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Tuesday March 17

04:30
China’s gold consumption suggests Apple Watch...

China’s voracious appetite for gold suggests that this might be the key market for the solid gold Apple Watch Edition, suggests former GigaOM founder Om Malik.

There is a love affair between the Chinese and gold jewelry. The gold consumption in that country is going through the roof. (In 2014, the worldwide consumption of gold fell and yet, China demand still stayed strong.) […]

Some believe that the Apple Watch Edition (the expensive kind) will find more takers in China than anywhere else in the world.

It has previously been suggested that it was Asia, and China in particular, which drove the...

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04:05
Apple cleared of infringing former Nokia patents, $...

Apple has been cleared of infringing five wireless patents originally held by Nokia in its iPhones and iPads. The patents were later acquired by a subsidiary of Conversant Intellectual Property Management Inc, which sued Apple for $100M by calculating a per-device license fee. Apple argued that even if it had infringed the patents, which it denied, a fair license fee would be less than $1M.

Reuters reports that a federal jury in Texas took five hours to deliberate yesterday before finding in favor of Apple.

Had Conversant won, it’s possible that the majority of the revenue would have been paid to Microsoft and Nokia. In a complicated chain, Conversant obtained the patents when it acquired a company called Core Wireless, which had in turn bought them from Nokia–which had licensed them to Microsoft.

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03:55
From ‘Becoming Steve Jobs': Cook says Isaacson...

Fast Company has today published a sizeable excerpt from Becoming Steve Jobs, the upcoming book about Jobs’ life and his mannerisms. Unlike previous efforts, Apple is openly promoting this book and many executives, Tim Cook included, have participated in interviews. This has yielded some very interesting stories.

Following the story of Cook offering to give Jobs his liver, Cook is quoted as saying the Isaacson book did the late CEO a ‘disservice’. In very similar words to how Cue described the (unrelated) film about Jobs at SXSW, Cook says ‘The person I read about there is somebody I would never have wanted to work with over all this time’.

“The Steve that I met in early ’98 was brash and confident and...

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03:55
Four takeaways from 'Steve Jobs: The Man in the...

AUSTIN—By this point, there isn’t much we don’t know about Steve Jobs and his story, but that didn’t stop filmmaker Alex Gibney from tackling Jobs as the subject of his latest documentary. And, spoiler alert, it shows off the ugly side of Jobs, painting an unflattering picture of tech’s most famous visionary.

Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine premiered during South by Southwest on Saturday, telling the story of Jobs through archival footage and new interviews with former friends and colleagues. This isn’t a strict cradle-to-grave documentary about Jobs’ entire life story: It’s more of an analytical look at Jobs and his troubled relationships and values, both in his work with Apple and in his personal life (and in the overlaps too). 

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03:50
Apple Watch band with modern buckle detailed in...

With final Apple Watch details fleshed out earlier in March, patents for the device have started to show up at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, including a design published on Tuesday for what Apple calls the modern buckle band.

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03:36
The new MacBook is cool, but the PowerBook Duo was...

With all the excitement last week over the new MacBook, it seems only right and proper that today Think Retro turns its attention to Apple’s original superlight laptop, the PowerBook Duo.

The Duo is easily in my top five favorite Apple computers of all time because the whole concept is just so intensely pleasing. Let me explain.

PowerBook Duos were small, light, capable laptop computers. Actually, I need to caveat all of that! It was still nearly an inch and a half thick, and at 4.2 pounds, it nevertheless weighed more than two of the new MacBooks. And even though the last model got one of the spangly new PowerPC processors, they were definitely both slow even by the standards of the day and they didn’t even have a floppy drive far less a CD-ROM or Ethernet. But the real joy and genius of the PowerBook Duo is that you could either attach...

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03:09
External Link: Josh Centers Talks Apple’s...

Managing Editor Josh Centers joined host Victor Johnson on the Subjective podcast to discuss his TidBITS origins, HBO Now, Apple TV, Apple Watch, and his frustrations with the Mac lineup.

 

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02:55
Nintendo to start making iPhone games, including...


The jailbreak community has worked to get Mario onto the iPhone for years.

As reported by the Wall Street Journal, Nintendo has finally decided that it is time to start making mobile games for platforms like the iPhone. The company has confirmed it will begin developing titles for smartphones and other mobile devices (presumably, ‘tablets’) featuring famous franchises like Mario.

Until now, Nintendo has been resistant to share its first-party intellectual property  (‘IP’) outside of its own consoles. Clearly, it was worried that bringing characters like Mario to the iPhone would cannabilize sales of its own hardware like the Nintendo DS.  However, as part of a new partnership with a mobile gaming company, there has clearly been a change of heart by Nintendo...

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Monday March 16

22:28
Adobe reveals Document Cloud, Acrobat DC with e-...

Adobe on Tuesday unveiled Document Cloud, an all-encompassing digital document management solution that includes a new touch-enabled version of Acrobat and two iOS-specific apps.

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21:00
Adobe unveils Document Cloud w/ Acrobat Mobile and...

Adobe is taking its document strategy to the cloud with its latest service. Taking the same approach as its Creative Cloud Suite of apps for creators, Adobe is revealing its new Document Cloud service alongside two new apps for iOS: Acrobat Mobile and Fill & Sign. The new service aims to make handling PDFs and other documents much more flexible, and the new iOS apps can bring paper documents into the Adobe Document Cloud for work on the go…

Adobe says Acrobat DC, which will offer free digital e-signing of PDFs, is the key to its Document Cloud service. The iPad version of Adobe DC can be seen above. The mobile app features an intuitive interface for selecting actions for...

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20:11
Apple dodges $100M lawsuit over alleged infringement...

A U.S. federal court jury on Monday found Apple not to have infringed on wireless technology patents asserted by Canadian licensing firm Conversant Technologies, which sought damages totaling $100 million for the alleged misuse.

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19:34
Apple plans 25 channels for streaming TV service

Wall St Journal:

Apple Inc.’s lofty plans to build an online television service are coming into sharper focus.

The technology giant is in talks with programmers to offer a slimmed-down bundle of TV networks this fall, according to people familiar with the matter. The service would have about 25 channels, anchored by broadcasters such as ABC, CBS and Fox, and would be available on Apple devices such as the Apple TV, they said.

For now, the talks don’t involve NBCUniversal, owner of the NBC broadcast network and cable channels like USA and Bravo, because of a falling-out between Apple and NBCUniversal parent company Comcast Corp., the people familiar with the matter said.

Take this news with a lot of salt. The only details come from the always suspicious “people familiar with the matter” and one of the story’s writers is Daisuke Wakabayashi – not exactly an unimpeachable source of accurate Apple news.

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19:19
Apple to launch online TV service with support from...

Apple is reportedly in talks with major television content providers and broadcasters to launch a subscription online TV service that will be piped to Apple TV and supported iOS devices.

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18:45
WSJ: Apple announcing $30-40/month Web TV service in...

According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, Apple plans to launch an online TV service this fall with support for “about” 25 channels. According to the report, the service will debut on all of Apple’s iOS devices, ranging from the Apple TV to the iPhone and iPad, and will be announced in June (which is also when the Beats overhaul will debut) and fully released in September of this year. Industry executives said that the service will be priced between $30 and $40 when it launches. Of the 25 channels, the service will be headlined by ABC, CBS and Fox.

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18:33
Reuters: Apple could be considering purchase of...

Apple may be considering a deal to purchase a communications satellite built by Boeing, a report from Reuters says.

The deal is apparently still in the earliest stages, and Reuters lists Google, Facebook, and other tech companies as potential interested parties, though Boeing hasn’t confirmed any companies currently involved in the talks.

Jim Simpson, vice president of business development and chief strategist for Boeing Network and Space Systems, told Reuters the big technology firms were keen to expand Internet access around the world to help them grow.

“The real key to being able to do these type of things is ultra high-throughput capabilities, where we’re looking at providing gigabytes, terrabytes, pedabytes of capability,” Simpson told Reuters after a panel at the Satellite 2015 conference.

There aren’t many details on what might be...

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18:05
Apple among big tech companies reportedly in talks...

Boeing is marketing advanced high-throughput communications satellites to large technology firms, such as Apple and Google, and could reach a deal to build a unit for a major industry player this year.

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16:55
Apple is all about China

As I sat and watched through the keynote video, one thing which became pretty obvious — Apple’s number one focus going forward is China.

China is a huge market for Apple.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:40
Apple Global Volunteer Program

Under the new Apple Global Volunteer Program, Apple is offering employees a way to receive training and tools to help them create and publicize local volunteer events to better their communities. The program, currently available in the United States, Sydney, and Cork, also aims to help employees find activities to volunteer for.

It’s nice to see Apple giving back, and helping its employees give back to their communities.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:01
BlackBerry’s new tablet

The SecuTABLET, based on Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and being presented by BlackBerry unit Secusmart at tech fair CeBIT 2015 in Germany

< Crickets >

∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:00
MacTech Pro Event - San Francisco: Register today...

Anyone who is a professional tech or consultant who supports Apple technologies knows about MacTech, the preeminent journal of Apple technology. This year, MacTech is holding a series of MacTech Pro Events in cities around the United States to get you up to speed on the latest technologies you need to know. 

The first event in Seattle has already passed, but the next event in San Francisco is coming up next Wednesday, March 25. Early-bird pricing is in effect for the event now, meaning that you can save $200 off the normal $499 tuition if you register soon.

That's not all -- you're also invited to attend a new Microsoft Office Accreditation event from 2 PM to 6 PM the day...

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15:19
Lost city discovered in the Honduran rain forest

I find this stuff fascinating.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:12
Survey: Surveillance Is Fine as Long as It's...


Growing concern over surveillance in cyberspace has people changing their online behavior. Nearly 90 percent of 475 adults recently surveyed said they were aware of government surveillance programs targeting Internet users, the Pew Research Center found. Eighty-two percent supported spying on suspected terrorists, 60 percent supported snooping on foreign leaders, 54 percent were OK with monitoring foreign citizens, and 60 percent even gave a thumbs-up to surveillance of American leaders. However, 57 percent opposed monitoring of U.S. citizens.

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15:09
Apple to accept non-iPhone trade-ins with expanded...

Apple is planning to add Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone handsets to the list of acceptable trade-ins for its Reuse and Recycling Program, which exchanges used hardware for Apple Store gift cards.

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15:00
AWT News Update: March 16, 2015

Steve Jobs photo by Ben Stanfield, Flickr CC

Hope you had a pleasant Monday! Today we have a few Apple news items that hit our radar:

  • Watchaware compares polling for the iPad in 2010 to the Apple Watch in 2015, and finds that in both cases, 40 to 50% of those polled said they would not buy the item. The iPad has sold 200 million units so far...
  • A new documentary about Steve Jobs that debuted at SXSW over the weekend is receiving the praise of newspapers and the scorn of Apple employees who actually knew the man.
  • Limefuel announces a 24,000 mAh USB-C external battery pack for the new MacBook that should give it full-day battery life.
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14:50
Apple Watch’s hardware or straps packaging...

Apple appears to have just provided a first glimpse at the retail packaging for Apple Watch or the device’s straps via the photo above posted to a newly updated jobs page on its website. The white box lines up with the little information Apple has provided about the packaging for the entry-level Sport Edition and the stainless steel Watch Edition models.

We know Apple is planning a more traditional watch box that doubles as a place to store and charge the device, but that will only come with the more expensive 18k gold models. In a recent interview, Apple exec Jony Ive said “the box of the top-of-the‑range...

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14:23
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14:20
Location is the new hashtag: Yik Yak aims to be the...

AUSTIN—Don’t think of Yik Yak as a run-of-the-mill anonymous app. The social network has already conquered college campuses, and its founders are setting their sights higher: becoming the next Twitter.

Yik Yak founders Tyler Droll and Brooks Buffington aren’t your typical social network CEOs. They live in Atlanta, generally avoid the press, and are focused more on getting the app into more college-aged hands than designing something pretty. Yik Yak was raked over the coals in its early days for being kind of hideous, but incredibly effective. That outsider perspective could be why Droll and Buffington don’t think twice about taking on Twitter.

To read this article in full or to leave a...

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14:00
Pebble Time is not a serious Apple Watch competitor

I'm getting a little irritated with the glowing success stories about the Pebble Time smartwatch. I have to admit that I was caught up in the record-breaking Kickstarter campaign; the Pebble Time and Pebble Time Steel have now captured (as of publication time) over $18.7 million dollars in pledges and over 73,000 backers. But is the Pebble Time even in the same ballpark as the soon-to-arrive Apple Watch? Hell, no.

As of December 31, 2014, Pebble reported that it had sold one million smartwatches between the original Pebble and Pebble Steel. Sure, that sounds great, but let's look at what some Wall Street analysts are forecasting for Apple's Watch:

  • UBS -- Steve Milunovich: Expects...
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13:32
ACEs conference to offer community pricing

The ACEs conference in New Orleans, Louisiana is on its inaugural year, and will feature a talk by MacObserver's own (and friend of AWT), Jeff Gamet. His talk on the state of Apple should be a good one to attend.

ACEs is offering community discount pricing, meaning the more people who sign up, the lower the ticket prices go. As we said, ACEs is in its inaugural year, but it could be a good show to attend. 

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13:30
Apple refreshes its job site to highlight diversity...

Apple has quietly given the front end of its jobs site a facelift adding new employee testimonials and updated product shots. The refreshed layout matches the style of other new pages throughout Apple’s site with the landing page carrying this message: “Do your life’s best work here. With the whole world watching.” Notably, the updated jobs site now includes product shots of the upcoming Apple Watch, specifically an aluminum sport model with a green band and the sensors showing, as well as student in class wearing now Apple-owned Beats by Dr Dre headphones…

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13:26
News: Report: Apple expanding iPhone trade-in...

Apple plans to expand its iPhone trade-in program to include Android devices and other non-Apple smartphones, 9to5Mac reports. Much like the iPhone Reuse + Recycle Program introduced about a year and a half ago, customers will receive gift cards that can be used toward the purchase of new iPhones in exchange for their older smartphones, with the value of the trade-in assessed by Apple Store employees based on the cosmetic and functional condition…

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13:11
Apple Watch a game changer for traditional watch...

Tim Bajarin:

When Apple introduced the Apple Watch last fall, I talked to people in the high-end watch market to get a sense of whether they viewed it as a threat in any way. What I heard was a bit surprising. They said Apple has created a completely new paradigm in watches, which will define what a “watch” will be and can do in the future. Most importantly, these sources told me that even the ultra high-end watchmakers are taking note. But they are struggling with how to respond given that the Apple Watch is not as much a watch as it is a wrist computer that could shift the role a timepiece plays in people’s lives.

Even though the watch may not sell as well as the iPhone, Apple did the same thing in that industry—it made the incumbents nervous because they were offering something completely new and different.

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13:10
Switch to iPhone, get money: Apple may offer gift...

Apple already gives some assistance to new customers switching over from Android, helping them move their photos, contacts, email accounts, music, and so on from their Android phone to a new iPhone. Soon, according to a report on 9to5Mac, that assistance could include cold, hard cash—well, cold hard gift cards, anyway.

Citing unnamed sources, 9to5Mac claims Apple will launch a trade-in program, wherein you turn in your smartphone—even an Android smartphone—and receive a gift card. This program is still unconfirmed (I’ve reached out to Apple PR for comment), so we don’t have details on when it’ll start or how much Android switchers can expect to get.

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12:51
Apple launching volunteer program for employees to...

Apple has informed employees today that is launching a new volunteer program today that will push employees to assist their local communities. The program is called the “Apple Global Volunteer Program,” and it is soon launching in the United States, Sydney, Australia, and Cork, Ireland before a larger rollout across the world. The program is said to be available for both retail and corporate employees.

Here’s Apple’s memo to employees:

Since its launch in 2011, the Apple Matching Gifts Program has been an astounding success, with a combined total of over $78 million donated to charities and non-profits around the world. Now employees in the U.S. have a new way to make an even bigger impact on the causes they care...

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12:25
Report: Apple will offer iPhone gift cards to...

If you're buying a new phone and your old phone still works fine, a good way to defray the cost is to sell the old phone to any one of the many secondhand phone retailers. If you're trading in an old iPhone for a new one, for example, Apple will offer you some credit for the old phone directly. According to a report from 9to5Mac, the company will soon begin offering money for Android phones as well, incentivizing some of the platform switchers that Apple talks about during its product events and earnings calls.

The report doesn't have much other information about the extension of Apple's trade-in program, noting only that retail store employees are currently being trained...

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11:52
News: Daily Deal: ‘Rhino Shield’ Crash Guard &...

In today’s iLounge Deal you can get the ‘Rhino Shield’ Crash Guard & Screen Protector for the iPhone 6 for only $44.99, or pick up the iPhone 6 Plus version for the same price. The slim case provides a high-end design with premium protection, having passed a 12-foot drop test while remaining thin enough to still fit into your pocket. The case is constructed with a matte texture for easy grip, is compatible with most third-party…

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11:37
Hedge fund managers want to buy more Apple stock but...

The heads of major hedge funds are so bullish on shares of Apple that they wish they could buy more, but doing so would put them at too great a risk with less diversification.

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11:28
T-Mobile brings Data Stash rollovers to Simple...

T-Mobile USA has announced plans to bring Data Stash -- a policy rolling over unused 4G data from each month -- to new and existing Simple Choice prepaid subscribers, having previously limited the perk to postpaid customers.

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11:12
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 16...

Notable software releases this week include Security Update 2015-002 (Mountain Lion, Mavericks, and Yosemite), DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.8.4, iMovie 10.0.7, Evernote 6.0.7, GraphicConverter 9.6, and Mailplane 3.4.1.

 

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11:12
ExtraBITS for 16 March 2015

In this week’s collection of links, Adam Engst discussed Apple’s latest announcements on The Tech Night Owl podcast, Google revealed a new Chromebook Pixel, we found out if Apple’s switch from MagSafe to USB-C will endanger the 12-inch MacBook, product designer Greg Koenig examined the Apple Watch’s manufacturing process, the Wall Street Journal explained how Apple is taking over your local mall, and Josh Centers spoke about the CIA hacking Apple on The Dan Benjamin Hour.

 

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11:05
Opinion: Understanding the extended period between...

Apple has shown off the Apple Watch at a special event now on two occasions: first after the iPhone 6 last September, then after the new 12-inch MacBook last week. We know how the Apple Watch will look, how much it will cost, when we can buy it and for how much. Many developers are ready to ship apps for the Apple Watch, and we’re already seeing an accessory market for Apple’s wearable.

Since last week’s event, I’ve been thinking about why Apple might have chosen to have its second Apple Watch unveiling more than a month before people can actually buy the device. My conclusion? It’s...

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11:00
Iconic: The must-have Apple photo book [Sponsor]

Looking for a special gift for that mega Apple enthusiast in your life? How about the newest edition of an absolutely stunning coffee table book that features lush, beautiful photographs of Apple devices? ICONIC: A Photographic Tribute to Apple Innovation is Iconic uses vivid color and detail to document Apple’s journey in design, form and function—and looks back at over 35 years of Apple innovation. Four years in the making, the author captured over 150,000 photos of nearly every product Apple has made, including rare prototypes and even packaging. With a foreword from Steve Wozniak and The Loop’s own Jim Dalrymple and hundreds of amazing quotes from other Apple pundits—ICONIC is the ultimate coffee table book for every Apple fan, and the perfect gift for any Apple owner who ever wanted to explore and discover the true roots of their favorite iMac, iPod, iPad, or iPhone. With free global shipping,...

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10:59
Review: Coogobox Symphony dock for iPhone 6 and...

Coogobox's Symphony ($70) is a new dock for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The aluminum dock is compatible with either device, and it comes with a built-in Lightning cable for charging. Symphony also works as an amplifier, as a small hole in the dock directs the iPhone's sound out through the front of the accessory. Coogobox also claims the Symphony's cable can be adjusted to allow for case compatibility. This is an important feature for a dock, but we had troubles in testing — read on for more details. Symphony comes in black or silver.{/exp:char_limit}

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10:38
Marvell ships first SDK support for Apple's iOS...

Marvell announced that it is the first silicon vendor to release a complete software development kit (SDK) for Apple's HomeKit, which it has paired with its controller and wireless components, noting that several manufacturers are already using its products to develop new HomeKit accessories.

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10:25
Apple will offer Android switchers gift cards to...

Apple is preparing to launch another program to boost iPhone sales in its stores, a stated goal of CEO Tim Cook.

According to sources, Apple will soon introduce a new recycling and trade-in program that will accept non-Apple smartphones, notably including Android and BlackBerry devices, in exchange for gift cards to be used toward the purchase of new iPhones. In continuing to court Android switchers, Apple will use a similar system to the one it uses to repurchase iPhones, whereby Apple Retail Store employees determine trade-in values for devices by considering their cosmetic and functional condition.

The new...

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10:09
Apple issues new OS X 10.10.3 beta, fixing bug that...

Only a few days after the previous build was issued to developers, Apple has provided a new beta of OS X 10.10.3, addressing a crashing bug that affected the newly released 13-inch MacBook Pro.

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09:59
Apple seeds OS X 10.10.3 build 14D105 to developers...

Less than a week following the previous seed, Apple has released build 14D105 of the upcoming OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 to both developers and users of the Public Beta. Apple has not yet said when 10.10.3 will be released to all OS X Yosemite users, but the increase in seeds in recent weeks likely indicates that a wider launch is fast approaching. As we’ve previously detailed, 10.10.3 will include the all new iCloud-based Photos app for the Mac, developer APIs for the new Force Touch Trackpad on the MacBook and MacBook Pro with Retina display, and a new Emoji picker...

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09:59
Users come forward, complain of anti-reflective...

You paid an arm, a leg and a spare kidney for your Retina display MacBook Pro.

Now it appears that the anti-reflective coating on it is susceptible to stains or wearing off entirely.

According to a growing number of complaints on the Apple Support Communities board, the anti-reflective coating seems to be staining or wearing off on a number of MacBook Pro notebooks and under a variety of circumstances, including the pressure of the keys and trackpad on the display when closed, and the use of third-party cleaning solutions and microfiber cloths. While the issue is typically isolated to small...

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09:30
Eddy Cue blasts Alex Gibney's 'mean-...

A fresh cinematic look at the life of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, directed by Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney, has been met with scorn from Apple employees following its debut at the annual South by Southwest film festival.

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09:11
Force Touch trackpad analyzed, first hands-on...

The Force Touch trackpad is apparently the trackpad that clicks back at you.

That’s the way it’s being described, as the new trackpad isn’t the usual button that’s pressed during use, but a set of electromagnets that move enough to feel like there’s a click happening. The end result feels like a regular click, which Apple calls the “Taptic Engine”, the electromagnet essentially pushing back at you.

Apple has apparently added new ways to interact with OS X based on a super-hard press. The Taptic Engine gives you an extra click to let you know you’ve successfully pressed hard enough, and then the OS does extra, neat little things like popping up definitions,...

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09:02
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPad Air 128GB LTE $530,...

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:

Daily Deals: iPad Air 128GB Wi-Fi + LTE $530, Logitech iPad Air Bluetooth...

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09:00
Today in the App Store -- MathStudio, OmniPlan and...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today's notable apps include a discount on MathStudio, the new HERE navigation app, and an update to OmniPlan that brings the title to the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch as a unviersal app. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Workout Plan - Fitness Schedule & Journal [Now free, down from $1.99] Workout Plan has been ranked a #1 downloaded Health & Fitness app in over 25 countries, and is used by thousands of individuals across the world to plan and log their workouts.

Etchings [Now free, down from $1.99] Instantly create beautiful etched illustrations from any photo!...

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08:55
Gibney’s Steve Jobs documentary coming to theaters...

Little-known until its debut at SXSW this weekend, Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney’s “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine” has been picked up by Magnolia Pictures for a North American theatrical release, and CNN Films for television broadcasts, Deadline Hollywood reports today. An earlier story from The Hollywood Reporter claimed that several Apple employees in attendance walked out early, and Apple’s Eddy Cue has used Twitter to denounce the film, calling it “inaccurate and mean-spirited.”

Very disappointed in SJ:Man in the Machine. An inaccurate and mean-spirited view of my friend. It...

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08:50
Intel Core M processor reviewed, results look...

If you’re curious as to the specs and benchmarks of Intel’s new Core M processor, which will be finding its way into the new 12-inch MacBook, the cool cats at AnandTech have gone bananas with a series of tests.

The Core M processor, which runs on 4.5 watts of power, features two cores and hyperthreading. The full test suite covers applications like Cinebench R15, X264 HD encoding and Mozilla Kraken testing. In the end, the Core M processor edged out its competition, defying the stereotype that “Core M equates slow” and that 4.5 watts of power limited the performance you’d get from the CPU.

Still, for short burst loads, the processor apparently runs great and adds...

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08:43
Inside the mad, mad world of TripAdvisor

Outside:

No matter your destination, you will, at some point in your research, visit TripAdvisor. The company, with the humble mantra “real hotel reviews you can trust,” has become—on a rising tide of 200 million user reviews and counting—a travel-industry Goliath, able to turn obscure hotels into sold-out hot spots, carry new flocks of visitors on digital word of mouth to quiet destinations, even rewrite the hospitality standards of entire nations. For travelers the impact has been equally profound.

For all the power of the service, it raises deep questions about travel itself, including, most pressingly, who do we want—who do we trust—to tell us where to go?

I travel a lot less than I used to (hope to do more soon!) but wherever I go, I check TripAdvisor first.

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08:32
News: Report: Appointments not necessary to try...

Users looking to try on the Apple Watch in stores won’t absolutely need to make an appointment to do so, 9to5Mac reports. Apple’s latest memo preps employees to accommodate walk-in customers looking to try on an Apple Watch in its retail stores, calling appointments “recommended, but not necessary.” Whether you make an appointment or walk in and wait, the Apple Watch will be available for in-store previews starting April 10.…

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08:00
Accessible Apple: A Do it Yourself Guide to...

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When I saw the recent announcement that Apple would open its iOS beta program to the general public, I felt that the time had come to recap the various ways Apple accepts feedback on matters of accessibility. The Accessibility Department at Apple has a long track record of using customer feedback to drive improvement. While they don't always respond to comments or bug reports directly, evidence of their attention to feedback is clear in product updates that bring new features and stability. There are three primary ways to get in touch with the Apple engineers responsible for product development. They include: directly contacting the Accessibility Department, the Bug Reporter and Apple's catch-all feedback page.

The most effective way to contact Apple's Accessibility Department is to send an E-mail to <...

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07:52
Apple drops need for Watch app submissions to have...

Apple has tweaked the requirements for Apple Watch app submissions, eliminating a problematic phrase which asked for a screenshot taken with a real Watch, not iOS Simulator, prior to the device's release.

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07:50
News: Apple Watch shop pops up in Tokyo department...

An Apple Watch shop is popping up in a Tokyo Isetan department store as Apple positions to sell its watch beside some of world’s most respected — and expensive — watch makers. Photos of an enclosed construction space and additions to the mall’s maps show a permanent Apple Watch store going in right next to luxury jeweler Cartier, Macotakara reports. Although Apple has set up a process for handling watch sales out of existing Apple…

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07:36
BlackBerry staggers back into the tablet market with...

Downtrodden Canadian device maker BlackBerry has revealed its latest effort to maintain some semblance of grip on the enterprise with the SecuTablet, a modified Galaxy Tab S 10.5 with security software provided by IBM and encryption hardware from Secusmart, a German firm acquired by BlackBerry in December.

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07:30
Tado smart thermostat gets IFTTT channel and API,...

Tado, the smart thermostat system I reviewed back in 2013, now has an IFTTT channel and an API, allowing it to control other home automation devices.

Tado° users will soon be able to connect their tado° Smart Thermostat to other appliances via IFTTT. This will enable the use of the tado° geolocation feature for purposes other than smart heating or cooling. In the very near future, when a tado° user leaves the house, not only will the heating automatically go to savings mode, but simultaneously the lights switch off, the alarm system activates, the garage door locks and landline calls reroute to their mobile.

The company...

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07:27
MacID unlocks your Mac with your Touch ID: Free for...

iMore:

Want to be able to unlock your Mac using Touch ID? Now you can. What’s more, it’s free for the next two days.

Beginning March 16th, the MacID iOS app is free, but only for 48 hours. It’s normally $4. It’s an app for your Touch ID-based iOS device, and it works in conjunction with a second app that you install on your Mac. MacID lets you lock your Mac with a swipe of the finger on your Touch ID-equipped iPhone or iPad.

Doesn’t work with my 2011 Macbook Pro but should work on Macs that are capable of using Bluetooth LE.

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07:24
You WON’T need an appointment to try on Apple Watch...

How will Apple Watch be displayed in retail stores next month? Apple’s own “try on by appointment” language led many people to believe appointments would be required to actually go hands-on with Watches before making a purchase. 9to5Mac has confirmed, however, that try on appointments won’t be necessary and that retail staff plan to accommodate walk-in customers wishing to try on an Apple Watch.

Apple’s latest memo to retail employees, obtained by 9to5Mac, asks staff to prepare for several upcoming Apple Watch dates. Required final meetings and training will take place at the end of March, followed by online preorders on April 10, when the device will also arrive for “preview” in retail stores. In the memo, Apple confirms that appointments won’t be necessary to try on the device in stores...

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07:10
T-Mobile extends 10GB free LTE data to prepaid...

T-Mobile announced Data Stash back in December, giving postpaid customers 10GB of LTE data free of charge and the ability to roll over their unused data month-to-month for up to a year. As of Sunday March 22nd, prepaid customers will now get to enjoy the same deal.

This month, we’re taking Data Stash even further.  I’m happy to announce that, starting Sunday March 22nd, Data Stash will start rolling out to Simple Choice prepaid customers. Every single one of our prepaid voice customers with a qualifying Simple Choice plan will start out with a Starter Stash with up to 10 GB of 4G LTE data. And when that’s all used up, they’ll start rolling forward their unused data for use up to a full year.  Automatically… and at no extra charge.

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06:51
A detailed look at taking screenshots on your Mac

If you ever have the need to take a screenshot on your Mac, bookmark this guide.

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06:36
AAPL’s performance & prospects make it a...

You might not think a stock outperforming the market and considered to have good future prospects would pose a problem for investors, but Reuters reports that it can prove challenging for fund managers.

The issue is that most diversified funds have rules or guidelines that state they shouldn’t hold more than 5-10% of their funds in any one stock. This, fund managers say, can pose three problems. First, there’s the obvious one: they may want to buy more of it than their own rules allow … 

John Burnham, manager of the $136 million Burnham Fund, says that he has already stretched a point in allowing AAPL to make up more than 15% of the fund, but would ideally like to buy more...

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06:32
Take Control of Security for Mac Users, Chapter 8:...

The Web is perhaps your Mac’s most obvious gateway to the outside world, and as a result, it’s one of the best places to find people and software that present threats to your security. Even though you’ve secured your Wi-Fi connection, selected good security settings, and chosen strong passwords, a brief visit to a malicious Web site can cause all sorts of harm to your Mac. In this chapter, I review several keys to safer Web browsing, including using SSL when possible, making sure your browser uses appropriate settings, and using a combination of common sense and technology to avoid phishing attempts and Web-borne malware.

 

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06:32
Chapter 8 of “Take Control of Security for Mac Users...

The place where your Mac most intersects with the outside world is via your Web browser, so Joe Kissell devotes an entire chapter of “Take Control of Security for Mac Users” to explaining how you can surf the Web safely.

 

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06:16
Designing for the Apple Watch, and some pro tips

Tech design agency Mutual Mobile put together a solid infographic laying out the process of designing for the Apple Watch as well as an interesting set of pro tips.

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06:15
External Link: Adam Springs Forward on The Tech...

On the latest episode of The Tech Night Owl Live, Adam Engst joins host Gene Steinberg to talk about the many announcements at Apple’s “Spring Forward” event, including the Apple Watch, the 12-inch MacBook (with a focus on USB-C and the new keyboard), and the Apple TV’s price drop.

 

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06:00
Yahoo rolling out on-damand passwords, texted to...

This is Yahoo’s latest twist on two factor authentication. You log in to your Yahoo account and enable on-demand passwords. You get a verification code via text, enter it, and you are signed up – On-demand passwords are enabled and your device is verified.

Now, the next time you login, you’ll have the option of having a temporary password texted to your verified device.

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06:00
Daily Deals for March 16, 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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MacPhun Focus [Now free, down from $9.99] To celebrate the launch of AppleWorld.Today, photo software developer Macphun is offering their popular Focus app for Mac for FREE readers of AWT.

This nifty photo software allows anyone to do a couple of super-cool things: (a) direct attention to the most interesting part of your photo and (b) use tilt-shift and motion blur effects towards...

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05:29
Brace yourself – Core M benchmarks illustrate likely...

Lenovo’s Yoga 3 Pro convertible laptop–which uses the same Broadwell Core M processor as Apple’s new ultraportable MacBook–has provided the first look at its likely performance. AnandTech‘s numbers show that in overall performance terms, the Yoga 3 Pro was delivering a little over 90% of the performance of the early 2014 MacBook Air which has far fewer pixels than the Retina MacBook…

There are a large number of variables beyond the CPU itself that can impact on...

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05:00
Pad & Quill: Our sponsor, our friends, our...

We are honored to introduce the Apple World Today readership to this week's sponsor, Pad & Quill. 

Readers who followed us over from TUAW remember the array of handcrafted products that Pad & Quill has created over the years to protect our iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks. Now the Minneapolis-based design firm is unveiling two new products designed for the youngest member of the Apple family: the Apple Watch.

It's fitting that Pad & Quill focuses on the family of Apple products, as proprietors Brian and Kari Holmes (that cute couple in the photo above) often use family as an inspiration for the products the company creates. In the case of the US$69.99 Luxury Pocket Stand for Apple Watch (below), it was...

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05:00
Apple Drifts Away From Jobs


Steve Jobs' Apple displayed a rather fascinating balance between design and utility. Granted, it often shifted more toward the design side, which resulted in problems like Antennagate, but that tended to happen when Jobs wasn't around. He made sure the products worked well and looked good -- he understood the need to do both. After Jobs left Apple in the 1980s, there were clearly changes to Apple's products. However, it wasn't until Windows 95 launched that folks actually seemed to look at Apple very differently, and not particularly favorably.

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04:06
Neat Safari add-on lets you listen to Beats Music on...

If you enjoy listening to Beats Music on your MacBook, but hate having Flash on your machine (or just want better battery-life while listening to it), there’s now a Safari extension for that. BeatsMe allows you use the web player using HTML5 instead of Flash.

Developer Chris Aljoudi said he created the extension after being disappointed at finding the web player used Flash.

It’s completely free and very minimal. Install BeatsMe, and listen.beatsmusic.com just works using native HTML5 audio playback. No Flash required.

You even get better battery life in comparison as a free bonus!

Apple is slowly progressing its plans to relaunch the streaming music service as an Apple-branded product, the company folding Beats Music support...

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03:28
St. Bernards and free French fries prove that...

What do Ronald McDonald, Jon Snow, and Windex have in common?

AUSTIN—McDonald's, Windex, and Dove have nothing to do with tech startups, but that didn't stop them from showing up at South by Southwest Interactive this year in hopes that the tech festival's patina of cool would rub off on them.

It's the same story every year: Brands descend on Austin, take over downtown bars and restaurants, and stage stunts designed to go viral on Twitter. Last year, it felt forced. But this year, companies tried a little harder to make sure their efforts at least had a tech tie-in.

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00:48
Exclusive March aerial tour of Apple Inc's...

Apple's Campus 2 mega-project continues to progress on its "Spaceship" Ring, where concrete panels are filling out a floor. Tunnels that will connect to parking garages are emerging, the first parking structure is getting its finishing steps before the installation of solar panels.

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Sunday March 15

21:27
Upcoming Apple Watch shop at Tokyo's Isetan...

Apple is constructing a dedicated Apple Watch shop at the trendy Isetan department store in Shinjuku, Tokyo, a display that could become a permanent fixture when the device launches in April.

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20:12
Why I’m optimistic about gender equality in tech

iMore:

I’m grateful to have witnessed changes like Title IX in my lifetime, but it’s not over yet. Today, we have many programs that support girls and women in technology fields, including my own project, App Camp For Girls. People recognize that discrimination in tech exists, and they’re taking action to level the playing field. As with Title IX, they offer support and encouragement specifically to girls and women so they can participate in this field to their fullest potential.

Discrimination still exists in this field and likely will exist for some time. But I don’t get discouraged by the terrible stories circulating in the news on harassment and workplace discrimination. I don’t get frustrated with well-meaning but clueless commenters who think the status quo reflects innate gender differences. Instead, I’m spurred on to redouble my own efforts to make the future better.

A good article by Jean MacDonald, formerly of the Mac developer Smile Software and the...

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15:45
HelloTalk: Learn a new language on your iPhone

Thanks to HelloTalk for sponsoring The Loop this week. Finally, learning and practicing a new language is easier and more intuitive than ever before. Introducing HelloTalk, the language app where your teachers are native language speakers from around the world. You just pick the language you want to learn—there are over 100 from which to select—and almost instantaneously you’ll be in touch with native speakers of that language … and you’ll start learning and practicing immediately.

HelloTalk isn’t a course you strictly follow; rather, you learn and practice at your pace and in the manner that best meets the way you learn. Practice foreign languages with people around the world. Simultaneously speak and type the language you’re learning. Record your voice before speaking to your HelloTalk friends and compare your recording to standard pronunciations. Change your friends’ audio messages to text for better understanding, and receive help to improve your grammar. Easily...

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14:13
Who's afraid of the Apple Watch? $AAPL

Apple Watch has incited more mocking disbelief, concerned handwringing and passionate prognostications of doom--for Apple, for its buyers, for society in general--than any product since iPhone, with the potential exception of iPad. Maybe Apple is onto something here.

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13:37
Pebble CEO welcomes Apple to the smartwatch party

Austin—South by Southwest Interactive is nothing if not a hub for the entire tech community to party, so smartwatch maker Pebble fittingly chose the conference to
release its SDK—Signature Drink Kit—to longtime backers.

Silly? Yes. But the company is getting ready to release Pebble Time, the next generation of its popular smartwatch, and already it’s a smash
success. More than 72,000 people have backed the Pebble Time Kickstarter to the tune of $18.5
million, shattering the crowdfunding site’s previous record. So Pebble’s small crew descended on Austin to celebrate, and invited its evangelists to join
them at the Pebbjama Jam. While Pebble supporters donned free pajamas emblazoned with Pebble logos and...

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13:03
Twitter cofounder Biz Stone on Jelly’s spectacular...

AUSTIN—When Twitter cofounder Biz Stone first came up with the idea for Jelly, an app that lets users ask questions for other users to answer, everyone he pitched it to loved the idea. But instead of feeling reassured, Stone felt unsettled. It was as if they idea was accepted too easily. (After all, most investors didn’t think Twitter would catch fire.) 

Jelly was easily funded, especially because Stone was behind it. Even so, Stone wasn’t exactly surprised when Jelly quickly fizzled out after an explosive number of downloads at launch. And from there, he decided to pivot.

Switching gears and not being afraid to fail were the reoccurring themes of Biz Stone’s session at South by Southwest on Saturday, “Biz Stone on Creativity and Redefining Success.” On stage, he openly discussed the story of Jelly, admitting defeat without any shame—because it was that failure that lead to the birth of his new app,...

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12:24
Apple drops requirement for Watch app submissions to...

Apple had been confusing many Apple Watch app developers due to some confusing wording in the developer documentation for iTunes Connect, pictured above. The wording indicated that app submissions, including a Watch app, would require at least one screenshot of their app taken on an Apple Watch itself.

However, this was confusing as it was therefore impossible for developers to submit Watch extensions without owning an Apple Watch themselves. This caused some concern that there would be very few third-party apps on day one of the Watch launch (April 24th) as most developers would not get access to hardware aside from the select partners Apple worked with in Cupertino.

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12:00
Explaining the “USB 3.1 Gen 1” port in the Retina...

The announcement of the new Retina MacBook has prompted a flurry of attention to the USB Type C spec, a story we’ve been following since the port was just a gleam in the USB-IF’s eye. It’s not the first device to use Type C, but it’s certainly the most noteworthy, and it’s the first laptop that insists on using Type C for everything from power to data to display output.

Apple’s spec page for the new MacBook says that this port supports “USB 3.1 gen 1,” which there hasn’t been much discussion about. We know that the USB Implementers Forum...

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10:05
Review: Anker’s 60W 6-Port USB Charger is ready for...

USB chargers aren’t sexy, but they’re critically important to iOS users — so vital that every iPhone and iPad arrives with a basic one-port charger in the box. Without USB recharging assistance, these devices would literally be dead after one day of active use. And the more Apple devices you (or your family) use every day, the more valuable a multi-device charging hub becomes. When I travel with my wife and kids, I can’t leave the house without a charging solution for everyone’s iPads and iPhones.

Up until two or three years ago, few families had five or six Apple devices. Moreover, early multi-device chargers were expensive: Griffin charged $100 for an early five-port ...

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06:52
An Apple Watch use case

Rob Richman, writing for Opinion8td, on his long hospital stay and the value of having a smart watch on his wrist.

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06:18
Apple Watch Shop signage goes up at Isetan...

At the Isetan Department Store in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Apple is building a store specifically for the Apple Watch on the ground floor. Macotakara thinks it might be a permanent fixture because it is listed in the mall directory below.

Japan is one of the 9 countries where the Apple Watch will launch on April 24th. Earlier this week we saw the size of the Apple Watch Store at Galleries Lafayette in Paris and at London Selfridges. Apple also began advertising for its Apple Watch in its traditional stores this week....

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06:12
Fifteen Apple TV remote button combos you should know

Rene Ritchie, Editor-in-Chief of iMore, takes a walk through the Apple TV remote’s interface, lays out all the button combos that are, if not secret, certainly non-obvious.

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02:05
Intel Will Reportedly Land Apple As a Modem Chip...

itwbennett writes After so many years of spinning its wheels, Intel is reportedly about to make a big step into mobile by providing Apple with LTE modem chips for its hot-selling iPhone. The news comes courtesy of VentureBeat, which cites two separate sources of the plans. The story says Apple will begin using Intel's new 7360 LTE modem processor in place of a Qualcomm chip, which has been there for a few generations.


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Saturday March 14

17:11
DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.8.4

Introduces simpler scheme for dragging files and folders from the Finder. (All updates are free. DEVONthink Pro Office, $149.95 new; DEVONthink Professional, $79.95 new; DEVONthink Personal, $49.95 new; DEVONnote, $24.95 new)

 

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17:10
iMovie 10.0.7

Adds support for browsing and adding content from the beta version of the Photos for OS X app. ($14.99 new, free update, 2.0)

 

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17:10
Evernote 6.0.7

Addresses some of the high CPU usage and note editing sluggishness experienced by previous versions. (Free, 64.6 MB)

 

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17:10
GraphicConverter 9.6

Adds a variety of features and improvements to the venerable graphic conversion and editing utility. ($39.95 new, free update, 234 MB)

 

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17:10
Mailplane 3.4.1

Fixes a crash associated with the Streak plug-in. ($24.95 new, free update, 20.8 MB)

 

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14:20
‘Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine’ documentary...

Oscar winner Alex Gibney’s documentary about Steve Jobs. The film debuts at SXSW this month.

Sometimes I lose count of the movies about Steve Jobs but I’m pretty sure this one wasn’t on my radar until recently. Premiering at SXSW today is “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine”, a documentary funded by CNN and directed by Alex Gibney, who is just off releasing a controversial Scientology exposé “Going Clear”.

Alex Gibney is one of America’s pre-eminent filmmakers. He won an Oscar for Taxi to the Dark Side and was nominated for Enron:The Smartest Guys in the Room. Most recently Mea Maxima Culpa:Silence in the House of God won three Emmys and a Peabody. This spring Going Clear:Scientology and the Prison of Belief and a Sinatra doc miniseries airs on HBO.

Reading the Q&As at...

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10:18
The art of deception: How Apple attempts to keep its...

With connections drawn between a rumored Apple car project and a research company named SixtyEight, AppleInsider takes a look at some other ways Apple has attempted to keep its top-secret projects out of the public eye.

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10:13
Steve Jobs's Big Miss: TV

jfruh writes Steve Jobs was a well-known audiophile and music lover, which helps explain why Apple transformed the music industry in the '00s with the iPod and iTunes. But according to a new biography soon to be released, Apple may have failed to do the same for TV because of Steve Jobs's disdain for the medium. One of his first acts upon returning to the company was to kill the flashy, expensive 20th Anniversary Macintosh, in part because it had a built-in TV tuner. "Apple will never make a TV again," Jobs declared.


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10:04
Gazelle wants to buy your old MacBooks and is...

Gazelle this week is looking to help readers make the jump to one of Apple's newly announced MacBooks by offering to pay hundreds of dollars -- and in some cases over $1000 -- for the previous generation MacBooks, with an added $20 bonus and extended 45 day price lock.

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B&H Photo has 21″ and 27″ iMacs on sale for up to $205 off MSRP including free shipping plus NY sales tax only: - 21″ 1.4GHz iMac: $1019 $80 off - 21″ 2.7GHz iMac: $1189 $110 off - 21″ 2.9GHz... Read more
Färbe Technik Offers iPhone Battery Charge LI...
Färbe Technik, which manufactures and markets of mobile accessories for Apple, Blackberry and Samsung mobile devices, is offering tips on how to keep your iPhone charged while in the field: •... Read more
Electronic Recyclers International CEO Urges...
Citing a recent story on CNBC about concerns some security professionals have about the forthcoming Apple Watch, John Shegerian, Chairman and CEO of Electronic Recyclers International (ERI), the... Read more
Save up to $380 with Apple refurbished iMacs
The Apple Store has Apple Certified Refurbished iMacs available for up to $380 off the cost of new models. Apple’s one-year warranty is standard, and shipping is free: - 27″ 3.5GHz 5K iMac – $2119 $... Read more
Logitech Says MX Master Is Its Most Advanced...
Logitech’s new MX Master Wireless Mouse incorporates the best of Logitech’s many computer mouse innovations into a striking hand-sculpted design. The company claims that the MX Master creates a new... Read more
Save up to $300 on a new Mac, $30 on an iPad,...
Purchase a new Mac or iPad at The Apple Store for Education and take up to $300 off MSRP. All teachers, students, and staff of any educational institution qualify for the discount. Shipping is free,... Read more
Apple refurbished 2014 MacBook Airs available...
The Apple Store lowered prices on Apple Certified Refurbished 2014 MacBook Airs recently, with models now available starting at $679. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each MacBook, and... Read more
Mac Notebook Evolution; A Desktop Replacement...
More often than not right from the beginning, Apple’s Macs have tended to skew toward small. The original Macs were called “compacts,”, and notwithstanding a few exceptions like the honking Big Mac... Read more
13-inch 1.4GHz/128GB MacBook Air (Apple refur...
The Apple Store has Apple Certified Refurbished 2014 13″ 1.4GHz/128GB MacBook Airs available for $759 including free shipping plus Apple’s standard one-year warranty. Their price is $240 off original... Read more
YEP! Alternative Browser for iOS Now Supports...
Pfaeffikon, Switzerland based Power App AG has announced the release of an update to their Yep! Web Browser (v1.3.0) for iOS8 iPhone and iPad. Yep! hit the App Store shortly after the release of iOS... Read more

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*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions (US) - A...
Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, you're also the 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
Lead *Apple* Solutions Consultant - Retail...
**Job Summary** Job Summary The Lead ASC is an Apple employee who serves as the Apple business manager and influencer in a hyper-business critical Reseller's store 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** As an Apple Solutions Consultant (ASC) you are the link between our customers and our products. Your role is to drive the Apple business in a retail Read more
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