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Friday April 17

06:13
Apple's Retina MacBook bears first fruits of...

Already a showpiece of technical innovation, Apple's 12-inch Retina MacBook appears to have one more trick up it sleeve in the form of a new, in-house SSD controller likely born of the company's 2011 acquisition of Israeli firm Anobit.

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06:02
Apple adds more Apple Watch guided tours

Apple fleshed out its guided tour offerings, adding four new videos.

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06:00
You should play: Naught Reawakening spins the...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play. 

2011’s Naught offered gravity-based platforming that required the player to rotate the world around the titular character, rather than manipulating the character (beyond a jump button) directly. While the inversion of gameplay mechanics was novel, it wasn’t until the recently released Naught Reawakening that developer Genera Mobile has really turned the iOS platform field upside down. With Naught Reawakening, the player has lush, creepy worlds to explore and the iconic game mechanic has been honed and augmented. 

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05:58
Apple Stores to offer “Apple Watch Basics” workshops...

Smart offering from the Apple Workshop folks.

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05:47
Apple officially names Steve Dowling VP of...

Dowling replaces longtime Communications VP Katie Cotton.

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05:42
First Legal Shots Fired over Net Neutrality

Everyone knew any attempt by the FCC to regulate the Internet would be met with court challenges… and here they come.

 

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05:06
AppleInsider podcast discusses Apple Watch try-ons,...

This week's all-new AppleInsider podcast is now available to download and subscribe in iTunes or SoundCloud, with detailed analysis of this week's news. Neil, Shane and Steve discuss their Apple Watch try-on experience and impressions, WWDC 2015 speculation, hopes and fixes for the anticipated iOS 9, and more.

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05:00
Yelp app for iOS updated, now compatible with Apple...

The Yelp app just became compatible with the Apple Watch.

On Thursday, Yelp announced that its iOS app is now compatible with the Apple Watch. As expected, the app provides the majority of the information and reviews found in the standard iOS app.

The main interface of the app shows four options for restaurants, bars, coffee & tea, and hot & new locations. Tapping on one will bring you to another screen with nearby results that fit your selected criteria.

The Yelp app is available for free and requires a device running iOS 7.0 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new version of the app and have any feedback to offer, let us know in the...

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04:55
Tim Cook on Time’s list of 100 most influential...

Time published its annual list of its 100 most influential people and Tim Cook was right near the top.

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04:43
Just when you thought the failed LA schools iPad...

We learned yesterday that the Los Angeles Unified School District may sue Apple for “millions of dollars” following the collapse of its plans to provide every student with an iPad. The mess eventually led to an FBI investigation and a federal review.

The latest development, as ever reported by the LA Times, says that the program is now the subject of a Securities and Exchange Commission inquiry into whether...

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04:24
Apple Watch user-interface still seems confusing?...

Following the try-on appointments that allowed 15 minutes hands-on time with an Apple Watch (or an hour for the Edition), Apple is offering Apple Watch Basics workshops at selected retail stores. Appointments can be booked now, and the earliest workshops take place on the official (or perhaps now unofficial) launch date of 24th April.

It’s unlikely many people will have received their Apple Watch by this date, and you won’t be able to buy...

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04:16
NASA: nobody's going to Mars without our help

NASA's top priority is still taking humans to Mars, and it says private companies who want to do the same don't stand a chance without its support. Administrator Charles Bolden told a US House budget committee, "our ultimate focus is the journey to M...

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04:00
Apple releases OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 Supplemental...

It’s not a huge update, but it might help.

Late Thursday, Apple released its OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 Supplemental Update. The update, which can be located, downloaded and installed via OS X’s App Store feature, fixes a video driver issue that might prevent your Mac from booting when running certain apps that capture video.

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

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Thursday April 16

21:36
Apple to offer 'Apple Watch Basics'...

Apple's retail website was recently updated to reflect upcoming availability of a new Workshop called Apple Watch Basics, suggesting the company plans to roll out device training sessions for early Watch buyers from day one.

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20:58
Twitterrific adds Apple Watch app & actionable...

Twitterrific today has been updated with support for the Apple Watch. The update comes on the heels of Yelp also being updated with support for Apple’s latest product. The Twitterrific update bumps the app to version 5.11 and also includes actionable notifications. You can now reply to, favorite, and retweet tweets directly from the notification.

On the Apple Watch, Glance View with Twitterrific allows you to easily and quickly track tweet statistics, including retweets, favorites, and follower counts. To gain access to more Apple Watch features, you must buy the $1.99 in-app purchase for push notifications.

With the purchase of push notifications, you can receive Twitterrific notifications on your Apple Watch, including alerts for...

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19:51
Final Cut Pro X 10.2, Compressor 4.2, Motion 5.2

Adds capability to create animated 3D text in Final Cut Pro X and Motion, plus adds iTunes Store packaging capabilities to Compressor. ($299.99/$49.99/$49.99 new, free updates)

 

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17:58
Yelp comes to Apple Watch in latest app update,...

In the buildup to Apple Watch's debut next week, Yelp on Thursday updated its app with support for the wearable, bringing direct wrist access to tentpole features like nearby businesses, reviews, address lookups and more.

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17:20
Apple officially appoints Steve Dowling to VP of...

It appears Apple has filled the shoes of former PR chief Katie Cotton, as the company's Leadership webpage now lists former interim communications chief Steve Dowling as VP of Communications.

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17:11
Snapchat paid ousted Apple exec Scott Forstall 0.11...

A leaked email from last year's Sony Pictures data breach that surfaced Thursday reveals Snapchat granted former iOS chief Scott Forstall 0.11 percent of its stock in fully-diluted shares in return for being a special company advisor.

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17:05
OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 Supplemental Update 1.0

Fixes a video driver issue that prevented a Mac from starting up. (Free, 1.8 MB)

 

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16:56
Apple officially names Steve Dowling as Vice...

Apple has officially named long time director of public relations Steve Dowling as its new Vice President of Communications, as noted on the company’s executive bios webpage. Dowling succeeds former Apple Communications head Katie Cotton, who left Apple in 2014 following Apple CEO Tim Cook choosing to take Apple in a new direction PR-wise. Dowling has led Apple’s Communications division for several months following Cotton’s departure, and he was internally named interim head of PR last October. Following the departure of Cotton, Apple’s PR strategy has been more open, with the company commenting more frequently on various news matters...

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16:53
Apple Maps partner Yelp announces Apple Watch app...


Yelp today has joined the long list of companies that have debuted apps for Apple Watch. In a blog post this evening, the popular ratings and reviews app shared the first screenshots of its Apple Watch app. The Yelp app for Apple Watch provides the majority of the information you’re used to seeing in the company’s other iOS apps, just on your wrist.

On Apple Watch, Yelp shows nearby restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and other businesses alongside...

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16:18
Ex-iOS chief Scott Forstall became Snapchat advisor...

Jobs and Forstall (Image via Getty)

According to a leaked email from the Sony Pictures hack, Snapchat has given former Apple executive Scott Forstall a 0.11 percent stake of its company for being an advisor. According to the email, Forstall was given his stake in early 2014 with his advisory occurring in January of that year.

Snapchat would not comment on the role of Scott Forstall as an advisor. In a statement to TechCrunch, however, the company said, “We have a number of advisors, but we don’t comment on the specifics of their relationship with the company.”

Snapchat was given a valuation of $10.5 billion in a recent round of investing, which would make...

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16:15
Los Angeles school district’s iPad project subject...

The Securities and Exchange Commission launched an informal investigation on Thursday into the details of the Los Angeles Unified School District's (LAUSD) notorious $1.3 billion iPad project, which was supposed to give every child in the nation's second-largest school system an iPad loaded with Pearson curriculum. The Los Angeles Times said that a source inside LAUSD confirmed that the commission was asking questions about how the bond money that was set aside to fund the program was used.

The iPad program met many roadblocks since its inception in 2013, and recent allegations of improprieties during the bidding process for the bond money derailed the program permanently. Back in December, the FBI raided the school district's offices...

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16:00
Apple expands CarPlay availability to five new...

In an update to its iOS 8 Feature Availability webpage on Thursday, Apple announced the rollout of CarPlay services to five new countries, including Russia and Sweden.

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15:41
Chrome for iOS adds Today widget, Halo comes to...

Google today updated its Chrome for iOS Web browser with features such as an iOS 8 Notification Center widget and support for app extensions, while Microsoft launched its first Halo game for iOS, called Spartan Strike.

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15:38
Apple announces CarPlay availability in five new...

After expanding the feature to five new countries earlier this month, Apple today has again rolled out CarPlay to new countries. As noted on Apple’s iOS 8 Feature Availability page, CarPlay is now supported in Denmark, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, and Sweden. CarPlay is available in 25 countries total with today’s additions.

Earlier this month, CarPlay support came to Brazil, China, India, Thailand, and Turkey, even though the CarPlay Maps are not available in those countries. In today’s new additions, however, CarPlay does support Apple Maps.

CarPlay has slowly been gaining momentum after a scattered launch. Pioneer earlier this...

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15:26
China's Great Cannon Could Point Anywhere When...


China has a new censorship tool that is causing alarm. It's known as the "Great Cannon." The University of Toronto's Citizen Lab identified the tool in a report released last week. The Great Cannon was first used in March, to launch a large-scale DDoS attack on GitHub and GreatFire.org, Citizen Lab said. The attack apparently was designed to thwart efforts to circumvent Chinese censorship. However, the Great Cannon could "be used to attack any target anywhere in the world," said Tomer Weingarten, CEO of SentinelOne.

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15:00
AWT News Update: April 16, 2015

A light news day in the world of Apple, but enough to bring you our daily podcast! 

  • Apple releases a supplemental update to OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite
  • Yahoo joins the growing list of developers with apps that will work with Apple Watch
  • There's an auction of a 1976 Apple-1 Computer going on right now for charity
  • A Kickstarter campaign aims at making development of text/video/photo-centric apps as easy as dragging and dropping media

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14:59
DODOcase announces dual charging dock for Apple...

DODOcase on Thursday debuted its second Apple Watch accessory in the form of a book-like organizer with wooden charging stand and cable tamer capable of powering both Apple's new wearable and an iPhone.

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13:59
Apple highlights Apple Watch accessibility

As with every product we make, we want as many people as possible to enjoy using Apple Watch. That’s why it’s designed with assistive technologies and features that make it easy for people with disabilities to use. Accessing them is also simple, either through Settings on the device itself or through the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.

I love that this is a priority for Apple.

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13:55
Yahoo outs plans for Apple Watch support, ReSound...

Yahoo on Thursday announced plans to bring Apple Watch extensions to four of its iOS apps by April 24, while ReSound launched a Watch app for its iPhone-compatible hearing aids.

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13:26
News: Report: Apple being uncooperative with...

Apple has “sharply declined” in cooperating with its court-appointed antitrust monitor, Reuters reports. Michael Bromwich was appointed to monitor Apple’s antitrust compliance policies after the company was found liable in conspiring to raise e-book prices. Bromwich reported this week that Apple has been objecting to providing information and is “inappropriately” attempting to limit his activities. Although Bromwich has…

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13:19
Google presents “Inside Abbey Road”

This is exceptionally great!

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13:19
Apple seeds first OS X 10.10.4 beta to developers...

One week after releasing OS X 10.10.3 with Photos for Mac, Apple on Thursday issued the first beta build of OS X 10.10.4 Yosemite to developers for testing.

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13:16
Goldman Sachs surveys potential Apple Watch buyers

We surveyed a group of over 1,000 nationally representative consumers on 4/11, the day after the preorder window for Apple Watches opened. Our key insights include: (1) encouraging initial demand, with +11% of iPhone users “very likely” to purchase an Apple Watch this year, (2) regular watch wearers are among the most likely to order an Apple or other smart watch, suggesting high displacement rates for traditional watches from smart watch adoption, (3) young consumers are substantially more likely to buy an Apple Watch than older consumers, and (4) those likely to buy a smart watch most often indicate Fossil, Seiko, Casio, Rolex, Timex, and TAG Heuer are the watch brands they wear today.

I find it very interesting that regular watch wearers are among the most likely to order an Apple Watch. I would have thought they would be more reluctant to move from analog to a smartwatch. The brands listed in No. 4 have a lot to worry about in the next year or so.

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13:05
First OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 beta for Mac developers...

Apple today seeded the first developer build of OS X 10.10.4 Yosemite to testers. The build is labeled 14E7f and follows today’s supplemental update of OS X 10.10.3 and the first developer beta of iOS 8.4 which includes a brand new Music app and iTunes Radio experience.

Today’s release appears to only be available to registered developers and AppleSeed testers; public beta versions of OS X tend to follow in subsequent build releases. For registered developers and AppleSeed members with the Configuration Utility installed, the pre-release software update should be available through the Mac App Store. Apple says the update focuses on “stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac.”

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13:00
Apple releases four more Apple Watch Guided Tours;...

Ten days ago we told you about the first of a series of Apple Watch Guided Tours. Now Apple has released four more tour videos, bringing the total to seven.

Added were Guided Tours for Phone Calls, Siri, Maps and Music. I personally found the Phone Calls and Siri demos to be instructive, as it seems logical that voice commands will be the primary input to a wrist-borne device. 

In other Apple Watch news, DODOcase today announced a new accessory today for the wearable. The Dual Charging Dock Organizer (US$59.95 for a limited time today, regular price $79.95) won't ship until 4 to 6 weeks after the April 24 official Watch launch date, but it looks like the perfect accessory for those who want a...

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12:58
Apple partners with SunPower to build twin 20-...

Apple is set to expand its global investment in alternative energy sources with the construction of two new solar energy sites in mainland China, which when combined will provide up to 80 million kilowatt-hours of power each year.

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12:18
Director J.J. Abrams shows off Apple Watch onstage...

During a promotional stop for Disney's upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens, director J.J. Abrams flashed what appears to be a stainless steel Apple Watch during a panel discussion at the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim.

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12:15
When Your Numbers Get Serious, Read “Take Control of...

If you’re looking to make better use of the free copy of Numbers that Apple now includes with every Mac, Sharon Zardetto’s new “Take Control of Numbers” offers the essential instruction you need to input, calculate, sort, filter, format, and chart your data on the Mac with ease.

 

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12:04
Pearson, not Apple, to blame for failed L.A. schools...

Though the Los Angeles Unified School District's demand for a multi-million dollar refund from Apple has grabbed headlines, the failure of the $1.3 billion program to create a new digital curriculum for Los Angles students appears to lie primarily with educational publishing company Pearson.

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12:01
Chrome for iOS adds 1Password & LastPass...



After just releasing a new version of Chrome for the desktop, Google is out today with an updated version of Chrome for iPhone and iPad. Version 42 includes a new widget in the Today section of Notification Center, support for 1Password and LastPass and other app extensions, plus more....

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12:00
Kick off National Park Week with these park guides...

National Park Week starts this weekend with free admission available on April 18th and 19th to visitors at at participating parks. The week-long event is meant to encourage people across the nation to get out and explore their national parks. To help you get up and get out, here is an assortment of park guides and outdoor-focused apps that’ll make your visit memorable.

Travel Guides

Not everyone has a national park in their backyard, which means most visitors will have to travel in order to take advantage of this weekend’s fee-free entrance. One of the most beautiful guides is National Parks by National Geographic. The free app includes stunning photo galleries, basic visitor information and maps for 25 of the most popular national parks.

It’s the must-have resource if you plan to visit one of the parks...

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11:29
Dodocase announces charging dock/cable organizer...


Accessory maker Dodocase just announced this Dual Charging Dock Organizer that accommodates both an iPhone and Apple Watch for charging. It all fits into a book-like design that will also hold your cables and headphones and make for easier traveling.

It’s made of Dodocase’s handcrafted book bound cover with carved baltic birch on the...

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11:17
LG Lends Substance to G4 Rumors


LG on Thursday confirmed rumors about the basic look of its upcoming G4 flagship smartphone with a post on its Facebook page. Details about LG's forthcoming G4 flagship smartphone recently were leaked on a Korean microwebsite, generating considerable buzz on the Internet. Photos and other information were published by a number of outlets before the microsite disappeared. Almost everything revealed about the G4, other than its appearance, still falls in the category of rumor, although it's possible the leak was intentional on LG's part.

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10:43
Apple's feud with antitrust monitor continues;...

Tension between Apple and its court-appointed antitrust monitor continues to mount, as Michael Bromwich has accused the iPad maker of reducing its cooperating with his reviews of the company.

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10:38
LA Schools Seeking Refund Over Botched iPad Plan

SternisheFan sends news that Los Angeles Unified School District is asking Apple for a refund of the district's effort to equip students with iPads. The project was budgeted at around $1.3 billion to equip its 650,000 students, though only about 120,000 iPads have been purchased so far. After the program went bad, the FBI launched an investigation into their procurement practices. The iPads weren't standalone education devices — they were supposed to work in conjunction with another device carrying curriculum from a company named Pearson. But the district now says the combined tech didn't meet their needs, and they want their money back. Lawyers for the local Board of Education are looking into litigation options. They've also notified Apple and Pearson they won't pay for any new products or services.


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10:37
Yahoo shows off apps for Apple Watch: Weather,...


Yahoo today announced its plans to bring four of its apps to Apple Watch in time for the device’s April 24th launch date.

Yahoo is planning to update its Yahoo Weather, Yahoo Sports Fantasy, Yahoo News Digest, and...

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10:26
Glide: Beautifully simple, professional app creation

Create stunning mobile apps simply by placing text, images and movies in a Dropbox folder. Professional results to rival major apps.

This is the platform The Loop magazine is built on. Glide is now ready for the public, so let’s support them.

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10:23
Why Apple is permanently protecting working forests

Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environmental Initiatives:

Today, Apple and The Conservation Fund are announcing a collaboration designed to help America’s working forests stay working forests. For Apple, this is the beginning of a worldwide effort, one that represents a new approach as it reassesses its impact on the world’s paper supply chain.

Apple believes that paper, like energy, can be a renewable resource. So Apple is striving to supply 100 percent of the virgin fibers used in its paper and packaging from sustainably managed forests or controlled wood sources.

As usual, an interesting manifesto from Apple regarding its environmental initiatives but I also find it fascinating this is a story on Medium, not a press release. Hopefully, we’ll see more of these kinds of articles directly from Apple.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PHOTO FOR APPLE WORLD TODAY © 2015, KELLY HODGKINS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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09:14
The best Apple Watch headphones and earphones

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LA Times:

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

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

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

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

Inquisitr:

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

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

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

One thing bothered me about this story though.

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

Seriously? You had...

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

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

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

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

The one thing I love about...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Per the memo:

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

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

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08:09
OS X reviewed

John Siracusa:

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

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

He says:

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

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

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

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

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

Apple

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

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

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

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

This could come in handy.

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

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

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

XVision...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The linked article has lots of interesting tidbits to process.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bodyguardz

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

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05:00
Opening Windows Source Code Could Improve Security


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To...

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

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

Automator actions

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

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

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

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Wednesday April 15

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

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

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

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

The Apple Watch site as it appears now

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

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

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

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

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18:13
∞ iOS users dominate music festival Coachella

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

iOS Apps Now Free

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

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

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

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

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

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16:00
AWT News Update: April 15, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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14:04
Amplified: I sleep nude

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

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

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

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

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

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

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13:04
Gear: Knomo Falmouth Laptop Backpack

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

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

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

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

Receiver:

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

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12:19
∞ iTunes Radio is being maliciously stupid now

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

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

I tried iTunes Radio and this is what I got:

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

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

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

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

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12:17
Guitar Hero Strikes Back


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

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

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

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

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

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