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Thursday March 20

09:54
Apple Invents an Extendable Stylus Tip for Artist...

While the late Steve Jobs wasn't a big fan of the "dumb stylus" of yesteryear, that was basically a tiny plastic pencil, he knew that one day the technology would give rise to an advanced iPen. Apple has invested heavily in the modern iPen with over 24 patents to their credit thus far. Today we get to take a look at Apple's fourth and fifth stylus related patents for the first quarter of 2014 alone. In Apple's latest inventions, they describe a sophisticated stylus with an internal mechanism using electrically charged discs that could elongate the tip of the stylus. In standard mode it's a ...

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09:52
40% of Pandora users listen on Apple devices,...

Internet radio service Pandora is heavily dependent on Apple hardware, with about 40 percent of listeners accessing the service through an Apple device. And yet the launch of Apple's competing iTunes Radio last September has not stopped Pandora from continuing to grow.

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09:32
Fortune includes Apple CEO Cook among 'World...

Apple CEO Tim Cook ranks 33rd on a first-ever Fortune list of the "World's 50 Greatest Leaders," defined as people who are currently active with "transformative" influence. "Following Steve Jobs has arguably been the toughest corporate leadership assignment in decades, yet Cook has carried it off with mostly quiet aplomb," the publication writes. "In 2½ years he has kept the parade of winning new products marching (the Retina display, new operating systems, the iPhone 5), and he is bringing in Burberry's savior, Angela Ahrendts, to run Apple's retail stores. That's thinking different."...
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09:30
New Samsung ad pokes fun at the iPad, the Microsoft...

Well, Samsung is up to its old tricks again, this time taking more potshots against Apple in a new ad for its Galaxy Pro series of tablets. An equal opportunity shot taker, there are also jabs made against the Microsoft Surface and Amazon's...

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09:20
Xsan Permission Propagation

Forums: Troubleshooting

Hello,

Within my environmentw we have:

A 70Tbs Xsan volume running v3.0, two 10.8.5 MDCs on Xserves, combination of Promise E&J raids, four Qlogic 5600 switches and another Xserve used as a fileserver sharing out folders from the Xsna volume.

I have noticed when I propogate ACL permissions with full read/write, from the root folders, down our folder strucutre, the permissions don't trickle down all the way.

Ex: I have a folder structure with ten folders and within the last folder, there are files. Via Xsan Admin, the files lack ACL rights because the last (tenth) folder doesn't have proper rights. Though, the above folders (1-9) do have the ACL rights. 

Is there any type of bug within Xsan where permissions stop tricking down at a certain point?

Thanks.

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09:13
External Link: First Apple Dealer to Close

When the fifth Apple II rolled off the assembly line in 1977, it went to Team Electronics in Minneapolis inside a leather case festooned with an Apple logo (mysteriously lacking a bite mark). That makes the Team Electronics store, which eventually became Twin Cities institution FirstTech, the first and oldest continually operating Apple reseller. Alas, FirstTech is calling it quits, citing pricing pressure from national resellers after Apple recently loosened restrictions on minimum prices. FirstTech has already closed its Rochester, Minnesota store, which opened just months ago, and will shutter its Minneapolis headquarters on 29 March 2014. A TwinCities.com report by TidBITS contributor Julio Ojeda-Zapata has the fascinating details, plus a video excerpt from the “Welcome to Macintosh” documentary with background on how FirstTech came about and its historical importance in the Apple world. “And it all started in Minnesota,” the video notes.

 

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09:11
External Link: IDG Founder Dead at 76

Patrick J. McGovern, founder and chairman of IDG — publisher of Macworld, TechHive, and PCWorld — died 19 March 2014 at age 76. “Over a span of 50 years, McGovern oversaw IDG’s launch of more than 300 magazines and newspapers and championed the expansion of IDG’s network to include more than 460 websites, 200 mobile apps and 700 events worldwide.” He was known for remembering employees’ names, even as the IDG empire grew, and hand-delivering each U.S. employee’s Christmas bonus. Former IDG president Walter Boyd will replace him as chairman.

 

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09:05
Apple's iPhone drives China Mobile 4G adoption...

Most of the 1.34 million subscribers on China Mobile's nascent 4G TD-LTE network are using iPhones, the company said on Thursday, but investors hoping for a more detailed breakdown will be left disappointed as the carrier declined to elaborate further.

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09:00
World's first Apple reseller to close after 37...

The first Apple reseller is closing its doors next week after 37 years in business. Minneapolis-based FirstTech's last day of business will be March 29th with a going-out-of-business sale beginning today. The company (originally known as Team...

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08:54
Brotens announces Illuminando 1.0 for OS X

Brotens has announced Illuminando 1.0 for Mac OS X. It's a lighting calculation app.

Illuminando is a OpenGL native Cocoa CAD app designed to perform lighting calculations using 3D interactive tools. CAD tools are used to create the scene to perform the appropriate calculations. Apple the sources, and the set will be complete.

Illuminando requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. It's available for US$499.99 at the Mac App Store. Go to http://www.brotens.com for more info.

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08:44
China Mobile adds 1 million iPhone users in February

China Mobile added some 1 million new iPhone customers during the month of February, according to the company's annual earnings statement. Despite being the world's largest wireless carrier, it only formally launched iPhone sales in mid-January, well after rivals China Unicom and China Telecom. "We are happy with the progress as we are still building our 4G network and the coverage is only available in some major cities," comments China Mobile chairman Xi Gouhua....
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08:07
Sponsor: Get MacX DVD Ripper Pro for Free This Week

I'd like to thank Digiarty for again sponsoring TMO this week. They're always good for a very useful freebee, and this time is no different. In fact, this time is even better than last! From now until the 24th, they're giving away MacX DVD Ripper Pro for free just for you.


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08:00
How to identify battery-draining apps in OS X

Notice that your MacBook battery level is falling at an alarming rate? Want to find out which apps are causing the power to drain? There are two easy ways to identify apps that are consuming the battery in your MacBook Pro or MacBook Air.

First, you...

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07:41
First-ever Apple reseller to close on March 30th

The world's first Apple reseller, Minneapolis' FirstTech, will be closing down both of its locations on March 30th, reports say. Although it first began its life as Team Electronics in 1941, selling more general products, it started carrying Apple products in 1977 and then switched into its current specialization. The second outlet opened just last year in a bid to pick up sales in an area outside of the reach of Apple Stores....
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07:40
Tim Cook earns spot among Pope Francis & Dalai...

Fortune is out today with its inaugural list of the World’s Greatest Leaders and among Pope Francis, Bill Clinton, Dalai Lama, and other dignitaries sits a few of the tech industry’s biggest figures, including Apple CEO Tim Cook. Tim Cook sits at #33 on the list, ahead of other tech execs like YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, but trailing Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and Alibaba’s Jack Ma. Here’s Fortune’s blurb on why Cook made the list:

Following Steve Jobs has arguably been the toughest corporate leadership assignment in decades, yet Cook has carried it off with mostly quiet aplomb. In 2½ years he has kept the parade of winning new products marching (the Retina display, new operating systems, the iPhone 5), and he is bringing in...

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07:40
External Link: Discover Anyone’s #FirstTweet

Twitter has unveiled an amusing new tool that lets users see the first tweet anyone posted. Mine (@adamengst) linked to a historically interesting pre-App Store article, @tonyaengst was paying attention to her to-do list and hydration (some things never change!), @lymond’s Twitter account outlasted his job, @GlennF was eerily prescient, @joekissell was unsurprisingly preoccupied with email, and @Moltz was predicting the end of Twitter. Oh, and Senator @BarackObama was anticipating the end of the war in Iraq. Link to other great ones in the comments!

 

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07:35
Samsung Bashes the iPad, Microsoft Surface and...

Samsung has released a new anti-Apple advertisement that highlights the perceived shortcomings of the iPad in comparison to Samsung's new Galaxy Tab Pro and Galaxy Note Pro tablets. Targeting not only Apple, the ad also criticizes Microsoft's Surface tablet and the Amazon Kindle.

The ad uses three scenarios to highlight the advantages of the Galaxy Pro series over its competitors. The first is a business conference call, during which the Galaxy owner is able to talk and simultaneously send a report because of the Galaxy's multitasking feature that allows him to display multiple Android applications at once on the screen. There's also a slight jab at the Microsoft Surface, which is ridiculed for being "computer-like" because of its keyboard, battery pack and mouse.

The ad then switches to more personal uses of the tablet with a quick dig at Amazon's Kindle device, which can only read books, while the Galaxy...

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07:22
Colors of the iOS 7 App Store

Have an app or icon to design?

Have you ever wondered what the most popular colors are in each category of the iOS store? We did. So we crawled the iOS app store and grabbed the top 5 app icons in each category and ran a histogram analysis on each one to find which colors were used most often. What we found was very interesting.

Before you design you next app icon, take a look at the color palettes below.

Great idea. Pass this along to your dev friends.

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07:10
Samsung again disses iPad in Galaxy Pro ad, takes...

Just as it did last month, Samsung again takes shots at the iPad in a new ad for its Galaxy Pro series tablets. The ad opens with a video call in which the boss calls for a revised presentation deck to be emailed, and the Samsung user is able to send it during the call … 

After also poking fun at the Surface for being more like a laptop than a tablet, and a Kindle for only doing books, it ends by claiming the Galaxy Pro screen looks better than the iPad “because it has more pixels.” The ad takes a similar tack to Microsoft, which also ran an iPad-knocking ad...

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07:06
∞ Louis C. K., Bradley Cooper, and a triple layer of...

[VIDEO] The embedded video lays things out in three distinct pieces, so make sure you watch all the way through. The first piece is Louis C. K. starting things off with a premise. Then things get good. Then things get great.

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07:02
Apple's smart iPhone power management system...

iPhone owners may be able to go even longer between charges in the future, thanks to a new power management system Apple is exploring that would learn users' habits and dynamically adjust the handset's performance.

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07:00
iTunes Connect issue halting new app and update...

After just over a month since the last similar episode, several developers from around the world have reported a critical issue with iTunes Connect that is preventing new app and software update deployment to the App Store. Apple has noted the disruption on its developer system status page with a brief message: “Some users are experiencing a problem with [iTunes Connect].” The system status page lists the service disruption as occurring around 8 PM EST yesterday, but developers first began reporting problems with app and update submissions much earlier on Wednesday. The system status page does not report issues with any other developer services, and all consumer services report no issues. Apple does not provide a timeline for when it expects the disruption to be...

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07:00
Rumor Roundup: ALL CAPS EMPHASIS

MAKE YOUR HEADLINES STAND OUT with words RANDOMLY capitalized in your HEADLINES. All of the MOST SUCCESSFUL BLOGS are doing it. YOU CAN TOO.

This is Healthbook, Apple's major first step into health & fitness tracking (9to5 Mac)

Buried deep in the...

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06:56
First Apple Retailer, FirstTech, to Shut Down

FirstTech may not be a familiar name, but it holds a special place in the history of technology because it was the very first store to sell Apple's personal computers. Time marches on, and now the Minneapolis-based retailer is closing its doors after more than 35 years in business, and will be taking a little bit of the glory days of the personal computing frontier days with it.

The Mac Observer Spin: Smaller companies can't compete with retail and service providers working on the national level, so they're slowly dropping off the map. It's sad to see independent retailers close shop, and it's sad to see the very first Apple II retailer go out of business.


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06:55
Apple Advances their Work on Radial Menus for...

On March 20, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their ongoing work on bringing a common radial styled menu system to both iOS devices and Macs.

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06:53
World’s first book-less library inspired by Steve...

To be clear, by book-less I mean an absence of printed books, a completely digital library. This is not the same as an internet cafe, a room filled with computers for general use. There actually is a library of eBooks for loan to library patrons. No waiting, and no late fees.

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06:45
NCAA March Madness Live App Is Crazy Good


I've known some diehard college basketball fans to take vacation days just to watch the popular NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament, but lesser fans can sneak away to catch the action without camping on the living room couch: NCAA Digital has updated its NCAA March Madness Live iOS app for 2014. With it, you can live-stream 67 games as they are broadcast from CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV. The app is free -- and despite some streaming limitations for non-cable and satellite television subscribers, it's a must-have app for any basketball fan.

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06:44
IDG Founder Patrick J. McGovern dies at 76

International Data Group (IDG), publisher of Macworld, TechHive, Greenbot and PCWorld, announced Thursday with great sadness that its Founder and Chairman, Patrick J. McGovern, died March 19, 2014, at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, California.

“IDG has lost a true visionary, and the IT community has lost one of its most exceptional citizens,” said newly elected IDG board chairman, Walter Boyd. “Pat’s foremost desire was for IDG to make the world a better place through the medium of information technology. He created a unique workplace where we have the outstanding leadership team in place to ensure that the company he created will continue to grow and prosper.”

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06:39
Briefly: Pebble Steel price cut, Google Voice Search...

Pebble has cut the price for one version of its metal smartwatch. The leather-strap version of the Pebble Steel is now reduced to $229 for both the brushed stainless and black matte models, representing a $20 saving on the metal-band variants, reports SmartwatchFans. Potential buyers will have to wait, as the leather-strapped models are now back-ordered, while the metal strap versions are listed as "unavailable." The original version of the Pebble is still listed as in-stock....
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06:24
Band makes album of silent tracks to get fans to...

Vulfpeck’s latest album is a business experiment, not a musical one. The idea behind the project is for fans to stream the “songs” constantly, generating royalties for the band in their spare time. Vulfpeck plans to use the proceeds to go on tour. It’s an ingenious publicity stunt and, if you squint hard enough, a commentary on the way music is valued in the digital age.

Um, what? Is this art or is it theft? Interesting question.

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06:22
China Mobile added 1M new iPhone users in February

China Mobile sold about one million new iPhones in February according to Chief Executive Li Yue. “We added 1.34 million new 4G users in February and most of them are iPhone users. We are happy with the progress as we are still building our 4G network and the coverage is…

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06:05
EA Patches Flaw, Blocks Apple ID Phishing Scam

The gaming company EA has fixed a security flaw that let hackers use one of its servers to stage a phishing scam to trick victims into revealing their Apple IDs. Hackers used known issues in a years-old version of a Web calendar module as their hook into EA's servers.

The Mac Observer Spin: It's great that EA acted so quickly to shut down the phishing scam. It isn't so great that they still had a version of WebCalendar from 2008 with known security vulnerabilities sitting there ready and waiting for hackers.


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06:01
Apple expected to sit out on megapixel horserace...

Smartphone manufacturers are expected to continue their battle for pixel-pushing dominance in 2014 with new cameras of 13 megapixels and beyond, but according to one insider, Apple is currently expected to sit out on the megapixel race this year to concentrate on other ways to better images from its next iPhone.

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06:00
Amazon raises Prime pricetag to $99

Back in February, we wrote about rumors that Amazon might be raising the cost of its Prime service as much as $40. Amazon decided to split the difference rather than alienate all its customers by only raising the price by $20, but it seems that was enough to rile up a lot of Amazon Prime customers into threatening to stop paying for the service. An email was recently sent to current subscribers to notify them of the change which included an explanation for the price increase;

“Even as fuel and transportation costs have increased, the price of Prime has remained the same for nine years. Since 2005, the number of items eligible for unlimited free Two-Day Shipping has grown from one million to over 20 million. We also added unlimited access to over 40,000 movies and TV...

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05:57
Bitrix24 takes on Box, OneDrive, Dropbox and Google...

Bitrix24 has released a new desktop app for its online collaboration service, adding the ability to synchronize and work with group and company files, as well as including the activity stream and collaboration tools in the app.
 
In addition to sharing, editing and collaborating on documents with colleagues, the Bitrix24 desktop app makes it possible to send instant messages to co-workers, participate in group chat, make telephone calls, and hold video conferences with other Bitrix24 users.
 

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05:55
PopChar X 6.5 - Floating window shows available font...

PopChar X helps you get the most out of your font collection.

With its crystal-clear interface, PopChar X provides a frustration-free way to access any font's special characters.

Expanded accessibility
Your Mac includes over 700 fonts, each of which contains thousands of characters -- Why not make them as accessible as possible? PopChar X makes it happen.

Interface advantages
PopChar X displays easy-to-analyze tables of characters, giving you an ultra-convenient interface. You can't access most of these characters from your keyboard -- PopChar X puts them within your reach.

Liberating compatibility
No matter what app you are using, PopChar X brings snappy simplicity to all font-related tasks. Whether you're working with a word processor or a Web browser, PopChar X integrates seamlessly.

Smarter searching
PopChar X's seasoned search...

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05:52
FoneLab comes to Mac OS X

After releasing the Windows version of Aiseesoft FoneLab, Aiseesoft has now released the Mac version of this data recovery software for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It's compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 or later.

Mac FoneLab supports the recovery of lost or deleted files from iOS 7 devices. Supported content includes data from Contacts, Messages (MMS, SMS, iMessages), Call History, Calendar, Notes, Reminders and Safari Bookmarks.

Mac FoneLab costs US$35.97. Go to http://tinyurl.com/qezedlz for more info.

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05:50
Apple Reveals Laser Cutting Techniques for...

In early February we learned about Apple's new Sapphire manufacturing equipment arriving at their new Arizona plant for processing sapphire materials. We learned days later that Apple's Arizona Plant could manufacture synthetic sapphire at two times the current worldwide capacity. And at the top of this month, Apple's CEO Tim Cook stated that their new sapphire plant wasn't for creating iPhone display covers but rather reserved for a secret project. Today we learn more about Apple's sapphire processing methods and systems through two new patent applications published by the US Patent Office. The patent covers special laser cutting techniques and specialized ....

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05:50
China Mobile Adds One Million iPhone Users in First...

China Mobile Chief Executive Li Yue confirmed on Thursday that the carrier added one million new iPhone customers in the four weeks following the iPhone's launch in mid-January, reports the Wall Street Journal. China Mobile released these subscriber figures as part of its earnings statement, which also included the carrier's first annual profit decline in 14 years.

To offset growing competition from rival carriers China Unicom and China Telecom, China Mobile is trying to attract new customers with the combination of its new 4G network and flagship phones like the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c. "We added 1.34 million new 4G users in February and most of them are iPhone users. We are happy with the progress as we are still building our 4G network and the coverage is only available in some major...

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05:48
Virtual TimeClock for Mac OS X ticks to version 14

Virtual TimeClock 14 has been released by Redcort Software. The upgrade sports a streamlined interface.

Version 14 has been optimized for notebooks, tablets, and touch screens with new administrative features that facilitate monitoring time worked with enhanced timecard editing, integrated configuration options, and more. According to Keith DeLong, CEO of Redcort Software, it also adds a number of customer requested administrative features.

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05:36
Google wearable videos and interface details

Take a look at the two videos embedded in the post. The first one is more of a commercial, showing different aspects of life with a Google watch. The second one is more detailed, a bit more of a mission statement. The linked blog post lays out four keys to Google wearables

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05:35
Profit machine: Interactive graphic shows Apple/tech...

Fortune drew our attention to a cool interactive graphic that lets you watch in real-time the revenues and profits made by a dozen tech companies. While Samsung wins the revenue race, Apple is by far the most profitable, at $71,000 a minute.

Apple is doomed

Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: AAPL, Apple, Apple profits, Apple revenues,...

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05:34
Scannerz Lite for Mac OS X revved to version 1.7

Software and Computer System Company has released Scannerz Lite 1.7 for Mac OS X. The new version shares some of the new features that were integrated into Scannerz 1.7.

Scannerz Lite is an abbreviated, low cost version of the company's main product, Scanners. It can detect bad sectors or blocks on an SSD, weak sectors on a hard drive, and also detect potential timing problems with the system.

Scannerz Lite works with Mac OS X 10.5 and higher. It costs US$21.95. Go to http://tinyurl.com/nehszny for more info.

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05:30
iPhone tips: Fight off the battery blues, Part 1

Battery life has always been the bane of any mobile device user, and the trend continues to this day. As handheld device manufacturers add new capabilities, more demands are placed on the battery which offsets at least some of the improvements in battery technology. Other technologies like Bluetooth LE have been developed to reduce the drain on batteries, but it’s only one piece of the puzzle plus not every device has this capability yet. Inevitably, any time Apple updates iOS there will be nearly as many people saying that their battery life was shortened as people saying it was improved. Why is this? The plain answer to the question is that every iDevice out there is different. Some people leave their iPhones at the stock settings, some customize them...

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05:12
China Mobile sold over 1M iPhones last month,...

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China Mobile announced that it sold 1.34M 4G handsets in February and that “most of them” were iPhones. China Mobile chairman Xi Guohua was relatively non-committal on the numbers.

It’s just been getting started for one or two months. So far it’s hard to tell how that will affect our business [...]

We are happy with the progress as we are still building our 4G network and the coverage is only available in some major cities.

Analyst estimates of likely sales had varied widely. Most had predicted at least 15-17M sales a year in China as a whole, however, suggesting that 1M in a month on what is by far the country’s largest carrier may be somewhat lower than anticipated … ...

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05:05
FirstTech, the first Apple reseller, closing its...

Before there were Apple Stores, before big box retailers like Best Buy, there were the mom and pop computer shops. It’s where you’d go to buy your first Apple computer, where you’d get supplies like floppy disks and perforated computer paper (one long sheet of paper, perfed into individual pages, sprocket feed holes on the side). More importantly, it’s where you’d go to get your questions answered, buy your software (or find shareware), and get your computer fixed. And now they are closing.

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05:00
Daily App: RepeaterBook is a repeater guide for...

Little known fact about me -- I am a ham radio operator and have been dabbling in radio technology for about a decade now. I picked up the hobby when I lived in a rural part of Vermont with no cellular service. The only way to communicate over any...

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04:50
Muse Templates Pro Company presents new Adobe Muse...

Muse Templates Pro Company has released new Adobe Muse templates and widgets. The templates provide the unique design for websites that are created with Adobe Muse software; widgets even more enhancing of Adobe Muse websites.

Muse Templates has introduced three new Adobe Muse templates (Aesthetic, Stream and Pizza) and three new Muse widgets (Team Panel, Photography Box, and Photography Slideshow). All can be downloaded separately, or purchased all at once as part of Muse Templates Pack.

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04:50
Digital Anarchy announces new Flicker Free plug-in

Digital Anarchy has announced Flicker Free 1.0 for Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Apple's Final Cut Pro. It gives video editors and visual effects artists a tool that fixes a wide range of footage affected with flicker or strobing.

Flicker Free analyzes on the fly, renders quickly, and easily produces beautiful flicker free footage, says Jim Tierney, president of Digital Anarchy. There are presets for many different types of flicker, allowing it to fit into any editor's workflow, he adds.

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04:41
World’s first Apple reseller to close this month,...

Via TwinCities.com, the first ever Apple authorized reseller is going to end business after over 36 years of trading. Located in Minneapolis, Team Electronics (which later changed its name to FirstTech) was shipped Apple’s first batch of computers in the late 1970′s. It has sold Apple devices for more than three decades, celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2012.However, on March 29th, the shop will close due to shrinking margins.

Product manager Fred Evans says that the company has been outstripped by national distributors who often sold machines below cost.

These vendors have “basically been willing to sell the computer equipment below cost to go after the national service business,” he noted. It...

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04:07
Kool Tools: AutoPrice software for InDesign

Meadows Publishing Solutions has releasedAutoPrice for Adobe InDesign CS7 Creative Cloud, supporting both Mac and Windows-based platforms. It's a handy tool for linking text and graphics in any type of database to Adobe InDesign documents and streamlining workflow.

As the name implies, AutoPrice is engineered to automate the process of inserting, updating and versioning prices for catalogs, retail flyers and similar publications. It is also great for updating timetables, phone lists or any other type of information that can be referenced from a database or spreadsheet file.

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03:52
Apple Reinvents the Vehicle Owner's Manual

At the top of the month Apple introduced CarPlay at the International Motor Show in Geneva. Today, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a possible future advanced interactive vehicle manual. The patent titled "Identifying and Presenting Information based on Unique Vehicle Identifier," will in effect reinvent the in-vehicle owner's manual. It will be able to provide users with the exact ...

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02:47
Apple investigating stylus with extendable '...

Apple has shown interest in building a new intelligent, sensor-laden stylus that could draw lines of varying widths and shapes by extending a long, extendable "nib" that interacts with a multitouch display.

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Wednesday March 19

23:18
World's first Apple computer retailer to...

Employees at Minneapolis-based FirstTech, the world's first Apple reseller, learned on Wednesday that the store will be closing its doors at the end of March after 73 years in business.

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22:50
Imagination announces ray-tracing graphics for...

Imagine Technologies, the company that provides graphics subsystems used in Apple's iPhone and iPad processors as well as other GPUs, has announced a new version of the PowerVR graphics architecture, called "Wizard," that adds realism and better lighting and transparency effects to graphics by using selected ray-tracing effects alongside traditional rasterization. The technology is already supported in the just-announced Unity 5 gaming engine....
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21:28
Take a screenshot on your Mac

Learn how to take pictures of your screen (screenshots) on your Mac. These screenshots are saved as files on your desktop.

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21:28
Follow-up: EA compromised site used in Apple ID scam...

Late Wednesday afternoon, Electronic Arts reported that it had finally closed a serious vulnerability on its web servers that allowed hackers to host a fake "Apple ID" page -- part of a phishing scam that attempted to trick users into visiting the fake page and supplying personal information and credit card details that Electronista reported on earlier today. Netcraft, which originally spotted the compromised pages, reported the problem to EA on Tuesday night....
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20:34
Videobox 4.0.5 - Download Flash video through your...

Videobox allows you to quickly and easily download Flash video from most all of the popular video sites on the internet. Videobox will convert the video into a native Quicktime format so it's ready to view on your Mac, iPod, iPhone or iTunes.

Version 4.0.5:

  • [NEW] Loads of improvements in this release! Check the new tutorial here.
  • NEW] General improve in detection speed.
  • [NEW] Added lynda.com course downloader.
  • [NEW] Added fast downloaders for vimeo, dailymotion, metacafe and dozens of other sites... check them out!
  • [NEW] Improved nowvideo and streamcloud support.
  • [NEW] It is now easy to specify whether you want Youtube HD or Full HD download per video.
  • [NEW] You can now download several Full HD Youtube videos at the same time.
  • [FIX] Improved fix for phantom audio while downloading.
  • [FIX] General...

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20:30
Does your iPhone crash less often now? This and...

While some users are reporting a plethora of issues with iOS 7.1, Crittercism has found that app crash rates have gone down with the update. The number of app crashing, the site states, is lower than Apple devices running iOS 6 and 6.1.

Do you find...

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20:24
Briefly: Traktor Audio 2 iOS-ready, Virtual...

Native Instruments announced today that its DJ audio interface Traktor Audio 2 now offers iOS compatibility. Traktor Audio 2 delivers 24-bit/48kHz audio in a portable format, and is now among the variety of iOS-compatible hardware by Native Instruments. Its two 1/8-inch stereo outputs can be connected to a standard DJ mixer, allowing for two Traktor decks to be mixed simultaneously. Available through various retailers as well as the Native Instruments online store, Traktor Audio 2 is priced at $100....
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19:12
'Flappy Bird' to return to iTunes App...

Dong Nguyen, the creator of the highly-addictive game Flappy Bird confirmed to a fan at a game developers' conference in San Francisco on Wednesday that he plans on returning the app to Apple's App Store at some point in the future -- with added warnings urging players to "please take a break" periodically -- but won't specify when it is returning....
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18:47
ACM 247: New iPhones, Old iPads, and Sorting Out...

Apple added an 8GB version of the iPhone 5C to its product lineup, but not in many markets. The company also replaced the iPad 2 with the formerly discontinued fourth generation iPad, Microsoft is finally bringing its Office suite to the iPad, and it turns out DigiTimes reports aren't always wrong. All that, and Jeff and Bryan fill you in on their upcoming Macworld/iWorld appearances.


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18:33
Android Stomps Into Wearables Field


Google on Wednesday released a developer preview for Android Wear, a day after announcing the project, which Android head honcho Sunder Pichai teased at SXSW earlier this month.
The preview, which includes a software development kit, an Android emulator and a preview support library, is for development and testing only -- not for production apps. Developers will have to rewrite their Android apps, said Carl Howe, a vice president at the Yankee Group.

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18:29
Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy, COSMOS, Ted, lots of...

Big, big fan of Seth MacFarlane. He is one talented individual. Some favorite questions in the post.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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18:15
Bryan, Jeff, and John Interviewed Hither and Yon

The staff at The Mac Observer has been busy all over the Interwebs, including video podcasts and radio interviews you can stream. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro appeared on the Tech Night Owl radio show, and Jeff Gamet was interviewed on video as part of Chuck Joiner's Road to Macworld series.


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18:00
So, this exists

I can almost hear the possibilities flying through your heads when you look at the image above. What exactly are we looking at here? It seems to be some sort of metal iPad stand... but what's with the toilet paper? Is it some sort of a joke? There's...

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15:35
Resize Image Lets You Scale Images Quickly on iPhone

Resize Image is a handy little free app for your iPhone. It's exactly what it says on the tin, you can scale images down from their current size, either by file size or by pixel measurement. Bonus: You get to determine what those pre-set sizes are, so if you need something particular just adjust the preferences. As noted in an iTunes review, this is great because you don't have to send full size iPhone photos over iMessage/MMS. Second, this is fab for those working with a blog platform or other web service where you want to send a smaller version of your picture from your phone instead of having to email it to yourself for further jiggery-pokery on your computer. It's ad-supported, but the US$1.99 IAP removes them if you prefer. [Via TUAW]


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12:20
Apple TV Critics Are Not Looking at the Big Picture

The frenzy of HDMI dongles on the market or just announced reveals that Apple's competitors are taking the easy road and don't understand what customers really want in the world of TV.


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11:50
Jesse Jackson Targets Apple, Other Tech Companies...

Jesse Jackson is set to visit HP's Annual Shareholder Meeting Wednesday as part of the Digital Inclusion Initiative, drawing attention to the lack of diversity in leadership positions throughout Silicon Valley.

The Mac Observer Spin: Jesse Jackson is not wrong, and the numbers that back him up are pretty bleak.


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11:15
EA Games Site Hacked to Steal Apple IDs

EA Games has a headache on its hands thanks to hackers that compromised one of their servers to use as a phishing scheme to steal Apple IDs. The hackers crafted a login page that asks for users Apple ID information, along with their credit card number, birthday, and other bits of information that would be handy for anyone wanting to steal your identity.

The Mac Observer Spin: Phishing scams are a real pain because once you've been tricked into giving up your personal information, your bank accounts, online logins and identity are in someone else's hands. This hack probably could've been avoided if EA had updated some of the web modules they're using on their servers.


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10:26
Hacked EA game site phishing for Apple IDs

An EA Games server is hosting a phishing site that’s asking for Apple IDs, passwords, and credit card information, according to anti-fraud Internet services company Netcraft. Two websites in the ea.com domain use the compromised server, which redirects users to the actual Apple ID website after entering their confidential…

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08:35
Analyst: Q2 iPhone Sales to Hit 42M, Blow by Wall...

Apple's second quarter iPhone sales will hit the 42 million mark, coming in above the market consensus of 38 million. That high number comes from Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty who said everyone has been reading the supply chain information wrong.

The Mac Observer Spin: 42 million iPhones versus 38 million? That's some serious money for Apple's bottom line. If she's right, it'll be interesting to see how Wall Street responds: happiness for beating their estimates, or disappointment for not beating then enough.


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07:21
iPad Switch Out Takes On Samsung’s New Tablets

Apple dropped the iPad 2 as its lower priced tablet on Tuesday and replaced it with the formerly discontinued fourth generation iPad with Retina Display. Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um thinks that was a smart move because it puts Apple in a better competitive position against Samsung and its new Galaxy TabPRO product line.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple's fourth generation iPad may be old gear in technology terms, but it still offers a great feature set at a good price point. It beats Samsung's new Galaxy TabPRO price point, and for consumers who were already thinking about an iPad, that may be enough to keep them from looking at Samsung's tablets.


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06:28
Checkmark 2 for the iPhone Takes Your Task Lists to...

Snowman's just released Checkmark 2 for the iPhone and iPod touch is a cool task list manager for keeping track of pretty much anything at your desk or on the go. The new version includes iCloud Sync support, date-specific reminders based on locations, easy to set recurring reminders for daily, weekly, bi-weekly and monthly tasks, one-tap rescheduling, and more. You'll need iOS 7 to run Checkmark, and it's currently available through the App Store for half price at US$2.99.


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05:33
iPhoto: Search Your Photos by Date

Wondering where certain pictures ended up in your iPhoto library? You can find them by the date they were taken, without having to page through all your events! We think this built-in date search is pretty darned handy, especially if youâve got a ton of images, and itâs easy to use, too. In this Quick Tip, Melissa Holt will tell us how.


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Tuesday March 18

15:12
Disney CEO Says ‘The Incredibles’ Sequel from PIXAR...

Good news, fans of Pixar's The Incredibles: a sequel is, at long last, in the works. Disney CEO Bog Iger told analysts and investors that Brad Bird, the writer and director of the first movie, is working on a script for a sequel.


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14:47
Apple CEO Cook slams new ‘Haunted Empire’ book

Apple CEO Tim Cook has issued a strongly-worded statement slamming “Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs,” a new book by former Wall Street Journal technology reporter Yukari Iwatani Kane. Cook said in a statement to CNBC, “This nonsense belongs with some of the other books I’ve read about Apple.…

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14:44
Google Announces Android Wearables Developer Preview...

Google has announced Tuesday Android Wear, which is primarily a way to carry Android through to wearable technology (namely, watches). There's a Developer Preview available now for those (with Android Developer accounts) curious about what wearing Android devices will entail.

The Mac Observer Spin: Now that a lot of Android's rough edges are much smoother, this might be an interesting idea if the fragmentation issue can be overcome and device compatibility hurdles are much lower. There's a lot of possibility here, especially for whoever can strike a balance between readable display and comfortable-to-wear accessory.


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14:10
How to Assign an App to a Specific Mavericks Desktop

If you have multiple displays, there are two operating modes in Mavericks. You can have one big - or two independent desktops. Here's how to assign an application to a specific desktop.


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13:35
Automatic Link Talks to Your Car’s Computer, Reports...

Have you seen Automatic Link? If you haven't, check it out. It's a device that connects directly to your car's onboard computer and relays the data to your iPhone or Android device. The app can then give you feedback about your driving-if you then act on that feedback, your mileage could improve. You also get detailed diagnostic information, the kind of information normally available only to your mechanic, including decoding your Check Engine light. Cool, right? The device is available now for US$99.95 (no subscription required), it works only in the U.S., and it works with, "just about any gasoline engine car sold in the U.S. since 1996."


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12:03
Apple releases iTunes 11.1.6 beta to employees

Apple has released iTunes 11.1.6 beta to its employees, 9to5Mac reports. The beta restores the ability to sync contacts and calendar information to an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch from a Mac running OS X 10.9.3, which is also in beta. Apple had previously removed the ability to sync…

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11:39
Apple Launches ‘Films Funded on Kickstarter’ Page on...

Apple has launched a page on iTunes dedicated to films that were funded through Kickstarter campaigns. A subsection of the "Independent" category, "Films Funded on Kickstarter" debuted featuring Veronica Mars.


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10:12
Virtualize OS X using vSphere on Mac hardware

On my blog, I have written a 3 page blogpost about virtualizing OS X using vSphere on Mac hardware.

In the blogpost I try to answer the below questions:

  • What is required to virtualize OS X?
  • Which hardware is supported, and which hardware works?
  • How to license OS X in a virtual environment?
  • What are best practices for running OS X in a virtual environment?
  • How to safely deploy OS X from a template?
  • How to backup OS X in a virtual environment?

Check out the blogpost here: Virtualize OS X using vSphere on Mac hardware

About Mads Fog Albrechtslund

Former Apple Expert turned Virtualization Consultant. Now passionate about both Apple technology and VMware virtualization. Working for Businessmann A/S in Denmark....

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10:01
Flying Toasters Screen Saver Recreated in CSS

There was a time when the Flying Toasters screen saver from After Dark was a stunning thing to see on your trusty old Mac Quadra. Or Centris. Or Performa. At the time, that took native apps and some serious processing power to render those screen savers and save our CRT displays from image burn-in. Bryan Braun has brought Flying Toasters, along with other After Dark screen savers, back to life, and he did it all with CSS. That means you can relive Fish, Spotlight, Rainstorm, Warp, and more right in your browser -- and you can do it on your Mac, iPad or iPhone. No kidding.


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07:45
Apps: Angry Birds Epic, Bears vs. Art, Facebook 8.0...

In Angry Birds Epic (Free), just soft launched in the Australian, Canadian, and New Zealand App Stores, Rovio has brought its most famous characters into an unusual new genre: a tactical RPG where the birds navigate through a fantasy world, battling bad piggies along the way. Combat is handled…

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07:24
Microsoft to Finally Bring Office to the iPad in...

Microsoft is reportedly ready to release a version of its Office suite for the iPad this month, which seems like something of a contradiction considering former CEO Steve Ballmer routinely said Apple's tablet isn't a device for serious work. The new CEO, Satya Nadella, is expected to announce Office for the iPad ahead of the company's Build conference in early April.

The Mac Observer Spin: If Office for the iPad is little more than a shell for Office 365, Microsoft shouldn't even bother. There are already plenty of Office-compatible alternatives that run natively on iOS.


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06:46
About the OS X Server v3.1 Update

Learn about changes included in the OS X Server v3.1 Update.

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06:43
About Apple Remote Desktop 3.7.2

Learn about Apple Remote Desktop 3.7.2.

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06:27
Apple Drops iPad 2, Brings Back iPad 4

Apple unceremoniously put the iPad 2 out to pasture on Tuesday when it replaced the entry level model with the fourth generation iPad. Apple had offered the iPad 2 as a lower priced option to the iPad Air at US$399, and now it's offering the previously discontinued iPad 4 at the same price point.

The Mac Observer Spin: As of now, the only non-Lightning connector iOS device in Apple's lineup is the iPhone 4S. Bonus: Your $399 gets you a lot more iPad than it did on Monday.


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05:38
Apple Adds More Market Competition with 8GB iPhone 5C

True to Monday's reports, Apple launched an 8GB version of the iPhone 5C Tuesday morning. It's available in the E.U. and U.K right now, and will presumably show up on Apple's U.S. website later this morning.

The Mac Observer Spin: It'll be interesting to see what the 8GB iPhone 5C does for Apple's sales. The iPhone 5S is selling well, as is the iPhone 4S. At a price point that's just $60 below the 16GB model, the 8GB iPhone 5C may be enough to keep customers who are dead set on buying Apple, but it probably isn't enough to pull in shoppers who are looking hard at Android alternatives.


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05:07
Apple adds 8GB iPhone 5c, re-launches 4th-gen iPad,...

Confirming reports yesterday, Apple officially expanded the iPhone lineup this morning by adding an 8GB version of the plastic-bodied iPhone 5c, and changed the iPad family by discontinuing the aging iPad 2 in favor of the fourth-generation iPad, also known as the “iPad with Retina display.” It appears that neither…

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Monday March 17

19:47
Sydney (Australia) Mac Admins March 2014 Meet Up

To All Sydney Mac Admins,

Our 3rd Meeting of the year is scheduled for the 26th of March.

We have a booking at 6pm for the Fulton Room at Hart’s Pub, Corner of Essex & Gloucester St, The Rocks.

This months agenda:
6:00-6:30pm – Drinks and Introductions.
6:30-7:30pm – Main presentation: “Six quick wins that you can implement in an afternoon to make managing your macs easier”. The idea is to present in 5-15 minutes a mud map on how to implement a solution that can be done in an afternoon that makes your job and your users jobs easier. We have a few ideas, but welcome further submissions, even on the night.
7:30-8:00pm – What is bugging you this week? A chance to share issues that you are facing in your environment and get help from your fellow admins. Also an opportunity to share issues that you have solved that may help others.
8:00pm – informal discussion.

If you can’t make next Wednesday, we are planning on meeting monthly on...

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18:13
Microsoft Steps into Evernote Territory with OneNote...

Microsoft is making a move into Evernote's market on the Mac with its OneNote app. The app has been available to Windows users for some time, but not for the Mac until now.

The Mac Observer Spin: This is something Microsoft should've brought to the Mac years ago. Instead, they left the market open for Evernote -- and by extension, they left the iPhone and iPad market in Evernote's hands, too. Microsoft may be big, but that doesn't mean they can take down Evernote.


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17:13
Apple to bring back iPad 4 on Tuesday?

Apple will bring back the fourth-generation iPad on Tuesday, 9to5Mac reports. According to a source, Apple stores have been receiving shipments of the previously discontinued iPad. Both Wi-Fi and LTE black and white 16GB models have arrived in stores. It’s likely that Apple will make the 16GB fourth-gen iPad…

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16:40
Microsoft Office to make iPad debut March 27

Microsoft will unveil Office for iPad at a March 27 event, The Verge reports. The iPhone and iPod versions of Office were released last June. Apparently, the iPad version will be similar, requiring an Office 365 subscription for editing. Document creation and editing will reportedly be supported in…

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16:32
SoundPad Combines iPad Stand and Portable Stereo...

We have a deal on a cool stand for iPads (and other tablets) designed around watching videos and movies. It's a stand with a built-in rechargeable battery that powers stereo speakers. The stand is adjustable, and the battery will power the speakers for up to 8 hours. Your iPad sees the speakers through Bluetooth, meaning no wires are necessary. Thanks to our friends at StackSocial, we can offer it to you US$45.99-it has an MSRP of $70.


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16:10
Apple Might Be Replacing iPad 2 with $399 iPad 4

Apple is about to replace the US$399 iPad 2 with a $399 iPad 4, a move that would dramatically increase the value of Apple's entry-level iPad price point. Online reports say that iPad 4 units have been delivered to Apple Store locations with instructions not to open them until Tuesday, March 18th.


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15:15
Former Apple Marketing VP Talks About Steve Jobs

If you've ever wondered what it was like working for the late Steve Jobs, check out what Allison Johnson has to say. Ms. Johnson was Apple's Vice President of World Wide Marketing for Apple from 2005 to 2011, when she left to found advertising company West. During her tenure at Apple, she oversaw the launch of marketing campaigns such as "Mac vs. PC" and "There's an App for That," and she often worked directly with Steve Jobs. She was recently interviewed at the 99U conference by Behanceâs Scott Belsky, and the topics of discussion included her time at Apple and Mr. Jobs. Among the interesting quotes, she said, âHe spent as much time in my world as he did in Jonyâs world. Those were the two parts of the company he cared a lot about.â Check out the full interview in this video. [Via Cult of Mac]

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14:44
Imitone Kickstarter Project Converts Singing Into...

Wow, talk about a Kickstarter project aimed directly at me! Evan Balster has developed software for the Mac and PC called imitone that takes the notes you sing and turns them into MIDI signals. I can't tell you how many songs I've started by humming something only to forget it before I sit down with a guitar. In fact, I've taken to recording Voice Memos on my iPhone where I sing various parts and offer notes to myself on what I'm thinking. With imitone, I could sing them to my Mac (note to Evan, bring imitone to iOS, please!) and import the MIDI data directly to Logic and put together a quick demo. I say Logic, imitone's MIDI data works with any MIDI software. The software is fully functional, but the Kickstarter money will be used to better refine the Interface with a professional designer for commercial release. Evan has already raised more than US$18,600 of his $20,000 goal, and funding options that get you a copy of the software start at $25.

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14:20
Apple Starts Charging for Out-of-Warranty Online...

Apple has begun charging customers for online chat support on products that are out-of-warranty. The company will charge US$19.99 per incident for such support, though customers can request an exemption.


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11:50
A Touchscreen Remote With a Next Gen Apple TV Would...

There are many technical issues related to a next generation TV system, as conceived by Apple. But one small area where Apple could cash in on its expertise would be a touchscreen remote, a simpler, less expensive version of the iPod touch to accompany a 4th generation Apple TV.


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08:11
Apple Looks for iPhone 5C Sales Boost with New 8GB...

Apple is reportedly ready to add a lower cost 8GB version of the iPhone 5C to its product lineup, and the new model could hit store shelves early this week. Apple currently offers the iPhone 5C in 16GB and 32GB versions, and word on the street is that neither are selling as well as the iPhone 5S or the older entry-level iPhone 4S.

The Mac Observer Spin: If the iPhone 5C isn't selling well, then adding in a lower priced model could help draw in potential buyers who are worried about their overall smartphone startup costs. The crowd that only wants free phones, however, won't be looking beyond the older iPhone 4S.


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07:45
Apple TV adds ACC Sports channel

Apple has added an ACC Sports channel to Apple TV. The channel offers game highlights, interviews, insider reports, player profiles and more on Atlantic Coast Conference athletics. NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament previews are also included in a Campus Insiders section. Like…

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07:07
Apple launches $20/incident post-warranty chat...

Apple today has started charging out-of-warranty customers for for online chat support — it now costs users $20 per incident for support. The company’s new web payment system, first reported weeks ago, is having difficulties thus far, 9to5Mac reports. It’s likely Apple will offer exceptions for payments until…

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06:52
Steve Jobs Killed Apple Television Idea in Secret...

The notion of an Apple-branded television may sound exciting, but Apple co-founder Steve Jobs shot down the idea before he stepped down as company CEO. His revelation came during a secret meeting with the company's top executives and sales people, and seem contradictory to the ongoing rumors that Apple has been designing just that.

The Mac Observer Spin: I've been saying all along that a television just doesn't make sense for Apple. Instead, sell the Apple TV and let people connect it to whatever television they want. Profit margins will be higher for Apple, and it's a product the company can convince consumers to replace more often than every seven years.


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06:43
Apple to release 8GB iPhone 5c this week?

Apple may introduce an 8GB version of the iPhone 5c this week, according to an alleged internal email from German wireless carrier O2, obtained by German blog stadt-bremerhaven.de. The lower-capacity version of the phone is supposedly shipping to stores today for a Tuesday morning launch.

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06:33
Healthbook app may monitor heart rate, hydration,...

Apple’s upcoming Healthbook app may track users’ heart rate, hydration, blood pressure, blood sugar, sleep, and more, according to a new in-depth look from 9to5Mac. The article offers “complete recreations of screenshots” which appear to answer numerous questions as to what Apple is testing in health and fitness tracking.…

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05:51
iPhone, iPad Apple Store Apps Beef Up iBeacon Support

Apple has released updates for the iPhone and iPad versions of its Apple Store app that improves iBeacons support, and lets users buy physical gift cards. The Apple Store app is the company's companion app for its retail stores.


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Sunday March 16

08:47
MGG 493: Finder Tips, Display Tips, Syncing...

Dave and John blast off on Sunday morning with a few quick tips and answers, including changing the Finder's default search (to what it should be), setting your Mac's default display, correcting drifting time, and more. Then It's a few questions about automating iTunes and dealing with overlapping WiFi channels. Good, geeky fun for you!


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Saturday March 15

07:30
25 More Tips for Mastering iPhone Photography

Continuing with his collection of killer tips, Sandro Cuccia offers twenty-five more tips that are guaranteed to help you improve your iPhone photography.


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Friday March 14

18:31
Cloud Storage Price Comparison

Online file storage, or Cloud storage, may be easy to come by, but that doesn't mean all services are created equally and pricing can vary widely, too. Google drove that point home this week when it dramatically lowered the prices for its Google Drive storage options. We took a look at just how Google's prices stack up against Apple, Amazon, Dropbox, and other Cloud-based storage options.


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18:19
Weather or Not: 3 Free Weather Apps You’ll Want

Need a weather app? Vern Seward points out 3 great freebies in this week's Free on iTunes. AccuWeather, WunderMaps, and Yahoo! Weather.


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18:01
MOTO TC Rally Car Controlled by iPhone for $39.99

We have a killer deal on a fun toy for you, Griffin's MOTO TC Rally Car, an RC car you control with your iPhone through a companion app. This USB-rechargeable car can be raced on pavement, and it has impact sensors that detect damage from other drivers and obstacles. You can add armor (that slows you down), and it's usable with iPhone 5/5c/5s, iPhone 4s, iPod touch (5th gen.), iPad 3, 4, and Air, and the iPad mini. It retails for US$99, but in this TMO deal, you can get it for $39.99, an offer that expires in 11 days.


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16:59
Apple Reportedly Shelves Plans for a Larger iPad ‘...

Apple has reportedly shelved plans for a 12-inch to 13-inch iPad, a device that many have called an iPad Pro. Citing unspecified and unnamed rumors, DigiTimes said that Apple has canceled its plans for such a device even as other companies were running into hurdles trying to bring their own large tablets to market.


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13:05
It’s Far Too Late for MS Office on iPad

Microsoft has had a version of MS Office ready for the iPad for some time now. What's held it up has been the attempt to entice business users over to the Surface tablets instead. John Martellaro thinks it's too late now, far too late, for Microsoft to reverse its strategy.


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12:46
iLounge Game Spotlight: Glorkian Warrior: Trials Of...

Glorkian Warrior: Trials Of Glork ($3) is a collaboration between developer Pixeljam and prolific comic book artist James Kochalka. A Glorkian Warrior graphic novel, The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza, will be released in a few weeks. The game is a colorful Galaga-esque shooter with a light dose of…

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12:04
Amperage Stompbox Gives Guitarists 7 Knobs for MIDI-...

I have something for musicians today, a Kickstarter project called the Amperage Pedal. It's a stompbox that gives guitarists, bassists, and keyboardists, 2 foot switches and 7 banks of 7 knobs for MIDI-capable apps on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or PC. That's a lot of control for the growing legions of musicians who use mobile devices and computers to control and shape their sound onstage, though I can also see studio and in-your-living-room use for it. The device will work with any MIDI-capable software out of the box, but the folks behind it said they'll release a utility for Mac and Windows that allows tinkerers even greater control over the device. Funding options that include a finished product start at US$225, and the company is looking to raise just under $10,000.

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08:38
Apple’s Burstly Kills SkyRocket Service

Burstly, the company that's known for its TestFlight iOS app testing platform and is now owned by Apple, has been notifying users of its SkyRocket product that they have until June 9 before that service shuts down. SkyRocket is an app monetization service designed to make it easier for developers to work with in-app ad placement services.

The Mac Observer Spin: Burstly was offering cross-platform services for developers. Based on the Burstly features that have already shut down, it looks like that's not something Apple is interested in supporting. Hopefully those services will resurface as part of the iOS SDK at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference this spring.


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07:16
Apple may remove Game Center app in iOS 8

Apple is thinking about removing the Game Center app from iOS 8, while leaving the Game Center functionality intact within games, 9to5Mac reports. Recent alleged leaked screenshots from iOS 8 do feature the Game Center icon. Apple may also simplify alerts within Notification Center and add the ability…

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07:02
Some users reporting battery issues with iOS 7.1

Some users are reporting battery issues following installation of iOS 7.1. Multiple threads have popped up on Apple’s support communities regarding decreased battery life while using the newly released operating system. An iLounge editor noted a 35 percent battery decrease with light usage of a device within an hour’s…

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06:51
iOS 7.1: The Keyboard Apple Should’ve Given Us

Apple made some great improvements in iOS 7.1. It's faster, more stable, you can add shapes to more easily see buttons, and more. That awesome update didn't, however, hit the mark with its new on-screen keyboard representation for the caps lock key. I have a much better idea for how that could've played out.


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05:40
iTunes: Show What Playlists Your Songs Are In

Within iTunes, you can easily check to see which playlists a song, album, or artist belongs to, and there's even a sneaky way to figure out which items aren't in any playlists at all. In this Quick Tip, we'll go over how to do just that, and afterward, maybe your iTunes library will be a happier, better-organized place. That's our hope, anyway.


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Thursday March 13

16:34
Fund a Usable Enigma Machine Reproduction on...

I found a super cool Kickstarter project that will exercise your history, math, cryptography, and gadget nerd all at once! It's called the Open Enigma Project by S&T Geotronics, an open source recreation of the german Enigma encryption device from World War II. Enigma was an incredible mechanical encryption machine that was cracked by the allies only through a remarkable combination of luck and mistakes on the part of the Nazis. Better yet, assuming you're not a Nazi, it was exploited by the Allies to remarkable effect because the Nazis knew it to be uncrackable. OK, so enough history: this Kickstarter project will allow you to get or make your own (depending on your funding level) electronic Enigma reproduction that will allow you to create your own encrypted messages. It can interface with your computer through USB, has WiFi, and can encrypt your router traffic. What?! Too cool!

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16:23
Apple Buys iPhone 5c Ad Space on Yahoo! Home Page

Apple has taken out ad space on Yahoo!'s home page to promote the company's iPhone 5c. The ads are colorful animations that play off the circle imagery that stems from the cases Apple designed for the devices.


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13:37
iPhone App Interface Design For Beginners for $29

Check out this deal for an e-learning course called iPhone App Interface Design For Beginners that will teach you the basics of iOS interface design and how to implement those principles. The course also teaches you to how to review the results of your interface design so that you can see how it really looks on an iPhone. That's cool, but what's even cooler is that it's just $29 through our friends at StackSocial in this TMO deal. This price expires in seven days, so get to it.


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13:10
2014 Will Be the Year That Defines Apple CEO Tim Cook

Time can be a funny thing, and not just in a Stephen Hawking yuk-yuk kind of way. For we intellectual mortals, time has a magical ability to change our perspective on things, making small things become important, and allowing us to all but forget what used to feel like was of end-of-the-world, apocalyptic magnitude. That's what is going to happen in 2014, a year I believe will come to define the Tim Cook era of Apple.


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12:10
iOS 7.1: Turn Parallax Off But Allow Other Motion

In iOS 7.0, there was an option to reduce overall motion in the interface. That meant killing the zoom animation on app launch and the home and lock screen parallax effect. iOS 7.1 adds a measure of flexibility.


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12:03
Apps: Fantastical 2 2.05, Paper 1.61, Ridge Racer...

Fantastical 2 ($5), the calendar and reminders app from Flexibits Inc., has updated to version 2.0.5. The update adds support for opening links in 1Password and Mercury web browsers, and creating events with floating time zones. An update to the week view makes events and invitations easier to read.…

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08:48
Rutledge: The New MacBook Pro BookBook Case

Twelve South's BookBook cases for the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iPhone, and iPad are cool and stylish, and now there's a special design just for the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro model. The Rutledge is made from leather and hand-finished, which gives each case its own unique look. Like the other cases in the BookBook line, this one looks like an old hard cover book and offers rigid protection to help keep you laptop safe. The interior is padded for added protection, and it uses dual zippers to keep the case closed when you aren't using your MacBook Pro. The BookBook Rutledge is priced at US$99.99, and you can pick one up at the Twelve South website.


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08:21
Healthbook, Preview, and TextEdit iOS 8 icons leaked

A few alleged iOS 8 screenshots including icons for Healthbook, Preview, and TextEdit have been posted on a Weibo account. The shots are legitimate, according to 9to5Mac. Healthbook’s icon is very similar to the Passbook icon, and Preview and TextEdit’s icons match the Mac versions.

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08:20
Apple Patent Adds More Evidence to Wearable Tech...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published an Apple patent application on Thursday that offers up more evidence that the iPhone and iPad maker is looking to our wrists as the target for its rumored move into the wearable tech market. The patent application describes a pedometer that sits on your wrist, much like the Nike Fuelband or Fitbit Force.

The Mac Observer Spin: A patent application doesn't necessarily mean a product is on the way, but considering the other patents Apple has, as well as the company's health and fitness-related hiring spree, it sure looks like we'll be seeing some wearable tech in the near future.


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06:48
United Adds iPad In-flight Movie Service, Leaves...

The skies will be a little more friendly for United passengers with iPads and iPhones come April because the airline will begin offering in-flight movies just for those devices. United will be adding the service to some of its planes next month, and plans to eventually offer iPhone and iPad owners movies and TV shows throughout its fleet.

The Mac Observer Spin: Services like free in-flight movies can help airlines differentiate themselves, and potentially draw in travelers that otherwise would've gone with a different company. Skipping the Android-toting crowd says United sees iPhone and iPad owners as potentially more valuable customers -- or at least those are the travelers the airline is most interested in.


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06:30
Report: Apple developing versions of TextEdit,...

Apple is working to develop versions of its TextEdit and Preview Mac applications for iOS, 9to5Mac reports. The iOS versions of the apps would reportedly only be used to view TextEdit and Preview files stored in iCloud; users would have to edit documents using Pages. It’s “currently uncertain, but…

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05:46
1Password 4 Adds Editing to Mini Viewer

AgileBits rolled out 1Password 4.2 for the Mac on Wednesday, bringing with it the ability to edit items and passwords from the menu bar in the 1Password mini viewer. 1Password is a password manger and generator that also stores private and sensitive information in an encrypted database.


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Wednesday March 12

20:47
ACM 246: The Year of Tim Cook and the Goodies in iOS...

It's 2014 and Jeff and Bryan think this is the year that will define Tim Cook's leadership at Apple. They also take a look at iOS 7.12, share some tips, talk about some cool Kickstarter and Indiegogo projects, and discover exactly why you should lock cats outside of the recording studio.


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14:20
iOS 7.1 Quick Tips: a Quick Reference

In this quick reference article, we've collected all the iOS 7.1 Quick Tip and How-to articles we've published. It will be updated as we go along, so be sure to check back from time to time.


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13:21
Take to the Skies with Your Own LEGO Drone

Governments are flying drones, and Amazon wants to, so why shouldn't you, too? GenCode has a Kickstarter project that'll let you do just that, and the bonus: Your quad-copter drone is made from LEGO bricks. Assuming the project reaches funding, you'll get a box full of LEGO bricks, four custom designed motors, mounts for cameras and a remote control system, plus instructions for building your very own LEGO drone. Did we mention this is a real flying drone made out of LEGO bricks? Really, this whole project can be summed up in two words: LEGO. Drone.


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12:40
Stunning ‘Wolfram Language’ Has Knowledge of the...

Wolfram Language is a knowledge-based computer language that's been in development by Stephen Wolfram for about 30 years. "It's a language where a vast amount of knowledge about how to do computations and about the world is built right into the language," according to Mr. Wolfram who formally announced the language last year.

That's all fairly abstract, but the working result is magnificent and needs to be seen to be appreciated. In this stunning YouTube tour of Wolfram Language, Mr. Wolfram illustrates the power of his creation. It has to be seen to be believed. How people in the future will use this new kind of computer language for research and analysis can only be guessed at right now.


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12:32
Pioneer working on aftermarket CarPlay solutions

Pioneer Electronics is looking into implementing CarPlay compatibility into its “existing and future products,” according to a report. The news was reportedly verified by a Pioneer customer service representative. Pioneer makes many in-car electronic systems, opening up the possibility that vehicle makers who haven’t been announced as Apple partners

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11:42
Photos of 5th Ave. Apple Store Cube Repairs

Apple is busily repairing the 5th Avenue Apple Store's iconic glass cube entryway, and the repairs have been documented on Instagram. One of the enormous glass panels that make up the cube was shattered by a snow blower in January, necessitating the repair.


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11:00
Review: Ultra-slim Bluetooth Keyboard Designed for...

The Ultra-slim Bluetooth keyboard for iPad (E6300) from Rapoo is thin and light. It's about a half-inch longer than the iPad mini, just 8 inches wide. It's small size and features should appeal to those who type with their thumbs.


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08:20
Apple Files Appeal in First Samsung Patent Trial

Apple may have won decisively in its first U.S. patent infringement trial with Samsung, but that hasn't stopped the iPhone and iPad maker from filing its own appeal in the case. Apple is hoping to score a reversal on Judge Lucy Koh's refusal to grant a permanent injunction blocking the sale of infringing Samsung smartphones and tablets.

The Mac Observer Spin: This injunction is a big thing for Apple even though many of the devices it would block aren't sold any more. It'a about showing a history of Samsung patent infringement, and that's a valuable weapon to take into the court room.


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07:49
Monsters vs. Aliens and Chicken Run: $9.99 on iTunes...

Apple is offering up several HD movies for just US$9.99 each from its Kids & Family section, including Monsters vs. Aliens, Chicken Run, and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were Rabbit. These are all movie purchases, not rentals, so it's OK to procrastinate on watching after you buy -- and they're great to have on hand whenever you need to watch something fun, or use the TV as a babysitter. The deal is for a limited time, so don't procrastinate on your purchase.


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06:32
iTunes Radio could be standalone app in iOS 8

Apple is currently testing iTunes Radio as a standalone app within iOS 8, 9to5Mac reports. At this point, the streaming service is accessible through the iOS Music app. iTunes Radio app functionality would resemble the Music app, allowing users to browse history, purchase streamed tracks, and create stations. Though…

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06:15
Apple drops iPhone return policy to 14 days

Apple will change its iPhone return policy from 30 days to 14 days by Thursday, according to 9to5Mac. The change is already reflected on Apple’s website. The 14-day period will match the return policies of other Apple products. An internal Apple document claims the change is being made…

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06:10
ZiiLabs Hits Apple, Samsung with Graphics Chip...

Both Apple and Samsung have been targeted in a patent infringement lawsuit by ZiiLabs, formerly known as 3DLabs. The lawsuit named Apple because of its A-series processors used in the iPhone and iPad, and Samsung for the graphics tech it uses in the processors it makes for Apple, as well as its own chips.

The Mac Observer Spin: The two companies that seem to be locked in a never ending battle over patent infringement claims are both targeted by a third company for the very same thing. There is some irony tucked away in that.


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05:20
iOS 7.1: Control Siri Manually

iOS 7.1 gives us a new way to tell Siri that weâre finished with a command, whichâll be incredibly helpful at preventing frustration (especially for those who are new to using the voice assistant!). Melissa Holt will tell you about Siriâs new feature in this Quick Tip, and if you havenât already updated, this just might make you rush to do so.


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Tuesday March 11

16:36
Apple’s iOS 7.1 Reaches 5.9% Adoption Rate In Just...

Apple's iOS 7.1, which was released on Monday, hit a 5.9 percent adoption rate in just the first 24 hours, according to Chitika. The marketing research company released a report on Tuesday based on the operating systems reported in their app metrics platform.


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15:40
Blizzard Launches Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft...

Blizzard launched Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft on Mac and Windows on Tuesday. The latest expansion of the company's massive World of Warcaft franchise is a "fast paced strategy card game" that includes playing heroes, casting spells, summoning creatures, all through digital cards. The game is a free download, and it pits the player against a series of mini-bosses on the way to the ultimate boss, Illidan Stormrage. I included the promotional video below.


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14:34
Acoustic Stream on Kickstarter is a Wireless Guitar...

There are a lot of audio interfaces for iPhone and iPad out there, but there's a Kickstarter project for guitarists called Acoustic Stream that does something new. It allows you to record, practice, or play live through your iOS device wirelessly. Designed specifically for acoustic guitar, this device goes inside your guitar. You then activate it by tapping one, twice, or thrice on the guitar for recording, tuning, or simple connectivity to the companion app. That means no cords to manage! If you're one of those folks who bangs on your guitar while you play to provide your own percussion section, this may not be for you, but for the rest of us, giddy up! Oh, and it monitors the humidity around your device and will alert you if it gets too dry or too wet. That's way cool all by itself, IMO. It works with Bluetooth LE iOS devices and some Bluetooth LE Android devices. The company has raised $36,000 out of a goal of $50,000. Funding options that get you an Acoustic Stream start at $...

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12:38
Apps: Duolingo 3.3, Marvel Unlimited 2.0, Smash Hit...

Duolingo (free) has updated its app to version 3.3. The update offers more language classes for native speakers of a variety of languages — Romanian and Polish speakers now have access to an English course, while Portuguese speakers can now take a Spanish class, and vice-versa. Duolingo also lists…

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12:29
iOS 7.1: Quick Fix for Slow Keyboard

Some users have been reporting slow keyboard response after upgrading to iOS 7.1. If you're one of them, we have a quick fix-resetting your keyboard dictionary-for you that should get you back up and running in real time in no time.


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11:45
iOS 7.1: Calendar’s New ‘Show Events’ View for iPhone

iOS 7 introduces a new and very welcome method of displaying events below a static display of the month. It eliminates the jarring visual transition from monthly calendar view to the hour-by-hour view. Here's how to toggle that option.


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11:37
Apple to Samsung: Give Us $40 for Every Android...

The patent licensing fees Apple wants from Samsung for every Android-based smartphone and tablet it sells is US$40. That works out to about $8 per patent, and makes for a figure that's substantially higher than the numbers Apple balked at when Samsung demanded 2.4 percent of every iPhone sold.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple's $40 per device licensing fee demand is remarkably high and completely unreasonable considering the company was outraged at Samsung's 2.4 percent per device licensing demands. Of course, that demand won't fly in court and wasn't acceptable to Samsung during pre-trial settlement negotiations. It's no wonder the two companies can't reach a licensing agreement.


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09:46
Flip Wallet Review: Magnetic Leather iPhone Credit...

Toffeeâs Flip Wallet case, made of genuine leather, has a place for a iPhone 5/5s, a place for cards and cash, and a really nice extra feature that use a magnet to hold the back in place while you use your iPhone.


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09:13
Apple TV: How to change the language

Learn how to change the language setting on your Apple TV if it is incorrect, or if you accidentally changed the language to one you don't understand.

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08:34
iOS 7.1: Deciphering the New Caps Lock

Apple made several interface changes in iOS 7 that left us scratching our collective heads, and one that really stood out was the caps lock button on the on-screen keyboard. The company addressed that with iOS 7.1, but that doesn't mean it's any easier to figure out. Since we can't get inside your iPhone or iPad to do something better, we've made a handy graphic showing what each button state really means.


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08:28
Apple running large iPhone 5c ad on NY Times site

Apple is still committed to pushing iPhone 5c sales, as evidenced by a new large interactive ad now running on the front page of the New York Times website — an uncommon move from Apple. Colored dots run across the page before settling in the ad, which occupies a…

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07:49
Star Trek Online Finally Comes to the Mac

After a four year wait Star Trek gaming fans can finally play the Star Trek Online multiplayer game on the Mac. Windows PC users have been able to visit strange new worlds and new civilizations ever since the game launched, but Mac users were left in space dock with no way to warp out of orbit.


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06:53
Report: iOS 8 Maps to gain public transit directions

Apple’s Maps application will boast improved data and public transit directions in its iOS 8 incarnation, 9to5Mac reports. It is expected that public transportation options will be “deeply integrated” into iOS 8 Maps, with train, subway, and bus data, and will first be introduced for major cities, with other…

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05:48
iTunes Radio Hits Top 3 in Online Music Streaming

Apple's iTunes Radio is just shy of six months old, but is already the third largest online music streaming service behind Pandora and iHeartRadio. That comes from data in an annual radio report from Edison tracking active streaming music listeners.

The Mac Observer Spin: After six months iTunes Radio is the third largest streaming music service in the United States behind Pandora and iHeartRadio. That has to be a pretty harsh wake up call for Spotify.


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Monday March 10

17:37
The Best Apple iWatch Mockup Yet

I just learned that Tomas Moyano is awesome. A designer living in Argentina, Mr. Moyano has put together the sexiest, most gorgeous Apple iWatch mockup I've seen. With everybody and their brother wanting to know what Apple is cooking up in wearables, this outside mockup left me drooling and wanting one on my wrist, and pronto. In a series of images, Mr. Moyano laid out what he thinks Apple's device could look like (round), what features it might have (syncing, camera, music streaming, and a battery of biomedical sensors), and specs. I have no idea if Apple could fit all that stuff in this kind of form factor, but if so, giddy up! There's a lot more in the full gallery, so check it out. About the only thing it's missing is an actual watch app.


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15:25
The Ultra Slim iPhone 10 Hour Battery Case for $24.95

We have a deal for you today for the TOCCs Ultra Slim 10 Hour Battery Case for iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s. As the name suggests, it's a slim battery case for your iPhone that has up to 10 hours of additional power for your iPhone-2,200mAh in total. Through our friends at StackSocial, we're able to offer it for US$24.95 (it has a retail price of $80). You can control when the battery case is being used by turning it on or off, putting you in direct charge of your extra power. Plus, it's slim, meaning that people won't be asking you why you're carrying a watermelon in your pocket.


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15:11
Help Fund an ARC Plasma Speaker Through Kickstarter

Today I bring you the opportunity to participate in a little science by helping to fund development of an ARC Plasma Speaker. Why would you do this? Not because it's the best sounding speaker on the planet, no. It's far from that, but with an ARC Plasma Speaker you can make sound through a arc of plasma running at 30,000 volts. Come on, right? Who doesn't want to do that? Watch the video if you aren't familiar with the concept. The company-ExcelPhysics-was originally trying to raise US$10,000, but they've blown by that goal and have raised more than $41,000 with 18 days to go. Funding options that get you a kit to build your own ARC Plasma Speaker start at $99. For $199, they'll ship it to you fully assembled. Either way, it's nerdvanna!


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14:46
Apple Expands iPhone Trade-In Program to Canada

Apple has expanded its Apple Store iPhone trade-in program to Canada. The company is offering up to CN$275 to Canadian customers who bring in their old iPhone to trade in towards a new one.


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13:28
iOS 7.1: Killing the Cartoon Button Colors

One complaint I heard over and over when iOS 7 shipped was that many of the colors used in apps and icons looked more like they came from cartoons. Apple addressed part of that with iOS 7.1 by making the neon green phone and messages icons less garish, and by giving us a setting to darken up many of the colors in apps, too.


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13:19
Hidden AirPlay feature in the AppleTV 6.1 (iOS 7.1)...

Here’s one that will make educators and education network administrators realllllly happy. There’s a hidden gem in the AppleTV 6.1 update that was released today.

In addition to bonjour negotiation for AirPlay, iOS 7.1 devices will also look for AirPlay sources over bluetooth when doing it’s scan! This means you do NOT need bonjour to AirPlay.

Requirements:

1) Apple TV with version 6.1 (released 3/10/14)
2) iOS device with version 7.1 (released 3/10/14)
3) IP connectivity between the two devices

I tried a Mac with 10.9.2 and it didn’t see the AppleTV as an AirPlay source over bluetooth. That may be coming in a future update.

Make sure your AppleTV is updated to 6.1. You can see that this AppleTV is on an ethernet connection with a 10.10.X.X subnet IP Address. Also make sure bluetooth is ON on your AppleTV.

 

As you can see on my iOS device...

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13:01
Apple updates Remote app with improved Apple TV...

Apple has updated its free Remote app today to version 4.2. The app now boasts greater integration with Apple TV — users can now control iTunes Radio through the set-top box using the app, and you are now shown your iTunes Match music and iTunes in the Cloud music/TV…

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12:02
iOS 7.1 reveals two new iPad models?

Apple’s new release of iOS 7.1 arrived with support for two new iPad models: iPad 4,3 and iPad 4,6, as noted by 9to5Mac. It’s unclear what these models represent at this point. The report speculates that the iPad models may be “minor hardware revisions,” or possibly optimized models for…

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11:50
Understanding Home Sharing

Home Sharing in iTunes lets you share your iTunes media libraries between up to five computers in your household. You can also use Home Sharing to play your iTunes content on your iOS devices and Apple TV (2nd generation) if they are connected to your home Wi-Fi network.

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11:05
An Awesome Computational Black Cylinder - But NOT a...

The Curta hand cranked calculator was introduced in 1948. Developed by Curt Herzstark, it can do basic arithmetic and, a bit laboriously, square roots. This pepper grinder-like black cylinder is mechanically complex, beautifully made and ingenious.

Even though it remained popular in specific areas, such as sports car rallies even into the 1980s, it was generally superseded by the classic slide-rule in the 1950s and 60s. But who knows? Perhaps in the back of Jony Ive's mind, there loomed the concept of a black computational cylinder that ultimately resulted in the design of the late 2013 Mac Pro.

Computational speed: Looks like a blazing hertz or two.


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10:53
iOS 7.1: Enabling In-app Button Shapes

iOS 7 took away visual cues like borders and shapes to easily identify buttons in apps, but that feature is back with the release of iOS 7.1. No more random tapping on words to see if they're buttons, and adding shapes to in-app buttons is easy to do.


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10:51
Apple TV 6.1 update released, allows users to hide...

Along with today’s release of iOS 7.1, Apple has released a software update for Apple TV. In addition to other changes, version 6.1 of the Apple TV software now allows users to hide channels from the main menu. The changes can be made in Settings > Main Menu, or straight…

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10:47
About the security content of Apple TV 6.1

This document describes the security content of Apple TV 6.1.

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10:42
About the security content of iOS 7.1

This document describes the security content of iOS 7.1.

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10:10
Apple Releases iOS 7.1 with CarPlay, Siri...

Apple released iOS 7.1 on Monday, packing in a host of new features and improvements. Chief among them is the official rollout of CarPlay, the company's new automobile interface for iOS devices. Apple also added a way of controlling how long Siri listens to you, and the company added new features to iTunes Radio.


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10:07
Apple releases iOS 7.1

Apple has released iOS 7.1 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The long-awaited bug-fixing update brings improved Touch ID recognition for iPhone 5s, and many new features to the company’s mobile operating system, along with smaller UI tweaks. Some of the new features include the option to display events in…

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08:32
Apple iPhone trade-in program arrives in Canada

Apple’s in-store iPhone Reuse and Recycle program has arrived in Canada. Users can trade in older iPhones for gift cards that can be applied to a new iPhone purchase. As noted on Canadian Apple retail pages, users can earn up to $275 for a trade-in. The Reuse and Recycle…

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07:32
Samsung Drops SEP Claims from Second Apple Patent...

Samsung and Apple have both agreed to drop some patents from their upcoming mobile device infringement trial, including two of Samsung's standard-essential patents. Samsung dropped a third patent from the case, too, bringing the number of claims it'll pursue in the trial down to two.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple and Samsung may not be able to reach a settlement in their ongoing patent infringement fight, but they can at least find places where working together is an option. Agreeing to drop some patents from this trial will reduce the case's complexity, although Samsung can file a new case centered on the patents it dropped if it wants.


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06:43
Apple TV adds iTunes Festival channel

Apple added an iTunes Festival channel to Apple TV this weekend, ahead of its upcoming SXSW concert series. While SXSW kicked off March 6, the iTunes Festival will begin Tuesday with Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, and London Grammar. Other acts to perform at Apple’s first U.S.-based iTunes Festival include Kendrick…

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05:40
Apple Adds iTunes Festival Channel to Apple TV for...

Apple added a new iTunes Festival channel to Apple TV over the weekend so its SXSW concert series can be viewed from the comfort of your own couch. Viewers will be able to watch the concerts live, and this marks the first time Apple has hosted an iTunes Festival event outside of London.


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Sunday March 9

08:55
MGG 492: Sunday Morning Sleep-Deprived Geek Jam

John and Dave started their Sunday morning recording this show for you. When do you listen? Anytime you like, that's when! In fact, come and post in the comments here and tell us when you listen. Inquiring minds want to know!


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Saturday March 8

06:00
Audio MIDI Setup: Your Mac’s Secret Sound Manager

Your Mac's Sound Preference Pane is the go-to place for choosing audio inputs and outputs, but it isn't the only place you can go in OS X to manage your Mac's sounds. Even though Audio MIDI Setup may sound intimidating, it's loaded with controls that go far beyond what its name implies and can help you fine tune the audio quality your Mac pumps out.


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Friday March 7

19:22
Get Free Bitcoins with 20 Website Faucets that...

We've gathered 20 different Bitcoin "faucets"-websites that pay out free Bitcoins just for loading up a page full of ads-and tested them to make sure they actually pay out. We started off with eight sites, then eleven and 14, but this update adds six more and updates the descriptions for the original sites with additional information.


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16:30
3 Free Absolutely Cool iOS Apps You Must Have

There are lots of cool app for your cool iOS devices. Vern Seward points out three that you'll want in this week's Free on iTunes. Notable, Sega: Go Dance, and Smash Hit.


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16:18
NCPPR Accuses Apple of Greenwashing and Tim Cook of...

The National Center for Public Policy Research has doubled down on its criticism of Apple's sustainability programs. In a blog post, NCPPR CEO Amy Ridenour suggested that Apple is "greenwashing" itself, or faking its commitment to sustainability, and she suggested that Apple CEO Tim Cook may have faked his outrage and anger during Apple's annual shareholder report last Friday.


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15:58
Exploring Apple’s new Device Enrollment Program

On February 26, 2014 Apple announced its new Device Enrollment Program (DEP). You can read about the features of the DEP here.

In a nutshell, for US customers who have purchased devices directly from Apple, you can:

1) Force enrollment with your MDM when device is set up (every time)
2) Wirelessly supervise a device
3) Disallow removal of MDM profile on supervised devices

Similar to activation lock, when a DEP enrolled device hits the Internet, it will only activate through your MDM server.

For instructions on how to set up DEP, see: here

TLDR; you need:

1) A new AppleID with two-step verification
2) Your Apple Customer Number
3) Authority in your company to agree to License Agreements

Setting...

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14:50
Why We Love Apple and Why Microsoft Does Wacky...

Constancy of a good purpose usually leads to success. The ironic thing, however, is that in business, the constancy of purpose cannot simply be making more money than anyone else at any cost. Making money must be a byproduct of a deeper value. Apple has shown us how to do that.


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14:38
Color Cables on Indiegogo for Glow-in-the-Dark...

A glow-in-the-dark iPhone charging cable. This is one of those things that now that I've seen it, I don't understand why we haven't had it all along, but now the folks at Color Cables are ready to bring it to us. They've launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund production of Lightning, 30-Pin, and even Micro USB charging and sync cables for our mobile devices that not only glow-in-the-dark, they're colored, too. That will let you quickly tell them apart, and if your household has lots of different devices, you'll realize how handy that would be. Funding options that get you a cable start at US$11 for 3-feet 30-pin and Micro USB and $14 for 3-feet Lightning. There are early bird slots left for a 6-feet $16 Lightning cables, too. This is pretty clever, so check it out.

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14:23
iLounge Game Spotlight: Doggins

Doggins ($4) from Brain & Brain is billed as a quiet adventure. Starring a dreaming dog, the iPad-only adventure game has been nominated for a SXSW Gamer’s Voice Award for best indie game, along with a number of other titles, including recently reviewed Tengami — a game which…

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09:42
iTunes Store Power Searches on the Mac

If the search options Apple offers on the iTunes Store leave you wanting, it's time to start Power Searches. You know, the power search feature Apple hid so you wouldn't know it's there. Apple didn't, however, hide it well enough to keep Kirk McElhearn from figuring out where it is. It isn't completely elegant because it involves a link that first opens in your Web browser and then redirects to iTunes. Plus, it only works on the Mac -- no iPhone or iPad support here. Still, it gives you fine-tune control over your music, movie, TV show, book, podcast, and app searches with little more than an extra mouse click.


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08:50
OS X 10.9.3 to Include Retina Support for 4K Displays

Developers already have their hands on a beta version of OS X 10.9.3, and it sports a big change for 4K display users: Retina support. The higher resolution option is showing up in system preferences for Mac users.


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07:08
Spotify Buys Music Discovery Company Echo Nest in $...

Echo Nest, a company that specializes in technology for music discovery, is now part of the streaming music service Spotify. The deal set Spotify back some US$100 million, and gives it control over the music discovery system it, as well as several other companies, use daily.

The Mac Observer Spin: The streaming music market is a hotbed of competition, and owning Echo Nest is a big thing for Spotify. It now controls the tech many of its competitors rely on for listener music discovery.


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06:20
OS X: Use Spotlight for Contact Searches

Using Spotlight, OS X's built-in search application, you can do all sorts of cool things, from calculations to launching programs. Melissa Holt's favorite feature, though, is the ability to find people and launch the Contacts app, all with just a few keystrokes. Come on in and see why she uses Spotlight dozens of times a day-and why you should, too!


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Thursday March 6

16:28
Newsweek (Probably) Found Bitcoin Inventor Satoshi...

Newsweek reporter Leah McGrath Goodman has done something that has eluded everyone else-she found Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator and father of Bitcoin. And guess what? His name is actually Satoshi Nakamoto, and he's a 64-year old reclusive genius who hasn't touched his $400 million in Bitcoin holdings.


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16:22
Password Reset Time: ComiXology Loses User Data in...

Digital comic reseller ComiXology is warning all of its users to change their account passwords after discovering a security breach where someone made off with user names, email addresses, and encrypted passwords. Credit card information wasn't accessed during the security breach because that data is stored on different servers.

The Mac Observer Spin: Good on ComiXology for letting users know about the data leak. Go change your password now, and make sure it isn't one you use on any other sites.


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15:35
‘Everyday’ OS X Finder Replacement on Indiegogo...

Team Everyday has launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund development of its titular app, Everyday. This Finder replacement approaches file management from a relationship standpoint, rather than a location basis. Not only does it watch how you use your files, including how they are used and what files are used in conjunction with other files, it allows you to do things like attach contact information to a file. The software will also watch your inbox for associative data, too. Most importantly, it does all this without modifying the files themselves or taking over your Mac. There's much more to their concept, so check it out. The company is looking to raise US$20,000, and funding options get you a copy of the app shortly before it ships for $10, but if you're quick, there are some Early Bird slots left for $5. For $20, you can be a part of the beta program and also get a free copy of the shipping app. This is a very interesting approach to file management, and I look forward to...

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15:11
Apple Updates iTunes Festival App, Works with iOS 7....

Apple has released iTunes Festival 5.0, the company's app for accessing concert music and videos from the company's iTunes Festival, including the company's first U.S. iTunes Festival at Austin's SXSW. Online reports said that Apple would release the app in conjunction with iOS 7.1, but it appeared on Thursday and works with the current version of iOS, 7.0.6.


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The TV Industry is Apple’s Gordian Knot

Apple makes an enormous amount of money by selling hardware, and hardware generally doesn't change over its lifetime. However, in the TV industry, services come and go. Perhaps innovation by Apple consists of coping with change rather than eliminating it.


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Apps: Findery, Gmail 3.0, Real Racing 3 2.1 + Star...

2bkco’s Findery (free) was in beta for a long time, but it’s finally hit the App Store today as a full, finished app ready for launch. Findery lets users leave notes in locations all around the world — anything from personal anecdotes, to historical facts, and more. The notes…

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