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Tuesday April 14

06:03
Apple’s WWDC 2015 Scheduled for June 8 through 12

Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference is set to run from June 8 through June 12, 2015 at the Moscone West Convention Center in San Francisco. The event brings together Apple's own engineers with third-party developers to preview upcoming OS X and iOS releases, and to work together on designing and improving apps.

The Mac Observer Spin: With the Apple Watch finally coming out, this year's WWDC event should be filled with all kinds of interesting news for developers.


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06:00
Skype for Business is here!

A few weeks ago, we announced the technical preview of the Skype for Business client, and today, we’re thrilled to announce that the new Skype for Business client is now rolling out as part of the April monthly update for Office 2013! In addition, Skype for Business Online is now rolling out to Office 365 customers worldwide, and we expect the roll out to be complete by the end of May.

If you currently use Lync Online in Office 365, the new Skype for Business user experience will appear for you in the coming weeks. For customers that need a little more time to prepare for Skype for Business, we have provided the ability for administrators to switch between Skype for Business and the traditional Lync user interface.  You can learn more...

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05:54
Apple to show 'the future of iOS and OS X...

Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference, where it historically has unveiled the next-generation versions of iOS and OS X, will kick off on June 8 this year, the company announced on Monday.

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05:47
Apple published a new Press Release
05:30
Apple Worldwide Developers Conference

WWDC 2015 will take place in San Francisco, June 8–12. WWDC features more than 100 technical sessions, over 1,000 Apple engineers, hands-on labs, and the Apple Design Awards. The opportunity to buy tickets will be offered by random selection. Learn more about WWDC.

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05:30
Apple Worldwide Developers Conference

WWDC 2015 will take place in San Francisco, June 8–12. WWDC features more than 100 technical sessions, over 1,000 Apple engineers, hands-on labs, and the Apple Design Awards. The opportunity to buy tickets will be offered by random selection. Learn more about WWDC.

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04:55
Recommended Reading: 'The Leica M Photographer...

Few things are more respected than the legacy of the beloved Leica camera. Those who shoot with the prestigious Leica models understand what it feels like to work with the best camera ever made, and even those who do not shoot with it appreciate the talent required to operate such a device.

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04:26
External Link: Josh Centers Tackles Robot Spiders on...

Managing Editor Josh Centers once again joined Gene Steinberg, The Tech Night Owl, to discuss his Apple Watch pre-order plans, the new MacBook, rumors of a new Apple TV, and Intel’s demonstration of wristband-controlled robotic spiders. Is Tom Selleck the only hope for the human race? Find out in Josh’s most interesting Tech Night Owl appearance yet.

 

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04:20
Smart bulbs marching into the smart home

Philips kicked off the smart bulb market nearly three years ago with its pricey Hue bulb, but at this year’s CES a horde of new entrants emerged.  The transition from incandescent to more energy efficient bulbs is an opening through which smart bulbs – LED bulbs with wireless radios built in, which can be controlled remotely – are gaining a foothold according to Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com).

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02:35
Foxconn Subsidiary Now Sells Second-Hand iPhones...

According to new Tencent (Chinese-language news site) report, Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) has been engaged in selling second-hand iPhones

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02:05
Apple Granted 44 Patents Today Covering the iPad...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 44 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover the iPad Smart Cover magnetic assembly and three design patents.

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01:41
$150 laser pointer can stay steady even if your...

Is there a market for a $150 laser pointer when you can get one anywhere for a few bucks? Maybe, in special cases or, as the creators of SteadyLaser believe, if the user shakes like a leaf when he has to speak in public. SteadyLaser promises to cance...

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01:33
Future iPhones might automatically broadcast IM-...

iPhone owners may soon have an easier way to determine whether a friend is available to take a call, as a new Apple patent describes a system in which devices automatically send out IM-style system status information that can be viewed dynamically by other users.

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01:00
Deliver compelling presentations using Office Mix...

We’re always looking for ways to improve how you can use Office Mix to deliver a compelling presentation and better engage your audience. We’ve done just that with two vital additions to Office Mix, Slide Notes and Closed Captioning.

Be prepared with Slide Notes

One of the most important aspects of delivering an effective presentation is being adequately prepared and knowledgeable enough to adapt on-the-fly. You may remember a presentation technique taught to us in grade school, which is to rely on notecards to ensure you hit your most salient points.

With Slide Notes, the concept and experience are much the same. When you click the MIX tab in the PowerPoint ribbon, and then click the Record button, the recording view...

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Monday April 13

22:10
Build an Xsan with Thunderbolt Shared Storage

Tags: thunderbolt

I saw something wonderful and new at NAB today. The Accuses ExaSAN Thunderbolt shared storage shouldn't exist but there it is. With 16 x 4TB drives and 4 Thunderbolt ports out the back to connect 4 clients (one of which could be a Mac mini acting as a Xsan 4 controller). That leaves 3 spots for Mac clients for a small editing SAN or post-production workflow. Prices to be revealed soon, I hope. Very interesting for small setups.

Blog post with pictures.

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Mat X

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21:03
Pandora Radio adds Apple Watch app for remote music...


Apple revealed the first look at its all-new Music app for iPhone and iPad with the first beta release of iOS 8.4 today, which brings a new look to iTunes Radio among other major changes. Pandora Radio, the similarly-modeled music streaming service that’s arguably superior to iTunes Radio in music variety and selection, released a timely update this evening adding Apple Watch...

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20:59
Chameleon SSD Optimizer 0.9.9 - Solid State Drive (...

Chameleon SSD Optimizer is an optimization tool for Solid State Drives. It can enable TRIM on non Apple-branded disk, increase durability reducing I|O writing cycles, set hibernate mode and save space disabling sleep image. Chameleon is able to read SATA system profiler info and you can easily check trim status, disk speed or properties. We added the reading of S.M.A.R.T. data how OS X does, so you can control the temperature, the firmware version and more. Now you can disable the local Time Machine, the Sudden Motion Sensor or noatime set for the system or control your SSD over-provisioning space.



Version 0.9.9 (0.9.9g):

Note: Although Finder indicates that this is version 0.9.9, the developer states that this is version 0.9.9g.

  • disable KEXT sign control and reboot before patching



  • OS X 10.8 or later
  • An SSD



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20:59
Skim 1.4.11 - PDF Reader and note-taker for...

Skim is a PDF reader and note-taker for OS X. It is designed to help you read and annotate scientific papers in PDF, but is also great for viewing any PDF file.

Skim includes many features and has a great user interface.



Version 1.4.11: New Features

  • Add notes for selected search results through contextual menu.
  • Placeholder for output file in PDF-TeX sync command.
  • Toolbar button images on Yosemite consistent with new style.

Bugs Fixed

  • Reopen last open documents also when restoring Skim at login.
  • Correct notes ordering, notes creation and reading bar on PDFs with rotated pages.
  • Improve determination of mouse cursor.
  • Resolution independent drawing of artwork for retina displays.
  • Don't use source list style tables on OS X 10.10 Yosemite for inconsistencies with new style.
  • Improve performance for documents with a lot of notes.
  • Fix...

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20:59
Apple Compressor 4.2 - Adds power and flexibility to...

Compressor adds power and flexibility to Final Cut Pro X export. Customize output settings, work faster with distributed encoding, and tap into a comprehensive set of delivery features.

Powerful Encoding for Final Cut Pro

  • Use Compressor to customize encoding settings available in Final Cut Pro.
  • Choose from a wide array of codecs, sizes, frame rates, and other parameters.
  • Save your custom settings in Compressor; they automatically appear in Final Cut Pro.
  • Share settings with other editors, even if Compressor isn't installed on their workstations.

Time-Saving Encoding Workflow

  • Experiment freely with encoding options, using real-time feedback in the Preview window.
  • Find exactly the setting you need in just a few clicks in the updated settings library.
  • Set up batch processes to streamline the encoding of large numbers of files.
  • Build batch...

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20:59
AirPort Utility 6.3.5 - Set up and manage your Wi-Fi...

Note: Most recent release available only within OS X 10.10 Yosemite update.

Use AirPort Utility to set up and manage your Wi-Fi network and AirPort base stations, including AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and Time Capsule. See a graphical overview of your Wi-Fi network and devices. Change base station and network settings, or manage advanced features such as security modes, wireless channels, and more.



Version 6.3.5:

Note: Most recent release available only within OS X 10.10 Yosemite update.

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.



  • OS X 10.10 or later
  • AirPort Express
  • AirPort Extreme or Time Capsule



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20:59
OS X Server 4.1 - For OS X 10.10 Yosemite. (...

Designed for OS X and iOS devices, OS X Server makes it easy to share files, schedule meetings, synchronize contacts, develop software, host your own website, publish wikis, configure Mac, iPhone, and iPad devices, remotely access your network, and more.

OS X Server is an application you can add to OS X Yosemite right from the Mac App Store. Anyone can quickly and easily turn a Mac running OS X Yosemite into a server that’s perfect for home offices, businesses, schools, developers, and hobbyists alike.



Version 4.1:

  • Updated for OS X Yosemite 10.10.3.
  • Profile Manager support for new features, Mobile Device Management commands, and payloads introduced in iOS 8.3.
  • Caching Server configuration option to output DNS TXT records in Windows format.
  • Messages service improvements for group access.
  • Enhancements for Profile Manager device searching. xcUser and Group accounts can now be exported to a file...

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20:59
Apple Motion 5.2 - Create and customize Final Cut...

Apple Motion is designed for video editors, Motion 5 lets you customize Final Cut Pro titles, transitions, and effects. Or create your own dazzling animations in 2D or 3D space, with real-time feedback as you work.

Breakthrough Speed and Quality

  • New 64-bit architecture supports deeper, multilayered effects for use in Final Cut Pro.
  • ColorSync-managed color pipeline produces accurate, consistent color across applications.
  • Shared Render Engine provides consistent quality with Final Cut Pro and Compressor.
  • Rendering uses floating-point, linear-light color space for exceptionally realistic results.
  • Motion taps the GPU on the graphics card for high-speed rendering and exporting.

Editor-Friendly Design Tools

  • Work fast using a single-window interface with a familiar look and feel.
  • Customize Final Cut Pro titles, effects, and transitions by opening...

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20:59
Apple Safari 8.0.5 - Apple's Web browser. (Free)

Note: Safari is available by opening App Store.app and clicking on the Updates tab.

Apple Safari is Apple's web browser that comes with OS X Yosemite. Safari is faster and more energy efficient than other browsers, so sites are more responsive and your notebook battery lasts longer between charges. Built-in privacy features are stronger than ever. It works with iCloud to let you browse seamlessly across all your devices. And it gives you great ways to find and share your favorites. Put it all together, and no other browser offers such a rich web experience.

Note: Safari 7.1.4 (for OS X 10.9) and 6.2.4 (for OS X 10.8) are also available, but only through Software Update in App Store.app.



Version 8.0.5:

Note: Most recent release available only within OS X 10.10 Yosemite update.

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20:09
Chinese Apple Pay launch in limbo as iOS 8.3 fails...

Negotiations between Apple and China's state-owned credit and debit card processor UnionPay to launch Apple Pay services have hit a wall, according to a report on Monday, suggesting iPhone 6 owners in the region may not be able to use Apple's mobile payments service anytime soon.

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19:22
Ant-Man

So looking forward to Paul Rudd as an Avenger…

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17:59
Use Airplane Mode on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Airplane mode turns off the wireless features of your iOS device to comply with airline regulations.

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16:50
How to Pretend Apple Watch Is a Failure No Matter...

Apple sold a million Apple Watches in the first 24 hours-just in the U.S. That would make it the most successful new product category launch in Apple's history-so what do you do if you've been talking smack about it for months? You set the bar for success ludicrously high so you can proclaim it a failure no matter what.


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16:30
Today in the App Store -- 2Do, Topo Maps+ and more

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 2Do for Mac and iOS, the new Foldify Dinosaurs app and a major update to Topo Maps+ for iOS. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Gramory [Now free, down from $2.99] Announcing Gramory 2, the highly anticipated Sophomore release of this great Instagram client. It’s Instagram the way you’ve always wanted.

Everyday Mathematics® Monster Squeeze™ [Now free, down from $1.99] McGraw-Hill’s Monster Squeeze game reinforces number recognition and offers a quick and easy way to practice number line concepts and number comparisons.

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16:22
IBM to Put Health Data from Apple Watches into the...

According to a new report this afternoon, IBM has struck partnerships with Apple and the world’s biggest makers of medical devices, to put health data from Apple Watches into the hands of doctors and insurers, and to create personalised treatments for hip replacement patients and diabetics.

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16:15
The Week in iPad Cases: WaterField's new...

...plus, a stylish cross-body purse from Knomo and one-of-a-kind sleeves from Portenzo

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases is heavy on the carry-all: You’ll see WaterField’s awesome new bike bag, a stylish purse from Knomo that has a dedicated spot for your iPad, a create-your-own folio from This is Ground, and much more. Read on to see the latest iPad case models.

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16:01
[Sponsor] Rock On: A SongPop Adventure

Join the band — it’s time to ROCK ON! Quiz yourself on the best of rock in this new music trivia game.

Rock On — A SongPop Adventure takes the proven formula of hit SongPop in a bold new direction. Listen to clips and guess the band in more than 80 levels spread across many rock genres. Powered by Apple’s Swift language, journey on a beautifully illustrated map featuring concerts, desert highways, and rock stardom. Don’t jam alone, track your friends’ progress and high scores. Let’s rock!

Rock On — A SongPop Adventure is available exclusively on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

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15:30
Daily Deals for April 13, 2015

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

Hardware and Accessory Deals

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15:26
Intel's IDF Event in Shenzhen China was packed...

Intel's Kirk Skaugen, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the PC Client Group, Intel Corporation, presented a keynote on day two of Intel's IDF event in Shenzhen last week that centered on Intel's new processors including the new Atom x3, x5 and x7 along with Skylake.

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15:13
How Photos handles content and metadata from iPhoto...

Learn how Photos handles your content and metadata when you migrate from iPhoto or Aperture.

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15:03
IBM, Apple expand partnership to help transform...

IBM says its Health Cloud and Watson cognitive computing capabilities will support health data entered by customers in iOS apps using Apple's ResearchKit and HealthKit frameworks. The move, which complements IBM’s new Watson Health business unit, will arm medical researchers with a secure, open data storage solution, as well as access to IBM’s most sophisticated data analytics capabilities.
 
Mobile devices capture vast amounts of valuable health data from today’s consumers. HealthKit and ResearchKit harness that data so it can be used to improve health and accelerate medical research.

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15:00
Apple previews revamped Music app with iOS 8.4 beta...



Apple has just released the first iOS 8.4 beta, which includes Apple’s upcoming revamped Music app. The seed for developers is available via the Apple Developer Center website.

As we reported earlier this year, iOS 8.4 includes an all new Music application. The new software design is present in this beta, while Apple is expected to announce the streaming service component in June at WWDC....

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15:00
Apple Seeds First iOS 8.4 Beta to Developers With...

Apple today seeded the first beta of iOS 8.4 to registered developers for testing purposes, just five days after releasing iOS 8.3 to the public. The beta is available for download from the iOS Developer Center.

iOS 8.3 introduced several new features like diversified emoji, an updated emoji picker, new Siri abilities, and Wireless CarPlay support. It is not clear yet what updates iOS 8.4 will bring, but it has been rumored to be the update that will include Apple's new music service.

Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories
New Theme Store Coming Soon to SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS
List of Apple Stores With 12-Inch Retina MacBook Display Models
•...

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15:00
AWT News Update: April 13, 2015

A lot of Apple news today, all in about four and a half minutes:

  • Research firm determines that about 957,000 Apple Watch pre-orders were made on Friday, April 10 from the US alone
  • CalDigit announces a rugged USB-C portable drive
  • There are some unheralded features in OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite and unannounced feature removals from iOS 8.3
  • At a conference in Chicago this week, a number of healthcare-related Apple Watch apps are being announced and demonstrated

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14:40
iOS 8.3 Disables Access from Third Party File...

Kelly recently gave some suggestions for how to manage your iOS devices without using iTunes. Hopefully you enjoyed that time together, since it appears the iOS 8.3 update blocks some of the access that was available in 8.2.


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14:21
Health care providers gearing up apps for Apple Watch

Even if you think the Apple Watch is a bit silly, it’s getting a fair amount of developer support behind it.

A variety of healthcare companies, including WebMD and CareEvolution, announced apps for the wearable device. The apps are said to be capable of handling tasks like medication reminders and sharing electronic records.

WebMD said it is working on an update of its iPhone app which will include a Medication Reminder function. Notifications will include images of the medication, the amount to take, and when to take it. Users will be prompted to log whether they’ve taken or skipped a dose — alternately they can hit a 15-minute snooze button, or just dismiss a notification...

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14:00
iOS 8.4 beta Now Available

iOS 8.4 beta Now Available

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14:00
iOS 8.4 beta Now Available

iOS 8.4 beta Now Available

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14:00
Xcode 6.4 beta Now Available

Xcode 6.4 beta Now Available

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14:00
Xcode 6.4 beta Now Available

Xcode 6.4 beta Now Available

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13:40
Using the Retina MacBook as a Windows PC

Most people who buy Macs are doing it to run OS X, but you’d be surprised by the number of comments and e-mails we get in response to Mac reviews asking about how Windows runs on the hardware. Since Apple made the Intel switch and introduced its Boot Camp software in 2006, there’s been a small but significant group of people who have chosen to use Apple’s hardware to run Microsoft’s software, either as a secondary or primary operating system.

Because the new MacBook is an entirely new product rather than a straightforward refresh, we spent some time installing Windows and taking it for a spin. If you’ve used Boot Camp before, there aren’t many surprises. But there are still things you need to know if you intend to buy a MacBook to run Windows.

Installation and display...

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13:30
You Should Play: Four Letters gives you seconds to...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play. 

You’ve got four letters on the bottom—tap them in the correct order to make a word appear on the top. Repeat until time runs out.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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13:27
OWC Viper Pro Thunderbolt External SSD premieres 

Other World Computing (www.macsales.com) has announced the arrival of the Viper Pro Thunderbolt external SSD. It features dual Thunderbolt 2 ports and delivers sustained speeds up to 1350MB/second. 

The Viper Pro Thunderbolt SSD will be available in two capacity options, 4TB and 8TB at prices of US$2.999 and $4,799, respectively. Both offer daisy-chain support for additional Thunderbolt devices, an aluminum design with a variable speed fan for quiet cooling, and a three-year limited warranty.

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13:21
If photos or video files are missing or checkered in...

Learn what to do if a media file that you imported into a Motion project from iPhoto or Aperture is offline. 

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13:03
News: Apple takes 15 percent of subscription fees...

While Apple notably takes 30 percent of any service’s subscription fees taken from within an iOS app, the company only takes a 15 percent cut for subscription signups on Apple TV, according to Re/code. Though most Apple TV channels are either free or require cable authentication, there are still a number of channels which allow for subscription signups on Apple TV. As the report notes, where a user signs up “could be worth millions”…

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13:03
News: Apple takes 15 percent of subscription fee for...

While Apple notably takes 30 percent of any service’s subscription fees taken from within an iOS app, the company only takes a 15 percent cut for subscription signups on Apple TV, according to Re/code. Though most Apple TV channels are either free or require cable authentication, there are still a number of channels which allow for subscription signups on Apple TV. As the report notes, where a user signs up “could be worth millions”…

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13:00
Apple introduces 3D titles in Final Cut Pro 10.2,...

Final Cut Pro is the go-to Mac app for serious Hollywood filmmakers, but the powerful video-editing software is getting easier to use for amateurs, too. Apple released Final Cut Pro 10.2 and updates to companion aps Motion and Compressor on Monday with easy-to-use tools for 3D effects in title creation, faster video editing, and packing movies for sale in the iTunes Store.

The updates are available today in the Mac App Store as free updates for existing users, or $300 for Final Cut Pro 10.2, and $50 each for Motion 5.2 and Compressor 4.2.

The major Final Cut Pro upgrade includes 3D titles, better masking tools for effects and color grading, GPU-accelerated RED RAW processing (even dual GPU support for Mac Pros), and adds support for video formats like Panasonic AVC-Ultra and Sony XAVC-S. You can now optimize RED RAW files 2.5 times faster than in the previous version of Final Cut Pro,...

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12:58
Reactions to New MacBook Run From Tepid to Cold


Early reviewers last week weighed in on Apple's new MacBook, and for the most part, they were underwhelmed. The new MacBook is 13.1mm thick, weighs 2 pounds, and has a 12-inch Retina display. Apple has touted it as the future of the notebook, pointing out that it had to reimagine every element to make the device lighter, thinner and better. Reviewers praised the device's light weight, its sharp screen, the full-sized keypad, the new Force Touch feature and even the solitary USB-C port, although it is not backward-compatible.

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12:49
If you need help restoring from an iCloud backup

If you need help restoring your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch from an iCloud backup, this article can help.

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12:47
About backups in iCloud and iTunes

You can copy and save the data on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch by backing up your device in iCloud or iTunes. If you replace your device, you can use that backup to transfer data like your contacts and photos to your new device.

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12:36
TA15-103A: DNS Zone Transfer AXFR Requests May Leak...

Original release date: April 13, 2015
Systems Affected

Misconfigured Domain Name System (DNS) servers that respond to global Asynchronous Transfer Full Range (AXFR) requests.

Overview

A remote unauthenticated user may request a DNS zone transfer from a public-facing DNS server. If improperly configured, the DNS server may respond with information about the requested zone, revealing internal network structure and potentially sensitive information.

Description

AXFR is a protocol for “zone transfers” for replication of DNS data across multiple DNS servers. Unlike normal DNS queries that require the user to know some DNS information ahead of time, AXFR queries reveal subdomain names [1]. Because a zone transfer is a single query, it could be used by an adversary to efficiently obtain DNS data.  

A well-known problem with DNS is that zone transfer requests can disclose domain...

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12:29
Gear: BodyGuardz ScreenGuardz Pure Glass with The...

BodyGuardz, known for its iPhone screen protectors, has released a new product which combines its Pure screen protector with a molded aluminum rim called The Crown. We received ScreenGuardz Pure Glass with The Crown for iPhone 6 ($40); there’s also an iPhone 6 Plus edition ($45). Users apply the tempered glass screen protector to the front of an iPhone first, and then install the aluminum rim, which creates a seamless lip on the front of the…

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12:00
AWT Health Club: Withings Blood Pressure Monitor

This week for the AWT Health Club column we'll take a look at a vital piece of the overall cardiovascular health picture -- blood pressure. Since June of 2011 I have used a Withings Blood Pressure Monitor (US$129.95, affiliate link) to keep tabs on my blood pressure. My family has a history of high blood pressure, so the Blood Pressure Monitor and the companion Withings Health Mate app (free) have been a great way for me to capture my BP readings on a regular basis for almost four years now.

Withings Blood Pressure Monitor

When I got my Withings Blood Pressure Monitor, it was a wired unit that had a 30-pin connector on the end of a cable coming out from the bottom of the blood pressure cuff. It's now wireless, using Bluetooth to send your readings to the app on your...

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11:55
Apple Final Cut Pro X 10.2 - Professional video...

Apple Final Cut Pro X is a professional video editing solution.Completely redesigned from the ground up, Final Cut Pro adds extraordinary speed, quality, and flexibility to every part of the post-production workflow. (Apple has posted a FAQ answering questions about Final Cut Pro X, missing features, and the future.)

Revolutionary Video Editing

  • Assemble clips in the Magnetic Timeline without clip collisions or sync problems.
  • Use Clip Connections to attach B-roll, sound effects, and music to the timeline.
  • Reduce clutter by grouping clips into a Compound Clip. Easily expand it back to single clips.
  • Perfect your pacing right in the timeline with the Inline Precision Editor.
  • Cycle through different shots, graphics, or effects at one place in the timeline with Auditions.

Powerful Media Organization

  • Import a broad range of...

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11:09
WiPowerBand designed to extend the Apple Watch'...

WiPowerBand.com has introduced a wearable battery extender for the Apple Watch. A compact battery and wireless power transmitter is embedded in a sleek molded unit that fits under the Apple smartwatch, providing extended battery life and protection, says Dr. Thomas Fiannulli, inventor of the device.

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11:03
If your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch doesn't...

Your device might have a frozen screen that doesn’t respond when you touch it or press buttons. Or maybe your device begins to turn on, but gets stuck during start up. These steps can help.

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11:02
Mac: Apple Final Cut Pro 10.2, Motion 5.2 +...

Apple has announced updates to Final Cut Pro X ($300), Motion ($50), and Compressor ($50) — Final Cut Pro 10.2, Motion 5.2, and Compressor 4.2 respectively. Final Cut Pro 10.2 adds new 3D titles, improved masking, and native support for more camera formats to Apple’s professional video editing software. The complimentary Motion 5.2 adds more 3D title options, and Compressor 4.2 can create an iTunes Store Package, which can be quickly submitted to an iTunes Delivery Partner in order to sell a movie on the iTunes Store.

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11:00
CalDigit releases Tuff, T4 nano

CalDigit (www.caldigit.com) has revealed two new storage solutions. The first is the Tuff portable storage solution (pictured) for the new 12-inch MacBook.

This external drive features the brand new USB Type-C connector that features the USB Type-C interface. The Tuff portable storage solution features USB 3.1, with up to 10Gb/s bandwidth and support fort SSDs, as well as standard 2.5-inch spinning disks.

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10:47
Artlantis Studio 6.0.2.1 - 3D rendering of interior...

Artlantis Studio is a unique and ideal tool for performing very high-resolution rendering easily and in real time. The new FastRadiosity engine now lets you compute images in radiosity-even in preview. Another innovative feature of Artlantis is that 3D objects and vegetation can be used directly in the preview window by simply dragging and dropping them. This enables users to work on different scenarios quickly and to simulate true virtual scenes in a real environment.



Version 6.0.2.1:

Note: Version 6 is a paid upgrade from previous versions. You can upgrade from version 4 or 5 for €300 (~$318), or from versions 1-3 for €500 (~$530).

  • Physical engine - To create stunning images, Artlantis 6 now includes its own built-in physical engine, emphasizing physical rendering quality, precision, material accuracy, and energy consumption. Real-time preview -- Artlantis's founding concept -- gives users...
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10:30
A few things and an apology

OK, a few things.

Since our birth on February 9, 2015, our site has caused trouble for those visiting with an iPhone 6. Specifically, mobile Safari on those devices goes into an infinite reload loop, causing frustration for readers and us.

We've been working with Squarespace on the issue for weeks. For now, I'm sorry to say, we still don't have a solution. We've made several changes to no avail. Right now, our best guess is that the issue is unique to mobile Safari on the iPhone 6, as no other iOS devices are affected. It's an ongoing frustration, and we apologize.

Speaking of frustration, it got the better of us this afternoon and we published a regrettable call for a pro-bono app that would allow iPhone 6 owners to view the site without Safari. That was a mistake, and we apologize.

As tech writers, gadget junkies and iOS fans, we have the utmost admiration and respect for the talented men and women who make the apps we love. We also understand that...

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10:26
iExplorer 3.7.1.0 - View and transfer all the files...

iExplorer is an iPhone browser for Mac lets you view the files on your iOS device. By using a drag and drop interface, you can quickly copy files and folders between your Mac and your iPhone or iTouch. It works with both jailbroken and non-jailbroken iPhones and works quickly with a standard USB cable.

Features:

  • All the best technology from Phone to Mac, Phone Disk, and iExplorer 2, and then some
  • One-click recovery of music and videos straight to iTunes
  • Explore and export photos and videos (even from older iPods)
  • Mount any folder or category, including playlists and photo albums, then browse in Finder and open with other apps
  • Browse any iTunes backups (encrypted too). Export: Messages (including attachments), notes, voicemail, call history, contacts, calendars...
  • Works with all types of iPhones, iPads, iPod Touch, and regular iPod



Version 3.7.1.0:

  • Fixes an...

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10:15
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 13...

Notable software releases this week include DEVONagent Lite, Express, and Pro 3.9.1, FileMaker Pro 13.0.9, iTunes 12.1.2, GraphicConverter 9.6.1, 1Password 5.3, Security Update 2015-004 (Mountain Lion, Mavericks), and Safari 8.0.5, 7.1.5, and 6.2.5.

 

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10:15
ExtraBITS for 13 April 2015

In our latest list of ExtraBITS links, Smile promises a fix for a problem with lost snippets in TextExpander touch, we find out how accessible the Apple Watch is, an Apple Watch developer asks for patience, we learn how to make an Apple II watch, and Apple explains how to clean your devices and accessories.

 

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09:57
Apple Watch battery pack guaranteed to kill the...

One of the nice things about the Apple Watch is that we can finally appreciate the design of the thing, unadorned by the ugly cases that have tarnished the iPhone landscape.

Or so we thought. While the Apple Watch isn’t launching until later this month, a bulky battery case called Wipowerband is already promising to turn Jony Ive’s design masterstroke into an eyesore. The Wipowerband snaps underneath the watch body to connect with Apple’s magnetic charging contact, and stuffs a 250mAh battery into a wraparound wristband.

The result is a more of a smart cuff than a smartwatch, one that’s guaranteed to obscure the look and detract from the comfort of whatever high-priced Watch band you’ve selected—and probably...

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09:51
News: Security change in iOS 8.3 limits some file...

A security change in iOS 8.3 prevents some file manager and transfer utilities like iFunBox and iExplorer from accessing app directories on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, MacRumors notes. The apps allow users to manage, transfer and back up data between their iOS devices and a Mac or PC, but updated iOS 8.3 security features blocked the apps’ ability to control data in installed apps and games. Scrambling for a fix over the weekend, iFunBox…

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09:49
MacGameStore’s Pay What You Want software bundle

I don’t see how you can go wrong here.

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09:42
Apple's Storm Clouds


An Apple shop recently dumped Apple for Dell following a surprising revelation. Over most of the last two decades, the only time I've seen a move like this was when some change in IT forced it, and a lot of staffers subsequently would quit. This move was largely user-driven. Then, last week, one of Apple's biggest fans actually panned an Apple product, effectively calling it pretty but stupid. Finally, the reviews on the new Apple Watch were decidedly mixed, even though the product was wrapped with one of the better marketing campaigns I've seen of late.

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09:33
Apple updates Final Cut Pro X, Motion, Compressor

Apple has issued updates for its Final Cut Pro X, Motion, and Compressor apps.

Final Cut Pro X is Apple's US$2.99 high-end video editing app. Version 10.2 adds support for 3D titles, improved color grading and effects tools, support for additional camera formats, and GPU-accelerated processing of RAW footage from RED cameras.

Motion is Apple's $49.99 tool for customizing Final Cut Pro titles, transitions, and effects, and creating your own animations. With version 5.2 users can users can create custom materials and environments, and instantly publish them to Final Cut Pro X.

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09:20
If you can't burn a Blu-ray disc in Final Cut...

Learn what to do if you see an alert and your hard disk has sufficient space.

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09:02
Apple published a new Press Release

Apple just published a new Press Release:

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09:00
Office 365—allowing us to focus on what matters most...

Today’s Office 365 post was written by Timothy Harris, vice president of global IT shared services at Mylan, a global pharmaceutical company.

In information technology, it’s tempting to be wowed by a new product or swayed by a charismatic salesperson. But if I’m doing my job well, I actually look beyond the technology itself. I stay focused on solving my company’s business problems. For example, Mylan has been growing so quickly that we’ve found it difficult to establish a cohesive technology suite for our geographically distributed workforce.

In the past several years, we’ve acquired new business units that expanded our capacity to produce life-saving pharmaceuticals, but they also created an IT environment with lots of overlapping products that confused users and made it challenging to work together, especially across...

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08:45
Apple introduces NVMe support in OS X 10.10.3 update

It’s a subtle change, but it could be pretty neat in the long run.

Last week, Apple’s introduction of its OS X 10.10.3 update also quietly introduced support for the next generation NVM Express (NVMe) interface to SSD Flash drives. These drives can be found on the new Retina display MacBook as well as other units.

The cool cats at AnandTech offered a good description of the AHCI technology, which has resulted in the NVMe technology:

AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface) dates back to 2004 and was designed with hard drives in mind. While that doesn’t rule out SSDs, AHCI is more optimized for high latency rotating media than low latency non-volatile storage. As a result...

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08:44
Alfred 2.7 - Quick launcher for apps and more. (Free)

Alfred is an award-winning productivity application for OS X. Alfred saves you time when you search for files online or on your Mac. Be more productive with hotkeys, keywords, and file actions at your fingertips.

Loads of app-launching, file-searching goodness - free for you to download and use with no strings attached. Alfred is the ultimate productivity tool for your Mac. Get it and see for yourself.

Get the Powerpack. Discover the Powerpack, a set of incredibly powerful features, built on top of the robust core of Alfred and integrated with OS X.

  • Single license: 15 pounds (GBP) for single user
  • Family license: 25 pounds (GBP) for 5 users under one roof
  • Mega Supporter: 30 pounds (GBP) Single User with Free Lifetime Upgrades



Version 2.7: Alfred Remote Improvements

  • Add key combo dispatching to Remote (no longer need to use AppleScript)
  • Added OS X Preference...

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08:36
How Power Nap works on your Mac

Power Nap allows your Mac to do things while it's asleep.

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08:34
If clients can't connect using LDAP after...

Following a specific upgrade path might cause the Open Directory service on OS X Server to be set to none.

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08:33
Report: Apple sold more than a million Apple Watches...

All models of Apple Watch quickly sold out when preorders began overnight last Friday, but now we have a better idea of which Watches were most popular.

Apple

This was the bestselling Apple Watch on Frday, Slice Intelligence said.

According to e-retail research firm Slice Intelligence, 957,000 people in the U.S. bought an Apple Watch on Friday—and many of those people bought two. The space gray Apple Watch Sport with a black Sport band was the bestselling Watch, which reflects anecdotal data we’ve heard from readers and colleagues.

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08:30
Initial Apple Watch preorder data arrives, hints at...

The Apple Watch sold a few units on preorder around the 10th.

Almost one million units is the current guess.

The initial Apple Watch preorder numbers have been flowing in and among the first to report was research firm Slice Intelligence, which estimates nearly one million customers in the U.S. preordered the device on Friday.

Compiling data from a panel of two million online shoppers, Slice Intelligence said 957,000 U.S. customers preordered Apple Watch on its first day of availability. As expected, Apple’s cheaper Apple Watch Sport model was most popular and garnered an estimated 62 percent of orders.

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08:30
Take Control of Security for Mac Users, Chapter 12:...

If you’ve lost data, or you’ve discovered malware on your Mac, or someone has stolen your personal information and applied for credit in your name, you need to take action to fix the problem as soon as possible. Regardless of the type of disaster, your first step is not to panic. Then you can methodically undo or repair the damage. Although the exact procedure will depend on your situation, this chapter contains some suggested general steps to get you started.

 

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08:29
Chapter 12 of “Take Control of Security for Mac...

So far, “Take Control of Security for Mac Users” has focused on increasing your security level, but what should you do if something bad does happen (or has perhaps already happened)? Perhaps you’ve lost data, suffered from malware or a network intrusion, or fallen prey to a phishing attack or identity theft — regardless, Joe Kissell has advice on how to recover in this final chapter of the book.

 

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08:28
If a droplet doesn't open in Compressor 4.2

If you see a “Droplet Launch Error” message, it means you need to update your droplets. After updating, droplets created in earlier versions of Compressor open as expected in Compressor 4.2.

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08:20
Final Cut Pro X support resources

Use the resources below to help get support and find answers to your Final Cut Pro X questions.

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07:56
InstaMed brings first application of Apple Pay to...

A payment service provider, InstaMed, on Monday announced it is integrating Apple Pay support, marking the first application of Apple's mobile payment platform in the healthcare industry.

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07:31
News: Apple Watch Sport, 42mm case and black Sport...

Nearly a million people in the U.S. pre-ordered the Apple Watch on April 10, with many buying more than one, according to data from digital commerce measurement firm Slice Intelligence. More than half of all customers went for the less expensive Apple Watch Sport (62 percent), and most buyers opted for the larger 42mm case (71 percent). The black Sport band was the most popular band for Apple Watch and Apple Watch Sport customers, making up an estimated…

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07:21
Foxconn angers Brazilian officials with slow...

Taiwanese contract manufacturer Foxconn, one of Apple's closest partners, is under fire in Brazil as officials in the South American nation are displeased with the company's slow rate of progress on what was initially sold as a major investment to modernize the Brazilian manufacturing industry.

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07:12
The Success of the Apple Watch over the Weekend will...

It's being reported today that the success of the Apple Watch preview that started on Friday, it's highly likely that Apple will quickly ramp production ...

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07:04
Sydney Mac Admins April Meetup

If you manage or administer devices with an Apple logo and are in Sydney on the 16th, you should come along to meet your peers. Take part in an informal chat and share what has and hasn’t been working for you and others. Find out what is new, what works and what is broken.

This month we are meeting at Crunch IT’s office in Surry Hills, where we will have an hour of short presentations, before moving on to a nearby pub for food and drinks.

You can RSVP and register to be notified of further details and future events at http://www.meetup.com/Sydney-Mac-Admins/

I hope to see you there,

Marcus

About Marcus Rowell

Marcus Rowell is a Mac Systems Administrator and IT generalist who is trying to make IT simple and reliable. He can be found on Twitter as @mrowell.

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07:00
Tick talk: Developers chat about creating and...

When the Apple Watch arrives on the wrists of a few users on April 24, there will be a lot of apps available. Apple CEO Tim Cook already noted in an email to employees that “over a thousand” apps have been submitted, and Apple World Today has heard from a number of developers who are working on Watch apps. Molehill created one such app for its flagship Tick time tracking service, and I had a chance to ask the product team a few questions.

Answering those questions were Alban Brooke (Director of Marketing for Molehill), Kevin Finn (co-founder of Molehill and a designer), and John Pollard (Molehill app developer). Finn and Pollard recently traveled to an Apple facility in Sunnyvale, CA to test their Tick app on actual Watch hardware. Note that some responses were tempered by the fact that the team is under a non...

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06:53
News: Report: Apple Watch Sport comes with three...

Despite the wording on Apple’s website, Apple Watch Sport doesn’t come with two bands, according to TechCrunch. Instead, the watch will come with three band pieces of the same color — one end with a fastener and two pieces that have holes, sized small/medium and medium/large to let users choose the appropriate fit. This development has thrown some cold water on sites like Bandswapper, which sprung up to let someone exchange an “extra…

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06:50
Nearly all Apple Watch retail try-ons are resulting...

Customers who schedule an appointment to try on the Apple Watch are extremely likely to walk away with a preorder for the device, according to a new informal poll of retail employees conducted by an analyst.

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06:42
Foxconn May be Working on iPhone Assembly Plants in...

The Taiwan press is reporting today that late on Saturday news broke that the Foxconn Technology Group would soon be investing in three new production plants in India that could be used in part to assemble iPhones for Apple.

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06:37
News: Daily Deal: Izon View Security Camera, 46% Off

In today’s iLounge Deal we’re offering the Izon View Security Camera for only $79.95 – that’s 46% off the regular price. Providing day and night surveillance, streamed to your iOS device, the Izon View lets you keep an eye on your kids or your pets or even just general home security. You’ll be proactively alerted of any motion or sound so you can rest easy knowing that you’ll be notified if anything unusual is up. The…

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06:02
Return of the Intermittent Bricking

So it used to be we’d wait for machines that were bound to Active Directory running 10.10.0-10.10.2 to freeze during startup and we’d either

  1. perform CPR or
  2. apply rc.server script fixes.

‘Things can only get better,’ we said. ‘Just trust them,’ we said. ‘They’ll get it all fixed if we just wait a bit longer’, we said.

Wrong.

This issue with createmobileaccount lengthens user migrations and disrupts the QA’d process we’ve been using in our organizations for years. Now we’re supposed to say ‘jolly good, carry on, we can just wait until 10.10.4 for that?’ Oh, pardon, that’s not a big enough deal?

But wait...

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06:01
How to set up and use Force Click

Rene Ritchie, writing for iMore, takes you on a tour through the Force Click preferences.

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06:00
How to mirror your iPad or iPhone to an Amazon Fire...

I've long since abandoned the Apple TV for a Roku 3 and, more recently, the Amazon Fire TV. Though I am happy overall  with the switch, one feature I miss from the Apple TV is AirPlay, which allows you to stream content as well as mirror an iOS device or a Mac to an HDTV. Though Roku does not support iOS mirroring, there is a solution for the Fire TV thanks to the folks at Squirrels, who created a version of Reflector exclusively for Amazon's media player. 

To stream or mirror your iOS device, you first need to install Reflector on the Fire TV. The app is available on the Amazon Appstore for Android and costs $6.99. You can install it by purchasing it on the Appstore using...

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05:54
Slice Intelligence estimates Apple Watch sales for...

Slice Intelligence (http://intelligence.slice.com) estimates that 957,000 people in the U.S. pre-ordered an Apple Watch on Friday, the first day the watch was available for sale.

According to e-receipt data from a panel of two million online shoppers, each Apple Watch buyer ordered an average of 1.3 watches, spending US$503.83 per watch, according to the research group. Those ordering an Apple Watch Sport spent $382.83 per watch and those ordering the Apple Watch spent $707.04.

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05:48
Thoughts on the Force Touch trackpad

Thoughts on the Force Click trackpad

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05:47
Report: Apple Watch Preorders Almost 1 Million On...

An anonymous reader writes The launch of the Apple Watch has got off to a good start, with an estimated 1 million pre-orders in the U.S. on Friday. "According to Slice's Sunday report, which is based on e-receipt data obtained directly from consumers, 957,000 people preordered the Watch on Friday, with 62% purchasing the cheapest variant, the Apple Watch Sport. On average, each buyer ordered 1.3 watches and spent $503.83 per watch."


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05:37
Irony award: Apple clone-maker Xiaomi complains...

Xiaomi, the Chinese company that has made a career out of following Apple’s every move, is complaining that other companies are cloning its own products, reports Business Insider.

Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun lamented the proliferation of counterfeit manufacturers capitalising on the company’s wild popularity. “What is the biggest problem? There are so many fakes. If there were no counterfeits, our sales would be double or triple.”

This from the company which launched the Mi Phone, whose Mi Pad replicates the iPad mini in both appearance...

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05:05
Sprint begins roll-out of home/office iPhone setup...

If you want to upgrade your iPhone without the hassle of going to a store, Sprint will soon bring the phone to you and set up the phone there. The company’s free Direct 2 You service has launched in Sprint’s hometown of Kansas, comes to Miami and Chicago next week and will be rolling out to other cities later, with a total of 5,000 cars expected to be in service by the end of the year.

When our customers are ready for a new phone, we’ll come to them. Virtually, wherever they want. At their home, at their office, in a coffee shop or even a park. And this is about much more than delivering a phone. We are sending a Sprint expert who will make the entire experience convenient and easy.

Sprint says that qualified customers will be offered the service via text or email when they are due an upgrade, and will then be able to call the number...

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05:05
The New iPhone Plant and Supply Chain in Brazil is...

Yesterday we posted a report titled "Hon Hai Posts Highest Ever Profits due to Apple's iPhone 6." The iPhone accounts for one in four smartphones in China and according to Tim Cook, iPhone unit sales in BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) were up 97%. Apple had wanted to duplicate the success that they're enjoying in China with Foxconn in Brazil. According ...

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04:52
Kool Tools: ChronoSync 4.6 for Mac OS X

Econ Technologies' (www.econtechnologies.com) ChronoSync 4.6 is a substantial update of the Mac backup, bootable backup, and folder synchronizing app.

It works with any device you can connect to a Mac such as external drives, thumb drives, network volumes, remote Macs, or even a PC. ChronoSync 4.6 adds SmartScan, an advanced algorithm for analyzing a volume for changes. File system analysis can often be the most time consuming part of a synchronization or backup.

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04:16
4SeTV brings 4-in-1 viewing experience to tablets,...

4SeTV (http://tinyurl.com/pa299ov), a device that lets users select and watch four TV channels on the same screen, has been released. It splits a big screen TV into four sections and streams different content to each section. 

What's more, four people in the same house, dorm or location can watch four different live TV shows at once on their tablet, smartphone or TV. Built on patent pending technology, 4SeTV uses over-the-air broadcasting and streams the HD content you want to see to your connected devices in your home network.

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04:13
Gartner: mobile apps adoption is maturing as usage...

The mobile apps marketplace is maturing as users declare themselves satisfied with current engagement rates, according to a survey by Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). As users integrate apps more deeply into their lives, app providers will need to stay one step ahead and focus their development, marketing and branding more intensely toward retention strategies, according to the research group.

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04:05
Polling data suggests the Sport made up 55-60% of...

With estimated Apple Watch preorders getting close to a million, a number of polls suggest that the Sport made up between 55% and 60% of these. Our own poll, by far the largest of those featured in a Fortune roundup, put Sport sales at just under 56% based on 11,865 responses at the time.

A second poll of just over 5,000 responses showed a slightly higher number of 59%, while a pre-sale poll of purchase intentions put the number at 60%. Only one poll differed markedly from this range, but that was based on a much smaller number of respondents so is likely to be less reliable … ...

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03:50
OsiriX 6.5.1 - 3D medical image processing software...

OsiriX is an image processing software dedicated to DICOM images (".dcm" / ".DCM" extension) produced by medical equipment (MRI, CT, PET, PET-CT, ...) and confocal microscopy (LSM and BioRAD-PIC format). It can also read many other file formats: TIFF (8,16, 32 bits), JPEG, PDF, AVI, MPEG and Quicktime. It is fully compliant with the DICOM standard for image comunication and image file formats. OsiriX is able to receive images transferred by DICOM communication protocol from any PACS or medical imaging modality (STORE SCP - Service Class Provider, STORE SCU - Service Class User, and Query/Retrieve).

OsiriX has been specifically designed for navigation and visualization of multimodality and multidimensional images: 2D Viewer, 3D Viewer, 4D Viewer (3D series with temporal dimension, for example: Cardiac-CT) and 5D Viewer (3D series with temporal and functional dimensions, for example: Cardiac-PET-CT). The 3D Viewer offers all modern rendering modes: Multiplanar...

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02:59
Report estimates almost 1 million Apple Watch...

A study by Slice Intelligence estimates that Apple recorded 957,000 Apple Watch preorders on Friday, the first day the device was available to order. On average, customers bought 1.3 watches which means that many customers ordered two or more units.

The most popular model purchased was the Space Grey Sport, followed by the normal stainless steel Apple Watch, then the Silver Sport. The Space Black Apple Watch model captured just 3% of orders although it was in limited supply (4 – 6 weeks) from the beginning of preorders and is also the most expensive model of Apple Watch. The report ignores sales data for the Apple Watch Edition in its calculations.

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Sunday April 12

21:42
Launch day Apple Watch orders estimated at 1M in US...

Initial Apple Watch numbers are trickling in and among the first to report was research firm Slice Intelligence, which estimates nearly one million customers in the U.S. preordered the device on Friday.

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20:38
An Apple Watch meta-review reimagined

Monday Note:

As the first wave of Apple Watch reviews shows, waiting for impressions to settle down isn’t part of the Product Review genre. The psychoactive toxicity of Apple product launches that I made fun of two weeks ago is in full display as reviewers climb to the rooftops in a race for income-producing pageviews.

There’s no doubt that “page view journalism” has taken its toll on, at the very least, reviews of Apple’s products.

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18:54
OS X 10.10.3 brings enhanced 4K support (including...

Apple has expanded support for 4K displays in its recent OS X 10.10.3 release and officially confirmed specifics for using 4K displays with its new 12-inch MacBook.

While previously Apple only officially supported certain Multi-Stream Transport (MST) displays at a refresh rate of 60Hz, it now says that “most single-stream 4K (3840×2160) displays” are officially supported at 60Hz as well following the recent OS X Yosemite v10.10.3 update. That should mean support for a lot more inexpensive 4K displays that don’t include DisplayPort’s Multi-Stream...

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18:39
Apple Watch Received Estimated 1 Million Pre-Orders...

Apple Watch received an estimated 957,000 pre-orders in the United States on April 10, the day the wrist-worn device became available for purchase, according to Slice Intelligence (via Quartz). The digital commerce tracking firm claims that nearly two-thirds of customers purchased the Apple Watch Sport model, with the 42mm space gray case the most popular version sold on the first day.

Slice Intelligence's sales projection is based on e-receipt data from 9,080 online shoppers that opted-in to have their inboxes tracked for email receipts. The report finds that 71% of Apple Watch pre-orders on April 10 were for the larger 42mm case, with 32% of aluminimum Sport customers purchasing the smaller 38mm version compared to 24% of stainless steel Apple...

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11:33
The PC market is shrinking again as companies stop...

It's not a good time to be a PC maker... especially if you cater to the corporate crowd. Both Gartner and IDC estimate that the computer market shrank between 5.2 to 6.7 percent in the first quarter of 2015, in part because many companies stopped upg...

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10:56
Hon Hai Posts Highest Ever Profits due to Apple...

News out of Taipei late yesterday noted that the world's biggest electronics manufacturer for hire, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., posted higher sales ...

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10:29
Forget the Apple Watch—here's the Apple II Watch

The Apple Watch looks to be an impressive piece of gear—it’s sleek and attractive, and offers plenty of interesting and useful features. But if you’re looking for something a little more old-school, might we suggest the Apple II Watch?

The DIY Apple II Watch comes from the mind of Instructables user Aleator777, and it takes design cues from the classic Apple II computer. A bulky, beige, 3D-printed plastic shell replaces the modern metal-and-glass enclosure of Apple’s real-life offering, and a Teensy 3.1 microcontroller acts as the Apple II Watch’s brains....

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09:12
IBM's Watson supercomputer has whipped up a...

IBM's Watson learning supercomputer isn't just content with making the occasional meal -- it has a whole slew of recipes lined up. The tech company is launching Cognitive Cooking with Chef Watson, a cookbook based on Watson's knack for combining food...

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08:57
MGG 548: One Geek On The Road

Dave's in Las Vegas for NMX/NAB this week, but he and John brave the hotel WiFi to get your Geek on. Terminal Tips are Threefold (or more) in this episode, made easy by your two favorite geeks. That plus some solutions for slow Safari issues and more. Download and enjoy!


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07:00
Inhabitat's Week in Green: floating cities,...

Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week's most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us -- it's the Week in Green.

The Volkswagen Camper van is one of the most iconic vehicles of the 20th century, but VW hasn't put out...

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06:30
DirecTV told to stop airing Rob Lowe ads after...

I love the Rob Lowe ads. I think they are satirical, funny without being truly mean. They capture the spirit of the Mac vs PC ads of a generation ago. Question is, are they deceptive.

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06:17
That headphone tangle in your pocket

Cordskinz. This is how I keep my headphones tangle-free.

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05:39
Four 'Game of Thrones' episodes leak, good...

Just a day before season five premiered on HBO, copies of the next four episodes of Game of Thrones leaked onto the internet. According to TorrentFreak, the leaks are in standard definition and may originate from a review screener given to the press....

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04:02
'No Pineapple Left Behind' skewers the...

As Rockstar Games' Bully proved, grade school makes for a pretty interesting (if painfully underused) setting for video games, which is why I'm intrigued by No PIneapple Left Behind. In it, you're a principal lording over pineapples, making sure they...

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Saturday April 11

23:35
Lasers quickly load thousands of cells with nano-...

Doctors dream of injecting cells with large nanoscopic cargo to treat or study illnesses. The existing approach to this is extremely slow, however. At one cell per minute, it would take ages to get a meaningful payload. That won't be a problem if UCL...

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20:44
Amazon's web services are smart enough to make...

You no longer have to run a tech giant (or work in a lab) to take advantage of learning computers. Amazon has launched a machine learning feature for Web Services that lets any developer use this computer intelligence to make predictions. Instead of ...

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18:30
Bing's mobile homepage for iOS and Android gets...

So, you like Bing but don't like it enough to download its app on your phone. Expect to see a new interface when you load the website on an Android or iOS browser, then, along with a number of new options when you swipe up the translucent card at the...

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16:45
Apple enables NVM Express protocol for faster SSD...

Looking to take full advantage of PCI Express solid state drives found in the latest Mac models, including the new 12-inch MacBook, Apple built support for the NVM Express SSD Interface into its most recent OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite update.

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16:27
LG inadvertently reveals its leather-clad G4 phone a...

Oops. LG is supposed to be unveiling its range-topping G4 smartphone on April 28th, but well-known leaker Evan Blass has discovered an unannounced product site that reveals a ton about the new Android flagship a couple of weeks in advance. A lot of t...

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16:00
The history of computing, cars from the New York...

Find out what forty years of personal computing history looks like as we visit The Interface Experience, an exhibition at the Bard Graduate Center's Focus Gallery in New York. Meanwhile, the New York International Auto show was going on this week and...

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14:54
LG Joins Apple and Samsung with a Patent for a...

Samsung has been working on several flexible display devices for some time now. They have several very futuristic patents on record like this one that covers a wide curved display for a future smartwatch. Samsung's newest Galaxy S6 "Edge" smartphones offer double sided curved edged displays which is just the tip of the iceberg as to where they want to go with this technology. This week ...

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14:08
Retail Apple Watches Still Have a Hidden Diagnostic...

The Apple Watch became available for pre-orders on Friday as well as for try-on appointments in Apple retail stores around the world.

One MacRumors reader, Louis, was able to slip off the bottom band during his Apple Watch try-on appointment to discover that the hidden diagnostic port on early models still remains in the retail versions.

The presence of the diagnostic port was first reported in March by TechCrunch with speculation that it could eventually open up the market for "smart" band accessories that can interface with the Apple Watch, itself. Apple, however, has made no such promises and doesn't even acknowledge the presence of the...

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13:59
NSA thinks it can keep spying without compromising...

American police and spies love the idea of back door access to encrypted data that lets them snoop on suspicious types, but many will tell you that they're wildly optimistic. Even if you don't mind the implication that the government has a right to s...

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13:00
Faster 'NVM Express' SSD Interface Arrives...

Apple has quietly introduced support for the next generation NVM Express (NVMe) interface to SSD Flash drives in their latest OS X 10.10.3 update as well as in the new Retina MacBook which was released on April 10th.

System Report on new Retina MacBook
The NVMe software interface replaces the AHCI software interface in Apple's previous notebooks, and offers improved latency and performance over the old protocol. Anandtech offers a good overview between the technologies:AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface) dates back to 2004 and was designed with hard drives in mind. While that doesn't rule out SSDs, AHCI is more optimized for high latency rotating media than low latency non-volatile storage. As...

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13:00
60-Second Tips: Applying a filter to an image in the...

Earlier this week, Apple released the new Photos app for OS X along with OS X 10.10.3. Announced last year, Photos is replacing Aperture and iPhoto in Apple’s desktop software lineup. The app combines some of the organization abilities of Aperture with the basic image editing tools borrowed from iOS. In today’s 60-second tip, we will show you how to edit an image and apply a filter in Apple’s new Photos app.

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12:57
Nonend Inventions Who First Sued Spotify is now...

Nonend Inventions, a Dutch company that claims to have over 40 patents on record sued Spotify back in 2012 regarding streaming music. They're now gunning for Apple with four counts of patent infringement.

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12:55
Why Popcorn Time’s ‘jailbreak-free’ iOS hack is a...

Macworld:

Popcorn Time for iOS tries to offer a version of sideloading, but there are far too many pieces of its process to worry about. Further, it’s not likely to be reliably available.

It’s unimaginable that Apple would ever allow something like Popcorn Time in the App Store. It’s also inadvisable by any standard to install software like it through the method the developers provide.

Leaving aside the legality of this app, the process you have to go through in order to install it makes it a non-starter for me.

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12:47
Snapseed hits version 2.0 with new tools, filters...

iMore:

Photo editing app Snapseed gets its first major update since 2013 with version 2.0, adding a number of new editing tools to help you get the most out of your photos.

Snapseed is my favourite iOS editing app and it’s free. The interface has changed significantly but it’s not awful. If you’ve used previous versions, you’ll get the hang of this new UI fairly quickly. If you’ve never used it, you really should. It’s easy to figure out. Every photo I take on my iPhone gets passed through Snapseed.

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11:57
DirecTV's app is ready to stream 90 channels...

We haven't seen many updates for DirecTV's streaming services in a while, but this week it added a slew of new channels for customers to watch live even when they're away from home. The 22 additions include MTV, TNT, Nickelodeon, BET, Cartoon Network...

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11:55
If your computer unexpectedly restarts and then...

Some third-party software might cause your computer to restart repeatedly and then shut down after updating to OS X Yosemite v10.10.3.

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10:15
Caturday: Molly's Heated Pillow

Molly - photo courtest of harald tammen

Cats are attracted to the warmth of power supplies, computers, external hard drives, even the cat-popular AirPort Extreme (before Apple redesigned it with the help of dogs...). Molly and her sister Emma live with their owner and AWT reader Harald Tammen, who sent this relaxing picture of Molly deep in dreams about getting a little Apple Watch for her paw. According to Harald:

“Molly, a 6 month old cat, enjoying the warmth of an MacBookPro power brick. She and her sister Emma were born at an animal shelter and are now living in our house. They like to play in the garden but detest rain or strong wind (which, of course, is our fault in their minds). ”

ll cats should be concerned about the smaller power supply that is coming with the new MacBook, since it's not going to be as big or quite as comfortable.

Apple World Today needs good cats! Have a picture of your cat soaking up the good vibes of an...

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10:01
Podcasts are safer after the EFF helps gut a patent...

Personal Audio has been threatening the podcast world for a while -- the longtime patent troll claims that it invented the concept of podcasting, and has insisted that some bigger productions (such as Adam Carolla's) either cough up licensing money o...

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09:56
Review: Mophie’s Juice Packs for iPhone 6 + 6 Plus...

Unless you pick the matte black versions, which look like most of the other iPhone 6 and 6 Plus battery cases I’ve tested, you’ll quickly be wowed by how premium Mophie’s newest Juice Packs feel in your hand. Glossy white plastic Apple accessories may have become passe years ago, but Mophie somehow got the look and feel just right — better, even, than the “unapologetically plastic” iPhone 5c.

The reason for that luxe feel? Mophie needs it, as the new Juice Pack Plus for iPhone 6 ($120) and Juice Pack for iPhone 6 Plus ($100) are currently the most expensive battery cases...

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08:29
Apple Configurator 1.7.2 - Configure and deploy iOS...

Apple Configurator makes it easy for anyone to mass configure and deploy iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch in a school, business, or institution. Three simple workflows let you prepare new iOS devices for immediate distribution, supervise devices that need to maintain a standard configuration, and assign devices to users. Quickly update 30 devices at a time to the latest version of iOS, configure settings, and install apps and data for your students, employees, or patrons. Apple Configurator can be used by larger organizations and businesses to set up new devices, install enterprise apps, and enroll each device with a Mobile Device Management solution for remote management by an IT administrator. It is perfect for the classroom or student lab where devices need to be quickly refreshed and kept up to date with the correct settings, approved policies, apps and data. Apple Configurator can also be used to personalize devices with data and documents for specific users....

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08:29
WSJ: Google's X lab is working on batteries...

Google's X lab is developing better batteries that last longer, according to The Wall Street Journal. The company hasn't confirmed anything yet, but seeing as most of its products require batteries to work (phones, wearables, self-driving cars, etc),...

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07:54
Apple Granted Three iOS Related Design Patents

Today the Hong Kong Patent and Trademark Office published three of Apple's newly granted design patents related to iOS user interfaces for Mail and Messages.

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06:30
Recommended Reading: The internet can't handle...

Recommended Reading highlights the best long-form writing on technology and more in print and on the web. Some weeks, you'll also find short reviews of books that we think are worth your time. We hope you enjoy the read.

The Internet's Clearly No...

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05:00
Gadget Ogling: Capacious Cases, Dumb Domestic Drones...


When it comes to adding extending your smartphone or tablet battery life during the day, Mophie's been trying to make life easier a little longer than most, with time to iterate on its battery pack cases. The company's going a little further now, as it expands its Space line of cases that house not only batteries, but external storage for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPad mini. There's a bit of a catch as you can't access files stored in the case from any app other than Mophie's own Space app.

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04:01
The In-Store Apple Watch Experience is Perfectly...

Prior to yesterday's debut of the Apple Watch at Apple Stores, I had read a number of confusing reports about how simply seeing an Apple Watch in an Apple Store was going to be an arduous affair starting with having to first sign up online for a reservation just to see the new watch. It sounded like complete overkill.

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00:26
BitTorrent's secure web browser one step closer...

Last we heard of BitTorrent's Project Malestrom it was going into alpha. Well, the peer-to-peer outfit's browser has made its way to the next logical step: beta. New additions include stability improvements, support for auto-updates and, for the firs...

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Friday April 10

23:16
DEVONagent Lite, Express, and Pro 3.9.1

Adds plug-ins for searching Stack Overflow and GitHub to all three editions, plus a recipe scanner to the Express and Pro edition. (Free/$4.95/$49.95, free updates)

 

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23:02
Yosemite Cache Cleaner 9.0.6 - Clear caches, access...

Yosemite Cache Cleaner is an award-winning general purpose tool for OS X. YCC makes system maintenance simple with an easy point-and-click interface to many OS X functions. Novice and expert users alike will appreciate the powerful toolset YCC provides. Yosemite Cache Cleaner is one of the world's leading maintenance tools, with millions of downloads around the globe.

Maintenance. Yosemite Cache Cleaner is a one-stop solution for all of your OS X maintenance needs. Intel or PPC, Tiger or Yosemite, YCC has the tools to keep your system running at its best. YCC Documents and the YCC Engine maintain system health by providing full automation of common maintenance chores, including virus scanning of Internet downloads. The YCC Engine can even repair permissions automatically after software installations. With the YCC Engine, powerful system maintenance and antivirus can be completely transparent or as close as your menu bar.

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21:35
FileMaker Pro 13.0.9

Important update that fixes a vulnerability with FileMaker’s root SSL certificates. ($299/$549 new, free update, 620 MB)

 

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21:06
iTunes 12.1.2

Adds support for newly released Photos app and rejiggers the Details pane of the Get Info Window. (Free, 205 MB)

 

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21:00
HBO Now on Apple TV highlights hypocrisy in Apple...

With the much-hyped debut of HBO Now, Apple has once again chosen to look the other way as one if its major partners leverages iOS and the Apple TV to distribute adult content -- a courtesy the company still refuses to extend to other developers.

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20:59
GarageSale 6.9.3 - Create outstanding eBay auctions...

GarageSale is a slick, full-featured client application for the eBay online auction system.

Create and manage your auctions with ease. With GarageSale, you can create, edit, track, and manage multiple auctions in a single, intuitive application. GarageSale even integrates with several international eBay sites, as well as with PayPal and Twitter, to provide a complete, robust eBay client.

Develop professional, attractive listings. GarageSale features iPhoto integration, what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) text editing, free image hosting, and over 130 free auction designs. And with these features, among many more, it's never been easier to create professional, eye...

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20:33
KILSWITCH Android tablet delivers airstrikes in four...

For years, American Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs) have been forced to call in their Close Air Support (aka airstrike) requests using radios and paper maps, then wait half an hour or more for help to arrive. During that waiting period, the...

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18:17
Apple Watch hands-on and first impressions (Video)

Apple Watch is finally available to preorder, but if you missed the mark at 12:01 a.m. you might be waiting quite a while to get your hands on one. Luckily, Apple is providing try-on appointments that will allow you to get a taste of the experience and feel one out for yourself. Recently, we took that opportunity to get our hands on a few and offer some initial impressions on the hardware and software…

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18:00
If a flashing question mark appears after installing...

This issue might happen if you have enabled FileVault full disk encryption and a firmware password on your Mac at the same time. Use these steps to reselect your startup disk.

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17:29
The TechCrunch AppleCast

I spent some time today talking to TechCrunch’s Darrell Etherington about Apple Watch and the 12-inch MacBook.

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17:10
USPTO invalidates podcasting patent, kneecaps '...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Friday handed down a final decision invalidating key claims of a so-called "podcasting patent" assigned to Personal Audio, LLC, which was in the midst of leveraging the IP against multiple podcasters.

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17:00
iOS 8.3 How-to: Type like a Vulcan

With Apple’s release of iOS 8.3 and OS X 10.10.3, there are now over 300 new emojis including diversity options. Apple uses the unicode emoji set, which includes Spock’s Vulcan salute. However, Apple hasn’t added the Vulcan salute — or “raised hand with fingers separated between the ring and the middle finger” symbol as it’s officially named — to the emoji keyboard, so you cannot type it without creating a workaround. There is a trick, however, that can be done by creating a keyboard shortcut.

Live Long And Prosper

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16:50
Apple Watch allows chronically late users to fool...

When unveiling the Apple Watch, Apple heavily touted the fact that the device is an incredibly precise timekeeper. As the Watch has rolled out to retail stores we’ve slowly been finding a few features buried within Settings, including one that relates to the accuracy of the time. In Watch OS, Apple has included the ability to manually adjust the time displayed on the watch face of your device.

Apple notes, however, that only the information displayed on your clock face is affected by adjusting the...

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15:50
Using the USB-C port and adapters on your MacBook (...

Learn about the power, data transfer, and video capabilities of the USB-C port and USB-C adapters for your MacBook.

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15:49
Wireless carrier support and features for iPhone in...

Choose your region to learn about the wireless carriers in your country.

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15:48
Wireless carrier support and features for iPhone in...

Choose your region to learn about the wireless carriers in your country.

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15:42
How to take a screenshot on your Mac

You can take screenshots of your whole screen or just part of it. Screenshots are saved automatically as .png files on your desktop.

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15:22
BlackMagic Design announces Camera Update 2.3

Blackmagic Design (www.blackmagic.com) has announced Blackmagic Camera 2.3, which is a major update for Blackmagic URSA cameras. This new software adds support for HD window mode allowing 150fps recording in 1920 x 1080 resolutions, adds support for ProRes 444 XQ, allows recording onto 2 CFast 2 cards simultaneously in RAW allowing higher frame rates in RAW and also adds support for the new V2 4K URSA image sensor which allows Ultra HD capture to 120 fps.

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15:13
How to access the Vulcan salute emoji in iOS 8.3 and...

Thanks to a feature hidden in iOS 8.3, Star Trek fans can apply a Vulcan salute emoji to texts, tweets and messages viewable by other iOS device and Mac owners running Apple's latest software updates.

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14:54
Flir Debuts Triple-Threat Video Cam


Flir Systems on Tuesday made a foray into the consumer market with a new video camera that can be used for home monitoring, sports, and even as a dash cam. The new Flir FX video camera, which supports WiFi, is a compact unit capable of capturing HD, as well as integrating with cloud-based analytics and a set of application-oriented mounts. The mounts allow the camera to be used for a variety of purposes, such as monitoring the inside or outside of a home, capturing sports action, or recording an automobile trip.

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14:21
Oh Samsung

Samsung talking about Apple releasing the Apple Watch:

“It’s with great delight that Apple has followed us into that market.”

It’s like that company doesn’t know when to shut the hell up.

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14:12
Tim Cook talks to “well bearded man,” says Apple...

Great seeing you again, Tim. Much respect.

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14:09
External Link: Recovering lost snippets in...

Smile has acknowledged a bug in TextExpander touch 3.2.3 (released on 7 April 2015) that “appears to erase all your snippets”. Fortunately, the snippets aren’t really erased, just inaccessible. A forthcoming update to TextExpander touch will restore them, or, if you use Dropbox for snippet syncing, you can recover them with that. The bug and methods for dealing with it are fully documented in the Smile blog post. The most important takeaway is this: Do Not delete and reinstall the app as this may lose your snippets irrevocably!

 

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13:30
Aperture, iPhoto disappear from Mac App Store...

Aperture and iPhoto were removed from the Mac App Store and are no longer available for download, checks of the storefront showed on Friday, signaling an end to two long-running product lines.

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13:29
comScore: Apple still smartphone OEM leader with 41....

ComScore has released its latest report today, detailing the market share of the major smartphone OEMs and their platforms. Unsurprisingly, Apple is still leading in terms of handsets shipped with 41.7% of smartphones shipped, while Android is still leading the mobile operating system market with 52.8% of the market.

The leaders’ numbers haven’t shifted much, with Apple’s hold on OEM market share only dipping by 0.1% compared to the quarter before, while Android has gained about 0.2% over its competitors. Samsung is the second-place OEM with 28.6% of the market (a 1.1% dip), followed by LG, Motorola, and HTC. LG is up 0.7% percent, but the latter two haven’t seen any significant change since the 3...

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13:15
News: iLounge Weekly coming out 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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13:10
Apple, the watch company: Here’s what it’s like to...

Like so many reviewers who didn't get Apple Watches early, I stayed up late last night to order one of them when they became available in the online store. I snagged a 42mm space gray Apple Watch Sport with little trouble—surprisingly little trouble, compared to iPhone launch nights.

I’ve got the advantage of having already seen and worn various Apple Watch models in person, and I know pretty much what they look like and how they'll fit my wrist. Most of you haven't. Your best bet for a pre-launch introduction to the Apple Watch is to go into your nearest brick-and-mortar Apple Store, where Apple will be demoing the watches starting today.

So I can tell you what that experience is going to be like, I scheduled two try-on appointments for the Apple Watch today: one regular appointment for the standard watch, and one fancy appointment to try on the Apple Watch Edition.

...

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13:09
Gear: Yurbuds Inspire 100/200/300 Sport Earphones

While we rarely review earphones and headphones that cost less than $100 — and never review non-Apple earphones or headphones less than $50 — our new Gear section now gives readers a chance to see some of these inexpensive options. JBL’s Yurbuds brand has introduced a series of new wired sport in-earphones, Inspire 100 ($20), Inspire 200 ($30), and Inspire 300 ($40). There’s also an Inspire 400 set, which we didn’t receive. All…

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12:54
Apple in Talks with Taylor Swift and other Major...

Last month we posted a report titled "The Music Industry is frowning on Freemium Streaming Services just as Apple's New Service is Around the Corner." In that report we noted that the music industry had been re-thinking the so-called "freemium" music streaming business model. The issue exploded onto the scene with the very public incident of Taylor Swift yanking her music from Spotify.

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12:53
News: Apple vying for artist exclusives for...

Apple has approached more than a dozen artists to attempt to negotiate exclusivity deals for its upcoming streaming music service, Bloomberg reports, with the goal of encouraging users to pay for a subscription in order to gain access to content that would be unavailable through competing services. The list of artists, which includes Taylor Swift and Florence and the Machine, among others, have been in discussions with Apple about deals ranging from…

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12:44
Reality Check: Should We Buy an Apple Watch for Its...


Because there are so many Apple-loving fanatics who are hopelessly addicted to their iPhones, the first wave of Apple Watch sales won't give us a reliable indicator as to whether it is a real success... or not so much. Because we're talking about Apple here, there will be a couple million customers who will love it and make it work -- even if, deep down, they're slightly disappointed. Such is the power of Apple and the loyalty of an Apple fan. So -- do the reviews even matter?

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12:37
Mac: CalypsoCrystal CalypsoCase MacBook

If you’re looking for a stylish and elegant way to protect your new 12” MacBook, CalypsoCrystal has you covered with its new CalypsoCase for MacBook 12” ($270). Made from premium Italian leather on the outside and lined with special microfabrics, these cases provide a really luxurious option to store and carry your MacBook. Each case is hand-crafted in limited editions — no more than 500 of each design are made, with a unique serial number on each one — and include a patented smart ejection system for easily sliding your MacBook out with a minimum of fuss.

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12:31
Tim Cook among Apple Store visitors in scenes from...

As the public received its first hands-on time with the Apple Watch on Friday, AppleInsider and others were able to capture a multitude of images from the event, including an appearance by Apple CEO Tim Cook at the Palo Alto Apple Store.

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12:18
First look: Going hands-on with the Apple Watch at...

With Apple Watch try-ons now available at Apple retail stores around the world, AppleInsider offers a closer look at the sampling process for the wrist-worn accessory, set to launch in just two weeks.

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12:11
Apple in Talks With Florence and the Machine, Taylor...

Apple couldn't establish lower pricing for its upcoming music service to distinguish it from competing services, so the company is hoping to draw in subscribers by offering exclusive content. Apple has asked Florence and the Machine and a dozen other artists for exclusive deals to promote the upcoming music service, reports Bloomberg.

Apple is said to be in talks with Florence in the Machine about limited streaming rights to a track for the band's upcoming album in June, and Apple execs have also approached Taylor Swift and others in the hopes of establishing a deal. An exclusive deal with Taylor Swift could be a big win for Apple as she's opted to pull her music from some streaming services like Spotify. Such exclusives could bring in music-loving subscribers that...

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12:08
Tim Cook says Apple Watch “orders are great” in...

Tim Cook visited the Palo Alto Apple Store today to check out the Apple Watch buzz, as people around the world attend try-on appointments and (failed to) pre-order Apple Watch online. In an interview with CNBC, Cook said that customer response has been extraordinary and “orders are great”.

The interviewer asks Cook what he wears day-to-day. Cook says he swaps out bands depending on the occasion but likes the Apple Watch stainless steel with the white rubber Sport band. Weirdly, Cook’s watch features a custom red crown that is usually only found on certain Apple Watch Edition models. Photo below …

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11:56
Tim Cook Visits Palo Alto Apple Store, Says Apple...

Apple CEO Tim Cook visited the Palo Alto Apple Store in Palo Alto, California this morning as it opened its doors to let customers get their first look at the new Apple Watch. Cook was spotted chatting with potential customers and having a conversation with The Loop's Jim Dalrymple and iMore's Rene Ritchie.

Image courtesy of CNET's Shara Tibken
Several members of the media were on hand at the Palo Alto Store opening, as it's one of the flagship Bay Area stores that often sees visits from Apple executives. Tim Cook spoke to CNBC, telling the news site that pre-orders for the Apple Watch have been "great."It has been incredible. You know this morning, I got reports from all the...

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11:54
Apps: Implosion, Last Voyage, Glass, Instagram +...

New Games Implosion ($10) — Pushing the envelope of what Apple’s latest iOS devices can accomplish, Implosion delivers a console gaming experience from the visuals to the voice acting and orchestral soundtrack. This futuristic third-person dungeon crawler puts players in the role of one of the last surviving members of humanity who must don the newest War-Mech Series III battle suit to take on a mysterious alien life form, and solve the mysteries…

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11:52
New Apple streaming music service could include 2...

Apple is reportedly preparing to launch its revamped streaming music service with a two-tiered subscription plan that would give families a discount, while engaging in talks to secure exclusive content from artists including Taylor Swift and Florence and the Machine.

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11:51
Report: Apple plans $10-$15 tiers for new music...

A new report from Bloomberg today claims that Apple is considering $10-$15 month plans for its upcoming music streaming service while the company approaches high-profile artists to get exclusive content.

The report today follows our own report last month that Apple was planning to relaunch its Beats Music streaming service at its WWDC event in June. At the time we noted that Apple was considering a $7.99 price point, but today’s report suggests Apple could go with paid tiers ranging from $9.99/month for a single user to $14.99/month for a family account....

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11:49
New MacBook available for order, but missing from...

The new MacBook is out today, if by “out” you mean “pretty much in hiding.” You can order one online, but if you were hoping to actually get one in your hot little hands today, you may find yourself disappointed.

At least I did. I have spent the morning calling around to every Apple Store in the Bay Area, and they have all explained, very politely, that I can place an order online or over the phone, but I can’t actually go to the store today and pick one up. I wound up placing an order for a space gray base model, with the earliest home delivery time of April 16–20, including a $10 rush shipping upcharge.

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11:43
Review: Brookstone’s Perfect Drink 3 helps you craft...

Craft cocktails are in the midst of a renaissance, buoyed by rediscovered classic recipes, higher-quality ingredients, and increasingly talented bartenders. Pre-made mixes and artificially-flavored spirits are declining in popularity, as freshly-assembled natural flavors are ascending. But once you’ve had a truly great cocktail at a restaurant or bar, making one by yourself at home may seem challenging. The latest version of Perfect Drink ($40), Brookstone’s “app-controlled smart bartending” solution for iOS users, is here to help.

Perfect Drink has been through a few hardware and software revisions, but the latest-generation accessory and just-released version 3.0 app elevate it to greatness. The core of the product is a precise digital scale — recently upgraded from...

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11:42
The age of notifications

Steven Levy:

A few weeks ago I was crossing the street. It was cold — late February in the Winter From Hell here on the east coast — and I was wearing a heavy coat with an inside pocket for my iPhone. The device buzzed and vibrated. My heart quickened. I ran the remaining few yards to the curb. I pulled off my gloves, fumbled to open the buttons of the coat, and almost dropped my bag in the process. Finally I managed to pull out the phone. On the screen was the following message:

“Braves OF B.J. Upton has changed his name to Melvin”

This was delivered to me in the standard message format, no different than a New York Times alert informing me a building two blocks from my apartment has exploded, or an iChat message that my sister is desperately trying to reach me. Please note that I am not a blood relative of B.J. — sorry, Melvin — Upton, nor am I even a fan of the Atlanta Braves. In other words…this could have waited.

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11:28
How the Apple Watch try-on demo sold me on the watch...

Apple opened the floodgates for Apple Watch preorders overnight, but most of us were buying blindly without experiencing the device up close. After I placed my order for the 38mm Apple Watch Sport (with a white band just like Tim Cook), I booked an early try-on appointment at the nearest Apple Store to make sure I didn’t just make an expensive mistake.

The Apple Store near my office happens to be inside Grand Central Terminal in the heart of midtown Manhattan, which means it’s always a madhouse. I was expecting some level of pandemonium at the Apple Store, but it was completely calm. I arrived two minutes before my appointment, checked in with an employee at the top of the staircase, and was whisked to a separate area of the store for my demo.

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11:26
Apple's Beats adds new silver, gold, and space...

Apple fans wishing they could color match their headphones with their iPhone or MacBook can now do so, as Apple's Beats by Dre subsidiary has updated its popular Solo2 lineup with new silver, gold, and space gray color options.

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11:06
Apple rescinds policy against hiring felons for...

San Jose Mercury News:

Apple has opened the door for construction workers with recent felonies on their records to help build its new campus.

The tech giant has lifted a requirement that people who had been convicted of felonies within the past seven years could not work on the massive Cupertino construction project, Apple spokesman Josh Rosenstock told this newspaper Thursday. After the policy came to light this week, Apple came under fire from union leaders and advocates, who say construction jobs are a key source of work for felons trying to transition back into society.

I’m glad they did this. Now I can apply for a job on the Apple Campus 2 construction crew.

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11:02
Moto 360, other smartwatches get price cuts ahead of...

Some rival smartwatches, such as the Android-based Moto 360, saw significant price cuts on Friday in a bid to keep up sales in the wake of Apple opening preorders for the Apple Watch.

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10:14
Beats Launches New Solo2 Wireless Headphones in...

Apple-owned headphone company Beats by Dre today announced the launch of several new Solo2 Wireless headphones, in colors that match Apple's iPhone, iPad, and new MacBook. Available in Gold, Silver, and Space Gray, the headphones are otherwise identical to the company's existing Solo2 Wireless headphones.

The Solo2 Wireless on-ear headphones were released in November, and were the first product released by Beats since Apple's acquisition of the company officially closed. The Solo2 Wireless are a wireless version of the wired Solo2 headphones that are a staple in the Beats headphone lineup.

New Day. New Colors. http://t.co/1dyApkPQGj #Solo2Wireless pic.twitter.com/XXfkTPeUc5...

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10:03
Videos Showcase the Apple Watch Try-On Appointment...

Following the opening of pre-orders for the Apple Watch on Apple's Online Store this morning, Apple Retail Stores in first-wave countries today opened their doors to fans waiting for Apple Watch try-on appointments. Below, MacRumors has rounded up a collection of videos made by both fans and tech blogs, showcasing the busy but excited atmosphere no doubt permeating throughout most Apple stores today.

First is a video uploaded to Hong Kong-based Chan Xin's YouTube channel. In the video he tries on both 38mm and 42mm Sport model cases, and is put through a short demo presentation of the Watch by an employee, ending the video by checking out the Stainless Steel Milanese Loop option.

The Telegraph has a video interview with a big Apple fan at London's Selfridges Apple...

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10:01
Maintain serves up Cocktail 7.8 Maverick Edition

Maintain has served up Cocktail 7.8 (http://cocktail.maintain.se) Maverick Edition, a new version of its Mac OS X utility that's compatible with Yosemite. This version adds the ability to clear the hibernate (sleepimage) file and ability to disable hibernate mode. It also contains improvements on the "Clear User caches" procedure.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. Its features are arranged into five categories that help you manage various aspects of your computer.

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