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Wednesday February 18

06:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: Is Phorm a breakthrough...

Is Phorm a breakthrough in iPad keyboards?

This week’s roundup of iOS accessories includes the usual batteries, cables, and more; it also includes Phorm, which offers a cool new option for touch-typing on your iPad’s on-screen keyboard.

BiteMyApple

The $30 Mamba Cable is a fabric-braided, 10-foot-long charge-and-sync cable for iOS. Basically, it’s extra-long and made for extra-durable use.

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05:53
UK banks RBS & NatWest become first in country...

In an industry first, RBS and NatWest will be the inaugural apps in the U.K. to add Touch ID support to their iPhone apps, allowing users to securely log into their accounts with the use of their fingertip.

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05:49
Apple comes up against roadblocks, regulatory...

Apple may have a few roadblocks before it can get Apple Pay into the Chinese marketplace.

As introduction efforts proceed, China’s central bank, UnionPay bank-card service and e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. are standing up to Apple’s effort to bring the Apple Pay no-card-no-cash payment system to iPhone users in China.

At the same time, Apple has not yet “acknowledged regulators,” and as a result, “it’s unclear whether the product meets the government’s requirements” for a commercial operation.

Apple is also struggling with its relationship with UnionPay, China’s state-owned credit- and debit-card system operator. Sources close to the companies said that talks aimed at an agreement that would open China to Apple Pay have stalled.

The central bank official who asked not to be named said regulators have not intervened in negotiations between Apple and...

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05:16
Apple Pay accounts for 30 percent of purchases made...

Staples was an early adopter of Apple Pay, adding support for the mobile payment service at launch. The retailer accepts Apple Pay in stores and via its iOS app. While use of Apple Pay in stores is slow, the mobile payment service is a big hit among iOS app users, accounting for 30 percent of purchases made in Staples iOS app. This figure was confirmed Prat Vemana, VP of mobile commerce for Staples, and reported by Fierce Mobile.

““Right now it’s the number one payment method for us in our iOS apps,” said Prat Vemana, vice president of mobile commerce for Staples, speaking during a panel discussion hosted by Chetan Sharma Consulting in Seattle on Tuesday. Vemana said that 30 percent of purchases made in the Staples iOS apps use Apple Pay.”

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05:00
Gadget Ogling: An On-the-Go Digital Safe, a Portable...


Welcome to a new edition of Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, your weekly guide to the best and worst of gadgets that have just rolled off the production line for the first time or have the proverbial ink still drying on their press releases. On our conveyor belt this week are a gas-powered portable charger, a clever key fob, a flash drive for secret keepers and a pocket ghost detector. Please note that these are not reviews. The rating scores reflect only my interest in trying each item, and matter about as much as, well...you decide.

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04:45
Two UK banks now allowing mobile app login using...

Two UK banks–Royal Bank of Scotland and Nat West–are now allowing customers to login to their mobile banking apps using Touch ID, reports the BBC. The updated RBS app is expected to hit today, with the Nat West one following tomorrow.

RBS and NatWest customers must activate the feature with their security information, but would only need to use Apple’s Touch ID thereafter.

The banks–owned by the same parent company–said that use of Touch ID is subject to a number of security safeguards … 

First, customers choose whether or not to activate fingerprint login, and have to use their existing login details to do so. Second, Touch ID would be disabled after three failed attempts, customers having to use...

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04:14
Apple Pay top payment method in Staples iOS app,...

Staples has revealed that Apple Pay is now the most popular form of payment in its iOS app, used for 30% of purchases made using the app. Apple Pay also appears to have driven new sales, with almost two-thirds of those transactions being from first-time Stapes customers, reveals FierceMobileIT.

“Apple Pay has been one of the most successful implementations when it comes to payments. […] Right now it’s the number one payment method for us in our iOS apps,” said Prat Vemana, vice president of mobile commerce for Staples.

Vemana also revealed that while Staples has both iOS and Android apps, with usage split pretty evenly between the two, Apple owners are more profitable, generating 70% of mobile purchases … ...

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03:58
Private I: Encrypting email with public keys

In recent weeks, I’ve written about protecting data stored locally on a hard drive, against both people with physical access and potential remote attacks. But your data is much more vulnerable in transit, as it passes between end points or via servers.

This problem is effectively solved for instant messages with iMessage, which uses strong end-to-end encryption designed in such a way that—Apple says—not even they can decrypt your messages. This is accomplished by creating local encryption keys through a process that can’t be reverse-engineered on their side. Even though iMessages pass through intermediate points on the Internet, there’s no opportunity for others to grab the plain text, images, and audio within. (The same is true with FaceTime audio and video.)

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Tuesday February 17

22:38
NBC updates iOS app with live streaming in select...


NBC has followed in ABC’s footsteps and released an update for its iOS app that introduces live streaming of the network’s content directly to an iPhone or iPad. Similarly to ABC’s offering, the feature is only available in a few select cable markets that this time and requires a subscription to a cable or satellite partner.

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20:00
$40 Mac Bundle: Things, ScreenFlow, Typed, Civ,...

From 9to5Toys Specials:

Today we’ve put together a really impressive bundle of 8 Mac apps including the latest versions of Screenflow and Things (which are $100 and $40 at the Mac App Store by themselves!).

Using the coupon code ULTRAMAC5 at checkout, 9to5 readers can get an extra $5 discount over at Specials.9to5Toys.com to buy the whole bundle for $39.99 – that’s 91% off from the $...

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18:53
Apple Pay drives in-app purchases for Staples, fails...

Apple Pay's in-app purchasing capability is often overshadowed by its physical iPhone-powered NFC counterpart, but for big-box office supply chain Staples, the feature has quickly become the most popular method of payment processed by the company's iOS app.

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18:08
Thinking About the Split in Apple Watch Sales by...

Lorraine Luk and Daisuke Wakabayashi, reporting today for the WSJ, “Apple Orders More Than 5 Million Watches for Initial Run”:

Apple has asked its suppliers in Asia to make a combined five to
six million units of its three Apple Watch models during the first
quarter ahead of the product’s release in April, according to
people familiar with the matter.

I would wager — heavily — that these numbers come from supply chain sources, not Apple executives. I can’t see why anyone at Apple would see a strategic advantage to leaking these numbers, especially the split between Sport, regular, and Edition models:

Half of the first-quarter production order is earmarked for the
entry-level Apple Watch Sport model, while the mid-tied Apple
Watch is expected to account for one-third of output, one of these
people said.

Orders...

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18:03
Congressman and civil rights activist John Lewis...

Honored to host @RepJohnLewis at Apple today. His 50-year march for justice and equality inspires us. @MARCHTrilogy http://t.co/I5ye7OdIDi


Tim Cook (@tim_cook) February 17, 2015

Georgia Congressman John Lewis took a tour of Apple’s headquarters with CEO Tim Cook today. Lewis is in town to promote his new graphic novel focusing on the civil rights movement, March: Book Two. Cook tweeted the photo with Lewis above earlier tonight.

Lewis also addressed Apple employees during an event held on campus today. Last year Apple revealed its diversity statistics for the...

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17:51
Civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis visits Apple HQ...

Georgia congressman and civil rights activist John Lewis was a guest speaker at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., on Tuesday, where he touted his new graphic novel and talked one-on-one with CEO Tim Cook in a closed door meeting.

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16:32
NSA Suspected of Spreading Super-Resistant Malware


Kaspersky Lab on Tuesday announced the discovery of what may be the most sophisticated malware ever. The malware's creators, whom Kaspersky has dubbed "The Equation Group," use a never-seen-before tactic to infect hard drives' firmware. The technique "makes traditional antivirus and antimalware software practically useless," said Protegrity VP of Products Yigal Rozenberg. Most of the attacks hit Windows PCs, although Mac OS X users in China also have been hit, and iOS is vulnerable as well.

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16:23
Apple Patents Head-Mounted iPhone

mpicpp sends word of a patent newly awarded to Apple, #8,957,835, which describes a head-mounted apparatus that uses an iPhone (or iPod) as a display. The device "temporarily integrates or merges both mechanically and electronically a head-mounted device with a portable electronic device." It sounds a bit like Samsung's Gear VR headset, and many outlets are reporting it as being a virtual reality device. However, the patent itself doesn't mention VR, and it was filed in 2008, long before the VR rush of the past few years. That said, Apple has recently been trying to hire engineers with experience developing VR-related software, so it's something they could be evaluating.

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16:15
The Week in Mac Apps: Apps for geography, file...

Apps for geography, file management, and more

In this week’s roundup of new Mac apps, you’ll find a new way to keep your files organized, a little math help for your kids, and the answer to every geography question you could ever imagine.

Chikoo 1.0

Coding Turtle’s $21 Chikoo (Mac App Store Link) helps you organize your files into lists and libraries that transcend the layout of your disk storage.

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16:10
Apple's iPhone, iPad, MacBook, Beats headphones...

Apple's flagship products led the pack in the 2015 Customer Loyalty Engagement Index from brand research consultancy Brand Keys, with the iPhone, iPad, MacBook and Beats headphones all considered leaders in their respective categories.

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16:09
VLC 3.0 will gain support for Chromecast streaming...

The popular VLC media player will be upgraded to version 3.0 soon, introducing a whole host of features to the software, including support for Google’s Chromecast streaming device. The change was mentioned in a VLC change log on the VideoLan website.

VLC for iOS was recently re-added to the App Store after being pulled several times for licensing issues and other problems.

Chromecast support in VLC will allow users to stream their stored media to their TVs from supported devices, including iPhones, iPads, and Macs. Android devices and computers running Windows are also expected to get the upgrade....

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16:00
Daily Deals for February 17, 2015

It's time to save some of your hard-earned money with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive deals for AWT readers, hardware discounts and our own handpicked iOS and OS X sales. All prices are USD and subject to change. Please check prices before you purchase as some deals may expire quickly.

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Simon 4.0 [OS X; On sale for $49.00, down from $99.00] AppleWorld.Today is pleased to offer an exclusive deal on Simon 4.0 by Dejal Systems. Simon is a robust site monitoring tool for OS X that checks servers for changes or failures and notifies you when a change is detected. The app sends a notification via email, sound, speech, Twitter, or a variety of other means.

The native Mac utility can be used to monitor both your own website and servers as well as external sites. You can use it to track your...

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15:22
Sony Gets Glassy-Eyed


Sony's SmartEyeglass Developer Edition SED-E1 will be available generally next month in the United States, the UK, Germany and Japan. The smart glasses -- Sony's first -- also will be released in March to business customers in France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands and Sweden. Sony's SmartEyeglass, priced at $840, resembles a regular pair of eyeglasses with a sporty black frame design. It features a transparent 8-bit display screen that allows the wearer to read emails and other notifications pushed from a compatible device.

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15:08
Tech journalist Chris Breen leaves Macworld for job...

Five months after Macworld shipped its last print magazine in September, senior editor and Mac guru Chris Breen on Tuesday announced he will soon leave the publication to take on an unannounced role at Apple.

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14:50
∞ Apple, Beats win customer satisfaction survey

It will probably not come as a great surprise to learn that Apple won in a number of categories for 2015 customer satisfaction survey. The study, conducted by market research brand keys, also gave Apple subsidiary Beats an award as well. [...]

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14:50
Longtime Macworld editor Chris Breen heads to Apple

Our congratulations go out to Chris Breen, a fixture in the world of Apple journalism over the past few decades at both Macworld and MacUser. Breen made the word official on his personal blog, saying "Just a note to say that I’ve left Macworld to work for a Cupertino-based technology company you may be familiar with."

Breen's departure comes after parent company IDG laid off a number of employees in September of 2014, shuttering the 30-year-old Macworld magazine and leaving a much smaller staff in place at its home on the web. 

With his move to Apple -- where his new position is unknown -- Breen is giving up his life as a well-known writer, podcaster, and musician:

“As part of this change I’ll be leaving the public stage as Chris Breen Technology Guy (though I may still pop up as Chris Breen Musician Guy at a saloon near you). When the mood strikes I’ll continue...

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14:35
Long-time Macworld editor Chris Breen joins Apple

Chris Breen, a long-time writer and Senior Editor for Macworld, has decided to leave a long-time career of journalism covering the Cupertino company and take his talents straight to Apple itself.

According to a post on his personal blog:

Just a note to say that I’ve left Macworld to work for a Cupertino-based technology company you may be familiar with.

There are loads of reasons for the change, but blend them together and they add up to my desire to try something different before I don the large shorts and spend the bulk of my remaining days looking for my misplaced spectacles.

“Chris has been such an essential staff member that the word “essential” seems woefully inadequate to describe him,” wrote Macworld’s Susie Ochs....

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13:58
Apple's big-screen iPhone 6 and 6 Plus lead to...

A fresh report from research firm IDC published on Tuesday found Apple's share of the Chinese smartphone market nearly doubled over the fourth quarter of 2014, while rival Samsung saw its share further deteriorate as competing Android makers gained ground with low-cost device alternatives.

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13:50
Review: iLynx 3 changes the shape and feature set of...

Accessing a Mac’s rear-facing ports can be a hassle, particularly when you’re using short cables. To eliminate that issue, Moshi’s original iLynx combined four USB 2.0 and two FireWire 400 ports into a triangular hub designed primarily to sit in front of an iMac. Later, a cosmetically near-identical sequel called iLynx 800 modestly updated the accessory by updating the ports to FireWire 800.

With FireWire dead and USB 3.0 growing in popularity, there’s a new iLynx in town. iLynx 3 ($60) drops FireWire entirely in favor of an all-USB approach, relying on a combination of USB and wall power to connect up to four devices to your Mac....

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13:31
Tip of the Day: Improving In-Car Voice Navigation...

For users who rely on the Apple Maps app for in-car navigation, Apple snuck a handy feature into iOS 7.1. While getting voice navigation prompts has never been a problem if you’re already listening to music from your iPhone, users who prefer to listen to the radio or some other audio source normally had a problem hearing audio prompts through their in-car system. If you’re running iOS 7.1 or later, however, and have a supported in-car…

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13:15
News: Apple Watch: more than 5M units for first run...

Apple has asked suppliers to manufacture five to six million units of its upcoming Apple Watch for the product’s first run, The Wall Street Journal reports. Half of that total will be made up of the lower-end Apple Watch Sport, which will start at $349. A third of the production will be dedicated to the mid-tier model, with the remaining amount — about a sixth of the initial total, based on these figures — to be the high-end Apple Watch…

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12:56
IDC: Xiaomi’s growth tops Samsung in China, but...

According to the latest numbers from IDC, Xiaomi—the rising star of the smartphone industry—has managed to pass up Samsung in China. In 2013, Xiaomi trailed Samsung’s almost 19% market share by a solid 13 percentage points (at just 5.3%), and was only the 5th largest maker of smartphones in China. Things changed in 2014. Last year, Xiaomi finished off with 12.5% of the market, almost a half-point more than Samsung at 12.1%, taking the top spot and passing not just Samsung, but Lenovo, Huawei, and Coolpad as well.

Interestingly, though, the latest numbers also show that Apple’s launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus contributed to a decent size dent in both Samsung and Xiaomi’s market footprint in Q4 of last year....

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12:43
Macworld salutes Chris Breen (our loss is Apple...

If you haven’t caught this week’s Mac 911 yet, I’ve got a bit of a spoiler for a column that typically isn’t something you can spoil. Macworld’s esteemed senior editor, Chris Breen, is leaving us. The rest of the staff and I are, of course, incredibly bummed. But we’re also very happy for him, since he’s departing in order to take a job at a certain computer company in Cupertino. They’re very lucky to have him.

Chris has been such an essential staff member that the word “essential” seems woefully inadequate to describe him. From hosting and producing the Macworld Podcast and ultra-useful weekly Macworld Video, to answering your burning questions in the Mac 911 column, to expertly evaluating Apple products...

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12:22
Dropbox adds iOS 8 sharing extension, Google Play...

A pair of Silicon Valley heavyweights updated their popular iOS apps on Tuesday, with Dropbox allowing users to upload files via iOS 8's sharing menu and Google unveiling a redesigned, universal version of its Play Music app.

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12:20
Dropbox 3.7 for iOS adds action extension to save...

There's an update to the Dropbox iOS app today that adds the ability to "save files straight to Dropbox from your favorite apps." 

The update also provides some bug fixes and improvements mainly related to moving and deleting files, printing, exporting, and how RTF previews are handled, but the action extension is perhaps the most welcome addition to the app. 

Provided that the app you're working with uses the standard iOS share menu, you can save files to your main Dropbox folder or select a specific folder in which to save the document. Once the destination has been selected, a tap on a Save button uploads the file and a progress bar shows how the upload is going.

Our take on the news: This is a surprisingly powerful update, since it's no longer necessary to authenticate a Dropbox account with a third-party app if it...

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11:56
54% of all email in the UK is opened on Apple devices

Image by spiffingsailor / wallpaperkid.com

Engage Customer reported an astonishing statistic last week -- 54% of all email in the UK is opened on an Apple device, while only 8% is opened on Android devices and that number is falling quickly. The data comes from SendGrid, which analyzed millions of emails opened during 10-day periods at the start of 2014 and 2015.

According to the data, France, Germany, Spain and Italy are all seeing similar trends -- 47% of emails in France and Spain are opened on Apple devices, 50% in Italy, and 46% in Germany. 

Oddly enough, BlackBerry showed a year-to-year increase of 20% in terms of email opens on a device platform. It's assumed that privacy concerns have made the company's email platform more attractive. Nokia saw a huge drop in the number of emails...

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11:46
Report alleges iBooks antitrust monitor has...

A scathing critique of Michael Bromwich, the lawyer overseeing Apple after it lost an iBooks antitrust lawsuit, alleges that he has unfairly billed the company some $2.65 million for investigative practices that have gone well beyond the initial intent of his role.

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11:46
Apple reportedly terminated contract w/ Alabama...

Tim Cook’s Apple is no stranger to standing up for social issues including marriage equality.

Almost a year ago to date, the company—not just Tim Cook—voiced public opposition to anti-gay legislation in Arizona which was surprisingly vetoed after weeks of public attention. The company also embraced last year’s annual Pride parade in San Francisco with an official video highlighting participation by thousand of employees and family members. There’s also Tim Cook’s widely praised essay published last year in which he first publicly acknowledged being gay—a first for a Fortune 500 chief executive.

So when Apple realized it hired a former...

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11:45
Google Play Music for iOS updated w/ Material Design...



Google this afternoon has begun rolling out a major update to the Play Music app on iOS. The update packs a handful of new features and enhancements, including a totally refreshed Material Design interface, and for the first time, an iPad optimized interface, as well.

Google touts that this update offers new album and artist description pages with a new, cleaner design as well as a more immersive Now Playing experience with album artwork taking up the entire display. Perhaps most notably, there is also now an iPad-specifc design for Play Music...

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11:30
Office for iOS picks up support for iCloud Drive,...

When the new Office for iOS apps launched, the only way to sync files across multiple devices was to store them in Microsoft's own OneDrive service. In November, Microsoft and Dropbox partnered up, giving the third-party service most of the same features as OneDrive (absent real-time collaborative editing).

Today, a new update for the iOS apps added support for iCloud Drive, the cloud storage platform Apple introduced last fall alongside OS X Yosemite. If you're signed into iCloud on your iPad or iPhone, you'll automatically be able to view, search, open, and edit your documents through iOS' native iCloud Drive file picker.

If you prefer to use other cloud storage platforms, this new update also adds support for the ...

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11:24
Can you guess the price of the 18-karat gold Apple...

Can you guess the price of the gold Apple Watch? There has been a lot of speculation about how much the 42mm and 38mm versions of the 18-karat Apple Watch Edition will cost, but we wanted to poll the 9to5Mac community to see where everyone stands. Put your guess in the comments, vote using the polls below, and we’ll check back in April to point fingers, etc.

Apple should hold a Price is Right contest for the gold Watch. Winner gets a free one.


Mark Gurman (@markgurman) February 17, 2015

We do have some clues about how much it might cost: We reported recently that Apple Stores are being prepped with jewelry store-style touches for the Apple Watch launch, including safes that will store the expensive 18-karat gold Watch...

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11:02
BlackBerry fires another legal salvo at Ryan...

Redesigning its flagship product has not been enough to keep Typo out of BlackBerry's line of fire, as the Canadian smartphone maker has once again filed suit alleging that the second-generation Typo "slavishly copied" BlackBerry's own keyboard designs.

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11:00
Review: NewerTech NuGuard KX for iPhone 6 and iPhone...

NewerTech's NuGuard KX case for iPhone 6 ($29) and iPhone 6 Plus ($39) uses what the company describes as X-Orbing Gel, which is said to absorb and evenly distribute kinetic energy in the case of drops. NuGuard KX is a co-molded one piece case with a soft inner lining and harder, yet still flexible, outer shell. There's button coverage for the volume controls and sleep/wake button, but not the ringer switch — though that's deep enough within the thick side to be protected from most all drops. NewerTech offers a limited lifetime warranty for the NuGuard KX, claiming that if it ever breaks, the company will replace it with a new case.{/exp:char_limit}
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10:36
First-gen Apple Watch may have had assorted health-...

Sometimes you have to slim down your feature list to make a shipping date.

An interesting piece by the Wall Street Journal revealed that Apple may have cut multiple planned health features to allow the first generation of the Apple Watch to ship on time.

The report states that the features would have contained an array of sensors to help measure a wearer’s health, albeit the first demo units of the wearable device apparently showed no such sensors in that model.

Some of those features, like the ability to track stress and blood pressure, were simply too complex to institute, or ran the risk of triggering government regulation that the company wanted to avoid. In other cases, sensor makers weren’t able to meet Apple’s standards.

The article also states that the sensors’ performance was very inconsistent, with a host of new and unpredictable variables that ranged...

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10:02
Dropbox gets more powerful on iOS 8 with new sharing...


Dropbox for iPhone and iPad users is getting a lot more powerful today as the latest version includes a new action extension for iOS 8. This allows you to save information from various apps to Dropbox on iOS without having to open the cloud-syncing app.

For example, you can send photos directly to Dropbox from the iOS Photos app making uploading images to the cloud service much easier than before. You can also use the new action extension to save text files to Dropbox but entries you create in the iOS Notes app. For files you come across on the...

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10:02
Apple awarded PrimeSense patent for 3D virtual...

While the reason behind Apple's acquisition of PrimeSense remains unknown, the Cupertino company was awarded a PrimeSense patent on Tuesday describing 3D camera system allowing for an entirely new type of virtual keyboard.

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09:53
Apple Watch might fall short on the fitness front

Apple Watch has been in development since 2011, but health-tracking sensors haven’t improved enough in the last four years to make Apple’s wearable an essential fitness accessory. So Apple is reportedly launching Apple Watch with more limited health and fitness capabilities than the company had initially wanted.

When Apple Watch was first conceived, the company’s higher-ups dreamed of a health-focused wearable that would go beyond heart-rate monitoring to track blood pressure, stress levels, and other metrics. That didn’t quite pan out, according to a Tuesday report in the Wall Street Journal. Sensor setbacks and the threat of regulatory holdups have effectively watered down the first-generation Apple Watch’s health-first focus, so Apple is repositioning the wearable as a multifunctional device.

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09:50
Volume NOT running on MDC using OS 10.8.5

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Hello!
I have a SAN deployd on a TV Station in Brazil, they are using Mac OS 10.8.5, with two redundant MDC's (two MacPro) with about 20 clients all running 10.8.5 as well.
About a week ago, the MDC2 show a little yellow triangle with the following message: The Volume Is not Running On MDC2.
The volume is up and running on all controllers and clients.

In the log theres this error:

[0804 17:24:49.261166] 0x108b22000 (Debug) sigwait returned signal 3
[0804 17:24:49] 0x108b22000 (Info) Quit Signal. Shutting down file system.
[0804 17:24:49.762212] 0x108b22000 (Debug) PioRIOQuiescent: All devices are idle.
[0804 17:24:49] 0x108b22000 (**FATAL**) PANIC...

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09:16
9to5Toys Last Call: iPad deals galore, Audio-...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call updates:

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09:00
MacBook becomes the set for upcoming Modern Family...

Image from Modern Family "Connection Lost", via The Verge

Re/code is reporting that an upcoming episode of ABC's comedy "Modern Family" will seem oddly familiar to Mac, iPhone and iPad users. That's because the entire episode -- titled "Connection Lost" -- will play out on a MacBook screen, with characters appearing in FaceTime calls, on Facebook, in email messages, and so forth.

In the episode, Claire Dunphy (played by Julie Bowen) is stuck at an airport and wants to talk to her daughter Haley (Sarah Hyland) for reconciliation after a fight. The entire story revolves around the screen of Claire's MacBook, with her using all the means at her disposal to try to reach her daughter.

For authenticity, the entire episode was shot with an iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2 tablets. The Mac screen, however, needed to be rendered so that it...

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08:56
Review: Speck’s CandyShell Grip + Inked offer ideal...

I prefer to start iPhone case reviews with a photo showing the iPhone within a case, so you can immediately see how your device would look inside. For Speck’s new iPhone 6 Plus versions of the super-popular CandyShell, I’m doing something different, because the magic here is hidden inside the case. CandyShell’s one-piece, co-molded design — textured rubber inside with hard plastic outside — has been copied (and admired within the accessory industry) more than almost any case feature in the past five years. With military-grade drop protection and the ability to absorb scratches, CandyShells are the cases I’ve historically used to keep all of my personal iPhones in perfect shape, and I’ve loved them.

That changed with the iPhone 6 Plus. Until now, Speck didn’t have a plain old version of CandyShell available, so I switched over to...

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08:52
Rumor: Apple to add Touch ID to Retina MacBook Air...

Apple may be planning an expansion of its Touch ID fingerprint authentication technology to its portable computers and peripherals in advance of a larger Apple Pay rollout, according to a Tuesday report out of Taiwan.

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08:49
BlackBerry again sues Ryan Seacrest’s Typo for...

Following a US District Judge in San Francisco ordering Typo to pay BlackBerry $860,000, the Ryan Seacrest-backed company now faces another suit from the Canadian smartphone maker for continuing to sell its iPhone case with an integrated hardware keyboard.

The Hollywood Reporter says that BlackBerry has filed a new complaint against Typo in California this week claiming the company’s latest products “slavishly copied…down to the smallest detail, including the layout of the keyboard itself, the shapes of the keys, and the surface sculpting of the keys.”

When news of the previous ruling broke, Typo said...

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08:38
Google removes Sparrow email client from iOS &...

Google acquired the popular email client Sparrow back in 2012 and announced that the entire team would be joining Google to work on Gmail. Since that acquisition, Sparrow apps received only a handful of updates and have been seemingly neglected in favor of Google’s new Inbox initiative. Over the past few days, however, Sparrow appears to have received the final nail in its coffin as it has been removed from both the Mac App Store and iOS App Store (via TechCrunch).

The last time the $2.99 email app appeared in the iOS App Store was February 12th, while the $9.99 Mac app was last available on...

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08:38
News: Daily Deal: Save Over 77% on Anonymizer...

In today’s iLounge Deal we’re offering you a great price on a three-year subscription to Anonymizer Universal VPN – only $55, or almost 80% off the normal price. Designed to secure your browsing and make you more anonymous while online, Anonymizer provides a secure VPN that protects against government oversight, hackers, unsecured public Wi-Fi, and online activity logging and tracking, by encrypting your Internet connection and tunnelling…

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08:30
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Sizer [iPhone; Now free, down from $1.99] Sizer application can help you to choose the right size of clothes in the U.S., Europe, the U.K., Japan or Russia.

HDR Basics HD [iPad; Now free, down from $5.99] Learn how to create stunning HDR photos using the world leading HDR software Photomatix.

CloudPlayer Pro - music player of audio files from cloud storages [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $4.99] Player of your...

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08:16
Apple Inc Campus 2, Phase 2 plans R&D facilities...

Apple is moving forward with advanced plans for Phase 2 of its ambitious Campus 2 project, including testing workshops and research and development facilities with enough room to develop and test new products the size of an automobile.

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08:08
Rumor says Touch ID coming to MacBooks and Magic...

When Apple develops a new technology or feature for its hardware, it typically rolls it out on one product then expands it to the rest of the line. For example, Touch ID launched for the iPhone in 2013 and made its way to the iPad with the iPad Air 2 in 2014. For 2015, Touch ID may make its debut on the Mac, according to a rumor from website apple.club.tw. According to the blog, which published legitimate photos of iPad Air 2 Touch ID and A8X chip components last fall, Touch ID will come to Macs this year to enable Apple Pay functionality…

The website says that the...

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08:06
Apple tested (and cut) more advanced fitness sensors...

The Apple Watch that Apple showed off at its September event has a few fitness features. It can track the number of steps you've taken, whether you've been standing or sitting, and the number of calories you've burned. It uses a combination of an accelerometer, heart rate sensor, and your iPhone's GPS to track this data, and its functionality as a fitness gadget is mostly related to the way and catalogues and sets goals based on that data.

According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Apple's original plans for the watch included other sensors that provided more detailed data. A sensor that "measured the conductivity of skin" to "gauge stress" and track heart rate was axed because it didn't work consistently. Dry skin, hairy arms, and the tightness of the watch on the wrist all affected the accuracy of the sensor. A more conventional...

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08:00
News: Apple nixed health features from Apple Watch

Apple had originally intended for the upcoming Apple Watch to have a much stronger focus on health-related features, a new report by The Wall Street Journal reveals. Seemingly confirming early rumors, the report notes that Apple had wanted to position the Apple Watch as a “state-of-the-art health-monitoring device” that would be able to monitor blood pressure, heart activity, stress levels, and more. In the end, however, Apple found that…

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07:45
Tally 2 is a helpful eyes-free counter for iPhone...

Agile Tortoise's Tally 2 for iPhone and iPad (universal, free with in-app purchase) is a no-look, incremental counter app that's simple and useful. It does one thing, really -- count up or down -- in a super simple manner. I can think of two perfect uses for Tally 2, but first let's look at this update. 

Using Tally 2

Tally 2 is beyond simple to use. You'll start by creating a new "tally." Tap the hash marks in the upper left-hand corner to bring up the Tallies screen. Then, tap the "+", again in the upper left. That's it. Tap the "<" in the upper right to get counting. 

Now, whenever you need to add a point of data, just tap the screen. An audible "pop" confirms that the app has recorded the data, so you can concentrate on what you're recording, and not the device's screen. That's really handy, especially in one of the scenarios I'll describe later. 

You can customize a tally's settings....

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07:30
News: Apple WatchKit developers attending workshops...

Apple has invited several third-party iOS app developers to Cupertino to provide assistance with testing and finalizing Apple Watch apps, 9to5Mac reports. The company is apparently also holding workshops for over 100 different developers throughout the month of February. The select group of developers reportedly includes companies working on sports applications, productivity software, banking applications for Apple Pay functionality, and more. As…

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07:19
Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ bonus tracks coming to iTunes

Taylor Swift announced last night that she is making the bonus tracks from her insanely popular newest album ‘1989’ available on iTunes. This morning, Swift released the first bonus track, “Wonderland” on iTunes, with two more still to come. “You Are In Love” is the next bonus track on the album and was produced by Jack Antonoff of Bleachers and ‘fun.’ fame. The third bonus single still to come is entitled “New Romantics.”

Previously, these three tracks had been available on a Target-exclusive deluxe edition of 1989 and in select countries outside of the...

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07:13
Upcoming Modern Family episode shot w/ iPhone &...

An upcoming episode of the popular ABC show Modern Family will take place entirely on a MacBook as the characters use FaceTime and other services to communicate, as noted by Recode:

The episode revolves around Claire Dunphy, a working mother of three played by Julie Bowen, who is stuck in an airport and desperate to reach her daughter, Haley, to reconcile after a fight. The story plays out on her Macbook, as she employs all the forms of modern communication at her disposal, from email to FaceTime to Facebook, in an attempt to locate her eldest child, played by Sarah Hyland.

Not only will the upcoming episode take place on a MacBook screen, the report adds that it “was shot entirely with Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2 tablets.”

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07:07
Apple Pay China expansion reportedly stalled by...

We learned last fall that Apple plans to bring Apple Pay to China by partnering with UnionPay. Code found within iOS pointed to Apple preparing its mobile payment service for China while MarketWatch reported Apple was working on a deal with the institution. Several months later, however, MarketWatch now reports that Apple is “struggling with its relationship with UnionPay,” adding that Apple has not yet established an agreement it hoped to reach by March.

The report also describes security concerns from regulators in China over Apple Pay as reasons for its international roll...

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07:02
Apple granted patent for Google Cardboard/Samsung-...

Apple is about to go head-to-head with Google on smartwatches and also encroaching on Google’s territory with research into electric and possibly autonomous vehicles, but what about virtual reality? Today we get a look at yet another area in which Apple might compete with Google as the US Patent and Trademark office grants a patent to Apple for a Google Cardboard/Samsung-Oculus style VR headset for iPhone (via PatentlyApple).

It isn’t the first time we’ve heard of such a device from Apple, but up until now...

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06:50
Apple's iMessage, FaceTime, and OS X take...

A forthcoming episode of hit television comedy Modern Family puts Apple's iOS and OS X communication services -- notably iMessage and FaceTime -- front and center, with the production crew shooting footage exclusively on the iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2.

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06:46
Microsoft Office apps for iOS updated to 1.6, add...

This should come in handy.

A recent update of Microsoft’s Office for iOS now includes support for iCloud.

Microsoft’s vaunted word processor, spreadsheet and presentation apps now use iCloud as a document storage provider. Documents can be opened, edited, and saved directly to and from the service for users on iOS 8.

Alongside iCloud support, Microsoft promises unspecified “bug fixes” in the latest versions.

The update comes just over three months after Microsoft overhauled the suite to allow users to create and edit documents without an Office365 subscription. Those new versions used Dropbox as a backend storage provider, and also brought the suite to the iPhone.

Microsoft brought Office to the iPad last March after years of stop-and-start development. In January, the company added Outlook, based on technology acquired from former top-selling iOS...

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06:42
News: Daily Deal: MOOV Wearable Fitness Coach

Today in iLounge Deals you can pick up the MOOV Wearable Fitness Coach for only $69 – that’s almost half off the normal price. This fitness accessory not only tracks your distance and calories, but also includes intelligent motion detectors that can reconstruct your movements in 3D to provide real-time performance insights. The MOOV will tell you what you’re doing wrong and how to fix it while providing you inspiration to get into better…

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06:34
Apple wins patent for a head-mounted iPhone virtual...

In a concept similar to Samsung's Gear VR, Apple has been awarded a patent for a device that would allow an iPhone to serve as the display for a portable virtual reality headset.

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06:30
Hacker group may have hidden within the NSA for 14...

This goes into the category of “man, it’s long, but you’ve got to read it”.

An article on Ars Technica discusses the Equation Group, a group of hackers that had an incredible amount of success, were able to use revolutionary methods in their work and may have been embedded within the National Security Agency.

In addition to the findings, researchers within the Kaspersky Group found “redirects that sent iPhone users to unique exploit Web pages. In addition, infected machines reporting to Equation Group command servers identified themselves as Macs, an indication that the group successfully compromised both iOS and OS X devices.”

So, not even Apple’s protocols were safe thanks to a group that had access to all the coolest toys and may have been embedded within the NSA for 14 years.

It’s a rough world out there where security is concerned, but definitely read the article...

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05:59
Microsoft updates Office for iOS apps w/ support for...

Microsoft is today rolling out an update to its Office apps for iOS devices bringing the ability to save to iCloud and tap into storage from other services across all three apps.

The update is available today for Microsoft’s Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for iPhone and iPad. Users will be prompted to update to Apple’s new iCloud Drive feature to take advantage if they haven’t...

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05:37
Microsoft adds iCloud save support to its Office...

Users of Microsoft's mobile productivity suite for iOS have new storage and synchronization options for documents, following an update to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint that adds support for Apple's iCloud.

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05:23
5M+ Apple Watch units to be built for launch, 18k...

Apple and its suppliers are gearing up for the debut of the Apple Watch in April, with the company reportedly ordering between 5 million and 6 million units with prices ranging from $349 to thousands of dollars.

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05:03
WSJ: Apple forced to abandon health features of the...

According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple was forced to abandon some of the advanced health functions of its Watch product. The Watch originally was designed to "measure blood pressure, heart activity and stress levels, among other things." Those plans changed when sensor technology limitations made it difficult to implement these features in a watch form factor

“Development languished because much of the health-sensor technology failed to meet Apple’s standards, these people said.
...
These features were shelved for the first version of the watch, but they may be included in future models, the people familiar with the matter said.”

http://www.wsj.com/articles/...

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05:00
Encryption Can Create Stormy Weather in the Cloud


Encryption has received a lot of attention lately as a solution to the growing data-breach problem, but one of the hang-ups dogging the technology has been its ability to play nice in the cloud. That's especially true if an organization wants to control the keys by which its data is scrambled and use cloud services beyond simple storage. For example, if a cloud provider can't decrypt a client's data, it could break the provider's antivirus, data loss prevention, file preview function and text indexing, as well as pose performance challenges.

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03:14
Think Retro: The Macintosh Portable is about as...

In the picture above, I am holding a Macintosh Portable, the spiritual ancestor of the MacBook Air. Well, that’s what I’m holding in my left hand; in my right, for reasons which will shortly become clear, I’m holding a sack of potatoes.

Yes, the Macintosh Portable is the spiritual ancestor of the MacBook Air in that it took everything that was great about the Mac and made it portable, and it’s even true that the basic recipe of a screen, keyboard, pointing device, battery, CPU, and storage all wrapped up in a clamshell design is common to both—but the difference in weight is staggering. That’s an apt adjective, too, since unless you’re prepared for it, if someone hands you a Macintosh Portable you are apt to stagger a little as your center of gravity shifts unexpectedly.

To read this article in full or to...

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Monday February 16

21:22
Apple Pay reportedly faces uphill battle in China as...

According to a report late Monday, Apple is looking to expand Apple Pay operations into China, but the company may face an uphill battle as partnership talks with state-owned credit card operator UnionPay have stalled.

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19:32
Apple scrapped advanced Apple Watch health...

In designing its first wearable device in the Apple Watch, Apple looked to incorporate a variety of highly advanced health functions with an eye on creating a holistic monitoring device, but ultimately scrapped those plans due to technological and regulatory hurdles.

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19:12
WSJ: Apple struggled to find purpose for Apple Watch...

The Wall Street Journal revealed tonight that many of the planned health features that Apple intended to include in its first-generation wearable were cut from the final product.

Early reports on the progress of the device’s creation indicated that it would boast an array of sensors for measuring many different facets of a wearer’s health, but when Apple demoed the first unit last year, those sensors were nowhere to be found.

Some of those features, like the ability to track ...

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17:58
9to5Mac report: Apple is helping developers polish...

The expected launch of the Apple Watch isn't until April, but 9to5Mac is reporting today that a number of developers have been invited to Cupertino to test and finalize apps for the highly-anticipated device. According to the report:

"The developers invited by Apple to Cupertino range from those behind titles for sports applications and productivity software. Apple has also been meeting with banks to work on WatchKit applications that assist with the Apple Watch’s Apple Pay functionality. Besides U.S.-based banks, Apple has been working on WatchKit apps with developers from Germany-based banks, which indicates Apple is likely in talks with more foreign banks to expand Apple Pay to more countries across the world."

The article also notes that there is a sense of urgency around the meetings, presumably in order to have a good number of smoothly-...

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17:18
SoHo Apple Store holds workshops with fashionistas...

Starting Monday, the SoHo Apple Store will play host to fashion industry insiders as an unofficial extension of New York's Fashion Week, with special in-store discussions on creativity, style and digital media running through Thursday.

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16:08
[Sponsor] Igloo

Most “intranets” suck. And the tools that claim to be “social”, focus too much on conversation, at the expense of process and information. So that traditional intranet stuff — like making sure all employees have read the company policy or approved the latest version of that document — is all but forgotten.

Igloo is an intranet you’ll actually like – integrating all the elements you need in a single place to work. Igloo lets your company or team share news, organize your files, coordinate calendars and manage projects, all in one place. And if you want to confirm that Bob over in accounting has read that critical piece of information in Igloo, it’s as simple as sending a read receipt in your email (but way less annoying)

Sound too good to be true? Sign up now and try Igloo yourself — completely free of charge for up to 10 team members.

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14:26
Video reveals close-up look of Apple's...

A new video obtained by AppleInsider on Monday reveals more detail on Apple's camera-equipped minivans, with views of the interior showing at least two people man the vehicles during testing operations.

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14:05
How-To: Update your old MacBook, Mac mini, or Mac...

My Mac is now silent. After installing a solid state drive (SSD) with no moving parts, the drone of my iMac’s hard drive and fans has given way to such an absence of sound that I only hear the high-pitched squeal of my office lights.

My Mac is now fast. Even with 400GB of available space, OS X Yosemite’s constant hard drive accessing had brought my quad-core, 3.4GHz Core i7 machine to its knees. Now I’m seeing five times the hard drive speeds, apps are loading instantly, and my iMac feels as responsive as the MacBooks and iPads that beat it to the SSD game.

Last week, buoyed by (finally!) reasonable SSD prices and a desire to try a DIY project, I walked through the steps to replace a prior-generation iMac’s hard drive with an SSD. Similarly excited readers have pointed out that older MacBooks and certain other ...

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14:04
Opinion: Apple Pay is easier than swiping a card …...

Apple unveiled its mobile payment service Apple Pay last September alongside the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch later rolling it out to new iPhone users in October through the free iOS 8.1 software update. Dozens of banks and credit unions have flipped the switch on Apple Pay since then as more merchants have announced support or plans to accept the new payment method.

Apple Pay, which allows users to securely pay in stores using the latest models of the iPhone simply by placing the smartphone near a special terminal, uses your existing credit or debit card without revealing personal...

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13:57
Apple invites developers to Cupertino to finish...

Apple has been working with several third-party App Store developers at its Cupertino, California offices to assist developers in finishing up applications for the upcoming Apple Watch. Development and design representatives from dozens of different development firms have visited Apple last week, or are coming to Cupertino this week, to work with Apple engineers to finish up WatchKit-based applications. One source claims that Apple is holding workshops for over 100 different developers across February. Apple also met with a smaller number of developers to assist with WatchKit development and discuss future plans in early January…

The developers invited by Apple to Cupertino range from those behind titles for sports...

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13:00
Speck CandyShell INKED case for iPhone 6 Plus

Speck candyshell inked case for iphone 6 plus. photo for apple world today © steven sande all rights reserved

Today I'm taking a look at the Speck CandyShell INKED case for iPhone 6 Plus (US$44.95 MSRP, $39.95 through Amazon - affiliate link). For those who have opted for the biggest iPhone around, the CandyShell INKED is a protective and stylish case with a price tag that won't scare you away. Speck is a long-time manufacturer with a great reputation for quality, so you're getting a product that's going to last.

Let's start with a few specifications. The case weighs just 1.6 ounces (45.36 grams), and is just slightly larger than the iPhone 6 Plus itself. While it's light and slim, it offers features you're not going to see with a lot of iPhone...

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12:11
Proposed FAA rules would restrict private drone use...

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has proposed a set of rules that would restrict the use of drones in the sky, placing new qualifications on private enthusiasts and seemingly striking a serious blow to Amazon's airborne delivery plans.

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11:42
What the tech world doesn’t understand about fashion

Racked:

It’s pure arrogance for Silicon Valley to imagine that it can make wearables cool by hiring a few fashion people, putting the product on a runway, or throwing money at “collaborations” with brands. This is a new game they’re trying to play, one with different rules. The rollout of the Apple Watch would look much different if it were orchestrated by a brand like Chanel. Instead of being released at $350, it would hit stores with a price tag in the thousands. Consumers would clamor to get their hands on one, only to be stymied by limited runs, which would further stoke desire. Only after a few years of artificial scarcity would it enjoy wider release.

I have the fashion sense of a hobo so I have no idea if this piece is an accurate portrayal or not but it is an interesting take on the subject.

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11:31
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 16...

Notable software releases this week include Hazel 3.3.4, Microsoft Office 2011 14.4.8, BusyCal 2.6.4, and PDFpen and PDFpenPro 7.0.2.

 

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11:31
ExtraBITS for 16 February 2015

In ExtraBITS this week, Aperture is leaving the Mac App Store, The New Yorker profiles Apple design head Jony Ive, Managing Editor Josh Centers chats with the Tech Night Owl, U.S. carriers now have to unlock your paid-off smartphone, and Apple’s Activation Lock is preventing iPhone thefts.

 

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11:20
Jean-Louis Gassée's contrarian view of the...

image via vecci.org.au

One of the newsletters that I look forward to reading each week is the Monday Note, edited by Frédéric Filloux and ex-Apple executive Jean-Louis Gassée. Not only is the Monday Note fascinating to read, but it provides a level of insight and analysis that's much more reasoned and believable than most tech blogs. That's why I refused to write anything about the much-ballyhooed Apple Car last week when many of the other Apple sites were all over the "story" until I read what Gassée had to say about it. His take? "The fantastic Apple Car is a fantasy."

Yes, I know that this goes contrary to popular opinion, but I'm in Gassée's court on this one. I don't think Apple is going to be selling a car. Sure, Apple may have "400 people" working on an auto-related project, but as Gassée points out, they could just as well...

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10:26
Screens: Control your computer from wherever you are...

Screens is a beautiful, yet powerful VNC client for iOS and Mac that lets you connect back to your computer from the comfort of your living room, the corner coffee shop or anywhere in the world.

Until the end of the month, we’re happy to offer 20% off Screens for Mac to the readers of The Loop. Simply use this link to save!

Jim’s Note: I’ve used Screens for Mac and iOS since they were first released. I love them both.

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10:12
Inside Apple’s new offices in Herzliya, Israel [...

Apple is opening up a new suite of offices inside Israel this week, with CEO Tim Cook reportedly visiting Israel in part to inaugurate the new workspace. Recent reports have indicated that the offices will hold approximately 800 employees across 180,000 square feet of space.

Today, Israel-based website GSM-Israel has published purported photos of the upcoming new Apple space in Herzliya. The construction, features,...

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10:00
Steve Sande and Ross Rubin talk crowdfunding on the...

Once a week, Backerjack founder Ross Rubin and I meet up to chat about the latest products that are attempting to get funding through Indiegogo, Kickstarter or other crowdfunding sources. This week, on Episode 6 of the Backerjack Podcast, Ross and I talk about:

  • A new device, CarVi, that provides some rather high-tech driving assistance in a small, windshield-mounted and connected device.
  • Those who love the subtle glow of garden lights at night will love the solar-powered, color LED PLAYBULB.
  • A relatively unexciting wearable with nebulous goals called The One.
  • The fun (...
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09:31
Review: Nomad’s NomadClip, NomadKey + NomadPlus are...

Lightning cables and battery packs are often so similar that I rarely have a strong preference for “nicer” alternatives over basic ones. But Nomad has been working to change that by creating practical charging accessories that you’ll actually want to carry around everywhere. Last year, it debuted the NomadKey ($25), which places a Lightning to USB cable on your keychain, as well as NomadPlus ($40), an iPhone battery pack that combines with Apple’s 5W USB Power Adapter to become an 1800mAh “anywhere” recharger.

Now it’s shipping the NomadClip ($40), which combines a super-sturdy carabiner clip with a Lightning cable. I’ll...

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09:16
9to5Toys Last Call: PNY flash storage up to 50% off...

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Last Call Updates:

  • iPad deal roundup: iPad mini $200, iPad Air $339, iPad Air 2 $424, more
  • LEGO brings...
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09:15
Apple making Campus 2 components in its own factory...

When Apple's now-famous new campus opens next year, it will feature numerous parts created by the company's in-house design group and manufactured in a California factory built specifically for the project.

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08:17
External Link: Aperture to Depart the Mac App Store

Apple has confirmed that it will be removing Aperture for sale from the Mac App Store after Photos for OS X launches in a few months. Regardless, previous purchasers will still be able to redownload it as necessary. If you’ve never used Aperture, now would not be a good time to start, but if you need to purchase an extra copy to tide you over for a while, it’s now or never.

 

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07:43
Take Control of Security for Mac Users, Chapter 4:...

In this chapter we continue by looking at some security settings that require a bit more explanation and thought. That includes a discussion of OS X’s Gatekeeper and sandboxing security features, some basics for using user accounts more securely, and a couple of quick suggestions about sharing files, your screen, and other resources.

 

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07:42
Chapter 4 of “Take Control of Security for Mac Users...

In this week’s chapter of the streamed “Take Control of Security for Mac Users,” Joe Kissell explains how to use OS X’s Gatekeeper technology to protect yourself from malicious apps, helps you set up user accounts for optimal security, and looks at how to share resources on your Mac securely.

 

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Card Crawl, the Mini Deck Building Game,...
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Well, BlastBall MAX is not one of those games and is bucking trends such as timers, elements of randomness, and tacked-on mechanics in favor of pure puzzle gameplay. When you first boot up the game you’ll see a grid made up of squares that are each... | Read more »
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