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Thursday March 12

09:00
Sway Use Case series #1: Educator Sways

Sway makes it easy for you to create and share an interactive and multimedia-rich canvas that brings your ideas to life. It’s been amazing to see the variety of Sways created by educators, students, travelers, hobbyists, small business employees and more to share their passions, stories and expertise. This blog series is all about highlighting great examples of Sways across a variety of different scenarios.

In today’s blog, we’ll celebrate a number of interesting ways that educators are using Sway. Educators are always looking for new, easy-to-use tools to liven up the classroom and enhance the quality of their teaching. Sway is helping teachers engage their students, parents, and other teachers in exciting new ways—all while saving time and helping them focus on the important work they do in and around the classroom. Here are some highlights:

Swaying students with an interactive lesson and study guide

Alex Smilovitis (@mistersmilo) has been creating a number...

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09:00
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Retina iMac $2,250 w/ .edu,...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Best Buy 1 Day Sale: iPad mini 3 16GB WiFi $340,...

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09:00
Students discover the power of the collective...

Students across the country are discovering the transformative power of their combined actions through OneNote’s Collective Project. Last fall, the OneNote team realized that many students today are energized to create positive change in the world. But with little or no income and limited free time, they are ill-equipped to do so. The OneNote Team wanted to show students that their ideas, passions and collaborative efforts could result in actions that change the world. The OneNote Collective Project was born out of a need to recognize those students and rally their community to help them in their cause by using tools such as OneNote to achieve their goal using collaboration.

We combed college campuses across the U.S. and interviewed amazing students to find those whose ideas and causes could be an inspirational spark to everyone else. All of the students we are highlighting exemplify generosity of spirit by setting aside their individual goals and agendas in favor of the...

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09:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 037 on ng-conf...

In this episode Jeremy Thake talks to Dan Wahlin and Andrew Connell about ng-conf last week and our news on our Office 365 APIs supporting CORS.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP37.mp3

Download the podcast.

Weekly updates

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08:59
iFixit tears down 2015 13-inch MacBook Pro, explores...

If you were curious as to the components of the recently upgraded 13-inch MacBook, iFixit’s got your answers.

On Monday, Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro received an update alongside a refreshed MacBook Air lineup and with it gets the new Force Touch trackpad that Apple debuted on its brand new 12-inch MacBook this week. The trackpad doesn’t actually push in like previous generations, but it provides enough haptic feedback to provide a similar and reportedly improved experience. Here’s what was discovered in the teardown:

The new “Taptic Engine” is powered by an array of electromagnets that rapidly push and pull against a metal rail...

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08:56
Opinion: Why I think the Apple Watch marketing so...

In the run up to the Spring Forward event, many people were expecting to see a lengthy exposition of the Apple Watch, to clarify confusion and offer a clean explanation as to how this product plays an essential role in people’s lives. What transpired was not that, at all. Apple’s event was a grab-bag procession of various product announcements, from Mac to Apple TV, concluding with a review of Watch features alongside pricing and availability details.

It did not help consolidate the vision for the Watch. Apple’s messaging for this product is almost the same as it was back in September. The company has not succinctly provided a reason for the Watch’s existence.

That’s not to say it doesn’t have one. I think the Watch is a great product with a good sales trajectory ahead of it, especially the $349 Sport models. The marketing aspects are lacking, so far. The Watch does not have clearly...

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08:54
Deals: 13" MacBook Pros now start at just $1,...

New MacBooks from Apple this week have triggered aggressive price drops on the mid-2014 models they replace. Meanwhile, readers have an opportunity to win a free MacBook Air and take advantage of a pair of exclusive offers on both 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros, many of which include free portable optical drives and Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Pro headphones.

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08:54
IDC: Apple's iPad shipments could shrink to 60M...

The iPad's share of the international tablet market will likely shrink again in 2015, falling from 27.6 percent to 25.6 percent year-over-year, according to a five-year forecast issued on Thursday by research firm IDC.

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08:31
How the Apple Watch copies Samsung and why you need...

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08:27
The Apple Watch is flirting with feature-bloat,...

If I were Tim Cook right now, I wouldn’t be worrying about Apple Watch sales potential. Oh, it will sell. The new TV spot is inspiring, and the stainless steel polish on these watches looks fan-frigging-amazing. Add in Apple’s trademark surprise-and-delight, and all signs point to long lines on launch day.

No, if I were Tim Cook, I’d be more concerned about people using the Watch than buying the Watch. This thing is packed silly with features, and far too many of them have been borrowed from the catalog of smartwatch failures.

Does a smartwatch really need a full suite of fitness features? Certainly not if they just add to the noise.

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08:17
Thousands have signed up for Apple’s ResearchKit

Bloomberg:

Stanford University researchers were stunned when they awoke Tuesday to find that 11,000 people had signed up for a cardiovascular study using Apple Inc.’s ResearchKit, less than 24 hours after the iPhone tool was introduced.

“To get 10,000 people enrolled in a medical study normally, it would take a year and 50 medical centers around the country,” said Alan Yeung, medical director of Stanford Cardiovascular Health. “That’s the power of the phone.”

As the article points out, there are some concerns regarding the people who would get involved but, overall, the research community seems very excited about the present and future possibilities.

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08:09
Teardown of Apple's new 13" MacBook Pro...

The new "Force Touch" trackpad Apple introduced for its notebooks earlier this week has begun to arrive in consumers' hands in the refreshed 13-inch MacBook Pro, and a teardown of that device shows off the trackpad's construction while shedding light on storage technology shared between the company's computers.

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08:00
Eyefi mobiPRO Wi-Fi SD Card and Cloud service...

Eyefi mobiPRO Wi-Fi SD Card. Photo by Steve Sande ©2015, All Rights Reserved

I’ve tested a number of Eyefi’s Wi-Fi SD cards in my DSLRs over the years, and the product — in terms of hardware, software, and services - just keeps getting better. Today I’m highlighting Eyefi’s new mobiPRO Wi-Fi SD card (US$99.99, on sale through March 15 for $59.99), which I find to be the most useful Eyefi card ever.

As with all of the Eyefi products over the years, the focus is on the SD card that serves not only as a standard storage device for the images and videos you shoot with your digital camera, but as a wireless connection to the world as well.

With 32 GB of Class 10 SDHC storage, the mobiPRO can carry a number of high-resolution images in JPEG or RAW formats, as well as any video shot with your digital camera. But it’s what you can do with those images and video, your iPhone, iPad or Mac, and the Eyefi Cloud Service...

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07:51
Stanford's ResearchKit app gained more users in...

Apple’s attempt to revolutionize medical studies appears off to a strong start. Just one day after the company released the first five apps using the new ResearchKit framework, 11,000 iPhone users signed up for one of the studies.

Stanford Researchers were amazed at the response for the MyHeart Counts app that studies heart health by measuring a user’s daily activity, fitness level, and other factors. “To get 10,000 people enrolled in a medical study normally, it would take a year,” Alan Yeung, medical director of Stanford Cardiovascular Health, told Bloomberg Business.

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07:34
Get Hyperion Enterprise to Run on Windows 2008 64 bit

Hyperion Enterprise is still a 32-bit app. So to get it to run in IIS, you’ll need to make sure that 32 bit apps can run in those containers. To enable 32-bit apps in IIS, run the following command (assuming that IIS is installed in the default location and that your Windows directory is C:\Windows:

C:\Windows\system32\inetsrv\appcmd set config - section:applicationPools - applicationPoolDefaults.enable32BitAppOnWin64:true

If you need to undo this for any reason, simply run the following from a Windows command prompt:

C:\Windows\system32\inetsrv\appcmd set config - section:applicationPools - applicationPoolDefaults.enable32BitAppOnWin64:true

Note: You’ll obviously need to be an admin (or elevate your privileges) to run these commands.

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07:28
With Apple Watch en route, Apple Stores give Jawbone...

Apple keeps whittling down the number of fitness trackers in its retail stores as it makes way for the Apple Watch.

The latest victims are Jawbone’s Up24 fitness band and Nike’s Fuelband, which have disappeared from Apple Store shelves in several major cities according to Re/code. Apple has also removed a wrist-worn heart rate monitor from Mio, but continues to sell Jawbone’s clip-on Up Move fitness tracker.

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07:20
Apple online outage impacts retail outlets in US,...

The extended outage of Apple's online services on Wednesday appears to have impacted not just its online stores, but also its retail outlets, which suffered problems conducting basic business operations.

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07:17
Tablet growth slowing to single digits in the coming...

Following the first year-over-year decline in worldwide tablet shipments in the fourth quarter of 2014 (4Q14), the IDC research group (www.idc.com) has scaled back its five year forecast for the product category.

Worldwide shipments are expected to reach 234.5 million units in 2015, a modest year-over-year increase of 2.1% from 2014. Although the outlook has been tempered, IDC still expects low but positive growth for the market in the years to come as demand in the commercial sector increases, and as Microsoft slowly gains a foothold.

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07:14
iPad Seen as 'Weakest Link' in Stagnating...

IDC on Thursday reduced its five year forecast for worldwide tablet shipments following the tablet market's first year-over-year decline in the fourth quarter. The research firm estimates that 234.5 million tablets will be shipped during 2015, representing marginal growth of 2.1% from 2014.

Android is expected to remain the market leader among platforms throughout the course of the forecast, whereas the iPad is predicted to be the "weakest link" and see its volume share of the market continue to decline in 2015. IDC believes that iOS will drop from its present 27.6% market share to 23% through 2019.

The research firm also estimates that Microsoft could see its worldwide tablet market share nearly triple from 5.1% today to 14.1% market...

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06:56
Opinion: Are we bidding farewell to MagSafe, and...

When Apple unveiled the new 12-inch MacBook with just a single port (plus a headphone socket), it was doing not just one radical thing, but a few. Reducing a machine to just one port was the first; dropping MagSafe was the second.

MagSafe has been one of the key features of MacBooks since it was first introduced by Apple in 2006. It is still highlighted on Apple’s website as one of the key design features of both the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air.

MacBook Air offers innovations you won’t find anywhere else — like the MagSafe 2 power connector, which breaks cleanly away from the notebook if you accidentally trip over the power cord...

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06:10
The significance of Apple’s China-focused rollout

Good insight into the obvious value Apple sees in growing their Chinese presence. Very interesting.

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06:03
The Good News about the CIA Targeting Apple

The latest revelation from Edward Snowden’s trove of confidential documents shows that the CIA has long been targeting Apple, along with other major technology companies. Security analyst Rich Mogull explains why average users don’t need to worry, and why this news is actually good.

 

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06:00
Fitness wearables vanish from Apple's stores

Yeah, those aren't Nike+ FuelBands. Those are iPods. 

Well that's understandable. Now that Apple has announced sales dates for this fitness-focused Watch, rival wearables are disappearing from its stores. Recode notes that the company is no longer selling the Nike+ FuelBand and Jawbone UP, among others, in retail stores and online. 

Our take on the news

Well, yeah. Burger King doesn't sell Big Macs. 

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06:00
First look: Facetune makers take aim at Photoshop...

Facetune is a fixture on the App Store’s top 20 paid apps list, currently sitting at No. 11. It has thousands of rave reviews, because it does something that a lot of people want, which is to fix insecurities. The app smooths out your skin, removes blemishes, whitens teeth, applies makeup, fills in bald spots, and generally makes you look like a Glamour Shots version of yourself.

It can seem a little silly, but the engine behind Facetune is incredibly powerful, and the app’s fans claim it rivals Photoshop for editing images. But, as its moniker suggests, Facetune is designed just to enhance photos of your face. So for its follow-up, Facetune developer Lightricks is back with what it hopes will be another big hit: Enlight for iOS, which launched today.

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05:53
The new MacBook USB-C connection options

Here’s the details on connecting the new, single port, MacBook Pro to a variety of peripherals.

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05:50
Tablet adoption in commercial segment to drive...

According to figures published by the IDC research group (www.idc.com), the commercial tablet market will reach more than 11 million units by 2019 in Western Europe, achieving more than 130% growth. Tablets continue to represent a significant opportunity for device makers in the coming years.

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05:32
Apple invents A High-End iPhone Docking Station with...

Every once and a while Apple's engineering teams take a crack at inventing Apple's next docking station. In 2012 Apple invented an inductive charging dock and in 2014 two dock station inventions surfaced regarding lightning connector based docks that featured a flexible dock connector. Today, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals yet another docking station invention that's a little more elaborate.

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05:16
This is the Apple Watch I will wear
05:15
Kool Tools: Cobra Squeeze

Booq's Cobra squeeze is a great pack for the corporate commuter. Its slim and uniquely contoured design is packed with storage options including 13 compartments for optimal organization inside and out, and also features sustainable material that provides weatherproof and rugged protection.

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05:00
New MacBook: Computing Rethought


The Apple Watch may have dominated Apple's Spring Forward event earlier this week, but an unexpected new MacBook could herald the future of mobile computing. It will be available April 10, both online and at Apple retail stores and select authorized resellers. Thinness, lightness and tomorrow's technology are its salient features. Its 12-inch Retina display is 0.88 mm thick, and the MacBook itself is 24 percent thinner than the 11-inch MacBook Air. Its keyboard is 34 percent thinner.

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04:44
Fanurio 3.1 released for the Mac

Fanurio Time Tracking (http://www.fanuriotimetracking.com) has announced Fanurio 3.1, a new version of its cross-platform desktop application.

It allows you to track time, manage projects, and invoice their clients, so that they can get paid for their work. Version 3.1 adds new features and improvements, including an import module for iBiz, the time-tracking and billing solution developed by IGG Software that's been discontinued.

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04:34
Microsoft Remote Desktop 8.0.14 - Connect to Windows...

With Microsoft Remote Desktop, you can connect to a remote PC and your work resources from almost anywhere. Experience the power of Windows with RemoteFX in a Remote Desktop client designed to help you get your work done wherever you are.

Features:

  • Access to remote resources through the Remote Desktop Gateway
  • Secure connection to your data and applications with breakthrough Network Layer Authentication (NLA) technology
  • Simple management of all remote connections from the connection center
  • High quality video and sound streaming with improved compression and bandwidth usage
  • Easy connection to multiple monitors or projectors for presentations
  • Print from Windows applications to any printer configured on your Mac
  • Access local files on your Mac from your Windows applications



Version 8.0.14:

  • Support of TLS 1.2
  • NTLM v2 support added for remote resources...

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04:06
Apple Advances their Synchronized, Interactive...

In 2011 we posted a detailed patent application report titled "Apple Developing Applications for Smart Transparent Displays." In November ...

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04:03
DEVONthink Pro 2.8.4 - Knowledge base, information...

Save 10% with our exclusive coupon code: MACUPDATE10

DEVONthink Pro is your essential assistant for today's world, where almost everything is digital. From shopping receipts to important research papers, your life often fills your hard drive in the form of emails, PDFs, Word documents, multimedia files and more. Questions eventually pop up, like where do you store all of this stuff? How do you organize these very different file types, and even better, how do you find the exact file you're looking for the second you need it? It's almost as if you need a second brain just to keep your digital life straight.

DEVONthink is the solution to the digital age conundrum. It is your second brain, the one and only database for all your digital files, be they PDFs, emails, Word docs or even multimedia files. Boasting a refined artificial...

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03:23
Will your new MacBook crash to the ground without...

Perhaps we should have read it as an omen that the MagSafe 2 adapter for older, original MagSafe connectors was listed as discontinued on the Apple Store in the U.S. and Canada last week. It’s back in stock this week, but MagSafe’s future in new Mac laptops is uncertain with the revelation of the single-port MacBook. With just a USB-C connection for power, data, and display, MagSafe may be on its way to sing with the choir invisible.

That’s a shame because Apple has retrained people of all ages, and perhaps some animals, to not worry about Mac laptop power cables. Go ahead! Stand on it, trip over it, yank it—the force of the smallest effort pulls it free.

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03:08
Apple investigating iPhone dock with integrated...

A patent application published on Thursday reveals Apple's interest in a docking solution for iPhone and iPad that supports multiple accessories and incorporates a display, advanced gesture controls, wireless communications and even inductive charging.

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02:57
Apple's Invention Regarding the Creation of New...

During Monday's Special Spring Forward Apple Event we learned a little more about the Apple Watch which is launching on April 24, 2015. We specifically learned more about the new customized metal alloys that will provide the Apple Watch with such value. Apple states that ...

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02:53
TechTool Pro 8.0.1 - Hard drive and system repair-...

TechTool Pro 8 is the most robust hardware diagnostic tool available for Macintosh. Easy to use for both home users and professionals, TechTool Pro utilizes full 64-bit compatibility to keep your Mac running at its best. TechTool Pro 8 brings with it some of the deepest hardware testing yet - testing components on your motherboard that no other utility can access. You can now test the sensors and fans on your Mac, along with the battery if you're using a Mac laptop. In addition, we've now integrated Protogo, so that you can create your own custom test drives for out in the field.

You can now take it with youstrong> - The portability of TechTool Protogo is now included with every copy of TechTool Pro. TechTool Protogo allows you to create a bootable diagnostic device that contains TechTool Pro and all of its most powerful tools as well as any of your own utilities you may wish to install. You can then use this device to boot, check,...

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01:00
OneNote for iPhone note previews and OneNote for Mac...

Today’s post was written by Anav Silverman program manager on the OneNote team.

Today, we are releasing updates to OneNote for iPhone that introduce note previews and notebook re-ordering; and OneNote for Mac that deliver enhanced notebook sharing features. In addition, we recently released an exciting update to the OneNote Clipper for Mac and Windows desktop.

OneNote for iPhone–note previews and notebook re-ordering

Note previews are especially handy when you are on the go and need to a find a specific note in a pinch. With a quick glance at your page list, or your Recent Notes list, you can scan snippets of your notes, including visual content like photos and handwriting, which...

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00:00
Apple's 'Force Touch' Trackpad Fools...

At its "Spring Forward" event on Monday, Apple announced a brand-new MacBook and updated 13-inch MacBook Pros with a fully redesigned trackpad called the Force Touch trackpad.

Like on the Apple Watch, Force Touch allows the device to distinguish between a light press and a deep press, opening up new methods for interaction. For example, while a light press could be a simple click, a deep press while browsing in Safari could bring up a Wikipedia entry in a pop-up window.

The Force Touch trackpad on the MacBook and new MacBook Pros achieves this through a total reinvention of the way the trackpad works. Apple ditched the "diving board" structure of older trackpads for a new design with four sensors, called Force Sensors.

These Force Sensors allow the user to...

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Wednesday March 11

21:08
HyperDock 1.5.1 - Select windows by hovering over a...

HyperDock adds long awaited features to your Dock:

  • Preview and select windows and tabs just by moving the mouse on a Dock item.
  • Use shortcuts to quickly open new windows and documents with a simple mouse click.
  • Improve your workflow by using advanced window management features like Window Snapping.



Version 1.5.1:

  • Workaround a bug in the most recent Spotify version (1.0.1.1060.gc75ebdfd) that causes HyperDock to crash. (This temporarily disables the special preview until there's fixed Spotify update available. Here's a workaround for the meantime.)
  • Improved stability



  • OS X 10.9 or later



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20:59
Autopano Giga 4.0 - Stitch multiple images (release...

Autopano Giga allows you to stitch 2, 20, or 2,000 images.

Version 3.0 integrates impressive new features that will definitely make you adopt Autopano Pro or Autopano Giga:

  • Choose between 9 projection modes the one that best suits your image, including Little-Planet, Panini, Hammer, Mirror Ball, Orthographic and more.
  • Edit your panoramas with an exceptional efficiency: the panorama editor is now real-time and pixel accurate. The ergonomics have been totally revamped, so that all tools take advantage of the real-time editor.
  • Use the Preview mode to get an instant visualization of your final panorama, before even rendering it. You can keep this mode on when you use all the tools of the panorama editor.
  • Manually remove the ghosts in the overlapping areas in an instant thanks to the Mask tool. Also very useful to remove the tripod, or get rid of anything in your panorama (Autopano Giga only).



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19:21
Apple Inc. has acquired 26 firms in 15 months while...

Riding high the day after detailing a series of new products at its Spring Forward event, Apple's chief executive Tim Cook recapped the company's progress at its annual shareholder meeting on Tuesday, with a particular focus on acquisitions, partnerships and achieving the kind of diversity that reflects the company's growing, global audience of employees and customers.

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19:02
Banks ING and OCBC launch new apps with support for...

Dutch bank ING and Singapore's OCBC Bank recently integrated Touch ID compatibility to their respective iOS apps, marking the first time Apple's fingerprint recognition system has been used to protect mobile banking apps in those countries.

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19:02
Swatch Co-Inventor Predicts Apple Will Bring an...

MojoKid writes It seems that these days everything Apple touches turns to gold, hence why the company was able to post an $18 billion profit for its fiscal first quarter of 2015. Be that as it may, can Apple popularize the smartwatch market as others have been unable to do so far? Not only is that the expectation, but according to Swatch watch co-inventor Elmar Mock, Apple is going to bring about an "Ice Age" to the Swiss watch market. Elmar noted that he expects the Apple Watch to quickly reach sales of 20 million to 30 million units per year. For the sake of comparison, Switzerland exported 28.6 million watches in 2014, none of them with smart capabilities. "Apple will succeed quickly. It will put a lot of pressure on the traditional watch industry and jobs in Switzerland...I do expect an Ice Age coming toward us," Elmar said. Analysts for Barclays noted to investors that the Apple Watch launch could result in a 6 percent annual decline in Swatch Group AG's revenue. To keep up...

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18:30
Daily Deals for March 11, 2015, featuring MacPhun...

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

AWT's Daily Deals

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

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

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17:54
Apple removing Jawbone and Nike fitness bands from...

Ahead of the April 24th launch of its first wearable, Apple has started removing competing health and fitness products from its retail stores. Re/code reports that the company is pulling fitness bands from Nike and Jawbone from its shelves.

It’s not the first time Apple has stopped selling a product to avoid competition. Last year the retailer removed Bose products from its stores after the NFL banned Apple-owned...

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17:40
Apple is Working with Intel on a New Special...

Back in January 2013 we posted a report titled "Apple Preparing Low Cost iPhone for Emerging Markets." We noted that there were rumors out of Asia's supply chain claiming that Apple was working on a low-cost version of the iPhone aimed at emerging markets with China being Apple's first focus. New information surfacing yesterday now supports the initial rumor.

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17:35
Pad & Quill introduces line of Apple Watch...

iOS accessory maker Pad & Quill has introduced its line of Apple Watch accessories. The lineup includes the Luxury Pocket Stand (69.99), which doubles as a watch stand and a charger, and the Roll Up Kit ($49.99). You can get both of the aforementioned items in the Luxury Travel Kit and the Luxury Travel Pouch (each $119.99).

As with Pad & Quill’s other products, these handmade Apple Watch accessories are available in a selection of wood and leather finishes. You can...

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17:00
Apple Ceases Selling Jawbone UP, Nike Fuelband as...

With the Apple Watch set to launch in April, Apple has decided to stop selling many competing fitness products in its retail stores. Re/code checked several popular Apple Stores in San Francisco, Palo Alto, Los Angeles, and New York, and found that Apple had ceased carrying the Jawbone UP and the Nike+ Fuelband.

The two fitness bands are also unavailable through the company's online store, and it appears the only remaining fitness band available for purchase is the MIO Alpha Heart Rate Monitor Watch. Apple is still selling non-wrist worn fitness tracking devices, like the Jawbone UP Move and the...

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17:00
Apple removes Nike FuelBand, Jawbone UP from stores...

Apple has phased out fitness bands like Nike's FuelBand and Jawbone's UP from its retail store offerings as the company prepares to enter the wearables market with Apple Watch.

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16:39
Apple Watch accessories from Pad & Quill

With these timeless thoughts in mind, we crafted The Luxury Pocket Stand for Apple Watch, The Luxury Travel Kit, Travel Pouch and The Roll Up Kit for Apple Watch. A gorgeous celebration of ageless craftsmanship and appreciation for the beauty found in natural resources.

They took inspiration for the Pocket Stand from Brian’s grandfather and the pocket watch he used. I’m a big fan of the quality of products this company makes.

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16:02
Lumoid will rent the Apple Watch starting at $45 a...

You can rent a tuxedo for your prom. You can Rent the Runway for a fancy dress to wear to your best friend’s wedding. And thanks to Lumoid, soon you’ll be able to rent an Apple Watch.

No, not the gold one.

We recently wrote about gadget rental site Lumoid as a source for trying out gadgets like the Jawbone UP24 activity tracker or Google Glass—you can order Lumoid’s wearables in batches of five and see which fits your actual lifestyle the...

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15:49
Intel to reportedly supply LTE chips for 2016 iPhone

Apple will reportedly turn to Intel's new XMM 7360 LTE modem when it launches a special next-generation iPhone model in 2016, suggesting the company is looking to diversify baseband chip suppliers.

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15:07
iFFmpeg 5.3.2 - 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 5.3.2:

  • Added ‘Channel Specifier’ option. Useful to split channels into separate audio streams. For example: stereo stream into two mono streams (left and right).
  • Added MP2 support for Mov and MKV containers with H264 video codec.
  • Added audio setting ‘Channel Specifier’.
  • You can now encode to GFX containers with audio streams (embedded or external).
  • Added FFmpeg option ‘AAC encoder coding method’.
  • Added FFmpeg option ‘Shift input timestamps so they start at zero (needs copyts enabled)’. Improved FFmpeg error parsing.
  • Fixed issue when using ‘Quit iFFmpeg after encoding finished...

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15:06
Knock-Off Apple Watches Hit the Chinese Market Less...

schwit1 writes Fake versions of the Apple Watch can be bought for as little as £25 — despite the fact the real thing will set you back more than 10 times that. The flagship new product was only launched in San Francisco yesterday but knock-offs are already available in China. According to CNN Money, they can be found at Huaqiangbei electronics market in the southern city of Shenzhen, and others are being sold nationwide via popular e-commerce websites. Right down to the digital crown, the fakes mimic the design and style of Apple's new offering.


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15:00
AWT News Update: March 11, 2015

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What's new in the world of Apple?

  • The day-long outages of the Mac App Store, iOS App Store, iTunes Store and iBooks Store have been resolved
  • Google ships a new Chromebook Pixel, this time with two USB-C connectors
  • Jony Ive and Marc Newson (at right) will open the Condé Nast International Luxury Conference in Florence
  • Morgan Stanley and other Wall Street firms expect iPhone sales to be up about 24 percent year over year for the quarter ending March 31.

Join us tomorrow for another episode of the AWT News Update, and be sure to leave a rating in the iTunes Store for this podcast.

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14:59
Happy Hour Podcast 005 | Discussing Apple’s 12-inch...

Happy Hour is back and this week we’re discussing all of Apple’s latest announcements. The Spring Forward event brought along a few new Apple Watch details, slight MacBook Pro/Air updates, and the anticipated 12-inch MacBook with Retina Display. In this episode, we’re breaking down the announcements and serving up all of the need-to-know information about Apple’s latest and greatest for 2015. The Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and through our dedicated RSS feed…

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14:41
Teardown Reveals New 13-Inch MacBook Air SSD is...

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

iFixit decided to test Apple's "two times faster" claim by comparing SSD speeds between a new 11-inch MacBook Air and a new 13-inch MacBook Air, with results that suggest the SSD in the 13-inch MacBook Air is indeed nearly twice as fast as the SSD in the MacBook Air.

Average write speeds for the 11-inch MacBook Air using Black Magic's Disk Speed Test were 315MB/s, while average read speeds were 668MB/s. The 13-inch MacBook Air saw average write...

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14:32
Nokia's HERE maps returns to iOS App Store...

After being pulled from Apple's iOS App Store in 2013, Nokia's HERE mapping and navigation app is back up for download, complete with offline caching, traffic information, public transit data and more.

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14:22
Amplified: Can you submerge the Apple Watch in...

Jim, Shawn and Dave talk through the Apple Watch Event details!

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14:00
RAVPower Savior: A powerful travel companion

RAVPOWer savior and accessories. Photo by steve sande © 2015, all rights reserved

While I still haven't found a need for an external battery pack for my iPhone 6 Plus -- which never seems to run out of energy during a typical day of use -- I'm sure that eventually I'm going to run into a situation where I'm away from a wall outlet for an extended period of time. RAVPower has a good looking and convenient 9,000 mAh battery pack/Lightning charger combo called the Savior RB-PB18 (US$99.99, on sale for $49.99, affiliate link) that we're looking at today.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 4.33 x 2.76 x 1.10 inch (11 x 7 x 2.8 cm)
  • Weight: 8.6 ounces (243.8 grams)
  • Battery capacity: 9,000 mAh
  • Output: Built-in Lightning cable 5V/2.4A, USB port 5V/1A

Design

As external battery packs go, the Savior RB-PB18 has a...

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13:49
Apple designers Jony Ive and Marc Newson to appear...

Key Apple designers Jony Ive and Marc Newson will be opening up the first ever Conde Nast International Luxury Conference, scheduled for April 22 and 23 in Florence, Italy, according to an announcement made on Wednesday.

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13:47
∞ The truth behind The Guardian’s negative Apple...

Apple Watch is bringing people to their keyboards in droves, writing opinions and asking questions about Apple’s newest device. That’s a great thing—unless you represent many of the world’s larger luxury watchmakers and you write a purely negative article about Apple Watch for The Guardian. [...]

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13:38
Apple Again Said to Adopt Intel LTE Chips for...

Some of Apple's iPhones produced in 2016 will use wireless modem chips supplied by Intel rather than Qualcomm, reports VentureBeat. iPhones (presumably the iPhone 7) sold in emerging markets in Asia and Latin America will reportedly use an Intel 7360 LTE modem.

Intel has been gunning hard during the past year for a place in the iPhone and now appears to have succeeded, at least partly. The 7360 chip will ship inside a special version of the iPhone that will be marketed to emerging markets in Asia and Latin America, the sources said.The 7360 LTE modem chip [PDF] from Intel features up to 450Mbps downlink and it supports 29 LTE bands. It will...

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13:33
Flint app for the iPhone now supports American...

You can now use your Flint app for the iPhone to process American Express and Discover card payments in addition to Visa and MasterCard. The free app lets you accept credit card payments on your Apple smartphone.

The transaction fees to process AMEX and Discover cards are the same as Visa and Mastercard. Plus, accepting all major credit types brings you more flexibility and sales. Per transaction fees are 1.95% for debit cards and 2.95% for credit cards, same for card scan, manual entry, invoices or online payments.

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12:58
FAQ: Everything you need to know about the Apple...

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

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

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12:43
Teardown shows new 2015 MacBook Airs sticking with...

A teardown of the latest 11- and 13-inch MacBook Airs shows few differences over their 2014 counterparts, and in fact demonstrates a rare decision by Apple to continue using non-adhered batteries.

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12:30
Google Announces New Chromebook Pixel With USB-C, $...

Google today launched an updated version of its Pixel Chromebook, which is equipped with USB-C, much like Apple's new Retina MacBook. With USB-C, the Chromebook's 12-hour battery can be fully recharged in approximately 90 minutes, and a 15 minute charge supplies two hours of power, according to Google.

The new Chromebook Pixel features an aluminum body, a 13-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 2560 x 1700 and an aspect ratio of 3:2, an Intel Core i5 Broadwell processor, 8GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage space.

Unlike the Retina MacBook, the Chromebook Pixel has multiple ports, including two USB-C ports, but it can't compare to the Retina MacBook in size -- the Pixel is more than a pound heavier at 3.3 pounds. It also outweighs the standard 13-inch MacBook Air.

Early reviews from sites like Re/code...

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12:26
Belkin and Google debut USB-C cables, including low-...

Coinciding with today’s announcement of the dual USB-C port-equipped Chromebook Pixel 2 laptop, Google and Belkin today announced separate collections of new USB-C cables and adapters. These new options go well beyond Apple’s upcoming USB-C accessory lineup for the 12″ MacBook, while also including some familiar options at lower-than-Apple prices. They’re amongst the first USB-C accessories to be announced by major manufacturers, as inexpensive USB-C cables from smaller companies are...

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12:23
Apple SVP Jony Ive and Marc Newson to open Condé...

Apple’s SVP of Design Jony Ive and ‘part-time’ employee Marc Newson will open Condé Naste’s ‘International Luxury Conference’ in April. The pair will be interviewed by Vogue’s international media editor Suzy Menkes. The set topic is the ’21st century definition of luxury and their collaborative work to date’.

The conference will run from April 22nd to 23rd, just before the Apple Watch is released to the general public. No doubt the Watch will be a key talking point at the conference, with both Ive and Newson playing crucial roles in its development. Although Newson was only confirmed to be working for Apple in September, it has transpired...

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12:19
Security Experts Rap Clinton's Email Practices


Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in hot water over her use of a private email server to handle emails for official business. The practice was very risky cybersecurity behavior for everyone involved, critics have alleged. In taking her mail outside the State Department's systems, Clinton appears to have violated agency rules. Employees who use private email for official business should turn that correspondence over to the department so it can be stored on the agency's computers, the department's Foreign Affairs Manual stipulates.

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12:17
DODOcase, Twelve South join rush to announce Apple...

Two more Apple accessory makers have each announced third-party stands for the Apple Watch: DODOcase this week unveiled the Charging Stand, while Twelve South is developing the HiRise.

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12:00
Rob Griffiths makes the all-in-one Apple Watch...

Trying to figure out just how much the various combinations of Apple Watch case, band, and colors cost or weigh can drive you to drink. Rather than do that, Rob Griffiths visited all of the various sources of information about the Watch and put together the definitive spreadsheet. You can download it here

Among his findings:

  • The lightest watch is the Classic Buckle Apple Watch at 56 grams, while the heaviest is the Apple Watch Stainless Steel Link at 125 grams.
  • Oddly enough, the Watch Sport bands vary by color. The black band is the lightest at 37 grams, while the heaviest is the white band at 47 grams.
  • You can't get a 38mm leather loop or a 42mm modern buckle band in the Apple Watch family, and there's no 38mm classic buckle or...
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12:00
The Week In iOS Accessories: Watch, out!

Watch, out!

The Apple Watch is almost here. So this week’s roundup of accessories includes a few new wrist-based items that you won’t want to live without. Plus, the usual speakers, batteries, and more.

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The $45 Twist World Travel Adapter is “an ultra-portable universal adapter” with four USB ports, designed to plug into wall sockets in 150 countries around the world: You’ll be able to charge your iPhone and iPad almost anywhere you choose to travel. Drop an additional $5, and you can buy the MacBook-compatible version.

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11:30
Belkin announces a line of USB-C cables for the new...

IMAGE FROM BELKIN.COM

When you pick up your new USB-C-equipped MacBook on April 10, rest assured that soon (sometime this summer) you'll be able to pick up a variety of charge and sync cables for it from Belkin

The company announced a flock of cables (not to be confused with A Flock of Seagulls) today, all helping MacBook fans to connect to existing and future devices. Belkin says that the cables will be available for between US$19.95 and $29.95. There's also a USB-C to Gigabit Ethernet adapter listed with no suggested pricing. The details from Belkin are as follows:

USB-C Cable

  • Transfer power and data between new systems and devices with USB-C ports
  • Supports USB 3...
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11:15
Apple on track to sell record 54M iPhones in March...

The latest data from Morgan Stanley suggests Apple is on target to set a new record and sell at least 54 million iPhones in the current quarter, which concludes later this month.

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11:13
Podcast: Hands-on impressions of the Apple Watch and...

We recorded this the day after Apple's big event, so obviously there is a lot to cover! Glenn and Susie chat about whether the watch's materials really matter, and why of course there's no trade-in program...unless you count eBay. But the new MacBook really did steal the show, so we geek out about that too, from the trackpad's taptic feedback to the smaller keyboard's bigger keys. (Yes, really. Bigger keys.) And what's up with that port? Glenn is glad you asked.

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11:07
The all-in-one Apple Watch spreadsheet

Robservatory:

I am fascinated by this new business Apple’s going into; the sheer number of products and prices is pretty amazing: By my count, Apple will be shipping 38 separate models of watches. There’s a gallery page at Apple’s site where you can page through all of the watches, and get the details on each specific model. You can also view the watches in the store, where you can find pricing info.

Both of these solutions, though, require lots of paging and scrolling to get all the details. I was curious as to how all the watches compared, so I pulled data from those sources and made one massive spreadsheet

Rob Griffiths has done the work so you don’t have to.

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11:05
Twelve South announces HiRise for the Apple Watch

Twelve South presents its first accessory for the most anticipated timepiece ever. Introducing HiRise for Apple Watch, a stand that showcases the watch while it charges.

Designed to work with the Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Cable, this metal stand holds the smartwatch at an elevated height and angle that lets you interact with it while it charges. Available in silver or black, the stand can be used with any style Apple Watch band, including closed loop metal bands.

The HiRise for Apple Watch costs US$49.99 and will ship in May. More info can be found at www.twelvesouth.com.

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10:59
The Music Industry is frowning on Freemium Streaming...

The music industry has been re-thinking the so-called "freemium" music streaming business model. The issue exploded onto the scene with the very public incident of Taylor Swift yanking her music from Spotify. In November the Rolling Stone noted that Taylor Swift had never been ...

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10:55
Apple: “DNS error” responsible for ongoing iTunes,...

DNS problems at Apple have knocked the iTunes Store and the iOS and OS X App Stores offline today, preventing users from downloading new apps, app updates, or media from iTunes. Apple confirmed the source of the issue in a statement to CNBC.

"We apologize to our customers experiencing problems with iTunes and other services this morning," the statement reads. "The cause was an internal DNS error at Apple. We're working to make all of the services available to customers as soon as possible, and we thank everyone for their patience."

Trying to sign in on a Mac results in the angry red STATUS_CODE_ERROR message seen in the screenshot above. On iOS, you'll just be prompted to input your password over and over again, the same behavior you'd see if you were entering an incorrect password for your Apple ID.

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10:52
Sonnet expands Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe expansion...

Sonnet (www.sonnettech.com) has announced the Echo Express SE I, the latest addition to the Echo Express line of Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe expansion systems.

Like the other members of the Echo Express family, the SE I enables the use of a wide variety of high-performance PCI Express (PCIe) cards — originally designed for use in desktop computers — with any Mac or Windows computer with a Thunderbolt port. The new single-slot model supports nearly every Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe card on the market, including double-width cards (PCIe card plus daughter card). 

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10:48
iFixit dismantles the early 2015 MacBook Airs, finds...

iFixit has just dismantled the refreshed early 2015 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air models that Apple unveiled earlier this week, featuring new Intel Broadwell CPUs, improved graphics and other minor tweaks. Although the models mostly remain the same apart from the spec bumps Apple announced on stage, iFixit gives us its usual rundown on changes it discovered…

Inside, iFixit found that the new MacBook Airs have the same A1465 and A1466 model numbers as their predecessors, and no noticeable changes to the laptop’s construction. That also means the...

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10:38
Apple issues apology as iTunes & App Store...

Apple on Wednesday issued a rare public apology to customers, as the company's high-profile digital storefronts continue to suffer hours-long global outages sparked by what Apple is calling an "internal DNS error."

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10:30
Twelve South announces the HiRise stand for Apple...

A few days ago we pointed out some Apple Watch accessories from San Francisco-based Waterfield Designs. Today, we're jumping to the other side of the country and Charleston, South Carolina, where Twelve South has announced the HiRise stand for Apple Watch (US$49.99).

While the HiRise won't ship until May, the images on the Twelve South website make it apparent that this will be a must-have accessory for almost any Apple Watch owner. The stand holds any Apple Watch -- even those with closed-loop metal bands -- and features a nook for the charging cable. Everything is held at a slight angle, making it possible to interact with the Apple Watch while it's charging on the HiRise. 

It appears that two finishes are available -- black or aluminum brushed metal. There's a...

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10:19
Users around the world report errors with Apple ID-...

It’s probably not a good day to be on Apple’s network team.

Or at least there’s a lot of yelling involved.

On Tuesday, it was reported that Apple services are experiencing major issues.

It started with iCloud. Users were unable to sign in to their iCloud mail accounts, then all of iCloud went down in an outage that lasted from just before 5 a.m. Eastern to around 9 a.m. Now iCloud is back up, but customers can’t make purchases in iTunes, the iOS and Mac App Stores, and the iBooks Store. iTunes Connect is also offline and reporting errors.

Basically, if a service requires an Apple login, you might have trouble accessing it this morning. The...

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09:57
No Fuel? No Problem - Solar Plane Completes 2nd Leg...


Fueled solely by the sun, the Solar Impulse 2 has completed the second leg of its historic journey around the world, landing in Ahmedabad, India. A decade-old dream is actualizing for the team. The solar plane began its historic flight in Abu Dhabi on Monday and landed early Tuesday at Muscat, Oman. The second leg took 15 hours, with the Solar Impulse 2 flying across the Arabian Sea and arriving late Tuesday night in Ahmedabad. The entire trip, consisting of 11 stops, will take about five months to complete.

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09:50
ResearchKit Receives Thousands of Sign-Ups Following...

Less than twenty-four hours after Apple unveiled ResearchKit, the open source medical framework had received thousands of sign-ups, according to Bloomberg. The report claims that Stanford University researchers awoke on Tuesday morning, the day after Apple's "Spring Forward" media event, to discover that 11,000 people signed up for MyHeart Counts, a cardiovascular disease app built using ResearchKit.“To get 10,000 people enrolled in a medical study normally, it would take a year and 50 medical centers around the country,” said Alan Yeung, medical director of Stanford Cardiovascular Health. “That’s the power of the phone.”ResearchKit is an open source...

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09:45
Tim and Steve chat about the Apple event on OWC...

For your listening pleasure, OWC Radio host Tim Robertson (@mymac) and chatted yesterday for a good long while about what transpired during Monday's Spring Forward event. That podcast is now available, and you can hear Tim and I expound on any number of things -- like the MacBook, Apple's ResearchKit, and even the opening video showing the launch of a new Apple Store in China. 

One other fun bit was talking about the wonderful Apple community, how much we miss Macworld/iWorld, and the need for live events in order to meet with old friends and make new ones. Sigh... 

Click the button below to hear the show, or look for OWC Radio in the iTunes Store...

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09:38
Google takes bigger step into retail with branded...

Google is taking a deeper step into the retail world with a newly-launched "store within a store," located in London, that will give the company a venue to promote products such as Android phones, Chromebooks, and the Chromecast.

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09:00
Easier navigation and playback with Office Mix

Normally in our Office Mix posts, we explain one or more of the features for authoring new mixes. Today, want to share some cool things about the playback experience that you might not have noticed.

Slide Sorter view

One of the benefits of Office Mix is that mixes, unlike normal web videos, are partitioned by slides, not by time. For example, have you ever watched a web video, only to wish you could “go back” to a certain part and watch it again? Usually, to re-watch a portion of the video, you have to drag a timeline slider to start at just the right moment. With Office Mix, you just click the slide section on the timeline, which makes it easier to start playback at just the right time.

But it gets better. PowerPoint has a nifty feature called the Slide Sorter, which lets view multiple slides at the same time. We liked it so much that we applied the same idea to the OfficeMix.com player. When you watch a mix...

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08:57
∞ Apple Watch’s “killer app”

I’ve seen some comments over the past couple of days from people wondering what the “killer app” for the Apple Watch will be. I’m pleased to tell you that it’s here—it’s called iPhone. [...]

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08:54
Over 10K participants sign up for Stanford medical...

The number of participants in a Stanford University cardiovascular study conducted using Apple's new ResearchKit medical research platform ballooned to more than 10,000 overnight, researchers say, after the trial was featured on stage during Apple's "Spring Forward" event earlier this week.

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08:41
Apple Pay adds 13 new retailers including...

The list of Apple Pay retailers is growing.

As of Tuesday, the total now includes 61 merchants including the following 13 new additions:
- Coca-Cola

- Dan’s Fresh Market

- Dick’s Fresh Market

- Lin’s Fresh Market

- Bashas’

- Fuddruckers

- Jamba Juice

- Jersey Mike’s

- JetBlue

- Maceys

- Office Max

- Pep Boys

- Regal Cinemas.

Acme, Albertsons, Anthropologie, Free People, LL Bean and Urban Outfitters are all listed as “coming soon.”

Apple has also been busy bringing apps into the Apple Pay fold, with Kickstarter and GameStop added yesterday, with the...

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08:40
∞ AC/DC’s new video: “Rock the Blues Away”

So great seeing the guys back at it.

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08:28
Field Notes: Two Rivers Edition

I’ve been using Field Notes memo books for years. I have one sitting beside me right now and another in my computer bag, ready to go.

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08:20
Ulysses 2.0 writing app in works for Mac, iPad

If you were a fan of the Ulysses writing app for Mac and iOS, version 2.0 is just around the corner.

Major changes to Ulysses 2.0 for the Mac include the following:
- New name: Ulysses for Mac is now called just that. No more Roman numerals.

- Seamless sync with Ulysses for iPad: That’s right. Ulysses is now also available on iPad. It’s the full monty. And it syncs via iCloud.

- Updated interface: Redesigned almost every aspect based on Yosemite’s fresh new look. Cleaned house in the process.

- Attachment bar: Attachments now have their proper place. Again.

- New home for favs: Favorites have moved to the sidebar. Where they belonged in the first place.

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08:18
Apple Watch May Gain Additional Casing Material...

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a good track record in providing information on yet-to-be released Apple products, today released a report predicting that up to three new casing options for the Apple Watch will launch sometime this fall.

Kuo points out that the Apple Watch's sale momentum could stall entering the fourth quarter of the year, and thinks the release of new casing options for the device could reinvigorate it heading into the 2015 holiday shopping season.

Rumors stating that Apple was looking into a platinum casing for the Watch right before the "Spring Forward" event could point toward the option becoming available down the road.
Aside from current casing materials of aluminum, stainless steel and 18k gold, we believe 1-3 new versions of Apple Watch featuring new casing materials are likely to go into mass production in 4Q15. If this is the...

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08:10
Yes, a lot of Apple services are down right now... (...

Can't get into the App Store? Trying to update a Mac app from the Mac App Store? How about trying to get a book from the iBooks Store or music or a movie from the iTunes Store? These services have been down for quite a few hours in multiple countries, so you'll have to wait.

While the store outages are still occurring as of 11 AM ET, it appears that iCloud Mail and iCloud accounts and sign-ins are back up after a prolonged overnight outage. 

We'll update this post when things are back to normal.

UPDATE: the stores are back online as of 4:10 PM ET. The issue appears to have been in DNS servers behind the scenes at Apple. We'd love to know how much that outage cost developers and Apple...

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08:00
Apple seen shipping just 450K 12" MacBooks in...

Apple's latest notebook may need some time to meet the lofty sales bar set by its siblings, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, as the relatively high price and unconventional port arrangement could temper demand at the outset.

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08:00
Apple Pay picks up new merchants and apps

There are now a total of 61 retail and restaurant chains accepting Apple Pay in the US after Apple added a baker's dozen of new merchants to their ever-growing list.

The new places to spend your money with a tap and a thumbprint include grocery chains Bashas', Dan's Fresh Market, Dick's Fresh Market, Lin's Fresh Market (are those folks related?) and Maceys, and food and beverage vendors Fuddruckers, Jamba Juice and Jersey Mike's.

Flying on JetBlue? They're now on the list. You can pick up office supplies at Office Max, auto parts at Pep Boys, and catch a movie at Regal Cinemas, all without reaching for your wallet. 

Of course, Apple CEO Tim Cook brought up one other major vendor during Monday's event -- Coca-Cola vending machines. The company currently has 40,000 machines that accept Apple Pay and plans to upgrade 60,000 more by the end of 2015. 

Finally, Kickstarter's...

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07:56
WaterField Designs announces Zip Brief for 12-inch...

The first of the 12-inch MacBook cases has arrived.

And it looks pretty nifty.

WaterField Designs has announced the Zip Brief, a case specifically designed for the new 12-inch Apple MacBook. The Zip Brief features pockets that cradle the MacBook on one side and accessories on the other, and an angled front pocket holds a smartphone, wallet or commuter pass.

The case is TSA-friendly and can be fully opened for airport security while contents remain safely secured.

The Zip Brief is available in tan waxed canvas or black ballistic nylon, includes two nylon handles and a detachable suspension shoulder strap and retails for US$179.00. The unit is now...

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07:53
Outages plague App Store, iTunes, and other Apple...

Apple services are having major issues this morning.

It started with iCloud. Users were unable to sign in to their iCloud mail accounts, then all of iCloud went down in an outage that lasted from just before 5 a.m. Eastern to around 9 a.m. Now iCloud is back up, but customers can’t make purchases in iTunes, the iOS and Mac App Stores, and the iBooks Store. iTunes Connect is also on the fritz.

Basically, if a service requires an Apple login, you might have trouble accessing it this morning. The problems aren’t just affecting U.S. Apple users—The Next Web noted that the outages appear to be worldwide.

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07:45
New Apple Watch models with different casing...

With the Apple Watch set to ship in aluminum, stainless steel and 18-karat gold, Apple could launch as many as three additional casing materials in time for this fall's holiday shopping season, according to well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

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07:42
iPhone may be the next stop for Apple's Force...

Apple will reportedly include “Force Touch” technology in the next iPhone after introducing the pressure-sensitive panels in the Apple Watch and the new MacBook.

Force Touch lets users perform different actions depend on how hard they press on the screen. On the Watch, for instance, a firm press brings up more options in apps like Messages and Calendar. On the new MacBook, pressing hard on the trackpad performs actions that used to require a two-finger tap, such as getting a Wikipedia definition when selecting a word.

Sources now tell the Wall Street Journal that Apple will extend the technology to the next iPhone later this year. The report also claims that Apple will stick to the same 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screen sizes as the iPhone 6...

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07:38
As Expected, Apple Watch Knock-Offs Hit China right...

In July we posted a report titled "Knock-Offs of the iPhone-6 are now hitting the Streets in China." When you saw the photos of the knockoffs, they were definitely convincing. Even though only the naïve would buy such a product ...

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07:31
Swiss watchmakers gear up to compete with Apple...

Although Swiss watchmakers have sometimes been passive or even resistant in response to smartwatches like the Apple Watch, the companies are said to be working on smartwatches of their own and could even see a boost to sales of traditional luxury models.

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07:09
Thunderbolted: USB-C is our new connection overlord...

Macworld:

With the new 12-inch MacBook, Apple has gone all in for all-in-one, using USB-C to provide power, display output, and USB connections. Thunderbolt is gone. The SD card slot is gone as well.

The upside is compatibility, and thus lower costs and more options. USB-C is also a unifying and universal standard that doesn’t involve a single company acting as a licensing gatekeeper, the way Apple protects Lightning cables and adapters. USB-C would seem to have a lot to offer, but first we have to get over the hump of newness.

Typical story of “short term pain for long term gain” but it means I don’t see this particular machine as my next laptop.

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06:51
PhatWare releases WritePad Handwriting Recognition...

PhatWare Corp. (www.phatware.com) has announced its WritePad Software Development Kit (SDK), a new version of the multiplatform, multilingual handwriting recognition.

Version 5.0 enables third-party app developers to leverage state-of-the-art handwriting recognition software for Apple's iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. WritePad SDK now supports 12 languages in a single library, features improved recognition quality, and support for iOS 8.

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06:50
With Apple Watch prices set to top $20,000 in China...

Mainland Chinese consumers looking to purchase an Apple Watch will face credit card bills far higher than their counterparts in Japan or Hong Kong thanks to the nation's oppressive luxury tax scheme, setting the stage for China's impressive counterfeiting industry to flood the streets with copycat devices.

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06:42
MacClean is new 'cleaner app' for Mac OS X

iMobie (http://www.imobie.com/) has released MacClean, a new and free cleaner app made to keep Mac computers running "right and light."

The utility is designed to allow you to free up disk space, enhance your browsing experience, and more. MacClean is compatible with all generations of Mac OS X and all models of Mac computer ever made, according to Frank Kong, the founder and CEO of iMobie.

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06:14
Drive Genius 4.0.2 - Powerful system utility. (Demo)

Drive Genius 4 gives you faster performance from your Mac while also protecting it. The award-winning and improved DrivePulse feature alerts you to hard drive issues before they become major problems. Optimized for OS X 10.10 Yosemite, top features like Defrag and DriveSlim will help keep your Mac running fast. The all-new BootWell tool lets you create a special bootable secondary drive to Defrag or Repair your main hard drive. You can also personalize and organize your Mac hard drive icons with IconGenius.



Version 4.0.2:

  • Drive Pulse will now offer to remove corrupt preference files that are hidden and cannot be shown in the Finder.
  • Fixed Physical Check and other utilities being disabled for AppleRAID or SoftRAID drives.
  • Fixed a potential issue with DrivePulse running multiple tests on the same drive.
  • Fixed a potential issue that could result in an empty System Overview icon.
  • Fixed a UI drawing issue...

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06:02
Vintage internet ads

Remember CompuServe? Excite? Prodigy? Kind of an ugly nostalgia.

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05:55
The new MacBook is almost all battery

Check out the picture. The MacBook is mostly battery. An ingenious approach to maximizing battery size.

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05:46
Top 10 ad markets account for nearly 3/4s of global...

The global advertising market surpassed a half-trillion USD in 2014 totaling $525 billion with the top 10 countries accounting for nearly three-quarters of global advertising spend, according to new data from Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com).

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05:44
Extended downtime for Apple's iTunes, App Store...

Apple's online services, including the iTunes Store and App Store, experienced an extended outage Wednesday morning, stretching for hours, even though Apple's official system status page suggested all services were online.

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05:28
Collected reactions to the Apple Watch

Jay Yarow at Business Insider pulled together a variety of reactions to some hands-on time with the Apple Watch. These are snap reactions, given without the opportunity to live with the technology, without the benefit of true immersion.

In a nutshell, the reaction feels like one of confusion with the Apple Watch interface.

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05:17
Apple Pay Now Supported at JetBlue, Office Max and...

Apple Pay support has been extended to 14 additional retailers in the United States, including Bashas', Coca-Cola Vending, Dan's Fresh Market, Dick's Fresh Market, Fuddruckers, Jamba Juice, Jersey Mike's Subs, JetBlue, Lin's Fresh Market, Maceys, Office Max, Pep Boys, Regal Cinemas and Walt Disney World, as spotted by AppleInsider.

Apple CEO Tim Cook announced on Monday during the company's "Spring Forward" media event that Apple Pay support will be rolling out at some 40,000 Coca-Cola vending machines across the United States, with the mobile payments service now accepted at over 700,000 locations nationwide. Apple Pay remains limited to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the United States, although Apple has expressed plans to launch the service in other...

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05:16
The Rumor of the Next iPhone integrating Force Touch...

On March 5, 2015 we posted a report titled "Apple intensifies their Work on Force Touch Sensors for Future iDevice Applications and beyond" In that report we had noted that Apple has been working on force sensors for touch displays, a future version of the Magic Mouse right through to the Apple Watch for some time now.

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05:11
Kool Tools: the Spike Wallet

As Apple Pay gains popularity, and loyalty cards and receipts can be accessed from smartphones, it may be time to downsize the typical wallet. San Francisco’s WaterField Designs has introduced the leather Spike Wallet (http://tinyurl.com/llzqge2) —an ultra-minimalist, all-leather case ideal for carrying the remaining bare essentials: driver’s license, transit card and a few bills.

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05:00
Evolve OS Is a Clean and Light Work in Progress


I am always interested in new desktop approaches. That's what drew my attention to Evolve OS. Normally, infant releases are too undeveloped to be the focus of a bona fide software review. This is not a criticism, but a reality of the work-in-progress nature of developing an OS. Evolve OS Beta has two innovations that distinguish it from the crowd of Linux distro newcomers. This new arrival is built around a home-made desktop called "Budgie" and a custom package manager forked from Pardus Linux.

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04:59
Still undecided about an Apple Watch? Startup offers...

The Apple Watch is not a cheap purchase, and with only 60% of our readers planning to buy one, it’s clear that many of you are not yet convinced you see a role for it. (I have to say I was even less convinced after checking out the size on my wrist in the Apple Store app–even the 42mm model looks tiny.)

My own plan, as a smartwatch skeptic, is to check that Apple’s 14-day return policy applies to the watch before buying one to try out for a week, fully expecting to return it. But if you don’t want to lay out that kind of cash even temporarily, a startup called Lumoid is offering Apple Watch rentals starting at $45 a day … ...

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04:50
App Store and iTunes Among Apple Services...

A number of Apple services are experiencing an extended period of downtime, including the App Store and iTunes Connect. The iOS and Mac App Stores are displaying various error messages to users about being unable to connect or certain items being unavailable, as spotted by The Next Web, and iTunes Connect and TestFlight are also down for developers.

The outage is affecting a significant number of users in the United States, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, India and many other countries worldwide. The downtime appears to have been ongoing for several hours this morning, although Apple has yet to update its System Status page to reflect the downtime for the iOS App Store, Mac App Store, iTunes Connect, TestFlight or any other affected Apple services.

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04:32
Apple adds 13 new Apple Pay retailers to website,...

Apple has added 13 new retailers to its Apple Pay site, bringing the new total to 61 merchants. The biggest name wasn’t a surprise: Tim Cook gave a shout-out to Coca-Cola vending machines during Monday’s Spring Forward event, with 40,000 machines supported today, and a further 60,000 being upgraded by the end of the year … 

There’s something of a fresh market theme going on, with Dan’s Fresh Market, Dick’s Fresh Market and Lin’s Fresh Market all added, along with Bashas’, Fuddruckers, Jamba Juice, Jersey Mike’s, JetBlue, Maceys, Office Max, Pep Boys and Regal Cinemas.

Acme, Albertsons, Anthropologie, Free People, LL Bean and Urban Outfitters are all listed as “coming soon.”

Apple has also been busy...

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04:17
iPhoneCleaner for Mac OS X upgraded to version 2.0

Cisdem has released iPhoneCleaner 2.0 for Mac OS X. It's an update of its US$29.99 iOS clean-up and back-up solution.

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04:08
GraphicConverter for Mac OS X revved to version 9.6

Lemke Software has rolled out GraphicConverter 9.6, a powerful update to its image utility for OS X that offers the ability to export in almost 80 different formats.

GraphicConverter is a universal image editing program that features image conversion from more than 200 graphic file formats. Version 9.6 includes several new and updated features such as imports from various photo editing programs.

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04:02
BatchOutput for Microsoft Word update addresses...

Zevrix Solutions has announced BatchOutput DOC 2.3.4, a maintenance update to its output automation solution for Microsoft Word.

BatchOutput automates printing and exporting of multiple documents to PDF, and allows to carry out powerful professional PDF production directly from Word eliminating the need for time consuming post-processing. The new version addresses some issues that prevented BatchOutput DOC from working after installation of the recently released Microsoft Office 2016 Preview.

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03:46
Apple login services down, iOS and Mac App Stores...

Apple looks to be having a few lot of problems with its servers this morning. At the time of writing, iTunes Connect is refusing logins, the iBooks store is not responding and there are intermittent outages when viewing some individual items in both iOS and Mac App Stores … 

Both Reddit and Apple’s forums are lightning up with people unable to login to Apple services. 

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03:26
External Link: Josh Centers Talks CIA Hacking on The...

Managing Editor Josh Centers called into The Dan Benjamin Hour to discuss revelations that the CIA is working to break the security of Apple devices. Josh gives an overview of what’s been revealed, and offers some insight into what average users can do to protect themselves (not much).

 

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03:09
Meerkat Broadcasts Your Video to Twitter

Meerkat makes it easy to stream live video to your Twitter followers. Josh Centers explains how it works.

 

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03:08
Which Watch? How to pick the Apple Watch that’s...

Picking an Apple Watch isn’t like picking out your next iPhone—forget about focusing on specs and storage size. Instead, you’ll be looking at alloys (aluminum, stainless steel, or solid gold?), style (sporty, classic, or bling-bling?), and price ($349, $549, or the cost of iPad Air 2’s for you and 19 friends?) The Apple Watch is unchartered territory, but we’re here to help you navigate. Here are some things to consider before you pre-order your Apple Watch on April 10. 

The Watch itself

...OK, this isn’t true to size, but if you launch the Apple Store app on your iPhone, you can toggle back and forth between 38mm and 42mm case sizes to get a real-life feel.

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02:49
Chromium 41.0.2272.89 - 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 41.0.2272.89:

Note: Now requires a 64-bit Intel processor.

  • This release includes a number of fixes
  • Pepper Flash player has been updated to 17.0.0.134
  • 64-bit only
  • This FreeSMUG build hasn't "Check for Updates…" command



  • OS X 10.6 or later



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02:39
StatsBar 2.0 - Monitor system processes from the...

StatsBar gives you a comprehensive and detailed analysis of the following areas of your Mac:

  • CPU usage
  • Memory usage
  • Disk usage
  • Network and bandwidth usage
  • Battery power and health (MacBooks only)

Monitoring these stats allows you to easily keep a check on your Mac's health and performance.

Additional features:

  • Memory Clean feature to free up used RAM
  • Run the app either in menubar mode or dock mode
  • Customizable hotkey support to quickly launch the app
  • Program app to launch at login
  • Opacity control (can toggle the transparency of the app)
  • Anchor button to keep the app locked on screen and above all other programs
  • Gorgeous Retina graphics



Version 2.0:

  • Bug fixes



  • OS X 10.7 or later



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Tuesday March 10

19:18
Apple Pay adds support for 14 new merchants...

Following big MacBook and Apple Watch announcements at Monday's "Spring Forward" event, Apple updated its running list of merchants that support Apple Pay to include 14 new stores.

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18:28
Next-gen iPhone rumored to include Force Touch,...

A report on Tuesday reiterated claims that Apple plans to integrate Force Touch features into its next iPhone model, and at the same time floated new rumors about an upcoming pink version of the handset.

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18:21
Apple May Add Force Touch and Pink Color Option to...

Apple will add pressure-sensing Force Touch technology to its next-generation iPhones, reports The Wall Street Journal in an article that covers a range of new details on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Currently built into the upcoming Apple Watch and 12-inch Retina MacBook, Force Touch lets devices distinguish between a light tap and a hard press, enabling new gestures.

According to the report, which is sourced from Apple suppliers, Apple's next-generation iPhones will continue to be available in 4.7 and 5.5-inch screen sizes, with plans to "keep the resolution similar." New colors are a possibility though, and Apple is said to be considering adding a pink option to its existing space gray, silver, and gold iPhone lineup.

Production may begin on components for the next-generation iPhones as early as May, but The Wall Street Journal notes...

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18:09
WSJ: Next iPhone to include Force Touch, Apple...

Apple is reportedly planning to bring its Force Touch technology to the next version of the iPhone, the Wall Street Journal says. The tech was first introduced in the Apple Watch last September, then made its way to the latest MacBook model during yesterday’s “Spring Forward” event.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard that the next-gen phone will support Force Touch. Even in 2013, rumors were flying that...

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18:02
The Apple Watch will Force Switzerland's Watch...

Now that Apple has announced that Apple Watch will launch on April 24, the fear is peaking with some watch makers in Switzerland.

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18:00
Booming retail sales enable Apple to negotiate low...

The popularity of Apple's retail outlets has enabled the company to negotiate extremely low rent rates at malls, which in turn benefit from the additional foot traffic.

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17:40
OWC unboxes, tears down the new MacBook Airs

When a new Mac or iOS device is released, one of the first things that tech bloggers wait for is the first teardown of that device. In this case, the devices were the new MacBook Airs announced yesterday and the company was OWC.  

So, what did the Other World Computing folks find in the new slender (but not as sleek as the new MacBook) laptops? With the 13-inch MacBook Air (AKA 13” 2015 MacBook Air7,2 SSD), the company not only did a teardown but also ran benchmarks on the solid-state drive (a four-lane PCIe SSD) to see just how fast it was. Running the QuickBench 4.0 suite -- also Apple World Today's favorite drive benchmarking tool -- they found that the extended file tests came in at 1,388 MB/second read and 1,216 MB/second write. 

Now of course these are internal drives and don't need to transfer data via Thunderbolt or USB, but as a comparison, let's look...

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16:58
Apple’s ability to drive mall traffic allows it to...

The Franklin Park Mall Apple Store opened in December

Apple Stores are so effective at bringing shoppers into malls that the company has been able to negotiate much lower rent deals than most shops, the Wall Street Journal said in a report today. While most tenants have worked out deals to pay about 15% of their sales in rent, Apple’s ability drive traffic has enabled the company to keep its rent as low as a meager 2%.

The only way things could get better for Apple, it seems, is if the Cupertino tech maker was able to secure the same agreement as large department stores, which pay nothing in rent and simply pay fees to help manage the up-keep of the mall’s...

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16:35
Apple seeks dismissal of A123 lawsuit over alleged...

Apple on Tuesday filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit leveled by battery maker A123 over alleged poaching activities, saying the complaint failed to meet certain legal requirements.

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16:18
How to choose an Apple Watch: Are you a steel or a...

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15:45
∞ Thoughts on Apple Watch

About 24 hours ago I was sitting in a room with Apple executives with an Apple Watch on my wrist, flipping through the different screens and options. I was immediately more impressed with the watch than I was when the device was first introduced in September 2014. [...]

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15:34
Google Calendar comes to iPhone, 'Oddworld:...

Two significant apps hit Apple's mobile and desktop operating systems today, as the long-awaited Google Calendar debuted for iPhone and console classic Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath landed on Mac.

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15:30
AWT News Update: March 10, 2015

APPLE STORE ALA MOANA, Photo via Apple.com

Today in the world of Apple news:

  • The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple Stores draw so many customers that they lift mall sales by an average of 10%, giving the company an advantage in negotiating mall rents
  • Apple's battle with court-appointed antitrust monitor Michael Bromwich may be nearing a conclusion as the company goes to the Second US Court of Appeals for relief
  • Swatch co-inventor thinks the Apple Watch will put pressure on the watch industry and jobs in Switzerland

Join us tomorrow for another episode of the AWT News Update, and be sure to leave a rating in the iTunes Store for this podcast.

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15:24
Beamer 2.1 - Stream any movie file from your Mac to...

Beamer streams to your Apple TV.

Plays any movie file
Just like the popular desktop movie players, Beamer accepts all common formats, codecs and resolutions. AVI, MKV, MOV, MP4, WMV, FLV. To Beamer, it's all the same.

High quality image and sound
Unlike Screen Mirroring, Beamer is specifically optimized for video playback at the highest quality and supports 5.1 surround sound. No glitches, clicks, pops or other shenanigans. The video looks just as good as it would on your desktop.

Easy Subtitles
Beamer automatically detects embedded subtitles and associated subtitle files. If possible, subtitles will be selected automatically based on your Apple TV's Subtitle Language preference.

Remote Control
You can pause, fast-forward and rewind the movie using the Apple TV remote. No need to get up from the couch!

Start now, finish later...

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15:11
Reactions to the New MacBook and Apple Watch

As the dust settles from Apple's press conference yesterday, there have been a broad variety of reactions around the web. Robinson Meyer at The Atlantic says Apple's $10,000 watch demonstrates the company has lost its soul. "The prices grate. And they grate not because they’re so expensive, but because they’re gratuitously expensive. ... To many commentators, this is unsurprising. It’s good business sense, really. Apple has made its world-devouring profits by ratcheting up profit margins on iPhones. There is no better target for these massive margins than the super-rich. But high margins do not a luxury brand make." Others suspect the high-end watches are targeted more at rich people in China. As for the less expensive watches, perhaps they're around not so much to become a new major sales category for Apple, but rather to drive more iPhone sales. Meanwhile, the redesigned MacBook may signify a bigger change for the laptop industry than people realize: "We don’t need all those...

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14:49
Security Update 2015-001 (Mountain Lion, Mavericks,...

Patches the FREAK vulnerability to prevent interceptions of SSL/TLS-encrypted traffic. (Free, various sizes)

 

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14:41
What Mobile World Congress Delivered Besides Same-...


The latest handsets and tablets received their typical share of headlines at this year's MWC, but their mindshare shrank considerably. Sony unveiled its Xperia Z4 tablet, possibly its last hurrah in the mobile space. Meanwhile, Samsung's latest iPhone answer, the Galaxy S6, stole the spotlight. However, with more than 2,000 tech organizations promoting their wares and services -- most of which didn't bring iAssassins -- MWC 2015 offered a fresh set of promises, electrifying trade show audiences and intriguing those who watched from afar.

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14:20
Will the iPhone transform medicine? The FDA may have...

Apple’s keynote this week produced a lot of hype-worthy news, as such Apple announcements often do. Laptops with no ports! Wearables with five-figure price tags! And who could forget the claims that the iPhone is now going to transform medical research? The keynote seemed to imply that iPhones, and ResearchKit, would transform our smartphones into medical tricorders, ready to diagnose Parkinson’s disease or atherosclerosis at the tap of a screen. Not so fast.

As much as Silicon Valley likes to think of itself as a force for good, disrupting this and pivoting that, it sometimes forgets that...

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14:06
Apple finds sympathetic ear in fight to remove...

The Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York on Tuesday heard Apple's arguments to dislodge lawyer Michael Bromwich from his position as external antitrust monitor, with one judge voicing concern over the methods used in his investigation.

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14:01
Apple Stores preparing new Reserve and Pickup system...

Apple is preparing a new Reserve and Pickup system at its retail stores that will roll out in time for the Watch launch on April 24th, according to sources. The Reserve and Pickup system for the Apple Watch will differ from the existing Personal Pickup system for other products, which allows customers to fully purchase items online before picking them up at Apple retail locations. The new system will allow potential Watch customers to reserve a desired case and band combination online, then try the specific Watch in-store before completing the purchase.As it announced yesterday, Apple will begin taking pre-orders for the Watch beginning April 10th at which point Apple Watches will begin to be displayed within Apple retail stores. Apple is describing the two week period between pre-orders and the Watch going on sale as Preview, and the...

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13:40
USB-C in 12-Inch MacBook Adds Limitations but Opens...

Apple's newest MacBook is one of the first computers to take advantage of the USB Type-C specification, which was finalized in August of 2014. USB-C uses a small reversible connector that's similar in size to a Lightning connector, but slightly larger.

In addition to delivering power to the Apple MacBook (it's capable of delivering up to 100 watts at 20 volts), USB-C has a DisplayPort alternate mode for connecting monitors, cables, docking stations, and more, plus it supports USB 3.1 data transfers up to 5GBps (Apple is using Gen 1 USB 3.1) and it also has support for VGA and HDMI connections. It's able to deliver bi-directional power, meaning it lets the MacBook be charged and through the same port, it lets the MacBook charge other devices.

USB-C is an upgrade from USB-A, the standard USB ports that many of us are used to on our computers, and USB-B. USB-B is used by many of us in...

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13:37
You can now compare Apple Watch 38mm and 42mm actual...

Apple Watch Space Black Stainless Steel, 38mm & 42mm

When the Apple Watch becomes available for pre-order on April 10th next month, customers will have to decide between two different sizes: 38mm and 42mm. Deciding between the two sizes may be difficult if you want to buy one before they begin shipping on April 24th, so the Watch will go on display at Apple Stores two weeks ahead of its launch.

You might not be able to visit a crowded Apple Store just to make that decision, and Apple (mostly) has that covered too. Buried inside the Apple Store app for iPhone is an actual size comparison for each case size. The mockup shows the casing of the Apple Watch with the home screen icons displayed, and you can tap to toggle between the smaller and larger cases....

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13:30
CalDigit Thunderbolt Station 2: Maximum expansion,...

CalDigit Thunderbolt station 2. Photo by Steve sande © 2015, All rights reserved

Despite Apple's decision to not include Thunderbolt 2 in the new MacBook, the fast connectivity option is quickly becoming mainstream for those who need lots of speedy external storage or multiple big monitors. As such, manufacturers like CalDigit have been stepping up efforts to produce docks that allow multiple peripherals to be connected to a MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, Mac mini or Mac Pro with a single cable. Today we're looking at the CalDigit Thunderbolt Station 2 (US$199, affiliate link), a surprisingly small but powerful Thunderbolt 2 dock.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 5.2 x 3.88 x 1.71 inches (13.2 x 9.86 x 4.34 cm)
  • Weight: 1.34 lbs (.61 kg)

Design

Many of the docks I've reviewed in the past have come in a horizontal...

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13:11
Ending! $40 Mac Bundle: Things, ScreenFlow, Typed,...

Update: Ending in 24 hours

9to5Toys Specials has put together a really impressive bundle of 8 Mac apps including the latest versions of Screenflow and Things (which are $100 and $49 at the Mac App Store by themselves!).

Using the coupon code ULTRAMAC5 at checkout, 9to5 readers can get an extra $5 discount over at Specials.9to5Toys.com to buy the whole bundle ...

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13:07
Griffin introduces WatchStand for Apple Watch, LaCie...

Two companies major accessory makers have capitalized on Apple's latest hardware announcements to introduce new products: Griffin has revealed the WatchStand for the Apple Watch, while LaCie has premiered a USB-C version of the Porsche Design Mobile Drive, aimed at Apple's 12-inch MacBook.

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13:04
Micromat revamps Techtool Pro 8 for Mac OS X

Micromat (www.micromat.com) has announced a new version of Techtool Pro. The company calls the new version Techtool Pro 8 and says the new version offers a number of significant new features.

"Techtool Pro 8 is a major leap forward compared to our prior versions," says Jeff Baudin, president of Micromat. "Version 8 brings us to the level of ASD (Apple Service Diagnostics). Added with Techtool's legacy battery of tests and repair functions, it takes us quite a bit further." 

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13:02
Opinion: Apple’s Spring Forward event signals huge...

Although many people expected that Apple’s Spring Forward event would mostly focus on the Apple Watch, more than half of the event — notably, the first part — covered other topics. Collectively, there were so many interesting developments that their individual significance was somewhat lost, particularly given that long-awaited Watch pricing news wrapped up the event.

That’s why I wanted to reconsider what Spring Forward revealed about some of Apple’s non-Watch products. Some of the announcements signal that big changes are ahead for Apple’s Mac, iPad, and Apple TV product lines, as well as Apple itself. Read on for my thoughts, and add yours to the comments section below…...

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13:00
The Week in Mac Apps: Blueprint offers seamless...

Blueprint offers seamless business management, plus disk cleaning utilities and more

This week, our roundup of new Mac app brings you apps to manage your text files, notes, business relationships, and photos. For variety, we even threw in a new way to look at the sky, and an easy solution to get rid of the clutter that affects your storage.

Assembler 1.0

Quote-Unquote Apps’s $10 Assembler (Mac App Store Link) solves a surprisingly common problem: It glues together multiple text files into a single document.

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12:56
WaterField Designs announces Zip Brief for the 12-...

WaterField Designs has announced the US$179 Zip Brief (http://tinyurl.com/p87vryj), created to protect and showcase the new 12-inch MacBook. Lined with soft material, the Zip's internal pockets cradle the MacBook on one side and accessories on the other.

The TSA-friendly Zip combines leather with waxed canvas or ballistic nylon for a comfortable yet sophisticated look, according to Gary Waterfield, owner of WaterField Designs. It's available in tan waxed canvas or black ballistic nylon with full-grain, naturally-tanned leather trim.

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12:55
Swiss watch industry headed for an 'ice age...

Apple's soon-to-be-released entry into the wearable market could bring financial pain for the low end of Switzerland's vaunted watch industry, according to Swatch co-inventor Elmar Mock, who believes that the Apple Watch "will put a lot of pressure on the traditional watch industry and jobs in Switzerland."

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12:18
Snowden docs show CIA's attempts to hack Apple...

Researchers sponsored by the U.S. government have reportedly tried to defeat the encryption and security of Apple devices for years.

Several presentations given between 2010 and 2012 at a conference sponsored by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency described attempts to decrypt the firmware in Apple mobile devices or to backdoor Mac OS X and iOS applications by poisoning developer tools.

Abstracts of the secret presentations were among the documents leaked by former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden to journalists and were published Tuesday by The Intercept.

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12:09
Taking Apple Watch for a run? Don't forget your...

This runner’s idea of heaven is strapping a 38mm Apple Watch Sport to my wrist, throwing on a Bluetooth headset, and hitting the Prospect Park loop completely unencumbered.

But my hopes were dashed when I realized during Monday’s Apple Watch event that some key fitness features won’t work if I run without my iPhone 6. The Watch’s heart rate sensor and accelerometer work on their own, and the native Workout app can track different kinds of workouts that don’t require GPS. All of that information can later be synced with your phone if you exercise without it.

An iPhone companion

On Monday, Apple took the wraps off new Watch app partners, including fit tech companies like Nike, Runtastic, and Strava, which will track your workout progress on your wrist. It’s a far more convenient place to see your current pace than having to unlock your phone and fumble through various screens.

...

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12:03
Third-party Apple Watch straps coming soon with...

Apple will have its own straps and bands available for Apple Watch when it launches next month, but companies are already planning third-party options…

The big draw for third-party bands will be the ability for customers to purchase the entry-level $349 Sport model and upgrade to a stainless steel or leather band for much less than Apple’s official bands.

A new crowdfunding campaign from Monowear Design, for instance, promises leather and stainless steel bands for $80 each. Compare that with the...

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12:02
Schumer to FAA: Straighten Up Cybersecurity and Fly...


The United States Federal Aviation Administration should implement cybersecurity upgrades recommended by the U.S. Government Accountability Office immediately, or risk hackers taking over its computer systems, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., has warned. The GAO last week released a report that found significant security control weaknesses in the FAA's computer systems threatened its ability to ensure the safe and uninterrupted operation of the U.S. national aerospace system, or NAS.

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12:00
Creative Pro User Group Network announces Las Vegas...

The Creative Pro User Group (CPUG) Network says the 14th Annual Las Vegas SuperMeet will take place on Tuesday, April 14, in the Royale Ballroom at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas Nevada.

The SuperMeet promises to be the single largest gathering of Final Cut Pro, Adobe, Avid and DaVinci Resolve editors, gurus, digital filmmakers and content creators during the 2015 NAB Show. Early bird tickets are on sale for US$10 ($7 for students) through March 11.

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11:53
Choosing your Apple Watch: Case and band...

After deciding on a case size and material, choosing a band is the most important part of buying a new Apple Watch. Apple uses case and band combinations to stratify the wearable's pricing, so AppleInsider took a look at the options.

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11:47
Leaked Documents Suggest CIA Work on Hacked Version...

United States Central Intelligence Agency researchers have been working for years to crack the security of Apple's iPhone and iPad, and may have done so through the creation of a modified version of Xcode, Apple's software development tool designed for developers.

According to secret documents obtained by The Intercept, at a 2012 "Jamboree" that focused on security flaws found in various electronics, CIA researchers outlined both a hacked version of Xcode and a modified OS X updater that could be used to install malicious software like keyloggers.The modified version of Xcode, the researchers claimed, could enable spies to steal passwords and grab messages on infected devices. Researchers also claimed the modified Xcode could "force all iOS applications to send...

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11:30
Landscape and Garden Solution comes to ConceptDraw...

CS Odessa (http://www.conceptdraw.com) has announced the Landscape and Garden Solution, a new Solution for ConceptDraw Pro 10. The Solution contains professionally-drawn samples of garden elements to allow users to visualize your landscape plans using templates and libraries.

These include topiary, flowers, water features, pathways and plots, hedges and recreational equipment. The Landscape and Garden solution is designed for any green-fingered gardener wondering how to design a garden. It contains 14 libraries containing 420 vector graphics shapes.

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11:25
Red Giant Universe gets more visual effects and...

Red Giant has updated and expanded the Red Giant Universe to version 1.4, adding more visual effects options.

Version 1.4 introduces eight new tools to Universe, growing the library to include 89 visual effects and transitions. The update also offers new host support for FXHome HitFilm 3 Pro, allowing users to work across multiple host apps – Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro X, Apple Motion, Sony Vegas and Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve – with the same effects.

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11:01
High-End Retail Shops Around the World Preparing to...

During yesterday's Apple Watch event, Apple CEO Tim Cook suggested the high-end Apple Watch Edition will be available in limited quantities at a select number of stores. He was likely referring to some of the pop up shops we've seen under construction, in upscale department stores Galeries Lafayette in Paris and Selfridges in London.

Women's Wear Daily has shared some more information on the locations where we will see the $10,000+ Apple Watch Edition and other versions of the Apple Watch shown off around the world. Described as "shop-in-shops" in high-visibility locations, each of Apple's pop up stores will ensure customers looking to make major purchases will get the best service possible.

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10:15
Google releases Calendar for iPhone app

Google just announced its much anticipated Google Calendar app for iPhone is now available on the App Store. The app is essentially an iPhone version of the standalone Calendar mobile app previously only available for Android devices. Google first unveiled the latest version of its Calendar app alongside the release of Android 5.0 Lollipop late last year. 

The Google Calendar app for iPhone works with your Exchange and iCloud calendars and also integrates with Gmail to automatically turn events from emails into Calendar entries. Here’s a rundown on features from Google:

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10:15
Apple patches FREAK vulnerability on Mountain Lion,...

Apple has published their second major security roll-up package of the year, Security Update 2015-002, which contains fixes for multiple version of OS X stretching from Mountain Lion 10.8.5 to Yosemite 10.10.2. These updates mitigate threats from several different vulnerabilities, but the most notable is a fix that will inoculate Safari users against the so-called "FREAK" SSL/TLS exploit (CVE-2015-0204, although at publication time the Apple page shows CVE-2015-0167 as the CVE ID for FREAK).

First publicized a week ago, the "FREAK" vulnerability can be used by an attacker to force someone’s SSL/TLS connection to a...

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10:12
Roundup: CarPlay, Tesla, diversity and more at Apple...

Apple’s annual shareholders meeting is taking place today at its headquarters in Cupertino where shareholders vote on proposals from both Apple management and other shareholders, and Apple fields questions from attendees at the meeting. While shareholder meetings aren’t broadcasted like earnings calls, a few members of the media are in attendance to report the event’s activities. Below is a roundup of news coming out of the meeting…

– Shareholders pass all Apple proposals

All Apple proposals passed, but exec comp one got 25.37% no votes, which is high.

— Philip Elmer-DeWitt (@philiped) March 10, 2015

– Cook says ResearchKit isn’t about ROI

Tim Cook says research kit has no business model or ROI – "this is not the lens at...

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10:10
CIA Tried To Crack Security of Apple Devices

According to a story at The Guardian passed on by an anonymous reader, The CIA led sophisticated intelligence agency efforts to undermine the encryption used in Apple phones, as well as insert secret surveillance back doors into apps, top-secret documents published by the Intercept online news site have revealed. he newly disclosed documents from the National Security Agency's internal systems show surveillance methods were presented at its secret annual conference, known as the "jamboree."


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10:05
Gadget Ogling: Slick, Dull and Outlandish...


Samsung is trying something a little different while simultaneously positioning its S6 and S6 edge as the market's dominant Android smartphones. Sure, they're faster, smarter, brighter, stronger and more powerful than previous models -- as you might expect in a flagship refresh -- and that's all terribly pedestrian. Still, I love the edge concept. I'm glad to see Samsung continue and expand it, with slivers of the screen bending around both edges of the surface.

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10:00
Swiss watchmakers offer mix of deep concern,...

Swiss watchmakers are once again weighing in on how Apple Watch might impact the Swiss watch industry after Apple yesterday revealed pricing and availability for its three Watch collections. By confirming that its 18k gold models will range from $10,000-$17,000, Apple signaled that it isn’t content to sell into the $350 – $1,000 market where the aluminum Sport and stainless steel Watch models sit; it’s also aiming at the premium luxury watch market. However, it’s the lower end of Apple’s collection that Swiss watchmakers are really worried about.

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09:54
Welcome to the Mac: Revisiting OS X's welcome...

I bought an iMac G4 the other day; you’ll get to meet her soon in Think Retro, but she’s just wonderful; I’ve wanted to own one from the second I saw them. This column’s not about her, though.

Even though the chap I bought it from had carefully—responsibly!—erased his personal data from it, the first thing I wanted to do, of course, was install a clean OS. I couldn’t find any Tiger install discs, but I knew I’d created disc images of at least some installers and stored them safely on my Drobo. I couldn’t burn the image to a DVD, but that might be because the cake of blank DVDs I unearthed is many years old and so may be degraded.

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09:53
External Link: Apple Devices Targeted by the CIA

The Intercept has received top secret internal documents that show that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has spent years trying to infiltrate Apple devices. Tactics attempted by the CIA include modifying Xcode to place vulnerabilities in apps, modifying the Mac OS X updater to install keyloggers, and attempting to extract iPhone Group ID keys by analyzing the devices’ electromagnetic emissions. It’s unknown how effective the CIA’s techniques have been.

 

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09:51
Apple Donates Over $50 Million to Increase Diversity...

Apple's annual shareholders meeting is currently underway at the company's headquarters in Cupertino, California, and one big item on the agenda, according to Apple’s human resources chief Denise Young Smith, is a plan to partner with a few non-profit organizations on an effort to bring more women, minorities, and veterans into the tech industry (via Fortune).

The deal is said to be a multi-year effort worth $50 million, and to start off, Apple is partnering with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, a non-profit which focuses on supporting students enrolled in "historically black colleges and universities."

The two will work together in expanding the role of minorities in the field, with Apple planning to donate over $40 million to the organization.
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09:36
Sci-fi fantasies realized: the iPhone is the best...

Many boys want to be a firefighter when they grow up. Or maybe a race car driver, a police officer or a solider.

I wanted to work on the USS Enterprise.

Look at that enormous thing. oh, how I wanted one. 

Star Trek, the original series, was in syndication when I was young. My father loved the show, and he'd invite me to watch it with him. We'd sit side by side on the couch and watch Kirk and Spock fly through space and have incredible adventures. My dad would explain who the aliens were and what the ships were called. He described McCoy's Tricorder, Kirk's flip-open communicator and the transporter. I fell in love with them and imagined what life would be like if I had those things.

I'd ride by bike around the neighborhood, pedaling as hard as my skinny little legs would go, the whole time imagining I was the...

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09:33
Apple Donates $50 Million to Two Funds Assisting...

On December 9, 2014 we reported that Apple's CEO Tim Cook met privately with Rev. Jesse Jackson who later stated that he was impressed with Tim Cook and the conversation that they had. He further noted that Cook has a real vision for Apple and he sees the value in inclusiveness ...

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09:29
New MacBook Pro and Air Benchmarks Comparable to Mid...

The newly refreshed 13" Retina MacBook Pro announced on Monday is seeing comparable performance to the mid-2014 model, according to the latest Geekbench benchmark. The early 2015 model with an Intel Core i5 processor clocked at 2.7GHz achieved a single-core score of 3043 and a multi-core score of 6448, a minor variance from last year's low-end 13" Retina MacBook Pro single-core score of 3056 and multi-core score of 6554.

The latest 11" MacBook Air, with an Intel Core i5 processor clocked at 1.6GHz, also performed comparably to its predecessor in Geekbench benchmarks, with its single-core score of 2753 and multi-core score of 5486...

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09:18
Labels say 'no' to Apple on cheap...

Record labels are reportedly standing firm against Apple's plan for an $8 per month streaming music service, and may even consider new listening caps for Spotify.

Citing unnamed insiders, Billboard reports that labels are rethinking the value of streaming music now that services like Spotify have taken hold. While labels had been eager to establish new revenue sources after the decline of the CD business, some are now worried that these services still aren't bringing in enough money. It's a sentiment echoed by artists such as Radiohead, Bjork, and Taylor Swift, who have withheld some or all of their songs from Spotify.

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09:10
Dash 2.2.4 - Instant search and offline access to...

Dash is an API Documentation Browser and Code Snippet Manager. Dash helps you store snippets of code, as well as instantly search and browse documentation for almost any API you might use (for a full list, see the screenshots).

Documentation Browser Features

  • Offline Documentation: iOS, OS X, Man Pages, ActionScript, Akka, Android, Angular.js, Appcelerator Titanium, Arduino, Backbone.js, Boost, Bootstrap, Bourbon, C, C++, CakePHP, Cappuccino, Clojure, Cocos2D, Cocos2D-X, Cocos3D, CodeIgniter, CoffeeScript, Common Lisp, Compass, Corona, CSS, Django, Dojo Toolkit, Drupal, D3.js, Elixir, Emacs Lisp, Ember.js, Erlang, Express.js, ExtJS, Flask, Foundation (by Zurb), Git, GLib, Grails, Go, Groovy, Haskell, HTML, Java, JavaFX, JavaScript, Joomla, jQuery, jQuery Mobile, jQuery UI, Knockout.js, Kobold2D, Laravel, Less, Lua, Lo-Dash, Marionette.js, Meteor, MongoDB, Mono, MySQL, Node.js, OpenGL, Perl, PhoneGap, PHP, Play, PostgreSQL, Processing, Prototype.js,...

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09:05
Uncovered documents point towards CIA-sponsored...

When the CIA sponsors a full-on “jamboree” focused on breaking the security found in the iPhone and iPad, there’s something to be said for that.

According to recently obtained top-secret documents, security researchers were gathered at a CIA-sponsored “Jamboree” event wherein attendees discussed strategies for exploiting security flaws in household and commercial electronics. The conferences have spanned nearly a decade, with the first CIA-sponsored meeting taking place a year before the first iPhone was released.

By targeting essential security keys used to encrypt data stored on Apple’s devices, the researchers sought to...

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09:00
Engineering success in the cloud

Today’s Office 365 post was written by Daniel M. Horton, chief information officer at Michael Baker International, a leading global provider of engineering and technical consulting services

Pushing the technology envelope brings innovation and mobility to clients—that’s real value that we add to help them achieve strategic objectives. The engineering and development projects that our company performs position us to better understand what global companies need to succeed in the twenty-first century. To that end, we recently began to move our own infrastructure into the cloud.

Making any major technology transition requires diligence, focus and a deep understanding of alternatives. For example, facing a messaging system upgrade in 2014, we carefully reviewed our options, one of which was to adopt Microsoft Office 365 cloud services.

After evaluating the...

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09:00
LaCie announces USB Type-C mobile drives to match...

Now that Apple’s new 12-inch MacBook is out, the mad dash is on among peripheral makers to create fancy new accessories to match the fanless, USB Type-C-loaded laptop.

On Tuesday, LaCie announced an update to its Porsche Design Mobile Drive line. The Seagate-owned storage maker announced the portable hard drives will soon come with a USB Type-C connector. The new drives will be available in 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB capacities and are expected to go on sale before the end of June.

One thing the drives won’t have is USB 3.1—the blazing fast, next-gen version of USB that promises up to 10Gbps data transfer speeds. Instead, the drives will come with USB 3.0 interfaces and maximum transfer speeds of 100MB/s.

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08:32
GameStop and Marriott International Announce Apple...

More news continues to circulate following yesterday's Apple Watch-centered media event, with today bringing confirmation that two big new companies, GameStop and Marriott, are partnering with Apple to support Apple Pay.

First announced yesterday, Marriott confirmed that it will be the first hospitality company to offer Apple Pay to its customers. The roll-out will begin sometime this summer and launch in eleven total Marriott-owned locations like The Ritz-Carlton, EDITION Miami, Renaissance Hotels, and Marriott Hotels.
“Approximately 75 percent of our guests travel with one or more mobile devices, and it is even higher among 25-35 year olds – a group that will make up a much larger proportion of our guests over the next three years,” said...

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08:29
Select Marriott Hotels, Etsy to begin accepting...

This summer, you’ll be able to use Apple Pay at certain Marriott hotels in the U.S.

In addition, Marriott Rewards members will be able to load their Rewards benefits via co-branded credit cards into Apple Pay.

The first batch of Marriott hotels to get Apple Pay include The Ritz-Carlton New York at Central Park, The Ritz-Carlton Washington D.C., EDITION Miami, JW Marriott Chicago, Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel, San Francisco Marriott Marquis, San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront, New York Marriott Downtown, San Jose Marriott, Courtyard Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile, Courtyard Los Angeles L.A. Live and Residence Inn Los Angeles L.A. Live.

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08:23
Apple secures Safari against FREAK attacks

Apple on Monday patched the FREAK flaw in both OS X and iOS, issuing updates for both operating systems to protect users of its Safari browser.

In a pair of accompanying advisories, Apple noted the FREAK fix as one of several in iOS 8.2 and OS X Yosemite, Mavericks and Mountain Lion. The OS X update was labeled 2015-002 to identify it as a multi-edition fix.

“Secure Transport accepted short ephemeral RSA keys, usually used only in export-strength RSA cipher suites, on connections using full-strength RSA cipher suites,” Apple stated in both advisories. “This issue, also known as FREAK, only affected connections to servers which support export-strength RSA cipher suites, and was addressed by removing support for ephemeral RSA keys.”

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08:16
Apple releases Security Update 2015-002 for OS X 10....

It’s not a huge security update, but it came out yesterday and is probably worth snagging.

Late Monday, Apple released Security Update 2015-002, a 4.8 megabyte update containing updated security fixes for the OS X 10.8, 10.9 and 10.10 operating systems.

The update, which addresses vulnerabilities such as the “FREAK” attack, can be located and installed through OS X’s Software Update/App Store features and requires a quick restart to install.

Full technical notes for Security Update 2015-002 can be found here and if you’ve tried the update and have any feedback to offer, let us know in the...

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08:08
Does USB Type C Herald the End of Apple's...

An anonymous reader writes The Verge has an interesting editorial about the USB Type C connector on the new Macbook, and what this might mean for Apple's Lightning and Thunderbolt connectors. The former is functionally identical to USB Type C, and the latter has yet to prove popular in the external media and "docking" applications for which it was originally intended. Will Apple phase out these ports in favour of a single, widely-accepted, but novel standard? Or do we face a dystopian future where Apple sells cords with USB Type C on one end, and Lightning on the other?


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08:07
Apple confirms 8 GB of space on Apple Watch, will...

This is interesting

Apple confirmed that all three editions of the Apple Watch will ship with 8GB of internal storage. Apple Watch users will be limited to up to 2GB of songs and up to 75MB of photos that are locally stored on the device and can be listened to or viewed without a paired iPhone. Songs can be synced using the Apple Watch companion app on compatible iPhones running iOS 8.2 or later.

2GB of music works out to anywhere from 200 to 500 songs depending on the audio quality, while the report claims that 75MB of photos will equal to over 100 photos that are automatically compressed for reduced file size on the Apple Watch.

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08:01
The Apple Watch has an Eye on the Enterprise Market

Now that Apple Watch is nearing its launch date of April 24, businesses want to literally tap into this new tool as most business executives wear watches.

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08:00
Accessible Apple: Springing into accessibility, 2015...

Via Apple livestream of the 3/9/15 spring forward event

Yesterday's Apple Spring Forward event blew my expectations clean out of the water. Yesterday morning, we saw Apple make a lot of announcements that have far-reaching implications for universal accessibility. These include, but are not limited to, the Apple TV, ResearchKit, the new MacBook, and the Apple Watch.

The two primary announcements regarding the Apple TV made today were HBO Now and the price reduction. HBO Now, a service allowing subscribers to access HBO's current and archived content for $14.99 per month, brings the Apple TV one step closer to replacing...

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07:58
Rumor: In lieu of upcoming iTuns music streaming...

This is the cost of a company getting to be a certain size or have a certain influence on its surrounding industries.

Apparently, Apple is unlikely to offer a free, ad-supported tier for its upcoming streaming music service. It also seemed like Apple was going to try to undercut competitors like Spotify by offering its service for US$7.99 per month. Now, it’s looking like Apple might not be able to use price to catch up to Spotify — a report from Billboard indicates that the record companies are unsurprisingly unhappy with Apple’s attempt to make streaming music even cheaper. As such, it sounds like Apple is no longer...

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