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Tuesday March 3

05:24
ClamXav 2.7.5 - Free virus checker, based on ClamAV...

ClamXav is a free virus checker for OS X. It uses the tried, tested, and very popular ClamAV open source antivirus engine as a back end. I hope you like and use ClamXav a lot and that it helps keep you and your friends/colleagues virus-free. Although I'm providing ClamXav for free, I am increasingly spending more and more time developing it and would really appreciate if you would consider making a donation please. All donations (no matter how small) are gratefully received and would be a huge incentive to help me work on future versions of ClamXav, but more importantly I rely on donations to pay for my bandwidth costs. Please consider it, see the ClamXav homepage, click the 'More Information' link above on this page.Version 2.7.5:

  • Updated Engine to 0.98.6
  • Can now stop Sentry from the ClamXav menu as well as starting it
  • Fixed crash in scheduler for OS X 10.6, 10.7 and 10.8
  • ...

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05:13
Apple-Google Anti-Poaching Lawsuit Nearing $415...

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in a San Jose, California courtroom on Monday raised no objections about a $415 million settlement that would end an ongoing anti-poaching class-action lawsuit involving Apple, Google and other large tech companies. Koh rejected a previous $324.5 million settlement last August after one of the plaintiffs in the case objected because the deal was too low, according to Reuters. Tech workers filed the antitrust class-action lawsuit in 2011 against Apple, Google, Adobe and Intel, alleging that the four companies reached anti-poaching agreements that resulted in less job mobility and lower salaries. Apple and Google were accused of signing one of the earliest wage-fixing...

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05:00
The Open Source Squad at the GSA


A team of open source evangelists is working within the General Services Administration as part of a federal initiative for more transparent government use of technology. 18F, a development unit within the GSA, was established a year ago to tap into the success of the United Kingdom's Government Digital Services unit by pursuing a similar strategy. The unit is tasked with getting developers from Silicon Valley and the ranks of civic developers all over the country to change how federal technology gets done.

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05:00
Monster Problem Threatens New US Cyberthreat Plan


President Barack Obama last week made good on his promise to establish a center for cybersecurity information gathered by agencies of the federal government. It's a laudable initiative -- if it works. The Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center will, according to a White House fact sheet, connect the dots regarding malicious foreign cyberthreats to the nation and cyberincidents affecting U.S. national interests. It will provide U.S. policymakers with an all-source analysis of threats.

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04:51
Apple iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S6 hands-on...


Believe it or not, there’s an iPhone 6 in that pile of smartphones shown in the image above and we’re going to compare it to Samsung’s newly announced Galaxy S6. Which one would you prefer? More importantly, what are the major differences between these two devices? Well, let’s go ahead and find out…

Hey what’s up everyone this is Dom and today we’re comparing Samsung’s Galaxy S6 to Apple’s iPhone 6. These two devices are from completely different areas in the mobile space, but there are still some striking similarities between the two.
As far as design goes,...

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04:48
Package Central update for Adobe InDesign improves...

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has announced Package Central 1.9, a feature update to its file packaging automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
Package Central automates InDesign document collection by processing files from hot folders. The software offloads file packaging to a central system leaving operator workstations free from the collection process. Version 1.9 introduces a new email notification engine with support for SSL connection security and improved performance on OS X Yosemite.
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04:43
Cloud security software market will see aggressive...

TechNavio (www.technavio.com), a tech-focused research firm, says the cloud security software market will see a compound annual growth rate of 48.46% from 2014-2019.
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04:43
Cloud security software market will see aggressive...

TechNavio (www.technavio.com), a tech-focused research firm, says the cloud security software market will see a compound annual growth rate of 48.46% from 2014-2019.
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04:21
Obama weighs in as China demands access to data...

President Obama has publicly criticized China’s plans to expand ‘security’ policies that would effectively prevent U.S. tech companies like Apple selling their products in China without completely compromising data security.
Reuters reports that the Chinese government plans to require foreign tech companies to host in China all data servers used by their products, and to allow the government access to the data. As this would include iCloud backups, this would provide the Chinese government with complete access to all data stored on iPhones and iPads sold in China.
In an interview with Reuters, Obama said he was concerned about Beijing’s plans for a far-reaching counterterrorism law that would require technology firms to hand over...

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04:10
Kool Tools: VizMac Visio viewer for Mac OS X

Vandaurico's VizMac is a Visio viewer for OS X (10.6 or higher) that allows anyone to view, save and print Visio drawings and diagrams on their Mac.
The utility enables users to discover the advantages of using Visio drawings, charts, and illustrations in a Mac environment. Visio files saved as binary (.vsd) files must first be decoded using the VizMac web service before being able to view the drawing or diagram in VizMac. This transaction takes place in the background and is transparent to the end user.
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03:30
Think Retro: I'm bringing back the floppy drive

However much you love your Mac, I’m willing to bet there’s at least one hardware feature you want to add to it—and quite possibly one or two that you wouldn’t mind losing. On my trusty old 2008 MacBook Pro, for example, I wish I had a second video-out port for hooking up a third display, and I could live without the Ethernet port. You might think picking and chosing your features like this is a pipe dream, but in a sense it’s not a million miles away from what Apple used to offer with its PowerBooks.When I got my PowerBook 1400c, it came with a (6×!) CD-ROM drive, which was obviously great for browsing CD-ROMs (Myst! Encarta! *cough* Duke Nukem!) and listening to music.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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03:22
Apple Granted a Patent for a New Wireless Antenna...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 52 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a single granted patent relating to a new magnetic antenna mounting system that could one day bring cellular connectivity to the iMac and ...

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01:42
Apple Granted a Patent for a Robotic Wireless...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 52 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a granted patent for a robotic arm system for testing iPhones.

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01:00
Making Clutter in Office 365 even better

Today’s post was written by Brian Shiers, senior product marketing manager and Kumar Venkateswar, senior program manager on the Exchange team.
Clutter is a feature in Office 365 designed to help you focus on the most important messages in your inbox by moving lower priority messages out of your way and into a new Clutter folder. We began rolling out Clutter to Office 365 last November for English-speaking customers worldwide and we’re working on expanding to other languages.
Today we are announcing new capabilities for Office 365 administrators to better manage how Clutter works.
Ensuring critical messages make it into the inbox
Clutter uses machine learning and user interactions to determine which email messages to filter and move from the inbox into the Clutter folder. However, what if you have a critical email that should not be filtered and should remain in your users...

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Monday March 2

04:00
The 11 Mac games you need to play from February 2015

These games will keep you playing well into March (and beyond)February might be the shortest month of the year, but new and interesting Mac games haven’t been in short supply. Our latest roundup has massive strategy affairs, scrappy and endearing indie games, and even a couple of Early Access releases aiming to earn your affection (and dollars) before they’re properly released down the line.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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10:55
Get your hands on Photos for OS X with Yosemite 10....

If you’re dying to get your hands on an early version of Photos for Mac, Apple just released the first public beta of Yosemite 10.10.3.
The brand new iCloud-based Photos app is 10.10.3’s biggest new feature, replacing both Aperture and iPhoto. The upgrade also includes the widely discussed diverse emojis and easier login for Google users with two-factor authentication turned on. To install the public beta, you need to be a registered beta user. Then click on over to the Mac App Store’s Updates icon, where the 10.10.3 beta will be ready to download.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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21:04
xScope 4.1.2 - Onscreen graphic measurement tools. (...

xScope is powerful set of tools that are ideal for measuring, inspecting, and testing on-screen graphics and layouts. Its tools float above your desktop windows and can be accessed via a toolbar, menubar, and/or hot keys. Mirror

  • Remote Viewing - Easily view Photoshop, files or windows on your iOS or AirPlay device
  • Templates - Automatically shows icon or wallpaper mockup on iOS
  • Chromeless UI - No overlaid chrome to get in the way while you work
  • Security - Toggle user authentication requests on/off via Preferences
  • Download the xScope Mirror App for iOS at http://xscopeapp.com/ios

Text

  • Powerful Search - For name or tag in any of the 100,000+ Unicode characters
  • Decipher Text - Deciphers text entities, encodings, constants, and more!
  • Convert Format - Output text as a string, entities, URL encoding, and more!
  • Measure...

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20:15
Apple found its newest billboards on the internet

Buzzfeed:Apple’s latest ad campaign, Shot on iPhone 6, is crowdsourced using iPhone photography from around the world. It is taking photos found online, typically seen in a browser window, and plastering them up in massive sizes out in the real world. Apple found them by scouring online communities for photos that were tagged as having been taken with its newest iPhones.Looks like keywording paid off for these folks.∞ Read this on The Loop

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19:38
Apple's 'Shot on iPhone 6' campaign...

After launching its "Shot on iPhone 6" ad campaign on Sunday, works from Apple's "World Gallery" are now showing up on billboards, static ad spaces and in magazines in far flung locales around the globe.

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18:55
Piper Jaffray pegs stainless steel Apple Watch price...

Investment firm Piper Jaffray issued a report on Monday breaking down expected Apple Watch average selling prices, saying an aggregate of consumers will likely spend closer to $550 on the device, considering case and internal storage options.

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18:08
[Sponsor] HelloTalk

Finally, learning and practicing a new language is easier and more intuitive than ever before. Introducing HelloTalk, the iOS and Android language app where your teachers are native language speakers from around the world. You just pick the language you want to learn — there are over 100 from which to select — and almost instantaneously you’ll be in touch with native speakers of that language… and you’ll start learning and practicing immediately. With HelloTalk, you’ll discover learning a new language is fun… and fast. Download your copy of HelloTalk today.

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18:04
Apple Launches Worldwide 'Shot on iPhone 6...

Apple has launched a worldwide "Shot on iPhone 6" advertising campaign involving 77 photographers, 70 cities and 24 countries, with iPhone 6 photography to be featured in magazines, newspapers, billboards, transit posters and more. The large-scale marketing initiative has started rolling out in several countries across the world this week, including the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Thailand, Malaysia, Tokyo and United Arab Emirates. "Shot on iPhone 6" photo on billboard in Los Angeles (via Twitter) A number of "Shot on iPhone 6" advertisements have begun surfacing on Twitter and Instagram over the past few days, with spots appearing on the back cover of The New Yorker magazine, horizontal posters in London's Euston Square subway...

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16:19
Apple, Google no-poach settlement reportedly on road...

At a hearing on Monday, District Court Judge Lucy Koh appeared satisfied with a $415 million proposal from Apple, Google and two other Silicon Valley tech companies to settle allegations that anti-poaching agreements artificially capped employee wages.

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16:00
Daily Deals for March 2, 2015, featuring WALTR and...

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

AWT's Daily Deals

WALTR [OS X; On sale for $20.07, down from $29.95] AppleWorld.Today is pleased to offer an exclusive deal on WALTR by Softorino. Instead of uploading the limited file formats that iPad/iPhone & iTunes is used to, Softorino engineered a technology that lets you upload and watch MKV, AVI, MP4 videos on your iOS device without having to convert the files before hand.

WALTR is available for US$29.95, but AWT readers can save 33% off the retail price when they use the promo code "GIVEMEMYAWTSPECIAL" during...

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15:16
loser.com

It is absolutely priceless where loser.com goes.∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:04
Upcoming Steve Jobs biography dives deep into Apple...

An upcoming biography about Steve Jobs promises an intimate portrait of the late tech guru told through extensive interviews with Jobs' inner circle, including current Apple CEO Tim Cook, SVP of Design Jony Ive and Jobs' widow Laurene Powell Jobs, among others.

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14:45
Join the London Mac User Group for their Apple...

Are you going to be in or near London, England next Monday, March 9th? If the answer to that question is a big fat YES, then you must attend the London Mac User Group party to watch the Apple "Spring Forward" event.

The event starts at 5 PM at TigerTiger at Piccadilly CIrus, with room for about 160 Apple fans. There will be an RSVP fee of £5 when you sign up for the event on Meetup; that fee will be refunded to current LMUG members at the event.

In addition to watching the event with a...

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14:41
Apple hanging billboards on skyscrapers and...


As part of its Shot on iPhone 6 campaign promoting iPhone photography, Apple is now hanging billboard advertisements around the world. The ads feature the photographs in full bleed with a simple ‘Shot on iPhone 6′ tagline. The posters are going up around the world, including some dramatic large billboards on the side of skyscrapers. Pictured above is one such poster (photo taken by Jimmy Grewal on Twitter) being setup on a skyscraper in Dubai.
In total, the campaign will showcase 77 different individual’s images spanning 24 countries. Users on Twitter have been posting sightings of these ads from all over the world …
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14:37
Apple releases OS X 10.10.3 public beta, first...



You’re that much closer to OS X 10.10.3 and whatever Apple’s doing with its photo applications.
On Monday, Apple released the first public beta of its OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite update. The beta includes an iCloud-based Photos application, new emojis for the system and simpler login to Google accounts for profiles with two-factor authentication enabled.

This beta is labeled as build 14D87, which is the same as the second 10.10.3 beta for developers that was released a week ago. The Public Beta is available in the Mac App Store Software Update tab for registered beta users. Apple plans to release the first Public Beta of iOS 8.3 in mid-March,...

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14:37
“Take Control of PDFpen 7” Documents PDFpen for Mac...

Our latest book, Michael Cohen’s “Take Control of PDFpen 7,” explains everything you can do with PDFpen 7 and its big brother, PDFpenPro 7, plus the mobile version, PDFpen for iPad & iPhone. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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14:24
Samsung's New S6 Line Atones for S5's...


Samsung on Monday announced its much-anticipated Galaxy S6 line at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. In the S6, the strongly disliked plastic body of the Galaxy S5 is replaced with a combination of aluminum and Gorilla Glass. The Galaxy S6 and S6 edge both come in white, black and gold. Blue will be available only for the S6, while green will be available only for the S6 edge. The S6 and S6 edge are 6.8mm and 7mm thick respectively, and they weigh 4.8 and 4.6 ounces, respectively.

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14:20
Nissan, Daimler CEOs split on prospect of rumored...

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche and the CEO of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, Carlos Ghosn, have each adopted radically different stances on rumors of a so-called Apple Car, with the former dismissing the idea and the latter welcoming it as a boost to Renault-Nissan's business.

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13:26
Tim Cook teases Apple Watch launch apps, and its...

The world waits with baited breath for more details about the Apple Watch, which should be revealed at a special event in San Francisco next Monday. But Tim Cook is just as anxious as we are to get this party started, and he teased some details in a trip to Germany.As reported by 9to5Mac, Cook visited the flagship Apple Store in Berlin, and confirmed to the employees there that the Apple Watch would go on sale in Germany during the month of April. Cook had already confirmed an April launch in the United States during a recent earnings call, so this might mean the watch will launch globally all at once, or that the United States...

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14:00
AWT News Update: March 2, 2015

On the AWT News Update podcast today: 

  • A small company in India has filed a lawsuit against Apple, opposing the use of the trademark iPhone in the country
  • Apple released the first public beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.3, which includes the new Photos app
  • Three more enterprise apps arrive from the Apple/IBM partnership
  • The New York Times reports that the Apple Watch will have a "power reserve mode" when the battery is getting low that essentially turns the device into ... a watch.

Listen to the AWT News Update every weekday for a quick overview of stories we may not have published on the blog. 

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13:46
Upcoming Steve Jobs Book Promises 'Sensational...

There's a new Steve Jobs book set to be published later this month, penned by Brent Schlender, a reporter who interviewed Jobs several times throughout his life and became close to him, and Rick Tetzeli, Executive Editor at Fast Company. Called Becoming Steve Jobs, the book aims to go beyond existing myths and stereotypes about Jobs, giving a look at a man who was only human, who "wrestled with his failings and learned to maximize his strength over time." The book explores the story of how Steve Jobs made the transformation from an arrogant young man exiled from Apple to the visionary leader that skyrocketed Apple to fame. Schlender and Tetzeli interviewed many of Steve Jobs' friends, family, and inner circle, to get access to never-before-told stories. Tim Cook, Jony Ive, Eddy Cue, Ed Catmull, John Lasseter, and Robert Iger all contributed to the book. It also draws on the experiences Schlender had with Jobs in interviews across many years.Schlender and Tetzeli make...

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13:40
Google postpones iOS 8-style full-disk encryption of...

Despite initial promises by Google, and rival Apple implementing the technology in iOS 8 last September, new devices loaded with Android 5.0 Lollipop are not using default full-disk encryption meant to prevent criminals, police, and spy agencies from getting unauthorized access to private data.

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13:39
The Workflow Video Field Guide

The Workflow Video Field Guide starts with a few, easy workflows and builds upon them over the course of an hour to turn you into a Workflow pro. By the time you get to the end, you’ll be able to roll your own workflows and change the way you work on your iPhone and iPad.I always like David Sparks’ work.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:37
Opinion: Apple TV should get these 10 updates at...

Nearly eight years have passed since Apple released the first-generation Apple TV, a product originally hyped as “something really special” but quickly demoted to a “hobby” after initial sales fizzled. The second-generation version arrived with much less fanfare in late 2010, and the modestly tweaked third-generation model got a mere five-minute launch at a March event three years ago. Since then, there’s been plenty of evidence that Apple was working on updated hardware, a major partnership with cable companies, and...

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13:34
Shot on iPhone 6

People take incredible photos and videos on iPhone 6 every day. And here are some of our favorites. Explore the gallery, learn a few tips, and see what’s possible with the world’s most popular camera.A new page from Apple highlighting some great shots taken with the iPhone 6. These are quite impressive.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:26
OS X Server (Yosemite): Before activating a SAN you...

When upgrading or migrating your server to OS X Server (Yosemite), you must have fully resolvable hostnames for the private metadata network before activating a Storage Area Network (SAN).
Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT203108

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13:21
Vesper: Native Support for iPad and Landscape

A note from John Gruber on Vesper device support and pricing.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:14
Kidpost

This is a new project from the very talented Khoi Vinh. I think this is such a great idea and will make things much easier for a lot of people. You can get a deal after the 30-day trial by using code LOOP.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:05
‘Becoming Steve Jobs’ book with Tim Cook & Jony...

There’s a healthy amount of story telling about the life of Steve Jobs due out this year. In October, we’ll get to see Aaron Sorkin’s take on the late Apple co-founder’s experience at Apple play out on the big screen when “Jobs” hits theaters.
Sooner than that, though, a new book from Brent Schlender & Rick Tetzeli entitled Becoming Steve Jobs (announced via Daring Fireball) will attempt to be different from all the other Jobs books.
Becoming Steve Jobs takes on and breaks down the existing myth and stereotypes about Steve Jobs. The conventional, one-dimensional view of Jobs is that he was half-genius, half-jerk from youth, an irascible and selfish leader who slighted friends and family alike. Becoming Steve Jobs answers the central question about the life and career of the Apple cofounder and CEO...

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12:56
“Becoming Steve Jobs” book

A new book by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli that John Gruber had the opportunity to read and he likes it.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:50
OS X 10.10.3 beta goes public, bringing the new...

If you're not an Apple developer and you'd like to try the new Photos app for OS X before it launches, now's your chance. Apple has added the 10.10.3 update to its public beta program for OS X, and the update brings Photos (and a bunch of new emoji) along with it.
Photos is a Mac analog for the iOS app of the same name, and it's meant to replace iPhoto as the basic built-in photo app to serve most users' needs. It will also be replacing Aperture, which Apple will stop offering when the final version of Photos is released. Power users will find that it lacks...

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12:44
Apple Watch carried codename 'Gizmo,'...

With the retail launch of the Apple Watch fast approaching, tidbits on the development of the highly anticipated device continue to come to light, including the fact that former Adobe executive Kevin Lynch was responsible for software development.

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12:18
Apple Stores will now allow customers to test in-ear...

Apple has always allowed customers to test over-ear headphones (Getty)
Apple will begin allowing prospective customers to test out in-ear headphones prior to purchase within Apple Stores, according to several employees. Due to sanitation concerns, Apple has been reluctant to allowing customers to try out in-ear headphones, but a new solution called Demo Kits will solve this problem. Beginning this week, when a customer is interested in purchasing in-ear headphones, an Apple Store employee will have the ability to create a custom Demo Kit that holds up to six different models of in-ear headphones. These kits will include a fresh pair ear tips and alcohol cleaning wipes so that the try on process is sanitary…

The customer will be...

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12:05
Nissan, Volkswagen & Daimler execs respond to...

It was only a matter of time before executives from various automakers responded to news that Apple is looking into developing its own electric vehicle. The first responses come from CEOs of Volkswagen, Daimler and Nissan during interviews at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and the Geneva car show this week.
CNET reports that CEO of the Nissan-Renault Alliance Carlos Ghosn responded positively to questions regarding reports of Apple’s electric vehicle project: ”If Apple does it, obviously it’s good news for us,” said Ghosn. ”The fact that a company outside of the auto industry wants to do electric cars is refreshing.” Nissan currently offers its own electric vehicle with the...

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11:51
CarPlay, not an Apple Car, likely catalyst of Swiss...

Apple recently extended its trademark protection in Switzerland to include automobiles, but such filings are far from new and odds are that the company is working to cover its nascent CarPlay initiative, rather than the much-ballyhooed Apple Car.

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11:41
MacFamilyTree 7.3.3 - Create and explore your family...

MacFamilyTree gives genealogy a facelift: it's modern, interactive, incredibly fast, and easy to use. We're convinced that generations of chroniclers would have loved to trade in their genealogy tools for MacFamilyTree. It helps you collect and record facts and data about your family history and turns them into informative reports and charts. MacFamilyTree comes with countless features to record and visualize your family history - use them to create reports, charts, or nifty 3D views within our Virtual Tree feature. It offers the right solution for all your genealogy needs. Synchronize your data via iCloud, create webpages, or back your research with the help of the gigantic genealogy database "FamilySearch". You’re an avid genealogist, but you’re always on the go? Not a problem! Simply purchase MobileFamilyTree to use on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and your options are virtually endless.Version 7.3.3:

  • Issue uploading persons to FamilySearch...

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11:18
Apple-IBM Showcase Air Canada using MobileFirst Apps...

In November 17, 2014 "IBM's First Wave of MobileFirst iOS Solutions Rolled out to Market." One of the initial industries targeted in Apple's press release was travel and transportation. Apple highlighted two specific apps for the airlines industry that were titled "Plan Flight" and "Passenger +. Earlier today Apple released ...

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11:10
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 2...

Notable software releases this week include Fetch 5.7.5, Downcast 1.1.7, BusyCal 2.6.5, Logic Pro X 10.1.1, and VLC Media Player 2.2.0. 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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11:10
ExtraBITS for 2 March 2015

In this week’s collection of ExtraBITS, Managing Editor Josh Centers made a couple of podcast appearances and Google teamed up with carriers for mobile payments. 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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11:05
∞ Alive Inside: A Story of Music, Memory and...

Editor’s Note: This story was written by Steven Aquino and first appeared in The Loop Magazine Issue 31, which is available on the App Store for iPhone and iPad.My maternal grandmother died in 2007, about a month after Steve Jobs introduced the original iPhone at Macworld Expo. Toward the end of her life, she suffered effects from dementia, a disease that robbed her of memories of herself and of her family. That her memory was getting progressively worse hit me hard, as my grandma was a seminal figure of my childhood. She effectively raised me, and it was painful for me to reconcile the person she was to the barely recognizable shell of herself she became....

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11:01
Banks 'scrambling' to combat Apple Pay...

Apple Pay has proven to be a venue of convenience for criminals focusing on identity fraud, a new report suggests, with many fraudsters taking advantage of lax customer verification controls put in place by Apple's partner banks to make brick-and-mortar purchases using stolen credit cards via the growing mobile payment service.

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10:30
Apple releases public beta of OS X 10.10.3, gives...

Members of the public OS X Beta Program can now experience Apple's forthcoming Photos app for Mac, thanks to the release of the first OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 public beta.

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10:24
Nissan CEO Thinks that an Apple Car Would be Good...

With so many of the tens of thousands at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona gripping iPhones while listening to Carlos Ghosn, CEO of the Nissan-Renault Alliance, talking about ...

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10:23
Race to beat Apple Pay picks up, as PayPal buys...

The mobile payment industry continues to see shakeups this week, as PayPal has announced it will acquire Paydiant, a mobile wallet developer with clients including MCX -- the consortium behind retailer-driven Apple Pay competitor CurrentC.

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10:22
Apple releases first OS X 10.10.3 Public Beta with...

Apple today released the first Public Beta of the upcoming OS X Yosemite 10.10.3. The new release includes the iCloud-based Photos application for the Mac, new Emojis across the system, and simpler login to Google accounts for profiles with two-factor authentication enabled. This beta is labeled as build 14D87, which is the same as the second 10.10.3 beta for developers, which was released a week ago. The Public Beta is available in the Mac App Store Software Update tab for registered beta users. Apple plans to release the first Public Beta of iOS 8.3 in mid-March, according to sources. Thanks, DJ!
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10:19
OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 Public Beta With Photos App...

Apple today made a pre-release version of OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 available to those who are signed up for the company's OS X public beta program, giving them early access to the new update and the new Photos for OS X app. The public beta carries a build number of 14D87p, a slightly later build number than the 14D87h from the second developer beta of the software, released last week. All registered public beta test members should be able to download OS X Yosemite through the Mac App Store. OS X 10.10.3 includes access to the new Photos app, which is designed to serve as a replacement for Aperture and iPhoto. Early reviews have suggested the new software improves upon iPhoto, but leaves out many power features Aperture users have become accustomed to. Along with the Photos app, OS X...

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10:07
Review: CM4’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Q Card Cases are...


Our editors all have their favorite wallet cases for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus: Seth’s top pick is Pad & Quill’s Little Pocket Book, Ben’s fondest of Mujjo’s Leather Wallet Case, and up until now, my pick — based more on material quality than practicality — has been Twelve South’s BookBook. Each of these cases picks up where Apple Pay leaves off, carrying a handful of credit cards and a little cash for the (still numerous) times when wireless payments aren’t an option. But most of the cases haven’t properly balanced practicality and protection.
That’s where...

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09:45
One month in and thank you to patrons

It's been a full month of Apple World Today's existence. Hooray! Steve, Kelly and I are fully into the swing of things, and that wouldn't be possible without our readers, our sponsors and especially our Patreon supporters. We're so very appreciative of our patrons. You are the folks who've decided to give us some of the money you work hard to earn so that we can do what we love to do. You people are fantastic, seriously. 

As promised, we're publishing a big, public thank-you to everyone who pledged at the one-dollar level. Our gratitude to:

Brad
Adam Johnson
John Ribaudo
Rui Guerreiro
Matteo Risoldi
Rick Smith
Jerome Salesin
Mark Ross
Jestyn
Jack Land
Gus Ferguson
Dave Wilson
Tim Liu
Peter
David Levy
Stephen Alison
Smythe Richbourg
Nicole Sandblom
Hans Johansson
John Reynolds
Colin Reid
Nancy
Robert
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09:35
Apple iPhone 6 Supplier NXP Acquires Freescale...

NXP Semiconductors and Freescale Semiconductor today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which NXP will merge with Freescale in a transaction which values the combined enterprise at just over $40 billion. One of NXP’s largest customers is Apple ...

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09:14
Microsoft continues its iOS app acquisition spree...

Since Satya Nadella took the reins from Steve Ballmer just over a year ago, Microsoft has been on an aggressive acquisition spree of cross platform apps and services. Most recently, the company bought the iOS email app Acompli then relaunched it as Outlook for iOS. Microsoft also bought Sunrise, the popular calendar software with an iOS app.
Aside from Microsoft and Apple, other interested buyers include or included Facebook, Google, and Yahoo (anyone missing?). Competing with Apple’s TestFlight acquisition last year, Microsoft even bought the beta distribution service Hockeyapp at the end of last...

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09:12
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Belkin Thunderbolt 2 dock $240...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.
Today’s can’t miss deals:

Amazon Gold Box – up to 50% off computer accessories:
- Belkin Thunderbolt 2 dock...

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09:10
The Apple-IBM Alliance Launch the First 3 of 12 New...

During Apple's Financial Conference Call in January, Apple's CEO stated that "The IBM Partnership is strong. In December the Alliance delivered the first 10 applications. Another 12 apps will be released this quarter ...

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09:00
World’s largest SharePint? It will happen ‘all week...

As promised in our blog post on the evolution of SharePoint a few weeks ago, this morning we released the complete list of SharePoint-related sessions that will be offered at Microsoft Ignite in Chicago, IL, May 4-8 2015.  Ignite is the premier Microsoft event for IT pros, and the only one that brings the vast community of people who work with SharePoint every day together with the people at Microsoft who build SharePoint. Be there as we lift the curtain on SharePoint 2016, announce new Office 365 innovations...

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09:00
Success with Enterprise Mobility webcast: Protect...

Over the last three webcasts, Brad Anderson, corporate vice president for Enterprise Mobility, has discussed how companies can successfully (and cost effectively) manage all devices in their infrastructure. It’s a topic he’s written about at length and on Tuesday March 3, at 10:30 a.m. PST, he’ll conclude this webcast series with a look at two things only Microsoft can offer—self-protecting files and hybrid identity management.
This webcast takes an in-depth look at the...

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09:00
Visio webcast series–Visio 2013 advanced concepts

Join us this Tuesday, March 3rd at 9 a.m. PST/12 p.m. EST for a webcast designed to help turn you into a Visio power user. We will explore advanced diagramming concepts such as layers, hyperlinks and custom templates. Then we will demonstrate one of the key capabilities of Visio—linking data to diagrams—and how to get insights from data linked diagrams and shapes. You will also learn how to interface Visio 2013 with the entire stack of Microsoft technologies and applications including Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, SharePoint and Project
These tools and techniques will dramatically increase your productivity and diagraming efficiency—turning Visio generalists into Visio power users.
Critical features demonstrated in this session include:
Visio Layers; Visio Guides; Visio Hyperlinks; Multi-Page Diagrams; Multiple Windows; External Data Sources; Connecting to External Data; Visio Data Graphics; Data Graphic Legends; Data Refresh; Visio Timeline Diagrams; Visio...

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09:00
Apple Watch to be released internationally in April

Image from Apple.com/Watch

Hopeful would-be owners of the Apple Watch living outside of the US won't have to wait too long to get their hands on the latest Apple device. 9to5Mac spoke to some retail employees at the flagship Apple Store in Berlin last week and apparently confirmed that the Watch will launch in Germany in April. That seems to point to a wide international release during the first month of shipments.

Our take on the news: This follows Apple's recent distribution scheme for new products, which typically starts in the US, followed quickly by Canada, the UK, France, Germany, Australia, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong. 

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08:37
Out of the Loop Google Announces Android Pay is...

With Apple Pay crushing the Google Wallet by a country mile and Samsung announcing that their Galaxy S6 smartphones will use their newly acquired LoopPay, Google was feeling a little out of the loop. Earlier today at the Mobile World Congress tradeshow, Google's Sundar Pichai,...

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08:33
Apple, IBM debut three new iOS apps for enterprise

Apple and IBM have unveiled three more MobileFirst enterprise apps for iPhones and iPads, covering a range of industries and uses: Advisor Alerts, Passenger Care, and Dynamic Buy.

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08:25
Take Control of Security for Mac Users, Chapter 6:...

No Mac is an island, and it’s important to protect the network traffic flowing to and from your Mac. Luckily, a few simple precautions will prevent automated bots from sniffing your traffic for email addresses to spam, passwords to exploit, and credit card numbers to resell, among much else. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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08:24
Chapter 6 of “Take Control of Security for Mac Users...

In this week’s chapticle of “Take Control of Security for Mac Users,” Joe Kissell looks at the network connections between your Mac and the outside world and how you can prevent eavesdropping on your network traffic. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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08:15
Killer Deal: Free LG optical drive, Free Audio-...

For a limited time, we've teamed up with one of Apple's authorized resellers to give away $200 in accessories -- a free LG portable CD/DVD drive and free pair of Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Pro headphones -- with the purchase of any build-to-order 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro. Readers can also pair this offer with an AppleCare rebate, which delivers the lowest price anywhere for these models with Apple's extended protection.

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08:03
Cook teases ‘ton’ of Apple Watch announcements,...


In addition to discussing the international Apple Watch launch and accessibility efforts at a briefing in Germany, Apple CEO Tim Cook teased “a whole ton of announcements coming shortly about all of the apps coming” for the Apple Watch, according to employees in attendance. Cook first highlighted the use of the Apple Watch in hotels by saying that “some of the best hotels in the world” will allow Apple Watch users to use the wearable to unlock room doors.
Additionally, Cook said that the Apple Watch hotel applications will even be able to replace the check-in processes for some hotels. “So people are beginning to think about doing not only cool things...

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08:01
Rumor: Apple Watch to include “Power Reserve” mode...



It’s speculation until the media event in a week, but this could prove useful.
Apple might offer a low power mode on Apple Watch to help boost it through longer days, according to a new report that also takes a stab at dispelling rumors that the company may have elected to all some long-rumored sensors last minute.
With the exception of Pebble products, most current and upcoming smartwatches – including the Apple Watch – will last no more than a day on a single charge. To help mitigate this issue, Apple has reportedly developed a still unannounced software feature of the Apple Watch called Power Reserve. This mode is said to cut power to all non-...

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08:00
Apple Watch lands on the cover of Hong Kong's...

Apple is bringing its Watch marketing blitz to China with a cover appearance and multi-page spread in East Touch, a lifestyle and street fashion magazine based in Hong Kong.

As noted by Hypebeast via MacRumors, the full-color editorial displays the Apple Watch and Apple Watch Sport on models in a variety of real-life settings. In recent weeks, the Apple Watch also has been spotted on the cover of Self magazine and in the pages of Vogue Paris.

Our take on the news:

Apple's Watch marketing continues its fashion focus as Apple courts a new type of customer with its watch wearable. The company will need this support from the...

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07:57
Morgan Stanley raises Apple target to $160, citing...

Morgan Stanley showed significant confidence in Apple on Monday, raising their price target to $160 and expressing a belief to investors that the company can continue to grow its business.

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07:56
That U2 Apple Stunt Wasn't the Disaster You...

journovampire writes with this interesting bit about the fallout of U2's partnership with Apple. "Remember U2's album giveway with Apple at the end of last summer? And how the world seemed to become very annoyed that its contents had been "pushed" to their devices without permission? Well, the naysayers might have been loud – but that hasn't stopped the stunt having a lasting effect on the band's popularity. That’s according to new research from retail insight experts Kantar in the US, which shows that nearly a quarter (24%) of all US music users on iOS devices in January listened to U2, nearly five months after Songs Of Innocence was released for free onto 500m iPhones across the world. In a survey of iOS users, Kantar found that more than twice the percentage of people listened to U2 in January than listened to the second-placed artist, Taylor Swift (11%)."
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07:56
That U2 Apple Stunt Wasn't the Disaster You...

journovampire writes with this interesting bit about the fallout of U2's partnership with Apple. "Remember U2's album giveway with Apple at the end of last summer? And how the world seemed to become very annoyed that its contents had been "pushed" to their devices without permission? Well, the naysayers might have been loud – but that hasn't stopped the stunt having a lasting effect on the band's popularity. That’s according to new research from retail insight experts Kantar in the US, which shows that nearly a quarter (24%) of all US music users on iOS devices in January listened to U2, nearly five months after Songs Of Innocence was released for free onto 500m iPhones across the world. In a survey of iOS users, Kantar found that more than twice the percentage of people listened to U2 in January than listened to the second-placed artist, Taylor Swift (11%)."...

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07:52
Apple Watch could remotely start your car one day,...



Your Apple Watch could one day start your car.
Which is pretty nifty.
Apple CEO Tim Cook told The Telegraph that when it ships, Apple Watch will let you filter messages, give you credits for meeting exercise goals, and accompany you in the shower. Cook also said the battery life will last all day and will take less time to charge than the iPhone using the new MagSafe-style wireless inductive charger. It’s unclear exactly how long the battery will last—recent reports indicate Apple is aiming for 19 hours of combined active and passive usage—or how long it will take to charge, though details are expected to be released soon.

Like the iPhone and iPad, people...

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07:49
Apple Expands Company Trademarks to Cover Vehicles,...

Following several weeks of rumors about Apple's car-related projects, a recent move by the company to expand trademark coverage of the "Apple" name and iconic Apple logo in Switzerland to include vehicles is gaining attention, as noticed by ApfelBlog.ch [Google Translate] (via Cult of Mac). While the expansion, which also occurred in...

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07:32
Apple puts Environment VP Lisa Jackson in charge of...

Apple Watch Accessibility Settings
Apple told employees during a week at the flagship Berlin Apple Store in Germany that the company will increase its focus on product accessibility by putting executive Lisa Jackson in charge of the efforts, according to people in attendance. Asked by an Apple Store employee if the Apple Watch will include accessibility features, Cook reportedly replied:

Yes is the short answer. In every product we do, we want it to be accessible for everyone. This is not something that we sit around and figure out what the ROI is. I can give a rats what the ROI is. It’s one of those things that goes in the just and right column. So we want all of...

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07:30
MacSparky releases new video Field Guide for...

David Sparks, aka MacSparky, today released a new video Field Guide introducing users to the wonderful world of the Workflow app. Workflow allows you to automate items on your iPhone or iPad by connecting apps and actions. It's a powerful app that can be overwhelming for new users, which is where Macsparky's Workflow Field Guide steps in.

The video field guide walks you through the process of using Workflow, starting with basic workflows like resizing photos and sharing them with friends and family. By the end of the guide, you will be an expert at using many of the app's 200 available actions.

The Workflow Field Guide is available for $9.99 and includes a one-hour, fully bookmarked screencast. You can view a short sample of the guide below.

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07:30
Today in the App Store -- Nihilumbra, Pushbullet,...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today's notable apps include PerfectReader Pro, Duet Display and the highly anticipated VLC for iOS update. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

Apps Now Free

PerfectReader Pro - PDF & Document Reader for Adobe Acrobat & Microsoft Office [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $5.99] PerfectReader 3 is for those people who are looking for a perfect PDF & Office document reader for iPhone/iPad.

The Meeting App [iPad; Now free, down from $9.99] No more pointless meetings, because the Meeting App is Designed for Action®, making it easy for you to go...

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07:24
Tim Cook: Apple Watch Launch in April Won't Be...

Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly said at the company's flagship Apple Store in Berlin that the Apple Watch launch in April will not be limited to the United States, according to retail employees in attendance that spoke with 9to5Mac. Cook specifically confirmed that the Apple Watch will launch in Germany during the month of April, indicating that a wider international launch in other countries could be on the horizon. MacRumors previously reported that Apple is targeting an early April release date for the Apple Watch based on a source that has proved reliable. The report corroborates that the Apple Watch may be released in the United States in early April, followed by Germany and other countries later in the...

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07:20
Review: Anker’s 2nd Gen Astro E7 triples any iPad...


There are hundreds of external battery packs out there, and most of them are highly similar to one another: cosmetics aside, their capacities, features, and pricing tend to be predictable. Anker’s 2nd Gen Astro E7 ($80) is a complete outlier. It has the highest capacity of any external battery pack I’ve ever tested, yet it’s priced competitively with products that deliver half as much juice.
If you have an iPad or plan to carry your iPhone around without access to wall power, Astro E7 is as close to a must-have battery as I’ve seen. Delivered in efficiently designed, eco-friendly packaging, it quickly earned a place in my personal travel bag, for reasons I’ll explain below.
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07:06
Tim Cook says Apple Watch will be available outside...


Speaking at the Berlin flagship Apple Store last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook told employees that the Apple Watch will not be exclusive to the United States in April, according to employees in attendance. Specifically, Cook said that the Apple Watch will launch in Germany during the month of April. It’s possible that the Apple Watch will launch first in the United States in early April, with Germany and other countries following later in the month, but it definitely appears that the Watch’s rollout will be more aggressive than the first iPhone and iPad launches…

The iPhone was notably exclusive to the United States and AT...

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07:03
Autodesk adds more tools to Game Development Suite

Autodesk is previewing its new Stingray Game Engine this week at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco. The company is also launching Autodesk Maya LT 2016, the latest release of its 3D animation and modeling software for professional indie game developers.
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06:59
Flying Pig releases Edouard Universe version 2.0 for...

Flying Pig (http://flyingpigcorp.com) has released an update of the whole Edouard Universe. Edouard 2.0, Edouard Warehouse 2.0 and Edouard POS 2.0 are now available and 100% cloud based solutions.
The 2.0 version brings major changes to the Edouard universe. Following a registration from the OS X app, users can quickly access their dedicated cloud. These instances are reportedly accessed securely and remotely from anywhere in the world from all of your Edouard client applications.
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06:53
Latest version of MASA LIFE to be showcased at Game...

MASA Group (www.masagroup.com), providers of Artificial Intelligence, will use the annual Game Developers Conference (GDC) to demonstrate version 1.10 of its AI technology, LIFE.
 
LIFE enables the authoring and execution of a range of autonomous behaviors for NPCs (Non-Player Characters) in any games or simulations, leveraging decision, spatial reasoning and navigation modules, extensively validated in military 3D simulations.
 LIFE is designed for both designers and developers. It's available as a pre-integrated plug-in for Unity 5 and VBS3, the simulation version of ArmA III.
 
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06:48
Apple & IBM partnership delivers 3 new...

Apple and IBM today unveiled three new enterprise apps developed for iOS as part of their ongoing ‘IBM MobileFirst for iOS’ partnership. The new apps include Advisor Alerts, Passenger Care, and Dynamic Buy. The three apps, a combination of both iPhone and iPad software, join the original set of 10 announced last year and another new app recently announced bringing the collection of apps announced under the deal to 14 total across eight industries including retail, banking, and transportation.

Advisor Alerts (shown above) joins a list of other banking and financial apps with both iPhone and iPad...

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06:47
Audio Switcher for Mac OS X revved to version 2.5.3

Spike Software (http://www.spikesoft.net) has announced Audio Switcher 2.5.3, an update to its menubar applet utility for Mac OS X.
Audio Switcher allows you to switch your audio input and output between different audio devices. It supports a range of devices, as well as the built-in audio hardware of your Mac desktop or laptop. Version 2.5.3 adds a preference where the audio device's manufacturer's name can appear in the menu.
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06:43
Remarkable is a new CMS built for the post-PC era

Entropy, a mobile innovations company based in the United Kingdom, used the 2015 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to announce the launch of the new free-to-use mobile app CMS, Remarkable.
As “the first CMS built specifically for the post-PC era,” Remarkable enables anyone with a native mobile app to take full creative control of their product, according to Entropy CEO Eddie Vassallo. He introduced the full beta launch of the Remarkable mobile management solution at the Mobile World Congress. Anyone can sign up and manage their first app for free.
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06:28
External Link: Josh Centers Talks Patents, Apple...

Managing Editor Josh Centers joined The Mac Show panel to discuss patent reform, the Apple Watch, the possibility of a new Apple TV, how much gold Apple is using for the Apple Watch Edition, public iOS betas, what’s coming in iOS 9, and the viability of Final Cut Pro X. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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06:27
Apple kicks off "Shot on iPhone 6"...

Apple today launched a new advertising campaign, "Shot on iPhone 6," to promote the camera on the company's latest iPhone handsets (Via iMore). As part of this campaign, the company debuted the new "World Gallery" compilation, which showcases iPhone photographs taken by 77 amateur and professional photographers from 74 cities and 24 countries around the world.

Apple will advertise the photographs at transit stops, on billboards and at other public locations in major cities worldwide, including Sydney, Beijing and San Francisco. The goal is not to promote each artist, but to inspire the average user to grab their iPhone and produce stunning photographs.

Our take on the news:

I love how Apple ditches the traditional slick marketing campaigns and instead showcases how...

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06:24
External Link: Josh Centers Goes Gold on The Dan...

Managing Editor Josh Centers joined host Dan Benjamin on The Dan Benjamin Hour to discuss how much gold Apple may be using to produce Apple Watch Edition units. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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06:14
Indian Firm Vows to continue their Battle against...

In October we posted a report titled "Indian Firm iVoice Enterprises Challenges "iPhone" Trademark," which provides the full background of iVoice attempting to have Apple's iPhone trademark revoked because of their "IFon" trademark. Today the firm is back in the news stating that they're continuing their battle against the validity of Apple's iPhone trademark in India.

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05:42
Microsoft announces foldable version of its...

A Microsoft product might not seem the most obvious purchase for Apple users, but if you switch between platforms, the latest version of Microsoft’s universal keyboard may appeal. Designed to allow you to switch easily between iOS, Android and Windows devices, the Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard is a more portable version, folding in half down the middle. (If you like a smaller vertical fold made for smartphones, Zagg makes an excellent product)

There’s no word yet on pricing or availability, but the original version retailed at $80 (and is available on...

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05:19
Apple Watch tour of world’s fashion magazines...

Apple may be able to scale back its advertising budget for the Apple Watch: so far the device appears to be doing just fine in getting multi-page editorial coverage in the world’s fashion magazines. The latest fashion title to run a major feature on the watch is Hong Kong’s East Touch magazine, which is running a four-page spread.
The Apple Watch has so far been featured Vogue China, Vogue France, the USA’s Self and the UK’s Style, as well as fashion titles in France...

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05:00
Accessible Apple: How the Apple TV could replace...

Image from https://www.apple.com/appletv/what-is/

Back in November of 2010, Apple released a minor software update to the then two-month old Apple TV 2, enabling VoiceOver and enhancing the overall accessibility of the device. As I noted in my initial review of the device, adding VoiceOver was a big advancement for accessibility in the home theatre landscape. Since then, projects like Plex Connect and VLC for iOS have taken advantage of Apple's universal access features to deliver all sorts of content to HDTVs with a surprising amount of accessibility. Apple has slowly but surely added new "official" channels to the Apple TV over the...

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05:00
Mobile World Congress 2015, or Why Your Smartphone...


Don't you just love big industry events like Mobile World Congress? I mean, you've had whole weeks to enjoy the new phone you got last quarter, and now you'll hear about a bunch of incredibly wonderful stuff that will make that new phone look like your grandmother's favorite car -- you know, the one she fell in love with in the 1960s.
Unfortunately, I'm not going to make things better. This week, I'm going to walk you through some of the more interesting things likely to be on display at the event.

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04:51
Kool Tools: MCE Fovea Extreme 3

MCE Technologies's MCE Fovea Extreme 3 is a portable, lightweight, USB 3.0 slot-loading optical drive that allows access to all Blu-ray, DVD, and CD optical disc formats on Macs with no built-in optical drive.
It can read and record data and high definition video to 25GB, 50GB, 100GB, and 128GB Blu-ray recordable discs, as well as M-Disc Blu-ray media. Included with the drive is Mac Blu-ray Player software, allowing the playback of commercial Blu-ray titles in high definition directly on the Mac.
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04:50
Apple Watch Featured in Hong Kong Fashion Magazine...

Apple Watch continues to make its international debut in magazines worldwide with a new cover appearance and multi-page spread in Hong Kong street fashion and lifestyle magazine East Touch this month. The latest March issue of the Chinese-language magazine features the Apple Watch and Apple Watch Sport being worn by several models in various lifestyle shots. In the past few months, the Apple Watch has made magazine debuts in a range of other publications such as on the cover of Self magazine, ...

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04:47
Deliver Express 2.4.6 for Mac OS X improves file...

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has announced Deliver Express 2.4.6, a maintenance update to its solution to automatically send files across the Internet and locally from watched hot folders.
Deliver Express can serve multiple users on a network, offers automatic variable email notifications, and supports FTP, Amazon S3, WebDAV, Google Storage, AFP, SMB and other services. The new version fixes an issue in which automatic date-based subfolders could not be created on SFTP servers.
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04:40
Tim Cook talks Snowden, Apple Car and Steve Jobs as...

Tim Cook appears to be using his international tour, which so far includes Israel, Germany and the UK, to push a second product every bit as hard as the Apple Watch: privacy. In an interview with the German newspaper BILD posted yesterday (paywall), Cook went as far as to praise Edward Snowden for his role in prompting discussion of the issue.
If Snowden did anything for us at all, then it was to get us to talk more about these things. [Apple’s] values have always been the same.
The comments follow a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, at which data privacy was reportedly a key topic. Cook also told the Telegraph...

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04:10
Managing identities, access critical to the success...

Managing identities and access is critical to the success of the Internet of Things (IoT), but in its current form identity and access management (IAM) cannot provide the scale or manage the complexity that the IoT brings to the enterprise, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com).
"IAM leaders must reconsider how traditional approaches to cybersecurity and IAM work in a world where devices and services are so abundant, in so many different forms and positioned at so many different points within the IT ecosystem," sahs Earl Perkins, research vice president at Gartner.
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04:10
Managing identities, access critical to the success...

Managing identities and access is critical to the success of the Internet of Things (IoT), but in its current form identity and access management (IAM) cannot provide the scale or manage the complexity that the IoT brings to the enterprise, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com).
"IAM leaders must reconsider how traditional approaches to cybersecurity and IAM work in a world where devices and services are so abundant, in so many different forms and positioned at so many different points within the IT ecosystem," sahs Earl Perkins, research vice president at Gartner.
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04:06
Apple adds vehicles to its list of company...

Apple has officially added vehicles to the corporate documents describing the company’s activities, at least in Switzerland. The company’s lawyers added the following paragraph, reports Swiss site ApfelBlog.

Vehicles; Apparatus for locomotion by land, air or water; electronic hardware components for motor vehicles, rail cars and locomotives, ships and aircraft; Anti-theft devices; Theft alarms for vehicles; Bicycles; Golf carts; Wheelchairs; Air pumps; Motorcycles; Aftermarket parts (after-market parts) and accessories for the aforesaid goods.

It’s common to add catch-all terminology to company activities, so nothing should be read into the inclusion of ships and aircraft, though we’re sure there will be a breathless headline somewhere soon about an Apple plane … ...

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03:58
Apple supplier NXP to merge with rival Freescale...

Dutch chipmaker NXP -- which provides near-field communications and motion processing hardware for Apple -- announced on Monday that it would spend $11.8 billion to acquire rival firm Freescale Semiconductor, a seminal semiconductor manufacturer and itself a longtime Apple supplier.

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03:32
Skype 7.5.0.738 - Voice-over-internet phone and chat...

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 7.5.0.738: New

  • Support for Hindi, Turkish, Czech, Ukrainian, Greek, Hungarian, Romanian, Indonesian, Catalan, Croatian,...

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Tuesday February 24

12:20
Xserve (Early 2009): Power consumption and thermal...

Learn about the power consumption and thermal output of Xserve (Early 2009) computers.

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12:20
Xserve (Early 2009): Power consumption and thermal...

Learn about the power consumption and thermal output of Xserve (Early 2009) computers.

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12:10
If Lion Server has share points and privileges you...

When migrating data and settings from Lion Server to OS X Server (Mountain Lion), previously configured share points will not be retained. Make note of any existing share points prior to migration.

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12:10
If Lion Server has share points and privileges you...

When migrating data and settings from Lion Server to OS X Server (Mountain Lion), previously configured share points will not be retained. Make note of any existing share points prior to migration.

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11:38
If you can't send or receive messages on your...

You might see an exclamation mark next to a message you try to send, or you might not receive messages that someone sends to you. These steps can help. 

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Monday February 23

14:50
Apple Web Server notifications

This article provides credit to people who have reported potential security issues in Apple's web servers.

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Thursday February 19

11:53
Find the serial number of your Apple hardware product

Learn how to find the serial number of an iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac, or other Apple product.

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Tuesday February 17

06:25
Stop Remediating While you Audit

Let’s talk about orchestration. This term is different than just applying the normal set of configuration profiles you want near-permanently enforced on the workstations under your management. Too much theory isn’t necessarily helpful, but sometimes I come across something that feels right, and then experience validates it as a real, valuable practice to follow. My thesis: you should not affect a change through orchestration on the same pass as you check if the change is necessary. Taking a step back, orchestration as a concept, in my own definition, means you’re leading the customers under your care through a change. Better practices of sysadminery include not having too rigid or monolithic a structure when piecing your workflow together. These concepts combine when I see folks talk about (potentially continuously) affecting changes without first, separately, discovering/evaluating/assessing what needs to change, or the impact it will have to make it.

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Friday January 30

10:03
Enhancing Sal with Facter and Profiles

In a previous post, I showed how to set up Sal.
Sal‘s basic functionality is useful on its own, for the basic Munki reporting – what are the completed installs, pending updates, what OS versions, how many devices checked in the past 24 hours, etc. In this post, I’m going to demonstrate how to get more out of Sal.
Adding in Facter:
You can add much more, though, by the use of Puppet, and more specifically, the piece of Puppet called Facter. Facter is a separate program that works with Puppet that simply gathers information (“facts”) about the host OS and stores them (ostensibly so that Puppet can determine what the machine’s state is and what needs to happen to it to bring it in line with configured policy).
At the bottom of Sal’s...

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Tuesday January 27

09:00
About the security content of Apple TV 7.0.3

This document describes the security content of Apple TV 7.0.3.

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08:59
About the security content of OS X Yosemite v10.10.2...

This document describes the security content of OS X Yosemite v10.10.2 and Security Update 2015-001

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08:57
About the security content of iOS 8.1.3

This document describes the security content of iOS 8.1.3

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08:50
About the security content of Safari 8.0.3, Safari 7...

This document describes the security content of Safari 8.0.3, Safari 7.1.3, and Safari 6.2.3. 

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Monday January 26

14:14
Using Puppet with WebHelpDesk to Sign Certs, with...

In a previous post, I showed how to use Munki with Puppet SSL Client certificates in a Docker image.
In that example, the Puppetmaster image is set to automatically sign all certificate requests. Good for testing, but not a good idea for production use.
Instead, we should look into Puppet policy-based signing to sign requests only based on some credentials or criteria we control. This means that random nodes can’t come along and authenticate to the Puppet master, and it also means that the Puppet admin won’t have to manually sign every node’s certificate request. Manually signing works great for testing, but it quickly spirals out of control when you’re talking about dozens, or hundreds (or...

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Friday January 23

09:58
Running Munki with Puppet SSL Client Certificates

Previously, I showed how you can run Munki in a Docker container. Then, I talked about how to build Munki to use Puppet for SSL certificates.
Assuming you’ve got a running Puppetmaster image (which I talked about building here), let’s run the Munki-Puppet image we just built.
Running the Container:
Run a data-only container to keep our data in:
docker run -d --name munki-data --entrypoint /bin/echo macadmins/munki-puppet Data-only container for munki
Run the Munki container by linking it to the Puppetmaster:
docker run -d --name munki --volumes-from munki-data -p 80:80 -p 443:443 -h munki --link puppetmaster:puppet...

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09:49
Building Munki with Puppet for SSL Client...

Note: this is based on the README for the Munki-SSL docker container.
In a previous post, we ran a Docker container serving Munki repo content via Nginx. That works fine, but only serves insecure HTTP content. It’s generally in everyone’s best interest to use a secure connection between the Munki web server and its clients, and that’s described in detail: either through basic authentication or with SSL client certificates.
Using SSL client certificates is not a trivial matter, as it involves setting up a CA, or using a third-party CA to generate your client certificates, which involves a lot of work on both server and client end....

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08:28
Building a Puppetmaster with Docker

This is based on the README I wrote for the macadmins/puppetmaster image.
Puppet is an industrial-strength cross-platform configuration management engine. Though you’ll find lots of existing Puppetmaster images on the Docker registry, this one will serve as the baseline for other expanded uses of Puppet – such as using it with Munki and SSL client certificates.
This is a walkthrough for building a Puppetmaster Docker container.
Building Puppetmaster into a Docker container:
Let’s start with our Dockerfile:
FROM centos:centos6
MAINTAINER nmcspadden@gmail.com
ENV PUPPET_VERSION 3.7.3
RUN rpm --import...

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04:11
Running Munki in Docker

In the previous post, I built a container that serves static files at http://munki/repo using Nginx.
Now that we have build the Docker image, let’s put it to use.
Data Containers
We’re going to hook up the Munki image to a data-only container. Data-only containers are a way of keeping data portable and not tying it to specific locations or configurations on the host OS. This data-only container serves one purpose: to store the contents of the Munki repo and share it with other containers. The benefit to doing this is that we can raise and destroy as many Munki server containers as we want without losing any data (such as the contents of the Munki repo).
Creating a Data Container:
Create a data-only container to host the Munki repo:
docker run -d --name munki-data --entrypoint /bin/echo nmcspadden/munki Data-only...

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Thursday January 22

16:57
Building Munki with Docker

Munki is an incredible tool for Mac software deployment, and the setup process is fairly straightfoward – configure a web server, create your repo, run the tools to populate it with software, and configure clients.
It’s the “configure a web server” aspect that may give some pause, as setting up and configuring Apache or Nginx has a bit of a learning curve, and many OS X admins may not necessarily have access to or control over network infrastructure or server infrastructure to do this easily, especially in education.
Docker simplifies this process quite a bit, because you can create a simple webserver with only a few commands that will give you exactly what you need to start serving Munki content – and you can easily transport this Docker webserver from host to host, as it’s designed to be portable and self-contained.
In this example, we’ll use my fork of the...

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Wednesday January 14

11:20
When Yosemite has Fallen, and it Can’t Get Up

People are noticing a symptom, branded LoginLockout (credit @andrewrose), where Yosemite seemingly freezes during startup. The keyboard shows caps lock light, no mouse cursor appears, and it could either be during post-FileVault(hereafter referred to as FV2) login, or on a ‘black-screen with white apple’, normal boot. Correlated ingredients for this symptom are 10.10+, AD binding, and possibly FV2. I’ve noticed it on roughly 20% of the computers I’ve migrated, and in some instances a reimage does not clear it – the moment the computer is bound to AD, even with a clean shutdown or without FV2, the progress bar at boot starts stalling at about 1/4 in, and definitely makes no progress when reaching about halfway. You know you’re NOT having the symptom if a mouse cursor appears by about a 1/3rd into the progress bar. We started noticing it on 10.10, and its persisted through 10.10.1.

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Apple, Google Submit New Settlement in Employee...

Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe have submitted a new settlement proposal in the class action lawsuit alleging they violated antitrust laws by agreeing to not poach employees from each other. The new settlement follows Judge Lucy Koh's rejection of an earlier US$325 million offer she felt was too low.The Mac Observer Spin: It's very clear Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe want the antipoaching lawsuit to go away and they're willing to pay to make that happen. This isn't a question of if they're offering more money in the settlement proposal, but instead is a question of how much.

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Yosemite: Using Spotlight for Conversions

Spotlight has long been incredibly useful for finding files, performing mathematical calculations, defining words, and so on. But under Yosemite, we can use this handy-dandy search feature as a conversion tool, as well. Melissa Holt's got all the details in today's Quick Tip.

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iOS 8.2 Offers First Glimpse of ‘Apple Watch...

Apple is working on a companion app for Apple Watch that will help users manage the device from their iPhone or iPad. Mark Gurman posted images of the app at 9to5Mac, and those images show an app that allows users to reorder the apps on their Apple Watch, manage settings, control fitness tracking, and manage accessbility functions. Another interesting tidbit is that users will only be able to use Apple Watch for Apple Pay transactions if they have entered their passcode or fingerprint on their iPhone after they place the Apple Watch on their wrist. If the Apple Watch is removed, Apple Pay will not be accessible. Check out the full article for more screenshots.

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Apple’s Mac Stomps PC Industry with 18.9% Growth and...

Apple has once again stomped on the PC industry, posting 18.9 percent year over year growth in the December quarter of 2014, according to research firm IDC. With 5.75 million Macs sold during the quarter, Apple retained its #5 global ranking with 7.1 percent market share.

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Relive your favorite stories from 2014 with...

Earlier in December, Apple announced its picks for 2014’s best iOS apps, and the list didn’t surprise us. We were equally as obsessed with Threes, found Hyperlapse to be the perfect Instagram companion, and we all enjoy a little brain training now and then with ElevateTo read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Private I: Lock your cloud backups away with an...

It’s generally easier to keep safe the files we have under our control, on our internal and external drives, than those that waft far away from us on cloud-storage backup systems. Different backup services handle how they send data for storage and how they encrypt it once it arrives.
A quick overview of how cloud-storage systems work, regardless of the company. Client software running on your Mac finds new files in specified folders or files that have updated modification times since the last scan. Files are analyzed into pieces against which the software calculates a sort of shorthand or signature. This signature is compared against what’s stored in the cloud. If it matches, nothing happens—this is how these services conserve bandwidth.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Why Adobe Max is the premier conference for creatives

Each year they arrive in droves, converging upon cities far and wide for several days of hobnobbing with some of the most creative talents around. This is MAX, the annual “creativity conference” launched in 2003 by Macromedia, the creators of Dreamweaver who wound up being acquired by Adobe only two years later.
Adobe has since upheld this tradition with events in North America, Europe, and Japan. Following the shift three years ago from packaged Creative Suite software and the advent of Creative Cloud, Adobe MAX has morphed into more of a consumer affair, with more designers, photographers, web coders, videomakers, and illustrators in attendance than developers—although Adobe MAX 2014, held in early October in Los Angeles, may wind up being remembered as the year those worlds started to converge. We think it was one of the best conferences of the year, and creatives should serioiusly consider attending in 2015. Here's why:...

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The Week in iPhone Cases: Beyond the wallet case

Beyond the wallet caseThis week's roundup of new iPhone cases features wallet cases that can hold a few personal items, plus some heavy-duty rugged cases that protect your phone from bumps and drops.BandolierThe Natalie (iPhone 5/5S, 6, and 6 Plus; $95) is a black leather case with an elegant pebbled texture, and sports a matching leather strap with gold hardware finishes that can be worn as a cross-body or wrist strap.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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OfficeIQ adds sensor intelligence to your standing...

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HomeKit-compatible iDevices Switch lets you control...

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Quell is an FDA-approved wearable designed to...

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Report: Apple will start selling unlocked iPhone 6...

Now might be the time to consider upgrading your iPhone, if you haven’t already. According to 9to5Mac, Apple will begin selling SIM-free, fully unlocked versions of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in the U.S. on January 6. They should be available in both Apple’s brick-and-mortar retail stores and online store.Why this matters: Currently, Apple requires you to buy the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus alongside a contract with your carrier—or unlocked and unsubsidized if you’re with T-Mobile. Making the iPhone available without a SIM card means that customers can use the phone with any carrier around the world, or switch carriers at any time without having to worry about compatibility.To read this...

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The Week in iPad Cases: Folios from Knomo, Case-Mate...

Folios from Knomo, Case-Mate, Moshi, and moreThis week's collection of iPad cases is all about the folio case, featuring a wide range of designs that will keep you covered no matter your taste.Case-MateThe Tuxedo Case (iPad Air 2; $40) is a folio case with a smooth outer finish paired with a soft inner lining that helps protect your iPad's screen from scratches.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Apple releases SIM-free unlocked versions of the...

Apple, as anticipated, released SIM-free versions of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in the U.S. on Tuesday. The two new unsubsidized models now mean you can get Apple's latest handsets without being tied to a specific carrier. The downside, however, is that you have to pay full price for the devices. The 16GB iPhone 6 starts at $649 and the same base model of the 6 Plus is $749.Prior to Tuesday's release, the only alternative for anyone looking for a fully unlocked phone was to buy one with a T-Mobile SIM pre-installed. T-Mobile is the only one of the four major carriers that doesn't offer a subsidized iPhone with a two-year contract.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Freemium Field Test: Peggle Blast adds too many...

Free-to-play games often look appealing, but it's difficult to know at a glance whether the business model is insidious and fun ruining, or reasonable and worth pumping a few bucks into. With Freemium Field Test, we'll take a recent free-to-play iOS game, put it through its paces, and let you know if it's really worth your time (and money).

Among Peggle Blast's new additions are little creatures that skitter around the board with each new ball, slathering pegs with momentum-killing sludge.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Petcube is a cloud cam that's custom-made to...

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Apple Watch reportedly set to ship in the U.S. by...

When Tim Cook unveiled the Apple Watch back in September, its official launch date was set as the oh-so-vague “Spring 2015.” Now, we have our first guess as to what that launch date could actually look like. 9to5Mac reports that the Apple Watch is set to ship in the U.S. by the end of March, with Apple Store retail training scheduled for mid February.According to the report, Apple will be sending representatives from Apple Stores to Apple’s offices in Cupertino or Austin, Texas to learn about the Watch, which will better prepare store employees for when the Watch arrives. In addition, the report states that Apple is finishing up work on the Apple Watch’s software, battery life, and inductive charging mechanism.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Apple’s next MacBook could be a 12-inch MacBook Air

If 9to5Mac’s latest findings are true, than Apple’s biggest product of the year could be the MacBook Air. (You know, right behind the Apple Watch.) According to early reports, Apple has completely redesigned the MacBook Air, ditching the full-sized USB port, MagSafe connector, and SD card slots for something entirely different.9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman writes: “The 12-inch MacBook Air will be considerably smaller than the current 13-inch version, yet also slightly narrower than the 11-inch model. The new 12-inch version is approximately a quarter-of-an-inch narrower than the 11-inch version, yet it is also a quarter-of-an-inch taller in order to accommodate the slightly larger display. In order to fit the larger screen into a footprint about the size of the current 11-inch model, the bezels on the display have been reduced on all sides.”...

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The Week in Mac Apps: Tools for budgeting, social...

Budgeting, social media, podcasts, and entertainmentThis week’s roundup of new Mac apps comes with a great selection of everything you need to start the new year the right way, from helping you stick with your resolutions, to keeping track of what’s happening in your social media circles—with a little entertainment thrown in for good measure.Current 1.0.2If you love your social media but can’t stand Facebook’s web-based experience, AppDen’s $2 Current (Mac App Store Link) is probably worth a good look.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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SmartMat is the first intelligent yoga mat

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The Week in iOS Accessories: Speakers, writing...

Speakers, writing slates and more from CESThis week's roundup of accessories is 100-percent full of items on display at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Bluetooth speakers? We got 'em. And a few other gizmos, too.808We found a couple of new Bluetooth wireless speakers from this company at CES. The $60 XS “features full stereo sound, an enhanced bass radiator, and an efficient 12 hours of rechargeable battery life,” while the $60 NRG GLO (pictured) is shaped like an energy drink can and features a “Glow” mode that adds mood lighting to the beat of your music.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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BrandPost: Iceland and beyond: Exploring offshore...

When shopping for a web host, some business owners first look at solutions that are close to home. That’s a natural response, but in many cases, an offshore host might make more sense.Here’s a look at some of the advantages that an offshore web host can provide.Performance
Web site loading times are directly impacted by the distance data has to travel from the host to the user requesting the web page. If you live in San Francisco, a server physically located in Los Angeles will tend to be more responsive than one located in New York. But it’s unlikely that all of your users live in San Francisco, and not all are likely to live in the United States, even. America is a big place. Did you know that New York is actually closer to Iceland than it is to San Francisco? Additionally, your European customers accessing servers in Iceland are likely to receive a response faster than from servers in the U.S. In reality, the differences in load times among servers in the...

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BrandPost: Iceland and beyond: Exploring offshore...

When shopping for a web host, some business owners first look at solutions that are close to home. That’s a natural response, but in many cases, an offshore host might make more sense.Here’s a look at some of the advantages that an offshore web host can provide.Performance
Web site loading times are directly impacted by the distance data has to travel from the host to the user requesting the web page. If you live in San Francisco, a server physically located in Los Angeles will tend to be more responsive than one located in New York. But it’s unlikely that all of your users live in San Francisco, and not all are likely to live in the United States, even. America is a big place. Did you know that New York is actually closer to Iceland than it is to San Francisco? Additionally, your European customers accessing servers in Iceland are likely to receive a response faster than from servers in the U.S. In reality, the differences in load times among servers in the...

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Only 68 percent of iPhones and iPads are running iOS...

Apple shared its latest data on iOS 8 adoption on Wednesday, showing that 68 percent of iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches are currently running the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system. Apple tracks iOS adoption by looking devices that access the App Store, and marking which version of iOS is running on each of those devices.The latest App Store Distribution data was collected on January 5. Besides iOS 8 data, it shows that 29 percent of devices are still running iOS 7, and 4 percent are still clutching to iOS 6 or earlier for dear life. Apple’s last iOS adoption data was from November 2014, which showed 60 percent of devices had upgraded to iOS 8. An 8 percent uptick in two months time is pretty slow, especially considering the sales boost that Apple must have seen during the holiday season.To...

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The Week in iOS Apps: Square Cash's latest...

Fitness, phone calls, and fun!This week's roundup brings you apps for all kinds of activities—spooky sci-fi games, staying in touch with the outside world, and getting into shape.Air Camera+This $3 app, which streams video live from your iPhone to your TV through your Apple TV, has added some new features. Now you can add even more effects on the fly, including Bloom FX and 3D, while 3D offers two different modes: cyan/red with matching glasses or side-by-side. Plus, users can now record their stream in three different formats—HD, VGA, or normal.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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App Store broke its sales record on New Year’s Day

Appy New Year! (Sorry, I had to.) Apple announced that January 1, 2015 was “the single biggest day ever in App Store sales history,” with customers spending nearly half a million dollars on both apps and in-app purchases on that day alone. 
Apple’s press release, which came out on Thursday, went on to boast of record-breaking sales in 2014 as well. App Store sales rose 50 percent in 2014—and that’s just in paid apps and in-app purchases, not including free apps and upgrades—and generated more than $10 billion in revenue for developers. 
Taking a look back, 2014 was an awesome year for apps. Macworld’s favorite apps of the year really show the range of what came out: Apps that take advantage of Apple Pay and easy checkout, HealthKit apps that communicate...

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Sensor-equipped Bluetooth yoga SmartMat helps with...

LAS VEGAS—Yoga isn’t easy. The best way to practice and improve is obviously taking classes at a studio, or even working with an instructor one-on-one. But that isn’t practical for a lot of people, so we have apps, DVDs, and streaming classes through YogaGlo. Now a new sensor-packed yoga mat called SmartMat can provide real-time coaching and personalized stats and routines with the help of a mobile app.
The SmartMat has 21,000 piezoelectric sensors spanning the entire length of the yoga mat. It pairs to your phone or tablet with Bluetooth, and there’s even a slot at the top of the mat that acts as a stand for your device. It charges with regular USB, with each charge lasting about 6 hours, enough for a few sessions—unless you’re a marathon yoga nut. But otherwise, the latex-free mat looks and feels just like a standard yoga mat, and even rolls up....

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Four apps (and some audio recordings) to help you...

We live in a stressful world, and, more and more, we’re solicited by our work all day long, thanks to our devices that keep us connected by phone, email, and text messages before and after working hours. It can be hard to relax and to get a good night’s sleep, if you’ve got a lot going on. Fortunately, these same devices can help us calm down and catch some shut-eye. Here are four apps—and some audio recordings—that can help you do stay calm, and sleep better. (Pro tip: The Macworld editors will definitely be using these this weekend to unwind after CES.)Relax your breath 

Breathing Zone helps you slow down your breathing, providing quick relaxation.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here...

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The Week in iPhone Cases: More power, better...

More power, better reception, and enhanced soundThis week’s roundup of new iPhone cases offers up a variety of battery-powered options for longer talking time, better signal for fewer dropped calls, and improved sound for watching videos and making calls.Carte BlancheThe Coque (iPhone 6; $30) spices up your handset with a simple—yet fashionable—design.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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An iPod, a phone, an Internet communicator: Apple...

Eight years ago today, Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone at Macworld Expo, and I was there. I was managing editor at Mac|Life at the time, and it was only my second Steve Jobs keynote. I even took notes on paper, with a pen, since we weren't live-blogging—and for the record, those notes prove that I absolutely fell, hook, line and sinker, for Steve's ruse about the iPhone being three products, an iPod, a phone, and an Internet communicator. I still remember the giddy sense of excitement that rippled through Moscone as he demonstrated the new device (the call to Starbucks was especially delightful), like it just happened yesterday. Eight years isn't a long time in the grand scheme of things, but the iPhone has made such a huge impact on my life that it's hard to remember the time before it....

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Standzout's Bandstand begins the onslaught of...

LAS VEGAS—The Apple Watch wasn’t at International CES—well, not officially anyway, although Mashable’s Karissa Bell actually purchased a Chinese ripoff—but I did stumble across what might be the first third-party accessory designed for it.
In a quiet corner of the North Hall, Standzout showed off the Bandstand, an aluminum stand for the Apple Watch, slightly reminiscent of an iMac’s stand, only thicker to accommodate three USB ports tucked away under the bottom. Your Apple Watch connects to its included inductive charger, which rests in a cutout on top of the Bandstand and plugs into one of the USB ports. So don’t think of this stand as an extra charger for your watch, but rather as a place to keep the charger plugged in,...

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The Week in iPad Cases: Cool keyboards and lots of...

Cool keyboards and lots of standsThis week’s round up of new iPad cases brings you all kinds of interesting solutions that help you leave your laptop at home—and quite a few options for watching movies or video chatting.ESRThe Yippee (iPad Air 2; $13) is made from a translucent, scratch-resistant material that doesn’t hide your iPad's industrial features, and has a front cover that mimics Apple's Smart Cover.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Instagram fixes flaw that let people see your...

Instagram’s approach to privacy is nothing like the piecemeal strategy used by parent company Facebook. On the photo-sharing service, your privacy settings are limited to public and private—or at least that’s what we thought. Instagram just fixed a bug that let people see your private photos if they had once been public.
Quartz discovered the flaw and asked Instagram about it, prompting the Friday fix. Before the hole was patched, if you shared web links to your photos when your account was public and then decided to go private, those links would still lead to publicly viewable images. The hole was only exploitable on the web, not in Instagram’s iOS and Android apps.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Think Retro: Open Apple, closed Apple

You can date an Apple user as accurately as a botanist counting rings to date a tree, and you don’t even have to cut them in half first.
What you do is work out what they call the Mac’s secondary modifier key. This is trickier to do than you might think, as evidenced by how I had to come up with that awkward description rather than name it myself and so skew your response.
To a modern Mac user, you see, it’s the Alt key. To a more seasoned veteran, it’s Option, and to the true keepers of the flame, it’s the Closed Apple key.
It’s always fun, incidentally, watching people get one-upped when they try to pull the Mac old-timer card. You know the kind of thing I mean; someone posts to a forum saying that while they know how to type an acute accent on a Mac by tapping Alt-E, they’d like to know how to get an umlaut. The reply comes that they should tap Alt-U, and by the way it’s not actually called the Alt key, it’s called Option. But then, as sure as night follows day...

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Train for a marathon like a pro with these apps

Want to run a marathon? There’s an app for that! Just kidding—if only it were that easy, right? While there’s no single app that can absolutely take you from lazy couch potato to marathon finisher, there are several apps that can help you in your quest to run the absurd distance of 26.2 miles. Because marathons are so taxing, even the most seasoned runners still need to train—constantly.I am not a distance runner, but fitness expert, personal trainer, and endurance athlete Crystal Hadnott—who has run 12 full marathons and more than 50 half marathons since 2006— absolutely is. Here are the apps she uses to help her stay motivated, on track, and in marathon-running shape.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Google's Chrome Remote Desktop app lands on iOS

Google Chrome has a lot of fancy features built-in or available through extensions. One of those awesome additions is Chrome Remote Desktop—but until this week, the feature was limited to computers running the Chrome browser itself or Android devices. Now, however, iOS users can get in on the remote desktop action as well.
Google recently rolled out a Chrome Remote Desktop app for iOS that is compatible with any iPhone or iPad running iOS 7.0 or later. Although it will work on any Apple device, Google says the app is optimized for the iPhones 5, 6, and 6 Plus....

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Apple patent reveals plans for a GoPro competitor

GoPro shareholders are panicking after Apple’s patent application for a wearable camera was approved. One look at Apple’s plans shows why—the application details a GoPro-like wearable perfect for action shots and underwater recording. Apple even takes aim at GoPro in the patent filing.

Apple criticized GoPro in a patent filing for wearable cameras.

Apple might not ever make a wearable camera, but if it does, it’ll be a GoPro on steroids. The patent covers a camera that can be mounted to bike helmets and scuba masks or fastened to motorcycles and surfboards. The patent also details plans for waterproofing so an iPhone could be used to take underwater snapshots.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Leaked screenshots offer first look at Apple Watch...

We already knew you can’t use an Apple Watch without an iPhone, but 9to5Mac just uncovered screenshots of an Apple Watch “Companion” app for iOS that will manage the apps on your Apple Watch and how it interacts with your iPhone.
Just like you can tweak your iPhone’s home screen by tethering to your Mac and dragging icons around in iTunes, you’ll be able to move icons around in the Companion app to reorder them on your Apple Watch. The Companion app will also let you slap a fancy monogram on your watch’s face, or even enable a red dot on the top of the watch’s screen when a sniper has you in his sights you have unread notifications....

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SKEYE Nano Drone Quadcopter for $34.99

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Bluetooth SIG promotes Apple's Joakim Linde to...

The Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group) has announced several appointments within its board of directors, including the promotion of Apple's Joakim Linde to secretary. Linde has been with the SIG for some time, but his new role may give him -- and Apple -- more influence over the direction of the Bluetooth standard. At Apple, he serves as a senior wireless architect....

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InvenSense hit with lawsuit over concessions in...

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BuQu Battery Case for iPhone 6 - Easy to Install and...

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Rumor: Apple's 'iPhone 6s' could ship...

With over half a year remaining before Apple is expected to unveil its next-generation iPhone, a fresh rumor out of Taiwan suggests that the company may be considering a new dual-lens camera system and the addition of "Force Touch," the pressure-sensitive touch technology set to be introduced in the Apple Watch.

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Goodbye Free on iTunes: Apple Stops its Weekly Song...

The free song of the week promotion Apple offered through the iTunes Store for years went from a big badge to a small text link, and now is gone completely. Searching for free songs doesn't turn up anything, either, and comments in Apple's own forums claim Free on iTunes-at least for music-has officially come to an end.

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Apple Watch Internal Hardware Might Be Upgradeable...

The Apple community of observers has been in a quandary. How can Apple sell a luxury Apple Watch with expectations of enduring beauty and yet continue to upgrade its capabilities with new models without annoying the purchaser? One solution would be to make the just the inside electronics replaceable.

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AllCast media streamer makes leap to iOS

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Apple axes long-running 'Single of the Week...

Ten years after giving away its first song, Apple has reportedly wound down the "Single of the Week" program that offered iTunes users a chance to download a free track from up-and-coming artists.

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Quanta ramping up production of 12-inch MacBook Air...

Taiwan-based supplier Quanta Computer has entered into "volume" production of Apple's upcoming 12-inch MacBook Air, according to supply chain sources. The laptop is reportedly on track to ship in the first quarter of the year, despite other rumors pointing to the second quarter. The new sources say that Quanta has escalated recruitment efforts in order to speed up production....

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Facebook will display Amber Alerts in News Feeds

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Briefly: Chrome Remote Desktop for iOS, CBS News iOS...

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Apple quietly ends Single of the Week promo on iTunes

Apple appears to have ended its Single of the Week promotion on iTunes, visitors note. No tracks have been offered in the first two weeks of 2015, and a person on Apple's support forums claims to have been told by iTunes Support that the company has officially dropped the initiative. It's missing from iTunes Stores across the globe....

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Tuesday January 13

15:50
Android 5.0 Lollipop still hard to find, full of...

Google's Android team has advised outside security researchers that it will no longer fix security bugs found in Jelly Bean or earlier releases, despite the fact that "pre-KitKat 4.4" software powers the majority of active users' devices currently accessing Google Play. Meanwhile, less than 0.1 percent of Android users have received Android 5.0, and those who have report an "unfinished/unpolished" experience.

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12:32
Hands On: Chrome Remote Desktop (OS X, iOS)

Imagine squeezing your retina iMac screen down onto an iPhone 5. You can do it. It might look a bit silly and initially you might wonder why you'd bother, but it has long been possible to see and remotely control your Macs and PCs on even your iPhone. Now Google has released Chrome Remote Desktop for iOS and you can do it for free. You'll do it, too: try this once and you will forever keep finding other reasons why it's incredibly useful. It's fantastic when you forget a file, for instance, and can now just find and email it to yourself from afar. And it will save your soul, your sanity and yo......

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12:24
InvenSense hit with lawsuit over concessions in...

A new lawsuit filed against gyroscope and accelerometer supplier for Apple, InvenSense, accuses the company of failing to tell investors about the concessions it made to secure a recent deal. InvenSense parts are used in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus; executives should have warned investors, the suit alleges, that Apple was given a "sweetheart deal" that would hurt profits. "Instead of revealing the true condition of the company and its prospects, defendants hid those facts from investors and chose to issue strong guidance and paint a picture of a bright future with a new mega-customer," the complai......

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12:04
Rumor: Apple's 'iPhone 6s' could ship...

With over half a year remaining before Apple is expected to unveil its next-generation iPhone, a fresh rumor out of Taiwan suggests that the company may be considering a new dual-lens camera system and the addition of "Force Touch," the pressure-sensitive touch technology set to be introduced in the Apple Watch.

| Read more »
10:34
AllCast media streamer makes leap to iOS

A new port of AllCast, a popular Android app, has just been released for iOS. The title lets users stream personal photo, video, and music libraries to a variety of platforms, not just the Apple TV, the only format natively supported by Apple. Some compatible targets include Chrome, Chromecast, Fire TV, Roku, WDTV, Xbox One/Xbox 360, and various platforms compatible with DLNA....

| Read more »
09:59
Apple axes long-running 'Single of the Week...

Ten years after giving away its first song, Apple has reportedly wound down the "Single of the Week" program that offered iTunes users a chance to download a free track from up-and-coming artists.

| Read more »
09:23
Quanta ramping up production of 12-inch MacBook Air...

Taiwan-based supplier Quanta Computer has entered into "volume" production of Apple's upcoming 12-inch MacBook Air, according to supply chain sources. The laptop is reportedly on track to ship in the first quarter of the year, despite other rumors pointing to the second quarter. The new sources say that Quanta has escalated recruitment efforts in order to speed up production....

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09:16
Hands On: Toca Hair Salon 2 (iOS)

Makeover apps tend to be somewhat serious, and are generally geared toward adults. Instead of being a fun game, they tend to be more akin to photo-editing software, which is generally pretty complex and low on the amusement scale. Toca Boca, however, has stepped forth with Toca Hair Salon 2, a makeover game that offers a lot to younger gamers or future beauticians....

| Read more »
09:07
Facebook will display Amber Alerts in News Feeds

Facebook will start to post into its users News Feed alerts about missing children in the future, in an effort to locate them. A partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children will involve the social network showing Amber Alerts to Facebook users located in specific search areas, both on mobile devices and desktops....

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08:15
Briefly: Chrome Remote Desktop for iOS, CBS News iOS...

Google has expanded its Chrome Remote Desktop app to include iOS compatibility. Now available for download on iTunes, iOS users can now orchestrate accessing their desktop computer for free by downloading the accompanying Chrome browser app. Chrome Remote Access has been available for Android users since last year....

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08:08
Apple quietly ends Single of the Week promo on iTunes

Apple appears to have ended its Single of the Week promotion on iTunes, visitors note. No tracks have been offered in the first two weeks of 2015, and a person on Apple's support forums claims to have been told by iTunes Support that the company has officially dropped the initiative. It's missing from iTunes Stores across the globe....

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07:52
Samsung takes on Apple's iPhone 6 Plus with all...

South Korean electronics giant Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy A7, the latest entry in the company's premium all-metal Galaxy A series that brings a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display, 2 gigabytes of RAM and an 8-core application processor.

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