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Wednesday March 26

08:14
Apple, Unicode Consortium working on more emoji...

Apple is working with the Unicode Consortium on expanding the racial diversity of emoji characters in iOS, and by extension other platforms, according to a statement provided to MTV. "Our emoji characters are based on the Unicode standard, which is necessary for them to be displayed properly across many platforms," Apple says. "There needs to be more diversity in the emoji character set, and we have been working closely with the Unicode Consortium in an effort to update the standard."...
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08:11
Realmac teases upcoming Reminders feature in popular...

Fantastical isn’t the only app with a new version on the way. Realmac Software, makers of the popular to-do list app Clear, have been hyping the addition of Reminders functionality since late last year and expected to ship the update around this time. Realmac says its still fine tuning the Reminders experience in Clear and expects to release the update early next month. This marks the first time we’ve seen a shot of how the Reminders function will look in Clear (seen above) as well as a blurred teaser for the Mac version as well (notice the calendar date picker).

Realmac has previously mentioned that the update...

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07:58
CoSoSys extends digital loss prevention tool for OS...

Security solutions provider CoSoSys has released Endpoint Protector 4, the first digital loss prevention tool that provides enforced encryption on removable storage devices. The new app suite aims to secure sensitive data and prevent data loss on computers in a "bring yur own computer" environment using Mac OS X....
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07:43
Apple engineer shares details on iPhone creation

Apple senior software engineer Greg Christie has revealed a number of details about the birth of the iPhone to the Wall Street Journal. Christie and his team were struggling with the original iPhone’s software when Apple co-founder and then-CEO Steve Jobs told the group it had two weeks to…

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07:39
New York Times Announces Two New Digital...

On April 2, the New York Times will unveil two new digital subscription choices. One of them will be a subscription iOS app called NYT Now.

The Mac Observer Spin: A digital Times subscription for the same monthy price as Netflix sounds like a pretty good idea.


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07:26
Former Delta VP joins Apple online retail

Bob Kupbens, former vice president of marketing and digital commerce at Delta Air Lines, has joined Apple. According to his LinkedIn page, Kupbens’ title is VP, Apple Online Retail. Advertising Age noted the title was unconfirmed, but regardless, Kupbens looks to play a large role in Apple’s online…

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07:25
Synology adds support for Chromecast streaming in...

If you’re unfamiliar with Synology’s DiskStation network-attached storage (NAS) hardware and software, I recently wrote a full review on the latest update. The company’s DiskStation products come with slick apps for Mac and iOS that let you stream all of your content stored in your own private cloud to just about any device you could think of, and today the company has added yet another with official support for Google’s Chromecast HDMI stick.

Much like you can send video and audio stored on your DiskStation to your Apple TV over AirPlay, or to your TV or PlayStation using DiskStation’s built...

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07:22
Apple finally at work on Retina MacBook Air, rumor...

Apple is planning to launch a Retina MacBook Air in the second half of 2014, alongside other updated MacBooks, Taiwanese supply chain sources claim. Although the MacBook Pro has had Retina options for a couple of years, the Air has been stuck with resolutions topping out at 1366x768 or 1440x900, depending on screen size. A Retina upgrade may be possible due to easier and/or cheaper production of Retina panels, and the need for Apple to keep the Air attractive next to Windows laptops with Retina-equivalent graphics....
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07:06
∞ Harrowing rescue

[VIDEO] Wow. Nailbiting situation.

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07:03
A big fat zero

When you invest in a Kickstarter, you are helping a company get their legs, giving them the money they need to achieve stability with zero risk. The risk is foisted onto those initial investors. Is that a fair trade?

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07:01
New $8-per-month 'NYT Now' subscription...

The New York Times announced on Wednesday that it will expand its digital subscription offerings in the coming months, starting with a "core" package dubbed "NYT Now" targeted at light readers, and it will debut exclusively on Apple's iPhone on April 2.
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07:00
Top Apple engineer details how the original iPhone...

The Wall Street Journal has published a rare authorized interview with Apple senior software engineer Greg Christie who detailed the arduous process involved in getting the iPhone from a concept to a shipping product.

In February of 2005, Steve Jobs...

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06:44
Apple working to add diversty to emoji

Apple is working on adding more diversity to the emoji keyboard character set, according to MTV Act. The website reached out to Apple CEO Tim Cook about the lack of diversity in emoji, and received a response from Katie Cotton, Apple Vice President of Worldwide Corporate Communications: “Tim forwarded…

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06:44
Why Minecraft creator canceled port to Oculus VR in...

Yesterday, we posted about Facebook buying virtual reality company Oculus VR. Before that deal, Minecraft was exploring a deal to bring a version of the incredibly popular gaming environment to Oculus. But once the Facebook deal was announced, Markus Persson, Minecraft creator, tweeted this:

We were in talks about maybe bringing a version of Minecraft to Oculus. I just cancelled that deal. Facebook creeps me out.

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06:33
Sprint CEO reveals HD Voice launching across network...

Sprint will be launching its delayed HD Voice on compatible smartphones in the majority of markets across the United States this summer, the head of the carrier has revealed. CEO Dan Hesse revealed during a keynote talk at Oracle Industry Connect that the high-quality voice service will roll out for subscribers throughout the country "around the first of July."...
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06:30
Triage for iOS Enables Quick Email Checks

Want a lightweight way to scan through new email as quickly as possible, without worrying about getting sucked in? The iOS app Triage makes short work of that task.

 

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06:26
Bioprinting, Part 1: The Promise and the Pitfalls


It's long been the dream of humans to be able to regenerate body parts. Scientists have been researching this possibility for years, but the subject is complex, and they are just beginning to get to a glimmer of understanding as to what's required. "There are different layers of complexity in developing tissue-engineered products, so the easiest thing is to make it something that's one single type of cell and is a flat sheet," said Charlie Whelan, healthcare and life science director of consulting at Frost & Sullivan.

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06:19
Google announces massive price drops for its cloud...

These are pretty huge price drops. Google just become very competitive with Amazon on cloud services. Hardware prices have been plummeting, but cloud service prices have been slow to come down.

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06:18
Apple’s working to introduce more diverse emoji—what...

Apple's working with the Unicode Consortium to augment the whitewashed set of emoji.

Andrew Cunningham

If you use emoji regularly, you might have noticed something unfortunate about the adorable and surprisingly expressive pictures. Emoji faces, bodies, and hands are almost universally white.

News made the rounds last night that Apple was working to change this situation and add more racially diverse emoji. "There needs to be more diversity in the emoji character set," Apple's Katie Cotton wrote to MTV Act, "and we have been working closely with the Unicode Consortium in an effort to update the standard."

Why wait for the Unicode Consortium to catch up instead of just using custom characters to fill this gap now? Using the Unicode standard for its emoji instead of going its own way provides important benefits—well, as important as anything involving emoji...

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06:13
The secret room where the iPhone software was born

To go along with the Greg Christie interview, the Wall Street Journal also ran this small piece that focused on the room in which the iPhone was developed and tested.

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06:11
WSJ Interviews iPhone Engineer Just Before Another...

The Wall Street Journal has published an interview with Greg Christie, an engineer responsible for the original iPhone.

The Mac Observer Spin: Some of the smaller details in the piece remind us what Apple was like under Steve Jobs. Getting to read about it at all is a reminder of what Apple is like under Tim Cook.


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06:06
NYT launching two new subscription products

The New York Times plans to launch two new subscription products on April 2: NYT Now, a standalone iOS app that costs $8 a month, and Times Premier, which the company describes as a “premium subscription service designed for The Times enthusiast.”

The premium product will cost $45 every four weeks.

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06:01
Head of Apple’s UI team recalls iPhone’s birth

Apple’s head of User Interface Greg Christie gave an interview with the Wall Street Journal (paywall) to discuss the birth of the iPhone. The interview was done on the eve of a new patent-infringement trial against Samsung which starts Monday.

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06:00
Daily App: DragonVale lets you breed Dragons and...

DragonVale from BackFlip Studios debuted in 2011 and has continued to improve over time. The games lets you raise a farm of dragons, with Farmville-style rules.

DragonVale is all about dragons letting you hatch new dragons, breed dragons to get...

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05:11
iOS 7.1 glitch allows stock apps to be hidden on the...

In what feels like an annual affair, somebody has once again found a glitch with the iOS Home Screen. The bug allows users to place folders inside folders on the iOS 7 Springboard, which is normally not possible. With a certain configuration of steps, the bug can also make apps disappear from the Home Screen entirely. For instance, you could hide some of the stock Apple apps (like Compass or Voice Memos) that normally can’t be removed.

The apps aren’t actually deleted from your iPhone or iPad; it’s merely a visual display glitch that hides them. This means the apps will return when you reboot your iOS device. The steps to hide some apps are below, but the video demo above by iDeviceHelpus demonstrates how to do...

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05:00
External Link: Behind the Scenes with Nigerian Email...

Erika Eichelberger, writing for Mother Jones, visited a couple of email scammers in Nigeria. While they make a good living from digital grift, their incomes have declined in recent years as Americans have become more savvy. But, due to corruption in Nigeria’s government, don’t expect them to change careers any time soon.

 

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04:59
Apple once again rumored to launch MacBook Pro with...

The latest supply chain rumors add to claims that Apple is planning to launch a new MacBook Air with a high-resolution Retina display later this year, bringing the same pixel-packing power already found in the company's MacBook Pro lineup.
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04:59
Apple once again rumored to launch MacBook Air with...

The latest supply chain rumors add to claims that Apple is planning to launch a new MacBook Air with a high-resolution Retina display later this year, bringing the same pixel-packing power already found in the company's MacBook Pro lineup.
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04:31
When is Apple going to release a Retina MacBook Air...

Following a forum post from a Chinese website, Digitimes is reporting that Apple will indeed ship a brand new MacBook Air with Retina display in the second half of this year.

The Digitimes article offers no specifics on what the new MacBook Air will feature, aside from the Retina display. A forum poster (who has a track record of accuracy) from last week said that the new model of laptop would feature a fan-less design in an even thinner form factor than the current MacBook Airs’ enclosure.

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03:58
This is the room where the iPhone was born

Ahead of the latest Apple-Samsung trial, Apple is sharing some of the details regarding the creation of the iPhone with the WSJ. As an aside, Apple also shared a shot of the secret windowless room where the original iPhone meetings took place. The nondescript room is where most of the design decisions for the original iPhone’s software were made and is called “hallowed ground” to Greg Christie, who designs the software interface for products and one of the first members recruited to work on the device in 2004.

It doesn’t mean that the windowless room, lit by fluorescent lights hanging from the ceiling, looked...

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02:41
External Link: RIP MacFixIt

MacFixIt, a site dedicated to troubleshooting news and information for Apple products since 1996, has been killed off by CNET. Ted Landau, who now writes for Macworld, sold MacFixIt to TechTracker in 2000, which was then acquired by CNET in 2007. The original site, http://www.macfixit.com, now redirects to the Computers section of CNET, though some of its original content can be found via Google searches.

 

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02:08
Interview: iPhone OS core developed in two weeks

Greg Christie, one of the original iPhone engineers and a witness likely to be called in the second Apple-Samsung patent trial starting next week, has revealed in a new interview that an "ultimatum" from then-CEO Steve Jobs pushed his team into creating the core of the "iPhone OS" (as it was called then) in just two weeks. The full interview, conducted by the Wall Street Journal, goes into detail about the secrecy required of the project and how the team came to invent much of what consumers think of as the principles of a smartphone operating system....
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00:30
BioShock Infinite final expansion pack released for...

The epic quest platformer BioShock Infinite on Tuesday saw the simultaneous release on Mac and Windows of its third and final expansion pack, Burial at Sea - Episode 2. The add-on follows the release of Burial at Sea - Episode 1 and Clash in the Clouds for the artistic platformer, which makes exceptional use of rich environments, and offers new achievements as well as a continuation of the previous pack's storyline. The $20 "Season Pass" has been updated to include the new content....
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Tuesday March 25

23:19
Apple updates iTunes Movie Trailers, adds push...

On Tuesday, Apple updated its iTunes Movie Trailers app for iOS devices, bringing updated notifications when new releases hit local cinemas or the iTunes Store. Version 1.4 also adds actual review excerpts from the Rotten Tomatoes review website, rather than just scores, and adds sharing courtesy of the AirDrop feature, allowing users to share links to movie trailers featured in the app....
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23:00
Briefly: Showyou app adds Chromecast support, new...

Video streaming app Showyou has released an update featuring Chromecast support for both Android and iOS versions. Featuring thousands of channels, users can browse through customized content guides and categories to find something specific to watch, or view content based on the app's suggestions, generated by what channels one follows....
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22:30
Apple planning to make Emoji characters more diverse...

If you take a look at iOS's built-in Emjoi set, you may have noticed that most of the people depicted are Caucasian. Curious as to why this was the case, MTV's Act blog sent an email to Tim Cook asking if Apple had any plans to diversify its Emoji...

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22:01
Apple updates iTunes Movie Trailers app with...

Apple on Tuesday brought a few useful additions to its iTunes Movie Trailers app, including a new notification system for shows to be released in theaters or the iTunes Store and in-app critic reviews from Rotten Tomatoes.
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20:17
Leitz Label Printer Combines iOS App and Wi-Fi for...

Label printers have always been an iffy affair. If an OS X upgrade didn't render it unusable, then the connector became obsolete. Or it was too much fuss to get going quickly. Now, Leitz is introducing the Icon, the first label printer that's accessed with an iOS app. It allows one to start creating a label with just a few taps.

The Icon prints at 4-inches (10 cm) per second on labels up to 3.5-inches wide (9 cm.) It creates its own Wi-Fi hot spot and prints at up to 600 dpi. A battery pack makes it portable. Best of all, it's made by Leitz and that typically means quality and a class act.

The Leitz Icon launches on April 1 and will retail for about US$109.


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20:12
Briefly: BBC iPlayer Radio update, Total War: Shogun...

The BBC has updated its iPlayer Radio for iOS today, offering new features such as Favorites. iPlayer Radio provides live steaming access to all BBC Radio stations, with browsing of hundreds of on-demand programming. Users can download podcasts to listen to on the go, discover new music with Playlister, connect to AirPlay or Bluetooth audio devices, and more. Version 1.5.0 offers a new Favorites feature, offering a save function for desired shows. Also included in the update is a recent searches history, schedules both seven days in the past and future, improved lock-screen function, and other...
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20:07
BlackBerry sues exec to stay after being poached by...

A Canadian court ruling issued on Tuesday reveals BlackBerry is holding an employment contract over SVP of Software Sebastien Marineau-Mes' head, blocking his departure from the flailing company after being hired away by Apple last year.
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19:34
Apple engineer recalls the iPhone’s birth

Wall Street Journal:

Mr. Christie’s team devised many iPhone features, such as swiping to unlock the phone, placing calls from the address book, and a touch-based music player. The iPhone ditched the keyboard then common on advanced phones for a display that covered the device’s entire surface, and it ran software that more closely resembled personal-computer programs.

Mr. Christie has never publicly discussed the early development of the iPhone. But Apple made him available on the eve of a new patent-infringement trial against Samsung Electronics Co. to highlight a key element of its legal strategy—just how innovative the iPhone was in 2007, when it arrived.

Interesting to see Apple allowing more execs to talk to the media and opening the kimono a little bit more. (Story is behind a paywall but if you search for the headline in Google,...

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19:16
BlackBerry SVP attempts to bolt for Apple, gets sued

A court in Ottawa has ruled in a lawsuit brought by BlackBerry against one of its own employees. The firm sued its own senior vice president of software, Sebastien Marineau-Mes, when he announced that he would be leaving the floundering smartphone company to take a job as Vice President of Core OS at Apple last December....
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18:57
Apple software engineer details development of...

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal published on Tuesday, Apple senior software engineer Greg Christie offers a detailed look at the development process that culminated in the first iPhone.
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18:42
Apple working with Unicode Consortium to create more...

 

 

 

Apple responded to recent inquiries about the lack of diversity among the emoji characters that ship with iOS, saying that the company is working with the Unicode Consortium to remedy that.

Our emoji characters are based on the Unicode standard, which is necessary for them to be displayed properly across many platforms. There needs to be more diversity in the emoji character set, and we have been working closely with the Unicode Consortium in an effort to update the standard.

Apple first introduced native support for the Emoji character set ...

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18:16
Facebook buys virtual reality company for $2 billion

Zuckerberg said Facebook was not interested in becoming a hardware company and did not intend to try to make a profit from sales of the devices over the long term. Instead, he said Facebook’s software and services would continue to serve as the company’s underlying business, potentially generating revenue on Oculus devices through everything from advertising to sales of virtual goods.

Personally, I find this purchase odd.

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18:00
PDF Printer for iOS turns any document into a high...

PDF Printer does what its name implies and more. The US$2.99 app allows you to open and read any document and turn it into a Portable Document Format (PDF} file. Even better, the app can convert email, photos, notes, and even web pages to PDFs.

Once...

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17:55
Apple engineer Greg Christie discusses the process...

 

Apple made Greg Christie, one of its original iPhone engineers, available before yet another round of patent fights with Samsung, allowing Christie to further expand on the stories of the iPhone’s secretive development under then-CEO Steve Jobs in a report by the Wall Street Journal. While some of what Christie said isn’t new information, there are some interesting anecdotes near the end of his interview.

For example, in 2005—two years before the Apple went public with the iPhone—Christie’s team was responsible for planning how the device would look and work. When the team found itself floundering and unable to settle on how the phone should work,...

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17:53
Establishment vs Nate Silver

Some good thoughts from Om Malik.

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17:32
Apple's emoji characters may soon show more...

According to a report released on Tuesday, Apple is planning to update the emoji characters used in iOS and OS X soft keyboards with a new, more diverse selection of characters.
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17:25
BlackBerry sues its own SVP of Software as he...

BlackBerry has filed a lawsuit against one of its own executives over his decision to leave the company for a position at Apple, as noted by iMore. Sebastien Marineau-Mes is BlackBerry’s Senior Vice President of Software until Apple offered him a role as Vice President of Core OS last December. That’s when Marineau-Mes told BlackBerry he’d be quitting in two months for Cupertino.

But because Marineau-Mes had signed a contract that required him to give six months notice before leaving (rather than two), the company filed a lawsuit to keep him around for four extra months. The court ruled that Marineau-Mes would have to stay on with BlackBerry for the...

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17:00
bloc'd is a highly addictive riff on Tetris...

Tetris is the first game I remember someone being addicted to. After weeks of being made fun of by my father as a child for how much I was playing the game, I awoke one night to sounds coming from downstairs. The sound was my father at 2AM furiously...

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16:46
Study: Macs invading enterprise, seen as 'more...

Another survey of Macs in the workplace has both reinforced older studies as well as added surprising news about the growing acceptance of Macs in the workplace -- long thought to be the unassailable domain of Windows PCs. Virtualization software maker Parallels has polled more than 200 IT chiefs in its latest study, and found that nearly half -- 45 percent -- of the companies surveyed now offer their employees the option of using a Mac at work, and find the platform "more reliable" for both Mac and Windows application use....
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16:45
Facebook reaches 1 billion active mobile users, 200...

During a call with investors today, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the social network had reached over one billion mobile users. That’s up from only 945 million active users in the last quarter of last year, putting the total gain since then at about 55 million mobile users.

The Facebook-owned photo app Instagram also announced a milestone today on its blog as it passed the 200 million user mark. A quarter of those users joined in just the last six months. Instagram also announced that users have shared over 20 billion photos on the network since it launched.

Filed under:...

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16:40
Adobe Announces Marketing Cloud Upgrade, Now With...

Adobe has announced an upgrade to Marketing Cloud, a suite of apps that now includes integration with iBeacons and PhoneGap Enterprise, a way to build mobile apps without learning to code.


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16:00
Apple's state-of-the-art, ground-breaking, game...

It's hard to believe, what with modern Macs abandoning even SuperDrives en masse, but way, way back in the late 1970s, programs on the original Apple II came on these. My, how far we've come.

[Photo credit: Jim Abeles]...

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15:30
The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for March 25, 2014

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

You can listen to today's...

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15:00
Kenu Highline case and security leash keeps your...

Those pesky iPhones can sometimes act like little kids or pets, seemingly wandering off on their own. An iPhone can easily slip out of a pocket unnoticed, do a backflip out of a purse or backpack, or fall from a hand while you're taking a photo....

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14:55
Apple Quietly Sells 500 Million iPhones

Half a billion iPhones have been sold in six and a half years. This is even more remarkable since it took over half that time to make it to 100 million.


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14:49
Briefly: Roku iOS app update, 2014 FileMaker...

Roku's iOS app has received an update, offering a refreshed user interface and the addition of a remote control feature. The app requires an iOS device to be connected to the same network as a Roku player, and facilitates controlling and accessing various media content. In v3.0.0 of Roku's iOS app, users now have access to searching Roku content on one's iPhone, by entering a movie, show, actor, or director and exploring the results. By connecting to any Roku player on one's network, the app can control it, play photos, music or video. The app's over-all visual design has been revamped, and mi...
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14:40
Apple updates Trailers app with push notifications,...


Apple has updated its iTunes Movie Trailers app with several new features and upgrades. The biggest new feature is the ability to get push notifications when movies marked as favorites hit theaters or iTunes. The in-app movie reviews have also been tweaked. Where previously you could only see a movies overall Rotten Tomatoes rating, you can now read full reviews right from within the app.

A few smaller features are also included in the update. You can now share links to movie trailers via AirDrop to other iOS devices, and a few bugs have been squashed....

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14:39
Facebook to acquire virtual reality firm Oculus VR...

Social media monolith Facebook is said to prepping another huge acquisition, this time setting its sights on Oculus VR, the virtual reality hardware and software firm responsible for the Oculus Rift.
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14:25
Apple brings on Delta exec for online sales as Chomp...

In the fluid world of tech hires, two changes were recently recorded to Apple's roster as the company hired ex-Delta Airlines VP Bob Kupbens to bolster online sales, while Chomp cofounder Cathy Edwards is scheduled to depart in April.
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14:20
Chomp co-founder leaves Apple, Delta marketing VP...

One of the co-founders of Chomp, Cathy Edwards, is leaving Apple on April 11th, reports say. Edwards joined Apple in 2012 after it bought Chomp, which specialized in app search technology. She became Apple's head of Search and Measurement, working on the search systems used in Maps, iTunes, and the App Store. After Chomp was completely shut down, she became the director of Evaluation and Quality for Apple's Maps division....
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14:19
Apple’s 500 Millionth iPhone

Seems clear they made it. Congrats Apple.

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14:14
How and When to Use Both Ethernet Ports on a Mac Pro

Unlike all other Macs, the Mac Pro line has two Ethernet ports. How and when would one want to use both of these ports? John Martellaro looks at a pair of typical scenarios.


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14:00
Twelve South's Travel Journal is a Trapper...

While Steve Sande was taking his cruise around the Southern Hemisphere, the folks at Twelve South sent over a couple of their latest products for me to try in his stead. First up is their handsome BookBook Travel Journal for the...

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13:57
iPad Writes a New Game Plan for Concussions

To help diagnose sports-related concussions, Cleveland Clinic in Ohio is using an iPad app that can measure and monitor symptoms moments after an athlete gets hurt. With iPad and the C3 Logix app, trainers can visualize an injury’s effect on cognitive and motor performance, making it easier to spot a concussion. “In the past, evaluating a concussed athlete involved a lot of guesswork,” says athletic trainer Jason Cruickshank, whose team is part of a program using this new technology. “iPad and the C3 Logix app have taken that subjectivity out of the process.” And injury assessments that previously required several pieces of equipment have now become simpler. “We needed an acceleromater, a gyroscope, and a great display to be able to objectively test balance, vision, and reaction time,” Cruickshank says. “iPad gave us all of that in a single device.”

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13:54
Kaleidoscope 2.1 Public Beta

Kaleidoscope is one of the world’s best tools for spotting differences in images and text. Now it supports the ignoring of leading, trailing and line-ending whitespace too. Kaleidoscope integrates directly with Git, Subversion, Mercurial, P4, and Bazaar to fit perfectly in your workflow.

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13:39
Apple seeds second betas of Safari 7.0.3, 6.1.3 to...

Apple has begun seeding its second betas of Safari 7.0.3 and 6.1.3 to developers. Apple is once asking for testing to be focused on push notifications, extension compatibility, overall website compatibility, and login AutoFill. For v7.0.3 exclusively, developers are asked to examine credit card AutoFill....
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13:28
Obama, Legislators Tackle Bulk Surveillance Issue


The political frenzy over the NSA's collection of Americans' bulk telephone metadata is escalating, with both the White House and the U.S. House of Representatives' Intelligence Committee announcing plans to introduce legislation to regulate the practice. The White House's proposal reportedly would require phone companies to store the data and provide it under a court order. The House Intelligence Committee's legislation, drafted by NSA supporters Mike Rogers and C.A. "Dutch" Ruppersberger, would lower the bar for surveillance.

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13:18
HTC One (M8)

I always felt bad for HTC. I think they made a good product, but didn’t have the marketing budget to compete with Samsung, which meant people didn’t pay much attention. I’m not sure the new phone will change that.

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13:04
Google Glass partners with maker of Ray-Ban, Oakley...

While the developer preview of Glass has established the heads-up display as advanced technology, it's also earned Google's headwear a reputation for being unfashionable --?something the company hopes to address with a new partnership with the Luxottica Group.
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13:01
Amplified: Glass, Charge Thyself

Jim and Dan talk about Google Glass and its myths, escaped water buffalos, Peter Gabriel and his flute, Pandora, Spotify, and iTunes Radio (now with NPR), “The Techtopus”, wage suppression, and more.

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12:56
Facebook testing alternative sources of location...

Facebook has started testing location information embedding, looking at integrating Facebook Places data into Instagram. Instagram currently uses Foursquare data for geotagging and attaching photo data to a location. Neither Facebook nor Foursquare have any comment on the matter, and a wholesale replacement of the photo tag data source doesn't appear to be underway in any more than a small scale test to a limited subset of users.....
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12:34
Delta exec travels to Apple as new Online Retail VP...

News of a pair of notable Apple personnel changes has emerged today. First on the list is a notable addition to Apple’s online retail store management team. According to his LinkeIn profile, Delta Vice President of Marketing Bob Kupbens has traveled to Apple to become the company’s new Vice President of Online Retail. This move comes at a time in which Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts transitions into Apple’s top retail role as the new Senior Vice President of both retail stores and online retail. Apple’s current online stores VP is Jennifer Bailey, and recent reports...

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12:29
Report: Apple sells 500 millionth iPhone

Apple has likely sold its 500 millionth iPhone during the past few weeks, Forbes estimates. There has yet to be an official announcement from Apple regarding the milestone; the company sometimes heralds large-scale sales in press releases, and at other times waits to mention them during media events. …

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12:27
Forums: Coaxing Mavericks onto older Macs

MacNN forum goers try to help Mac Elite "Helmling" figure out a way to get Mavericks to run on a MacBook from mid-2007, as well as provide some interesting insight on how this can be accomplished. "ShortcutToMoncton" is looking for good backup software that can assist in backing up their data to multiple drives....
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12:26
Apple deals: Mac Pro and iMac

This week Apple's online store is offering a selection of refurbished Mac Pro and iMac models at discounted prices. The refurbished Mac Pro with a 3.2GHz Intel quad-core Xeon processor, 6GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive has seen a $360 price cut to $2,139. For $2,549 is the refurbished Mac Pro with a 3.33GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon processor, 6GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive....
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12:26
HTC unveils 5" HTC One M8 with gesture controls...

Taiwanese handset maker HTC on Tuesday unveiled its latest flagship device intended to take on Apple's iPhone: the HTC One M8, with a larger screen, higher-spec internals, a depth-sensing camera and dual LED flash -- but no biometrics.
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12:24
DealNN: Canon Pixma Pro-100 with paper only $130

Amazon this week is offering the Canon Pixma Pro-100 color inkjet photo printer for $388 with free shipping. That's $112 off the list price of $500, and if you order before 3/31/14, save an additional $200 via a mail-in-rebate offer. Add a 50 sheet pack of LU-101 or SG-201 paper, or two 20-packs of PM-101 paper and receive an additional $100 off for a total savings of $300, bringing the final cost to around $130. This is about $70 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. This printer features 8 dye based inks, 3 of which are grayscale, 4800 x 2400 dpi resolution, Wi-Fi printing, PictB...
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12:00
Elevation Earth for iOS is endlessly fascinating and...

Elevation Earth is a universal iOS app (US$2.99) that displays a 3D model of our planet. You can manipulate your location with finger movements on the screen while rotating and zooming into Earth using standard iOS gestures.

The app shows more than...

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11:49
Facebook releases ‘Tweaks’ tool to help devs iterate...

Facebook has today open-sourced its rapid prototyping tool ‘Tweaks’, a framework that helps application developers quickly iterate on their projects and test out different possibilities for their iOS apps.

The best way to improve an app is to use it every day. Even when ideas can be tested out in advance — for example, with Origami — it can still take some time with the app to see how it works in practice.

Occasionally, it’s perfect the first try. Sometimes, the idea doesn’t work at all. But often, it just needs a few minor adjustments. That last case is where Tweaks fits in. Tweaks makes those small adjustments easy: with no code changes and no computer, you can try out different options and decide which works best.

Tweaks makes it really simple for developers to adjust parameters and properties in their application and then test them...

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11:30
Daily Deals for March 25, 2014, featuring PDFpen

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.

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11:28
Apple seeds Safari 7.0.3 and 6.1.3 Seed 2 to...

After seeding the first beta of the next versions of Safari for OS X a week ago, Apple has just seeded another pre-release version of Safari 7.0.3 and Safari 6.1.3 (Seed 2) to developers.

Apple provides the following focus areas for devs in the release notes:

Please focus testing on the following areas:

• General website compatibility

• Safari Push Notifications

• Login AutoFill

• Credit Card AutoFill (OS X Mavericks only) • Extension Compatibility

Safari 7.0.3 will arrive for Mavericks users while the 6.1.3 release is the latest for Mountain Lion users. The updates require the following:

Safari 6.1.3 for OS X Lion requires OS X 10.7.5 with Security Update 2013-002. Safari 6.1....

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11:07
45% of businesses offer Macs to employees, 77% find...

A new survey of IT decision makers in the enterprise found that almost half of businesses now offer their workers Macs, while the vast majority feel Apple's Mac platform is more reliable than PCs running Microsoft's Windows.
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11:02
Apple has likely sold its 500 millionth iPhone, says...

Despite not having announced it, Apple has probably already sold its 500 millionth iPhone, Forbes remarks. By the end of 2013, the company had recorded sales of 472 million phones. Since analysts are forecasting 38 million or more unit sales by the end of the current quarter, that should mean that Apple passed the 500 million mark earlier this month, if not in February....
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11:00
The ultimate Mac user's guide to Minecraft on...

Minecraft is an amazing game thanks largely to a massive community of creative individuals who spend their free time tweaking, modifying, and overhauling just about every aspect of the experience. The game can be played in its "vanilla" version quite...

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10:42
Karen Gillan Does Reddit AMA

At this moment, Karen Gillan of Doctor Who fame is doing a Reddit AMA or "Ask Me Anything". She's answering questions live and so far the two most useful bits of information are that her last name is pronounced with a hard G, and Wil Wheaton has asked her to come play a game on his show Tabletop. When someone does a Reddit AMA, they have to submit proof. Here's Karen's:


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10:41
2048 – I’m really sorry

2048 is a lovely and addictive game, quite similar to the beautifully designed Threes by Asher Vollmer.

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10:30
iOS 7 adoption rate hits 85 percent

Apple this week updated its developer page with a chart indicating that 85 percent of iOS devices are now running iOS 7. By way of contrast, the number of iOS devices using iOS 7 back in December of 2013 was 74 percent.

In addition to iOS 6 users...

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10:17
Remember the Million Dollar home page? It still...

The million dollar home page was conceived back in 2005 by a student in Wiltshire, England as a way to pay for his education. The idea was, create a single web page, 1,000 by 1,000 pixels, then sell each pixel on the page for $1 each. The hope was, the page would go viral and bring value to the advertising embedded in the page. Read the post for an update on where things stand today.

Interesting social experiment, and an interesting read.

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10:16
Amazon begins distributing settlement in e-book...

Amazon has started issuing credit to Kindle e-book buyers as a part of the legal settlements agreed to by publishers Hachette, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Penguin, according to notices being sent to out to customers. The money is being deposited into shoppers' Amazon accounts, and is typically just a few dollars, depending on how many qualifying Kindle titles a person bought between April 1st 2010 and May 21st 2012. "We will automatically apply your available credit to your next purchase of a Kindle book or print book sold by Amazon.com, regardless of publisher," the comp...
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10:08
9to5Toys Last Call: iPad Air $430, WD portable HDDs...

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.

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10:03
China Seeks Answers About NSA/Huawei Report


China's government is asking the U.S. to explain itself -- and to knock it off with all the cyberespionage -- following reports that the National Security Agency has had its way with Chinese telecom giant Huawei. The NSA reportedly penetrated Huawei servers to monitor communications among company executives, and to gain access to the dealings of Huawei customers. Huawei does business all over the world, of course, so knowing its ins-and-outs is quite the snooping boon.

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10:00
Today in the App Store -- the best sales, updates...

Here are some the best sales, app updates and new apps that have landed in the app recently.

App Updates You Don't Want to Miss

Codea [iPad; $9.99] Codea lets you create games and simulations -- or just about any visual idea you have. Turn your...

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09:59
Flexibits teases iPad version of popular ‘...


Flexibits, makers of the popular Fantastical calendar apps for Mac and iPhone, today teased an upcoming iPad version of the app on its website.

Fantastical 2 for iPad is “coming soon,” and the company is taking sign ups for those interested in learning more, but it hasn’t yet revealed any other details on the app. The company did confirm in the tweet below that the iPad version would be a separate download and not introduced as a new universal app for both iPhone & iPad. The iPhone version of Fantastical 2 sells for...

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09:57
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09:39
Apps: FireChat, Photowall for Chromecast, Second...

FireChat is a new free app from Open Garden that lets users send messages to other nearby users without an Internet connection or mobile coverage, using iOS 7’s Multipeer Connectivity Framework to link users together. Users can see what FireChat users everywhere are talking about, or they have the…

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09:39
Retailers begin distributing credits from e-book...

Apple, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo have begun the process of handing out $166 million in account credits to consumers affected by the e-books price fixing scandal as notification emails began going out on Tuesday.
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09:30
HackingUI presents some intriguing ideas to improve...

Notifications in iOS have undeniably come a long ways from the days when they only took the form of intrusive blue modal alerts.

Nonetheless, there's always room for improvement as highlighted in a great post from Hacking UI which provides a bevy of...

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