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Thursday April 23

11:49
Review: Zagg Pocket Keyboard

Zagg's Pocket Keyboard ($70) is a foldable Bluetooth keyboard designed for use with smartphones and small tablets, such as iPhones and iPad minis. A small ledge flips out to hold the device during use; though as a Bluetooth keyboard it could conceivably be used with a larger iPad, the keyboard ledge won't accommodate an iOS device that large. According to Zagg, Pocket Keyboard takes up more than 85 percent of a desktop keyboard's typing space. The tri-fold keyboard charges using an included micro-USB cable — Zagg makes no claims regarding expected battery life.{/exp:char_limit}

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11:23
6 Apple Watch Apps to Keep You Healthy and In Shape

The iPhone has become the go-to health and fitness tracker for many people, and now that can extend out to your wrist, too. The list of Apple Watch apps designed to help you stay in shape and keep yourself healthy is growing quickly, so TMO put together a list of some of our favorites just in time for your brand new smartwatch to arrive.


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11:22
Tip of the Day: Quickly toggling the Predictive Text...

The new Predictive Text feature in iOS 8 can be useful for helping you quickly peck out sentences when working with one finger, however, sometimes the extra space above the keyboard just gets in the way. The good news is that in those situations it can easily be hidden or turned off entirely without having to resort to a trip all the way into your keyboard settings. If you place your finger on the Predictive Text bar above the keyboard, and swipe…

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11:17
Sonnet Announces Avid-qualified DX Thunderbolt...

Sonnet Technologies (www.sonnettech.com) has released the US$250 Sonnet DX Thunderbolt Adapter for Avid Media Composer Mojo DX and Avid Nitris DX.
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11:07
DayMap for Mac OS X revved to version 2.1

Whetstone Apps (http://whetstoneapps.com/) has announced DayMap 2.1 an update to their productivity app for Mac OS X.
DayMap is a visual app for planning projects and associated tasks. It's now available in Chinese, French and German. In version 2.1, the user interface has also been updated to offer a way of organizing and scheduling projects and tasks in a visually intuitive Project Outliner and Weekly or Monthly Scheduler.
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10:24
iOS WiFi Bug Allows Remote Reboot of All Devices In...

New submitter BronsCon writes: A recently disclosed flaw in iOS 8 dubbed "No iOS Zone" allows an attacker to create a WiFi hot spot that will cause iOS devices to become unstable, crash, and reboot, even when in offline mode. Adi Sharabani and Yair Amit of Skycure are working with Apple for a fix; but, for now, the only workaround is to simply not be in range of such a malicious network.

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09:57
Apple opens up the Apple Watch App Store with “more...


Andrew Cunningham

The App Store tab in the Apple Watch app originally offered a list of prominent apps but no other sorting or search options.

4 more images in gallery

Update: A few hours after going live, the simple "App Store" tab shown in the screenshots above was silently updated with featured categories and a search function like the ones in the regular App Store. We've added another shot showing what the store currently looks like.
Original story: Look at the release notes for some recent iOS app updates, and you'll see that developers have quietly been adding Apple Watch support for a couple of weeks now. Today, Apple is officially taking the wraps off the Apple...

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09:44
Apple Watch: Major Hit or Epic Failure?

The Apple Watch, being Apple's first actual "new" product since the iPad in 2010 (or the iPhone in 2007 if you consider the iPad a sub-species of the iPhone), has already generated more sales estimates and predictions of its success or failure than usual. Dr. Mac has a prediction of his own, but it's not what you think...


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09:36
News: Apple posts Apple Watch User Guide

Apple has posted the Apple Watch User Guide online in an advance of tomorrow’s public release of the new device. Designed as an interactive web guide, the site provides instructions on how to use the features and built-in apps on the Apple Watch, ranging from the basics of getting started and telling the time to using the wearable device as a remote control for an Apple TV or iPhone camera. The guide provides some insight into the details of…

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09:19
Apple Shares List of Must-Have Apps as Apple Watch...

Ahead of the Apple Watch launch tomorrow, Apple has shared a selection of apps that it believes all new Apple Watch owners should download. Provided to Buzzfeed, the list covers a wide range of apps, from those that provide news coverage to those that help people share photos or travel around town. Today marks the debut of the Apple Watch App Store, which should go live in just a few hours, letting people browse through available apps and download content before getting their watches tomorrow. The Apple Watch App Store will be accessible through the pre-installed Apple Watch app on the iPhone, available to all iOS 8.2 and iOS 8.3 users. Image courtesy of Buzzfeed For sharing on social media, Apple recommended both ...

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09:08
Apple Beats Chevron as Largest Public Company in the...

It's being reported today that the Bay Area technology sector's vigorous march to the future reached a monumental milestone during 2014. For the first time in at least 15 years ....

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08:58
Apple Watch User Guide Now Available

Apple has published the official Apple Watch User Guide on its website, providing detailed information about the wrist-worn device broken down into categories such as Basics, Watch Faces, Notifications, Glances, Timekeeping, Messages, Digital Touch, Mail, Phone Calls, Calendars and Reminders, Health and Fitness, Apple Pay and Passbook, Maps and Directions, Music, Photos, Accessibility and more. The user guide provides a wealth of information about the Apple Watch in one place for easy access, and should serve as a valuable resource for customers that pre-ordered the Apple Watch for delivery starting April 24. The user guide provides step-by-step information and visuals on a wide variety of topics from setting up your Apple Watch and pairing with an iPhone to using apps and tracking your daily activity. There are also instructions on how to remove, change and fasten Apple Watch bands for the Classic Buckle, Leather Loop, Link...

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08:54
TMO Daily Observations 2015-04-23: Apple Watch Order...

The first wave of Apple Watch shipments are set to arrive at customer's doors tomorrow, and there will be very limited availability is a small handful of stores after all. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet talk about the current status of Apple Watch shipments, tell you where to buy an Apple Watch in stores, and look at Google's just announced plans to offer its own cell phone and wireless data service.


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08:40
Four things we'll hear about the Apple Watch...

Now that the shipment notices have made it out to the pre-order crowd and we're all anxiously following the progress of our Apple Watches from Harrisburg, PA (or wherever...) it's time to set some expectations. Based on past rollouts of new, groundbreaking Apple products, this is what we'll probably hear a lot of this weekend on websites and social networks:

1) "The battery life on the Apple Watch is awful!"

Of course it is, when you're trying to load every known Apple Watch app in existence and have been fiddling with the Force Touch screen and Digital Crown ever since you took it out of the box. Trust me; when I got my first Newton MessagePad back in 1993, I obsessed over trying to get it to understand my handwriting. I went through AAA batteries like they were peanut M&Ms. Later, when I began using the device like it was designed to be used -- like a note-taking tool, calendar, and address book -- my battery life seemed more reasonable. 

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08:30
World Happiness Report ranks Canada 5th

CBC News:Canadians are a relatively happy bunch — the fifth happiest in the world, according to new data from the 2015 World Happiness Report released Thursday. The report issues a score on a scale of zero to 10 based on Gallup World Poll data collected from people in more than 150 countries between 2012 and 2014. Researchers then analyze the “life evaluation” data to rank countries, ostensibly providing a comparative overview of people’s “subjective well-being” in each.For all of our myriad problems and issues, Canada is still a great country. Read the story for the list of the top five and where the US placed in the report – both very interesting.∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:18
Market Trader FBR Rates Apple an Outperform due to...

According to a new report today, FBR & Co.‘s Daniel Ives reiterated an Outperform rating on shares of Apple , writing that "momentum" for the Apple Watch, which formally goes on sale for general retail availability this Friday, is "picking up steam" ...

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08:15
Google's Low-Fee Fi: Ho-Hum


Google on Wednesday announced Fi, a program that combines the wireless networks of carrier partners Sprint and T-Mobile with more than 1 million free, open WiFi hotspots Google has verified as fast and reliable. Users' devices will move automatically to the fastest connection -- 4G LTE being the standard in the United States, accessing 3G or 2G if only those speeds are available. The program will work in more than 120 countries. The $20-a-month Fi Basics plan gives users unlimited domestic talk and text in the U.S. Data is another $10 per GB.

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08:15
Apple released a new Software Update

Apple just released a new Software Update:

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08:08
iTunes Stops Working For Windows XP Users

An anonymous reader writes: iTunes users who still run Windows XP started to experience connectivity issues this week. As documented in an Apple Support Communities thread, they can't log into the iTunes store, meaning functions like buying content, watching already purchased movies and TV shows, playing DRM-protected content, backing up, updating, and syncing all do not work.

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08:01
Fantastical 2.0.3 - Create calendar events and...

Fantastical 2 is the Mac calendar you'll actually enjoy using. Creating an event with Fantastical is quick, easy, and fun:

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

...and you're back to what you were doing with a shiny new event in your calendar! Fantastical's natural language engine is expressive and intelligent so you can write in your own style. Fantastical also automatically recognizes the location of your event and can even invite people from your Contacts to the event. Your events have never looked better. Plan your day in style with the most attractive calendar you've ever seen. Color-coding and beautiful design help you quickly make sense of your schedule. You can even change the number of events you want displayed, allowing you to focus on what's important. Need more info about an event? Just click on it and the event's important details will be...

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07:53
News: Apple planning to release new iPod touch later...

Apple may be gearing up to release a new iPod touch model this year, according to a new report from Apple Insider. Citing “a source familiar with Apple’s future product plans” the report indicates that a new iPod touch would likely be a fall release, and may retain the same four-inch screen size as the current model, although that part of the information was less definitive. Based on the previous iPod touch release, it seems likely…

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07:29
Some boutique, department stores to have Apple Watch...



If you’re looking to actually walk into a store, put your mitts on an Apple Watch tomorrow, pay money for it and walk away with said Apple Watch, your choices are limited. The wearable WILL be available, but only in very limited inventories at select retail locations.
Apple has apparently partnered with a few department stores and boutiques. Among these are The Corner in Berlin, Maxfield in Los Angeles, and Dover Street Market in Tokyo and London. It’s also been reported that Maxfield will be opening two hours early on the 24th to accommodate Apple Watch customers.

As has been reported here, the first wave of Apple Watch pre-orders is out...

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07:25
Apple Rumored to Release Updated iPod Touch Later...

Apple is expected to announce a new iPod touch later this year, according to AppleInsider. The report, citing a source familiar with the plans, claims that the refreshed portable media player will likely have a similar design as the current model released over two-and-a-half years ago, and speculates that the next-generation device could have camera and processor improvements. iPod sales have been declining for several years, becoming a largely insignificant part of Apple's product lineup, anchored by the iPhone, iPad and Mac. The company no longer reports iPod sales in its quarterly results after reporting 2.9 million units sold in Q4 2014. Apple has not refreshed the iPod touch since October 2012, when the portable media player was updated with an ultra-thin, colorful design, A5 processor and Lightning connector. The report is entirely...

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07:19
Hours for iOS goes free, Hours for Apple Watch teased

I wrote about Hours for iPhone a few months ago and found it to be a useful, legible and easy-to-use time tracker. Now the folks at Tapity have teased Hours for the Apple Watch, and the've made the iPhone version temporarily free. Yep, the $6.99 time-tracking app is currently gratis.

Tappity founder Jeremy Olson explained his company's decision in a recent blog post. In short, he was inspired by the bottom-up approach that has worked so well for Slack

"Start by making the best solution for individuals, who in turn advocate adoption for their team, who in turn evangelize to other teams…and up the chain it goes...Eventually, we will not make most of our revenue from individuals tracking their time, but from...

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07:16
Apple Watch Orders Charged Wednesday Still on Track...

One of the Apple Watch Sport 42mm Space Gray orders we placed here at TMO via Apple Pay didn't see a credit card charge until Wednesday (yesterday), and didn't get a shipment notification until Thursday (today), but is still on track for a Friday, 4/24 delivery. Good news is coming in for many folks who placed early pre-orders on Apple Watches, it seems.


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07:05
The Hit List 1.1.14 - Advanced reminder application...

The Hit List manages the daily chaos of your modern life. It's easy to learn - it's as easy as making lists. And it's powerful enough to let you plan, then forget, then act when the time is right. Your life is complicated enough as it is. The tool to manage your life shouldn't be. The Hit List keeps things simple by not forcing you to learn a system. It can be as simple as just keeping a list of things to do as you would on a piece of paper. However, if you do have a task management system such as Getting Things Done by David Allen, The Hit List is flexible enough to support you. Forget what you need to do. With confidence.Version 1.1.14:

  • Fix a bug related to repeating tasks that resulted in the user getting the "task is a required value" error
  • Don't be as eager to switch to secondary sync service host when connecting to primary sync host fails
  • Use a different way to line break tags when displaying tasks
  • When launching for the...

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06:58
Fluctuations in shipping times point to possible...



It’s when the available inventory fluctuates that something new could be around the corner.
Over the past month, the Online Apple Store has seen 15-inch MacBook Pro inventory slowly drop from “in stock” to a current shipping estimate of one to two weeks, suggesting that a refresh is in the offing.
As of Wednesday, Apple’s online storefront shows the largest MacBook Pro model with integrated Intel graphics as shipping in one business day, while availability of the step-up model with discrete Nvidia GPU is currently at one to two weeks.

The 15-inch notebook has remained relatively unchanged despite modest changes to nearly every...

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06:39
Samsung is Continually Falling behind Apple's...

According to a new report, Samsung has pulled out all the stops on its new Galaxy smartphones, but their modest prices compared to the latest iPhones throw an uneasy spotlight on the long-term cost of fighting Apple's premium branding.

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06:37
News: Nokia shopping around its Maps division,...

As Nokia is looking to sell off its struggling maps business, Bloomberg reports that the company has been approaching Apple and several other big name technology firms on the matter. In addition to Apple, Nokia is said to have been in contact with Amazon, Alibaba, Facebook, Sirius, Chinese search engine Baidu, a group of German carmakers, and some private-equity firms. Nokia is seeking more than 3 billion euros ($3.2 billion) from a sale of the division,…

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06:20
Review: Magzter Gold, the iPad app that’s a (kind of...

I love Netflix. I haven’t even owned a TV for many years, relying on either a MacBook Pro – with or without Apple Thunderbolt Display – and iPad for the limited amount of TV and movie viewing I tend to do.
Magzter Gold essentially aims to be a Netflix for magazines, a single monthly subscription giving you all-you-can-eat access to digital magazines on your iPad. The reality is a little messier, and whether it makes sense for you will depend on how many magazines you read and which ones … 
Magzter Gold offers a choice of two deals: $4.99/month lets you read up to five magazines (which you can change each month if you like),...

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06:17
Where to Buy an Apple Watch in Stores on Friday

According to Apple, you won't be able to buy its new smartwatch in its retail stores on Friday, April 24, but a few actually will be available-if you know where to go. Apple Watch will be available in a very small handful of upscale retailer's stores tomorrow, and inventory will be limited.

The Mac Observer Spin: If you absolutely must buy an Apple Watch in a store tomorrow, there's a slim chance you can make that happen-but you better be in Los Angeles, London, Tokyo, or Berlin. Good hunting.


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06:05
News: Daily Deal: Save 96% on The Microsoft Office...

In today’s iLounge Deal we’re offering The Microsoft Office Mastery Bundle for only $49 — that’s a savings of 96% off the normal price of $1,559. Providing seven courses covering vital business skills, this eLearning bundle covers everything you need to know from the basics to more advanced techniques across Microsoft’s suite of productivity apps. Three standard courses in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are joined…

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06:00
Djay for Apple Watch Lets You Mix Tracks on Your...

Algoriddim's been in the business of turning iPads, iPhones, and Macs info full-fledged DJ systems for both pros and home mixers for years now, and as of today, the company's also ready to bring DJing to the wrist with the new djay app for the Apple Watch. Built into the latest djay 2 iPhone update, djay for Apple Watch is an app that came to fruition after months of testing and experimenting with ways to bring a functional, ultra portable DJing experience to the wrist. Algoriddim's developers set out to distill the essence of DJing into an Apple Watch-sized package without compromising on function -- the goal was to create an app that could be used to DJ an entire party on the wrist. djay for Apple Watch interfaces with the iPhone's iTunes music library, letting DJs select tracks from playlists and mix songs on their wrists. Several songs can be cued up and there are controls for navigating...

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06:00
djay unveils an Apple Watch remote mixer, djay Pro...

In addition to making djay 2 for iPhone (reg. $2.99) and iPad (reg. $9.99free for one week, Algoriddim is ready to reveal djay for Apple Watch, which it dubs “the world’s first wearable DJ controller”, and two big announcements for djay Pro for Mac including a new partnership with Pioneer DJ and a brand new video mode for mixing.
The latest version of djay for iPhone released...

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06:00
DJ from your wrist with djay 2



djay 2 for iPhone ($2.99, App Store) is out today with a major update that includes Apple Watch support. For the first time you can cold rock a party from your wrist.
djay 2 was already my favorite iOS DJ app and I can’t wait for my Apple Watch to arrive so that I can play with its new watch features.
According to developer algoriddim, djay for Apple Watch allows you to browse your iTunes library, cue and mix your favorite songs, and control ...

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05:53
Apple Officially reminds us of their Second Quarter...

Apple just issued a media alert regarding the Fiscal Year 2015 Second Quarter Results ...

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05:48
News: Apple Watch pre-orders arriving tomorrow,...

With the first pre-orders of the Apple Watch expected to arrive in customer hands tomorrow, Apple has posted more Guided Tours for the new device, covering topics such as Apple Pay, activity tracking, and workouts. Meanwhile, those customers who pre-ordered the Apple Watch immediately after it became available in the early hours of April 10 have begun receiving shipping confirmation emails suggesting that their devices will arrive tomorrow. Despite…

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05:39
How tough are the Apple Watch finishes?

Greg Koenig, writing for iMore, digs into the durability of the various Apple Watch finishes. Fascinating read.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:30
Early 1976 Apple 1, built in Steve Jobs’ garage, up...

The whole auction page is a fascinating read. As of this writing, the current bid is $79,100. A bargain! Auction ends today.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:23
Apple Invents an Advanced Diamond Layered Trackpad...

Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals new advances in haptics that will allow users to feel cold steel or the heat of a hot cement surface on iDevice displays or advanced trackpads on MacBooks. In fact, Apple notes that in order to deliver the best haptic experience that could deliver such sensations, they'll introduce a trackpad surface made of diamond

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05:22
Apple Watch app tracker

Another Apple Watch app tracker. This one is from WatchAware and includes the current number of approved Apple Watch apps.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:10
The state of Twitter clients for Apple Watch

There are a boatload of Twitter clients for OS X. Apple Watch? So far, according to the linked article, there are three: The official Twitter client, Twitterrific 5, and Tweetings 2. But there’s more to that story.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:34
Apple published a new Press Release

Apple just published a new Press Release:

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04:17
iMore’s list of shipping Apple Watch apps

Allyson Kazmucha, writing for iMore, has put together a solid list of shipping Apple Watch apps.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:00
External Link: Error 53 Will Kill Your iPhone and No...

There's a mysterious issue affecting iPhones. The Daily Dot's Mike Wehner happened across it when he tried to update his iPhone 6 Plus to iOS 8.3. The phone wouldn't install the update, and connecting it to iTunes presented error 53 when trying to update the phone. After that, the phone entered a reboot loop, which rendered it unusable. Error 53 isn't mentioned in Apple's list of numerical error codes, and Genius Bar employees also seem unaware of it. So far, the only fix has been to replace the phone. 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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03:56
First wave of Apple Watches set for delivery this...

This is getting exciting.∞ Read this on The Loop

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03:51
The “No iOS Zone” iPhone crashing vulnerability

Security researchers at SkyCure stumbled onto an iOS vulnerability that, at its extreme, may cause all phones on an attacking network to go into an infinite restart mode.∞ Read this on The Loop

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03:30
Apple Watch Pre-Orders Now Shipping for April 24...

Apple has notified many Apple Watch pre-order customers in the United States and other first wave launch countries to confirm that their orders have shipped, with deliveries starting on April 24 as scheduled. All customers should now have access to a tracking number through UPS or another courier service to track their Apple Watch pre-orders leading into Friday's launch. With the Apple Store's order status finally updated in tandem with a few early notifications customers have received from services like UPS, Apple Watch pre-order customers with a confirmed shipping status can now track their package through Apple's online store. Though yesterday's UPS notifications sent out to some customers focused mostly on areas in the southern United States, this morning's official update from Apple applies to customers nationwide and in other launch countries. Today's update comes after a week of slight...

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03:29
Amazon Web Services,VMware are market leaders

According to the latest 451 Research Vendor Window from 451 Research (www.451Research.com), Amazon Web Services (AWS) remains the leader in Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) adoption among enterprise IT buyers.
These findings are based on responses from over 1,500 global IT professionals, including 1,000 unique vendor evaluations. The 451 Research Vendor Window assessment is based on both overall enterprise adoption rates and customer ratings of vendor performance.  
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03:20
Path Finder 7.1.4 - Powerful, award-winning Finder...

Become a master of file management with Path Finder. Take full control over your file system. Save your time: compare and synchronize folders, view hidden files, use Dual Pane and full keyboard navigation to browse your file system. Work how you want: extreme customization allows you to access most tools in many different ways to suit your workflow. Work seamlessly with other platforms: don't leave any hidden .DS_Store files on non-Mac volumes, delete files securely and completely with the powerful delete feature from any volume type, search any network volume. Features

  • View and manipulate hidden files
  • Dual Pane View
  • Full keyboard navigation
  • Folder comparison and synchronization
  • Folder merging
  • Batch renaming
  • Powerful file filtering
  • One-click dual-pane copy
  • Bookmarks and Tab Presets
  • ACL editor
  • File tagging
  • Editable Path Navigator
  • Powerful low-level...

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03:18
Recommended Reading: 'The GNU Make Book'

The GNU Make tool is used by coders to generate executables from program source code. From No Starch Press John Graham-Cumming's GNU Make Book (256 pages, US$34.95) is the first new GNU Make book in 10 years.
"The GNU Make Book" (http://tinyurl.com/o4ytgzz) aims to demystify GNU Make. Readers will find a thorough rundown of the basics like variables, rules, targets, and makefiles as well as detailed information on how to fix long build times and use more advanced capabilities like complex pattern rules.
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02:48
Apple Invents New Underwater Photography Editing...

On April 23, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals an all-new underwater photography image editing tools that could be coming to a future version of Photos application.

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02:42
PhotoStyler 6.8.2 - Add a sense of realism to your...

PhotoStyler is the easiest way to style your digital photos with your Mac. This simple, fast and accurate native solution combines the powers of Apple's core technologies with the flexibility and efficiency of proprietary application-specific modules. PhotoStyler supports all image formats that are supported by MacOS including RAW images. PhotoStyler doesn't require any special skills or knowledge. Need a sepia? Drop the "Monochrome" filter to the chain and check the "Sepia" checkbox. Want some scratches on the photo to make it look old? Drop the "Scratches" filter to the chain. Need a glow, an annotation, shadows, 3D-look with perspective? Well, you know what to do... You can combine any number of filters and save the chain as a preset. A built-in presets library contains prepared styles so you can preview and adjust your photo variations in seconds. Features

  • Lomo, polaroid, cross-processing, sepia, black & white, scratches and ragged corners -...

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01:54
Apple touchscreen invention uses vibrations,...

An Apple patent application published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday details an advanced haptic feedback system that uses vibration and temperature control to simulate the feeling of wood, metal and other surfaces on a device display.

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Wednesday April 22

22:21
Apple says working on Apple Watch preorders in email...

Apple on Thursday sent out a mass email notifying Apple Watch preorder customers slated to get the first batch of launch units that their orders are being processed.

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20:33
Website, Google Doc crowd-sourcing Apple Watch orders


If you’re breathlessly refreshing Apple’s order status page in an attempt to figure out if your Apple Watch will arrive on Friday, take a breather.
Tracking one’s Apple Watch order has turned into a national pastime here in the U.S. as eager pre-orderers try to figure out if they’re in the first first batch of Apple watches set to arrive in two short days. Apple’s “We’re working on your order” email, sent earlier this evening to some customers, has brought things to a fevered pitch.
An aside: It’s curious that Apple doesn’t use Touch ID to authenticate users of its Apple Store app attempting to...

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20:07
Apple being wooed by Nokia for $3.2B HERE mapping...

A report on Wednesday claims Apple is among a number of high-profile tech companies being courted by Nokia in the Finnish firm's attempt to sell off its HERE mapping service and related assets.

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20:00
Unpacking Apple’s ‘We’re working on your order’ email


We’re not sure what they mean yet, but Apple just sent out an email that says “We’re working on your order” to many people that pre-ordered an Apple Watch.
The email’s subject line begins with “Your Apple Watch Order” followed by your order number and looks like this:

I received the email above at 8:02 p.m. PT this evening, but there’s no rhyme or reason to it, unless it means bad news.

I ordered three Apple watches on April 10 and haven’t received an email for the earliest two orders:

  • 42mm Sport (Space Gray) – ordered at 12:11 am – status: “Processing Items”
  • 38mm Sport (White) – ordered at 12:12 a.m. – status: “Preparing for...
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19:51
Android Wear’s Low-Power Ambient Mode

Josh Lowensohn, writing for The Verge on Google’s latest update to Android Wear:

Two other changes Google’s made in the update impact what you see
on screen, and how you interact with it. One is a new low-power
mode for the screen when you’re not actively looking at it. It
allows apps to ambiently display just a minimal amount of data,
usually in black and white, without a gesture to turn the screen
on. Google already does this for your watch face, but is opening
up the feature for apps too. This is especially useful for things
like shopping lists, fitness apps, and music controls, Chang says.
Developers will now be able to tweak how often the information you
see gets updated in the low-power mode, but it could ultimately
mean less fiddling.

This is a significant difference between Android Wear and...

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19:29
Apple notifying early Apple Watch pre-order...

In an email blast sent out this evening, Apple has began notifying early Apple Watch pre-order customers of their order progress with a vague message that reads “we’re working on your order.” The email appears to only be sent to pre-order customers with first wave April 24th to May 8th delivery dates that have not yet been charged and have orders still processing, suggesting recipients should not expect launch day deliveries.
Earlier this week Apple began charging some pre-order customers as orders updated from processing to preparing for shipment. While it’s unclear until Friday, it seems to email blast is targeted toward customers that have launch day delivery ranges that haven’t seen order updates and likely won’t see Friday deliveries.
The...

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19:28
Apple Contacting Some Early Apple Watch Customers...

Apple on Wednesday emailed select customers that pre-ordered the Apple Watch to reassure them that the company is working on their orders and will provide them with specific delivery dates and tracking information when available. Apple appears to have sent the email to customers with Apple Watch pre-orders that have yet to be prepared for shipment ahead of Friday's launch. Apple Watch pre-order deliveries will begin on April 24 as scheduled, although it remains unknown how many devices will reach customers on day one. Apple confirmed earlier today that many Apple Watch pre-orders with extended shipping estimates will be delivered sooner than expected, but also noted that some customers with extended shipping estimates may still be in for a long wait. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories •...

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18:48
Google Goes Wireless with Project Fi

Google announced Project Fi on Wednesday, dipping its toes into the wireless carrier business. Project Fi is a U.S.-only service that is built on top of two networks, Sprint and T-Mobile. Google's hook is that devices can use whichever network is strongest, and the company is offering inexpensive and flexible bandwidth pricing-but you'll need to have (or buy) a Nexus 6 to be an early customer.

The Mac Observer Spin: Project Fi is very compelling on a cost-basis, and it's likely to be very competitive in terms of bandwidth. For bonus points, you'll be helping Google fill in what little they don't about what you are doing, where you are going, who you are with, and how you live your life.


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18:19
Apple to reportedly offer Apple Watch band exchanges...

According to a report on Wednesday, Apple will allow Apple Watch buyers to swap out the bundled strap for another if the accessory is not to their liking, a strategy that saves both time for the consumer and precious device supply for Apple.

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18:12
Apple Offers Expedited Apple Watch Order Lottery To...

An anonymous reader writes: Apple is sending out invites to random registered developers, giving them the chance to buy an Apple Watch with guaranteed delivery by the end of the month. "Special Opportunity for an Expedited Apple Watch Order," the invite email states. "We want to help give Apple developers the opportunity to test their WatchKit apps on Apple Watch as soon as it is available. You have the chance to purchase one (1) Apple Watch Sport with 42mm Silver Aluminum Case and Blue Sport Band that's guaranteed to ship by April 28, 2015."

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18:00
The last crop of Apple Watch Guided Tours is ready...

The last of Apple's Watch Guided Tours are now available for your viewing pleasure. The trio of tours cover the standard Apple Pay, Activity, and Workout apps. 

For those of us who use Apple Pay on a regular basis with our iPhones, the process appears to be a bit different. The Watch is brought up to the pay station, the user presses the button on the side of the Watch to display the Apple Pay app, then brings the face of the Watch down to the contactless reader until a beep is heard confirming the transaction. It looks way too easy, and not having to dig a phone out of one's pocket or purse will be a nice touch.

The Activity app is going to be a handy tool for those who don't have a current activity tracker like a Fitbit. The app can be set up to remind you to stand up every so often, and goals can be set based on a calorie goal you wish to reach. All along the way, a circular "meter" showing your...

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17:00
Today in the App Store -- Coinverter, Week Weather...

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

iOS Apps Now Free

Coinverter – The Currency Converter [Now Free, down from $0.99] Coinverter is featured by Apple as one of the most Smart Travel Tools on the App Store in 60 countries!

Trap the Light [Now Free, down from $0.99] Do you love games that keep you thinking and you really want to win? Do you love a game with lots of levels that make your mind go crazy?Well Trap the Light it will make you brains explode.

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15:35
Apple's "Live Listen" is now a...

On April 22, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest registered trademark for "Live Listen" which was issued to Apple officially yesterday. Apple filed for this trademark ...

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15:30
Five Ways to Move Files Between Mac OS and iOS...

If you have more than one device from Apple, you've probably tried to move files between them. When AirDrop isn't an option for whatever reason, Kelly has some alternate suggestions for you.


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15:29
Apple Watch 'Guided Tours' Site Updated...

Apple has launched a third update to the "Guided Tours" section on its dedicated Apple Watch website, showcasing new walkthrough videos on using Apple Pay and the Workout and Activity apps on the device. Apple first debuted its Guided Tour website on April 3 and has been gradually adding instructional videos to help people discover all of the things that the Apple Watch is able to do. The Apple Pay video walks through how Apple Pay is used on the Apple Watch at a location that accepts contactless payments. Double clicking the side button and holding a wrist to the payment terminal initiates a payment, which is confirmed with a vibration and a beep. The video also covers how to add a credit card to an iPhone using Passbook. The Activity video explores the "Activity" app on the Apple Watch, which is the...

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15:00
Apple Watch Will Be Available for Purchase at Select...

Apple doesn't plan to offer the Apple Watch for sale in its retail stores on Friday, having opted to restrict orders to online purchases only, but some retail stores around the world will have Apple Watches in stock for customers to purchase on April 24. Several high-end fashion boutiques will be offering the watch for sale beginning Friday, according to a new report from The New York Times. Stores with stock will include Dover Street Market in Tokyo and London, Maxfield in Los Angeles, Colette in Paris, the Corner in Berlin, and 10 Corso Como in Milan. All of these stores were previously unveiled as retail locations that would carry the Apple Watch, but it was not known that the stores would have stock for customers to purchase on launch day, given the Apple...

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14:49
Natalie Kerris Leaves Apple PR

Apple PR veteran Natalie Kerris announced Wednesday she is leaving Apple. Ms. Kerris said on Twitter that, "After 14 amazing years at Apple, it's time to move on and see what adventures life holds for me next!"


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13:55
Find the serial number and other information for...

Learn where to find your iOS device's serial number, International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number, Mobile Equipment Identifier (MEID), Cellular Data Number (CDN), and Integrated Circuit Card ID (ICCID) number.

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13:43
∞ Apple senior director Natalie Kerris retires

Natalie Kerris, who spent the last 14 years at Apple in corporate communications, announced her retirement from the company on Wednesday in a Twitter post.

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13:10
How to Remove an Unwanted Process in OS X

If you've ever gone through a software installation process, aborted it, and discovered that you have an unwanted process still running on your Mac, here's how to root it out and remove it.


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02:35
4 must-have Apple Watch apps for getting work done...

No one knows for sure how Apple Watch will fit into their lives when it starts shipping Friday, but one thing is certain: It’s going to be a lot easier for your job to slide to the forefront of your thoughts with Watch notifications from collaboration apps like Slack, HipChat, and Trello.
But those notifications might just be more useful on your Watch than your phone. When a coworker mentions you in a Slack room or pings you on HipChat, you can glance at the message and quickly respond without diving into other ”work” tasks on your iPhone.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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06:09
Yup, Apple's still working on public transit...

Apple is still working to add public transit data to its Maps app, after the long-rumored feature failed to appear in iOS 8.
A company job posting, spotted by AppleInsider, seeks someone with “in-depth knowledge about public transit,” from both technical and rider standpoints. “As a member of the Routing team, you will work on one of the most anticipated features of Apple Maps,” the listing says.
Public transit information was available on iPhones and iPads until the update to iOS 6 in 2012, when Apple replaced Google’s mapping data with its own. The switch proved embarrassing for Apple, not only because of fewer features, but because the data itself had accuracy problems....

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08:43
The Week in iOS Accessories: Wood you like a...

Wood you?This week's roundup includes two new beautiful Apple Watch stands crafted from fine woods. We also feature several new options for keeping your iPhone and iPad powered up at all times.DodoCaseThe $79 Charging Stand for Apple Watch is a pretty little thing, made of “Calfornia American Walnut,” with a weighted steel base for sturdy placement. It has a carved hidden compartment to keep the charging wire hidden, and a “travel mode” lets you keep the cable and charger together in one package.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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10:09
Podcast: Everything we love, hate, and love to hate...

We like Photos, and we want to love Photos, but starting a relationship with any 1.0 software product can have its ups and downs. Glenn and Susie are joined by Jeff Carlson and Joe Kissell to discuss our experiences with Photos. From hidden maps to blown broadband limits, it hasn't been the smoothest of rides so far, but we love the editing features and especially the speed compared to iPhoto. Now Apple just needs to make sharing a little easier to understand, especially for families. (iCloud Photo Library versus iCloud Photo Sharing versus My Photo Stream...little help?)

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12:52
Apple Confirms Many Apple Watch Pre-Orders Will...

Earlier today, a number of Apple Watch pre-orders with delivery estimates of 4-6 weeks or later started changing from "Processing Items" to "Preparing for Shipment" on the Apple Online Store. Apple also began charging some credit and debit cards of customers with orders showing extended shipping times. Apple has since confirmed to John Paczkowski at BuzzFeed that many customers will receive their Apple Watch pre-orders sooner than expected. The company says it is working hard to fulfill orders as quickly as possible based on the order in which they were received, and does note that some customers are still in for a long wait.“We’re happy to be...

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12:36
Apple to Offer Band Only Exchanges for Apple Watch

Apple is planning to offer customers an opportunity to exchange only their Apple Watch bands rather than an entire Apple Watch if a band is the wrong size or the wrong style. Retail employees have been instructed to suggest a band swap as an alternative to a whole watch return if an Apple Watch is being returned based on size, color, or band style. A band swap, according to an internal employee training document, can potentially save the customer time as it eliminates the need to set up and sync an entirely new watch. Band swaps are available for the Apple Watch Sport and the stainless steel Apple Watch, but will not be available for the more expensive gold Apple Watch Edition. There are several rules for band swaps:- The new band must be within the same collection as the watch and must be an available band option for that watch face. - The band swap is within 14 day return period. - The watch must have been purchased at the Apple Online Store, Kiosk, or Apple Store App...

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12:36
Ask iLounge: Is there a point to having both iCloud...

Q: Now that iCloud Photo Library is out, I’m a bit confused about how this is all supposed to work. Apple says that iCloud Photo Library is used to store and sync all of your photos in the cloud, but I still see a setting for iCloud Photo Stream on all of my devices. I didn’t think I needed this setting any more to upload photos to iCloud. Isn’t iCloud Photo Library just supposed to do all that for me? If so, what’s the point…

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12:22
Longtime Apple PR director Natalie Kerris announces...

Apple's senior director of Worldwide Corporate Communications, Natalie Kerris, officially announced her retirement from the company via a Twitter post on Wednesday, bringing to an end a 14-year stint.

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11:48
Google Debuts 'Project Fi' Wireless...

Google today announced its entrance into the wireless service business, with the debut of Project Fi, a service that combines multiple cellular networks with Wi-Fi hotspots to offer "the best network wherever you go." As rumored back in January, Google is teaming up with both Sprint and T-Mobile for Project Fi, and the two carriers will provide the cellular service for Google's initiative. With Project Fi service, customers will be able to connect to the fastest network at any given location, whether it's Sprint LTE, T-Mobile LTE, or a Wi-Fi hotspot. We developed new technology that gives you better coverage by intelligently connecting you to the fastest available network at your location whether it's Wi-Fi or one of our two partner LTE networks. As you go about your day, Project Fi automatically connects you to more than a...

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11:47
Mac: Kanex Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock

Kanex’s Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock ($250) lets users connect up to eight devices to a Mac. Two Thunderbolt ports are featured on the dock, boasting a blistering transfer rate of 20GB/s. Up to four Thunderbolt-compatible peripherals can be daisy-chained to a Mac at once through one of the ports. The dock also has three USB 3.0 ports — one on the front of the dock can be used to charge iOS devices — a gigabit Ethernet port, an audio in/out port, and an HDMI port, which offers 4K resolution and dual display support.

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11:17
Astropad 1.1 - Turn your iPad into a graphics tablet...

Note: Requires iPad companion app. ($24.99) Astropad transforms your iPad into a professional graphics tablet for your Mac. Use your iPad to draw directly into Photoshop and any other Mac creative tools you know and love. View a demo video: http://astropad.com. Finally, you can use your iPad as a drawing tablet for your favorite Mac tools including: Photoshop, Illustrator, Lightroom, Corel Painter, Manga Studio, Pixelmator, Mischief, and any other Mac app you like! Whether you are a professional digital artist or a hobbyist, Astropad offers the most powerful way to draw on your Mac using your iPad. Built for the needs of creative professionals, Astropad is true to your source material with color corrected output and Retina resolution. What you see on your iPad is the same as on your Mac. Astropad...

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11:00
How to clean out your drawers and do something good...

Apple is committed to environmental responsibility on a corporate level, but what happens to its phones when they land in the hands of customers? Are consumers equally as committed to using and disposing of their devices in a responsible way? If you want to do something good for the Earth today on Earth Day (and beyond), then take a small step by recycling or reusing those old iPhones, iPads and Macs that are not being used. Below we present a few reasons why you should recycle and then explore several ways you can repurpose those older Apple devices. If you have your own ideas, please share them in the comments.

Why Recycle

According to the EPA, mobile phone owners in the US get rid of millions of phones each year. While many are resold on eBay or handed down among friends and family, a large percentage are shuttered in drawers or dropped in the trash can.

These abandoned phones represent a huge loss of...

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10:57
If your Mac is lost or stolen

If you lose your Mac or think it might be stolen, these steps might help you locate it and protect your data.

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10:45
Apple Retail Store Logos Go Green for Earth Day

Today is Earth Day and in celebration of the occasion, Apple has updated the logos of some of its retail stores with green leaf accents, as it does each year on April 22. The green leaves mark a departure from the standard white logo, and Earth Day represents one of the few occasions each year where Apple tweaks its store logos. This Earth Day, and every day, we're committed to leaving the world better than we found it. http://t.co/iIHRXEwpfA pic.twitter.com/SIyZVAeznL— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) April 22, 2015 Along with installing green-leafed Apple logos at retail stores Apple may also be planning to hold a special Earth Day celebratory event at its Cupertino campus, as it...

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10:40
Review: Adonit Jot Script 2

Adonit's new Jot Script 2 ($75), also referred to as Jot Script 2 — Evernote Edition, is a slightly slimmer version of Adonit's previous Jot Script. Whereas the prior Jot Script used a single AAA battery, Jot Script 2 recharges via an included USB-powered charging dock. According to Adonit, the rechargeable battery should last anywhere from 20 to 50 hours of use, depending on device — it's said to get up to 30 hours of battery life when used with an iPad Air 2, which is the device we used for testing. Indeed, the Bluetooth Jot Script 2 offers full iPad Air 2 functionality, and though the stylus is said to work with any app, Adonit has offered a list of preferred apps to get the best out of Jot Script 2's abilities.{/exp:char_limit}
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10:14
Some Apple Watch Pre-Orders With 4-6 Weeks or June...

With less than two days until the Apple Watch launches in the United States and eight other countries, customers who pre-ordered the Apple Watch and received shipping estimates of 4-6 weeks or later are beginning to see earlier than expected movement on their orders placed through the Apple Online Store. A growing number of people have turned to the MacRumors discussion forums and tipped us individually about their Apple Watch pre-orders with 4-6 weeks or June delivery estimates changing from "Processing Items" to "Preparing for Shipment" on Apple's order tracking page for various aluminum and stainless steel models. A portion of those that pre-ordered have also seen credit or debit card charges from Apple appear on their statements, although it is likely that the majority of those charges are Apple preauthorizations to ensure a customer's bank account is in good standing. Apple's payment and pricing...

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10:04
Man fires 8 gunshots into his Dell

“I just had it,” Lucas Hinch, 38, told The Smoking Gun (via Ars Technica). Apparently the PC had thrown up one too many blue screens of death in recent months, so Hinch took it into an alley, loaded up a 9mm Hi-Point pistol that he’d purchased on Craiglist, and let the bullets fly.Priceless.∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:47
Apple is also transforming air travel

From checking flight status to being in the cockpit, Apple is changing the air travel industry. It’s amazing when you think about how many industries Apple has transformed over the years—music, movies, phone, tablet, etc. The list goes on and on.∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:39
WALTR 1.5.3 - Drag-and-drop any media file to an iOS...

WALTR is designed to make it easy to upload and convert any music or video file to an iPad or iPhone format for native playback. It supports a huge variety of media file types, including MP3, MP4, AVI, CUE, WMA, M4R, AAC, M4V, M4A, FLAC, ALAC, MKV, and more. It even supports file types that are not normally compatible with iOS, including MKV, AVI, FLAC, and CUE, allowing them to be played in the native Music and Movie apps on iOS. Using WALTR is simple. After closing iTunes, a user just needs to plug an iPhone or iPad into a Mac and open the WALTR app. The iOS device and its available storage space is listed at the top of the app, and files can be dragged to the blank space in the app for immediate transfer to the iOS device. Uploads begin as soon as a file is dragged into the WALTR app, and most uploads are very quick, taking a few seconds. Once a file has been transferred to the iPhone or iPad, it is accessible in either the native Movies or Music app on the iOS...

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09:27
OS X Lion v10.7.3: User account passwords appear in...

In OS X Lion v10.7.3, user account passwords for Legacy FileVault and/or home folders mounted via NFS, AFP, or SMB are stored as plain text in log files.
System backups and syslog servers may also have the user account passwords stored as plain text.
Note: Time Machine backups are not affected—Time Machine does not back up the log files in which user account passwords are stored in plain text.

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09:24
ABC News is now Ready for Apple Watch with a new App

When Apple announced the wearable last September, CEO Tim Cook called it Apple's "most personal" device yet -- something ABC News considered when finding a way to bring news to the Apple Watch.

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09:22
iCloud: Features that work with one account at a...

You can use iCloud Mail, Notes, Contacts, Calendars, and Reminders with multiple iCloud accounts on iOS 5 or later and OS X Lion or later.

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09:19
Breach Outbreaks Fuel Encryption Adoption


As data breaches make headlines around the world, more companies are turning to encryption to protect their information jewels. That is one of the findings in a study released Monday, conducted by the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by Thales E-Security.
"Mega breaches and cyber attacks have increased companies' urgency to improve their security posture," says the report, which is based on a survey of more than 4,000 IT and security professionals in 10 countries.

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09:15
OS X: Application icon has a prohibitory sign, or...

When attempting to open a PowerPC-based application, this alert appears: "You can't open the application (name of application) because PowerPC applications are no longer supported". PowerPC-based applications display a white prohibitory sign over their icon in the Finder.

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09:10
iTunes: "-50" alert when syncing your iOS...

After updating to iTunes 10.3 and enabling Automatic Downloads in iTunes preferences, you may see a "-50" alert message when attempting to sync an iOS device to iTunes

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09:04
Mac notebooks: Spotlight indexing may make the fans...

Sometimes you may notice that your computer's fans run on high after you perform a data migration from another computer and Spotlight begins to index your hard drive for the first time.

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09:04
iOS bug sends iPhones into endless crash cycle when...


There's a bug in Apple's iOS 8 that allows nearby attackers to send apps—and in some cases the iPhone or iPad they run on—into an endless reboot cycle that temporarily renders the devices useless, according to researchers who demonstrated the attack Tuesday.
The exploit uses a standard Wi-Fi network that generates a specially designed secure sockets layer (SSL) certificate to exploit the bug, according to the researchers, who work for Israel-based Skycure. The encrypted communication causes whatever apps happen to be connected to the booby-trapped Wi-Fi network to crash. The vulnerability was introduced in version 8 of the Apple mobile operating system.
After sustained connections to the malicious signal, the OS itself will crash, in some cases in a way that causes the devices it runs on to spiral into a repeatable reboot cycle. Making the attack particularly vexing, even if users know the endless crashes are generated by the Wi-Fi network...

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09:00
Outlook for Android comes out of preview

Today we are excited to announce we have removed the preview label from Outlook for Android.
In January, we released Outlook for iOS and a preview of Outlook for Android. At the time, the iOS version of Outlook was ahead of the Android version in terms of features and performance. We set a high bar for where we wanted Outlook for Android to be before we removed the preview label. Since our preview release we’ve updated Outlook for Android 17 times—that’s more than one update per week—to meet this bar. A big part of that work has been improving the performance and stability of the app along with work on localization, accessibility and other fit and finish pieces. The other part of this work was about delivering features to add new value, match the iOS version and respond to your feedback.
Along with apps like...

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09:00
Apple released a new Software Update

Apple just released a new Software Update:

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09:00
Apple released a new Software Update

Apple just released a new Software Update:

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09:00
The MacBook Review

12-INCH RETINA MACBOOK. PHOTO ©2015, Steven Sande All rights reserved

By this point, you’ve probably read several reviews of the new 12-inch Retina MacBook. The first round were written by reviewers for the major newspapers and magazines, and this second wave is being provided by those of us who spent our own money to purchase one of the machines.

I’m no stranger to spending money out of my own pocket for untested technology. My first Mac was one of the first 512K models, I ordered one of the first MacBook Airs sight unseen, and iPhones and iPads have all been pre-ordered without a clue as to what the actual device will be like. Fortunately, Apple has a good history of delivering solid, if not exactly inexpensive equipment.

I needed a laptop when I heard about the MacBook, since AOL took back my 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro when it shut down TUAW. The timing was right, so I ordered the 12-inch MacBook just after placing...

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08:53
Apple Watch Owners Beware: Don't Clean Your...

Last year the joker who runs Unboxed Therapy bent an iPhone 6 and basically claimed that it was rather easy to do. Was it a Samsung planted story – who knows? But ...

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08:51
Apple Unlikely to Release New 4-Inch iPhone This...

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo issued a note to investors on Wednesday, a copy of which was obtained by MacRumors, reiterating that Apple is unlikely to launch a new 4-inch iPhone this year. Kuo, who has a respectable track record at reporting on Apple's upcoming product plans, added that Apple will instead likely release a new 4-inch iPhone with Apple Pay compatibility in 2016."iPhone 5S still going strong; next 4-inch likely in 2016. Shipments of 5S are still going strong at 5-7mn units every quarter, an impressive level at such a mature stage of the product cycle. Momentum is being sustained by a more affordable price and the product’s outstanding design. But we still believe it’s necessary for Apple to have a new 4-inch iPhone because: (1) it will be key to extending momentum in the 4-inch category; and (2) it could complete the Apple Pay ecosystem, assuming it is equipped with NFC. We predict a launch in 2016."The well-informed analyst claims that the iPhone 5c...

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08:48
A look at gaming on Apple Watch: 2048, Modern Combat...







The small 1.5 to 1.7-inch on...

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08:20
Apple begins charging customers who ordered 1.3 GHz...


Apple has started to charge the credit cards of customers who ordered the highest-end 1.3GHz version of the 12-inch MacBook, according to emails from 9to5Mac readers. The customized, built-to-order MacBook went on sale earlier this month with 3-4 week shipping times for even the earliest orders, and Apple originally promised a delivery timeframe of May 8th to May 15th. As we saw with Apple Watch credit card charges earlier this week, it seems plausible that Apple already charging customers for the 1.3 GHz MacBook could indicate that shipments of the new laptop will begin occurring sooner than originally expected. However,...

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08:18
External Link: YouTube Drops the Second-Generation...

If you still use a second-generation Apple TV, be aware that Google has dropped support for its built-in YouTube channel. Google overhauled the channel on third-generation Apple TVs last year, but the second-generation model has been effectively abandoned by Apple. However, the old YouTube channel was never great, and as I advised in “Take Control of Apple TV,” AirPlaying YouTube content from an iOS device is a better option. 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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08:17
Popular Apple Watch App Screenshots Revealed Ahead...

A new tool created by developer Steven Troughton-Smith that allows you to search for Apple Watch app screenshots based on iTunes links has provided an early glimpse at several popular apps for the wrist-worn device. Some developers have already shared screenshots, and other websites have shared additional ones, but this tool provides the closest look yet at third-party apps for Apple Watch ahead of its April 24 launch. Clear Flipboard RunKeeper Shazam Twitter Yahoo Weather Apple Watch app screenshots are required to be submitted by developers and should begin appearing on the App Store when the wrist-worn device launches on April 24, or soon after, alongside traditional iPhone and iPad screenshots. In the meantime, this tool...

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08:07
Review: Dyconn’s i6 Power Case packs a 3,200 mAh...


There are absolutely no shortage of battery case offerings for iPhone 6. Even though we’ve covered the best iPhone battery cases here, it’s sometimes overwhelming sorting through them all. The real winners are the ones with maximum battery capacity and some extra features to spice things up. Recently, I came across Dyconn’s i6 Power Case and was pleasantly surprised to find that it fits most of what I was looking for, but is it enough? Well, not only does this case pack a 3,200 mAh battery inside, it also features wireless charging. It’s not a must-have feature, but I sure do appreciate the convenience…
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08:04
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPad mini 2 128GB WiFi+Cell $...

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:

Apple iPad mini 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular 128GB in Silver for $370 shipped (Orig. $829)
Apple iPad Air 128GB Wi-Fi + AT&T Cellular ...

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08:00
Early look at the new Outlook on the desktop,...

On today’s Office Mechanics show, we’ll take a look at new Outlook mail and calendar experiences across the Windows desktop, Windows 10, iOS and Android. Ben Walters joins Jeremy Chapman again to the give an end-to-end tour of Outlook across platforms and device types.

Email is still the most common way many people communicate at work. New Outlook experiences in Office 2016 Preview, Windows 10 IT Pro and Developer Preview and on phones provide the richest Outlook capabilities to date.
On the desktop, Outlook in the Office 2016 IT Pro and Developer Preview is cloud-connected, it innovates on how attachments are discovered and used, integrates with machine learning to de-clutter your inbox and has an updated look and feel.
Outlook Mail and Calendar in Windows 10 provides rich authoring capabilities, improved touch support with new swipe gestures for inbox...

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08:00
OneNote Staff Notebooks—streamlining the...

Today’s post on OneNote was written by Andrew Howard, principal of the Sandymoor School in the UK.
OneNote has truly revolutionized the way schools can use technology to enhance and transform their processes. For a number of years, schools have used technology to replace old ways of doing things. The chalkboard was replaced by the whiteboard, which in turn was replaced by the interactive whiteboard. But this is merely replacement; if a teacher from the Victorian age were to come forward in time to view a normal school, they would recognize an amazing amount of the day-to-day work of a modern teacher. However, this is without OneNote. I have written before on how we are using the OneNote Class Notebook to create digital exercise books, but there is another member of the OneNote stable that is revolutionizing the admin of schools—...

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07:31
Unbox Therapy video puts Apple Watch Sport Ion-X...



The Ion-X glass found on the Apple Watch Sport isn’t quite as tough as sapphire glass found on the more expensive Apple Watch models, but it holds its own.
Unbox Therapy posted a scratch test video in which the Ion-X glass was exposed to keys, a knife, steel wool and sandpaper. To its credit, the new glass type held up against everything but the sandpaper, albeit it was noted that the sapphire glass coating found on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets held up to the sandpaper during scratch tests.

Since a video’s worth at least a thousand words:

Only time and real-world usage can truly test the durability of the Sport model, but for now this test...

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07:16
UPS Begins Confirming April 24 Apple Watch Pre-Order...

Following a week of constant order status changes and general haziness on when customers would actually receive their Apple Watch orders, a few MacRumors users have confirmed this morning that they have received April 24 delivery estimates for their Apple Watch pre-orders. In the forums, multiple mentions of an Apple distribution center in Mount Juliet, Tennessee have resulted in numerous users getting confirmed delivery dates for their Apple Watch orders this Friday, April 24. While mostly centered in the southern states like Tennessee, Arkansas, and Florida, a few outliers, like a few customers in Indiana, have also had the April delivery date confirmed. The news comes after a few Apple Watch pre-order customers began receiving UPS tracking...

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06:53
Apple support article offers workaround for recent...



As nifty as the new 12-inch MacBook is, a number of users have encountered an issue using the Setup Assistant during the initial setup of the notebook. The bug apparently has the spinning beach ball appear during setup, putting the user in an endless cycle.
Apple recently shared a support article that offers users of the new 12-inch MacBook assistance getting around the issue.

Apple is suggesting that users who get stopped by this bug to either wait 30 minutes for setup to resume, or to complete the Setup Assistant process without connecting to the internet. If the user chooses the latter option, they must reboot their machine after...

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06:52
Samsung Galaxy S6 Sales Tank in South Korea

Samsung's Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones aren't drawing in South Korean customers in the numbers the company was hoping for. The electronics maker was expecting to sell 300,000 units since their April 10 launch, but so far has managed to sell only 200,000.

The Mac Observer Spin: Samsung expected to sell 300,000 Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones during the first 10 days of availability, but came up 100,000 orders short. In comparison, Apple sells far more iPhones on the first day of new model pre-orders. Good luck with that, Samsung.


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06:45
How the Apple Watch Could Improve Security

As a secure second device likely to be with its owner at nearly all times, the Apple Watch offers some compelling opportunities to improve account security. 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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06:42
Apple's Jony Ive and Marc Newson Talk Up Design...

At a recent private dinner related to the Condé Nast International Luxury Conference, Vogue interviewed Jony Ive on the Apple Watch.

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06:24
PDFKey Pro 4.2 - Edit and print password-protected...

PDFKey Pro can unlock PDF documents protected for printing and copying when you've forgotten your password. It can now also protect your PDF files with a password to prevent unauthorized access and/or restrict usage permissions. PDFKey Pro can also integrate in complex workflows using command-line tools (included). Features

  • Completely unlocks files restoring editing and printing capabilities
  • Supports PDF with viewing password set as well (providing the correct password)
  • Protects your PDF files with a password to prevent unauthorized access
  • Restricts usage, such as printing and copying, permissions with a password.
  • Batch processing
  • Automatic update system via UpdateFX
  • Command Line Tool to use in scripts
  • Localized in English, Italian, Russian, German, French, Polish and Dutch
  • Free support

Version 4.2:

  • Greatly improved support for files with digital signature...

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06:08
News: Security flaw opens iOS devices to attack...

Researchers at Skycure have exposed an SSL certificate security flaw allowing them to create a ‘No iOS Zone’ where most apps on iPhones and iPads running iOS 8 will crash while connecting to the Internet, even crashing the devices themselves in some cases. While the exploit is normally triggered by users manually joining these rogue Wi-Fi networks, hackers can also take advantage of the WiFiGate vulnerability to create fake Wi-Fi networks…

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06:01
Scratch test shows how Ion-X glass fares against...

Unbox Therapy released on Tuesday a scratch test video showcasing the Ion-X glass that'll grace the cover of the Apple Watch Sport. Unlike sapphire glass which was subjected to similar torture and passed with flying colors, the Ion-X glass material did succumb to the scratch pressure of materials such as sand paper. You can "watch" the torture test below and share your reactions in the comments. 

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06:00
You'll need a leather jacket for this retro e-...

If you're worried that the future will make us lose our sense of style, you should check out what the e-bike industry has been up to. In order to accommodate the electric motors and batteries, designers have thrown off the shackles of minimalist desi...

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05:11
News: Daily Deal: Conquer iOS 8 programming in 31...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering an eLearning package that will allow you to Conquer iOS 8 Programming in 31 Days for only $39 — 60% off the regular price. Designed by a former Apple employee, this course features 34 hours of quality training that will teach you how to build top-rated apps in Xcode and Swift. With over 230 lectures, the course takes you through building 16 iPhone apps from scratch, with more advanced features such as…

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04:55
iOS 8.3 Messages: Filtering Unknown Senders

With today's Quick Tip, we're going to learn how iOS 8.3 can help us identify and report potential spam iMessages (hint: it's really, really simple). As a bonus, Melissa Holt will cover how to report any spam SMS texts you get to your wireless carrier, so you'll be all set to clean the junk out of your Messages app!


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04:37
The First 10 Days of Galaxy S6 Sales in Korea are...

According to a new Korean press report today, "Samsung Electronics Co.'s newest high-end smartphones - the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge -- are seen drawing less than expected attention ...

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04:00
Earth Day 2015: What elements go into making your...

The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970 with 20 million Americans rallying for a healthy, sustainable environment. This single event is credited with kicking off the modern environmental movement, which is still going strong 45 years later. Today, the movement involves companies such as Apple, which is a supporter of Earth Day and a strong proponent of corporate environmental responsibility.

As a result of this commitment, Apple is conscious of what materials it uses in its devices and strives to minimize the environmental impact of what it produces. So what exactly goes into some of these devices that Apple makes by the millions? The American Chemical Society has the...

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03:29
Maintain serves up Cocktail 7.8.1 (Mavericks Edition)

Maintain has served up Cocktail 7.8.1 (http://cocktail.maintain.se) Mavericks Edition, a new version of its Mac OS X utility. This version adds ability to clear Dictation & Speech and Help caches. It also contains miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements as well as updated Automator actions and Help files.
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. Its features are arranged into five categories that help you manage various aspects of your computer.
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03:27
Hazel 3.3.5 - Create rules for organizing and...

Hazel is your personal housekeeper, organizing and cleaning folders based on rules you define. Hazel can also manage your trash and uninstall your applications. Organize your files using a familiar rule interface. Filter on the file's name, type, date, the site or email address it came from and more. And do more than just file. You can set color labels, Spotlight keywords and comments and even archive files. Hazel also cleans, sporting options to clean out incomplete and duplicate downloads. In addition, Hazel can manage your Trash for you, relieving you of having to empty it yourself. All this is done automatically in the background allowing you to focus on your real work.Version 3.3.5: New features

  • Hazel can now import into the new Photos app. Just use the "Import into Photos" action to import pictures into the album of your choice.

User interface changes

  • Fixed output attributes for JavaScript being lost.
  • Can no...

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03:23
CS Odessa updates AWS Architecture Diagrams Solution

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced the AWS Architecture Diagrams solution, the latest addition to ConceptDraw Solution Park.
It's a collection of library objects, templates, and example drawings for ConceptDraw Pro and is available at no charge to users of ConceptDraw Pro 10 and ConceptDraw Office 3 (available for Mac OS X and Windows), via the ConceptDraw Solution Park.
ConceptDraw Office retails for US$499 (USD) and can be purchased directly from CS Odessa or their resellers. The suite is designed for knowledge workers, managers, project managers and academics.

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03:23
Kool Tools: 12-inch Travel Express MacBook Case

WaterField Designs (www.sfbags.com) has refreshed its MacBook Retina Travel Express with new colors and materials in a custom size for the 12-inch MacBook.
The new Travel Express maintains the compact and light feel, the scratch-free customized interior pockets, and the impact-resistant insert from the original case. The updated case is custom-sized for Apple's most up-to-date MacBook and comes in new, modern materials and colors. MacBook users can now choose an all-black ballistic nylon, a tan waxed canvas, or a black, blue or red soft perforated nylon case to complement their wardrobe.
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03:12
CrossOver 14.1.1 - Run Windows apps on your Mac. (...

CrossOver can get your Windows productivity applications and PC games up and running on your Mac quickly and easily. CrossOver runs the Windows software that you need on Mac at home, in the office, or at school without purchasing a Windows license, without rebooting your computer, and without having to use a virtual machine. And CrossOver can run a wide range of Windows software. Check the What Runs database on the developer's Web site. Easy Installs! Many Windows titles can be installed using our CrossTie technology. If you have CrossOver installed, and have the installer for your Windows software, simply click the button in our Compatibility Database, and CrossOver will automatically install your application for you! Compatibility Center Statistics

  • 10,961 applications in database
  • 1,761 gold medal applications in database
  • 1,261 1-click install via...

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03:06
Gartner: worldwide IT spending to decline 1.3% this...

Worldwide IT spending is set to shrink to US$3.66 trillion in 2015, a 1.3% decrease from 2014, according to the latest forecast by Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). The research group says that the rising dollar is chiefly responsible for the slowdown. 
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01:51
Apple Pages 5.5.3 - Apple's word processor from...

Apple Pages is a powerful word processor that gives you everything you need to create documents that look beautiful. And read beautifully. It lets you work seamlessly between Mac and iOS devices, and even work effortlessly with people who use Microsoft Word.Version 5.5.3:

  • This update contains stability improvements and bug fixes.
  • OS X 10.10 or later

Download Now

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Tuesday April 21

12:08
Apple offers expedited Apple Watch order lottery to...

Apple Watches are both everywhere and nowhere. Beyoncé and Karl Lagerfeld have theirs already. The first reviews are in. But you can't get one at an Apple Store until June, and online orders quickly slipped to that timeframe too.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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22:16
My love-hate relationship with Apple’s new USB-C port



Apple began shipping the new 12-inch Retina MacBook this week (more on it in a future post) and with it, a totally redesigned power adapter based on USB-C. (There are a lot of opinions about Apple’s roll in developing USB-C, which you can read here, here and here, but they’re outside the scope of this post.) As with most...

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20:12
Networking Library Bug Breaks HTTPS In ~1,500 iOS...

mrflash818 writes: A new report from analytics service SourceDNA found that roughly 1,500 iOS apps (with about 2 million total installs) contain a vulnerability that cripples HTTPS and makes man-in-the-middle attacks against those apps easy to pull off. "The weakness is the result of a bug in an older version of the AFNetworking, an open-source code library that allows developers to drop networking capabilities into their apps. Although AFNetworking maintainers fixed the flaw three weeks ago with the release of version 2.5.2, at least 1,500 iOS apps remain vulnerable because they still use version 2.5.1. That version became available in January and introduced the HTTPS-crippling flaw."

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19:59
BusyContacts 1.0.3 - Fast, efficient contact manager...

BusyContacts is a contact manager for OS X that makes creating, finding, and managing contacts faster and more efficient. It brings to contact management the same power, flexibility, and sharing capabilities that BusyCal users have enjoyed with their calendars. What's more, BusyContacts integrates seamlessly with BusyCal, forming a flexible, easy-to-use CRM solution that works the way you do. BusyContacts syncs with the built-in Contacts app on OS X and iOS, and supports all leading cloud services, including iCloud, Google, Exchange, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Key Features

  • Customizable Views -- View contacts in a single-column Card View or multi-column List View.
  • Tags -- Tags can be used for grouping, filtering and coloring contacts.
  • Smart Filters -- Smart Filters are a powerful tool for filtering contacts...

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19:59
Direct Mail 4.0.6 - Create and send great looking...

Direct Mail is an easy-to-use, fully-featured email marketing app purpose-built for OS X. It lets you create and send great looking email campaigns. Start your newsletter by selecting from a gallery of professionally-designed templates, then customize to your heart's content. Design Tests let you see how your email looks in a wide variety of email clients, including live mobile previews sent to your iPhone or iPad. You'll love not having to hassle with a slow, clunky, web-based editor. When you're ready to send, rely on Direct Mail's built-in email service to deliver your message in a flash. Campaign reports show you a clear summary of opens, clicks, and more. Grow your mailing list by creating customizable subscribe forms and publish them to your website or Facebook. Direct Mail is free for up to 50 emails per month. If you would like to send more, there are a number of pricing options available...

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19:59
Adobe Creative Cloud 2.0.0.74 - Access Adobe apps...

Adobe Creative Cloud costs $49.99/month (or less if you're a previous Creative Suite customer). Creative Suite 6 is still available for purchase (without a monthly plan) if you prefer. Introducing Adobe Creative Cloud desktop applications, including Adobe Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC. They're the next generation of CS tools. Get hundreds of all-new features. Keep your entire creative world in sync: files, feedback from team members, fonts, settings, and updates. And, as always, your applications live on your desktop, not in a browser and not in the cloud. With Creative Cloud, your entire creative world is synced and organized for you across multiple devices. Track comments posted to shared files, keep tabs on your work and your followers on Behance, respond...

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19:59
EyeTV 3.6.8 - Watch and record TV on your Mac. (...

EyeTV brings a rich TV experience to your Mac. Watch live TV on your Mac. Pause, rewind, and record whenever you want. EyeTV gives you powerful control over what you watch and how you watch it. Put down the remote. Grab your Mac.

  • A Smarter interface. Find your favorite shows using a convenient program guide with multiple search methods.
  • Customizable recording options. Record a single episode or an entire season.
  • Sync with your apps. Make your recordings portable by integrating with iTunes and syncing your device.
  • Awesome editing. Create video clips and trim unwanted content with easy editing options.

Version 3.6.8:

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.
  • OS X 10.6.8 or later (10.9.5 or later recommended)

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19:59
Apple Keynote 6.5.3 - Apple's presentation...

Easily create gorgeous presentations with the all-new Keynote, featuring powerful yet easy-to-use tools and dazzling effects that will make you a very hard act to follow. The Theme Chooser lets you skim through an impressive collection of 30 new and updated Apple-designed themes. Once you’ve chosen the perfect canvas for your presentation, simply replace the placeholder text and graphics with your own words and images. Easy-to-use tools let you add tables, charts, shapes, photos, and videos to slides--and bring it all to life with cinematic animations and transitions that look as though they were created by your own special effects team. Animate your data with new interactive column, bar, scatter, and bubble charts. Use iCloud to keep your presentations up to date across all your devices. You can instantly share a presentation using just a link, giving others the latest version and the ability to edit it directly with Keynote for iCloud beta from...

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19:59
Tidy Up 4.0.6 - Find duplicate files and tidy up...

Tidy Up is a complete duplicate finder and disk-tidiness utility. With Tidy Up you can search for duplicate files and packages by the owner application, content, type, creator, extension, time modified, time created, name, label, visibility, and date/age. You can also search by the tag, duration, and bit installments of MP3 and AAC sound files and EXIF metadata; search the contents of the iPhoto, Aperture, iTunes, iPod databases, and Mail mailboxes; and synchronize deletions with iPhoto, Mail, and iTunes. Tidy Up allows you to search for duplicate folders by name, date modified, date created, label visibility, empty folders, their contents, and more. Tidy Up is also fast: it doesn't index the scanned volumes, so you don't waste precious time and space. With its multitasking capability, you can do multiple searches at one time and take full advantage your Mac's processing power. Tidy Up comes with a two search modes. Basic Mode includes more than 90 pre-defined...

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19:59
Apple Numbers 3.5.3 - Apple's spreadsheet app...

With Apple Numbers, sophisticated spreadsheets are just the start. The whole sheet is your canvas. Just add dramatic interactive charts, tables, and images that paint a revealing picture of your data. You can work seamlessly between Mac and iOS devices, and work effortlessly with people who use Microsoft Excel.Version 3.5.3:

  • This update contains stability improvements and bug fixes.
  • OS X 10.10 or later

Download Now

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19:59
iStat Menus 5.10 - Monitor your system right from...

iStat Menus lets you monitor your system right from the menubar. Included are 8 menu extras that let you monitor every aspect of your system. Some features:

  • CPU -- Monitor cpu usage. 7 display modes, multiple core support.
  • Memory -- Monitor memory usage. 4 display modes, page ins/outs and swap usage display.
  • Disks -- Monitor disk usage and activity. 6 display modes, ability to hide disks you dont want to see.
  • Network -- Monitor current and total bandwidth, peak bandwidth, IP addresses, and the ability to hide network connections you don't want to see.
  • Temps -- Monitor the temperature of your Mac. 2 display modes, ability to hide sensors you don't want to see.
  • Fans -- Monitor the fan speeds in your Mac. 2 display modes, ability to hide sensors you don't want to see.
  • Bluetooth...

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19:59
Adobe Lightroom 6.0 - Import, develop, and showcase...

Adobe Lightroom is available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud for as little as $9.99/month bundled with Photoshop CC as part of the photography package. Lightroom 6 is also available for purchase as a stand-alone app (with the cloud functionality removed) if you prefer. Adobe Lightroom software helps you bring out the best in your photographs, whether you're perfecting one image, searching for ten, processing hundreds, or organizing thousands. Create incredible images that move your audience. Experiment fearlessly with state-of-the-art nondestructive editing tools. Easily manage all your images. And showcase your work in...

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19:22
Use Keynote Remote on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod...

Learn how to use Keynote Remote to control your Keynote presentation from a compatible iOS device.

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19:19
Apple offers workaround for users experiencing setup...

Apple today shared a support article that offers users of the new 12-inch MacBook assistance getting around a bug involving Setup Assistant. According to the article, some users have had the spinning beach ball appear during the initial setup of their MacBook.

Apple is suggesting that users who get stopped by this bug to either wait 30 minutes for setup to resume, or to complete the Setup Assistant process without connecting to the internet. If the user chooses the latter option, they must reboot their machine after running Setup Assistant and choose a network after the laptop restarts. From there, they will be able setup iCloud and other services.
Apple writes:
Allow Setup Assistant to complete
If your MacBook stops responding and...

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18:00
Wi-Fi Attack Breaks iPhones By Locking Them Into an...

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers from Skycure demonstrated a novel attack at the RSA 2015 conference that affects iPhones and other iOS devices. The attack, which takes advantage of new and previously announced vulnerabilities, locks iPhones into a never-ending reboot cycle effectively rendering them useless. Skycure CEO Adi Sharabani explained that this attack began when Skycure researchers bought a new router and were messing around with its network settings. In doing so, they discovered a particular configuration that caused apps in iPhones connected to that router to crash whenever they launched.

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17:31
Apple details fix for 12" MacBook Setup...

Apple on Tuesday published a support document to its website detailing workarounds for apparent system stalls some new 12-inch MacBook owners are experiencing during the setup process.

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16:35
Microsoft OneNote will now take dictation from Apple...




As we near the April 24th launch for the Apple Watch, a pair of notable apps have received support for the device this evening. First off, Microsoft’s OneNote app has been updated to version 2.11.7 with support for the Apple Watch. A variety of features will be available from the Watch, including the ability to dictate new...

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16:04
Apple Watch Sport's Ion-X Glass Display Cover...

Earlier this month, a video surfaced showing the incredible scratch resistance of the sapphire crystal display cover used in the stainless steel and Edition Apple Watches, and now another video claims to show the scratch resistance of the Ion-X glass display cover used in the Apple Watch Sport. The video, from Lewis Hilsenteger of Unbox Therapy, uses Ion-X glass covers sourced from Sonny Dickson, who has acquired parts from various pre-release devices in the past. The glass covers in the video are said to be the same Ion-X covers used in the Apple Watch Sport. Hilsenteger subjects the Ion-X glass to a key, a knife, steel wool, and several different sandpapers to try to damage it (skip to 2:30 to get to the scratch testing portion of the video). While a key, a knife, and steel wool don't do any damage to the glass, Hilsenteger is able...

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15:39
Apple Watch Sport's Ion-X glass reportedly...

A video published to YouTube on Tuesday shows a scratch test featuring what is claimed to be an Apple Watch Sport's Ion-X cover glass, a scratch-resistant material whose properties lie somewhere between toughened glass and sapphire.

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15:38
Video Scratch Test for Ion-X Glass Shows High...

YouTuber Unbox Therapy has published a video showing several scratch tests for Ion-X glass, the material Apple is using on Apple Watch Sport. The tests were conducted on sample Ion-X material, rather than an actual Apple Watch Sport, and showed the material to handle a key, a knife, and steel wool. It didn't hold up to sandpaper, however, so make sure you don't rub your Apple Watch face with sandpaper. Sapphire will hold up to that sort of beating-or scraping-however, so if you're expecting some nasty run-ins with sandpaper-wielding vandals, or maybe some sort of horrific shop accident, you may want to consider Apple Watch instead of Apple Watch Sport.


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15:21
Apple Watch Sport’s ‘Ion-X’ glass gets put through...


If you’re still having trouble deciding between the Apple Watch and Apple Watch Sport, there’s a new video that may make it a bit easier. Not too long ago, a video was released that tested the scratch resistance of the Apple Watch’s sapphire glass panel, but today the Ion-X glass found on the Sport model gets put through the same treatment. Will it hold up against the torture?

In the video below from YouTuber Unbox Therapy, the Ion-X glass from the Sport model gets tortured by...

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14:50
Apple continues to block older Flash Player versions...

Apple today has confirmed that is updating its web plug-in blocking mechanism in OS X to disable all versions of Adobe Flash Player prior to the most recent, which is version 17.0.0.169. On older systems, all versions of Flash prior to 13.0.0.281 are blocked.

Apple notes on its Support page that if you must run an older version of Flash in Safari, you can do so by using the Internet plug-in management option in the browser. With this option, you can choose to run the Flash Player plug-in in unsafe mode on websites that you trust.
Apple cites security issues for its reasoning to block old versions of Adobe Flash:
Due to security issues in older versions, Apple has updated the web plug-in blocking mechanism to disable all versions prior to Flash Player 17.0.0...

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14:30
Inside Apple’s ResearchKit

LifeMap Solutions

Performing large-scale medical studies has never been easy. Getting people to provide informed consent, respond to surveys, or (even worse) show up for testing has often led to high rates of attrition, unreliable information, or both.
So it was intriguing to hear that Apple had decided to try to help out in this area. Smartphones have a number of significant advantages: people use them already, users already accept that phones can gather information on everything from our location to our fingerprints, and it's possible to develop sophisticated software that runs on the devices. The problem has been that medical researchers' software talents tend to lie in building statistical models, not sophisticated user-facing software.
ResearchKit had the potential to make a decent GUI much more manageable. But Apple hadn't even revealed what was in the framework, so it was difficult to tell how much easier it would be—or even...

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14:23
Ooppa Software releases PDF Studio 10 for the Mac

Qoppa Software (http://www.qoppa.com/) has released PDF Studio 10, an all-in-one PDF editing software for Mac OS X. The new version adds PDF Optimization, Overlay Comparison and Conversion to HTML5.
The Optimizer function provides options for users to reduce the file size of PDF documents before sharing or publishing them. Images can be downsized and compressed, unused and duplicate objects removed, and data streams compressed.
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14:23
Keynote for iOS Updated to Support ‘Keynote Remote...

Apple updated Keynote for iOS to version 2.5.3 Tuesday. The update includes support for the "Keynote Remote Apple Watch" app. That app will allow users to control Keynote presentations directly from their Apple Watch.


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14:22
Apple's VP of Retail Confirms that Iconic...

Earlier today Apple's Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Sales Angela Ahrendts sent a video out to Apple Store Managers and their respective teams ...

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14:00
AWT News Update: April 21, 2015

On today's AWT News Update:

  • Early orders of Apple Watch are now showing that they're preparing for shipment
  • Developers are getting an opportunity to order an Apple Watch for early delivery
  • Apple adds 31 new banks and credit unions to the growing list of over 200 financial institutions that support Apple Pay
  • New study shows Apple Pay is more popular than other mobile payment systems

The text version of the news update can be found below.

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This is Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and you’re listening to the AWT News Update for April 21, 2015. Our sponsor this week is It’s About Time Products, developers of Desk App for Mac, an inexpensive way to find out what files are taking up space unnecessarily on your...

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13:50
Angela Ahrendts Explains Apple Watch Rollout in...

Apple Senior Vice President of Retail Angela Ahrendts sent a video to Apple Store retail employees explaining the decision to limit initial Apple Watch orders to online only. In the video, Ms. Ahrendts delivers a very personal address that goes deeper into points she made in a written memo earlier in April, and stresses that Apple launched two new products at one time, Apple Watch and MacBook.


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13:42
Apple updates several optional iOS apps, adds Watch...

Apple on Tuesday updated several of its official iOS apps -- including the iWork suite -- with minor improvements, but most significantly added Apple Watch support to Keynote, allowing remote control of presentations.

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13:12
Apple retail chief Ahrendts addresses Apple Watch,...

In an internal video sent out to Apple Store employees on Tuesday, Apple SVP of Retail Angela Ahrendts clarifies the situation with Apple Watch and 12-inch MacBook availability, reiterating the need to push customers toward online sales as supply catches up to demand.

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05:00
Freemium Field Test: Final Fantasy: Record Keeper...

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).
As a teenager, I obsessed over the Final Fantasy series. I’d get lost in the many-dozen-hour adventures, absorbing the convoluted but often emotional plots and devising tactics to overcome the challenging encounters. Truth be told, I spent much, much more time writing about the games on fan sites and message boards, and it’s what pushed me towards writing professionally. I’m ever grateful for that unexpected career path borne out of pure fandom. ...

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07:56
Microsoft backs Apple Watch with PowerPoint and...

After giving lots of love to Android Wear, Microsoft is setting sights on Apple’s smartwatch with new PowerPoint and OneDrive apps.With the latest version of PowerPoint for iOS, Apple Watch users will be able to remotely control PowerPoint slideshows on the iPhone. The Watch app will show navigation controls, along with elapsed time, the current slide number, and the total number of slides.Unfortunately, Microsoft hasn’t included wrist controls for PowerPoint on other devices such as PCs and Macs, though it seems like an obvious feature to include down the road. In the meantime, users should be able to mirror the iPhone’s display on an Apple TV using AirPlay, and use the watch to control slideshows that way.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here...

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07:56
Apple starts charging Apple Watch buyers as it preps...

If you managed to preorder an Apple Watch at 12 a.m. PT/3 a.m. ET on the dot on April 10, your Watch might actually arrive on Friday.
Apple started charging buyers’ credit cards on Monday afternoon for a variety of different Watch models, not just the popular Sport. If a charge from Apple appears as pending on your card, check your Watch order status: It should have changed from “processing” to “preparing for shipment.”

This was a welcome notification on Monday.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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12:37
Pay What You Want for the Back-End Developer Course...

We have a training bundle for back-end developers today, and you get to name your own price. It works like this: pay what you want-say a penny-and you get two training courses. There are Python, Ruby, and PHP training courses in the package. But if you pay more than the average, you get all eight courses, and as of this writing, the average price is just $9.85. Plus, 10 percent of what you pay goes to one of three charities-you choose. Get to it!


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12:32
Randomly Selected Developers Offered Expedited Apple...

Apple Watches are in short supply as indicated by current ship times. However, some developers are receiving emails with an opportunity to purchase a silver Apple watch with a blue Sport band that will ship by April 28, guaranteed.


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12:17
Recent job posting indicates Apple may be looking to...



It’s the hiring that shows where a company’s going.
A recent Apple job listing shows that the company is looking for a software engineer to help bring public transit information to Apple Maps.
The listing reads as follows:
“As a member of the Routing team, you will work on one of the most anticipated features of Apple Maps,”

In the job requirements, the company directly asks for someone with “in-depth knowledge about public transit,” both as a rider and on a technical level.
Until the iOS 6 version of Maps, transit directions were a popular integrated feature. That update stripped out Google content in favor of...

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12:12
Mac: Adobe Lightroom CC

With Apple basically having turned its back on continuing to develop its “pro” photo management app, Aperture, serious Mac photographers are essentially left with Adobe’s Lightroom as the only real game in town. Many photographers already preferred Lightroom to Aperture, if for no other reason than the fact that Adobe kept up a pretty brisk update cycle that seems to have fallen into a stride of one major upgrade per year. This spring brings Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC ($10/month), an update that preserves all of the features, UI, and workflow that Lightroom fans have come to love, with some great new added features such as Face Detection, HDR image support, panorama creation, video slideshows, HTML5 web galleries, and more.
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12:11
New Premium Reseller Apple Watch Stores Open in...

Photographer David Hobby tweeted earlier today that "Presently in Xiamen, China which has no Apple Store. But Apple Watch already on display at premium resellers," ...

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12:00
Inateck MacBook Bohemian Canvas Case Bag merges...

Our friends at Inateck recently sent over a protective MacBook case that is definitely eye-catching and can keep your MacBook and other goodies protected while looking good. The Inateck MacBook Bohemian Canvas Case Bag (US$36.99, on sale at Amazon for $14.99) fits any  MacBook Air or MacBook Pro up to 13.3 inches in size, and is perfect for the new slimline 12-inch Retina MacBook.

Design

This bag is definitely fashion-forward, featuring a bright and cheerful exterior pattern over an off-white canvas bag. The canvas exterior hides an inside padded layer of Lycra and Neoprene, while the inside features a cloud-soft lining of tan fleece. 

Your MacBook is secured inside the bag with a simple wood button and leather loop closure, with no zippers to scratch your favorite laptop. The...

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11:58
31 additional banks and credit unions adopt Apple...



Apple Pay is growing.
There’s no denying that.
The payment method is now supported by an additional 31 banks and credit unions, bringing the total number of institutions now exceeds 200 banks and credit unions with active support, and some 2,000 banks have signed on to support the mobile payment system for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch in the future.

The new banks and credit unions are as follows:
AmeriCU Credit Union
Bankers Trust
Central Minnesota Credit Union
Chrome Federal Credit Union
City Employees Credit Union
Consumers Cooperative Credit Union
Coulee Dam Federal Credit Union
Desert...

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11:44
Future Notebooks may include a Solid State Drive...

Earlier this month, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Samsung showing us that they want to take SSD's to the next-level by creating them so that they could be removable and/or upgradable in Notebooks, PC's and beyond.

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11:41
Review: Rokform Rokfolio Wallet Case for iPhone 6...

Rokform's new Rokfolio Wallet Case ($46-$56) for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus offers a number of features usually found in separate cases. Not only is it a folio wallet case which can hold up to three credit cards, but Rokfolio also features a built-in magnet and comes with a magnetic mount, as well, to mount the case on various surfaces. The case is also compatible with Rokform's v3 mounting accessories using the hole in the back of the case. Volume controls and the sleep/wake button are both covered.{/exp:char_limit}

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11:35
Apple offers developers a second chance at an early...

To get an Apple Watch on or anywhere near the advertised April 24 availability date, you needed to place your order within minutes of its 3am pre-order launch on April 10. Orders placed today won't ship until May or June. If you're an app developer hoping to capture the interest of early adopters, this is especially inconvenient.
Today Apple sent out an e-mail offering recourse to those developers: register now and you'll be entered for a chance to buy an Apple Watch Sport with a blue Sport Band that will be delivered to your door on April 28. Apple is using a WWDC-like lottery system to determine who will actually get these watches—if you don't win the lottery, you'll have to (figuratively) wait in line with the regular people who placed their orders in the online Apple Store.
Some Apple Watch developers have already spoken to Ars about...

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11:29
Ubuntu's Vivid Vervet Makes Snappy Entrance


Canonical on Tuesday announced the release of Ubuntu 15.04, aka "Vivid Vervet," as in East African monkey. It will be available for download on Thursday. The new OS offers tools for cloud, device, client and Internet of Things development. The Ubuntu desktop release includes mostly maintenance and bug fixes, along with new integrated menus and dashboard usability improvements. Ubuntu 15.04 for cloud and servers comes at a critical time to attract companies adopting cloud technologies.

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11:21
Learn about overscan and underscan

You might see the terms "overscan" or "underscan" used in OS X, Apple TV, or your favorite app. This article explains what these terms mean, and how selecting or changing related settings affect output to a television. 

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11:00
Still seeing this page every time you visit Apple...

Recently one of our readers pointed out that he kept seeing the Welcome to Apple World Today post each and every day when he visited the site. By clicking on the Apple World Today logo, he was able to visit the "correct" and current home page, but he was annoyed that this was happening. A quick look at our site metrics pointed out that the first post we put up on AWT on February 8, 2015 is still seeing a lot of traffic... so obviously something is wrong.

The answer is simple -- on that first day of AWT's online life, you bookmarked the first post that's found at https://www.appleworld.today/blog/2015/1/28/welcome-to-apple-world-today. Whenever you click a favorites link or button, or start typing in "appleworld.today" in your browser, it's pointing to that page. 

To fix the recurring issue, just delete any bookmarks you may currently have for Apple World Today. Next, type in the...

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10:50
If your MacBook stops responding during setup

Learn what to do if your MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2015) stops responding and shows a spinning wheel in Setup Assistant. 

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10:48
Use accessibility features on your Apple Watch

Learn about VoiceOver, Zoom, Font Adjustments, Mono Audio, and other accessibility features.

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10:19
10 Must Have Apple Watch Apps for Launch Day

The first wave of Apple Watches will start arriving this Friday, April 24. You'll need some apps to show off just how cool your brand new smartwatch is, so TMO put together a list of must-have apps to make your daily routine easier while wowing your friends at the same time.


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10:00
James Bond, It’s Time to Try on Your Apple Watch

Ever since the movie Dr. No, James Bond has, on and off, used a gadget wristwatch to get out of a tight spot. Have the watches of the Bond movies seeped into our collective smartwatch subconsciousness? Also, Bond is a Brit and Sir Jonathan Ive is a Brit. What connection could there possibly be? John Martellaro ponders the various influences.


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09:57
Apple Watch custom faces

John Gruber:I just can’t see Apple ever allowing these sort of watch faces for Apple Watch — that’ll be left for the jailbreak crowd. A few weeks ago I thought third-party watch faces would be like third-party apps were for the iPhone — something that wasn’t there at the launch, but which came sooner rather than later.That’s what I thought too. John has some interesting thoughts on custom watch faces and why we won’t see them.∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:36
Government Surveillance: What to Do, What to Do?


The CIA has been trying to hack into iOS for years. British and American agencies reportedly have collaborated to create a map of the Internet and Web users. The United States National Security Agency has, together with the UK's GCHQ, reportedly stolen SIM card encryption keys from Gemalto. The FBI is frothing at the mouth over Google's and Apple's encryption of their mobile OSes. Vulnerabilities in Signaling System 7 telephony protocols let third parties eavesdrop on cellphone calls and intercept text messages, despite encryption.

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09:34
KeyCue for Mac OS X revved to version 7.5

Ergonis Software has introduced KeyCue 7.5, an update to the cheat sheet for learning and remembering keyboard shortcuts.
The upgrade allows you to omit keyboard shortcuts from the shortcut table. This is useful for shortcuts that you know already. The new version also improves the convenience of getting informed about and installing new versions.
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09:24
TMO Daily Observations 2015-04-21: The Real Scoop on...

Twitter put the social networking world in a tizzy yesterday when it said that Direct Messaging was opening up to people who aren't following each other. Dave Hamilton and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to help explain what's really happening, and why you aren't going to get overloaded with spam messages. Kelly also shows why OS X's Network Locations feature is so handy.


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09:14
Adobe updates its Creative Cloud Photography apps

Adobe has announced an update to its Creative Cloud Photography plan (https://www.adobe.com/creativecloud/photography.html) with the release of an all-new Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC that's faster and sports new tools to edit, enhance, organize and showcase photos.
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09:10
60-Second Tips: Subscribe to RSS feeds in Safari...

Think that you need a separate RSS feed reader app or service to keep up with the latest from your favorite websites? You don't! Safari in OS X 10.10 Yosemite and iOS 8 features a way to subscribe to RSS feeds through Shared Links, which is normally used to see what links your friends are sharing on social networks. In this 60-second tip, we take you through the process for both OS X and iOS. The text version of this tip follows the video.

Text Version

Today’s 60-second tip looks at a quick way to follow the news feeds for your favorite websites in Safari, without the need to use a separate RSS reader app. 

In OS X 10.10 Yosemite, open Safari and visit the website you wish to follow. Click the open sidebar button, then click on the Shared Links button - it looks like an “at sign”. This usually shows links shared by people or organizations you follow on Twitter and other social networks. At...

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08:54
Control what you see in Health app on iPhone

If you haven’t used the Health app on iPhone, it’s something you just consider doing. Here’s a good article on how to easily show the information you’re looking for without overwhelming you.∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:46
Apple details Apple Watch’s heart rate monitor

Learn how Apple Watch measures your heart rate, and get tips for a more accurate reading.Great information from Apple.∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:07
Adobe unveils Lightroom CC: speed boost, RAW HDR and...

Petapixel:Adobe today announced its latest version of Lightroom, called Lightroom CC. The update brings faster performance, some revamped tools, and a set of powerful new creation features. Here’s a look at the major new things found in Lightroom CC, which will also be sold as a standalone program called Lightroom 6.Now that Aperture has all but disappeared, Lightroom will be the only choice for most professional photographers. Luckily, it’s a very good app on its own and these new features add a lot to its abilities.∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:01
Adobe Lightroom Updated With HDR and Panorama Merge...

Adobe today announced a major update to Lightroom CC (and the launch of the standalone Lightroom 6), its professional photo editing software for Mac users. The new update brings significant performance improvements and several new features like HDR merge, Panorama merge, facial recognition, improved slideshows, a filter brush, and more. One of the most impressive new organizational features in the updated version of Lightroom is facial recognition, which lets Lightroom users organize their photos by subject for the first time, in addition to organizing with tags, flags, and star ratings. Once a face in a single photo is named, the software is able to find more images that feature that person for quick tagging by face. A new "People" view lets users sort photos by person. Panorama Merge, another new feature, lets photographers stitch together multiple images, including RAW and JPG files to create ultra high-quality panoramic shots. It has built in tools for automatically...

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08:00
Evolving Data Loss Prevention in SharePoint Online/...

Today’s post was written by Shobhit Sahay, technical product manager for the Office 365 team.
Everywhere your data exists, moves or is shared, we want to protect it. Office 365 has provided Data Loss Prevention (DLP) capabilities for email since Exchange 2013. As collaboration extends beyond email to sites and documents, we are extending the DLP capabilities to these services. Last year at TechEd Barcelona, we showed a quick glimpse of our vision for expanding DLP and today we are pleased to share more details on these capabilities.
Announcing upcoming public preview of DLP for SharePoint Online/OneDrive for Business
For the last couple of months, we have worked hard to test some of these cool new capabilities in a private preview with select customers. Later this quarter, we will bring a public preview...

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07:59
BusyCal 2.6.6

Adds support for auto-filling matching tags for the Attendee and Contact fields from BusyContacts. ($49.99 new, free update, 10.3 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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07:58
BusyContacts 1.0.3

Brings several helpful additions to the contact manager, including support for a tag extension that auto-fills the Attendee and Contact fields in BusyCal. ($49.99 new, free update, 5.4 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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Monday April 20

11:09
The Hunt's revamped app solves life's big...

There’s nothing more satisfying than tracking down an item online that you’ve been lusting after for weeks—and bonus points if it’s on sale. That’s the appeal of The Hunt, a crowdsourcing platform that unleashes the power of the Internet to help you find clothes, housewares, and other lifestyle items. If it can be seen and purchased, The Hunt’s community of seekers will find it for you.
How it works: When you see a photo online of a must-have outfit, piece of furniture, etc., you can start a hunt by posting it to the platform. The community’s experts will scour the Internet to find that exact item or comparable ones, if you’re seeking something cheaper. The Hunt has become insanely popular among young women, and its more than 3.5 million users are submitting 90 percent of the site’s answers from their smartphones. People are spending 12–14 minutes a day in the app with the intent to buy something....

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