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Wednesday February 25

07:21
Jury Tells Apple To Pay $532.9 Million In Patent Suit

An anonymous reader writes: Smartflash LLC has won a patent lawsuit against Apple over DRM and technology relating to the storage of downloaded songs, games, and videos on iTunes. Apple must now pay $532.9 million in damages. An Apple spokesperson did not hesitate to imply Smartflash is a patent troll: "Smartflash makes no products, has no employees, creates no jobs, has no U.S. presence, and is exploiting our patent system to seek royalties for technology Apple invented. We refused to pay off this company for the ideas our employees spent years innovating and unfortunately we have been left with no choice but to take this fight up through the court system." The trial happened in the same court that decided Apple owed VirnetX $368 million over FaceTime-related patents back in 2012.

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07:21
Jury Tells Apple To Pay $532.9 Million In Patent Suit

An anonymous reader writes: Smartflash LLC has won a patent lawsuit against Apple over DRM and technology relating to the storage of downloaded songs, games, and videos on iTunes. Apple must now pay $532.9 million in damages. An Apple spokesperson did not hesitate to imply Smartflash is a patent troll: "Smartflash makes no products, has no employees, creates no jobs, has no U.S. presence, and is exploiting our patent system to seek royalties for technology Apple invented. We refused to pay off this company for the ideas our employees spent years innovating and unfortunately we have been left with no choice but to take this fight up through the court system." The trial happened in the same court that decided Apple owed VirnetX $368 million over FaceTime-related patents back in 2012.


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07:09
Altium announces Tasking C Compiler

Altium (www.altium.com) has announced the availability of a new C compiler for the Generic Timer Module (GTM-IP MCS) from the Robert Bosch GmbH.

The GTM IP module forms a generic timer platform for complex applications in the automotive industry like power train, power steering, chassis and transmission control. To serve these different application domains, the GTM provides a wide range of timer functions like counters, multi-action capture/compare, PWM functions, duty-cycle measurement and many more.

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07:06
Default Folder for Mac OS X upgraded to version 4.6....

St. Clair Software (http://tinyurl.com/2gm24v) has released Default Folder X 4.6.14, an update to their utility for Mac OS X.

Default Folder X enhances the file dialogs in all Mac OS X applications. Its custom keyboard shortcuts put your favorite and recent folders at your fingertips. It provides fast navigation to your files, previews, integrated Spotlight tagging, and more.

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07:01
What Samsung’s Galaxy S6 would look like if it didn’...

Even Samsung likes making fun of Samsung.

Unlike most of its competitors, Samsung is embracing all of the crazy rumors about its upcoming devices and having a little fun with it on its website. This is probably what Samsung’s devices would actually look like if it didn’t copy Apple. 

The images above and below were posted to a webpage on Samsung’s website teasing some absurd renderings of imaginary mobile devices based on rumors floating around online for the company’s upcoming next-gen Galaxy device. This is clearly Samsung having a little fun with the rumormongers, but it’s only to hype its new flagship Galaxy S6 expected to make an appearance in the coming weeks…

Samsung is...

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07:01
Rumor: Tim Cook reveals waterproofing on Apple Watch...

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook was reportedly overheard telling a retail employee in Germany that he wears his Apple Watch in the shower, which would suggest that the water resistance of the wrist-worn device has changed since it was first announced last year.

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06:58
Opinion: Does the Apple Watch Edition signal future...

Back in April of last year, when a luxury model of the Apple Watch was still a vague rumor, I wrote an opinion piece in which I expressed the view that Apple could indeed pull this off. I went further, and suggested that it could even create an entire range of luxury versions of its existing products, from iPhones to Macs.

Ten months on, with the Apple Watch Edition now real, and the general expectation that it’s going to cost several thousand dollars at least, I thought it was time to revisit that idea. Is a luxury model of the Apple Watch a one-off, or does Apple see this as the first step toward Edition models of its complete product range … ? ...

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06:53
Apple and Other High Profile U.S. Tech Companies...

We reported back in August that China's government had officially excluded Apple iPads and MacBook laptops from the list of products that can be bought with public money because of security concerns ...

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06:48
Apple Pay now available for Morgan Stanley Wealth...

Morgan Stanley Wealth Management (www.morganstanley.com) says that, using their iPhone 6/6Plus, clients can add their Morgan Stanley Debit Card to Apple Pay to pay for purchases in stores or within apps.

Once the Morgan Stanley Debit Card is securely added to Apple Pay, clients can hold their Apple smartphone near the contactless reader and, with the touch of a finger, the payment is made. When shopping within apps on their iOS device checking out can be as easy as selecting Apple Pay and placing a finger on Touch ID, says Eric Heaton, head of Morgan Stanley’s Private Banking Group.

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06:45
News: Apple ordered to pay $532.9m in iTunes patent...

Apple has been ordered to pay $532.9 million in an iTunes patent infringement case, Bloomberg reports. Texas-based Smartflash LLC brought a suit against Apple claiming that the Cupertino company infringed three patents related to iTunes digital rights management and “inventions related to data storage and managing access through patent systems.” The original claim sought $852 million in damages as an entitlement to a percentage of sales…

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06:30
Apple ordered to pay $533 million in patent dispute

Bloomberg Business:

Apple Inc. was told to pay $532.9 million after a federal jury said the company’s iTunes software used a Texas company’s patented inventions without permission.

This one’s not over.

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06:15
Students around the Globe that use Macs and iDevices...

Now millions of students around the world that use Macs, iPads and/or PC's are eligible for Microsoft's free Office offer.

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06:00
Letterswirl for iPhone and iPad is an atmospheric...

Letterswirl for iPhone and iPad ($1.99, universal) feels like an artifact that was stolen from the land of Myst. Chimes, atmospheric music and an old-world, clockwork look create an effectively themed game. The fact that it's also challenging and fun is icing on the cake. Here's our look at the clever word game, Letterswirl.

How to play

You're presented with a ring containing 10 spheres. One additional sphere hovers in the ring's center. On each sphere is a letter. The objective is to arrange the spheres so that neighboring letters form words. Once you've created words all the way around the circle without gaps, you've won. Sound easy? It's not.

There are a few rules to be aware of. Once per turn, you may replace a lettered sphere that's in the ring with the...

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05:52
Just 6.8M smartwatches sold in 2014 at an average...

In yet another sign that the forthcoming Apple Watch is poised to shake up the wearables market in a big way, the average smartwatch sold in 2014 for just over half of the Apple Watch's $349 starting price.

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05:28
iPhone battery life compared on latest iOS 8 betas (...

Battery life is always a concern for those updating to new versions of iOS. With that in mind, today we get a detailed comparison of battery life across the most recent versions of iOS including iOS 8.0.2, 8.2 Beta 2, and 8.3 Beta 2. A reader sent in the video below using a brand new out of the box 16GB iPhone 5 and Geekbench to record the results.

While the results are a close call, the latest iOS 8.3 Beta 2 seems to be underperforming in battery life slightly compared to other versions in the test. iOS 8.1.3 clocked the highest score, as pictured above.

Earlier this week we had the debate over whether or not you’d like to see Apple prioritize battery life over thickness in future iPhones. The results: Around 60% of participants said Apple should thicken the next iPhone to improve battery life.

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05:00
Number tracking app ‘Numerous’ adds channels for...

New channels added to Numerous for iOS

Numerous, a dashboard app for tracking a wide range of numbers, is an iOS app gem in terms of taking advantage of Apple technologies and one of my favorite lesser known apps for that reason. Today a new version of Numerous is being released adding new channels including a Tesla channel for Model S owners as well as a Google Sheets channel for tracking numbers from spreadsheets…

Soon after iOS 8’s release, Numerous delivered a rather customizable widget for adding numbers you track to the Today view in Notification Center. Most recently, I used this to track the days until a couple of important birthdays as well as the ever important...

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05:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: Crowdfunded devices...

Crowdfunded devices take the spotlight

This week’s roundup includes two new devices that became real thanks to crowdfunding by Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Plus batteries, stands, and Bluetooth speakers.

Allo

The Allo Bike Mount is billed as the “world’s first all-in-one bike mount and speaker”—a safer alternative to using earbuds while still listening to music or conducting phone calls while you’re zipping down the street or up mountain trails. The hardened plastic case protects the phone from scrapes if you get in an accident. The product has been funded through Kickstarter, but it’s not to late to get in and grab an “early bird special” price of $40 for the device.

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05:00
Google Puts Blogger Porn Under Wraps


Google will place a privacy curtain around sexually explicit images and video on its Blogger platform if users fail to remove the content of their own volition. Google has begun notifying Blogger subscribers about the policy change affecting adult content. The ban targets images and video that are sexually explicit or show graphic nudity. The measure falls short of outright censoring the content or terminating users. However, it does restrict access to the owner or admins of the blog and the people with whom the owner has shared it.

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05:00
Open Source vs. Proprietary Firms on the IoT...


Technology wars are predictable. Every new wave of gadgetry brings a fight over who will be the next king of the software hill. The next big battle is brewing over control of the Internet of Things marketplace. Consumers see only convenience and extensions to their always-on mobile devices. Product makers see a pathway to streaming data that can be monetized from buyers' connections. Will history repeat itself, as open source begins to take on the current, yet unsustainable, walled-garden core of the IoT?

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04:56
A Better Finder Rename 9.46 - File, photo, and MP3...

A Better Finder Rename is the most complete renaming solution available on the market today. That's why, since 1996, tens of thousands of hobbyists, professionals and businesses depend on A Better Finder Rename to organize and maintain files.

A Better Finder Rename's user interface supports complex renaming tasks without sacrificing ease and speed of use. Simply drag the files you want to rename straight from the Finder into the large preview table or the application icon.. or use our Finder context menu and hot key.

The Instant Preview feature eliminates guesswork and costly errors and helps you find the right settings quickly and accurately by providing as-you-type feedback.

A Better Finder Rename offers a complete set of renaming options that are organized into 15 categories covering all the text, character, position, conversion and truncation features that you would expect from a file renamer, but it does not stop there.

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04:52
Elmedia Player GO now available on the Mac App Store

Eltima Software has released Elmedia Player GO (http://tinyurl.com/qxpgcfo) on the Mac App Store. This universal media player supports virtually all commonly used audio and video formats and downloads media from the web, including MP4, MOV, DAT, MP3, and MKV.

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04:38
Apple Ordered to Pay $532.9 Million in iTunes-...

A federal jury in Tyler, Texas has ordered Apple to pay $532.9 million to patent licensing firm Smartflash LLC for using its patents without permission, reports Bloomberg. The court found certain iTunes apps to be infringing upon the Texas-based company's patents related to digital rights management, data storage and managing access through payment systems. Apple argues that Smartflash is exploiting the patent system and plans to appeal the decision.“Smartflash makes no products, has no employees, creates no jobs, has no U.S. presence, and is exploiting our patent system to seek royalties for technology Apple invented,” said Kristin Huguet, an Apple spokeswoman. “We refused to pay off this company for the ideas our employees spent years innovating and unfortunately we have been left with no choice but to take this fight up through the court system...

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04:11
Global pay-TV subscriber base to surpass 924.4...

The worldwide pay-TV market is expected to have grown 5% in 2014, surpassing 924.4 million subscribers, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).

"IPTV is expected to grow a market leading 14% in 2014, followed by satellite TV platform at 7%. The growth rates of cable and terrestrial TV platforms are expected to slow to around 3%," comments Jake Saunders, vice president and practice director of Core Forecasting at the research group.

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04:11
Global pay-TV subscriber base to surpass 924.4...

The worldwide pay-TV market is expected to have grown 5% in 2014, surpassing 924.4 million subscribers, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).

"IPTV is expected to grow a market leading 14% in 2014, followed by satellite TV platform at 7%. The growth rates of cable and terrestrial TV platforms are expected to slow to around 3%," comments Jake Saunders, vice president and practice director of Core Forecasting at the research group.

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04:11
Tim Cook met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel...

It seems Tim Cook had more on his schedule than a meeting with BILD during his visit to Berlin yesterday: the newspaper reports that he also met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Cook told BILD that they discussed security, net neutrality, environmental protection and education–but the key topic appears to have been data privacy.

Cook said that he could well understand Germany’s strong stance on data privacy, stating that Germans “have the same views on privacy as I do” … 

Cook said it was the first time he had met Merkel, and that he was “impressed by her deep knowledge...

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04:00
WALTR 1.0.9 - Drag-and-drop any media file to an iOS...

WALTR is designed to make it easy to upload and convert any music or video file to an iPad or iPhone format for native playback. It supports a huge variety of media file types, including MP3, MP4, AVI, CUE, WMA, M4R, AAC, M4V, M4A, FLAC, ALAC, MKV, and more. It even supports file types that are not normally compatible with iOS, including MKV, AVI, FLAC, and CUE, allowing them to be played in the native Music and Movie apps on iOS. Using WALTR is simple. After closing iTunes, a user just needs to plug an iPhone or iPad into a Mac and open the WALTR app. The iOS device and its available storage space is listed at the top of the app, and files can be dragged to the blank space in the app for immediate transfer to the iOS device. Uploads begin as soon as a file is dragged into the WALTR app, and most uploads are very quick, taking a few seconds. Once a file has been transferred to the iPhone or iPad, it is accessible in either the native Movies or Music app on the iOS...

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04:00
Kool Tools: AccountEdge Pro 2015

Acclivity's AccountEdge Pro 2015, the latest version of the small business accounting software for Mac OS X and Windows, adds serialized inventory and sales commission tracking, among other features.

AccountEdge Pro is accounting software with features ranging from general bookkeeping to inventory to payroll. It offers integration with AccountEdge Mobile. With Shopify syncing, users can sell their AccountEdge Pro inventory online. 

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03:50
Smartflash wins their Lawsuit against Apple who Vows...

Back in May 2013 we were first to report that Smartflash had sued Apple over Apple's iTunes Store, Apple TV, iOS and more. A number of gaming developers ...

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03:45
5 apps for signing documents with your iPhone and...

The dance of printing a document, taking a pen and signing it, then scanning and emailing it to a banker or client is one I think we’ve all done. It’s also extremely inefficient, not to mention annoying.

The Mac’s handy-dandy Preview app makes it possible to fill out and digitally sign a document, but it’s just as easy to sign from an iOS device, and of course there is no shortage of apps for that. I’ve whittled that selection down to these five that cover all the bases, letting you sign, fill out forms, connect to your cloud storage accounts, and use’s iOS 8’s share extension, among other features. The differences between them boil down to aesthetics, workflow, and pricing—which means one of them is probably just right for you.

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03:31
Default Folder X 4.6.14 - Enhances Open and Save...

Default Folder X attaches a toolbar to the right side of the Open and Save dialogs in any OS X-native application. The toolbar gives you fast access to various folders and commands. You just click on the buttons to go to your favorite and recently used folders, manage the folders and files shown in the list, and make changes to your settings. It also fixes a number of problems in Open and Save dialogs, "rebounding" to the last selected file, putting the path listing back in the top menu, and correcting bugs in scrolling column views.

Features:

  • Directory assistant: You can access the contents of your recent, favorite, and open folders right from Default Folder X's toolbar.
  • Real time saving: If you're constantly saving things inside the same folder, Default Folder X can remember that folder for you.
  • Finder management: Default Folder X lets you open up or save to any Finder window...

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Tuesday February 24

21:55
Pointer Events finalized, but Apple’s lack of...

The Pointer Events specification, an API for Web developers to handle touch, mouse, and pen inputs in Web applications, has been published as a Recommendation by the World Wide Web Consortium. This is the Web standards group's final, mutually agreed on version of the spec.

Pointer Events was first proposed by Microsoft as an alternative to another specification, Touch Events. Touch Events was born from Apple's initial work to touch-enable Safari on the iPhone. W3C moved to standardize it without Apple's involvement, and at one point during Touch Events' development, it looked as if the spec would be covered by Apple-owned patents, with Apple unwilling to offer a royalty free grant for users of the spec. Had this situation continued, it would have precluded W3C from issuing the spec as a Recommendation.

Pointer Events avoided the...

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21:09
‘Modern Family’ producers reveal how they filmed an...

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Last week it was announced that an upcoming episode of the ABC sitcom Modern Family had been filmed using only iOS devices, and the entire story would play out on the screen of a MacBook. Today the producers of the show provided BuzzFeed with a look at how the episode was shot.

In order to make it look like the actors were actually holding the devices—without actually...

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21:02
Jury orders Apple to pay $533M for infringing gaming...

A U.S. federal jury in Texas ordered Apple to pay $532.9 million in damages on Tuesday after it found the company's iTunes digital media purchasing and distribution system in infringement of three patents held by licensing firm Smartflash.

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20:59
Boom 2 1.1 - System-wide pro audio app for Mac. (...

Boom 2 is a system-wide volume booster and equalizer app that is designed especially for OS X 10.10 Yosemite.

It comes with a smart interface, self-calibrates itself according to your Mac, offers hands-on advanced equalizer controls for finer audio control and amazing audio effects for enhanced audio output. You get a personalized acoustic experience on your Mac so that your Boom 2 sounds like you. Unique.

Boom 2 is a pro audio app that:

  • Auto-Calibrates itself according to the type of Mac
  • Runs exclusively on Yosemite along with 64-bit compatibility
  • Powerfully boosts volume on a system-wide level
  • Fine-tunes any audio with advanced and precise equalizer controls
  • Enhances quality of audio output with cool one-click audio effects
  • Intelligently boosts the volume of file audio

Custom Audio Settings for A Personalized Experience: Every Mac is personal and contains its owner's...

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20:59
NeoOffice 2014.8 - Mac-tailored, OpenOffice-based...

NeoOffice is a complete office suite for OS X. With NeoOffice, users can view, edit, and save OpenOffice documents, PDF files, and most Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents.

NeoOffice 3.x and OpenOffice users: before you buy NeoOffice, we recommend that you click on the "NeoOffice support" link and read the list of changes.

NeoOffice is extremely stable and thousands of users use it daily. The NeoOffice engineers created NeoOffice in 2003 when they made OpenOffice run natively on OS X for the first time. Since then, the NeoOffice engineers have continually added improvements to NeoOffice that users will not find in OpenOffice such as:

  • Open Calc or Impress instead of Writer at launch using the NeoOffice > Open at Launch menu
  • OS X Versions
  • Native OS X grammar checking
  • Native OS X text highlighting
  • Native file locking support for local and networked volumes
  • OS X Services support...
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20:11
Chase: Over 1 Million Wallets Provisioned on Apple...

During its investor call today, Chase announced (via AppleInsider) that over 1 million customers have provisioned their credit and / or debit cards for use with Apple Pay. Additionally, the company provided a look at the demographics of its Apple Pay users.
Eileen Sierra, CEO of Chase Card Services, said that its customers who use Apple Pay tend to be young and have higher incomes, with 69 percent of their Chase card Apple Pay transactions credit based.

Sierra also revealed that the financial company has seen "good growth" in the number of its customers provisioning their cards on Apple Pay. Those customers have been using their Chase cards through Apple Pay at the top five merchants 58 percent of the time, with all remaining merchants making up the remaining 42 percent.

While...

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19:45
Apple ordered to pay out $532.9 million for gaming-...

A Texas jury has ordered Apple to pay out just under $533 million in a patent infringement case brought by Smartflash LLC regarding technology that the company said iTunes used without permission. Apple had attempted to argue that the patents were invalid. The court ruled in Smartflash’s favor, but chose not to award the entire $852 million the software maker was seeking.

The patents in question were related to “data storage and managing access through payment systems,” according to Bloomberg. Several game developers who took advantage of the tech settled out of court last year, leaving Apple to stand against Smartflash alone.

Apple tried to get out of paying any royalties...

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19:18
Chase says it has activated 1 million Apple Pay...

During a conference call with JPMorgan Chase investors today, executives announced that Chase Bank has activated over one million Apple Pay accounts since the service launched last year (via AppleInsider). The bank revealed some statistics about who’s using Apple Pay with their Chase cards, and how they’re using it.

Chase found that the average Apple Pay user is nine years younger and makes 21% more money than its average customers. Apple Pay users also used their credit cards more often, and were more likely to add...

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19:10
'Modern Family' co-creator details episode...

In a behind-the-scenes look at an upcoming "Modern Family" episode shot completely on iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2, co-creator and executive producer Steve Levitan said using the iOS devices didn't dramatically change the production process, and revealed that tomorrow's show is not the first time producers turned to Apple's handset for in-show footage.

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17:42
Chase announces over 1M wallets provisioned on Apple...

As part of JP Morgan Chase's 2015 Investor Day on Tuesday, the bank went over statistics relating to its credit card business, announcing it has provisioned over one million wallets on Apple's fledgling Apple Pay mobile payments service.

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14:54
Apple's iPhone-iOS Growth leapt by 46.1% in Q4...

According to new data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, Android and iOS accounted for 96.3% of all smartphone shipments, up slightly from 95.6% in 4Q13. Android outpaced the overall smartphone market ...

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14:32
Apple adds Maps Flyover support for nine new cities

In spite of a pretty rough birth, Apple’s working to expand on Maps, its locations and its features.

Recently, the company added nine new cities, including Venice, Italy, to the list of locations sporting 3D Flyover support.

The latest Maps Flyover additions were announced through Apple’s iOS 8 feature availability webpage and include a number of medium- to large-sized cities across Europe and North America.

Apple’s updated Flyover coverage includes the following locales:

Baton Rouge, La.
Boise, Idaho
Cáceres, Spain
Edinburgh, Scotland
Guadalajara, Mexico
Ponce, Puerto Rico
Linz, Austria
Rennes, France
Venice, Italy

First introduced as part of iOS 6 in 2012, Flyover is touted by Apple as a tentpole feature that sets Apple Maps apart from competitors like Google Maps. The service incorporates high-resolution images...

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14:16
Apple expands Maps Flyover support to 9 new...

As part of Apple's continued effort to build out its in-house mapping service, the company recently added nine new cities, including Venice, Italy, to the list of locations sporting 3D Flyover support.

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14:00
AWT News Update: February 24, 2015

Fans of our previous home on the web may remember the Daily Update, a popular daily podcast featuring stories from the world of Apple. It was so popular that we're bringing it back -- this time, as the AWT News Update. At this point you'll need to listen to the podcast from the link below, but we'll soon have it available for subscription on iTunes.


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13:57
IBM MobileFirst Enterprise Apps will Include...

Enterprise apps built with IBM’s MobileFirst management and development platform can now be made more aware of their surroundings.

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13:51
How Much Gold Will the Apple Watch Edition Consume?

If rumored production numbers of the Apple Watch Edition are true, Apple may be about to make a bigger dent in the universe than anyone could have ever anticipated. Or maybe the numbers are a tad high.

 

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13:35
How-To: Upgrade the SSD in your MacBook Air or...

Over the past two weeks, I’ve written about the (surprisingly easy) process of adding solid state drives (SSDs) to radically speed up older iMacs, and the varied challenge levels of adding SSDs to older Mac Pros, Mac minis, and non-Retina MacBooks. Today’s guide looks at the easiest SSD installations of all: the MacBook Air and Retina MacBook Pro.

Apple shipped most MacBook Airs and all Retina MacBook Pros with solid state storage, so upgrading these machines for extra capacity and speed is generally as simple as picking a new drive, then using two special screwdrivers during the installation process. Assuming your MacBook is old enough to be out of warranty — except for a few specific models — you’...

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13:26
Microsoft Follows Apple's Example by Patenting...

Today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Microsoft six design patents. Out of the six there was one of particular of interest. Microsoft was granted a design patent for their Microsoft Store storefront. It was Apple who began ...

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13:19
Tip of the Day: Enabling 60 fps Video Recording on...

One of the less publicized features of Apple’s latest pair of iPhone models is the ability to record video at a higher frame rate — 60 frames per second. By default, however, Apple chose to leave this feature disabled, so unless you’ve dug into your iPhone Settings app and found it already, you’ll still be shooting video at the same old 30fps rate used by the iPhone since video recording first debuted with the 3GS. A quick trip…

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13:02
iOS, Android have 96.3% of the smartphone operating...

iOS and Android have inched closer to total domination of the worldwide smartphone market in both the fourth quarter (4Q14) and the calendar year 2014 (CY14).

According to data from the IDC research group (www.idc.com), Android and iOS accounted for 96.3% of all smartphone shipments, up slightly from 95.6% in 4Q13 and from 93.8% in CY13. In terms of year-over-year shipment growth, Android outpaced the overall smartphone market for CY14 (32.0% vs 27.7%, respectively) while iOS beat the market in 4Q14 (46.1% vs 29.2%, respectively).

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13:00
Pebble Makes Big Ripples on Kickstarter


The money is pouring into Pebble's Kickstarter campaign, launched Tuesday, for its new smartwatch, Pebble Time. Within hours, upwards of 27,000 supporters had pledged more than $5.6 million. The project's goal was to raise a mere $500,000. The strength of the response highlights the enthusiastic fan base Pebble has built over the years.
"Pebble's no stranger when it comes to wildly successful Kickstarter campaigns, with its first-gen watch currently seated second among the sites most-funded projects," said 451 Research analyst Ryan Martin.

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13:00
Iconfactory offers soup-to-nuts app development

The workers at the Iconfactory have added a new service to their repertoire of offerings: full iOS, Android and Mac app development. Now the team behind acclaimed apps like Twitterrific, Xscope and Flare can work on your 1.0 release.

These folks know what they're doing. Your app will be in good hands.

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12:52
Apple adding 9 new 3D Flyover locations to Maps

Apple today added nine new cities to its Flyover feature offering high resolution 3D imagery of select locations in its Maps app.

The full list of new locations rolling out is below:

Baton Rouge, LA
Boise, ID
Edinburgh, Scotland
Cáceres, Spain
Guadalajara, Mexico
Ponce, Puerto Rico
Venice, Italy
Linz, Austria
Rennes, France

The new additions follow Apple’s latest update last month that added another 11 cities from locations around the world.

As always, Apple has a full list of supported locations for iOS features including Flyover on its website.

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12:50
iOS, Android dominate smartphone market with 96%...

Apple and Google have all but destroyed the competition in the smartphone space, with the two companies' flagship mobile operating systems -- iOS and Android -- combining to power 96.3 percent of the smartphones shipped in 2014, new data indicates.

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12:45
Review: ExoLens Professional Photography System for...

The ExoLens Professional Photography System ($130) for iPhone 6 is a new camera accessory competitor to the more established Olloclip brand. ExoLens comes with two lenses — a 165-degree wide-angle lens and 3x telephoto lens — which can be swapped in and out of a machined aluminum bracket that slides onto an uncased iPhone 6. The total package also includes a lens hood, two outer lens caps, two inner lens caps, and a microfiber carrying bag.{/exp:char_limit}

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12:42
Kill the wireless phone contract

Joanna Stern:

Without much thought, I did what most Americans do every two years: I agreed to be locked in by a multibillion-dollar wireless company. With pricey contracts and confusing add-ons, they make it incredibly hard to leave, let alone take our phones with us. I deserve to walk around with “Property of Verizon” stamped on my forehead.

I know a lot of people that are going for the unlocked phone so they don’t have to be locked in any more. It’s more expensive upfront, but sometimes the flexibility is worth it.

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12:27
∞ Apple’s response to Camel Audio buyout rumors

Rumors have been swirling since late last night that Apple acquired Instrument and effect plug-in maker, Camel Audio. I contacted Apple today to see whether or not the rumors were true. [...]

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12:20
Xserve (Early 2009): Power consumption and thermal...

Learn about the power consumption and thermal output of Xserve (Early 2009) computers.

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12:20
Xserve (Early 2009): Power consumption and thermal...

Learn about the power consumption and thermal output of Xserve (Early 2009) computers.

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12:20
Xserve (Early 2009): Power consumption and thermal...

Learn about the power consumption and thermal output of Xserve (Early 2009) computers.

Read more: http://support.apple.com/en-us/HT200237

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12:15
The Week in Mac Apps: OmniFocus' Yosemite...

OmniFocus' Yosemite release, plus apps for writing, traveling, and more

This week’s roundup of new Mac apps brings you apps for writing, task management, traveling, or simply kicking back and listening to music.

Desk 1.2

Yo’s $30 Desk (Mac App Store Link) is a Markdown editor that, despite its minimalistic look and feel, manages to provide plenty of great features.

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12:10
If Lion Server has share points and privileges you...

When migrating data and settings from Lion Server to OS X Server (Mountain Lion), previously configured share points will not be retained. Make note of any existing share points prior to migration.

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12:10
If Lion Server has share points and privileges you...

When migrating data and settings from Lion Server to OS X Server (Mountain Lion), previously configured share points will not be retained. Make note of any existing share points prior to migration.

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12:10
If Lion Server has share points and privileges you...

When migrating data and settings from Lion Server to OS X Server (Mountain Lion), previously configured share points will not be retained. Make note of any existing share points prior to migration.

Read more: http://support.apple.com/en-us/HT200227

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12:00
Daily Deals for February 25, 2015, featuring the...

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

Take Control February Sale [Take Control; On sale for 50% off] Order now to expand your ebook library at half off—it's the perfect opportunity to polish your Mac and iOS skills, and start working more efficiently. This offer is good through the end of February 25th, 2015.

Simon...

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11:38
If you can't send or receive messages on your...

You might see an exclamation mark next to a message you try to send, or you might not receive messages that someone sends to you. These steps can help. 

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11:38
If you can't send or receive messages on your...

You might see an exclamation mark next to a message you try to send, or you might not receive messages that someone sends to you. These steps can help. 

Read more: http://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204065

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11:27
Netflix targets broadcast TV

Broadcast television may be now facing a similar, scary phase shift. Netflix has been making inroads among U.S. consumers for years, but its impact on the key 18-to-49-year-old demographic has so far been limited. Old habits die hard and many viewers have remained mostly loyal to habit of gorging on linear television on Thursday nights.

But the most recent numbers have some scary elements that point to a possibly massive disruption in the near term. Broadcast TV consumption among 18-to-34-year-old Americans plunged by 11% in the Christmas quarter. Ominously, audiences of young-skewing cable channels like Nickelodeon and MTV are now sliding by 14 to 17% year-on-year.

I’ll be honest, I’m more excited about a new Netflix series than I am about anything on one of the big networks.

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11:19
iOS and Android Combine for 96.3% Smartphone Market...

The latest numbers from research firm IDC reveal that the smartphone market continues to be a largely two-horse race between iOS and Android, which accounted for 19.7% and 76.6% market share in the fourth quarter respectively. The mobile operating systems combined to dominate Windows Phone, BlackBerry and all other platforms with 96.3% market share during the three-month period ending December.

iOS increased 2.2 percentage points to 19.7% during the fourth quarter over its 15.1% market share in the year-ago quarter, while Android experienced a marginal year-over-year decline as its market share slipped from 78.2% to 76.6%. Apple shipped a record-breaking 192.7 million iPhones during 2014 on the strength of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, while overall Android device shipments on the year surpassed the 1 billion mark.

Android and iOS continue to dominate the smartphone operating system race,...

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11:16
iOS & Android increase duopoly on smartphone...


IDC just released its latest numbers on the top smartphones by operating system showing iOS and Android continue to collectively dominate the market with both experiencing growth during 2014. Together, iOS and Android grabbed 96.3% of all smartphone shipments, which IDC points out is up from 95.6% in 4Q13 and from 93.8% in calendar year 2013.

Android experienced the most growth last year with 81.5% of the market during the year marking an increase in both unit volume and market share from 2013. iOS, on the other hand,...

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11:01
Jony Ive and the Apple car

Interesting article from John Cassidy in The New Yorker. If Apple is working on a car, I think they could give the traditional car companies more of a run than Cassidy does.

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11:00
Happy 60th Birthday, Steve Jobs

Today would have been the 60th birthday of Apple co-founder and legend Steve Jobs. Born on February 24, 1955, Jobs passed away from pancreatic cancer on October 5, 2011. 

Apple CEO Tim Cook took some time today to remember Jobs in a tweet:

Remembering Steve, who would have turned 60 today. "The only way to do great work is to love what you do." pic.twitter.com/0YD0gZ7jvm

— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) February 24, 2015

Cook was visiting the offices of German tabloid Bild-Zeitung today, although the reason for the visit is unknown. Yesterday Cook visited German glassmaker seele in Gersthofen, where he inspected the last of 2,400 glass panels that will be used on the Apple Campus 2 building now under construction in Cupertino, California. 

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10:48
Happy Birthday Steve Jobs

Tim Cook posted this tweet today. I still miss Steve. He would have been 60 today.

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10:40
Microsoft Band adds MapMyFitness & HealthVault...

The wearable fitness tracking Microsoft Band received an update this week adding support for biking, and integration with MapMyFitness and Microsoft's own HealthVault service, but it still lacks compatibility with Apple's HealthKit tools and Health app for iOS 8.

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10:26
Facebook Messenger adds iOS 8 extension, WordPress...


Facebook is out with a useful update to its Messenger app for iPhone and iPad today adding an action extension for sharing content from other apps on iOS 8. This adds the ability to have deep Facebook Messenger integration with other apps including Safari and Photos just like Apple’s own Messages app.

Once enabled, you can do things like share images and videos from the Photos app or links from Safari directly to your contacts on Facebook Messenger without having to jump back and forth between apps. Facebook Messenger version 22.0 is rolling out now on the App Store.

WordPress’s mobile blogging app for iPhone and iPad...

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10:19
Will Apple Sign On with Visa Europe for Apple Pay?

According to a new Reuters report, Visa Europe has announced a new, more secure way for consumers to pay retailers via smartphones. Visa Europe said on Tuesday that it would introduce to member banks by mid-April a "tokenisation" service which substitutes random numbers for a user's credit card details when a merchant transmits transaction data, reducing the risk of online...

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09:41
Why Visa's latest move in Europe signals Apple...

Visa Europe is prepping the continent for widespread mobile payment rollout with its new tokenization tech—the same kind of tokenization that makes it possible for Apple Pay to function securely.

In mid-April, the company is going to offer its new tokenization service to financial institutions in Europe, where NFC payments are already widespread thanks to chip-and-pin cards. Transactions using contactless payments will soon submit tokens, or randomly generated card numbers, instead of actual card details. Tokenization adds an extra layer of security to mobile payments and has been one of Apple Pay’s main selling points over traditional cards.

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09:31
Apple designer Marc Newson designed a concept car...

The car was from 1999, but Marc has designed a lot of transportation vehicles. Just another interesting point.

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09:18
Mercedes-Benz chairman not losing sleep over Apple...

Mercedes-Benz chairman Dieter Zetsche

It happens each time there is talk that Apple is preparing to enter a new product category: industry leaders issue the standard statement that they’re unfazed by potential Apple competition because 1) Apple makes computers and 2) this is their turf, their expertise.

Almost like fulfilling the prophecy, head of Mercedes-Benz cars Dieter Zetsche recently did just that while discussing the rumor with Australian publication motoring.com.au:

“If there were a rumour that Mercedes or Daimler planned to start building smartphones then they (Apple) would not be sleepless at night. And the same applies to me.”

Zetsche added that his position in saying that Apple building a car would be like Mercedes building a smartphone is “full of respect” for the iPhone maker....

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09:00
9to5Toys Last Call: iTunes gift cards 20% off,...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

Today’s can’t miss deals:
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09:00
From classroom to school–introducing OneNote Staff...

A lot has changed since the beginning of this school year for schools and districts using OneNote. The release of OneNote Class Notebooks has customers like Kirk Wheeler, Head of School at St. Thomas School, saying it has brought about, “The most significant and organic change process ever in the school. Seamless and keeps up with teachers.”

We received feedback from educators about how to make OneNote Class Notebook better for their teaching. We incorporated it almost immediately into the tool, making it available in new languages and markets worldwide and providing training resources and example lesson plans educators needed to get started with OneNote in their classrooms with OneNoteForTeachers.com and Bing in the...

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09:00
Desk v 1.2 update adds visual themes, separates...

For writers, it’s impossible to have too many text editors. Every one seems to have some feature that works better in one situation than another, so I find myself bouncing back and forth between the different Mac text and Markdown editors on the market. One of my favorites has been developer John Saddington's Desk (US$29.99), a simple-to-use editor with some surprising power built into it. Now Desk has been updated to version 1.2, adding some new features while retaining all of its user-friendliness.

First off, Desk has added themes. At the most basic, it’s possible to toggle between day and night themes. The latter is useful in low light conditions and provides light text on a dark background. If you’re not using a responsive layout on your blog (meaning that the page automatically re-formats based on the width of the page on various devices), you can now create custom...

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08:48
Tim Cook commemorates Steve Jobs's birthday on...

Apple's chief executive was spotted on Tuesday in Germany, where he took the time to tweet a short remembrance of late colleague Steve Jobs before visiting the offices of infamous German tabloid Bild.

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08:38
Cornerstone 2.7.15 - Feature-rich Subversion client...

Cornerstone allows you to take control of Subversion with a client application that was specifically designed for Mac users. Cornerstone integrates all of the features you need to interact with your repository and does so in an elegant and easy-to-use fashion.

Whether you're new to versioning or a Subversion expert, Cornerstone will help streamline your workflow and make version control more transparent.

  • Combines the elegance of the Mac with the power of Subversion.
  • Perfect companion to Xcode, BBEdit, TextMate, Coda, etc.
  • Use Subversion without having to install it on 10.4 Tiger.
  • All-in-one UI mode optimized for use on laptops and other small displays.
  • Multiple-window UI mode optimized for use on desktop systems with large (or even multiple) displays.
  • And much much more.

The trial version will expire after 14 days. A single-user license costs $59.99 and may be used by a single individual...

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08:35
FTC fines apps that falsely claimed to detect...

The FTC is fining the creators of two different smartphone apps, both of which were previously available as paid apps on the App Store, for falsely claiming to detect symptoms of melanoma. The two apps, MelApp and Mole Detective, have long been removed from the App Store (although a version of Mole Detective remains on Google Play for $4.99), and Apple appears to have cracked down on similar apps that were available on the store as recently as early 2014.

The Federal Trade Commission has challenged marketers for deceptively claiming their mobile apps could detect symptoms of melanoma, even in its early stages. In two separate cases, marketers of MelApp and Mole Detective have agreed to settlements that bar them from continuing...

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08:34
First look: Adonit's Forge app is built for...

Adonit is tired of sitting on the sidelines as others build software to work with its line of iOS styluses. Forge, the company’s first app, has been two years in the making, but it’s more than a simple sketch app—it’s a brainstorming tool.

Adonit’s chief design officer, Peiter Buick, explained to me that Forge was inspired by employees within the company, built to duplicate the iterative process of storyboarding, sketching, and pinning ideas from every possible source onto your office wall.

Forge is built around the concept of a wall. 

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08:33
Apple Eats Samsung's Lunch While Taking 71% of...

A new Korean report today reviews the basics of a report for paid clients only from U.S. market research firm Strategy Analytics. The report published yesterday showed that for the first time since 2011 Samsung Electronics’ global smartphone market share fell ...

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08:16
How Apple Will Sell a Watch That No One Really Needs


There has been a lot of discussion lately of where and how Apple will sell the Apple Watch -- through high-end luxury department stores in Paris, for example, or through special new displays inside of Apple Stores. Finding new ways to present the watch is important, but how will Apple actually trigger a buy decision? Sure, it's easy enough for some rich dude to add a few new watches to his collection, and easy enough to convince the true Apple fans to give it a whirl...but how will Apple convince millions of regular humans to strap on a watch and wear it every day?

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08:14
Visa Europe announces installation efforts for...

It never hurts to have the infrastructure in place.

Visa Europe has announced that its European contactless payment terminals will support the tokenization service used by Apple Pay by mid-April. This would allow Apple to introduce Apple Pay to Europe anytime from this point on.

Tokenisation technology will be at the heart of new mobile payment solutions and has been hailed as one of the best data protection and fraud prevention methods available. The new service will be available for European financial institutions from mid-April 2015.

Although Europe has had contactless payment cards for several years, these currently transmit the actual card details to the terminal. Apple Pay, in contrast, transmits single-use codes which card companies can map back to the actual card, a functionality currently only available in the USA. As of mid-April, that functionality will be...

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08:13
Pebble unveils its next generation smartwatch,...

Pebble today announced its next generation smartwatch, Pebble Time. The device gets its name from its timeline-based UI that shifts the focus of the interface from apps to notifications with an emphasis on what you need to get done now and in the future.

The new Pebble Time is 20 percent thinner than the original Pebble and ships with a color e-ink display. Instead of a touchscreen display, Pebble opted to include four physical buttons with three on the left and one on the right. Also on board is an integrated microphone that provides an easy way to dictate a quick text message or reminder. Unlike the original Pebble, which uses a proprietary watchstrap, the Pebble Time uses standard 22-mm watch strap with quick-release pins, allowing you to replace the stock straps when the device arrives on your doorstep. The smartwatch also boasts of up to 7-day battery life, is water resistant and includes Bluetooth LE.

One the...

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08:04
ExoLens system released for the iPhone 6

The new ExoLens is designed to transform your iPhone 6 into a professional photography and videography tool. The system includes a 3x telephoto lens and 165º wide-angle lens.

The professional-grade lenses swap in seconds via a compact and functional machined aluminum bracket lined with soft protective foam, says John Willenborg, CEO at ExoLens. He says the ExoLens’ Telephoto 3x Lens is one of the most powerful telephoto lenses available for the iPhone.

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07:56
WaterField unveils Padded Gear Pouch

WaterField Designs today announces the new Padded Gear Pouch. Available in waxed canvas or ballistic nylon with vegetable-tanned, premium leather accents, this accessory pouch protects and organizes with padded pockets, self-locking zippers and water-resistant textiles.

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07:52
YouTube for Kids launches, now available for iOS...

Hopefully this will be useful.

Google announced on Monday that it has released YouTube Kids on the App Store for iPhone and iPad. The new app provides children and families with a kid-friendly portal to discover and explore videos about anything they can possibly imagine. The family-focused content is appropriate for children and broken down into four categories: Shows, Music, Learning and Explore.

YouTube Kids allows children to discover new facts about dinosaurs from National Geographic Kids, learn about technology from Reading Rainbow, watch Thomas the Tank Engine leave the world of Sodor and more. Families and children can also watch video series on YouTube channels such as DreamWorks TV, Jim Henson TV, Mother Goose Club and Talking Tom and Friends.

The app offers a...

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07:49
Bamboo Paper adds new level of precision for the...

Wacom's (www.wacom.com) latest update of its note-taking app, Bamboo Paper, improves both precision and comfort when working with the Bamboo Stylus fineline and Intuos Creative Stylus 2.

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07:48
Pebble Time Goes Public Before Apple Watch

The Apple Watch may be dominating the smartwatch market from the future, but Pebble Technology is aiming for a slightly different target audience with the new color-screen Pebble Time.

 

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07:42
Apple CEO Tim Cook visiting famous German BILD...

via @BILD

As Tim Cook honors what would have been Steve Jobs’ 60th birthday, the Apple CEO has been spotted in Berlin, Germany. Specifically, Cook has made an appearance at the newsroom of BILD (Bild-Zeitung), the famous German newspaper, alongside the publication’s editors-in-chief Kai Diekmann and Julian Reichelt.

Notably, BILD the newspaper is a sister publication to Computer BILD the technology magazine which famously said it...

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07:41
Pebble again turns to crowdfunding to take on Apple...

Best known for being a blockbuster success on Kickstarter, Pebble announced on Tuesday that it is returning to its roots, and will crowdfund its next-generation smartwatch with a color display and voice input, in a bid to take on the upcoming Apple Watch.

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07:40
'Pebble Time' Debuts on Kickstarter With...

Pebble today revealed the Pebble Time, a new smartwatch in its line of smart wearable devices that includes the company's first color-based display and introduces a thinner, more ergonomic design than its predecessor.

Launched on Kickstarter earlier this morning, Pebble promises that power consumption of the new device is greatly lowered thanks to the e-paper display, giving the Pebble Time a battery life of up to 7 days. The company also introduced a new voice-control feature to send voice replies or take notes using a select few compatible apps. The feature is a bit more full-fledged on Android, and on iOS currently will only work with Gmail notifications.

The Pebble Time also features a new curved design to...

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07:31
Samsung remains a key supplier for Apple’s iPhone...

No matter which way you cut it, it remains remarkable that Samsung continues to serve as a key component supplier to Apple for the innards of the iPhone and iPad line while also being a major competitor in the mobile phone space. In fact, to this day, it is hard to argue that there is a bigger Apple component partner than Samsung.

Just as Samsung prepares to unveil its latest flagship Galaxy S6 next week, The Korea Times reports that Apple and Samsung have struck a deal for the latter company to supply the former with at least 50% of the mobile DRAM chips used it Apple’s followup to the iPhone 6 expected later this fall. But that’s the tip o’ the iceberg as they say…...

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07:30
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Air Transfer+ - Easy file and document sharing between PC and iPhone/iPad. [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] Air Transfer moves what you're seeing or playing on Mac/PC to your iPhone/iPad with just single drag&drop! It moves whatever you want; text memo, website address, photo, music, movie, document and so on.

Vintagio [iPhone; Now free, down from $3.99] Easy-to-use, but extremely powerful and artistic vintage video app packed with amazing and powerful features, that no other app offers.

...

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07:29
Apple Granted 63 Patents Today Covering Haptics, a...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 63 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's patents for a unique removable clip that could provide any number of devices with an additional user interface ...

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07:15
Tim Cook Commemorates Steve Jobs' 60th Birthday...

Tim Cook tweeted this morning to honor what would be the 60th birthday of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who passed away in October 2011 following a lengthy battle with a rare form of pancreatic cancer. Cook shared a quote from Jobs' heartfelt commencement address at Stanford University in 2005, in which he said "the only way to do great work is to love what you do."

Jobs co-founded Apple alongside Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne in 1976, with the roots of the company based in the garage of his childhood home in Los Altos, California. After turning the Macintosh into a commercial success in the decade following, Jobs was essentially ousted from Apple in 1985 following a power struggle and went on to found NeXT Computer the same year.

Apple went on to acquire NeXT in 1997, bringing Jobs back as CEO,...

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07:12
News: Apple reportedly streamlining Genius Bar...

Apple is planning some significant changes to how Genius Bar appointments are handled in its retail stores, according to a new report from 9to5Mac. Citing several inside sources, the report notes that the initiative, dubbed “The new Concierge,” is expected to launch in Apple’s U.S. retail stores starting in early March. Under the new system, customers walking into a store and looking for a Genius Bar appointment will be placed on…

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07:02
On what would have been Steve’s 60th birthday, we...

Almost everything Apple has done since the unfortunate passing of Steve Jobs has been met with comments about what the company would or wouldn’t have done had Steve still been here – even though his marching orders for Tim Cook were to never ask what he would have done.

But things certainly would have been different. The flattened user-interface of iOS 7 versus the skeuomorphic approach of the Jobs era. Would have it have happened at all? Would he have stopped it going quite so far? Would Apple have gone in a different direction.

What about an Apple Television? Steve said years ago that he “...

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07:00
$199 Pebble ‘Time’ announced w/ color e-paper...

Update: Less than 30 minutes after launching its Kickstarter campaign, the Pebble Time is fully funded.

Pebble has this morning announced the next generation of its smartwatch, called Pebble Time. The device, as we reported last week, sports a color e-paper display, a thinner design, a microphone on board, and a completely revamped ‘timeline’ interface. Pebble Time is launching on Kickstarter with early bird pricing tiers at $159 and $179, but the device will retail for $199.

...

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07:00
Visa readies network tokenization launch in Europe,...

International payment network Visa on Tuesday announced that it would extend its network tokenization service -- one of the foundational technologies behind Apple Pay -- to Europe beginning in mid April, signaling that the first overseas launch of Apple's mobile payment solution may not be far away.

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06:48
News: Report: Apple acquires Camel Audio

Apple has acquired music software developer Camel Audio, according to a new report from MacRumors. Citing information found on a corporate registry site, the report notes that the U.K.-based company’s address has been updated to match that of Apple’s London office, and the sole director of the company is listed as a member of Apple’s legal team. Camel Audio was best known for Alchemy, its modular music editing suite that incorporated…

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06:41
AAPL $750B

Medium:

(Apple is) in a lot of ways the story of a technology company hanging around, making interesting things, and waiting for the world to actually need what they wanted to build.

But also something to remember: narratives are bullshit. It’s the people who show up and build and keep going who ultimately write the stories that last.

Many don’t remember or know just how bad off Apple was in those days. It’s path has got to be considered the most remarkable story in the history of business.

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06:29
News: VISA ‘tokenization’ may speed Apple Pay EU...

VISA has announced that it will be introducing a new payment “tokenization” service in Europe designed to help facilitate mobile payment solutions. Intended to be available for European financial institutions to take advantage of as early as April, the new service will replace traditional plastic credit card numbers with unique one-time tokens that can be used to authorize payments without needing to expose account information. This form…

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06:20
Apple Granted a Killer Patent Relating to...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 63 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a single killer patent that covers the whole area of programmable and coded magnet connectors ....

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06:11
News: Daily Deal: BOLT Portable Battery Backup...

In today’s iLounge Deal you can get the BOLT Portable Battery & Wall Charger for only $44.99. This handy two-in-one device can replace your standard wall charger as well as providing you with 3,000 mAh of battery power while on the go. With a smooth rubber finish and AC outlet prongs that fold in to stay out of the way when not needed, BOLT provides a compact battery pack that’s smaller than most batteries of comparable size, while…

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06:09
Samsung Said to Supply Memory Chips for Next-...

Samsung Electronics has inked a deal with both Apple and LG to supply advanced DRAM memory chips in next-generation iPhones and the LG G4 respectively, according to sources "familiar with the deal" for The Korea Times.

The deal, rumored to be worth billions of dollars, would see Samsung produce at least half of the memory chips that Apple would need for its next-generation iPhone lineup. The report claims that Apple could ask Samsung to ramp up manufacturing of the chips if needed, with the alleged contract lasting at least a year."Under the agreement, Samsung will start providing LG Electronics with 100 percent mobile DRAM chips it needs for LG G4 smartphone, which will be unveiled in April. Also, Samsung will handle at least half of the amount that Apple needs for its new iPhone ― tentatively named iPhone 6S," an industry official who is familiar with the deal told The Korea Times....

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06:06
G-Technology announces high-performance twin-drive...

G-Technology has announced a new high-performance external G-RAID twin-drive storage system aimed at video professionals. Available in 8TB, 12TB and 16TB versions, the G-RAID with Thunderbolt 2 and USB 3.0 delivers transfer rates of up to 440MB/s, enough to handle multi-stream HD, 2K and compressed 4K video …

Both 7200rpm enterprise-class drives are removeable, and the built-in RAID controller offers a choice of RAID 0 for maximum speed or RAID 1 for the security of mirrored data.

As you’d expect from G-Technology, the enclosures are all-aluminum, and use quiet cooling fans.

Pricing is surprisingly reasonable for what you’re getting, starting at $800 for 8TB, through $1000 for 12TB to $1300 for 16TB. A slightly cheaper...

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06:03
The Apple Watch, pricing and repairability

Serenity Caldwell explores the possibility of the Apple Watch having a repairable/replaceable core. Good article. A solid idea.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:00
Rumor: Samsung tapped to supply DRAM for 'A9...

In a deal said to be worth billions of dollars, Samsung will allegedly provide at least half of the dynamic random access memory used in the processor for Apple's 2015 iPhone update, according to a new rumor.

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06:00
Ekko hopes you're willing to pay for a better...

Imagine if you could check one app to see all of your messages, emails, and social streams in one spot. Imagine if that app added a layer of privacy on top of every account, so you could send messages and search across every service without the app spying on your activity. That app is here—but it’ll cost you.

Ekko adds a layer of privacy and ease on top of the services you use daily.

Ekko is a premium umbrella service that unifies your most-used social networks and email programs in an easy-to-use interface. For your monthly subscription of $5 a month (or $50 per year), you also have access to security controls that can be applied to any message sent from any of your linked accounts. You can add password protection to your messages or set them to self-destruct after a certain amount of time or number of views. Recipients view your messages in a secure browsing session.

...

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05:52
∞ Some Apple Watch pricing math

My take on the pricing model for the highest end Apple Watch. There will be math!

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05:28
Pic It! is a cute quiz game for iPhone

Pic It! (free) is a cute little quiz game that gives you something to do with the silly photos that are on your iPhone. I'm talking about the throw-away selfies and shots or your dog's wet nose that you used as the punchline to a tweet. With Pic It!, they're part of a quiz!

Game Play

Pic It! is a social quiz game that's easy to play. To start, select a photo that will suggest the answer to a riddle. In the example above, I used a photo of my daughter's pointe shoes and added the hint, "Keeping you on your". My opponent receives the image and hint, plus a pool of letters, some of which spell out the answer: "Toes".

Customization

You can decorate (or obfuscate, if you wish) your image to make things more entertaining or challenging for your opponent with image filters, color options and editing tools like blur, focus, crop and font. You get one of each to start, and additional...

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05:04
Apple to overhaul Genius bar, appointment process

Mark Gurman, writing for 9to5mac:

This Concierge program, spearheaded by Retail Senior Vice President Angela Ahrendts, moves away from the classic appointment model. Instead, a customer describes the issue to an Apple Store employee, who inputs the issue into an updated iPad application. Using a special algorithm, the application provides the customer a wait time based on issue priorities.

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05:00
Welcome to Glenn Fleishman, new host of the Macworld...

A podcast is a terrible thing to waste—especially one that’s reached 444 episodes and counting. So I’m thrilled to announce that after a one-week hiatus following the departure of our friend Chris Breen, the Macworld Podcast will be back this week with a new cohost. Please welcome Glenn Fleishman to the podcast chair!

Glenn is no stranger to Macworld. His excellent column on privacy and security, Private I, has been coming to you every Wednesday since last October, and he’s been writing for the site for years on diverse topics like networking, backup, photo apps, cloud storage, and more.

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05:00
Citizenfour's Oscar Highlights National Divide...


Citizenfour, a film documenting interviews director Laura Poitras conducted with whistle-blower Edward Snowden, won the Oscar for best documentary Sunday. The talks took place as Snowden blew the lid off the United States National Security Agency's surveillance activities. The award highlights the divisions in the U.S. over Snowden's actions and the question of national security. "The disclosures that Edward Snowden reveals don't only expose a threat to our privacy but to our democracy itself," Poitras said in her acceptance speech.

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04:57
Output Factory for Adobe InDesign update improves...

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has released Output Factory 1.5.18, a maintenance update to its output automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

Output Factory automates printing, exporting and post-processing from InDesign and offers batch processing, export as single pages, variable file names, layer versioning, preflighting, output history and more. The new version addresses an issue in which a bug in InDesign installation could result in incorrect output results.

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04:39
Apple Granted a Patent for Tamper Proof Liquid Metal...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 63 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a single patent relating to tamper proof liquid metal fasteners. According to Apple's patent, amorphous alloys can be used for making sports equipment, medical devices, electronic components ...

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04:37
Microsoft extends free Office 365 offer to students...

U.S. students and teachers have been able to get free access to Microsoft Office 365 since 2013, and the company has now extended the deal to a range of other countries.

Millions of students around the world are eligible for free Office from their school and today we are announcing that we’ve made it easy for all eligible students globally to sign up themselves to get Office 365 and install free Office.

That includes the 5.5 million eligible students in Australia, the nearly 5 million eligible students in Germany, 7 million more in Brazil, 1.3 million at Anadolu University in Turkey, every student in Hong Kong and millions more.

Qualifying students and teachers can install the latest version of Office on up to five Macs, as well as a further five mobile devices. The deal is available if you study or teach...

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04:34
Kool Tools: Time Logger for Mac OS X

Imre Katai's Time Logger (http://timelogger.metapps.eu) for Mac OS X 10.9 and higher was developed specifically to optimize how users spend time on workflow projects.

The utility manages tasks, organizes projects by client, records pay rates, notes, and time allocated to each assignment. Also, Time Logger generates reports for additional support. Users can easily start and end timers with an overview panel linked to the upper right hand of screen.

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04:07
Global 2D gesture recognition market will post a...

Increased demand for gesture recognition solutions in the healthcare sector has resulted in the unprecedented growth of the global 2D gesture recognition market, which will post a CAGR [compound annual growth rate] of 32.12% from 2014-2019, says research firm TechNavio (www.technavio.com).

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04:07
Global 2D gesture recognition market will post a...

Increased demand for gesture recognition solutions in the healthcare sector has resulted in the unprecedented growth of the global 2D gesture recognition market, which will post a CAGR [compound annual growth rate] of 32.12% from 2014-2019, says research firm TechNavio (www.technavio.com).

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03:58
Supporting payment infrastructure for Apple Pay will...

Visa Europe has announced that its European contactless payment terminals will support the tokenization service used by Apple Pay by mid-April. This would allow Apple to introduce Apple Pay to Europe anytime from this point on.

Tokenisation technology will be at the heart of new mobile payment solutions and has been hailed as one of the best data protection and fraud prevention methods available. The new service will be available for financial institutions [in Europe] from mid-April 2015.

Although Europe has had contactless payment cards for several years, these currently transmit the actual card details to the terminal. Apple Pay, in contrast, transmits single-use codes which card companies can map back to the actual card, a functionality currently only available in the USA. As of mid-April, that functionality will be available in Europe too–at least for Visa...

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03:17
Apple Granted Patents for Apple TV Conference Room...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 63 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover two enterprise centric patents. The first covers Apple TV Conference Mode while the other covers enterprise centric app sharing with FaceTime.

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03:16
Think Retro: When games looked absolutely nothing...

One of the big themes in the history of gaming has been the pursuit of photorealism, and it’s only in the last few years that hardware has become powerful enough that we can produce titles that look more like movies than games traditionally could.

For sure, photorealism isn’t the only way to build a game—a photorealistic Peggle Blast would be a bit grim, and it’s hard to imagine a Jeff Minter game that wasn’t a crazed neon din—but it’s certainly true that some developers have been trying to make their first-person shooters, racers, and more look as completely believable as possible. In other words, a photo on the box could pretty much match up with what the game itself would look like once you slipped the disc into your console or your Mac.

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02:17
Apple is Granted a Patent for their Seamless EarPods

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 63 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's EarPod invention.

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Monday February 23

23:39
Apple patent outlines mobile app data sharing and...

Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent for a method by which two or more mobile device users can share and interact with app data in real time, including the ability to see each other's screens during a FaceTime call.

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20:03
Apple reportedly acquired audio software developer...

Audio software developer Camel Audio announced in January that it would be shutting down for good and removing its software from sale, but no one knew quite why. However, it now appears that the company has been acquired by Apple.

Today Camel Audio updated some of its corporate information, including its address and directors, as listed on the UK government’s Companies House website. The new address is 100 New Bridge Street in London, which also happens to be the address of Apple’s UK offices.

As highlighted by MacRumors, Camel also updated its board of directors (seen in some of the filings below), removing all directors...

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19:59
Apple reportedly buys digital instrument effects...

Apple has seemingly purchased UK-based digital audio effects maker Camel Audio, best known for the popular Alchemy synth plug-in, suggesting the firm's software may be included in a future version of Logic Pro X.

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19:33
Apple Acquires Popular Instrument and Effect Plug-In...

Apple appears to have acquired popular music plug-in and effect maker Camel Audio, based on information found on corporate registry site Companies House [PDF]. Camel Audio's address has been updated to 100 New Bridge Street, which is Apple's London address, and the company's sole director is now listed as Apple lawyer Heather Joy Morrison, suggesting the company is in the possession of Apple.

Camel Audio is known for its range of plug-ins, synthesizers, effects, sound libraries, which were available via the company's Alchemy software. Previously available for $249, Alchemy included more than 1000 sounds, 5.5GB worth of samples, a powerful additive resynthesis engine, spectral resynthesis, a virtual analog synthesizer, and more. Its powerful engine was highly useful to...

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19:30
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Polygon [iPhone; Now free, down from $0.99] Play Polygon and train your visual perception when having fun with ad free App.

Robot Escape for iPad [iPad; Now free, down from $1.99] Robot Escape for iPad is a fun game to play with lots of friends!

BattleMage [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] Evil has begun to creep from the darkness, approaching the villages and threatening the kingdom.

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19:22
Apple to overhaul Genius Bar, changing appointments...

Apple will soon make a significant change to retail store Genius Bar appointments to improve the customer experience, according to several sources briefed on the upcoming shift. During the week of March 9th, Apple’s United States stores will launch a new initiative called “Concierge” that replaces traditional walk-in Genius Bar appointments. Currently, a customer seeking Genius Bar assistance can walk into an Apple Retail Store, explain the issue to a check-in assistant, and get a specific time to return for an appointment…

This Concierge program, spearheaded by Retail Senior Vice President Angela Ahrendts, moves away from the classic appointment model. Instead, a customer describes the issue to an Apple Store employee, who...

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19:00
Daily Deals for February 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

Simon 4.0 [OS X; On sale for $49.00, down from $99.00] AppleWorld.Today is pleased to offer an exclusive deal on Simon 4.0 by Dejal Systems. Simon is a robust site monitoring tool for OS X that checks servers for changes or failures and notifies you when a change is detected. The app sends a notification via email, sound, speech, Twitter, or a variety of other means.

The native Mac utility can be used to monitor both your own website and servers as well as external sites. You can use it to track...

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18:20
Tweetbot for iOS gets Twitter video and GIF support...

Developer Tapbots on Monday pushed out an update to its popular iOS Twitter client Tweetbot for iOS, bringing playback support for videos and GIFs hosted by the ubiquitous microblogging network.

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17:09
Apple to Introduce Racially Diverse Emoji in Future...

In August Apple released a new report on diversity at Apple. Apple's CEO Tim Cook duly noted that Apple was "committed to transparency." Their published report revealed specific statistics ...

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17:08
Apple closes in on $775B market cap, now twice as...

Apple stock hit a new high of $133 at the closing bell on Monday, rocketing up 2.7 percent on the day to grow its market capitalization to just under $775 billion, a number two times larger than second-largest publicly traded U.S. company Exxon Mobil.

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16:09
Tweetbot for iPhone gains support for Twitter videos...


Tweetbot for iPhone 3.5.2 has been released today to support the native videos introduced by Twitter recently. The update allows users to play back the clips recorded and shared natively in the official Twitter app. Today’s new build also adds improvements to how the app handle’s GIFs shared using the pic.twitter.com service and fixes a variety of bugs.

The developers have also promised “exciting updates” coming to the app soon. You can get Tweetbot for iPhone for $4.99...

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16:09
Apple to roll out more diverse emoji for iOS and OS X

Be on the lookout for diverse emoji characters in a future OS X and iOS update: Apple released a beta version of OS X 10.10.3 on Monday that shows a selection of new emoji. Most notably, each emoji representing a person (or various hand gestures) will come with an array of skin tones to choose from. These new racially diverse emoji are found in the latest iOS beta release as well, iOS 8.3 beta 2. 

Gizmodo

The default skin tone for these emoji is bright yellow (think The Simpsons), which we should assume is supposed to represent neutrality (and not jaundice). To change it, tap and hold the emoji icon to reveal the whole selection for that emoji. Each one has six different skin/hair color options to choose from. 

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15:51
Apple's World Travel Adapter Kit returns with...

In a change to its online storefront on Monday, Apple introduced a revised World Travel Adapter Kit with a total of seven AC plug types and a reduced price of $29, as the package no longer includes a USB power adapter or cable.

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15:20
Google Teams Up With 3 Wireless Carriers To Combat...

HughPickens.com writes AP reports that in an effort to undercut Apple's hit service Apple Pay, Google is teaming up with three wireless carriers by building its payment service into Android smartphones sold by AT&T Inc., Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile USA. Besides trying to make it more convenient to use Wallet, Google also is hoping to improve the nearly 4-year-old service. Toward that end, Google is buying some mobile payment technology and patents from Softcard, a 5-year-old venture owned by the wireless carriers. Financial terms weren't disclosed but Apple Pay's popularity probably helped forge the unlikely alliance between Google and the wireless carriers. Google traditionally has had a prickly relationship with the carriers, largely because it doesn't believe enough has been done to upgrade wireless networks and make them cheaper so more people can spend more time online. The biggest challenge however is one that both Apple and Google face: Only a small fraction of the 10...

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15:20
Google Teams Up With 3 Wireless Carriers To Combat...

HughPickens.com writes AP reports that in an effort to undercut Apple's hit service Apple Pay, Google is teaming up with three wireless carriers by building its payment service into Android smartphones sold by AT&T Inc., Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile USA. Besides trying to make it more convenient to use Wallet, Google also is hoping to improve the nearly 4-year-old service. Toward that end, Google is buying some mobile payment technology and patents from Softcard, a 5-year-old venture owned by the wireless carriers. Financial terms weren't disclosed but Apple Pay's popularity probably helped forge the unlikely alliance between Google and the wireless carriers. Google traditionally has had a prickly relationship with the carriers, largely because it doesn't believe enough has been done to upgrade wireless networks and make them cheaper so more people can spend more time online.

The biggest challenge however is one that both Apple and Google face: Only a small fraction of...

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14:50
Apple Web Server notifications

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

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14:50
Apple Web Server notifications (Apple KB)

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

Read more: http://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201536

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14:49
Apple introduces new crash reporting service for...

After releasing a fresh beta of Xcode 6.3 on Monday, Apple outlined a new crash reporting service that will help developers target, fix and track problems directly from the development tool.

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14:35
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14:30
Piper nv brings night vision, better resolution to...

There are many iOS-connected security cameras on the market, but not a lot that will set off a loud siren when they detect loud noises or unexpected movement. The US$199 Piper HD security camera from iControl Networks brought this capability and a unique 180° view camera to the market a while back, and now the company is shipping the $269 Piper nv, an upgraded model with night vision and other improvements.

Design

The new Piper nv looks identical to the older model. It’s almost 6.5 inches (16.51 cm) tall, 3.5 inches (8.9 cm) wide and about 2.5 inches (6.4 cm) thick on its aluminum base. The Piper nv comes in black or white, with a gray speaker grill on top. That speaker can be used for two things — two-way communications with visitors (known or uninvited) at your home or business and for blasting out an almost excruciating 105 dB siren....

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14:02
Opinion: Should Apple improve iPhone battery life,...

As this photo of the original Mophie Juice Pack and Tylt’s Energi for iPhone 6 shows, iPhone battery cases haven’t changed much over the years. They’ve existed for almost as long as iPhones, and remained ubiquitous due to Apple’s continued focus on thinness over longevity. That hasn’t been great for consumers: as 9to5’s Seth Weintraub put it, people are more impacted by their phones’ battery life than an extra 2mm of thinness.

It took until 2014 for Apple to offer one iPhone model — the iPhone 6 Plus — with all-day battery life, though you have to be willing to accept a much larger footprint to get that. By comparison, the smaller and reportedly more popular iPhone 6 improved only around 7% upon the iPhone 5s in run time, so the...

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14:00
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 23...

Notable software releases this week include VMware Fusion 7.1.1, Coda 2.5.6, Audio Hijack 3.0.2, DEVONagent Lite, Express, and Pro 3.9, OmniFocus 2.1, and Airfoil 4.8.13.

 

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14:00
ExtraBITS for 23 February 2015

In this week’s collection of ExtraBITS, we learn that Apple is ending its support for AOL logins, the truth about AT&T’s “privacy fee,” and how Photoshop is trying to stay relevant after 25 years.

 

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13:40
Apple adds crash log reporting for developers in...

Alongside releasing the second OS X 10.10.3 preview release and iOS 8.3 beta 2, Apple shared Xcode 6.3 beta 2 through the Mac and iOS Developer Center today. The latest beta version of Xcode, which developers use to build and manage software, includes a new crash log reporting system to show developers issues users may experience with their apps.

For developers, this means issues with apps can be pinpointed much faster through Xcode. For consumers, the feature should make for a better overall...

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13:36
Ask iLounge: How do I stop Siri from randomly waking...

Q: Help! My new iPhone 6 is driving me nuts! I plug my iPhone in near my bed, and for some reason Siri keeps waking up randomly and asking me what I want. It only seems to do this when I’m in bed, which makes me think she’s deliberately trying to make me crazy. Sometimes she even wakes me up in the middle of the night. It’s really creepy. I’d take my iPhone to an Apple Store, but it’s like 20 miles to the nearest one…

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13:04
Google Acquires Softcard Technology, Inks Deal With...

Following rumors of an acquisition, Google today announced that it has purchased some technology and intellectual property from NFC-based mobile payment service Softcard, formerly known as Isis Mobile Wallet. The purchase will allow Google to improve upon its existing mobile wallet technology to better compete with Apple Pay.

Owned jointly by AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile, Softcard was established in 2010 in an effort to allow the three carriers to enter the mobile payment market. As an NFC-based payment option that works primarily with Android-based phones, Softcard has been a major Google Wallet competitor, arguably stunting NFC mobile payment growth for both companies.

Google Wallet...

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13:03
Apple introduces emoji diversity options with latest...

Starting with the latest betas of iOS 8.3 and OS X 10.10.3, new alternate skin color options are available when selecting emojis of people and faces. In addition, Siri has added a host of new languages on iPhone and iPad.

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13:02
Samsung just bought a rumored Apple Car partner’s...

Samsung has acquired the battery pack business of leading automotive parts supplier Magna International. The move, according to a statement from the companies, will “enhance Samsung SDI’s capabilities in batteries for electric vehicles.”

While Samsung producing batteries and energy storage solutions for vehicles isn’t exactly new—it already supplies batteries for Tesla and others—there is an Apple Car connection in its latest acquisition…

If you remember hearing that Magna International name recently, it’s likely because Magna International was said to be one of the contract vehicle manufacturers...

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12:45
Apple adds over 300 new, diverse emoji

A look at iOS 8.3 beta 2 has revealed over 300 new, more diverse emoji, including new skin tones and new flags. Since iOS 8.3 is still in beta, it's possible that this artwork will change a bit. The Iconfactory's Sean Heber points out that these new emoji are also present in the 10.10.3 beta.

Our take on the news

Apple's commitment to diversity is real and inspiring. Tim Cook recently wrote:

"All around the world, our team at Apple is united in the belief that being different makes us better. We know that each generation has a responsibility to build upon the gains of the past, expanding the rights and freedoms we enjoy to the many who are still striving for justice."

People increasingly use emoji to convey information, humor and themselves. It's great to see options to let customers do...

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12:23
djay Pro for Mac [Sponsor]

djay Pro for Mac provides a complete toolkit for performing DJs. Its unique and modern interface is built around a sophisticated integration with iTunes and Spotify, giving you instant access to millions of tracks. Pristine sound quality and a powerful set of features including high-definition waveforms, four decks, audio effects, and hardware integration give you endless creative flexibility to take your sets to new heights. Special introductory pricing (40% off) for a limited time.

Jim’s Note: I had the opportunity to test djay Pro for Mac and loved it. I’m still using

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12:00
deGeo protects your privacy by stripping location...

deGeo is as easy as it gets when it comes to stripping geotags from photos. With just a few taps, the app allows you to view your photos, parse the geotag information and remove that private information before sharing your photos with family, friends and more.

deGeo launches to a camera roll view that shows thumbnails of all the available photos on your iPhone or iPad. You can select one image or multiple images to process with the geotag remover. When viewing an image, you can swipe right to view the geotag and EXIF information stored with the photo. The geotag information is presented as a location on a map, as an address and as GPS coordinates. You can share this geotag information or view it in a mapping program.

When you want to share your photo(s), you can tap the share button (or swipe downward) and then select the app to which you want to share. The app uses the...

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11:53
Crash Logs in Xcode 6.3 beta 2

The new Apple crash reports service is now available in Xcode 6.3 beta 2. Apps that you’ve submitted with debug symbols to the App Store and to TestFlight will have their crash log data collected and aggregated into crash reports that will automatically download into Xcode. The enhanced Organizer window makes it easy to triage your crashes, jump directly to the offending code, and mark a crash as resolved. Learn more by reading Crashes Organizer Help.

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11:53
Crash Logs in Xcode 6.3 beta 2

The new Apple crash reports service is now available in Xcode 6.3 beta 2. Apps that you’ve submitted with debug symbols to the App Store and to TestFlight will have their crash log data collected and aggregated into crash reports that will automatically download into Xcode. The enhanced Organizer window makes it easy to triage your crashes, jump directly to the offending code, and mark a crash as resolved. Learn more by reading Crashes Organizer Help.

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11:50
Apple, AOL ending iTunes login partnership, users...

The long-standing partnership that allowed AOL members to login to iTunes with their AOL credentials will come to an end at the end of next month, meaning those consumers still taking advantage of that ability will need to migrate to an Apple ID or lose access to iTunes, the App Store, and the iBookstore.

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11:37
Find the serial number of your Apple hardware product

A handy bit of info from Apple’s support site, just in case you ever need it.

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11:26
Siri learns Russian, Danish, Dutch, Portuguese,...


In addition to Wireless CarPlay, more diverse Emojis, and improved logging in for Google services, iOS 8.3 adds a major new feature: several new languages for Siri. Over three years following the initial Siri beta in 2011, iOS 8.3 adds support for the following languages in Siri: Russian, Danish, Dutch, Portuguese, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, and English for India…

Some of...

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11:14
I just bought this

I’ve been watching this robot tuner for quite some time. I decided to take the plunge this morning and give it a try.

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11:09
OS X 10.10.3 Beta 2 Update Introduces New Emoji,...

Today's second OS X 10.10.3 beta builds on the emoji groundwork laid with the first OS X 10.10.3 beta, introducing all new emoji and emoji skin tone modifiers. When selecting an emoji with a skin tone, such as one of the many people emoji, it's now possible to select a specific skin tone from one of five options.

There are also several new people emoji that introduce greater diversity. Family emoji now include multiple same sex couples, both with children and without, all with variable skin tone options.

Along with a range of diversified people emoji, today's update brings 32 new country flags, including flags for Canada, Australia, and India.

Along with new emoji, OS X 10.10.3 brings a renamed Character palette that focuses more heavily on emoji. Accessible through the "Edit" menu in most Mac apps, the palette was previously named "Special Characters," but is labeled "Emoji &...

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11:00
AOL Sign-in for iTunes and App Store is disappearing...

Hey, AOL fans! The company is dropping support for AOL Sign-in for iTunes and the App Store, so anyone using an AOL username to sign into the iTunes Store, App Store or iBook Store will be out of luck starting March 31.

“Starting March 31, 2015, AOL will no longer allow customers to use their AOL Username (also known as an AOL Screen Name) to sign in to the iTunes Store, App Store, or iBooks Store. You must convert your AOL Username to an Apple ID in order to maintain access to the stores and to content you purchased previously.”

http://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204268

This is another questionable move by the same folks who shut down their marquee website about the world's most successful...

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10:39
Government Spies Steal SIM Card Cryptokeys


The United States' National Security Agency and British spy agency GCHQ have hacked into the internal computer network of Gemalto, the world's largest maker of SIM cards, and stolen the cards' encryption keys, according to information in files leaked by whistle-blower Edward Snowden. Gemalto makes about 2 billion SIM cards a year, and sells them to 450 major wireless network carriers worldwide, including AT&T, Verizon and Sprint. Gemalto said it was unaware of the hack and expressed concern.

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10:29
Apple provides developers with new iOS 8.3 beta,...

The second beta of iOS 8.3 was released to developers on Monday, fixing a bug found in previous versions that could cause issues when connecting to a CarPlay-enabled vehicle infotainment unit.

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10:23
Apple releases second beta of OS X 10.10.3 with...

Apple on Monday seeded developers with another beta version of its forthcoming OS X 10.10.3 update, asking testers to focus primarily on the new Photos app with additional attention paid to Wi-Fi captive network support and screen sharing.

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10:12
News: Apple releases iOS 8.3 beta 2 to developers

Apple has released a second beta of iOS 8.3 to registered developers, continuing its parallel iOS 8.3 beta cycle which started earlier this month alongside the iOS 8.2 betas. This latest beta features a build number of 12F5037c and details few changes in the release notes from the prior beta. According to a report last week, Apple plans to begin releasing public betas with iOS 8.3 sometime in March; this second developer beta is likely the last for…

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10:07
Canadian DRAM national class action lawsuit

The Money is Mine:

Settlements have been reached in the Canadian DRAM national class actions, totaling over $79 million.

You can get money from the settlements if you bought DRAM or electronic devices containing DRAM between April 1, 1999 and June 30, 2002.

Many of my fellow Candians qualify for this settlement and I’d encourage you to take advantage of it, even if it’s only at the $20 level. Thanks to my friend Greg for the heads up.

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10:06
Apple releases iOS 8.3 beta 2 for iPhone, iPad with...

Two weeks following the first beta, Apple has released iOS 8.3 beta 2 to developers for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. As we reported upon the first beta, the upcoming release includes a Wireless CarPlay feature, a new Emoji picker, improved login for Google services, an updated voice for Siri, and support for Apple Pay in China. iOS 8.3 is coming later this year, and sources say that Apple will release a public beta of iOS 8.3 alongside the third beta in mid-March. Apple is also...

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10:04
Apple Seeds Second iOS 8.3 Beta to Developers

Apple today seeded the second beta of iOS 8.3 to developers, two weeks after seeding the first iOS 8.3 beta. The initial iOS 8.3 beta came as a surprise because iOS 8.2 with the WatchKit SDK also remains in testing.

The beta is available through the iOS Developer Center. It includes Xcode 6.3 and a new version of Apple's programming language, Swift. Apple has also released a new Apple TV beta for third-generation Apple TVs.

While iOS 8.2 appears to bring only minor bug fixes to the operating system along with the WatchKit SDK and support for the Apple Watch, the first beta of iOS 8.3 introduced several new features including support for wireless CarPlay connectivity, a new emoji picker, support for Google 2-step verification, and Apple Pay support for the China UnionPay network. It also removes the "beta" label from iCloud Photo Library.

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10:03
Google Acquires Mobile Wallet Company Softcard

In January we posted a report titled "Retailer: Apple Pay used 5 Times more than Competing Softcard." Last Wednesday we reported that Barron's had noted in a recent report that Google had reportedly invested in or acquired Softcard, a struggling mobile wallet joint venture led by the carriers.

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10:03
Apple releases second OS X 10.10.3 pre-release w/...

Earlier this month, Apple released the first OS X 10.10.3 pre-release update to testers with a beta version of the iPhoto replacement app called Photos. Today an updated build is rolling out to testers through the Mac App Store. Apple has also released a new beta of iOS 8.3 for testers. We’ll dig in.

The build number in the latest release has raised to 14D87h from 14D72i in the initial release. OS X 10.10.3, which is expected to become available to all users later this spring, also includes changes to how and which special Emoji characters are presented....

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10:02
Apple Seeds Second OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite Beta to...

Apple today seeded the second beta of OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite to developers, two and half weeks after releasing the first OS X 10.10.3 beta and nearly four weeks after releasing OS X 10.10.2 to the public.

The new beta, build 14D87h, is available for registered developers through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store and through the Mac Dev Center.

OS X 10.10.3 brings several new features to Yosemite, including the new Photos for OS X app. Photos is designed to serve as a replacement for both iPhoto and Aperture, and is on track to see an early 2015 launch. Early reviews have suggested that while Photos is a suitable replacement for iPhoto, with more advanced tools and performance optimizations, it may leave professional users disappointed, at least in its initial incarnation.

The first beta of OS X...

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10:00
Students worldwide can now check eligibility for...

Last week, at a public event held by the New York City Department of Education, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced free Office for all of their 1.1M students plus teachers. The room—filled with students and teachers—erupted with cheers.

But New York is not alone.

Millions of students around the world are eligible for free Office from their school and today we are announcing that we’ve made it easy for all eligible students globally to sign up themselves to get Office 365 and install free Office.*

That includes the 5.5 million eligible students in Australia, the nearly 5 million eligible students in Germany, 7 million more in Brazil, 1.3 million at Anadolu University in Turkey, every student in Hong Kong and millions more.

This service was...

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10:00
Google releases YouTube Kids iOS app

Google today released the new YouTube Kids iOS app, providing kid-friendly videos through a bright, easy-to-use user interface. It's the official children's programming app from YouTube, with favorite content from Sesame Street, Thomas & Friends, Dreamworks, Mother Goose Club, TuTiTu, and Super Simple Songs. Kids can also search for age-appropriate content on any topic they're interested in.

Acccording to the release notes for the app:

“We’re as focused on kids’ safety as you are, so we’ve built the YouTube Kids app to be a family-friendly place to explore.

When your child browses the app’s home screen, they’ll find a vast selection of kid-appropriate channels and playlists. When families search in the app, we use a mix of input from our users and automated analysts to categorize and screen out the videos that make parents nervous.

And for added peace of...

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09:52
Pomodoro Time is new time, task management tool for...

XwaveSoft (http://xwavesoft.com) has introduced Pomodoro Time 1.0, the Mac version of their time management app for the iPhone and iPad.

The app provides a mix of timeboxing, timed rest stops, task management, a goal completion list, and customized productivity analysis. You can view and compare weekly or monthly progress of total time spent on tasks to accurately adjust actions to be more efficient. The app syncs between Macs, iPhones, and iPads.

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09:32
Toyota won't support CarPlay, at least not out...

Car makers have put a lot of time and money into their own dashboard infotainment systems, so it’s not surprising that some are reticent to embrace Apple’s CarPlay, which puts iOS front and center in your car. Toyota is holding off on CarPlay support in favor of its own platform, according to a Monday New York Times report.

Several auto companies and aftermarket car stereo makers are on board with CarPlay, with plans to make the smart dashboard available in upcoming models. Some, like Ford, plan to support CarPlay, Android Auto, and their own platforms to ensure buyers aren’t turned off by a lack of choice. But Toyota is sticking to its own closed system, Entune.

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09:16
Klevr Furniture offers Storage-Top Desk for Mac

Klevr Furniture has announces their Storage-Top Desk for Mac, a functional design built specifically for iMacs and MacBooks. Each desk is made to order and conveniently stows away cables, power adaptors, and additional clutter.

Table-top notches are strategically placed for MacBook and iMac connectors, and movable panels allow easy access to storage. It's designed to offer plenty of work space for a Mac user and provide storage underneath for printers and accessories.

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09:14
Google to buy Softcard, take on Apple Pay in new...

Search giant Google is reportedly doubling down on its mobile payments strategy, agreeing on a new deal with major U.S. wireless providers to pre-install the Google Wallet app on Android handsets while acquiring the technology behind Softcard from those same carriers.

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09:13
Apple is the World's Number One 4G LTE...

Apple was the leading 4G LTE smartphone supplier in the fourth quarter of 2014 with ...

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09:10
Tap Heroes - Idle RPG Action (Games)

Tap Heroes - Idle RPG Action 2.4
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $.99, Version: 2.4 (iTunes)

Description:

Embark on an epic journey through the lands to grow ever stronger and defeat your enemies.
Tap your way through forests, deserts, caves, jungles, swamps and more as you grow ever more powerful and face tougher opponents and creatures.
Defeat bosses to travel to new areas and recruit new heroes to join your adventure.
Your mighty warrior can attack enemies at a rapid speed and still stand to shield the group from harm.
Your healing mage will use healing magic to heal your wounds.
Your skilled rogue will shoot poisonous arrows that damage your enemies over time and slow arrows to hinder their advance.

Tap with your godly powers to hurt your enemies and heal your heroes. Or unleash your wrath on your enemies with awesome...

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09:05
Dart for Mac lets you crete emails from your menubar

Moople has announced Dart (http://dart.email), a menubar app for the Mac that allows you to create and send emails with predefined answers.

The recipient just has to click a button to reply. According to the folks at Moople, there's no worrying about composing a message, less opportunity for procrastination and no ambiguity.

You can either send a Dart message with answers you define. If you really have to send a short message, you switch to regular mode which supports a whole 200 characters

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09:04
Stanford researchers develop method for tracking...

Privacy advocates have long tried to educate consumers on the perils of giving apps access to GPS data, but a group of Stanford researchers has developed a method to infer a device's location from a seemingly much more innocuous source -- battery charge information.

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09:02
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Griffin retractable Lightning...

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Today’s can’t miss deals:
Griffin MFi Apple-Certified retractable Lighting cable $10 shipped (orig. $20)
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09:02
Review: Incipio offGRID Shine for iPhone 6

We were first introduced to Incipio's new offGRID iPhone 6 battery case family at CES, with the company's already-released offGRID Express earning a high rating. The upcoming offGRID Shine ($90) is very similar to offGRID Express — it has the same 3000 mAh battery and is roughly the same size — but a $10 price premium offers a different design. Unlike Express, Shine is a one-piece case, with a brushed shiny finish on the back. The power button here can be found on the lower back section of the case next to its battery meter lights, and the micro-USB charging port is located on the bottom of the case. Two pins also allow the iPhone to charge through the offGRID Dock ($40), which is sold separately. The offGRID Dock is pictured below, but was not factored into the review of the case itself.{/exp:char_limit}
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09:00
First time authoring and publishing enhancements for...

It’s been a while since we last posted, and we wanted to share some of the more recent improvements in the Office Mix editing environment. The new Office Mix is easier than ever to use, with some cool features that make authoring easier for first time customers, and other features for more seasoned users that make re-publishing a snap.

Easier authoring

For customers new to Office Mix, we’ve made it easier to get started with some enhanced experiences to guide you through the process. For example, after you first install (or reinstall) Office Mix, the setup process automatically reminds you to open PowerPoint to see the new MIX tab on the PowerPoint ribbon to help you get started creating your Mix.

When you’re ready to create your first mix, just click the Getting Started...

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09:00
Developers discuss future Apple Watch apps

As the Apple Watch's release date looms, developers are discussing their plans for the device. Wearable.com asked several developers about their plans, and came away with some interesting glimpses of what's to come. There are 21 third-party Watch apps referenced in Wearable's article, including many screenshots. 

 Our take on the news

As reports like this come out, we get a sense of what apps will do and look like on the Watch. I was skeptical at first but I'm starting to see how the Watch's delivery of "glance" information will be hugely convenient. Things like baseball scores, a grocery list, subway info and so on will take a second or two to be known. That's going to be huge.

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09:00
iOS 8.3 beta 2 Now Available

iOS 8.3 beta 2 Now Available

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09:00
iOS 8.3 beta 2 Now Available

iOS 8.3 beta 2 Now Available

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09:00
Xcode 6.3 beta 2 with Swift 1.2 Now Available

Xcode 6.3 beta 2 with Swift 1.2 Now Available

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09:00
Xcode 6.3 beta 2 with Swift 1.2 Now Available

Xcode 6.3 beta 2 with Swift 1.2 Now Available

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09:00
OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 (14D87h) Now Available

OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 (14D87h) Now Available

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09:00
OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 (14D87h) Now Available

OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 (14D87h) Now Available

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Surprise Attack Games has announced a Cat-astrophic new physics puzzler called Fort Meow! In the game, a young girl named Nia finds her grandfather’s journal which triggers an all mighty feline attack! Why do the cats want the journal? Who knows,... | Read more »

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