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12:10
Apple sales team concerned about shrinking high-end...

An internal Apple document presented as part of the ongoing Samsung v. Apple trial shows that the company's sales team was worried that a maturing market may leave no room for iPhone growth, though marketing chief Phil Schiller downplayed the document's significance.
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12:09
Apple deals: Mac mini and Mac Pro

Apple's online store today has a selection of refurbished Mac mini and Mac Pro models at low prices. The refurbished Mac mini with a 2.3GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, OS X Server, 4GB of RAM and dual 1TB hard drives has seen a $150 discount to $849. For $929 is the refurbished Mac mini with a 2.3GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 4GB of RAM and 256GB solid state storage....
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12:05
DealNN: iMacs, cameras and MacBook Pros

This week MacMall has cut the price on the 21.5-inch iMac by 20 percent bringing the cost down from $1,300 to $1,080. A $40 mail-in-rebate offer drops the price further to $1,040, making this $50 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. This iMac features a 2.7GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive along with NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M graphics card. Included is a Apple wireless keyboard, Magic Mouse and one year warranty on parts and labor from Apple....
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12:00
SkinneePix trims some bloat from your selfies

How often do your hear that the selfie you did with your iPhone makes you look 'so much heavier'? It's not just a tired excuse. Often times a subject photographed at close quarters can elicit 'barrel distortion'. A majority or standard lenses aren't...

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11:52
iLounge Game Spotlight: FTL: Faster Than Light

Although it’s not a brand-new game, FTL: Faster Than Light ($10) has just been released for iPad by Subset Games. The winner of several awards and accolades, FTL is a space-based RPG that encourages quick thinking, and punishes failure. It’s the kind of game that allows players to get…

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11:45
Apple’s (Product) RED contribution reaches $70...

Wow, that’s incredible.

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11:42
Pixar President: 'Steve Jobs Changed Pixar Even...

Steve Jobs is best known as the co-founder of Apple and the man who spurred the company to greatness, but he also co-founded Pixar Animation Studios, another company that's both highly successful and widely admired for the quality animated movies that it produces.

In a new book that's slated to be released next week, Pixar president and co-founder Ed Catmull gives an inside look at Pixar and what made the company so successful. An early excerpt describing Steve Jobs and his influence on the company has been published at Gizmodo, giving an inside look at Jobs' later years.

Though Jobs is often described as obsessed with perfection and relentlessly tough on his employees, Catmull notes that he underwent a significant transformation as he matured, becoming sensitive to other people's feelings and their "value as contributors...

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11:39
Apple's Tim Cook banked $74M in 2013, topping...

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook took home $4.3 million in salary and incentives in 2013 and added another $69.6 million in vested stock options, continuing his reign as one of the highest-paid executives in Silicon Valley.
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11:30
Daily Deals for April 4, 2014, featuring the Game...

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

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11:03
Parallels Desktop 9.0.24229 - Run Windows apps...

Parallels Desktop is simply the world's bestselling, top-rated, and most trusted solution for running Windows applications on your Mac. With Parallels Desktop for Mac, you can seamlessly run both Windows and Mac OS X applications side-by-side without rebooting. Drag-and-drop files between Windows and Mac applications, launch Windows applications from your Mac dock, and do much more with speed, control and confidence.

Seamless Simplicity Use Run Windows programs like they were native to your Mac. Setting up Parallels Desktop for Mac is simple and quick. Enjoy the best of both worlds - Windows and Mac OS X - on one seamless desktop.

Performance and Personalization Experience as much or as little Windows as you want. Multiple view modes make it possible for you to customize the level of integration between Mac and Windows without compromising performance.



Version 9.0.24229:

Version 9....

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11:00
Tappd: Making app discovery social

One of the joys of attending Macworld/iWorld is talking to new developers and discovering apps that you know are going to be "keepers." That's the story for me and Tappd (free) from Australian development shop Burst2Life.

So, how does this iPhone...

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10:50
kOfflineError (0)

Forums: Troubleshooting

Hi, 

To be brief, we have a Xsan 3.1/2.2.2. enviroment with 3.1 on the Mavericks controllers and 2.2.2 on the Snow Leopard clients. In the process of moving to Mavericks. Horrendously buggy so far. 

One thing we're seeing on all controllers are these two messages SPAMMED in the Console logs: 

 

 

4/4/14 10:40:30.850 AM Xsan Admin[699]: ERROR: Error getting list of volumes: kOfflineError (0)
4/4/14 10:40:30.850 AM Xsan Admin[699]: ERROR: Error reading san information: kOfflineError (0)

 

 

Sometimes these surfaces ocassionally, like every hour, and other times we get 15+ messages everyone second. There are no LUNs that are actually offline. There appears to be no connectivity issues, other than the fact that we've had 7 failovers in 2 months. 

Does anyone know what these errors...

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10:50
Bookmobile Audiobook and Podcast Player App Features...

Bookmobile Audiobook and Podcast Player from Freshmowed Software is a great option for fans of audio books and podcasts. It works on iPhones and iPads, and the app is designed specifically for the spoken voice, not music. The results are a clean, easy to recognize audible performance.


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10:49
Net Brass Calm Solons' Woes Over 'Internet...


The lords of the Internet and the Obama administration this week sought to calm congressional fears that the U.S. was planning to give control of the Web to foreign powers. At a public hearing held by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Fadi Chehadé, president and CEO of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers and Lawrence E. Strickling, U.S. Commerce Department assistant secretary for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, promoted a move to get the U.S. out of the Internet governance business.

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10:42
Apple’s PRODUCT (RED) contributions at $70 million

According to a tweet from the PRODUCT (RED) campaign, Apple has raised $70 million for the charity. Apple sells special red-colored iPod nanos, shuffles, and touches, and certain accessories, with a portion of the proceeds going to fight AIDS in Africa. The partnership stretches back to 2006, when Apple…

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10:41
Apple's (Product) RED Charity Contributions...

Apple's (Product) RED contributions towards the fight against AIDS have reached $70 million, according to a Friday tweet from the (RED) Twitter account. That's up $5 million from $65 million in July of 2013, with 100 percent of that total going towards HIV/AIDS programs in Africa.

Great news to end the week! Apple's total for @RED reaches $70 MILLION. 100% goes to fight #AIDS. Thank you all for buying (APPLE)RED.

— (RED) (@RED) April 4, 2014Apple has collaborated with (RED) since it was created in 2006, first releasing a special edition (RED) iPod nano. Since then, Apple has released a...

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10:41
Google’s sneaky new privacy change affects 85% of...

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Quartz:

“What Google really wants is for everybody to be signed in to their Google accounts all the time,” a Google insider told me in passing last month.

This change affects only Apple users who have upgraded to iOS 7, the latest version—but that’s 85% of iOS devices. They no longer have the ability to remain anonymous as they watch videos on YouTube or navigate their cities using Google Maps.

“Don’t be evil” indeed.

∞ Read...

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10:32
Apple's (RED) contributions in fight against...

Apple's contributions to (RED), which aims to eliminate HIV and AIDS, have now reached $70 million to date, the charity officially announced on Friday.
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10:30
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

SkyChartsPro [iOS...

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10:14
New Stunning Maps of the US, Canada & Other...

Earlier this morning we posted a report titled "Apple's iPhone is King of Manhattan as Shown in Stunning Map." In that report we covered Business Insider's viewpoint that the iPhone's success in Manhattan proved the great divide in America between the rich and poor. They chose a series of New York maps to prove their point. However, that was a subjective slant to support their position. While I appreciate their report bringing some of this to light, the fact is that if you work with the source mapping service, you'll find a somewhat different reality that expands on Business Insider's viewpoint. Our report will provide with a large selection of maps outside of New York that paints a slightly different picture of the iOS vs. Android War.

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10:14
Sprint offers $350 termination fees plus trade-ins...

Following the lead of similar promotions by T-Mobile and AT&T, Sprint is looking to poach customers to its network, by paying up to $650 per line. The carrier will provide customers switching their number to Sprint from another network and signs up for its Framily plan with two bonuses, in order to help pay for the cost of transferring to the service....
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10:03
FunBITS: iOS Apps for Better Gardening

Looking to start a garden this spring? These iOS apps can help turn your thumb a darker shade of green.

 

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10:02
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Kensington Lightning dock $20...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Kensington AbsolutePower iPhone dock with built-in Lightning port and AC adapter $20 shipped (Reg. $50)

Select Incase MacBook backpacks and cases ...

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10:00
Video shootout: Apple's Touch ID vs Samsung...

In July of 2012, Apple spent $356 million to acquire a mobile security firm called AuthenTec. A year later, the fruits of that acquisition manifested in Apple's Touch ID, the flagship feature on the iPhone 5s. Though Touch ID initially generated a...

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09:56
Apple’s (Product)RED Contributions Top $70M

Apple may not toot its own horn when it comes to charitable contributions, but that isn't stopping (Product)RED from announcing the iPhone and iPad maker has already given the organization over US$70 million to help fight AIDS worldwide. That money came via special (Product)RED versions of the iPod lineup.

The Mac Observer Spin: It isn't just Apple that made $70 million in RED contributions possible. That money ultimately came from shoppers buying the RED versions of iPods, so go you for doing your part to help out.


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09:47
Apple’s contributions to fight AIDS through (PRODUCT...

Bono’s (Product)RED charity, which Apple contributes to by selling special red versions of iOS devices and accessories, today announced Apple’s contributions to the charity have reached $70 million. Back in September, the charity announced that Apple’s contributions had reached $65 million making it the largest contributor out of participating companies donating portions of profits from products sold under the (Product)Red branding. ...

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09:43
The Elder Scrolls Online ships in simultaneous PC/...

Bethesda and ZeniMax have launched simultaneous Mac, Windows, and console versions of The Elder Scrolls Online, the former's first massively-multiplayer online role-playing game. The title is based on earlier single-player Elder Scrolls games like Skyrim, but with the addition of new character customization options and multiplayer-specific gameplay elements. These include things like alliances, guilds, and a player-versus-player battle system which can see hundreds of people fighting simultaneously....
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09:35
Pixar president recalls a 'transformation...

While Steve Jobs is famous for helping to turn Pixar into a legendary award winning animation studio, the experience of running Pixar also helped to change Jobs himself for the better, the studio's president reveals in a new book excerpt.
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09:30
This iPhone 6 rumor is a special kind of stupid

Apple rumors usually fall into one of three categories: Believable, unbelievable, and ridiculous. A recent claim from International Business Times is making a strong case for a fourth, even less plausible designation. According to the IBT, Apple's...

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09:27
Amazon's Fire TV Is Powerful, but Voice Search...

Earlier this week, Amazon launched its Fire TV media streaming box, entering a crowded market with devices from Roku, the Chromecast from Google and the Apple TV. With the Fire TV delivering a number of features rumored for a future Apple TV, reactions to Amazon's new box have certainly been of interest to Apple fans.

With an immediate launch for Fire TV, the device has already landed in the hands of reviewers and at popular repair shop iFixit, which promptly tore the device down. Early analysis of the Fire TV suggests the device has market-leading hardware that is hindered by less-than-perfect software.

On the hardware front, iFixit confirms the Fire TV is a powerhouse with a quad-core, 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Krait 300 processor,...

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09:19
Apps: GarageSale, Fantastical, Together


    


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09:15
Apple's acquisition of speech recognition...

Worried Siri didn’t get enough love in iOS 7? Apple’s not done with the intelligent assistant just yet, if one of its newer acquisitions is any indication. As first reported by TechCrunch, Cupertino last year picked up U.K.-based Novauris Technologies, a firm that specializes in speech recognition.

Apple confirmed the acquisition to TechCrunch, though as usual it didn’t deign to give any further information about the deal. Novauris itself was essentially a rebuilt version of the research and development team at Dragon Systems U.K., the British subsidiary of Dragon Systems, which created voice recognition and dictation apps like Dragon NaturallySpeaking and Dragon Dictate. Dragon itself is now owned by Nuance—which provides speech recognition for Siri.

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09:00
Judge denies Apple and other news for April 4, 2014

Happy Friday, folks. I've just emerged from my RSS reader with these nuggets to share with you.

Judge Lucy Koh denies Apple motion regarding Samsung's opening statements. Apple was not happy with opening statements made by Samsung counsel, which...

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08:58
Types of Servers

Forums: Hardware

Hello,

Im mapping out a Stornext setup within an environment and I need to consider users that will be connecting the volume via ethernet. The storage itself is Promise E & J Raids. 

Im looking for a fileserver that is extrmeely robust to handle a large amount of users (30-50) working on large files in the gigabytes (1-10Gbs)

Could anyone recommed a high-end server that could be used?

Thanks.

Gerard

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08:55
Tidy Up 3.0.12 - Find duplicate files and tidy up...

Tidy Up is a complete duplicate finder and disk-tidiness utility.

With Tidy Up you can search for duplicate files and packages by the owner application, content, type, creator, extension, time modified, time created, name, label, visibility, and date/age. You can also search by the tag, duration, and bit installments of MP3 and AAC sound files and EXIF metadata; search the contents of the iPhoto, Aperture, iTunes, iPod databases, and Mail mailboxes; and synchronize deletions with iPhoto, Mail, and iTunes.

Tidy Up allows you to search for duplicate folders by name, date modified, date created, label visibility, empty folders, their contents, and more. Tidy Up is also fast: it doesn't index the scanned volumes, so you don't waste precious time and space. With its multitasking capability, you can do multiple searches at one time and take full advantage your Mac's processing power.

Tidy Up comes with a two search modes. Basic Mode includes more...

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08:37
Chinese iPhone 5s demand disappointing, analyst says

Carriers and other vendors in China are seeing relatively weak demand for the iPhone 5s, suggests Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White. White is currently touring the country and speaking with various parties. Instead demand is said to be rising for various local smartphone brands, like Xiaomi. Vendors are, however, said to be expressing "great enthusiasm around the potential for Apple to introduce a larger iPhone form factor in China this year with the iPhone 6."...
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08:00
iPhone 101: How to easily dismiss banner...

Apple's notification system in iOS is wonderful for letting you know when you've received a new email or text message, but the banners can be annoying when they appear at the top of a screen and overlay buttons or other important content while you...

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08:00
Analyst: Apple’s Build Up All But Confirms Something...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has said that there will be big product launches in 2014, and that the company is entering into a new market. The financial investment firm Morgan Stanley thinks Apple has confirmed that's exactly what's about to happen thanks to a trail of breadcrumbs, and that new market targets our personal health.

The Mac Observer Spin: With so many hires and acquisitions over the past couple years, it's hard to imagine Apple isn't working on a wearable health and fitness tracking device.


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07:35
Judge quashes Apple motion against Samsung opening...

Late on Thursday, District Court judge Lucy Koh denied an Apple motion regarding opening statements by Samsung in the ongoing Apple v. Samsung trial, reports say. A Samsung attorney was quoted as saying that "Apple admits that three of the five patent claims that it is suing on were not in that iPhone and have never been in any iPhone since. Apple doesn't consider it valuable enough to even use." In its motion, Apple insisted that it could show evidence it "has practiced and continues to practice the '414, '172, and '959 patents."...
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07:32
Apple's iPhone is King of Manhattan as Shown in...

They say that a photo is worth a thousand words. This is a clear example proving that out. The map illustrated in our cover graphic was created by Mapbox. It clearly shows us just how hot the iPhone really is in the richest part of New York: Manhattan. The iPhone is king in Manhattan in stark contrast to Newark, New Jersey where ...

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07:00
Enable Impersonation Rights In Exchange 2013

Exchange Impersonation Rights allow a user to impersonate the account of another user. To enable impersonation rights use the New-ManagementRoleAssignment command let. To enable Impersonation rights for an account called krypted (samAccountName), use the following commandlet:

New-ManagementRoleAssignment –Name:impersonationAssignmentName –Role:ApplicationImpersonation –User: krypted

To remove those rights, use the Remove-ManagementRoleAssignment commandlet. Below we’ll run a Get-ManagementRoleAssignment to finds the user krypted with the appropriate role and then pipe that to the Remove-ManagementRoleAssignment commandlet:

Get-ManagementRoleAssignment -RoleAssignee "krypted" -Role ApplicationImpersonation -RoleAssigneeType user | Remove-ManagementRoleAssignment

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07:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Heart in hand

Heart in hand

High fashion, ruggedness, and practical protection all play parts in this week's roundup of new iPhone cases, with brings you hearts, carbon, and even a little happy meal.

Drop Electronics

The Carbon (iPhone 5 and 5s; $68) is made from 1.5k carbon fiber for a unique combination of durable protection from bump and scratches and a soft-touch feel.

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

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07:00
Low-power mode for Maps.app

It's possible to save power when using Maps to navigate in a car. It's an obvious trick once you know about it, and easy too.



When you're navigating with the Maps app, you're probably used to it chewing through battery life. Even on a full charge my iPhone 5 doesn't last more than 2-3 hours when navigating.



To eke out extra life, just press the Sleep button (top of the phone), once you're on your way and are on a long stretch before the next turn/navigation point (i.e. on a freeway for 50 miles). The screen will blank, but the navigation will continue. The phone will briefly wake 10 miles from your next turn/navigation point, to tell you about it, and will wake 2 miles from it and stay awake until you get past it.



To switch back to non-power-saving mode, just swipe as usual to wake the phone.



To be honest this doesn't save a huge amount of battery life in my tests, but it's better...

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07:00
Fujitsu shows ScanSnap SV600 Contactless Scanner at...

Fujitsu has been manufacturing world-class scanners for business and personal use for about three decades, including the popular ScanSnap line of auto-feeding desktop scanners.

I had a chance to interview Fujitsu's Director of Product Marketing,...

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06:45
Spec Shootout: Fire TV vs Apple TV, Roku, and...

Amazon announced the Fire TV this week, and on paper itâs quite far ahead of itâs competitors. The online retailer posted a comparison chart for the Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku 3, and Chromecast, but it's a chart that has been spun, and heavily. We thought it would be more useful to people if we broke it down in ways that make sense.


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06:42
External Link: Dropbox Explains Policy on DMCA...

Many were outraged when Darrell Whitelaw tweeted a picture of Dropbox denying his ability to share a folder, due to a DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) takedown request. Whitelaw later admitted that he was indeed trying to share a copyrighted video with a public link. Dropbox has explained to Ars Technica that it does not scan private documents, nor did it remove the file from Whitelaw’s account, but that it does compare hashes of publicly shared files against the hashes of files that have already been served a notice. The DMCA requires companies like Dropbox to take measures to ensure that copyrighted material is not shared after a takedown notice has been issued. Whitlaw himself told Ars, “They’re just following the laws laid out for them. Was just surprised to see it.”

 

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06:42
External Link: iOS 7.1 Vulnerability Lets Bad Guys...

Miguel Alvarado has found a glitch that lets users delete an iCloud account from an iOS 7.1 device without the Apple ID password. In this YouTube video, he demonstrates tapping the Delete Account button and the Find My iPhone switch simultaneously, then restarting the iPhone when the password prompt appears. When the iPhone boots back up, he was free to remove the iCloud account, which disables Find My iPhone. There’s some thought this may not affect all iPhone models; although we could replicate it on an iPhone 5s, we were unable to do so on an iPhone 5. Nonetheless, we hope Apple releases a fix soon, and in the meantime, make sure to use a passcode.

 

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06:40
External Link: Uber Launches UberXotic

Sometimes the journey is the reward. Uber, the app-based ride-sharing service, has announced a new option, UberXotic, that blurs the line between getting to your destination and arriving in style. Launched during Nashville Fashion Week (which goes through 5 April 2014) and in partnership with Music City Dream Cars, UberXotic gives customers the chance to ride in a Rolls-Royce, Maserati, Lamborghini, or Ferrari. Should you be in Nashville in time, you can even try UberXotic for free. The question is, will UberXotic become more widely available?

 

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06:34
Not so great review of Amazon Fire TV

I didn’t ask for games. I didn’t ask for photos. I asked for a streaming media solution that could do things right: Something easy to pick up, simple to use, and something that actually made the experience of playing and navigating through multimedia, dare I say it, fun.

Amazon promised all of the above with Fire TV, which the company unveiled Wednesday at an event in New York City. Unfortunately, the device doesn’t live up to its own hype. Perhaps Amazon’s homegrown solution was a bit premature and its ambitions too lofty, because while Fire TV can do almost everything, little of it is done right.

Ouch.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:29
Chinese smartphone vendors disappointed by 5s but...

Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White, quoted in Business Insider, had both bad news and good for Apple in his talks with smartphone vendors during a tour of China and Taiwan, claiming disappointment with sales of the iPhone 5s but big hopes for the iPhone 6.

In the near term, we sensed disappointment around demand for the iPhone 5s.

That said, we heard great enthusiasm around the potential for Apple to introduce a larger iPhone form factor in China this year with the iPhone 6. In our view, the iPhone 6 with a larger screen (e.g., 4.7-inch, 5.5-inch) has the potential to meaningfully accelerate Apple’s growth trajectory in China during 2H:14. We have not heard this type of excitement in China around the iPhone in at least two...

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06:10
Carriers suggest a big-screen 'iPhone 6'...

Chinese branded smartphones are performing well in their home country, affecting sales of worldwide leaders Apple and Samsung, but buzz is said to be growing in China among customers who are holding out hope for an iPhone with a larger display.
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06:06
Nest Protect subject to safety issue, sales halted

Nest Labs CEO Tony Fadell has issued a public letter informing customers that Nest Protect Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Detector’s (iLounge Rating: B-) alarm may be delayed in the case of a fire under the right circumstances. This issue is related to Nest Wave, a feature that allows…

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06:02
Get selected travel apps free via new Expedia app...

If you do a lot of travelling and like your travel apps, you can now get some paid iPhone apps free of charge through a new Media Lounge feature in the Expedia app.

To access the offers, you need to download the free Expedia Hotels & Flights app, complete your traveller profile and then hit Extras to see what’s on offer. The first offer is Over, an app that allows you to create customized artwork from your travel photos. Normally priced at $1.99, it’s free when you download it via the Expedia app … 

Expedia says the deals are time-limited...

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06:00
WWDC confirmed for June 2nd-6th

It was announced Thursday that Apple’s yearly developers’ conference will be held June 2nd through the 6th at San Francisco’s Moscone Center. However, this year Apple has decided to “think different” (I had to) with its handling of ticket sales. According to Engadget, Apple has already opened ticket sales on its website, but will now select attendees randomly instead of a first-come-first-served basis. The WWDC web site states;

“The opportunity to buy tickets to WWDC 2014 will be offered by random...

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06:00
Daily App: 2048 by ketchapp is a perfect port of the...

2048 took the web by storm when it debuted last month. Created by 19-year-old Italian web developer Gabriele Cirulli, the sliding numbers game challenges you to combine tiles and build a tile with the number 2048 before you run out of moves. It...

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05:59
Microsoft Office for iPad Downloads Top 12M

Downloads for Microsoft's Office for iPad hit the 12 million mark in just one week, showing that despite the company's late entry into the mobile game, there's still plenty of consumer interest. The apps are free to download, but thanks to in-app purchases, they quickly hit the top grossing list, too.

The Mac Observer Spin: Microsoft may have been late to the game, but it's clear there were plenty of iPad owners who wanted Office apps straight from the source instead of from third-party developers.


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05:57
Cool Products from Macworld/iWorld 2014: Part 2

Without further ado, here’s the concluding set of products we stumbled across at Macworld/iWorld that we just had to share with you.

 

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05:49
ArtistInfo for Mac visualizes relationships among...

Metason has released ArtistInfo for Mac OS X. It's an app that consolidates information on musicians, music groups, producers and composers.

It's designed to enrich music played in iTunes, as well as aiding your search for info on artists and albums. It includes visualizations of networks among musicians.

ArtistInfo features background info formerly found on album covers and in CD booklets. It requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It's available for US$5.99 at the mac App Store. For more info go to http://www.metason.net .

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05:48
calibre 1.31.0 - Complete e-library management...

Calibre is a complete e-book library manager.

Organize your collection, convert your books to multiple formats, and sync with all of your devices. Let Calibre be your multi-tasking digital librarian.

Manage, convert, sync, and more

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



Version 1.31.0:

New...

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05:43
DRPU releases Bulk SMS for Mac OS X

DRPU has released Bulk SMS for the Mac. It lets you send an unlimited number of text messages from your computer to mobile phones.

Bulk SMS works with all commonly used GSM, Android and Windows-based mobile phones to transmit text messages from anywhere without an Internet connection. It costs US$69.

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05:37
Disksomnia 4.0 for Mac OS X gets rewritten menu bar

Digital Heaven has announced Disksomnia 4.0, an upgrade of their Mac OS X utility that stops hard disks from going to sleep. The new version sports a completely rewritten menu bar that works in the background to keep disks awake, even those that ignore Energy Saver preferences.

Disksomnia 4.0 requires Mac OS X 10.7.3 or higher. It costs US$9.99 and is available at the Mac App Store. Go to http://tinyurl.com/nx7ekh for more info.

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05:30
Ted Landau retires as expo speaker

In a session entitled “Confessions of an Apple Writer”, Ted Landau recounted his career writing about the Mac, which has existed practically as long as the Mac itself. He began the session by announcing that he was retiring as a Macworld/iWorld speaker and cutting back on his writing duties. As he reason, he offered, “Well, it’s just that time in my life.”. Currently a Senior Contributor at Macworld Magazine, he talked about his first “article” which was a submission to a Mac newsletter in which he described how to change the “Welcome to Macintosh” startup message using software called ResEdit.

 

Ted eventually moved onto his book writing career which started with a book that many of us “old-timers” are familiar with, “Sad Macs, Bombs, and Other...

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05:30
iPhoto: Prevent the Program from Automatically...

In this Quick Tip, weâre going to cover how to stop iPhoto from opening every time you plug in your iOS device. Hey, sometimes you want to import images and sometimes you donât, but dagnabbit, you should be able to control what your applications do. We think so, anyway.


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05:27
Last year, 71 million people watched other people...

I remember the first time I saw the X Games on TV. Snowboarding? On TV? It just seemed odd. But now snowboarding has also become mainstream, a big draw in the Winter Olympics.

Turns out, this same thing is happening with video games. Though I shudder to think that video games will ever make its way into the Olympics, there is no doubt that watching other people play video games has gone mainstream.

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05:24
Samsung's AP Business Fell off a Cliff in Q4...

A Korean news site this morning picked up on data from a Strategy Analytics report released yesterday. It revealed that Samsung Electronics’ global mobile AP market share (based on sales) as of the fourth quarter last year fell off a cliff.

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05:10
Exploring and erasing your Google search history

Molly Wood, of the New York Times, talking about your search history:

YOUR search history contains some of the most personal information you will ever reveal online: your health, mental state, interests, travel locations, fears and shopping habits.

And that is information most people would want to keep private. Unfortunately, your web searches are carefully tracked and saved in databases, where the information can be used for almost anything, including highly targeted advertising and price discrimination based on your data profile.

She suggests that you visit this page to visit your history and, if you choose, erase it.

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05:00
Jaunt Wants to Put You in the Movies


Though the current incarnation of virtual reality entertainment has its roots in gaming, potential applications for the Oculus Rift and Sony's Project Morpheus extend far beyond video games. Jaunt is one company hoping to expand the possibilities of virtual reality through development of an end-to-end solution for creating cinema-quality VR experiences. Its system provides content creators with the hardware, software, tools and applications they might require to create such experiences.

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04:47
Newegg and friends crush a patent troll

Ah, another patent troll success story.

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04:43
Kool Tools: Molekular modular multi-effects system

Native Instruments' Molekular is a handy modular multi-effects system for their flagship synthesis studio Reaktor 5 for Mac OS X or the free Reaktor 5 Player for iOS devices. It features 35 exclusive creative effects for creative sound manipulation.

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04:36
PDF Signet for Mac OS X revved to version 1.3

Vaclav Slavik has announced PDF Signet 1.3, an update to his productivity app for OS X. PDF Signet is a tool for digitally signing PDF documents with certificates.

The new version adds compatibility with smartcards and eToken devices, enabling users to sign documents safely and securely. PDF Signet uses OS X technologies such as Keychain, Services, Automator and AppleScript.

PDF Signet 1.3 is US$9.99 and available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category. Go to http://pdfsignet.com for more info.

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04:33
Treasure trove of data on app and book sales from...

Follow the headline link for a wealth of data on app sales from the iOS and Mac App Stores, Google Play, Amazon, Windows Phone and PC. For eBooks, there are numbers for Apple iBooks and Kindle. This data has been available for years and is well known in the developer community, but not so well known in the general tech community.

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04:29
Maintain serves up Cocktail 6.8.6 (Mountain Lion...

Maintain has released Cocktail 6.8.1 (Mountain Lion Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. This version ability to clear saved application states and the "Utilities" menu that allows quick access to miscellaneous utilities and assistants. It also contains improvements on the "Search for corrupted preference files" procedure.

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04:15
Japan's mobile device market expected to...

IDC (www.idc.com) has published a new forecast for the Japan mobile device market, comprised of PCs, smartphones, tablets, and data communication products such as mobile cards and personal routers. IDC expects unit shipments will temporarily drop to 55.1million units in 2014, resulting in a year-over-year decline of -2.1%.

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03:50
Expo Notes: What's new with 1Password

There are a handful of Mac (and iOS) apps that nearly everyone we know uses. 1Password is one of them. You really do need a password manager to stay safe out there, and 1Password is as close to a default choice as any other product.

Recently, at Macworld/iWorld 2014, iMore's Rene Ritchie had a chance to catch up with Dave Teare—co-founder of AgileBits, the vendor behind 1Password—and to hear about what's new with the app, including version 4.5 for iOS (redesigned for iOS 7) and the app's appearance on Android.

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03:20
Expo Notes: Why Audio Hijack Pro is the podcaster...

Audio Hijack Pro can be used to capture audio from almost any program. That makes it hugely popular with (among others) people who produce podcasts and need to record participants from Skype, Google Hangouts, and other communications apps.

Recently, at Macworld/iWorld 2014, iMore's Rene Ritchie got to talk to Paul Kafasis from Rogue Amoeba about Audio Hijack Pro and why Apple hasn't opened up iOS to apps like it.

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01:14
Judge shuts down Apple motion regarding Samsung...

Just hours after Apple filed a motion asking to show evidence of alleged misleading and false statements delivered by Samsung counsel in the companies' second California patent trial, a district court judge late Thursday largely denied the request in a way that could narrow Apple's case moving forward.
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01:00
Apple updates Xerox printer drivers for 10.6 and up

Late on Thursday, Apple updated its drivers for Xerox printers, print servers and its WorkCentre line. The new version, 3.0.1, covers updated drivers for OS X Lion (10.7), Mountain Lion (10.8) and Mavericks (10.9). Release simultaneously but separately was version 2.3 for Snow Leopard (10.6) only. The drivers update support for existing models and add support for new Xerox products, and the two versions are identical in terms of what products they support....
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Thursday April 3

23:50
12 million downloads for Office iPad apps and other...

Microsoft announced via Twitter that its Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote apps for iPad have more than 12 million downloads collectively since their debut a week ago.

Other news from Thursday afternoon includes:

The iOS version of iPhoto got a...

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23:30
Analyst: iPhones still top dog among US carriers

The iPhone -- specifically, the iPhone 5s -- has been the top seller at all four major US carriers since its introduction, a trend that continued in March according to figures compiled by Canaccord Genuity analyst T. Michael Walkley. The year-old Samsung Galaxy S4 took second place among three of the four carriers, though it was knocked out of second at Verizon by the new HTC One M8. The S4 took third at Verizon, with the company's Note 3 phablet taking third at AT&T and Sprint, while the LG G2 took third at T-Mobile....
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21:59
GameSpy closing down; hundreds of Windows, OS X, iOS...

The venerable GameSpy game hosting service will shut down after 17 years in operation. A brief posting by parent company Glu Mobile noted that "effective May 31, GameSpy will cease providing all hosting services for all games still using GameSpy. Thanks for a great ride!" Hundreds of games on nearly every platform are affected by the closure, including popular titles on OS X, iOS, Android, Windows, Xbox 360, and Playstation 3....
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21:40
YouTube offers 'showdown' between Touch ID...

A new video posted to YouTube offers a head-to-head demonstration of the iPhone 5s' "Touch ID" fingerprint-recognition technology and the "swipe-style" fingerprint reader found in Samsung's Galaxy S5, its just-released latest flagship smartphone. Over the course of five minutes, the poster of the video makes clear that Touch ID, first introduced late last year, continues to offer a better overall experience. The clip covers the technical aspects of both companies' approaches....
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21:35
Fantastical 1.3.13 - Create calendar events using...

Fantastical is the Mac calendar you'll actually enjoy using.

Creating an event with Fantastical is quick, easy, and fun:

  • Open Fantastical with a single click or keystroke
  • Type in your event details and press return

...and you're back to what you were doing with a shiny new event in your calendar!

Fantastical's natural language engine is expressive and intelligent so you can write in your own style. Fantastical also automatically recognizes the location of your event and can even invite people from your Address Book to the event.

Your events have never looked better.
Plan your day in style with the most attractive calendar you've ever seen. Color-coding and beautiful design help you quickly make sense of your schedule. You can even change the number of events you want displayed, allowing you to focus on what's important. Need more info about an event? Just click on it and the event's...

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21:10
GarageSale 6.7 - 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,...

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19:58
Briefly: Facebook Messenger calls, Microsoft Active...

Facebook has updated its Messenger app again, adding a free calling feature. Users can now call their Facebook friends over a WiFi connection for free, meaning that those who need to make international calls can do so easily. Available in both the iOS and Android versions of Facebook Messenger, the app is free to download on iTunes and Google Play....
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19:55
Nest halts sales of Protect

After a nearly blemish-free record that culminated in a $3 billion acquisition by Google, Nest today issued a surprising halt to sales of Protect, its gesture-controlled smoke alarm. One of the device’s key features was that you could wave at it to turn it off. Turns out, sometimes people wave their arms around when there’s a fire in the house, too. Thus, as CEO Tony Fadell put it, “This could delay the alarm going off if there was a real fire.” Oops.

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19:45
Briefly: Fifth 10.9.3 beta, Office for iPad hits 12M...

On Thursday, Apple issued its fifth weekly beta of the forthcoming OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 to developers. In addition to the usual areas of testing focus -- graphics, audio, Mail and Safari -- the company also requested testing on the ability in iTunes to sync Calendar and Contact entries locally over USB. In earlier versions of iTunes 11, syncing was exclusively handled by iCloud. The new build, 13D33, contains no new known issues....
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18:00
Nest halts sales of smoke alarm to fine-tune...

Ahead of any reported problems among existing users, Nest is voluntarily halting sales of its Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide alarm due to potential issues with one of the features. In addition, the company will be remotely disabling the Nest Wave feature in existing units, which allowed users to turn off alarms by simply waving their hands at the unit. Internal company testing had shown that the feature could in some circumstances disable the alarms unintentionally, which might delay an alarm in the event of a real fire....
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18:00
The best apps for Christians, Jews, Muslims, and...

With the hustle and bustle of everyday life it's easy for even the most devout of religious people to forget to find time to feed their spiritual side. Thankfully the shiny phone in your pocket or tablet resting in your bag can provide a wealth of...

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17:50
Video pits iPhone 5s Touch ID against Samsung's...

As Samsung's new flagship Galaxy S5 nears official release, videos and "first looks" are popping up across the Web, the latest of which pits the handset's swipe-style fingerprint reader against Apple's Touch ID.
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17:33
Get Your Robot Nerd on with Pi-Bot on Kickstarter

TOO MANY AWESOME PROJECTS ON KICKSTARTER! First world problems, right? I found another awesome one today called Pi-Bot that will let you get your nerd totally on. This is a kit that lets you build a robot powered by a technology called Arduino (not related to the Raspberry Pi that is also popular with robotics). The robot is aimed at education, but, you know, it's a robot. The project is being resented by Melissa Jawaharlal, and she's already passed her goal of US$70,000 with six days to go. There are multiple funding options that include various kits, but the Pi-Bot itself is $75. That's a super cool price for a super cool kit to make a learning robot. A frakking robot! Check it out.


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17:09
Briefly: Apple updates iPhoto for iOS with print...

Apple on Thursday rolled out a minor update to its iPhoto app for iOS, building on an in-app print ordering capability by adding the option to include white borders around selected pictures.
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17:04
New video compares Touch ID to the Galaxy S5′s...

Samsung hasn’t officially launched its next-gen smartphone, the Galaxy S5, just yet but the comparisons to Apple’s latest model are already starting. The S5 features a fingerprint-reader much like the iPhone’s, so YouTube user iCrackUriDevice put both phones head-to-head to determine which device sported the superior scanner.

Both devices have pros and cons. The iPhone 5s has the ability to scan your fingerprint from any angle, while the Galaxy can only detect a downward swipe across the scanner at a very specific angle. On the other hand, the Galaxy can use its fingerprint reader to authorize PayPal purchases, while the iPhone can only authenticate sales on Apple’s own iTunes store.

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17:00
Memory Diag monitors and cleans up your RAM usage on...

Memory Diag is a nice free utility app available on the Mac App Store. Like a lot of memory utilities (including the OS X Activity Monitor), it will analyze your RAM usage, tell you what applications are using the most resources, and offer to clean...

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17:00
Apple Buys UK Voice Recognition Company Novauris

Apple CEO Tim Cook has made another corporate purchase, a UK voice recognition firm called Novauris. Apple confirmed it without specifying terms or the purpose to which it will put Novauris, but it's a fair bet that Siri is its name-o.

The Mac Observer Spin: I've long seen Siri as Apple's slow motion leapfrog of existing computing paradigms, and I expect the service to grow and to morph into something that does far, far more than it does today. Acquisitions like this one will play a big role in helping Apple advance that agenda, and I expect to see more in the relatively near future.


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16:51
Calligra 2.8 Is Too Sweet for Words Alone


If you spend any amount of time creating documents, graphics or organizing data into reports or visual presentations, drop whatever collection of tools you use and put the Calligra Suite to the test. The Calligra Suite is a forked set of office tools for the KDE desktop that branched off the stalled KOffice suite. However, you do not have to run the KDE environment in your Linux distro to get this intriguing advanced office suite. It runs on any desktop flavor.

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16:45
Fingerprint Scanners on iPhone 5s and Galaxy S5...

Apple debuted its Touch ID fingerprint sensor in September of 2013 with the iPhone 5s, making it the first major smartphone to include fingerprint recognition technology. Samsung followed with its own version of a fingerprint scanner in the Galaxy S5, which is slated to be released on April 11.

A new YouTube video from Tanner Marsh compares Touch ID on iPhone 5s with the fingerprint scanner of the upcoming Galaxy S5, walking through the process of setting up fingerprint recognition on both devices and comparing and contrasting some of the available functionality.

The two fingerprint scanners are quite different, with Apple's Touch ID utilizing a round home button that captures a motionless fingerprint while Samsung's sensor is activated using a swiping motion that scans the finger from base...

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16:30
Report: Apple to use Micron LPDDR4 DRAM in future...

Independent analyst Matt Margolis has reported on a mysterious $250 million payment to memory maker Micron, which in turn last summer bought out another memory manufacturing firm, Elpida, for $2 billion. Among Elpida's many customers, one in particular has a habit of being both secretive and willing to pay large sums in advance to procure supply -- Apple. If the payment is from the iPhone maker, it may be trying to lock in supplies of Micron's new LPDDR4 DRAM....
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16:12
Briefly: AmpliTube amplifier app, CryptoDefense...

Accessories and music-creation app developer, IK Multimedia, has announced a new iPhone, iPad and iPod touch app designed to work in conjunction with the Orange Amplifier. AmpliTube Orange is a real-time mobile Orange Amplifier and effects studio, featuring digital models of five classic and modern Orange guitar amplifiers, and one Orange bass amplifier. Its four vintage-styled, Orange-inspired effects include a Noise Filter for keeping the hiss down when the gain is elevated; the Highway Drive, for an overdrive pedal sounds with crunch, level and tone controls; the Echo Trip delay pedal, with...
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16:00
Why is there so much skin in this iOS fishing game?

The topic of sexism in games is one that has raged for years and will continue to do so long after Ace Fishing has faded from existence, but for the moment it is the only game in recent memory that forced me to stop playing it because I felt too...

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15:39
Apple files motion claiming Samsung deception in...

As a part of the ongoing second Apple v. Samsung trial, Apple has filed a motion asking to show evidence Samsung was deceptive in its opening statements. During those statements, lawyers repeated a view that Apple doesn't actually practice several of the asserted patents. Apple insists that it "has practiced and continues to practice the '414, '172, and '959 patents," and that it can show evidence that will "correct the false impressions created by Samsung's counsel."...
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15:37
Apple issues fifth OS X 10.9.3 Mavericks beta to...

Apple on Thursday issued the fifth OS X 10.9.3 Mavericks beta to developers, asking testers to focus on graphics, audio, Safari and the recently restored iTunes contacts and calendar syncing over USB.
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15:30
The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for April 3, 2014

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

You can listen to today's...

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15:20
Apple seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 build 13D33 to...

After seeding the fourth OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 beta (build 13D28) to developers a week ago, Apple today pushed out another pre-release version of the update, Mavericks 10.9.3 (build 13D33). Like previous builds, Apple is once again asking developers to focus on Graphics Drivers, Audio, Safari, and Contacts/Calendar USB sync via iTunes.

The new beta release is available now through software update and Apple’s developer channels.

One feature users can expect when the update is released to the public is the enhanced support for 4K external monitors we discovered in the first beta. Apple recently started...

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15:04
Nest suspends sales of Protect smoke & carbon...

Google-owned smart home firm Nest announced on Thursday that it has suspended sales of the Protect Smoke + CO Alarm after discovering one of the product's built-in convenience features poses a potential safety risk.
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15:00
Speck DuraFolio iPad cases: Slim, tough and...

iPad folios and cases seem to always pick two of the three off of the feature menu of slim, tough, or adjustable. Case pioneer Speck is now shipping their new DuraFolio iPad cases for iPad Air and iPad mini (with or without Retina display), and it...

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14:59
iPhoto for iOS update adds white border printing...

Following a slew of updates to iWork, Apple has released a minor update to iPhoto for iOS, part of its iLife suite. The update adds a new border printing option. When ordering prints, you can now frame your photos with a white border. As usual, the update also includes miscellaneous bug fixes and “other improvements”.

What’s New in Version 2.0.1

• Add a white border to photos when ordering prints
• Includes bug fixes and other improvements

iPhoto costs $5 on the App Store, but new iOS device purchases automatically unlocks the app for the registered account for free.

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14:53
Samsung pisses off the White House

“Without getting into counsel’s discussions, I can tell you that as a rule, the White House objects to attempts to use the president’s likeness for commercial purposes, and we certainly object in this case,” he said.

Fucking morons at Samsung.

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14:52
Apple Will Need to Up Its TV Game to Compete with...

Amazon announced the Fire TV on Wednesday, and once again Amazon has taken aim at Apple and come out swinging. Itâs another box to hook up to the telly, but this one offers a lot. Many consumers will find it compelling, and that means Apple should pay attention.


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14:35
Apple files motion protesting Samsung assertion that...

Apple and Samsung have only been at it for a day and already the two companies are squabbling. In a motion filed earlier this afternoon, Apple expressed displeasure with the fact that Samsung, during its opening argument, asserted that Apple doesn't...

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14:30
Flickr Find: Just horsing around with a MacBook Pro

See folks, you really can make an ass of yourself when you spend too much time on your MacBook Pro. Of course, we should probably ask reader Ken Fager if he was just horsing around on Halloween in this gem of a photo taken a few years ago....

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14:27
Vine iOS, Android apps get private messaging feature

Twitter-owned Vine has updated its iOS and Android apps with a new direct messaging feature. The option lets people send videos privately, regardless of whether the recipient is a Vine user. People who don't have a Vine account will instead get the videos via SMS or email....
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14:26
The Learn To Code Game Developer Bundle for $49

I have a deal on a bundle of training courses that will teach you how to make games for iOS (and Android, but it's mainly iOS), and it has proven to be very, very popular. It's called "The Learn To Code Game Developer Bundle," and includes an introduction to the Unity3D engine, how to use Stency to create 2D games, an HTML 5 game development course for beginners, how to make clones of Flappy Bird and Candy Crush (I recommend those for instructional purposes only-be creative!), Creating iOS Games For Beginners, and Learn Android App Development From Scratch. That's a lot of courses, and they retail for $989. You ca get it for $49 through our deal, which expires in 12 days, so giddy up!


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14:14
Microsoft Office for iPad hits 12M downloads one...

Microsoft on Thursday announced Office for iPad downloads hit the 12 million mark after just one week of availability, illustrating pent-up demand for an iPad port of the software giant's productivity suite.
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14:05
Yahoo Issues Security Sitrep


Yahoo has announced a new effort to upgrade its security, in the wake of a torrent of breaches and hacker attacks over recent months. Yahoo's plans include encryption of data in motion, enabling HTTPS encryption, and implementing the latest in security best practices, said Chief Information Security Officer Alex Stamos, who took over the job in March. A series of attacks that began last October resulted in Yahoo's servers being taken offsite for several days in December, forcing CEO Marissa Mayer to make a public apology.

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14:04
Office for iPad: A Deep Look

Julio Ojeda-Zapata runs the just-released Office for iPad through its paces, providing a full review and challenging it with real-world Office documents that bring Apple’s iWork apps to their knees. Read on to find out how it fares.

 

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13:58
Apple agrees to out-of-court settlement in...

Apple has agreed to an out-of-court settlement for a lawsuit brought by Intertrust Technologies last year, court documents show. The two parties filed for a dismissal yesterday with District Court judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers. She has since agreed to the request, dismissing claims with prejudice, and ordering each side to pay its own legal fees. The terms of the settlement haven't been made public, however....
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13:51
Brendan Eich steps down at Mozilla Foundation, no...

In the wake of a $1000 political contribution controversy, Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich has voluntarily stepped down. In a post noting the departure, Mozilla claims that "We didn't act like you'd expect Mozilla to act. We didn't move fast enough to engage with people once the controversy started. We're sorry. We must do better."...
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13:48
Brendan Eich Steps Down as CEO of Mozilla Amidst...

Brendan Eich-tech wiz, programmer, creator of JavaScript, longtime member of the Mozilla community, and anti-gay marriage advocate. He built his reputation in technology to become CEO of Mozilla Corporation, but it was a US$1,000 donation in support of Prop 8 in California in 2008 led to his departure from that position on Thursday.


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13:39
IFTTT adds iOS push notification support, Faster...

Popular web-based automation and productivity service "If This, Then That" now allows users to add iOS push notifications into their recipes, while computer spaceflight simulator Faster Than Light has come to Apple's iPad.
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13:37
Microsoft says Office iPad apps hit 12 million...

After announcing the release of the Office for iPad apps late last month, Microsoft announced today that the separate Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps for iPad have collectively reached 12 million downloads a week after release. The number also included downloads of the OneNote app for iPad, which has been available for a couple of years leading up to the release of the Office apps, but Microsoft didn’t provide a breakdown of sales by app.

It wasn’t long after release that Microsoft’s three new Office apps for iPad hit the top of the free App Store charts thanks to a ton of promotion from the announcement,...

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13:15
The woman behind Apple’s first icons

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Priceonomics:

Susan Kare “was the type of kid who always loved art.” As a child, she lost herself in drawings, paintings, and crafts; as a young woman, she dove into art history and had grandeur dreams of being a world-renowned fine artist.

But when a chance encounter in 1982 reconnected her with an old friend and Apple employee, Kare found herself working in a different medium, with a much smaller canvas — about 1,024 pixels. Equipped with few computer skills and lacking any prior experience with digital design, Kare proceeded to revolutionize pixel art.

Kare is a legend and I never tire of reading or hearing about her story.

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13:11
Greenpeace flies blimp over Silicon Valley to praise...

While Greenpeace and Apple have had their clashes in the past, the environmental advocacy group took to the skies to instead praise Apple this week, championing the iPhone maker, along with Facebook and Google, for "building a greener Internet."
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13:02
AOC unveils 24-inch 1ms gaming-oriented pivot display

Display manufacturer AOC today announced the 24-inch 144Hz Gaming Monitor -- model number G2460PQU. Designed for high-performance gaming, the AOC G2460PQU delivers a refresh rate of 144Hz and response time of 1ms to offer users reduced input lag and more frames per second....
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13:01
Apple acquired Novauris in 2013, moved workers onto...

Unnoticed, Apple bought speech recognition company Novauris last year, a report says. While Apple itself hasn't talked about the acquisition, a call to Novauris' UK offices is said to have got confirmation from an employee. People from the Novauris team are claimed to be working on Siri, Apple's voice command system....
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12:36
Vine adds private video messaging, profile theming...

 

Vine has just released its ‘biggest update yet’ to the App Store, bringing one-on-one video messaging to the service for the first time. Analogous with Twitter DM’s, Vine’s VM’s work in the same way — hosting private conversations outside of the main stream. As you might expect, conversations can include short video clips as well as text messages.

You can start a conversation directly to a recipient, or bounce off a public Vine for inspiration. Just share the Vine to as many as friends as you want to start a message. It’s important to note you cannot have group conversations (yet). If you share a Vine to more than one person, a separate thread is created for each recipient.

Version 2 also adds some new customization options for your Vine profile. In Settings, you can theme your profile with a specific color which then...

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12:30
iWork: The changes in Apple's productivity suite

This week brought a big update to iWork, the iOS, OS X and iCloud productivity suite made up of Pages, Keynote, and Numbers. You may have already grabbed the updates for iOS and OS X from the respective App Stores and not noticed too much of a visual...

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12:28
New Study: Apple Users Lead the Trend of Multi-...

According to a new Kantar Worldpanel report published today, the data clearly shows that Apple users are high quality users and lead the trend of multi-screen adoption. What's interesting about the study is that the trend appears to be occurring in urban China – one of the most important mobile markets in the world.

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12:27
Cortana Reports for Windows Phone 8.1 Duty


Microsoft on Wednesday introduced Windows Phone 8.1, the latest refresh to its mobile operating system. The update includes a personal digital assistant named "Cortana," based on the popular AI character in the video game Halo. Cortana is the Windows Phone 8.1 counterpart to Apple's Siri or Google's much less personal Now. Users can access Cortana by voice or type, and she will respond in kind. Powered by Bing, Cortana is capable of learning users' habits and preferences, and can curate and communicate information.

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12:19
Type2Phone 2.4

Releases since our review of the Mac app that types on an iOS device add a variety of minor tweaks, bug fixes, and shortcuts, along with a Send Using Type2Phone service and a compose window. ($4.99 new, free update, 800K)

 

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12:15
Apple's Exploration of Pressure Sensitive Touch...

Apple is exploring touch screen technology that determines pressure sensitivity using a combination of capacitive touch and infrared light sensing, according to a new patent application recently published by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (via AppleInsider).

The patent describes a method of determining the force of a user's touch on a capacitive screen using infrared transmit lines from transmitters and receivers positioned under the frame of the cover glass. Capacitive touch combined with light would determine both the position of the finger and distinguish...

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12:08
Safari updated to version 7.0.3

Earlier this week, Apple released an update to Safari bringing it up to version 7.0.3 for Mavericks and Safari 6.1.3 for Mountain Lion and Lion users. The updates are available through the OS X App Store application. You will need to quit Safari, if it is open, in order to complete the update. The following is the list of changes in the update:

  • Fixes an issue that could cause the search address field to load a webpage or send a search term before the return key is pressed
  • Improves credit card auto fill compatibility with websites
  • Fixes an issue that could block receipt of push notifications from websites
  • Adds a preference to turn off push notification prompts from websites
  • Adds support for webpages with generic top-level domains
  • Strengthens Safari sandboxing
  • Fixes security issues, including several identified in recent security...
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12:07
Facebook Messenger for iPhone updated with free...

Just a week after Facebook added group management to its Messenger app, the social network is out with yet another update to the messaging service: free calls for everyone.

The feature allows you to call your Facebook friends who also have the app over WiFi for free (you can call over cellular as well, but this uses data, of course). Free calling is especially beneficial to users who communicate internationally as calling rates tend to get pricey in that area.

Messaging threads now include a phone icon for prompting calls from the app, and the actual phone user interface resembles the native iOS Phone UI prior to iOS 7.1 introducing a tweaked design to the Phone app.

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12:00
Fantastical shines on the iPad's display

Fantastical from Flexibits has been my go-to calendar on the Mac and iPhone for a long time now. This week the company released an iPad version (US$9.99) that takes advantage of the device's big display. The app isn't simply larger on the iPad. The...

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11:51
Pebble 2.1.1 update now in the App Store, appears to...

Sometime yesterday, Pebble’s updated iOS app to fix the problems introduced by the 2.1 update, appeared on the App Store. Version 2.1.1, in our experience, has resolved the problems, in particular the inability to launch the iOS app. I simply installed the new version over the old and everything started up fine. There was a method posted on some sites for removing 2.1 and reinstalling the old version, but I do not know the results of trying this. Pebble’s response was little more than a confirmation that the updated app had been submitted and then the fact that the 2.1.1 version was showing up in the App Store. The following in the list of...

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11:47
Apple settles patent infringement suit with Sony,...

Apple has reached an out-of-court settlement with Intertrust Technologies, a holding company owned jointly by consumer electronics giants Sony and Philips, putting an end to a patent infringement lawsuit filed against the iPhone maker by Intertrust one year ago.
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11:45
Elgato debuts $230 Thunderbolt Dock

Elgato has released the Thunderbolt Dock, its own entry for MacBook owners looking to expand connection options. The peripheral includes two Thunderbolt ports, the second enabling passthroughs to other Thunderbolt devices. Also present are three USB 3.0 ports, HDMI and Ethernet connections, and headphone and microphone jacks....
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11:44
Apps: AmpliTube Orange, Fantastical 2, IFTTT 2.0 +...

IK Multimedia’s AmpliTube Orange ($15) is a new version of the studio recording app, featuring the look and sound of the legendary Orange amplifiers. Like the standard AmpliTube app, AmpliTube Orange is a guitar/bass multi-FX processor and recording studio that connects a guitar to an iOS device using various…

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11:41
Review: Ooma Office VoIP telecommunications suite

Voice over IP (VoIP) services have been around for a very long time. Only recently has the implementation become a bit more robust allowing for businesses to shift the majority of telephony to the devices. One of the foremost devices in the field right now is the Ooma Office suite. The device promises to revolutionize all office communications for a lower monthly price than traditional telecommunications providers. Can it really do all it claims to? Read our review to find out....
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11:33
Safari 7.0.3 and 6.1.3

Safari 7.0.3 adds improved credit card autofill and a preference to disable push notification prompts, along with important security fixes. (Free)

 

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11:30
Daily Deals for April 3, 2014, featuring 1stFlip...

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

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11:18
Apple acquired speech recognition company Novauris...

Apple has acquired Novauris Technologies, a company with a lot of talent in the automatic speech recognition field, according to a report from TechCrunch. The purchase of Novauris Technologies actually happened sometime last year, and the team is now at Apple working to improve speech recognition features of Siri. A quick look at CEO Yoon Kim’s LinkedIn page shows that the company likely joined Apple in September of last year.

The company is actually made up of former Dragon Systems R&D team members, a company with notable history in the voice dictation and speech recognition fields.

Apple quietly...

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11:17
Apple Acquired Speech Recognition Firm Novauris Last...

Apple purchased automatic speech recognition company Novauris Technologies last year, reports TechCrunch. Novauris' main product was NovaSystem, a server-based distributed speech recognition system.

According to the company's website, its technology is able to handle multiple simultaneous voice requests, recognizing complete phrases and analyzing syllable structure for better speech recognition.

NovaSearch doesn’t carry out recognition at the word or sequence-of-words level, but rather identifies complete phrases from start to finish by matching them against a potentially huge inventory of possible utterances. This enables it to assemble information about what has been spoken over utterances of virtually any length and take near-optimal decisions.While the Novauris website does not mention its acquisition by Apple, TechCrunch...

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11:12
Apple acquires speech recognition company Novauris

Apple has acquired automatic speech recognition company Novauris Technologies, TechCrunch reports. The acquisition reportedly occurred in 2013, and the Novauris team was already working on Siri as of last fall. Last year, it was reported that a formerly unknown “small team of notable names in speech technology” was…

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11:00
WWDC for fun and tickles

It's that time of year again! This morning, when Apple announced its WWDC dates and opened its new lottery system, potential attendees started going crazy attempting to book flights and hotel rooms in the hope they'd get lucky. This morning thousands...

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10:55
Apple acquired speech recognition firm Novauris last...

An Apple acquisition from 2013 may have quietly flown under the radar, as it was revealed this week that the Siri development team has added personnel from Novauris Technologies.
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10:53
IFTTT gains support for iPad, iOS notifications in...

Service-linking website IFTTT (If This Then That) has updated its iOS app with its first-ever iPad support, and more significantly, its entire platform with support for iOS push notifications. That means that any recipe can now trigger notifications on an iOS device. If a weather service is forecasting a storm for tomorrow, for example, the IFTTT app can display an alert. Most recipes are said to refresh every 15 minutes, though notifications should become faster as more people use them....
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10:40
Obama administration upset over alleged Samsung...

The White House is reportedly unhappy with South Korean electronics maker Samsung, over allegations that the company sponsored a "selfie" to which President Barack Obama was inadvertently a party.
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10:30
Steve Jobs email: "2011: Holy War with Google...

Steve Jobs was never one to mince words, which makes recently released emails from the former Apple CEO not all that surprising. In documents that have come to light as part of Apple and Samsung's second California trial, the Wall Street Journal...

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10:20
VoiceAge Patents used in new Infringement Lawsuit...

St. Laurence Communications has filed a major patent infringement lawsuit against Samsung involving five patents. All five inventions were originally filed under VoiceAge Corporation that have been recognized as a pioneer in speech and audio compression for the modern mobile phone by the ITU, ISO, ETSI, 3GPP2 and others. The products allegedly infringing upon these five patents are extensive. They include Samsung’s HD Voice phones including the Galaxy ...

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10:20
Apple Joins IBM, Microsoft in Patent Reform Lobby...

Apple is taking a bigger role in pushing for patent reform in the United States by teaming up with IBM, Microsoft, and other companies as part of the Partnership for American Innovation. The organization's goal is to lobby the Federal government to adopt the changes it wants to improve the country's patent system.

The Mac Observer Spin: The current state of the patent system in the U.S. has made for an environment where it's far to easy for patent trolls to bully companies into licensing payments that may not be appropriate, but are less expensive than drawn out litigation. It's clear there needs to be some chance, so hopefully the Partnership for American Innovation will work for good and not evil.


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10:08
Micron DDR4 RAM rumored to improve battery life,...

A mysterious $250 million payment to memory maker Micron has fueled speculation that the company's new LPDDR4 DRAM could be making its way to future Apple products, potentially as soon as its next generation of iPhone, iPad and Mac models.
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10:05
9to5Toys Last Call: Mpow Bluetooth headphones $33,...

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call updates:

  • Mpow Bluetooth 4.0 Stereo Foldable Headphones Headset $33 shipped (Reg. $80)
  • iOttie Easy One Touch Car Mount for iPhone, Galaxy, and other smartphones ...
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10:05
Together 3.1.8 - Store and organize all of your...

Together helps you organize your Mac, giving you the ability to store, edit and preview your files in a single clean, uncluttered interface.

Smart storage. With simple drag-and-drop functionality, Together lets you gather up images, text, bookmarks, and files for safekeeping. With built-in note-taking capabilities and easy inter-app file transfers, take control of cluttered, disorganized groups of files and restore them to a state of order and manageability.

Previewing and editing. Together can edit and preview a wide range of filetypes, and seamlessly incorporates QuickView for everything else. File editing is always a double-click away, and your changes are automatically synchronized.

Organization, optimized. If you are tired of dealing with scatterbrained systems of files and folders, Together's refreshing, iTunes-like interface will help you breathe easy. Organize items into groups and...

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10:00
Zombie Launcher is a fun time burner once you get...

When it comes to iOS games I've got a particular taste for oddball time burners. The Flappy Bird and Spellgrid's of the world are perfect for getting a quick game in when you don't have a lot of time. So when I was sent Zombie Launch, I felt the...

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10:00
Reviews: Ooma Office small business VoIP

Voice over IP (VoIP) services have been around for a very long time. Only recently has the implementation become a bit more robust allowing for businesses to shift the majority of telephony to the devices. One of the foremost devices in the field right now is the Ooma Office suite. The device promises to revolutionize all office communications ......
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09:51
Details You're Not Supposed To See From Boston...

curtwoodward (2147628) writes "In January, Boston University settled lawsuits against two dozen big technology companies for allegedly using its patented blue LED technology without permission. But apparently, the school's lawyers were a little too forthcoming for everyone's tastes — they recently asked a federal judge to delete a court filing that spelled out all of the companies who settled. Luckily, we still had the unredacted version, which shows that Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Motorola and many more are on the list, even if they don't want you to know it."

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09:51
Details You're Not Supposed To See From Boston...

curtwoodward (2147628) writes "In January, Boston University settled lawsuits against two dozen big technology companies for allegedly using its patented blue LED technology without permission. But apparently, the school's lawyers were a little too forthcoming for everyone's tastes — they recently asked a federal judge to delete a court filing that spelled out all of the companies who settled. Luckily, we still had the unredacted version, which shows that Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Motorola and many more are on the list, even if they don't want you to know it."

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09:45
How to use Voice Search with the Apple TV

When Amazon introduced the Fire TV yesterday, much was made about the ability to do voice search on the device. In the linked post, Kirk McElhearn walks through the process of doing the same thing on Apple TV, using the iOS Remote app. Cool beans.

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09:42
The radio trumps online services for music discovery

When it comes to discovering new music nothing beats the good old radio. That's according to the results of an Edison Research survey which finds that 35% of Americans, who try to keep up with the latest music, consider FM/AM radio their number one source to keep up with the latest trends.

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09:38
Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Kicks Off June...

Apple has announced that it will hold its annual Worldwide Developers Conference June 2 through June 6 at San Francisco’s Moscone West. At the conference, developers from around the world will learn about the future of iOS and OS X. WWDC will feature more than 100 technical sessions, over 1,000 Apple engineers, hands-on labs to help developers integrate new technologies and fine-tune their apps, as well as the Apple Design Awards, which showcase the best apps from the past year. Developers can apply for tickets via the WWDC website now through Monday, April 7 at 10 a.m. PDT, and tickets will be issued to attendees through random selection. Developers will know their status by Monday, April 7 at 5 p.m. PDT. There will also be 200 Student Scholarships available, giving students around the world the chance to earn a free ticket (developer.apple.com/wwdc/students).

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09:30
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Quick 4 Minute Workout...

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09:23
Review: STM Folio for iPad Air

For professional use, the iPad is something of a strange beast. It's more work-friendly than a smartphone obviously, but still not as powerful as a laptop. The main advantage over a computer is portability -- it's thin and lightweight, and many airport checkpoints won't even make you take it out of your carry-on when you fly. STM's new Folio case for the iPad Air is intended to make things even more travel-friendly, thanks to loops and pockets for your essential gear. Does that actually make it a practical case, though?...
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09:16
Apple, Microsoft, others partner for PAI group

A diverse group of g companies — including Apple, DuPont, Ford, GE, IBM, Microsoft and Pfizer — have launched the Partnership for American Innovation (PAI) to safeguard America’s position as a global innovation leader. Former U.S. Patent Trademark Office (USPTO) Director David Kappos, now a partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, is a senior advisor to the group.

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09:10
Lenmar introduces ChugPlug, an external portable...

Lenmar Enterprises has released the ChugPlug, a portable power pack and battery charger for the MacBook. It's designed for the MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro.

Marty Goldberg, president of Lenmar Enterprises, says the ChugPlug provides an additional three hours of power for the 13-inch MacBook Pro and four hours for the MacBook Air. It's designed to be the same height and weight of Apple's 60-watt MagSafe and connects with the MacBook power adapter.

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09:09
iPhone Apps: TextExpander, Angry Birds Star Wars II...


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09:05
Greenpeace praises Apple for helping to foster a...

For a number of years, it seemed that Greenpeace was all too eager to take shots at Apple. These days, the environmental organization can't help but heap praise upon Apple for its increased attention to renewable energy and its otherwise increasing...

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09:03
Micron's DDR4 RAM May Improve Battery Life in...

Apple's customers may receive a boost in performance and improved battery life from the company's 2014 products thanks to improvements in Micron's LPDDR4 DRAM technology, claims Matt Margolis (Via 9to5Mac).

According to Margolis, Micron is ramping up production of its DDR4 RAM and will supply Apple with memory chips for its 2014 iPad, iPhone and Mac models, which are expected to debut later this year. Margolis believes a "mystery" $250 million payment Micro received for "product to be supplied through September 2016" is from Apple as part of a multi-year deal. Apple is a current DRAM customer of Micron...

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09:01
Briefly: FTL comes to iPad, Pebble 2.1.1 adds app...

Subset Games' PC strategy game Faster Than Light (FTL), has been ported for the iPad 2 and later. Gamers are tasked with running a spaceship trying to escape an oncoming rebel fleet. This involves managing crews and subsystems, coping with threats like fires, boardings, and depressurization. The iPad version includes the free Advanced Edition expansion, which adds new ship, enemies, events, weapons, and more. Available for $10 on iTunes, FTL requires iOS 6 or later, and is not compatible with the original iPad....
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09:00
The Week in iOS Apps: Captain, courageous

The Week in iOS Apps: Captain, courageous

This week’s apps include an appearance by Marvel’s superhero of the moment. Plus updates to Spotify, Fantastical 2, TextExpander, and other popular apps.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

This $3 game for iPhone and iPad lets you fight some of Cap’s better-known enemies—King Cobra, Taskmaster, Puff Adder, and the Winter Soldier—while occasionally calling in some of his friends, like the Black Widow, the Falcon, and even some Avengers. In-app purchases make it possible for you to upgrade Cap’s suit, research enemies more quickly, and advance in the game more efficiently.

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08:59
Flux: Design iOS transitions

This looks really cool. It even generates the files needed for Xcode on export—there’s a public beta available for download.

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08:50
Apple, others form patent lobbying group

Apple and a number of other large companies have created a new lobbying group dedicated to fighting proposed changes to the patent system, Reuters reports. The group — which also includes DuPont, Ford, General Electric, IBM, Microsoft, and Pfizer — calls itself the Partnership for American Innovation. Pending legislation…

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08:39
Apple, Microsoft, IBM team to form pro-patent...

Apple, in conjunction with IBM, Microsoft, and others not in the technology industry have created The Partnership for American Innovation. The group's first goal is lobbying the US government to alter the trajectory of patent reform. Former US Patent Trademark Office (USPTO) Director David Kappos is a senior advisor to the group....
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08:34
∞ Black Sabbath: Changes

One of my favorite songs.

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08:30
IFTTT app update brings support for push...


If This Then That (IFTTT), the popular web service that allows users to automate tasks from a long list of other mobile apps and web services, is today announcing an update to its iOS app that also introduces full support for iPad and new features for the iPhone version (via TNW).

The most notable new feature is push notification support, allowing any IFTTT “recipe” to result in a push notification to your iPhone or iPad. While you could already get push notifications to show up in a recipe from many apps that send out...

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08:30
Monument Valley is proof that games can be art

If you have a dog in the never-ending "Are games art?" debate, you know that there are good arguments to be made on both sides. I firmly believe that games can be art, and to anyone who disagrees, I would eagerly point you in the direction of...

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08:29
Apple Joins Safeguard Patent Group 'Partnership...

It's being reported today that a diverse group of industry-leading companies such as Apple, DuPont, Ford, GE, IBM, Microsoft and Pfizer that have staked their businesses on innovation, have launched the Partnership for American Innovation (PAI) to safeguard America's position as a global innovation leader.

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08:24
Apple, Microsoft and others group to lobby against...


Apple is worried that new legislation will limit its ability to protect its own intellectual property.

Reuters is reporting that Apple, Microsoft, Ford, General Electric, IBM and other companies are forming a lobbyist group called the ‘Partnership for American Innovation’. The group is worried that upcoming legislation focused on patent trolls may adversely affect true ‘innovators’ as well.

The legislation is targeted at fighting patent assertion entities (PAEs), companies commonly referred to as patent trolls. These companies buy up patents but produce no actual products themselves, instead...

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08:14
Apple's iPhone 5s remains best selling...

Consumers continued to choose Apple's flagship iPhone 5s more than any other smartphone in March thanks in part to strong brand loyalty, and one analyst believes that Apple's sales could increase even further as buyers begin to upgrade their handsets more frequently.
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08:00
Doo moves beyond document syncing, releases Scanbot...


Earlier this year, the developers of the document-syncing application Doo announced that the company was shutting down its backend and removing its app from sale. The company wasn’t going anywhere, however, and had plans for a brand new product that would be revealed soon.

Today, the company has taken the wraps off of its newest app, Scanbot, which allows users to scan documents into their iPhone and store them as PDFs or JPGs on a variety of cloud services. We had a chance to talk to Frank Thelen, CEO of Doo, about why the original service was shuttered, how the company decided on a new direction, and and what...

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08:00
MacHeist launches Apple Design Award Bundle

MacHeist is offering a new software deal, the Apple Design Award Bundle. As the name implies it gathers together some past winners of the Apple Design Awards at a cheaper cost, specifically just $20. The titles in the bundle are normally worth $1,776 when bought separately....
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08:00
How to watch Major League Baseball games on your...

The 2014 Major League Baseball season kicked off this week, which means it is time to outfit all your devices with the right tools to catch every morale-crushing strikeout or game-winning homerun. To get the most complete coverage, you'll want to...

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08:00
Reading List: Inactivation lock, iAds for the masses...

Sometimes smaller stories slip through the cracks; this Thursday, we’re here to catch them with a feature we call Reading List.

iOS 7 bug allows anyone to disable Find My iPhone and bypass Activation Lock without a password

The Activation Lock feature introduced with iOS 7, which prevents an iOS device from being activated without the relevant iCloud login, can apparently be bypassed with a little fleet-fingered work. (This is reminiscent of some of the passcode lock bugs we saw with earlier versions of iOS 7.) However, having a passcode enabled will thwart most people trying this one, so it’s not yet time to panic in the streets.

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08:00
Reviews: STM Folio for iPad Air

For professional use, the iPad is something of a strange beast. It's more work-friendly than a smartphone obviously, but still not as powerful as a laptop. The main advantage over a computer is portability -- it's thin and lightweight, and many airport checkpoints won't even make you take it out of your carry-on when you fly. STM's new Folio case for the iPad Air is intended to make things ......
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07:44
Review: Elmo BOXi T-200 mobile projector

Projectors have become a key piece of equipment for the business world. From presentations and slideshows, being able to show an audience a visual representation of the talk is an important aspect. However the display devices can often be large or cumbersome to deal with especially when traveling. Wouldn't it be more practical to have a compact, travel projector to bring along on business trips? Elmo thought so and released the BOXi T-200, which features a small footprint that is easily stowed in a laptop bag. Read our review to see how well the projector performed for us....
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07:38
jAlbum Pro 12 - Organize your digital images and...

jAlbum Pro has all the features you love in jAlbum, but comes with a commercial license.

With jAlbum, you can create gorgeous custom photo galleries for the Web without writing a line of code!

Beginner-friendly, with Pro Results
Simply drag and drop photos into groups, choose a design from hundreds of beautiful album skins, and you're done!

Share the memories
Effortlessly upload your album to your website. If you don't have one, select one of jAlbum's affordable storage plans.

Photo galleries for everyone
jAlbum is the perfect photo-sharing tool for bloggers, small business, social groups, and families.

jAlum Pro Features:

  • White labeled albums
  • No ads in your albums
  • Priority e-mail support

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07:35
jAlbum 12 - Create custom photo galleries for the...

With jAlbum, you can create gorgeous custom photo galleries for the Web without writing a line of code!

Beginner-friendly, with pro results
Simply drag and drop photos into groups, choose a design from hundreds of beautiful album skins, and you're done!

Share the memories
Effortlessly upload your album to your website. If you don't have one, select one of jAlbum's affordable storage plans.

Photo galleries for everyone
jAlbum is the perfect photo-sharing tool for bloggers, small business, social groups, and families.



Version 12:

News and Updates

  • Redesigned user interface, more targeted at professionals and cleaned-up. Read blog post
  • Embedded browser preview (Google Chromium) streamlining the work flow. (Can be switched off under preferences)
  • Auto updates the album preview when playing around with settings...

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07:33
Analyst: Amazon’s Fire TV no Threat to Apple TV

Amazon unveiled its Fire TV set top streaming media box on Wednesday, and while it offers some features Apple TV doesn't, it isn't a big threat to Apple, according to Forrester analyst Jim Nail. Fire TV offers streaming video content from the usual sources, such as Netflix and Hulu Plus, and it supports gaming, too.

The Mac Observer Spin: Amazon's Fire TV does have some features that set it apart from Apple TV, but it doesn't sound like that's enough to wow analysts. Still, it would be great to see Apple beef up Apple TV's capabilities. Competition is good for consumers, after all.


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07:31
Expect faster MacBooks with longer battery-life...

Matt Margolis is predicting that Apple will be switching from DDR3 to DDR4 RAM for future MacBooks this year, suggesting faster performance and improved battery-life.

One of Apple’s RAM manufacturer. Micron, says that DDR3 bandwidth tops out at around 17GB/s, while DDR4 aims to double this by 2015:

Since the introduction of the iPhone, the industry has responded with an evolutionary transition from 2.6 GB/s LPDDR1, to 8.5 GB/s LPDDR2, to 17 GB/s LPDDR3, the technology currently is powering today’s high-end devices in volume production. DRAM bandwidth has roughly doubled with each generation to keep pace with demand.

The next generation of low-power DRAM (LPDRAM)—also known as LPDDR4—addresses these constraints by doubling the bandwidth of LPDDR3 while maintaining power neutrality. For example, LPDDR4...

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07:26
Lensbaby planning to bring its DSLR selective focus...

Lensbaby is planning to make an iPhone version of its popular selective focus lens range. The company’s existing lenses for DSLRs allow a small focal point to be positioned in a scene, creating some whacky burred effects in the rest of the image. I’ve used one on my DSLR, and it’s fun to play around with.

A magnetic attachment system means that you’ll be able to combine the Lensbaby with any existing magnetic iPhone lenses you already own.

It’s currently just a Kickstarter project, but with half of the modest $20,000 goal already reached just one day in, it seems pretty certain to make it into production. As of the time of writing, you can reserve one for $50, a $20 saving on the planned retail price.

Sample images below.

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07:20
WWDC 2014 to be held June 2nd, tickets go on sale...

Apple has officially announced that the 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference will kick off on June 2nd at Moscone West in San Francisco, and run through the 6th. Registrations are due to open up on Monday, April 7th, at 10AM Pacific time (1PM Eastern). Entrants will be randomly selected, and notified if they got in by 5PM Pacific the same day. The company is also planning to offer 200 student scholarships granting people free tickets; the National Center for Women & Information Technology and its partners will help promote those scholarships to female developers....
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07:15
Bring Out Yer Apps with Autopkg! (Maybe with a...

(Guest post by Allister Banks)

Working with modern tools in the ‘auto’(dmg/pkg) suite, it sure reinforces the old chestnut, ‘it’s turtles XML all the way down.’ The thing that struck me when first diving into using autopkg was that different product recipes could potentially have a good amount of similarities when they share common processors. One example is drag-drop apps that can be discovered with an ‘appcast’ URL, which, in my recollection, became common as the Sparkle framework gained popularity.

This commonality is exactly the type of thing sysadmins like myself seek to automate, so I built a few helper scripts to 1. discover what apps have appcast URLs, 2. generate the base download recipe, and further, the 3. pkg-building recipe that can use...

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07:07
Apple Reveals New Multitouch with FTIR and...

On April 3, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their work on next generation multitouch technology that uses FTIR (Frustrated Total Internal Reflection) and capacitive sensing. It's much like the technology that Microsoft calls PixelSense. It's a technology that could sense different pressure levels which could be used for an on-screen gaming controller. If you want ...

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A spoiled generation of tech observers yearn for...

It's a funny thing; the more technology advances, the more impatient people become in anticipation of even newer and greater innovations. The result is an abundance of analysts, bloggers, and pundits who may very well be the crappiest generation of...

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06:58
How to Bake Scientifically Accurate Cake Planets

Science is cool, and cake is great, so what happens when you put the two together? Scientifically accurage planet cakes, of course. Cakecrumbs figured out how to make spherical cakes that show you a cross section down to the planet's core when cut -- and it's cake! They even made a video showing exactly how to bake your own planet cakes. Thanks to Wait Wow for the heads up, and did we mention... cake planets!


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06:54
How to Watch TV on Your Laptop


The big TV news this week is about hardware, with Amazon launching its Fire TV to rival Roku, Apple TV and Chromecast. For a while, speculation was hot and heavy that Amazon would launch its own pay-TV service, but that hasn't happened... yet. That's what the real TV wars likely will be fought over, though -- how content reaches consumers. The Supreme Court later this month will hear arguments on both sides of cord-cutter startup Aereo's business plan. Aereo lets users stream or record live television programming.

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06:51
Investors increasingly banking on profitable new...

Though Apple had pledged to introduce new products "throughout 2014," it has yet to have a major launch this year. That's helped set the stage for expectations among bullish investors that the company is working on something big that could truly move the needle on Apple's stock price in the coming months.
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06:44
Apple’s 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference kicks...

WWDC begins in just two short months.

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Apple this morning announced the dates for this year's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco. As usual, the show will take place in the Moscone West convention center, and it will run from June 2 to June 6.

The majority of the show is dedicated to technical sessions for OS X and iOS developers, but its day-one keynote has historically been used to unveil the next versions of those operating systems to the public. Apple has also been known to make smaller hardware announcements at the show—we probably won't see a new iPad, but a new MacBook Air or Mac Mini isn't out of the question.

In the past, Apple has sold WWDC tickets on a first-come, first-serve basis, and in recent years this has become a mad scramble that leaves many developers out in...

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06:15
Daily App: Faster Than Light brings real-time, rogue...

Released in 2012 for the desktop, Faster Than Light from Subset games is considered to be one of the top indie real-time strategy games. In the game, you control a spaceship from Galactic Federation that contains critical information. You must escape...

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06:14
Apple opens WWDC ticket lottery, starting today

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) kicks off on June 2nd, runs through June 6th, at its usual spot in Moscone West in San Francisco. Sign up. Hope to see you there!

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:10
Apple's 2014 WWDC is June 2-6, tickets...

If you were holding your breath waiting for news of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, wait no longer: Apple announced on Thursday that the annual shindig will kick off on June 2 at San Francisco’s Moscone West, running through June 6. As usual, it will feature technically-oriented sessions presented by Apple engineers.

The big news, however, is how Apple is handling tickets. Spots for last year’s conference sold out in just about three minutes, highlighting the accelerating demand; 2012’s tickets took about two hours to disappear, while 2011’s vanished in 12 hours. Many developers were shut out from the conference, while others experienced technical problems completing their purchases, leading to many cries for a new system...

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