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Monday April 14

09:32
White Hats Use Heartbleed to Steal Keys


The tech industry reeled last week when security researchers discovered a flaw in a key security technology in the Internet's infrastructure. The bug, ghoulishly named "Heartbleed," was found in an open source library, OpenSSL, used by the protocol, SSL, used to encrypt data in transit on the Net. By exploiting the flaw with a specially crafted packet, hackers can extract data from a server's memory in 64K chunks. "This is indeed one of the worst vulnerabilities in the history of the Web," said Amit Sethi, a technical manager at Cigital.

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09:30
Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth coming...

Sid Meier's Civilization series has sold millions of copies and inspired countless sleepless nights from addicted players. Over the course of five titles the series has allowed players to experience building the greatest empires in the history of the...

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09:15
Free 1Password tutorial video and more news for...

Another Monday is upon us. But don't despair, it brought enough Apple news to share with the entire class. Let's get started.

In light of the Heartbleed threat, ScreenCastsOnline has made a tutorial video featuring 1Password available for free....

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08:57
LightSaber Sunglasses From Thinkgeek

Initially I was all set to tell you about the Han in Carbonite Rug, because that is an awesome thing and it warms my heart to live in a world where it exists. But when I went to the What's New page over at ThinkGeek, I was distracted by something even better. What, you ask, could possibly be better than a Carbonite Han Solo Rug? And I answer: Lightsaber sunglasses. Did I mention they light up? Oh yes. Available in green, blue, and red, they're Wayfarer-styled shades that light up (with replaceable button cell batteries). For US$20 (plus shipping), they are no more expensive than most sunglasses I purchase because if I'm going to (inevitably) lose them anyway I'd rather be out $20 instead of $100 or more. Did I mention they light up?


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08:42
∞ Fender Custom Shop Master Design 1950s Relic...

Fender Custom Shop master builder Todd Krause introduces you to his personalized creation, the Master Design 1950s Relic Stratocaster.

Holy shit, that’s beautiful.

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08:38
Aftermarket CarPlay console coming this fall, costs...

Soon, you'll be able to use Apple's CarPlay without buying a whole new car.

Apple

So far, consoles compatible with Apple's CarPlay feature have only been integrated into a handful of high-end cars. If you want to use the feature without buying an entirely new vehicle, Alpine Electronics will soon be able to hook you up—Nikkei reports that the company will begin selling a standalone CarPlay console in the US and Europe this fall. The console is "likely" to have a 7-inch display and will reportedly cost between $500 and $700.

Alpine already sells a lineup of entertainment and navigation systems, and it's possible that this new CarPlay-...

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08:38
Photos show alleged schematics, molds for iPhone 6 [...

(Updated with Nowhereelse mold photo) Photos posted to Chinese site Sina Weibo show what appear to be schematics and case molds for a next-generation iPhone. The schematics indicate a design roughly consistent with current iPhones, including touches like chamfered edges and thin bezels. It's difficult to determine size, but one obvious difference is the phone's depth, which is even thinner than the iPhone 5s....



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08:36
Apps: Dropshare, Arq, Data Recovery
08:30
NuForce NE-600X earbuds improve the sound of your...

With iPhones being used more frequently than iPods for listening to music, people have begun to look at ways to improve on the EarPods included in every iPhone box.

NuForce is a small California company that has a rather complete line of audio...

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08:24
Apple earns more than HP, Google, Intel and Cisco...
08:17
Readdle’s Calendar apps get new iPad UI, custom...

Readdle, the developer behind popular Calendar apps for iPhone and iPad, today updated both its free Calendars by Readdle and the $2.99 Calendars 5 with a number of notable new features.

First up, both apps get an updated iPad UI that includes a number of tweaks for improved navigation and layout. For iPhone users, version 5.4 of the apps brings the ability to create custom reminders, while both iPhone and iPad users gain Smart Input support in new languages including Italian, French, and Spanish. Those new features are in addition to a handful of other improvements and fixes that you’ll notice throughout both apps.

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08:14
Briefly: BlackBerry 'Heartbleed' updates,...

BlackBerry has added itself to the list of companies working to fix issues caused by the 'Heartbleed' OpenSSL security flaw. Senior vice president Scott Totzke told Reuters that, though the majority of BlackBerry products are unaffected, by not using OpenSSL, it will still need to issue updates to Secure Work Space corporate e-mail and the BlackBerry Messenger clients for iOS and Android....



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08:03
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 14...

Notable software releases this week include OmniOutliner 4.0.4, PCalc 4, FileMaker Pro and FileMaker Pro Advanced 13.0.2, and BBEdit 10.5.10 and TextWrangler 4.5.8.

 

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08:02
ExtraBITS for 14 April 2014

In this week’s ExtraBITS, we have a profile of legendary Macintosh icon artist Susan Kare and recollections of Steve Jobs from Don Melton, the creator of Safari. Microsoft poked a bit of fun at itself with an Escape from XP game, NPR has arrived on iTunes Radio, and a former Apple Genius tells you how to maximize your iPhone’s battery life without turning off every feature. Finally, Managing Editor Josh Centers was interviewed on the Ask TUAW Live and The Tech Night Owl podcasts.

 

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08:00
iPhone 101: What model of iPhone do I have?

When you purchase a new iPhone, it's pretty easy to know exactly what you bought. But what about the situation where someone gives you an iPhone and they're not really sure what it is? Apple doesn't help out, as they don't label the phones with...

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07:53
New photograph of purported 'iPhone 6'...

Just days after pictures surfaced of what were said to be molds for Apple's next-generation iPhone, a new photograph has emerged that gives a clearer indication of the parts' scale and sheds light on the possible physical dimensions of the new handset.



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07:31
∞ Cat Stevens: Father and Son

One of the greatest songs ever written.

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07:25
Alpine to launch aftermarket CarPlay add-ons in fall

Car audio and navigation company Alpine will start selling its first aftermarket CarPlay upgrade in the fall, according to Nikkei. Details are relatively scarce, but the unit will reportedly cost between $500 and $700, and "likely" measure 7 inches. Given the nature of CarPlay, the unit will presumably need to be dealer-installed....



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07:23
New picture of supposed iPhone molds further...

 

Pictures of supposed iPhone 6 production tooling leaked out yesterday. However, the initial images of the molds were blurry and lacked context. A new picture from Nowhereelse.fr compare the molds directly to an iPhone 4s.

The new device is substantially larger than the 4s. Nowhereelse did some Photoshopping and overlaid an iPhone 5s onto the image proportionally to gauge how big the impression actually is. Using this method, the site guesses a screen size of approximately 4.7 inches — as has been rumored by many sources in the past

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07:08
T-Mobile says it will end domestic overages in May,...

Following a number of new initiatives launched last week including its new Simple Starter plan and new perks for tablet users, T-Mobile issued a press release today calling for an end to overages and urging consumers to sign a petition for AT&T, Sprint and Verizon to do the same.

Traditional wireless plans start with a low monthly fee for a fixed amount of domestic minutes, texts or data.  Once consumers go over those limits – even by a little – they’re hit with dramatically higher rates and extreme penalties.  These plans seem purpose-built to drive customers over that invisible line into massive overage charges....

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07:01
Lying Google bastards

Remember last week when Android engineering VP, Hiroshi Lockheimer, testified in the Apple vs. Samsung trial and lied his ass off saying, “Google did not look to copy the iPhone when it designed Android.” Lies.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:00
Rumor Roundup: Fourth-power stupid

iWatch cost could be subsidized by health insurers, analyst suggests (9to5 Mac)

According to some analyst:

"We continue to believe it is possible the product (iWatch) is backstopped by some sort of insurance subsidization model similar to the...

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06:58
Unlikely scenario: Analyst Peter Misek says Apple...

Analyst Peter Misek, via StreetInsider, is saying that Apple is looking to raise iPhone 6 prices by as much as $100. Misek claims that Apple has been actively negotiating the increase with carrier partners.

Misek says that Apple can leverage the iPhone 6′s market power to force carrier’s hands. He says that carriers believe the iPhone 6 will be the only headline-worthy phone this year and that carriers need the iPhone to retain subscribers.

But we think this general lack of differentiation could be the reason why Apple may be able to get a price increase. Carriers realize that the iPhone 6...

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06:40
Digital design app Sketch 3 released for Mac

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This will be good news for a lot of graphic designers on the Mac. Bohemian Coding today released version 3.0 of its digital design app Sketch bringing new features and improvements. Here’s the list of features from Sketch 3:

NEW IN VERSION 3:
- Symbols, for reusing elements in your design
- Text Styles and Layer Styles,...

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06:37
Apple reportedly probing carriers about potential $...

Apple has apparently shown interest in raising the price of its next generation of iPhone models by $100, and has sought approval from carriers to do so, according to one Wall Street analyst.



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06:27
Play Nintendo DS games on non-jailbroken devices...

nds4ios has released a special version of the app that runs on non-jailbroken devices using a sneaky workaround. As the app is not available in the App Store, previously the app could only be installed on jailbroken devices, such as through the Cydia jailbreak app store. The app gets around Apple’s restrictions by using an enterprise provisioning profile reports TourchArcade. This is normally meant for businesses to distribute apps to company employees, but nds4ios is exploiting it as a way to enable widespread app distribution. Find install instructions after the break.

Apple has already...

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06:24
Assaulted for wearing Google Glass, but not for...

Kyle Russell writes for Business Insider. He was wrapping up an assignment, covering a protest of a Google lawyer turned part-time landlord, when someone ran up to him and grabbed his Google Glass from his face.

The story is less about this assault and more about the impact well heeled startups are having on the local communities. As the money floods in, housing prices rise, taxes increase, and local residents are prices out of their homes. Anger and resentment brews. Can this be fixed? A thoughtful read.

∞ Read this on The Loop...

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06:00
Daily App: Trials Frontier comes to iOS with solid...

Ubisoft acquired game development company RedLynx in 2011 and promised to bring the company's popular Trials series of video games to the iOS platform. Platform racing video game Trials debuted in 2000 on the desktop and made a name for itself on...

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05:49
ScreenCastsOnline Offers Free 1Password Tutorial...

With heartbleed posing such a serious security risk for everyone that spends any time online, ScreenCastsOnline is doing what it can to help out by offering a 1Password tutorial for free. 1Password is an app that helps you create strong passwords, manages the passwords for all of your logins, and stores other bits of sensitive information for you, too. ScreenCastsOnline produces great tutorial videos on a wide range of tech topics, and is an awesome resource for learning all about the apps you use on your Mac, iPhone and iPad.


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05:46
∞ Cry Baby: The Pedal That Rocks The World

[VIDEO] The wah-wah guitar pedal emerged in the 60s as a huge influence in the guitar universe. I still have mine. A fantastic invention.

Cry Baby: The Pedal That Rocks The World tells the story of the wah wah effect pedal, from its invention in 1966 to the present day. Musicians, engineers, and historians discuss the impact of the pedal on popular music and demonstrate the various ways it has been used, as well as how its evolution has improved the ability of artists to express themselves musically. The film features interviews with Brad Plunkett, the inventor of the pedal, plus many other musical luminaries such as Ben Fong-Torres, Eddie Van Halen, Slash, Buddy Guy, Art Thompson, Eddie Kramer, Kirk Hammett, Dweezil Zappa, and Jim Dunlop. These professionals explain how a musical novelty transcended convention and has become timelessly woven into the fabric of modern pop-culture.

Video embedded in the original post.

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05:34
Alpine to release aftermarket CarPlay system

Alpine Electronics will sell a standalone console featuring Apple’s CarPlay system this fall, Nikkei Asian Review reports. It will be the first aftermarket CarPlay product. The system will be available first in the U.S. and Europe and will “likely cost around $500 to $700.” It’s noted that the screen…

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05:31
Hands on: Sony Portable Headphone Amplifier (PHA-2)

Just as Apple seems to have switched its attention away from standalone music players in favor of its iPhone and iPad businesses, Sony has made a play for the burgeoning high-resolution audio market. One of its latest high-resolution audio devices is the PHA-2 portable headphone amplifier that has been designed to work particularly well with Macs and Apple's iPhone and iPads. Not only does the device sport an in-built battery for use on the go, it also includes a high-quality DAC that supports 24-bit/192kHz audio files that includes a digital input for iPhones and iPads. Helping improve sound...



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05:28
Alpine to sell stand-alone CarPlay consoles

Nikkei.com:

While a slew of carmakers will soon start offering vehicles that come standard with a CarPlay interface built in, the Japanese company’s device is to be the first aftermarket product compatible with the system. It will first be available in the U.S. and Europe and likely cost around $500 to $700.

The device will connect to an iPhone 5 or later by wire. Drivers will be able to view maps on its screen, likely 7 inches, and use voice commands to access messages, make calls and play music. The system will be able to read messages and directions aloud.

This looks pretty cool. A real boost for CarPlay.

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05:00
Why Is It So Hard to Think Different?


I've been having an interesting week -- first, with AMD, which has returned to profitability and stopped chasing Intel's butt to do some rather interesting different things, like merging x86 and ARM technologies. Then, with IBM, which also realized that chasing Intel wasn't doing it any good. It chose an even more unusual path, making its processors "open." Looking back at Apple's incredible success in mobile, it stepped out for the iPod, creating a very different offering, and then took a cookie cutter to the smartphone and tablet market.

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03:17
Car electronics manufacturer Alpine to sell...


Alpine devices already integrate with the Siri Eyes Free feature of iOS devices.

In March, Mercedes-Benz said that it had plans to offer aftermarket CarPlay units by the end of 2014. As noticed by MacRumors, a Nikkei report from Saturday reveals that car electronics manufacturer Alpine has similar plans.

Alpine will begin selling a standalone car console that integrates CarPlay in the fall. Although many car manufacturers are going to offer CarPlay-equipped cars in their new ranges very soon, Alpine will be the first company...

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00:46
Android docs reveal before iPhone, Google's...

Before and after versions of Google's internal "software functional requirements" documents released in the Apple vs Samsung trial this week show that prior to Apple's 2007 iPhone debut, Google's vision for Android was a simple button phone running Sun's Java.



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Sunday April 13

21:36
Briefly: PrinterPro adds more languages, Deckset...

Wireless printing app for iPhone PrinterPro has announced that it has been localized into nine languages. Now the app is available in German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese as well as English. The software allows users to print attachments, documents and web pages from their iPhone on any Wi-Fi or USB-connected printer. Currently free for the remainder of its 24-hour promotion, Printer Pro can be downloaded through iTunes, and is normally priced at $5....



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20:16
Auki may be the best quick reply tweak for iOS 7 (...

Auki is a new jailbreak tweak from Surenix and Benno available for iOS 7. This tweak brings a native style quick reply feature to the Messages app. Along with that, Auki provides several other features including a “Silent Mode” that can be applied to individual contacts, similar to Tweetbot’s mute feature.

When you receive a message, you’ll have the ability to tap on the “reply” button found on the notification banner to pull up Auki and begin composing your response. In addition to its quick reply functionality, Auki’s new message popup can also be activated within the Notification Center by swiping down...

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18:02
Florian Mueller backs Samsung legal strategy of...

A prominent patent law blogger has again raised the argument that Apple's patented features have very little value, while stopping short of saying that Samsung should just stop using the infringing technology.



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16:41
∞ Tim Cook’s Lifetime Achievement Award from Auburn...

Much respect, Tim. You can read more on the Auburn Web site.

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16:13
MGG 497: How To Be a Consultant & Cool Stuff...

John and Dave kick off this Sunday's show with a discussion about upgrading your older Macs with SSDs, the first in a series about the topic. Then it's onto sharing advice from your two favorite geeks and your fellow listeners about being a computer consultant in today's world, helping other folks with their computers and technology. Finally, it's the fan favorite: Cool Stuff Found. LOTS here to enjoy. Download now, prepare yourself, and press play!


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15:14
Rumor: Photos of iPhone 6 manufacturing molds,...

A set of photos published to the Chinese microblogging website Sina Weibo on Sunday allegedly show detailed schematics, CAD renderings and physical manufacturing molds for Apple's next-generation iPhone.



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15:00
Talkcast tonight, 7pm PT/10pm ET: Heartbleed Edition!

New dial-in experience! Set up Fuze Meeting before the show if you want to join in live.

We come once again to the long standing Sunday night tradition of the TUAW talkcast! This week we'll be chatting with special guest Jeff Gamet, Managing Editor...

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13:16
TypeStatus beta tweak for Mac puts iMessage typing...

Following the success of Hashbang Productions’ iOS jailbreak tweak TypeStatus, the development group has released a beta version of the tweak for OS X. TypeStatus for Mac will provide simple system-wide notifications in the OS X menu bar when your iMessage has been read or someone is typing a response.

From Hashbang Productions’ Blog:

TypeStatus for Mac is a simple addition to your OS X menu bar that displays typing and read receipt notifications, much like the iOS version. TypeStatus also has built-in support for the...

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13:00
A roundup of recent hardware reviews on TUAW

Last week, we reviewed a variety of hardware and accessories that'll complement your favorite iOS or OS X devices. Here's a quick roundup of recent hardware reviews that you may have missed:

Piper packs security cam, home automation hub into one...

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12:51
Latest unverified photos from Weibo claim to show...


A new batch of photos appearing on the Weibo social network claim to show new production schematics and die for manufacturing the body of the iPhone 6 inside a Foxoconn facility, as noted by GforGames. A few of the photos (below) definitely show some sort of technical design documents, though we can’t be sure what they show as they are both incredibly technical and written in Chinese.

The molds, as seen above, definitely appear to be designed to produce a smartphone, but...

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12:50
Auburn University video with Jeff Williams, Bob Iger...

(Photo via Auburn University)

Following Apple CEO Tim Cook being honored with Auburn University’s College of Human Sciences Lifetime Achievement award last December, the university in Alabama from which Tim Cook graduated has shared a video profiling the Apple CEO and his impact at Auburn. While the video was first posted in March and surfaced today, it features commentary and interviews from other notable Apple figures including Jeff Williams, Senior VP of Operations, and Bob...

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12:46
SV150: Apple, Inc. earns more than HP, Google, Intel...

A listing of Silicon Valley's top companies points out that Apple now brings in more revenue ($174 billion) than second place Hewlett Packard and third place Google combined, and earns more money ($37 billion) than the rest of the top five together.



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12:18
Hands on with MakerBot's iOS-connected 5th...

As the technology behind 3D printing improves, market leader MakerBot continues to expand its lineup of devices, and is working to enhance its connectivity with Apple's iOS ecosystem.



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12:09
Auburn University posts tribute to Apple's Tim...

Apple's chief executive Tim Cook was profiled in a new video published by the Auburn University Alumni Association, which has recognized Cook in a Lifetime Achievement Award.



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10:22
Readdle’s Printer Pro for iPhone adds new languages...

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After recently adding support for eight additional languages, Readdles’ Printer Pro app for iPhone is going free for the next 24 hours.

If you haven’t already tried Printer Pro, then now is a great time. The app allows you to print content content and files from a number of apps on iOS to several WiFi...

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10:00
A roundup of last week's popular and featured...

Last week was a busy one with your favorite TUAW writers posting some excellent How-To guides, commentary and other useful articles. Here's a quick roundup of our recent feature worthy posts you may have missed:

My grandmother's iPad
Ming-Chi Kuo...

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08:00
A roundup of last week's app reviews on TUAW

Last week was a busy one for app news and announcements, giving your favorite TUAW writers a chance to post some great reviews of the apps that grace their home screens. Here's a quick roundup of our recent reviews -- and a few app roundups -- you...

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07:34
Apple's Spotty Record of Giving Back To the...

chicksdaddy (814965) writes "Given Apple's status as the world's most valuable company and its enormous cash hoard, the refusal to offer even meager support to open source and industry groups is puzzling. From the article: 'Apple bundles software from the Apache Software Foundation with its OS X operating system, but does not financially support the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) in any way. That is in contrast to Google and Microsoft, Apple's two chief competitors, which are both Platinum sponsors of ASF — signifying a contribution of $100,000 annually to the Foundation. Sponsorships range as low as $5,000 a year (Bronze), said Sally Khudairi, ASF's Director of Marketing and Public Relations. The ASF is vendor-neutral and all code contributions to the Foundation are done on an individual basis. Apple employees are frequent, individual contributors to Apache. However, their employer is not, Khudairi noted. The company has been a sponsor of ApacheCon, a for-profit conference that...

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06:58
9to5Toys Weekend: 1Password 50% off, iPad Air 16GB...

Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: TwitterRSS Feed,FacebookGoogle+ and subscribe to the new Safari push notifications feature.

This weekend’s can’t miss deals:

Updates:

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Saturday April 12

21:30
Briefly: YouTube aggregator app, Cocktail 7.4 for OS...

A new app for filtering YouTube videos has been released for iOS, entitled Dipper. Users of Dipper can follow topics on YouTube, ranging from daily sports highlights to content from a particular person or TV show, or following an ongoing news topic. Featuring a bookmarking function, videos can be flagged for watching at a later time. Dipper is designed for both iPhone and iPad, requires iOS 7 or later, and is free to download through iTunes....



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20:08
Apple buys hydroelectric facility to help power...

In order to help power its Prineville, Oregon data center with renewable energy as promised, Apple has taken over a small hydroelectric project located about two miles north of the Haystack Reservoir and 45 miles downstream from the intake. It is unclear how far the project had progressed before Apple acquired it, but original plans called for it generate 3-5 megawatts of energy on a seasonal basis, closing in the winter when the irrigation canal it relies on is shut....



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19:45
Sprint reportedly preparing carrier billing option...

Sprint customers may soon be receiving a discount on Spotify, as part of a deal between the two companies, according to a report. An announcement by the carrier, allegedly scheduled to take place on April 29 in New York alongside its expected HD Voice launch, will apparently see Sprint customers receiving free trials of Spotify Premium, with some carrier subscribers potentially qualifying for Spotify discounts....



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12:10
Apple buys hydroelectric green energy project near...

Apple is expanding its use of clean energy to power its iCloud data centers, with the company's Prineville, Ore., facility now flanked by a small hydroelectric project acquired by the iPhone maker.



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10:13
Apple takes over hydroelectric plant project near...

OregonLive notes that government filings from last week show Apple has taken over a hydroelectric project near its Oregon data center. Apple has previously reported that it powers its data centers entirely on renewable energy. The hydroelectric plant in Oregon will help maintain its 100% renewable energy rating. In fact, on Apple’s environmental website, the company notes that the Prineville site will source power from ...

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08:46
Betterment: Elegant, straightforward online...

Many thanks to Betterment for sponsoring this week’s RSS feed on The Loop. Imagine if poring over your finances were as easy as using your favorite app, or smartphone. – “The Apple of finance,” Quartz.

Now it is, with Betterment.

Betterment is the most preferred online financial advisor, integrating technology and years of investment expertise in one elegant application already being used by over 30,000 customers. Betterment has eliminated the unnecessary costs and complications of investing intelligently. It’s straightforward investing for all, whether you have $10,000 or $10 million.

Betterment lets you manage multiple investment goals in one delightful place. Our UX and UI are adored by design enthusiasts, separating us from the red tape of other...

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08:43
NSA denies using Heartbleed security flaw in...

As reports of the severity of the Heartbleed OpenSSL bug has spread, so have the rumors. A report from Bloomberg has claimed that the US National Security Agency exploited the flaw for years. In its own defense, the NSA issued an unusually specific statement saying that not only did it not use the exploit, but it didn't even know about it until news of it went public a few days ago....



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08:30
Weekend App: Follow the final rounds of The Masters...

Instead of sitting in front of the TV to watch The Masters, bring it along with you on your iPad or iPhone while you hit the links this weekend. The tournament closes on Sunday, so don't miss those critical last holes just because you are out and...

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08:23
iWatch cost could be subsidized by health insurers,...

(iWatch concept by Todd Hamilton)

Apple could be planning to subsidize the cost of its upcoming wearable product through health insurers, Cowan & Co. analyst Timothy Arcuri speculates.

“We continue to believe it is possible the product (iWatch) is backstopped by some sort of insurance subsidization model similar to the carrier subsidization model for iPhone.”

The report, which believes Apple will announce the fitness-related device in September and launch ahead of the holidays at an average selling price of $250, says Apple will position the iWatch as a device that makes customers more health conscious.

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07:30
How to Easily Create a Travel Itinerary Map in OS X

Have you ever wanted to create your own custom travel itinerary map? It turns out it's pretty easy, and itâs built into every Mac. Sandro Cuccia shows you how.


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07:00
Caturday: Mesmer kitty zones out to Todd Rundgren

Cats always seem to be off in some world of their own, but TUAW reader Roy Behymer found a way to entrance his beautiful cat Sienna with the help of an iPad mini and an app by rock legend Todd Rundgren.

"This is Sienna. Normally she's aloof and...

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06:50
Amazon’s push to get developers to build for their...

Amazon has a tough row to hoe here. Wooing developers to a nascent market is never easy. Just ask Microsoft.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:15
∞ The classic Kombi Volkswagen van is retired, makes...

[VIDEO] The Kombi van was created in the 1940s and is an icon of the automotive industry. Called the “hippie van”, or the VW bus, the Kombi van has had a long colorful life. The last one rolled off the assembly line in Brasil at the end of last year.

The video embedded in the post is a love letter from Kombi to the world. Fantastic.

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06:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Out and about

Out and about

This week's roundup of new iPad cases features several that are designed to help you take your iPad everywhere from the beach to the workplace—even when your workplace is a dusty construction site.

Adonit

The Jot Tote (iPad mini; $45) features a soft-touch exterior with a semi-gloss finish for a great combination of form and feel.

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

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05:59
Google pilot program tracks online clicks all the...

Wall Street Journal:

The company’s new pilot program involves AdWords, its biggest advertising program, in which advertisers place links next to Internet-search results. Google gets paid when users click on an ad and visit the advertiser’s website.

But while tracking clicks is an effective way to measure a Web ad’s impact on online sales, the system breaks down when shoppers enter a physical store, where their behavior is harder to monitor.

“Clicks are just the beginning, and everyone knows that there’s more value to tying ads to purchases,” said Benny Arbel, chief executive of myThings, an advertising-technology company that works with Google but isn’t involved in the pilot program. “If Google can demonstrate that people did not just click on an ad but that they actually bought something, that is the Holy Grail.”

This will mean a big new source of revenue for Google and a wealth of new data they will be able to collect about their users’ habits.

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04:32
Review follow-up: Gaming on Amazon's Fire TV...

When Amazon launched its Fire TV earlier this month, the company positioned casual gaming as one of the set-top streamer's "bonus" features. In this review follow-up, AppleInsider picks up the controller to find out if mobile gaming is ready for the living room.



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23:54
Apple vs. Samsung, Day Five: Now it's Samsung...

At the end of the twelth day of the Apple-Samsung trial, and fifth day of testimony, Apple rested its case against Samsung following a detailed presentation from "microeconomist" and PhD Chris Vellturo in which he explained for the jury exactly how he calculated the $2.191 billion in damages Samsung should owe Apple for its infringement. Samsung, which has admitted in an earlier damages retrial that it copied from Apple, began presenting its defense -- by borrowing a Google software executive....



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20:06
A big pile of Google bullshit

A top Android executive testified on Friday that Google did not look to copy the iPhone when it designed Android.

“We like to have our own identity,” Android engineering VP Hiroshi Lockheimer said, testifying in an Apple-Samsung lawsuit currently before a jury in San Jose, Calif.

So before the iPhone, Android looked like the BlackBerry. After the iPhone, Android looked like iOS. Total fucking accident.

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19:00
Revealed: Samsung misled investors, pundits with...

A confidential report from Samsung dug up by Apple lawyers has -- for the second time in as many trials -- revealed that the Galaxy phone maker routinely misleads both investors and the public on its actual sales to end users, at least in the US market. The discrepancy can sometimes be large, and in Samsung's case it used those misleading figures to chip away at the iPad's "marketshare" when in fact it had not made even a modest dent....



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18:54
Wi-Fi Problems Dog Apple-Samsung Trial

alphadogg (971356) writes "There's a new sign on the door to Courtroom 5 at the federal courthouse in San Jose, the home to the Apple v. Samsung battle that's playing out this month: 'Please turn off all cell phones.' For a trial that centers on smartphones and the technology they use, it's more than a little ironic. The entire case might not even be taking place if the market wasn't so big and important, but the constant need for connectivity of everyone is causing problems in the court, hence the new sign. The problems have centered on the system that displays the court reporter's real-time transcription onto monitors on the desks of Judge Lucy Koh, the presiding judge in the case, and the lawyers of Apple and Samsung. The system, it seems, is connected via Wi-Fi and that connection keeps failing."

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18:40
A Few Words About Word: 3 Free iOS Word Processors

MS Word is here!!But do you really need it? Vern Seward points out three free iOS alternatives in this week's Free on iTunes. Textilus Free, Docs Unlimited Free, and Easy Writer Lite.


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18:34
Get Free Bitcoins with 24 Website Faucets that...

We've gathered 24 different Bitcoin "faucets"-websites that pay out free Bitcoins just for loading up a page full of ads-and tested them to make sure they actually pay out. We started off with eight sites, but this update adds several more bringing the total to 24 different faucets that really pay. We also updated the descriptions for the original sites with additional information.


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17:50
Samsung calls on Android exec in patent trial to...

Samsung on Friday brought up VP of Android Engineering Hiroshi Lockheimer as its first witness in the second California Apple v. Samsung patent trial in a bid to prove the Korean company's devices did not copy Apple's. The main argument: Google invented certain features before Apple patented them.



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17:23
Amazon’s smartphone

The company has recently been demonstrating versions of the handset to developers in San Francisco and Seattle. It intends to announce the device in June and ship to stores around the end of September, the newspaper cited the unidentified sources as saying.

This will throw a wrench into the smartphone market. There’s a lot of things we don’t know, like the hardware and which version of Android (I assume) it will use. I have a feeling it will be a low-priced phone, which will put more pressure on other Android handset makers than it will Apple.

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17:20
Amazon Has A Smartphone Coming, Say People Who Have...

Amazon has a smartphone in the works. We've heard this before, but now we're hearing about it from people who say they have seen it in real life and then told The Wall Street Journal about it.

The Mac Observer Spin: Amazon's had a busy year in the hardware market. Is a phone really the best move for them though?


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17:00
Apple rests in second Apple-Samsung trial

Apple's presentation to the jury in the second Apple-Samsung patent trial is over, with attorneys for the iPhone maker resting their case as expected on Friday following the completion of damages expert Christopher Vellturo's detailed explanation of why Apple is asking for $2.191 billion in total from Samsung. Apple had one final witness on its list, but decided against calling him following Vellturo's testimony. Samsung has already begun its presentation, which seeks to minimize the value of Apple's royalties and calls the damages estimate "grossly inflated."...



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16:51
Apple hires CEO of brand consultant Wolff Olins in...

It was reported on Friday that Wolff Olins Global CEO Karl Heiselman has been hired away by Apple and will start working in a new marketing communications position at the Cupertino, Calif. company in May.



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16:43
Desperately Seeking Linux Programmers


Help Wanted: computer programmers needed to code and maintain Linux systems. The Linux operating system and Linux servers are so widely used today that not enough Linux-trained coders and system techs exist. Software developers and enterprise IT departments have jobs but no takers. To fill this shortage, the Linux Foundation has partnered with edX to offer a free online course to help computer engineers learn Linux. On the job front, some industry leaders are joining forces to jumpstart a movement to help ease the growing shortage.

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16:03
Apple rests case in second California patent trial...

Apple lawyers on Friday concluded their side of arguments in the latest spat with Samsung, bringing the initial phase of the company's case to a close after five days of court proceedings.



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16:00
Elgato Thunderbolt Dock provides ports aplenty

It's a great time to be the owner of a Thunderbolt-equipped Mac! A number of manufacturers have released Thunderbolt-based docks that make it possible for you to plug in one thin cable and have access to a world of ports. The latest company to jump...

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15:56
Wolff Olins Global CEO Karl Heiselman hired by Apple...

Following this week’s revelations that Apple SVP of Marketing Phil Schiller is unhappy with the direction of the company’s advertising and agency, and that Apple is considering hiring as many as four new digital...

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15:50
Court Documents Show Samsung Publicly Fudges Galaxy...

Samsung has been caught wallowing in their own truthiness, according to court documents released as part of the current Samsung vs Apple court case.

The Mac Observer Spin: What!? Samsung didnât let facts get in the way of what it told people? Fetch me my fainting couch!


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15:36
Apple updates standalone FaceTime app for Snow...

Remember the good ol’ days when FaceTime wasn’t included with each Mac? Back then, you had to download a bit of software from the Mac App Store in order to make video calls to iPhone owners (though iChat could still do Mac-to-Mac calls). Even today, that standalone app is still available on the Mac App Store for $.99—and for some reason it’s still the #5 paid app on the entire store.

Given its apparent popularity three years after its launch, it makes at least a little sense that Apple updated the app today to fix a bug that could prevent users from connecting to FaceTime calls. Of course, if you’re on anything newer than Snow Leopard, you don’t need this update, but anyone still running OS X 10.6 who already purchased the app can get the free update to resolve the problem.

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15:30
The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for April 11, 2014

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

You can listen to today's...

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15:22
NuGreen LED Lamp Lights Up Your Desk Using Just 3.6...

Bryan Chaffin is a nut for LED lights. They use produce less waste heat than incandescent bulbs and use less power than a Compact Flourescent Light (CFL) bulb, both excellent features in a light source. That's why he was so excited to check out NuGreen, an LED desk lamp from NewerTechnology that uses just 3.6 watts of power.


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15:04
Samsung's Galaxy S5 Splashes Into the...


Samsung on Friday rolled out its much-anticipated Galaxy S5 flagship smartphone in 125 countries worldwide, accompanied by a marketing and advertising blitz. The device was greeted with ambivalence. Some reports compared it unfavorably to the HTC One M8 and the 6-month-old iPhone 5S. Others said it offers only marginal improvements over the flailing S4, and some criticized it as bland. The S5 did not receive a universally chilly reception, though.

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15:00
Apple refuses to join Intellectual Ventures'...

Intellectual Ventures is a patent holding company that's often referenced as an example of widescale and aggressive patent trolling. Co-founded by former Microsoft CTO Nathan Myhrvold, Intellectual Ventures likes to spin its business model as...

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14:54
Apple rests in patent suit after experts testify...


Apple software designer Greg Christie testifies during the Samsung trial

Apple has made its case against Samsung in the patent lawsuit that never ends, and the company’s attorneys rested today after an expert witness testified that Samsung should pay the full $2.191 billion in damages. As CNET  reports, Quantitative Economic Solutions economist Christopher Vellturo told the court today that...

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14:54
WSJ: Amazon to announce smartphone with 3D eye and...

Adding to previous reports of an Amazon-built smartphone, The Wall Street Journal on Friday said the Internet retail giant will announce its entry into the handset market in June.



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14:47
NSA Reportedly Exploited Heartbleed for 2 Years, but...

When system administrators scrambled earlier this week to patch a serious security flaw in the SSL protocol, they assumed it was to protect against hackers and criminals from gathering user names, passwords, and other pieces of sensitive data on the Interent. News surfaced on Friday afternoon, however, that said the NSA knew about the flaw almost as soon as it was introduced into OpenSSL, and had been exploiting it ever since -- a point the NSA flat-out denies.


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14:38
Briefly: Google glass one-day sale, Coachella on...

Confirming earlier rumors, Google is opening up wearable computing device Google Glass for purchase for one day in the US. Any US adult can join the Explorer program with any shade or frame for $1,500 plus tax. Available devices are limited. Purchase begins April 15 at 6AM PDT....



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14:24
Corel brings Toast DVD to Mac App Store

Corel's Roxio division has released Toast DVD at the Mac App Store. The utility makes it possible to not only burn videos to DVDs or Video-TS folders, but add menus for navigation. There are 25 stock themes, and users can further customize colors, text, and backgrounds....



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14:15
Reeder 2 for Mac public beta

I love this app. I’ve been using the beta for maybe a week and it’s solid, although features are still being added.

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14:15
Apple’s iTunes: Ample Demonstration of Harvard’s Law

Havard's Law states: "Under the most rigorously controlled conditions of pressure, temperature, volume, humidity, and other variables, the organism will do as it damn well pleases."
Nowhere is this more true than when it comes to Apple customers, iTunes and music.


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14:08
Amazon reportedly announcing first smartphone in...

The Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon is planning to announce its first entry to the smartphone market in June. The possibility of an Amazon phone has been a long-running rumor, but recently sources claimed that the company had partnered with HTC to finally produce the device.

Following the launch of the...

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