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Friday February 20

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.

 

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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.

You can download The Loop Magazine...

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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...

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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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05:50
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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05:07
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.

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

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

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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10:04
Apple poaching suit potentially tied to A123's...

A123 Systems, which filed a lawsuit this month accusing Apple of unfairly poaching its engineers, is best known for creating large lithium-ion batteries used in futuristic high-performance electric automobiles, a specialty that may have played a key role in Apple's interest in its employees.

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10:00
Apple World Today on OWC Radio 2.0 Podcast

It's another day, another podcast for the AWT team! I spent a completely enjoyable hour yesterday talking with Tim Robertson, the voice behind the OWC Radio Podcast. Of course there was a bit of discussion about what led to the founding of AWT, but we also talked about the possibility (or lack thereof) of an Apple car, and of course Tim asked his "three random questions". 

You can listen to the OWC Radio 2.0 podcast on iTunes right here, and don't forget to subscribe to Tim's wonderful show. 

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09:58
New Pebble coming soon with thinner design, revamped...

Pebble updated its website this morning to tease a new model of its popular smartwatch. The announcement is scheduled for 10 AM on Tuesday next week, but Pebble has not specified what exactly is launching. However, multiple sources tell us that a major update to both the Pebble’s hardware and software have been in the works and that these changes could be ready to debut next week. The new watch is said to (finally) gain a slightly wider, color, e-paper-like display that will be encased in an overall thinner design. The screen will still not be touch like the Apple Watch…

While thinner and brighter, the new watch will still include battery life specifications in line with the current...

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09:03
Makeovr Web app lets iPhone users create blank...

If you've ever found yourself despairing over Apple's insistence that home screen icons be lined up neatly in rows, but can't -- or won't -- turn to jailbreak tweaks, a relatively new Web app called Makeovr has come to your rescue.

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09:00
Apple's auto-industry hires suggest an interest...

Power train engineers, former Tesla employees, and an expert on new battery technology are among the people now working at Apple, amid rumors that the company is building an electric car.

9to5Mac has come up with a list of auto experts--including new hires and existing employees--that are now working at Apple. Their resumes suggest that Apple is interested in more than just CarPlay, the software that connects iPhones to in-car dashboards.

For instance, new hire David Nelson came over from Tesla this month, bringing experience in “modeling, prediction, and verification of motor and gearbox performance and efficiency,” according to his LinkedIn profile. Hugh Jay, another new employee, designed transmissions and gearboxes at EMCO Gears, a parts supplier for various industries...

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09:00
ViewExif is a handy iOS extension for viewing photo...

ViewExif from Steven Zhang is a useful utility for iPhone photographers of any level. Though it installs as a standalone app, ViewExif is an iOS extension that allows you to view the Exif information of the photos on your iPhone. This Exif information is stored with each photo and contains a range of photo and camera settings including ISO speed, exposure time, aperture, location information, camera make and model, lens make and model and more.

Because it is an extension, ViewExif adds its functionality to the iOS Photos app and other third-party apps such as Dropbox, Google Drive and FileExplorer. Once you enable ViewExif in an app, you can use the extension to view the details of the photo in just a few taps. Just open the image, tap the share button and then tap "ViewExif" to view all the Exif data. The app extension supports common image formats such as JPG, PNG,...

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09:00
Review: RooCase GlacialTough for iPhone 6 Plus,...

RooCase's GlacialTough ($60) for iPhone 6 Plus and VersaTough ($60) for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are nearly identical cases. Whereas VersaTough comes with a solid patterned back, GlacialTough has a transparent back to see the back of an iPhone. Otherwise, the cases are the same, made of a TPU bumper attached to an acrylic back. A hard frame is inserted into the front of the case for screen protection. Button coverage is present for volume controls and the sleep/wake button, and the Lightning port is protected by a rubber plug.{/exp:char_limit}

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08:57
Review: A-Audio’s Icon over-ear headphones pack...

These days, it seems like there is an endless variety of headphones to choose from. With new models popping up on a weekly basis, it’s hard to sort through the crowd to find the ones that fit you best. When it comes to active noise cancellation this elite selection thins out a bit, but there are only a handful that fall into the same category as A-Audio’s Icon over-ear headphones.

From a functionality perspective, these headphones give you everything but the kitchen sink. They can be used wirelessly via Bluetooth with active noise cancellation, in passive (wired) mode, and even feature dual sound profiles. Along with that, they include a wide variety of accessories that offer more than enough for any situation…

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08:47
9to5Toys Last Call: iTunes Free App of the Week,...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In addition to the various contracts,...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It's Monument Valley-level pretty...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Element Case

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

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05:43
∞ Handcrafting a guitar

A gorgeous walk through the process of handcrafting a guitar.

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

It had to happen sometime.

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

From Self:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It never hurts to be part of the payment infrastructure.

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

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

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

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

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Space is Vast, So Space Agency Has a Vast New Update! Posted by Jessica Fisher on March 2nd, 2015 [ permalink ] Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad | Read more »
Size DOES Matter Review
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...
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IBM has announced the next expansion phase for  its IBM MobileFirst for iOS portfolio, with a troika of new apps to address key priorities for the Banking and Financial Services, Airline and Retail... Read more
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The Apple Store has Apple Certified Refurbished 13″ 2.5GHz MacBook Pros available for $170 off the cost of new models. Apple’s one-year warranty is standard, and shipping is free: - 13″ 2.5GHz... Read more
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