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Thursday February 19

09:58
New Pebble coming soon with thinner design, revamped...

Pebble updated its website this morning to tease a new model of its popular smartwatch. The announcement is scheduled for 10 AM on Tuesday next week, but Pebble has not specified what exactly is launching. However, multiple sources tell us that a major update to both the Pebble’s hardware and software have been in the works and that these changes could be ready to debut next week. The new watch is said to (finally) gain a slightly wider, color, e-paper-like display that will be encased in an overall thinner design. The screen will still not be touch like the Apple Watch…

While thinner and brighter, the new watch will still include battery life specifications in line with the current...

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09:57
Apple Watch Display Rumored to Be Going Up in High-...

Apple may be building a stand for the Apple Watch at Galeries Lafayette, a high-end department store located on Boulevard Haussmann in Paris, according to a few news outlets based in France. Mac4Ever [Google Translate] reports that the stand would reside on the first floor of the department store, with possible expansion to other stores along the Avenue des Champs-Élysées.

Image of the Galeries Lafayette via Mac4Ever
Mac4Ever claims the current construction on the stand, which began at the beginning of February, is hidden as workers finish it up...

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09:52
Microsoft Announces Handwriting Capabilities for...

Today Microsoft announced that handwriting has been added to OneNote for Apple's iPad. Below is a video showing how easy it is to use ...

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09:15
Apple's Automotive Team Includes Former Tesla,...

Apple's alleged automotive team consisting of hundreds of employees working on an electric vehicle includes several former Tesla, Ford and GM employees, according to 9to5Mac. The report reveals that Apple has also recruited talent from smaller firms in the automotive industry and other fields, including A123 Systems, MIT Motorsports, Ogin, Autoliv, Concept Systems and General Dynamics.

The list of recent hires from Tesla includes David Nelson...

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09:03
Makeovr Web app lets iPhone users create blank...

If you've ever found yourself despairing over Apple's insistence that home screen icons be lined up neatly in rows, but can't -- or won't -- turn to jailbreak tweaks, a relatively new Web app called Makeovr has come to your rescue.

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09:00
Henkel makes bold leap to the cloud with Office 365

When global manufacturer Henkel found itself at a crossroads, dealing with aging IT infrastructure and disparate collaboration and productivity tools, the nearly 140-year-old company decided to leap to the cloud with Office 365. 

Dial soap, Purex hand sanitizer, Persil laundry detergent, Loctite adhesive, Schwarzkopf haircare—Henkel has a broad stable of products and technologies used by consumers and industries in 75 countries. The world’s first glue stick? That was Henkel, too. Much of what the company creates plays a supporting role in people’s lives and businesses—behind-the-scenes, sometimes even virtually invisible, but always exceptional.

“Henkel always strives to be best-in-class. To achieve that goal we need to be proactive in adopting technology to deliver a modern workplace. The world is connected as never before, and we need to connect our people, our partners, and our customers to be successful,” said Joachim Jaeckle, Henkel’s senior corporate...

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09:00
Sway for iPhone v1.2 updates

Last month, we released Sway for iPhone more broadly and have been excited to see a much wider set of people use Sway for iPhone. Thanks to this broader growth and usage, we’ve been able to continue learning how to best optimize Sway’s new authoring experience for people who want to quickly and easily create polished, interactive content from their mobile devices.

An updated version of Sway for iPhone is now available from the App Store, and it includes some key improvements based on listening to feedback and adding more capabilities of Sway in the browser on PCs, Macs and tablets. Here is what’s new in Sway for iPhone v1.2:

  • Add video from your phone’s camera roll
  • Create groups and stacks of photos
  • Add bullets and numbering to text
  • Create and apply a hyperlink to text
  • Emphasize words or sentences
  • Crop images
  • Pictures of documents can be...
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09:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 034 on the...

In this episode Jeremy Thake talks to Rolando Jimenez Salgado on the extensibility story of the Office client.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP34.mp3

Download the podcast.

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09:00
Improving the Sway creation experience and Sway for...

We’ve said it in previous blog posts and we’ll say it again here: We’re on a journey with our customers and early adopters through Sway Preview. Our goal is to understand what you like and don’t like, can already do or can’t yet do and what you want us to adjust as we deliver brand new experiences for expressing yourself and bringing your ideas to life.

For those of you new to the Sway experience, Sway lets you easily create and share a polished, interactive canvas of your ideas that looks great on any screen. The philosophy of Sway is to help you focus on the human part—your ideas, the multimedia you wish to include and how they relate to each other—while Sway’s built-in design engine takes care of the layout and formatting. That way, you always have something polished and ready to share.

Through blog comments, social media,...

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09:00
Apple's auto-industry hires suggest an interest...

Power train engineers, former Tesla employees, and an expert on new battery technology are among the people now working at Apple, amid rumors that the company is building an electric car.

9to5Mac has come up with a list of auto experts--including new hires and existing employees--that are now working at Apple. Their resumes suggest that Apple is interested in more than just CarPlay, the software that connects iPhones to in-car dashboards.

For instance, new hire David Nelson came over from Tesla this month, bringing experience in “modeling, prediction, and verification of motor and gearbox performance and efficiency,” according to his LinkedIn profile. Hugh Jay, another new employee, designed transmissions and gearboxes at EMCO Gears, a parts supplier for various industries...

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09:00
ViewExif is a handy iOS extension for viewing photo...

ViewExif from Steven Zhang is a useful utility for iPhone photographers of any level. Though it installs as a standalone app, ViewExif is an iOS extension that allows you to view the Exif information of the photos on your iPhone. This Exif information is stored with each photo and contains a range of photo and camera settings including ISO speed, exposure time, aperture, location information, camera make and model, lens make and model and more.

Because it is an extension, ViewExif adds its functionality to the iOS Photos app and other third-party apps such as Dropbox, Google Drive and FileExplorer. Once you enable ViewExif in an app, you can use the extension to view the details of the photo in just a few taps. Just open the image, tap the share button and then tap "ViewExif" to view all the Exif data. The app extension supports common image formats such as JPG, PNG,...

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09:00
Review: RooCase GlacialTough for iPhone 6 Plus,...

RooCase's GlacialTough ($60) for iPhone 6 Plus and VersaTough ($60) for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are nearly identical cases. Whereas VersaTough comes with a solid patterned back, GlacialTough has a transparent back to see the back of an iPhone. Otherwise, the cases are the same, made of a TPU bumper attached to an acrylic back. A hard frame is inserted into the front of the case for screen protection. Button coverage is present for volume controls and the sleep/wake button, and the Lightning port is protected by a rubber plug.{/exp:char_limit}

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08:57
Review: A-Audio’s Icon over-ear headphones pack...

These days, it seems like there is an endless variety of headphones to choose from. With new models popping up on a weekly basis, it’s hard to sort through the crowd to find the ones that fit you best. When it comes to active noise cancellation this elite selection thins out a bit, but there are only a handful that fall into the same category as A-Audio’s Icon over-ear headphones.

From a functionality perspective, these headphones give you everything but the kitchen sink. They can be used wirelessly via Bluetooth with active noise cancellation, in passive (wired) mode, and even feature dual sound profiles. Along with that, they include a wide variety of accessories that offer more than enough for any situation…

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08:47
9to5Toys Last Call: iTunes Free App of the Week,...

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:

Last Call updates:

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08:30
IFTTT releases trio of user-controlled 'Do...

IFTTT today announced the addition of three new apps to its automation service. Unlike the original IFTTT app, the new trio of "Do" apps tap into IFTTT's existing channels and allow you to perform an action with just the tap of the button. The new Do Button, Do Camera, and Do Note apps join the existing IFTTT app, which has been rebranded simply as "IF."

The Do apps differentiate themselves from IF as the Do recipes require the user to intiate the action, while the IF recipes run automatically in the background using an event (If this happens) to trigger an action (then do this). The new Do apps allow you to connect to your camera, access a personalized notepad or create a custom button. You can use these new Do actions to control...

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08:28
Citigroup Lists 6 Reasons why they See AAPL going...

Citigroup’s Jim Suva late yesterday reiterated a Buy rating on shares of Apple (AAPL), and a $135 price target, writing about six reasons why it could trade higher.

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08:14
Battery maker accuses Apple of appropriating battery...

Last week, we brought you news that Apple appears to be working on electric car technology. Those rumors are edging toward !CONFIRMED! status thanks to news that Apple is being sued by battery maker A123 Systems for poaching staff in order to develop a "large scale battery division."

The lawsuit, first reported by Law360, involves five engineers and scientists who A123 Systems alleges were poached by Apple over the course of the last few months, in breach of various NDAs and non-compete agreements. A123 also claims that it’s had to shut down several projects as a result.

In addition to the various contracts,...

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08:09
News: Apple’s new car team provides insight into...

An in-depth look at Apple’s ‘electric car team’ put together by 9to5Mac has revealed some additional insight that suggests that Apple is very likely working on an electric car, contrary to much of the dismissive speculation being put forth by industry analysts that have suggested the company is merely working on an enhanced software or electronics platform. The report notes that the team includes a “long list of automotive…

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08:04
VizMac is new Visio Viewer for Mac

Vandaurico has announced VizMac, a Visio viewer for OS X (10.6 or higher) that allows anyone to view, save and print Visio drawings and diagrams on their Mac.

The utility enables users to discover the advantages of using Visio drawings, charts, and illustrations in a Mac environment. Visio files saved as binary (.vsd) files must first be decoded using the VizMac web service before being able to view the drawing or diagram in VizMac. This transaction takes place in the background and is transparent to the end user.

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08:02
Apple could receive up to 20 years in tax breaks for...

Apple's forthcoming "global command center" for its online operations in Mesa, Ariz., could be the beneficiary of up to 20 years' worth of tax breaks, thanks to new rules proposed by the state legislature.

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07:56
PhotoVideoCollage is new, free video collage maker...

Bits&Coffee has released PhotoVideoCollage 1.0 (http://photovideocollage.com/), a free Mac app that helps users create photo and video collages enhanced with music, and custom built for sharing on Instagram, Vine, Facebook, and YouTube.



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07:49
KOAMTAC releases version 3.0 KDC barcode, payment SDK

KOAMTAC (www.KOAMTAC.com) has updated its iOS, Android, and Windows compatible software development kit (SDK).
 
The upgrade offers APIs (application programming interfaces] s that communicate between all major smart devices, PCs, KOAMTAC KDC Bluetooth barcode scanners, transaction and mobile POS companions. The SDK enables developers to integrate support for all these features into mobile application and provides their customers with full barcode and payment solutions with a single SDK.  
 

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07:44
Revealed: The experts Apple hired to build an...

In the last few weeks we’ve heard about a poaching war between Apple and Tesla, a couple hires by Apple from the auto industry, and a whole lot of speculation followed by reports that Apple has a team of hundreds working on an electric vehicle. But who exactly is working on the project at Apple?

We can learn a lot about the scope of the research Apple is doing from the talent on the team, so we’ve talked to our sources and compiled a list of some key employees Apple has hired and assigned to the project. 

A couple things we learn from the hires: Evident by this long list of automotive...

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07:42
Inbox by Gmail heads to the iPad, bringing yet...

Google is on an iPad app streak. Shortly after introducing a version of Google Play Music for iOS that works natively on Apple’s tablet, Google has done the same thing for Inbox by Gmail. Google’s new email app—designed to surface the most important messages and better organize the rest—first came to the iPhone in October.

The impact on you: The iPad version is once again a Material Design copy of what you get on Android and the iPhone, only bigger. The main part of the screen is taken up by your messages and bundled categories such as “Updates” and “Social.” The slideout drawer on the iPad has all the same menu...

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07:40
Tapbots, makers of Tweetbot, release major update to...



Tapbots, the developers behind the popular third party Twitter app Tweetbot, is out today with a major new version of their advanced calculator app Calcbot. As the ‘bot’ theme implies, Calcbot approaches the stock calculator experience and applies character through animations and sounds while delivering more function than the out-of-the-box calculator from Apple.

The completely new version follows the debut of Calcbot for Mac last fall and includes support for quick iCloud sync between the Mac and iOS versions. While the new...

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07:40
Apple tops the list of the world’s most admired...

Apple has topped the list of Fortune‘s list of the World’s Most Admired Companies for the 8th consecutive year, with Google taking the number two slot occupied last year by Amazon, while investment company Berkshire Hathaway moved up one slot into third place.

Apple received the top score in all nine categories of innovation, people management, use of corporate assets, social responsibility, quality of management, financial soundness (was never going to be too much doubt about that one), long-term investment value, quality of products and global competitiveness … ...

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07:25
Alto's Adventure is snowy, llama-chasing fun

Here's the scene: It's a lazy winter day. Snow is gently falling and you're sitting back, enjoying the great outdoors. Your llamas are in their pen, just chillin' and standing around. Suddenly one of the beasts breaks free and sprints down a nearby hill. The rest follow and your relaxing day is over. Hop on your snowboard and chase down those miscreant llamas!

Alto's Adventure for iPhone (US$1.99) is the latest app from Snowman. It's an endless runner-style game that has you snowboarding through seriously gorgeous, dynamic settings. You'll capture llamas, collect coins, pull off spectacular tricks and avoid the angry elders, who aren't happy with a whipper-snapper like you snowboarding all over the place. Here's our look at Alto's Adventure.

It's Monument Valley-level pretty...

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07:23
VMware Fusion 7.1.1 - Run Windows apps alongside Mac...

VMware Fusion allows you to create a Virtual Machine on your Mac and run Windows (including Windows 8.1) and Windows software on your Mac.

Run your favorite Windows applications alongside Mac applications without rebooting. Whether you would like to run Windows XP, Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 on a Mac, the VMware Fusion easy install feature will get you up and running in no time. With the ability to run Windows-only applications like Microsoft Project, Access and Internet Explorer, VMware Fusion turns your Mac into the ultimate computer for compatibility.

Version 7 is optimized for the latest Macs and ready for OS X 10.10 Yosemite and Windows 8.1 to deliver the ultimate Windows on Mac experience.

The new VMware Fusion 7.0 Professional version adds the following:

  • Designed for OS X 10.10 Yosemite and ready for the latest releases of...
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07:19
New Apple Inventions cover Biometrics and a possible...

Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published patent applications from Apple that cover a possible new MacBook hinge supporting cellular connectivity and biometrics related to Touch ID that could eventually extend to Macs.

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06:56
IFTTT launches trio of new 'Do' apps...

Internet mashup service IFTTT on Thursday announced the first three in a new series of "Do" apps -- Do Button, Do Camera, and Do Note -- designed to help users create quick on-demand workflows.

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06:35
News: Apple Watch fashion marketing ramps up with...

With the debut of the Apple Watch expected in about two months, Apple has begun its marketing efforts to position the new wearable device as a fashion accessory. The cover of the March issue of Self magazine features supermodel Candice Swanepoel sporting an Apple Watch with a white sport band. Presented in an athletic setting, the image seems intended to blend the trendy consumer fashion aspect of the Apple Watch with its health and fitness features....

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06:14
News: Daily Deal: Get the TravelCard Ultra-Slim...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering the TravelCard iOS Lightning Wallet-Size Charger for only $29. This ultra-compact battery packs an extra 1,500 man of juice that you can conveniently keep in your wallet to juice up your iPhone or other Lightning or Micro-USB compatible device while on the go. TravelCard even includes a built-in Apple-certified Lightning cable, so that’s one less thing to worry about carrying around with you. Get the…

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06:10
All About Apple, a museum for the rest of us

This is a real passion project, a museum, located in Savona, Italy, dedicated to all things Apple.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:00
IFTTT launches three Do apps for a clutter-free...

IFTTT basically automates the Internet, letting you create recipes to bridge various products and online services—you can get a text when there’s rain in the forecast, for example, or have your Belkin WeMo Switch turn on your lamp when the sun goes down. While IFTTT works with dozens of popular services, all its functionality was rolled into one website and mobile app—until now.

On Thursday, IFTTT launched three new “Do” apps for iOS and Android, and the original IFTTT app we already know and love is getting a new name—going forward, it’s just IF. In fact, IFTTT is now a company with two separate products, Do and IF.

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06:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Bumpers from Evolutive...

Bumpers from Evolutive Labs, Grovemade, Poetic… and more!

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases includes a bunch of different bumper cases, plus traditional hard-shell cases that are both sleek and lightweight.

Element Case

The Solace (iPhone 6 and 6 Plus; $100) features a lightweight figure with removable top and bottom crowns for easy installation and additional protection.

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05:43
∞ Handcrafting a guitar

A gorgeous walk through the process of handcrafting a guitar.

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05:42
Apple Watch hits Self magazine, makes its U.S. cover...

It had to happen sometime.

A few months after being featured on the cover of Vogue China, the upcoming Apple Watch made its U.S. debut on the cover of Self magazine this month with cover model Candice Swanepoel wearing the Sport Edition of the device.

From Self:

Considering Swanepoel’s athletic prowess, it was an ideal accessory for her sporty cover shoot. She told SELF, “I’m an athlete. I use every single muscle, especially my core and arms, when I pose. It’s so important for me to feel strong!”

Call it what you will, but she just seems to be leaning a bit for the cover image while wearing the Apple Watch. This isn’t exactly extreme power yoga in incredibly adverse conditions. It’s standing upright and leaning a bit.

Nor is she rappelling off a building as part of a covert operation to finally take down Mendoza and save the city from his evil gang of...

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05:26
Photoshop celebrates 25th anniversary today of app...

Adobe is today celebrating the 25th anniversary of Photoshop, which first launched as a Mac-only app on 19th February 1990.

What went on to become the industry standard image editing app started life in 1987, when John Knoll, a computer vision doctorate student at the University of Michigan, began developing it on his Mac Plus. Known then as Display, the app was designed to do nothing more than display grayscale images on the Macintosh’s black-and-white monitor. As Adobe showcases in the video below, the app has come rather a long way since then … 

Adobe says that it wanted to look back at where Photoshop came from before focusing during the rest of the year on where it will...

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05:22
Samsung acquires LoopPay, looks to become an Apple...

It never hurts to be part of the payment infrastructure.

Only two months after rumors surfaced that Samsung was considering becoming an Apple Pay competitor, the South Korean conglomerate has reportedly acquired mobile payments startup LoopPay to bolster its efforts.

Samsung began talks with LoopPay in December to integrate the latter’s magnetic payment technology into next-generation Galaxy devices. That partnership has apparently turned into an acquisition, as noted by Re/code and the Wall Street Journal.

Acquiring LoopPay would give Samsung a ready-made Apple Pay competitor, albeit one not on equal footing. Apple Pay is based on special behind-the-scenes technology and works directly with credit card payment networks and banks, while LoopPay largely mimics normal credit card swipe functionality.

That could prove a problem for Samsung, as the U.S. is set to follow a...

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05:10
Apple Invents a New CarPlay/HomeKit Related iDevice...

Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a new system that will determine when a user has exited from a vehicle and automatically perform a series of tasks depending on the location that the user has exited. This invention will tie into future HomeKit and parking related applications.

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05:09
RBC says Apple could fund $65B+ annual capital...

Apple is set to announce an update to its capital return program in April, and investment firm RBC Capital Markets believes the company could return some $65 billion to investors annually, creating yet another reason to buy into the company's stock.

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05:03
Samsung acquires LoopPay, makes big move into mobile...

Samsung acquires LoopPay, which uses magnetic induction to mimic an existing credit card and is compatible with most existing merchant terminals. Is that enough to be a threat to Apple Pay? Samsung is betting it is.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:00
Azure Machine Learning Aims to Convert Data to...


Microsoft on Wednesday announced new data services running on its Azure cloud in what it has positioned as a bid to bring big data to the mainstream. Those services include the HDInsight Apache Hadoop-based service; Storm on HDInsight, which lets users use Hadoop and Storm to create distributed, real-time data processing solutions in Azure; and Azure Machine Learning, a managed cloud service for advanced analytics. Azure Machine Learning lets users build and deploy apps and conduct predictive analyses, among other things.

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04:41
Inbox by Gmail iOS app now has full iPad version,...

Inbox by Gmail, which Google appears to view as a replacement for the popular email client Sparrow, has been very quietly updated, notes TechCrunch, to include a native build for iPad. The app is currently only available in some countries (including the U.S.), and neither the App Store description nor What’s New entry mention the iPad build.

The app, which our hands-on last October described as “a marriage between Gmail and Google Now,” has tended to polarise views, some loving it, others hating it–with very few falling between the two … ...

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04:36
Monotype, Lippincott unveil curated ‘Brands With...

Monotype Imaging Holdings —a provider of typefaces, technology and expertise for creative applications and consumer devices — and Lippincott, a global branding firm, have introduced the Brands with Heart Collection.

The curated collection features a palette of typefaces selected for their distinct personalities and idiosyncratic tendencies as well as their ability to convey the humanistic elements of a brand’s persona. The collection was inspired by recent work completed by Lippincott and Monotype, while designing a new brand identity and custom typeface for Southwest Airlines.

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04:32
Home care/lawn care robotics market to reach $2.9...

The home care/lawn care robotics market will surpass US$2.9 billion by 2019, up from US$1.2 billion in 2014, according to a new study published by ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com). Approximately seven million robotic home care/lawn care products will be sold in 2019, up from 3.4 million in 2014, representing a CAGR [compound annual growth rate] of 15.6%, notes the research group.

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04:32
Home care/lawn care robotics market to reach $2.9...

The home care/lawn care robotics market will surpass US$2.9 billion by 2019, up from US$1.2 billion in 2014, according to a new study published by ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com). Approximately seven million robotic home care/lawn care products will be sold in 2019, up from 3.4 million in 2014, representing a CAGR [compound annual growth rate] of 15.6%, notes the research group.

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04:23
Lawsuit: Apple poaching auto engineers to build...

Is this evidence that points to Apple building some form of automotive hardware? Seems like it.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:05
Kool Tools: myNews for Mac OS X

AppGeneration's (http://appgeneration.com/) myNews for Mac OS X users lets you browse more than 5,000 online newspapers from 80 countries.

myNews also allows you to read the news on your native language without having to leave the app. Since it auto translates newspaper websites, it enables you to read a Chinese newspaper in Russian, an English tech magazine in Spanish or a Thai economic newspaper in French.

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04:03
SoftRAID 5.0.6 - High-quality RAID management. (Demo)

SoftRAID allows you to create and manage disk arrays to increase performance and reliability. SoftRAID's intuitive interface and powerful feature set make this utility a must-have for any Mac OS X Server admin, "Pro" user, photographer, digital-video editor, or desktop user who wants more reliable backup for his computer.



Version 5.0.6: New Features

  • Support for RAID 4, 5 and 1+0 volumes. Macs can use any SoftRAID volume as a startup volume.
  • Complete support for high resolution displays.
  • Improved volume validation which will optionally fix parity or mirror data during the validation operation.
  • Improved error reporting.
  • Improved the predicted disk failure feature to provide more detailed information about how a disk is failing.
  • Up to 30% improvement in read/write performance for mirror volumes.
  • Numerous bug fixes in the SoftRAID application.
  • A SoftRAID status indicator which is...

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03:53
Microsoft’s OneNote for iPad app gets handwriting,...

A day after Microsoft updated its OneNote for Mac app, adding OCR scanning of text within images, it has today updated its iPad app. OneNote for iPad gets the same OCR functionality, along with the ability to add handwritten notes–a feature previously available only on the Windows and Android versions of the tablet app.

As many of you have pointed out, one major feature that has been missing from OneNote for iPad is handwriting. With today’s update, you can pen notes. To get started, just tap the new Draw tab on the ribbon. Select a pen, marker, or highlighter and write, sketch or doodle until your heart’s content.

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03:32
Apple Sued by Advanced Lithium Battery Maker on...

A Delaware limited liability company by the name of A123 with a principal place of business in Michigan and offices in Middlesex County, Massachusetts is suing Apple on several counts including unfair competition, misappropriation of trade secrets and employee raiding.

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03:30
Declutter your Camera Roll with these photo...

My worst iOS habit is hands-down my inability to keep my Camera Roll clean—I never go through it to delete my crappy selfies, random screenshots, or my 49 failed attempts at photographing Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland at nighttime. (Even worse: I back up everything, so those same terrible photos live in various places on my Mac, too.) It’s been an ongoing problem that I can’t quite seem to kick, though I think I may finally be onto something: the answer to de-cluttering my Camera Roll is to clutter up my home screen with more apps. These three photo management apps tackle photo clutter in different ways, and combining the three together into a weekly routine has, so far, started to make a dent in my never-ending pile of photos. 

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02:50
Alto's Adventure (Games)

Alto's Adventure 1.0.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Above the placid ivory snow lies a sleepy mountain village, brimming with the promise of adventure.

Join Alto and his friends as they embark on an endless snowboarding odyssey. Journey across the beautiful alpine hills of their native wilderness, through neighbouring villages, ancient woodlands, and long-abandoned ruins.

Along the way you'll rescue runaway llamas, grind rooftops, leap over terrifying chasms and outwit the mountain elders – all while braving the ever changing elements and passage of time upon the mountain.

Features:

• Fluid, graceful and exhilarating physics-based gameplay

• Procedurally generated terrain based on real-world snowboarding

• Fully dynamic lighting and weather effects, including thunderstorms,...

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01:00
Handwriting in OneNote for iPad, and OCR Everywhere

People are more overwhelmed than ever by how much they need to remember on a daily basis. In fact, according to a 2013 survey commissioned by the Post-it brand, the average person forgets 4 important things every day, or 1460 things every year. That’s a lot of valuable information! The fact is, keeping track of everything so that it is where you want it, when you want it is still an unsolved problem for many.

OneNote can help you keep track of life and stay organized by making it easy to capture anything, enrich and organize it, and eventually recall it when and where you need it.

Today, we’re introducing two big improvements for capturing content into OneNote and enriching that content to make it easier to recall. First, we’ve added handwriting to OneNote for iPad. This has been a top requested feature, and is now available in OneNote ...

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00:28
Adobe Photoshop celebrates 25 years of image editing...

Adobe's Photoshop notched another milestone when it turned 25 years old on Thursday, marking a quarter century since the venerable software brought digital image editing to the masses as a Mac exclusive.

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Wednesday February 18

20:59
TeamViewer 10.0.38979 - Establish remote connections...

TeamViewer gives you remote control of any computer or Mac over the Internet within seconds, or can be used for online meetings. Find out why more than 200 million users trust TeamViewer!

Free for non-commercial users. Licensing terms for business users can be found here.



Version 10.0.38979:

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.



  • OS X 10.7 or later



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20:40
AERENA - Masters Edition (Games)

AERENA - Masters Edition 2.12.16885
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $4.99, Version: 2.12.16885 (iTunes)

Description:

Assemble your team of Champions and face-off against your opponents in the game that redefines turn-based tactical combat.

AERENA - Masters Edition provides the ultimate experience for the Aerena Players.
No Ads! No tedious grind and no limits!

Fast paced but deep gameplay in a unique AEtherpunk setting!
Get this premium version of the highly acclaimed game and rise up the ranks to become an Aethermaster! .

Nominated at the International Mobile Gaming Awards 2015

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10/10 Techdtudo
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The optional micro transactions only unlock Skins for Ships and Champions.

Set in a unique Ætherpunk world in which...

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20:07
The Artful Dodge

From a 20 June 2014 story by WSJ reporter Daisuke Wakabayashi:

Apple is planning multiple versions of a smartwatch — dubbed the
iWatch in the media — later this year, according to people
familiar with the matter.

So far so good.

The devices will include more than 10 sensors to track and monitor
health and fitness data, these people said. Taiwanese manufacturer
Quanta Computer Inc. is expected to start producing the devices in
two to three months, they said.

Not so good. Production did not start in September, not even close. And Apple’s website lists only two sensors for health and fitness tracking: the accelerometer and a heart rate sensor.

Yesterday, Wakabayashi...

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19:49
Southwest Airlines app for iOS updated with Passbook...


Southwest Airlines has updated its mobile app with support for Apple’s Passbook, allowing users to quickly access their boarding passes from the lock screen when boarding a flight. The Passbook card also presents critical information about a passenger’s flight, including departure time and gate, and flight number.

The new version of the app also includes fixes for issues reported by users. It’s available now from the App Store for free.

Filed under: Apps...

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19:30
Steve's on the British Tech Network Mac Show

You'll have to listen to the podcast to figure out the episode title... 

The last nine days have been a whirl, with all of the team here at Apple World Today recording podcasts to get the word out about the site. Last Friday, it was the British Tech Network Mac Show hosted by Ewen Rankin.

In this episode of the show, titled "These are not the shrimp you're looking for," I provide a bit of background about the TUAW shutdown and how Apple World Today came to be. Fellow guests Bryan Chaffin and everybody's fun-sized podcaster Kelly Guimont provide a lot of info and laughs... as well as the title to this episode. Many thanks to Ewen for the invitation, and I'm still hoping to make it to the British Tech Bash on July 4th if we somehow make our Patreon goal by then...

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17:27
Apple Watch Makes U.S. Magazine Cover Debut In...

Back in October, the Apple Watch made its magazine cover debut with Vogue China, on the wrist of Chinese model Liu Wen. Now, as Apple prepares to launch the Apple Watch in April, the device is seeing its U.S. magazine cover debut, featured in the March issue of Self magazine (via AppleInsider).

Model and Victoria's Secret Angel Candice Swanepoel will be wearing the Apple Watch Sport with a white fluoroelastomer band on the cover of the magazine. Self also has more in-depth coverage on the device, highlighting its accelerometer, heart rate sensor, GPS and WiFi in print and in...

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16:55
Apple poached battery manufacturer employees for own...

A new lawsuit filed in early February claims Apple poached workers with proprietary information vital to battery manufacturer A123 Systems' operations in an attempt to build out its own competing battery division in California.

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16:45
Apple Watch makes its U.S. cover debut courtesy of...

It’s been a few months since the Apple Watch was featured on the cover of Vogue China, but now the upcoming gadget is finally making its debut on the cover of a U.S. magazine this month. Self Magazine announced today that its March issue will feature cover model Candice Swanepoel wearing Apple’s unreleased smartwatch.

Swanepoel’s Apple Watch of choice appears to be the low-end Sport model with the white sport band.

From Self:

Considering Swanepoel’s athletic prowess, it was an ideal accessory for her sporty cover shoot....

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16:21
Apple Facing Lawsuit for Poaching Key Battery...

Amid rumors that Apple is hiring employees for a secret car project, the company is today facing a new lawsuit for poaching employees from battery manufacturing company A123 Systems. While the specific battery expertise of many of the employees is unknown, at least one of the employees had experience with developing battery technology for electric vehicles.

According to a lawsuit shared by Law360 (via 9to5Mac) Apple recently hired five employees from A123 Systems to create a "large scale battery division," violating noncompete agreements that employees signed with the latter company.

A123 filed suit Feb. 6 in...

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16:13
High-res photos reveal mysterious Apple van's...

A pair of high-resolution photographs acquired by AppleInsider on Wednesday show close-up views of a van thought to be part of a secret Apple initiative, including a highly detailed look at what are believed to be GPS, camera and other roof-mounted instrumentation.

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15:22
Apple reportedly poached employees from A123 Systems...

Apple has poached five key engineers from A123 Systems to work in a new battery division at the Cupertino technology company, with some hires possibly going as far back as June, a new report claims. The battery maker claims that these hires violated agreements it had in place to prevent them from joining competing companies.

The employees the report refers to are Don Dafoe, Michael Erickson, Indrajeet Thorat, Mujeeb Ijaz, and Depeng Wang. Three of these workers—Erickson, Thorat, and Wang—were PhD project heads working on new battery technology. Ijaz headed up the System Venture Technologies Division, which oversaw work by all four of the others.

After these employees left the company, A123...

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15:09
App Invasion: Get rid of your old iPhone screenshots...

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15:01
Patently Apple Wishes our Fans in China a Happy New...

Patently Apple would like to thank our many fans in China a Happy New Year! This is the year of the Goat.

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14:54
Apple Watch makes US magazine cover debut with model...

Supermodel Candice Swanepoel, best known for her work as a Victoria's Secret Angel, will be the first woman to don the upcoming Apple Watch in a U.S. magazine cover shoot with the March issue of women's lifestyle magazine SELF, suggesting Apple is quickly expanding marketing efforts beyond fashion and into fitness tracking.

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14:34
Save 50% in Take Control’s February Book Sale

Through 25 February 2015, you can save 50% on the entire Take Control catalog of ebooks. It’s a great opportunity to pick up titles that you’ve been wanting to read or that might be useful to have on your virtual shelf for reference. As always, all ebooks are DRM-free and available in PDF, EPUB, and Kindle formats.

 

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14:30
Bandai Crazy Case presents: Back to the Future Part...

Why are you holding a glowing car up to your ear?

It's 2015, which means that pretty soon Marty McFly should be showing up somewhere in Hill Valley, California in the DeLorean time machine car built by Dr. Emmett Brown. Of course, that's all fictional fun from the Back to the Future trilogy, but apparently nobody told the folks at Bandai Crazy Case. They're now taking pre-orders for this ¥5,940 ($50.00) iPhone 6 case modeled on the iconic DeLorean-based time machine

At the risk of looking like a total (in the words of Biff Tannen) butthead, you can own this unique case for your iPhone 6. One wheel slides out to reveal the iPhone's camera, although it looks like the flash is still covered. Panels on the side of the car open for insertion and removal of your phone, and ... wait for it ... it has cool...

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13:58
Samsung Acquires LoopPay to breathe new Life into...

In December we posted a report titled "Confused Samsung Looking for an Apple Pay Equivalent." We noted in that report that copycat Samsung was racing to integrate PayPal into their next Gear smartwatch so that they could match the Apple Watch's use of Apple Pay. A new rumor...

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13:56
News: Apple releases iTunes 12.1.1 update for Windows

In a rare move, Apple has released an iTunes 12.1.1 update specifically for Windows users only, with fixes related to direct synchronization with Outlook and iOS devices. The update also addresses an audio playback glitch, and the release notes also indicate that the update “improves compatibility with screen readers.” The update should appear via the normal software update mechanism, however it is also available for download directly…

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13:45
Ask iLounge: How do I make my camera LED flash when...

Q: I was at a coffee shop the other day and saw the coolest thing that I didn’t think you could do with an iPhone. This guy had his iPhone down on the table, and somebody called and the camera light started flashing. I’m positive it was an iPhone he was using, but I didn’t know that the iPhone could do that, and I can’t find a setting anywhere for it. Is it an app? I’ve found stuff on the App Store that lets me strobe…

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13:43
Apple releases iTunes 12.1.1 update for Windows w/...

After releasing iTunes 12.1 in January adding a Notification Center widget for OS X Yosemite users on the Mac, Apple has released a minor update to iTunes 12.1 specifically for Windows users.

According to the release notes, iTunes 12.1.1 addresses an issue that caused audio playback to glitch while also improving syncing between Outlook and iPhones and iPads. Apple also says the update “improves compatibility with screen readers.”

The latest version is rolling out now so iTunes users on Windows should be able to update soon.

Filed under: Apps Tagged: iTunes, iTunes 12, Windows ...

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13:10
Samsung acquires LoopPay, gears up to take on Apple...

Just over two months after word first broke that Samsung was considering an Apple Pay competitor, the South Korean conglomerate has reportedly acquired mobile payments startup LoopPay to bolster its efforts.

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13:10
Apple's new West Lake store in Hangzhou, China...







China is Apple's fastest growing market, and the company has been busy building new Apple Stores in order to meet demand for its products. The latest store, designed in part by Apple's favored architectural company Foster + Partners, is located in Hangzhou, China's West Lake shopping center and is absolutely stunning.

Featuring a 15-metre (49.2 feet) tall glass facade at the front of the store, the West Lake Apple Store is also notable for a "floating" glass staircase up to a second floor. And it's not just any old second floor -- the structure is cantilevered and appears to be floating in mid-air, built with an extremely...

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13:01
Samsung Acquires Apple Pay Rival LoopPay

Samsung today announced plans to purchase LoopPay, in an effort to compete with Apple's Apple Pay payments service. The two companies were in previously talks over a potential partnership in December for a payment system that would rival Apple Pay.

LoopPay's technology stores payment information from a credit or debit card's magnetic stripe, transmitting payment details to card readers in lieu of a physical card. Because it works over a magnetic field, LoopPay is compatible with 90 percent of existing card readers and does not require merchants to support NFC as Apple Pay does.

Currently, LoopPay works through an app and a standalone hardware device (a case is one of the company's most popular LoopPay...

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13:00
Samsung acquires Apple Pay competitor LoopPay to...

From 9to5Google: 

Samsung announced in a press release this evening that it has purchased LoopPay, an Apple Pay-like mobile payment company. LoopPay turns existing magnetic stripe card readers into secure, contactless receivers. This means that, in an ideal world, LoopPay would be available in nearly every retailer that accepts magnetic strip cards. A specific acquisition price is unclear at this point.

As part of the deal, however, LoopPay founders and veteran payment industry experts Will Graylin and George Wallner will join Samsung and work closely with the company’s mobile division. The deal was rumored back in December and at the time, Re/code claimed...

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12:42
Designing for the wrist

That may be why I’ve been getting a lot of questions from developers and designers regarding what I’d like to see from Apple Watch apps. After thinking about it for a good long while, the list turns out to be pretty straightforward.

Rene Ritchie has a good list of things to look out for when designing for the wrist. Like Rene, I’ve been getting a lot of questions on this too. We’re in for some interesting times.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:30
Despite Apple and Facebook's latest plays,...

Virtual reality is undeniably cool, but it’s going to take a lot more than that to make people shell out hundreds of dollars for VR headsets. This week, we saw a head-mounted display patent from Apple and heard more about Facebook’s plans for Oculus, both of which hint at the potential of VR headsets. But patents and apps, as intriguing as they are, aren’t proof that virtual reality is anywhere near ready for mass adoption.

Apple explores headsets

Apple has been testing the waters of virtual reality for years, if a recently granted VR headset patent is any indication. The company submitted an application back in 2008 for a patent covering a headset with a slot for an iPhone or iPod. The iOS device slides into the headset and provides video, much like Samsung’s...

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12:23
NBC for iOS gains live streaming as Kayak, Snapchat...

A number of major iOS downloads saw updates on Wednesday, including the official NBC app, which now offers live streaming in select market. In addition, Kayak has gained a new "Hotel for Tonight" feature, Snapchat has added the ability to take a snap while listen to music, and Yelp now offers review translations for iPad.

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12:16
Review: CM4 Q Card Case for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6...

CM4's Q Card Case ($40), a wallet case, has returned again for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. As in the past, Q Card Case is a soft rubber case with a built-in faux leather wallet on the back, made to hold up to three cards and cash. The iPhone 6 Plus version of the case adds a slot that works as a kickstand when a card is inserted. Volume controls and the sleep/wake button are both covered by the case. Q Card Case comes with screen film and cleaning cloth. A limited edition brown genuine leather edition costs $60.{/exp:char_limit}

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12:15
Daily Deals for February 18, 2015, featuring Simon 4...

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

AWT's Daily Deals

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

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

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12:14
Korora Comes Bursting With Extras


Korora, a Linux distro based on Fedora, the community version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, just keeps getting better. When I reviewed Korora 19, released in July 2013, I said it had the potential to grow in popularity among users looking for a better, more user-friendly Linux distro that reaches beyond Fedora's enterprise appeal. The latest release, Korora 21, provides even more assurance of that statement's accuracy. Korora is packed with lots of additional packages besides those provided by the Fedora community.

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12:00
Killer iMac 5K Deal: Free AppleCare, Free Canon...

For a limited time, AppleInsider has re-teamed with one of Apple's authorized resellers to offer an instant $50-$150 discounts on all configurations of Apple's new iMac with Retina 5K display, each of which now also comes with a free 3-Year AppleCare Protection Plan, a free Canon PIXMA all-in-one printer, free expedited shipping (and no sales tax collected in 48 states).

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11:45
Marijuana dating app High There bubbles up onto the...

iPhone owners finding it difficult to connect with their peers through the tetrahydrocannabinolic haze have a new option with High There, a Tinder-like matchmaking app that specializes in bringing together users with a penchant for bud.

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11:31
Happy Hour Podcast 002 | Getting the facts straight...

Welcome to the second installment of the revamped Happy Hour podcast. Today we’re talking all about cars. Apple cars. Do they exist? Well, that’s anyone’s guess at this point, but there are a lot of details that line up for this to become a possibility. The Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and through our dedicated RSS feed…

Click here to subscribe on iTunes or listen to the second episode embedded above.

New episodes of Happy Hour will be available every...

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11:23
First look: Astropad turns your iPad into a graphics...

Heaven for a hardcore graphic artist or photo editor is a Wacom Cintiq, one of those fancy input devices that builds in a display and includes a pen stylus for drawing, painting, or retouching photos. They’re amazing, but they’re pricey and not the most mobile.

What if graphic artists on a shoestring could simply use their iPads, at a fraction of the cost and with glorious portability? Astro-HQ wants to make that possible with software that transforms an iPad into a Mac graphics tablet. Founders Giovanni Donelli and Matt Ronge are even former Apple engineers.

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

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11:17
Apple Awarded Patent for Hybrid VR Headset


Apple has been awarded a patent for a virtual reality headset that can use an iPhone or iPod as a display. The abstract describes a device similar to the Gear VR, which weds a Samsung Note smartphone to a headpiece designed by Oculus. In its description of the patent, Apple explains that the head-mounted display system would allow users to couple and decouple a portable electronic device with a head-mounted device so the two devices would temporarily act as a single unit.

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11:15
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Reminder:Widget+ [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $0.99] It can be accessed everywhere includes web browsers.
How beautiful it is! And it's simplicity and easiness! It is also integrated with other builtin apps gracefully.

InstaBlender - Double Exposure and Superimpose Image Blender [iPhone; Now free, down from $0.99]InstaBlender is a creative app for combining images with different blend modes on your iPhone.

Radar HD – NOAA...

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11:12
Former GM CEO on Apple Car: 'They Have No Idea...

Amid rumors that Apple is developing an electric vehicle, former General Motors CEO Dan Akerson has shared his opinion on Apple's plans, suggesting the Cupertino company avoid getting into a business with such low margins.

In an interview with Bloomberg, Akerson said that Apple may be underestimating the difficulty of operating in the car business, as it's hard to navigate regulatory and safety requirements. "A lot of people who don't ever operate in it don't understand and have a tendency to underestimate," he said"They'd better think carefully if they want to get into the hard-core manufacturing," he said of Apple. "We take steel, raw steel, and turn it into car. They have no idea what they're getting into if they get into that."According to Akerson, Apple should stick with the iPhone, which has much higher margins than a car and none of...

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11:07
Apple now permitted to trade with Cuba following...

Apple can now trade with Cuba.

Which is a good thing, as they have awesome weather and even better food.

Apple has removed Cuba from its restricted country list for foreign trade, reflecting the fact that some of its hardware and software are now legally eligible to be exported to the Caribbean country.

Apple’s new stance is in accordance with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security, which recently amended its Export Administration Regulations. The changes create an exception for Consumer Communication Devices, under a license entitled “Support For The Cuban People.”

In addition, the Cuban Asset Control Regulations were also updated by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, authorizing export and reexports of items authorized by the BIS. The change to Apple’s policies was first noted by Collin Anderson.

The relaxed government policies...

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10:35
Weather Underground's Storm app packs maximum...

I've been a fan of the Weather Underground website since almost the first day it was available, so it's not surprising that I've become an even bigger fan of the apps that the company has created. Whether it's the self-named Weather Underground app, Wundermap (both free with in-app purchases) or my favorite on the iPad -- WunderStation (free) -- I find myself passing over most other weather applications and focusing on those from WU. Today, the company released a new universal iOS app called...

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10:28
Retired GM chief Dan Akerson likens rumored Apple...

Following a five-year run in Detroit that saw him inexplicably chosen to oversee General Motors, longtime telecom executive Dan Akerson has elected to weigh on in Apple's possible entry into the carmaking arena, saying that Cupertino has "no idea what they're getting into."

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10:01
Tim Cook rumored to travel to Israel for opening of...

Rumors continue to circulate that Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook may be planning a trip to Israel, to commemorate the opening of a new research and development office in the city of Herzliya Pituach.

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10:00
Swap Heroes 2 (Games)

Swap Heroes 2 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Swap Heroes 2 is a casual turn-based strategy adventure. Form a group of valiant heroes and guide them in battle through a wide variety of quests and locations as you venture toward a final showdown with the feared Shadow Knight!

Features:

- Easy to learn turn-based gameplay.
- Form a party from 8 unique heroes.
- Guide your party through 10 new locations.
- Battle against over 30 types of challenging enemies.
- Earn star points with victories that can be used to equip powerful upgrades.
- Unlock a variety of levels, modes, and heroes as you complete quests.
- Compete for high scores in the all new endless mode!
- Game Center leaderboard and achievements included.

*No in-app purchases or ads.*

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09:52
'GIF Finder' Pulled from App Store Over...

GIF Finder creator Matt Cheetham today announced that his popular GIF curating app will be pulled from the App Store following a lengthy back-and-forth with Apple. Cheetham faced stonewalling from the company thanks mostly to a few copyright issues of Disney-related characters within the app.

Begun by Cheetham as a side project a few summers ago, the app used Tumblr and Imgur's APIs to discover and curate a collection of GIFs and images and distill them into categories or as search results for users to browse. It launched in 2012 and had nearly 90,000 downloads in the years since.

Image via iDownloadBlog
A recent update caused the app to crash on the iPad version when sharing a GIF, so Cheetham submitted an update to fix the issue. Instead of the usual okay from Apple, on January...

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09:50
Path Finder 7.1.2 - Powerful, award-winning Finder...

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

Features:

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

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09:46
MCE Fovea Extreme 3 is a Mac compatible, Blu-ray...

MCE Technologies (MCE) is shipping the MCE Fovea Extreme 3, a portable, lightweight, USB 3.0 slot-loading optical drive that allows access to all Blu-ray, DVD, and CD optical disc formats on Macs with no built-in optical drive.

It can read and record data and high definition video to 25GB, 50GB, 100GB, and 128GB Blu-ray recordable discs, as well as M-Disc Blu-ray media. Included with the drive is Mac Blu-ray Player software, allowing the playback of commercial Blu-ray titles in high definition directly on the Mac.

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09:41
QNAP releases Q'center app for managing...

QNAP (www.qnap.com) has released Q'center, an app that can centrally manage multiple QNAP Network-attached Storage (NAS) units with visualized statistics, allowing IT administrators to check QNAP NAS information and status for troubleshooting.

Q'center provides immediate and complete information to assist IT administrators in making crucial decision, says Jimmy Yang, product manager of QNAP. The dashboard provides a view to monitor the status of QNAP NAS units, including disk volumes, real-time CPU usage, and server log information.

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09:34
Apple removes Cuba from restricted country trade...

Apple has removed Cuba from its restricted country list for foreign trade, reflecting the fact that some of its hardware and software are now legally eligible to be exported to the Caribbean country.

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09:15
Motorola president responds to Ive criticism in New...

In an amusing retaliation to Jony Ive’s opinion of Motorola’s Moto Maker, Motorola president described their company as a ‘different philosophy’ as well as directly attacking Apple’s product lineup, describing iPhone prices as ‘outrageous’ in a conversation with the BBC.

In the Ive profile by the New Yorker, the SVP of Design gave his scathing view of the Moto Maker system, which let customers choose any combination of colors and materials to customize their phones. Although Ive refused to call out Motorola by name, the intention is obvious.

In one of our...

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09:02
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Office 365 free w/ iPad...

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:

Microsoft Office 365 Personal ($70 value) FREE w/computer/iPad/tablet purchase...

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09:00
Using OneNote Online to create the connected learner

Today’s post was written by Tamara Sullivan is the dean of E-Learning at Ormiston College.

Last year, I was very excited when I received my Office 365 account. I loved the new collaboration features, especially the ability to easily share and collaborate in OneNote notebooks with my students. But it wasn’t until the end of the year that it dawned on me that sharing feature opens the doors for students to easily create, connect and collaborate with students around the globe—all through the one platform. What is more exciting is the ability to collaborate with a school, even if they do not have OneNote installed on their machines. Running through a web browser with OneNote Online means that any student, with any device can participate. And it is free!

It was at this point, I started thinking about the type of collaborative tasks that would be possible using OneNote Online to foster global collaboration ...

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09:00
Excel Fun—Build 3D graphics from a spreadsheet

Today’s post was written by Carl Kadie, Ph.D., a research developer in Microsoft Research.

How Excel helps to understand 3D graphics

From video games to movie special effects, 3D graphics drives today’s entertainment. But how do 3D graphics work? How does the computer know where on the screen to put the little dots of color? Motivated by simple curiosity, I wanted to understand this. And for me, to understand means to make an Excel spreadsheet. This article should interest you, too, if you are curious about 3D graphics. It also serves as an example of how Excel can make something as complex as 3D graphics as simple as a few worksheet cells connected by multiplication and addition.

In the end, I didn’t replicate Halo, but I did get lovely cube that I can control by changing a few numbers in Excel. For example, one cell tells how many degrees to rotate the cube. When I change the value in that cell from 20 degrees (...

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09:00
Office everywhere, encryption everywhere

Shobhit Sahay is a technical product manager on the Office 365 team.

Recently, we released Office for Android as we continue to help people get more done, on any device. Security is a core value for us, and as we evolve Office 365 to empower productivity across different platforms, we are committed to ensuring secure experiences across devices and platforms. Encryption is one of the key ways on how we protect your information. We use encryption in two ways: One is by implementing it in the service and the second is by offering you it as a customer control. In the service, we make use of encryption in the platform, where it works by default and you don’t have to configure anything, and we continue to evolve it based on your needs. As a customer control, we provide you three primary...

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08:33
Former GM CEO Doesn't Think Apple's Move...

Dan Akerson, CEO of General Motors up until last year said Apple should steer clear of the business of making cars, though a push into automobile electronics would be a better move for the iPhone maker.

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08:16
Listen to the new and improved Siri voice in iOS 8.3

As it has done quietly in past builds, Apple’s latest iOS 8.3 release makes improvements to its Siri voice assistant in the way of more natural sounding speech synthesis. The comparison above was sent in by a reader (thanks jk9357!), showing the improvements Apple has made to Siri’s voice in its latest iOS beta.

As noted by our tipsters, the change is particularly noticeable on the words “potato” and “America” in the comparison. You’ll hear iOS 8.1.1 first in the audio comparison followed by the new and improved iOS 8.3. The improvements come ahead of the Apple Watch launch, which relies heavily on Siri and could always benefit from enhanced speech technology. 

We detailed and discovered other new features and enhancements coming in iOS 8.3 when it was released to developers earlier this month.

Filed under:...

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08:11
Apple Watch Revenue Will Likely Be Dominated by...

Earlier this week, in a report about the Apple Watch's missing health features, The Wall Street Journal claimed that Apple has placed 5 to 6 million Apple Watch orders with overseas suppliers ahead of the wrist-worn device's launch in April.

The report specified that half of the first-quarter orders will be allocated to the entry-level Apple Watch Sport, while one-third of shipments will be for the mid-tier Apple Watch. The remaining orders will be for the expensive Apple Watch Edition.

While the Apple Watch Edition will have the least amount of orders among the three models, with between 850,000 to 1 million units shipped, well-known...

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08:06
Morgan Stanley leads 20 new bank and credit union...

Apple continues to expand the reach of its popular mobile payment system, with the Cupertino company rolling out support for cards from nearly two dozen additional financial institutions -- including major investment bank Morgan Stanley -- on Wednesday.

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08:04
Microsoft OneNote for Mac adds OCR for scanning...

OneNote, Microsoft’s cross-platform application for taking and organizing notes, received a useful update on the Mac adding support for OCR, or optical character recognition. OneNote version 15.7.1, which is rolling out on the Mac App Store now, adds the ability to scan images from OneDrive notebooks for text.

Once OneNote’s OCR system has ran, you can actually copy the text and save it to your notes just like if it were a editable text file from the start. Searching images for text is currently possible for new images added to OneDrive notebooks, but a future version will make text search possible on existing images as well.

The update also includes the ability to toggle viewing authors and closing the window without quitting the app. Microsoft also...

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07:58
Six of the Top Ten Apple Shareholders Increased...

With Apple's iPhone 6 mania sweeping the globe last quarter and clocking in historic revenue for Apple, a new report today shows us that the 13F filings of top fund holders of Apple (AAPL) for the period ending in December came out yesterday and ...

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07:33
Google Play Music finally works on iPads

For years, Android users have dealt with apps on Google’s mobile platform that look more like they were designed for iOS. In recent months, Google has been giving iOS users a taste of the same experience. On Tuesday, Google updated its iOS app for Play Music with the company’s new Material Design aesthetic—and more importantly, added an iPad app for the first time.

Google’s Play Music update for iOS follows a similar update for Android that rolled out earlier in February.

Play Music for iPad. (Click to enlarge.)

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07:12
How to protect your Apple ID, iCloud, iMessage and...

Two-step verification adds an additional layer of protection to your Apple ID login by requiring users to enter their password plus a second, temporary number sent to a trusted device.

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07:06
More Apple Watch Trademarks Filings were made in...

As we get closer to the launch of Apple Watch, Apple legal has been busy filing for Apple Watch icon trademarks around the world.

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06:57
Apple moves Canadian HQ into downtown offices close...

Apple’s Canadian HQ used to be located in a 78,000 square foot building on the outskirts of Toronto, but the company has recently moved into a smaller downtown location as it looks for a tenant to take over its previous headquarters for the country, according to sources close to the situation.

It’s unclear if the seemingly smaller location, located at 120 Bremner Boulevard Suite 1600, will be the new Canadian HQ for Apple, but sources say the company is already in the process of selling its old headquarters located at 7495 Birchmount Road in Markham, Ontario through DTZ Property Services. 

While Apple’s old property included around 40,000 square feet of office space alongside over 36,000 sq ft of warehouse, it’s unclear if the new corporate address at 120 Bremner, which...

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06:38
RESCUECOM lists common computer problems in Computer...

RESCUE COM (http://www.rescuecom.com) has released a new Computer Repair Report outlining the top problems technology users experience. This report is a refresh of a previous report on the top computer problems; it covers all technology, including tablets, smart phones and Internet-connected devices. The computer repair report details the top 10 problems that plague technology in 2015.

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06:28
Apple Pay adds another 19 banks & credit unions...

The second wave of the month for new banks and credit unions supporting Apple Pay is happening now adding to the more than 60 institutions already supporting Apple’s mobile payment service. The mid-February wave includes 19 additional banks and credit unions bringing the total to more than 80 institutions. Here are the new banks listed as supporting Apple Pay as of today:Affinity Federal Credit Union
Cabela’s CLUB
Central Bank
Credit Union of Southern California
Farmers & Merchants Bank of Long Beach
First National Bank of Omaha
First Sentry Bank
FirstBank
Grow Financial Federal Credit Union
Ideal Credit Union
Morgan Stanley
Redwood Credit Union
State Department Federal Credit Union
Teachers Credit Union...

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06:23
Trello adds Today widget, new sharing options and...

Trello, a task and project management system for teams, today released a major update to its iOS app that adds a new design, a Today Widget and new sharing features.

On the surface, the most noticeable difference is the refreshed UI, which is cleaner and more colorful. Under the hood, users will appreciate the new iOS sharing options, which allow you to send content to your Trello boards without opening the Trello app. With this feature, you can view an image in the Photos apps and send it to Trello in just a few taps.

Lastly, users will find a Today widget that’ll display your important tasks in the Today tab of the notification center and support for Handoff so you can move your work from your iPad to your Mac without missing a beat.

The Trello app...

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06:23
Sony to begin shipping developer-focused...

The unspoken failure of Google's Glass has not deterred Sony from forging ahead with its own face-attached augmented reality device, and interested early adopters can now place a pre-order for their own set of "SmartEyeglass Developer Edition" eyewear for delivery in March.

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06:07
Rumor: Apple to bring Touch ID to upcoming 12-inch...

Apple may be expanding its Touch ID technology to other devices.

Current rumors have it that the forthcoming 12-inch MacBook Air — which is widely believed to include a high-resolution Retina display and vastly-reduced I/O — could also sport a Touch ID sensor positioned above its trackpad, according to Taiwanese blog AppleCorner, which has cited supply chain sources. In addition, the Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad may be updated to include the biometric functionality.

That could be a prelude to making Apple Pay available for payments on the web. Currently, Apple Pay can only be used for in-store transactions via NFC or as part of the checkout process for iOS apps.

Such an expansion would put Apple Pay in direct competition with web checkout providers like PayPal and Amazon Payments, while opening a major new market. PayPal, currently an eBay subsidiary, is preparing to...

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06:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: Is Phorm a breakthrough...

Is Phorm a breakthrough in iPad keyboards?

This week’s roundup of iOS accessories includes the usual batteries, cables, and more; it also includes Phorm, which offers a cool new option for touch-typing on your iPad’s on-screen keyboard.

BiteMyApple

The $30 Mamba Cable is a fabric-braided, 10-foot-long charge-and-sync cable for iOS. Basically, it’s extra-long and made for extra-durable use.

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05:53
UK banks RBS & NatWest become first in country...

In an industry first, RBS and NatWest will be the inaugural apps in the U.K. to add Touch ID support to their iPhone apps, allowing users to securely log into their accounts with the use of their fingertip.

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05:49
Apple comes up against roadblocks, regulatory...

Apple may have a few roadblocks before it can get Apple Pay into the Chinese marketplace.

As introduction efforts proceed, China’s central bank, UnionPay bank-card service and e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. are standing up to Apple’s effort to bring the Apple Pay no-card-no-cash payment system to iPhone users in China.

At the same time, Apple has not yet “acknowledged regulators,” and as a result, “it’s unclear whether the product meets the government’s requirements” for a commercial operation.

Apple is also struggling with its relationship with UnionPay, China’s state-owned credit- and debit-card system operator. Sources close to the companies said that talks aimed at an agreement that would open China to Apple Pay have stalled.

The central bank official who asked not to be named said regulators have not intervened in negotiations between Apple and...

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05:16
Apple Pay accounts for 30 percent of purchases made...

Staples was an early adopter of Apple Pay, adding support for the mobile payment service at launch. The retailer accepts Apple Pay in stores and via its iOS app. While use of Apple Pay in stores is slow, the mobile payment service is a big hit among iOS app users, accounting for 30 percent of purchases made in Staples iOS app. This figure was confirmed Prat Vemana, VP of mobile commerce for Staples, and reported by Fierce Mobile.

““Right now it’s the number one payment method for us in our iOS apps,” said Prat Vemana, vice president of mobile commerce for Staples, speaking during a panel discussion hosted by Chetan Sharma Consulting in Seattle on Tuesday. Vemana said that 30 percent of purchases made in the Staples iOS apps use Apple Pay.”

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05:00
Gadget Ogling: An On-the-Go Digital Safe, a Portable...


Welcome to a new edition of Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, your weekly guide to the best and worst of gadgets that have just rolled off the production line for the first time or have the proverbial ink still drying on their press releases. On our conveyor belt this week are a gas-powered portable charger, a clever key fob, a flash drive for secret keepers and a pocket ghost detector. Please note that these are not reviews. The rating scores reflect only my interest in trying each item, and matter about as much as, well...you decide.

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04:46
AutoMailer for Mac OS X revved to version 2.2.2

Tension Software has announced AutoMailer 2.2.2, an update of its Mac OS X app that allows you to send personalized emails to multiple addresses, in text or web format, each merged with data from an internal database. It's been optimized for Mac OS X Yosemite.

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04:45
Two UK banks now allowing mobile app login using...

Two UK banks–Royal Bank of Scotland and Nat West–are now allowing customers to login to their mobile banking apps using Touch ID, reports the BBC. The updated RBS app is expected to hit today, with the Nat West one following tomorrow.

RBS and NatWest customers must activate the feature with their security information, but would only need to use Apple’s Touch ID thereafter.

The banks–owned by the same parent company–said that use of Touch ID is subject to a number of security safeguards … 

First, customers choose whether or not to activate fingerprint login, and have to use their existing login details to do so. Second, Touch ID would be disabled after three failed attempts, customers having to use...

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04:33
Biometrics market to hit US$13.8 million in revenues...

Overall revenues for the biometrics market are forecasted to hit US$13.8 million in 2015, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com). The majority of revenues in most biometric recognition technologies are still stemming from governmental entities.

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04:33
Biometrics market to hit US$13.8 million in revenues...

Overall revenues for the biometrics market are forecasted to hit US$13.8 million in 2015, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com). The majority of revenues in most biometric recognition technologies are still stemming from governmental entities.

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04:25
BatchOutput PDF 2.2.13 improves file reprinting, job...

 Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has released BatchOutput PDF 2.2.13, a maintenance update to its solution to automate PDF printing with watched hot folders on Mac OS X.

With BatchOutput PDF, users only need to drop PDFs into hot folders and the files will be printed automatically using the assigned output preset. The software saves customers the time and effort of opening and printing each document manually. The new version improves the app's ability to reprint processed files and optimizes job folder handling.

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04:14
Apple Pay top payment method in Staples iOS app,...

Staples has revealed that Apple Pay is now the most popular form of payment in its iOS app, used for 30% of purchases made using the app. Apple Pay also appears to have driven new sales, with almost two-thirds of those transactions being from first-time Stapes customers, reveals FierceMobileIT.

“Apple Pay has been one of the most successful implementations when it comes to payments. […] Right now it’s the number one payment method for us in our iOS apps,” said Prat Vemana, vice president of mobile commerce for Staples.

Vemana also revealed that while Staples has both iOS and Android apps, with usage split pretty evenly between the two, Apple owners are more profitable, generating 70% of mobile purchases … ...

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03:58
Private I: Encrypting email with public keys

In recent weeks, I’ve written about protecting data stored locally on a hard drive, against both people with physical access and potential remote attacks. But your data is much more vulnerable in transit, as it passes between end points or via servers.

This problem is effectively solved for instant messages with iMessage, which uses strong end-to-end encryption designed in such a way that—Apple says—not even they can decrypt your messages. This is accomplished by creating local encryption keys through a process that can’t be reverse-engineered on their side. Even though iMessages pass through intermediate points on the Internet, there’s no opportunity for others to grab the plain text, images, and audio within. (The same is true with FaceTime audio and video.)

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03:24
Coda 2.5.5 - 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 2.5.5:

Note: Coda 2.5 is a free update for license owners for Coda 2. Coda 2.5 is only available from Panic, but the company is migrating Mac App Store users for free. You can find the steps to take at the foot of their home page (http://www.panic.com/coda/).

  • Improved speed of Find and Replace by up to 10 times in some cases
  • Improved cache clearing in Preview
  • ...
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Tuesday February 17

22:38
NBC updates iOS app with live streaming in select...


NBC has followed in ABC’s footsteps and released an update for its iOS app that introduces live streaming of the network’s content directly to an iPhone or iPad. Similarly to ABC’s offering, the feature is only available in a few select cable markets that this time and requires a subscription to a cable or satellite partner.

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20:59
RoboForm 2.1.1 - Password manager; syncs across all...

RoboForm is a password manager that offers one-click login, mobile syncing, easy form filling, and reliable security.

  • Password Manager. RoboForm remembers your passwords so you don't have to! Just remember your one Master Password and RoboForm remembers the rest- it's that easy! Our bookmark-style Logins automatically log you in to your favorite websites with one click.
  • Everywhere. Whether it's on your PC, Mac, phone, tablet, or even USB drive, RoboForm gives you secure access to your passwords wherever you go! One license works on all of your devices. You can be confident knowing that our advanced syncing technology always keeps each device up to date.
  • Security. RoboForm's industry-leading encryption technology securely stores your passwords, with one Master Password serving as your encryption key. Your Master Password is not stored on our servers and you're the only one that knows...
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20:00
$40 Mac Bundle: Things, ScreenFlow, Typed, Civ,...

From 9to5Toys Specials:

Today we’ve put together a really impressive bundle of 8 Mac apps including the latest versions of Screenflow and Things (which are $100 and $40 at the Mac App Store by themselves!).

Using the coupon code ULTRAMAC5 at checkout, 9to5 readers can get an extra $5 discount over at Specials.9to5Toys.com to buy the whole bundle for $39.99 – that’s 91% off from the $...

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18:53
Apple Pay drives in-app purchases for Staples, fails...

Apple Pay's in-app purchasing capability is often overshadowed by its physical iPhone-powered NFC counterpart, but for big-box office supply chain Staples, the feature has quickly become the most popular method of payment processed by the company's iOS app.

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18:08
Thinking About the Split in Apple Watch Sales by...

Lorraine Luk and Daisuke Wakabayashi, reporting today for the WSJ, “Apple Orders More Than 5 Million Watches for Initial Run”:

Apple has asked its suppliers in Asia to make a combined five to
six million units of its three Apple Watch models during the first
quarter ahead of the product’s release in April, according to
people familiar with the matter.

I would wager — heavily — that these numbers come from supply chain sources, not Apple executives. I can’t see why anyone at Apple would see a strategic advantage to leaking these numbers, especially the split between Sport, regular, and Edition models:

Half of the first-quarter production order is earmarked for the
entry-level Apple Watch Sport model, while the mid-tied Apple
Watch is expected to account for one-third of output, one of these
people said.

Orders...

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18:03
Congressman and civil rights activist John Lewis...

Honored to host @RepJohnLewis at Apple today. His 50-year march for justice and equality inspires us. @MARCHTrilogy http://t.co/I5ye7OdIDi


Tim Cook (@tim_cook) February 17, 2015

Georgia Congressman John Lewis took a tour of Apple’s headquarters with CEO Tim Cook today. Lewis is in town to promote his new graphic novel focusing on the civil rights movement, March: Book Two. Cook tweeted the photo with Lewis above earlier tonight.

Lewis also addressed Apple employees during an event held on campus today. Last year Apple revealed its diversity statistics for the...

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17:51
Civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis visits Apple HQ...

Georgia congressman and civil rights activist John Lewis was a guest speaker at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., on Tuesday, where he touted his new graphic novel and talked one-on-one with CEO Tim Cook in a closed door meeting.

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16:32
NSA Suspected of Spreading Super-Resistant Malware


Kaspersky Lab on Tuesday announced the discovery of what may be the most sophisticated malware ever. The malware's creators, whom Kaspersky has dubbed "The Equation Group," use a never-seen-before tactic to infect hard drives' firmware. The technique "makes traditional antivirus and antimalware software practically useless," said Protegrity VP of Products Yigal Rozenberg. Most of the attacks hit Windows PCs, although Mac OS X users in China also have been hit, and iOS is vulnerable as well.

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16:23
Apple Patents Head-Mounted iPhone

mpicpp sends word of a patent newly awarded to Apple, #8,957,835, which describes a head-mounted apparatus that uses an iPhone (or iPod) as a display. The device "temporarily integrates or merges both mechanically and electronically a head-mounted device with a portable electronic device." It sounds a bit like Samsung's Gear VR headset, and many outlets are reporting it as being a virtual reality device. However, the patent itself doesn't mention VR, and it was filed in 2008, long before the VR rush of the past few years. That said, Apple has recently been trying to hire engineers with experience developing VR-related software, so it's something they could be evaluating.

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16:23
Apple Patents Head-Mounted iPhone

mpicpp sends word of a patent newly awarded to Apple, #8,957,835, which describes a head-mounted apparatus that uses an iPhone (or iPod) as a display. The device "temporarily integrates or merges both mechanically and electronically a head-mounted device with a portable electronic device." It sounds a bit like Samsung's Gear VR headset, and many outlets are reporting it as being a virtual reality device. However, the patent itself doesn't mention VR, and it was filed in 2008, long before the VR rush of the past few years. That said, Apple has recently been trying to hire engineers with experience developing VR-related software, so it's something they could be evaluating.


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16:15
The Week in Mac Apps: Apps for geography, file...

Apps for geography, file management, and more

In this week’s roundup of new Mac apps, you’ll find a new way to keep your files organized, a little math help for your kids, and the answer to every geography question you could ever imagine.

Chikoo 1.0

Coding Turtle’s $21 Chikoo (Mac App Store Link) helps you organize your files into lists and libraries that transcend the layout of your disk storage.

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16:10
Apple's iPhone, iPad, MacBook, Beats headphones...

Apple's flagship products led the pack in the 2015 Customer Loyalty Engagement Index from brand research consultancy Brand Keys, with the iPhone, iPad, MacBook and Beats headphones all considered leaders in their respective categories.

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16:09
VLC 3.0 will gain support for Chromecast streaming...

The popular VLC media player will be upgraded to version 3.0 soon, introducing a whole host of features to the software, including support for Google’s Chromecast streaming device. The change was mentioned in a VLC change log on the VideoLan website.

VLC for iOS was recently re-added to the App Store after being pulled several times for licensing issues and other problems.

Chromecast support in VLC will allow users to stream their stored media to their TVs from supported devices, including iPhones, iPads, and Macs. Android devices and computers running Windows are also expected to get the upgrade....

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16:00
Daily Deals for February 17, 2015

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

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

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

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15:22
Sony Gets Glassy-Eyed


Sony's SmartEyeglass Developer Edition SED-E1 will be available generally next month in the United States, the UK, Germany and Japan. The smart glasses -- Sony's first -- also will be released in March to business customers in France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands and Sweden. Sony's SmartEyeglass, priced at $840, resembles a regular pair of eyeglasses with a sporty black frame design. It features a transparent 8-bit display screen that allows the wearer to read emails and other notifications pushed from a compatible device.

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15:08
Tech journalist Chris Breen leaves Macworld for job...

Five months after Macworld shipped its last print magazine in September, senior editor and Mac guru Chris Breen on Tuesday announced he will soon leave the publication to take on an unannounced role at Apple.

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14:50
∞ Apple, Beats win customer satisfaction survey

It will probably not come as a great surprise to learn that Apple won in a number of categories for 2015 customer satisfaction survey. The study, conducted by market research brand keys, also gave Apple subsidiary Beats an award as well. [...]

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14:50
Longtime Macworld editor Chris Breen heads to Apple

Our congratulations go out to Chris Breen, a fixture in the world of Apple journalism over the past few decades at both Macworld and MacUser. Breen made the word official on his personal blog, saying "Just a note to say that I’ve left Macworld to work for a Cupertino-based technology company you may be familiar with."

Breen's departure comes after parent company IDG laid off a number of employees in September of 2014, shuttering the 30-year-old Macworld magazine and leaving a much smaller staff in place at its home on the web. 

With his move to Apple -- where his new position is unknown -- Breen is giving up his life as a well-known writer, podcaster, and musician:

“As part of this change I’ll be leaving the public stage as Chris Breen Technology Guy (though I may still pop up as Chris Breen Musician Guy at a saloon near you). When the mood strikes I’ll continue...

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14:43
In China, Apple's iPhone Unit Growth Soared by...

According to a new International Data Corporation (IDC) report, 107.5 million smartphones were shipped to China in 2014Q4, representing a 2% Quarter-on-Quarter growth.

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14:35
Long-time Macworld editor Chris Breen joins Apple

Chris Breen, a long-time writer and Senior Editor for Macworld, has decided to leave a long-time career of journalism covering the Cupertino company and take his talents straight to Apple itself.

According to a post on his personal blog:

Just a note to say that I’ve left Macworld to work for a Cupertino-based technology company you may be familiar with.

There are loads of reasons for the change, but blend them together and they add up to my desire to try something different before I don the large shorts and spend the bulk of my remaining days looking for my misplaced spectacles.

“Chris has been such an essential staff member that the word “essential” seems woefully inadequate to describe him,” wrote Macworld’s Susie Ochs....

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13:58
Apple's big-screen iPhone 6 and 6 Plus lead to...

A fresh report from research firm IDC published on Tuesday found Apple's share of the Chinese smartphone market nearly doubled over the fourth quarter of 2014, while rival Samsung saw its share further deteriorate as competing Android makers gained ground with low-cost device alternatives.

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13:50
Review: iLynx 3 changes the shape and feature set of...

Accessing a Mac’s rear-facing ports can be a hassle, particularly when you’re using short cables. To eliminate that issue, Moshi’s original iLynx combined four USB 2.0 and two FireWire 400 ports into a triangular hub designed primarily to sit in front of an iMac. Later, a cosmetically near-identical sequel called iLynx 800 modestly updated the accessory by updating the ports to FireWire 800.

With FireWire dead and USB 3.0 growing in popularity, there’s a new iLynx in town. iLynx 3 ($60) drops FireWire entirely in favor of an all-USB approach, relying on a combination of USB and wall power to connect up to four devices to your Mac....

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12:56
IDC: Xiaomi’s growth tops Samsung in China, but...

According to the latest numbers from IDC, Xiaomi—the rising star of the smartphone industry—has managed to pass up Samsung in China. In 2013, Xiaomi trailed Samsung’s almost 19% market share by a solid 13 percentage points (at just 5.3%), and was only the 5th largest maker of smartphones in China. Things changed in 2014. Last year, Xiaomi finished off with 12.5% of the market, almost a half-point more than Samsung at 12.1%, taking the top spot and passing not just Samsung, but Lenovo, Huawei, and Coolpad as well.

Interestingly, though, the latest numbers also show that Apple’s launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus contributed to a decent size dent in both Samsung and Xiaomi’s market footprint in Q4 of last year....

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12:46
BlackBerry Sues Typo Again Over Second-Generation...

BlackBerry today filed a second lawsuit against Typo Products, the startup backed by Ryan Seacrest, alleging that the second-generation Typo keyboard continues to infringe upon its intellectual property, reports The Hollywood Reporter. In a complaint lodged in a California federal court on Monday, BlackBerry claimed Typo "slavishly copied" its keyboards down to the "smallest detail."Just as they did with the Typo Keyboard, Defendants have again copied numerous proprietary BlackBerry designs and patents in the Typo2 Keyboard. The Typo2 Keyboard still blatantly copies BlackBerry's iconic keyboard trade dress designs that have been embodied in numerous BlackBerry smartphones from the 2007 BlackBerry 8800 to the current Q10 and Classic models. The Typo2 Keyboard also infringes numerous BlackBerry utility patents related to BlackBerry...

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12:43
Macworld salutes Chris Breen (our loss is Apple...

If you haven’t caught this week’s Mac 911 yet, I’ve got a bit of a spoiler for a column that typically isn’t something you can spoil. Macworld’s esteemed senior editor, Chris Breen, is leaving us. The rest of the staff and I are, of course, incredibly bummed. But we’re also very happy for him, since he’s departing in order to take a job at a certain computer company in Cupertino. They’re very lucky to have him.

Chris has been such an essential staff member that the word “essential” seems woefully inadequate to describe him. From hosting and producing the Macworld Podcast and ultra-useful weekly Macworld Video, to answering your burning questions in the Mac 911 column, to expertly evaluating Apple products...

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12:28
Apple Working with UnionPay and Chinese Authorities...

Apple publicized their Apple Pay Deal with China's UnionPay back in November after having worked on the deal much earlier. The initial deal was Apple adding UnionPay as an App Store payment option for customers in China. Moving the deal forward however has a few snags ...

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12:22
Dropbox adds iOS 8 sharing extension, Google Play...

A pair of Silicon Valley heavyweights updated their popular iOS apps on Tuesday, with Dropbox allowing users to upload files via iOS 8's sharing menu and Google unveiling a redesigned, universal version of its Play Music app.

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12:20
Dropbox 3.7 for iOS adds action extension to save...

There's an update to the Dropbox iOS app today that adds the ability to "save files straight to Dropbox from your favorite apps." 

The update also provides some bug fixes and improvements mainly related to moving and deleting files, printing, exporting, and how RTF previews are handled, but the action extension is perhaps the most welcome addition to the app. 

Provided that the app you're working with uses the standard iOS share menu, you can save files to your main Dropbox folder or select a specific folder in which to save the document. Once the destination has been selected, a tap on a Save button uploads the file and a progress bar shows how the upload is going.

Our take on the news: This is a surprisingly powerful update, since it's no longer necessary to authenticate a Dropbox account with a third-party app if it...

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11:56
54% of all email in the UK is opened on Apple devices

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Engage Customer reported an astonishing statistic last week -- 54% of all email in the UK is opened on an Apple device, while only 8% is opened on Android devices and that number is falling quickly. The data comes from SendGrid, which analyzed millions of emails opened during 10-day periods at the start of 2014 and 2015.

According to the data, France, Germany, Spain and Italy are all seeing similar trends -- 47% of emails in France and Spain are opened on Apple devices, 50% in Italy, and 46% in Germany. 

Oddly enough, BlackBerry showed a year-to-year increase of 20% in terms of email opens on a device platform. It's assumed that privacy concerns have made the company's email platform more attractive. Nokia saw a huge drop in the number of emails...

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11:55
Sign in page branding and cloud user self-service...

Paul Andrew is technical product manager for Identity Management on the Office 365 team.

Today we are adding two Identity and Access Management features to the Office 365 subscription, which were previously only available with an additional Azure Active Directory (AD) Premium or Enterprise Mobility Suite subscription. The new features are the Sign in page and Access Panel company branding and cloud user self-service password reset. These two new features are beginning to roll out for Office 365 customers starting today.

Sign in page and Access Panel company branding

The first feature is company branding for the Sign in page and the Azure AD Access Panel, where users select a software as a service (SaaS) application to sign in to. Now, Office 365 customers can customize the Sign in page and Access Panel with the text, color and images of...

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11:46
Report alleges iBooks antitrust monitor has...

A scathing critique of Michael Bromwich, the lawyer overseeing Apple after it lost an iBooks antitrust lawsuit, alleges that he has unfairly billed the company some $2.65 million for investigative practices that have gone well beyond the initial intent of his role.

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11:46
Apple reportedly terminated contract w/ Alabama...

Tim Cook’s Apple is no stranger to standing up for social issues including marriage equality.

Almost a year ago to date, the company—not just Tim Cook—voiced public opposition to anti-gay legislation in Arizona which was surprisingly vetoed after weeks of public attention. The company also embraced last year’s annual Pride parade in San Francisco with an official video highlighting participation by thousand of employees and family members. There’s also Tim Cook’s widely praised essay published last year in which he first publicly acknowledged being gay—a first for a Fortune 500 chief executive.

So when Apple realized it hired a former...

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11:45
Google Play Music for iOS updated w/ Material Design...



Google this afternoon has begun rolling out a major update to the Play Music app on iOS. The update packs a handful of new features and enhancements, including a totally refreshed Material Design interface, and for the first time, an iPad optimized interface, as well.

Google touts that this update offers new album and artist description pages with a new, cleaner design as well as a more immersive Now Playing experience with album artwork taking up the entire display. Perhaps most notably, there is also now an iPad-specifc design for Play Music...

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11:30
Office for iOS picks up support for iCloud Drive,...

When the new Office for iOS apps launched, the only way to sync files across multiple devices was to store them in Microsoft's own OneDrive service. In November, Microsoft and Dropbox partnered up, giving the third-party service most of the same features as OneDrive (absent real-time collaborative editing).

Today, a new update for the iOS apps added support for iCloud Drive, the cloud storage platform Apple introduced last fall alongside OS X Yosemite. If you're signed into iCloud on your iPad or iPhone, you'll automatically be able to view, search, open, and edit your documents through iOS' native iCloud Drive file picker.

If you prefer to use other cloud storage platforms, this new update also adds support for the ...

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11:25
PIN lock and other updates to Outlook for iOS and...

Just over two weeks ago, we delivered the first version of Outlook for iOS and Android devices. We’ve heard from many of you that enjoy how Outlook brings together the core tools you need to get things done—your email, calendar, contacts and files—helping you get more done even on the smallest screen.

We promised to deliver updates to Outlook every few weeks and we’ve been listening closely to your feedback. Today, we are happy to share some of the features we’ve added over the past two weeks.

IT controls

While our first release focused on bringing a great end-user experience to market, we are also well underway building the IT controls that our business customers require.

PIN lock

Outlook now implements password enforcement using Exchange ActiveSync. If your company email policy requires that devices have a password in order to sync mail, Outlook...

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11:24
Can you guess the price of the 18-karat gold Apple...

Can you guess the price of the gold Apple Watch? There has been a lot of speculation about how much the 42mm and 38mm versions of the 18-karat Apple Watch Edition will cost, but we wanted to poll the 9to5Mac community to see where everyone stands. Put your guess in the comments, vote using the polls below, and we’ll check back in April to point fingers, etc.

Apple should hold a Price is Right contest for the gold Watch. Winner gets a free one.


Mark Gurman (@markgurman) February 17, 2015

We do have some clues about how much it might cost: We reported recently that Apple Stores are being prepped with jewelry store-style touches for the Apple Watch launch, including safes that will store the expensive 18-karat gold Watch...

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11:02
BlackBerry fires another legal salvo at Ryan...

Redesigning its flagship product has not been enough to keep Typo out of BlackBerry's line of fire, as the Canadian smartphone maker has once again filed suit alleging that the second-generation Typo "slavishly copied" BlackBerry's own keyboard designs.

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10:36
First-gen Apple Watch may have had assorted health-...

Sometimes you have to slim down your feature list to make a shipping date.

An interesting piece by the Wall Street Journal revealed that Apple may have cut multiple planned health features to allow the first generation of the Apple Watch to ship on time.

The report states that the features would have contained an array of sensors to help measure a wearer’s health, albeit the first demo units of the wearable device apparently showed no such sensors in that model.

Some of those features, like the ability to track stress and blood pressure, were simply too complex to institute, or ran the risk of triggering government regulation that the company wanted to avoid. In other cases, sensor makers weren’t able to meet Apple’s standards.

The article also states that the sensors’ performance was very inconsistent, with a host of new and unpredictable variables that ranged...

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10:02
Dropbox gets more powerful on iOS 8 with new sharing...


Dropbox for iPhone and iPad users is getting a lot more powerful today as the latest version includes a new action extension for iOS 8. This allows you to save information from various apps to Dropbox on iOS without having to open the cloud-syncing app.

For example, you can send photos directly to Dropbox from the iOS Photos app making uploading images to the cloud service much easier than before. You can also use the new action extension to save text files to Dropbox but entries you create in the iOS Notes app. For files you come across on the...

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10:02
Apple awarded PrimeSense patent for 3D virtual...

While the reason behind Apple's acquisition of PrimeSense remains unknown, the Cupertino company was awarded a PrimeSense patent on Tuesday describing 3D camera system allowing for an entirely new type of virtual keyboard.

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09:53
Apple Watch might fall short on the fitness front

Apple Watch has been in development since 2011, but health-tracking sensors haven’t improved enough in the last four years to make Apple’s wearable an essential fitness accessory. So Apple is reportedly launching Apple Watch with more limited health and fitness capabilities than the company had initially wanted.

When Apple Watch was first conceived, the company’s higher-ups dreamed of a health-focused wearable that would go beyond heart-rate monitoring to track blood pressure, stress levels, and other metrics. That didn’t quite pan out, according to a Tuesday report in the Wall Street Journal. Sensor setbacks and the threat of regulatory holdups have effectively watered down the first-generation Apple Watch’s health-first focus, so Apple is repositioning the wearable as a multifunctional device.

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09:50
Volume NOT running on MDC using OS 10.8.5

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: MDC osx server not running

Hello!
I have a SAN deployd on a TV Station in Brazil, they are using Mac OS 10.8.5, with two redundant MDC's (two MacPro) with about 20 clients all running 10.8.5 as well.
About a week ago, the MDC2 show a little yellow triangle with the following message: The Volume Is not Running On MDC2.
The volume is up and running on all controllers and clients.

In the log theres this error:

[0804 17:24:49.261166] 0x108b22000 (Debug) sigwait returned signal 3
[0804 17:24:49] 0x108b22000 (Info) Quit Signal. Shutting down file system.
[0804 17:24:49.762212] 0x108b22000 (Debug) PioRIOQuiescent: All devices are idle.
[0804 17:24:49] 0x108b22000 (**FATAL**) PANIC...

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09:16
9to5Toys Last Call: iPad deals galore, Audio-...

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:

Last Call updates:

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09:15
Office 365 Partner admin mobile app now available

Today’s post was written by Adam Jung, senior product marketing manager on the Office 365 team.

If you are an Office 365 partner managing your customers Office 365 tenant, hopefully you are already using the Office 365 Partner admin center portal, which gives you several tools to manage customers including, a view of all of your customers, the service health of individual customers, and the ability to manage service requests and perform administrative tasks on behalf of a customer.

Today we are extending the Partner admin center experience with a new Office 365 Partner admin mobile app, available now for Android and iOS and coming soon for Windows Phone. The Office 365 Partner admin mobile app gives partners additional flexibility to manage and administer your customers. If...

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09:06
Together 3.4 - Store and organize all of your files...

Together helps you organize your Mac, giving you the ability to store, edit and preview your files in a single clean, uncluttered interface.

Smart storage. With simple drag-and-drop functionality, Together lets you gather up images, text, bookmarks, and files for safekeeping. With built-in note-taking capabilities and easy inter-app file transfers, take control of cluttered, disorganized groups of files and restore them to a state of order and manageability.

Previewing and editing. Together can edit and preview a wide range of filetypes, and seamlessly incorporates QuickView for everything else. File editing is always a double-click away, and your changes are automatically synchronized.

Organization, optimized. If you are tired of dealing with scatterbrained systems of files and folders, Together's refreshing, iTunes-like interface will help you breathe easy. Organize items into groups and...

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09:00
MacBook becomes the set for upcoming Modern Family...

Image from Modern Family "Connection Lost", via The Verge

Re/code is reporting that an upcoming episode of ABC's comedy "Modern Family" will seem oddly familiar to Mac, iPhone and iPad users. That's because the entire episode -- titled "Connection Lost" -- will play out on a MacBook screen, with characters appearing in FaceTime calls, on Facebook, in email messages, and so forth.

In the episode, Claire Dunphy (played by Julie Bowen) is stuck at an airport and wants to talk to her daughter Haley (Sarah Hyland) for reconciliation after a fight. The entire story revolves around the screen of Claire's MacBook, with her using all the means at her disposal to try to reach her daughter.

For authenticity, the entire episode was shot with an iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2 tablets. The Mac screen, however, needed to be rendered so that it...

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08:56
Review: Speck’s CandyShell Grip + Inked offer ideal...

I prefer to start iPhone case reviews with a photo showing the iPhone within a case, so you can immediately see how your device would look inside. For Speck’s new iPhone 6 Plus versions of the super-popular CandyShell, I’m doing something different, because the magic here is hidden inside the case. CandyShell’s one-piece, co-molded design — textured rubber inside with hard plastic outside — has been copied (and admired within the accessory industry) more than almost any case feature in the past five years. With military-grade drop protection and the ability to absorb scratches, CandyShells are the cases I’ve historically used to keep all of my personal iPhones in perfect shape, and I’ve loved them.

That changed with the iPhone 6 Plus. Until now, Speck didn’t have a plain old version of CandyShell available, so I switched over to...

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08:52
Rumor: Apple to add Touch ID to Retina MacBook Air...

Apple may be planning an expansion of its Touch ID fingerprint authentication technology to its portable computers and peripherals in advance of a larger Apple Pay rollout, according to a Tuesday report out of Taiwan.

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08:49
BlackBerry again sues Ryan Seacrest’s Typo for...

Following a US District Judge in San Francisco ordering Typo to pay BlackBerry $860,000, the Ryan Seacrest-backed company now faces another suit from the Canadian smartphone maker for continuing to sell its iPhone case with an integrated hardware keyboard.

The Hollywood Reporter says that BlackBerry has filed a new complaint against Typo in California this week claiming the company’s latest products “slavishly copied…down to the smallest detail, including the layout of the keyboard itself, the shapes of the keys, and the surface sculpting of the keys.”

When news of the previous ruling broke, Typo said...

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08:38
Google removes Sparrow email client from iOS &...

Google acquired the popular email client Sparrow back in 2012 and announced that the entire team would be joining Google to work on Gmail. Since that acquisition, Sparrow apps received only a handful of updates and have been seemingly neglected in favor of Google’s new Inbox initiative. Over the past few days, however, Sparrow appears to have received the final nail in its coffin as it has been removed from both the Mac App Store and iOS App Store (via TechCrunch).

The last time the $2.99 email app appeared in the iOS App Store was February 12th, while the $9.99 Mac app was last available on...

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08:32
Records for Mac is a new personal database utility

Push Popcorn (http://pushpopcorn.com) has introduced Records 1.0 for Mac OS X, a personal database tool built around a WYSIWYG [what you see is what you get] Visual Editor.

The app lets users drag and drop form fields and start entering data instantly. No prior database knowledge is required and you don't have to write a single line of code. Records provides pre-filled lists, such as countries, currencies or credit cards, in order to speed up database creation.

Records for Mac 1.0 is available from the Mac App Store for US$49.99 It requires OS X Yosemite or newer.

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08:30
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Sizer [iPhone; Now free, down from $1.99] Sizer application can help you to choose the right size of clothes in the U.S., Europe, the U.K., Japan or Russia.

HDR Basics HD [iPad; Now free, down from $5.99] Learn how to create stunning HDR photos using the world leading HDR software Photomatix.

CloudPlayer Pro - music player of audio files from cloud storages [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $4.99] Player of your...

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08:25
3D Molecules Edit & Test 1.0 is a new chemistry...

Virtual Space OOO has introduced 3D Molecules Edit & Test 1.0 (http://tinyurl.com/nra3ljf), a chemistry app for Mac OS X. It allows anyone to build and manipulate 3D molecular models of organic and inorganic compounds.

The key features are 3D printing support and a "test yourself" mode that allows students to check their knowledge of the 3D structure of molecules. 3D Molecules Edit & Test is designed especially for high school and college chemistry students learning about molecular bonding and orbitals with the aid of 3D visualization.

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08:16
Apple Inc Campus 2, Phase 2 plans R&D facilities...

Apple is moving forward with advanced plans for Phase 2 of its ambitious Campus 2 project, including testing workshops and research and development facilities with enough room to develop and test new products the size of an automobile.

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08:15
metroKit is a new metronome app for Mac OS X

Nikolas Konstantakopoulos from Granny's Audio has announced metroKit (http://tinyurl.com/q2l26k9), a flexible metronome for Mac OS X.

Equipped with speed, rhythm trainers and fully customizable beats and accents, the app can help even the most demanding musicians boost their skills, according to Konstantakopoulos. With custom accents, metroKit — which costs approximately US$3.42 — can help you practice paradiddles as well as strumming patterns for the stringed musicians. You can save and recall your settings, and start from where you stopped.

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08:08
Rumor says Touch ID coming to MacBooks and Magic...

When Apple develops a new technology or feature for its hardware, it typically rolls it out on one product then expands it to the rest of the line. For example, Touch ID launched for the iPhone in 2013 and made its way to the iPad with the iPad Air 2 in 2014. For 2015, Touch ID may make its debut on the Mac, according to a rumor from website apple.club.tw. According to the blog, which published legitimate photos of iPad Air 2 Touch ID and A8X chip components last fall, Touch ID will come to Macs this year to enable Apple Pay functionality…

The website says that the...

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08:06
Apple tested (and cut) more advanced fitness sensors...

The Apple Watch that Apple showed off at its September event has a few fitness features. It can track the number of steps you've taken, whether you've been standing or sitting, and the number of calories you've burned. It uses a combination of an accelerometer, heart rate sensor, and your iPhone's GPS to track this data, and its functionality as a fitness gadget is mostly related to the way and catalogues and sets goals based on that data.

According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Apple's original plans for the watch included other sensors that provided more detailed data. A sensor that "measured the conductivity of skin" to "gauge stress" and track heart rate was axed because it didn't work consistently. Dry skin, hairy arms, and the tightness of the watch on the wrist all affected the accuracy of the sensor. A more conventional...

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08:04
Checkmarx adds support for Grovvy, Python

Checkmarx (www.checkmarx.com), an application security firm, says its source code analysis solution now fully supports code written in the growingly popular Python and Groovy programming languages.

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08:01
Xojo announces Xojo 2015 Release 1

Xojo, Inc. (http://www.xojo.com) has announced the availability of Xojo 2015 Release 1, a new release of their multi-platform rapid development tool.

It now includes the ability to develop both 32-bit and 64-bit native iOS applications. This latest release adds 170 general updates and 4 new features. In addition to the iOS improvements, this release also adds IDE improvements, language improvements and an updated version of SQLite.

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07:56
PSG launches Paragon Disk Wiper 15 for Mac OS X Free

Paragon Software Group (PSG) has launched Paragon Disk Wiper 15 for Mac OS X Free (http://www.paragon-software.com/home/dw-mac/). It's a utility to clean hard disks and SSDs or permanently erase critical data on separate partitions or entire hard disks.

With Disk Wiper for Mac, wiping is not accomplished under Mac OS X, but from a special Linux-based flash stick that can be easily created from the program. After booting the Mac from this device, the Wipe Wizard can irreversibly remove confidential data in just a few easy steps, according to the folks at PSG.

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07:52
jAlbum Pro 12.5 - Organize your digital images and...

jAlbum Pro has all the features you love in jAlbum, but comes with a commercial license.

With jAlbum, you can create gorgeous custom photo galleries for the Web without writing a line of code!

Beginner-friendly, with Pro Results
Simply drag and drop photos into groups, choose a design from hundreds of beautiful album skins, and you're done!

Share the memories
Effortlessly upload your album to your website. If you don't have one, select one of jAlbum's affordable storage plans.

Photo galleries for everyone
jAlbum is the perfect photo-sharing tool for bloggers, small business, social groups, and families.

jAlum Pro Features:

  • White labeled albums
  • No ads in your albums
  • Priority e-mail support

For a more detailed comparison, see ...

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07:50
jAlbum 12.5 - Create custom photo galleries for the...

With jAlbum, you can create gorgeous custom photo galleries for the Web without writing a line of code!

Beginner-friendly, with pro results
Simply drag and drop photos into groups, choose a design from hundreds of beautiful album skins, and you're done!

Share the memories
Effortlessly upload your album to your website. If you don't have one, select one of jAlbum's affordable storage plans.

Photo galleries for everyone
jAlbum is the perfect photo-sharing tool for bloggers, small business, social groups, and families.



Version 12.5:

Note: The standard jAlbum installation requires OS X 10.8 or later. To use jAlbum on OS X 10.6 and 10.7, select "jAlbum for Mac OS X (not bundled with Java)" from our "More download options" page (...

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07:45
Tally 2 is a helpful eyes-free counter for iPhone...

Agile Tortoise's Tally 2 for iPhone and iPad (universal, free with in-app purchase) is a no-look, incremental counter app that's simple and useful. It does one thing, really -- count up or down -- in a super simple manner. I can think of two perfect uses for Tally 2, but first let's look at this update. 

Using Tally 2

Tally 2 is beyond simple to use. You'll start by creating a new "tally." Tap the hash marks in the upper left-hand corner to bring up the Tallies screen. Then, tap the "+", again in the upper left. That's it. Tap the "<" in the upper right to get counting. 

Now, whenever you need to add a point of data, just tap the screen. An audible "pop" confirms that the app has recorded the data, so you can concentrate on what you're recording, and not the device's screen. That's really handy, especially in one of the scenarios I'll describe later. 

You can customize a tally's settings....

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07:42
Morningstar: Descent to Deadrock available for the...

Phoenix Online Publishing (www.POStudios.com) and Red Herring Labs have released Morningstar: Descent to Deadrock, an US$9.99, science fiction-themed, first-person point-and-click adventure for Mac and PC systems.

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