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Monday March 17

07:45
Apple TV adds ACC Sports channel

Apple has added an ACC Sports channel to Apple TV. The channel offers game highlights, interviews, insider reports, player profiles and more on Atlantic Coast Conference athletics. NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament previews are also included in a Campus Insiders section. Like…

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07:07
Apple launches $20/incident post-warranty chat...

Apple today has started charging out-of-warranty customers for for online chat support — it now costs users $20 per incident for support. The company’s new web payment system, first reported weeks ago, is having difficulties thus far, 9to5Mac reports. It’s likely Apple will offer exceptions for payments until…

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06:52
Steve Jobs Killed Apple Television Idea in Secret...

The notion of an Apple-branded television may sound exciting, but Apple co-founder Steve Jobs shot down the idea before he stepped down as company CEO. His revelation came during a secret meeting with the company's top executives and sales people, and seem contradictory to the ongoing rumors that Apple has been designing just that.

The Mac Observer Spin: I've been saying all along that a television just doesn't make sense for Apple. Instead, sell the Apple TV and let people connect it to whatever television they want. Profit margins will be higher for Apple, and it's a product the company can convince consumers to replace more often than every seven years.


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06:43
Apple to release 8GB iPhone 5c this week?

Apple may introduce an 8GB version of the iPhone 5c this week, according to an alleged internal email from German wireless carrier O2, obtained by German blog stadt-bremerhaven.de. The lower-capacity version of the phone is supposedly shipping to stores today for a Tuesday morning launch.

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06:33
Healthbook app may monitor heart rate, hydration,...

Apple’s upcoming Healthbook app may track users’ heart rate, hydration, blood pressure, blood sugar, sleep, and more, according to a new in-depth look from 9to5Mac. The article offers “complete recreations of screenshots” which appear to answer numerous questions as to what Apple is testing in health and fitness tracking.…

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05:51
iPhone, iPad Apple Store Apps Beef Up iBeacon Support

Apple has released updates for the iPhone and iPad versions of its Apple Store app that improves iBeacons support, and lets users buy physical gift cards. The Apple Store app is the company's companion app for its retail stores.


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Sunday March 16

08:47
MGG 493: Finder Tips, Display Tips, Syncing...

Dave and John blast off on Sunday morning with a few quick tips and answers, including changing the Finder's default search (to what it should be), setting your Mac's default display, correcting drifting time, and more. Then It's a few questions about automating iTunes and dealing with overlapping WiFi channels. Good, geeky fun for you!


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Saturday March 15

07:30
25 More Tips for Mastering iPhone Photography

Continuing with his collection of killer tips, Sandro Cuccia offers twenty-five more tips that are guaranteed to help you improve your iPhone photography.


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Friday March 14

18:31
Cloud Storage Price Comparison

Online file storage, or Cloud storage, may be easy to come by, but that doesn't mean all services are created equally and pricing can vary widely, too. Google drove that point home this week when it dramatically lowered the prices for its Google Drive storage options. We took a look at just how Google's prices stack up against Apple, Amazon, Dropbox, and other Cloud-based storage options.


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18:19
Weather or Not: 3 Free Weather Apps You’ll Want

Need a weather app? Vern Seward points out 3 great freebies in this week's Free on iTunes. AccuWeather, WunderMaps, and Yahoo! Weather.


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18:01
MOTO TC Rally Car Controlled by iPhone for $39.99

We have a killer deal on a fun toy for you, Griffin's MOTO TC Rally Car, an RC car you control with your iPhone through a companion app. This USB-rechargeable car can be raced on pavement, and it has impact sensors that detect damage from other drivers and obstacles. You can add armor (that slows you down), and it's usable with iPhone 5/5c/5s, iPhone 4s, iPod touch (5th gen.), iPad 3, 4, and Air, and the iPad mini. It retails for US$99, but in this TMO deal, you can get it for $39.99, an offer that expires in 11 days.


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16:59
Apple Reportedly Shelves Plans for a Larger iPad ‘...

Apple has reportedly shelved plans for a 12-inch to 13-inch iPad, a device that many have called an iPad Pro. Citing unspecified and unnamed rumors, DigiTimes said that Apple has canceled its plans for such a device even as other companies were running into hurdles trying to bring their own large tablets to market.


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13:05
It’s Far Too Late for MS Office on iPad

Microsoft has had a version of MS Office ready for the iPad for some time now. What's held it up has been the attempt to entice business users over to the Surface tablets instead. John Martellaro thinks it's too late now, far too late, for Microsoft to reverse its strategy.


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12:46
iLounge Game Spotlight: Glorkian Warrior: Trials Of...

Glorkian Warrior: Trials Of Glork ($3) is a collaboration between developer Pixeljam and prolific comic book artist James Kochalka. A Glorkian Warrior graphic novel, The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza, will be released in a few weeks. The game is a colorful Galaga-esque shooter with a light dose of…

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12:04
Amperage Stompbox Gives Guitarists 7 Knobs for MIDI-...

I have something for musicians today, a Kickstarter project called the Amperage Pedal. It's a stompbox that gives guitarists, bassists, and keyboardists, 2 foot switches and 7 banks of 7 knobs for MIDI-capable apps on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or PC. That's a lot of control for the growing legions of musicians who use mobile devices and computers to control and shape their sound onstage, though I can also see studio and in-your-living-room use for it. The device will work with any MIDI-capable software out of the box, but the folks behind it said they'll release a utility for Mac and Windows that allows tinkerers even greater control over the device. Funding options that include a finished product start at US$225, and the company is looking to raise just under $10,000.

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08:38
Apple’s Burstly Kills SkyRocket Service

Burstly, the company that's known for its TestFlight iOS app testing platform and is now owned by Apple, has been notifying users of its SkyRocket product that they have until June 9 before that service shuts down. SkyRocket is an app monetization service designed to make it easier for developers to work with in-app ad placement services.

The Mac Observer Spin: Burstly was offering cross-platform services for developers. Based on the Burstly features that have already shut down, it looks like that's not something Apple is interested in supporting. Hopefully those services will resurface as part of the iOS SDK at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference this spring.


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07:16
Apple may remove Game Center app in iOS 8

Apple is thinking about removing the Game Center app from iOS 8, while leaving the Game Center functionality intact within games, 9to5Mac reports. Recent alleged leaked screenshots from iOS 8 do feature the Game Center icon. Apple may also simplify alerts within Notification Center and add the ability…

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07:02
Some users reporting battery issues with iOS 7.1

Some users are reporting battery issues following installation of iOS 7.1. Multiple threads have popped up on Apple’s support communities regarding decreased battery life while using the newly released operating system. An iLounge editor noted a 35 percent battery decrease with light usage of a device within an hour’s…

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06:51
iOS 7.1: The Keyboard Apple Should’ve Given Us

Apple made some great improvements in iOS 7.1. It's faster, more stable, you can add shapes to more easily see buttons, and more. That awesome update didn't, however, hit the mark with its new on-screen keyboard representation for the caps lock key. I have a much better idea for how that could've played out.


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05:40
iTunes: Show What Playlists Your Songs Are In

Within iTunes, you can easily check to see which playlists a song, album, or artist belongs to, and there's even a sneaky way to figure out which items aren't in any playlists at all. In this Quick Tip, we'll go over how to do just that, and afterward, maybe your iTunes library will be a happier, better-organized place. That's our hope, anyway.


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Thursday March 13

16:34
Fund a Usable Enigma Machine Reproduction on...

I found a super cool Kickstarter project that will exercise your history, math, cryptography, and gadget nerd all at once! It's called the Open Enigma Project by S&T Geotronics, an open source recreation of the german Enigma encryption device from World War II. Enigma was an incredible mechanical encryption machine that was cracked by the allies only through a remarkable combination of luck and mistakes on the part of the Nazis. Better yet, assuming you're not a Nazi, it was exploited by the Allies to remarkable effect because the Nazis knew it to be uncrackable. OK, so enough history: this Kickstarter project will allow you to get or make your own (depending on your funding level) electronic Enigma reproduction that will allow you to create your own encrypted messages. It can interface with your computer through USB, has WiFi, and can encrypt your router traffic. What?! Too cool!

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16:23
Apple Buys iPhone 5c Ad Space on Yahoo! Home Page

Apple has taken out ad space on Yahoo!'s home page to promote the company's iPhone 5c. The ads are colorful animations that play off the circle imagery that stems from the cases Apple designed for the devices.


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13:37
iPhone App Interface Design For Beginners for $29

Check out this deal for an e-learning course called iPhone App Interface Design For Beginners that will teach you the basics of iOS interface design and how to implement those principles. The course also teaches you to how to review the results of your interface design so that you can see how it really looks on an iPhone. That's cool, but what's even cooler is that it's just $29 through our friends at StackSocial in this TMO deal. This price expires in seven days, so get to it.


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13:10
2014 Will Be the Year That Defines Apple CEO Tim Cook

Time can be a funny thing, and not just in a Stephen Hawking yuk-yuk kind of way. For we intellectual mortals, time has a magical ability to change our perspective on things, making small things become important, and allowing us to all but forget what used to feel like was of end-of-the-world, apocalyptic magnitude. That's what is going to happen in 2014, a year I believe will come to define the Tim Cook era of Apple.


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12:10
iOS 7.1: Turn Parallax Off But Allow Other Motion

In iOS 7.0, there was an option to reduce overall motion in the interface. That meant killing the zoom animation on app launch and the home and lock screen parallax effect. iOS 7.1 adds a measure of flexibility.


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12:03
Apps: Fantastical 2 2.05, Paper 1.61, Ridge Racer...

Fantastical 2 ($5), the calendar and reminders app from Flexibits Inc., has updated to version 2.0.5. The update adds support for opening links in 1Password and Mercury web browsers, and creating events with floating time zones. An update to the week view makes events and invitations easier to read.…

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08:48
Rutledge: The New MacBook Pro BookBook Case

Twelve South's BookBook cases for the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iPhone, and iPad are cool and stylish, and now there's a special design just for the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro model. The Rutledge is made from leather and hand-finished, which gives each case its own unique look. Like the other cases in the BookBook line, this one looks like an old hard cover book and offers rigid protection to help keep you laptop safe. The interior is padded for added protection, and it uses dual zippers to keep the case closed when you aren't using your MacBook Pro. The BookBook Rutledge is priced at US$99.99, and you can pick one up at the Twelve South website.


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08:21
Healthbook, Preview, and TextEdit iOS 8 icons leaked

A few alleged iOS 8 screenshots including icons for Healthbook, Preview, and TextEdit have been posted on a Weibo account. The shots are legitimate, according to 9to5Mac. Healthbook’s icon is very similar to the Passbook icon, and Preview and TextEdit’s icons match the Mac versions.

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08:20
Apple Patent Adds More Evidence to Wearable Tech...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published an Apple patent application on Thursday that offers up more evidence that the iPhone and iPad maker is looking to our wrists as the target for its rumored move into the wearable tech market. The patent application describes a pedometer that sits on your wrist, much like the Nike Fuelband or Fitbit Force.

The Mac Observer Spin: A patent application doesn't necessarily mean a product is on the way, but considering the other patents Apple has, as well as the company's health and fitness-related hiring spree, it sure looks like we'll be seeing some wearable tech in the near future.


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06:48
United Adds iPad In-flight Movie Service, Leaves...

The skies will be a little more friendly for United passengers with iPads and iPhones come April because the airline will begin offering in-flight movies just for those devices. United will be adding the service to some of its planes next month, and plans to eventually offer iPhone and iPad owners movies and TV shows throughout its fleet.

The Mac Observer Spin: Services like free in-flight movies can help airlines differentiate themselves, and potentially draw in travelers that otherwise would've gone with a different company. Skipping the Android-toting crowd says United sees iPhone and iPad owners as potentially more valuable customers -- or at least those are the travelers the airline is most interested in.


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06:30
Report: Apple developing versions of TextEdit,...

Apple is working to develop versions of its TextEdit and Preview Mac applications for iOS, 9to5Mac reports. The iOS versions of the apps would reportedly only be used to view TextEdit and Preview files stored in iCloud; users would have to edit documents using Pages. It’s “currently uncertain, but…

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05:46
1Password 4 Adds Editing to Mini Viewer

AgileBits rolled out 1Password 4.2 for the Mac on Wednesday, bringing with it the ability to edit items and passwords from the menu bar in the 1Password mini viewer. 1Password is a password manger and generator that also stores private and sensitive information in an encrypted database.


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Wednesday March 12

20:47
ACM 246: The Year of Tim Cook and the Goodies in iOS...

It's 2014 and Jeff and Bryan think this is the year that will define Tim Cook's leadership at Apple. They also take a look at iOS 7.12, share some tips, talk about some cool Kickstarter and Indiegogo projects, and discover exactly why you should lock cats outside of the recording studio.


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14:20
iOS 7.1 Quick Tips: a Quick Reference

In this quick reference article, we've collected all the iOS 7.1 Quick Tip and How-to articles we've published. It will be updated as we go along, so be sure to check back from time to time.


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13:21
Take to the Skies with Your Own LEGO Drone

Governments are flying drones, and Amazon wants to, so why shouldn't you, too? GenCode has a Kickstarter project that'll let you do just that, and the bonus: Your quad-copter drone is made from LEGO bricks. Assuming the project reaches funding, you'll get a box full of LEGO bricks, four custom designed motors, mounts for cameras and a remote control system, plus instructions for building your very own LEGO drone. Did we mention this is a real flying drone made out of LEGO bricks? Really, this whole project can be summed up in two words: LEGO. Drone.


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12:40
Stunning ‘Wolfram Language’ Has Knowledge of the...

Wolfram Language is a knowledge-based computer language that's been in development by Stephen Wolfram for about 30 years. "It's a language where a vast amount of knowledge about how to do computations and about the world is built right into the language," according to Mr. Wolfram who formally announced the language last year.

That's all fairly abstract, but the working result is magnificent and needs to be seen to be appreciated. In this stunning YouTube tour of Wolfram Language, Mr. Wolfram illustrates the power of his creation. It has to be seen to be believed. How people in the future will use this new kind of computer language for research and analysis can only be guessed at right now.


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12:32
Pioneer working on aftermarket CarPlay solutions

Pioneer Electronics is looking into implementing CarPlay compatibility into its “existing and future products,” according to a report. The news was reportedly verified by a Pioneer customer service representative. Pioneer makes many in-car electronic systems, opening up the possibility that vehicle makers who haven’t been announced as Apple partners

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11:42
Photos of 5th Ave. Apple Store Cube Repairs

Apple is busily repairing the 5th Avenue Apple Store's iconic glass cube entryway, and the repairs have been documented on Instagram. One of the enormous glass panels that make up the cube was shattered by a snow blower in January, necessitating the repair.


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11:00
Review: Ultra-slim Bluetooth Keyboard Designed for...

The Ultra-slim Bluetooth keyboard for iPad (E6300) from Rapoo is thin and light. It's about a half-inch longer than the iPad mini, just 8 inches wide. It's small size and features should appeal to those who type with their thumbs.


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08:20
Apple Files Appeal in First Samsung Patent Trial

Apple may have won decisively in its first U.S. patent infringement trial with Samsung, but that hasn't stopped the iPhone and iPad maker from filing its own appeal in the case. Apple is hoping to score a reversal on Judge Lucy Koh's refusal to grant a permanent injunction blocking the sale of infringing Samsung smartphones and tablets.

The Mac Observer Spin: This injunction is a big thing for Apple even though many of the devices it would block aren't sold any more. It'a about showing a history of Samsung patent infringement, and that's a valuable weapon to take into the court room.


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07:49
Monsters vs. Aliens and Chicken Run: $9.99 on iTunes...

Apple is offering up several HD movies for just US$9.99 each from its Kids & Family section, including Monsters vs. Aliens, Chicken Run, and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were Rabbit. These are all movie purchases, not rentals, so it's OK to procrastinate on watching after you buy -- and they're great to have on hand whenever you need to watch something fun, or use the TV as a babysitter. The deal is for a limited time, so don't procrastinate on your purchase.


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06:32
iTunes Radio could be standalone app in iOS 8

Apple is currently testing iTunes Radio as a standalone app within iOS 8, 9to5Mac reports. At this point, the streaming service is accessible through the iOS Music app. iTunes Radio app functionality would resemble the Music app, allowing users to browse history, purchase streamed tracks, and create stations. Though…

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06:15
Apple drops iPhone return policy to 14 days

Apple will change its iPhone return policy from 30 days to 14 days by Thursday, according to 9to5Mac. The change is already reflected on Apple’s website. The 14-day period will match the return policies of other Apple products. An internal Apple document claims the change is being made…

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06:10
ZiiLabs Hits Apple, Samsung with Graphics Chip...

Both Apple and Samsung have been targeted in a patent infringement lawsuit by ZiiLabs, formerly known as 3DLabs. The lawsuit named Apple because of its A-series processors used in the iPhone and iPad, and Samsung for the graphics tech it uses in the processors it makes for Apple, as well as its own chips.

The Mac Observer Spin: The two companies that seem to be locked in a never ending battle over patent infringement claims are both targeted by a third company for the very same thing. There is some irony tucked away in that.


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05:20
iOS 7.1: Control Siri Manually

iOS 7.1 gives us a new way to tell Siri that weâre finished with a command, whichâll be incredibly helpful at preventing frustration (especially for those who are new to using the voice assistant!). Melissa Holt will tell you about Siriâs new feature in this Quick Tip, and if you havenât already updated, this just might make you rush to do so.


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Tuesday March 11

16:36
Apple’s iOS 7.1 Reaches 5.9% Adoption Rate In Just...

Apple's iOS 7.1, which was released on Monday, hit a 5.9 percent adoption rate in just the first 24 hours, according to Chitika. The marketing research company released a report on Tuesday based on the operating systems reported in their app metrics platform.


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15:40
Blizzard Launches Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft...

Blizzard launched Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft on Mac and Windows on Tuesday. The latest expansion of the company's massive World of Warcaft franchise is a "fast paced strategy card game" that includes playing heroes, casting spells, summoning creatures, all through digital cards. The game is a free download, and it pits the player against a series of mini-bosses on the way to the ultimate boss, Illidan Stormrage. I included the promotional video below.


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14:34
Acoustic Stream on Kickstarter is a Wireless Guitar...

There are a lot of audio interfaces for iPhone and iPad out there, but there's a Kickstarter project for guitarists called Acoustic Stream that does something new. It allows you to record, practice, or play live through your iOS device wirelessly. Designed specifically for acoustic guitar, this device goes inside your guitar. You then activate it by tapping one, twice, or thrice on the guitar for recording, tuning, or simple connectivity to the companion app. That means no cords to manage! If you're one of those folks who bangs on your guitar while you play to provide your own percussion section, this may not be for you, but for the rest of us, giddy up! Oh, and it monitors the humidity around your device and will alert you if it gets too dry or too wet. That's way cool all by itself, IMO. It works with Bluetooth LE iOS devices and some Bluetooth LE Android devices. The company has raised $36,000 out of a goal of $50,000. Funding options that get you an Acoustic Stream start at $...

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12:38
Apps: Duolingo 3.3, Marvel Unlimited 2.0, Smash Hit...

Duolingo (free) has updated its app to version 3.3. The update offers more language classes for native speakers of a variety of languages — Romanian and Polish speakers now have access to an English course, while Portuguese speakers can now take a Spanish class, and vice-versa. Duolingo also lists…

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12:29
iOS 7.1: Quick Fix for Slow Keyboard

Some users have been reporting slow keyboard response after upgrading to iOS 7.1. If you're one of them, we have a quick fix-resetting your keyboard dictionary-for you that should get you back up and running in real time in no time.


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11:45
iOS 7.1: Calendar’s New ‘Show Events’ View for iPhone

iOS 7 introduces a new and very welcome method of displaying events below a static display of the month. It eliminates the jarring visual transition from monthly calendar view to the hour-by-hour view. Here's how to toggle that option.


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11:37
Apple to Samsung: Give Us $40 for Every Android...

The patent licensing fees Apple wants from Samsung for every Android-based smartphone and tablet it sells is US$40. That works out to about $8 per patent, and makes for a figure that's substantially higher than the numbers Apple balked at when Samsung demanded 2.4 percent of every iPhone sold.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple's $40 per device licensing fee demand is remarkably high and completely unreasonable considering the company was outraged at Samsung's 2.4 percent per device licensing demands. Of course, that demand won't fly in court and wasn't acceptable to Samsung during pre-trial settlement negotiations. It's no wonder the two companies can't reach a licensing agreement.


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09:46
Flip Wallet Review: Magnetic Leather iPhone Credit...

Toffeeâs Flip Wallet case, made of genuine leather, has a place for a iPhone 5/5s, a place for cards and cash, and a really nice extra feature that use a magnet to hold the back in place while you use your iPhone.


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08:34
iOS 7.1: Deciphering the New Caps Lock

Apple made several interface changes in iOS 7 that left us scratching our collective heads, and one that really stood out was the caps lock button on the on-screen keyboard. The company addressed that with iOS 7.1, but that doesn't mean it's any easier to figure out. Since we can't get inside your iPhone or iPad to do something better, we've made a handy graphic showing what each button state really means.


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08:28
Apple running large iPhone 5c ad on NY Times site

Apple is still committed to pushing iPhone 5c sales, as evidenced by a new large interactive ad now running on the front page of the New York Times website — an uncommon move from Apple. Colored dots run across the page before settling in the ad, which occupies a…

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07:49
Star Trek Online Finally Comes to the Mac

After a four year wait Star Trek gaming fans can finally play the Star Trek Online multiplayer game on the Mac. Windows PC users have been able to visit strange new worlds and new civilizations ever since the game launched, but Mac users were left in space dock with no way to warp out of orbit.


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06:53
Report: iOS 8 Maps to gain public transit directions

Apple’s Maps application will boast improved data and public transit directions in its iOS 8 incarnation, 9to5Mac reports. It is expected that public transportation options will be “deeply integrated” into iOS 8 Maps, with train, subway, and bus data, and will first be introduced for major cities, with other…

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05:48
iTunes Radio Hits Top 3 in Online Music Streaming

Apple's iTunes Radio is just shy of six months old, but is already the third largest online music streaming service behind Pandora and iHeartRadio. That comes from data in an annual radio report from Edison tracking active streaming music listeners.

The Mac Observer Spin: After six months iTunes Radio is the third largest streaming music service in the United States behind Pandora and iHeartRadio. That has to be a pretty harsh wake up call for Spotify.


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Monday March 10

17:37
The Best Apple iWatch Mockup Yet

I just learned that Tomas Moyano is awesome. A designer living in Argentina, Mr. Moyano has put together the sexiest, most gorgeous Apple iWatch mockup I've seen. With everybody and their brother wanting to know what Apple is cooking up in wearables, this outside mockup left me drooling and wanting one on my wrist, and pronto. In a series of images, Mr. Moyano laid out what he thinks Apple's device could look like (round), what features it might have (syncing, camera, music streaming, and a battery of biomedical sensors), and specs. I have no idea if Apple could fit all that stuff in this kind of form factor, but if so, giddy up! There's a lot more in the full gallery, so check it out. About the only thing it's missing is an actual watch app.


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15:25
The Ultra Slim iPhone 10 Hour Battery Case for $24.95

We have a deal for you today for the TOCCs Ultra Slim 10 Hour Battery Case for iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s. As the name suggests, it's a slim battery case for your iPhone that has up to 10 hours of additional power for your iPhone-2,200mAh in total. Through our friends at StackSocial, we're able to offer it for US$24.95 (it has a retail price of $80). You can control when the battery case is being used by turning it on or off, putting you in direct charge of your extra power. Plus, it's slim, meaning that people won't be asking you why you're carrying a watermelon in your pocket.


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15:11
Help Fund an ARC Plasma Speaker Through Kickstarter

Today I bring you the opportunity to participate in a little science by helping to fund development of an ARC Plasma Speaker. Why would you do this? Not because it's the best sounding speaker on the planet, no. It's far from that, but with an ARC Plasma Speaker you can make sound through a arc of plasma running at 30,000 volts. Come on, right? Who doesn't want to do that? Watch the video if you aren't familiar with the concept. The company-ExcelPhysics-was originally trying to raise US$10,000, but they've blown by that goal and have raised more than $41,000 with 18 days to go. Funding options that get you a kit to build your own ARC Plasma Speaker start at $99. For $199, they'll ship it to you fully assembled. Either way, it's nerdvanna!


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14:46
Apple Expands iPhone Trade-In Program to Canada

Apple has expanded its Apple Store iPhone trade-in program to Canada. The company is offering up to CN$275 to Canadian customers who bring in their old iPhone to trade in towards a new one.


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13:28
iOS 7.1: Killing the Cartoon Button Colors

One complaint I heard over and over when iOS 7 shipped was that many of the colors used in apps and icons looked more like they came from cartoons. Apple addressed part of that with iOS 7.1 by making the neon green phone and messages icons less garish, and by giving us a setting to darken up many of the colors in apps, too.


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13:01
Apple updates Remote app with improved Apple TV...

Apple has updated its free Remote app today to version 4.2. The app now boasts greater integration with Apple TV — users can now control iTunes Radio through the set-top box using the app, and you are now shown your iTunes Match music and iTunes in the Cloud music/TV…

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12:02
iOS 7.1 reveals two new iPad models?

Apple’s new release of iOS 7.1 arrived with support for two new iPad models: iPad 4,3 and iPad 4,6, as noted by 9to5Mac. It’s unclear what these models represent at this point. The report speculates that the iPad models may be “minor hardware revisions,” or possibly optimized models for…

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11:05
An Awesome Computational Black Cylinder - But NOT a...

The Curta hand cranked calculator was introduced in 1948. Developed by Curt Herzstark, it can do basic arithmetic and, a bit laboriously, square roots. This pepper grinder-like black cylinder is mechanically complex, beautifully made and ingenious.

Even though it remained popular in specific areas, such as sports car rallies even into the 1980s, it was generally superseded by the classic slide-rule in the 1950s and 60s. But who knows? Perhaps in the back of Jony Ive's mind, there loomed the concept of a black computational cylinder that ultimately resulted in the design of the late 2013 Mac Pro.

Computational speed: Looks like a blazing hertz or two.


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10:53
iOS 7.1: Enabling In-app Button Shapes

iOS 7 took away visual cues like borders and shapes to easily identify buttons in apps, but that feature is back with the release of iOS 7.1. No more random tapping on words to see if they're buttons, and adding shapes to in-app buttons is easy to do.


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10:51
Apple TV 6.1 update released, allows users to hide...

Along with today’s release of iOS 7.1, Apple has released a software update for Apple TV. In addition to other changes, version 6.1 of the Apple TV software now allows users to hide channels from the main menu. The changes can be made in Settings > Main Menu, or straight…

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10:10
Apple Releases iOS 7.1 with CarPlay, Siri...

Apple released iOS 7.1 on Monday, packing in a host of new features and improvements. Chief among them is the official rollout of CarPlay, the company's new automobile interface for iOS devices. Apple also added a way of controlling how long Siri listens to you, and the company added new features to iTunes Radio.


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10:07
Apple releases iOS 7.1

Apple has released iOS 7.1 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The long-awaited bug-fixing update brings improved Touch ID recognition for iPhone 5s, and many new features to the company’s mobile operating system, along with smaller UI tweaks. Some of the new features include the option to display events in…

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08:32
Apple iPhone trade-in program arrives in Canada

Apple’s in-store iPhone Reuse and Recycle program has arrived in Canada. Users can trade in older iPhones for gift cards that can be applied to a new iPhone purchase. As noted on Canadian Apple retail pages, users can earn up to $275 for a trade-in. The Reuse and Recycle…

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07:32
Samsung Drops SEP Claims from Second Apple Patent...

Samsung and Apple have both agreed to drop some patents from their upcoming mobile device infringement trial, including two of Samsung's standard-essential patents. Samsung dropped a third patent from the case, too, bringing the number of claims it'll pursue in the trial down to two.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple and Samsung may not be able to reach a settlement in their ongoing patent infringement fight, but they can at least find places where working together is an option. Agreeing to drop some patents from this trial will reduce the case's complexity, although Samsung can file a new case centered on the patents it dropped if it wants.


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06:43
Apple TV adds iTunes Festival channel

Apple added an iTunes Festival channel to Apple TV this weekend, ahead of its upcoming SXSW concert series. While SXSW kicked off March 6, the iTunes Festival will begin Tuesday with Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, and London Grammar. Other acts to perform at Apple’s first U.S.-based iTunes Festival include Kendrick…

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05:40
Apple Adds iTunes Festival Channel to Apple TV for...

Apple added a new iTunes Festival channel to Apple TV over the weekend so its SXSW concert series can be viewed from the comfort of your own couch. Viewers will be able to watch the concerts live, and this marks the first time Apple has hosted an iTunes Festival event outside of London.


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Sunday March 9

08:55
MGG 492: Sunday Morning Sleep-Deprived Geek Jam

John and Dave started their Sunday morning recording this show for you. When do you listen? Anytime you like, that's when! In fact, come and post in the comments here and tell us when you listen. Inquiring minds want to know!


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Saturday March 8

06:00
Audio MIDI Setup: Your Mac’s Secret Sound Manager

Your Mac's Sound Preference Pane is the go-to place for choosing audio inputs and outputs, but it isn't the only place you can go in OS X to manage your Mac's sounds. Even though Audio MIDI Setup may sound intimidating, it's loaded with controls that go far beyond what its name implies and can help you fine tune the audio quality your Mac pumps out.


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Friday March 7

19:22
Get Free Bitcoins with 20 Website Faucets that...

We've gathered 20 different Bitcoin "faucets"-websites that pay out free Bitcoins just for loading up a page full of ads-and tested them to make sure they actually pay out. We started off with eight sites, then eleven and 14, but this update adds six more and updates the descriptions for the original sites with additional information.


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16:30
3 Free Absolutely Cool iOS Apps You Must Have

There are lots of cool app for your cool iOS devices. Vern Seward points out three that you'll want in this week's Free on iTunes. Notable, Sega: Go Dance, and Smash Hit.


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16:18
NCPPR Accuses Apple of Greenwashing and Tim Cook of...

The National Center for Public Policy Research has doubled down on its criticism of Apple's sustainability programs. In a blog post, NCPPR CEO Amy Ridenour suggested that Apple is "greenwashing" itself, or faking its commitment to sustainability, and she suggested that Apple CEO Tim Cook may have faked his outrage and anger during Apple's annual shareholder report last Friday.


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14:50
Why We Love Apple and Why Microsoft Does Wacky...

Constancy of a good purpose usually leads to success. The ironic thing, however, is that in business, the constancy of purpose cannot simply be making more money than anyone else at any cost. Making money must be a byproduct of a deeper value. Apple has shown us how to do that.


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14:38
Color Cables on Indiegogo for Glow-in-the-Dark...

A glow-in-the-dark iPhone charging cable. This is one of those things that now that I've seen it, I don't understand why we haven't had it all along, but now the folks at Color Cables are ready to bring it to us. They've launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund production of Lightning, 30-Pin, and even Micro USB charging and sync cables for our mobile devices that not only glow-in-the-dark, they're colored, too. That will let you quickly tell them apart, and if your household has lots of different devices, you'll realize how handy that would be. Funding options that get you a cable start at US$11 for 3-feet 30-pin and Micro USB and $14 for 3-feet Lightning. There are early bird slots left for a 6-feet $16 Lightning cables, too. This is pretty clever, so check it out.

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14:23
iLounge Game Spotlight: Doggins

Doggins ($4) from Brain & Brain is billed as a quiet adventure. Starring a dreaming dog, the iPad-only adventure game has been nominated for a SXSW Gamer’s Voice Award for best indie game, along with a number of other titles, including recently reviewed Tengami — a game which…

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09:42
iTunes Store Power Searches on the Mac

If the search options Apple offers on the iTunes Store leave you wanting, it's time to start Power Searches. You know, the power search feature Apple hid so you wouldn't know it's there. Apple didn't, however, hide it well enough to keep Kirk McElhearn from figuring out where it is. It isn't completely elegant because it involves a link that first opens in your Web browser and then redirects to iTunes. Plus, it only works on the Mac -- no iPhone or iPad support here. Still, it gives you fine-tune control over your music, movie, TV show, book, podcast, and app searches with little more than an extra mouse click.


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08:50
OS X 10.9.3 to Include Retina Support for 4K Displays

Developers already have their hands on a beta version of OS X 10.9.3, and it sports a big change for 4K display users: Retina support. The higher resolution option is showing up in system preferences for Mac users.


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07:08
Spotify Buys Music Discovery Company Echo Nest in $...

Echo Nest, a company that specializes in technology for music discovery, is now part of the streaming music service Spotify. The deal set Spotify back some US$100 million, and gives it control over the music discovery system it, as well as several other companies, use daily.

The Mac Observer Spin: The streaming music market is a hotbed of competition, and owning Echo Nest is a big thing for Spotify. It now controls the tech many of its competitors rely on for listener music discovery.


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06:20
OS X: Use Spotlight for Contact Searches

Using Spotlight, OS X's built-in search application, you can do all sorts of cool things, from calculations to launching programs. Melissa Holt's favorite feature, though, is the ability to find people and launch the Contacts app, all with just a few keystrokes. Come on in and see why she uses Spotlight dozens of times a day-and why you should, too!


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Thursday March 6

16:28
Newsweek (Probably) Found Bitcoin Inventor Satoshi...

Newsweek reporter Leah McGrath Goodman has done something that has eluded everyone else-she found Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator and father of Bitcoin. And guess what? His name is actually Satoshi Nakamoto, and he's a 64-year old reclusive genius who hasn't touched his $400 million in Bitcoin holdings.


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16:22
Password Reset Time: ComiXology Loses User Data in...

Digital comic reseller ComiXology is warning all of its users to change their account passwords after discovering a security breach where someone made off with user names, email addresses, and encrypted passwords. Credit card information wasn't accessed during the security breach because that data is stored on different servers.

The Mac Observer Spin: Good on ComiXology for letting users know about the data leak. Go change your password now, and make sure it isn't one you use on any other sites.


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15:35
‘Everyday’ OS X Finder Replacement on Indiegogo...

Team Everyday has launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund development of its titular app, Everyday. This Finder replacement approaches file management from a relationship standpoint, rather than a location basis. Not only does it watch how you use your files, including how they are used and what files are used in conjunction with other files, it allows you to do things like attach contact information to a file. The software will also watch your inbox for associative data, too. Most importantly, it does all this without modifying the files themselves or taking over your Mac. There's much more to their concept, so check it out. The company is looking to raise US$20,000, and funding options get you a copy of the app shortly before it ships for $10, but if you're quick, there are some Early Bird slots left for $5. For $20, you can be a part of the beta program and also get a free copy of the shipping app. This is a very interesting approach to file management, and I look forward to...

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15:11
Apple Updates iTunes Festival App, Works with iOS 7....

Apple has released iTunes Festival 5.0, the company's app for accessing concert music and videos from the company's iTunes Festival, including the company's first U.S. iTunes Festival at Austin's SXSW. Online reports said that Apple would release the app in conjunction with iOS 7.1, but it appeared on Thursday and works with the current version of iOS, 7.0.6.


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15:00
The TV Industry is Apple’s Gordian Knot

Apple makes an enormous amount of money by selling hardware, and hardware generally doesn't change over its lifetime. However, in the TV industry, services come and go. Perhaps innovation by Apple consists of coping with change rather than eliminating it.


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14:42
Apps: Findery, Gmail 3.0, Real Racing 3 2.1 + Star...

2bkco’s Findery (free) was in beta for a long time, but it’s finally hit the App Store today as a full, finished app ready for launch. Findery lets users leave notes in locations all around the world — anything from personal anecdotes, to historical facts, and more. The notes…

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12:23
Discrimination Lawsuit Targets Apple In-store POS...

Apple is facing a class action lawsuit over claims that the handheld POS system the company uses for in-store sales discriminates against the visually impaired. According to the filing, Apple doesn't offer a way for the visually impaired to enter debit card PIN codes during transactions.

The Mac Observer Spin: If Apple's current system for handling debit card payments for visually impaired shoppers in its stores isn't up to snuff, the company needs to fix that regardless of whether or not a class action lawsuit is in the works. Considering how the company has worked to make devices like the iPhone and iPad accessible, it's surprising a case like this is even necessary.


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11:42
Apple ‘scrambling’ to meet FTC deadline on in-app...

Apple is reportedly “scrambling” to make changes to the App Store in order to meet a March 31 deadline set by the Federal Trade Commission for changing how the company charges for in-app purchases, according to ZDNet. Apple settled with the FTC in January — the company must…

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11:10
Report: Mercedes working on aftermarket CarPlay...

Mercedes-Benz is working on aftermarket installations of Apple’s CarPlay for older vehicles, 9to5Mac reports. The carmaker — one of three that recently introduced the new iPhone in-vehicle feature — wasn’t able to confirm when any aftermarket option would be available. It’s speculated in the report that such installations…

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10:50
Big Bang Theory goes CUUSOO. The Show, not the...

LEGO seems like a perfect match for Big Bang Theory, so of course someone had to put together Leonard and Sheldon's living room and present it as a CUUSOO project. The proposed kit includes both Leonard and Sheldon along with their friends, plus a whole room filled with awesome details like their dry erase board with equations, super hero memorabilia on the shelves, their telescope, and even a Rubik's Cube tissue dispenser. The designers are also letting fans help choose which shirt the Sheldon mini figure will wear. The proposal needs 10,000 votes before LEGO will consider it for an actual kit and it's already up over 4,500. More BBT in our lives? OK.


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08:43
Economists on Apple Ebook Antitrust Case: Judge Cote...

U.S. Federal Court Judge Denise Cote ruled that Apple was the ring leader in a conspiracy with publishers to artificially raise the price of books, but two economists are saying she got it wrong -- completely wrong. Bradford Cornell from CalTech and Janusz Ordover from NYU felt her ruling was so far off base that they filed a 30-page amici curiae brief with the court in defense of Apple and explaining just how wrong Judge Cote's ruling is.

The Mac Observer Spin: The Appeals Court doesn't have to act on the friend of the court brief the two economists filed, but it's a safe bet the Judges involved will at least read it. It may not have much sway, but could prove helpful during the appeal process because it does such a great job of explaining what Judge Cote got wrong.

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08:33
Suit alleges Apple stores discriminate against...

A class action lawsuit recently filed in Florida alleges that Apple is violating Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act by not offering point of sale devices that can be operated independently by the visually impaired. The suit argues the visually impaired cannot enter a PIN without help while…

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08:01
Popular app developer ComiXology reports security...

ComiXology, developer of the popular iOS Comics app, has reported a security breach and is asking all account holders to reset their password. The company sent out an email detailing the breach, noting that payment information is safe. However, an “unauthorized individual” did access a database with ComiXology user…

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07:45
Report: Apple moved $8.9B in profits to tax haven

Apple has moved roughly $8.9 billion in untaxed profits from its Australian operations to a tax haven structure in Ireland over the last decade, The Australian Financial Review reports. The article claims that while Apple reported pretax earnings of $88.5 million in Australia last year, the company “sent $2…

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