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Tuesday April 21

04:57
Kool Tools: Aluminum USB 3.0 Blu-ray/DVD/CD Recorder...

MCE Technologies' (http://tinyurl.com/khvlneg) Aluminum USB 3 Blu-ray/DVD/CD Recorder is designed for all Macs with, or without, a built-in optical drive. The enclosure material is aluminum, and the interface is USB 3.0.

The Aluminum Fovea Extreme 3 can read and record data and high definition video to 25GB, 50GB, 100GB, and 128GB Blu-ray recordable discs, as well as M-Disc Blu-ray media. Included with the drive is Mac Blu-ray Player software, allowing the playback of commercial Blu-ray titles in high definition directly on the Mac.

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04:36
Output Factory for Adobe InDesign Introduces PDF...

Zevrix Solutions has introduced Output Factory 1.5.21, a feature update to its output automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

Output Factory automates printing, exporting and preflighting from InDesign, and offers batch processing, export as single pages, variable file names, layer versioning, PDF preflight, file delivery, output history and more. The new version lets users automate creation of secure PDF documents with password protection, encryption, copy and print restriction, and other options.

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04:01
BusyCal 2.6.6 - Powerful calendar app with multiple...

BusyCal is an award-winning desktop calendar that combines personal productivity features for individuals with powerful calendar sharing capabilities for families and workgroups.

BusyCal's unique features include a non-modal Info Panel for easier data entry; To Dos that display in the calendar and auto-forward until completed; repeating To Dos; customizable calendar views including a List view and scrolling Month and Week views; adjustable font styles and sizes, live weather feeds, moon phases, graphics, sticky notes and more.

BusyCal allows families and workgroups to share calendars with MobileMe, Google Calendar, iCal Server, and other CalDAV Servers. You can even share calendars with other BusyCal users on a local area network without the need of a server. And BusyCal syncs with iCal, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and other apps and devices that sync with MobileMe or Sync Services.

Features

  • View and edit event details in a non-modal...

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03:55
MegaSeg 5.9.6 - Professional MP3 DJ application. (...

MegaSeg is a complete solution for pro audio/video DJ mixing, radio automation, and music scheduling with rock-solid performance and an easy-to-use design. Mix with visual waveforms and Magic Trackpad cue and sync. Preview tracks with optional audio outputs and MIDI control. Enjoy fast access and elegant management of your iTunes library, including iTunes Match. Segue or beat-mix between songs or music videos, trigger sound effects via hot keys, note requests via color-coded request lists, cue and preview tracks via multiple sound outputs, create dynamic scheduled playlists, program automatic playlist events, and more...

  • Full iTunes library and playlist integration, including iTunes Match.
  • Visually sync beats in real-time with the waveform viewer.
  • Use Multi-touch trackpad controls for cue-scrub, pitch shift, and click-drag sync.
  • Kick back on autopilot with automatic segues.
  • Change the font face, color, and size....
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03:52
Chip Designer ARM Beats Market Forecasts due to the...

It's being reported today that the FTSE 100 is continuing the week’s recovery, with chip designer Arm leading the way. The company, which supplies Apple’s iPhone ...

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03:08
Apple Granted 47 Patents Today Covering Three Apple...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 47 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple Watch design patents and a utility patent for a possible future iPhone feature covering Push-to-Talk. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with ...

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02:52
Apple patents Apple Watch Sport Band, Classic Buckle...

Just days before Apple Watch is slated to ship out to early buyers, Apple on Tuesday was granted patents for its unique Sport Band, Classic Buckle and Link Bracelet device accessories, protecting the innovative designs from potential copycats.

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01:50
Apple Granted a Patent for Advanced 3D RF Signatures...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 47newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover an invention relating to 3D RF Signatures that are able to detect tampering in a physical article such as retail packaging or luggage while also applying to self-propelled vehicles and beyond.

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00:16
KeyCue 7.5 - Displays all menu shortcut commands. (...

Need more than one license? Get KeyCue Family for just $15.99.

KeyCue lets you view available Command key shortcuts. Simply press and hold the Command key to view a list of all available keyboard shortcuts, making it easy to learn and remember those time-saving keystrokes.

  • See. View available keyboard shortcuts based on application by pressing the Command key.
  • Do. Simply type out the desired shortcut upon finding the appropriate action.
  • Learn. Develop into an efficient power user by remembering repeated shortcuts or discovering previously unknown actions.



Version 7.5:

  • In custom shortcut lists, it is now possible to omit known keyboard shortcuts.
  • When a new version is available, you can now check the new features before downloading the new version.
  • When...

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Monday April 20

20:57
Daily Roundup: Nokia making phones again, Sony wants...

Today, read how Nokia is planning to get back into the phone game, ponder why Sony's added image-stabilization technology to the front of its new flagship phone and get all the details on the best vaporizers around -- because it's that day. All that ...

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20:38
Bushel: Free easy-to-use cloud-based tool for Apple...

For some people, IT is a task and not a career. Bushel is a simple-to-use cloud-based tool that anyone can leverage to manage the Apple devices in their workplace. Bushel allows you to easily set-up and protect all of the Apple devices that you distribute to your team, or those that your team already has. Provide access to company email accounts, automatically install work apps to every device all at once, and separate and protect your team’s personal data from company data. And if a device is ever lost or stolen, you can even remotely lock it or wipe company data completely. Do all of this and much more, without any help from IT. All wrapped into one seamless interface so you can manage those Apple devices when you want, wherever you are. Bushel makes the complex simple, so you can focus on what matters most, all while taking back your nights and weekends. Your first three devices are free forever, and each additional device is just $2 per month with no contracts or commitments....

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19:39
Custom Watch Faces

A weekend Twitter thread regarding custom watch faces for Android Wear and the prospects of custom faces for Apple Watch led me to FaceRepo, a repository of downloadable watch faces for Android Wear. Remember the sites with “skins” for SoundJam and Audion? Like that, but for Android Wear. A few thoughts that went through my mind after perusing the offerings:

  • I don’t expect Apple to open up watch faces to arbitrary designs, even when the full Apple Watch SDK ships later this year. If they do allow third-party faces, I think it’ll be through design partners hand-selected by Apple. (The Mickey face is arguably an example of this already.) The idea of fully-customizable watch faces is right in the sweet spot between the differing philosophies of Google (anything goes) and Apple (tightly controlled). Apple Watch currently offers 10 different faces, and most of...

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17:43
Apple shares Earth Day 2015 collection with content...



After sharing its latest Environmental Responsibility report this morning, Apple this evening has added a new Earth Day 2015 section to the App Store. The section highlights content that contribute to environmental awareness, as well as apps that promote green living and going paperless.

Further, Apple’s Earth Day 2015 section aggregates books, movies, iTunes U content, podcasts, and TV shows that relate to the Earth. Selections include the TV show “Planet Earth,” the movie “March...

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17:00
Today in the App Store -- Lifeline, Stackables and...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today's notable apps include a discount on Readkit, the new Lifeline game and a major update to Workflow. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Cut Me Out Pro - Easy photo editor to Chop photo, superimpose or erase background [Now free, down from $1.99] Cut out sections of an image in any shape and paste it to selected background photo with Cut Me Out Pro.

Perfect Picture - Photo Editor for Instagram [Now free, down from $0.99] Create amazing photos to share on Instagram or any other photo sharing app installed on device.

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16:56
If you can't sign in to iCloud when you set up...

If you're setting up your Mac for the first time and can't sign in with your Apple ID using the Setup Assistant, try the steps below.

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16:09
Beyonce seen sporting Apple Watch Edition with gold...

Less than a week after star fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld showed off pictures of his yellow gold Apple Watch Edition with custom all-gold link bracelet, Beyonce was seen at Coachella wearing what appears to be the same combination.

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15:48
Locate and organize your iTunes files

Learn how to find your iTunes files and how they're organized.

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15:42
How to Create and Use Network Locations for Mac

Why does it say "Automatic" on your Network preferences? Because "Automatic" is the default location in Mac OS, you can create many more to make switching networks easier. Kelly helps you sort it out.


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15:32
Google Dresses Up Android Wear


Google on Monday released an update to Android Wear -- the first significant feature refresh for its wearable device software since its introduction more than a year ago.
"This update is overdue," said Ian Fogg, senior director and head of the mobile and telecoms team at IHS Technology. "With other products, Google adds features fairly continuously," he noted. "Android Wear hasn't had as much focus from Google over the last year as some of its other products."

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15:12
Apple Watch orders statuses changing to “Preparing...

Your pre-ordered Apple Watch might be about to head out the door.

A number of Apple Watch order statuses have begun changing from “Processing Items” to “Preparing for Shipment” as Apple gets ready to send out the first Apple Watch orders to customers who pre-ordered their devices on Friday, April 10th. The order statuses have shifted over to “Preparing for Shipment” for some buyers and are listing prospective delivery dates of April 24th to May 8th, while the first orders are expected to begin arriving on Friday, April 24th.

The change to customer order statuses came only minutes after Apple began charging credit and debit cards for Apple Watch...

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15:09
Some Apple Watch Orders ‘Preparing for Shipment’

Some Apple Watch orders have shifted from "Processing Items" to "Preparing for Shipment." TMO readers have also reported that their credit cards are being charged. Both suggest Apple will have some Apple Watch shipments delivered on April 24th, as promised.


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15:01
[Sponsor] Todoist

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With exclusive features like natural language date parsing, productivity-tracking, sub-tasks, labels and filters, location-aware alerts, project sharing and more, Todoist is the ultimate to-do list for power users. Available on 15 different platforms (including Mac and iOS), Todoist will help you stay organized and productive anywhere, on all your devices.

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14:58
Announcing TMO’s New Product Scoring System

For all of time, well since 2002, The Mac Observer has used a scale of 1 to 5 in its reviews for scoring products. As of today, that has changed, and here's why.


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14:39
Apple Watch Order Statuses Shifting to '...

Apple Watch order statuses have begun changing from "Processing Items" to "Preparing for Shipment" as Apple gets ready to send out the first Apple Watch orders to customers who pre-ordered their devices on Friday, April 10. Apple Watch orders that have changed to "Preparing for Shipment" are still listing prospective delivery dates of 4/24 to 5/8, but the first orders are expected to begin arriving on Friday April 24, the official launch date of the Apple Watch. Now that order statuses have shifted, customers should begin receiving shipment emails in the near future.

The change to customer order statuses comes just minutes after Apple began charging credit and debit cards for Apple Watch purchases. As we have previously mentioned, bulk...

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14:29
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 20...

Notable software releases this week include OS X Server 4.1, Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.1, OmniOutliner 4.2, Tinderbox 6.2, LaunchBar 6.3, Final Cut Pro X 10.2, Compressor 4.2, Motion 5.2, and OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 Supplemental Update 1.0.

 

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14:29
ExtraBITS for 20 April 2015

In our latest ExtraBITS roundup, Apple has released its ResearchKit framework to the open-source community, developer Marco Arment calls for thicker Apple devices, Apple is getting into forestry, iOS 8.3 blocks third-party file managers, and Josh Centers discusses spider robots on The Tech Night Owl.

 

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14:20
Apple preparing to ship out first Apple Watch orders...

Ahead of the expected first Apple Watch arrivals on April 24th, Apple has began charging customer credit and debit cards. Various users on social media that pre-ordered the Apple Watch are reporting that they have been charged by Apple for their order. According to reader reports, both Apple Watch and Apple Watch Sport customers have been charged.

While some users report that their shipment status has yet to change, our own Dom Esposito’s order status for his 38mm Apple Watch Sport has changed from from...

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14:14
Apple favorite Beyoncé shows off exclusive Apple...

Following an Apple Watch with gold link bracelet, an exclusive combo that Apple isn’t offering to consumers, surfacing on the wrist of designer Karl Lagerfeld, today Beyonce is flaunting the same model at Coachella, as shown in these images posted to her website. 

While so far Apple has been quiet about the exclusive Apple Watch models, it appears...

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14:08
1,500 iOS apps have HTTPS-crippling bug. Is one of...

About 1,500 iPhone and iPad apps contain an HTTPS-crippling vulnerability that makes it easy for attackers to intercept encrypted passwords, bank-account numbers, and other highly sensitive information, according to research released Monday.

An estimated two million people have installed the vulnerable apps, which include the Citrix OpenVoice Audio Conferencing, the Alibaba.com mobile app, Movies by Flixster with Rotten Tomatoes, KYBankAgent 3.0, and Revo Restaurant Point of Sale, according to analytics service...

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14:04
iOS-controlled toy Sphero made Star Wars’ BB-8...

Best known for its app-controlled robotic toys, iOS developer Sphero was responsible for creating the real version of the ball-shaped droid BB-8 featured in Disney’s upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens, according to Time. Having released the original iOS-controlled Sphero and much-improved Sphero 2.0 balls in 2012 and 2013, the company was accepted into a Disney accelerator program in 2014, receiving personal mentoring from ...

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13:49
Microsoft Office Mastery Bundle: $49

Most professionals have to use Microsoft Office at some point in their careers. If you want to make the most of it, check out our deal on the Microsoft Office Master Bundle. It's a collection of training courses that will help you master Office, and it covers Office for Mac 2011, as well as the Windows versions for Office 2003, 2007, 2010, and 2013. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook are all covered, and there is both a basic and advanced course for Excel. For Windows users, there are also courses for PivotTable and SharePoint. Through our deal, you can get the whole package for $49, a whopping 96 percent discount.


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13:36
Ask iLounge: Why can’t I set a longer passcode...

Q: I just upgraded to a new iPhone 6 Plus from my old iPhone 5, but this new iPhone seems to always want me to enter my passcode or use Touch ID whenever I turn the screen back on — even if it’s only been off for a second. I’m used to just being able to turn my iPhone off and then back on with the top button to check something quickly without being prompted for a passcode each time. Even with Touch ID, it would still be easier to turn…

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13:31
How Bob Levitus Learned to Blow Stuff Up Without...

Have you seen Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus's new show on YouTube? Episode 5 came out today, Action Movie FX (or, How I Learned to Blow Stuff Up without Risking Life or Limb). In it, he stomps his son, blasts his daughter, and has horrible things crawl out of a Spiderman toy. It all revolves around the Action Movie FX app, and he shows you how to use it. Dr. Mac is always lots of fun, so check it out: The BobLeVitus.TV Show.


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13:30
The best travel accessories for your MacBook Air,...

Traveling with any MacBook is a lot easier today than it was five or ten years ago. Apple’s latest laptops consume much less space than their predecessors, and last much longer when they’re in active use. Whether it’s on a seat-back tray or resting in your lap, your MacBook can deliver quite a few hours of productive work time, video viewing, or even gameplay without assistance. But it can do even more if you bring the right accessories along.

My goal is to help you choose the best items to carry with you on the road — the type of items I’ve spent years testing. The picks below are highly practical and focused to make good use of space and address real-world concerns that many travelers have. Read on!

The Best Way To Protect Your Privacy. If you’ve ever tried to work or look at private files on a...

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13:09
Mac: Macphun Noiseless

Although recent iPhone cameras have gotten significantly better at low-light photography, it’s still inevitable that some graininess or “noise” will mar the surface of your photos when shooting in less ideal lighting conditions. Professional tools like Lightroom offer some capability of dealing with this, but running everything through Lightroom or Photoshop may be too much for the casual photographer to deal with. Fortunately, Macphun’s Noiseless ($18), provides a much simpler, lower-cost alternative. Designed with simplicity in mind, Noiseless provides a “one-button” solution for removing digital noise from photos while keeping the detail and color intact.
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13:05
FitPort for iOS: A Beautifully Designed Fitness...

John Martellaro went looking for an iPhone fitness tracking app that's better than Apple's Health app. His requirement? Be able to see the numeric data for any selected day in the past. He found it in the beautifully designed FitPort for iOS from Flaskapp.com.


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12:52
Review: Parrot Bebop Drone

Parrot's Bebop Drone ($500) has the company getting back to bigger drones, after releasing such products as the Jumping Sumo and the much smaller-than-usual Rolling Spider minidrone. Bebop Drone has a price tag to match that jump in size, and the drone features Parrot's P7 dual-core CPU, a quad-core GPU, and 8GB of internal flash memory for storing photos and videos taken with the 14MP camera. The drone can be controlled using Parrot's free FreeFlight 3 app. {/exp:char_limit}

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12:30
Watch "pre-orders being shipped" and more...

In less than five days, Apple Watch deliveries are supposed to begin. Now we haven’t received any notification that anybody who ordered one in the wee hours of the morning on April 10 has seen an order status other than “Processing Items”, but some lucky folks might see their Watches by April 24. MacRumors is reporting that “pre-orders are now being shipped to centralized distribution points across the United States as couriers prepare the shipments to be delivered ahead of the wrist-worn devices’s launch on April 24.”

Citing a source “that has provided accurate information in the past,” the rumor site says that “customers that pre-ordered the Apple Watch early should see their order status change soon.” Their source “assures us bulk shipments have begun,” and it would be reassuring to those who pre-ordered to see that status change in the very near future.

In other Apple Watch...

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12:25
Swift Tops List of Most-Loved Languages and Tech

Nerval's Lobster writes Perhaps developers are increasingly overjoyed at the prospect of building iOS apps with a language other than Objective-C, which Apple has positioned Swift to replace; whatever the reason, Swift topped Stack Overflow's recent survey of the "Most Loved" languages and technologies (cited by 77.6 percent of the 26,086 respondents), followed by C++11 (75.6 percent), Rust (73.8 percent), Go (72.5 percent), and Clojure (71 percent). The "Most Dreaded" languages and technologies included Salesforce (73.2 percent), Visual Basic (72 percent), WordPress (68.2 percent), MATLAB (65.6 percent), and SharePoint (62.8 percent). Those results were mirrored somewhat in recent list from RedMonk, a tech-industry analyst firm, which ranked Swift 22nd in popularity among programming languages (based on data drawn from GitHub and Stack Overflow) but climbing noticeably quickly.

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12:15
If iTunes repeatedly prompts you to authorize you...

Learn what to do if iTunes repeatedly asks you to authorize your computer and won't play purchases from the iTunes Store.

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12:06
iCloud: Mail server settings for email clients

Use these mail server settings if you need to manually set up your email app (client) to use an iCloud email account. 

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12:04
Apple could be changing supply and demand/data...

Even if you have something that looks like it’s going to be a hit, there’s always the risk of forecasting the wrong sales numbers and producing too many units.

Noted analyst and longtime Apple watcher Carl Howe has stated that while he expects the Apple Watch became an overnight multi-billion-dollar business when preorders began earlier this month, he believes Apple will likely minimize its risks and produce units as it gauges demand. This could help handle the question as to which Apple Watch model will prove the most popular, while models might prove less popular and how to wrap production around these factors.

“Building huge inventories...

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11:46
TuneIn Radio adds real radio stations to CarPlay +...

TuneIn Radio is the latest addition to Apple’s short list of App Store apps that work with the iPhone’s CarPlay feature. The service streams “over 100,000 real radio stations from around the world, including sports, news, talk, and music.” The latest version of TuneIn for iPhone brings radio station streaming to the CarPlay interface and includes Apple Watch support for controlling stations from your wrist.

Once you install the latest version of TuneIn Radio on your iPhone, the app will appear on any CarPlay-compatible in-dash receiver when connected. The CarPlay version of TuneIn Radio is designed to make finding something to play quick and easy...

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11:46
About payment card authorization holds in the iTunes...

Learn about payment card authorization holds from the iTunes Store, iBooks Store, App Store, or Mac App Store. 

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11:42
Twitter’s New ‘DM Everyone’ Sucks, But it’s Off by...

Twitter changed up its Direct Message feature on Monday so anyone can send you a private message, which sounds like a sure-fire recipe for disaster. The upside is that it's off by default, so this isn't the godsend for spammers and online harassers some are making it out to be.


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11:31
How the Apple Watch heart rate sensor works,...

If you’re curious how the Apple Watch’s heart rate monitor works, the company is now happy to explain.

A new support document on Apple’s website describes exactly how the watch measures your pulse, how often the readings happen, and what factors might affect the readings for better or worse.

Similar to many other wearable fitness trackers, the Apple Watch relies on green LED lights for a method called photoplethysmography (or PPG). Because blood absorbs green light, and each pulse brings a spike in blood flow, determining heart rate is a matter of measuring the changes in green light absorption. During workouts, the Apple Watch does this by flashing green light onto your wrist hundreds of times per second, then measuring light absorption with photodiodes.

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11:30
Easily duplicate calendar events on your iPhone

Last week, we asked our readers, "What's bugging you?", and many of you responded. Now, we're addressing your frustrations! In this post, I'll address easy duplication of calendar events. 

Reader George Jetson wrote (Daughter Judy! Jane, his wife!):

“In iOS, I have been wanting a copy/paste function in Calendar since the beginning...Primarily needed, for instance, after visiting a doctor, and making a new appoint for the next visit. I don’t want to type in the same info with a different date, and I don’t want to change the date of the appointment I just had, as I need to keep a record of when I was there throughout the year.”

I've been annoyed by this myself several times. Fortunately, there is something you can do. You may wonder, "Is it possible to learn this power?" Yes, but not from a Jedi. Instead, we...

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11:25
External Link: Apple Releases ResearchKit

As promised, Apple has released ResearchKit to the open-source community. ResearchKit is a development framework that can be used to create medical research apps. If you’re a developer interested in trying it out, grab the source code from GitHub.

 

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11:23
Authorize your computer in iTunes

Authorize your computer before you use it to sync or play content that you download from the iTunes Store.

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11:13
US Navy Gears Up for Cyberwarfare


The U.S. Fleet Cyber Command, part of the U.S. 10th Fleet, reportedly is developing a strategy for modernizing its cyberoperations and transforming the Navy's network into a cyberwarfare platform. The strategy will seek to advance five key goals: operating the Navy network as a warfighting platform; conducting tailored signals intelligence; conducting offensive operations in cyberspace; expanding cybersituational awareness; and launching Navy cyberforces -- essentially teams of cyberexperts who will conduct cyberwarfare.

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10:51
Update your supervised devices to iOS 8.3 using...

If you're using Apple Configurator, use these steps to update your supervised devices to iOS 8.3.

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10:50
How does the Apple Watch stack up as a health-and-...

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One of the proposed benefits of wearable technology is the notion of having a health-and-fitness tracker attached to your body 24/7 — or at least for a good portion of the day. This is the case with activity-tracking wristbands, like Fitbit and Jawbone Up, and also the appeal of some smartwatches, such as Apple Watch.

As I wrote in my earlier review, I’ve found Apple Watch to be a capable health-and-fitness tracker — especially for a smartwatch.

As I suspected and as was confirmed by several reviewers, the Apple Watch, while not a perfect fitness tracking device for the hard core exercise buff, will certainly provide benefit to those who use it to track their activities. And the really good news is, once it gets in the hands of developers and users, it will only get better.

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10:45
Got a new MacBook? USB Target Disk Mode works with...

On Friday, you might have read my and executive editor Susie Ochs’s experiences with our out-of-the-box, retail purchased MacBooks. We had a lot of glitches in setup and configuration, many confirmed by other MacBook owners and some by people who had experienced the same problems in setting up new Macs.

But the one truly unexpected part had to do with migration. Because of an OS X mismatch—the MacBook shipped with 10.10.2 and my MacBook Air had 10.10.3 installed—I was unable to use the initial setup assistant to migrate. (If I’d been persistent, I could have booted into the Recovery Disk on the MacBook, used network recovery to download and install 10.10.3 on the startup partition, and then proceeded.)

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10:22
Pad & Quill introduce The Timber Catchall...



Pad & Quill has just introduced another product in its recently announced collection of goodies for the Apple Watch: The Timber Catchall, a charging station/organizer that holds your iPhone and Apple Watch with enough room to fit keys, change, or a few other small items.

Like the rest of its product line, the new Apple Watch charging...

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10:14
TMO Daily Observations 2015-04-20: Apple Watch...

With Apple Watch deliveries stretching out into June, theories as to why inventory is so tight are popping up. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Apple Watch production issues and the idea that Apple is using a build-to-order system for initial production.


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09:59
Twitter upgrades direct message feature

CNET:

Twitter is upgrading its popular direct message feature to allow users to receive messages from other users regardless if they follow each other. The move is part of its ongoing effort to try to boost user growth as pressure from Wall Street investors continues.

I’m not sure how or why CNET describes this as a “upgrade”. It’s like the people who run Twitter don’t actually use Twitter. This will open up a whole new way for spammers to abuse the service and, while it might draw in advertisers who want to send “personalized” direct messages to people, it will drive away more users than it could ever to benefit.

UPDATE: The Next Web points out this is “an optional feature” and “The new setting is turned off by default.”

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09:50
Broken Beer Bottle Battle In Debate Over Merits of...

HughPickens.com writes Lee Hutchinson writes at Ars Technica that platform loyalty is a powerful thing, as two roommates in Tulsa, Oklahoma stabbed each other with broken beer bottles in a debate over the relative merits of Android versus iPhones. Tulsa police were called to Evergreen Apartments at 1 a.m after a woman found a man covered in blood, stumbling around the parking lot and found that two roommates had been drinking and arguing over their mobile phones. The two men broke beer bottles and stabbed each other with them and one of the men smashed a bottle over the back of the other man's head. "In over 35 years as a cop, this is one of the oddest reasons I've seen for assault," says Maj. Rod Hummel. According to Channel 8 News, police had no comment when asked which phone was in fact better.


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09:18
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Canon T3i (refurb) $336, Audio...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Canon EOS Rebel T3i DSLR (refurb) w/ 18-55mm Lens Kit $336 shipped (Orig. $599), ...

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09:00
Teacher uses Office Mix to deliver lessons

We love when technology makes an impact on people’s lives—it’s really at the core of why we’re here! When we received word that an instructor used Office Mix to conduct a full week’s worth of blended classroom lectures so he could miss class to be with his wife and newborn daughter, we knew we had to share his heartwarming story.

This story has a great ending but let’s start at the beginning. With class starting September 30th, Justin Harbin, an instructional designer at Lancaster Bible College was under a lot of pressure knowing his daughter could be born on that day, the next day or the day after. It was going to be a hectic week and Harbin was set to be out of class during a very critical time. He used Office Mix to create a full week’s worth of blended classroom lectures, while he missed class to be with his wife and newborn daughter. That’s life balance we can all appreciate!

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08:57
About iCloud add-ons, extensions, and plug-ins for...

To use some iCloud features with Windows, you might need to install add-ons, extensions, or plug-ins for your browser. 

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08:15
News: Details of Apple Watch’s heart monitor,...

An Apple support document shows how Apple Watch uses colored light to measure heart rate. By flashing green LED lights hundreds of times per second, the Apple Watch monitors how much blood is flowing through a users’ veins when paired with light-sensitive photodiodes. A different method using infrared light measures users’ heart rates every 10 minutes throughout the day, storing that information in the iOS 8 Health app. The watch will…

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07:51
TidBITS Hits a Quarter Century of Internet Publishing

It seems like only yesterday we were reviewing Now Utilities and writing about the latest update to WordPerfect. That’s right, TidBITS has now been publishing for 25 years, making us one of the oldest Internet publications of all time. Adam shares some of how we got here.

 

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07:50
Apple Uses Earth Day to Highlight China Solar Farm,...

Apple's environmental responsibility Web page got an update on Monday, which also happens to be a couple days ahead of Earth Day. Apple used the event to highlight its environmental efforts including a planned solar farm in China.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple has been actively pursuing ways to be as environmentally responsible as possible, and is an example it'd be nice to see more companies follow.


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07:44
On the Road to Stopping Climate Change: Apple's...

Apple has just released their 2015 Environmental Responsibility report which covers climate change, renewable resources, finite resources, toxins and more.

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07:26
Un-conventional: How WWDC became the heart of the...

WWDC is a massively good time and the center of the Apple universe, at least for a week. Great writeup.

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07:02
Elon Musk Had a Deal to Sell Tesla to Google in 2013

Fascinating read. Especially if you keep in mind all the Apple Car talk of the last 6 months or so.

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06:54
Independent Nokia Technologies aiming to return to...

Although Nokia's original mobile phone division was sold to Microsoft in 2013, one of the company's three remaining divisions -- Nokia Technologies -- is planning to re-enter the phone world, a report revealed on Monday.

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06:51
Analyst: Apple Watch Pre-orders are Build to Order

If you're wondering why no one received a firm April 24 delivery date for their Apple Watch pre-order, industry analyst Carl Howe thinks he has the answer: they're all being built to order. Instead of guessing which models to stockpile, he thinks, Apple is making the watches customers ordered.

The Mac Observer Spin: If Apple really is using a build-to-order model for Apple Watch pre-orders, that would account for why we won't be able to buy on in stores come April 24. There simply isn't any inventory to send out to its retail locations.


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06:48
iBarcoder upgrade for Mac OS X features added codes...

Cristallight Software has launched iBarcoder 3.7.4, an update to their barcode generator for Mac OS X (10.7 and higher).

With the app, users can create any number of customized, colorful barcode labels in their own style, in any size, or shape. The app can create Datamatrix and QR Codes. Version 3.7.4 features added codes and other enhancements.

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06:43
Boot Runner 2 for Mac OS X adds more customization...

Twocanoes Software (www.twocanoes.com) has trotted out Boot Runner 2, an update to the OS startup manager for Macs.

It provides complete start up control and management of dual-boot Macs. Boot Runner 2 adds support for native and virtual operating systems in any combination of OS X, Windows, Chrome OS, Linux and more. Version 2.0 includes new and improved customization features to make it easier for users to find and start the OS environment that they need.

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06:37
Samsung is so Despised in Japan that they decided to...

In a February report we noted that the iPhone 6's success in Japan had Samsung executive wondering if they pull out of Japan for smartphones like they did for TVs years earlier. In December 2014, Samsung held a paltry 4% market share in Japan and 5.6% for the entire year. Samsung is so despised ...

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06:32
AKVIS NatureArt gets new Transform tool, more

AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has released AKVIS NatureArt 7.0, an update of its collection of nature effects for images. The software can be used as a standalone application and/or Photoshop plugin, on Mac OS X and Windows.

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06:04
AnandTech’s highly detailed 2015 MacBook review

Ryan Smith, writing for AnandTech, digs in to the new MacBook as only AnandTech can. And the new MacBook brings Apple towards the muddy product waters of Apple just before Steve Jobs’ return.

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05:56
Apple WWDC Ticket Lottery Sales Wrap Up Today

Apple wrapped up its Worldwide Developers Conference ticket lottery last Friday, and started sending out notifications to the lucky winners later in the day. The Mac, iPhone and Apple Watch maker will finish sending out those alerts today, Monday April 20.

The Mac Observer Spin: This year's ticket selection process seemed to go smoothly. Maybe Apple has landed on a system they'll use next year, too.


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05:40
Apple Promotes Environmental Responsibility in New...

Apple has uploaded a new video to its YouTube channel called "Better Starts Here" that promotes the company's environmental responsibility throughout its supply chain, data centers and more. Apple emphasizes how it plans to leave the world better than it found it through renewable energy sources, hydro power and more."Apple’s commitment to the environment starts from the ground up. We strive to create not only the best products in the world, but the best products for the world. And over the past year, we’ve made significant progress through projects that focus on renewable energy and forest preservation. Learn how we are leaving the world better than we found it."

Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories
Buyer's Guide: Discounts on iMac, MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, and Apple Accessories
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05:40
Norway to become first country to kill off FM radio

Norway will officially kill off FM radio in 2017. Will the dominos fall? Is Norway the first of many?

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05:29
A digital packrat uncovers Apple’s very first home...

Follow along as Kevin Fox’s archaeological skills kick in and he finds the earliest known image of Apple’s home page. Great read, great work.

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05:17
Porsche to offer Apple CarPlay in future models

Apple Insider:

Porsche owner Volkswagen Group is offering substantial CarPlay support across its marques, including Audi, SEAT, Skoda, Suzuki and Volkswagen.

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05:11
At Apple University, Young Apple Leaders are taught...

At Apple's internal Apple University — a somewhat secretive institution by reputation — Professor Joshua Cohen delivers three-hour seminars on the late, great Canadian pianist Glen Gould to classes of 15 students.

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05:01
Third party replacement Apple Watch straps and other...

Jordan Kahn, writing for 9to5mac, pulled together a collection of ads for Apple Watch replacement straps and other accessories. Fascinating.

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05:00
We'll Soon Live in an Imaginary World


Virtual and augmented reality and holographic image technologies are coming at us with the speed of a freight train, and it won't be long until we'll no longer be able to distinguish between what is real and what isn't. How we are getting there is kind of interesting. There are some initiatives going on behind the scenes, as well as some breakthroughs, that shortly will make our experience of the world we are living in very different from what it is now. It's not just for gaming, but for a variety of efforts.

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04:28
Kool Tools: DE:Flicker

RE:Vision Effects' (www.revisionfx.com) DE:Flicker for Apple Final Cut Pro and Motion is designed to smooth out flicker and artifacts when shooting high frame rate or timelapse video.

It not only fixes flicker from artificial light sources but also fixes flicker on multiple objects, even when those objects flicker at different rates. DE:Flicker also minimizes problems when shooting directly at light sources, causing them to "breathe" and change size when shot at higher frame rates.

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04:25
Apple Pro Video Formats 2.0.1 - Updates for...

Apple Pro Video Formats brings updates to Apple's professional-level codes for Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, and Compressor 4.



Version 2.0.1: Support for the following professional video codecs

  • Apple Intermediate Codec
  • Apple ProRes
  • AVC-Intra
  • DVCPRO HD
  • HDV
  • XDCAM EX / HD / HD422
  • MPEG IMX
  • Uncompressed 4:2:2

Adds the following MXF support

  • Native import, edit, and share of MXF files with Final Cut Pro X and Motion
  • MXF share presets for Compressor
  • MXF OP1a export



  • OS X 10.10.3



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04:21
Latest Apple Watch estimates: 3M sales, $2B revenue...

A leading technology analyst has estimated that Apple Watch sales in the first two weeks are likely to hit 3M, comprising 1.8M Sport models, 1.2M steel and 40,000 Editions – generating more than $2B revenue. Think Big Analytics principal Carl Howe also estimates that gross margins on the wearable are likely to exceed 60%, making the Apple Watch the company’s most profitable ever product.

[The electronics] in the expensive models are the same ones used in the Sport models, and they just don’t cost that much. And while adding Gold cases and designer bands add cost to the bill of materials, the costs are small compared to the price premiums paid for these products. Unlike in the consumer electronics business, I see no pressure for prices to fall and if anything manufacturing costs will, resulting in a very profitable...

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04:17
Apple Adds New Suppliers for Apple Watch and iPhone 6

According to a new supply chain report from Taiwan today, Apple is expected to adjust orders to its upstream partners for iPhone 6 and Apple Watch components ...

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04:13
Tapping into OTT video’s 24% projected growth is key...

The pay TV market has been struggling with increasing customer churn and maintaining ARPU [average revenue per user], and is forecast for only 3.7% CAGR [compound annual growth rate] through 2020, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).

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04:06
Maya 2015 - Professional 3D modeling and animation...

Maya is an award-winning software and powerful, integrated 3D modeling, animation, visual effects, and rendering solution. Because Maya is based on an open architecture, all your work can be scripted or programmed using a well-documented and comprehensive API (application programming interface), or one of two embedded scripting languages, the Maya Embedded Language (MEL) or Python. This level of openness, combined with an industry-leading suite of 3D visual effects, computer graphics, and character animation tools, enables you to realize your creative vision for your film, television, game development, and design projects.

Version 2015 (Service Pack 6):

strong>Note: This service pack is a full product install. Uninstall your existing Maya 2015 software before installing this service pack.

Fixed

  • Animation Character
    • MAYA-26591 -- Fixed Label option when mirroring skin weights
  • Animation General
  • ...

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03:45
Halo comes to iOS, but it's not the same...

Microsoft’s kinder, gentler turn in recent months has seen the company bring many of its familiar apps to other platforms, with robust versions of Office and Outlook leading the charge to the iOS App Store. Still, none of the prior releases surprised me half as much as last week’s sudden announcement that Microsoft had dropped not one, but two iOS games in the massively popular Halo sci-fi shooter series.

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03:45
3 easy ways to share a Mac's screen, great for...

Part of the beauty of buying a Mac is that it will mostly live up to Apple's classic mantra: “It just works.” (At least when compared to systems running Windows, that is. Or when you’re trying to set up the new MacBook.) But what happens when it no longer does? 

That’s generally when the tech support emails or phone calls from family and friends begin pouring in. After all, as loyal Apple users, we practically insist our loved ones also buy Macs, effectively turning us into unpaid Geniuses at the first sign of trouble.

This may not be a problem if the afflicted Mac was in the next room, down the street, or even across town, but what happens when it’s located too far away to drive over and offer assistance in person? That’s where screen sharing comes to the rescue, offering a remote helping hand from hundreds or even thousands of miles away.

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03:20
EtreCheck 2.2 - 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 2.2:

  • Improved virtual memory information.
  • Improved memory and CPU usage information.
  • Avoid problems that prevent EtreCheck from completing.
  • Update adware information.



  • OS X 10.6 or later



Download Now

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01:30
Take control of data with Excel’s business analytics...

Today, businesses are required to understand a growing amount of company, market and social data to drive effective business decisions and remain competitive. This trend of analytics everywhere is driving a shift in the roles of business consumers, as the need for direct data access, ad-hoc analyses and in-depth reporting is growing beyond the capacity of their IT departments. Many specialized business intelligence and analytics solutions are entering the market to take advantage of this trend with most requiring installation of new data systems or new training of employees to learn new tools. But if you look closely—Excel—the Office productivity tool you already know and love, may already have the business analytics tools you need to empower you to drive the information analyses and data-driven decisions critical to your business.

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Sunday April 19

21:05
OS X Server 4.1

Updated for changes in 10.10.3 Yosemite as well as iOS 8.3. ($19.99 new, free update, 198 MB)

 

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20:50
Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.1

Provides a number of fixes for crashes, hangs, and more for the venerable word processor. ($79 new, free update, 242 MB)

 

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18:18
Third-party bands, replacement straps, & battery...



With no official support from Apple, the third-party strap market for Apple Watch is still a bit of a wild-west, but there are some companies making it possible and offering inexpensive alternatives to Apple’s own bands.

Apple might have its own exclusive strap colors available for a select few, but you’ll likely need to go the third-party route if you want a similar level of customization for your Apple Watch.

Below we’ve put together a list of third-party bands already...

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18:02
iMac Shipping Estimates Slip to 3-5 Business Days...

iMac shipping estimates have slipped to 3-5 business days on the Apple Online Store in the United States for all models aside from the entry-level 21.5-inch option with a 1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor. The high-end 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro is also now showing an estimated shipping date of 1-2 weeks. Both the iMac and 15" Retina MacBook Pro were previously listed as in stock.

The majority of the iMac lineup, excluding the low-end 21.5-inch iMac released in June 2014 and iMac with Retina 5K Display launched in October 2014, was last updated in...

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09:05
MGG 549: Cool Stuff Found

It's time for Cool Stuff Found. Your two favorite geeks do their level best to sift through everything they've found and everything you've submitted, pulling out their favorites and trying not to make you spend too much money (there's plenty of free stuff included in here, too!). You know how it goes... listen, then visit the shownotes to hunt down those things you just can't live without!


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09:03
Your Google Wallet funds are now insured

The money in your bank account is typically covered by federal insurance, but your internet payment services typically aren't. If PayPal or Venmo went belly-up, you'd probably lose your existing balance. That won't be a problem if you're using Google...

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09:00
Workaround Enables Some Accessibility Features on...

Introduction

Last week, I wrote an article detailing how the Apple Store table-top demo Apple Watches would not allow customers to enable accessibility features. While Apple is still working on implementing an official solution to this problem, a new workaround allows for many accessibility features to be enabled right now.

Yesterday, Darcy Burnard tweeted that VoiceOver could be enabled on demo units at the Apple Store by asking Siri to "Turn on VoiceOver". I have since confirmed that other accessibility features, such as zoom, can be enabled in a similar manner, though I will focus on VoiceOver for the remainder of this post.

When VoiceOver is enabled on the Apple Watch demo units, hereafter referred to solely as the Apple Watch(es),...

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07:57
Foxconn to announce a Deal this Week with "...

Apple has always focused on delivering the very best cameras for their iDevices and especially the iPhone. Apple just acquired another Israeli company called LinX Imaging that could bring DSLR and 3D mapping to future iPhones. Now a new photography startup called Light is out to advance cameras for the "Selfie" generation ...

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06:03
Instagram Will Enter the World of Wearables for the...

According to a new report today, Instagram, which built a billion-dollar business on smartphones, is making its first foray into wearable technology with a new app for the Apple Watch ...

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05:00
External Link: A Plea for Thicker Apple Devices

Apple devices seem to get thinner and thinner. But developer Marco Arment wishes that Apple would consider thicker alternatives with better battery life. Arment imagines a thicker iPhone with up to 100 percent more battery life (without the size of the iPhone 6 Plus), full-size MacBook Pros with MacBook-class CPUs that could last up to 16 hours, and a 17-inch 4K Retina MacBook Pro.

 

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Saturday April 18

22:15
Review: Zivix Jamstik MIDI guitar controller for iOS...

Aspiring musicians looking to learn to play guitar with the aid of lessons on their iPad, iPhone or Mac should check out the Zivix Jamstik, a small, convenient and unique MIDI controller that uses technology to offset the learning curve associated with learning an instrument.

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16:46
Porsche to offer Apple CarPlay in future models

In a quiet update to Apple's dedicated CarPlay webpage, legendary German automaker Porsche was added to a rolling list of companies promising support for the iOS-based infotainment system.

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13:35
Samsung and Supporters are Still Stuck with the...

According to the Shanghai-based China Business News, Samsung's share of the smartphone market in China sharply declined to 8% in the fourth quarter of 2014 from 20% in the first quarter, lagging behind those of Huawei, Lenovo and Xiaomi for three quarters in a row. "In the first quarter this year, Samsung's smartphone shipments in China are expected to linger ...

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13:30
Pad & Quill's Timber Catchall is an Apple...

It's an exciting time right now, with many new apps and accessories being announced for the Apple Watch. On Thursday, DODOcase introduced the Dual Charging Dock organizer, which uses the company's bookbinding skills to full advantage in a small book-like organizer that holds a Watch charger and other items. Now Pad & Quill has outdone itself and competitors with the Timber Catchall (starting at US$99), a dual iPhone and iWatch charging stand hand crafted from American Cherry, Mahogany ($119), or Walnut ($139).

The Timber Catchall folds for portability while traveling, but looks to be most at home on a nightstand. In its unfolded state, it holds your Apple Watch in a perfect position...

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09:39
Iconic: A Photographic Tribute to Apple Innovation

My thanks to Iconic for sponsoring The Loop this week. Looking for a special gift for that mega Apple enthusiast in your life? How about the newest edition of an absolutely stunning coffee table book that features lush, beautiful photographs of Apple devices? ICONIC: A Photographic Tribute to Apple Innovation is Iconic uses vivid color and detail to document Apple’s journey in design, form and function—and looks back at over 35 years of Apple innovation. Four years in the making, the author captured over 150,000 photos of nearly every product Apple has made, including rare prototypes and even packaging. With a foreword from Steve Wozniak and The Loop’s own Jim Dalrymple and hundreds of amazing quotes from other Apple pundits—ICONIC is the ultimate coffee table book for every Apple fan, and the perfect gift for any Apple owner who ever wanted to explore and discover the true roots of their favorite iMac, iPod, iPad, or iPhone. With free global shipping,...

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09:14
How to enable Apple's Handoff feature between...

One of the key features of Continuity across Apple devices is Handoff. Handoff allows Apple's first-party apps and any third party developers to send an app's data seamlessly between devices so you can "pick up where you left off."

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08:00
The world as a work of digital art

As curious creatures, we attempt to understand the world around us in many ways and nowadays that usually boils down to big data visualization. Whether we're creating models of large-scale systems or breaking down reality into wireframes and exposing...

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07:00
Caturday: Yoko's Apple Stuff

No, not that Yoko, and not that Apple. This Yoko is the companion of AWT reader Nathan Federman and his girlfriend, and Nathan is more than a little concerned that she's a bit more of an Apple fan than he is. As Nathan notes, "she has taken over several of our Apple products."







Whether it's her iPod Classic, iPhone 5, MacBook Air "pillow", Time Capsule, or iPad 2, Yoko seems perfectly at ease with all of her technological buddies. Maybe she should get an Apple Watch for a collar!

Apple World Today needs good cats! Have...

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06:41
The original PizzaHut web page is still live

Definitely a step back in time.

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06:34
A detailed look at Twitterrific for Apple Watch

IconFactory lays out the details of their Twitterrific Apple Watch app.

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06:24
∞ Tim Cook is a steal

Tim Cook is the consummate team player, incredibly well organized, and unselfish to boot.

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05:52
Jony Ive shows off previously unseen Apple Watch...

Follow the link to see a gallery of images.

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05:00
External Link: Apple Buying 36,000 Acres of Forest

Talk about vertical integration! Apple is buying two tracts of forest in Maine and North Carolina that will be sustainably harvested for Apple’s packaging. The 36,000 acres will be managed by The Conservation Fund, which will help turn the land into a “working forest” that will be preserved even as it provides materials.

 

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05:00
Gadget Ogling: A Juicy Wristband, a Gamy Wearable...


Asus is taking a common-sense approach to the fitness tracker game by debuting a new watch with a 10-day battery life. Thanks to its square screen, the soon-to-be-released VivoWatch resembles a smartwatch more than, say, a Fitbit. Although details are scant, it appears to have a monochrome screen, which must help extend that all-important battery life. It has a stainless-steel build, and dust and water protection. Its features include a heart rate monitor and sleep tracker.

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02:59
OmniOutliner 4.2

Updates the user interface to fit better with Yosemite, plus adds a number of improvements. ($49.99 new, free update, 21.6 MB)

 

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Friday April 17

20:59
OmniOutliner Pro 4.2 - Pro version of the popular...

OmniOutliner Pro is a flexible program for creating, collecting, and organizing information. Give your creativity a kick start by using an application that's actually designed to help you think. It's like having an extra brain - one that doesn't keep losing the car keys.

You can use OmniOutliner's document structure to create hierarchies of main headings and subpoints that can be expanded and collapsed, which are immensely useful when it comes to brainstorming new ideas, drilling out specifics, and lining up steps needed to get everything done. But you aren't limited to outlines - you've got multiple columns, smart checkboxes, customizable popup lists, and an Ÿber-innovative styles system at your disposal.

Use OmniOutliner to draft to-do lists, create agendas, manage tasks, track expenses, take notes, plan events, write screenplays...and just about anything else you can think of.

It's a smarter way to write, a more productive way to stay...

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20:59
VLC Media Player 2.2.1 - Popular multimedia player...

VLC Media Player is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, MP3, OGG, ...) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It can also be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network.



Version 2.2.1: Codec

  • Fix compilation with older libavcodec versions
  • Fix some VP9 decoding
  • Fix FLAC crashes
  • Fix LPCM channel ordering
  • Fix potential NULL dereference in dmo
  • Fix teletext framing code in DVB PES packets
  • Fix potential buffer overflow in Schroendinger decoder (CVE-2014-9629)
  • Fix AAC samplerate

Demuxers

  • Fix MP4 chapters
  • Fix MKV overseeking, introducing slowness over network shares
  • Fix crash when playing SPC files
  • Fix ATRAC3 playback in MKV
  • Revert to older ASX code
  • Workaround TS issue with mpeg-...

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20:59
Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.1 - Multilingual word processor...

Nisus Writer Pro is a powerful multilingual word processor, similar to its entry level products, but brings new features such as table of contents, indexing, bookmarks, widow and orphan control, cross references, line numbering, and text wrap around images.

Familiar Classic features are also on board, like attribute-sensitive find and replace, an upgraded Nisus macro language, and glossaries.

We have also improved a number of existing features. For example, we've added a variety of additional options to control the display of notes. Footnotes can now also span across pages.



Version 2.1.1: Stability Improvements

  • Fixed several potential intermittent crashes:
  • Using a document window's popover (which shows the file name, location, and tags) can trigger crashes.
  • Worked around a bug where the OS X text engine can trigger random crashes during text...

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20:59
Tinderbox 6.2.0 - Store and organize your notes,...

Tinderbox is a personal content management assistant. It stores your notes, ideas, and plans. It can help you organize and understand them. And Tinderbox helps you share ideas through Web journals and Web logs.

Tinderbox's agents automatically scan your notes, looking for patterns and building relationships. Agents help discover relationships and help make sure important things don't get lost. Agents are easy to make and easy to modify. They're flexible and powerful.

Tinderbox can even gather and update changing information and breaking news from the internet.

When it's time to share your notes, Tinderbox can assemble multiple notes into one page. Updates are a breeze -- even if you update several times a day. Private notes, timestamps, permanent links, archives: everything you want, just the way you want it.



Version 6.2.0: Highlights

  • Import and Export are simpler, yet also provide more flexibility. A variety of new...

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20:59
OmniOutliner 4.2 - Organize your ideas, projects,...

OmniOutliner is a flexible program for creating, collecting, and organizing information. Give your creativity a kick start by using an application that's actually designed to help you think. It's like having an extra brain - one that doesn't keep losing the car keys.

You can use OmniOutliner's document structure to create hierarchies of main headings and subpoints that can be expanded and collapsed, which are immensely useful when it comes to brainstorming new ideas, drilling out specifics, and lining up steps needed to get everything done. But you aren't limited to outlines - you've got multiple columns, smart checkboxes, customizable popup lists, and an Über-innovative styles system at your disposal.

Use OmniOutliner to draft to-do lists, create agendas, manage tasks, track expenses, take notes, plan events, write screenplays...and just about anything else you can think of.

It's a smarter way to write, a more productive way to stay...

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20:59
calibre 2.25.0 - Complete e-library management...

Calibre is a complete e-book library manager. Organize your collection, convert your books to multiple formats, and sync with all of your devices. Let Calibre be your multi-tasking digital librarian.

Manage, convert, sync, and more

  • Library management. Calibre keeps things orderly by creating single entries for books that contains multiple formats. Add tags and comments for better searchability.
  • Format conversion. Calibre's robust conversion options support a wide variety of file formats.
  • File syncing. Calibre's device drivers seamlessly support all the top e-readers and devices.



Version 2.25.0: New Features

  • Edit Book: Make embedding...

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20:37
Resolve black frames issues with Panasonic AVCHD and...

Final Cut Pro X 10.2 might display some video as black frames when working with Panasonic AVCCAM cameras at certain frame rates.

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17:58
Jony Ive and Marc Newson reveal special Apple Watch...

Apple designers Jony Ive and Marc Newson were on hand in Italy to attend a high-fashion coming out party for Apple Watch at upscale Milanese restaurant Carlo e Camilla. During the festivities, important guests were provided early copies of Apple Watch, as well as what appears to be Sport Bands in custom colors.

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17:46
Jony Ive Reveals Exclusive Apple Watch Sport Bands...

Earlier today the Apple Watch went on display at Milan's Salone Del Mobile Design, with Apple SVP of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller and design consult Marc Newson in attendance. Now, it appears that Jony Ive also made it to the event, revealing exclusive sport band colors for the Apple Watch at the same time.

Image via Umberta Gnutti Beretta Instagram
Art enthusiast and philanthropist Umberta Gnutti Beretta posted a photo of a tray holding the new band colors on her Instagram account (via 9to5Mac). The colors include what appears to be two shades of blue, the custom red band seen earlier...

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17:45
Tinderbox 6.2

Brings more than 100 improvements to the personal content assistant. ($249 new, free update, 45.3 MB)

 

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16:52
Apple’s Jony Ive reveals Apple Watch w/ exclusive...



Apple’s PR tour for the Apple Watch doesn’t appear to be slowing down with Apple’s design chief Jony Ive showing off the device and revealing an exclusive collection of never before seen Sport band colors tonight in Milan. Apple this morning kicked off a showcase of the device at Milan’s Salone Del Mobile Design Fair in Itlay, which was attended by Apple executives including marketing head Phil Schiller and designer Marc Newson.

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16:07
Frequently asked questions about two-step...

Get answers to frequently asked questions about two-step verification for Apple ID.

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16:05
About standby on your Mac

Learn more about the standby feature on your Mac.

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16:00
Archive or make copies of your iCloud data

Learn how to make copies of the data that you use with iCloud.

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16:00
Today in the App Store -- Ready Steady Play, Hotel...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today's notable apps include a discount on Ready Steady Play, the new Halo: Spartan Strike and a major update to Hotel Tonight. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Data Widget [Now free, down from $1.99] The first iOS data widget, a single swipe is all! It takes a creative design named double progress, which brings time and data in one simple diagram. You can see all at a glance . Compatible with all carrier networks!

Demolition Physics [Now free, down from $2.99] Demolition Physics - demolition simulator in 3D with real physics.

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15:59
About the security content of iOS 4.2.10 Software...

This document describes the security content of iOS 4.2.10.

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15:51
About the security content of Safari 6.1.3 and...

This document describes the security content of Safari 6.1.3 and Safari 7.0.3.

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15:40
Roommates stab each other with beer bottles in...

Two men in Tulsa, Okla. were hospitalized on Friday after stabbing each other in a fight over the superiority of iPhones versus Android devices, according to a local ABC TV affiliate.

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15:38
Apple begins notifying lottery winners of WWDC 2015...

Apple’s annual lottery for WWDC tickets officially ended this morning at 10AM PST and lucky developers have started receiving confirmation emails this evening. The developers who were lucky enough to win an opportunity to the attend event have received emails in their inbox and their credits have been charged.

For developers who did not receive a notification from Apple regarding their WWDC ticket, the company says that some sessions throughout the event will be live streamed, while most will be available to watch on-demand.

A developer ticket to WWDC runs $1599 and the annual event is being held from June 8th to June 12th at Moscone West in San Francisco. Apple officially announced WWDC 2015 earlier this week, teasing...

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15:13
John Gruber On Third-party Apple Watch Apps: They...

An anonymous reader writes During this week's episode of John Gruber's podcast, The Talk Show, Gruber sat down with Joanna Stern of the Wall Street Journal to talk all things Apple Watch. About two hours and 9 minutes into the podcast, both Gruber and Stern began lamenting the poor performance they saw with third-party Apple Watch apps. 'It makes me question whether there should be third party apps for it at all yet,' Gruber noted. The pair also took umbrage with what they perceived to be a poor design choice for the Apple Watch app screen, with both noting that the app icons were far too small to be practical.


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15:07
Apple sends out ticket confirmations to WWDC 2015...

Apple on Friday began sending out Worldwide Developers Conference 2015 ticket confirmations to lucky developers who were selected at random after registering to attend the annual event scheduled for June.

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15:07
Coupons: Save $199 off all BTO early 2015 MacBook...

AppleInsider readers in the market for one of Apple's new early 2015 MacBook Airs or MacBook Pros with AppleCare can combine instant discounts, rebates and exclusive $60 coupons to save $199 to $303 off every single new built-to-order configuration, with no sales tax outside NY & NJ. In every case, the end result is the lowest prices anywhere.

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14:54
Canadian Bankers Balk at ‘Onerous’ Apple Pay Terms

Canadian bankers are balking at initial negotiations with Apple to bring Apple Pay to Canada. According to online reports, the six banks that control 90 percent of the Canadian markets consider Apple's terms "onerous," are concerned about security, and have formed a consortium to develop security protocols for Apple's system.

The Mac Observer Spin: The smart money is on Apple getting most of what it wants out of these negotiations.


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14:52
How To Enable Stealth Mode in Yosemite

If you like a change of scenery with your laptop from time to time, you're probably using public Wi-Fi as well. If that's the case, you might want to make sure you're doing what you can to keep unauthorized users off your computer. Kelly explains how to unleash your Mac's inner ninja.


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14:10
News: iLounge Weekly arrives on Monday, subscribe now

The latest edition of iLounge Weekly, our weekly newsletter covering all things iLounge, will be arriving in subscribers’ inboxes early next week. iLounge Weekly is a summary of the week’s best news, reviews, and feature articles we’ve published, and it also features giveaways and accessory discount offers from various companies. There’s still plenty of time to sign up and receive this week’s edition — just use the simple form…

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14:00
AWT News Update: April 17, 2015

PHOTO VIA GEORGECARLSON.CA

Thanks for joining us for today's episode of the AWT News Update, now featuring Accessible Apple news provided by our accessibility editor, Alex Jurgensen. In today's news:

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13:43
Apple suppliers extend Lightning cable production to...

Hardware manufacturers responsible for supplying Apple's official Lightning to USB cable accessory have moved production beyond China and into Brazil and Vietnam, according to an updated Support Pages document.

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13:36
Ben & Jerry’s Spoofs Apple’s ‘1984’ Commercial...

"On April 20th, Ben & Jerry's will introduce the BRRR-ito. And you'll see why 4.20 will be exactly like '4.20.'" I'm not much for stoner culture, but this spoof of Apple's 1984 commercial from Ben & Jerry's is both well done and entertaining. In fact, of all the attempts to spoof or copy Apple's famous commercial that I've seen over the years, this is easily the best. They've got the run (down a hall), the explosion of the screen, and the brain dead zombies (grinning at the idea of a tasty ice cream treat). The BRRR-ito looks delicious, too, so that helps. Also, lolstoners.


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13:30
Ex-Apple exec Scott Forstall takes to Twitter for...

In a marked departure from his former career at Apple, Scott Forstall posted on Twitter for the first time on Friday to announce his role as a co-producer in an upcoming Broadway musical, Fun Home.

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13:27
LaunchBar 6.3

Improves support for Finder tags and adds multiple selection dragging capabilities. ($29 new, free update, 9.8 MB)

 

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13:25
Understand What Apple is Achieving or Get Left Behind

Some observers complain that Apple doesn't come out with innovative products fast enough. But, in fact, it's actually quite hard to keep up with what Apple is doing, and it takes personal time and work to appreciate what Apple achieves. The alternative is to be left behind.


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13:23
Apps: Halo: Spartan Bundle, Cut!, Sago Mini Toolbox...

Halo: Spartan Strike ($6) + Halo: Spartan Assault ($6) — Microsoft has been putting a lot of effort into the iOS platform lately with significant updates to its Office suite of apps and the introduction of an entire family of MSN lifestyle apps, so it was probably inevitable that we’d eventually see the company enter the gaming side of things. This week, Microsoft released two of its Halo spinoffs, the original Halo: Spartan Assault, and the…

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13:11
WWDC 2015 Lottery Ends, Winners Begin Receiving...

Developer demand for Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference always exceeds ticket supply, so Apple holds a lottery to determine which developers will win the chance to go to the conference. This year, Apple accepted lottery entries from April 14 until today, April 17, at 10 a.m. Pacific Time.

Now that the lottery has ended, Apple has begun sending out emails to developers who were selected and has charged their credit cards the $1,599 ticket price. Developers who won are currently sharing their good fortune on Twitter after receiving order confirmations.

I GOT A GOLDEN TICKET! #wwdc https://t.co/nv8J4IqHvX

— Julie Johnston (@Julia_JJ) April 17, 2015 This year's Worldwide Developers Conference starts on June 8 and will...

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13:10
MiFi 2 Unlocked Global Hotspot: $99

We have another cool deal for you today, this time on the MiFi 2 Unlocked Global Hotspot. This device is a global hot spot that works in 150 countries. It's unlocked, and that means you can use it on all of the supported networks. It has a touchscreen interface, and supports up to ten connected devices at a time. Through our deal you get this device for 50 percent off, at just $99. Check out the deal page for more information.


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13:00
Grovemade's Walnut Laptop Stand: Natural beauty

GROVEMADE WALNUT LAPTOP STAND. PHOTO © 2015, STEVEN SANDE

Portland's Grovemade is one of my personal favorite accessory manufacturers for a lot of reasons. Sure, they make amazing and beautiful accessories that are handcrafted from wood, but the company's entire philosophy of thoughtfulness shows through in every product. The new Walnut Laptop Stand (US$119) is a perfect example of this philosophy, melding laminated walnut veneer, leather, and stainless steel into a graceful, beautiful and functional stand for your favorite MacBook.

Dimensions

Front Base Width: 18"
Rear Base Width: 20.5"
Front Height: 3.25"
Rear Height: 6"
Depth: 11.5"
Laptop Surface: 15" x 8.5"
Steel Stop Width: 11"
Thickness: 0.5"

Design

What can I say? The Walnut Laptop Stand is a work...

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12:58
A Microsoft Gaming Invention Reveals a Wild...

Earlier this month the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Microsoft that revealed a real science fiction type of invention that they've been working on for years. They call it a "Concurrent ...

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12:53
Apple's 'fundamentally different'...

Apple's iPhone 6 and larger iPhone 6 Plus will likely perform better in the June and September quarters than previous iPhone models, analyst Gene Munster believes, which will help to propel shares of the company's stock to new highs.

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12:40
Sony leaks reveal Apple TV and iTunes Store...

Known for publishing previously confidential documents, WikiLeaks has released a large collection of emails from last year’s widely publicized hack of Sony, notably including Apple agreements covering Sony’s Crackle Apple TV channel, video sales through iTunes, and other topics. The leaks include:

  • The terms of Apple’s agreement to add Sony’s Crackle video service to the Apple TV, notably including a 3-year term (starting December 11, 2013), Sony’s retention of 100% of advertising revenue, and a promise that Apple will permit new types of overlaid/display ads on Crackle if it becomes technically feasible and Apple OKs it. Few details were previously known about the business terms between Apple and channel providers for the Apple TV.
  • Apple’s ...
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12:00
Sway updates—create interactive charts, image Focus...

Recently we announced that Sway now allows shared editing and same-time collaboration, so you can work together to easily bring your ideas to life in an interactive way with friends, family and coworkers. Enabling collaboration in Sway was a top requested feature in our feedback forums, and it was a big step in our journey with Sway Preview—a journey which we’re continuing with more updates to announce today!

Sway now lets you create interactive charts

Since we introduced Sway to the world, it has always been our plan to add support for interactive charts and graphs, so you could support your narrative with the help of interactive data visualizations, along with other sorts of rich multimedia. In January, we added support for...

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12:00
The philosophy behind Focus Points in Sway

We just touched the surface of the problem area in today’s announcement, so we’d like to dive a little further with you in this post since this truly was an interesting problem.

How does Sway automatically crop images?

First a little background. When we built Sway’s “designer in a box” code, we created an algorithm that we call “Smart Cropping,” and this has been working silently in the background since Sway Preview started in October 2014. This algorithm evaluates pictures in order to understand what is interesting and what isn’t so Sway can create well-composed image crops.

When you drop a picture into your Sway, there’s a lot going on behind the scenes. Sway identifies things like faces, invariant regions (what’s uniform), horizons and other strong lines, and more, as well as how...

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11:56
Apple Watch Try-Ons Are Both Hype and Help

Julio Ojeda-Zapata visited Apple Stores in his area for Apple Watch try-ons. The experience proved more enjoyable and enlightening than he expected and cured some of his misconceptions about Apple’s new smartwatch.

 

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11:51
Ex-Apple SVP Scott Forstall is now a producer on a...

Less than 24 hours after a report surfaced revealing Scott Forstall began serving as an advisor to Snapchat last year, the former iOS chief has announced via his Twitter account an unrelated project: a Broadway musical.

I’m thrilled to be co-producing the Broadway musical Fun Home opening this Sunday. Bravo to the phenomenal team!

The announcement is especially notable as it marks the first time the former Apple executive has surfaced in public since his ousting at Apple under current CEO Tim Cook in late 2012....

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11:40
Former iOS Chief Scott Forstall is Now a Broadway...

Former Apple iOS chief turned Snapchat advisor Scott Forstall has taken on a new project, according to his first ever tweet on Twitter. Forstall is co-producing the upcoming Broadway musical Fun Home, a show that opens this Sunday.

I'm thrilled to be co-producing the Broadway musical Fun Home http://t.co/PqrKKZGcxY opening this Sunday. Bravo to the phenomenal team!

— Scott Forstall (@forstall) April 17, 2015 Forstall is listed as one of the producers of Fun Home along with his wife Molly on the Internet Broadway Database, and he and his wife also...

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11:30
External Link: iOS 8.3 Blocks File Managers and...

If you use a third-party file manager with an iOS device, then you had best hold off on installing iOS 8.3, as new security settings disable many of these apps. Utilities such as iFunbox, iTools, and iExplorer are all affected. iFunBox and iExplorer have been updated to work around the new security settings, but with the limitation that they only work with apps that use iTunes File Sharing.

 

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11:20
Duluth Trading Co. apologizes to Don Henley

Don Henley will not take it easy when there’s a product being sold that references both his name and career with The Eagles, and now everyone knows: After filing a lawsuit against a Wisconsin clothing company that emailed an ad telling customers to “don a henley and take it easy” last October, the two sides have settled the case, with the company issuing an apology to both Henley and his fans for trying to be too clever.

I really like Duluth Trading Co. and their ads, but they did go too far this time.

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10:49
Riding in Driverless Cars Could Be Sickening


Self-driving vehicles could increase the likelihood of motion sickness in some riders, suggests a UMTRI study released last week. Motion sickness, also known as "kinetosis," is a condition marked by symptoms of nausea, dizziness and other physical discomfort. Three factors that contribute to motion sickness -- conflict between vestibular and visual inputs, inability to anticipate the direction of motion, and the lack of control over the direction of motion -- could be elevated in self-driving vehicles, the researchers noted.

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10:42
FBR Capital Markets gives Apple trillion-dollar...

Investment bank FBR this week rated Apple stock with a massive $185 price target, forecasting that the iPhone maker will eventually become the world's first corporation valued at $1 trillion.

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10:42
Keeping Up with the Snoops 9: Junk in the PRISM Trunk

In the latest edition of our series on the U.S. mass surveillance saga, comedian John Oliver figures out what will make Americans care about government surveillance, it turns out that mass surveillance was happening well before 9/11, we analyze the current presidential contenders on their privacy records, part of the Patriot Act may be coming to an end, and we take a look at Stingrays and the TSA.

 

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10:33
Maintain releases Cocktail 8.3 (Yosemite Edition)

Maintain has served Cocktail 8.3 (Yosemite Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X Yosemite.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. Version 8.3 adds the ability to clear clear Dictation & Speech, Help, Spotlight and VoiceOver caches. It also resolves some minor compatibility issues with OS X Yosemite 10.10.3.

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10:30
Pastimes: Fishing

Pastime (noun): an activity that someone does regularly for enjoyment rather than work; a hobby; his favorite pastimes were shooting and golf. This weekly feature provides ideas on how to use your Apple devices to provide more enjoyment of your favorite hobbies and sports.

Here in the middle of the second decade of the 21st century, it shouldn't come as a shock to anyone that some of the more useful tools for fishing aficionados may not necessarily be found in a tackle box these days. There are many resources and tools available for the avid fisherman with an iPhone, iPad or Mac, so let's pull on the waders and take a look.

Apps

TROUT STREAM GPS

Trout Stream GPS: Fly Fishing Maps for America's Top Trout Streams (free with in-app purchases, universal)

Considered to be one of the best apps for fly fishing America's...

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10:22
TMO Daily Observations 2015-04-17: Don’t Hold Your...

Apple seems to be teaching consumers patience, at least as far as the Apple Watch is concerned. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about the news that in-store sales for Apple Watches may not happen until June, plus they look at how Apple has become more open with journalists and bloggers since Tim Cook became CEO.


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10:20
Report: Apple Pay on its way to Canada this fall

Apple is in talks with Canada’s six largest banks to smooth the way for Apple Pay’s debut up north this November.

According to a Friday report in the Wall Street Journal, Canada’s big banks are balking at Apple’s mobile payment service. Their biggest concerns, according to the WSJ’s sources, are Apple’s fees and security issues related to Apple Pay.

Apple picked Canada as its test case for expansion for two main reasons: iPhones are incredibly popular up north and Canadian merchants have already moved to Near-Field Communication-equipped payment terminals, which Apple Pay requires.

To read this article in full or...

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10:07
Tip of the Day: Showing full conversation threads in...

Sometimes when you’re looking at a recent email it can be handy to be able to quickly refer back to earlier messages in the same conversation. While the “Organize by Thread” option (found in Settings under Mail, Contacts, Calendars) can be helpful if all of your messages are in the same folder, this is often not the case, particularly when it also involves messages you’ve sent, since these usually remain in the “Sent”…

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10:00
Office 365 news roundup

During the Golden Age of Advertising, when Coca-Cola taught the world to sing, Burger King promised we could have it our way, and Dinah Shore encouraged us to see the USA in our Chevrolet, nothing beat a product that was “new and improved.” That’s still true today. Fortunately, Office 365 is always new and improved—week after week, month after month, year after year. We never stop adding new features and improvements, and you never have to wait. You get them as soon as they are available.

The past couple of weeks have been a busy time for Office 365 updates and improvements. Just this week, we started rolling out Skype for Business Online to eligible customers worldwide; Office 2013 users can expect the new Skype for Business client as part of the April update. ...

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10:00
Enhanced non-delivery reports (NDRs) in Office 365

This post is written by Kevin Shaughnessy, senior program manager and Shobhit Sahay, technical product manager for the Office 365 team.

Regardless which email system or service you use, when an email message you send can’t be delivered you’ll receive a non-delivery report (NDR), also known as a bounce message. The NDR will tell you the message wasn’t delivered, but after that it’s mostly technical jargon designed more for computer science professionals than for the typical email user. You’re often left to fend for yourself to try to fix the issue, searching the web and posting questions on forums for clues to what’s going on and, more importantly, how to fix it. While advances in technology over the last 30 years have been immense, the state of the art in NDRs is still just an homage to 1982—overly technical and ill-designed for the modern email user. But that’s about to change.

Over the next several months, NDRs generated by Office 365 will be enhanced to...

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10:00
The Week in iOS App: Hail Halo!

Hail Halo!

This week’s roundup of apps includes the arrival of Halo on iOS with two new games. Plus, big updates from Any.Do, Tumblr, and more.

Any.Do

Any.Do has long been one of our favorite to-do task managers, and it gets some great new features in Version 3.0. Your tasks are now displayed in a grid; when sharing lists it is now easier to add collaborators and see who is involved. Lists can also now be sorted by time or priority. If you’re a power user, though, you might want to consider the app’s $3-a-month pro version.

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09:47
The Big Six Canadian Banks Want to Introduce Apple...

Apple is planning to launch its mobile payments service in Canada this fall, marking the start of its international expansion of Apple Pay. Canada is an attractive market for Apple Pay because of the high level of iPhone market share.

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09:20
News: Apple Pay coming to Canada later this year?

Apple is currently in negotiations with Canada’s six major banks about a potential November Apple Pay launch, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal. This would mark the beginning of the expansion of the service outside of the U.S., and would be expected to enable mobile payments for both iPhone and Apple Watch users, for both credit and debit cards, according to people familiar with the matter. The banks are reportedly open…

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09:07
Apple's Phil Schiller, Marc Newson appear in...

Apple marketing head Phil Schiller and designer Marc Newson made an appearance at today's viewing event for the Apple Watch at the Salone del Mobile, a furniture design fair currently underway in Milan, Italy.

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09:00
9to5Toys Last Call: Ooma VoIP Phone w/ Bluetooth $90...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:
Last Call Updates:

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09:00
Modern productivity—Office on Windows

Today’s post was written by Jared Spataro, general manager for the Office marketing team.

Today I’m excited to share that the Office Universal apps preview for Windows 10 for phone is expected to be available by the end of the month. With this announcement, we’re rounding out our Office on Windows line-up, and I wanted to take the opportunity to explain our strategy of Universal and Desktop apps.

Office Universal

Our Office Universal apps are designed for on-the-go productivity. They’re touch-first, built for tablets and phones, and optimized for viewing, quick edits, notes and mark-up. On a tablet, the Universal apps are fast, fluid, and streamlined for an immersive, hands-on experience. They’re fantastic for reading and perfect for touch- and pen-based content creation. On a phone, the Universal apps adapt to the smaller form factor. Commands and controls are moved to the bottom of the screen so you can triage your work and make edits one-handed with...

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08:48
Apple’s Phil Schiller & Marc Newson kick off...






Apple kicked off its Apple Watch showcase today at Milan’s Salone Del Mobile Design Fair in Italy and on hand at the event were Apple executives including marketing chief Phil Schiller and designer Marc Newson....

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08:45
Cheatsheet is a handy utility for iPhone

iOS developer Christopher Adam Overholtzer is my kindred spirit, and we've never even met.

In the press kit for his app Cheatsheet Quick Reference and Notes (universal, free with in-appp purchase), he notes:

"Cheatsheet was made by Adam Overholtzer, a UX designer and iOS developer living in California. He never remembers his employee ID number."

I was never able to remember my employee ID number, either. Or my wife's PO Box combination. Or where I parked the car. Or where my damn keys are. Fortunately for me, Christopher has done something about that. Cheatsheet Quick Reference and Notes (or "Cheatsheet" as I'll call it for the sake of brevity), is a dead-simple way to get tap-swipe reminders in your iPhone's Notification Center. There's a big old caveat with this one, but it shouldn't pose a problem for the intelligent user. Here's my look at Cheatsheet for iPhone and...

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08:40
Apple's Tim Cook is the most pay-efficient CEO...

The unprecedented financial success Apple has seen since Tim Cook took over as chief executive makes him the best corporate leader in America when it comes to pay versus performance, according to a new Bloomberg executive ranking.

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08:39
Apple Pay plans fall launch for Canada

Breaking news from the Wall Street Journal.

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08:31
Things 2.5.4 - Elegant personal task management. (...

Things is a task management solution that helps to organize your tasks in an elegant and intuitive way. Things combines powerful features with simplicity through the use of tags and its intelligent filter bar. A Leopard style source list allows for quick and easy focusing. Together with a beautiful user interface, Things aims at the seemingly impossible: making task management both easy and fun.

Our screencast is a great introduction. Learn from our users why Things is different by visiting either on i use this or Newsvine.

  • The big picture. A Leopard-style source list lets you easily focus without...
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08:25
Review: Soen Audio Transit XS Wireless Speaker

Soen Audio has released Transit XS ($130), a smaller version of its Transit speaker, which we reviewed in 2013. Transit XS is a pocket-sized Bluetooth speaker — just slightly longer than an iPhone 6 Plus. The back of the speaker has a mount connector, which should attach to most camera mounts, as well as Soen's included mounting clip. An audio cable and micro-USB cable are also included with the speaker, which comes in black, white, red, purple, or blue.{/exp:char_limit}

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08:16
Photos show unreleased red sport band for Apple...

Two photos posted on Twitter today by British cyclist and ex-rugby player Will Carling show what appear to be unreleased Apple products, including a red version of the Apple Watch sport band and a folding UK wall adapter.

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08:13
Apple makes it official: Steve Dowling is the...

Steve Dowling has been leading Apple’s communications team for six months, and now the long-time public relations exec is now officially the company’s Vice President of Communications.

Apple

Steve Dowling is officially head of communications at Apple.

Apple didn’t make a big fuss about the change, but 9to5Mac noticed Dowling’s new title on the company’s executive bios page. Dowling has worked for Apple since 2003, serving under legendary PR chief Katie Cotton until her retirement last fall.

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07:46
Apple Stores to offer "Apple Watch Basics...

With a week to go until the official launch of the Apple Watch, Apple has updated its retail website to give potential buyers information about a new Apple Watch Basics workshop. The workshop doesn't appear to be something that is currently in the works for every Apple Store, but it's beginning to show up as a Concierge option at selected locations.

For example, I selected my local Apple Store (Aspen Grove) in the Apple Store iOS app and found the first workshop listed for Monday, April 27 at 10:15 AM MDT. The description for the workshop says:

“Bring your Apple Watch — along with your iPhone — and get familiar with your most personal device yet. We’ll show you how to get started using Glances, gestures, watch faces and more.”

If you were lucky enough to get a 4/24 - 5/8 scheduled delivery date for your Apple Watch and your local Apple Store is holding the workshop,...

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07:45
Apple PR Veteran Steve Dowling Promoted to VP

Steve Dowling has been filling in for Katie Cotton ever since she retired from her job as the head of Apple's public relations team, and now the job is officially his. Apple added Mr. Dowling to its executive list naming him Vice President of Communications.

The Mac Observer Spin: It's clear Tim Cook has his own vision for Apple, and that includes a more open PR division. Steve Dowling has been making that come together, so it isn't any surprise he's officially taking over for Katie Cotton.


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07:42
Apple Pay could launch in Canada this fall - report

Apple is preparing to launch its NFC-based mobile payments service in Canada this fall, a Friday report says, marking the first time Apple Pay would be officially offered outside of the United States.

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07:40
Apple Pay Launch in Canada Planned for November

Apple Pay is planned to launch in Canada in November, according to The Wall Street Journal. The report claims Apple is in negotiations with six Canadian banks about launching the mobile payments service in the first country outside of the United States.

The six Canadian banks reportedly in talks with Apple include the Royal Bank of Canada, TD Canada Trust, Scotiabank, Bank of Montreal, CIBC and National Bank of Canada. The financial institutions, which together account for more than 90% of Canadian bank accounts, are open to supporting Apple Pay in Canada, although have expressed concern about fees and potential security issues."The banks are open to an agreement, but they aren’t happy with Apple’s fee proposals and are concerned about security vulnerabilities like the ones that U.S. banks experienced as they rolled out the service, the people said."Developing…...

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07:35
Report: Apple planning Apple Pay launch in Canada...

Apple is reportedly planning to launch Apple Pay in Canada, its first expansion of the payments service outside the U.S., this fall, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. The company is reportedly in talks with banks for a launch as soon as November:

The company is in negotiations with Canada’s six biggest banks about a potential November launch of the service which would enable mobile payments for both credit and debit cards using iPhones and the forthcoming Apple Watch, those people said.

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07:29
Review: Aircharge Qi wireless charging case for...

As a founding member of the Wires Are Evil club, I’ve been waiting impatiently for wide-area wireless charging, where any device on a desk or within a certain area of a room is wirelessly charged. That still seems a way off yet.

A good halfway house would be inductive charging powerful enough to work through the thickness of a desk, so your charging pads sit out of sight on the underside of the desk and your devices charge as soon as you put them down on the right place on the desk. Sadly today’s wireless charging standards are too weedy to work through even the thinnest of desks.

If you want wireless charging today, then, you’re going to have to have a visible wire to a charging pad, and place your device on that. Apple has so far limited wireless charging to the Apple Watch, but if you want it for your...

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07:25
Apple may Adopt Next-Gen OLED Displays for 2017 iPads

Last week a Korean report surfaced regarding Apple's iPad Pro 12.9 inch displays shifting to Oxide TFT LCD. The time frame discussed was 2015. Today, the same Korean source is now reporting that Apple iPad displays used in the late 2016-2017 time frame will shift to next-gen OLED displays.

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07:23
Photos show Apple Watch’s clever UK plug design, and...

You’ve probably seen a dozen celebrity endorsements of the Apple Watch by now ahead of its official ship date to customers in one week, but the latest photos shared by famed rugby player and captain turned cyclist Will Carling give us the first look at the power adapter expected to be included with the device in the United Kingdom.

Taking on a design similar to...

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07:06
Apple Watch Goes on Display in Milan, Phil Schiller...

After being announced to appear at Milan's Salone Del Mobile Design Fair earlier in the week, today the Apple Watch was displayed for the first time to the public, outside of a retail store or pop up shop, at the design fair (via Macitynet) [Google Translate].

The Apple Watch on display in the Carlo e Camilla restaurant
On display at the Carlo e Camilla restaurant in Segheria, the Watch is displayed in long rows of glass-topped tables, identical to its presentation in Apple's own retail locations. The fair is even allowing customers to experience the same try-on appointments happening in retail...

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07:04
Exams for Service Technicians

Service technicians who troubleshoot and repair Apple products have to be certified as technicians and qualified separately for selected products. This article describes the current exams for these technicians and provides links to exam registration sites and other resources.

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07:00
Safari: "Could not open the page, too many...

This might happen if you visit a page that's been set to open another page, but the next page is instructed to go back to the original page.

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07:00
Five things you should do now to prepare for the...

Apple Watch pre-orders should begin arriving next week with the first deliveries expected on April 24th. Before your package arrives, you should spend some time preparing for the Watch so your first-day experience with it will be smooth sailing. Below are some tips you can do now while you are waiting for the Watch to make its way to your doorstep. Please feel free share any additional tips in the comments below.

Order accessories now

The accessory market for the Watch is in its infancy, but there still are a few items you should considering purchasing before the Watch arrives. First and foremost, you should order any accessory bands from Apple right away so you can have them as soon as possible. Ship times currently are in May, but those dates may slip as customers receive their Watches and want to accessorize them after the fact.

There also are a handful of different docks from companies like...

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06:51
Apple releases OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 Supplemental...

From the download/knowledge base page:

The OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 Supplemental Update fixes a video driver issue that may prevent your Mac from starting up when running certain apps that capture video.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:45
News: Daily Deal: Last chance to get the Wireless...

Today in iLounge Deals you can grab a pair of Wireless Feather Buds Bluetooth earphones for only $24.99—60% off the normal price. A perfect mix of comfort, convenience, and high-quality sound, these bluetooth headphones are packed with great features. The noise-cancelling outer shell isolates the sounds you want to hear, and the lightweight and tangle-free design allows you to use and wear the earbuds comfortably. Bluetooth support provides…

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06:43
SEC probes bond disclosure in L.A. school district...

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has opened a probe into whether investors and other parties were properly informed about bonds being put towards the Los Angeles Unified School District's failed iPad program, a report said on Friday.

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