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Monday April 7

12:39
iOS 8: Healthbook as aggregator, faster camera speed

Apple’s planned Healthbook app in iOS 8 is described as “an application that aggregates health and fitness data from various applications and hardware accessories” in a new 9to5Mac article. The feature, which mainly summarizes much of what’s already been reported about iOS 8, alludes to Healthbook being a sort…

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12:30
So THAT'S what the inside of an iPhone looks...

No word on how this unfortunate iPhone 2G met its demise, but the damage it pretty remarkable and certainly points to something more than a simple drop. I like to imagine it died while being shot out of a cannon from the summit of K2.

[Photo credit:...

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12:30
2011 Samsung memo: Beating Apple is our #1 priority...

Courtroom exhibits in the current Apple/Samsung trial show that Apple kept close tabs on Android. A Steve Jobs email from 2010, for example, has the Apple co-founder calling 2011 a year of "holy war" against Android. What's more, Phil Schiller was...

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12:20
Promise deploys M4 RAID array, two high speed...

Promise Technology today announced three new Thunderbolt 2 and shared storage devices aimed at the creative professional market. The Pegasus2 M4 uses an array 2.5-inch drives in a new portable form factor. The VTrak G1100 NAS Gateway is a 1U file server with an 8Gb Fiber channel front end and 10GbE dual port connectivity. The SANLink2 10G is a Thunderbolt 2 10-Gigabit Ethernet bridge adapter that connects any Thunderbolt 2 enabled Mac to high performance 10Gb Ethernet networks....



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11:50
Briefly: Combat Mission: Red Thunder, QiPack...

Battlefront.com has released today a major new title in its series of tactical WW2 combat simulations, entitled Combat Mission: Red Thunder. Set during 1944, when Operation Bagration took the Soviet forces from swamps of Belarus to the gates of Warsaw, players can play out historical battles and campaigns or create customized quick battles. Combat Mission: Red Thunder is a standalone game, and features new game engine features such as backpack and vehicle flamethrowers, tank riders, hit decals, and more. The game is available for download for Mac OS X (as well as PC), priced at $55....



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11:40
Frozen: How to Force the Restart of a Mac

Occasionally, a Mac can become stubbornly uncooperative and refuse to accept inputs. It's time for a reboot. Here are some simple techniques to force a restart your Mac with escalating abruptness.


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11:32
Everything to know about iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 (...

While Apple only officially announced its 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) last week, we have been reporting all of the known information about what Apple plans to unveil at the event over the course of the past few months. Now that WWDC is official, we have compiled a roundup of everything we know about Apple’s next-generation iOS device and Mac operating systems below, and we’ve also included some new tidbits not found in our earlier reporting. You can find out what there is to know so far about iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 below:

iOS 8 – Codenamed Okemo:...

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11:19
Dave Hamilton Talks TMO, Music, Podcasting on Mac...

Our own Dave Hamilton stopped by the studios of Mac Power Users recently to talk about The Mac Observer, cohosting The Mac Geek Gab, his own podcasting setup, and being a musician. If that's not enough, he offered his thoughts on Mac maintenance. Mac Power Users cohosts-David Sparks and Katie Floyd-make for a good interview, so check it out.


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11:16
This is Android TV

According to documents obtained exclusively by The Verge, Google is about to launch a renewed assault on your television set called Android TV. Major video app providers are building for the platform right now. Android TV may sound like a semantic difference — after all, Google TV was based on Android — but it’s something very different. Android TV is no longer a crazy attempt to turn your TV into a bigger, more powerful smartphone. “Android TV is an entertainment interface, not a computing platform,” writes Google. “It’s all about finding and enjoying content with the least amount of friction.” It will be “cinematic, fun, fluid, and fast.”

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11:15
Intego ships VirusBarrier X8, NetBarrier X8

Intego has released VirusBarrier X8 and NetBarrier X8, updates of its Mac security apps. Both titles have been revised with new, streamlined interfaces. VirusBarrier specifically also has a new low-priority scanning mode, designed to ease the processing burden on a Mac....



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11:12
Americans Distrust Tech Companies


The steady stream of reports on government surveillance of Americans has taken a toll on the image of high-tech companies, according to a Harris poll. More than two-thirds of Americans -- 67 percent -- feel technology companies violate their users' trust by helping the government spy on its citizens, suggests the poll of 2,000 consumers, which was sponsored by ESET. Sixty percent of respondents said they were less trusting of those companies because of their involvement in government surveillance.

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11:05
ArithMetric: An iPad app to help kids learn math

This looks like a really good app for kids or adults to learn Math.

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11:04
HP unveils HP Z24x, Z27x high color accuracy...

At this week's National Association of Broadcasters conference, HP has announced two new HP DreamColor Displays. The new displays, available today, boast 1.07 billion on-screen colors, giving what the company calls "color error so small that it is not discernible to the human eye."...



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11:00
Apple engineer Greg Christie talks about designing...

When Steve Jobs first unveiled the iPhone, he took some time to highlight what was then the current state of the smartphone market. In short, Jobs said that phones at the time were either easy to use and not very powerful, or were powerful but...

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10:58
∞ HBO’s “Silicon Valley” first episode online

Did you watch the show? What did you think of it?

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10:51
Frosted glass with CSS filters

There are some cool things being done with CSS these days—I really like this one.

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10:46
Internal emails reveal Phil Schiller shocked by...

Phil Schiller at WWDC 2013

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from the latest Apple v. Samsung trial, it’s that Phil Schiller isn’t as cool, calm, and collected at Apple HQ as he appears at each Apple keynote. We’ve already seen the Apple SVP of Worldwide Marketing fret over Android marketshare and Media Arts Lab not being on par with Samsung’s advertising, and Business Insider has covered an additional email exchange revealed in the trial where an irate Phil Schiller proves he is most definitely a product of Steve Jobs. We’ve...

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10:43
Intel unveils 10-gigabit Ethernet Thunderbolt...

Intel on Monday took the covers off of Thunderbolt Networking, an addition to the Thunderbolt 2 interconnect standard that will allow users to transfer data between two Macs and PCs at up to 10 gigabits per second over an emulated Ethernet connection.



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10:37
G-Technology enhances G-Drive; launches G-Speed RAID...

Storage manufacturer G-Technology today announced the latest additions in its Evolution Series family -- the G-Drive ev SSD and the 500GB G-Drive ev external drive modules. Also released are the four-bay Thunderbolt 2 G-Speed Studio with hardware RAID, and the two-bay G-Speed RAID Studio....



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10:26
9to5Toys Last Call: Seagate 2TB desktop HDD $70,...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call updates:

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10:03
Supply chain data suggests Apple's March...

Sales data from some of Apple's biggest suppliers shows stronger than expected returns for the just-concluded month of March, potentially hinting that Apple itself could also surprise to the upside when it reports earnings later this month.



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10:02
2011 Samsung document says 'Beating Apple is #1...

An internal Samsung document from late 2011, obtained by AppleInsider, posits "beating Apple" as the company's top priority for the following year. The document discusses "lessons learned" from 2011, and says that the "threat from Apple is extremely real and urgent." It lays out various strategies the company was planning to implement; while some of these weren't directly targeted at Apple, the memo also refers trying to "understand why consumers buy Apple and develop countermeasures by carrier/retailer."...



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10:00
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

Titanic: Her Journey...

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09:33
Highpoint shows pair of Thunderbolt 2 SAS, eSATA...

Highpoint is adding a pair of new Thunderbolt devices to its product lineup. The storage connectivity vendor has debuted the eight-channel Rocketstor 6328L, along with the four-channel RocketStor 6324L eSATA and SAS Thunderbolt 2 adapters at this week's National Association of Broadcasters show....



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09:30
This Apple II SD card reader is retrotastic and...

Compared to USB hubs, which come in all shapes, sizes, and themes, SD card readers rarely get special treatment. They're usually plain, lame, and not worth showing off. But as bitter as I am about SD card accessories being largely ignored, I'm...

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09:28
Micro 3D printer meets Kickstarter goal within 11...

A small 3D printer that launched on Kickstarter reached its crowdfunding goal within 11 minutes. The Micro, a compact 3D printer that hopes to offer the same printing options as the MakerBot Replicator series and other devices but with a more user-friendly approach, has soared past its $50,000 target with 29 days of the campaign left to run....

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09:24
The fallacy Of Android-First

Fascinating article by Dave Feldman, the co-founder of Emu, on why those chose to launch on Android and why they decided to move to iOS.

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09:13
Apple SVP Angela Ahrendts becomes ‘Dame of the...

Angela Ahrendts, soon to be ex-CEO of Burberry, is to become a dame today according to the Daily Mail. The retail magnate will become a Dame of the British Empire in a ‘low key’ ceremony according to the British paper, for her contributions to business.

The Queen will not be in attendance, apparently. The government’s business secretary Vince Cable will instead lead proceedings. According to the Daily Mail, Cable will congratulate Ahrendts for her restoration of the Burberry brand. The Mail also believes that Ahrendts will join Apple this month.

Mr Cable will pay tribute to the mother of three,...

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09:00
German Apple Stores get iPhone trade-in and more...

Monday, everyone's favorite day. Here's some Apple news to help you get through it:

Apple's official iPhone trade-in program has expanded to Germany. Good news for customers in Germany looking for an easy way to upgrade their iPhone. According to...

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08:50
iOS 7: Changing Siri’s Voice

Siri's pretty cool because it lets you talk to your iPhone, iPad, or iPhone iPod touch to issue commands, but what if you don't like the gender of the default voice Siri uses when it replies? That's not a problem in iOS 7 because you can switch Siri's gender between female and male with just a couple screen taps.


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08:30
Seagate launches 6TB 7200RPM SATA, SAS enterprise...

Storage company Seagate Technology, today announced it is now shipping a 6TB hard disk drive -- the Seagate® Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD v4. The drive comes in two versions, 12Gb/s SAS and 6Gb/s SATA, with a variety of encryption and secure data destruction options....



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08:30
Internal Apple slide: "Consumers want what we...

Re/Code was recently able to obtain a few slides from an April 2013 Apple presentation that Samsung presented into evidence last week. The slides show that Apple's sales team was well aware that smartphone growth had begun trending towards cheaper...

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08:26
ExtraBITS for 7 April 2014

After a Macworld hiatus, ExtraBITS is back with a variety of must-see pieces from around the Web. Leading off is Dropbox, which explained its DMCA review policy after an Internet outcry. Make sure to keep your passcode on, since an iOS 7.1 vulnerability could leave your iPhone exposed. Lending new meaning to “The journey is the reward,” Uber launched a new UberXotic service that adds fun to boring taxi rides. Also, we have an interview with Nigerian email scammers, a quick eulogy to MacFixIt from site founder Ted Landau, and a report that Apple is in talks with Comcast to provide a streaming TV service via Apple TV.

 

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08:17
Betterment: Elegant, straightforward online...

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Imagine if poring over your finances were as easy as using your favorite app, or smartphone. – “The Apple of finance,” Quartz.

Now it is, with Betterment.

Betterment is the most preferred online financial advisor, integrating technology and years of investment expertise in one elegant application already being used by over 30,000 customers. Betterment has eliminated the unnecessary costs and complications of investing intelligently. It’s straightforward investing for all, whether you have $10,000 or $10 million.

Betterment lets you manage multiple investment goals in one delightful place. Our UX and UI are adored by design enthusiasts, separating us...

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08:15
Autodesk announces Smoke 2015 with 3D Tracker,...

Autodesk has revealed Smoke 2015, the next edition of its video editing software. Upgrades this time around include an overhauled Timeline FX system, with added effects options including direct access to Action 3D compositing. A new 3D Tracker tool matches visual effects to camera movements, such as layers, text, or 3D objects....



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08:05
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 7...

Notable software releases this week include Paprika 2.0.2, Type2Phone 2.4.1, and Safari 7.0.3 and 6.1.3.

 

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08:00
iPhone 101: Using Photos app to view photos sorted...

The Photos app in iOS 7 has a useful feature that allows you to view the location information of all the photos you took during the past year. To make use of this feature, you must have geotagging turned on the settings (Settings > Privacy > Location...

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

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



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

I love this. Such a great idea.

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07:53
Getting delay right when mixing guitars

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

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07:42
∞ How to coil a cable

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

[Via Pro Tools Expert]

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




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

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

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

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


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

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



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

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

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

While the...

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

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



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

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

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06:47
Decorated lists with CSS

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

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

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



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

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

The presentation, entitled 2011 Summary...

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

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


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

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

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

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

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06:13
Paprika 2.0.2

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

 

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

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

The virtual...

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

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

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

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05:43
Apple Settles Intertrust Security Patent Lawsuit

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

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


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05:35
Curated JavaScript resources

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

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05:24
The Earth Is Moving Under the Smartphone Market


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

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

[VIDEO] Wall Street Journal:

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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



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Sunday April 6

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


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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

In today's mobile startup landscape,...

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

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



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16:27
MGG 496: Beware When Sharing the Bus

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


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

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

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

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

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13:00
A roundup of recent hardware reviews on TUAW

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

Fujitsu shows ScanSnap SV600 Contactless Scanner at...

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12:53
The 100 best Sci-Fi movies ever

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Esquire:

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

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

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

Calgary Sun:

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

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

One of the officers stopped a nearby snowmobiler.

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

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

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11:35
Arrival Time app Twist shuts down suddenly

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

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

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

— Twist (@MyTwist) April 5, 2014

When I reached out for comment, they...

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

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

The best apps for Christians,...

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

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Daily Mail:

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Concept iTV via AmongTech

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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05:35
An oral history of the creation of Netscape

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

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

Apple internal slides

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

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

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05:30
A guide to solving iOS battery drain

Well written, easy to follow.

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

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



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Saturday April 5

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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

The app pulls its donut shop listings using...

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

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

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

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


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07:06
Gmail has a mute button

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

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

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

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

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

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

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06:41
Statistical analysis of the Apple App Store

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

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

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

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