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Friday March 27

13:53
Mac Basics: Notifications keep you informed

The Notifications feature of OS X helps you keep track of what's new.

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13:52
News: iLounge Weekly arrives Monday, sign up now

The latest edition of iLounge Weekly, our weekly newsletter covering all things iLounge, will be arriving in subscribers’ inboxes early next week. iLounge Weekly is a summary of the week’s best news, reviews, and feature articles we’ve published, and it also features giveaways and accessory discount offers from various companies. There’s still plenty of time to sign up and receive this week’s edition — just use the simple form…

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13:38
Hands-On With the Apple Watch: A Developer's...

Earlier this month, Apple began inviting a select number of developers to an Apple Watch development lab in Sunnyvale, California, located near the company's main Cupertino campus. Developers were invited to reserve a testing appointment to test their Apple Watch apps on actual Apple Watch devices to get ready for the device's April 24 launch.

One of the developers who had a chance to visit Apple's WatchKit lab and get hands-on time with the Apple Watch shared his testing experience with MacRumors and gave us some of his thoughts on the device after spending all day using it.

Apple maintained strict control over the Apple Watches that developers were allowed to use for testing. Security guards were on hand, and developers were not allowed into the room until receiving a badge, which had to be worn at all times. Entering into the lab was done through two doorways, each of which was locked and could only be opened via an electronic keycard.

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13:38
Apps: Layout from Instagram, Periscope, The Trace +...

New Apps + Games Layout from Instagram (free) — Instagram’s latest addition to the App Store allows users to quickly and easily create photo collages and share them. While Layout is far from the first iOS app to do this sort of thing, it’s definitely one of the best designed that we’ve seen, providing the ability to quickly select a group of photos, choose your favorite layout, and then even make drag-and-drop adjustments to move…

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13:36
Apple has not approached Comcast about Web...

Amid rumors of an Apple branded streaming television service, Comcast asserts it has not engaged in any discussions with the company about licensing NBCUniversal content to air alongside programs from potential partners ABC, CBS, Fox and more.

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13:32
Insane Android OEM in China Compares Apple to Hitler...

The rivalry between Apple and Android fans has been long standing. During the Samsung patent infringement trials we saw firsthand how fanatical Android fans could be. But by and large, each community pokes each other in the eye ...

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13:12
Last chance to get in on Prong PWR Case Indiegogo...

OK, I know it's a bit late since there are only about 11 hours left in this Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. But I thought that this case was rather nifty and thought at least some of our readers might want to jump on the Prong PWR iPhone Case before it's too late.

I'll let the team behind this ingenious case explain the campaign to you, but basically Prong is a combination of iPhone case, battery pack and charger all in one clever package. The campaign is currently funded at 132% of its goal, but you can still pick up one for US$70 -- this is a product that's expected to retail for over $100 when it finally makes it to market.

Check it out, and if you decide to back the campaign, do it NOW! You won't have another chance.

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13:07
Opinion: As Nintendo ponders iOS, it’s time for Mac...

When Nintendo announced last week that it will collaborate with DeNA to release iPhone and iPad games, gamers split into two camps: people intrigued by the promise of brand new Nintendo titles designed for mobile devices, and others — including myself — who expect Nintendo to release shallow mobile minigames, mostly to promote console titles. Nintendo hasn’t actually committed to bringing the Super Mario games people love into the App Store; instead, it’s saying only that its characters will appear in new titles that won’t require complex controls. The implication is that only Nintendo consoles are capable of playing Nintendo’s console...

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13:00
Mail Designer Pro 2 is perfect for the in-betweeners

For many of us, email is a way to quickly share information with a distant party. For example, a sweet message and a birthday photo will make grandma's day. For others, it's serious marketing that's managed by a director, an art department and a copywriter. Mail Designer Pro 2 (currently on sale for US$49.99, regularly $89.99), a WYSIWYG email designer for the Mac, is for everyone in between.

Mail Designer Pro 2 lets you create and deliver beautiful, custom email newsletters with no knowledge of HTML required. It's compatible with Campaign Monitor and Mail Chimp, so you can upload your designs when they're done. With 38 default templates to choose from (and more via in-app purchase) and a wealth of editing options, Mail Designer Pro 2 seems intimidating at first, but you'll soon be designing great-looking campaigns for your members, subscribers or customers. Here's our look at Mail Designer Pro 2 for Mac.

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12:59
Pocket camera helps the visually impaired navigate...

This might be one of the least invasive sight aids for the visually impaired that we've spotted: it's a camera that sits in the shirt pocket, Her-style, and uses auditory alerts to warn when the user approaches obstacles. The idea here is to help fol...

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12:53
Apple Hasn't Approached NBC Over Content Deal...

Over the past couple of weeks, rumors have leaked pointing towards an Apple-branded streaming television service that could include 25 channels for $30 to $40 per month with partners like CBS, ABC, and Fox. NBC and parent company Comcast are not part of the negotiations, and according to a new report from Re/code, that's because Apple has not approached Comcast about a partnership.

Earlier rumors about the streaming television service suggested NBC's absence from the upcoming package was due to a falling out between Apple and Comcast, but on Thursday, Comcast said that wasn't true in a letter that it sent to the Federal Communications Commission. Comcast's letter was a response to a filing from Stop...

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12:47
Apple's Tim Cook plans to give away all of his...

Apple chief executive Tim Cook has revealed plans to donate the vast majority of his wealth to charity before he dies, saying that he wants to develop a "systematic approach" to philanthropy.

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12:45
The REAL Reason Apple’s iPad is Faltering

Apple's iPad sales started out growing like gangbusters. It looked to become a major product line along side the iPhone But then, in the last year, sales have faltered. Various reasons have be put forward: update cycles, the popularity of phablets, and so on. But the real reason goes much deeper. John Martellaro explains.


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12:39
Facebook Invites App Devs to Join in Messenger...


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg this week told an audience at the F8 conference for Facebook developers that the company's future lies in its family of apps and in giving the network's members the ability to share what they want, where they want.
"We're building this family so we can offer unique, world-class experiences for all of the ways that people want to share," Zuckerberg told some 2,000 developers attending the forum in San Francisco. That shift from a single service to a family of applications is a significant one, he added.

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12:25
Pay an unpaid balance in the iTunes Store (Apple KB)

If your payment method was declined or there's a billing problem with a previous purchase, you might need to update your billing information. You can complete your purchase on a Mac or PC. If you're using an iOS device, open iTunes on your computer.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT203005

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12:24
Topics for the OS X Mavericks 10.9 Troubleshooting...

Learn what topics are on the OS X Mavericks 10.9 Troubleshooting Exam (9L0-065).

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202997

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12:23
Contact Apple for support and service (Apple KB)

See a list of Apple phone numbers around the world.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201232

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12:22
Topics for Mac Service Certification Exam (9L0-011...

This article lists the exam topics for the Mac Service Certification Exam (9L0-011).

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202985

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12:21
Apple Technical Learning Administration System FAQ (...

 The following are frequently asked questons concerning the Apple Technical Learning Administration System FAQ

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202914<

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12:19
Tiny 3D-printed retro TV set plays B-movies for your...

The Philco Predicta television is a 1950s design icon and one of the most easily recognizable television models in history, what with its detached picture tube and nearly flat screen. Unfortunately, finding a working example these days is nearly impo...

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12:18
Fantastical 2 now available, offers redesigned...

A useful calendar application just got better.

This week, Flexibits released Fantastical 2 for the Mac.

The new version, which sports a redesigned user interface, also includes a full calendar window with day, week, month, and year views, an intuitive parsing engine, iCloud reminders support, light theme, time zone support, birthday reminders, Action and Share Extensions as well as Handoff support to connect your Mac with your iOS devices.

iCloud Reminders are even better and users can now see their events and dated reminders together in the main list. Reminders can be quickly created by starting sentences with “reminder”, “todo”, “task”, or “remind me...

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12:08
iRig 2, the sequel to the most popular guitar/bass/...

Thanks to IK Multimedia for sponsoring The Loop with iRig 2, a guitar interface I’m using all the time. Now everyone can plug in their guitar, bass or other instrument and enjoy killer tone on their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or Android device — with the release of iRig 2, the world’s most popular guitar interface is now better than ever before. Revolutionize the way you make your music while on the go!

A digital rig with physical presence

With iRig 2, you’ll be able to enjoy IK’s full range of AmpliTube apps (the #1 app for guitar and bass players). It’s ready to go right out of the box. It comes with a powerful cross-platform suite of apps and software that includes free versions of AmpliTube for iOS,...

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12:08
The Process behind Apple's "Sensor-on-...

In September 2012 Apple introduced new In-Cell iPhone glass technology that Phil Schiller referred to as "Integrated touch." Months later, one of Apple's patents covering in-cell displays came to light. Late yesterday a patent application from Apple was filed in Europe revealing their specialized lamination process that they referred to as sensor-on-glass. It's now commonly known as "In-Cell." Apple had...

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11:50
‘Bobine’ Flexible iPhone Charging Dock: $24.99

Check out the Bobine, a very clever approach to a charging cable and dock for your Lightinging iPhone. It's a flexible cable that will stay where you put it, even supporting your iPhone in the process. That makes it a highly adjustable dock, a tripod, and a charger, all in one. It's MFi-certified, and features a military-grade nickel-plated steel design. Through our deal, you can get it for $24.99.


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11:46
Tim Cook 'deeply disappointed' by new...

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Friday stood in opposition to a new Indiana law that allows businesses in the state to legally discriminate against gays and lesbians, while calling on Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson to veto a similar measure that is set to hit his desk.

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11:43
Vine's six-second slices of life get a big...

Artists and comedians have been doing some truly amazing things with Vine since it launched as a Twitter product two years ago, but those mesmerizing slices of life that eat up your day in six-second increments have never really looked all that great...

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11:35
Tim Cook calls out controversial Arkansas and...

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Twitter today shared Apple’s opposition to a controversial new law in Indiana while calling on the governor of Arkansas to veto legislation before it becomes law. Both laws relate to religious freedom protection but have been criticized as enabling LGBT discrimination.

Apple joined a crowd of companies publicly opposing similar legislation passed by the state congress in Arizona last year before its governor decided to veto the bill rather than signing it into law.

Apple has championed diversity and equality through...

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11:35
Apple CEO Tim Cook Speaks Out Against Indiana's...

Apple CEO Tim Cook today sent out a series of Tweets condemning Indiana Governor Mike Pence's decision to sign a controversial "religious freedom" bill into law, saying Apple is "deeply disappointed" in the move and "open for everyone."

Apple is open for everyone. We are deeply disappointed in Indiana's new law and calling on Arkansas Gov. to veto the similar #HB1228.

— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) March 27, 2015
The religious freedom legislation that was approved by Pence on Thursday could let businesses turn away gay and lesbian customers by citing "religious freedom." The approval of the bill has earned Indiana national attention, and much of...

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11:16
Stars and writers of “NewsRadio” look back on the...

Uproxx:

Twenty years later, though, you can mention NewsRadio in a conversation about the best shows in TV history and faces light up. But we wanted to go straight to the heart of the WYNX studio, so we talked to some of the show’s stars — Dave Foley, Stephen Root, Maura Tierney and Khandi Alexander — as well as writers Brad Isaacs and Joe Furey, to find out how they feel about this series two decades later.

It really was an amazingly good television show.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:15
HTC, Valve offer free Vive VR dev kits to select...

Valve, the company that spawned Steam, Team Fortress 2, Portal and Half-Life, will hand out dev kits of its Vive virtual reality headset to select developers at no cost, company spokesperson Doug Lombardi tells Ars Technica. Valve plans to launch a n...

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11:05
UK Safari Users can Sue Google Over Unwanted Browser...

Google lost its fight to keep UK residents from filing lawsuits over the Safari browser tracking cookies it placed on their computers even when they explicitly blocked the activity. The Court of Appeal ruling means potentially millions of people can file lawsuits against the company over claims that their privacy has been violated.

The Mac Observer Spin: Google may have claimed it was simply using "known functionality" in the Safari Web browser, but both US and UK courts think the company crossed the line. Seems even though most people are fine giving up privacy, they draw the line at Google using tracking cookies even after browser settings are changed to prohibit that.


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11:00
Pastimes: Apps and accessories to help your golf game

Pastime (noun): an activity that someone does regularly for enjoyment rather than work; a hobby; his favorite pastimes were shooting and golf. 

For a lot of people, the weekend means time to get away from the day-to-day drudgery of working for a living and do something that you enjoy. In this new weekly column, I'll focus on specific hobbies or "pastimes" and the apps and/or accessories that can help you get even more enjoyment out of those precious weekend moments. I thought I'd start this column off with a sport that I don't pursue, but about 24 million people in the US do -- golf!

Apps to help your game

SKYDROID - GOLF GPS

SkyDroid - Golf GPS ($1.99): Knowing where you are in relation to the green is a big...

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10:55
Gear: Booq Cobra squeeze

Booq’s Cobra squeeze ($195) is a new backpack with 13 separate compartments for your gear, including a MacBook up to the size of a 15” MacBook Pro. The bag’s gray exterior is made of Bionic Yarn, a fabric that combines recycled plastics with cotton — it gives the weatherproof Cobra squeeze a smooth texture that can stand up to the elements. Most pockets inside are lined with polyester, though an extra cushion is also provided to…

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10:14
OS X Server (Yosemite): Server administrator...

Learn which username and password to use when installing an Xsan configuration profile on OS X Server (Yosemite).

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201202

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10:03
The best Apple Watch accessories: bands, cases,...



Apple Watch preorders, reservations, and sales are set to kick off in the coming weeks, so we’ve prepared a running list of the best accessories available to purchase and preorder online.

Companies aren’t waiting around for an official Apple third-party accessory program for the device, as a long list of straps, cases, charging docks, screen protectors and more are scheduled to ship next month in...

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10:00
'Wunderlist' for Apple Watch Brings To-Do...

Wunderlist has provided a closer look at its Apple Watch companion app, which appeared on the App Store on Thursday ahead of the device's launch next month. The app is designed with a unique Home View that provides access to your most important items first, with four buttons that display a bird's eye view of your to-do lists, agenda and reminders on your wrist.

Wunderlist for Apple Watch delivers a hand-free experience in situations where you might normally use your iPhone, such as while shopping at a supermarket and checking items off your grocery list, or when using smart voice input to add to-dos for an upcoming meeting. The combination of Glances and real-time notifications ensure that you will stay up to date with important things during your day, be it during your morning commute, at the...

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10:00
60-Second Tip: Change Siri's voice and language...

My kids love to play with Siri on my iPhone. They are always changing my default name to some oddball phrase or asking Siri to "Tell them a story." For April Fools' Day, I decided that I am going to prank them by changing Siri's voice and language. It takes less than a minute to change those attributes, and you'll get a good laugh when you watch the bewildered responses of your familly members. Follow the steps in today's 60-second tip, so you can be armed and ready for the prank fest that is April Fools'.

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09:58
Google teams with Johnson & Johnson for robotic-...

Google's mysterious facility, Google X, is churning out next level technologies -- a self-driving car, delivery drones and Internet balloons. Its Life Sciences division is now teaming up with Ethicon, one of Johnson & Johnson's medical device compani...

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09:56
TMO Daily Observations 2015-03-27: Tim Cook is the...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has been named the world's greatest leader, which is really saying something. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to share some interesting facts they learned about Mr. Cook following Fortune's proclamation of his superior leadership skills. They also take a look at a new marketing campaign out of China from Leshi TV comparing Apple to Adolph Hitler.


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09:52
Sony drops PlayStation TV price to £45 in the UK

Sony's PlayStation 4 is selling incredibly well, but an early price drop suggests its smaller cousin isn't doing so hot in the UK. The PlayStation TV has always been a peculiar proposition, offering an easy way to play some, but not all PlayStation V...

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09:51
Micron, Intel unveil new 3D NAND flash memory...

Micron Technology (www.micron.com) and Intel (www.intel.com) have announced the availability of their 3D NAND technology, the world's highest-density flash memory.
 

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09:36
The Loop Magazine Issue 32: All About Apple Watch

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The latest issue of The Loop Magazine is available on the App Store for both iPhone and iPad. I took a different approach with this issue, focusing entirely on Apple’s forthcoming Apple Watch. You can download the app free and preview each of the articles at no cost. You can purchase a monthly subscription, and get access to all issues for just $1.99 a month. You can also purchase a single issue for $1.99.

Among the articles in this issue are:

Thoughts On Apple Watch: I had some hands-on time with the watch after the event ended on March 9. I run through my observations and thoughts.

The Apple Watch Will Save My Life. Here’s How:...

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09:27
Twitter’s Meerkat Killer, Periscope, Has Arrived

Twitter has unveiled its own entry in the online video broadcasting race, and it’s already taking the world by storm. Josh Centers explains what differentiates it from Meerkat.

 

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09:23
BlackBerry sells just 1.6M smartphones in Q4 as...

Canadian device maker BlackBerry on Friday revealed yet another quarterly decline in hardware sales, moving just 1.6 million smartphones in its fiscal fourth quarter as its once-dominant device business continues to retreat.

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09:03
9to5Toys Last Call: $200 off iPad mini 3 w/ iPhone...

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:
Last Call Updates:

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09:02
Landmark Ruling: Safari users can Sue Google in the...

According to a new report published this morning, the U.K. Court of Appeal won’t block a privacy lawsuit that alleges Google tracked Safari users without authorization ...

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09:00
Outdoor App Adventures: Using the iPhone for a...

Maple syrup is a staple in New England with both hobbyists and professionals anxiously awaiting the spring thaw so they can tap trees and collect the precious sap when it starts flowing. After a long and cold winter, we finally have arrived at this transitional season. We recently moved into a house with a long tradition of maple sugaring, so we decided to tap the maple trees this spring once the temperatures rose above freezing. This first episode of Outdoor App Adventures will profile this collection process and showcase how I use my iPhone, iPad and Mac in my many outdoor activities.

The first and perhaps most important step in maple syrup collection is tree identification. Most participants in the syrup collection ritual mark their trees in the summer or early fall when leaves are abundant, and trees are easy to identify. When scouting trees, I usually look for that distinct lobed shape of the sugar maple in our midst. Unfortunately, we moved in the winter months,...

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08:55
Create a new book in iBooks Author with the same...

Learn how to create a template that includes the styles of a previous book.

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08:51
The Internet's Split Personality


The Internet has been good for education but bad for morality, according to a study by the Pew Research Center. Researchers conducted face-to-face surveys with 36,619 people in 32 developing countries. A median of 64 percent of respondents said the Internet has had a good influence on education. On the other hand, a median of 42 percent said the Internet has had a bad influence on morality. Those polled were divided over the impact of the Net on politics, but they believed it has had a positive impact on personal relationships and the economy.

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08:47
About the OS X Server v2.2.4 Update

This software updates OS X Server versions 2.0 through 2.2.3. It requires OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.5.

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08:43
OS X Server: Removal of the localhost.plist does not...

Removing the localhost.plist file may prevent you from connecting to some Wi-Fi networks.

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08:40
Courses to study for the ACMT 9L0-065 exam

This article lists the courses that you should review for the 9L0-065 exam.

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08:37
Apple CEO Tim Cook to give away estimated $785...

It might be about time to change your name to “Charity”.

Or start doing something really good that requires a bit of financing.

Apple’s Tim Cook, in an interview with Fortune magazine, stated that he planned to donate his estimated US$785 million fortune to charity – after paying for his 10-year-old nephew’s college education.

“You want to be the pebble in the pond that creates the ripples for change,” Cook told the magazine.

Fortune estimated Cook’s net worth, based on his holdings of Apple stock, at about $120 million. He also holds restricted stock worth US$665 million if it were to be fully vested.

The 54-year-old CEO’s revelation...

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08:33
Apple's $848M solar power deal better on back...

The $848 million solar power deal Apple signed with First Solar last month is a better value than some have suggested, according to vice president of Environmental Initiatives Lisa Jackson, who on Thursday pointed to a surge in the amount of power Apple will receive towards the end of the contract.

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08:33
'Citymapper' and 'Transit App'...

As a few popular iPhone apps begin rolling out updates for their built-in Apple Watch apps ahead of the April 24 launch, a pair of transit-focused services have posted on Medium to share detailed looks into exactly what kind of experience users can expect from Citymapper and Transit App on the Apple Watch next month.

Sifting through the data gathered from its iPhone app, Citymapper learned that its users frequently turned their phone on and off throughout one trip, unlocking to reorient themselves and quickly locking the device again to save battery. That's where its upcoming Apple Watch app comes in, Citymapper promising an experience tailor-made for the wrist-worn device.

This is the nature of transit information when you move across the city. You need snippets of information. Different things...

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08:19
Intel, Micron 3D NAND partnership could allow for...

Via the combined forces of Intel and Micron, NAND flash memory could get even faster.

This, in turn, could make the memory in your iOS devices even faster and allow for more storage space.

The two companies are apparently working on a 3D NAND flash technologies wherein 3D NAND is stacked in 32 vertical layers. According to Intel this can potentially triple capacity, for example allowing “gum-stick sized” solid state drives with over 3.5 terabytes of storage space, or conventional 2.5-inch solid state drives (SSDs) that surpass 10 terabytes. Even the SSD in a custom-configured iMac or Mac Pro currently tops out at 1 terabyte.

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08:10
Review: Swapping MagSafe for SnapFit, BatteryBox...

Thanks to Apple’s patent on the MagSafe connectors used in MacBook Airs and Pros, the list of third-party external batteries for MacBooks previously began with Hyper’s HyperJuice/HyperJuice 2 and ended with Lenmar’s ChugPlug — not much of a variety. Apple’s legal department chased Hyper for attaching harvested MagSafe connectors to its batteries, and Lenmar chose a workaround, sending ChugPlug’s power indirectly though an...

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07:59
Mac: G-Technology G-Drive ev ATC with Thunderbolt

G-Technology has introduced a number of new, rugged hard drives, and we’ve recently received the company’s 1TB G-Drive ev ATC with Thunderbolt ($230). The product features a removable G-Drive ev RAW USB hard drive within a rugged enclosure. The hard plastic case with hard rubber accents features a watertight latch for water protection — the enclosure floats and can protect the drive in a pool of water “up to 1 foot for 30 seconds” — and it’s also pressure-resistant and dust-resistant. Additionally, G-Technology claims the enclosure can protect the drive from drops of up to 2 meters (about 6.6 feet) onto a “carpeted concrete floor.” Inside the enclosure is a 7200 RPM hard drive offering transfer rates up to 136MB/s, formatted for Mac, with the ability to be reformatted for Windows. A Thunderbolt cable is built into the enclosure itself for use when the hard drive is docked inside.
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07:56
Leshi TV CEO Says Apple is Hitler

Leshi TV CEO Jia Yueting kicked his hyperbole engine into overdrive and is equating Apple to Adolph Hitler. His company went so far as to release a vaguely South Park-style image online of the Nazi leader, complete with an Apple logo on a red arm band.

The Mac Observer Spin: While equating competitors to the bad guys is a fairly common marketing tactic, going so far as to draw parallels to Hitler and the Nazi regime is in bad taste, to say the least.


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07:55
Intel's New 3D NAND Technology Allows for...

Intel and Micron on Thursday announced the availability of new 3D NAND technology that enables high-density flash devices with three times more storage capacity than other NAND technologies in production. 3D NAND technology is also more cost efficient than planar NAND, with faster performance, improved latency and new sleep modes that result in low-power use by cutting power to inactive NAND die.

The advancements pave the way for future Macs and other devices with flash memory to be equipped with greater than 10TB solid-state drives, significantly more storage capacity than the maxed out 1TB PCIe-based flash storage upgrade option that Apple offers for the MacBook Pro, iMac and Mac Pro. As planar NAND faces practical scaling limits, Intel and Micron expect that 3D NAND will shape the future of flash memory."Micron and Intel's collaboration has...

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07:49
The first Apple Watch apps have arrived, sort of

The Apple Watch won’t launch until late April, but a couple dozen apps have already arrived.

As 9to5Mac reports, several app makers are now advertising Watch support in their App Store listings. That means users should be able to download the apps now, and have them ready to go when the Apple Watch launches on April 24.

Here’s a rundown of the first apps:

  • Air Canada: View flight status, glance at boarding time, and board with Passbook
  • AliPay: Make mobile payments
  • Babbel: Discover words in new languages on the watch
  • Dark Sky: Find out exactly when it’s going to rain or snow in the next hour
  • ...
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07:36
AppleInsider podcast discusses Twitter's live...

This week's all-new AppleInsider podcast is now available to download and subscribe in iTunes or SoundCloud, with detailed analysis of this week's news. Twitter launches Periscope for iPhone, a live streaming app to compete with Meerkat. The issues with iCloud storage, Fantastical 2 for OS X hands-on, Square Cash, Apple Pay, and who still wants a 4" iPhone.

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07:28
Micron-Intel to Challenge Samsung with New 3D NAND...

Apple's latest agreement with Samsung related to supplying them with solid state drive (SSD) storage devices using its V-NAND technology for the new MacBook that debuted on March 9, 2015. "Samsung's SSD products ...

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06:44
The incredibly useful Egg Timer

There are plenty of alarm apps out there. There’s Siri and the Clock app, too. But I really like the simplicity and universality of this approach. Take a look.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:38
Synium Software releases CleanApp 5

Synium Software has announced CleanApp 5 (http://www.syniumsoftware.com/cleanapp/), an update to their uninstaller and system maintenance tool for Mac OS X. Version 5 has been rewritten from scratch and features a new user interface, improved usability and enhanced algorithms to reclaim disk space.

CleanApp 5 requires OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. It's a free update for customers of CleanApp 4. There's a reduced upgrade pricing of US$4.99 for those using CleanApp 1, 2 or 3. The full version of CleanApp 5 costs US$14.99.

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06:33
Google loses UK appeal in Safari cookie tracking...

The U.K.'s Court of Appeal has denied Google's request to block lawsuits from British consumers over the search giant's disregard for Safari privacy restrictions designed to prevent advertisers from tracking users.

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06:31
Paragon releases free Paragon Boot Camp Backup

Paragon Software Group has announced Paragon Boot Camp Backup, a free Mac OS X based backup solution for Windows partitions on Mac computers.

It includes incremental imaging, file-level recovery, a scheduler, the ability to restore to a smaller target disk, automatic check of file system for errors, and more. For a 100GB volume and 22 GB of occupied space, it takes only 12 minutes to back up and 15 minutes to restore the entire system, according to the folks at Paragon.

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06:29
Apple Watch Compatible Apps are Already Arriving

With Apple Watch pre-orders still a couple weeks off and then a couple more before we can finally wrap Apple's smartwatch around our wrists, the first iPhone app updates with Apple Watch support are already rolling out. Several apps are touting Apple Watch compatibility, such as Dark Sky, Evernote, and SPG: Starwood Hotels and Resorts.

The Mac Observer Spin: Seeing Apple Watch updates showing up now is practically a tease, although the select few journalists and bloggers who get early access for reviews will need some apps to test out.


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06:28
Samsung Declares War on the iPhone 6 in Taiwan and...

According to statistics from industry sources, Apple led Taiwan's smartphone market in sales volume and sales value in February and had the best-selling single model for the fifth consecutive month thanks to its big-screen iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

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06:26
Millions of British Safari users able to sue Google...

UK Safari users have been given the go-ahead to sue Google for continuing to drop cookies on their devices even after they had refused permission through their browser settings.

It was revealed in 2012 that Google bypassed the setting in Safari which instructed sites not to drop cookies, enabling it to deliver personalized ads. The FTC in the US fined the company $22.5M for the practice, with millions more in additional fines levied by 38 US states. There was no government action in the UK, but a group of British iPhone users took Google to court, seeking compensation for breaching their privacy.

Google had...

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06:24
News: Daily Deal: TuneUp for Mac 69% off

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering TuneUp for Mac for $14.99 – that’s 69% off the normal price. Designed to help you perfect your music library, TuneUp connects directly to iTunes and helps you organize and categorize your music from top to bottom, correcting mislabelled songs, identifying and removing duplicates, and adding missing cover art. Song info gets accurately fixed through waveform analysis of the tracks themselves, correcting…

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06:17
Intel & Micron's new 3D flash memory could...

Intel and Micron have announced the launch of a new 3D NAND flash technology, one which could substantially improve the amount of data storage possible in Macs, iPhones, iPads, and numerous other devices.

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05:55
Numbers: Using the Quick Calculations Bar

Today's Quick Tip is all about how to work with that fancy calculations bar that'll appear at the bottom of your Numbers window when you select a group of cells. Using that, you can quickly add formulas to your spreadsheet, for example, or learn more about the different functions available to you. Come on in and check it out!


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05:44
Safari users win right to sue Google over privacy

BBC:

A group of users claim that Google bypassed security settings on the Safari browser to install tracking cookies on their computers in order to target them with advertising.

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05:42
Chinese smartphone company wins bad taste of decade...

Rival tech companies haven’t been shy when it comes to Apple attack ads, but one Chinese company has definitely crossed the line in a promotion for its forthcoming Android smartphone. LeTV has posted to Weibo a poster likening Apple to Nazis, a red Apple armband replacing the Nazi logo.

The underlying message is supposed to compare the claimed freedom of the Android platform with the carefully controlled iOS one, but it’s hard to imagine a more offensive way to try to communicate it.

The image appeared on the verified Weibo account of billionaire CEO of LeTV, Jia Yueting, and was first spotted by ...

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05:39
Apple begins releasing the first set of third-party...

The excitement builds.

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05:07
Tim Cook on philanthropy

There have been plenty of CEOs who have turned to philanthropy after they retired. But few have stood for change, taken public stands on controversial issues while they were still CEO.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:01
Future Macs could get up to 10TB SSDs thanks to new...

SSDs are fast, but still expensive compared to spinning metal drives, giving us less storage capacity in today’s Macs than we got in older models. Pick up a classic 13-inch MacBook Pro with a hard drive, for example, and you’ll get 500GB of storage for $1100, compared to just 128GB of SSD storage in the $1300 entry-level Retina model.

That may be set to change thanks to new 3D NAND technology announced by Intel and Micron, allowing them to fit far greater storage capacity into the same space as today’s drives. By stacking flash cells on top of each other, up to 32 layers deep, they can can triple the capacity in the same size chip without the usual high price-tag, reports PC World.

For a standard 2.5-inch SATA drive that means up to 10TB of space; for the M.2 drive type used...

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04:56
AudioBooktoMP3.com announces Audiobook Converter 3.8...

AudioBooktoMP3.com has announced Audiobook Converter for Mac 3.8.1, an update of the audiobook DRM removal software for Mac.

The utility is designed to help users remove DRM protection from iTunes M4B audiobooks and Audible AA, AAX audiobooks while while converting the DRM M4B, M4A, AA, AAX audiobook files to unprotected MP3, AAC, M4A, AIFF, AU, M4R and FLAC. It now supports batch audiobook conversion so that you can convert multiple audiobooks with a single button.

Audiobook Converter requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later. It's priced at US$29.95 for a personal license.

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04:47
Public Wi-Fi hotspots to reach 7.8 million this year

Worldwide public Wi-Fi hotspot deployments have reached a total of 5.69 million in 2014, and will grow at a CAGR [compound annual growth rate] of 11.2% between 2015 and 2020, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).

This includes public Wi-Fi hotspots deployed by mobile and fixed-line carriers as well as third-party Wi-Fi service providers. ABI Research expects the number of worldwide carrier Wi-Fi hotspots will reach 13.3 million in 2020.

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04:21
BusyContacts 1.0.2 - Fast, efficient contact manager...

BusyContacts is a contact manager for OS X that makes creating, finding, and managing contacts faster and more efficient. It 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.

BusyContacts syncs with the built-in Contacts app on OS X and iOS, and supports all leading cloud services, including iCloud, Google, Exchange, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Key Features

  • Customizable Views -- View contacts in a single-column Card View or multi-column List View.
  • Tags -- Tags can be used for grouping, filtering and coloring contacts.
  • Smart Filters -- Smart Filters are a powerful tool for...

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04:08
Apple announces grand opening for Apple Watch shops...

We reported last month that Apple was creating Apple Watch displays inside department stores in London and Paris, adding earlier this month that Tokyo was joining the party. All three stores-within-a-store are now official, with entries on Apple’s website. As we previously noted, the locations are Selfridges in LondonGaleries Lafayette in Paris and Isetan Shinjuku in Tokyo.

All three are opening on April 10th, the same day Apple Watchs are...

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04:01
IK Multimedia launches SampleTank 3 sound...

IK Multimedia has revved SampleTank (www.sampletank.com), its sample workstation, to version 3.5 has just received a major update in the form of version 3.5.

The update consists of 11 brand new sound collections, which are now also available in IK's new SampleTank Custom Shop. Also introduced are new features that make browsing SampleTank 3's thousands of sounds and patterns faster.

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03:04
Launcher for iOS Finds the Rock

After months in App Store purgatory, Launcher by Cromulent Labs returns to the App Store, letting you launch apps and actions from iOS 8’s Notification Center.

 

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03:00
You Should Play: Mr. Jump might just be the most...

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.

One thing you should know before you start playing Mr. Jump, a minimalist one-touch platformer game by 1Button: Expect to jump a great deal, and then die. On one level, I had 108 attempts before finally succeeding. And you know what? I was proud that I finally beat that level. It’s probably one of my singular most impressive gaming feats—it’s right up there with beating some of the old Mega Man games and unlocking 007 mode in Goldeneye. That’s the kind of brutal difficulty you have in store for you with Mr. Jump. Read on for three more reasons why this intense game is worth a play or...

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02:55
Fantastical 2 Aims to Replace Apple’s Calendar

If you’re dissatisfied with Apple’s Calendar app, the new Fantastical 2 from Flexibits is worth a look to see if it’s more to your liking. And even if you’re not considering replacing Calendar, read on, because some of Fantastical’s features might change your mind.

 

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00:00
Kool Tools: iRig 2

IK Multimedia's iRig 2 is a cool sequel to the original iRig, whicih allowed guitar and bass players to plug into their iPhone and use their mobile device to play, practice and record with apps like IK's AmpliTube, Apple's GarageBand and thousands more.

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Thursday March 26

21:33
Apple Watch shops set to open on April 10 in London...

Apple on Thursday announced it will officially open three international Apple Watch store-within-a-store locations on April 10, offering customers shopping at high-end department stores the chance to try on and preorder the device before it goes on sale.

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21:19
Apple Announces April 10 Grand Openings for Apple...

Apple today officially announced April 10 grand openings for its three dedicated Apple Watch shops located in high-end department stores in London, Paris, and Tokyo. As previously outlined, the store-within-a-store locations are at Selfridges in London, Galeries Lafayette in Paris, and Isetan in Tokyo.

The new locations appear set to handle only Apple Watch viewing and sales, with customers being directed to other Apple retail stores for their support needs.

The Selfridges Apple Watch shop will be located near the entrance to the iconic Wonder Room, a massive shopping hall that houses a wide selection of luxury...

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20:59
Capture One Pro 8.2.0.82 - RAW workflow software. (...

Capture One Pro 8 is a professional RAW converter offering you ultimate image quality with accurate colors and incredible detail from more than 300 high-end cameras -- straight out of the box. It offers state-of-the-art tethered capture, powerful digital asset management, extensive adjustment tools and a flexible workflow.

With an updated processing engine, market-leading performance and powerful new features, Capture One Pro 8 is the professional choice in imaging software. You get the highly responsive precision tools you need to create stunning images from your camera's RAW files in a time-saving workflow that can be customized to fit your needs.



Version 8.2.0.82: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

Note: Licensed owners of Capture One Pro 3-7 can upgrade to Capture One Pro 8 for $99. Owners of a Capture One Express, LE, Leica Capture, or Scandisk license can also upgrade to Capture One...

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20:59
Backblaze 4.0.0.872 - Online backup service; $5/...

Backblaze is an online backup service designed from the ground-up for the Mac.With unlimited storage available for $5 per month, as well as a free 15-day trial, peace of mind is within reach with Backblaze.

  • Easy and automatic. A simple setup process and automatic continuous backups means having safe data is not only for the extremely savvy.
  • Safe and secure. Encrypted data on your computer is transmitted with a secure, encrypted connection and stored encrypted on the Backblaze servers. Never worry about your data's security.
  • Transparent and accessible. Browse and download your files online or have them overnighted to you on a DVD or USB drive for a flexible file or system restoring process.



Version 4.0.0.872:

  • Improved data upload speed with threading
  • Datacenter improvements to handle threading
  • Enhanced de-duplication with threading...

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20:59
Little Snitch 3.5.2 - Alerts you about outgoing...

Little Snitch gives you control over your private outgoing data.

Track background activity
As soon as your computer connects to the Internet, applications often have permission to send any information wherever they need to. Little Snitch takes note of this activity and allows you to decide for yourself what happens with this data.

Control your network
Choose to allow or deny connections, or define a rule how to handle similar, future connection attempts. Little Snitch runs inconspicuously in the background and it can even detect network-related activity of viruses, trojans, and other malware.



Version 3.5.2:

  • Refined some icons to better match the look of OS X 10.10 Yosemite.
  • When using OS X Mavericks (10.9) or later, Little Snitch Agent, Network Monitor, and Configuration should not cause the discrete GPU (“High Performance GPU”) to be activated anymore, especially on...

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18:35
SoHo Apple Store hosts 'Becoming Steve Jobs...

Authors Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli visited the Apple Store SoHo in New York on Thursday to read selections from their hotly anticipated biography "Becoming Steve Jobs" and field questions from what quickly became a packed house.

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18:20
7 Things We Learned when Fortune Named Tim Cook...

Fortune magazine named Apple CEO Tim Cook the world's greatest leader on Thursday. A tremendous feather in Tim Cook's hat, the resulting interview he gave to Fortune resulted in seven things we didn't already know about Mr. Cook and Apple.


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17:39
Apple moves to dismiss lawsuit over 'misleading...

Apple on Wednesday filed a motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit that claims the company misrepresented to consumers the amount of storage space iOS 8 uses in newly shipped iPhone and iPad devices, noting plaintiffs failed to provide evidence of fraud.

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17:22
How To Sell, Trade In, or Recycle Old Macs or PCs

Kelly helped you find ways to clear out your old cables, and your old handheld/mobile gear. Today we're on to the biggest items on the list, previous computers. Choose which option is right for you and your stack of hardware.


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17:00
Daily Deals for March 26, 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.

AWT's Daily Deals

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

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

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16:35
Apple’s App Store, iTunes, iBooks, Software Update...

Several of Apple's online services are down as of this writing, including the App Store, iTunes Store, iBooks Store, iTunes in the Cloud, iTunes Match, iTunes Radio, the Mac App Store, and OS X Software Update. It's the second outage in the last two weeks.


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16:32
App Store, iTunes, Apple TV and more experiencing...

Update: Apple says all services are restored.

Following an outage of many Apple services earlier this week, several of Apple’s iTunes and App Store services are again today experiencing disruptions, according to Apple’s system status page.

Apple is currently listing outages for the App Store, Apple TV, iBooks Store, iTunes in the Cloud, iTunes Match, iTunes Radio, iTunes Store, iTunes U, Mac App Store, and OS X Software Update.

The company says that only some users are affected and currently “unable to access multiple services and stores or...

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16:00
AWT News Update: March 25, 2015

MLB.COM AT BAT ON Apple Watch. Via Apple.com/Watch

It's your favorite Apple news podcast, which also streamed live over the new Twitter Periscope app today. What did viewers see? Apple World Today editor Steve Sande reading this news:

  • iPhone apps supporting the Apple Watch began appearing in the App Store today, with a number of familar apps updating to provide a wrist-borne interface
  • Backblaze announced an update to version 4.0 of their Mac backup app that should speed things up for a number of users
  • Twitter released Periscope today
  • Microsoft is rolling out invitations to a beta of Skype for Web

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15:08
The New MacBook Giveaway

I'm pretty stoked about announcing our MacBook giveaway with our friends at Stack Social. That's the new MacBook. The one that is insanely thin, has a Retina Display, and comes in three colors. We're giving one away. All you have to do is register to receive our daily email deals, and if you've already done so, just hit the register button for this (and all the other great giveaways we do on our Deals site). There are ways of sharing the link, too, and earning yourself more entries, so get on it.


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14:50
Apple Watch's Workout app learns users'...

In the third week of her promotional Apple Watch diary, posted Thursday, model Christy Turlington Burns made mention of a previously unknown feature of the wearable's Workout app that adjusts to a user's gait for more accurate results.

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14:39
About the 'Automatically Add to iTunes'...

Learn how iTunes uses the "Automatically Add to iTunes" folder to automatically import iTunes-compatible content into your iTunes library.

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14:15
The flood of Apple Watch apps begins

With just a few weeks left until we're able to get our hands on Apple Watches -- for try-on purposes, of course - a number of iOS apps are being updated to provide support for the Watch. At the present time, Apple Watch apps are part of existing iPhone apps since the iPhone provides the brain power for the app while the Watch provides a simple user interface. Apple says that eventually apps that run solely on the Watch will be provided as well, but that day may be far off.

MacRumors compiled a list of apps that are available with Apple Watch support, along with descriptions of what users can do with those apps. We're providing a shortened list with comments here - for a more comprehensive list please visit their post.

  • Evernote: According to Evernote, you'll be able to "dictate notes in Apple Watch and they'll be transcribed and synced to Evernote; See...
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14:11
First Apple Watch-compatible apps arrive, now...

You may not be able to buy the Apple Watch for almost a month, but the apps are coming out for it.

A slew of new apps have been released with full Apple Watch functionality. That being said, here we go:

Target – The Target app lets you add items to your list and find aisle locations for items. The app’s glance lets you swipe up from the watch face to see when your store is open and how many items are on your list.

Dark Sky – The popular hyper-local weather app brings its accurate forecasting to your wrist.

Evernote – Evernote on the Apple Watch lets you dictate notes, view your recently-created notes, search, and create reminders...

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13:58
Turn on "three finger drag" for your Force...

"Three finger drag" is a Multi-Touch gesture in OS X. It lets you use three fingers to move the active window on your screen.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204609

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13:58
Turn on "three finger drag" for your Force...

"Three finger drag" is a Multi-Touch gesture in OS X. It lets you use three fingers to move the active window on your screen.

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13:58
Twitter's Periscope Allows Live Stream Replays


Twitter on Thursday unveiled Periscope, the live-streaming app developed by a company it acquired earlier this year, reportedly for just under $100 million. It's a big bet for an app that's in a genre that already has matured, but Twitter is counting on the mobile world's appetite for more video. Periscope is a lot like the popular new app Meerkat, with the biggest difference being Periscope's support for broadcasting replays of streamed content. Both allow broadcasters to store copies of their feeds locally, but Meerkat doesn't allow reruns.

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13:50
Rumor: Apple to release three new iPhone models in...

There’s maybe a nugget of truth to be found here, albeit the source itself it sometimes sporadic.

Digitimes is claiming that Apple will release three new iPhone models this year. While many Apple watchers are expecting to see the release of two new “S” models—the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus—the new report also says the company will release a third model this year.

Where it was rumored that the iPhone “C” units would disappear after the launch of the iPhone 6, Digitizes is claiming that Apple will debut an “iPhone 6C” later this year that will sport a 4-inch display like that of the iPhone 5 and 5s.

The display panels for all three models will be sourced from Japan...

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13:30
Video: Quick Tour of Office 2016 for Mac

If you're interested in Office 2016 for Mac, this is an 12 minute video report discussing the new suite.

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13:30
Tip of the Day: Finding your iPhone’s Serial Number...

If you’ve ever had to contact Apple for iPhone service, or had to call your cellular carrier to make changes to your account, you’ve probably been asked to provide a cryptic number to uniquely identify your iPhone. In Apple’s case, your serial number is used to track warranty service, and with your cellular carrier, your IMEI, or International Mobile Station Equipment Identity, is a number that uniquely identifies your mobile phone…

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13:25
Oculus's chief scientist: VR will succeed...

Virtual reality has been just beyond our grasp for decades. The parts to build VR headsets were too expensive, the technology too rudimentary to convince anyone that what they were seeing was real.

Virtual reality has become more accessible and less expensive, thanks to Oculus. Samsung’s Oculus-powered Gear VR headset is now on sale for $200, and Oculus Rift is expected to finally hit store shelves this year for somewhere in the $200-$400 range. But the technology has also improved by leaps and bounds, thanks to Oculus’s exploitation of your terible vision.

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13:16
Review: OORT SmartFinder, SmartLED + SmartSocket

iOS-based home automation accessories are becoming more and more popular as open standards like Bluetooth LE and Wi-Fi gradually supplant the more closed X.10 and Z-Wave systems of yesteryear. OORT is the latest startup to toss its hat into the ring with SmartFinder ($30), SmartLED ($40), and SmartSocket ($50). All of OORT's devices work over Bluetooth LE, so you can communicate directly with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch without needing to worry about intermediate hardware, and the company also provides a $180 SmartHub which we did not receive to review.{/exp:char_limit}

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13:11
Apple Watch support comes to flurry of iPhone apps...

A collection of iPhone apps -- such as Evernote, Dark Sky, and the New York Times -- were updated today to support the Apple Watch, even though the wearable isn't shipping until April 24.

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13:01
JP Morgan predicts Apple will stick with LCD, not...

Despite finally jumping into the OLED market with the Apple Watch, Apple is not expected to migrate its handset line away from LCD technology in the near future, instead choosing to stick with LTPS-based LCD panels when it debuts its so-called "iPhone 7."

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13:00
Apple’s Tim Cook leads different

Fortune:

Since replacing the legendary Steve Jobs, Cook has led the iBehemoth to even greater financial success. Along the way he’s changed the culture of the company—and found his public voice as a leader.

Another profile on Cook. I like reading these because he seems to be more open about things than Jobs was.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:55
About the OS X Server v3.2.1 Update (Apple KB)

This software updates OS X Server versions 3.0 through 3.1.2. It requires OS X Mavericks v10.9.5.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201096

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12:55
About the OS X Server v3.2.1 Update

This software updates OS X Server versions 3.0 through 3.1.2. It requires OS X Mavericks v10.9.5.

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12:53
Get help receiving receipts (Apple KB)

Learn where your receipts go and how to get them.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201090

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12:53
Get help receiving receipts

Learn where your receipts go and how to get them.

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12:47
OS X Mavericks: Sophos Anti-Virus on-access scanner...

Sophos Anti-Virus on-access scanner versions 8.0 - 9.1 may cause OS X Mavericks to unexpectedly restart (kernel panic).

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT200555

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12:47
OS X Mavericks: Sophos Anti-Virus on-access scanner...

Sophos Anti-Virus on-access scanner versions 8.0 - 9.1 may cause OS X Mavericks to unexpectedly restart (kernel panic).

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12:47
10 reasons why Apple is to blame for the decline of...

KGI

It has been a tough slough for Apple’s iPad since the height of its popularity in 2013. Facing its second straight year of negative growth, there isn’t a consensus on why iPad sales have declined. I believe the slump is attributable to a combination of factors.

Apple CEO Tim Cook called the declining iPad sales a “speed bump” last year before the launch of the 2014 models, but we haven’t seen what Apple plans to do to rejuvenate the product. From my point of view, Apple itself has done more to hurt iPad sales than any external factor, such as Microsoft or Google.

But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Here’s a full explanation of my theory…

1. Apple’s...

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12:46
OS X Mavericks: Unexpected restart when Tuxler 1.0...

Version 1.0 of "Tuxler" may cause OS X Mavericks to unexpectedly restart (kernel panic).

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT200554

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12:46
OS X Mavericks: Unexpected restart when Tuxler 1.0...

Version 1.0 of "Tuxler" may cause OS X Mavericks to unexpectedly restart (kernel panic).

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12:43
OS X: When your computer spontaneously restarts or...

In rare situations, your Mac may do one or more of the following: spontaneously restart, become unresponsive, turn off, display a message "Your computer restarted because of a problem." or display a message "You shut down your computer because of a problem.".

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT200553

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12:43
OS X: When your computer spontaneously restarts or...

In rare situations, your Mac may do one or more of the following: spontaneously restart, become unresponsive, turn off, display a message "Your computer restarted because of a problem." or display a message "You shut down your computer because of a problem.".

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12:40
Create your own iTunes Radio station (Apple KB)
12:40
Create your own iTunes Radio station
12:38
Arrange apps on your iPhone (Apple KB)
12:38
Arrange apps on your iPhone
12:36
External ports and connections on your Mac mini (...

Learn about the different ports and types of connectors on your Mac mini (Late 2014) computer.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204292

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12:36
Apple TV (2nd and 3rd generation): Resolve issues...

Your Apple TV might not respond to Apple Remote, or your Apple Remote might unexpectedly start to control your Mac computer. Learn to resolve these issues.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT200220

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12:17
Apple Watch Apps Begin Showing Up in the App Store...

Ahead of the Apple Watch's upcoming April 24 launch, apps that include Apple Watch support are beginning to be released in the App Store. As of today, several popular iOS apps have been updated with built-in Apple Watch apps, including Evernote, Dark Sky, Things, and Target.

Additional apps with Apple Watch support will be rolling out over the course of the day, giving us a first look at how many of the apps on the device will function. We'll be updating this post with a list of Apple Watch apps that are available as they come out in the App Store.

Apple has already shared information on many third-party apps that will be available for the Apple Watch, but the updates coming today will give us a lot more information on how some of our favorite apps will take advantage of the App Store.

According...

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12:03
Apple begins releasing the first set of third-party...

The Apple Watch is still almost a month away from shipping and 15 days away from being available to preview in Apple Stores, but a select few apps selected by Apple to be available for the Apple Watch have started hitting the App Store today. These app updates that add Apple Watch support include Twitter, Things, Target, Dark Sky, and Sky Guide, and many more apps are continuing to roll out with support.

While most developers working on Apple Watch apps ahead of the device’s release next month still cannot submit their Watch-specific updates, Apple has clearly flipped the switch on the select apps being promoted alongside the Apple Watch.

The apps are likely being released publicly now to allow the inevitable Apple Watch reviewers to access third-party Apple Watch apps. These apps will likely also be included with the...

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12:00
X-Doria Defense Metal Series for iPhone 6/6 Plus:...

X-Doria has a complete line of cases for iPhones and other smartphones, and their latest protective series is the Defense Metal Series for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, consisting of a bumper called the Defense Gear (US$39.99) and a case called the Defense Shield ($49.99). Today we're taking a look at both of these new lightweight aluminum products for your favorite new iPhone. Note that as of publication time, X-Doria had not updated its website to include this series.

Defense Gear

Defense Gear is an aluminum bumper for your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. As such, it offers no protection for the front or back of your device other than a raised lip to provide protection against flat drops. If the iPhone and bumper is dropped onto the edges that are protected by Defense Gear, you're in luck -- it exceeds MIL-STD-810G for drops, meaning that it is certified to survive 6.6 foot (2 meter) drops onto concrete. That protection...

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11:22
Apple Pay decals begin arriving with supporting...

Vendors who accept Apple Pay can advertise their support with new decal stickers supplied by Apple itself, which began arriving in the mail for merchants on Thursday.

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11:18
Is the Apple Watch a Useful Medical Device? (Video)

Let's kill the suspense right away by answering the title question, 'Probably not.' For one thing, according to interviewee Alfred Poor, the Apple Watch is in no way linked to the Apple Research Kit. Dr. Poor is editor of the Health Tech Insider website, so he follows this kind of thing more carefully than most people. And the Apple watch is not the only device mentioned in this video (or transcript, if you prefer reading to listening). If you want to ruminate about the possibility of direct mind control, for instance, you need to know about the Thync, whose vendor calls it 'A groundbreaking wearable device that enables you to shift your state of mind in minutes.' They say it 'induces on-demand shifts in energy, calm, or focus.' It even has a 'pleasure' setting. Crank that to 11 and you might happily spend your days prone, being fed by a drip and emptied by a catheter, moving only when an attendant turns you over to keep bedsores from developing -- not that you'll care if they do...

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11:17
Gear: PowerSkin PowerStand Boost

PowerSkin’s PowerStand Boost ($25) is a tiny 2600 mAh battery pack. PowerStand Boost has a small built-in rubber mat, which can be unrolled and used as a viewing stand for an iPhone. While we found it had no problems holding up an iPhone 6, an iPhone 6 Plus proved too big for the stand. PowerStand Boost’s battery capacity should also deliver a full charge to an iPhone 6. PowerSkin’s small cylindrical charger includes both a 1A USB…

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11:08
CAPTCHAs May Do More Harm Than Good


If an annoyance contest were held between passwords and CAPTCHAs, passwords would probably win, but not by much. CAPTCHA -- Completely Automated Public Turing Test To Tell Computers and Humans Apart -- was created to foil bots attempting to mass-create accounts at websites. Once created, those accounts could be exploited by online lowlifes for malicious ends, such as spewing spam. However there are signs that the technology that uses distressed letters to weed out machines from humans may have outlived its usefulness.

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11:00
How Facebook Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp...

Facebook’s $22 billion acquisition of popular messaging app WhatsApp last year raised some eyebrows. Facebook already has a popular messaging app, the in-house Facebook Messenger, not to mention a popular photo-sharing app, Instagram. Why did it need to bring yet another app into the fold? Wouldn’t the three apps end up cannibalizing each other?

But as WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram continue to grow, with monthly active user numbers swelling to 700 million, 600 million, and 300 million respectively, Facebook has proved that naysayers know nothing about what people want from the apps they use every day. Product chiefs of WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram took the stage at Facebook’s annual F8 developers conference in San Francisco on Thursday to dispel any myths about rivalry between the three apps—and hinted deeper cooperation (or integration...

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10:54
Review: August Smart Lock provides smart home...

I’m always in the market for new smart home stuff. Just about every room in my house has some gadget or accessory to make things a bit easier. Recently, I moved this smart home mission outside with the addition of Ring Video Doorbell, but now I’m tackling the front door with the August Smart Lock

I’ve always been interested in smart locks, but there was something about August that caught my eye from the moment it was announced. This lock pairs up with your iPhone via Bluetooth and can unlock the door with...

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10:30
Twitter launches Periscope video streaming service

Twitter has released Periscope for the iPhone (free), which lets Twitter customers broadcast live streaming video with almost no friction at all. If that sounds familiar, it's because Meerkat recently rose in popularity for doing the same thing. The darling of SXSW, Meerkat gained traction and an audience that has persisted beyond the festival's conclusion, despite Twitter hindering its usefulness. The apps are similar yet different, and I'll have a full comparison next week.

Periscope looks nice and is dead simple to use. After logging in with your Twitter account, you'll find that you've got three options: browse live streams, begin a stream and find people to follow. There are three "featured" streams at the top of...

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10:29
Hooks 2.1 notifcation app for iOS out the door

If you’re a fan of muchos updates, you’ll like this.

Hooks has just announced version 2.1 of its Hooks iOS app. The app offers over 60,000 notifications and can update you from everything from concerts to Bitcoin exchange rates, is available in multiple languages and can be custom-configured as needed.

Users can receive instant notifications if their personal brand is mentioned, changes in website rankings, sports scores or if there are difficulties with their website, thereby eliminating lost time and income.

Hooks will also be one of the first applications available for the Apple Watch upon its release.

Hooks is available for free on the App Store and requires...

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10:26
Chestnut Hill Sound Sues Apple for Patent...

Chestnut Hill Sound, the inventor of the 2007 iPod Product called "George™" sues Apple for Patent Infringement. The products that allegedly infringe upon their patents include every iDevice Apple makes including the iPhone 6 that uses Apple’s Remote app for iTunes.

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10:21
TMO Daily Observations 2015-03-26: Apple’s Revamped...

Word on the street says Apple wants to be a big player in the streaming music market. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Apple's plans, and offer their take on brining DJs to iTunes Radio. They also dive into Amazon's new unlimited cloud storage options and what that means for their competitors.


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10:13
Wired video abuses ultra-protective iPhone cases,...

Most cases will protect your iPhone during regular use, and many can handle accidental drops and a little abuse, but very few can withstand deliberate punishment. An amusing new Battle Damage video from Wired uses abusive tests to crown the “toughest iPhone case ever” from four different ultra-protective models: Griffin’s $50 Survivor,* LifeProof’s $80 Fre, ...

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10:09
∞ Mongolian throat singing rap

This might just be the coolest thing I’ve watched all week.

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09:55
Samsung Galaxy S6 comes with 56 apps preinstalled,...

Critics of so-called "bloatware" will have new fodder thanks to Samsung's forthcoming flagship Galaxy S6 smartphone, which will come preinstalled with a total of 56 applications, including third-party services like Microsoft OneDrive and Whatsapp.

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09:35
Here are the new Apple Pay decals for business...

Earlier this week, we noted that Apple has opened up a new web portal for business owners to order Apple Pay decals to promote their support of the service. Now, these stickers have begun arriving to those who have ordered. As can be seen in the image gallery below, the decal pack includes a placement guide, multiple stickers, and a tool to apply the stickers. Thanks, Michael.





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09:34
Amazon Cloud Drive Now Includes Unlimited Cloud...

Amazon on Thursday announced two new unlimited cloud storage plans for Amazon Cloud Drive, enabling users to store an endless amount of photos, videos, movies, music, and files. Amazon users can choose either the Unlimited Photos Plan for $11.99 per year or the Unlimited Everything Plan for $59.99 per year, with a free three-month trial available for each plan for customers that want to try the service.

The lower-tier Unlimited Photos Plan allows for an unlimited number of photos to be stored on Amazon Cloud Drive, alongside up to 5GB of additional storage for videos, documents and other files. The more expensive Unlimited Everything Plan allows for unlimited storage of photos, videos, files, documents, movies and music with no restrictions. Amazon Prime members are already provided with an Unlimited Photos Plan at no...

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09:30
Amazon Cloud Drive launches new $60 Unlimited...

Amazon today announced that it was expanding its Cloud Drive service to include two new unlimited plans. The new Unlimited Photos provides unlimited photo storage and 5GB of video and file storage for $11.99 per year. The Unlimited Everything plans is a step up, allowing users to store an infinite number of photos, videos, music and documents for $59.99 a year.

“Most people have a lifetime of birthdays, vacations, holidays, and everyday moments stored across numerous devices. And, they don’t know how many gigabytes of storage they need to back all of them up,” said Josh Petersen, Director of Amazon Cloud Drive. “With the two new plans we are introducing today, customers don’t need to worry about storage space—they now have an affordable, secure solution to store unlimited amounts of photos, videos, movies, music, and files in one convenient place.”

Both new and...

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09:23
How-To: Decode Apple’s Tech Specs pages before...

As I noted in Part 1 of How-To: Decode Apple’s Tech Specs pages before buying a new Mac, Apple has designed the Mac purchasing process to be easy: pick a model, pick the good, better, or best configuration, hand over your cash, and enjoy your computer. Since most people get confused by tech specs — bullet points filled with numbers and acronyms — Apple downplays them in its marketing materials, leaving customers to sort through the details and figure out what most of them mean.

But these specs are really important when you’re...

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09:20
X-Doria Defense Shield Case for iPhone 6 - Beautiful...

X-Doria has released a beautiful new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus case called the Defense Shield. It meets military standard 810G for drops, features an aluminum outer bumper, and is available in silver, gold, and red. The IPhone is easy to insert and remove.


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09:19
Apple's new spaceship campus might be named...

While late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs's office remains in situ at the company's Infinite Loop headquarters, a more impressive memorial may be in the works as current chief executive Tim Cook has indicated his desire to name all or part of the new spaceship campus after Jobs.

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09:08
9to5Toys Last Call: refurb iMacs w/ 5K display up to...

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.

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09:03
Tim Cook and Apple Sued by Resident of South...

Pro se legal representation means advocating on one's own behalf before a court, rather than being represented by a lawyer. With that understanding, Christopher Lee Johnson filed a civil action against Tim Cook ...

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09:00
Microsoft at RSA conference USA 2015, April 20-24

Security and compliance are among the top questions customers have for every cloud service provider. We look forward to sharing Microsoft’s perspective—including progress on Office 365 security and compliance—at the upcoming RSA Conference, April 20-24, at the Moscone Center, San Francisco.

“The world’s leading information security conference and exposition” will feature Scott Charney, corporate vice president, who will deliver an opening keynote on Microsoft’s approach to security and trust April 21st at 9:15 a.m. PT. Later on Tuesday, Bret Arsenault, Microsoft’s chief information security officer, will lead a panel discussion on Security and Privacy in the...

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09:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 039 on the API...

In this episode Jeremy Thake talks to Xiaoying from the Visual Studio team about the API Sandbox.

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08:48
News: Apple retail stores to have very limited Apple...

Perhaps not surprisingly, most Apple Stores are expected to have limited stock of the Apple Watch for the initial launch, 9to5Mac reports. Sources at Apple Stores have noted that priority will be given to reservations as well, limiting stock even further for walk-in purchases, and employees have been told to treat launch day as if there is no walk-in stock available at all. This problem will be exacerbated by the wide variety of models available,…

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08:44
News: Apple quietly acquiring companies to improve...

Apple’s recent acquisition of database developer FoundationDB actually follows another quiet acquisition of a related company in 2013, Bloomberg reports. Acunu Ltd., a U.K. based data analytics company, appears to have been acquired by Apple in late 2013, according to a LinkedIn entry that reveals that Acunu’s Chief Technology Officer began working as a manager for Apple’s iCloud division, followed by several other Acunu employees…

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08:39
Amazon debuts new unlimited Cloud Drive plans,...

Amazon today launched two unlimited tiers for its Cloud Drive storage service, while prominent dance music service Beatport has revealed it will be debuting on Apple's iOS.

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08:31
Amazon Adds Unlimited Storage Options to Cloud Drive

Amazon trumped everyone else in the online storage market on Thursday with its new unlimited plans. The online retailer is now offering a cloud-based file storage option without any data caps for just under US$5 a month-undercutting the best deals from very other online storage service, while making Apple's iCloud Drive options look painfully expensive.

The Mac Observer Spin: Unlimited online storage for any file type and only $5 a month. That's the best storage option for the price, period. Hopefully Amazon's move will make everyone else-including Apple-take note and offer more competitive pricing.


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08:30
Behind the scenes look at CARROT, the A.I. construct...

Last week, developer Brian Mueller of Grailr released CARROT Weather, the fifth app in the popular CARROT series. The star of these apps is the unforgettable CARROT, a sarcasm-wielding robot with a heart of weapons-grade plutonium. CARROT is known for her cutting comments that shame you into compliance while helping you meet goals like being fit or waking up on time. The Artificial Intelligence behind the app has a colorful history, and we were able to talk with developer Mueller about how his main character has evolved from a bespectacled Corgi to a faceless construct. 

Kelly Hodgkins: The early app mockups featured a well-dressed Corgi with monocles and top hat. It's a very butler-ish character that is radically different from the A.I. construct we all know and love. How did that happen? Why did you transition away from the canine and towards the sentient robot? Was it a gradual change or an abrupt decision...

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08:21
Private I: Trust and verify for network certificate...

In a post on March 23, Google’s security team explained that it had discovered that someone was delivering digital certificates to users for Google domains that weren’t authorized by Google. A quick investigation discovered that a Chinese certificate authority (CA), CNNIC, had improperly given a reseller enough power to create verifiable certificates for any domain in the world.

With a verifiable certificate, any seemingly secured web connection can be intercepted by a party that can insert a tap into a network point between the browser and the server. It’s bad.

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08:17
Apple Watch launch retail stock to be limited for...

If you want to buy the Apple Watch model of your choice at an Apple Store at launch, you should consider pre-ordering online or through an Apple Store reservation, sources have told 9to5Mac. Due in part to the number of different models, Apple Watch inventory at many Apple Stores in the United States will be heavily constrained at launch, with priority given to reservations, meaning that Apple Watch availability for random walk-in purchases on day one will be noticeably tight.

As one source at a flagship Apple Store said, “we’re told to treat launch day as if there will be no walk-in stock.” That doesn’t necessarily mean there will be absolutely zero Apple Watch units to buy at launch if you don’t have a reservation, just that the specific Apple Watch...

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08:13
Two Apple Camera Related Inventions Reveal Aspects...

In 2013 Apple updated iMovie with a new Rolling Shutter feature. Apple noted on their support page that "Many camcorders record video in a way that can cause image distortion if the camera moves a lot during recording (especially quick panning movements), or if the camera is recording fast motion. A video clip may appear wobbly or skewed in these...

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08:03
Tim Cook Named 'World's Greatest Leader,...

Following the release of Becoming Steve Jobs, an acclaimed biography of the late Apple co-founder, Fortune has named Tim Cook the "world's greatest leader," accompanied by an in-depth profile that reflects on the chief executive in the post-Jobs era. The interesting article provides a closer look at Cook's transition from a soft-spoken operations manager to a high-profile leader at Apple, and reveals how Cook has managed the pressure that comes with his new role.

Apple CEO Tim Cook (Image Credit: Joe Pugliese)
Cook brings a different leadership style to Apple, placing more trust in others instead of being as impulsive and manipulative as Jobs often was. The results have been favorable, as...

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08:00
Backblaze launches free update, potentially...

Backblaze is today launching version 4.0 of its Mac backup app, potentially allowing file uploads to happen five times faster. This will primarily be of benefit for the initial backup, which can take several weeks. Faster downloads will also be available when restoring from a backup.

Although you’ve always been able to choose how much of your upload bandwidth the app uses, latency issues meant that the app didn’t always take advantage of higher speeds. You can now assign multiple processes (or threads, in Backblaze’s terminology) to the job. The company says those more than 500 miles from its California data center should see the greatest benefit.

It won’t magically add extra bandwidth out of thin air, and the company suggests limiting usage to two or three threads, but if you’ve told the app to use a decent...

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08:00
Apple focusing on cloud performance improvements,...

Bloomberg did some digging around after Apple’s acquisition of FoundationDB, believed to be geared to improving the performance of its cloud services (something it could definitely benefit from), and found that the company also acquired a British data analysis company back in 2013, likely for the same reason.

The purchase of [FoundationDB] follows a deal for closely held Acunu Ltd., a U.K.-based data analysis company, Apple said.

Both purchases show Apple is placing more emphasis on the development of solid data...

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07:38
Angela Ahrendts was swayed to Apple retail by...

Former Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts chose to leave the British fashion house for Apple largely because of the opportunity to work with Tim Cook, she hinted in a recent interview, choosing to serve alongside the Apple chief executive as he reshapes the company.

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07:32
Apple Tasks Jimmy Iovine, Trent Reznor with Making a...

Apple is ready to revamp its streaming music offerings, and has put Jimmy Iovine and Trent Reznor on the task. The iPhone and iPad maker wants to go head to head with Spotify and similar streaming music services, and is leveraging its Beats acquisition to make that happen.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple wants to be a big player in the streaming music market, and it looks like the company is working on making that happen. Spotify and Pandora have to know Apple is working on something, so it'll be interesting to see what this does for competition in the Internet radio game.


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07:17
Tim Cook reflects on the role of running a post-...

Fortune has today named Tim Cook #1 on its list of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders, publishing an extensive profile of the Apple CEO in which he reflects on the lessons he’s learned in the time he’s been running the company.

Taking over from Steve was not, he said, an easy transition, and he gained a new appreciation for the way that the co-founder had shielded him and the rest of the team from public criticism.

What I learned after Steve passed away, what I had known only at a theoretical level, an academic level maybe, was that he was an incredible heat shield for us, his executive team. None of us probably appreciated that enough […] but he really took any kind of spears that were thrown. He took the praise as well. But to be honest, the...

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07:05
Twitter launches rebranded Periscope app for live...

Just a few months after acquiring the app's original developer, Twitter has released a rebranded Periscope app for the iPhone, which lets users stream live broadcasts to Twitter followers, like chief rival Meerkat.

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07:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Diane von Furstenberg,...

Diane von Furstenberg, Kate Spade, and Michael Kors take a crack at designing cases

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases brings you stunning designs from the runway, plus ultra-protective cases from OtterBox and Lifeproof.

Diane von Furstenberg

If you're looking for some travel-inspired fashion, the Hologram (iPhone 6; $48) features a simple hologram airplane pattern that changes to reveal a warm hidden message. 

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07:00
Throwback Thursday: "At last, the tool I needed...

Having been around since the dawn of time, I have many old Mac magazines collecting dust and spiders in my basement. Between those and some of the retro gear that Dave and I have laying around, we thought it would be fun to take the occasional walk down memory lane. Today, we present for your amusement and education an ad from the premiere issue (October 1985) of MacUser Magazine.

The company in the ad? Silicon Beach Software, a pioneering Mac development firm famous for later coming out with SuperPaint, SuperCard, Airborne! and PersonalPress. The company was acquired by Aldus (makers of PageMaker) in 1990, which was in turn swallowed up by Adobe in 1994.

AD ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN OCTOBER 1985 ISSUE OF MACUSER MAGAZINE (CLICK TO EXPAND)

What's not to love about this? Spending $40 (that's $89 in today's dollars) on a floppy disk...

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06:58
News: Apple planning to release three iPhone models...

Apple may be planning to release three different iPhone models later this year, essentially adding a new 4-inch model to the lineup, according to the often-dubious DigiTimes. Citing “industry sources,” the report notes that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus would be directly upgraded to the “iPhone 6S” and “iPhone 6S Plus”, respectively, and that a new “iPhone 6C” would be added to the lineup — a four-inch…

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06:54
New Earth science educational app is available for...

Tasa Graphic Arts (http://www.tasagraphicarts.com) has announced Earth's Rocks and the Rock Cycle, a new Earth science app available for Mac OS X.

It provides teachers, students, and parents with Earth science content about rocks and the rock cycle. Photographs of rocks and their environments plus animations are designed to help students visualize the processes that change Earth over time. Scored quizzes and essay questions are included to encourage exploration, independent study, and written communication.

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06:49
Apple concept would require users to input health...

Apple has explored presenting iPhone users with non-dismissable notifications, such as requiring personal health data to be entered before resuming normal use of their device, in a concept that could help break bad habits.

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06:49
Twitter launches Periscope, a Meerkat-like live...

Live video streaming app Meerkat took Twitter by storm during SXSW earlier in March, and now Twitter has released its response. On Thursday, Twitter introduced Periscope, its own live video streaming app that will compete directly with Meerkat.

Twitter's plan for live streaming actually began long before we'd even heard of Meerkat. Periscope was first an independent startup. Then in January there were rumblings about Twitter acquiring the app. Finally, about two weeks ago—the day after SXSW wrapped up, not-so-coincidentally—Twitter confirmed it acquired Periscope.

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06:48
News: Report reveals more details on Apple’s...

The New York Times has a report today that provides some additional insight into Apple’s plans for the upcoming streaming music service that the company is rumored to be developing with its Beats division. Being billed as a service that is expected to rival Spotify, the new subscription offering has Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails fame overseeing the redesign of the iOS Music app to accommodate the new services. The report also notes that Apple…

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06:43
Passware exposes suspects' Photo Stream to...

Investigators now have a unique tool that leverages Passware's research in live-memory analysis for over-the-air acquisition of Apple Photo Stream contents without an Apple ID or password.

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06:25
Apple Invents a Thinner Display Structure for...

On March 26, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals methods of thinning down iDevices with a new display assembly method. The invention also covers a ceramic or sapphire surface glass having an electrically energized component embedded ...

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06:15
How to get hired

Jason Mark (no relation) talks about the process of winnowing a pool of almost 150 applicants to find that perfect new hire. This is not an anecdote about the hiring process. It is a list of things to watch out for, things to NOT do when you are trying to get hired, along with attractive traits that separate you from the field.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:11
Apple Watch gets 2-page spread in Fitness First...

Days after its Down Under debut, the Apple Watch has been featured in Australian exercise magazine Fitness First with a two-page spread that extolls the new wearable's virtues for fitness aficionados.

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06:07
Digging into the Apple Watch as a personal trainer

Rene Ritchie, writing for iMore, demystifies the three rings interface of Apple Watch, shows how those rings help you get fit.

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06:02
Apple TV Adds CNNgo Channel

Apple TV gained yet another new channel this week with the addition of CNNgo. The new channel taps into the CNNgo service to let viewers watch live news and previously recorded shows, but requires a cable TV subscription to watch most of the content.

The Mac Observer Spin: More channels coming to Apple TV helps make the little streaming entertainment box more enticing. Requiring a cable TV subscription yet again, however, doesn't do much to make the device a true alternative to Comcast or Time Warner TV packages.


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06:00
Create apps for your quadcopter with 3D Robotics...

3D Robotics develops the open source software that powers a lot of home brew UAVs. Today it's introducing a new tool to the public: DroneKit, software that allows anyone to create apps for, well, drones! DroneKit works with any craft that uses 3DR's ...

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06:00
Samsung's Galaxy S6 and S6 edge will debut in...

Yes, you can lay claim to an HTC One M9 of your very own at the stroke of midnight on March 27, but what if your fondness for flagships leads you in another direction? No problem - Samsung has just announced that you'll be able to pre-order the Galax...

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05:58
Apple plans China iPhone trade-in program

Chinese iPhone owners can bring their old phone to Apple, trade it in for a new model, Foxconn will repair and resell the old units.

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05:52
The battle of the two Steve Jobs’ bios, plus a new...

There’s the Isaacson official Steve Jobs bio. There’s the new bio, Becoming Steve Jobs. And now there’s a documentary that’s of an unguarded Steve Jobs. At the center is what’s really important.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:43
LG's Watch Urbane LTE will soon be available in...

LG is releasing the Watch Urbane LTE in South Korea within the next few days, which means we now have an idea how much one will cost. Turns out the fancy mobile internet-connected smartwatch is priced at 650,000 won or $590 in its home turf. That amo...

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05:24
UK House of Commons buys all 650 members new iPads

The thing I found most interesting about this story was the role of ecosystem in the purchase decision. There’s a great quote in the article that brings this point home. Read on.

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05:21
Google Keep makes to-do lists easier to find with...

If you're the type who maintains a massive amount of to-do lists and notes, you likely need a system to organize the things that keep you, well, organized. That's probably why Google has introduced labels for its Keep note-taking app on Android. It's...

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05:00
HTC One M9 to go on sale for $649 unlocked tonight

Never mind that M9+ thing in China. Back in the US, it's all about the M9 for local HTC fans, as the device is about to hit the official online store at midnight ET for $649 unlocked (it'll have the same bands as the AT&T model). This may not mean mu...

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05:00
Ford Tech Could Put an End to Speeding Tickets


Ford Motors on Tuesday unveiled a new technology that can scan traffic signs and automatically adjust a vehicle's speed accordingly. The Intelligent Speed Limiter was demonstrated in Germany, but it will be available worldwide in the newest edition of Ford's S-Max cars. The technology features a camera mounted on the windshield that works with a recognition system that can read roadside signs. When the system determines that the driver is exceeding the posted speed limit, the car can adjust the speed without applying the brakes.

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05:00
Bodacious Bodhi Broadens Linux Desktop


Bodhi Linux 3.0.0 RC3's implementation of the Enlightenment desktop, makes an awesome desktop computing platform for office or home. Bodhi is one of only a handful of Linux distros embracing the Enlightenment environment. Its developers call Bodhi the Enlightened Linux Distribution. Beware if you try it: Bodhi Linux could easily become your favorite Linux distro. Enlightenment takes a bit of adjusting to, however. It has a learning curve and a customization path that renders it not so out-of-the-box ready.

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04:55
iPhone-connected Canary home monitoring system hits...

The Canary smart home monitoring system that started with a $100l Indiegogo goal and actually raised almost $2 million, is now available in retail stores for the first time, priced at $259.

Canary is a security camera that learns your living patterns, like when people leave and enter the home, and sends alerts to your iPhone when anything seems out of the ordinary. You can then view and listen remotely to ensure all is well.

Canary is now available in Best Buy, Home Depot and Verizon Wireless, and is also available on Amazon with free shipping. The company plans to make it available in other countries later this year.

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04:46
PhotoScissors 2.0 for Mac OS X removes image...

TeoreX has announced PhotoScissors 2.0 (http://www.photoscissors.com/download.html). The cross-platform application removes unwanted backgrounds from photos.

Version 2.0 provides improvements to further enhance results and reduce time required to obtain them. In particular, the improved edge feathering algorithm plus the "Offset Boundary" option allow for neater and more precise contours of the cut out object. The "Shadow" option applies a transparent shadow to the picture. A new interactive processing mode optionally allows applying all changes to the image in real time.



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Iridient Developer (was RAW Developer) is a powerful image conversion application designed specifically for OS X. Iridient Developer gives advanced photographers total control over every aspect of... Read more
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Air Video Server HD streams videos instantly from your computer on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Apple TV. No need to worry about converting or transferring files. We took everything that was... Read more
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Duplicate Annihilator takes on the time-consuming task of comparing the images in your iPhoto library using effective algorithms to make sure that no duplicate escapes. Duplicate Annihilator... Read more
BusyContacts 1.0.2 - Fast, efficient con...
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Capture One Pro 8.2.0.82 - RAW workflow...
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Backblaze 4.0.0.872 - Online backup serv...
Backblaze is an online backup service designed from the ground-up for the Mac.With unlimited storage available for $5 per month, as well as a free 15-day trial, peace of mind is within reach with... Read more
Little Snitch 3.5.2 - Alerts you about o...
Little Snitch gives you control over your private outgoing data. Track background activity As soon as your computer connects to the Internet, applications often have permission to send any... Read more

Pie In The Sky: A Pizza Odyssey (Games)
Pie In The Sky: A Pizza Odyssey 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: A game about delivering pizza. In space. | Read more »
Chosen Gives Hopeful Singers, Songwriter...
If YouTube videos and reality TV shows like The Voice have taught us one thing, it’s that there are a lot of people out there who are anxious to show the world their talents. And if they’ve taught us a second thing, it’s that there’s an almost... | Read more »
Android's Popular OfficeSuite Now A...
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Warhammer: Arcane Magic is Coming Soon,...
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These are All the Apple Watch Apps and G...
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Hands-On With Allstar Heroes - A Promisi...
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Macho Man and Steve Austin Join the Rank...
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Apple offering refurbished 27-inch 5K iMacs f...
The Apple Store is offering Apple Certified Refurbished 27″ 3.5GHz 5K iMacs for $2119 including free shipping. Their price is $380 off the price of new models, and it’s the lowest price available for... Read more
16GB iPad mini on sale for $199, save $50
Walmart has 16GB iPad minis (1st generation) available for $199.99 on their online store, including free shipping. Their price is $50 off MSRP. Online orders only. Read more
New 128GB MacBook Airs on sale for $50 off MS...
 B&H Photo has 128GB 11″ and 13″ 2015 MacBook Airs on sale today for $50 off MSRP including free shipping plus NY sales tax only: - 11″ 1.6GHz/128GB MacBook Air (Model #MJVM2LL/A): $849 $50 off... Read more
13-inch 2.6GHz Retina MacBook Pro (refurbishe...
The Apple Store has Apple Certified Refurbished 13″ 2.6GHz/128GB Retina MacBook Pros available for $979 including free shipping. Original MSRP for this model was $1299. Read more
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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
Samsung Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 edge U.S. P...
Samsung Electronics America, Inc. has announced the Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 edge will be available in the U.S. beginning April 10, with pre-orders being accepted now. “We have completely reimagined... Read more
13-inch 2.5GHz MacBook Pro (refurbished) avai...
The Apple Store has Apple Certified Refurbished 13″ 2.5GHz MacBook Pros available for $829, or $270 off the cost of new models. Apple’s one-year warranty is standard, and shipping is free: - 13″ 2.... Read more
Save up to $80 on iPad Air 2s, NY tax only, f...
 B&H Photo has iPad Air 2s on sale for $80 off MSRP including free shipping plus NY sales tax only: - 16GB iPad Air 2 WiFi: $469.99 $30 off - 64GB iPad Air 2 WiFi: $549.99 $50 off - 128GB iPad... Read more
iMacs on sale for up to $205 off MSRP
B&H Photo has 21″ and 27″ iMacs on sale for up to $205 off MSRP including free shipping plus NY sales tax only: - 21″ 1.4GHz iMac: $1019 $80 off - 21″ 2.7GHz iMac: $1189 $110 off - 21″ 2.9GHz... Read more
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Färbe Technik, which manufactures and markets of mobile accessories for Apple, Blackberry and Samsung mobile devices, is offering tips on how to keep your iPhone charged while in the field: •... Read more

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