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Tuesday February 24

08:14
Visa Europe announces installation efforts for...

It never hurts to have the infrastructure in place.

Visa Europe has announced that its European contactless payment terminals will support the tokenization service used by Apple Pay by mid-April. This would allow Apple to introduce Apple Pay to Europe anytime from this point on.

Tokenisation technology will be at the heart of new mobile payment solutions and has been hailed as one of the best data protection and fraud prevention methods available. The new service will be available for European financial institutions from mid-April 2015.

Although Europe has had contactless payment cards for several years, these currently transmit the actual card details to the terminal. Apple Pay, in contrast, transmits single-use codes which card companies can map back to the actual card, a functionality currently only available in the USA. As of mid-April, that functionality will be...

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08:13
Pebble unveils its next generation smartwatch,...

Pebble today announced its next generation smartwatch, Pebble Time. The device gets its name from its timeline-based UI that shifts the focus of the interface from apps to notifications with an emphasis on what you need to get done now and in the future.

The new Pebble Time is 20 percent thinner than the original Pebble and ships with a color e-ink display. Instead of a touchscreen display, Pebble opted to include four physical buttons with three on the left and one on the right. Also on board is an integrated microphone that provides an easy way to dictate a quick text message or reminder. Unlike the original Pebble, which uses a proprietary watchstrap, the Pebble Time uses standard 22-mm watch strap with quick-release pins, allowing you to replace the stock straps when the device arrives on your doorstep. The smartwatch also boasts of up to 7-day battery life, is water resistant and includes Bluetooth LE.

One the...

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08:09
Apple Buys Audio Plug-in Maker Camel Audio

When Camel Audio shut down in January, customers that used its audio app plug-ins and digital instruments were left wondering why they so abruptly stopped selling their products, but now that mystery has been solved: they were bought by Apple. Since Apple shut down Camel Audio's operations instead of continuing to sell its products, it's likely we'll see the company's technology showing up in future updates for Logic Pro X and Garageband.

The Mac Observer Spin: Camel Audio's Alchemy was a popular package for audio designers, so seeing it shut down without any warning was a sad thing. Knowing that shutdown was from an Apple buyout, however, takes away some of the sting because it's a safe bet we'll see their products rolled into Apple's own apps.


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07:52
YouTube for Kids launches, now available for iOS...

Hopefully this will be useful.

Google announced on Monday that it has released YouTube Kids on the App Store for iPhone and iPad. The new app provides children and families with a kid-friendly portal to discover and explore videos about anything they can possibly imagine. The family-focused content is appropriate for children and broken down into four categories: Shows, Music, Learning and Explore.

YouTube Kids allows children to discover new facts about dinosaurs from National Geographic Kids, learn about technology from Reading Rainbow, watch Thomas the Tank Engine leave the world of Sodor and more. Families and children can also watch video series on YouTube channels such as DreamWorks TV, Jim Henson TV, Mother Goose Club and Talking Tom and Friends.

The app offers a...

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07:48
Pebble Time Goes Public Before Apple Watch

The Apple Watch may be dominating the smartwatch market from the future, but Pebble Technology is aiming for a slightly different target audience with the new color-screen Pebble Time.

 

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07:42
Apple CEO Tim Cook visiting famous German BILD...

via @BILD

As Tim Cook honors what would have been Steve Jobs’ 60th birthday, the Apple CEO has been spotted in Berlin, Germany. Specifically, Cook has made an appearance at the newsroom of BILD (Bild-Zeitung), the famous German newspaper, alongside the publication’s editors-in-chief Kai Diekmann and Julian Reichelt.

Notably, BILD the newspaper is a sister publication to Computer BILD the technology magazine which famously said it...

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07:41
Pebble again turns to crowdfunding to take on Apple...

Best known for being a blockbuster success on Kickstarter, Pebble announced on Tuesday that it is returning to its roots, and will crowdfund its next-generation smartwatch with a color display and voice input, in a bid to take on the upcoming Apple Watch.

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07:31
Samsung remains a key supplier for Apple’s iPhone...

No matter which way you cut it, it remains remarkable that Samsung continues to serve as a key component supplier to Apple for the innards of the iPhone and iPad line while also being a major competitor in the mobile phone space. In fact, to this day, it is hard to argue that there is a bigger Apple component partner than Samsung.

Just as Samsung prepares to unveil its latest flagship Galaxy S6 next week, The Korea Times reports that Apple and Samsung have struck a deal for the latter company to supply the former with at least 50% of the mobile DRAM chips used it Apple’s followup to the iPhone 6 expected later this fall. But that’s the tip o’ the iceberg as they say…...

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07:30
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

Air Transfer+ - Easy file and document sharing between PC and iPhone/iPad. [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] Air Transfer moves what you're seeing or playing on Mac/PC to your iPhone/iPad with just single drag&drop! It moves whatever you want; text memo, website address, photo, music, movie, document and so on.

Vintagio [iPhone; Now free, down from $3.99] Easy-to-use, but extremely powerful and artistic vintage video app packed with amazing and powerful features, that no other app offers.

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07:12
News: Apple reportedly streamlining Genius Bar...

Apple is planning some significant changes to how Genius Bar appointments are handled in its retail stores, according to a new report from 9to5Mac. Citing several inside sources, the report notes that the initiative, dubbed “The new Concierge,” is expected to launch in Apple’s U.S. retail stores starting in early March. Under the new system, customers walking into a store and looking for a Genius Bar appointment will be placed on…

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07:02
On what would have been Steve’s 60th birthday, we...

Almost everything Apple has done since the unfortunate passing of Steve Jobs has been met with comments about what the company would or wouldn’t have done had Steve still been here – even though his marching orders for Tim Cook were to never ask what he would have done.

But things certainly would have been different. The flattened user-interface of iOS 7 versus the skeuomorphic approach of the Jobs era. Would have it have happened at all? Would he have stopped it going quite so far? Would Apple have gone in a different direction.

What about an Apple Television? Steve said years ago that he “...

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07:00
$199 Pebble ‘Time’ announced w/ color e-paper...

Update: Less than 30 minutes after launching its Kickstarter campaign, the Pebble Time is fully funded.

Pebble has this morning announced the next generation of its smartwatch, called Pebble Time. The device, as we reported last week, sports a color e-paper display, a thinner design, a microphone on board, and a completely revamped ‘timeline’ interface. Pebble Time is launching on Kickstarter with early bird pricing tiers at $159 and $179, but the device will retail for $199.

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07:00
Visa readies network tokenization launch in Europe,...

International payment network Visa on Tuesday announced that it would extend its network tokenization service -- one of the foundational technologies behind Apple Pay -- to Europe beginning in mid April, signaling that the first overseas launch of Apple's mobile payment solution may not be far away.

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06:48
News: Report: Apple acquires Camel Audio

Apple has acquired music software developer Camel Audio, according to a new report from MacRumors. Citing information found on a corporate registry site, the report notes that the U.K.-based company’s address has been updated to match that of Apple’s London office, and the sole director of the company is listed as a member of Apple’s legal team. Camel Audio was best known for Alchemy, its modular music editing suite that incorporated…

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06:41
AAPL $750B

Medium:

(Apple is) in a lot of ways the story of a technology company hanging around, making interesting things, and waiting for the world to actually need what they wanted to build.

But also something to remember: narratives are bullshit. It’s the people who show up and build and keep going who ultimately write the stories that last.

Many don’t remember or know just how bad off Apple was in those days. It’s path has got to be considered the most remarkable story in the history of business.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:29
News: VISA ‘tokenization’ may speed Apple Pay EU...

VISA has announced that it will be introducing a new payment “tokenization” service in Europe designed to help facilitate mobile payment solutions. Intended to be available for European financial institutions to take advantage of as early as April, the new service will replace traditional plastic credit card numbers with unique one-time tokens that can be used to authorize payments without needing to expose account information. This form…

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06:11
News: Daily Deal: BOLT Portable Battery Backup...

In today’s iLounge Deal you can get the BOLT Portable Battery & Wall Charger for only $44.99. This handy two-in-one device can replace your standard wall charger as well as providing you with 3,000 mAh of battery power while on the go. With a smooth rubber finish and AC outlet prongs that fold in to stay out of the way when not needed, BOLT provides a compact battery pack that’s smaller than most batteries of comparable size, while…

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06:06
G-Technology announces high-performance twin-drive...

G-Technology has announced a new high-performance external G-RAID twin-drive storage system aimed at video professionals. Available in 8TB, 12TB and 16TB versions, the G-RAID with Thunderbolt 2 and USB 3.0 delivers transfer rates of up to 440MB/s, enough to handle multi-stream HD, 2K and compressed 4K video …

Both 7200rpm enterprise-class drives are removeable, and the built-in RAID controller offers a choice of RAID 0 for maximum speed or RAID 1 for the security of mirrored data.

As you’d expect from G-Technology, the enclosures are all-aluminum, and use quiet cooling fans.

Pricing is surprisingly reasonable for what you’re getting, starting at $800 for 8TB, through $1000 for 12TB to $1300 for 16TB. A slightly cheaper...

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06:03
The Apple Watch, pricing and repairability

Serenity Caldwell explores the possibility of the Apple Watch having a repairable/replaceable core. Good article. A solid idea.

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06:00
Rumor: Samsung tapped to supply DRAM for 'A9...

In a deal said to be worth billions of dollars, Samsung will allegedly provide at least half of the dynamic random access memory used in the processor for Apple's 2015 iPhone update, according to a new rumor.

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06:00
Ekko hopes you're willing to pay for a better...

Imagine if you could check one app to see all of your messages, emails, and social streams in one spot. Imagine if that app added a layer of privacy on top of every account, so you could send messages and search across every service without the app spying on your activity. That app is here—but it’ll cost you.

Ekko adds a layer of privacy and ease on top of the services you use daily.

Ekko is a premium umbrella service that unifies your most-used social networks and email programs in an easy-to-use interface. For your monthly subscription of $5 a month (or $50 per year), you also have access to security controls that can be applied to any message sent from any of your linked accounts. You can add password protection to your messages or set them to self-destruct after a certain amount of time or number of views. Recipients view your messages in a secure browsing session.

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05:52
∞ Some Apple Watch pricing math

My take on the pricing model for the highest end Apple Watch. There will be math!

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05:28
Pic It! is a cute quiz game for iPhone

Pic It! (free) is a cute little quiz game that gives you something to do with the silly photos that are on your iPhone. I'm talking about the throw-away selfies and shots or your dog's wet nose that you used as the punchline to a tweet. With Pic It!, they're part of a quiz!

Game Play

Pic It! is a social quiz game that's easy to play. To start, select a photo that will suggest the answer to a riddle. In the example above, I used a photo of my daughter's pointe shoes and added the hint, "Keeping you on your". My opponent receives the image and hint, plus a pool of letters, some of which spell out the answer: "Toes".

Customization

You can decorate (or obfuscate, if you wish) your image to make things more entertaining or challenging for your opponent with image filters, color options and editing tools like blur, focus, crop and font. You get one of each to start, and additional...

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05:04
Apple to overhaul Genius bar, appointment process

Mark Gurman, writing for 9to5mac:

This Concierge program, spearheaded by Retail Senior Vice President Angela Ahrendts, moves away from the classic appointment model. Instead, a customer describes the issue to an Apple Store employee, who inputs the issue into an updated iPad application. Using a special algorithm, the application provides the customer a wait time based on issue priorities.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:00
Welcome to Glenn Fleishman, new host of the Macworld...

A podcast is a terrible thing to waste—especially one that’s reached 444 episodes and counting. So I’m thrilled to announce that after a one-week hiatus following the departure of our friend Chris Breen, the Macworld Podcast will be back this week with a new cohost. Please welcome Glenn Fleishman to the podcast chair!

Glenn is no stranger to Macworld. His excellent column on privacy and security, Private I, has been coming to you every Wednesday since last October, and he’s been writing for the site for years on diverse topics like networking, backup, photo apps, cloud storage, and more.

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05:00
Citizenfour's Oscar Highlights National Divide...


Citizenfour, a film documenting interviews director Laura Poitras conducted with whistle-blower Edward Snowden, won the Oscar for best documentary Sunday. The talks took place as Snowden blew the lid off the United States National Security Agency's surveillance activities. The award highlights the divisions in the U.S. over Snowden's actions and the question of national security. "The disclosures that Edward Snowden reveals don't only expose a threat to our privacy but to our democracy itself," Poitras said in her acceptance speech.

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04:37
Microsoft extends free Office 365 offer to students...

U.S. students and teachers have been able to get free access to Microsoft Office 365 since 2013, and the company has now extended the deal to a range of other countries.

Millions of students around the world are eligible for free Office from their school and today we are announcing that we’ve made it easy for all eligible students globally to sign up themselves to get Office 365 and install free Office.

That includes the 5.5 million eligible students in Australia, the nearly 5 million eligible students in Germany, 7 million more in Brazil, 1.3 million at Anadolu University in Turkey, every student in Hong Kong and millions more.

Qualifying students and teachers can install the latest version of Office on up to five Macs, as well as a further five mobile devices. The deal is available if you study or teach...

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03:58
Supporting payment infrastructure for Apple Pay will...

Visa Europe has announced that its European contactless payment terminals will support the tokenization service used by Apple Pay by mid-April. This would allow Apple to introduce Apple Pay to Europe anytime from this point on.

Tokenisation technology will be at the heart of new mobile payment solutions and has been hailed as one of the best data protection and fraud prevention methods available. The new service will be available for financial institutions [in Europe] from mid-April 2015.

Although Europe has had contactless payment cards for several years, these currently transmit the actual card details to the terminal. Apple Pay, in contrast, transmits single-use codes which card companies can map back to the actual card, a functionality currently only available in the USA. As of mid-April, that functionality will be available in Europe too–at least for Visa...

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03:16
Think Retro: When games looked absolutely nothing...

One of the big themes in the history of gaming has been the pursuit of photorealism, and it’s only in the last few years that hardware has become powerful enough that we can produce titles that look more like movies than games traditionally could.

For sure, photorealism isn’t the only way to build a game—a photorealistic Peggle Blast would be a bit grim, and it’s hard to imagine a Jeff Minter game that wasn’t a crazed neon din—but it’s certainly true that some developers have been trying to make their first-person shooters, racers, and more look as completely believable as possible. In other words, a photo on the box could pretty much match up with what the game itself would look like once you slipped the disc into your console or your Mac.

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Monday February 23

23:39
Apple patent outlines mobile app data sharing and...

Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent for a method by which two or more mobile device users can share and interact with app data in real time, including the ability to see each other's screens during a FaceTime call.

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20:03
Apple reportedly acquired audio software developer...

Audio software developer Camel Audio announced in January that it would be shutting down for good and removing its software from sale, but no one knew quite why. However, it now appears that the company has been acquired by Apple.

Today Camel Audio updated some of its corporate information, including its address and directors, as listed on the UK government’s Companies House website. The new address is 100 New Bridge Street in London, which also happens to be the address of Apple’s UK offices.

As highlighted by MacRumors, Camel also updated its board of directors (seen in some of the filings below), removing all directors...

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19:59
Apple reportedly buys digital instrument effects...

Apple has seemingly purchased UK-based digital audio effects maker Camel Audio, best known for the popular Alchemy synth plug-in, suggesting the firm's software may be included in a future version of Logic Pro X.

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19:30
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

Polygon [iPhone; Now free, down from $0.99] Play Polygon and train your visual perception when having fun with ad free App.

Robot Escape for iPad [iPad; Now free, down from $1.99] Robot Escape for iPad is a fun game to play with lots of friends!

BattleMage [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] Evil has begun to creep from the darkness, approaching the villages and threatening the kingdom.

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19:22
Apple to overhaul Genius Bar, changing appointments...

Apple will soon make a significant change to retail store Genius Bar appointments to improve the customer experience, according to several sources briefed on the upcoming shift. During the week of March 9th, Apple’s United States stores will launch a new initiative called “Concierge” that replaces traditional walk-in Genius Bar appointments. Currently, a customer seeking Genius Bar assistance can walk into an Apple Retail Store, explain the issue to a check-in assistant, and get a specific time to return for an appointment…

This Concierge program, spearheaded by Retail Senior Vice President Angela Ahrendts, moves away from the classic appointment model. Instead, a customer describes the issue to an Apple Store employee, who...

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19:00
Daily Deals for February 23, 2015

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

AWT’s Daily Deals

Simon 4.0 [OS X; On sale for $49.00, down from $99.00] AppleWorld.Today is pleased to offer an exclusive deal on Simon 4.0 by Dejal Systems. Simon is a robust site monitoring tool for OS X that checks servers for changes or failures and notifies you when a change is detected. The app sends a notification via email, sound, speech, Twitter, or a variety of other means.

The native Mac utility can be used to monitor both your own website and servers as well as external sites. You can use it to track...

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18:20
Tweetbot for iOS gets Twitter video and GIF support...

Developer Tapbots on Monday pushed out an update to its popular iOS Twitter client Tweetbot for iOS, bringing playback support for videos and GIFs hosted by the ubiquitous microblogging network.

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17:08
Apple closes in on $775B market cap, now twice as...

Apple stock hit a new high of $133 at the closing bell on Monday, rocketing up 2.7 percent on the day to grow its market capitalization to just under $775 billion, a number two times larger than second-largest publicly traded U.S. company Exxon Mobil.

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16:09
Tweetbot for iPhone gains support for Twitter videos...


Tweetbot for iPhone 3.5.2 has been released today to support the native videos introduced by Twitter recently. The update allows users to play back the clips recorded and shared natively in the official Twitter app. Today’s new build also adds improvements to how the app handle’s GIFs shared using the pic.twitter.com service and fixes a variety of bugs.

The developers have also promised “exciting updates” coming to the app soon. You can get Tweetbot for iPhone for $4.99...

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16:09
Apple to roll out more diverse emoji for iOS and OS X

Be on the lookout for diverse emoji characters in a future OS X and iOS update: Apple released a beta version of OS X 10.10.3 on Monday that shows a selection of new emoji. Most notably, each emoji representing a person (or various hand gestures) will come with an array of skin tones to choose from. These new racially diverse emoji are found in the latest iOS beta release as well, iOS 8.3 beta 2. 

Gizmodo

The default skin tone for these emoji is bright yellow (think The Simpsons), which we should assume is supposed to represent neutrality (and not jaundice). To change it, tap and hold the emoji icon to reveal the whole selection for that emoji. Each one has six different skin/hair color options to choose from. 

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15:51
Apple's World Travel Adapter Kit returns with...

In a change to its online storefront on Monday, Apple introduced a revised World Travel Adapter Kit with a total of seven AC plug types and a reduced price of $29, as the package no longer includes a USB power adapter or cable.

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15:20
Google Teams Up With 3 Wireless Carriers To Combat...

HughPickens.com writes AP reports that in an effort to undercut Apple's hit service Apple Pay, Google is teaming up with three wireless carriers by building its payment service into Android smartphones sold by AT&T Inc., Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile USA. Besides trying to make it more convenient to use Wallet, Google also is hoping to improve the nearly 4-year-old service. Toward that end, Google is buying some mobile payment technology and patents from Softcard, a 5-year-old venture owned by the wireless carriers. Financial terms weren't disclosed but Apple Pay's popularity probably helped forge the unlikely alliance between Google and the wireless carriers. Google traditionally has had a prickly relationship with the carriers, largely because it doesn't believe enough has been done to upgrade wireless networks and make them cheaper so more people can spend more time online. The biggest challenge however is one that both Apple and Google face: Only a small fraction of the 10...

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14:50
Apple Web Server notifications (Apple KB)

This article provides credit to people who have reported potential security issues in Apple's web servers.

Read more: http://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201536

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14:49
Apple introduces new crash reporting service for...

After releasing a fresh beta of Xcode 6.3 on Monday, Apple outlined a new crash reporting service that will help developers target, fix and track problems directly from the development tool.

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14:35
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14:30
Piper nv brings night vision, better resolution to...

There are many iOS-connected security cameras on the market, but not a lot that will set off a loud siren when they detect loud noises or unexpected movement. The US$199 Piper HD security camera from iControl Networks brought this capability and a unique 180° view camera to the market a while back, and now the company is shipping the $269 Piper nv, an upgraded model with night vision and other improvements.

Design

The new Piper nv looks identical to the older model. It’s almost 6.5 inches (16.51 cm) tall, 3.5 inches (8.9 cm) wide and about 2.5 inches (6.4 cm) thick on its aluminum base. The Piper nv comes in black or white, with a gray speaker grill on top. That speaker can be used for two things — two-way communications with visitors (known or uninvited) at your home or business and for blasting out an almost excruciating 105 dB siren....

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14:02
Opinion: Should Apple improve iPhone battery life,...

As this photo of the original Mophie Juice Pack and Tylt’s Energi for iPhone 6 shows, iPhone battery cases haven’t changed much over the years. They’ve existed for almost as long as iPhones, and remained ubiquitous due to Apple’s continued focus on thinness over longevity. That hasn’t been great for consumers: as 9to5’s Seth Weintraub put it, people are more impacted by their phones’ battery life than an extra 2mm of thinness.

It took until 2014 for Apple to offer one iPhone model — the iPhone 6 Plus — with all-day battery life, though you have to be willing to accept a much larger footprint to get that. By comparison, the smaller and reportedly more popular iPhone 6 improved only around 7% upon the iPhone 5s in run time, so the...

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14:00
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 23...

Notable software releases this week include VMware Fusion 7.1.1, Coda 2.5.6, Audio Hijack 3.0.2, DEVONagent Lite, Express, and Pro 3.9, OmniFocus 2.1, and Airfoil 4.8.13.

 

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14:00
ExtraBITS for 23 February 2015

In this week’s collection of ExtraBITS, we learn that Apple is ending its support for AOL logins, the truth about AT&T’s “privacy fee,” and how Photoshop is trying to stay relevant after 25 years.

 

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13:40
Apple adds crash log reporting for developers in...

Alongside releasing the second OS X 10.10.3 preview release and iOS 8.3 beta 2, Apple shared Xcode 6.3 beta 2 through the Mac and iOS Developer Center today. The latest beta version of Xcode, which developers use to build and manage software, includes a new crash log reporting system to show developers issues users may experience with their apps.

For developers, this means issues with apps can be pinpointed much faster through Xcode. For consumers, the feature should make for a better overall...

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13:36
Ask iLounge: How do I stop Siri from randomly waking...

Q: Help! My new iPhone 6 is driving me nuts! I plug my iPhone in near my bed, and for some reason Siri keeps waking up randomly and asking me what I want. It only seems to do this when I’m in bed, which makes me think she’s deliberately trying to make me crazy. Sometimes she even wakes me up in the middle of the night. It’s really creepy. I’d take my iPhone to an Apple Store, but it’s like 20 miles to the nearest one…

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13:03
Apple introduces emoji diversity options with latest...

Starting with the latest betas of iOS 8.3 and OS X 10.10.3, new alternate skin color options are available when selecting emojis of people and faces. In addition, Siri has added a host of new languages on iPhone and iPad.

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13:02
Samsung just bought a rumored Apple Car partner’s...

Samsung has acquired the battery pack business of leading automotive parts supplier Magna International. The move, according to a statement from the companies, will “enhance Samsung SDI’s capabilities in batteries for electric vehicles.”

While Samsung producing batteries and energy storage solutions for vehicles isn’t exactly new—it already supplies batteries for Tesla and others—there is an Apple Car connection in its latest acquisition…

If you remember hearing that Magna International name recently, it’s likely because Magna International was said to be one of the contract vehicle manufacturers...

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12:45
Apple adds over 300 new, diverse emoji

A look at iOS 8.3 beta 2 has revealed over 300 new, more diverse emoji, including new skin tones and new flags. Since iOS 8.3 is still in beta, it's possible that this artwork will change a bit. The Iconfactory's Sean Heber points out that these new emoji are also present in the 10.10.3 beta.

Our take on the news

Apple's commitment to diversity is real and inspiring. Tim Cook recently wrote:

"All around the world, our team at Apple is united in the belief that being different makes us better. We know that each generation has a responsibility to build upon the gains of the past, expanding the rights and freedoms we enjoy to the many who are still striving for justice."

People increasingly use emoji to convey information, humor and themselves. It's great to see options to let customers do...

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12:23
djay Pro for Mac [Sponsor]

djay Pro for Mac provides a complete toolkit for performing DJs. Its unique and modern interface is built around a sophisticated integration with iTunes and Spotify, giving you instant access to millions of tracks. Pristine sound quality and a powerful set of features including high-definition waveforms, four decks, audio effects, and hardware integration give you endless creative flexibility to take your sets to new heights. Special introductory pricing (40% off) for a limited time.

Jim’s Note: I had the opportunity to test djay Pro for Mac and loved it. I’m still using

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12:00
deGeo protects your privacy by stripping location...

deGeo is as easy as it gets when it comes to stripping geotags from photos. With just a few taps, the app allows you to view your photos, parse the geotag information and remove that private information before sharing your photos with family, friends and more.

deGeo launches to a camera roll view that shows thumbnails of all the available photos on your iPhone or iPad. You can select one image or multiple images to process with the geotag remover. When viewing an image, you can swipe right to view the geotag and EXIF information stored with the photo. The geotag information is presented as a location on a map, as an address and as GPS coordinates. You can share this geotag information or view it in a mapping program.

When you want to share your photo(s), you can tap the share button (or swipe downward) and then select the app to which you want to share. The app uses the...

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11:50
Apple, AOL ending iTunes login partnership, users...

The long-standing partnership that allowed AOL members to login to iTunes with their AOL credentials will come to an end at the end of next month, meaning those consumers still taking advantage of that ability will need to migrate to an Apple ID or lose access to iTunes, the App Store, and the iBookstore.

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11:37
Find the serial number of your Apple hardware product

A handy bit of info from Apple’s support site, just in case you ever need it.

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11:26
Siri learns Russian, Danish, Dutch, Portuguese,...


In addition to Wireless CarPlay, more diverse Emojis, and improved logging in for Google services, iOS 8.3 adds a major new feature: several new languages for Siri. Over three years following the initial Siri beta in 2011, iOS 8.3 adds support for the following languages in Siri: Russian, Danish, Dutch, Portuguese, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, and English for India…

Some of...

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11:14
I just bought this

I’ve been watching this robot tuner for quite some time. I decided to take the plunge this morning and give it a try.

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11:00
AOL Sign-in for iTunes and App Store is disappearing...

Hey, AOL fans! The company is dropping support for AOL Sign-in for iTunes and the App Store, so anyone using an AOL username to sign into the iTunes Store, App Store or iBook Store will be out of luck starting March 31.

“Starting March 31, 2015, AOL will no longer allow customers to use their AOL Username (also known as an AOL Screen Name) to sign in to the iTunes Store, App Store, or iBooks Store. You must convert your AOL Username to an Apple ID in order to maintain access to the stores and to content you purchased previously.”

http://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204268

This is another questionable move by the same folks who shut down their marquee website about the world's most successful...

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10:39
Government Spies Steal SIM Card Cryptokeys


The United States' National Security Agency and British spy agency GCHQ have hacked into the internal computer network of Gemalto, the world's largest maker of SIM cards, and stolen the cards' encryption keys, according to information in files leaked by whistle-blower Edward Snowden. Gemalto makes about 2 billion SIM cards a year, and sells them to 450 major wireless network carriers worldwide, including AT&T, Verizon and Sprint. Gemalto said it was unaware of the hack and expressed concern.

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10:29
Apple provides developers with new iOS 8.3 beta,...

The second beta of iOS 8.3 was released to developers on Monday, fixing a bug found in previous versions that could cause issues when connecting to a CarPlay-enabled vehicle infotainment unit.

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10:23
Apple releases second beta of OS X 10.10.3 with...

Apple on Monday seeded developers with another beta version of its forthcoming OS X 10.10.3 update, asking testers to focus primarily on the new Photos app with additional attention paid to Wi-Fi captive network support and screen sharing.

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10:12
News: Apple releases iOS 8.3 beta 2 to developers

Apple has released a second beta of iOS 8.3 to registered developers, continuing its parallel iOS 8.3 beta cycle which started earlier this month alongside the iOS 8.2 betas. This latest beta features a build number of 12F5037c and details few changes in the release notes from the prior beta. According to a report last week, Apple plans to begin releasing public betas with iOS 8.3 sometime in March; this second developer beta is likely the last for…

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10:07
Canadian DRAM national class action lawsuit

The Money is Mine:

Settlements have been reached in the Canadian DRAM national class actions, totaling over $79 million.

You can get money from the settlements if you bought DRAM or electronic devices containing DRAM between April 1, 1999 and June 30, 2002.

Many of my fellow Candians qualify for this settlement and I’d encourage you to take advantage of it, even if it’s only at the $20 level. Thanks to my friend Greg for the heads up.

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10:06
Apple releases iOS 8.3 beta 2 for iPhone, iPad with...

Two weeks following the first beta, Apple has released iOS 8.3 beta 2 to developers for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. As we reported upon the first beta, the upcoming release includes a Wireless CarPlay feature, a new Emoji picker, improved login for Google services, an updated voice for Siri, and support for Apple Pay in China. iOS 8.3 is coming later this year, and sources say that Apple will release a public beta of iOS 8.3 alongside the third beta in mid-March. Apple is also...

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10:03
Apple releases second OS X 10.10.3 pre-release w/...

Earlier this month, Apple released the first OS X 10.10.3 pre-release update to testers with a beta version of the iPhoto replacement app called Photos. Today an updated build is rolling out to testers through the Mac App Store. Apple has also released a new beta of iOS 8.3 for testers. We’ll dig in.

The build number in the latest release has raised to 14D87h from 14D72i in the initial release. OS X 10.10.3, which is expected to become available to all users later this spring, also includes changes to how and which special Emoji characters are presented....

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10:00
Google releases YouTube Kids iOS app

Google today released the new YouTube Kids iOS app, providing kid-friendly videos through a bright, easy-to-use user interface. It's the official children's programming app from YouTube, with favorite content from Sesame Street, Thomas & Friends, Dreamworks, Mother Goose Club, TuTiTu, and Super Simple Songs. Kids can also search for age-appropriate content on any topic they're interested in.

Acccording to the release notes for the app:

“We’re as focused on kids’ safety as you are, so we’ve built the YouTube Kids app to be a family-friendly place to explore.

When your child browses the app’s home screen, they’ll find a vast selection of kid-appropriate channels and playlists. When families search in the app, we use a mix of input from our users and automated analysts to categorize and screen out the videos that make parents nervous.

And for added peace of...

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09:32
Toyota won't support CarPlay, at least not out...

Car makers have put a lot of time and money into their own dashboard infotainment systems, so it’s not surprising that some are reticent to embrace Apple’s CarPlay, which puts iOS front and center in your car. Toyota is holding off on CarPlay support in favor of its own platform, according to a Monday New York Times report.

Several auto companies and aftermarket car stereo makers are on board with CarPlay, with plans to make the smart dashboard available in upcoming models. Some, like Ford, plan to support CarPlay, Android Auto, and their own platforms to ensure buyers aren’t turned off by a lack of choice. But Toyota is sticking to its own closed system, Entune.

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09:14
Google to buy Softcard, take on Apple Pay in new...

Search giant Google is reportedly doubling down on its mobile payments strategy, agreeing on a new deal with major U.S. wireless providers to pre-install the Google Wallet app on Android handsets while acquiring the technology behind Softcard from those same carriers.

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09:04
Stanford researchers develop method for tracking...

Privacy advocates have long tried to educate consumers on the perils of giving apps access to GPS data, but a group of Stanford researchers has developed a method to infer a device's location from a seemingly much more innocuous source -- battery charge information.

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09:02
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Griffin retractable Lightning...

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09:02
Review: Incipio offGRID Shine for iPhone 6

We were first introduced to Incipio's new offGRID iPhone 6 battery case family at CES, with the company's already-released offGRID Express earning a high rating. The upcoming offGRID Shine ($90) is very similar to offGRID Express — it has the same 3000 mAh battery and is roughly the same size — but a $10 price premium offers a different design. Unlike Express, Shine is a one-piece case, with a brushed shiny finish on the back. The power button here can be found on the lower back section of the case next to its battery meter lights, and the micro-USB charging port is located on the bottom of the case. Two pins also allow the iPhone to charge through the offGRID Dock ($40), which is sold separately. The offGRID Dock is pictured below, but was not factored into the review of the case itself.{/exp:char_limit}
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09:00
Developers discuss future Apple Watch apps

As the Apple Watch's release date looms, developers are discussing their plans for the device. Wearable.com asked several developers about their plans, and came away with some interesting glimpses of what's to come. There are 21 third-party Watch apps referenced in Wearable's article, including many screenshots. 

 Our take on the news

As reports like this come out, we get a sense of what apps will do and look like on the Watch. I was skeptical at first but I'm starting to see how the Watch's delivery of "glance" information will be hugely convenient. Things like baseball scores, a grocery list, subway info and so on will take a second or two to be known. That's going to be huge.

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08:57
Apple finally dropping support in March for logging...


Image from 2009, when some people still used AOL

Several years late, Apple is finally dropping support for logging into the iTunes Store, App Store, and iBookstore via an AOL username and password. Apple has emailed users with AOL accounts attached to iTunes to indicate that login support will end on March 31, 2015. Users have until then to convert their AOL login accounts to Apple IDs for iTunes services. Apple recently posted a support document with instructions on converting an AOL login to an Apple ID. Users simply need to login to iTunes with their AOL account and the conversion process will be offered. The conversion does not effect the main AOL account’s usage with AOL’s services. Apple...

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08:00
Accessible Apple: How The Apple Watch Will Improve...

Apple watch. image from apple.com

Thefts of IOS devices are nothing new. The devices command a premium resale price and can be relatively easy to steal from unsuspecting commuters on public transit systems.

Indeed, it has become such a problem that Apple included "Activation Lock" starting in iOS 7, a feature that remotely disables iPhones so that they cannot be reactivated after they are reported stolen. This, together with "Find My iPhone" -- a web service that allows lost or stolen iOS devices to be tracked remotely -- forms the core of Apple's defence against would-be iPhone thieves.

Unfortunately, even with all of Apple's efforts, cases like that of Nicholas Silver of St. Louis or this man in London are still far too common. Both...

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07:53
Review: Truffol’s Intelli Classic iPhone 6 leather...

Contactless credit and debit cards are only just starting to take off in the USA, but with Apple Pay driving merchants to introduce contactless payment terminals, you are increasingly likely to find that RFID symbol on your bank cards when you receive replacements.

We’ve had contactless cards in Europe for a few years now, and they’re even more convenient than Apple Pay for low-value transactions. For anything up to £30 ($46), you don’t need to verify the transaction in any way: just tap your card against the terminal. You can even do this without taking the card out of your wallet. (Bank guarantees protect you against fraudulent transactions.)

Convenient, that is, unless you have more than one contactless card in your wallet. This can either lead to the wrong card being debited or, more usually, cause the transaction to fail. Truffol has come up with an iPhone 6 wallet case specifically designed to solve this problem...

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07:52
Latest Apple mystery van sightings occur in...

Apple's mapping efforts appear to be growing, as AppleInsider readers continue to spot mysterious sensor-laden vans, just like the ones previously confirmed to be registered to Apple, roaming around the United States.

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07:49
Take Control of Security for Mac Users, Chapter 5:...

Strong passwords are key to maintaining the security of your Mac, and in this chapter, Joe Kissell explains why, looks at what’s involved with a strong password, suggests several password managers, and encourages you to up the security of a few key passwords right away.

 

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07:48
Chapter 5 of “Take Control of Security for Mac Users...

In this week’s chapter of the streamed “Take Control of Security for Mac Users,” Joe Kissell explains why it’s important to have multiple strong passwords and how to create and manage them.

 

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07:41
Report: Apple poaching Samsung engineers w/ chip...

While Apple has notably been engaged in a back-and-forth poaching war with electric vehicle maker Tesla in recent months, a new report from The Korea Times claims that Apple has also been targeting “experts in next-generation technology” from Samsung Electronics. Citing an anonymous official from Samsung, the report highlights that the iPhone maker has a history of picking off chip experts from the Korean company using competitive compensation and “greater independence” as engineers.

Apple hasn’t stopped at just recruiting chip makers from Samsung, though, as its ambitions recently expanded to include the possibility of an electric vehicle down the road. According to...

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07:35
Review: Lenmar’s Maven Battery Case for iPhone 6...

Featured in our guide to the best Apple device batteries, the one-of-a-kind MacBook external battery pack ChugPlug demonstrated that Lenmar knows how to make unique accessories. By comparison, Lenmar’s new Maven Battery Case for iPhone 6 ($100) isn’t quite as distinctive. It’s basically a softer-curved and more powerful version of the company’s iPhone 5/5s battery case ...

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07:34
External Link: Apple Ending Support for AOL Logins

If you still use an AOL login to sign into the iTunes Store, App Store, or iBooks store, then you must convert your AOL username to an Apple ID before 31 March 2015. Beginning on that day, Apple will no longer support AOL usernames for logging into those services.

 

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07:21
Battery power alone can be used to track Android...

A malicious app can track your movement without getting permission to access your GPS info. Just tracking your power usage can help malware track your location.

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07:20
Google launches new YouTube Kids app on Apple's...

Parents with young children now have a new option for tablet-based entertainment, as Google on Monday officially unveiled YouTube Kids, a new app for the video sharing site focused on enabling children to discover content for themselves.

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07:12
$AAPL stock continues to break records, hits new all...

 

Update: The stock closed at another all-time high of $133.00, with $761 billion market cap.

Despite being the largest company in the world ever by market cap, Apple’s stock price continues to climb upwards. Today, it hit a new all time high of $130.75, with a market cap of almost $760 billion dollars, at time of writing. This represents a 0.96% gain over the stock’s market open.

Many investors have questioned whether Apple’s immense size means that growth opportunities are now almost statistical impossibilities. However, Cook dismissed theses concerns at the Goldman Sachs conference saying ‘I don’t...

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07:05
YouTube Kids iOS app arrives w/ family-focused...

Google just announced that its new YouTube Kids app is available for both iOS and Android devices starting today. The new app for kids is the first of its kind for Google, but the launch follows reports that Google was preparing kid-friendly versions of YouTube, Chrome, Search and other apps.

Like most parents, I love helping my kids learn more about something they’re interested in. For example, right now, I spend a lot of time on YouTube with my 3-year-old son, who loves watching videos of car washes, Super Simple Songs, and about the universe. We’re not the only ones: Families worldwide are watching millions of videos on...

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06:57
News: Toyota currently has ‘no plans’ to adopt...

Despite being listed as a partner company on Apple’s CarPlay page, Toyota currently has “no plans to adopt [...] CarPlay in the United States,” according to an article from The New York Times. The report mostly examines how Google and Apple are vying to develop the best in-car dashboard systems. John Hanson, the national manager of Toyota’s advanced technology communications, noted that the company is in frequent talks with…

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06:52
News: Daily Deal: iLumi Mark Cuban Backed Smartbulb...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering the Large ilumi LED Smartbulb for only $89. Now available in a larger size, the ilumi LED Smartbulb gives your overhead lighting a boost with a free app that allows you to adjust the color and brightness of your lighting or run built-in programs for cool new lighting experiences. The larger size is designed with overhead, recessed, can or track lighting in mind, and you can sync the light to pulse with the…

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06:51
Superfish, Komodia, PrivDog vulnerability test

Filippo Valsorda:

Turns out Lenovo preloaded their laptops with adware that will intercept all your secure connections, and allow criminals to do it, too.

After investigating the Lenovo incident we found out that many other softwares – like some Parental Controls or security packages – do things even worse for your security. This test attempts to detect them all.

Send this to all your friends. Quick, simple test.

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06:32
Apple To Invest $2B Building Green Data Centers In...

stephendavion writes Amid deeper investigations into how Apple may be using its operations in Ireland as a means for tax avoidance on tens of billions of dollars in profit, the iPhone maker has announced that it will spend nearly $2 billion (€1.7 billion) to develop two new 100% renewable energy data centers in Europe. The centers — which will use wind power and other green fuel sources — will be located in Athenry, Ireland, and Viborg, Denmark. Apple said that they will power services such as apps in the App Store, Siri and iMessage. Both locations will run on 100 percent renewable energy and Apple said they will have the 'lowest environmental impact' of its data centers thus far. It will also be following in the footsteps of companies like Facebook, which has also built sustainable data center operations out in Europe.

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05:59
Rumor: Apple poaching Samsung experts in chips,...

With its latest recruiting efforts, Apple is allegedly targeting "experts in next-generation technology" from rival Samsung, offering raises and competitive benefits to lure talent to California.

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05:46
Three compelling anecdotes that make the case...

Jean-Louis Gassée, writing for Monday Note, presents three terrifically well reasoned analogies, all designed to bring home a single point: That Apple is not prepared to enter the automobile business.

A very interesting read.

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05:21
A look at some upcoming Apple Watch apps

This is a fantastic collection, really gives you a sense of what the Apple Watch can do, what the actual apps will look like.

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05:19
External Link: The Lowdown on AT&T’s “Privacy...

AT&T is planning to expand its GigaPower service in Kansas City. But the company says that unless you pay an extra $29 per month, it will scan your Web traffic to sell to advertisers. Gigaom's Stacey Higginbotham investigated and found that AT&T's privacy offer can actually cost up to $66 per month, depending on package. AT&T also makes the private plan difficult to find on its Web site.

 

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05:19
External Link: Photoshop Turns 25

Adobe’s seminal Photoshop app is now 25 years old, and Farhad Manjoo of the New York Times looks at how Adobe is trying to keep it relevant. Adobe’s switch from selling Photoshop to offering it as a monthly subscription is one way the company hopes to bring it to more people, though so far, it has led to plummeting revenues. Adobe is also planning to split Photoshop into a number of smaller apps. Regardless of how Adobe’s plans pan out, it’s unlikely photographers will return to the darkrooms that Photoshop replaced.

 

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05:19
External Link: Photoshop Turns 25

Adobe’s seminal Photoshop app is now 25 years old, and Farhad Manjoo of the New York Times looks at how Adobe is trying to keep it relevant. Adobe’s switch from selling Photoshop to offering it as a monthly subscription is one way the company hopes to bring it to more people, though so far, it has led to lower revenues. Adobe is also planning to split Photoshop into a number of smaller apps. Regardless of how Adobe’s plans pan out, photographers will never return to the darkrooms that Photoshop replaced.

 

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05:17
$34 iPhone dongle allows 15-minute HIV test with...

A team of biomedical engineers at Columbia University has developed an iPhone dongle costing just $34 that can conduct HIV tests with similar accuracy to ‘gold standard’ laboratory equipment costing over $18,000. The test, which also detects syphilis, takes just 15 minutes to run … 

The work was reported in the Science Translational Medicine journal (via GigaOM).

This low-cost dongle replicates all mechanical, optical, and electronic functions of a laboratory-based...

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05:13
Apple investing €1.7B in two new European data...

Apple today announced that it plans to build its first two data centers in Europe to host iCloud, iTunes and other online services. Located in Ireland and Denmark, these facilities will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy.

““We are grateful for Apple’s continued success in Europe and proud that our investment supports communities across the continent,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “This significant new investment represents Apple’s biggest project in Europe to date. We’re thrilled to be expanding our operations, creating hundreds of local jobs and introducing some of our most advanced green building designs yet.”
”

— Apple PR

Our take on the news:

Apple is expanding its global reach while continuing to innovate in many areas beyond the iPhone, iPad and Mac. With increasing revenue coming from countries...

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05:13
Apple’s Oscar ad was worth the wait

Apple got permission from Martin Scorsese to use excerpts from his NYU Tisch School of the Arts commencement speech, given last year, in a new “Make a film with iPad” ad they ran during the Oscars broadcast.

Pitch perfect ad. Watch the video below.

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We’ve updated our Mac Price Trackers with the latest information on prices, bundles, and availability on systems from Apple’s authorized internet/catalog resellers: - 15″ MacBook Pros - 13″ MacBook... Read more
Apple CEO Tim Cook to Deliver 2015 George Was...
Apple CEO Tim Cook will deliver the George Washington University’s Commencement address to GWU grads on May 17, at which time he will also be awarded an honorary doctorate of public service from the... Read more
Apple restocks refurbished Mac minis for up t...
The Apple Store has restocked Apple Certified Refurbished 2014 Mac minis, with models available starting at $419. Apple’s one-year warranty is included with each mini, and shipping is free: - 1.4GHz... Read more
Save up to $50 on iPad Air 2s, NY tax only, f...
 B&H Photo has iPad Air 2s on sale for $50 off MSRP including free shipping plus NY sales tax only: - 16GB iPad Air 2 WiFi: $469.99 $30 off - 64GB iPad Air 2 WiFi: $549 $50 off - 128GB iPad Air 2... Read more
16GB iPad Air 2 on sale for $447, save $52
Walmart has the 16GB iPad Air 2 WiFi on sale for $446.99 on their online store for a limited time. Choose free shipping or free local store pickup (if available). Sale price for online orders only,... Read more

Jobs Board

*Apple* Solutions Consultant - Retail Sales...
**Job Summary** As an Apple Solutions Consultant (ASC) you are the link between our customers and our products. Your role is to drive the Apple business in a retail Read more
*Apple* Pay Automation Engineer - iOS System...
**Job Summary** At Apple , great ideas have a way of becoming great products, services, and customer experiences very quickly. Bring passion and dedication to your job Read more
Sr. Technical Services Consultant, *Apple*...
**Job Summary** Apple Professional Services (APS) has an opening for a senior technical position that contributes to Apple 's efforts for strategic and transactional Read more
Event Director, *Apple* Retail Marketing -...
…This senior level position is responsible for leading and imagining the Apple Retail Team's global engagement strategy and team. Delivering an overarching brand Read more
*Apple* Pay - Site Reliability Engineer - Ap...
**Job Summary** Imagine what you could do here. At Apple , great ideas have a way of becoming great products, services, and customer experiences very quickly. Bring Read more
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