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Wednesday March 4

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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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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08:35
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



  • OS X...

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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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07:24
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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07:00
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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06:49
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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06:30
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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06:00
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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05:21
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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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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Tuesday February 24

13:20
Xserve (Early 2009): Power consumption and thermal...

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

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13:20
Xserve (Early 2009): Power consumption and thermal...

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

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13:10
If Lion Server has share points and privileges you...

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

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13:10
If Lion Server has share points and privileges you...

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

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12:38
If you can't send or receive messages on your...

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

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Monday February 23

15:50
Apple Web Server notifications

This article provides credit to people who have reported potential security issues in Apple's web servers.

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Thursday February 19

12:53
Find the serial number of your Apple hardware product

Learn how to find the serial number of an iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac, or other Apple product.

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Tuesday February 17

07:25
Stop Remediating While you Audit

Let’s talk about orchestration. This term is different than just applying the normal set of configuration profiles you want near-permanently enforced on the workstations under your management. Too much theory isn’t necessarily helpful, but sometimes I come across something that feels right, and then experience validates it as a real, valuable practice to follow. My thesis: you should not affect a change through orchestration on the same pass as you check if the change is necessary. Taking a step back, orchestration as a concept, in my own definition, means you’re leading the customers under your care through a change. Better practices of sysadminery include not having too rigid or monolithic a structure when piecing your workflow together. These concepts combine when I see folks talk about (potentially continuously) affecting changes without first, separately, discovering/evaluating/assessing what needs to change, or the impact it will have to make it.

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Friday January 30

11:03
Enhancing Sal with Facter and Profiles

In a previous post, I showed how to set up Sal.

Sal‘s basic functionality is useful on its own, for the basic Munki reporting – what are the completed installs, pending updates, what OS versions, how many devices checked in the past 24 hours, etc. In this post, I’m going to demonstrate how to get more out of Sal.

Adding in Facter:

You can add much more, though, by the use of Puppet, and more specifically, the piece of Puppet called Facter. Facter is a separate program that works with Puppet that simply gathers information (“facts”) about the host OS and stores them (ostensibly so that Puppet can determine what the machine’s state is and what needs to happen to it to bring it in line with configured policy).

At the bottom of Sal’s...

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Tuesday January 27

10:00
About the security content of Apple TV 7.0.3

This document describes the security content of Apple TV 7.0.3.

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09:59
About the security content of OS X Yosemite v10.10.2...

This document describes the security content of OS X Yosemite v10.10.2 and Security Update 2015-001

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09:57
About the security content of iOS 8.1.3

This document describes the security content of iOS 8.1.3

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09:50
About the security content of Safari 8.0.3, Safari 7...

This document describes the security content of Safari 8.0.3, Safari 7.1.3, and Safari 6.2.3. 

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Monday January 26

15:14
Using Puppet with WebHelpDesk to Sign Certs, with...

In a previous post, I showed how to use Munki with Puppet SSL Client certificates in a Docker image.

In that example, the Puppetmaster image is set to automatically sign all certificate requests. Good for testing, but not a good idea for production use.

Instead, we should look into Puppet policy-based signing to sign requests only based on some credentials or criteria we control. This means that random nodes can’t come along and authenticate to the Puppet master, and it also means that the Puppet admin won’t have to manually sign every node’s certificate request. Manually signing works great for testing, but it quickly spirals out of control when you’re talking about dozens, or hundreds (or...

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Friday January 23

10:58
Running Munki with Puppet SSL Client Certificates

Previously, I showed how you can run Munki in a Docker container. Then, I talked about how to build Munki to use Puppet for SSL certificates.

Assuming you’ve got a running Puppetmaster image (which I talked about building here), let’s run the Munki-Puppet image we just built.

Running the Container:

Run a data-only container to keep our data in:
docker run -d --name munki-data --entrypoint /bin/echo macadmins/munki-puppet Data-only container for munki

Run the Munki container by linking it to the Puppetmaster:
docker run -d --name munki --volumes-from munki-data -p 80:80 -p 443:443 -h munki --link puppetmaster:puppet...

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10:49
Building Munki with Puppet for SSL Client...

Note: this is based on the README for the Munki-SSL docker container.

In a previous post, we ran a Docker container serving Munki repo content via Nginx. That works fine, but only serves insecure HTTP content. It’s generally in everyone’s best interest to use a secure connection between the Munki web server and its clients, and that’s described in detail: either through basic authentication or with SSL client certificates.

Using SSL client certificates is not a trivial matter, as it involves setting up a CA, or using a third-party CA to generate your client certificates, which involves a lot of work on both server and client end....

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09:28
Building a Puppetmaster with Docker

This is based on the README I wrote for the macadmins/puppetmaster image.

Puppet is an industrial-strength cross-platform configuration management engine. Though you’ll find lots of existing Puppetmaster images on the Docker registry, this one will serve as the baseline for other expanded uses of Puppet – such as using it with Munki and SSL client certificates.

This is a walkthrough for building a Puppetmaster Docker container.

Building Puppetmaster into a Docker container:

Let’s start with our Dockerfile:
FROM centos:centos6
MAINTAINER nmcspadden@gmail.com
ENV PUPPET_VERSION 3.7.3
RUN rpm --import...

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05:11
Running Munki in Docker

In the previous post, I built a container that serves static files at http://munki/repo using Nginx.

Now that we have build the Docker image, let’s put it to use.

Data Containers

We’re going to hook up the Munki image to a data-only container. Data-only containers are a way of keeping data portable and not tying it to specific locations or configurations on the host OS. This data-only container serves one purpose: to store the contents of the Munki repo and share it with other containers. The benefit to doing this is that we can raise and destroy as many Munki server containers as we want without losing any data (such as the contents of the Munki repo).

Creating a Data Container:

Create a data-only container to host the Munki repo:
docker run -d --name munki-data --entrypoint /bin/echo nmcspadden/munki Data-...

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Thursday January 22

17:57
Building Munki with Docker

Munki is an incredible tool for Mac software deployment, and the setup process is fairly straightfoward – configure a web server, create your repo, run the tools to populate it with software, and configure clients.

It’s the “configure a web server” aspect that may give some pause, as setting up and configuring Apache or Nginx has a bit of a learning curve, and many OS X admins may not necessarily have access to or control over network infrastructure or server infrastructure to do this easily, especially in education.

Docker simplifies this process quite a bit, because you can create a simple webserver with only a few commands that will give you exactly what you need to start serving Munki content – and you can easily transport this Docker webserver from host to host, as it’s designed to be portable and self-contained.

In this example, we’ll use my fork of...

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Wednesday January 14

12:20
When Yosemite has Fallen, and it Can’t Get Up

People are noticing a symptom, branded LoginLockout (credit @andrewrose), where Yosemite seemingly freezes during startup. The keyboard shows caps lock light, no mouse cursor appears, and it could either be during post-FileVault(hereafter referred to as FV2) login, or on a ‘black-screen with white apple’, normal boot. Correlated ingredients for this symptom are 10.10+, AD binding, and possibly FV2. I’ve noticed it on roughly 20% of the computers I’ve migrated, and in some instances a reimage does not clear it – the moment the computer is bound to AD, even with a clean shutdown or without FV2, the progress bar at boot starts stalling at about 1/4 in, and definitely makes no progress when reaching about halfway. You know you’re NOT having the symptom if a mouse cursor appears by about a 1/3rd into the progress bar. We started noticing it on 10.10, and its persisted through 10.10.1.

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Tuesday January 13

16:50
Android 5.0 Lollipop still hard to find, full of...

Google's Android team has advised outside security researchers that it will no longer fix security bugs found in Jelly Bean or earlier releases, despite the fact that "pre-KitKat 4.4" software powers the majority of active users' devices currently accessing Google Play. Meanwhile, less than 0.1 percent of Android users have received Android 5.0, and those who have report an "unfinished/unpolished" experience.

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13:32
Hands On: Chrome Remote Desktop (OS X, iOS)

Imagine squeezing your retina iMac screen down onto an iPhone 5. You can do it. It might look a bit silly and initially you might wonder why you'd bother, but it has long been possible to see and remotely control your Macs and PCs on even your iPhone. Now Google has released Chrome Remote Desktop for iOS and you can do it for free. You'll do it, too: try this once and you will forever keep finding other reasons why it's incredibly useful. It's fantastic when you forget a file, for instance, and can now just find and email it to yourself from afar. And it will save your soul, your sanity and yo...



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13:24
InvenSense hit with lawsuit over concessions in...

A new lawsuit filed against gyroscope and accelerometer supplier for Apple, InvenSense, accuses the company of failing to tell investors about the concessions it made to secure a recent deal. InvenSense parts are used in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus; executives should have warned investors, the suit alleges, that Apple was given a "sweetheart deal" that would hurt profits. "Instead of revealing the true condition of the company and its prospects, defendants hid those facts from investors and chose to issue strong guidance and paint a picture of a bright future with a new mega-customer," the complai...



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13:04
Rumor: Apple's 'iPhone 6s' could ship...

With over half a year remaining before Apple is expected to unveil its next-generation iPhone, a fresh rumor out of Taiwan suggests that the company may be considering a new dual-lens camera system and the addition of "Force Touch," the pressure-sensitive touch technology set to be introduced in the Apple Watch.

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11:34
AllCast media streamer makes leap to iOS

A new port of AllCast, a popular Android app, has just been released for iOS. The title lets users stream personal photo, video, and music libraries to a variety of platforms, not just the Apple TV, the only format natively supported by Apple. Some compatible targets include Chrome, Chromecast, Fire TV, Roku, WDTV, Xbox One/Xbox 360, and various platforms compatible with DLNA....



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10:59
Apple axes long-running 'Single of the Week...

Ten years after giving away its first song, Apple has reportedly wound down the "Single of the Week" program that offered iTunes users a chance to download a free track from up-and-coming artists.

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10:23
Quanta ramping up production of 12-inch MacBook Air...

Taiwan-based supplier Quanta Computer has entered into "volume" production of Apple's upcoming 12-inch MacBook Air, according to supply chain sources. The laptop is reportedly on track to ship in the first quarter of the year, despite other rumors pointing to the second quarter. The new sources say that Quanta has escalated recruitment efforts in order to speed up production....



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10:16
Hands On: Toca Hair Salon 2 (iOS)

Makeover apps tend to be somewhat serious, and are generally geared toward adults. Instead of being a fun game, they tend to be more akin to photo-editing software, which is generally pretty complex and low on the amusement scale. Toca Boca, however, has stepped forth with Toca Hair Salon 2, a makeover game that offers a lot to younger gamers or future beauticians....



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10:07
Facebook will display Amber Alerts in News Feeds

Facebook will start to post into its users News Feed alerts about missing children in the future, in an effort to locate them. A partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children will involve the social network showing Amber Alerts to Facebook users located in specific search areas, both on mobile devices and desktops....



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09:15
Briefly: Chrome Remote Desktop for iOS, CBS News iOS...

Google has expanded its Chrome Remote Desktop app to include iOS compatibility. Now available for download on iTunes, iOS users can now orchestrate accessing their desktop computer for free by downloading the accompanying Chrome browser app. Chrome Remote Access has been available for Android users since last year....

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09:08
Apple quietly ends Single of the Week promo on iTunes

Apple appears to have ended its Single of the Week promotion on iTunes, visitors note. No tracks have been offered in the first two weeks of 2015, and a person on Apple's support forums claims to have been told by iTunes Support that the company has officially dropped the initiative. It's missing from iTunes Stores across the globe....



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08:52
Samsung takes on Apple's iPhone 6 Plus with all...

South Korean electronics giant Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy A7, the latest entry in the company's premium all-metal Galaxy A series that brings a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display, 2 gigabytes of RAM and an 8-core application processor.

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08:37
iPhone Apps: IMDb, New Words With Friends, Duolingo
07:52
LA schools' iPad program flawed from beginning...

The Los Angeles Unified School District's failed iPad deployment was botched early on, according to a review by the US Education Department. The federal agency says that it first of all put too hard an emphasis on using Apple hardware and software, ignoring cheaper options that could have saved money for the District and taxpayers. In July the USD said it was shifting to a strategy involving Chromebooks and Windows devices, such as the Microsoft Surface....



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05:33
Hands On: Learn Spanish - Brainscape (iOS)

It's a fact that Spanish is the world's fourth most spoken language, with over 350 million native speakers across 21 countries. It's also a fact that people who are bilingual tend to do better in both academic pursuits as well as their career. If you've ever been curious about learning another language, Learn Spanish by Brainscape offers a solution for those who are trying to learn Spanish on the go....



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04:49
Hands On: PhotoWatermark (OS X)

It's a different world. You might be the sort who would never take photo from a website and use it in your own book, but today if an image is online, it's as if the world sees it as fair game. Maybe that's a peek into our base immorality and the ultimate cataclysmic self-destruction of humanity, or maybe it's just that cut and paste is easy. Whatever it is, though, it's happening and you cannot stop it – not even with an application like this: but if PhotoWatermark can't prevent the copying of images, it can help photographers and artists considerably by adding identifying text to your image...



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02:11
Flickr: iPhones surpass Nikon, claim second most-...

Flickr has updated statistics for 2014 in its "Most Popular Camera" and "Most Popular Mobile Camera" categories, with the combined models of iPhone taking second place in the general "camera" category -- beating out DSLR maker Nikon and popular point-and-shoot maker Sony for second place. While Canon remains the most popular overall camera, the built-in cameras on smartphones from Apple and Samsung have -- despite inherent limitations -- steadily risen in popularity....



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00:03
Viawear announces Tyia 'smart bracelet'...

This week, Viawear has launched pre-orders for a gold or rhodium-plated edition of the new Tyia "smart bracelet." The bracelet serves as a fitness tracker, with an RGB LED notification light embedded behind quartz and mother-of-pearl accent. As with fitness bands, the Tyia is marketing as letting users put away smartphones without missing an important call, text, or social-media notification -- and offers some basic fitness tracking compatible with Apple's HealthKit....



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Monday January 12

20:58
Multiple reports point to record-breaking Apple...

While the idea that Apple probably had another record-breaking holiday quarter (what the company calls fiscal 2015 Q1) is unsurprising to all but selected pundits, a spate of reports released on Monday may be painting a general portrait of not just significant improvement, but more importantly growth in key areas of importance both to investors and analysis as well as to the health of the company. Sales of Macs look to be way up, iOS devices are selling much better in a key foreign market, and Apple's suppliers are flourishing -- all signs that point to better-than-expected quarter....



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16:42
Apple Stores debut self-demoing Smart Cover window...

A good magic trick, even in the 21st century, will still get people to stop and watch and try to figure out how it is done. Over the weekend, Apple retail stores around the US debuted a new window display showcasing the company's iPad line and Smart Cover accessory on a thin tabletop that features a line of the products, with the Smart Cover opening and closing itself to demonstrate the magnetic latch feature that wakes or sleeps the machine automatically....



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14:59
Details emerge on specs for third-party Lightning...

New information has been revealed on the specifications Apple has in mind for its planned licensing of the female Lightning port for third-party accessories. Manufacturers have reportedly been briefed on details and objectives, which include spreading Lightning to as many different accessories as possible in place of micro-USB. Possibilities include not just things like docks and headphones, but battery cases, gamepads, and Bluetooth speakers....



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12:20
Fourth iOS 8.2 beta seeds to developers

Apple is now seeding a fourth beta of iOS 8.2 via the company's developer portal, and as an over-the-air update for existing beta users. The build is listed as 12D5461b, and follows a little less than a month after beta 3, which was issued December 18. That build was 12D5452a. Accompanying the beta is a new version of WatchKit, the SDK and framework needed to build Apple Watch support into iOS apps....



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11:53
Hands On: Word of the Rings (iOS)

Word games are fairly numerous at this point. You've got your Boggle-style games, your Scrabble-style games, your crosswords and word searches. There are a lot of duplicates out there -- so when we find a fresh, new game, we tend to get pretty excited. One such app is Word of the Rings, by James Porter, a game that quite literally puts an interesting twist on the genre....



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11:11
Spotify hits 15M subscribers, majority of streams on...

Spotify is continuing to enjoy rising user numbers, with the popular music streaming service announcing it has reached a total of 15 million subscribers. At the same time, reports claim that the majority of Spotify streams stem from mobile listeners, with 52 percent of listening taking place on smartphones and tablets rather than desktops....



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10:50
Marsh, inMarket partner on first Apple Watch-...

Marsh Supermarkets and inMarket have announced a new iBeacon platform, the first to emphasize the Apple Watch. The plan is to use iBeacons at Marsh's 75 locations to push ads, shopping lists, and other content to both Watches and iPhones. Initially, the platform will support the official Marsh app and inMarket's List Ease, but other apps should follow as long as they support inMarket's Proximity SDK. All apps will have to update with Watch support, but the platform itself is Watch-ready....



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09:20
Chevy Volt will support CarPlay, 2016 demo model...

The 2016 model of the Chevy Volt will support Apple's CarPlay, at least if an early demonstration version is accurate. The car is on display at this week's North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and its dash system shows options for both CarPlay and MirrorLink connections. Google's Android Auto is notably absent, but since the 2016 Volt isn't due to go on sale until mid-2015, there may be time to implement it....



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08:18
HomeKit requires Apple TV hub for remote Siri...

People wanting to control HomeKit-enabled devices remotely through Apple's Siri must have an Apple TV at home to serve as a hub, according to Verge sources, including two launch partners and a person said to be "close to HomeKit's development." Siri controls will always work while an iPhone or iPad is on the same network as a HomeKit device, but until now it wasn't fully clear how remote operation might work. The Apple TV must also be a third-generation model running at least v7.0 firmware or newer. Notably, remote operation without Siri -- using the vendor app for a HomeKit product directly -...



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07:58
Apps: AppDelete, NetShade, FotoMagico
02:06
Hands On: Weather Wall (OS X)

You could just look out of your window, of course, but Weather Wall aims to set your wallpaper to an image that's right for the weather where you are. But if you ever had views like these from your office window, you would not stay sitting at your desk. These wallpaper shots are simply beautiful....



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00:53
Apple opens Games For Kids section of App Store over...

Over the weekend, Apple launched a new subsection of the App Store called Games for Kids, following the opening of the dedicated Kids category in September 2013. The Games for Kids section breaks out groups of games for various age groups, mirroring the other actions that offer more educational apps for children divided by age. Interestingly, most of the featured games avoid in-app purchases....



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Sunday January 11

23:28
AT&T files to dismiss FTC lawsuit using Title II

In order to nullify a lawsuit brought by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over charges that the carrier was still throttling users on unlimited plans even when there was no network congestion, AT&T is claiming for the purposes of the lawsuit that it qualifies as a Title II "common carrier." This is the opposite of what it has told the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with regards to possible actual Title II regulation of broadband....



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19:28
Spotify will not support Google Cast, Spotify...

Spotify will not include support for Google Cast any time in the near future, the company has revealed. Rather than allow for its apps to connect to the audio streaming technology Google Cast, Spotify will instead reportedly continue to work on its own competing Spotify Connect audio system, one which allows users to stream music to a number of networked speakers and audio equipment....



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16:09
Weekly Game Replay: New Baldur's Gate game,...

Every Sunday at Electronista and MacNN, we offer a one-stop look at a few of the significant events that occurred in the video game industry during the previous week. In this week's look back in the Weekly Game Replay, we discuss a new game in the Baldur's Gate series from Beamdog, the closure of Zombie Studios, Hellblade coming to PC, the lawsuit over EA using retired NFL player likenesses in Madden NFL moving forward, and Sony delaying the release of the PlayStation 4 in China....



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Wednesday June 8

17:36
Sprint iPhone in advanced testing?

Friday March 11

22:55
iPad 2 orders already shipping for delivery next week

Monday January 3

14:52
iPhone Alarm Bug Still Causing Issues for Some Users

Monday May 3

09:17
iPad: How to transfer or sync content to your...
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OSXFAQ - Mac OS X Tip-of-the-Day

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Amazon Update

Get TurboTax on sale now at Amazon (or the new version of TaxCut).

Save a bunch on MobileMe renewals, too.

Amazon has discounts on the brand-new Mac Mini models
plus the new iMacs and new MacBook, not to mention the iPod Touch.

Amazon also saves you money on the MacBook Pro, Mac Pro and MacBook Air
and offers deep discounts on Snow Leopard.

Check the great selection of DRM-free MP3 music at very competitive prices (including free downloads!).

Digital cameras and HDTV's get outstanding discounts, as well.

*And*, while you're saving yourself money, you're also providing critical MacInTouch support just by clicking through any of our links to purchase!

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Report: iPad

Jef Raskin's vision, GPS, electronic books, data storage, historical precedents, camera support, desktop integration, telephony, networking, education, multitasking, applications, computing trends, features and much more

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Report: Security

privacy protection techniques for travelling

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Report: Backup

Time Machine troubleshooting

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Report: Digitizing Video

8mm Film

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Report: Firefox

standards testing, Version 3.6 issues and support

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online meeting application needed

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Report: iPhone/Touch Platform

timezones, sync

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home theater problem

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Report: Tax Software

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Security: Google Chrome

"Attackers can exploit these issues to bypass certain security checks, execute arbitrary code in the context of the browser, and cause denial-of-service conditions; other attacks are also possible."

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New: Etchasoft Reports 1.0

Etchasoft Reports is an Interface Builder 3 plug-in that enables developers to create PDF reports directly within Interface Builder.

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New: BusinessMan

BusinessMan is a modular, FileMaker-based customer relationship management (CRM) system that includes integrated email and communications, document management, quote generation, order processing, and more.

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Update: NimbleKit 1.6.5

VolnaTech's software development kit for the iPhone platform adds new classes (NKModalWindow and NKLabel), enables NKNavigationController to preload pages, supports Unicode strings in the JSON encoder/decoder, and makes other changes.

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Update: WebYep 1.4.5

Objective Development's content management system for web sites adds CKEditor support, improvements in supported server configurations, better PHP 5.3 support, a fix for a problem with borders in the Gallery and Loop Elements, and other changes.

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Update: WebCrusher 1.7

Rage Software's web page optimizer improves optimization speed for iWeb sites, publishes optimized websites to FTP servers and MobileMe more quickly, and fixes problems with optimizing PNG files.

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Update: SEEdit Pro 3.1.0

The XHTML editor adds keyboard navigation for its new tabbed interface.

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Update: RAW Developer 1.8.8

Iridient Digital's raw image conversion program adds support for the Canon 1D Mark IV and Fuji S200EXR, an improved profile for the Canon 1D Mark III, and a fix for an issue with the Canon 20D model ID and associated profile.

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Apple: iPhone SDK 3.2 beta

This release of the SDK includes a simulator for the new iPad and tools for building iPad applications.

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Update: KiBiz 5.5

The multi-user business management and accounting system gains auto-screen stretching that expands the workspace to fit the current monitor, custom menus by role, quick search on all fields without entering Find mode, faster navigation, and more.

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Update: KnowledgeMiner (yX) for Excel 2.1

This release of the data mining tool brings more accurate predictions when using Similar Patterns modeling, improved export to Excel for regression models, and a new prediction project.

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Apple: iPad

Apple introduces an oversized iPod Touch with iWork and iBooks apps, plus optional 3G data support via ATT at $14.99 or $29.99 per month. Hardware pricing starts at $499 and ends at $830 for the top model with 64 GB of memory. First shipments of the non-3G model are due in 60 days with 3G models due the following month. (Neither is available yet for ordering.)

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Update: LiveQuartz 1.9

Rhapsoft's image editor adds flip transformations, a shadow effect, an option to import images from other devices (including iPhones, scanners, and cameras), improved accuracy when working at the pixel level, enhancements for drawing tools, and more.

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Update: Sample Manager 3.2

Audiofile Engineering's batch audio processor adds full Snow Leopard compatibility, Audio File First Aid for diagnosing problem files, native support for VST plugins in the Process with Effect action, and other improvements.

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Apple: Aluminum Keyboard Firmware Update 1.1

The keyboard update "improves battery performance of the 2007 aluminum Apple Wireless Keyboard when used in combination with other bluetooth devices (eg. Magic Mouse, some bluetooth headsets)" and also addresses an issue with key repeats.

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Apple: Quarterly Financial Report

"The Company posted revenue of $15.68 billion and a net quarterly profit of $3.38 billion, or $3.67 per diluted share."

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Security: Adobe Shockwave

"While all the world is still talking about holes in Internet Explorer and Flash, Adobe has casually closed two critical security holes in Shockwave that allow attackers to inject and execute code."

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New: Symbo 1.0

Symbo from Corner-A is designed to make it easier for developers to work with crash reports and crash dumps.

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New: MAXPower eSATA 6G PCIe 2.0 Controller Card

MAXPower eSATA 6G PCIe 2.0 Controller Card adds two 6GB/second eSATA ports to any Mac Pro (or PC) with an available PCIe 2.0 slot.

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Update: Firefox 3.6

The latest Firefox includes a new type of theme that enables single-click appearance changes, protection from out-of-date plug-ins, fullscreen support for native video, better JavaScript performance, support for new CSS attributes, and more.

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Update: TwistedWave 1.8

The multi-channel audio editor and recorder adds a 64-bit version, the ability to automatically split a sound file by detecting silences, export to iPhone ringtone files, and other changes.

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Update: Digital Performer 7.1

MOTU's audio/MIDI workstation software gains a new Tuner plug-in that can be used to tune a guitar or other pitched instrument, new preferences for Auto-Save actions, four new power amp models, dozens of guitar tone presets, and more.

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Update: AccountEdge 2010

Acclivity's small business management and accounting package adds integration with Enstore web store software, tracking of additional item information, a Show Profit Analysis function (gross profit, margin, and cost for each item and for the entire invoice), and other improvements.

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Snow Leopard Compatibility List

Dec. 19: Covering more than 1400 items, our searchable, sortable list gets 38 additions and updates today, including Pro Tools, Perian, MacPractice, TapDex, miXscope, Back-In-Time, CSSEdit, Vienna, Raw Photo Processor, MultiLedger, SousChef, and Volocity.

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

Pie In The Sky: A Pizza Odyssey (Games)
Pie In The Sky: A Pizza Odyssey 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: A game about delivering pizza. In space. | Read more »
Chosen Gives Hopeful Singers, Songwriter...
If YouTube videos and reality TV shows like The Voice have taught us one thing, it’s that there are a lot of people out there who are anxious to show the world their talents. And if they’ve taught us a second thing, it’s that there’s an almost... | Read more »
Android's Popular OfficeSuite Now A...
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Warhammer: Arcane Magic is Coming Soon,...
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These are All the Apple Watch Apps and G...
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Hands-On With Allstar Heroes - A Promisi...
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Macho Man and Steve Austin Join the Rank...
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Apple offering refurbished 27-inch 5K iMacs f...
The Apple Store is offering Apple Certified Refurbished 27″ 3.5GHz 5K iMacs for $2119 including free shipping. Their price is $380 off the price of new models, and it’s the lowest price available for... Read more
16GB iPad mini on sale for $199, save $50
Walmart has 16GB iPad minis (1st generation) available for $199.99 on their online store, including free shipping. Their price is $50 off MSRP. Online orders only. Read more
New 128GB MacBook Airs on sale for $50 off MS...
 B&H Photo has 128GB 11″ and 13″ 2015 MacBook Airs on sale today for $50 off MSRP including free shipping plus NY sales tax only: - 11″ 1.6GHz/128GB MacBook Air (Model #MJVM2LL/A): $849 $50 off... Read more
13-inch 2.6GHz Retina MacBook Pro (refurbishe...
The Apple Store has Apple Certified Refurbished 13″ 2.6GHz/128GB Retina MacBook Pros available for $979 including free shipping. Original MSRP for this model was $1299. Read more
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The Apple Store is offering Apple Certified Refurbished Mac Pros for up to $600 off the cost of new models. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each Mac Pro, and shipping is free. The... Read more
Samsung Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 edge U.S. P...
Samsung Electronics America, Inc. has announced the Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 edge will be available in the U.S. beginning April 10, with pre-orders being accepted now. “We have completely reimagined... Read more
13-inch 2.5GHz MacBook Pro (refurbished) avai...
The Apple Store has Apple Certified Refurbished 13″ 2.5GHz MacBook Pros available for $829, or $270 off the cost of new models. Apple’s one-year warranty is standard, and shipping is free: - 13″ 2.... Read more
Save up to $80 on iPad Air 2s, NY tax only, f...
 B&H Photo has iPad Air 2s on sale for $80 off MSRP including free shipping plus NY sales tax only: - 16GB iPad Air 2 WiFi: $469.99 $30 off - 64GB iPad Air 2 WiFi: $549.99 $50 off - 128GB iPad... Read more
iMacs on sale for up to $205 off MSRP
B&H Photo has 21″ and 27″ iMacs on sale for up to $205 off MSRP including free shipping plus NY sales tax only: - 21″ 1.4GHz iMac: $1019 $80 off - 21″ 2.7GHz iMac: $1189 $110 off - 21″ 2.9GHz... Read more
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Färbe Technik, which manufactures and markets of mobile accessories for Apple, Blackberry and Samsung mobile devices, is offering tips on how to keep your iPhone charged while in the field: •... Read more

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