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Wednesday March 18

04:34
Kodi 14.2.rc1 - Powerful media center tool for Mac...

Kodi (was XBMC) is an award-winning free and open-source (GPL) software media player and entertainment hub that can be installed on Linux, OS X, Windows, iOS, and Android, featuring a 10-foot user interface for use with televisions and remote controls. It allows users to play and view most videos, music, podcasts, and other digital media files from local and network storage media and the internet.

Note: To install Kodi on OS X 10.9 Mavericks or later, you need to right-click the application after it has been installed and select "Open" from the list (this need only be done once). Alternatively, you can go to System Preferences -> Security & Privacy -> General. From there, unlock the lock at the bottom of the window and "Allow apps downloaded from: Anywhere." This second method is the preferred method, as you will no longer be bothered for future XBMC...

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04:33
Nisus Writer Pro for Mac OS X upgraded to version 2.1

Nisus Software has released Nisus Writer Pro 2.1, an update to their word processor for Mac OS X.

Now 640bit and sandboxed, version 2.1 includes iCloud support, autosave, versions, bug fixes, improvements, and macro language enhancements. These join a feature set that includes multilingual text support, powerful find and replace, a style system, and more.

Nisus Writer Pro 2.1 also contains the following fixes and additions:

°Added support for Mac OS X autosave, where changes to all opens documents are saved regularly;

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03:38
Lyft takes over SXSW to prove it's nothing like...

AUSTIN—On-demand transit app Uber is ubiquitous, but it typically hogs the ride-sharing spotlight for all the wrong reasons. Lyft is perfectly content to let its rival soak up the negative attention, because despite the constant comparisons between the two apps, their approach to business nothing alike.

Lyft has a reputation for friendliness. While its cars are no longer decked out in fuzzy pink mustaches (which some of us actually liked), the dashboard glowstache replacement is a welcoming sign. Riders hop in the front seat and get to know their drivers, though the introductory fist bump is no longer mandatory. Lyft hasn’t jumped into international markets like Uber because it wants to establish ride-sharing as a de facto public transportation system in the States first.

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03:26
Hear 1.2.3 - Improves audio quality and adds audio...

Hear greatly improves audio quality in movies and music throughout all of your Mac OS X applications. With Hear, music is richer, movie sound and dialog is clearer and games will blow you out of your chair!

  • 3D Sound - Like movies? like'em more with virtual cinema quality sound experience. Sound will approach you from all angles, even from behind. You are there with Hear.
  • Equalizer - Perfect your sound with Hear's studio quality N-band equalizer with built-in peak limiter. You've got control.
  • Speaker Correction - Control speaker resonance to increase frequency range and enhance sound.
  • Center Channel Control - Control the volume and width of the sound coming from your own virtual center-stage for performance-grade audio effects. A concert in your house.
  • Virtual Subwoofer - No Sub? No problem. Let Hear use your existing speakers to boost your bass. Don't you need more thump in your life?
  • Ambience - Fine tune...
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02:54
Voila 3.8.3 - Capture, annotate, organize, and share...

Voila is a screen-capture, recording, and annotation tool that is a full-featured replacement for Mac's screen-capture and screen-recording capabilities. It has a large and robust set of editing, organizing, annotation, and effects tools that allows the user to create and add details to screenshots, tutorials, videos, and presentations.

Voila lets you capture any shape, menu, webpage, or DOM element, capture multiple regions, and capture from iSight. Add annotations like arrows, text, lines, shapes, brushstrokes, paint, callouts, stamps, and images as annotations. Add cool effects such as filters, edges, and skew, and share via Mail, Flickr, FTP, SFTP, or iPhoto.

With Voila you can record full screen video or a selected region, along with the audio from the computer or from a mic. You can export videos in different file formats, or upload to YouTube, FTP, or SFTP.

Voila lets you organize images in smart collections and custom collections, along...

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01:56
Piper Jaffray: Apple has augmented reality R&D...

Apple is supposedly making a long play for augmented reality systems that one analyst believes will potentially pivot on the company's current push into fashion, an initiative set to bear fruit with Apple Watch in April.

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00:52
Chrome Canary now uses the web's speedier...

If you've been wondering about the fuss over the speedier HTTP/2 web standard, you now have an opportunity to check things out first-hand. Google has released the first version of its experimental Chrome Canary browser with support for the final draf...

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00:20
Xsan 4 & TimeMachine incremental backup problem

Forums: Troubleshooting

Hi All ,

I've been trying to backup a Xsan 4 Volume (10.10.2) on promise vtrak E610F with no luck .
once I've been trying host the Time Machine backup drive on OS X Server 10.0.2 and use it on one of the Xsans' clients .
every time the backup finishes , the client is trying to backup the all Xsan volume again and no incremental with an error message "Backup volume is out of space , find another place to backup to... "
alternatively , I've tried to connect the backup Volume and run the backup direct from there ,
but again it's not backup it incrementally , and running out of space after it's first backup .
am I missing something about xsan4 compatibility ?

Kind Regards ,
Pr0d

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00:02
The Big Picture: 2015's first extra intense X-...

Here's the first X-class solar flare of 2015, which erupted on March 11th. Here's the good part: it was so powerful it caused radio blackouts in many parts of the globe. According to NASA, it was an X2 flare: an explosion on the sun's surface that's ...

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Tuesday March 17

23:53
backup

Forums: Replication, Backups, and Archiving

hi all,

I have roughly 100TB on xsan, and would like to backup this data onto another san. I'm wondering if there are software out there that does good compression with video files. Allocating another 100TB would be so costly, son wondering how does every backup their data.

thank you

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22:35
Light therapy now treats even the deepest cancer

Light therapy is a safe, easy way to kill cancer and treat other diseases, but it's normally limited by its nature to illnesses that are skin-deep. Washington University researchers aren't daunted, however. They've developed a phototherapy method tha...

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21:01
Killer Deal: Apple's 128GB iPad Air (Wi-Fi + 4G...

Today only, readers can grab Apple's 128GB iPad Air (Wi-Fi + 4G LTE) in Silver/White for $529 with free shipping and no sales tax collected on orders shipped outside the state of NY.

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21:00
Apple Safari 8.0.4 - Apple's Web browser. (Free)

Note: Safari is available by opening App Store.app and clicking on the Updates tab.

Apple Safari is Apple's web browser that comes with OS X Yosemite. Safari is faster and more energy efficient than other browsers, so sites are more responsive and your notebook battery lasts longer between charges. Built-in privacy features are stronger than ever. It works with iCloud to let you browse seamlessly across all your devices. And it gives you great ways to find and share your favorites. Put it all together, and no other browser offers such a rich web experience.

Note: Safari 7.1.4 (for OS X 10.9) and 6.2.4 (for OS X 10.8) are also available, but only through Software Update in App Store.app.



Version 8.0.4: WebKit

  • Impact: Visiting a maliciously crafted website may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution
  • Description: Multiple memory corruption issues...

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20:59
OmniFocus 2.1.1 - GTD task manager with iOS...

OmniFocus helps you manage your tasks the way that you want, freeing you to focus your attention on the things that matter to you most.

Capturing tasks and ideas is always a keyboard shortcut away in OmniFocus 2. Clip data from Mail, Safari, Messages, or third-party apps. Bring up Quick Entry to file away an idea before it drifts away; it's always at your fingertips, waiting for more.

OmniFocus comes in two feature levels: Standard, available for $39.99; and Pro, available for $79.99.



Version 2.1.1:

  • Free Trial Period -- Fixed a problem with OmniFocus’ trial expiring unexpectedly.
  • Crashes -- Several crash fixes which didn’t make it into OmniFocus 2.1



  • OS X 10.10 or later



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20:57
Autodesk's new app lets kids design their own...

3D printers can build anything from prosthetics and musical instruments to Hershey chocolates. But, even as the technology continues to make strides with materials (metal, concrete, etc.) and takes on full-fledged architectural projects, it seems to ...

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20:06
Discovery and Viacom reportedly in talks to join...

Rumors surrounding Apple's purported subscription online television service are gathering steam, as a report on Tuesday claims Discovery and Viacom are in talks over partnership possibilities, joining other major content providers for what could be a disruptive product launch later this year.

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19:40
Windows 10 launches this summer in 190 countries

Microsoft's leaner, meaner, latest iteration of Windows is coming in just a few months, and it's launching in 170 countries, in 111 languages. Don't forget: Windows 10 is a free upgrade if you're already using Windows 7 or 8. Hiding in its imposing s...

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19:30
Daily Roundup: Nintendo's next-gen console, an...

Catch up on today's top stories in the Daily Roundup. Nintendo talks about its next-generation console and mobile gaming. Meanwhile, Google decided to remove the steering wheel from self-driving vehicles because humans are "unreliable" and a new web ...

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18:28
Apple is reportedly willing to share viewing data to...

Apple is apparently bending over backwards to make sure that its oft-rumored streaming TV service gets off the ground. New York Post sources claim that the company is willing to share viewer data with the networks, including demographics and viewing ...

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17:50
Apple leases two large Cupertino office buildings...

Recently discovered public documents show Apple has leased two buildings at Main Street Cupertino, an upcoming mixed use development currently under construction across from Apple's Campus 2 headquarters.

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17:43
Tesla’s Elon Musk says autonomous driving is a “...

Mike Ramsey for The Wall Street Journal

Mr. Musk has said Tesla plans to be the first company to offer customers an autopilot feature. “I think we will be the leader in autonomous cars that you can actually buy,” he said.

I still don’t know how I feel about this, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Musk be the first to market.

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17:37
Underwater Aussie wave farms pump both power and...

It isn't the motion of the ocean that matters so much as what you do with the waves. At one Australian naval base, those waves are being put to use providing steady streams of both electricity and potable water, all while generating zero emissions. I...

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17:30
Daily Deals for March 17, 2015, featuring...

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

MacPhun Focus [Now free, down from $9.99] To celebrate the launch of AppleWorld.Today, photo software developer Macphun is offering their popular Focus app for Mac for FREE readers of AWT.

This nifty photo software allows anyone to do a couple of super-cool things: (a) direct attention to the most interesting part of your photo and (b) use tilt-shift and motion blur effects towards...

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16:42
Health insurance data breach exposes 11 million...

Unfortunately, the days of massive health care data breaches are far from over. Premera Blue Cross has revealed that hackers breached its insurance customer data starting in May 2014, potentially exposing both the financial and medical records of 11 ...

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16:38
Credit Unions again lead latest round of 39 Apple...

Apple Pay momentum continues to propel the nascent payments system forward, and Apple on Tuesday announced the addition of 39 participating financial institutions, 27 of which are credit unions.

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16:23
Apple Reportedly Working On an Online TV Service

An anonymous reader writes: According to a Wall Street Journal report (paywalled) Apple is in negotiations with media companies to develop an online TV service. The service will include a bundle of roughly 25 channels, so less popular channels will have a very difficult time fighting for a spot. Most major networks should be present, although NBC's participation is dubious because of its ties to Comcast, which would be in direct competition with Apple's service. "If Apple can offer a comprehensive, albeit slimmed-down, bundle for $30 to $40 a month, that could force distributors to cut prices or eat into margins to retain subscribers. At Comcast, for example, average video revenue per user should be about $79.45 in 2015, according to UBS. Meanwhile, its programming costs per average subscriber should be about $39.60. Those costs may need to rise. That roughly 50% gross margin looks vulnerable."

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16:17
Nisus Writer Pro 2.1

Adds support for Mac OS X autosave and document versioning. ($79 new, free update, 188 MB)

 

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16:00
Today in the App Store -- ColorStrokes, VSCO Cam and...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today's notable apps include a discount on ColorStrokes, the new Adventures of Poco Eco - Lost Sounds game, and an update to VSCO Cam. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

ColorStrokes [Now free, down from $1.99] iPhone version of the most popular Color Splash app for Mac.

Boom Boat [Now free, down from $1.99] An unknown menace is lurking at the bottom of the sea.

Quotes Folder [Now free, down from $0.99] Collect and share the quotes and famous phrases you love. Includes quotes in 5...

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15:58
The NYPD is trying a more precise gunshot detection...

Zeroing in on the precise source of gunfire is next to impossible in densely packed cities like New York City. Shots reverberate off of building facades, obscuring the shooter's location and costing law enforcement precious response time. But with a ...

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15:54
Apple Pay adds over 30 banks and credit unions,...

Apple has added dozens of new banks and credit unions to its list of institutions that support its Apple Pay mobile payment service. The new banks include several credit unions from around the United States as well as Charles Schwab Bank, RBC Bank, and other notable additions. The more than 30 banks added today are rolling out ahead of next month’s Apple Watch launch which will support making Apple Pay payments in stores. Below is the list of newly added banks as well as the full list of banks and credit unions where Apple Pay is currently supported:

America’s Christian Credit Union
America’s Credit Union
Arizona Federal Credit Union
BankPlus
BMI Federal Credit Union
Canton School Employees FCU
Charles Schwab Bank
Clearview Federal Credit Union
First Community Bank & Trust...

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15:45
The Week in Mac Apps: Redesign your home with...

Redesign your home with Planner 5D, use AudioMate for your audio controls, and more

This week’s roundup of new Mac apps includes an app that helps you keep up with your favorite musicians, an app that can batch-convert your photos to different file formats, and an app that helps you calculate fractions (so you don't have to!).

Anime Studio Debut 10 10.1.3

Smith Micro Software’s $40 Anime Studio Debut 10 (Mac App Store Link) is a complete animation package that lets you create and export your very own cartoons.

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

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15:41
Hundreds of iOS apps vulnerable to HTTPS-based FREAK...

A report on Tuesday points out that a recent SSL/TSL vulnerability dubbed "FREAK" is not restricted to Web browsers and can affect mobile apps, leaving hundreds of iOS apps open to potential man-in-the-middle attacks.

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15:38
Apple leases new ‘Main Street’ office space in...

Apple recently picked up approximately 260,000 square feet of office space not far from its new Campus 2 project in Cupertino, as noted in a lease discovered this week by Silicon Valley Business Journal.

The buildings are part of a new, downtown-style mixed-use center rapidly taking shape next to Vallco Shopping Mall… Apple Inc., brokers with real estate services firm DTZ and the property owner either declined to comment or didn’t respond to my requests, but the lease was disclosed in a document filed with the county on Monday.

While Apple is constructing its Apple Campus...

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15:32
NBC's rumored Apple TV app may require a cable...

According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple is getting ready to launch an internet-based TV service this fall. Interestingly, though, one of the most prominent US television networks, NBC, reportedly won't be a part of the technology giant's upcoming...

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15:25
The Special Edition iPhone for Emerging Markets is a...

Last week we posted a report titled "Apple is working with Intel on a New Special Smartphone for Emerging Markets." Outside of China, some have asked why would Apple care about the other BRIC countries like India, Russia and Brazil. Well a new study published yesterday spells out that smartphone ...

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15:03
Microsoft still powers Ford's in-car tech...

Ford may have ditched Microsoft for the next generation of its Sync interface, but that doesn't mean Microsoft no longer has a place in Blue Oval's cars. If anything, it's more important than ever. Ford has unveiled the Service Delivery Network, a cl...

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15:00
AWT News Update: March 17, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Featured Image: Unlimited Vacation Club

By faith and begorrah, it's St. Patrick's Day, so grab a green beer and listen in on your friendly leprechaun Steve O'Sande who is bringing you the Apple news o' the day.

  • According to the Wall Street Journal and New York Times, it appears that Apple will finally offer a streaming TV service later this year, making it easier and more affordable for people to cut the cable subscriptions.
  • The Facebook Messenger app for iOS is rolling out a new feature that lets friends send money to each other. 
  • TidBITS reports that iCloud is having issues receiving messages from Gmail.
  • Apple wins a $100 million patent licensing lawsuit after losing a big one last month.

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14:58
Apple made new Apple Watch charging bracelets and...

Apple has its own magnetic charging bracelet for Apple Watch, but it will likely be limited to retail displays to keep devices on retail store floors charged for extended periods of time. In addition, the company has developed a special case capable of storing and charging 10 Apple Watches at once, allowing retail employees to help customers wanting to try the Apple Watch on in-store. 

An FCC application for the Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Bracelet was recently published online detailing “a stainless steel magnetic charging bracelet which includes an inductive charging coil to charge the Apple Watch.” The bracelet is attached to a 1-meter cable, allowing all of the Watches under Apple’s...

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14:55
Facebook Messenger gains app-based person-to-person...

In "coming months," Facebook is rolling out person-to-person money transfers in its Messenger apps for iOS, Android, and the Web, the social network announced on Tuesday.

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14:50
Send money to friends in Facebook Messenger

It looks really easy and you can even use it on iOS with Touch ID.

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14:45
Meerkat aims to push out new features

As a response, Meerkat plans to introduce new tools for discovering people, Rubin said.

Twitter “escalated our decision-making a little bit forward,” the CEO said. “We need to provide users a way to discover more people and search more people.”

This is going to get really interesting. I’ve never seen so many people as excited about a new tech in such a short time as I’ve seen with Meerkat.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:40
HTTPS-crippling FREAK exploit affects thousands of...

While almost all the attention paid to the HTTPS-crippling FREAK vulnerability has focused on browsers, consider this: thousands of Android and iOS apps, many with finance, shopping, and medical uses, are also vulnerable to the same exploit that decrypts passwords, credit card details, and other sensitive data sent between handsets and Internet servers.

Security researchers from FireEye recently examined the most popular apps on Google Play and the Apple App Store and found 1,999 titles that left users wide open to the encryption downgrade attack. Specifically, 1,228 Android apps with one million or more downloads were vulnerable, while 771 out of the top 14,079 iOS apps were susceptible. Vulnerable apps were those that used—or in the case of iOS, could use—an affected crypto library and connected to servers that offered weak...

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14:36
The mistake with Google Glass

Google was wrong to let expectations about its Glass wearable gadget get overheated, the head of the Google X research lab said on Tuesday.

Google made a lot of mistakes with Glass. However, don’t forget that Tony Fadell, the man who made the iPod and founded Nest after leaving Apple, is now in charge of Google Glass.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:32
Latest Safari update brings fixes for WebKit...

Apple on Tuesday issued new versions of its Safari Web browser for OS X with fixes for two WebKit vulnerabilities that could allow maliciously crafted code to run on a target Mac.

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14:30
Jury clears Apple in patent infringement case

The jury deliberated for about five hours before delivering its verdict on Monday night. The company, whose patents were originally held by Nokia Corp, was seeking $100 million in damages at trial. It said it was entitled to a portion of Apple’s device sales, and of similar, future devices. Apple pegged damages, if any, at less than $1 million.

The jury also rejected Apple’s claim that Core Wireless breached its obligation to license its patents, which are considered essential in the industry, on fair and non-discriminatory terms.

So what happens to these patents now? Apple basically said it would be happy paying under $1 million, but the jury said they had to pay nothing. Are the patents worthless? Oh the patent system is so confusing.

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14:29
eBay and Sotheby's high-end auctions will...

You wouldn't expect to be let in to a fine art auction wearing nothing but tighty whities, but starting April 1st, no one's going to be able to stop you. Sotheby's has teamed up with its digital counterpart, eBay, to launch its long-promised digital ...

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14:28
Apple releases Safari security updates for Yosemite...

Apple today released a trio of OS X security updates for the Safari web browser, labeled 8.0.4, 7.1.4, and 6.2.4 for OS X Yosemite, Mavericks, and Mountain Lion, respectively. The updates revolve around fixes for WebKit:

Impact:  Visiting a maliciously crafted website may lead to an
unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution
Description:  Multiple memory corruption issues existed in WebKit.
These issues were addressed through improved memory handling.

Impact:  Inconsistent user interface may prevent users from
discerning a phishing attack
Description:  A user interface inconsistency existed in Safari that
allowed an attacker to misrepresent the URL. This issue was addressed
through improved user interface consistency checks.

The updates are available from the Mac App Store’s Software Update tab. An update is not yet...

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14:20
Google Play adds app review process and ratings

I think it’s good that Google has an app review process—at least it can slow down the wild west of apps on its store. Ratings are always a plus too.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:49
Apple receives final FCC approvals for Apple Watch...

Ahead of the Apple Watch launch next month, Apple has removed language from its website signaling it has received all necessary final approvals from the US Federal Communications Commission.

Up until today, Apple’s website included the following footnote noting that the device had not yet been authorized by the FCC for sale:

This device has not been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission. This device is not, and may not be, offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained.

While the language on Apple’s site only refers to the FCC, Apple is likely required to gain approvals from authorities in some of the other countries receiving the device next month. Apple will launch Apple...

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13:25
Apple security updates

This document outlines security updates for Apple products.

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13:17
New movie set photos show Michael Fassbender as NeXT...

Production continues on Sony's upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, and newly leaked set photos reveal some of what director Danny Boyle is currently filming at the San Francisco Opera House.

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13:15
About the security content of Safari 8.0.4, Safari 7...

This document describes the security content of Safari 8.0.4, Safari 7.1.4, and Safari 6.2.4.

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13:14
Facebook's Instant Messaging App adds New...

A new report today reveals that Facebook’s instant messaging service, which is one of the largest platforms in the world with more than 500 million monthly users, isn’t just for sending smiley faces and photos anymore. No, now you can use it to send money instantly to your friends.

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13:09
iCloud Not Receiving Mail Reliably from Gmail

iCloud users are reporting problems receiving email messages sent from Gmail. There doesn’t appear to be anything that can be done about it, other than pointing Gmail-based correspondents to an alternative email address.

 

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12:57
News: Report: Apple offering to share data with...

Apple plans to incentivize participation in its upcoming TV service by offering to share data with its programming partners, the New York Post reports. A report earlier today revealed that Apple is planning a web TV service expected to be released this fall, and this latest information indicates that the company has found it necessary to make certain concessions to get broadcast networks and others on board. Shared data would include who the viewers…

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12:51
Opinion: My cable subscription woes and the appeal...

My cable provider is pretty terrible. I don’t need to name any names because this likely applies to your cable provider as well. They are all horrible. I often experience drops on popular channels, get bonus filler channels that no one wants, and see indiscriminate additional subscription fees and charges without any real reason. This Onion article, though it is satire, doesn’t stray too far from the truth.

For a very casual TV watcher, it’s not a great experience – to put it mildly.

So the prospect of an Apple web TV service with a price tag of around $40, as the WSJ and others reported last night, is highly appealing to me if it means I can catch the few shows I watch now without the hassle of my cable...

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12:45
Review: PowerSkin Pop’n 3 for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6...

PowerSkin introduced its Pop'n 2 battery pack last October, and the company has already released a new edition, Pop'n 3 ($50). While Pop'n 2 relied on a separate Lightning connector to attach the pack to an iPhone, Pop'n 3 includes a built-in Lightning cable — the pack can also come with a micro-USB connector instead. As expected from Pop'n, the pack's suction cups remain, enabling the battery to stick to the back of an iPhone. The phone can then be used while charging. Pop'n 3 also has a circular sticky pad in the middle. Like Pop'n 2, Pop'n 3 uses a 4000 mAh battery.{/exp:char_limit}

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12:34
Facebook Messenger rolling out feature to let...

Facebook has today announced it is rolling out a new feature for users that will let friends send money to each other, through its Facebook Messenger app. Like similar services, a simple tap allows users to send a cash amount to their recipient in a single step.

Users must first associate a Visa or MasterCard debit card to their Facebook accounts. Then, a ‘$’ symbol appears in the Facebook Messenger user interface alongside the chatbox. Sharing credit card information with Facebook is a dangerous prospect for many people, although the company says it will not monetize the service ‘at this time’. For the time being, sending money has no charge per transaction above the cash...

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12:27
Big Robo-Bird Trains to Be Fastest on 2 Feet


Becoming the fastest of its kind is just a byproduct of the ATRIAS robot's primary objective. Oregon State University's biped is the focus of a loftier goal: to build an entire industry on its leg locomotion mechanics. ATRIAS -- for "Assume The Robot Is A Sphere" -- has its origins at OSU, but there are three prototypes of the bird-like bot. The other two are in labs at the University of Michigan and Carnegie Mellon, which collaborated with OSU on development of the robot's controls.

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12:17
Apple reportedly offering viewer data to TV partners...

With rumors flying about an Apple television subscription service in the works for release this year, new details have started to emerge about what kinds of deals the tech company will make with its content partners. The NY Post says that these deals will involve Apple turning over certain data about its users to programmers to help solidify its agreements.

Apple is reportedly giving TV partners a lot of leeway, allowing each network to decide how...

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12:15
See how that Apple Watch looks on your wrist before...

After the iPad was announced -- but before it actually appeared in stores -- a friend of mine here in Denver created some mock iPads made by printing up a full-size image of an iPad and then gluing it onto Foamcore. The result was convincing enough that I walked into an Apple Store with the mockup and got more attention than I wanted from employees and customers alike. Well, now you can see how an Apple Watch in any size and with most bands will look on your wrist, thanks to ExactFitnessApps

Some brilliant person at that company (developer of EXACTivity Pro, Exact Fitness Timer Pro,...

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12:11
iFixit teardown, tests reveal 2015 13-inch MacBook...

If you were hoping for a tangible reason to invest in a new 2015 MacBook Air, it might have arrived in the form of a faster solid state drive.

Last week, Apple refreshed its MacBook Air lineup, adding Broadwell chips and Intel 6000 graphics. Both models received the same processor updates, but the 13-inch MacBook Air got an extra boost in the form of new PCIe-based flash storage that Apple says is “up to two times faster” than the flash storage used in the previous generation MacBook Air. The 11-inch MacBook Air did not receive the same flash storage update.

The cool cats at iFixit decided to test Apple’s “two...

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12:10
Hype 3.0.1 - Create animated and interactive Web...

Hype allows you to create beautiful animated and interactive web content.
Hype's HTML5 output works on all modern browsers and mobile devices like iPhones and iPads. No coding required.

The Easiest Way to Animate & Add Interactivity:

  • Keyframe-based animation system
  • Record mode watches your every move, automatically creating keyframes as needed
  • Manually add, remove, and rearrange keyframes to fine-tune your content
  • Create natural curves by clicking and dragging on an element's motion path to add bezier control points
  • Make scenes for organization or flow, and use actions to switch between them with smooth transitions
  • Use the power of multiple simultaneous timelines to run animations based on user events

Harness the Power of HTML5:

  • Outputs state-of-the-art HTML5, CSS3 styles, and JavaScript
  • Integrate video and audio for stunning multimedia documents...

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12:06
Compatibility of Fibre Channel storage devices with...

This article lists the Fibre Channel storage hardware that's compatible with Xsan and OS X.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT200236

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12:00
Apple Luring TV Content Partners With Promises of...

Apple is having more luck getting content partners to participate in its upcoming streaming service by promising to share data with them, reports the New York Post. News of Apple's most recent streaming television plans surfaced yesterday, after The Wall Street Journal reported the company was in talks with programmers like CBS, Disney, and Fox for a service that may launch in June.

Apple has struggled to create a streaming service for several years, but has continually run into problems negotiating deals with cable companies and content providers who...

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12:00
First look: Apple's Force Touch trackpad on the...

The newest revision of Apple's littlest MacBook Pro packs faster flash memory and Intel's latest Broadwell chips, but the star of the show is its new Force Touch trackpad. AppleInsider went hands-on with the clickless wonder to see if it upholds Apple's tradition of finger-navigating excellence.

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11:56
AppDynamics offers Apple Watch apps monitoring,...

AppDynamics, an application intelligence company, says its Application Intelligence Platform will support applications designed for the new Apple Watch. This includes real-time monitoring and analytics support for the WatchKit extension that controls the Apple Watch’s user interface and responses to user interactions.

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11:30
Nintendo bows to investor pressure, announces plans...

Sometimes you’ve got to do what the investors tell you to do, even if it means bringing the crown jewels to other platforms.

Still, the upside is that it brings Mario to your iOS device.

Nintendo announced on Tuesday that it has partnered with Japanese mobile game maker DeNA to jointly develop games for smartphones, tablets and PCs, meaning that new titles based on iconic franchises such as Mario, Pokemon and Zelda could soon be available on devices such as iPhone, iPad and Mac. Nintendo will purchase a 10% stake in DeNA for US$182 million as part of a cross-shareholding deal.

Nintendo consistently refused to license its...

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11:29
Microsoft to Introduce "Windows Hello"...

In November we posted a report titled "Intel Event Showcased Three New Technologies for 2015 PC's." One of those technologies that are coming to PC's this fall with Intel's Skylake processor is YAP ("You are the Password"). It works with Intel's RealSense technology. This means ...

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11:14
Apple luring TV content owners for streaming service...

Apple has reportedly offered to partially open its customer data trove to content owners if they sign on to its new web television initiative, marking a stark turn for the company that has traditionally balked at sharing information with partners.

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11:00
Backerjack Podcast Episode 10: Making music, cooking...

It’s a bit of deja vu as Steve and Ross check out a very different kind of connected lock from the Sesame lock and a MIDI alternatives to Opho Keys, both discussed in Episode 9, In this first double-digit episode, the podcast takes on:

  • the Artiphon INSTRUMENT 1, a MIDI instrumen t that not only offers a symphony full of sounds, but a multitude of ways to play
  • a new connected lock and alarm for bicycles and motorcycles called the ...
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10:43
Nomad Pod promises to be first portable battery pack...

Accessory maker Nomad has announced the Pod, an unusual portable battery pack designed explicitly for the Apple Watch, allowing the iPhone accessory to last beyond the advertised 18-hour uptime.

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10:36
Google Now Manually Reviews Play Store Submissions,...

Google on Tuesday announced two changes to the Play Store that it hopes will result in an improved experience for both developers and users. The first is a new review process where apps submitted for approval are manually reviewed by a team of employees at Google before the software is published on the Play Store. Google claims it began manually reviewing apps several months ago, with no noticeable change in approval times during the rollout.

The move to human reviewers marks a significant change for the Play Store, as the ability for developers to have apps go through a quick and automatic review process was a major differentiating factor over Apple's tedious review process for the App Store on iPhone and iPad. Nevertheless, Google says it will continue to help developers get their apps published on the Play Store within hours of submission, rather than days or weeks....

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10:34
Microsoft is testing a New PC Stick Concept in Korea

Today Microsoft's South Korean Software unit released a statement that it will launch a new Windows-based sub-miniature PC in South Korea in late May.

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10:28
Mail Designer Pro for Mac OS X revved to version 2.1

Equinux (www.equinux.com) has announced Mail Designer Pro 2.1, an update of the Mac OS X software that lets you create HTML-mails and newsletters with an optimized layout for mobile devices.

Version 2.1 sports mobile-optimized Team and Business designs designed to make it easy to send emails, memos, notes, links, invites and more using incredible mobile-reponsive designs. There are also bug fixes and minor tweaks.

Mail Designer Pro is available for 50% off (US$49.99) for a limited time. It requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.

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10:26
iCloud users report Gmail “too many rejections”...

Numerous complaints in Apple’s discussion forums have spotlighted a problem preventing iCloud.com and me.com email addresses from receiving Google Gmail messages, with delays lasting hours or days. Noted in reader tips and confirmed by 9to5Mac, the issue occurs when a message is sent from a Gmail account to an @iCloud.com or @me.com address, resulting in an extended delivery delay and/or this failure message from Apple’s servers:

451 4.5....

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10:01
Photos from the set of upcoming biopic provide...

Some new photos posted to Instagram from the set of the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic have given us our second look at star Michael Fassbender in the lead role as the Apple co-founder (via MacRumors). One of the photos, seen above from Instagram user “raqu3l” shows Fassbender as Jobs filming on a street outside the San Francisco Opera House.

The second photo (seen below, via Instagram user “seannung”), features a prop poster from the same location. On the poster, Fassbender poses with the NeXT Computer. That imagery, paired with a NeXT slogan, logo, and a quote from Steve Jobs, indicates that production crews are filming scenes surrounding the unveiling of the first NeXT product. That machine was revealed at the Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall...

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10:00
Inateck 3 Port USB 3.0 Hub with Gigabit Ethernet...

Traveling light doesn’t mean that you don’t have a need to connect to peripherals and high-speed Ethernet, so lightweight USB hubs and Ethernet adapters are worth their weight in gold when you’re a road warrior. Today we’re looking at Inateck’s 3 Port USB 3.0 Hub with Gigabit Ethernet Adapter (HBU3VL3-4) (US$39.99 MSRP, $22.99 on Amazon), a top-rated hub on Amazon and a handy piece of equipment to have in your laptop bag.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 4.33 x 1.26 x 0.79 inches (110 x 32 x 20mm)
  • Weight: 2.09 oz (59 grams)
  • Cable Length: 11.81 inches (300mm)
  • Interface: USB 3.0 (three) and RJ45 (one, Gigabit Ethernet)

Design

Since Apple’s new USB-C MacBook won’t be out for another three weeks, that means that most of us have two methods of connecting peripherals to our MacBooks — USB and Thunderbolt. The Inateck 3 Port Hub...

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09:47
Amid rumors of Apple subscription TV service, Sling...

The Sling TV subscription service is now available on Xbox One, and will add A&E, History, and Lifetime later this month, expanding its offerings as new rumors suggest Apple plans to compete with its own subscription service starting this fall.

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09:42
Apple May be Investigating a Satellite Service from...

We just posted a report titled "Rumor Hints that this could be the Year of Apple TV," and one of the points made was that some of Apple's new TV channels have been rather local. For instance, Apple TV consumers in the U.S. will get HBO Now next month – but Canada and likely most of the world, won't. So how could Apple take Apple TV to the next level? Offer the new Apple TV bundles on a new satellite service ...

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09:38
News: NBC plans Apple TV app release in second half...

Despite being cut out of negotiations to be included in Apple’s stripped-down TV subscription service, NBC is still aiming at having an app on Apple TV by the second half of 2015, 9to5Mac reports. The NBC app would function like content apps for TV channels currently available on Apple TV, requiring a verifiable cable subscription to function. The other major networks — ABC, CBS and Fox — will reportedly be included in Apple’s own…

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09:36
Upcoming Steve Jobs biography exposes Apple co-...

A new excerpt from the upcoming biography Becoming Steve Jobs illustrates some of the lesser-known aspects of the Apple co-founder's life, including succession plans, his decline, and his involvement with Campus 2, the new Apple headquarters under construction in Cupertino.

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09:34
Michael Fassbender Depicted as Steve Jobs in New...

Filming has progressed on the upcoming Steve Jobs movie starring Michael Fassbender, and a few weeks ago, film crews were spotted at the San Francisco Opera House. As of yesterday, hundreds of extras were hired to take part in a scene and a few photos leaked, giving us details on what's being filmed at the location.

The scene being filmed in the Opera House appears to be the 1988 unveiling of the NeXT Computer, the first computer developed by Steve Jobs after he left Apple. A movie prop poster hung on one of the walls in the Opera House depicts Michael Fassbender as Jobs, posing with the NeXT Computer, which was often referred to as "The Cube" due to its shape.

Image via Instagram user seannung
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09:24
Geekbench 3.3.2 - Measure processor and memory...

Geekbench provides a comprehensive set of benchmarks engineered to quickly and accurately measure processor and memory performance. Designed to make benchmarks easy to run and easy to understand, Geekbench takes the guesswork out of producing robust and reliable benchmark results.



Version 3.3.2:

  • Reduced AES multi-core score variability on systems with two or more NUMA nodes.
  • Fixed crashes that occurred in low memory situations on Android.
  • Fixed a bug that caused benchmark results to print incorrectly on OS X.
  • Fixed sharing benchmark results using "Share via Gmail" on Android Lollipop.
  • Fixed bugs that prevented the battery test from starting automatically on certain Android devices.
  • Fixed a bug that could prevent Geekbench from reporting the battery level on Android.
  • Fixed bugs that could cause the battery test to crash on iOS.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when viewing...

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09:16
Use AirPlay to wirelessly stream content from your...

With AirPlay, you can stream music, photos, and videos to your Apple TV, or stream music to your AirPort Express or AirPlay-enabled speakers. And with AirPlay Mirroring, you can display your iOS screen on your Apple TV.

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09:13
Facebook Talks Tough About Online Harassment


Facebook on Monday issued a new set of community standards, including provisions designed to clamp down on revenge porn, bullying, threats and other forms of online harassment. "We have zero tolerance for any behavior that puts people in danger, whether someone is organizing or advocating real-world violence or bullying other people," wrote Monika Bickert, head of global product policy, and Justin Osofsky, vice president of global operations, in a letter posted online.

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09:01
New video shows Android Wear accepting incoming...

Last month developer Mohammad Abu-Garbeyyeh managed to get an Android Wear-based smartwatch to display notifications from an iPhone, even though Google’s wearable OS doesn’t support Apple’s mobile devices (at least, not yet).

A new video posted by the software dev today shows an Android Wear watch working with the iPhone’s calling function. In the video, an incoming call on the iPhone is answered using the Android watch. Abu-Garbeyyeh says he simulated the gesture to answer to phone call on the watch in software to avoid filling the video frame with his hand, but the functionality works perfectly just as it would with an Android device.

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09:00
Laundry innovator wrings insights and productivity...

Today’s post about Office 365 was written by John Buccola, chief information officer at WASH Multifamily Laundry Systems.

I had been on the job barely a week when WASH made its biggest acquisition ever: Coinamatic, Canada’s largest multifamily laundry service. Overnight, our company grew by a third, and I had to do my part to get email and other services to our 300 new team members as quickly as possible—connecting them to the culture and the business.

It hasn’t slowed down since.

WASH Multifamily Laundry Systems installs washers and dryers in apartment complexes, military bases, college dorms and other multifamily settings. We’ve grown like crazy since the company was founded in 1947, doubling in the past five years. Today we have more than half a million installed machines in 75,000 locations throughout the United States and Canada. Five million people do their...

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09:00
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 4TB External HDD $100, iOttie...

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:

Samsung D3 Station 4TB Desktop External Hard Drive $100 shipped (Reg. $150)

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09:00
Universitas Gadjah Mada—enhancing learning and...

Today’s post on Office 365 was written by Widyawan, Ph.D. and director of the Directorate of Systems and Information Resources at the Universitas Gadjah Mada.

Our educational philosophy at the Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) is deeply rooted in the culture of our country: the university was founded shortly after we declared independence in 1945. We are committed to preparing our students for a modern, global workplace. So while our students fulfill their mandatory, two-month rural community service, you’ll likely find them using mobile devices to access their latest class assignments. It’s scenarios like this that reflect the high priority we place on using technology to improve the quality of our academic services. As the director of the Directorate of Systems and Information Resources, I am responsible for integrating technology and educational resources to transform...

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09:00
White House 2016 budget in 3D using Power Map for...

Today’s post was written by Igor Peev, senior program manager on the Power Map for Excel team.

On February 19th, I received an email from Vice President Joe Biden. I have never had the pleasure to meet our Vice President and I was a little surprised. The email looked legit and not like a phishing scam. The subject of the email was “Good Job.” I figured the email was sent to millions of people and I was one of them, but because I like compliments, I opened it.

The first sentence in the email read, “This time of year, I like to break out a little saying: Don’t tell me what you value, show me your budget and I’ll tell you what you value.” I searched the web for “White House budget dataset,” and found just the thing I was looking for. The dataset containing the information about the White House 2016 budget announcement was posted as a...

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09:00
Pivots is a fast, fun math game for iPhone

Pivots for iPhone (free with in-app purchase) is a clever little game that makes me question my addition skills. The premise is simple: arrange a row of numbers so that they add up to 15. Succeed and gain points. Fail, and lose time from the ticking clock. Here's our look at Pivots.

First off, Pivots is a nice-looking game. The four toolbar icons -- help, leaders, restore and share -- are minimal and convey their function clearly. The logo is cute, too, with a "heavy Sharpie marker" feel, and the friendly "Play!" button belies the tricky task at hand.

The game presents a 5x5 grid of single-digit numbers, all color-coded on a field of black (all 5's are yellow, 4's are purple and so on). As the game begins, you have 45 seconds to arrange rows so that they add up to 15. To arrange a row you may "pivot" an L-shaped, three-number section of blocks. Do so correctly and the new alignment will create at...

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08:58
VirtualBox 4.3.26 - x86 virtualization software. (...

VirtualBox is a family of powerful x86 virtualization products for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL).

Presently, VirtualBox runs on Windows, Linux and Mac hosts and supports a large number of guest operating systems including but not limited to Windows (NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista), DOS/Windows 3.x, Linux (2.4 and 2.6), and OpenBSD.

VirtualBox is being actively developed with frequent releases and has an ever growing list of features, supported guest operating systems and platforms it runs on. VirtualBox is a community effort backed by a dedicated company: everyone is encouraged to contribute while innotek ensures the product always meets professional quality criteria.



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08:56
Opinion: Don’t hold your breath for real Nintendo...

My feelings for Nintendo are complicated. I’ve loved its games ever since the original Donkey Kong, owned every Nintendo console (including the Virtual Boy), and recommended the Wii U as the best game console for families and kids. But if I was mildly displeased with Nintendo as a company during its haughtiest years — the time when most of its key third-party developers walked away — I’m downright angry with it today. At a press conference in Japan this morning, Nintendo announced its second collaboration with a mobile game publisher in two months, the headline from which was what millions of people have been waiting years to read:

...

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08:55
NBC plans cable-dependent Apple TV app for second...

Despite reports that NBC Universal is not involved in negotiations for Apple’s upcoming subscription TV replacement service, NBC still hopes to arrive on the Apple TV as soon as the second half of 2015, according to a source with knowledge of NBC’s digital roadmap. A recent presentation slide provided by the source shows that NBC wants to launch Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Xbox apps during the second half of this year, following its existing apps for iOS and Android devices. NBC also would like to add new affiliate stations, Nielsen Rating integration, and support for...

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08:49
Nisus Writer Pro 2.1 - Multilingual word processor...

Nisus Writer Pro is a powerful multilingual word processor, similar to its entry level products, but brings new features such as table of contents, indexing, bookmarks, widow and orphan control, cross references, line numbering, and text wrap around images.

Familiar Classic features are also on board, like attribute-sensitive find and replace, an upgraded Nisus macro language, and glossaries.

We have also improved a number of existing features. For example, we've added a variety of additional options to control the display of notes. Footnotes can now also span across pages.



Version 2.1:

Note: Now requires OS X 10.7.5 or later running on a 64-bit Intel processor.

Major Changes

  • Added support for Mac OS X autosave, where changes to all opens documents are saved regularly.
  • Added support for Mac OS X document versioning, where...

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08:49
Rumor: Apple to begin offering rewards for non-...

There’s now a reward system in place for turning non-iPhone smartphones in to Apple.

Sources have stated that Apple is planning to add Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone handsets to the list of acceptable trade-ins for its Reuse and Recycling Program, which exchanges used hardware for Apple Store gift cards.

Apple is apparently preparing to expand its Reuse and Recycling Program to include non-iOS handsets, including hardware running iOS nemesis Android.

Under Apple’s current program, first launched in 2011, iPhone users can nab an Apple Store gift card worth up to US$175 for a fully functional 64GB iPhone 5s. The company will reportedly offer similar deals...

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08:29
Rumor: Apple talking with content partners, looking...

Apple appears to be building its own television service.

The technology giant is in talks with programmers to offer a slimmed-down bundle of TV networks this fall, according to sources. The service would have about 25 channels, anchored by broadcasters such as ABC, CBS and Fox and would be available on Apple devices such as the Apple TV, they said.

For now, the talks don’t involve NBCUniversal, owner of the NBC broadcast network and cable channels like USA and Bravo, because of a falling-out between Apple and NBCUniversal parent company Comcast Corp., the people familiar with the matter said.

Apple and...

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08:22
Rumor Hints that this could be the Year of Apple TV

Apple is in talks with several broadcasters to offer an online TV service this fall. WSJ's Shalini Ramachandran explains what could be in the works in this new video report.

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08:14
BusyContacts Turbo Charges Mac Contact Management

Need to go beyond Apple’s Contacts app? BusyContacts — by the same folks who brought you BusyCal — is for those who need to manage relationships with contacts or are just plain dissatisfied with Apple’s bare-bones offering.

 

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08:06
News: Apple cleared in wireless patent infringement...

A federal jury has found that Apple did not infringe on five wireless technology patents, Reuters reports. The patents are owned by Canadian company Conversant Intellectual Property Management Inc., which bought Core Wireless Licensing Sarl and its 2,000 Nokia patents and patent applications in 2011, including the communications protocols for the 2G, 3G and 4G standards on which most mobile communication is based. Core Wireless sued Apple in 2012,…

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08:02
Google follows Apple's lead, introduces human...

After years of depending solely on automated processes to weed out malicious or otherwise undesirable apps from Google Play, the search giant announced on Tuesday that it has added human reviewers to the mix in a move that more closely aligns its practices with Apple's.

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08:01
“Your naivety over Nintendo is astounding.”

Some Claim Chowder™ directed at and detected by M.G.Siegler.

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08:00
Bring the Apple Store experience home with this...

If you are looking for a unique apartment, you should check out this living space located inside an Apple Store building. As noted by ifoapplestore, this two-bedroom, two-bath luxury apartment in Brisbane, Australia costs US$495,000 and includes amenities such as an in-building fitness center, access to an underground car park and a swimming pool. The building is a historic site, serving as General Douglas MacArthur’s Pacific headquarters during World War II.

The MacArthur’s Chambers building isn't the first location to combine living space with an Apple Store. Lodging also is available in five other Apple Store locations including the Pudong China, Opéra (Paris) and Princes Street (Edinburgh) stores.

Our take on the news:
Living near an Apple Store may be a memorable experience, but you better make sure you...

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07:48
Opinion: Do we need to use the Apple Watch to know...

I’m a self-confessed smartwatch skeptic. Early attempts like the original Pebble just seemed to me an extremely ugly solution in search of a problem. Some of the later models, like the Moto 360 and LG G Watch R (as well as the rather familiar-looking latest Pebble), overcame the ‘ugly’ part, but I still couldn’t see a reason to want one. I haven’t worn a watch for more than a decade, and smartwatches weren’t showing me any reason to change that.

Then along came the...

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07:38
WSJ: Apple plans 25-ish channel TV service with...

Rumors of an Apple-created television service have been around for almost as long as the rumors about an Apple-created television set, but a new report from the Wall Street Journal suggests we may know more soon. The WSJ claims that Apple will be launching a 25-or-so channel TV service for $30 or $40 a month that would include ABC, CBS, Fox, and various subsidiary channels like ESPN and FX.

NBC is not part of the current talks, apparently because of conflicts with parent company Comcast. Apple's plans had previously been expected to include some kind of partnership with cable companies, combining their infrastructure and content with Apple's hardware and software. The Journal says those plans have been nixed, again because of...

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07:10
Nintendo partnering with Japanese mobile game...

Nintendo today announced that it is partnering with Japanese mobile gaming company DeNA to  produce smartphone games featuring Nintendo characters. 

Nintendo and DeNA intend to jointly operate new gaming applications featuring Nintendo IP, which they will develop specifically for smart devices. Consequently, Nintendo expects to benefit from new business opportunities as more consumers encounter Nintendo IP, and DeNA expects to strengthen its core business of mobile gaming internationally through the use of Nintendo IP.

The games will be original titles, optimized for the smartphones and not ports of existing games on the Wii U or Nintendo 3DS.  

Our take on the news:

It's about time Nintendo embraced iOS and other smartphone gaming platforms. 

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07:07
Ex-NSA Researcher Claims That DLL-Style Attacks Work...

An anonymous reader writes Ex-NSA and NASA researcher Patrick Wardle claims to have developed a reliable technique of Shared Library replacement which renders Apple's OSX operating system just as vulnerable to exploitation as Windows has been (via its 'DLL' shared libraries) for years. Speaking at CanSecWest, Wardle explained that Apple's refusal to encrypt software downloads via its App Store allows an attacker on the same network to inject a malicious 'dylib' (shared library) without altering the hash of the legitimate-but-vulnerable software, thereby leaving the Developer ID signature intact. Wardle ran a crafted Python script on a typical Mac and discovered 150 dylib-dependent applications, including Apple's own Xcode developer environment — revealed last week by Edward Snowden to be a priority target for the NSA due to its ability to propagate compromised software.

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07:06
Apple's secretive industrial design lab shown...

Jony Ive's design team has begun to emerge from the shadows, with some of Apple's elite cadre of designers featured on the company's revamped jobs microsite -- in a photo apparently taken within its top-secret industrial design lab.

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07:02
Apple streaming TV service rumors are back, and more...

Apple's long-rumored subscription TV service is reportedly back on track and will launch this fall.

The Apple streaming service will launch with roughly 25 channels, including broadcast networks such as ABC, CBS, and Fox, according to the Wall Street Journal's sources. Some media executives think Apple will charge between $30 and $40 per month.

It's unclear what other channels will be part of the bundle. Apple is negotiating with several media companies including Disney (which owns CBS ABC and ESPN) and Fox (which owns FX).

NBCUniversal is reportedly not on board due to a feud between Apple and NBC parent company Comcast. The two companies were reportedly working together on a streaming video service last year, but Apple eventually felt that was being strung along by Comcast as the cable giant worked on its own TV overhaul, called...

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07:02
News: Nintendo to develop games for smartphones

Nintendo will finally develop games for smartphones, The Wall Street Journal reports. The company that for years refused to cater to the smartphone market has partnered with Japanese game provider DeNA Co. to set up a new mobile game platform, which should debut this fall. Analysts say Nintendo’s reluctance to license its characters has come at a heavy cost as the gaming industry shifted to smartphones. Nintendo posted three straight years of…

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06:45
Apple Granted 42 Patents Today Covering the Apple...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 42 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's design patent win for the basics of the Apple Watch Band, hover sensors and ...

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06:38
∞ On the core of Apple Pay fraud

A poorly written article yields two key points: poor motivation and badly planned process.

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06:29
Apple Watch faces yield issues as Apple taps Foxconn...

As production of the Apple Watch ramps up ahead of its April 24 launch, Apple is apparently still facing yield issues, and continues to tweak its suppliers as it works to bring the wearable device to market.

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06:23
Fraud Rampant In Apple Pay

PvtVoid writes with this report from the New York Times, excerpting: An industry consultant, Cherian Abraham, put the fraud rate [for Apple Pay] at 6 percent, compared with a traditional credit card fraud rate that is relatively minuscule, 10 cents for every $100 spent. [i.e. one tenth of one percent]. The vulnerability in Apple Pay is in the way that it — and card issuers — "onboard" new credit cards into the system. Because Apple wanted its system to have the simplicity for which it has become famous and wanted to make the sign-up process "frictionless," the company required little beyond basic credit card information about a user. Nor did it provide much information to the banks, like full phone numbers and addresses, that might help them detect fraud early. The banks, desperate to become their customers' default card on Apple Pay — most add only one to their iPhones — did little to build their own defenses or to push Apple to provide more detailed information about its...

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06:17
'Becoming Steve Jobs' Excerpts: Friendship...

The upcoming book Becoming Steve Jobs, written by Brent Schlender, a reporter who interviewed Jobs several times throughout his life and became close to him, and Rick Tetzeli, executive editor at Fast Company, is set to be released on March 24. Ahead of time, the authors have shared a number of excerpts from the book that provide untold details about his life.

Apple CEO Tim Cook claims that Walter Isaacson's autobiography of Steve Jobs "did him a tremendous disservice," depicting the late Apple co-founder as "a greedy, selfish egomaniac." Cook added that Jobs certainly "wasn't a saint," but that "it's emphatically untrue that he wasn't a great human being." He believes that Jobs truly cared about things, but his passion was sometimes mistaken for arrogance."Steve cared...

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06:00
Announcing Azure ExpressRoute connectivity to Office...

Today’s post was written by Julia White, general manager for the Office 365 team.

We’re pleased to announce that starting later this year, Office 365 customers will be able to use Azure ExpressRoute to establish a private, managed connection to Office 365. This is something our customers have been asking for since ExpressRoute launched last year. Currently, ExpressRoute provides customers with dedicated network connectivity through a private connection from their network to Microsoft Azure, and we’re excited to extend the same option for connectivity to Office 365.

With network performance as predictable as your own on-premises environments, you might think of ExpressRoute for Office 365 like having the full Office 365 productivity solution in your own datacenter. ExpressRoute will offer Office 365 customers more predictable network performance, the...

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05:48
Kool Tools: Media Explorer for iMessage

If you use iMessage on your Mac a lot, you'll find LostVertex's Media Explorer for iMessage a useful tool.

The iMessage file explorer application for Mac OS X finds pictures, videos, audio and documents that have been previously sent to an iMessage account on a Mac. Media Explorer for iMessage is designed to make it simple to find forgotten pictures, videos or lost documents such as PDFs, spreadsheets and more.

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05:44
Apple said to start trade-in program for Android,...

If true, Apple will take Android and BlackBerry devices as trade-ins. Smart move?

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:33
Nintendo buys into game developer, to bring their...

Zelda? On my iPhone? That does sound promising.

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05:33
New Microsoft Accreditation program for Apple techs

MacTech, which publishes MacTech Magazine as well as produces live events such as MacTech Pro and MacTech Conference, has announced that Microsoft's "Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS Accredited Support Professional" accreditation program has been updated for Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac.

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05:23
App users regularly use 7-8 apps on mobile devices

New data from Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) shows that smartphone and tablet app users regularly use nearly eight apps on their smartphone and nearly seven apps on their tablet.

The average user spends 3.3 hours per week using social networking apps on a smartphone, while gaming and music apps score 2.7 and 2.6 hours per week, respectively. Fourteen percent of smartphone users and 26% of tablet users do not regularly use an app.

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05:18
The Steve Jobs you didn’t know: kind, patient, and...

Excerpts from the upcoming Steve Jobs biography. I think this is going to be a hell of a read.

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05:07
MacID Touch ID login for Mac free for limited time,...

The Touch ID-based cross-platform Mac unlocking tool MacID has been updated to version 1.1, temporarily going free for a limited window, while Airbnb has added new conditional rules to its iPhone app, and Target has updated its iPhone shopping with new Store Search and customization options.

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05:00
Mac Admin Meets Jägermeister

Charles corrupts all the admins (click for the animation – it’s beautiful).

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05:00
The Micro Bit's Mega Promise


The BBC last week announced that it would give programming PCs to 1 million students through its Make It Digital initiative, an effort to spark greater interest in technology. The 11- and 12-year-old UK school children will receive Micro Bit, a stripped-down computer that can be worn on a lanyard. Similar to the Raspberry Pi, the Micro Bit is a programming computer designed to serve as an entry point for individuals interested in coding. The BBC has partnered with more than 25 technology companies to propel the Make It Digital initiative.

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04:59
Nintendo Bringing Mario and Other Games to...

Nintendo announced on Tuesday that it has partnered with Japanese mobile game maker DeNA to jointly develop games for smartphones, tablets and PCs, meaning that new titles based on iconic franchises such as Mario, Pokemon and Zelda could soon be available on devices such as iPhone, iPad and Mac. Nintendo will purchase a 10% stake in DeNA for $182 million as part of a cross-shareholding deal, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Nintendo consistently refused to license its intellectual property to other platforms, fearing that doing so may threaten its traditional, console-based business model. Nevertheless, as the mobile gaming industry has grown into an estimated $25 billion market, and competitors such as Sony begin making more games available on other consoles, it appears that Nintendo has caved into the pressure.“The company seems to have totally changed its mind-set...

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04:39
Nintendo to bring games and IP to smartphones with...

Video game giant Nintendo on Tuesday announced its classic characters, as well as some new faces, will make their way to "smart devices" through a partnership with mobile app developer DeNA.

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04:30
China’s gold consumption suggests Apple Watch...

China’s voracious appetite for gold suggests that this might be the key market for the solid gold Apple Watch Edition, suggests former GigaOM founder Om Malik.

There is a love affair between the Chinese and gold jewelry. The gold consumption in that country is going through the roof. (In 2014, the worldwide consumption of gold fell and yet, China demand still stayed strong.) […]

Some believe that the Apple Watch Edition (the expensive kind) will find more takers in China than anywhere else in the world.

It has previously been suggested that it was Asia, and China in particular, which drove the...

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04:29
Apple Granted Their First Fuel Cell Patent

In Apple's search for ways to extend mobile device battery life, Apple was granted a patent today by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office regarding fuel cell technology.

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04:05
Apple cleared of infringing former Nokia patents, $...

Apple has been cleared of infringing five wireless patents originally held by Nokia in its iPhones and iPads. The patents were later acquired by a subsidiary of Conversant Intellectual Property Management Inc, which sued Apple for $100M by calculating a per-device license fee. Apple argued that even if it had infringed the patents, which it denied, a fair license fee would be less than $1M.

Reuters reports that a federal jury in Texas took five hours to deliberate yesterday before finding in favor of Apple.

Had Conversant won, it’s possible that the majority of the revenue would have been paid to Microsoft and Nokia. In a complicated chain, Conversant obtained the patents when it acquired a company called Core Wireless, which had in turn bought them from Nokia–which had licensed them to Microsoft.

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03:55
From ‘Becoming Steve Jobs': Cook says Isaacson...

Fast Company has today published a sizeable excerpt from Becoming Steve Jobs, the upcoming book about Jobs’ life and his mannerisms. Unlike previous efforts, Apple is openly promoting this book and many executives, Tim Cook included, have participated in interviews. This has yielded some very interesting stories.

Following the story of Cook offering to give Jobs his liver, Cook is quoted as saying the Isaacson book did the late CEO a ‘disservice’. In very similar words to how Cue described the (unrelated) film about Jobs at SXSW, Cook says ‘The person I read about there is somebody I would never have wanted to work with over all this time’.

“The Steve that I met in early ’98 was brash and confident and...

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03:55
Four takeaways from 'Steve Jobs: The Man in the...

AUSTIN—By this point, there isn’t much we don’t know about Steve Jobs and his story, but that didn’t stop filmmaker Alex Gibney from tackling Jobs as the subject of his latest documentary. And, spoiler alert, it shows off the ugly side of Jobs, painting an unflattering picture of tech’s most famous visionary.

Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine premiered during South by Southwest on Saturday, telling the story of Jobs through archival footage and new interviews with former friends and colleagues. This isn’t a strict cradle-to-grave documentary about Jobs’ entire life story: It’s more of an analytical look at Jobs and his troubled relationships and values, both in his work with Apple and in his personal life (and in the overlaps too). 

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03:50
Apple Watch band with modern buckle detailed in...

With final Apple Watch details fleshed out earlier in March, patents for the device have started to show up at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, including a design published on Tuesday for what Apple calls the modern buckle band.

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03:36
The new MacBook is cool, but the PowerBook Duo was...

With all the excitement last week over the new MacBook, it seems only right and proper that today Think Retro turns its attention to Apple’s original superlight laptop, the PowerBook Duo.

The Duo is easily in my top five favorite Apple computers of all time because the whole concept is just so intensely pleasing. Let me explain.

PowerBook Duos were small, light, capable laptop computers. Actually, I need to caveat all of that! It was still nearly an inch and a half thick, and at 4.2 pounds, it nevertheless weighed more than two of the new MacBooks. And even though the last model got one of the spangly new PowerPC processors, they were definitely both slow even by the standards of the day and they didn’t even have a floppy drive far less a CD-ROM or Ethernet. But the real joy and genius of the PowerBook Duo is that you could either attach...

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03:15
Apple Found not guilty of Infringing Core Wireless (...

In September 2014 Patently Apple originally reported on a patent infringement lawsuit filed by Core Wireless who was using former Nokia patents to win their case. The company boasts about their Nokia patents ...

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03:09
External Link: Josh Centers Talks Apple’s...

Managing Editor Josh Centers joined host Victor Johnson on the Subjective podcast to discuss his TidBITS origins, HBO Now, Apple TV, Apple Watch, and his frustrations with the Mac lineup.

 

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02:55
Nintendo to start making iPhone games, including...


The jailbreak community has worked to get Mario onto the iPhone for years.

As reported by the Wall Street Journal, Nintendo has finally decided that it is time to start making mobile games for platforms like the iPhone. The company has confirmed it will begin developing titles for smartphones and other mobile devices (presumably, ‘tablets’) featuring famous franchises like Mario.

Until now, Nintendo has been resistant to share its first-party intellectual property  (‘IP’) outside of its own consoles. Clearly, it was worried that bringing characters like Mario to the iPhone would cannabilize sales of its own hardware like the Nintendo DS.  However, as part of a new partnership with a mobile gaming company, there has clearly been a change of heart by Nintendo...

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02:37
Apple Granted a Second Major Patent for a Reversible...

Talk about timing. There's a report out today trying to downplay Apple's contribution to the USB Type-C connector standard. The news site downplayed Apple's first reversible USB patent as being of any value, but today Apple was granted a second major patent ...

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01:47
Report Denies that Apple Played a Major Role in USB-...

A BetaNews report published late yesterday disputes John Gruber's position that the new USB Type-C was invented by Apple. The article reviews what Gruber has stated in a recent podcast and vehemently disagrees with

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Monday March 16

22:28
Adobe reveals Document Cloud, Acrobat DC with e-...

Adobe on Tuesday unveiled Document Cloud, an all-encompassing digital document management solution that includes a new touch-enabled version of Acrobat and two iOS-specific apps.

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21:00
Adobe unveils Document Cloud w/ Acrobat Mobile and...

Adobe is taking its document strategy to the cloud with its latest service. Taking the same approach as its Creative Cloud Suite of apps for creators, Adobe is revealing its new Document Cloud service alongside two new apps for iOS: Acrobat Mobile and Fill & Sign. The new service aims to make handling PDFs and other documents much more flexible, and the new iOS apps can bring paper documents into the Adobe Document Cloud for work on the go…

Adobe says Acrobat DC, which will offer free digital e-signing of PDFs, is the key to its Document Cloud service. The iPad version of Adobe DC can be seen above. The mobile app features an intuitive interface for selecting actions for...

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20:11
Apple dodges $100M lawsuit over alleged infringement...

A U.S. federal court jury on Monday found Apple not to have infringed on wireless technology patents asserted by Canadian licensing firm Conversant Technologies, which sought damages totaling $100 million for the alleged misuse.

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19:34
Apple plans 25 channels for streaming TV service

Wall St Journal:

Apple Inc.’s lofty plans to build an online television service are coming into sharper focus.

The technology giant is in talks with programmers to offer a slimmed-down bundle of TV networks this fall, according to people familiar with the matter. The service would have about 25 channels, anchored by broadcasters such as ABC, CBS and Fox, and would be available on Apple devices such as the Apple TV, they said.

For now, the talks don’t involve NBCUniversal, owner of the NBC broadcast network and cable channels like USA and Bravo, because of a falling-out between Apple and NBCUniversal parent company Comcast Corp., the people familiar with the matter said.

Take this news with a lot of salt. The only details come from the always suspicious “people familiar with the matter” and one of the story’s writers is Daisuke Wakabayashi – not exactly an unimpeachable source of accurate Apple news.

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19:19
Apple to launch online TV service with support from...

Apple is reportedly in talks with major television content providers and broadcasters to launch a subscription online TV service that will be piped to Apple TV and supported iOS devices.

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18:52
Apple Planning to Launch Streaming TV Service...

Apple is in talks with programmers to launch a subscription-based streaming TV service anchored by networks ABC, CBS and Fox, according to The Wall Street Journal. The report, citing sources familiar with the matter, claims that the service would have about 25 channels and be available on Apple TV, iPad and iPhone.

BREAKING: Apple in talks to launch online TV service in the fall with about 25 channels, featuring ABC, CBS and FOX networks - WSJ

— CNBC Now (@CNBCnow) March 17, 2015
Apple's web-based TV service will reportedly be a lightweight package consisting of popular channels such as ABC, CBS, ESPN and FX, but not smaller stations typically included in a standard cable TV package. The service is rumored to cost between $30 to $40 per month and debut at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers...

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18:45
WSJ: Apple announcing $30-40/month Web TV service in...

According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, Apple plans to launch an online TV service this fall with support for “about” 25 channels. According to the report, the service will debut on all of Apple’s iOS devices, ranging from the Apple TV to the iPhone and iPad, and will be announced in June (which is also when the Beats overhaul will debut) and fully released in September of this year. Industry executives said that the service will be priced between $30 and $40 when it launches. Of the 25 channels, the service will be headlined by ABC, CBS and Fox.

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18:33
Reuters: Apple could be considering purchase of...

Apple may be considering a deal to purchase a communications satellite built by Boeing, a report from Reuters says.

The deal is apparently still in the earliest stages, and Reuters lists Google, Facebook, and other tech companies as potential interested parties, though Boeing hasn’t confirmed any companies currently involved in the talks.

Jim Simpson, vice president of business development and chief strategist for Boeing Network and Space Systems, told Reuters the big technology firms were keen to expand Internet access around the world to help them grow.

“The real key to being able to do these type of things is ultra high-throughput capabilities, where we’re looking at providing gigabytes, terrabytes, pedabytes of capability,” Simpson told Reuters after a panel at the Satellite 2015 conference.

There aren’t many details on what might be...

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18:05
Apple among big tech companies reportedly in talks...

Boeing is marketing advanced high-throughput communications satellites to large technology firms, such as Apple and Google, and could reach a deal to build a unit for a major industry player this year.

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16:55
Apple is all about China

As I sat and watched through the keynote video, one thing which became pretty obvious — Apple’s number one focus going forward is China.

China is a huge market for Apple.

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16:40
Apple Global Volunteer Program

Under the new Apple Global Volunteer Program, Apple is offering employees a way to receive training and tools to help them create and publicize local volunteer events to better their communities. The program, currently available in the United States, Sydney, and Cork, also aims to help employees find activities to volunteer for.

It’s nice to see Apple giving back, and helping its employees give back to their communities.

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16:22
Apple's Senior VP of Internet Software &...

It was reported earlier today that "Apple’s head of internet software and services, Eddy Cue, has hit out publicly against the new book ...

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16:01
BlackBerry’s new tablet

The SecuTABLET, based on Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and being presented by BlackBerry unit Secusmart at tech fair CeBIT 2015 in Germany

< Crickets >

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16:00
MacTech Pro Event - San Francisco: Register today...

Anyone who is a professional tech or consultant who supports Apple technologies knows about MacTech, the preeminent journal of Apple technology. This year, MacTech is holding a series of MacTech Pro Events in cities around the United States to get you up to speed on the latest technologies you need to know. 

The first event in Seattle has already passed, but the next event in San Francisco is coming up next Wednesday, March 25. Early-bird pricing is in effect for the event now, meaning that you can save $200 off the normal $499 tuition if you register soon.

That's not all -- you're also invited to attend a new Microsoft Office Accreditation event from 2 PM to 6 PM the day...

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15:19
Lost city discovered in the Honduran rain forest

I find this stuff fascinating.

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15:12
Survey: Surveillance Is Fine as Long as It's...


Growing concern over surveillance in cyberspace has people changing their online behavior. Nearly 90 percent of 475 adults recently surveyed said they were aware of government surveillance programs targeting Internet users, the Pew Research Center found. Eighty-two percent supported spying on suspected terrorists, 60 percent supported snooping on foreign leaders, 54 percent were OK with monitoring foreign citizens, and 60 percent even gave a thumbs-up to surveillance of American leaders. However, 57 percent opposed monitoring of U.S. citizens.

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15:09
Apple to accept non-iPhone trade-ins with expanded...

Apple is planning to add Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone handsets to the list of acceptable trade-ins for its Reuse and Recycling Program, which exchanges used hardware for Apple Store gift cards.

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15:00
AWT News Update: March 16, 2015

Steve Jobs photo by Ben Stanfield, Flickr CC

Hope you had a pleasant Monday! Today we have a few Apple news items that hit our radar:

  • Watchaware compares polling for the iPad in 2010 to the Apple Watch in 2015, and finds that in both cases, 40 to 50% of those polled said they would not buy the item. The iPad has sold 200 million units so far...
  • A new documentary about Steve Jobs that debuted at SXSW over the weekend is receiving the praise of newspapers and the scorn of Apple employees who actually knew the man.
  • Limefuel announces a 24,000 mAh USB-C external battery pack for the new MacBook that should give it full-day battery life.
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14:50
Apple Watch’s hardware or straps packaging...

Apple appears to have just provided a first glimpse at the retail packaging for Apple Watch or the device’s straps via the photo above posted to a newly updated jobs page on its website. The white box lines up with the little information Apple has provided about the packaging for the entry-level Sport Edition and the stainless steel Watch Edition models.

We know Apple is planning a more traditional watch box that doubles as a place to store and charge the device, but that will only come with the more expensive 18k gold models. In a recent interview, Apple exec Jony Ive said “the box of the top-of-the‑range...

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14:35
Alibaba's Jack Ma Introduces Facial Recognition...

The annual IT & Digital Business expo CeBIT 2015 that takes place from March 16-20 in Hannover Messe. Jack Ma, Executive Chairman of the Alibaba Group, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, opened CeBIT 2015 on Sunday, March 15.

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14:30
Apple Launches 'Global Volunteer Program'...

Apple today notified its employees about a new volunteer program that it's launching, which is designed to encourage Apple employees in select locations to volunteer in their local communities.

Under the new Apple Global Volunteer Program, Apple is offering employees a way to receive training and tools to help them create and publicize local volunteer events to better their communities. The program, currently available in the United States, Sydney, and Cork, also aims to help employees find activities to volunteer for.

Since its launch in 2011, the Apple Matching Gifts Program has been an astounding success, with a combined total of over $78 million donated to charities and non-profits around the world. Now employees in the U.S. have a new way to make an even bigger impact on the causes they care about where they live: the Apple Global Volunteer...

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14:23
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14:20
Location is the new hashtag: Yik Yak aims to be the...

AUSTIN—Don’t think of Yik Yak as a run-of-the-mill anonymous app. The social network has already conquered college campuses, and its founders are setting their sights higher: becoming the next Twitter.

Yik Yak founders Tyler Droll and Brooks Buffington aren’t your typical social network CEOs. They live in Atlanta, generally avoid the press, and are focused more on getting the app into more college-aged hands than designing something pretty. Yik Yak was raked over the coals in its early days for being kind of hideous, but incredibly effective. That outsider perspective could be why Droll and Buffington don’t think twice about taking on Twitter.

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14:00
Pebble Time is not a serious Apple Watch competitor

I'm getting a little irritated with the glowing success stories about the Pebble Time smartwatch. I have to admit that I was caught up in the record-breaking Kickstarter campaign; the Pebble Time and Pebble Time Steel have now captured (as of publication time) over $18.7 million dollars in pledges and over 73,000 backers. But is the Pebble Time even in the same ballpark as the soon-to-arrive Apple Watch? Hell, no.

As of December 31, 2014, Pebble reported that it had sold one million smartwatches between the original Pebble and Pebble Steel. Sure, that sounds great, but let's look at what some Wall Street analysts are forecasting for Apple's Watch:

  • UBS -- Steve Milunovich: Expects...
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13:32
ACEs conference to offer community pricing

The ACEs conference in New Orleans, Louisiana is on its inaugural year, and will feature a talk by MacObserver's own (and friend of AWT), Jeff Gamet. His talk on the state of Apple should be a good one to attend.

ACEs is offering community discount pricing, meaning the more people who sign up, the lower the ticket prices go. As we said, ACEs is in its inaugural year, but it could be a good show to attend. 

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13:30
Apple refreshes its job site to highlight diversity...

Apple has quietly given the front end of its jobs site a facelift adding new employee testimonials and updated product shots. The refreshed layout matches the style of other new pages throughout Apple’s site with the landing page carrying this message: “Do your life’s best work here. With the whole world watching.” Notably, the updated jobs site now includes product shots of the upcoming Apple Watch, specifically an aluminum sport model with a green band and the sensors showing, as well as student in class wearing now Apple-owned Beats by Dr Dre headphones…

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13:26
News: Report: Apple expanding iPhone trade-in...

Apple plans to expand its iPhone trade-in program to include Android devices and other non-Apple smartphones, 9to5Mac reports. Much like the iPhone Reuse + Recycle Program introduced about a year and a half ago, customers will receive gift cards that can be used toward the purchase of new iPhones in exchange for their older smartphones, with the value of the trade-in assessed by Apple Store employees based on the cosmetic and functional condition…

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13:11
Apple Watch a game changer for traditional watch...

Tim Bajarin:

When Apple introduced the Apple Watch last fall, I talked to people in the high-end watch market to get a sense of whether they viewed it as a threat in any way. What I heard was a bit surprising. They said Apple has created a completely new paradigm in watches, which will define what a “watch” will be and can do in the future. Most importantly, these sources told me that even the ultra high-end watchmakers are taking note. But they are struggling with how to respond given that the Apple Watch is not as much a watch as it is a wrist computer that could shift the role a timepiece plays in people’s lives.

Even though the watch may not sell as well as the iPhone, Apple did the same thing in that industry—it made the incumbents nervous because they were offering something completely new and different.

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13:10
Switch to iPhone, get money: Apple may offer gift...

Apple already gives some assistance to new customers switching over from Android, helping them move their photos, contacts, email accounts, music, and so on from their Android phone to a new iPhone. Soon, according to a report on 9to5Mac, that assistance could include cold, hard cash—well, cold hard gift cards, anyway.

Citing unnamed sources, 9to5Mac claims Apple will launch a trade-in program, wherein you turn in your smartphone—even an Android smartphone—and receive a gift card. This program is still unconfirmed (I’ve reached out to Apple PR for comment), so we don’t have details on when it’ll start or how much Android switchers can expect to get.

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12:51
Apple launching volunteer program for employees to...

Apple has informed employees today that is launching a new volunteer program today that will push employees to assist their local communities. The program is called the “Apple Global Volunteer Program,” and it is soon launching in the United States, Sydney, Australia, and Cork, Ireland before a larger rollout across the world. The program is said to be available for both retail and corporate employees.

Here’s Apple’s memo to employees:

Since its launch in 2011, the Apple Matching Gifts Program has been an astounding success, with a combined total of over $78 million donated to charities and non-profits around the world. Now employees in the U.S. have a new way to make an even bigger impact on the causes they care...

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12:39
Microsoft OneNote 15.8 - Free digital notebook from...

OneNote is your very own digital notebook. With OneNote, you can capture that flash of genius, that moment of inspiration, or that list of errands that's too important to forget. Whether you're at home, in the office or on the go, your notes travel with you. And you can share your notes and collaborate with others, across multiple devices!

Here are some more ideas on how to use OneNote:

  • Capture rich notes for classwork, meetings, or research
  • Keep track of your shopping list and mark items off wherever you are
  • Create an itinerary and keep track of your travel plans for your next big vacation
  • Take pictures of receipts and bills to remove some of the paper clutter
  • Collaborate and share ideas with your team
  • Research items and prices to make the best purchasing decision
  • Keep and edit all of your notes



Version 15.8:

  • Sharing Enhancements - It's now easier than...

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12:25
Report: Apple will offer iPhone gift cards to...

If you're buying a new phone and your old phone still works fine, a good way to defray the cost is to sell the old phone to any one of the many secondhand phone retailers. If you're trading in an old iPhone for a new one, for example, Apple will offer you some credit for the old phone directly. According to a report from 9to5Mac, the company will soon begin offering money for Android phones as well, incentivizing some of the platform switchers that Apple talks about during its product events and earnings calls.

The report doesn't have much other information about the extension of Apple's trade-in program, noting only that retail store employees are currently being trained...

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11:52
News: Daily Deal: ‘Rhino Shield’ Crash Guard &...

In today’s iLounge Deal you can get the ‘Rhino Shield’ Crash Guard & Screen Protector for the iPhone 6 for only $44.99, or pick up the iPhone 6 Plus version for the same price. The slim case provides a high-end design with premium protection, having passed a 12-foot drop test while remaining thin enough to still fit into your pocket. The case is constructed with a matte texture for easy grip, is compatible with most third-party…

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11:37
Hedge fund managers want to buy more Apple stock but...

The heads of major hedge funds are so bullish on shares of Apple that they wish they could buy more, but doing so would put them at too great a risk with less diversification.

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11:28
T-Mobile brings Data Stash rollovers to Simple...

T-Mobile USA has announced plans to bring Data Stash -- a policy rolling over unused 4G data from each month -- to new and existing Simple Choice prepaid subscribers, having previously limited the perk to postpaid customers.

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11:18
iExplorer 3.6.7.0 - View and transfer all the files...

iExplorer is an iPhone browser for Mac lets you view the files on your iOS device. By using a drag and drop interface, you can quickly copy files and folders between your Mac and your iPhone or iTouch. It works with both jailbroken and non-jailbroken iPhones and works quickly with a standard USB cable.

Features:

  • All the best technology from Phone to Mac, Phone Disk, and iExplorer 2, and then some
  • One-click recovery of music and videos straight to iTunes
  • Explore and export photos and videos (even from older iPods)
  • Mount any folder or category, including playlists and photo albums, then browse in Finder and open with other apps
  • Browse any iTunes backups (encrypted too). Export: Messages (including attachments), notes, voicemail, call history, contacts, calendars...
  • Works with all types of iPhones, iPads, iPod Touch, and regular iPod



Version 3.6.7.0:

  • Improvements...

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11:12
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 16...

Notable software releases this week include Security Update 2015-002 (Mountain Lion, Mavericks, and Yosemite), DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.8.4, iMovie 10.0.7, Evernote 6.0.7, GraphicConverter 9.6, and Mailplane 3.4.1.

 

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11:12
ExtraBITS for 16 March 2015

In this week’s collection of links, Adam Engst discussed Apple’s latest announcements on The Tech Night Owl podcast, Google revealed a new Chromebook Pixel, we found out if Apple’s switch from MagSafe to USB-C will endanger the 12-inch MacBook, product designer Greg Koenig examined the Apple Watch’s manufacturing process, the Wall Street Journal explained how Apple is taking over your local mall, and Josh Centers spoke about the CIA hacking Apple on The Dan Benjamin Hour.

 

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11:07
TripIt adds traveler profile to iOS mobile app

TripIt from Concur, a travel-organizing app, now makes it easier for travelers to keep their travel documents and emergency contacts organized with a new feature, Traveler Profile. With it, ravelers can store their essential travel documents, and the contacts they need the most while traveling, right within their TripIt iOS or Android mobile app.
 

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11:05
Opinion: Understanding the extended period between...

Apple has shown off the Apple Watch at a special event now on two occasions: first after the iPhone 6 last September, then after the new 12-inch MacBook last week. We know how the Apple Watch will look, how much it will cost, when we can buy it and for how much. Many developers are ready to ship apps for the Apple Watch, and we’re already seeing an accessory market for Apple’s wearable.

Since last week’s event, I’ve been thinking about why Apple might have chosen to have its second Apple Watch unveiling more than a month before people can actually buy the device. My conclusion? It’s...

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11:00
Iconic: The must-have Apple photo book [Sponsor]

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

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10:59
Review: Coogobox Symphony dock for iPhone 6 and...

Coogobox's Symphony ($70) is a new dock for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The aluminum dock is compatible with either device, and it comes with a built-in Lightning cable for charging. Symphony also works as an amplifier, as a small hole in the dock directs the iPhone's sound out through the front of the accessory. Coogobox also claims the Symphony's cable can be adjusted to allow for case compatibility. This is an important feature for a dock, but we had troubles in testing — read on for more details. Symphony comes in black or silver.{/exp:char_limit}

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10:54
Apple to Lure Android Users to iPhone With New Trade...

Apple plans to lure Android switchers to the iPhone by offering them Apple gift cards in exchange for their Android devices, reports 9to5Mac. The gift cards will be available under a new recycling and trade-in program that will provide in-store credit for users who trade in old smartphones, including those that come from rival smartphone manufacturers.

The new program will work similarly to Apple's existing trade-in program, which provides users with gift cards for older Apple devices that can be used towards a new purchase. Value of the gift cards provided to Android switchers will vary based on the individual device, its age, and its condition.

Apple has been making efforts in recent months to...

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10:50
PDFKey Pro 4.1.4 - Edit and print password-protected...

PDFKey Pro can unlock PDF documents protected for printing and copying when you've forgotten your password. It can now also protect your PDF files with a password to prevent unauthorized access and/or restrict usage permissions. PDFKey Pro can also integrate in complex workflows using command-line tools (included).

Features:

  • Completely unlocks files restoring editing and printing capabilities
  • Supports PDF with viewing password set as well (providing the correct password)
  • Protects your PDF files with a password to prevent unauthorized access
  • Restricts usage, such as printing and copying, permissions with a password.
  • Batch processing
  • Automatic update system via UpdateFX
  • Command Line Tool to use in scripts
  • Localized in English, Italian, Russian, German and French
  • Free support



Version 4.1.4:

  • Add Dutch localization
  • Update bundled JRE...

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10:38
Marvell ships first SDK support for Apple's iOS...

Marvell announced that it is the first silicon vendor to release a complete software development kit (SDK) for Apple's HomeKit, which it has paired with its controller and wireless components, noting that several manufacturers are already using its products to develop new HomeKit accessories.

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10:32
'Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine' Film...

Following the premiere of Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine this weekend at SXSW in Austin, Texas, reviews of the film have begun circulating in the media. The Guardian notes that the documentary portrays Jobs as "a man with dazzling talent and monomaniacal focus, but utterly lacking in empathy," with director Alex Gibney showing several examples of the late Apple co-founder's less-desirable behaviour that are typically overshadowed by his successes.

"Yet this man, whose belief in his own righteousness was unshakeable, also terminated Apple’s philanthropic programmes, presided over huge corporate tax evasion, paid Chinese workers making iPhones a pittance, and only stumped up maintenance for his first daughter after dragging his ex-girlfriend through the courts...

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10:25
Apple will offer Android switchers gift cards to...

Apple is preparing to launch another program to boost iPhone sales in its stores, a stated goal of CEO Tim Cook.

According to sources, Apple will soon introduce a new recycling and trade-in program that will accept non-Apple smartphones, notably including Android and BlackBerry devices, in exchange for gift cards to be used toward the purchase of new iPhones. In continuing to court Android switchers, Apple will use a similar system to the one it uses to repurchase iPhones, whereby Apple Retail Store employees determine trade-in values for devices by considering their cosmetic and functional condition.

The new...

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10:09
Apple issues new OS X 10.10.3 beta, fixing bug that...

Only a few days after the previous build was issued to developers, Apple has provided a new beta of OS X 10.10.3, addressing a crashing bug that affected the newly released 13-inch MacBook Pro.

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10:01
Apple Seeds Fourth OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite Beta to...

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

Today's beta appears to be nearly identical to the third 10.10.3 beta released last week, but it appears to solve a problem that prevented beta 3 from working with the new 2015 Retina MacBook Pro and MacBook Air.

The new beta, build 14D105g, is available for registered developers through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store and through the Mac Dev Center.

Earlier betas of OS X 10.10.3 have brought several new features to Yosemite, including the new Photos for OS X app. Designed to integrate with iCloud Photo Library, Photos for OS X is a replacement for both iPhoto and...

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10:00
OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 (14D105g) Now Available

OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 (14D105g) Now Available

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10:00
OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 (14D105g) Now Available

OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 (14D105g) Now Available

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09:59
Apple seeds OS X 10.10.3 build 14D105 to developers...

Less than a week following the previous seed, Apple has released build 14D105 of the upcoming OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 to both developers and users of the Public Beta. Apple has not yet said when 10.10.3 will be released to all OS X Yosemite users, but the increase in seeds in recent weeks likely indicates that a wider launch is fast approaching. As we’ve previously detailed, 10.10.3 will include the all new iCloud-based Photos app for the Mac, developer APIs for the new Force Touch Trackpad on the MacBook and MacBook Pro with Retina display, and a new Emoji picker...

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09:59
Users come forward, complain of anti-reflective...

You paid an arm, a leg and a spare kidney for your Retina display MacBook Pro.

Now it appears that the anti-reflective coating on it is susceptible to stains or wearing off entirely.

According to a growing number of complaints on the Apple Support Communities board, the anti-reflective coating seems to be staining or wearing off on a number of MacBook Pro notebooks and under a variety of circumstances, including the pressure of the keys and trackpad on the display when closed, and the use of third-party cleaning solutions and microfiber cloths. While the issue is typically isolated to small...

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09:30
Eddy Cue blasts Alex Gibney's 'mean-...

A fresh cinematic look at the life of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, directed by Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney, has been met with scorn from Apple employees following its debut at the annual South by Southwest film festival.

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09:11
Force Touch trackpad analyzed, first hands-on...

The Force Touch trackpad is apparently the trackpad that clicks back at you.

That’s the way it’s being described, as the new trackpad isn’t the usual button that’s pressed during use, but a set of electromagnets that move enough to feel like there’s a click happening. The end result feels like a regular click, which Apple calls the “Taptic Engine”, the electromagnet essentially pushing back at you.

Apple has apparently added new ways to interact with OS X based on a super-hard press. The Taptic Engine gives you an extra click to let you know you’ve successfully pressed hard enough, and then the OS does extra, neat little things like popping up definitions,...

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09:02
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPad Air 128GB LTE $530,...

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Daily Deals: iPad Air 128GB Wi-Fi + LTE $530, Logitech iPad Air Bluetooth...

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09:00
Today in the App Store -- MathStudio, OmniPlan and...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today's notable apps include a discount on MathStudio, the new HERE navigation app, and an update to OmniPlan that brings the title to the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch as a unviersal app. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Workout Plan - Fitness Schedule & Journal [Now free, down from $1.99] Workout Plan has been ranked a #1 downloaded Health & Fitness app in over 25 countries, and is used by thousands of individuals across the world to plan and log their workouts.

Etchings [Now free, down from $1.99] Instantly create beautiful etched illustrations from any photo!...

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08:58
X World: See You At The Sydney Mac Conference

I’ll be doing a couple of presentations in Sydney on July 9th and 10th at X World. Judging from the sessions in past years, it looks to be a great time that’s sure to make you smarter!

If you’re able, check it out at http://auc.edu.au/xworld/about/.

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08:55
Gibney’s Steve Jobs documentary coming to theaters...

Little-known until its debut at SXSW this weekend, Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney’s “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine” has been picked up by Magnolia Pictures for a North American theatrical release, and CNN Films for television broadcasts, Deadline Hollywood reports today. An earlier story from The Hollywood Reporter claimed that several Apple employees in attendance walked out early, and Apple’s Eddy Cue has used Twitter to denounce the film, calling it “inaccurate and mean-spirited.”

Very disappointed in SJ:Man in the Machine. An inaccurate and mean-spirited view of my friend. It...

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08:50
Intel Core M processor reviewed, results look...

If you’re curious as to the specs and benchmarks of Intel’s new Core M processor, which will be finding its way into the new 12-inch MacBook, the cool cats at AnandTech have gone bananas with a series of tests.

The Core M processor, which runs on 4.5 watts of power, features two cores and hyperthreading. The full test suite covers applications like Cinebench R15, X264 HD encoding and Mozilla Kraken testing. In the end, the Core M processor edged out its competition, defying the stereotype that “Core M equates slow” and that 4.5 watts of power limited the performance you’d get from the CPU.

Still, for short burst loads, the processor apparently runs great and adds...

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