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Friday April 11

08:47
External Link: Microsoft Launches Escape from XP Game

Wow! So 8-bit! Having ended support for its superannuated Windows XP operating system earlier this month, Microsoft has released an online game to convince users of the old OS to get over it. In the game, Escape from XP, you first see XP boot up (faster than in real time), and then crash into the game itself, where you battle armies of marching PCs and flaming Recycle Bins, rendered in full 8-bit glory and accompanied by crunchy synthesized audio. Escape from XP is browser based and is designed to show off the capabilities of modern browsers, in particular the latest iteration of Internet Explorer.

 

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08:47
External Link: Microsoft Launches “Escape from XP”...

Wow! So 8-bit! Having ended support for its superannuated Windows XP operating system earlier this month, Microsoft has released an online game to convince users of the old operating system to get over it. In the game, Escape from XP, you first see XP boot up (faster than in real time), and then crash into the game itself, where you battle armies of marching PCs and flaming Recycle Bins, rendered in full 8-bit glory and accompanied by crunchy synthesized audio. Escape from XP is browser-based and is designed to show off the capabilities of modern browsers.

 

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08:47
XKCD’s take on Heartbleed

Read the linked comic, then take a read of the How it works post from a few days ago. The XKCD comic is basically showing a series of GET requests and what happens when the requested data size doesn’t match the actual data size.

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08:43
Popular RSS client Reeder 2 for Mac hits first...

Popular RSS client Reeder was largely affected by Google’s abrupt shutdown of Google Reader earlier last year as it raced to update its various apps support for alternative RSS subscription services.

Reeder for iOS gained support for services like Feedly and Feed Wrangler pretty quickly last year, but Reeder for Mac has taken a bit longer than had originally been anticipated.

Today, Reeder 2 for Mac is available in its first public beta for free ahead of its final development....

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08:30
Thoughts on asking users for iOS permissions

Asking a user for permission to send them push notifications or to access their private data can be a little bit of a minefield.

For many apps, not getting access to a phone’s sensors or data can change the entire user experience. For example, if an app depends on where the user is standing, declining access to location could render the app useless. More subtly, if push notifications play a critical role in getting your user to form a habit of using your app, declined access could lead to you losing them forever.

Making it all worse is that when a user taps “Don’t Allow”, there is no easy way for them to reverse that decision.

If you are interested in user interface/experience, this is some good food for thought.

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08:25
Deutsche Bank Initiates AAPL Coverage with $650...

Deutsche Bank analyst Sherri Scribner initiated coverage of Apple's stock on Friday with a US$650 target price, saying the company likely has some surprises in store. Apple hasn't released any new products yet in 2014, but company CEO Tim Cook has said that there would be big announcements throughout the year.


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08:20
$5,000 Amazon Web Services security breach

A nasty surprise when the Amazon Web Services send you an email to update your credit card info to handle the charges.

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08:04
iPhone Apps: Mextures, Morning, Twitterrific
08:00
iPhone 101: Change this one setting to get your...

This happens to me all the time. I get snuggled up under the blanket, ready to check my Twitter feed and Facebook posts one last time before calling it a night. It's always then and there that I realize my iPhone battery is at less than 10 percent...

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07:50
Apple, Intel decline new investment in Intellectual...

Two previous investment partners, Apple and Intel, have declined to put money into Intellectual Ventures' latest patent acquisition fund, says Reuters. IV is dedicated exclusively to buying intellectual property, and has so far acquired about 70,000 patents and other forms of IP. It has raised about $6 billion from investment partners in the past, but is looking to pick up another $3 billion. Microsoft and Sony have agreed to participate in the new round of funding....



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07:49
Analyst: Don’t Look for Apple’s Custom Baseband...

JP Morgan analyst Rod Hall isn't buying into reports that Apple is ready to dump Qualcomm and use its own custom designed baseband chips in the next iPhone. He thinks Apple is working on its own chips, but that they won't be ready until some time in 2015.

The Mac Observer Spin: Baseband chips aren't easy to design, but that doesn't mean Apple isn't working on just that. If so, expect improved battery life and performance from future iPhones and iPads while Qualcomm and other chip makers take a hit to their bottom line.


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07:39
App Camp for Girls Rocks Macworld/iWorld

One of the most innovative panels at Macworld/iWorld 2014 was the App Camp for Girls Open House. Josh Centers took a look inside how the camp teaches girls how to code.

 

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07:18
App.io brings its HTML5 iOS app demos to interactive...

I’ve covered App.io a few times in the past. The service, which allows app devs to deploy fully useable HTML5 demo versions of their native iOS apps on the web, first launched under the name “Kickfolio” back in 2012. The goal for the company was originally to let devs bring demos of their apps to promotional webpages and it eventually expanded the platform to include Facebook and other channels. Today, and around 2 million interactive app demos later, the company is announcing that it’s bringing those same app demos directly to mobile devices as interactive ads.

The ads go a step beyond the interactive app-like experience that Apple promised, but never quite delivered, with...

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07:07
Samsung caught lying about tablet sales

This week we learned, thanks to a February 2012 internal Samsung document marked “top secret” and unearthed by Apple as part of its ongoing patent infringement proceedings, that we were right and those more credulous news outlets were wrong.

When Strategy Analytics was telling the world that Samsung sold 2 million Galaxy Tabs in six weeks, the truth was that it took Samsung all of 2011 to sell half that many.

Lying, cheating, bastards.

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07:00
A homescreen so creative it'll make you go...

It took me a minute to figure out the humor in the homescreen above, but once I did it made me go "heh". My only regret is that I didn't think of making it first. Too clever....

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06:59
Wells Fargo defends 'market perform'...

Having downgraded its rating on Apple stock in January, Wells Fargo on Friday defended their neutral outlook for the company's near future, characterizing it as a long-term opportunity for investors that faces near-term hurdles while the industry transitions.



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06:37
FunBITS: FTL: Faster Than Light Moves to iPad

Josh Centers jumps back into FTL, the unforgiving, roguelike space simulator, to see how it fits on the iPad and to give a quick look of what’s new in the Advanced Edition expansion for all the platforms on which FTL runs.

 

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06:18
Dubious iPhone 6 cases already rolling in

It may be five or so months before Apple launches the iPhone 6, with very little known for sure at this stage, but the case makers have already started firing-up their 3D printers.

French site NoWhereElse has posted photos of what claims to be transparent cases for the iPhone 6, with a cut-out for the rumored new position of the power button, on the side of the phone, opposite the volume buttons. Oddly, however, there is also a button-shaped cut-out on the top of the phone.

NWE acknowledges that the source of the photo has no track-record of leaks, and we can’t see any reason to believe this is anything more than the usual attempts by case companies to...

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06:13
Apple says services not affected by Heartbleed

The Heartbleed security flaw, which has affected hundreds of thousands of websites using OpenSSL, has not done the same to Apple’s services. Apple confirmed to Re/Code that its mobile, desktop, and web services were not affected. “Apple takes security very seriously. iOS and OS X never incorporated the vulnerable…

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06:03
Google Glass Goes Public for a Day

Google is ready to expand sales of its Google Glass facetop tech to more than just developers, but only for a day. The Internet search giant plans to let anyone in the United States pony up the US$1,500 for Google Glass on April 15.


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06:00
Amazon grabs a new demographic…comic book readers

If you love comic books and love reading on your iPad, you’ve probably heard of comiXology. The company (and app) are responsible for bringing comic books into the digital age of online purchasing and reading content on a mobile device. So it was only a matter of time before it attracted the eye of the largest online source for purchasing reading material. ComiXology’s CEO, David Steinberger, posted the news on their web site Thursday afternoon that they had been purchased by Amazon.

 

Since 2007, comiXology has been partnering with comic book publishers to bring titles to their service, most notably the DC and Marvel lineups. In 2013 it added a service for independent comic books to self-publish their work.

Naturally, there will be...

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06:00
Daily App: Skylit shows sunset and sunrise times

Skylit is a new app from Stay Kids that falls into the weather category, even though it doesn't deliver forecast information. Instead of detailed weather information, the app focuses on sunrise and sunset, which are important pieces of information...

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05:30
Heartbleed bug hits the Internet

A newly announced bug, dubbed “Heartbleed” has got online companies on the run as they race to patch the insecurity. In spite of all the current fervor however, the bug has actually been around for about two years. It may also be the first wide-scale bug to have its own web page and logo (heartbleed.com). Heartbleed is based on a fault in functionality in the widely used OpenSSL library. OpenSSL is the cryptographic software that protects information being transferred from server to server throughout the internet. It is meant to stop hackers from intercepting secure information such as logins, usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, and...

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05:22
Apple opts out of latest patent acquisition fund...

Prominent patent buyer Intellectual Ventures won't be able to count Apple among the participants in its latest IP purchase, as the iPhone maker has apparently opted out of its latest investment.



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05:00
Consumers Can't Stanch Heartbleeding


Consumers can do little to protect themselves from the catastrophic Heartbleed bug.
"Catastrophic is the right word," wrote security guru Bruce Schneier in his blog this week. "On the scale of 1 to 10, this is an 11." Heartbleed is an extension of the SSL/TLS protocol used to encrypt data in transit on the Internet. The most common evidence of SSL to consumers is the padlock icon displayed by URLs that begin with "https." Heartbleed is used to keep a secure connection alive.

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04:56
Apple declines further investment in patent...

Apple and Intel both declined an invitation to invest in a new round of funding for patent assertion entity Intellectual Ventures, reports Reuters. Both companies had invested in the enterprise in the past. Intellectual Ventures did, however, receive further investments from both Microsoft and Sony.

Apple and Intel’s decision is significant because the biggest tech companies have supported IV in the past. “This would be a dramatic departure,” said Kevin Jakel, chief executive of Unified Patents.

Intellectual Ventures declined to discuss investments. Microsoft, Sony, Intel and Apple also would not comment. It is unclear whether Intel and Apple could still opt to invest in IV’s vehicle at a later time.

As a frequent target of patent trolls, it seemed an odd investment for Apple...

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04:36
SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition incorporates Rush Hour...

The Deluxe Edition of Sim City 4 is now exclusively available on the Mac App Store, some weeks ahead of availability elsewhere, priced at $19.99.

The special edition includes the functionality of the Rush Hour expansion pack, which includes a monorail system and a ferry, along with two new disaster scenarios … 

The SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition includes both SimCity 4 and the Rush Hour expansion pack, which gives you more control over your city’s transportation options, plus two bonus disasters: UFO attack and Autosaurus Wrecks.

We even included the exclusive Mac “Custom Tunes” feature that allows your iTunes library to be played in the game!

The original version of...

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03:43
Closer look: Apple Mac Pro AMD FirePro D-Series dual...

One of the many exciting new features of the Mac Pro (late 2013) is Apple's choice to opt for dual AMD FirePro workstation GPUs as standard fitment, which certainly caught the eye of many observers. The previous generation Mac Pros included the option to fit dual CPUs, but as you can tell from the radical external redesign of the Mac Pro that Apple has fundamentally rethought its approach to the Mac workstation. Apple has chosen to adopt a dual-GPU configuration as standard fitment to leverage the massive processing power in GPU architecture. The biggest performance gains in certain profession...



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01:00
Don Melton on Steve Jobs and other news from April...

Former Apple engineer Don Melton posted a heartwarming and fascinating post late on Thursday highlighting his memories of working with Steve Jobs. The entire post is well worth reading in its entirety as it provides a more up-close and personal...

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00:43
Exclusive: Apple vs. Samsung docs reveal Galaxy Tab...

Top secret sales data revealed during the Apple vs. Samsung trial this week shows that Samsung knew that the Galaxy Tab sales figures (and overall Android tablet sales) it and various market research groups had fed to the media were not even remotely true.



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Thursday April 10

23:36
Macworld gems: Glowdeck smartphone dock

Now that we've had time to recover from the fury of meeting so many vendors at this year's Macworld, MacNN and Electronista have had a little time to reflect on some of the products and services we saw there. Many have yet to come to market -- a running joke was the number of projects crowdfunded last summer that will be arriving in stores soon -- some have won awards, and some are just little gems we were delighted, intrigued and wowed by. First up in this ongoing series is a successful Kickstarter startup, Glowdeck....



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20:30
Amazon buys digital comic book platform comiXology

Online sales giant Amazon on Thursday announced the purchase of digital comics platform comiXology, which is responsible for the popular iPad app 'Comics' that consistently ranks near the top of the iOS App Store's top grossing charts.



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20:18
Rumor: Apple considering entry into high-definition...

[Updated with Apple hiring details] Following on the heels of a claim that Apple is planning to "dramatically" overhaul the iTunes music store in the near future, a previous rumor that the company was considering offering "high-resolution" 24-bit music tracks has gained new currency. Apple has been reported to be looking for ways to boost digital music sales, which have seen a slump as users spend more time listening to on-demand streaming services like Spotify. The higher-quality music files would likely be offered in a lossless format....



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19:17
Briefly: Sim City 4 Deluxe for OS X, Morning app...

Aspyr has announced that its classic city simulator SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition is now available for OS X. Re-released digitally on the App Store, SimCity 4 Deluxe has been updated for current Mac systems, and supported OS X 10.8.5 Mountain Lion and later. Users have full control over the environment and the ability to unleash natural disasters to create or destroy a realistic world. New additions to the game include transportation options such as monorail and a ferry system, as well as bug fixes, performance enhancements, and other updates such as native resolution support. Available for $20, Si...



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18:47
As rumors point to major iTunes renovations, Apple...

Amidst a flurry of reports and speculation regarding Apple’s iTunes Music Store and Radio strategy in the past few weeks, Apple has begun posting job listings indicating they are gearing up for major improvements to iTunes.

Four listings on Apple’s Jobs page show they are interested in hiring iTunes Software Engineers, a Senior Software Engineer for iTunes Radio, and an iTunes Recommendations Platform Software Engineer. From the descriptions:

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18:42
Apple confirms its services not affected by '...

Apple has confirmed on Thursday that all of its operating systems and key web services, as well as its website and iCloud service, are not affected by the "Heartbleed" SSL flaw that is threatening much of the web. The "Heartbleed" bug, a flaw in the implementation of later versions of OpenSSL -- which is used by many but not all websites to handle secure log-ins and other transactions -- has put as much as two-thirds of the World Wide Web at risk....



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18:27
CAELinux Is the Ideal Distro for Designing Scientists


CAELinux is a perfect example of the power of open source to tailor the Linux operating system to users' specialized needs. This computer-assisted engineering distro clearly is not for the vast majority of Linux users, but it certainly has all the features you would expect in any mature Linux OS -- and then some. The extra ingredients make CAELinux a unique Linux distro for engineers and engineering students, as well as scientists. It offers an unusual mix of Xubuntu 12.04 LTS 64-bit with a customized Xfce desktop environment.

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18:00
Scanbot for iPhone: The only scanner you'll need

Yesterday on TUAW TV Live, Doc Rock and I did our favorite app and hardware picks of the week, and mine was a surprising app that has changed the way that I look at scanning. As I mentioned on the show, I have despised physical scanners since my...

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17:19
Apple releases Xcode 5.1.1, updates Mac iMovie to 10...

A week after developers received the "golden master" for Xcode 5.1.1 (free), the minor update has been released to users by Apple. The 2.18GB program, which allows developers to author programs for OS X Mountain Lion and Mavericks (10.8 and 10.9) as well as iOS 7.1, has received a handful of bug fixes, and improves the reliability of Quick Look within the debugger. In addition, Apple has updated iMovie for Mac to v10.0.3, which adds new sorting, title and font options....



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17:00
Apps We Actually Use: Command-C to share my...

I spend a lot of time reviewing apps, and I follow the same general cycle. The apps are actively used for a few weeks and then they sit idly, gathering dust until I delete them from my phone. There are some apps, though, that stand out to me and...

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16:31
∞ Joe Cocker: You Are So Beautiful

I just love Joe’s voice.

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16:30
Concealable Entertainment Flask: Get Your 8 Bit...

Ink Whiskey has announced a line of NES-inspired flasks, handy for adding a little value to a beverage. They are available for pre-order now but will ship later in April. These are not actual cartridges, they're made of food-safe plastic and sport some nice blocky labels. This is a done deal, there's no Kickstarter situation where it only exists if enough people pre-order, so there's no pressure. Your options are Super Bar-Hop Bros, CastleVodka, Metal Beer, Legend of Drink, and Drunk Hunt, at US$20 each. Legend of Drink is also available in a gold edition for $65, if you prefer to carry around a slightly flashier pretend NES cartridge. And really, it won't look weird at all that you are carrying around an 8-bit Nintendo game in 2014.


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16:30
comiXology is being bought by Amazon

comiXology has made waves over the years by providing a high quality digital solution for comic book fans. Its revolutionary Guided View™ mode allow readers to view a comic panel-by-panel on mobile devices that previously weren't suitable for comic...

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16:13
OS X facelift

An interesting article by Peter Cohen on whether OS X should get more of a flat design. It makes sense to me.

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16:08
Sorry, Apple/Amazon/Google Your Current Products Can...

There's a lot of flavors of boxes that hook up to the television. Nothing available now is the clear cut winner of a precious HDMI slot on the tv. Kelly explains what the actual winner should look like.


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16:01
Rumor: Apple to offer hi-res 24-bit tracks on iTunes...

Following a report that Apple is considering a major overhaul of iTunes, an overlooked rumor from March suggests the company may also be planning an entry into the high-definition music industry with 24-bit tracks.



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16:00
Family Guy: The Quest For Stuff is well written but...

Family Guy is an easy target for snobs who think their personal tastes are universal. Despite its often maligned reputation the show has been a major part of American pop culture since 1999, spreading dark jokes across the airwaves with a gleeful...

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15:42
BBEdit update

This is one of my favorite apps of all time.

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15:39
Google opening Glass to the public

Next Tuesday, April 15th at 6am PDT, we’re opening up some spots in the Glass Explorer Program. Any adult in the US* can become an Explorer by visiting our site and purchasing Glass for $1500 + tax – and it now comes with your favorite shade or frame, thanks to feedback from our current Explorers. The number of spots available is limited, so mark your calendar if you want to get in.

Don’t do it.

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15:30
The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for April 10, 2014

It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get some the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world.

You can listen to today's...

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15:29
Sonos Swings Into Google's Playground


A new partnership between Sonos and Google means that users of the Google Play Music app for Android now can stream music to their Sonos speakers directly from the app itself. Available in 25 countries, the new capability effectively eliminates the need to use Sonos' Controller app as an intermediary. It represents Sonos' first such integration partnership with a major music streaming service, but it likely won't be the last, said Kristen Bender, Sonos' senior product manager for music services.

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15:18
Briefly: Dropbox launches new gallery app, Cobalt...

Cloud storage company Dropbox has released its latest product, Carousel, a photo and video gallery app. Available for both iOS and Android platforms, Carousel provides a single location for users' photo and video content in an organized manner. The app automatically backs up photos and videos to the user's Dropbox account as they are captured, ensuring they are safe from being lost in a device crash. Users can engage in private conversations with friends, as to share their media with others. The number of photos and videos one can put in their Carousel is based on how much space they have atta...

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15:15
Apple Adds Features, Fixes Bugs in iMovie with 10.0....

Apple released iMovie 10.0.3 Thursday, an update that includes several feature improvements, as well as a few bug fixes. The company improved event sorting, added fonts options for titles, made it easier to edit a transition, added cropping and rotating tools, and more.


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15:03
Apple issues iMovie for Mac update with new features...

Apple rolled out an update to iMovie for Mac, bringing new sorting and font options, enhanced titles, UI tweaks and bug fixes to desktop version of its consumer level video editing app.



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15:00
Piper packs security cam, home automation hub into...

Webcams were one of the forerunners of the current Internet of Things boom, allowing smartphone-toting geeks to keep an eye on the office or homestead while out and about. Piper (starting at US$239), powered by iControl Networks, is targeted at the...

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14:51
Apple releases iMovie for Mac 10.0.3 with new...

Apple has just published its third update to the revamped Mac version of iMovie launched last year. The update, version 10.0.3, makes changes to the default font in the new titles first added to last year’s release. It also includes the ability to sort events by date to quickly find clips by when they were recorded.

Other improvements include the ability to rotate and crop clips within events rather than projects, an easier method of accessing transition duration settings, faster access to clip speed controls, improvements to how speed changes are handled, and various bugs that could cause the app to crash or not do what was expected.

You can grab the update for free in the Updates tab of the Mac App Store if you already own iMovie 10. Users on previous versions of iMovie can...

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14:42
ComiXology e-comics distributor acquired by Amazon,...

Amazon today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire digital comics vendor ComiXology for an undisclosed sum. ComiXology developed and distributes the engine used by most major comic book publishers in the United States, including Marvel and DC Comics for their privately-branded digital services....



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14:33
Deals: limited time offers knock 3 MacBooks down to...

A series of promotions this week have temporarily cut the cost of owning a new MacBook to sub-$1000 levels, with over a half dozen MacBook Airs available at an instant $100 discount and no tax in most states, while 13-inch MacBook Pros with CD/DVD iare being sold for $969.99.



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14:30
You can eat the face of Steve Jobs, if that's...

In the years since the passing of Steve Jobs we've seen countless tributes in virtually all forms, but the edible work of chef -- nay, artist -- Wilhelm Rodriguez is particularly amazing. Using your standard pizza ingredients, Rodriguez, who...

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14:29
Apple releases Xcode 5.1.1 update with bug fixes,...

Apple on Thursday released the latest update to Xcode 5.1, bringing fixes for reported bugs and overall stability improvements to the software development, debugging and testing tool.



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14:28
US FTC approves Facebook buy of WhatsApp, with...

Social network giant Facebook said earlier today that the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has approved the multi-billion-dollar acquisition of messaging service WhatsApp. As part of the deal, both companies must adhere to existing user privacy agreements, including a WhatsApp promise made while independent to not collect user personal data for targeted advertising....



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14:27
Apple Confirms Heartbleed Vulnerability Doesn’t...

Apple released a statement Thursday emphasizing that iOS, OS X, and "key services" are not affected by the OpenSSL vulnerability known as Heartbleed. The statement comes as the entire world goes nuts over the vulnerability, which is one of the biggest threats to hit the Internet in years.


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14:15
Amazon Goes Deep into the Comics Game with...

Digital comic book reseller ComiXology dropped a surprise on readers Thursday afternoon when it announced that Amazon is buying the company. ComiXology is the big name in digital comic sales with distribution deals with publishers such as Marvel, DC, IDW, Image, and Dynamite.

The Mac Observer Spin: Please, Amazon, don't kill the ComiXology app because reading comics in the Kindle app sucks.


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14:11
Apple says Heartbleed security flaw did not affect...

With an estimated half a million sites vulnerable to the “Heartbleed” vulnerability revealed earlier this week, which allows an attacker to access user details of websites previously believed to be secured by industry-standard SSL/TLS, your favorite social networks, stores, and other services around the web could potentially be handing out your password or other personal information to anyone who exploits the issue.

The bug exists in a library called OpenSSL, which is an open-source SSL implementation that many—but not all—web services use to secure sensitive traffic. If a website you use is affected by the bug, your personal data could be given to just about anyone. Unfortunately, changing your password on an unsecure site won’t even help unless the site’s owners have installed a fix (because the attackers can simply exploit the bug again to get your new password).

This serious issue affects a number of high-profile sites, but it...

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14:10
Apple releases Xcode 5.1.1 with bug fixes

After seeding the golden master build to developers last week, Apple has released Xcode 5.1.1 to everyone for free via the Mac App Store. The update is a bug fix release with the specifics shown in the screenshot above.

Filed under: AAPL Company ...

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14:03
Apple says iOS, OS X and certain Web services...

Apple on Thursday released a statement saying its major operating platforms, iOS, OS X and certain Web services, are not affected by the massive "Heartbleed" security flaw discovered earlier this week.



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14:00
Windy is a pretty, relaxing app for iPhone and iPad

Windy (US$2.99, universal) is a relaxation app for the iPhone and iPad. It's from the people behind Thunderspace, which I love. Both apps offer compelling "3D audio," which adds directionality to the sounds you hear. That is to say, raindrops hitting...

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13:59
Apple says iOS and OS X were not affected by “...

“Apple takes security very seriously. IOS and OS X never incorporated the vulnerable software and key Web-based services were not affected,” an Apple spokesperson told Re/code.

Great news.

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13:45
8 Good Reasons to Leave Apple’s OS X Utility Apps...

Apple provides a complete suite of core OS X apps for the newbie and the casual Mac user. Apps like Mail, iCal, Contacts, TextEdit, Time Machine and Safari have a specific, simplistic design philosophy. However, if you're a more experienced Mac user, it may be time to ask yourself why you're still using these beginner apps.


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13:30
New study has surprising data on how we interact...

Localytics, a firm that tracks statistics about app usage, has released a study today that is of interest to users and app creators. The data tracks how people react to new apps, and tries to predict which apps will attract users and which...

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13:22
Facebook Mixes Up Mobile Messaging


Facebook is ditching the private messaging function in its main mobile application in favor of having the entire messaging experience take place inside the dedicated Messenger app. The company launched the dedicated messaging app on iOS and Android in 2011, and later debuted it on Windows Phone. Facebook redesigned the app in November, with a focus on aiding those who want to be reachable at all times. The company made the app faster, mobile focused, and easier to contact friends and important contacts.

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13:17
Amazon acquires comiXology

Amazon.com today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire comiXology, the company that revolutionized the digital comics reading experience with their immersive Guided View technology and makes discovering, buying, and reading comic books and graphic novels easier and more fun than ever before.

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13:00
Apparently everything about the iPhone 6 is already...

Well, that's it, everyone! According to this BGR story, there's nothing left to know about the iPhone 6; we have all the information already.

Wait, no we don't.

The "insider" mentioned in the headline is none other than Ming-Chi Kuo, analyst with...

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12:53
Ocean Energy Turbine on Kickstarter to Fund ‘...

What was science fiction a few decades ago could become a reality, if the folks at crowd Energy can do what they say. The company is developing an underwater turbine that generates electricity through the incredible power of ocean currents, and they're looking to fund it through Kickstarter. Called Ocean Energy Turbine, the project is intended to pay for development of a design the company's team of scientists, engineers, and marine biologists have already put together. This is a pure donation Kickstarter-you won't get anything for your money other than knowing you contributed to the development of an alternative form of energy that could dwarf every other form of energy production on the planet, including fossil fuels. The company said that it's using crowd funding in order to eliminate the risk of getting bought and buried. Seems reasonable. The Kickstarter has raised US$16,780 out of an initial goal of $75,000 with 42 days to go.

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12:40
Alleged case model may hint at dimensions of iPhone 6

A virtual model from a Chinese casemaker, Elam, is purported to show the dimensions of the next-generation iPhone, reports say. While similar in some respects to the iPhone 5s, the model depicts a device that's larger vertically and horizontally, yet even thinner depthwise. That thinness is presumably possible because Apple has more lateral space available for internal parts....



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12:30
A friendly reminder of the benefits of Apple's...

The debate over which app marketplace model is best -- Apple's "walled garden" or Google's much more open approach -- will likely never be settled. For developers who favor the Play Store, the ability to immediately iterate on their apps and fix bugs...

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12:20
Campaign calls for ouster of Condoleezza Rice from...

File storage service DropBox has assigned several executives to its board of directors. One of the executives is former National Security Advisor and US Secretary of State during the George W. Bush presidency, Dr. Condoleezza Rice. Following the reveal of Rice as a member of the Dropbox board, an initiative called "Dropdropbox" has been started. While purportedly not a partisan effort, the website calls for the ouster of Rice, citing historical events that occurred during her term of office as proof of her lack of ethics and her unsuitability to help govern the cloud storage company....



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11:57
Sonos adds Google Play Music support, extended...

Sonos is adding support for Google Play Music to its multi-room speaker system, the company has confirmed. While both Android and iOS will gain the extra support, users on Android will be able to control music playback from the Google Play Music app itself, and marks the first time the speaker manufacturer is allowing a third-party app to control the speakers directly....



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11:29
France Bans Mobile Phones During Cabinet Sessions


French President Francois Hollande has imposed a ban on mobile phones during cabinet sessions, forcing ministers to leave their devices at the door. The move is designed to help "focus on what we must do," a spokesperson said, and will ensure that government folk "talk and listen to what is said and will no longer be able to tap away at this magnificent tool." French politicians have indeed been caught fiddling on devices when they should be, you know, executing the will of the people.

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11:29
T-Mobile slashes $130 off new LTE-enabled iPads,...

T-Mobile announced on Thursday that it is offering a limited-time $130 discount on the price of new 4G LTE iPad Air and iPad with Retina display models, matching the cost of comparable Wi-Fi-only models, while also still including 200 megabytes of free data every month for life.



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11:00
Daily Deals for April 10, 2014, featuring Pogoplug

It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections. Don't forget to check out our "Today in the App Store" post that singles...

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10:32
Can you identify these cities from their light...

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Nautilus:

The light that a city emits is like its glowing fingerprint. From the orderly grid of Manhattan, to the sprawling, snaking streets of Milan, to the bright contrast of Kuwait’s ring-roads, each city leaves its own pattern of tiny glowing dots. See if you can ID these cities based on the way they shine.

I got 13 out of 16 right but I definitely guessed on at least three of them.

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10:27
Nike opens NikeFuel activity platform to third...

Nike on Thursday announced plans to allow fitness app developers to funnel users' activity into its NikeFuel measurement system -- in hopes of creating a universal standard for activity tracking across platforms - and backed the initiative with a new San Francisco-based development laboratory.



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10:25
Behind the Scenes of App Development with Unread’s...

Jared Sinclair is an app developer. He has been documenting the process of bringing Unread to the iPad, and it's a very interesting look behind the scenes at how an app evolves from idea to reality.


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10:21
Facebook to Push Messenger in Bid for All Our Texts

Facebook has a clear image of how they want people to use its services, and that includes messaging, too. The social network company is ready to disable messaging in its current mobile apps and will soon require users to send their in-network private conversations through its Messenger app -- and that's just another step in the company's plans to take over all our messaging needs.

The Mac Observer Spin: Facebook's next message could well be, "All your message are belong to us."


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10:16
T-Mobile Tablet Freedom offers 1GB free data,...

The second day of wireless provider T-Mobile's pricing plan announcements sees the carrier offering an option to add a tablet to a postpaid voice plan for free through the end of the year. Called "Tablet Freedom," the program offers cheaper tablets, and 1GB of additional free 4G/LTE data each month, in addition to the 200MB of free data available through the "Free Data for Life" promotion....



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10:00
PhotoSync's location triggers send iOS photos...

The best way to upload photos to Dropbox[1] from your iOS devices is by not using Dropbox. Well, not the iOS app, at least. Uploading to Dropbox is slow, and will drain your battery as it uses the Dropbox API to upload. If you aren't on Wi-Fi, it...

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09:52
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09:50
Analyst: Apple unlikely to have first-party baseband...

Apple's suspected movements towards in-house baseband development are unlikely to bear any fruit in new iPhones until 2015 at the earliest, says JP Morgan analyst Rod Hall. Baseband chips are said to be "notoriously difficult" to develop. As evidence he refers to Broadcom, which despite being the source of some of Apple's recent hires, struggled to develop an LTE modem....



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09:48
∞ Bee Gees: Stayin’ Alive

Yeah, I posted it.

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09:37
Briefly: 8-bit 4k to 10-bit Full HD app, Haswell...

Rarevision developer Thomas Worth has released an OS X command line program that will allow owners of the Panasonic GH4 4K video recordings to output 10-bit HD instead of the specific 8-bit. The app uses pixel summing, taking the extra pixels in a 4K file to fill in absent color information. The app outputs 10-bit DPX files in full-HD resolution....



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09:33
Beleaguered BlackBerry forced to dispel rumors about...

Though BlackBerry was once a market leader, times have become so tough for the Canadian smartphone maker that the company's CEO was prompted on Thursday to publicly refute rumors that his company might exit the handset business entirely.



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09:21
Fender Passport audio system

The Fender Passport EVENT with Bluetooth® connectivity is a self-contained portable audio system that includes everything you need for great sound anywhere you go. Carry your Passport as you would a suitcase, and simply flip open the cabinet release latches when you’re ready to set it up. Inside you’ll discover two full-range speaker cabinets, a powered mixer, a microphone and all the cables you’ll need to get started.

Fender also announced a new Passport Venue.

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09:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Reflex - Vintage Camera...

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08:53
OmniOutliner 4.0.4

Addresses a handful of bugs. ($49.99 new, free update, 45 MB)

 

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08:53
Apps: Carousel, Delivery Status touch 5.1, Family...

Carousel by Dropbox is the new free app from Dropbox built solely to manage and provide quick access to photos and videos. All photos and videos are backed up to Dropbox. Photos and videos can also be shared instantly within private conversations. It’s notable that Carousel won’t connect with…

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08:41
The $53,000 text

This guy is an asshole.

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08:38
PCalc 4

A brand-new version of the powerful calculator brings over features from iOS, as well as the capability to sync to its iOS counterpart through iCloud. ($9.99 new, free update)

 

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Nike+ Fuel Lab opens to expand fitness tracking...





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