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Tuesday March 25

14:49
Briefly: Roku iOS app update, 2014 FileMaker...

Roku's iOS app has received an update, offering a refreshed user interface and the addition of a remote control feature. The app requires an iOS device to be connected to the same network as a Roku player, and facilitates controlling and accessing various media content. In v3.0.0 of Roku's iOS app, users now have access to searching Roku content on one's iPhone, by entering a movie, show, actor, or director and exploring the results. By connecting to any Roku player on one's network, the app can control it, play photos, music or video. The app's over-all visual design has been revamped, and mi...
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14:40
Apple updates Trailers app with push notifications,...


Apple has updated its iTunes Movie Trailers app with several new features and upgrades. The biggest new feature is the ability to get push notifications when movies marked as favorites hit theaters or iTunes. The in-app movie reviews have also been tweaked. Where previously you could only see a movies overall Rotten Tomatoes rating, you can now read full reviews right from within the app.

A few smaller features are also included in the update. You can now share links to movie trailers via AirDrop to other iOS devices, and a few bugs have been squashed....

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14:39
Facebook to acquire virtual reality firm Oculus VR...

Social media monolith Facebook is said to prepping another huge acquisition, this time setting its sights on Oculus VR, the virtual reality hardware and software firm responsible for the Oculus Rift.
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14:25
Apple brings on Delta exec for online sales as Chomp...

In the fluid world of tech hires, two changes were recently recorded to Apple's roster as the company hired ex-Delta Airlines VP Bob Kupbens to bolster online sales, while Chomp cofounder Cathy Edwards is scheduled to depart in April.
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14:20
Chomp co-founder leaves Apple, Delta marketing VP...

One of the co-founders of Chomp, Cathy Edwards, is leaving Apple on April 11th, reports say. Edwards joined Apple in 2012 after it bought Chomp, which specialized in app search technology. She became Apple's head of Search and Measurement, working on the search systems used in Maps, iTunes, and the App Store. After Chomp was completely shut down, she became the director of Evaluation and Quality for Apple's Maps division....
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14:19
Apple’s 500 Millionth iPhone

Seems clear they made it. Congrats Apple.

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14:14
How and When to Use Both Ethernet Ports on a Mac Pro

Unlike all other Macs, the Mac Pro line has two Ethernet ports. How and when would one want to use both of these ports? John Martellaro looks at a pair of typical scenarios.


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14:00
Twelve South's Travel Journal is a Trapper...

While Steve Sande was taking his cruise around the Southern Hemisphere, the folks at Twelve South sent over a couple of their latest products for me to try in his stead. First up is their handsome BookBook Travel Journal for the...

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13:57
iPad Writes a New Game Plan for Concussions

To help diagnose sports-related concussions, Cleveland Clinic in Ohio is using an iPad app that can measure and monitor symptoms moments after an athlete gets hurt. With iPad and the C3 Logix app, trainers can visualize an injury’s effect on cognitive and motor performance, making it easier to spot a concussion. “In the past, evaluating a concussed athlete involved a lot of guesswork,” says athletic trainer Jason Cruickshank, whose team is part of a program using this new technology. “iPad and the C3 Logix app have taken that subjectivity out of the process.” And injury assessments that previously required several pieces of equipment have now become simpler. “We needed an acceleromater, a gyroscope, and a great display to be able to objectively test balance, vision, and reaction time,” Cruickshank says. “iPad gave us all of that in a single device.”

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13:54
Kaleidoscope 2.1 Public Beta

Kaleidoscope is one of the world’s best tools for spotting differences in images and text. Now it supports the ignoring of leading, trailing and line-ending whitespace too. Kaleidoscope integrates directly with Git, Subversion, Mercurial, P4, and Bazaar to fit perfectly in your workflow.

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13:39
Apple seeds second betas of Safari 7.0.3, 6.1.3 to...

Apple has begun seeding its second betas of Safari 7.0.3 and 6.1.3 to developers. Apple is once asking for testing to be focused on push notifications, extension compatibility, overall website compatibility, and login AutoFill. For v7.0.3 exclusively, developers are asked to examine credit card AutoFill....
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13:28
Obama, Legislators Tackle Bulk Surveillance Issue


The political frenzy over the NSA's collection of Americans' bulk telephone metadata is escalating, with both the White House and the U.S. House of Representatives' Intelligence Committee announcing plans to introduce legislation to regulate the practice. The White House's proposal reportedly would require phone companies to store the data and provide it under a court order. The House Intelligence Committee's legislation, drafted by NSA supporters Mike Rogers and C.A. "Dutch" Ruppersberger, would lower the bar for surveillance.

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13:18
HTC One (M8)

I always felt bad for HTC. I think they made a good product, but didn’t have the marketing budget to compete with Samsung, which meant people didn’t pay much attention. I’m not sure the new phone will change that.

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13:06
Apple Bolsters Online Retail Team With Former Delta...

Apple is beefing up its online retail team with the addition of former Delta Air Lines Vice President of Marketing Bob Kupbens, reports AdAge. According to his LinkedIn profile, Kupbens is now serving as Apple's Vice President of Online Retail after leaving Delta earlier this month.

Kupbens originally jointed Delta in 2010 and before that, he spent eight years transitioning through several roles at Target, last serving as a vice president. During a 2013 AdAge conference, Kupbens spoke on the importance of "love brands" noting that every consumer has five brands “they really love.”"I used to work at Target and when you went to a cocktail party and you told people that you worked at Target, you know what they'd say?" he asked. "'I love Target! I'll give you a big hug!' You know what people say when you...

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13:04
Google Glass partners with maker of Ray-Ban, Oakley...

While the developer preview of Glass has established the heads-up display as advanced technology, it's also earned Google's headwear a reputation for being unfashionable --?something the company hopes to address with a new partnership with the Luxottica Group.
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13:01
Amplified: Glass, Charge Thyself

Jim and Dan talk about Google Glass and its myths, escaped water buffalos, Peter Gabriel and his flute, Pandora, Spotify, and iTunes Radio (now with NPR), “The Techtopus”, wage suppression, and more.

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12:59
Evernote 5.5.1 - Create searchable notes and access...

Evernote allows you to easily capture information in any environment using whatever device or platform you find most convenient, and makes this information accessible and searchable at anytime, from anywhere.

  • Create notes containing text and audio
  • Find printed and handwritten text within images
  • Clip application and web content directly into Evernote
  • Synchronize with the Evernote Service and access all notes, even ones taken using other clients



Version 5.5.1:

Various bug and stability fixes:

  • Improvements to Descriptive Search
  • Note you are working on stays in focus during sync
  • Improved searching through large documents





Download Now...

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12:56
Facebook testing alternative sources of location...

Facebook has started testing location information embedding, looking at integrating Facebook Places data into Instagram. Instagram currently uses Foursquare data for geotagging and attaching photo data to a location. Neither Facebook nor Foursquare have any comment on the matter, and a wholesale replacement of the photo tag data source doesn't appear to be underway in any more than a small scale test to a limited subset of users.....
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12:34
Delta exec travels to Apple as new Online Retail VP...

News of a pair of notable Apple personnel changes has emerged today. First on the list is a notable addition to Apple’s online retail store management team. According to his LinkeIn profile, Delta Vice President of Marketing Bob Kupbens has traveled to Apple to become the company’s new Vice President of Online Retail. This move comes at a time in which Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts transitions into Apple’s top retail role as the new Senior Vice President of both retail stores and online retail. Apple’s current online stores VP is Jennifer Bailey, and recent reports...

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12:29
Report: Apple sells 500 millionth iPhone

Apple has likely sold its 500 millionth iPhone during the past few weeks, Forbes estimates. There has yet to be an official announcement from Apple regarding the milestone; the company sometimes heralds large-scale sales in press releases, and at other times waits to mention them during media events. …

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12:27
Forums: Coaxing Mavericks onto older Macs

MacNN forum goers try to help Mac Elite "Helmling" figure out a way to get Mavericks to run on a MacBook from mid-2007, as well as provide some interesting insight on how this can be accomplished. "ShortcutToMoncton" is looking for good backup software that can assist in backing up their data to multiple drives....
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12:26
Apple deals: Mac Pro and iMac

This week Apple's online store is offering a selection of refurbished Mac Pro and iMac models at discounted prices. The refurbished Mac Pro with a 3.2GHz Intel quad-core Xeon processor, 6GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive has seen a $360 price cut to $2,139. For $2,549 is the refurbished Mac Pro with a 3.33GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon processor, 6GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive....
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12:26
HTC unveils 5" HTC One M8 with gesture controls...

Taiwanese handset maker HTC on Tuesday unveiled its latest flagship device intended to take on Apple's iPhone: the HTC One M8, with a larger screen, higher-spec internals, a depth-sensing camera and dual LED flash -- but no biometrics.
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12:24
DealNN: Canon Pixma Pro-100 with paper only $130

Amazon this week is offering the Canon Pixma Pro-100 color inkjet photo printer for $388 with free shipping. That's $112 off the list price of $500, and if you order before 3/31/14, save an additional $200 via a mail-in-rebate offer. Add a 50 sheet pack of LU-101 or SG-201 paper, or two 20-packs of PM-101 paper and receive an additional $100 off for a total savings of $300, bringing the final cost to around $130. This is about $70 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. This printer features 8 dye based inks, 3 of which are grayscale, 4800 x 2400 dpi resolution, Wi-Fi printing, PictB...
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12:00
Elevation Earth for iOS is endlessly fascinating and...

Elevation Earth is a universal iOS app (US$2.99) that displays a 3D model of our planet. You can manipulate your location with finger movements on the screen while rotating and zooming into Earth using standard iOS gestures.

The app shows more than...

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11:49
Facebook releases ‘Tweaks’ tool to help devs iterate...

Facebook has today open-sourced its rapid prototyping tool ‘Tweaks’, a framework that helps application developers quickly iterate on their projects and test out different possibilities for their iOS apps.

The best way to improve an app is to use it every day. Even when ideas can be tested out in advance — for example, with Origami — it can still take some time with the app to see how it works in practice.

Occasionally, it’s perfect the first try. Sometimes, the idea doesn’t work at all. But often, it just needs a few minor adjustments. That last case is where Tweaks fits in. Tweaks makes those small adjustments easy: with no code changes and no computer, you can try out different options and decide which works best.

Tweaks makes it really simple for developers to adjust parameters and properties in their application and then test them...

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11:30
Daily Deals for March 25, 2014, featuring PDFpen

It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections.

TUAW's Daily Deals

Give Power To Your PDFs With PDFpen [On sale for...

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11:28
Apple seeds Safari 7.0.3 and 6.1.3 Seed 2 to...

After seeding the first beta of the next versions of Safari for OS X a week ago, Apple has just seeded another pre-release version of Safari 7.0.3 and Safari 6.1.3 (Seed 2) to developers.

Apple provides the following focus areas for devs in the release notes:

Please focus testing on the following areas:

• General website compatibility

• Safari Push Notifications

• Login AutoFill

• Credit Card AutoFill (OS X Mavericks only) • Extension Compatibility

Safari 7.0.3 will arrive for Mavericks users while the 6.1.3 release is the latest for Mountain Lion users. The updates require the following:

Safari 6.1.3 for OS X Lion requires OS X 10.7.5 with Security Update 2013-002. Safari 6.1....

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11:07
45% of businesses offer Macs to employees, 77% find...

A new survey of IT decision makers in the enterprise found that almost half of businesses now offer their workers Macs, while the vast majority feel Apple's Mac platform is more reliable than PCs running Microsoft's Windows.
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11:02
Apple has likely sold its 500 millionth iPhone, says...

Despite not having announced it, Apple has probably already sold its 500 millionth iPhone, Forbes remarks. By the end of 2013, the company had recorded sales of 472 million phones. Since analysts are forecasting 38 million or more unit sales by the end of the current quarter, that should mean that Apple passed the 500 million mark earlier this month, if not in February....
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11:00
The ultimate Mac user's guide to Minecraft on...

Minecraft is an amazing game thanks largely to a massive community of creative individuals who spend their free time tweaking, modifying, and overhauling just about every aspect of the experience. The game can be played in its "vanilla" version quite...

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10:50
NetSpot 2.3.509 - Wireless survey tool. (Free)

NetSpot is a simple and accessible wireless survey tool for Mac users, which allows collecting, visualizing and analyzing Wi-Fi data using any MacBook.

NetSpot can visualize your wireless network by building a visual Wi-Fi map. It will let you see dead zones without coverage and place hotspots (Access Points) correctly. Using the visualized map of collected wireless data you will also see channels' load and will be able to decide how to optimize your Wi-Fi site better.

NetSpot is a powerful analyzer of Wi-Fi coverage. Just in a couple of clicks you can load your area map, point your location on the map and NetSpot starts collecting Wi-Fi data around you. It will gather all the needed information for radio signal leakages analyzing, noise sources discovering, access points effective location, etc.

You can also use NetSpot as a powerful wireless network planning tool. Load a map, collect wireless site survey data, build a heatmap of your...

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10:42
Karen Gillan Does Reddit AMA

At this moment, Karen Gillan of Doctor Who fame is doing a Reddit AMA or "Ask Me Anything". She's answering questions live and so far the two most useful bits of information are that her last name is pronounced with a hard G, and Wil Wheaton has asked her to come play a game on his show Tabletop. When someone does a Reddit AMA, they have to submit proof. Here's Karen's:


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10:41
2048 – I’m really sorry

2048 is a lovely and addictive game, quite similar to the beautifully designed Threes by Asher Vollmer.

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10:30
iOS 7 adoption rate hits 85 percent

Apple this week updated its developer page with a chart indicating that 85 percent of iOS devices are now running iOS 7. By way of contrast, the number of iOS devices using iOS 7 back in December of 2013 was 74 percent.

In addition to iOS 6 users...

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10:29
Samsung in Pain as Apple's orders for...

Earlier this month the rumor mill was busy reporting that Samsung gained a new contract for Apple's next generation A8 processor. Yet within 24 hours, news surfaced that TSMC wasn't only producing the A8, they were in fact ahead of schedule in production for Apple's processors. That was good news considering that Apple had reportedly ordered 90 million iPhone 6 units. That's a huge leap from their record-breaking 51 million units sold in calendar Q4 2013. Today, The Korean press paints a painful picture of Samsung's US processor plant that was meant to produce Apple processors. It's just not going according to plan.

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10:17
Remember the Million Dollar home page? It still...

The million dollar home page was conceived back in 2005 by a student in Wiltshire, England as a way to pay for his education. The idea was, create a single web page, 1,000 by 1,000 pixels, then sell each pixel on the page for $1 each. The hope was, the page would go viral and bring value to the advertising embedded in the page. Read the post for an update on where things stand today.

Interesting social experiment, and an interesting read.

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10:16
Amazon begins distributing settlement in e-book...

Amazon has started issuing credit to Kindle e-book buyers as a part of the legal settlements agreed to by publishers Hachette, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Penguin, according to notices being sent to out to customers. The money is being deposited into shoppers' Amazon accounts, and is typically just a few dollars, depending on how many qualifying Kindle titles a person bought between April 1st 2010 and May 21st 2012. "We will automatically apply your available credit to your next purchase of a Kindle book or print book sold by Amazon.com, regardless of publisher," the comp...
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10:08
9to5Toys Last Call: iPad Air $430, WD portable HDDs...

Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: TwitterRSS Feed,FacebookGoogle+ and subscribe to the new Safari push notifications feature.

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call updates:

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10:03
China Seeks Answers About NSA/Huawei Report


China's government is asking the U.S. to explain itself -- and to knock it off with all the cyberespionage -- following reports that the National Security Agency has had its way with Chinese telecom giant Huawei. The NSA reportedly penetrated Huawei servers to monitor communications among company executives, and to gain access to the dealings of Huawei customers. Huawei does business all over the world, of course, so knowing its ins-and-outs is quite the snooping boon.

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10:00
Today in the App Store -- the best sales, updates...

Here are some the best sales, app updates and new apps that have landed in the app recently.

App Updates You Don't Want to Miss

Codea [iPad; $9.99] Codea lets you create games and simulations -- or just about any visual idea you have. Turn your...

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09:59
Flexibits teases iPad version of popular ‘...


Flexibits, makers of the popular Fantastical calendar apps for Mac and iPhone, today teased an upcoming iPad version of the app on its website.

Fantastical 2 for iPad is “coming soon,” and the company is taking sign ups for those interested in learning more, but it hasn’t yet revealed any other details on the app. The company did confirm in the tweet below that the iPad version would be a separate download and not introduced as a new universal app for both iPhone & iPad. The iPhone version of Fantastical 2 sells for...

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09:57
Apps: Arq, Boom, MacJournal


    


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09:39
Apps: FireChat, Photowall for Chromecast, Second...

FireChat is a new free app from Open Garden that lets users send messages to other nearby users without an Internet connection or mobile coverage, using iOS 7’s Multipeer Connectivity Framework to link users together. Users can see what FireChat users everywhere are talking about, or they have the…

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09:39
Retailers begin distributing credits from e-book...

Apple, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo have begun the process of handing out $166 million in account credits to consumers affected by the e-books price fixing scandal as notification emails began going out on Tuesday.
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09:30
In Tokyo, Samsung Legal Loses Infringement Case...

A Tokyo District Court ruled today that Apple won’t have to pay damages to Samsung Electronics Co. and didn’t infringe on patents for certain products. Specifically, Tokyo District Court Judge Koji Hasegawa said Apple’s ...

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09:30
HackingUI presents some intriguing ideas to improve...

Notifications in iOS have undeniably come a long ways from the days when they only took the form of intrusive blue modal alerts.

Nonetheless, there's always room for improvement as highlighted in a great post from Hacking UI which provides a bevy of...

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09:16
Apple Quietly Sells Its 500 Millionth iPhone

As documented in its quarterly earnings reports over the years, Apple reported total sales of 472 million iPhones between the device's 2007 launch and the end of 2013. With analyst estimates of over 38 million units for the current quarter ending in just a few days, the company has undoubtedly already sold its 500 millionth iPhone, a milestone that passed without mention from the Cupertino company, notes Forbes.The consensus would have placed the milestone sale around March 8 given that entering the quarter Apple had sold 472 million iPhones. So even if it proves a bit high as it did last quarter, we’ve crossed the point where it’s safe to assume that Apple has sold 500 million smartphones in less than 7 years. And the most recent 100 million took somewhere between 2-6 weeks less than the previous 100 million did.Apple is known for celebrating...

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09:05
HTC unveils new One (M8) with dual-LED flash, Sense...


HTC has just announced its 2014 flagship in New York. Dubbed the new HTC One (M8), the device is just as all the leaks have depicted it over the past few months. Most notably, HTC is touting the device’s high-quality metal construction, which it describes “like a premium watch.” (Remember when Jobs described the iPhone 4 as a “a beautiful old Leica camera”?) The device is  available in a new Gunmetal Gray Hairline Finish that makes it look significantly more high-end...

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09:01
Audio tricks on the Mac
09:00
The Week in Mac Apps: A notebook in the cloud

A notebook in the cloud

A certain tech giant's cloud note-taking software makes its appearance in this week’s Mac app roundup, which also brings you a bit of music, some weather news, and a way to finally wade through that massive collection of photos you’re keeping stashed in a virtual drawer.

CV Maker 1.2

Individual Software’s $20 CV Maker (Mac App Store Link) helps you build a killer résumé, complete with all the proper information you’ll need to land your next big job.

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09:00
Apple offering refunds for unauthorized in-app...

Apple has sent an email to users who have made recent in-app purchases (IAPs) announcing they can receive a refund for any unauthorized IAPs "made by a minor." The refund initiative is part of a consent decree Apple struck with the U.S. Federal Trade...

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08:59
NY Times pulls iPad Air ad due to juxtaposition with...

Apple and the New York Times mutually agreed to pull an iPad Air ad from the Times' website yesterday after an unfortunate headline pairing, according to Advertising Age. The ad is another take on Apple's Your Verse campaign, and features a still of a scuba diver using an iPad, with the slogan "See the unique ways people are using iPad around the world." On Tuesday, though, that ad was paired alongside a headline reading "Malaysia Says Jet Went Down in Ocean."...
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08:56
Twitterrific goes free with version 5.7, optional...

With the latest update, The Iconfactory has changed their business model for Twitterrific rather dramatically. Up to now, Twitterrific has been available for iPhone and iPad for $2.99.

However, Twitterrific has now changed to a freemium business model. This means anyone can download the app for free as an ad-supported application. There is also a selection of unlockable features available as in-app purchases.

Features such as the today view, translation and removal of ads are now offered as paid upgrades. Most notably, enabling push notifications now requires a paid upgrade.

Existing owners of Twitterrific are unaffected by the change in business model. ...

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08:52
Bandwidth deal between Apple & Comcast would...

Though the U.S. government wouldn't need to approve a deal between Apple and Comcast for faster and more reliable streaming video, such an alignment would likely draw regulatory scrutiny, in particular with respect to its effects on net neutrality.
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08:49
Parallels survey: Macs now considered for broader...

Parallels, which specializes in cross-platform solutions, has announced results of its commissioned survey of more than 200 IT decision makers about their attitudes toward Macs in the enterprise.

The results are telling: almost half of businesses (45%) currently offer their employees Macs, and more than nine out of 10 businesses (95%) that don’t currently provide Macs would be more likely to offer employees Macs if they had a single central management system for both Windows PCs and Macs. Macs are in high demand – and respondents who already support Macs shared the top reasons why:
 

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08:48
‘Jobs’ biopic starring Ashton Kutcher now available...

If you haven’t seen Ashton Kutcher’s portrayal of the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs yet or just want to catch the film again, Netflix now features ’Jobs’, notes MacRumors, in its catalog of streaming movies and TV shows for subscribers. Netflix of course offers streaming to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users in addition to Apple and Mac users for $7.99 a month.

The biopic featuring Kutcher was released to mixed reviews, and our own Michael Steeber shared his thoughts on the film in 9to5Mac‘s review of Jobs.

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08:38
LG Sheds Light on Internet of Things


LG Electronics on Monday unveiled a light bulb designed to illuminate consumers lives in a more intelligent way. The Smart Lamp, which can be controlled by an iOS or Android device over Bluetooth or WiFi, debuted in LG's home market of South Korea.
The 10W LED bulb is 80 percent more energy-efficient than other incandescent bulbs, LG claimed, and will last for up to 10 years when used for around five hours per day. Users can alter the lighting in their homes according to a range of preferences.

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08:30
Reading List: This is NPR, iTunes refunds, App Store...

Some Apple news every day may not keep the doctor away, but it will at least provide some reading material. Here are the latest news stories making the rounds on Tuesday:

Starting Today, Find NPR Shows And Newscasts On iTunes Radio

iTunes Radio has added its first news station, National Public Radio. It’ll run 24 hours a day and broadcast shows like Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and the hourly newscasts. Streams for actual local stations are expected to arrive later this spring—no news on whether pledge drives will accompany them.

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08:28
Apple wins Japanese patent infringement ruling

Apple didn’t infringe on certain Samsung patents and won’t have to pay damages in a Japanese court ruling, Bloomberg reports. A Tokyo District Court ruled the iPhone 4, 4s, and iPad 2 don’t infringe on Samsung data communication patents. Samsung expressed their disappointment with the decision and noted that…

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08:25
Apple tests Related Search on App Store

The new related search suggestions mark one of Apple’s first attempts to augment App Store search results with visual semantics for apps. In testing the feature, I was able to get suggestions for specific sub-categories such as “business news” and “video game news”, “writing” and “story ideas”, or “healthy cooking” and “food recipes”; each set of related searches included new results that were more specific and relevant to the suggested search.

I like this. Anything Apple can do to show more relevant results will help them and the user.

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08:22
[Sponsor] Igloo Is an Intranet You'll Actually...

Igloo is an intranet you’ll actually like: built with easy-to-use,
integrated apps like shared calendars, Twitter-like microblogs, file
sharing, and more. Everything you need is built-in, and everything is
social. This means if you upload a file or write a corporate blog post,
your employees can share it, comment on it, rate it, like it, and even
manage versions.

The idea is to get your whole company communicating better.

If your company has a legacy intranet or a customer community built on
SharePoint, you should give Igloo a try. This report from
Igloo
outlines the five main areas SharePoint falls short and how Igloo does it better.

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08:22
Apple didn't infringe on Samsung patents, Tokyo...

Apple didn't infringe on Samsung data communications patents and won't have to pay any damages, a Tokyo District Court has ruled. Samsung had filed a lawsuit that brought Apple's iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, and iPad 2 into the crosshairs. "We are disappointed by the court's decision," an emailed statement from Samsung reads. "Upon a thorough review of the ruling, we will determine which measures to take, including an appeal."...
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08:17
Ashton Kutcher's 'Jobs' Biopic Now...

Steve Jobs biopic, "Jobs", is now available on Netflix's streaming service. Directed by Joshua Michael Stern and starring Ashton Kutcher as the Apple co-founder, the film is free for customers who subscribe to Netflix's $7.99 monthly unlimited streaming plan.

Originally released in August 2013, the independent film received mixed reviews with many critics saying the movie focused too much on Apple and not enough on the character of Jobs, providing only a "skin-deep portrait" of the complex figure who lead Apple to greatness. It earned a 27% approval rating among critics and a 41% audience approval rating on movie review site Rotten Tomatoes.

"Jobs" also can be purchased via iTunes for $19.99 in high definition or $14.99 in standard definition. A 24-hour rental option is available for $4.99 (...

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08:15
Amazon sending out credit to customers affected by...

Amazon has begun issuing credit to accounts that qualify for a refund as a result of the price fixing settlement reached between Amazon and publishers. Customers are eligible for refund credit on ‘qualifying’ Kindle book purchases between April 1st 2010 and May 21st, 2012.

How Amazon determines how much credit a person is eligible for has not been disclosed; assumedly it is some percentage of the price paid for the title.  Don’t expect a massive windfall: most people on Twitter are reporting refunds of just a few dollars each. Obviously, the refund will be roughly proportionate with how often you buy Kindle ebooks.

The credit is valid until the 31st March 2015, so eligible account holders have about a year to use...

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08:05
Apple Seeks Trademarks for Pages, Numbers &...

On March 25, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published four of Apple's latest trademark filings pertaining to refreshed icon designs for Pages, Numbers and Keynote Apps for both iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks. Our report provides you with jumbo icon graphics creatively joined ...

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08:00
Mac 101: How to enable or disable automatic app...

Just like iOS, OS X now has an automatic update feature that allows you to install updates from the Mac App Store without lifting a finger to click. This feature was added in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and remains the latest version, OS X 10.9...

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07:32
Hannover Apple Store likely due in April; Edinburgh...

New photos may suggest that Apple's upcoming store in Hannover, Germany is almost finished. The outlet has been under development since April 2013, and construction facades are still in place on the inside of the building. An Apple logo is now on display outside the shop though, and is being lit up at night, although it's still covered. It's believed that the location could open as soon as next month....
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07:30
Apple ‘related’ search spotted in App Store

Apple is apparently testing a new feature in the App Store that offers users related term suggestions when doing a search. A number of reports have noted the new feature, though it appears it was first spotted by developer Olga Osadcha. Osadcha found the feature while using iOS 7.1.…

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07:25
NYT pulls iPad Air underwater ad after '...

A digital version of Apple's 'Your Verse' ad for the iPad Air, which ends in an underwater scene, was removed from the New York Times's website Tuesday after the newspaper mistakenly allowed it to run alongside a story about the possible ocean crash of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370.
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07:07
Japan Court Rules Apple didn’t Infringe on Samsung...

Samsung took it on the chin in its patent infringement fight against Apple in Japan. A court in the country ruled on Tuesday that the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPad 2 aren't infringing on Samsung's data communications patents, which is matches with a similar ruling just over a year ago.

The Mac Observer Spin: Samsung's most recent loss in Japan is yet another feather in Apple's legal cap. Win after win can add turn into strong legal arguments for Apple, and the company already has a nicely stocked bag full of wins as it heads into its next U.S. infringement trial with Samsung.


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07:00
Photo: Wall-mounted Apple keyboards

It's like a nerdy Bat Cave. Flickr user Peter Bocken shares this image of several Apple keyboards, carefully mounted on a wall. Can you name them all? We'd like to see a Bluetooth keyboard added to the display. You can see Bocken's mouse collection...

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06:50
Cut the Rope developer challenging King’s “Candy”...

ZeptoLabs, the maker of Cut the Rope, is challenging the trademark in EU court. Re/code speculates that this might be a publicity stunt.

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06:46
Apple exploring split cameras for thinner iPhones,...

Future iPhones could be thinner and more secure thanks to technology outlined in two unique proposed inventions from Apple, covering adaptive security profiles and a new type of split-sensor camera.
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06:32
Twitter Bags Encryption Program


While Twitter rose to notoriety by being the place where people spilled the minutiae of their lives, there are times when its users don't want everyone in the online world to see what they're thinking. For those occasions, there's direct messaging. When direct messages are sent by one tweeter to another, there's a certain expectation of privacy there -- even though little is done to protect those messages should they be snatched by a snoop. Twitter was planning to change that.

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06:27
Water buffalos escape from Samsung ad shoot

You can’t make this shit up.

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06:09
Schedule announced for FileMaker Developer...

FileMaker, Inc., has announced schedule highlights of the FileMaker Developer Conference 2014, the largest annual gathering of worldwide FileMaker independent and corporate custom business solution developers, trainers and users.

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06:07
iPhone-connected ‘MicrobeScope’ lets you capture...

A new product called MicrobeScope raising funds on Kickstarter is an iPhone-connected, pocket-sized 800x microscope that allows users to record and share video of what they are viewing.

The specimen is placed directly on the inverted lens, and the internal AAA size battery powered light source provides the illumination. The 800x magnification achieved by this simple device is unmatched by other small scopes and the phone mount is a game changer because of the ability to share real time video.

The company, 4D Optical, has been developing similar products for around 10 years and explained that advancements in iPhone camera tech in recent years have made MicrobeScope possible:

Before cell phone cameras became as good as they are now we were using standard video cameras. While this scope version produced excellent optical quality...

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06:00
The Week in Mac Accessories: Free to USB

Free to USB

This week's roundup of Mac accessories includes several devices that aim to take advantage of the power of USB 3.0, along with backpacks, sleeves, and other ways to protect your Apple computer.

Edge Memory

The DiskGo Sonic USB 3.0 Flash Drive is a handy bit of external storage that's available in 60 GB, 120 GB, and 240 GB capacities—with a whopping 480 GB version coming soon. Thanks to USB 3.0 technology, it can achieve transfer speeds of up to 450 MB/s, but it’s small enough to be attached to your key chain.

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06:00
Daily App: Snippit mixes music with photos in a very...

If you're the social type that loves mixing music with your photography, then you may want to take Snippit for a spin. The app allows you to take a photo, overlay 10 seconds of music and then share the result with the world.

Snippit is first and...

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06:00
Reviews: Avenger Elite Xbox 360 controller attachment

Online gameplay is becoming more and more competitive, to the point where there an assortment of leagues where "pro gamers" can be found earning a very good wage, if they perform well enough. In the past, some gamers have turned to "modded" controllers, meaning console controllers that have been artificially boosted in some way, but lately, nearly all of these have been banned from organized p ......
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05:55
Former Democratic Staff Director Now Lobbies for...

Former Democratic Staff Director for the Senate Finance Committee Amber Cottle has a new job as Apple's senior lobbyist. She has a history with the a Washington DC crowd, and was the committee's Chief International Trade Counsel, too.

The Mac Observer Spin: Lobbying isn't anything new for Apple, or any other big tech company, for that matter. If you have to play the game, you might as well have as strong a team as you can get.


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05:54
Google Glass joins forces with Luxottica Group,...

I think this is a logical move on Google’s part. Certainly this will improve the look of Google Glass, but there’s only so much you can do without reducing the footprint of the Glass module itself.

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05:54
Japanese court says Apple's iPhones, iPads don...

Apple has once again defeated rival Samsung in the courtroom, this time in Japan, where it was ruled that the iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 and iPad 2 do not infringe on data communication patents owned by the South Korean electronics giant.
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05:30
Death knell is coming for Google Voice

After five years, it looks like Google Voice is going away…at least as an independent service and app. In 2007 Google acquired GrandCentral (started in 2005) and eventually rebranded it and launched it as Google Voice in 2009. Very little was done for the switchover, from a user standpoint, other than to incorporate the service into Google’s infrastructure. I had a GrandCentral account and it was nearly identical to how Google Voice works and looks today. According to 9to5Google, sometime in the coming months, Google plans to...

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05:28
Apple Granted 44 Patents: See iPhone-Hearing Aid...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 44 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a dual image sensor system, hearing aid features for a future iPhone, scrolling features like Cover Flow and two design patents that credit Apple's late CEO Steve Jobs. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.

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05:23
∞ Construction of Apple’s new campus begins with...

[VIDEO] As always, I am really excited to watch this new campus take shape. Gotta take down the old HP buildings first.

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05:00
Use Your iPod touch or iPad as an iPhone

Tired of your expensive cellular bill? You can break free with an iPad or iPod touch and still make phone calls and send text messages, but there are a few catches.

 

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04:53
einstein's legacy announces Monochrome 2.0.1...

einstein's legacy has announced Monochrome 2.0.1 for OS X. It's an upgrade of an application for converting batches of color images to grayscale.

Monochrome gives you control over the conversion process and applied effects, so you can create a consistent-looking set of output images. The 2.0.1 update was re-engineered from the ground-up to provide faster GPU-based image rendering, additional conversion methods, 30 new image effects, and new options for previewing, printing and sharing images.

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04:44
Amazon sends out eBook settlement credits, auto adds...

Last December, publishers Hachette, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Penguin settled their eBook price fixing suits. This morning, Amazon sent out their credit notifications. Here’s mine. Interesting that the credit is for “some” of my past Kindle book purchases. I’m assuming that’s because not all of my purchases were from the settling publishers.

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eBooks Antitrust Settlement Information

Dear Dave Mark,

Good news! You are entitled to a credit of $xx.xx for some of your past Kindle book purchases. The credit results from legal settlements reached with publishers Hachette, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Penguin in antitrust lawsuits filed by State Attorneys General and Class Plaintiffs about the price of eBooks.

You don’t have to do anything to claim your credit, we have already added your...

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04:36
Kool Tools: LaCie Big Disk with Thunderbolt 2

LaCie says its Little Big Disk, featuring Thunderbolt 2, is the fastest portable external storage solution ever. We won't argue as it delivers speeds up to 1,375 MB/s and fits in a laptop bag.

Thanks to its two Thunderbolt 2 ports, the LaCie Little Big Disk can be daisy chained with other devices. Professionals can daisy chain up to five LaCie Little Big Disks plus a 4K display, and connect them to a computer via a single cable. These features offers professionals a portable solution for editing 4K video in the field.

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04:35
ABI Research: Intelligent transportation...

With more than two-thirds of the global population expected to live in urban contexts by 2050, the deployment of smart cities technologies and intelligent transportation services in particular, will become key policy areas for local governments, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).

By 2025, penetration of ITS technologies in smart cities will range from 20% (autonomous vehicles) to 98% (traffic management), according to the research group.

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04:35
ABI Research: Intelligent transportation...

With more than two-thirds of the global population expected to live in urban contexts by 2050, the deployment of smart cities technologies and intelligent transportation services in particular, will become key policy areas for local governments, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).

By 2025, penetration of ITS technologies in smart cities will range from 20% (autonomous vehicles) to 98% (traffic management), according to the research group.

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04:11
Hannover Apple Store nearing completion, opening...

New images from iFun.de reveal an Apple logo on the front of the building in Hannover, Germany suggesting Apple is nearing completion on the project. Development on the site started in April last year.

Although the building has been covered, iFun.de has managed to catch a photo of the Apple logo whilst it is lit up — the logo is visible because the light is bleeding through the cover. This sighting not only acts as confirmation that the site is indeed an Apple Store, it also suggests that the site is almost ready to open to the public.

iFun.de says that the store is likely to open sometime next month.

Thanks Christian!

In addition, an image sent in by a reader shows what is apparently construction beginning on the rumored Edinburgh, Scotland store:

Thanks Graham!
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03:01
Apple Granted Patents for their Original iDevice...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 44 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover two specific granted patents related to multitouch on touch screens. The first covers Apple original 2007 technology that introduced pinch and zoom, pinch and rotate and other key new-to-market gestures. The second ...

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03:00
External Link: Apple in Talks with Comcast for...

The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple is in talks with Comcast to provide a streaming TV service. While it’s far from a done deal, Comcast would give Apple a sort of fast lane for content to prevent buffering and playback hiccups. Apple is also wanting control of customer information, a cut of Comcast’s monthly subscription fees, and Apple would have to acquire its own content deals. Comcast is reportedly interested in working with Apple to modernize its set-top boxes, due to fear from “cord cutters,” which is a move Josh Centers predicted in “The Future of Apple TV,” 21 February 2014.

 

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01:38
Apple Seeks Trademark/Word Mark for Special Pages...

On March 25, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published one of Apple's latest trademark filings for a special detailed word mark related to their iOS app "Pages." USPTO filed ....

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00:18
Briefly: App Store 'related' testing,...

On Monday, various users reported seeing a new feature during their visits to the iOS App Store -- a "related" keywords feature not previously present, seen when searching for apps. The test only appeared on devices running iOS 7, possibly limited to iOS 7.1 and OS X only, and quickly reverted to normal. The company already offers "related" suggestions, but only with a specific "app card," rather than while a search is still in progress. The feature is thought to be another example of Chomp integration, a company Apple bought in 2012....
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Monday March 24

23:15
"Your Verse" campaign tackles sports-...

Apple has updated its "Your Verse" campaign with a new segment dedicated to sports-related concussions. This is a subject that has garnered a lot of media attention in recent months, as NFL players await a proposed $765 million settlement. Apple...

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23:14
Apple Begins Testing Related Search Suggestions...

As first spotted by TIME Planner developer Olga Osadcha on Twitter (via MacStories), Apple has begun testing a related search suggestions feature for some users in the App Store.

The new menu appears to overlay itself on top of an existing search query, giving users search suggestions in similar categories - for instance, searching for "calendar" gives related suggestions for "calendar planner" and "daily planner", while a search for "sports games" displays suggestions to "action games" and "RPG games".

The suggestions box also appears to extend to some searches for specific terms, as searching for "twitter" will result in suggestions for "news apps" and the like. Suggested searches can also...

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22:57
Apple: iOS 7 adoption now at 85 percent

As of March 23, Apple says 85 percent of active users of iOS devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod touch) are running some version of iOS 7. This follows figures that showed a majority of users -- 52 percent -- had adopted iOS 7 just a week after its release last September. By Christmas, it was on 78 percent of compatible devices. Some 12 percent of users are on iOS 6, with the remaining three percent running older devices limited to older releases. The rapid adoption rate of iOS releases continues to be a major security and developer advantage over Android....
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22:23
Apple testing 'Related' App Store search...

According to reports late Monday, Apple may be planning on rolling out a new app discovery feature for the iOS App Store as users have spotted a new option that suggests terms related to a given search.
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21:46
Apple experimenting with related terms in App Store...


Image via Olga Osadcha

Apple appears to be testing a new feature for the iOS version of the App Store that presents users with related search terms at the top of the search results page.

The feature isn’t available to everyone yet, but users on iOS 7.1 and 7.0.x are reporting spotting it. 9to5Mac‘s own Zac Hall only had access to the feature temporarily, though his search results have now returned to the previous design.

The feature was first pointed out by Olga Osadcha on Twitter:

Just noticed "Related" search suggestions in App Store. Has it always been there? (iPhone only) http://t.co/...

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21:06
New video footage shows initial demolition at Apple...

High quality video footage of the demolition currently underway at Apple's Campus 2 build site in Cupertino, Calif., was posted to the Web on Monday, with the short clip showing what appears to be the complete teardown process of an entire building.
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21:06
Apple hires new top DC lobbyist, also creates new...

A former Senate staffer will take on the role of Apple's new top US government lobbyist in Washington DC, while a certified privacy professional with a background in healthcare, national security and social network privacy issues has been named to a new "privacy counsel" position within the company. Amber Cottle served as a staff director for an influential congressional committee, while Sabrina Ross as already begun her job overseeing the protection of customer data....
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20:59
OS X Server 3.1.1 - For OS X 10.9.2 Mavericks. (...

OS X Server is the next generation of Apple's award winning server software. Designed for OS X and iOS devices, OS X Server makes it easy to share files, schedule meetings, synchronize contacts, host your own website, publish wikis, configure Macs, iPhones and iPads, remotely access your network, and more.

Server is now an application you can add to Mavericks right from the Mac App Store. Anyone can quickly and easily turn a Mac running Mavericks into a server that's perfect for home offices, businesses, schools, and hobbyists alike.

File Sharing

  • File sharing for Mac, PC, and iPad
  • Standards-based AFP, SMB, and WebDAV file services
  • Flexible file permissions
  • Spotlight searching

Wiki Server

  • Point-and-click page editor to change formatting and insert images, movies, and attachments
  • Access controls
  • Tags and comments
  • Revision history...

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19:56
Apple Hires (Another) Privacy Counsel

Apple hires Sabrina Ross as "Privacy Counsel," according to AppleInsider, and her experience might give some insight into what Apple is spending time on these days.


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19:01
Apple sends out refund letters to iTunes customers...

As part of a settlement Apple agreed to with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over problems and excessive charges made by children through in-app purchases (IAPs), the company has sent out letters to some iTunes account holders, offering refunds "in certain cases" where a child has been able to make unauthorized IAPs without the parents' awareness. There have been numerous incidents made public of children who racked up extraordinary charges through IAPs....
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18:47
Apple taps veteran Senate finance staffer as new top...

A report on Monday claims Apple has hired former Senate staffer Amber Cottle, who served as staff director on one of the most influential committees on Capitol Hill, to be its new lobbyist in Washington, D.C.
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18:20
New video shows demolition of old HP buildings as...

A new video popped up on YouTube today showing what appears to be the demolition of the buildings that formerly occupied the space where Apple’s new headquarters will be located. We’re not sure who the source of the video is, but it is in fact legitimate footage that Apple circulated internally.

The actual demolition started last month, but was only completed recently. Construction of expected to begin soon on...

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18:09
Adoption of Apple's iOS 7 continues to rise,...

In a change to Apple's developer website on Monday, the company announced adoption of iOS 7 is now at 85 percent while the share of devices running iOS 6 has fallen to 12 percent.
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18:09
Apple finds new Washington, D.C. lobbyist in former...

Apple has hired Amber Cottle as its new chief lobbyist, reports Politico. Before joining the Cupertino company, Cottle spent time as the Democratic Staff Director on the Senate Finance Committee, giving her a unique perspective on how Washington politics affect companies like Apple. Prior to serving the Finance Committee, Cottle was the Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Investment.

In the past, Apple has not always focused heavily on lobbying efforts in Washington, and though...

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18:00
iPad helps trainers monitor concussions

This is incredible. We often talk about how the possibilities of what we can do with an iPad seem endless, but this is a step above.

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17:37
Apple Hires Former Senate Staffer as New Lobbyist in...

Apple has hired veteran Washington insider Amber Cottle as its new top lobbyist according to a report from Politico.

Cottle was previously the Democratic Staff Director for the Senate Finance Committee, where she also had experience as the committee's Chief International Trade Counsel, important experience for Apple's needs on Capitol Hill.

In her job on the Finance Committee, Cottle advised members and staff on trade and international economic issues, and was previously Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Investment.

Apple has been increasingly active in Washington DC in recent years, with Apple executives meeting with...

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17:31
Briefly: OS X Server updated again, Flyover gains...

Having released OS X Server for Mavericks nearly a week ago, Apple on Monday replaced the former 3.1 version available on the Mac App Store with a revised version, 3.1.1, which does not list any differences or bug fixes from the previous 3.1 release. The previous and current release both list a number of improvements, including new support for a Device Enrollment Program within Device Manager; new management of fonts, AirPrint and Wi-Fi Hotspot 2.0 settings, and improved Activation Lock use for admins. The suite costs $20 for new users, but the updated version is free for existing 3.x users....
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17:02
New 'Your Verse' story shows how iPad...

Apple on Monday posted to its website a new installment of its "Your Verse" iPad media campaign, this time highlighting the tablet's ability to help assess concussions, a previously difficult task that relied on subjective reporting methods.
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17:00
The Collectables assaults iOS, mixes eye candy and...

I've been looking forward to The Collectables for a while now. When I got my first look at the game several months ago the gorgeous visuals grabbed my attention immediately, and being able to micromanage a team of military renegades seemed like a...

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16:31
Your words

Matt Gemmell has a really nice piece explaining why he doesn’t post on sites like Medium and instead writes for his own site.

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16:24
Apple takes concussions head-on with latest addition...

Apple has updated its ‘Your Verse’ campaign web page with new stories of athletic teams using the iPad to help detect concussions in players, potentially helping save lives. Because concussions can’t be detected by medical equipment, players who suffer head injuries need to take cognition tests that measure their pre- and post-injury abilities to determine whether they’ve suffered a concussion.

Using an iPad app created by C3 Logix, medical staff can quickly test players for symptoms in a variety of areas, such as visual acuity and balance, and determine the severity of the concussion. For example, doctors can use the iPad’s accelerometer and gyroscope to help test a player’s balance:...

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16:07
Apple's new privacy counsel hire hints at...

A new Apple hire discovered on Monday may offer insight into the company's rumored push into health monitoring, which could integrate data from the much-rumored "iWatch" with the company's iCloud service.
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16:00
NPR comes to iTunes Radio

Today iTunes radio took an important step towards being able to replace terrestrial radio for many of its users with the addition of an NPR channel. The 24-hour channel will offer a free stream of NPR's award-winning content, including its live news...

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15:59
Mozilla names new CEO after year-long search

Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich has been named by the foundation's board of directors to be its new CEO. Eich, best known for his invention of JavaScript as a developer for Netscape in the mid-90s, has been with the company in the role of CTO for the past nine years. He replaces Gary Kovacs, who announced a year ago that he was stepping down from the post. Eich has said that further development of Firefox as a mobile OS is his top priority, particularly for smartphones....
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15:50
How to Find Out ‘What’s on Apple TV’ in Your Browser

Every so often when you fire up the Apple TV, you'll see a new channel or two appear as if by magic. What do they show? Wonder no more, because it turns out Apple has a "What's on Apple TV," and Kelly Guimont will show you hot to use it.


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15:43
Giveaway: MacX

Until April 4, enter to win one of ten copies of MacX Video Converter Pro from MacNN and until April 10, grab a copy of MacX Mobile Video Converter for FREE.
    


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15:39
Apple reaches out to in-app purchase customers,...


Police officer Doug Crossan reported his son Cameron for fraud after Cameron spent £3,700 on the App Store

Apple has sent an email to customers who recently made in-app purchases on their iOS devices informing them that any purchases made by a minor were subject to a refund. This is the latest in a series of steps Apple has taken to ensure that children do not make unauthorized purchases on a parent’s device or iTunes account.

The email tells customers that if they suspect a purchase was made by a minor, they can request a refund by logging into their iTunes account and reporting a problem with the purchase:

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15:30
The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for March 24, 2014

It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get some the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world.

You can listen to today's...

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15:18
Boris FX announces Boris Continuum Complete 9

Boris FX has announced Boris Continuum Complete 9, an update of the package of visual effects for NLE and compositing platforms for Mac OS X and Windows. It adds over 30 new filters and transitions in key areas such as Image Restoration, Film, Stylize, Keying and Compositing, Lights, and Perspective.

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15:11
Apple Sends Email to iTunes Users Offering Refunds...

As a part of its consent decree with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission over in-app purchases in the App Store, Apple today sent out a mass email to some iTunes users, offering them a chance to obtain a refund by filling out a form through a special link.

Specifically, the email appears to be targeted toward users who have made recent in-app purchases, with Apple stating that unauthorized purchases "made by a minor" are eligible for a refund, with all requests required to be submitted by April 15. Dear iTunes account owner,

Apple is committed to providing parents and kids with a great experience on the App Store. We review all app content before allowing it on our store, provide a wide range of age-appropriate content, and include parental controls in iOS to make it easy for parents to restrict or disable access to content.

We've heard from some customers that it was too...

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15:00
Snappgrip makes one-handed iPhone photography a snap

Taking iPhone photos or videos and trying to zoom, focus, and snap the shutter with just one hand has been pretty much impossible until now. A Kickstarter-backed project created the Snappgrip, now being sold through BiteMyApple.co. This little device...

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14:53
Nuzzel Aims to Calm the Chatter


Nuzzel, a service that helps users pick out the most popular items from their social media feeds, launched to the public last week. The aggregating network made its debut in 2012, but until last week, it required an invitation to join. Now anyone can use the service, which is spearheaded by Friendster founder Jonathan Abrams. Nuzzel users have the option of signing in with their Twitter or Facebook user name and password. The service then analyzes the feeds from those social networks and lets users know what their friends are chattering about.

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14:33
Apple casts wide net to find iTunes users affected...

As part of a settlement regarding overly lax in-app purchase limitations, Apple on Monday sent out to iTunes account holders what appears to be a mass email, asking those who were charged for unauthorized purchases by minors to fill out a refund form.
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14:30
Flicker Find: An artistic study in the evolution of...

Where some people would see a mouse problem, Flickr user petebocken saw an artistic solution. Take a walk down memory lane with this beautifully framed and photographed collection showcasing the evolution of the Mac mouse. It's come a long way since...

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14:14
Spotify stops accepting new apps for desktop client...

Spotify is no longer accepting new submissions of apps for its desktop player, the company has announced. While it will stop any new apps from being added to the client, the service will be continuing to offer access to its Web API and mobile APIs, in what could be considered a move towards a greater mobile focus for the music-streaming company....
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14:11
NPR Shows And Newscasts Now Available On iTunes Radio

Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and other shows are now available via a new 24-hour NPR streaming station on iTunes Radio. And later this spring, NPR is planning to expand the station to include streams of member stations in the U.S. “What you hear today is just the start of what’s to come,” said Zach Brand, NPR’s vice president of digital media.

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14:09
Apple Reportedly Discusses iTunes Subscriptions With...

Apple is reportedly considering expanding its music offerings in the face of declining iTunes sales, including the option of offering a subscription service. The more interesting options being discussed include a Spotify/Beats Music-style paid subscription service for on-demand listening, and perhaps even a version of the iTunes store for Android devices.

The Mac Observer Spin: An Android version of iTunes? Really!? Well, yeah, maybe.


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14:08
PC and Mac versions of Office subject to RTF...

Microsoft has issued an advisory to users of its popular Microsoft Word application. Remote code execution is possible if users open a maliciously crafted rich-text format (RTF) file, or open the same file in Outlook while using Microsoft Word as the email viewer. Outlook 2010 through 2013 default to using Microsoft Word as the email viewer, making users more vulnerable to attack....
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14:00
ZapVM creates visual messages on your iOS device for...

ZapVM is a free app (with some desirable in-app purchases) that lets you create and share messages with sound, still photos, captions, stickers and freehand sketching tools.

I can see ZapVM being used by PowerPoint or Keynote fans, families sharing...

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13:55
Steve Jobs threatened 'war' as Google...

Google may have sparked the Silicon Valley anti-poaching scandal when the company infuriated Steve Jobs by attempting to lure members of Apple's Safari team to work on Google's then-nascent browser effort, according to internal emails revealed in new court filings.

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13:46
Briefly: Square adds Spanish to app, MLG for Xbox 360

Point-of-Sale card payment service, Square, has released its app Square Register in Spanish today. Square Register, available for iPhone, iPad and Android devices, allows businesses to accept card payments in-store. The web-based dashboard as well as its online selling platform, Square Market, now also support Spanish. Square's services are currently available to business owners in US, Canada and Japan....
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13:42
Apple Should Have Bought Time Warner When it Had the...

It's a challenge, from the outside, to figure out just what Apple wants. For example, just like the original iPhone deal with AT&T, Apple appears to want to leverage off the Comcast network and then create its own relationship with the customer. AT&T benefitted from that, but Comcast is not that desperate. That puts Apple back at square one.


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13:30
Apple, Comcast, and net neutrality

Last night, the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple may be courting Comcast for a streaming TV service that would deliver content from the cloud to an Apple set-top box. The report notes that Apple's (alleged) plan would be for its video content...

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13:23
Microsoft Does Some Scroogling to Catch a Thief


Microsoft, which has been mocking Google's searching of Gmail subscribers' emails with its "Scroogled" campaign, is fielding criticism for having itself searched the email of a Hotmail user. The search was conducted after Microsoft found that an employee, Alex Kibkalo, who worked for it in Lebanon, had stolen proprietary code and shared it with the Hotmail user, who is a blogger. Microsoft later turned over the information to the FBI, which reportedly has filed a complaint in a Washington court alleging Kibkalo stole trade secrets.

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13:16
One on one with a hacker – ShopTalk podcast host...

No embed code, so follow the headline link to listen. The hacker talks through the exact process he used to take over Chris Coyier’s web sites.

His fake name is “Earl Drudge”, an anagram of “Drug Dealer”. In early March 2014, he used some social engineering techniques and fake US federal documents to be granted full access to Chris’ servers. After missing the opportunity and a failed retaliation attempt, he posted sensitive personal information of Chris’ onto a site where not only can it never be removed, if it’s attempted to be removed becomes promoted.

Surreal.

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13:00
How The Simpsons came up with the "Mapple...

When putting together a comprehensive list detailing every Apple reference ever made on The Simpsons and Futurama, I was lucky enough to chat with a few seasoned Simpsons insiders who gave me so much juicy information that I just couldn't squeeze it...

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12:52
Giveaway: win a copy of MacX Video Converter Pro

Even though it may not feel like it in all parts of the United States, spring is here, and to celebrate Digiarty is giving away 40,000 copies of MacX Mobile Video Converter software for free. In addition MacNN has teamed up with Digiarty to give away ten copies of MacX Video Converter Pro, which carries a retail value of $59.95. Read on to learn more about this software and how to enter....
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12:41
∞ A photo every day for 9 months combined with a...

[VIDEO] I’m a sucker for a well written song. Welcome to the world, Buzz Michelangelo Fletcher. Back to the post to watch the video.

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12:41
Apple-Comcast talks likely limited in scope, user...

While rumors of talks between Apple and cable provider Comcast generated buzz over the weekend, one Wall Street analyst doesn't expect the discussions to go much beyond the possibility of having a Comcast-branded application available for Apple TV.

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12:34
Google Now Arrives In Chrome For Windows and Mac

An anonymous reader writes "Google today announced Google Now is coming to the Chrome stable channel for Windows and Mac 'starting today and rolling out over the next few weeks.' This means Google Now notifications will finally be available to desktop and laptop Chrome users, in addition to Android and iOS users. To turn the feature on, all you need to do is sign in to Chrome with the same Google Account you're using for Google Now on mobile. If you use Google Now on multiple devices, you will need to manage your location settings for each device independently (change Location Reporting on Android and iOS)."

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12:34
Google Now Arrives In Chrome For Windows and Mac

An anonymous reader writes "Google today announced Google Now is coming to the Chrome stable channel for Windows and Mac 'starting today and rolling out over the next few weeks.' This means Google Now notifications will finally be available to desktop and laptop Chrome users, in addition to Android and iOS users. To turn the feature on, all you need to do is sign in to Chrome with the same Google Account you're using for Google Now on mobile. If you use Google Now on multiple devices, you will need to manage your location settings for each device independently (change Location Reporting on Android and iOS)."

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12:33
Roku iPhone app gets redesign w/ new search feature...




The companion iPhone app for Roku hardware was updated today with a complete visual overhaul that gives the app a brand new look on top of a few new features. In addition to the redesign pictured above, the updated Roku app will also now let you access Roku’s search feature to search for content across apps by movie, show, actor, or director right from an iPhone. 

Version 3.0 of the Roku app also includes a...

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12:30
It's staring at me, isn't it?

Nobody ever said the iPad mini wasn't scary.

[Photo credit: Mrkwanten]...

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12:25
Google Now makes official debut in stable versions...

Google Now notifications are beginning to roll out to users of the stable versions of Chrome, according to an official announcement. Until this week, Now was only available in Android, beta editions of Chrome, and the Google Search app for iOS. Only a small percentage of Chrome users will see notifications today; the full rollout is set to last several weeks....
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12:19
TMO Highlights Macworld Presentations on MacVoices

The Mac Observer's Jeff Gamet, Bryan Chaffin, Chuck La Tournous are all speaking at this week's Macworld/iWorld Conference in San Francisco, and they all paid visits to Chuck Joiner's MacVoices podcast to talk about what they have in store for attendees.


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12:14
Verizon allegedly forcing CA customers from copper...

California-based Utility Reform Network (TURN) has filed with the California Public Utilities Commission, alleging that Verizon is refusing to repair legacy copper-wire landline telephones. The public advocacy group says that Verizon is "neglecting the repair and maintenance of its copper network" and aims to forcibly migrate clients to IP-based services and fiber-optic connections....
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12:06
Xsan Failback

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Hi,

We have an Xsan 2.1 environment with 3 SANs, 3 MDCs and 11 clients. Occasionally we've had the odd failover occur over the years. We're currently in a state where the 3 MDCs and 2 of the clients are running Mavericks and Xsan 3.1. We're eventually aiming to move all cilents to Mavericks and Xsan 3.1 but in the mean time the older snow leopard machines are running Xsan 2.2.2 (build 148)

Every once in a while a SAN will failover to it's secondary metadata controller. However, recently we had our second SAN failover and then fail BACK to the original controller. I read in the physical copy of the Xsan 2 Administration guide (2009) I have that this is called failback and that a failback should never occur automatically: it must be manually instigated by person. However, we had a failback occur without a person insitigating it....

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12:06
Clever FlipStand Case for All iPad minis Features...

The FlipStand case for the iPad mini from Felix provides protection and a stand that automatically opens when needed. It features the ability to stand up the iPad mini in portrait or landscape mode, and includes sleep/wake magnets. It is compact and functional with a flair.


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12:00
Only One of Two Larger iPhone 6 Models Likely,...

Apple may only launch one of two larger size iPhones this fall, according to UBS analyst Steve Milunovich. Barrons relays the research note which is based on Milunovich's "checks" of the supply chain.

iPhone 6 rumors have repeatedly suggested that Apple is working on two new sizes for the iPhone. Predictions most commonly include 4.7" and 5.5" sizes, up from the current 4" screen of the iPhone 5S. Milunovich's report agrees that Apple is working on those same two models, but isn't sure both will launch:... an “iPhone 6” is most likely to come in August or September, rather than June, in two different models, one with a 4.7-inch screen, one with a 5.5-inch screen. He thinks the former, the smaller of the two, “seems certain,” but that the 5.5-inch model “may...

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11:56
Rumor: Apple to Intro 12-inch MacBook Pro

Apple is reportedly working on a 12-inch version of its MacBook Pro laptop to ship later this year. Along with a smaller display, the new model will ditch internal fans as well as the mechanical trackpad button currently used on all Apple laptops.

The Mac Observer Spin: It isn't any secret that Apple is phasing out built-in optical drives, so this year would be a perfect time to finally drop that from the 13-inch MacBook Pro. It would also make for a great time to seriously revamp the laptop lineup with improvements that go beyond incremental speed bumps.


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11:37
Apple’s iTunes Radio Expands to News with NPR Station

Apple has added its first news station to iTunes Radio, NPR News and Culture. The station went live Tuesday morning, and it offers a mix of live news and segments from the public radio network's shows, including All things Considered, and The Diane Rehm Show.


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11:30
Daily Deals for March 24, 2014

It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections.

TUAW's Daily Deals

The Car Stereo FM Transmitter [On sale for $27.99,...

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11:13
iPhone Apps: Tweetbot, Boxer, Ultimate Guitar Tabs


    

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11:09
Boom 1.9 - Boost audio output for your entire system...

Boom is a system-wide volume booster and equalizer application that effortlessly improves the sound of your Mac.

Using Boom is easy. It works like the volume controls of your Mac to boost the sound; making it a louder, clearer and better sounding experience.

Boom can boost them all! From videos on YouTube to your favorite music/video playing on iTunes, Spotify and Netflix. Even video chats through Skype and FaceTime can now be audible! .

iPod/iPhone users have always wanted their music to play louder on their device speakers. Boom provides the ability to boost the audio files residing in the iTunes library or from the desktop. It lets the users enjoy the new boosted experience with a seamless transfer of the boosted files to their iPod/iPhone through a separate iTunes playlist.

Use equalizing presets such as Dubstep, Jazz, Acoustic, Classical and many more or just customize your very own preset to something unique.

Boom is now...

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11:03
Google Now notifications now available in Chrome for...

After spending about a month and a half in the beta channel, Chrome is rolling out Google Now notifications to all users. To activate the feature, Google says to sign in with the same Google account used on iOS.

Users can find their cards through the Google Chrome Notifications window. This view is available by clicking the bell icon in the OS X menubar. Cards for events such as weather, sports, directions and reminders will appear just like Now works on mobile platforms.

Some cards that appear on iPhone and iPad...

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11:00
Emails reveal that Steve Jobs angrily called Sergey...

During a period spanning 2005 through 2009, Apple and several other high-profile tech companies effectively signed off on anti-poaching agreements, whereby they agreed not to recruit employees from one another.

The participants included Apple,...

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10:50
Apple adds NPR as first news channel on iTunes Radio

Apple is today adding National Public Radio as a channel on iTunes Radio, according to officials with NPR. The stream will be free and run 24 hours a day, mixing live news with the broadcaster's pre-recorded shows. Within the next few weeks, local NPR affiliates should start offering channels of their own. Other details of the agreement with Apple are unknown, but NPR is run as a non-profit....
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10:49
Apple Reserves the Right to Tap into your iCloud...

There's been a lot of noise in the media over the last months about the NSA being able to tap into your email with the help of Google, Apple and others. There has been angry reaction to this news by the companies that were supposedly working hand-in-glove with the NSA. These respective companies reacted to those claims with their own public campaigns. Yet when I read the other day that Microsoft had hacked into a bloggers email account, the ugly truth and hypocrisy of it all began to unravel. Then surprisingly late last week we were all unpleasantly reminded that Apple also ...

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10:39
About the OS X Server v3.1.1 Update

Learn about changes included in the OS X Server v3.1.1 Update.

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10:30
13 years ago today, Apple began shipping OS X 10.0

OS X is now a man. 13 years ago today, Apple forever changed the trajectory of the Mac OS when it began shipping the original version of OS X for $129 -- a vestige of an era back when Apple actually used to charge for an OS.

Codenamed Cheetah, the...

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10:17
9to5Toys Last Call: Up to 65% off Samsung memory...

Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: TwitterRSS Feed,FacebookGoogle+ and subscribe to the new Safari push notifications feature.

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call updates:

 

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10:00
JibJab's StoryBots will hook kids and their...

2004 was the year the iPod Mini made its debut, along with the 4th generation iPod and iPod Photo. Apple sold its 200 millionth song through the iTunes Store, and the iMac G5 was introduced. Macs were running OS X Panther.

And in July 2004, leading...

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09:55
NPR news channel coming to iTunes Radio today

iTunes Radio will add National Public Radio as its first news channel, Re/code reports. NPR’s channel is expected to go live today, and it will offer a free 24-hour stream of live news and pre-recorded shows. Additionaly, some local NPR stations will offer their own iTunes Radio channels “within…

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09:50
Basecamp was under network attack this morning: A...

From a Basecamp blog post, in a lull from the denial-of-service attack earlier today:

Criminals attacked the Basecamp network with a distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS) attack this morning. The attackers tried to extort us for money to make it stop. We refused to give in and worked with our network providers to mitigate the attack the best we could. Then, about two hours after the attack started, it suddenly stopped.

This really sucks.

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09:48
MacJournal 6.1 - Create, maintain, and blog a...

MacJournal is the world's most popular journaling software for the Mac. MacJournal 6 adds a calendar mode that show entries from any journal, geolocation, word count, and progress tracking, as well as additional blogging support. A Timeline mode has been added to give the journaler the ability to see their writing activity in chronological order. MacJournal 6 even introduces a feature for creating books from journals specially formatted for publishing. Add any kind of content, not just text. Drag PDFs, QuickTime movies, images, audio, and more. Record audio and video, even publish to a blog account on Blogger, WordPress, LiveJournal, Posterous, and Tumblr. Dropbox support added as well.

We've made it easy for you.

We've created and designed MacJournal, the world's most popular journaling application for the Mac, so that you can start writing and express yourself the moment you launch it. Easily create a journal - for your dreams,...

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09:41
NPR on iTunes Radio

Digital streams of Morning Edition, All Things Considered and hourly newscasts will be available on a new 24-hour streaming NPR channel on iTunes Radio.

Great news for everyone.

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09:31
∞ Bill Nye on how he became “The Science Guy”

[VIDEO] I’m a long time fan, found this fascinating.

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09:31
NSA Lifts Middle Finger to Middle Kingdom


Oh, there have been some good National Security Agency revelations. Like the one about the NSA tapping German Chancellor Angela Merkel's phone. Or the one about the NSA planting agents inside World of Warcraft, or impersonating Facebook in a global quest to spread malware. Delicious as all those stories are, however, last weekend's NSA bombshell may take the cake. The NSA reportedly has created back doors directly into networks run by Huawei, the Chinese telecommunications giant that the U.S. has long suspected of skulduggery.

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09:27
CSS Diner

It’s a little game to help you learn CSS selectors. Type in the correct selector to complete each level.

Very nice.

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09:21
NPR brings live streaming news to Apple's...

Live streaming news content is headed to iTunes Radio, with the first partner launching on Apple's service Monday: National Public Radio.

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09:19
Google prematurely launches iOS Chromecast photo...

Google has released what appears to be a partially finished iOS application to Apple's App Store, leveraging its new Chromecast television dongle peripheral. The new iOS-only app called "Photowall for Chromecast" will at some point allow users to create a photo montage through the iOS device to a Chromecast....
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09:17
Unbabel is new online translation service

Unbabel is a new kind of online translation service that "provides human quality translation at one-fifth the going rate."

Unbabel also has released a REST-based API [application programming interface] with which companies can integrate translation directly into their workflow. The service says it currently has nearly 3,000 translators and are translating over 25,000 words per day for over 30 paying customers. Go to http://www.unbabel.com for more info.

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09:10
iTunes Radio Adds NPR, with More News Channels on...

Apple's iTunes Radio streaming music service is expanding today with the addition of a new National Public Radio (NPR) channel, reports Re/code.NPR’s channel, which should be live today, will offer a free stream, 24 hours a day, which mixes live news with segments from pre-recorded shows like “All Things Considered” and “The Diane Rehm Show.” NPR officials say that within weeks, some of the broadcaster’s local stations should begin offering their own channels, with a similar mix of live and taped news.NPR has also been working on bringing on-demand programming based on users' tastes to its mobile apps, and it is possible that functionality could come to the station's iTunes Radio service as well.

The report notes that it is currently unclear what the business relationship between Apple and NPR is in terms of generating revenue for NPR, but NPR vice president of digital media Zach Brand says...

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09:07
Google Photowall turns your TV into a crowdsourced...

Two interesting developments hit the App Store over the weekend, as Google's new Photowall app lets iPhone owners beam photos from their handset to their TV using the company's Chromecast streaming stick, while Loopy HD is now 50% off after being featured on The Tonight Show.

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09:06
NPR added to iTunes Radio as the first news...

Now this is interesting (if you like talk radio): Recode is reporting that iTunes Radio is slated to pick up streaming news today through a partnership with NPR.

NPR’s channel, which should be live today, will offer a free stream, 24 hours a day, which mixes live news with segments from pre-recorded shows like “All Things Considered” and “The Diane Rehm Show.” NPR officials say that within weeks, some of the broadcaster’s local stations should begin offering their own channels, with a similar mix of live and taped news.

You can add the new station to your iTunes Radio lineup below:

This marks the first news streaming channel on the music streaming service bringing a real radio feel to iTunes...

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09:04
New emails expose anti-poaching collusion between...

A newly-published set of emails explicitly detail the anti-poaching agreements reached between Apple, Google, and a collection of other high-tech firms. The companies settled a US Department of Justice investigation on the matter in 2010, but are still dealing with class action litigation. One of the instigators of the anti-poaching deals appears to have been former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who made "irate" calls to Google co-founder Sergey Brin in February 2005, complaining that Google was trying to hire away members of the Safari development team. Brin mentions "veiled threats" from Jobs; af...
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09:00
SMK-Link Electronics to introduce PadDock

SMK-Link Electronics Corporation has announced the US$169.99 PadDock Pivot Dual Arm Locking Table Stand for the iPad. It will debut at this wrk's Macworld/iWorld Expo.

The PadDock enables the deployment of iPads or other standard size 9 x 11-inch mobile tablets in schools, hospitals, retail stores and professional offices. the locking tablet cradle rotates 360 degrees for viewing in any orientation, while tilting through a 165 degree range to provide your best viewing angle.

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09:00
UK App Store and iTunes Store pricing may increase...

Last week British Chancellor George Osborne introduced the UK's annual budget for the year ahead. It included, among other things, a change that may affect the price of apps and media in the UK App Store and iTunes Store by up to 20%. As The Guardian...

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08:55
TeamViewer 9.0.27313 - Establish remote connections...

TeamViewer gives you remote control of any computer or Mac over the Internet within seconds, or can be used for online meetings. Find out why more than 200 million users trust TeamViewer!

Free for non-commercial users. Licensing terms for business users can be found here.



Version 9.0.27313:

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08:36
The emails that led to accusations of an Apple and...

From Mark Ames at PandoDaily:

Back in January, I wrote about “The Techtopus” — an illegal agreement between seven tech giants, including Apple, Google, and Intel, to suppress wages for tens of thousands of tech employees. The agreement prompted a Department of Justice investigation, resulting in a settlement in which the companies agreed to curb their restricting hiring deals. The same companies were then hit with a civil suit by employees affected by the agreements.

This week, as the final summary judgement for the resulting class action suit looms, and several of the companies mentioned (Intuit, Pixar and Lucasfilm) scramble to settle out of court, Pando has obtained court documents (embedded below) which show shocking evidence of a much larger...

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08:28
Review: Crumpler JackPack, the perfect-sized daypack...

No matter how many camera bags a photographer may own, it seems you never have one that’s quite the right size. In my case, I have a very large roller-bag for when I want to take almost all my kit with me when travelling, a large backpack for when a roller-bag isn’t practical and a very compact backpack that just carries one camera, one flashgun and a couple of extra lenses.

That worked reasonably well until I got a MacBook Air 11. That was so light that it made sense to carry it with me so that I could transfer and review photos while out & about, but my compact bag had no laptop slot. So when Mobile Fun invited me to take a look at its range, I decided to try a bag that was small enough to work as a daypack, but had room for a MacBook and a second camera. The Crumpler JackPack Full Photo Backpack seemed to fit the bill … ...

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08:28
Voila: Screen Capture & Screen Recorder for Mac...

Record anything on your screen, edit it with powerful yet efficient tools and share them with just one-click!

Voila Mac Screen Capture Tool from Global Delight makes screen captures a piece of cake with its intuitive and brilliant features. Capture in HD, edit and annotate with tools like arrows, text, stamps, callouts and much more while being able to share instantly to the likes of YouTube, Dropbox, Evernote, Tumblr, Flickr and more!

Voila is especially useful for educators, students, designers, corporates and the like who need brisk, high-performance and solid screen captures without breaking a sweat. Creating tutorials, training manuals, lessons, DIY videos etc. is now super easy and you also get to manage them expertly with Voila’s smart organizational abilities. It’s that simple!

Go ahead and give it a Try...

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08:00
TUAW at Macworld/iWorld 2014

Many of the Apple blogosphere cognoscenti are on their way to San Francisco this week for the annual Apple love fest/tech show known as Macworld/iWorld. This year's event officially runs between Thursday (March 27) and Saturday (March 29), although...

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07:55
Apple, Comcast In Talks To Team Up On Apple TV

Late Sunday the Wall Street Journal reported talks are happening between Apple and Comcast, likely working out how to offer cable TV content on an Apple TV.

The Mac Observer Spin: This sounds good for customers. Is it too good to be true?


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07:52
Someone is happy with iPhone 5c sales: Pegatron...

Photo: Associated Press

Pegatron, Apple’s main supplier for the iPhone 5c, has reported 22 percent year-on-year earnings growth, citing mobile products as the main source of the increase. KGI Securities analyst Angela Hsiang told the WSJ that Apple provides 40 percent of the company’s business.

Pegatron has long been a secondary iPhone supplier, but was last year given the lead in production of the iPhone 5c, which it manufactures along with the iPad Mini. The company did not provide any breakdown in earnings between the two products.

Although the...

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07:46
New York Times: NSA involved in ongoing hack against...

In an interesting reversal, Snowden-leaked documents are pointing to a pervasive infiltration of Chinese electronics manufacturer Huawei's servers. NSA Operation "Shotgiant" allegedly probed connections between Huawei and the Chinese army, but also aimed to attack technology manufactured by the company and use the compromised technology for worldwide surveillance....
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07:43
Apple Seeks Trademarks for new iPhoto and iMovie...

On March 24, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest trademark filings relating to icons for iPhoto OS X and iOS 7 along with the iMovie icon for iOS 7. The iOS 7 icons represent ...

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07:41
Apple looking to fully automate iPhone battery...

Apple is working to get iPhone batteries manufactured on fully automated production lines in 2014, supply chain sources claim. The company is already said to have mostly automated iMac and Mac Pro production, the only exceptions being materials and final assembly. Apple is allegedly interested in reducing the manpower needed for its products; this may be due to rising minimum wages in China, and problems like labor shortages and high turnover rates, linked to the fact that many young people don't want to work in manufacturing. Such jobs can often demand 60 or more hours a week in poor condi...
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07:36
UK digital download taxes could increase in 2015

Digital downloads including App Store and iTunes purchases are due to see a tax increase in the U.K. under new laws next year, The Guardian reports. A new budget would force Apple and others to charge a 20 percent tax rate on such downloads. The budget closes a tax…

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07:29
Employee Anti-Poaching Agreements May Extend Far...

Apple, Google and five other large technology companies were caught signing "no solicitation" agreements that prevented the companies from trying to hire away each others' employees. Court documents newly obtained by Pando Daily suggest these anti-poaching agreements extend far beyond this Silicon Valley seven.

According to these documents, over a dozen companies and as many as one million employees may have been affected by these secret hiring agreements.
Confidential internal Google and Apple memos, buried within piles of court dockets and reviewed by PandoDaily, clearly show that what began as a secret cartel agreement between Apple’s Steve Jobs and Google’s Eric Schmidt to illegally fix the labor market for hi-tech workers, expanded within a few years to include companies ranging from Dell, IBM, eBay and...

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07:20
∞ BaseCamp in middle of denial of service attack

Are you a user of 37Signals’ Basecamp project management app? If so, things might be a little slow to respond this morning. From their Twitter account this morning at about 10a ET, US:

We are experiencing a DDoS attack. All apps may be slow to respond while we investigate. Stay tuned for updates.

Just FYI.

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07:16
WSJ: Apple talking with Comcast about streaming TV

Apple is talking with Comcast about working together on a streaming television service that would use an Apple set-top box like Apple TV, the Wall Street Journal reports. The deal would use Comcast’s cables to bypass web congestion, sources said. Using Comcast as a partner would, ideally, prevent buffering…

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David. Review
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Eyefi Unveils New Eyefi Cloud Service Th...
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Tales from the Dragon Mountain: The Lair...
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Yahoo Updates Flickr App with Advanced E...
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My Incredible Body - A Kid's App to...
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Trials Frontier Review
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Evernote Business Notebook by Moleskin I...
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