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Friday April 11

00:43
Exclusive: Apple vs. Samsung docs reveal Galaxy Tab...

Top secret sales data revealed during the Apple vs. Samsung trial this week shows that Samsung knew that the Galaxy Tab sales figures (and overall Android tablet sales) it and various market research groups had fed to the media were not even remotely true.



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Thursday April 10

23:36
Macworld gems: Glowdeck smartphone dock

Now that we've had time to recover from the fury of meeting so many vendors at this year's Macworld, MacNN and Electronista have had a little time to reflect on some of the products and services we saw there. Many have yet to come to market -- a running joke was the number of projects crowdfunded last summer that will be arriving in stores soon -- some have won awards, and some are just little gems we were delighted, intrigued and wowed by. First up in this ongoing series is a successful Kickstarter startup, Glowdeck....



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21:33
Dropbox 2.6.27 - Online synchronization tool with...

Dropbox is an application that creates a special Finder folder that automatically syncs online and between your computers. It allows you to both backup files and keep them up-to-date between systems.

Note: You must first sign up to use Dropbox.

The Dropbox application is available for OS X, Windows, and Linux. A video on the site explains more.



Version 2.6.27:

  • Fix rare failure on new Windows installer.



OS X 10.4 or later

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20:59
iFFmpeg 4.0.6 - 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 4.0.6:

Note: When you use user-presets for DNxHD, DVVideo, ProRes, and AVRP you will have to update the presets.

  • Fixed loading user presets
  • Added SMPTE 302M audio support for MPEGTS container
  • Fixed issue when using CRF with H265
  • Updated to Mediainfo 0.7.68
  • Improved Sony PS4 and X-Box One presets
  • Fixed issue when adding external 5.1 audio file
  • Fixed issue when creating movie of images that have different resolutions



  • OS X 10.6 or later
  • Working FFmpeg OS X binary (available...

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20:59
Google Chrome 34.0.1847.116 - Modern and fast Web...

Google Chrome is a Web browser by Google, created to be a modern platform for Web pages and applications. It utilizes very fast loading of Web pages and has a V8 engine, which is a custom built JavaScript engine. Because Google has used parts from Apple's Safari and Mozilla's Firefox browsers, they made the project open source.

Version 34.0.1847.116:

  • Responsive Images and Unprefixed Web Audio
  • Import supervised users onto new computers
  • A number of new apps/extension APIs
  • A different look for Win8 Metro mode
  • Lots of under the hood changes for stability and performance



OS X 10.6 or later

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20:30
Amazon buys digital comic book platform comiXology

Online sales giant Amazon on Thursday announced the purchase of digital comics platform comiXology, which is responsible for the popular iPad app 'Comics' that consistently ranks near the top of the iOS App Store's top grossing charts.



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20:18
Rumor: Apple considering entry into high-definition...

[Updated with Apple hiring details] Following on the heels of a claim that Apple is planning to "dramatically" overhaul the iTunes music store in the near future, a previous rumor that the company was considering offering "high-resolution" 24-bit music tracks has gained new currency. Apple has been reported to be looking for ways to boost digital music sales, which have seen a slump as users spend more time listening to on-demand streaming services like Spotify. The higher-quality music files would likely be offered in a lossless format....



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19:17
Briefly: Sim City 4 Deluxe for OS X, Morning app...

Aspyr has announced that its classic city simulator SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition is now available for OS X. Re-released digitally on the App Store, SimCity 4 Deluxe has been updated for current Mac systems, and supported OS X 10.8.5 Mountain Lion and later. Users have full control over the environment and the ability to unleash natural disasters to create or destroy a realistic world. New additions to the game include transportation options such as monorail and a ferry system, as well as bug fixes, performance enhancements, and other updates such as native resolution support. Available for $20, Si...



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18:47
As rumors point to major iTunes renovations, Apple...

Amidst a flurry of reports and speculation regarding Apple’s iTunes Music Store and Radio strategy in the past few weeks, Apple has begun posting job listings indicating they are gearing up for major improvements to iTunes.

Four listings on Apple’s Jobs page show they are interested in hiring iTunes Software Engineers, a Senior Software Engineer for iTunes Radio, and an iTunes Recommendations Platform Software Engineer. From the descriptions:

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18:42
Apple confirms its services not affected by '...

Apple has confirmed on Thursday that all of its operating systems and key web services, as well as its website and iCloud service, are not affected by the "Heartbleed" SSL flaw that is threatening much of the web. The "Heartbleed" bug, a flaw in the implementation of later versions of OpenSSL -- which is used by many but not all websites to handle secure log-ins and other transactions -- has put as much as two-thirds of the World Wide Web at risk....



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18:27
CAELinux Is the Ideal Distro for Designing Scientists


CAELinux is a perfect example of the power of open source to tailor the Linux operating system to users' specialized needs. This computer-assisted engineering distro clearly is not for the vast majority of Linux users, but it certainly has all the features you would expect in any mature Linux OS -- and then some. The extra ingredients make CAELinux a unique Linux distro for engineers and engineering students, as well as scientists. It offers an unusual mix of Xubuntu 12.04 LTS 64-bit with a customized Xfce desktop environment.

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18:00
Scanbot for iPhone: The only scanner you'll need

Yesterday on TUAW TV Live, Doc Rock and I did our favorite app and hardware picks of the week, and mine was a surprising app that has changed the way that I look at scanning. As I mentioned on the show, I have despised physical scanners since my...

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17:19
Apple releases Xcode 5.1.1, updates Mac iMovie to 10...

A week after developers received the "golden master" for Xcode 5.1.1 (free), the minor update has been released to users by Apple. The 2.18GB program, which allows developers to author programs for OS X Mountain Lion and Mavericks (10.8 and 10.9) as well as iOS 7.1, has received a handful of bug fixes, and improves the reliability of Quick Look within the debugger. In addition, Apple has updated iMovie for Mac to v10.0.3, which adds new sorting, title and font options....



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17:00
Apps We Actually Use: Command-C to share my...

I spend a lot of time reviewing apps, and I follow the same general cycle. The apps are actively used for a few weeks and then they sit idly, gathering dust until I delete them from my phone. There are some apps, though, that stand out to me and...

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16:31
∞ Joe Cocker: You Are So Beautiful

I just love Joe’s voice.

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16:30
Concealable Entertainment Flask: Get Your 8 Bit...

Ink Whiskey has announced a line of NES-inspired flasks, handy for adding a little value to a beverage. They are available for pre-order now but will ship later in April. These are not actual cartridges, they're made of food-safe plastic and sport some nice blocky labels. This is a done deal, there's no Kickstarter situation where it only exists if enough people pre-order, so there's no pressure. Your options are Super Bar-Hop Bros, CastleVodka, Metal Beer, Legend of Drink, and Drunk Hunt, at US$20 each. Legend of Drink is also available in a gold edition for $65, if you prefer to carry around a slightly flashier pretend NES cartridge. And really, it won't look weird at all that you are carrying around an 8-bit Nintendo game in 2014.


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16:30
comiXology is being bought by Amazon

comiXology has made waves over the years by providing a high quality digital solution for comic book fans. Its revolutionary Guided View™ mode allow readers to view a comic panel-by-panel on mobile devices that previously weren't suitable for comic...

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16:13
OS X facelift

An interesting article by Peter Cohen on whether OS X should get more of a flat design. It makes sense to me.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:08
Sorry, Apple/Amazon/Google Your Current Products Can...

There's a lot of flavors of boxes that hook up to the television. Nothing available now is the clear cut winner of a precious HDMI slot on the tv. Kelly explains what the actual winner should look like.


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16:05
Apple iMovie 10.0.3 - Edit personal videos and share...

With an all-new design, Apple iMovie lets you enjoy your videos like never before. Browse your clips more easily, instantly share your favorite moments, and create beautiful HD movies and Hollywood-style trailers. And when you’re ready to premiere on all your devices, iMovie Theater rolls out the red carpet.

Version 10.0.3:

  • Option to sort events in the sidebar by date
  • Change the font, size, and color of new titles introduced in iMovie version 10
  • Double-click a transition in the timeline to adjust its duration
  • Crop and rotate clips in events
  • Add speed effects using the Adjustments Bar
  • Option to smoothly transition in and out of speed effects
  • Fixes issues that could cause iMovie to quit unexpectedly
  • Resolves issues that could cause sharing to fail
  • Improves reliability of search when using partial or multiple search terms
  • General usability improvements on computers...

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16:01
Rumor: Apple to offer hi-res 24-bit tracks on iTunes...

Following a report that Apple is considering a major overhaul of iTunes, an overlooked rumor from March suggests the company may also be planning an entry into the high-definition music industry with 24-bit tracks.



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16:00
Family Guy: The Quest For Stuff is well written but...

Family Guy is an easy target for snobs who think their personal tastes are universal. Despite its often maligned reputation the show has been a major part of American pop culture since 1999, spreading dark jokes across the airwaves with a gleeful...

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15:57
Xcode 5.1.1 - Integrated development environment (...

Apple Xcode is Apple Computer's integrated development environment (IDE) for OS X. The full Xcode package is free to ADC members and includes all the tools you need to create, debug, and optimize your own Universal applications, targeting both Intel and PowerPC platforms. At the heart of Xcode is a graphical workbench that tightly integrates a syntax-highlighting text editor, a robust build control system, a debugger, and the powerful GCC compiler capable of targeting both Intel and PowerPC regardless of host platform. Xcode is both easy to use, using assistants to create working projects in just minutes, and also powerful enough to build the largest OS X applications. Xcode is bundled with Interface Builder, AppleScript Studio, Java development support, and WebObjects development tools, among many others.

Version 5.1.1:

Includes SDKs for OS X 10.9 Mavericks, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, and iOS 7.1.

  • Fixes an issue that would reposition the...

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15:42
BBEdit update

This is one of my favorite apps of all time.

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15:39
Google opening Glass to the public

Next Tuesday, April 15th at 6am PDT, we’re opening up some spots in the Glass Explorer Program. Any adult in the US* can become an Explorer by visiting our site and purchasing Glass for $1500 + tax – and it now comes with your favorite shade or frame, thanks to feedback from our current Explorers. The number of spots available is limited, so mark your calendar if you want to get in.

Don’t do it.

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15:30
The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for April 10, 2014

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

You can listen to today's...

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15:29
Sonos Swings Into Google's Playground


A new partnership between Sonos and Google means that users of the Google Play Music app for Android now can stream music to their Sonos speakers directly from the app itself. Available in 25 countries, the new capability effectively eliminates the need to use Sonos' Controller app as an intermediary. It represents Sonos' first such integration partnership with a major music streaming service, but it likely won't be the last, said Kristen Bender, Sonos' senior product manager for music services.

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15:18
Briefly: Dropbox launches new gallery app, Cobalt...

Cloud storage company Dropbox has released its latest product, Carousel, a photo and video gallery app. Available for both iOS and Android platforms, Carousel provides a single location for users' photo and video content in an organized manner. The app automatically backs up photos and videos to the user's Dropbox account as they are captured, ensuring they are safe from being lost in a device crash. Users can engage in private conversations with friends, as to share their media with others. The number of photos and videos one can put in their Carousel is based on how much space they have atta...

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15:15
Apple Adds Features, Fixes Bugs in iMovie with 10.0....

Apple released iMovie 10.0.3 Thursday, an update that includes several feature improvements, as well as a few bug fixes. The company improved event sorting, added fonts options for titles, made it easier to edit a transition, added cropping and rotating tools, and more.


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15:03
Apple issues iMovie for Mac update with new features...

Apple rolled out an update to iMovie for Mac, bringing new sorting and font options, enhanced titles, UI tweaks and bug fixes to desktop version of its consumer level video editing app.



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15:00
Piper packs security cam, home automation hub into...

Webcams were one of the forerunners of the current Internet of Things boom, allowing smartphone-toting geeks to keep an eye on the office or homestead while out and about. Piper (starting at US$239), powered by iControl Networks, is targeted at the...

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14:51
Apple releases iMovie for Mac 10.0.3 with new...

Apple has just published its third update to the revamped Mac version of iMovie launched last year. The update, version 10.0.3, makes changes to the default font in the new titles first added to last year’s release. It also includes the ability to sort events by date to quickly find clips by when they were recorded.

Other improvements include the ability to rotate and crop clips within events rather than projects, an easier method of accessing transition duration settings, faster access to clip speed controls, improvements to how speed changes are handled, and various bugs that could cause the app to crash or not do what was expected.

You can grab the update for free in the Updates tab of the Mac App Store if you already own iMovie 10. Users on previous versions of iMovie can...

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14:50
Box Sync 4.0.4733 - Online synchronization tool for...

Box Sync gives you a hard-drive in the Cloud for online storage.

Note: You must first sign up to use Box.

What if the files you need are on your laptop -- but you're on the road with your iPhone? No worries! With Box, you store files online -- then access them anywhere, anytime, on any device.

  • Get 10 GB Free and Organize All Your Files Into Folders -- Store all kinds of files online, then arrange them into folders just like on your desktop.
  • View and Access Files on Demand -- Box provides anytime, anywhere access to your files from any device -- whether you're in Nebraska or Norway.
  • Convenience and Peace of Mind -- Throwing thumb drives in your bag, transferring files to CDs, stressing about a stolen laptop -- that's yesterday. Today, everything's on Box.

Get and Share Big Files -- Quickly and Easily...

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14:42
ComiXology e-comics distributor acquired by Amazon,...

Amazon today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire digital comics vendor ComiXology for an undisclosed sum. ComiXology developed and distributes the engine used by most major comic book publishers in the United States, including Marvel and DC Comics for their privately-branded digital services....



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14:33
Deals: limited time offers knock 3 MacBooks down to...

A series of promotions this week have temporarily cut the cost of owning a new MacBook to sub-$1000 levels, with over a half dozen MacBook Airs available at an instant $100 discount and no tax in most states, while 13-inch MacBook Pros with CD/DVD iare being sold for $969.99.



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14:30
You can eat the face of Steve Jobs, if that's...

In the years since the passing of Steve Jobs we've seen countless tributes in virtually all forms, but the edible work of chef -- nay, artist -- Wilhelm Rodriguez is particularly amazing. Using your standard pizza ingredients, Rodriguez, who...

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14:29
Apple releases Xcode 5.1.1 update with bug fixes,...

Apple on Thursday released the latest update to Xcode 5.1, bringing fixes for reported bugs and overall stability improvements to the software development, debugging and testing tool.



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14:28
US FTC approves Facebook buy of WhatsApp, with...

Social network giant Facebook said earlier today that the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has approved the multi-billion-dollar acquisition of messaging service WhatsApp. As part of the deal, both companies must adhere to existing user privacy agreements, including a WhatsApp promise made while independent to not collect user personal data for targeted advertising....



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14:27
Apple Confirms Heartbleed Vulnerability Doesn’t...

Apple released a statement Thursday emphasizing that iOS, OS X, and "key services" are not affected by the OpenSSL vulnerability known as Heartbleed. The statement comes as the entire world goes nuts over the vulnerability, which is one of the biggest threats to hit the Internet in years.


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14:20
Samsung's New Snake Oil is now on Sale:...

With all the hype about electronic health bands and the iWatch, Tim Cook's initial leeriness about consumer wearables in the form of a wrist band watch may have been more plugged in than you might think. At last year's D11 conference (between the 19-21 minute marks of the Walt Mossberg interview) Cook grumbled at the idea of a watch of any kind, though later admitted that "other wearables" could be interesting down the road. Today, a survey showed that only 4% of UK consumers are interested in a wearable device like a Samsung Gear smartwatch.

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14:15
Amazon Goes Deep into the Comics Game with...

Digital comic book reseller ComiXology dropped a surprise on readers Thursday afternoon when it announced that Amazon is buying the company. ComiXology is the big name in digital comic sales with distribution deals with publishers such as Marvel, DC, IDW, Image, and Dynamite.

The Mac Observer Spin: Please, Amazon, don't kill the ComiXology app because reading comics in the Kindle app sucks.


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14:11
Apple says Heartbleed security flaw did not affect...

With an estimated half a million sites vulnerable to the “Heartbleed” vulnerability revealed earlier this week, which allows an attacker to access user details of websites previously believed to be secured by industry-standard SSL/TLS, your favorite social networks, stores, and other services around the web could potentially be handing out your password or other personal information to anyone who exploits the issue.

The bug exists in a library called OpenSSL, which is an open-source SSL implementation that many—but not all—web services use to secure sensitive traffic. If a website you use is affected by the bug, your personal data could be given to just about anyone. Unfortunately, changing your password on an unsecure site won’t even help unless the site’s owners have installed a fix (because the attackers can simply exploit the bug again to get your new password).

This serious issue affects a number of high-profile sites, but it...

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14:10
Apple releases Xcode 5.1.1 with bug fixes

After seeding the golden master build to developers last week, Apple has released Xcode 5.1.1 to everyone for free via the Mac App Store. The update is a bug fix release with the specifics shown in the screenshot above.

Filed under: AAPL Company ...

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14:03
Apple says iOS, OS X and certain Web services...

Apple on Thursday released a statement saying its major operating platforms, iOS, OS X and certain Web services, are not affected by the massive "Heartbleed" security flaw discovered earlier this week.



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14:00
Redirect Logs To A Syslog Server In OS X

I could have sworn that I’ve written this up before, but I just tried to link it into the article for tomorrow and it’s not on my site, so here goes. To redirect logs in OS X to a syslog server, open /etc/syslog.conf and add the following line (assuming an IP of 10.10.10.92 – replace that with the IP of your syslog box):

*.*                                       @10.10.10.92

To customize the port number (e.g. 9200) use @10.10.10.92:9200 instead. This should be instant but you can always use launchctl to unload and reload syslog if for some reason it isn’t. If you’re scripting this you can then programmatically send some information to the server. For example, if you enter the following, you should see an entry for testtesttest in your syslog server for the host you just configured:

logger testtesttest

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14:00
Windy is a pretty, relaxing app for iPhone and iPad

Windy (US$2.99, universal) is a relaxation app for the iPhone and iPad. It's from the people behind Thunderspace, which I love. Both apps offer compelling "3D audio," which adds directionality to the sounds you hear. That is to say, raindrops hitting...

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13:59
Apple says iOS and OS X were not affected by “...

“Apple takes security very seriously. IOS and OS X never incorporated the vulnerable software and key Web-based services were not affected,” an Apple spokesperson told Re/code.

Great news.

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13:56
Apple Confirms 'Heartbleed' Security Issue...

Apple today released a statement to Re/code that iOS, OS X and "key web services" were unaffected by the widely publicized security flaw known as Heardbleed which was disclosed earlier this week.“Apple takes security very seriously. iOS and OS X never incorporated the vulnerable software and key web-based services were not affected,” an Apple spokesperson told Re/code.Heartbleed was a security flaw in the popular open-source software OpenSSL which helps provide secure connections between clients and servers. Due the ubiquity of OpenSSL, Heartbleed is believed to have affected approximately 66% of the internet.

Security blogger...

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13:45
8 Good Reasons to Leave Apple’s OS X Utility Apps...

Apple provides a complete suite of core OS X apps for the newbie and the casual Mac user. Apps like Mail, iCal, Contacts, TextEdit, Time Machine and Safari have a specific, simplistic design philosophy. However, if you're a more experienced Mac user, it may be time to ask yourself why you're still using these beginner apps.


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13:30
New study has surprising data on how we interact...

Localytics, a firm that tracks statistics about app usage, has released a study today that is of interest to users and app creators. The data tracks how people react to new apps, and tries to predict which apps will attract users and which...

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13:22
Facebook Mixes Up Mobile Messaging


Facebook is ditching the private messaging function in its main mobile application in favor of having the entire messaging experience take place inside the dedicated Messenger app. The company launched the dedicated messaging app on iOS and Android in 2011, and later debuted it on Windows Phone. Facebook redesigned the app in November, with a focus on aiding those who want to be reachable at all times. The company made the app faster, mobile focused, and easier to contact friends and important contacts.

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13:18
High Definition iTunes Music Downloads May Be on the...

Earlier this week, a report suggested Apple was planning a "dramatic overhaul" of its iTunes Music store to combat declining music downloads, which could include an on-demand streaming music service and an Android version of iTunes.

Apple may also be planning to add high resolution audio downloads to iTunes as part of the revamp, allowing users to download lossless 24-bit audio files. According to music blogger Robert Hutton, who cites an unspecified source, Apple is going to roll out hi-res iTunes music downloads in early June, possibly at WWDC.For several years, Apple have been insisting that labels provide files for iTunes in 24 bit format - preferably 96k or 192k sampling rate. So they have undeniably the biggest catalog of hi-res audio in the world.

And the Led Zeppelin remasters...

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13:17
Amazon acquires comiXology

Amazon.com today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire comiXology, the company that revolutionized the digital comics reading experience with their immersive Guided View technology and makes discovering, buying, and reading comic books and graphic novels easier and more fun than ever before.

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13:00
Apparently everything about the iPhone 6 is already...

Well, that's it, everyone! According to this BGR story, there's nothing left to know about the iPhone 6; we have all the information already.

Wait, no we don't.

The "insider" mentioned in the headline is none other than Ming-Chi Kuo, analyst with...

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12:53
Ocean Energy Turbine on Kickstarter to Fund ‘...

What was science fiction a few decades ago could become a reality, if the folks at crowd Energy can do what they say. The company is developing an underwater turbine that generates electricity through the incredible power of ocean currents, and they're looking to fund it through Kickstarter. Called Ocean Energy Turbine, the project is intended to pay for development of a design the company's team of scientists, engineers, and marine biologists have already put together. This is a pure donation Kickstarter-you won't get anything for your money other than knowing you contributed to the development of an alternative form of energy that could dwarf every other form of energy production on the planet, including fossil fuels. The company said that it's using crowd funding in order to eliminate the risk of getting bought and buried. Seems reasonable. The Kickstarter has raised US$16,780 out of an initial goal of $75,000 with 42 days to go.

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12:40
Alleged case model may hint at dimensions of iPhone 6

A virtual model from a Chinese casemaker, Elam, is purported to show the dimensions of the next-generation iPhone, reports say. While similar in some respects to the iPhone 5s, the model depicts a device that's larger vertically and horizontally, yet even thinner depthwise. That thinness is presumably possible because Apple has more lateral space available for internal parts....



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12:30
A friendly reminder of the benefits of Apple's...

The debate over which app marketplace model is best -- Apple's "walled garden" or Google's much more open approach -- will likely never be settled. For developers who favor the Play Store, the ability to immediately iterate on their apps and fix bugs...

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12:20
Campaign calls for ouster of Condoleezza Rice from...

File storage service DropBox has assigned several executives to its board of directors. One of the executives is former National Security Advisor and US Secretary of State during the George W. Bush presidency, Dr. Condoleezza Rice. Following the reveal of Rice as a member of the Dropbox board, an initiative called "Dropdropbox" has been started. While purportedly not a partisan effort, the website calls for the ouster of Rice, citing historical events that occurred during her term of office as proof of her lack of ethics and her unsuitability to help govern the cloud storage company....



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12:04
iPhone 6 Roundup Update

Our iPhone 6 roundup has been updated with the latest information. All signs now point to 4.7" and 5.5" screen sizes for the iPhone 6. The 4.7" model is expected around September of this year, while the 5.5" model may be delayed until the very end of the year. Apple's new sapphire crystal display may be in limited supply, however, and may only ship on the high end (64GB 5.5" iPhone 6) model.

Read full roundup for details.

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11:57
Sonos adds Google Play Music support, extended...

Sonos is adding support for Google Play Music to its multi-room speaker system, the company has confirmed. While both Android and iOS will gain the extra support, users on Android will be able to control music playback from the Google Play Music app itself, and marks the first time the speaker manufacturer is allowing a third-party app to control the speakers directly....



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11:29
France Bans Mobile Phones During Cabinet Sessions


French President Francois Hollande has imposed a ban on mobile phones during cabinet sessions, forcing ministers to leave their devices at the door. The move is designed to help "focus on what we must do," a spokesperson said, and will ensure that government folk "talk and listen to what is said and will no longer be able to tap away at this magnificent tool." French politicians have indeed been caught fiddling on devices when they should be, you know, executing the will of the people.

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11:29
T-Mobile slashes $130 off new LTE-enabled iPads,...

T-Mobile announced on Thursday that it is offering a limited-time $130 discount on the price of new 4G LTE iPad Air and iPad with Retina display models, matching the cost of comparable Wi-Fi-only models, while also still including 200 megabytes of free data every month for life.



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11:09
Microbab announces wireless speaker/subwoofer system

Microlab has announced the FC60BT HA audio wireless Bluetooth/NFC 2.1 Subwoofer Speaker System, featuring the company's patented HC2D Technology, a subwoofer, and two stereo satellite SQ speakers.

The system serves up 105-watt output with EQ parameter for automatically balanced sound, a 360 degree remote control, and white acrylic styling. The speakers are "clear, see-through" models, and the subwoofer has a Lycosa mirrored design. The remote controls on/off, input choice (Bluetooth, NFC, or optical), volume, bass, pause/stop, and track selection.

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11:00
Daily Deals for April 10, 2014, featuring Pogoplug

It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections. Don't forget to check out our "Today in the App Store" post that singles...

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10:32
Can you identify these cities from their light...

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Nautilus:

The light that a city emits is like its glowing fingerprint. From the orderly grid of Manhattan, to the sprawling, snaking streets of Milan, to the bright contrast of Kuwait’s ring-roads, each city leaves its own pattern of tiny glowing dots. See if you can ID these cities based on the way they shine.

I got 13 out of 16 right but I definitely guessed on at least three of them.

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10:32
iPhone 6 Case Maker's Model Points to Larger...

iPhone 6 rumors have thus far pointed towards a device that includes a larger screen and a thinner chassis than the existing iPhone 5s. Supporting those rumors, French site Nowhereelse.fr [Google Translation] has shared a case maker's iPhone 6 model from Chinese case manufacturer Elam, which shows an ultra thin form factor very similar to that found in recent schematics.

The iPhone case model appears to have rounded corners and a single unified volume switch, which is different from the separate volume buttons in the iPhone 5s. It's also a slight deviation from earlier design drawings, which showed separate rectangular volume buttons, suggesting this model may come from a different source.

Though not depicted on the case model, separate...

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10:27
Nike opens NikeFuel activity platform to third...

Nike on Thursday announced plans to allow fitness app developers to funnel users' activity into its NikeFuel measurement system -- in hopes of creating a universal standard for activity tracking across platforms - and backed the initiative with a new San Francisco-based development laboratory.



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10:25
Behind the Scenes of App Development with Unread’s...

Jared Sinclair is an app developer. He has been documenting the process of bringing Unread to the iPad, and it's a very interesting look behind the scenes at how an app evolves from idea to reality.


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10:21
Facebook to Push Messenger in Bid for All Our Texts

Facebook has a clear image of how they want people to use its services, and that includes messaging, too. The social network company is ready to disable messaging in its current mobile apps and will soon require users to send their in-network private conversations through its Messenger app -- and that's just another step in the company's plans to take over all our messaging needs.

The Mac Observer Spin: Facebook's next message could well be, "All your message are belong to us."


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10:16
T-Mobile Tablet Freedom offers 1GB free data,...

The second day of wireless provider T-Mobile's pricing plan announcements sees the carrier offering an option to add a tablet to a postpaid voice plan for free through the end of the year. Called "Tablet Freedom," the program offers cheaper tablets, and 1GB of additional free 4G/LTE data each month, in addition to the 200MB of free data available through the "Free Data for Life" promotion....



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10:00
PhotoSync's location triggers send iOS photos...

The best way to upload photos to Dropbox[1] from your iOS devices is by not using Dropbox. Well, not the iOS app, at least. Uploading to Dropbox is slow, and will drain your battery as it uses the Dropbox API to upload. If you aren't on Wi-Fi, it...

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09:52
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPad Air Bluetooth keyboard...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:

 


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09:50
Analyst: Apple unlikely to have first-party baseband...

Apple's suspected movements towards in-house baseband development are unlikely to bear any fruit in new iPhones until 2015 at the earliest, says JP Morgan analyst Rod Hall. Baseband chips are said to be "notoriously difficult" to develop. As evidence he refers to Broadcom, which despite being the source of some of Apple's recent hires, struggled to develop an LTE modem....



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09:48
∞ Bee Gees: Stayin’ Alive

Yeah, I posted it.

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09:47
Macware releases Alphabet Art + Numbers Pack

Macware has released Alphabet Art + Numbers, a graphic content pack for Mac and Windows systems. It's filled with over 2,000 PNG images.

Alphabet Art + Numbers features a variety of images based on every letter of the alphabet and every number. The royalty-free images can be used for any project with no restrictions.

For a limited time, Macware is offering the pack for US$4.99; that's 75% off the retail price. Go to http://tinyurl.com/mbmjve5 for more info.

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09:40
Gomo now available at the Mac App Store

Fishcow Studio and Daedalic Entertainment have teamed up for Gomo, a point and click adventure game. It costs US$7.99 and is available at the Mac App Store.

Here's how Gomo is described: "Gomo is a hand-drawn exploration-game, featuring its very own art style. Players take control of Gomo, who's out to rescue his dog Dingo from an alien abduction. A great adventure awaits Gomo and the player, as they point, click and puzzle their way through the comic-style world.

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09:37
Briefly: 8-bit 4k to 10-bit Full HD app, Haswell...

Rarevision developer Thomas Worth has released an OS X command line program that will allow owners of the Panasonic GH4 4K video recordings to output 10-bit HD instead of the specific 8-bit. The app uses pixel summing, taking the extra pixels in a 4K file to fill in absent color information. The app outputs 10-bit DPX files in full-HD resolution....



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09:34
Demigods comes to the Mac

Realore has released Demigods (Premium) 1.0, a resource management game for Mac OS X. It's available for Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher at the Mac App Store.

Here's how the game is described: "Demigods takes players on an exciting journey through the ancient world. This time players will be able to visit Greece. In Realore's latest casual strategy title players meet with a trio of heroes: beautiful and clever Leada, mighty Protus and nimble Adoris. Upon the call of the god of the Ocean they embark on a quest to help the titans who hold the sky on their shoulders.

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09:33
Beleaguered BlackBerry forced to dispel rumors about...

Though BlackBerry was once a market leader, times have become so tough for the Canadian smartphone maker that the company's CEO was prompted on Thursday to publicly refute rumors that his company might exit the handset business entirely.



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09:21
Fender Passport audio system

The Fender Passport EVENT with Bluetooth® connectivity is a self-contained portable audio system that includes everything you need for great sound anywhere you go. Carry your Passport as you would a suitcase, and simply flip open the cabinet release latches when you’re ready to set it up. Inside you’ll discover two full-range speaker cabinets, a powered mixer, a microphone and all the cables you’ll need to get started.

Fender also announced a new Passport Venue.

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09:16
These countries are the most eager for Google's...

Google released its latest Transparency Report this week, in which the company discloses how many user data requests it received from law enforcement agencies around the world.

U.S. government agencies are by far the most eager for Google's user data. In 2013, they filed 21,492 requests with Google, 83% of which the search giant at least partially complied with. Today's chart is furnished by Statistica (http://tinyurl.com/m9qstwa).

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09:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

Apps Now Free

Reflex - Vintage Camera...

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08:53
OmniOutliner 4.0.4

Addresses a handful of bugs. ($49.99 new, free update, 45 MB)

 

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08:53
iStat Menus 4.21 - Monitor your system right from...

iStat Menus lets you monitor your system right from the menubar. Included are 8 menu extras that let you monitor every aspect of your system.

Some features:

  • CPU -- Monitor cpu usage. 7 display modes, multiple core support.
  • Memory -- Monitor memory usage. 4 display modes, page ins/outs and swap usage display.
  • Disks -- Monitor disk usage and activity. 6 display modes, ability to hide disks you dont want to see.
  • Network -- Monitor current and total bandwidth, peak bandwidth, IP addresses, and the ability to hide network connections you don't want to see.
  • Temps -- Monitor the temperature of your Mac. 2 display modes, ability to hide sensors you don't want to see.
  • Fans -- Monitor the fan speeds in your Mac. 2 display modes, ability to hide sensors you don't want to see.
  • ...

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08:53
Apps: Carousel, Delivery Status touch 5.1, Family...

Carousel by Dropbox is the new free app from Dropbox built solely to manage and provide quick access to photos and videos. All photos and videos are backed up to Dropbox. Photos and videos can also be shared instantly within private conversations. It’s notable that Carousel won’t connect with…

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08:46
LibreOffice 4.2.3.3 - Free Open Source office suite...

LibreOffice is an office suite (word processor, spreadsheet, presentations, drawing tool) compatible with other major office suites. The Document Foundation is coordinating development and maintenance of this OpenOffice.org fork.

Many different language versions are available here.



Version 4.2.3.3:

  • This release is not bit-identical to 4.2.3 Release Candidate 3 - it includes an additional fix for CVE-2014-0160 ("Heartbleed")
  • Mac version doesn't bundle the mediawiki extension
  • Help content is available via an online service, or alternatively as a separate install.
  • Some menu entries have changed or added. If you miss something, that may be due to the use of customized menu settings from your previous LibreOffice installation.
  • This version still contains a few annoying bugs, as listed...

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08:41
The $53,000 text

This guy is an asshole.

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08:40
T-Mobile Targets Tablets: LTE Models for Price of Wi...

T-Mobile US, which has been shaking up the cellular industry in the United States with a series of promotions and policy changes, today made several announcements intended to attract tablet customers to the carrier. There are two key pieces to the initiative:

- LTE tablets for the price of Wi-Fi: Under Apple's standard pricing, LTE iPad models are priced $130 higher than their Wi-Fi equivalents, but T-Mobile's limited time promotion will allow customers to purchase an LTE iPad from the carrier at Wi-Fi pricing.If you’re stuck on Wi-Fi, you can now come to T-Mobile and upgrade to a 4G LTE-enabled model for nothing down and pay no more than you’d pay for the cheaper Wi-Fi-only model, with any postpaid activation on a 1GB or more mobile internet plan with no annual service contract. For example,...

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08:38
PCalc 4

A brand-new version of the powerful calculator brings over features from iOS, as well as the capability to sync to its iOS counterpart through iCloud. ($9.99 new, free update)

 

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08:35
Nike+ Fuel Lab opens to expand fitness tracking...





Nike...

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08:33
Facebook private message data scraping suit begins...

An Ontario, Canada class action suit alleges that Facebook has been scanning user's private messages without permission from users. Allegedly, the social network was using the data to grow advertising revenue, and was stopped in 2012 when an investigation found that the practice was widespread....



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08:30
The Week in iOS Apps: On a Carousel

On a Carousel

This week’s roundup of iOS apps features two new apps for editing and sharing your photos. There are also updates to some of our favorite productivity apps and a chance to live in M.C. Escher's universe.

Adobe Lightroom

Adobe Lightroom has arrived on the iPad, bringing high-level photo editing to the tablet. It can also sync pics to your desktop computer, as well as vice versa. Pro-level tools come with a pro-level cost, however: The app itself is free, but to use it (after a free 30-day trial, anyway) you’ll need to have a subscription to Adobe’s Creative Cloud service, which typically costs $50 per month.

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08:30
No, Spotify isn't trying to screw over iPhone...

As a Spotify user, I was pleased to see the iOS version of the streaming music app get a much needed facelift last week. The new design is slick and much easier to use than the previous version, and I've had no issues with playing my music as usual,...

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08:27
Intel's New Haswell Desktop CPUs Could Arrive...

Intel may release an update to its desktop Haswell processors in May, according to a report in TechPowerUp that cites Hermitage Akihabara as its source. The report claims Intel will launch its new processors, including its flagship Core i7-4790K, on May 10th in most markets. These next generation Haswell chips will include Intel's Z97 chipset, which provides support for faster and larger M.2 SATA Express drives.

The new Haswell desktop processors will offer a 100 MHz bump in clock speeds and will be a direct successor to most of the chips currently used in the iMac, with the exception of the low-end 21.5-inch iMac, which uses a special i5-4570R chip enhanced with Intel's Iris 5200 integrated graphics. Intel may have a compatible replacement processor under development, but leaked information has not yet...

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08:22
FileMaker Pro and FileMaker Pro Advanced 13.0.2

Maintenance release brings a number of tweaks and bug fixes. ($299 new, free update, 571.1 MB)

 

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08:15
Google Fiber's Austin rollout delayed, company...

Google Fiber's deployment in Austin, Texas has been delayed several months, Google tells local NBC affiliate KXAN. Signups for Austin residents will only open this summer, while the service itself is due to go live "later this year." When Google announced that Fiber was coming to Austin a year ago, it said it had hoped to connect people by mid-2014, after signups in January....



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08:12
Take our mobile survey and you might win an iPad mini

Macworld's parent company, IDG, is once again conducting its annual Global Mobile Survey, which quizzes you on your mobile-device habits and media consumption so we can learn more about how people are using their smartphones and tablets today. Readers who participate will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win an iPad mini.

This year we're interested in learning more about how you use your mobile device to view and share technology-related content and information. Your feedback will help us to more closely align our mobile services with your needs, so give us a hand by taking the survey!

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08:09
BBEdit 10.5.10 and TextWrangler 4.5.8

Both text editors squash a variety of bugs. ($49.99/free new, free updates, 13/9.4 MB)

 

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08:05
T-Mobile offering LTE iPads at WiFi-only prices,...

A day after it announced cheaper plans with voice and data, T-Mobile is sharing more interesting news of upcoming promotions. Starting April 12th, T-Mobile will begin offering iPads and other tablets with LTE at the price normally offered by WiFi-only tablets. For instance, an iPad Air with only WiFi normally runs $499, while an iPad with WiFi and LTE for connecting to the Internet from anywhere normally runs $629. T-Mobile’s promotion will offer new iPads with LTE for the cost of a WiFi-only model for a limited time (saving you $130 in the iPad’s case).

T-Mobile is also offering customers a free 1GB of data use for the rest of the year. The carrier announced last fall that it already...

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08:00
Tips to manage your passwords and protect yourself...

Heartbleed is a term given to an OpenSSL exploit that allows hackers to intercept data that you send over channels that are supposed to be encrypted. Anything you send while browsing an encrypted site with this flaw could be collected by malicious...

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07:51
Apps: Delivery Status, BBEdit, TextWrangler
07:49
Slash finishes recording third solo album

Slash’s solo albums have been great. I can’t wait to hear the new release.

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07:40
Apple unlikely to utilize custom iPhone baseband...

If Apple does bring baseband processor design and production in-house as recent moves have indicated, one analyst believes that the chips are unlikely to debut in new iPhone models before 2015, thanks to the "notoriously difficult" nature of their development.



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07:22
Survey claims 40 percent of near-term upgraders set...

About 40 percent of people planning to buy a smartphone in the next three months would be predisposed to buying an next-generation iPhone, according to a March ChangeWave survey. The group polled 4,109 people, and found that 26 percent said they were "somewhat likely" to buy an updated iPhone, while 14 percent were "very likely." ChangeWave says this is the highest demand for an unannounced iPhone it has ever seen....



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07:15
Next-gen faster Haswells chips out as soon as next...

Intel’s next generation of its Haswell CPUs could be out as soon as next month, according to sources cited by TechPowerUp (via TonyMacx86).

According to sources in the IT retail, Intel could launch these new chips, led by the Core i7-4790K, on May 10th in most markets [...]

 Intel Core “Haswell” Refresh processors offer marginally better performance over current Core “Haswell” chips, at existing price points (i.e., they will displace existing chips from their current price-points).The 9-series chipset offers features such as M.2 SSD support, making you ready for a tidal wave of 1000 MB/s SSDs that will launch around Computex.

Apple now...

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07:07
Was Yukari Iwatani Kane's Book Just Propaganda...

In March Apple CEO Tim Cook issued a statement about a new book about the tech giant called, "Haunted Empire," saying that it was "nonsense" and failed to capture Apple or former CEO and Co-Founder Steve Jobs. Cook indirectly included the book's author Yukari Iwatani Kane as just being one of Apple's many doubters throughout the years. Today, Kane takes a kick at Tim Cook ...

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07:06
Analyst: iWatch Sensor to Protect You from Sunburn

Wearing a watch protects your wrist from sunburn, but if Barclay's analyst Blayne Curtis is right, Apple's iWatch will be able to protect your entire body. It doesn't cover your body or coat you in sunscreen; instead, he thinks the iWatch will include a UV sensor that can help monitor your sun exposure to avoid sunburns.

The Mac Observer Spin: At this point it's starting to sound like Apple is designing a wrist top tricorder and not just a smartwatch. Maybe it'll be able to scan for alien life forms, too.


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07:02
Car-Tippers Rage Against the Machine


While Smart cars may be good for the environment and financially beneficial to owners, more so than other vehicles, those benefits are wiped out when a gang of vandals tips one over. A group of as many as eight people dressed in black tipped over four of the cars in a San Francisco residential area this week. One of the cars was upended onto its rear, with the lights pointing at the sky, one was on its roof, and the others were on their sides. The tippings took place within a one- to two-square mile area in the city.

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07:00
Hey Active Directory, Can I Trade Some PowerShell...

According to how you’ve been creating accounts, you might be the best friend of the office manager, who calls looking to see if you can generate a quick phone list. Or you might be useless. Either way, you should know how to obtain the data and therefore possibly how to be helpful to others. Or again, you might be a lost cause. Sorry, had to be said before I take over the entire Tri-State area. Anyway, let’s assume that you want to just grab the office phone number and that you’ve entered that into Active Directory. So let’s pull that and print it to the screen:

Get-AdUser -Filter * -Properties OfficePhone | FT OfficePhone,UserPrincipalName

Now that you can dump a list to the screen, let’s pipe the output to CSV instead, so we can open it in Excel:

Get-AdUser -Filter * -Properties OfficePhone | FT OfficePhone,UserPrincipalName | grep Export-CSV c:\phonelist.csv

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07:00
Create very unique signatures in Preview

You can make signatures in Preview that are pen and ink style drawings.



I don't know if this has been posted yet, or if it is generally known, but I stumbled upon a neat feature of signatures in Preview.app. When you create a signature, if you you don't hold up a piece of paper with a signature on it, and simply smile for a mug shot, Preview will create a signature that is a neat pen and ink style image of yourself, or whatever is in front of the camera. I've created several, that for the right client, can be used as a humorous alternative to an actual signature. I also used a screen capture of the signature on a document and made the image into a Facebook Profile picture.



[crarko adds: Well I didn't know about it. Most folks use Photo Booth to do things like this, I'd guess, but I always appreciate a creative use of a program.]

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07:00
Rumor Roundup: Pod people

Here we go again: Report claims Apple is testing a 65-inch iTV (BGR)

From the article: "If rumors and reports from Apple analysts are to be believed" - I'll stop you right there at the first sentence, BGR. They're not. They most certainly are not to...

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06:49
New iPads to have Touch ID, A8?

A new research note claims the new iPad Air and Retina iPad mini to be released this year will both come with Touch ID, and an A8 processor. The note comes from KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a mixed track record on new Apple products. Though the idea that…

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06:49
Linksys ships WRT54G-inspired WRT1900AC 802.11ac...

Linksys today announced that it has started shipping the new WRT1900AC. The design of the new Linksys WRT1900AC Dual Band Wi-Fi Router is inspired by the decade-old WRT54G. The new WRT has been equipped with a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, 128MB Flash memory, plus eSATA and USB ports for storage and other peripheral connections....



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06:40
AmpliTube adds Engl amps

I really like the tone of Engl amps. I’ll be getting these amp and cabinet models.

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06:33
Opinion: Could even Apple sell a smartwatch for “...

Smartwatch concept: Gábor Balogh

One line jumped out at me immediately from KGI Research analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s research note on his predictions for Q3:

The most expensive model of the iWatch line will carry a price tag of several thousand US dollars.

No research analyst has a perfect track record, but Ming-Chi Kuo is more reliable than most, so it’s a far more interesting claim than if it had come from some random source. The question that springs immediately to mind is: could even Apple succeed in selling a smartwatch for “thousands of dollars” … ? 

Nobody expects the ...

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06:00
Greg Christie retiring from Apple

After 18 years with Apple, Human Interface chief Greg Christie is leaving the company at the end of the year. Christie was instrumental in the development of the first iPhoneOS. There were recent suggestions that the retirement announcement was promoted by difficulties regarding working with Senior VP of Design, Jony Ive. Apple has denied any problems in their official announcements, and have stated that Christie has been planning his retirement from Apple for some time, and that he will be staying on until the end of the year while some restructuring of Apple’s Human Interface Group takes place.

On his blog, John Gruber weighs in;

“The basic gist I’ve heard is that Christie is a guy who’s been in a high-pressure, high-profile job for 18 years, most of it...

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06:00
Daily App: 15 Coins challenges you to collect coins...

Thanks in part to the success of Flappy Bird, minimal arcade games with high difficulty are all the rage right now. One new addition to this category of games is 15 Coins from Engaging Games.

You guide a ship in space, collecting coins and avoiding...

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05:52
Apple Source Say No Drama in Christie Departure

When word surfaced on Wednesday that Apple Human Interface Vice President Greg Christie was leaving the company, it came with speculation that his departure was driven by friction with Jony Ive. Now sources are saying that's not the case, and instead Mr. Christie's retirement has been well planned for some time.

The Mac Observer Spin: The fact that Mr. Christie isn't leaving immediately helps back up the notion that friction with Jony Ive wasn't behind his retirement. Sources say he'll be around for at least a little while working on special projects, so maybe there isn't as much internal drama here as was originally suspected.


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05:31
Consumer interest in Apple's 'iPhone 6...

With leaks and alleged information about Apple's next-generation iPhone picking up steam, a new report shows that consumer interest for the so-called "iPhone 6" expected to debut later this year is already at record levels.



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05:30
Could the Facebook app be killing your battery?

We recently did a piece on iPhone battery saving tips, but it looks like we need to add another one to the list. Evidence has been found that Facebook’s iOS app may be a suspect in shortening battery life. The web site overthought.com, run by Scotty Loveless, has its own battery saving tips which adds Facebook’s app as a culprit. Being an ex-Apple Genius gave Scotty some extra insight into his own iPhone’s battery drain. Fueled by evidence collected over the years in the support field, and recent finger-pointing to the iOS 7.1 update as the cause for many users’ battery woes, he set out to pinpoint the...

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05:21
Survey Shows Strong Consumer Interest in Larger-...

Research firm ChangeWave (via Fortune) has released the results of a new survey, showing that interest among early-adopter and professional consumers in a larger-screen iPhone 6 is at an all time high.

40% of respondents indicated they are 'very likely' or 'somewhat likely' to buy an iPhone 6 that is described as having a "larger screen size" and a "faster processor" along with an "updated iOS operating system" at a starting price of $199 with a two year contract.

“This is the highest level of demand for an unannounced Apple model in a ChangeWave survey – stronger than we’ve seen in previous years for the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5 models prior to their announcements,” said Andy Golub of 451 Research. “Speculation over a...

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04:56
Banning “feigned surprise”

I just loved this essay about banning “feigned surprise”, a pretty common response in the programming universe.

“Feigned surprise” (when someone gasps and says something like: “you don’t even know about monads?”) is a method of belittling someone and lording your superiority over them.

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04:50
Insights for Mac OS X revved to version 3.1

KnowledgeMiner Software (http://www.knowledgeminer.eu) has released Insights 3.1, it's data mining app for Mac OS X (10.7 or later).

The upgrade adds auto-updating of models for forecasting of market prices, market demand, sales figures, or energy load. Users now can run simulations on historical data stored in Excel for backtesting or use it on real-time data for continuous forecasting of processes several steps ahead. All results are reported and stored in Excel for further use or workflow integration.

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04:47
Scorpion Research releases Scorpion BarCode 2.50 for...

Scorpion Research (http://www.scorpionresearch.com) has announced Scorpion BarCode 2.50, an update to its barcode creation software for Mac OS X. Scorpion

BarCode helps you create and print major barcode symbologies in EPS or PDF file formats. You can integrate barcodes into database, spreadsheet and word processor applications. A command line version is also provided to build scripted solutions. Version 2.50 is designed for OS X 10.9 Mavericks but works with OS X 10.6 or later.

Scorpion BarCode 2.50 costs US$165 for a single user license. A demo is available for download.

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04:43
82% of U.S. broadband households now have an HDTV

Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) is predicting that 4K TVs will follow a similar, but faster, growth pattern as HDTVs, which have reached 82% of U.S. broadband households after 15 years on the market.

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04:43
Test your favorite sites to see if they are...

Follow the link to the site, then type in your favorite URL. The site will attempt to send the malformed Heartbeat request to your URL and report on what comes back.

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04:40
Apple Invents System Related to Location-based SIM...

Earlier this week we posted a report titled "Apple Secretly Moves Next-Gen iPhone Baseband Processor Development In-House to Possibly Enhance Security." Today, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that may reveal yet another aspect of Apple's future radio systems. Apple's new patent relates to the field of wireless communication, and ....

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04:30
Kool Tools: MCE internal hard drive upgrade kit

If you need to upgrade the hard drive in your MacBook Pro, MacBook, or Mac mini, check out MCE Technologies' 2TB internal hard drive upgrade kit

The US$199 MobileStor Performance(R) upgrade kit consists of a high-performance 2TB, 5400RPM, 2.5-inch SATA hard drive to replace the system's original hard drive, an illustrated installation guide, installation toolkit, plus a portable, USB 3.0 external enclosure to house the original internal hard drive with cloning software to facilitate transition to the new drive.

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04:25
More North American consumers than ever planning to...

A large-scale survey from 451 Research that tracks North American consumer purchase intentions shows that the percentage of those likely to buy the iPhone 6 is markedly higher than was the case for both the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s. In all three cases, the survey tracked intentions prior to any official announcement by Apple, providing a like-for-like comparison.

A total of 40 percent of the 4,109 consumers question said that they were likely to buy the iPhone 6, compared to 33 percent for the iPhone 5 and 26 percent for the iPhone 5s … 

“This is the highest level of demand for an unannounced Apple model in a ChangeWave survey –...

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04:16
External Link: Free Office for iPad Webinar on 11...

Alicia Katz Pollock, who has written several articles for TidBITS, is doing a three-day free webinar from April 9th through 11th on Microsoft Office for the Mac, and you can tune into that now between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM Pacific. But if you’re just getting started with Office for iPad, clear time on your calendar for 2:30 to 4:00 PM Pacific on Friday, 11 April 2014, when Alicia will be demonstrating Microsoft’s new iPad apps. The webinar is free to watch live (click Watch for Free at the very top of the page, or sign up with CreativeLive), and it’s $79 if you want to watch any time later.

 

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03:57
Macs fall to 4th best-selling computer in USA (IDC...

PC shipment estimates for the first quarter of 2014 are out from both IDC and Gartner, and as usual the two companies disagree. IDC shows Apple falling to 4th place in the U.S., behind Lenovo, while Gartner has the company remaining in 3rd place just ahead of Lenovo.

Both agree, however, that Apple’s U.S. market share has fallen somewhat year-on-year, IDC showing a drop from 11 to 10.3 percent, while Gartner’s numbers show a decline from 11.5 to 10.8 percent. The differences are relatively small, however, with both sets of numbers show that around 1.5 million Macs were sold in the first quarter of the year.

Apple’s share of the global PC market has mostly climbed year-on-year over the past decade.

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03:51
Nikon 1 J4 introduced with 18.4-megapixel sensor,...

Nikon has unveiled a new addition to its J-range of Nikon 1 cameras. The J4 follows on from last year's J3 mirrorless camera in terms of size, though its styling has been modified for a slightly squarer appearance, with the 14.2-megapixel sensor switched for an 18.4-megapixel AF CMOS sensor with no low-pass filter and the Expeed 4A image processing engine....



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03:45
How Samsung & Google teamed up to steal Apple...

Apple's critics contend that it either doesn't have innovative inventions worthy of patents, or has grossly overestimated the commercial value of its patents. Apple Data Detectors is one example that proves both ideas are wrong.



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03:07
Apple Continues to Tweak an Apple TV Video Headset...

In late March Patently Apple posted a report entitled "Facebook to buy Oculus for $2 Billion," where noted that Apple's acquisition of PrimeSense could advance Apple's previous work on a video headset. Today the US Patent and Trademark Office reveals that Apple has revisited their patent application regarding their video headset that could be ...

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01:55
Open TV and Nagravision are Suing Apple over Apple TV

News from Zurich this morning states that technology group Kudelski said its OpenTV and Nagravision subsidiaries have filed a lawsuit against Apple in a court in northern California alleging the iPhone maker has infringed five U.S. patents. On March 28, 2010 OpenTV became a fully owned subsidiary of the NAGRA Kudelski Group – Nagravision.

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00:51
Apple Invents Cool Status Indicators for Future Macs...

Late yesterday Patently Apple discovered a unique patent application from Apple that was published in Europe. The patent contains a feast of cool new ideas floating around Cupertino's R&D labs. Apple's many inventions are illustrated on both MacBooks and a possible future iPen. Apple discusses varying flex displays and a new illumination process that is very cool. Some of the features described in this latest patent filing could easily ...

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Wednesday April 9

23:20
ACM 249: King Jony and the TV Settop Box Wars

Apple's Sir Jony Ive is the one guy in charge of all of the company's software design now that Greg Christie is out, there's finally a rumor about the iWatch that both Jeff and Bryan think is right, and the set top box war is heating up with Apple, Amazon, Roku, and now Google getting in on the game. All that, and Bryan has a special offer for bitcoin fans.


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22:36
Apple confirms iOS leader Christie leaving, but...

Earlier reports that senior iOS engineer and leader of Apple's Human Interface Group Greg Christie was leaving the company over tension with software and hardware design chief Sir Jonathan Ive appear to have been half-correct. Multiple sources have come forward to note that Christie is retiring, but had announced the move weeks ago internally....



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22:30
Facebook to force mobile users to Messenger app and...

News from Wednesday afternoon includes:

Facebook has announced via emailed notifications in Europe that it will soon drop messaging in its main app. Users must download the separate Facebook Messenger app to keep the conversations going on iOS and...

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21:08
Apple confirms retirement of Greg Christie as...

In a statements furnished to multiple news outlets on Wednesday, Apple confirmed that Human Interface director Greg Christie will be leaving the company in a planned exit later this year, while additional reporting has disputed claims that his departure was a result of a spat with design chief Jony Ive.



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20:59
f.lux 30.1 - Adjusts the color of your display based...

f.lux makes the color of your computer's display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day.

Ever notice how people texting at night have that eerie blue glow? Or wake up ready to write down the Next Great Idea, and get blinded by your computer screen? During the day, computer screens look good - they're designed to look like the sun. But, at 9 p.m., 10 p.m., or 3 a.m., you probably shouldn't be looking at the sun.

It's even possible that you're staying up too late because of your computer. You could use f.lux because it makes you sleep better, or you could just use it just because it makes your computer look better.

Tell f.lux what kind of lighting you have, and where you live. Then forget about it. f.lux will do the rest, automatically.

Version 30.1:

Note: Please don't upgrade if you are running OS X 10.5 or earlier.

  • daytime slider goes down to 2700K now, instead of...

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20:31
Briefly: New Bluetooth receiver, MediaFire desktop...

Kinivo has announced the launch of its new Bluetooth receiver and wireless low-profile headset, the BTE40. Its audio receiver features multi-point Bluetooth support, allowing for simultaneous connection to up to two devices for wireless streaming, even while switching between sources. Its headphones, which connect to the BTE40's receiver, doubles as a remote control for mobile devices....



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19:25
SDF Cofounder Chris Davis: Bad Guys Will Need a New...


In the war against malware, a new strategy is taking shape. The good guys are preparing to demolish the bad guys' most effective weapons: rogue websites. The Secure Domain Foundation will tackle the identification and prevention of Internet cybercrime through a series of steps designed to interfere with the way cybergangs operate online. Making its debut last month at ICANN 49 in Singapore, SDF is a coalition of experts and companies in the cybersecurity, Internet and domain name infrastructure industries. SDF is the brainchild of security researcher Chris Davis and Internet security guru Norm Ritchie.

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19:12
Sixth OS X 10.9.3 beta issued to developers

On Wednesday, Apple issued its sixth beta of the forthcoming maintenance release, 10.9.3. As with last week, developers are asked to focus on graphics drivers, audio, Mail, Safari and the newly-restored local syncing of contacts and calendar data over USB through iTunes. In earlier versions of iTunes 11, syncing was exclusively handled by iCloud. The new build, 13D38, is only five revisions higher than the previous release, suggesting that a public debut is likely to happen relatively soon....



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18:35
Founding iOS designer to retire following alleged...

The nondescript meeting room in which Steve Jobs, Greg Christie, and others discussed the first iPhone prototypes.

Apple via the WSJ

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple's Greg Christie, head of the iOS human interface team and one of the earliest employees to work on the original iPhone, will be retiring from the company after 18 years. Christie's former team, which currently reports to software engineering SVP Craig Federighi, will begin reporting to design chief Jony Ive instead. Christie originally joined Apple in 1996 to work on the ...

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18:20
3D newspaper ad

I never thought I’d say this about an ad in the newspaper, but this is cool.

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18:10
Facebook to remove Messenger from main app to reduce...

Facebook on Wednesday started sending out notifications to users in Europe regarding the imminent removal of Messenger from the service's flagship iOS and Android apps, a move that will ultimately force users who chat to download the standalone version.



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17:52
Report: Apple set to add four new ad agencies...

According to venerable industry trade magazine Ad Age, Apple is again expanding and diversifying its advertising firms and staff. The iPhone maker is said to be adding as many as four digital-advertising agencies to its roster, presumably in an effort to beef up its mobile and online advertising efforts. Apple will continue its longstanding relationship with TBWA/Media Arts Lab as its main partner, despite some now well-publicized spats in late 2012 and early 2013....



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17:28
New Apple TV box with motion controls to play '...

Apple apparently has big plans for the Apple TV set-top box in 2014, with an entirely new model that will reportedly feature motion controls for easier user input. But customers holding out hope for a full-fledged television set from Apple are likely to be disappointed.



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17:14
iWatch to Come in Two Sizes With 'Fashionable...

In a 2014 product roadmap that outlines all of Apple's plans for the year, KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo revealed his predictions for Apple’s much-rumored iWatch, which may ship as soon as the third quarter of 2014.

According to Kuo, the iWatch will come in two separate sizes to accommodate different sized wrists: 1.3 inches and 1.5 inches. Multiple sizes for the device were first predicted in late 2013, though the original rumor pointed towards displays of 1.3 and 1.7 inches. Both watches will include flexible AMOLED displays with sapphire covers to protect the device from scratches.

Along with a multitude of biometric sensors, coupled in a system-in-a-package...

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17:09
iPad Air and Retina iPad Mini to Get Touch ID This...

Apple may be preparing to feature its Touch ID fingerprint sensor on updated models of the iPad Air and Retina iPad mini that will be released later this year, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo states in a new research note.
We think the upgraded iPad Air will be launched earlier in 2014 than the iPad Air was in 2013. The biggest changes will be A8 processor, Touch ID (fingerprint recognition), and main camera resolution of 8MP.

...We previously thought Apple would not release a new version of the iPad mini this year, but we now think Apple will launch an upgraded version with same form factor, A8 processor and Touch ID (fingerprint recognition) to boost shipments of iPad mini with Retina display. Regarding the next-generation iPad Air, Kuo adds that the tablet will launch at an earlier point than the original iPad Air did in November of last year. Kuo also notes that Apple is likely to...

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17:09
Apple's 2014 iPads to sport Touch ID & TSMC...

Apple will reportedly introduce new iPad Airs and Retina iPad minis later this year that will feature the company's latest A8 mobile processor and new Touch ID sensor. Meanwhile, prices of older iPads are expected to inch downward while an effort to deliver a larger 12.9-inch entertainment tablet shapes up to drive growth next year.



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17:04
iPhone 6 Could See Sleep/Wake Button Move, 401 ppi...

In an extensive research note, the well-sourced KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo has shared additional details about his expectations for the next iPhone model, expected to be called the iPhone 6. Perhaps the biggest change that Kuo mentions is a move of the sleep/wake button from the top of the iPhone to the side, to better facilitate one-handed operation on larger iPhones.

In line with previous rumors, Kuo believes the new 4.7-inch model will come with a 1334x750 Retina display at 326 pixels per inch, while the 5.5" will see a 1920x1080 screen at 401 ppi. Both devices will have the same aspect ratio to the iPhone 5, meaning apps will not need to be redesigned for the second time in three years.

The iPhone 6 will include a new A8 processor, 1GB of RAM, Touch ID, a narrower bezel by 10 to 20 percent, and the phone to be thinned to 6.5-7.0mm (the current iPhone 5 is 7.6mm thick). He also...

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16:53
Apple reportedly plans high-res 5.5" iPhone 6,...

Apple will release two new iPhones this year, with an all-new redesigned 4.7-inch model and high-resolution "phablet" type 5.5-inch version poised to take the high-end smartphone world by storm this fall.



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16:46
Apple 'likely' to launch low-cost iMac...

Apple is reportedly gearing up to launch a new low-cost iMac as soon as this quarter, while a completely redesigned thinner and lighter 12-inch MacBook Air with Retina display is expected to launch before the end of the year.



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16:34
12" Retina MacBook Air and Low-Price iMac...

In an extensive research note covering Apple's product roadmap for 2014, KGI Securities Ming Chi Kuo reiterated expectations that Apple is working on a ultra slim 12" MacBook Air but also revealed a new low-cost iMac in the works.

Kuo's predictions for the 12" MacBook Air match what was leaked in March from a reliable Chinese forum source. The new 12" MacBook Air will "redefine notebook user experience":

- Thinner than current models
- No fan
- Buttonless trackpad
- Higher resolution Display

Kuo first predicted this ultra thin 12" MacBook Air late last year.We expect the unprecedented 12” model will boast both the portability of the 11” model,...

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16:29
Apple's 2014 Product Roadmap: New iWatch,...

Apple is set to release a slew of new products during the third quarter of 2014 according to KGI securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo, who often provides reliable information on Apple’s product lineup.

In a 2014 product roadmap, Kuo suggests Apple will introduce its first new product of the year, a lower-cost iMac, during the second quarter. Soon after, during the third quarter, Kuo predicts Apple will introduce an upgraded iPad Air and iPad mini, followed by an iWatch in two separate sizes, and a 4.7-inch iPhone.

An upgraded Apple TV set-top box will come somewhat later, as will the rumored 12-inch ultra slim MacBook and upgraded Retina MacBook Pros. Later, in the fourth quarter, Apple will introduce the 5.5-inch iPhone, which is said to be delayed due to issues with in-cell display technology. Along with his roadmap, Kuo also gives specific information on each of Apple’s upcoming...

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16:26
Sadly the Original iPhone Interface Designer Greg...

On March 26 we posted a report titled "On the Eve of the new Apple-Samsung Trial, Apple reveals some of the iPhone's History." In that report we covered Greg Christie's look back at Project Purple, the secret iPhone project that Christie led in respect to the software that would go down in history as that which ignited a true smartphone revolution. That interview was bitterly objected to by Samsung's attorney in the latest Apple-Samsung patent infringement case which started last week. Tonight the news is hitting the wires that Christie may be about to retire after a dispute with Jony Ive.

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16:09
Apple to sell two sizes of iWatch with flexible...

With Apple expected to be fielding a smartwatch later this year, one analyst reveals new details about the long-awaited device, including biometrics, flexible AMOLED display with sapphire cover lens and NFC, among other features.



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16:05
IDC, Gartner: Mac and PC sales down in Q12014

Compounding the usual decline in Mac and Windows PC sales following the holiday quarter, analysts IDC and Gartner say that the continuing worldwide drop in PC sales is affecting the entire industry, Apple included. While the Mac actually managed a 30 percent year-over-year increase in the last quarter of 2013, predictions for its first calendar quarter show a drop varying from 3.8 percent (Gartner) to seven percent (IDC). The overall PC market in the US is continuing to suffer from anemic or flat growth....



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16:05
Apple confirms: Longtime iPhone software engineer...

Originally reported by 9to5Mac, Apple today confirmed that longtime software engineer Greg Christie will be leaving the company. At Apple, Christie served as the Director of Human Interface.

In a statement provided to Tim Bradshaw of the Financial...

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16:04
Apple reportedly planning massive Q3 rollout for...

 

KGI Research analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has released a timeline indicating that Apple is planning a massive rollout for multiple new products in Q3 2014. According to the Kuo, the only thing we can expect to see in the first half of the year is a small iMac update. Starting at the end of the third quarter and continuing into the beginning of the fourth, however, Apple will update most of its product lineup: iPad Air and mini, the Apple TV, and the MacBook family.

Two new products reportedly planned for this timeframe are the iWatch, which Kuo says will be...

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15:41
Shakeup Cements Jony Ive’s Control Over Apple’s...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has reportedly initiated another management shakeup at Apple in a change that will soon leave Sir Jony Ive firmly in charge of Apple's software design. Apple Human Interface Vice President Greg Christie is reportedly departing the company, and Sir Jony will completely subsume control over Apple's software design group.


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15:40
Apple searching for new ad agencies following court...

Ad Age reports that Apple is planning to hire as many as four new digital ad agencies. Evidence presented in the latest Samsung-Apple lawsuit earlier this week revealed that Phil Schiller, the Cupertino company’s SVP of marketing, was shaken up by Samsung’s recent ad campaign and furious with Media Arts Lab, Apple’s current advertising company...

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15:36
Apple to roll out glut of new products in Q3...

Apple is expected to start rolling out new products starting in the second quarter, says one informed analyst, including the much rumored iWatch, redesigned "iPhone 6," a 12-inch MacBook Air and a low-cost iMac.



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15:34
Apple confirms VP Greg Christie’s retirement

“Greg has been planning to retire later this year after nearly 20 years at Apple,” said a company spokesman. “He has made vital contributions to Apple products across the board, and built a world-class human interface team which has worked closely with Jony for many years.”

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15:30
The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for April 9, 2014

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

You can listen to today's...

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15:15
Apple issues sixth OS X 10.9.3 Mavericks seed to...

Apple on Wednesday released to developers the latest version of its upcoming OS X maintenance update, asking beta testers to concentrate on graphics drivers, audio, Safari and iTunes contacts and calendar syncing over USB.



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15:03
Apple seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 build 13D38 to...

Approximately one week following the previous seed, Apple has provided developers with OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 build 13D38 to developers. The new version of OS X, which is yet to have an announced release date, will bring improved support for 4K monitors and syncing through iTunes. Thanks, D!

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15:00
Dropbox launches Carousel and expands Dropbox for...

Dropbox wants to be the go-to source for sharing videos and photos online, and their new app seeks to make that familiar task even easier. Today the company launched Carousel, a fast new photo and video sharing app that allows users to quickly sort...

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14:56
Apple Confirms Retirement of Senior Designer Greg...

Apple has confirmed the departure of Greg Christie, part of the original team behind the iPhone. His leaving the company was previously reported by 9to5Mac and was said to follow a falling out between Christie and Jony Ive, Apple's design chief.

In an statement given to the Financial Times, Apple says that Christie has been planning to retire later this year and is still within the company.
Greg has been planning to retire later this year after nearly 20 years at Apple. He has made vital contributions to Apple products across the board, and built a world-class Human Interface team which has worked closely with Jony for many years.Christie has worked with Apple since 1996 and was credited with the development of the "Slide to Unlock" feature of iPhones and...

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14:54
Apple considers 'dramatic' revamping of...

Apple is considering a major overhaul of the iTunes Music Store in light of iTunes Radio failing to slow the decline of music downloads, say anonymous executives allegedly familiar with the company's plans. One of the key features of iTunes Radio, from Apple's perspective, is the ease with which it lets people by music from the iTunes Store. Only about 1 to 2 percent of people are actually tapping the Buy button though, and overall music downloads have declined by more than 15 percent....



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14:30
WWSJD?

WWSJD? He probably would have parked in a handicapped spot. Spotted at Apple HQ.

[Photo credit: Greg Dunlap]...

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14:29
Sponsor: The Omni Group

This week it is my absolute pleasure to welcome The Omni Group as our sponsor. And not only is The Omni Group this week's sponsor here, they were also instrumental in helping to make Cirque du Mac 2014 happen. They deserve (and got!) a big round of applause just for that. But that's not all. The Omni Group has been making fantastic apps for decades, and their iOS and Mac apps are all best-in-class.


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14:15
OpenTV and Nagravision file patent lawsuit against...


Photo: mashable.com

Suing Apple seems to be the thing to do these days. While the company is locked into a furious, seemingly-unending battle with Samsung, another suit has been announced today by two Swiss sister companies called OpenTV and Nagravision.

According to a press release by the The Kudelski Group, the parent company of the two filing suit, OpenTV focuses on software that includes “advanced program guides, video-on-demand, personal video recording, interactive and addressable advertising and a variety of enhanced television applications,” while Nagravision “provides security and multiscreen user experience solutions for the monetization of digital media.”

While the five patents...

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14:13
Apple VP out after friction with Jony Ive

The design shakeup at Apple will result in Christie soon leaving the company, with all software designers now working directly under Ive with the rest of his industrial design team instead of within Federighi’s engineering group. Sources say that Christie’s upcoming departure is significant and stems from a falling out with Ive.

Greg Christie is an important figure at Apple and will certainly be a loss for the company, but it makes a lot of sense for all design teams to report to Jony Ive. The news would be much worse if it was Ive leaving.

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14:12
Slow writes to Xsan over AFP/SMB/NFs

Forums: Resharing

Hi

I have an odd situation and am hoping someone has come across this issue and can provide some help.

I have the following:

machine 1 = machine connected to FC sharing xsan volume video over AFP and SMB
machine 2 = machine mounting the AFP or SMB share from machine 1
test file = 120GB which is a .mxf file

scenario 1
If i setup the local drives of machine 1 as AFP shares and mount the share on machine 2 i can copy the test file from machine 1 (local HDD) to machine 2 (local HDD) within 10 minutes

scenario 2
If i mount the AFP share of ol01 on machine 2 and copy the test file from machine 1 (video) to machine 2 (local HDD) it copies within 10 minutes

scenario 3
If i setup the local drives of machine 1 as AFP shares and mount the share on machine 2 i can copy the test file from machine 2 (...

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14:09
What the Heartbleed bug really means to Mac and iOS...
14:04
Core iOS creator said to be leaving Apple after row...

Apple's Human Interface VP, Greg Christie, will soon leave the company following a conflict with design lead Jonathan Ive, sources say. Ive assumed control of both hardware and software interface design after iOS head Scott Forstall was forced out. Until this week, however, Christie was more directly responsible for Apple software design, and is credited not only with helping to invent the iOS interface -- including patented concepts like slide-to-unlock -- but influencing the direction of app design via his WWDC presentations....



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14:00
Micro Brings 3D Printing to the Mainstream


The Micro is the latest consumer-targeted 3D printer to generate buzz after flying past its $50,000 Kickstarter goal this week. It took only 11 minutes for the printer to reach its goal. As of mid-day Wednesday, the Micro had brought in more than $1.8 million from more than 6,400 backers. The Micro is the world's "first truly consumer 3D printer," its makers claim, in part because of its affordable price. Two hundred fifty Kickstarter backers were able to claim the Micro for $199, and another 500 pledged $249 or more to get their hands on one.

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13:59
Facebook killing off in-app messaging

Soon, you will have to download Facebook’s messaging app in order to chat with people using the service.

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13:55
TUAW TV Live: Spring Fever episode

Ahhh, spring is in the air. The birds are singing, the trees are budding, and a young man's fancy turns to thoughts of WWDC announcements. Well, it's probably a bit premature to start thinking about what might (or might not) be announced at this...

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13:43
Apple’s “Spaceship” Campus nearing construction...

As recent photos have shown, Apple may be close to breaking ground to begin construction of its new campus, slated to be finished sometime in 2o16. Apple Toolbox has been keeping an eye on site developments and has just released another batch of photos showing the current status of the new campus’ home. Photos taken nearly a month ago had shown that several building were still standing on the site. Now it appears that the area has finally been cleared and that it appears a number of heavy construction vehicles have arrived and are further preparing the area.

The site of Apple’s futuristic new space is being built...

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13:43
Mac sales slump in Q1 as PC market faces 8th...

Apple's share of the U.S. computer hardware market slipped during the first quarter of 2014, with both IDC and Gartner seeing a year-over-year decline in worldwide PC shipments as consumers trend toward mobile.



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13:39
US DoJ, SEC pens $108M settlement with HP over...

HP will dole out $108 million to settle claims by the US Department of Justice, and the Securities and Exchange Commission, alleging bribery and other crimes. The complaints centered around the company's business practices in Poland, Russia, and Mexico alleging that HP paid out over $500,000 in exchange for assistance winning contracts to supply governments with computer hardware and services....



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13:30
Apple Expanding Marketing Efforts with New Ad...

Apple is planning to expand and improve marketing efforts by partnering with four new digital ad agencies, including WPP's AKQA, Interpublic Group's Huge, Area 17, and Kettle, reports Ad Age. The agencies will work on digital strategy and user experience, among other things.The scope of the work being assigned across the agencies is broad, and will likely include user experience and digital strategy, among other elements, according to people familiar with the matter.According to Ad Age, Apple's new partnerships will not affect existing relationships, such as that with TBWA/Media Arts Lab. Apple's longtime advertising partner was recently in the spotlight after the Apple vs. Samsung trial surfaced a heated email correspondence between the agency and Apple's head of...

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13:20
Facebook to pull messaging from main app

Facebook will soon be taking the messaging function out of its main mobile app, The Verge reports. The separate Facebook Messenger app will be required to chat; users who click the messages button in Facebook will be transferred to the Messenger app. Facebook is already notifying users in some…

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13:16
Briefly: Deframe video tool, Hyperbolic's Quick...

Einstein's legacy has announced the release of its updated video tool software, Deframe. Allowing users the ability to extract high-quality still images and video clips from their footage, Deframe v 1.5.1 includes a redesigned user interface, new slide show creation and the ability to share images via e-mail or social media platforms. Deframe operations have been consolidated into a singe window, providing a simplified interface for manipulating movies and extractions. Its slide show feature displays in a full screen mode, and can be navigated manually, or as a timed slide show. Available for...



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13:10
Minimal Sudoku

Minimal Sudoku is an easy to use, clutter-free classic sudoku game which is designed for iOS 7. It’s ad-free and offers different levels for everybody from casual gamers to addicted masters of sudoku.

I like minimal things. You can also purchase higher levels if you wish through an in-app purchase.

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13:10
MyTask: an iPhone 5/5s Case with Toolkit Trays

MyTask, launched on Kickstarter, is an iPhone 5/5s case that includes options for three different slide out trays: urban, bike and stash. The urban version, weighing just 65 grams, includes, for example, a pen, a touchscreen stylus, an 8 GB USB drive, a Phillips screwdriver, a Flathead screwdriver, a mirror and scissors to name a few. The bike version, weighing just 80 grams, includes box wrenches Allen wrenches, a pedal and axle wrench, three tube patches and more. A third option has a 3.5 mm deep accessory tray that allows you to stash your own stuff. The case adds only 6 mm to the iPhone's thickness.

Plus, all the items are TSA approved, so you can take this case on a flight. At the US$50 support level, backers get a choice of case color, red or black, and tray type. Time is running out for this fabulous Kickstarter project.

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13:09
MLB brings RBI Baseball back with iOS app, Cyber...

iPhone and iPad owners have new options for fun and communication after Major League Baseball released R.B.I. Baseball for Apple's mobile devices and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban brought his Snapchat-like test messaging service out of beta.



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13:08
Aviary upgrades iOS SDK with new UI features, new...

Aviary has launched a major update to its Photo Editor SDK for iOS, used by a number of photography-related apps. The SDK includes a new UI scheme, aligned with changes made in iOS 7. Developers can choose to customize the editor to suit their particular apps. Aviary has also improved the code's efficiency, for instance by shrinking the SDK, and boosting performance in finished apps through changes like 64-bit support....



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13:06
An iWatch as soon as this summer?

The latest rumors on Apple’s supposed entry into the wearables market suggests that the device may hits the shelves as early as this summer, sometime after WWDC. The report comes from the Economic Daily News out of China and is claiming that Taiwan’s Quanta Computer will be the exclusive manufacturer of the iWatch, initially producing sixty-five million of the devices. Apple is thought to be producing a chip specifically for the iWatch based on the same architecture as the A7 which currently runs the iPhone 5S, and will be produced by Samsung. As Cult of Mac points out, regardless of the heated battles between the two companies, Samsung is still the only place to go for high-output...

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13:00
Apple reportedly considering “dramatic overhaul” of...

Billboard has a report out today claiming Apple is considering “the most dramatic overhaul of its iTunes music store in more than a decade” due to lack of traction with its new iTunes Radio service launched in September of last year.

According to the report, which cites executives close to the project at Apple, some of things Apple is considering include new types of on-demand streaming services and “negotiating download sales windows that favor Apple.” It also mentioned the possibility of an iTunes store for Android devices, something the publication has reported previously. 

What direction Apple will take iTunes, however, is still reportedly up for...

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13:00
Dropbox bringing Mailbox email client to the Mac

Amid a slew of announcements today, Dropbox dropped one that’ll be of particular interest to Mac users: Mailbox, the acclaimed email client for iOS, is coming to the Mac. Mailbox for OS X is in public beta now; you can sign up at the Mailbox website.

The public beta isn’t surprising: It’s reminiscent of the way the developer originally rolled out the iOS version in early 2013. Then, you'd download the app, but you had to get on a waiting list to actually use it. (That waiting list went away a couple of months later.)

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13:00
Firefox OS is starting to look very, very familiar

I don't use the term "ripoff" lightly -- it's a mean, scathing word that suggests a lack of creativity and imagination -- but I can't come up with another way to describe the upcoming 2.0 update of Firefox OS. To say that the OS, which Mozilla is...

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12:57
Google patches Mail, Search, others for Heartbleed...

In the wake of the disclosure of the OpenSSL "Heartbleed" bug, search engine Google has patched its systems to counter the day-zero flaw. While nothing that Google Chrome and ChromeOS aren't affected, the search engine behemoth has fixed any issues with Search, Gmail, YouTube, Wallet, Play, Apps, and App Engine....



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Apple Considering Dramatic Overhaul of iTunes to...

Apple is considering a dramatic overhaul of its iTunes music store as iTunes Radio has failed to stop declining music downloads, reports Billboard. As reported earlier this year, the company may create an on-demand music streaming service similar to Spotify in order to boost sales as well as an Android iTunes app.

"iTunes Radio hasn’t solved the problem of refreshing the iTunes store," said a senior label executive. "While listeners are clicking the buy buttons, the traffic it is driving is in the low single digits of listeners."Only one to two percent of iTunes Radio listeners go on to buy songs and digital music sales were down...

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Rumor: Apple UI chief Greg Christie set to leave...

Longtime Apple human interface director Greg Christie, who has been with the iPhone maker since 1996, is said to be planning an exit after his relationship with recently-elevated senior vice president of design Jony Ive allegedly turned sour.



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