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Monday March 23

16:41
Twitter experiments with autoplay video ads on...

Twitter on Monday initiated an ad engagement test through its iOS apps that will cause sponsored video ads to automatically play on select iPhone and iPad devices in the U.S.

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16:32
The Big Picture: A baby star has a growth spurt

It's trivial to see mature stars in action, but baby stars are another matter. They 'only' spend 150,000 years in their earliest formative stage, and they rarely give away clues that they're around. That's what makes the above pictures so important -...

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16:07
‘Becoming Steve Jobs’ on how Steve evolved & the...

Becoming Steve Jobs, the new biography of Steve Jobs by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli, will be officially released tomorrow by Crown Business/Penguin Random House, and is currently available as a pre-order from Amazon ($20/print, $12/Kindle, $30/audiobook or free audiobook with Audible trial) and...

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16:04
‘Becoming Steve Jobs’ on Jobs’s Personal Life,...

Becoming Steve Jobs, the new biography of Steve Jobs by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli, will be officially released tomorrow by Crown Business/Penguin Random House, and is currently available as a pre-order from Amazon/iBooks. I’ve been reading an advance copy of the book, and it’s packed with interesting details — including some not previously known — about Jobs’ personal life, friends, and enemies.

For instance, Schlender and Tetzeli add color to some of the previously known defining moments in Jobs’ life, including the birth of his daughter Lisa and son Reed, and his marriage to Laurene Powell. The book notes that Jobs was not there for Lisa’s birth, which...

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16:00
Daily Deals for March 23, 2015

It's time to save some of your hard-earned money with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive deals for AWT readers, hardware discounts and our own handpicked iOS and OS X sales. All prices are USD and subject to change. Please check prices before you purchase as some deals may expire quickly.

AWT's Daily Deals

Readdle PDF Expert 5 [One sale for $4.99, down from $9.99] PDF Expert 5 is a must-have app for anyone who reads, annotates or edits PDF documents on iPad or iPhone. It allows you to mark up documents with highlights and handwriting, insert text and stamps, sign and even merge PDFs

MacPhun Focus [Now free, down from $9.99] To celebrate the launch of AppleWorld.Today, photo...

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15:59
Glass Is Still a Twinkle in Google's Eye


Google hasn't killed Glass, its controversial Internet-connected eyewear, CEO Eric Schmidt said in an interview published Monday. In fact, Google plans to bring out a new version of Glass later this year, he said. Rumors of its demise seemed to be confirmed in January, when Google abruptly stopped selling the initial version of Glass, shuttered its Explorer program, and moved the project out of the Google X research lab. Under the reorganization, Tony Fadell, head of Google's Nest division, began overseeing the strategy of the Glass program.

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15:53
Amazon Prime Music now offers radio stations on iOS

Dig Amazon Prime Music on your iPhone, but would rather not go sifting through songs or playlists when you just want to start streaming? You don't have to after today. At long last, Amazon has updated Prime Music's iOS app to bring in Prime Stations,...

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15:30
AWT News Update: March 23, 2015

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It's a veritable potpourri of Apple news today:

  • Square opens up its Square Cash payment service to businesses today, providing iOS and Mac users with yet another way to pay for goods and services from their devices
  • Apple is making free Apple Pay decal kits available to merchants
  • A 12-year-old Boulder, Colorado girl is in custody after attempting to poison her mother for taking her iPhone away
  • A "quadruple witching hour" was behind last Friday's perplexing drop in Apple's share price

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15:20
ISPs are suing the FCC to fight new net neutrality...

As anticipated, now that the new net neutrality rules are here lawsuits have closely followed. The Washington Post reports that industry group USTelecom -- which counts Verizon and AT&T execs among its board members -- filed suit in Washington, while...

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15:06
Apple Doubles MacBook Pro R/W Performance

Lucas123 writes Benchmark tests performed on the 2015 MacBook Pro revealed it does have twice the read/write performance as the mid-2014 model. Tests performed with the Blackmagic benchmark tool revealed read/write speeds of more than 1,300MBps/1,400MBps, respectively. So what's changed? The new MacBook Pro does have a faster Intel dual-core i7 2.9GHz processor and 1866MHz LPDDR3) RAM, but the real performance gain is in the latest PCIe M.2 flash module. The 2014 model used a PCIe 2.0 x2 card and the 2015 model uses a PCIe 3.0 x4 (four I/O lanes) card. Twice the lanes, twice the speed. While Apple uses a proprietary flash card made by Samsung, Intel, Micron and SanDisk are all working on similar technology, so it's likely to soon wind up in high-end PCs.


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14:48
1Password’s “open letter to banks”

1Password:

TD Canada Trust made quite a splash recently when it launched its redesigned iPhone app which disabled pasting in the password field. Users who embrace password managers for their online security were quick to point out their … well, ‘unhappiness’ with this decision. TD Canada’s original response to those users was unsettling.

I had something similar happen to me over the weekend. Canada Post limits passwords to “8 to 12 characters using only numbers and letters”. These institutions need to realize longer, more complicated passwords are better for security.

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14:41
Apple launches new website to provide free Apple Pay...

Apple has launched a new website today that allows business owners to order Apple Pay decal packs for their stores. Each of these packs includes two glass decals in different sizes, two register decals (also in different sizes), and a tool for affixing the ads to the appropriate surfaces.

Businesses can order up to five of these packs (for a total of twenty decals) absolutely free of charge, but those who need more than five will need to call Apple to place an order.

Earlier this month Apple made the Apple Pay logo available for download and provided a PDF explaining its guidelines for using the payment mark. In its guideline document, Apple specifies that the Apple Pay logo should be placed ahead of similar marks for other payment services like MasterCard and Visa.

There are also rules for sizing the icon for physical signs, mobile and desktop websites, and emails. The guidelines document and a vector...

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14:20
All Twitch accounts have been reset thanks to a...

Sad news Twitch fans: the next time you log on to the streaming service, you'll find that your password has been reset. That's due apparently to a security breach; Twitch published a blog post a few hours ago stating that there "may have been unautho...

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14:17
Cyberpunk 3776 available on Steam

Peter Hann is releasing Cyberpunk 3776 (http://www.cyberpunk3776.com) on the Steam platform with added features. The original release is currently available for Mac OS X and PC systems.

Here's how the game is described: "Cyberpunk 3776 is a side-scrolling shooter set in a dystopian future world where you are the last of all of humanity. Avarice and indifference have brought about the end of days and an extraterrestrial force has come to declare war in a showdown to the end.

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14:15
Instagram's Layout iPhone app is just plain fun

A sample 3-photo collage from Layout.

In the beginning, there was Instagram, and it was good. People took many square pictures of their food or friends, applied filters to them, and shared them with the world.

Instagram begat Hyperlapse, and it was also good. Humanity found a new way to shoot image-stabilized time-lapse videos, then share them with friends, relatives, and complete strangers.

And yea, verily, today Instagram also begat Layout (free), an iPhone app for making photo collages and send them out to the multitude. And it too is good.

Layout's a cinch to use. Either take photos with the app's built-in "four-for-a-quarter" photo booth or select 'em from...

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14:09
FTC launches a research office devoted to tech issues

You may have noticed that a lot of the Federal Trade Commission's regulation revolves around technology, whether it's device privacy or less-than-honest phone carriers. The agency certainly has. It recently created the Office of Technology Research a...

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13:53
New iOS 8.3 Features: Speaker Calls With Siri, No...

The most recent iOS 8.3 beta was seeded to developers on March 12, but even though its been in the hands of testers for over a week, people are still discovering hidden features. Over the weekend, two new iOS 8.3 features were found, including an update to Siri and an update to app purchase settings.

With the iOS 8.3 beta 3 installed, users can now ask Siri to make phone calls using the iPhone's speaker. If you ask Siri to "Call [name] on speaker," the call will be made via speakerphone, enhancing Siri's hands-free capabilities. If you make the same request in iOS 8.2, Siri ignores the "on speaker" part and places the call as normal.

The new feature makes it possible to activate Siri while plugged in by saying "Hey Siri" and make a phone call, all without needing to touch the phone or put on a headset for hands-free operation.

In the Settings menu of an iOS...

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13:53
Where to buy the AppleCare Protection Plan for Mac,...

Get direct, one-stop access to our technical support experts and repair coverage with the AppleCare Protection Plan.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204344

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13:53
Where to buy the AppleCare Protection Plan for Mac,...

Get direct, one-stop access to our technical support experts and repair coverage with the AppleCare Protection Plan.

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13:32
About HTML widget creation in iBooks Author (Apple...

Learn how to use HTML5 widgets in the books you create in iBooks Author.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204433<

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13:32
About HTML widget creation in iBooks Author

Learn how to use HTML5 widgets in the books you create in iBooks Author.

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13:28
Costa Rica hasn't used any fossil fuel in over...

It's been 75 days since Costa Rica's power grid last had a sip of petroleum. Thanks to heavy rainfall at the start of the year, the Central American nation has been able to provide 100 percent of its energy needs via renewable resources. This certain...

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13:20
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 23...

Notable software releases this week include Safari 8.0.4, 7.1.4, and 6.2.4, Skype 7.6, Voila 3.8.3, Security Update 2015-003 (Yosemite), Typinator 6.5, Audio Hijack 3.0.3, and Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.

 

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13:20
ExtraBITS for 23 March 2015

In our latest roundup of links, Tim Cook opens up about Steve Jobs and the Apple Watch, modern Photoshop experts try to use Photoshop 1.0, and Managing Editor Josh Centers makes an appearance on the Subjective podcast.

 

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13:14
iRig 2, the sequel to the most popular guitar/bass/...

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Now everyone can plug in their guitar, bass or other instrument and enjoy killer tone on their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or Android device — with the release of iRig 2, the world’s most popular guitar interface is now better than ever before. Revolutionize the way you make your music while on the go!

A digital rig with physical presence

With iRig 2, you’ll be able to enjoy IK’s full range of AmpliTube apps (the #1 app for guitar and bass players). It’s ready to go right out of the box. It comes with a powerful cross-platform suite of apps and software that includes free versions of AmpliTube for iOS, Android...

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13:08
Use third-party keyboards on your iPhone or iPad (...

With iOS 8, you can use third-party keyboards instead of your standard keyboard in Messages, Mail, and more. Learn how to install, add, and use a new keyboard.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204340

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13:08
Use third-party keyboards on your iPhone or iPad

With iOS 8, you can use third-party keyboards instead of your standard keyboard in Messages, Mail, and more. Learn how to install, add, and use a new keyboard.

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13:03
Pro Tools 12 now available with new subscription...

After first announcing and showing off new licensing plans with Pro Tools 12 in January, today the latest version of Pro Tools has arrived at last alongside the new subscription plans on Avid’s online store.

Highlights for Pro Tools 12 include a new “Avid Cloud Collaboration” feature that lets users collaborate in real-time from different locations using built-in chat and other collaboration features, and a new “Avid Marketplace” for finding talent and accessing apps, plug-ins and third-party content.

For the first time, Avid is making Pro Tools, with version 12, available through license subscriptions starting at $29.99/month. An annual update is available for $199 (the one-time price of...

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12:59
Dish Anywhere adds profiles for personalized...

Even though Sling TV has kept Dish extremely busy over the past few months, the company hasn't forgotten about its core user base: the satellite service customers. As such, Dish let it be known today that it is bringing some new features to Anywhere,...

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12:40
Tip of the Day: Sending quick Audio iMessages

While the button for sending audio messages in the iOS 8 Messages app is readily apparent, one feature that may not be so obvious is that you can actually record and send audio messages even more quickly by simply raising your iPhone to your ear. For this to work, you need to ensure that the “Raise to Listen” option is enabled under Settings, Messages and your iPhone screen must be on and showing an active iMessage conversation. As the…

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12:35
Apple Pay: Merchants FAQ (Apple KB)

Apple Pay gives your customers an easy, secure, and private way to pay in stores and within apps using the devices that they have with them every day. 

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204274<

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12:35
Apple Pay: Merchants FAQ

Apple Pay gives your customers an easy, secure, and private way to pay in stores and within apps using the devices that they have with them every day. 

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12:30
Chrome for Mac no longer crashes when loading...

Users of Google Chrome for Mac are no longer vulnerable to strings of foreign-language characters that for more than six weeks triggered crashes each time the browser attempted to render them.

The forbidden three-character string was reported in February on Google's official Chromium developer site. To prevent her Mac-based version of Chrome from crashing before the bug report could be posted, the author uploaded the enigmatic string here. Sure enough, when opened with most versions of Chrome for OS X, the characters caused the tab to crash and display the familiar "Aw, Snap!" error message.

Late last week, reports of the denial-of-service string that must not be named emerged again. When viewed in TweetDeck and Apple's Safari browser, the string...

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12:28
Pro Tools 12 now available

Avid launched Pro Tools 12 with its new subscription model today.

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12:07
Apple shares updated aerial shot of Campus 2...

Apple today shared an updated aerial shot of its under construction Campus 2 project since last checking in earlier this month. As always, the company posted the image above to the City of Cupertino’s webpage tracking updates on the project.

The new image shares a different perspective of the site compared to photos Apple shared earlier this month and views from the latest 4K drone flyover.

Earlier this month CEO Tim Cook spoke to Fast Company about the new campus:

It’s critical that Apple do everything it can to stay informal. And one of the ways that you stay informal is to be together. One of the ways that you ensure collaboration is to make sure people run into each...

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12:06
Topics for the OS X Yosemite Troubleshooting Exam (...

Learn what topics are on the OS X Yosemite Troubleshooting Exam (9L0-066).

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204534

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12:06
Topics for the OS X Yosemite Troubleshooting Exam (...

Learn what topics are on the OS X Yosemite Troubleshooting Exam (9L0-066).

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11:33
A Look at ioSafe and Synology: Two Storage Solutions...

Many of us keep backups of our data on hard drives, using Apple's Time Machine, but how many of us keep multiple copies? And copies that are protected from not only disk failures, but also natural disaster? Estimates suggest 30 percent of people have never backed up their data, and the number of people who keep multiple backups is even lower.

With World Backup Day coming up, we teamed up with ioSafe and Synology to explore the consumer-oriented backup options they offer and to demonstrate the importance of keeping several copies of your data by simulating the effects of a house fire on the hardware.

If you're not familiar with ioSafe and Synology, ioSafe is best known for its disaster proof solutions, producing a range of hard drives that can withstand fire and water damage. Synology is...

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10:51
2015 MacBook Air, MacBook Pro models drop Windows 7...

The good news is that Apple’s new 13-inch MacBook Air and MacBook Pro notebooks are pretty nifty. The bad news is that they won’t boot Windows 7 in Boost Camp. Apple’s official support documentation has it that Boot Camp only supports Windows 8 and 8.1 on the new devices; however, official Windows 10 support will likely roll out later in 2015.

This is the second time Apple has decided to give Windows 7 the cold shoulder. The late 2013 Mac Pro also ceased to support Windows 7 in Boot Camp boot, but other Macs released 2014 did support Microsoft’s operating system.

Apple hasn’t officially said if the lack of Windows 7 support for Boot Camp is...

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10:42
Path Finder 7.1.3 - Powerful, award-winning Finder...

Become a master of file management with Path Finder. Take full control over your file system. Save your time: compare and synchronize folders, view hidden files, use Dual Pane and full keyboard navigation to browse your file system. Work how you want: extreme customization allows you to access most tools in many different ways to suit your workflow. Work seamlessly with other platforms: don't leave any hidden .DS_Store files on non-Mac volumes, delete files securely and completely with the powerful delete feature from any volume type, search any network volume.

Features:

  • View and manipulate hidden files
  • Dual Pane View
  • Full keyboard navigation
  • Folder comparison and synchronization
  • Folder merging
  • Batch renaming
  • Powerful file filtering
  • One-click dual-pane copy
  • Bookmarks and Tab Presets
  • ACL editor
  • File tagging
  • Editable Path Navigator
  • Powerful...

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10:38
Apple Granted Two User Interface Design Patents in...

Late on Friday Hong Kong's Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple two user interface design patents.

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10:34
Zakk Wylde to release “Book of Shadows Volume II” in...

“We are excited to announce that Zakk is entering the studio after this Unblackened Spring 2015 tour to record BOSII [Book of Shadows Volume II] which will be released early 2016, the 20th Anniversary of the original BOS, followed by a world tour to support that side of Zakk’s music,” Barbaranne said.

Book of Shadows is one of the best acoustic albums I’ve ever heard. I can’t wait for the follow-up.

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10:30
Never gonna give this tip up...

This was making the rounds on Twitter over the weekend, and of course our heroes at Loop Insight just had to remind us about it this morning...

Source: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT5858

Take a close look at that screen shot taken of this Apple Support web page. In case you still don't get the joke, click here for clarification.

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10:21
Instagram’s new Layout app automatically generates...

Instagram today released a new app called Layout that lets users easily stitch together multiple photos by automatically generating layouts to make a collage of sorts.

When you open Layout, we automatically show you previews of custom layouts as you choose photos from your camera roll. To make it easier to find the photos you want, we’ve also added a Faces option that shows you all the photos in your camera roll that feature people.

While the app will suggest custom layouts for your photo collage, you can also customize the photos with editing controls for layout, sizing, flipping, and rotation.

Instagram also highlighted a feature of the app called ‘photo booth’...

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10:11
Are Apple Watch orders being slashed as reported by...

Apple has allegedly slashed its initial order of Apple Watches in half, cutting the number of units from around 3 million to just 1.5 million, a new report out of Taiwan claims. As has previously been the case with Apple device launches, supplies of the new wearable are expected to be constrained due to manufacturing difficulties.

The problem seems to stem from Apple’s decision to switch to a new type of display for the watch. Those new AMOLED panels are...

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10:06
Apple releases latest OS X 10.10.3 build w/ Photos...

Apple has released an updated build of the OS X 10.10.3 beta for both developers and public beta testers. The latest build is the same for both: 14D113C. Developers, however, also have access to Yosemite Recovery Update 3.0. OS X 10.10.3 includes the brand new Photos app which replaces both iPhoto and Aperture with support for iCloud Photo Libraries and an overhauled design. The first public beta for OS X 10.10.3 launched earlier this month, while registered developers have been testing the update due out this spring since early last month....

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10:05
Apple Seeds Fifth OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite Beta to...

Apple today seeded the fifth beta of OS X Yosemite to developers, almost a month after seeding the first OS X 10.10.3 beta and just a week after releasing the fourth beta to developers.

The new beta, build 14D113c, is available for registered developers through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store and through the Mac Dev Center. Yosemite Recovery Update 3.0 is also available.

With today's update, Apple has continued polishing the Photos for OS X app, and there are just two remaining known issues with the software, including an issue with favorites and a problem with missing thumbnails when restoring an Aperture-upgraded Photos library with Time Machine.

Earlier betas of OS X 10.10.3 have brought several new features to Yosemite, including the new Photos for OS X app. Designed to integrate...

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10:00
Microsoft expands partnerships with leading device...

Earlier today, we announced expanded global partnerships with Samsung, Dell and others to deliver Microsoft mobile productivity services to both consumer and business customers. These hardware partners will pre-install Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive and Skype on Android devices coming to market later this year. To read more details about the announcement please visit the Official Microsoft Blog for the full post by Peggy Johnson, EVP of Business Development at Microsoft.

The post Microsoft expands partnerships with leading device manufacturers appeared first on Office Blogs.

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10:00
OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 (14D113c) Now Available

OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 (14D113c) Now Available

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10:00
OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 (14D113c) Now Available

OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 (14D113c) Now Available

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09:23
U.S. Broker Survey shows that Android Switchers to...

In a note to clients, Timothy Arcuri of Cowen & Company cites some positive feedback from a February survey of 3,000 smartphone users that suggests the company is seeing a great number of "switchers" moving to the iPhone from devices running Google‘s Android.

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09:18
Apple gives stamp of approval to new Steve Jobs...

Just when you thought you knew everything there was to know about Steve Jobs, a new book is about to set the record straight with some help from Apple.

Becoming Steve Jobs, an unauthorized biography from Fast Company reporters Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli, wasn’t given the stamp of approval from Jobs himself, but the book—out on Tuesday—has plenty of support from Apple. CEO Tim Cook, design head Jony Ive, and Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior VP of software and services, have all publicly bashed Walter Isaacson’s official look at Jobs, which was published after his death in 2011. Jobs picked Isaacson to write his biography and didn’t exert any editorial control over the end result, which painted the Apple cofounder in a largely unflattering light.

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09:09
Apple's new MacBook Pro and Air models don...

Microsoft is pretty much done with Windows 7, and now, so is Apple. The new 13-inch MacBook Air and MacBook Pro laptops introduced earlier in March will not run Windows 7 via Apple's dual-boot assistant, Boot Camp. According to Apple's support documentation, Boot Camp only supports Windows 8 and 8.1 on the new devices; however, official Windows 10 support will likely roll out later in 2015.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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09:00
Office 2013 modern authentication public preview...

Today’s post was written by Paul Andrew, technical product manager for Identity Management on the Office 365 team.

Today we are pleased to announce that Office 2013 client modern authentication features have moved from private preview to public preview. This means the program is easier to join and production support is included for participants. Modern authentication brings Active Directory Authentication Library (ADAL)-based sign in to Office 2013 Windows clients. Previously, this was only available as a private preview for testing. Now modern authentication is available to any customer running the March 2015 or later update for Office 2013. It will continue to be off by default in the client, but can be enabled on Windows machines by participants in the public preview.

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09:00
AWT Health Club Week One - Let's get moving!

By Bill Branson, National Cancer Institute, via Wikimedia Commons

It's a Monday, a good day to start a new project. Here at Apple World Today, we're trying a life-changing project that all of you can choose to participate in if you'd like… or not! It's called the AWT Health Club, and it's all about making healthy choices.

In the past 15 years, I've gained about 20 pounds. There are a few reasons for that; I have a sedentary job, I'm not a fan of exercise, and I love good food and beverages. There are some very compelling reasons for me to lose weight and become more active — I’m in my late 50's, my father has heart issues and diabetes, and I figure if I don't change my habits soon I will go down that same path.

Starting today, every Monday I'm going to publicly share my weight, my loss or gain for the week, my daily activity for the last week, and other health-related info of interest. I'll also share information about apps I'm using or trying out, whether or...

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08:49
Images of Apple Wireless Keyboard With Backlight...

A new Apple wireless keyboard featuring backlight keys and a power button has been spotted on the Apple Online Store in Czech Republic and Hungary, with an identical Arabic version appearing on the U.S. storefront. The graphic render shows controls for adjusting the brightness of the backlight added to the F5 and F6 keys, as found on current MacBook models, while the eject key for CDs has been replaced with a power button.

Apple has not updated the product description for its wireless keyboard to match the new visualization, so it remains to be seen if this was simply a mistake or if the company will quietly refresh the keyboard...

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08:36
Safari 8.0.4, 7.1.4, and 6.2.4

Updates for three versions of Apple Web browser patch a collection of WebKit-related security vulnerabilities. (Free)

 

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08:35
Skype 7.6

Reduces animated emoticon-related CPU consumption and adds 14 new localizations. (Free, 38.1 MB)

 

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08:33
An Asian Financial Research House Claims that...

In February we posted a reported titled "Apple Working with UnionPay and Chinese Authorities to get Apple Pay Inline with Banking Standards & Beyond." The report covered specifics that still needed to be addressed and ironed out before the deal could be sealed. A report from ...

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08:23
News: Daily Deal: KeySmart 2.0 & Expansion Pack

In our iLounge Deal for today we’re offering the KeySmart 2.0 & Expansion Pack for only $16.99. This handy little accessory allows you to say goodbye to annoying and bulky key rings, allowing you to keep your keys organized in a single convenient, compact, and lightweight holder, allowing you to store twice the keys in half the space. The included expansion pack provides you with room for up 10 keys, and is specifically designed to work…

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08:00
Accessible Apple: Building a Wheelchair/Bed-mounted...

Welcome to the Building a Wheelchair/Bed Mounted iOS Device Setup Guide, a multi-part series in which I discuss how to build an iOS device setup that can be operated with minimal mobility requirements. When complete, you should have an easy-to-use setup that does not require hands or feet to operate.

Introduction

Throughout this guide, I discuss switch access, device mounts, cases and charging solutions. I also look at apps that can ease using iOS in hands-free environments.

Picking the right iOS device

Picking the right iOS device is key to an optimal setup. Whether you decide to go with an iPad, iPad Mini, iPhone or iPod Touch, here are a few things to consider:

  1. What size screen do you need? The device will be mounted far enough away from your face so as not to obstruct your vision or get in the way when holding conversations. An iPad Mini provides a good compromise on size and portability, or if you...

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07:54
Merlin Project 3.0.6.39564 - Project management...

Merlin Project is for those of you who are responsible for complex projects. Simple lists of tasks won't suffice.

Good planning raises questions about the dependencies of activities on each other, the impact of delays on the project completion date, and budget planning. Here, a spreadsheet quickly runs up against its limitations.

These are precisely the answers Merlin Project provides you with to plan and implement projects with just a few mouse clicks. Have we whetted your appetite? Read on to learn about all the benefits of this truly magical software.



Version 3.0.6.39564:

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.



  • OS X 10.9.5 or later



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07:46
calibre 2.22.0 - Complete e-library management...

Calibre is a complete e-book library manager. Organize your collection, convert your books to multiple formats, and sync with all of your devices. Let Calibre be your multi-tasking digital librarian.

Manage, convert, sync, and more

  • Library management. Calibre keeps things orderly by creating single entries for books that contains multiple formats. Add tags and comments for better searchability.
  • Format conversion. Calibre's robust conversion options support a wide variety of file formats.
  • File syncing. Calibre's device drivers seamlessly support all the top e-readers and devices.



Version 2.22.0: New Features

  • Book List: When editing...

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07:46
New Smartphone Infographic Shows Apple's iPhone...

In Fast Company's latest interview with Apple's CEO Tim Cook, Cook noted that "There's this thing in technology, almost a disease, where the definition of success is making the most. How many clicks did you get, how many active users do you have...

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07:23
How my app ended up in an Apple ad, and what...

Tiny Hearts Studio founder Robleh Jama writes about his breathtaking experience aboard the Apple marketing roller coaster.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:22
Apple Praises 'Becoming Steve Jobs' as...

Apple continues to offer praise for Becoming Steve Jobs, the unauthorized biography of the late Apple co-founder set to be released on Tuesday. A spokesperson for Apple told The New York Times that the upcoming book is "better than anything else we've seen," and several executives at the company agreed to be interviewed for the title because they "felt a responsibility to say more" about the Steve that they knew and worked with.“After a long period of reflection following Steve’s death, we felt a sense of responsibility to say more about the Steve we knew,” Steve Dowling, an Apple spokesman, said. “We decided to participate in Brent and Rick’s book...

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07:21
Take Control of Security for Mac Users, Chapter 9:...

Because so many aspects of OS X depend on Apple’s free iCloud service for key functionality, iiCloud security merits its own chapter. Of course, iCloud works on mobile devices, Windows PCs, and even Apple TVs — not just on your Mac — but the more you know about iCloud security, the better you’ll be able to protect your Mac and its data from unwanted access.

 

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07:20
Chapter 9 of “Take Control of Security for Mac Users...

It’s nearly impossible for today’s Mac user to avoid iCloud, and although Apple has done a good job on iCloud security, Joe Kissell still has some steps you can take to increase your overall security level.

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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07:00
Nomad introduces Puck, Stand charging accessories...

This could come in handy.

Last week, accessory maker Named unveiled two new product categories for Apple Watch; Stand and Pod. The Stand for Apple Watch is built from a solid piece of military grade extruded aluminium with a concealed, precision CnC milled, channel on the backside to effortlessly guide Apple’s cable and magnetic puck into place. The Stand, which retails for US$59, is an Apple Watch charging stand for your desk or bedside with stabilization provided by a copper ballast and high friction rubber base that will begin shipping by May 1st.

Pod for Apple Watch is the only portable power station and cable manager for Apple Watch. Built with a high density...

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06:48
Strong iPhone 6 Sales Sets Record High Profits for...

Strong iPhone 6 sales lifted annual net profit at Pegatron Corp, the Taiwanese assembler of Apple's to a record high..

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06:46
App Wrapper updated to version 3.5

Ohanaware (www.ohanaware.com) has released App Wrapper 3.3, an update to their App Store preparation tool.

It was designed to simplify the process of preparing applications for submission to the Mac App Store and deploying on web sites. App Wrapper features a graphical user interface for adding the required App Store properties, creating high resolution icons, code signing an application, placing an app into a App Sandbox and packaging it in a signed installer or creating a zip file, and more.

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06:39
Apple opens up for new Steve Jobs biography to shape...

Apple executives like CEO Tim Cook were willing to participate in interviews for the new biography Becoming Steve Jobs because of the main author's connections to Jobs, and because the company wants to influence its co-founder's public image, according to an official spokesman.

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06:30
12-inch MacBook logic board studied, proven smaller...

The 12-inch MacBook is being studied in depth.

And it is cool.

Perhaps one of the most striking features about the new machine is that the new logic board is actually smaller than the Raspberry Pi.

The cool cats at Digital Trends ran a comparison and noted that the logic board is 4.6 inches wide and 1.5 inches deep, rounding to the nearest tenth, and not counting a tiny sliver of circuit board that protrudes on one side.

Meanwhile, the Raspberry Pi measures about 3.4 inches by 2.2 inches (rounding to the nearest tenth). That works out to 7.48 square inches, a full quarter of a square inch larger than the MacBook’s logic board. The Pi...

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06:28
Aqua Data Studio 16 released with enhanced visual...

AquaFold has announced Aqua Data Studio 16, an upgrade to its universal database management and analytics software that gives users more charts, features, capabilities, and options.

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06:18
Mac version of Toy Defense 3: Fantasy is out now

Melesta Games (http://www.melesta-games.com) has launched the Mac version of its tower defense game, Toy Defense 3: Fantasy. It's requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.

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06:13
Seeing Android switchers fueling iPhone growth,...

After conducting a new survey showing that iPhone growth is being driven by new owners of the platform, investment firm Cowen and Company raised its price target for Apple on Monday to $135.

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06:12
A day in the life of an Apple Watch user

Sébastien Page, writing for iDownloadBlog, flexes his imagination, sharing his take on a day spent with an Apple Watch in hand. Great imagination, really makes the Apple Watch come to life.

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06:11
Australia's Latest Edition of Elle Magazine...

Australia's latest edition of Elle Magazine highlights the upcoming Apple Watch. The article begins with "Tick-tock, tick-tock: the Apple Watch is coming."

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06:03
A lesson from Steve

Tony Fadell, speaking at a TED conference about what he learned from Steve Jobs. Good lesson.

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06:00
Swifty app helps teach Swift programming basics on...

This qualifies as both useful and cool.

Last summer, Apple surprised almost everyone at WWDC with the announcement of Swift, a new programming language for iOS and Mac development.

The language feels like something Apple would invent. Like several of the languages currently popular in web development, it has a concise, readable syntax that’s easier to pick up than Apple’s older language, Objective-C. It was engineered by Apple’s compiler experts, so in addition to being compatible with existing code and Cocoa libraries, it’s also faster by some metrics.

But even though Apple’s tagline for the language is that it “lets everyone build amazing apps,” no novice is...

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05:47
Apple’s mini-Rickroll

Remember Rickrolling? Take a look at Apple’s Control Center support page.

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05:32
Apple Watch stars in Elle Australia magazine's...

Apple's upcoming wearable made its Down Under debut this week in a spread for Elle Australia, with the magazine's senior fashion editor helping fashionistas with tips for styling the Apple Watch for the weekend, at work, or at an after-hours cocktail party.

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05:30
State Farm won’t cover Apple Watch

If you’re pondering an Apple Watch, you might not be able to insure it with State Farm.

According Rob Lee, who was following up on insurance coverage, an email inquiry as to whether State Farm would cover the forthcoming Apple Watch was met with the following reply:

From: Laura Keeler
Date: March 17, 2015 at 3:53:51 PM PDT
To: Rob Lee
Subject: RE: State Farm Claim Information

Hi Rob,

State Farm is not able to insure the Apple Watch as it is too high of a risk. You may want to see if Apple offers insurance for the watch. To cover jewelry/watches you may want to increase the endorsement for jewelry on your Renters policy.

Have a great day!
Laura

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05:05
Samsung to Hold Unprecedented Event in their Korean...

Samsung knows that their new smartphone Galaxy S6 sales have to do well in Q2 2015 in order to stop their mobile division from bleeding for yet another quarter. In Q4 Samsung's profits had crashed...

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05:00
Freemium Field Test: The grinding SimCity BuildIt...

Free-to-play games often look appealing, but it's difficult to know at a glance whether the business model is insidious and fun ruining, or reasonable and worth pumping a few bucks into. With Freemium Field Test, we'll take a recent free-to-play iOS game, put it through its paces, and let you know if it's really worth your time (and money).

This might not be the perfect time to spotlight SimCity BuildIt, which some fans of the long-running urban management series see as a bastardization of what made the classic entries so great. That's because earlier in March, publisher Electronic Arts announced that it had closed the core Maxis studio in Emeryville, California.

...

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05:00
The Big Implications of the Google, FTC Antitrust...


A 160-page report that was far more complete than the FTC no doubt wanted last week was leaked to the media, clearly showcasing that the FTC staff recommended action against Google for anticompetitive practices. The FTC commissioners then decided to let Google off the hook, apparently because it made some minor changes. Because the Obama administration and Google have been especially cozy, that move gave the impression that the FTC was effectively in Google's pocket.

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04:48
Apple says it participated in ‘Becoming Steve Jobs’...

In the first official statement about Apple’s decision to allow Tim Cook and other senior executives to be interviewed for Becoming Steve Jobs, company spokesman Steve Dowling said it was from a sense of responsibility to Steve’s memory.

After a long period of reflection following Steve’s death, we felt a sense of responsibility to say more about the Steve we knew. We decided to participate in Brent and Rick’s book because of Brent’s long relationship with Steve, which gave him a unique perspective on Steve’s life. The book captures Steve better than anything else we’ve seen, and we are happy we decided to participate.

Apple had initially refused interview requests by authors Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli, the company taking 18 months to change its mind, reports the ...

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04:28
Older mobile users spur data traffic growth in the U...

According to Strategy Analytics’ AppOptix Telemetry Intelligence Platform (www.strategyanalytics.com), the total data traffic (Wi-Fi andcellular combined) doubled between the first quarter [Q1} 2014 and Q4 2014, with the bulk of the growth coming from an older demographic.

The analysis is based on over one million individual application sessions from 3000+ panel members in the US. The results are powered by Strategy Analytics’ elemetry Intelligence Platform. Additional findings from the study include:

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04:07
Kool Tools: Techtool Pro 8 for Mac OS X

Micromat's (www.micromat.com) new version of Techtool Pro (version 8) for Mac OS X offers a number of significant new features. Of the new features included in version 8, the most significant is the component tests. Depending on the model of Macintosh, it can now check up to 150 new components, sensors and voltage levels of which the app previously couldn't test.

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04:05
Elle magazine Australia offers fashion tips for...

Latest stop in the Apple Watch tour of the world’s fashion magazines is the Australian edition of Elle, where fashion editor Sara Smith models the watch and “shares her tips for making the watch work in your wardrobe.” The magazine’s editor in chief, Justine Cullen, also shares why she wants one … 

For the ‘Elle look’ shown above, says Smith, no other accessories are needed.

Team the Apple Watch with chic tailored separates and martial arts- inspired pieces. That’s how I styled it for ELLE this month – everything is belted to give it a karate-inspired edge. Add a pair of sports shoes, no need for jewellery or accessories because the watch is the hero....

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00:00
Pixelmator: Full-featured image editing for Mac and...

This week, the Apple World Today team is excited to announce our latest sponsor: Pixelmator

If you're not familiar with Pixelmator for Mac (US$29.99), you should be! It's an incredibly powerful and full-featured multi-layer image editor. Don't just believe the AWT staff -- look at the reviews on the App Store, with over a 4-1/2 star rating with 3325 ratings over all versions. The latest version (3.3.1) provides:

  • Pixel-accurate selection tools that let you quickly and easily select any part of an image, edit and apply special effects to just a portion of your pictures, select and remove unwanted elements in photos, and cut out objects from one image to place in another.
  • Powerful painting tools that allow painting much as you would on canvas, with different brush shapes, sizes, hardness and blending modes, as...
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Sunday March 22

20:30
Google News buries news of Google's FTC...

After the embarrassing leak of a U.S. Federal Trade Commission investigation that described how Google shifted around its search results to harm competition, Google News has shifted its search results to harm journalism, promoting instead a fluff piece glorifying Google, written by Daniel Lyons.

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19:30
Apple Watch Makes First Australian Magazine...

Elle is the first magazine to feature the Apple Watch in Australia with a fashion shoot starring the publication's in-house fashion editor Sara Smith. The multi-page style guide in the latest April issue offers women tips on how to make the Apple Watch work with different wardrobes depending on the time and place, such as during the weekend, at a cocktail party or in the workplace.

Apple continues to carefully curate the Apple Watch's image and exercise control over the way it's portrayed in magazines, positioning the wrist-worn device as a fashion item first and a technology device second. Apple wants the Apple Watch to be seen as trendy and sporty, perhaps in an attempt to avoid the device being viewed as overly technical and unfashionable as some people have opined about other wearables."For a cocktail party: Wear with a tuxedo suit and sexy heels (think Le Smoking Saint...

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17:23
Apple opens up to praise new book on Steve Jobs, and...

New York Times:

Steve Jobs prized secrecy from his executives and employees during his tenure at Apple. Now his top lieutenants are speaking out — to help shape the legacy of Steve Jobs.

Through interviews and tweets, Apple brass, including the chief executive, Timothy D. Cook, are throwing their weight behind a new unauthorized biography of the Apple co-founder, “Becoming Steve Jobs,” which goes on sale on Tuesday. In the book, executives take aim at another title, “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson, an authorized biography published shortly after Mr. Jobs’s death in 2011.

Not unexpected but interesting to think there might be a concerted, organized PR campaign, not just from the book’s publisher, which is to be expected, but also from Apple.

...

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17:00
Backerjack Podcast Episode 11: Neptune's suite...

NEPTUNE SUITE: IMAGE BY NEPTUNE INC.

In Episode 11 of The Backerjack Podcast, Steve and Ross check out three of the latest products seeking funds and preorders.

  • Neptune Suite, a family of computing products that rely on having all the computing intellgence in the smartwatch. It's the most audacious mobile tech product mashup since the Dragonfly Futurefon.
  • LyfeLens, a connected dash cam that monitors your car even when it's parked and serves as a mobile hotspot
  • ...
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15:30
If your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch is lost or stolen

If you lose your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch or think it might be stolen, these steps might help you locate it and protect your data.

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14:54
Nomad introduces Stand, Pod charging accessories for...

This could come in handy.

Last week, accessory maker Named unveiled two new product categories for Apple Watch; Stand and Pod. The Stand for Apple Watch is built from a solid piece of military grade extruded aluminium with a concealed, precision CnC milled, channel on the backside to effortlessly guide Apple’s cable and magnetic puck into place. The Stand, which retails for US$59, is an Apple Watch charging stand for your desk or bedside with stabilization provided by a copper ballast and high friction rubber base that will begin shipping by May 1st.

Pod for Apple Watch is the only portable power station and cable manager for Apple Watch. Built with a high density...

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13:09
This week on AppleInsider: Apple's ambitious TV...

Last week began with AppleInsider taking a fresh aerial tour of Apple's Campus 2, and later saw important news emerging on the company's TV plans, including harbingers of a streaming service and a redesigned Apple TV set-top. We also renewed the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Force Touch, and took a look at the cars owned by Apple's executives.

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12:00
Review: The 2015 MacBook Air’s once-trailblazing...


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The current design of the MacBook Air was a big deal when it was unveiled back in 2010. Its construction and design were a major improvement over previous Airs, it was Apple's first Mac to go with solid-state storage across the lineup, and it came with a price drop that made them palatable to people who otherwise would have just bought a vanilla MacBook. The MacBook Pro soon imitated the Air by getting thinner, moving to standard SSDs, and dumping stuff like FireWire and the optical drive. And the new MacBook takes the qualities of the Air—thin, light, minimalist—to their logical extremes.

Unfortunately, as the rest of the MacBook lineup and the wider PC industry has shifted around it, the Air's design has stood still. Visually, there is absolutely nothing to distinguish the 2015 MacBook Air from...

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08:52
Magic Leap

Magic Leap is an augmented reality company, developing technology that blends computer generated imagery with reality. Take a look at the video to get a sense of what they have in mind. Cool stuff.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:44
Read an exclusive free sample of Becoming Steve Jobs...

Becoming Steve Jobs, a new book by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli about Jobs’ life, comes out on March 24th and is available to download both in digital and print. As part of a strong marketing push by Apple in the run up to the book’s release, iBooks is offering an exclusive free sample of the prologue and first chapter that you can download right now. The sample is available in at least the US and the UK, but may not be available in other regions.

Apple has been heavily promoting the book in the last few days, on its iBooks Twitter account as well as through iTunes marketing emails. iBooks describes it as the ‘only book about Steve recommended by the people who knew him best’. For comparison, in ...

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07:00
Inhabitat's Week in Green: self-driving cars,...

Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week's most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us -- it's the Week in Green.

It was a big week for Tesla. CEO Elon Musk just announced the end of electric vehicle range anxiety thank...

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06:25
iOS 8.3 includes settings to download free apps and...


A reader has spotted that iOS 8.3 includes some new configuration options for password entry in the iTunes and App Store. Labelled as ‘Password Settings’, the new view allows users to configure how frequently Apple should ask for the user’s iTunes Store password for purchases. This includes allowing users to choose to allow free apps to be downloaded, no password necessary.

The first option allows users to require passwords immediately or expire after fifteen minutes. This option has existed in previous versions of iOS, under the Restrictions settings. However, the toggle below — ‘Require Password’ for free downloads is an altogether new option. It allows users...

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05:00
This Weekend in the App Store -- Osmos, PDF Expert 5...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today's notable apps include a 50% discount on PDF Expert 5, the exciting new Enlight photo editor, and a feature-filled update to Hype 3. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Plump [Now free, down from $0.99] Plump is a tiny and fat creature who loves chocolate! Help Plump eat chocolates in a wonderful land full of adventures!

my monster voice [Now free, down from $0.99] Ever wanted to sound like a monster? 'my monster voice' changes your voice into creepy or funny monster sounds.

Touch™ [Now free, down...

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04:53
Which Apple Watch band should you get?

Rene Ritchie, writing for iMore, take a variety of passes through the Apple Watch band collection, looking at things like size, weight, and closure.

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04:04
Mercedes will have 10 new plug-in hybrid cars by 2017

After dipping its toes into the plug-in hybrid waters, Mercedes-Benz is ready to jump in with both feet. The automaker is planning to launch 10 new plug-in hybrid models between now and 2017 -- on average, that's a new green machine every four months...

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00:53
Switching to electric cars would help cool down...

Electric cars can do more for the environment than cut back on air pollution and fossil fuel use -- they can make sweltering summers more bearable, too. Researchers have determined that EVs create a cooling effect in urban areas, since they aren't pr...

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Saturday March 21

23:40
Intel Core M lets new MacBook go light and fanless,...

At the heart of Apple's upcoming 12-inch MacBook is the Intel Core M, a processor series launched late last year and meant to power extremely light notebooks and tablets. But the new chips come with their own set of benefits and sacrifices, particularly for people considering other MacBook models.

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21:34
TuneIn brings internet radio to your Android Auto-...

If you're part of the fortunate group that can use Android Auto now that it's up and running on Pioneer head units, you may be looking for fresh internet audio sources to keep you entertained during your commute. Well, TuneIn is happy to oblige -- th...

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21:14
OnyX 2.9.6b4 - Maintenance and optimization tool (...

OnyX is a multifunctional utility for OS X. It allows you to verify the startup disk and the structure of its System files, to run miscellaneous tasks of system maintenance, to configure the hidden parameters of the Finder, Dock, Spotlight, and of some of Apple's own applications, to delete caches, to remove a certain number of files and folders that may become cumbersome, and more.



Version 2.9.6b4:

  • Metal interface discontinued
  • Parameters pane reorganized
  • Info pane improved
  • New option: Reset Launchpad
  • New option: Change the background image in the Login window
  • New option: Show/hide Spotlight icon in the menu bar
  • New option: Turn dark menu bar and Dock on or off using the Control-Option-Command-T hotkey
  • New option: Set the speed of display of help tags
  • Deleting the Internet cache improved
  • Deleting the logs improved
  • Deleting the Diagnostic...

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20:00
Disney CEO kept Steve Jobs’ cancer a secret for...

Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger knew early on that Steve Jobs’s cancer had returned and kept it a secret for three years before it became public knowledge, a new biography of Apple Inc.’s late CEO reveals.

Iger learned about the illness less than an hour before Disney announced its 2006 agreement to buy Pixar, the computer-animation studio run by Jobs

This is going to be a very interesting book.

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19:55
iBooks is offering an exclusive sneak peek from “...

iBooks:

There have been many books—on a large and small scale—about Steve Jobs, one of the most famous CEOs in history. But this book is different from all the others.

It’s interesting to see the extensive marketing campaign behind this book.

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19:02
DC airport tries using face recognition to catch...

If you come to the US through Washington DC's Dulles airport in the near future, don't be surprised if Customs and Border Protection takes your snapshot before letting you through. The agency has confirmed to Motherboard that it will be testing a fac...

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18:19
For Boot Camp Users, New Macs Require Windows 8 Or...

For anyone using Windows 7 by way of Apple's Boot Camp utility, beware: support for Windows via Boot Camp remains, but for the newest Apple laptops, it's only for Windows 8 for now. From Slashgear:

This applies to the 2015 MacBook Air, and the 13-inch model of the 2015 MacBook Pro. Windows 8 will remain compatible, as will the forthcoming Windows 10. The 2013 Mac Pro also dropped Boot Camp support for Windows 7, while 2014 iMacs are still compatible, along with 2014 MacBook Airs and 2014 MacBook Pros.

For those who still prefer to run Windows 7 on their Macs, there are other options. This change to Boot Camp will not affect using the Microsoft operating system through virtualization software, such as Parallels and VMware Fusion. Also at PC Mag.


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18:04
Iconic: A Photographic Tribute to Apple Innovation

My thanks to Iconic for sponsoring The Loop this week. Looking for a special gift for that mega Apple enthusiast in your life? How about the newest edition of an absolutely stunning coffee table book that features lush, beautiful photographs of Apple devices? ICONIC: A Photographic Tribute to Apple Innovation is Iconic uses vivid color and detail to document Apple’s journey in design, form and function—and looks back at over 35 years of Apple innovation. Four years in the making, the author captured over 150,000 photos of nearly every product Apple has made, including rare prototypes and even packaging. With a foreword from Steve Wozniak and The Loop’s own Jim Dalrymple and hundreds of amazing quotes from other Apple pundits—ICONIC is the ultimate coffee table book for every Apple fan, and the perfect gift for any Apple owner who ever wanted to explore and discover the true roots of their favorite iMac, iPod, iPad, or iPhone. With free global shipping,...

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16:45
Bjork at MoMA, fight for the open internet and other...

The weekend has arrived and you can catch up on all the stories you might have missed right here. Read about Bjork's new project at the NYC MoMA, how the fight for the open internet isn't over and the history behind Nintendo's mobile gaming ambitions...

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14:31
Google Fiber starts testing targeted, trackable TV...

For all of the other things it does, Google is still a company that makes a ton of money from advertising, and now it's turning that focus to TV. This week the company announced that it's testing a new kind of ad-tracking system for Google Fiber TV c...

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12:42
‘Hey Siri’ in iOS 8.3 allows for automatic...


Apple has made a small, but helpful, change in the way that iOS 8.3 can make phone calls via Siri. With the launch of iOS 8.0 last fall, Apple added a feature to Siri that allows users to activate the service hands-free by saying the phrase “Hey Siri” if the phone is plugged into power. However, if a user asked Siri to make a phone call via the “Hey Siri” hands-free command, the call would strangely not automatically transfer to speakerphone. Based on our tests, this will change in iOS 8.3. As can be seen in the screenshots above, if a user asks Siri to make a phone call through speakerphone, the call will...

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12:38
In Q4 2014 Apple Posted All-Time-High Market Share...

According to the newly-published France Handset Vendor Market share by Operator: Q4 2014 report, published under our HCST (Handset Country Share Tracker) service ...

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12:30
Apple Killed the PC: Smartphones are now the King of...

A new IDC report finds that the combined total market of smartphones, tablets plus 2-in-1s, and PCs is set to grow from 1.8 billion units in 2014 to 2.5 billion units in 2019. During that time, smartphones will grow ...

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12:26
BBM Protected users can chat securely with pals on...

While BBM Protected has been keeping enterprise users' chats secure since last year, it only used to work if it's installed on both parties' phones. Now, though, the feature can keep convos secure even if only one of the chatters has it. In fact, the...

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11:51
Video of the Tag Heuer, Google & Intel...

On Thursday we posted a brief report titled "As Predicted, Tag Heuer Partners with Intel for New Smartwatch." In this report we cover Intel's video of the announcement and more.

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11:48
OS X Users: 13 Characters of Assyrian Can Crash Your...

abhishekmdb writes No browsers are safe, as proved yesterday at Pwn2Own, but crashing one of them with just one line of special code is slightly different. A developer has discovered a hack in Google Chrome which can crash the Chrome tab on a Mac PC. The code is a 13-character special string which appears to be written in Assyrian script. Matt C has reported the bug to Google, who have marked the report as duplicate. This means that Google are aware of the problem and are reportedly working on it.


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10:51
A Sucker Is Optimized Every Minute

theodp writes Now that we have hard data on everything, observes the NY Times' Virginia Heffernan in A Sucker Is Optimized Every Minute, we no longer make decisions from our hearts, guts or principles. "The gut is dead," writes Heffernan. "Long live the data, turned out day and night by our myriad computers and smart devices. Not that we trust the data, as we once trusted our guts. Instead, we 'optimize' it. We optimize for it. We optimize with it." To win Presidential elections. To turn web pages into Googlebait. To sucker people into registering for websites. Of the soon-to-arrive Apple Watch, Heffernan notes: "After time keeping, the watch's chief feature is 'fitness tracking': It clocks and stores physiological data with the aim of getting you to observe and change your habits of sloth and gluttony. Evidently I wasn't the only one whose thoughts turned to 20th-century despotism: The entrepreneur Anil Dash quipped on Twitter, albeit stretching the truth, 'Not since I.B.M. sold...

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10:22
Your Android phone will soon stay unlocked while you...

If you're frustrated that your smartphone locks while it's still in your hands, Google may soon come to your rescue. A handful of Android Police readers report that their Lollipop-equipped phones' Smart Lock security now includes "on-body detection,"...

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10:00
Caturday: Bindi and her iPad

Bindi - Photo by Lan Wang

There are a growing number of cats around the world who are lucky enough to have their own iPads. One of them is Bindi, and her human Lan Wang explains just what she's up to in this picture of this beauty:

“My cat Bindi just loves her iPad. That’s right, we are now putting the iPad 1 to good use. She plays with the bird in the Cat Toy HD app, and when she has exhausted herself, she lies purring and drooling on the iPad, with one eye on the bird! She regularly demands that we pull out the iPad when she’s bored, and we’re happy to oblige!”

Our stock of good Apple-cat photos is drying up! Have a picture of your cat soaking up the good vibes of an Apple product? Tell us the back story behind your kitty's photo on the Apple World Today contact page - we don't accept inbound attachments, so please host the photo on Dropbox, Flickr, iPhoto, etc... and then include the link in your message...

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09:51
Foxconn to Make Second Attempt at Acquiring a Stake...

In November we posted a report titled "Foxconn Partners with Innolux on New Display Plant for 2015" showing that the company was full steam ahead for manufacturing display for the iPhone and beyond. Earlier in the year we had reported that Foxconn was attempting to access Sharp's new brilliant backlight technology for future iDevice display. Now Foxconn wants to make a second attempt ...

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09:44
Review: Elgato’s Game Capture HD60 livestreams your...

Over the past decade, video gaming became social, as voice chat, multi-player matchmaking, and live game streaming enabled gamers to share their experiences with friends and strangers online. Streaming game video was the hardest, requiring so much horsepower that consoles needed computer assistance. Elgato entered the market in 2012 with Game Capture HD, which was designed to record directly from the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Now there’s a more powerful version called Game Capture...

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09:00
Yosemite & iOS 8 How-To: Record video from your...

Have you ever wanted to create an iOS gaming video or a tutorial of how to use your iOS device? Now, with Yosemite and iOS 8 you can record and make a video of what you are doing on your iOS device using your Mac. Here’s how:

In order for this to work, you need to have a newer iOS device with the Lightning connector and the Lightning cable. This includes the iPhone 5 or newer, iPad 3 or newer, iPad mini or newer, and iPod touch (5th gen).

To get started open up the QuickTime app included with your Mac...

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08:24
Holy sh*t snacks! Redditors find massive '...

I'm not sure which is more impressive: the fact that the Archer series creators went through so much trouble to create such an elaborate Easter egg or the fact that someone was actually able to crack the multiple mind-bending puzzles needed to reveal...

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07:52
∞ In appreciation of the MagSafe power adapter

Appreciate for the MagSafe adapter that has saved my bacon many, many times, and now appears on the way out.

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07:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Gorgeous bags, elegant...

Gorgeous bags, elegant keyboards, and more

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases includes fashionable-forward looks from Mulberry, Aspinal of London, and Case Logic, keyboard cases from Sena and Ionic, and everyday protection from Ballistic and Cygnett.

Aspinal of London

The Small Mount Street Tech (all iPad models; $925) is a carry-all bag, designed to fit all of your electronics in style.

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06:39
FX Photo Studio Pro 3.0 - Powerful post-processing...

FX Photo Studio Pro's broad palette of effects and features helps you bring boundless creativity to your photography projects. Whether you are a professional photographer or a hobbyist, this powerful post-processing photo editor takes your images to a whole new level of clarity, brilliance and style.

Features:

  • Includes amind-blowing variety of over 170 photo effects & filters
  • 20 categories for different styles of photography
  • PRO image editing tools and color controls
  • Masking and Color splash tools
  • Possibility to apply multiple layers to one image
  • Access to your iPhoto and Aperture albums
  • Intuitive user interface
  • Sharing via the most popular social networks

Effects:

  • Combine and layer any of the 172 effects to perfect your images.
  • Apply unlimited filters to a single image
  • Combine effects and save the mixes to presets
  • Share your...

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06:30
Recommended Reading: Marvel's 'Agents of S...

Recommended Reading highlights the best long-form writing on technology and more in print and on the web. Some weeks, you'll also find short reviews of books that we think are worth your time. We hope you enjoy the read.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I....

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05:00
Gadget Ogling: Cute Robots, Secure Tablets and a...


PLEN2 is simply adorable. A robot to seemingly fix all the world's problems, if its Kickstarter project is anything to believe, PLEN2 is possibly the most joyous humanoid machine I've seen in years. Maybe I'm swayed a little by the infectious theme song in the pitch video. The idea is to sell the basic robot and let customers get creative using open source tools and 3D-printed parts to customize PLEN2 any way they like. What's most compelling, beyond the innate charm of the thing, is the multitude of control options the owners promise.

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02:17
Reuters: FAA to ease approval process for commercial...

The Federal Aviation Administration wants to make it easier to operate commercial drones, it'd seem. The idea is to make it so companies that are already are exempt from the drone ban don't have to get a new certificate of authority for additional us...

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02:11
Apple Inc Campus 2 Spaceship Ring tops out fifth...

The grand, expansive entry of the center "Spaceship" Ring in Apple's Campus 2 mega-project has reached its ceiling, with a steel structure now only barely visible over the construction barrier from the street, but clearly discernible from the air.

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Friday March 20

22:49
'Halo 5: Guardians' hype train starts with...

Halo fans aren't strangers to alternate reality games, and it looks like Halo 5: Guardians could get something similar to Halo 2's I Love Bees treatment. The just released teaser trailer (embedded below) doesn't give much by way of clues, but ends wi...

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22:17
Apple Collected Over 18,000 Hours of Health and...

ABC was recently invited to Apple's top-secret health and fitness lab for the Apple Watch for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the testing facility, accompanied by Apple executives Jeff Williams and Jay Blahnik. The network shared a preview of its visit on Good Morning America earlier today, and has now provided a closer look at the facility on the latest episode of late night show Nightline.

The five-minute interview behind closed doors revealed that Apple collected over 18,000 hours of health and fitness data based on over 10,000 workout sessions that Apple employees participated in over the past two years at the company's secretive fitness lab. Blahnik, director of fitness and health technologies at Apple, also confirmed that the company tested the Apple Watch outdoors based on a variety of activities.

Apple Watch will be...

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21:08
Review: Apple's early 2015 13" MacBook Pro...

While we love Apple's new Force Touch trackpad, you still need to buy an entire computer to get one. For the moment, that means picking up the latest 13-inch MacBook Pro, a tradeoff that's certainly worth it --?unless you need maximum power or extreme portability.

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20:59
Google Chrome 41.0.2272.101 - 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 41.0.2272.101:

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.



  • OS X 10.6 or later



Download Now

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20:59
Quicken 2015 2.4.2 - Complete personal finance...

Quicken 2015 helps you manage all your personal finances in one place, so you can see where you're spending and where you can save. Quicken automatically categorizes your financial transactions, helps you stay on top of bills and set goals so you can save more. You can even access your data on the go.

Features:

  • View All Your Accounts in One Place - See all your bank, credit card, investment and retirement accounts in one place, so you know exactly where you stand. Quicken 2015 downloads your income and expenses from your accounts, so you don't have to enter transactions manually and avoid the hassle of going to multiple websites.
  • See Exactly Where Your Money Is Going - Quicken 2015 automatically categorizes expenses like groceries, entertainment, and more, so you don't have to edit them manually. You can easily see where you're spending and where you can save.
  • Plan, and Stay on, a Budget...

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20:33
Vector smartwatches promise a 30-day battery life

Tag Heuer's Android Wear device wasn't the only smartwatch at this year's Baselworld. Other devices were also shown and launched during the annual luxury watch fair in Switzerland, including the new Vector Watch. It's slated to come out in two differ...

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19:59
Mac doesn't start up from disc

If your Mac stops responding when starting up from a Mac OS X Install DVD, learn about some troubleshooting steps you can use. 

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19:59
Mac doesn't start up from disc (Apple KB)

If your Mac stops responding when starting up from a Mac OS X Install DVD, learn about some troubleshooting steps you can use. 

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/TS2000

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19:55
Mac OS X: Gray screen appears during startup

Instead of seeing the Finder or the login window after startup, your computer may stop responding and the display may only show a persistent gray screen (you may also see an Apple logo, spinning gear, spinning globe, prohibitory sign, or a folder with a flashing question mark on it).

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19:55
Mac OS X: Gray screen appears during startup (Apple...

Instead of seeing the Finder or the login window after startup, your computer may stop responding and the display may only show a persistent gray screen (you may also see an Apple logo, spinning gear, spinning globe, prohibitory sign, or a folder with a flashing question mark on it).

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204325

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19:52
Mac Basics: Use Mail on your Mac

Use OS X Mail to compose, reply to, and store email on your Mac. 

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19:52
Mac Basics: Use Mail on your Mac (Apple KB)

Use OS X Mail to compose, reply to, and store email on your Mac. 

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204093<

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19:48
Get help using iCloud storage (Apple KB)

Get help upgrading or downgrading your iCloud storage.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT203527

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19:48
Get help using iCloud storage

Get help upgrading or downgrading your iCloud storage.

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19:45
About iTunes Store pre-orders (Apple KB)

You can pre-order music and movies from the iTunes Store prior to the public release date.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202723<

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19:45
About iTunes Store pre-orders

You can pre-order music and movies from the iTunes Store prior to the public release date.

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19:43
If your iPhone, iPad, user iPod touch is lost or...

If you lose your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch or think it might be stolen, these steps might help you locate it and protect your data.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201472

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19:41
Open Directory: Enabling SSL for Open Directory with...

Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) can be enabled to provide encrypted communications between an Open Directory Master, Replica, and the computers that access the LDAP directory domain. SSL uses a digital certificate to provide a certified identity for the servers. You can use a self-signed certificate or a certificate obtained from a certificate authority.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201952

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19:41
Open Directory: Enabling SSL for Open Directory with...

Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) can be enabled to provide encrypted communications between an Open Directory Master, Replica, and the computers that access the LDAP directory domain. SSL uses a digital certificate to provide a certified identity for the servers. You can use a self-signed certificate or a certificate obtained from a certificate authority.

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19:40
How to disinfect the Apple internal or external...

Learn how to disinfect your Apple internal or external keyboard, trackpad, and/or mouse.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201294

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19:40
How to disinfect the Apple internal or external...

Learn how to disinfect your Apple internal or external keyboard, trackpad, and/or mouse.

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19:36
Search with Spotlight (Apple KB)

You can use Spotlight to search for content on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. To use Spotlight, swipe down on your home screen to reveal the search field.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201285

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19:36
Search with Spotlight

You can use Spotlight to search for content on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. To use Spotlight, swipe down on your home screen to reveal the search field.

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19:29
Daily Roundup: Google manipulated search results,...

Happy Friday, readers! In today's edition of the Daily Roundup, you can read about an FTC report that revealed how Google manipulated its search results, Microsoft clarified its Windows 10 upgrade policy for pirated copies and what Popcorn Time is do...

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19:21
About Thunderbolt to Thunderbolt cable (2.0 m)

Learn more about Thunderbolt to Thunderbolt cable (2.0 m) and find answers to frequently asked questions, including the proper usage of Thunderbolt cables.

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19:21
About Thunderbolt to Thunderbolt cable (2.0 m) (...

Learn more about Thunderbolt to Thunderbolt cable (2.0 m) and find answers to frequently asked questions, including the proper usage of Thunderbolt cables.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201164

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18:06
Amazon wants to give paid apps away for free

Downloads from Amazon's Appstore almost assuredly aren't the raging success that the company's ventures like Prime are, but the retail juggernaut isn't giving up on it yet. In fact, the former looks like it's getting an injection of the latter's DNA ...

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17:17
Steve Jobs told Disney's Bob Iger about cancer...

An upcoming book reveals Steve Jobs informed Disney boss Bob Iger in 2006 that his cancer had returned, a secret Iger kept for three years until the information went public.

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17:14
UN Women pulls out of Uber's million-woman...

The hits just keep coming for Uber this week, unfortunately they're mostly in the form of gut punches. First, police forces in both South Korea and France raided Uber offices in their respective countries. Then, later that same day, a Frankfurt court...

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16:17
Here are the most beautiful medical images you'...

This isn't some long lost Jackson Pollock, it's what's going on inside the mind of a fruitfly. Life really does imitate art, as this incredible collection of medical images from Wellcome Images illustrates. These spectacular shots leverage modern med...

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15:45
Second Apple Watch diary entry from model Christy...

Apple posted and update on model Christy Turlington Burns as she uses Apple Watch to train for the London Marathon, this time throwing a spotlight on the device's prowess as a daily planner and run timer.

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15:30
Today in the App Store -- PDF Expert 5, TouchTone...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today's notable apps include a 50% discount on PDF Expert 5, the exciting new TouchTone, and a long-awaited update to Launcher. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Dark Echo [Now free, down from $1.99] Trapped in darkness, you must use visualized sound to guide your way through threatening environments. Apple's App of the week.

C.H.A.O.S Combat Copters HD - №1 Multiplayer Helicopter Simulator [Now free, down from $2.99] CHAOS - is a unique opportunity to act online as a pilot of a military helicopter.

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15:12
Suicide hoax lands Facebook user in psychiatric...

A user from California recently put Facebook's suicide prevention feature to test. According to a report, Shane Tusch shared his frustrations about his bank on the social network and posted a fake-threat to hang himself from the Golden Gate Bridge. A...

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15:08
Jony Ive feared Jobs would fire him on returning to...

In a book excerpt published on Friday, lead Apple designer Jony Ive says he was worried he would be fired when Steve Jobs returned to serve as the company's CEO in 1997.

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15:01
48 Hours Only: Get the lowest prices anywhere on all...

From now until Sunday at 11:59pm PT only: AppleInsider has teamed up with MacMall to offer the lowest prices anywhere on every possible configuration of Apple's early 2015 MacBook Airs and 13" MacBook Pros with Force Touch trackpads with exclusive coupon / promo code APPLEINSIDER01. Current 15-inch MacBook Pros also qualify for the offer.

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14:30
AWT News Update: March 20, 2015

"Apple A8 system-on-a-chip" by Henriok - Own work. Licensed under CC0 via Wikimedia Commons

Happy first day of spring! Some of our Apple news stories for today:

  • Apple may announce a new version of Apple TV this June, featuring Siri voice control, the ability to be used as a home automation hub, more storage and a more powerful A8 system on a chip (image at right). 
  • Apple Stores are considering a way to let customers try out in-ear headphones without fear of sanitation issues.
  • Those newly upgraded MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro models will no longer run Windows 7 under Boot Camp.
  • Apple shares close down 1.25% after an initial morning rise on positive Apple TV news from Morgan Stanley.

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14:14
New Apple TV reportedly debuting at WWDC, with App...

The second the $69 price drop was announced, the first thought I had was, new Apple TV in the pipeline, price dropped to clear out inventory.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:13
Google created an 'Ebola-proof' tablet to...

Up until now, doctors fighting highly contagious diseases like Ebola have had to forgo their gadgets for pen and paper. But Google, at the request of the French organization Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), has developed an alterna...

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13:59
Apple's Boot Camp drops support for Windows 7...

Apple has dropped Boot Camp support for installations of Windows 7 on the recently refreshed 13-inch MacBook Pro and MacBook Air lineup, meaning users will have to switch to third-party virtualization software, upgrade to Windows 8 or wait for Microsoft to release Windows 10.

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13:30
Daily Deals for March 20, 2015, featuring 50% off...

It's time to save some of your hard-earned money with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive deals for AWT readers, hardware discounts and our own handpicked iOS and OS X sales. All prices are USD and subject to change. Please check prices before you purchase as some deals may expire quickly.

AWT's Daily Deals

Readdle PDF Expert 5 [One sale for $4.99, down from $9.99] PDF Expert 5 is a must-have app for anyone who reads, annotates or edits PDF documents on iPad or iPhone. It allows you to mark up documents with highlights and handwriting, insert text and stamps, sign and even merge PDFs

MacPhun Focus [Now free, down from $9.99] To celebrate the launch of AppleWorld.Today, photo...

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13:27
MakeDongle protects Mac software with a USB dongle

Excel Software has announced MakeDongle 1.0, which runs on Mac OS X, Windows or Linux computers. It generates a secure USB dongle that grants a license to run protected software on the attached computers and complements a suite of protection and licensing tools.

Protected software can be stored on the computer or dongle itself. When launched, the dongle is validated before the software is allowed to run. When building dongles, MakeDongle can copy multiple licenses, applications or installers to the USB drive.

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13:25
News: iLounge Weekly coming Monday, sign up now

The latest edition of iLounge Weekly, our weekly newsletter covering all things iLounge, will be arriving in subscribers’ inboxes early next week. iLounge Weekly is a summary of the week’s best news, reviews, and feature articles we’ve published, and it also features giveaways and accessory discount offers from various companies. There’s still plenty of time to sign up and receive this week’s edition — just use the simple form…

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13:12
Apple discontinues Boot Camp support for Windows 7...

Apple’s latest MacBook Pro and the upcoming MacBook will not support running Windows 7 through Boot Camp according to a support document for the software. Starting on the newest machines, users will need to upgrade to Windows 8 or later in order to take advantage of the Mac’s dual-boot capabilities.

Of course, for users who still rely on Windows 7, there are solutions that allow you to run the operating system on your Mac. Both Parallels Desktop 10 and...

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13:00
Review: TaoTronics’ Bluetooth 4 Car Kit for iPhone...

Up until recently, no one complained about the way iPhones sounded through my cars’ Bluetooth speakerphones, but after switching to an iPhone 6 Plus and a Toyota Prius, friends and family told me that ambient noise has been increasing to distracting levels during our phone calls. If it wasn’t for those complaints, I would never have thought to test an alternative such as TaoTronics’ TT-BR03 Bluetooth 4.0 Hands-Free Car Kit ($30, currently $25 on Amazon). Most cars these days include Bluetooth speakerphone and music streaming support, but this inexpensive accessory is here for cars that don’t — and for cars exhibiting weird audio-related bugs with iPhones. Judging from its...

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12:54
Apple Stops Supporting Windows 7 in Boot Camp on New...

Apple's newly refreshed MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro models no longer support running Windows 7 with Boot Camp, according to Apple's Boot Camp support document. Boot Camp on the new notebooks only works with Windows 8 or later, so it is impossible to use Boot Camp to install Windows 7 on the machines.

For those unfamiliar with Boot Camp, it is Apple's software designed to allow Mac users to install Microsoft Windows on their machines.

Apple also dropped Windows 7 Boot Camp support in the 2013 Mac Pro, suggesting the software would cease to be supported by future Macs, but Macs released in 2014 continued to offer Windows 7 installations. The 2014 MacBook Air and the 2014 MacBook Pro will be the last Apple notebooks that support Windows 7.

It is not surprising that Apple has opted to phase out support for Windows 7...

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12:36
The best iPhone/iPad USB flash drives with Lightning...

There are now several companies selling USB thumb drives for iPhone and iPad since the first ones with built-in Lightning connectors debuted late last year. By connecting a small and lightweight thumb drive directly to your iOS device, you can avoid limitations of onboard storage and cloud services and instead store and stream media like music, video, and photos using the drive’s additional storage.

A few things to consider when searching for the right Lightning drive: some have a battery that requires charging, companion apps for managing and streaming content from an iOS device vary in quality, and I found some have designs that make using...

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12:30
Review: iWalk Extreme Spartan

iWalk's Extreme Spartan ($100) is a bulky 13000 mAh standalone battery that's IP66 certified, meaning it's dustproof and waterproof, though not submersible. Spartan includes two output ports — 2.4A and 1A, respectively. It also has passthrough charging which can charge both the battery and two devices simultaneously. The battery also includes a flashlight and small loop to accommodate an included carabiner hook with compass. A micro-USB cable and Lightning cable also come with Extreme Spartan, as well.{/exp:char_limit}

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12:00
Photo allegedly reveals Apple Store demo kit for...

A new photo, published on Friday, shows what is claimed to be a demonstration kit Apple Stores will soon use for customers to try on in-ear headphones, something that might otherwise be uncomfortable or unsanitary.

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11:51
Apps: Atari Fit, Launcher, Stormblades, Camera+ 6.2...

New Apps + Games Atari Fit (free) — The video game pioneer takes a sharp turn with this latest App Store entry that brings gaming to fitness. Designed to motivate “players” to work out either by themselves or as a team with friends, Atari Fit includes a collection of more than 100 different exercises and workouts including full-body circuits and running programs certified by a professional trainer and performance enhancement specialist.…

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11:38
Voila 3.8.3

Updates the screen capture utility to support 64-bit processors. ($29.99 new, free update, 30.2 MB)

 

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11:24
Security Update 2015-003 (Yosemite)

Patches two vulnerabilities related to iCloud Keychain and IOSurface for those running 10.10.2 Yosemite. (Free, various sizes)

 

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11:18
Apple's Safari among browsers taken down at...

Safari, Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer were all successfully exploited during the second day of the annual Pwn2Own hacking contest in Vancouver.

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11:00
The Week in iOS Apps: Star Wars, Starships, and stuff

Star Wars, Starships, and stuff

This week’s roundup of apps includes a couple of new offerings to take your imagination off-planet—plus new apps for calendars, Mac security, and more.

Google Calendar

Google Calendar has finally arrived as its own app on iOS—sparing Google-loving iPhone users the hassle of syncing disparate calendars across platforms. The new app includes a schedule view, the ability to schedule events directly from Gmail, and “smart suggestions” to help you quickly fill out your event details.

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10:46
Inside Apple’s top secret health and fitness lab for...

ABC News:

Apple engineers, managers and developers have been secretly volunteering for the past year in this state-of-the-art lab to participate in rowing, running, yoga and many more fitness activities in order to collect data for the Apple Watch’s inner workings.

“[The employees] knew they were testing something, but they didn’t know it was for the Apple Watch,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s senior vice president of operations. “We hooked them up with all the masks and so forth, but we would put on an Apple Watch covered up.”

You can watch the video of this story tonight on “Nightline” at 12:35 a.m. ET.

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10:26
New Apple TV hardware coming this summer, report says

Apple is reportedly prepping a new Apple TV set-top box for this summer, with Siri, the App Store, and home automation as centerpieces.

The report comes from BuzzFeed’s John Paczkowski, who has a highly reliable track record with Apple rumors. Paczkowski’s unnamed sources say Apple will show off the new hardware at its Worldwide Developers Conference in June, and will release a software development kit for a TV-friendly version of the App Store.

The hardware itself could be a “significant overhaul,” possibly with Apple’s latest A8 system-on-chip and much more storage than the current Apple TV’s 8GB. The operating system will get a revamp as well, allowing for Siri voice commands and remote control of HomeKit-enabled smart...

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10:01
Apple devices account for over 25% of visits to U.S...

More than one quarter of the visitors to U.S. government websites in the last three months have come by way of a Mac or iOS device, according to federal analytics data, underscoring just how much Apple has inserted itself into the lives of average Americans.

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10:00
Apple gives ABC an exclusive look at its secret...

Ahead of its Watch launch next month, Apple allowed ABC's Good Morning America inside its secret testing facility for the Apple Watch. According to the report, employees were monitored while they exercised as part of the project, but did not know they were testing the Apple Watch.

“[The employees] knew they were testing something, but they didn't know it was for the Apple Watch,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s senior vice president of operations. “We hooked them up with all the masks and so forth, but we would put on an Apple Watch covered up.”

Our take on the news:
Apple has been investing a lot of time and money into developing the Apple Watch, with the fitness and medical applications being one of the major features of the devices. We tend to agree with Stanford's Dr. Michael McConnell who believes the Apple Watch...

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10:00
Force Touch APIs in OS X 10.10.3

The Force Touch trackpad in the all new MacBook and updated 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display has built-in force sensors for a new level of interactivity and control within your apps. Use Force Touch APIs, including Force click, pressure sensitivity, and accelerators, to add a new dimension to your app’s user experience. Learn more about Force Touch.

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10:00
Force Touch APIs in OS X 10.10.3

The Force Touch trackpad in the all new MacBook and updated 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display has built-in force sensors for a new level of interactivity and control within your apps. Use Force Touch APIs, including Force click, pressure sensitivity, and accelerators, to add a new dimension to your app’s user experience. Learn more about Force Touch.

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09:45
This is the Apple Store’s in-ear headphone try-on...

Earlier this month we shared that Apple would soon begin allowing customers to try in-ear headphones at its retail stores. As we mentioned then, Demo Kits include six models of in-ear headphones, half of which are Beats-branded:

The following headphones are available to try out with Demo Kits (Apple’s prices listed, but linked to better prices at Amazon): RHA MA450i ($49.95), urBeats ($99.95), ...

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09:42
Adobe Flash Player updates available for OS X on...

Adobe Flash Player updates address a recently identified Adobe Flash Player web plug-in vulnerability.

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09:37
Apple releases iPhoto 9.6.1 update, works to pave...

It’s not a huge update, but it preps the way for the upcoming transition to the long-awaited OS X Photos app.

On Thursday, Apple released iPhoto 9.6.1. The update, a 1.14 gigabyte download available via OS X’s Software Update/App Store feature, offers the following fixes and changes:

-Improves compatibility when migrating iPhoto libraries to the new Photos app in the OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 (available this spring).

-Fixes an issue that caused iPhoto to display only the first 25 images in a Facebook album.

-Fixes an issue that could cause iPhoto to become unresponsive when printing an image.

As we have known for months, the...

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Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple is working on a streaming-only TV service for the Apple TV that involves channels from ABC, CBS, Fox, and a handful of others. Today, a report from Buzzfeed's John Paczkowski indicates that we may finally see a new Apple TV set-top box this summer at the Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference and that the upgraded hardware will ship with a new app store and SDK that will let developers do more with the device.

As is often the case with Apple rumors, people have been talking about the possibility of an Apple TV app store for quite a while, but the shop has never actually come to pass. Up until now, creating new channels for the...

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