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Saturday April 5

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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06:31
The guilt of the video-game millionaires

From the New Yorker:

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

Great read.

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

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

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

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

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

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

(via Macotakara)...

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06:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Ground floor

Ground floor

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

Aluratek

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

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

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04:51
First Apple Store opens to public in Turkey

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

Image via ifoAppleStore

Apple yesterday held a press event...

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Friday April 4

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

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

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

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

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

[Photo credit: John]...

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

Apple TV Concept

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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16:25
Stripes in CSS

Why would you use images when you can do this.

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16:20
Google Updates Gmail with More User Snooping

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

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


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16:16
Creatively using old suitcases

The first made into a stool is nice.

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

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

Much respect to this kid.

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

Jonathan Caves

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

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

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

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

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

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

Although Apple has outwardly projected an image of total confidence in the iPhone, and criticized competing devices, some people in the company have been worried about advances made by rivals, according to an internal document presented during the ongoing Apple v. Samsung trial. "Competitors have drastically improved their hardware and in some cases their ecosystems," an Apple sales team member wrote in a document for a FY2014 offsite meeting. The person also noted that all of the growth in the smartphone industry is coming from big-screen models over $300, or from devices under the $300 mar...
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14:06
Data: Apple CEO Tim Cook took $73.9 million in...

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

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


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

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

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13:30
Briefly: Disksomnia 4.0, GarageSale 6.7 released

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

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

According...

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

The Loop Magazine Issue 24:

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

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

Evidence presented by Samsung

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

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

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

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

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

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


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12:57
Mozilla CEO resigns

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

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

∞ Read this on The Loop

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

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

Issues Resolved in Xcode 5.1.1 GM Seed!

Compiler!

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

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

Fixed a compiler error...

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

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

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

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12:14
Sit Up Straight for the Roost Laptop Stand

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wow, that’s incredible.

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

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

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

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11:00
Tappd: Making app discovery social

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

So, how does this iPhone...

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10:50
kOfflineError (0)

Forums: Troubleshooting

Hi, 

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

Does anyone know what these errors...

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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Quartz:

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

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

“Don’t be evil” indeed.

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

Apple's contributions to (RED), which aims to eliminate HIV and AIDS, have now reached $70 million to date, the charity officially announced on Friday.
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10:30
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

SkyChartsPro [iOS...

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

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

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

 

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

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:

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

Select Incase MacBook backpacks and cases ...

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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09:19
Apps: GarageSale, Fantastical, Together


    


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

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

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

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

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

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

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08:58
Types of Servers

Forums: Hardware

Hello,

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

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

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

Thanks.

Gerard

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Late on Thursday, District Court judge Lucy Koh denied an Apple motion regarding opening statements by Samsung in the ongoing Apple v. Samsung trial, reports say. A Samsung attorney was quoted as saying that "Apple admits that three of the five patent claims that it is suing on were not in that iPhone and have never been in any iPhone since. Apple doesn't consider it valuable enough to even use." In its motion, Apple insisted that it could show evidence it "has practiced and continues to practice the '414, '172, and '959 patents."...
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07:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Heart in hand

Heart in hand

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

 

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

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

 

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06:40
External Link: Uber Launches UberXotic

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

 

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06:34
Not so great review of Amazon Fire TV

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

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

Ouch.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Expedia says the deals are time-limited...

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

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

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

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

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

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05:59
Microsoft Office for iPad Downloads Top 12M

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

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


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

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

 

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05:30
Ted Landau retires as expo speaker

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

 

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

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

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


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

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

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

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05:10
Exploring and erasing your Google search history

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

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

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

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

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05:00
Jaunt Wants to Put You in the Movies


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

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04:47
Newegg and friends crush a patent troll

Ah, another patent troll success story.

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Treasure trove of data on app and book sales from...

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

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