scenario.
We never used Open directory from...

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07:22
News: Daily Deal: Enter for a chance to win the...

Today in iLounge Deals we have The Choose Your Own Apple Watch Giveaway, in which we’re giving you the chance to win your choice of any Apple Watch model up to $750 in price. From the simple elegance of the black leather band and the modern sophistication of the Milanese Loop to the versatility and durability of the sports band, there is a whole slew of enticing Apple Watches to choose from. To enter, simply submit your e-mail address on the…

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07:22
News: Apple adds WWDC scholarships to promote...

Apple has nearly doubled the number of scholarships for this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference in an attempt to bolster diversity, Re/code reports. The company is offering up to 350 scholarships to students age 13 or older and members of organizations working to promote science, engineering, technology and math education for women and minorities. CEO Tim Cook pledged to strive for more diversity after Apple’s diversity report released…

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07:03
News: Samsung creates exclusive team to build Apple...

Samsung has created a team of about 200 employees working exclusively on displays for Apple, Bloomberg reports. The team provides screens for iPads and MacBooks, aids in product development, and only shares information about Apple’s business within the group, according to people with direct knowledge of the move. Even after years of legal fights between the two companies, Apple is Samsung’s biggest external customer, with Samsung set to…

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07:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: Better BiteMyApple

Better BiteMyApple

This week’s roundup of accessories includes two devices brought to you by BiteMyApple, a clearinghouse for Apple products produced with Kickstarter help. Plus: Batteries galore.

Apelpi

The $30 Stem is a 2200-mAh portable external battery charger, covered in gold and offering enough backup power to add six hours of talk time, 11 hours of video, or 44 hours of music playback to your phone. And again: It’s gold.

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06:54
News: Ikea reveals US prices for Wireless Charging...

A U.S.-specific update has revealed prices for Ikea’s upcoming Wireless Charging Collection, including the Vitahult Wireless Charging Cover for iPhone 6 ($25), which will make the phone compatible with the Qi wireless charging stations in Ikea’s new line. Ikea’s new promotional materials also list charging cases for the iPhone 4, 5 and 5s ($20-$25), but make no mention of the iPhone 6 Plus. The cases featured in the press release…

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06:48
WWDC 2015 scholarships increased to 350 as Apple...

Apple this year is offering 350 scholarships to WWDC 2015, a substantial increase over last year that will pull in students 13 and older, as well as members and alumni from a number of groups including women, blacks, and Latinos.

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06:03
∞ Dear Apple, about those WWDC tickets

Remember when it was easy to get in to WWDC?

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05:19
Samsung creating dedicated Apple devices screen team

Samsung continues to hedge its bets.

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05:15
Apple acquires Israeli camera tech company LinX,...

Smaller camera mechanism, better low-light optics. The future looks bright for the next-gem iPhone cameras.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:00
SuperX OS Greases the Classic Linux Wheel


SuperX OS is a solid Linux distribution that dispels all of the criticisms about using free open source operating systems. SuperX is a relatively new distro developed by Libresoft. Based on Ubuntu and Debian, it adds a highly customized KDE desktop environment. Version 3.0 -- dubbed "Grace" after computing pioneer Grace Hopper -- was released March 23. The maturity and impressive performance of this latest release makes the SuperX OS a prime replacement choice for whatever distro you now use -- it is that good.

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04:48
iCloud Photo Library: The Missing FAQ

OS X 10.10.3 brings the new Photos app to the Mac, and with it, the iCloud Photo Library sync feature that has been available to iOS users for months. But iCloud Photo Library has turned out to be confusing to many users. In this FAQ, Joe Kissell answers the most common questions and points out some of iCloud Photo Library’s surprising behaviors.

 

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03:40
Struck gold: Comparing two Apple Watch Edition try-...

Few can afford an Apple Watch Edition, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your hands on one. When Apple started taking preorders for all Watch models last Friday, it also opened up appointments to try them on in person, with a special appointment process for the Edition.

Macworld’s Leah Yamshon and Caitlin McGarry tried on all three models in San Francisco and New York, respectively, and compared notes on what the demos are like, how they differ, and which Watch is the best in person.

What we expected 

Caitlin: I admit, my expectations for the Apple Watch Edition try-on appointment were high. I’ve been lusting after the rose gold Edition with rose gray Modern Buckle band for months. I counted all the quarters in my change jar/retirement account to see how close to $17,000 I could get. (Not close, not even a little.) Even though I have no plans to buy an Edition any time soon, or ever, I was looking forward to getting a little taste of...

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03:30
Meet the Appletini Bar, a Power Mac G4 tower with a...

Here at Macworld, we love a good DIY-project involving old Apple tech—and any time you can turn a landfill-bound product into something more useful (and, in this case, so much cooler) than it was before, well, that’s just a win all around. 

Minneapolis-based industrial designer and fellow Apple geek Ross Mackert might just be the new Apple DIY king: He retrofits old Power Mac G4 towers to house liquor and barware, and loves to surprise and shock fellow Mac users when he flips down its side panel to show them what’s inside.

Ross Mackert and his Appletini Bar.

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02:48
Samsung reportedly has new 200 employee team...

In a new report by Bloomberg, Samsung apparently has created an independent group of about 200 people that work solely on screens for Apple products. Bloomberg claims this is part of a plan to “strengthen business ties” between Apple and Samsung, which obviously have had a shaky history since the lawsuits over iPhone technology.

The patent disputes between Apple and Samsung were dropped in mid 2014, which led many to speculate that relations between the two companies may improve. This report by Bloomberg suggests exactly that.

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Tuesday April 14

21:46
Teardown of 12" MacBook with Retina display...

After it debuted last week to mixed reviews, Apple's all new 12-inch MacBook was dissected by a Chinese owner on Tuesday, who subsequently posted images of the teardown online.

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20:06
12-inch MacBook teardown provides closer look at its...


We saw teardowns of the 2015 MacBook Air and Retina MacBook Pro last month, but now a Feng.com user has provided us with the first teardown of the all-new 12-inch MacBook. Apple heavily touted the internal design of the laptop during its...

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16:15
The Week in Mac Apps: Core Animator, Graph Builder,...

Core Animator, Graph Builder, Ninox, and more apps for work and study

In this week’s roundup of new Mac apps, you’ll find animation tools for programmers, software for serious coin collectors, and a little help for kids who are having trouble with fractions.

Core Animator 1.0.5

If you program for a living, you know that coding complex animations by hand is about as fun as riding a bicycle underwater without any air supply. Luckily, Polished Play’s $100 Core Animator comes to the rescue with an animation system designed specifically for developers.

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16:00
Today in the App Store -- Fleksy Keyboard, Workflow...

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 Fleksy Keyboard, the new Leawo Blu-ray Player 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

iDarkroom - Manual Camera, Photo Editor, Best Toon & Hand Drawn Filters [Now free, down from $0.99] iDarkroom is a REAL-TIME, INTUITIVE, POWERFUL photo editor.

Fleksy Keyboard - Fast, Custom Typing [Now free, down from $0.99] Fleksy is the most fun, customizable way to type, and officially the fastest keyboard in the world.

...

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15:59
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

I’ll be honest, I like my iPad better, but a lot of people really like the Kindle. They dropped the price, so if you were waiting for that, here’s your chance.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:25
Apple Devs Play WWDC Lottery


Apple on Tuesday announced that its 26th annual Worldwide Developers Conference will take place in San Francisco June 8-12. The event will include more than 100 technical sessions on developing, deploying and integrating the latest iOS and OS X technologies. Attendees will get access to the latest innovations, features and capabilities of the OSes, as well as best practices for enhancing an app's functionality, performance, quality and design. As in the past, Apple will issue the $1,600 tickets to the event through random selection.

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15:00
AWT News Update: April 14, 2015

MANFROTTO DIGITAL DIRECTOR. IMAGE VIA MANFROTTO.

There's news for everybody on the AWT News Update today:

  • Digital camera buffs will soon be able to control their Canon or Nikon DSLRs from an iPad with a new Manfrotto accessory
  • Apple Pay hasn't launched yet in China, with banks and credit/debit card system operator UnionPay balking at the fee Apple wants
  • Foxconn is buying 50,000 - 60,000 used iPhones every day to resell in China
  • Not buying an Apple Watch? You can get a heck of a deal on a Motorola Moto 360 thanks to sales from Google, Best Buy and Amazon

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14:40
Did Apple and its ad designers steal from Brazilian...

A famous Brazilian artist has sued Apple and two artists, alleging that his work has been copied in a number of company advertisements.

The lawsuit, which was filed earlier this month in federal court in Miami, claims that the two artists that Apple paid for its “Start Something New” campaign, Craig & Karl, stole from Romero Britto’s “pop art” style.

Britto moved from Brazil to Florida when he was 24 years old. A few years later, in 1993, Britto opened a large gallery on Lincoln Road in Miami—and Apple followed suit with its own store on the same street 15 years after that. As the Brazilian artist’s fame grew, he was able to license his images onto various commercial products.

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14:13
∞ “Smells Like Teen Spirit” played on floppy drives

Not using floppy disks, but the drives themselves.

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14:10
Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference Kicks Off...

Apple today announced it will hold its 26th annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) June 8 through June 12 at San Francisco’s Moscone West, with more sessions than ever before streamed live to developers worldwide. WWDC will feature more than 100 technical sessions, over 1,000 Apple engineers, hands-on labs, and the Apple Design Awards. “The App Store ignited an app ecosystem that is simply amazing, forever changing the lives of customers and creating millions of jobs worldwide,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “We’ve got incredible new technologies for iOS and OS X to share with developers at WWDC and around the world, and can’t wait to see the next generation of apps they create.”

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14:07
The WWDC logo animated in CSS

This is just full of awesome. More great work from Donovan at CSS Animation.

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14:05
AltConf dates and more speakers

The dates are now confirmed. I’ll be attending AltConf too.

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14:04
Apple Announces ResearchKit Available to Medical...

Apple today announced that ResearchKit, a software framework designed for medical and health research, is now available. Medical researchers will be able to use ResearchKit to develop their own apps, and developers can also contribute new research modules to the open source framework. “We are delighted and encouraged by the response to ResearchKit from the medical and research community and the participants contributing to medical research. Studies that historically attracted a few hundred participants are now attracting participants in the tens of thousands,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s senior vice president of Operations. “Medical researchers all over the world are actively exploring how ResearchKit can help them study even more diseases, and we believe the impact on global understanding of health and wellness will be profound.”

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14:00
Apple Updates Final Cut Pro X, Motion, and Compressor

Apple has updated Final Cut Pro X, Motion, and Compressor with new features for motion graphics and key enhancements to accelerate video editing, packaging, and delivery. Final Cut Pro 10.2 introduces stunning 3D titles that are easy to use, improved masking for color grading and effects, native support for more camera formats, and GPU-accelerated RED RAW processing. Motion 5.2 extends the power of 3D titles with the ability to create custom materials and environments and instantly publish them to Final Cut Pro X. Compressor 4.2 makes it easy to package a movie for sale on the iTunes Store. “From Hollywood blockbuster directors to first-time movie makers, Final Cut Pro X is changing the way we edit movies today,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

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14:00
ResearchKit now available to medical researchers

Apple announced today that ResearchKit is now available to researchers and developers. As you may recall, ResearchKit is a software framework that's designed to help doctors, scientists, and other researchers gather data with more frequency and accuracy by using the sensors built into iPhone.

ResearchKit, which is open source, allows any medical researcher to take advantage of specific modules to speed the development of research study apps and to also build new modules for submission to be adopted as part of ResearchKit. The initial modules address:

  • Participant consent: customizable template that can be customized to explain the study and obtain participant signatures. The module can even add video segments explaining the study and an...
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13:25
Apple Watch will be showcased at Salone del Mobile...

The Apple Watch may not be available in Italy at launch, but Apple will be showcasing its new device at the upcoming Salone del Mobile in Milan on Friday. According to the design-centric magazine Wallpaper (via Tim Bradshaw), Apple is planning a one-day only preview and try-on event at the design exhibition on April 17th. The Apple Watch’s presence will mark Apple’s first time attending the design fair.

While Apple was noticeably absent from last month’s Baselworld luxury watch trade show, Apple’s Design VP Jony Ive expressed his excitement over the Apple Watch being featured during the upcoming design exhibition....

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13:16
Tip of the Day: Getting haptic feedback for walking...

If you want to use your iPhone for getting walking directions around town, both Apple’s and Google’s Maps apps have you covered, although traditionally you’ve pretty much had to either wear earphones or pay close attention to your iPhone to know when and where to turn if you’re traveling through an unfamiliar neighborhood. The good news is that Google Maps has quietly added a haptic feedback feature to its iPhone Maps app that…

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12:45
News: Report: Apple acquires mobile imaging company...

Apple has acquired camera technology company LinX, CNBC reports. The price of the acquisition appears to be around $20 million, according to sources who informed Dow Jones of the deal. The Israeli company develops high-quality imaging hardware for integration into mobile devices, and aims to “put SLR image quality” into users’ pockets, according to a press release last year announcing the company’s successful development of…

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12:30
How Apple Pay assists you even when you encounter...

Apple last year unveiled Apple Pay during in its September Special event. While most people are aware of how Apple Pay works on the surface, there are many details that you don’t discover until you start using the service. One such scenario involves the extremely helpful way Apple handles a credit card that’s been canceled due to fraud.

One of the most inconvenient parts of dealing with fraudulent credit card purchases is the inevitable closing your card and the issuing of a new one. I had this happen to me recently, and it was quite inconvenient to not have access to my card when I had plans to use it. Equally frustrating was the fact that I could see the new number in my online account, but could not access it until my card arrived. Because my fraud happened on a Friday night, I was without my credit card until the following Tuesday.

If I had used Apple Pay with this card, my...

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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
Mac Notebooks: Avoiding MagSafe Power Adapter...
Apple Support says proper usage, care, and maintenance of Your Mac notebook’s MagSafe power adapter can substantially increase the the adapter’s service life. Of course, MagSafe itself is an Apple... Read more
12″ Retina MacBook In Shootout With Air And P...
BareFeats’ rob-ART morgan has posted another comparison of the 12″ MacBook with other Mac laptops, noting that the general goodness of all Mac laptops can make which one to purchase a tough decision... Read more
FileMaker Go for iPad and iPhone: Over 1.5 Mi...
FileMaker has announced that its FileMaker Go for iPad and iPhone app has surpassed 1.5 million downloads from the iTunes App Store. The milestone confirms the continued popularity of the FileMaker... Read more
Sale! 13-inch 2.7GHz Retina MacBook Pro for $...
 Best Buy has the new 2015 13″ 2.7GHz/128GB Retina MacBook Pro on sale for $1099 – $200 off MSRP. Choose free shipping or free local store pickup (if available). Price for online orders only, in-... Read more
Minimalist MacBook Confirms Death of Steve Jo...
ReadWrite’s Adriana Lee has posted a eulogy for the “Digital Hub” concept Steve Jobs first proposed back in 2001, declaring the new 12-inch MacBook with its single, over-subscribed USB-C port to be... Read more
13-inch 2.7GHz Retina MacBook Pro for $1234 w...
Adorama has the 13″ 2.7GHz/128GB Retina MacBook Pro in stock for $1234.99 ($65 off MSRP) including free shipping plus a free LG external DVD/CD optical drive. Adorama charges sales tax in NY & NJ... Read more
13-inch 2.5GHz MacBook Pro available for $999...
 Adorama has the 13-inch 2.5GHz MacBook Pro on sale for $999 including free shipping plus NY & NJ sales tax only. Their price is $100 off MSRP. Read more
Save up to $600 with Apple refurbished Mac Pr...
The Apple Store is offering Apple Certified Refurbished Mac Pros for up to $600 off the cost of new models. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each Mac Pro, and shipping is free. The... Read more

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*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions (US) - A...
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
*Apple* Watch SW Application Project Manager...
**Job Summary** The Apple Watch software team is looking for an Application Engineering Project Manager to work on new projects for Apple . The successful candidate Read more
Map Services Frameworks Manager - *Apple* M...
Job Description: Apple 's Maps Evaluation Organization is seeking a Senior Manager to lead the Map services assertions and performance frameworks group. Key Read more
Shuttle Driver - APPLE EAST, APPLE EAST (Unit...
HERE WE GROW AGAIN!! We are adding to our team! Red Lion Chevrolet of Apple Automotive is growing and we are looking for a PART TIME SHUTTLE DRIVER/ PORTER FOR SERVICE Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions (US) - A...
Job Description: Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, Read more
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