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Friday March 28

05:41
This week’s iPhone 6 concepts seemingly inspired by...

One of our favourite concept designers, Martin Hajek, has been busy again – this time with an iPhone 6 concept reminiscent of the iPod Nano design, commissioned by Dutch site iPhoneclub.

The iPhone 6 is widely expected to be launched in two different sizes, with Bloomberg and ...

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05:40
Expo Notes: After securing devices with EverDock,...

Fuz Designs wants to do the same thing for phone docks in your car that it's done for docking stations for the home and office: add a little stability to the picture.

The company was a Kickstarter success story last fall, when it sought funding for its EverDock line of mobile device charging docks. The public responded, pledging more than $450,000—well past the modest goal of $50,000 that Fuz Designs was asking for.

The EverDock from Fuz Designs

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05:35
Newspapers Cling to Life Despite Online News Trend


Print media is limping along and TV news has gained some strength, even though the trend toward getting news online continues to grow, Pew Research reported this week.
It all boils down to economics, said Mark Jerkowitz, associate director of the Pew Research Center Journalism Project. Advertising revenues for newspapers have fallen about 50 percent from 2006, forcing some smaller publications to close. Others have reduced their publication schedules.

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05:33
The making of 2048 (in a weekend)

To complement the earlier post about the Threes team, here’s some background on the creation of 2048.

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05:29
It’s official: Apple’s first store in Turkey to open...

Following several months of anticipation, Apple’s first official Apple Retail Store in Turkey will open in Istanbul on April 5th. The new store is located in the center of the Zorlu Center mall, and the official announcement has come in the form of emails to customers in Turkey and on a banner around the physical store…

Apple has also published a retail website that indicates the store will open at 10 AM local time. The Turkey-based store will feature many of the usual...

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05:20
Building the next Pixar

This is not quite what you think. This is not about building an animation studio, but about using the techniques that Pixar leveraged into their great success to produce your own great success.

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05:20
Roku CEO speculates Apple loses money on $99 Apple...

Though he offered no evidence to prove it, the CEO of Roku said this week that he believes rival set-top streamer Apple TV is a money losing product, though one analyst believes the device is more likely a break-even business for APple.
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05:15
The Threes team talks ripoffs vs originality, walks...

It’s the nature of the App Store that as soon as original hits the store, the cloners start their copiers. There’s been a lot of talk about Flappy Bird and the huge number of clones it spawned. But it’s true of just about every successful app. The Threes team weighs in with their take on this.

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05:00
Expo Notes: Corporate IT tools sneak into the home

You’ve heard about the consumerization of IT—the infiltration of personal consumer devices like the iPhone and iPad into business computing environments. Looks like things are flowing in the opposite direction, too: A couple of companies at Macworld/iWorld are seeking to bring corporate-level IT technologies into the home.

NetHero's iOS app

The first is NetHero, an app for iOS and OS X that lets you monitor all the devices on your home network (much as IT folks can remotely monitor systems in offices). (In fact, the company that developed NetHero, Pie Digital, is best known for its cloud-based IT management software.)

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04:43
Be one of first 50 to bring an iPad to any Microsoft...

See the post for details. Can’t beat free!

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04:32
Roku CEO says Apple TV ‘loses money’, calls it an...

CNET is reporting that Roku CEO Anthony Wood described Apple TV as an ‘iPad accessory’ at Re/code’s Code/Media conference. Until recently, even Apple characterised the product as a ‘hobby’. The Apple TV box has not changed much since its major revamp in 2010. More controversially, Wood followed up by claiming that the Apple TV actually loses money for Apple – which would immediately seem strange since Rokus have similar hardware and cost less.

“Apple TV is essentially an accessory for the iPad. They lose money, which is unusual for Apple,” he said Thursday, speaking at the Recode conference here. “If you’re losing money, why would you want...

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04:07
Microsoft selling Office 365 within iPad apps, Apple...

While one of the big holdups for Office for iPad was getting the software just right, another was Apple’s policy that apps that sell things — including subscriptions — use Apple’s in-app purchase mechanism and hand over 30 percent of that revenue to Apple.

This had been a big sticking point historically, so it was one of the key question marks looming over this launch.

Indeed, Microsoft does offer Office 365 subscriptions within the just-released Word for iPad and the other Office apps and, yes, it is paying the 30 percent cut, Apple confirmed to Re/code. Microsoft declined to comment on the matter.

Wonder if that was the real sticking point that kept iPad versions of Office in the can? Maybe the previous regime refused to budge, newer thinking prevailed? Just a thought.

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00:00
Update your Square reader now and other news from...

Square updated its card reader at the end of 2013, and if you haven't signed up to get one of the new readers yet, you'll need to do so by June 1. An email to Square users says that the original reader will no longer be supported after then....

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Thursday March 27

21:01
Philips adds 3D-printed luminaires, all-white bulbs...

Philips on Friday announced three new products hue wireless lighting ecosystem, including 3D-printed art-like luminaires, dimmable white-only hue lux bulbs and a unique battery-free wireless light switch called the hue tap.
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20:53
Microsoft retail stores to offer free Office 365...

In a follow-up announcement after it took the wraps off its long-awaited Office for iPad app, Microsoft has announced that it will run a promotion on Friday in its own Microsoft retail stores offering free year-long Office 365 subscriptions to iPad owners. The Office for iPad app requires a Office 365 subscription in order to engage the editing and creation functions in the app -- without one, it will act only as a viewer and file manager for Office documents. The first 50 people to bring an iPad to a Microsoft retail outlet will get the free subscription, a $99 value....
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19:43
Briefly: Sesame Street digital magazine, JAMF's...

Sesame Workshop has announced the launch of its first digital magazine, Sesame Street S'More. An interactive magazine, Sesame Street S'more will offer read-aloud narration and present educational games, puzzles, stories, videos and more. Children engaging with Sesame Street S'more can earn badges for activities found in each issue, varying from memory games to letter tracing and mazes. A parent section also provides tips associated with each activity to assist in increasing learning opportunities....
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18:59
Microsoft to hand out free Office 365 subscriptions...

 

Microsoft finally took the wraps off of its long-awaited Office for iPad suite this morning, only to reveal that most of its functions require a $99 subscription to the Office 365 service. Even though you can get a discounted subscription through Amazon, $70 may seem pretty steep. Rest assured, Microsoft is planning to offer free one-year subscriptions to the...

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18:52
Clever Kickstarter project puts a USB port on the...

Launched at Macworld this week, a clever new Kickstarter project called the “iMacompanion” aims to put a USB port on the front of your iMac or Apple Thunderbolt Display. Video overview:

The port blends in with the aluminum coloring of the stands on those Apple displays and connects to the main USB ports on the back via an ultra-thin cable that slides under the base of the stand. If funded, the creators of the project aim to ship by fall of this year.

Filed under: AAPL Company...

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18:37
First look: iSkelter's Slate Pro desk

Accessories maker iSkelter -- best known for their all-wood Slate portable notebook lapdesk with pre-cut grooves to act as stands and holders for tablets, smartphones and even coffee mugs -- is accepting pre-orders for its next project, the SlatePro. The full-sized desk, originally funded through Kickstarter, is again a wood-based productivity center, available in up to eight different configurations with pre-cut slots and cut-outs specifically aimed at serious computer users. The company expects to begin shipping the units in July....
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18:09
Genius of Oculus Rift

To understand why Oculus Rift matters, it helps to know who John Carmack is… He’s responsible for Quake, the first true 3-D game, which begat Halo and Call of Duty and all the rest of it. Carmack did for computer games what Masaccio did for painting: he turned a plane into a space.

Carmack is a genius.

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17:27
Expo Notes: Keep everything wrapped around your...

Using your smartphone to send text messages? How primitive. Receiving alerts on a wristwatch? How quaint. Manually turning your lights on and off like a cave-dwelling savage? Are you reading this article from a previous century?

That's the thinking behind the Ring, the latest device hoping to capitalize on America’s sudden interest in wearable tech. It arrived in San Francisco for Macworld iWorld after an appearance at South by Southwest earlier this month and just as it’s wrapping up a successful Kickstarter campaign.

Photo: Philip Michaels

The Ring, on display at this week’s Macworld/iWorld show in San Francisco, is a remote control for your finger.

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17:26
Facebook Messenger updated to version 4.0 with...


Facebook has updated its Messenger app for iPhone to version 4.0. The new update introduces the ability to create and manage groups of contacts within the app. You can find all of your groups in a new tab and quickly select one to send a message to everyone at once.

Also new in this update is the ability to select a message to forward to a new recipient, much like you can do with an iMessage in the native Messages application. The usual general bug fixes and improvements round out the 4.0 update.

You can grab the app for free...

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17:00
Random for iOS lets you explore the web in a unique...

Random is a just-released free app that lets you discover interesting web content from unlimited sources. The app has been in development for a few years, and it was backed by by Skype co-founder, Janus Friis.

When you first start the app, you will...

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16:33
Expo Notes: Making the iPad a little more wearable

Strotter Messenger Bag

The iPad has made its way into the workplace, and several companies at Macworld/iWorld are showing products that give you quick access to your iPad in production environments.

Strotter’s Platforma messenger bag ($159 to $175; booth 403) and Across carrying case ($55 and $99) protect your iPad, but they also can be used as a platform to hold the tablet. All you have to do is adjust the straps and flip the cases over, and then you can use your iPad with both hands.

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16:26
∞ Do it for Denmark

[VIDEO] Denmark’s campaign to get their folks to make new kids!

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16:23
Expo Notes: What's a washing machine doing at...

I’ve seen a lot of odd things on the expo floor in my few years here: roller girls, cooking implements, and a robot or two. But the LED-backlit washing machine was new.

The Shiny Soap booth sadly had no innovations in home automation to offer me, however; the washing machine just happened to be a delightfully quirky backdrop for Shinysoft’s Mac cleaning software.

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16:13
Briefly: DevonTechnologies' updates, Runtastic...

DevonTechnologies has released a maintenance update today for both DevonThink and DevonNote apps. Apple's colored labels for marking files are more greatly controllable in v.2.7.4, with option to use old-style tinting, a bubble around the document name, or as colored dot. All editions of DevonThink allow one to annotate PDFs with lines and arrows. Creation date and user name are automatically added to new annotations, and sharing documents with friends can now be done through newly supported AirMail. Other changes in v.2.7.4 focus on appearance and enhanced usability, with multiple selected it...
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16:02
Microsoft takes Office Mobile for iPhone free on...

On the heels of Office for iPad's introduction, Microsoft on Thursday dropped subscription requirements for the iPhone version of its productivity suite.
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16:00
Well that's one way to repurpose an Airport...

Got an old, UFO-shaped Airport Base Station lying around? Apparently it makes a handy tissue dispenser, if you're into that sort of thing.

[Photo credit: Daniel Morrison]...

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15:19
Microsoft Launches Office For iPad: Includes Word,...

An anonymous reader writes "At an event in San Francisco today, Microsoft Office General Manager Julia White unveiled Office for iPad, featuring Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The new suite, which supports viewing but not editing for free, will go live in Apple's App Store at 11:00AM PDT (2:00PM EST). Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for iPad feature a ribbon interface just like the one featured in Office for Windows and OS X. The trio of apps are much more powerful on the tablet than the smartphone, but naturally aren't comparable to the desktop versions."

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15:18
Yes, Apple is taking 30% of every Office 365...

When Microsoft announced its Office for iPad apps earlier today, it confirmed that the software will require a subscription to Microsoft’s $99/year Office 365 service for most functions. If you don’t have one already, you can get a subscription directly through the Office apps for the regular price of $99.

As you may recall, Apple and Microsoft went toe...

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15:18
Hands-on: Microsoft Office for iPad

Although a lot of apps have tried to fill the gap with degrees of success, there's always been an undercurrent of demand for a full-scale iPad version of Office. Even if you can escape using Office personally, it's the workplace standard -- it just makes sense to have the suite on the world's most popular tablet. Now Office for iPad is here, and it's time to share some first impressions....
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15:00
BlackBerry successfully prevents Apple from hiring...

It looks like we may have a Mark Papermaster scenario on our hands. iMore reports that Apple is facing a legal battle from BlackBerry over its attempt to hire Sebastien Marineau-Mes as the company's VP of Core OS. While at BlackBerry, Marineau-Mes...

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15:00
Apple confirmed to take 30% cut of Microsoft Office...

It was confirmed on Thursday that Apple will garner its stipulated 30 percent share of Microsoft Office 365 subscriptions purchased from the new Office for iPad app, which launched at a special event earlier today.
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14:55
Which college, and which major, will make you the...

If you are going to invest huge money in a college education, it seems reasonable to at least consider the financial benefits of that education over the long haul. The surprise winner in all this? Harvey Mudd College.

Interesting read. Take it all with a grain of salt.

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14:48
New Linux Office Suite Too Soft to Be King


The Kingsoft Office Suite holds the promise of bringing a near perfect clone of Microsoft Office to Linux desktop users. However, Kingsoft's developers still have some work to do on the Linux Alpha release to make it a beta deal. Other than OpenOffice and LibreOffice, the Linux platform lacks any full-featured office suite. Both of these more in common with each other than distinguishing features. Both flip-flop in performance, depending on which Microsoft skill they attempt to emulate. Their user interface is strictly classic old school.

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14:47
Apple sending out iTunes credits for customers...

 

Apple has begun sending out iTunes Store credits to customers affected by the recently (partially) settled ebook price fixing situation. The lawsuit, which involves companies such as Apple, Amazon, Hachette, Harper Collins, Penguin, Macmillan, and Simon & Schuster, has not been fully settled as Apple recently appealed the ruling in which it was found guilty of conspiring to fix ebook pricing. Regardless, the company has sent out credits:

Amazon began sending out its credits...

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14:07
A touch too late: iPad Office lost the race to the...

Office for iPad will bring legitimate features to more tablets, but will the target audience even notice?

Microsoft

Nearly three years ago, Ars Technica had the nerve to suggest that the iPad could work as a legitimate, if not ideal, replacement for a workday laptop. The conclusion that Jacqui Cheng reached in her 2011 test was that if you used nothing more than an iPad all year, you could get quite a bit of work done, but boy, it would have been nice to have a legitimate copy of Microsoft Office handy.

At the time, I certainly agreed. I was a few months into a new freelance writing gig covering tech for the short-lived, tablet-only magazine The Daily, and I decided to immerse myself in the gig by going iPad-only, at least during the workday.

The gadget decision made a weird sense. I was short on cash, carless, and riding my bicycle...

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14:05
Satya Nadella Has a Smart, Technical Vision for...

The honeymoon has started. Microsoft's new CEO, Satya Nadella, is smart, pleasantly geeky and communicates well. He's off to a good start changing his company's messaging about what it wants to achieve.


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14:03
Want the new Microsoft Office apps for iPad? Get 33...



In case you missed it, Microsoft finally released its suite of Office apps for iPad today with the introduction of standalone Word, PowerPoint, & Excel apps in the App Store. The Office app for iPhone remains the same apart from dropping the requirement of a 365 subscription (it’s now free for all!), but the new iPad versions of the Office apps WILL require an Office 365 subscription to create or edit documents. So, if you plan on using the Office apps on your iPad in the future, you’ll want to take advantage of ...

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14:01
XTouch turns any surface into touch-enabled controls...

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XTouch, an SDK created by a group at the University of Toronto’s Mobile Applications Lab and funded by JOLT, turns any surface into a touch-sensitive controller for iOS apps with no additional hardware. Since XTouch uses acoustics and vibrations to recognize taps on a surrounding surface, the only requirement is...

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14:00
This Apple portable desktop prototype would make you...

MacBooks are great and all, but this 1980s prototype for a portable computer definitely challenges today's portable Macs for overall cool factor. Less a laptop and more of a desktop-on-the-go, the prototype is housed at Frog Design in San...

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13:58
Office Mobile for iPhone goes free for all users

While Microsoft’s biggest news of the day might have been the debut of its Office productivity app suite for iPad, there was also news on the iPhone side as well.

Microsoft didn’t make dedicated apps for Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, but the company did make Office Mobile for iPhone free for all users. Previously, Office Mobile for iPhone required an active subscription to Office 365.

Just like Office Mobile for Windows Phone, we are making Office Mobile for iPhone and Android phones free for everyone. With Office Mobile, you have the ability to view and edit your Office content on the go. Office Mobile is available in the App Store and Google Play.

Now that Microsoft has moved that requirement to its dedicated iPad apps, Android and iPhone users...

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13:45
Cloak 2 Makes It Easier to Secure Your iPhone and...

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - TMO's John F. Braun is at this weekâs Macworld/iWorld Conference and checked out Cloak 2, an important upgrade to a VPN solution for both OS X and iOS. Read on for his take on the apps and service.


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13:42
Amazon to reportedly launch free streaming video...

A report on Thursday claims Amazon is planning an entry into the free streaming video sector with a new service that would go along with a rumored set-top streaming device
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13:21
Rain Design’s iSlider, a Foldable iPad Stand that...

SAN FRANCISCO - I stopped by the Rain Design booth at Macworld/iWorld. The company makes a lot of great looking Mac and iOS device accessories, but the iSlider really caught my eye. This is a cool iPad stand that folds up into a self contained box that fits in your pocket. To use it, you slide a tray out of the case. This is clever, because the stand then has a base that's long enough to really support your iPad. It features multiple viewing and typing angles, and it's has a great look and feel. In addition to the photo below from the show floor, there's an animated GIF that shows the device being unfolded. Rain Design introduced this last year, but it's shipping now for US$49.90. If you stop by Booth #642, you can get it for 20 percent off.

TMO's travel and coverage sponsors for Macworld/iWorld 2014 are The Omni Group, Kromtech and Other World Computing.

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13:11
Tim Cook Welcomes MS Office to the iPad on Twitter

In a gentlemanly and gracious gesture, Apple CEO Tim Cook welcomed Microsoft Office to the iPad today in a tweet. It's a reminder of Mr. Cook's strong values and should taken at face value.


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13:00
TUAW at Macworld/iWorld 2014 - Backblaze

In this short video interview, we visit the Backblaze booth at Macworld/iWorld 2014 and chat with Backblaze CEO Gleb Budman about their backup service and storage service. You'll see the insides (drive-free) of one of their 180 terabyte storage pods...

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12:58
Tim Cook welcomes Microsoft CEO Nadella’s Office for...

Following the debut of Microsoft Office for the iPad earlier today, Apple CEO Tim Cook has taken to Twitter to endorse the launch and congratulate recently appointed Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Microsoft Office for iPad brings the complete office suite of Word, PowerPoint, and Excel to Apple’s tablets with a freemium business model.

Apple is also promoting Office on the App Store’s homepage (thanks, Chad):

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12:37
Chitika: Free Mavericks Has Accelerated OS X...

A report from Chitika says that recent usage data for Mavericks indicates that the free update has accelerated its adoption compared to previous OS X versions.


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12:19
First look: Hands on with Office for iPad from...

The long-awaited debut of Microsoft Office for iPad finally took place on Thursday with an event in San Francisco featuring the company's new chief executive Satya Nadella. AppleInsider was there live to test out Office on the iPad, and also see Microsoft's new leader in action.
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12:17
Apps: Game of Thrones Ascent, iTunes Movie Trailers...

The strategy game Game of Thrones Ascent has come to iPad from developer Kongregate. Based on the wildly popular George R.R. Martin novels and HBO show, Game of Thrones Ascent already has 2.5 million online players. The game will be updated with new quests each Monday following new Sunday…

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12:02
Microsoft shows cross-platform Enterprise Mobility...

In parallel with the unveiling of Office for the iPad, Microsoft has also debuted a "holistic" approach to enterprise mobile device control. The new Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite is a cross-platform approach, encompassing Android, iOS, and Windows Phone, to control permissions, manage data access, and retain separation of personal and business-oriented data on a device, all with cloud-centric management....
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12:00
Star Wars: Assault Team puts Star Wars: Force...

I love Star Wars and I love collectable card games, so it should say quite a bit that I couldn't review Star Wars: Force Collection because the bare-bones production values turned me off that much. As a collectable card game, it's apparently not bad,...

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11:44
Re/code review of Office for iPad

Bonnie Cha takes the new Office suite for a spin.

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11:43
External Link: Microsoft Releases Office for iPad

Lucifer, call the furnace repairman: Microsoft finally unveiled the much-rumored iPad version of its popular Office productivity suite. Office for iPad includes the familiar Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, available as individual downloads. Microsoft previously made another Office app, OneNote, free g
for Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android, Windows and Windows Phone. Those wanting unrestricted use of the other iPad apps will be disappointed. Although anyone can download Office for iPad to harness it as a reading and presenting tool, access to editing features requires an Office 365 subscription, like its iPhone sibling. Such subscriptions start at $6.99 per month or $69.99 a year for personal versions of Office 365. The announcement came at a San Francisco media event keynoted by Satya Nadella in his first major appearance as the company’s new chief executive.

 

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11:39
Japanese newspaper repeats persistent 'iPhone 6...

Apple is readying two variants of the so-called iPhone 6 with significantly larger 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays for a September launch, according to a Thursday report from the Land of the Rising Sun.
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11:34
Microsoft launches long-awaited Office for iPad [u]

(Updated with app download links, dropping of subscription requirement for Office Mobile for iPhone)) Microsoft is today officially releasing Office for iPad, a long-rumored port of its Windows and Mac work suite. The trio of apps let people do full editing of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents, while preserving the same formatting seen on the desktop. Each app uses a custom touch-tailored interface, for instance offering a special numerical/symbolic keyboard for Excel. The apps do however make use of the same "ribbon" interface scheme....
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11:32
Microsoft Releases Office for iPad

Microsoft has released the much-rumored Office for iPad, which is free for reading Office documents, but editing requires an Office 365 subscription.

 

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11:30
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

Sago Mini Bug Builder...

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11:27
Satya Nadella and the iPad Office rollout video

Follow the headline link to watch Satya Nadella discuss Microsoft’s cloud and mobile strategy and, more importantly, watch the rollout of Microsoft Office for iPad.

I have to say, I find Nadella likable. Certainly more likable than that last guy.

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11:22
Report: New hi-res iPhones ‘as early as September’

Apple’s new iPhone will arrive in two screen sizes “as early as September,” Japan’s Nikkei Asian Review reports. The report claims mass production of LCD panels will start next quarter, noting the resolution of the handset “is expected to be significantly higher than that of current models.”  As

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11:21
∞ Microsoft Office apps now live in the App Store

As promised in their press briefing today, Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Word went live in the App Store at 11a PST today.

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11:11
Microsoft Office for iPad arrives: Word, Excel...

Just moments after Microsoft Office for iPad was announced, the trio of applications that make up the industry leading productivity suite hit the App Store and can now be downloaded.
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11:09
PencilCase does HyperCard-style iOS app creation

Robots & Pencils has announced PencilCase, a new platform for developing and publishing iOS apps. The technology is loosely based on Apple's now-defunct HyperCard, and is aimed at non-developers. Along those lines, it uses a drag-and-drop interface for inserting UI elements, animations, 3D models and physics. An included Javascript engine can be used to insert manual code where needed....
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11:09
Microsoft Announces Office For iPad

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella gave a talk Thursday morning in San Francisco about Microsoft's vision for mobile devices, and made a few announcements, the most notable being the release of full versions of Word, PowerPoint, and Excel for iPads running iOS 7.


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11:06
Apps: Cocktail, DEVONthink Pro, Kaleidoscope


    


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11:00
Steve Jobs wasn't even okay with Google hiring...

Earlier this week, PandoDaily released treasure trove of information pertaining to the anti-poaching agreements many top Silicon Valley tech firms entered into a few years back, including an email showing showing that Steve Jobs angrily called Google...

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10:48
iPhone 6 coming as early as September, likely in 4.7...

There’s not a whole lot here that we haven’t heard before, but today Nikkei Asian Review reports that orders into component suppliers indicate Apple’s next-gen iPhone will debut as early as September in two new screen sizes.

As reported previously by Bloomberg, WSJ, and others, Nikkei says Apple will introduce a new 4.7-inch iPhone alongside a larger 5.5-inch model. The report’s cites sources in Apple’s supply chain and says Apple’...

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10:34
Twitter rumored to relaunch altered #music program...

Even though Twitter is shuttering its #Music service and has yanked the supporting app from the iOS App Store the microblogging service is preparing a new offering, according to services familiar with the matter. The new service is allegedly eschewing an app-driven offering, and focused on conversations about content, hosted on Twitter itself....
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10:27
Office for iPad

Microsoft today announced Office for iPad, a trio of apps that bring Word, PowerPoint and Excel to tablets. Those should be showing up in the App Store shortly — around 11AM Pacific (2PM Eastern), to be exact.

I’m looking forward to seeing it.

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10:27
Microsoft brings Word, Excel, and PowerPoint to the...

A live demo of Word for iPad.

Microsoft

Microsoft's Build Developer Conference is next week, but the company isn't saving all of its announcements for that show. CEO Satya Nadella took to the stage in San Francisco today to talk about the company's future, putting an emphasis on the company's "cloud first, mobile first" agenda. To drive that point home, the company today announced the long-rumored version of Microsoft Office for iPad, which trails the iPhone and Android versions of the software by about nine months. The software goes live in the iOS App Store at 11am Pacific Time today.

Word, Excel, and...

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10:21
Microsoft Office for iPad launches today, requires...

Microsoft on Thursday unveiled a long-awaited version of its Office suite for iPad, bringing productivity applications Word, Excel and PowerPoint to Apple's tablet lineup, requiring users to subscribe to its Office 365 service for editing documents.
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10:20
Apple Appears to be Ramping up for iPhone 6...

DigiTimes said on Wednesday that Apple has reportedly placed orders with two companies for iPhone 6 batteries. Another company that has been making iPhone 5 and 5c batteries has, so far, been passed over - so far.


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10:18
Russian Officials Dump iPads For Samsung Tablets...

wiredmikey writes: "Russian government officials have swapped their iPads for Samsung tablets to ensure tighter security, the telecoms minister told news agencies on Wednesday. Journalists spotted that ministers at a cabinet meeting were no longer using Apple tablets, and minister Nikolai Nikiforov confirmed the changeover "took place not so long ago." He said the ministers' new Samsungs were "specially protected devices that can be used to work with confidential information." This isn't the first time Russian powers have had concerns over mobile. In August 2012, Russia unveiled a prototype tablet with its own "almost Android" mobile OS that has the remarkably familiar feel of an Android but with bolstered encryption. In an even more paranoid move, this past July a Russian state service in charge of safeguarding Kremlin communications was looking to purchase an array of old-fashioned typewriters to prevent leaks from computer hardware."

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10:15
Microsoft announces new Office for iPad apps...

 

Microsoft’s Office suite of productivity apps has long been rumored to be in development for the iPad shortly after the tablet’s debut in 2010. Most notably was The Daily (now defunct) reporting it had knowledge (and screenshots) of Microsoft’s software for Apple’s mobile platform in 2011, something Microsoft was quick to...

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10:12
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10:07
Mavericks adoption now over 40 percent North...

Five months after launch, Mavericks has already grabbed slightly over 40 percent of all North American OS X usage, according to web traffic data from ad network Chitika. By comparison, Mountain Lion is currently sitting at just 21 percent, and took 14 months to hit a peak of 34 percent. Lion and Snow Leopard each account for 18 percent of OS X usage at present; Leopard has shrunk to 3 percent, and Tiger and a miscellaneous "other" category each have 1 percent shares....
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10:02
Microsoft Launches Public Cloud in China


Microsoft is now offering general availability of its Azure cloud service in China, becoming the first multinational company to provide public cloud services in the Middle Kingdom. Microsoft is partnering with 21Vianet, a Chinese data center services provider, a marriage that likely helped appease Beijing officials. Until now, all major cloud providers in China -- Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent -- have been Chinese.
The China launch is part of a broad push in Asia.

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10:00
Live coverage from Microsoft's Office for iPad...

Thursday marks the first major event hosted by new Microsoft Chief Executive Satya Nadella, where the company is also expected to unveil a long awaited version of its Office productivity suite for Apple's iPad. AppleInsider is there live with up-to-the-second coverage.
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09:55
Microsoft announcement, live from San Francisco

We're going to be live at Microsoft's announcement at One Kearny in San Francisco! Join us at 10 am PT/1 pm ET for updates and insights from the event.

You can read more about the anticipated topic (Office for iPad!) in our preview post here....

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09:55
Macworld/iWorld 2014: The State of Apple Technology...

Thanks for joining us for our liveblog of the Macworld/iWorld 2014 "State of Apple Technology" panel discussion, featuring the following speakers:

Moderator: Jason Snell, Senior VP, Editorial Director, IDG Consumer & SMB

Panelists:
Ben Bajarin,...

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09:50
OS X upgrade adoption rate half that of iOS despite...

Chitikia is out with a report today with OS X adoption numbers for the five months since Apple released its latest major software update to the desktop and notebook last October. According to the report, a record 40% of Mac users have upgraded to OS X 10.9 Mavericks since its release. For perspective, that’s 6% higher than OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion reached in a 14-month period.

The acceleration in adoption is largely attributed to Apple adopting the iOS upgrade model and making OS X Mavericks a free software update for users rather than charging between $20 and $130 as previous updates had seen.

But despite adopting the iOS...

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09:36
Amazon to unveil its Apple TV competitor on April 2nd

Amazon has been developing a set-top-box product for several months, and the company appears set to take the wraps off of it next week. Amazon has issued invitations for a media event to be held at 11 AM EST on Wednesday April 2nd.

The invite reads “please join us for an update on our video business,” and the couch and popcorn seems to point directly to a new video watching product. Last year, we reported on trademark filings that seem to indicate that Amazon has considered calling the device the “...

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09:30
A rack mount for the Mac Pro and other news for...

It's been a rather quiet morning, but here are three stories we found for you.

Sonnet Tech has announced a 4U rack mount for Apple's cylindrical Mac Pro. The so-called xMac Pro Thunderbolt 2 PCIe Enclosure rolls off the tongue and includes three...

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09:25
∞ Apple offers “Refund for In-App Purchases made by...

Apple sent an email today to its iTunes account holders who have made in-app purchases. The email gave account holders the chance to ask for a refund for any and all in app purchases made by a minor.

I think this is beyond fair. The text of the email is in the post.

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09:11
Wouldn’t Have Happened If Tim Cook Had Been in Charge

Pando continues its thorough coverage of the Apple/Google-led no-poaching wage-fixing cartel case. You have to laugh at this, from Sergey Brin, after being shown an email from Steve Jobs:

Wow, Steve used a smiley. God, I never got one of those.

But overall, this is serious business. From Pando’s report a week ago:

Schmidt responded:

I would prefer that Omid do it verbally since I don’t want to
create a paper trail over which we can be sued later? Not sure
about this.. thanks Eric

Google’s HR head at the time, Shona Brown, agreed with her boss,
in lower-case ee cummings syntax:

makes sense to do orally. i agree.

(Seems bizarre...

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09:07
Skunk Baxter Gibson Firebird

I’m happy that Gibson honored Skunk with his own model, but I was never a big fan of the Firebird.

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09:00
The Week in iOS Apps: Here comes the sun

Here comes the sun

This week’s roundup includes a cool new way of looking at the sun. Plus, there are apps for seeking real estate, organizing your life, and fighting in the Game of Thrones universe.

DIY Sun Science

By now, you know we’re fans of NASA, space, science, and any app that does cool things with those topics. DIY Sun Science is a free iOS app from NASA that helps young users learn about the sun—either in classroom settings or on their own. It includes live satellite views of the sun, videos, and activities with step-by-step instructions to guide even young users in learning more about our closest star.

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

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08:57
BusyContacts

BusyContacts is a complete replacement for the built-in Contacts app on OS X that is designed to make creating, finding, and managing contacts faster and more efficient.

From the same company that brought us BusyCal.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:52
Where and When to Find TMO Team at Macworld/iWorld...

It's Macworld/iWorld time again, and here's the full rundown on where you can find Bryan Chaffin, Jeff Gamet, and Dave Hamilton around the show.


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08:45
Microsoft announces Office for iPad

As expected, Microsoft officially announced Office for iPad today at an event featuring new CEO Satya Nadella. Office for iPad will go live at 2 p.m. EST today with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint in the App Store. For free, users can download the apps to read and…

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08:31
WD ships the first Thunderbolt-powered portable dual...

WD today announced immediate availability of the My Passport Pro, which it bills as the first Thunderbolt-powered portable dual-drive. The two internal 2.5-inch hard drives and an integrated Thunderbolt cable are packed in a svelte aluminum enclosure that weighs just 1.59 pounds. Users can easily choose between a RAID 0 setup for increased performance or RAID 1 for data redundancy. It’s capable of speeds up to 233 MB/s and to help put that in perspective, it is capable of  ”copy[ing] a 22 GB high-definition video file in half the time typically required by a USB 3.0 drive working in RAID 0 format.” Combined, it is about half the speed of an SSD but with much more space/$.

The My Passport Pro is available in 2TB ($299.99) and 4TB (429.99) capacities now from the WD online store. It’s expected to hit Apple stores and other e-tailers very soon....

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08:07
Adoption of OS X 10.9 Mavericks significantly...

The rate at which Mac owners are upgrading to Apple's OS X 10.9 Mavericks has far outperformed the operating system's predecessor -- OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion -- with one report saying the latest OS is now running on over 40 percent of active Macs.
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08:04
PencilCase reimagines HyperCard to let non-...

Robots & Pencils, a company that has up until now been making mobile apps for others, is launching a new platform for Mac that it says reimagines Apple’s HyperCard and allows non-developers to create & publish native iOS apps. Dubbed ‘PencilCase,’ users can create native apps with a drag and drop interface for adding UI elements, 3D models, programmed animations, and physics with no code required. There’s also a full built-in Javascript engine for those that might want to add some code.

We’ve seen a few similar build-your-own app platforms aimed at non-developers, but Robots & Pencils CEO Michael Sikorsky told us a little bit about why PencilCase is different:...

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08:01
Expo Notes: Western Digital reveals new Thunderbolt-...

Western Digital kicked off its booth at Macworld/iWorld by unveiling the new My Passport Pro portable hard drive equipped with Thunderbolt.

While the My Passport Pro looks similar to WD’s My Passport Air, the new drive is much thicker because it has two 2.5-inch hard drive mechanisms configured as a RAID 0 or 1.

The My Passport Pro also has an integrated Thunderbolt cable, so not only do you not have to worry about buying an expensive Thunderbolt cable, but you also don’t have to worry about carrying and losing that cable. The integrated cable also provides power to the drive, so you don’t need an external power supply.

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08:00
Runtastic 5.0 update brings redesign, hydration...

Runtastic today updated its Running and fitness app, bringing a brand new look to the app and few notable new features.

The biggest changes users will notice is a fresh, new UI with improved automatic syncing to a user's Runtastic account when an...

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07:51
Sonnet’s new rack mount turns the 2013 Mac Pro into...

Sonnet's rack mount enclosure for the new Mac Pro fits in tons of expansion options.

Sonnet

After Apple discontinued the Xserve in early 2011, it introduced a pair of options Mac buyers could turn to if they still wanted systems they could fit into a server rack. One is the Mac Mini Server, a $999 configuration that adds a quad-core CPU and extra hard drive to the standard Mini. The other was the Mac Pro Server, a version of the big silver box that came with lots of CPU cores and OS X Server but was otherwise not so different from the standard workstation. Apple still sells the Mac Mini Server, but the Mac Pro Server was discontinued when Apple shrank the Mac Pro ...

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07:50
Samsung 'puzzled' as South Korean carriers...

Apple's chief rival Samsung had big plans for the debut of its flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone on April 11, but carriers in its native country of South Korea have opted to upstage that launch date by releasing the new handset early.
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07:43
Political move? Russians shelve iPads

Journalists spotted that ministers at a cabinet meeting were no longer using Apple tablets, and minister Nikolai Nikiforov confirmed the changeover “took place not so long ago.”

He said the ministers’ new Samsungs were “specially protected devices that can be used to work with confidential information.”

Something smells fishy here.

Nikiforov denied that Russia was clamping down on US technology in response to Western sanctions imposed over its takeover of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula.

Ah, that was it. Walks like a duck, quacks like a duck. Political bullshit is what it is.

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