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Friday March 28

18:15
Retrospect 11.0.1

Squashes a number of bugs, including several related to the new block-level incremental backup option. ($119–$2,199 new, free update, 362 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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17:57
Microsoft will no longer snoop your email

Brad Smith, General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft:

Effective immediately, if we receive information indicating that someone is using our services to traffic in stolen intellectual or physical property from Microsoft, we will not inspect a customer’s private content ourselves. Instead, we will refer the matter to law enforcement if further action is required.

Mighty good of them.
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17:11
Silicon Valley anti-poaching suit to proceed as...

A federal judge on Friday issued an order denying requests from Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe to escape going to trial over claims that the four tech heavyweights artificially suppressed employee wages through anti-poaching agreements.  ...

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16:10
Pairing a Bluetooth keyboard with your Apple TV

I haven’t done this, but it could be handy.
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14:39
Expo Notes: Spruce up your selfies with Facetune

Hello, gorgeous. Yes, I’m talking to you. You are perfect just the way you. All of those selfies you upload to Instagram on a daily basis are completely flawless. Don’t ever change a thing.

Much better. 

But, if you do take a snap of yourself and notice something that you don’t quite love, you can easily fix it up with Facetune, a new portrait-editing app for iOS. Facetune lets you easily tweak and touchup your facial features, all with a few simple swipes. Erase a blemish, whiten your teeth, smooth out blotchy skin (or shiny skin in my case), brighten your eyes, and place the focus on where you want it....

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14:47
Expo Notes: Do something useful with your iMac'...

Your iMac’s built-in stand is elegant, but it seems as though you should be able to do more with it. Two vendors here at the Macworld/iWorld show aim to help you do just that.Rain Design’s upcoming mBase stand (above), available in June, is cut from iMac-matching aluminum and elevates your Mac about two inches off the surface it’s resting on. The mBase uses those two inches to provide a convenient drawer for your iPhone, a small hard drive, some cables, or even a charging brick.What makes the mBase’s drawer especially useful is that it includes cable-management holes in the front and back, letting you string, say, a USB cable into the drawer from the back, or even all the way through the front. And vents along the back of the drawer keep its contents cool.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here...

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15:05
Expo Notes: CrazyTalk7 brings photo animation to iOS...

We had a lot of fun testing Reallusion’s CrazyTalk7 for Mac at the last year’s Macworld-iWorld—so much fun, in fact, that we named it one of the 2013 Best of Show winners. And what’s not to like about CrazyTalk? The demo we saw of this facial animation software featured a sarcastic talking cat, complete with eye-rolling, so you know I’m sold based on that.
CrazyTalk7 is back at Macworld/iWorld again this year, showing off a new companion app for the iPhone and iPad. Once you complete your animation on the Mac, you can share your character with the app, animating it some more on your mobile device. Shake your iPhone to make your character bounce around, or drag your finger across the screen to move him in a specific direction. You can also record something for your character to say—up to 30 seconds long—...

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15:40
Expo Notes: Sit or stand, the Ergotron’s WorkFit...

Studies have shown that when you’re working at your computer, you should take the opportunity to stand as much as possible. It’s better for your health. And the office furniture market has responded, with an explosion of standing desk offerings.
But sometimes you need to sit, so it’s good to be able to switch between sitting and standing with your computer. Ergotron’s WorkFit uses an arm to that can raise your Mac when you’re standing, and lower the computer when you’re sitting.
Macworld actually reviewed the WorkFit-A when it was first released. Designed for the iMac, the build quality and features of the WorkFit-A are great, but at the time of the review, the monitor would jiggle when typing. An Ergotron representative told us...

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16:06
MGG 495: Three Geeks Caught on The Show Floor of...

Dave and John ... and Pilot Pete ... appear live in public together for the first time to record Mac Geek Gab 495 on stage at Macworld/iWorld 2014. They play a little "Stump the Geeks" with the crowd, they go through some of their favorite Cool Stuff Found from the show floor, and they also give Mavericks a 6th month report card. All this and more... for free! Just download and enjoy.

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15:35
BearExtender Turbo Gives Your USB Mac 802.11ac Speeds

TMO's John F. Braun is tearing up the Macworld/iWorld Conference show floor, but slowed down just long enough to learn about the BearExtender Turbo 802.11ac. It lets your older Mac take advantage of faster WiFi speeds, and John explains why that's cool.

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15:02
Briefly: Philips A5-PRO headphones, Little Big...

Philips, in partnership with renowned DJ Armin van Buuren, has launched the A5-PRO DJ headphones. Designed for audio monitoring and mixing, the headphones' replaceable bayonet mount cushions are available in three sizes for comfort options. Its anodized aluminum form with leather headband is foldable, and its 50mm high-definition neodymium driver offer high quality low-frequency sound. Pricing and availability have not yet been announced....  ...

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15:01
Japan Display shows off 5.5-inch, quad-HD mobile...

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Japan Display—one of Apple’s iPhone display suppliers—announced a new 5.5-inch mobile phone display this week that could provide a hint at what we’ll see in the next iPhone. The display. The display sports a resolution of 1,440x 2,560 (or quad-HD) and a pixel density of 538ppi—well above “Retina” quality.
The display will go into mass production very soon, lining up with reports that the next iPhone display would also be entering this phase in the next month or so in...

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15:00
Smashed iPhone or piece of abstract art?

This poor iPhone was left on top of a car and took an unfortunate trip when the car drove off. It was provided to us by reader Yvette Fragile....

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14:56
Visual history of OmniFocus for Mac

Great post from Shawn Blanc. I remember every version of this app—the screenshots bring back memories.
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14:46
Apple and Samsung head back to court

Apple’s complaint, filed in 2012, says Samsung “systematically copied Apple’s innovative technology and products, features, and designs, and has deluged markets with infringing devices in an effort to usurp market share from Apple.”

“Instead of pursuing independent product development, Samsung slavishly copied Apple’s innovative technology, with its elegant and distinctive user interfaces product design, in violation of Apple’s valuable intellectual property rights,” Apple said in the document.

I love “slavishly copied.”
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14:44
Judge grants class status in e-books price fixing...

A U.S. district court judge on Friday ruled plaintiffs seeking class status in a suit against Apple over e-book price fixing had "more than met their burden" to sue as a group.   ...

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13:30
Expo Notes: Penclic Mouse looks like a pen but it’s...

When I first saw the Penclic Mouse from a short distance from Prestige’s Macworld/iWorld booth, I thought, “Why is someone selling those pens and pen holders you find at banks?” But upon closer inspection, I realized that the Penclic Mouse is an input device that uses a mounted stylus.
The Penclic Mouse is held like a pen, which may be a more comfortable grip for some people than a typical mouse. You don’t use it like you would a stylus on a tablet, however; the Penclic Mouse’s base has a sensor underneath, so you move the whole device on your desk. The device has five buttons, a scroll wheel (that’s oddly located on the base, not on the pen), and a switch for changing between 800, 1200, and 2400 dpi.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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14:26
Macworld: IDrive adds syncing service to online...

Online backup storage service IDrive has revamped its plans to offer more space, and a new separate sync service -- and to celebrate, it will give current and new users the same amount of sync space as they use for backups at no additional charge. The new service allows users to sync files in real time across all linked devices (on Macs, PCs or mobile devices) as well as their separate IDrive account. The sync feature can optionally be protected with private-key encryption if desired....  ...

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14:15
Western Digital Introduces First Portable...

TMO's John F. Braun is at this weekâs Macworld/iWorld Conference learning about the new Western Digital My Passport Pro, the first portable Thunderbolt powered, dual drive solution.

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14:14
Microsoft's Office for iPad suite dominates App...

About 24 hours after debuting on the iOS App Store, Microsoft's Office for iPad productivity suite has taken over the first three Top Free Apps seats, with the fourth going to the redesigned OneNote.  ...

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14:00
TUAW at Macworld/iWorld 2014: Kashoo accounting for...

I'm one of those people who sucks as an accountant. So when I heard about Kashoo a few years ago and realized that I could do most of the accounting work for one of my small businesses from an iPad, I jumped on the opportunity to try it out. I...

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13:49
New phishing scam relies on fake Apple ID login page

A new phishing scam is operating using a fake Apple ID login page, says security group InfoSec. Victims will receive an email directing them to a website called appleidconfirm.net; the page uses screenshots of Apple's real website mixed with entry forms to create a convincing facade. People are prompted to enter their Apple ID login, and the site even uses Javascript to help validate an Apple ID as authentic via email....  ...

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13:40
Pad & Quill announce new iPhone 5/s Traveller...

We’re huge fans of Pad & Quill so we’re excited to let you know that today the St. Paul, MN-based company announced some new wallets/cases for iPhone 5/s. Most notable is the $70 Traveller case [WANT] which will hold your iPhone and multiple cards in a pouch around back with a slider that helps eject your wares. We’ve noted before how much we like Pad and Quill’s rugged construction and genuine materials.
My dad had an old coin pouch that he carried everywhere with him and I have very good memories of that. We made this case inspired by his old coin pouch. It’s a tribute to my Dad and to the Craftsman. This is a VERY intricately hand assembled iPhone cover that includes a generous hidden back pocket for multiple Credit cards and ID. This is soft full grain luxury and...

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13:15
Stitcher overhauls iOS app with new interface,...

Podcast streaming service Stitcher has released major update of its iOS app, v6.0.0. The app's interface has been redesigned not only to match iOS 7, but to streamline navigation. The front page, for example, now highlights new episodes from favorites, as well as headlines and other news stories. A new Mini Player provides constant access to what's playing, and the Now Playing screen has gained quick access to car mode and the sleep timer. Playlists can be accessed from anywhere in the app via a swipe gesture....  ...

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13:05
Mini-review: People who already use Office will love...

These four applications collectively make up the new Office for iPad suite.

Andrew Cunningham

To say that Microsoft is late to the game with the Office for iPad applications it announced yesterday is something of an understatement. Whatever the holdup was—internal politics and a Windows-first development policy are both oft-cited reasons—the software is here four full years after the release of the first iPad, six months after Apple made its own productivity applications free to new iPad owners, and nearly one-and-a-half years since Microsoft released its very own tablet without a touch-optimized version of Office. Whatever metric you use, we've been waiting for a while.
And yet despite that fact, Word, Excel,...

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13:02
Readmill purchased by Dropbox, social reading...

Online storage provider Dropbox has purchased social reading app developer Readmill. The deal, suspected to be worth around $8 million will see the shuttering of the Readmill app, with the team responsible for coding and development moving to assist Dropbox with its core service....  ...

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13:00
TUAW at Macworld/iWorld 2014: Kamino

Kamino is a new free app that is making its debut at Macworld/iWorld 2014. Described as an "urban discovery app", the idea behind Kamino is that people who enjoy walking or hiking around their urban homes can capture those hikes and share them with...

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12:31
Apple Patent Addresses Texting-Walking Risk


Texting while walking can be dangerous, but Apple could be aiming to make it less so, judging from a patent awarded Thursday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Apple has found an innovative way to use an electronic communication device's camera to continuously capture and present video images as background within a text-messaging session, its patent application 20140085334, titled "Transparent Texting," suggests.
The device's rear-facing camera could be used to make it appear the user was looking through a transparent screen.

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12:30
3 Free App for the Citizen Scientist

All science isn't done in a lab by white coated professors.You can do scientific field work where ever you are with these three free iOS app featured in this week's Free on iTunes. Project Squirrel, Project Noah, Merlin Bird ID.

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12:12
Office for iPad apps grab top spots in App Store...

Just a day after their release, the Office for iPad apps are already in high positions in the Top Free and Top Grossing charts at the App Store. The top three Free apps are currently Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, in that order; a related Microsoft app, OneNote, is in fourth. Word is #5 on the Top Grossing chart, while Excel is 12th, and PowerPoint is 29th....  ...

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12:10
Briefly: Facebook Messenger adds Groups, new Vox for...

Facebook Messenger for iOS received an update yesterday, offering its users access to Group features, including a forwarding function. In v4.0, users can now create groups for the people one messages the most often, and name them, and set group photos. Messages and photos can be forwarded to someone who is not in a designated conversation thread by using a tapping gesture. Additionally, miscellaneous improvements to improve the app's speed and reliability have been included in the latest update. Facebook Messenger is free to download, and requires iOS 6.0 or later to run.... ...

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12:00
San Francisco Giants Hope iBeacon Hits a Home Run...

Starting this baseball season, the San Francisco Giants are adopting Apple’s iBeacon technology to send offers and alerts directly to fans’ iOS 7 devices while they’re at AT&T Park, reports Engadget. This is the first year Major League Baseball has begun using the technology, and it will appear in 20 of the 30 MLB ballparks. The Giants believe that iBeacon technology can help fans have a better time at the ballpark. “Mobile and digital experiences are paramount to our fan experience,” says the team’s Chief Information Officer Bill Schlough. “It opens up a world of possibilities.”

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12:00
Yahoo updates and improves its popular iOS Weather...

Yahoo Weather (free) has been my favorite quick-look weather app since it came out a year ago. I believe it looks better than Apple's weather app and provides more information.

Yahoo has posted an updated version, with some worthwhile features. You...

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11:57
Forums: PDFs, GPUs, Free Apps and more

This week MacNN forum goers discuss a wide range of topics from Virtual Machines and merging PDFs to new GPUs for a Mac Pro. One long time member turned to the forums yesterday looking for virtual machine software that was able to assign specific optical drives to specific VMs after having no luck finding software with this feature in the past. Mac Elite "And.reg" started a thread this week looking for a way to merge multiple PDFs into one PDF using Preview....  ...

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11:56
FLIR Shows FLIR One Thermal Imaging Camera for iPhone

SAN FRANCISCO - The folks at FLIR are showing off the FLIR One, the first thermal imaging camera for iPhone. We covered it back in January when they announced it, but this is the first time we've seen it in use. This device takes the form of a case with the thermal imaging camera built inside. It also has its own battery, so it's not using your iPhone's battery to operate. It can take up to two hours of video, which get saved to the companion app in your iPhone. It will also take still s. If you want to find leaks in your house, the animal rustling in the bushes, or the ghost hiding in your basement, the FLIR One brings thermal imaging into the financial reach of mortals at $349. It's expected to ship in May, and you can reserve one now. I love this thing. Oh, and check out Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus. He's hot....

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11:56
Apple deals: Mac desktops as low as $509

This week Apple's online store has a variety of refurbished iMac and Mac mini models at discounted prices. The refurbished Mac mini with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive has been reduced by $90 to $509. For $1,099 after a $200 discount, is the 21.5-inch iMac with a 2.7GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive....   ...

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11:53
DealNN: 21.5-inch iMac for $1,100

This week at MacMall.com get a 21.6-inch iMac for $1,100. It was $1,500, but has been cut to $1,180. Until April 30, save an additional $80 via a mail-in-rebate offer that drops the final cost to $1,100. That makes this the lowest price we have seen on this computer by roughly the same price margin. This iMac features a 2.9GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive. A one year warranty on parts and labor is included from Apple....   ...

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11:34
Wikipropaganda

Daniel Eran Dilger on the Apple vs Samsung trial:

Anyone reading Wikipedia’s ostensibly encyclopedic recounting of the initial global lawsuits between the two companies would only get one side of the story: Samsung’s.

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11:32
iLounge Game Spotlight: Sometimes You Die

Sometimes You Die ($2) is a new minimalist puzzler/side scroller from Philipp Stollenmayer. Unlike most games, in which a player’s death is usually a setback, Sometimes You Die lets players benefit from dying. Many of the puzzles seem to require such sacrifices.

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11:30
Here's what your new black MacBook Air would...

In love with the idea of a new black Apple notebook? So am I. There's just no denying that a black MacBook would be an awesome addition to the company's lineup, though whether we'll ever be graced with such a device is anyone's guess.

But just to...

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11:28
Microsoft Office Apps Top App Store Charts One Day...

Just a day after being released into the App Store, Microsoft's new iPad Apps, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, appear to be quite popular with consumers, ranking as the top three free iPad apps in the App Store, with the redesigned Microsoft OneNote in the number four spot. Microsoft Word for iPad is ranked as the number five top grossing app, while Excel is ranked twelfth, indicating Microsoft's downloads are raking in some cash in the form of Office 365 subscriptions, which are available within the apps as a $9.99/month or $99/year purchase. Users can also purchase Office 365 subscriptions outside of the app, however, which would not influence App Store charts. While Microsoft's apps can be downloaded at no charge and allow documents to be viewed or presented, creating and editing documents requires an Office 365 subscription that also...

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11:27
There's a New Kid on the Solar System Block


Astronomers this week reported what they believe to be the most-distant member of our solar system discovered so far. 2012 VP113, a probable dwarf planet that was found to lie beyond the known edge of the solar system, was discovered by Chadwick Trujillo, an astronomer at the Gemini Observatory in Hawaii, and Scott Sheppard, an astronomer at the Carnegie Institution for Science, using the National Optical Astronomy Observatory's new 13-foot Dark Energy Camera on the NOAO 4 meter telescope in Chile.

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11:05
Taylor Guitars Road Show

An Evening of Guitar Talk & Demos with Taylor’s Friendly Factory Experts

I love my Taylor.
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11:00
Can we just stop with the lame iPhone and OS X...

There's a bad tendency for websites to label any and all Apple related concepts as "epic" or "unbelievably cool." And sure, concepts for future devices can be damn interesting, but things lately have really gotten out of hand.

Recently, there seems...

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10:45
Suspend Your iPhone in Mid-Air with iPEVO...

IPEVOâs Articulating Video Stand allows one to suspend an iPhone or iPod touch virtually in mid-air with great flexibility. It will appeal to anyone who needs to create training or demonstrations videos or suspend the iPhone's camera above an object. There are many other uses.

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10:30
Daily Deals for March 28, 2014, featuring the iPad...

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

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10:12
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella points to Office for...

Sure, you could argue that Microsoft’s shiny new Office apps for iPad are only ranking so well because they’re freemium apps since they’re listed for free but require a subscription to fully function, but they are taking up the top four spots nonetheless.
Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella is apparently pleased with this as he tweeted out “looks like it’s a productive Friday for [iPad] owners!’ following yesterday’s friendly back-and-forth exchange with Apple CEO Tim Cook.
What really...

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10:07
Foxconn profits rise 13 percent on iPhone and iPad...

Taiwan-based manufacturer Hon Hai -- better known as Foxconn -- saw its profits rise 13 percent last year to $3.5 billion, something attributed mainly to record iPhone and iPad sales, according to the Wall Street Journal. Foxconn is closely linked to Apple, deriving over 40 percent of its revenue from Apple orders. As such, any fluctuation in iPhone and iPad sales can dramatically affect its income....  ...

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10:00
Apple's failed attempts at taking over the...

The iPhone remains one of the most popular "cameras" on the planet, and Apple's smartphone has indeed conquered consumer photography, but it wasn't the company's first attempt to do so.

In the mid '90s, Apple was going through its "see what sticks"...

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09:57
iPhone Apps: Byword, OneNote for iPad, Tiny Space...

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09:00
Expo Notes: Thunderbolt takes over

While much of the Macworld iWorld show floor is devoted to iOS and software products, there is still plenty of Mac OS hardware to be found. In particular, a bunch of companies are showing off devices equipped with the fastest external connection found on modern Macs: Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2.Western Digital is showing off its brand new My Passport Pro dual-drive RAID with Thunderbolt. The drive can be configured as RAID 0, RAID 1 or JBOD through the WD Utility. Using 5400 RPM drives, the drive won’t break any speed records, but the 2TB and 4TB configurations ($300 and $430, respectively) offer plenty of bus-powered capacity.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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09:41
RE:Vision Effects releases ReelSmart Motion Blur 5

RE:Vision Effects has released ReelSmart Motion Blur 5 with GPU support for Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer/Symphony/Newscutter, The Foundry Nuke, Assimilate Scratch, and Sony Vegas Pro.
ReelSmart Motion adds more natural looking blur to a sequence. You can add as little or as much blurring as you need, or even remove motion blur. Also included in some RSMB versions is a feature that allows you to blur with user-supplied motion vectors that, most likely, come from a 3D animation system.
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09:37
Report: Apple attempting to hire Swiss watchmakers

Apple is trying to lure top Swiss watchmakers away from their companies to work on the iWatch, the Financial Times reports. Jean-Claude Biver, president of LVMH’s watches and jewelry division, said Apple has tried to recruit staff from Hublot and parts manufacturers. “Apple has contacted some of my employees…

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09:35
Prong PocketPlug Allows iPhone Charging Nearly...

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - TMO's John F. Braun is at this weekâs Macworld/iWorld Conference where he checked out PocketPlug from Prong, a case that allow you to charge your iPhone 4/4s/5/5s nearly anywhere.

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09:30
How Wikipedia's sloppy facts obscured reality...

In 2011, the world's two most profitable mobile phone makers engaged in a global IP war that continues to this day. As Apple and Samsung prepare for their second trial, it's useful to review why many onlookers were so ill informed about the first one: Wikipedia.  ...

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09:28
Apple issues fourth OS X 10.9.3 beta to developers,...

One week after the last beta, Apple has returned with another pre-release version of OS X 10.9.3 for testing by employees and registered Mac developers with a focus on graphics drivers, audio, Safari, USB data synchronization, and Mail.  ...

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09:16
Apple, Samsung, Google trying to court Swiss...

Apple, Google, and Samsung are among the wearable tech developers trying to court help from Swiss watchmakers, says the Financial Times. One of the core targets has been Swatch, the world's biggest watchmaker. "We have been in discussions – not ever initiated by us – with practically all players in smart wearables up until today," says Swatch CEO Nick Hayek. "However, we see no reason why we should enter into any partnership agreement."...  ...

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09:13
Apple seeds OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 build 13D28 to...


A little over a week following the past seed, Apple has released OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 build 13D28 to developers. Apple is again asking testers to focus on Graphics Drivers, Audio, Safari, and Contacts/Calendar USB sync via iTunes. The first 10.9.3 seed brought enhanced support for 4K external monitors. Apple previously started seeding 10.9.3 builds to AppleCare employees as well as fixes for iTunes. Apple is yet to indicate when 10.9.3 will be released to the public. Thanks, D!
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09:06
Read the Fine Print with Satechi LED Magnifier

The ReadMate LED Desktop Magnifier from Satechi is not a specific Mac product, but it is so darn helpful and well designed that it deserves a review on these pages. Come to think of it, we techies are always looking at the details of smaller and smaller gadgets.

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09:00
US Judge: Free Speech Protects Baidu's Beijing-...


A Manhattan judge ruled that a Chinese search engine's practice of restricting free speech is, wouldn't you know it, protected by free speech. Chinese Internet company Baidu won the dismissal of a U.S. lawsuit filed by activists who objected to its, shall we say, selective search results, which adhere to the government's notoriously limited view of what is and isn't acceptable. Eight New York-based writers and video producers were ticked that Baidu's search algorithms blocked U.S. users from viewing their content advocating for democracy in China.

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09:00
Philips Hue app-controlled lighting family add three...

The Philips Hue app-controlled lighting products were among the first "Internet of Things" products we covered here at TUAW, and the product line has become quite popular. Now the company has announced three new products in the Hue line, including a...

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08:51
Apple's Arizona Sapphire Plant May See...

As construction on Apple and GT Advanced's sapphire manufacturing plant in Mesa, Arizona, progresses, the two companies are already looking at expanding their available space. According to AppleInsider, several companies in the area are currently bidding on a potential expansion, which would possibly allow GT Advanced to put out even greater quantities of sapphire for use in Apple's products. While it remains unclear just how Apple will use the sapphire, there have been several strong hints and equipment orders pointing towards sapphire displays for the upcoming iPhone 6. Aerial view of Apple's existing facility (via AppleInsider) Announced...

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08:48
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Sharp 42″ 1080p HDTV $330,...

Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: TwitterRSS Feed,FacebookGoogle+ and subscribe to the new Safari push notifications feature.
Today’s can’t miss deals:

Sharp 42″ LED 1080p 120Hz HDTV with DTS sound $330 shipped (Reg. $480)
REI members 20% coupon: GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition $320...

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08:47
Apple reaching out to Swiss watchmakers for...

Apple has reportedly been in contact with executives and craftsmen at Swiss watch brands as the company attempts to strike new partnerships and bring high-end watchmaking expertise in house for development of a so-called "iWatch."  ...

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08:39
Philips boosts Hue lighting with switch, white bulb...

Philips has unveiled a trio of smart lighting products. Leading off the announcements are the Hue Tap switch and a white-only variant of the Hue light called the Hue Lux. Also debuting are a trio of 3d-printed Hue Luminaires, bringing what the company calls "a piece of art to your living room."...  ...

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08:37
Steve Jobs’ infamous brutality shown off in HR email...

It’s undeniable that the competitive landscape around Silicon Valley and its key players is a steep one, and that ‘magic’ that Apple infuses its products with doesn’t come without some ugly, behind-the-scenes elbow throwing. The corporate culture created by the competition between these companies is not for the faint of heart by any means.
Earlier this week, we saw BlackBerry sue its own Senior Vice President of Software, Sebastien Marineau-Mes, as he attempted to jump off a sinking ship and take a VP job at Apple. In that case, the court offered that BlackBerry can enforce the contract which dictated its employee give six months notice before defecting to the other side, which it did.
And BlackBerry isn’t alone in extending a cold hand void of much empathy.
The devil is in the details of the emails exchanged by the...

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08:19
Apple, GT Advanced already planning to expand...

Even though the core facility still isn't finished, Apple and GT Advanced are already planning to expand their sapphire factory in Mesa, Arizona, AppleInsider reports. The site claims that several companies have already stepped up with bids for the expansion. The plant and its grounds currently occupy 83 acres; the expansion may grow into land directly behind it, which records show are vacant and more than large enough to support a bigger complex....  ...

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08:12
Streaming music adds fuel to digital music growth

Global digital music revenues reached an all-time high of $5.9 billion last year as revenues from streaming services, both ad-supported (+17.6%) and subscription-based (+51.3%), saw strong growth that outweighed a slight decline in download sales (-2.1%), according to Statistica (http://tinyurl.com/n8mp662).
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08:12
∞ Thoughts on Office for iPad and iWork

It’s important to recognize that Microsoft did a pretty good job in designing Office for iPad. It’s certainly better than what they did for the Surface. Having said that, I don’t find that I’m very excited by Office on the iPad. [...]

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08:11
Blu-ray Player 2.10.2.1547 - Blu-ray media player. (...

Blu-ray Player is the first universal media player for Mac and PC in the world. It can play Blu-ray discs or its ISO files not only on Mac or PC, but also on iPhone/iPad/iPod touch. It supports all media formats for movies, videos, audio, music, and photos. It has multi-language support, and has a user-friendly interface. After adding DTS 5.1 into it, Blu-ray Player brings you the most popular Blu-ray HD video entertainment on your Mac. The first Blu-ray player software supporting Mac... Mac Blu-ray player, the world's first Blu-ray player software for Apple Mac, is the unique Blu-ray media player that supports both Mac and Windows systems. All Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray files, and Blu-ray folders (BDMV folders) can be perfectly played on MacBook Pro, Air, Mac mini, iMac, Mac Pro with OS X 10.5 to 10.9 Mavericks, as well as Windows 8 / 7 / XP / Vista by Mac Blu-ray player software. With this fabulous Mac Blu-ray Player software you can easily have a HD...

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08:00
Office Mobile goes free for the iPhone, and other...

Amid all the hoopla about Microsoft Office finally coming to the iPad (even Tim Cook tweeted about it) was a little bit of information that was missed by many: Microsoft has made its Office Mobile for iPhone suite free, and home users can edit their...

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07:45
MS Office for iPad Seizes Top Four Free Spots in...

Microsoft's Office Suite for iPad, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, in that order, have seized the top four spots in the Free section of Apple's App Store. How long they stay there will be interesting to watch.

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07:43
Philips announces Hue Lux and Hue Tap

Philips has announced new additions to its Hue lightbulb line — Hue Lux and Hue Tap. Lux is a white-only Hue bulb. The Hue app can control the brightness and set schedules for the Lux bulb, which comes in a starter kit with two bulbs and a Hue bridge…

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07:35
Foxconn gives a shoutout to Apple products after...

Apple’s lead manufacturer Foxconn reported a 13 percent rise in net profit to 106.7B new Taiwan dollars (US$3.5B) following record iPhone and iPad sales, reports the WSJ. More than 40 percent of the company’s revenue comes from Apple.
The news comes a few days after Apple supplier Pegatron reported a 22 percent rise in earnings.

Hon Hai’s results were underpinned by demand from Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple, which sold 51 million iPhones in its fiscal first quarter ended Dec. 28, 2013—up 7% from the same period...

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07:24
Swiss Watchmakers Rebuff Apple's Partnership...

Apple allegedly is trying to tap Swiss watchmakers for their technical and metallurgy expertise as the company works to brings its rumored iWatch to the market, reports the Financial Times. Though Apple is reaching out to several companies, most are not willing to work with the Cupertino company. Swatch chief executive officer Nick Hayek confirmed the watchmaker has talked to several companies about their wearable products, but he is not interested in forging a partnership with any group. We have been in discussions – not ever initiated by us – with practically all players in smart wearables up until today,” Swatch chief executive Nick Hayek told the Financial Times. “However, we see no reason why we should enter into any partnership agreement.” Hayek says his reluctance to work with Apple and similar companies comes from his desire to protect Swatch's advancements in...

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07:21
Apple taking 30 percent cut from in-app Office 365...

Apple is claiming a 30 percent cut of Office 365 subscriptions bought through Microsoft's Office for iPad, as usual at the App Store, an Apple spokesperson confirms. Although people can sign up for Office 365 outside of the iPad apps, a $100 in-app purchase provides a one-year plan. That suggests that Microsoft is sacrificing a significant amount of revenue to one of its rivals in order to attract iPad users....  ...

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07:15
MacHider Adds Powerful Encryption, More with Hider 2

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - TMO's John F. Braun is at this weekâs Macworld/iWorld Conference where he checked out Hider 2, an update to MacPaw's original MacHider program, introducing more security and features. Read on to learn how it protects your Mac's sensitive data.

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07:05
Apple retail: Istanbul store to open April 5,...

The first official Apple retail store in Turkey is set to open its doors next Saturday in Istanbul, while one of Apple's outlets in Vancouver, British Columbia will reportedly be moving to a 'substantially' larger space in the fall of 2015.  ...

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07:00
Daily App: Monocle offers menu bar search for Mac...

Monocle is a handy menu bar search utility that allows you to search Google, Bing, Yahoo, YouTube and Wikipedia in just one click. Monocle is more web search focused then OS X's Spotlight search and much less complex than similar productivity tools...

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06:55
BeHere app uses iBeacons to automatically take...

A new app called BeHere aimed at teachers uses Apple’s new Bluetooth LE iBeacon technology to recognize students and automatically take attendance as they enter a classroom.
With the BeHere app installed, the teacher’s iPad acts as an iBeacon and students entering the classroom with an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch will automatically appear in the app with a profile picture and name. Students will have to install the app on their device too, but thanks to recent iBeacon improvements in iOS 7.1, they won’t have to even open the app or take the device out of their pocket to be recognized as they walk in. ...

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06:28
iTunes credits sent out for e-book price fixing

Customers affected by Apple’s role in the e-book price fixing scandal are now receiving emails with iTunes credits. Though Apple is appealing the ruling, the company is still sending credits to customers. The emails are coming from the E-Book AG Settlement Administrator — not Apple — so customers should…

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06:20
Istanbul Apple Store launch official for April 5th

The Zorlu Center Apple Store in Istanbul, Turkey will officially open April 5th at 10AM local time, according to Apple. The launch is one day later than a local report suggested. The same report also claimed that Apple CEO Tim Cook and Turkish President Abdullah Gül would attend the opening, but Cook rarely appears at Apple Stores, and might not want to be seen alongside Gül given Prime Minister Recep ErdoÄüan's attempts at blocking Twitter and YouTube to silence news about his government's corruption scandal....  ...

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06:15
BusyMac Expands Product Line with BusyContacts...

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - TMO's John F. Braun is at this weekâs Macworld/iWorld Conference and checked out BusyContacts, a Public Beta from BusyMac. It's meant to replaces Apple's Contacts application.

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06:10
Subscription and Streaming Music Services Still...

Looking at the past five years, music downloads are still up by more than 50% as our chart below confirms despite the noise that the download music market is dying. The stats of subscription and steaming music services sound hot, but they're still miles from catching up to the download music market that's led by Apple's iTunes.

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06:04
OS X: How to Share Calendars

Whether you view your iCloud calendars on your Mac, on an iOS device, or even on iCloud.com, it's as simple as all get-out to set up a shared calendar with other people. That'll mean fewer missed appointments, reduced miscommunication, and fewer event invites that you've gotta send (whew!). In this Quick Tip, weâll tell you how to set up sharing-it's very easy, we promise.

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06:02
Macworld/iWorld conference panel kickoff condensed...

IDG’s senior VP Jason Snell tried to provoke comment with the view that “Apple must release a smart watch in 60 days or it’s all over,” but if the rest of the clips are any guide, there wasn’t too much controversy in the rest of the discussion …
The show opened yesterday in San Francisco, and ends tomorrow.
Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple, IDG, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iWorld, Jason Snell, Macworld, San Francisco...

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06:00
Use PowerShell to Query WMI on Windows Servers

I recently needed to check and see whether a backup drive (which was just a 4TB USB drive) was plugged into a server. But the server had no GUI, so I had to use the command line. There was no drive letter mapped to this drive, so I needed to use something else and I needed to make a script that could be used long-term. Luckily, PowerShell can be used to obtain WMI information on the hardware installed on a computer. This allows administrators to query WMI about the USB devices currently installed on a server. In the following command, we’re going to use gwmi from PowerShell and we’re going to query
for Win32_USBControllerDevice. We’re going to run the command against the computer name in question (example here is host.krypted.com although if we left the -computername option off it would run against the host the command is run on).
Get-WMiObject Win32_USBControllerDevice -computername host.krypted.com | fl Antecedent,Dependent
This will apply a filter, similar to...

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06:00
10.9: Enable experimental network commands

Many advanced network configuration commands can be reached with the scutil command line tool. Launch Terminal.app and run:

ENABLE_EXPERIMENTAL_SCUTIL_COMMANDS=1 scutil --net, then type help and press the Return key to see the available options.

For example:

localhost:~ user$ ENABLE_EXPERIMENTAL_SCUTIL_COMMANDS=1 scutil --net
set "Automatic" selected
> help

Available commands:

help : list available commands
f.read file : process commands from file
quit [!] : quit

commit : commit any changes
apply : apply any changes

create interface [ | ]
create protocol
create ser ...

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06:00
Falling asleep with a good iBook

Gather 'round, kids and Grandpa Dave will tell you a story. Back when I was your age, "iBooks" were computers, not software. They were brightly colored, had plastic handles and resembled a Barbie purse. Plus, you could take a nap beneath one, as...

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04:40
Expo Notes: After securing devices with EverDock,...

Fuz Designs wants to do the same thing for phone docks in your car that it's done for docking stations for the home and office: add a little stability to the picture.
The company was a Kickstarter success story last fall, when it sought funding for its EverDock line of mobile device charging docks. The public responded, pledging more than $450,000—well past the modest goal of $50,000 that Fuz Designs was asking for.

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05:55
Apple to Open First Turkish Retail Store in Istanbul...

Apple is ready to open its first retail store next week in Turkey, with a grand opening gala that may feature Apple CEO Tim Cook and Turkish President Abdullah Gül. Located in Istanbul's Zorlu Center Shopping Center, the retail store will open at 10:00 AM on Saturday, April 5, 2014, reports Elma Dergisi. The Turkish store occupies approximately 20,000 square feet in the heart of Istanbul's popular, multi-use shopping center. The Zorlu Center store is thought to feature a cubic glass ceiling, glass sides and in-store services such as a dedicated "Family Room" floor and dual Genius Bars, reports...

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05:49
Twitter and Billboard to create continuously updated...

I think this is a clever idea. It’ll be interesting to see if this catches on with the industry.
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05:34
Apple getting 30 percent of Office 365 in-app sales

Microsoft’s Office for iPad apps went on sale Thursday, and it’s been revealed that a cut of the Office 365 subscriptions sold within the apps are going to Apple. Apple confirmed that Microsoft is paying the customary 30 percent cut to Apple for in-app sales of the subscriptions, Re/code

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05:07
Popular Google Play apps are hacked, secretly mining...

Every time I read about Android and malware like this, I shudder at the though of bringing an Android phone or tablet into my universe. I know Android is popular, but I just can’t get my head around why people seem not to care about this problem. Am I missing something?
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05:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

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04:51
The complete map to Earth’s deepest cave

Just thinking about the process of making my way down this map both scared me and filled me with wonder. I would love the chance to dive this cave. At least virtually.
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04:50
Apple planning expansion at Arizona sapphire plant...

Apple and sapphire manufacturing partner GT Advanced Technologies are looking to expand operations at the companies' Mesa, Ariz., facility, possibly to accommodate higher yields for an as-yet-unknown component, AppleInsider has learned.  ...

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04:00
Expo Notes: Corporate IT tools sneak into the home

You’ve heard about the consumerization of IT—the infiltration of personal consumer devices like the iPhone and iPad into business computing environments. Looks like things are flowing in the opposite direction, too: A couple of companies at Macworld/iWorld are seeking to bring corporate-level IT technologies into the home.

NetHero's iOS app

The first is NetHero, an app for iOS and OS X that lets you monitor all the devices on your home network (much as IT folks can remotely monitor systems in offices). (In fact, the company that developed NetHero, Pie Digital, is best known for its cloud-based IT management software.)To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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04:41
This week’s iPhone 6 concepts seemingly inspired by...

One of our favourite concept designers, Martin Hajek, has been busy again – this time with an iPhone 6 concept reminiscent of the iPod Nano design, commissioned by Dutch site iPhoneclub.
The iPhone 6 is widely expected to be launched in two different sizes, with Bloomberg and ...

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04:35
Newspapers Cling to Life Despite Online News Trend


Print media is limping along and TV news has gained some strength, even though the trend toward getting news online continues to grow, Pew Research reported this week.
It all boils down to economics, said Mark Jerkowitz, associate director of the Pew Research Center Journalism Project. Advertising revenues for newspapers have fallen about 50 percent from 2006, forcing some smaller publications to close. Others have reduced their publication schedules.

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04:33
The making of 2048 (in a weekend)

To complement the earlier post about the Threes team, here’s some background on the creation of 2048.
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04:29
It’s official: Apple’s first store in Turkey to open...


Following several months of anticipation, Apple’s first official Apple Retail Store in Turkey will open in Istanbul on April 5th. The new store is located in the center of the Zorlu Center mall, and the official announcement has come in the form of emails to customers in Turkey and on a banner around the physical store…


Apple has also published a retail website that indicates the store will open at 10 AM local time. The Turkey-based store will feature many of the usual...

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04:20
Building the next Pixar

This is not quite what you think. This is not about building an animation studio, but about using the techniques that Pixar leveraged into their great success to produce your own great success.
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04:20
Roku CEO speculates Apple loses money on $99 Apple...

Though he offered no evidence to prove it, the CEO of Roku said this week that he believes rival set-top streamer Apple TV is a money losing product, though one analyst believes the device is more likely a break-even business for APple.  ...

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04:15
The Threes team talks ripoffs vs originality, walks...

It’s the nature of the App Store that as soon as original hits the store, the cloners start their copiers. There’s been a lot of talk about Flappy Bird and the huge number of clones it spawned. But it’s true of just about every successful app. The Threes team weighs in with their take on this.
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03:53
URL Extractor for Mac OS X upgraded to version 4.2.2

Tension Software (http://www.tensionsoftware.com) has revved URL Extractor — the Mac OS X tool for extracting URLs and emails from the web, search engine and local files — to version 4.2.2. The new version boasts an improved refresh of the extracted URL list and better "Stop Extraction" in long extraction operations.
URL Extractor requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. It costs US$50 and is available from the Tension Software web site and the Mac App Store.

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03:43
Be one of first 50 to bring an iPad to any Microsoft...

See the post for details. Can’t beat free!
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03:43
Scratch, Scratch Lab software upgraded to version 8

Assimilate has rolled out version 8 of its Scratch and Scratch Lab software to allow encoding of Apple ProRes files on Microsoft Windows 7/8-based PCs.
The Scratch data-centric DI system is an end-to-end cinema and broadcast imaging tool. Artists on-set or in post production can now use both the OS X and Windows versions of the software. It supports most popular digital workflows, including, RED, ARRI, Sony F65 and F55, Canon 5D, Phantom, GoPro and more.
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03:32
Roku CEO says Apple TV ‘loses money’, calls it an...


CNET is reporting that Roku CEO Anthony Wood described Apple TV as an ‘iPad accessory’ at Re/code’s Code/Media conference. Until recently, even Apple characterised the product as a ‘hobby’. The Apple TV box has not changed much since its major revamp in 2010. More controversially, Wood followed up by claiming that the Apple TV actually loses money for Apple – which would immediately seem strange since Rokus have similar hardware and cost less.
“Apple TV is essentially an accessory for the iPad. They lose money, which is unusual for Apple,” he said Thursday, speaking at the Recode conference here. “If you’re losing money, why would you want to...

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03:27
Branded tablet shipments to reach 200 million this...

ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com) says this is a pivotal year for tablets as the traditional markets leading computing and CE [consumer electronics] deployments reach a tipping point and give way to growth regions.
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03:18
Kool Tools: WID380 Wireless Enhanced USB Adapter

If you need to add or improve your wireless Internet connection on you desktop or laptop, check out Kinivo's WID380 Wireless Enhanced USB Adapter. It adds dimension, increases speed, improves signal strength and heightens overall wireless Internet performance, establishing a more reliable network between your Internet router and computer.
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03:07
Microsoft selling Office 365 within iPad apps, Apple...

While one of the big holdups for Office for iPad was getting the software just right, another was Apple’s policy that apps that sell things — including subscriptions — use Apple’s in-app purchase mechanism and hand over 30 percent of that revenue to Apple.

This had been a big sticking point historically, so it was one of the key question marks looming over this launch.

Indeed, Microsoft does offer Office 365 subscriptions within the just-released Word for iPad and the other Office apps and, yes, it is paying the 30 percent cut, Apple confirmed to Re/code. Microsoft declined to comment on the matter.

Wonder if that was the real sticking point that kept iPad versions of Office in the can? Maybe the previous regime refused to budge, newer thinking prevailed? Just a thought.
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01:09
Roku CEO Calls Apple TV a 'Money Loser',...

Speaking at the inaugural Code/Media event held by technology website Re/code (via CNET), Roku CEO and founder Anthony Wood called the Apple TV "a money loser" for Apple, liking the product to an accessory for the iPad and questioning why Apple would want to sell more units of the device. Wood's remarks come as Apple is said to be preparing a new version of the Apple TV that will integrate with Comcast's network to enable a streaming TV service for users. "Apple TV is essentially an accessory for the iPad. They lose money, which is unusual for Apple," he said Thursday, speaking at the Recode conference here. "If you're losing money, why...

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Thursday March 27

23:00
Update your Square reader now and other news from...

Square updated its card reader at the end of 2013, and if you haven't signed up to get one of the new readers yet, you'll need to do so by June 1. An email to Square users says that the original reader will no longer be supported after then....

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20:01
Philips adds 3D-printed luminaires, all-white bulbs...

Philips on Friday announced three new products hue wireless lighting ecosystem, including 3D-printed art-like luminaires, dimmable white-only hue lux bulbs and a unique battery-free wireless light switch called the hue tap.  ...

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19:53
Microsoft retail stores to offer free Office 365...

In a follow-up announcement after it took the wraps off its long-awaited Office for iPad app, Microsoft has announced that it will run a promotion on Friday in its own Microsoft retail stores offering free year-long Office 365 subscriptions to iPad owners. The Office for iPad app requires a Office 365 subscription in order to engage the editing and creation functions in the app -- without one, it will act only as a viewer and file manager for Office documents. The first 50 people to bring an iPad to a Microsoft retail outlet will get the free subscription, a $99 value.... ...

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19:36
Chromium 33.0.1750.152 - Fast and stable open-source...

Chromium is an open-source browser project that aims to build a safer, faster, and more stable way for all Internet users to experience the web. FreeSMUG-Free OpenSource Mac User Group build is based on the stable Chromium code plus "Check for Updates..." command. Version 2014.03.27:

  • This build contains security fix.
  • Pepper Flash updated to 12.0.0.77
  • Credits for help to Sai Krishna.

OS X 10.6 or laterDownload Now

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19:20
Iridient Developer 2.3.4 - Powerful image editing...

Iridient Developer (was RAW Developer) is a powerful image conversion application designed specifically for OS X. Iridient Developer gives advanced photographers total control over every aspect of their digital camera's output, yet still provides easy drag and drop conversion convenience and access to basic adjustments for the casual user. Iridient developer supports RAW files from over 400 digital camera models.Version 2.3.4: New Features:

  • Support added for RAW images from the Nikon D4S, D3300 and P340.
  • Support added for RAW images from the Sony ILCE-6000, ILCE-5000 and ILCE-3500.
  • Support added for RAW images from the Fujifilm FinePix S1.
  • Support added for RAW images from the Samsung NX30.
  • Support added for RAW images from the Nokia Lumia 1520.
  • Support added for RAW images from the DJI Phantom Vision...

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18:43
Briefly: Sesame Street digital magazine, JAMF's...

Sesame Workshop has announced the launch of its first digital magazine, Sesame Street S'More. An interactive magazine, Sesame Street S'more will offer read-aloud narration and present educational games, puzzles, stories, videos and more. Children engaging with Sesame Street S'more can earn badges for activities found in each issue, varying from memory games to letter tracing and mazes. A parent section also provides tips associated with each activity to assist in increasing learning opportunities.... ...

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17:59
Microsoft to hand out free Office 365 subscriptions...

 

Microsoft finally took the wraps off of its long-awaited Office for iPad suite this morning, only to reveal that most of its functions require a $99 subscription to the Office 365 service. Even though you can get a discounted subscription through Amazon, $70 may seem pretty steep. Rest assured, Microsoft is planning to offer free one-year subscriptions to the...

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17:52
Clever Kickstarter project puts a USB port on the...


Launched at Macworld this week, a clever new Kickstarter project called the “iMacompanion” aims to put a USB port on the front of your iMac or Apple Thunderbolt Display. Video overview:

The port blends in with the aluminum coloring of the stands on those Apple displays and connects to the main USB ports on the back via an ultra-thin cable that slides under the base of the stand. If funded, the creators of the project aim to ship by fall of this year.
Filed under: AAPL Company...

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17:37
First look: iSkelter's Slate Pro desk

Accessories maker iSkelter -- best known for their all-wood Slate portable notebook lapdesk with pre-cut grooves to act as stands and holders for tablets, smartphones and even coffee mugs -- is accepting pre-orders for its next project, the SlatePro. The full-sized desk, originally funded through Kickstarter, is again a wood-based productivity center, available in up to eight different configurations with pre-cut slots and cut-outs specifically aimed at serious computer users. The company expects to begin shipping the units in July.... ...

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16:27
Expo Notes: Keep everything wrapped around your...

Using your smartphone to send text messages? How primitive. Receiving alerts on a wristwatch? How quaint. Manually turning your lights on and off like a cave-dwelling savage? Are you reading this article from a previous century?
That's the thinking behind the Ring, the latest device hoping to capitalize on America’s sudden interest in wearable tech. It arrived in San Francisco for Macworld iWorld after an appearance at South by Southwest earlier this month and just as it’s wrapping up a successful Kickstarter campaign.

Photo: Philip Michaels

The Ring, on display at this week’s Macworld/iWorld show in San Francisco, is a remote control for your finger.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please...

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17:09
Genius of Oculus Rift

To understand why Oculus Rift matters, it helps to know who John Carmack is… He’s responsible for Quake, the first true 3-D game, which begat Halo and Call of Duty and all the rest of it. Carmack did for computer games what Masaccio did for painting: he turned a plane into a space.

Carmack is a genius.
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16:26
Facebook Messenger updated to version 4.0 with...


Facebook has updated its Messenger app for iPhone to version 4.0. The new update introduces the ability to create and manage groups of contacts within the app. You can find all of your groups in a new tab and quickly select one to send a message to everyone at once.
Also new in this update is the ability to select a message to forward to a new recipient, much like you can do with an iMessage in the native Messages application. The usual general bug fixes and improvements round out the 4.0 update.
You can grab the app for free...

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15:23
Expo Notes: What's a washing machine doing at...

I’ve seen a lot of odd things on the expo floor in my few years here: roller girls, cooking implements, and a robot or two. But the LED-backlit washing machine was new.
The Shiny Soap booth sadly had no innovations in home automation to offer me, however; the washing machine just happened to be a delightfully quirky backdrop for Shinysoft’s Mac cleaning software.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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15:33
Expo Notes: Making the iPad a little more wearable

Strotter Messenger Bag

The iPad has made its way into the workplace, and several companies at Macworld/iWorld are showing products that give you quick access to your iPad in production environments.
Strotter’s Platforma messenger bag ($159 to $175; booth 403) and Across carrying case ($55 and $99) protect your iPad, but they also can be used as a platform to hold the tablet. All you have to do is adjust the straps and flip the cases over, and then you can use your iPad with both hands.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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16:00
Random for iOS lets you explore the web in a unique...

Random is a just-released free app that lets you discover interesting web content from unlimited sources. The app has been in development for a few years, and it was backed by by Skype co-founder, Janus Friis.

When you first start the app, you will...

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15:26
∞ Do it for Denmark

[VIDEO] Denmark’s campaign to get their folks to make new kids!

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15:13
Briefly: DevonTechnologies' updates, Runtastic...

DevonTechnologies has released a maintenance update today for both DevonThink and DevonNote apps. Apple's colored labels for marking files are more greatly controllable in v.2.7.4, with option to use old-style tinting, a bubble around the document name, or as colored dot. All editions of DevonThink allow one to annotate PDFs with lines and arrows. Creation date and user name are automatically added to new annotations, and sharing documents with friends can now be done through newly supported AirMail. Other changes in v.2.7.4 focus on appearance and enhanced usability, with multiple selected it... ...

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15:11
OnyX 2.8.4 - Maintenance and optimization tool. (...

OnyX is a multifunctional utility for OS X. It allows you to verify the startup disk and the structure of its System files, to run miscellaneous tasks of system maintenance, to configure the hidden parameters of the Finder, Dock, Spotlight, and of some of Apple's own applications, to delete caches, to remove a certain number of files and folders that may become cumbersome, and more.Version 2.8.4:

  • Deleting the logs improved
  • Deleting the diagnostic reports improved
  • Deleting the Cache improved
  • Bug corrected when emptying the trash
  • Bug corrected in the Info pane
  • New option : Delete the contents of the Xcode DerivedData folder from the Cleaning > User pane
  • New option : Show/hide the date and the time in the name of screen captures
  • New option : Hide the logo in the login window
  • System Image Utility application added in the Utilities > Applications pane
  • New version of...

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15:02
Microsoft takes Office Mobile for iPhone free on...

On the heels of Office for iPad's introduction, Microsoft on Thursday dropped subscription requirements for the iPhone version of its productivity suite.   ...

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15:00
Well that's one way to repurpose an Airport...

Got an old, UFO-shaped Airport Base Station lying around? Apparently it makes a handy tissue dispenser, if you're into that sort of thing.

[Photo credit: Daniel Morrison]...

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14:45
Nike Patent Illustrates a New Twist Coming to Nike...

On March 27, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Nike that reveals a new motorized footwear adjustment system that will work with the Nike-Apple created Nike + iPod system. Nike's idea is absolutely crazy, but I like it. Nike's new system will allow professional athletes and sporting enthusiasts alike to ...

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14:19
Microsoft Launches Office For iPad: Includes Word,...

An anonymous reader writes "At an event in San Francisco today, Microsoft Office General Manager Julia White unveiled Office for iPad, featuring Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The new suite, which supports viewing but not editing for free, will go live in Apple's App Store at 11:00AM PDT (2:00PM EST). Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for iPad feature a ribbon interface just like the one featured in Office for Windows and OS X. The trio of apps are much more powerful on the tablet than the smartphone, but naturally aren't comparable to the desktop versions." ...

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14:18
Yes, Apple is taking 30% of every Office 365...


When Microsoft announced its Office for iPad apps earlier today, it confirmed that the software will require a subscription to Microsoft’s $99/year Office 365 service for most functions. If you don’t have one already, you can get a subscription directly through the Office apps for the regular price of $99.
As you may recall, Apple and Microsoft went toe-...

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14:18
Hands-on: Microsoft Office for iPad

Although a lot of apps have tried to fill the gap with degrees of success, there's always been an undercurrent of demand for a full-scale iPad version of Office. Even if you can escape using Office personally, it's the workplace standard -- it just makes sense to have the suite on the world's most popular tablet. Now Office for iPad is here, and it's time to share some first impressions....  ...

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14:14
Microsoft Paying Apple 30-Percent Cut on In-App...

Microsoft is paying a 30-percent cut to Apple on Office 365 subscription purchases made within the Office for iPad apps released today, in line with Apple's in-app purchase requirements required of other brands reports Re/code. This was previously a sticking point between the two companies, and was rumored to be a large part of why Microsoft wouldn't release Office on the iPad. However, Microsoft's new CEO, Satya Nadella, is apparently more willing to work within Apple's requirements than ousted CEO Steve Ballmer. Year-long Office 365 subscriptions are available for in-app purchase for $100, with the subscription good for downloading Office on up to five tablets and five computers, Mac or PC computers, and Android, Windows or iOS tablets. Indeed, Microsoft does offer...

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14:00
Apple confirmed to take 30% cut of Microsoft Office...

It was confirmed on Thursday that Apple will garner its stipulated 30 percent share of Microsoft Office 365 subscriptions purchased from the new Office for iPad app, which launched at a special event earlier today.  ...

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14:00
BlackBerry successfully prevents Apple from hiring...

It looks like we may have a Mark Papermaster scenario on our hands. iMore reports that Apple is facing a legal battle from BlackBerry over its attempt to hire Sebastien Marineau-Mes as the company's VP of Core OS. While at BlackBerry, Marineau-Mes...

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13:55
Which college, and which major, will make you the...

If you are going to invest huge money in a college education, it seems reasonable to at least consider the financial benefits of that education over the long haul. The surprise winner in all this? Harvey Mudd College.

Interesting read. Take it all with a grain of salt.
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13:48
New Linux Office Suite Too Soft to Be King


The Kingsoft Office Suite holds the promise of bringing a near perfect clone of Microsoft Office to Linux desktop users. However, Kingsoft's developers still have some work to do on the Linux Alpha release to make it a beta deal. Other than OpenOffice and LibreOffice, the Linux platform lacks any full-featured office suite. Both of these more in common with each other than distinguishing features. Both flip-flop in performance, depending on which Microsoft skill they attempt to emulate. Their user interface is strictly classic old school.

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13:47
Apple sending out iTunes credits for customers...


 
Apple has begun sending out iTunes Store credits to customers affected by the recently (partially) settled ebook price fixing situation. The lawsuit, which involves companies such as Apple, Amazon, Hachette, Harper Collins, Penguin, Macmillan, and Simon & Schuster, has not been fully settled as Apple recently appealed the ruling in which it was found guilty of conspiring to fix ebook pricing. Regardless, the company has sent out credits:

Amazon began sending out its credits earlier...

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13:28
ATTO Tech launches Thunderbolt 2-enabled Desklink...

ATTO Technology has announced an extension of its Desklink Device family, adding Thunderbolt 2 support. Desklink Devices now sport transfer speeds of up to 20Gbps, according to the folks at ATTO.
The ThunderLink Deskline Devices are designed to enable reliable access to data intensive applications such as 2K, 4K, and 3D stereoscopic film, multiple layers of uncompressed, real time effects and high-definition video and audio editing. To ensure cross compatibility, ATTO Thunderbolt 2 products have multiple operating system support, port and driver options, and more.
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13:07
A touch too late: iPad Office lost the race to the...

Office for iPad will bring legitimate features to more tablets, but will the target audience even notice?

Microsoft

Nearly three years ago, Ars Technica had the nerve to suggest that the iPad could work as a legitimate, if not ideal, replacement for a workday laptop. The conclusion that Jacqui Cheng reached in her 2011 test was that if you used nothing more than an iPad all year, you could get quite a bit of work done, but boy, it would have been nice to have a legitimate copy of Microsoft Office handy.
At the time, I certainly agreed. I was a few months into a new freelance writing gig covering tech for the short-lived, tablet-only magazine The Daily, and I decided to immerse myself in the gig by going iPad-only, at least during the workday.
The gadget decision made a weird sense. I was short on cash, carless, and riding my bicycle...

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13:05
Satya Nadella Has a Smart, Technical Vision for...

The honeymoon has started. Microsoft's new CEO, Satya Nadella, is smart, pleasantly geeky and communicates well. He's off to a good start changing his company's messaging about what it wants to achieve.

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13:03
Want the new Microsoft Office apps for iPad? Get 33...



In case you missed it, Microsoft finally released its suite of Office apps for iPad today with the introduction of standalone Word, PowerPoint, & Excel apps in the App Store. The Office app for iPhone remains the same apart from dropping the requirement of a 365 subscription (it’s now free for all!), but the new iPad versions of the Office apps WILL require an Office 365 subscription to create or edit documents. So, if you plan on using the Office apps on your iPad in the future, you’ll want to take advantage of ...

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13:01
XTouch turns any surface into touch-enabled controls...

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XTouch, an SDK created by a group at the University of Toronto’s Mobile Applications Lab and funded by JOLT, turns any surface into a touch-sensitive controller for iOS apps with no additional hardware. Since XTouch uses acoustics and vibrations to recognize taps on a surrounding surface, the only requirement is that your iPhone or iPad is placed...

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13:00
This Apple portable desktop prototype would make you...

MacBooks are great and all, but this 1980s prototype for a portable computer definitely challenges today's portable Macs for overall cool factor. Less a laptop and more of a desktop-on-the-go, the prototype is housed at Frog Design in San...

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12:58
Office Mobile for iPhone goes free for all users

While Microsoft’s biggest news of the day might have been the debut of its Office productivity app suite for iPad, there was also news on the iPhone side as well.
Microsoft didn’t make dedicated apps for Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, but the company did make Office Mobile for iPhone free for all users. Previously, Office Mobile for iPhone required an active subscription to Office 365.
Just like Office Mobile for Windows Phone, we are making Office Mobile for iPhone and Android phones free for everyone. With Office Mobile, you have the ability to view and edit your Office content on the go. Office Mobile is available in the App Store and Google Play.
Now that Microsoft has moved that requirement to its dedicated iPad apps, Android and iPhone users can...

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12:45
Cloak 2 Makes It Easier to Secure Your iPhone and...

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - TMO's John F. Braun is at this weekâs Macworld/iWorld Conference and checked out Cloak 2, an important upgrade to a VPN solution for both OS X and iOS. Read on for his take on the apps and service.

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12:42
Amazon to reportedly launch free streaming video...

A report on Thursday claims Amazon is planning an entry into the free streaming video sector with a new service that would go along with a rumored set-top streaming device   ...

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12:21
Rain Design’s iSlider, a Foldable iPad Stand that...

SAN FRANCISCO - I stopped by the Rain Design booth at Macworld/iWorld. The company makes a lot of great looking Mac and iOS device accessories, but the iSlider really caught my eye. This is a cool iPad stand that folds up into a self contained box that fits in your pocket. To use it, you slide a tray out of the case. This is clever, because the stand then has a base that's long enough to really support your iPad. It features multiple viewing and typing angles, and it's has a great look and feel. In addition to the photo below from the show floor, there's an animated GIF that shows the device being unfolded. Rain Design introduced this last year, but it's shipping now for US$49.90. If you stop by Booth #642, you can get it for 20 percent off.

TMO's travel and coverage sponsors for Macworld/iWorld 2014 are The Omni Group, Kromtech and Other World Computing.
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12:11
Tim Cook Welcomes MS Office to the iPad on Twitter

In a gentlemanly and gracious gesture, Apple CEO Tim Cook welcomed Microsoft Office to the iPad today in a tweet. It's a reminder of Mr. Cook's strong values and should taken at face value.

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12:00
TUAW at Macworld/iWorld 2014 - Backblaze

In this short video interview, we visit the Backblaze booth at Macworld/iWorld 2014 and chat with Backblaze CEO Gleb Budman about their backup service and storage service. You'll see the insides (drive-free) of one of their 180 terabyte storage pods...

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11:58
Tim Cook welcomes Microsoft CEO Nadella’s Office for...


Following the debut of Microsoft Office for the iPad earlier today, Apple CEO Tim Cook has taken to Twitter to endorse the launch and congratulate recently appointed Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Microsoft Office for iPad brings the complete office suite of Word, PowerPoint, and Excel to Apple’s tablets with a freemium business model.
Apple is also promoting Office on the App Store’s homepage (thanks, Chad):

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11:38
Song Buddy is a free, 'intelligent' music...

Wide Angle Software has given us Song Buddy, a free Mac version of its "intelligent" music player. Using digital fingerprinting technology, it lets you get more info on artists you're currently listening to and suggested similar artists that may appeal to you.
Song Buddy also lets you search for an artist by name. The app provides information about the artist's releases, including current and upcoming music, as well as concert dates and locations. The dat is updated daily.
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11:37
Chitika: Free Mavericks Has Accelerated OS X...

A report from Chitika says that recent usage data for Mavericks indicates that the free update has accelerated its adoption compared to previous OS X versions.

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11:28
Microsoft Office comes to the iPad

Microsoft has announced Microsoft Office for the iPad. They're free downloads at the Apple App Store — IF you have an Office 365 account.
Such subscribers — and more on Office 365, in a moment — can add an iPad as one of their selected devices included in the subscription benefits. Once done, they can use Word, PowerPoint, and Excel for the Apple tablet.
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11:19
First look: Hands on with Office for iPad from...

The long-awaited debut of Microsoft Office for iPad finally took place on Thursday with an event in San Francisco featuring the company's new chief executive Satya Nadella. AppleInsider was there live to test out Office on the iPad, and also see Microsoft's new leader in action.  ...

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11:17
Apps: Game of Thrones Ascent, iTunes Movie Trailers...

The strategy game Game of Thrones Ascent has come to iPad from developer Kongregate. Based on the wildly popular George R.R. Martin novels and HBO show, Game of Thrones Ascent already has 2.5 million online players. The game will be updated with new quests each Monday following new Sunday…

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11:02
Microsoft shows cross-platform Enterprise Mobility...

In parallel with the unveiling of Office for the iPad, Microsoft has also debuted a "holistic" approach to enterprise mobile device control. The new Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite is a cross-platform approach, encompassing Android, iOS, and Windows Phone, to control permissions, manage data access, and retain separation of personal and business-oriented data on a device, all with cloud-centric management....  ...

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11:00
Star Wars: Assault Team puts Star Wars: Force...

I love Star Wars and I love collectable card games, so it should say quite a bit that I couldn't review Star Wars: Force Collection because the bare-bones production values turned me off that much. As a collectable card game, it's apparently not bad,...

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10:44
Re/code review of Office for iPad

Bonnie Cha takes the new Office suite for a spin.
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10:43
External Link: Microsoft Releases Office for iPad

Lucifer, call the furnace repairman: Microsoft finally unveiled the much-rumored iPad version of its popular Office productivity suite. Office for iPad includes the familiar Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, available as individual downloads. Microsoft previously made another Office app, OneNote, free g
for Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android, Windows and Windows Phone. Those wanting unrestricted use of the other iPad apps will be disappointed. Although anyone can download Office for iPad to harness it as a reading and presenting tool, access to editing features requires an Office 365 subscription, like its iPhone sibling. Such subscriptions start at $6.99 per month or $69.99 a year for personal versions of Office 365. The announcement came at a San Francisco media event keynoted by Satya Nadella in his first major appearance as the company’s new chief executive. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology...

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10:39
Japanese newspaper repeats persistent 'iPhone 6...

Apple is readying two variants of the so-called iPhone 6 with significantly larger 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays for a September launch, according to a Thursday report from the Land of the Rising Sun.  ...

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10:34
Microsoft launches long-awaited Office for iPad [u]

(Updated with app download links, dropping of subscription requirement for Office Mobile for iPhone)) Microsoft is today officially releasing Office for iPad, a long-rumored port of its Windows and Mac work suite. The trio of apps let people do full editing of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents, while preserving the same formatting seen on the desktop. Each app uses a custom touch-tailored interface, for instance offering a special numerical/symbolic keyboard for Excel. The apps do however make use of the same "ribbon" interface scheme.... ...

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10:32
Microsoft Releases Office for iPad

Microsoft has released the much-rumored Office for iPad, which is free for reading Office documents, but editing requires an Office 365 subscription. 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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10:30
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Sago Mini Bug Builder...

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10:27
Satya Nadella and the iPad Office rollout video

Follow the headline link to watch Satya Nadella discuss Microsoft’s cloud and mobile strategy and, more importantly, watch the rollout of Microsoft Office for iPad.

I have to say, I find Nadella likable. Certainly more likable than that last guy.
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10:22
Report: New hi-res iPhones ‘as early as September’

Apple’s new iPhone will arrive in two screen sizes “as early as September,” Japan’s Nikkei Asian Review reports. The report claims mass production of LCD panels will start next quarter, noting the resolution of the handset “is expected to be significantly higher than that of current models.”  As

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10:21
∞ Microsoft Office apps now live in the App Store

As promised in their press briefing today, Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Word went live in the App Store at 11a PST today.

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10:11
DiskAid 6.6.0 - Use your iOS device as an external...

DiskAid is the ultimate transfer tool for accessing the iPod, iPhone or iPad directly from the desktop. Access data such as: music, video, photos, contacts, notes, call history, text messages (SMS), voicemail, and voice memos. With DiskAid you can also transfer files and folders betwen your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and your computer and view them on the go using FileApp free files browser. Connects directly to any installed iPhone App and enables the use of the iPhone as an USB drive.

  • Transfer files to and from any iPhone or iPad app (Free)
  • Use your iPhone or iPad as an external USB storage device (Free)
  • Transfer music and video stored in the iPod Library and copy it back to iTunes or any folder on any Mac or PC (New!)
  • Copy photos from Camera Roll to computer
  • Access contacts
  • Read notes
  • Export call history
  • Transfer text messages (SMS) from iPhone to computer
  • Copy voicemail
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10:11
Microsoft Office for iPad arrives: Word, Excel...

Just moments after Microsoft Office for iPad was announced, the trio of applications that make up the industry leading productivity suite hit the App Store and can now be downloaded.  ...

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10:09
Microsoft Announces Office For iPad

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella gave a talk Thursday morning in San Francisco about Microsoft's vision for mobile devices, and made a few announcements, the most notable being the release of full versions of Word, PowerPoint, and Excel for iPads running iOS 7.

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10:09
PencilCase does HyperCard-style iOS app creation

Robots & Pencils has announced PencilCase, a new platform for developing and publishing iOS apps. The technology is loosely based on Apple's now-defunct HyperCard, and is aimed at non-developers. Along those lines, it uses a drag-and-drop interface for inserting UI elements, animations, 3D models and physics. An included Javascript engine can be used to insert manual code where needed....  ...

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10:06
Apps: Cocktail, DEVONthink Pro, Kaleidoscope

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10:00
Steve Jobs wasn't even okay with Google hiring...

Earlier this week, PandoDaily released treasure trove of information pertaining to the anti-poaching agreements many top Silicon Valley tech firms entered into a few years back, including an email showing showing that Steve Jobs angrily called Google...

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09:48
iPhone 6 coming as early as September, likely in 4.7...

There’s not a whole lot here that we haven’t heard before, but today Nikkei Asian Review reports that orders into component suppliers indicate Apple’s next-gen iPhone will debut as early as September in two new screen sizes.
As reported previously by Bloomberg, WSJ, and others, Nikkei says Apple will introduce a new 4.7-inch iPhone alongside a larger 5.5-inch model. The report’s cites sources in Apple’s supply chain and says Apple’s display suppliers–...

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09:34
Twitter rumored to relaunch altered #music program...

Even though Twitter is shuttering its #Music service and has yanked the supporting app from the iOS App Store the microblogging service is preparing a new offering, according to services familiar with the matter. The new service is allegedly eschewing an app-driven offering, and focused on conversations about content, hosted on Twitter itself....  ...

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09:27
Office for iPad

Microsoft today announced Office for iPad, a trio of apps that bring Word, PowerPoint and Excel to tablets. Those should be showing up in the App Store shortly — around 11AM Pacific (2PM Eastern), to be exact.

I’m looking forward to seeing it.
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09:27
Microsoft brings Word, Excel, and PowerPoint to the...

A live demo of Word for iPad.

Microsoft

Microsoft's Build Developer Conference is next week, but the company isn't saving all of its announcements for that show. CEO Satya Nadella took to the stage in San Francisco today to talk about the company's future, putting an emphasis on the company's "cloud first, mobile first" agenda. To drive that point home, the company today announced the long-rumored version of Microsoft Office for iPad, which trails the iPhone and Android versions of the software by about nine months. The software goes live in the iOS App Store at 11am Pacific Time today.
Word, Excel, and...

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09:25
iPhone 6 Reportedly Launching 'As Early As...

Apple's iPhone 6 is expected to launch "as early as September", according to a new report from Japanese business newspaper Nikkei. The paper claims that the device is "expected" to be called the iPhone 6 and is "likely" to be offered in 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch display sizes, in line with circulating rumors.Manufacturers have apparently begun making such components as fingerprint sensors and chips for liquid-crystal drivers. Mass production of LCD panels will start as early as the April-June quarter at Sharp's Kameyama factory, Japan Display's Mobara plant, and at other facilities, according to sources. LG Electronics will supply panels as well. The new handset's display resolution is expected to be significantly higher than that of current models. Earlier this week, UBS analyst Steve Milunovich claimed that the...

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09:21
Microsoft Office for iPad launches today, requires...

Microsoft on Thursday unveiled a long-awaited version of its Office suite for iPad, bringing productivity applications Word, Excel and PowerPoint to Apple's tablet lineup, requiring users to subscribe to its Office 365 service for editing documents.  ...

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09:20
Apple Appears to be Ramping up for iPhone 6...

DigiTimes said on Wednesday that Apple has reportedly placed orders with two companies for iPhone 6 batteries. Another company that has been making iPhone 5 and 5c batteries has, so far, been passed over - so far.

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09:18
Microsoft Launching Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for...

In his first major public event as Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella today headlined a media event to introduce Office for iPad, in line with earlier rumors. Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for iPad will go live today at 11:00 AM Pacific Time. Microsoft's press conference is ongoing, and we will update this post with additional details as they are revealed. Word for iPad All three apps will be free downloads and will include viewing and presenting capabilities free of charge. Users wishing to edit or create documents with the apps will need an Office 365 subscription. Excel for iPad (via The Verge) Microsoft acknowledged soon after the introduction...

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09:18
Russian Officials Dump iPads For Samsung Tablets...

wiredmikey writes: "Russian government officials have swapped their iPads for Samsung tablets to ensure tighter security, the telecoms minister told news agencies on Wednesday. Journalists spotted that ministers at a cabinet meeting were no longer using Apple tablets, and minister Nikolai Nikiforov confirmed the changeover "took place not so long ago." He said the ministers' new Samsungs were "specially protected devices that can be used to work with confidential information." This isn't the first time Russian powers have had concerns over mobile. In August 2012, Russia unveiled a prototype tablet with its own "almost Android" mobile OS that has the remarkably familiar feel of an Android but with bolstered encryption. In an even more paranoid move, this past July a Russian state service in charge of safeguarding Kremlin communications was looking to purchase an array of old-fashioned typewriters to prevent leaks from computer hardware."...

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09:15
Microsoft announces new Office for iPad apps...

 

Microsoft’s Office suite of productivity apps has long been rumored to be in development for the iPad shortly after the tablet’s debut in 2010. Most notably was The Daily (now defunct) reporting it had knowledge (and screenshots) of Microsoft’s software for Apple’s mobile platform in 2011, something Microsoft was quick to...

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09:12
9to5Toys Last Call: 1Password 50% off, Onkyo network...

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09:07
Mavericks adoption now over 40 percent North...

Five months after launch, Mavericks has already grabbed slightly over 40 percent of all North American OS X usage, according to web traffic data from ad network Chitika. By comparison, Mountain Lion is currently sitting at just 21 percent, and took 14 months to hit a peak of 34 percent. Lion and Snow Leopard each account for 18 percent of OS X usage at present; Leopard has shrunk to 3 percent, and Tiger and a miscellaneous "other" category each have 1 percent shares....  ...

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09:02
Microsoft Launches Public Cloud in China


Microsoft is now offering general availability of its Azure cloud service in China, becoming the first multinational company to provide public cloud services in the Middle Kingdom. Microsoft is partnering with 21Vianet, a Chinese data center services provider, a marriage that likely helped appease Beijing officials. Until now, all major cloud providers in China -- Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent -- have been Chinese.
The China launch is part of a broad push in Asia.

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09:00
Live coverage from Microsoft's Office for iPad...

Thursday marks the first major event hosted by new Microsoft Chief Executive Satya Nadella, where the company is also expected to unveil a long awaited version of its Office productivity suite for Apple's iPad. AppleInsider is there live with up-to-the-second coverage.  ...

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08:55
Macworld/iWorld 2014: The State of Apple Technology...

Thanks for joining us for our liveblog of the Macworld/iWorld 2014 "State of Apple Technology" panel discussion, featuring the following speakers:

Moderator: Jason Snell, Senior VP, Editorial Director, IDG Consumer & SMB

Panelists:
Ben Bajarin,...

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08:55
Microsoft announcement, live from San Francisco

We're going to be live at Microsoft's announcement at One Kearny in San Francisco! Join us at 10 am PT/1 pm ET for updates and insights from the event.

You can read more about the anticipated topic (Office for iPad!) in our preview post here....

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08:00
The Week in iOS Apps: Here comes the sun

Here comes the sunThis week’s roundup includes a cool new way of looking at the sun. Plus, there are apps for seeking real estate, organizing your life, and fighting in the Game of Thrones universe.DIY Sun ScienceBy now, you know we’re fans of NASA, space, science, and any app that does cool things with those topics. DIY Sun Science is a free iOS app from NASA that helps young users learn about the sun—either in classroom settings or on their own. It includes live satellite views of the sun, videos, and activities with step-by-step instructions to guide even young users in learning more about our closest star.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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08:50
OS X upgrade adoption rate half that of iOS despite...

Chitikia is out with a report today with OS X adoption numbers for the five months since Apple released its latest major software update to the desktop and notebook last October. According to the report, a record 40% of Mac users have upgraded to OS X 10.9 Mavericks since its release. For perspective, that’s 6% higher than OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion reached in a 14-month period.
The acceleration in adoption is largely attributed to Apple adopting the iOS upgrade model and making OS X Mavericks a free software update for users rather than charging between $20 and $130 as previous updates had seen.
But despite adopting the iOS...

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08:38
Amazon's Apple TV Competitor Expected to Debut...

Following rumors of a March launch, it looks like April 2 will be the day Amazon introduces its Apple TV competitor, as Re/code notes that the company has sent out invitations to a "video business" media event for that date. The invitations feature a photo of a couch and popcorn, strongly suggesting that the event will indeed involve the rumored streaming video device, and Re/code's sources indicate that this will indeed be the topic for the event. The e-commerce giant has invited reporters to gather for an “update for our video business” in New York next Wednesday, April 2. The popcorn and couch in the image give you a pretty good idea of what to expect, as does our previous reporting, which explained that Amazon has been preparing a Web-to-TV gadget for many months.A...

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08:36
Amazon to unveil its Apple TV competitor on April 2nd


Amazon has been developing a set-top-box product for several months, and the company appears set to take the wraps off of it next week. Amazon has issued invitations for a media event to be held at 11 AM EST on Wednesday April 2nd.
The invite reads “please join us for an update on our video business,” and the couch and popcorn seems to point directly to a new video watching product. Last year, we reported on trademark filings that seem to indicate that Amazon has considered calling the device the “...

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08:35
WD introduces Thunderbolt-powered, portable dual...

Western Digital (WD) has unveiled the My Passport Pro. The company says it's the first portable, Thunderbolt-powered, dual drive solution.
It sports user-selectable RAID functionality without the need for power adapters or cables. My Passport Pro is available in 2TB or 4TB models with prices of, respectively, US$299.99 and $429.99.
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08:30
A rack mount for the Mac Pro and other news for...

It's been a rather quiet morning, but here are three stories we found for you.

Sonnet Tech has announced a 4U rack mount for Apple's cylindrical Mac Pro. The so-called xMac Pro Thunderbolt 2 PCIe Enclosure rolls off the tongue and includes three...

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Hitman GO Review By Carter Dotson on April 17th, 2014 Our Rating: :: GO HITMAN, GO!Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Hitman GO is not the obvious way to do a mobile version of the Hitman series, but it’s an incredibly creative and fun game in the long-running franchise.   | Read more »
Monster High Ghouls and Jewels is a Frea...
Monster High Ghouls and Jewels is a Freaky Fashion-Forward Match-3 Puzzler Posted by Rob Rich on April 17th, 2014 [ permalink ] | Read more »
Dinosaur Train A to Z Review
Dinosaur Train A to Z Review By Amy Solomon on April 17th, 2014 Our Rating: :: DINO DETAILSUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Dinosaur Train A to Z is an educational app about dinosaurs that includes In-App Purchases.   | Read more »
Easter Comes to Junk Jack X – Bringing N...
Easter Comes to Junk Jack X – Bringing New Crafts, Chemistry, and More Posted by Rob Rich on April 17th, 2014 [ permalink ] Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad | Read more »
Call of Cookie Review
Call of Cookie Review By Jordan Minor on April 17th, 2014 Our Rating: :: COOKIE CRUMBLESUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Call of Cookie proves that plants aren’t the only fighting foods out there.   | Read more »
Corel Launches Video Editing App Pinnacl...
Corel Launches Video Editing App Pinnacle Studio for iPhone, Updates iPad Version for iOS 7 Posted by Tre Lawrence on April 17th, 2014 [ | Read more »
Bad Vamp Review
Bad Vamp Review By Jennifer Allen on April 17th, 2014 Our Rating: :: BASIC VAMPIRIC ADVENTURESUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Run or destroy the vampires in this simple, single-screen game that lacks real bite.   | Read more »
The Shadow Sun gets a New Update, Goes o...
The Shadow Sun gets a New Update, Goes on Sale for the First Time Since its Release Posted by Tre Lawrence on April 17th, 2014 [ permalink ] | Read more »
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