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Friday February 13

03:58
You Should Play: Gunbrick is a puzzle game disguised...

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.

Gunbrick is a hybrid platformer/puzzler that tasks you with “shooting and rolling your way to victory,” to paraphrase developer Nitrome’s description. This challenging title features stylized pixelated art, unlockable adventures, boss fights, and of course, a gunbrick—which is exactly what it sounds like it is. To jump right in, here are the three reasons why Gunbrick stands out as a clear winner. 

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

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03:48
Apple opens up iWork for iCloud apps to anyone, no...

Apple appears to be aiming to tempt Android and Windows users to try out its iWork apps, making Pages, Numbers and Keynote for iCloud available to anyone, with no requirement to own an Apple device. A new banner promoting the offer was last night added to the iCloud beta site, beta.icloud.com … 

The ability to use iWork for iCloud apps is of course of no use without storage space, so accounts created in this way get 1GB of free iCloud storage.

It’s not known at this stage whether Apple plans to roll out the offer to the main iCloud site, or is merely...

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Thursday February 12

21:41
PDFpen and PDFpenPro 7.0.2

Adds Share button to default toolbar, plus a smattering of fixes and improvements. ($74.95/$124.95 new, free update, 51.6/52.2 MB)

 

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20:30
Apple reverses decision barring marijuana apps from...

Apple has apparently been revising its app review strategy this week and has decided to reverse a previous decision that banned MassRoots, a marijuana-centric social app, from its software storefront. The application was booted from the App Store late last year (though it lasted much longer on the store than some other apps).

According to App Store guideline...

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20:11
Apple begins enforcing rule requiring App Store...

Apple has started enforcing a long-ignored rule in its App Store guidelines regarding what kinds of content can appear in app metadata. According to rule 3.6 in the guidelines document:

Apps with App icons, screenshots, and previews that do not adhere to the 4+ age rating will be rejected

This rule has been mostly unenforced since the App Store launched, but according to a new report from Pocket Gamer, some app developers are starting to see their apps rejected for depictions of violence in their screenshots.

The first app affected by the change was...

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17:36
App Store reviewers rejecting games for depicting...

Apple may have altered its guidelines for marketing violent games in the App Store, as reviewers are reportedly rejecting some games that have guns or show human violence in their screenshots or app icons.

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17:10
∞ About Apple cracking down on App Store screenshots

Pocket Gamer:

Multiple developers have told Pocket Gamer that Apple is starting to reject games and updates from the App Store, if they use screenshots that show people holding guns, or being maimed or killed.

I spoke with Apple about this today and they told me the company is being more liberal lately with what it allows in the App Store for images and screenshots. I don’t know the specifics of individual games, but overall, Apple is being more lenient of late.

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17:04
Developers get new group options in Apple's...

Running split tests or assessing multiple variants of an application simultaneously has been made easier for iOS developers with Apple's announcement of new TestFlight functionality that lets beta testers be divided into groups.

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16:28
Google doomed

As much as we might not like Google’s business model of selling our information and habits to anyone that will pay, I agree with Brian—Google isn’t going anywhere.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:00
Apple adds two-step authentication to Messages,...

illustration by steven sande, apple world today

The Guardian is reporting that two-step authentication -- first enabled for iTunes and iCloud accounts nearly two years ago -- has now been added to FaceTime and Messages as well. If you've already logged into an iPhone, iPad or Mac using your iCloud account, you're already covered by that extra security. But if you log out of your iMessage or FaceTime accounts and then  try to log in again, or if you log in from another machine, you'll be required to enter a security code to verify your password and user name.

Two-step authentication requires you not...

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15:49
Chicago Style Q&A

This is great. I laughed.

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15:36
Apple increasing the size of apps from 2 GB to 4 GB

The size limit of an app package submitted through iTunes Connect has increased from 2 GB to 4 GB, so you can include more media in your submission and provide a more complete, rich user experience upon installation. Please keep in mind that this change does not affect the cellular network delivery size limit of 100 MB.

This is good. As we move farther down the road with apps, they are becoming more complex and require more space. Science apps and games can be especially large, but they are both popular categories.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:03
Popular automation app Workflow updated w/ over 50...

Leveraging the power of iOS 8 extensions and new system customization options, Workflow debuted on the iPhone and iPad last year bringing a powerful automation app to users. Today the team behind Workflow is releasing version 1.1, which adds support for over 5o new actions in addition to including new features and updating some existing actions. Check out the latest from Workflow for iOS below:

As far as features go, Workflow 1.1 adds a list of new functionality. For instance, Workflow already allows you to drag and drop actions to create tasks on a grid for easily...

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15:00
Apple extends two-factor authentication to FaceTime...

Back in September, Apple enabled a two-factor authentication (2FA) security option for iCloud in the wake of a celebrity photo hacking scandal. While this helped protect backups, photos, and other personal data stored using Apple's cloud service, it didn't extend to some other commonly used Apple services. According to Guardian report, Apple is turning on 2FA for the iMessage and FaceTime services starting today.

If you've already enabled 2FA on your iCloud account, there's nothing else to do—signing into iMessage or FaceTime on a new device will now prompt you to generate an app-specific password on the AppleID management page...

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15:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Bits Diary [iPhone; Now free, down from $2.99] Why you should blog and journal separately, if you can do both in one application.

Drift Sumi-e [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $0.99] A modern approach on a classic brushstroke art form focusing on capturing the essence of the subject, create a brush line and watch as it comes to life, car gracefully sliding through course.

Calistix Personal Trainer Men & Women [iPhone; Now free, down from $4.99]...

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14:32
ZZ Top played their first gig 45 years ago today

ZZ Top, the famous beard-heavy blues rockers from Houston, Texas played their first show on February 11, 1970. Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard Knights filled the rafters of the Knights of Columbus Hall off U.S. 90 at a gig arranged by DJ Al Caldwell.

ZZ Top’s early music was very blusey, and still is to be honest.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:26
∞ Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” played in the style of 10...

This is impressive.

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14:19
∞ Apple adds two-step verification to iMessage and...

Apple on Thursday updated its security procedures by adding two-step verification to both iMessage and FaceTime. This added step is meant to prevent someone from accessing your account, even if they know your password. [...]

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14:13
Apple's iMessage, FaceTime now protected by two...

Apple continues to expand the range of offerings covered by its two-step verification scheme, with security-conscious users now able to count iMessage and FaceTime among those features protected by the service.

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14:00
iOS app limit size doubles from 2GB to 4GB

Developers who want to add higher quality imagery to their games have something to rejoice about today: Apple has doubled the maximum size of apps on the App Store from the previous 2GB limit to an impressive 4GB. The company notes that:

“The size limit of an app package submitted through iTunes Connect has increased from 2 GB to 4 GB, so you can include more media in your submission and provide a more complete, rich user experience upon installation. Please keep in mind that this change does not affect the cellular network delivery size limit of 100 MB.”

Our take on the news: It's great news, particularly for game developers and gamers. By building higher quality images and sound files into games, the user experience is going to be even more impressive. In order to keep cellular data customers from maxing out their plans with one quick update, Apple has wisely kept the...

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13:30
Daily Deals for February 12, 2015, featuring Simon 4...

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

AWT's Daily Deal

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

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

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13:02
Apple increases the maximum size of iOS app binaries...

For the first time since the introduction of the App Store in 2008, Apple is increasing the maximum size of the app binaries that developers can upload to iTunes Connect. The company announced today that the cap would increase from 2GB to 4GB, though this doesn't affect the 100MB limit imposed on apps downloaded on cellular networks.

iOS app binaries contain both the executable file and all of the images, sounds, and other assets that the app needs—everything from icons to splash screens to UI is all included in one big file. Because of how they're packaged, these binaries can get rather large. Binaries include all the assets for all the devices they support. If you're shipping a universal app that supports all iOS 8 devices, for example, you've got Retina iPhone assets,...

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13:00
Leef iBridge: Moving files between iOS and OS X in a...

32GB Leef ibridge Photo by Steven Sande, Apple World Today

Ever need to transfer files between your Mac and an iPhone or iPad, or have movies that you'd like to watch but don't want to store on your iOS device? The Leef iBridge may be just the answer for your data transfer needs. 

Available in 16GB ($59.99), 32GB ($79.99), 64GB ($119.99), and 128GB ($199.99) versions, the iBridge is a tiny black device that holds flash RAM, a MFi-certified Lightning adapter, and a USB adapter in a unique J-shaped casing. A small plastic...

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12:50
Piper Jaffray sees a revamped Apple TV set-top box...

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, who has long clamored for an Apple television set, said on Thursday that he believes a revamped Apple TV set-top box could prove to be a centerpiece for the company's fall 2015 product lineup.

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12:28
Apple adds two-factor authentication option to...

In the wake of a report last month that multiple Apple services remained insecure against hacking attempts, Apple has turned on two-factor authentication for the FaceTime audio/video calling service and iMessage text/picture/voice messaging service, notes The Guardian. Two-factor authentication was previously offered optionally by Apple to secure iCloud accounts against access from previously unknown computers, but other Apple services such as iMessage, FaceTime, the iTunes Store, the App Store, and Apple.com itself were left with only simple passwords for security....

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12:23
SkyMall will fly again

Scott Jordan:

While I am playing much of our strategy close to the (SCOTTe)vest – and keeping a few aces in my pockets (since I am Pocket Man) – I just have to tease some of our favorite developments in our bid to rescue SkyMall.

More than just a catalog. Sure, it looks like a catalog. But SkyMall has always been entertainment first, and shopping second. That’s the secret sauce that made it so compelling. While the “social sharing” of SkyMall’s content was limited to just exposing your travelling companion yet another outrageous product, the content was always entertaining.

We will dial up that entertainment aspect of SkyMall by embracing it as a source of creative content.

I’m a big fan of SCOTTeVEST and, while this seems like an insane waste of money, I hope they pull it off.

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12:18
Apple introduces TestFlight Groups feature for...

Apple announced today that it’s rolling out a new feature for its TestFlight beta distribution service called TestFlight Groups to improve the experience of managing builds with multiple testers.

Apple noted the Groups feature will allow developers to “organize your testers into groups to quickly send specific builds”, provide separate instructions on where to focus, and apply an action to several testers at once in TestFlight.”

The new feature is available to those using Apple’s in beta TestFlight service through iTunes Connect.

Apple acquired the TestFlight beta app testing platform through its purchase of Burstly in February of last year and...

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12:09
App Store responds to freemium haters, features ‘Pay...

 As part of Apple’s weekly App Store refresh, the company is currently highlighting iOS games for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch that are paid apps with no in-app purchases, MacStories points out. The featured section is notable as in-app purchases have been a source of confusion and frustration for many consumers since their introduction despite being an added revenue source for developers and Apple.

Apple has made a number of moves to help its customers avoid issues that spring from the use of in-app purchases, especially in games, both at the request of various government agencies and on its own.

Most recently, Apple moved to change the way app prices are presented to users in its...

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11:57
Apple increases app size limit from 2GB to 4GB for...

Apple today announced that it is increasing the size limit for apps submitted by developers to the App Store through its iTunes Connect service. Previously limited to 2GB, app packages can now be a maximum of 4GB in size. Apple made the announcement on its website for developers earlier today but some apps have been over the 2GB limit since at least January. 

Apple noted the change will allow developers to “include more media in your submission and provide a more complete, rich user experience upon installation.”

While the change increases the overall size of app packages, Apple pointed out that doesn’t...

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11:51
Apple increases size limit of App Store downloads to...

Apple on Thursday announced that the size limit of application packages submitted through iTunes Connect can now be as large as 4 gigabytes, doubling the previous 2-gigabyte restriction.

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11:33
Visa hopes to track smartphone locations to prevent...

Currently most of us have to inform our bank by phone when we’re travelling to avoid purchases in other countries appearing as red flags for fraud and being declined. That could soon change as Visa looks to track smartphones with a service called Mobile Location Confirmation in order to help their security systems become smarter and reduce declined purchases by as much as 30%.

While infrequent, unnecessary transaction declines can mean lost sales for retailers, additional customer service costs for financial institutions and, ultimately, frustration for the cardholder if unable to make a purchase when traveling… The service uses mobile geo-location data in real time as an...

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11:08
BusyContacts 1.0

BusyContacts brings to contact management the same power, flexibility, and sharing capabilities that BusyCal users have enjoyed with their calendars. What’s more, BusyContacts integrates seamlessly with BusyCal forming a flexible, easy to use CRM solution that works the way you do.

I really like the work these guys do. Great looking app.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:58
How The New York Times works

Popular Mechanics:

The paper on which tonight’s edition is being printed arrived, as it does each week, from four different paper mills—two in Quebec, one in Ontario, and one in Tennessee—where it was packaged into rolls large enough to serve as the business end of a steamroller: 2,200 pounds each and fifty inches in diameter. Eighteen-wheelers carried them to a Times storage facility in the Bronx, where more trucks took twenty rolls each from there to the plant in Queens, where manned forklifts deposited each one in a four-story warehouse that can hold 2,231 just like it.

For all of its problems and issues, The New York Times is still my favourite paper and this is a really interesting story about how it ends up in physical form.

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10:45
Apple Campus 2 Construction Progress Timeline: new...



First announced by Steve Jobs in 2006, Apple kicked off construction on its new 176-acre “Campus 2″ in late 2013/early 2014 and expects to move in around 12,000 of its employees when the project is complete. Apple currently plans to wrap up construction by late 2016, so it’s possible the company could move into the new 2.8 million sq ft location starting sometime in early 2017.

Apple has been providing sporadic updates on progress on the site, but we have a more comprehensive timeline below that we’ll update as we...

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10:44
Intel to sell remaining stake in Apple partner...

The Intel Foundation will sell its 4.9 percent stake in Imagination Technologies, the company whose PowerVR graphics processors are a key component of Apple's iPhone and iPad, it was announced on Thursday.

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10:11
Anki Overdrive: race AI-powered toy cars on courses...

The Wall Street Journal:

Anki Overdrive is the latest proof that videogames are coming to real life. The tiny AI-powered cars, which surprised robotics and slot-car fans alike when they first hit the market in 2013, will get new customizable tracks—plus hotter designs and abilities—when they arrive this fall.

But this second generation swaps out the simple roll-out mat tracks that the first cars drove on for a set of modular tracks that you can lay out any way you want. The new tracks are made up of plastic pieces that magnetically snap together. You can even create terrain—bridges, banked turns and dead-end cliffs.

I had the original track and, while interesting, it quickly lost our interest because of the track limits. This new setup looks fantastic.

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10:07
What is this ‘Carrier Settings Update’ on my iPhone...

Re/code:

Oh God, what is this?That’s the first thought you might have when a notification appears on your iPhone or iPad prompting you to download a “Carrier Settings Update.”If you’re like me, you’ll shrug and tap the Update button (YOLO!). But others might be a little more wary, and want to know what the update is for and whether it’s safe to download before taking any action.Unfortunately, getting answers to these questions is much harder than it should be.

I had this happen while setting up a friend’s phone yesterday. Finding info on what it is was frustratingly difficult.

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10:05
60-Second Tips: Save iPhone voicemails

In today's 60-Second Tip, I show you how to get voicemail messages off of your iPhone and onto your computer, so you can save them for as long as you like. 

I was recently asked about saving voice mail messages that are on an iPhone. Specifically, someone had received an especially cute message from their son, and she wanted to keep it for posterity. That's a cute idea, so I looked around for a solution, which I found, and I'll explain here. 

We'll pull this off with a piece of software called iExplorer. iExplorer can access the voicemail files that are on your iPhone, and export them to your Mac. There's a free demo version you can use with some restrictions, or unlock all functionality for $34.99 (...

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09:00
Phorm case for iPad promises tactile typing w/ the...

Tactus Technology is introducing a unique, new keyboard case today called Phorm that promises to bring tactile feedback to the typing experience while still using the on-screen touch keyboard. Phorm uses microfluids to raise a segments of a screen protector kept on with a frame and protective case to apply “physical” keys that appear and disappear at the swipe of switch. The goal is to improve typing speed and accuracy when typing with the iPad without requiring a keyboard you have to charge or pair with your tablet. Check out the video below to see Phorm in action.

While I have not had the opportunity to go hands-on with the Phorm case for iPad, the idea of being able to add and remove buttons from the display without assembling and removing another accessory is certainly novel.

Phorm combines a durable tablet case with...

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09:00
60 minutes with Phorm for iPad mini, its founder,...

Imagine launching Notes or Messages on your iPad or iPhone and having a keyboard full of transparent, physical buttons magically rise from the surface of your touchscreen. Phorm, which was officially announced on Thursday for Apple's iPad mini, promises to deliver the first taste of this intriguing technology in a consumer package.

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09:00
Feel the love with these Valentine's Day apps

Image via Wallpaperput.com

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and if you haven't yet made arrangements for Saturday, well, we hope these apps may help you turn a potential romantic disaster into a successful day full of kisses.

OpenTable: If you're not already an OpenTable user, you should be. The app is used for browsing and making reservations at more than 32,000 restaurants worldwide. They're usually the type of restaurants that you'd think of for a romantic dinner, too! It takes just a second to download the app, a few minutes to set up your account, and then you can get down to the business of trying to find an "Open Table" for Saturday night. Good luck...

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08:49
ESPN for iOS becomes a universal app for iPhone...

ESPN's official application for iOS was given an overhaul on Thursday, becoming a universal app for iPhone and iPad, gaining support for the larger displays of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and also getting a fresh coat of paint.

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08:33
Apple patent shows potential use of shifting mirrors...

When in doubt, use mirrors.

A recently published patent application posted on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office web site shows that Apple has revealed a new concept that would offer improved optical image stabilization using mirrors.

The patent, entitled “Mirror Tilt Actuation,” describes an image sensor for small, multifunction devices like an iPhone that would compensate for the user’s hand movement to improve picture quality.

Apple introduced optical image stabilization in its products last year with the debut of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The smaller iPhone 6 accomplishes this through software, while the larger iPhone 6 Plus also uses hardware OIS for superior image taking capabilities.

In its filing, Apple notes that OIS adjusts the direction of the field of view of the camera to compensate for user motion. This can be accomplished through “lens barrel...

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08:32
9to5Toys Lunch Break: free streaming stick w/ Sling...

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:

Get a free Fire TV/Roku streaming stick or 50%...

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08:25
Why Twitter just bought a social media talent agency

Social media star is an actual job title now, with so-called influencers raking in tens of thousands a month to craft tweets, Vines, and other content for paying brands. Twitter sees this activity and has decided it wants a cut: The company just bought Niche, a talent agency and analytics firm that connects some 6,000 top content creators with advertisers.

Now Twitter and its 6-second video-looping service Vine, where some of social media’s biggest stars were born, control the connection between creators and brands that want to make ads that don’t seem like ads. That means the company presumably gets a cut when popular Viners signed to Niche make clips for brands...

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08:00
Pinterest debuts new 'app Pins' to help...

Pinterest today announced new "app Pins" that promote apps in the iOS App Store. The app pins join exisiting specialty pins designed to share recipes, products and articles.

The new app Pins will link to an iOS app and allow you to download the app to your phone without leaving the Pinterest app. Apple also added an App Store profile to showcase the latest and greatest app Pins, while Pinterest is promoting their own app Pins on the Staff Picks board.

Our take on the news:
Brilliant move by Pinterest to bring the App Store to the social network's 70 million users and help them find useful apps for their iPhone or iPad.

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07:56
Obama's Cyberthreat Intel Aggregator Plan...


The Obama Administration on Tuesday announced plans to set up a national Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center to integrate all data from government agencies and the private sector, and disseminate it appropriately. Lisa Monaco, assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism, made the announcement following months of research by White House cybersecurity coordinator Michael Daniel's staff. Reactions from cybersecurity experts were mixed.

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07:19
Tim Cook reportedly headed to Israel for opening of...

Tim Cook is scheduled to attend the opening of Apple’s latest offices in Israel early next week, according to a report from Israeli daily business newspaper Calcalist.

The report says the new offices will be located in Herzliya, Israel, and hold around 800 employees in approximately 180,000 square feet.

There is no info on what exactly the company has planned for the new facility, but Apple has run satellite offices in Israel for a few years following its acquisition of NAND flash technology provider Anobit for a reported $390 million back in 2011 and...

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07:15
UK eBayer turns paper MacBook scam into fund-raising...

Image of Paul Barrington and printed MacBook as published by Express and Echo.

UK resident Paul Barrington fell victim to one of the worst eBay scams. As reported by Express & Echo, he purchased a top-of-the-line MacBook at the incredible price of £300 ($460 USD), in hopes of starting up a new business as a wedding DJ. Barrington left his previous job in child care due to a lung condition and sold his surfboard to acquire the funds for the notebook. His good fortune at finding such an excellent deal turned to despair when he received his package, and all it contained was a printed picture of the prized MacBook.

He shared his unfortunate tale with friends and family and the news...

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07:14
Carl Icahn says Apple stock should be worth $216 per...

Activist investor Carl Icahn this week once again heaped praise on Apple, saying the company's stock continues to be vastly undervalued and should be trading today at a price of $216.

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06:49
ESPN app overhauled w/ new look, iPhone 6/6+ &...



ESPN is out with a brand new version of its iPhone app today adding native resolution support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+ while also debuting on the iPad for the first time. The new app not only sports a new look right down to its icon, but ESPN says it “pulled a Puff Daddy and changed the name.” Previously, the app was branded as ESPN SportsCenter, but now it’s simply “ESPN”.

The version of the sports network’s iOS app also touts a new feature called ESPN Now, which puts “up to-the-...

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06:30
Apple helps Pinterest launch rich pins for better...

Apple and Pinterest are teaming up to help you discover apps with a new type of pin on the social bulletin board that leads to the App Store.

App pins are a type of rich pin, which offers more information than a typical pin that consists solely of an image with a link to the original source. Pinterest developed rich pins two years ago and now supports detailed, contextual pins for recipes, places, articles, products, movies, and—with Apple’s help—apps.

How it works

If you’re browsing Pinterest on an iOS device and come across an app pin, the platform will give you the option to install the app directly to your iPhone or iPad. To help Pinterest launch app pins, Apple has curated a collection of lifestyle apps ranging from healthy recipe services to apps for New York Fashion Week.

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06:26
Apple concept would improve iPhone camera quality...

In its quest to build smaller phones that still somehow offer better photo taking capabilities, Apple has revealed a new concept that would offer improved optical image stabilization using mirrors.

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05:49
Photos for Mac: an FAQ

Two good reads if you are interested in learning about Photos for OS X, Apple’s coming replacement for iPhoto.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:47
Tesla thinks it can grow to an Apple-sized market...

Black Tesla Model X prototype with a trailer hitch and redesigned front end

Quite an interesting statement from Tesla CEO Elon Musk in last night’s earnings call. With all of the “Apple car” talk and fight for employees, it is interesting to note how big Tesla thinks the market for electric cars and lithium batteries will be in the coming decade (assuming 10% yoy growth and P/E ratio of 20).

For the record, I’ve also heard rumblings of an early vehicle program at Apple which...

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05:29
PayPal, Apple Pay, and friction

Karen Webster, in her weekly piece for PYMENTS.com, interviews PayPal’s GM of Retail, Brad Brodigan. She then follows this with some cogent analysis, focused on Apple Pay, PayPal, and friction in the payments market.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:10
Apple dropping four smelters from supply chain after...

Apple has revealed in its annual Supplier Responsibility Progress Report that it has informed four smelters–who provide metals used in the production of the company’s devices–that they will be dropped from the supply chain after refusing to submit to “conflict mineral” audits … 

The audits are designed to ensure that the extraction of the minerals used does not finance armed groups associated with human rights violations:

“Tantalum, tin, tungsten, and gold are called conflict minerals because, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and adjoining regions, their extraction may finance or benefit armed groups associated with human rights violations. Apple is dedicated to using only conflict-free minerals in...

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05:00
Starbucks adds support for Apple Pay to its iOS App

Starbucks recently updated its iOS app to version 3.2.1, adding support for Apple Pay. Customers now can use Apple Pay to reload their Starbucks card and then use those funds to make purchases at their favorite Starbucks location. The update also improves the calorie information within the app and enhances the Mobile Order and Pay in Portland, Oregon, which allows customers to place an order ahead of time so it will ready when they arrive.

Our take on the news:

It's great to see Starbucks embracing Apple's latest technology, but it's unfortunate that Apple Pay is not being fully implemented as a payment service during checkout. According to MacRumors, Starbucks retail locations are not equipped with the NFC terminals that are required...

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05:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Speck’s Valentine’s Day...

Speck’s Valentine’s Day CandyShell, Catalyst’s wine-inspired case, and Case-Mate's glittering design

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases brings you a few options for your Valentine’s Day celebrations, a shimmering alternative for everyday use, and a few all-weather solutions for additional peace of mind.

Carte Blanche

The Brassard (iPhone 4/4S, 5/5S, 5C, 6, and 6 Plus; $20 to $40) is an armband that quickly attaches to your arm, making it the perfect companion for running, working out, or performing any kind of activity where you need to have your hands free.

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04:59
New legislation requires U.S. wireless carriers to...

This could come in handy.

America’s top wireless providers can no longer refuse to unlock devices for customers who have paid financing plans in full or completed their contract term under a new set of industry rules — agreed to over one year ago — which went into effect yesterday.

As part of the pact, wireless carriers AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon, and will notify active customers whose devices are eligible for unlocking. Those who have purchased a used, carrier-locked device can also have those unlocked for a “reasonable fee.”

The carriers will respond to all device unlock requests within two business days, though the actual unlocking time may be slightly longer. Military personnel being deployed overseas can have their device unlocked at any time, as long as their account is in good standing, by showing their carrier their deployment papers...

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04:49
Smartphone theft drops dramatically in London, two U...

This may be better news, but keep an eye on your iPhone when you’re in crowds.

Thefts involving smartphones have declined dramatically in three major cities since manufacturers began implementing “kill switches” that allow the phones to be turned off remotely if they are stolen, authorities said on Tuesday.

The number of stolen iPhones dropped by 40 percent in San Francisco and 25 percent in New York in the 12 months after Apple Inc added a kill switch to its devices in September 2013. In London, smartphone theft dropped by half, according to an announcement by officials in the three cities.

“We have made real progress in tackling the smartphone theft epidemic that was affecting many major cities just two years ago,” said London Mayor Boris Johnson.

Johnson, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon and New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman were...

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04:07
Two days after AAPL hits highest market cap ever,...

Two days after Apple set a new record for the highest market capitalization of any company, valuing it at more than $700B, billionaire investor Carl Icahn has suggested the true value of the company is close to double this, at $1.3T.

Icahn, who is one of the company’s ten biggest shareholders with stock worth around $6.5B, says that a realistic valuation of the company would be 20 times its earnings per share. Factoring in Apple’s cash reserves of $178B, that would give a share price of $216–for a total company value of $1.3T.

Icahn notes that while he has previously been criticized for over-optimistic valuations of AAPL, 31 analysts have “dramatically increased” their earnings-per-share...

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23:06
Apple teams up with Pinterest to help make app...

Pinterest today debuted a new type of post that users can expect to see showing up in their feeds soon. The new “app pin” shows additional information, such as an app’s developer, when users link to software in the iOS App Store. These new pins feature a prominent “Install” button that opens a standard App Store preview pane and allows users to install an app without ever having to leave Pinterest.

The change was almost certainly prompted by Apple, as Pinterest also announced that the tech company had created an App Store profile to share both popular and undiscovered applications. The profile currently features collections like “Editors’ Choice” and “Fashion Apps.”

You can download the updated Pinterest app...

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23:04
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22:42
iOS users can now install apps directly from...

Apple and social network Pinterest on Thursday rolled out "app pins," a new type of enhanced pin that lets users of Pinterest's iOS app install pinned apps on their device without switching to the App Store.

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22:00
Have an out-of-contract iPhone? US carriers are now...

As of today, any mobile phone that has completed its contract term or that has been paid off in full under a financing plan must be unlocked by US mobile carriers at the request of the owner.  

AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint and US Cellular will begin to notify customers who have phones that are eligible for unlocking. After requesting that the device be unlocked, the carriers have two days to respond, although it may take longer to actually have the unlock completed.  The carriers agreed to these rules in late 2013 as part of the CTIA Consumer Code for Wireless Service. At that time, the carriers pledged to implement three rules by May of 2014 and be in compliance with all of the rules by today.

Those customers with used, carrier-locked devices can have them unlocked for a reasonable fee. Even prepaid users get an opportunity for unlocking - they can have their phones unlocked no later than one year after initial activation, "consistent with reasonable time,...

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19:44
Apple offers closer look at Campus 2 as the City of...

Apple's spaceship-like Campus 2 project was shown from a new angle Wednesday as the company allowed members of the media on-site, while Cupertino leaders have begun to reconsider ways to diversify the city's Apple-dominated tax base.

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19:22
Apple provides ‘sneak peek’ of its new campus as...

Image via KQED

Apple has continued to make steady progress on its new headquarters, and this week provided KQED News with a special “sneak peek” at the construction site. The news outlet has released several photos of some of the major structures on the upcoming campus, and has promised additional photos from the tour will be published later this month.

Last week we got an drone’s-eye view of the progress, which gave us our first look at some of these buildings. The new photos provide another point of view, showing the structures from the ground. This is the first time we’ve seen photos like this for the “spaceship” campus.

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18:35
New rules requiring U.S. carriers to unlock out-of-...

America's top wireless providers can no longer refuse to unlock devices for customers who have paid financing plans in full or completed their contract term under a new set of industry rules -- agreed to over one year ago -- which go into effect today.

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18:06
Stanford Health Care launches MyHealth app for iOS...


Stanford Health Care released an iOS app today for its MyHealth service. The new software allows patients to track their health data and keep track of the information in their online MyHealth account. A HealthKit syncing feature allows the app to pull in your data from Apple’s built-in data tracker and upload it to Stanford for a “virtual checkup.”

The app can also be used to make appointments, see test results, and consult with your doctor over a video chat. Users can also manage prescriptions and message Stanford’s...

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17:15
I’m Brianna Wu, and I’m risking my life standing up...

This weekend, a man wearing a skull mask posted a video on YouTube outlining his plans to murder me. I know his real name. I documented it and sent it to law enforcement, praying something is finally done. I have received these death threats and 43 others in the last five months.

This is just unreal. You have to read this piece.

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15:30
Hands-on with the Olloclip Telephoto + CPL Lens for...

Olloclip Telephoto + CPL Lens

Back in the days when I was writing for "another website", I did a review of Olloclip's 4-in-1 lens for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus ($79.99). Now while I love the fact that I can take ultra-wide angle, fisheye, and macro photos with my iPhone 6 Plus, I'm more of a fan of telephoto lenses. Well, it didn't take long for Olloclip to come out with the answer to my wishes with its new Telephoto + CPL (circular polarizing lens) for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus ($99.99). 

The Telephoto + CPL lens follows the new design meme of snapping into a wearable lanyard pendant in bright green, light blue or black -- it's nice to be able to carry your lenses without shoving them into a pocket where they might be scratched by keys. The lens kit itself has a total height of 1.08...

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15:27
Apple releases 2015 Supplier Responsibility Report,...

Apple on Wednesday issued its annual Supplier Responsibility Report, covering a range of issues from factory overtime to the environment, including new rules for factories wishing to be a part of its global supply chain that prohibit those firms from charging "recruitment fees" to employees.

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15:07
Led Zeppelin re-releases Physical Graffiti 40 years...

The Led Zeppelin reissue campaign continues in 2015, turning the spotlight on the double album Physical Graffiti. The deluxe edition of the group’s sixth studio album will arrive 40 years to the day after the original debuted on February 24, 1975. As with the previous deluxe editions, Physical Graffiti has been newly remastered by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page and is accompanied by a disc of companion audio comprising previously unreleased music related to the original release.

It’s available for pre-order.

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14:59
Apple bars suppliers from employing debt-bonded...

Apple’s SVP of Operations Jeff Williams said today that the Cupertino company made changes to its requirements for supplier factories with regard to bonded labor practices in October. The practice in question centers on suppliers charging workers recruitment fees in exchange for a job on the assembly line.

Apple now says that these fees should be paid by employers, and employees should not pay anything at all.

As Bloomberg notes, Apple has previously stated that its supplier partners should not charge laborers “excessive fees” equal to a month’s pay or more, but with the recent shift has banned what Williams referred to as “bonded servitude” entirely.

Apple has long...

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14:55
You’re welcome Heineken

Heineken NV, the world’s third-largest brewer, forecast growth against a tough market backdrop in the year ahead after reporting higher revenue for 2014 and increasing its dividend.

I’ve done my part.

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14:53
Apple confirms that Aperture will be discontinued...

It’s time to move on from Aperture.

Shortly after last week’s deployment of OS X 10.10.3 to developers, Apple updated its official Aperture page on its website, adding a notice stating that Aperture will be removed from the Mac App Store when the Photos for OS X app launches.

The same notice can also be found in the app’s Mac App Store description. Once removed from the Mac App Store, it will no longer be possible for new users to obtain the Aperture software, but those who have previously purchased Aperture will continue to be able to download it from the “Purchases” tab.

Apple first announced that it would be discontinuing Aperture and iPhoto back in June, but the company did not specify at that time that the software would be removed from the Mac App Store entirely. Instead, it said only that there would be “no new development of Aperture” as it focused its...

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14:48
Want to buy this guitar? He may not sell it to you

A Craigslist ad selling a guitar:

“THIS GUITAR WILL NOT PLAY DOOM METAL. This guitar needs to play GOOD RIFFS and not BORING doom riffs. If your favorite band is Black Sabbath, I can’t sell this guitar to you. If you own a Fender or Gibson and want to upgrade, I can’t sell this to you (Ibanez Japanese guitars are the PRIME of guitar craftsmanship crafted by the ancient Japanese wizards—if you think otherwise, you haven’t played one of these HEAVY METAL BATTLE TANKS.)

“If you want to play REAL GUITAR RIFFS, this guitar is for you! If you have a Marshall full-stack in your bedroom, THIS GUITAR IS FOR YOU. If you say you are ready to buy this guitar and show up to buy it wearing a Mastodon shirt, I can’t sell it to you. I MEAN RIFFS, not some banjo jangle pentatonic shit. If you own an HM2, this guitar is perfect. You can get the perfect chainsaw distortion with these HOT HIGH GAIN RAIL PICKUPS. Real riffs only.”

That’s some funny shit.

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14:41
Apple's iPhone 6 Plus drives double the data...

The phablet-sized iPhone 6 Plus sees data usage closer to a tablet than a phone as users consume more mobile video content, according to a new report, while iOS continues to dominate the enterprise market around the world.

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14:33
iOS apps for guitarists

Good list of apps here from Lee Peterson. I use all of those and a couple more.

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14:17
Foremost: Small-batch, American-made clothing for...

Each month, Foremost releases a limited-edition collection of clothing — three-to-five items per gender — alongside an interview series with some of the world’s most prominent, interesting, and creative personalities.

Good luck to my friend, Matt Alexander, on his new project.

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14:12
∞ Black Label Society: Stronger Than Death

Zak Wylde puts on such a great show. This is one of my favorite BLS songs.

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14:10
Android Wear sales: Bad compared to phones, OK...

So far, we haven't had much information about how Android Wear is doing, but the analysts over at Canalys say that more than 720,000 Wear watches shipped in 2014. LG's first G Watch and Samsung's Gear Live were available at the end of June, so these numbers mean that all six extant Android Wear watches shipped around three-quarters of a million units in six months (and remember, a unit shipped isn't necessarily a unit sold).

These numbers are decidedly unimpressive when considered next to smartphone sales numbers—Apple by itself sold almost 114 million iPhones in the same amount of time—but by smartwatch standards, the Wear ecosystem is collectively doing OK. Pebble recently announced that it had shipped (that word again)...

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13:52
Samsung Smart TV Owners Fume Over Sneaky Pop-Up Ads


Samsung Smart TV owners, already shaken by news earlier this week that their TVs can transmit voice commands and other private data to third parties, have been hit by another revelation -- that the devices sneak ads into movies they're watching without the owner's knowledge or consent. A user on the Plex forum complained that a Pepsi ad popped up every 10-15 minutes while he was watching content on his Samsung TV. This followed upgrading his Plex Media Server to version 0.9.1101.

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13:45
Daily Deals for February 11, 2015, featuring Simon 4...

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

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

The native Mac utility can be used to monitor both your own website and servers as well as external sites. You can use it to track your favorite blogs, check for web mail, keep an eye on auctions...

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12:54
External Link: U.S. Carriers Now Required to Unlock...

If you’ve paid off your cellular contract, your carrier is now required to unlock your phone upon request. This is part of a 2013 agreement between the FCC and the carriers. The carriers must also unlock prepaid devices after one year of activation, assuming reasonable time, payment, or usage requirements. Contact your carrier for details.

 

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12:53
Happy Hour Podcast 001 | New iOS 9 details, Apple...

Happy Hour is back and better than ever. Join us as we kick off the first episode and discuss everything you need to know about Apple’s master plan for iOS 9, a new music streaming service in the works, Apple Watch launch details, and more. The Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and through our dedicated RSS feed.

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

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

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12:53
External Link: Phone Kill Switches Are Preventing...

So-called “kill switches,” such as the Activation Lock feature of iOS 7 and 8, are making real progress in preventing smart phone thefts. After Apple added the feature in September 2013, iPhone thefts dropped by 25 percent in New York City, 40 percent in San Francisco, and 50 percent in London in the following 12 months. Be sure to enable it if you haven’t already done so by enabling Find My iPhone in Settings > iCloud.

 

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11:56
Amplified: Two And A Half White Guys

Jim, Shawn and Special Guest Dave Mark talk Tim Cook, The Loop Magazine, The Grammys and Kanye West!

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11:50
iPhone users can now reload their Starbucks Card...

The official Starbucks application for iOS was updated on Wednesday to add support for Apple Pay, allowing users to quickly reload their Starbucks Card with the press of a fingertip.

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11:34
Historic Genius Bar logos are being removed

IFO Apple Store:

An original and significant element of Apple’s retail stores is disappearing. Over the past month workers have been removing the “atom” symbol that has pinpointed the Genius Bars since the first store opened in 2001, and they are replacing it with wall graphics to match those recently installed in back-lit wall displays.

I’ll be sorry to see them go. One of my favourite photos I ever took was of Steve Jobs at the opening of the first New York Store. He was leaning forward on the Genius Bar and I framed a perfect shot of him with the word “Genius” right about his head.

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11:08
Starbucks iPhone app updated w/ Apple Pay, enhanced...


Apple announced Starbucks as an Apple Pay partner when it unveiled the mobile payment system last fall, and today the coffee chain is beginning to roll out support for Apple Pay through the latest version of its iPhone app.

While Starbucks does not yet accept Apple Pay in its brick-and-mortar stores, customers have long been able to pay with the iPhone app in stores using a digital Starbucks Card barcode scanned by a barista. Starting today, customers can load credit to a Starbucks Card within the app using Apple Pay as a payment method....

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11:00
How do you use Notification Center?

First introduced with iOS 5, Notification Center made its way to the Mac with OS X Mountain Lion in July 2012. Three years later, I've got a love-hate relationship with it. Some features are tremendously useful, while other aspects feel like yet another "thing" I've got to attend to. I'm interested in seeing if and how you use Notification Center on your Mac, but first, here are my thoughts. 
 
What I Love

There's a lot to be enthusiastic about, especially the zero-effort, glance-friendly delivery of information. You can be working along when ping! In comes an unobtrusive notification about an email message, a text, something new on Facebook, etc. Often, simply reading the notification is all the interaction that's required. I barely even break the stride of what I was doing. 

Also awesome? Do Not Disturb. There will be times when you can't have those...

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10:38
iPhone thefts drop after Apple adds “kill switch”

The number of stolen iPhones dropped by 40 percent in San Francisco and 25 percent in New York in the 12 months after Apple Inc added a kill switch to its devices in September 2013. In London, smartphone theft dropped by half, according to an announcement by officials in the three cities.

This was a real concern for cities around the world. The drop shows how powerful the kill switch has been as a deterrent.

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10:33
Review: Hyper’s new Pearl is a compact, LED-lit...

It’s not easy to create a legitimately novel accessory these days, and it’s even harder to sail smoothly through a crowdfunding campaign to bring one to market. Sanho — better-known as Hyper thanks to a popular line of battery products — spent much of 2014 preparing to release a female-friendly combination compact mirror and USB battery pack, using both Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns to raise funds for its production. After making a public splash at the 2015 CES alongside the new (and world’s smallest) laser pointer iPin, the mirror-battery Pearl ($39) is now shipping to customers through Indiegogo’s InDemand service.

The result — a 3.6″-diameter circular double mirror with a 3000mAh battery underneath — has been...

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10:27
Android Wear stumbles out of the gate with just 720K...

Though Google and its manufacturing partners hoped to get the jump on the Apple Watch with the debut of its own wearable platform last year, it didn't translate into blockbuster sales to consumers, according to a new study.

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10:02
Box to Let Enterprises Bring Their Own Keys to the...


Box is working with Amazon Web Services and Gemalto to bring to market the solution, called "Box Enterprise Key Management," and give its most security-minded customers total control over the keys used to encrypt data they store on Box. "Industries like finance, government, legal and healthcare are facing a new set of challenges when it comes to establishing control over their content -- and who can access it -- without hindering collaboration and productivity," Aaron Levie, Box co-founder and CEO, said in a statement.

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10:00
Apple's Activation Lock credited for drop in...

Apple Inc. Activation Lock Status Webpage

Reuters reported today that smartphone thefts -- particularly those of iPhones -- have dropped dramatically since Apple first implemented its "kill switch" Activation Lock in September of 2013.

In San Francisco, iPhone theft dropped 40 percent, while New York saw a 25 percent decline. Perhaps the most impressive decline was in London, where smartphone theft was cut in half. 

With such impressive results, lawmakers are calling for action to mandate similar features in all smartphones. London Mayor Boris Johnson, New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon are all pressing for laws mandating "kill switches". California already...

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09:28
Google brings smooth Safari-like zoom to Chrome...

The latest build of Chrome Canary for Mac packs a great new feature that’s likely familiar to those who use Safari on a daily basis. While current stable builds of Chrome have a jaggedy pinch-to-zoom functionality that only zooms in 10% increments, the latest build of Chrome Canary provides a smooth buttery zoom experience like Apple’s browser.

As of right now, it looks like the feature works a little bit less fluidly than Apple’s offering, but that’s to expected in the most experimental public release version of Chrome. Zooming works the same way that it does in Safari and current versions of Chrome, so all it takes is pinching two fingers on the Trackpad.

If you’re sticking with Safari on your Mac for this reason or others (battery life, anyone?), it looks like this feature—once it makes its way to the stable release—will give you one more reason to switch over to Google...

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