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Thursday February 26

05:05
∞ Every Apple Watch, and repairability

A gallery of every single Apple Watch, and a discussion of repairability and the Apple Watch lifespan.

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05:00
A Major Report by Good Technology Shows that iOS...

A new report published today by Good Technology™, the leader in secure mobility, presents key findings indicating that as enterprises are mobilizing content and apps, they are also fortifying their cyber resiliency ...

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05:00
Pearl OS Could Be a Gem in the Making


If you favor the OS X environment, Pearl OS might be a Linux distro to feed your fancy.
Pearl OS is a revival of the discontinued Pear OS distro. It picks up where Pear left off in early 2014. Pearl OS has two desktop versions: XFCE and MATE. Both are based on Ubuntu Linux distro version 14.04 Mini release. The two flavors of Pearl OS are customized to look and act like the OS X operating system. But Pearl is Linux and not OS X. This distro runs Debian-based Linux applications. It does not run OS X software or have actual OS X functions.

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05:00
Apple's iOS bolsters lead in enterprise for Q4...

Apple gained ground in enterprise device activations over the fourth quarter of 2014, especially in strictly regulated industries, while Android share slipped over the same period, according to the latest data from Good Technology.

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04:57
Kool Tools: Paragon Disk Wiper 15 for Mac OS X Free

Paragon Software Group's (PSG) Paragon Disk Wiper 15 for Mac OS X Free (http://www.paragon-software.com/home/dw-mac/) is a utility to clean hard disks and SSDs or permanently erase critical data on separate partitions or entire hard disks.

With Disk Wiper for Mac, wiping is not accomplished under Mac OS X, but from a special Linux-based flash stick that can be easily created from the program. After booting the Mac from this device, the Wipe Wizard can irreversibly remove confidential data in just a few easy steps, according to the folks at PSG.

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04:55
Mini review: Lightning Rabbit Triforce USB charger...

It seems pretty much every gadget in the world these days–from phones to bicycle lights–is charged via USB, so you can never have too many USB charging points in your home.

The Lightning Rabbit Triforce is a simple device with two goals: to charge your devices quickly, and to look cute (if quirky) while doing so.

At the rear, there’s just a figure-of-8 power socket (with a supplied power cable). At the front, there are four USB sockets, all of them delivering the same 2.4A power as an Apple iPad charger, ensuring that devices are charged as quickly as possible.

For lower-powered devices, there is no harm in having the extra power available–power draw is determined by the device itself, the charger just delivering whatever is requested.

I’ve been using it to charge a variety of gadgets over the past week or so, all of them charging...

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04:53
Spotify’s Mac app getting integrated Musixmatch...

If you’re a fan of impromptu karaoke sessions, Spotify is about to make life easier by integrating Musixmatch lyrics into its desktop apps.

Simply fire up any song on our desktop app and hit the new Lyrics button. You can also search and browse popular lyrics from Spotify’s top songs using the Explore feature.

The music streaming service is also improving the Friend Feed, to make it easier to see what your friends are listening to, and introducing daily viral charts, showing you the most-shared tracks both globally and in your own region.

Spotify says the rollout of the updated app will take place “gradually” across all its desktop apps over the coming weeks. The company updated its iOS app last month with a touch preview function and new swipe gestures.

Filed under...

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04:35
China drops Apple, Cisco, Intel, Citrix from...

Reuters:

China has dropped some of the world’s leading technology brands from its approved state purchase lists, while approving thousands more locally made products, in what some say is a response to revelations of widespread Western cybersurveillance.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:26
First Hollywood film edited with Final Cut Pro X...

Astonishing that there’s not been a single film edited with Final Cut Pro X to hit the theaters in the last four years. Interesting development.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:13
LTE-Advanced coverage reaches 100 million people

LTE-Advanced networks have been actively deployed around the world. At the end of 2014, LTE-Advanced covered its first 100 million people worldwide, just 4 years since the network’s inception. ABI Research (www.abirsearch.com) predicts that the coverage will reach one billion in four more years.

At the end of 2014, there were 49 commercially available LTE-Advanced networks around the world. Western European operators lead the commercialization with 20 operators, followed by 13 in Asia-Pacific; however, North America still commands the largest population coverage at 7.8%.

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04:12
Apple’s growing presence in Israel geared to chip...

The WSJ is suggesting that Apple’s growing presence in Israel is focused on expanding the company’s chip design capabilities, reporting that it has hired most of the local employees of a chip design company shut down by Texas Instruments and is advertising new positions in silicon and semiconductor design.

“Apple’s Israeli acquisitions and its expanding local workforce show that the company is becoming more and more independent on the chip level, where it once had to rely on external suppliers,” said Shlomo Gradman, chairman of the Israeli Semiconductor Club.

While the report contains more speculation than hard fact, we noted yesterday that Tim Cook–who is currently visiting the country–is accompanied...

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03:34
Throw away your fax machine and use these apps...

When I was growing up, that screeching sound now most commonly associated with a dial-up modem wasn’t emitted from a computer. The sound came from a heap of plastic and buttons called a fax machine. As digital communications took over, faxing declined, but some agencies and large corporations still rely on faxing documents instead of emailing them. Looking at you, government offices.

But honestly, how many of us actually own a fax machine? If you said yes, is it actually hooked up to a dedicated phone line? If you answered no to either one of those questions, or are looking for a way to cut back on expenses for your small business, an iOS app might work just as well.

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

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02:21
Sopio (Games)

Sopio 1.00
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $1.99, Version: 1.00 (iTunes)

Description:

The points and puns card game arrives on iOS! Play Sopio anywhere, even if you don’t have any friends!

Get to 1000 points to win before your opponents!

Play cards on yourself! Play cards on them! Play cards on no-one and just enjoy the pictures!

Enjoy a game of Sopio against real computer opponents, featuring cards from Sopio Deck 1:

- Protect yourself with a Snazzy Helmet!
- Survive an encounter with a Joyless Bear!
- Turn another player into a Wombat!
- See the future in your Crystal Bowling Ball!
- Watch out for the Evil Spider!

Unlock two booster packs and 18 unique opponents with your skill. Or your money. Or just dumb luck.

Share your victories with digital friends via Facebook and Twitter!

Play with your real...

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Wednesday February 25

22:53
Tim Cook Reportedly Showers with Apple Watch,...

The Apple Watch might be water resistant, according to comments reported by French site iGen. Either that or it's a misunderstanding, and we don't really know which. Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly told employees at an Apple Store in Berlin that he wears his Apple Watch everywhere, "even in the shower."


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22:00
Joe Dever's Lone Wolf Complete (Games)

Joe Dever's Lone Wolf Complete 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $9.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

The Complete edition includes all the 4 Acts of the story in a single app!

"Half gamebook and half action RPG, Joe Dever's Lone Wolf is one adventure that fans of either genre will enjoy from start to finish"
– PocketGamer.co.uk - 9/10

"A fascinating experiment, occasionally a beautiful little piece of art, and I really ended up enjoying both the combat system and the character building in the long run."
– TouchArcade - 4/5

"Highly exceptional and unique in ways that would only be discovered by experiencing it first-hand. – 148apps - 4/5
"An amazing overall interactive gamebook experience."
- Capsule Computers - 9,5/10

Develop awards 2014 – Finalist in "Use of a license or IP"
IndieCade 2014...

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21:50
Prison Life RPG (Games)

Prison Life RPG 1.0.1
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $3.99, Version: 1.0.1 (iTunes)

Description:

Dear prisoners, this is Warden speaking. Welcome to the Prison, where you are SENTENCED to play! Can you survive the harsh prison life? Can you escape before your execution?

PRISON BROCHURE
Prison Life is a Survival Role-Playing game that places you behind bars. To survive the punishment of the penitentiary system, you’ll need to stay healthy and fit, gain allies, eliminate enemies, bribe the guards, bet in illegal boxing matches, and more while pushing for parole or planning an escape.

PRISON CAPACITY
With more than 100 prisoners to interact with, you'll never feel bored!

PRISONER ACTIVITIES
Watch TV, call your grandma, learn skills, craft items, get bullied, wash toilet, flirt with the pretty Doctor in Sick Bay, bribe the guards or...

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21:32
Package Manager Like apt-get For Windows 10

In Windows 10, Microsoft has finally baked a package manager called OneGet into Windows. It works similarly to apt-get and other package managers that have been around for decades in the Linux world; just works in PowerShell, rather than bash. So let’s take a quick peak. First, import it as a module from a PowerShell prompt:

Import-Module -Name OneGet

Next, use Get-Command to see the options for the OneGet Module:

Get-Command -Module OneGet

This will show you the following options:

Find-Package
Get-Package
Get-PackageProvider
Get-PackageSource
Install-Package
Register-PackageSource
Save-Package
Set-PackageSource
Uninstall-Package
Unregister-PackageSource

Next, look at the repositories of package sources you have:

Get-PackageSource

You can then add a repo to look at, using Register-PackageSource. Or, we’ll just fire away at locating our first package, Acrobat:

Find-...

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21:02
Chinese government removes Apple from list of...

The Chinese government has removed several prominent US tech companies, including Apple, from its list of approved vendors for state purchases, Reuters reported today. The change is hardly unexpected following the government’s response to accusations several years ago that the US National Security Administration had been using backdoors in Apple products to spy on users.

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21:00
Killer Deal: Apple's 64GB iPad Air Wi-Fi + 4G...

Today only, until supplies run out, readers can grab Apple's 64GB iPad Air (Wi-Fi + 4G LTE) in Space Grey for $399 shipped, while a sister offer slashes the company's top-of-the-line MacBook Pro by $400 -- both of which are the lowest prices we've ever seen for these models.

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20:59
Cyberduck 4.6.5 - FTP and SFTP browser. (Free)

Cyberduck is a robust FTP/FTP-TLS/SFTP browser for the Mac whose lack of visual clutter and cleverly intuitive features make it easy to use. Support for external editors and system technologies such as Spotlight, Bonjour, Keychain, and AppleScript are built-in.

Cyberduck is an Open Source product licensed under the GPL and free to use. Donations are welcome to help advance development in the future. Thanks to contributors, Cyberduck is available in English, Japanese, German, Catalan, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Russian, and Polish.



Version 4.6.5:

  • [Feature] Support for China (Beijing) region (S3)
  • [Feature] Drag bookmarks from history and Bonjour tab to default bookmarks
  • [Bugfix] Some interface items not localized (Mac)
  • [Bugfix] Uploading file removes shared access...

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20:51
China removes Apple, other US tech companies from...

China has blacklisted Apple and a number of other big name U.S. technology brands from its approved state purchase lists, leaving local companies to fill the resulting void, according to a report published on Wednesday.

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18:30
Apple CEO Tim Cook to Give Commencement Speech at...

George Washington University announced Wednesday that Apple CEO Tim Cook will give the commencement address for the 2015 graduating class. He will also be awarded an honorary doctorate of public service by the school. According to the school, Mr. Cook was suggested by its students during its nomination process.


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18:03
Tim Cook Will Give 2015 Commencement Address at...

Apple CEO Tim Cook will give the keynote address to graduates at George Washington University this May, the university announced today. Cook will speak on May 17 on the National Mall and was nominated for the honor by students earlier this year. The university also plans to give Cook an honorary doctorate of public service.

"I am delighted that Tim Cook has accepted our invitation to give this year's commencement address on the National Mall," George Washington President Steven Knapp said. "I know our graduating students will be inspired and enlightened by his reflections on the lessons he has garnered from his distinguished career as a highly effective leader at the forefront of technological innovation."
Cook's last commencement speech...

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17:55
Tim Cook to deliver commencement address at George...

It was announced on Wednesday that Apple CEO Tim Cook will deliver George Washington University's commencement address at the school's graduation ceremony in May, where he will also receive an honorary doctorate of public service.

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17:31
Tim Cook to give commencement address at George...

Apple CEO Tim Cook will give the commencement address at George Washington University’s graduation ceremony this May, the school announced today. Cook, who will receive an honorary degree during the event, was selected after being suggested by GWU students.

The commencement will take place on May 17th on the National Mall. The full GWU press release is included below.

Apple CEO Tim Cook to Deliver George Washington University Commencement Address

Anthony Fauci and Carole Watson to Receive Honorary Degrees

WASHINGTON (Feb. 25, 2015)— Apple CEO Tim Cook will deliver the George Washington University’s Commencement address before graduates on May 17. He will also be awarded an honorary doctorate of public service from the university. Mr. Cook, whose invitation was...

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17:17
Google in talks with wearables maker Jawbone over...

Google is reportedly in preliminary talks to buy a stake in Jawbone, perhaps best known for its popular UP line of fitness trackers, as the Internet search giant moves further into the wearable device industry.

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17:00
Daily Deals for February 25, 2015, featuring Simon 4...

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

AWT’s Daily Deals

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

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

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16:46
Apple Watch spread in Vogue

This is exactly what I’d expect from Apple—lots of room on the page with the focus being on the product, and not on a bunch of needless words. It speaks for itself.

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16:40
Amplified: “Well, you’re just stupid…”

Jim, Shawn and Dave talk about Steve Jobs, Apple Watch pricing and Roadie Tuner!

Sponsored by WALTR (Visit the link and use the code BIGBEARDSPECIAL for 33% off).

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16:00
Bumpies for iPhone 6/6 Plus: The un-case for your...

If there's one category in the iPhone accessories genre that seems to be somewhat overloaded with a lot of lookalikes, it's cases. That's why Bumpies caught my attention a while back. Instead of surrounding your iPhone in plastic or metal, Bumpies cover just four places - the corners of your iPhone. 

A set of Bumpies for your iPhone 6 costs just US$24 (affiliate link)-- sure,  you can get cheaper cases at your local dollar store, but they probably look cheap, too! Bumpies come in a variety of colors -- black, blue, fuchsia, gray, green, orange, pink, red, white and yellow. 

To install the Bumpies, you use an included alcohol wipe to clean the corners of the iPhone, slip it into the cardboard package sleeve the Bumpies come in, remove a piece of backing paper from each of the Bumpies, and press them onto the corners -- using the package...

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15:53
ACM 295: Pebble Time, Samsung Cars, and Being an...

Does Samsung want to make an electric car? Jeff Gamet and Bryan Chaffin think so. They also look at the Pebble Time, which has raised tons of money on Kickstarter, even as Apple prepares to release the Apple Watch. With Apple getting ever-larger., they also want to know what it means to be an Apple fan today, and what it might mean tomorrow.


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15:43
Google Planning New Canopy-Like Mountain View...

The companies BIG and Heatherwick Studio are collaborating on a new headquarters building for Google in Mountain View, California.

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15:30
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Tainted Keep [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] Uncover sinister evil in this console quality, magical, twin stick hack and slash.

Expenses OK - the excellent expense tracker (its handy widget save your time,money and finance) [iPhone; Now free, down from $0.99] Expenses OK - the fastest way to track your expenses.

Yet It Moves (puzzle platformer) [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $2.99]...

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15:22
Beard t-shirts

I never realized how many great beard t-shirts were out there. I need to make my own beard t-shirts.

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15:12
Griffin Survivor Slim Case for iPhone 6/6 Plus:...

Griffinâs Survivor Slim for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus provides serious drop protection (MIL-STD 801G), works with the fingerprint scanner, is fairly light weight, and, as a bonus, is actually easy to remove from the package without the aid of a chain saw. It's easy to insert the iPhone, but getting it out is not. The surface texture affords a great grip. Nancy Gravley fills us in.


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15:02
Full Stack Hacker Developer Training Bundle: $49

Today's deal will get you eight developer training courses for just $49. It's called the Full Stack Hacker Bundle, and it includes courses on Amazon Web Services, HTML 5, GitHub fundamentals, Python, MySQL, PHP, and more. The retail value of this package is $668.


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14:57
Apple's iPad loses ground to generic tablets in...

A new report from Strategy Analytics published on Wednesday suggests so-called "Brand X" tablets collectively outperformed Apple's iPad and offerings from Samsung in 2014, marking the first time generic device makers beat out the two established brands on a year-end basis.

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14:14
While Apple's CEO is in Israel to Open New...

Last week we reported that Israel's Calcalist news website reported that Apple's CEO Tim Cook was expected to arrive this week for the inauguration of the new company offices in Herzliya. Right on cue ...

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14:09
Google Play Music now stores 50K songs free, Apple...

Google Play Music on Wednesday was updated to store up to 50,000 songs in the cloud for free, more than doubling its previous limit of 20,000 songs, and also blowing past the 25,000-song cap of Apple's subscription iTunes Match service.

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14:00
AWT News Update: February 25, 2015

On the AWT News Update podcast today: 

  • The Apple Watch gets a 12-page ad in Vogue Magazine's March issue
  • Fueled by the Podcasts app in iOS 8... and Serial... AdAge finds that podcast consumption grew by 18% between spring and fall of 2014
  • Apple will be adding GasBuddy.com and GreatSchools.com as new data providers for Apple Maps
  • A movie debuting on Friday gets the distinction of being the first Hollywood film edited using Final Cut Pro X
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook and Hardware Technologies VP Johny Srugi visit Israel

Listen to the AWT News Update every weekday for a quick overview of stories we may not have published on the blog. Note that we will release a link to the podcast in the iTunes Store as soon as it is approved by Apple. 

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13:59
Ask iLounge: How do I disassociate my phone number...

Q:  How do I disassociate my phone number from iMessage? I recently broke my hand-me-down iPhone 4S mid-contract and I’ve had to revert back to using an old cell phone. Now when friends with iPhones (almost everyone I know) try to send me an SMS I never get the message. Using both my wife’s and daughter’s iPhones, we’ve confirmed that the only way I seem to be able to receive their text messages is if they turn off cellular…

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13:55
Company with no product wins $533M verdict vs. Apple...

Smartflash LLC is a company that operates out of a tiny office suite in Tyler, Texas. It has no employees or products and no assets except for a handful of patents—but it may be getting a whole lot of cash. A jury verdict (PDF) that came out late yesterday orders Apple to pay the company $533 million for infringing three of its patents.

The company is no "patent troll," its lawyer insisted in e-mail and telephone discussions with Ars. He says that term doesn't apply because the company is part-owned by founder Patrick Racz, who's the named inventor on the three patents found to be infringed, numbered 7,334,720, 8,118,221, and 8,336,772. All three are related to downloading...

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13:51
Google Challenges Apple-IBM MobileFirst with "...

In July 2014 Apple and IBM forged a new exclusive global enterprise centric alliance. The goal of the landmark partnership is to redefine the way work will get done, address key industry mobility challenges and spark true mobile-led business change. The official ...

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13:00
Intrepid Bag Company's Luxury Leather Line: For...

I have a thing for leather — leather computer accessories, that is. That’s why when I saw a Kickstarter campaign for the Luxury Leather Line from the Intrepid Bag Co., I just had to sneak a glance at what they had.

Like their partners over at Pad & Quill, Intrepid makes high quality bags for carrying your tech gear as well as accessories. Last year, the company successfully funded the Journeyman Commuter Leather Messenger Bag and Lillium Leather Side Purse Hip Satchel. This year, they’re back with a complete line that includes a Wayfarer Messenger bag for your 15-inch MacBook Pro, the Zinnia Convertible (backpack/crossbody bag for up to a 13-inch MacBook Pro), a Slim Wallet (useful when you can’t pay with Apple Pay), a...

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12:55
Rumor: Apple to overhaul Genius Bar operating...

Your Genius Bar experience could be changing as soon as next month.

According to the rumor mill, Apple Retail is reportedly in the process of overhauling its Genius Bar experience. In a bid to better serve customers, starting from the week of March 9, a new initiative dubbed “Concierge” will be rolled out to replace walk-in appointments. The program involves Apple Store employees using an algorithm-driven iPad app to provide priority-assessed wait times for a customer’s query.

The customer then provides a phone number, which Apple uses to send three text messages with wait time updates:
An initial text message confirming the Genius Bar request and providing the wait time.

A text message telling the customer to start heading back to the Apple Store.

A final text message telling the customer that their technician is ready to help and where they can be located...

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12:49
Apple spotlights 'Focus' starring Will...

Opening in theaters this Friday, "Focus" starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie was edited entirely using Final Cut Pro X?--?a fact that Apple has highlighted on the software's official website.

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12:31
Volvo Talks Up Its Self-Driving Cars


Volvo last week revealed the latest developments in its Drive Me project, showing off a complete system that could make it possible to integrate self-driving cars into regular traffic with drivers behind the wheel. Volvo is making progress toward its goal of releasing 100 self-driving vehicles to consumers on selected roads around Gothenburg -- Sweden's second largest city -- by 2017, the company said. Volvo is working with legislators, transport authorities and city officials to help ensure a crash-free future on the roads.

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12:20
Mac Users Have Fallen Out of Love with Personal...

There was a time, when we were all new to personal computers, that we loved to build and use databases. A computer is the perfect tool for that kind of record keeping. However, in time, we all drifted away from that activity. John Martellaro ponders the why of it all.


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12:16
It's Official: NSA Spying Is Hurting the US...

An anonymous reader writes China is backing away from U.S. tech brands for state purchases as NSA revelations, according to Reuters, which confirms what many US technology companies have been saying for the past year: the activities by the NSA are harming their businesses in crucial growth markets, including China. From the article: "A new report confirmed key brands, including Cisco, Apple, Intel, and McAfee -- among others -- have been dropped from the Chinese government's list of authorized brands, a Reuters report said Wednesday. The number of approved foreign technology brands fell by a third, based on an analysis of the procurement list. Less than half of those companies with security products remain on the list."

...

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12:11
GasBuddy & GreatSchools now providing data for...

Third-party data presented to users within Apple Maps may soon include local gas prices and school locations, thanks to new partnerships with GasBuddy and GreatSchools.

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12:02
Apple Showcases Final Cut Pro X Usage in Production...

Just a few days before the release of the Hollywood romantic comedy film Focus, starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie, Apple has provided a behind-the-scenes look at how Final Cut Pro X was used to produce the movie. The feature page provides an in-depth profile of how Final Cut Pro X was used for editing, screen-ready effects and post-production.

Focus directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra opted to use Apple's professional video editing software because they found it provided a fast and straightforward workflow. The software gave the directors fine-tuned control over all aspects of the film and provided the flexibility to easily move between editing on a Mac Pro and working with a MacBook Pro on location.After researching several workflows, Requa and Ficarra decided to cut their major studio feature entirely in Final Cut Pro X...

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12:00
Skype 7.5 for Mac now available

Skype 7.5 for Mac is now available from Microsoft, and the app is adding localization for a number of new languages as well as tackling some performance issues.

The localization expansion provides speakers of Hindi, Turkish, Czech, Ukrainian, Greek, Hungarian, Romanian, Indonesian, Catalan, Croatian, Slovak, Vietnamese, Thai and Malay with controls, menus and help in those languages.

In the past, some Mac users saw high CPU activity when using animated emoticons during a chat; Microsoft says that it has "significantly reduced CPU consumption" for that specific situation. Also, a bug with OS X's App Nap feature that could keep Skype from reconnecting when used in background has been fixed.

The app is available as a free download from Microsoft, and can be updated automatically or by selecting "Check for Updates" from the Skype menu. To run Skype 7.5 on your Mac, it...

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11:59
Thanks to 'Serial' & Apple's...

Though podcasts are not a new medium, the format has seen significant growth over the last few months, attributed in part to the fact that Apple's Podcasts app is now built in to iOS 8.

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11:54
Apple Maps adds GasBuddy and GreatSchools as data...

Apple has recently added two new companies to its list acknowledging data providers for Apple Maps. The two latest additions, GasBuddy and GreatSchools, first spotted by applemapsmarketing.com, are likely a sign that Apple intends to add additional features or points of interest to its maps apps for iOS and Mac.

GasBuddy is a service that aggregates data from local websites to offer up to date information on gas prices, while Great Schools gathers data and reviews for local schools.

Apple has continued to add...

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11:51
First Hollywood film edited with Final Cut Pro X...

It’s no secret that Final Cut Pro X, the overhauled follow up to Apple’s widely used video editing software, wasn’t exactly a hit with its users when the app was first released in 2011.

A comprehensive change in the way the software functioned and a lack of legacy features from the prior version gave the app a reputation for being “iMovie Pro” rather than a true professional desktop video editor. Soon after its launch, Apple addressed the flood of criticism with an FAQ site and a promise that more features would slowly become available in the new version.

Nearly four years later, the first Hollywood film edited in Final Cut Pro X is set to be released. To showcase the movie debut and FCPX’s...

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11:41
Apple Adds 'GasBuddy' and '...

Apple added several new companies to its Apple Maps Acknowledgements page over the course of the past month, possibly hinting at future plans for improvements to its mapping app. The Acknowledgements page lists all of the sources that provide information to Apple for the Maps app.

New listings include GasBuddy/OpenStore and GreatSchools, two additions that AppleMapsMarketing speculates could lead to Maps upgrades like gas prices on gas station locations and school data for school locations. GasBuddy.com is a site that is designed to highlight local gas prices, helping users find the cheapest gas in any given area. GreatSchools...

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11:34
A New Take on Feature Film Post-Production

After researching several workflows, directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra decided to edit “Focus” — a major new Warner Bros. film starring Will Smith — entirely in Final Cut Pro X. The results were even better than they’d expected. Final Cut Pro X helped them deliver the movie on time and under budget, and it played and looked just as they’d envisioned it. “I’ve cut on all the other systems, and I can easily say I’m three times faster on Final Cut Pro X,” says Ficarra.

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11:21
PCI Geomatics implements support for KazEOSat-1

PCI Geomatics (www.pcigeomatics.com) has implemented support for KazEOSat-1, an Earth Observation satellite owned and operated by the Kazakhstan Gharysh Sapary (KGS), a division of Kazcosmos.

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11:00
YouTube Kids provides a safe environment for kids as...

YouTube recently debuted a new iOS app designed for the younger generation. The company's YouTube Kids app promises to provide kid-friendly content in an interface that "even little ones can navigate." How does YouTube Kids deliver on its promises? Read on to find out what my little ones thought of YouTube Kids after using it for a few days.

The first thing I noticed when I opened YouTube Kids is that the UI is very simple, colorful and arranged nicely. Catchy music plays in the background while large icons and video thumbnails make it easy for non-readers to find their favorite shows. The content is arranged in easy-to-explore "Channels" that provide access to a group of similar videos.

The app launches to the "Shows" view, which provides access to the curated channels included in the app. As kids scroll through the channels, they can move from "Shows" to "Music", then to "Learning" and...

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10:48
TMO Daily Observations 2015-02-25: Philips Hue and...

Philips Hue and Lux smart lighting systems are popular with the TMO team, and our own Kelly Guimont has plenty of expertise to share. Kelly and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about what makes Hue lighting so cool, and what you can do to make your setup even more useful. John also has some thoughts on our changing perception on how we track important data.


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10:32
12-page print ad & digital video showcase Apple...

As the April launch of the Apple Watch fast approaches, Apple has taken out a major 12-page ad in the latest issue of fashion magazine Vogue, and also included a video version in the digital iPad edition.

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10:17
Podcast: Good morning Glenn

In this episode we welcome our new host, Glenn Fleishman, whom you probably already know from everywhere. As Macworld's security expert, Glenn breaks down the newest potential creepy threat—malware embedded on the tiny computers inside our hard drives or even Lightning cables. (Don't sweat it just yet, though.) We also talk about Apple's solar farm project, discuss the latest push by Google Wallet, and how it could benefit Apple Pay—and bash Current-C again just because it's fun.

Show notes

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10:04
Happy Hour Podcast 003 | All things Apple Watch

Welcome to episode 003 of the Happy Hour podcast! Today we’re discussing all things Apple Watch. Can Apple succeed in the smartwatch game? It’s clear Apple has been developing this product for a while and we’ll get into all of the need-to-know information surrounding it. The Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and through our dedicated RSS feed…

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

New episodes of Happy Hour will be available...

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10:04
Valve To Put Steam Behind VR Efforts With New Headset


Valve on Monday announced that it's getting into the virtual reality hardware business. In a terse tease posted to the Web, the company trumpeted its intentions to reveal its SteamVR hardware system next week at the 2015 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Valve also announced that it is looking for developers and publishers to create content for its new VR hardware system. Also to be demonstrated at next week's GDC will be a refined version of the Steam Controller and a number of living room devices, Valve said.

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10:00
Sesame is a $99 smart lock that lets you unlock your...

Note: Kickstarter currently appears to be down possibly because of a certain new smartwatch

The iPhone-connected smart lock market is getting a new player today as Candy House introduces a new, competitively priced device called Sesame—a play on the phrase “open sesame”—that retrofits your existing deadbolt lock with modern smarts.

While current smart lock options carry higher price tags and require replacing existing hardware, Sesame starts at $99 ($89 early bird special) and adds smart lock features to most existing door locks. Check below for an excellent video demo and more info:...

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10:00
Review: Wacom Bamboo Stylus Fineline

Wacom bamboo stylus fineline and bamboo paper - notebook app

When it comes to reviews, this one has probably taken longer to be published than any other I've ever written. Why? Well, I originally wrote a draft review of the US$59.95 Wacom Bamboo Stylus Fineline back when we were all still at TUAW. However, there were some issues with the device -- it didn't track properly when drawing diagonal lines -- so I waited for a firmware update. Well, that update and an updated version of the companion Bamboo Paper - Notebook app (free with in-app purchases) recently arrived, so I decided it was time to dust off the draft. Here we go:

Steve Jobs famously mocked the need for styluses on smartphones during the intro of the iPhone in 2007 by saying “So let's not use a stylus. We're going to...

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09:59
Lenovo’s adware disaster gets worse

The list of software known to use the same HTTPS-breaking technology recently found preinstalled on Lenovo laptops has risen dramatically with the discovery of at least 12 new titles, including one that’s categorized as a malicious trojan by a major antivirus provider.

Good luck Lenovo users.

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09:53
What it’s like interviewing for a job at Apple

Apple is very particular and thorough.

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09:49
Apple Watch returns to Vogue w/ first video ad...


(via Carlos Ribas)

As Apple prepares to bring the Apple Watch to market in just a few short weeks, the company is once again turning to Vogue magazine to showcase its new product category or wearable devices. We first saw the Apple Watch make its magazine debut on the cover of Vogue China late last year, and now the popular fashion-focused publication is featuring a multi-page spread displaying various Apple Watch collections....

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09:38
Cassius Clay

Today in Media History: In 1964, sportswriters reported that Cassius Clay was the new heavyweight boxing champion.

What a great story.

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09:34
Apple Files for "WatchKit" Trademark in...

Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published two of Apple's latest trademark filings for "WatchKit" ...

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09:26
Apple's Jony Ive and Tesla's Elon Musk...

One of the top designers in the world and the leader in electric car technology were spotted engrossed in private conversation this past Sunday at an exclusive Academy Awards afterparty, amidst a flurry of rumors surrounding Apple's rumored plans to build its own electric, autonomous car.

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09:21
Skype 7.5 for Mac adds 14 new languages, several...

Microsoft is releasing the latest version of Skype for Mac today adding support for over a dozen additional languages and performance improvements for users. Beginning with Skype 7.5 for Mac, the communication app will now feature localization for the following languages: Hindi, Turkish, Czech, Ukrainian, Greek, Hungarian, Romanian, Indonesian, Catalan, Croatian, Slovak, Vietnamese, Thai and Malay

Microsoft also says the latest version of Skype addresses performance issues including “significantly reduced CPU consumption” when using animated characters during chat. Mac users should also see fewer issues...

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09:19
Apple Expands Apple Watch Marketing Efforts With New...

Apple appears to be gearing up for a big marketing push for the Apple Watch ahead of its April launch, featuring the device on several magazine covers. The Apple Watch made its U.S. magazine cover debut earlier this month in the March issue of Self, and it's also being featured in a multi-page spread in the March issue of Vogue.

The Apple Watch is shown on multiple pages of the magazine, depicting different watch casings and band designs in clean ads that feature nothing but the Apple Watch itself. The images are actual size, giving readers an idea of how big the watch is in real life.

There's a heavy focus on Apple Watch bands, several of which are depicted in close up images that show off details on their construction. The Milanese Loop is featured on one page, while the navy-...

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09:16
Apple Pay adoption keeps climbing: Chase says 1...

Chase’s early numbers on Apple Pay adoption are promising: More than a million of the bank’s customers have added debit and credit cards to the service since it launched last October.

That number is slightly higher than rival Bank of America’s, which saw 800,000 customers rush to add 1.1 million cards to Apple Pay between the mobile payment program’s launch Oct. 20 and the end of 2014. Apple CEO Tim Cook said that as of December, Apple Pay comprised $2 of every $3 spent with mobile payments at supporting retailers. Apple hasn’t released any other Apple Pay adoption numbers.

To...

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09:08
Tim Cook visits Israel

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook was in Israel on Wednesday, and had a meeting with President Reuven Rivlin, as Apple is prepared to open a new office in the country.

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09:05
9to5Toys Last Call: iMac USB extender $6, iPhone 6/...

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:

Life Hack: Fix your iMac’s biggest annoyance by moving its USB ports, deals from $6 Prime shipped

  • Rearth Ringke cases for iPhone 5 and 6/Plus ...
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09:05
Firefox 36.0 - Fast, safe Web browser. (Free)

Firefox for Mac offers a fast, safe Web browsing experience.

Browse quickly, securely, and effortlessly. With its industry-leading features, Firefox is the choice of Web development professionals and casual users alike.

The Web, as it's meant to be experienced

Features:

  • Faster than Safari. Firefox stays speedy when other browsers become sluggish.
  • More private than Chrome. Firefox respects your privacy by minimizing suggestive pop-ups.
  • Bursting with features. Tabbed browsing, developer tools, extensions -- Firefox has it all, giving you the power to explore, customize, and create like never before.



Version 36.0: New

  • Pinned tiles on the new tab page can be synced
  • Support for the full HTTP/2 protocol. HTTP/2 enables a faster, more scalable, and more responsive web.
  • Locale added: Uzbek (uz)
  • ...

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09:02
Sharing your Mixes on social networks and embedding...

Office Mix is all about personal expression, so we’ve made it easier to share on major social networks and countless blogs, websites, and other digital media.  Choose your favorite—Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, embed.ly, or oEmbed—we now support them all.

Easy sharing to social networks

We’ve added a new feature to OfficeMix.com that makes sharing to social networks as easy as can be.  Now when you play a public mix with audio or video, you can pause the mix to see options to share to your favorite social network.  And if you get inspired to create your own, just click Create your own mix to download the newest version of the Office Mix add-in for PowerPoint.

Sharing gets even better when you share to Twitter. We now support Twitter’s card functionality, so your followers can enjoy inline playback in their twitter feed.  Below you’ll see an...

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09:00
3M races forward to enable enterprise-wide...

Today’s post about Office 365 ProPlus was written by Stephen Magnuson, Manager of IT Infrastructure End User Services at 3M. 3M is a science-based company with $32 billion in sales, employs 90,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 70 countries.

We’re very proud of our record of innovation here at 3M, and we are always striving to improve. 3M takes a very thoughtful approach to our IT deployments, balancing organizational disruption of new technology with user demand and the productivity enhancing potential it can bring. Microsoft delivered the tools to help us make our Office 365 ProPlus rollout fast and easy, even in a large, diverse environment like ours. Just four months after announcing our Office 365 direction to the company we’ve deployed Office 365 ProPlus to more than 60,000 employees and nearly 6,000 mobile devices.

Unlocking value through...

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08:59
Apple CEO Tim Cook visits Israel, meets with...

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook was in Israel on Wednesday, and had a meeting with President Reuven Rivlin, as Apple is prepared to open a new office in the country.

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08:51
Tim Cook Talks Apple Watch Water Resistance and...

While on a trip in Germany to visit with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and meet with a few German-based Apple staff members, Apple CEO Tim Cook told Apple Store employees in Berlin that he wears his Apple Watch constantly, "even in the shower", according to iGen.fr [Google Translate].

The new piece of information from the Apple CEO could mean the company's been working on adding more water resistant features to the upcoming wearable, since at its early-September reveal event the company warned off wearing the device in...

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08:50
Thunderbird 31.5.0 - Email client from Mozilla. (...

As of July 2012, Thunderbird has transitioned to a new governance model, with new features being developed by the broader free software and open source community, and security fixes and improvements handled by Mozilla.

Thunderbird is a free, open-source, cross-platform e-mail and news client developed by the Mozilla Foundation. The project strategy is modeled after Mozilla Firefox, a project aimed at creating a Web browser.



Version 31.5.0: Fixed

  • Reading of local files through manipulation of form autocomplete
  • Out-of-bounds read and write while rendering SVG content
  • Use-after-free in IndexedDB
  • Invoking Mozilla updater will load locally stored DLL files
  • Miscellaneous memory safety hazards (rv:36.0 / rv:31.5)



  • OS X 10.6 or later

...

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08:31
Pebble Time raises over $9 million on Kickstarter...

Most Kickstarter campaigns don’t work out this well.

Pebble Time, the successor to the Pebble & Pebble Steel smartwatches, was able to hit its US$500,000 goal in 17 minutes and also hit the US$2M mark in less than an hour on its crowdsourced Kickstarter campaign. The new wearable is touting a color e-paper display and microphone for responding to notifications.

It also has features Pebble users are already familiar with, such as seven days of battery life, water resistance, and an extensive library of watch faces and apps.

The campaign currently stands at over US$9M in donations with 30 days to go.

It’s hard to say how this will affect Apple Watch sales, but wearables are the in thing now and Pebble Time just did extremely well for itself and...

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08:30
Apple ordered to pay $533M for infringing Smartflash...

As reported by Bloomberg, a federal jury found Apple quilty of infringing patents held by holding company Smartflash LLC. Filed in 2013, the original lawsuit claims that the iTunes Store, the iOS and Mac App Store, and Apple's other transaction services infringe on three Smartflash patents that cover "data storage and managing access through payment systems." The company originally was seeking $852 million in damages, but was awarded $533M as part of the jury's decision.

Apple argued against Smartflash's patents, claiming the patents were invalid and the company's royalty demands were excessive.

““Smartflash makes no products, has no employees, creates no jobs, has no U.S. presence, and is exploiting our patent system to seek royalties for technology Apple invented,” said Kristin Huguet, an Apple spokeswoman. “We refused to pay off this...

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08:17
Tim Cook & Apple Technology VP Johny Srouji...

Apple CEO Tim Cook & Israel President Reuven Rivlin

Apple CEO Tim Cook is continuing his international tour this week with a stop in Israel, The Marker reports. The publication reports that Cook arrived in Israel today and has since met with President Reuven Rivlin (seen above) at his home in Jerusalem; Cook is also expected to meet with former President Shimon Peres during the trip. Alongside Cook for the trip, notably, is Johny Srugi, Apple’s Vice President of Hardware Technologies, a graduate of Technion, Israel’s Institute of Technology…

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08:16
Luxury outfitter now offering 24 karat gold “Year of...

If you ever wanted a luxury gold iPhone 6 case that celebrates the year of the goat, this is for you.

Accessory outfit Goldgenie, which released a £2.3 million (US$3,563,928.10) iPhone 6, has released another limited edition of the same iPhone 6 device and is available for purchase.

24k gold iPhone 6 Year of the Goat edition is released to mark the Chinese New Year 2015. It has a laser engraved a hand-painted Chinese symbol of the Goat, which brings a peaceful energy into the year ahead.

The unit can be yours for an asking price of £2,637 (US$3,668.27). That is for the 64 GB version, but if you want the 128 GB model you’ll have to pay £2,837(US$4,396.65). The rest of the specs are the same.

So, you know, 24 karat gold iPhone 6 case. With a goat on it. Hopefully it’ll bring peaceful energy into your life.

Why WOULDN’T you buy this?

Via...

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08:03
Samsung Introduced the Industry's First 10nm...

In December there was still a glimmer of hope that TSMC would retain the bulk of Apple's iDevice chip business in 2015 due to GlobalFoundries 14nm tooling delays being reported. Then earlier this month re/code reported that Apple had chosen Samsung to be the supplier for their A9 processor based on ...

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08:02
Results: 60% want Apple to thicken the next iPhone...

A recent poll of over 3,100 9to5Mac readers indicates that most are not satisfied with current-generation iPhone battery life. Over 90% of respondents said that they want to see Apple improve iPhone battery life, versus less than 7% saying that “iPhone battery life and battery cases are good enough as-is.”

The split in responses interestingly suggests that Apple can safely stop prioritizing thinness over superior battery performance. A solid majority of over 60% of respondents said that Apple should thicken the next iPhone to improve its battery life, which is especially noteworthy given that there were other poll options. Over 31% said that Apple should achieve whatever battery improvements it can by improving the iPhone’s chips, while just under 2% said that Apple should instead focus...

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08:00
Chase announces 1M wallets provisioned on Apple Pay

During its 2015 Investor Day on Tuesday, JP Morgan Chase confirmed that more than one million customers have activated their credit cards or debit cards on Apple Pay (Via AppleInsider).

“We were an early participant of Apple Pay,” said Eileen Serra, CEO of Chase Card Services. “We do continue to see good growth in the number of consumers that are provisioning Chase cards in their Apple Pay wallet.”

— JP Morgan Chase

The number of cards provisioned by Chase over time has grown steadily since Apple launched the mobile payment service in October of last year. Chase customers who activate Apple Pay tend to be young, have high incomes and favor credit cards, which make up 69 percent of Chase's Apple Pay transactions.

Our take on the news:...

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07:41
VOX 2.4 - Music player that supports many filetypes...

VoxIt just sounds better! The beauty is in its simplicity, yet behind the minimal exterior lies a powerful music player with a ton of features & support for all audio formats you should ever need. VOX was originally developed following the principles of clarity, simplicity and versatility. Thus, the minimalistic interface incorporates both essential and unique features, which let you:

  • Listen to your music regardless of the format
  • Play numerous lossy and lossless audio formats
  • Export playlists in various formats (PLS, M3U, XSPF)
  • Open different playlist types including M3U, PLS, XSPF and the popular CUE format used to store CD rips
  • Play audio files stored on NAS devices and other network drives. Rule your music with ease:
  • Control the player from the main interface, Dock context menu or main menu controls
  • Automatically search for all the missing album artwork from MusicBrainz and LastFM databases...
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07:40
Striker Arena (Games)

Striker Arena 1.10.1
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $2.99, Version: 1.10.1 (iTunes)

Description:

Join Vikings, Gladiators and Samurai to play the Soccer of the Gods! Striker Arena is a 3D tactical-action fantasy soccer game with warriors fighting in arenas. No rules! Even allows 2 people to play side-by-side on one device at the same time!

= KEY POINTS =
- Viking team and its Snowy Cathedral Arena
- Gladiator team and its Colosseum
- Samurai team and its Dojo
- Each arena has its own traps and surprises
- Quick Match mode: 2 players on the same device
- Story mode with 48 challenges!
- 3 AI difficulty levels
- 8 special abilities
- Awesome chiptune music
- Game Center Achievements and Ranking
- No In-App Purchases
- Share your match replays!

= DESCRIPTION =
You control a Striker team from...

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07:40
Tim Cook: Apple Watch will be showerproof, Apple Pay...

French site iGen is reporting that Tim Cook told an employee in the Kurfürstendamm Apple Store in Berlin that he wears his Apple Watch all the time–”even in the shower.” While Apple has previously mentioned water-resistance, and stated that the S1 innards are “completely encapsulated in resin,” this is the first time we’ve had a specific indication on what that means in practice.

In line with expectations that the watch will only have one day of battery-life, Cook confirmed that he removes it every night to charge … ...

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07:30
Prong’s PWR case for iPhone 6 provides the easiest...

There are a ton of power accessories on the market for iPhone that it’s almost difficult to tell them apart. They all fit a ton of battery power in a case, but they are all pretty much the same, except for one.

Prong has recently launched a new Indiegogo campaign for its new PWR case for iPhone 6. Not only does this case have a built-in battery pack, it also features a power supply as well. This means you could get away with never using a cable again to charge up your iPhone…

Prong’s PWR case isn’t the first of its kind from the company. Originally Prong successfully...

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07:30
Steve & Ross on The Backerjack Podcast: Beam...

Another week, another Backerjack podcast with Ross Rubin! For episode 7, we discussed three rather interesting crowdfunding campaigns. First, the Beam pico projector/LED light bulb, which is powered by any old light socket and can project stuff from your iPhone. Next, Neo smart jars, food containers that can tell how much of a foodstuff you've just poured out and give you the nutritional info you need. And finally, a rehash of the old standard -- the Pigeon connected picture frame. 

We give you the scoop on these three campaigns (guess which one is failing?) and more on the Backerjack podcast. Subscribe at:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-backerjack-podcast/id955301362?mt=2

or you can listen by pressing the play button below.

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07:21
Jury Tells Apple To Pay $532.9 Million In Patent Suit

An anonymous reader writes: Smartflash LLC has won a patent lawsuit against Apple over DRM and technology relating to the storage of downloaded songs, games, and videos on iTunes. Apple must now pay $532.9 million in damages. An Apple spokesperson did not hesitate to imply Smartflash is a patent troll: "Smartflash makes no products, has no employees, creates no jobs, has no U.S. presence, and is exploiting our patent system to seek royalties for technology Apple invented. We refused to pay off this company for the ideas our employees spent years innovating and unfortunately we have been left with no choice but to take this fight up through the court system." The trial happened in the same court that decided Apple owed VirnetX $368 million over FaceTime-related patents back in 2012.

...

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07:09
Altium announces Tasking C Compiler

Altium (www.altium.com) has announced the availability of a new C compiler for the Generic Timer Module (GTM-IP MCS) from the Robert Bosch GmbH.

The GTM IP module forms a generic timer platform for complex applications in the automotive industry like power train, power steering, chassis and transmission control. To serve these different application domains, the GTM provides a wide range of timer functions like counters, multi-action capture/compare, PWM functions, duty-cycle measurement and many more.

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07:06
Default Folder for Mac OS X upgraded to version 4.6....

St. Clair Software (http://tinyurl.com/2gm24v) has released Default Folder X 4.6.14, an update to their utility for Mac OS X.

Default Folder X enhances the file dialogs in all Mac OS X applications. Its custom keyboard shortcuts put your favorite and recent folders at your fingertips. It provides fast navigation to your files, previews, integrated Spotlight tagging, and more.

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07:03
Apple Hit with $532.9M Fine for Infringing on...

A Texas court has ordered Apple to pay Smartflash US$532.9 million for infringing on the company's DRM and payment system-related patents. Smartflash argued that Apple used its patented technology in iTunes for managing purchases, along with accessing and storing downloaded content such as songs and apps.

The Mac Observer Spin: Assuming the Smartflash claims are valid, the company won't be seeing the money it was awarded for some time considering Apple will appeal the ruling. If the ruling is overturned, however, this will turn into a very expensive goose chase for the patent holding company.


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07:01
What Samsung’s Galaxy S6 would look like if it didn’...

Even Samsung likes making fun of Samsung.

Unlike most of its competitors, Samsung is embracing all of the crazy rumors about its upcoming devices and having a little fun with it on its website. This is probably what Samsung’s devices would actually look like if it didn’t copy Apple. 

The images above and below were posted to a webpage on Samsung’s website teasing some absurd renderings of imaginary mobile devices based on rumors floating around online for the company’s upcoming next-gen Galaxy device. This is clearly Samsung having a little fun with the rumormongers, but it’s only to hype its new flagship Galaxy S6 expected to make an appearance in the coming weeks…

Samsung is...

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07:01
Rumor: Tim Cook reveals waterproofing on Apple Watch...

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook was reportedly overheard telling a retail employee in Germany that he wears his Apple Watch in the shower, which would suggest that the water resistance of the wrist-worn device has changed since it was first announced last year.

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06:58
Opinion: Does the Apple Watch Edition signal future...

Back in April of last year, when a luxury model of the Apple Watch was still a vague rumor, I wrote an opinion piece in which I expressed the view that Apple could indeed pull this off. I went further, and suggested that it could even create an entire range of luxury versions of its existing products, from iPhones to Macs.

Ten months on, with the Apple Watch Edition now real, and the general expectation that it’s going to cost several thousand dollars at least, I thought it was time to revisit that idea. Is a luxury model of the Apple Watch a one-off, or does Apple see this as the first step toward Edition models of its complete product range … ? ...

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06:53
Apple and Other High Profile U.S. Tech Companies...

We reported back in August that China's government had officially excluded Apple iPads and MacBook laptops from the list of products that can be bought with public money because of security concerns ...

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06:48
Apple Pay now available for Morgan Stanley Wealth...

Morgan Stanley Wealth Management (www.morganstanley.com) says that, using their iPhone 6/6Plus, clients can add their Morgan Stanley Debit Card to Apple Pay to pay for purchases in stores or within apps.

Once the Morgan Stanley Debit Card is securely added to Apple Pay, clients can hold their Apple smartphone near the contactless reader and, with the touch of a finger, the payment is made. When shopping within apps on their iOS device checking out can be as easy as selecting Apple Pay and placing a finger on Touch ID, says Eric Heaton, head of Morgan Stanley’s Private Banking Group.

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06:45
News: Apple ordered to pay $532.9m in iTunes patent...

Apple has been ordered to pay $532.9 million in an iTunes patent infringement case, Bloomberg reports. Texas-based Smartflash LLC brought a suit against Apple claiming that the Cupertino company infringed three patents related to iTunes digital rights management and “inventions related to data storage and managing access through patent systems.” The original claim sought $852 million in damages as an entitlement to a percentage of sales…

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06:30
Apple ordered to pay $533 million in patent dispute

Bloomberg Business:

Apple Inc. was told to pay $532.9 million after a federal jury said the company’s iTunes software used a Texas company’s patented inventions without permission.

This one’s not over.

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06:15
Students around the Globe that use Macs and iDevices...

Now millions of students around the world that use Macs, iPads and/or PC's are eligible for Microsoft's free Office offer.

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06:04
iOS: Forcing iCloud Contacts & Calendars to Sync

Having trouble with iCloud syncing? That's what we're here for. In today's Quick Tip, we'll cover a (very) simple trick you can try when new contacts or calendar events just won't show up on your iOS device. Trust us, throwing your iPhone out the window won't help, but this article just might.


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06:00
Letterswirl for iPhone and iPad is an atmospheric...

Letterswirl for iPhone and iPad ($1.99, universal) feels like an artifact that was stolen from the land of Myst. Chimes, atmospheric music and an old-world, clockwork look create an effectively themed game. The fact that it's also challenging and fun is icing on the cake. Here's our look at the clever word game, Letterswirl.

How to play

You're presented with a ring containing 10 spheres. One additional sphere hovers in the ring's center. On each sphere is a letter. The objective is to arrange the spheres so that neighboring letters form words. Once you've created words all the way around the circle without gaps, you've won. Sound easy? It's not.

There are a few rules to be aware of. Once per turn, you may replace a lettered sphere that's in the ring with the...

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05:52
Just 6.8M smartwatches sold in 2014 at an average...

In yet another sign that the forthcoming Apple Watch is poised to shake up the wearables market in a big way, the average smartwatch sold in 2014 for just over half of the Apple Watch's $349 starting price.

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05:28
iPhone battery life compared on latest iOS 8 betas (...

Battery life is always a concern for those updating to new versions of iOS. With that in mind, today we get a detailed comparison of battery life across the most recent versions of iOS including iOS 8.0.2, 8.2 Beta 2, and 8.3 Beta 2. A reader sent in the video below using a brand new out of the box 16GB iPhone 5 and Geekbench to record the results.

While the results are a close call, the latest iOS 8.3 Beta 2 seems to be underperforming in battery life slightly compared to other versions in the test. iOS 8.1.3 clocked the highest score, as pictured above.

Earlier this week we had the debate over whether or not you’d like to see Apple prioritize battery life over thickness in future iPhones. The results: Around 60% of participants said Apple should thicken the next iPhone to improve battery life.

...

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05:00
Number tracking app ‘Numerous’ adds channels for...

New channels added to Numerous for iOS

Numerous, a dashboard app for tracking a wide range of numbers, is an iOS app gem in terms of taking advantage of Apple technologies and one of my favorite lesser known apps for that reason. Today a new version of Numerous is being released adding new channels including a Tesla channel for Model S owners as well as a Google Sheets channel for tracking numbers from spreadsheets…

Soon after iOS 8’s release, Numerous delivered a rather customizable widget for adding numbers you track to the Today view in Notification Center. Most recently, I used this to track the days until a couple of important birthdays as well as the ever important...

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05:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: Crowdfunded devices...

Crowdfunded devices take the spotlight

This week’s roundup includes two new devices that became real thanks to crowdfunding by Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Plus batteries, stands, and Bluetooth speakers.

Allo

The Allo Bike Mount is billed as the “world’s first all-in-one bike mount and speaker”—a safer alternative to using earbuds while still listening to music or conducting phone calls while you’re zipping down the street or up mountain trails. The hardened plastic case protects the phone from scrapes if you get in an accident. The product has been funded through Kickstarter, but it’s not to late to get in and grab an “early bird special” price of $40 for the device.

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05:00
Google Puts Blogger Porn Under Wraps


Google will place a privacy curtain around sexually explicit images and video on its Blogger platform if users fail to remove the content of their own volition. Google has begun notifying Blogger subscribers about the policy change affecting adult content. The ban targets images and video that are sexually explicit or show graphic nudity. The measure falls short of outright censoring the content or terminating users. However, it does restrict access to the owner or admins of the blog and the people with whom the owner has shared it.

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05:00
Open Source vs. Proprietary Firms on the IoT...


Technology wars are predictable. Every new wave of gadgetry brings a fight over who will be the next king of the software hill. The next big battle is brewing over control of the Internet of Things marketplace. Consumers see only convenience and extensions to their always-on mobile devices. Product makers see a pathway to streaming data that can be monetized from buyers' connections. Will history repeat itself, as open source begins to take on the current, yet unsustainable, walled-garden core of the IoT?

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04:56
A Better Finder Rename 9.46 - File, photo, and MP3...

A Better Finder Rename is the most complete renaming solution available on the market today. That's why, since 1996, tens of thousands of hobbyists, professionals and businesses depend on A Better Finder Rename to organize and maintain files.

A Better Finder Rename's user interface supports complex renaming tasks without sacrificing ease and speed of use. Simply drag the files you want to rename straight from the Finder into the large preview table or the application icon.. or use our Finder context menu and hot key.

The Instant Preview feature eliminates guesswork and costly errors and helps you find the right settings quickly and accurately by providing as-you-type feedback.

A Better Finder Rename offers a complete set of renaming options that are organized into 15 categories covering all the text, character, position, conversion and truncation features that you would expect from a file renamer, but it does not stop there.

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04:52
Elmedia Player GO now available on the Mac App Store

Eltima Software has released Elmedia Player GO (http://tinyurl.com/qxpgcfo) on the Mac App Store. This universal media player supports virtually all commonly used audio and video formats and downloads media from the web, including MP4, MOV, DAT, MP3, and MKV.

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04:38
Apple Ordered to Pay $532.9 Million in iTunes-...

A federal jury in Tyler, Texas has ordered Apple to pay $532.9 million to patent licensing firm Smartflash LLC for using its patents without permission, reports Bloomberg. The court found certain iTunes apps to be infringing upon the Texas-based company's patents related to digital rights management, data storage and managing access through payment systems. Apple argues that Smartflash is exploiting the patent system and plans to appeal the decision.“Smartflash makes no products, has no employees, creates no jobs, has no U.S. presence, and is exploiting our patent system to seek royalties for technology Apple invented,” said Kristin Huguet, an Apple spokeswoman. “We refused to pay off this company for the ideas our employees spent years innovating and unfortunately we have been left with no choice but to take this fight up through the court system...

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04:11
Global pay-TV subscriber base to surpass 924.4...

The worldwide pay-TV market is expected to have grown 5% in 2014, surpassing 924.4 million subscribers, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).

"IPTV is expected to grow a market leading 14% in 2014, followed by satellite TV platform at 7%. The growth rates of cable and terrestrial TV platforms are expected to slow to around 3%," comments Jake Saunders, vice president and practice director of Core Forecasting at the research group.

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04:11
Tim Cook met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel...

It seems Tim Cook had more on his schedule than a meeting with BILD during his visit to Berlin yesterday: the newspaper reports that he also met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Cook told BILD that they discussed security, net neutrality, environmental protection and education–but the key topic appears to have been data privacy.

Cook said that he could well understand Germany’s strong stance on data privacy, stating that Germans “have the same views on privacy as I do” … 

Cook said it was the first time he had met Merkel, and that he was “impressed by her deep knowledge...

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04:00
WALTR 1.0.9 - Drag-and-drop any media file to an iOS...

WALTR is designed to make it easy to upload and convert any music or video file to an iPad or iPhone format for native playback. It supports a huge variety of media file types, including MP3, MP4, AVI, CUE, WMA, M4R, AAC, M4V, M4A, FLAC, ALAC, MKV, and more. It even supports file types that are not normally compatible with iOS, including MKV, AVI, FLAC, and CUE, allowing them to be played in the native Music and Movie apps on iOS. Using WALTR is simple. After closing iTunes, a user just needs to plug an iPhone or iPad into a Mac and open the WALTR app. The iOS device and its available storage space is listed at the top of the app, and files can be dragged to the blank space in the app for immediate transfer to the iOS device. Uploads begin as soon as a file is dragged into the WALTR app, and most uploads are very quick, taking a few seconds. Once a file has been transferred to the iPhone or iPad, it is accessible in either the native Movies or Music app on the iOS...

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04:00
Kool Tools: AccountEdge Pro 2015

Acclivity's AccountEdge Pro 2015, the latest version of the small business accounting software for Mac OS X and Windows, adds serialized inventory and sales commission tracking, among other features.

AccountEdge Pro is accounting software with features ranging from general bookkeeping to inventory to payroll. It offers integration with AccountEdge Mobile. With Shopify syncing, users can sell their AccountEdge Pro inventory online. 

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03:50
Smartflash wins their Lawsuit against Apple who Vows...

Back in May 2013 we were first to report that Smartflash had sued Apple over Apple's iTunes Store, Apple TV, iOS and more. A number of gaming developers ...

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03:45
5 apps for signing documents with your iPhone and...

The dance of printing a document, taking a pen and signing it, then scanning and emailing it to a banker or client is one I think we’ve all done. It’s also extremely inefficient, not to mention annoying.

The Mac’s handy-dandy Preview app makes it possible to fill out and digitally sign a document, but it’s just as easy to sign from an iOS device, and of course there is no shortage of apps for that. I’ve whittled that selection down to these five that cover all the bases, letting you sign, fill out forms, connect to your cloud storage accounts, and use’s iOS 8’s share extension, among other features. The differences between them boil down to aesthetics, workflow, and pricing—which means one of them is probably just right for you.

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03:31
Default Folder X 4.6.14 - Enhances Open and Save...

Default Folder X attaches a toolbar to the right side of the Open and Save dialogs in any OS X-native application. The toolbar gives you fast access to various folders and commands. You just click on the buttons to go to your favorite and recently used folders, manage the folders and files shown in the list, and make changes to your settings. It also fixes a number of problems in Open and Save dialogs, "rebounding" to the last selected file, putting the path listing back in the top menu, and correcting bugs in scrolling column views.

Features:

  • Directory assistant: You can access the contents of your recent, favorite, and open folders right from Default Folder X's toolbar.
  • Real time saving: If you're constantly saving things inside the same folder, Default Folder X can remember that folder for you.
  • Finder management: Default Folder X lets you open up or save to any Finder window...

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Tuesday February 24

21:55
Pointer Events finalized, but Apple’s lack of...

The Pointer Events specification, an API for Web developers to handle touch, mouse, and pen inputs in Web applications, has been published as a Recommendation by the World Wide Web Consortium. This is the Web standards group's final, mutually agreed on version of the spec.

Pointer Events was first proposed by Microsoft as an alternative to another specification, Touch Events. Touch Events was born from Apple's initial work to touch-enable Safari on the iPhone. W3C moved to standardize it without Apple's involvement, and at one point during Touch Events' development, it looked as if the spec would be covered by Apple-owned patents, with Apple unwilling to offer a royalty free grant for users of the spec. Had this situation continued, it would have precluded W3C from issuing the spec as a Recommendation.

Pointer Events avoided the...

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21:09
‘Modern Family’ producers reveal how they filmed an...

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Last week it was announced that an upcoming episode of the ABC sitcom Modern Family had been filmed using only iOS devices, and the entire story would play out on the screen of a MacBook. Today the producers of the show provided BuzzFeed with a look at how the episode was shot.

In order to make it look like the actors were actually holding the devices—without actually...

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21:02
Jury orders Apple to pay $533M for infringing gaming...

A U.S. federal jury in Texas ordered Apple to pay $532.9 million in damages on Tuesday after it found the company's iTunes digital media purchasing and distribution system in infringement of three patents held by licensing firm Smartflash.

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20:59
Boom 2 1.1 - System-wide pro audio app for Mac. (...

Boom 2 is a system-wide volume booster and equalizer app that is designed especially for OS X 10.10 Yosemite.

It comes with a smart interface, self-calibrates itself according to your Mac, offers hands-on advanced equalizer controls for finer audio control and amazing audio effects for enhanced audio output. You get a personalized acoustic experience on your Mac so that your Boom 2 sounds like you. Unique.

Boom 2 is a pro audio app that:

  • Auto-Calibrates itself according to the type of Mac
  • Runs exclusively on Yosemite along with 64-bit compatibility
  • Powerfully boosts volume on a system-wide level
  • Fine-tunes any audio with advanced and precise equalizer controls
  • Enhances quality of audio output with cool one-click audio effects
  • Intelligently boosts the volume of file audio

Custom Audio Settings for A Personalized Experience: Every Mac is personal and contains its owner's...

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20:11
Chase: Over 1 Million Wallets Provisioned on Apple...

During its investor call today, Chase announced (via AppleInsider) that over 1 million customers have provisioned their credit and / or debit cards for use with Apple Pay. Additionally, the company provided a look at the demographics of its Apple Pay users.
Eileen Sierra, CEO of Chase Card Services, said that its customers who use Apple Pay tend to be young and have higher incomes, with 69 percent of their Chase card Apple Pay transactions credit based.

Sierra also revealed that the financial company has seen "good growth" in the number of its customers provisioning their cards on Apple Pay. Those customers have been using their Chase cards through Apple Pay at the top five merchants 58 percent of the time, with all remaining merchants making up the remaining 42 percent.

While...

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19:45
Apple ordered to pay out $532.9 million for gaming-...

A Texas jury has ordered Apple to pay out just under $533 million in a patent infringement case brought by Smartflash LLC regarding technology that the company said iTunes used without permission. Apple had attempted to argue that the patents were invalid. The court ruled in Smartflash’s favor, but chose not to award the entire $852 million the software maker was seeking.

The patents in question were related to “data storage and managing access through payment systems,” according to Bloomberg. Several game developers who took advantage of the tech settled out of court last year, leaving Apple to stand against Smartflash alone.

Apple tried to get out of paying any royalties...

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19:18
Chase says it has activated 1 million Apple Pay...

During a conference call with JPMorgan Chase investors today, executives announced that Chase Bank has activated over one million Apple Pay accounts since the service launched last year (via AppleInsider). The bank revealed some statistics about who’s using Apple Pay with their Chase cards, and how they’re using it.

Chase found that the average Apple Pay user is nine years younger and makes 21% more money than its average customers. Apple Pay users also used their credit cards more often, and were more likely to add...

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19:10
'Modern Family' co-creator details episode...

In a behind-the-scenes look at an upcoming "Modern Family" episode shot completely on iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2, co-creator and executive producer Steve Levitan said using the iOS devices didn't dramatically change the production process, and revealed that tomorrow's show is not the first time producers turned to Apple's handset for in-show footage.

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18:53
Daimler Chairman Continues Auto Industry’s Dismissal...

Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of Daimler AG and chief executive of Mercedes-Benz Cars, has stepped up to be the next major auto executive to dismiss Apple's much rumored "Titan" car. Dr. Zetsche, a 37 year veteran of Daimler, said that Apple has no experience in cars and asked why the iPhone maker would be interested in such a low margin business.


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17:42
Chase announces over 1M wallets provisioned on Apple...

As part of JP Morgan Chase's 2015 Investor Day on Tuesday, the bank went over statistics relating to its credit card business, announcing it has provisioned over one million wallets on Apple's fledgling Apple Pay mobile payments service.

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14:54
Apple's iPhone-iOS Growth leapt by 46.1% in Q4...

According to new data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, Android and iOS accounted for 96.3% of all smartphone shipments, up slightly from 95.6% in 4Q13. Android outpaced the overall smartphone market ...

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14:38
AOL Screen Name Users Must Convert To Apple IDs

Apple has posted a knowledge base article outlining how to convert to an Apple ID from an AOL Screen Name. Currently screen names are able to sign in to the iBooks/iTunes/App Stores, but not for much longer. And not converting can have some pretty dire consequences.


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14:32
Apple adds Maps Flyover support for nine new cities

In spite of a pretty rough birth, Apple’s working to expand on Maps, its locations and its features.

Recently, the company added nine new cities, including Venice, Italy, to the list of locations sporting 3D Flyover support.

The latest Maps Flyover additions were announced through Apple’s iOS 8 feature availability webpage and include a number of medium- to large-sized cities across Europe and North America.

Apple’s updated Flyover coverage includes the following locales:

Baton Rouge, La.
Boise, Idaho
Cáceres, Spain
Edinburgh, Scotland
Guadalajara, Mexico
Ponce, Puerto Rico
Linz, Austria
Rennes, France
Venice, Italy

First introduced as part of iOS 6 in 2012, Flyover is touted by Apple as a tentpole feature that sets Apple Maps apart from competitors like Google Maps. The service incorporates high-resolution images...

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14:16
Apple expands Maps Flyover support to 9 new...

As part of Apple's continued effort to build out its in-house mapping service, the company recently added nine new cities, including Venice, Italy, to the list of locations sporting 3D Flyover support.

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14:10
Bluetooth wireless speaker with glow lights only $9....

In my humble opinion, everyone needs a portable Bluetooth speaker. If you've been postponing your purchase due to price, here's a bargain for you: The GOgroove BlueSYNC EDG Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker w/ Rechargeable Battery , Stereo Streaming & Blue LED Glow Lights has Bluetooth v2.1+EDR with A2DP for audio transmission up to 32 feet; a unique design with blue LED light accents; both a 3.5mm audio connection and Bluetooth; and a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery that provides 6-8 hours of audio playback per charge. Here's the cool part: Its MSRP is $49.99; though it typically sells for $20-30 on Amazon.com. But Tuesday through Friday (February 27th), it's only $9.99 with free shipping from Amazon.com (good in the U.S. only).


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14:00
AWT News Update: February 24, 2015

Fans of our previous home on the web may remember the Daily Update, a popular daily podcast featuring stories from the world of Apple. It was so popular that we're bringing it back -- this time, as the AWT News Update. At this point you'll need to listen to the podcast from the link below, but we'll soon have it available for subscription on iTunes.


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13:57
IBM MobileFirst Enterprise Apps will Include...

Enterprise apps built with IBM’s MobileFirst management and development platform can now be made more aware of their surroundings.

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13:51
How Much Gold Will the Apple Watch Edition Consume?

If rumored production numbers of the Apple Watch Edition are true, Apple may be about to make a bigger dent in the universe than anyone could have ever anticipated. Or maybe the numbers are a tad high.

 

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13:42
Large ilumi LED Smartbulb for $89

The ilumi-brand LED lightbulbs are now available in a larger size, and we have a deal on them. These bulbs are fully controllable from your iPhone or iPad, including hue and intensity. The app also allows you to program the lights for automated sequences like waking up in the morning to a slowly brightening light. The larger size is designed for overhead lighting, and you get these devices for $89 through our deal.


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13:35
How-To: Upgrade the SSD in your MacBook Air or...

Over the past two weeks, I’ve written about the (surprisingly easy) process of adding solid state drives (SSDs) to radically speed up older iMacs, and the varied challenge levels of adding SSDs to older Mac Pros, Mac minis, and non-Retina MacBooks. Today’s guide looks at the easiest SSD installations of all: the MacBook Air and Retina MacBook Pro.

Apple shipped most MacBook Airs and all Retina MacBook Pros with solid state storage, so upgrading these machines for extra capacity and speed is generally as simple as picking a new drive, then using two special screwdrivers during the installation process. Assuming your MacBook is old enough to be out of warranty — except for a few specific models — you’...

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13:26
Microsoft Follows Apple's Example by Patenting...

Today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Microsoft six design patents. Out of the six there was one of particular of interest. Microsoft was granted a design patent for their Microsoft Store storefront. It was Apple who began ...

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13:25
Hue Do You Love? (Or, My Expensive Love Affair with...

What is the "secret sauce" that made Dr. Mac fall in love with his overpriced Hue lighting system? There's only one way to find out... click here.


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13:19
Tip of the Day: Enabling 60 fps Video Recording on...

One of the less publicized features of Apple’s latest pair of iPhone models is the ability to record video at a higher frame rate — 60 frames per second. By default, however, Apple chose to leave this feature disabled, so unless you’ve dug into your iPhone Settings app and found it already, you’ll still be shooting video at the same old 30fps rate used by the iPhone since video recording first debuted with the 3GS. A quick trip…

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13:02
iOS, Android have 96.3% of the smartphone operating...

iOS and Android have inched closer to total domination of the worldwide smartphone market in both the fourth quarter (4Q14) and the calendar year 2014 (CY14).

According to data from the IDC research group (www.idc.com), Android and iOS accounted for 96.3% of all smartphone shipments, up slightly from 95.6% in 4Q13 and from 93.8% in CY13. In terms of year-over-year shipment growth, Android outpaced the overall smartphone market for CY14 (32.0% vs 27.7%, respectively) while iOS beat the market in 4Q14 (46.1% vs 29.2%, respectively).

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13:00
Pebble Makes Big Ripples on Kickstarter


The money is pouring into Pebble's Kickstarter campaign, launched Tuesday, for its new smartwatch, Pebble Time. Within hours, upwards of 27,000 supporters had pledged more than $5.6 million. The project's goal was to raise a mere $500,000. The strength of the response highlights the enthusiastic fan base Pebble has built over the years.
"Pebble's no stranger when it comes to wildly successful Kickstarter campaigns, with its first-gen watch currently seated second among the sites most-funded projects," said 451 Research analyst Ryan Martin.

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13:00
Iconfactory offers soup-to-nuts app development

The workers at the Iconfactory have added a new service to their repertoire of offerings: full iOS, Android and Mac app development. Now the team behind acclaimed apps like Twitterrific, Xscope and Flare can work on your 1.0 release.

These folks know what they're doing. Your app will be in good hands.

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12:52
Apple adding 9 new 3D Flyover locations to Maps

Apple today added nine new cities to its Flyover feature offering high resolution 3D imagery of select locations in its Maps app.

The full list of new locations rolling out is below:

Baton Rouge, LA
Boise, ID
Edinburgh, Scotland
Cáceres, Spain
Guadalajara, Mexico
Ponce, Puerto Rico
Venice, Italy
Linz, Austria
Rennes, France

The new additions follow Apple’s latest update last month that added another 11 cities from locations around the world.

As always, Apple has a full list of supported locations for iOS features including Flyover on its website.

Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple Maps,...

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12:50
iOS, Android dominate smartphone market with 96%...

Apple and Google have all but destroyed the competition in the smartphone space, with the two companies' flagship mobile operating systems -- iOS and Android -- combining to power 96.3 percent of the smartphones shipped in 2014, new data indicates.

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12:45
Review: ExoLens Professional Photography System for...

The ExoLens Professional Photography System ($130) for iPhone 6 is a new camera accessory competitor to the more established Olloclip brand. ExoLens comes with two lenses — a 165-degree wide-angle lens and 3x telephoto lens — which can be swapped in and out of a machined aluminum bracket that slides onto an uncased iPhone 6. The total package also includes a lens hood, two outer lens caps, two inner lens caps, and a microfiber carrying bag.{/exp:char_limit}

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12:42
Kill the wireless phone contract

Joanna Stern:

Without much thought, I did what most Americans do every two years: I agreed to be locked in by a multibillion-dollar wireless company. With pricey contracts and confusing add-ons, they make it incredibly hard to leave, let alone take our phones with us. I deserve to walk around with “Property of Verizon” stamped on my forehead.

I know a lot of people that are going for the unlocked phone so they don’t have to be locked in any more. It’s more expensive upfront, but sometimes the flexibility is worth it.

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12:27
∞ Apple’s response to Camel Audio buyout rumors

Rumors have been swirling since late last night that Apple acquired Instrument and effect plug-in maker, Camel Audio. I contacted Apple today to see whether or not the rumors were true. [...]

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12:20
Xserve (Early 2009): Power consumption and thermal...

Learn about the power consumption and thermal output of Xserve (Early 2009) computers.

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12:20
Xserve (Early 2009): Power consumption and thermal...

Learn about the power consumption and thermal output of Xserve (Early 2009) computers.

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12:20
Xserve (Early 2009): Power consumption and thermal...

Learn about the power consumption and thermal output of Xserve (Early 2009) computers.

Read more: http://support.apple.com/en-us/HT200237

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12:15
The Week in Mac Apps: OmniFocus' Yosemite...

OmniFocus' Yosemite release, plus apps for writing, traveling, and more

This week’s roundup of new Mac apps brings you apps for writing, task management, traveling, or simply kicking back and listening to music.

Desk 1.2

Yo’s $30 Desk (Mac App Store Link) is a Markdown editor that, despite its minimalistic look and feel, manages to provide plenty of great features.

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12:10
If Lion Server has share points and privileges you...

When migrating data and settings from Lion Server to OS X Server (Mountain Lion), previously configured share points will not be retained. Make note of any existing share points prior to migration.

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12:10
If Lion Server has share points and privileges you...

When migrating data and settings from Lion Server to OS X Server (Mountain Lion), previously configured share points will not be retained. Make note of any existing share points prior to migration.

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12:10
If Lion Server has share points and privileges you...

When migrating data and settings from Lion Server to OS X Server (Mountain Lion), previously configured share points will not be retained. Make note of any existing share points prior to migration.

Read more: http://support.apple.com/en-us/HT200227

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12:00
Daily Deals for February 25, 2015, featuring the...

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

Take Control February Sale [Take Control; On sale for 50% off] Order now to expand your ebook library at half off—it's the perfect opportunity to polish your Mac and iOS skills, and start working more efficiently. This offer is good through the end of February 25th, 2015.

Simon...

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11:38
If you can't send or receive messages on your...

You might see an exclamation mark next to a message you try to send, or you might not receive messages that someone sends to you. These steps can help. 

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11:38
If you can't send or receive messages on your...

You might see an exclamation mark next to a message you try to send, or you might not receive messages that someone sends to you. These steps can help. 

Read more: http://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204065

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11:27
Netflix targets broadcast TV

Broadcast television may be now facing a similar, scary phase shift. Netflix has been making inroads among U.S. consumers for years, but its impact on the key 18-to-49-year-old demographic has so far been limited. Old habits die hard and many viewers have remained mostly loyal to habit of gorging on linear television on Thursday nights.

But the most recent numbers have some scary elements that point to a possibly massive disruption in the near term. Broadcast TV consumption among 18-to-34-year-old Americans plunged by 11% in the Christmas quarter. Ominously, audiences of young-skewing cable channels like Nickelodeon and MTV are now sliding by 14 to 17% year-on-year.

I’ll be honest, I’m more excited about a new Netflix series than I am about anything on one of the big networks.

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11:19
iOS and Android Combine for 96.3% Smartphone Market...

The latest numbers from research firm IDC reveal that the smartphone market continues to be a largely two-horse race between iOS and Android, which accounted for 19.7% and 76.6% market share in the fourth quarter respectively. The mobile operating systems combined to dominate Windows Phone, BlackBerry and all other platforms with 96.3% market share during the three-month period ending December.

iOS increased 2.2 percentage points to 19.7% during the fourth quarter over its 15.1% market share in the year-ago quarter, while Android experienced a marginal year-over-year decline as its market share slipped from 78.2% to 76.6%. Apple shipped a record-breaking 192.7 million iPhones during 2014 on the strength of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, while overall Android device shipments on the year surpassed the 1 billion mark.

Android and iOS continue to dominate the smartphone operating system race,...

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11:16
iOS & Android increase duopoly on smartphone...


IDC just released its latest numbers on the top smartphones by operating system showing iOS and Android continue to collectively dominate the market with both experiencing growth during 2014. Together, iOS and Android grabbed 96.3% of all smartphone shipments, which IDC points out is up from 95.6% in 4Q13 and from 93.8% in calendar year 2013.

Android experienced the most growth last year with 81.5% of the market during the year marking an increase in both unit volume and market share from 2013. iOS, on the other hand,...

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11:01
Jony Ive and the Apple car

Interesting article from John Cassidy in The New Yorker. If Apple is working on a car, I think they could give the traditional car companies more of a run than Cassidy does.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:00
Happy 60th Birthday, Steve Jobs

Today would have been the 60th birthday of Apple co-founder and legend Steve Jobs. Born on February 24, 1955, Jobs passed away from pancreatic cancer on October 5, 2011. 

Apple CEO Tim Cook took some time today to remember Jobs in a tweet:

Remembering Steve, who would have turned 60 today. "The only way to do great work is to love what you do." pic.twitter.com/0YD0gZ7jvm

— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) February 24, 2015

Cook was visiting the offices of German tabloid Bild-Zeitung today, although the reason for the visit is unknown. Yesterday Cook visited German glassmaker seele in Gersthofen, where he inspected the last of 2,400 glass panels that will be used on the Apple Campus 2 building now under construction in Cupertino, California. 

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10:48
Happy Birthday Steve Jobs

Tim Cook posted this tweet today. I still miss Steve. He would have been 60 today.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:40
Microsoft Band adds MapMyFitness & HealthVault...

The wearable fitness tracking Microsoft Band received an update this week adding support for biking, and integration with MapMyFitness and Microsoft's own HealthVault service, but it still lacks compatibility with Apple's HealthKit tools and Health app for iOS 8.

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10:33
TMO Daily Observations 2015-02-24: Everyone Wants...

Pebble announced its new Time smartwatch as a Kickstarter project, and the Internet pretty much started throwing money at the company. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about the stunning response to Pebble's latest smartwatch, the wrist top device market, and competition for Apple Watch. They also take a look at John's review of the ExoLens camera lens kit for the the iPhone.


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10:26
Facebook Messenger adds iOS 8 extension, WordPress...


Facebook is out with a useful update to its Messenger app for iPhone and iPad today adding an action extension for sharing content from other apps on iOS 8. This adds the ability to have deep Facebook Messenger integration with other apps including Safari and Photos just like Apple’s own Messages app.

Once enabled, you can do things like share images and videos from the Photos app or links from Safari directly to your contacts on Facebook Messenger without having to jump back and forth between apps. Facebook Messenger version 22.0 is rolling out now on the App Store.

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10:19
Will Apple Sign On with Visa Europe for Apple Pay?

According to a new Reuters report, Visa Europe has announced a new, more secure way for consumers to pay retailers via smartphones. Visa Europe said on Tuesday that it would introduce to member banks by mid-April a "tokenisation" service which substitutes random numbers for a user's credit card details when a merchant transmits transaction data, reducing the risk of online...

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09:41
Why Visa's latest move in Europe signals Apple...

Visa Europe is prepping the continent for widespread mobile payment rollout with its new tokenization tech—the same kind of tokenization that makes it possible for Apple Pay to function securely.

In mid-April, the company is going to offer its new tokenization service to financial institutions in Europe, where NFC payments are already widespread thanks to chip-and-pin cards. Transactions using contactless payments will soon submit tokens, or randomly generated card numbers, instead of actual card details. Tokenization adds an extra layer of security to mobile payments and has been one of Apple Pay’s main selling points over traditional cards.

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09:31
Apple designer Marc Newson designed a concept car...

The car was from 1999, but Marc has designed a lot of transportation vehicles. Just another interesting point.

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09:18
Mercedes-Benz chairman not losing sleep over Apple...

Mercedes-Benz chairman Dieter Zetsche

It happens each time there is talk that Apple is preparing to enter a new product category: industry leaders issue the standard statement that they’re unfazed by potential Apple competition because 1) Apple makes computers and 2) this is their turf, their expertise.

Almost like fulfilling the prophecy, head of Mercedes-Benz cars Dieter Zetsche recently did just that while discussing the rumor with Australian publication motoring.com.au:

“If there were a rumour that Mercedes or Daimler planned to start building smartphones then they (Apple) would not be sleepless at night. And the same applies to me.”

Zetsche added that his position in saying that Apple building a car would be like Mercedes building a smartphone is “full of respect” for the iPhone maker....

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09:00
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09:00
From classroom to school–introducing OneNote Staff...

A lot has changed since the beginning of this school year for schools and districts using OneNote. The release of OneNote Class Notebooks has customers like Kirk Wheeler, Head of School at St. Thomas School, saying it has brought about, “The most significant and organic change process ever in the school. Seamless and keeps up with teachers.”

We received feedback from educators about how to make OneNote Class Notebook better for their teaching. We incorporated it almost immediately into the tool, making it available in new languages and markets worldwide and providing training resources and example lesson plans educators needed to get started with OneNote in their classrooms with OneNoteForTeachers.com and Bing in the...

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09:00
Desk v 1.2 update adds visual themes, separates...

For writers, it’s impossible to have too many text editors. Every one seems to have some feature that works better in one situation than another, so I find myself bouncing back and forth between the different Mac text and Markdown editors on the market. One of my favorites has been developer John Saddington's Desk (US$29.99), a simple-to-use editor with some surprising power built into it. Now Desk has been updated to version 1.2, adding some new features while retaining all of its user-friendliness.

First off, Desk has added themes. At the most basic, it’s possible to toggle between day and night themes. The latter is useful in low light conditions and provides light text on a dark background. If you’re not using a responsive layout on your blog (meaning that the page automatically re-formats based on the width of the page on various devices), you can now create custom...

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08:48
Tim Cook commemorates Steve Jobs's birthday on...

Apple's chief executive was spotted on Tuesday in Germany, where he took the time to tweet a short remembrance of late colleague Steve Jobs before visiting the offices of infamous German tabloid Bild.

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08:38
Cornerstone 2.7.15 - Feature-rich Subversion client...

Cornerstone allows you to take control of Subversion with a client application that was specifically designed for Mac users. Cornerstone integrates all of the features you need to interact with your repository and does so in an elegant and easy-to-use fashion.

Whether you're new to versioning or a Subversion expert, Cornerstone will help streamline your workflow and make version control more transparent.

  • Combines the elegance of the Mac with the power of Subversion.
  • Perfect companion to Xcode, BBEdit, TextMate, Coda, etc.
  • Use Subversion without having to install it on 10.4 Tiger.
  • All-in-one UI mode optimized for use on laptops and other small displays.
  • Multiple-window UI mode optimized for use on desktop systems with large (or even multiple) displays.
  • And much much more.

The trial version will expire after 14 days. A single-user license costs $59.99 and may be used by a single individual...

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08:35
FTC fines apps that falsely claimed to detect...

The FTC is fining the creators of two different smartphone apps, both of which were previously available as paid apps on the App Store, for falsely claiming to detect symptoms of melanoma. The two apps, MelApp and Mole Detective, have long been removed from the App Store (although a version of Mole Detective remains on Google Play for $4.99), and Apple appears to have cracked down on similar apps that were available on the store as recently as early 2014.

The Federal Trade Commission has challenged marketers for deceptively claiming their mobile apps could detect symptoms of melanoma, even in its early stages. In two separate cases, marketers of MelApp and Mole Detective have agreed to settlements that bar them from continuing...

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08:34
First look: Adonit's Forge app is built for...

Adonit is tired of sitting on the sidelines as others build software to work with its line of iOS styluses. Forge, the company’s first app, has been two years in the making, but it’s more than a simple sketch app—it’s a brainstorming tool.

Adonit’s chief design officer, Peiter Buick, explained to me that Forge was inspired by employees within the company, built to duplicate the iterative process of storyboarding, sketching, and pinning ideas from every possible source onto your office wall.

Forge is built around the concept of a wall. 

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08:33
Apple Eats Samsung's Lunch While Taking 71% of...

A new Korean report today reviews the basics of a report for paid clients only from U.S. market research firm Strategy Analytics. The report published yesterday showed that for the first time since 2011 Samsung Electronics’ global smartphone market share fell ...

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08:16
How Apple Will Sell a Watch That No One Really Needs


There has been a lot of discussion lately of where and how Apple will sell the Apple Watch -- through high-end luxury department stores in Paris, for example, or through special new displays inside of Apple Stores. Finding new ways to present the watch is important, but how will Apple actually trigger a buy decision? Sure, it's easy enough for some rich dude to add a few new watches to his collection, and easy enough to convince the true Apple fans to give it a whirl...but how will Apple convince millions of regular humans to strap on a watch and wear it every day?

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08:14
Visa Europe announces installation efforts for...

It never hurts to have the infrastructure in place.

Visa Europe has announced that its European contactless payment terminals will support the tokenization service used by Apple Pay by mid-April. This would allow Apple to introduce Apple Pay to Europe anytime from this point on.

Tokenisation technology will be at the heart of new mobile payment solutions and has been hailed as one of the best data protection and fraud prevention methods available. The new service will be available for European financial institutions from mid-April 2015.

Although Europe has had contactless payment cards for several years, these currently transmit the actual card details to the terminal. Apple Pay, in contrast, transmits single-use codes which card companies can map back to the actual card, a functionality currently only available in the USA. As of mid-April, that functionality will be...

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08:13
Pebble unveils its next generation smartwatch,...

Pebble today announced its next generation smartwatch, Pebble Time. The device gets its name from its timeline-based UI that shifts the focus of the interface from apps to notifications with an emphasis on what you need to get done now and in the future.

The new Pebble Time is 20 percent thinner than the original Pebble and ships with a color e-ink display. Instead of a touchscreen display, Pebble opted to include four physical buttons with three on the left and one on the right. Also on board is an integrated microphone that provides an easy way to dictate a quick text message or reminder. Unlike the original Pebble, which uses a proprietary watchstrap, the Pebble Time uses standard 22-mm watch strap with quick-release pins, allowing you to replace the stock straps when the device arrives on your doorstep. The smartwatch also boasts of up to 7-day battery life, is water resistant and includes Bluetooth LE.

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08:09
Apple Buys Audio Plug-in Maker Camel Audio

When Camel Audio shut down in January, customers that used its audio app plug-ins and digital instruments were left wondering why they so abruptly stopped selling their products, but now that mystery has been solved: they were bought by Apple. Since Apple shut down Camel Audio's operations instead of continuing to sell its products, it's likely we'll see the company's technology showing up in future updates for Logic Pro X and Garageband.

The Mac Observer Spin: Camel Audio's Alchemy was a popular package for audio designers, so seeing it shut down without any warning was a sad thing. Knowing that shutdown was from an Apple buyout, however, takes away some of the sting because it's a safe bet we'll see their products rolled into Apple's own apps.


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08:04
ExoLens system released for the iPhone 6

The new ExoLens is designed to transform your iPhone 6 into a professional photography and videography tool. The system includes a 3x telephoto lens and 165º wide-angle lens.

The professional-grade lenses swap in seconds via a compact and functional machined aluminum bracket lined with soft protective foam, says John Willenborg, CEO at ExoLens. He says the ExoLens’ Telephoto 3x Lens is one of the most powerful telephoto lenses available for the iPhone.

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07:56
WaterField unveils Padded Gear Pouch

WaterField Designs today announces the new Padded Gear Pouch. Available in waxed canvas or ballistic nylon with vegetable-tanned, premium leather accents, this accessory pouch protects and organizes with padded pockets, self-locking zippers and water-resistant textiles.

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07:52
YouTube for Kids launches, now available for iOS...

Hopefully this will be useful.

Google announced on Monday that it has released YouTube Kids on the App Store for iPhone and iPad. The new app provides children and families with a kid-friendly portal to discover and explore videos about anything they can possibly imagine. The family-focused content is appropriate for children and broken down into four categories: Shows, Music, Learning and Explore.

YouTube Kids allows children to discover new facts about dinosaurs from National Geographic Kids, learn about technology from Reading Rainbow, watch Thomas the Tank Engine leave the world of Sodor and more. Families and children can also watch video series on YouTube channels such as DreamWorks TV, Jim Henson TV, Mother Goose Club and Talking Tom and Friends.

The app offers a...

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07:49
Bamboo Paper adds new level of precision for the...

Wacom's (www.wacom.com) latest update of its note-taking app, Bamboo Paper, improves both precision and comfort when working with the Bamboo Stylus fineline and Intuos Creative Stylus 2.

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07:48
Pebble Time Goes Public Before Apple Watch

The Apple Watch may be dominating the smartwatch market from the future, but Pebble Technology is aiming for a slightly different target audience with the new color-screen Pebble Time.

 

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07:42
Apple CEO Tim Cook visiting famous German BILD...

via @BILD

As Tim Cook honors what would have been Steve Jobs’ 60th birthday, the Apple CEO has been spotted in Berlin, Germany. Specifically, Cook has made an appearance at the newsroom of BILD (Bild-Zeitung), the famous German newspaper, alongside the publication’s editors-in-chief Kai Diekmann and Julian Reichelt.

Notably, BILD the newspaper is a sister publication to Computer BILD the technology magazine which famously said it...

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07:41
Pebble again turns to crowdfunding to take on Apple...

Best known for being a blockbuster success on Kickstarter, Pebble announced on Tuesday that it is returning to its roots, and will crowdfund its next-generation smartwatch with a color display and voice input, in a bid to take on the upcoming Apple Watch.

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07:40
'Pebble Time' Debuts on Kickstarter With...

Pebble today revealed the Pebble Time, a new smartwatch in its line of smart wearable devices that includes the company's first color-based display and introduces a thinner, more ergonomic design than its predecessor.

Launched on Kickstarter earlier this morning, Pebble promises that power consumption of the new device is greatly lowered thanks to the e-paper display, giving the Pebble Time a battery life of up to 7 days. The company also introduced a new voice-control feature to send voice replies or take notes using a select few compatible apps. The feature is a bit more full-fledged on Android, and on iOS currently will only work with Gmail notifications.

The Pebble Time also features a new curved design to...

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07:31
Samsung remains a key supplier for Apple’s iPhone...

No matter which way you cut it, it remains remarkable that Samsung continues to serve as a key component supplier to Apple for the innards of the iPhone and iPad line while also being a major competitor in the mobile phone space. In fact, to this day, it is hard to argue that there is a bigger Apple component partner than Samsung.

Just as Samsung prepares to unveil its latest flagship Galaxy S6 next week, The Korea Times reports that Apple and Samsung have struck a deal for the latter company to supply the former with at least 50% of the mobile DRAM chips used it Apple’s followup to the iPhone 6 expected later this fall. But that’s the tip o’ the iceberg as they say…...

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