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Tuesday April 22

08:14
Apple Reuse & Recycling program expands to iPad

Apple has expanded its in-store Reuse & Recycling program to iPad, 9to5Mac reports. Previously, only iPhones could be traded in for credit toward other iPhones. Now, iPads can be traded in for credit, and credit from iPhones and iPads can be applied to a newer version of either device.…

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08:00
iPhone 101: How to use the Wish List in the iOS App...

Do you find killer apps in the iOS App Store, only to forget them a few minutes later? One handy feature of the iOS App Store on your iPhone or iPad is the ability to save apps to a Wish List that you can view later.

Follow these steps below to add...

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07:52
Apple Stores launch in-store iPad trade-in program...

In its continued full-court Earth Day press, Apple is expanding its Reuse & Recycling program to help responsibly recycle more devices and get current generation devices into the hands of more customers.

As of this morning, the iPad is now eligible for the in-store Reuse & Recycling program at Apple Retail Store locations that allows customers to receive credit for their aging Apple devices. In the past, customers could only receive trade-in credit for iPhones. Also new, Apple will now allow iPhone or iPad trade-in credit to be used on cross products. That means you can trade-in an eligible iPhone and use that credit towards the purchase of a new iPad. Previously, iPhone trade-in credit could only be used to buy a new iPhone.

Apple Specialists have ...

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07:43
Apple may be hiding behind 'Brightflash'...

Signs that Apple is preparing to roll out a wearable device called the "iWatch" grew stronger Tuesday following a report that the company may have set up a shell corporation in Delaware designed to register iWatch trademarks without arousing suspicion.



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07:41
5.5-inch iPhone could be delayed until 2015

Apple's oft-rumored 5.5-inch version of the iPhone 6 has been pushed into 2015, claims Taiwanese publication the Industrial and Commercial Times. Apple has reportedly had trouble finding a battery that's both powerful and less than 2mm thick, needed to fit the 5.5-inch model's "very thin" profile. Suppliers have allegedly been referring to the device as the "iPhone Air," though that may not be the final product name....



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07:01
Report Claims Rumored 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Delayed...

Apple may or may not be planning on shipping an iPhone model with a 5.5-inch display, but that isn't stopping insider sources from saying it's delayed and won't ship until some time in 2015. Sources claim the rumored device is real, and that production issues will keep Apple from releasing it until next year.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple is undoubtedly testing multiple iPhone screen sizes, but calling a rumored 5.5-inch model delayed isn't accurate. Apple hasn't announced the device, or promised a shipping date. What's more likely is that people with limited access to parts of the company's supply chain are misinterpreting what little they know about Apple's test products.


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07:00
Here is one way to reuse 10,000 old iPhones

This impressive Aatma Studio video, turned into an animated gif thanks to Imgur member Tomeeh, shows you how you could reuse an old iPhone 5 if you happen to have 10,000 of them sitting around your apartment. This clip, if you are wondering,...

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06:34
Apple offering free recycling of used products in...

Apple is now offering free recycling for all of its used products in its retail stores, the Associated Press reports. Previously, only some devices could be recycled in-store. The company will still give out gift cards for devices with monetary value. Apple’s recycling policy change coincides with Earth Day…

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06:23
Former Apple designer redesigns playing cards

I must admit, the more I like at these, the more I like them.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:23
Wearables Just Don't Do It for Nike


Nike appears to be retreating from its vanguard position in the computer wearables market.
The company reportedly has begun slashing the engineering team working on its FuelBand product, a fitness computer that can be worn on a wrist, laying off as many as 55 of the 70-person team working on FuelBand. However, Nike subsequently insisted the FuelBand was still an important part of its business, saying it would continue to improve the product, offer it in new colors, and sell and support it for the foreseeable future.

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06:20
Report: 5.5” ‘iPhone Air’ may not be seen until 2015

Apple’s rumored 5.5” iPhone may not hit the market until 2015 due to battery issues, according to Taiwan’s Commercial Times. The phone — referred to in the report as “iPhone Air” — supposedly needs a battery that’s 2mm or less in thickness. Suppliers need more time to meet Apple’s…

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06:11
Apple celebrates Earth Day with modified logo

April 22nd is Earth Day, and for the first time in eight years, Apple is acknowledging it by modifying its logo for the day. Some stores, such as the Nanjing East store in Shanghai, have updated the store’s traditional logo to one with a green leaf, which we can see thanks to Instagram user Znnina who posted a photo of the store’s updated logo. As part of the celebration, select stores will be giving employees special Earth Day shirts to wear. Apple has also posted a new “Better” ...

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06:08
Apple Hires FDA Expert Divya Nag for Health and...

Apple's list of health and fitness experts just got longer now that the company has hired FDA approval expert Divya Nag. Her expertise with the FDA's medical approval process makes her a good fit for the iPhone and iPad maker's health and fitness plans for the rumored iWatch and other wearable products that may be in development.

The Mac Observer Spin: Considering the long list of health and fitness related hires Apple has made over the past couple years, it isn't a question of what it's working on, but instead a question of which features it will have.


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06:00
1Password for Mac updated with improvements to...

1Password 4 for Mac was updated today to version 4.3 with a bevy of enhancements and new features. Unlike today’s update to the iOS version of the app, the OS X-based update is not an overhaul of the application, but instead focuses on refining the software’s feature set.

This update features big updates to the 1Password Mini plugin, which now allows you to edit your saved items and generated passwords, recognizes a number of new keyboard shortcuts, and supports “fuzzy search” for saved items; the auto-save system, which now prompts you to update your existing password if you create a new password for a saved website; and a lot more.

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06:00
1Password for iOS updated with all-new design,...


1Password 4 launched last year to much fanfare as a major redesign of the most powerful password management software available. Today the app has been updated to version 4.5, which brings the biggest update to the app’s design since the 4.0 release.

With this update, the entire app has once again been redesigned completely, this time for compliance with iOS 7’s new look. You’ll still find the layout familiar, though some tweaks have been made to a few...

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06:00
Daily App: GoodGuide helps you find green, healthy...

GoodGuide is your guide to all things that are good for you and good for the environment. The guide is available on the web and in a pocketable version that you can carry on your iPhone.

The GoodGuide app for iOS contains ratings for over 210,000...

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06:00
1Password 4.5 for Apple's iOS overhauled with...

Popular password management tool 1Password was given a major update on iOS on Tuesday, with the new version 4.5 sporting AirDrop support, always-available search, and support for multiple and shared vaults.



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05:56
Details on Apple’s 2nd quarter results conference...

The call is tomorrow at 2p PST. You can dial in or watch the live webcast.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:51
Wall Street expecting Apple to report year-on-year...

The consensus view of 40 analysts polled by Fortune is that Apple’s year-on-year revenue for its fiscal Q2 (Q1 of the calendar year) has fallen by 0.2 percent to $43.6B. This follows earlier predictions that iPhone sales will have grown two percent, and iPad sales will have dropped by 0.7 percent.

Most of our analysts (31 out to 40) are playing it safe, offering estimates within the range of Apple’s guidance — between $42 billion and $44 billion.

Seven think Apple will beat its revenue guidance — by half to three-quarters of a billion dollars, according to Merrill Lynch’s Scott...

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05:45
Netflix is about to get more expensive

Last time Netflix tried to raise their monthly rate, the company took it on the chin, hemorrhaging customers and taking a stock nose dive. This time they are being a little more cautious.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:32
Rumor again claims Apple's jumbo-sized 5.5...

Claims that Apple's rumored 5.5-inch iPhone will bow months after its purported 4.7-inch sibling were backed up Tuesday with a new report from Taiwan claiming that Apple may be having trouble fitting an ultra-slim battery for the new device.



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05:30
Older versions of OS X to lose AIM iChat login...

In a new support article, Apple has indicated its intention to remove the ability to use a mac.com or me.com ID to login to the AIM service via iChat on OS X systems older than 10.7.2 as of June 30th, 2014. To continue using the service, the article recommends either updating to 10.7.5 if you wish to continue using Lion, otherwise update to Mavericks using these instructions. If you can’t upgrade OS X, you can choose one of these methods to create a new AIM ID;

Creating a new AIM ID

  1. Create a new AIM ID ...
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05:26
Amazon sales fall in states that force collection of...

Interesting to see this impact on sales.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:24
iPhone sales could be threatened as subsidized costs...

How much did your iPhone cost? If you said $199, $299 or even $399 you’re somewhere near $350 off. As some consciously forget, the carriers often shield the owner from the real total cost of the iPhone. That may not last.

iPhone sales could be hurt as carriers switch from so-called subsidized contracts, where customers pay only a fraction of the cost a new iPhone up-front, to deals where the true cost of the phone is more visible, argues a piece in the WSJ.

Many U.S. iPhone customers are not aware that the full cost of an iPhone ranges from $549 for a 16GB 5c to $849 for a 64GB 5s. The reason is that carriers have traditionally asked for only $0 to $200 up-front...

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05:07
∞ Tim Cook narrates Apple’s “Better” environmental...

Tim Cook does a terrific job narrating this heartfelt video (embedded in the original post). You can feel the passion in his voice.

At Apple, we strive to reduce our impact on climate change, find ways to use greener materials and conserve resources for future generations. This video was shot on location at Apple Facilities. Now more than ever, we will work to leave the world better than we found it.

Amen, Tim.

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05:00
Apple expands its recycling program and other news...

Apple has expanded its free recycling program to include any Apple product, no matter the age. While not all products will be eligible for a gift card when traded in, Apple will take any item produced in its 30-year history in an effort to avert more...

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04:39
Life without WWDC

If you’ve ever been to WWDC, give this a read. I feel your pain, James.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:10
Chinese iOS malware stealing Apple IDs and passwords...

Security researcher Stefan Esser (via ArsTechnica) has discovered that an issue reported on Reddit as causing crashes on jailbroken iPhones and iPads is actually a piece of malware designed to capture Apple IDs and passwords from infected devices.

This malware appears to have Chinese origin and comes as a library called Unflod.dylib that hooks into all running processes of jailbroken iDevices and listens to outgoing SSL connections. From these connections it tries to steal the device’s Apple-ID and corresponding password and sends...

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04:04
Taiwanese media claims 5.5inch iPhone 6 to be very...

Via GforGames, the Commercial Times is reporting that the 5.5 inch iPhone 6 (the larger brother of the expected ~4.7 inch model) is currently facing delays due to yield issues with special battery components.

According to the report, Apple wants the 5.5 inch device to be incredibly thin requiring battery cells that are only 2mm in depth. Normal battery components are usually closer to 3mm.

Battery manufacturers are struggling to meet Apple’s requirements and this is apparently causing delays. The report speculates that the 5.5 inch iPhone may not be on sale until early 2015, because of these issues.

The 2015 timeframe...

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03:16
Apple tech takes on distracted driving, blocks users...

A new piece of technology unearthed on Tuesday shows Apple has developed iPhone technology that automatically shuts off texting capabilities when it is determined that a user is driving, helping to mitigate potential accidents resulting from in-car distractions.



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02:53
Apple teases Samsung in new environmental print ad...

As part of its recent environmental campaign, Apple has taken out some tongue-in-cheek full-page print advertising in newspapers around the world today. The ad reads ‘There are some things we want every company to copy’. The ad was first spotted by David McClelland on Twitter.

The ad also has been seen in Germany. The ad highlights Apple’s commitment to its green energy plans and environmental sustainability. The ad is phrased as...

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02:34
Apple print ad touts environmental responsibility,...

Apple gave its legal adversaries a bit of a ribbing on Tuesday as the company took out a full-page ad in UK newspapers saying, "There are some ideas we want every company to copy," alluding to Apple's environmental awareness.



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02:25
Samsung vs Apple, Day Nine: Billions or merely...

On Monday, Samsung -- which has devoted some 21.5 hours of its 25-hour limit to defending itself against charges that it copied five specific Apple patents -- finally rested its defensive case and began its offensive case late in the day, alleging that Apple is infringing on two patents it owns (but did not create -- they were purchased from others). Several expert witnesses for Samsung had to walk a strange line of saying Samsung had not infringed any of Apple's patents -- but even if it did, they were only worth a total of $38.4 million, not almost $2.2 billion....



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01:00
Logitech announces thinner Ultrathin Keyboard Cover...

Not content to rest on its laurels as one of the top iPad accessory manufacturers in the world, Logitech today announced an array of new products and a new version of its best-selling Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad Air and iPad mini. The new...

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00:01
Apple Store logos and employee uniforms go green for...

In commemoration of Earth Day, Apple Stores around the world have changed the color of the iconic Apple logo's leaf section green, while employees were given special green t-shirts to wear for the day.



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Monday April 21

23:21
Briefly: Apple goes green, analysts post final...

Continuing with the various environmentally-themed disclosures on Monday, Apple has begun decorating its Apple Stores for Earth Day on Tuesday by adding green gels to the "leaf" portion of the Apple logo on some stores. The changeover is happening worldwide, with pictures of the modified logo appearing from China and Australia that also include employees in green-colored work shirts....



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22:31
Report: New director, new star rumored for Sony...

Following the alleged pullout of planned director David Fincher -- and possibly his choice to play the title role, Christian Bale -- the latest speculation on Sony Pictures' Steve Jobs biopic has it that the studio is now talking to Danny Boyle to helm the multi-million dollar movie, and goes on to say that Boyle's choice for the Jobs role is Leonard DiCaprio. Boyle, best known for Slumdog Millionaire and Trainspotting, is rumored to be the leading candidate following Fincher's walkout over fees and marketing control demands, according to the Hollywood Reporter....



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21:58
Heartbleed and Heartache in FOSS Town


Well it's been a wild few weeks here in the Linux blogosphere, thanks not just to XP's demise but also the long-overdue discovery of the all-pervasive Heartbleed bug. That the bug is "catastrophic" appears to be beyond dispute; in fact, "some might argue that it is the worst vulnerability found ... since commercial traffic began to flow on the Internet," as at least one commentator suggested. The fact that the flaw exists in OpenSSL, of course, is what's made the topic particularly pertinent to those of us in the FOSS world.

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21:44
∞ First person view of Blue Angels practice

I’ve always wanted to have a ride in an F/A-18 Hornet but not this close to other F/A-18 Hornets.

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20:09
Briefly: Winzip Mac 3, Mailbox 2.0 for iOS released

Today, WinZip announced its new file sharing app, WinZip Mac 3. Aiming to simplify management and projection of file sharing, WinZip Mac 3 offers direct support for Dropbox and Google Drive, complete with 128- or 256-bit AES encryption. Files that have been saved on cloud storage can be viewed and organized within WinZip; its new Cloud Picker tool allows users to see cloud files, rename files and folders, add zipped files and more. Other features in WinZip Mac 3 include an updated user interface, new shortcuts and a new Cloud Links tool for sending cloud files by email. Priced at $30, WinZip M...

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20:07
Apple now accepts all used Apple products for...

Continuing its multi-pronged and environmentally-minded publicity push on Monday, Apple has also initiated a new program that will turn all Apple Stores into recycling centers, accepting all used Apple devices either for free (in the case of non-functional and older devices) or in exchange for a gift card (for newer, functional units). The new plan is part of an effort to reduce the company's "footprint" in terms of manufacturing pollution, and keep more of its electronics out of landfills....



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19:05
Active malware campaign steals Apple passwords from...

Sophos

Security researchers have uncovered an active malware campaign in the wild that steals the Apple ID credentials from jailbroken iPhones and iPads.

News of the malware, dubbed "unflod" based on the name of a library that's installed on infected devices, first surfaced late last week on a pair of reddit threads here and here. In the posts, readers reported their jailbroken iOS devices recently started experiencing repeated crashes, often after installing jailbroken-specific customizations known as tweaks that were not a part of the official Cydia market, which acts as an alternative to Apple...

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18:07
Report: Intel's next-gen Thunderbolt to double...

Continuing to keep one step ahead of reported improvements in next-generation USB technology, Intel is said to be working on a third-generation Thunderbolt system that would double throughput to 40 gigabits (Gb) per second and yet reduce power requirements by as much as 50 percent, though the new connector would support up to 100 watts of charging power. The revised plug, which is backward-compatible with an adapter, will be about three millimeters (0.12 inches) in width, down from the current 4.5mm height....



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18:00
Mailbox 2.0 brings automated actions, preference...

Dropbox's popular Gmail and iCloud client Mailbox was updated on Monday with a new automation feature called "Auto-swipe," the ability to sync preferences across multiple devices and routine performance enhancements.



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18:00
I guess you can bend an iPad in half after all

People always talk about the inevitable future of bendable digital screens, but did you know that you can bend the iPad Air? Apparently you can. You'll destroy your tablet in the process, but according to the photographic evidence above, it's...

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16:50
Apple Store logo leaves start going green in honor...

In line with our report from last week, Apple has begun updating its logos on some of its more high-profile stores with green-colored leaves. Some users in Asia, Italy, and Australia are already posting posting photos of the tweaked logo. Apple Store employees will also be wearing green colored shirts to celebrate Earth Day for the next week. More photos:

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16:46
Samsung expert says Apple patents worth $38.4M, not...

In the ongoing Apple v. Samsung patent trial in California on Monday, a Samsung damages expert said Apple should be granted $38.4 million for all five alleged-infringed patents, far from the $2.19 billion Apple is seeking.



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16:45
How Apple Could Have Increased iPad Sales, But Didn’t

According to analyst projections, the growth in sales of Apple's iPad has come to a halt. Why might that be? John Martellaro looks at some things Apple could have done differently and sizes them up.


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16:41
Mailbox goes 2.0 on iOS, gains Auto-swipe and cross-...

 

Dropbox has released version 2.0 of Mailbox for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Mailbox is the popular email application that allows users to easily sort email for later access. In line with announcements from Dropbox’s recent press conference, the update adds a feature called Auto-swipe. This feature essentially automates common actions based on user’s past email email swipe and snooze tendencies. Mailbox is also leveraging Dropbox’s backend to synchronize the app’s settings across devices.

Filed...

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16:32
Leaked technical data indicates 40 Gbps transfer...

A new set of leaked tech specs for the third-generation version of Intel’s Thunderbolt technology appearing on VRZone today indicate that “Alpine Ridge” controller will allow double the bandwidth (up to 40 Gbps, versus the current 20), cut the system’s power consumption in half, and even feature a new type of connector that would enable the charging the host computer through the Thunderbolt port at up to 100 watts—enough to easily handle the 85W required for the 15″ MacBook Pro (via...

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16:30
Eighth OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 beta seeded to...

Just six days after the previous release, Apple has pushed out the eighth beta of OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 to developers for testing. Other than minor tweaks and fixes, the only thing different about the latest version is its build number, 13D45a -- just two build versions older than the previous one, and with an "a" appendix for unknown reasons. The numbering suggests that the update is nearing "golden master" status, with no known issues listed....



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16:20
Apple reportedly hopes to replace your credit card...

Google Wallet for iOS. Apple may be developing a mobile payments system of its own.

Google

Apple is "very, very serious" about hiring new executives to head up a new mobile payments system, according to a report from Re/code earlier today. The company is looking to fill two new positions to lead the charge—one for a head of product and one for a head of business development. CEO Tim Cook has previously indicated Apple's interest in mobile payments, lending some weight to the rumors.

“We’re seeing that people love being able to buy content, whether it’s music or movies or books, from their iPhone, using Touch ID,” said Cook in the company's first quarter...

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16:12
Google Camera Saves The World…From Vertical Video

Google has released Google Camera, a new app from Google for Android devices running 4.4 or higher was released with The New Killer Camera Featureâ: When you switch to video mode, you get a little indicator smack dab in the middle of the screen to remind you to rotate your device and shoot that video horizontally, as God intended it. There are some other nice features of the app, such as a âPhoto Sphereâ feature (builds a 360 degree panorama) and Lens Blur, but really the great thing here is the Flip Your Frakking Phone For Videoâ thing. This is one of the few cases where something on Android is clearly needed on iOS, and I canât wait till we see a version of it in an iPhone camera app. In case youâre wondering what makes this a bad idea, check out the Vertical Video Syndrome, or VVS PSA from Glove and Boots, below:

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15:57
Apple Outlines Progress of Environmental Efforts

To coincide with Earth Day, Apple has launched an entirely new version of its Environmental Responsibility website. The site outlines how the company is reducing its impact on climate change, using greener materials, and conserving resources. A video narrated by Apple CEO Tim Cook explains that the philosophy behind the company’s green efforts is the same thing that drives everything Apple does — the desire to do better. In a letter on the site, Lisa Jackson, Apple’s Vice President of Environmental Initiatives, concludes, “At Apple, we continue to put nature at the center of our business and design principles. We promise to keep you updated on our journey.”

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15:55
Samsung Argues that Apple Should Get $38.4 million,...

An expert witness testifying for Samsung told jurors on Monday that even if Samsung infringed on five Apple patents, the most-the absolute most-Apple would be entitled to would be US$38.4 million dollars, not the $2 billion Apple wants.


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15:49
Sony eyes Danny Boyle as Steve Jobs biopic director...


DiCaprio and Boyle on the set of the 2000 film “The Beach”

With David Fincher recently rejected to direct the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic written by Aaron Sorkin, Sony may have found its replacement in Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle, according to The Hollywood Reporter. And with the lead role still not cast, Sony is reportedly considering tapping...

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15:47
Next-Generation Hearing Aids Tune In to iPhone

Re/code writes about the benefits of Made for iPhone hearing aids for people such as 29-year-old Dusty Dorey, who enjoys visiting his local pub where his hearing aid automatically compensates for the noise levels inside. The article describes the built-in accessibility features in iOS that allow people with hearing loss to enjoy listening to music or conversing with Siri. Dorey tells Re/code, “I didn’t think about it until I turned on turn-by-turn navigation and it started going into my hearing aids. Having it pipe directly into your ears is awesome.”

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15:47
Using Tablets to Reach Kids With Autism

CNN describes how iPad devices are helping autistic children learn communication and social skills. The article features an app called Flummox & Friends, created by Christa Dahlstrom, who was inspired by her autistic son to create a fully scripted TV show for iPad that “aims to educate children by being entertaining, not condescending.” Dahlstrom notes, “We’ve really started to see children’s media migrate from the TV screen to the iPad.” CNN also highlights a speech therapist who uses iPad to help kids connect socially and a parent whose son uses iPad in a way that helps him “break complex concepts up into more easily understandable chunks.”

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15:46
Review: STM Trust technology bag

The search for a good messenger bag that doubles as a laptop bag is something many travelers find themselves facing at least once. Between bags that are either good for carrying around a multitude of things everyday or ones that only have the capacity for a laptop, there doesn't seem to be many that give a good equilibrium. STM is trying to bridge that gap with their new line of Annex bags. These bags take aim at the electronic and carry needs of everyday life with four different models based on the needs of the consumer. The Trust, STM's lowest tier laptop bag in the line, meets the needs for...



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15:45
Leonardo DiCaprio may take lead role in Steve Jobs...

With Sony's big-budget Steve Jobs biopic in limbo after David Fincher backed out of the project, fresh rumors say director Danny Boyle may reteam with Leonardo DiCaprio to take on the story of Apple's cofounder.



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15:30
The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for April 21, 2014

It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get some the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world.

You can listen to today's...

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15:26
Usability sins

It’s a “freemium” pay model, or a “reverse paywall,” that adds features for subscribers rather than substracting them for nonsubscribers. But it still creates classes of haves and have-nots: those who have to click the “single page” button to see a story on a single page and those who don’t.

This is based on Slate’s new membership system.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:26
Apple issues OS X 10.9.3 beta to developers with...

Apple on Monday seeded the latest OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 beta to developers with iterative changes and enhancements, while asking developers concentrate on the usual focus areas including graphics, Mail and iTunes syncing.



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15:24
Netflix financial results reveal plan to increase...

Netflix is planning to raise the price of its service to new members in the near future, among other changes, the company has revealed as part of its quarterly financial results. Following a limited increase in Ireland, the streaming video service is now looking to increase the subscription fee by one to two dollars, depending on the country....



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15:19
Apple seeds OS X 10.9.3 build 13D45a to developers

Following last week’s seed, Apple has provided beta build 13D45a of the upcoming OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 to registered developers. The update, as always, is present for developers in the Software Update tab of the Mac App Store. 10.9.3′s release date hasn’t been announced, but it includes improved iTunes syncing functionality and better support for 4K external Mac monitors. 

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15:15
Apple looking to hire senior execs for mobile...

Apple has been conducting interviews of senior payment industry executives in a bid to build up a mobile payment platform, sources say. The company is allegedly talking to candidates for two positions, one as head of product and another as head of business development. Apple's e-commerce chief, Jennifer Bailey, is indicated to be spearheading payment system efforts and meeting with the candidates in question. "Their [Apple's] ambitions are very, very serious," one of the sources comments....



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15:12
A letter from Apple’s VP of Environmental Initiatives

Lisa Jackson, Apple’s Vice President of Environmental Initiatives, wrote a letter updating the public on the company’s progress.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:12
Intel's next-gen Thunderbolt rumored to hit...

In a purported presentation slide leaked to the Web on Monday, Intel outlines its next-generation Thunderbolt specification -- "Alpine Ridge" -- that will boast double the throughput of current Thunderbolt 2 interface, while bringing massive gains in power efficiency.



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15:11
Data Center Fire Fries Samsung's Un-Backed-Up...


A fire that erupted at the data center of Samsung SDS in Gwacheon, South Korea, reportedly took out services to Samsung smartphones, tablets and smart TVs for several hours. The company reportedly stopped all services offered through its website and smartphone apps, and said consumers could not use its online payment services or receive text message confirmations of payments made. The size of payments made by Korean consumers abroad using cards affiliated with other partners, including American Express, apparently also was restricted.

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15:04
Apple pushing into mobile payments

The company has been meeting with potential applicants for two new positions at Apple focused exclusively on building a business around the hundreds of millions of credit cards it already has on file. Apple is seeking to fill head of product and head of business development positions, one of these people said.

The biggest thing that Apple has is trust—they have my credit card and have for years. I trust them with that information, so I would use a its payment system.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:00
Narrative Clip lifelogging camera: Hands-on with the...

Being both a fan of innovative hardware and a photography buff, one of the products I eagerly anticipated testing was the Narrative Clip livelogging camera (US$279). The product began life as a 2012 Kickstarter project named Memoto and finally...

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15:00
Apple Offers Peek Inside Nevada Data Centers

Apple has fired another round in their transparency offensive, letting Wired reporter Steven Levy tag along with Environmental Initiatives VP Lisa Jackson on a trip to Apple's Nevada data centers. Kelly Guimont runs us through what we learned and looks at what it means.


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14:35
Apple now offering free recycling of all old Apple...

Continuing its environment-minded announcements on Monday, Apple revealed a new plan to accept all used Apple products for free in an effort to cut down on pollution caused by manufacture and use of the company's devices.



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14:32
[Sponsor] Bellroy: Slim Your Wallet

GQ Magazine:

Newcomer Bellroy has some of the slimmest wallets on the market; from its micro Slim Sleeve to the ultra-compact but fully-functional Hide & Seek, they’re the best your money can buy, and be kept in.

Nobody is thinking more about wallet design these days than Bellroy. For everyday use, their Slim Sleeve wallet just got even slimmer. And if you travel frequently, check out the Travel Wallet...

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14:30
Mac on iPhone would be a lot of fun

It's a shame this doesn't actually exist, because I bet a lot of people would love to mess around with an emulated version of classic Mac software. Imagine "booting up" touchscreen versions of Artillery or 3D Checkers. It would a nostalgia trip worth...

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14:27
Leaked Apple video promotes design of Campus 2...

A newly-leaked video -- strongly believed to have been produced by Apple -- promotes the design of Apple's upcoming Campus 2 building in Cupertino. The clip (below) features interviews with key members of the project, such as architects and arborists, as well as shots of lead Apple designer Jonathan Ive, and archival footage of company co-founder Steve Jobs. Jobs' presentation to the Cupertino city council about the building was one of his last public appearances....



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14:00
Find Tinder too ambiguous? Heavenly Sinful is here...

People use apps like Tinder presumably to find love, whether just for one night or forever. The problem is, you never know a user's motives until you've met up. Your date goes wonderfully, laughs are had, hands are held, smooches are exchanged, and...

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14:00
Reviews: STM Trust technology bag

The search for a good messenger bag that doubles as a laptop bag is something many travelers find themselves facing at least once. Between bags that are either good for carrying around a multitude of things everyday or ones that only have the capacity for a laptop, there doesn't seem to be many that give a good equilibrium. STM is trying to bridge that gap with their new line of Annex bags. These ......

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13:37
Square Reportedly Talks to Tech Giants about a Buyout

Square has reportedly talked with several tech giants about a possible buyout, though all parties concerned have denied that such talks are taking place. Online reports say that Square has had informal talks with the likes of Google, PayPal, and even Apple, and that talks recently resumed with Google.

The Mac Observer Spin: Of all potential suitors, Google makes the most sense. The company has Google Wallet, which in many ways is a Square competitor, but few merchants have signed on. Marrying Square's infrastructure with Google Wallet's goal-which is to add everything you buy to the company's vast, vast profile on you-makes a lot of sense for Google.


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13:13
Soundfreaq’s $99 Lightning/Bluetooth/USB Desktop...

I'll be honest, most speaker deals are deals I don't post. I'm picky when it comes to sound and don't want to lead anyone astray. I had a chance to test the Soundfreaq Sound Step Lightning, however, and it impressed me. The speaker set is small, but it's a 2.1 setup, meaning it has stereo left/right speakers as well as a separate, downward-facing subwoofer. The three speakers together make for a relatively well-rounded sound here. At $99, you're getting more than you bargain for with this, with sound equal to speakers twice its price (but not four times its price, to be fair!). Connections include line-in, Bluetooth, USB Audio and a Lightning-connector dock on the front. If you're looking for a speaker to add to your desk or bookshelf - even something to add to your Mac - check this one out.

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13:00
Apple updates environmental progress, focuses on...

Just in time for Earth Day, Apple has updated its environmental site with the latest information about the many green initiatives it has put in place. Most prominently, the company has assembled a video, narrated by CEO Tim Cook, speaking about how Apple applies its overriding philosophy—striving to make better products—to its commitment to the environment.

A letter from the company’s vice president of environmental initiatives, former Environmental Protection Agency director Lisa Jackson, echoes Cook’s sentiments: “We aim to create not just the best products in the world, but the best products for the world,” writes Jackson.

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12:55
Apple interviewing candidates for mobile payment...

Apple has been interviewing senior payments industry executives as the company looks to move forward with its own mobile payments service, Re/Code reports. The company is looking to hire for two new positions — head of product and head of business development — concentrating “exclusively on building a business…

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12:52
Google Glass to get iPhone SMS support later this...

People pairing Google Glass with an iPhone will get promised SMS support "in the next few days," according to Google. Because of the closed nature of iOS, iPhone owners won't actually be able to send texts from Glass. They will, however, be able to receive notifications on their headset. To enable the option people will have to go into an iPhone's Bluetooth settings, and turn on "Show Notifications" for the paired hardware. Android users already have full SMS support....



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12:49
Apple Campus 2 planning video touted green efforts...

A video detailing Apple's new Campus 2 project, first shown at city planning commission meeting in October, has been published for everyone else to view in a higher quality version.



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12:31
Apple staffing up for 'very, very serious...

iPhone owners may soon be able to use their device to purchase goods and services at brick-and-mortar businesses as Apple has reportedly begun interviewing senior-level candidates to build an iTunes-backed mobile payments business.



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12:30
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

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12:24
Report: Apple vetting payment industry leaders for...

According to a new report, Apple has recently been interviewing candidates from the payment services arena to fill both head of product and head of business development roles. Re/code writes:

Apple has been interviewing senior payments industry executives to push ahead on a plan to build an electronic payments business, according to two people familiar with the process. The company has been meeting with potential applicants for two new positions at Apple focused exclusively on building a business around the hundreds of millions of credit cards it already has on file.

The Apple-backed mobile payment system has been the topic of much speculation in recent months. Apple CEO Tim Cook himself gave...

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12:20
Apple extends company trademark into 'jewelry,...

Apple is hoping to extend international trademarks on its name into Class 14, an area covering "jewelry, clocks and watches," reports say. In late December, the company is said to have applied for Class 14 protection in Ecuador, presumably as a shortcut to getting its priority recognized in more significant regions like the US and Europe. Similar filings were made in Mexico in early January, Norway in mid-February, and the UK in March. In the latter two countries, Apple applied for protections in a variety of other classes as well....



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12:13
Hands On: Beamer 2.0 for OS X and Apple TV

Apple's "hobby" Apple TV may not have been the first to market, or the most flexible, but it was the cleanest interface and easiest to use of all the media streamers. Bound to the iTunes ecosystem, it allowed for simple connection and content navigation for all levels of experience. However, for the experienced user, the limit on codecs the device supports is a bit of a problem. A few solutions exist for wide codec playback, but one that promises simplicity is Beamer 2.0 by Tupil. The simple app purports to allow drag-and-drop playback of nearly any video file to an Apple TV, but how well does...



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12:06
Banking Trojan Enters Mobiles via Facebook


Purveyors of a notorious mobile banking Trojan have started targeting Facebook users to infect Android smartphones. The Net predators use a desktop Trojan to leverage a Facebook socializer to install banking malware on their phone, ESET malware researcher Jean-Ian Boutin discovered last week. The desktop bad app, Win32/Qadars, waits for an infected machine to open a Facebook page. When it does, it injects code into the page asking a user to participate in a new safety program that requires a mobile phone number.

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12:00
The 25 best Game Boy games to play on your iPhone

Nintendo's Game Boy turns 25 today, making it legally old enough to start worrying about retirement. In honor of its epic achievement as a pioneer of mobile gaming, here are the 25 best Game Boy games that you can play on iOS. Don't have your phone...

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11:52
iPhone owners don’t trade-in for the Galaxy S5

Gazelle saw iPhone trade-in volumes drop 35% compared to where they were last year on the day the Galaxy S4 launched in the U.S. Interestingly, the Galaxy S4 didn’t even go on sale at all U.S. carriers on the same day last year, so the Galaxy S5 saw fewer trade-ins from a much larger group of potential customers.

So, current Samsung owners are trading up to the new phone, but they aren’t attracting iPhone customers to trade down.

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11:47
Choosing Web site colors

I really suck at choosing colors, but I know what I like when I see it—I also know what I don’t like. Designers that can pull this off are especially talented.

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11:30
Daily Deals for April 21, 2014, featuring the Air-Fi...

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

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11:20
Microsoft’s Azure Web Sites service

Justin Williams recently moved his Web site to Azure. Microsoft has been getting a lot of play recently with Azure hosting apps and Web sites.

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11:15
Unread RSS reader

This is such a great app.

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11:01
Apple, Google vie for game developers

Both the companies are trying to lure game developers by offering premium placement to these games on their app stores’ home pages and features lists

Considering the reports of how few people spend money on Android apps, I’d be surprised if Apple didn’t win this battle.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:00
Dear Aunt TUAW: Why don't my searches work in...

Dear Aunt TUAW,

Safari search is broken as anything. I use Safari, what, once a month, and it can't even work right? I have a page that has at least 20 times my search phrase. And it can't find it. I do CMD + F and then I type my term and then...

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11:00
Analyst: AAPL Q2 iPad Sales to be Offset by Better...

Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um thinks Apple could report lower iPhone and iPad sales for its second fiscal quarter, but that downswing will be offset by better than expected gross margins. Apple will announced its Q2 2014 earnings this Wednesday after the market closes.

The Mac Observer Spin: Just because iPhone and iPad sales figures may be down doesn't mean Apple has to report lower earnings. There's a lot that plays into company profits, but regardless of how good those numbers are, it's a safe bet everyone will key in on the expected decline is iPhone and iPad numbers.


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10:49
iPhone SMS notifications coming to Google Glass this...

An iMessage sent to Glass

Google announced today that it’s about to bring SMS for iPhone and a new Calendar Glassware to Google Glass users following an update to KitKat and the introduction of new features earlier this month. First up, iPhone users will now be able to receive text messages on Glass but, as Google points out, they “won’t be able to reply from Glass due to some limitations with iOS.”

SMS for iPhone – iOS fans, by popular demand you can now get texts from your friends on Glass. Get started by going to your iPhone’s Bluetooth settings and turning on “Show Notifications” for your paired Glass. When you receive a new text message, it will appear as a notification on Glass. Keep in mind that you won’t be able to reply from Glass due...

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