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Saturday March 14

07:00
Caturday: Pebbles and the classic MacBook

Pebbles knows a MacBook when he sees one, and they are made of black or white polycarbonate and have LOTS of ports. None of this gold or space gray metal stuff, and one little USB-C port that even a mouse couldn't fit into! 

His human Glenn Wilhm sent us this photo back in the TUAW days, and we apologize to both Pebbles and Glenn for not getting the photo published earlier. As Glenn notes, "Pebbles is enjoying the warmth of my MacBook while checking out webcam images from around the world using PhotoStickies.  He doesn't understand why PhotoStickies is not more well-known and popular.  And he doesn't understand why he hasn't been featured on Caturday yet.  He thinks he's more handsome than most!"

Well, both Glenn and Pebbles are correct, and he's now been featured on Caturday! Have a picture of your cat soaking up the good vibes of an Apple product? Tell us the back story...

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06:00
9to5Mac’s newsletter brings every day’s Apple...

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There are so many Mac, iPad, iPhone, Apple TV, and Apple Watch stories every day that it’s hard to keep up with everything. Our newsletter arrives every day at around 6PM Eastern Time, and wraps up all of the day’s news in a single convenient place. It’s a perfect way to quickly see what’s going on in the Apple world, even if you’re reading offline.

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05:00
Gadget Ogling: Falling Apples and Magical Pancakes


Apple dropped a few new facts about its Watch at this week's presentation. The hardware is interesting in that Apple is limiting what people can do with their 8 GB of storage. No more than a quarter of that can be filed with music, and photos can take up just 75 MB, which seems somewhat rudimentary. I'm glad to see the battery apparently lasts enough to see out a full day. Still, it's what you actually can do with the smartwatch that matters. The app ecosystem is all-important.

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Friday March 13

18:52
Apple puts up in-store graphics for Apple Watch, new...

Apple Stores around the world installed new backlit displays Thursday night, showing off the company's latest and greatest products, including the Apple Watch and an all new ultra-thin 12-inch MacBook with Retina display.

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18:15
Fucking Google

Google leaked the complete hidden whois data attached to more than 282,000 domains registered through the company’s Google Apps for Work service, a breach that could bite good and bad guys alike.

Nobody should have as much information about us as Google. Who knows what’s next.

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18:00
Daily Deals for March 13, 2015, featuring MacPhun...

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

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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16:55
Recap: All our Apple Watch and MacBook stories in...

This was a big week in the Mac world—Apple finally revealed its full launch plans for the Apple Watch, plus announced a new MacBook, refreshed the MacBook Air and 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro. ResearchKit is already helping medical researchers recruit new patients into their studies. And HBO Now is about to launch, bringing a standalone streaming service of HBO’s entire catalog to Apple devices like the cheaper-than-ever Apple TV.

Whew. Kind of a lot.

Tim Cook does a little recap at the end of every Apple special event, so we’re going to borrow a page from his playbook here. This list contains every story we wrote about this week’s news—perfect for catching up on anything you may have missed. (Have a great weekend!)

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

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16:31
Apple Inc drives CarPlay adoption deep into the auto...

Apple now lists every major carmaker as a "committed partner" for CarPlay, including every company that produces more than a million cars per year with the notable exception of China's state owned, "big four" vehicle producers.

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16:24
Why Apple Won't Adopt a Wireless Charging...

Lucas123 writes As the battle for mobile dominance continues among three wireless charging standards, with many smartphone and wearable makers having already chosen sides, Apple continues to sit on the sideline. While the new Apple Watch uses a tightly coupled magnetic inductive wireless charging technology, it still requires a cable. The only advantage is that no port is required, allowing the watch case to remain sealed and water resistant. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, however, remain without any form of wireless charging, either tightly coupled inductive or more loosely coupled resonant charging. Over the past few years, Apple has filed patents on its own flavor of wireless charging, a "near field" or resonant technology, but no products have as yet come to market. If and when it does select a technology, it will likely be its own proprietary specification, which ensures accessory makers will have to pay royalties to use it.

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16:18
Apple starts advertising Apple Watch in retail...


Ahead of the launch of Apple Watch next month, Apple has started advertising the product in its retail stores, as pictured in the photos above (via @mikesiOShelp).

This is the first glance at Apple’s upcoming retail push for the device and comes as Apple kicks off a campaign for Apple Watch in fashion magazines, on ...

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16:11
Jay Z enters streaming music fray with purchase of...

Rap icon Jay Z has officially taken control of Swedish Internet firm Aspiro, which markets subscription streaming services WiMP and Tidal, direct competitors of Apple's Beats Music.

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15:37
Transcript of Tim Cook’s surprise Mad Money call

Serenity Caldwell pulls another rabbit out of her hat, listening and typing, sometimes typing and listening. All for our benefit. A great call, thanks for the transcript.

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14:55
Amazon creating Apple Watch app, Stitcher updates to...

Amazon is developing an app for the Apple Watch, AppleInsider has learned, while Stitcher has updated its eponymous podcasting app with better support for the displays on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

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14:26
External Link: New Chromebook Pixel Challenges 13-...

It’s not aiming at Apple’s tiny new 12-inch MacBook, but Google’s new second-generation Chromebook Pixel boasts specs and prices that compete directly with the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. The new Chrome OS-based laptop is slightly smaller and lighter than the MacBook Pro yet features a 12.85-inch, 2560-by-1700 Retina-level touchscreen and can also drive an external 4K display. In terms of connectivity, it has two USB-C ports for charging and peripherals, two standard USB ports, and an SD card reader, along with dual-band 802.11ac wireless and Bluetooth 4.0 (no LTE option this time, alas). Its battery lasts up to 12 hours, and it has a 720p video camera. There are two models, one with a 2.2 GHz Intel Core i5, 8 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of flash storage for $999, and another with a 2.4 GHz Intel Core i7, 16 GB of RAM, and 64 GB of storage for $1,299.

 

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14:21
Asus to Sport Powerful New Nvidia GPU


Nvidia on Thursday launched the latest in its GTX 900s series of mobile GPUs -- GTX 960m and 950m -- designed to make a gaming laptop as future-proof as possible. Asus' recently unveiled GX501 is one of the machines that already has incorporated the latest Nvidia tech. The new GPUs include such gaming-enhancing features as BatteryBoost, ShadowPlay and Optimus. BatteryBoost prolongs play time by managing battery consumption; ShadowPlay tracks achievements and captures video; and Optimus optimizes laptops for performance and battery life.

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13:33
External Link: Will the New MacBook Crash to the...

With the new MacBook abandoning MagSafe for the new USB-C standard for charging, many Mac owners are wondering if Apple’s newest notebook will be vulnerable to potentially disastrous cable snags. The answer is yes: the MacBook can be dragged off a desk by its charging cable. Macworld’s Glenn Fleishman provides proof in the form of some impressively detailed Newtonian physics.

 

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13:32
External Link: The Making of the Apple Watch

If you’re intrigued by the design of the Apple Watch, then you’ll want to read this blog post by product designer Greg Koenig. Koenig goes through the Apple Watch manufacturing videos, describing the process, and giving context on materials and techniques.

 

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13:28
External Link: How Apple Is Changing Malls

Traditionally, so-called “anchor stores” have been the main attractions at shopping malls. But as old-fashioned department stores become less relevant, Apple is becoming a major driver of mall traffic. An Apple Store can lift mall sales by 10 percent, and as a result, Apple can get much better deals on rent than similarly sized stores.

 

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13:00
AWT News Update: March 13, 2015

A short update for today, Friday the 13th!

  • MacRumors publishes the result of benchmark tests for the new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models.
  • A printable PDF is available for sizing the Apple Watch to your wrist
  • A developer shows what the Apple Watch companion app looks like when linked to an actual iWatch

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12:01
Twitter Tries, Tries Again to Reduce Abuse


Twitter this week updated its rules to combat online abuse and revenge porn, in the wake of continuing outrage among netizens. The most significant change is a new statement that users may not post intimate photos or videos that were taken or distributed without the subject's consent. Sounds good, but like last month's update, it's more bark than bite. For one thing, the rule excludes content an individual previously has indicated was made publicly available with permission.

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12:00
Tim Cook calls Jim Cramer

CNBC:

Mad Money host Jim Cramer receives a surprise phone call from Apple CEO Tim Cook, who talks about innovation, Bar San Miguel, the company’s paranoia, and what it’s like to follow Steve Jobs as CEO.

I don’t think it was a “surprise call” at all but a good video to watch nonetheless.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:55
Al Gore challenges SXSW to focus online activism on...

AUSTIN—Days after he watched approvingly as Apple CEO Tim Cook took the wraps off a new MacBook and gave more details on Apple Watch, former Vice President Al Gore kicked off South by Southwest Interactive with a somber talk on climate change. How are the two related? Technology, of course.

Years from now, if the world hasn’t been ravaged by fires, floods, and famines, Gore said the next generation will look back at us and ask: “How did you change?”

“Part of the answer may well be that a group of people came to South by Southwest in Austin, Texas in 2015 and helped to make a revolution,” Gore said.

The audience of tech-minded folks who have descended on Austin for the music, film, and interactive festival was into what Gore had to say.

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11:51
∞ Should you buy an Apple Watch?

“This is the most personal device we have ever created.” – Apple CEO, Tim Cook.

That quote from Tim Cook speaks volumes to me, and I believe it to be true. Apple has never created a device that can be personalized like Apple Watch, but it goes much deeper than that. The intricacies of Apple Watch are more complex than switching out a Sport Band for a Milanese Loop, and it’s not about learning to use Apple Watch, but how you will use it. [...]

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11:49
China backs off legal push that would force foreign...

China's central government has reportedly halted the advance of proposed antiterror legislation that would have forced technology companies doing business in the country to install government-accessible backdoors in their products, provide keys for any encrypted communications services, and require data for Chinese users to remain in China.

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11:00
WaterField Designs Bolt Briefcase: Review and...

WaterField Designs bolt briefcase. Photo for Apple World Today by Steve Sande, ©2015 all rights reserved

Whether you’re going to be buying one of the new MacBooks or already have a fully-loaded 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display that is your constant companion, you need something to protect and carry your Apple laptop. Why not do it in style? That’s the idea behind WaterField Designs’ new Bolt Briefcase (starting at US$249), a rugged laptop bag that’s stylish enough to take into the board room. Check out the review, then enter for a chance to win one from Apple World Today and WaterField Designs.

Specifications

Dimensions and Weight:

Small: 14.5" x 10.5" x 4" — 1.95 lbs. (36.8 x 26.7 x 10.2 cm, .88 kg) - fits up to 13-inch MacBook Air

Medium: 15.5" x 11.0" x 4" — 2.50 lbs. (39.4 x 27.9 x 10.2 cm, 1.13 kg)

Large...

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10:46
Finalized Apple Watch iOS app settings, dark theme...

Users cannot yet dig into the settings of the Apple Watch companion app that debuted in iOS 8.2, but one developer has cracked open the software to reveal what it will offer once an Apple Watch is connected to an iPhone.

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10:28
Apple’s 2015 MacBook Pro and Air models now at US...

Refreshed 2015 MacBook Air and Pro models are now available at major US retailers following their announcement at Apple’s Spring Forward event on March 9th.

Currently, Amazon has all of the new MacBook Air models in stock and ready to ship, from $899. The new MacBook Pro models are also...

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10:00
Apple's Researchkit Could Be Gold Mine for...


Apple earlier this week announced ResearchKit, an open source framework that will let medical and health researchers gather data through iPhone apps. ResearchKit will be released in April. Apps to monitor asthma patients and for studies on breast cancer survivors, cardiovascular health and Parkinson's Disease, already have been developed using ResearchKit. The demand for remote patient-monitoring is skyrocketing. Twenty-six billion people worldwide will use health-related apps by 2017, according to Sagentia.

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09:56
Years-old Safari private browsing bug saves URL of...

A long-known flaw in Safari's implementation of private browsing that saves the address of each and every website users visit to a file on their local drive, even after closing private browsing windows and quitting Safari, is still present in the latest pre-release versions of OS X Yosemite.

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09:48
Final Apple Watch Companion app for iPhone interface...


Early this year, we posted the first screenshots and details of an early version of the Apple Watch Companion application for the iPhone. Now that the application is bundled into iOS 8.2, developer Hamza Sood has activated the Apple Watch Settings portion and has shared a view of screenshots. As can be seen in the full gallery below, the interface is dark black, like the...

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09:47
Photos show size of upcoming Apple Watch display at...

Apple Watch at Colette

When the Apple Watch goes on display next month ahead of its launch, it won’t just be available to preview in Apple Stores. The company shared on Monday that three cities around the world — namely Paris, Tokyo, and London — will present the Watch outside of Apple’s own retail stores where people can preview and try on the new wearable. Newly captured photos now show early construction at one of those venues, revealing just how big the presentation area will be.

Galeries Lafayette in Paris is one of those select venues as we mentioned last month before Apple’s special event this week, and French blog...

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09:33
Another Apple Watch sizing guide

If you are wondering about the relative sizes of the different case and strap sizes, give this sizing guide a try.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:29
∞ Robert Downey Jr. delivers a real bionic arm

I thought this was just fantastic. Robert Downey Jr plays Tony Stark, delivering a bionic arm built by Limbitless founder Albert Manero to a kid in need.

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09:22
Excerpts from “Becoming Steve Jobs”

Some excerpts from the upcoming biography, Becoming Steve Jobs

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09:09
The latest Apple car 'evidence': Building...

A new report is adding fuel to the rumors of an Apple car with evidence of a mysterious off-site research facility.

Citing unnamed sources, AppleInsider claims that the “Apple Car” is not just a concept, but a full-blown project that Apple is developing in secret away from its main campus. Most intriguingly, AppleInsider says it may have discovered the Sunnyvale, Calif., site where this research is reportedly taking place.

Here’s AppleInsider’s case in a nutshell:

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09:07
ResearchKit added to Apple’s open source page

The description and video from Apple’s ResearchKit page. This is an incredibly important contribution for the medical community.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:00
9to5Toys Last Call: iTunes gift cards 15% off, New...

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:
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09:00
Designer details the intricate manufacturing behind...

Product designer Greg Koenig watched Apple's Watch Craftsmanship videos and used his knowledge to provide a detailed step-by-step narrration of how Apple is crafting the gold, stainless steel, and aluminum Watch models.

Our take on the news:

Koenig's analysis is a detailed and fascinating look at the precision manufacturing that underlies Apple's products. The take home message is that Apple has the money and manufacturing expertise to create products that cannot be duplicated by competing companies.

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08:46
Screenshots expose 'Activity' Apple Watch...

Hidden within the newly released iOS 8.2 update for iPhone, the official "Activity" iPhone app for the Apple Watch has been discovered, with new screenshots showcasing how the software will look when a Watch is paired.

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08:30
Apple CEO Tim Cook talks Apple Pay, ResearchKit and...

Apple CEO Tim Cook took the airwaves this week with a surprise call into CNBC's Mad Money show. In its 10th year and hosted by Jim Cramer, the show invites callers to talk about stocks. Cook's conversation with Cramer lasted 7-minutes and covered a variety of topics, including Apple Pay, ResearchKit and more. You can watch the segment in the video embedded below.

Our take on the news:

Tim Cook is a down-to-earth CEO, who enjoys talking about Apple. He doesn't shun public forums and is often spotted talking to customers and staff at the Apple Stores that he visits.

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08:28
Apple launches USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter...

These are the first days of USB-C and we’re curious about it.

It’s sort of like having someone new in your life, except it’s a digital standard that Apple is applying for power, video, communications and almost everything else under the sun.

Which is pretty interesting, the raw facts stating that USB-C can apparently support 100W of power + HDMI 1080p + USB 3.x data rates at the same time. Even so, Apple is now offering its USB-C Digital AV Multipart Adapter, a US$79.00 device that offers a power, HDMI and USB bridge in one device.

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08:25
International Verify Your Backups Day

What better day than Friday the 13th to check that your backups are actually working by restoring some critical files?

 

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08:00
Apple releases third OS X 10.10.3 beta to developers...

It’s the operating system betas that predict the way the wind if blowing.

Apple on Thursday issued a number of new beta releases for developers, including an OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite beta with Force Touch trackpad support for third-party apps, as well as new betas of iOS 8.3, Xcode and OS X Server.

The pre-release version of OS X 10.10.3 is identified as build “14D98g.” In the release notes, Apple informs developers that it contains application programming interfaces intended to support the Force Touch capabilities of the new 13-inch MacBook Pro.

The capabilities of the Force Touch APIs, according to Apple, include:

- Force...

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08:00
The cloak and dagger of Project Titan, SixtyEight...

Photo by AppleInsider

Everyone loves a good mystery, and the team of Neil Hughes, Mikey Campbell and Sam Oliver at AppleInsider appears to have stumbled an amazing one. The crew has an exclusive look at automotive research that's being performed at a facility "hidden in plain sight" near the Cupertino headquarters of Apple. The project is called "Titan", the goal is to build an electric car, and serious work is being done at a location in Sunnyvale, CA.

The story begins with the rumors last fall that Apple was recruiting engineers from electric auto powerhouse Tesla for their own "Titan" project. That veracity of that information has been proven through other sources and public stories in such publications as The Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times.

AppleInsider began to seek the location of the car project...

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07:45
Review: Anker’s Ultra Slim Battery Case for iPhone 6...

I’ve learned over the years that there’s no such thing as an Apple accessory that’s perfect for every user. A design optimized for budget-conscious users will often turn off people who are ready to spend more for something fancier, and vice-versa. The best a company can do is to design, execute, and price products well for a particular segment of the population. Anker specializes in this — it focuses on creating very good to great accessories for value-focused users.

Its new Ultra Slim Battery Case for iPhone 6 ($60 on Amazon) is another example of that formula. Unfancy but more polished than similarly budget-priced rivals such as...

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07:31
2015 Chromebook Pixel released, incorporates USB...

This USB-C thing isn’t limited to the 12-inch MacBook.

On Wednesday, Google released its 2015 Chromebook Pixel notebook. The new unit incorporates USB Type C, which allows charging as well as high-speed data and display over the same connector and cable. The new Chromebook Pixel incorporates a high-resolution touchscreen, a sleek aluminum body, and smooth glass trackpad as well as a new wide-angle camera lens.

Also featured is 8GB RAM and a 32GB SSD. There’s also an LS (“Ludicrous Speed”) version that’s even faster, both variants claiming 12 hours of battery life and a charging technology that allows for to two hours of battery life with just 15...

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07:30
Is Apple’s ‘Titan’ electric car project being...

A report from AppleInsider claims Apple is using a shell company called SixtyEight Research and small office building in Sunnyvale, California to work on its secretive electric vehicle project. The report doesn’t definitively confirm that Apple is actually using the site for its car project, but it does discover some connections with Apple and points to recent automotive related renovations at the building:

The results of this extensive investigation led to Sunnyvale, Calif., and the home of a mysterious market research firm dubbed SixtyEight. Nestled amongst a number of verifiable Apple-...

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07:24
∞ Find my Apple Watch

Just a thought: Will there be some form of “Find my iPhone” for your Apple Watch? What’s the risk if your Apple Watch is stolen?

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07:18
Smartwatches like the Apple Watch are worse for...

UK safety tests have shown that using a smartwatch while driving is more dangerous than using a smartphone, reports the Huffington Post.

The Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) in Wokingham, Berks showed that a driver reading a message on an Apple Watch would take 2.52 seconds to react to an emergency manoeuvre, whereas a driver talking to another passenger would react in 0.9 seconds. Reading on an Apple Watch was even found to be more distracting than using a handheld mobile (1.85 second delay).

While the piece refers to the Apple Watch, the TRL told me that the tests were conducted with an unspecified smartwatch, and was not a full-scale study, but earlier studies have shown that even talking with someone handsfree is more distracting that holding a conversation with someone in the car....

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06:18
Project Titan, SixtyEight & SG5: Inside Apple...

Shrouded in secrecy and speculation, Apple's mysterious "Titan" electric car project is believed to be in development at a top-secret facility hidden in plain sight, discovered by AppleInsider just minutes away from the company's California headquarters.

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06:06
Microsoft plans to bring Siri competitor Cortana to...

Microsoft is planning on making the next generation of its Siri competitor, Cortana, available on iOS and Android devices sometime after the fall, reports Reuters. The focus, says the company, will be on an intelligent assistant that predicts the help you need, rather than simply responding to user requests.

Cortana could tell a mobile phone user when to leave for the airport, days after it read an email and realized the user was planning a flight. It would automatically check flight status, determine where the phone is located using GPS, and checking traffic conditions.

Google has majored on this kind of proactive approach through its Google...

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06:06
Microsoft may bring its Cortana digital assistant to...

Microsoft is preparing to release an advanced version of its Cortana digital assistant on iOS and Android in the future, reports Reuters. The software is being developed as part of the company's artificial intelligence project, codenamed Einstein.

"This kind of technology, which can read and understand email, will play a central role in the next roll out of Cortana, which we are working on now for the fall time frame," said Eric Horvitz, managing director of Microsoft Research and a part of the Einstein project, in an interview at the company's Redmond, Washington, headquarters.

Our take on the news:

Microsoft has been focused on mobile under the leadership of CEO Satya Nadella, expanding its presence on iOS with Office for iPhone and iPad. Bringing Cortana to iOS is the next logical step, even it means Windows Phone loses the...

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06:03
Microsoft to bring Cortana voice assistant to Apple...

Microsoft is planning to bring Cortana, the voice assistant on Windows phones, to iOS and Android devices sometime after the technology arrives on desktop PCs this fall in Windows 10, according to a new report.

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05:42
Anonymously tracking phones through airport security...

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport says that anonymously tracking smartphones through airport security has enabled it to cut the average waiting time by a third.

The system, developed by Danish company Blip Systems, scans both WiFi and Bluetooth connections to look for MAC addresses of mobile devices passing through security. Counting the number of devices in each queue enables the system to estimate the length of the queue. The queue length is displayed to passengers in minutes, so they can choose which queue to join, and also used to help the airport allocate the right number of security personnel.

Blip says that it anonymizes this data, and only uses device counts. You might think iOS 8 users don’t have to take the company’s word for it since Apple introduced ...

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05:39
Developer unlocks Activity app inside iOS 8.2,...




Developer Hamza Sood has done some digging inside the public iOS 8.2 build that was distributed to users on Monday. Although the Apple Watch is included by default as stock app (undeletable, whether you like it or not), the OS also includes an Activity app. Although it was...

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05:00
Building AWT: Our first, and possibly last, liveblog

On Monday, we followed an ancient and hallowed TUAW tradition and ran a liveblog during the Apple Spring Forward event. After the fact, the team talked a bit about the future of liveblogging.

Liveblogs are usually quite popular and this was no exception. Our traffic on Monday was quite nice, something we'd like to see every day. But as we noticed while watching the event, there was another liveblog that was competing with ours -- Apple's.

Apple has begun posting real-time commentary and photos to Apple.com during (although not as fun as ours and presumably pre-written) during press event livestreams. As a result, if you missed something said by one of the presenters or had issues hearing Jony Ive during one of his many video narrations, chances were good that you were going to get the facts in a short blurb from the Apple liveblog.

We were using a new and rather untested (but free...)...

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05:00
Apple Sinks to Selling a $10K 'Douchebag...


Movie star Anna Kendrick managed to say something in a single tweet that instantly nails anyone who would buy a gold Apple Watch Edition: "We should be thanking Apple for launching the $10,000 'apple watch' as the new gold standard in douchebag detection." Right on. Still, people who believe that a gold Apple Watch is an important status symbol aren't the real problem here. The shallow stupidity that forms the core of people who live with thoughtless privilege isn't what disappoints me with the Apple Watch Edition. It's Apple.

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05:00
Reality check: Apple Watch vs. Pebble Time (vs. no...

Video

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03:42
Mac 911: Why is my Mac full of a million tiny files?

Last time, I talked about the “dark matter” of your iOS devices and OS X systems: stuff that seems to occupy space without offering up information about why. In this Mac 911, I’ll answer more questions about storage and backup.

As many as grains of sand on the beach

Doug Eldred writes in with a concern about a form of file bloat—but not about bloated sizes. Rather, the sheer number of items that seem to appear on his drive.

Whatever or wherever they are, they must not be terribly large, but my Mac used to have less than a million files (according to various tools, including SuperDuper!), and now it’s [up] to 1.3 million. Trust me, I haven’t knowingly created 300K new file recently!

To read...

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03:12
The Promise (and Limitations) of Apple’s ResearchKit

Apple devoted a segment of its recent “Spring Forward” event to the introduction of ResearchKit, a software framework for collecting medical research data within iOS. Like many 1.0 products, it has both great promise and some growing up to do.

 

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00:02
AppleInsider podcast reviews Apple's '...

This week's all-new AppleInsider podcast is now available to download and subscribe in iTunes or SoundCloud, with detailed analysis of this week's news, including a full discussion of Apple's entire 'Spring Forward' event, HBO Now and Apple TV, ResearchKit for iOS, newly redesigned MacBook and Apple Watch.

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Thursday March 12

23:04
How Apple makes the Watch

Atomic Delights:

This walkthrough is a detailed narration of what we see in Apple’s Watch Craftsmanship videos. Of course, we only get to see a mere fraction of the process; I’ve tried to provide plausible explanations for the likely steps taking place between the processes shown on film, but these are assumptions and are included only to provide a more satisfying and complete narration.

Hey Samsung. Good luck copying this.

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21:00
Sponsored: Electric Cars Get Energy From Unexpected...

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20:37
Sid Meier's Starships launches on Mac and iPad...

Firaxis has released Mac and iPad versions of Sid Meier's Starships, an anticipated turn-based strategy game, while 6 Wunderkinder has updated the Mac and iOS editions of its popular to-do list app, Wunderlist, with folders and a revised design.

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17:38
Today in the App Store -- Essential Anatomy 5,...

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 Essential Anatomy 5, the new Ulysses for iPad, and an update to Horizon photo and video app. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

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Barnyard Mahjong [Now free, down from $0.99] Barnyard Mahjong is a completely new and unique way to experience the solitaire game. With a down on the farm theme and lots of fun animal sounds you will find hours of fun as you eliminate all the tiles from the board.

Mahjong Deluxe [Now free, down from $0.99] Mahjong Deluxe is a solitaire game based on the classic Chinese game where you are challenged to eliminate...

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17:00
Daily Deals for March 12, 2015, featuring MacPhun...

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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16:48
Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook calls CNBC's Jim Cramer...

Apple's chief executive Tim Cook telephoned CNBC financial entertainment star Jim Cramer to congratulate him on ten years of performing his "Mad Money" high energy cable TV show, which injects wild hysterics and physical comedy rage into the generally buttoned down world of financial news.

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16:00
Upcoming book reveals Steve Jobs refused liver...

The forthcoming book "Becoming Steve Jobs" is shaping up to be a revelation on the late Apple cofounder's life, and a recent "leak" reveals Jobs refused a living donor liver transplant from current CEO Tim Cook, was looking into an acquisition of Yahoo! and didn't want Apple to produce another TV product.

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16:00
AWT News Update: March 12, 2015

JIM DALRYMPLE AND BEARD, 5BY5.TV

In today's Apple news:

  • The Loop editor Jim Dalrymple (at right) took the uninformed author of a Apple Watch hit piece to task on the website and on Twitter. It was glorious.
  • A new Steve Jobs biography coming out in less than two weeks provides some new insights into the late Apple founder and CEO.
  • Apple releases iOS 8.3 beta 3 to its public software beta program, the first time iOS has been included in a public beta.

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15:54
Tim Cook surprises Jim Cramer on Mad Money, talks...

In a **totally unscripted surprise** call to celebrate Mad Money stock analyst Jim Cramer’s 10th year on the air, Apple CEO Tim Cook let loose a slew of compliments to the analyst who has had a controversial past with AAPL stock trading.

Cramer starts off by briefly praising ResearchKit, with Cook reiterating the...

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15:35
∞ Apple Engineer Talks about the New 2015 Macbook

This is the funniest thing I’ve seen in a long time.

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15:30
Upcoming biography reveals Steve Jobs turned down...

More details about the upcoming biography Becoming Steve Jobs have been revealed through the book’s preview on Amazon (which has since been cut down significantly), revealing several interesting tidbits about the Apple co-founder’s life that were previously unknown (via Cult of Mac).

One example is a story about an offer then-COO Tim Cook made to Jobs when the latter was battling cancer. Cook says that he discovered he shared a blood type with Jobs and decided to undergo numerous...

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14:49
Searching Amazon for Apple Watch

I decided to take a look on Amazon for Apple Watch and see what they had. I was shocked with all of the watches that were listed on the site. Although there were no Apple Watches, there are a few copies.

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14:43
The wonderful history of the beard

Looking back through history, beard styles often follow particular eras. In fact, you can roughly identify a historical period by its facial hair.

That’s true. I wonder what period of history I’m defining.

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14:26
Apple updates developer guidelines to cover...

Apple has made small but important changes to its official App Store Review Guidelines for iOS developers, addressing consent issues with the company's new ResearchKit platform, along with recurring payments under Apple Pay, and downloads of third-party music and video.

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14:18
iFixit uncovers the Force Touch trackpad in the 2015...

If you can’t wait to get your fingers on the Force Touch trackpad in the new MacBook announced Monday, get thee to an Apple Store. The new trackpad—which simulates clicks by vibrating a taptic engine, even though the trackpad itself isn’t hinged and doesn’t move—makes an appearance in the newly refreshed 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro as well.

iFixit tore down a new Retina MacBook Pro and discovered some secrets Apple didn’t reveal at Monday’s special event. For starters, the trackpad has its own chips, including an ST Microelecronics 32F103 ARM Cortex-M based microcontroller and a Broadcom BCM5976 touch digitizer (also found in the...

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14:09
The CIA Has Been Hacking iOS for Years: Report


The United States' Central Intelligence Agency for years has been working to break iOS security, according to a report published Tuesday. The allegations are based on documents provided by NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden. Researchers working with the CIA have presented their tactics and achievements at Trusted Computing Base Jamborees, secret annual gatherings that have been going on for nearly a decade. They have been using both physical and noninvasive techniques to penetrate Apple's encrypted firmware.

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13:58
How They Got There: Interviews with digital designers

A great looking new book by Khoi Vinh.

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13:44
Apple Watch activity dial in CSS

Donovan is just amazing with the things he can build in CSS.

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13:42
Apple Watch: Your Personal Technology Rorschach Test

Will the Apple Watch be the next must-have technology gadget or a complete flop? Is it reasonably priced or expensive beyond any rational calculation? Will it be the sort of device that can be upgraded over time or will it join your old iPod in a drawer in a few years? No one knows the answers to these questions, but Adam Engst suggests that how you answer them says more about you than the Apple Watch itself.

 

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13:17
OSMO’s new iPad drawing Masterpiece app draws...

What kind of parent are you if you don’t plunk down $80 for one of these OSMO things right now? I just got one. Amazon reviewers gave it an impressive 4.8/5 stars and it comes with 4 apps. The latest, Masterpiece for iPad [free, App Store] lets kids learn to draw by a type of tracing using the iPad camera illustrated in the excellent Sandwich video above.

After the kids are done you can send it all over the place or print it out. There is a nice video capture feature as well that replays the drawing which looks like it will pump up your kids for the next drawing.

The OSMO game system has three other games at present: Words, Newton and Tangram

It looks pretty...

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12:51
Apple extends its public beta program to iOS

iOS 8.2 dropped on Monday—you might have noticed an undeleteable Apple Watch app installed on your iPhone 5 or later—but as a wise Milwaukee native once sang, “Time keeps on slipping, slipping, slipping into the future.” So true, and so do software updates. And if you are bold, brave person who’s cool with betas, the future of iOS is now.

Thursday, Apple announced a public beta program for iOS. Once you sign up at the Apple Seed website, you can get immediate access to the OS X Yosemite Public Beta program (the current seed of OS X 10.10.3 gives you early access to Photos, for example). A link to join the iOS beta may appear.

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

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12:47
Apple officially opens up public beta program for iOS

Apple is beginning to open up its first-ever public beta program for iOS. Like the OS X beta program that launched last year, the program should offer pre-release access for minor and major upgrades to the operating system—it will begin with iOS 8.3 and will presumably move on to later versions as they become available.

Not all users are apparently able to access the iOS-related parts of the beta site just yet (we haven't been able to), but 9to5Mac has a good rundown of the sign-up and installation process. Once you've signed up with your Apple ID, you have to install a profile from appleseed....

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12:44
Top 15 hidden Force Click features on the new 2015...

Apple’s 2015 MacBook and 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro are both equipped with a new Force Touch trackpad that adds new features within certain apps on OS X. If you’re not familiar with Apple’s new Force Touch trackpad, it’s completely pressure sensitive and can detect a hard press from a soft press. With this, you now have the ability to Force Click (a click with a continued press) on specific items to perform different actions.

We’ve spent the last 24 hours searching through OS X on Apple’s new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display to find all of the hidden Force Click features that Apple has yet to mention. There are a good amount of uses for Force Click, but these 15 happen to be our favorite…

If you’d like to find out more about the functionality or technology...

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12:44
13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display (2015)...

At Apple’s Spring Forward event on March 9, the MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro lineup was refreshed along with the announcement of the new 12-inch MacBook. Today, we’re taking a closer look at one of the refreshed MacBook Pro model to see what has changed…...

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12:29
Apple launches iOS 8.3 public beta

Apple on Thursday officially expanded its public software beta program to include iOS, seeding members with iOS 8.3 beta 3, the same version provided to registered developers earlier in the day.

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12:29
The Linux Kernel's New 'Play Nice'...


Some 60 Linux kernel developers last week adopted a small "patch," called the "Code of Conflict," that attempts to set guidelines for discourse in the kernel community and outlines a path for mediation if someone feels abused or threatened. Linux creator Linus Torvalds posted the appeal for good behavior on his personal git.kernel.org page. Torvalds' call for improved internal developer relations could be little more than wishful thinking, considering his own reputation for fueling heated community exchanges with brash comments.

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12:24
Apple adds App Store guidelines requiring devs...

Apple has added some new entries to its App Store Review Guidelines that developers must follow when developing and submitting apps for iOS devices. Among the new additions, Apple is requiring developers to obtain consent from users for health-related human subject research, obtain explicit authorization for downloading music and video from third-party sources, and disclose policies related to Apple Pay…

For the new health research guidelines, Apple is likely preparing for the roll out of its just unveiled ResearchKit platform as well as deeper integration of health and...

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11:42
Swatch signs deals for NFC payments in face of...

Swiss watchmaker Swatch has forged deals with banking firms to add NFC-based payments to its upcoming products, something that may be necessary to mitigate the threat of devices like the Apple Watch.

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11:31
Apple releases iOS 8.3 Public Beta (build 12F5047f...

Apple has updated its Apple Seed website to include many references to iOS device management. It has also updated the name of its program to ‘Apple Beta Software Program’, dropping the specificity of it being for OS X only.

Apple is now offering iOS 8.3 as a public beta. Interested customers can sign up to be part of the program on this website. After signing up, you can enroll into the iOS public beta program. (Note: The program is still rolling out. A link to join the iOS program may not appear immediately upon registration).

9to5Mac reported that this was in the works a few weeks ago, with a launch due for mid-March. In addition, we exclusively revealed that Apple is gearing up to offer the same public beta...

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11:25
How-To: Choose the best external hard drive for your...

I feel old saying this, but having used computers since before external hard drives existed, I can say with certainty that buying a hard drive is easier today than it’s ever been before. For traditional drives, prices are low, options are numerous, and capacities are so high that your only choices are “enough space,” “more than enough space,” and “way more than enough space.” I could point you towards a gigantic 5-Terabyte $139 Seagate USB 3.0 hard drive right now and end this article without another paragraph. Since Apple doesn’t even sell a Mac with that much disk space, you could back up five (or more) computers to that drive without running out of room. Or you could store a decade worth of digital photos alongside a giant media library. For $139!

But buying an external hard drive isn’t necessarily that simple. There...

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11:13
Sources confirm Apple will finally allow MacBook...

USB-C has become the biggest topic of conversation following Apple’s introduction of the new 12-inch MacBook. After years of separate power, data, and video ports, Apple is now pushing USB-C as a replacement for its own proprietary MagSafe charging solution, as well as other I/O ports included on its previous laptops. Going forward, MacBook users can connect a USB-C multiport adapter to handle whatever accessories they want— USB-C can even support 4k displays using a DisplayPort Alt Mode.

But what accessories will the new MacBook support? Over the last few days, we’ve talked with sources close to the situation to find out what Apple plans on supporting, and whether there will be any limitations for USB-C accessories. The short and amazing answer is that most accessories supporting the USB Type-C specifications should work with your new MacBook. Apple won’t be...

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11:05
“People familiar with the matter”

John Gruber’s takedown of the WSJ’s “people familiar with the matter.” I love the last line the most.

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11:00
iFixit tears down 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro, finds...

Image from iFixit.com

One of my favorite parts of any Apple device announcement isn't during the actual event, but afterward when the teardowns of equipment begin. Earlier in the week OWC took apart the new MacBook Airs, and yesterday iFixit performed surgery on a brand new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display.

While I'll let you sneak over to the iFixit site to see all of the photos of MacBook Pro guts (and a puppy!), there are some fascinating tidbits that the forensic team...

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10:36
The good news about the CIA targeting Apple

TidBITS:

The Intercept’s piece was mostly a condemnation of government tactics, but failed to address what matters to Apple’s customers — whether Apple’s products remain secure and safe to use. Overall, the information is quite optimistic, but the article highlights the complexities of modern security, privacy, and intelligence gathering. We are still in the early days of what is likely to be a generational issue as society continues to adjust to the digital age.

As always, Mogull has a well thought out, well written, and well reasoned piece with none of the hysteria you see in other articles about this subject.

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10:27
Look how much sleeker Apple Watch is compared to...

From 9to5Google: 

The Apple Watch was once again shown off at Apple’s “Spring Forward” event on Monday, and many have been left wondering how the device compares to...

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10:17
Apple releases third beta of OS X 10.10.3 with Force...

Apple on Thursday issued a number of new beta releases for developers, including an OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite beta with Force Touch trackpad support for third-party apps, as well as new betas of iOS 8.3, Xcode and OS X Server.

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10:08
Don't FREAK out about the latest security...

FREAK is last week’s worry, but installing untrusted applications is a perennial worry. It’s a two-fer (or two-fear) in this column, about security issues new and old.

Super FREAKy

Apple released updates this week for a security vulnerability known as FREAK. FREAK allowed a malicious party to force a weaker encryption protocol to be used between about one-third of web servers with security credentials and many secure web clients and commonly used software libraries. That weaker protocol could be cracked cheaply and relatively quickly to reveal the contents of a session between a browser and web server. (You can read the full details about the attack in Jeremy Kirk’s news report.)

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

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10:02
Apple releases OS X 10.10.3 build 14D98 with Photos...

A few weeks following the previous beta, Apple has released build 1498g of the upcoming OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 release. The next Mac software update includes support for the new iCloud-based Photos app, improved Gmail login, and new, more diverse emojis. To support the new Force Touch trackpad in the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display and the new 12-inch MacBook, this new build also adds APIs:

This beta of OS X 10.10.3 contains new developer APIs that work with the Force Touch trackpad in the new MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015) to allow a new level of interactivity and control within your apps.

Force click. Apps can have any button, control, or region on the screen respond to a press of stronger pressure. This Force click can...

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09:57
Apple releases iOS 8.3 beta 3 for developers

 

Apple has just seeded a new developer build of iOS 8.3. The beta can be downloaded on Apple’s developer website. iOS 8.3 beta 2 was released just over two weeks ago.

Previous betas of iOS 8.3 have shown that the release will include new features like wireless CarPlay, more diverse Emojis, a new Emoji keyboard for input, tweaked login for Google services as well as support for Apple Pay in China. You can find details of these changes in our previous coverage.

We will update this post with any changes found in the new seed …

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