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Friday April 10

08:49
AppleCare+ protection plans for Apple Watch range...

Now that the Apple Watch is up for pre-orders, we have a full list of AppleCare+ prices for those who want their timepieces protected.

The prices are both cheaper and more expensive than unconfirmed reports claimed last week. Apple Watch and Apple Watch Sport buyers will pay a little less, while Apple Watch Edition buyers will pay more. Here's the breakdown:

  • Apple Watch Sport: Two years of warranty coverage and phone support for $49. Covers two accidental damages over two years with a $69 service fee for each incident.
  • Apple Watch: Two years of warranty coverage and phone support for $69. Covers two accidental damages over two years with a $79 service fee for each incident.
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08:48
OS X Yosemite How-To: Move your iPhoto or Aperture...

Apple’s latest app Photos is now available for free as part of OS X 10.10.3 for Mac. The new app is the future of photo management from Apple with support for iCloud Photo Library, burst photos, slow-mo and time lapse videos, and more. Here’s how to migrate your photo library to the new Photos app from iPhoto or Aperture, both of which will no longer receive support for software updates going forward:

After pressing Get Started in the blue box as seen above, you have two different options. If you are brand new to photo organizing on a Mac and have never used iPhoto or Aperture before, (or if you don’t want to migrate your iPhoto or Aperture library to Photos), you have the option to import pictures from your digital camera or SD card, drag files...

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08:35
Here's how much you'll pay to protect that...

Scores of you - an obscene number, maybe - have already pre-ordered your Apple Watch. Perhaps you even sauntered into a well-appointed Apple Store-within-a-store for some valuable shopping advice before you took the plunge. Regardless, after you've m...

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08:32
AppleCare+ plan, service prices for Apple Watch...

How much is your AppleCare+ plan going to be for your snazzy new Apple Watch?

Apple has an answer for that.

With Apple Watch preorders opening last night/the Watchening, specific numbers have surfaced for AppleCare+ and repair fees for out-of warranty watches. These numbers are a bit frightening, as a coverage plan for an Apple Watch Edition model can rise into the thousands of dollars.

The service fee for a Sport is US$229, while the cost is US$329 for a mid-tier stainless steel Watch. Battery service is US$79 per incident, plus US$7 in shipping fees if necessary. Costs can vary according to country — in Canada, the base service fees are US$299, US$419,...

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08:23
The best Apple Watch stands and docks

After months of waiting, the Apple Watch officially went on sale today for preorders, and millions of people are now anxiously awaiting deliveries from Apple. Today, we’re looking at all of the best accessories that have been announced for the Apple Watch, and some of the most interesting options are charging stations: stands and docks. Every solution currently announced relies upon the inductive magnetic charger Apple includes in the Apple Watch box, so what you’re getting is a stand with the ability to manage the Watch and charger.

Inside, I’ll show you a large collection of stands that range in price from $20 to $129, with considerably different levels of sophistication. Some are just basic plastic holders for Apple’s charger, while others have really nice designs made from metal, leather, and wood…

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08:16
Dexcom sensors will be first to offer continuous...


Dexcom announced today that it’s preparing updates to its two mobile apps that will allow users of its Continuous Glucose Monitor System to track everything straight from Apple Watch. The apps will not only let users view their own glucose information, but also invite others– parents or caregivers for example– to monitor the data from their own Apple Watch.

The Dexcom sensors that will work with Apple Watch, the G4 PLATINUM Glucose Monitor System,...

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08:01
News: Report: Apple has spent $38 million on Apple...

Apple has been putting a strong effort into marketing the Apple Watch on U.S. prime-time television, Reuters reports. Since the March 9 Apple Watch event, the company has spent $38 million on its “Watch Reimagined” television campaign — only slightly less, in relative terms, than the $42 million Apple spent on TV spots for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Out of more than 300 airings of the Apple Watch commercial, almost half have been…

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07:59
iRobot hasn't given up on developing Roomba...

You know how long it's been since we first heard that iRobot's making a robotic lawn mower? Nine years. After almost a decade of wondering if we'll ever see Roomba's more outdoorsy sibling, iRobot's finally giving us a glimpse of how the device will ...

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07:58
Apple Watch will be 'digital sixth sense'...

While investment firm UBS doesn't believe the Apple Watch is yet a "must have" device, its importance to the company's bottom line is expected to grow over time as new use cases emerge.

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07:53
Apple Watch Pre-Orders Sell Out Fast

Adam and Tonya Engst happened to wake up at 3 AM, just in time for each pre-order an Apple Watch. But the initial stock sold out so fast that Adam didn’t get the model he wanted, causing him to ponder what might have happened with Apple’s estimation or manufacturing.

 

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07:50
Ask iLounge: How do I share one iCloud Photo Library...

Q: Hi Jesse, I ran across Sharing iTunes & iCloud Accounts in a Family from 2012 and thought it was the best thing I’ve found so far about explaining how to use different iCloud accounts to enable different behaviors in a family with multiple iOS devices. It gets confusing fast, though! Now that Apple has released Photos, I wish you would update/expand that article to cover iTunes Match and the new Photos app. Some case scenarios would be great.…

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07:45
Apple Watch sells out in a matter of hours, shipping...

The Apple Watch sold out in a number of hours last night as the pre-order option for the unit became available on the Apple Store web site. Over the course of the launch, shipping times for all models slipped to 4-6 weeks or later less than 6 hours after pre-orders started at 12:01 AM Pacific today. Apple Watch Sport models were the first to sell out, with delivery estimates shifting to 4-6 weeks, and then June, on the Apple Online Store in the United States.

The stainless steel Apple Watch retained fairly better shipping estimates after the pre-order window opened, with most models available to ship in 4-6 weeks after the first...

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07:45
Google's £799 Chromebook Pixel 2 arrives in the...

Google's original Chromebook Pixel was a gorgeous laptop, but the high price-tag and limitations of Chrome OS made it a niche proposition. For its successor, the company wisely kept the design (if it ain't broke, don't fix it) while updating the inte...

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07:37
Apple Watch already sold out until June

It’s way too early to call the Apple Watch a smash hit, but within minutes of the preorder kickoff at 3:01 a.m. Eastern, many models slipped from an estimated shipping date of April 24-May 8 to sometime in June. Now all Watches are sold out for the next 4–6 weeks.

If you were waiting to preorder until you could try one on in person, you’ll have to wait awhile to deck out your wrist in gold (or fluoroelastomer), and there’s no option to pick up a Watch in-store for now. Apple said Thursday that it expected demand for Apple Watch to be high and supply to be limited, which is why the company is only selling the device online in its early days.

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07:34
Apple's fixed a serious OS X security flaw, but...

There are times in life when you wonder what it is that you've done to deserve such neglect from those you hold dear. It's a feeling that plenty of Mac users will be experiencing today as Apple has announced that it found a serious security flaw in O...

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07:28
News: Apple Watch bands also experiencing delayed...

Apple Watch quickly sold out of its initial launch allotments, and Apple Watch bands are also experiencing a shortage online. A glance at the Apple Watch bands page on the Apple Online Store reveals most bands will now be shipping in May. As of this writing, the 38mm Link Bracelet ($449) and 38mm Milanese Loop ($149) have 2-4 week shipping estimates, while the 38mm Modern Buckle is completely unavailable, in all sizes. It’s currently unclear…

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07:21
Apple Watch repair costs, AppleCare+ plans & try...

As Apple has opened preorders and try-on appointments for the Apple Watch, more details have become clear about the ordering process, including costs for AppleCare+, and the repair service fees for out-of-warranty Watches, which can rise as high as $2,800 in the US for an Edition model.

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07:03
Spying case against UK government heads to Europe...

While it's public knowledge that the UK government has secretly monitored the communications of the British public, questions over the legality of these practices still remain. After an independent UK court first ruled that security agencies, includi...

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07:00
The Week in iOS Apps: Pass the Popcorn

Pass the Popcorn

This week’s roundup includes an app for a service known as “Netflix for pirates.” Don’t worry: We’ve got legit stuff, too.

Adobe Slate

Adobe Slate for iPad lets you add a bit of design flair to your corporate reports and other documents: “Simply tap to select a unique look—beautiful fonts, color and magazine-style design are automatically incorporated. Fluid movement and elegant motion are applied instantly.” You can see photos from your iPad, your Lightroom library, or Creative Cloud files; when done, you can share the document on Twitter, Facebook, email, text message, or as an embed on your website.

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06:56
Initial Apple Watch stock dries up in minutes,...

Consumers who weren't ready to to order at exactly 12:01 a.m. Pacific time on Friday have missed their opportunity to receive an Apple Watch on launch day, as every model is now unavailable until at least mid-May.

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06:50
Election 'hashflags' are about to invade...

If you hadn't noticed, the upcoming general election is kind of a hot topic in the UK right now, but discussion and debates don't just play out on Question Time. Social media is the perfect place to broadcast your political ramblings, and because you...

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06:37
A Peek at What an Apple Watch Appointment Might be...

Apple Watch day has finally arrived! A new report published this morning gives us a peek at what it could be like if you have an appointment to try on the Apple Watch today or this weekend.

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06:34
Apple Watch app developers say it’s all about timely...

Apple was clear with developers from the start that the Apple Watch is all about “quick, easy looks” rather than lengthy interactions, and it seems the message has been taken on board by major brands, reports the WSJ.

“If people use their desktop computers for hours at a time and their phones for minutes at a time, we think people will use the Watch for seconds at a time,” said Shayne Sweeney, an engineering manager at Facebook’s photo-sharing site Instagram, which created a Watch app.

Adam Grossman, founder of the Dark Sky weather app, echoed the comment.

Who wants to keep their wrists up to their face for many minutes?

Expedia’s chief product officer John Kim said the company...

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06:32
Start shopping directly from Bing image search

Microsoft continues to refine Bing in the hopes it can steal some of Google's search-dominance thunder. Today it updated Bing image search results with links to buy the item in the photo you select. The feature is still in beta, but once you select a...

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06:27
The best Apple Watch apps you can download now



You’ll need something to do while you wait for your pre-ordered Apple Watch to arrive — things officially kicked off online at 12:01 PDT last night, or 3AM if you’re on the East Coast like me — so we’re compiling a running list of Watch apps hitting the App Store to keep you busy. When you actually get your Apple Watch — sometime between now and July — will depend on what model and how early you placed your pre-order. 

These apps are either already available on the App Store or plan to...

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06:27
Many Apple Stores Not Carrying Retina MacBook Stock...

A significant number of users have turned to Twitter and other social networks to voice their frustration that Retina MacBook in-store stock and display models at many Apple Stores in the United States and other launch countries are nowhere to be found. MacRumors has independently confirmed that the Retina MacBook will be limited to online purchases in many locations around the world at launch.

It looks like Apple Stores are NOT stocking Retina MacBooks today. pic.twitter.com/VhXIYJlVc6

— Andrew Kunesh (@andrewkunesh) April 10, 2015
A spot check of several Apple Stores in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom resulted in us being given the same response about Retina MacBook stock being unavailable at each location, at least on launch day. April 10 is already an eventful day for Apple as...

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06:06
Apple Watch Sold Out in Less Than 6 Hours as...

Apple has officially sold out of Apple Watch stock to be delivered within the April 24 launch day timeframe, as shipping times for all models have slipped to 4-6 weeks or later less than 6 hours after pre-orders started at 12:01 AM Pacific today. Apple Watch Sport models were the first to sell out, with delivery estimates shifting to 4-6 weeks, and then June, on the Apple Online Store in the United States.

The stainless steel Apple Watch retained fairly better shipping estimates after the pre-order window opened, with most models available to ship in 4-6 weeks after the first hour of availability. The 38mm Stainless Steel Apple Watch with Black Classic Buckle was the last model to maintain its original April 24th to May 8th shipping time, finally slipping at approximately 6 AM Pacific.

It appears that prospective buyers of the Apple Watch Edition will have a difficult time getting their hands on the 18-karat gold watch before summer, as shipping estimates for...

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06:01
What it's like to shop for an Apple Watch

The Apple Watch is unlike any product the Cupertino company has released before. To succeed, it needs to appeal both as a useful gadget and a luxury timepiece that people want to wear on their wrists. With this in mind, Apple has chosen to display it...

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06:00
9 apps to help you up your selfie game

Taking a selfie, sending it to your computer, editing it in Photoshop, sending it back to your iPhone, and then posting it on Instagram (#nofilter) is a little too much, right? You’re trying a little too hard. Except now your best friend is posting flawless pictures of herself looking like she stepped out of the pages of a magazine—what’s up with that?

A good selfie doesn’t need to be taken with a professional camera, surrounded by professional lighting, by a professional photographer, and then professionally edited. But that doesn’t mean you should throw up a #nofilter picture without making any tweaks. There’s a happy medium: Selfie apps. There are tons of selfie apps for taking selfies, editing selfies, tweaking selfies, and sharing selfies—and they’re there to show off just how fabulous you really are.

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05:59
Apple Watch screen torture test

This video purports to show an Apple Watch screen being put through a torture test.

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05:51
Finding an Apple Watch Edition near you

An Apple product finder, perfect for locating an Apple Watch Edition near you.

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05:46
Apple Watch pre-orders begin with ship times quickly...

Shortly after midnight Pacific Time, Apple began accepting orders for its Apple Watch. Early buyers who were online and purchased immediately when orders went live were able to secure a device for shipment on the April 24th launch date. Within minutes of launch, ship times on most of the 42mm models of the Sport Watch and standard Watch had slipped to 4-6weeks. Within an hour, all models of the Watch were shipping in late May (4-6 weeks) and June. 

Unlike previous product launches that include an online pre-order followed by an in-store launch, the Watch will only be available to purchase online. Customers looking to purchase a Watch must order online and wait for the Watch to ship. 

Apple also began selling its new Macbook both in stores and online. The gold version of the laptop proved to be popular with its ship times slipping from...

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05:43
Get ready to take a right turn!

Some thoughts on the Apple Watch Taptic engine (the mechanism that taps your wrist).

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05:30
Apple Watch and accessibility

Steven Aquino takes a look at the accessibility aspects of Apple Watch.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:29
Poll: Which Apple Watch did you buy, and did you get...

You had to be quick to order an Apple Watch this morning. Some models went out of stock within minutes, and shipping dates were soon slipping into May, June and beyond. Within a few hours, almost all models were sold out.

So, with plenty of time to think about it before pre-orders opened, but very little time to actually make your purchase, which model did you buy – and was it the one you really wanted? 

As a smartwatch skeptic, I was a little torn. On the one hand, I’m expecting to simply try it for a week and then return it. On that basis, it didn’t matter which model I ordered as I’d be...

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05:19
∞ MacBook: Details and shipping dates

The new MacBook is available for your ordering pleasure. Read on for details.

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05:13
AppleInsider podcast discusses Apple Watch reviews,...

This week's all-new AppleInsider podcast is now available to download and subscribe in iTunes or SoundCloud, with detailed analysis of this week's news. We discuss the Apple Watch reviews and comb through the initial impressions. Reviews of the new 12" MacBook are also discussed, OS X 10.10.3, Photos for Mac, DJI's new Phantom 3 drone, and more.

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05:12
∞ Apple Watch: Shipping dates, max of 2 per customer

The Apple Watch ship dates are sliding (presumably with demand). And Apple is limiting you to 2 per customer.

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05:07
Amazon can finally test its delivery drones in the US

Amazon's drone team must have heaved a collective sigh of relief: the company only had to wait a few weeks for the FAA's approval this time. The agency has officially granted Amazon's request to test its new UAVs in the US on Wednesday, April 8th. If...

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05:06
Apple Watch Out-of-Warranty Service Fees Range From...

Apple has disclosed that it will charge an out-of-warranty service fee of $229, $329 and $2,800 for the Sport, Watch and Edition models respectively for repairs not covered by Apple's limited one-year warranty or AppleCare+ extended coverage plans. Out-of-warranty battery service is also available for $79 plus an applicable $6.95 shipping charge if required for all Apple Watch models.

The prices listed are based on official service through Apple in the United States, with pricing and terms varying for service through an Apple Authorized Service Provider. Apple will not repair an Apple Watch under certain circumstances, such as if the device is broken into multiple pieces, and did not provide pricing information for other accessories or peripherals.

Apple will be providing out-of-warranty...

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05:00
Emojis Get Real in New iOS


Apple on Thursday released a new version of iOS that adds racial diversity to its emoji library. In addition to the fair-skinned faces found in prior versions, the new assortment includes brown, black and golden yellow mugs. What's more, there are emojis of same sex couples and families, too. "Emoji have become huge for people. This is how a lot of teens now communicate," said Carolina Milanesi, chief of research and head of U.S. business for Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. "For some people, it's important."

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05:00
Chrome Web Store Gives Bad Extensions the Boot


Google recently purged some 200 extensions from its Chrome Store inventory. Extensions and add-ons let users add functions and features to the Chrome Web browser, but bad extensions can expose users to a greater risk of spyware and malware. A major problem with many browser add-ons is ad injectors. The clean-up resulted from an extensive search for embedded code that violates Google's policies, triggered by increasing user complaints. Google has been studying add-on security risks with a team at the University of California, Berkeley.

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04:52
The Apple Watch Edition try on experience [1st hand...

Reader Mark Davies went into the Berlin Apple Store this morning to try on the Apple Watch/Sport models but got a little surprise from the employees. Here’s the first hand account…

So I go to the Apple store here in Berlin thinking I made an appointment to see the Sport and Apple Watch editions. When I get there, they check me in and tell me to wait in the line. When my turn comes a really nice Apple employee asks me which models of the Edition I would like to see. I was surprised obviously, and explained that there is no way I would consider buying one with the price. He proceeds to let me try on the Sport and Watch versions and walks me through the demos. Then he asks if I still want to see the Edition models. I say, “sure, why not”…

He tells me to wait in the corner near the accessories and says...

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04:51
You now have to wait almost a month to get a Gold (...

While it was a case of ‘you snooze, you lose’ for the Apple Watch, almost all models selling out shortly after online sales opened, there’s better news if you’re in the market for the new 12-inch MacBook. At the time of writing, the standard model ships in just 1-3 days in either silver or space gray.

Opt for the gold model, however, and the shipping estimate jumps straight to a month. And it appears Apple isn’t expecting many buyers to care about the relatively weedy performance: the faster 1.3GHz processor model appears to be build-to-order only. Check the button for that and the site displays a message saying “this customized...

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04:47
Britain's new electricity 'T-pylons'...

Electricity pylons might be a vital part of the UK's power infrastructure, but they sure ain't the prettiest of things, especially when towering over otherwise unspoiled countryside. Their design hasn't changed in nearly a century, but soon you could...

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04:45
Worldwide wearables market forecast to reach 126.1...

A combination of new vendors, new devices, and greater end-user awareness will drive the worldwide wearables market higher in 2015. According to the most recent forecast data from IDC (www.idc.com) vendors will ship a total of 45.7 million units in 2015, up a strong 133.4% from the 19.6 million units shipped in 2014.

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04:42
EditShare ships XStream EFS

EditShare has begun shipping EditShare XStream EFS. The distributed, fault-tolerant "scale out" storage system offers enterprise-class storage capabilities and collaboration features to a broad range of production and broadcast facilities.

XStream EFS includes EditShare’s smart media management tools and advanced project sharing. It’s built on a "blazing-fast, fault-tolerant architecture that can sustain any kind of mission critical workflow," says Andy Liebman, founder and CEO, EditShare.

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04:33
Coda 2.5.8 - One-window Web development suite. (...

Coda is a powerful Web editor that puts everything in one place. An editor. Terminal. CSS. Files. With Coda 2, we went beyond expectations. With loads of new, much-requested features, a few surprises, and a seriously refreshed UI, this update is, truly, major.

Features

  • Integrated file browser
  • Fully-featured text editor
  • CSS editor
  • Preview
  • Built-in terminal
  • Complete set of references



Version 2.5.8: New Features

  • Added support for local functions in the Lua mode
  • Added support for define() autocomplete in PHP

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue with opening Preferences on OS X 10.9
  • Fixed a possible exception when adding a file inside certain folders
  • Fixed a possible exception when three-finger clicking on whitespace
  • Fixed possible crashes with certain local servers such as Meteor
  • Certain mode now properly...

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04:16
Kool Tools: MacBackup Guru

MacDaddy's Mac Backup Guru 4.0 for OS X, an update to its Mac OS X utility has three main, and very useful, features: 1) It provides a contextual menu to copy and paste a bootable volume in the Finder, 2) It's the only third party disk utility that provides Incremental Snapshots in OS X. and 3) It provides straightforward clone/sync functionality, with security that the sync is reliable.

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04:12
eBay scalpers out in force within minutes of Apple...

It didn’t take long for almost all models of the Apple Watch to sell out, and with sad predictability it didn’t take that much longer for the eBay scalpers to take advantage of this fact.

At the time of writing, the second most expensive ad was $1700 for a 42mm stainless steel model with Milanese Loop bracelet (a cool thousand bucks over the retail price), the same model with a link bracelet has a starting bid of $1350 and a buy-it-now of $1900 – and even the $349 Sport is being advertised for over $800.

The most expensive Apple Watch advertised isn’t the Edition, however …

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04:00
DEVONagent 3.9.1 finds computer code and cooking...

 DEVONtechnologies has updated all editions of its Internet search and research tool DEVONagent as well as the context-aware search assistant DEVONsphere Express.

All editions of DEVONagent 3.9.1 find code and answers on Stack Overflow and GitHub. These two sites are currently the most popular places for software developers on the web. Here they exchange code, ask questions, and discuss new ideas. In addition, DEVONagent Pro is now able to scan any found pages for cooking recipes or computer code. It presents the found snippets directly in the Search window.

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03:50
Don’t think you’re done after paying $10-17k for...

You might think that when you’d laid out between $10,000 and $17,000 for your Apple Watch Edition (low-key box included), and a further $1500 for AppleCare+ to protect it, you could safely extinguish the flames on your credit card and put it away. But nope: according to a company document we’ve seen, if you actually need to claim on AppleCare+, the ‘service fee’ is a cool $1000.

Perhaps that buys you some time with someone in Apple’s executive suite or a celeb or something.

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

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03:30
16 awesome accessories for your new Apple Watch

Here comes the Apple Watch accessory parade

So, you just preordered your first Apple Watch. Now what? You’ll need some accessories for it, of course! The Apple Watch won’t even ship until April 24, but that hasn’t stopped manufacturers from designing accessories and add-ons for Apple’s latest must-have. From charging stands and display pads to additional straps and Watch bumpers, you have no shortage of extras to choose from. Read on to check out the first batch of third-party accessories for the Apple Watch. 

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03:15
Here’s what the premium Apple Watch Edition box...



Someone has taken pictures of the Apple Watch Edition packaging, which unlike the cheaper models doubles as a charging dock. The pictures show the more premium leather lining of the box. The insert for the charging cable is also visible in the pictures. The Apple Watch is suspended on its side whilst charging, clamped by the adaptor. As shown earlier this week, the Apple Watch packaging is similar but does not use the materials and lacks the charging element.

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02:23
Almost all Apple Watch models sold out, AppleCare+...

 

Update: All Apple Watch models in the US are now at minimum 4 – 6 week shipping estimates in less than six hours.

Whether due to high demand or low supply, all models of Apple Watch have now almost entirely sold out with many slipping delivery date estimates in mere minutes of preorders opening. In the US, the 38 mm Stainless Steel Case with Black Classic Buckle is the only model still on offer with a ‘April 24th – May 8th’ shipping date.

AppleCare+ pricing is now also visible on store.apple.com. AppleCare+ costs $49 for Apple Watch Sport, $69 for Apple Watch and $1500 for Apple Watch Edition. Interestingly, Apple is also offering a ‘combo purchase’ where you can buy AppleCare+ for both your iPhone and your Watch at a bundled price of $100 more...

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01:29
AppleCare+ for Apple Watch Priced at $49/$69/$1500,...

Apple began accepting Apple Watch pre-orders at 12:01 AM Pacific today and disclosed further AppleCare+ pricing details for the wrist-worn device in the process. AppleCare+ for Apple Watch plans cost $49, $59 and $1,500 for the Sport, Watch and Edition models respectively, while accidental damage coverage is subject to an additional service charge of $69 for Sport, $79 for Watch and $1,000 for Edition.

Apple is also offering AppleCare+ combo plans that cover both an Apple Watch and iPhone for a combined price of $149 (Apple Watch Sport and iPhone), $169 (Apple Watch and iPhone) and $1,600 (Apple Watch Edition and iPhone). These plans are likely offered for convenience purposes, rather than being a discount, as they cost one dollar more than purchasing AppleCare+ for Apple Watch and iPhone separately.

One...

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01:19
All six Star Wars movies now available on iTunes

As announced, Disney has today released all six Star Wars movies as digital downloads on iTunes. The collection is priced at $89 as a bundle. Each movie can be downloaded separately for $20 a piece.

As part of the promotion, Apple has also launched a special collection featuring films, apps, TV shows, music and books from the franchise. Although iTunes is obviously a convenient option for users in the Apple ecosystem, it is not the cheapest way to buy the series. Other vendors, like Google Play, are offering much heavier discounts, so shop around for better deals.

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01:03
Apple Watch Pre-Order Shipping Estimates Slipping...

Apple Watch pre-orders began at 12:01 AM Pacific Time in first wave launch countries, and models available for delivery on April 24 quickly sold out. Apple Store shipping estimates for new orders of the Apple Watch have slipped to 4 to 6 weeks for many models that were originally listed with 4/24 to 5/8 shipping dates.

Some Apple Watch models started out with 4 to 6 week delivery estimates, including the stainless steel Apple Watches with Modern Buckle and Leather Loop bands. Stainless steel Apple Watch models with Link Bracelets had a June delivery date at launch, while Apple Watch Edition models listed May delivery dates.

This is a running list of shipping times in U.S. Refresh for latest estimates:

- Apple Watch Sport White 38mm: June
- Apple Watch Sport White 42mm: June
- Apple Watch Sport Blue 38mm: June
- Apple Watch Sport Blue 42mm: June
- Apple Watch Sport Green 38mm: June
- Apple Watch Sport...

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01:00
What’s new: March 2015

The March Office 365 updates cover an impressive range: previews, significant improvements, new capabilities and connectors, and a new app. You can now preview Office 2016 for Mac, send information in Gmail messages straight to OneNote, preview your notes in OneNote for iPhone, capture web content more easily with OneNote Clipper 2.0, and more.

For Office 365 business users, three new previews are available: Office 2016 IT Pro and Developer Preview, Skype for Business technical preview, and Office 2013 client modern authentication public preview. Admins can now manage access to data on mobile devices, and use the admin app to perform common tasks on the go. Excel Power Query and Delve got significant improvements, and there’s a new Salesforce app for Outlook. And for JavaScript developers, new capabilities for working with the Office 365 APIs are here.

Leave us a comment to let us know what your favorite new feature is. If you missed last month’s updates, see...

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00:29
FAQ: Everything you need to know about the Apple...

Apple Watch debuted six months ago, which was plenty of time to think up all kinds of questions that company didn’t answer the first time around. How long does the battery last? How will Apple Pay work? How much do the things even cost?

Apple put the watch on display again at its recent “Spring Forward” event, and this time gave some concrete details. Here’s everything you need to know about Apple Watch before it goes on sale April 24. Got more questions? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to check back for the full Macworld review at the end of April....

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00:19
How to preorder an Apple Watch starting right now

It’s after 12:01 a.m. Pacific and 3:01 a.m. Eastern, which means Apple Watch is now available to preorder (and also you should probably be in bed).

Head on over to Apple’s website or the Apple Store app on iOS to reserve the Watch you want, just like you would an iPhone. Apple has allowed prospective buyers to mark their favorite Watches online to speed up the selection process.

Apple let you favorite Apple Watch models for easier preordering comparison.

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00:11
Apple Watch preorders, 12" MacBook sales go...

Apple's online storefront reopened at midnight on Friday to accept Apple Watch preorders and sales of the new 12-inch MacBook, kicking off global sales of two hotly anticipated products.

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00:04
Apple begins Apple Watch pre-orders & 12-inch...

Update: Shipment dates are all over the place for the Apple Watch. Many models are already showing delivery dates in June, while the Edition shows an August arrival date. Some 12-inch MacBook models still ship in 1-3 business days.

As expected, the highly anticipated Apple Watch is now available for pre-order through Apple’s online store. Likewise, the new 12-inch MacBook is now available for purchase through the online store. Pre-orders of the Apple Watch and sales of the MacBook are also live in the Apple Store app on iOS devices. You can also now make appointments to try-on an Apple Watch at...

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00:01
Apple Watch preorders begin: 5 reasons to splurge, 5...

Apple just started accepting preorders for the Apple Watch, which ships April 24, and now you can book appointments to try the device on and see how it works in person. Getting some time up close with the device will go a long way toward helping potential buyers make a decision, but choosing whether to buy now or pass on this round is going to be a tough call.

We’ve covered the Apple Watch announcement and launch events. We’ve combed through the...

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00:01
PSA: Online Apple Watch and MacBook orders have...

Apple has just begun taking orders for the two newest members of its hardware lineup: the Apple Watch and the Retina MacBook.

The MacBook starts shipping now. It starts at $1,299, which will get you a 1.1GHz (2.4GHz Turbo) Intel Core M-5Y31, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. A $1,599 model gets you a 1.2GHz (2.6GHz Turbo) Core M-5Y51, the same 8GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD, and a 1.3GHz (2.9GHz Turbo) Core M-5Y71 is available as a build-to-order option if you need more speed. The MacBook is available in space gray, silver, and gold, same as recent iPhones or iPads.

The Apple Watch doesn't ship until April 24, and you can get it delivered or pick it up from your nearest Apple Store depending on which is the most convenient for you. Pricing for the watch varies wildly depending on which edition, body, and strap you choose, but the ones that most people will actually buy are the aluminum Apple Watch Sport and...

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Thursday April 9

23:56
Drake shows up at Coachella wearing an Apple Watch,...

Just hours before Apple Watch preorders are scheduled to go live on the Online Apple Store, rap star Drake posted to Instagram a picture of himself wearing the hotly anticipated device at this year's Coachella Valley Arts and Music Festival.

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21:57
FileMaker Pro 13.0.9 - Powerful, easy-to-use...

FileMaker Pro is powerful, easy-to-use database software that helps you and your team get any task done faster. Millions of people in business, government, and education use FileMaker Pro to effortlessly manage all their information on Windows, Mac, and the web.

In addition to the more than 30 built-in Starter Solutions that help you manage your important tasks, FileMaker Pro also has more easy-to-use tools to enable you to...

Create custom databases

Create custom databases for your own unique needs. To get started just drag and drop Microsoft Excel data into FileMaker Pro.

Produce reports

Get step-by-step reporting tools to help you manage and automate your tasks. Easily create and email reports in Excel or PDF.

Publish data to the web

Securely publish your databases to the Web in a few clicks. Create surveys, registration sites, customer feedback forms, and more.

Share in a couple of clicks

Safely...

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21:03
Session On The Changing World Of Publishing At...

I’ve long been an attendee and supporter of MinneBar, a Barcamp in Minneapolis. This year, I’ll be doing a presentation on publishing in the tech world. If you live here in town, I’d love to see you there!

http://sessions.minnestar.org/sessions/187

Also, JAMF Software is a sponsor, so if you’d like to talk JAMF or Bushel, I’m of course always excited to discuss both!

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20:59
Apple iTunes 12.1.2 - Manage your music, media, iOS...

Apple iTunes lets you organize and play digital music and video on your computer. It can automatically download new music, app, and book purchases across all your devices and computers. And it's a store that has everything you need to be entertained. Anywhere. Anytime.



Version 12.1.2:

  • This update improves support for syncing photos to your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch from the new Photos app for OS X.
  • This update also adds several refinements to the Get Info window and improves overall stability.



  • OS X 10.7.5 or later
  • iTunes Extras requires OS X 10.9.3 or later



Download Now

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20:12
Apple Store goes down ahead of Apple Watch preorders

Apple took down the Online Apple Store late Thursday night as the company made preparations for what is expected to be an onslaught of Apple Watch preorders.

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20:03
Apple Online Store Down Ahead of Apple Watch Pre-...

Apple has taken its online store down to prepare for the launch of Apple Watch pre-orders, as it often does ahead of a product launch. Pre-orders for the Apple Watch are expected to begin at 12:01 AM Pacific Time or 3:01 AM Eastern Time in the United States. Orders for the MacBook, which goes on sale on April 10, may also kick off at 12:01 AM PT when the store comes back up.

Pre-orders are occurring in all first wave launch countries at the same time so customers in other countries will be able to order at a local time equivalent to 12:01 AM PT. Here's a full list of first wave launch countries and their order times (in local time):

- U.S., Canada: 12:01 a.m. PDT, 3:01 a.m. EDT
- U.K.: 8:01 a.m.
- Germany: 9:01 a.m.
- France: 9:01 a.m.
- Australia: 5:01 p.m. AEST, 4:31 PM ACST, 3:01 PM AWST
- Hong Kong: 3:01 p.m.
- China: 3:01 p.m.
- Japan 3:01 p.m.

Apple will accept...

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19:21
OS X: Using multiple displays in Mavericks

OS X Mavericks takes full advantage of every display connected to your Mac, giving you even more flexibility to work the way you want.

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18:51
Photos and video show first Apple Watch try-on...

Apple Watch is now available to try on at Apple Store locations in Australia and East Asia, and while preorders have not yet gone live, a number of customers are posting photos and video from their sessions.

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18:46
Forgot passcode for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch...

Learn what to do if you have forgotten your iOS device passcode, or if your device displays a message saying that it's disabled.

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18:14
Everything you need to know before preordering Apple...

In just a few hours, Apple will open the floodgates to Apple Watch preorders. With initial supply constraints expected, prospective buyers are urged to have their selections in mind prior to midnight, and AppleInsider has your guide.

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17:07
First Apple Watch displays go live in retail stores...



While most are still waiting for the clock to strike April 10th, Apple Stores in the eastern part of the world have started opening their doors to Apple Watch appointments and potential buyers. Images posted to Twitter and Instagram show lines of customers waiting outside of stores to get their hands on the Apple Watch.

Photos of Apple Stores in Australia show lines full of customers as well as media crews looking to report on the launch. In Japan, Apple Stores have yet to open their doors to customers, but considerably...

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17:06
PC Shipments Dip in Q1 as the Market awaits Windows...

Worldwide PC shipments totaled 71.7 million units in the first quarter of 2015, a 5.2 percent decline from the first quarter of 2014, according to preliminary results by Gartner. Lenovo and HP were the only two vendors among the top five worldwide that experienced an increase...

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17:00
Today in the App Store -- Solve, The Robot Factory...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today's notable apps include a discount on Solve - A colorful graphing calculator, the new Robot Factory kid’s building game and a major update to Unclutter. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Solve - A colorful graphing calculator [Now free, down from $1.99] Solve solves expressions as you type and features an innovative memory system to store and recall answers. Simply touch the answer to store it and touch the stored answer to use it in an expression.

Where To Go? PRO - Find Points of Interest using GPS. [Now free, down from...

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16:00
Apple Watch screen test shows incredible scratch...

UK electronics repair shop iPhonefixed obtained a 38mm sapphire glass display from the Apple Watch and tested the screen for its durability. The team tried to scratch the display covering by rubbing it on a stone wall as well as marking it with a key, coin and abrasive paper. They even pounded it with a hammer and drilled it with a power drill. At the end of their tests, there were no marks or scratches on the screen.

The sapphire screen will be available on the Watch and Watch edition models, with prices starting at $549 for the 38mm Watch. The $349 Watch Sport edition will ship with ION-X Glass, which offers less scratch resistance, but is more shatterproof and impact resistant than its sapphire counterparts....

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15:00
AWT News Update: April 9, 2015

It's the Thursday before pre-orders begin for the Apple Watch, and here's some of the news of the day:

  • Reviews are in for the 12-inch MacBook with Retina Display, and they're overwhelmingly positive, although not everyone thinks getting a first-generation device is a good idea
  • A UK company releases a video in which a brick, keys, coins, and a power drill couldn't scratch the sapphire display that is used on the midrange and high-end Apple Watches
  • Epson releases a sub-$100 all-in-one printer that is AirPrint and Mac compatible
  • Google's Android Wear app for iOS may be out soon... if Apple will allow it on the App Store, that is

Note that there may not be an AWT News Update tomorrow (Friday) afternoon.

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14:00
WALTR gets an update, adds subtitle support and more...

Readers who have been with Apple World Today since the beginning will remember WALTR (US$29.95), as the Mac app's developer -- Softorino -- was one of our sponsors. All of us on the AWT team are huge fans of WALTR, which can take just about any video file format, convert it quickly, and then transfer it for viewing on your iPad or iPhone.

WALTR got an update to version 1.5 today, and it's a doozy. The design of the app has been retouched for a new fresh look, but still retains the drag-and-drop ease of use it's always had. You  never need to worry about whether or not your iPhone or iPad will support a file type; just drag it to the app on your Mac and WALTR takes care of the details, making sure that the video file is converted to a format that is playable on iOS.

New file formats include:
    •    Video:  FLV, M2TS, TS(experimental), DV, MPG, MPEG, MPE, MPEG(old types), WEBM
    •    Audio:  M4B,...

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13:57
List of available trusted root certificates in OS X...

The OS X Trust Store contains trusted root certificates that are preinstalled with OS X.

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13:57
External Link: Apple Watch and Accessibility

If you’re wondering how well the Apple Watch might work for people with accessibility issues, Steven Aquino takes a detailed look at the accessibility features Apple has woven into its new wristwear. The report is encouraging, and includes a “definite lubriciousness.”

 

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13:57
External Link: The Accessibility of the Apple Watch

If you’re wondering how well the Apple Watch might work for people with accessibility issues, over at iMore, Steven Aquino takes a detailed look at the accessibility features Apple has woven into its new wearable. Aquino’s report is encouraging, and amusingly notes that the digital crown has “a definite lubriciousness.”

 

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13:51
List of available trusted root certificates in iOS 8

The iOS Trust Store contains trusted root certificates preinstalled with iOS.

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13:50
Latest version of OS X closes Backdoor-like bug that...

For at least four years, a bug in Apple's OS X gave untrusted users—and possibly remote hackers with only limited control of their target—unfettered "root" privileges over Macs.

The vulnerability is being called a "hidden backdoor" by Emil Kvarnhammar, the security researcher who discovered the bug and privately reported it to Apple. It's probably more accurate to describe it the equivalent of an unpublished programming interface that allowed users with admin or even lower-level standard privileges to gain root. The privilege escalation flaw was fixed in a massive security update Apple released Wednesday for the 10.10, aka Yosemite, version of OS X. Macs running versions 10.9 or earlier remain vulnerable.

"The Admin framework in Apple OS X contained a hidden backdoor API to root access for several years (at least since 2011, when 10.7 was released...

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13:16
Pair Apple Remote with your iPod Universal Dock

The Apple Remote works with other compatible Apple products that have a built-in infrared (IR) receiver. To prevent your Apple Remote from interfering with other docks, computers, or IR devices nearby, you can pair it to work only with your iPod Universal Dock.

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13:15
External Link: An Open Letter to Apple Watch Early...

Developer Greg Pierce of Agile Tortoise has penned an open letter to Apple Watch early adopters, asking for patience. Pierce explains that most developers have yet to even see an Apple Watch, and their early apps may have to be retooled or dropped entirely. Some developers may take time to get their apps to the Apple Watch. Pierce encourages users to politely share with developers what features they want to see in their Apple Watch apps.

 

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13:15
The Week in iPhone Cases: New waterproof cases from...

...plus customizable cases, sleeves, and more!

This week’s roundup of new iPhone’s cases also features customizable cases from Casetify and Griffin, plus a cute leather wristlet from Gresso.

Casetify

The Metaluxe (iPhone 5/5S, 6, and 6 Plus; $50) features interchangeable backplates that can be customized with your own photos or designs. If DIY isn’t really your thing, Casetify has several stock patterns for you to choose from instead.

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13:13
External Link: Make Your Own Apple II Watch

No, this isn’t an April Fools’ joke. Instructables user Aleator777 has released plans for a custom Apple II watch. All you need to build it is a 3D printer and a few electronic components. It even features miniature floppy disks and blinking LEDs. But while the Apple II watch does display the date and time, the rest of the software is mostly a novelty.

 

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13:00
Apple Watch pre-ordering survival guide -- how to...

Apple will begin accepting pre-orders for its Apple Watch starting Friday at 12:01 AM Pacific Time with sales commencing at the same time in launch countries worldwide. Your ordering window will vary depending on your time zone with some unlucky people like me waiting until the early morning hours for the Apple Store to start processing Watch pre-orders. As a seasoned veteran who has been pre-ordering Apple products for years, I've learned a few tricks to help pass the time and successfully secure my device of choice. Read on to find out how you can fill your wait time with fun and end the process with an Apple Watch order confirmation.

With this product, pre-ordering is crucial as the Apple Watch will be sold online only. Unlike previous launches, you will not be able to stroll into the store to purchase a Watch on launch day unless you have an online...

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12:59
News: Apple releases iTunes 12.1.2 with OS X Photos...

Apple has released iTunes 12.1.2, a relatively minor update that adds support for syncing photos to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch from the new Photos app for OS X, released earlier this week as part of the OS X 10.10.3 update. The release notes also note “several refinements to the Get Info window” and general stability improvements. iTunes 12.1.2 is available through the standard software update mechanism, or for direct download at…

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12:56
Vintage and obsolete products

Owners of iPad, iPhone, iPod or Mac products may obtain service and parts from Apple or Apple service providers for 5 years after the product is no longer manufactured (or longer where required by law). Apple has discontinued support for certain technologically obsolete and vintage products.

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12:33
Get started with Photos for OS X

OS X Yosemite (v10.10.3) now includes the Photos app. If you were using iPhoto or Aperture, here’s more information about upgrading to Photos on your Mac.

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12:20
About the security content of Java for OS X Lion...

This document describes  the security content of Java for OS X Lion 2012-002 and Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 7, which can be downloaded and installed via Software Update preferences, or from Apple Downloads.

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12:16
About the security content of Java for OS X 2013-005...

This document describes the security content of Java for OS X 2013-005 and Mac OS X v10.6 Update 17.

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12:14
About the security content of Java for OS X 2013-004...

Learn about the security content of Java for OS X 2013-004 and Mac OS X v10.6 Update 16.

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12:10
About the security content of Java for OS X 2013-003...

This document describes the security content of Java for OS X 2013-003 and Mac OS X v10.6 Update 15.

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12:09
About the security content of Java for OS X 2013-002...

This document describes the security content of Java for OS X 2013-002 and Mac OS X v10.6 Update 14.

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11:44
Mac: Epson Expression Home XP-420 Small-in-One...

Epson’s Expression Home XP-420 Small-in-One Printer ($100) is an AirPrint-compatible printer which can print from an iOS device, as well as a Mac. A 2.5” color LCD screen and built-in card slot allow users to view, crop, and print right from the XP-420 itself. In addition to supporting AirPrint, the printer also comes with Epson Connect, a suite of free mobile printing solutions allowing for wireless printing from anywhere.

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11:41
Apple releases iTunes 12.1.2 update

Hot on the heels of muchos other updates, Apple has released iTunes 12.1.2.

The new version, a 120 megabyte download, improves syncing to your iOS devices from the newly-released Photos for OS X. The update also adds several improvements to the Get Info window and improves overall application stability.

iTunes 12.1.2 requires a Mac running OS X 10.7.5 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback to offer, let us know in the comments.

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11:40
Mac 911: How to erase your Mac's hard drive the...

When you sell or donate a Mac or give it to a family member, it’s best to make a clean break: wipe the puppy clean, reinstall the latest version of OS X, and hand off a system that you’re not worried has remnants of yourself on it.

But how can you be sure? Readers have written in with several related questions, so let’s talk this week about erasing a drive, how FileVault 2 encryption can play into it, and out-of-date Recovery Drive partitions.

Erase and leave no trace

Reader Jim Kay, who asked about migrating from one Mac to another a couple of weeks ago, had a second question as well that opens a delightful can of worms:

Since I’m looking to resell my current Mac, how do I reinstall OS X, so as to wipe my hard drive and resell knowing the new buyer has a cleaned-up computer, and my files are nowhere to be found on it?

...

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11:16
Devs Rev Up for a Weekend of Galactic Problem-Solving


More than 10,000 software and hardware developers, scientists and space fans will spend this weekend huddling in rooms in 136 cities around the world to participate in NASA's fourth annual International Space Apps Challenge -- a hackathon for space wonks. Using IBM's Bluemix, they will develop apps, software, hardware, data visualization and platform solutions to help space exploration missions and to improve life on Earth. The participants will leverage publicly available data from more than 200 NASA sources, including real-life NASA missions.

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11:04
Apple releases iTunes 12.1.2

Apple has updated iTunes to version 12.1.2, adding support for syncing photos in the new Mac OS X to an iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

The upgrade also adds several refinements to the Get Info window in the media suite and improves overall stability of iTunes. iTunes 12.1.2 is available at the Mac App Store.

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11:00
12-inch MacBook review roundup

Yesterday the embargo was lifted on reviews of the Apple Watch; today, it's the new 12-inch MacBook that's under the microscope. Here's a roundup of comments from the reviewers, all of whom are veteran Apple bloggers:

Jim Dalyrmple, writing for Loop Insight: "The new MacBook is a gorgeous computer that expertly fills a niche that many need. It’s powerful enough to do all of the regular work you’ll need to get done at home, the office, or on the road. The model I’m using is Space Gray, has 8GB of RAM and a 1.1 GHz Intel Core M processor.

The MacBook runs completely silent and fits perfectly into my workflow. I haven’t touched either of my other two computers since I started using this one, and I’m very happy. This is my workflow now."

...

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10:58
Pillars of Eternity launches on the Mac App Store

MacPlay (http://www.macplay.com) has made Pillars of Eternity 1.0.1, their role-playing game for OS X, available at the Mac App Store for US$44.99. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.3 or higher.

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10:40
Should You Buy the Apple Watch?

The Apple Watch reviews have begun to pour in, all attempting to answer the obvious question that arises whenever Apple releases a new product line: “Should I buy it?” The answer, as always, is “maybe.”

 

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10:32
Karelia’s Sandvox Hosting Simplifies Web Site Hosting

Karelia Software has supplemented its Web site creation software Sandvox with the new Sandvox Hosting service that integrates tightly with Sandvox itself for a simple setup and publishing experience.

 

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10:12
Brattoo Propaganda Software introduces Duplicate...

Brattoo Propaganda Software has introduced Duplicate Annihilator for Photo. The It's a new edition of their duplicates annihilation software with support for Apple's Photos app for Mac OS X.

Anders Bjarby, CEO of Brattoo Propaganda Software, says syncing photos, iCloud, PhotoStream and various photo editing tools can easily result in unwanted duplicates in your Photos library. Duplicate Annihilator takes on the task of comparing the images in your Photos library, using algorithms to make sure that no duplicates escape.

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10:00
Designed by many Kickstarting a pair of Apple Watch...

Designed by many is a design shop based in South Florida, and it's had success in the past coming up with innovative accessory designs, then crowdfunding the manufacturing. A good example of this strategy was the original AL13 Aerospace Aluminum iPhone Bumper, which was a groundbreaking design that has been replicated by many other manufacturers.

The company is going the crowdfunding route for a pair of Apple Watch accessories later this month; the Banded Classic (see image above), a leather and aluminum housing for the Watch that aims to jazz up the low-end versions of the device and the Simple Station, a dual Apple Watch/iPhone charging station (below).

While the Kickstarter campaign hasn't launched at this point, you can...

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09:49
Intel's RealSense 3D Camera Headed for...

Yesterday at IDF 2015 in Shenzhen, Intel's CEO Brian M. Krzanich introduced a number of new Intel products coming to market later this year. One was their new Skylake sixth generation Core processor used on a Desktop using Windows 10 and Intel's 3D RealSense camera. The new PC's will ...

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09:28
MacBook reviews: ahead of its time, but hurt by weak...

Apple lifted its review embargo on the new 12-inch MacBook on Thursday, and the first early-access reviews began to emerge, prasing some of the notebook's futuristic design traits while typically criticizing issues like weak performance and a lack of present-day compatibility.

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09:05
∞ Review: 12-inch MacBook

There are a lot of things to consider with the new MacBook—a Retina display, a new sized screen, weight, redesigned batteries, a newly designed keyboard and trackpad, and the fact the laptop only has one port—USB-C. Of course, one of the biggest things, for me anyway, is whether the MacBook fits into my workflow. Any one of these new features could be a deal breaker for many people, or this could simply be one of the smartest moves Apple has made in its laptop business in years. [...]

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09:01
The 2015 MacBook previews a future that’s not quite...


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On April 10, Apple will put its newest product line up for pre-order, but it’s also making a significant change to one of its oldest, longest-running product families. Funny how that works.

The new MacBook is minimalist to the extreme. It’s the Mac boiled down and condensed until removing anything else would make it not a Mac anymore. It’s the first Mac since that very first MacBook Air to depart from existing conventions to a degree that leaves people surprised and upset.

We’ve been living with the new MacBook for a little over a week now, which is about as much time as you need to take in all the new stuff it adds: the Retina display,...

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09:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 041 on the...

In this episode, Jeremy Thake and Richard diZerega interview Todd Baginski about the Property Inspector hero demo on top of the Office 365 platform.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP41.mp3

Download the podcast.

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09:00
Office Online and Dropbox web integration now...

Last year Office announced an ongoing partnership to create better connections between Office and Dropbox. We continue to work closely with the Dropbox team to make it easier to work with your Office applications and Dropbox. We’ve already connected your Office and Dropbox experience on your iOS and Android devices. Today, the next milestone in our partnership is available, integration between Dropbox on the web and Office Online.

Now, when working in Office Online you can add your Dropbox account to easily browse, open and edit Office files with Office Online. You can also create new files in Office Online, and...

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09:00
Throwback Thursday: The Mac IIcx arrives...

Today's Throwback Thursday comes from the June 1989 issue of MacUser magazine. It's a writeup about what I still think is my personal favorite Mac of all time -- the Mac IIcx. Five years after the introduction of the Mac, this machine was revolutionary. It had three NuBus expansion slots, a Motorola 68030 CPU running at a blazing (for the time) 15.7 MHz, and it featured a modular design that allowed everything from the logic board to the speaker to be replaced easily. 

I bought one of these in 1989 after watching the introduction live via closed-circuit TV to an office in downtown Denver. During that demo, Jean-Louis Gassée actually assembled a IIcx on stage. The IIcx quickly became my go-to machine, and worked...

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08:31
Apple Leaves Chinese CNNIC Root In OS X and iOS...

Trailrunner7 writes When it was revealed late last month that a Chinese certificate authority had allowed an intermediate CA to issue unauthorized certificates for some Google domains, both Google and Mozilla reacted quickly and dropped trust in CNNIC altogether. Apple on Wednesday released major security upgrades for both of its operating systems, and the root certificate for CNNIC, the Chinese CA at the heart of the controversy, remains in the trusted stores for iOS and OS X. The company has not made any public statements on the incident or the continued inclusion of CNNIC's certificates in the trusted stores.


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08:29
Apple Watch to be available for online pre-order...

With only one day left until the Watchening/first available pre-order of the Apple Watch, your best bet might be to order yours online.

Apple on Thursday confirmed that orders for the upcoming Apple Watch will be available exclusively online during the launch window, as the company expects that consumer demand will outstrip available supply of units.

The company issued a reminder stating that in-store previews and preorders will begin on Friday, ahead of the April 24th launch. But preorders will be available online-only, and users who try on the unit in stores will not be able to place an order in the store.

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08:28
Apple will take Watch orders online only during...

If you were hoping to saunter into an Apple Store and pick up an Apple Watch after trying it on, think again. Apple confirmed Thursday that you won’t be able to buy an Apple Watch in person at launch: It will be an online exclusive, at least in its early days.

“We are excited to welcome customers tomorrow and introduce them to Apple Watch, our most personal device yet,” Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts said in a Thursday news release. "Based on the tremendous interest from people visiting our stores, as well as the number of customers who have gone to the Apple Online Store to mark their favorite Apple Watch ahead of availability, we expect that strong customer demand will exceed our supply at launch. To provide the best experience and selection to as many customers as we can, we will be taking orders for Apple Watch exclusively online during the initial...

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08:11
MCE launches Fovea Extreme 3 USB 3.0 Blu-ray...

This could be nifty.

MCE Technologies has begun the shipping Aluminum Fovea Extreme 3, an Aluminum USB 3.0 Blu-ray/DVD/CD Recorder designed for all Macs with, or without, a built-in optical drive. The unit includes Mac Blu-ray Player software in order to watch Blu-ray movies on the Mac and is compatible with all forms of optical disc media including M-Disc 25GB Blu-ray media.

The Aluminum Fovea Extreme 3 can read and record data and high definition video to 25GB, 50GB, 100GB, and 128GB Blu-ray recordable discs, as well as M-Disc Blu-ray media. In addition to playing and recording Blu-ray media, the drive plays and records all DVD and CD formats as well. The Fovea Extreme...

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07:54
Apple Security Update 2015-004 - For OS X 10.9. (...

Apple Security Update 2015-004 is recommended for all users and improves the security of OS X. For detailed information about the security content of this update, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

The download link above is for OS X 10.Mavericks; see Related Links for additional security updates. Also please understand that the security updates mentioned here were applied to OS X 10.10 Yosemite in the OS X 10.10.3 operating-system update.



Version 2015-004:

  • Admin Framework
    • Available for: OS X Yosemite v10.10 to v10.10.2
    • Impact: A process may gain admin privileges without properly authenticating
    • Description: An issue existed when checking XPC entitlements. This issue was addressed with improved entitlement checking.
  • apache
    • Available for: OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.5, OS X Mavericks v10.9.5, OS X...

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07:35
Apple Predicts Demand for their Smartwatch will...

Apple made a statement today that it expected the "tremendous interest" in its new smartwatch to result in demand ...

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07:30
News: Mophie debuts new Space lineup

Mophie has debuted a new series of Space products for the iPhone and iPad mini. Building on last year’s Space Pack for iPhone 5/5s, the new lineup includes not only iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus versions of the battery and storage expansion case, but also a version for the iPad mini. Each of the new Space Packs are now available in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB versions, and feature extra battery power capable of providing a 100 percent charge to an iPhone…

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07:30
The Apple ][ watch on Instructables is fantastic

An Apple Watch is hip but an Apple ][ Watch is hipster.

The makers at Instructables have outdone themselves with this amazing Apple ][ Watch build. You'll find complete, step-by-step instructions for making you own. And hey, it really shows the time! 

Congratulations to Instructables user Aleator777. This thing is amazing. 

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07:18
Apple Watch orders will be taken online only...

The Apple Watch will be available for preview and pre-order on Friday, April 10. However, pre-orders will only be taken online.

Customers in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the UK and the US can try on and experience Apple Watch at their local Apple Store or at Galeries Lafayette in Paris, Isetan in Tokyo, Selfridges in London, and select Apple Authorized Resellers in Japan and China. Customers can pre-order their Apple Watch through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com) beginning April 10 at 12:01 a.m. (Pacific) for delivery beginning April 24.

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07:13
News: Sprint, UK’s EE add Wi-Fi calling with iOS 8.3

With yesterday’s release of iOS 8.3, users on Sprint and EE in the UK can now take advantage of Wi-Fi calling. While the feature was initially debuted in iOS 8, only T-Mobile supported it at initial launch; for whatever reason other carriers seem to have been excluded up until this most recent iOS update, with Sprint issuing a formal press release, and EE more quietly announcing it via a posting in their community forums. An update to Apple’s…

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07:08
Xcode 6.3 - Integrated development environment (IDE...

Xcode provides everything developers need to create great applications for Mac, iPhone, and iPad. Xcode brings user interface design, coding, testing, and debugging into a united workflow. The Xcode IDE combined with the Cocoa and Cocoa Touch frameworks, and the Swift programming language make developing apps easier and more fun than ever before. Xcode includes the Xcode IDE, Swift, and Objective-C compilers, Instruments analysis tool, iOS Simulator, the latest and greatest OS X and iOS SDK's and hundreds of powerful features.



Version 6.3: New in Swift 1.2

  • Incremental builds dramatically improve the compile time of Swift projects
  • Swift compiler produces even faster executables for both debug and release builds
  • Language refinements to 'let' and 'as' make Swift more consistent and clear
  • Standard library adds powerful features including the 'Set' data type and 'flatMap' operation
  • Code converter and Fix-its help you...

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07:04
Netflix Humorously Considers Introducing their own...

With Apple Watch mania now in high gear, Netflix decide to ride the media wave with a newly released video...

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06:41
Apple's iOS 8.3 enables Wi-Fi calling on Sprint...

Apple launched Wi-Fi calling for the iPhone last fall as part of iOS 8, but at the time only T-Mobile chose to support the feature. More than six months later, Sprint is following suit and adding Wi-Fi calling support for the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 5s, and 5c.

Wi-Fi calling allows you to make phone calls using your carrier-issued number, but instead of going out over a cellular network the calls traverse the Internet via Wi-Fi.

Sprint's Wi-Fi calling will also enable subscribers traveling overseas to make free calls back to the U.S. from more than 200 countries.

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06:33
Over-the-Top Bill O'Reilly Thinks Apple Devices...

The over-the-top Bill O'Reilly of Fox News recently reported on the Apple Store. O'Reilly started this segment with saying, "To me, this high-tech stuff is like opium ...

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06:32
News: Daily Deal: Get up to $290 off a Rosetta Stone...

Today in iLounge Deals you can grab a coupon to save up to $290 on a language set of your choice from Rosetta Stone. With its guaranteed approach to learning a new language, Rosetta Stone focuses on the idea that learning a language should be a natural, intuitive process, and that interactive technology has the power to accelerate, personalize, and simplify language learning for anybody. With this offer, you can get $290 off a Rosetta Stone Language…

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06:32
News: Disney pressuring Apple to include more of its...

Disney is putting pressure on Apple to carry more Disney-owned channels on its upcoming streaming television service, a new report from The Street reveals. The two companies are reportedly in negotiations regarding what content will be carried on the new service, expected to debut as early as this fall, with the issue of how many Disney channels Apple will be required to carry apparently forming a key point in the discussions. The report cites people…

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06:13
Apple lays out the rules for Apple Watch pre-orders...

Lots of details from Apple’s press release this morning.

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06:12
News: Apple confirms online-only sales for Apple...

Apple today issued a press release officially confirming the preview and online pre-ordering of the Apple Watch for 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time, tomorrow, April 10, and availability for April 24. The Apple Watch will be available for customers to try on at Apple Stores and other select retailers in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the U.K., and the U.S. In the release, Apple SVP of Retail and Online Stores, Angela Ahrendts,…

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06:00
iTranslate, the magic spoken voice language...

iTranslate is an amazing app that will translate your spoken words from one language into another. It’s like magic.

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05:38
Apple Revisits their GoPro Challenger Patent

On April 9, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals that they've already updated the camera patent that they acquired from Kodak. The invention relates to small cameras on a watch and smaller cameras in general that could be used to challenge GoPro products.

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05:22
∞ Big steps for Apple on emoji and diversity

Buried among the new features in the release of iOS 8.3 and OS X 10.10.3 was a big change to Apple’s emoji library. Read on for the details.

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05:00
Heartbleed Threat Won't Fade Away


This week marks the first anniversary of the Heartbleed vulnerability that caused a panic across the Internet last year. While the flaw appears to have faded from the recollections of Net denizens, it still poses danger at many sites in cyberspace.
Heartbleed was discovered in April 2014 in an open source library, OpenSSL, used by the SSL protocol. SSL is used to encrypt data in transit on the Net. By exploiting the flaw with a specially crafted packet, hackers could extract data from a server's memory in 64K chunks.

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04:43
iPhone, ApplePay opening up financial services for...

There are more than 28 million small business owners in the United States, some 80% of whom are non-employers. Small business use of mobile devices—in particular "smart" devices—opens up a world of opportunity, much like it has done in the consumer marketplace, according to Packaged Facts, a a division of MarketResearch.com.

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04:35
Apple Files Patent Showing Signs that a 3D GUI May...

On April 9, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple relating to an OS X desktop filtering system that could allow a user to transform their desktop to a 3D GUI.

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04:32
Audio Switcher for Mac OS X upgraded to version 2.5.4

Spike Software (www.spikesoft.net) has announced Audio Switcher 2.5.4, an update to its menubar applet utility for Mac OS X.

Audio Switcher allows you to switch your audio input and output between different audio devices. It supports a range of devices, as well as the built-in audio hardware of your Mac desktop or laptop. Version 2.5.4 includes a few bug fixes.

Audio Switcher requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later. Version 2.5.4 costs US$4.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category. Current users can receive the free update via the Mac Store.

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04:32
EditShare Flow features scan/proxy support for 4K...

EditShare (www.editshare.com) has unveiled version 3.2 of its media asset management platform, EditShare Flow. The upgrade features scan and proxy support for 4K and image sequences, enhanced remote editing options, and new automation capabilities for transcoding and file delivery workflows.

Flow’s expanded format support means facilities like The Product Factory can better manage, preview and archive a variety of 4K formats such as ProRes 4444 XQ, Sony XAVC and RED (.R3D) files as well as "single-file-per-frame" formats including DPX, CinemaDNG, ARRIRAW, PNG and TIFF.

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04:27
Kool Tools: Stellar Partition Manager

If you need to manage partitions on Mac hard drives (including the boot volume) without causing data loss, you should check out Stellar Data Recovery (http://tinyurl.com/plc9j4s). It's a Mac volume manager that allows you to perform basic partitioning operations, such as creating, deleting, resizing, formatting, and hiding/revealing a partition.

Stellar Data Recovery allows you to create partitions of any type on your Mac hard drive. If there's scattered free space on the drive, the utility shifts the existing partitions to make sufficient space for the new partition to be created.

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04:02
iFFmpeg 5.4.3 - Convert multimedia files between...

iFFmpeg is a graphical front-end for FFmpeg, a command-line tool used to convert multimedia files between formats. The command line instructions can be very hard to master/understand, so iFFmpeg does all the hard work for you. This allows you to use FFmpeg without detailed command-line knowledge.



Version 5.4.3:

  • All available fonts for use in the 'Draw Text' video filter are now listed in the Fonts menu.
  • Fixed issue adding user presets (introduced in 5.4.2)
  • Fixed issue when running OS X 10.10.3
  • Improved scanning source file.
  • Improved audio channel specifier.
  • Better DNxHD handling.
  • Fixed issue when 'Start encoding after adding files' is enabled.
  • Fixed issue with cropping filter.
  • Fixed issue setting the Tune option for x264.
  • Fixed issue when encoding to ProRes 4444
  • Added PCM 24bit support for several containers.



  • ...

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03:58
Why Popcorn Time's 'jailbreak-free'...

Popcorn Time aggregates the world’s supply of movies and television shows into a beautifully organized and searchable display. It relies on peer-to-peer distribution using BitTorrent. Unfortunately for all concerned, the supply it taps into comprises almost entirely pirated content.

It was well known that nearly all digital (and many digitized) television episodes and movies were available somewhere in the world, but putting a Netflix-like browsing interface on top of it that any ordinary user could access was a success. Popcorn Time quickly garnered millions of users. The main project was shut down over a year ago, but as it was open source, other versions forked from the original code.

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03:46
GraphicConverter 9.6.1

Maintenance update for the venerable graphic conversion and editing utility. ($39.95 new, free update, 235 MB)

 

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03:36
Pacifist 3.5.3 - Install individual files from .pkg...

Pacifist opens up .pkg installer packages, .dmg disk images, .zip, .tar. tar.gz, .tar.bz2, .pax, and .xar archives and more, and lets you extract or install individual files out of them. This is useful if you need to install just one file out of a package instead of the entire package (for example, if you deleted your Preview application and need to reinstall it, but not the whole operating system), or if you want to inspect a downloaded package to see what it will do before installing it.Pacifist can also load some archive types over HTTP, in case you want to extract just a single file from a large .zip archive without waiting for the entire archive to download. Finally, Pacifist can examine the kernel extensions installed in your system to let you see what installer installed them, and whether the installer was made by Apple or a third-party.



Version 3.5.3:

  • Added support for XIP archives
  • "Extract Subpackages..." now works on...

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03:30
Use these 7 products on your quest to take the...

No matter what your thoughts are on Kim Kardashian West, you have to admit one thing: Her selfie game is strong. Short of hiring professional photographers and lighting specialists to follow you around and snap photos, how are you supposed to compete with her high-quality Instagram stream?

The answer: Selfie hardware. The perfect selfie isn’t taken with a straight iPhone—you need extra boosters, such as fancy lighting, wireless remotes, and lenses for your iPhone’s front-facing camera, in order to master the selfie technique.

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02:49
Apple Files New Magic Trackpad Patent focused on a...

On April 9, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their ongoing work on the Magic Trackpad.

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02:11
Apple Files for the "MagSafe" Trademark as...

On April 9, 2015, the European Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest trademark filing for "MagSafe" under number 013918834 which was for yesterday. This particular MagSafe Trademark application relates to the Apple Watch ...

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Wednesday April 8

21:00
TA15-098A: AAEH

Original release date: April 09, 2015
Systems Affected

  • Microsoft Windows 95, 98, Me, 2000, XP, Vista, 7, and 8
  • Microsoft Server 2003, Server 2008, Server 2008 R2, and Server 2012

Overview

AAEH is a family of polymorphic downloaders created with the primary purpose of downloading other malware, including password stealers, rootkits, fake antivirus, and ransomware.

The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in collaboration with Europol, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Justice (DOJ), released this Technical Alert to provide further information about the AAEH botnet, along with prevention and mitigation recommendations.

Description

AAEH is often propagated across networks, removable drives (USB/CD/DVD), and through ZIP and RAR archive files. Also known as VObfus, VBObfus, Beebone or Changeup, the polymorphic malware has the ability to change its form with every...

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20:59
Sandvox 2.10 - Easily build eye-catching Web sites...

Sandvox is for Mac users who want to create a professional looking website quickly and easily. With Sandvox, you don't need to be a Web genius to build a stylish, feature-rich, standards-compliant website that's functional and user friendly. Sandvox's drag and drop interface lets you watch your website take shape and come to life as you build it. And, once finished, you can upload your site to your favorite host.

Whether you're a new website creator or a seasoned professional, you can make use of Sandvox to build the website of your dreams. New users can build a professional looking website in minutes and professional users can build an advanced, multimedia-rich site in no time at all.



Version 2.10: New Features

  • Sandvox Hosting! This version integrates with Karelia Software's new Sandvox Hosting service.
  • The Host Setup Assistant now integrates directly with...

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20:29
1Password 5.3

Improves how 1Password handles two-step verifications and adds capability to start FaceTime Audio or Skype calls. ($49.99 new, free update, 34.8 MB)

 

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20:14
Apple adds 10 new retailers to Apple Pay website,...

Apple this evening has added 10 new retailers to its Apple Pay site, bringing the total to 68 merchants. Eddy Cue revealed earlier this year that Apple Pay was available in Oracle Arena, home of the Golden State Warriors, and Apple has officially added the arena to its site tonight. Apple also officially added the Amway Center and US Airways Center to the site, although both have previously supported Apple Pay.

Other additions to the Apple Pay site include Acme, Davis Food and Drug, FireHouse Subs, GameStop, Luby’s, Rubio’s and T-Mobile retail. Apple also added fast-food chain Raley’s to the list of retailers to which Apple Pay support is coming soon.

Apple recently...

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19:19
iOS 8.3 How-to: Report iMessages as junk

If you use iMessage, it’s possible to receive junk messages due to the fact that spammers only need the email address associated with your Apple ID. You’ve always been able to report spam messages to Apple by sending an email containing a screenshot of the spam, the phone number or email address of the spammer, and the date and time it was sent. But let’s face it, most of us probably didn’t bother reporting the spam or going through that much trouble to do so. With iOS 7, Apple added the ability to...

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16:43
New Facebook Messenger web experience gets an...

Earlier today Facebook unveiled a dedicated website for its Messenger service, accompanying dedicated apps for the iPhone and iPad. Now, however, a third-party developer has taken that newly unveiled web interface and put it into a dedicated OS X desktop app.

The app is still in its early stages, but most of the base functionalities of Messenger are there. The interface is nearly identical to what you would find on Messenger.com and Facebook’s other Messenger apps. On the left hand side is a list of all your ongoing discussions, while actual message threads are displayed on the right.

As far as bugs go, the ability to upload images is current non-functioning...

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16:15
iCube

If you need to chill out after reading all those Apple Watch reviews, let me show you this wonderful new, tiny and always-be-melting Apple Computer.

Om Malik finds some of the most wonderful things.

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16:00
Google shoots themselves in the Foot in a Landmark...

Yesterday we posted a report titled "A Landmark Patent Case Opens Tomorrow that Could Affect the Entire Tech Sector and Specifically the Apple-Ericsson Battle." The report was about the intensifying battle over companies like Microsoft, Apple and Intel fighting to pay lower patent royalties for chips and wireless technology. The ...

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16:00
AWT News Update: April 8, 2015

On today's AWT News Update:

  • Miami residents are getting an updated Lincoln Road Apple Store and some art, thanks to a contemporary artist who is painting a mural at the site (see image above)
  • The Apple Watch isn't even available yet, but Apple has announced that a software update will be delivered to address some performance issues described in the many reviews that were published by major news outlets today
  • Apple is set to launch an expansion of its Prineville, Oregon data center now that the state legislature has resolved a tax issue
  • OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite arrived today, along with the new Photos app

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15:57
Apple unveils new Siri tips website as it brings...

After expanding several Siri features to 9 new countries earlier today, Apple this evening has unveiled a redesigned Siri website. The site gives a specific breakdown of what Apple’s voice assistant is capable of, as well as specific examples of questions it can answer.

Along the middle of the site are categories of Siri’s capabilities, including: At A Glance, Staying in Touch, Getting Organized, Sports, Entertainment, Out and About, Getting Answers, and Tips and Tricks. Clicking one of the categories shows specific questions Siri can answer, with accompanying screenshots. “Tips and Tricks” shows the more technical features of Siri, such as its ability to turn on Airplane mode and adjust Do Not Disturb Mode. “At a Glance” shows...

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15:27
Apple Web Server notifications

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

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15:19
Spelling and definition lookup restrictions for iOS...

iOS 8.1.3 and later include configuration profile options you can use to restrict access to spelling and definition features on supervised devices.

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15:17
Apple releases iOS 8.3 update

It’s a day of muchos updates for OS X and iOS users.

On Wednesday, Apple released version 8.3 of its iOS operating system.

The new version, a 487 megabyte download, contains a massive helping of fixes and changes. Among them are more than 300 new emoji symbols, a scrolling keyboard, additional languages for Siri and improvements to unknown number filters in iMessage.

As usual, the upgraded OS is available as an over-the-air update by going to Settings > General > Software Update on your iOS device. Users can also connect their iOS device to a Mac or Windows PC and download and install the update from there.

The update contains a fairly massive changelog, which also cites Wi-Fi...

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15:12
About Apple Configurator 1.7.2

Learn about the Apple Configurator 1.7.2 update.

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15:09
Remove unwanted adware that displays pop-up ads and...

Use these instructions to uninstall or remove ad-injection software—sometimes called adware.

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15:09
Apple and ABC are Working Intensely on a...

It's being reporting today that Apple and Walt Disney executives have been in intensified negotiations in recent weeks over such things as ...

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15:06
How to use Photos for OS X: The ultimate guide

This is a really comprehensive guide from Rene Ritchie and his crew. If you have any questions, this is the best place to start.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:02
About OS X Server 4.1

Learn about changes included in the OS X Server v4.1 Update.

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14:50
If Photos can’t copy or create a library

If the Photos app shows any of these alert messages when you first open Photos or migrate an existing iPhoto or Aperture library, follow these instructions.

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14:43
Disney, Apple Arguing Over Channels to be Included...

Disney is one of the partners Apple is working with on its upcoming streaming television service, and according to a new report from The Street, Disney and Apple are disagreeing over how many Disney-owned channels will be available in Apple's television content bundle.

Disney is pushing Apple to include most of its channel offerings, while Apple wants to offer fewer channels in an effort to keep prices lower. Disney's channels include ESPN and Disney Channel, along with several spinoffs channels like Disney Junior, Disney XD, ESPN2, ESPN Classic, and more. Disney also owns ABC channels that Apple feels are essential, like ABC Family, so Apple may be forced to agree to offer more Disney channels to ensure negotiations go smoothly.

Disney is said to be asking...

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14:42
Kickstarter transparency report shows crowdfunding...

If you've noticed a crowdfunding project that was ripping off someone else's work to make a pitch, you're not alone. Kickstarter has posted its first transparency report, and it notes that there were 282 Digital Millennium Copyright Act takedown requ...

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14:27
About the security content of iOS 8.3

This document describes the security content of iOS 8.3.

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14:19
Popcorn Time's movie piracy app works on iOS...

Popcorn Time's piracy-centric streaming video service just got a little too easy to access on the go. The outfit has released an installer that lets you use the peer-to-peer app on iOS devices without jailbreaking (that is, loosening restrictions tho...

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14:09
Apple security updates

This document outlines security updates for Apple products.

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14:08
Report iMessages that look like spam or junk

If you get iMessages that look like spam or junk, you can report these to Apple.

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14:03
Twitter revamps trends to explain why a topic is...

Peeking at what's trending on Twitter ensures you don't miss anything, but sometimes a hashtag's meaning isn't obvious. For those strange-looking acronyms, subjects and unfamiliar names, the 140-character social network tweaked the way its Android an...

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14:03
Apple Launches Comprehensive New Siri Website With...

Apple today launched a newly updated Siri website, which gives a comprehensive look at the voice assistant built into the company's iOS devices. The site opens with a quick overview of what Siri can do, and then provides users with a list of categories featuring Siri's different abilities: At a Glance, Staying in Touch, Getting Organized, Sports, Entertainment, Out and About, Getting Answers, and Tips and Tricks.

Talk to Siri as you would to a friend and it can help you get things done -- like sending messages, placing calls, or making dinner reservations. You can ask Siri to show you the Orion constellation or to flip a coin. Siri works hands-free, so you can ask it to show you the best route home and what your ETA is while driving. And it's connected to the world, working with Wikipedia, Yelp, Rotten Tomatoes, Shazam, and other online services to get you even more answers. The more you use Siri, the more you'll realize how...

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14:02
About the security content of Xcode 6.3

This document describes the security content of Xcode 6.3.

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14:00
Apple expands Siri support to 9 new countries,...

As part of its iOS 8.3 rollout on Wednesday, Apple flipped the switch on various Siri features in nine new countries, while adding CarPlay capabilities in select locales

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13:51
Security Update 2015-004 (Mountain Lion, Mavericks)

Wide-ranging list of vulnerability fixes mirrors many of those patched by 10.10.3 Yosemite. (Free, various sizes)

 

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13:51
Safari 8.0.5, 7.1.5, and 6.2.5

Updates for three versions of Apple’s Web browser improve AutoFill compatibility and patch several security vulnerabilities. (Free)

 

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13:51
News: Apple quietly acquires keyboard app developer...

Apple has acquired Dryft, a small startup that develops keyboard apps, TechCrunch reports. While the acquisition appears to have taken place last year, it has only recently come to light with LinkedIn profiles of a principal within the company showing him as having joined Apple last September as leading development for Apple’s “internal keyboard efforts.” It’s unclear whether the acquisition was for talent or assets, and financial…

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13:36
Uber's breathalyzer kiosk gets you a ride home...

Uber sees its ridesharing service as an ideal way to get you home safely when you're drunk, and it's trying out some relatively unique technology to prove its point. The company recently set up an Uber Safe kiosk in Toronto that gave sloshed Canadian...

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13:33
iOS 8.3 update appears, and it's a big one!

This morning, the update du jour was that for Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10.3. Now iOS 8.3 has become available, and the 291 MB (at least on my iPhone 6 Plus) update is chock full of improved performance, bug fixes, and -- most importantly -- a redesigned Emoji keyboard.

Here is a series of screenshots of the release notes from iOS 8.3 detailing all of the new or revised features:


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13:32
Sony Plans to Expand Camera Sensor Plants to Meet...

Sony Corporation announced yesterday that it plans to further invest in Sony Semiconductor Corporation's Nagasaki and Yamagata Technology Centers in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016 ("FY15") in order to increase its production capacity for stacked CMOS image sensors.

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13:20
Engadget's new buyer's guide picks: the...

It's been one busy month for reviews: Engadget has published seven in the past four weeks alone. That means we've got quite a few additions to our various buyer's guides. First up: the HTC One M9. No, we don't like the camera quite as much as the Ult...

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13:02
Patent Case Could Shift Power Balance In Tech...

An anonymous reader writes A lawsuit between Apple and Google could drastically change the power balance between patent holders and device makers. "The dispute centers on so-called standard-essential patents, which cover technology that is included in industry-wide technology standards. Since others have to use the technology if they want their own products to meet an industry standard, the companies that submit their patents for approval by standards bodies are required to license them out on 'reasonable and non-discriminatory',(paywalled) or RAND, terms." If Apple wins, the understanding of what fees are RAND may decrease by at least an order of magnitude.


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13:00
Blizzard blocks 'World of Warcraft' and...

Players in Crimea can no longer access Battle.net, the service that houses Blizzard games World of Warcraft, Diablo 3, Hearthstone and others, The Moscow Times reports. Blizzard blocked its games in response to US sanctions against Crimea -- Google, ...

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12:52
Early Reviews Give Apple Watch One and a Half Thumbs...


The prelaunch reviews of the Apple Watch are out, and though they're generally favorable, they include a few niggling complaints. A select group of reviewers were loaned an Apple Watch for a week. Overall, their consensus is that it's a fine device for tracking health and fitness, it's great for making digital payments, and it has excellent battery life. Also, taking phone calls on the Apple Watch was easier than they expected. However, it took reviewers some time to figure out what to do with the device and how to do it.

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12:50
iOS 8.3 Triggers an Avalanche of Improvements

With iOS 8.3, Apple is offering a collection of new emoji, as well as a plethora of performance, security, and stability improvements that users will be glad to see.

 

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12:47
Apple Releases OS X 10.10.3 with Photos

Apple has released OS X 10.10.3 with the new Photos app, a plethora of new emoji, and various bug fixes.

 

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12:45
Apple releases iOS 8.3

Apple has released iOS 8.3 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. It includes performance improvements, bug fixes, and a tweaked emoji keyboard with more than 300 new emoji.

iOS 8.3 allows you to start speaker phone calls via Siri commands. The "personal digital assistant" also now recognizes languages like Portuguese, Russian, Thai, and Turkish.

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12:42
Umask fixed in Yosemite: OSX 10.10.3

Tags: umask

Finally!

Yes, Apple has restored the ability to set a user and system umask in OS X 10.10.3. This is a huge fix for users of shared storage. Xsan and all SANs where users want to be able to share files, projects and all things without using ACLs or any LDAP directory. Anyone using shared storage have been demanding this since the upgrade to Yosemite. 10.10.3 is out today and we will be happy.

This is the new way:

sudo launchctl config user umask nnn

sudo launchctl config system umask nnn

Replace nnn with the value you want to set.

Reference: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201684

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12:30
Dell will sell a bigger version of its flagship...

You might not think of Dell as a big name in tablets -- not on the level of, say, Apple or Samsung. In fact, though, the once-stodgy PC maker sells one of our favorite Android tabs, the Venue 8 7000, which won a Best of CES award and earned a strong ...

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12:26
Hillary Clinton recruits a Google exec as her chief...

Hillary Clinton may not have even formally announced that she's running for President yet, but that isn't stopping her from gearing up for what should be a very tech-heavy election. Both the Washington Post and Reuters claim that the former Secretary...

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12:17
EE's WiFi calling service now works on iPhones...

Remember the other day when we said EE's seamless WiFi calling feature was launching on April 10th? Well, there's been a slight change of plan, as the service is available right now on compatible iPhones (the 5s, 5c, 6 and 6 Plus). WiFi calling was o...

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12:11
Facebook Messenger brings fragmented communication...

Wish you could have the Facebook Messenger experience somewhere other than your mobile device? Pine no more because now it's available on the web (it's a platform now, remember?). As Slashgear notes, it's essentially the app experience but living ins...

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12:04
Podcast: It's New Stuff Week, and Apple's...

It's New Everything Week at Apple, with preorders beginning Friday for the Apple Watch. (Susie still isn't sure which one to get, but she's narrowed it down to three. OK, four.) Also launching this week is the new MacBook and its tiny USB-C port, which Glenn can't wait to test. Oh, and some movies on the iTunes Store, something about a war in the stars? Could be good.

We also take another chance to point and giggle at CurrentC (QR codes, seriously, those never cease to make us chuckle), and talk about whether the rumored new Apple TV needs 4K, or if our broadband can even handle that.

Show notes

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11:46
Gear: Hex Century Convertible Laptop Tote

Hex’s new Century Convertible Laptop Tote ($100) comes from the company’s Century Collection, which is characterized by its blue oil-waxed canvas twill with brown faux leather trim. Convertible Laptop Tote isn’t just a tote bag — an included shoulder strap and four metal loops allow it to be carried as a shoulder tote bag, a messenger bag, and even a backpack, using the loop on the back of the bag. The bag can carry up to a 15”…

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