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Wednesday April 23

17:10
FCC distributes new 'Open Internet' rules...

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will circulate new "open" Internet regulations internally on Thursday. The new proposal will allow companies to pay Internet providers a fee for "special access" to customers and boosted speed of delivery of the paid content, on a "commercially reasonable" basis, paving the way for more deals like the one Comcast struck with Netflix. The FCC will determine what the terms will be on a case-by-case basis....



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17:00
The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for April 23, 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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16:48
Reading Into the Red Hat CentOS Deal


There was a somewhat quiet, cost-free acquisition of sorts in the Linux world earlier this year when Red Hat announced it was joining forces with Red Hat Enterprise Linux community clone CentOS. The move, which effectively brings organization, governance, backing and technology of CentOS under Red Hat's brim, is interesting for a few reasons. First, it illustrates the continued presence and power of unpaid community Linux distributions like CentOS. Second, it's part of the changing Linux market, which is being driven by cloud computing and new types of uses on the rise.

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16:47
Apple announces historic 7:1 stock split, increases...

In a surprise announcement, Apple will do a 7:1 stock split on June 6, giving stockholders of record as of June 2 an additional six shares for every one share of stock they currently hold. Trading will resume on June 9 at the split-adjusted price, which CEO Tim Cook has said the company wants to be more affordable so that smaller investors can get into the stock. Given today's closing price of $524.75, the average price of a share would drop to $75 if the split were happening now....



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16:31
Apple’s Stock Jumps $40 (7.7%) in After-Hours Session

Shares of Apple Inc. jumped 7.68 percent during the after hours session after Apple blew away its own guidance and Wall Street's consensus estimates. Trading in the after hours market is always exaggerated when it comes to $AAPL, but a sharp increase indicates that investors were pleased with Apple's results.


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16:29
Rumor: Apple's 'iPhone 6' may sport...

A report on Wednesday claims Apple's next-generation iPhone may employ a curved chassis design and accompanying display glass, a vast departure from the substantially squared-off design used on existing Apple handsets.



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16:26
iPhone 6 Case Compared to iPhone 5s, Nexus 5 and...

We've seen several examples of cases designed for the rumored 4.7-inch version of the upcoming iPhone 6, and in a new video, Unbox Therapy compares a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 case to the iPhone 5s, the Nexus 5 and the Galaxy Note 3, giving us an idea of how the iPhone 6 might look next to other large-screened devices.

The 4.7-inch case is depicted next to the 4-inch iPhone 5s, the 4.95-inch Nexus 5, and the 5.95-inch Galaxy Note 3. The case is closest in size to the Nexus 5, which gives the best representation of how a 4.7-inch iPhone may feel in the hand. The iPhone 5s looks quite a bit smaller than the case, while the Galaxy Note 3 looks significantly larger.

Along with a size comparison, the video points out some of the design features on the case, which may translate to design changes on the iPhone 6. As has been...

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16:19
Tim Cook: Angela Ahrendts to join Apple next week,...

During Apple's quarterly earnings conference call, chief executive Tim Cook said he looked forward to welcoming Angela Ahrendts as the company's new retail and online leader next week, while offering public thanks to outgoing chief financial officer Peter Oppenheimer.



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16:11
China Earns Apple $10B, Ready for More

Apple CEO Tim Cook said China accounted for almost US$10 billion of its $45.6 billion 2014 second fiscal quarter revenue, and he sees plenty more opportunity in the country. China has been seen as a growth place for the company, and it seems that's exactly what's happening.


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16:00
Samsung is stealing away iPhone owners, but that...

With the release of Samsung's Galaxy S5, there is bound to be a whole lot of people upgrading their current devices to the new Android flagship. CNET recently ran a story on the number of iPhone owners switching teams for the Galaxy S5, citing stats...

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15:57
Apple’s Tim Cook Explains His Enthusiasm for iPad

During Apple's 2014 Q2 Earnings Report, some technical issues related to channel inventory for iPad sales were explained, so the Q2 results aren't as bad as they look. Nevertheless, sales have flattened and UBS analyst Steve Milanovich wanted to hear more. He got an earful.


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15:53
TownCraft game comes to the Mac, iOS

Flat Earth Games has announced TownCraft, a crafting/building exploration game. It's available for the Mac at the Mac App Store, and for iDevices at the Apple App Store. The price is US$9.99 and $4.99, respectively.

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15:50
Angela Ahrendts to join Apple 'next week,...

Former Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts will be joining Apple as its retail head "next week," Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed today during the company's Q2 conference call. Ahrendts has been confirmed as making the switch since last year, but until now neither Apple nor Burberry would give an exact timeframe. In the interim Ahrendts has been helping Burberry transition to her successor, CCO Christopher Bailey....



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15:36
Apple's Cook touts Microsoft Office for iPad,...

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Wednesday said that Microsoft's Office for iPad is a "key franchise" in enterprise, an area where Apple is pushing for tablet dominance, but admitted the software could have come a bit sooner.



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15:30
Apple Q2 numbers show loss in iPad revenue, growth...

As a part of announcing its second-quarter results, Apple has also posted a detailed breakdown (PDF), exposing further facts. They reveal for instance that Apple's iPad revenues dropped 13 percent year-over-year, shifting from roughly $8.7 billion to $7.6 billion. The company has typically seen continuous growth for the iPad, but units fell from just under 19.5 million to 16.3 million....



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15:28
By the numbers: a breakdown of Apple’s Q2 2014...

Apple went over its Q2 2014 earnings today on its quarterly conference call with CEO Tim Cook and incoming CFO Luca Maestri. The company announced that former ...

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15:18
Apple announces 20 million Apple TVs sold through Q2...

During Apple’s earnings call this evening, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that the company has sold 20 million Apple TV boxes through the second quarter of 2014. Sharing this number is out of the ordinary for Apple, as it generally doesn’t break down specific sales for its set-top box like it does for other products.

Apple’s decision to give us specific sales information for the Apple TV, however, does corroborate with its move earlier this year to present the device as...

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15:08
Apple 'on the prowl' with 24 acquisitions...

Apple has bought two-dozen companies in the last 18 months, it was revealed on Wednesday, and more deals are likely on the way, with Tim Cook describing Apple as "on the prowl" for potential acquisitions that make sense.



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15:07
Tim Cook: 60+% of iPhone 4s and 5c buyers are ‘...

The success of Apple’s low end phones, the 3.5-inch iPhone 4s and the colorful plastic 5c, has been questioned since the current lineup was launched last year. But in today’s earnings call,  Tim Cook might have just explained why Apple keeps the lower end devices in its stable: They bring in the lower-end Android crowd. Specifically Cook said 62% of iPhone 4s, which is usually free (or cheaper) with a plan in the US buyers and 60% of iPhone 5c buyers were switching from Android.

Cook previously compared Android to Europe in its fragmentation and had some harsh words for some of the low end Android tablets in enterprise saying Apple would...

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15:04
Apple announces 20M Apple TVs sold since debut

As the tail end of Apple's quarterly conference call, Apple CEO Tim Cook threw out a somewhat surprising statistic, saying the company has sold some 20 million Apple TV units since the unit launched in 2007.



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15:00
Jimi: A brilliant little innovation for iMac owners

The late great rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix was an innovator, doing things with amplifier feedback that had never been done before and changing the sound of rock music forever. Now design firm Bluelounge has given Jimi's name to a nifty little...

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14:59
OnePlus Unveils One 'Flagship Killer'...


OnePlus, a China-based smartphone maker founded by Pete Lau, a former VP at Guangzhou-based Oppo, on Wednesday announced its OnePlus One phablet. The device is being marketed as a "flagship killer," but whether it is remains to be seen. Factors in its favor are its price -- $300 for a device being placed head to head with the more expensive Samsung Galaxy S5 and the iPhone 5s -- as well as the company's clever marketing campaign and the buzz it has generated so far.

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14:58
Apple CEO Tim Cook: It 'Means More to Us to Get...

During the question and answer section of today's financial earnings call Apple CEO Tim Cook explained why the company has been slow to put products out in 2014, pointing towards the company’s attention to detail and desire to "perform at a really high level of quality" Apple’s customers expect.

Cook noted that Apple did not ship the first MP3 player, smartphone, or tablet, but he said that the company did release the first "acceptable" and "modern" smartphone, tablet, and MP3 player.

"We care about every detail and it takes us a bit longer to do that. That's always been the case," he said. "It means more to us to get it right than to be first."

Cook pointed towards examples in the marketplace where the clear objective was to be first, possibly referring to Samsung and its poorly received Galaxy Gear smart watch. Apple customers "want great, insanely great," said Cook, and "that’s...

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14:54
Tim Cook addresses iPad sales slowdown, says...

On Apple’s earnings call, Tim Cook directly addresses concerns surrounding iPad. Notably, he calls out Office as helping iPad sales somewhat but ‘frankly’ admits that Microsoft should have released Office for iPad sooner. He says that in the time that Microsoft waited, other companies including Apple have released very-competitive productivity alternates to Office, likely referencing iWork.

Cook also repeated much of what he has already said about Apple. He said it’s the fastest-growing product in Apple’s history. Across the same time period since launch, iPad has sold...

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14:41
Burberry’s Angela Ahrendts Starts as Apple Retail...

Apple's new senior vice president of retail and online stores Angela Ahrendts will start her new gig next week. Ms. Ahrendts was previously the CEO of fashion retailer Burberry, and is seen as the driving force behind the company's success in China, and overall rebound.


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14:40
Apple Has Acquired 24 Companies in Last 18 Months

During today's second quarter earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that Apple has purchased a total of 24 companies during the course of the last 18 months, some that are known and some that remain unknown.

Just over half of Apple’s acquisitions have come to light, which means the company has purchased many additional companies that have not yet been discovered. In 2014, Apple’s known purchases included SnappyLabs, a company that produced a burst photo app, and Burstly, the company behind the Testflight iOS beta testing platform.

2013 saw the purchase of several different mapping apps, including BroadMap, Embark, HopStop, Locationary, and WiFiSlam, along with other notable additions like 3D company PrimeSense and Novauris, a speech recognition company. Back in October,...

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14:31
Apple touts $45.6 billion in Q2 2014 revenues

Apple has posted $45.6 billion in revenues in its second fiscal quarter, up from $43.6 billion the same period a year ago. Net profits rose from $9.5 billion to $10.2 billion, or from $10.09 per share to $11.62. The company sold 43.7 million iPhones, resulting in a segmental revenue drop from $32.5 billion to $26.06 billion. iPad sales came in at 16.35 million units....



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14:31
Apple touts $45.6 billion in Q2 2014 revenues

Apple has posted $45.6 billion in revenues in its second fiscal quarter, up from $43.6 billion the same period a year ago. Net profits rose from $9.5 billion to $10.2 billion, or from $10.09 per share to $11.62. The company sold 43.7 million iPhones, an increase from the 37.4 million in Q2 2013. iPad sales came in at 16.3 million units, below a Wall Street consensus forecast of 19.7 million. The company also recorded 4.1 million Macs....



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14:31
Apple's Q2 iPhone sales boom, carry declining...

During its quarterly conference call for the second quarter of 2014 on Wednesday, Apple announced huge growth for its iPhone lineup, while iPad sales were



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14:23
DoubleTwist MagicPlay adds AirPlay support to Google...

Google Play Music on Android can be used to stream music through AirPlay devices, thanks to a release from doubleTwist. MagicPlay: AirPlay for Android, downloadable from Google Play and works with the existing doubleTwist Player, will act as a bridge between Google's Cast API for streaming to the Chromecast and AirPlay, granting the music service AirPlay support....



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14:13
Former Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts to Join Apple...

During today’s second quarter earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that the company’s new retail and online leader, Angela Ahrendts, will be joining the company next week.

Ahrendts first resigned from British luxury fashion house Burberry in October of 2013, but was contractually obligated to stay on with the company for another six months. As of April, she became free to leave to join Apple.

Earlier this month, rumors suggested Ahrendts might stay on with Burberry until June in order to pick up a two million pound performance bonus in June, but it appears that she will not be sticking around to collect the payment.

Ahrendts will join Apple as the Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores, a position that has seen significant turnover in the past several years. In 2011, Ron Johnson left Apple for J.C. Penney, after...

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14:08
Angela Ahrendts to join Apple next week, as retail...

Tim Cook has just announced on the earnings call that Angela Ahrendts, ex-CEO of Burberry, will join Apple next week. She became a Dame of the British Empire a few weeks ago. Recent doubts about her joining date were clearly false, as she is joining Apple next week.

Ahrendts announced that...

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14:05
AAPL Expands Dividend Program to $130B, Announces 7-...

Apple announced a US$130 billion expansion to its stock dividend program, and announced a 7-to-1 stock split on Tuesday. The news came on the heels of the iPhone and iPad maker's second fiscal quarter earnings where it reported $45.6 billion in earnings.


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14:04
Notes of interest from Apple's Q2 2014...

Apple surprised the market on Wednesday by not only beating expectations for its second fiscal quarter of 2014, but also announcing a 7-for-1 stock split, increased share buybacks, and a a higher quarterly dividend. Following the announcements, executives from the company participated in a conference call with analysts and the media, and notes of interest follow.



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14:01
Notes from Apple’s Q2 2014 earnings call

Apple’s conference call after the company’s reported Q2 2014 earnings started with CEO Tim Cook calling the results “very strong.” The results were Apple’s “strongest non-holiday quarter ever,” Cook said. Cook pointed out that iPhone sales were strong in the quarter. Apple’s smartphone market share is now 55 percent…

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14:01
Apple announces 7-1 stock split, dividend increase,...

Apple today released its earnings results from its second fiscal quarter of 2014, posting revenue of $45.6 billion and EPS of 11.62 in the process. Overall, iPhone sales came in stronger than expected while iPad sales came in weaker than...

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13:57
iPhones and profits up, iPads down for Apple in Q2...

The growing maturity of the smartphone and tablet markets was readily apparent in Apple's financial results for the second quarter of its fiscal 2014, which runs from the beginning of January to the end of March. Even though it sold a few more iPhones than it did in the second quarter of 2013, it sold slightly fewer iPads, and both revenues and profit margins were up a little from last year (think single-digit percentage growth).

There's no question that Apple is still making money hand over fist: it reported profits of $10.2 billion on revenue of $45.6 billion, giving it a profit margin of 39.3 percent and beating its own upper guidance of $44 billion from last quarter—those margins also beat the company's upper guidance of 38 percent. It's just that the company is no longer growing as explosively as it once was, something that investors and analysts alike are quick to lose...

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13:57
Shareholders Rejoice: Apple Surprises with a 7 to 1...

If you're an Apple shareholder, rejoice! Apple's Board of Directors surprisingly approved a seven-for-one stock split. Apple today announced that its Board of Directors has authorized another significant increase to the Company's program to return capital to shareholders. The Company expects to utilize a total of over $130 billion of cash under the expanded program by the end of calendar...

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13:56
iPhone up, iPad down as Apple reports strong second-...

Even in a quarter that saw no product introductions, Apple boosted its sales and profits over the previous year. The company released its fiscal second-quarter earnings report on Wednesday, reporting revenue of $45.6 billion and a net profit of $10.2 billion.

Overall revenues

Those numbers were up from the second quarter of 2013, when Apple tallied $43.6 billion in revenue and $9.5 billion in net profit.

For the 2014 second quarter, Apple earned $11.62 a share, a 15 percent jump from the $10.09 a share the company earned in the year-ago quarter.

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13:54
Apple expands capital return program to over $130...

Apple says its Board of Directors has authorized another increase to the company’s program to return capital to shareholders. Apple expects to utilize a total of over US$130 billion of cash under the expanded program by the end of calendar 2015. 

As part of the program, the Board has increased its share repurchase authorization to $90 billion from the $60 billion level announced last year. Apple expects to continue to utilize about $1 billion annually to net-share-settle vesting restricted stock units. 

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13:48
Apple announces 7:1 stock split, increased share...

Apple today announced a seven-for-one stock split, with shareholders receiving six new shares for every one they own at the close of business on June 2, 2014. This is the first split since 2005. The company’s share repurchase program will be increasing from $60 billion to $90 billion, and…

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13:45
Apple Q2 2014 Earnings Call liveblog
13:44
Apple reports second quarter fiscal results

Apple has announced financial results for its fiscal 2014 second quarter that ended March 29. The company posted quarterly revenue of US$45.6 billion and quarterly net profit of $10.2 billion, or $11.62 per diluted share.

These results compare to revenue of $43.6 billion and net profit of $9.5 billion, or $10.09 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 39.3% compared to 37.5 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 66 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

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13:43
Briefly: Viber 4.2 for iPhone, new STM laptop bags

Calling and messaging app, Viber, today has announced an update for its iPhone app featuring a redesign for iOS 7. Viber facilitates free world-wide calling and messaging over a WiFi or 3G connections to other Viber users, with calls made to non-Viber landlines and mobile numbers possible at low rates. Viber v4.2.0 features a revised aesthetic to compliment iOS 7, and the added ability to send up to 10 photos and videos at one time to reduce redundancy in file transfer. Users can now send longer video messages, and contacts can see when a user is typing a message to them from an Android tablet...

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13:42
Apple announces 7-for-1 stock split, buybacks bumped...

Apple on Wednesday released its quarterly earnings for the second quarter of 2014, announcing a seven-for-one stock split coming in June, as well as a boost to share buybacks now capped at $90 billion.



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13:39
Apple Q2 2014 earnings results

The results are in: Apple just announced its financial results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2014 (ending March 31, 2014) and here are the highlights.

Apple posted quarterly revenue of $45.6 billion and quarterly net profit of $10.2 billion....

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13:38
New video compares alleged iPhone 6 case to iPhone...

A new video published by UnboxTherapy provides a closer look at an alleged third-party case for Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6 that was recently shown off in a set of photos. The case’s design definitely falls in line with previous leaks and rumors that we’ve reported on, but could be a manufacturer’s attempt to take a risk and get ahead of the game.

The video below compares the case’s design to the iPhone 5s, Nexus 5, and Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Surprisingly, the case’s layout almost lines up perfectly with Google’s Nexus 5, which gives...

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13:38
Apple Reports Record March Quarter Results, Splits...

Apple today announced financial results for the first calendar quarter and second fiscal quarter of 2014. For the quarter, Apple posted revenue of $45.6 billion and net quarterly profit of $10.2 billion, or $11.62 per diluted share, compared to revenue of $43.6 billion and net quarterly profit of $9.5 billion, or $10.09 per diluted share in the year-ago quarter.

Gross margin for the quarter was 39.3 percent compared to 37.5 percent in the year-ago quarter, with international sales accounting for 66 percent of revenue. Apple also declared an increased dividend payment of $3.29 per share, payable on May 15 to shareholders as of the close of trading on May 12. The company currently holds $150.6 billion in cash and marketable securities.

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13:38
Apple Q2 2014: 43.7M iPhones, 16.3M iPads, 2.7M iPods

Apple reported its second quarter 2014 financial results today, as the company sold 43.7 million iPhones, 16.3 million iPads, and 2.7 million iPods. The company also reported $45.6 billion in quarterly revenue, and a quarterly net profit of $10.2 billion. Revenue is down from the record of Q1 2014,…

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13:37
Apple Beats the Street, Reports $45.6 Billion...

Apple reported its fiscal second quarter results on Tuesday, and the company beat Wall Street's estimates. Apple reported revenue of $45.6 billion with earnings of $10.2 billion, or earnings per share (EPS) of $11.62. That's up year over year, and tops consensus estimates from analysts of $9.07 billion in revenue with EPS of $10.18. The article has been updated with additional information.


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13:35
∞ Apple reports $10.2 billion second quarter profit

Apple on Tuesday announced a $10.2 billion profit for its fiscal second quarter on revenue of $45.6 billion. These results compare to revenue of $43.6 billion and profit of $9.5 billion, in the year-ago quarter. [...]

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13:35
Live blog: Apple’s Q2 2014 earnings call

Credit: Michael Steeber

As we previously shared last month, Apple is scheduled to hold its quarterly conference call to discuss its earnings report from the second quarter of its fiscal year: this includes 43 million iPhones, 16 million iPads, and 4 million Macs. As the company reported, it earned $45.6 billion in revenue during Q2. Apple has already made news as it announced the first split of its stock since February 2005.

In terms of product...

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13:30
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

Microtrip [iPhone; Now...

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13:01
Fender ends U.S. production of Ovation guitars

Fender Musical Instruments Corp., one of the largest guitar makers in the world, said Wednesday it is closing its Ovation plant in New Hartford, where nearly 50 employees work, due to low sales and “market conditions.”

Very sad.

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13:00
Former employee says Apple left iOS users vulnerable

Apple left iOS users vulnerable by not fixing security weaknesses in iOS at the same time as in OS X, former Apple employee Kristin Paget wrote in a blog post. Paget points out that an OS X fix included a number of the same issues which popped up about…

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13:00
The sexiest Mac desk you'll ever see... from...

Everyone takes photos of their Mac desks these days, but rarely do we get a glimpse at setups from yesteryear. Ned Raggett was ahead of the game in 1988, snapping a photo of his computer desk way before it was the cool thing to do.

His describes the...

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12:52
iOS 8 Wishes

Federico Viticci did a nice job on bringing together some features he would like to see in the next version of iOS. One thing I’ve learned over the years is how different people’s wish lists for an operating system can be. Also, Viticci did a nice job on the site redesign.

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12:46
Apple Chalks Up Another Record Quarter Despite...

For its second fiscal quarter of 2014, Apple has once again reported record sales and revenues, beating analyst expectations and thrilling investors with a stock split, bigger dividends, and more stock buybacks.

 

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12:42
Steve Jobs in my small world

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Matt Haughey:

Like Steve Jobs, I grew up in California, and though I knew he attended (and dropped out of) Reed College in Portland, Oregon, I was surprised to read that Steve took frequent trips to an apple farm-slash-hippie commune near McMinnville, Oregon established by his friend (and Reed College student president) Robert Friedland.

The part that surprised me was I was sitting in my house in McMinnville, Oregon when I read that. McMinnville is a fairly small town about 35 miles southwest of Portland, Oregon, but thanks to farm roads and small two lane highways, it takes over an hour to get to Portland. Often people I meet in other parts of Oregon have never heard of it. It’s rare to meet anyone in California or beyond in any other US state that has heard of the city. When I read that Steve Jobs spent time near the place I’ve called home...

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12:42
OmniOutliner 4.0.5

Small maintenance release with fix for most frequently reported crash. ($49.99 new, free update, 45 MB)

 

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12:34
Apple Leaves Users Vulnerable By Not Fixing iOS and...

Notable computer security researcher Kristin Paget, who worked on Apple's security team before leaving for Tesla in early 2014, has taken to her blog (via Ars Technica) to criticize Apple for fixing more than a dozen security flaws in iOS weeks after patching them in OS X.

iOS 7.1.1, released yesterday, patched multiple Webkit vulnerabilities that were initially fixed in OS X with the release of Safari 7.0.3 on April 1. The delay between fixes, says Paget, alerted hackers to serious flaws potentially exploitable on Apple's mobile operating system and then gave hackers ample time to exploit the vulnerabilities.Is this how you do business? Drop a patch for one product...

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12:30
No TUAW TV today; Join us at 5 PM ET for Apple Q2...

Time flies when you're having fun. It seems like it was only yesterday that we were sitting down to report Apple's first quarter results for the 2014 fiscal year. Today at 5 PM ET, TUAW TV Live will be pre-empted for the second quarter earnings call,...

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12:28
1Password 4.3

Major update to the password manager with many improvements to 1Password mini and synchronization. ($49.99 new, free update, 38.7 MB)

 

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12:25
IMDb for iOS adds TV & Amazon Prime listings,...

Two noteworthy new updates hit the App Store on Wednesday as television and movie database IMDb added TV listings and the ability to check titles' Amazon Prime ability, while Nike's Nike+ Move gained a number of localizations and stability improvements.



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12:24
MacFamilyTree 7.1.6 - Create and explore your family...

MacFamilyTree gives genealogy a facelift: it's modern, interactive, incredibly fast, and easy to use. We're convinced that generations of chroniclers would have loved to trade in their genealogy tools for MacFamilyTree. It helps you collect and record facts and data about your family history and turns them into informative reports and charts.

MacFamilyTree comes with countless features to record and visualize your family history - use them to create reports, charts, or nifty 3D views within our Virtual Tree feature. It offers the right solution for all your genealogy needs.

Synchronize your data via iCloud, create webpages, or back your research with the help of the gigantic genealogy database "FamilySearch". You’re an avid genealogist, but you’re always on the go? Not a problem! Simply purchase MobileFamilyTree to use on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and your options are virtually endless.

Version 7.1.6:

  • Several fixes and...

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12:23
Lytro's New Shoot Now, Focus Later Camera...


The folks who introduced the masses to ex post facto focusing upped their game Tuesday with the introduction of a new camera aimed at shooters who take their photography seriously. The Illum, by Lytro, contains an updated version of the company's innovative Light Field engine, which allows the focus in a photo to be manipulated after it's shot. Unlike Lytro's previous offerings -- rectangular tubes that resemble slide viewers -- the Illum looks like a conventional digital SLR camera.

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12:23
EtreCheck 1.9.9 - For troubleshooting your Mac;...

EtreCheck is a simple little app to display the important details of your system configuration and allow you to copy that information to the Clipboard. It is meant to be used with Apple Support Communities to help people help you with your Mac. EtreCheck automatically removes any personally identifiable information from the output.

Version 1.9.9:

  • Improved reporting of status for launch daemons and agents.
  • Improved detection and reporting of kernel extensions.
  • No longer reports recovery volumes.
  • Removed old applications information.
  • Improves reporting of Flash and Java versions.
  • Improves 3rd party support links.



OS X 10.6 or later

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12:00
This stunning iPhone amplifier is as fragile as it...

We all know the old "toss your iPhone in a mug" trick to making your smartphone's speaker output a bit more beefy, but if you're willing to spend some serious coin, Aric Snee might have what you're looking for. The talented designer has crafted an...

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11:46
GameStop to add 23 Simply Mac, 400 Spring Mobile...

US-based game retailer GameStop is planning to add 23 Simply Mac locations this year, and as many as 400 Spring Mobile and Cricket locations, says the Star-Telegram. The company bought out Simply Mac and Spring Mobile last year in an attempt to diversify its revenue. Simply Mac is an authorized Apple reseller, whereas Spring Mobile sells AT&T products; Cricket is based on the AT&T network. The expansion is expected to cost up to $140 million, based on a mix of buying existing outlets and constructing new ones. GameStop says it expects to add 200 to 250 Spring locations and 100 to 150 Crick...



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11:43
The 6 Piece Essential iPhoneography Lens Kit for $69

Today's deal is for iphoneographers. It's called the Essential iPhoneography Lens Kit that includes six lenses: 8x telephoto and 60x microscope lens with special case, the fisheye, macro/wide angle, and 2x telephoto lenses. It also comes with a back plate to mount the lenses on your iPhone, a tripod for your iPhone, and a case to hold it all. Cool, right? Through our deal, you can get it for US$69, making it even cooler. Click through to the deal, and there's a demonstration video and several example photos showing what the lenses produce.


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11:42
Apple users left exposed to serious threats for...

A noted whitehat hacker who spent more than a year on Apple's security team has dealt her former employer some blistering criticism for fixing critical vulnerabilities in iOS three weeks after they became widely known to blackhats.

Kristin Paget, who recently took a security position at a major car manufacturer, took to her private blog Wednesday and catalogued more than a dozen separate security bugs that were patched in Tuesday's release of iOS 7.1.1. Some of them gave attackers the ability to surreptitiously execute malicious code on iPhones and iPads without requiring much or any interaction from end users. Paget noted that 16 of the vulnerabilities addressed had been fixed three weeks earlier in a separate update for OS X users. Such delays give malicious...

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11:30
Review: Samsung Galaxy S 5 on Verizon

The Samsung Galaxy S5 might be the phone that Android users have been craving for some time. Information coming out of Mobile World Congress painted the phone to be the next leap in innovation spearheaded by Samsung to breathe life back into their smartphones. From changes in the camera and adding pieces of technology to aid a healthy lifestyle, on top of a powerful set of internals, the phone has been set up by Samsung marketing to be the next must have phone for consumers at all levels. But is Samsung creating a phone that will indeed work for everyone, or are they stretching themselves too...



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11:30
Daily Deals for April 23, 2014, featuring the Name...

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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11:27
Women Sues Apple in Louisiana for iPhone 4S...

Amy Langlois DeOliveira, a resident and citizen of Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish Louisiana has sued Apple in a personal injury lawsuit. According to her formal complaint before the court, her iPhone 4S allegedly exploded in her pants last summer burning her leg.

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11:01
Samsung buys two patents to compete in its patent...

The Verge:

After weeks of playing defense against five Apple patents, Samsung this week went after Apple with two of its own patents: one it says is infringed when people make FaceTime calls, and another that covers the photo gallery feature found on iPhones, iPads, and some iPods.

Trouble is, the five Apple patents are actually Apple patents. Samsung’s two patents are both purchased patents, not Samsung innovations.

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11:00
Crowdfunding Roundup: Glowing cubes, feeling skins,...

Every week, TUAW provides readers with an update on what new or significant crowdfunded Apple-related projects are in the news. While our policy is to not go into detail on items that haven't reached at least 80 percent of their funding goal, this...

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10:57
IMDb iOS app adds U.S. TV listings, links to Amazon...

The IMDb app for iPhone and iPad was updated today with a few notable new features. You can now view TV listings directly within the app, but the feature is initially limited to users in the US. Also new, listings will now tell you if the content is available on Amazon Prime and provide a link to starting playing a title directly in the Amazon Instant Video app (as pictured to the right).

Other new features in version 4.2 of the app include a redesigned showtimes page for iPhone and showtimes for upcoming movies being released in theatres directly from the title page.

Version 4.2 of the IMDb app is available on the App Store now for iPhone and iPad.

What’s New in Version 4.2

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10:55
Why 4K Streaming Isn’t Really 4K

Apple's Tim Cook has said that TV is "a market we have an intense interest in." All the tech giants are selling small devices to deliver custom 1080p content (for now) on the Internet, but the TV industry is moving steadily to 4K Ultra HDTVs. What are the realistic prospects for streaming decent 4K TV on the Internet? John Martellaro tells you what you need to know.


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10:40
The Golden Age of Mac Upgrades is (Once Again) Upon...

Years ago we Mac users enjoyed the ability to spend a little bit of money to upgrade our admittedly-expensive computers. It may seem like those days are behind us, but the reality is that we're truly in the thick of a new golden age of upgrades.


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10:32
Catcher technology pegged as supplying metal casings...

Analysts for two financial firms, Barclays and Morgan Stanley, are contending that Taiwanese firm Catcher Technology will supply metal casings for the next-generation iPhone. Both firms in fact expect Catcher's share of iPhone 6 casings to top 10 million units this year. Much of the argument is based on Catcher's existing involvement in the Apple supply chain; the firm is thought to produce casings for both the MacBook Pro and the iPhone 5s, to the degree that 40 percent of its revenue stems from Apple orders....



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10:30
Live Coverage: Apple's 2Q 2014 earnings briefing

Gross margins, net income, financial analysts—oh my! It’s time once again for the quarterly ritual known as the “Apple earnings report.” As always, we’ll have live coverage of the conference call from Apple CEO Tim Cook as it comes in. We’ll be back around 1:30 p.m. PT/4:30 p.m. ET to cover the second quarter results as they come in, followed by a blow-by-blow account of the call itself, starting at 2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET. See you then.

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10:29
Apple Debuts ‘Powerful’ Spot Featuring iPhone 5s

Apple's new ad debuted last night on television, titled "Powerful" and featuring both the iPhone 5s and the song "Gigantic" by The Pixies.

The Mac Observer Spin: Kelly loves the Pixies, so this ad was already a winner for her before the iPhone entered into it.


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10:18
As Apple's growth slows, media questions if...

Ahead of Apple's earnings call this afternoon, two major publications have openly questioned whether investors will continue to stand by one of the most profitable companies in the world, with the perception that Wall Street may be losing its patience with the iPhone maker in the face of slowing growth.



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10:17
Google Maps adds option to view older Street View...

Google has updated its online Maps service by adding the option to view earlier Street View imagery. Users of Google Maps can, in a number of locations, use previously-collected Street View photographs to explore an area, and be able to compare recent shots of the location with those from the same place dated from as far back as 2007....



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10:07
Apple giving employees company-branded, reusable...

As Apple continues to observe Earth Day this year with its new Tim Cook-narrated “Better” film and detailed environmental report card site, the Cupertino company is issuing Apple-branded reusable water bottles to both corporate and retail employees to promote responsible.

In its message to employees, Apple says that 16,420 plastic bottles can be saved through reusable water bottle use, and Apple employees alone can save 22 tons of plastic waste per year (that’s 44,000 pounds) using a reusable water bottle.

Each water bottle features an Apple logo as well as a colored band picked by each employee. In Apple’s message to employees, the company said retail locations will receive their Earth Day company-issued reusable water...

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10:05
Nanotips Liquid Turns Any Gloves into Touchscreen...

Nanotips is a great idea. This is a liquid you apply to the fingertips of your favorite pair of gloves to turn them into touchscreen gloves. It was originally funded on Kickstarter, but is now available for sale through REIGN23. There are two formulas: the first is called Nanotips Blue and is designed for cloth gloves. The second is Nanotips Black, which is designed everything else, including leather, rubber, and nylon. In the original Kickstarter video below, the creators demonstrate its versatility by using Nanotips Black to coat a Sharpie pen and using it as a stylus. A bottle is priced at US$19.99, and it contains enough to coat multiple pairs of gloves. Pretty cool, right?


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10:00
Daylite 5 adds refinements to the business...

Marketcircle's Daylite has been around for a number of years, pulling in Best of Show awards at Macworld/iWorld and kudos from happy users. The application, which comes in Mac, iPhone and iPad versions, is a full-featured system for keeping track of...

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10:00
Reviews: Samsung Galaxy S 5

The Samsung Galaxy S5 might be the phone that Android users have been craving for some time. Information coming out of Mobile World Congress painted the phone to be the next leap in innovation spearheaded by Samsung to breathe life back into their smartphones. From changes in the camera and adding pieces of technology t ......

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09:53
VisionTek announces mSATA mini enclosure

VisionTek Products has announced the VisionTek mSATA mini Enclosure. The USB 3.0 bus-powered device is a plug and play solution for re-tasking an existing mSATA Solid State Drive after upgrading the SSD in a notebook or for adding a new mSATA SSD to create a portable external drive.

Smaller than a business card and weighing 0.30 ounces, the mSATA mini Enclosure sports a USB 3.0/2.0 interface and a bus-powered design. An AC adapter isn't needed. It comes in a scratch-resistant aluminum housing.

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09:51
9to5Toys Lunch Break: WD Passport Slim 2TB portable...

Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: TwitterRSS Feed,FacebookGoogle+ and subscribe to the new Safari push notifications feature.

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Updates:

$10 iTunes movie bundles (2-3 films):

Hangover, Beverly Hills Cop, Happy Feet, GI Joe, more.

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09:45
Revi Charger is new battery, phone cable/charger

Revi Charger is a new, credit card-sized back-up battery and phone cable/charger. Its 2.5mm frame packs a 550 mAh battery.

About the thickness of two credit cards, the Revi Charger fits into a wallet. With its flexible, built-in cable design, there's no need to carry extra cables.

The Revi Charger can simultaneously charge its own battery and a smart phone when plugged into a USB port. It comes in micro USB and Lightning cable versions. It's available for pre-order at www.ReviCharger.com with pricing starting at US$25.

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09:38
Founder of Russian Social Media Says He Got the Boot


Pavel Durov, the founder of Russia's most popular social network site, claims he has been ousted by allies of President Vladimir Putin -- who went ahead and took over the site while they were at it. Durov, who ran the mega-popular VKontakte, had reportedly run afoul of the Russian government for refusing to heed requests to censor posts on the site. For its part, the company claims that Durov resigned, but he said he only learned of his ouster from the press.

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09:36
GameStop’s Simply Mac Apple Specialist stores adding...

As video game retailer GameStop continues to diversify its retail portfolio, the company says it will dramatically expand its Apple product-focused Simply Mac retail locations throughout 2015, the Star-Telegram reports.

Raines said GameStop’s confidence in rapid growth at the small chains, acquired for about $110 million last year, is buoyed by their strong ties to industry leaders AT&T and Apple.

Steve Bain and Jason Ellis, the executives who built Simply Mac and Spring Mobile, continue to run the operations for GameStop and see strong growth opportunities. After opening 23 stores this year, Bain said, the company plans to open 50 more Simply Mac stores in 2015.

Simply Mac is an authorized Apple Specialist retail chain founded in 2006 and bought by GameStop in 2012. News of its expansion is good news for Apple consumers as...

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09:20
Liveblog: Apple’s Q2 2014 earnings call happens at...

This was the first full quarter of availability for the new Mac Pro, but it's hardly Apple's biggest product.

Dave Girard

Here we go again: Apple will be reporting its Q2 2014 financial results this afternoon at 2pm PDT (5pm EDT), and the company's earnings call will follow. Senior Reviews Editor Lee Hutchinson and I will be on hand to liveblog, provide handy charts, and hope against hope that Apple decides to drop a mind-blowing product announcement in there somewhere to shake things up.

So far, it's been a quiet year for Apple. Its biggest releases have been software updates for existing products, and its only "new" hardware introduction so far has been an old iPad and an 8GB...

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09:15
iPhone Apps: Movies by Flixster, Path, TextExpander
09:12
iOS 7.1.x code points to Siri support on Apple TV

Code contained in iOS 7.1 and 7.1.1 suggests that Apple is planning to bring Siri to the Apple TV. A PLIST file for Assistant -- an internal Apple name for Siri -- includes the Apple TV lineup under its collection of supported devices. Notably, though, no Apple TV to date has included the microphone that would be needed for Siri....



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09:09
GameStop Expanding Beyond Video Games with...

Major video game retailer GameStop is making a significant push to broaden its business, expanding its retail operations with new brands and stores that will focus on Apple gear and AT&T Mobility products, reports The Star-Telegram.

While the diversification will include a move into AT&T mobile services through GameStop's acquisition of Spring Mobile, of more interest for Apple users is GameStop's plans for Simply Mac, a chain of authorized Apple resale and repair shops that focuses on smaller markets where Apple has not shown interest in opening its own stores. Founded in 2006 in Utah, Simply Mac grew to eight stores by October 2012 when GameStop acquired a 49.9 percent stake in the Apple reseller. In November 2013, GameStop exercised an option to purchase the rest of Simply Mac,...

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09:00
Reading List: Green machine

There’s plenty of news out there, and if you don’t slow down once in a while, you might miss it. Here are a few of the bigger stories making the rounds this Wednesday.

iOS 7.1.1 Now Labels Apps with ‘In-App Purchases’ in Top Charts and Featured Sections

If you’ve been browsing through the App Store in iOS 7.1.1, you may have noticed a minor change: Free apps with in-app purchases now list that fact in Top Charts and elsewhere. The change is no doubt in part spurred by the settlement that the company made with the U.S. government over unauthorized in-app purchases; hopefully, it’ll help you recognize which apps might entice your kid to spend their entire allowance (and your paycheck) on Smurfberries...

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09:00
Apple patches Heartbleed for base stations and more...

A stunning new iPhone 5s campaign and safer AirPort base stations are in the news today.

Apple has created a fantastic new iPhone film and accompanying micro-site. Entitled "Powerful," it features six impressive apps being used on the iPhone 5s:...

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08:46
Taiwanese Company Sues Apple over iOS's Core...

A Taiwanese Company by the name of CyWee Group Ltd. has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. The patent infringement lawsuit concerns Apple's iOS Core Motion Framework that is used in Apple's iDevices like the iPhone 5S.

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08:30
Apple releases "Powerful" new iPhone 5s ad

Apple yesterday released a new iPhone 5s ad dubbed "Powerful." Set to the Pixies song "Gigantic", the ad shuffles through a variety of vignettes which showcase the myriad of interest ways consumers are using the iPhone 5s. The tagline appropriately...

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08:27
Amazon signs deal for HBO content on Prime Instant...

Subscribers of Amazon Prime will be able to enjoy classic HBO shows in the near future, the retailer has revealed. At the same time, Amazon has announced HBO Go will be added to the company's Fire TV, allowing the streaming media box to show recently-broadcast programs as well as its archive of over 1,700 shows, original films, and specials....



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08:08
Joe Kissell Dispels Cloud Hype with “Take Control of...

In his latest book, Joe Kissell explains everything you want to know about the Cloud, in approachable, non-technical language. He pins down nebulous cloud concepts, helps you evaluate claims about cloud services, and points out how to enhance your privacy and security in the cloud.

 

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08:00
iPhone 101: Troubleshooting iTunes error codes

Have you ever encountered a weird error code when you connect your iPad or iPhone to your Mac? These may pop up when you are updating your iOS device software or backing up your iPad or iPhone to your Mac. Below you will find a list of these errors,...

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07:49
iOS 7.1 code indicates Apple working on Siri for...

Code found within the iOS 7.1 SDK suggests that Siri is headed to the Apple TV in future. Pierre Blazquez first found the reference on Friday. 9to5Mac has since confirmed that the code does exist in both iOS 7.1 and iOS 7.1.1′s files. The reference does not exist in 7.0.6.

The file is a supporting property-list resource for Assistant (Apple’s internal name for Siri), containing information about the feature. The UIDeviceFamily array declares what platforms are compatible with the feature.

As shown by Apple’s documentation, ’1′ and ’2′ represent the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad families. The ’3′ represents the Apple...

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07:38
References to Siri for Apple TV Found in iOS 7.1 Code

Amid persistant rumors that Apple is developing a revamped Apple TV set-top box, new code appearing in iOS 7.1 indicates that the company is indeed working on building in support for Siri voice input on the Apple TV, as highlighted by 9to5Mac. The references are included in both iOS 7.1 and iOS 7.1.1, but not in earlier releases such as iOS 7.0.6.

The file is a supporting property-list resource for Assistant (Apple's internal name for Siri), containing information about the feature. The UIDeviceFamily array declares what platforms are compatible with the feature.

As shown by Apple’s documentation, '1' and '2' represent the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad families. The '3' represents the Apple TV family.References to a new Apple TV model were previously found in iOS 7 builds, and today's information...

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07:33
Siri coming to Apple TV?

It’s possible that Siri could appear on Apple TV in the future, judging by code found in the iOS 7.1 SDK. According to 9to5Mac, an SDK file showing which platforms are compatible with Siri uses the number 3 as an identifier — the number 3 internally represents the Apple…

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07:30
Update fixes FaceTime for Snow Leopard; iOS 6...

Apple has released a minor update for the OS X version of FaceTime, v1.0.5. The patch is aimed directly at resolving connection problems some people have been experiencing, particularly in OS X Snow Leopard. The file is a 17.6MB download at the Mac App Store....



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07:28
Sponsor: Other World Computing (OWC)

It is my distinct pleasure to welcome Other World Computing back as this week's sponsor here at TMO. OWC has been making upgrades and other benefits available to Mac users since 1988, and their commitment to quality and customer service stands for itself. Read on for some great ideas about how to upgrade your Mac from them.


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07:14
You Can Now Run Beta Versions of OS X—For Free

redletterdave (2493036) writes "Apple on Tuesday announced the OS X Beta Seed Program, which allows anyone to download and install pre-release Mac software for the sake of testing and submitting feedback before the public launch. Until Tuesday, Apple charged users $99 a year to test out new OS X software—doing so required a paid-up developer account. (Testing new iPhone software still requires a separate developer account for another $99 a year.) Now, much the same way new OS X software is now totally free to download, it's also free to try out. All you need is an Apple ID to sign up."

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07:00
Rock the Logging Facilities in Windows Server (aka...

The default logs in Windows Server can be tweaked to provide a little better information. This is really helpful, for example, if you’re dumping your logs to a syslog server. Here’s a script that can make it happen with a few little tweaks to how we interpret data (to be run per host, just paste into a Powershell interface as an administrator):

auditpol /set /subcategory:"Security State Change" /success:enable /failure:enable
auditpol /set /subcategory:"Security System Extension" /success:enable /failure:enable
auditpol /set /subcategory:"System Integrity" /success:enable /failure:enable
auditpol /set /subcategory:"IPsec Driver" /success:disable /failure:disable
auditpol /set /subcategory:"Other System Events" /success:disable /failure:enable
auditpol /set /subcategory:"Logon" /success:enable /failure:enable
auditpol /set /subcategory:"Logoff" /success:enable /failure:enable
auditpol /set /subcategory:"Account Lockout" /success:...

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07:00
YouTube Find: Animals go insane over the iPad

We all know how much cats love the iPad, but did you know that dogs, birds and lizards love it, too? Check out this entertaining compilation video below showcasing our furry and not-so-furry friends enjoying some quality time with everyone's favorite...

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07:00
Create a Fusion Drive with a Recovery Partition

There are many step-by-step guides on the internet that explain how to add an SSD to an existing Mac, and create a 'Fusion Drive' that has the speed of an SSD, but also the capacity of a Hard Drive. All these guides fall short in one way that was important to me.



Creating the Fusion Drive the way these walkthroughs say (including OWC's exceptional guides), destroys the Recovery Partition that exists on the drive. Without a Recovery Partition, you cannot enable FileVault2, and will need some other external boot drive if you ever need to perform maintenance on your internal drives. For a laptop computer that might be far from home, not having a Recovery Partition was unacceptable to me. Also note that if you buy a Mac from Apple today with Fusion Drive, it DOES come with a Recovery Partition, so it is indeed possible to do.



It turns out that Apple's Core Storage technology is more flexible than these walkthroughs give on. You can...

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06:58
Rumor: Apple taps Catcher for metal casings on next-...

A pair of investment firms believe casing supplier Catcher has secured a sizable chunk of Apple's anticipated "iPhone 6" metal casing orders, as the company lines up suppliers for a handset launch later this year.



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06:50
Apple Opens Mavericks 10.9.3 Beta to the Public

Apple made a rare move this week by opening up the beta of OS X 10.9.3 to all users with an Apple ID. The company typically offers access to beta versions of its operating system to members of its paid developer program and doesn't let average users get their hands on updates until locking in shipping versions.

The Mac Observer Spin: Offering a pubic beta of OS X 10.9.3 is an interesting move considering this isn't something Apple typically does. It'll be interesting to see if the company offers similar public betas in the future.


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06:46
Stealthy Assassin Series Hitman GO Makes a Luscious...


I can safely say that I never would have imagined turning the Hitman video game series into a luscious dioramic board game for iOS. Lucky for us, that's what Square Enix did with last week's Hitman GO release. Apple featured the game in the App Store, and for good reason: The graphical representation of the boards you play on is a visual feast, showing well-lit 3D-like cutaways of rooms, mansions, tennis courts, swimming pools and the like. You play as the cloned assassin, Agent 47, who is a plastic figurine able to move in straight lines one spot at time.

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06:42
Samsung Lands Application Processor Contract for...

Over the weekend a Korean publication posted a report claiming that Samsung Electronics has joined forces with GlobalFoundries of the United States, the world’s second largest foundry, to produce mobile application processors (APs) for Apple’s iPhone 7.

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06:39
Google covering some Samsung defense costs in Apple...

Google has agreed to take over defense of some of Samsung’s claims in Apple’s current patent lawsuit, also agreeing to indemnify Samsung on potential losses from those claims, Re/Code reports. Though Google agreed to cover four patents, two were dropped from the case before the trial — remaining are…

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06:31
External Link: Apple Is Broadening Its Trademarks to...

Apple has been filing new trademark applications worldwide to broaden its trademark to include Class 14 items — “precious metals and their alloys and goods in precious metals or coated therewith, not included in other classes; jewelry, precious stones; horological and chronometric instruments” — reports Eric Slivka of MacRumors. The new filings add fuel to the iWatch rumor fire, but it should be noted that some of Apple’s trademarks had already included Class 14 items. This could just be an attempt by the company to tidy its trademarks.

 

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06:21
Apple's New 'Powerful' iPhone 5s...

Apple today unveiled a new section on its website dedicated to the "Powerful" ad that made its prime time television premiere on Tuesday. The commercial promotes the message that with the capabilities of the iPhone 5s "You're more powerful than you think."

The accompanying website continues this "Powerful" theme that promotes the iPhone 5s as having the power "to create, shape, and share your life. The power to do everyday things in extraordinary ways, and to do extraordinary things every day." The new page includes both a high-definition version of the television commercial as well as links to all the apps showcased in the advertisement. The apps include Star Walk [iTunes],...

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06:17
Changes introduced to Apple’s app content rating...

Apple has sent an email to developers about recent changes that may affect the content rating of certain apps. A new rating system has been instituted in Brazil to meet local regulations — the rating is determined by an app’s existing content description. Territory-specific restrictions in the Brazil, Korea, United…

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06:16
Beacondo makes it easier to develop new apps that...

Developers looking for a faster way to prototype iBeacon-enabled apps or everyday users who want to experiment with the microlocation technology can now look to Beacondo, a startup working to make iBeacon integration simpler with a new drag-and-drop system.



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06:10
Incredibly useful, interactive Game of Thrones map

Fan of Game of Thrones? Either the series or the books? Check out this map.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:08
Prong delivers power solution/case for the iPhone

Prong has announced the PWR Case for the iPhone 5/5s. It's a combination case and power solution.

The PWR Case includes a detachable backup battery and integrated plugs for charging in any outlet. The battery can be removed and recharged without any additional accessories while you still use your Apple smartphone in the inner, protective bumper.

The Prong PWR Case — available in black, white, blue-grey and white-pink — will ship this summer. The presage price is US$60. Go to www.prong.com for more info.

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06:01
Movavi introduces audio converter for OS X

Movavi has introduced Movavi Audio Converter for Mac OS X. It offers support for just about every type of music file, including Apple Audio and multi-channel tracks.

Movavi Audio Converter also provides encoding, editing, audio extraction from video, track merging, and more. It's designed specifically for music lovers and provides a toolkit for managing digital music collections.

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06:00
Apple launches Beta Seed Program for consumers

Apple is trying something new with its prerelease versions of OS X, it’s letting everyone take a crack at it. Tuesday, Apple launched the Beta Seed Program which allows anyone with an Apple ID to download and try out beta versions of OS X. A complete FAQ for the program can be found here.

According to...

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06:00
Daily App: Tipcognito is a tip calculator...

Let's face it, many people are horrible at calculating a tip. Not only is the math sometimes challenging, there also is the added pressure of trying to quickly calculate 18 percent of $17.23 while your dinner party stare you down because everyone but...

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05:55
eMedia Music expands their Guitar Lab DVD series

eMedia Music, a publisher of music tutorial CDs and DVDs, will release three new titles in its Guitar Lab line of guitar instruction DVDs this month.

The 50 Essential Bebop Licks, 50 Soul Jazz Licks, and 50 Right Hand Techniques You Must Know DVDs will be available April 30. They'll cost US$24.95 each.


The Guitar Lab DVD series includes over 30 titles from beginner to advanced guitar and bass instruction. All feature Picture-in-Picture videos, a manual, standard notation, tab, Guitar Pro 6 files, practice rhythm tracks, and addition bonus material. Go to eMediaMusic.com for more info.

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05:55
Apple patents technique to prevent texting while...

Clearly, this is worthwhile stuff. I think this will be incredibly difficult to implement, but I applaud the effort.

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05:52
Apple Patches SSL Bug in AirPort Base Station

Apple updated the software for its 2013 model AirPort Extreme Base Station on Tuesday to address what it called " security improvements related to SSL/TLS." That, by chance, also happens to be the core of the problem in the OpenSSL heartbleed bug the company said doesn't affect any of its products, although Apple didn't mention the flaw by name.


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05:39
Briefly: WhatsApp hits 500M active users, Sprint...

WhatsApp has hit a milestone of half a billion active users, the messaging service has announced. The 500 million-user figure is 50 million more than it reported in February, when it also announced it was being acquired by Facebook for a total of $19 billion in cash and shares, with the service now seeing 700 million photographs and 100 million videos being shared between users every day....



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05:30
iOS updated to 7.1.1

Apple released the latest update to iOS for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. The update is 26.1 MB and requires 1.2 GB of available space to install it on your device.

 

WHAT’S NEW

Version 7.1.1:

  • Further improvements to Touch ID fingerprint recognition
  • Fixes a bug that could impact keyboard responsiveness
  • Fixes an issue when using Bluetooth keyboards with VoiceOver enabled

REQUIREMENTS

Version 7.1.1 supports:

  • iPhone 5c / 5s
  • iPad Air / iPad 2 / new iPad
  • iPad mini / iPad mini with Retina Display
  • iPod touch 5th gen

 

 

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05:28
TeamViewer 9.0.28116 - Establish remote connections...

TeamViewer gives you remote control of any computer or Mac over the Internet within seconds, or can be used for online meetings. Find out why more than 200 million users trust TeamViewer!

Free for non-commercial users. Licensing terms for business users can be found here.



Version 9.0.28116:

  • Minor improvements and fixes.



OS X 10.6 or later

Download Now

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05:25
Numbers: Fitting Your Content to a Printed Page

With both the old and the new versions of Numbers, you can easily configure your spreadsheet so that the columns fit to a single page-without having to jump through a ton of hoops (or change your headers!) to do so. In this Quick Tip, weâre going to go over how to do that in both versions of Appleâs spreadsheet software, so no matter which one you use, this articleâs for you.


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05:17
Apple fixes Heartbleed bug in Airport Extreme and...

Have an Airport Extreme or Time Capsule? Grab the firmware updates and apply them.

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05:07
Apple’s new “Powerful” ad

[VIDEO] I love the construction of this video (embedded in the original post). Lots of little pieces, all tied together to support Gigantic, by The Pixies. So well done. Be sure to check out Apple’s Powerful iPhone 5s web page, which showcases some of the apps used in the video.

Yum.

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05:00
Latest iPhone 6 concepts incorporate the more...

Martin Hajek has been busy again, following his earlier iPod Nano-inspired  and schematic-prompted concepts for the iPhone 6. Commissioned by French site NWE, his latest designs incorporate the more persistent rumors: a rounded profile, power button moved from the top to the right (for easier use with a larger, near...

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04:50
CS Odessa announces baseball addition to ConceptDraw...

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced a new ConceptDraw Solution Park addition for ConceptDraw PRO v9.5 and greater. Introduced is a new set libraries that provide a complete baseball description solution.

The new addition to ConceptDraw Solution Park is a free item for current users of ConceptDraw PRO. The Baseball Solution includes a collection of templates, samples, and libraries of vector stencils, icons and clipart that support many professional ways to show and demonstrate baseball strategy.

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04:42
onOne announces Perfect Photo Suite 8.5

onOne Software has announced Perfect Photo Suite 8.5, an update of its photo editor. It works as a plug-in with Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, and Apple Aperture, as well as a stand-alone app.

The app includes eight integrated applications, each one targeted to a specific phot-processing task. Version 8.5 includes speed and productivity enhancements to Perfect Photo Suite's Browse module, improved performance with the Perfect Eraser tool, and enhanced masking support in Perfect Effects and Perfect Layers.

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04:40
Briefly 1.5 for Mac adds Color Sorting for Photos

Matthias Gansrigler has released an upgrade to Briefly, his photo/video app for Mac. The software takes photos and optional sound files as input from the user and creates still motion videos from them.

Version 1.5 can sort photos by color, resulting in a nice gradient effect in the video as well as support for more than one soundtrack or soundtrack looping, among other improvements, Gansrigler says. Also, the reduction of black borders can be disabled to show photos in their entirety.

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04:20
Barcode Basics for the Mac revved to version 2.0

Barcode Basics for Mac OS X has been revved to version 2. The app offers barcode creation features.

The later version adds additional codes (Code 39 and Code 128). The software supports pro features such as bar width reduction and truncation.

Barcode Basics 2.0 requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher and costs US$9.99. It's available at the Mac App Store (ttp://tinyurl.com/n2eczys).

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04:14
Samsung bought two patents specifically for use in...

In the ongoing patent trial where Apple is claiming Samsung infringed five of its patents, and Samsung is claiming Apple did the same to two of its patents, it has been suggested that Samsung bought the two patents concerned specifically to sue Apple. The allegation was made by Apple’s attorneys, reports The Verge.

The original inventors on the video patent, for instance, originated in Oklahoma, and the gallery patent originally belonged to Hitachi. In the case of the video patent, Samsung disclosed that it paid $2.39 million to acquire it in 2010, the same year FaceTime debuted alongside the iPhone 4. Apple hopes that will stand in stark contrast with its five patents, two of which were...

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04:07
Kool Tools: Adobe Lightroom Mobile for the iPad

Adobe's Lightroom mobile, a companion app to Lightroom desktop software (only available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud) has brought Lightroom tools to the iPad.

It delivers photography essentials – such as non-destructive processing of files – and utilization of new Smart Preview technologies to the Apple tablet. Lightroom mobile is built on a synchronization architecture, designed specifically for photos, and provides the most efficient way to manage and edit images across desktops, mobile devices and the Web.

With Lightroom mobile, iPad users can:

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04:02
Gartner: digital businesses will sport opportunities...

The hallmark of a digital business will be the ability to spot opportunities that might span a matter of just seconds, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). The research group introduced the concept of a "business moment" — a transient opportunity that is exploited dynamically — in 2013 and expects these moments to occur more and more frequently as enterprises migrate from today's world to the digital business world. 

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04:02
Gartner: digital businesses will sport opportunities...

The hallmark of a digital business will be the ability to spot opportunities that might span a matter of just seconds, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). The research group introduced the concept of a "business moment" — a transient opportunity that is exploited dynamically — in 2013 and expects these moments to occur more and more frequently as enterprises migrate from today's world to the digital business world. 

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03:10
Sprint to Make All Devices Launched After February...

In an updated unlocking FAQ found on its website (via Android Police), Sprint has stated that it will make all of its devices released after February 11, 2015 unlockable for use on other domestic networks such as AT&T or T-Mobile.

The move is a part of the agreement that the five major U.S. wireless carriers and the Federal Communications Commission signed in December in order to allow customers to unlock their devices and switch carriers if they wish. I've been told by another carrier that Sprint needs to unlock my SIM slot in order to use my phone on the other carrier's network.

For...

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00:15
Apple vs Samsung, Day 10: The home stretch

The biggest news in today's Apple vs Samsung patent trial was the previously-reported revelation of a secret deal between Google and Samsung in which the search and advertising giant not only agreed to indemnify Samsung if it lost on two of the patent claims in this trial, but that Google -- not Samsung -- was to "direct and control" litigation and defense on Samsung's behalf. The revelation, which Samsung had previously denied in court, will be used to diminish the Samsung claim that the case is really about Android....



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Tuesday April 22

21:19
Apple Fixes FaceTime on Older Versions of OS X, iOS...

Apple tonight released an update for FaceTime on OS X [Direct Link], which resolves connections issues and is recommended for all FaceTime users currently running OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. The connection issues are presumably related to the problems reported last week which affected both older versions of OS X and iOS 6 versions of FaceTime.

Apple, however, has not yet addressed the problems with FaceTime that are in iOS 6. While it is encouraging that Apple released an update for FaceTime for OS X 10.6, Apple support's recommendations for iOS 6 users has been to upgrade to iOS 7. One user has quoted Apple support as saying that the only fix for iOS 6 is to upgrade to the latest version of iOS 7, with no...

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21:10
Apple's 'Powerful' new TV commercial...

A new Apple ad premiered tonight on Disney-owned ABC, called "Powerful." The 90-second spot (now available on Apple's YouTube channel) is the first this year to spotlight the iPhone 5s rather than the iPhone 5c, and features a band performing the Pixies song "Gigantic" while an array of apps -- beginning with musically-oriented ones, then branching off in other directions -- is shown. Like most recent Apple ads, the focus is on enabling people to do interesting things using their iPhones....



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21:00
NYOP Mac software bundle: Few bucks gets RapidWeaver...

SackSocial and 9to5Toys Specials are offering another Name Your Own Price Mac Bundle with 10 Mac apps regularly priced at $655. This bundle has some incredibly solid apps, and currently less than $5 will unlock all of the apps. In addition, 10% of your purchase will go to a charity of your choice including Child’s Play, World Wildlife Foundation, or Creative Commons. Also, if you are on the leaderboard at any time, you are entered to win a MacBook Air. The price will go up as more people buy so it is best to get in early.

Some of the notable...

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20:11
Apple shows off iPhone 5s multimedia creation...

Apple on Tuesday released a new commercial for its flagship iPhone 5s, showing off the handset's digital media creation capabilities through a slew of music, movie making, translation and exploration apps.



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20:08
After putting Google on the hook for infringement of...

Even more startling than the news from today's trial that Google offered to indemnify Samsung for Android's infringement of Apple's iPhones patents is the fact that Samsung falsely stated in court filings that that it had not been "seeking indemnification from any third party."



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19:35
Apple Granted 56 Patents Today Covering Magic Mouse...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 56 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's granted patents for their magic mouse and one relating to a method of turning off an iDevice while a driver is in the driver seat and in motion. This invention was way ahead of its time and yet it's possible that it'll make its way into a future version of Apple's new CarPlay. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.

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19:26
Apple Debuts New 'Gigantic' TV Ad Focusing...

Apple has debuted a new TV ad alongside Marvel's Agents of SHIELD tonight on ABC called "Gigantic". The ad, which was first spotted by 9to5Mac, showcases iPhone 5s owners using the device to enhance their lives in multiple ways.

With "Gigantic" by the Pixies [iTunes] playing in the background, the app has users using the iPhone 5s to check their health, check for directions, create short monster movies, record videos, create art installations and more, including the Pixies preparing to play their song. The ad ends with the tagline "You're more powerful than you think".

Apple has not aired an iPhone 5s ad since the seasonal holiday ad "Misunderstood", which has since been removed from its YouTube channel...

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19:23
Developers get new app content descriptions, rating...

Apple on Tuesday sent out emails to developers notifying them of changes to iTunes Connect that may impact how the company rates their apps, including a new rating system for the Brazilian App Store and territory-specific restrictions.



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19:21
Apple updates iOS Pages, Numbers, Keynote versions

Among other updates issued on Tuesday, Apple has further updated the iOS versions of Pages, Numbers and Keynote -- formerly known collectively as iWork apps -- to version 2.2.1, just three weeks after its last update. The previous version introduced new features and restored old ones, but today's update lists only unnamed "stability and bug fixes," which might hint that the change is related somehow to an OpenSSL patch for 2013 Airport Extremes and Time Capsules issued earlier today....



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19:00
Viva Mavericks: OS X Beta Seed program now live

Really, who among us hasn't wanted to run a presumptively unstable operating system? Until today, the delights of beta releases of OS X were reserved to those who signed up for Apple's developer program (and paid the $99 fee to enroll).

That fun and...

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18:59
Apple airs new “Powerful” TV ad, promoting content...

Update: Apple has now posted an accompanying microsite for the ad, featuring the ads shown in the video.

Apple has begun airing a new iPhone 5s ad this evening, first premiering on ABC during Agents Of SHIELD. This ad, featuring the interesting song ‘Gigantic‘ by the Pixies, takes a very different tone than the “Metal Mastered” ad released in October, which showed that gold really is best.

The ad shows common and uncommon tasks people can accomplish with their iPhone, such as creating music, tracking their health, shooting videos and photos, and playing games. The ad ends with the...

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18:00
Before Macintosh there was Lisa and its incredible...

Sitting in the shadow of the revolutionary Apple Macintosh is the Mac's lesser known sibling, the Lisa. The Pete Best of the Apple world, Lisa was released in 1983 and discontinued three years later, left behind in the dust of the Macintosh's...

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17:57
Apple releases OpenSSL fix for 2013 Airport Extreme...

On Tuesday, Apple -- which had previously said none of its key software, operating systems, websites or web services had been affected by the Heartbleed OpenSSL security flaw -- issued a patch to its 2013 (only) Airport Extreme and Time Capsule products that support 802.11ac to fix the issue. The 2013 Airport Express is not affected by the bug, and does not require the update. The patch boosts the firmware version on the Extreme and Time Capsule to 7.7.3 and "provides security improvements related to SSL/TLS."...



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17:53
Apple Granted Patents for a Cellular Data Connected...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 56 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's possible Livescribe competing smart pen and the next generation of MagSafe with a fiber optic line incorporated. One of the questions that arise from the smart pen patent is whether Sir Jony Ive secretly works for UK's MI6.

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17:13
iWatch May Ultimately Replace iPod, No iPod Updates...

A research note (via Barrons) from Christopher Caso, an analyst with Susquehanna Financial Group, reiterates previous analyst reporting about the iWatch, saying Apple is looking to enter production with a pair of screen sizes in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Caso says Apple has production targets of 5-6 million units, but believes the iWatch will "essentially replace the iPod in the consumer portion of AAPL's product lineup" and will see lowered iPod sales as a result of customers choosing the iWatch instead. The note says the iPod is not expected to be updated this year.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said earlier this year that the iPod "is a declining business", with sales dropping to under $5 billion in...

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17:12
How Apple's Billion Dollar Sapphire Bet Will...

alphadogg writes: "Apple is making a billion dollar bet on sapphire as a strategic material for mobile devices such as the iPhone, iPad and perhaps an iWatch. Exactly what the company plans to do with the scratch-resistant crystal – and when – is still the subject of debate. Apple is creating its own supply chain devoted to producing and finishing synthetic sapphire crystal in unprecedented quantities. The new Mesa, Arizona plant, in a partnership with sapphire furnace maker GT Advanced Technologies, will make Apple one of the world's largest sapphire producers when it reaches full capacity, probably in late 2014. By doing so, Apple is assured of a very large amount of sapphire and insulates itself from the ups and downs of sapphire material pricing in the global market."

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17:00
Apple v. Samsung: Google to Cover Some Costs, Assume...

Tuesday's court testimony in the patent infringement trial between Apple and Samsung revealed that Google had agreed to cover some of Samsung's legal costs in defending itself against Apple. More interestingly, the search giant also agreed to assume some liability for some of Apple's patent claims involved in the suit.


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17:00
The case that turns your iPhone into an iDroid

Leave it to a game designer to dream up the bulkiest, most awkward iPhone case ever: This is the iDroid. Made to mimic the look of an in-game communicator in the game Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, the case has a bunch of goofy...

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16:40
Apple opens OS X beta program to the public for 10.9...

Apple's "OS X Beta Seed Program" is offering an early build of the OS X 10.9.3 update to anyone with an Apple ID who signs up.

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Apple does most of its hardware and software development behind closed doors, rarely giving public previews or commenting on rumors before it's ready to make an announcement. Today, the company made one small step in the other direction with the OS X Beta Seed Program, through which anyone with an Apple ID and a Mac can download and run the latest developer build of OS X 10.9.3.

Apple usually only offers these betas to limited test audiences or to registered Apple developers. It costs $99 a year to stay registered as an OS X developer (and another $99 a year if you want to get iOS software, too). Apple wouldn't tell us whether the Beta Seed program would extend to other OS X or iOS updates, or if major software releases like new iOS or OS X versions would also be...

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16:39
Apple adds 'In-app purchase' warning to...

In a change to the iOS App Store pushed out alongside Tuesday's iOS 7.1.1 release, Apple has added labels to listed apps and games that include in-app purchases, with the notifications showing up in both iOS and desktop versions of iTunes.



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16:33
∞ iTunes Radio adds new “First Plays” and “Ones to...

iTunes Radio is bulking up its content. On Tuesday the company added First Play’s of Ray LaMontagne’s new album “SUPERNOVA” and the new Damon Albarn album “Everyday Robots.” The new “Ones to Watch 2014” station has many acts including Betty Who, The 1975, Wild Cub, Mø, London Grammar, Courtney Barnett, Chet Faker, and SOHN. [...]

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16:30
Apple Expands In-Store Trade-In Program to iPads and...

Apple's in-store recycling has expanded to include anything with an Apple logo on it. Those which still hold resale value get exchanged for Apple gift cards, but now the stores will take any Apple equipment off your hands.

The Mac Observer Spin: Good on Apple for expanding their recycling programs. I know there will be criticism, but I don't know any other company making any attempt at making recycling previous tech easier.


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16:22
Testimony: Google providing indemnity to Samsung in...

Google attorney James Mccoun testified today that the search engine giant agreed to defend Samsung at least in part against some of the claims against it in the ongoing Apple versus Samsung trial. Apple played pre-recorded testimony from the attorney who confirmed emails that Google would provide some level of indemnity over four patents held by Apple if Samsung was sued, or would possibly take over defense of the claims....



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16:11
Malware steals Apple IDs from jailbroken iPhones,...

As has been predicted for some time, a new malware threat exploits the same flaws in iOS that jailbreaking tools use in order to install itself on older jailbroken iPhones and iPads. The malware, likely to be found in devices where the user has installed third-party customizations, scans for the Apple ID and password of the user, then transmits it to remote servers. Current, 64-bit iOS devices like the iPhone 5s, iPad Air or second-generation iPad mini -- and un-jailbroken iOS devices of all sorts -- appear to be immune so far....

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16:09
Apple Granted a Liquid-Metal Patent for Hollow...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 56 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a liquid-metal related patent that supports hollow structures. This supports a possible future flexible display based iPhone patent filing that was revealed last December.

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16:00
A second look at the Dock-It Pro iPad keyboard case...

Last month, one of my fellow bloggers took a quick look at Parle Innovation's Dock-It Pro, a US$159 (introductory price of $129 still available) iPad keyboard case that's quite different from any other case on the market. I met the CEO of Parle...

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15:54
Apple patches Heartbleed vulnerability in latest...

In response to the Heartbleed kerfuffle, Apple on Tuesday rolled out a firmware update for all 2013 AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule models that protects affected units from the OpenSSL vulnerability.



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15:43
Google agrees to defend Samsung, pay some of its...

While testifying in the Samsung vs Apple case on Tuesday, it was revealed that Google has agreed to help Samsung defend itself against Apple in its current patent-infringement case. According to a report from Re/Code, citing deposition testimony from Google lawyer James Maccoun, Google has also agreed to partially or fully indemnify Samsung for any loses it may suffer on its claims.

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15:38
Briefly: Perfect Photo Suite 8.5, Briefly 1.5 for Mac

OnOne Software has announced the upcoming release of its latest version of Perfect Photo Suite, adding improvements to photo browsing, file-management options, and more. Perfect Photo Suite 8.5 Photo Editor is a full-featured photo editor that also works as a plug-in with Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, and Apple Aperture. In v8.5.0, the Browse module includes speed and productivity enhancements, such as faster thumbnail and preview viewing, and new file management features for organization. Improved performance with the Perfect Eraser tool simplify object removal on difficult grad...



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15:31
Google agreed to pick up tab for some Samsung legal...

An agreement between Google and Samsung, revealed on Tuesday in the second California Apple v. Samsung patent trial, has the Internet search giant on the hook for legal fees and liability related to up to four Apple patents.



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15:27
Apple updates App Store content ratings system with...

Apple has made some changes to the way it handles content ratings in the App Store, as outlined in an email (included below) sent to developers today. These ratings aren’t the five-star reviews that users assign apps, but the age-based restrictions assigned to each app based on the type of content in the app. While most apps are rated 4+ (the lowest), some that contain violent or potentially offensive content may have higher ratings (as seen above).

Starting today, developers will be able to assign a few new content descriptions to their apps in order to help better determine what age group the software is appropriate for. These new descriptions include “Medical/Treatment Information, Gambling and Contests, and Unrestricted Web Access.” That last one is good news for many developers...

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15:15
The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for April 22, 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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15:12
Viber 4.1.0 - Send messages and make calls for free...

Viber lets you send free messages and make free calls to other Viber users, on any device and network, in any country! Viber syncs your contacts, messages and call history with your mobile device, so you can start the conversation on the Viber mobile application and continue from the comfort of your Mac.

Features:

  • Best-quality HD voice calls
  • Video calls
  • Free text and photo messages
  • Group conversations
  • No registration, passwords or invitations required
  • Contacts and messages sync between your mobile and Mac
  • Transfer ongoing calls between devices

Download Viber, enter your phone number, and start connecting with your friends.

Version 4.1.0:

  • Member display in group conversations. See participants in each of your groups right at the top of the screen.
  • One-on-one conversations from within a group. Scroll over individual members of a...

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15:06
Apple opens OS X betas to non-developers via Beta...

For the first time, access to OS X beta releases has been opened to non-developers. Apple has introduced the Beta Seed Program, which requires only that a person have an Apple ID and sign a confidentiality agreement. The agreement blocks people from sharing information to anyone not also registered to receive betas....



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14:46
iPhones and Macs get fix for extremely critical “...

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Apple has patched versions of its iOS and OS X operating systems to fix yet another extremely critical cryptography vulnerability that leaves some users open to surreptitious eavesdropping. Readers are urged to install the updates immediately.

The flaw resides in the secure transport mechanism of iOS version 7.1 and earlier for iPhones and iPads and the Mountain Lion 10.8.5 and Mavericks 10.9.2 versions of Mac OS X, according to advisories here and here. The bug makes it possible to bypass HTTPS encryption protections that are designed to prevent eavesdropping and data tampering by attackers with the capability to monitor traffic sent by and received from vulnerable devices. Such "man-in-the-middle" attackers could exploit the bug by abusing the "triple handshake"...

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14:34
Apple updates iWork apps for iOS with stability...

Coming on the heels of Tuesday's iOS 7.1.1 release, Apple has issued updates to all iWork for iOS apps with unnamed stability and bug fixes.



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14:33
Google Covering Defense Costs and Damage Awards for...

Google is covering lawyer fees and potential damage awards with regards to four patents in the ongoing Apple/Samsung patent case, according to a report from Re/code, quoting deposition testimony from a Google attorney that Apple introduced in court today.

The case between Apple and Samsung is seen by many as a proxy for the larger battle between Google and Apple over the company's respective mobile operating systems.

Apple played deposition testimony from Google lawyer James Mccoun, who verified e-mail in which Google agreed to provide partial or full indemnity with regards to four patents as well as to take over defense of those claims.

A Samsung representative said he could not immediately say which if any claims in the case for which Google is in fact providing the defense and indemnity.Yesterday, Samsung argued that, if it...

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14:30
Remembering Earth Day with five stunning iPhone...

It's Earth Day today so it is only fitting that we spend some time admiring our wonderful planet. Here are five wonderful landscape photos taken with an iPhone for those who can't make it outside, but wish they could.

A beautiful photo of Garmo...

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14:22
Apple releases Heartbleed bug fix for 2013 AirPort...

Apple has released a bug fix patch for its 2013 AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule, fixing the OpenSSL ‘Heartbleed’ vulnerability. The update does not apply to the AirPort Express.

Firmware update 7.7.3 is recommended for all AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule base stations with 802.11ac. It provides security improvements related to SSL/TLS. Other AirPort base stations do not require this firmware update.

Amusingly, when Heartbleed made headlines earlier this month, Apple said that no key software or services were affected. They conveniently forgot to mention that their latest router hardware was susceptible to the flaw.

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14:13
The Chernin Group, AT&T partner for media...

AT&T is partnering with The Chernin Group, with the latter pouring $500 million into an effort to distribute Internet-based video services. What exactly AT&T and Chernin will produce as a result isn't clear, but premium services like Netflix are suspected. The terms of the deal have not yet been announced....



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14:07
Apple fixes weekend iTunes outage for first-gen...

Apple appears to have fixed a problem that prevented owners of the first-generation Apple TV from accessing iTunes, according to comments on the product's support forums. The outage began over the weekend, but was resolved just earlier today. It's not clear what caused the issue, or why it would only affect first-gen Apple TVs....



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14:00
iOS 7.1.1 makes in-app purchases clear in Top...

Along with minor tweaks and bug fixes, today’s release of iOS 7.1.1 sees Apple continuing to make it clear which apps support in-app purchases. Now, the Top Grossing chart in the App Store lists when an app has in-app purchases. …

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14:00
Blue Sky for iOS lets you visualize clearer air

Blue Sky is a free iOS app coming out of China, where skies are often gray and air pollution is often out of control. Of course, China isn't alone with that problem. Blue Sky is sponsored by the World Wildlife Federation and an advertising agency,...

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13:51
AirPort Base Station Firmware Update 7.7.3

Learn about AirPort Base Station Firmware Update 7.7.3.

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13:50
Apple launches Beta Seed for OS X program for end...

Ever dreamed of an opportunity to try out new versions of OS X before they’re released, but without having to pony up the $99 to become a registered developer? Well, that opportunity’s here: On Tuesday, Apple announced a new initiative, the OS X Beta Seed Program.

As part of the Beta Seed Program, users can register to receive pre-release versions of OS X, starting with OS X 10.9.3, which is available beginning on Tuesday. By trying out the new software and providing feedback to Apple, users can help shape the direction of the company’s desktop computer OS.

While a version of this program previously existed under the name “Appleseed,” that initiative was an invite-only affair that the company offered from time to time. Beta Seed, by comparison, is open to any member of the public with an Apple ID.

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13:49
Security Update 2014-002

Learn about Security Update 2014-002.

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13:40
Apple posts Security Update 2014-002 and Safari 7.0.3

Apple has released Security Update 2014-002, an OS X patch that addresses various security flaws. The software applies to Lion, Mountain Lion, and Mavericks. More significantly it comes bundled with Safari 7.0.3, which in addition to improved security includes some minor feature additions and bugfixes....



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13:33
Apple releases Heartbleed fix for AirPort Base...

Apple on Tuesday patched a bug in its most recent AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule models related to the Heartbleed OpenSSL vulnerability discovered earlier this month.

The update, AirPort Base Station Firmware Update 7.7.3, is only for the AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule base stations with 802.11ac, introduced in June 2013, and fixes a vulnerability that existed only when the Back to My Mac feature was turned on.

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13:30
Ask TUAW Live is on the air at 5 PM ET today!

"Ask TUAW Live" happens today, Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 5:00:00 PM EDT. You can check here for showtimes in your area. We're taking your questions now via the Ask Tuaw feedback form, Twitter, Facebook or Google+.

To watch the live feed and...

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13:30
Apple Fixes Major SSL Bug In OS X, iOS

Trailrunner7 writes: "Apple has fixed a serious security flaw present in many versions of both iOS and OS X and could allow an attacker to intercept data on SSL connections. The bug is one of many the company fixed Tuesday in its two main operating systems, and several of the other vulnerabilities have serious consequences as well, including the ability to bypass memory protections and run arbitrary code. The most severe of the vulnerabilities patched in iOS 7.1.1 and OSX Mountain Lion and Mavericks is an issue with the secure transport component of the operating systems. If an attacker was in a man-in-the-middle position on a user's network, he might be able to intercept supposedly secure traffic or change the connection's properties."

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13:29
Apple opens OS X betas to consumers with Beta Seed...

In a substantial change to its operating policies, Apple has opened its OS X beta testing process to all Mac users with a newly minted Beta Seed Program.



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Apple Allowing Non-Developers to Apply for OS X Beta...

Alongside iOS 7.1.1, Apple has introduced a new OS X beta program that will see non-developers given an opportunity to download OS X betas before they are released to the public.

Join the OS X Beta Seed Program and accept the Beta Seed and Confidentiality Agreement. Apple will provide a Beta Access Utility for your Mac, which gives you access to pre-release versions of OS X in the Mac App Store Updates panel.Users can apply to join the beta program on Apple's new Appleseed Beta website, which allows users to apply using an Apple ID.

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Apple’s new program lets anyone, not just developers...

Apple is making it easy for anyone, not just those part of its paid developer program, to access beta builds of OS X and in the process submit feedback to Apple. As noted by The Loop, Apple is kicking off a new OS X Beta Seed Program today for all customers that will allow anyone with an Apple ID to install beta builds of OS X starting with the latest OS X 10.9.3 build released yesterday.

The OS X Beta Seed Program gives users the opportunity to run pre-release software. Test-drive beta software and provide quality and usability feedback that will help make OS X even better.The OS X Beta Seed Program gives users the opportunity to run pre-release software. Test-drive beta software and provide...

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