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21:06
New video footage shows initial demolition at Apple...

High quality video footage of the demolition currently underway at Apple's Campus 2 build site in Cupertino, Calif., was posted to the Web on Monday, with the short clip showing what appears to be the complete teardown process of an entire building.
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21:06
Apple hires new top DC lobbyist, also creates new...

A former Senate staffer will take on the role of Apple's new top US government lobbyist in Washington DC, while a certified privacy professional with a background in healthcare, national security and social network privacy issues has been named to a new "privacy counsel" position within the company. Amber Cottle served as a staff director for an influential congressional committee, while Sabrina Ross as already begun her job overseeing the protection of customer data....
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19:56
Apple Hires (Another) Privacy Counsel

Apple hires Sabrina Ross as "Privacy Counsel," according to AppleInsider, and her experience might give some insight into what Apple is spending time on these days.


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19:01
Apple sends out refund letters to iTunes customers...

As part of a settlement Apple agreed to with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over problems and excessive charges made by children through in-app purchases (IAPs), the company has sent out letters to some iTunes account holders, offering refunds "in certain cases" where a child has been able to make unauthorized IAPs without the parents' awareness. There have been numerous incidents made public of children who racked up extraordinary charges through IAPs....
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18:47
Apple taps veteran Senate finance staffer as new top...

A report on Monday claims Apple has hired former Senate staffer Amber Cottle, who served as staff director on one of the most influential committees on Capitol Hill, to be its new lobbyist in Washington, D.C.
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18:20
New video shows demolition of old HP buildings as...

A new video popped up on YouTube today showing what appears to be the demolition of the buildings that formerly occupied the space where Apple’s new headquarters will be located. We’re not sure who the source of the video is, but it is in fact legitimate footage that Apple circulated internally.

The actual demolition started last month, but was only completed recently. Construction of expected to begin soon on...

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18:09
Adoption of Apple's iOS 7 continues to rise,...

In a change to Apple's developer website on Monday, the company announced adoption of iOS 7 is now at 85 percent while the share of devices running iOS 6 has fallen to 12 percent.
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18:09
Apple finds new Washington, D.C. lobbyist in former...

Apple has hired Amber Cottle as its new chief lobbyist, reports Politico. Before joining the Cupertino company, Cottle spent time as the Democratic Staff Director on the Senate Finance Committee, giving her a unique perspective on how Washington politics affect companies like Apple. Prior to serving the Finance Committee, Cottle was the Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Investment.

In the past, Apple has not always focused heavily on lobbying efforts in Washington, and though...

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18:00
iPad helps trainers monitor concussions

This is incredible. We often talk about how the possibilities of what we can do with an iPad seem endless, but this is a step above.

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17:31
Briefly: OS X Server updated again, Flyover gains...

Having released OS X Server for Mavericks nearly a week ago, Apple on Monday replaced the former 3.1 version available on the Mac App Store with a revised version, 3.1.1, which does not list any differences or bug fixes from the previous 3.1 release. The previous and current release both list a number of improvements, including new support for a Device Enrollment Program within Device Manager; new management of fonts, AirPrint and Wi-Fi Hotspot 2.0 settings, and improved Activation Lock use for admins. The suite costs $20 for new users, but the updated version is free for existing 3.x users....
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17:02
New 'Your Verse' story shows how iPad...

Apple on Monday posted to its website a new installment of its "Your Verse" iPad media campaign, this time highlighting the tablet's ability to help assess concussions, a previously difficult task that relied on subjective reporting methods.
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17:00
The Collectables assaults iOS, mixes eye candy and...

I've been looking forward to The Collectables for a while now. When I got my first look at the game several months ago the gorgeous visuals grabbed my attention immediately, and being able to micromanage a team of military renegades seemed like a...

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16:31
Your words

Matt Gemmell has a really nice piece explaining why he doesn’t post on sites like Medium and instead writes for his own site.

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16:24
Apple takes concussions head-on with latest addition...

Apple has updated its ‘Your Verse’ campaign web page with new stories of athletic teams using the iPad to help detect concussions in players, potentially helping save lives. Because concussions can’t be detected by medical equipment, players who suffer head injuries need to take cognition tests that measure their pre- and post-injury abilities to determine whether they’ve suffered a concussion.

Using an iPad app created by C3 Logix, medical staff can quickly test players for symptoms in a variety of areas, such as visual acuity and balance, and determine the severity of the concussion. For example, doctors can use the iPad’s accelerometer and gyroscope to help test a player’s balance:...

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16:07
Apple's new privacy counsel hire hints at...

A new Apple hire discovered on Monday may offer insight into the company's rumored push into health monitoring, which could integrate data from the much-rumored "iWatch" with the company's iCloud service.
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16:00
NPR comes to iTunes Radio

Today iTunes radio took an important step towards being able to replace terrestrial radio for many of its users with the addition of an NPR channel. The 24-hour channel will offer a free stream of NPR's award-winning content, including its live news...

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15:59
Mozilla names new CEO after year-long search

Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich has been named by the foundation's board of directors to be its new CEO. Eich, best known for his invention of JavaScript as a developer for Netscape in the mid-90s, has been with the company in the role of CTO for the past nine years. He replaces Gary Kovacs, who announced a year ago that he was stepping down from the post. Eich has said that further development of Firefox as a mobile OS is his top priority, particularly for smartphones....
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15:50
How to Find Out ‘What’s on Apple TV’ in Your Browser

Every so often when you fire up the Apple TV, you'll see a new channel or two appear as if by magic. What do they show? Wonder no more, because it turns out Apple has a "What's on Apple TV," and Kelly Guimont will show you hot to use it.


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15:43
Giveaway: MacX

Until April 4, enter to win one of ten copies of MacX Video Converter Pro from MacNN and until April 10, grab a copy of MacX Mobile Video Converter for FREE.
    


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15:39
Apple reaches out to in-app purchase customers,...


Police officer Doug Crossan reported his son Cameron for fraud after Cameron spent £3,700 on the App Store

Apple has sent an email to customers who recently made in-app purchases on their iOS devices informing them that any purchases made by a minor were subject to a refund. This is the latest in a series of steps Apple has taken to ensure that children do not make unauthorized purchases on a parent’s device or iTunes account.

The email tells customers that if they suspect a purchase was made by a minor, they can request a refund by logging into their iTunes account and reporting a problem with the purchase:

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15:30
The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for March 24, 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
Snappgrip makes one-handed iPhone photography a snap

Taking iPhone photos or videos and trying to zoom, focus, and snap the shutter with just one hand has been pretty much impossible until now. A Kickstarter-backed project created the Snappgrip, now being sold through BiteMyApple.co. This little device...

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14:53
Nuzzel Aims to Calm the Chatter


Nuzzel, a service that helps users pick out the most popular items from their social media feeds, launched to the public last week. The aggregating network made its debut in 2012, but until last week, it required an invitation to join. Now anyone can use the service, which is spearheaded by Friendster founder Jonathan Abrams. Nuzzel users have the option of signing in with their Twitter or Facebook user name and password. The service then analyzes the feeds from those social networks and lets users know what their friends are chattering about.

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14:33
Apple casts wide net to find iTunes users affected...

As part of a settlement regarding overly lax in-app purchase limitations, Apple on Monday sent out to iTunes account holders what appears to be a mass email, asking those who were charged for unauthorized purchases by minors to fill out a refund form.
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14:30
Flicker Find: An artistic study in the evolution of...

Where some people would see a mouse problem, Flickr user petebocken saw an artistic solution. Take a walk down memory lane with this beautifully framed and photographed collection showcasing the evolution of the Mac mouse. It's come a long way since...

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14:14
Spotify stops accepting new apps for desktop client...

Spotify is no longer accepting new submissions of apps for its desktop player, the company has announced. While it will stop any new apps from being added to the client, the service will be continuing to offer access to its Web API and mobile APIs, in what could be considered a move towards a greater mobile focus for the music-streaming company....
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14:11
NPR Shows And Newscasts Now Available On iTunes Radio

Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and other shows are now available via a new 24-hour NPR streaming station on iTunes Radio. And later this spring, NPR is planning to expand the station to include streams of member stations in the U.S. “What you hear today is just the start of what’s to come,” said Zach Brand, NPR’s vice president of digital media.

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14:09
Apple Reportedly Discusses iTunes Subscriptions With...

Apple is reportedly considering expanding its music offerings in the face of declining iTunes sales, including the option of offering a subscription service. The more interesting options being discussed include a Spotify/Beats Music-style paid subscription service for on-demand listening, and perhaps even a version of the iTunes store for Android devices.

The Mac Observer Spin: An Android version of iTunes? Really!? Well, yeah, maybe.


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14:08
PC and Mac versions of Office subject to RTF...

Microsoft has issued an advisory to users of its popular Microsoft Word application. Remote code execution is possible if users open a maliciously crafted rich-text format (RTF) file, or open the same file in Outlook while using Microsoft Word as the email viewer. Outlook 2010 through 2013 default to using Microsoft Word as the email viewer, making users more vulnerable to attack....
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14:00
ZapVM creates visual messages on your iOS device for...

ZapVM is a free app (with some desirable in-app purchases) that lets you create and share messages with sound, still photos, captions, stickers and freehand sketching tools.

I can see ZapVM being used by PowerPoint or Keynote fans, families sharing...

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13:55
Steve Jobs threatened 'war' as Google...

Google may have sparked the Silicon Valley anti-poaching scandal when the company infuriated Steve Jobs by attempting to lure members of Apple's Safari team to work on Google's then-nascent browser effort, according to internal emails revealed in new court filings.

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13:46
Briefly: Square adds Spanish to app, MLG for Xbox 360

Point-of-Sale card payment service, Square, has released its app Square Register in Spanish today. Square Register, available for iPhone, iPad and Android devices, allows businesses to accept card payments in-store. The web-based dashboard as well as its online selling platform, Square Market, now also support Spanish. Square's services are currently available to business owners in US, Canada and Japan....
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13:42
Apple Should Have Bought Time Warner When it Had the...

It's a challenge, from the outside, to figure out just what Apple wants. For example, just like the original iPhone deal with AT&T, Apple appears to want to leverage off the Comcast network and then create its own relationship with the customer. AT&T benefitted from that, but Comcast is not that desperate. That puts Apple back at square one.


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13:30
Apple, Comcast, and net neutrality

Last night, the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple may be courting Comcast for a streaming TV service that would deliver content from the cloud to an Apple set-top box. The report notes that Apple's (alleged) plan would be for its video content...

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13:23
Microsoft Does Some Scroogling to Catch a Thief


Microsoft, which has been mocking Google's searching of Gmail subscribers' emails with its "Scroogled" campaign, is fielding criticism for having itself searched the email of a Hotmail user. The search was conducted after Microsoft found that an employee, Alex Kibkalo, who worked for it in Lebanon, had stolen proprietary code and shared it with the Hotmail user, who is a blogger. Microsoft later turned over the information to the FBI, which reportedly has filed a complaint in a Washington court alleging Kibkalo stole trade secrets.

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13:16
One on one with a hacker – ShopTalk podcast host...

No embed code, so follow the headline link to listen. The hacker talks through the exact process he used to take over Chris Coyier’s web sites.

His fake name is “Earl Drudge”, an anagram of “Drug Dealer”. In early March 2014, he used some social engineering techniques and fake US federal documents to be granted full access to Chris’ servers. After missing the opportunity and a failed retaliation attempt, he posted sensitive personal information of Chris’ onto a site where not only can it never be removed, if it’s attempted to be removed becomes promoted.

Surreal.

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13:00
How The Simpsons came up with the "Mapple...

When putting together a comprehensive list detailing every Apple reference ever made on The Simpsons and Futurama, I was lucky enough to chat with a few seasoned Simpsons insiders who gave me so much juicy information that I just couldn't squeeze it...

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12:52
Giveaway: win a copy of MacX Video Converter Pro

Even though it may not feel like it in all parts of the United States, spring is here, and to celebrate Digiarty is giving away 40,000 copies of MacX Mobile Video Converter software for free. In addition MacNN has teamed up with Digiarty to give away ten copies of MacX Video Converter Pro, which carries a retail value of $59.95. Read on to learn more about this software and how to enter....
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12:41
∞ A photo every day for 9 months combined with a...

[VIDEO] I’m a sucker for a well written song. Welcome to the world, Buzz Michelangelo Fletcher. Back to the post to watch the video.

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12:41
Apple-Comcast talks likely limited in scope, user...

While rumors of talks between Apple and cable provider Comcast generated buzz over the weekend, one Wall Street analyst doesn't expect the discussions to go much beyond the possibility of having a Comcast-branded application available for Apple TV.

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12:34
Google Now Arrives In Chrome For Windows and Mac

An anonymous reader writes "Google today announced Google Now is coming to the Chrome stable channel for Windows and Mac 'starting today and rolling out over the next few weeks.' This means Google Now notifications will finally be available to desktop and laptop Chrome users, in addition to Android and iOS users. To turn the feature on, all you need to do is sign in to Chrome with the same Google Account you're using for Google Now on mobile. If you use Google Now on multiple devices, you will need to manage your location settings for each device independently (change Location Reporting on Android and iOS)."

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12:34
Google Now Arrives In Chrome For Windows and Mac

An anonymous reader writes "Google today announced Google Now is coming to the Chrome stable channel for Windows and Mac 'starting today and rolling out over the next few weeks.' This means Google Now notifications will finally be available to desktop and laptop Chrome users, in addition to Android and iOS users. To turn the feature on, all you need to do is sign in to Chrome with the same Google Account you're using for Google Now on mobile. If you use Google Now on multiple devices, you will need to manage your location settings for each device independently (change Location Reporting on Android and iOS)."

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12:33
Roku iPhone app gets redesign w/ new search feature...




The companion iPhone app for Roku hardware was updated today with a complete visual overhaul that gives the app a brand new look on top of a few new features. In addition to the redesign pictured above, the updated Roku app will also now let you access Roku’s search feature to search for content across apps by movie, show, actor, or director right from an iPhone. 

Version 3.0 of the Roku app also includes a...

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12:30
It's staring at me, isn't it?

Nobody ever said the iPad mini wasn't scary.

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12:25
Google Now makes official debut in stable versions...

Google Now notifications are beginning to roll out to users of the stable versions of Chrome, according to an official announcement. Until this week, Now was only available in Android, beta editions of Chrome, and the Google Search app for iOS. Only a small percentage of Chrome users will see notifications today; the full rollout is set to last several weeks....
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12:19
TMO Highlights Macworld Presentations on MacVoices

The Mac Observer's Jeff Gamet, Bryan Chaffin, Chuck La Tournous are all speaking at this week's Macworld/iWorld Conference in San Francisco, and they all paid visits to Chuck Joiner's MacVoices podcast to talk about what they have in store for attendees.


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12:14
Verizon allegedly forcing CA customers from copper...

California-based Utility Reform Network (TURN) has filed with the California Public Utilities Commission, alleging that Verizon is refusing to repair legacy copper-wire landline telephones. The public advocacy group says that Verizon is "neglecting the repair and maintenance of its copper network" and aims to forcibly migrate clients to IP-based services and fiber-optic connections....
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12:06
Xsan Failback

Forums: Troubleshooting

Hi,

We have an Xsan 2.1 environment with 3 SANs, 3 MDCs and 11 clients. Occasionally we've had the odd failover occur over the years. We're currently in a state where the 3 MDCs and 2 of the clients are running Mavericks and Xsan 3.1. We're eventually aiming to move all cilents to Mavericks and Xsan 3.1 but in the mean time the older snow leopard machines are running Xsan 2.2.2 (build 148)

Every once in a while a SAN will failover to it's secondary metadata controller. However, recently we had our second SAN failover and then fail BACK to the original controller. I read in the physical copy of the Xsan 2 Administration guide (2009) I have that this is called failback and that a failback should never occur automatically: it must be manually instigated by person. However, we had a failback occur without a person insitigating it....

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12:06
Clever FlipStand Case for All iPad minis Features...

The FlipStand case for the iPad mini from Felix provides protection and a stand that automatically opens when needed. It features the ability to stand up the iPad mini in portrait or landscape mode, and includes sleep/wake magnets. It is compact and functional with a flair.


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11:56
Rumor: Apple to Intro 12-inch MacBook Pro

Apple is reportedly working on a 12-inch version of its MacBook Pro laptop to ship later this year. Along with a smaller display, the new model will ditch internal fans as well as the mechanical trackpad button currently used on all Apple laptops.

The Mac Observer Spin: It isn't any secret that Apple is phasing out built-in optical drives, so this year would be a perfect time to finally drop that from the 13-inch MacBook Pro. It would also make for a great time to seriously revamp the laptop lineup with improvements that go beyond incremental speed bumps.


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11:37
Apple’s iTunes Radio Expands to News with NPR Station

Apple has added its first news station to iTunes Radio, NPR News and Culture. The station went live Tuesday morning, and it offers a mix of live news and segments from the public radio network's shows, including All things Considered, and The Diane Rehm Show.


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11:30
Daily Deals for March 24, 2014

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.

TUAW's Daily Deals

The Car Stereo FM Transmitter [On sale for $27.99,...

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11:13
iPhone Apps: Tweetbot, Boxer, Ultimate Guitar Tabs


    

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11:03
Google Now notifications now available in Chrome for...

After spending about a month and a half in the beta channel, Chrome is rolling out Google Now notifications to all users. To activate the feature, Google says to sign in with the same Google account used on iOS.

Users can find their cards through the Google Chrome Notifications window. This view is available by clicking the bell icon in the OS X menubar. Cards for events such as weather, sports, directions and reminders will appear just like Now works on mobile platforms.

Some cards that appear on iPhone and iPad...

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11:00
Emails reveal that Steve Jobs angrily called Sergey...

During a period spanning 2005 through 2009, Apple and several other high-profile tech companies effectively signed off on anti-poaching agreements, whereby they agreed not to recruit employees from one another.

The participants included Apple,...

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10:50
Apple adds NPR as first news channel on iTunes Radio

Apple is today adding National Public Radio as a channel on iTunes Radio, according to officials with NPR. The stream will be free and run 24 hours a day, mixing live news with the broadcaster's pre-recorded shows. Within the next few weeks, local NPR affiliates should start offering channels of their own. Other details of the agreement with Apple are unknown, but NPR is run as a non-profit....
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10:30
13 years ago today, Apple began shipping OS X 10.0

OS X is now a man. 13 years ago today, Apple forever changed the trajectory of the Mac OS when it began shipping the original version of OS X for $129 -- a vestige of an era back when Apple actually used to charge for an OS.

Codenamed Cheetah, the...

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10:17
9to5Toys Last Call: Up to 65% off Samsung memory...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call updates:

 

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10:00
JibJab's StoryBots will hook kids and their...

2004 was the year the iPod Mini made its debut, along with the 4th generation iPod and iPod Photo. Apple sold its 200 millionth song through the iTunes Store, and the iMac G5 was introduced. Macs were running OS X Panther.

And in July 2004, leading...

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09:55
NPR news channel coming to iTunes Radio today

iTunes Radio will add National Public Radio as its first news channel, Re/code reports. NPR’s channel is expected to go live today, and it will offer a free 24-hour stream of live news and pre-recorded shows. Additionaly, some local NPR stations will offer their own iTunes Radio channels “within…

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09:50
Basecamp was under network attack this morning: A...

From a Basecamp blog post, in a lull from the denial-of-service attack earlier today:

Criminals attacked the Basecamp network with a distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS) attack this morning. The attackers tried to extort us for money to make it stop. We refused to give in and worked with our network providers to mitigate the attack the best we could. Then, about two hours after the attack started, it suddenly stopped.

This really sucks.

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09:41
NPR on iTunes Radio

Digital streams of Morning Edition, All Things Considered and hourly newscasts will be available on a new 24-hour streaming NPR channel on iTunes Radio.

Great news for everyone.

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09:31
∞ Bill Nye on how he became “The Science Guy”

[VIDEO] I’m a long time fan, found this fascinating.

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09:31
NSA Lifts Middle Finger to Middle Kingdom


Oh, there have been some good National Security Agency revelations. Like the one about the NSA tapping German Chancellor Angela Merkel's phone. Or the one about the NSA planting agents inside World of Warcraft, or impersonating Facebook in a global quest to spread malware. Delicious as all those stories are, however, last weekend's NSA bombshell may take the cake. The NSA reportedly has created back doors directly into networks run by Huawei, the Chinese telecommunications giant that the U.S. has long suspected of skulduggery.

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09:27
CSS Diner

It’s a little game to help you learn CSS selectors. Type in the correct selector to complete each level.

Very nice.

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09:21
NPR brings live streaming news to Apple's...

Live streaming news content is headed to iTunes Radio, with the first partner launching on Apple's service Monday: National Public Radio.

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09:19
Google prematurely launches iOS Chromecast photo...

Google has released what appears to be a partially finished iOS application to Apple's App Store, leveraging its new Chromecast television dongle peripheral. The new iOS-only app called "Photowall for Chromecast" will at some point allow users to create a photo montage through the iOS device to a Chromecast....
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09:07
Google Photowall turns your TV into a crowdsourced...

Two interesting developments hit the App Store over the weekend, as Google's new Photowall app lets iPhone owners beam photos from their handset to their TV using the company's Chromecast streaming stick, while Loopy HD is now 50% off after being featured on The Tonight Show.

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09:06
NPR added to iTunes Radio as the first news...

Now this is interesting (if you like talk radio): Recode is reporting that iTunes Radio is slated to pick up streaming news today through a partnership with NPR.

NPR’s channel, which should be live today, will offer a free stream, 24 hours a day, which mixes live news with segments from pre-recorded shows like “All Things Considered” and “The Diane Rehm Show.” NPR officials say that within weeks, some of the broadcaster’s local stations should begin offering their own channels, with a similar mix of live and taped news.

You can add the new station to your iTunes Radio lineup below:

This marks the first news streaming channel on the music streaming service bringing a real radio feel to iTunes...

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09:04
New emails expose anti-poaching collusion between...

A newly-published set of emails explicitly detail the anti-poaching agreements reached between Apple, Google, and a collection of other high-tech firms. The companies settled a US Department of Justice investigation on the matter in 2010, but are still dealing with class action litigation. One of the instigators of the anti-poaching deals appears to have been former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who made "irate" calls to Google co-founder Sergey Brin in February 2005, complaining that Google was trying to hire away members of the Safari development team. Brin mentions "veiled threats" from Jobs; af...
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09:00
UK App Store and iTunes Store pricing may increase...

Last week British Chancellor George Osborne introduced the UK's annual budget for the year ahead. It included, among other things, a change that may affect the price of apps and media in the UK App Store and iTunes Store by up to 20%. As The Guardian...

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08:36
The emails that led to accusations of an Apple and...

From Mark Ames at PandoDaily:

Back in January, I wrote about “The Techtopus” — an illegal agreement between seven tech giants, including Apple, Google, and Intel, to suppress wages for tens of thousands of tech employees. The agreement prompted a Department of Justice investigation, resulting in a settlement in which the companies agreed to curb their restricting hiring deals. The same companies were then hit with a civil suit by employees affected by the agreements.

This week, as the final summary judgement for the resulting class action suit looms, and several of the companies mentioned (Intuit, Pixar and Lucasfilm) scramble to settle out of court, Pando has obtained court documents (embedded below) which show shocking evidence of a much larger...

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08:28
Review: Crumpler JackPack, the perfect-sized daypack...

No matter how many camera bags a photographer may own, it seems you never have one that’s quite the right size. In my case, I have a very large roller-bag for when I want to take almost all my kit with me when travelling, a large backpack for when a roller-bag isn’t practical and a very compact backpack that just carries one camera, one flashgun and a couple of extra lenses.

That worked reasonably well until I got a MacBook Air 11. That was so light that it made sense to carry it with me so that I could transfer and review photos while out & about, but my compact bag had no laptop slot. So when Mobile Fun invited me to take a look at its range, I decided to try a bag that was small enough to work as a daypack, but had room for a MacBook and a second camera. The Crumpler JackPack Full Photo Backpack seemed to fit the bill … ...

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08:28
Voila: Screen Capture & Screen Recorder for Mac...

Record anything on your screen, edit it with powerful yet efficient tools and share them with just one-click!

Voila Mac Screen Capture Tool from Global Delight makes screen captures a piece of cake with its intuitive and brilliant features. Capture in HD, edit and annotate with tools like arrows, text, stamps, callouts and much more while being able to share instantly to the likes of YouTube, Dropbox, Evernote, Tumblr, Flickr and more!

Voila is especially useful for educators, students, designers, corporates and the like who need brisk, high-performance and solid screen captures without breaking a sweat. Creating tutorials, training manuals, lessons, DIY videos etc. is now super easy and you also get to manage them expertly with Voila’s smart organizational abilities. It’s that simple!

Go ahead and give it a Try...

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08:00
TUAW at Macworld/iWorld 2014

Many of the Apple blogosphere cognoscenti are on their way to San Francisco this week for the annual Apple love fest/tech show known as Macworld/iWorld. This year's event officially runs between Thursday (March 27) and Saturday (March 29), although...

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07:55
Apple, Comcast In Talks To Team Up On Apple TV

Late Sunday the Wall Street Journal reported talks are happening between Apple and Comcast, likely working out how to offer cable TV content on an Apple TV.

The Mac Observer Spin: This sounds good for customers. Is it too good to be true?


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07:52
Someone is happy with iPhone 5c sales: Pegatron...

Photo: Associated Press

Pegatron, Apple’s main supplier for the iPhone 5c, has reported 22 percent year-on-year earnings growth, citing mobile products as the main source of the increase. KGI Securities analyst Angela Hsiang told the WSJ that Apple provides 40 percent of the company’s business.

Pegatron has long been a secondary iPhone supplier, but was last year given the lead in production of the iPhone 5c, which it manufactures along with the iPad Mini. The company did not provide any breakdown in earnings between the two products.

Although the...

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07:46
New York Times: NSA involved in ongoing hack against...

In an interesting reversal, Snowden-leaked documents are pointing to a pervasive infiltration of Chinese electronics manufacturer Huawei's servers. NSA Operation "Shotgiant" allegedly probed connections between Huawei and the Chinese army, but also aimed to attack technology manufactured by the company and use the compromised technology for worldwide surveillance....
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07:41
Apple looking to fully automate iPhone battery...

Apple is working to get iPhone batteries manufactured on fully automated production lines in 2014, supply chain sources claim. The company is already said to have mostly automated iMac and Mac Pro production, the only exceptions being materials and final assembly. Apple is allegedly interested in reducing the manpower needed for its products; this may be due to rising minimum wages in China, and problems like labor shortages and high turnover rates, linked to the fact that many young people don't want to work in manufacturing. Such jobs can often demand 60 or more hours a week in poor condi...
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07:36
UK digital download taxes could increase in 2015

Digital downloads including App Store and iTunes purchases are due to see a tax increase in the U.K. under new laws next year, The Guardian reports. A new budget would force Apple and others to charge a 20 percent tax rate on such downloads. The budget closes a tax…

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07:20
∞ BaseCamp in middle of denial of service attack

Are you a user of 37Signals’ Basecamp project management app? If so, things might be a little slow to respond this morning. From their Twitter account this morning at about 10a ET, US:

We are experiencing a DDoS attack. All apps may be slow to respond while we investigate. Stay tuned for updates.

Just FYI.

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07:16
WSJ: Apple talking with Comcast about streaming TV

Apple is talking with Comcast about working together on a streaming television service that would use an Apple set-top box like Apple TV, the Wall Street Journal reports. The deal would use Comcast’s cables to bypass web congestion, sources said. Using Comcast as a partner would, ideally, prevent buffering…

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07:01
iTunes and app sales projected to grow to 20% of...

iTunes content and the App Store are projected to be key drivers of growth for Apple moving forward, with one new forecast calling for content and apps alone to account for 20 percent of profits by 2020.

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07:00
Rumor Roundup: "Flop"

Here's a riddle: when is a flop not a flop?

Easy: when it sells a metric load of units and makes tons of money. Don't try telling that to some people, though. Their skulls are far too thick, and the contents of those skulls... the less said about...

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06:47
United Kingdom sales tax law changes could alter...

A change in the way taxes are applied to purchases in the United Kingdom could cause some digital items to rise in price, according to a report. The country's recent budget announcement by chancellor George Osborne included a statement that would force online sales to use the UK's rate of sales tax (Value Added Tax, or VAT) instead of a far lower rate used elsewhere in Europe....
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06:46
Google’s new Photowall app turns your Chromecast-...



Adding to the capabilities of the Chromecast HDMI streaming stick, Google is out with a new app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users called Photowall that lets you turn your Chromecast-connected TV...

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06:35
UK proposes close of tax loophole, iTunes VAT to...

From the Guardian:

George Osborne’s latest budget could spell an end to 99p song downloads by closing a tax loophole that meant consumers were paying VAT at very low foreign rates on online purchases of books, music and apps.

The chancellor will bring in new laws making sure that internet downloads are taxed in the country where they are purchased, meaning web firms such as Amazon and Apple will have to charge the UK’s 20% rate of VAT. At the moment they are allowed to sell digital downloads through countries such as Luxembourg, where the tax rate is as low as 3%.

In a little-noticed announcement, Osborne said he would used this year’s finance bill to impose the new law from 1 January 2015.

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06:30
iPhone 5c & iPad mini assembler Pegatron sees...

Pegatron, the main assembler for both the iPhone 5c and iPad mini, saw its earnings grow 22 percent in the first quarter, potentially signaling strong sales of Apple's low-end iOS devices.

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06:08
UK to Drive Up iTunes Store Purchases through Tax...

The days of Â0.99 music downloads at Apple's U.K. iTunes Store may be coming to an end, and it isn't the iPhone and iPad maker that'll be driving the cost up. Britain's Government is looking to close a tax loophole that lets companies charge VAT rates from other countries -- something Apple and other companies currently do.

The Mac Observer Spin: Closing the VAT loophole for Apple, Google, and other companies selling online may help increase money coming into the government, but it won't make consumers happy.


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06:04
Haunted Empire - Biased Author or Biased Readers?


What really surprises me about the book Haunted Empire, which predicts the decline of Apple, isn't that Apple fans don't like it. That's a given -- Apple fans only want positive books and stories. It is the level of effort that has gone into killing this book, and how much that apparently has accelerated sales. There is an old saying that the only thing better than bad publicity is no publicity, and Apple's effort seem to be driving this book onto the best sellers' list. What also amazes me is how worked up some folks are getting.

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06:00
Daily App: Jump and Chump your way to leaderboard...

Jump! Chump! is a simple game with challenging yet addictive mechanics a la Flappy Bird. As listed in its app description, the game has three features which are Jumping, Chumping and online leaderboards.

You play the game with two block characters...

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05:54
WSJ: Apple in talks with Comcast about live...

Apple is reportedly in discussions with Comcast, which could see the two collaborate on a streaming TV service. Sources for the Wall Street Journal claim the service would involve Apple supplying the set-top box to customers, with Comcast giving the device preferential treatment in the bandwidth management of the connection itself....
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05:41
Apple Reportedly In Talks With Comcast For Separate...

An anonymous reader writes "Apple is reportedly in talks with Comcast to obtain a network pathway dedicated to live and on-demand programming for subscribers of unspecified Apple services. In other words, Apple traffic would be separated from the rest of the public's internet traffic. This deal is different from the one Netflix made with Comcast in that Apple is reportedly asking for separate traffic in the path from Comcast facilities to consumer homes; the Netflix deal only gains Netflix direct access to the Comcast network. While net neutrality rules no longer restrict ISPs from monetizing their traffic prioritization, Comcast is still bound in that respect until 2018 as part of the conditions for its acquisition of NBCUniversal in 2011."

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05:35
Spotlight on the Mac: Searching the Current Folder...

If you'd rather look through the current folder when using Spotlight's search field in Finder windows instead of searching every drive connected to your Mac, you aren't alone. Lucky for you, Michael Johnston knows how to tell Spotlight to do just that, and he's ready to show you how, too.


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05:30
MacWorld/iWorld starts this Thursday

It’s that time of year again, when the fans of Apple and its various iThings pile into Moscone Center in San Francisco to ogle products, learn a few things, or just hang out and talk about Apple tech. I’m talking about the MacWorld/iWorld event (I wish they’d do something about that weird slash-enabled name) which starts this Thursday, March 27th, and runs until Saturday the 29th. If you are one of those last minute shoppers, you can still get tickets on the event’s web site, BUT I’ve tracked down a couple of promo code links that will get you some discounted tickets. For example, currently the Expo Hall pass is $25 at the site, but using the promo links you can get it for $10! The Conference Pass is cut from $299 to $149. Don’t wait too long though, I...

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05:05
Rumor: Apple to switch to automated battery assembly...

Batteries for Apple's next-generation iPhone may be assembled on fully automated production lines in China, rather than through manual labor, a new rumor out of the Far East claims.

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03:05
Apple reportedly pushing to automate iPhone battery...


iFixit: iPhone 5s battery

Digitimes is reporting that Apple is looking to transition iPhone battery production from labor-intensive processes to fully-automatic machine production lines in 2014.

Although the reliability of Digitimes’ reporting is often poor, in this case the trustworthiness of the report is much more likely to be solid. Unlike some of their previous stories in recent memory, automating battery production is a direct matter of the supply chain — which is Digitimes’ area of expertise.

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Sunday March 23

21:11
Briefly: AnyFont 1.1, Exak Time 2.0 released for iOS

Font app AnyFont for iOS has released an update, v 1.1, offering users greater flexibility with font management. AnyFont allows users to install any additional font in TrueTypeFont (.ttf) or OpenTypeFont (.oft) format on one's iPhone or iPad. In v1.1.0, users can now install multiple fonts or multiple shapes of a font at once, add or delete multiple fonts to AnyFont as a ZIP archive in one step, and preview fonts in AnyFont's storage. Additionally included are bug fixes, including a remedy to a localization issue. Available for $2, AnyFont can be downloaded through iTunes....
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20:37
British consumers face iTunes price hike after tax...

Apple may be forced to increase the amount of Value Added Tax that it charges for iTunes music and video sales in the U.K. as Her Majesty's Treasury pushes to end tax loopholes that allow consumers to pay much lower rates on digital purchases.

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20:08
Non-poaching emails show Jobs was warring with...

If you’ve paid attention to the ongoing feud between Apple and Google in recent years, you might think that the conflict is the result of Google’s decision to create a competitor to the iPhone after working in tandem with Apple to create the iconic device. And you’d be forgiven for thinking that.

But according to some emails sent by Google’s Sergey Brin back in 2005 that recently surfaced during a class-action lawsuit over the do-not-hire policies of the two companies (among others), that may not be the case. This “...

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