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14:08
Amazon reportedly announcing first smartphone in...

The Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon is planning to announce its first entry to the smartphone market in June. The possibility of an Amazon phone has been a long-running rumor, but recently sources claimed that the company had partnered with HTC to finally produce the device.

Following the launch of the...

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14:06
Briefly: Cross DJ update and contest, Trials...

Mixvibes has introduced the newest version of its cross-platform software, Cross DJ v3.1.0. The software provides users with the tools needed to DJ, such as browsing track catalogues, and monitoring playing track's peaks and phrasings. The new version allows for the ability of users to record their mix and share it on Mixcloud and Youtube, as well as Dailymotion. CrossDJ generates a video file, and the video displays in real time what the track is playing, the name of the artist and the artwork associated with when working with Youtube and Dailymotion; with Mixcloud, users can export their mix...



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14:00
Would you ever get an Apple tattoo?

Tattoos are one of the most unique form of personal expression, given that they're permanent (mostly), painful and artistic all at once. Getting a tattoo of a company logo or product is often seen as foolhardy or shortsighted. But Apple fans are a...

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13:16
Court tosses conviction for man accused of stealing...

The 3rd US Circuit Court of Appeals has unanimously tossed the conviction of Andrew Auernheimer, an Arkansas man accused of stealing the personal data of about 120,000 iPad users, says Reuters. Auernheimer was convicted of the crimes in November 2012 and sentenced to 41 months in prison. The case was filed in New Jersey however, and the appeals court has ruled that he was prosecuted in the wrong state, since his crimes weren't committed there....



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13:11
Samsung's big bet on Android actually a covert...

Samsung's success in selling the world's leading volumes of phones through intense, expensive marketing efforts appears to be supporting Android as a platform, but Samsung's internal documents show it has plotted for years to compete against Google with its own mobile OS.



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13:07
Millions of Android devices vulnerable to Heartbleed

Be well Android people and make your way to an Apple store.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:07
Internet advertising eclipses television ad spending...

US Internet advertising revenues for 2013 hit an all-time high of $42.8 billion, exceeding broadcast television advertising revenues of $40.1 billion. The full-year results mark the first time that Internet advertising eclipsed television commercial sales. Of particular note is mobile advertising -- for the third year in a row, mobile achieved triple-digit growth year-over-year, rising to $7.1 billion during 2013, a 110 percent boost from the prior year total of $3.4 billion....



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13:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Pepi Bath [iOS...

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12:56
Forums: iOS home screen improvements

This week in the MacNN forums, members discuss ways that Apple could change the home screen in iOS after "Hawykeye_a" noted that there hasn't been any real changes in the way that iOS works and provided some suggestions of things they thought could be modified. Today one Fresh-Faced Recruit was looking for a way to edit icons on their Mac and turned to the forums for advice....



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12:51
Apple deals: 5 refurbished Macs for $999 or less

Apple's online store today has a variety of Macs that are priced at $999 or less. The refurbished Mac mini with a 2.3GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, OS X Server, 4GB of RAM and dual 1TB hard drives is now $849 after a $150 discount. Also priced at $849 after a $350 price cut is the 13.3-inch MacBook Air with a 1.8GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage....



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12:49
DealNN: MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and more

At MacMall.com this week save $350 on the 15.4-inch MacBook Pro which has been cut from $1,800 down to $1,550. A $100 mail-in-rebate offer drops the price further to $1,450, beating the next lowest price by $210. This MBP features a 2.3GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 4GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive. Included is a one year warranty on parts and labor from Apple....



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12:36
Microsoft Touts Privacy Bona Fides to European...


Having become the first company to formally meet the European Union's data protection rules, Microsoft is trying to turn its trustworthiness into business in privacy-wary Europe. "For customers who care about privacy and compliance, there is no more committed partner than Microsoft," wrote Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith in a Thursday blog post. More so than in the U.S., data protection is a hot-button topic in Europe, especially in the wake of Edward Snowden's leaks.

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12:35
Tim Cook backs Employee Non-Discrimination Act on...

Apple CEO Tim Cook took to Twitter earlier today in support of the Employee Non-Discrimination Act. "The House should mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act by passing ENDA," he wrote. If passed, the bill would make it illegal for companies to discriminate based on gender identity or sexual orientation. The bill has been trapped in the US political system since 1994, however, and a November 2013 editorial by Cook in the Wall Street Journal had little impact....



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12:28
External Link: The Woman Who Gave the Macintosh a...

Priceonomics has published a profile of Susan Kare, the woman who designed the original icons for the Macintosh, such as the “Happy Mac.” She later followed Steve Jobs to NeXT, designed Microsoft’s iconic Solitaire game, and now works independently, having worked with Facebook and Paypal.

 

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12:28
External Link: NPR Now Playing on iTunes Radio

You can now listen to content from National Public Radio on iTunes Radio. The station is a mix of live news and pre-recorded shows. To listen, play the NPR News and Culture Featured Station in iTunes Radio.

 

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12:26
External Link: The Man Behind Safari Remembers Steve...

Don Melton, perhaps best known as the man behind the Safari Web browser, has republished his memoires of Steve Jobs, which were first published in Jim Dalrymple’s The Loop Magazine. Melton recollects his first embarrassing contact with Jobs, a Safari feature that he and Jobs came up with simultaneously, and an “epic” joke that Jobs played on Phil Schiller, Apple’s SVP of worldwide marketing.

 

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12:00
My grandmother's iPad

Shawn Blanc wrote about how his grandfather's iPad has enabled him to take more photos, just a few days after my dad told me how much my grandmother in Bolivia uses her iPad. My grandma, who is now 80, does yoga regularly and volunteers constantly....

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11:57
iLounge Game Spotlight: R.B.I. Baseball 14

The words “R.B.I. Baseball” instantly conjure up memories for gamers of a certain age and ilk. First released in Japan in 1986, R.B.I. Baseball has continued to attract a cult following over time, much like the Tecmo Bowl series. Now, the franchise has been updated and relaunched with R.B.I.…

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11:37
OWC launches Jupiter Callisto, Kore enterprise-class...

Accessory and peripheral vendor OWC announced an enterprise-class storage solution with the new rack-mounted OWC Jupiter Kore and OWC Jupiter Callisto. OWC Jupiter Callisto provides storage for multi-user environments via Ethernet, while OWC Jupiter Kore is a Mini-SAS direct connected storage system. Both are available in 8-bay or 16-bay models for up to 384TB of storage with three Jupiter Kore Expander Rack systems....



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11:30
Daily Deals for April 11, 2014, featuring One Year...

It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections. Don't forget to check out our "Today in the App Store" post that singles...

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11:20
Charter considering ramifications of raising bid for...

Just a few short days after Comcast's hearing on Capital Hill, Charter is reportedly evaluating starting a bidding war for Time Warner Cable. Potentially at stake are the subscribers that Comcast has promised to divest should the merger take place, worth hundreds of millions of dollars annually, should Charter fail in its bid, or antagonize Comcast executives too greatly....



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11:18
Apple blocks rival streaming services from iAd,...

Apple has reportedly banned British iTunes Radio competitor Bloom.fm from advertising on iAd, even as Apple looks set to expand its own digital reach by adding four new creative agencies to its outside advertising team.



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11:18
Reeder 2 for Mac enters free public beta

Popular RSS client Reeder has returned to the Mac in the form of an initial public beta of Reeder 2. The beta is a free download, and replaces Reeder's formerly centerpiece Google Reader sync with services like Feedly, Feedbin, and Fever. Alternately, the software can be set up with locally-stored, non-synced RSS feeds. Google discontinued Reader in July 2013....



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10:44
Apple's Tim Cook encourages US House to pass...

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook took to Twitter on Friday to again express his support for the Employee Non-Discrimination Act, a proposed bill that would make it illegal for companies to discriminate in hiring based on gender identity or sexual orientation.



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10:36
Bloom.fm banned from iAd due to competition with...

UK-based streaming service Bloom.fm has been banned from advertising on Apple's iAd network due to it being competition with iTunes Radio, according to Bloom PR representatives. Until recently, Bloom was spending £2,000 per month on iAd spots. In rejecting the advertising, Apple is quoted as telling Bloom that it constituted "a competitive service to iTunes Radio and it is against Apple policy."...



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10:30
Ming-Chi Kuo and The Legend of the $3,000 iWatch

Along with the iPhone predictions I covered yesterday from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo -- who, despite being wrong about new Apple products many times, is described by various outlets as "spot on" and "pretty reliable" -- we were graced with...

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10:30
Reeder for Mac Back as Public Beta

The popular Mac RSS reader app Reeder is back as a public beta after disappearing from Apple's Mac App Store when Google Reader met its untimely demise. Reeder 2 gives a taste of what's in store for the news reader app, including a redesigned interface, and integration with other services such as Twitter and Facebook.


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10:25
Tim Cook calls on Congress to pass Employment Non-...

 

Apple CEO Tim Cook took to Twitter on Friday to voice his position on a potential new law currently being considering by the United States Congress. “The House should mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act by passing ENDA,” Cook tweeted while mentioning members of Congress in leadership positions from both political parties. Cook also tweeted the quote “We shall overcome” and said “Much done but much left to do.” 

The law to which Tim referred, known as the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, would prohibit companies with 15 or more employees from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender. The Apple CEO has previously expressed this position in a Wall...

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10:15
iCloudy with a 100% chance of stupidity

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The Robservatory:

I use a lot of cloud services for file storage, primarily Dropbox, but also Box and (begrudgingly, for certain shared projects) Google Drive.

I also use iCloud, but not in any way that would be considered a true cloud file storage service. I use it strictly as a sync service for contacts, calendars, reminders, notes, Safari; I also use Back to My Mac.

But that’s it; I don’t use iCloud for cloud-based file management at all. Why not? Because iCloud in its current implementation is chock full of the stupid, at least for those of us who still use and rely on OS X.

When people say, “Apple doesn’t get Web Services”, this is a prime example of it.

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10:15
The Week in iPhone Cases: Say cheese

Say cheese

One of the items in this week's roundup of new iPhone cases is all corners, while another teaches you how we Italians say cheese. If minimalism and multilingual knowledge aren't what you want wrapped around your iPhone, we also have some products that bring together materials from classic leather to the latest plastics.

Aryca

The Wave 3 (iPhone 5 and 5s; $28) is a waterproof case that protects against water, sand, and dirt.

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09:37
What it’s like to design a font from scratch

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Fast Company:

Steve Matteson has designed some of the most ubiquitous typefaces in the world, and engineered the original core fonts for Microsoft, adapting Times New Roman, Arial, and Courier, which you’ve probably used for term papers or resumes or anything else you wrote in Word. He has also created some less-classic designs that he’s not too proud of, such as “Curlz,” which falls in the Comic Sans camp of typefaces reserved for high school yearbooks, princess-themed birthday party invitations, and mockery.

But that is the plight of a professional font designer: One day you get to make lasting letter sets, the next you have to pay the bills. “Sometimes you have to do work that you’re not really proud of,” Matteson told Fast Company. “That’s why we call it work instead of play.”

I know...

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09:29
Bloom.fm claims Apple is blocking rival music...

Bloom.fm, a UK-based streaming music service, is claiming Apple has banned it from advertising through iAd advertising platform because the company is a competing service to iTunes Radio. Apple’s advertising platform recently started selling ads for Apple’s free, ad-supported iTunes Radio service, but the Bloom.fm had been spending £2,000/month on iAds placed as banner ads in apps. The company had some words about being banned from Apple’s advertising platform on its Twitter account and also provided a statement to TheRegister and others:

Apple wrote to Bloom today and claimed it was a direct competitor to iRadio, which is surprising because this Apple-operated service does not yet exist in the UK…John Clark, Bloom’s spokesman, told us the small company was surprised to have found itself in Apple’s crosshairs.

“We’re a small company from west London made up of...

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09:20
Monument Valley: Brilliant, Beautiful iOS Game

Monument Valley, a unique iOS puzzle game, is getting lots of hype (and an App Store Editorsâ Choice award!). But does it deserve the attention itâs getting? Well, yes. But for more of our thoughts on this illusion-based peach of a game, come on in and read our full review.


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09:10
∞ Motörhead: Ace Of Spades

Enjoy your Friday people.

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09:04
Image shows first alleged iPhone 6 cases

A new photo shows what are alleged to be two of the first third-party cases produced for the iPhone 6. While there are no earlier iPhones or accessories in the image for comparison, the cases are said to fit 4.7- and 5.5/5.7-inch devices. One unusual aspect of their design is the presence of an extra cutout on one side, and what appears to be a relocated power button cutout on top. It's unclear what the additional cutout might be for....



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09:00
Apple opts out of patent acquisitions and other news...

Here's your Apple news for Friday, April 11. Enjoy the weekend, folks.

Apple opts out of a recent patent acquisition by Intellectual Ventures. Both Apple and Intel have opted not to participate in the latest buy. Formerly, Apple joined Intel,...

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08:49
Report: Apple bans UK music service from iAd

Bloom.fm, a U.K.-based streaming music service, has reportedly been blocked from using iAd by Apple. A spokesman for Bloom told CNET Apple must view the much smaller service as a threat. “We were surprised at Apple’s decision to ban us from their iAd network as their iTunes Radio service…

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08:47
External Link: Microsoft Launches Escape from XP Game

Wow! So 8-bit! Having ended support for its superannuated Windows XP operating system earlier this month, Microsoft has released an online game to convince users of the old OS to get over it. In the game, Escape from XP, you first see XP boot up (faster than in real time), and then crash into the game itself, where you battle armies of marching PCs and flaming Recycle Bins, rendered in full 8-bit glory and accompanied by crunchy synthesized audio. Escape from XP is browser based and is designed to show off the capabilities of modern browsers, in particular the latest iteration of Internet Explorer.

 

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08:47
External Link: Microsoft Launches “Escape from XP”...

Wow! So 8-bit! Having ended support for its superannuated Windows XP operating system earlier this month, Microsoft has released an online game to convince users of the old operating system to get over it. In the game, Escape from XP, you first see XP boot up (faster than in real time), and then crash into the game itself, where you battle armies of marching PCs and flaming Recycle Bins, rendered in full 8-bit glory and accompanied by crunchy synthesized audio. Escape from XP is browser-based and is designed to show off the capabilities of modern browsers.

 

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08:47
XKCD’s take on Heartbleed

Read the linked comic, then take a read of the How it works post from a few days ago. The XKCD comic is basically showing a series of GET requests and what happens when the requested data size doesn’t match the actual data size.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:43
Popular RSS client Reeder 2 for Mac hits first...

Popular RSS client Reeder was largely affected by Google’s abrupt shutdown of Google Reader earlier last year as it raced to update its various apps support for alternative RSS subscription services.

Reeder for iOS gained support for services like Feedly and Feed Wrangler pretty quickly last year, but Reeder for Mac has taken a bit longer than had originally been anticipated.

Today, Reeder 2 for Mac is available in its first public beta for free ahead of its final development....

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08:30
Thoughts on asking users for iOS permissions

Asking a user for permission to send them push notifications or to access their private data can be a little bit of a minefield.

For many apps, not getting access to a phone’s sensors or data can change the entire user experience. For example, if an app depends on where the user is standing, declining access to location could render the app useless. More subtly, if push notifications play a critical role in getting your user to form a habit of using your app, declined access could lead to you losing them forever.

Making it all worse is that when a user taps “Don’t Allow”, there is no easy way for them to reverse that decision.

If you are interested in user interface/experience, this is some good food for thought.

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08:25
Deutsche Bank Initiates AAPL Coverage with $650...

Deutsche Bank analyst Sherri Scribner initiated coverage of Apple's stock on Friday with a US$650 target price, saying the company likely has some surprises in store. Apple hasn't released any new products yet in 2014, but company CEO Tim Cook has said that there would be big announcements throughout the year.


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08:20
$5,000 Amazon Web Services security breach

A nasty surprise when the Amazon Web Services send you an email to update your credit card info to handle the charges.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:04
iPhone Apps: Mextures, Morning, Twitterrific
08:00
iPhone 101: Change this one setting to get your...

This happens to me all the time. I get snuggled up under the blanket, ready to check my Twitter feed and Facebook posts one last time before calling it a night. It's always then and there that I realize my iPhone battery is at less than 10 percent...

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07:50
Apple, Intel decline new investment in Intellectual...

Two previous investment partners, Apple and Intel, have declined to put money into Intellectual Ventures' latest patent acquisition fund, says Reuters. IV is dedicated exclusively to buying intellectual property, and has so far acquired about 70,000 patents and other forms of IP. It has raised about $6 billion from investment partners in the past, but is looking to pick up another $3 billion. Microsoft and Sony have agreed to participate in the new round of funding....



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07:49
Analyst: Don’t Look for Apple’s Custom Baseband...

JP Morgan analyst Rod Hall isn't buying into reports that Apple is ready to dump Qualcomm and use its own custom designed baseband chips in the next iPhone. He thinks Apple is working on its own chips, but that they won't be ready until some time in 2015.

The Mac Observer Spin: Baseband chips aren't easy to design, but that doesn't mean Apple isn't working on just that. If so, expect improved battery life and performance from future iPhones and iPads while Qualcomm and other chip makers take a hit to their bottom line.


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07:39
App Camp for Girls Rocks Macworld/iWorld

One of the most innovative panels at Macworld/iWorld 2014 was the App Camp for Girls Open House. Josh Centers took a look inside how the camp teaches girls how to code.

 

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07:18
App.io brings its HTML5 iOS app demos to interactive...

I’ve covered App.io a few times in the past. The service, which allows app devs to deploy fully useable HTML5 demo versions of their native iOS apps on the web, first launched under the name “Kickfolio” back in 2012. The goal for the company was originally to let devs bring demos of their apps to promotional webpages and it eventually expanded the platform to include Facebook and other channels. Today, and around 2 million interactive app demos later, the company is announcing that it’s bringing those same app demos directly to mobile devices as interactive ads.

The ads go a step beyond the interactive app-like experience that Apple promised, but never quite delivered, with...

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07:07
Samsung caught lying about tablet sales

This week we learned, thanks to a February 2012 internal Samsung document marked “top secret” and unearthed by Apple as part of its ongoing patent infringement proceedings, that we were right and those more credulous news outlets were wrong.

When Strategy Analytics was telling the world that Samsung sold 2 million Galaxy Tabs in six weeks, the truth was that it took Samsung all of 2011 to sell half that many.

Lying, cheating, bastards.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:00
A homescreen so creative it'll make you go...

It took me a minute to figure out the humor in the homescreen above, but once I did it made me go "heh". My only regret is that I didn't think of making it first. Too clever....

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06:59
Wells Fargo defends 'market perform'...

Having downgraded its rating on Apple stock in January, Wells Fargo on Friday defended their neutral outlook for the company's near future, characterizing it as a long-term opportunity for investors that faces near-term hurdles while the industry transitions.



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06:37
FunBITS: FTL: Faster Than Light Moves to iPad

Josh Centers jumps back into FTL, the unforgiving, roguelike space simulator, to see how it fits on the iPad and to give a quick look of what’s new in the Advanced Edition expansion for all the platforms on which FTL runs.

 

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06:18
Dubious iPhone 6 cases already rolling in

It may be five or so months before Apple launches the iPhone 6, with very little known for sure at this stage, but the case makers have already started firing-up their 3D printers.

French site NoWhereElse has posted photos of what claims to be transparent cases for the iPhone 6, with a cut-out for the rumored new position of the power button, on the side of the phone, opposite the volume buttons. Oddly, however, there is also a button-shaped cut-out on the top of the phone.

NWE acknowledges that the source of the photo has no track-record of leaks, and we can’t see any reason to believe this is anything more than the usual attempts by case companies to...

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06:13
Apple says services not affected by Heartbleed

The Heartbleed security flaw, which has affected hundreds of thousands of websites using OpenSSL, has not done the same to Apple’s services. Apple confirmed to Re/Code that its mobile, desktop, and web services were not affected. “Apple takes security very seriously. iOS and OS X never incorporated the vulnerable…

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06:03
Google Glass Goes Public for a Day

Google is ready to expand sales of its Google Glass facetop tech to more than just developers, but only for a day. The Internet search giant plans to let anyone in the United States pony up the US$1,500 for Google Glass on April 15.


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06:00
Amazon grabs a new demographic…comic book readers

If you love comic books and love reading on your iPad, you’ve probably heard of comiXology. The company (and app) are responsible for bringing comic books into the digital age of online purchasing and reading content on a mobile device. So it was only a matter of time before it attracted the eye of the largest online source for purchasing reading material. ComiXology’s CEO, David Steinberger, posted the news on their web site Thursday afternoon that they had been purchased by Amazon.

 

Since 2007, comiXology has been partnering with comic book publishers to bring titles to their service, most notably the DC and Marvel lineups. In 2013 it added a service for independent comic books to self-publish their work.

Naturally, there will be...

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06:00
Daily App: Skylit shows sunset and sunrise times

Skylit is a new app from Stay Kids that falls into the weather category, even though it doesn't deliver forecast information. Instead of detailed weather information, the app focuses on sunrise and sunset, which are important pieces of information...

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05:30
Heartbleed bug hits the Internet

A newly announced bug, dubbed “Heartbleed” has got online companies on the run as they race to patch the insecurity. In spite of all the current fervor however, the bug has actually been around for about two years. It may also be the first wide-scale bug to have its own web page and logo (heartbleed.com). Heartbleed is based on a fault in functionality in the widely used OpenSSL library. OpenSSL is the cryptographic software that protects information being transferred from server to server throughout the internet. It is meant to stop hackers from intercepting secure information such as logins, usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, and...

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05:22
Apple opts out of latest patent acquisition fund...

Prominent patent buyer Intellectual Ventures won't be able to count Apple among the participants in its latest IP purchase, as the iPhone maker has apparently opted out of its latest investment.



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05:00
Consumers Can't Stanch Heartbleeding


Consumers can do little to protect themselves from the catastrophic Heartbleed bug.
"Catastrophic is the right word," wrote security guru Bruce Schneier in his blog this week. "On the scale of 1 to 10, this is an 11." Heartbleed is an extension of the SSL/TLS protocol used to encrypt data in transit on the Internet. The most common evidence of SSL to consumers is the padlock icon displayed by URLs that begin with "https." Heartbleed is used to keep a secure connection alive.

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04:56
Apple declines further investment in patent...

Apple and Intel both declined an invitation to invest in a new round of funding for patent assertion entity Intellectual Ventures, reports Reuters. Both companies had invested in the enterprise in the past. Intellectual Ventures did, however, receive further investments from both Microsoft and Sony.

Apple and Intel’s decision is significant because the biggest tech companies have supported IV in the past. “This would be a dramatic departure,” said Kevin Jakel, chief executive of Unified Patents.

Intellectual Ventures declined to discuss investments. Microsoft, Sony, Intel and Apple also would not comment. It is unclear whether Intel and Apple could still opt to invest in IV’s vehicle at a later time.

As a frequent target of patent trolls, it seemed an odd investment for Apple...

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04:36
SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition incorporates Rush Hour...

The Deluxe Edition of Sim City 4 is now exclusively available on the Mac App Store, some weeks ahead of availability elsewhere, priced at $19.99.

The special edition includes the functionality of the Rush Hour expansion pack, which includes a monorail system and a ferry, along with two new disaster scenarios … 

The SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition includes both SimCity 4 and the Rush Hour expansion pack, which gives you more control over your city’s transportation options, plus two bonus disasters: UFO attack and Autosaurus Wrecks.

We even included the exclusive Mac “Custom Tunes” feature that allows your iTunes library to be played in the game!

The original version of...

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03:43
Closer look: Apple Mac Pro AMD FirePro D-Series dual...

One of the many exciting new features of the Mac Pro (late 2013) is Apple's choice to opt for dual AMD FirePro workstation GPUs as standard fitment, which certainly caught the eye of many observers. The previous generation Mac Pros included the option to fit dual CPUs, but as you can tell from the radical external redesign of the Mac Pro that Apple has fundamentally rethought its approach to the Mac workstation. Apple has chosen to adopt a dual-GPU configuration as standard fitment to leverage the massive processing power in GPU architecture. The biggest performance gains in certain profession...



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01:00
Don Melton on Steve Jobs and other news from April...

Former Apple engineer Don Melton posted a heartwarming and fascinating post late on Thursday highlighting his memories of working with Steve Jobs. The entire post is well worth reading in its entirety as it provides a more up-close and personal...

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00:43
Exclusive: Apple vs. Samsung docs reveal Galaxy Tab...

Top secret sales data revealed during the Apple vs. Samsung trial this week shows that Samsung knew that the Galaxy Tab sales figures (and overall Android tablet sales) it and various market research groups had fed to the media were not even remotely true.



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Thursday April 10

23:36
Macworld gems: Glowdeck smartphone dock

Now that we've had time to recover from the fury of meeting so many vendors at this year's Macworld, MacNN and Electronista have had a little time to reflect on some of the products and services we saw there. Many have yet to come to market -- a running joke was the number of projects crowdfunded last summer that will be arriving in stores soon -- some have won awards, and some are just little gems we were delighted, intrigued and wowed by. First up in this ongoing series is a successful Kickstarter startup, Glowdeck....



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20:30
Amazon buys digital comic book platform comiXology

Online sales giant Amazon on Thursday announced the purchase of digital comics platform comiXology, which is responsible for the popular iPad app 'Comics' that consistently ranks near the top of the iOS App Store's top grossing charts.



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20:18
Rumor: Apple considering entry into high-definition...

[Updated with Apple hiring details] Following on the heels of a claim that Apple is planning to "dramatically" overhaul the iTunes music store in the near future, a previous rumor that the company was considering offering "high-resolution" 24-bit music tracks has gained new currency. Apple has been reported to be looking for ways to boost digital music sales, which have seen a slump as users spend more time listening to on-demand streaming services like Spotify. The higher-quality music files would likely be offered in a lossless format....



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19:17
Briefly: Sim City 4 Deluxe for OS X, Morning app...

Aspyr has announced that its classic city simulator SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition is now available for OS X. Re-released digitally on the App Store, SimCity 4 Deluxe has been updated for current Mac systems, and supported OS X 10.8.5 Mountain Lion and later. Users have full control over the environment and the ability to unleash natural disasters to create or destroy a realistic world. New additions to the game include transportation options such as monorail and a ferry system, as well as bug fixes, performance enhancements, and other updates such as native resolution support. Available for $20, Si...



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18:47
As rumors point to major iTunes renovations, Apple...

Amidst a flurry of reports and speculation regarding Apple’s iTunes Music Store and Radio strategy in the past few weeks, Apple has begun posting job listings indicating they are gearing up for major improvements to iTunes.

Four listings on Apple’s Jobs page show they are interested in hiring iTunes Software Engineers, a Senior Software Engineer for iTunes Radio, and an iTunes Recommendations Platform Software Engineer. From the descriptions:

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18:42
Apple confirms its services not affected by '...

Apple has confirmed on Thursday that all of its operating systems and key web services, as well as its website and iCloud service, are not affected by the "Heartbleed" SSL flaw that is threatening much of the web. The "Heartbleed" bug, a flaw in the implementation of later versions of OpenSSL -- which is used by many but not all websites to handle secure log-ins and other transactions -- has put as much as two-thirds of the World Wide Web at risk....



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18:27
CAELinux Is the Ideal Distro for Designing Scientists


CAELinux is a perfect example of the power of open source to tailor the Linux operating system to users' specialized needs. This computer-assisted engineering distro clearly is not for the vast majority of Linux users, but it certainly has all the features you would expect in any mature Linux OS -- and then some. The extra ingredients make CAELinux a unique Linux distro for engineers and engineering students, as well as scientists. It offers an unusual mix of Xubuntu 12.04 LTS 64-bit with a customized Xfce desktop environment.

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18:00
Scanbot for iPhone: The only scanner you'll need

Yesterday on TUAW TV Live, Doc Rock and I did our favorite app and hardware picks of the week, and mine was a surprising app that has changed the way that I look at scanning. As I mentioned on the show, I have despised physical scanners since my...

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17:19
Apple releases Xcode 5.1.1, updates Mac iMovie to 10...

A week after developers received the "golden master" for Xcode 5.1.1 (free), the minor update has been released to users by Apple. The 2.18GB program, which allows developers to author programs for OS X Mountain Lion and Mavericks (10.8 and 10.9) as well as iOS 7.1, has received a handful of bug fixes, and improves the reliability of Quick Look within the debugger. In addition, Apple has updated iMovie for Mac to v10.0.3, which adds new sorting, title and font options....



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17:00
Apps We Actually Use: Command-C to share my...

I spend a lot of time reviewing apps, and I follow the same general cycle. The apps are actively used for a few weeks and then they sit idly, gathering dust until I delete them from my phone. There are some apps, though, that stand out to me and...

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16:31
∞ Joe Cocker: You Are So Beautiful

I just love Joe’s voice.

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16:30
Concealable Entertainment Flask: Get Your 8 Bit...

Ink Whiskey has announced a line of NES-inspired flasks, handy for adding a little value to a beverage. They are available for pre-order now but will ship later in April. These are not actual cartridges, they're made of food-safe plastic and sport some nice blocky labels. This is a done deal, there's no Kickstarter situation where it only exists if enough people pre-order, so there's no pressure. Your options are Super Bar-Hop Bros, CastleVodka, Metal Beer, Legend of Drink, and Drunk Hunt, at US$20 each. Legend of Drink is also available in a gold edition for $65, if you prefer to carry around a slightly flashier pretend NES cartridge. And really, it won't look weird at all that you are carrying around an 8-bit Nintendo game in 2014.


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16:30
comiXology is being bought by Amazon

comiXology has made waves over the years by providing a high quality digital solution for comic book fans. Its revolutionary Guided View™ mode allow readers to view a comic panel-by-panel on mobile devices that previously weren't suitable for comic...

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16:13
OS X facelift

An interesting article by Peter Cohen on whether OS X should get more of a flat design. It makes sense to me.

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16:08
Sorry, Apple/Amazon/Google Your Current Products Can...

There's a lot of flavors of boxes that hook up to the television. Nothing available now is the clear cut winner of a precious HDMI slot on the tv. Kelly explains what the actual winner should look like.


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16:01
Rumor: Apple to offer hi-res 24-bit tracks on iTunes...

Following a report that Apple is considering a major overhaul of iTunes, an overlooked rumor from March suggests the company may also be planning an entry into the high-definition music industry with 24-bit tracks.



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16:00
Family Guy: The Quest For Stuff is well written but...

Family Guy is an easy target for snobs who think their personal tastes are universal. Despite its often maligned reputation the show has been a major part of American pop culture since 1999, spreading dark jokes across the airwaves with a gleeful...

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15:42
BBEdit update

This is one of my favorite apps of all time.

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15:39
Google opening Glass to the public

Next Tuesday, April 15th at 6am PDT, we’re opening up some spots in the Glass Explorer Program. Any adult in the US* can become an Explorer by visiting our site and purchasing Glass for $1500 + tax – and it now comes with your favorite shade or frame, thanks to feedback from our current Explorers. The number of spots available is limited, so mark your calendar if you want to get in.

Don’t do it.

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15:30
The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for April 10, 2014

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

You can listen to today's...

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15:29
Sonos Swings Into Google's Playground


A new partnership between Sonos and Google means that users of the Google Play Music app for Android now can stream music to their Sonos speakers directly from the app itself. Available in 25 countries, the new capability effectively eliminates the need to use Sonos' Controller app as an intermediary. It represents Sonos' first such integration partnership with a major music streaming service, but it likely won't be the last, said Kristen Bender, Sonos' senior product manager for music services.

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15:18
Briefly: Dropbox launches new gallery app, Cobalt...

Cloud storage company Dropbox has released its latest product, Carousel, a photo and video gallery app. Available for both iOS and Android platforms, Carousel provides a single location for users' photo and video content in an organized manner. The app automatically backs up photos and videos to the user's Dropbox account as they are captured, ensuring they are safe from being lost in a device crash. Users can engage in private conversations with friends, as to share their media with others. The number of photos and videos one can put in their Carousel is based on how much space they have atta...

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15:15
Apple Adds Features, Fixes Bugs in iMovie with 10.0....

Apple released iMovie 10.0.3 Thursday, an update that includes several feature improvements, as well as a few bug fixes. The company improved event sorting, added fonts options for titles, made it easier to edit a transition, added cropping and rotating tools, and more.


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15:03
Apple issues iMovie for Mac update with new features...

Apple rolled out an update to iMovie for Mac, bringing new sorting and font options, enhanced titles, UI tweaks and bug fixes to desktop version of its consumer level video editing app.



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15:00
Piper packs security cam, home automation hub into...

Webcams were one of the forerunners of the current Internet of Things boom, allowing smartphone-toting geeks to keep an eye on the office or homestead while out and about. Piper (starting at US$239), powered by iControl Networks, is targeted at the...

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14:51
Apple releases iMovie for Mac 10.0.3 with new...

Apple has just published its third update to the revamped Mac version of iMovie launched last year. The update, version 10.0.3, makes changes to the default font in the new titles first added to last year’s release. It also includes the ability to sort events by date to quickly find clips by when they were recorded.

Other improvements include the ability to rotate and crop clips within events rather than projects, an easier method of accessing transition duration settings, faster access to clip speed controls, improvements to how speed changes are handled, and various bugs that could cause the app to crash or not do what was expected.

You can grab the update for free in the Updates tab of the Mac App Store if you already own iMovie 10. Users on previous versions of iMovie can...

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14:42
ComiXology e-comics distributor acquired by Amazon,...

Amazon today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire digital comics vendor ComiXology for an undisclosed sum. ComiXology developed and distributes the engine used by most major comic book publishers in the United States, including Marvel and DC Comics for their privately-branded digital services....



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14:33
Deals: limited time offers knock 3 MacBooks down to...

A series of promotions this week have temporarily cut the cost of owning a new MacBook to sub-$1000 levels, with over a half dozen MacBook Airs available at an instant $100 discount and no tax in most states, while 13-inch MacBook Pros with CD/DVD iare being sold for $969.99.



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14:30
You can eat the face of Steve Jobs, if that's...

In the years since the passing of Steve Jobs we've seen countless tributes in virtually all forms, but the edible work of chef -- nay, artist -- Wilhelm Rodriguez is particularly amazing. Using your standard pizza ingredients, Rodriguez, who...

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14:29
Apple releases Xcode 5.1.1 update with bug fixes,...

Apple on Thursday released the latest update to Xcode 5.1, bringing fixes for reported bugs and overall stability improvements to the software development, debugging and testing tool.



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14:28
US FTC approves Facebook buy of WhatsApp, with...

Social network giant Facebook said earlier today that the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has approved the multi-billion-dollar acquisition of messaging service WhatsApp. As part of the deal, both companies must adhere to existing user privacy agreements, including a WhatsApp promise made while independent to not collect user personal data for targeted advertising....



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14:27
Apple Confirms Heartbleed Vulnerability Doesn’t...

Apple released a statement Thursday emphasizing that iOS, OS X, and "key services" are not affected by the OpenSSL vulnerability known as Heartbleed. The statement comes as the entire world goes nuts over the vulnerability, which is one of the biggest threats to hit the Internet in years.


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