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Thursday March 27

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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Today’s can’t miss deals:
Last Call updates:
WD My Passport Ultra USB 3.0 Portable HDDs:
1TB: $60 (Reg. $90)
2TB: $100 (Reg. $140)
wp.me/p1xTlR-ntk— 9to5Toys (@9to5toys) March 27, 2014
1Password for Mac goes 50% off:...

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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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08:25
MCE ships 2TB internal hard drive upgrade for some...

MCE Technologies (MCE) is shipping its 2TB internal hard drive upgrade kit for the MacBook Pro, MacBook, and Mac mini.
The US$199 upgrade kit consists of a 2TB, 5400 RPM, 2.5-inch SATA hard drive designed to replace the computer's internal drive. An illustrated installation guide and a toolkit are included.
What's more, the MCE upgrade kit includes a portable, external USB 3.0 external enclosure to house the original internal hard drive, along with cloning software to ease the transition of your data to the new drive. Go to http://www.mcetech.com for more info.

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08:25
∞ Apple offers “Refund for In-App Purchases made by...

Apple sent an email today to its iTunes account holders who have made in-app purchases. The email gave account holders the chance to ask for a refund for any and all in app purchases made by a minor.

I think this is beyond fair. The text of the email is in the post.

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08:11
Wouldn’t Have Happened If Tim Cook Had Been in Charge

Pando continues its thorough coverage of the Apple/Google-led no-poaching wage-fixing cartel case. You have to laugh at this, from Sergey Brin, after being shown an email from Steve Jobs:

Wow, Steve used a smiley. God, I never got one of those.

But overall, this is serious business. From Pando’s report a week ago:

Schmidt responded:

I would prefer that Omid do it verbally since I don’t want to
create a paper trail over which we can be sued later? Not sure
about this.. thanks Eric

Google’s HR head at the time, Shona Brown, agreed with her boss,
in lower-case ee cummings syntax:

makes sense to do orally. i agree.

(Seems...

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08:07
Skunk Baxter Gibson Firebird

I’m happy that Gibson honored Skunk with his own model, but I was never a big fan of the Firebird.
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07:57
BusyContacts

BusyContacts is a complete replacement for the built-in Contacts app on OS X that is designed to make creating, finding, and managing contacts faster and more efficient.

From the same company that brought us BusyCal.
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07:52
Where and When to Find TMO Team at Macworld/iWorld...

It's Macworld/iWorld time again, and here's the full rundown on where you can find Bryan Chaffin, Jeff Gamet, and Dave Hamilton around the show.

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07:45
Microsoft announces Office for iPad

As expected, Microsoft officially announced Office for iPad today at an event featuring new CEO Satya Nadella. Office for iPad will go live at 2 p.m. EST today with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint in the App Store. For free, users can download the apps to read and…

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07:31
WD ships the first Thunderbolt-powered portable dual...

WD today announced immediate availability of the My Passport Pro, which it bills as the first Thunderbolt-powered portable dual-drive. The two internal 2.5-inch hard drives and an integrated Thunderbolt cable are packed in a svelte aluminum enclosure that weighs just 1.59 pounds. Users can easily choose between a RAID 0 setup for increased performance or RAID 1 for data redundancy. It’s capable of speeds up to 233 MB/s and to help put that in perspective, it is capable of  ”copy[ing] a 22 GB high-definition video file in half the time typically required by a USB 3.0 drive working in RAID 0 format.” Combined, it is about half the speed of an SSD but with much more space/$.
The My Passport Pro is available in 2TB ($299.99) and 4TB (429.99) capacities now from the WD online store. It’s expected to hit Apple stores and other e-tailers very soon....

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07:30
Apple Invents a Great New Apple TV Feature You Just...

On March 27, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals an Apple TV feature that we'll all like. In a nutshell, if you're watching a movie on Apple TV and want to get some more popcorn and drinks, you may not have to stop the movie. You'll just sync the movie stream from Apple TV to ...

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06:30
BusyMac launches all-new Mac contact-manager

BusyMac Software, maker of the popular BusyCal app for OS X, has announced the upcoming launch of the all-new BusyContacts.
The new app is designed to be a complete replacement of OS X’s built-in Contacts app; it features customizable views, the ability to add tags to each contact, as well as smart filters that allow users to quickly find and group entries. Of course, it is also designed to work alongside the company’s calendar-management software, which allows it to keep track of your appointment history with each contact, turning the combination into a personal CRM system of sorts.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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07:01
Expo Notes: Western Digital reveals new Thunderbolt-...

Western Digital kicked off its booth at Macworld/iWorld by unveiling the new My Passport Pro portable hard drive equipped with Thunderbolt.While the My Passport Pro looks similar to WD’s My Passport Air, the new drive is much thicker because it has two 2.5-inch hard drive mechanisms configured as a RAID 0 or 1.The My Passport Pro also has an integrated Thunderbolt cable, so not only do you not have to worry about buying an expensive Thunderbolt cable, but you also don’t have to worry about carrying and losing that cable. The integrated cable also provides power to the drive, so you don’t need an external power supply.To read this article...

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07:09
OS X Mavericks Adoption Pushing Toward 50%

Just five months after its release, OS X Mavericks is seeing adoption rates in the range of 40 percent to almost 50 percent depending on the tracking source. The significant growth in Mavericks users demonstrates the benefits of Apple's move to drop the price of its latest OS X update to zero in an effort to encourage users to upgrade. Analytics firm Chitika is out with a new report today showing Mavericks usage at 40 percent of page impressions in the United States and Canada over the week of March 17-23. Apple's three previous operating system versions split almost all of the remaining 60 percent of the Mac user base nearly evenly. Almost exactly five months following Mavericks’ release, the operating system’s users are generating 40% of U.S and Canadian Mac OS X-based Web traffic, a figure that dramatically outpaces Mavericks’ predecessor, OS X Mountain Lion. At 40%, the share of OS X Web traffic generated...

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07:07
Adoption of OS X 10.9 Mavericks significantly...

The rate at which Mac owners are upgrading to Apple's OS X 10.9 Mavericks has far outperformed the operating system's predecessor -- OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion -- with one report saying the latest OS is now running on over 40 percent of active Macs.  ...

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07:04
PencilCase reimagines HyperCard to let non-...

Robots & Pencils, a company that has up until now been making mobile apps for others, is launching a new platform for Mac that it says reimagines Apple’s HyperCard and allows non-developers to create & publish native iOS apps. Dubbed ‘PencilCase,’ users can create native apps with a drag and drop interface for adding UI elements, 3D models, programmed animations, and physics with no code required. There’s also a full built-in Javascript engine for those that might want to add some code.
We’ve seen a few similar build-your-own app platforms aimed at non-developers, but Robots & Pencils CEO Michael Sikorsky told us a little bit about why PencilCase is different:...

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07:00
Runtastic 5.0 update brings redesign, hydration...

Runtastic today updated its Running and fitness app, bringing a brand new look to the app and few notable new features.

The biggest changes users will notice is a fresh, new UI with improved automatic syncing to a user's Runtastic account when an...

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06:51
Sonnet’s new rack mount turns the 2013 Mac Pro into...

Sonnet's rack mount enclosure for the new Mac Pro fits in tons of expansion options.

Sonnet

After Apple discontinued the Xserve in early 2011, it introduced a pair of options Mac buyers could turn to if they still wanted systems they could fit into a server rack. One is the Mac Mini Server, a $999 configuration that adds a quad-core CPU and extra hard drive to the standard Mini. The other was the Mac Pro Server, a version of the big silver box that came with lots of CPU cores and OS X Server but was otherwise not so different from the standard workstation. Apple still sells the Mac Mini Server, but the Mac Pro Server was discontinued when Apple shrank the Mac Pro ...

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06:50
Samsung 'puzzled' as South Korean carriers...

Apple's chief rival Samsung had big plans for the debut of its flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone on April 11, but carriers in its native country of South Korea have opted to upstage that launch date by releasing the new handset early.  ...

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06:43
Political move? Russians shelve iPads

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.”

Something smells fishy here.

Nikiforov denied that Russia was clamping down on US technology in response to Western sanctions imposed over its takeover of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula.

Ah, that was it. Walks like a duck, quacks like a duck. Political bullshit is what it is.
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06:33
WD ships My Passport Pro, dual-drive bus-powered...

Drive manufacturer WD today introduced My Passport Pro, the first portable, Thunderbolt-powered dual-drive. The peripheral is available in 2TB and 4TB capacities, and sports a Thunderbolt cable built into the case itself, which also powers the drive....   ...

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06:18
MS Enterprise Mobility Suite may debut today next to...

Alongside Office for iPad, Microsoft may also be preparing to launch a new licensing bundle today called the Enterprise Mobility Suite, sources say. The bundle is reportedly aimed at large-scale customers who need a way of managing Windows, iOS, and/or Android devices. While cross-platform support has been available from Microsoft for a while, EMS is expected to include Windows Intune, a new Azure Active Directory "Premium" option, and Azure Rights Management Services. Active Directory Premium is described as a paid version of Azure Active Directory with features like group-based app access... ...

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06:09
Apple exploring new iPad Smart Case with integrated...

iPad owners might soon have a new, more compact option when choosing a keyboard to pair with their tablet as Apple is contemplating a redesigned iPad Smart Case with an integrated, multitouch keyboard.  ...

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06:00
Setting PowerShell Execution Policies

Microsoft doesn’t want any old tool to execute PowerShell scripts. But sometimes when we’re running a tool, we need the tool to be run in a way that violates the default execution policy. In order to facilitate this, Microsoft has also provided four levels of security for the PowerShell execution policy. These include:

  • Restricted: The default execution policy, which forces commands to be entered interactively.
  • All Signed: Only signed scripts can be run by a trusted publisher.
  • Remote Signed: Any scripts created locally can run.
  • Unrestricted: Any script can run.

To configure an execution policy interactively, simply use the Set-ExecutionPolicy command followed by the name of the execution policy you wish to use. So to run the policy as unrestricted (e.g. while you’re in the midst of a deployment), you could run the following:
Set-ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted
Once run, use the Get-ExecutionPolicy with no options to see...

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06:00
UpTo calendar app relaunches with a renewed,...

When UpTo originally launched, it focused on being what it described as “half-social, half-calendar.” Unfortunately, that didn’t work out so well as the social side and the calendar side fought for dominance, resulting in an app that felt like it didn’t know what it wanted to be when it grew up.
Today the company behind UpTo is re-launching the app with a new design and a new focus: rather than trying to turn calendars into a social network, the app is now focused entirely on being the best calendar app it can be. That being said, the new version of the app is not entirely devoid of social features.
Keep reading to find out how the developers finally figured out how to balance these two sides to the software.
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06:00
Rumor Roundup: 'Multiple sources saying pretty...

Apple to Move Production of iPhone Batteries to Automated Lines (MacRumors)

"[...] according to a report from DigiTimes." BZZZZT! Next!

New leak may finally reveal Apple's iPhone 6 design (BGR)

From the article: "A user on 9to5Mac's discussion...

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05:47
Mavericks Cache Cleaner 8.0.5 - Clear caches, access...

Mavericks Cache Cleaner is an award-winning general purpose tool for OS X. MCC makes system maintenance simple with an easy point-and-click interface to many OS X functions. Novice and expert users alike will appreciate the powerful toolset MCC provides. Mavericks Cache Cleaner is one of the world's leading maintenance tools, with millions of downloads around the globe. Maintenance. Mavericks Cache Cleaner is a one-stop solution for all of your OS X maintenance needs. Intel or PPC, Tiger or Mavericks, MCC has the tools to keep your system running at its best. MCC Documents and the MCC Engine maintain system health by providing full automation of common maintenance chores, including virus scanning of Internet downloads. The MCC Engine can even repair permissions automatically after software installations. With the MCC Engine, powerful system maintenance and antivirus can be completely transparent or as close as your menu bar. Optimization....

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05:46
App Annie releases monthly App Store and Google Play...

There is a ton of great data to sift through. Amazing how big an impact Flappy Bird had on the App Store. Check the post for my top 3.
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05:45
Apple patent may hint at sapphire touchscreens

A newly published patent application further hints at the possibility of sapphire displays in Apple products. The application for “oleophobic coating on sapphire” reveals a component that would feature a surface coating and transition layer on top of a sapphire glass base layer, which may be “a window for…

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05:30
Bioprinting, Part 2 - The Ethical Conundrum


Nearly 120,000 people in the United States are on the waiting list for an organ transplant that may save their lives, according to the American Transplant Foundation.
"In the short term, we need many more people to register to be a potential organ donor," said Jordan Miller, assistant professor of bioengineering at Rice University.
However, donor organs require immunosuppressive therapies, which can limit the recipient's quality of life, so over the long term, the medical community is "extremely excited" about 3D printing's potential.

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05:28
Apple Patent Application Describes Use of Oleophobic...

Tim Cook confirmed in a recent interview with ABC News' David Muir that Apple was manufacturing sapphire in its Arizona plant, but deflected any questions about how the company planned to use the material. Recent reports suggest the sapphire could land in the iPhone 6 or the iWatch as a display substrate, and a recent patent application lends some credibility to these rumors. As noted by...

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05:28
Neurosurgeons successfully implant 3D printed skull

This is absolutely fantastic.

A 22-year-old woman from the Netherlands who suffers from a chronic bone disorder — which has increased the thickness of her skull from 1.5cm to 5cm, causing reduced eyesight and severe headaches — has had the top section of her skull removed and replaced with a 3D printed implant.

How fortunate is this woman that 3D printing technology was available to her surgical team. I can’t get over how cool this is.
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05:19
Twitter rolls out two major new features

You’ll now be able to tag up to 10 people in a tweeted photo and attach up to 4 photos in a single tweet.
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05:16
Searching iTunes Now Faster And Easier With fnd.io...

Searching in iTunes has never been a very good experience, and now fnd.io is looking to fix that. Developed by Jeremy Mack and Ryann Pierce, the new search tool was launched this week.

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05:11
Apple Reveals an Oleophobic Coating on Sapphire...

On March 27, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple titled "Oleophobic Coating on Sapphire." Apple's invention covers a surface coating apparatus that could spray oleophobic and other coatings onto the glass of an iDevice. Apple's patent also hints that the body and bezel of future iDevices could be made of plastic, aluminum or an amorphous glass material which translates into being a liquid-metal. Today, we get another piece of Apple's sapphire materials puzzle.

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05:09
DEVONthink Pro 2.7.4 - Knowledge base, information...

Save 10% with our exclusive coupon code: MACUPDATE10 DEVONthink Pro is your essential assistant for today's world, where almost everything is digital. From shopping receipts to important research papers, your life often fills your hard drive in the form of emails, PDFs, Word documents, multimedia files and more. Questions eventually pop up, like where do you store all of this stuff? How do you organize these very different file types, and even better, how do you find the exact file you're looking for the second you need it? It's almost as if you need a second brain just to keep your digital life straight. DEVONthink is the solution to the digital age conundrum. It is your second brain, the one and only database for all your digital files, be they PDFs, emails, Word docs or even multimedia files. Boasting a refined artificial intelligence, DEVONthink...

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05:01
GX Gaming headset is now available in North America

GX Gaming has launched the US$99 Zabius gaming headset in North America. It's compatible with Mac, PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.
The Zabius sports 40mm drivers and a 10-foot long anti-tangle cable. An in-line controller allows gamers to switch between a Mac, PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3, as well as adjust chat and volume settings.
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05:00
Apple patents iPad smart cover with built-in gesture...

On March 27, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals an all-new iPad smart cover configuration that includes a keyboard panel. One of the aspects of this design which differentiates itself from Microsoft’s Surface tablet cover is that Apple’s keyboard has been uniquely designed to double as a multi-touch gesture keyboard eliminating the need for a touchpad.

I like the premise, the idea that you can gesture on the surface of the keyboard itself.
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05:00
Daily App: PhotosPro will make you think Apple'...

PhotosPro (US$1.99) is a very appealing app that could teach Apple a few lessons. Think of it as a replacement for Apple's Photos app.

It will display your photos in a long list, or let you see what you took on a particular date or within a range of...

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04:55
DEVONtechnologies revs all versions of DEVONthink,...

 DEVONtechnologies has updated all editions of its information and document manager DEVONthink as well as its smart notebook app DEVONnote and bumps their version number to 2.7.4. The update brings interface, usability, and performance enhancements as well as bug fixes.
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04:51
PDF Converter for the Mac gets an update

Enolsoft has updated PDF Converter with OCR for Mac. This new version PDF converter enables users to convert PDF and images to Pages and Keynote on Mac.
It’s now a 15-in-1 PDF converting program that can transfer both native and scanned PDF to Word, Excel, PPT, Html, Pages, Keynote, Text, Epub, Rtfd and image formats.
PDF Converter requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It's available at the Enolsoft website (www.enolsoft.com) for US$79. A demo is available for download

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04:45
iPhone IP Wars: Nokia vs Apple vs HTC, Motorola...

In 2007 Apple introduced iPhone, emphasizing that virtually every significant aspect of its entirely new experience and industrial design was protected by patents. Three years later a global patent war erupted. Who's to blame?   ...

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04:36
Apple patent for fingerprint-resistant coating adds...

A new Apple patent application filed last year and published by the United States Patent & Trademark Office today adds more proof that Apple is preparing to use sapphire displays in upcoming devices (via AI). There has been no shortage of proof that Apple is preparing to do something— most likely next-generation iPhone screens— with the large Sapphire plant it recently picked up in Arizona. We already know...

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04:00
FlippedBITS: Do Privacy Policies Mean Anything?

Most companies that do business on the Internet have published privacy policies, and although they’re often full of tedious legalese, they’re worth reading. Whether they do anything to protect you is another question. 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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04:00
The 3rd Generation Drobo: Faster and less expensive

Drobo announced the 3rd generation of its 4-bay namesake device yesterday, and by any indication the newest member of the Drobo family should be quite popular. Sporting a pair of USB 3.0 ports, the Drobo 4-bay starts at just US$349 for the bare box...

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03:51
Waterfield releases CitySlicker case for the Jawbone...

WaterField Designs has introduced the CitySlicker Mini Jambox speaker case. It houses the Jawbone Mini Jambox and its cables in one pocket-sized case.
The interior is custom-sized with a soft, padded liner that cushions the Mini Jambox. A stretchable, semi-opaque back pocket holds the connector cable and charger, and a self-locking zipper keeps them secure.
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03:49
LiveCode 6.6 ships with Scaling and High DPI support...

RunRev says LiveCode 6.6, an update of the cross platform app development environment, is now available. The release brings automatic scaling and handling of Retina display screens to desktops.
It also adds open SSL and encryption support for mobile platforms. Additionally, a new assert command has been implemented to help folks who write tests.
LiveCode is available in a free "community" edition and an US$500 commercial edition. It works with Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, and Android platforms. Go to www.livecode.com for more info.

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03:43
Cocktail 7.3 (Mavericks Edition) can now clear Icon...

Maintain has served up Cocktail 7.3 (Mavericks Edition). It's a maintenance release of the utility that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs.
Version 7.3 adds the ability to clear Icon Services caches and saved application states. It also adds an "Allow power button to put the computer to sleep" setting and an Utilities menu that offers quick access to miscellaneous utilities and assistants.
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03:38
Native Instruments introduces Molekular

Native Instruments has released Molekular, a modular multi-effects system for their flagship synthesis studio Reaktor 5 or the free Reaktor 5 Player. It features 35 exclusive creative effects for sound manipulation.
Molekular's modular design allows for "an unprecedented level of routing freedom and its Morphing Field provides inspiring performance possibilities for producers," according to the folks at Native Instruments. It's available now at the NI Online Shop for US$149. Go to www.native-instruments.com/molekular for more info.

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03:36
Recommended Reading: 'Functional Programming in...

"Functional Programming in Java" is a new book written to help readers get on top of the new, essential Java 8 language features and the functional style that will change and improve your code. It's a short, targeted book.
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03:32
Apple tips hand on sapphire displays with patent for...

While Apple remains coy about plans to incorporate sapphire into its product lineup, a new patent application published on Thursday suggests the company is at the least experimenting with the hard material for use in touch-capable displays.  ...

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03:31
Apple Reveals a New iPad Smart Cover that Includes a...

On March 27, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals an all-new iPad smart cover configuration that includes a keyboard panel. One of the aspects of this design which differentiates itself from Microsoft's Surface tablet cover is that Apple's keyboard has been uniquely designed to double as a multi-touch gesture keyboard eliminating the need for a touchpad.

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03:27
External Link: BusyContacts to Offer Alternative to...

Finally! For years now we’ve been asking BusyMac for an app that will do for Apple’s Contacts what BusyCal does for Calendar — that is, replace it. (Can you tell we’ve never liked Contacts?) At Macworld/iWorld, BusyMac announced BusyContacts, which promises to do just that — provide a multi-account solution for syncing, sharing, and maintaining address books via iCloud, Google Contacts, Exchange, and any other CardDAV-compatible service. BusyContacts will offer customizable views, tagging, smart filters, social network integration, and more. It is slated to enter public beta within a few months and will cost $49.99 when it ships later in 2014. 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,...

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03:08
Consumer asset tracking, ambient intelligence next...

While first generation LBS services have largely been commoditized or shifted to advertising models, the imminent arrival of indoor location, BLE tags, and wearables will enable next generation services around ambient intelligence and consumer asset tracking, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com). In the latest edition of the company’s quarterly market data, "Location Enabled Services", these new markets are forecast by each major region.
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02:07
Apple's 'transparent texting' tech...

Apple is looking into technology that offers users an easier, safer, way to text and walk by making an iPhone's screen "transparent" during messaging operations through the clever use of live video.  ...

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Wednesday March 26

23:01
Sonnet creates new Mac Pro enclosure for rackmount...

Hardware upgrade and card maker Sonnet on Wednesday unveiled a long-promised Thunderbolt 2-compatible rack-mountable docking station for the new, Mac Pro that adds ports and slots galore while encasing the cylindrical workstation so that it can be mounted in a rack using a 4U enclosure for use in datacenters. Now scheduled to ship in June, the XMac Pro Server enclosure offers a total of four USB 3.0 ports (one of them in the front), two Gigabit Ethernet ports, an HDMI port, BNC connectors and three PCIe single-width expansion slots alongside Thunderbolt 2 compatibility.... ...

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23:00
Join us for the Macworld/iWorld 2014 State of Apple...

When it rains, it pours. Sure enough, it has been raining here in drought-stricken Northern California, so much so that numerous flights were delayed coming into the city yesterday. And after a drought of Apple-related liveblogs, we actually have two...

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21:30
OmniFocus 2 is redesigned, expected to ship in June...

It's been more than a year since The Omni Group announced OmniFocus 2 for Mac (ironically, it was at last year's Macworld/iWorld), and now the company says its expanding its testing pool with an expected ship date of June.

Testers can download the...

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21:27
Briefly: Russian gov't drops iPads; Clear,...

Russian government officials have opted to stop using iPads in official capacities, possible due to concerns about alleged "backdoors" that allowed for NSA monitoring (which Apple has denied). Instead the government has arranged a deal with Samsung that will see politicos using customized, secured tablets specifically designed to handle confidential information as legislators often need to have available. There was no detail on prices or the cost of dropping the iPads, and the move could be seen as part of an effort to stop supporting American companies, given the US opposition to Russia's pol... ...

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20:57
Briefly: Twitter app adds more photo tagging, new V-...

Twitter announced an update to its mobile apps today, adding the ability to now tag up to ten people in a photo. Available for both iOS and Android app, tagging does not affect character count in a tweet. Up to four photos can be shared in a single tweet, and a full image in a group can be viewed by tapping on a preview. The new photo features rolled out today on iPhone, and are due soon for Android and its web version....  ...

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20:20
Briefly: OWC's 128GB upgrade kit for Mac Pro,...

Other World Computing announced the expansion of its MaxRAM Certified Upgrades to include up to 128GB memory upgrade kits for the Apple Mac Pro 2013 six-core, eight-core, 12-core models. Offering both OWC 32GB modules and matched kits up to 128GB, pricing per module starts at $600. The new 128GB upgrade kit is priced at $2,130....  ...

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19:14
Crews working round the clock to finish Apple...

Photos and reports from tipsters indicate that Apple's forthcoming sapphire manufacturing plant may already be partially online as construction crews race to finish the building for a targeted June completion date. The building, which is very nondescript in appearance, is located in Mesa, Arizona and was built in a partnership with GT Advanced Technologies, the inventors of a process to manufacture nearly scratch-proof sapphire glass in larger quantities and at lower cost than had previously been available.... ...

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18:17
Sound Studio 4.6.11 - Robust audio recording and...

Sound Studio lets you easily record and professionally edit audio on your Mac.Easily rip vinyls and digitize cassette tapes or record lectures and voice memos. Prepare for live shows with live effect processing and level tweaking, then record it all with performance recording capabilities.Any audio project. Completed with ease.

  • Expansive compatibility. Record your work as an MP3 or AAC M4A file. Edit and export audio in several formats including AIFF and WAV.
  • Creative effects. Layer several effects like delay, reverb, chorus, or flanger filters, then tweak levels or EQ settings.
  • Multi-track support. Record live audio alongside multiple tracks of studio-added sounds.Version 4.6.11:
    • Fixed bugs with saving in CAF and Apple Lossless formats.
    • Fixed UI bug with Revert command.
    • Changed the Save Selection As panel's default folder.

    OS X 10...

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16:53
Russian government drops iPad in favor of Samsung...


Russian government officials have stopped using iPads in an official capacity, instead opting to use offerings from Samsung according to a new report by Business Insider. The new Samsung devices are custom, secured tablets designed to be used with the confidential information government officials often need to handle.
Russian officials have denied that the swap is an effort to stop supporting American companies following sanctions related to the Ukrainian crisis. It also doesn’t seem to relate to recent rumors that the US government had...

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16:44
Study: Apps with TV commercials do better in App...

A new study by mobile analytics firm App Annie has quantified the idea that app developers can increase their products' visibility in the App Store and gain players through the use of TV commercials -- particularly for top-quality "freemium" titles. While the practice of developers creating their own TV ads is common in some countries like Japan, it is a fairly new phenomenon in the North America. The App Annie study showed a correlation between TV exposure and a gain in App Store rankings....  ...

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16:43
Microsoft rumored to debut Enterprise Mobility Suite...

Many expect Microsoft to launch Office for iPad on Thursday, but fresh rumors say the company may also make a play for mass device management with a cross-platform Enterprise Mobility Suite, a competitor to Apple's recently released Deployment Programs initiative.  ...

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16:30
Join us for the Microsoft announcement liveblog,...

All the signs are pointing to an Office for iPad announcement coming tomorrow from Microsoft's new CEO Satya Nadella. While the software giant's product teams were long suspected of having a finished iPad version of the PC and Mac productivity suite...

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16:01
Sonnet Announces Mac Pro 4U Rackmount Enclosure and...

Sonnet has announced a 4U rackmount enclosure and expansion chassis for the new Mac Pro, allowing users to horizontally mount their Mac Pro in a standard data center rack with PCIe expansion capabilities. The xMac Pro Server includes three PCIe single-width expansion slots, with room for one double-width and one single-width card, Thunderbolt 2 compatibility, and a mounting kit for additional storage or optical drives. On the back, the rack includes three USB 3.0 ports, two Gigabit Ethernet ports, and an HDMI port, with a single USB 3.0 port on the front. It includes a 300W power supply and a 75W PCIe power connector for supplemental power to certain power-hungry PCIe cards. The new Mac Pro has become the object of desire, but a lustrous finish hides its true beauty—the massive power within. If you're a pro user in the video or audio industries, the Mac Pro offers the power you need, but lacks the built-in...

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16:00
Bandcamp is an invaluable music resource, but you...

Bandcamp is a revolutionary service that has helped break down the barriers for self-released music across every genre of music. If you like music, they have you covered.

Utilizing deep fan integration and tags the site allows you to search by...

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15:53
iBeacons at Macworld 2014

We were excited to see what we could do with iBeacons at the show. We focused on using iBeacons in a way that was both exciting and appropriate for the event. We settled on check-in to speed up people getting their badges and a game to help people investigate the show floor and highlight how beacons can help explore large environments.

Great to see.
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15:42
Tips for the obsessive compulsive traveler

I recently revamped the way I travel, so I found Michael Lopp’s article interesting.
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15:40
New photos of Apple's sapphire plant show build...

Fresh photos of Apple's Mesa, Ariz., sapphire plant, built in partnership with GT Advanced Technologies, show construction of external fixtures is progressing as planned, while a new rumor claims the site may be expanded to a neighboring building.  ...

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15:07
Briefly: Game of Thrones for iPad, iTunes gift card...

Just ahead of its fourth season debut on HBO, the official Game of Thrones: Ascent game, previously playable only on the web and Facebook, has launched on the iPad. The free app includes Game Center integration, updated artwork suitable for Retina-quality displays, and "Volume You," a history of the player's character through the storyline. As the series unfolds, new content will be added to the game to reflect what has happened on the show. Season Four of the popular drama will debut on April 6.... ...

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14:00
Device 6 is a fun, clever puzzler for iPhone

Device 6 for iPhone (US$3.99, universal) was recently featured in Apple's Indie Game Showcase, and for good reason. It feels like a contemporary take on Zork and other text-based games I loved years ago. It combines fun puzzles, clever design, great...

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13:52
Twitter adds photo tagging feature, bumps attached...

Twitter on Wednesday announced two new additions to its ubiquitous microblogging platform, including a photo tagging feature and a loosening of the per-tweet picture cap.  ...

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13:24
Street Blaster: OMG, a Kilowatt of Portable Audio...

Is it a small turbojet engine? Is it an NFL benchwarmer for sub-zero weather? Nope. It's Pyle Audio's Street Blaster, a boombox that can generate a 1000 watts of stereo audio on the go. Features include Bluetooth and NFC support, multiple audio inputs and USB for recharging the battery. (Size not disclosed.) "The AUX input allows users to connect iPods, tablets, MP3 players, PCs and various other devices for even more play options."

At over two feet long (62 cm) and a dainty 21.7 pounds (almost 10 kg), it's not going into your carry-on items. Instead, it's going to have special outdoor and arena uses that will likely provide plenty of audio shock and awe. The Street Blaster is available now for US$249.99.

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13:15
Twitter announces photo tagging, multiple photo...


Twitter has announced a few new features for its iPhone app today. Users with the latest update to the Twitter for iPhone app will soon see the ability to select up to four photos at a time to upload when composing a tweet. These photos will be displayed as a collage on the tweet’s detail screen.
Along with the multi-photo support, users are also now able to tag other people in their photos. A new “who’s in these photos?” button allows you to add the username of other people in the picture. Photo tags won’t take up any characters in the body of the tweet, so the full character count will be...

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12:59
Macworld 2014 First Look: Petcube, Motion Control...

The annual Macworld conference, which will see hundreds of companies showing off Apple-related apps and products, officially kicked off today with the innovation showcase for media and workshop attendees. While Apple stopped attending Macworld in 2009, causing the conference to shrink considerably, there are still a number of innovative products being demoed at the show, including the Petcube, the motion-controlled Ring, unique wearables from Lumo, and more. Many of the products at Macworld originated on crowd-funding sites like Kickstarter, including the Petcube, which reached full funding back in November of 2013. The Petcube is a small iPhone-connected cube equipped with a camera, motion detection, and a laser toy, allowing users to keep an eye on and play with their pets while they’re away from home. The first Petcube devices will launch in May of 2014, but the company is...

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12:56
Is Google Thwarting Android-x86 Development?


Has Google been spreading FUD to discourage computer makers from using an Android OS retooled to run on legacy computers? The maintainer of the Android-x86 Project has suggested that the Justice Department should investigate whether Google has been interfering with adoption of the open source code his community is developing. The release of the latest version of an open source Android OS to run as an alternative Linux distro may stall without Google's support.

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12:55
Drobo’s newest storage array is its most affordable...

Connected Data has announced the third generation version of its 4-bay Drobo storage array. A completely new architecture along with USB 3.0 connectivity help make it “three times faster than the previous generation.” Speed is always a welcome upgrade, but the real crowd-pleaser in this announcement is that its MSRP has been chopped to $349, and previous generation Drobo owners are eligible for a $50 customer loyalty discount.
Current Drobo owners will find it easy to migrate their data to the new system because it’s also built on BeyondRAID technology:
The foundation that allows first and second generation Drobo customers to seamlessly upgrade to a new Drobo by simply removing the disk pack from their current Drobo, and moving it to their new one.
It also offers Apple users an easy way to limit the amount of space available to Time Machine. This prevents OS X from storing extremely old backups because...

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12:55
TUAW TV Live at Macworld/iWorld 2014

Although a slight weather delay may keep me from starting off the show with Doc today, we're both planning on gracing your computer and tablet screens later today with a live show from San Francisco. The team is in the Bay Area for Macworld/iWorld...

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12:55
Analyst McCourt Sees iPhone Share of U.S. Market...

Raymond James Financial Advisor's Analyst Travis McCourt, in a recent assessment of the U.S. smartphone market, reported that the iPhone's share looks to be stabilizing at about 50 percent. He also thinks the game is just about over for Nokia's Lumina and BlackBerry with 3.4 and 1.5 percent U.S. market share respectively.

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12:36
Create and edit a contact.

In Contacts, tap  to pull up a new contact card. Enter the person’s info and tap Done.
To edit a contact, pull up the card and tap Edit. Make changes and tap Done to save.
To delete, tap Edit, then scroll down and tap Delete Contact.

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12:30
Gandalf takes a break on his MacBook Pro while...

Let the software install wizard jokes fly! What you're looking at above is Gandalf, played by Ian McKellen, using his MacBook Pro while taking a break during filming of The Hobbit.

Naturally, the photo has inspired a slew of photoshopping and other...

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12:27
Browse your music library.

You can browse your music by playlist, artist, or other category. For other browse options, tap More. Tap any song to play it.
To rearrange the tabs in the Music app, tap More, then tap Edit and drag a button onto the one you want to replace.

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12:25
Create your own iTunes Radio station.

Tap New or New Station on the iTunes Radio screen. Tap to select a genre, or search for your favorite artist, song, or genre.
You can also create a station from the Now Playing screen in iTunes Radio by tapping  and selecting New Station from Artist or New Station from Song.
If you’re listening to a song from your music library, just tap Create.

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12:21
Edit your iTunes Radio stations.

You can edit iTunes Radio stations that you created. From the iTunes Radio screen, tap Edit and select the station you’d like to edit. You can include or exclude other artists, songs, or genres, or delete a station.
You can also influence upcoming songs from the Now Playing screen. Tap then tap Play More Like This or Never Play This Song.

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12:15
Edit a mailbox.

While viewing a list of messages, tap Edit. Select certain messages or tap Mark All, then:

Tap Mark to Flag, Mark as Read or Move to Junk
Tap Move to move selected messages into a mailbox
Tap Trash to move them to the trash

If you make a mistake, shake iPhone immediately to undo.

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12:12
Turn iPhone completely off.

Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button on the top of your iPhone until the slider appears. Then drag the slider to turn your iPhone completely off.

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12:09
Use dictation instead of typing.

To dictate text anywhere you can type, tap on the keyboard, then speak. Tap Done when finished.
Tap  again to continue dictation.
You’ll need to speak punctuation to add it. For example, “I’m so excited exclamation mark.” You can even say “smiley” to insert a smiley face.
 

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12:02
Oculus defends sale to Facebook

If I just made $2 billion, the last thing I’d be doing is defending the sale—I’d be knee-deep in Heineken bottles.
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12:01
Take a picture of your screen.

Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button on the top of your iPhone, then immediately press and release the Home button.
The screenshot is added to the Camera Roll in the Photos app.

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12:00
5 iPhone speaker amplifiers that you already own

The speakers on the iPhone are fine for text tones and chirps from Angry Birds, but they don't really fit the bill for high-quality music. If you don't have your headphones handy but still want to rock out to some booming tunes, give these household...

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11:58
Create an event in Calendar.

If you have an iCloud account, a Microsoft Exchange account, or a supported CalDAV account, you can send and receive meeting invitations.
Tap and enter your event details. To add invitees, type names, or tap to pick people from Contacts. Tap Done to create the event and send email notifications to the invitees.

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11:53
Amazon follows Google in cloud price cuts

Clearly, it’s good when price cuts happen, but as noted in the story, this is the 42nd price cut for AWS since it’s introduction.
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11:52
Adjust screen brightness with Control Center.

Swipe up from the bottom edge of any screen to reveal Control Center.
Use the slider to adjust the brightness of the screen.

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11:49
See what's happening today.

Swipe down from the top edge of any iPhone screen to open Notification Center. 
Tap Today to see a summary of what you need to know for the day, including Calendar events, weather, birthdays and more. 
Swipe left or right to see more.

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11:47
Last.fm closing streaming music service, continues...

Last.fm is shutting down its subscription-based music streaming service at the end of next month. The company reveals in a forum post that it's closing the $3 ad-free streaming radio function from its apps on April 28th, though it will continue to operate its ongoing "Scrobbler" music tracking, playlist building, and new music recommendation service to users as normal....  ...

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11:46
Share a photo, video, or other item using AirDrop.

To share an item using AirDrop, tap Share or , then tap the name of the person you want to share with in the AirDrop panel.
They'll need to turn on AirDrop, and you must be within approximately 30 feet of the other iOS 7 device.

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11:44
View someone’s contact info in Messages.

To quickly view someone's contact info in Messages, tap Contact.

Tap to call that person or to use FaceTime
Tap to see the person’s complete contact info
If they're not already a contact, you can tap Create New Contact to add them.

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11:41
BlackBerry CEO declares war on leaks

In my short time leading BlackBerry…

Blah, blah, blah

But, when curiosity turns to criminality, we must take strong action.

Blah, blah, blah

This may mean you see a few less blog posts with photos and rumors…

Nobody gives a sweet flying shit.
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11:36
Oculus co-founder defends sale of company amidst...

After word broke that virtual reality pioneer Oculus will be bought by Facebook for $2 billion, enthusiasts responded negatively, questioning the merits of the deal and future of the Rift headset. That led the co-founder of Oculus to take to the Internet to defend the sale, in which he argued Facebook is a better landing spot for the company than Apple or Microsoft. ...

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11:33
Delete an app.

To delete an app you downloaded from the App Store, touch and hold its icon on the Home screen until it starts to jiggle. Tap  to delete.
If you delete or drag all apps out of a folder, the folder is automatically deleted too. When finished, press the Home button.
Note: Deleting an app also deletes all of its data. You can redownload any app you’ve purchased from the App Store, free of charge. You can’t delete built-in apps.

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11:32
Apple's Value Proposition is still the Best in...

A new study published by Kantar today claims that the value proposition for tablets is still very cloudy for consumers. In 4Q13, tablet penetration in the United States reached 37%, a growth of 54% compared to the same period in 2012. Yet year-over-year growth is beginning to slow down. The report notes that 53% of US consumers interviewed during the holiday quarter said that they won't be buying a tablet in the next 12 months and 34% stated they were unlikely to buy a tablet in that same timeframe. The task for the industry tablet leaders is to send clearer marketing messages to consumers convincing them why they should take the plunge and buy a tablet. Of course Apple is well ahead of the researchers in this regard ...

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11:01
What to look for at Macworld/iWorld 2014

Macworld/iWorld, the ultimate Apple fan event, starts on Thursday at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. There’s plenty to see at the show, so here are a few events and exhibitors you should make sure to check out.

On Thursday, March 27 at 10 a.m., The State of Apple 2014 panel opens the show on the Main Stage (room 103). Macworld’s own Jason Snell leads the panel in a discussion of Apple’s present and future. Joining Jason are Ben Bajarin of Creative Strategies, Christina Bonnington of Wired, Rene Ritchie of iMore.com, and...

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11:30
Daily Deals for March 26, 2014, featuring the Mac...

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.

TUAW's Daily Deals

The Mac Freebie Bundle [On sale for FREE, down...

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11:27
Xsan 2 on a Xserve2,1 (10.6.8) and Marvericks

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: Mavericks xserveHi everibody,
I've a question about the old osx server and his client. Can I have different OSX version client using Xsan 2 on my 10.6.8 Xserve2,1 server?
Because i want to buy a new mac, and maybe upgrade another one, but I don't know if can coexist different OS-Client in the same Xsan network
Thamk you so much!
Gino

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11:23
Bruce Tognazzini on the iWatch

askTog:

Before delving into what an Apple smartwatch might look like, we need to understand why, right now, people not only think they don’t need a smartwatch, they flat-out don’t want a smartwatch.

Long piece on the subject but Tog brings up some interesting points as to what he sees as the advantages and disadvantages of a smart watch.
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11:22
Arrange your apps.

Touch and hold any app on the Home screen until it jiggles, then move apps around by dragging them. 
Drag an app to the side of the screen to move it to another screen. 
Drag an app onto another app to create a folder. Tap the name field to give the folder a different name. 
Press the Home button to save your arrangement.

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11:21
Ad Hoc Powerpage Meetup

Hi PowerPage-ers! (we need a trendier name like Veronica Mars has “Marshmallows”) I know this is late notice, but if any readers are going to be at MacWorld/iWorld in San Francisco this week, I’d like to setup a brief meetup on Saturday. Post in the comments if you’ll be there and if Saturday afternoon works for you.
Thanks, and hope to see you there!
Oooo…how about “Bolters”?

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11:20
Download and install app updates individually.

To individually download and install app updates, tap Updates. Tap Update All to download and install all available updates at once, or just tap Update next to the individual app you want to update.
Note: Apps update automatically over Wi-Fi, unless you turn off the option in Settings > iTunes & App Store.

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11:18
Redeem an iTunes Gift Card.

You can use your iTunes Gift Card in the iTunes Store, iBook Store, App Store and Mac App Store.
Tap Featured, scroll down and tap Redeem. Enter your Apple ID and password if you aren’t already signed in.
You can use your iPhone camera to read the code from the back of the iTunes Gift Card or enter it manually.
More: Apple Gift Cards

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11:17
Here’s what the first Macworld looked like in 1985

SFGate:

The first MacWorld in 1985 looked much different than the current incarnation, which peaked with more than 50,000 attendees at Moscone Center several years ago.

The show starts this week and, while it is the barest shadow of what it was in its glory days, it’s still a show I miss going to if only for the friends and colleagues who are there.
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11:17
Omni Group Resumes OmniFocus 2 For Mac Testing,...

CEO of Omni Group Ken Case revealed on the company blog Wednesday that testing has officially resumed on OmniFocus 2 for Mac, after last year's delay. He also announced a new improved ship date for the long-awaited GTD app.

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11:16
HBO’s Game of Thrones Ascent game comes to iPad...


Ahead of the return of HBO’s massively popular Game of Thrones series with Season 4 on April 6, today the official Game of Thrones Ascent game has made its way to iPad.
The game already has around 2,500,000 players on Facebook and the web, and now is available as a free download in the App Store with new art, optimized imagery for Retina displays, and Game Center leaderboards. Here’s the gameplay description from the press release:

With Game of Thrones Ascent, fans can immerse themselves beyond the books and show and actually live the life of a...

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11:13
Basecamp postmortem

It’s always important to understand what happened in attacks like Basecamp suffered through.
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10:57
HTC Flips Switch on One M8 Buzz Machine


Ask the Internet. That's the pitch in HTC's TV ads for its new flagship smartphone, the HTC One M8. It's a pitch that hopes to acquire by word of mouth what HTC was unable to get for its predecessor: consumer mindshare. "The challenge for any vendor outside of Samsung and Apple in the North American market is to get on the radar screen," said Gartner analyst Van L. Baker. "HTC did that once in the past, but faded rapidly, which points to the challenges of staying on top of the market if you're not a Samsung or Apple."

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10:54
Download a previously purchased app.

In App Store, tap Updates and then tap Purchased to display a list of all your purchased apps.
Tap Not on This iPhone to see apps available to be installed on your current device.
Tap to download and install the app.

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10:52
Dieter Rams: Ten principles for good design

Many of you may already know Rams’ principles, but if not, it’s worth a read. Note the similarities to what Jony Ive designs for Apple.
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10:51
Erase your iPhone remotely.

If your iPhone is lost or stolen, you can erase it remotely. Sign in to Find My iPhone and select the device. Tap  to see your options.
Tap Erase iPhone. If your iPhone is online, remote erase begins within seconds. If your iPhone is offline, the erase will begin next time it’s online.
Note: If you erase your iPhone, you won't be able to use Find My iPhone to locate or protect it, but your Apple ID and password will be required to reactivate it. More: Find My iPhone overview

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10:49
Lock and track your iPhone remotely.

If you can’t find your iPhone, use Lost Mode right away to lock and track it. Sign in to Find My iPhone and select the device you want. Tap to see your options.
Tap Lost Mode and follow the onscreen instructions. iPhone locks immediately if it's online. If not, locking and tracking will take effect the next time it’s online.
More: Find My iPhone overview

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10:47
Briefly: Booqpad for iPad Air, xMac Pro Server for...

Tech-related accessories company, Booq, has announced its release of its latest multi-fold folio and snap case, the Booqpad for iPad Air. A combination of a folio and case, the Booqpad facilitates protecting one's iPad Air while accommodating viewing and typing. Its multi-fold cover folio magnetically attaches to the polycarbonate snap case, opening to reveal a 50-sheet notepad for analog notetaking. Featuring a screen protector, the Booqpad for iPad Air provides fully enclosed protection of one's device. The snap case easily adheres and detaches from the folio component, and includes complete... ...

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10:46
Play a sound on your iPhone.

If you think your lost iPhone is nearby, you can play a sound on it to help you find it. Sign in to Find My iPhone and select the device you want. Tap to see your options.
Tap Play Sound. If your iPhone is online, the sound plays immediately for two minutes. If it’s offline, the sound plays next time it’s online.
More: Find My iPhone overview

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10:43
Locate your iPhone on a map.

Go to icloud.com/find or download the free Find My iPhone app on another iOS device.
Sign in with the Apple ID you use with iCloud. Select the device you want to locate from the list. A green dot means it’s online, and a gray dot means it’s offline.
Note: To locate and protect your device, you need to have set up Find My iPhone before it was lost. More: Find My iPhone overview

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10:40
Remote FileMaker 13 Training Series course set for...

FileMaker authors John Mark Osborne and Steven Blackwell will teach the FileMaker Training Series for FileMaker Pro 13 remotely in May. They say that remote classes offer students the same benefits of a traditional classes like asking questions and in-class exercises but without the cost of travel and time away from work.
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10:39
Ask Siri to set up a meeting.

You can ask Siri to set up a meeting by saying, “Set up a meeting with John in my office at 2:30.”
Siri will check your calendar and ask you to confirm. The other attendees will receive an email that they can reply to.
You can also ask Siri about your meeting. For example, “Where is my four o’clock?”

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10:35
Ask Siri to send an email.

To send an email, you just say "Send John an email." Siri will prompt you for the subject and email text.
Siri will set up your email and ask you to confirm it before sending.
Note: To include punctuation, speak it. For example, “See you soon exclamation mark.”

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10:32
Create a new playlist.

Tap Playlists and tap New Playlist. Enter a title and tap Save.
Tap next to a song to add it to your playlist. Tap Done when finished.
Tap Edit to add or delete songs from a playlist. Hold and drag to move a song to a new spot in the playlist.

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10:30
Set up Mail.

In Settings, tap Mail, Contacts, Calendar.
Under Accounts, tap Add Account.
Tap iCloud to add your iCloud Mail account, or tap another option to set up other email services like Microsoft Exchange, Yahoo! and Gmail.
More: iOS: Setting up an email account

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10:30
How to completely hide any app or folder on your...

Keeping prying eyes from poking around in your more precious apps is always a concern, especially for those of us with nosey friends or kids. Until now, keeping apps private meant hiding them in a folder somewhere, but wouldn't it be ideal to be able...

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10:18
Answer a second incoming call.

If you receive a second call while you're on a call:

Tap End Current Call to end the first call and answer the new one
Tap Hold & Accept to put the first call on hold and answer the new one
Tap Send to Voicemail to send the call to voicemail

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10:16
Labor class action v. Apple may wait for Supreme...

Lawyers for the plaintiffs in a class action suit filed against Apple are seeking to delay the case until a US Supreme Court ruling is handed down, says The Recorder. The suit, filed in the Northern District of California last year, accuses Apple of failing to pay wages for time workers spend waiting in bag-check lines. The Supreme Court is currently reviewing a case called Integrity Staffing Solutions Inc. v. Busk, and deciding whether hourly workers must be compensated for work-related security screenings. Should the Supreme Court agree, the plaintiffs' attorneys in the Apple case sugges... ...

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10:14
Set iPhone to Do Not Disturb.

Do Not Disturb keeps calls, alerts, and other notifications from making sounds or lighting up when iPhone is locked.
Swipe up from the bottom edge of your iPhone screen—even when locked—to reveal Control Center.
Tap  to turn on Do Not Disturb.
Note: You can also turn on and adjust Do Not Disturb in Settings.

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10:12
Decline a call.

If you can’t answer an incoming call, you can:

Press the Sleep/Wake button on top of iPhone — once to silence the call, twice to send the call to voicemail
Tap Decline to send the call to voicemail
Tap Message to reply with a text message without answering the call
Tap Remind Me to have iPhone remind you to return the call

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10:06
SyncTwoFolders 2.0.0 - Syncs two user-specified...

SyncTwoFolders simply synchronizes two folders. It supports synchronization across mounted network drives. When files are copied, it acts like you're performing it through the Finder instead of mysteriously doing it in the background. Please visit author's website for other version (Carbon or Cocoa) and old versions (PPC, previous systems, etc.).Version 2.0.0:

  • Built with Xojo2013r3.2.
  • Correct use of Enter Key on default button.
  • LAST Leopard version.

OS X 10.6 or laterDownload Now

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10:05
New Rumors for Retina MacBook Air and 12-inch iPad...

DigiTimes has posted a pair of speculative statements, but they seem to fit in with what we've been expecting all along. Even so, they must be considered rumors.

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10:00
Cocktail Family License (5 Macs) 7.3 - General...

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. It is a powerful digital toolset that helps hundreds of thousands of Mac users around the world get the most out of their computers every day. The application serves up a perfect mix of maintenance tools and tweaks, all accessible through a clean and easy to use interface. Cocktail's features are arranged into five categories that helps you manage various aspects of your computer. It also comes with an automatic Pilot-mode that allows you to simply press a button and relax, knowing that Cocktail will take care of the rest. Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7, Cocktail (Snow Leopard Edition) for OS X 10.6 and Cocktail (Leopard Edition) for OS X 10.5 are available for download from our website.Version 7.3:

  • Added ability to clear Icon Services caches
  • Added ability to clear saved application states
  • Added "Allow power button to put the computer...

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10:00
Why Facebook bought Oculus

If you ask me, that is the real story here — realization that there is a glass ceiling to advertising especially as we shift gears and move away from the old desktop advertising ecosystem to a smaller, pocketable ecosystem that is less prone to cheap optimization tricks and is also limited by available attention…

I buy that argument, but Zuck said they don’t plan to make money from selling the Oculus hardware and would use it for advertising and virtual goods. If Facebook is looking for additional revenue streams, I’m not sure they found it.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:00
Crowdfunded Project News: Speakers, child GPS...

Every week, TUAW provides readers with an update on what new or significant crowdfunded Apple-related projects are in the news. While our policy is to not go into detail on items that haven't reached at least 80 percent of their funding goal, this...

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09:47
Make a phone call.

To make a phone call, you can:

Tap a phone number in Contacts
Tap a name you added to your Favorites
Tap a recent call in Recents to return it
Tap Keypad, enter a phone number, and tap the phone icon
Press and hold the Home button to ask Siri to "Call Sam" or "Dial Claire"

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09:45
iPod nano (6th generation): Hardware troubleshooting

If you have an issue with your iPod nano (6th generation), try these tips first.

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09:43
Update to iOS 7.1.

In Settings, tap General, and then tap Software Update. Follow the onscreen instructions to download and install iOS 7.1.
After installation, the iOS Setup Assistant will guide you through set up.

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09:41
iPod Hi-Fi:Troubleshooting issues with the Apple...

If you suspect the Apple Remote is not working properly, point the remote at iPod Hi-Fi and press the Play/Pause button. The status light on iPod Hi-Fi should blink. If the light does blink, see iPod Hi-Fi: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for a description of the status light messages. If the status light does not blink:

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09:41
iPod: Unable to sync data with Outlook 2010 64-bit...

If you have an iPod, iPod nano, or iPod classic, you may be unable to sync contacts or calendars with Outlook 2010 64-bit version.
Symptom 1

The following dialog may appear on your computer:

"The 64-bit version of Outlook is not supported with this iPod."
"There is no default mail client or the current mail client cannot fulfill the messaging request. Please run Microsoft Outlook and set it as the default mail client."

Symptom 2

There is no option to "Sync to Microsoft Outlook" in the Contacts and Calendars preferences panel in iTunes. iTunes might also display the message "Microsoft Outlook must be installed in order to synchronize contacts/calendars."

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09:33
Rocket the Vote! NASA Asks People to Vote on New...


NASA is asking people to vote on their favorite design for the outer shell of the new Z-2 spacesuit. While the Z-2 models may descend from their Apollo 13-style ancestors, there are some decidedly 21st Century twists. The "Biomimicry" design, for example, has a reptilian flare; "Trends in Society" has a more everyday look -- at least, as far as spacesuits go; and "Technology" has electroluminescent wire and exposed rotating bearings, among other features.

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09:30
BlinkMail launches as free download for Mac OS X

BlinkMail, a new app form Yam Labs, has launched as a free download for Mac OS X. The app allows you to go through your in-box using only your keyboard's arrow keys.
Just open your email client and you can customize the arrows to do whatever your want. You can set an arrow to delete the mail, archive it, reply to it, send it instantly to Evernote, shoot it over to Dropbox, place a label on the message, and more.
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09:30
This is not the iPad Pro [Video]

A few weeks ago, folks were all too quick to claim that the photo above, found on Apple's website, accidentally revealed a heretofore unannounced larger screened iPad Pro. In truth, the photo is nothing more than a MacBook Pro shot at just the right...

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09:27
NYT Now to come iPhone, iPod touch on April 2nd

The New York Times is preparing to launch a new iPhone/iPod app, NYT Now, on April 2nd. The app is in some ways a scaled-back version of the regular Times apps for the iPhone and iPad, but as consequence will cost just $8 per month for full access, versus the $45 for a regular Times digital subscription. People will be able to use Now for free, but only to read headlines, summaries, and a maximum 10 articles per month....  ...

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09:25
Siteimprove announces PDF document checking tool

iteimprove has unveiled their new PDF document scanning tool that allows users to test PDFs hosted on their websites for broken links, misspellings, and accessibility issues.
The tool also helps ensure that hosted PDF documents are fully accessible to users with disabilities, highlighting issues and making recommendations for fixes, says Siteimprove CEO Torben Rytt. It automatically catalogues all PDF documents hosted on a given website, and tests them every five days for errors. Go to Siteimprove.com for more info and a free demo.

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09:20
Sonnet announces new rackmount enclosure for the...

Sonnet Technologies has announced the xMac Pro Server Thunderbolt 2-to-PCI Express (PCIe) expansion system and 4U rackmount enclosure for the 2013 Mac Pro.
Along the lines of Sonnet's xMac mini Server for Mac minis, the xMac Pro Server mounts the Mac Pro horizontally inside a specially designed modular enclosure that connects three PCIe 2.0 slots to the computer via Thunderbolt 2. It also provides space to install additional equipment in two 5.25-inch mobile rack bays.
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09:18
TV Commercials Vault Games to Top Tier of App Store...

Analytics firm App Annie has released its February data (via AppleInsider) on top-performing apps on iOS and Android for the month of February, highlighting how large developers have increasingly been able to leverage television commercials to help boost their rankings. Such tactics are obviously not within financial reach of most developers, but established players such as King and Big Fish Games have the resources to make an impact on television. In looking at the top App Store games by revenue in February, App Annie notes that King's Farm Heroes Saga leapt sixteen places from the previous month to land in seventh place, while...

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09:12
JAMF Software updates Casper Suite to version 9.3

JAMF Software has revved Casper Suite, its management tool for large-scale enterprise deployments of Apple products, to version 9.3. The app is designed to allow organizations set up Macs, iPads, and iPhones without IT having to touch the devices.

Casper Suite 9.3 adds: hands-free enrollment through the Apple Device Enrollment Program (DEP) and better managed app distribution with the Apple Volume Purchase Program (VPP). It's a free update for all customers. A demo is available for download. Go to http://tinyurl.com/n8fesu6 for more info.

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09:11
Matthew Modine’s “Full Metal Jacket Diary” Audiobook

Modine’s award-winning diary becomes an immersive audiobook experience performed with original music and sound effects.

There are some great rewards if you pledge to support this project.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:00
Mail: Turn On Toolbar Text to Eliminate Guesswork

Apple Mail's toolbar isn't as intuitive as it could be, but luckily, there's an easy solution. If you're new to the Mac or to Mail (or heck, if you just prefer clearer controls for what you're doing), then come on in and read this tip on how to make the toolbar a friendlier place.

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09:00
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.

Apps Now Free

Peek Calendar [iPhone; Now free, down from $2.99] Peek is a quick and simple to use calendar for your iPhone. It is designed to...

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08:55
9to5Toys Last Call: iTunes gift cards 15% off, Apple...

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:
Save 15% on select iTunes gift cards at Best Buy
Apple TV 3rd gen. 1080p streaming media player $80 shipped (Reg. $99)
...

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08:43
Fragmentation remains an issue for Android developers

A high degree of fragmentation is a problem that Android app developers have had to deal with since day one. KitKat, the latest iteration of Google's dessert-themed Android updates was supposed to change that. It was designed to be more compatible with low-end devices in order to get it to more devices more quickly.
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08:42
iPhone games hit the big-time & find new success...

With mobile games now an established part of the mainstream, publishers have begun promoting their titles with high-profile television commercials, resulting in measurable gains among the number of active iPhone players.  ...

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08:40
Data Rescue 3.2.3 - Recover lost data on drives. (...

Data Rescue is a robust and reliable hard-drive recovery solution for your Mac. Recover lost or deleted files, mount corrupted drives, and more -- Data Rescue offers complete relief from crippling hard-drive disasters! Feature-rich Recovery

  • Recover hundreds of file types.
  • Preview recoverable files.
  • Clone drives ahead of physical failure.
  • Reach out to free pre- and post- technical support via phone or email.

Data Rescue is used by data recovery professionals, law enforcement agencies and all branches of the U.S. Military. Get the gold standard hard drive recovery and undelete software -- when your hard drive is in trouble, come to the rescue! Version 3.2.3:

  • Animated user interface is now disabled to improve OS X system stability.
  • Removed Analyze feature.
  • Changed default settings so recovered files do not retain original ownership and permissions.
  • "Parse HFS+...

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08:39
iPhone Apps: Screens, GroupMe, RunKeepr

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08:33
BitTorrent Sync 1.3.67 - Sync files securely without...

BitTorrent Sync allows you to sync unlimited files between your own devices, or share a folder with friends and family to automatically sync anything. File transfers are encrypted. Your information is never stored on a server in the cloud and your data is protected by private keys. BitTorrent Sync is specifically designed to handle large files, so feel free to sync original, high quality, uncompressed files.Version 1.3.67:

  • Support TCP connectivity between peers, tracker and relay (work when UDP is not available).
  • Greatly reduced parasite traffic when between peers, tracker and during LAN search.
  • Improved behaviour with case-insensitive file systems (rename correctly).
  • Extended attributes (OS X) and file streams (Windows) support.
  • Improved getting started assistant.
  • Sync notifications redesigned.
  • New advanced option: external (NAT) port can be configured.
  • Optimized folder indexing.
  • ...

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08:33
BlackBerry Secure Work Space FIPS 140-2 certified...

BlackBerry announced earlier today that is has received US Government Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 certification, which allows employees to use its enterprise software on Apple's iPads and the predominantly Samsung-provided mobile equipment. The certification applies to Secure Work Space, which isolates management-installed apps and files from personal content....  ...

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08:30
Managing Windows Processes Through PowerShell

You can use the get-process and stop-process commandlet lets to manage troublesone issues in Windows Server. In the following example, we’ll use the get-process commandlet to obtain some information about the Store.exe process, which is causing our server to run poorly:
get-process Store*
Which returns the following:
Handles NPM(K) PM(K) WS(K) VM(M) CPU(s) Id ProcessName
------- ------ ----- ----- ----- ------ -- -----------
221 8 -871013 -1941127 -13 43.67 1234 Store
Here, you see the process ID and can kill the process using the stop-process command let:
stop-process -id 1234
You can then start the process back up if needed:
start-process Store.exe -verb open

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08:30
Has Apple sold its 500 millionth iPhone?

It appears that Apple may have recently sold its 500 millionth iPhone. News of the milestone, which will likely be touted by Apple during their next earnings report in April, was first noticed by Forbes earlier this week.

Here's how the data all...

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08:29
Skype 6.15.60.330 - Voice-over-internet phone and...

Skype allows you to talk to friends, family and co-workers across the Internet without the inconvenience of long distance telephone charges. Using peer-to-peer data transmission technology, Skype eliminates the central server as a middle manager. Today, millions of individuals and businesses are taking advantage of Skype's diverse communication features:

  • Free Skype-to-Skype
  • Landline and cellphone calling
  • SMS and instant messaging
  • Voicemail
  • Free video calls
  • Call forwarding to your phone when you're offline

Skype-to-Skype calls, video calls and instant messaging are free, 24 hours a day, anywhere in the world. Users can make phone calls and send SMS messages at great value Pay-As-You-Go rates, or make unlimited calls to certain countries with a subscription.Version 6.15.60.330:

  • Occasionally, some users experienced crashes on launch, and others on quit. Thanks to some valuable assistance...

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08:23
iOS 7.1 glitch allows folders-within-folders, hiding...

A bug in iOS 7.1 lets people place folders within folders, or even hide icons, users note. To pull off the folder trick, a person has to first completely fill an iOS homescreen with apps -- including both the regular grid and the dock, which in the case of an iPad can fit up to six apps. A user must then create a new folder by dragging one app on top of another. As the folder animation starts, though, a person has to quickly drag the folder they want nested into the new one....  ...

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08:19
Drobo Announces Third-Generation Four-Bay Device

Drobo has announced the third generation of their 4-bay storage device, which has USB 3.0 and a lower price.

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08:11
4-bay Drobo storage system gets performance boost

Connected Data has released its latest 4-Bay Drobo smart storage solution, which is company says is up to three times faster than the previous release.

It also sports USB 3.0 support, faster rebuild times, and enhanced support for Apple's Time Machine back-up system on Mac OS X. Finally, Connected Data is introducing a customer loyalty discount program of US$50 off for all first and second generation Drobo customers.
read more

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08:09
Briefly: Jawbone Up24 hits Europe and Asia, Fitbit...

Jawbone has put its Up24 fitness tracker on sale in 29 more countries, after launching the device in the United States. Appearing in the UK, Australia and areas of Europe and Asia for the first time, the Up24 connects over Bluetooth LE instead of using a smartphone's headphone socket for synchronising like the original Up, and offers activity tracking and sleep monitoring. Usable on both iOS and Android devices, the Jawbone Up24 is priced at £125 ($207) in the UK, and around € 150 ($207) in Europe.... ...

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08:02
New York Times launching a staff curated version of...

Debuting next week, The New York Times is taking the iPhone-only route with its new NYT Now app.
The idea is simple enough. For $8 a month, iPhone users will have access to stories from The New York Times and other sources in a streamlined user interface and will include news summaries each morning and evening.
NYT Now will be managed by a staff of 10 editors handpicking content to present.

The approach is similar to Facebook and its Paper app, which is also iPhone-only for now and offers news summaries...

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08:00
Here's what Apple's first hacked-together...

Yesterday we told you the Wall Street Journal posted its interview with one of the original iPhone engineers about the creation of the iPhone. But now Apple has share an image of what the first hacked-together "iPhone" looked like. As you can see...

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07:58
Cocktail 7.3 - General maintenance and optimization...

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. It is a powerful digital toolset that helps hundreds of thousands of Mac users around the world get the most out of their computers every day. The application serves up a perfect mix of maintenance tools and tweaks, all accessible through a clean and easy to use interface. Cocktail's features are arranged into five categories that helps you manage various aspects of your computer. It also comes with an automatic Pilot-mode that allows you to simply press a button and relax, knowing that Cocktail will take care of the rest.Version 7.3: Note: Cocktail (Mavericks Edition) requires OS X 10.9 Mavericks to run.

  • Added ability to clear Icon Services caches
  • Added ability to clear saved application states
  • Added "Allow power button to put the computer to sleep" setting (Disks - Sleep)
  • Added "Utilities" menu that allows quick...

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07:41
Third-generation Drobo NAS unveiled; update brings...

Connected Data, the creator of the Drobo line of smart storage solutions, today announced the release of the latest four-bay Drobo. The third generation Drobo is less expensive, up three times faster than the previous release, and includes new features such as USB 3.0, significantly faster rebuild times and enhanced support for Apple's Time Machine backup technology....  ...

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07:30
iPhone 101: How to use Reader mode in Safari to...

It doesn't take long to get annoyed by ads and images that clutter your reading space when you are trying to digest a long-form article on your iPhone or iPad. To clear your reading space and bring focus to the words on the page, you can activate...

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07:16
Drobo adds enhanced support for Apple's Time...

Popular bring-your-own-drive external storage company Drobo announced an update its flagship 4-bay unit Wednesday, making it faster and easier for Mac users to back up to the device using Time Machine.  ...

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07:14
Apple, Unicode Consortium working on more emoji...

Apple is working with the Unicode Consortium on expanding the racial diversity of emoji characters in iOS, and by extension other platforms, according to a statement provided to MTV. "Our emoji characters are based on the Unicode standard, which is necessary for them to be displayed properly across many platforms," Apple says. "There needs to be more diversity in the emoji character set, and we have been working closely with the Unicode Consortium in an effort to update the standard."...  ...

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07:11
Realmac teases upcoming Reminders feature in popular...

Fantastical isn’t the only app with a new version on the way. Realmac Software, makers of the popular to-do list app Clear, have been hyping the addition of Reminders functionality since late last year and expected to ship the update around this time. Realmac says its still fine tuning the Reminders experience in Clear and expects to release the update early next month. This marks the first time we’ve seen a shot of how the Reminders function will look in Clear (seen above) as well as a blurred teaser for the Mac version as well (notice the calendar date picker).

Realmac has previously mentioned that the update will...

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06:58
CoSoSys extends digital loss prevention tool for OS...

Security solutions provider CoSoSys has released Endpoint Protector 4, the first digital loss prevention tool that provides enforced encryption on removable storage devices. The new app suite aims to secure sensitive data and prevent data loss on computers in a "bring yur own computer" environment using Mac OS X....  ...

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06:43
Apple engineer shares details on iPhone creation

Apple senior software engineer Greg Christie has revealed a number of details about the birth of the iPhone to the Wall Street Journal. Christie and his team were struggling with the original iPhone’s software when Apple co-founder and then-CEO Steve Jobs told the group it had two weeks to…

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