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Thursday March 27

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

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


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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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13:00
TUAW at Macworld/iWorld 2014 - Backblaze

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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11:44
Re/code review of Office for iPad

Bonnie Cha takes the new Office suite for a spin.

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11:43
External Link: Microsoft Releases Office for iPad

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

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously...

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

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

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

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

 

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11:30
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Sago Mini Bug Builder...

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11:27
Satya Nadella and the iPad Office rollout video

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

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

∞ Read this on The Loop

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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11:06
Apps: Cocktail, DEVONthink Pro, Kaleidoscope


    


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I’m looking forward to seeing it.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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

A live demo of Word for iPad.

Microsoft

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

Word, Excel, and...

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

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

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


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

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

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

 

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

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10:12
9to5Toys Last Call: 1Password 50% off, Onkyo network...

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

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


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

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

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


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08:45
Microsoft announces Office for iPad

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

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06:45
Apple patent may hint at sapphire touchscreens

A newly published patent application further hints at the possibility of sapphire displays in Apple products. The application for “oleophobic coating on sapphire” reveals a component that would feature a surface coating and transition layer on top of a sapphire glass base layer, which may be “a window for…

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06:16
Searching iTunes Now Faster And Easier With fnd.io...

Searching in iTunes has never been a very good experience, and now fnd.io is looking to fix that. Developed by Jeremy Mack and Ryann Pierce, the new search tool was launched this week.


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Wednesday March 26

14:24
Street Blaster: OMG, a Kilowatt of Portable Audio...

Is it a small turbojet engine? Is it an NFL benchwarmer for sub-zero weather? Nope. It's Pyle Audio's Street Blaster, a boombox that can generate a 1000 watts of stereo audio on the go. Features include Bluetooth and NFC support, multiple audio inputs and USB for recharging the battery. (Size not disclosed.) "The AUX input allows users to connect iPods, tablets, MP3 players, PCs and various other devices for even more play options."

At over two feet long (62 cm) and a dainty 21.7 pounds (almost 10 kg), it's not going into your carry-on items. Instead, it's going to have special outdoor and arena uses that will likely provide plenty of audio shock and awe. The Street Blaster is available now for US$249.99.


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13:55
Analyst McCourt Sees iPhone Share of U.S. Market...

Raymond James Financial Advisor's Analyst Travis McCourt, in a recent assessment of the U.S. smartphone market, reported that the iPhone's share looks to be stabilizing at about 50 percent. He also thinks the game is just about over for Nokia's Lumina and BlackBerry with 3.4 and 1.5 percent U.S. market share respectively.


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12:17
Omni Group Resumes OmniFocus 2 For Mac Testing,...

CEO of Omni Group Ken Case revealed on the company blog Wednesday that testing has officially resumed on OmniFocus 2 for Mac, after last year's delay. He also announced a new improved ship date for the long-awaited GTD app.


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11:05
New Rumors for Retina MacBook Air and 12-inch iPad...

DigiTimes has posted a pair of speculative statements, but they seem to fit in with what we've been expecting all along. Even so, they must be considered rumors.


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10:00
Mail: Turn On Toolbar Text to Eliminate Guesswork

Apple Mail's toolbar isn't as intuitive as it could be, but luckily, there's an easy solution. If you're new to the Mac or to Mail (or heck, if you just prefer clearer controls for what you're doing), then come on in and read this tip on how to make the toolbar a friendlier place.


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09:19
Drobo Announces Third-Generation Four-Bay Device

Drobo has announced the third generation of their 4-bay storage device, which has USB 3.0 and a lower price.


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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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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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06:11
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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Tuesday March 25

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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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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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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14:14
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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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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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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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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08:28
Apple wins Japanese patent infringement ruling

Apple didn’t infringe on certain Samsung patents and won’t have to pay damages in a Japanese court ruling, Bloomberg reports. A Tokyo District Court ruled the iPhone 4, 4s, and iPad 2 don’t infringe on Samsung data communication patents. Samsung expressed their disappointment with the decision and noted that…

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07:30
Apple ‘related’ search spotted in App Store

Apple is apparently testing a new feature in the App Store that offers users related term suggestions when doing a search. A number of reports have noted the new feature, though it appears it was first spotted by developer Olga Osadcha. Osadcha found the feature while using iOS 7.1.…

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07:07
Japan Court Rules Apple didn’t Infringe on Samsung...

Samsung took it on the chin in its patent infringement fight against Apple in Japan. A court in the country ruled on Tuesday that the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPad 2 aren't infringing on Samsung's data communications patents, which is matches with a similar ruling just over a year ago.

The Mac Observer Spin: Samsung's most recent loss in Japan is yet another feather in Apple's legal cap. Win after win can add turn into strong legal arguments for Apple, and the company already has a nicely stocked bag full of wins as it heads into its next U.S. infringement trial with Samsung.


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05:55
Former Democratic Staff Director Now Lobbies for...

Former Democratic Staff Director for the Senate Finance Committee Amber Cottle has a new job as Apple's senior lobbyist. She has a history with the a Washington DC crowd, and was the committee's Chief International Trade Counsel, too.

The Mac Observer Spin: Lobbying isn't anything new for Apple, or any other big tech company, for that matter. If you have to play the game, you might as well have as strong a team as you can get.


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Monday March 24

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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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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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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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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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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12:06
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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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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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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07:36
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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07:16
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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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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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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Saturday March 22

07:30
How to Visualize Your Music in iTunes

The iTunes Visualizer has been around since the very first version of iTunes. Sandro Cuccia helps you explore and get the most from this scantily documented feature that enhances your enjoyment of your iTunes music. Warning: Visualizer may cause drowsiness while working on your computer.


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Friday March 21

16:38
3 Free iOS Note Apps

Need a better iOS note app? Vern Seward points out 3 that might fit the bill in this week's Free on iTunes: DraftPad, Squarespace Note, and SwiftKey Note.


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14:00
Color Cables Have Just the Right Amount of Glow-in-...

A couple of weeks ago I posted a Cool Stuff Found article for Color Cables, an Indiegogo campaign for photofluorescent (i.e. glow-in-the-dark) Lightning, 30-pin Dock, and Micro USB charging cables. The company sent me a couple of their prototypes, and I thought I'd post a Quick Look review while the campaign was still active.


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13:54
Report: Apple to launch Spotify rival, iTunes...

Apple has “opened exploratory talks” with record executives about creating an on-demand music streaming service, à la Spotify, and the company is also considering making an iTunes app for Android, Billboard reports. The discussions are reportedly part of a strategy to help Apple cope with declining downloads in the…

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13:47
iLounge Game Spotlight: Star Horizon

Star Horizon ($4) is a new space shooter from Tabasco Interactive. A graphically impressive game, Star Horizon puts players into the ship of space fighter pilot. The on-rails shooter supports iOS controllers. Star Horizon certainly looks like a premium title. With…

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13:35
Google Glass is on the Ropes. Could be Finished

Google Glass has been an inspired product. Along the way, however, Google forgot one important thing: to create a thoughtful and beloved product, support it, and develop a considered path to market. That's why Glass looks to be history according to one of its strongest supporters, Robert Scoble.


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11:57
Apple Death Knell #64: Apple Must Deliver iWatch in...

Mark your calendars. If Apple doesn't release the iWatch by April 19th, the company will "disappear" and become an "irrelevant zombie." Those are bold words from an analyst who is never right, and Bryan Chaffin is adding it to the Apple Death Knell Counter as entry #64.


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09:06
MGG 494: Webcam Tweaks, iTunes Clean-up, Using Mics...

John and Dave come to you on Friday this week, just to get ahead of their Macworld/iWorld travels for next week. This show sees your favorite geeks answering questions about optimizing your webcam, fixing iTunes messes, plugging a mic into an iPad, and more! Download today (it's free!) and enjoy.


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08:38
Golden State first NBA team to use iBeacons

The Golden State Warriors are the first NBA team to roll out iBeacons in their home arena, Bloomberg BusinessWeek reports. Oracle Arena in Oakland uses iBeacons to push seat upgrades, as fans with the team’s smartphone app — and cheaper seats — are prompted to upgrade when in the…

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08:03
SimpleAir Wins $85M in Google Android Patent...

The patent holding company SimpleAir has been awarded US$85 million in its infringement fight against Google. The company won its case in U.S. District Court in Eastern Texas -- a court that's known for favoring patent trolls.

The Mac Observer Spin: Just because Apple is fighting with Samsung and Google over whether or not Android OS infringes on its patents doesn't necessarily make SimpleAir's win a good thing. SimpleAir is just a patent holding company, often referred to as a patent troll, and its win only helps to line its own pockets and doesn't help to improve the overall patent system.


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06:51
The Definitive Chronological Order for Viewing Star...

There isn't anything wrong with watching the popular Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series in the order the episodes were released, but it turns out that isn't exactly chronological order. Now that the series is available on Netflix Streaming, StarWars.com had released a list showing exactly which order to watch the episodes to show how they really fit in the overall Star Wars timeline. You won't miss out on anything by watching in order of release, but for die-hard fans it's nice to see just how each story fits into the Star Wars universe.


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06:04
Apple Digital Camera RAW Update Adds New Fujifilm,...

If you're headed to Macworld/iWorld 2014 next week and plan on snapping photos with your brand new Fujifilm, Nikon, Panasonic or Pentax camera, Apple has you covered. The company released Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 5.04 for the Mac on Thursday, adding support for new camera models from all four companies to iPhoto '11 and Aperture 3.


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05:40
Recent Phishing Attempts: Avoid Being a Victim

Phishing emails are becoming harder to spot-and thus, it's getting more difficult to protect your data from malicious people. In this article, Melissa Holt is going to show you an example of a recent phishing attempt she received and give you some suggestions on how you can avoid falling prey to scammers' tricks.


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Thursday March 20

17:22
Fortune Names Apple CEO Tim Cook one of ‘World’s 50...

Fortune magazine released a list of the people it thinks are the "World's 50 Greatest Leaders," and showing up as #33 in the list is Apple CEO Tim Cook. The magazine cited Mr. Cook's "parade of winning new products" and his decision to hire Angela Ahrendt of Burberry to run Apple retail among the reasons he made the list.

The Mac Observer Spin: Not mentioned by Fortune is the herculean task of managing a company like Apple in the wake of its iconic founder's death and working in that founder's shadow. Few people could have done that job, which is likely one of the many reasons Steve Jobs hand-picked Tim Cook to be his successor.


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16:31
Apple Pulls Fake Tor Browser After Media and...

Apple pulled a fake Tor browser called "Tor Browser" from the App Store on Thursday, a move that took almost three months of notifications from the Tor project, plus a little more than a day of media and security attention. The app written and submitted by someone not affiliated with the Tor project at all, and was reported to the Tor Project itself to be laden with adware/spyware.

The Mac Observer Spin: Seriously? This made it through the review process and after being reported to Apple, only got yanked after it was reported by the tech press?


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15:21
Micro Phone Lens 150x on Kickstarter Turns Your...

Check out this Kickstarter project called Micro Phone Lens 150x, a tiny lens and light combo that turns your iPhone, iPad, or other smartphone and tablet into a 150x microscope. it works a little differently than other lenses-you place the Micro Phone Lens on your device's camera, shine a special light at it, and then place what you want to examine in a slide on top of the lens. Talk about bringing science to your desktop! Thomas Larson is looking to raise US$50,000 to bring the product to market, and he's alrady raised $39,772 with 28 days to go. Funding options that get just the lens start at $29, while the lens and light combo starts at $39.


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14:24
David Fincher Reportedly Wants Christian Bale to...

David Fincher wants to direct a movie about Steve Jobs written by Aaron Sorkin, but only if Batman star Christian Bale plays the lead. The movie has long been in the works, and is based on the Walter Isaacson biography, Steve Jobs.

The Mac Observer Spin: Christian Bale as Steve Jobs in a movie directed by David Fincher and written by Aaron Sorkin based on Walter Isaacson's killer biography? Sign me up. That's a recipe for awesome.


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13:08
Apple Adds MP3 Export (Back) to GarageBand 10

Apple has once again given GarageBand users the ability to export songs as MP3s in an update to the consumer music recording solution. GarageBand 10.0.2 also adds three new drummers for those who bought the in-app purchase, as well as other improvements.


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13:00
Your iPhone is About to Have a Lot More Ads

It goes without saying that there has been a massive move to mobile, smart digital devices ever since Apple introduced the iPhone in 2007 with adequate Internet access. Accordingly, advertising goes where the eyeballs are and is about to follow.


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