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Tuesday February 24

08:48
Tim Cook commemorates Steve Jobs's birthday on...

Apple's chief executive was spotted on Tuesday in Germany, where he took the time to tweet a short remembrance of late colleague Steve Jobs before visiting the offices of infamous German tabloid Bild.

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08:38
Cornerstone 2.7.15 - Feature-rich Subversion client...

Cornerstone allows you to take control of Subversion with a client application that was specifically designed for Mac users. Cornerstone integrates all of the features you need to interact with your repository and does so in an elegant and easy-to-use fashion. Whether you're new to versioning or a Subversion expert, Cornerstone will help streamline your workflow and make version control more transparent.

  • Combines the elegance of the Mac with the power of Subversion.
  • Perfect companion to Xcode, BBEdit, TextMate, Coda, etc.
  • Use Subversion without having to install it on 10.4 Tiger.
  • All-in-one UI mode optimized for use on laptops and other small displays.
  • Multiple-window UI mode optimized for use on desktop systems with large (or even multiple) displays.
  • And much much more.

The trial version will expire after 14 days. A single-user license costs $59.99 and may be used by a single individual on up...

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08:35
FTC fines apps that falsely claimed to detect...

The FTC is fining the creators of two different smartphone apps, both of which were previously available as paid apps on the App Store, for falsely claiming to detect symptoms of melanoma. The two apps, MelApp and Mole Detective, have long been removed from the App Store (although a version of Mole Detective remains on Google Play for $4.99), and Apple appears to have cracked down on similar apps that were available on the store as recently as early 2014.
The Federal Trade Commission has challenged marketers for deceptively claiming their mobile apps could detect symptoms of melanoma, even in its early stages. In two separate cases, marketers of MelApp and Mole Detective have agreed to settlements that bar them from continuing to make such unsupported claims. The agency...

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08:33
Apple Eats Samsung's Lunch While Taking 71% of...

A new Korean report today reviews the basics of a report for paid clients only from U.S. market research firm Strategy Analytics. The report published yesterday showed that for the first time since 2011 Samsung Electronics’ global smartphone market share fell ...

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08:16
How Apple Will Sell a Watch That No One Really Needs


There has been a lot of discussion lately of where and how Apple will sell the Apple Watch -- through high-end luxury department stores in Paris, for example, or through special new displays inside of Apple Stores. Finding new ways to present the watch is important, but how will Apple actually trigger a buy decision? Sure, it's easy enough for some rich dude to add a few new watches to his collection, and easy enough to convince the true Apple fans to give it a whirl...but how will Apple convince millions of regular humans to strap on a watch and wear it every day?

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08:14
Visa Europe announces installation efforts for...


It never hurts to have the infrastructure in place.
Visa Europe has announced that its European contactless payment terminals will support the tokenization service used by Apple Pay by mid-April. This would allow Apple to introduce Apple Pay to Europe anytime from this point on.
Tokenisation technology will be at the heart of new mobile payment solutions and has been hailed as one of the best data protection and fraud prevention methods available. The new service will be available for European financial institutions from mid-April 2015.
Although Europe has had contactless payment cards for several years, these currently transmit the actual card details to the terminal. Apple Pay, in contrast, transmits single-use codes which card companies can map back to the actual card, a functionality currently only available in the USA. As of mid-April, that functionality will be...

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08:13
Pebble unveils its next generation smartwatch,...

Pebble today announced its next generation smartwatch, Pebble Time. The device gets its name from its timeline-based UI that shifts the focus of the interface from apps to notifications with an emphasis on what you need to get done now and in the future.

The new Pebble Time is 20 percent thinner than the original Pebble and ships with a color e-ink display. Instead of a touchscreen display, Pebble opted to include four physical buttons with three on the left and one on the right. Also on board is an integrated microphone that provides an easy way to dictate a quick text message or reminder. Unlike the original Pebble, which uses a proprietary watchstrap, the Pebble Time uses standard 22-mm watch strap with quick-release pins, allowing you to replace the stock straps when the device arrives on your doorstep. The smartwatch also boasts of up to 7-day battery life, is water resistant and includes Bluetooth LE.

One the...

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08:09
Apple Buys Audio Plug-in Maker Camel Audio

When Camel Audio shut down in January, customers that used its audio app plug-ins and digital instruments were left wondering why they so abruptly stopped selling their products, but now that mystery has been solved: they were bought by Apple. Since Apple shut down Camel Audio's operations instead of continuing to sell its products, it's likely we'll see the company's technology showing up in future updates for Logic Pro X and Garageband.

The Mac Observer Spin: Camel Audio's Alchemy was a popular package for audio designers, so seeing it shut down without any warning was a sad thing. Knowing that shutdown was from an Apple buyout, however, takes away some of the sting because it's a safe bet we'll see their products rolled into Apple's own apps.


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08:04
ExoLens system released for the iPhone 6

The new ExoLens is designed to transform your iPhone 6 into a professional photography and videography tool. The system includes a 3x telephoto lens and 165º wide-angle lens.
The professional-grade lenses swap in seconds via a compact and functional machined aluminum bracket lined with soft protective foam, says John Willenborg, CEO at ExoLens. He says the ExoLens’ Telephoto 3x Lens is one of the most powerful telephoto lenses available for the iPhone.
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07:56
WaterField unveils Padded Gear Pouch

WaterField Designs today announces the new Padded Gear Pouch. Available in waxed canvas or ballistic nylon with vegetable-tanned, premium leather accents, this accessory pouch protects and organizes with padded pockets, self-locking zippers and water-resistant textiles.
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07:52
YouTube for Kids launches, now available for iOS...


Hopefully this will be useful.
Google announced on Monday that it has released YouTube Kids on the App Store for iPhone and iPad. The new app provides children and families with a kid-friendly portal to discover and explore videos about anything they can possibly imagine. The family-focused content is appropriate for children and broken down into four categories: Shows, Music, Learning and Explore.
YouTube Kids allows children to discover new facts about dinosaurs from National Geographic Kids, learn about technology from Reading Rainbow, watch Thomas the Tank Engine leave the world of Sodor and more. Families and children can also watch video series on YouTube channels such as DreamWorks TV, Jim Henson TV, Mother Goose Club and Talking Tom and Friends.

The app offers a number of...

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07:49
Bamboo Paper adds new level of precision for the...

Wacom's (www.wacom.com) latest update of its note-taking app, Bamboo Paper, improves both precision and comfort when working with the Bamboo Stylus fineline and Intuos Creative Stylus 2.
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07:48
Pebble Time Goes Public Before Apple Watch

The Apple Watch may be dominating the smartwatch market from the future, but Pebble Technology is aiming for a slightly different target audience with the new color-screen Pebble Time. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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07:42
Apple CEO Tim Cook visiting famous German BILD...

via @BILD
As Tim Cook honors what would have been Steve Jobs’ 60th birthday, the Apple CEO has been spotted in Berlin, Germany. Specifically, Cook has made an appearance at the newsroom of BILD (Bild-Zeitung), the famous German newspaper, alongside the publication’s editors-in-chief Kai Diekmann and Julian Reichelt.
Notably, BILD the newspaper is a sister publication to Computer BILD the technology magazine which famously said it lost access to...

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07:41
Pebble again turns to crowdfunding to take on Apple...

Best known for being a blockbuster success on Kickstarter, Pebble announced on Tuesday that it is returning to its roots, and will crowdfund its next-generation smartwatch with a color display and voice input, in a bid to take on the upcoming Apple Watch.

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07:40
'Pebble Time' Debuts on Kickstarter With...

Pebble today revealed the Pebble Time, a new smartwatch in its line of smart wearable devices that includes the company's first color-based display and introduces a thinner, more ergonomic design than its predecessor. Launched on Kickstarter earlier this morning, Pebble promises that power consumption of the new device is greatly lowered thanks to the e-paper display, giving the Pebble Time a battery life of up to 7 days. The company also introduced a new voice-control feature to send voice replies or take notes using a select few compatible apps. The feature is a bit more full-fledged on Android, and on iOS currently will only work with Gmail notifications. The Pebble Time also features a new curved design to ergonomically conform to...

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07:31
Samsung remains a key supplier for Apple’s iPhone...

No matter which way you cut it, it remains remarkable that Samsung continues to serve as a key component supplier to Apple for the innards of the iPhone and iPad line while also being a major competitor in the mobile phone space. In fact, to this day, it is hard to argue that there is a bigger Apple component partner than Samsung.
Just as Samsung prepares to unveil its latest flagship Galaxy S6 next week, The Korea Times reports that Apple and Samsung have struck a deal for the latter company to supply the former with at least 50% of the mobile DRAM chips used it Apple’s followup to the iPhone 6 expected later this fall. But that’s the tip o’ the iceberg as they say…...

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07:30
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

Air Transfer+ - Easy file and document sharing between PC and iPhone/iPad. [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] Air Transfer moves what you're seeing or playing on Mac/PC to your iPhone/iPad with just single drag&drop! It moves whatever you want; text memo, website address, photo, music, movie, document and so on.

Vintagio [iPhone; Now free, down from $3.99] Easy-to-use, but extremely powerful and artistic vintage video app packed with amazing and powerful features, that no other app offers.

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07:29
Apple Granted 63 Patents Today Covering Haptics, a...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 63 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's patents for a unique removable clip that could provide any number of devices with an additional user interface ...

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07:15
Tim Cook Commemorates Steve Jobs' 60th Birthday...

Tim Cook tweeted this morning to honor what would be the 60th birthday of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who passed away in October 2011 following a lengthy battle with a rare form of pancreatic cancer. Cook shared a quote from Jobs' heartfelt commencement address at Stanford University in 2005, in which he said "the only way to do great work is to love what you do." Jobs co-founded Apple alongside Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne in 1976, with the roots of the company based in the garage of his childhood home in Los Altos, California. After turning the Macintosh into a commercial success in the decade following, Jobs was essentially ousted from Apple in 1985 following a power struggle and went on to found NeXT Computer the same year. Apple went on to acquire NeXT in 1997, bringing Jobs back as CEO, at which point...

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07:15
Pebble Unveils Time Smartwatch with New Kickstarter...

Pebble announced its third smartwatch model on Tuesday, dubbed Time, with a Kickstarter campaign just as it did with the original Pebble watch. The Time will ship in May with a sleeker body, color E Ink display, and an accessory port so other companies can make their own add-ons for the device.

The Mac Observer Spin: Time looks like a cool third generation design for Pebble, but using Kickstarter to launch it feels more like a marketing move than a fund raiser.


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07:12
News: Apple reportedly streamlining Genius Bar...

Apple is planning some significant changes to how Genius Bar appointments are handled in its retail stores, according to a new report from 9to5Mac. Citing several inside sources, the report notes that the initiative, dubbed “The new Concierge,” is expected to launch in Apple’s U.S. retail stores starting in early March. Under the new system, customers walking into a store and looking for a Genius Bar appointment will be placed on…

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07:02
On what would have been Steve’s 60th birthday, we...

Almost everything Apple has done since the unfortunate passing of Steve Jobs has been met with comments about what the company would or wouldn’t have done had Steve still been here – even though his marching orders for Tim Cook were to never ask what he would have done.
But things certainly would have been different. The flattened user-interface of iOS 7 versus the skeuomorphic approach of the Jobs era. Would have it have happened at all? Would he have stopped it going quite so far? Would Apple have gone in a different direction.
What about an Apple Television? Steve said years ago that he “...

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07:00
$199 Pebble ‘Time’ announced w/ color e-paper...

Update: Less than 30 minutes after launching its Kickstarter campaign, the Pebble Time is fully funded.
Pebble has this morning announced the next generation of its smartwatch, called Pebble Time. The device, as we reported last week, sports a color e-paper display, a thinner design, a microphone on board, and a completely revamped ‘timeline’ interface. Pebble Time is launching on Kickstarter with early bird pricing tiers at $159 and $179, but the device will retail for $199.
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07:00
Visa readies network tokenization launch in Europe,...

International payment network Visa on Tuesday announced that it would extend its network tokenization service -- one of the foundational technologies behind Apple Pay -- to Europe beginning in mid April, signaling that the first overseas launch of Apple's mobile payment solution may not be far away.

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06:48
News: Report: Apple acquires Camel Audio

Apple has acquired music software developer Camel Audio, according to a new report from MacRumors. Citing information found on a corporate registry site, the report notes that the U.K.-based company’s address has been updated to match that of Apple’s London office, and the sole director of the company is listed as a member of Apple’s legal team. Camel Audio was best known for Alchemy, its modular music editing suite that incorporated…

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06:41
AAPL $750B

Medium:(Apple is) in a lot of ways the story of a technology company hanging around, making interesting things, and waiting for the world to actually need what they wanted to build. But also something to remember: narratives are bullshit. It’s the people who show up and build and keep going who ultimately write the stories that last.Many don’t remember or know just how bad off Apple was in those days. It’s path has got to be considered the most remarkable story in the history of business.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:29
News: VISA ‘tokenization’ may speed Apple Pay EU...

VISA has announced that it will be introducing a new payment “tokenization” service in Europe designed to help facilitate mobile payment solutions. Intended to be available for European financial institutions to take advantage of as early as April, the new service will replace traditional plastic credit card numbers with unique one-time tokens that can be used to authorize payments without needing to expose account information. This form…

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06:20
Apple Granted a Killer Patent Relating to...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 63 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a single killer patent that covers the whole area of programmable and coded magnet connectors ....

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06:11
News: Daily Deal: BOLT Portable Battery Backup...

In today’s iLounge Deal you can get the BOLT Portable Battery & Wall Charger for only $44.99. This handy two-in-one device can replace your standard wall charger as well as providing you with 3,000 mAh of battery power while on the go. With a smooth rubber finish and AC outlet prongs that fold in to stay out of the way when not needed, BOLT provides a compact battery pack that’s smaller than most batteries of comparable size, while…

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06:10
ExoLens is a Professional Photography Lens Kit for...

The just released ExoLens kit for the iPhone 6 is a professional pair of lenses, a 3x telephoto and a wide angle that attach to the iPhone with a sturdy lattice mount. The mount is threaded with a standard 1/4"-20 connection, ready for a tripod. The system is designed for growth.


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06:09
Samsung Said to Supply Memory Chips for Next-...

Samsung Electronics has inked a deal with both Apple and LG to supply advanced DRAM memory chips in next-generation iPhones and the LG G4 respectively, according to sources "familiar with the deal" for The Korea Times. The deal, rumored to be worth billions of dollars, would see Samsung produce at least half of the memory chips that Apple would need for its next-generation iPhone lineup. The report claims that Apple could ask Samsung to ramp up manufacturing of the chips if needed, with the alleged contract lasting at least a year."Under the agreement, Samsung will start providing LG Electronics with 100 percent mobile DRAM chips it needs for LG G4 smartphone, which will be unveiled in April. Also, Samsung will handle at least half of the amount that Apple needs for its new iPhone ― tentatively named iPhone 6S," an industry official who is familiar with the deal told The Korea Times.The...

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06:06
G-Technology announces high-performance twin-drive...

G-Technology has announced a new high-performance external G-RAID twin-drive storage system aimed at video professionals. Available in 8TB, 12TB and 16TB versions, the G-RAID with Thunderbolt 2 and USB 3.0 delivers transfer rates of up to 440MB/s, enough to handle multi-stream HD, 2K and compressed 4K video …
Both 7200rpm enterprise-class drives are removeable, and the built-in RAID controller offers a choice of RAID 0 for maximum speed or RAID 1 for the security of mirrored data.
As you’d expect from G-Technology, the enclosures are all-aluminum, and use quiet cooling fans.
Pricing is surprisingly reasonable for what you’re getting, starting at $800 for 8TB, through $1000 for 12TB to $1300 for 16TB. A slightly cheaper version is...

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06:03
The Apple Watch, pricing and repairability

Serenity Caldwell explores the possibility of the Apple Watch having a repairable/replaceable core. Good article. A solid idea.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:00
Welcome to Glenn Fleishman, new host of the Macworld...

A podcast is a terrible thing to waste—especially one that’s reached 444 episodes and counting. So I’m thrilled to announce that after a one-week hiatus following the departure of our friend Chris Breen, the Macworld Podcast will be back this week with a new cohost. Please welcome Glenn Fleishman to the podcast chair!

Glenn is no stranger to Macworld. His excellent column on privacy and security, Private I, has been coming to you every Wednesday since last October, and he’s been writing for the site for years on diverse topics like networking, backup, photo apps, cloud storage, and more....

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06:00
Rumor: Samsung tapped to supply DRAM for 'A9...

In a deal said to be worth billions of dollars, Samsung will allegedly provide at least half of the dynamic random access memory used in the processor for Apple's 2015 iPhone update, according to a new rumor.

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05:52
∞ Some Apple Watch pricing math

My take on the pricing model for the highest end Apple Watch. There will be math!

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05:28
Pic It! is a cute quiz game for iPhone

Pic It! (free) is a cute little quiz game that gives you something to do with the silly photos that are on your iPhone. I'm talking about the throw-away selfies and shots or your dog's wet nose that you used as the punchline to a tweet. With Pic It!, they're part of a quiz!

Game Play

Pic It! is a social quiz game that's easy to play. To start, select a photo that will suggest the answer to a riddle. In the example above, I used a photo of my daughter's pointe shoes and added the hint, "Keeping you on your". My opponent receives the image and hint, plus a pool of letters, some of which spell out the answer: "Toes".

Customization

You can decorate (or obfuscate, if you wish) your image to make things more entertaining or challenging for your opponent with image filters, color options and editing tools like blur, focus, crop and font. You get one of each to start, and additional...

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05:04
Apple to overhaul Genius bar, appointment process

Mark Gurman, writing for 9to5mac:This Concierge program, spearheaded by Retail Senior Vice President Angela Ahrendts, moves away from the classic appointment model. Instead, a customer describes the issue to an Apple Store employee, who inputs the issue into an updated iPad application. Using a special algorithm, the application provides the customer a wait time based on issue priorities.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:00
Citizenfour's Oscar Highlights National Divide...


Citizenfour, a film documenting interviews director Laura Poitras conducted with whistle-blower Edward Snowden, won the Oscar for best documentary Sunday. The talks took place as Snowden blew the lid off the United States National Security Agency's surveillance activities. The award highlights the divisions in the U.S. over Snowden's actions and the question of national security. "The disclosures that Edward Snowden reveals don't only expose a threat to our privacy but to our democracy itself," Poitras said in her acceptance speech.

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04:57
Output Factory for Adobe InDesign update improves...

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has released Output Factory 1.5.18, a maintenance update to its output automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
Output Factory automates printing, exporting and post-processing from InDesign and offers batch processing, export as single pages, variable file names, layer versioning, preflighting, output history and more. The new version addresses an issue in which a bug in InDesign installation could result in incorrect output results.
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04:39
Apple Granted a Patent for Tamper Proof Liquid Metal...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 63 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a single patent relating to tamper proof liquid metal fasteners. According to Apple's patent, amorphous alloys can be used for making sports equipment, medical devices, electronic components ...

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04:37
Microsoft extends free Office 365 offer to students...

U.S. students and teachers have been able to get free access to Microsoft Office 365 since 2013, and the company has now extended the deal to a range of other countries.

Millions of students around the world are eligible for free Office from their school and today we are announcing that we’ve made it easy for all eligible students globally to sign up themselves to get Office 365 and install free Office.
That includes the 5.5 million eligible students in Australia, the nearly 5 million eligible students in Germany, 7 million more in Brazil, 1.3 million at Anadolu University in Turkey, every student in Hong Kong and millions more.

Qualifying students and teachers can install the latest version of Office on up to five Macs, as well as a further five mobile devices. The deal is available if you study or teach in a school with an...

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04:34
Kool Tools: Time Logger for Mac OS X

Imre Katai's Time Logger (http://timelogger.metapps.eu) for Mac OS X 10.9 and higher was developed specifically to optimize how users spend time on workflow projects.
The utility manages tasks, organizes projects by client, records pay rates, notes, and time allocated to each assignment. Also, Time Logger generates reports for additional support. Users can easily start and end timers with an overview panel linked to the upper right hand of screen.
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04:07
Global 2D gesture recognition market will post a...

Increased demand for gesture recognition solutions in the healthcare sector has resulted in the unprecedented growth of the global 2D gesture recognition market, which will post a CAGR [compound annual growth rate] of 32.12% from 2014-2019, says research firm TechNavio (www.technavio.com).
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03:16
Think Retro: When games looked absolutely nothing...

One of the big themes in the history of gaming has been the pursuit of photorealism, and it’s only in the last few years that hardware has become powerful enough that we can produce titles that look more like movies than games traditionally could.
For sure, photorealism isn’t the only way to build a game—a photorealistic Peggle Blast would be a bit grim, and it’s hard to imagine a Jeff Minter game that wasn’t a crazed neon din—but it’s certainly true that some developers have been trying to make their first-person shooters, racers, and more look as completely believable as possible. In other words, a photo on the box could pretty much match up with what the game itself would look like once you slipped the disc into your console or your Mac....

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03:58
Supporting payment infrastructure for Apple Pay will...

Visa Europe has announced that its European contactless payment terminals will support the tokenization service used by Apple Pay by mid-April. This would allow Apple to introduce Apple Pay to Europe anytime from this point on.

Tokenisation technology will be at the heart of new mobile payment solutions and has been hailed as one of the best data protection and fraud prevention methods available. The new service will be available for financial institutions [in Europe] from mid-April 2015.

Although Europe has had contactless payment cards for several years, these currently transmit the actual card details to the terminal. Apple Pay, in contrast, transmits single-use codes which card companies can map back to the actual card, a functionality currently only available in the USA. As of mid-April, that functionality will be available in Europe too–at least for Visa...

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03:17
Apple Granted Patents for Apple TV Conference Room...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 63 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover two enterprise centric patents. The first covers Apple TV Conference Mode while the other covers enterprise centric app sharing with FaceTime.

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02:17
Apple is Granted a Patent for their Seamless EarPods

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 63 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's EarPod invention.

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Monday February 23

23:39
Apple patent outlines mobile app data sharing and...

Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent for a method by which two or more mobile device users can share and interact with app data in real time, including the ability to see each other's screens during a FaceTime call.

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16:09
Apple to roll out more diverse emoji for iOS and OS X

Be on the lookout for diverse emoji characters in a future OS X and iOS update: Apple released a beta version of OS X 10.10.3 on Monday that shows a selection of new emoji. Most notably, each emoji representing a person (or various hand gestures) will come with an array of skin tones to choose from. These new racially diverse emoji are found in the latest iOS beta release as well, iOS 8.3 beta 2.  Gizmodo

The default skin tone for these emoji is bright yellow (think The Simpsons), which we should assume is supposed to represent neutrality (and not jaundice). To change it, tap and hold the emoji icon to reveal the whole selection for that emoji. Each one has six different skin/hair color options to choose from. To read this article in full or...

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20:03
Apple reportedly acquired audio software developer...

Audio software developer Camel Audio announced in January that it would be shutting down for good and removing its software from sale, but no one knew quite why. However, it now appears that the company has been acquired by Apple.
Today Camel Audio updated some of its corporate information, including its address and directors, as listed on the UK government’s Companies House website. The new address is 100 New Bridge Street in London, which also happens to be the address of Apple’s UK offices.

As highlighted by MacRumors, Camel also updated its board of directors (seen in some of the filings below), removing all directors and...

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19:59
Apple reportedly buys digital instrument effects...

Apple has seemingly purchased UK-based digital audio effects maker Camel Audio, best known for the popular Alchemy synth plug-in, suggesting the firm's software may be included in a future version of Logic Pro X.

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19:40
Samsung Buys ‘Battery Pack Business’ for Electric...

Samsung announced Monday that it will acquire the "battery pack business" of Magna International, a major automotive supplier. The company said the purchase, "is expected to enhance Samsung SDIâs capabilities in batteries for electric vehicles by combining the companyâs established leadership in battery cells and modules with Magna's expertise in battery packs."


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19:33
Apple Acquires Popular Instrument and Effect Plug-In...

Apple appears to have acquired popular music plug-in and effect maker Camel Audio, based on information found on corporate registry site Companies House [PDF]. Camel Audio's address has been updated to 100 New Bridge Street, which is Apple's London address, and the company's sole director is now listed as Apple lawyer Heather Joy Morrison, suggesting the company is in the possession of Apple. Camel Audio is known for its range of plug-ins, synthesizers, effects, sound libraries, which were available via the company's Alchemy software. Previously available for $249, Alchemy included more than 1000 sounds, 5.5GB worth of samples, a powerful additive resynthesis engine, spectral resynthesis, a virtual analog synthesizer, and more. Its powerful engine was highly useful to those who...

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19:30
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

Polygon [iPhone; Now free, down from $0.99] Play Polygon and train your visual perception when having fun with ad free App.

Robot Escape for iPad [iPad; Now free, down from $1.99] Robot Escape for iPad is a fun game to play with lots of friends!

BattleMage [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] Evil has begun to creep from the darkness, approaching the villages and threatening the kingdom.

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19:22
Apple to overhaul Genius Bar, changing appointments...


Apple will soon make a significant change to retail store Genius Bar appointments to improve the customer experience, according to several sources briefed on the upcoming shift. During the week of March 9th, Apple’s United States stores will launch a new initiative called “Concierge” that replaces traditional walk-in Genius Bar appointments. Currently, a customer seeking Genius Bar assistance can walk into an Apple Retail Store, explain the issue to a check-in assistant, and get a specific time to return for an appointment…

This Concierge program, spearheaded by Retail Senior Vice President Angela Ahrendts, moves away from the classic appointment model. Instead, a customer describes the issue to an Apple Store employee, who inputs...

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19:00
Daily Deals for February 23, 2015

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

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

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

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18:20
Tweetbot for iOS gets Twitter video and GIF support...

Developer Tapbots on Monday pushed out an update to its popular iOS Twitter client Tweetbot for iOS, bringing playback support for videos and GIFs hosted by the ubiquitous microblogging network.

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17:09
Apple to Introduce Racially Diverse Emoji in Future...

In August Apple released a new report on diversity at Apple. Apple's CEO Tim Cook duly noted that Apple was "committed to transparency." Their published report revealed specific statistics ...

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17:08
Apple closes in on $775B market cap, now twice as...

Apple stock hit a new high of $133 at the closing bell on Monday, rocketing up 2.7 percent on the day to grow its market capitalization to just under $775 billion, a number two times larger than second-largest publicly traded U.S. company Exxon Mobil.

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16:09
Tweetbot for iPhone gains support for Twitter videos...


Tweetbot for iPhone 3.5.2 has been released today to support the native videos introduced by Twitter recently. The update allows users to play back the clips recorded and shared natively in the official Twitter app. Today’s new build also adds improvements to how the app handle’s GIFs shared using the pic.twitter.com service and fixes a variety of bugs.
The developers have also promised “exciting updates” coming to the app soon. You can get Tweetbot for iPhone for $4.99...

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15:51
Apple's World Travel Adapter Kit returns with...

In a change to its online storefront on Monday, Apple introduced a revised World Travel Adapter Kit with a total of seven AC plug types and a reduced price of $29, as the package no longer includes a USB power adapter or cable.

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15:27
Power Vault 18000mAh Portable Battery Pack for $29.99

We have a great deal on the Power Vault 18,000mAh Portable Battery Pack for just $29.99. In addition to a high capacity, it has two USB ports so you can charge two devices at one time. It's slender, can stand on its edge, and has a minimalist style. Check it out.


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15:20
Google Teams Up With 3 Wireless Carriers To Combat...

HughPickens.com writes AP reports that in an effort to undercut Apple's hit service Apple Pay, Google is teaming up with three wireless carriers by building its payment service into Android smartphones sold by AT&T Inc., Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile USA. Besides trying to make it more convenient to use Wallet, Google also is hoping to improve the nearly 4-year-old service. Toward that end, Google is buying some mobile payment technology and patents from Softcard, a 5-year-old venture owned by the wireless carriers. Financial terms weren't disclosed but Apple Pay's popularity probably helped forge the unlikely alliance between Google and the wireless carriers. Google traditionally has had a prickly relationship with the carriers, largely because it doesn't believe enough has been done to upgrade wireless networks and make them cheaper so more people can spend more time online. The biggest challenge however is one that both Apple and Google face: Only a small fraction of the 10...

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14:49
Apple introduces new crash reporting service for...

After releasing a fresh beta of Xcode 6.3 on Monday, Apple outlined a new crash reporting service that will help developers target, fix and track problems directly from the development tool.

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14:35
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14:30
Piper nv brings night vision, better resolution to...

There are many iOS-connected security cameras on the market, but not a lot that will set off a loud siren when they detect loud noises or unexpected movement. The US$199 Piper HD security camera from iControl Networks brought this capability and a unique 180° view camera to the market a while back, and now the company is shipping the $269 Piper nv, an upgraded model with night vision and other improvements.

Design

The new Piper nv looks identical to the older model. It’s almost 6.5 inches (16.51 cm) tall, 3.5 inches (8.9 cm) wide and about 2.5 inches (6.4 cm) thick on its aluminum base. The Piper nv comes in black or white, with a gray speaker grill on top. That speaker can be used for two things — two-way communications with visitors (known or uninvited) at your home or business and for blasting out an almost excruciating 105 dB siren....

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14:30
White House Includes Apple Pay in Cybersecurity...

Earlier in February, the White House held a Cybersecurity Summit to discuss online security and privacy. Afterward, information was released about actions the government would take, including integrating Apple Pay into federally issued debit and credit cards.


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09:32
Toyota won't support CarPlay, at least not out...

Car makers have put a lot of time and money into their own dashboard infotainment systems, so it’s not surprising that some are reticent to embrace Apple’s CarPlay, which puts iOS front and center in your car. Toyota is holding off on CarPlay support in favor of its own platform, according to a Monday New York Times report.
Several auto companies and aftermarket car stereo makers are on board with CarPlay, with plans to make the smart dashboard available in upcoming models. Some, like Ford, plan to support CarPlay, Android Auto, and their own platforms to ensure buyers aren’t turned off by a lack of choice. But Toyota is sticking to its own closed system, Entune.To read this article in full or...

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14:02
Opinion: Should Apple improve iPhone battery life,...


As this photo of the original Mophie Juice Pack and Tylt’s Energi for iPhone 6 shows, iPhone battery cases haven’t changed much over the years. They’ve existed for almost as long as iPhones, and remained ubiquitous due to Apple’s continued focus on thinness over longevity. That hasn’t been great for consumers: as 9to5’s Seth Weintraub put it, people are more impacted by their phones’ battery life than an extra 2mm of thinness.
It took until 2014 for Apple to offer one iPhone model — the iPhone 6 Plus — with all-day battery life, though you have to be willing to accept a much larger footprint to get that. By comparison, the smaller and reportedly more popular iPhone 6 improved only around 7% upon the iPhone 5s in run time, so the...

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14:00
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 23...

Notable software releases this week include VMware Fusion 7.1.1, Coda 2.5.6, Audio Hijack 3.0.2, DEVONagent Lite, Express, and Pro 3.9, OmniFocus 2.1, and Airfoil 4.8.13. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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14:00
ExtraBITS for 23 February 2015

In this week’s collection of ExtraBITS, we learn that Apple is ending its support for AOL logins, the truth about AT&T’s “privacy fee,” and how Photoshop is trying to stay relevant after 25 years. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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13:40
Apple adds crash log reporting for developers in...

Alongside releasing the second OS X 10.10.3 preview release and iOS 8.3 beta 2, Apple shared Xcode 6.3 beta 2 through the Mac and iOS Developer Center today. The latest beta version of Xcode, which developers use to build and manage software, includes a new crash log reporting system to show developers issues users may experience with their apps.
For developers, this means issues with apps can be pinpointed much faster through Xcode. For consumers, the feature should make for a better overall...

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13:36
Ask iLounge: How do I stop Siri from randomly waking...

Q: Help! My new iPhone 6 is driving me nuts! I plug my iPhone in near my bed, and for some reason Siri keeps waking up randomly and asking me what I want. It only seems to do this when I’m in bed, which makes me think she’s deliberately trying to make me crazy. Sometimes she even wakes me up in the middle of the night. It’s really creepy. I’d take my iPhone to an Apple Store, but it’s like 20 miles to the nearest one…

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13:04
Google Acquires Softcard Technology, Inks Deal With...

Following rumors of an acquisition, Google today announced that it has purchased some technology and intellectual property from NFC-based mobile payment service Softcard, formerly known as Isis Mobile Wallet. The purchase will allow Google to improve upon its existing mobile wallet technology to better compete with Apple Pay. Owned jointly by AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile, Softcard was established in 2010 in an effort to allow the three carriers to enter the mobile payment market. As an NFC-based payment option that works primarily with Android-based phones, Softcard has been a major Google Wallet competitor, arguably stunting NFC mobile payment growth for both companies. Google Wallet...

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13:03
Apple introduces emoji diversity options with latest...

Starting with the latest betas of iOS 8.3 and OS X 10.10.3, new alternate skin color options are available when selecting emojis of people and faces. In addition, Siri has added a host of new languages on iPhone and iPad.

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13:02
Samsung just bought a rumored Apple Car partner’s...

Samsung has acquired the battery pack business of leading automotive parts supplier Magna International. The move, according to a statement from the companies, will “enhance Samsung SDI’s capabilities in batteries for electric vehicles.”
While Samsung producing batteries and energy storage solutions for vehicles isn’t exactly new—it already supplies batteries for Tesla and others—there is an Apple Car connection in its latest acquisition…
If you remember hearing that Magna International name recently, it’s likely because Magna International was said to be one of the contract vehicle manufacturers that Apple met with recently when...

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12:45
Apple adds over 300 new, diverse emoji

A look at iOS 8.3 beta 2 has revealed over 300 new, more diverse emoji, including new skin tones and new flags. Since iOS 8.3 is still in beta, it's possible that this artwork will change a bit. The Iconfactory's Sean Heber points out that these new emoji are also present in the 10.10.3 beta.

Our take on the news

Apple's commitment to diversity is real and inspiring. Tim Cook recently wrote:

"All around the world, our team at Apple is united in the belief that being different makes us better. We know that each generation has a responsibility to build upon the gains of the past, expanding the rights and freedoms we enjoy to the many who are still striving for justice."

People increasingly use emoji to convey information, humor and themselves. It's great to see options to let customers do...

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12:23
djay Pro for Mac [Sponsor]

djay Pro for Mac provides a complete toolkit for performing DJs. Its unique and modern interface is built around a sophisticated integration with iTunes and Spotify, giving you instant access to millions of tracks. Pristine sound quality and a powerful set of features including high-definition waveforms, four decks, audio effects, and hardware integration give you endless creative flexibility to take your sets to new heights. Special introductory pricing (40% off) for a limited time.Jim’s Note: I had the opportunity to test djay Pro for Mac and loved it. I’m still using∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:00
deGeo protects your privacy by stripping location...

deGeo is as easy as it gets when it comes to stripping geotags from photos. With just a few taps, the app allows you to view your photos, parse the geotag information and remove that private information before sharing your photos with family, friends and more.

deGeo launches to a camera roll view that shows thumbnails of all the available photos on your iPhone or iPad. You can select one image or multiple images to process with the geotag remover. When viewing an image, you can swipe right to view the geotag and EXIF information stored with the photo. The geotag information is presented as a location on a map, as an address and as GPS coordinates. You can share this geotag information or view it in a mapping program.

When you want to share your photo(s), you can tap the share button (or swipe downward) and then select the app to which you want to share. The app uses the...

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11:53
Crash Logs in Xcode 6.3 beta 2

The new Apple crash reports service is now available in Xcode 6.3 beta 2. Apps that you’ve submitted with debug symbols to the App Store and to TestFlight will have their crash log data collected and aggregated into crash reports that will automatically download into Xcode. The enhanced Organizer window makes it easy to triage your crashes, jump directly to the offending code, and mark a crash as resolved. Learn more by reading Crashes Organizer Help.

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11:53
Crash Logs in Xcode 6.3 beta 2

The new Apple crash reports service is now available in Xcode 6.3 beta 2. Apps that you’ve submitted with debug symbols to the App Store and to TestFlight will have their crash log data collected and aggregated into crash reports that will automatically download into Xcode. The enhanced Organizer window makes it easy to triage your crashes, jump directly to the offending code, and mark a crash as resolved. Learn more by reading Crashes Organizer Help.

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11:50
Apple, AOL ending iTunes login partnership, users...

The long-standing partnership that allowed AOL members to login to iTunes with their AOL credentials will come to an end at the end of next month, meaning those consumers still taking advantage of that ability will need to migrate to an Apple ID or lose access to iTunes, the App Store, and the iBookstore.

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11:37
Find the serial number of your Apple hardware product

A handy bit of info from Apple’s support site, just in case you ever need it.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:26
Siri learns Russian, Danish, Dutch, Portuguese,...


In addition to Wireless CarPlay, more diverse Emojis, and improved logging in for Google services, iOS 8.3 adds a major new feature: several new languages for Siri. Over three years following the initial Siri beta in 2011, iOS 8.3 adds support for the following languages in Siri: Russian, Danish, Dutch, Portuguese, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, and English for India…

Some of these...

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11:14
I just bought this

I’ve been watching this robot tuner for quite some time. I decided to take the plunge this morning and give it a try.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:09
OS X 10.10.3 Beta 2 Update Introduces New Emoji,...

Today's second OS X 10.10.3 beta builds on the emoji groundwork laid with the first OS X 10.10.3 beta, introducing all new emoji and emoji skin tone modifiers. When selecting an emoji with a skin tone, such as one of the many people emoji, it's now possible to select a specific skin tone from one of five options. There are also several new people emoji that introduce greater diversity. Family emoji now include multiple same sex couples, both with children and without, all with variable skin tone options. Along with a range of diversified people emoji, today's update brings 32 new country flags, including flags for Canada, Australia, and India. Along with new emoji, OS X 10.10.3 brings a renamed Character palette that focuses more heavily on emoji. Accessible through the "Edit" menu in most Mac apps, the palette was previously named "Special Characters," but is labeled "Emoji & Symbols" in OS X 10.10...

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11:00
AOL Sign-in for iTunes and App Store is disappearing...

Hey, AOL fans! The company is dropping support for AOL Sign-in for iTunes and the App Store, so anyone using an AOL username to sign into the iTunes Store, App Store or iBook Store will be out of luck starting March 31.

“Starting March 31, 2015, AOL will no longer allow customers to use their AOL Username (also known as an AOL Screen Name) to sign in to the iTunes Store, App Store, or iBooks Store. You must convert your AOL Username to an Apple ID in order to maintain access to the stores and to content you purchased previously.”

http://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204268

This is another questionable move by the same folks who shut down their marquee website about the world's most successful...

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10:57
TMO Daily Observations 2015-02-23: How Lenovo...

Lenovo's decision to bring in a little extra money by installing what amounts to a man in the middle attack on computers has left its customers open to serious security risks. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about the damage Lenovo's actions have done to customer trust, the potential risks they face, and who may be creating even bigger technology risks.


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10:39
Government Spies Steal SIM Card Cryptokeys


The United States' National Security Agency and British spy agency GCHQ have hacked into the internal computer network of Gemalto, the world's largest maker of SIM cards, and stolen the cards' encryption keys, according to information in files leaked by whistle-blower Edward Snowden. Gemalto makes about 2 billion SIM cards a year, and sells them to 450 major wireless network carriers worldwide, including AT&T, Verizon and Sprint. Gemalto said it was unaware of the hack and expressed concern.

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10:29
Apple provides developers with new iOS 8.3 beta,...

The second beta of iOS 8.3 was released to developers on Monday, fixing a bug found in previous versions that could cause issues when connecting to a CarPlay-enabled vehicle infotainment unit.

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10:23
Apple releases second beta of OS X 10.10.3 with...

Apple on Monday seeded developers with another beta version of its forthcoming OS X 10.10.3 update, asking testers to focus primarily on the new Photos app with additional attention paid to Wi-Fi captive network support and screen sharing.

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10:12
News: Apple releases iOS 8.3 beta 2 to developers

Apple has released a second beta of iOS 8.3 to registered developers, continuing its parallel iOS 8.3 beta cycle which started earlier this month alongside the iOS 8.2 betas. This latest beta features a build number of 12F5037c and details few changes in the release notes from the prior beta. According to a report last week, Apple plans to begin releasing public betas with iOS 8.3 sometime in March; this second developer beta is likely the last for…

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10:07
Canadian DRAM national class action lawsuit

The Money is Mine:Settlements have been reached in the Canadian DRAM national class actions, totaling over $79 million. You can get money from the settlements if you bought DRAM or electronic devices containing DRAM between April 1, 1999 and June 30, 2002.Many of my fellow Candians qualify for this settlement and I’d encourage you to take advantage of it, even if it’s only at the $20 level. Thanks to my friend Greg for the heads up.∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:06
Apple releases iOS 8.3 beta 2 for iPhone, iPad with...

Two weeks following the first beta, Apple has released iOS 8.3 beta 2 to developers for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. As we reported upon the first beta, the upcoming release includes a Wireless CarPlay feature, a new Emoji picker, improved login for Google services, an updated voice for Siri, and support for Apple Pay in China. iOS 8.3 is coming later this year, and sources say that Apple will release a public beta of iOS 8.3 alongside the third beta in mid-March. Apple is also...

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10:04
Apple Seeds Second iOS 8.3 Beta to Developers

Apple today seeded the second beta of iOS 8.3 to developers, two weeks after seeding the first iOS 8.3 beta. The initial iOS 8.3 beta came as a surprise because iOS 8.2 with the WatchKit SDK also remains in testing. The beta is available through the iOS Developer Center. It includes Xcode 6.3 and a new version of Apple's programming language, Swift. Apple has also released a new Apple TV beta for third-generation Apple TVs. While iOS 8.2 appears to bring only minor bug fixes to the operating system along with the WatchKit SDK and support for the Apple Watch, the first beta of iOS 8.3 introduced several new features including support for wireless CarPlay connectivity, a new emoji picker, support for Google 2-step verification, and Apple Pay support for the China UnionPay network. It also removes the "beta" label from iCloud Photo Library. iOS 8.3 will be released following iOS 8.2...

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10:03
Google Acquires Mobile Wallet Company Softcard

In January we posted a report titled "Retailer: Apple Pay used 5 Times more than Competing Softcard." Last Wednesday we reported that Barron's had noted in a recent report that Google had reportedly invested in or acquired Softcard, a struggling mobile wallet joint venture led by the carriers.

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10:03
Apple releases second OS X 10.10.3 pre-release w/...

Earlier this month, Apple released the first OS X 10.10.3 pre-release update to testers with a beta version of the iPhoto replacement app called Photos. Today an updated build is rolling out to testers through the Mac App Store. Apple has also released a new beta of iOS 8.3 for testers. We’ll dig in.
The build number in the latest release has raised to 14D87h from 14D72i in the initial release. OS X 10.10.3, which is expected to become available to all users later this spring, also includes changes to how and which special Emoji characters are presented....

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10:02
Apple Seeds Second OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite Beta to...

Apple today seeded the second beta of OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite to developers, two and half weeks after releasing the first OS X 10.10.3 beta and nearly four weeks after releasing OS X 10.10.2 to the public. The new beta, build 14D87h, is available for registered developers through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store and through the Mac Dev Center. OS X 10.10.3 brings several new features to Yosemite, including the new Photos for OS X app. Photos is designed to serve as a replacement for both iPhoto and Aperture, and is on track to see an early 2015 launch. Early reviews have suggested that while Photos is a suitable replacement for iPhoto, with more advanced tools and performance optimizations, it may leave professional users disappointed, at least in its initial incarnation. The first beta of OS X 10.10.3 also...

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10:00
Students worldwide can now check eligibility for...

Last week, at a public event held by the New York City Department of Education, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced free Office for all of their 1.1M students plus teachers. The room—filled with students and teachers—erupted with cheers.
But New York is not alone.
Millions of students around the world are eligible for free Office from their school and today we are announcing that we’ve made it easy for all eligible students globally to sign up themselves to get Office 365 and install free Office.*
That includes the 5.5 million eligible students in Australia, the nearly 5 million eligible students in Germany, 7 million more in Brazil, 1.3 million at Anadolu University in Turkey, every student in Hong Kong and millions more.
This service was previously...

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10:00
Google releases YouTube Kids iOS app

Google today released the new YouTube Kids iOS app, providing kid-friendly videos through a bright, easy-to-use user interface. It's the official children's programming app from YouTube, with favorite content from Sesame Street, Thomas & Friends, Dreamworks, Mother Goose Club, TuTiTu, and Super Simple Songs. Kids can also search for age-appropriate content on any topic they're interested in.

Acccording to the release notes for the app:

“We’re as focused on kids’ safety as you are, so we’ve built the YouTube Kids app to be a family-friendly place to explore.

When your child browses the app’s home screen, they’ll find a vast selection of kid-appropriate channels and playlists. When families search in the app, we use a mix of input from our users and automated analysts to categorize and screen out the videos that make parents nervous.

And for added peace of...

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09:52
Pomodoro Time is new time, task management tool for...

XwaveSoft (http://xwavesoft.com) has introduced Pomodoro Time 1.0, the Mac version of their time management app for the iPhone and iPad.
The app provides a mix of timeboxing, timed rest stops, task management, a goal completion list, and customized productivity analysis. You can view and compare weekly or monthly progress of total time spent on tasks to accurately adjust actions to be more efficient. The app syncs between Macs, iPhones, and iPads.
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09:20
BrydgeAir Keyboard for iPad Air/Air 2: Almost Perfect

The original Brydge Keyboard was a nice product, but the company had grave customer service issues. Now, under new ownership, Brydge Global, the BrydgeAir BT keyboard for iPad continues its tradition of physical excellence with a model for the iPad Air and Air 2. Color matching and many small refinements have been added.


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09:16
Klevr Furniture offers Storage-Top Desk for Mac

Klevr Furniture has announces their Storage-Top Desk for Mac, a functional design built specifically for iMacs and MacBooks. Each desk is made to order and conveniently stows away cables, power adaptors, and additional clutter.
Table-top notches are strategically placed for MacBook and iMac connectors, and movable panels allow easy access to storage. It's designed to offer plenty of work space for a Mac user and provide storage underneath for printers and accessories.
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09:14
Google to buy Softcard, take on Apple Pay in new...

Search giant Google is reportedly doubling down on its mobile payments strategy, agreeing on a new deal with major U.S. wireless providers to pre-install the Google Wallet app on Android handsets while acquiring the technology behind Softcard from those same carriers.

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09:13
Apple is the World's Number One 4G LTE...

Apple was the leading 4G LTE smartphone supplier in the fourth quarter of 2014 with ...

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09:10
Tap Heroes - Idle RPG Action (Games)

Tap Heroes - Idle RPG Action 2.4
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $.99, Version: 2.4 (iTunes)

Description:
Embark on an epic journey through the lands to grow ever stronger and defeat your enemies.Tap your way through forests, deserts, caves, jungles, swamps and more as you grow ever more powerful and face tougher opponents and creatures.Defeat bosses to travel to new areas and recruit new heroes to join your adventure.Your mighty warrior can attack enemies at a rapid speed and still stand to shield the group from harm.Your healing mage will use healing magic to heal your wounds.Your skilled rogue will shoot poisonous arrows that damage your enemies over time and slow arrows to hinder their advance.Tap with your godly powers to hurt your enemies and heal your heroes. Or unleash your wrath on your enemies with awesome powers while blessing your heroes with...

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09:05
Dart for Mac lets you crete emails from your menubar

Moople has announced Dart (http://dart.email), a menubar app for the Mac that allows you to create and send emails with predefined answers.
The recipient just has to click a button to reply. According to the folks at Moople, there's no worrying about composing a message, less opportunity for procrastination and no ambiguity.
You can either send a Dart message with answers you define. If you really have to send a short message, you switch to regular mode which supports a whole 200 characters
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09:04
Stanford researchers develop method for tracking...

Privacy advocates have long tried to educate consumers on the perils of giving apps access to GPS data, but a group of Stanford researchers has developed a method to infer a device's location from a seemingly much more innocuous source -- battery charge information.

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09:02
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Griffin retractable Lightning...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.
Today’s can’t miss deals:
Griffin MFi Apple-Certified retractable Lighting cable $10 shipped (orig. $20)
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09:02
Review: Incipio offGRID Shine for iPhone 6

We were first introduced to Incipio's new offGRID iPhone 6 battery case family at CES, with the company's already-released offGRID Express earning a high rating. The upcoming offGRID Shine ($90) is very similar to offGRID Express — it has the same 3000 mAh battery and is roughly the same size — but a $10 price premium offers a different design. Unlike Express, Shine is a one-piece case, with a brushed shiny finish on the back. The power button here can be found on the lower back section of the case next to its battery meter lights, and the micro-USB charging port is located on the bottom of the case. Two pins also allow the iPhone to charge through the offGRID Dock ($40), which is sold separately. The offGRID Dock is pictured below, but was not factored into the review of the case itself.{/exp:char_limit}
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09:00
First time authoring and publishing enhancements for...

It’s been a while since we last posted, and we wanted to share some of the more recent improvements in the Office Mix editing environment. The new Office Mix is easier than ever to use, with some cool features that make authoring easier for first time customers, and other features for more seasoned users that make re-publishing a snap.
Easier authoring
For customers new to Office Mix, we’ve made it easier to get started with some enhanced experiences to guide you through the process. For example, after you first install (or reinstall) Office Mix, the setup process automatically reminds you to open PowerPoint to see the new MIX tab on the PowerPoint ribbon to help you get started creating your Mix.

When you’re ready to create your first mix, just click the Getting Started...

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09:00
Support corner webcast—troubleshoot Office Outlook...

Join us this Tuesday, February 24th 2015 at 9 a.m. PST/12 p.m. ET for a discussion on “Troubleshooting Some of the Office Outlook 2013 Features.”  We’ll start from the very beginning of setting up a mailbox through MOP and configuring Outlook for first use.  We’ll then explore one of the main features of Outlook—accessing shared mailboxes and calendars, common reasons for doing so, including the manager and delegate relationship as it pertains to Outlook.
Presenter—David Sanchez is a 23-year veteran senior support escalation engineer at Microsoft.  He has supported Windows, Word, Exchange and began supporting Outlook since its release in 1997.
Join Lync Meeting  | Conference ID: 215824918
Office 365 support webcasts are a critical program for relieving support issues and encouraging foundation technical readiness. Webcasts are free of charge and are a great opportunity to have...

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09:00
OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 (14D87h) Now Available

OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 (14D87h) Now Available

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09:00
OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 (14D87h) Now Available

OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 (14D87h) Now Available

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09:00
Xcode 6.3 beta 2 with Swift 1.2 Now Available

Xcode 6.3 beta 2 with Swift 1.2 Now Available

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09:00
Xcode 6.3 beta 2 with Swift 1.2 Now Available

Xcode 6.3 beta 2 with Swift 1.2 Now Available

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09:00
iOS 8.3 beta 2 Now Available

iOS 8.3 beta 2 Now Available

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09:00
iOS 8.3 beta 2 Now Available

iOS 8.3 beta 2 Now Available

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09:00
Developers discuss future Apple Watch apps

As the Apple Watch's release date looms, developers are discussing their plans for the device. Wearable.com asked several developers about their plans, and came away with some interesting glimpses of what's to come. There are 21 third-party Watch apps referenced in Wearable's article, including many screenshots. 

 Our take on the news

As reports like this come out, we get a sense of what apps will do and look like on the Watch. I was skeptical at first but I'm starting to see how the Watch's delivery of "glance" information will be hugely convenient. Things like baseball scores, a grocery list, subway info and so on will take a second or two to be known. That's going to be huge.

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08:57
Apple finally dropping support in March for logging...

Image from 2009, when some people still used AOL
Several years late, Apple is finally dropping support for logging into the iTunes Store, App Store, and iBookstore via an AOL username and password. Apple has emailed users with AOL accounts attached to iTunes to indicate that login support will end on March 31, 2015. Users have until then to convert their AOL login accounts to Apple IDs for iTunes services. Apple recently posted a support document with instructions on converting an AOL login to an Apple ID. Users simply need to login to iTunes with their AOL account and the conversion process will be offered. The conversion does not effect the main AOL account’s usage with AOL’s services. Apple...

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08:55
Moscow Woman Electrocuted in Bath while Charging...

23 year old Yaroslav Dubinina was electrocuted earlier this month while surfing social networks on her iPhone in the bath tub in Moscow. The electrocution victim was charging her iPhone at the time, and her roommate found her with the phone sitting at the bottom of the tub still plugged in.

The Mac Observer Spin: Considering the charger didn't shut off when the iPhone hit the water, it's likely the victim was using a cheap knock-off that didn't have proper safety measures in place. Apple iPhone chargers may cost a little more, but that's more than outweighed by safety they offer compared to after market copies.


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08:37
Arq 4.8 - Online backup to Google Drive, Amazon...

Arq is super-easy online backup for the Mac. Back up to your own Google Drive storage (15GB free storage), your own Amazon Glacier ($.01/GB per month storage) or S3, or any SFTP server. Arq backs up and faithfully restores all the special metadata of Mac files that other products don't, including resource forks, ACLs, and creator codes. Arq works like Time Machine, except you don't have to remember to plug in your external hard drive. Following the initial backup, Arq automatically makes incremental backups every hour, every day, uploading just the files that have changed since your last backup. Arq keeps hourly backups for the past 24 hours, daily backups for the past month, and weekly backups for everything older than a month. Arq lets you set a budget for storage, and it automatically drops the oldest backups to keep within the budget. Arq backs up everything with no limits. It backs up files of any size, external drives, and network drives. Arq compresses and...

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08:12
Apple Warns Developers Garbage Collection is Dead,...

Apple has issued a warning to developers that it has deprecated the garbage collection feature used for memory management in favor of Automatic Reference Counting, or ARC. New Mac apps and app updates submitted to the Mac App Store starting in May will be required to use ARC.


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08:06
Apple Files U.S. Trademark for "Retina HD...

Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest trademark filing for "Retina HD" which was originally ...

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08:00
Accessible Apple: How The Apple Watch Will Improve...

Apple watch. image from apple.com

Thefts of IOS devices are nothing new. The devices command a premium resale price and can be relatively easy to steal from unsuspecting commuters on public transit systems.

Indeed, it has become such a problem that Apple included "Activation Lock" starting in iOS 7, a feature that remotely disables iPhones so that they cannot be reactivated after they are reported stolen. This, together with "Find My iPhone" -- a web service that allows lost or stolen iOS devices to be tracked remotely -- forms the core of Apple's defence against would-be iPhone thieves.

Unfortunately, even with all of Apple's efforts, cases like that of Nicholas Silver of St. Louis or this man in London are still far too common. Both...

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07:53
Review: Truffol’s Intelli Classic iPhone 6 leather...

Contactless credit and debit cards are only just starting to take off in the USA, but with Apple Pay driving merchants to introduce contactless payment terminals, you are increasingly likely to find that RFID symbol on your bank cards when you receive replacements.
We’ve had contactless cards in Europe for a few years now, and they’re even more convenient than Apple Pay for low-value transactions. For anything up to £30 ($46), you don’t need to verify the transaction in any way: just tap your card against the terminal. You can even do this without taking the card out of your wallet. (Bank guarantees protect you against fraudulent transactions.)
Convenient, that is, unless you have more than one contactless card in your wallet. This can either lead to the wrong card being debited or, more usually, cause the transaction to fail. Truffol has come up with an iPhone 6 wallet case specifically designed to solve this problem … ...

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07:52
Latest Apple mystery van sightings occur in...

Apple's mapping efforts appear to be growing, as AppleInsider readers continue to spot mysterious sensor-laden vans, just like the ones previously confirmed to be registered to Apple, roaming around the United States.

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07:49
Take Control of Security for Mac Users, Chapter 5:...

Strong passwords are key to maintaining the security of your Mac, and in this chapter, Joe Kissell explains why, looks at what’s involved with a strong password, suggests several password managers, and encourages you to up the security of a few key passwords right away. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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07:48
Chapter 5 of “Take Control of Security for Mac Users...

In this week’s chapter of the streamed “Take Control of Security for Mac Users,” Joe Kissell explains why it’s important to have multiple strong passwords and how to create and manage them. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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07:41
Report: Apple poaching Samsung engineers w/ chip...

While Apple has notably been engaged in a back-and-forth poaching war with electric vehicle maker Tesla in recent months, a new report from The Korea Times claims that Apple has also been targeting “experts in next-generation technology” from Samsung Electronics. Citing an anonymous official from Samsung, the report highlights that the iPhone maker has a history of picking off chip experts from the Korean company using competitive compensation and “greater independence” as engineers.
Apple hasn’t stopped at just recruiting chip makers from Samsung, though, as its ambitions recently expanded to include the possibility of an electric vehicle down the road. According to the...

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07:35
Review: Lenmar’s Maven Battery Case for iPhone 6...


Featured in our guide to the best Apple device batteries, the one-of-a-kind MacBook external battery pack ChugPlug demonstrated that Lenmar knows how to make unique accessories. By comparison, Lenmar’s new Maven Battery Case for iPhone 6 ($100) isn’t quite as distinctive. It’s basically a softer-curved and more powerful version of the company’s iPhone 5/5s battery case ...

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07:34
External Link: Apple Ending Support for AOL Logins

If you still use an AOL login to sign into the iTunes Store, App Store, or iBooks store, then you must convert your AOL username to an Apple ID before 31 March 2015. Beginning on that day, Apple will no longer support AOL usernames for logging into those services. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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07:26
Apple to invest €1.7 billion in new European data...

Apple has announced a €1.7 billion plan to build and operate two data centers in Europe, each powered by 100% renewable energy.
The facilities, located in County Galway, Ireland, and Denmark’s central Jutland, will power Apple’s online services including the iTunes Store, App Store, iMessage, Maps and Siri for customers across Europe.
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07:21
Battery power alone can be used to track Android...

A malicious app can track your movement without getting permission to access your GPS info. Just tracking your power usage can help malware track your location.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:20
Google launches new YouTube Kids app on Apple's...

Parents with young children now have a new option for tablet-based entertainment, as Google on Monday officially unveiled YouTube Kids, a new app for the video sharing site focused on enabling children to discover content for themselves.

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07:12
$AAPL stock continues to break records, hits new all...


 
Update: The stock closed at another all-time high of $133.00, with $761 billion market cap.
Despite being the largest company in the world ever by market cap, Apple’s stock price continues to climb upwards. Today, it hit a new all time high of $130.75, with a market cap of almost $760 billion dollars, at time of writing. This represents a 0.96% gain over the stock’s market open.

Many investors have questioned whether Apple’s immense size means that growth opportunities are now almost statistical impossibilities. However, Cook dismissed theses concerns at the Goldman Sachs conference saying ‘I don’t...

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07:05
YouTube Kids iOS app arrives w/ family-focused...

Google just announced that its new YouTube Kids app is available for both iOS and Android devices starting today. The new app for kids is the first of its kind for Google, but the launch follows reports that Google was preparing kid-friendly versions of YouTube, Chrome, Search and other apps.
Like most parents, I love helping my kids learn more about something they’re interested in. For example, right now, I spend a lot of time on YouTube with my 3-year-old son, who loves watching videos of car washes, Super Simple Songs, and about the universe. We’re not the only ones: Families worldwide are watching millions of videos on YouTube. And lately, those of us at...

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07:05
Movie-themed Oscars iPad Ad Shot on an iPad

Apple premiered its newest iPad commercial during the Oscars Sunday night, and the ad showing high school students filming movies with iPads was shot on an iPad, too. Martin Scorsese provided a voice over extolling the importance of exploring our creativity, and like Apple's other iPhone and iPad ads, was more about empowering users than touting device features.

The Mac Observer Spin: A professional quality commercial shot entirely on iPads. That's really impressive.


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06:57
News: Toyota currently has ‘no plans’ to adopt...

Despite being listed as a partner company on Apple’s CarPlay page, Toyota currently has “no plans to adopt [...] CarPlay in the United States,” according to an article from The New York Times. The report mostly examines how Google and Apple are vying to develop the best in-car dashboard systems. John Hanson, the national manager of Toyota’s advanced technology communications, noted that the company is in frequent talks with…

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06:52
News: Daily Deal: iLumi Mark Cuban Backed Smartbulb...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering the Large ilumi LED Smartbulb for only $89. Now available in a larger size, the ilumi LED Smartbulb gives your overhead lighting a boost with a free app that allows you to adjust the color and brightness of your lighting or run built-in programs for cool new lighting experiences. The larger size is designed with overhead, recessed, can or track lighting in mind, and you can sync the light to pulse with the…

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06:51
Superfish, Komodia, PrivDog vulnerability test

Filippo Valsorda:Turns out Lenovo preloaded their laptops with adware that will intercept all your secure connections, and allow criminals to do it, too. After investigating the Lenovo incident we found out that many other softwares – like some Parental Controls or security packages – do things even worse for your security. This test attempts to detect them all.Send this to all your friends. Quick, simple test.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:48
Apple Hires Electric Car Battery Engineers from...

According to a new Korean press report, Apple is luring away Samsung Electronics' experts in next-generation technology.

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06:32
Apple To Invest $2B Building Green Data Centers In...

stephendavion writes Amid deeper investigations into how Apple may be using its operations in Ireland as a means for tax avoidance on tens of billions of dollars in profit, the iPhone maker has announced that it will spend nearly $2 billion (€1.7 billion) to develop two new 100% renewable energy data centers in Europe. The centers — which will use wind power and other green fuel sources — will be located in Athenry, Ireland, and Viborg, Denmark. Apple said that they will power services such as apps in the App Store, Siri and iMessage. Both locations will run on 100 percent renewable energy and Apple said they will have the 'lowest environmental impact' of its data centers thus far. It will also be following in the footsteps of companies like Facebook, which has also built sustainable data center operations out in Europe. ...

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06:31
Apple Looking to Hire Samsung Battery Experts and...

Apple is hiring away Samsung employees working on next-generation technology, including signal- and visual-processing management, according to The Korea Times. The report, citing unnamed officials at the South Korean tech giant, also claims that Apple has expanded its recruitment efforts to focus on Samsung personnel with expertise in battery technology amid rumors that it is working on an electric vehicle project."Some of our personnel have been hired by Apple. They now work at Apple's headquarters in San Jose, Calif.," said one official, adding that Apple offers highly-competitive benefits and large annual paychecks. "Those former Samsung workers are given greater independence to proceed with their tasks. Apple prefers to use...

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06:00
Office in Cherokee

In celebration UNESCO’s International Mother Language Day on February 21st, we honor the efforts of the Cherokee Nation for embracing their language. The Cherokee Nation Language Program’s goal is to ensure Cherokee language lives on for future generations. “The Cherokee language is one of the most important aspects of who we are as a tribe, and many elements of our culture are contained in our language. Our language offers more than communication. It transmits cultural knowledge and a mode of thinking that is uniquely Cherokee. To lose our language would mean a huge loss of part of our heritage.” says Roy Boney, Cherokee language program manager.
Today’s post was written by Alfred Hellstern, senior international project manager at Microsoft.
When the Cherokee Nation wanted to continue to expand technology to their users with localized versions of applications and services that they use every day, the Microsoft Local...

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05:59
Rumor: Apple poaching Samsung experts in chips,...

With its latest recruiting efforts, Apple is allegedly targeting "experts in next-generation technology" from rival Samsung, offering raises and competitive benefits to lure talent to California.

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05:58
Apple Investing €1.7B in European Renewable Energy...

Apple is planning on investing â1.7 billion into two new data centers in Europe scheduled to open some time in 2017. The facilities will be powered entirely by renewable energy and are set to be built in Denmark and Ireland.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple is sticking with its plans to use renewable energy for its operations, which serves as an example for other tech industry businesses. The company has also committed to helping restore the ecosystem around its Ireland data center even though the damage was done long before the facility was planned. We need to see more companies following Apple's proactive lead on improving the environment.


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05:46
Three compelling anecdotes that make the case...

Jean-Louis Gassée, writing for Monday Note, presents three terrifically well reasoned analogies, all designed to bring home a single point: That Apple is not prepared to enter the automobile business.A very interesting read.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:30
Toyota Hesitates to Adopt CarPlay while Honda Moves...

Apple's CEO Tim Cook noted during their Financial Conference Call in January that 30 car brands will be rolling out CarPlay in 2015. Late yesterday ...

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05:21
A look at some upcoming Apple Watch apps

This is a fantastic collection, really gives you a sense of what the Apple Watch can do, what the actual apps will look like.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:19
External Link: The Lowdown on AT&T’s “Privacy...

AT&T is planning to expand its GigaPower service in Kansas City. But the company says that unless you pay an extra $29 per month, it will scan your Web traffic to sell to advertisers. Gigaom's Stacey Higginbotham investigated and found that AT&T's privacy offer can actually cost up to $66 per month, depending on package. AT&T also makes the private plan difficult to find on its Web site. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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05:19
External Link: Photoshop Turns 25

Adobe’s seminal Photoshop app is now 25 years old, and Farhad Manjoo of the New York Times looks at how Adobe is trying to keep it relevant. Adobe’s switch from selling Photoshop to offering it as a monthly subscription is one way the company hopes to bring it to more people, though so far, it has led to lower revenues. Adobe is also planning to split Photoshop into a number of smaller apps. Regardless of how Adobe’s plans pan out, photographers will never return to the darkrooms that Photoshop replaced. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple...

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05:19
External Link: Photoshop Turns 25

Adobe’s seminal Photoshop app is now 25 years old, and Farhad Manjoo of the New York Times looks at how Adobe is trying to keep it relevant. Adobe’s switch from selling Photoshop to offering it as a monthly subscription is one way the company hopes to bring it to more people, though so far, it has led to plummeting revenues. Adobe is also planning to split Photoshop into a number of smaller apps. Regardless of how Adobe’s plans pan out, it’s unlikely photographers will return to the darkrooms that Photoshop replaced. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders...

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05:17
$34 iPhone dongle allows 15-minute HIV test with...

A team of biomedical engineers at Columbia University has developed an iPhone dongle costing just $34 that can conduct HIV tests with similar accuracy to ‘gold standard’ laboratory equipment costing over $18,000. The test, which also detects syphilis, takes just 15 minutes to run … 
The work was reported in the Science Translational Medicine journal (via GigaOM).

This low-cost dongle replicates all mechanical, optical, and electronic functions of a laboratory-based enzyme-linked...

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05:13
Apple investing €1.7B in two new European data...

Apple today announced that it plans to build its first two data centers in Europe to host iCloud, iTunes and other online services. Located in Ireland and Denmark, these facilities will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy.

““We are grateful for Apple’s continued success in Europe and proud that our investment supports communities across the continent,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “This significant new investment represents Apple’s biggest project in Europe to date. We’re thrilled to be expanding our operations, creating hundreds of local jobs and introducing some of our most advanced green building designs yet.”
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— Apple PR

Our take on the news:

Apple is expanding its global reach while continuing to innovate in many areas beyond the iPhone, iPad and Mac. With increasing revenue coming from countries...

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05:13
Apple’s Oscar ad was worth the wait

Apple got permission from Martin Scorsese to use excerpts from his NYU Tisch School of the Arts commencement speech, given last year, in a new “Make a film with iPad” ad they ran during the Oscars broadcast.Pitch perfect ad. Watch the video below.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:12
New wider color-screen smartwatch appears on Pebble’...

Update: The image has been removed and replaced with the below image of an actual pebble… Oops?
We told you last week that Pebble is likely about to announce the next-generation of its smartwatch, featuring a thinner design, a color e-paper-like display, and a revamped OS. Now, thanks to an image hosted on Pebble’s own servers, we have a look at a device with a physical appearance matching the device we described. The device looks to have a larger bezel, as well as buttons that are smaller compared to its predecessor.

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05:06
Toyota further backtracks on CarPlay plans in...

Toyota, listed by Apple as an official CarPlay partner, has told the NY Times that it “currently has no plans” to offer the system in the USA.

John Hanson, the national manager of Toyota’s advanced technology communications, said while the company talked frequently with both Google and Apple, it currently had no plans to adopt Android Auto or CarPlay in the United States.
“We may all eventually wind up there, but right now we prefer to use our in-house proprietary platforms for those kinds of functions,” Mr. Hanson said.

Toyota’s backtracking began last year, when the company posted a statement on its UK blog that CarPlay would be...

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05:00
The Apple/Tesla Dream Team


We've seen a lot of speculation this week on the Apple car -- everything from Apple building its own car from scratch to its buying or merging with Tesla. Like many, I think the best path would be an Apple/Tesla combination, but since I doubt Tim would want to work for Musk or Musk for Tim, the only real option would be an office of the CEO for both firms. Elon would be the visionary, taking Jobs' old spot, and Cook would be in charge of execution. That's something he has done exceptionally well at Apple, and Tesla could use some help with it.

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04:50
Apple to invest $1.9 billion to open two European,...

From Apple’s press release:Apple® today announced a €1.7 billion plan to build and operate two data centres in Europe, each powered by 100 percent renewable energy. The facilities, located in County Galway, Ireland, and Denmark’s central Jutland, will power Apple’s online services including the iTunes Store®, App Store℠, iMessage®, Maps and Siri® for customers across Europe.Not only is it running on 100% renewable energy, but the Danish data center is doing something positive with the extra heat their equipment generates.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:44
uFlysoft Mac Data Recovery for Mac OS X revved to...

uFlysoft Studio has announced uFlysoft Mac Data Recovery 1.8.5 for Mac OS X. The software lets you recover files from various devices such as Mac-based hard drives, external hard drives, iPads, iPod touches, iPods, pen drives, USB drives and more.
Version 1.8.5 offers more features to help in recovering all kinds of file formats. It comes with a stronger capacity for recovering more high quality files with a faster recovering speed, according to the folks at uFlysoft Data Recovery.
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04:22
Kool Tools: HoudahSpot 4.0 for Mac OS X

Houdah Software's HoudahSpot 4.0, an upgrade to their desktop search tool for Mac OS X, has been completely reimagined for OS X Yosemite, is faster and easier to use.
Version 4.0 has been completely reimagined for OS X Yosemite. It's faster, easier to use and packs many new features, according to the folks at Houdah Software.
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04:18
Apple Spending $2 Billion to Build Two New Data...

Apple announced on Monday that it will invest €1.7 billion to build and operate two new data centers in Europe. The state-of-the-art facilities will be located in County Galway, Ireland and the Central Jutland Region of Denmark, powering Apple's online services such as the App Store, iTunes Store, iMessage, Maps and Siri for European customers.“We are grateful for Apple’s continued success in Europe and proud that our investment supports communities across the continent,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “This significant new investment represents Apple’s biggest project in Europe to date. We’re thrilled to be expanding our operations, creating hundreds of local jobs and introducing some of our most advanced green building designs yet.” Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Mac Pro Buyer's Guide: Which Model to...

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04:15
Apple announces $1.9B European plan for two of the...

Apple has announced that it will be spending €1.7B ($1.92B) on two new European data centers, each of which will be among the largest in the world at 166,000 square metres (1.8M square feet)–three times larger than the company’s North Carolina facility.
One will be in Ireland, the other in Denmark, with each set to begin operations in 2017. Apple says that the facilities will provide online services across Europe, including the iTunes Store, App Store, iMessage, Apple Maps and Siri.

We are grateful for Apple’s continued success in Europe and proud that our investment supports communities across the continent,” said Tim Cook,...

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04:14
Apple to Hire 672,000 Europeans to Run Two State-of-...

Earlier today Apple announced their plans to build two new state-of-the-art Data Centers in European in at a cost of $1.7 Billion Euros (US$1.9).

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04:09
Worldwide personal, entry level Storage market...

The worldwide personal and entry-level storage (PELS) shipments remained flat year over year in 2014, finishing the year with 75.7 million units, according to the IDC (www.idc.com) research group.
Annual shipment values were down -1.5% year over year to $6.6 billion. Unit shipments were down slightly in the fourth quarter (4Q14), declining -0.9% from a year ago to 20.5 million units, while 4Q14 shipment values were also down, declining -5.2% to $1.7 billion.
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03:30
Freemium Field Test: Marvel Contest of Champions is...

Free-to-play games often look appealing, but it's difficult to know at a glance whether the business model is insidious and fun ruining, or reasonable and worth pumping a few bucks into. With Freemium Field Test, we'll take a recent free-to-play iOS game, put it through its paces, and let you know if it's really worth your time (and money). 
Thanks to the new deal inked between Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures, we'll soon be able to see Spider-Man and The Avengers battle alongside each other on the big screen. And quite likely against each other, if the wall-crawler's first appearance comes in Captain America: Civil War next year, as expected. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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03:13
Auto maker Toyota slow to add CarPlay support, will...


As nifty as Apple’s CarPlay technology is – and promises to be – some auto makers seem slow to pick it up and run with it.
Despite being among the first automakers to sign on with Apple’s CarPlay initiative, Toyota is reportedly planning to stick with its own in-house infotainment system for the foreseeable future.
“We may all eventually wind up [with CarPlay or Android Auto], but right now we prefer to use our in-house proprietary platforms for those kinds of functions,” Toyota spokesperson John Hanson told the New York Times. Hanson limited his comments to the U.S. market, and while Apple’s iPhone remains wildly popular in Toyota’s home country of Japan, it does not seem likely that the stance will change across the Pacific.

Ford, another early CarPlay partner, has chosen the opposite approach and will add support for both CarPlay and Android Auto. The carmaker aims to make...

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02:53
Snapheal 2.5 - Professional-quality image...

Snapheal magically removes unwanted objects and people, and fixes your images. Get rid of skin imperfections in one click, retouch photos and much more. It's fast, powerful and you can rely on Snapheal with any photos that you take. Unique image healing technologies, that are not available in other apps.

  • Get rid of unwanted objects, like wires, garbage bins, cars, etc
  • Delete people from the photos, like tourists that spoil the perfect landscape
  • Remove skin spots and acne
  • Erase text, signatures, watermarks, etc
  • Restore old photos, remove scratches and blemishes

Powerful and creative image retouching tools for landscapes, portraits and other photos.

  • Over 15 core image enhancement tools
  • Easily control light, color, contrast, saturation and more
  • Powerful sharpen brush
  • Smart clone and stamp
  • Clarity slider
  • Special technology to adjust shadows and...

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01:35
Apple pouring €1.7B into new data centers in Ireland...

Apple on Monday announced a multi-billion euro data center project that will add new state-of-the-art facilities in County Galway, Ireland and Denmark's Jutland peninsula to the company's roster in 2017, with both locations powered exclusively by renewable energy.

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00:02
Apple published a new Press Release

Sunday February 22

21:01
Our sponsor this week: Elgato's new Thunderbolt...

This week's sponsor of Apple World Today is Elgato, makers of the new Elgato Thunderbolt™ 2 Dock (US$229.95). 

The Elgato Thunderbolt 2 Dock is perfect for connecting everything to your MacBook at once. Using the included 50 cm Thunderbolt cable to connect your MacBook to one of two Thunderbolt ports on the Dock, you then have access to a built-in HDMI port capable of driving a display with up to 4K resolution and three SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports. Add access to other Thunderbolt displays and devices through the remaining Thunderbolt 2 port.

A Gigabit Ethernet port gives your MacBook access to high speed wired network connections, while a separate microphone input and amplified audio output supply clear sound for FaceTime and Skype calls.

The three SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports not only provide full speed connectivity to your USB...

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20:58
Apple CarPlay partner Toyota not planning to add...

Despite being among the first automakers to sign on with Apple's CarPlay initiative, Japanese marque Toyota is reportedly planning to stick with its own in-house infotainment system for the foreseeable future.

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18:34
Learning iOS Security Now Available for Pre-Orders

Boom. 3 books in about 6 months. The next, and likely last for a few months at least, book is finally ready. Written with Allister Banks, Learning iOS Security is a look into iOS Security for those coming to the Apple platform. It’s meant for business, enterprise, infosec.

 
The first chapter, as I’ve done in a few previous books, was written as a quick and dirty “oh, this is all you’re gonna’ read, cool” type of thing. In security, 90 percent (or more) of the work is done in the first 10 percent of the time. I have this theory (unproven) that each percent represents a j curve in cost increase and when you hit 99, each .1 continues, then each.01, etc. No one can be truly secure.
Also, as I’ve done in the past, the final chapter looks at a few forensics options and tools. Allister was the...

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16:09
Toyota Currently Has No Plans to Support CarPlay or...

While Toyota has long been listed as one of Apple's CarPlay partners, the third best-selling auto brand in the U.S. currently has no plans to offer vehicles with the feature in that country, as noted in a New York Times overview of the race between Google and Apple to own the dashboard. Toyota also has no plans to offer Android Auto support in the U.S.John Hanson, the national manager of Toyota’s advanced technology communications, said while the company talked frequently with both Google and Apple, it currently had no plans to adopt Android Auto or CarPlay in the United States. “We may all eventually wind up there, but right now we prefer to use our in-house proprietary platforms for those kinds of functions,” Mr. Hanson said.While Toyota is ruling out the U.S. market for CarPlay support for the...

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15:12
Apple's Oscar Ad Shot Entirely on an iPad

Apple debuted a new iPad ad to air during tonight's Oscar's. Apple highlights the new ad on their website which features students at Los Angeles County High School, using the iPad to write, produce, shoot, score, and edit films. It features a voiceover from Martin Scorsese and is called "Make a film with iPad". Mashable reports that the ad itself was filmed entirely on an iPad Air 2. Apple created a special section in the App Store highlighting the various apps used by the students for their filmmaking. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Mac Pro Buyer's Guide: Which Model to ChooseBuyer's Guide: Deals on iMac, iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3...

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13:30
Apple's iPad Air 2 advertisement for the Oscars

"Every scene is a lesson. Every shot is a school. Let the learning continue." - Martin Scorsese

iPad is the ultimate tool for independent filmmakers. Learn how the students of Los Angeles County High School for the Arts relied on iPad to create films in a matter of days.

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13:08
Apple's Oscars ad shot entirely on iPad Air 2,...

Just in time for the Academy Awards, Apple on Sunday released a new TV commercial focusing on the filmmaking process featuring footage captured on the latest iPad Air 2 and a voiceover by acclaimed Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese.

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12:52
VMware Fusion 7.1.1

Maintenance release for popular virtualization package. ($69.99/149.99 new, free update, 333 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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12:51
Coda 2.5.6

Quickens the pace of Find and Replace and provides a variety of fixes and improvements. ($99 new, free update, 83.8 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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12:50
Audio Hijack 3.0.2

Fixes a critical App Nap-related bug that could produce incomplete or incorrect audio. ($49 new, free update, 14.3 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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12:50
DEVONagent Lite, Express, and Pro 3.9

Pro edition adds new Inspectors pane, which unifies several previous panes to deliver page properties, See Also returns, and objects. (Free/$4.95/$49.95, free updates) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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12:50
OmniFocus 2.1

Improves the user interface to more closely match OS X 10.10 Yosemite (which is now the minimum system requirement). ($39.99 new, free update, 37.7 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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12:50
Airfoil 4.8.13

Fixes a rare problem that prevented Macs from transmitting audio to a remote speaker ($29 new, free update, 15.1 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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Could Apple be on the Cusp of a New Era of...

Close to a year ago we posted a report titled "Jonathan Ive: We're at the beginning of a remarkable time." The most interesting moment in the Time's article is when Ive stated that Apple was "… at the beginning of a remarkable ...

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12:00
MacTech announces 2015 MacTech Pro events in nine US...

MacTech Magazine has been around for 30 years, bringing information to Apple techs, consultants, and support personnel since the mid-1980s. Associated with the magazine are a number of MacTech events, including the flagship MacTech Conference. For 2015, editor-in-chief and publisher of MacTech Magazine Neil Ticktin has announced that the company will host one-day MacTech Pro events to be held in nine cities across the United States.

Each MacTech Pro event will be a single-track seminar based in a hotel, geared to Apple support professionals. Ticktin notes that event topics for 2015 include:

  • Deconstructing iCloud Drive: What a Tech Must Know
  • Time Machine Deep Dive, and Fitting it Into a Backup Strategy
  • The Professional Apple Tech's Toolbox
  • Using OS Resources to Diagnose Troubles
  • Caching servers, DNS Tricks, and More
  • ...
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11:55
Apple Canon Printer Drivers 3.2 - For OS X 10.7 or...

Apple Canon Printer Drivers installs the latest software for your Canon inkjet printer and scanner. Click here for a list of supported Canon printers and scanners.Version 3.2:

  • Latest drivers for Canon printers and scanners
  • OS X 10.7 or later

Download Now

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11:46
Epson Printer Drivers 3.0 - For OS X 10.7 through OS...

Epson Printer Drivers installs the latest software for your EPSON printer or scanner for OS X Mavericks, OS X Mountain Lion, and OS X Lion. For more information about printing and scanning software, see http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3669#epson.Version 3.0:

  • Latest drivers for Epson printers and scanners
  • OS X 10.7-10.9

Download Now

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11:40
Apple airs filmmaking iPad ad narrated by Martin...


On the day of the annual Academy Awards ceremony, Apple has begun airing a new iPad Air advertisement highlighting how the tablet is used in the filmmaking industry. The new video advertisement is narrated with excerpts from notable movie director Martin Scorsese’s 2014 commencement speech at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts. The video, embedded below, is accompanied by a website highlighting specific stories of the iPad being used to make movies. These video stories were actually filmed and edited on iPads. The new website also discusses key video planning, filming, and editing applications for the iPad such as Final Draft, Garageband (but not the consumer-focused...

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10:34
Deals: $50-$70 off iPad Air 2s, $899 MacBook Pro (w...

This weekend delivers iPhone finger gloves, an assortment of discounts on Apple's lone remaining MacBook with an optical disc drive, $50-70 off iPad Air 2s with added tax-saving benefits, how to save $400 to $600 on 4 dozen iMac 5Ks bundles with AppleCare and all-in-one-Canon printers, and Gazelle certified iPhone 5s models from $319.

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09:12
Developer hacks Android Wear to show iPhone...

From 9to5Google: 

Android Wear is great, but if you’re an iOS user, it looks like the Apple Watch is going to be your only option for a while. Google has yet to make any of Android Wear’s functionality compatible with Apple’s operating system, and it doesn’t look like they plan to do so any time soon. But that’s not stopping one developer, Mohammad Abu-Garbeyyeh, from hacking Android Wear to at least support notifications from iOS devices.

While one might presume that this requires a jailbroken device to work, that’s actually not true. According to the video description, it works the same way a Pebble does, using Apple’s official APIs to send notifications over...

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07:19
Adobe Flash CC 2014 14.2.0 - Advanced authoring...

Flash CC 2014 is available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud for as little as $19.99/month (or $9.99/month if you're a previous Flash Professional customer). Flash Professional CS6 is still available for purchase (without a monthly plan) if you prefer. Flash CC 2014 lets you share work directly from within the application and get access to new features the moment they're released. Your entire creative world, together in one place. Work faster than ever before with a 64-bit architecture, a new streamlined user interface, and more connected tools. Create HTML content and export high-definition video and audio. Flash CC 2014 is part of Creative Cloud. That means you have access to all the latest updates and future releases the moment they're available. You can use Save...

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05:45
OneNote 15.7.1 - Free digital notebook from...

OneNote is your very own digital notebook. With OneNote, you can capture that flash of genius, that moment of inspiration, or that list of errands that's too important to forget. Whether you're at home, in the office or on the go, your notes travel with you. And you can share your notes and collaborate with others, across multiple devices! Here are some more ideas on how to use OneNote:

  • Capture rich notes for classwork, meetings, or research
  • Keep track of your shopping list and mark items off wherever you are
  • Create an itinerary and keep track of your travel plans for your next big vacation
  • Take pictures of receipts and bills to remove some of the paper clutter
  • Collaborate and share ideas with your team
  • Research items and prices to make the best purchasing decision
  • Keep and edit all of your notes

Version 15.7.1: Note: Now requires OS X 10.10 or later.

  • OCR for...

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03:27
How Oscar voting really works

Academy Awards are chosen using two different systems, one for Best Picture and one for all the rest of the awards. The non-Best Picture awards go to the nominee with the most votes. Simple. But the Best Picture voting is a whole ‘nother thing. I mean, crazy. Read on for the details.∞ Read this on The Loop

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02:41
Apple’s new peers

M.G. Siegler makes the case that Apple building a car is inevitable, that cars are in Apple’s DNA∞ Read this on The Loop

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02:33
Apple to release first ever iOS public betas: 8.3 in...

Mark Gurman, writing for 9to5mac:Apple intends to release the upcoming iOS 8.3 as a public beta via the company’s existing AppleSeed program in mid-March, according to the sources.∞ Read this on The Loop

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Saturday February 21

16:36
Oscars 2015: Secrets of the limo drivers

BBC:On Oscar night the usually car-clogged streets of Hollywood fall silent because everyone is at a viewing party or, if they’re very lucky, sliding into a dress by Dior or slipping on a tuxedo en route to the big show. The streets aren’t entirely empty: countless limousines are zipping all over town, then making their way to the Dolby Theatre, more than a dozen blocks surrounding Hollywood Boulevard closed to all other traffic as the purring cars patiently wait to drop off their clients. Parking’s as difficult as a diva at the best of times in Hollywood, so where do hundreds and hundreds of limos – and their suited and booted chauffeurs – go to wait until they have to pick up again?I never know whether that would be a cool job or not.∞ Read this...

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13:30
Caturday: Merry's in love with the iMac

Photo for Apple World Today © 2015 Steven Sande, All Rights Reserved

Nobody sent in a Caturday picture for today, so I went to my personal archive and found a photo from last month with one of my cats peering from the side of my iMac. This is Merry, who is 10 months old now and looking more like a full-grown cat every day. She had snuggled up near my iMac and was being quite sweet, so I just had to take a picture of her.

Have a picture of your cat soaking up the good vibes of an Apple product? Tell us the back story behind your kitty's photo on the Apple World Today contact page. We don't accept inbound attachments, so please host the photo on Dropbox, Flickr, iPhoto, etc... and then include the link in your message. 

A scratch behind the ears and big thank you to my sweet companion Merry.

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