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Monday March 10

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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07:42
Azoi introduces Wello health monitoring iPhone case

New accessory maker Azoi has announced Wello, a shell-style case for iPhone 5/5s with health monitoring capabilities. With its combination of sensors and electronics, the case can track blood pressure, electrocardiography (ECG), heart rate, blood oxygen, temperature, lung functions, and other vital statistics.

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07:40
Judge Denies Apple Injunction Again in Samsung...

Apple's efforts to win an injunction blocking the sale of certain Android-based smartphones and tablets from Samsung have failed yet again. Federal Judge Lucy Koh ruled on Thursday that Apple won't get their injunction because the requirement to show irreparable harm hasn't been met.

The Mac Observer Spin: Judge Koh's ruling is a strategic loss for Apple because an injunction at this point would help make its upcoming patent infringement case against Samsung even stronger. The two companies are set for a second trial in just a few weeks, and Apple is hoping for a landslide win again.


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Wednesday March 5

17:51
ACM 245: Apple Shareholders, Global Expansion, and...

Apple's shareholders got to see the angry side of CEO Tim Cook at the company's annual meeting last week, the company is hiring engineers outside the United States, which should have competitors worried, and CFO Peter Oppenheimer is retiring. Apple also has to deal with a bug legal fumble because it accidentally released the same confidential documents Samsung got in trouble over sharing. Jeff and Bryan take a look at all three topics, and try to deal with the realization that they fell out of the linear time stream.


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13:10
iLoud BT Speaker Features 40W of LOUD with Clear,...

"If it's too loud, you're too old" doesn't mean much if what you're listening to is distorted and fuzzy. Fortunately, IK Multimedia's new iLoud mobile monitor (you can call it a speaker) delivers a crystal clear, blow-the-door-off-the-hinges output and a built-in feature that has a special appeal to Contributing Editor Chuck La Tournous and other iRig-loving musicians.


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12:21
Report: Apple bringing full-screen video ads to iOS

Apple will bring full-screen video iAds to iPhone and iPad apps this year, Advertising Age reports. The new video iAds will play automatically. According to the report, these ads could occur during moments of transition, “like after completing a game’s level or finishing an article.” Pricing for the ads…

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11:35
Rapoo’s 7100P Mouse Offers DPI Switching For Gamers

Rapooâs 7100P mouse offers 5 gigahertz wireless transmission, 18 months of battery life and a switch for either 500 or 1000 dpi. There's a convenient storage area in the battery compartment for the dongle. Nancy Gravley liked this new and fairly inexpensive mouse.


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11:31
Cirque du Mac: This Party Goes to Eleven

Cirque du Mac is happening on Friday, March 28th, 2014 and this time... this year... this party goes to eleven! (or maybe 11:30 if we're all feeling energetic!). That's right, folks, we've partied through a decade of Cirque du Mac together and now it's time to celebrate that win. Cirque will, of course, have something for everyone (well, everyone who likes to have fun, that is).


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09:44
Sources Claim 13-inch MacBook Pro to go EOL this Fall

Apple's non-Retina 13-inch MacBook Pro will be discontinued later this year, bringing an end to the non-Retina MacBook Pro line, and built-in optical drives in any Mac model. If the sources sharing the information are correct, that will leave just the MacBook Air without a high resolution Retina Display.

The Mac Observer Spin: Of course optical drives and non-retina displays will eventually disappear completely from Apple's product line. There isn't a question of "if," but instead "when." The only non-Retina Display MacBook Pro Apple offers now is a 13-inch model, and it's the only computer the company still sells with a built-in optical drive. It's day's are numbered.


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09:36
Report: Apple working to expand Siri functionality...

Apple is working to expand Siri’s capabilities, including greater third-party integration, according to The Information. The report claims the Siri upgrades are being done with the iWatch in mind. These changes would allow Siri to offer more functionality by connecting to services and apps from third parties. It’s also…

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08:28
Samsung Accuses Apple of Leaking Nokia Licensing...

Samsung is accusing Apple of leaking Nokia licensing agreement documents through a publicly accessible docket related to their ongoing mobile device patent infringement battle. If that sounds familiar, it's probably because Apple accused Samsung of leaking the very same documents last year.

The Mac Observer Spin: What a bad, sloppy move on Apple's part. Considering how hard Apple pushed for serious sanctions against Samsung and Quinn Emanuel for doing the same thing, you'd expect their own legal team would've paid closer attention to important little details like that. The Court most likely won't look kindly on Apple's actions, and rightly so.


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07:54
Sanction-seeking Apple publicly disclosed Nokia terms

Apple previously sought sanctions against Samsung in ongoing litigation between the two companies for using confidential licensing terms between the Cupertino company and Nokia — but a recent report notes Apple actually filed its terms with Nokia on a publicly available court docket. The terms remained on the docket for…

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07:05
Gruber: iOS 7.1 Coming Any Day Now

Get ready for iOS 7.1, because if the sources talking with Daring Fireball's John Gruber are right, it's coming before next week. Word on the street is SXSW iTunes Festival show streaming requires the new version of iOS, and since the event starts on March 10, Apple has only days to get the update on user's iPhones and iPads.


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Tuesday March 4

19:19
iPin Laser Presenter Powered by Your iPhone for $46....

We have a deal for you today on a laser presentation device that is tiny and powered by your iPhone. Called iPin, It fits in the audio jack, and was designed to be clipped onto headphone cables for storage. The iPin is a wireless presentation controller that works with your presentation computer to allow you to control your presentation right from your iPhone. That's pretty clever, but when you add in the tiny size and the fact that you don't need to worry about batteries it's even more clever. Through our deal partners, you can get an iPin designed for iPhones without cases for $46.99. There's another version for $49.99 designed for use with a case.


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19:10
Switchd Mac Pro Lock Available for $49 Preorder

If you have one of Apple's fabulous new Mac Pros, you may be concerned about its security. Identified Media has unveiled a lock for the device called Switchd. It's a replacement for the case lock switch in the Mac Pro that is attached to a security cable, while continuing to keep the case from being opened. It's scheduled to ship in April, and the company is taking preorders for US$49. I'm sure this will be a crowded field once Apple has shipped the Mac Pro in quantity, but this is the first one I've seen. The images below are of the prototype the company developed.


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18:26
Apple Reportedly Hiring Hundreds of Local Engineers...

Apple has been on a "hiring binge" in Asia, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. Citing unnamed sources, the newspaper said that Apple has hired hundreds of engineers in China and Taiwan in the last several months, many of whom will be involved in better managing and developing Apple's supply chain in Asia and in developing new products.


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16:49
Kids Reacting to a Rotary Phone - Hilarious and...

Ah, yes, the rotary phone. Oh, and kids! Put the two together in 2014, and what do you get? Hilarity, that's what, and we're talking about a 70s rotary phone, not one of those units where the mouth piece was at the bottom of the wooden box with the earpiece on a very short wire. In this edition of Kids React, the producers shove a rotary phone in front of a dozen kids and ask them how it works. Careful now, text messaging can be tricky with one of those things, and dialing isn't quite as intuitive as those of us who grew up with the things might imagine. For instance, you have to pick up the handset before you dial! Who knew? The whole thing is both entertaining and very fascinating. [Thanks to Bonnie Burton at CNet for the heads up.]


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14:17
Twelve South intros SurfacePad for iPad mini

Twelve South has introduced SurfacePad for iPad mini ($70), a leather case. The thin case uses adhesive to affix itself to the back of the iPad mini. SurfacePad for iPad mini also includes a multi-angle viewing stand. SurfacePad for iPad mini…

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14:14
Report: iOS 7.1 due within week, before SXSW

According to a brief post by Daring Fireball’s John Gruber, Apple will release the final version of iOS 7.1 “any day now,” ahead of next week’s iTunes Festival at South By Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas. Alluding to an unnamed source at Apple, Gruber notes that “a little birdie”…

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13:45
6 Tools to Keep Your Mac Life Sane and Quiet

Writers aren't the only people who need a sane and quiet workplace in order to get stuff done. Every Apple customer has things to accomplish, and unnecessary distractions just get in the way. John Martellaro shares six tools and techniques that he uses to keep his working lifestyle sane and quiet so he can write.


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13:16
Real Three Sided Dice That Actually Roll - You Know...

I have something for the game geeks: a Kickstarter project for real three sided dice that actually roll. OMG, but is this cool, or what? You're in a fight with an Ogre, but your bastard sword was knocked out of your hands and all you have is this fallen branch. But heck, you hit! You rolled a 20 and you hit! Now the idiot DM is telling you to roll a three sided die for damage, even though clubs are one of the weapons you learned back when you ran with that street gang in your home city of Maz. It says so on your character sheet, and everything! I mean, what's the point in choosing a darned club as one of your weapons if you can't get a little benefit from it in just this situation? At least you have your set of Three Sided Dice from Broken Arrow Games, so you won't have to suffer the indignity of rolling a six-sided die and dividing by two. That was a Kickstarter investment well worth it! Bring it on, Ogre! Funding options start at $5 and go to $50 that included a "dragon scale"...

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09:56
Apps: Bejeweled 1.7.1, Frozen: Storybook Deluxe,...

PopCap’s Bejeweled (free) has gone through more iterations and updates over the years than any other iOS game we can recall, and some have made fairly substantial improvements to the core match-three game. The latest update 1.7.1 adds Poker Mode, a surprisingly addictive game mode that challenges you to…

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08:52
Analyst on Oppenheimer’s Retirement: No Surprise, No...

Apple announced on Tuesday morning that long time CFO Peter Oppenheimer will be retiring later this year and will be replaced by current Corporate Controller Luca Maestri. Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um didn't see the announcement as a surprise and he expects the transition to go smoothly.

The Mac Observer Spin: Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um thinks Apple has it all under control with Peter Oppenheimer's retirment, and that's no big surprise. Apple doesn't do things by chance, and they always have a plan.


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08:06
Fitness Tracker Basis May Belong to Intel Now

The wearable fitness tracker company Basis may be part of Intel now. A report claims Intel snapped up the company in a US$100 million deal as part of its own push into the wearable technology market.

The Mac Observer Spin: The wearable tech market is a tempest right now, and everyone wants a piece of the action. Intel wants to be the go-to company for chips and other platform components in this game, and buying up Basis could help the company make that happen.


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07:18
Apple CFO Oppenheimer to retire, replaced by Maestri

Apple announced today that senior vice president and chief financial officer Peter Oppenheimer will retire at the end of September. Oppenheimer, who has been with Apple since 1996, will be succeeded by Luca Maestri, Apple’s VP of finance and corporate controller. “Peter has served as our CFO for the…

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07:05
Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer to Retire, Luca Maestri...

Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer will be retiring from the company in September and will start transitioning his responsibilities to Corporate Controller Luca Maestri in June. Mr. Oppenheimer has been a part of Apple since 1996 and has served as CFO for the past ten years.

The Mac Observer Spin: It's always sad to see a popular face leave Apple, and Peter Oppenheimer has been so very familiar for a long time. Considering how long he's been with the company, he deserves some time to enjoy his life.


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06:30
Automator: Creating a Program to Quit All Apps

If youâve got a slow Mac, a good troubleshooting step to take is to close some programs to see if things speed up. To that end, Melissa Holt is going to walk us through creating an Automator application thatâll quit all open programs, saving us the trouble of logging out or rebooting if weâve got a bunch of running apps. Saved time rocks, and so does getting to use awesome Automator.


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Monday March 3

16:19
Goldman Sachs Taps Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer for...

Goldman Sachs announced on Monday that it has added Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer to its board of directors. Mr. Oppenheimer will sit on several committees and serve as one of ten independent directors.


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15:58
Watchmaker Says Apple Tried to Poach His Employees...

A delightfully fun rumor coming from the watch industry has Apple trying to poach employees from high end time piece maker Hublot and setting up shop in Switzerland so that the unannounced "iWatch" can be "Swiss Made."


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15:22
10 Great Alternative Lorem Ipsum Filler Text...

Sometimes you need to see how a website design or page layout will look with text in place before you can decide whether or not it's going to work for you. But how, you ask, can we do that when the content hasn't been written yet? Lorem ipsum, my friend. It's traditionally Latin gibberish, but can be far more fun thanks to the list of awesome dummy text generators we found.


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14:11
8 Hours Left to Name Your Own Price on Learn-to-Code...

Are you a developer, web or otherwise, or do you aspire to be one? Right now (and until midnight EST tonight) you can get eight great courses for less than $11. That's right... $11 (though the price goes up as more people sign up) is all it takes to register for courses including: Become a Web Developer from Scratch, Programming Java for Beginners, Objective C & Xcode tutorial, PSD to HTML5/CSS3, Learning Dynamic Website Design with PHP, MySQL, Javascript ... and more. What are you waiting for?


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13:45
Hidden Clicks Reveal Network Info in Apple’s AirPort...

Apple's Airport Utility 6 can appear deceptively simple and simple-minded. However, with a few hidden mouse operations, a lot of network information can be revealed quickly and easily. John Martellaro shows you how.


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11:25
Microsoft plans to extend Xbox Live to iOS games

Microsoft is working on extending Xbox Live functionality to iOS games, The Verge reports. A recent job posting for a “New Devices and Gaming” software development engineer states that the company will “create a modern framework that is open source, light-weight, extensible and scalable across various platforms including Windows…

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09:50
Jeff Gamet Cellphone Unlocking, Apple’s Antitrust...

TMO's Managing Editor Jeff Gamet joined Gene Steinberg's Tech Night Owl to talk about a cellphone unlocking bill that recently made its way through the House of Representatives, the current state of Apple's ebook antitrust fight, and more.


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09:33
Apple pressing labels for exclusive album releases

Apple music chief Robert Kondrk “has been pressuring major labels for releases similar to last year’s Beyonce exclusive,” according to Billboard. “Tense talks with label executives” reportedly followed Beyonce’s successful exclusive one-week debut of her self-titled album on iTunes. The album was kept off streaming services for the first…

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09:03
Volvo reveals more CarPlay details, confirms Wi-Fi...

A Volvo press release reveals additional details about CarPlay, which was just officially announced by Apple. It’s noted that a Wi-Fi connection will allow for the iPhone to connect to the car in the “near future”; CarPlay was initially announced as being accessible to only three iPhone models…

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08:45
Cook rails against ending ‘green’ projects; profiled...

Apple CEO Tim Cook was “visibly angry” during Friday’s shareholder meeting after a group asked Apple to stop using money on green energy projects that weren’t profitable. The National Center for Public Policy Research, a conservative think tank and Apple investor, was rebuked by Cook, who said Apple did “a…

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08:34
Analyst: CarPlay Shows Apple Push for Artificial...

Apple's announcement that CarPlay, formerly known as iOS in the Car, is coming to several car makers later this year is big news, but Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um thinks there's a bigger play for the iPhone and iPad maker: Artificial intelligence.


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07:45
Apple on Asian hiring spree to speed up production

Apple is hiring “hundreds of new engineers and supply-chain managers in China and Taiwan” as the company pushes for “faster and more frequent product launches,” the Wall Street Journal reports. The company is hiring engineers from Taiwanese tech firms, including rival HTC. Apple reportedly needs more engineers to develop…

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07:23
Apple rebrands iOS in the Car as CarPlay, slates...

Apple has announced CarPlay, the rebranded name for its iOS in the Car. CarPlay will premiere at the Geneva International Motor Show, which runs from March 6-16. Vehicles from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo will premiere CarPlay this week. According to Apple, BMW, Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover,…

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07:21
Apple CFO named to Goldman Sachs board

Peter Oppenheimer, Apple’s Chief Financial Officer, has been appointed to financial firm Goldman Sachs’ board of directors. His appointment brings the Board to 13 directors, 10 of whom are independent. Commenting on the appointment, Goldman Sachs Chairman and CEP Lloyd C. Blankfein said, “Peter’s 25 years of broad experience…

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07:14
iOS in the Car now CarPlay, Coming to Volvo, Ferrari...

Apple rebranded its iOS in the Car program as CarPlay on Monday and announced that several car makers will include the feature in their new models later this year. Volvo, Ferrari, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Honda, and Hyundai have all committed to ship CarPlay-compatible cars before the end of 2014.

The Mac Observer Spin: Using our smartphones as in-dash navigation and communication systems makes sense because that's how so many people already use them. Plus, every time you upgrade your smartphone you essentially get a computer upgrade for your car. Tying that directly to the iPhone is a slick move on Apple's part to lock people into its smartphone lineup, too.


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06:20
iOS 7: Hiding Stocks and Customizing Today View in...

The "Today" view in iOS 7's Notification Center can be pretty useful. It tells you the current date, weather conditions, upcoming appointments, and even how your stocks are doing. But what if you don't want one or more of these things in your "Today" list? Fortunately there's a way to customize it and it's pretty easy.


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05:53
Three New Buffalo Routers All Include Open-Source DD...

I returned from vacation today to find that last week Buffalo introduced not one but three new router models that all include the Ãber-flexible DD-WRT open-source firmware. Long-time MacGeekGab listeners know I'm a huge fan of DD-WRT, as it allows me to run enterprise-grade services like a VPN server, multiple VLANs, QoS, shell access and more on my consumer routers ... at consumer router prices. The only issue with DD-WRT is the hoops one must typically jump through to get it installed on unsupported routers. Buffalo has taken the pain (and risk) out of that process by pre-installing - and supporting - the DD-WRT firmware for you.

Buffalo's WZR-1750DHPD is a dual-band (and dual-core CPU) router with the same (or more) range and speed as Apple's latest AirPort Extreme, and now includes DD-WRT to allow you access to way more features than you'll ever get from Apple. With an MSRP of $189.99 you'll see this selling for less than that shortly. For those who want to save some...

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Sunday March 2

09:53
MGG 491: Don’t Forget to Purge

Dave and John wrangle your messages out of their overflowing mailbag to bring you this, today's show. Topics include some creative ways to purge messages, some creative (and hidden!) ways to purge RAM, skipping mounting your external volumes at login ... and more!


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07:15
Trade Show Survival Kit with Two-Port Battery and...

Heading to Macworld/iWorld or SXSW this month? Then hop on board quickly with this Trade Show Survival Kit our deal folks have put together. First inside the kit is the AViiQ Portable Power Bank. This is capable of pushing out 2A of iPad-fueling power and has TWO USB ports, so you can charge two iPhones at the same time. I used this exact model on vacation last week and it rocks. Then, dig deeper in the box and find the Karma 4G HotSpot. This battery-powered hotspot delivers average speeds of 3-6Mbps and allows up to 8 devices to connect simultaneously. No contract, and just $14/GB when you need it. Check it out. Deal ends in three days, after which the price jumps from $99 to $159.


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Saturday March 1

08:30
How to Astutely Use OS X Hot Corners Without...

Sandro Cuccia continues to uncover handy, hidden features built into OS X. In this article, the Hot Corners feature includes a hidden method for avoiding the accidental and annoying triggering of actions.


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Friday February 28

16:24
3 Free iOS Apps That Will Smarten You Up

Got a question? Vern Seward points out 3 free iOS apps that will help you find the answer in this week's Free on iTunes. Duck Duck Go, Merlin Bird ID, and Learnist.


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15:57
2 Beginner Tips in Mavericks and Cranky iMessage...

Nancy Carroll Gravley discusses what may seem to be an incompatibility coordinating iMessage between computers and iOS 7, and then throws in some Mavericks secrets.


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15:45
How Apple is Exploiting Android’s Weakness

As in warfare, a great business technique is to turn an enemy's strength into a weakness. Apple appears to be doing exactly that with its increased emphasis on the business advantages of going with Apple's closed, secure, curated mobile operating system, iOS.


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14:52
Tim Cook Soundly Rejects Politics of the NCPPR,...

In an emotional response to the National Center for Public Policy Research (NCPPR), Apple CEO Tim Cook soundly rejected the politics of the group and suggested it stop investing in Apple if it doesn't like his approach to sustainability and other issues.


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14:39
Apple to charge out-of-warranty users for online...

Apple will soon charge out-of-warranty device users for online chat support, 9to5Mac reports. The charges will be collected using a new web payment system developed by Apple. It’s possible the system could launch by next week. It appears Apple will charge $20 for each incident of online tech support…

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12:54
iLounge Game Spotlight: God of Light

God of Light ($2) is a new game from Playmous that features music from British electronica group UNKLE. A physics puzzle game, God of Light challenges players to guide a beam of light from a starting point to an end point using mirrors, while picking up crystals along the…

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12:35
Cook: Apple TV earned $1B revenue in 2013

Speaking at Apple’s annual shareholders meeting today, Apple CEO Tim Cook said Apple TV made more than $1 billion of revenue in 2013. Cook has often referred to the set-top box as a “hobby,” but said today, “It’s a little more difficult to call it a hobby these days.” The…

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12:18
Apple CEO Tim Cook Says AZ Project Will Create...

Apple CEO Tim Cook told shareholders on Friday that the project the company has going on in Arizona will create thousands of U.S. manufacturing jobs. Perhaps even more tantalizingly, he also said the project would lead to an ecosystem that creates "tens of thousands of jobs."


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11:13
Apple Pushes Apple TV with $25 Gift Cards

Apple launched a new US$25 gift card promotion on Friday to help goose sales of the Apple TV. To get the card, shoppers need to buy a new Apple TV from Apple's online or retail stores, and the deal is good through March 5.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple TV hasn't been updated in quite a while and now there's a $25 gift card incentive to buy. That could be a hint that a new model is coming soon.


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09:28
Documents 5 Brings File Management to iPhone, iPad

Readdle's new Documents 5.0 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch aims to make your iOS file management easier, or to be fair, possible at all. The app works as a central repository where add-on apps can look for your documents and perform tasks such as viewing files, converting files from one format to another, add color coded tags, organize documents in folders, print, and more. Documents 5.0 is free and available at Apple's iTunes-based App Store.


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08:42
Apple offers $25 gift with Apple TV, new hardware...

Apple retail employees have been told that anyone who purchases an Apple TV from Apple will receive a free $25 gift card starting today and ending March 5, iLounge has confirmed. Atypical for Apple, this promotion increases the likelihood that new Apple TV hardware is on the way in the…

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08:04
IPCom’s Patent Infringement Suit Against Apple...

The Mannheim Regional Court in Germany dismissed IPCom's patent infringement case against Apple on Friday. The court said that Apple wasn't infringing on 3G/UTMS patents IPCom bought from Bosch.

The Mac Observer Spin: Dealing with patent trolls is time consuming and expensive no matter what country you're in. Seeing IPCom's case dismissed in Germany is nice, but it won't be the end -- and you can bet there are plenty of other patent trolls working on infringement filings, too.


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07:47
Apple to fix Touch ID issues in update?

Apple is planning to release a software update that would improve fingerprint recognition in the iPhone 5s Touch ID, according to AppleInsider. The update could fix the reported “fade” issue, which seemingly makes fingerprint recognition more spotty after months of using the Touch ID. A source said that Apple…

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07:07
AAPL Earnings Reports May Hint at CFO Oppenheimer...

Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer has been on the Job since 2004, and Forbes thinks the company has been dropping hints through its earnings report conference calls that he's ready to retire. If so, that announcement may be coming today during Apple's annual shareholder meeting.

The Mac Observer Spin: The idea that Peter Oppenheimer's retirement from Apple will be announced today is just speculation. That said, when he does retire, Apple most likely has a successor ready to go in Corporate Controller Luca Maestri.


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06:20
OS X: Minimizing Windows into Their Dock Icons

If youâre anything like Melissa Holt, teeny minimized windows lined up next to the Trash icon in your Dock are messy enough to keep you up at night. Luckily, thereâs a preference in OS X thatâll let you change that behavior. Maybe youâll sleep better after you read about it! Maybe Melissa shouldn't be so troubled over such minor details! Maybe with a few more exclamation points, we'll remember what we were talking about! Wait, what?


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Thursday February 27

18:12
Apple Annual Shareholder Meeting Takes Place Friday...

Apple's annual shareholder meeting will take place on Friday morning at 9:00 AM PST. The meeting will be help at Building 4 of the company's Infinite Loop corporate headquarters, and it will feature a variety of shareholder proposals sponsored by both the company and various shareholders.


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16:29
Beta.ey Smartphone Solar Charger on Indiegogo...

Rawlemon has an extraordinary project on Indiegogo called Beta.ey, a solar charger that uses a lens to focus sunlight on a solar charger that tracks that focal point within the device. That produces what the company claims is 70 percent more energy than a stationary solar panel of the same size, and Beta.ey stores that energy in a battery to charge your smartphone or tablet.


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16:00
Bitcoin Stealing Mac Malware Spreads to Pirated...

OSX/CoinThief, a trojan horse designed to steal Bitcoin-related login information from your Mac, has spread to pirated versions of Angry Birds. Originally discovered by SecureMac, security researchers ESET reported on Thursday that the malware has spread to torrented versions of Angry Birds, BBEdit, Pixelmator, and Delicious Library.


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14:46
Right Wing Think Tank Wants Apple to Disclose...

The National Center for Public Policy Research (NCPPR) has put forth a proposal for Apple shareholders that would force the company to disclose more information about its sustainability programs. The right wing think tank also wants Apple to be more open about its participation in "certain trade associations and business organizations promoting the amorphous concept of environmental sustainability."


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14:00
A User’s Joyful Reaction to Apple’s Late 2013 21.5-...

Apple's "late 2013" 21.5-inch Haswell powered iMac is compact, fast and runs very, very cool. John Martellaro has just received one and talks about his very positive out-of-box experience.


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11:24
OS X Mavericks: Blocking iMessage Contacts on the Mac

With the release of OS X 10.9.2 Apple added the ability to block message senders in the Messages app just like you could already do on the iPhone and iPad. The feature is tucked away in the Messages preferences, and easy to use once you know where to look.


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11:17
Apps: Another Case Solved, Instapaper 5.1.5, Slack 1...

Chillingo’s Another Case Solved is a new game similar to the company’s popular Puzzle Craft. There is a detective story built into Another Case Solved, but it doesn’t have any effect on the actual gameplay, which involves matching icons by swiping to create lines in any direction. Progressing through…

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09:47
LEGO Legends of CHIMA Online Comes to iPhone, iPad

LEGO's popular Legends of CHIMA Online game has been available for Mac and Windows users, and now it's available on the iPhone and iPad, too. The game ties in to the LEGO CHIMA product line and lets players create their own characters, participate in missions, explore the CHIMA world, hunt for hidden treasures, build their own outpost, and more. LEGO also monitors in-game chats to help protect kids from accidentally sharing personal information. LEGO Legends of CHIMA Online is free to play, and the iOS app is a free download from Apple's iTunes-based App Store.


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09:17
Apple Tops Fortune’s Most Admired Companies List 7...

Fortune's annual list of the world's most admired companies is out and once again Apple took the top spot. This marks the seventh year in a row Apple has been ranked as the number one company based on a survey of corporate executives and analysts.

The Mac Observer Spin: Most admired company seven years in a row? That's pretty impressive and a sign that other big companies think Apple is doing something right.


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08:06
House Passes Cellphone Unlocking Bill Packed with...

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill earlier this week to legalize cellphone unlocking. That should be great news because the Librarian of Congress refused to do so in 2012, but the reality is the House's bill is mostly a big bucket of meh.


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07:32
Apple details A7, Touch ID security in document

An updated Apple security document on the company’s “iPhone in Business” site provides more information on security details regarding the iPhone’s Touch ID feature and A7 chip. The document describes the A7 chip’s Secure Enclave coprocessor, which uses encrypted memory and a hardware random number generator to securely store…

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06:35
How to Solve Your iPhoto Auto Launch Issues by...

Mac Geek Gab listener Julie loves how iPhoto automatically opens when she connects her iPhone to her Mac, allowing her to quickly import and enjoy her latest photos. But lately something has gone wrong, and the Image Capture app opens instead of iPhoto, even though she triple-checked that iPhoto is configured to launch when a camera is connected. We explain how her problems may be the result of a bad preference file, and show Julie how to fix it.


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