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Wednesday April 15

14:57
Apple adds new Apple Watch video guided tours for...

Update: Apple just uploaded the four new guided tours to its YouTube channel, as well. They are embedded below.

Apple has now updated its Apple Watch Guided Tour page with four more videos, featuring Phone Calls, Siri interactions, Maps navigation and the Music app. Apple began this series earlier in the month.

The videos demonstrate different Apple Watch features, such as taking a phone call, asking Siri for directions, getting navigation turn-by-turn directions in Maps or controlling music playback in the Music app.

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14:37
Here's video of SpaceX's rocket landing,...

Yesterday SpaceX made another unsuccessful try at landing a Falcon 9 first stage on a barge in the ocean, but the fuzzy Vine clip posted cut off right before things got exciting. Today, the company posted a longer, higher res video but quickly pulled...

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14:04
Amplified: I sleep nude

Jim and Dan talk about the meaning behind the WWDC announcement, why Jim got three Apple Watches, the evolution of music (from vinyl to tapes to cd’s and now streaming), beginning guitar without an amp, and more.

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14:00
Backerjack Podcast #14: Breathing sensors, social...

In Episode 14 of the Backerjack Podcast, Steve and Ross check out some of the latest products seeking funds and preorders:

  • Neobase, a home server that lets you create your own private Facebook for sharing with your (small) circle of friends. Now all your base are belong to you!
  • Wakē, a focused light and speaker combo that mounts over your bed to wake you gently without disturbing those sharing the boudoir
  • Prana, a wearable sensor that scores your breathing and posture and lets you practice via a video game

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13:00
Wireless iPhone charging with the iQi Mobile...

iPhone 6 & Wood Puck Bamboo Edition Qi charger, Photo ©2105 Steven Sande

The Qi (pronounced "chee") inductive power standard is designed to make charging of electronic devices easy. By placing a Qi receiver that's either connected to a device or built into it near a Qi charger, induction provides a way to charge the device without plugging it in. The Apple Watch will work this way, although as far as we know it doesn't comply with the Qi standard. So how come we still can't charge our iPhones wirelessly? Well, with a Qi receiver from Fone Salesman and one of their Wood Puck chargers, you can.

Receiver:

The receiver is called the iQi Mobile (US$36.66) and it works with any Lightning port iPhone. While I haven't dissected the receiver yet, my guess is that it consists of a flat wound wire "antenna" connected to some simple circuitry. The idea is for you to use the receiver with your iPhone in a case, which is fine since I use a simple (and...

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12:19
∞ iTunes Radio is being maliciously stupid now

I used to like iTunes Radio, but it seems like the crew has abandoned ship and the service is crashing hard. It’s actually gone from questionable song choices to downright maliciously stupid. I swear it just tries to upset me.

My parents were in town for a visit recently and while we were driving, I thought I’d put on some 70s music for them. You know, classic rock songs that they would know.

I tried iTunes Radio and this is what I got:

This song was released in 2008. The rest of the selection from iTunes Radio was no better.

Jon B.: They Don’t Know (1997)
Anthony David: 4evermore (2011)
Conya Doss: Ain’t Giving Up (2005)
Eric Roberson: Picture Perfect (2011)

Clearly none of these are in the genre Apple listed them under in iTunes Radio.

So I fired up Spotify, Rdio, Pandora, and iHeart Radio. Each of those services delivered some nice 70s music like I

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12:17
Guitar Hero Strikes Back


Activision on Tuesday took the wraps off Guitar Hero Live, setting the video gaming stage for a battle of the bands. Though Guitar Hero's original developer left the group years ago to work on Rock Band, the series is in capable hands. DJ Hero developer FreeStyle Games has been prepping Guitar Hero Live for its fall release, which may be right around the time Rock Band 4 appears. The philosophies of the two music games always have been different, and these latest versions are no exception.

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12:00
MacTech Pro Boston a great event for Mac consultants

Today I'm attending MacTech Pro Boston, an event for Apple techs who support small to medium-sized businesses, either as independent consultants or with a larger firm. This year's session covers a variety of helpful topics and, just as important, provides an opportunity to meet and talk with professionals who really know their stuff.

It's a solid event attended by Mac administration professionals who are knowledgeable, thoughtful and generous with their time and expertise. I attended several talks covering topics like iCloud and a deep dive on Time Machine.

The iCloud talk featured a detailed look at exactly where iCloud Drive stores the files that are magically accessible across all of your devices. As presenter Derek Braunschweiger said, "magical" solutions are great until you have to fix them....

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11:43
Universal Audio introduces the next-gen Apollo...

I’ve used a lot of interfaces over the years, but honestly these are the best.

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11:41
Taylor releases new 600 series Maple guitars

Maple acoustic guitars haven’t been known for their warm, rich tone. Until now. Taylor master builder Andy Powers has poured his expertise into revoicing Taylor’s maple 600 Series, and the results are stunning. From specially aged spruce tops that produce a played-in sound from day 1 to custom-calibrated bracing that unleashes more volume, low-end warmth and sustain, Taylor’s new 600s give players a multi-dimensional musical voice that responds wonderfully to every playing style.

I played one of these at NAMM and was impressed.

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11:00
Wearables Wednesday: Some really bad (and a few good...

By the end of next week, the first Apple Watches will be embracing the wrists of some lucky early adopters. With all the hype surrounding the Watch, a number of crowdfunded projects have been launched in order to capture the imagination of those same early adopters. Sadly, most of these will never make it to market, and we’ll let you figure out why, starting with Kickstarter.

Apple Watch Temporary Tattoos - can’t afford a Watch? Here’s a temporary tattoo (see below) with separate watch faces. A whopping $3 and people still aren't backing this campaign.

Apple Watch Friend Finder - actually an app instead of an accessory, designed to let you “find and communicate with Apple Watch users near you”. Or let your friendly neighborhood thug find you and rob you of your...

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10:19
Don’t be so happy about that tax refund

FiveThirtyEight:

Americans hate filing tax returns, but they love getting refunds. More than three in four taxpayers get refunds, and the average amount they get back is close to $3,000, according to IRS data. That means that for many Americans, their annual refund is the biggest single check they’ll get all year.

But if you’re among the millions expecting a payout from the IRS this spring, make no mistake: That money was yours all along. Getting a refund means you paid too much in taxes last year and the government is paying that money back — without interest.

I’m no tax expert but I’ve always told people they should work their taxes so they get the smallest refund possible. Otherwise, you’re just giving the government an interest free loan of your money.

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10:08
Surprise! iFixit says you can’t do much to fix or...

As Apple's laptops have become thinner and lighter, they've also become more tightly integrated. The tradeoffs here are the same as they've ever been: lighter laptops that take up less space are obviously desirable, and manufacturing practices like bonding glass directly with LCD panels improve display quality beyond what would normally be possible. The downside is that you can do increasingly little to repair or upgrade these laptops yourself, and iFixit's teardown of the 2015 MacBook shows that it's even harder to work on than recent MacBook Airs and Pros.

The fun begins when you remove the pentalobe screws on the bottom of the laptop and attempt to remove the lower case—while this lower case is just a standalone piece of aluminum in the Air and the Pro, in the MacBook it actually houses some components that are connected to the rest of the laptop via cables. Be...

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09:59
From beaches to bridges, Apple has plenty of...

With Apple's next-generation Mac operating system expected to be unveiled at the upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference in June, AppleInsider looks at possible names the company might choose for its follow-up to the OS X versions dubbed Yosemite and Mavericks.

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09:34
Podcast: Apple Watch try-ons, WWDC, and the case of...

After being teased for months with events, slick videos, and the first crop of reviews, the world (well, the world who lives close to an Apple Store, anyway) can finally try on the Apple Watch. Leah Yamshon and Caitlin McGarry join us this week to dish about what it’s like to have $17,000 of wrist candy strapped to your arm, and whether they felt like they had to prove they could even afford the Apple Watch Edition to try it on. (Spoiler: Nope.)

The new MacBook has one big thing in common with the Apple Watch: You can’t buy it at an Apple Store, or at least Susie and Glenn weren’t able to on its supposed launch day. Online orders placed right away on April 10 are starting to arrive at customer’s homes today (April 15), but we think that Apple should have warned us to expect online ordering only. And what’s up with the 4-6 week ship time for USB-C adapters?

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09:24
Microsoft updates Office 2016 for Mac preview

It’s interesting when a company updates the preview version of its application.

In short, it means they really hope you buy it once it’s officially released.

Microsoft has updated its preview version of Office 2016 for Mac as well as launched two companion apps for iOS, Office Delve and Office 365 Video.

The new versions allow Office 2016 for Mac users to use the Outlook application to propose new times for meetings to which they’ve been invited, and allows organizers to modify proposed meetings and send updates. The new version of Word has received macro recording, online template search and new proofing tools, Excel has been given new analysis tools and a “solver”...

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09:18
Tim Cook offers keynote invite, Cupertino lunch in...

Charitybuzz today announced that for the third year in a row, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook is auctioning off some of his time in order to benefit the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights, which backs human rights causes around the globe.

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09:17
Samsung cozies up to Apple with new dedicated...

After years of accusations and litigation, the once-frosty relationship between Apple and Samsung is thawing. The two companies may always be rivals who create competing products, but their business partnership is growing stronger: Samsung is reportedly dedicating 200 employees to creating displays exclusively for Apple.

According to Bloomberg, Samsung formed a group on April 1 that is dedicated to making displays for iPads and MacBooks. The 200-person team at Samsung Display Co. can only share Apple information within its ranks, which may cut down on the supplier leaks that have ruined Apple product surprises in recent years.

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09:16
Here’s how 1Password, Evernote, SoundHound, and...

Abdel Ibrahim, writing for WatchAware, takes you on a tour of four different Apple Watch interfaces.

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08:47
European Commission charges Google with multiple...

Search giant Google has run once again into the welcoming embrace of European regulators, finding itself in the European Commission's crosshairs over allegations that it favors its own services unfairly with Android and web search products.

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08:20
Apple's new 12-inch MacBook closely guards its...

It may be the most amazing MacBook yet, but as you no doubt expected, Apple's new 12-inch Retina MacBook is a nightmare for the fix-it-yourself crowd.

Per their custom, the teardown masters at iFixit took apart this slender clamshell to discover all the secrets contained within its aluminum frame. What they found is that its secrets didn't come easily, thanks to a mess of proprietary screws, glue, and soldering.

In fact, iFixit gave the 12-inch MacBook one of the worst repairability scores possible at 1 out of 10, with 10 being the easiest to repair.

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08:13
iFixit posts teardown of 12-inch MacBook

The teardown you’ve been waiting for has been completed.

And it shows off some really nifty stuff.

The coolest of cats at iFixit have published a teardown of the new 12-inch MacBook. The feature shows just how tiny the notebook’s logic board is, coming in at 67 percent smaller than that of the MacBook Air. The piece also shows a new terraced battery design for the MacBook, allowing more batteries to be efficiently fit into a small space.

Finally, the new MacBook also features the same Force Touch technology seen on the 2015 Retina MacBook Pro. The Force Touch trackpad doesn’t actually push in like a normal trackpad, but rather provides haptic feedback to provide the same...

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08:08
Microsoft updates Office 2016 for Mac Preview,...

Microsoft on Wednesday released an updated version of the Office 2016 for Mac Preview, cleaning up bug and performance problems while adding new features, as the company also simultaneously launched two new Office 365 apps for the iPhone, Office Delve and Office 365 Video.

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07:59
Handy Apple Watch quick start guide

Nice little Apple Watch interface flow diagram from Ben Lovejoy at 9to5mac.

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07:51
XSAN 2.1.1 Crashing

Forums: Troubleshooting

Dear Concerns,

We are using XSAN 2.1.1 in our facility with 12 fibre clients. Recently we rebuilt XSAN 2.1.1 using the same HDDs in single VTRAK (E-Class). Using the following procedure:

1) made 3 logic unit numbers i.e. 1 (Raid 1 for metadata of 2 drives), 2 (Raid 5 of 6 drives for data), 3(Raid 5 of 6 drives for data), 2 spares. Drives used are of 2TB
2) quick initialised the Logic numbers
3) Reinstalled Metadata controllers
4) Created SAN and than Volume (with same settings as previous Volume)

After completion of LUNs we created the Volume and provided to clients. But the Read/Write speed was drastically slow.
Users used the Volume for the day and than controllers stopped responding and Volume crashed. We again created the Volume and faced the same scenario.
We never used Open directory from...

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07:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: Better BiteMyApple

Better BiteMyApple

This week’s roundup of accessories includes two devices brought to you by BiteMyApple, a clearinghouse for Apple products produced with Kickstarter help. Plus: Batteries galore.

Apelpi

The $30 Stem is a 2200-mAh portable external battery charger, covered in gold and offering enough backup power to add six hours of talk time, 11 hours of video, or 44 hours of music playback to your phone. And again: It’s gold.

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06:48
WWDC 2015 scholarships increased to 350 as Apple...

Apple this year is offering 350 scholarships to WWDC 2015, a substantial increase over last year that will pull in students 13 and older, as well as members and alumni from a number of groups including women, blacks, and Latinos.

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06:03
∞ Dear Apple, about those WWDC tickets

Remember when it was easy to get in to WWDC?

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05:19
Samsung creating dedicated Apple devices screen team

Samsung continues to hedge its bets.

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05:15
Apple acquires Israeli camera tech company LinX,...

Smaller camera mechanism, better low-light optics. The future looks bright for the next-gem iPhone cameras.

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05:00
SuperX OS Greases the Classic Linux Wheel


SuperX OS is a solid Linux distribution that dispels all of the criticisms about using free open source operating systems. SuperX is a relatively new distro developed by Libresoft. Based on Ubuntu and Debian, it adds a highly customized KDE desktop environment. Version 3.0 -- dubbed "Grace" after computing pioneer Grace Hopper -- was released March 23. The maturity and impressive performance of this latest release makes the SuperX OS a prime replacement choice for whatever distro you now use -- it is that good.

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04:48
iCloud Photo Library: The Missing FAQ

OS X 10.10.3 brings the new Photos app to the Mac, and with it, the iCloud Photo Library sync feature that has been available to iOS users for months. But iCloud Photo Library has turned out to be confusing to many users. In this FAQ, Joe Kissell answers the most common questions and points out some of iCloud Photo Library’s surprising behaviors.

 

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03:40
Struck gold: Comparing two Apple Watch Edition try-...

Few can afford an Apple Watch Edition, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your hands on one. When Apple started taking preorders for all Watch models last Friday, it also opened up appointments to try them on in person, with a special appointment process for the Edition.

Macworld’s Leah Yamshon and Caitlin McGarry tried on all three models in San Francisco and New York, respectively, and compared notes on what the demos are like, how they differ, and which Watch is the best in person.

What we expected 

Caitlin: I admit, my expectations for the Apple Watch Edition try-on appointment were high. I’ve been lusting after the rose gold Edition with rose gray Modern Buckle band for months. I counted all the quarters in my change jar/retirement account to see how close to $17,000 I could get. (Not close, not even a little.) Even though I have no plans to buy an Edition any time soon, or ever, I was looking forward to getting a little taste of...

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03:30
Meet the Appletini Bar, a Power Mac G4 tower with a...

Here at Macworld, we love a good DIY-project involving old Apple tech—and any time you can turn a landfill-bound product into something more useful (and, in this case, so much cooler) than it was before, well, that’s just a win all around. 

Minneapolis-based industrial designer and fellow Apple geek Ross Mackert might just be the new Apple DIY king: He retrofits old Power Mac G4 towers to house liquor and barware, and loves to surprise and shock fellow Mac users when he flips down its side panel to show them what’s inside.

Ross Mackert and his Appletini Bar.

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02:48
Samsung reportedly has new 200 employee team...

In a new report by Bloomberg, Samsung apparently has created an independent group of about 200 people that work solely on screens for Apple products. Bloomberg claims this is part of a plan to “strengthen business ties” between Apple and Samsung, which obviously have had a shaky history since the lawsuits over iPhone technology.

The patent disputes between Apple and Samsung were dropped in mid 2014, which led many to speculate that relations between the two companies may improve. This report by Bloomberg suggests exactly that.

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Tuesday April 14

21:46
Teardown of 12" MacBook with Retina display...

After it debuted last week to mixed reviews, Apple's all new 12-inch MacBook was dissected by a Chinese owner on Tuesday, who subsequently posted images of the teardown online.

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20:06
12-inch MacBook teardown provides closer look at its...


We saw teardowns of the 2015 MacBook Air and Retina MacBook Pro last month, but now a Feng.com user has provided us with the first teardown of the all-new 12-inch MacBook. Apple heavily touted the internal design of the laptop during its...

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19:36
Xsan: compatibiliteit van SAN-clients met Xsan en...

Lees hier welke versies van StorNext in hetzelfde SAN met Xsan-controllers kunnen worden gebruikt en welke versies van Xsan in hetzelfde SAN met StorNext-controllers kunnen worden gebruikt.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201256

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16:15
The Week in Mac Apps: Core Animator, Graph Builder,...

Core Animator, Graph Builder, Ninox, and more apps for work and study

In this week’s roundup of new Mac apps, you’ll find animation tools for programmers, software for serious coin collectors, and a little help for kids who are having trouble with fractions.

Core Animator 1.0.5

If you program for a living, you know that coding complex animations by hand is about as fun as riding a bicycle underwater without any air supply. Luckily, Polished Play’s $100 Core Animator comes to the rescue with an animation system designed specifically for developers.

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16:00
Today in the App Store -- Fleksy Keyboard, Workflow...

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 Fleksy Keyboard, the new Leawo Blu-ray Player and a major update to Workflow. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

iDarkroom - Manual Camera, Photo Editor, Best Toon & Hand Drawn Filters [Now free, down from $0.99] iDarkroom is a REAL-TIME, INTUITIVE, POWERFUL photo editor.

Fleksy Keyboard - Fast, Custom Typing [Now free, down from $0.99] Fleksy is the most fun, customizable way to type, and officially the fastest keyboard in the world.

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15:59
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

I’ll be honest, I like my iPad better, but a lot of people really like the Kindle. They dropped the price, so if you were waiting for that, here’s your chance.

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15:25
Apple Devs Play WWDC Lottery


Apple on Tuesday announced that its 26th annual Worldwide Developers Conference will take place in San Francisco June 8-12. The event will include more than 100 technical sessions on developing, deploying and integrating the latest iOS and OS X technologies. Attendees will get access to the latest innovations, features and capabilities of the OSes, as well as best practices for enhancing an app's functionality, performance, quality and design. As in the past, Apple will issue the $1,600 tickets to the event through random selection.

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15:00
AWT News Update: April 14, 2015

MANFROTTO DIGITAL DIRECTOR. IMAGE VIA MANFROTTO.

There's news for everybody on the AWT News Update today:

  • Digital camera buffs will soon be able to control their Canon or Nikon DSLRs from an iPad with a new Manfrotto accessory
  • Apple Pay hasn't launched yet in China, with banks and credit/debit card system operator UnionPay balking at the fee Apple wants
  • Foxconn is buying 50,000 - 60,000 used iPhones every day to resell in China
  • Not buying an Apple Watch? You can get a heck of a deal on a Motorola Moto 360 thanks to sales from Google, Best Buy and Amazon

SUBSCRIBE TO THE PODCAST

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14:40
Did Apple and its ad designers steal from Brazilian...

A famous Brazilian artist has sued Apple and two artists, alleging that his work has been copied in a number of company advertisements.

The lawsuit, which was filed earlier this month in federal court in Miami, claims that the two artists that Apple paid for its “Start Something New” campaign, Craig & Karl, stole from Romero Britto’s “pop art” style.

Britto moved from Brazil to Florida when he was 24 years old. A few years later, in 1993, Britto opened a large gallery on Lincoln Road in Miami—and Apple followed suit with its own store on the same street 15 years after that. As the Brazilian artist’s fame grew, he was able to license his images onto various commercial products.

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14:13
∞ “Smells Like Teen Spirit” played on floppy drives

Not using floppy disks, but the drives themselves.

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14:10
Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference Kicks Off...

Apple today announced it will hold its 26th annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) June 8 through June 12 at San Francisco’s Moscone West, with more sessions than ever before streamed live to developers worldwide. WWDC will feature more than 100 technical sessions, over 1,000 Apple engineers, hands-on labs, and the Apple Design Awards. “The App Store ignited an app ecosystem that is simply amazing, forever changing the lives of customers and creating millions of jobs worldwide,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “We’ve got incredible new technologies for iOS and OS X to share with developers at WWDC and around the world, and can’t wait to see the next generation of apps they create.”

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14:07
The WWDC logo animated in CSS

This is just full of awesome. More great work from Donovan at CSS Animation.

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14:05
AltConf dates and more speakers

The dates are now confirmed. I’ll be attending AltConf too.

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14:04
Apple Announces ResearchKit Available to Medical...

Apple today announced that ResearchKit, a software framework designed for medical and health research, is now available. Medical researchers will be able to use ResearchKit to develop their own apps, and developers can also contribute new research modules to the open source framework. “We are delighted and encouraged by the response to ResearchKit from the medical and research community and the participants contributing to medical research. Studies that historically attracted a few hundred participants are now attracting participants in the tens of thousands,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s senior vice president of Operations. “Medical researchers all over the world are actively exploring how ResearchKit can help them study even more diseases, and we believe the impact on global understanding of health and wellness will be profound.”

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14:00
Apple Updates Final Cut Pro X, Motion, and Compressor

Apple has updated Final Cut Pro X, Motion, and Compressor with new features for motion graphics and key enhancements to accelerate video editing, packaging, and delivery. Final Cut Pro 10.2 introduces stunning 3D titles that are easy to use, improved masking for color grading and effects, native support for more camera formats, and GPU-accelerated RED RAW processing. Motion 5.2 extends the power of 3D titles with the ability to create custom materials and environments and instantly publish them to Final Cut Pro X. Compressor 4.2 makes it easy to package a movie for sale on the iTunes Store. “From Hollywood blockbuster directors to first-time movie makers, Final Cut Pro X is changing the way we edit movies today,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

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14:00
ResearchKit now available to medical researchers

Apple announced today that ResearchKit is now available to researchers and developers. As you may recall, ResearchKit is a software framework that's designed to help doctors, scientists, and other researchers gather data with more frequency and accuracy by using the sensors built into iPhone.

ResearchKit, which is open source, allows any medical researcher to take advantage of specific modules to speed the development of research study apps and to also build new modules for submission to be adopted as part of ResearchKit. The initial modules address:

  • Participant consent: customizable template that can be customized to explain the study and obtain participant signatures. The module can even add video segments explaining the study and an...
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13:25
Apple Watch will be showcased at Salone del Mobile...

The Apple Watch may not be available in Italy at launch, but Apple will be showcasing its new device at the upcoming Salone del Mobile in Milan on Friday. According to the design-centric magazine Wallpaper (via Tim Bradshaw), Apple is planning a one-day only preview and try-on event at the design exhibition on April 17th. The Apple Watch’s presence will mark Apple’s first time attending the design fair.

While Apple was noticeably absent from last month’s Baselworld luxury watch trade show, Apple’s Design VP Jony Ive expressed his excitement over the Apple Watch being featured during the upcoming design exhibition....

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12:30
How Apple Pay assists you even when you encounter...

Apple last year unveiled Apple Pay during in its September Special event. While most people are aware of how Apple Pay works on the surface, there are many details that you don’t discover until you start using the service. One such scenario involves the extremely helpful way Apple handles a credit card that’s been canceled due to fraud.

One of the most inconvenient parts of dealing with fraudulent credit card purchases is the inevitable closing your card and the issuing of a new one. I had this happen to me recently, and it was quite inconvenient to not have access to my card when I had plans to use it. Equally frustrating was the fact that I could see the new number in my online account, but could not access it until my card arrived. Because my fraud happened on a Friday night, I was without my credit card until the following Tuesday.

If I had used Apple Pay with this card, my...

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12:07
1Password 5.4 for iOS includes Apple Watch support,...

This could come in handy.

A recent update shows that the mighty 1Password application now includes support for the Apple Watch. Version 5.4 of the app will let you access important information like credit card numbers and one-time passwords directly from your wrist.

While the Apple Watch presently lacks a true keyboard or Touch ID scanner, it’s thought that the app will rely on the iPhone it’s paired with to work with the new version of 1Password to communicate with the Apple Watch.

The new version of 1Password includes a bevy of new fixes, features and enhancements and is available in the App Store.

If you’ve tried the new version and have any...

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11:56
Get ready for an explosion of ResearchKit apps...

One of the most promising announcements at Apple’s “Spring Forward” event last month was the introduction of ResearchKit, an open-source framework that lets medical researchers tap into our iPhone addictions with apps that collect and study our health data. On Tuesday, Apple officially made ResearchKit available to all researchers and developers.

ResearchKit rolled out last month with institutions like Mount Sinai, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Stanford Medicine already on board. Those early ResearchKit partners developed apps for patients to track symptoms of diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s disease, and breast cancer treatment aftereffects....

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11:42
Apple releases open source ResearchKit framework to...

One of the non-Apple-Watch things that Apple talked about onstage at its product event last month was ResearchKit, a new framework that (with explicit permission from the user) could turn your phone into an always-on, always-with-you tool for collecting health data. As promised, Apple has now released the framework, which is available not just to iOS developers but also as an open source project on GitHub.

The framework includes three basic building blocks for developers to use: the first, called Participant Consent, allows you to explain the parameters of your study, what data you're collecting, and what you'll be doing with that data....

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11:00
60-Second Tip: Assigning photos to contacts

When I receive a phone call from a friend or relative, I like to be able to see at a glance who it is who's calling. To make the process of identification incredibly easy, it's nice to have that contact's face show up on my screen. In today's 60-Second Tip, I'll show you how to assign photos to your contacts. 

This feature is very useful in iOS 8, since your "recents" and "favorites" are identified by either a photo or a circular button containing the contact's initials. With your "circle of friends" on the Apple Watch, being able to identify someone from their photo will be extra-helpful.


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10:45
Chess Grandmaster Used iPhone To Cheat During...

SternisheFan sends this quote from the Washington Post:
Gaioz Nigalidze's rise through the ranks of professional chess began in 2007, the year the first iPhone was released. In hindsight, the timing might not be coincidental. On Saturday, Nigalidze, the 25-year-old reigning Georgian champion, was competing in the 17th annual Dubai Open Chess Tournament when his opponent spotted something strange. "Nigalidze would promptly reply to my moves and then literally run to the toilet," Armenian grandmaster Tigran Petrosian said. "I noticed that he would always visit the same toilet partition, which was strange, since two other partitions weren't occupied." Petrosian complained to the officials. After Nigalidze left the bathroom once more, officials inspected the interior and say they found an iPhone wrapped in toilet paper and hidden behind the toilet. "When confronted, Nigalidze denied he owned the device," according to the tournament's Web site. "But officials opened the smart...

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10:16
Would Steve Jobs have liked the new biography? I don...

Andy Hertzfeld:

I suspect that Steve Jobs would not be thrilled with Becoming Steve Jobs, a new business biography by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli. While it’s a worthwhile book filled with previously unheard stories and insightful industry analysis, Steve would have disliked it because of the persistent negative spin it applies to the first half of his career.

That’s why it’s puzzling to see Apple throw their considerable weight behind it.

Interesting comments from Hertzfeld, a guy who was there in the beginning. While he acknowledges his own biases, he does bring up some interesting questions about the descriptions of the early part of the book, the lack of interviews of the people involved in those early days and why Apple threw considerable weight behind this book.

He does say the book is interesting and still worth a read. Like most biographies, it takes several versions and editions to get a complete picture of the subject and even then, you...

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10:12
The Defiant Tour Documentary: An indie band’s...

The Defiant Tour Documentary is a never before examination of the finances of a touring band and what it takes to go on the road.

We’ve all seen big bands show up to gigs in their limos, but what does it take for an indie band to tour the U.S.? Lonero wants to show you with this new documentary. I’m supporting this one.

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09:42
Protecting the Apple Watch from scratches - what...

Apple is officially launching the Apple Watch on April 24th with pre-ordering available now online. Customers who sucessfully pre-ordered are waiting for their Watch and thinking about what accessories they will need to complement the device. One major area of concern is whether they will need something to protect the device from scratches and broken screens. In this post, we will examine how fragile the Apple Watch may be and offer ways that you can protect your investment.

Will scratching be a problem?

Apple confirmed that it would be offering the Watch with two different display materials — Ion-X glass in the Watch Sport and sapphire in the Watch and Watch Edition. The Ion-X glass was included in the Sport model because it is lightweight yet strong, matching the design aesthetics of the deivce. Ion-X also is cost efficient to produce as it uses a...

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09:23
New Smart Drone Breaks $1K Barrier


A new aerial drone from 3D Robotics packs two computers and an array of powerful features for $999. The computers -- one on the craft and one in the controller -- have enabled it to make some radical breakthroughs in autonomous flight and camera control, according to 3DR. Built on 1-GHz Cortex A9 ARM chips running Linux, the computers allow operators to preprogram the drone's flight path so they can concentrate on shooting video or stills from the unmanned aircraft system and not be distracted by piloting tasks.

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09:00
What to expect from your Apple Watch try-on...

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08:53
iOS 8.4 beta brings a Music app overhaul

Apple’s Music app is getting a major facelift in iOS 8.4, with the goal of making it easier to use.

The new app is available now for developers through theiOS beta program. 9to5Mac has postedseveral screenshots, and there’s also a video walkthrough on YouTube.

Apple has significantly reworked the Music app’s layout in iOS 8.4, starting with the buttons on the bottom of the screen. The old Radio and Playlists buttons are still there, but Apple has consolidated the Artists, Songs, and More buttons into a single My Music section. This new section shows Recently Added music on top, followed by an alphabetical list that users can sort by Artist, Album, Song, Genre, and more.

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07:29
First iOS 8.4 beta shows effort to move audiobooks...

This could lead to some pretty cool stuff.

On Monday, Apple seeded the first iOS 8.4 beta. The build includes a revamped Music application and it’s been noted that the build handles audiobooks differently, moving playback from the Music app to the iBooks app.

At present, audiobooks are divorced from the ebook library. This pushes users to use two different apps to access their entire digital book library. The iOS 8.4 update could consolidate all books in Apple’s iBook app and also fixes another longstanding issue with audiobooks on iOS. Since iOS 7, audiobook listeners have been unable to view chapter titles or even select them. However, it’s been...

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07:10
Apple announces WWDC 2015 dates: Mark your calendars...

Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference begins June 8, and it’s gonna be a big one.

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We expect Apple to emphasize Watch apps at this year's WWDC.

WWDC will take over San Francisco’s Moscone West June 8–12. Developers making the trek to the Bay Area to “learn about the future of iOS and OS X” can register for for the opportunity to buy tickets by random selection starting now. Make sure to sign up by 10 a.m. Pacific time on Friday, April 17 for a chance to be selected. Apple will let developers know by 5 p.m. PDT on Monday, April 20 whether they have been picked to attend. WWDC tickets cost $1,599.

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07:09
Apple announces WWDC 2015 details

It's that time of year, Apple developers. The company has announced that WWDC 2015 will take place from June 8-12 in San Francisco. Apple notes that the event will feature over 100 sessions, and scholarships will be available to students and members of participating STEM programs. 

Developers who want tickets may send two tributes from their districts to compete in an outdoor arena. Once a tribute has been announced, another eligible person of the same gender may volunteer in their stead, though this is very unusual. 

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06:47
iOS 8.4 moves audiobooks to iBooks, adds separate...

Apple's newly released iOS 8.4 beta relocates audiobooks out of the Music app into iBooks, and it adds a separate launcher for them in CarPlay, AppleInsider has discovered.

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06:29
Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference runs from...

Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference is nearly upon us again: this year's dates run from June 8 to 12, and as usual the conference takes place in San Francisco at Moscone West.

WWDC is, first and foremost, a gathering place for developers, who need to sign up for the chance to buy tickets via a random selection process. You'll need to sign up by 10am Pacific this Friday, April 17. This process is bound to disappoint many of those who sign up, though it is in some ways preferable to the first-come-first-serve stampede of years past. Tickets for WWDC 2013 sold out in under two minutes. Developers who can't show up in person (and anyone else, really) will be able to livestream some of the developer sessions using...

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06:06
What's bugging you?

Hello readers. Today I've come to you with a question. 

We all love Apple, its products and its services. But using our iPhones, our iPads, Macs, iCloud and soon Watch isn't always as smooth as we'd like. So, we want to know:

What aspect of your digital life is giving you the most trouble right now? 

iCloud? Apps? Quirky Mac stuff? Ongoing frustrations? Leave your answer in the comments. We're eager to hear. Thanks! 

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06:05
WWDC 2015 Ticket Lottery Opens for June Event

Apple has opened the lottery for WWDC 2015 tickets, so if you want the opportunity to pay $1,599 to attend, head over to Apple’s site and sign up.

 

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05:54
Apple to show 'the future of iOS and OS X...

Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference, where it historically has unveiled the next-generation versions of iOS and OS X, will kick off on June 8 this year, the company announced on Monday.

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04:26
External Link: Josh Centers Tackles Robot Spiders on...

Managing Editor Josh Centers once again joined Gene Steinberg, The Tech Night Owl, to discuss his Apple Watch pre-order plans, the new MacBook, rumors of a new Apple TV, and Intel’s demonstration of wristband-controlled robotic spiders. Is Tom Selleck the only hope for the human race? Find out in Josh’s most interesting Tech Night Owl appearance yet.

 

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01:41
$150 laser pointer can stay steady even if your...

Is there a market for a $150 laser pointer when you can get one anywhere for a few bucks? Maybe, in special cases or, as the creators of SteadyLaser believe, if the user shakes like a leaf when he has to speak in public. SteadyLaser promises to cance...

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01:33
Future iPhones might automatically broadcast IM-...

iPhone owners may soon have an easier way to determine whether a friend is available to take a call, as a new Apple patent describes a system in which devices automatically send out IM-style system status information that can be viewed dynamically by other users.

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Monday April 13

22:10
Build an Xsan with Thunderbolt Shared Storage

Tags: thunderbolt

I saw something wonderful and new at NAB today. The Accuses ExaSAN Thunderbolt shared storage shouldn't exist but there it is. With 16 x 4TB drives and 4 Thunderbolt ports out the back to connect 4 clients (one of which could be a Mac mini acting as a Xsan 4 controller). That leaves 3 spots for Mac clients for a small editing SAN or post-production workflow. Prices to be revealed soon, I hope. Very interesting for small setups.

Blog post with pictures.

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21:03
Pandora Radio adds Apple Watch app for remote music...


Apple revealed the first look at its all-new Music app for iPhone and iPad with the first beta release of iOS 8.4 today, which brings a new look to iTunes Radio among other major changes. Pandora Radio, the similarly-modeled music streaming service that’s arguably superior to iTunes Radio in music variety and selection, released a timely update this evening adding Apple Watch...

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20:09
Chinese Apple Pay launch in limbo as iOS 8.3 fails...

Negotiations between Apple and China's state-owned credit and debit card processor UnionPay to launch Apple Pay services have hit a wall, according to a report on Monday, suggesting iPhone 6 owners in the region may not be able to use Apple's mobile payments service anytime soon.

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16:30
Today in the App Store -- 2Do, Topo Maps+ and more

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 2Do for Mac and iOS, the new Foldify Dinosaurs app and a major update to Topo Maps+ for iOS. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Gramory [Now free, down from $2.99] Announcing Gramory 2, the highly anticipated Sophomore release of this great Instagram client. It’s Instagram the way you’ve always wanted.

Everyday Mathematics® Monster Squeeze™ [Now free, down from $1.99] McGraw-Hill’s Monster Squeeze game reinforces number recognition and offers a quick and easy way to practice number line concepts and number comparisons.

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16:15
The Week in iPad Cases: WaterField's new...

...plus, a stylish cross-body purse from Knomo and one-of-a-kind sleeves from Portenzo

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases is heavy on the carry-all: You’ll see WaterField’s awesome new bike bag, a stylish purse from Knomo that has a dedicated spot for your iPad, a create-your-own folio from This is Ground, and much more. Read on to see the latest iPad case models.

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16:01
[Sponsor] Rock On: A SongPop Adventure

Join the band — it’s time to ROCK ON! Quiz yourself on the best of rock in this new music trivia game.

Rock On — A SongPop Adventure takes the proven formula of hit SongPop in a bold new direction. Listen to clips and guess the band in more than 80 levels spread across many rock genres. Powered by Apple’s Swift language, journey on a beautifully illustrated map featuring concerts, desert highways, and rock stardom. Don’t jam alone, track your friends’ progress and high scores. Let’s rock!

Rock On — A SongPop Adventure is available exclusively on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

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15:30
Daily Deals for April 13, 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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15:00
Apple previews revamped Music app with iOS 8.4 beta...



Apple has just released the first iOS 8.4 beta, which includes Apple’s upcoming revamped Music app. The seed for developers is available via the Apple Developer Center website.

As we reported earlier this year, iOS 8.4 includes an all new Music application. The new software design is present in this beta, while Apple is expected to announce the streaming service component in June at WWDC....

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15:00
AWT News Update: April 13, 2015

A lot of Apple news today, all in about four and a half minutes:

  • Research firm determines that about 957,000 Apple Watch pre-orders were made on Friday, April 10 from the US alone
  • CalDigit announces a rugged USB-C portable drive
  • There are some unheralded features in OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite and unannounced feature removals from iOS 8.3
  • At a conference in Chicago this week, a number of healthcare-related Apple Watch apps are being announced and demonstrated

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14:21
Health care providers gearing up apps for Apple Watch

Even if you think the Apple Watch is a bit silly, it’s getting a fair amount of developer support behind it.

A variety of healthcare companies, including WebMD and CareEvolution, announced apps for the wearable device. The apps are said to be capable of handling tasks like medication reminders and sharing electronic records.

WebMD said it is working on an update of its iPhone app which will include a Medication Reminder function. Notifications will include images of the medication, the amount to take, and when to take it. Users will be prompted to log whether they’ve taken or skipped a dose — alternately they can hit a 15-minute snooze button, or just dismiss a notification...

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13:40
Using the Retina MacBook as a Windows PC

Most people who buy Macs are doing it to run OS X, but you’d be surprised by the number of comments and e-mails we get in response to Mac reviews asking about how Windows runs on the hardware. Since Apple made the Intel switch and introduced its Boot Camp software in 2006, there’s been a small but significant group of people who have chosen to use Apple’s hardware to run Microsoft’s software, either as a secondary or primary operating system.

Because the new MacBook is an entirely new product rather than a straightforward refresh, we spent some time installing Windows and taking it for a spin. If you’ve used Boot Camp before, there aren’t many surprises. But there are still things you need to know if you intend to buy a MacBook to run Windows.

Installation and display...

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13:30
You Should Play: Four Letters gives you seconds to...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play. 

You’ve got four letters on the bottom—tap them in the correct order to make a word appear on the top. Repeat until time runs out.

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13:00
Apple introduces 3D titles in Final Cut Pro 10.2,...

Final Cut Pro is the go-to Mac app for serious Hollywood filmmakers, but the powerful video-editing software is getting easier to use for amateurs, too. Apple released Final Cut Pro 10.2 and updates to companion aps Motion and Compressor on Monday with easy-to-use tools for 3D effects in title creation, faster video editing, and packing movies for sale in the iTunes Store.

The updates are available today in the Mac App Store as free updates for existing users, or $300 for Final Cut Pro 10.2, and $50 each for Motion 5.2 and Compressor 4.2.

The major Final Cut Pro upgrade includes 3D titles, better masking tools for effects and color grading, GPU-accelerated RED RAW processing (even dual GPU support for Mac Pros), and adds support for video formats like Panasonic AVC-Ultra and Sony XAVC-S. You can now optimize RED RAW files 2.5 times faster than in the previous version of Final Cut Pro,...

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12:58
Reactions to New MacBook Run From Tepid to Cold


Early reviewers last week weighed in on Apple's new MacBook, and for the most part, they were underwhelmed. The new MacBook is 13.1mm thick, weighs 2 pounds, and has a 12-inch Retina display. Apple has touted it as the future of the notebook, pointing out that it had to reimagine every element to make the device lighter, thinner and better. Reviewers praised the device's light weight, its sharp screen, the full-sized keypad, the new Force Touch feature and even the solitary USB-C port, although it is not backward-compatible.

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12:00
AWT Health Club: Withings Blood Pressure Monitor

This week for the AWT Health Club column we'll take a look at a vital piece of the overall cardiovascular health picture -- blood pressure. Since June of 2011 I have used a Withings Blood Pressure Monitor (US$129.95, affiliate link) to keep tabs on my blood pressure. My family has a history of high blood pressure, so the Blood Pressure Monitor and the companion Withings Health Mate app (free) have been a great way for me to capture my BP readings on a regular basis for almost four years now.

Withings Blood Pressure Monitor

When I got my Withings Blood Pressure Monitor, it was a wired unit that had a 30-pin connector on the end of a cable coming out from the bottom of the blood pressure cuff. It's now wireless, using Bluetooth to send your readings to the app on your...

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10:30
A few things and an apology

OK, a few things.

Since our birth on February 9, 2015, our site has caused trouble for those visiting with an iPhone 6. Specifically, mobile Safari on those devices goes into an infinite reload loop, causing frustration for readers and us.

We've been working with Squarespace on the issue for weeks. For now, I'm sorry to say, we still don't have a solution. We've made several changes to no avail. Right now, our best guess is that the issue is unique to mobile Safari on the iPhone 6, as no other iOS devices are affected. It's an ongoing frustration, and we apologize.

Speaking of frustration, it got the better of us this afternoon and we published a regrettable call for a pro-bono app that would allow iPhone 6 owners to view the site without Safari. That was a mistake, and we apologize.

As tech writers, gadget junkies and iOS fans, we have the utmost admiration and respect for the talented men and women who make the apps we love. We also understand that...

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10:15
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 13...

Notable software releases this week include DEVONagent Lite, Express, and Pro 3.9.1, FileMaker Pro 13.0.9, iTunes 12.1.2, GraphicConverter 9.6.1, 1Password 5.3, Security Update 2015-004 (Mountain Lion, Mavericks), and Safari 8.0.5, 7.1.5, and 6.2.5.

 

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10:15
ExtraBITS for 13 April 2015

In our latest list of ExtraBITS links, Smile promises a fix for a problem with lost snippets in TextExpander touch, we find out how accessible the Apple Watch is, an Apple Watch developer asks for patience, we learn how to make an Apple II watch, and Apple explains how to clean your devices and accessories.

 

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09:57
Apple Watch battery pack guaranteed to kill the...

One of the nice things about the Apple Watch is that we can finally appreciate the design of the thing, unadorned by the ugly cases that have tarnished the iPhone landscape.

Or so we thought. While the Apple Watch isn’t launching until later this month, a bulky battery case called Wipowerband is already promising to turn Jony Ive’s design masterstroke into an eyesore. The Wipowerband snaps underneath the watch body to connect with Apple’s magnetic charging contact, and stuffs a 250mAh battery into a wraparound wristband.

The result is a more of a smart cuff than a smartwatch, one that’s guaranteed to obscure the look and detract from the comfort of whatever high-priced Watch band you’ve selected—and probably...

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09:49
MacGameStore’s Pay What You Want software bundle

I don’t see how you can go wrong here.

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09:42
Apple's Storm Clouds


An Apple shop recently dumped Apple for Dell following a surprising revelation. Over most of the last two decades, the only time I've seen a move like this was when some change in IT forced it, and a lot of staffers subsequently would quit. This move was largely user-driven. Then, last week, one of Apple's biggest fans actually panned an Apple product, effectively calling it pretty but stupid. Finally, the reviews on the new Apple Watch were decidedly mixed, even though the product was wrapped with one of the better marketing campaigns I've seen of late.

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08:45
Apple introduces NVMe support in OS X 10.10.3 update

It’s a subtle change, but it could be pretty neat in the long run.

Last week, Apple’s introduction of its OS X 10.10.3 update also quietly introduced support for the next generation NVM Express (NVMe) interface to SSD Flash drives. These drives can be found on the new Retina display MacBook as well as other units.

The cool cats at AnandTech offered a good description of the AHCI technology, which has resulted in the NVMe technology:

AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface) dates back to 2004 and was designed with hard drives in mind. While that doesn’t rule out SSDs, AHCI is more optimized for high latency rotating media than low latency non-volatile storage. As a result...

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08:33
Report: Apple sold more than a million Apple Watches...

All models of Apple Watch quickly sold out when preorders began overnight last Friday, but now we have a better idea of which Watches were most popular.

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This was the bestselling Apple Watch on Frday, Slice Intelligence said.

According to e-retail research firm Slice Intelligence, 957,000 people in the U.S. bought an Apple Watch on Friday—and many of those people bought two. The space gray Apple Watch Sport with a black Sport band was the bestselling Watch, which reflects anecdotal data we’ve heard from readers and colleagues.

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08:30
Initial Apple Watch preorder data arrives, hints at...

The Apple Watch sold a few units on preorder around the 10th.

Almost one million units is the current guess.

The initial Apple Watch preorder numbers have been flowing in and among the first to report was research firm Slice Intelligence, which estimates nearly one million customers in the U.S. preordered the device on Friday.

Compiling data from a panel of two million online shoppers, Slice Intelligence said 957,000 U.S. customers preordered Apple Watch on its first day of availability. As expected, Apple’s cheaper Apple Watch Sport model was most popular and garnered an estimated 62 percent of orders.

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08:30
Take Control of Security for Mac Users, Chapter 12:...

If you’ve lost data, or you’ve discovered malware on your Mac, or someone has stolen your personal information and applied for credit in your name, you need to take action to fix the problem as soon as possible. Regardless of the type of disaster, your first step is not to panic. Then you can methodically undo or repair the damage. Although the exact procedure will depend on your situation, this chapter contains some suggested general steps to get you started.

 

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B&H Photo has Mac Pros on sale for up to $260 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges sales tax in NY only: - 3.7GHz 4-core Mac Pro: $2799, $200 off MSRP - 3.5GHz 6-core Mac Pro: $3719.99... Read more
Save up to $600 with Apple refurbished Mac Pr...
The Apple Store is offering Apple Certified Refurbished Mac Pros for up to $600 off the cost of new models. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each Mac Pro, and shipping is free. The... Read more
iMacs on sale for up to $205 off MSRP, NY tax...
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: $999 $100 off - 21″ 2.7GHz iMac: $1189 $110 off - 21″ 2.9GHz... Read more
12-inch 1.1GHz Silver MacBook in stock today
B&H Photo has the new 12″ 1.1GHz Silver MacBook in stock today for $1299 including free shipping plus NY sales tax only. Act now if you’re interested, since we don’t expect B&H to have this... Read more
iPad Air 2s on sale for up to $50 off, NY tax...
B&H Photo has iPad Air 2s on sale for up to $64 off MSRP including free shipping plus NY sales tax only: - 16GB iPad Air 2 WiFi: $469 $30 off - 64GB iPad Air 2 WiFi: $549.99 $50 off - 128GB iPad... Read more
Check Apple prices on any device with the iTr...
MacPrices is proud to offer readers a free iOS app (iPhones, iPads, & iPod touch) and Android app (Google Play and Amazon App Store) called iTracx, which allows you to glance at today’s lowest... Read more
Sale! New 13-inch 256GB MacBook Air for $1099...
B&H Photo has the new 2015 13″ 1.6GHz/256GB MacBook Air on sale for $1099.99 including free shipping plus NY tax only. Their price is $100 off MSRP. Read more

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