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Thursday February 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday February 18

20:07
The Artful Dodge

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

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

So far so good.

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

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

Yesterday, Wakabayashi...

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


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

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

Filed under: Apps...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From Self:

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

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

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

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

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

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

After these employees left the company, A123...

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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







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

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

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

From 9to5Google: 

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

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

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12:42
Designing for the wrist

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

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

∞ Read this on The Loop

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

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

Apple explores headsets

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AWT's Daily Deals

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

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

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12:14
Korora Comes Bursting With Extras


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

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

For a limited time, AppleInsider has re-teamed with one of Apple's authorized resellers to offer an instant $50-$150 discounts on all configurations of Apple's new iMac with Retina 5K display, each of which now also comes with a free 3-Year AppleCare Protection Plan, a free Canon PIXMA all-in-one printer, free expedited shipping (and no sales tax collected in 48 states).

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11:45
Marijuana dating app High There bubbles up onto the...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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11:17
Apple Awarded Patent for Hybrid VR Headset


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

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11:15
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

Apps Now Free

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

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

Radar HD – NOAA...

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

Apple can now trade with Cuba.

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

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

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

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

The relaxed government policies...

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10:58
Mac: Epson Perfection V19 Scanner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In one of our...

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09:02
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Office 365 free w/ iPad...

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:

Microsoft Office 365 Personal ($70 value) FREE w/computer/iPad/tablet purchase...

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

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

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

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

Filed under:...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Play Music for iPad. (Click to enlarge.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Trello app...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Is Phorm a breakthrough in iPad keyboards?

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

BiteMyApple

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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03:58
Private I: Encrypting email with public keys

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

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

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


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

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

From 9to5Toys Specials:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Orders...

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

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


Tim Cook (@tim_cook) February 17, 2015

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

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

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

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

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16:32
NSA Suspected of Spreading Super-Resistant Malware


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

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16:23
Apple Patents Head-Mounted iPhone

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

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

Apps for geography, file management, and more

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

Chikoo 1.0

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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16:00
Daily Deals for February 17, 2015

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

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

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

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15:22
Sony Gets Glassy-Eyed


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

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

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

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14:50
∞ Apple, Beats win customer satisfaction survey

It will probably not come as a great surprise to learn that Apple won in a number of categories for 2015 customer satisfaction survey. The study, conducted by market research brand keys, also gave Apple subsidiary Beats an award as well. [...]

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14:50
Longtime Macworld editor Chris Breen heads to Apple

Our congratulations go out to Chris Breen, a fixture in the world of Apple journalism over the past few decades at both Macworld and MacUser. Breen made the word official on his personal blog, saying "Just a note to say that I’ve left Macworld to work for a Cupertino-based technology company you may be familiar with."

Breen's departure comes after parent company IDG laid off a number of employees in September of 2014, shuttering the 30-year-old Macworld magazine and leaving a much smaller staff in place at its home on the web. 

With his move to Apple -- where his new position is unknown -- Breen is giving up his life as a well-known writer, podcaster, and musician:

“As part of this change I’ll be leaving the public stage as Chris Breen Technology Guy (though I may still pop up as Chris Breen Musician Guy at a saloon near you). When the mood strikes I’ll continue...

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14:35
Long-time Macworld editor Chris Breen joins Apple

Chris Breen, a long-time writer and Senior Editor for Macworld, has decided to leave a long-time career of journalism covering the Cupertino company and take his talents straight to Apple itself.

According to a post on his personal blog:

Just a note to say that I’ve left Macworld to work for a Cupertino-based technology company you may be familiar with.

There are loads of reasons for the change, but blend them together and they add up to my desire to try something different before I don the large shorts and spend the bulk of my remaining days looking for my misplaced spectacles.

“Chris has been such an essential staff member that the word “essential” seems woefully inadequate to describe him,” wrote Macworld’s Susie Ochs....

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13:58
Apple's big-screen iPhone 6 and 6 Plus lead to...

A fresh report from research firm IDC published on Tuesday found Apple's share of the Chinese smartphone market nearly doubled over the fourth quarter of 2014, while rival Samsung saw its share further deteriorate as competing Android makers gained ground with low-cost device alternatives.

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13:50
Review: iLynx 3 changes the shape and feature set of...

Accessing a Mac’s rear-facing ports can be a hassle, particularly when you’re using short cables. To eliminate that issue, Moshi’s original iLynx combined four USB 2.0 and two FireWire 400 ports into a triangular hub designed primarily to sit in front of an iMac. Later, a cosmetically near-identical sequel called iLynx 800 modestly updated the accessory by updating the ports to FireWire 800.

With FireWire dead and USB 3.0 growing in popularity, there’s a new iLynx in town. iLynx 3 ($60) drops FireWire entirely in favor of an all-USB approach, relying on a combination of USB and wall power to connect up to four devices to your Mac....

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13:31
Tip of the Day: Improving In-Car Voice Navigation...

For users who rely on the Apple Maps app for in-car navigation, Apple snuck a handy feature into iOS 7.1. While getting voice navigation prompts has never been a problem if you’re already listening to music from your iPhone, users who prefer to listen to the radio or some other audio source normally had a problem hearing audio prompts through their in-car system. If you’re running iOS 7.1 or later, however, and have a supported in-car…

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13:15
News: Apple Watch: more than 5M units for first run...

Apple has asked suppliers to manufacture five to six million units of its upcoming Apple Watch for the product’s first run, The Wall Street Journal reports. Half of that total will be made up of the lower-end Apple Watch Sport, which will start at $349. A third of the production will be dedicated to the mid-tier model, with the remaining amount — about a sixth of the initial total, based on these figures — to be the high-end Apple Watch…

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12:56
IDC: Xiaomi’s growth tops Samsung in China, but...

According to the latest numbers from IDC, Xiaomi—the rising star of the smartphone industry—has managed to pass up Samsung in China. In 2013, Xiaomi trailed Samsung’s almost 19% market share by a solid 13 percentage points (at just 5.3%), and was only the 5th largest maker of smartphones in China. Things changed in 2014. Last year, Xiaomi finished off with 12.5% of the market, almost a half-point more than Samsung at 12.1%, taking the top spot and passing not just Samsung, but Lenovo, Huawei, and Coolpad as well.

Interestingly, though, the latest numbers also show that Apple’s launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus contributed to a decent size dent in both Samsung and Xiaomi’s market footprint in Q4 of last year....

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12:43
Macworld salutes Chris Breen (our loss is Apple...

If you haven’t caught this week’s Mac 911 yet, I’ve got a bit of a spoiler for a column that typically isn’t something you can spoil. Macworld’s esteemed senior editor, Chris Breen, is leaving us. The rest of the staff and I are, of course, incredibly bummed. But we’re also very happy for him, since he’s departing in order to take a job at a certain computer company in Cupertino. They’re very lucky to have him.

Chris has been such an essential staff member that the word “essential” seems woefully inadequate to describe him. From hosting and producing the Macworld Podcast and ultra-useful weekly Macworld Video, to answering your burning questions in the Mac 911 column, to expertly evaluating Apple products...

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12:22
Dropbox adds iOS 8 sharing extension, Google Play...

A pair of Silicon Valley heavyweights updated their popular iOS apps on Tuesday, with Dropbox allowing users to upload files via iOS 8's sharing menu and Google unveiling a redesigned, universal version of its Play Music app.

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12:20
Dropbox 3.7 for iOS adds action extension to save...

There's an update to the Dropbox iOS app today that adds the ability to "save files straight to Dropbox from your favorite apps." 

The update also provides some bug fixes and improvements mainly related to moving and deleting files, printing, exporting, and how RTF previews are handled, but the action extension is perhaps the most welcome addition to the app. 

Provided that the app you're working with uses the standard iOS share menu, you can save files to your main Dropbox folder or select a specific folder in which to save the document. Once the destination has been selected, a tap on a Save button uploads the file and a progress bar shows how the upload is going.

Our take on the news: This is a surprisingly powerful update, since it's no longer necessary to authenticate a Dropbox account with a third-party app if it...

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11:56
54% of all email in the UK is opened on Apple devices

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Engage Customer reported an astonishing statistic last week -- 54% of all email in the UK is opened on an Apple device, while only 8% is opened on Android devices and that number is falling quickly. The data comes from SendGrid, which analyzed millions of emails opened during 10-day periods at the start of 2014 and 2015.

According to the data, France, Germany, Spain and Italy are all seeing similar trends -- 47% of emails in France and Spain are opened on Apple devices, 50% in Italy, and 46% in Germany. 

Oddly enough, BlackBerry showed a year-to-year increase of 20% in terms of email opens on a device platform. It's assumed that privacy concerns have made the company's email platform more attractive. Nokia saw a huge drop in the number of emails...

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11:46
Report alleges iBooks antitrust monitor has...

A scathing critique of Michael Bromwich, the lawyer overseeing Apple after it lost an iBooks antitrust lawsuit, alleges that he has unfairly billed the company some $2.65 million for investigative practices that have gone well beyond the initial intent of his role.

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11:46
Apple reportedly terminated contract w/ Alabama...

Tim Cook’s Apple is no stranger to standing up for social issues including marriage equality.

Almost a year ago to date, the company—not just Tim Cook—voiced public opposition to anti-gay legislation in Arizona which was surprisingly vetoed after weeks of public attention. The company also embraced last year’s annual Pride parade in San Francisco with an official video highlighting participation by thousand of employees and family members. There’s also Tim Cook’s widely praised essay published last year in which he first publicly acknowledged being gay—a first for a Fortune 500 chief executive.

So when Apple realized it hired a former...

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11:45
Google Play Music for iOS updated w/ Material Design...



Google this afternoon has begun rolling out a major update to the Play Music app on iOS. The update packs a handful of new features and enhancements, including a totally refreshed Material Design interface, and for the first time, an iPad optimized interface, as well.

Google touts that this update offers new album and artist description pages with a new, cleaner design as well as a more immersive Now Playing experience with album artwork taking up the entire display. Perhaps most notably, there is also now an iPad-specifc design for Play Music...

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11:30
Office for iOS picks up support for iCloud Drive,...

When the new Office for iOS apps launched, the only way to sync files across multiple devices was to store them in Microsoft's own OneDrive service. In November, Microsoft and Dropbox partnered up, giving the third-party service most of the same features as OneDrive (absent real-time collaborative editing).

Today, a new update for the iOS apps added support for iCloud Drive, the cloud storage platform Apple introduced last fall alongside OS X Yosemite. If you're signed into iCloud on your iPad or iPhone, you'll automatically be able to view, search, open, and edit your documents through iOS' native iCloud Drive file picker.

If you prefer to use other cloud storage platforms, this new update also adds support for the ...

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11:24
Can you guess the price of the 18-karat gold Apple...

Can you guess the price of the gold Apple Watch? There has been a lot of speculation about how much the 42mm and 38mm versions of the 18-karat Apple Watch Edition will cost, but we wanted to poll the 9to5Mac community to see where everyone stands. Put your guess in the comments, vote using the polls below, and we’ll check back in April to point fingers, etc.

Apple should hold a Price is Right contest for the gold Watch. Winner gets a free one.


Mark Gurman (@markgurman) February 17, 2015

We do have some clues about how much it might cost: We reported recently that Apple Stores are being prepped with jewelry store-style touches for the Apple Watch launch, including safes that will store the expensive 18-karat gold Watch...

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11:02
BlackBerry fires another legal salvo at Ryan...

Redesigning its flagship product has not been enough to keep Typo out of BlackBerry's line of fire, as the Canadian smartphone maker has once again filed suit alleging that the second-generation Typo "slavishly copied" BlackBerry's own keyboard designs.

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11:00
Review: NewerTech NuGuard KX for iPhone 6 and iPhone...

NewerTech's NuGuard KX case for iPhone 6 ($29) and iPhone 6 Plus ($39) uses what the company describes as X-Orbing Gel, which is said to absorb and evenly distribute kinetic energy in the case of drops. NuGuard KX is a co-molded one piece case with a soft inner lining and harder, yet still flexible, outer shell. There's button coverage for the volume controls and sleep/wake button, but not the ringer switch — though that's deep enough within the thick side to be protected from most all drops. NewerTech offers a limited lifetime warranty for the NuGuard KX, claiming that if it ever breaks, the company will replace it with a new case.{/exp:char_limit}
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10:36
First-gen Apple Watch may have had assorted health-...

Sometimes you have to slim down your feature list to make a shipping date.

An interesting piece by the Wall Street Journal revealed that Apple may have cut multiple planned health features to allow the first generation of the Apple Watch to ship on time.

The report states that the features would have contained an array of sensors to help measure a wearer’s health, albeit the first demo units of the wearable device apparently showed no such sensors in that model.

Some of those features, like the ability to track stress and blood pressure, were simply too complex to institute, or ran the risk of triggering government regulation that the company wanted to avoid. In other cases, sensor makers weren’t able to meet Apple’s standards.

The article also states that the sensors’ performance was very inconsistent, with a host of new and unpredictable variables that ranged...

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10:02
Dropbox gets more powerful on iOS 8 with new sharing...


Dropbox for iPhone and iPad users is getting a lot more powerful today as the latest version includes a new action extension for iOS 8. This allows you to save information from various apps to Dropbox on iOS without having to open the cloud-syncing app.

For example, you can send photos directly to Dropbox from the iOS Photos app making uploading images to the cloud service much easier than before. You can also use the new action extension to save text files to Dropbox but entries you create in the iOS Notes app. For files you come across on the...

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10:02
Apple awarded PrimeSense patent for 3D virtual...

While the reason behind Apple's acquisition of PrimeSense remains unknown, the Cupertino company was awarded a PrimeSense patent on Tuesday describing 3D camera system allowing for an entirely new type of virtual keyboard.

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09:53
Apple Watch might fall short on the fitness front

Apple Watch has been in development since 2011, but health-tracking sensors haven’t improved enough in the last four years to make Apple’s wearable an essential fitness accessory. So Apple is reportedly launching Apple Watch with more limited health and fitness capabilities than the company had initially wanted.

When Apple Watch was first conceived, the company’s higher-ups dreamed of a health-focused wearable that would go beyond heart-rate monitoring to track blood pressure, stress levels, and other metrics. That didn’t quite pan out, according to a Tuesday report in the Wall Street Journal. Sensor setbacks and the threat of regulatory holdups have effectively watered down the first-generation Apple Watch’s health-first focus, so Apple is repositioning the wearable as a multifunctional device.

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In a recent SSD technology use survey, Kroll Ontrack, a firm specializing in data recovery, found that while nearly 90 percent of respondents leverage the performance and reliability benefits of SSD... Read more
Save up to $600 with Apple refurbished Mac Pr...
The Apple Store is offering Apple Certified Refurbished Mac Pros for up to $600 off the cost of new models. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each Mac Pro, and shipping is free. The... Read more
Updated Mac Price Trackers
We’ve updated our Mac Price Trackers with the latest information on prices, bundles, and availability on systems from Apple’s authorized internet/catalog resellers: - 15″ MacBook Pros - 13″ MacBook... Read more
Apple CEO Tim Cook to Deliver 2015 George Was...
Apple CEO Tim Cook will deliver the George Washington University’s Commencement address to GWU grads on May 17, at which time he will also be awarded an honorary doctorate of public service from the... Read more
Apple restocks refurbished Mac minis for up t...
The Apple Store has restocked Apple Certified Refurbished 2014 Mac minis, with models available starting at $419. Apple’s one-year warranty is included with each mini, and shipping is free: - 1.4GHz... Read more
Save up to $50 on iPad Air 2s, NY tax only, f...
 B&H Photo has iPad Air 2s on sale for $50 off MSRP including free shipping plus NY sales tax only: - 16GB iPad Air 2 WiFi: $469.99 $30 off - 64GB iPad Air 2 WiFi: $549 $50 off - 128GB iPad Air 2... Read more
16GB iPad Air 2 on sale for $447, save $52
Walmart has the 16GB iPad Air 2 WiFi on sale for $446.99 on their online store for a limited time. Choose free shipping or free local store pickup (if available). Sale price for online orders only,... Read more

Jobs Board

*Apple* Pay Automation Engineer - iOS System...
**Job Summary** At Apple , great ideas have a way of becoming great products, services, and customer experiences very quickly. Bring passion and dedication to your job Read more
Sr. Technical Services Consultant, *Apple*...
**Job Summary** Apple Professional Services (APS) has an opening for a senior technical position that contributes to Apple 's efforts for strategic and transactional Read more
Event Director, *Apple* Retail Marketing -...
…This senior level position is responsible for leading and imagining the Apple Retail Team's global engagement strategy and team. Delivering an overarching brand Read more
*Apple* Pay - Site Reliability Engineer - Ap...
**Job Summary** Imagine what you could do here. At Apple , great ideas have a way of becoming great products, services, and customer experiences very quickly. Bring Read more
*Apple* Solutions Consultant - Retail Sales...
**Job Summary** The ASC is an Apple employee who serves as an Apple brand ambassador and influencer in a Reseller's store. The ASC's role is to grow Apple Read more
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