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Thursday April 9

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

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



Version 12.1.2:

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



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



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

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

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

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

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

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

Apple will accept...

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19:21
OS X: Using multiple displays in Mavericks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

iOS Apps Now Free

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

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

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

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

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

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15:00
AWT News Update: April 9, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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13:57
External Link: Apple Watch and Accessibility

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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13:16
Pair Apple Remote with your iPod Universal Dock

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Casetify

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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12:56
Vintage and obsolete products

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

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12:33
Get started with Photos for OS X

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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11:41
Apple releases iTunes 12.1.2 update

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Erase and leave no trace

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

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

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


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

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11:04
Apple releases iTunes 12.1.2

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

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

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11:00
12-inch MacBook review roundup

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

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

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

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

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

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10:40
Should You Buy the Apple Watch?

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

 

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

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

 

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10:12
Brattoo Propaganda Software introduces Duplicate...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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09:05
∞ Review: 12-inch MacBook

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

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09:01
The 2015 MacBook previews a future that’s not quite...


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On April 10, Apple will put its newest product line up for pre-order, but it’s also making a significant change to one of its oldest, longest-running product families. Funny how that works.

The new MacBook is minimalist to the extreme. It’s the Mac boiled down and condensed until removing anything else would make it not a Mac anymore. It’s the first Mac since that very first MacBook Air to depart from existing conventions to a degree that leaves people surprised and upset.

We’ve been living with the new MacBook for a little over a week now, which is about as much time as you need to take in all the new stuff it adds: the Retina display,...

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09:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 041 on the...

In this episode, Jeremy Thake and Richard diZerega interview Todd Baginski about the Property Inspector hero demo on top of the Office 365 platform.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP41.mp3

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09:00
Office Online and Dropbox web integration now...

Last year Office announced an ongoing partnership to create better connections between Office and Dropbox. We continue to work closely with the Dropbox team to make it easier to work with your Office applications and Dropbox. We’ve already connected your Office and Dropbox experience on your iOS and Android devices. Today, the next milestone in our partnership is available, integration between Dropbox on the web and Office Online.

Now, when working in Office Online you can add your Dropbox account to easily browse, open and edit Office files with Office Online. You can also create new files in Office Online, and...

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09:00
Throwback Thursday: The Mac IIcx arrives...

Today's Throwback Thursday comes from the June 1989 issue of MacUser magazine. It's a writeup about what I still think is my personal favorite Mac of all time -- the Mac IIcx. Five years after the introduction of the Mac, this machine was revolutionary. It had three NuBus expansion slots, a Motorola 68030 CPU running at a blazing (for the time) 15.7 MHz, and it featured a modular design that allowed everything from the logic board to the speaker to be replaced easily. 

I bought one of these in 1989 after watching the introduction live via closed-circuit TV to an office in downtown Denver. During that demo, Jean-Louis Gassée actually assembled a IIcx on stage. The IIcx quickly became my go-to machine, and worked...

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08:31
Apple Leaves Chinese CNNIC Root In OS X and iOS...

Trailrunner7 writes When it was revealed late last month that a Chinese certificate authority had allowed an intermediate CA to issue unauthorized certificates for some Google domains, both Google and Mozilla reacted quickly and dropped trust in CNNIC altogether. Apple on Wednesday released major security upgrades for both of its operating systems, and the root certificate for CNNIC, the Chinese CA at the heart of the controversy, remains in the trusted stores for iOS and OS X. The company has not made any public statements on the incident or the continued inclusion of CNNIC's certificates in the trusted stores.


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08:29
Apple Watch to be available for online pre-order...

With only one day left until the Watchening/first available pre-order of the Apple Watch, your best bet might be to order yours online.

Apple on Thursday confirmed that orders for the upcoming Apple Watch will be available exclusively online during the launch window, as the company expects that consumer demand will outstrip available supply of units.

The company issued a reminder stating that in-store previews and preorders will begin on Friday, ahead of the April 24th launch. But preorders will be available online-only, and users who try on the unit in stores will not be able to place an order in the store.

The Apple Watch will be available...

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08:28
Apple will take Watch orders online only during...

If you were hoping to saunter into an Apple Store and pick up an Apple Watch after trying it on, think again. Apple confirmed Thursday that you won’t be able to buy an Apple Watch in person at launch: It will be an online exclusive, at least in its early days.

“We are excited to welcome customers tomorrow and introduce them to Apple Watch, our most personal device yet,” Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts said in a Thursday news release. "Based on the tremendous interest from people visiting our stores, as well as the number of customers who have gone to the Apple Online Store to mark their favorite Apple Watch ahead of availability, we expect that strong customer demand will exceed our supply at launch. To provide the best experience and selection to as many customers as we can, we will be taking orders for Apple Watch exclusively online during the initial...

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08:11
MCE launches Fovea Extreme 3 USB 3.0 Blu-ray...

This could be nifty.

MCE Technologies has begun the shipping Aluminum Fovea Extreme 3, an Aluminum USB 3.0 Blu-ray/DVD/CD Recorder designed for all Macs with, or without, a built-in optical drive. The unit includes Mac Blu-ray Player software in order to watch Blu-ray movies on the Mac and is compatible with all forms of optical disc media including M-Disc 25GB Blu-ray media.

The Aluminum Fovea Extreme 3 can read and record data and high definition video to 25GB, 50GB, 100GB, and 128GB Blu-ray recordable discs, as well as M-Disc Blu-ray media. In addition to playing and recording Blu-ray media, the drive plays and records all DVD and CD formats as well. The Fovea Extreme...

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07:54
Apple Security Update 2015-004 - For OS X 10.9. (...

Apple Security Update 2015-004 is recommended for all users and improves the security of OS X. For detailed information about the security content of this update, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

The download link above is for OS X 10.Mavericks; see Related Links for additional security updates. Also please understand that the security updates mentioned here were applied to OS X 10.10 Yosemite in the OS X 10.10.3 operating-system update.



Version 2015-004:

  • Admin Framework
    • Available for: OS X Yosemite v10.10 to v10.10.2
    • Impact: A process may gain admin privileges without properly authenticating
    • Description: An issue existed when checking XPC entitlements. This issue was addressed with improved entitlement checking.
  • apache
    • Available for: OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.5, OS X Mavericks v10.9.5, OS X...

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07:35
Apple Predicts Demand for their Smartwatch will...

Apple made a statement today that it expected the "tremendous interest" in its new smartwatch to result in demand ...

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07:30
The Apple ][ watch on Instructables is fantastic

An Apple Watch is hip but an Apple ][ Watch is hipster.

The makers at Instructables have outdone themselves with this amazing Apple ][ Watch build. You'll find complete, step-by-step instructions for making you own. And hey, it really shows the time! 

Congratulations to Instructables user Aleator777. This thing is amazing. 

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07:18
Apple Watch orders will be taken online only...

The Apple Watch will be available for preview and pre-order on Friday, April 10. However, pre-orders will only be taken online.

Customers in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the UK and the US can try on and experience Apple Watch at their local Apple Store or at Galeries Lafayette in Paris, Isetan in Tokyo, Selfridges in London, and select Apple Authorized Resellers in Japan and China. Customers can pre-order their Apple Watch through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com) beginning April 10 at 12:01 a.m. (Pacific) for delivery beginning April 24.

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07:08
Xcode 6.3 - Integrated development environment (IDE...

Xcode provides everything developers need to create great applications for Mac, iPhone, and iPad. Xcode brings user interface design, coding, testing, and debugging into a united workflow. The Xcode IDE combined with the Cocoa and Cocoa Touch frameworks, and the Swift programming language make developing apps easier and more fun than ever before. Xcode includes the Xcode IDE, Swift, and Objective-C compilers, Instruments analysis tool, iOS Simulator, the latest and greatest OS X and iOS SDK's and hundreds of powerful features.



Version 6.3: New in Swift 1.2

  • Incremental builds dramatically improve the compile time of Swift projects
  • Swift compiler produces even faster executables for both debug and release builds
  • Language refinements to 'let' and 'as' make Swift more consistent and clear
  • Standard library adds powerful features including the 'Set' data type and 'flatMap' operation
  • Code converter and Fix-its help you...

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07:04
Netflix Humorously Considers Introducing their own...

With Apple Watch mania now in high gear, Netflix decide to ride the media wave with a newly released video...

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06:41
Apple's iOS 8.3 enables Wi-Fi calling on Sprint...

Apple launched Wi-Fi calling for the iPhone last fall as part of iOS 8, but at the time only T-Mobile chose to support the feature. More than six months later, Sprint is following suit and adding Wi-Fi calling support for the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 5s, and 5c.

Wi-Fi calling allows you to make phone calls using your carrier-issued number, but instead of going out over a cellular network the calls traverse the Internet via Wi-Fi.

Sprint's Wi-Fi calling will also enable subscribers traveling overseas to make free calls back to the U.S. from more than 200 countries.

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06:33
Over-the-Top Bill O'Reilly Thinks Apple Devices...

The over-the-top Bill O'Reilly of Fox News recently reported on the Apple Store. O'Reilly started this segment with saying, "To me, this high-tech stuff is like opium ...

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06:13
Apple lays out the rules for Apple Watch pre-orders...

Lots of details from Apple’s press release this morning.

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06:00
iTranslate, the magic spoken voice language...

iTranslate is an amazing app that will translate your spoken words from one language into another. It’s like magic.

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05:38
Apple Revisits their GoPro Challenger Patent

On April 9, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals that they've already updated the camera patent that they acquired from Kodak. The invention relates to small cameras on a watch and smaller cameras in general that could be used to challenge GoPro products.

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05:22
∞ Big steps for Apple on emoji and diversity

Buried among the new features in the release of iOS 8.3 and OS X 10.10.3 was a big change to Apple’s emoji library. Read on for the details.

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05:00
Heartbleed Threat Won't Fade Away


This week marks the first anniversary of the Heartbleed vulnerability that caused a panic across the Internet last year. While the flaw appears to have faded from the recollections of Net denizens, it still poses danger at many sites in cyberspace.
Heartbleed was discovered in April 2014 in an open source library, OpenSSL, used by the SSL protocol. SSL is used to encrypt data in transit on the Net. By exploiting the flaw with a specially crafted packet, hackers could extract data from a server's memory in 64K chunks.

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04:43
iPhone, ApplePay opening up financial services for...

There are more than 28 million small business owners in the United States, some 80% of whom are non-employers. Small business use of mobile devices—in particular "smart" devices—opens up a world of opportunity, much like it has done in the consumer marketplace, according to Packaged Facts, a a division of MarketResearch.com.

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04:35
Apple Files Patent Showing Signs that a 3D GUI May...

On April 9, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple relating to an OS X desktop filtering system that could allow a user to transform their desktop to a 3D GUI.

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04:32
Audio Switcher for Mac OS X upgraded to version 2.5.4

Spike Software (www.spikesoft.net) has announced Audio Switcher 2.5.4, an update to its menubar applet utility for Mac OS X.

Audio Switcher allows you to switch your audio input and output between different audio devices. It supports a range of devices, as well as the built-in audio hardware of your Mac desktop or laptop. Version 2.5.4 includes a few bug fixes.

Audio Switcher requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later. Version 2.5.4 costs US$4.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category. Current users can receive the free update via the Mac Store.

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04:32
EditShare Flow features scan/proxy support for 4K...

EditShare (www.editshare.com) has unveiled version 3.2 of its media asset management platform, EditShare Flow. The upgrade features scan and proxy support for 4K and image sequences, enhanced remote editing options, and new automation capabilities for transcoding and file delivery workflows.

Flow’s expanded format support means facilities like The Product Factory can better manage, preview and archive a variety of 4K formats such as ProRes 4444 XQ, Sony XAVC and RED (.R3D) files as well as "single-file-per-frame" formats including DPX, CinemaDNG, ARRIRAW, PNG and TIFF.

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04:27
Kool Tools: Stellar Partition Manager

If you need to manage partitions on Mac hard drives (including the boot volume) without causing data loss, you should check out Stellar Data Recovery (http://tinyurl.com/plc9j4s). It's a Mac volume manager that allows you to perform basic partitioning operations, such as creating, deleting, resizing, formatting, and hiding/revealing a partition.

Stellar Data Recovery allows you to create partitions of any type on your Mac hard drive. If there's scattered free space on the drive, the utility shifts the existing partitions to make sufficient space for the new partition to be created.

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04:02
iFFmpeg 5.4.3 - Convert multimedia files between...

iFFmpeg is a graphical front-end for FFmpeg, a command-line tool used to convert multimedia files between formats. The command line instructions can be very hard to master/understand, so iFFmpeg does all the hard work for you. This allows you to use FFmpeg without detailed command-line knowledge.



Version 5.4.3:

  • All available fonts for use in the 'Draw Text' video filter are now listed in the Fonts menu.
  • Fixed issue adding user presets (introduced in 5.4.2)
  • Fixed issue when running OS X 10.10.3
  • Improved scanning source file.
  • Improved audio channel specifier.
  • Better DNxHD handling.
  • Fixed issue when 'Start encoding after adding files' is enabled.
  • Fixed issue with cropping filter.
  • Fixed issue setting the Tune option for x264.
  • Fixed issue when encoding to ProRes 4444
  • Added PCM 24bit support for several containers.



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03:58
Why Popcorn Time's 'jailbreak-free'...

Popcorn Time aggregates the world’s supply of movies and television shows into a beautifully organized and searchable display. It relies on peer-to-peer distribution using BitTorrent. Unfortunately for all concerned, the supply it taps into comprises almost entirely pirated content.

It was well known that nearly all digital (and many digitized) television episodes and movies were available somewhere in the world, but putting a Netflix-like browsing interface on top of it that any ordinary user could access was a success. Popcorn Time quickly garnered millions of users. The main project was shut down over a year ago, but as it was open source, other versions forked from the original code.

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03:46
GraphicConverter 9.6.1

Maintenance update for the venerable graphic conversion and editing utility. ($39.95 new, free update, 235 MB)

 

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03:36
Pacifist 3.5.3 - Install individual files from .pkg...

Pacifist opens up .pkg installer packages, .dmg disk images, .zip, .tar. tar.gz, .tar.bz2, .pax, and .xar archives and more, and lets you extract or install individual files out of them. This is useful if you need to install just one file out of a package instead of the entire package (for example, if you deleted your Preview application and need to reinstall it, but not the whole operating system), or if you want to inspect a downloaded package to see what it will do before installing it.Pacifist can also load some archive types over HTTP, in case you want to extract just a single file from a large .zip archive without waiting for the entire archive to download. Finally, Pacifist can examine the kernel extensions installed in your system to let you see what installer installed them, and whether the installer was made by Apple or a third-party.



Version 3.5.3:

  • Added support for XIP archives
  • "Extract Subpackages..." now works on...

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03:30
Use these 7 products on your quest to take the...

No matter what your thoughts are on Kim Kardashian West, you have to admit one thing: Her selfie game is strong. Short of hiring professional photographers and lighting specialists to follow you around and snap photos, how are you supposed to compete with her high-quality Instagram stream?

The answer: Selfie hardware. The perfect selfie isn’t taken with a straight iPhone—you need extra boosters, such as fancy lighting, wireless remotes, and lenses for your iPhone’s front-facing camera, in order to master the selfie technique.

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02:49
Apple Files New Magic Trackpad Patent focused on a...

On April 9, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their ongoing work on the Magic Trackpad.

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02:11
Apple Files for the "MagSafe" Trademark as...

On April 9, 2015, the European Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest trademark filing for "MagSafe" under number 013918834 which was for yesterday. This particular MagSafe Trademark application relates to the Apple Watch ...

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Wednesday April 8

21:00
TA15-098A: AAEH

Original release date: April 09, 2015
Systems Affected

  • Microsoft Windows 95, 98, Me, 2000, XP, Vista, 7, and 8
  • Microsoft Server 2003, Server 2008, Server 2008 R2, and Server 2012

Overview

AAEH is a family of polymorphic downloaders created with the primary purpose of downloading other malware, including password stealers, rootkits, fake antivirus, and ransomware.

The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in collaboration with Europol, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Justice (DOJ), released this Technical Alert to provide further information about the AAEH botnet, along with prevention and mitigation recommendations.

Description

AAEH is often propagated across networks, removable drives (USB/CD/DVD), and through ZIP and RAR archive files. Also known as VObfus, VBObfus, Beebone or Changeup, the polymorphic malware has the ability to change its form with every...

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20:59
Sandvox 2.10 - Easily build eye-catching Web sites...

Sandvox is for Mac users who want to create a professional looking website quickly and easily. With Sandvox, you don't need to be a Web genius to build a stylish, feature-rich, standards-compliant website that's functional and user friendly. Sandvox's drag and drop interface lets you watch your website take shape and come to life as you build it. And, once finished, you can upload your site to your favorite host.

Whether you're a new website creator or a seasoned professional, you can make use of Sandvox to build the website of your dreams. New users can build a professional looking website in minutes and professional users can build an advanced, multimedia-rich site in no time at all.



Version 2.10: New Features

  • Sandvox Hosting! This version integrates with Karelia Software's new Sandvox Hosting service.
  • The Host Setup Assistant now integrates directly with...

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20:29
1Password 5.3

Improves how 1Password handles two-step verifications and adds capability to start FaceTime Audio or Skype calls. ($49.99 new, free update, 34.8 MB)

 

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20:14
Apple adds 10 new retailers to Apple Pay website,...

Apple this evening has added 10 new retailers to its Apple Pay site, bringing the total to 68 merchants. Eddy Cue revealed earlier this year that Apple Pay was available in Oracle Arena, home of the Golden State Warriors, and Apple has officially added the arena to its site tonight. Apple also officially added the Amway Center and US Airways Center to the site, although both have previously supported Apple Pay.

Other additions to the Apple Pay site include Acme, Davis Food and Drug, FireHouse Subs, GameStop, Luby’s, Rubio’s and T-Mobile retail. Apple also added fast-food chain Raley’s to the list of retailers to which Apple Pay support is coming soon.

Apple recently...

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19:19
iOS 8.3 How-to: Report iMessages as junk

If you use iMessage, it’s possible to receive junk messages due to the fact that spammers only need the email address associated with your Apple ID. You’ve always been able to report spam messages to Apple by sending an email containing a screenshot of the spam, the phone number or email address of the spammer, and the date and time it was sent. But let’s face it, most of us probably didn’t bother reporting the spam or going through that much trouble to do so. With iOS 7, Apple added the ability to...

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16:43
New Facebook Messenger web experience gets an...

Earlier today Facebook unveiled a dedicated website for its Messenger service, accompanying dedicated apps for the iPhone and iPad. Now, however, a third-party developer has taken that newly unveiled web interface and put it into a dedicated OS X desktop app.

The app is still in its early stages, but most of the base functionalities of Messenger are there. The interface is nearly identical to what you would find on Messenger.com and Facebook’s other Messenger apps. On the left hand side is a list of all your ongoing discussions, while actual message threads are displayed on the right.

As far as bugs go, the ability to upload images is current non-functioning...

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16:15
iCube

If you need to chill out after reading all those Apple Watch reviews, let me show you this wonderful new, tiny and always-be-melting Apple Computer.

Om Malik finds some of the most wonderful things.

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16:00
Google shoots themselves in the Foot in a Landmark...

Yesterday we posted a report titled "A Landmark Patent Case Opens Tomorrow that Could Affect the Entire Tech Sector and Specifically the Apple-Ericsson Battle." The report was about the intensifying battle over companies like Microsoft, Apple and Intel fighting to pay lower patent royalties for chips and wireless technology. The ...

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16:00
AWT News Update: April 8, 2015

On today's AWT News Update:

  • Miami residents are getting an updated Lincoln Road Apple Store and some art, thanks to a contemporary artist who is painting a mural at the site (see image above)
  • The Apple Watch isn't even available yet, but Apple has announced that a software update will be delivered to address some performance issues described in the many reviews that were published by major news outlets today
  • Apple is set to launch an expansion of its Prineville, Oregon data center now that the state legislature has resolved a tax issue
  • OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite arrived today, along with the new Photos app

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15:57
Apple unveils new Siri tips website as it brings...

After expanding several Siri features to 9 new countries earlier today, Apple this evening has unveiled a redesigned Siri website. The site gives a specific breakdown of what Apple’s voice assistant is capable of, as well as specific examples of questions it can answer.

Along the middle of the site are categories of Siri’s capabilities, including: At A Glance, Staying in Touch, Getting Organized, Sports, Entertainment, Out and About, Getting Answers, and Tips and Tricks. Clicking one of the categories shows specific questions Siri can answer, with accompanying screenshots. “Tips and Tricks” shows the more technical features of Siri, such as its ability to turn on Airplane mode and adjust Do Not Disturb Mode. “At a Glance” shows...

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15:27
Apple Web Server notifications

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

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15:19
Spelling and definition lookup restrictions for iOS...

iOS 8.1.3 and later include configuration profile options you can use to restrict access to spelling and definition features on supervised devices.

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15:17
Apple releases iOS 8.3 update

It’s a day of muchos updates for OS X and iOS users.

On Wednesday, Apple released version 8.3 of its iOS operating system.

The new version, a 487 megabyte download, contains a massive helping of fixes and changes. Among them are more than 300 new emoji symbols, a scrolling keyboard, additional languages for Siri and improvements to unknown number filters in iMessage.

As usual, the upgraded OS is available as an over-the-air update by going to Settings > General > Software Update on your iOS device. Users can also connect their iOS device to a Mac or Windows PC and download and install the update from there.

The update contains a fairly massive changelog, which also cites Wi-Fi...

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15:12
About Apple Configurator 1.7.2

Learn about the Apple Configurator 1.7.2 update.

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15:09
Remove unwanted adware that displays pop-up ads and...

Use these instructions to uninstall or remove ad-injection software—sometimes called adware.

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15:09
Apple and ABC are Working Intensely on a...

It's being reporting today that Apple and Walt Disney executives have been in intensified negotiations in recent weeks over such things as ...

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15:06
How to use Photos for OS X: The ultimate guide

This is a really comprehensive guide from Rene Ritchie and his crew. If you have any questions, this is the best place to start.

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15:02
About OS X Server 4.1

Learn about changes included in the OS X Server v4.1 Update.

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14:50
If Photos can’t copy or create a library

If the Photos app shows any of these alert messages when you first open Photos or migrate an existing iPhoto or Aperture library, follow these instructions.

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14:43
Disney, Apple Arguing Over Channels to be Included...

Disney is one of the partners Apple is working with on its upcoming streaming television service, and according to a new report from The Street, Disney and Apple are disagreeing over how many Disney-owned channels will be available in Apple's television content bundle.

Disney is pushing Apple to include most of its channel offerings, while Apple wants to offer fewer channels in an effort to keep prices lower. Disney's channels include ESPN and Disney Channel, along with several spinoffs channels like Disney Junior, Disney XD, ESPN2, ESPN Classic, and more. Disney also owns ABC channels that Apple feels are essential, like ABC Family, so Apple may be forced to agree to offer more Disney channels to ensure negotiations go smoothly.

Disney is said to be asking...

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14:42
Kickstarter transparency report shows crowdfunding...

If you've noticed a crowdfunding project that was ripping off someone else's work to make a pitch, you're not alone. Kickstarter has posted its first transparency report, and it notes that there were 282 Digital Millennium Copyright Act takedown requ...

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14:27
About the security content of iOS 8.3

This document describes the security content of iOS 8.3.

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14:19
Popcorn Time's movie piracy app works on iOS...

Popcorn Time's piracy-centric streaming video service just got a little too easy to access on the go. The outfit has released an installer that lets you use the peer-to-peer app on iOS devices without jailbreaking (that is, loosening restrictions tho...

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14:09
Apple security updates

This document outlines security updates for Apple products.

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14:08
Report iMessages that look like spam or junk

If you get iMessages that look like spam or junk, you can report these to Apple.

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14:03
Twitter revamps trends to explain why a topic is...

Peeking at what's trending on Twitter ensures you don't miss anything, but sometimes a hashtag's meaning isn't obvious. For those strange-looking acronyms, subjects and unfamiliar names, the 140-character social network tweaked the way its Android an...

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14:03
Apple Launches Comprehensive New Siri Website With...

Apple today launched a newly updated Siri website, which gives a comprehensive look at the voice assistant built into the company's iOS devices. The site opens with a quick overview of what Siri can do, and then provides users with a list of categories featuring Siri's different abilities: At a Glance, Staying in Touch, Getting Organized, Sports, Entertainment, Out and About, Getting Answers, and Tips and Tricks.

Talk to Siri as you would to a friend and it can help you get things done -- like sending messages, placing calls, or making dinner reservations. You can ask Siri to show you the Orion constellation or to flip a coin. Siri works hands-free, so you can ask it to show you the best route home and what your ETA is while driving. And it's connected to the world, working with Wikipedia, Yelp, Rotten Tomatoes, Shazam, and other online services to get you even more answers. The more you use Siri, the more you'll realize how...

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14:02
About the security content of Xcode 6.3

This document describes the security content of Xcode 6.3.

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14:00
Apple expands Siri support to 9 new countries,...

As part of its iOS 8.3 rollout on Wednesday, Apple flipped the switch on various Siri features in nine new countries, while adding CarPlay capabilities in select locales

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13:51
Security Update 2015-004 (Mountain Lion, Mavericks)

Wide-ranging list of vulnerability fixes mirrors many of those patched by 10.10.3 Yosemite. (Free, various sizes)

 

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13:51
Safari 8.0.5, 7.1.5, and 6.2.5

Updates for three versions of Apple’s Web browser improve AutoFill compatibility and patch several security vulnerabilities. (Free)

 

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13:36
Uber's breathalyzer kiosk gets you a ride home...

Uber sees its ridesharing service as an ideal way to get you home safely when you're drunk, and it's trying out some relatively unique technology to prove its point. The company recently set up an Uber Safe kiosk in Toronto that gave sloshed Canadian...

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13:33
iOS 8.3 update appears, and it's a big one!

This morning, the update du jour was that for Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10.3. Now iOS 8.3 has become available, and the 291 MB (at least on my iPhone 6 Plus) update is chock full of improved performance, bug fixes, and -- most importantly -- a redesigned Emoji keyboard.

Here is a series of screenshots of the release notes from iOS 8.3 detailing all of the new or revised features:


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13:32
Sony Plans to Expand Camera Sensor Plants to Meet...

Sony Corporation announced yesterday that it plans to further invest in Sony Semiconductor Corporation's Nagasaki and Yamagata Technology Centers in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016 ("FY15") in order to increase its production capacity for stacked CMOS image sensors.

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13:20
Engadget's new buyer's guide picks: the...

It's been one busy month for reviews: Engadget has published seven in the past four weeks alone. That means we've got quite a few additions to our various buyer's guides. First up: the HTC One M9. No, we don't like the camera quite as much as the Ult...

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13:02
Patent Case Could Shift Power Balance In Tech...

An anonymous reader writes A lawsuit between Apple and Google could drastically change the power balance between patent holders and device makers. "The dispute centers on so-called standard-essential patents, which cover technology that is included in industry-wide technology standards. Since others have to use the technology if they want their own products to meet an industry standard, the companies that submit their patents for approval by standards bodies are required to license them out on 'reasonable and non-discriminatory',(paywalled) or RAND, terms." If Apple wins, the understanding of what fees are RAND may decrease by at least an order of magnitude.


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13:00
Blizzard blocks 'World of Warcraft' and...

Players in Crimea can no longer access Battle.net, the service that houses Blizzard games World of Warcraft, Diablo 3, Hearthstone and others, The Moscow Times reports. Blizzard blocked its games in response to US sanctions against Crimea -- Google, ...

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12:52
Early Reviews Give Apple Watch One and a Half Thumbs...


The prelaunch reviews of the Apple Watch are out, and though they're generally favorable, they include a few niggling complaints. A select group of reviewers were loaned an Apple Watch for a week. Overall, their consensus is that it's a fine device for tracking health and fitness, it's great for making digital payments, and it has excellent battery life. Also, taking phone calls on the Apple Watch was easier than they expected. However, it took reviewers some time to figure out what to do with the device and how to do it.

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12:50
iOS 8.3 Triggers an Avalanche of Improvements

With iOS 8.3, Apple is offering a collection of new emoji, as well as a plethora of performance, security, and stability improvements that users will be glad to see.

 

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12:47
Apple Releases OS X 10.10.3 with Photos

Apple has released OS X 10.10.3 with the new Photos app, a plethora of new emoji, and various bug fixes.

 

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12:45
Apple releases iOS 8.3

Apple has released iOS 8.3 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. It includes performance improvements, bug fixes, and a tweaked emoji keyboard with more than 300 new emoji.

iOS 8.3 allows you to start speaker phone calls via Siri commands. The "personal digital assistant" also now recognizes languages like Portuguese, Russian, Thai, and Turkish.

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12:42
Umask fixed in Yosemite: OSX 10.10.3

Tags: umask

Finally!

Yes, Apple has restored the ability to set a user and system umask in OS X 10.10.3. This is a huge fix for users of shared storage. Xsan and all SANs where users want to be able to share files, projects and all things without using ACLs or any LDAP directory. Anyone using shared storage have been demanding this since the upgrade to Yosemite. 10.10.3 is out today and we will be happy.

This is the new way:

sudo launchctl config user umask nnn

sudo launchctl config system umask nnn

Replace nnn with the value you want to set.

Reference: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201684

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12:30
Dell will sell a bigger version of its flagship...

You might not think of Dell as a big name in tablets -- not on the level of, say, Apple or Samsung. In fact, though, the once-stodgy PC maker sells one of our favorite Android tabs, the Venue 8 7000, which won a Best of CES award and earned a strong ...

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12:26
Hillary Clinton recruits a Google exec as her chief...

Hillary Clinton may not have even formally announced that she's running for President yet, but that isn't stopping her from gearing up for what should be a very tech-heavy election. Both the Washington Post and Reuters claim that the former Secretary...

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12:17
EE's WiFi calling service now works on iPhones...

Remember the other day when we said EE's seamless WiFi calling feature was launching on April 10th? Well, there's been a slight change of plan, as the service is available right now on compatible iPhones (the 5s, 5c, 6 and 6 Plus). WiFi calling was o...

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12:11
Facebook Messenger brings fragmented communication...

Wish you could have the Facebook Messenger experience somewhere other than your mobile device? Pine no more because now it's available on the web (it's a platform now, remember?). As Slashgear notes, it's essentially the app experience but living ins...

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12:04
Podcast: It's New Stuff Week, and Apple's...

It's New Everything Week at Apple, with preorders beginning Friday for the Apple Watch. (Susie still isn't sure which one to get, but she's narrowed it down to three. OK, four.) Also launching this week is the new MacBook and its tiny USB-C port, which Glenn can't wait to test. Oh, and some movies on the iTunes Store, something about a war in the stars? Could be good.

We also take another chance to point and giggle at CurrentC (QR codes, seriously, those never cease to make us chuckle), and talk about whether the rumored new Apple TV needs 4K, or if our broadband can even handle that.

Show notes

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11:30
64-bit Requirement for App Updates

As a reminder, beginning June 1, 2015 app updates submitted to the App Store must include 64-bit support and be built with the iOS 8 SDK. To enable 64-bit in your project, we recommend using the default Xcode build setting of “Standard architectures” to build a single binary with both 32-bit and 64-bit code. For more information, read the 64-Bit Transition Guide for Cocoa Touch.

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11:30
64-bit Requirement for App Updates

As a reminder, beginning June 1, 2015 app updates submitted to the App Store must include 64-bit support and be built with the iOS 8 SDK. To enable 64-bit in your project, we recommend using the default Xcode build setting of “Standard architectures” to build a single binary with both 32-bit and 64-bit code. For more information, read the 64-Bit Transition Guide for Cocoa Touch.

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11:20
Apple Unleashed an In-Your-Face Apple Watch Media...

Today Apple gave big media the green light to post their Apple Watch reviews to positively promote Apple Watch in each and every way. Most reviewers loved the Apple Watch with a few minor negatives ...

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10:57
Pump up your messages with hundreds of new emoji in...

Emoji have become a key part of the way many of us communicate, but everyone knows the symbols aren’t inclusive. An emoji redesign has been in the works for quite some time, and now the results have landed on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch with Wednesday’s release of iOS 8.3.

Now you have access to more than 300 new emoji plus a new scrolling keyboard, so you don’t have to tap through pages to find the symbol that expresses your deepest thoughts. (Or what you had for lunch.)

iOS 8.3 is more diverse across the board, with Siri now able to recognize new languages like Thai, Russian, Turkish, Portuguese, and more.

There are a few other interesting changes, like the addition of filtering to wall out unknown numbers in iMessage. You can also report messages as junk to Apple.

To read this article in full or to...

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10:40
Apple releases OS X 10.10.3 Update

This may be the update you’ve been hankering for.

On Wednesday, Apple released its OS X 10.10.3 update. The update, which can be downloaded via the App Store, introduces Photos for OS X and adds the following fixes and changes:

- Adds over 300 new Emoji characters.

- Adds Spotlight suggestions to Look Up.

- Prevents Safari from saving website favicon URLs used in Private Browsing.

- Improves stability and security in Safari.

- Improves Wi-Fi performance and connectivity in various usage scenarios.

- Improves compatibility with captive Wi-Fi network environments.

- Fixes an issue that might cause Bluetooth devices to disconnect.

- Improves...

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10:29
Create Booklet is a new PDF booklet creation tool...

TheKeptPromise has introduced Create Booklet 1.0 (http://tinyurl.com/nyvqmx7), its new PDF booklet creation solution for Mac OS X.

Create Booklet is both an application and PDF Service that allows you to create a booklet "off almost anything from almost anywhere." It puts your pages side by side re-sorted for booklet printing.

Create Booklet requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later. It's being offered at the special introductory price of US$4.99 (50% off) and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.

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10:23
Apple launches OS X 10.10.3, introduces new emojis...

Apple released the latest version of Yosemite on Wednesday, ushering in a wave of new features. OS X 10.10.3 includes the all-new Photos app—which we got a sneak peak of during the introduction of Yosemite during Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in 2014—plus 300 new diversified emoji. The update also includes a new “look up” panel with Spotlight suggestions, and several other improvements. We got to see some of these features when OS X 10.10.3’s public beta dropped in February, but now the update is available for everyone to install.

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10:20
Apple iOS 8.3 - The latest version of Apple's...

The latest version of iOS can be downloaded through iTunes.

Apple iOS 8 comes with big updates to apps you use every day, like Messages and Photos. A whole new way to share content with your family. And exciting new connections between apps and between devices. All that and more make iOS 8 the biggest iOS release ever.

Photos. The all-new Photos app makes it simpler than ever to find and rediscover your favorite photos with new search features and smart albums that organize your photos for you. And you can make every shot look even better immediately after you've taken it with powerful new editing tools, no matter your skill level.

Messages. Now Messages lets you connect with friends and family like never before. Tap to add your voice to any conversation. Send a video of what you're seeing the moment you're seeing it. And easily share your location so they know right where you are.

Design....

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10:18
Karelia announces Sandvox hosting and ships Sandvox...

Karelia Software has shipped Sandvox 2.10 and announced a new Sandvox Hosting service.

Sandvox 2.10 now provides access to the new Sandvox Hosting service in this update to the website building software for OS X. New Sandvox Hosting provides fundamental hosting from directly within Sandvox, integrated and optimized for hosting most Sandvox sites.

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10:16
iOS 8.3 released with fixes for performance and just...

Just a month after adding Apple Watch support with iOS 8.2, Apple has released iOS 8.3 with a larger and much more wide-ranging list of fixes. The update is available as an over-the-air update or through iTunes for any device running iOS 8, including the iPhone 4S, 5, 5C, 5S, 6, and 6 Plus; all iPads except the first-generation model; and the fifth-generation iPod Touch.

The most noticeable fixes, especially for those with older iDevices, will be the performance improvements. Apple claims it has improved general app launch times and responsiveness, as well as specific performance improvements for Messages, Wi-Fi, Control Center, Safari tabs, third-party keyboards, keyboard shortcuts, and the Simplified Chinese keyboard.

The biggest feature update is the new emoji keyboard, also released today as part of OS X 10....

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10:06
Apple releases OS X 10.10.3 with new Photos app,...

Apple has just released the final version of OS X 10.10.3, the latest major update for OS X Yosemite. The update was first available to the public as a beta build back in early March, and it follows a little over three months after OS X 10.10.2. You can view the full release notes on Apple's site here.

The star of this update is the new Photos app, an OS X version of the photo viewing and editing app included with iOS. It primarily functions as a replacement for iPhoto, the basic photo app included with the iLife suite for years before becoming available for free for all new Macs. It also replaces Aperture, Apple's pro photo editing app—though it...

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09:28
OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 - Apple's latest...

OS X Yosemite is Apple's newest operating system for Mac.

An elegant design that feels entirely fresh, yet inherently familiar. The apps you use every day, enhanced with new features. And a completely new relationship between your Mac and iOS devices. OS X Yosemite will change how you see your Mac. And what you can do with it.

Redesigned interface.

With OS X Yosemite, we set out to elevate the experience of using a Mac. To do that, we looked at the entire system and refined it app by app. Feature by feature. Pixel by pixel. And we built great new capabilities into the interface that put need-to-know information at your fingertips. The result is that your Mac has a fresh new look, with all the power and simplicity you know and love.

Powerful built-in apps.

One of the best things about a Mac is that it comes loaded with state-of-the-art, beautifully designed apps you’ll love to use every day. In OS X Yosemite, those apps give you...

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09:00
5 easy and powerful Excel features you may not know...

Today’s post on Excel was written by Purna Duggirala president of chandoo.org.

We all know that Excel is packed with tons of powerful features, libraries of formulas and galleries of interesting charts, making it one of the most useful tools for business analysts. I believe that, among the great secrets of Excel, there are several that are easy to use and quickly add value to your work. Let’s take a look at these features—what I like to call the low-hanging fruit— including Sparklines, Conditional Formatting, Slicers and a few simple but useful formulas you may not have noticed.

Sparklines

Sparklines, first introduced in Excel 2010, are charts that provide simple visualization representations of trends across a row of your data—in a single worksheet cell. Sparklines offer excellent real-estate savings on crowded dashboard worksheets and can be extremely insightful for the amount of space used. This feature is unbelievably cool and ridiculously...

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09:00
Introducing Exchange Online Advanced Threat...

Today’s post on Exchange Online was written by Shobhit Sahay, technical product manager for the Office 365 team.

Today, Office 365 provides robust email protection against spam, viruses and malware with Exchange Online Protection (EOP). But as hackers around the globe launch increasingly sophisticated attacks, many organizations are seeking tools that provide advanced protection. That’s why we are pleased to introduce Exchange Online Advanced Threat Protection (ATP), a new email filtering service that provides additional protection against specific types of advanced threats. ATP is currently in private preview and is expected to be available this summer as an optional service for Office 365 commercial customers

ATP for Exchange Online delivers the following benefits:

  • Protection...
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09:00
Choosing Office 365 to empower graduates to compete...

Today’s post on Office 365 was written by Nguyen Thi Minh Thuy, principal at Nguyen Sieu School.

As the principal of Nguyen Sieu School, one of the first private schools established in Vietnam, I feel tremendous responsibility to continuously improve the traditions established over the last 25 years, while introducing new approaches. I believe in student-centered learning and an increased emphasis on teaching English. My goal is to retain the traditional values of Vietnamese culture and learning, while equipping students to become global citizens. We have made great strides, becoming the first Vietnamese school to achieve accreditation with Cambridge International Examinations. In so doing, we have joined an international network of schools, which brings opportunities to equip our students with the confidence to compete with their international...

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08:43
First Apple Watch unboxing videos begin to surface

The very first Apple Watch unboxing videos have surfaced.

An unboxing video has surfaced from French web site Metronews, showing the unpacking of a rounded rectangular box nestled inside a square outer one. The rounded box contains the 42mm Watch held on its side, with a buyer’s chosen band type already attached.

The video is short, but confirms that photos of the packaging shared yesterday were legitimate, with a squat, square box housing the MagSafe charging cable in its bottommost compartment and the actual Watch in its own plastic-looking box separate from the rest of the packaging.

Here’s the video and let us know what you think in the comments:

The...

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08:40
Will it be a Rocky Road for Apple Pay outside the U....

While the news on Apple Pay has been generally positive to date, a new Reuters report today questions if Apple will be able to translate their U.S. success to Europe, Asia and other key markets.

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08:37
The early word on Apple Watch: It's not a must-...

Apple is wading into uncertain territory with its smartwatch, which is an entirely new product category for the company and one that doesn’t seem immediately necessary for most people to buy. Though the same could be said of pretty much any tech gadget, the Apple Watch’s high price point—some models cost as much as an entry-level car—has many people asking: Why do I need one?

Well, you don’t, according to early reviews from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and other mainstream outlets. But that doesn’t mean you won’t want one. Apple opens up preorders for Apple Watch on Friday, so these advance looks at the watch from major publications are designed to show everyone why the Watch is worth buying. And for some, it might not be. But these early reviews indicate that the Apple Watch is a beautiful, useful device, even if it’s...

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08:14
The Tech Block publishes ever-growing Apple Watch...

If you’re looking for as many reviews as humanly possible about the Apple Watch before running out and snagging your own unit, you’re in luck.

The cool cats over at The Tech Block have begun compiling a full roundup of as many published reviews about the wearable as possible. The collection includes YouTube videos, summaries and links to the articles themselves and promises to keep growing as additional pieces are published to the Web.

At present, the roundup features reviews from The Verge, Bloomberg, CNET, the New York Times, Techpinions, Daring Fireball, the Wall Street Journal, Recode, Mashable and Yahoo Tech.

If you’re looking for someone’s...

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07:56
New York Times Apple Watch review hits, cites...

The New York Times has come out the door swinging with one of the very first Apple Watch reviews. The piece, penned by Farhad Manjoo, focuses on what works with the watch, what doesn’t and what needs improvement.

It also makes some fairly salient points in that it cites the author’s initial hesitancy about the device, the learning curve, who it’s designed around and what to expect from it.

Perhaps the most interesting point the piece makes is that it helped wean the author away from his smartphone to a degree. Manjoo points out that since the adoption of smartphones in our lives, we’re constantly...

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07:26
Google, Apple and Microsoft Squirm As Global Tax...

An anonymous reader writes: Google, Apple and Microsoft chiefs were hauled in front of an Australian Senate Committee on Wednesday and forced to answer questions about their tax dodging structures. "Under questioning from Greens Senator Christine Milne, [Google's Maile Carnegie] revealed none of the revenue derived from Google's lucrative advertising business is taxed in Australia, rather it is booked in Singapore where the corporate tax rate is set at 17 per cent, as opposed to Australia's 30 per cent. ... However in the strongest defense yet of the company's complex tax structure, Ms Carnegie attempted to highlight the hypocrisy of criticising global technology companies for using the same approach that Australian mining firms, like Rio Tinto, use when deriving profits from China. 'These are international tax arrangements and what Google is doing in Australia is very very similar to what Australian companies are doing outside of Australia. I am not sitting here today trying to...

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07:08
Bartender 1.2.35 - Organize your menu bar apps. (...

Bartender lets you organize your menu bar apps.

Features:

  • Lets you tidy your menu bar apps how you want.
  • See your menu bar apps when you want.
  • Hide the apps you need to run, but do not need to see.
  • Have the clean looking menu bar you want.
  • Rearrange your menu bar items as you wish.

Bartender lets you organize your menu bar apps by hiding them, rearranging them, or moving them to Bartender's Bar. You can display the full menu bar, set options to have menu bar items show in the menu bar when they have updated, or have them always visible in Bartender's Bar.

There are loads of ways to configure Bartender to perform as you wish. Give it a go and find out.



Version 1.2.35: New Features / Improvements

  • Performance Improvements - We continue to make Bartender work faster and use less resources.

Bug Fixes

  • Menu items...

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07:03
“Popcorn Time” iOS app doesn’t require jailbreak

Semi-legal video streaming app Popcorn Time is coming to iOS with a new version that can be installed without users needing to jailbreak their phones or tablets—but with all the legal risks and ethical problems of actually using it still in place.

Although Popcorn Time already existed for Apple users, it required them to circumvent their devices' protections and then install a third-party alternative to the App Store, both of which voided any warranties with the manufacturer. The 1.2 Beta iOS app avoids these steps entirely.

Despite not needing to jailbreak, you still won't find the app on the official iOS App Store listings—there's no way the Apple gatekeepers would ever allow it onto the platform unless it went completely legit, as anime streaming service Crunchyroll did years...

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06:47
Microsoft's Surface Hybrid-Tablet is Still a...

Last May we posted a report titled "Microsoft's Surface: Tablets that make no Sense or Dollars," that was followed by a second report in October titled "Microsoft's Surface Pro is Still a Loser in the Bigger Picture." Both reports showed how Microsoft's Surface was a loser even after re-marketing it as a hybrid notebook to foolishly try to take on Apple's MacBook Air. Microsoft is going to take another crack ...

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06:44
The Apple Watch

Apple Watch is, in many ways, the Bizarro iPhone — in some ways parallel and similar, but in others, the inverse, the opposite.

Both were introduced as three things in one. Steve Jobs, introducing the iPhone back in 2007: “The first one is a widescreen iPod with touch controls. The second is a revolutionary mobile phone. And the third is a breakthrough Internet communications device.” Tim Cook, introducing the Apple Watch: “In addition to being a beautiful object, Apple Watch is the most advanced timepiece ever created, it’s a revolutionary new way to connect with others, and it’s a comprehensive health and fitness companion.”

An iPod, a phone, and an “Internet communicator”.

A watch, a “new way to connect with each other”, and a health and fitness companion.

The iPhone...

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06:25
Now that’s marketing!

Duncan Robson makes YouTube supercut videos and is taking to Patreon to seek funding to keep making them. What’s a supercut video? Watch.

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06:22
Kool Tools: 12-inch Travel Express MacBook Case

WaterField Designs (www.sfbags.com) has refreshed its MacBook Retina Travel Express with new colors and materials in a custom size for the 12-inch MacBook.

The new Travel Express maintains the compact and light feel, the scratch-free customized interior pockets, and the impact-resistant insert from the original case. The updated case is custom-sized for Apple's most up-to-date MacBook and comes in new, modern materials and colors. MacBook users can now choose an all-black ballistic nylon, a tan waxed canvas, or a black, blue or red soft perforated nylon case to complement their wardrobe.

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06:18
Fast Company’s profile of HBO and HBO CEO Richard...

Part industry analysis and part interview, this Fast Company profile is a well crafted and extremely entertaining read.

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06:08
External Link: The Official Guide to Cleaning Your...

Apple has released a support article with instructions for cleaning all of your Apple products: iPhones, iPads, iPods, Macs, cases, displays, and even peripherals. Most of the advice is common sense, but it’s a good idea to check before you clean so you don’t accidentally damage your devices.

 

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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06:00
Daily Deals for April 8, 2015, featuring TurnPlay...

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

Hardware and Accessory Deals

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05:57
∞ Ask Siri which Apple Watch to get

The iHeartApple2 blog asked Siri:

“Which Apple Watch should I get?”

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05:50
Samsung caught hiring fans to attend their S6 Edge...

WantChinaTimes:

South Korean smartphone giant Samsung paid people to pretend to be its fans at a press conference for its products’ release on Friday, reports Shanghai-based news outlet the Paper.

How is it possible Samsung did this and did not know they’d get caught?

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05:48
Apple Watch review roundup: the best smartwatch yet...

Apple has just lifted the embargo on the Apple Watch for reviewers, allowing the technology press the to give their verdict on the device ahead of Watch preorders on the 10th. The device will actually be available to the public on the 24th. The Apple Watch is a huge release for Apple, its first new product category under Tim Cook. The anticipation for Apple Watch has been simply immense. The pricing model alone is a huge step for the company, entering ‘high-end’ luxury for the first time with the Apple Watch Edition … and a price tag in the $10,000 range. These reviews are our first glance at whether Apple succeeded in making the next hit product.

Reviewers got a demo of the entire Apple Watch buying process, from the initial Apple Store try-on experience right through to handling the device for a few days. Reviewers got to choose their watch-band combination,...

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05:36
The evolution of Apple’s Map and Spotlight location...

Developer Rusty Mitchell is obsessed with Apple’s Map and Spotlight icons. Lots of interesting bits in this blog post.

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05:35
Apple Watch Review Roundup: Future of the Wrist, But...

Apple has given members of the media several hands-on experiences with the Apple Watch following its special events, but ahead of Apple Watch pre-orders, select sites have been able to get a much closer look at the device. Apple has provided multiple publications with Apple Watch review units, giving them a chance to spend multiple days with the watch, and they've now shared their opinions in reviews published today.

Apple Watch has received favorable reviews, but isn't for everyone (Image: CNET)
We've rounded up tidbits from several of the best reviews in order to give MacRumors readers a look at the Apple Watch from the perspective of those who have finally had a chance to use it extensively. The roundup includes reviews and opinions from The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Verge, Re/code, Yahoo Tech and...

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05:01
OS X 10.10.3 With All-New Photos App Launching Later...

OS X 10.10.3 with the all-new Photos app will be available Wednesday as a free software update for Mac users, according to The Associated Press. The news organization mentioned the release date as part of its in-depth release about the all-new Photos for OS X app, which it praised for making basic photo editing easy."Procrastinate no more. Apple's new Photos app for Mac computers, available Wednesday as a free software update, makes it easy to organize and edit your pictures. The app, which replaces iPhoto, bundles professional-level tools such as granular color correction into one free consumer package."OS X 10.10.3 will be available through Software Update in the Mac App Store.

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05:00
The Week in Mac Accessories: Woodcrafted wonders and...

Woodcrafted wonders

This week’s roundup includes Monoprice’s first batch of USB-C cables, plus a couple of new products from Grovemade, whose woodcrafted accessories for Mac add luxury and class to a product that already has plenty of both.

Aecraft

The $106 MacBook Sleeve is built for the 11-inch MacBook Air—made of natural Merino wool felt and full-grained vegetable-tanned leather in Belgium. It has no zipper, so no danger of scratches on your laptop; instead, magnets seal up your Apple computer nice and tight.

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05:00
Flexible Aluminum-Ion Battery Recharges in 60 Seconds


Stanford University researchers on Tuesday revealed they had stumbled onto a breakthrough that could lead to the adoption of fast-charging, long-lasting batteries in the near future. The turning point occurred when the researchers were trying out materials to serve as a cathode, and they began experimenting with graphite. Using one of the aluminum-ion prototypes, they were able to charge a battery comparable to one used in a smartphone, in roughly 1 minute.

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04:44
Cloud-DVR subscribers worldwide will increase to 24...

New data from Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) shows the total number of cloud-DVR subscribers worldwide will exceed 4.6 million in 2015 and total 24 million by 2018.

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04:24
Kool Tools: AKVIS Points for Mac OS X

AKVIS 's AKVIS Points 1.0 for Mac OS X and Windows turns images into pointillism paintings. This painting technique is characterized by applying of separate brush strokes in the form of dots or spots.

A complex hue is decomposed into individual colors, which are displayed on the canvas as dotted strokes, small dabs of paint of pure color. The optical mixing of these dots provides a visual perception of an entire painting.

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04:03
The Second Apple Store in Hangzhou China Opens on...

Apple Store number 14 in China opened in Hangzhou on January 24. Apple is scheduled to open a second store in Hangzhou on April 24, 2015

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03:34
Chromium 41.0.2272.118 - Fast and stable open-source...

Chromium is an open-source browser project that aims to build a safer, faster, and more stable way for all Internet users to experience the web.

FreeSMUG-Free OpenSource Mac User Group build is based on the stable Chromium code plus "Check for Updates..." command.



Version 41.0.2272.118:

  • Contains four security fixes



  • OS X 10.6 or later



Download Now

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Tuesday April 7

22:25
Using Apple Earphones with Remote with iPod shuffle...

This document is for iPod shuffle (3rd generation and later).

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21:42
Internet connection does not work with an IP address...

Your Mac, iOS device, or Apple TV cannot access the Internet with an IP address of 169.254.xxx.xxx (where xxx represents a number from 0 to 255).

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21:06
Remove the SIM card from your iPhone or iPad

Learn how to remove the SIM card from your iPhone or iPad.

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20:59
Boom 2 1.1.2 - System-wide pro volume booster and...

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

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

Boom 2 is a pro audio app that:

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

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

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20:59
rekordbox 3.2.1.3231 - Professional DJ music...

rekordbox is the best way of preparing and managing your tracks, be it at home, in the studio, or even on the plane! It allows you to import music from other music-management software using the Bridge function, or by simply adding them into the software for management. rekordbox will work out the BPM and allow you to set hot-cue and loop points into the track, utilizing a full beat grid view in advance, as well as color-coding your music and adding all the ID3 information so it appears automatically later on any rekordbox-enabled Pioneer DJ player.

Working with rekordbox also means that when tracks are exported to a USB key or SD card (CDJ-2000NXS and CDJ-2000 only), the waveforms are loaded instantly. Record your cue, loop, and set history during your set and recall them in rekordbox later. If you enable the Quantize feature within the CDJ-2000NXS/CDJ-2000/CDJ-900NXS/CDJ-900, then rekordbox makes loop and cue points snap to the beat (1ms accurate), ensuring...

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20:34
Apple to open second store in Hangzhou, China on...

Apple on Tuesday announced the upcoming opening of a second store in Hangzhou, China, scheduled to start serving customers on April 24, the same day Apple Watch is slated to launch.

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17:31
Oopsie: Apple Watch packaging pics show up online

A series of photos have surfaced on social media today that provide a first look at what could be the retail packaging for the Apple Watch and individual bands. Instagram user Jeremy Gan posted the photos to his profile, which he has since switched to private, this afternoon. The photos appear to show a 42mm stainless steel Apple Watch with Milanese Loop propped on a stand within its official packaging, alongside a brown leather band in a separate box.

Gan works for the Daily Mail, so the pics could very well be genuine. Somehow I don’t think he was supposed to post these pics to social media.

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17:02
Photos of supposed Apple Watch, accessory strap...

Weeks ahead of Apple's official Apple Watch launch date, a number of photos hit the Web on Tuesday allegedly revealing the device's packaging, as well as a first look at accesosry wrist bands.

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17:00
The Backerjack Podcast, Episode 13: More USBs,...

In Episode 13 of the Backerjack Podcast, Steve and Ross check out four of the latest products seeking funds and preorders.

  • SnapPower, a replacement outlet cover that adds a USB port in seconds
  • Octodon, a wild smartphone keyboard that uses magnetic disks mounted to an unfolding smartphone extension
  • Codie, a little robot loaded with treads and loaded with sensors that's programmed with an iPhone

Many thanks to SnapPower for sponsoring this episode! Please support its ...

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16:37
Retail Packaging for Apple Watch and Bands...

A series of photos have surfaced on social media today that provide a first look at what could be the retail packaging for the Apple Watch and individual bands. Instagram user Jeremy Gan posted the photos to his profile this afternoon, showing off what appears to be a 42mm stainless steel Apple Watch with Milanese Loop within its official packaging and brown leather band in a separate box.

We cannot guarantee the veracity of these photos, and it is entirely possible that the retail packaging is not official. The long, narrow box for the Apple Watch band in particular appears consistent with an image that appeared on Apple's jobs page last month, which at the time was speculated to be retail packaging for bands. We'll update the post as we learn more details about the authenticity of these photos.

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16:37
Packaging for Apple Watch & bands shown off in...



The Apple Watch goes up for pre-order this coming Friday, but an Instagram user this evening has provided us with the first images of the device’s box. The images, which appear to have been posted from New York City, show the box for the 42mm stainless steel Apple Watch with the Milanese Loop band. The Apple Watch pictured appears to have been sourced to UK newspaper The Daily Mail.

A separate image...

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16:08
Intel Looking for a Hit with their New $149 Computer...

We were the first to report in North America last month that Microsoft was testing a New PC Stick Concept in Korea. Surprisingly, the PC Stick isn't just for Korea. Intel may be ramping up production of the Compute Stick quicker than some thought.

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16:00
Accessible Apple: Using the "Additional Notes...

With the Apple Watch preview coming this Friday, Apple Stores will begin offering fitting appointments. According to 9to5Mac's Apple Watch Appointment FAQ, appointments can be booked through Apple.com or through the Apple Store app. I imagine that the process will be similar to that used to book Genius Bar appointments. An Apple sales representative I spoke to earlier today confirmed that an Apple ID will be required in order to book an appointment.

The fact that Apple has made the Apple Watch try-on available by appointment only brings up an opportunity to discuss an often overlooked feature of most appointment/pickup systems -- the "Additional Notes" field. This field can be a great place to add information that can help the group or individual you are interacting with to better...

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15:45
Monoprice undercuts Apple with $10 USB-C cables

Cables—every nerd has a shoebox full of them, but never the one that’s really, really needed. For that, we have Monoprice. The online retailer is our go-to source for cheap but sturdy cables of all kinds, even Apple-licensed MFI (Made for iPhone) cables.

And now it’ll be our go-to source for USB-C cables for the new MacBook as well. On Tuesday, Monoprice announced USB-C cables for the new MacBook and the new Chromebook Pixel...

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15:30
The Week in Mac Apps: Logoist 2, Affinity Designer,...

Logoist 2, Affinity Designer, Mocha Keyboard, and more

This week’s roundup of new Mac apps is jam packed with great design tools, music programs, and photo apps—plus a finance app thrown in for good measure.

Affinity Designer 1.2

Serif’s $50 Affinity Designer (Mac App Store Link) helps you create eye-catching vector graphics with an intuitive and highly functional interface.

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14:41
Samsung Advances their Wide-Band Smartwatch in new...

The whole craze for a future smartwatch really picked up momentum once Apple's early 2013 patent application came to light. The invention provided us with a broad stroke of conceptual ideas regarding a wide-band computer display worn on a user's wrist. Samsung countered that with a patent application filing in September 2013 ....

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14:33
Set up and use Third-party Bluetooth accessories

Learn how to pair your iOS device with your Bluetooth accessories so you can stream phone calls, music, videos, and more.

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14:30
AWT News Update: April 7, 2015

In today's news:

  • Adobe announces Document Cloud, which can best be described as "Acrobat in the cloud" for editing and signing PDF files
  • Researchers at Stanford University have made a prototype aluminum-ion battery that has significant benefits over today's lithium-ion batteries
  • HBO NOW has gone live on Apple TV, iPad, and iPhone
  • Plan on ordering an Apple Watch or 12-inch MacBook online, as Apple Store employees want to avoid lines at the stores

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13:43
Gadget Ogling: Dashing Buttons, a Plug-In PC and a...


Amazon Dash is a series of WiFi connected buttons you dot around your home for various products. Once you run out, hit the button, and Amazon will ship out more of what you need. Run out of things like trash bags, razors, detergent, diapers, paper towels, dog food or toilet paper, and Amazon can ship you more at the touch of a button. It's wonderfully simple and a shining example of how the Internet of Things can better and enrich our lives beyond letting us open a door with a smartphone tap or changing the color of light in a room with an app.

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13:30
60-Second Tips: Safari's Reading List

It happens all the time - you're surfing the web and you find the article that you just have to keep for posterity. You could always bookmark the page for future reference, but sometimes articles are deleted or -- even worse -- changed beyond recognition when the author decides to backslide on his or her original opinion. In today's 60-Second Tip, I'll show you just how easy it is to use Safari's Reading List feature to save complete web pages for offline reading or future reference.

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13:25
How to combine multiple audio interfaces by creating...

By creating an aggregate device, you can use more than one audio interface at the same time with audio applications like Logic, MainStage, or most other Core Audio-compliant applications.

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12:54
Get help with multiple-NAT configurations for Back...

In these cases, your routers could be providing too many layers of NAT. A multiple-NAT configuration happens when at least one router in the network is connected to another router, and each one provides NAT. For example, if your cable modem is providing NAT, and you connect an AirPort Base Station to the modem using the default AirPort settings, the AirPort Base Station might provide another layer of NAT.
To resolve the issue, follow the steps below. If you're on a corporate network, contact your network administrator for help.

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12:51
About Location Services in OS X and Safari

Location Services allows applications and websites to gather and use information based on the current location of your computer. You have to give your permission before an app or website can use your location data.

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12:16
A Landmark Patent Case Opens Tomorrow that Could...

In February of this year, we posted a report titled "The Engineering Group Known as the IEEE has Ruled on Changing Mobile Chip licensing that will Benefit Apple & Others." The report noted that "A particularly controversial change in its bylaws states that reasonable rates should reflect the "smallest salable implementation" of a patented invention."

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12:16
System requirements for Continuity on iPhone, iPad,...

Continuity lets you seamlessly move between your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac, or use them together. You can use Continuity features on the devices listed below.

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11:53
MCE releases Aluminum USB 3.0 Blu-ray/DVD/CD...

MCE Technologies (http://tinyurl.com/khvlneg) has begun shipping an Aluminum USB 3 Blu-ray/DVD/CD Recorder designed for all Macs with, or without, a built-in optical drive.

The enclosure material is aluminum, the interface is USB 3.0, and it includes Mac Blu-ray Player software in order to watch Blu-ray movies on the Mac. It is compatible with all forms of optical disc media including M-Disc 25GB Blu-ray media.

The retail price of the Aluminum USB 3 Blu-ray/DVD/CD Recorder is US$99.95. It's available immediately.

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11:44
Where Apple products are born: a rare glimpse inside...

Re/code:

Foxconn is eager to present a different face, and agreed to give Re/code a tour of a sprawling manufacturing facility in Shenzhen in the south China province of Guangdong were it makes iPads and Macs. To be clear, we were not allowed unfettered access. A special assistant to CEO Terry Gou traveled from Shanghai to escort us on a tour that appeared to paint a picture of workers being treated well. We weren’t permitted to observe the factory floor — an unidentified customer wouldn’t allow that.

I think it’s fair to assume we all know who the “unidentified customer” was.

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11:44
Default Folder X 4.7 for Mac OS X expands Filename...

St. Clair Software (http://tinyurl.com/2gm24v) has launched Default Folder X 4.7 today, an update to their utility for Mac OS X.

Default Folder X enhances the file dialogs in all Mac OS X applications. Its custom keyboard shortcuts put your favorite and recent folders at your fingertips. It provides fast navigation to your files, previews, integrated Spotlight tagging, and more. Version 4.7 expands the filename edit field in Save dialogs and fixes several bugs (and un-fixes one).

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11:41
Samsung expects Q1 profits to drop 30%

Despite continued losses, Samsung’s projected earnings are actually an improvement from the last two quarters, when sales fell 36 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014, and a whopping 60 percent in the quarter before that.

Here’s the way it’s gone for Samsung over the past few years: They shamelessly copied Apple and made a boatload of money; Apple sued the hell out them, so Samsung changed it’s designs thinking it had consumers locked up; They didn’t and profits began to fall dramatically when they released phones not copied from Apple; The new Galaxy S6 shamelessly copies Apple’s iPhone 6.

Samsung is hoping for two things: 1. Apple doesn’t sue the shit out of them again. 2. People are too stupid to recognize the points I listed above and will buy the piece of shit.

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11:38
Reggie Ashworth releases MAS AppDelete Lite 4.0

Reggie Ashworth (www.reggieashworth.com) has announced AppDelete Lite 4.0, an update to his Mac application deletion utility via the Mac App Store.

Via drag and drop, AppDelete Lite will uninstall anything along with all of the associated items. Mac users will no longer have to hunt through their system to find and delete these items manually.

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11:30
Line 6′s Apple Watch app for guitar players

Guitarists are always looking for great tones. AMPLIFi is a Bluetooth speaker and guitar amp in one. Now, with AMPLIFi Remote for Apple Watch, you can pick your favorite guitar sound right from your wrist. And when it’s time to tune up, you’ll see which note you’re playing and whether it’s sharp, flat, or in tune.

I can’t wait to try this out.

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11:27
DE:Flicker released with GPU support for Final Cut...

RE:Vision Effects (www.revisionfx.com) has announced DE:Flicker for Apple Final Cut Pro and Motion; the company has also added GPU support to the already-released version of DE:Flicker for Adobe After Effects. 

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11:16
Recommended Reading: 'Consciously Connecting...

"Consciously Connecting," a new book from Balboa Press, a division of Hay House, aids those too connected to technology with insight on “How to Reconnect in a Disconnected World” to themselves and others without the use of computer screens, keyboards or cell phones. 

As a step-by-step guide, "Consciously Connecting" engages readers in a weekly plan of action to unlock the secrets of reconnecting to the "real" world despite today’s easily accessible, digital communication devices, recommending:

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11:09
Digital-Tutors releases new 'Introduction to...

Digital Tutors (Digital-Tutors.com), a Pluralsight company and provider of an e-learning resource, has released an "Introduction to Unity" tutorial.

The new Unity training includes over four hours and 30 minutes of training content that teaches the viewer how to create a game that they can share with others. Aspects of using Unity 5 are covered including interface comprehension, project creation, character set-up and the development of materials, terrains, and characters.

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11:01
Sonnet announces Fusion PCI Flash Drive

Sonnet (www.sonnettech.com) has announced the Fusion PCIe Flash Drive, a rugged, pocket-size solid-state drive (SSD) storage device with 256GB or 512GB storage capacity — and the newest member of Sonnet's growing family of Thunderbolt 2 technology products.

The Sonnet flash drive serves as an alternative to USB thumb drives and portable SATA-based hard disk drive and SSD storage products. It connects to a compatible Mac or Windows computer, or at the end of a Thunderbolt device daisy chain, via an attached 0.5-meter Thunderbolt cable. 

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It is time to party, Pangoland pals! Studio Pango is celebrating their 3rd birthday and their gift to you is a new update to Pangoland. [Read more] | Read more »
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SoundHound Inc. has announced that SoundHound + LiveLyrics, will be one of the first third-party apps to hit the Apple Watch. With  SoundHound you'll be able to tap on your watch and have the app recognize the music you are listening to, then have... | Read more »
Adobe Joins the Apple Watch Lineup With...
A whole tidal wave of apps are headed for the Apple Watch, and Adobe has joined in with 3 new ways to enhance your creativity and collaborate with others. The watch apps pair with iPad/iPhone apps to give you total control over your Adobe projects... | Read more »
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Kavcom has released Z Steel Soldiers, which continues the story of the comedic RTS originally created by the Bitmap Brothers. [Read more] | Read more »
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Seene, by Obvious Engineering, is a 3D capture app that's meant to allow you to create visually stunning 3D images with a tap of your finger, and then share them as a 3D photo, video or gif. [Read more] | Read more »
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Have you just downloaded Lost Within and are you in need of a guiding hand? While it’s not the toughest of games out there you might still want some helpful tips to get you started. [Read more] | Read more »
Entertain Your Pet With Your Watch With...
The Petcube Camera is a device that lets you use live video to check in on your pet, talk to them, and play with them using a laser pointer - all while you're away. And the Petcube app is coming to the Apple Watch, so you'll be able to hang out with... | Read more »
Now You Can Manage Your Line2 Calls With...
You'll be able to get your Line2 cloud phone service on the Apple Watch very soon. The watch app can send and receive messages using hands-free voice dictation, or by selecting from a list of provided responses. [Read more] | Read more »

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Santa Monica, California based Heal, a pioneer in on-demand personal health care services — will offer the first one-touch, on-demand house call doctor app for the Apple Watch. Heal’s Watch app,... Read more
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FileMaker has announced that its FileMaker Go for iPad and iPhone app has surpassed 1.5 million downloads from the iTunes App Store. The milestone confirms the continued popularity of the FileMaker... Read more
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 Best Buy has the new 2015 13″ 2.7GHz/128GB Retina MacBook Pro on sale for $1099 – $200 off MSRP. Choose free shipping or free local store pickup (if available). Price for online orders only, in-... Read more
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The Apple Store is offering Apple Certified Refurbished Mac Pros for up to $600 off the cost of new models. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each Mac Pro, and shipping is free. The... Read more

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