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Wednesday March 4

22:00
Sponsored: The Price of Solar Power

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17:15
Apple Strategically Delays the iPad Pro until the...

It seems like a lifetime ago that we first reported on a rumor from Korea that Apple was working on a larger iPad for education in the 12.9 inch range. In November 2014 the rumor shifted. The new iPad Pro would sport a slightly smaller 12.2 inch display and with the new Apple-IBM alliance being announced ...

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17:00
Today in the App Store -- Crazy Taxi City Rush,...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today's notable apps include Octagon, Orderly and a fun Crazy Taxi City Rush update that Hot Wheels fans will love. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

Apps Now Free

Octagon - A Minimal Arcade Game with Maximum Challenge [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] You are trapped inside the Octagon, a megaplex of hallways, platforms, and gaps—and the clock is running. Can you survive the mad race through this trippy 8-sided tunnel?

Phone Book Pro - Easy contact management [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99]This app will help bring order to...

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16:49
“HBO Now” coming this spring for $15 per month, with...

A source speaking to the International Business Times said that HBO will launch its standalone streaming service, called HBO Now, for $15 per month this spring with the premier of Game of Thrones. The company is also working with Apple to make Apple TV one of the launch partners for the service, the sources said.

HBO’s standalone streaming service has been greatly anticipated. For a monthly fee, viewers will be able to get HBO content without having to pay for an entire cable package. HBO’s long-standing relationship with pay-TV packages has prevented it from capturing key audiences, including younger people who may have never paid for TV service before and watch most of their...

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16:45
The Week in Mac Accessories: Better bags for your...

Better bags for your MacBook

This week's roundup features several different bags for toting your laptop around. Plus: A cool new standing desk, external storage solutions, and more.

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The $40 Tred Sleeve Plus is “an ergonomic, protective sleeve” for your MacBook that offers “excellent drop protection” while featuring a “slim, contoured silhouette” and comes with an ID card window, optional arm strap, and a zippered front pocket for small accessories.

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16:45
Judges skeptical Apple suffered irreparable harm...

Apple's litigious crusade against Samsung trundled along in U.S. appellate court on Wednesday, but judges were skeptical of an argument claiming continued patent infringement by Samsung is causing Apple irreparable harm.

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16:35
Apple asks for injunction against Samsung

Samsung lawyer Kathleen Sullivan of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP said the South Korean company had all but stopped using the patents, so no injunction was needed.

Wait, I thought Samsung said it didn’t infringe on Apple’s patents. Now they’re saying they did infringe, but they sort of stopped. This company is crazypants crazy.

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16:23
Metallica to reissue early cassette on Record Store...

The seven-track demo (Metallica’s second overall) dropped during the summer of 1982, when the band members themselves (which then included Dave Mustaine on guitar in the pre-Kirk Hammett days) sent the copies out to friends and the underground metal cognoscenti.

Yeah, I’ll be picking this one up.

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16:21
Amplified: “I’m held together with cigarettes and...

Jim, Shawn and Dave talk about the Apple Watch, healthier lifestyles and guitar amp software!

Sponsored by lynda.com. (Start learning something new in 2015 by visiting the link to get a 10-day free trial and access their 2400+ courses)

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16:21
Nvidia's Shield Takes On Crysis With Confidence


Nvidia on Tuesday unveiled Shield, an Android TV console that in addition to playing content locally, can stream video games, movies, music, apps and more. Yes, it can play Crysis. That claim, a measure of a gaming PC's power a few years ago, is how Nvidia is marketing the Shield console. Nvidia's Shield Tablet led the way with its Tegra K1 processor and its ability to play Android ports of AAA games natively. The Shield console continues that progress by serving up some of some of the year's biggest games either locally or through Nvidia's cloud gaming service, Grid.

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16:19
RapidWeaver 6.0.8 - Create template-based websites...

RapidWeaver is a next-generation Web design application to help you easily create professional-looking Web sites in minutes. No knowledge of complex code is required, RapidWeaver will take care of all that for you. RapidWeaver produces valid XHTML & CSS based websites.

One of the perks about using RapidWeaver is that it has a strong custom theme community. You can download themes and edit them from within RapidWeaver and the result is a pretty slick looking website that takes very little effort.

RapidWeaver also has a lot of custom plug-ins. Some of them make it easier to edit images directly in RapidWeaver. Others make creating a site map a matter of a few clicks. The supportive community that surrounds RapidWeaver is really what makes this great app superior to other WYSIWYG website creation tools. Be sure to check out YourHead.com for some little tools to help spice up your website in RapidWeaver.



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16:07
Safari vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attack

Apple has promised to distribute a client-side patch for the issue on both iOS and OS X by next week, while the researchers who discovered the flaw — from INRIA, IMDEA, and Microsoft Research — have been working to notify hosts who still serve export ciphers.

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16:07
Apple and Google Soon to Release Fixes for the Freak...

Apple and Google have reportedly stated that they have developed fixes for the newly uncovered "Freak" security flaw affecting mobile devices and Mac computers.

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15:53
Apple Delaying Production on Larger-Screened '...

Apple has opted to delay production on the rumored larger-screened "iPad Pro" due to issues with display panel supply, reports Bloomberg. Manufacturing on the tablet will reportedly begin in September, rather than earlier in the year.Production of the 12.9-inch-screen iPad is now scheduled to start around September because of delays involving the supply of display panels, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the details aren't public. Apple had initially planned to begin making the larger version this quarter, people familiar those plans had said.This isn't the first time that rumors have hinted at delays for the iPad Pro. Apple was said to be targeting an early 2015 release date for the tablet last year, but those plans were reportedly put on hold. Back in October, ...

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15:46
Samsung CEO sums up Galaxy S6 philosophy in two words

“These products are the result of a simple philosophy,” Samsung CEO J.K. Shin said. “It comes to two words: Relentless innovation.”

Here are two more accurate words: Copying Apple.

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15:45
Bloomberg: Apple pushes back 12.9-inch iPad Pro...

The 12.9-inch “iPad Pro” that was expected to make its first public appearance around April before being pushed back to Q2 has been postponed yet again, a new Bloomberg report says. The new release date is reportedly some time in September, right around the next-gen iPhone launch.

This delay is said to be the result of display panel supply problems…

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15:45
AWT News Update: March 4, 2015

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On today's AWT News Update podcast: 

  • Apple and HBO are in talks to bring the new HBO Now subscription service to Apple TV
  • San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is being decorated in preparation for Monday's Spring Forward Event
  • Apple wins the dubious Overall Product Placement title in Brandchannel's Brandcameo Product Placement Awards
  • Rumors abound about new MacBook Airs, although those spreading the rumors aren't able to determine if they will just have new processors or if the new laptop will be totally redesigned

Listen to the AWT News Update every weekday for a quick overview of stories we may not have published on the blog. Be sure to join the AWT Team at 10 AM PT/1 PM ET on March 9th for our liveblog of the Apple Event. 

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15:41
Led Zeppelin concert film coming to theaters

Here’s some news from the Zeppelin camp: A film offering a bevy of Led Zeppelin live footage is coming to a movie theater near you. The movie, appropriately called Led Zeppelin, will feature Zeppelin performing several concerts that happened throughout their career and play in more than 300 U.S. cinemas March 30.

This is going to be a must-see film. I hope they make it available on iTunes because I’ll be buying it.

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15:34
Apple reportedly pushes production of 'iPad Pro...

A report on Wednesday claims Apple has pushed back plans to start mass production of a 12.9-inch iPad model due to poor display yields, and will move forward with a revised ramp up cycle set to start in September.

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15:03
Apple Putting Banners Up at Yerba Buena Center Ahead...

Apple began its efforts to decorate the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco yesterday, putting up the scaffolding that would allow workers to hang colorful banners and logos, and as of today, the first decorations have gone up.

Starting this morning, workers were spotted in the basket of a bright orange cherry picker, placing a banner across the glass of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts where Apple will hold a special "Spring Forward" media event on March 9. The initial banner panels, which include Apple's iconic Apple logo, use the same general colors that were seen on the event invite, in shades of green ranging from pistachio to honeydew merging into shades of blue.

Workers have only just begun decorating the event center and it's likely the building's entire side will feature the same graduated lotus...

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14:40
Probable Broadwell MacBook Air shows up in...


This "MacBook Air 7,2" looks like a Broadwell refresh of the current model, not a new Retina version.

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We're drawing near to Apple's next product event, which means that leaks are starting to show up. Today, 9to5Mac posted screenshots from a Chinese forum that appear to confirm refreshed 2015...

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14:08
HBO Wants Apple TV as Launch Partner for the...

According to a new report this afternoon, HBO is in talks with Apple to make Apple TV one of the launch partners for its highly anticipated streaming service when it debuts next month.

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14:05
Judge approves $415m settlement in Apple/Google non-...

Apple has settled a long-running class action lawsuit by workers that accused the company along with Google and other tech companies of entering illegal non-poaching agreements.

Associated Press reports that a judge has given the green light to a $415 million settlement after rejecting an earlier settlement as inadequate.

Judge Lucy Koh had rejected an earlier settlement offer, saying it didn’t offer enough compensation to about 64,000 workers affected by the case. She cited evidence of a corporate conspiracy to make it difficult for tech workers to negotiate better jobs at rival companies… Koh said she was satisfied this week after the companies increased their earlier offer of $324.5 million. She invited final comments on the deal before she grants final approval at a hearing on June 9.

If the...

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14:00
Apple in talks to become launch partner for cable-...

Apple is in negotiations to make the Apple TV a launch destination for HBO's standalone streaming service reportedly called "HBO Now," which could launch in time for the fifth season of Game of Thrones premiering April 12, according to a new report.

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14:00
Inateck BTSP-10 Plus Mini HiFi Bluetooth Speaker:...

Last year, I began to receive review products from a company I had never heard of before -- Germany's Inateck. Since there are a lot of accessory companies that have been around the States for a while, it was surprising to me to find that this company was making some pretty high quality products. A current example is the Inateck BTSP-10 Plus Mini HiFi Bluetooth Speaker (US$49.99), a portable speaker with excellent sound quality. Let's check it out.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 6.5 x 2.4 x 2 inches (16.5 x 6 x 5 cm)
  • Weight: 13.75 ounces (390 grams)
  • Battery life (fully charged): 9 to 15 hours, 2100 mAh battery
  • Bluetooth Version 4.0
  • Includes: USB charging cable, 3.5mm audio cable, carrying bag

Design

The BTSP-10 Plus is definitely made for...

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13:57
Put your Apple TV into sleep or standby mode

You don't need to turn off your Apple TV. It will go into sleep or standby mode automatically when you're not using it. You can also put it into sleep or standby mode using your Apple TV remote.

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13:41
U.S. Appeals Judge Skeptical of Apple Seeking an...

It's being reported today that Apple told a U.S. appeals court on Wednesday that rival Samsung should be barred from selling products that infringe on its smartphone patents. Yet Judge ...

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13:40
Judge approves $415M settlement in 'no-poach...

Apple, Google and other parties accused of being involved in an illegal "no-poach" employee policy may be on the verge of settling the class-action complaint, after the judge overseeing the lawsuit has given initial approval for their proposed $415 million settlement.

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13:29
HBO and Apple in Talks for $15/Month Apple TV...

HBO is in talks with Apple over a partnership that would see its upcoming standalone web-only subscription television package available on the Apple TV, reports Michael Learmonth, writing for International Business Times. CNBC has also confirmed that Apple and HBO are in talks in the video tweet posted below.

BREAKING: Sources tell @JBoorstin that Apple & HBO are in talks for Apple TV to be a launch partner for 'HBO Now'.
https://t.co/hQd9AzA3Xr

— CNBC Now (@CNBCnow) March 4, 2015
Apple could potentially be one of HBO's...

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13:28
Yerba Buena Center getting 'Spring Forward...

As is its wont, Apple will greet attendees at its first event of 2015 with a customized graphic wrapping around the Yerba Buena Center, a process which began in earnest on Wednesday.

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13:26
4 things iPhoto can do that Photos can't (yet)

While it’s true that Apple is phasing out iPhoto in favor of its new Photos app, iPhoto is still an incredibly powerful program and includes many features you likely know nothing about. If you don’t plan on moving to Yosemite 10.10.3, or if you elect to keep using iPhoto when you do—yep, it’ll still work!—here are four useful things that iPhoto can do that even the new Photos app currently cannot.

Add captions to slideshows

If you don’t relish the idea of narrating your slideshows, try adding captions instead. Select a photo in an album, or in Photos or Events view, and then click the Info button in iPhoto’s toolbar. In the panel that appears, enter a title and/or a description for your photo (titles appear in a slightly larger point size than...

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13:22
HBO reportedly in talks to debut $15/month...

HBO is reportedly negotiating with Apple to have the Apple TV included as a launch device when the network’s new standalone streaming service launches next month. International Business Times reports Apple has been “aggressive” in pushing to get access to the new service as HBO reportedly plans a launch by mid-April in time for the latest season of hit show Game of Thrones:

HBO is in talks with Apple to make Apple TV one of the launch partners for its highly anticipated streaming service when it debuts next month. HBO and streaming partner Major League Baseball Advanced Media are working to have the standalone service, called “HBO Now,” ready to launch in April...

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13:20
Apple reverses iTunes Store changes to become more...

Apple has reversed course on some recent changes at the iTunes Store in order to make the shop more palatable to independent record labels, which voiced concerns that new algorithms would promote mainstream musicians at the expense of lesser-known acts.

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12:50
Questionable screenshots claim to show updated 13...

Screenshots that surfaced Wednesday on a Chinese web forum purport to show details of a forthcoming MacBook Air refresh that would bring Intel's latest Broadwell chips to Apple's ultraportable, though there is some question as to the shots' validity.

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12:44
How-To: Boost your Mac’s speed and prolong its...

As I’ve spotlighted over the past month, the best way to dramatically speed up an older Mac is to replace its old hard drive with a new solid state drive (SSD). The process is super-easy on MacBooks and Mac Pros, surprisingly manageable on iMacs, and challenging on Mac minis, yielding 3X to 5X speed boosts. But there’s another option that can speed things up with relatively little effort or expertise: upgrading your Mac’s RAM.

RAM upgrades are easy and cheap. You can expect to pay...

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12:20
Alleged specs of refreshed 13-inch MacBook Air w/...

Specs of what appears to be an unannounced, refreshed MacBook Air have surfaced via screenshots posted to Chinese forums Feng.com.

The images show system specs for a 13-inch “MacBookAir7,2” with similar internals to the existing model but with a couple upgrades. A new Intel Broadwell Core 1.6GHz i5-5250U processor and Intel HD Graphics 6000 shown in the images would be an upgrade from the 1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 and Intel HD Graphics 5000 shipping in the current 13-inch MacBook. Also present is in the specs is a slightly larger 7422mAh battery. 

Other specs in the screenshot include 4GB of RAM and a 1440×900 resolution display, both of which are the same as the current generation MacBook Air.

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11:56
‘Spring forward’ banners start going up at Yerba...

The banners for the Spring Forward Apple event have started going up at Yerba Buena, in preparation for March 9th. As is usual, the display mirrors the logo and patterns seen on the event invite sent last week. Apple has already been setting up an outdoor structure behind the venue, which will likely become the demo area for press when the event is over.

More pics below (we’ll update as the workers fill in the banner)  …

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11:55
MacBook Air Refresh With Broadwell Processors and...

Apple's MacBook Air hasn't been updated since last April, which means the company's line of ultraportable notebooks is due for a refresh. New screenshots from the forums of Chinese site Feng.com suggest an update is imminent, depicting the specifications of a MacBook Air with one of Intel's Broadwell processors. According to the user who posted the screenshots, they're from a 2015 MacBook Air that was produced by Foxconn.

The screenshots show the system information for a low-end 13-inch MacBook Air (MacBookAir7,2) with an Intel Core 1.6GHz i5-5250U processor and Intel HD Graphics 6000, which is what we would expect to see. The machine ships with 4GB of RAM and continues to use a display with a resolution of 1440 x 900. The battery appears to be very similar to the battery in the existing 13-inch MacBook Air.

The...

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11:40
Sonnet introduces new adapters

Sonnet (www.sonnettech.com) has launched its new USB 3.0 + eSATA Thunderbolt Adapter for connectivity to USB 3.0 devices and eSATA storage, and USB 3.0 + Gigabit Ethernet Thunderbolt Adapter for connectivity to USB 3.0 devices and Gigabit Ethernet wired networking.

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11:40
'iPhone 6s' Could Have 2GB of RAM and Pre-...

The next-generation iPhone is expected to ship with 2GB of RAM and could also have a pre-installed Apple SIM, according to AppleInsider. The so-called "iPhone 6s," and presumably the "iPhone 6s Plus," would be adopting both features from the iPad Air 2, which also has 2GB of RAM and a pre-installed Apple SIM.

Both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and all previous models dating back to the iPhone 5, have 1GB of RAM and must be used with a SIM card obtained from an individual carrier. Apple SIM, introduced alongside the iPad Air 2, allows you to choose between a variety of carriers without locking into long-term plans. Participating U.S. carriers include AT&T,...

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11:39
Nvidia to take on Apple TV with Shield set-top box...

The latest major company to step into the crowded set-top box market, where the Apple TV competes, is Nvidia, whose upcoming Shield media player will be powered by Google's Android TV platform.

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11:12
These interactive sites let you try out Apple Watch...

Two new interactive tools let you try out the Apple Watch before it hits Apple Store shelves next month: The first lets you try out various Apple Watch case colors and finishes with the different strap options available. The next lets you play with the Apple Watch apps that have already been announced.

MixYourWatch.com: We know Apple will have bands sold separately as accessories when Apple Watch launches, but we’ll have to see what style of bands it has for sale. In other words, the gold case with steel milanese loop combo pictured above might not be an option if the band isn’t available separately (not...

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11:09
Numerous will put number tracking on your wrist with...

The Apple Watch is expected to take stage on Monday ahead of its aniticipated debut next month, and with it will come a whole new class of apps based on the iPhone that present information on the wrist. Today we got the first look at what Numerous, my favorite number tracking app for iOS, has planned for the Apple Watch as soon as it starts shipping.

The shots of Numerous on the Apple Watch are real screenshots of what will be available, not theoretical mockups, and show just what...

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11:07
Next iPhone rumored to (unsurprisingly) feature 2 GB...

AppleInsider is reporting that it has received information about the next-generation iPhone hardware. It claims that the next iPhone, generally expected to be a ‘6s’ style device (meaning that it will feature internal changes but the external chassis will be the same as the 6), will feature 2 GB of RAM, just like the A8X in the iPad Air 2. It also says that Apple is considering inclusion of an Apple SIM as standard, just like the cellular iPads.

For some context, the iPhone first shipped with 1 GB of RAM in 2012 with the iPhone 5. This means a RAM jump is now about ‘due’, with many expecting an increase last year to help accommodate the increased asset size required by the Retina HD iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

Although 9to5Mac cannot directly backup the...

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11:01
Apple's new Maps patent guides your car around...

Every day when I drive over the Bay Bridge, I lose my wireless signal, just briefly. This is the firstest of first-world problems, and some days I don’t notice, but often I’m streaming music on a shuffle, and the track tries to change, and it just…can’t. It’s super annoying.

Driving around the entire San Francisco Bay is obviously not an option, but if Apple follows through on a patent it received Tuesday, someday your Apple in-dash navigation system could steer you in the direction of a strong wireless signal, so you never lose touch.

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11:00
Monument Valley picks up top prize at 11th Mobile...

Until the awesome Alto's Adventure appeared on the scene, the one game that attracted the attention of all of us here at Apple World Today was the beautiful puzzler Monument Valley (US$3.99). Featuring stunning artwork, Escher-like architecture, and mind-bending gameplay, the app pulls you into the world of Princess Ida and the crows for hours on end. We're happy to announce that Monument Valley was awarded the "Grand Prix" prize for best Mobile Game of 2014 at the 11th International Mobile Gaming Awards held last night.

Monument Valley first appeared in the App Store on April 3, 2014 and was an immediate hit. On November 12, 2014, Forgotten Shores -- a $1.99 in-app purchase for an expansion pack to the game -- added eight more levels to the ten in the original game...

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10:15
A new foundation for connected business processes at...

Today’s Office 365 post was written by Dr. Matthias Geselle, a Vice President, member of the IT leadership team at Merck. Merck is the world’s oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company and is operating in 66 countries. Since 1668 the name has stood for innovation, business success and responsible entrepreneurship. It does business as EMD Millipore and EMD Serono in the United States and Canada.

Connect 15 is Merck’s companywide program to replace the fragmented landscape of collaboration, messaging, and communication tools into a unified Microsoft technology, which simplifies communications around the world and facilitates collaboration between our employees, partners, and customers. When everything is implemented Connect 15 will enable a new way of working within Merck. The first step in our initiative was updating our Office suite from Office 2007 to Office 365 ProPlus,...

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10:12
'iPhone 6s' said to ship with 2GB of RAM,...

Apple's 2015 iPhone update will purportedly add some features introduced in the iPad Air 2 last year, including an upgrade to 2 gigabytes of RAM and the possibility of pre-installing the Apple SIM, giving users the ability to select a carrier on their own out of the box.

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10:07
Apple wins patent for Maps feature that could help...

Apple applies for and gets awarded patents for everything under the sun, and patents don’t always translate to shipped features. Disclaimer aside, the iPhone maker was recently awarded a patent for a potentially useful feature that could help you avoid areas with weak cellular coverage when planning your trip with navigation in Maps.

The USPTO awarded Apple with a patent (via Gigaom) to analyze routes between two locations and “employ an algorithm that considers wireless network signal strengths along those routes.”

In other words, because your iPhone can collect and measure cellular signal data and many...

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10:07
Artlantis Studio 5.1.2.7 - 3D rendering of interior...

Artlantis Studio is a unique and ideal tool for performing very high resolution rendering easily and in real time. The new FastRadiosity engine now lets you compute images in radiosity-even in preview. Another innovative feature of Artlantis is that 3D objects and vegetation can be used directly in the preview window by simply dragging and dropping them. This enables users to work on different scenarios quickly and to simulate true virtual scenes in a real environment.



Version 5.1.2.7: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

  • OS X 10.6.8 or later
  • QuickTime 10 or later
  • 256MB OpenGL graphics card



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10:05
Gadget Ogling: A Lovely Sky Snapper, a Grotesque...


There's a new Nikon camera that actually won't work for parents eager to flash their cash at a kid's birthday party with an expensive DSLR when a camera phone would work just fine.
The D810A has an infrared filter that might -- probably will -- result in distorted colors when used for everyday purposes. So you might not want to use it for that cute shot of a butterfly nestling on a poppy. However, for nebulas in bloom, this camera apparently comes alive.

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10:03
Podcast: Watching and waiting for the Apple Watch

This week, Susie and Glenn are watching and waiting for the Apple Watch, and discuss what Apple needs to reveal at Monday's special event. It's only been a week since we last talked about mobile payments, but in that time two new players emerged at Mobile World Congress—the creatively monikered Android Pay and Samsung Pay. Let us know what you think of this week's podcast!

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10:00
9to5toys Last Call: 5-port USB car charger $14,...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

Today’s can’t miss deals:
Last Call Updates:

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10:00
App Camp For Girls announces 2015 registration, new...

App Camp For Girls Portland, July 2014: Image courtesy of App Camp For Girls

App Camp For Girls is an amazing non-profit organization designed to provide girls who will be entering 8th or 9th grade in the Fall 2015 with fun and accessible educational programs in iOS development. Jean MacDonald, the founder of AC4G, let us know that the camps are expanding this year and also that the program is now open for applications.

The locations and dates are:

  • Vancouver, BC: July 6-10, 2015
  • Seattle, WA: July 13-17, 2015
  • Martinsville, NJ: July 20-24, 2015
  • Portland, OR (2 sessions): July 27-31 and August 17-21, 2015

Tuition for camp is US$375 for the US locations and CAD$375 for the Vancouver session. Space is limited and the...

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09:59
Inpaint 6.2 improves texture generation for better...

TeoreX has introduced Inpaint 6.2 (http://www.theinpaint.com/), an upgrade of its multi-platform retouching tool for removal of undesired elements from photos.

The app removes scratches, watermarks, timestamps and even complex objects like strangers, unwanted elements and background debris automatically. Version 6.2 improves texture generation for better results and offers new usability options.



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09:54
Apple reclaims top spot in movie product placement...

Apple has once again, after a three-year gap, taken the Overall Product Placement title in Brandchannel's Brandcameo Product Placement Awards, highlighting the companies inserted most often into Hollywood movies.

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09:53
The Apple Watch Wins the International Forum Design...

Since 1953 the International Forum Design Awards (known as "iF") has been hosting one of the most renowned design award events in the world. This year's 2015 Gold Winner for best industrial design for a watch was awarded to Apple.

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09:22
Rumor: Apple in settlement talks with A123 Systems...

When in doubt, compromise and settle.

Apple is apparently in talks to settle a lawsuit filed by electric-car battery maker A123 Systems, which has charged the iPhone maker with poaching five of its employees to set up a new battery division.

The lawsuit has added fuel to reports that Apple is getting into the electric-car business.

On Tuesday, Apple filed a motion that requested the court for more time to file its response to A123’s motions as it and the five engineers charged “are exploring potential resolution of this matter.”

A123 alleged in its complaint filed last month in the U.S. District Court for the District of...

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09:12
Rumor: Apple could launch 12-inch Retina MacBook Air...

While the March 9th event is expected to focus on the upcoming Apple Watch, there could be word of the rumored 12-inch Retina MacBook Air as well.

Sources familiar with the matter within Apple have exclusively told The Michael Report that Apple plans to unveil the long-awaited Retina MacBook Air at the same event. The web site has independently verified this information to be highly credible.

While there have been no concrete rumors from major sites linking the Retina MacBook Air to Apple’s March 9 event, previous rumors have indicated that Apple is planning for a spring release. Apple supplier Quanta is said to have begun...

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09:06
The People of Zhongjie Joy City China Love Apple...

Earlier we posted a report titled "Apple's iPhone Hits Record High in China with 25% Market Share," for January. And with Apple roaring into February with four new Apple Stores, sales of the iPhone 6 will likely get another boost. Yet one thing is for sure ...

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09:03
Review: Brydge keyboard for iPad Air/2 — can this...

One thing I love about 9to5Mac readers is how engaged they are in the comments. My review of the ClamCase Pro iPad keyboard case last month led to a lively discussion about the relative merits of that vs the Brydge keyboard, so I decided to give that a try for a retrospective shoot-out.

The Brydge Air is a slightly different beast to the ClamCase, being just a keyboard and not a full case. It still hinges shut in a laptop-like clamshell fashion, but there’s no rear protection on this one. That, as we’ll see, has both pros and cons … 

Looks & portability

Looks are, let’s be honest, important. You don’t spend this kind of money on an iPad keyboard just to get decent typing performance: there are plenty of cheaper options for that...

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09:01
Brattoo Propaganda Software introduces Duplicate...

Apple's Photos — the app that will replace iPhoto and Aperture on Macs — is only available in the latest beta version of Mac OS X Yosemite, but Brattoo Propaganda Software has already introduced Duplicates Annihilator for the software.

Duplicate Annihilator compares the images in your Photos library, using algorithms to make sure that no duplicates escape, says Anders Bjarby, CEO of Brattoo Propaganda Software. He says that the app provides the ability to detect, display and delete duplicate photos, thumbnails, thumbnails of faces, corrupt jpegs and missing image files.

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09:00
Video captures the excitement of Zhongjie Joy City...

China's latest Apple Store, the Zhongjie Joy City store, opened recently in Shenyang, China. A video of the event showcases the large crowd waiting for the store's official debut and captures the excitement when the doors are opened for the first time. As pointed out by ifoapplestore, the enthusiasm for Apple’s retail stores "transcends cultures and international boundaries."

Our take on the news:
Apple manages to generate excitement for its retail efforts regardless of geographic location. Whether it is in China, Turkey, Brazil or the US, any Apple event attracts a throng of happy, smiling faces who enjoy the launch swag as much as browsing the store's shiny, new displays.

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08:39
PortAuthority for Mac OS X now up to version 7.0

Code by Kevin has rolled out PortAuthority 7.0 (http://tinyurl.com/3889qb), a GUI [graphical user interface] for the MacPorts Unix software management system for Mac OS X.

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08:33
MacUpdate Desktop 6.0.5 - Search and install Mac...

MacUpdate Desktop 6 brings seamless 1-click installs and version updates to your Mac. With a free MacUpdate account and MacUpdate Desktop 6, Mac users can now install almost any Mac app on macupdate.com with a single click, including thousands of titles not available in the Mac App Store. And now, users can search for, discover, and install new apps right from the MacUpdate Desktop app!

Learn more at the MacUpdate Desktop feature page

1-Click App Installs
Installing apps using a Web browser is slow and complicated. You have to hunt down .zip archives, mount disk images, manually drag app icons to the /Applications folder, run custom installers, and delete the files you no longer need. With MacUpdate Desktop, all you have to do is click the "Install" link on a MacUpdate app listing and MacUpdate Desktop takes care of everything.

Keep All Your Mac Apps...

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08:33
Uber's first-ever public acquisition, maps firm...

Ridesharing startup Uber has finally shown its hand in the mergers and acquisitions market, picking up small navigation and geospatial services firm deCarta in a move that some say is designed to help Uber lessen its dependence on mapping services from Apple and Google.

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08:07
RadPad now lets you easily split rent with roommates...

RadPad, an app we told you about back in November when it launched as one the first to let you pay rent using Apple Pay, now lets you easily split rent with roommates.

Pay with RadPad Roommates makes it really, really easy for renters who have roommates to pay their rent together, using their own credit, debit card or Apple Pay… A roommate signs up and invites their other roommates to pay rent together: RadPad sends invites to each roommate, via text and email. The roommate receives the invite, accepts it and then enters in their credit or debit card or elects to use Apple Pay. That’s it!

You’ll also be able to see when your roommates are slacking with status information on their half of the rent.  The app allows up to four roommates to split the rent and sends a check to the landlord on behalf of the tenants. You can even setup rent payments to...

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08:04
Apple Tops Movie Product Placement Rankings for the...

Branding website Brandchannel recently revealed the winners of the Brandcameo 2015 Product Placement Awards, which names the movies and brands with the most proliferation within Hollywood films over the past year. For the first time since 2011, Apple nabbed the 2014 Award for Overall Product Placement, appearing in 9 of the 35 films that topped the U.S. box office last year.

Brandchannel mentions the most influential Apple moments in films last year, perhaps the most popular of which is an extended scene in Marvel's blockbuster Captain America: The Winter Soldier, in which two of its protagonists use a MacBook Pro inside an Apple Store to hack into secretive S.H.I.E.L.D. data.

A quick tangential reference to an iPod Shuffle in The Lego Movie also helped Apple reign over...

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08:00
Waze to bring location-specific AMBER alerts to your...

Crowdsourced navigation and traffic app Waze today announced the addition of AMBER alerts to its service. Alerts will be sent to Waze users in the vicinity of an alert and will appear when a user's car has been stationary for more than 10 seconds. Alerts can be dismissed by tapping on the alert map. They also disappear automatically when a vehicle again begins to move. To avoid notification overload, each alert will appear only once per week.

“Waze has always been about sharing information for the common good. In this spirit we hope the addition of AMBER alerts to Waze will make a significant contribution to safety and awareness for children and parents across communities everywhere.”

— Waze

The AMBER alert program is an urgent bulletin system designed to alert a community and get their assistance in locating missing and abducted...

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07:45
Apple Watch publicity tour comes to Chinese fashion...

The Apple Watch is continuing to make the rounds of fashion magazines, this time in the form of a Sport model on the April cover of China's YOHO, which bears the slogan "Being Young is an Attitude."

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06:59
Life after cancer: How the iPhone helped me achieve...

This piece by Federico Viticci is moving. It is equal parts a cancer survival story, full of harrowing detail and heroic triumphs, and detailed look at the HealthKit ecosystem. But the best part for me is the denouement, the upshot of his journey.

This read is worth setting aside time for.

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06:48
Waze app to get AMBER alerts, help users look out...

Waze, the free crowdsourced navigation and traffic app, is to get AMBER alerts in the U.S., helping users look out for missing and abducted children. You’ll only see alerts for children in your local area, and for safety reasons details will only appear once your vehicle has been stationary for at least ten seconds.

AMBER alerts are created by law enforcement agencies to quickly alert members of the public to children who have been reported missing or are believed to have been abducted. Waze says the app will scan for new alerts every ten minutes, though once you’ve dismissed an alert it won’t be shown again for a further week.

Alerts will display all the information available, which will normally include a photo of the child, their name, age, description, where they were last seen, what clothing they were wearing and details of any vehicle...

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06:40
Apple Watch wins gold at renowned IF design awards

From the International Forum web site:

Apple Watch features revolutionary new technologies, a pioneering interface, and a design that honors the rich tradition of watchmaking.

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06:35
The Impossibility domain name generator

Impossibility has you provide the core word you want in your new domain name, then give it a focus by specifying it as either an adjective, verb, noun, or wild card. It then spits out a series of available domains.

Definitely worth a look.

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06:30
Apple's iPhone Hits Record High in China with...

A new report published this morning from Kantar for the three months ending in January 2015, show that Apple’s iOS reached its highest ever share in urban China ...

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06:24
Happy Hour Podcast 004 | Predictions and...

Episode 004 of Happy Hour is finally here and Apple’s March 9th “Spring Forward” event is right around the corner. It’s safe to say, we’re all pretty excited. What can you expect to be announced on stage at the event? Well, today we’re discussing the entire thing and getting into all of the details along with our expectations and predictions. 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.

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06:20
∞ Apple Watch and the power of focused design

If price was no object, if every single watch in both the Apple Watch and Android Wear collections cost exactly the same, and if both watch lines worked equally well with your personal choice of platform, which watch would you choose?

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06:00
Video of iOS 8 vs iOS 3 shows the longer animations...

A user experience expert has put together a video showing that the longer animations introduced in iOS 7 and continued in iOS 8 have a small usability cost: user input is ignored while the animation is running, making the user interface seem slower. The video compares it to iOS 3 running on the original iPhone.

While William Van Hecke believed that the issue was that animations used to be interruptible, this isn’t actually the case except for Springboard. In other cases, iOS has always ignored input until animations are complete, it’s just that they used to be shorter. If you’re fast with your fingers, there will now be times when you’re trying to do something while the animation is still doing its thing.

The new spring-based animations also make it less clear...

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05:54
EditReady 1.2 adds AVCHD and HDV camera support to...

Divergent Media has revved EditReady (http://tinyurl.com/pcd9poa), a transcoding tool for Mac OS X, to version 1.2. The upgrade adds support for hundreds of the most popular cameras which shoot to AVCHD and HDV transport streams.

In addition to the various AVCHD and HDV cameras supported by ClipWrap, EditReady can transcode footage from MXF and QuickTime cameras such as the GoPro, iPhone, Arri Alexa, Blackmagic Cinema Camera, Sony F7, digital SLRs and more. The app shows thumbnails of clips for at-a-glance review and organization.

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05:47
PCalc 4.2 released for the Mac with updated widget

TLA Systems has updated PCalc (www.pcalc.com), for Mac OS X, to version 4.2. It sports several improvements, including a calculator widget.

PCalc is a scientific calculator with support for hexadecimal, octal and binary calculations, as well as an RPN mode, parentheses, programmable functions, and an extensive set of unit conversions. Version 4.2 offers an advanced layout with more of the functionality of the main application. The widget also now supports keyboard shortcuts for all operations.

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05:26
Large format printer shipments Grew 3.5% year-over-...

According to new data from the IDC (www.idc.com) research group, large format printer (LFP) shipments grew 3.5% in 2014 when compared to 2013 while revenue from those shipments declined by less than -1%. Product mix changes and some very aggressive price promotions were responsible for the revenue declines.

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05:19
Kool Tools: Storage-Top Desk for Mac

Klevr Furniture's Storage-Top Desk for Mac boasts a functional design built specifically for iMacs and MacBooks. Each desk is made to order and conveniently stows away cables, power adaptors, and additional clutter.

Table-top notches are strategically placed for MacBook and iMac connectors, and movable panels allow easy access to storage. It's designed to offer plenty of work space for a Mac user and provide storage underneath for printers and accessories.

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05:12
Security flaw places Mac, iOS & Android users at...

Cryptographers have discovered that a security flaw dating back to the ’90s is placing OS X, iOS and Android users at risk from hacking attacks when visiting some major websites, including American Express, Airtel, Bloomberg, Business Insider, Groupon, Marriott and many more.

The FREAK exploit allows an attacker to force a website to use lower-grade encryption for HTTPS connections, which can be cracked within a few hours when using a small botnet of just 75 computers. Once cracked, attackers would be able to hack the website as well as steal personal data from those visiting the site … 

The weakness exists because of a U.S. government policy dating back...

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05:06
BitTorrent Sync 2.0.82 - Sync files securely without...

BitTorrent Sync allows you to sync unlimited files between your own devices, or share a folder with friends and family to automatically sync anything.

File transfers are encrypted. Your information is never stored on a server in the cloud and your data is protected by private keys.

BitTorrent Sync is specifically designed to handle large files, so feel free to sync original, high quality, uncompressed files.

Version 2.0.82: Folder Permissions

  • [Pro] Change folder permissions for users after sharing - Read Only, Read & Write
  • [Pro] Revoke a user's access to future updates to the folder
  • [Pro] Designate other users as a folder owner - owners can share the folder, change permissions, and revoke access
  • Ability to alter a user's permission when approving their connection request

Link Devices using a Private Identity

  • Ability to link all of your devices together using a private...

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05:00
Virtual TimeClock 15 goes green with electronic...

Redcort Software (www.redcort.com) has announced Virtual TimeClock 15, an update to the timecard management application for Mac and Windows PC computers.

Virtual TimeClock records the exact time as it occurs, removing any guessing or estimating of arrivals, departures, breaks and lunches. Version 15 adds electronic timecard approval system and a suite of data security enhancements to keep pace with today's increased need for data privacy.

Pricing for Virtual TimeClock starts at US$99. Annual software maintenance and support as well as generously discounted upgrade pricing is available.

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04:08
How will Samsung Pay compare to Apple Pay?

As soon as Tim Cook unveiled Apple Pay back in September, two things were instantly clear: 1) Contactless payments had arrived; and 2) Samsung was going to copy it. So when Samsung unveiled its next flagship phones, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, on Sunday in Barcelona, I followed along with great interest, ready to snicker at its iPhone-like curved edges, fingerprint sensor, and perfectly circular speaker grilles.

Samsung’s gotten so good at this game, it’s not even fair. About halfway through the presentation, it was announced the new phones would have a mobile payments system called … wait for it … Samsung Pay. And suddenly, I couldn’t point and laugh. Besides the Single White Female-level name copying, this service, which launches in the U.S. and South Korea this summer, sounds like it might actually one-up Apple Pay. Here’s what you need to know so far, and why this could still be good news for Apple Pay users.

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02:00
Understanding network connectivity to optimize your...

If you have ever wondered how network connectivity to Office 365 works, today’s Office Mechanics show gives you an insider’s look at datacenter and network coverage in Office 365. Jeremy Chapman is joined by Paul Andrew to demonstrate tools for optimizing network performance by planning capacity when connecting users to Office 365, troubleshooting bandwidth and latency, plus tips for setting up your network for peak performance.

In this show we demonstrate several tools ranging from capacity planning in OneDrive for Business to network traces as we not only explain the physics behind the global connectivity of the Internet, but also what you can do as an admin to get the most from Office 365.

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02:00
What’s new: February 2015

February may be a short month, but it was packed with Office 365 updates. You can now preview the next chapter of Office on Windows, scan documents into PDF files from your Windows Phone, work with Office files stored in third-party cloud storage, handwrite and draw in OneNote for iPad and much more. There’s a host of improvements for business, too. Two new compliance capabilities and a new admin mobile app were added, Yammer and Power Map for Excel both got new features, and many security improvements were added for password-protection on mobile device, identity and access management, and encryption. And for millions of eligible students around the world, it’s now easy to sign yourself up to get free Office from your school. Leave us a comment to let us know what your favorite new feature is. If you missed last month’s updates, see What’s new: January 2015.

Office 365 Personal, Office 365 Home and...

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Tuesday March 3

23:22
Google said to be planning iOS support for Android...

Last month a developer managed to hack together a solution that enabled iPhone users to see their notifications on Google’s Android-powered wearable operating system, but at the moment there is no official way to use the two competing platforms together. That could change at Google’s annual I/O conference later this year, if new rumors are to be believed.

According to French tech blog 01Net, Google is developing an update to Android Wear that would enable it work with Apple’s iOS devices…

With Apple launching...

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22:15
Google reportedly looking to bring Android Wear...

Google is allegedly developing an Android Wear app for iOS, a move that would expand support for the wearables platform beyond Android handsets and enable iPhone and iPad owners to use products like the Moto 360 and the LG G Watch.

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18:33
Website builds interactive Apple Watch app previews...

A new website has created interactive Web versions of bite-sized Apple Watch apps slated for release next month, offering prospective buyers a chance to test drive the device before it hits store shelves in April.

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18:06
Apple Already Working on a Settlement with Lithium...

On February 19 we posted a Patently Legal report covering the lawsuit filed against Apple by the advanced lithium battery maker known as A123 Systems ...

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18:01
Apple considering settlement in A123 Systems...

Electric car battery manufacturer A123 Systems is currently locked in a lawsuit with Apple over whether the latter  poached employees from the former while building out its Project Titan team. Today Reuters reports that Apple is considering a settlement in the case.

Apple has asked for an extension on the time required to respond to the suit, telling the court that it is currently “exploring a potential resolution.” Of course, it’s hardly unexpected that the company ...

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18:00
Apple Watch wins iF Design Award for 2015

Apple Watch Edition

Although the Apple Watch hasn't shipped yet and there's no guarantee that it will be a success in the marketplace, it has already won a prestigious design award. On February 27 in Munich, Germany, the Apple Watch was awarded the gold in the watches/jewelry category at the iF Design Awards 2015.

The juror's statement says it all:

“The idea of combining classic materials such as leather and metal with state-of-the-art technology to create a very individual fashion accessory has resulted in a delightful product offering a holistic user experience. The Apple Watch scores highly for each design detail and is an altogether extraordinary piece of design. For us, it is already an icon.”

—...

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17:50
Samsung just pisses me off

Samsung ditched almost all of its hardware differentiation to go all in on iPhone 6-style design — though layering in, iPhone 4-like, with glass on both sides.

Does this company have no shame? Can they not come up with anything on their own? Pathetic.

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17:18
Apple discussing settlement with battery maker over...

In a court filing on Tuesday, Apple informed a Massachusetts federal judge that it is in discussions with A123 Systems to settle out of court a lawsuit claiming Apple poached the battery maker's key engineers for a secret internal project.

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17:16
Universal Audio releases UAD v8.0

I’ve been waiting for this version since I saw it at NAMM in January. The new software includes Apollo Expanded featuring Console 2.0 Software; Sound Machine Wood Works Plug-In; Distortion Essentials Plug-In Bundle; Friedman Amplifiers Plug-In Collection; and (Mac) Support for OS X Yosemite. This is a great update.

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17:00
AT&T announces March 20 ship date for LTE-...

AT&T Modio LTE Case for iPad mini

So, you bought a Wi-Fi-only iPad mini, but you really regret not being able to surf the web, send pictures or emails, or make FaceTime calls when you're away from home. Never fear, on March 20 you'll be able to buy an AT&T Modio LTE case complete with a built-in hotspot that works with any generation of the iPad mini.

The Modio case was first outed at CES 2015, and it not only provides LTE connectivity to a Wi-Fi-only iPad mini but also protects the device and includes an external microSD slot for adding up to 32GB more storage.

All you'll need to do is download and install the AT&T Modio Data app. Pair your case to your iPad mini, and the app manages your connections, handles transferring content to and from the microSD...

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16:48
Apple Watch wins prestigious iF Design Gold Award...

Before an expected launch in April, Apple's upcoming Apple Watch was given top honors at the 2015 iF Design Awards, an annual industrial design competition dating back to 1954.

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16:36
Rumor Suggests 12-Inch Retina MacBook Air Could...

Apple could be planning to introduce the much-rumored 12-inch Retina MacBook Air during its March 9 Apple Watch event, according to one site that claims to have sources within Apple. The Michael Report believes Apple will use the event to debut the ultrathin MacBook, which is rumored to have a Retina display and a redesigned chassis.Many are expecting Apple talk more about the Apple Watch. However, sources familiar with the matter within Apple have exclusively told The Michael Report that Apple plans to unveil the long-awaited Retina MacBook Air at the same event. The Michael Report has independently verified this information to be highly credible.While there have been no concrete rumors from major sites linking the Retina MacBook Air to Apple's March 9 event, previous rumors have indicated that Apple is planning for a spring release. Apple supplier Quanta is said to have...

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16:15
The Week in Mac Apps: Better invoices, fancy folders...

Better invoices, fancy folders, document converters, and more

In this week’s roundup of new Mac apps, you’ll find software that helps you clean up your appointment book, manage your invoices, design your folders, and even track your time more efficiently.

Calendar Cleaner 1.7.2

If your calendar is so full of color-coded appointments that it looks like a rainbow exploded inside it, MacPRO Services’s $5 Calendar Cleaner (Mac App Store Link) will help you bring some order to the chaos.

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16:00
Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster on Apple Watch...

Piper-Jaffray Analyst and Apple Smart TV Fan Gene Munster

When it comes to Apple High-Definition Smart TVs, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has been consistently wrong. As a result of his cracked crystal ball, Munster has become a bit of an in-joke among Apple bloggers, although his financial analysis of Apple is often quite accurate. Today StreetInsider.com featured Munster's look at the pricing, gross margins, and sales of the various models of the Apple Watch, and his predictions bear repeating.

First, Munster believes that despite the expected Apple Watch Sport base model pricing of $349, the average selling price (ASP) of the Sport will be closer to $450 based on "potentially different case and storage options." I'm not exactly sure what he's referring to in terms of case...

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15:55
Apple Watch wins noted iF Design Gold award before...

The Apple Watch hasn’t shipped yet, but it’s already showing up on fashion magazine covers, and now it’s even winning design awards. The wearable device picked up the iF Design Gold award from the iF International Forum Design. The organization declared that the Cupertino-designed smartwatch is “already an icon.”

The idea of combining classic materials such as leather and metal with state-of-the-art technology to create a very individual fashion accessory has resulted in a delightful product offering a holistic user experience. The Apple Watch scores highly for each design detail and is an altogether extraordinary...

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15:44
Credit unions lead new round of 18 Apple Pay...

Apple continues to forge forward in expanding card support for its fledgling Apple Pay service and on Tuesday added 18 new credit unions and banks to the list of participating issuers.

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15:00
AWT News Update: March 3, 2015

A $1.89 million iphone accessory (via koenigsegg.com)

On today's AWT News Update podcast: 

  • A new Swedish "hypercar" will support Apple's CarPlay, if you have $1.89 million to buy one of the vehicles
  • Dr. Buzz Aldrin may have walked on the moon and taken a sub to the resting place of the Titanic, but he can't get a new app through the App Store approval process
  • Apple and three other companies agree to pay a $415 million settlement in an anti-poaching lawsuit
  • Gartner says Apple was the number one seller of smartphones in the 4th quarter of 2014
  • Apple will be using the "soft sell" to sell the Watch at Apple Stores

Listen to the AWT News Update every weekday for a quick overview of stories we may not have published on the blog.

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14:23
Analyst Gene Munster guesses Watch pricing, thinks...


Spotted: Analyst guessing Apple Watch pricing.

Analyst Gene Muster, from Piper Jaffray, has today posted a report with his predictions about Apple Watch pricing. Munster believes that Apple will improve overall margins through the sale of bands. This makes a lot of sense, especially considering Apple Retail SVP Angela Ahrendts is calling out ‘accessories’ as a key area for retail in the coming months.

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14:14
Google Drive 1.20 - File backup and sharing tool; 15...

Google Drive is a place where you can create, share, collaborate, and keep all of your stuff. Whether you're working with a friend on a joint research project, planning a wedding with your fiancé, or tracking a budget with roommates, you can do it in Drive. You can upload and access all of your files, including videos, photos, Google Docs, PDFs, and beyond.

Features:

  • Create and collaborate. Google Docs is built right into Google Drive, so you can work with others in real time on documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. Once you choose to share content with others, you can add and reply to comments on anything (PDF, image, video file, etc.) and receive notifications when other people comment on shared items.
  • Store everything safely and access it anywhere (especially while on the go). All your stuff is just... there. You can access your stuff from anywhere--on the Web, in your home, at the office, while...

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14:12
Simon 4.0.3 - Monitor changes and crashes with Web...

Simon monitors websites and alerts you of crashes and changes.

Select pages to monitor, choose your alert options, and customize your settings. Simon does the rest.

Keep a watchful eye on your favorite sites

  • Monitor any site. Want to receive an alert when a favorite blog has been updated? Or monitor activity on your personal page? If it's on the Web, Simon can watch it for you.
  • Enjoy flexible alert options. Find out about page changes via alarms, emails, or speech. Whether you're at work or at home, Simon has an alert option to match your level of urgency.
  • Get support for multiple services. DNS, FTP, IMAP, MySQL, Twitter, SMTP. Simon has built-in support for almost any service you can imagine.



Version 4.0.3:

  • When the Show the Simon icon in the Dock preference is turned on, its status is now immediately updated....

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14:07
“FREAK” flaw in Android and Apple devices cripples...

Security experts have discovered a potentially catastrophic flaw that for more than a decade has made it possible for attackers to decrypt HTTPS-protected traffic passing between Android or Apple devices and hundreds of thousands or millions of websites, including AmericanExpress.com, Bloomberg.com, NSA.gov, and FBI.gov.

In recent days, a scan of more than 14 million websites that support the secure sockets layer or transport layer security protocols found that more than 36 percent of them were vulnerable to the decryption attacks. The exploit takes about seven hours to carry out and costs as little as $100 per site. The so-called FREAK attack—short for Factoring attack on RSA-EXPORT Keys—is possible when an end user with a vulnerable device—currently known to include Android smartphones, iPhones, and Macs running Apple's OS X operating system—connects to a vulnerable HTTPS-protected website. Vulnerable sites are those configured to use a weak...

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14:00
Daily Deals for March 3, 2015, featuring WALTR and...

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

WALTR [OS X; On sale for $20.07, down from $29.99] AppleWorld.Today is pleased to offer an exclusive deal on WALTR by Softorino. Instead of uploading the limited file formats that iPad/iPhone & iTunes is used to, Softorino engineered a technology that lets you upload and watch MKV, AVI, MP4 videos on your iOS device without having to convert the files before hand.

WALTR is available for US$29.95, but AWT readers can save 33% off the retail price when they use the promo...

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13:42
Twitter's New Safety Rules: Hot Diggity or Hot...


Twitter last week announced actions to further protect users of its network -- but it left them vague. The company is rolling out unspecified improvements to its reporting process for content issues including impersonation, self-harm, and the sharing of private and confidential information, aka "doxing." It's also beginning to add new enforcement actions for use against accounts that violate its rules. However, in announcing the updates, Tina Bhatnagar, VP of user services, did not specify just what Twitter will do.

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13:42
PCI Geomatics releases GXL 2015 

PCI Geomatics (www.pcigeomatics.com/GXL) has rolled out GeoImaging Accelerator (GXL) 2015, the latest version of the company’s proven, high-performance, and scalable image processing solution.

GXL technology is designed to provide improvements in automation, speed and efficiency by optimizing and distributing automated workflows.

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13:13
Have we reached peak smartphone?

At the end of 2006, the cell phone landscape was awash with devices that filled specific wants and needs. If you wanted the coolest way to make calls, you got the RAZR. If you needed to email colleagues on the go, you bought a BlackBerry. If you were constantly texting your friends during study hall, there was the Sidekick.

Some had keyboards, some flipped, some gave us access to the “baby Internet,” some had cameras. Walking into a Verizon or AT&T store was an exercise in exhaustion, with rows of phones running the gamut of designs. There were no real unifying elements, even as cellphones were clearly heading in a smarter, richer direction. No one was able to put it all together until Steve Jobs pulled the iPhone out of his pocket. 

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13:07
Solar Media Player combines a speaker with a...

Secur Products has released the US$49.99 Solar Media Player (www.securproducts.com), a zippered speaker with a built-in solar panel, to protect and charge phones in any outdoor situation without missing a beat.

To use you unzip the Solar Media Player, connect a phone or MP3 player, zip it closed and the Solar Media Player will simultaneously function as a speaker and solar phone charger. It's rainproof, dust proof and shock proof. Once a smartphone or MP3 player is safely stowed inside, it will be protected from the elements and accidents.

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13:06
Luxury Sports Car Brand Koenigsegg Announces New...

Swedish car manufacturer Koenigsegg is known for its high-priced luxury sports cars, often called hypercars. At the Geneva Motor Show today, Koenigsegg showed off its latest car -- an ~1,800 horsepower hybrid vehicle with built-in support for Apple's CarPlay service.

Called the Regera, which translates to "to reign" in Swedish, the car can go from 0 to 250 miles per hour within 20 seconds, and it tops out at a speed of 255 miles per hour. It's equipped with a 5.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine along with three electric motors. One motor replaces the standard transmission with the Koenigsegg Direct Drive system, and there's a motor dedicated to each rear wheel.

Inside, the Regera is equipped with an infotainment system that includes a 9-inch infrared...

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13:00
SXSW 2015 to use iBeacons for meetups, location-...

Last year at the Austin, TX-based SXSW festival, iBeacons -- those Bluetooth LE (Low Energy) beacons that broadcast their location and information -- made a very limited debut. For this year's festival, the organizers are going all-out with iBeacons and will install more than a thousand Gimbal-built beacons around the festival venues.

The official SXSW Go app for the 2015 festival has several fun features built in to take advantage of iBeacons. There's a new "Around Me" feature that will allow attendees to introduce themselves to each other with a short message. Fortunately for those introverts attending the festival, the Around Me feature is opt-in only.

Attendees will also receive...

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12:46
AAS releases Raw sound bank for Ultra Analog VA-2...

Applied Acoustics Systems (www.applied-acoustics.com) has released the Raw sound bank for the Ultra Analog VA-2 synthesizer and AAS Player plug-ins in collaboration with artist and sound designer Andre Ettema.

This collection of 100 signature presets is divided into six categories: Bass, Effect, Keys, Leads, Movers, and Pads. The regular price is US$39. However, until March 17, the Raw sound bank is available at the special introductory price of US$29.

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12:40
Red Giant introduces volume licensing program

Red Giant has announced a new Volume Licensing Program (VLP) for its lineup of plug-in suites, designed to meet the demands of larger organizations. Targeted to customers who require 10 or more floating licenses, the Volume Licensing Program is designed to remove the tedium of software deployment and management.

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12:31
Apple Watch’s retail sales pitch revealed: 3 key...

With next week’s Apple Watch event fast approaching, Apple has revealed its retail selling strategies to employees, including a focus on “three key features” and a plan to encourage Watch customers to upgrade or switch to new iPhones. According to selling guidelines provided by sources within Apple Retail, Apple believes that “many customers have already decided they want an Apple Watch,” and will use the Watch to “position the benefits” of purchasing a compatible iPhone model. Retail employees have been told to ask customers about their iPhone usage habits, their favorite feature in iOS 8, and if they use health and fitness software on their iPhone…

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12:20
Fuck off Kanye

Kayne talking to Oxford students:

“I love Steve Jobs, he’s my favourite person, but there’s one thing that disappoints me. When Steve passed he didn’t give the ideas up. That’s kinda selfish. You know that Elon’s like ‘yeah, take these ideas’. Maybe there are companies outside of Apple that could work on them and push humanity forward. Maybe the stock brokers won’t like that, the stock holders wouldn’t like that idea, but ideas are free and you can’t be selfish with them.”

What a moron.

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12:04
Gartner Finally Acknowledges that Apple was the...

According to a new Gartner report, Apple reported its best quarter ever in the fourth quarter of 2014, which saw it sell 74.8 million units and move to the number 1 position in the global smartphone market. While we've basically known this for weeks, it's always nice to see new stats put it in black and white for all to see, especially Samsung.

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12:04
Researchers Find New 'FREAK' Security Flaw...

Researchers have recently uncovered a major security flaw in software created by companies like Google and Apple, leaving many devices vulnerable to hacking attempts, reports The Washington Post. Called "FREAK" (Factoring Attack on RSA-EXPORT Keys), the vulnerability stems from a U.S. government policy that once prevented companies from exporting strong encryption, requiring them to instead create weak "export-grade" products to ship to customers outside of the United States.

These restrictions were lifted more than a decade ago, but the weaker encryption has continued to be used by software companies as a result of the old policy and it has even been built into software in the U.S. The existence of lingering "export-grade" encryption was unnoticed until this year, when researchers found they could force...

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12:01
Blogo: Blogging app for the Mac

This is a really nice looking app. I just downloaded the trial and it works great too—if there’s one thing I would add, it would be access to custom fields in WordPress. Otherwise, I really like it.

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12:00
Music Launcher is a handy if limited addition to...

Music Launcher from Cromulent Labs is pretty clever. It combines music, a launcher app and iOS 8's Today Widgets to let you launch your favorite music, podcasts and audiobooks right from the iOS Notification Center. It's terribly convenient, and easy to set up. I spent some time playing with it, and despite a few caveats, I enjoyed using Music Launcher. Here's my look at this handy app.

How it works

It's easy to get Music Launcher up and running. Once you've got the app installed, it leads you through the process by creating launchers for a few songs from your library. Next, it describes how to add Music Launcher to Notification Center's Today view. You can play with it right away to see how it works, and then create your own custom launchers.

The editing screen is pretty basic. To create a launcher, tap the edit button in the upper right, and then hit the green "+" button. Music...

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11:30
Apple hiring majority of contracted security guards...

Comical Apple HQ security skit from October 2014 event

 

Apple is changing the way it hires much of its security staff, San Jose Mercury News reports. Apple will begin to directly employe most of its security offers rather than contracting staff out.

After a yearlong review, Apple has decided to hire the majority of its day-to-day security staff in the valley as full-time Apple workers, a spokeswoman told this newspaper.

The change is especially notable as it means Apple will be providing benefits including health insurance and retirement options to its security staff.

An Apple spokesperson told the newspaper that it will be working...

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11:02
Apple Introduces New MobileFirst Energy and...

Today, Apple introduces the first of the three new industry sectors that Tim Cook spoke of: Energy. Additionally, MobileFirst has introduced ...

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10:58
What it’s like giving a presentation to Steve Jobs

Steve was wicked smart. I was always amazed at how sharp he was and how quickly he could focus on what was important. I don’t know ANYONE that even comes close to how good he was at being able to do that.

Don’t just read the story, read the comments too. I miss Steve.

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10:52
Review: Anker’s Keyboard Case for iPad Air 2 brings...

I’ve tested almost every major iPad keyboard case since the first iPad was released five years ago, and still recall when companies charged $100 for greasy vinyl folios with terrible, squishy rubber keys. Thankfully, a lot has changed since then. If you’re willing to spend $100, you can get a much nicer iPad-holding case attached to a nearly great keyboard. Drop $130-$150 (or go nuts for $170), and you can get a metal keyboard that partially resembles a MacBook Air. Personally, $100 is the ceiling I’d ever be willing to pay for an iPad keyboard case, and I’d rather pay less. But unless you count discontinued models for...

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10:41
CSS Clocks

I don’t know why I found this so cool, but I did. Working CSS Clocks.

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10:39
Learning iOS Security Now Shipping

The latest book, Learning iOS Security is now available on Amazon, Packt, etc. One of my better writing experiences, so thanks to all for making it so! Buy it here, if you’re into iOS Security and all that kind of fun stuff.

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10:37
Apple Shifting Security Team From Contractors to...

Apple has decided to hire the majority of its day-to-day security staff in Silicon valley as full-time employees, a company spokeswoman confirmed to the San Jose Mercury News. Many of the security guards that Apple has hired in the past as contractors will become part of the company's expanded in-house security team and receive the same benefits as other employees, including full health insurance, retirement contributions and a leave of absence for new parents.

Apple security guard in dispute with photographer at iPad event (via The Australian)
Apple will continue using contractors as security guards for special events, such as the upcoming...

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10:31
Gartner: iPhone worldwide sales topped Samsung in...

Gartner is out with its latest report tracking smartphone movement during the previous year and more specifically the holiday quarter.

Headlining the report is news that over 1 billion smartphones were sold in 2014, a data point IDC first said was hit in the previous year, adding that two out of three phones sold last year qualified as smartphones.

Gartner’s data shows Apple topped Samsung in worldwide smartphone sales with 74,832,000 units shipped during the holiday quarter, just 1.8 million units more than Samsung, giving Apple 20.4% market share for the quarter, a virtual tie with Samsung’s 19.9%.

Notably, Gartner’s data told a...

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10:26
Vitamin-R 2.23 - Personal productivity tool. (...

Vitamin-R creates the optimal conditions for your brain to work at its best by structuring your work into short bursts of distraction-free, highly focused activity alternating with opportunities for renewal, reflection and intuition.

The built-in task logging and statistics features create a positive momentum towards productivity by providing visible feedback on your progress and achievements.

Time Slice Your Work. Vitamin-R breaks down large, vaguely defined tasks into a series of short "time slices" of between 10 and 30 minutes, each with specific, easily reachable and actionable objectives. During these time slices it keeps you focused on accomplishing only this one objective and provides you with mechanisms for dealing with interruptions, poor concentration, etc.

Get Started. Vitamin-R concentrates on getting you started allowing you to break through the resistance of procrastination and create a positive...

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10:26
External Link: Proof iBooks with the Web Inspector

Those who develop EPUBs are aware of how similar to a Web site an EPUB is, containing, as it does, XHTML and CSS files to present the ebook’s contents. Not many know, however, that Apple makes it possible to use OS X’s built-in Web Inspector to debug EPUBs. Derrick Schultz shows how developers can enable the Web Inspector in iBooks on the Mac so they can select text in an EPUB being proofed in iBooks and see the underlying XHTML and CSS underlying that text in the Web Inspector.

 

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10:01
9to5Toys Last Call: uNu iPhone 6 battery case $49,...

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:

Back in stock! WD My Passport Ultra 2TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive $80 shipped (orig. $140) http://t.co/fb0lXR6ioQ pic.twitter.com/Z4EnlDn0TR

— 9to5Toys...

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10:00
Sway now lets you add your OneNote images, use more...

The promise of Sway is to make it easy for you to add, visualize and share your content in new, interactive and exciting ways. We’ve been continuously making updates during Sway Preview based on your feedback. Today we’re excited to announce a set of changes across the major phases of the Sway creation and sharing process. Check out the details below!

  • Add your OneNote images to Sway
  • More third-party sources for embeddable web content
  • Suggested searches is more powerful
  • New interactive photo options
  • More ways to share and grow your audience

Add your OneNote images to Sway

Millions of people love using OneNote to capture and organize information. Teachers in particular love OneNote for organizing lesson plans and other information about their classroom. Today, we’re introducing the first version of OneNote integration in Sway—to help you capture,...

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10:00
BitTorrent Sync 2.0 adds pro features

More than two years after its initial public release, BitTorrent Sync has been updated to version 2.0 and dropped its “beta” designation. Based on the peer-to-peer BitTorrent protocol, it enables users to securely sync folders among their own devices and share them with other users, without relying on cloud servers like Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, and Apple’s iCloud Drive.

Although the software remains free, version 2.0 adds an optional Pro tier—aimed primarily at business users—with extra convenience features and access controls, for $40 per user per year (with volume discounts for more than five licenses). All users of BitTorrent Sync 2.0 get 30 days of free access to the Pro features.

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09:58
Apple adds 17 more banks and credit unions to list...

Apple recently announced that more than a dozen new banks and credit unions have added support for Apple Pay, adding to the 98+ banks and institutions that have come on board with the payment plan.

The new banks and institutions are as follows:

Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union

American Airlines Credit Union

Bank of Hawaii

Baxter Credit Union

CFE Federal Credit Union

Commonwealth Credit Union

Foothill Credit Union

Founders Federal Credit Union

IBM Southest Employees Federal Credit Union

Lister Hill Credit Union

PenFed Credit Union

Royal Credit Union

Schools...

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09:45
Intuit’s Mint app adds new bill reminder features,...



The popular Intuit-owned Mint finance management app updated to version 4.1 today adding new bill reminder features, more accessibility support, and general improvements all around.

Highlighted in the new version is the ability to manage bill reminders right from the app. For the iPhone version, bill reminders can be created, edited, and managed from the latest version of the app. A change to the Overview tab wraps all this together.

Mint has also enhanced the newly added...

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09:44
OS X malware on the rise, tips posted as to how to...

This is worth a gander.

A recent piece on How-To Geek points out the dramatic rise in malware for Mac OS X, the article highlighting a spike in spyware, adware and overall malware that comes with clicking the wrong items during an installation.

Once installed, the adware injects itself directly into your browser, analyzing your Web traffic, email and sending data back to company servers. The overall message is this: even though you’re a Mac user, there’s additional malware on the rise and it’s time to form some better habits where security is concerned. In the meantime, the Mac App Store is still secure thanks to Apple vetting what goes through there, although not all...

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09:30
SXSW plans largest iBeacon deployment yet to let...

 



South by Southwest (SXSW) just launched its official mobile app ahead of the festival and alongside it announced plans for the world’s largest deployment of iBeacons to offer mobile app features triggered by the Bluetooth beacons. In total, more than 1000+ beacons will be deployed to pull it all off. SXSW thinks the features will “fundamentally change attendee’s experiences” by letting mobile app users network and navigate the event.

Working with its...

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09:26
Apple Surpassed Samsung as World's Largest...

The latest numbers from research firm Gartner reveal that Apple surpassed Samsung in worldwide smartphone sales during the fourth quarter of 2014 to become the world's largest smartphone maker. Samsung lost the top spot to Apple for the first time since 2011.

Apple narrowly edged Samsung as the two rivals had quarterly sales of 74.8 million and 73 million smartphones respectively. Apple's 20.4% market share was also marginally higher than Samsung's 19.9% share during the three-month period ending December."With Apple dominating the premium phone market and the Chinese vendors increasingly offering quality hardware at lower prices, it is through a solid ecosystem of apps, content and services unique to Samsung devices that Samsung can secure more loyalty and longer-term differentiation at the high end of the market," said Roberta Cozza, research director at Gartner.Strategy Analytics reported in January that Apple and...

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09:23
Jordan Leopold’s daughter writes letter asking for...

Sports Illustrated:

Eleven-year-old Jordyn Leopold misses her dad. NHL defenseman Jordan Leopold started the season with the Blues and was traded to the Blue Jackets in November. Jordyn and the rest of her family have been living in Minnesota, so she wrote a letter to the Wild asking them to trade for her dad.

Such a sweet story. And the daughter’s letter shows she knows more than a little bit about hockey.

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09:19
iDefrag 5.0.0 - Disk defragmentation and...

iDefrag helps defragment and optimize your disk for improved performance. Features include:

  • Supports HFS and HFS+ (Mac OS Extended).
  • Supports case sensitive and journaled filesystems.
  • Supports adaptive hot file clustering ("Hot Zone").
  • Four powerful defragmentation algorithms:
    • Compact data, moving all free space to one place.
    • Optimize filesystem metadata.
    • On-line defragmentation.
    • Defragment whilst your disk is mounted.
    • Advanced programmable optimization.
    • Rearrange your disk the way you want.
  • B-Tree metadata file compaction/optimization support.
  • High-performance user-defined file classification engine.
  • Per-block and accurate whole disk display.
  • Detailed statistics so you know whether you need to optimize.
  • Inspector allows you to view details of individual extents/files.
  • Quickly jump to specific files to...
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09:04
PCalc 4.2 - Full-featured scientific calculator. (...

PCalc is a full-featured, scriptable scientific calculator with support for hexadecimal, octal, and binary calculations, as well as an RPN mode, programmable functions, and an extensive set of unit conversions.

Includes a Notification Center widget, and support for Handoff with the iOS 8 version.



Version 4.2:

  • The Today widget has been greatly improved, and now features an advanced scientific mode and full keyboard support.
  • Various fixes and enhancements to the main app.



  • OS X 10.8 or later



Download Now

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08:57
Sonos Controller app updated w/ quick Rooms access,...


Sonos is today rolling out version 5.3 of its Sonos Controller app for iOS to introduce a few new features and a tweaked user interface. 

The feature being highlighted above others in the update is easier access to controlling the app’s Rooms feature: Effortlessly move your music around your home with a more accessible ROOMS menu available by tapping the top of any screen in the Sonos app. Group and ungroup rooms from the ROOMS menu to play music in perfect synchrony throughout your home.

Also new in the update is an updated user experience for iPad users that offers new, separate views for currently playing music and discovery features:

  • More engaging browse...
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08:47
Photographer captures weasel riding on the back of a...

Petapixel:

A photographer and birdwatcher in London has captured a strange and rare photo that has the Internet abuzz: an image showing a weasel riding on the back of a woodpecker as it flies through the air.

Perfect example of what I teach in my photography class – always be ready to shoot.

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08:44
Apple Files Trademarks in Europe for "Digital...

Today the European Trademark Office published two of Apple's trademark applications for "Digital Crown" and "Watch OS" that were originally filed yesterday. Apple's legal team has been on a steady roll filing Apple Watch related trademarks throughout February and now into March.

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08:35
FileZilla 3.10.2 - Fast and reliable FTP client. (...

FileZilla (ported from Windows) is a fast and reliable FTP client and server with lots of useful features and an intuitive interface.



Version 3.10.2:

Note: Now requires a 64-bit Intel processor.

Bugfixes and minor changes:

  • When finding the local name of a remote file to be edited, use case-insensitive comparison
  • Updated SFTP components from PuTTY
  • MSW: Cleaned up runtime dependencies
  • Fix crash introduced in rc2 when there is no password element for a saved item



  • OS X 10.7 or later
  • See Related Links for 32-bit support



Download Now

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08:34
IBM helps developers design mobile apps for people...

IBM researchers have created a new tool for iOS and Android mobile applications expected to potentially benefit as many as one billion people with disabilities worldwide, including those who are vision and hearing impaired, as well as the elderly. The new Mobile Accessibility Checker (http://tinyurl.com/qccdd37) is an automated test to help strengthen the accessibility features of mobile applications, says Frances West, IBM's chief accessibility officer.

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08:25
PenFed credit and debit cards now offer Apple Pay

Pentagon Federal Credit Union (PenFed) has joined the growing ranks of financial institutions that now brings Apple Pay. It's offering the Apple payment service to all its PenFed Visa credit and debit cardholders and American Express Cardmembers.

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08:18
Apple overtakes Samsung in smartphone sales

Worldwide sales of smartphones to end users had a record fourth quarter of 2014 with an increase of 29.9% from the fourth quarter of 2013 to reach 367.5 million units, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com) Samsung lost the No. 1 spot to Apple in the global smartphone market in the fourth quarter of 2014. Samsung had been in the top spot since 2011. 

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08:17
Google Reportedly Preparing Android Wear for iPhone...

Google is reportedly preparing to release an Android Wear app on the App Store for iPhone and iPad, according to French technology website 01net [Google Translate] (via iPhon.fr).

The report claims Android Wear with extended iOS support could be announced at Google's I/O developer conference in late May, although Google may push the agenda depending on sales of the Apple Watch.

Google may be interested in capitalizing on iPhone and iPad users that are not planning to purchase an Apple Watch when the wrist-worn device is released in April, the...

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08:15
The Hit List 1.1.11 - Advanced reminder application...

The Hit List manages the daily chaos of your modern life. It's easy to learn - it's as easy as making lists. And it's powerful enough to let you plan, then forget, then act when the time is right.

Your life is complicated enough as it is. The tool to manage your life shouldn't be. The Hit List keeps things simple by not forcing you to learn a system. It can be as simple as just keeping a list of things to do as you would on a piece of paper. However, if you do have a task management system such as Getting Things Done by David Allen, The Hit List is flexible enough to support you.

Forget what you need to do. With confidence.



Version 1.1.11: New Features

  • Sync now works in China
  • Reliability improvements to automatic sync after Mac awakes from sleep
  • Help documentation updated to explain custom thehitlist:// URL scheme
  • Other minor bug fixes and improvements



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08:00
Pebble unveils $299 Steel Time smartwatch, details...

Pebble today introduced the Pebble Time Steel, a steel version of its recently announced Pebble Time smartwatch. The new Steel edition has a CNC-finished 316L stainless steel case with Gunmetal Black, Silver Stainless and Gold finishes. It will ship with band options of leather or stainless steel. The device also includes a larger battery that provides an advertised ten days of battery life. The Pebble Steel Time is available to pre-order via Pebble's Kickstarter page for $249, a $50 discount off the suggested retail price of $299. Customers who ordered the Pebble Time can upgrade to the Steel edition and still keep their place in line, though the Steel version won't ship until July.

In addition to the Steel Time, Pebble also...

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07:58
Apple Pay adds 17 more banks & credit unions,...

Ahead of Apple’s ‘Spring forward’ event on Monday where we expect to hear much more about the Apple Watch, more than a dozen new banks and credit unions have added support for Apple Pay. The Apple Watch will support the mobile payment service and extend Apple Pay support in stores beyond the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, and iPhone 5s when paired. Following the addition of 17 new banks including credit unions for American Airlines and IBM today, Apple Pay is now supported by nearly 100 institutions. Here’s the list of newly added banks:
Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union
...

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07:56
SmartBear launches software developer network

SmartBear Software has created the SmartBear Developer Network (SDN) for its community of users and partners to freely build integrations and plugins to further extend the functionality of the company’s software quality tools.

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07:25
Apple Granted 52 Patents Today Covering Major...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 52 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover two major Apple multitouch patents. The first was the force behind the original iPhone launched in 2007 when Apple's CEO Steve Jobs introduced ...

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07:24
Koenigsegg includes CarPlay in crazy (and gorgeous)...

You’d think putting three electric motors into a sportscar to generate a total of 697bhp would be pretty impressive in itself, as would a 1085bhp 5-litre V8 gas engine, but no: Koenigsegg had to combine the two. The exclusive Swedish supercar manufacturer’s new Regera hybrid delivers a total output of 1782bhp.

With all that power, it might be a little hard to hear the stereo over the engine noise and tire screeching, but Koenigsegg has fitted a CarPlay unit to the car for those times when you’re taking things a little easier … 

As you’d expect from Koenigsegg, the Regera isn’t going to be cheap. They are making just 80...

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07:13
Crystal Quest reboot

Cool! A Kickstarter to bring Crystal Quest back to life. I’m definitely in.

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07:00
ZAGG Pocket Keyboard: Foldable magic and a darned...

ZAGG pocket keyboard for Apple smartphones, phablets and tablets

Late last year, accessory manufacturer ZAGG hit the market with a folding keyboard targeted at "phablets" like the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus as well as the larger Samsung smartphones. The US$69.99 ZAGG Pocket Keyboard received a lot of attention at CES 2015, and for good reason. 

Specifications:

  • Dimensions (folded): 8.75 x 2.125 x .5625 inches (22.2 x 5.4 x 1.43 cm)
  • Weight: 6.8 ounces (193 grams)

Design:

The brilliance of the ZAGG Pocket Keyboard is in the design. Many folding keyboards have chosen to fold from the sides to the center, meaning that the keyboard usually has a space in the center to accommodate a hinge mechanism and that it's still quite wide. For example, an iWerkz folding keyboard I have (see photo below for comparison) is almost 6 x 3.5...

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06:52
Apple Pay: A new frontier for scammers

The Guardian:

Criminals in the US are using the new Apple Pay mobile payment system to buy high-value goods – often from Apple Stores – with stolen identities and credit card details.

This is a short term issue, a weakness with bank verifications, not an issue with Apple Pay.

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06:49
Does Pebble’s new gold-colored Time Steel smartwatch...

A week after Pebble announced a color-screen version of its popular smartwatch, the Pebble Time, it has now announced a stainless steel model: the Pebble Time Steel. The metal version is available in silver, black and … gold finishes. Wonder where they got the inspiration for a gold finish with red strap?

The Time Steel will retail at $299–a hundred bucks more than the plastic original, but still $50 less than the plastic-strap model Apple Watch. It’s available on Kickstarter for an early bird price of $250 … 

Pebble claims to have boosted the 7-day battery life of the Time to ten days, at the cost of an...

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06:44
Pebble unveils steel version of color Time watch,...

Pebble on Tuesday announced a steel version of its upcoming Pebble Time smartwatch, as well as a new expandable accessory port called "smartstrap" that could add functions such as GPS or heart rate monitoring.

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06:43
Apple Car seen as serious competitor by auto execs

Respect, with a tinge of fear.

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06:35
Apple hangs its “Shot on iPhone 6″ campaign on the...

Apple follows up on their Shot on iPhone 6 web campaign by hanging some examples on the sides of skyscrapers. Pretty cool.

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06:30
Bartender 1.2.32 - Organize your menu bar apps. (...

Bartender lets you organize your menu bar apps.

Features:

  • Lets you tidy your menu bar apps how you want.
  • See your menu bar apps when you want.
  • Hide the apps you need to run, but do not need to see.
  • Have the clean looking menu bar you want.
  • Rearrange your menu bar items as you wish.

Bartender lets you organize your menu bar apps by hiding them, rearranging them, or moving them to Bartender's Bar. You can display the full menu bar, set options to have menu bar items show in the menu bar when they have updated, or have them always visible in Bartender's Bar.

There are loads of ways to configure Bartender to perform as you wish. Give it a go and find out.



Version 1.2.32:

  • OS X 10.10.3 Beta 2 Compatibility - Apple seem to have fixed the flickering item issue for multiple monitors in Yosemite with 10.10.3 Beta 2, but in doing so Bartender stopped...

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06:24
ClamXav 2.7.5 - Free virus checker, based on ClamAV...

ClamXav is a free virus checker for OS X. It uses the tried, tested, and very popular ClamAV open source antivirus engine as a back end.

I hope you like and use ClamXav a lot and that it helps keep you and your friends/colleagues virus-free. Although I'm providing ClamXav for free, I am increasingly spending more and more time developing it and would really appreciate if you would consider making a donation please. All donations (no matter how small) are gratefully received and would be a huge incentive to help me work on future versions of ClamXav, but more importantly I rely on donations to pay for my bandwidth costs. Please consider it, see the ClamXav homepage, click the 'More Information' link above on this page.



Version 2.7.5:

  • Updated Engine to 0.98.6
  • Can now stop Sentry from the ClamXav menu as well as starting it
  • Fixed crash in scheduler for OS X 10.6,...

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06:13
Apple-Google Anti-Poaching Lawsuit Nearing $415...

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in a San Jose, California courtroom on Monday raised no objections about a $415 million settlement that would end an ongoing anti-poaching class-action lawsuit involving Apple, Google and other large tech companies. Koh rejected a previous $324.5 million settlement last August after one of the plaintiffs in the case objected because the deal was too low, according to Reuters.

Tech workers filed the antitrust class-action lawsuit in 2011 against Apple, Google, Adobe and Intel, alleging that the four companies reached anti-poaching agreements that resulted in less job mobility and lower salaries. Apple and Google were accused of signing one of the earliest wage...

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06:00
Monster Problem Threatens New US Cyberthreat Plan


President Barack Obama last week made good on his promise to establish a center for cybersecurity information gathered by agencies of the federal government. It's a laudable initiative -- if it works. The Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center will, according to a White House fact sheet, connect the dots regarding malicious foreign cyberthreats to the nation and cyberincidents affecting U.S. national interests. It will provide U.S. policymakers with an all-source analysis of threats.

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06:00
The Open Source Squad at the GSA


A team of open source evangelists is working within the General Services Administration as part of a federal initiative for more transparent government use of technology. 18F, a development unit within the GSA, was established a year ago to tap into the success of the United Kingdom's Government Digital Services unit by pursuing a similar strategy. The unit is tasked with getting developers from Silicon Valley and the ranks of civic developers all over the country to change how federal technology gets done.

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05:51
Apple iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S6 hands-on...

Believe it or not, there’s an iPhone 6 in that pile of smartphones shown in the image above and we’re going to compare it to Samsung’s newly announced Galaxy S6. Which one would you prefer? More importantly, what are the major differences between these two devices? Well, let’s go ahead and find out…

Hey what’s up everyone this is Dom and today we’re comparing Samsung’s Galaxy S6 to Apple’s iPhone 6. These two devices are from completely different areas in the mobile space, but there are still some striking similarities between the two.

As far as design goes,...

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05:48
Package Central update for Adobe InDesign improves...

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has announced Package Central 1.9, a feature update to its file packaging automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

Package Central automates InDesign document collection by processing files from hot folders. The software offloads file packaging to a central system leaving operator workstations free from the collection process. Version 1.9 introduces a new email notification engine with support for SSL connection security and improved performance on OS X Yosemite.

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05:43
Cloud security software market will see aggressive...

TechNavio (www.technavio.com), a tech-focused research firm, says the cloud security software market will see a compound annual growth rate of 48.46% from 2014-2019.

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05:43
Cloud security software market will see aggressive...

TechNavio (www.technavio.com), a tech-focused research firm, says the cloud security software market will see a compound annual growth rate of 48.46% from 2014-2019.

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05:21
Obama weighs in as China demands access to data...

President Obama has publicly criticized China’s plans to expand ‘security’ policies that would effectively prevent U.S. tech companies like Apple selling their products in China without completely compromising data security.

Reuters reports that the Chinese government plans to require foreign tech companies to host in China all data servers used by their products, and to allow the government access to the data. As this would include iCloud backups, this would provide the Chinese government with complete access to all data stored on iPhones and iPads sold in China.

In an interview with Reuters, Obama said he was concerned about Beijing’s plans for a far-reaching counterterrorism law that would require technology firms...

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05:10
Kool Tools: VizMac Visio viewer for Mac OS X

Vandaurico's VizMac is a Visio viewer for OS X (10.6 or higher) that allows anyone to view, save and print Visio drawings and diagrams on their Mac.

The utility enables users to discover the advantages of using Visio drawings, charts, and illustrations in a Mac environment. Visio files saved as binary (.vsd) files must first be decoded using the VizMac web service before being able to view the drawing or diagram in VizMac. This transaction takes place in the background and is transparent to the end user.

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04:58
Lumoid's home try-on box lets you test...

It’s impossible to truly know how you’ll take to a device until you live with it for a while. That might be true for all gadgets—including smartphones—but especially so with wearables, which might be strapped to your wrist or affixed to clothing all day and night. It might function, but is it comfortable? Fashionable? Spending a couple minutes with a demo unit at a store isn’t the same as donning it for a full workday, taking it to the gym, and sleeping in your own bed with it.

Finding the right wearable can be a pricey endeavor. I learned that tiny Fitbit trackers probably aren’t for me when I “lost” one for several months—and later found it safely nestled in a rarely worn pair of jeans. My wife similarly hasn’t taken to easily overlooked clip-on fitness trackers: she just wants something that’s relatively inconspicuous, but won’t be regularly forgotten on her nightstand. 

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04:30
Think Retro: I'm bringing back the floppy drive

However much you love your Mac, I’m willing to bet there’s at least one hardware feature you want to add to it—and quite possibly one or two that you wouldn’t mind losing. On my trusty old 2008 MacBook Pro, for example, I wish I had a second video-out port for hooking up a third display, and I could live without the Ethernet port. You might think picking and chosing your features like this is a pipe dream, but in a sense it’s not a million miles away from what Apple used to offer with its PowerBooks.

When I got my PowerBook 1400c, it came with a (6×!) CD-ROM drive, which was obviously great for browsing CD-ROMs (Myst! Encarta! *cough* Duke Nukem!) and listening to music.

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04:22
Apple Granted a Patent for a New Wireless Antenna...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 52 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a single granted patent relating to a new magnetic antenna mounting system that could one day bring cellular connectivity to the iMac and ...

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02:42
Apple Granted a Patent for a Robotic Wireless...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 52 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a granted patent for a robotic arm system for testing iPhones.

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02:00
Making Clutter in Office 365 even better

Today’s post was written by Brian Shiers, senior product marketing manager and Kumar Venkateswar, senior program manager on the Exchange team.

Clutter is a feature in Office 365 designed to help you focus on the most important messages in your inbox by moving lower priority messages out of your way and into a new Clutter folder. We began rolling out Clutter to Office 365 last November for English-speaking customers worldwide and we’re working on expanding to other languages.

Today we are announcing new capabilities for Office 365 administrators to better manage how Clutter works.

Ensuring critical messages make it into the inbox

Clutter uses machine learning and user interactions to determine which email messages to filter and move from the inbox into the Clutter folder. However, what if you have a critical email that should not be filtered and should remain in your...

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Monday March 2

22:04
xScope 4.1.2 - Onscreen graphic measurement tools. (...

xScope is powerful set of tools that are ideal for measuring, inspecting, and testing on-screen graphics and layouts. Its tools float above your desktop windows and can be accessed via a toolbar, menubar, and/or hot keys.

Mirror

  • Remote Viewing - Easily view Photoshop, files or windows on your iOS or AirPlay device
  • Templates - Automatically shows icon or wallpaper mockup on iOS
  • Chromeless UI - No overlaid chrome to get in the way while you work
  • Security - Toggle user authentication requests on/off via Preferences
  • Download the xScope Mirror App for iOS at http://xscopeapp.com/ios

Text

  • Powerful Search - For name or tag in any of the 100,000+ Unicode characters
  • Decipher Text - Deciphers text entities, encodings, constants, and more!
  • Convert Format - Output text as a string, entities, URL encoding, and more!
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21:15
Apple found its newest billboards on the internet

Buzzfeed:

Apple’s latest ad campaign, Shot on iPhone 6, is crowdsourced using iPhone photography from around the world. It is taking photos found online, typically seen in a browser window, and plastering them up in massive sizes out in the real world.

Apple found them by scouring online communities for photos that were tagged as having been taken with its newest iPhones.

Looks like keywording paid off for these folks.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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20:38
Apple's 'Shot on iPhone 6' campaign...

After launching its "Shot on iPhone 6" ad campaign on Sunday, works from Apple's "World Gallery" are now showing up on billboards, static ad spaces and in magazines in far flung locales around the globe.

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19:55
Piper Jaffray pegs stainless steel Apple Watch price...

Investment firm Piper Jaffray issued a report on Monday breaking down expected Apple Watch average selling prices, saying an aggregate of consumers will likely spend closer to $550 on the device, considering case and internal storage options.

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19:08
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Finally, learning and practicing a new language is easier and more intuitive than ever before. Introducing HelloTalk, the iOS and Android language app where your teachers are native language speakers from around the world. You just pick the language you want to learn — there are over 100 from which to select — and almost instantaneously you’ll be in touch with native speakers of that language… and you’ll start learning and practicing immediately. With HelloTalk, you’ll discover learning a new language is fun… and fast. Download your copy of HelloTalk today.

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19:04
Apple Launches Worldwide 'Shot on iPhone 6...

Apple has launched a worldwide "Shot on iPhone 6" advertising campaign involving 77 photographers, 70 cities and 24 countries, with iPhone 6 photography to be featured in magazines, newspapers, billboards, transit posters and more. The large-scale marketing initiative has started rolling out in several countries across the world this week, including the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Thailand, Malaysia, Tokyo and United Arab Emirates.

"Shot on iPhone 6" photo on billboard in Los Angeles (via Twitter)
A number of "Shot on iPhone 6" advertisements have begun surfacing on Twitter and Instagram over the past few days, with spots appearing on the back cover of The New Yorker magazine, horizontal posters in London's Euston Square...

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17:19
Apple, Google no-poach settlement reportedly on road...

At a hearing on Monday, District Court Judge Lucy Koh appeared satisfied with a $415 million proposal from Apple, Google and two other Silicon Valley tech companies to settle allegations that anti-poaching agreements artificially capped employee wages.

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17:00
Daily Deals for March 2, 2015, featuring WALTR and...

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

WALTR [OS X; On sale for $20.07, down from $29.95] AppleWorld.Today is pleased to offer an exclusive deal on WALTR by Softorino. Instead of uploading the limited file formats that iPad/iPhone & iTunes is used to, Softorino engineered a technology that lets you upload and watch MKV, AVI, MP4 videos on your iOS device without having to convert the files before hand.

WALTR is available for US$29.95, but AWT readers can save 33% off the retail price when they use the promo code "GIVEMEMYAWTSPECIAL" during...

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16:16
loser.com

It is absolutely priceless where loser.com goes.

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16:04
Upcoming Steve Jobs biography dives deep into Apple...

An upcoming biography about Steve Jobs promises an intimate portrait of the late tech guru told through extensive interviews with Jobs' inner circle, including current Apple CEO Tim Cook, SVP of Design Jony Ive and Jobs' widow Laurene Powell Jobs, among others.

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15:45
Join the London Mac User Group for their Apple...

Are you going to be in or near London, England next Monday, March 9th? If the answer to that question is a big fat YES, then you must attend the London Mac User Group party to watch the Apple "Spring Forward" event.

The event starts at 5 PM at TigerTiger at Piccadilly CIrus, with room for about 160 Apple fans. There will be an RSVP fee of £5 when you sign up for the event on Meetup; that fee will be refunded to current LMUG members at the event.

In addition to watching the event with a...

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15:41
Apple hanging billboards on skyscrapers and...

As part of its Shot on iPhone 6 campaign promoting iPhone photography, Apple is now hanging billboard advertisements around the world. The ads feature the photographs in full bleed with a simple ‘Shot on iPhone 6′ tagline. The posters are going up around the world, including some dramatic large billboards on the side of skyscrapers. Pictured above is one such poster (photo taken by Jimmy Grewal on Twitter) being setup on a skyscraper in Dubai.

In total, the campaign will showcase 77 different individual’s images spanning 24 countries. Users on Twitter have been posting sightings of these ads from all over the world …

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15:37
Apple releases OS X 10.10.3 public beta, first...

You’re that much closer to OS X 10.10.3 and whatever Apple’s doing with its photo applications.

On Monday, Apple released the first public beta of its OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite update. The beta includes an iCloud-based Photos application, new emojis for the system and simpler login to Google accounts for profiles with two-factor authentication enabled.

This beta is labeled as build 14D87, which is the same as the second 10.10.3 beta for developers that was released a week ago. The Public Beta is available in the Mac App Store Software Update tab for registered beta users. Apple plans to release the first Public Beta of iOS 8.3 in mid-March,...

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15:37
“Take Control of PDFpen 7” Documents PDFpen for Mac...

Our latest book, Michael Cohen’s “Take Control of PDFpen 7,” explains everything you can do with PDFpen 7 and its big brother, PDFpenPro 7, plus the mobile version, PDFpen for iPad & iPhone.

 

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15:24
Samsung's New S6 Line Atones for S5's...


Samsung on Monday announced its much-anticipated Galaxy S6 line at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. In the S6, the strongly disliked plastic body of the Galaxy S5 is replaced with a combination of aluminum and Gorilla Glass. The Galaxy S6 and S6 edge both come in white, black and gold. Blue will be available only for the S6, while green will be available only for the S6 edge. The S6 and S6 edge are 6.8mm and 7mm thick respectively, and they weigh 4.8 and 4.6 ounces, respectively.

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15:20
Nissan, Daimler CEOs split on prospect of rumored...

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche and the CEO of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, Carlos Ghosn, have each adopted radically different stances on rumors of a so-called Apple Car, with the former dismissing the idea and the latter welcoming it as a boost to Renault-Nissan's business.

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15:00
AWT News Update: March 2, 2015

On the AWT News Update podcast today: 

  • A small company in India has filed a lawsuit against Apple, opposing the use of the trademark iPhone in the country
  • Apple released the first public beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.3, which includes the new Photos app
  • Three more enterprise apps arrive from the Apple/IBM partnership
  • The New York Times reports that the Apple Watch will have a "power reserve mode" when the battery is getting low that essentially turns the device into ... a watch.

Listen to the AWT News Update every weekday for a quick overview of stories we may not have published on the blog. 

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14:46
Upcoming Steve Jobs Book Promises 'Sensational...

There's a new Steve Jobs book set to be published later this month, penned by Brent Schlender, a reporter who interviewed Jobs several times throughout his life and became close to him, and Rick Tetzeli, Executive Editor at Fast Company. Called Becoming Steve Jobs, the book aims to go beyond existing myths and stereotypes about Jobs, giving a look at a man who was only human, who "wrestled with his failings and learned to maximize his strength over time."

The book explores the story of how Steve Jobs made the transformation from an arrogant young man exiled from Apple to the visionary leader that skyrocketed Apple to fame. Schlender and Tetzeli interviewed many of Steve Jobs' friends, family, and inner circle, to get access to never-before-told stories. Tim Cook, Jony Ive, Eddy Cue, Ed Catmull, John Lasseter, and Robert Iger all contributed to the book. It also draws on the experiences Schlender had with Jobs in interviews across many years.Schlender and Tetzeli...

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