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Monday April 7

08:00
LaCie refreshes 5big, 2big with Thunderbolt 2; adds...

Seagate Technology's LaCie brand announced at the 2014 NAB Show three new storage solutions featuring Thunderbolt 2 technology. The LaCie 8big Rack, 5big, and 2big feature and the latest technologies from Seagate, including new 6TB hard drives....



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08:00
The ultimate guide to solving iOS battery drain
07:58
Tile: The world’s largest lost and found

I love this. Such a great idea.

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07:53
Getting delay right when mixing guitars

The most important rule to me is do you actually need it. Use your ears, and don’t put things in your mix that don’t improve it.

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07:42
∞ How to coil a cable

I don’t know about you, but I always find this frustrating. Here are two great examples of how to do it right.

[Via Pro Tools Expert]

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07:24
Amazon updates Instant Video iOS app with iOS 7...




Amazon has just updated its Amazon Instant Video app, which provides access to its catalogue of over 40k movies and TV shows, with a redesign of the entire UI inspired by iOS 7.

Amazon isn’t listing any new features in the iTunes release notes other than bug fixes and stability...

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07:23
Tension Software announces Precise Screenshot 1.2

Here are some of the latest incremental product updates for Mac OS X.

° Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated Precise Screenshot, its Mac OS X tool for taking screen shots, to version 1.2.

The upgrade's status menu now offers a visual feedback for the timer and for when you're taking screenshots. Also, user-saved shot sizes are now sorted by area.

Precise Screenshot requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. It costs US$5 and is available at the Mac App Store.

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07:18
Office for iPad Team to Host Reddit AMA Tuesday

Have questions about Office for iPad? Microsoft's developers are ready with answers. More accurately, they'll be ready on Tuesday, April 8 when they host a Reddit AMA, or Ask Me Anything, session at 9AM pacific time. The great thing about AMAs is that you really can ask anything, and the sessions are open to anyone. Just point your favorite Web browser to Reddit, and feel free to ask your questions and offer feedback. The Office for iPad team will be listening.


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07:16
Official iPhone trade-in program reaches German...

Apple's iPhone Reuse and Recycling Program is now in effect in German Apple Stores. As elsewhere, the plan lets people get credit towards a new iPhone by trading in eligible older models. In Germany, Apple is offering up to €230 in credit, depending on the model and its condition....



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07:00
Create A Server 2012 VM In VMware Fusion

Our friends at VMware continue to outdo themselves. The latest release of Fusion works so well with Windows Server 2013 that even I can’t screw it up. To create a virtual machine, simply open VMware Fusion and click New from the File menu.


Click “Choose a disc or disc image.”

Select your iso for Server 2012 and click on Open (if you have actual optical media it should have skipped this step and automatically sensed your installation media). Click Continue back at the New Virtual Machine Assistant screen.

Click Continue when the Assistant properly shows the operating system and...

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07:00
Rumor Roundup: Unreleased Apple product '...

IPHONE 6 LEAK: This could be our first look at the completely redesigned iPhone 6 (BGR)

BGR wants us to believe that some guy's 3D rendering, based on "leaked" blueprints of dubious provenance, counts as a "first look" at the iPhone 6.

While the...

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06:55
Review: Amazon's Fire TV makes iterative...

The set-top streaming business got a little more crowded when Amazon announced the Fire TV last week. With voice-activated search, predictive content loading and a gaming "bonus feature," the Internet retail giant is positioning its new device as a cure-all usability for problems plaguing existing products.



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06:50
Apple Files Three New Trademarks for "iBeacon...

Back in November Apple filed four iBeacon trademark applications which covered future financial services, e-commerce, consumer loyalty programs and much, much more. Today, the US Patent & Trademark Office published three new Apple trademark applications covering the iBeacon icon in color and black and white. The applications were actually ...

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06:48
Apple internal slides reveal need for larger,...

Internal Apple slides revealed by Samsung in the latest patent battle between the companies illustrate Apple’s need to create larger and cheaper smartphones. The slides from an April 2013 meeting, posted by Re/Code, show that while the iPhone growth rate is slowing, there’s still demand and growth for cheaper…

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06:47
Decorated lists with CSS

There are certainly some Web sites that could use something like this. For me, I’d just rather use a simple bullet point list.

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06:31
Microsoft shows off new 'Windows in the car...

Software giant Microsoft is planning to revamp its in-car offerings after suffering setbacks with the existing Sync platform, unveiling a new "Windows in the car" initiative at the company's annual Build conference in San Francisco.



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06:22
‘Beating Apple is #1 priority, everything must be in...

Documents revealed by the second Apple vs Samsung patent trial are not just giving us a peek behind the corporate curtains at 1 Infinite Loop, but also a glimpse into Samsung’s Seoul boardroom. A slide from a Samsung business forecast from 2011 shows the company viewing “beating Apple” as its number one priority for 2012 … 

The presentation, entitled 2011 Summary...

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06:22
Apple’s WWDC 2014 Registration Lottery Ends at 10AM...

Instead of a mad rush for Worldwide Developer Conference tickets this year, Apple is conducting a lottery. Apple plans to notify lottery winners today so they can buy their tickets, but to have a chance you need to register by 10 AM pacific time (2 PM eastern time) today.


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06:13
Reminder: Less than 4 hours to join the WWDC 2014...

If you have even the slightest inclination to attend the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, you probably want to throw your name in the hat for your chance to purchase a ticket before the window closes in less than four hours.

Unlike years prior, Apple has decidedly opted for a random selection lottery system of sorts to determine who will have the opportunity to purchase a coveted ticket to Apple’s big conference.

Apple announced the event details last Thursday as well as its new system for purchasing a ticket. Registered developers have been able to request a ticket, which cost $1599, since last...

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06:13
Paprika 2.0.2

Bug fixes and refinements for the popular recipe manager. ($19.99 new, free update, 3.5 MB)

 

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06:00
Daily App: PiggyBot is a colorful allowance tracker...

PiggyBot is a new allowance app from BancVue that landed in the iOS App Store earlier this month. Unlike other piggy banks that track real money in your child's physical piggy bank, PiggyBot is a ledger sheet that tracks virtual money.

The virtual...

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05:59
FXHome announces HitFilm plug-ins for Final Cut Pro...

FXHome has announced that many of its VFX, compositing, motion graphics, and grading effects will soon be available for the first time for Final Cut Pro X, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere, and Apple Motion. They take the effects present in HitFilm 2 Ultimate to multiple platforms.


The plug-ins range from visual effects and professional green screening to procedural motion graphics and cinematic color grading. They'll be available starting April 16 for US$499. Go to FXHome.com for more info.

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05:51
Early iPhone 5 buyers were already asking for bigger...

Patent trials generally aren’t the most exciting of events, but documents revealed through the second Apple vs Samsung case are certainly providing a lot of fascinating glimpses behind the scenes.

The latest is the above summary of research Apple carried out among early buyers of the iPhone 5 to find out what they thought of the phone and what improvements they wanted to see, tweeted by Jay Yarow. While longer battery-life and better maps will surprise no-one, it’s interesting that even at the beginning of last year,...

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05:43
Apple Settles Intertrust Security Patent Lawsuit

Apple has one less patent infringement lawsuit on its schedule now that it has settled a dispute with Intertrust Technologies. The company filed a case claiming that nearly every product Apple made infringed on 15 of its security and digital rights management-related patents.

The Mac Observer Spin: Considering how much of Apple's product line was named in the Intertrust Technologies lawsuit, it could've been devastating if the company had managed to win at trial and score an injunction blocking the sale of infringing products. It wouldn't have been likely that the court would've allowed nearly everything Apple makes to be pulled from the market, but settling now instead of going to trial no doubt saved Apple a lot of time and money.


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05:35
Curated JavaScript resources

This is an actively curated collection, with articles for beginners and those with experience. Terrific resource.

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05:24
The Earth Is Moving Under the Smartphone Market


One thing that Apple made clear when it took the smartphone market by storm and away from then- dominant players Palm, BlackBerry and Microsoft is that to win you need to make big bets and change the battle. The market is now dominated by Apple and Google technology -- much of which Google doesn't control -- and Microsoft just swapped CEOs because the old CEO couldn't pull the needed rabbit out of his hat. Well Microsoft caught a number of us by surprise and actually announced some really interesting stuff at its Build conference last week.

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05:23
Israeli firm shows off nanotech that can charge a...

[VIDEO] Wall Street Journal:

StoreDot Ltd., a Tel-Aviv based start-up, says it hopes to at least make the charging process faster–unveiling Monday a prototype charger that promises to take you battery from a tiny sliver of red to 100%, all in about 30 seconds.

My natural reaction is a healthy skepticism. That said, here’s an article from last October on StoreDot’s work with bio-organic LED displays, and another from November on biological semiconductors. There’s certainly some science behind the show. Video embedded in the post.

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04:54
Is the private cloud losing steam?

It's no longer a question of whether cloud is the right strategy, but rather how you will leverage the cloud's abundance of resources to outpace your competition, according to a study from Cloud Connect in partnership with the Everest Group. Titled, "Cloud Adoption in the Enterprise: Distilling the Facts from Hype. The study reveals the increasing influence of the cloud on IT budgets, staff and business strategy.

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04:43
Sony launches 12.2MP A7s full-frame camera with ISO...

Sony has added another model to its Alpha 7 line of full-frame interchangeable lens cameras, one with an extremely high level of sensitivity. Where the A7 and A7r offer a maximum sensitivity of ISO 25,600, the A7s ranges between ISO 50 and an extended ISO 409,600, with the sensor said to optimize the dynamic range and minimize noise in dark scenes....



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04:27
30-second smartphone charge demonstrated using...

I’d find this video hard to believe were it not for its credentials. The WSJ reports that StoreDot, the start-up behind the technology, has its background in the Nanotechnology department of Tel Aviv University, and it’s been demonstrated at Microsoft’s Think Next conference.

Ultra-fast battery charging has been seen before, but using special (and not very portable) battery technology. This system charges standard cellphone batteries. It’s demonstrated here with a Samsung Galaxy S4, but the company says that it plans to make versions for other phones, which will could certainly include the iPhone … ...

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04:27
Hyperbolic Software updates Tidy Up! for Mac OS X

Hyperbolic Software (http://www.hyperbolicsoftware.com/) has announced Tidy Up 3.0, the latest version of the duplicate finder and disk tidying utility. The upgrade features a new interface and more.

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04:16
Kool Tools: 4-Bay Drobo storage system

Connected Data's new 4-Bay Drobo smart storage solution is up to three times faster than the previous version. It also boasts USB 3.0 support, faster rebuild times, and enhanced support for Apple's Time Machine back-up system on Mac OS X.

This third generation Drobo features a completely new architecture, making it three times faster than the previous generation. In addition, four times faster rebuild times maximize data availability in the event of a disk drive failure, and the addition of battery back up provides even more protection in case of a power outage.

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02:42
Final Draft 9.0.3 - Industry-leading screenwriting...

Final Draft allows you to use your creative energy to focus on the content; let Final Draft take care of the style. Final Draft is the number-one selling application specifically designed for writing movie scripts, television episodics, and stage plays. It combines powerful word processing with professional script formatting in one self-contained, easy-to-use package. There is no need to learn about script formatting rules - Final Draft automatically paginates and formats your script to industry standards as you write.

Version 9.0.3:

  • Page colors now match their Revision ID.
  • Scripts with few or no Scene Headings are now responsive.
  • Drawing in text, status bar, toolbar, scroll slider and others drawing as expected with no issues.
  • Text no longer disappears when the Undo command is issued after pasting large amounts of text.
  • Script and Character reports can now be generated quicker.
  • Highlighting is now...

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02:23
Samsung's 'Beat Apple' memo: '...

While the tech media has devoted lots of attention to Apple's concerned reaction to Samsung's 2012 marketing blitz, evidence likely to be presented during the Apple vs Samsung trial shows that it was Samsung that targeted its attention on "beating Apple" as its "#1 priority" for 2012.



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Sunday April 6

22:17
Apple launches iPhone trade-in program in German...


In August of last year, Apple launched a trade-in program that allowed iPhone customers to turn in their old iPhones in exchange for a discount on a new device. The program has expanded to...

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21:30
Briefly: Audiobus 2 released, Battery Diag app

Popular app-to-app audio routing solution for many iOS apps, Audiobus, has been updated to version 2.0. Initially released in 2012, Audiobus offers iOS app the ability to communicate with each other to exchange effects and sounds, allowing users to create a single audio stream from multiple apps, simultaneously. Its latest version features Multi-Routing, which can manage multiple audio pipelines for unlimited connections or effect chaining. Audiobus display a menu for selecting a compatible app, opening and adding an effect on top of an existing one. This creates a chain of effects within the...



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17:15
NAB: LaCie announces new Thunderbolt 2 storage...

At this week's National Association of Broadcasts (NAB) event, LaCie is announcing three new storage solutions featuring Thunderbolt 2 technology: The LaCie 8big Rack, 5big, and 2big.

The LaCie 8big Rack Thunderbolt 2 is the company’s first Thunderbolt 2 rackmount storage solution. It sports up to eight 6TB 7200RPM hard drives from Seagate for 48TB in an 1U size.

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17:13
LaCie introduces Thunderbolt 2 4K solutions at NAB,...

For those who do heavy duty video editing and want to take advantage of the Thunderbolt 2 speeds offered in Apple’s latest Pro products, LaCie introduced some interesting new products at the 2014 NAB Show. Three new storage solutions are on tap: The LaCie 8big Rack, 5big and 2big feature industry leading speeds and the latest 6TB hard drives from Seagate. This combination of speed and capacity make these products ideal for 4K workflows. Built–in hardware RAID keeps data safe, while cutting–edge industrial design delivers user efficiency and stunning appearance. From LaCie:
LACIE 8BIG RACK

The LaCie 8big Rack Thunderbolt 2 is the company’s first Thunderbolt 2 rackmount storage solution. Compact and stylish, the LaCie 8big Rack features up to eight 6TB 7200RPM hard drives from Seagate, for an impressive 48TB in a mere 1U size. Delivering speeds of up to 1330MB/s*, it is the most powerful plug and play rackmount solution for 4K video editing.

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17:10
Talkcast tonight: Fire TV, iPhone-first development...

New dial-in experience! Set up Fuze Meeting before the show if you want to join in live.

It's Sunday night, and if you're not returning to Westeros for the fourth season of GoT, it's time for the TUAW talkcast!

In today's mobile startup landscape,...

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17:03
Rumor: Apple testing 65-inch OLED displays for...

A report in the Korea Herald has revived talk that Apple may be preparing either its own HDTV set or a partnership with a known brand to bring new technology to a future television product. The newspaper quotes analysts from IBK Securities as saying that Apple has requested sample 65-inch OLED display panels from an unnamed Korean manufacturer for testing. Given traditionally low yields of large OLED displays and their high price, the report seems speculative....



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16:27
MGG 496: Beware When Sharing the Bus

John and Dave are back from Macworld with lots of things to report on for you. And, of course, they have your questions to answer, as those piled up while they were away, too. Your two favorite geeks are busy this week, and you've got a front row seat. Download, press play, and enjoy!


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15:46
EverWeb, the Easiest Way to Create Websites on Your...

Many thanks to EverWeb for sponsoring The Loop’s RSS feed. EverWeb is the all new, drag and drop website builder for OS X that combines the ease of use of Apple’s discontinued iWeb with the power features Mac users need to create professional websites. EverWeb requires no coding or technical skills and can create beautiful websites that work on desktop and mobile devices.

EverWeb supports e-commerce websites and one-click publishing to get your website online instantly.

Try a free demo copy of EverWeb and start building your website today!

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13:00
A roundup of recent hardware reviews on TUAW

Last week, we reviewed a variety of hardware and accessories that'll complement your favorite iOS or OS X devices. Here's a quick roundup of recent hardware reviews that you may have missed:

Fujitsu shows ScanSnap SV600 Contactless Scanner at...

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12:56
Google Music Manager 1.0.104.6528 - Official Google...

Google Music Manager lets you add songs from your computer to the Google Music service (also known as Google Play, or play.google.com).

The software resides in your Mac's menu bar and in System Preferences.



Version 1.0.104.6528: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

OS X 10.5 or later

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12:54
Apple Acknowledges Consumers Want Larger and Cheaper...

The latest internal documents coming out of the Samsung/Apple trial show some candid insight into Apple's analysis of the future of the smartphone market.

The documents posted by Re/code include an Apple slide deck from April, 2013 for 2014 planning. The document includes graphs showing that Apple's growth rates are slowing quarter after quarter. The main reason for the decline amongst consumers? Consumers want less expensive and larger screen smartphones:

In a further breakdown, Apple acknowledges that "consumers want what we don't have" -- which shows that the majority of smartphone growth is in both >4" screen sizes and <$300 markets.

Apple has been heavily rumored to be introducing a larger iPhone 6 this fall....

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12:53
The 100 best Sci-Fi movies ever

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Esquire:

Cinema exists to project our dreams. Science-fiction cinema exists to project our most creative dreams—time-travel, alternate worlds, expanded consciousness, and more. That’s why we’re science-fiction maniacs and why we gathered up our top 100 movies.

Interesting list and a great primer for those unfamiliar with the genre.

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12:52
Carousel 1.5.1 - Experience Instagram on your Mac. (...

Carousel is a desktop app for the Mac devoted to viewing your Instagram feeds. We made Carousel because we wanted a simple, beautiful way to browse Instagram on the desktop in a minimal footprint. We've implemented a full set set of keyboard commands to make operation flawless and four wonderful themes to personalize Carousel to your liking.

Version 1.5.1:

Note: The version available for download is 1.5. The version available in the Mac App Store is 1.5.1.

  • Bug fixes



OS X 10.6 or later

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12:44
Mounties use snowmobile to track thief behind wheel...

Calgary Sun:

Mounties were called about a John Deere 6400 tractor with a front-end bucket being stolen from a property a few kilometres from the break-and-enter complaint.

Mounties began following the movements of the tractor as it drove through fields, crashing through farmers’ fences and trees.

One of the officers stopped a nearby snowmobiler.

“He asked if the snowmobile operator would let him jump on the back and follow these tracks to see if we could find where the tractor had gone,” said Larocque.

The best part? The Mountie asked the snowmobiler if he could hitch a ride. Not demanded. Not commandeered. Asked. Oh

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11:35
Arrival Time app Twist shuts down suddenly

It’s a sad day for fans of Twist, the ETA/arrival time app and service. After working intermittently for the last four of five days, the website was taken down and the app was removed from the App Store over the weekend.

The developers confirmed that Twist was shuttered on April 5, 2014 in a Tweet:

After more than 1,000 years of Twist-Time-Travelled, Twist is no longer in service. Thank you to all our users, supporters and fans!

— Twist (@MyTwist) April 5, 2014

When I reached out for comment, they...

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11:08
Eye Candy 7.1.0.1192 - 30 professional Photoshop...

Eye Candy renders realistic effects that are difficult or impossible to achieve in Photoshop alone, such as Fire, Chrome, and the new Lightning. Effects like Animal Fur, Smoke, and Reptile Skin are rendered in exquisite detail down to individual hairs, turbulent wisps, and shiny scales.

Eye Candy helps you quickly explore and design looks. In Eye Candy 7, effects are chosen through easy to recognize icons rather than text menus. Presets are rapidly previewed by simply mousing over them. The theme is less clicking and more visual browsing.



Version 7.1.0.1192: Release notes not currently available

  • OS X 10.7 or later
  • Intel Core 2 processor
  • One of the following:
    • Adobe Photoshop CS5 or later
    • Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 or later



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11:00
A roundup of last week's popular and featured...

Last week was a busy one with your favorite TUAW writers posting some excellent How-To guides, commentary and other useful articles. Here's a quick roundup of our recent feature-worthy posts you may have missed:

The best apps for Christians,...

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09:56
Why every world map you’re looking at is wrong

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Daily Mail:

Take a look at a map today, and you’re likely to see that North America is larger than Africa, Alaska is larger than Mexico and China is smaller than Greenland. But in reality China is four times bigger than Greenland, Africa is three times bigger than North America and Mexico is larger than Alaska.

The distortion is the result of the Mercator projection, the map most commonly seen hanging in classrooms and in text books, which was created in 1596 to help sailors navigate the world.

Maps have always fascinated me and this is “old news” but if you have kids, go ahead and blow their mind showing them the Mercator map they are likely familiar with compared to other maps like the Gall-Peters projection.

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09:33
Apple Sued Samsung in the US, yet a Euro Patent...

Apple's new patent infringement case against Samsung began last week. Before the trial began Samsung tried to stop a video from being shown to the jury because it showed Apple products in a light suggesting that "Apple's products are innovative and patentable." Thankfully Judge Koh overruled Samsung objection. As the trial began, Samsung focused on trial theatrics with trying to paint Apple's Executive of Worldwide marketing as being panicked by a silly Samsung ad. Then jumped to Apple declaring a "Holy War" against Google trying to say Apple battle is really with Google. Yesterday AppleInsider's Daniel Eran Dilger posted an extensive report about Samsung's slavish copying that took years to copy Apple's "Slide to Unlock." Yet today, a European patent expert tries to tear down AppleInsider's editorial. The problem, however, is that ...

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08:19
9to5Toys Weekend: Logitech PowerShell iPhone...

Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: TwitterRSS Feed,FacebookGoogle+ and subscribe to the new Safari push notifications feature.

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Logitech PowerShell MFi iPhone game controller w/ built-in battery $50 shipped (Reg. $100)

 

Toshiba 5TB Canvio Black USB 3.0 Hard Drive: ...

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08:00
A roundup of last week's app reviews on TUAW

Last week was a busy one for app news and announcements, giving your favorite TUAW writers a chance to post some great reviews of the apps that grace their home screens. Here's a quick roundup of our recent reviews -- and a few app roundups -- you...

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07:00
They Just Keeeeep Comin’

As a comic book nerd from way back, I can’t help but be happy that the Marvel movies keep on coming!

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06:53
Sketchy report again says ‘unnamed’ Korean...

Concept iTV via AmongTech

The Korea Herald reports that IBK Securities analysts believe Apple has requested sample display panels from a Korean manufacturer for potential use in a future Apple TV.

According to the report, Apple is testing 65-inch OLED panels for mass production of an ‘iTV’ next year. However, it should be noted the report is lacking in detail — only referring to the manufacturer as an ‘unnamed’ local display maker.

“Around 2 million Apple‘s iTVs with 65- and 77-inch liquid crystal displays were expected to hit the market in the second half of this year. However, Apple employees visited this local company in October 2013 to delay the plans to next year,” said a source close to the matter on Saturday. “Following the visit, the display maker’s stock prices...

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06:00
"Stunning" maps show that mobile Twitter...

Patently Apple shared the above map this week that shows Twitter usage in New York and New Jersey broken down by smartphone device. The photo above clearly shows that the iPhone is the smartphone of choice in Manhattan, though there remains a small...

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05:38
How many people does it take to colonize another...

Interesting problem. To me, the answer depends on whether one of them is Jean Luc Picard.

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05:35
An oral history of the creation of Netscape

Netscape was a huge part of the history of the web. A bold move by some pretty big players.

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05:31
The confidential internal slides that show why Apple...

Apple internal slides

There has been no shortage of rumors that the iPhone 6 will have a big screen ranging from 4.7-inches to over 5 inches. But why is Apple doing this? They just changed the display size from 3.5-inches to 4-inches and another screen size increase could present a headache for developers, casemakers and the whole ecosystem.

The answer, from Apple’s own research/presentation, shows they have to. There is no growth in the 4-inch phone market for devices that cost more than $300. In fact...

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05:30
A guide to solving iOS battery drain

Well written, easy to follow.

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03:02
Review: Parrot's AR.Drone 2.0 makes iPhone...

As one of the most popular iOS-friendly aerial camera platforms available, Parrot's AR.Drone has become a great example of what's possible within Apple's mobile ecosystem. AppleInsider was recently able to spend time with the second-generation version to see if it's worth the $300 price of entry.



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Saturday April 5

21:41
Apple opens first store in Turkey to hoopla, press,...

As scheduled, Apple opened its first-ever retail store in Turkey on Saturday morning, revealing a remarkable above-ground glass rectangular skylight that hides an underground two story store. The event in Istanbul attracted large crowds that circled the building and spilled out into other parts of the spectacular Zorlu Centre, with the new store situated as the jewel in the crown below the mall's main plaza, surrounded by high-end retailers....



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20:58
Briefly: HDX-SDI video interface with Thunderbolt,...

Motu has announced the release of its new HDX-SDI video interface with Thunderbolt technology. Offering a HD/SD video production workstation for any Thunderbolt-equipped Mac (or PC), its I/O technology supports high-resolution displays and high-performance data services though a single port. Users can connect any video source to the HDX-SDI, with best image quality derived from uncompressed video capture....



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16:57
Google prepping 'Android TV' set-top box...

According to supposedly leaked documents, Google is readying a new contender for the living room in Android TV, a set-top box with an easy-to-use card interface, voice controls, push notifications and more.



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15:00
Battery Diag helps you keep an eye on your laptop...

Battery Diag is a nice, free utility from the folks at Rocky Sand Studios and is available on the Mac App Store. The app runs in your menu bar and gives you a quick look at the current status of your power supply and the health of your battery. You...

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14:43
Apple unlocks new Copy Cat docs as evidence Samsung...

In the original Apple vs Samsung patent trial, Apple made the Galaxy a star witness by presenting a "copy cat" document that detailed every difference with Apple's iPhone paired with advice on how to more closely copy it. For the second trial, Apple has dug up several more Copy Cat docs detailing the evolution of Samsung's "slavish copying," particularly evident with Slide to Unlock.
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13:44
Email from Jobs in 2010 lays out future vision

As a byproduct of the patent trial between Apple and Samsung currently going on in San Francisco, a number of previously-confidential Apple emails have seen the light of day. Some talk about how to react to Samsung's marketing bombardment, since it outspent all rivals but Apple combined on advertising its smartphones; others reveal additional details on things already known. A 2010 email from Steve Jobs, shown in court, reveals a little of how Apple works to improve itself....



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13:00
Google Preparing 'Android TV' Set-Top Box...

Google is gearing up to release a new Android TV set-top media box that utilizes a simple card interface with native apps and games, voice search, and a proactive recommendation system, according to new documents obtained by The Verge.

The documents note that while Android powers the box’s experience, the interface will be represented by a simple “cards” interface that represent a variety of mediums, including movies, shows, apps, and games. Users will be able to scroll through the interface with a four-way directional pad that contains Enter, Home, and Back buttons, with the set-top box reportedly featuring “optional” game controllers.

“Access to content should be simple and magical,” reads one Google document, which adds that it should never take more than three clicks or gestures to go from the homescreen to enjoying a new piece of content. Even search appears to be secondary...

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13:00
2011 Steve Jobs email sheds light on product roadmap...

The great thing about these Apple/Samsung lawsuits is that it brings to the forefront a treasure trove of internal Apple information that we would otherwise have no access to. From never before seen iPhone prototypes to internal Apple emails, there's...

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12:37
Apple's iMovie is Targeted in new Patent Lawsuit

Texas based Patent Harbor has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. The patent infringement lawsuit concerns Apple's iMovie and the Mac products that run that particular Apple application.

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11:00
Weekend App: Doughbot brings you to donuts when you...

Doughbot is a clever new app with a singular purpose in mind -- to get you donuts when you need them the most. The app uses your location and displays the nearest donut shops either in a list or on a map.

The app pulls its donut shop listings using...

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10:11
Samsung's Big Strategic Point at Trial about...

In the second California Apple v. Samsung patent trial that began this week, Samsung submitted a series of email exhibits from Apple discussing their product road-map that would be discussed at their "Top 100" executive sales retreat where the best minds of Apple would annually brainstorm for the year ahead. Samsung attempted to make hay with a single entry in these emails about a "Holy War with Google." Yet in context and under scrutiny their argument fails to ...

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09:17
Eich's Mozilla departure induces bilateral...

Following the departure of Brendan Eich from Mozilla, an assortment of high-profile journalists and authors have taken to the Internet to slam Mozilla, Silicon Valley culture, and OKCupid for the handling of the incident. Both conservative and liberal activists are seeking a similar boycott of Mozilla products -- the Firefox browser in particular -- and some have blocked the browser from accessing sites entirely....
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08:56
YouTube on-demand music service delayed again

YouTube's untitled on-demand music service launch has been postponed again. The move is allegedly a requirement for the company to "get it right" from day one, and for the service to be competitive with similar offerings from other vendors immediately upon release. The service, originally slated to go live at the beginning of 2014, is now not likely to see release until the end of the year, or later....
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07:30
How to Do HDR Photography on Your iPhone, and Why...

HDR (Hight Dynamic Range) is a big deal now with the release of iOS 7.1. But, whatâs it all mean? Sandro Cuccia demystifies HDR, how itâs put to use on an iPhone, and why you should consider using it all the time.


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07:06
Gmail has a mute button

I did not know this. Gmail makes it easy to drop out of a reply all email thread. Great idea.

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07:00
Use Active Directory Commandlets On Computers That...

By default, the Active Directory Powershell management tools are not installed on Windows Servers. Commandlets are instead installed when the Active Directory Domain Controller role is added. However, you can install them even without installing the role. To do so, open Server Manager and go to Add and Remove Roles and Features. Don’t add any Roles, instead skip to add features. Then open Remote Server Administration Tools and then Role Administration Tools. From there expand on AD DS and AD LDS Tools and then highlight the Active Directory Module for Windows PowerShell.

Once enabled, click Next through the end of the wizard. Once the wizard is complete, open Powershell and use the following command:

import-module ActiveDirectory

Once you’ve imported the Active Directory modules, let’s test it by creating a user with the new-aduser commandlet, as follows (...

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07:00
Caturday: Don't touch the iPad or you'll...

Sometimes the name of a cat doesn't seem to fit its disposition or looks. That's the case with Tinkerbelle, the rather grumpy-looking feline in the picture above. According to her human, Joseph Veseli:

My cat Tinkerbelle, don't let the name fool...

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06:55
Chair, step stool, table, kids desk, all in one...

Love a well thought out piece of furniture. This is clever.

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06:41
Statistical analysis of the Apple App Store

If you in any way make your living, or hope to make your living, via the App Store, I think you’ll find this fascinating. For example:

I ran a simple query on my data to determine the distribtion of user ratings. I found that 60% of apps do not have any user ratings

I’m surprised by this. Zero ratings. Not one person took the time to rate 60% of the apps. To me, that means 60% of the apps never get found, never find an audience.

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06:31
The guilt of the video-game millionaires

From the New Yorker:

One night in March, 2013, Rami Ismail and his business partner Jan Willem released a game for mobile phones called Ridiculous Fishing. Ismail, who was twenty-four at the time and who lives in the Netherlands, woke the following morning to find that the game had made him tens of thousands of dollars overnight. His first reaction was not elation but guilt. His mother, who has a job in local government, had already left for work. “Ever since I was a kid I’ve watched my mom wake up at six in the morning, work all day, come home, make my brother and me dinner—maybe shout at me for too much ‘computering,’ ” he said. “My first thought that day was that while I was asleep I’d made more money than she had all year. And I’d done it with a mobile-phone game about shooting fish with a machine gun.”

Great read.

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06:26
Elon Musk and the HBO “Silicon Valley” premiere

Found this to be an entertaining read, both as an observer of the valley/VC subculture and a fan of Elon Musk.

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06:02
Apple VP Greg Joswiak talks 70% Japan iPhone market...

TV Tokyo got a quick interview with Apple VP of iPad, iPhone and iPod Marketing Greg Joswiak. In the snippit, cropped above from a longer segment, Joswiak boasts that Apple is approaching 70% iPhone marketshare in Japan – something he attributes to Apple’s  relentless focus on quality and the Japanese consumer’s desire to put quality above cost.

As you’d expect, Joswiak deflects questions about the iPhone 6 to the chagrin of the reporter.

Apple this year landed the biggest Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo which also spurred renewed pricing competition among its competitors allowing Apple’s Japanese marketshare to explode to near 70%.

(via Macotakara)...

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06:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Ground floor

Ground floor

This week's roundup of new iPad cases includes ways to keep your tablet safe everywhere from the pool to the boardroom.

Aluratek

The Slim Color Folio (iPad and iPad Air; $70) brings together a splash of color with a rechargeable Bluetooth keyboard that gives you 60 hours of continuous use or 45 days of standby storage.

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

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04:51
First Apple Store opens to public in Turkey

After a long build up, Apple’s first Eastern Europe/Asia Minor store opened up today in Istanbul at the Zorlu Center. As with some other flagship stores, it is mostly subterranean with a glass upward protrusion. This one has four large panes of glass covered by a white roof with a darker Apple logo surrounded by a fountain as pictured below.

Image via ifoAppleStore

Apple yesterday held a press event...

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Friday April 4

21:43
Apple vs Samsung, Day Two: Schiller gets cross,...

The second full day of the second Apple-Samsung patent trial is over, with Phil Schiller starting the day by continuing to submit to cross-examination by Samsung attorney Bill Price. Also on the stand on Friday was early iPhone engineer Greg Christie, and Apple-hired patent expert witness Dr. Andrew Cockburn. In the course of proceedings, some additional details about how buyers perceive the iPhone and its creation were revealed, and Judge Lucy Koh ruled against Apple on two objections....
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20:00
Apple's passes $70 million in contributions to...

Apple has a long history of partnering with the AIDS research charity (RED). In 2006 Apple launched a line of product tie-ins branded for the campaign, including the famous U2 iPod. The money raised from these contributions adds up. How much exactly?...

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19:51
Bookends 12.1.2 - Reference management and...

Bookends is a full-featured bibliography/reference and information-management system for students and professionals.

Access the power of Bookends directly from Mellel, Nisus Writer Pro, or MS Word (including Word 2011): Bookends allows you to scan your existing word-processor files and automatically generate finished manuscripts with properly formatted bibliographies. You can also scan Apple Pages '08, '09, and 5, and OpenOffice 3 files, or RTF files saved from any word processor.

Bookends allows you to share your references over the Internet with anyone, on any platform. And with Bookends, you can directly search and import references from numerous sources:

  • EndNote
  • PubMed
  • Web of Science
  • JSTOR
  • Google Scholar...

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19:09
Apple TV 2, Magic Wand Outlined in New Steve Jobs...

Steve Jobs outlined a potential future for the Apple TV in an email correspondence with top Apple executives in 2010, a year before his death, noting potential plans for the "Apple TV 2" that included TV subscriptions, apps, browser and a "magic wand" control device. The email was published today as a part of Apple's lawsuit trial with Samsung (via The Verge).

8. Apple TV 2 - David Moody, Jeff Robbin
- Strategy: stay in the living room game and make a great "must have" accessory for iOS devices
- sales so far, projections for this holiday season
- add content:
- NBC, CBS, Viacom, HBO, ...
- TV subscription?
- where do we go from here?
- apps, browser, magic wand?
While the potential Apple TV features aren't...

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19:00
And the award for cheapest MacBook sleeve goes to...

I'm utterly ashamed that I didn't think of this myself. What an amazing way to recycle a pair of old trousers. Bonus points for solid sewing skills and making it look professional!

[Photo credit: John]...

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18:55
Steve Jobs in 2010 on Apple TV’s future: Magic Wand...

Apple TV Concept

An interesting email chain between Steve Jobs and various Apple executives has surfaced via court records for the latest spat between Apple and Samsung. Our earlier article on the matter detailed some parts of the email in which Jobs revealed roadmap plans for 2011 and some of 2012. The discussions were a preview of what was to be discussed at an off-site for Apple’s “Top 100″ employees. Presentations regarding the yet-to-be-announced iPad 2, iPad 3, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, Verizon iPhone 4, Apple Campus 2, and iCloud took place, but the talking...

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18:44
Email from Steve Jobs reveals Apple TV 'magic...

An email Apple cofounder Steve Jobs sent to his top executives outlines the vision he had for the company in 2010, including future iPhone iterations, "Apple TV 2" and changes to MobileMe that hoped would leapfrog Google's cloud services.
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18:25
Pixelworks names former Apple exec to board of...

Former Apple Vice President of Hardware Engineering and Technology David J. Tupman has joined the board of directors at Pixelworks, a video and pixel-processing hardware and software company. Roughly a month ago, the firm revealed that Apple had accounted for 10 percent of its business in 2013....
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18:11
New Steve Jobs email a treasure trove of information...

A new email from Steve Jobs that was published during today’s Samsung lawsuit (via The Verge) has revealed a lot about Apple’s plans for its products in 2011 and beyond. As we’ve previously noted, Jobs referred to 2011 as a year of “holy war” against Google, but this document goes above that and describes how exactly Apple planned to wage this war.

A few choice bits are below, followed by the complete email.

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17:05
Google tries to trademark the word “glass”

I thought it was ridiculous too, but when you look at some of the other words that have been trademarked, maybe it’s not.

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16:58
Apple seeds Xcode 5.1.1 'golden master' to...

On Friday, Apple seeded a "golden master" (GM) version of Xcode 5.1.1 to developers. The "golden master" is usually a release the company feels will not be changed before the final, but is tested one more time to find any showstopper issues. The new update features a substantive number of bug fixes and enhancements. Xcode 5.1.1 will also mark the beginning of a deprecation of some features, including the Apple Text Services (ATS) framework, which is being migrated to CoreText....
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16:51
Puzzled? 3 Free Puzzlers For iOS

If you're a fan of puzzles then you've come to the right place. Vern Seward points out three free iOS puzzle games in this week's Free on iTunes. DOOORS, Montezume Pussle, and Sudoku 2.


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16:51
Apple initially wanted original iPhone to be '...

During the Apple v. Samsung patent trial on Friday, Apple software engineer and head of the company's human interface team Greg Christie took the stand to offer background on the original iPhone, specifically the "slide-to-unlock" feature.
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16:40
Entry-Level Bitcoin Mining Gear for Mac, Windows,...

The world of Bitcoin mining can be confusing if you're new. You'll need to buy specialized mining gear based on ASICs, but the good news is that there are several entry-level options available, and you can run them from your Mac, a Windows PC, or a Linux box. Bryan Chaffin has the details.


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16:25
Stripes in CSS

Why would you use images when you can do this.

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16:20
Google Updates Gmail with More User Snooping

Like a lot of Google moves, this sounds fine at first, but after a little consideration it turns out to only be in Google's best interests. Please fetch me my fainting couch.

The Mac Observer Spin: Really? "Don't be evil" strikes again?


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16:16
Creatively using old suitcases

The first made into a stool is nice.

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15:55
After outing business dealings with Apple,...

High-resolution display processing company Pixelworks on Friday announced the appointment of ex-iPod and iPhone hardware executive David J. Tupman to its board of directors, with the news coming one month after the firm revealed Apple orders accounted for ten percent of its business in 2013.
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15:30
Five-year-old exposes Xbox password flaw

Much respect to this kid.

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15:30
Apple concerned about the rise of Android as...

Jonathan Caves

New documents shown to the jury in the Apple-Samsung retrial show that Apple was worried about the rise of Android as recently as last year.

“Competitors have drastically improved their hardware and in some cases their ecosystems,” a member of Apple’s sales team wrote in a document, which was prepared as part of a fiscal 2014 offsite meeting, according to Recode, reporting from the federal court trial in California on Friday.

2013's sales figures bear this out: according to Gartner Research, as measured by per-unit sales, Samsung sold 300 million phones, twice as many as Apple.

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15:00
Susan Kare, the brains behind the Mac's famous...

As one of the original members of Apple's Macintosh team, Susan Kare played an integral role in determining the look and feel for the original Mac OS. Recently, Priceonomics ran an extensive and informative interview with Kare wherein she details...

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14:37
Internal Apple document reveals worries about iPhone...

Although Apple has outwardly projected an image of total confidence in the iPhone, and criticized competing devices, some people in the company have been worried about advances made by rivals, according to an internal document presented during the ongoing Apple v. Samsung trial. "Competitors have drastically improved their hardware and in some cases their ecosystems," an Apple sales team member wrote in a document for a FY2014 offsite meeting. The person also noted that all of the growth in the smartphone industry is coming from big-screen models over $300, or from devices under the $300 mar...
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14:36
iTunes 11.1.5: Unable to Airplay to Apple TV

When you try to AirPlay from iTunes 11.1.5, you may encounter this error message:
"An error occurred while connecting to the AirPlay device [Apple TV name]. You do not have permission to access the requested resource.
Make sure the AirPlay device is powered on and its network settings are correct, then try again."

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14:06
Data: Apple CEO Tim Cook took $73.9 million in...

Apple CEO Tim Cook pulled in $73.9 million in compensation during 2013, according to data compiled by USA Today. That included a $4.3 million salary, and $69.6 million in vested stock options Cook had been awarded several years ago. The figures were enough to rank Cook second among a list of best-paid Silicon Valley executives, but this year's payout was atypical for the Apple CEO....
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14:04
The Macworld All Star Band and Cirque du Mac 11 (...

Cirque du Mac 2014 was our 11th party at the trade show now known as Macworld/iWorld. We did of course, use the excuse of "11" to go with a Spinal Tap theme, and this party definitely turned it up a notch. These photographs of the Macworld All Star Band-including, Dave Hamilton, Chris Breen, Paul Kent, Bob LeVitus, Bryan Chaffin, Chuck La Tournous, and Duane Straub-were taken by Jim Tanous of TekRevue.


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14:02
Apple Spent Years Designing iPhone for 'Normal...

Apple senior software engineer Greg Christie took the stand today in Apple's second patent trial against Samsung, where he shared some details on the development of the "Slide to Unlock" function Samsung is accused of copying and gave additional details on the development of the original iPhone.

One of Apple's major arguments against Samsung is the fact that developing the iPhone was a serious risk for the company as it was new territory, a point that Christie reiterated in his testimony as he described the three year journey of the iPhone's development (via CNET).

The iPhone went through hundreds of different design tweaks as Apple worked to make the phone function in a way that anyone could understand. The company's focus on simplicity remains to this day, with Apple...

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14:00
IK Multimedia iLoud portable speaker lives up to its...

IK Multimedia is in the business of making products that help musicians make the most of their iOS devices and musical instruments. They're the company behind the iRig and its many spawn, which make it simple for musicians to plug in guitars or mics...

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13:30
Briefly: Disksomnia 4.0, GarageSale 6.7 released

Digital Heaven today announced the release of Disksomnia 4.0, a new version of its utility software that stops hard disks from going to sleep. Its latest version offers an entirely rewritten structure, presented as a menu bar app that works in the background to keep disks awake. Users can now see when Disksomnia is active, and also adjust how frequently disks are kept awake with options ranging between 5 and 999 seconds. A new visual countdown is featured, displaying the next "poke" to selected disks. Priced at $10, Disksomnia 4.0 is available for systems running OS X 10.7.3 or later....
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13:30
Internal email shows Apple was worried about...

Phil Schiller wrapped up his testimony today, but not before Samsung attorneys showed the jury an internal Apple email which shows that the company was keenly aware that maintaining iPhone growth going forward was fraught with challenges.

According...

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13:23
The Loop Magazine Issue 24: Interview with Keith...

The Loop Magazine Issue 24:

In this issue, Jim Dalrymple talks to Keith Urban about songwriting and his guitar collection; Gavin McKeown goes to car racing school; Arthur Turnbull tells a story about trying to see Prince in 1988; Carson Suggs looks at our reliance on technology; and Lee Peterson wonders if we can be productive using Apple’s iOS apps.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:19
Phil Schiller testimony reveals Android marketshare...

Evidence presented by Samsung

Apple SVP of Marketing Phil Schiller took the stand again today in the Samsung Patent Trial v2. Schiller was grilled on a number of emails Samsung came up with in discovery that painted Apple as paranoid about the rise of Android and Samsung’s Galaxy line in particular. CNET covered one such email where Schiller seemed concerned with the quality of Samsung’s Superbowl ad campaign:

After watching one Samsung pre-Super Bowl ad Schiller wrote an email to Vincent, commenting on the ad. “It’s pretty good and I cant help but think “these guys are feeling it” (like an athlete who can’t miss because they are in the zone) while we struggle to nail a compelling brief on iPhone,” Schiller wrote in an email, presented...

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13:00
Stickers on your MacBook: Yes or no?

I'll admit that I've been known to cover my notebooks in obnoxious stickers for absolutely no reason other than needing somewhere to stick them. Something about doing it felt like I was making my gadget a little bit more "mine," but when it comes to...

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13:00
The Future of the Mac Will be Far Better Than...

We know that PCs still outsell the Mac, but PC sales are plunging and Mac sales, as a percentage of the market, are climbing. This has to lead somewhere, but where? John Martellaro peers into the future.


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12:57
Mozilla CEO resigns

Mozilla Chief Executive Brendan Eich has stepped down, the company said on Thursday, after an online dating service urged a boycott of the company’s web browser because of a donation Eich made to opponents of gay marriage.

“We didn’t act like you’d expect Mozilla to act,” wrote Mozilla Executive Chairwoman Mitchell Baker in a blog post. “We didn’t move fast enough to engage with people once the controversy started. We’re sorry.”

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:51
Apple's Sales Team Expressed Fears iPhone...

Apple is worried about larger-screened, lower-priced Android phones, according to an internal document shared today in the ongoing Apple vs. Samsung patent lawsuit (via Re/code). The document, which is from the company's sales department, notes that iPhone growth could drop due to competition from smartphones that have larger screens or lower prices than the iPhone."Competitors have drastically improved their hardware and in some cases their ecosystems," a member of Apple's sales team wrote in a document that was prepared as part of a fiscal 2014 offsite meeting. Portions of the document were shown Friday to the jury in the Apple-Samsung case.

Other concerns noted in the document included the idea that Android rivals were "spending 'obscene' amounts of money on advertising and/or carrier channel to gain traction" and that mobile carriers had an interest in...

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12:31
Apple seeds GM version of Xcode 5.1.1 to developers...

Apple has seeded the golden master version of Xcode 5.1.1 to developers. This indicates that a public release should be imminent. This new seed follows the release of Xcode 5.1 in the middle of this past March. Release notes below. Thanks, D!

Issues Resolved in Xcode 5.1.1 GM Seed!

Compiler!

Fixed a compiled code crash on when targeting iOS 5.1.1. (16485980)! Fixed a compiled code crash when using ARC and C++. (16368824)!

Updated compiler options logic to allow “Enforce Strict Aliasing” to be set to off with the -Ofast flag. (16368909)!

Fixed a compiler error...

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12:25
Apple's Product (RED) contributions rise to $70...

Apple's contributions to Product (RED) have reached $70 million, according to the charity's Twitter account. That implies an increase of $5 million since September 2013. Apple is the biggest individual contributor to (RED), and has been participating in the charity since 2006....
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12:15
Grovemade iPhone 5/5c/5s Bumpers Made of Woord

Grovemade has announced bumpers for the iPhone 5, 5c, and 5s, available now for a $39 US introductory price. They are made from your choice of Oregon black Walnut or Eastern Hardrock Maple. Grovemade's offices and manufacturing are all based in Portland, Oregon (like me!) and have been making Apple accessories for the last five years. I've had the chance to tour their facilities and see virtually all of their products, and everything from Grovemade is really well made. Plus all the wood gets this coat of oil, so it looks good and it smells wonderful besides. I adore everything they make, especially these brand new bumpers. If you are in the market for a bumper-style case and you want your phone to stand out, this is a high quality option at a good price. See one installed in the video below.

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12:14
Sit Up Straight for the Roost Laptop Stand

The Roost laptop stand resembles scaffolding more than the typical slabs available to raise your portable, but its light weight and compact storage hides a sturdy lift.

 

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

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12:10
Apple sales team concerned about shrinking high-end...

An internal Apple document presented as part of the ongoing Samsung v. Apple trial shows that the company's sales team was worried that a maturing market may leave no room for iPhone growth, though marketing chief Phil Schiller downplayed the document's significance.
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12:09
Apple deals: Mac mini and Mac Pro

Apple's online store today has a selection of refurbished Mac mini and Mac Pro models at low prices. The refurbished Mac mini with a 2.3GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, OS X Server, 4GB of RAM and dual 1TB hard drives has seen a $150 discount to $849. For $929 is the refurbished Mac mini with a 2.3GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 4GB of RAM and 256GB solid state storage....
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12:05
DealNN: iMacs, cameras and MacBook Pros

This week MacMall has cut the price on the 21.5-inch iMac by 20 percent bringing the cost down from $1,300 to $1,080. A $40 mail-in-rebate offer drops the price further to $1,040, making this $50 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. This iMac features a 2.7GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive along with NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M graphics card. Included is a Apple wireless keyboard, Magic Mouse and one year warranty on parts and labor from Apple....
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12:00
SkinneePix trims some bloat from your selfies

How often do your hear that the selfie you did with your iPhone makes you look 'so much heavier'? It's not just a tired excuse. Often times a subject photographed at close quarters can elicit 'barrel distortion'. A majority or standard lenses aren't...

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11:52
iLounge Game Spotlight: FTL: Faster Than Light

Although it’s not a brand-new game, FTL: Faster Than Light ($10) has just been released for iPad by Subset Games. The winner of several awards and accolades, FTL is a space-based RPG that encourages quick thinking, and punishes failure. It’s the kind of game that allows players to get…

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11:45
Apple’s (Product) RED contribution reaches $70...

Wow, that’s incredible.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:42
Pixar President: 'Steve Jobs Changed Pixar Even...

Steve Jobs is best known as the co-founder of Apple and the man who spurred the company to greatness, but he also co-founded Pixar Animation Studios, another company that's both highly successful and widely admired for the quality animated movies that it produces.

In a new book that's slated to be released next week, Pixar president and co-founder Ed Catmull gives an inside look at Pixar and what made the company so successful. An early excerpt describing Steve Jobs and his influence on the company has been published at Gizmodo, giving an inside look at Jobs' later years.

Though Jobs is often described as obsessed with perfection and relentlessly tough on his employees, Catmull notes that he underwent a significant transformation as he matured, becoming sensitive to other people's feelings and their "value as contributors...

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11:39
Apple's Tim Cook banked $74M in 2013, topping...

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook took home $4.3 million in salary and incentives in 2013 and added another $69.6 million in vested stock options, continuing his reign as one of the highest-paid executives in Silicon Valley.
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11:30
Daily Deals for April 4, 2014, featuring the Game...

It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections. Don't forget to check out our "Today in the App Store" post that singles...

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11:03
Parallels Desktop 9.0.24229 - Run Windows apps...

Parallels Desktop is simply the world's bestselling, top-rated, and most trusted solution for running Windows applications on your Mac. With Parallels Desktop for Mac, you can seamlessly run both Windows and Mac OS X applications side-by-side without rebooting. Drag-and-drop files between Windows and Mac applications, launch Windows applications from your Mac dock, and do much more with speed, control and confidence.

Seamless Simplicity Use Run Windows programs like they were native to your Mac. Setting up Parallels Desktop for Mac is simple and quick. Enjoy the best of both worlds - Windows and Mac OS X - on one seamless desktop.

Performance and Personalization Experience as much or as little Windows as you want. Multiple view modes make it possible for you to customize the level of integration between Mac and Windows without compromising performance.



Version 9.0.24229:

Version 9....

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11:00
Tappd: Making app discovery social

One of the joys of attending Macworld/iWorld is talking to new developers and discovering apps that you know are going to be "keepers." That's the story for me and Tappd (free) from Australian development shop Burst2Life.

So, how does this iPhone...

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10:50
kOfflineError (0)

Forums: Troubleshooting

Hi, 

To be brief, we have a Xsan 3.1/2.2.2. enviroment with 3.1 on the Mavericks controllers and 2.2.2 on the Snow Leopard clients. In the process of moving to Mavericks. Horrendously buggy so far. 

One thing we're seeing on all controllers are these two messages SPAMMED in the Console logs: 

 

 

4/4/14 10:40:30.850 AM Xsan Admin[699]: ERROR: Error getting list of volumes: kOfflineError (0)
4/4/14 10:40:30.850 AM Xsan Admin[699]: ERROR: Error reading san information: kOfflineError (0)

 

 

Sometimes these surfaces ocassionally, like every hour, and other times we get 15+ messages everyone second. There are no LUNs that are actually offline. There appears to be no connectivity issues, other than the fact that we've had 7 failovers in 2 months. 

Does anyone know what these errors...

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10:50
Bookmobile Audiobook and Podcast Player App Features...

Bookmobile Audiobook and Podcast Player from Freshmowed Software is a great option for fans of audio books and podcasts. It works on iPhones and iPads, and the app is designed specifically for the spoken voice, not music. The results are a clean, easy to recognize audible performance.


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10:49
Net Brass Calm Solons' Woes Over 'Internet...


The lords of the Internet and the Obama administration this week sought to calm congressional fears that the U.S. was planning to give control of the Web to foreign powers. At a public hearing held by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Fadi Chehadé, president and CEO of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers and Lawrence E. Strickling, U.S. Commerce Department assistant secretary for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, promoted a move to get the U.S. out of the Internet governance business.

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10:42
Apple’s PRODUCT (RED) contributions at $70 million

According to a tweet from the PRODUCT (RED) campaign, Apple has raised $70 million for the charity. Apple sells special red-colored iPod nanos, shuffles, and touches, and certain accessories, with a portion of the proceeds going to fight AIDS in Africa. The partnership stretches back to 2006, when Apple…

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10:41
Apple's (Product) RED Charity Contributions...

Apple's (Product) RED contributions towards the fight against AIDS have reached $70 million, according to a Friday tweet from the (RED) Twitter account. That's up $5 million from $65 million in July of 2013, with 100 percent of that total going towards HIV/AIDS programs in Africa.

Great news to end the week! Apple's total for @RED reaches $70 MILLION. 100% goes to fight #AIDS. Thank you all for buying (APPLE)RED.

— (RED) (@RED) April 4, 2014Apple has collaborated with (RED) since it was created in 2006, first releasing a special edition (RED) iPod nano. Since then, Apple has released a...

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10:41
Google’s sneaky new privacy change affects 85% of...

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Quartz:

“What Google really wants is for everybody to be signed in to their Google accounts all the time,” a Google insider told me in passing last month.

This change affects only Apple users who have upgraded to iOS 7, the latest version—but that’s 85% of iOS devices. They no longer have the ability to remain anonymous as they watch videos on YouTube or navigate their cities using Google Maps.

“Don’t be evil” indeed.

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10:32
Apple's (RED) contributions in fight against...

Apple's contributions to (RED), which aims to eliminate HIV and AIDS, have now reached $70 million to date, the charity officially announced on Friday.
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10:30
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

SkyChartsPro [iOS...

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10:14
New Stunning Maps of the US, Canada & Other...

Earlier this morning we posted a report titled "Apple's iPhone is King of Manhattan as Shown in Stunning Map." In that report we covered Business Insider's viewpoint that the iPhone's success in Manhattan proved the great divide in America between the rich and poor. They chose a series of New York maps to prove their point. However, that was a subjective slant to support their position. While I appreciate their report bringing some of this to light, the fact is that if you work with the source mapping service, you'll find a somewhat different reality that expands on Business Insider's viewpoint. Our report will provide with a large selection of maps outside of New York that paints a slightly different picture of the iOS vs. Android War.

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10:14
Sprint offers $350 termination fees plus trade-ins...

Following the lead of similar promotions by T-Mobile and AT&T, Sprint is looking to poach customers to its network, by paying up to $650 per line. The carrier will provide customers switching their number to Sprint from another network and signs up for its Framily plan with two bonuses, in order to help pay for the cost of transferring to the service....
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10:03
FunBITS: iOS Apps for Better Gardening

Looking to start a garden this spring? These iOS apps can help turn your thumb a darker shade of green.

 

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10:02
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Kensington Lightning dock $20...

Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: TwitterRSS Feed,FacebookGoogle+ and subscribe to the new Safari push notifications feature.

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Kensington AbsolutePower iPhone dock with built-in Lightning port and AC adapter $20 shipped (Reg. $50)

Select Incase MacBook backpacks and cases ...

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10:00
Video shootout: Apple's Touch ID vs Samsung...

In July of 2012, Apple spent $356 million to acquire a mobile security firm called AuthenTec. A year later, the fruits of that acquisition manifested in Apple's Touch ID, the flagship feature on the iPhone 5s. Though Touch ID initially generated a...

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09:56
Apple’s (Product)RED Contributions Top $70M

Apple may not toot its own horn when it comes to charitable contributions, but that isn't stopping (Product)RED from announcing the iPhone and iPad maker has already given the organization over US$70 million to help fight AIDS worldwide. That money came via special (Product)RED versions of the iPod lineup.

The Mac Observer Spin: It isn't just Apple that made $70 million in RED contributions possible. That money ultimately came from shoppers buying the RED versions of iPods, so go you for doing your part to help out.


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09:47
Apple’s contributions to fight AIDS through (PRODUCT...

Bono’s (Product)RED charity, which Apple contributes to by selling special red versions of iOS devices and accessories, today announced Apple’s contributions to the charity have reached $70 million. Back in September, the charity announced that Apple’s contributions had reached $65 million making it the largest contributor out of participating companies donating portions of profits from products sold under the (Product)Red branding. ...

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09:43
The Elder Scrolls Online ships in simultaneous PC/...

Bethesda and ZeniMax have launched simultaneous Mac, Windows, and console versions of The Elder Scrolls Online, the former's first massively-multiplayer online role-playing game. The title is based on earlier single-player Elder Scrolls games like Skyrim, but with the addition of new character customization options and multiplayer-specific gameplay elements. These include things like alliances, guilds, and a player-versus-player battle system which can see hundreds of people fighting simultaneously....
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09:35
Pixar president recalls a 'transformation...

While Steve Jobs is famous for helping to turn Pixar into a legendary award winning animation studio, the experience of running Pixar also helped to change Jobs himself for the better, the studio's president reveals in a new book excerpt.
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09:30
This iPhone 6 rumor is a special kind of stupid

Apple rumors usually fall into one of three categories: Believable, unbelievable, and ridiculous. A recent claim from International Business Times is making a strong case for a fourth, even less plausible designation. According to the IBT, Apple's...

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09:27
Amazon's Fire TV Is Powerful, but Voice Search...

Earlier this week, Amazon launched its Fire TV media streaming box, entering a crowded market with devices from Roku, the Chromecast from Google and the Apple TV. With the Fire TV delivering a number of features rumored for a future Apple TV, reactions to Amazon's new box have certainly been of interest to Apple fans.

With an immediate launch for Fire TV, the device has already landed in the hands of reviewers and at popular repair shop iFixit, which promptly tore the device down. Early analysis of the Fire TV suggests the device has market-leading hardware that is hindered by less-than-perfect software.

On the hardware front, iFixit confirms the Fire TV is a powerhouse with a quad-core, 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Krait 300 processor,...

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09:19
Apps: GarageSale, Fantastical, Together


    


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09:15
Apple's acquisition of speech recognition...

Worried Siri didn’t get enough love in iOS 7? Apple’s not done with the intelligent assistant just yet, if one of its newer acquisitions is any indication. As first reported by TechCrunch, Cupertino last year picked up U.K.-based Novauris Technologies, a firm that specializes in speech recognition.

Apple confirmed the acquisition to TechCrunch, though as usual it didn’t deign to give any further information about the deal. Novauris itself was essentially a rebuilt version of the research and development team at Dragon Systems U.K., the British subsidiary of Dragon Systems, which created voice recognition and dictation apps like Dragon NaturallySpeaking and Dragon Dictate. Dragon itself is now owned by Nuance—which provides speech recognition for Siri.

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09:00
Judge denies Apple and other news for April 4, 2014

Happy Friday, folks. I've just emerged from my RSS reader with these nuggets to share with you.

Judge Lucy Koh denies Apple motion regarding Samsung's opening statements. Apple was not happy with opening statements made by Samsung counsel, which...

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08:58
Types of Servers

Forums: Hardware

Hello,

Im mapping out a Stornext setup within an environment and I need to consider users that will be connecting the volume via ethernet. The storage itself is Promise E & J Raids. 

Im looking for a fileserver that is extrmeely robust to handle a large amount of users (30-50) working on large files in the gigabytes (1-10Gbs)

Could anyone recommed a high-end server that could be used?

Thanks.

Gerard

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08:55
Tidy Up 3.0.12 - Find duplicate files and tidy up...

Tidy Up is a complete duplicate finder and disk-tidiness utility.

With Tidy Up you can search for duplicate files and packages by the owner application, content, type, creator, extension, time modified, time created, name, label, visibility, and date/age. You can also search by the tag, duration, and bit installments of MP3 and AAC sound files and EXIF metadata; search the contents of the iPhoto, Aperture, iTunes, iPod databases, and Mail mailboxes; and synchronize deletions with iPhoto, Mail, and iTunes.

Tidy Up allows you to search for duplicate folders by name, date modified, date created, label visibility, empty folders, their contents, and more. Tidy Up is also fast: it doesn't index the scanned volumes, so you don't waste precious time and space. With its multitasking capability, you can do multiple searches at one time and take full advantage your Mac's processing power.

Tidy Up comes with a two search modes. Basic Mode includes more...

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08:37
Chinese iPhone 5s demand disappointing, analyst says

Carriers and other vendors in China are seeing relatively weak demand for the iPhone 5s, suggests Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White. White is currently touring the country and speaking with various parties. Instead demand is said to be rising for various local smartphone brands, like Xiaomi. Vendors are, however, said to be expressing "great enthusiasm around the potential for Apple to introduce a larger iPhone form factor in China this year with the iPhone 6."...
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08:00
iPhone 101: How to easily dismiss banner...

Apple's notification system in iOS is wonderful for letting you know when you've received a new email or text message, but the banners can be annoying when they appear at the top of a screen and overlay buttons or other important content while you...

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08:00
Analyst: Apple’s Build Up All But Confirms Something...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has said that there will be big product launches in 2014, and that the company is entering into a new market. The financial investment firm Morgan Stanley thinks Apple has confirmed that's exactly what's about to happen thanks to a trail of breadcrumbs, and that new market targets our personal health.

The Mac Observer Spin: With so many hires and acquisitions over the past couple years, it's hard to imagine Apple isn't working on a wearable health and fitness tracking device.


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07:35
Judge quashes Apple motion against Samsung opening...

Late on Thursday, District Court judge Lucy Koh denied an Apple motion regarding opening statements by Samsung in the ongoing Apple v. Samsung trial, reports say. A Samsung attorney was quoted as saying that "Apple admits that three of the five patent claims that it is suing on were not in that iPhone and have never been in any iPhone since. Apple doesn't consider it valuable enough to even use." In its motion, Apple insisted that it could show evidence it "has practiced and continues to practice the '414, '172, and '959 patents."...
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07:32
Apple's iPhone is King of Manhattan as Shown in...

They say that a photo is worth a thousand words. This is a clear example proving that out. The map illustrated in our cover graphic was created by Mapbox. It clearly shows us just how hot the iPhone really is in the richest part of New York: Manhattan. The iPhone is king in Manhattan in stark contrast to Newark, New Jersey where ...

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07:00
Enable Impersonation Rights In Exchange 2013

Exchange Impersonation Rights allow a user to impersonate the account of another user. To enable impersonation rights use the New-ManagementRoleAssignment command let. To enable Impersonation rights for an account called krypted (samAccountName), use the following commandlet:

New-ManagementRoleAssignment –Name:impersonationAssignmentName –Role:ApplicationImpersonation –User: krypted

To remove those rights, use the Remove-ManagementRoleAssignment commandlet. Below we’ll run a Get-ManagementRoleAssignment to finds the user krypted with the appropriate role and then pipe that to the Remove-ManagementRoleAssignment commandlet:

Get-ManagementRoleAssignment -RoleAssignee "krypted" -Role ApplicationImpersonation -RoleAssigneeType user | Remove-ManagementRoleAssignment

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07:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Heart in hand

Heart in hand

High fashion, ruggedness, and practical protection all play parts in this week's roundup of new iPhone cases, with brings you hearts, carbon, and even a little happy meal.

Drop Electronics

The Carbon (iPhone 5 and 5s; $68) is made from 1.5k carbon fiber for a unique combination of durable protection from bump and scratches and a soft-touch feel.

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07:00
Low-power mode for Maps.app

It's possible to save power when using Maps to navigate in a car. It's an obvious trick once you know about it, and easy too.



When you're navigating with the Maps app, you're probably used to it chewing through battery life. Even on a full charge my iPhone 5 doesn't last more than 2-3 hours when navigating.



To eke out extra life, just press the Sleep button (top of the phone), once you're on your way and are on a long stretch before the next turn/navigation point (i.e. on a freeway for 50 miles). The screen will blank, but the navigation will continue. The phone will briefly wake 10 miles from your next turn/navigation point, to tell you about it, and will wake 2 miles from it and stay awake until you get past it.



To switch back to non-power-saving mode, just swipe as usual to wake the phone.



To be honest this doesn't save a huge amount of battery life in my tests, but it's better...

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07:00
Fujitsu shows ScanSnap SV600 Contactless Scanner at...

Fujitsu has been manufacturing world-class scanners for business and personal use for about three decades, including the popular ScanSnap line of auto-feeding desktop scanners.

I had a chance to interview Fujitsu's Director of Product Marketing,...

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06:45
Spec Shootout: Fire TV vs Apple TV, Roku, and...

Amazon announced the Fire TV this week, and on paper itâs quite far ahead of itâs competitors. The online retailer posted a comparison chart for the Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku 3, and Chromecast, but it's a chart that has been spun, and heavily. We thought it would be more useful to people if we broke it down in ways that make sense.


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06:42
External Link: Dropbox Explains Policy on DMCA...

Many were outraged when Darrell Whitelaw tweeted a picture of Dropbox denying his ability to share a folder, due to a DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) takedown request. Whitelaw later admitted that he was indeed trying to share a copyrighted video with a public link. Dropbox has explained to Ars Technica that it does not scan private documents, nor did it remove the file from Whitelaw’s account, but that it does compare hashes of publicly shared files against the hashes of files that have already been served a notice. The DMCA requires companies like Dropbox to take measures to ensure that copyrighted material is not shared after a takedown notice has been issued. Whitlaw himself told Ars, “They’re just following the laws laid out for them. Was just surprised to see it.”

 

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06:42
External Link: iOS 7.1 Vulnerability Lets Bad Guys...

Miguel Alvarado has found a glitch that lets users delete an iCloud account from an iOS 7.1 device without the Apple ID password. In this YouTube video, he demonstrates tapping the Delete Account button and the Find My iPhone switch simultaneously, then restarting the iPhone when the password prompt appears. When the iPhone boots back up, he was free to remove the iCloud account, which disables Find My iPhone. There’s some thought this may not affect all iPhone models; although we could replicate it on an iPhone 5s, we were unable to do so on an iPhone 5. Nonetheless, we hope Apple releases a fix soon, and in the meantime, make sure to use a passcode.

 

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06:40
External Link: Uber Launches UberXotic

Sometimes the journey is the reward. Uber, the app-based ride-sharing service, has announced a new option, UberXotic, that blurs the line between getting to your destination and arriving in style. Launched during Nashville Fashion Week (which goes through 5 April 2014) and in partnership with Music City Dream Cars, UberXotic gives customers the chance to ride in a Rolls-Royce, Maserati, Lamborghini, or Ferrari. Should you be in Nashville in time, you can even try UberXotic for free. The question is, will UberXotic become more widely available?

 

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06:34
Not so great review of Amazon Fire TV

I didn’t ask for games. I didn’t ask for photos. I asked for a streaming media solution that could do things right: Something easy to pick up, simple to use, and something that actually made the experience of playing and navigating through multimedia, dare I say it, fun.

Amazon promised all of the above with Fire TV, which the company unveiled Wednesday at an event in New York City. Unfortunately, the device doesn’t live up to its own hype. Perhaps Amazon’s homegrown solution was a bit premature and its ambitions too lofty, because while Fire TV can do almost everything, little of it is done right.

Ouch.

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06:29
Chinese smartphone vendors disappointed by 5s but...

Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White, quoted in Business Insider, had both bad news and good for Apple in his talks with smartphone vendors during a tour of China and Taiwan, claiming disappointment with sales of the iPhone 5s but big hopes for the iPhone 6.

In the near term, we sensed disappointment around demand for the iPhone 5s.

That said, we heard great enthusiasm around the potential for Apple to introduce a larger iPhone form factor in China this year with the iPhone 6. In our view, the iPhone 6 with a larger screen (e.g., 4.7-inch, 5.5-inch) has the potential to meaningfully accelerate Apple’s growth trajectory in China during 2H:14. We have not heard this type of excitement in China around the iPhone in at least two...

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06:10
Carriers suggest a big-screen 'iPhone 6'...

Chinese branded smartphones are performing well in their home country, affecting sales of worldwide leaders Apple and Samsung, but buzz is said to be growing in China among customers who are holding out hope for an iPhone with a larger display.
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06:06
Nest Protect subject to safety issue, sales halted

Nest Labs CEO Tony Fadell has issued a public letter informing customers that Nest Protect Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Detector’s (iLounge Rating: B-) alarm may be delayed in the case of a fire under the right circumstances. This issue is related to Nest Wave, a feature that allows…

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06:02
Get selected travel apps free via new Expedia app...

If you do a lot of travelling and like your travel apps, you can now get some paid iPhone apps free of charge through a new Media Lounge feature in the Expedia app.

To access the offers, you need to download the free Expedia Hotels & Flights app, complete your traveller profile and then hit Extras to see what’s on offer. The first offer is Over, an app that allows you to create customized artwork from your travel photos. Normally priced at $1.99, it’s free when you download it via the Expedia app … 

Expedia says the deals are time-limited...

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06:00
WWDC confirmed for June 2nd-6th

It was announced Thursday that Apple’s yearly developers’ conference will be held June 2nd through the 6th at San Francisco’s Moscone Center. However, this year Apple has decided to “think different” (I had to) with its handling of ticket sales. According to Engadget, Apple has already opened ticket sales on its website, but will now select attendees randomly instead of a first-come-first-served basis. The WWDC web site states;

“The opportunity to buy tickets to WWDC 2014 will be offered by random...

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06:00
Daily App: 2048 by ketchapp is a perfect port of the...

2048 took the web by storm when it debuted last month. Created by 19-year-old Italian web developer Gabriele Cirulli, the sliding numbers game challenges you to combine tiles and build a tile with the number 2048 before you run out of moves. It...

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05:59
Microsoft Office for iPad Downloads Top 12M

Downloads for Microsoft's Office for iPad hit the 12 million mark in just one week, showing that despite the company's late entry into the mobile game, there's still plenty of consumer interest. The apps are free to download, but thanks to in-app purchases, they quickly hit the top grossing list, too.

The Mac Observer Spin: Microsoft may have been late to the game, but it's clear there were plenty of iPad owners who wanted Office apps straight from the source instead of from third-party developers.


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05:57
Cool Products from Macworld/iWorld 2014: Part 2

Without further ado, here’s the concluding set of products we stumbled across at Macworld/iWorld that we just had to share with you.

 

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05:49
ArtistInfo for Mac visualizes relationships among...

Metason has released ArtistInfo for Mac OS X. It's an app that consolidates information on musicians, music groups, producers and composers.

It's designed to enrich music played in iTunes, as well as aiding your search for info on artists and albums. It includes visualizations of networks among musicians.

ArtistInfo features background info formerly found on album covers and in CD booklets. It requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It's available for US$5.99 at the mac App Store. For more info go to http://www.metason.net .

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05:48
calibre 1.31.0 - Complete e-library management...

Calibre is a complete e-book library manager.

Organize your collection, convert your books to multiple formats, and sync with all of your devices. Let Calibre be your multi-tasking digital librarian.

Manage, convert, sync, and more

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



Version 1.31.0:

New...

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05:43
DRPU releases Bulk SMS for Mac OS X

DRPU has released Bulk SMS for the Mac. It lets you send an unlimited number of text messages from your computer to mobile phones.

Bulk SMS works with all commonly used GSM, Android and Windows-based mobile phones to transmit text messages from anywhere without an Internet connection. It costs US$69.

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05:37
Disksomnia 4.0 for Mac OS X gets rewritten menu bar

Digital Heaven has announced Disksomnia 4.0, an upgrade of their Mac OS X utility that stops hard disks from going to sleep. The new version sports a completely rewritten menu bar that works in the background to keep disks awake, even those that ignore Energy Saver preferences.

Disksomnia 4.0 requires Mac OS X 10.7.3 or higher. It costs US$9.99 and is available at the Mac App Store. Go to http://tinyurl.com/nx7ekh for more info.

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05:30
Ted Landau retires as expo speaker

In a session entitled “Confessions of an Apple Writer”, Ted Landau recounted his career writing about the Mac, which has existed practically as long as the Mac itself. He began the session by announcing that he was retiring as a Macworld/iWorld speaker and cutting back on his writing duties. As he reason, he offered, “Well, it’s just that time in my life.”. Currently a Senior Contributor at Macworld Magazine, he talked about his first “article” which was a submission to a Mac newsletter in which he described how to change the “Welcome to Macintosh” startup message using software called ResEdit.

 

Ted eventually moved onto his book writing career which started with a book that many of us “old-timers” are familiar with, “Sad Macs, Bombs, and Other...

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05:30
iPhoto: Prevent the Program from Automatically...

In this Quick Tip, weâre going to cover how to stop iPhoto from opening every time you plug in your iOS device. Hey, sometimes you want to import images and sometimes you donât, but dagnabbit, you should be able to control what your applications do. We think so, anyway.


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05:27
Last year, 71 million people watched other people...

I remember the first time I saw the X Games on TV. Snowboarding? On TV? It just seemed odd. But now snowboarding has also become mainstream, a big draw in the Winter Olympics.

Turns out, this same thing is happening with video games. Though I shudder to think that video games will ever make its way into the Olympics, there is no doubt that watching other people play video games has gone mainstream.

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05:24
Samsung's AP Business Fell off a Cliff in Q4...

A Korean news site this morning picked up on data from a Strategy Analytics report released yesterday. It revealed that Samsung Electronics’ global mobile AP market share (based on sales) as of the fourth quarter last year fell off a cliff.

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05:10
Exploring and erasing your Google search history

Molly Wood, of the New York Times, talking about your search history:

YOUR search history contains some of the most personal information you will ever reveal online: your health, mental state, interests, travel locations, fears and shopping habits.

And that is information most people would want to keep private. Unfortunately, your web searches are carefully tracked and saved in databases, where the information can be used for almost anything, including highly targeted advertising and price discrimination based on your data profile.

She suggests that you visit this page to visit your history and, if you choose, erase it.

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05:00
Jaunt Wants to Put You in the Movies


Though the current incarnation of virtual reality entertainment has its roots in gaming, potential applications for the Oculus Rift and Sony's Project Morpheus extend far beyond video games. Jaunt is one company hoping to expand the possibilities of virtual reality through development of an end-to-end solution for creating cinema-quality VR experiences. Its system provides content creators with the hardware, software, tools and applications they might require to create such experiences.

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04:47
Newegg and friends crush a patent troll

Ah, another patent troll success story.

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04:43
Kool Tools: Molekular modular multi-effects system

Native Instruments' Molekular is a handy modular multi-effects system for their flagship synthesis studio Reaktor 5 for Mac OS X or the free Reaktor 5 Player for iOS devices. It features 35 exclusive creative effects for creative sound manipulation.

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04:36
PDF Signet for Mac OS X revved to version 1.3

Vaclav Slavik has announced PDF Signet 1.3, an update to his productivity app for OS X. PDF Signet is a tool for digitally signing PDF documents with certificates.

The new version adds compatibility with smartcards and eToken devices, enabling users to sign documents safely and securely. PDF Signet uses OS X technologies such as Keychain, Services, Automator and AppleScript.

PDF Signet 1.3 is US$9.99 and available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. Go to http://pdfsignet.com for more info.

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04:33
Treasure trove of data on app and book sales from...

Follow the headline link for a wealth of data on app sales from the iOS and Mac App Stores, Google Play, Amazon, Windows Phone and PC. For eBooks, there are numbers for Apple iBooks and Kindle. This data has been available for years and is well known in the developer community, but not so well known in the general tech community.

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04:29
Maintain serves up Cocktail 6.8.6 (Mountain Lion...

Maintain has released Cocktail 6.8.1 (Mountain Lion Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. This version ability to clear saved application states and the "Utilities" menu that allows quick access to miscellaneous utilities and assistants. It also contains improvements on the "Search for corrupted preference files" procedure.

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04:15
Japan's mobile device market expected to...

IDC (www.idc.com) has published a new forecast for the Japan mobile device market, comprised of PCs, smartphones, tablets, and data communication products such as mobile cards and personal routers. IDC expects unit shipments will temporarily drop to 55.1million units in 2014, resulting in a year-over-year decline of -2.1%.

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03:50
Expo Notes: What's new with 1Password

There are a handful of Mac (and iOS) apps that nearly everyone we know uses. 1Password is one of them. You really do need a password manager to stay safe out there, and 1Password is as close to a default choice as any other product.

Recently, at Macworld/iWorld 2014, iMore's Rene Ritchie had a chance to catch up with Dave Teare—co-founder of AgileBits, the vendor behind 1Password—and to hear about what's new with the app, including version 4.5 for iOS (redesigned for iOS 7) and the app's appearance on Android.

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