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Sunday February 22

03:27
How Oscar voting really works

Academy Awards are chosen using two different systems, one for Best Picture and one for all the rest of the awards. The non-Best Picture awards go to the nominee with the most votes. Simple. But the Best Picture voting is a whole ‘nother thing. I mean, crazy. Read on for the details.

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02:41
Apple’s new peers

M.G. Siegler makes the case that Apple building a car is inevitable, that cars are in Apple’s DNA

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02:33
Apple to release first ever iOS public betas: 8.3 in...

Mark Gurman, writing for 9to5mac:

Apple intends to release the upcoming iOS 8.3 as a public beta via the company’s existing AppleSeed program in mid-March, according to the sources.

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Saturday February 21

16:36
Oscars 2015: Secrets of the limo drivers

BBC:

On Oscar night the usually car-clogged streets of Hollywood fall silent because everyone is at a viewing party or, if they’re very lucky, sliding into a dress by Dior or slipping on a tuxedo en route to the big show.

The streets aren’t entirely empty: countless limousines are zipping all over town, then making their way to the Dolby Theatre, more than a dozen blocks surrounding Hollywood Boulevard closed to all other traffic as the purring cars patiently wait to drop off their clients.

Parking’s as difficult as a diva at the best of times in Hollywood, so where do hundreds and hundreds of limos – and their suited and booted chauffeurs – go to wait until they have to pick up again?

I never know whether that would be a cool job or not.

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13:30
Caturday: Merry's in love with the iMac

Photo for Apple World Today © 2015 Steven Sande, All Rights Reserved

Nobody sent in a Caturday picture for today, so I went to my personal archive and found a photo from last month with one of my cats peering from the side of my iMac. This is Merry, who is 10 months old now and looking more like a full-grown cat every day. She had snuggled up near my iMac and was being quite sweet, so I just had to take a picture of her.

Have a picture of your cat soaking up the good vibes of an Apple product? Tell us the back story behind your kitty's photo on the Apple World Today contact page. We don't accept inbound attachments, so please host the photo on Dropbox, Flickr, iPhoto, etc... and then include the link in your message. 

A scratch behind the ears and big thank you to my sweet companion Merry.

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10:18
Apple Will Let Users Test iOS Beta Versions For the...

9to5 Mac reports that In an effort to eliminate bugs from upcoming iOS versions ahead of their general releases, Apple plans to launch the first-ever public beta program for the iOS operating system, according to multiple people briefed on the plans. Following the successful launch of the OS X Public Beta program with OS X Yosemite last year, Apple intends to release the upcoming iOS 8.3 as a public beta via the company’s existing AppleSeed program in mid-March, according to the sources. The article goes on to say Like the early iOS 8 developers builds, the public betas will include a dedicated app that allows users to report bugs to Apple. The main goal of the iOS beta program will be a more reliable and widely tested operating system by the time of the wider consumer launch, as Apple has come under fire for lack of quality control in iOS 8. Launching public beta versions of iOS will also reduce the demand for unauthorized sales of beta downloads from developer accounts, which...

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07:00
After iPad initiative failure, school supe says LA...

Speaking to a group of reporters on Friday, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) superintendent Ramon C. Cortines said that the city can't afford to buy a computer for every student. The statement comes after intense controversy over a $1.3 billion initiative launched by Cortines' predecessor, former superintendent John Deasy, in which every student was supposed to be given an iPad loaded with content from educational publisher Pearson.

"I don’t believe we can afford a device for every student,” Cortines told the Los Angeles Times, “Education shouldn’t become the gimmick of the year.” Cortines added that LAUSD had never made a definitive plan for how teachers would have used the iPads during instruction, nor had it planned how it was going to pay for the tablets over time.

In the fall of 2013, schools began...

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07:00
The Week in iPad Cases: All-in-one case/stand...

All-in-one case/stand hybrids from Case Logic, Incipio, Poetic and more!

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases includes bright colors, funky patterns, and understated leather, all with extra offerings—like pockets for credit cards and stands for typing or viewing.

Case Logic

The SureFit Folio (all iPad models; price unavailable) sports a textured pattern, and is available in three solid colors: pink, black, or gray.

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06:17
Protecting your files from a thief

Spoiler alert, best bet is to make a reliable backup of your Mac, enable FileVault encryption, use a password everywhere you can and use a different password at every opportunity. This is worth reading.

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06:02
The evolution of the notification

Interesting list of historical notifications. I added a few of my own.

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05:00
Gadget Ogling: Jewelry Gets Inky, Toys Get Brilliant...


L!ber8's Tago Arc is aimed at the fashion conscious or those who like to use their jewelry to tell the world a little more about themselves. It has an e-ink screen, which is controlled using an NFC-enabled smartphone -- sorry, iPhone owners -- to let wearers switch up the design on the fly. Ordinary users can purchase a variety of looks, while budding Stella McCartneys can create their own. It's a modern henna tattoo for people who are smart enough to not let some stranger on a street corner etch a doodle on their arm.

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Friday February 20

21:08
Review: Fitbit Surge, an iPhone-connected health...

For iPhone users seeking a wrist-worn fitness tracker with GPS, heart rate monitoring, and multiple-day battery life, the Fitbit Surge is a good "tweener" device -- not quite a smartwatch, but much more functional than a basic wearable.

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19:22
Apple to begin offering web-based chat support for...

Apple will expand its support capabilities for Beats by Dre hardware products, like headphones and speakers, next week by launching web-based chat support, according to sources. Customers in need of support for their Beats devices will be able to instant message with a support representative via Apple’s support website beginning on Monday, February 23rd. In January, Apple began moving Beats phone-based support wholly in-house after still using the headphone maker’s outsourced support for most of last year. Apple began servicing Beats products in its retail stores late last year.

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16:00
Braven 805 HD Wireless Speaker: Review and giveaway

Braven 805 HD Wireless Speaker

Braven makes some of the most sturdy Bluetooth speakers I've tested, but it's the sound quality that makes them one of my favorite brands for portable listening. The new Braven 805 (US$199.99) is billed as a "HD" wireless speaker, implying that the sound quality is pretty darned good. Read on for a review of this speaker, then enter for a chance to win one from Apple World Today and Braven.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 9.5 x 2.8 x 4 inches (24.13 x 7.1 x 10.2 cm)
  • Weight: 2.8 lbs. (1.27 kg)
  • Supported Bluetooth profiles: IOPT/HFP 1.5, A2DP1.0, AVRCP1.4, GAVDP1.0, HSP1.2
  • Audio: 2 high-sensitivity drivers, 2 passive radiators, built-in microphone/speakerphone, SRS WOW HD bass-enhanced music setting (two 10-watt drivers)
  • Power: 4400 mAh rechargeable Li-ion battery, 18 hour playtime...
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15:39
Dan Moren chooses Fire TV over the Apple TV

But the kicker here is that the Fire TV actually works. My Apple TV has been plagued by poor performance and repeated crashes—sometimes right in the middle of a show. Every time that’s happened, it’s been faster to switch inputs to my Fire TV and resume the video there than it has been to wait for the Apple TV to finish its glacial restarting process.

I found this really interesting. It’s certainly not a good sign that the Apple TV has such poor performance when watching a program. If it was caused by Dan’s Internet, then the Fire TV wouldn’t work either, but it does. I don’t have many problems with my Apple TV, except when watching the NHL station—that usually sucks really bad.

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14:53
Apple says Mac app makers must transition to ARC...

In an announcement posted to Apple's developer portal on Friday, the notified app makers that all Mac App Store submissions will soon be restricted from using garbage collection in favor of the Automatic Reference Counting (ARC) compiler feature.

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14:24
Apple to require all Mac App Store submissions to...

Apple has announced on its developer site that apps submitted to the Mac App Store starting on May 1st will no longer be allowed to incorporate garbage collection, which was deprecated in OS X 10.8. Instead, developers will be required to switch to ARC, which was introduced in 10.7.

This change affects both new apps and updates to existing ones. Developers who need to make the switch to ARC can do so using the migration utility in Xcode. Apple also has a reference document to help make the transition.

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13:49
Apple Watch straps will be available to purchase...

Despite speculation to the contrary, Apple does in fact plan to sell an array of bands as separate accessories for the Apple Watch at launch, according to sources. So far Apple has only shown the Watch in pre-assembled collections, which reduces their potential for customization, but our sources say that Apple’s retail outlets will be stocked on day one with individual straps so customers can easily mix and match the looks of their Watches.

While Apple has hinted at millions of combinations of Apple Watch when considering the various watch faces and interchangeable strap combos, up until now we’ve not had confirmation that straps would be available to purchase separately alongside the Apple Watch at launch.

What we know about the Apple Watch lineup so far from Apple is...

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13:24
Screens: Control your computer from wherever you are

My thanks to Edovia for sponsoring The Loop’s RSS feed this week. Screens is a beautiful, yet powerful VNC client for iOS and Mac that lets you connect back to your computer from the comfort of your living room, the corner coffee shop or anywhere in the world.

Until the end of the month, we’re happy to offer 20% off Screens for Mac to the readers of The Loop. Simply use this link to save!

Jim’s Note: I’ve used Screens for Mac and iOS since they were first released. I love them both.

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13:17
Top Hat: App Store sales figures at a glance

Top Hat quickly answers the one question that indie developers have every morning: How well did our apps do in the App Store yesterday?

Top Hat lives in the Yosemite menu bar and shows up-to-date daily sales figures for your apps. Revenue from In-App Purchases is aggregated to give you a single total for each app. Weekly figures can be inspected by holding ⌥ as you click the Top Hat icon.

A great new app from Oisin Prendiville, the man behind Castro podcasting app, Unread and Tokens. I’m buying this.

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13:15
Apple fixing MacBook Pros with video problems ......

One of the first emails we received from a reader on February 9 when Apple World Today launched was from a man who wondered if we could report some of the issues that a number of people were having with MacBook Pros sold between February 2011 and December 2013. He pointed us to Apple's support pages, where a huge discussion of the problem had been raging for years. Well, that gentleman will be happy to know that starting today, Apple is offering a free fix.

Apparently, only a small percentage of all of the MacBook Pros made during that period are affected with the problem, which manifests itself as distorted or missing video and random restarts. The devices include 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pros manufactured in 2011, and 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros from mid 2012 to early 2013. 

Think your MacBook Pro is one of the "bad apples"? You can check by using Apple's...

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13:12
Mavericks StorNext 5 ACLs

Forums: Troubleshooting

I'm trying to manage StorNext 5.0 SAN volumes permissions using the Mavericks Server with Open Directory and File Sharing. My configuration is solid until I reach the point of adding the StorNext 5 volumes in the Server File Sharing. I can add the SAN volume to be shared, but I am not able to apply ACLs. I get a message stating "Failed to save access control list. Make sure that access control lists are enabled on the volume."

I have enabled the "Enforce ACLs" feature on the M440 MDCs. Still File Sharing is unable to apply ACLs to the SAN volumes.

I guess I'm am missing an important element in this configuration, but I don't know what it is or how to resolve it. Any insight is welcome.

Thanks in advance.

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13:03
News: iLounge Weekly arrives Monday, sign up now

The latest edition of iLounge Weekly, our weekly newsletter covering all things iLounge, will be arriving in subscribers’ inboxes early next week. iLounge Weekly is a summary of the week’s best news, reviews, and feature articles we’ve published, and it also features giveaways and accessory discount offers from various companies. There’s still plenty of time to sign up and receive this week’s edition — just use the simple form…

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12:59
Ask iLounge: How do I cancel a print job on iOS?

Q: Okay, I did an ‘oops’ with my iPhone when I was trying to print a single page of a big PDF using AirPrint, and I ended up sending the whole stupid thing to the printer. It’s 385 pages in all, and now I can’t figure out how to make it stop. I’ve tried closing the app, even rebooting my iPhone, but when it comes back up, it starts printing out again. I’ve had to keep the printer turned off, since every time I turn…

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12:46
Your iPad as a professional graphics tablet

Use the Mac creative tools you know & love, like Photoshop, with the touch experience of your iPad.

Made by some ex-Apple engineers (of course). This is one of the most exciting things I’ve seen in a while.

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12:45
The Apple World Today crew on MacVoices

Live on MacVoices -- it's host Chuck Joiner and the three founders of Apple World Today. Join Chuck, Kelly, Dave and Steve for nearly 49 minutes of talk about the site and what we hope to accomplish. 

If you're not up to seeing all of our smiling faces or wish to subscribe to Chuck's excellent podcast, you can subscribe here. Many thanks to Chuck for not only inviting us to be on the show this week, but for MacVoices as well -- it's truly one of the best Apple-related podcasts on the web.

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12:41
Opinion: If any Apple Watch will cost thousands of...

Here’s a thought: Assume that the 18k gold Apple Watch Edition is several thousand dollars, as some people are currently predicting. How will Apple deliver that piece of news — which hasn’t officially been confirmed before, and remains the subject of increasingly wild speculation — to the public?

Depending on your perspective, a high price won’t be bad news for people who expect their jewelry to carry four- or five-digit price tags. But it’s going to be hard to explain why the Apple Watch Edition is priced so far apart from the entry level Apple Watch Sport… or most of Apple’s other products for that matter. Fake gold or not, golden iPhones starts at $99, and iPads at $399 or $499, just like non-gold ones.

While Apple has already started telling the story of what the Apple Watch will do for people that wear it, it has barely told the story on its own of how much it will cost and why. I believe that detail alone is worthy of a second Apple Watch...

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12:37
Apple remains institutional investors' most-...

Hedge funds, mutual funds, and other large investors continue to make Apple a core component of their portfolios, with over 2,000 individual funds holding shares worth more than $380 billion at the close of 2014, by far the most for any U.S. company.

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12:04
Apple offers free fixes for MacBook Pros with video...

MacBook Pro owners experiencing video problems are eligible for a free fix from Apple as of Friday.

Apple said a “small percentage” of MacBook Pros sold between February 2011 and December 2013 are experiencing issues with distorted video (or none at all) and out-of-the-blue system restarts. The problems affect 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pros produced in 2011 and 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros produced from mid–2012 to early 2013.

If you’re experiencing any of the above issues, check to see if your MacBook Pro matches one of the models by using Apple’s “check your coverage” tool. Then back up your data, pack up your MacBook, and take the computer to an Apple Store or a repair center authorized by Apple. Apple outlined the repair process in further detail here.

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12:00
The Week in iOS Apps: Pair your Mac and iPad with...

Pair your Mac and iPad with Astropad

This week’s roundup of apps includes an offering to turn your iPad into a Mac-compatible “professional grade graphics tablet.” Plus, games, video, and more.

Astropad

The free Astropad app promises to turn your iPad into a “professional-grade graphics tablet”—similar, users say, to Wacom’s Cintiq hardware. Download the app (and a companion app to your Mac) and you can use graphics programs, like Photoshop, on your tablet while the results display on your desktop computer. (See Astropad’s video for a demonstration.) It works over wireless and USB, turning your Mac and iPad into “one connected workspace.”

To...

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11:09
Google Rails Against Proposal to Give Feds Remote...


Google is fighting a proposed amendment to Rule 41 of the U.S. Criminal Code that might allow authorities to hack into computers abroad. The amendment seeks to empower a magistrate in a district where activities related to a crime may have occurred to issue a warrant for remote search of computers, as well as seizure or copying of their files, when a target computer's physical location is unknown, or when multiple computers in several districts are used simultaneously to carry out complex criminal schemes.

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11:06
Mac: Stir Kinetic Desk M1

Following up on its previous high-tech standing desk, the Stir Kinetic Desk, the Apple-inspired design company Stir has recently released the Stir Kinetic Desk M1 ($2,990), a new option that drops the price while adapting a more contemporary, curvy design, with rounded waterfall edges. Available in a black or white finish, the desk is CNC-machined, providing a seamless finish, with a powder coat applied over the engineered wood. Like its sibling, the M1 packs in quite a high-tech suite of features, however, that go beyond mere aesthetic appeal, providing smart, cloud-connected features for adjusting the desk and integrating with your Mac, iPhone, and other accessories.
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10:29
FunBITS: Sling TV Is Made for Cordcutters

The new Sling TV Internet service provides many basic paid channels for a low monthly fee, and makes them available just about everywhere. Is it enough to cut the cable cord or drop satellite TV? Yes, for some.

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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10:00
Apple looking at public beta for iOS 8.3, iOS 9

Image from Apple.com/iOS

Remember Apple's public beta program for OS X Yosemite? By all accounts, it was quite successful, providing many Mac users who aren't developers with the opportunity to try out the latest desktop operating system and also increasing the size of the pool of testers. 9to5Mac is reporting that Apple's considering a similar public test of the upcoming iOS 8.3 beta (due in another month or so) and iOS 9, which will presumably arrive later this year.

Our take on the news: This is, of course, all rumor at this time -- it's coming from 9to5Mac, after all -- but it makes sense that Apple would want to make beta versions of iOS available to a wider variety of users and devices in order to improve the quality of the final product. While others might disagree, I feel that OS X Yosemite has been very stable and that the large public beta was probably a...

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09:53
Les Paul’s 1954 guitar sells for $335k

Les Paul’s personal 1954 Les Paul Custom “Black Beauty” sold to Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay last night for $335,500. According to the New York Times, Irsay’s guitar curator, Christopher McKinney, placed the bid at the February 19, 2015 auction held by Guernsey’s in New York City.

I would love to have this guitar. If only I had a few hundred grand laying around.

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09:46
The Loop Magazine Issue 31: The Key to Apple’s...

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The Loop Magazine Issue 31:

Jim Dalrymple looks at the key to Apple’s success. Is it design, software, hardware? Maybe none of those things; Matt Gemmell talks about the colors of his various computer bags—It’s okay to skip safe; Darren Murph looks at where the DSLR is now that so many people are using an iPhone; Joe Caiati has a look at the origins of his writing; Steven Aquino has a wonderful story on how music and the iPod helped people with memories; With so many recordings of the same classical piece, Kirk McElhearn is still searching for the perfect recording, but does it exist?; Darren Murph looks at mobile data and how everything is being commoditized in mobile; and Tim Schock talks about the resurgence of the cassette… really.

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09:39
How the photocopier changed the way we worked and...

The Smithsonian:

In 1959, Xerox released the “914”—the first easy-to-use photocopier. The culmination of more than 20 years of experimentation, it was a much cleaner, “dry” process. The copier created an electrostatic image of a document on a rotating metal drum, and used it to transfer toner—ink in a powdered format—to a piece of paper, which would then be sealed in place by heat. It was fast, cranking out a copy in as little as seven seconds. When the first desk-size, 648-pound machines were rolled out to corporate customers—some of whom had to remove doors to install these behemoths—the era of copying began.

Or more accurately, the explosion of copying began. Xerox expected customers would make about 2,000 copies a month—but users easily made 10,000 a month, and some as many as 100,000. Before the 914 machine, Americans made 20 million copies a year, but by 1966 Xerox had boosted the total to 14 billion.

We don’t give much thought to the copier many of us...

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09:04
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Free App of the Week, iPhone 6...

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:

iTunes Free App of the Week: Duet Game ($2.99 value)

Baytek iPhone 6/Plus kick stand case...

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09:00
The Apple Watch isn't losing any health features

I love it when one of the tech press -- Daring Fireball's John Gruber in this case -- slaps down the mainstream media for their idiocy. In this case, the "topic" the media was tossing around was that the upcoming Apple Watch was going to be shipping without some of the health-tracking features that had allegedly been promised at the reveal last fall. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The story that started it all was on the CBS News website, featuring a quote from CNET's Jeff Bakalar that said:

““They were going for some super groundbreaking and innovative health tracking stuff. Heartbeat tracking, stress monitoring. In their testing it wasn’t filling that sort of void that’s in the market for fitness apps right now.”

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08:56
On the Pricing of Apple Watch

After the gala announcement event in September at which Apple introduced Apple Watch and whatever last year’s iPhone was, I ran into SlashGear editor-in-chief Vincent Nguyen in the private hands-on area Apple had set up for select members of the media. I’ve known Vincent for years from various Apple events, and I always enjoy his perspective. I was actually looking around for him this time, though, because I really wanted to hear his take on Apple Watch. Vincent is a watch guy — he knows the watch industry, and his taste is excellent.

We greeted each other, walked in, and started staring, close-up, at the lineup. When we got to the Edition models, Vincent said, with some excitement, “This is going to cost $20,000.”

I’d already started thinking that the Edition models would cost thousands, plural, but $20,000 struck me as a price from Bananas Town. Vincent’s reply was something to the effect of, “Try to find a good...

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08:53
Sprint says its new $90/month 12GB Family Share plan...

Just one day after T-Mobile CEO John Legere announced the wireless provider surpassed Sprint to become the number three carrier in the country, Sprint today announced a new aggressive shared data plan that it says offers better value compared to T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon.

The new $90/month Family Share plan offers 12GB of data for up to 10 lines with unlimited talk and text (the 10 lines offer lasts through March 31, 2016). The plan compares favorably to similar options from the other guys (as pictured in the chart from Sprint above), but there are a few caveats.

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08:51
The last of the typewriter men

Medium:

As the 19th century teetered into the 20th, the clank of typewriter keys went from solo to symphony. They were the weapon of choice for professional writers, the business elite, people with things to say and the need to say them quickly. They unintentionally provided a passageway for women to tread into workplaces from which they had long been banished, and greatly expedited the rate at which human thought could be translated into ink. An 1867 issue of Scientific American marveled at the “machine by which it is assumed that man may print his thoughts twice as fast as he can write them.”

Using a typewriter at times feels more like playing piano than jotting down notes, a percussive exercise in expressing thought that is both tortuous and rewarding.

Great story about a dying technology and the men who still service it. While I am nostalgic about typewriters and love their look and feel, there’s no way I’d ever want to go back to using one on a daily...

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08:28
Apple is reportedly opening future iOS betas to the...

Well, it looks like Apple has heard your complaints about iOS 8, because 8.3 is reportedly getting a public beta release next month. That means anyone who wants to can get early access to the latest version of iOS in the hopes that software will be thoroughly debugged before its official release.

iOS 8.3 includes a few neat features, like wireless CarPlay, new emoji (!), and easier login for Google users with two-factor authentication enabled. The third public beta will be released at the same time as the third developer version, but 9to5Mac reports that only 100,000 lucky testers will get a chance to take 8.3 for an early spin. iOS 8.2, which is being readied for the Apple Watch launch, will not enter public beta, 9to5Mac notes. iOS 9 will open up a public beta program after WWDC this...

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08:00
Daily Deals for February 20, 2015, featuring 20% off...

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

Typed [OS X; On sale for $15.99, down from $19.99] AppleWorld.Today is pleased to offer an exclusive deal on Typed by Realmac. Typed is a stunning new Markdown editor and writing app for Mac, and the first that improves your focus so you can create great content. Typed makes writing for the web incredibly easy, and its Zen Mode features relaxing soundtracks that help you concentrate.

Typed is available for US$19, but AWT readers can save 20% off the retail price when they use they use...

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07:47
News: Report: Apple to release iOS public betas

Apple plans to begin releasing new versions of iOS as public betas, according to a new report by 9to5Mac. Intended to help eliminate bugs from upcoming iOS versions before general release, the model will follow the one used by Apple for OS X Yosemite last summer — a public beta cycle that will begin following the early developer betas, running in tandem with the developer program up until general availability of the new operating system. The report…

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07:42
Rumor: Apple may open iOS pre-releases to average...

After an apparently successful public beta program for OS X Yosemite, Apple is rumored to be considering an expansion of that initiative that would see forthcoming versions of its mobile operating system -- beginning with iOS 9 -- subjected to the same assessment.

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07:39
Report: Apple will begin offering public beta builds...

According to a new report from 9to5Mac's Mark Gurman, Apple will soon begin releasing public beta builds of iOS to consumers in the hopes of tracking down and squashing more bugs. The program will reportedly begin with iOS 8.3, the first build of which has already been released to developers, and will extend to iOS 9 after Apple introduces it at this year's Worldwide Developers Conference.

Apple launched a similar public beta program for OS X in April of last year. It began with OS X 10.9.3, the third update to Mavericks, and was followed by a large public beta program for OS X Yosemite. The Yosemite beta was limited to the first million customers who signed...

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07:04
YouTube to launch kid-friendly app exclusively on...

The prospective launch of Google's new YouTube Kids app could be a boon for families with young children, but those invested in Apple's iOS ecosystem find themselves on the outside looking in as the video site reportedly will not support the iPhone or iPad at launch.

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07:01
The Chronicle shares its 1998 audio interview with...

1998 was still a low point for Apple. Steve Jobs had just returned, had some new plans in place, but the triumphant arc of new products that would once again change the world had not yet begun.

The Chronicle of Higher Education sent two reporters, one a seasoned reporter and one fresh out of college, to a conference for college computing administrators to grab some time with Steve Jobs. Follow the link to read about the interview and listen to the whole thing.

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06:55
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

History for iOS [iPhone; Now free, down from $0.99] History for iOS is the App Store's top resource for everything iOS. The app contains in-depth information on every iOS release Apple has pushed to the public.

Effect 360 - Best Photo Editor and Stylish Camera Filters Effects [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $0.99] Effect+® contains 500+ filters and all editing features that allow you to beautifully express the best moments of your life that let you see the world in a classic way.

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06:55
News: Japan Display vying to be Apple’s primary...

Japan Display is in talks with Apple about the possibility of manufacturing smartphone screens, Reuters reports. Citing a “person familiar with the situation,” the report reveals that Japan Display and Apple are presently negotiating, with Japan Display looking for Apple to carry the majority of the 200 billion yen ($1.7 billion) investment in building a new display manufacturing plant. The discussions are confidential, but a successful…

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06:51
∞ The Nest Protect in frightening action

I can’t comment on the Nest Protect smoke alarm. I don’t own one, have never had to set one up or disable one. But this video feels like the opening of a science fiction movie on the order of Alien or Terminator.

Fear the future, SkyNet is here!

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06:50
Apple will fight iOS bugs with first-ever iOS Public...

In an effort to eliminate bugs from upcoming iOS versions ahead of their general releases, Apple plans to launch the first-ever public beta program for the iOS operating system, according to multiple people briefed on the plans. Following the successful launch of the OS X Public Beta program with OS X Yosemite last year, Apple intends to release the upcoming iOS 8.3 as a public beta via the company’s existing AppleSeed program in mid-March, according to the sources. This release will match the third iOS 8.3 beta for developers, which is planned for release the same week. Apple then expects to debut iOS 9 at its June Worldwide Developer Conference, with a public beta release during the summer, and final release in the fall…

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06:41
Apple’s electric car team

Jordan Kahn of 9to5mac did a great job pulling together the list of Apple’s recent auto-related hires, along with some background for each one.

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06:39
Opinion: What we can expect from an Apple Car if it...

What a difference a couple of weeks can make. We knew on February 5th that Apple was offering quarter-million dollar signing bonuses to Tesla engineers to persuade them to jump ship, but the idea that the company planned to make a car was just a vague rumor. Fast-forward a fortnight and it’s now being treated as established fact.

Our own exclusive reporting on the sheer range of automotive hires by Apple makes it clear that the company is, at the very least, seriously investigating the possibility, with a 1,000-strong team reportedly approved by Tim Cook. And while we need to bear in mind the cautionary note in ...

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06:38
Virgin Mobile drops complete iPhone lineup from its...

Since the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus last fall, we’ve noticed that Sprint subsidiary Virgin Mobile USA has offered limited-to-no stock on its iPhone lineup with “out of stock” messages on each of their iOS device and seemingly no plans to replenish inventory. Specifically, the pre-paid carrier went head first into the holiday season without any iPhone inventory for shoppers.

Virgin later confirmed that it had no specific plans to carry the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus at the time, and now the prepaid carrier has completely scrubbed the entire iPhone lineup from its online store.

Virgin Mobile USA previously presented a dedicated webpage featuring its iPhone lineup of unsubsidized prepaid models. Most recently, Virgin...

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06:37
Apple is once again #1 most admired company in the...

What’s not to like?

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06:35
Apple want to start producing cars as soon as 2020

Bloomberg supplies more evidence that Apple is working on a car.

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06:27
Rumor: Apple Car could be available as early as 2020

You could have an Apple Car as early as 2020.

According to a Bloomberg article, Apple is pushing its development team to have the car in production in that time frame, albeit Apple has yet to comment on the story and sources have remained anonymous.

Apple Car has all but pushed Apple Watch out of the headlines in the last two weeks. Successive reports from mainstream outlets have claimed Apple has a team as large as a thousand people working on the project, that it is codenamed “Titan,” and that Apple has hired any number of people from the automotive industry.

On Thursday, it was discovered that Apple has been hiring battery experts from at least one company, A123 Systems. That company has sued Apple over the nature of its poaching. Apple has also apparently been targeting battery experts at LG, Samsung, Panasonic, Toshiba, and Johnson Controls.

A 2020 timeline...

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05:50
Apple Launches Repair Program For Longstanding 2011...

AmiMoJo writes: Apple has just launched a MacBook Pro Repair Extension Program for Video Issues to provide out-of-warranty repairs for MacBook Pros and Retina MacBook Pros sold between February of 2011 and December of 2013. Symptoms of affected computers include "distorted or scrambled video on the computer screen," "no video on the computer screen (or external display) even though the computer is on," and unexpected restarts. Some users have been complaining about 2011 MacBook Pro GPU issues since shortly after the systems launched. Those complaints continued for well over three years—outside of the warranty window even if you bought AppleCare, at least if you bought the systems at launch—and were more recently the cause of a class-action lawsuit.

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05:36
Steve Jobs talks higher ed. in 1998 interview

The Chronicle of Higher Education conducted an interview with Steve Jobs at an interesting time in 1998. It was shortly after his return to Apple, but before the iMac's introduction. In the previously unpublished interview, Jobs discusses the higher education market and Apple's future.


Our take on the news

It's always compelling to hear Jobs speak and get a little insight into his mind. What's especially interesting here is this: the interview captured Steve as Apple was struggling in the education market, yet there's no humility in the recently-reinstated CEO of a troubled company. He's confident and at times curt with this interviewer. 

Oh, who are we kidding? That's just Jobs being Jobs! 

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05:32
AppleInsider podcast discusses Apple Car rumors,...

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, including: Apple Car rumors, Apple Watch pricing, new FAA proposed drone regulations, Modern Family films an entire episode on iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2, Apple Pay, Sony and more.

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05:07
A123 Sues Apple For Poaching Employees

An anonymous reader writes "Electric-car battery maker A123 Systems is suing Apple in federal court for allegedly poaching five employees to help it develop a competing battery business. The suit accuses the workers, including A123's former chief technology officer, of breaking noncompete and nonsolicit agreements. "It appears that Apple, with the assistance of defendant Ijaz, is systematically hiring away A123’s high-tech PhD and engineering employees, thereby effectively shutting down various projects/programs at A123," according to the lawsuit. The news adds some credibility to rumors that Apple is getting into the automotive market. "

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05:00
Video Game Preservation: An Impossible Dream?


Fuel Industries last year sought to find the long-rumored cache of buried E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial video games, made for the Atari 2600 in the early 1980s. Surplus copies of E.T. -- a notoriously bad gaming experience -- were dumped in a landfill after failing to sell. By burying its shame, Atari hoped to wipe the title from the gaming community's collective consciousness. Ironically, it's now enshrined in the Smithsonian. Many other games have been forgotten, though, with a lot less effort.

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04:50
Apple Announces Repair Program for MacBook Pro Video...

Apple has finally acknowledged video problems in certain MacBook Pro models and is offering both a free fix for those affected and reimbursements for those who have already paid for repairs.

 

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04:25
Apple extends repair program to MacBook Pro...

If your rather expensive MacBook Pro notebook is exhibiting video issues, Apple just began a new program which might be able to help you.

A new repair initiative, officially titled “MacBook Pro Repair Extension Program for Video Issues,” applies to MacBook Pro computers sold between February 2011 and December 2013 that exhibit distorted video, no video, or unexpected system restarts, Apple said.

The issues have been associated with malfunctioning discrete AMD GPUs installed within the MacBook Pro notebooks.

Sources familiar with Apple’s internal repair network stated back in August that the company had no immediate plans to initiate a replacement program for MacBook Pros suffering from systematic crashes and graphics failures. It appears, however, that the company has since changed course.

Last October, Apple was slapped with a class-action lawsuit filed...

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04:23
Building AWT: Game videos

Steve Sande, Kelly Hodgkins and I are building AWT into what it will be. There have been decisions to make and ideas to test. In this series, we'll provide an honest, behind-the-scenes look at the construction of what we know will be a vibrant community.

When Steve, Kelly and I decided to build a "Plan B" after TUAW shut down, I knew that I wanted to make gaming videos. At that time, I was just a few weeks into running Board Games Weekly (BGW), my podcast celebrating the hobby of tabletop gaming*. My BGW co-hosts and I had begun talking about video when "Plan B" became real. I knew I'd have to cease production on BGW, but I wanted to take the idea of game videos with me. 

I planned to make two types of gaming videos for AWT. First, a series comparing tabletop games to their iOS counterparts. I love tabletop gaming dearly, and meet with my...

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04:17
List of Apple employees tasked to electric car...

Over the past couple of weeks, there’s been word of an employee poaching war between Apple and Tesla, Apple hiring from the auto industry and speculation as to exactly what Applee might be working on.

It’s apparently clear that Apple is looking to go beyond an iOS-based CarPlay in-dash system and the majority of the new hires seem to be reporting to one Steve Zadesky, who hails from an automative background.

The Wall Street Journal and 9to5Mac are reporting that Apple has put together a team of hundreds for the electric vehicle product, including former president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Research & Development Johann Jungwirth, but here are some of the other key team members picked from within the company and hired from outside to join the team.

The full piece can be found over at 9to5Mac, which compiled a list of the new hires (largely from...

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04:00
You Should Play: Audio puzzler Dark Echo is all...

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.

It’s dark. Pitch blackness, all around you. You can’t see anything. You take a step.

It’s deafening. You hear the sound travel through a long hallway, and come back to you. You hear it bounce off the—concrete?—walls, and come back to you. You take another step. You hear something—you’re not sure what—moving toward you. It’s chasing you. You can’t see it. You run.

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03:59
Apple Maps Connect gains new languages as it expands...

The Apple Maps Connect service, which allows small businesses to add their listings to the Apple Maps database, has been expanded to Canada, France and Germany. The service has also gained two new language options, French and German, to correspond with the regional expansion.

Apple first launched Maps Connect in the U.S. last October, enabling businesses to edit or add listings, as well as set up indoor mapping within selected areas. Entries made by businesses typically show up in Apple Maps around a week later. The international rollout began last month with the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and Singapore.

Apple switched from Google Maps to its own...

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Thursday February 19

20:50
Apple said to be considering deal with Japan Display...

A new report claims that Apple is in talks with Japan Display to help finance an LCD display factory in Ishikawa next year. The exact details of the agreement are still in flux, but Apple is said to be considering an investment of somewhere around 200 billion yen (or just under $1.7 billion).

The factory would churn out the same types of low-temperature polycrystalline silicon displays that are currently used in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Japanese news sources also say the factory could eventually be...

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20:19
Apple reportedly in talks to build $1.7B plant in...

Apple may soon secure a more stable source for small to medium sized device displays, as the company is said to be in talks with Japan Display on the buildout of a $1.7 billion manufacturing plant.

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16:38
MacBook Pro Repair Extension Program for Video Issues

Apple has determined that a small percentage of MacBook Pro systems may exhibit distorted video, no video, or unexpected system restarts. These MacBook Pro systems were sold between February 2011 and December 2013.

More information is available from Apple’s Web site.

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16:24
Apple wants its cars in production by 2020, report...

For a consumer electronics company that won’t even put a TV on the market, an Apple Car sounds unlikely on paper. But mounting evidence says Apple is gearing up for some type of automotive effort, and on Thursday we learned that Apple is targeting 2020 for a full-fledged car.

Referencing “people with knowledge of the matter,” Bloomberg reported that Apple wants to put an electric vehicle into production within the next five years. 2020 is a deliciously specific launch date, and, at first glance, this sounds like a long way away. But once you factor in all the hurdles Apple would have to cross, five years is actually an aggressive time frame.

To read this article in...

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16:04
Apple eyeing electric car production by 2020, report...

Adding to a firestorm of rumors surrounding Apple's supposed electric car project, a report on Thursday claims the Cupertino tech giant is gunning for a manufacturing start date of 2020.

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15:57
Bloomberg: Apple planning to launch its own car by...

Apple’s car team

Apple is pushing to launch its own electric car by the year 2020, according to a new Bloomberg report citing “people with knowledge of the matter.” The company has been rumored in recent weeks to be working on the project in secret, with some claiming that Tim Cook authorized it as much as a year ago.

Apple has been poaching employees from...

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15:54
Lenovo Rapped for Preinstalling Spyware


Lenovo on Thursday came under fire for preinstalling spyware on some of its laptops.
The software, Superfish, uses the same techniques cybercriminals often employ to crack encrypted traffic from computers to the Internet. "Superfish is purposely designed to bypass the security of HTTPS websites in a manner that would allow malware and attackers to also bypass the security provided by HTTPS," said Adam Ely, cofounder of Bluebox.
"Users are inherently at risk of being directed to malicious sites that appear valid," he said.

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15:30
Daily Deals for February 19, featuring Dejal's...

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

AWT’s Daily Deals

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

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

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15:19
Apple launches repair program for longstanding 2011...

Apple has just launched a MacBook Pro Repair Extension Program for Video Issues to provide out-of-warranty repairs for MacBook Pros and Retina MacBook Pros sold between February of 2011 and December of 2013.

Affected computers include 15- and 17- inch MacBook Pros from early and late 2011 and both 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro models. Apple's page provides a tool you can use to check your system's eligibility. Symptoms of affected computers include "distorted or scrambled video on the computer screen," "no video on the computer screen (or external display) even though the computer is on," and unexpected restarts.

Some users have been complaining about 2011 MacBook Pro GPU issues since shortly after the systems launched. Those complaints continued...

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15:07
Apple announces repair program for MacBook Pro...

Apple on Thursday announced a new repair program for certain previous-generation MacBook Pro laptops suffering from distorted video, unexpected restarts and other issues, saying these faulty units will be repaired for free.

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15:01
Apple launches Repair Extension Program for 2011-...

Following a number of complaints from consumers regarding graphics issues with Apple’s 2011 MacBook Pro, the company today announced a replacement program to remedy the issue for customers still experiencing problems.

The affected models include 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pros built in 2011, as well as 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros built in 2012 and early 2013. MacBook owners who believe they may have one of these machines can check their warranty coverage on Apple’s website to determine whether they are eligible for a repair under this program.

Apple is offering in-store and mail-in options...

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14:22
Apple considering dedicated Apple Watch stores as it...


Apple Watch hands-on table from September Media Event

According to multiple reports out of France, Apple is constructing a dedicated display for the upcoming Apple Watch in some upscale Paris-based retail outlets. The reports say that the size of the display is close to the length of a few small balconies and that Apple Retail Senior Vice President Angela Ahrendts has been directing the construction of the booth at retailer Galeries Lafayette on Champs Elysees. While these claims for France are still unconfirmed, sources have told us that Apple is considering constructing dedicated Apple...

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14:03
Opinion: Five reasons why Apple Car is happening,...

Unless you’re Seth Weintraub, the idea that Apple would more likely develop a car than a search engine would have been controversial — as shown above, even The Onion-level comical — two weeks ago. That’s changed. Following public sightings of Apple-leased vans that looked a lot like street view mappers, numerous reports have substantially confirmed that Apple’s working on an electric car, quite possibly a self-driving car. Blessed with great insight (and sources), Seth already highlighted some of the big picture reasons Apple would get into the automotive industry before most people had accepted it as reality.

Now that the dust has settled, and even non-believers are acknowledging that an Apple Car...

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13:57
Apple Maps Connect service for small businesses...

Following a brief outage on Thursday, the Apple Maps Connect Web portal returned to service with new German and French language options, suggesting the service is slowly rolling out internationally.

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13:31
John Legere says T-Mobile passed Sprint to become...

T-Mobile CEO John Legere announced during the company’s Q4 earnings call today that the company has surpassed Sprint to become the number three carrier in the country.

That would mean the carrier has reached its goal set by Legere to move ahead of Sprint by the end of last year (via The Verge):

“…Going into this year, they have 55 million customers… T-Mobile had 33 million customers. We merged with MetroPCS and went to 42 million customers, and we’ve since added 13 million customers to get up to, guess what, 55 million customers.”

So as of right now the two appear to be neck and neck based on the numbers Legere shared, but he also hinted T-Mobile’s lead would be easier to see over “the next quarter or two.”

Filed under:...

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13:20
Tip of the Day: Reordering Photos in iOS 8 Photo...

Although it’s been possible to create photo albums in the iOS Photos app for a while now, the feature becomes even more useful with iCloud Photo Library and the impending final release of Apple’s Photos for Mac app. Now all of your photo albums from iPhoto or Aperture can be synced via iCloud Photo Library onto your iPhone, eliminating the need for managing this data in two places. One thing you may notice, however, is that new photos…

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13:17
Happy 25th birthday, Photoshop! Adobe looks to...

The first version of Photoshop, which starting shipping for Macs this week 25 years ago, was bare bones compared to the image editing tools and processing power Adobe offers today. But some things, like the magic wand and clone stamp tool that graphic designers used in 1990, are classic stand-bys. So after changing the world (and becoming a verb), what’s next for Photoshop?

First: A birthday celebration. Photoshop is toasting its achievement with a 60-second spot that will air during this Sunday’s Academy Awards. The ad spotlights works of art from Behance, Adobe’s collective of Photoshop creators, and also shows which tools were used to create certain effects.

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13:15
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

Calcbot — The Intelligent Calculator [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] Calcbot is a simple and beautifully designed calculator for your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

Gunship X [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $0.99] Take control of an AC-130 Gunship to defend humanity from invading hordes.

Frozen Synapse [iPad; Now free, down from $9.99] Frozen Synapse brings the simultaneous turn-based strategy genre...

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13:02
Net Neutrality Controversy Overshadows U.S....

The FCC has taken an impressive stand on net neutrality by vowing to reclassify ISPs as common carriers, but as Josh Centers explains, it’s far from a magical solution to our nation’s broadband woes.

 

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12:52
Rumor: Unique display to showcase Apple Watch at...

In yet another sign of how Apple may market its upcoming wearable device to the high-end fashion market, the Apple Watch is rumored to be featured in a display inside Paris's Galeries Lafayette.

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12:45
Standr stand for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus: Minimalist,...

As the person who gets to write a lot of accessory reviews here at Apple World Today, I see many iPhone stands that are either too bulky to carry with you all the time, too fixed in one position to be useful, or too expensive. The Standr (€3.99, about $4.54, postpaid) is a completely minimalist iPhone stand that's inexpensive, tiny, and perfect for mobile use. 

Made in two colors -- black or white -- the Standr is simply a precisely designed little rectangle of plastic with a notch in it. However, slide that notch onto a side of an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus and you'll find that you can prop your phone up in either a portrait or landscape orientation.  It weighs less than .1 ounce (3 grams), and the only issue you may have is finding it in a backpack or briefcase pocket.

It's perfect for watching videos, but my favorite use for the Standr so far is propping my iPhone 6 Plus up and typing into writing apps using my...

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12:27
Yahoo unveils new suite of dev tools including...

After announcing its first dev con last December, Yahoo today kicked off its mobile developer conference in San Francisco where it unveiled five new products for mobile app makers. As suspected, Yahoo revealed the latest tools from Flurry, the mobile ad and analytics firm it acquired last July.

This includes Flurry Analytics Explorer, a new dashboard for the Flurry Analytics system which it says enables developers to discover more insights with than before, and Flurry Pulse, which lets app builders “share app signals with partners using their existing Flurry SDK implementations and the click of a button.”

Aside from the updated Flurry tools, Yahoo released a new app publishing feature for developers which it uses to monetize its ...

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12:14
How to Proof EPUBs on the iPad with iBooks

Book Proofer, a tool that Apple created and distributed to help ebook developers, does not work on Yosemite and iOS 8. But that’s OK, because it turns out that iBooks on the Mac now incorporates its functionality. That is, if you know the trick for getting it to work.

 

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11:37
Results: 80% expect the 18-karat gold Apple Watch...

In a poll of 9to5Mac readers, nearly 80% of people think Apple’s 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition will cost under $4500. Only 16% expect the gold Apple Watch Edition to cost between $5000-$10,000, and 3.8% expect a price tag over $10,000. The biggest group at 29.68% expect the gold model to cost between $1500-$2500. But how much will the gold Apple Watch really cost?

It depends on how much gold, in terms of weight, is actually in the Apple Watch. Apple itself described the model as solid 18-karat gold, but we still don’t know for sure.

We have at least an estimate, however, with Greg Koenig (...

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11:34
Ultra-Premium Mac bundle

A nice looking bundle of 8 apps for Mac users. The apps purchased separately would cost $469, but they are selling it for $44.99. If you use code ULTRAMAC5, you can get it for $39.99.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:29
Apple’s newest store boasts 50-foot glass walls and...

Wired:

The Hangzhou store’s ceilings are almost 50 feet high, with no columns to be found. The façade of glass panels reaches from floor to ceiling without interruption, meaning Foster + Partners had to push well beyond their previous feats in glass manufacturing to get 11 seamless panes.

I’ve seen a lot of pics of this new store and it is an absolutely stunning architectural achievement.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:11
This is why people don’t trust PC-makers

Chinese PC maker Lenovo has found itself in the middle of a public relations disaster, following revelations that it sold a number of notebook computers with pre-installed software that hijacks users’ browser sessions to inject customized advertisements and seriously degrades the security of encrypted connections.

No matter what else they may do, everyone knows that Apple would never pull shit like this.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:03
Lenovo bundled adware on some laptops, leaves users...

Chinese PC maker Lenovo has found itself in the middle of a public relations disaster, following revelations that it sold a number of notebook computers with pre-installed software that hijacks users' browser sessions to inject customized advertisements and seriously degrades the security of encrypted connections.

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11:03
Poll: Do you think Apple should actually build an...

The Apple Watch hasn’t even shipped to consumers yet and there’s been plenty of talk about Apple’s next potential entry into a new product category with the rumored Apple car on everyone’s mind. We discussed Apple’s car project in depth on this week’s 9to5Mac Happy Hour podcast and profiled the experts actually working on Apple’s car project earlier today.

So with all of this car talk out of Cupertino, what do you think? Should Apple invest in such a wildly different product category as an electric car would be or do you think Apple might be stretching itself too thin and should stick to improving the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and other products? Read on to catch up on the car...

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10:58
Apple Patent Could Have "Broad Ramifications...

An anonymous reader writes Filed in 2008, published in 2013, and legally granted to Apple this week, the company's patent for a 'Head-mounted display apparatus for retaining a portable electronic device with display' could have "broad ramifications" for mobile VR headsets like Samsung's Gear VR and Google Cardboard, says patent attorney Eric Greenbaum. "This Apple HMD patent is significant. I would say it introduces potential litigation risks for companies that have or are planning to release a mobile device HMD," he said. "There is no duty for Apple to make or sell an HMD. They can sit on this patent and use it strategically either by enforcing it against potential infringers, licensing it, or using it as leverage in forming strategic partnerships."

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Size DOES Matter Review By Campbell Bird on March 2nd, 2015 Our Rating: :: HARD TO BEATUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad This rhythm game has a unique control scheme and performance system that make it feel like a true... | Read more »
The first ever action 3D card battler Al...
On the other hand, you probably haven’t played an action 3D card battler – until now. Step forward, All Star Legion. All Star Legion is a 3D QTE-based action RPG card battler, but fear not – the game itself isn’t as convoluted as its description.... | Read more »
Travel Back to the 1980s With the Making...
Headup Games has released a hilarious making of video for its upcoming title, Pixel Heroes: Byte & Magic. The game is a RPG/Roguelike where you control three heroes set to save the township of Pixton from an evil cult called The Sons of Dawn.... | Read more »
Heavenstrike Rivals Review
Heavenstrike Rivals Review By Campbell Bird on March 2nd, 2015 Our Rating: :: HEAVENLY STRATEGICUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Despite a few flaws, this free-to-play strategy game is a fun mix of new and old strategy... | Read more »
Get The Whole Story – Lone Wolf Complete...
Get The Whole Story – Lone Wolf Complete is Now Available and On Sale Posted by Jessica Fisher on February 27th, 2015 [ permalink ] Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad | Read more »

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Sale! 15-inch 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pro for $...
 Best Buy has the 15″ 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pro on sale for $1774.99 $1799.99, or $225 off MSRP. Choose free home shipping or free local store pickup (if available). Price valid for online orders... Read more
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Apple Launches Free Web-Based Pages and Other...
Apple’s new Web-only access to iWork productivity apps is a free level of iCloud service available to anyone, including people who don’t own or use Apple devices. The service includes access to Apple... Read more
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In a recent SSD technology use survey, Kroll Ontrack, a firm specializing in data recovery, found that while nearly 90 percent of respondents leverage the performance and reliability benefits of SSD... Read more
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The Apple Store is offering Apple Certified Refurbished Mac Pros for up to $600 off the cost of new models. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each Mac Pro, and shipping is free. The... Read more
Updated Mac Price Trackers
We’ve updated our Mac Price Trackers with the latest information on prices, bundles, and availability on systems from Apple’s authorized internet/catalog resellers: - 15″ MacBook Pros - 13″ MacBook... Read more
Apple CEO Tim Cook to Deliver 2015 George Was...
Apple CEO Tim Cook will deliver the George Washington University’s Commencement address to GWU grads on May 17, at which time he will also be awarded an honorary doctorate of public service from the... Read more
Apple restocks refurbished Mac minis for up t...
The Apple Store has restocked Apple Certified Refurbished 2014 Mac minis, with models available starting at $419. Apple’s one-year warranty is included with each mini, and shipping is free: - 1.4GHz... Read more
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 B&H Photo has iPad Air 2s on sale for $50 off MSRP including free shipping plus NY sales tax only: - 16GB iPad Air 2 WiFi: $469.99 $30 off - 64GB iPad Air 2 WiFi: $549 $50 off - 128GB iPad Air 2... Read more
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Walmart has the 16GB iPad Air 2 WiFi on sale for $446.99 on their online store for a limited time. Choose free shipping or free local store pickup (if available). Sale price for online orders only,... Read more

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*Apple* Solutions Consultant - Retail Sales...
**Job Summary** As an Apple Solutions Consultant (ASC) you are the link between our customers and our products. Your role is to drive the Apple business in a retail Read more
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**Job Summary** Apple Professional Services (APS) has an opening for a senior technical position that contributes to Apple 's efforts for strategic and transactional Read more
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…This senior level position is responsible for leading and imagining the Apple Retail Team's global engagement strategy and team. Delivering an overarching brand Read more
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