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Thursday February 19

08:47
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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08:30
IFTTT releases trio of user-controlled 'Do...

IFTTT today announced the addition of three new apps to its automation service. Unlike the original IFTTT app, the new trio of "Do" apps tap into IFTTT's existing channels and allow you to perform an action with just the tap of the button. The new Do Button, Do Camera, and Do Note apps join the existing IFTTT app, which has been rebranded simply as "IF."

The Do apps differentiate themselves from IF as the Do recipes require the user to intiate the action, while the IF recipes run automatically in the background using an event (If this happens) to trigger an action (then do this). The new Do apps allow you to connect to your camera, access a personalized notepad or create a custom button. You can use these new Do actions to control...

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08:14
Battery maker accuses Apple of appropriating battery...

Last week, we brought you news that Apple appears to be working on electric car technology. Those rumors are edging toward !CONFIRMED! status thanks to news that Apple is being sued by battery maker A123 Systems for poaching staff in order to develop a "large scale battery division."

The lawsuit, first reported by Law360, involves five engineers and scientists who A123 Systems alleges were poached by Apple over the course of the last few months, in breach of various NDAs and non-compete agreements. A123 also claims that it’s had to shut down several projects as a result.

In addition to the various contracts,...

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08:09
News: Apple’s new car team provides insight into...

An in-depth look at Apple’s ‘electric car team’ put together by 9to5Mac has revealed some additional insight that suggests that Apple is very likely working on an electric car, contrary to much of the dismissive speculation being put forth by industry analysts that have suggested the company is merely working on an enhanced software or electronics platform. The report notes that the team includes a “long list of automotive…

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08:02
Apple could receive up to 20 years in tax breaks for...

Apple's forthcoming "global command center" for its online operations in Mesa, Ariz., could be the beneficiary of up to 20 years' worth of tax breaks, thanks to new rules proposed by the state legislature.

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07:44
Revealed: The experts Apple hired to build an...

In the last few weeks we’ve heard about a poaching war between Apple and Tesla, a couple hires by Apple from the auto industry, and a whole lot of speculation followed by reports that Apple has a team of hundreds working on an electric vehicle. But who exactly is working on the project at Apple?

We can learn a lot about the scope of the research Apple is doing from the talent on the team, so we’ve talked to our sources and compiled a list of some key employees Apple has hired and assigned to the project. 

A couple things we learn from the hires: Evident by this long list of automotive...

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07:42
Inbox by Gmail heads to the iPad, bringing yet...

Google is on an iPad app streak. Shortly after introducing a version of Google Play Music for iOS that works natively on Apple’s tablet, Google has done the same thing for Inbox by Gmail. Google’s new email app—designed to surface the most important messages and better organize the rest—first came to the iPhone in October.

The impact on you: The iPad version is once again a Material Design copy of what you get on Android and the iPhone, only bigger. The main part of the screen is taken up by your messages and bundled categories such as “Updates” and “Social.” The slideout drawer on the iPad has all the same menu...

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07:40
Tapbots, makers of Tweetbot, release major update to...



Tapbots, the developers behind the popular third party Twitter app Tweetbot, is out today with a major new version of their advanced calculator app Calcbot. As the ‘bot’ theme implies, Calcbot approaches the stock calculator experience and applies character through animations and sounds while delivering more function than the out-of-the-box calculator from Apple.

The completely new version follows the debut of Calcbot for Mac last fall and includes support for quick iCloud sync between the Mac and iOS versions. While the new...

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07:40
Apple tops the list of the world’s most admired...

Apple has topped the list of Fortune‘s list of the World’s Most Admired Companies for the 8th consecutive year, with Google taking the number two slot occupied last year by Amazon, while investment company Berkshire Hathaway moved up one slot into third place.

Apple received the top score in all nine categories of innovation, people management, use of corporate assets, social responsibility, quality of management, financial soundness (was never going to be too much doubt about that one), long-term investment value, quality of products and global competitiveness … ...

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07:25
Alto's Adventure is snowy, llama-chasing fun

Here's the scene: It's a lazy winter day. Snow is gently falling and you're sitting back, enjoying the great outdoors. Your llamas are in their pen, just chillin' and standing around. Suddenly one of the beasts breaks free and sprints down a nearby hill. The rest follow and your relaxing day is over. Hop on your snowboard and chase down those miscreant llamas!

Alto's Adventure for iPhone (US$1.99) is the latest app from Snowman. It's an endless runner-style game that has you snowboarding through seriously gorgeous, dynamic settings. You'll capture llamas, collect coins, pull off spectacular tricks and avoid the angry elders, who aren't happy with a whipper-snapper like you snowboarding all over the place. Here's our look at Alto's Adventure.

It's Monument Valley-level pretty...

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06:56
IFTTT launches trio of new 'Do' apps...

Internet mashup service IFTTT on Thursday announced the first three in a new series of "Do" apps -- Do Button, Do Camera, and Do Note -- designed to help users create quick on-demand workflows.

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06:35
News: Apple Watch fashion marketing ramps up with...

With the debut of the Apple Watch expected in about two months, Apple has begun its marketing efforts to position the new wearable device as a fashion accessory. The cover of the March issue of Self magazine features supermodel Candice Swanepoel sporting an Apple Watch with a white sport band. Presented in an athletic setting, the image seems intended to blend the trendy consumer fashion aspect of the Apple Watch with its health and fitness features....

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06:14
News: Daily Deal: Get the TravelCard Ultra-Slim...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering the TravelCard iOS Lightning Wallet-Size Charger for only $29. This ultra-compact battery packs an extra 1,500 man of juice that you can conveniently keep in your wallet to juice up your iPhone or other Lightning or Micro-USB compatible device while on the go. TravelCard even includes a built-in Apple-certified Lightning cable, so that’s one less thing to worry about carrying around with you. Get the…

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06:10
All About Apple, a museum for the rest of us

This is a real passion project, a museum, located in Savona, Italy, dedicated to all things Apple.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:00
IFTTT launches three Do apps for a clutter-free...

IFTTT basically automates the Internet, letting you create recipes to bridge various products and online services—you can get a text when there’s rain in the forecast, for example, or have your Belkin WeMo Switch turn on your lamp when the sun goes down. While IFTTT works with dozens of popular services, all its functionality was rolled into one website and mobile app—until now.

On Thursday, IFTTT launched three new “Do” apps for iOS and Android, and the original IFTTT app we already know and love is getting a new name—going forward, it’s just IF. In fact, IFTTT is now a company with two separate products, Do and IF.

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06:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Bumpers from Evolutive...

Bumpers from Evolutive Labs, Grovemade, Poetic… and more!

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases includes a bunch of different bumper cases, plus traditional hard-shell cases that are both sleek and lightweight.

Element Case

The Solace (iPhone 6 and 6 Plus; $100) features a lightweight figure with removable top and bottom crowns for easy installation and additional protection.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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05:43
∞ Handcrafting a guitar

A gorgeous walk through the process of handcrafting a guitar.

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05:42
Apple Watch hits Self magazine, makes its U.S. cover...

It had to happen sometime.

A few months after being featured on the cover of Vogue China, the upcoming Apple Watch made its U.S. debut on the cover of Self magazine this month with cover model Candice Swanepoel wearing the Sport Edition of the device.

From Self:

Considering Swanepoel’s athletic prowess, it was an ideal accessory for her sporty cover shoot. She told SELF, “I’m an athlete. I use every single muscle, especially my core and arms, when I pose. It’s so important for me to feel strong!”

Call it what you will, but she just seems to be leaning a bit for the cover image while wearing the Apple Watch. This isn’t exactly extreme power yoga in incredibly adverse conditions. It’s standing upright and leaning a bit.

Nor is she rappelling off a building as part of a covert operation to finally take down Mendoza and save the city from his evil gang of...

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05:26
Photoshop celebrates 25th anniversary today of app...

Adobe is today celebrating the 25th anniversary of Photoshop, which first launched as a Mac-only app on 19th February 1990.

What went on to become the industry standard image editing app started life in 1987, when John Knoll, a computer vision doctorate student at the University of Michigan, began developing it on his Mac Plus. Known then as Display, the app was designed to do nothing more than display grayscale images on the Macintosh’s black-and-white monitor. As Adobe showcases in the video below, the app has come rather a long way since then … 

Adobe says that it wanted to look back at where Photoshop came from before focusing during the rest of the year on where it will...

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05:22
Samsung acquires LoopPay, looks to become an Apple...

It never hurts to be part of the payment infrastructure.

Only two months after rumors surfaced that Samsung was considering becoming an Apple Pay competitor, the South Korean conglomerate has reportedly acquired mobile payments startup LoopPay to bolster its efforts.

Samsung began talks with LoopPay in December to integrate the latter’s magnetic payment technology into next-generation Galaxy devices. That partnership has apparently turned into an acquisition, as noted by Re/code and the Wall Street Journal.

Acquiring LoopPay would give Samsung a ready-made Apple Pay competitor, albeit one not on equal footing. Apple Pay is based on special behind-the-scenes technology and works directly with credit card payment networks and banks, while LoopPay largely mimics normal credit card swipe functionality.

That could prove a problem for Samsung, as the U.S. is set to follow a...

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05:09
RBC says Apple could fund $65B+ annual capital...

Apple is set to announce an update to its capital return program in April, and investment firm RBC Capital Markets believes the company could return some $65 billion to investors annually, creating yet another reason to buy into the company's stock.

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05:03
Samsung acquires LoopPay, makes big move into mobile...

Samsung acquires LoopPay, which uses magnetic induction to mimic an existing credit card and is compatible with most existing merchant terminals. Is that enough to be a threat to Apple Pay? Samsung is betting it is.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:00
Azure Machine Learning Aims to Convert Data to...


Microsoft on Wednesday announced new data services running on its Azure cloud in what it has positioned as a bid to bring big data to the mainstream. Those services include the HDInsight Apache Hadoop-based service; Storm on HDInsight, which lets users use Hadoop and Storm to create distributed, real-time data processing solutions in Azure; and Azure Machine Learning, a managed cloud service for advanced analytics. Azure Machine Learning lets users build and deploy apps and conduct predictive analyses, among other things.

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04:41
Inbox by Gmail iOS app now has full iPad version,...

Inbox by Gmail, which Google appears to view as a replacement for the popular email client Sparrow, has been very quietly updated, notes TechCrunch, to include a native build for iPad. The app is currently only available in some countries (including the U.S.), and neither the App Store description nor What’s New entry mention the iPad build.

The app, which our hands-on last October described as “a marriage between Gmail and Google Now,” has tended to polarise views, some loving it, others hating it–with very few falling between the two … ...

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04:23
Lawsuit: Apple poaching auto engineers to build...

Is this evidence that points to Apple building some form of automotive hardware? Seems like it.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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03:53
Microsoft’s OneNote for iPad app gets handwriting,...

A day after Microsoft updated its OneNote for Mac app, adding OCR scanning of text within images, it has today updated its iPad app. OneNote for iPad gets the same OCR functionality, along with the ability to add handwritten notes–a feature previously available only on the Windows and Android versions of the tablet app.

As many of you have pointed out, one major feature that has been missing from OneNote for iPad is handwriting. With today’s update, you can pen notes. To get started, just tap the new Draw tab on the ribbon. Select a pen, marker, or highlighter and write, sketch or doodle until your heart’s content.

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03:30
Declutter your Camera Roll with these photo...

My worst iOS habit is hands-down my inability to keep my Camera Roll clean—I never go through it to delete my crappy selfies, random screenshots, or my 49 failed attempts at photographing Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland at nighttime. (Even worse: I back up everything, so those same terrible photos live in various places on my Mac, too.) It’s been an ongoing problem that I can’t quite seem to kick, though I think I may finally be onto something: the answer to de-cluttering my Camera Roll is to clutter up my home screen with more apps. These three photo management apps tackle photo clutter in different ways, and combining the three together into a weekly routine has, so far, started to make a dent in my never-ending pile of photos. 

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00:28
Adobe Photoshop celebrates 25 years of image editing...

Adobe's Photoshop notched another milestone when it turned 25 years old on Thursday, marking a quarter century since the venerable software brought digital image editing to the masses as a Mac exclusive.

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Wednesday February 18

20:07
The Artful Dodge

From a 20 June 2014 story by WSJ reporter Daisuke Wakabayashi:

Apple is planning multiple versions of a smartwatch — dubbed the
iWatch in the media — later this year, according to people
familiar with the matter.

So far so good.

The devices will include more than 10 sensors to track and monitor
health and fitness data, these people said. Taiwanese manufacturer
Quanta Computer Inc. is expected to start producing the devices in
two to three months, they said.

Not so good. Production did not start in September, not even close. And Apple’s website lists only two sensors for health and fitness tracking: the accelerometer and a heart rate sensor.

Yesterday, Wakabayashi...

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19:49
Southwest Airlines app for iOS updated with Passbook...


Southwest Airlines has updated its mobile app with support for Apple’s Passbook, allowing users to quickly access their boarding passes from the lock screen when boarding a flight. The Passbook card also presents critical information about a passenger’s flight, including departure time and gate, and flight number.

The new version of the app also includes fixes for issues reported by users. It’s available now from the App Store for free.

Filed under: Apps...

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19:30
Steve's on the British Tech Network Mac Show

You'll have to listen to the podcast to figure out the episode title... 

The last nine days have been a whirl, with all of the team here at Apple World Today recording podcasts to get the word out about the site. Last Friday, it was the British Tech Network Mac Show hosted by Ewen Rankin.

In this episode of the show, titled "These are not the shrimp you're looking for," I provide a bit of background about the TUAW shutdown and how Apple World Today came to be. Fellow guests Bryan Chaffin and everybody's fun-sized podcaster Kelly Guimont provide a lot of info and laughs... as well as the title to this episode. Many thanks to Ewen for the invitation, and I'm still hoping to make it to the British Tech Bash on July 4th if we somehow make our Patreon goal by then...

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16:55
Apple poached battery manufacturer employees for own...

A new lawsuit filed in early February claims Apple poached workers with proprietary information vital to battery manufacturer A123 Systems' operations in an attempt to build out its own competing battery division in California.

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16:45
Apple Watch makes its U.S. cover debut courtesy of...

It’s been a few months since the Apple Watch was featured on the cover of Vogue China, but now the upcoming gadget is finally making its debut on the cover of a U.S. magazine this month. Self Magazine announced today that its March issue will feature cover model Candice Swanepoel wearing Apple’s unreleased smartwatch.

Swanepoel’s Apple Watch of choice appears to be the low-end Sport model with the white sport band.

From Self:

Considering Swanepoel’s athletic prowess, it was an ideal accessory for her sporty cover shoot....

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16:13
High-res photos reveal mysterious Apple van's...

A pair of high-resolution photographs acquired by AppleInsider on Wednesday show close-up views of a van thought to be part of a secret Apple initiative, including a highly detailed look at what are believed to be GPS, camera and other roof-mounted instrumentation.

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15:22
Apple reportedly poached employees from A123 Systems...

Apple has poached five key engineers from A123 Systems to work in a new battery division at the Cupertino technology company, with some hires possibly going as far back as June, a new report claims. The battery maker claims that these hires violated agreements it had in place to prevent them from joining competing companies.

The employees the report refers to are Don Dafoe, Michael Erickson, Indrajeet Thorat, Mujeeb Ijaz, and Depeng Wang. Three of these workers—Erickson, Thorat, and Wang—were PhD project heads working on new battery technology. Ijaz headed up the System Venture Technologies Division, which oversaw work by all four of the others.

After these employees left the company, A123...

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15:09
App Invasion: Get rid of your old iPhone screenshots...

Video

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14:54
Apple Watch makes US magazine cover debut with model...

Supermodel Candice Swanepoel, best known for her work as a Victoria's Secret Angel, will be the first woman to don the upcoming Apple Watch in a U.S. magazine cover shoot with the March issue of women's lifestyle magazine SELF, suggesting Apple is quickly expanding marketing efforts beyond fashion and into fitness tracking.

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14:34
Save 50% in Take Control’s February Book Sale

Through 25 February 2015, you can save 50% on the entire Take Control catalog of ebooks. It’s a great opportunity to pick up titles that you’ve been wanting to read or that might be useful to have on your virtual shelf for reference. As always, all ebooks are DRM-free and available in PDF, EPUB, and Kindle formats.

 

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14:30
Bandai Crazy Case presents: Back to the Future Part...

Why are you holding a glowing car up to your ear?

It's 2015, which means that pretty soon Marty McFly should be showing up somewhere in Hill Valley, California in the DeLorean time machine car built by Dr. Emmett Brown. Of course, that's all fictional fun from the Back to the Future trilogy, but apparently nobody told the folks at Bandai Crazy Case. They're now taking pre-orders for this ¥5,940 ($50.00) iPhone 6 case modeled on the iconic DeLorean-based time machine

At the risk of looking like a total (in the words of Biff Tannen) butthead, you can own this unique case for your iPhone 6. One wheel slides out to reveal the iPhone's camera, although it looks like the flash is still covered. Panels on the side of the car open for insertion and removal of your phone, and ... wait for it ... it has cool...

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13:56
News: Apple releases iTunes 12.1.1 update for Windows

In a rare move, Apple has released an iTunes 12.1.1 update specifically for Windows users only, with fixes related to direct synchronization with Outlook and iOS devices. The update also addresses an audio playback glitch, and the release notes also indicate that the update “improves compatibility with screen readers.” The update should appear via the normal software update mechanism, however it is also available for download directly…

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13:45
Ask iLounge: How do I make my camera LED flash when...

Q: I was at a coffee shop the other day and saw the coolest thing that I didn’t think you could do with an iPhone. This guy had his iPhone down on the table, and somebody called and the camera light started flashing. I’m positive it was an iPhone he was using, but I didn’t know that the iPhone could do that, and I can’t find a setting anywhere for it. Is it an app? I’ve found stuff on the App Store that lets me strobe…

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13:43
Apple releases iTunes 12.1.1 update for Windows w/...

After releasing iTunes 12.1 in January adding a Notification Center widget for OS X Yosemite users on the Mac, Apple has released a minor update to iTunes 12.1 specifically for Windows users.

According to the release notes, iTunes 12.1.1 addresses an issue that caused audio playback to glitch while also improving syncing between Outlook and iPhones and iPads. Apple also says the update “improves compatibility with screen readers.”

The latest version is rolling out now so iTunes users on Windows should be able to update soon.

Filed under: Apps Tagged: iTunes, iTunes 12, Windows ...

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13:10
Samsung acquires LoopPay, gears up to take on Apple...

Just over two months after word first broke that Samsung was considering an Apple Pay competitor, the South Korean conglomerate has reportedly acquired mobile payments startup LoopPay to bolster its efforts.

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13:10
Apple's new West Lake store in Hangzhou, China...







China is Apple's fastest growing market, and the company has been busy building new Apple Stores in order to meet demand for its products. The latest store, designed in part by Apple's favored architectural company Foster + Partners, is located in Hangzhou, China's West Lake shopping center and is absolutely stunning.

Featuring a 15-metre (49.2 feet) tall glass facade at the front of the store, the West Lake Apple Store is also notable for a "floating" glass staircase up to a second floor. And it's not just any old second floor -- the structure is cantilevered and appears to be floating in mid-air, built with an extremely...

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13:00
Samsung acquires Apple Pay competitor LoopPay to...

From 9to5Google: 

Samsung announced in a press release this evening that it has purchased LoopPay, an Apple Pay-like mobile payment company. LoopPay turns existing magnetic stripe card readers into secure, contactless receivers. This means that, in an ideal world, LoopPay would be available in nearly every retailer that accepts magnetic strip cards. A specific acquisition price is unclear at this point.

As part of the deal, however, LoopPay founders and veteran payment industry experts Will Graylin and George Wallner will join Samsung and work closely with the company’s mobile division. The deal was rumored back in December and at the time, Re/code claimed...

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12:42
Designing for the wrist

That may be why I’ve been getting a lot of questions from developers and designers regarding what I’d like to see from Apple Watch apps. After thinking about it for a good long while, the list turns out to be pretty straightforward.

Rene Ritchie has a good list of things to look out for when designing for the wrist. Like Rene, I’ve been getting a lot of questions on this too. We’re in for some interesting times.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:30
Despite Apple and Facebook's latest plays,...

Virtual reality is undeniably cool, but it’s going to take a lot more than that to make people shell out hundreds of dollars for VR headsets. This week, we saw a head-mounted display patent from Apple and heard more about Facebook’s plans for Oculus, both of which hint at the potential of VR headsets. But patents and apps, as intriguing as they are, aren’t proof that virtual reality is anywhere near ready for mass adoption.

Apple explores headsets

Apple has been testing the waters of virtual reality for years, if a recently granted VR headset patent is any indication. The company submitted an application back in 2008 for a patent covering a headset with a slot for an iPhone or iPod. The iOS device slides into the headset and provides video, much like Samsung’s...

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12:23
NBC for iOS gains live streaming as Kayak, Snapchat...

A number of major iOS downloads saw updates on Wednesday, including the official NBC app, which now offers live streaming in select market. In addition, Kayak has gained a new "Hotel for Tonight" feature, Snapchat has added the ability to take a snap while listen to music, and Yelp now offers review translations for iPad.

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12:16
Review: CM4 Q Card Case for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6...

CM4's Q Card Case ($40), a wallet case, has returned again for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. As in the past, Q Card Case is a soft rubber case with a built-in faux leather wallet on the back, made to hold up to three cards and cash. The iPhone 6 Plus version of the case adds a slot that works as a kickstand when a card is inserted. Volume controls and the sleep/wake button are both covered by the case. Q Card Case comes with screen film and cleaning cloth. A limited edition brown genuine leather edition costs $60.{/exp:char_limit}

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12:15
Daily Deals for February 18, 2015, featuring Simon 4...

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 your...

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12:14
Korora Comes Bursting With Extras


Korora, a Linux distro based on Fedora, the community version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, just keeps getting better. When I reviewed Korora 19, released in July 2013, I said it had the potential to grow in popularity among users looking for a better, more user-friendly Linux distro that reaches beyond Fedora's enterprise appeal. The latest release, Korora 21, provides even more assurance of that statement's accuracy. Korora is packed with lots of additional packages besides those provided by the Fedora community.

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12:00
Killer iMac 5K Deal: Free AppleCare, Free Canon...

For a limited time, AppleInsider has re-teamed with one of Apple's authorized resellers to offer an instant $50-$150 discounts on all configurations of Apple's new iMac with Retina 5K display, each of which now 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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11:45
Marijuana dating app High There bubbles up onto the...

iPhone owners finding it difficult to connect with their peers through the tetrahydrocannabinolic haze have a new option with High There, a Tinder-like matchmaking app that specializes in bringing together users with a penchant for bud.

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11:31
Happy Hour Podcast 002 | Getting the facts straight...

Welcome to the second installment of the revamped Happy Hour podcast. Today we’re talking all about cars. Apple cars. Do they exist? Well, that’s anyone’s guess at this point, but there are a lot of details that line up for this to become a possibility. The Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and through our dedicated RSS feed…

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

New episodes of Happy Hour will be available every...

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11:23
First look: Astropad turns your iPad into a graphics...

Heaven for a hardcore graphic artist or photo editor is a Wacom Cintiq, one of those fancy input devices that builds in a display and includes a pen stylus for drawing, painting, or retouching photos. They’re amazing, but they’re pricey and not the most mobile.

What if graphic artists on a shoestring could simply use their iPads, at a fraction of the cost and with glorious portability? Astro-HQ wants to make that possible with software that transforms an iPad into a Mac graphics tablet. Founders Giovanni Donelli and Matt Ronge are even former Apple engineers.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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11:17
Apple Awarded Patent for Hybrid VR Headset


Apple has been awarded a patent for a virtual reality headset that can use an iPhone or iPod as a display. The abstract describes a device similar to the Gear VR, which weds a Samsung Note smartphone to a headpiece designed by Oculus. In its description of the patent, Apple explains that the head-mounted display system would allow users to couple and decouple a portable electronic device with a head-mounted device so the two devices would temporarily act as a single unit.

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11:15
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

Reminder:Widget+ [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $0.99] It can be accessed everywhere includes web browsers.
How beautiful it is! And it's simplicity and easiness! It is also integrated with other builtin apps gracefully.

InstaBlender - Double Exposure and Superimpose Image Blender [iPhone; Now free, down from $0.99]InstaBlender is a creative app for combining images with different blend modes on your iPhone.

Radar HD – NOAA...

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11:07
Apple now permitted to trade with Cuba following...

Apple can now trade with Cuba.

Which is a good thing, as they have awesome weather and even better food.

Apple has removed Cuba from its restricted country list for foreign trade, reflecting the fact that some of its hardware and software are now legally eligible to be exported to the Caribbean country.

Apple’s new stance is in accordance with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security, which recently amended its Export Administration Regulations. The changes create an exception for Consumer Communication Devices, under a license entitled “Support For The Cuban People.”

In addition, the Cuban Asset Control Regulations were also updated by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, authorizing export and reexports of items authorized by the BIS. The change to Apple’s policies was first noted by Collin Anderson.

The relaxed government policies...

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10:58
Mac: Epson Perfection V19 Scanner

Most of us will probably find it quite laughable when we look back at the promises of the paperless society that modern technology was supposed to usher in, considering that we’re surrounded by more paper than ever these days. Ultimately, if you’re looking for a paperless home or office, about the only way to deal with it is to take matters into your own hands, and Epson’s Perfection V19 ($70) is a nice affordable way to get started. Packing a handy set of scanning features into a small profile, flatbed scanner, this latest entry in the company’s Perfection lineup provides useful cloud-based scanning solutions, so you can even use it to scan directly to everything from Facebook to Evernote.
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10:35
Weather Underground's Storm app packs maximum...

I've been a fan of the Weather Underground website since almost the first day it was available, so it's not surprising that I've become an even bigger fan of the apps that the company has created. Whether it's the self-named Weather Underground app, Wundermap (both free with in-app purchases) or my favorite on the iPad -- WunderStation (free) -- I find myself passing over most other weather applications and focusing on those from WU. Today, the company released a new universal iOS app called...

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10:28
Retired GM chief Dan Akerson likens rumored Apple...

Following a five-year run in Detroit that saw him inexplicably chosen to oversee General Motors, longtime telecom executive Dan Akerson has elected to weigh on in Apple's possible entry into the carmaking arena, saying that Cupertino has "no idea what they're getting into."

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10:17
Apps: Dropbox, Google Play Music, Microsoft Office...

Dropbox (free) — Dropbox tightens up its iOS integration a notch with a new iOS 8 Action Extension that will allow you to save files to your Dropbox from pretty much any other app. While Dropbox has had “Open In” support for quite a while — and still does — the Action Extension allows content to be saved to Dropbox even from apps that don’t traditionally support “Open In” such as the iOS Photos app. Due to the way…

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10:01
Tim Cook rumored to travel to Israel for opening of...

Rumors continue to circulate that Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook may be planning a trip to Israel, to commemorate the opening of a new research and development office in the city of Herzliya Pituach.

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09:34
Apple removes Cuba from restricted country trade...

Apple has removed Cuba from its restricted country list for foreign trade, reflecting the fact that some of its hardware and software are now legally eligible to be exported to the Caribbean country.

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09:15
Motorola president responds to Ive criticism in New...

In an amusing retaliation to Jony Ive’s opinion of Motorola’s Moto Maker, Motorola president described their company as a ‘different philosophy’ as well as directly attacking Apple’s product lineup, describing iPhone prices as ‘outrageous’ in a conversation with the BBC.

In the Ive profile by the New Yorker, the SVP of Design gave his scathing view of the Moto Maker system, which let customers choose any combination of colors and materials to customize their phones. Although Ive refused to call out Motorola by name, the intention is obvious.

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09:02
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08:16
Listen to the new and improved Siri voice in iOS 8.3

As it has done quietly in past builds, Apple’s latest iOS 8.3 release makes improvements to its Siri voice assistant in the way of more natural sounding speech synthesis. The comparison above was sent in by a reader (thanks jk9357!), showing the improvements Apple has made to Siri’s voice in its latest iOS beta.

As noted by our tipsters, the change is particularly noticeable on the words “potato” and “America” in the comparison. You’ll hear iOS 8.1.1 first in the audio comparison followed by the new and improved iOS 8.3. The improvements come ahead of the Apple Watch launch, which relies heavily on Siri and could always benefit from enhanced speech technology. 

We detailed and discovered other new features and enhancements coming in iOS 8.3 when it was released to developers earlier this month.

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08:06
Morgan Stanley leads 20 new bank and credit union...

Apple continues to expand the reach of its popular mobile payment system, with the Cupertino company rolling out support for cards from nearly two dozen additional financial institutions -- including major investment bank Morgan Stanley -- on Wednesday.

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08:04
Microsoft OneNote for Mac adds OCR for scanning...

OneNote, Microsoft’s cross-platform application for taking and organizing notes, received a useful update on the Mac adding support for OCR, or optical character recognition. OneNote version 15.7.1, which is rolling out on the Mac App Store now, adds the ability to scan images from OneDrive notebooks for text.

Once OneNote’s OCR system has ran, you can actually copy the text and save it to your notes just like if it were a editable text file from the start. Searching images for text is currently possible for new images added to OneDrive notebooks, but a future version will make text search possible on existing images as well.

The update also includes the ability to toggle viewing authors and closing the window without quitting the app. Microsoft also...

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07:46
News: Daily Deal: The Ultra-Premium Mac Bundle – get...

In today’s iLounge Deal we’re offering you a rare opportunity to get 8 award-winning Mac apps at one great price in The Ultra-Premium Mac Bundle. For only $44.99, you can pick up fully licensed copies of ScreenFlow 5, Things 2, Data Rescue 4, ExpanDrive 4, AfterShot Pro 2, Typed, Snapselect, and Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth. That’s a savings of over $400, or 90% off the price of purchasing each of these great apps…

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07:45
Review: iWalk Extreme Trio 10,000 Universal Battery

iWalk's Extreme Trio 10,000 ($85) is a universal battery with built-in Lightning and micro-USB charging cables. Using these two cables and an additional output port with a separate cable, Extreme Trio has the ability to charge three devices simultaneously, at a max total output of 3.4A. Notably, the battery contains a backlit LCD display which shows users output charging speeds, total battery life remaining, and the amount of time remaining to recharge the pack. As noted in the name, Extreme Trio is a 10000 mAh battery; a 6000 mAh version of the battery sells for $15 less. The battery also comes with a micro-USB cable.{/exp:char_limit}
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07:33
Google Play Music finally works on iPads

For years, Android users have dealt with apps on Google’s mobile platform that look more like they were designed for iOS. In recent months, Google has been giving iOS users a taste of the same experience. On Tuesday, Google updated its iOS app for Play Music with the company’s new Material Design aesthetic—and more importantly, added an iPad app for the first time.

Google’s Play Music update for iOS follows a similar update for Android that rolled out earlier in February.

Play Music for iPad. (Click to enlarge.)

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07:12
How to protect your Apple ID, iCloud, iMessage and...

Two-step verification adds an additional layer of protection to your Apple ID login by requiring users to enter their password plus a second, temporary number sent to a trusted device.

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06:57
Apple moves Canadian HQ into downtown offices close...

Apple’s Canadian HQ used to be located in a 78,000 square foot building on the outskirts of Toronto, but the company has recently moved into a smaller downtown location as it looks for a tenant to take over its previous headquarters for the country, according to sources close to the situation.

It’s unclear if the seemingly smaller location, located at 120 Bremner Boulevard Suite 1600, will be the new Canadian HQ for Apple, but sources say the company is already in the process of selling its old headquarters located at 7495 Birchmount Road in Markham, Ontario through DTZ Property Services. 

While Apple’s old property included around 40,000 square feet of office space alongside over 36,000 sq ft of warehouse, it’s unclear if the new corporate address at 120 Bremner, which...

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06:28
Apple Pay adds another 19 banks & credit unions...

The second wave of the month for new banks and credit unions supporting Apple Pay is happening now adding to the more than 60 institutions already supporting Apple’s mobile payment service. The mid-February wave includes 19 additional banks and credit unions bringing the total to more than 80 institutions. Here are the new banks listed as supporting Apple Pay as of today:Affinity Federal Credit Union
Cabela’s CLUB
Central Bank
Credit Union of Southern California
Farmers & Merchants Bank of Long Beach
First National Bank of Omaha
First Sentry Bank
FirstBank
Grow Financial Federal Credit Union
Ideal Credit Union
Morgan Stanley
Redwood Credit Union
State Department Federal Credit Union
Teachers Credit Union...

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06:23
Trello adds Today widget, new sharing options and...

Trello, a task and project management system for teams, today released a major update to its iOS app that adds a new design, a Today Widget and new sharing features.

On the surface, the most noticeable difference is the refreshed UI, which is cleaner and more colorful. Under the hood, users will appreciate the new iOS sharing options, which allow you to send content to your Trello boards without opening the Trello app. With this feature, you can view an image in the Photos apps and send it to Trello in just a few taps.

Lastly, users will find a Today widget that’ll display your important tasks in the Today tab of the notification center and support for Handoff so you can move your work from your iPad to your Mac without missing a beat.

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06:23
Sony to begin shipping developer-focused...

The unspoken failure of Google's Glass has not deterred Sony from forging ahead with its own face-attached augmented reality device, and interested early adopters can now place a pre-order for their own set of "SmartEyeglass Developer Edition" eyewear for delivery in March.

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06:07
Rumor: Apple to bring Touch ID to upcoming 12-inch...

Apple may be expanding its Touch ID technology to other devices.

Current rumors have it that the forthcoming 12-inch MacBook Air — which is widely believed to include a high-resolution Retina display and vastly-reduced I/O — could also sport a Touch ID sensor positioned above its trackpad, according to Taiwanese blog AppleCorner, which has cited supply chain sources. In addition, the Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad may be updated to include the biometric functionality.

That could be a prelude to making Apple Pay available for payments on the web. Currently, Apple Pay can only be used for in-store transactions via NFC or as part of the checkout process for iOS apps.

Such an expansion would put Apple Pay in direct competition with web checkout providers like PayPal and Amazon Payments, while opening a major new market. PayPal, currently an eBay subsidiary, is preparing to...

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06:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: Is Phorm a breakthrough...

Is Phorm a breakthrough in iPad keyboards?

This week’s roundup of iOS accessories includes the usual batteries, cables, and more; it also includes Phorm, which offers a cool new option for touch-typing on your iPad’s on-screen keyboard.

BiteMyApple

The $30 Mamba Cable is a fabric-braided, 10-foot-long charge-and-sync cable for iOS. Basically, it’s extra-long and made for extra-durable use.

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05:53
UK banks RBS & NatWest become first in country...

In an industry first, RBS and NatWest will be the inaugural apps in the U.K. to add Touch ID support to their iPhone apps, allowing users to securely log into their accounts with the use of their fingertip.

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05:49
Apple comes up against roadblocks, regulatory...

Apple may have a few roadblocks before it can get Apple Pay into the Chinese marketplace.

As introduction efforts proceed, China’s central bank, UnionPay bank-card service and e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. are standing up to Apple’s effort to bring the Apple Pay no-card-no-cash payment system to iPhone users in China.

At the same time, Apple has not yet “acknowledged regulators,” and as a result, “it’s unclear whether the product meets the government’s requirements” for a commercial operation.

Apple is also struggling with its relationship with UnionPay, China’s state-owned credit- and debit-card system operator. Sources close to the companies said that talks aimed at an agreement that would open China to Apple Pay have stalled.

The central bank official who asked not to be named said regulators have not intervened in negotiations between Apple and...

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05:16
Apple Pay accounts for 30 percent of purchases made...

Staples was an early adopter of Apple Pay, adding support for the mobile payment service at launch. The retailer accepts Apple Pay in stores and via its iOS app. While use of Apple Pay in stores is slow, the mobile payment service is a big hit among iOS app users, accounting for 30 percent of purchases made in Staples iOS app. This figure was confirmed Prat Vemana, VP of mobile commerce for Staples, and reported by Fierce Mobile.

““Right now it’s the number one payment method for us in our iOS apps,” said Prat Vemana, vice president of mobile commerce for Staples, speaking during a panel discussion hosted by Chetan Sharma Consulting in Seattle on Tuesday. Vemana said that 30 percent of purchases made in the Staples iOS apps use Apple Pay.”

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05:00
Gadget Ogling: An On-the-Go Digital Safe, a Portable...


Welcome to a new edition of Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, your weekly guide to the best and worst of gadgets that have just rolled off the production line for the first time or have the proverbial ink still drying on their press releases. On our conveyor belt this week are a gas-powered portable charger, a clever key fob, a flash drive for secret keepers and a pocket ghost detector. Please note that these are not reviews. The rating scores reflect only my interest in trying each item, and matter about as much as, well...you decide.

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04:45
Two UK banks now allowing mobile app login using...

Two UK banks–Royal Bank of Scotland and Nat West–are now allowing customers to login to their mobile banking apps using Touch ID, reports the BBC. The updated RBS app is expected to hit today, with the Nat West one following tomorrow.

RBS and NatWest customers must activate the feature with their security information, but would only need to use Apple’s Touch ID thereafter.

The banks–owned by the same parent company–said that use of Touch ID is subject to a number of security safeguards … 

First, customers choose whether or not to activate fingerprint login, and have to use their existing login details to do so. Second, Touch ID would be disabled after three failed attempts, customers having to use...

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04:14
Apple Pay top payment method in Staples iOS app,...

Staples has revealed that Apple Pay is now the most popular form of payment in its iOS app, used for 30% of purchases made using the app. Apple Pay also appears to have driven new sales, with almost two-thirds of those transactions being from first-time Stapes customers, reveals FierceMobileIT.

“Apple Pay has been one of the most successful implementations when it comes to payments. […] Right now it’s the number one payment method for us in our iOS apps,” said Prat Vemana, vice president of mobile commerce for Staples.

Vemana also revealed that while Staples has both iOS and Android apps, with usage split pretty evenly between the two, Apple owners are more profitable, generating 70% of mobile purchases … ...

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03:58
Private I: Encrypting email with public keys

In recent weeks, I’ve written about protecting data stored locally on a hard drive, against both people with physical access and potential remote attacks. But your data is much more vulnerable in transit, as it passes between end points or via servers.

This problem is effectively solved for instant messages with iMessage, which uses strong end-to-end encryption designed in such a way that—Apple says—not even they can decrypt your messages. This is accomplished by creating local encryption keys through a process that can’t be reverse-engineered on their side. Even though iMessages pass through intermediate points on the Internet, there’s no opportunity for others to grab the plain text, images, and audio within. (The same is true with FaceTime audio and video.)

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Tuesday February 17

22:38
NBC updates iOS app with live streaming in select...


NBC has followed in ABC’s footsteps and released an update for its iOS app that introduces live streaming of the network’s content directly to an iPhone or iPad. Similarly to ABC’s offering, the feature is only available in a few select cable markets that this time and requires a subscription to a cable or satellite partner.

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20:00
$40 Mac Bundle: Things, ScreenFlow, Typed, Civ,...

From 9to5Toys Specials:

Today we’ve put together a really impressive bundle of 8 Mac apps including the latest versions of Screenflow and Things (which are $100 and $40 at the Mac App Store by themselves!).

Using the coupon code ULTRAMAC5 at checkout, 9to5 readers can get an extra $5 discount over at Specials.9to5Toys.com to buy the whole bundle for $39.99 – that’s 91% off from the $...

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18:53
Apple Pay drives in-app purchases for Staples, fails...

Apple Pay's in-app purchasing capability is often overshadowed by its physical iPhone-powered NFC counterpart, but for big-box office supply chain Staples, the feature has quickly become the most popular method of payment processed by the company's iOS app.

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18:08
Thinking About the Split in Apple Watch Sales by...

Lorraine Luk and Daisuke Wakabayashi, reporting today for the WSJ, “Apple Orders More Than 5 Million Watches for Initial Run”:

Apple has asked its suppliers in Asia to make a combined five to
six million units of its three Apple Watch models during the first
quarter ahead of the product’s release in April, according to
people familiar with the matter.

I would wager — heavily — that these numbers come from supply chain sources, not Apple executives. I can’t see why anyone at Apple would see a strategic advantage to leaking these numbers, especially the split between Sport, regular, and Edition models:

Half of the first-quarter production order is earmarked for the
entry-level Apple Watch Sport model, while the mid-tied Apple
Watch is expected to account for one-third of output, one of these
people said.

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18:03
Congressman and civil rights activist John Lewis...

Honored to host @RepJohnLewis at Apple today. His 50-year march for justice and equality inspires us. @MARCHTrilogy http://t.co/I5ye7OdIDi


Tim Cook (@tim_cook) February 17, 2015

Georgia Congressman John Lewis took a tour of Apple’s headquarters with CEO Tim Cook today. Lewis is in town to promote his new graphic novel focusing on the civil rights movement, March: Book Two. Cook tweeted the photo with Lewis above earlier tonight.

Lewis also addressed Apple employees during an event held on campus today. Last year Apple revealed its diversity statistics for the...

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17:51
Civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis visits Apple HQ...

Georgia congressman and civil rights activist John Lewis was a guest speaker at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., on Tuesday, where he touted his new graphic novel and talked one-on-one with CEO Tim Cook in a closed door meeting.

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16:32
NSA Suspected of Spreading Super-Resistant Malware


Kaspersky Lab on Tuesday announced the discovery of what may be the most sophisticated malware ever. The malware's creators, whom Kaspersky has dubbed "The Equation Group," use a never-seen-before tactic to infect hard drives' firmware. The technique "makes traditional antivirus and antimalware software practically useless," said Protegrity VP of Products Yigal Rozenberg. Most of the attacks hit Windows PCs, although Mac OS X users in China also have been hit, and iOS is vulnerable as well.

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16:23
Apple Patents Head-Mounted iPhone

mpicpp sends word of a patent newly awarded to Apple, #8,957,835, which describes a head-mounted apparatus that uses an iPhone (or iPod) as a display. The device "temporarily integrates or merges both mechanically and electronically a head-mounted device with a portable electronic device." It sounds a bit like Samsung's Gear VR headset, and many outlets are reporting it as being a virtual reality device. However, the patent itself doesn't mention VR, and it was filed in 2008, long before the VR rush of the past few years. That said, Apple has recently been trying to hire engineers with experience developing VR-related software, so it's something they could be evaluating.

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16:15
The Week in Mac Apps: Apps for geography, file...

Apps for geography, file management, and more

In this week’s roundup of new Mac apps, you’ll find a new way to keep your files organized, a little math help for your kids, and the answer to every geography question you could ever imagine.

Chikoo 1.0

Coding Turtle’s $21 Chikoo (Mac App Store Link) helps you organize your files into lists and libraries that transcend the layout of your disk storage.

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16:10
Apple's iPhone, iPad, MacBook, Beats headphones...

Apple's flagship products led the pack in the 2015 Customer Loyalty Engagement Index from brand research consultancy Brand Keys, with the iPhone, iPad, MacBook and Beats headphones all considered leaders in their respective categories.

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16:09
VLC 3.0 will gain support for Chromecast streaming...

The popular VLC media player will be upgraded to version 3.0 soon, introducing a whole host of features to the software, including support for Google’s Chromecast streaming device. The change was mentioned in a VLC change log on the VideoLan website.

VLC for iOS was recently re-added to the App Store after being pulled several times for licensing issues and other problems.

Chromecast support in VLC will allow users to stream their stored media to their TVs from supported devices, including iPhones, iPads, and Macs. Android devices and computers running Windows are also expected to get the upgrade....

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16:00
Daily Deals for February 17, 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.

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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 your...

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15:22
Sony Gets Glassy-Eyed


Sony's SmartEyeglass Developer Edition SED-E1 will be available generally next month in the United States, the UK, Germany and Japan. The smart glasses -- Sony's first -- also will be released in March to business customers in France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands and Sweden. Sony's SmartEyeglass, priced at $840, resembles a regular pair of eyeglasses with a sporty black frame design. It features a transparent 8-bit display screen that allows the wearer to read emails and other notifications pushed from a compatible device.

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15:08
Tech journalist Chris Breen leaves Macworld for job...

Five months after Macworld shipped its last print magazine in September, senior editor and Mac guru Chris Breen on Tuesday announced he will soon leave the publication to take on an unannounced role at Apple.

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*Apple* Solutions Consultant - Retail Sales...
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