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Sunday April 12

18:54
OS X 10.10.3 brings enhanced 4K support (including...

Apple has expanded support for 4K displays in its recent OS X 10.10.3 release and officially confirmed specifics for using 4K displays with its new 12-inch MacBook.

While previously Apple only officially supported certain Multi-Stream Transport (MST) displays at a refresh rate of 60Hz, it now says that “most single-stream 4K (3840×2160) displays” are officially supported at 60Hz as well following the recent OS X Yosemite v10.10.3 update. That should mean support for a lot more inexpensive 4K displays that don’t include DisplayPort’s Multi-Stream...

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18:39
Apple Watch Received Estimated 1 Million Pre-Orders...

Apple Watch received an estimated 957,000 pre-orders in the United States on April 10, the day the wrist-worn device became available for purchase, according to Slice Intelligence (via Quartz). The digital commerce tracking firm claims that nearly two-thirds of customers purchased the Apple Watch Sport model, with the 42mm space gray case the most popular version sold on the first day.

Slice Intelligence's sales projection is based on e-receipt data from 9,080 online shoppers that opted-in to have their inboxes tracked for email receipts. The report finds that 71% of Apple Watch pre-orders on April 10 were for the larger 42mm case, with 32% of aluminimum Sport customers purchasing the smaller 38mm version compared to 24% of stainless steel Apple...

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11:33
The PC market is shrinking again as companies stop...

It's not a good time to be a PC maker... especially if you cater to the corporate crowd. Both Gartner and IDC estimate that the computer market shrank between 5.2 to 6.7 percent in the first quarter of 2015, in part because many companies stopped upg...

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10:56
Hon Hai Posts Highest Ever Profits due to Apple...

News out of Taipei late yesterday noted that the world's biggest electronics manufacturer for hire, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., posted higher sales ...

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10:29
Forget the Apple Watch—here's the Apple II Watch

The Apple Watch looks to be an impressive piece of gear—it’s sleek and attractive, and offers plenty of interesting and useful features. But if you’re looking for something a little more old-school, might we suggest the Apple II Watch?

The DIY Apple II Watch comes from the mind of Instructables user Aleator777, and it takes design cues from the classic Apple II computer. A bulky, beige, 3D-printed plastic shell replaces the modern metal-and-glass enclosure of Apple’s real-life offering, and a Teensy 3.1 microcontroller acts as the Apple II Watch’s brains....

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09:12
IBM's Watson supercomputer has whipped up a...

IBM's Watson learning supercomputer isn't just content with making the occasional meal -- it has a whole slew of recipes lined up. The tech company is launching Cognitive Cooking with Chef Watson, a cookbook based on Watson's knack for combining food...

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07:00
Inhabitat's Week in Green: floating cities,...

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

The Volkswagen Camper van is one of the most iconic vehicles of the 20th century, but VW hasn't put out...

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06:30
DirecTV told to stop airing Rob Lowe ads after...

I love the Rob Lowe ads. I think they are satirical, funny without being truly mean. They capture the spirit of the Mac vs PC ads of a generation ago. Question is, are they deceptive.

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06:17
That headphone tangle in your pocket

Cordskinz. This is how I keep my headphones tangle-free.

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05:39
Four 'Game of Thrones' episodes leak, good...

Just a day before season five premiered on HBO, copies of the next four episodes of Game of Thrones leaked onto the internet. According to TorrentFreak, the leaks are in standard definition and may originate from a review screener given to the press....

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04:02
'No Pineapple Left Behind' skewers the...

As Rockstar Games' Bully proved, grade school makes for a pretty interesting (if painfully underused) setting for video games, which is why I'm intrigued by No PIneapple Left Behind. In it, you're a principal lording over pineapples, making sure they...

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Saturday April 11

23:35
Lasers quickly load thousands of cells with nano-...

Doctors dream of injecting cells with large nanoscopic cargo to treat or study illnesses. The existing approach to this is extremely slow, however. At one cell per minute, it would take ages to get a meaningful payload. That won't be a problem if UCL...

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20:44
Amazon's web services are smart enough to make...

You no longer have to run a tech giant (or work in a lab) to take advantage of learning computers. Amazon has launched a machine learning feature for Web Services that lets any developer use this computer intelligence to make predictions. Instead of ...

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18:30
Bing's mobile homepage for iOS and Android gets...

So, you like Bing but don't like it enough to download its app on your phone. Expect to see a new interface when you load the website on an Android or iOS browser, then, along with a number of new options when you swipe up the translucent card at the...

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16:45
Apple enables NVM Express protocol for faster SSD...

Looking to take full advantage of PCI Express solid state drives found in the latest Mac models, including the new 12-inch MacBook, Apple built support for the NVM Express SSD Interface into its most recent OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite update.

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16:27
LG inadvertently reveals its leather-clad G4 phone a...

Oops. LG is supposed to be unveiling its range-topping G4 smartphone on April 28th, but well-known leaker Evan Blass has discovered an unannounced product site that reveals a ton about the new Android flagship a couple of weeks in advance. A lot of t...

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16:00
The history of computing, cars from the New York...

Find out what forty years of personal computing history looks like as we visit The Interface Experience, an exhibition at the Bard Graduate Center's Focus Gallery in New York. Meanwhile, the New York International Auto show was going on this week and...

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14:54
LG Joins Apple and Samsung with a Patent for a...

Samsung has been working on several flexible display devices for some time now. They have several very futuristic patents on record like this one that covers a wide curved display for a future smartwatch. Samsung's newest Galaxy S6 "Edge" smartphones offer double sided curved edged displays which is just the tip of the iceberg as to where they want to go with this technology. This week ...

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14:08
Retail Apple Watches Still Have a Hidden Diagnostic...

The Apple Watch became available for pre-orders on Friday as well as for try-on appointments in Apple retail stores around the world.

One MacRumors reader, Louis, was able to slip off the bottom band during his Apple Watch try-on appointment to discover that the hidden diagnostic port on early models still remains in the retail versions.

The presence of the diagnostic port was first reported in March by TechCrunch with speculation that it could eventually open up the market for "smart" band accessories that can interface with the Apple Watch, itself. Apple, however, has made no such promises and doesn't even acknowledge the presence of the...

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13:59
NSA thinks it can keep spying without compromising...

American police and spies love the idea of back door access to encrypted data that lets them snoop on suspicious types, but many will tell you that they're wildly optimistic. Even if you don't mind the implication that the government has a right to s...

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13:00
Faster 'NVM Express' SSD Interface Arrives...

Apple has quietly introduced support for the next generation NVM Express (NVMe) interface to SSD Flash drives in their latest OS X 10.10.3 update as well as in the new Retina MacBook which was released on April 10th.

System Report on new Retina MacBook
The NVMe software interface replaces the AHCI software interface in Apple's previous notebooks, and offers improved latency and performance over the old protocol. Anandtech offers a good overview between the technologies:AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface) dates back to 2004 and was designed with hard drives in mind. While that doesn't rule out SSDs, AHCI is more optimized for high latency rotating media than low latency non-volatile storage. As...

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13:00
60-Second Tips: Applying a filter to an image in the...

Earlier this week, Apple released the new Photos app for OS X along with OS X 10.10.3. Announced last year, Photos is replacing Aperture and iPhoto in Apple’s desktop software lineup. The app combines some of the organization abilities of Aperture with the basic image editing tools borrowed from iOS. In today’s 60-second tip, we will show you how to edit an image and apply a filter in Apple’s new Photos app.

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12:57
Nonend Inventions Who First Sued Spotify is now...

Nonend Inventions, a Dutch company that claims to have over 40 patents on record sued Spotify back in 2012 regarding streaming music. They're now gunning for Apple with four counts of patent infringement.

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12:55
Why Popcorn Time’s ‘jailbreak-free’ iOS hack is a...

Macworld:

Popcorn Time for iOS tries to offer a version of sideloading, but there are far too many pieces of its process to worry about. Further, it’s not likely to be reliably available.

It’s unimaginable that Apple would ever allow something like Popcorn Time in the App Store. It’s also inadvisable by any standard to install software like it through the method the developers provide.

Leaving aside the legality of this app, the process you have to go through in order to install it makes it a non-starter for me.

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12:47
Snapseed hits version 2.0 with new tools, filters...

iMore:

Photo editing app Snapseed gets its first major update since 2013 with version 2.0, adding a number of new editing tools to help you get the most out of your photos.

Snapseed is my favourite iOS editing app and it’s free. The interface has changed significantly but it’s not awful. If you’ve used previous versions, you’ll get the hang of this new UI fairly quickly. If you’ve never used it, you really should. It’s easy to figure out. Every photo I take on my iPhone gets passed through Snapseed.

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11:57
DirecTV's app is ready to stream 90 channels...

We haven't seen many updates for DirecTV's streaming services in a while, but this week it added a slew of new channels for customers to watch live even when they're away from home. The 22 additions include MTV, TNT, Nickelodeon, BET, Cartoon Network...

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11:55
If your computer unexpectedly restarts and then...

Some third-party software might cause your computer to restart repeatedly and then shut down after updating to OS X Yosemite v10.10.3.

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10:15
Caturday: Molly's Heated Pillow

Molly - photo courtest of harald tammen

Cats are attracted to the warmth of power supplies, computers, external hard drives, even the cat-popular AirPort Extreme (before Apple redesigned it with the help of dogs...). Molly and her sister Emma live with their owner and AWT reader Harald Tammen, who sent this relaxing picture of Molly deep in dreams about getting a little Apple Watch for her paw. According to Harald:

“Molly, a 6 month old cat, enjoying the warmth of an MacBookPro power brick. She and her sister Emma were born at an animal shelter and are now living in our house. They like to play in the garden but detest rain or strong wind (which, of course, is our fault in their minds). ”

ll cats should be concerned about the smaller power supply that is coming with the new MacBook, since it's not going to be as big or quite as comfortable.

Apple World Today needs good cats! Have a picture of your cat soaking up the good vibes of an...

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10:01
Podcasts are safer after the EFF helps gut a patent...

Personal Audio has been threatening the podcast world for a while -- the longtime patent troll claims that it invented the concept of podcasting, and has insisted that some bigger productions (such as Adam Carolla's) either cough up licensing money o...

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09:56
Review: Mophie’s Juice Packs for iPhone 6 + 6 Plus...

Unless you pick the matte black versions, which look like most of the other iPhone 6 and 6 Plus battery cases I’ve tested, you’ll quickly be wowed by how premium Mophie’s newest Juice Packs feel in your hand. Glossy white plastic Apple accessories may have become passe years ago, but Mophie somehow got the look and feel just right — better, even, than the “unapologetically plastic” iPhone 5c.

The reason for that luxe feel? Mophie needs it, as the new Juice Pack Plus for iPhone 6 ($120) and Juice Pack for iPhone 6 Plus ($100) are currently the most expensive battery cases...

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08:29
Apple Configurator 1.7.2 - Configure and deploy iOS...

Apple Configurator makes it easy for anyone to mass configure and deploy iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch in a school, business, or institution. Three simple workflows let you prepare new iOS devices for immediate distribution, supervise devices that need to maintain a standard configuration, and assign devices to users. Quickly update 30 devices at a time to the latest version of iOS, configure settings, and install apps and data for your students, employees, or patrons. Apple Configurator can be used by larger organizations and businesses to set up new devices, install enterprise apps, and enroll each device with a Mobile Device Management solution for remote management by an IT administrator. It is perfect for the classroom or student lab where devices need to be quickly refreshed and kept up to date with the correct settings, approved policies, apps and data. Apple Configurator can also be used to personalize devices with data and documents for specific users....

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08:29
WSJ: Google's X lab is working on batteries...

Google's X lab is developing better batteries that last longer, according to The Wall Street Journal. The company hasn't confirmed anything yet, but seeing as most of its products require batteries to work (phones, wearables, self-driving cars, etc),...

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07:54
Apple Granted Three iOS Related Design Patents

Today the Hong Kong Patent and Trademark Office published three of Apple's newly granted design patents related to iOS user interfaces for Mail and Messages.

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06:30
Recommended Reading: The internet can't handle...

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

The Internet's Clearly No...

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05:00
Gadget Ogling: Capacious Cases, Dumb Domestic Drones...


When it comes to adding extending your smartphone or tablet battery life during the day, Mophie's been trying to make life easier a little longer than most, with time to iterate on its battery pack cases. The company's going a little further now, as it expands its Space line of cases that house not only batteries, but external storage for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPad mini. There's a bit of a catch as you can't access files stored in the case from any app other than Mophie's own Space app.

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04:01
The In-Store Apple Watch Experience is Perfectly...

Prior to yesterday's debut of the Apple Watch at Apple Stores, I had read a number of confusing reports about how simply seeing an Apple Watch in an Apple Store was going to be an arduous affair starting with having to first sign up online for a reservation just to see the new watch. It sounded like complete overkill.

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00:26
BitTorrent's secure web browser one step closer...

Last we heard of BitTorrent's Project Malestrom it was going into alpha. Well, the peer-to-peer outfit's browser has made its way to the next logical step: beta. New additions include stability improvements, support for auto-updates and, for the firs...

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Friday April 10

23:16
DEVONagent Lite, Express, and Pro 3.9.1

Adds plug-ins for searching Stack Overflow and GitHub to all three editions, plus a recipe scanner to the Express and Pro edition. (Free/$4.95/$49.95, free updates)

 

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23:02
Yosemite Cache Cleaner 9.0.6 - Clear caches, access...

Yosemite Cache Cleaner is an award-winning general purpose tool for OS X. YCC makes system maintenance simple with an easy point-and-click interface to many OS X functions. Novice and expert users alike will appreciate the powerful toolset YCC provides. Yosemite Cache Cleaner is one of the world's leading maintenance tools, with millions of downloads around the globe.

Maintenance. Yosemite Cache Cleaner is a one-stop solution for all of your OS X maintenance needs. Intel or PPC, Tiger or Yosemite, YCC has the tools to keep your system running at its best. YCC Documents and the YCC Engine maintain system health by providing full automation of common maintenance chores, including virus scanning of Internet downloads. The YCC Engine can even repair permissions automatically after software installations. With the YCC Engine, powerful system maintenance and antivirus can be completely transparent or as close as your menu bar.

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21:35
FileMaker Pro 13.0.9

Important update that fixes a vulnerability with FileMaker’s root SSL certificates. ($299/$549 new, free update, 620 MB)

 

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21:06
iTunes 12.1.2

Adds support for newly released Photos app and rejiggers the Details pane of the Get Info Window. (Free, 205 MB)

 

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21:00
HBO Now on Apple TV highlights hypocrisy in Apple...

With the much-hyped debut of HBO Now, Apple has once again chosen to look the other way as one if its major partners leverages iOS and the Apple TV to distribute adult content -- a courtesy the company still refuses to extend to other developers.

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20:59
GarageSale 6.9.3 - Create outstanding eBay auctions...

GarageSale is a slick, full-featured client application for the eBay online auction system.

Create and manage your auctions with ease. With GarageSale, you can create, edit, track, and manage multiple auctions in a single, intuitive application. GarageSale even integrates with several international eBay sites, as well as with PayPal and Twitter, to provide a complete, robust eBay client.

Develop professional, attractive listings. GarageSale features iPhoto integration, what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) text editing, free image hosting, and over 130 free auction designs. And with these features, among many more, it's never been easier to create professional, eye...

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20:33
KILSWITCH Android tablet delivers airstrikes in four...

For years, American Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs) have been forced to call in their Close Air Support (aka airstrike) requests using radios and paper maps, then wait half an hour or more for help to arrive. During that waiting period, the...

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18:17
Apple Watch hands-on and first impressions (Video)

Apple Watch is finally available to preorder, but if you missed the mark at 12:01 a.m. you might be waiting quite a while to get your hands on one. Luckily, Apple is providing try-on appointments that will allow you to get a taste of the experience and feel one out for yourself. Recently, we took that opportunity to get our hands on a few and offer some initial impressions on the hardware and software…

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18:00
If a flashing question mark appears after installing...

This issue might happen if you have enabled FileVault full disk encryption and a firmware password on your Mac at the same time. Use these steps to reselect your startup disk.

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17:29
The TechCrunch AppleCast

I spent some time today talking to TechCrunch’s Darrell Etherington about Apple Watch and the 12-inch MacBook.

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17:10
USPTO invalidates podcasting patent, kneecaps '...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Friday handed down a final decision invalidating key claims of a so-called "podcasting patent" assigned to Personal Audio, LLC, which was in the midst of leveraging the IP against multiple podcasters.

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17:00
iOS 8.3 How-to: Type like a Vulcan

With Apple’s release of iOS 8.3 and OS X 10.10.3, there are now over 300 new emojis including diversity options. Apple uses the unicode emoji set, which includes Spock’s Vulcan salute. However, Apple hasn’t added the Vulcan salute — or “raised hand with fingers separated between the ring and the middle finger” symbol as it’s officially named — to the emoji keyboard, so you cannot type it without creating a workaround. There is a trick, however, that can be done by creating a keyboard shortcut.

Live Long And Prosper

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16:50
Apple Watch allows chronically late users to fool...

When unveiling the Apple Watch, Apple heavily touted the fact that the device is an incredibly precise timekeeper. As the Watch has rolled out to retail stores we’ve slowly been finding a few features buried within Settings, including one that relates to the accuracy of the time. In Watch OS, Apple has included the ability to manually adjust the time displayed on the watch face of your device.

Apple notes, however, that only the information displayed on your clock face is affected by adjusting the...

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15:50
Using the USB-C port and adapters on your MacBook (...

Learn about the power, data transfer, and video capabilities of the USB-C port and USB-C adapters for your MacBook.

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15:49
Wireless carrier support and features for iPhone in...

Choose your region to learn about the wireless carriers in your country.

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15:48
Wireless carrier support and features for iPhone in...

Choose your region to learn about the wireless carriers in your country.

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15:42
How to take a screenshot on your Mac

You can take screenshots of your whole screen or just part of it. Screenshots are saved automatically as .png files on your desktop.

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15:22
BlackMagic Design announces Camera Update 2.3

Blackmagic Design (www.blackmagic.com) has announced Blackmagic Camera 2.3, which is a major update for Blackmagic URSA cameras. This new software adds support for HD window mode allowing 150fps recording in 1920 x 1080 resolutions, adds support for ProRes 444 XQ, allows recording onto 2 CFast 2 cards simultaneously in RAW allowing higher frame rates in RAW and also adds support for the new V2 4K URSA image sensor which allows Ultra HD capture to 120 fps.

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15:13
How to access the Vulcan salute emoji in iOS 8.3 and...

Thanks to a feature hidden in iOS 8.3, Star Trek fans can apply a Vulcan salute emoji to texts, tweets and messages viewable by other iOS device and Mac owners running Apple's latest software updates.

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14:54
Flir Debuts Triple-Threat Video Cam


Flir Systems on Tuesday made a foray into the consumer market with a new video camera that can be used for home monitoring, sports, and even as a dash cam. The new Flir FX video camera, which supports WiFi, is a compact unit capable of capturing HD, as well as integrating with cloud-based analytics and a set of application-oriented mounts. The mounts allow the camera to be used for a variety of purposes, such as monitoring the inside or outside of a home, capturing sports action, or recording an automobile trip.

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14:21
Oh Samsung

Samsung talking about Apple releasing the Apple Watch:

“It’s with great delight that Apple has followed us into that market.”

It’s like that company doesn’t know when to shut the hell up.

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14:12
Tim Cook talks to “well bearded man,” says Apple...

Great seeing you again, Tim. Much respect.

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14:09
External Link: Recovering lost snippets in...

Smile has acknowledged a bug in TextExpander touch 3.2.3 (released on 7 April 2015) that “appears to erase all your snippets”. Fortunately, the snippets aren’t really erased, just inaccessible. A forthcoming update to TextExpander touch will restore them, or, if you use Dropbox for snippet syncing, you can recover them with that. The bug and methods for dealing with it are fully documented in the Smile blog post. The most important takeaway is this: Do Not delete and reinstall the app as this may lose your snippets irrevocably!

 

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13:30
Aperture, iPhoto disappear from Mac App Store...

Aperture and iPhoto were removed from the Mac App Store and are no longer available for download, checks of the storefront showed on Friday, signaling an end to two long-running product lines.

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13:29
comScore: Apple still smartphone OEM leader with 41....

ComScore has released its latest report today, detailing the market share of the major smartphone OEMs and their platforms. Unsurprisingly, Apple is still leading in terms of handsets shipped with 41.7% of smartphones shipped, while Android is still leading the mobile operating system market with 52.8% of the market.

The leaders’ numbers haven’t shifted much, with Apple’s hold on OEM market share only dipping by 0.1% compared to the quarter before, while Android has gained about 0.2% over its competitors. Samsung is the second-place OEM with 28.6% of the market (a 1.1% dip), followed by LG, Motorola, and HTC. LG is up 0.7% percent, but the latter two haven’t seen any significant change since the 3...

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13:10
Apple, the watch company: Here’s what it’s like to...

Like so many reviewers who didn't get Apple Watches early, I stayed up late last night to order one of them when they became available in the online store. I snagged a 42mm space gray Apple Watch Sport with little trouble—surprisingly little trouble, compared to iPhone launch nights.

I’ve got the advantage of having already seen and worn various Apple Watch models in person, and I know pretty much what they look like and how they'll fit my wrist. Most of you haven't. Your best bet for a pre-launch introduction to the Apple Watch is to go into your nearest brick-and-mortar Apple Store, where Apple will be demoing the watches starting today.

So I can tell you what that experience is going to be like, I scheduled two try-on appointments for the Apple Watch today: one regular appointment for the standard watch, and one fancy appointment to try on the Apple Watch Edition.

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12:54
Apple in Talks with Taylor Swift and other Major...

Last month we posted a report titled "The Music Industry is frowning on Freemium Streaming Services just as Apple's New Service is Around the Corner." In that report we noted that the music industry had been re-thinking the so-called "freemium" music streaming business model. The issue exploded onto the scene with the very public incident of Taylor Swift yanking her music from Spotify.

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12:44
Reality Check: Should We Buy an Apple Watch for Its...


Because there are so many Apple-loving fanatics who are hopelessly addicted to their iPhones, the first wave of Apple Watch sales won't give us a reliable indicator as to whether it is a real success... or not so much. Because we're talking about Apple here, there will be a couple million customers who will love it and make it work -- even if, deep down, they're slightly disappointed. Such is the power of Apple and the loyalty of an Apple fan. So -- do the reviews even matter?

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12:31
Tim Cook among Apple Store visitors in scenes from...

As the public received its first hands-on time with the Apple Watch on Friday, AppleInsider and others were able to capture a multitude of images from the event, including an appearance by Apple CEO Tim Cook at the Palo Alto Apple Store.

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12:18
First look: Going hands-on with the Apple Watch at...

With Apple Watch try-ons now available at Apple retail stores around the world, AppleInsider offers a closer look at the sampling process for the wrist-worn accessory, set to launch in just two weeks.

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12:11
Apple in Talks With Florence and the Machine, Taylor...

Apple couldn't establish lower pricing for its upcoming music service to distinguish it from competing services, so the company is hoping to draw in subscribers by offering exclusive content. Apple has asked Florence and the Machine and a dozen other artists for exclusive deals to promote the upcoming music service, reports Bloomberg.

Apple is said to be in talks with Florence in the Machine about limited streaming rights to a track for the band's upcoming album in June, and Apple execs have also approached Taylor Swift and others in the hopes of establishing a deal. An exclusive deal with Taylor Swift could be a big win for Apple as she's opted to pull her music from some streaming services like Spotify. Such exclusives could bring in music-loving subscribers that...

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12:08
Tim Cook says Apple Watch “orders are great” in...

Tim Cook visited the Palo Alto Apple Store today to check out the Apple Watch buzz, as people around the world attend try-on appointments and (failed to) pre-order Apple Watch online. In an interview with CNBC, Cook said that customer response has been extraordinary and “orders are great”.

The interviewer asks Cook what he wears day-to-day. Cook says he swaps out bands depending on the occasion but likes the Apple Watch stainless steel with the white rubber Sport band. Weirdly, Cook’s watch features a custom red crown that is usually only found on certain Apple Watch Edition models. Photo below …

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11:56
Tim Cook Visits Palo Alto Apple Store, Says Apple...

Apple CEO Tim Cook visited the Palo Alto Apple Store in Palo Alto, California this morning as it opened its doors to let customers get their first look at the new Apple Watch. Cook was spotted chatting with potential customers and having a conversation with The Loop's Jim Dalrymple and iMore's Rene Ritchie.

Image courtesy of CNET's Shara Tibken
Several members of the media were on hand at the Palo Alto Store opening, as it's one of the flagship Bay Area stores that often sees visits from Apple executives. Tim Cook spoke to CNBC, telling the news site that pre-orders for the Apple Watch have been "great."It has been incredible. You know this morning, I got reports from all the...

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11:52
New Apple streaming music service could include 2...

Apple is reportedly preparing to launch its revamped streaming music service with a two-tiered subscription plan that would give families a discount, while engaging in talks to secure exclusive content from artists including Taylor Swift and Florence and the Machine.

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11:51
Report: Apple plans $10-$15 tiers for new music...

A new report from Bloomberg today claims that Apple is considering $10-$15 month plans for its upcoming music streaming service while the company approaches high-profile artists to get exclusive content.

The report today follows our own report last month that Apple was planning to relaunch its Beats Music streaming service at its WWDC event in June. At the time we noted that Apple was considering a $7.99 price point, but today’s report suggests Apple could go with paid tiers ranging from $9.99/month for a single user to $14.99/month for a family account....

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11:49
New MacBook available for order, but missing from...

The new MacBook is out today, if by “out” you mean “pretty much in hiding.” You can order one online, but if you were hoping to actually get one in your hot little hands today, you may find yourself disappointed.

At least I did. I have spent the morning calling around to every Apple Store in the Bay Area, and they have all explained, very politely, that I can place an order online or over the phone, but I can’t actually go to the store today and pick one up. I wound up placing an order for a space gray base model, with the earliest home delivery time of April 16–20, including a $10 rush shipping upcharge.

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11:43
Review: Brookstone’s Perfect Drink 3 helps you craft...

Craft cocktails are in the midst of a renaissance, buoyed by rediscovered classic recipes, higher-quality ingredients, and increasingly talented bartenders. Pre-made mixes and artificially-flavored spirits are declining in popularity, as freshly-assembled natural flavors are ascending. But once you’ve had a truly great cocktail at a restaurant or bar, making one by yourself at home may seem challenging. The latest version of Perfect Drink ($40), Brookstone’s “app-controlled smart bartending” solution for iOS users, is here to help.

Perfect Drink has been through a few hardware and software revisions, but the latest-generation accessory and just-released version 3.0 app elevate it to greatness. The core of the product is a precise digital scale — recently upgraded from...

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11:42
The age of notifications

Steven Levy:

A few weeks ago I was crossing the street. It was cold — late February in the Winter From Hell here on the east coast — and I was wearing a heavy coat with an inside pocket for my iPhone. The device buzzed and vibrated. My heart quickened. I ran the remaining few yards to the curb. I pulled off my gloves, fumbled to open the buttons of the coat, and almost dropped my bag in the process. Finally I managed to pull out the phone. On the screen was the following message:

“Braves OF B.J. Upton has changed his name to Melvin”

This was delivered to me in the standard message format, no different than a New York Times alert informing me a building two blocks from my apartment has exploded, or an iChat message that my sister is desperately trying to reach me. Please note that I am not a blood relative of B.J. — sorry, Melvin — Upton, nor am I even a fan of the Atlanta Braves. In other words…this could have waited.

I reflexively deny permission to...

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11:28
How the Apple Watch try-on demo sold me on the watch...

Apple opened the floodgates for Apple Watch preorders overnight, but most of us were buying blindly without experiencing the device up close. After I placed my order for the 38mm Apple Watch Sport (with a white band just like Tim Cook), I booked an early try-on appointment at the nearest Apple Store to make sure I didn’t just make an expensive mistake.

The Apple Store near my office happens to be inside Grand Central Terminal in the heart of midtown Manhattan, which means it’s always a madhouse. I was expecting some level of pandemonium at the Apple Store, but it was completely calm. I arrived two minutes before my appointment, checked in with an employee at the top of the staircase, and was whisked to a separate area of the store for my demo.

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11:26
Apple's Beats adds new silver, gold, and space...

Apple fans wishing they could color match their headphones with their iPhone or MacBook can now do so, as Apple's Beats by Dre subsidiary has updated its popular Solo2 lineup with new silver, gold, and space gray color options.

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11:06
Apple rescinds policy against hiring felons for...

San Jose Mercury News:

Apple has opened the door for construction workers with recent felonies on their records to help build its new campus.

The tech giant has lifted a requirement that people who had been convicted of felonies within the past seven years could not work on the massive Cupertino construction project, Apple spokesman Josh Rosenstock told this newspaper Thursday. After the policy came to light this week, Apple came under fire from union leaders and advocates, who say construction jobs are a key source of work for felons trying to transition back into society.

I’m glad they did this. Now I can apply for a job on the Apple Campus 2 construction crew.

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11:02
Moto 360, other smartwatches get price cuts ahead of...

Some rival smartwatches, such as the Android-based Moto 360, saw significant price cuts on Friday in a bid to keep up sales in the wake of Apple opening preorders for the Apple Watch.

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10:14
Beats Launches New Solo2 Wireless Headphones in...

Apple-owned headphone company Beats by Dre today announced the launch of several new Solo2 Wireless headphones, in colors that match Apple's iPhone, iPad, and new MacBook. Available in Gold, Silver, and Space Gray, the headphones are otherwise identical to the company's existing Solo2 Wireless headphones.

The Solo2 Wireless on-ear headphones were released in November, and were the first product released by Beats since Apple's acquisition of the company officially closed. The Solo2 Wireless are a wireless version of the wired Solo2 headphones that are a staple in the Beats headphone lineup.

New Day. New Colors. http://t.co/1dyApkPQGj #Solo2Wireless pic.twitter.com/XXfkTPeUc5...

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10:03
Videos Showcase the Apple Watch Try-On Appointment...

Following the opening of pre-orders for the Apple Watch on Apple's Online Store this morning, Apple Retail Stores in first-wave countries today opened their doors to fans waiting for Apple Watch try-on appointments. Below, MacRumors has rounded up a collection of videos made by both fans and tech blogs, showcasing the busy but excited atmosphere no doubt permeating throughout most Apple stores today.

First is a video uploaded to Hong Kong-based Chan Xin's YouTube channel. In the video he tries on both 38mm and 42mm Sport model cases, and is put through a short demo presentation of the Watch by an employee, ending the video by checking out the Stainless Steel Milanese Loop option.

The Telegraph has a video interview with a big Apple fan at London's Selfridges Apple...

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10:01
Maintain serves up Cocktail 7.8 Maverick Edition

Maintain has served up Cocktail 7.8 (http://cocktail.maintain.se) Maverick Edition, a new version of its Mac OS X utility that's compatible with Yosemite. This version adds the ability to clear the hibernate (sleepimage) file and ability to disable hibernate mode. It also contains improvements on the "Clear User caches" procedure.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. Its features are arranged into five categories that help you manage various aspects of your computer.

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10:00
Scheduling an Apple Watch try-on appointment

The day is here; you'll finally be able to get an Apple Watch on your wrist to see how it looks, determine the size and color you want, and then head home to make your pre-order. But how can you actually schedule your Apple Watch try-on appointment? Both the web-based Apple Store and the Apple Store app can get you in the virtual line for your appointment. Just follow these simple steps and you're on your way!

Apple Online Store

  1. Point your favorite web browser to the Concierge page of the Apple Online Store
  2. Select the state and the store where you'd like to try on an Apple Watch. Note that you'll be able to see which stores have viewing slots available for both the Watch/Watch Sport and for the Watch Edition. Many stores may not have the Watch Edition available for your viewing...
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09:58
AnyTrans for Mac OS X adds support for iOS 8.3

iMobie (www.imobie.com/anytrans/) has launched AnyTrans 4.4 for Mac OS X. It's an update of the iPhone file management utility.

With AnyTrans you can transfer iPhone, iPod music to/from any Mac computer, copy photos, videos and apps between devices and Macs, export SMS messages and even the associated image/audio files and more. Version 4.4 adds a one-click feature for cloning all or selected content between all iDevices and all iOS versions, including the latest iOS 8.3.

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09:48
Beats Solo2 wireless headphones now available in...

In addition to opening pre-order sales for the upcoming Apple Watch and launching the new 12-inch Retina MacBook, Apple has refreshed its Beats Solo2 wireless headphone lineup with three new color options: gold, silver, and space gray to match your iPhone, iPad, new MacBook, or Apple Watch…

The new Apple-approved finishes join the previously available black, white, red and blue Solo2 versions that launched last fall after Apple bought the headphone maker for $3...

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09:36
9to5Toys Last Call: 13000mAh Power Bank $24, Samsung...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:
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09:34
MDC's no longer working

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: FATAL ERROR

Hello,
I tried to start my san recently and it would not function, both meta data controllers would not work. I promoted a client to mdc and the san started up. I can not get the other 2 mdc's to start, they will act as clients and mount the san but will not control the san.
I tried to uninstall and reinstall the software on one of the mdc's but no change.
I am including the logs from the mdc's, any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks,
Mike
ps: all computers running 10.4.11 and Xsan 1.4 2 mdc's 3 clients

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09:29
Yamaha AG Series Mixers: Perfect for podcasting,...

MY thanks to Yamaha for sponsoring The Loop this week. Perfect for webcasting, podcasting, gaming and music production, the AG03 and AG06 hybrid mixing consoles/USB interfaces have unique features that make your computer-based audio tasks easier and better. The AG Series offers high-resolution (24-bit/192kHz) audio recording and playback, iOS compatibility and battery operation.

The intuitive “TO PC” switch allows users to route selected inputs back to a desktop or iOS device. The “Dry CH 1-2” allows computer or iOS recording of inputs 1 and 2, while the “INPUT MIX” switch routes all inputs to the computer or iOS device via USB for music production applications. The “LOOPBACK” switch routes all inputs to the stereo USB output along with the USB input from the computer — perfect for podcasters.

Gamers will appreciate the headset/mic interface and direct hardware control of...

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09:23
Time to sell your Android Wear: NextWorth starts...

You don’t want to admit it, but you were talked into being an early adopter of Android Wear or Pebble before Apple Watch was even a thing. Now that Apple Watch preorders have kicked off and the Watch is almost in your hands, it’s time to unload your Android Wear watches before people catch on and resale values plummet.

Good news: NextWorth, one of the leaders in mobile device trade-ins, today announced it will begin paying out for your old Android, Samsung, and Pebble watches (and soon Apple Watches too)....

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09:00
Sway guest blog—artist teacher Winston Struye

Today’s post on Sway was written by guest blogger and Slideluck Youth Initiative artist teacher Winston Struye.

My job title at the Slideluck Youth Initiative is “artist teacher” and it’s not a job I take lightly. To me, the role of an “artist teacher” is similar to that of a “creative leader” in a workplace: someone who can incite creativity in others, open people to possibilities that they did not see before, and, above all else, point students towards the “artist” they all have within them. My method of doing this is by providing students with tools (such as ideas, applications, methods) that can potentially illuminate their own creative potential. And Sway has turned out to be one of the most effective luminaries for showing my students the artists they all within themselves.

The Slideluck Youth Initiative is a branch of...

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09:00
The best juicer

This post was done in partnership with The Sweethome, a list of the best gear for your home. Read the full article at TheSweethome.com.

After pushing almost 25 pounds of leafy, crunchy, pulpy produce through nine top machines, we think the Tribest S...

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08:50
12-inch MacBook now available on Apple Store web...

Amidst the mucho hoopla surrounding the Apple Watch, Apple added the new 12-inch Retina display MacBook to the Apple Store last night.

The new notebook is available with a ship time of one to three days for most models, although the 512GB Gold model currently has an estimated shipping time of three to four weeks.

As always, if you’ve ordered the snazzy new 12-inch MacBook, complete with its USB Type C port, please let us know about your experience, your estimated wait time and what you make of it once it arrives.

Via...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apple has an answer for that.

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

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

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08:23
The best Apple Watch stands and docks

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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07:53
Apple Watch Pre-Orders Sell Out Fast

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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07:37
Apple Watch already sold out until June

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pass the Popcorn

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

Adobe Slate

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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06:32
Start shopping directly from Bing image search

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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05:59
Apple Watch screen torture test

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

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05:51
Finding an Apple Watch Edition near you

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

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

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

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

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

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05:43
Get ready to take a right turn!

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

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05:30
Apple Watch and accessibility

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

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

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

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

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

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05:19
∞ MacBook: Details and shipping dates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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05:00
Emojis Get Real in New iOS


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

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05:00
Chrome Web Store Gives Bad Extensions the Boot


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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04:42
EditShare ships XStream EFS

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

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

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

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

Features

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



Version 2.5.8: New Features

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

Bug Fixes

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

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04:16
Kool Tools: MacBackup Guru

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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03:30
16 awesome accessories for your new Apple Watch

Here comes the Apple Watch accessory parade

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

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



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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

One...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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01:00
What’s new: March 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Thursday April 9

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

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

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

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

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

Create custom databases

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

Produce reports

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

Publish data to the web

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

Share in a couple of clicks

Safely...

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

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

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

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

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

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



Version 12.1.2:

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



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



Download Now

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apple will accept...

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19:21
OS X: Using multiple displays in Mavericks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

iOS Apps Now Free

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

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

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

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

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

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15:00
AWT News Update: April 9, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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13:57
External Link: Apple Watch and Accessibility

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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13:16
Pair Apple Remote with your iPod Universal Dock

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Casetify

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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12:56
Vintage and obsolete products

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

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12:33
Get started with Photos for OS X

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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11:41
Apple releases iTunes 12.1.2 update

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Erase and leave no trace

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

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

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


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

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11:04
Apple releases iTunes 12.1.2

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

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

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11:00
12-inch MacBook review roundup

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

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

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

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

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

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10:40
Should You Buy the Apple Watch?

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

 

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

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

 

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10:12
Brattoo Propaganda Software introduces Duplicate...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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09:05
∞ Review: 12-inch MacBook

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

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