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Tuesday April 1

03:59
The Northern Spy: don your computers

By Rick Sutcliffe
Wearable computing technology has been the "latest" buzz longer than most ideas (indeed longer than some ideas endure from conception to death), generating endless speculation about who will bring out what product in the genre and when.
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03:53
Apple is granted a Patent for one of their Most...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 51 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover one of the most important gesturing inventions that define Apple's revolutionary iDevices. This is a classic patent invented by Greg Christie. We noted in a report that we posted last week that back In February 2005, the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs gave senior software engineer Greg Christie

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03:44
Online video the most important video source for...

Over 50% of U.S. broadband households now use paid over-the-top (OTT) video services, either subscription or transactional, according to research from Parks Associates (http://www.parksassociates.com). The firm also notes 37% of consumers 18-24 say online video is their most important video source.
"Parks Associates research shows 45% of U.S. broadband households subscribe to a paid online video service, with younger consumers such as Millennials more likely than older consumers to use OTT services," says John Barrett, director, Consumer Analytics, Parks Associates.
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03:38
iPad Air, iPad mini with LTE available in China

Apple has announced TD-LTE capable models of the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display that bring LTE performance to customers in China.
They join TD-LTE also accommodate the TD-SCDMA mobile standard, and join existing iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display WLAN + Cellular models in support of Personal Hotspot connectivity and other advanced cellular technology (GSM/EDGE, DC-HSDPA, HSPA+) to provide Chinese customers cellular access to whichever iPad model they choose.

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03:34
CleverFiles announces Disk Drill 2.2 (plus a special...

CleverFiles (www.cleverfiles.com) has released Disk Drill 2.2, an update to its Mac OS X data recovery software.
Disk Drill allows you to save HFS+ metadata, preserve copies of trashed files, monitor internal and external drive S.M.A.R.T. status, and rescue files from almost any type of storage device. Version 2.2, a free upgrade to current users, adds partition rebuilding and recovery algorithms as well as adds a set of new file signatures to Deep Scan.
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03:34
einstein's legacy introduces MovieBriefs 1.0.1

einstein's legacy has announced MovieBriefs 1.0.1. It's an update of the Mac OS X video utility for creating image contact sheets from your movies by extracting up to 400 images and displaying them in an onscreen grid.  
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03:23
Red Giant announces upcoming Magic Bullet Looks 2.5

Red Giant has unveiled Magic Bullet Looks 2.5, an upcoming free update for current users of Looks and the Red Giant Color Suite. The free update includes new color correction tools, better previewing of presets, and a major bump in speed.  
Magic Bullet Looks 2.5 will be available in Q2 as a free upgrade for current users of Magic Bullet Looks 2. Learn more about the Magic Bullet Looks 2.5 upgrade at http://redgiant.com/magicbulletupgrade.

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03:15
Apple vs Samsung patent jury selected, Phil Schiller...

Image: Mobile Magazine
The jury for the second Apple vs Samsung patent case has now been selected after a number of potential jurors were dismissed for possible bias. Apple is seeking damages of up to $40 per device sold for those Samsung phones and tablets it says violate up to five Apple patents, while Samsung is counter-claiming that Apple devices violate two of its own patents.
Unlike the previous trial, in which the similarity of Samsung’s hardware to iPhones and iPads was a key issue, the patents in dispute here are all software ones, and include standard Android features, leading some to suggest that Google is the real target in this case.
Trying to find unbiased jurors in Silicon Valley was never...

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03:06
Recommended Reading: 'iPad and iPhone Kung Fu...

"iPad and iPhone Kung Fu" is a fun read with over 300 tips, tricks, hints, and hacks to help you make the most of your iDevice. You can learn to, for instance, learn the secrets of FaceTime, Maps, Safari, and Mail and transform your Apple device into a go-to office tool, as well as tighten security to deter theft.
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02:59
Study claims smartphone kill switches could save $2....

Owners of smartphones could collectively save an estimated $2.6 billion annually if "kill switches" are made available for all mobile devices, a new study claims. The system, which would in theory make a smartphone unusable once triggered, could lead to lower sales of insurance policies, and potentially a rise in the sales of more basic insurance schemes....  ...

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01:46
Apple Granted an Attachable Camera Lens Patent in...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 51 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a patent that just came to light as a patent application two weeks ago. We covered it extensively in our report titled "Apple Reveals New Camera Lens Attachment System for iDevices." This has got to be one of the fastest patent approvals I've ever seen. Does this ...

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00:58
Visionaries of the tech world who foresaw Apple...

April first is historically a day to honor brilliant minds who have shared their genius with the world. So many of these have contributed their opinions on Apple over the years that there's not even enough space on the Internet to acknowledge all of their meaty chunks of cerebral output, but here are a few nuggets of wisdom from the tech sector's most elite thinkers.  ...

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00:17
Apple may use bayonet mounts for interchangeable...

Apple is investigating the use of bayonet lens mounts -- one of the most common lens attachment mechanisms used in modern photography -- in its iOS device lineup, suggesting the company is mulling interchangeable lens accessories for its iOS device lineup.  ...

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Monday March 31

23:18
Apple acquires DIY firm iFixit

Do-it-yourself repair company iFixit, which has in the past been hard on Apple's repair policies, on Tuesday announced it has been purchased by Apple for an undisclosed amount.    ...

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22:13
How Gmail happened: the inside story of its launch...

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If you wanted to pick a single date to mark the beginning of the modern era of the web, you could do a lot worse than choosing Thursday, April 1, 2004, the day Gmail launched.

Scuttlebutt that Google was about to offer a free email service had leaked out the day before. But the idea of the search kingpin doing email was still startling, and the alleged storage capacity of 1GB—500 times what Microsoft’s Hotmail offered—seemed downright implausible. So when Google issued a press release date-stamped April 1, an awful lot of people briefly took it to be a really good hoax. (Including me.)

Gmail turned out to be real, and revolutionary. And a decade’s worth of perspective only makes it look more momentous.

I still remember getting that Google press release and thinking, “This is the stupidest April Fool’s Day prank ever.”
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22:12
iPhone 6 displays could go into mass production next...


Reuters is reporting that the displays for the next-generation iPhone could go into mass production as soon as May, with Japan Display, LG, and Sharp all said to be working on them. Previous reports indicated that the iPhone 6 would be available in two different sizes: 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches. According to today’s new report, however, the larger model could see delays of several months due to manufacturing difficulties.
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22:05
Apple to Reportedly Release 4.7-Inch iPhone 6 This...

Apple is set to begin mass production of the 4.7-inch display to be used in the iPhone 6 this May in preparation for the device’s general release this fall, according to a new report from Reuters. Citing supply chain sources, the report also states that the much rumored 5.5-inch version of the iPhone could be delayed due to difficulties with in-cell production technology, and is likely to commence several months after the initial production of the 4.7-inch displays. Japan Display Inc, Sharp Corp and South Korea’s LG Display Co Ltd have all been tapped to make the screens, said the sources, who asked not to be identified. …But due to difficulties with in-cell production technology for the larger 5.5-inch size, one of the sources said, a decision was made to begin mass production with the 4.7-inch version alone. Production of 5...

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21:52
Survey: iOS gamers prefer 'freemium' games...

A new study from Wild Tangent and IHS Technology has found that iOS gamers overwhelmingly prefer free games with ads -- so called "freemium" games -- over paid but ad-free game apps. A total of 86 percent of the 500 respondents sampled in the survey said they preferred free games with ads over paid games, with 70 percent preferring advertising-support games, while the other 16 percent preferred ad-supported games that offered in-app purchases (IAPs) to buy equipment, levels and other items.... ...

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21:26
Reuters: Production of 'iPhone 6' screens...

Apple is preparing to ramp up production of displays bound for next-generation iPhones which, according to Reuters, will launch this fall in 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch varieties.  ...

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20:43
FontExplorer X Pro 4.2 - Font management software. (...

FontExplorer X Pro is optimized for professional use; it's the solution that gives you the power you need to manage all your fonts. Now you can more easily manage, activate and organize your existing font collection as well as find and experiment with new fonts. Whether you've got a hard drive full of typefaces or a few cherished families, FontExplorer X Pro handles your font library quickly, efficiently and reliably. And when you're ready to add to your collection, you can view thousands of classic designs and the latest releases from independent foundries using the integrated store. FontExplorer X Pro features an enhanced user interface with a configurable toolbar, activation control, comprehensive font information at your fingertips, customizable font previews, back-up functionality and access to FontExplorer X Server. Used together, FontExplorer X Pro and FontExplorer X Server are your complete solution for organizing, exploring and buying fonts and managing...

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20:30
Briefly: LaCie Fuel wireless hard drive, wood bumper...

Seagate Technology has announced the upcoming availability of its newest capacity option of the LaCie brand hard drive Fuel. A wireless hard drive with a 2TB capacity, the LaCie Fuel is intended for users who would benefit from a large storage capacity, such as journalists, photographers and bloggers. Offering the same features as the 1TB model, the LaCie Fuel includes the ability to wirelessly stream content to up to five devices without an internet connection, wireless hotspot creation, Airplay compatibility, and a 10 hour battery life. The LaCie Fuel 2TB can be reordered through the LaCie o... ...

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20:08
RIAA to Sue NSA over Illicit Media Copies

Among the NSA revelations that have recently leaked are details of the agency’s purloined media trove — and the contents spell bad news for Apple. 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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20:08
ExtraBITS for 1 April 2014

We have three quick ExtraBITS for you today, starting with the return to the App Store of the essential password utility PassScreen, Apple finally giving a nod to the wearable market, and “Take Control of Your Passwords” author Joe Kissell talking about password security on Oprah. 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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20:07
TidBITS Watchlist for 1 April 2014

Notable software releases today include Firefox 104, Mac Pro ATS Update 1.0, Pages 5.1.1, and Jamiroquai 5.2.143.78.1. 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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20:06
7 Reasons Apple’s iCar Is Delayed: Is the iCar...

A Goldman Sachs analyst has given TidBITS the inside scoop on why the iCar may never hit the road. Will these setbacks finish off the beleaguered tech giant’s “next big thing”? 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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20:05
FunBITS: Super Mario Bros. 3 Disappoints on iPad and...

Nintendo has answered the call of its fans and has brought one of its classic titles, Super Mario Bros. 3, to the iPhone and iPad. But Josh Centers thinks maybe that wasn’t such a great idea. 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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20:04
NSA to Sponsor Low Cost Mobile Phone Plan

Newly revealed documents from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden show that the NSA plans to create a mobile virtual network operator that will offer inexpensive mobile phone plans. The tradeoff is obvious, but might consumers still jump at the price? 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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20:03
Install and Run OS X 10.9 Mavericks on the iPad Air

If you’ve ever wanted to run Mac OS X on your iPad, you now have your chance. TidBITS has discovered a well-hidden way to install 10.9 Mavericks on an iPad Air, hinting at the possibility of ARM-based Macs. 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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20:02
Are Comcast and the NSA Locking Horns over Bandwidth?

Consumer advocates have derided Comcast for putting the squeeze on Netflix, but is the company perhaps becoming an unexpected ally of privacy advocates by putting the same squeeze on the U.S. government? 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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20:01
United Nations employs iBeacons, app to create...

To help promote awareness of land mines and international efforts to clear them from former battlefields around the world, a museum in New York City will be hosting an exhibit utilizing Apple's iBeacon technology, headphones and an iOS or Android app to create a "virtual minefield." The idea, part of the UN International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action being held on April 4, is to allow users to experience the fear of land mines.... ...

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19:55
Apple announces Q2 2014 earnings call, increases App...

Apple has announced its earnings call for the second fiscal quarter of 2014. The call will be April 23 at 2 p.m., and an audio webcast will be available.

In addition to this, Apple also sent out an email to developers letting them know that because...

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19:45
Daily Deals for March 31, 2014, featuring the Media...

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

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19:22
iPhone 5s vs. HTC One M8: Which camera is better?

Speaking as an amateur photographer, I think Allyson Kazmucha did a great job with this comparison. Looking at the pics, I don’t think the panoramas were a tie—the iPhone 5s won that.
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18:43
OkCupid urges boycott of Mozilla over CEOs gay...

“Mozilla’s new CEO, Brendan Eich, is an opponent of equal rights for gay couples,” the message said. “We would therefore prefer that our users not use Mozilla software to access OkCupid.”

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18:11
Briefly: Crackle, Rdio, receive Chromecast support

Movie and TV show streaming app, Crackle, has received an update today. Central to the app's update is its new support for Google Chromecast, allowing Crackle users to stream content from its service through to one's Chromecast device ($35), and view content on one's HDTV. Crackle features a wide variety of video media for free, including original content such as Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. Available for iOS and Android devices, Crackle is free to download....  ...

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17:55
China now selling TD-LTE compatible iPad Air, iPad...

Apple has revealed that China Mobile and its other Chinese telecom partners -- along with its own stores and resellers -- are carrying a special model of the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display that is specific to the Chinese market, and compatible with the country's proprietary TD-SCDMA wireless standard, meaning new iPad buyers can now use the tablets on China's limited TD-LTE cellular network, which is mostly limited to the biggest cities. The Chinese iPads are separate models from the ones sold outside China.... ...

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17:31
Japan to Fire Off Emails in Event of Incoming Missile


Starting April 1, Japan's Fire and Disaster Management Agency will send email alerts to residents' phones should North Korea start lobbing missiles. The messages would be sent using the nation's already-functional J-Alert, a free system designed to notify people about earthquakes and tsunamis. The missile-warning service is aimed specifically at those who use NTT Docomo, KDDI au and Softbank Mobile devices. Information contained in the missile messages would include the direction of the missile(s), and whether or not an evacuation is needed.

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17:05
[Sponsor] Crashlytics — The Most Powerful, Real-time...

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Our platform is designed for scale and enterprise-level security. Trusted by apps like Square, Amazon, Yelp and Path, we offer unlimited developer seats at no cost! Enjoy it on us.

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16:54
Apple schedules fiscal Q2 earnings call for April 23

Apple has announced that it will release its Q2 results and hold its quarterly conference call with analysts on April 23 after the markets close. The company's fiscal second quarter, which just ended, is traditionally a difficult one for the company -- at least from an analyst's perspective. Sales, while still growing year-over-year and extremely robust by the standards of nearly any other company, fall precipitously from the previous holiday quarter. Apple's Q1 saw $57.6 billion in revenue, but the company guided analysts that it expects between $42 billion and $44 billion for this quarter.... ...

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16:53
Designer Marc Newson “wouldn’t be seen dead wearing...

“What Google have done thus far, I wouldn’t be seen dead wearing. It really looks pretty stupid,” he said.

Indeed.

Via Om]
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16:37
Jury selected for second California Apple v. Samsung...

After a day-long selection process, the jury for Apple's second California patent trial against Samsung has been decided and proceedings are set to kick off on Tuesday with Apple's first witness: the company's SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller.  ...

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15:50
Voxeet 3DHD audio service comes to the Mac

Starting April 2, immersive audio conferencing provider Voxeet will make available for the first time a Mac version of its free 3DHD wide band audio service. It will require Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks or later.
Originally designed for mobile devices, Voxeet's conference call service has been expanding its audio offering to laptops and desktop softphones. The latest version (2.0) also includes dial-in functionality that lets customers use public switched telephone network (PSTN) numbers in more than 40 countries. You can learn more at Voxeet.com.

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15:41
Apple rolls out TD-LTE iPad Air, Retina iPad mini...

Apple on Monday announced it has started sales of TD-LTE equipped iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display models in China, specifically granting China Mobile users access to next-generation 4G high-speed mobile Internet.  ...

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15:39
iPad Air & iPad mini with LTE available in China

Great news for China.
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15:34
Apple Launches iPad Air and iPad mini with TD-LTE...

Apple announced on Monday (technically, the announcement was made on Tuesday in China) the release of TD-LTE models of iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina Display in China. The models will increase Apple's footprint in China, where cellular networks have been built with different wireless technologies than the rest of the world.

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15:30
A wounded iPhone

There's something about seeing an iPhone with chunks of its front entirely missing -- and the phone still function as intended -- that makes them seem like Terminator robots.

[Photo credit: Pankaj Kaushal]...

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15:23
Apple launches TD-LTE iPad Air and Retina iPad mini...


Apple has released new versions of the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display in China to support the area’s TD-LTE networks. This brings high-speed capable versions of the late-2013 iPad models to China for the first time:
BEIJING―April 1, 2014―Apple® today announced TD-LTE capable models of iPad Air™ and iPad mini™ with Retina® display, bringing high-speed LTE performance* to iPad® customers in China, are available starting today. The new iPad models give customers the ability to connect to today’s most advanced cellular data networks at blazingly fast speeds, so users can surf the web or download email and apps even faster. iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display models supporting TD-LTE also accommodate the TD-SCDMA mobile standard, and...

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15:19
Apple Schedules Q2 Conference Call for April 23rd

Apple announced on Monday that it will hold its March quarter conference call with analysts on Wednesday, April 23rd, at 5:00 PM EDT. The march quarter is Apple's 2nd fiscal quarter, and the event will be webcast.

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15:11
Jury picked in Apple vs. Samsung trial, Schiller to...

[Update: jury finalized, Phil Schiller to be first witness] Jury selection is now in progress as part of the second Apple versus Samsung patent trial, this one covering a different set of patents than were covered in the first trial in 2012. Juror candidates -- some of them clearly eager to avoid serving -- are being questioned about any stock holdings in either company, whether they know anyone who works for Apple or Samsung (or their respective attorney's firms) and of course what brand of tablets, smartphones, computers and televisions they own.... ...

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15:02
Fresh renders of the thin and wide iPhone 6 look...

Render: Nowhereelse.fr
With the rash of iPhone 6 rumors hitting the wires lately, the expression “where there’s smoke, there’s fire” could become extremely relevant around this time of year.
The months leading up to an iPhone announcement (expected in September, in the case of the iPhone 6) are filled with leaks from Apple’s supply chain. Parts, pieces and components become increasingly harder to hide as the company begins to manufacture millions of devices. Manufacturing partner Foxconn (a.k.a. Hon Hai Precision Co.) has the capacity to build as many as half a million iPhones per day at its peak, and as it does, leaks become inevitable.
Armed with leaks of...

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15:00
Why Apple should buy Starbucks

Am I taking crazy pills, or did the internet just give me two hilarious pie-in-the-sky Apple acquisition articles in the span of three days?

On March 26th, The Street posted an argument for why Apple should throw down the cash to buy Netflix. Not to...

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14:49
Apple raises international App Store prices to...

Apple on Monday notified developers that App Store pricing for five currencies will be changing within the next 24 hours, with the adjustments serving to acclimate the digital store to fluctuating exchange rates.  ...

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14:30
The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for March 31, 2014

It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get some the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world.

You can listen to today's...

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14:15
PSA: Pebble for iOS v.2.1 update contains critical...

According to a support forum post, the latest update to the Pebble app for iOS contains a critical issue that prevents the application from working. The company is working on a fix, but, in the meantime, it is asking users to delay installing the...

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14:14
Johnny Cash, Eighties Man

Johnny Cash is one of the best ever. I wish I could have met him.
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14:13
World Backup Day Is March 31, How Do You Protect...

Today is World Backup Day, specifically chosen to keep someone from losing data and becoming an April Fool. Today, solutions for backing up and protecting data are less expensive and less complicated than ever before. Take a moment and find out more about

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14:12
Apple's fiscal Q2 earnings call scheduled for...

Apple on Monday announced it will reveal quarterly earnings results for the second fiscal quarter of 2014 on Apr. 23, with the usual question and answer session to follow directly thereafter.   ...

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14:11
Apple to Announce Q2 2014 Earnings on April 23

Apple updated its investor relations page today to note that it will announce its earnings for the second fiscal quarter (first calendar quarter) of 2014 on Wednesday, April 23. The earnings release typically occurs just after 4:30 PM Eastern Time following the close of regular stock trading, and the conference call is scheduled to follow at 5:00 PM Eastern / 2:00 PM Pacific. MacRumors will provide running coverage of the earnings release and conference call. The release will provide a look at sales of the iPad Air and Retina iPad mini sales during their second quarter of availability as well as iPhone 5s and 5c sales through the first three months of 2014. Apple reported a record number of iPhone/iPad sales during first quarter of 2014, at 51 million iPhones and 26 million iPads. In its fiscal first-quarter earnings call, Apple guided expected revenue of $42-44...

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14:10
Is this the iPhone 6′s rear bezel?

While this one lands squarely in the rumor department, someone posted what might be the first photos of a bona fide iPhone 6 to microblogging service Weibo (via Nowhereelse.fr and BGR)
It might only be the rear casing, but these photos look like they could be the real deal.
What’s your take? Any Chinese readers care to translate the on-screen text to the left of the first image? Any pixel pushers care to grok the EXIF data? Start sleuthing and post your discoveries in the comments.
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14:00
Square Jellyfish Tablet Tripod Mount and Jelly Long...

Last week at Macworld/iWorld 2014 I had the opportunity to be a speaker, doing a presentation on Friday afternoon about Siri and The Internet of Things. One of the benefits of being a speaker at this conference is a "swag bag" full of goodies from...

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13:56
Apple to hold second quarter earnings call on April...


 
Apple has just announced that it will hold its quarterly investor conference call on April 23rd at 5 PM. As usual, Apple executives will go over all of the sales and earnings for the second quarter of 2014. The company will also likely continue teasing “new product categories” to be announced later this year.
The first half of FY2014 hasn’t been especially full of new Apple products. Instead, the company has focused on revising its existing lineup. It launched an 8 GB iPhone 5c in five markets to...

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13:41
∞ Bennie and the Jets

One of Elton’s best songs.

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13:37
Google Seeks Pokémon Master for Google Maps Team

OK, PokÃmon Masters, here's your chance to put what those doubting Thomases so maliciously characterized as your "misspent youth." Google, it seems, is looking for a PokÃmon Master to join its Google Maps team. Unrelated (we're just sure), it's already April 1st in Australia. In any event, Tatsuo Nomura, "Advanced PokÃmon Trainer" for Google, made a blog post for the company promoting the PokÃmon Challenge for Google Maps in conjunction with Nintendo. To be clear, this is an April Fool's prank, but it involves a real game that has been hidden inside Google Maps for iOS and Android. There's a 150 PokÃmon hidden within the map, and you have until April 2nd to catch 'em all.

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13:30
Want to own the computer that inspired the Apple II...

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but it's also an important part of innovation. In keeping with that idea we'd like to draw your attention to this wonderful rare eBay listing. A seller in Louisiana is offering up a working SOL-20...

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13:22
Several potential jurors dismissed from Apple v...

As the latest patent dispute between Apple and Samsung kicked off in court today, the search for unbiased jury members to serve with Judge Koh began today resulting in a standing room-only environment in the court room with over 100 potential jurors summoned.
While the process begins with a number of prospective jurors, the first day is meant to dismiss those with a preconceived bias against either party involved for any reason.
If today’s reporting from several different case watchers is any indication, finding an unbiased jury without any connection to Apple, Samsung, or Google in California is easier said than done.
The first few potential jurors to be dismissed expressed that they had...

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13:21
T-Mobile shutters employee discount Advantage Program

T-Mobile CEO John Legere has announced in a blog post that it is no longer offering its Advantage Program to new customers, and will discontinue the program to existing users. The employer rate plan discount program used "employees as bargaining chips" to close contracts, and the CEO believes that the excision of the program helps with the company in "simplifying wireless for everyone."...  ...

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13:17
Apple’s A7 Processor Truly ‘Desktop Class’, iOS Apps...

Anandtech provides a detailed analysis of Apple's A7 (ARM-based) mobile processor which was introduced in the iPhone 5s. The latest information and analysis comes from Apple's own code changes to the LLVM Compiler project. While Anandtech goes into great detail on the architecture of the A7 chip and how it compares to the A6, they conclude that the A7 chip is indeed -- as Apple claimed -- "desktop class" and "the rest of the players in the ultra mobile CPU space didn't aim high enough". In fact, they found that there are almost no iOS apps that take full advantage of the A7 processor. The processor even seems overpowered for the current devices in both RAM bottlenecks and battery consumption. Qualcomm chief...

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12:37
iOS Users Overwhelmingly Prefer Free Games With...

The majority of iOS users prefer iOS games that are available for free and supported with advertisements, according to a new study conducted by Wild Tangent in collaboration with analytics firm IHS Technology. The survey, which queried 500 iOS users, saw 86 percent of respondents state that they prefer free games with ads over paid games without ads. Broken down, 70 percent of respondents preferred free games supported by advertising, while 16 percent were in favor of freemium games with the option to pay for levels. Just 14 percent of those surveyed preferred iOS games that required money upfront to download. When asked about their preference for the types of games online gamers preferred, advertising supported games were chosen by the vast majority of those surveyed. 70% of respondents said they preferred free games supported by advertising and 16%...

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12:33
Groupon and Amazon Offer 64GB iPad mini WiFi +...

Groupon and Amazon are both offering 64GB iPad minis (with WiFi + Cellular) at a pretty significant discount. Groupon has one bundled with a JBO speaker dock for $479.99, while Amazon has a few in stock for $469. Bryan Chaffin has the details.

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12:30
TUAW at Macworld/iWorld 2014: Hider 2 from MacPaw...

The best way to make sure that nobody steals or reads documents on your Mac that you don't want to share is to make them invisible. That's what Hider 2 from MacPaw Software accomplishes quickly and easily! The app isn't live in the Mac App Store...

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12:17
FCC opens up 100MHz of Wi-Fi bandwidth for public use

In a unanimous vote, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is opening up 100MHz in the lower part of the 5GHz spectrum for new-build Wi-Fi devices. The bandwidth opening is intended to increase traffic and capacity in public venues like parks and libraries....  ...

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11:05
Not satisfied with providing recipes, Appetites...

When I’m not tapping out articles in front of a computer, I’m usually in a kitchen, whipping up something to eat. Usually that means old reliables, but I like to mix it up now and then by trying a new recipe. But usually there’s something standing between me and expanding my culinary horizons: the ingredient list. More recipes than I care to name have what I’ve grown to call “The Deal Killer”—a single, necessary ingredient that I don’t have and can’t procure without undertaking a Joseph Campbell-style hero’s journey.
The makers of Appetites, an iOS app offering step-by-step cooking instructions, must run into that problem a lot. Because the next update to Appetites will introduce a feature that should appeal to home cooks who always wanted to try that marinated seared tuna but don't happen to have the sambal olek the recipe requires: ingredient delivery....

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12:00
TUAW at Macworld/iWorld 2014: Creaceed Emulsio in...

So you've just finished shooting a bunch of video with your iPhone, iPad, or maybe even a GoPro camera. That video is sitting on your iPad, and there's only one problem with it -- it's shaking all over the place. Shaky video isn't a problem anymore...

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11:42
Apple hikes App Store prices in Australia, India,...

Apple is raising iOS and Mac App Store prices in several countries, according to an email memo sent to developers. The hikes will impact Australia, India, Indonesia, Turkey, and South Africa. Apple blames the change on fluctuations in exchange rates, which the company adjusts for on a regular basis....   ...

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11:36
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 31...

Notable software releases this week include DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.7.4, Skype 6.15, Fluid 1.8.2, Keyboard Maestro 6.4, Retrospect 11.0.1, Downcast 1.0.11, and PopChar X 6.5. 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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11:35
Briefly: PluralEyes 3.5, Shade 3D 14.1.1

Red Giant announced today the release of its updated audio/video sync tool for Shooter Suite, PluralEyes 3.5. Able to analyze the audio from all devices and automatically sync it to video, the editing industry tool aims to save hours and days of work in the audio/video syncing. The latest version of PluralEyes offers improved and expanded support for more media types, and support for AVCHD camera that include support for spanned clips. PluralEyes 3.5 integrates with BulletProof Red Giant's footage backup and preparation tool. BulletProof sends imported footage to PluralEyes when one is ready t... ...

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11:30
Judge Cote grants class action status to consumers...

Reuters is reporting that a federal judge has given consumers the go-ahead to proceed with a class action lawsuit against Apple for colluding with a number of publishing houses to raise the price of e-books.

U.S. District Judge Denise Cote said the...

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11:07
Truck advertising with optical illusions

This is so incredibly cool.
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11:01
The IN1 iPhone Case Holds 9 Tools

Yeah, you're iPhone's super awesome, and all that, but does it have a built-in screw driver? How about scissors? A pen? The folks at IN1 Case are here to change that with their self-titled debut product, the IN1 Case. This thing holds nine different tools right in its casing, including a tooth pick, scissors, tweezers, a nail file, a phillips screw driver, a slotted (flat-head) screw driver, a red pen and a blue pen. If that isn't enough, it also has a built-in stand. Cool, right? It comes in black, white, or a clear model, and you can see all the features in the video below. It's $44.95, and it's available now. Thanks to Geoduck for the heads up.

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11:00
Newsbeat creates a custom newscast for your commute

I've looked at a few news apps over the years that are designed to read the news to you while you commute or travel. Most fall pretty short of ideal, failing in voice quality or news selection.

Newsbeat from Tribune Digital Ventures comes the...

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10:56
Accessibility as innovation

Steven Aquino:

So often, the tech commentariat — and a few of my Android-loving friends — disparage Apple for a perceived “lack” of innovation, arguing that Cupertino has failed to deliver to market anything truly innovative and revolutionary since introducing the original iPad in 2010.

The problem with exclusively tying innovation to hardware is that it misses, obviously, the innovation that can be made in terms of software. More specifically, I contend that an underrated aspect of Apple’s ability to innovate is the strides made by Apple’s Accessibility efforts, particularly on iOS.

What a great article.
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10:44
Cool Products from Macworld/iWorld 2014: Part 1

One of the best parts of walking the show floor at Macworld/iWorld every year in San Francisco is stumbling across the products that raise the pulse of the cynical tech writer. “Oh, that’s cool,” we think, “People will really like that!” Read on for the first installment of our roundup of the products that caught our attention. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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10:11
United Nations uses iBeacons to simulate a minefield...

We’ve been seeing more and more interesting implementations of iBeacons, Apple’s Bluetooth LE standard that opens up a ton of opportunities for location-based experiences as iOS devices communicate with the beacons around them. This, however, might be the most unique use of iBeacons we’ve seen yet:  For the UN’s International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action taking place on April 4, New Museum in New York City will host an exhibit that uses iBeacons to simulate a virtual minefield and let anyone experience the danger of land mines.
Visitors will download an app called Sweeper for iOS or Android that will allow them to experience the fear of land mines as they walk through the space. Here’s how it works:...

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10:09
US Supreme Court hearing arguments about software...

For the first time in over three decades, the US Supreme Court is hearing significant arguments on whether "computer-implemented inventions," otherwise known as software, can be patented. The debate will center around what qualifies for a patent, centering on a debate about a computer system used to handle financial transactions, evaluating risks of default. Despite the suit itself being relatively small, the ruling will set precent for patent law for decades to come....  ...

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10:08
PDFPen and PDFPen Pro for 50% Off - Ends Monday

We have a doozy of a deal for you today, a 50 percent discount on some of our favorite software: PDFPen (US$29.98) and PDFPen Pro ($49.98). Both apps are amazing, and they're made by Smile Software, a great company that has long supported many publications and podcasts, including The Mac Observer, Mac Geek Gab, and Apple Context Machine. So, it's a great deal for great software from a great company. If you need to edit or create PDFs, get 'em while you can, because the deal ends today (Monday).

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10:04
Apple adjusting App Store prices for several...

As it has previously done from time to time, Apple has announced to developers in an email (seen above) that it will be adjusting App Store prices in a number of countries to address changes in foreign exchange rates.
Prices in Australia, India, Indonesia, Turkey, and South Africa that use the currencies listed above will automatically see an increase on the App Store over the following 24 hour period, Apple says.
Apple has also announced prices listed with the Israeli New Shekels and some listings using the New Zealand Dollar will actually see App Store prices decrease per recent changes in the foreign exchange rate.Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: App Store, app store prices, Apple, Australian dollar,...

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10:00
iFixit CEO Kyle Wiens: Apple is doing all it can to...

Like clockwork, anytime Apple releases new hardware, the good folks from iFixit are first in line to pick one up, take it home, and skillfully pry it wide open for the world to see. Over the past few years, Apple has taken ever greater steps (such as...

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09:56
Microsoft's Merry-Making MS-DOS Code Caper


It's the end of another March here in the Linux blogosphere, and that can mean only one thing: the arrival of another April Fools' Day. As if on cue, Microsoft recently made an eminently Fools' Day-worthy move. "On Tuesday, we dusted off the source code for early versions of MS-DOS and Word for Windows," wrote Roy Levin, distinguished engineer and managing director for Microsoft Research Silicon Valley, in a blog post last week. "With the help of the Computer History Museum, we are making this code available to the public for the first time."

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09:49
That Time Steve Wozniak Delivered an iMac and Blew a...

Check out this video of Steve Wozniak once again demonstrating how cool he is. Mr. Wozniak is hand-delivering an iMac that Peter Fraser bought for his daughter Emma, only Emma didn't know it was happening. And despite being a teenager, she thought Woz was the bee's knees, which is cool in and of itself. In any event, according to Gizmodo, Woz and Mr. Fraser only knew each other through email, but Woz thought it would be a great prank. And we all know how Woz loves his pranks. According to Mr. Fraser, "It was like Thomas Edison delivering your light bulbs."

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09:45
Photos show alleged test unit for next-gen iPhone

New photos posted on Chinese site Weibo may show a test unit for the iPhone 6. The images are said to have been leaked from Apple's primary manufacturer, Foxconn, but no other details are available. They are however consistent with recent rumors calling for a thin, iPad mini-like chassis paired with a much larger display. A lens ring appears to protrude from the test unit's camera, much like the Nexus 5 and other phones that have advanced optics such as image stabilization....  ...

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09:37
The simplicity of Apple’s advertising: 1977-1997

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VintageZen:

I’ve collected print ads from Apple, from their earliest days in the late 1970s to the present, which illuminate their continued focus on simplicity in design. In the first part of this two part series, I’ll look at Apple’s first twenty years of advertising.

We often think about Apple’s TV commercials when we talk about their advertising but for many years, it was all about print ads. How many of these do you remember?
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09:30
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Brave Guardians TD [iOS...

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09:05
Rdio, Crackle, & Vudu updated with Chromecast...

Adding to the catalog of Chromecast-supported content, Rdio and Crackle are both adding the ability to play more content from your smartphone, tablet, or browser to your TV today.
Crackle has refreshed its Android and iOS apps with support for Chromecast streaming. The Sony-backed content provider serves up a number of movies and TV shows for free including comedian Jerry Seinfield’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” original.
Video streaming service Vudu has also added Chromecast support in the latest versions of its...

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09:02
MLB At Bat app updated for 2014 season w/ new...

This season will be the first that Major League Baseball uses a new expanded instant replay system that it first announced back in January. Now, the MLB At Bat app for iOS devices has been updated with support for the 2014 season and the new replay system. That means that users of the app will be able to view “every decisive instant replay video clip and review explanation,” the same footage the umpires review, through the app’s Gameday feature. 
A little more on the new replay system from the MLB’s announcement:

MLB’s new system of instant replay dictates which plays are subject to review, how instant replay...

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09:00
Facebook Internet Project: The Skies Have It


Facebook last week announced more detailed plans to bring affordable Internet access to every person on the planet. CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed some fresh details about the work Facebook's Connectivity Lab is carrying out to build drones, satellites and lasers geared to providing connectivity for everyone as part of the Internet.org initiative. The lab has made strong progress, noted Zuckerberg, with projects in the Philippines and Paraguay doubling the number of people who use mobile data connections through Facebook's telecom partners.

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09:00
Hands on with the new Sonos iOS app

I've spent a few weeks using a beta of the new Sonos app which is to be released this spring. Sonos was one of the first companies to embrace the Mac when the company launched its whole-house wireless music solution back in 2002. When Apple allowed...

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08:59
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Case-Mate iPad cases $10,...

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


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08:56
Sketchy iPhone 6 Images Said to be Sourced from...

A set of images posted on Chinese microblogging site Weibo (via GforGames) may depict the iPhone 6 under development at Foxconn. Said to be sourced directly from Apple's manufacturing partner, the images show an iPhone with a slim chassis, rounded corners, and a protruding camera lens, similar to the camera in the iPod touch. The device appears to be taller and potentially wider than the existing iPhone 5s. The design is potentially in line with some leaked facts about the iPhone 6, including the thin size of the device, but the quality of the images makes it difficult to determine the veracity of the iPhone in the picture. The text is unreadable, and though it is hard to see the phone's flash to glean more information, it appears to have rounded design. Apple introduced a much-improved pill-...

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08:45
Satya Nadella sends out company wide email, names...

Satya Nadella formally names Scott Guthrie as EVP of Cloud and Enterprise, Phil Spencer boss of all things Xbox, and Stephen Elop, former Nokia CEO, as EVP Microsoft Devices Group.
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08:44
LaCie Fuel for the iPad, Mac doubles storage capacity

LaCie (www.lacie.com) is doubling the capacity of its Fuel wireless drive for the iPad, iPhone or Mac. Next month it will be available in a 2TB model for US$249.99.
The Fuel provides wireless streaming of up to five devices without an Internet connection. It can create its own Wi-Fi network and act as a hotshot when connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi.
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08:36
Questionable 'iPhone 6' prototype shows...

New snapshots that purport to show a prototype of Apple's so-called "iPhone 6" have emerged from China, though the device pictured bears some bizarre inconsistencies that call its authenticity into question.  ...

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08:34
Macworld/iWorld 2014: Wish You’d Been There

Adam Engst reflects on what it was like to attend Macworld/iWorld 2014, and wishes that everyone in the Apple community could experience what makes Macworld special. 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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08:32
30% of U.S. adults get news on Facebook

According to Pew Research's "State of the News Media," the role that social media plays in the spreading of news isn’t as big as many people tend to believe.
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08:30
Primer on Apple vs. Samsung Part II

Apple and Samsung's second major patent trial gets underway in California today. While the parties involved remain the same, the products and patents at issue are substantially different. Undoubtedly, in the coming weeks we'll be inundated with...

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08:28
PluralEyes to feature improved support for AVCHD...

Red Giant has previewed PluralEyes 3.5, an update to its Shooter Suite’s automated audio/video sync tool. The software analyzes the audio from all devices and automatically syncs them with the touch of a button.
Version 2.5 features improved support for AVCHD cameras, including support for spanned clips. In addition, PluralEyes’ Replace Audio feature now supports many more media types than before.
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08:23
How Dropbox knows when you’re sharing copyrighted...

TechCrunch:

Late last night, a tweet was spread far and wide showing that a DMCA notice had blocked a file from being shared on a Dropbox user’s account.

What was going on? Was Dropbox suddenly doing something sketchy? Were they suddenly lurking around their users’ folders, digging for copyrighted material hiding amongst personal files?

Nope. The system is neither new, nor sketchy. It’s been in place for years.

You may have seen the original tweet fly around on the weekend. As is often the case, if you wait – rather than Chicken Little panic – someone comes up with a good explanation for the “offence”.
...

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08:20
NeoFinder for Mac OS X gets a speed boost, more

Norbert M. Doerner has released a new version (6.5) of NeoFinder (formerly CDFinder) with a speed boost, the ability to catalog more media formats, native support for App Nap in Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks, the addition of catalog thumbnails for RED video files, and more.
NeoFinder is designed to make it easier to keep track of your digital files, photos, songs, movies, fonts on hard disks, USB sticks, server disks, Blu-ray disks, DVD-ROMs, CDs and other digital media. It generates thumbnails and reads metadata during cataloging for search possibilities.
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08:20
Connected Data Opens Up Transporter to App Developers

Transporter "private cloud" storage has announced a developer program to allow integration with apps that wish to sync files via less public methods.

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08:16
Apple and Samsung Face Off in Court as Second Patent...

Apple is seeking more than $2 billion in damages from Samsung in a second patent infringement suit that begins Monday in the US District Court of Northern California with Judge Lucy Koh presiding over the case (Via The Financial Times). This second lawsuit involves new patents and more recent devices than the previous case, which ended with an $890 million judgement in Apple's favor. This latest suit focuses on five utility patents involving software features such as auto-correct, slide-to-unlock and Siri's universal search. Apple lists Samsung's Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Nexus smartphones as infringing devices. Google is expected to take a bigger role in the litigation with testimony from executives such as current vice-president of Android...

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08:02
Alleged iPhone 6 leaked pics show protruding camera

Alleged photos of the iPhone 6 have surfaced on Weibo. The pictures show a large phone that appears to have a metal frame in the middle, capped off on each end by D-shaped pieces with rounded edges. A protruding rear camera with a smaller, circular flash than the iPhone 5s…

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08:01
FunBITS: Macworld/iWorld 2014 Roundup

There wasn’t much gaming to be found on the Macworld/iWorld show floor, but Josh Centers found a number of fun products that might even tip over into the useful category. 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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08:00
No BlackBerry keyboard for you, and other news for...

Sorry folks, it looks like those of you who dreamed of having a BlackBerry-type keyboard for your iPhone will have to just keep on dreaming. The company has won a court order against Ryan Seascrest's Typo iPhone keyboard. The Typo had been expected...

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07:55
NeoOffice 3.4.1 Patch 1 - Mac-tailored, OpenOffice-...

To download NeoOffice from the developer's site, a minimum donation of $10 is required. The developer also mentions that users may download NeoOffice for free via torrents. NeoOffice is a fully-featured set of office applications (including word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, drawing, and database programs) for Mac OS X. Based on the OpenOffice.org office suite, NeoOffice has integrated dozens of native Mac features and can import, edit, and exchange files with other popular office programs such as Microsoft Office. Released as open-source software under the GNU General Public License (GPL), NeoOffice is fully functional and stable enough for everyday use. The software is actively developed, so improvements and small updates are made available on a regular basis. Please consider donating to the NeoOffice project, see the link below on this page.Version 3.4.1 Patch 1: ...

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07:40
Purported iPhone 6 pictures show protruding camera,...


Images posted on Weibo claim to show an iPhone 6 under testing at Foxconn, via GforGames. The validity of these images cannot be confirmed, but the shots do line up with previous rumours. The iPhone 6 depicted here has a protruding camera (similar to the current design of the iPod touch), rounded edges and a considerably thinner profile than the current iPhone 5s.



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07:35
EverWeb, the Easiest Way to Create Websites on Your...

EverWeb is the all new, drag and drop website builder for OS X that combines the ease of use of Apple’s discontinued iWeb with the power features Mac users need to create professional websites. EverWeb requires no coding or technical skills and can create beautiful websites that work on desktop and mobile devices.

EverWeb supports e-commerce websites and one-click publishing to get your website online instantly.

Try a free demo copy of EverWeb and start building your website today!
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07:33
Apps: NeoFinder, HoudahSpot, Porthole

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07:30
World Backup Day: Let's be careful out there

On the old 1980s cop drama "Hill Street Blues", Sergeant Phil Esterhaus started off each episode with a briefing ending with the line "Let's be careful out there." While he was showing concern for his team of police officers, the same line is very...

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07:24
Aggregation is plagiarism

This argument has been going on for a long time and I always find it interesting.
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07:08
Analysis affirms Apple's A7 processor closer to...

An independent analysis of the microarchitecture behind Apple's latest A7 processor has shown that the company was not overstating when it called the design "desktop class," with the new silicon matching up well against Intel's recent desktop components.  ...

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07:00
Mac 101: Use Quick Look to create an instant...

Did you know that OS X has a handy feature for easily previewing a bunch photos in a slideshow format? It's a basic slideshow with no option to add music, but it is perfect if you want to quickly show a handful of your photos to your friends or...

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06:53
Renderings Based on Leaked Schematics Show Sapphire...

Last week, Japanese magazine MacFan published alleged schematics for a 4.7-inch and 5.7-inch iPhone 6. French Apple website Nowhereelse.fr, along with graphic designer Martin Hajek, took these schematics one step further and created 3D "iPhone Air" renderings using these blueprints as a guide (Via TechCrunch). These renderings show an ultrathin iPhone 6 that shaves at least 0.5 mm off the width of the current iPhone 5S, which measures 7.6 mm thick. The concept phone features curved edges and rounded buttons that are similar to early iPhone models. Other notable design elements include an edge-to-edge display, matte metal sides and a sapphire glass backing. The validity of the source drawings are unknown, so these...

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06:49
Google's Andy Rubin may testify during second...

Google's former Android head, Andy Rubin, may be asked to testify on behalf on Samsung during the second Apple v. Samsung patent trial beginning today, says the Wall Street Journal. Samsung is reportedly challenging Apple's assertion that the iPhone was completely groundbreaking by pointing out that Google was already working some of the contested technologies before the iPhone shipped. It notes that except for slide-to-unlock, all of the patents Apple is asserting -- related to hyperlinking, background sync, Siri's universal search functions, and auto-complete -- are Android features.... ...

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06:43
Latest Round Of Apple Vs. Samsung Begins

In Apple vs Samsung news, the latest round of battles has begun in US District Court. This latest suit is over patents; Apple says five of theirs are violated by Samsung, while Samsung says Apple violated two of theirs.

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06:30
Airmail 1.3.3 - Powerful, minimal email client. (...

Airmail is a powerful, minimal mail client.It was designed to retain the same experience with a single or multiple accounts and provide a quick, modern and easy-to-use user experience. Airmail supports all major email services and allows users to switch between accounts quick reply to incoming messages within seconds.Version 1.3.3: New:

  • MultiMarkdown
  • Drag-and-drop EML import
  • Flat quote visualization
  • FTP attachments
  • Flags Menu

Fixed:

  • Search Disappearing cursor
  • URL LINK glitch
  • Search Disappearing cursor
  • Unread count
  • Important mark on some themes
  • Spell checker preferences
  • Local Transfer
  • Things Launch
  • Calendar encoding
  • Generic IMAP rendering
  • Quick Reply All
  • Several Small Fixes

Improved:

  • Offline Detection
  • Things...

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06:21
NeoFinder 6.5 - Catalog your external media and...

NeoFinder (formerly CDFinder) rapidly organizes your data, either on external or internal disks, or any other volumes. It catalogs all your data, so you stay in control of your data archive or disk library. With extensive metadata support, you can find your files quickly. Feature Overview:

  • Catalog: any hard disk, data folder, CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, BlueRay, HD-DVD, iPod, Server Volume, Audio-CD, USB-Stick, FTP-Server, and more
  • Power: Handle really large amounts of data
  • Photo Previews: Create beautiful thumbnails for many photo and image formats, such as JPG, TIFF, EPS, RAW, PDF, PSD, BMP, GIF, PNG, TGA, IFF (Maya)
  • Audio Meta Data: MP3, AAC (iTunes), FLAC (Lossless), ALAC (Apple Lossless), and AIFF meta data: author, album, title, composer, lyrics, cover art, track number, duration, bit rate, genre, year, comment. Even catalogs whole Audio-CDs, and Apple iPhone ringtone files!
  • Photo Meta Data: XMP (used by Adobe Bridge), EXIF...

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06:15
Feature: What about Macworld?

The Macworld Expo (now called Macworld/iWorld) certainly isn't the show it was five years ago, the last year Apple attended. Its a much smaller show -- maybe 25,000 attendees at best -- but with a more sustainable focus: a showcase for computer and mobile peripherals, accessories and gadgets, as well as a gathering of app developers. Because Apple doesn't make big announcements timed to the conference anymore -- and the one company that did, Microsoft, chose not to have its Office for iPad event there -- the Macworld/iWorld show doesn't make the news as often as it used to.... ...

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06:00
MacIT Presentation

I enjoy going to MacIT so much. Paul Kent ran a great little conference in Monterrey one year and I am so glad that I started going to MacWorld around that time. I missed it last year while trying to trim back on the travel and am pretty stoked I got to get there again this year. Special thanks to everyone I saw and was able to hang out with. Considering there isn’t a single person I didn’t want to hang out with, sorry if I didn’t see you or get to spend any time. Thanks to Duncan and Kevin White for making time to do the podcasts (hopefully the background noise is low enough so we can get them posted!).
Also, this is a top-notch production. Kathy, Paul, the board (Arek, Dan, John, Kevin, Duncan, etc) and everyone else I’ve ever interacted with there are absolutely amazing. I would love nothing more than to not get a chance to speak next year because a flood of amazing talks burst on the scene. Start thinking about what you could talk about now so I can show up and sit in the...

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06:00
Rumor Roundup: Bigger isn't necessarily better

There's not much happening with Apple rumors at the moment; only two worth mentioning came out in the past few days.

iPhone 6 Reportedly Launching 'As Early As September' in 4.7- and 5.5-Inch Sizes (MacRumors)

Writers for Japanese business...

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06:00
iOS: Change how Calendar events look in Notifications

Long frustrated with how calendar events look within the Notification Center I've discovered a way to change it.

As part of iOS 7.1 Apple improved on the ability to view calendar events by adding a list view button in the Daily view. I have noticed that if you toggle this to list view within the Calendar app then your calendar events within Notification Center will also show as a list.

[crarko adds: Is this actually new? I don't remember having looked for this in previous versions of iOS.]

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05:50
Explicit content slipping through Apple's...

While Apple's iTunes Radio is set by default to block songs with explicit language from streaming, the current filters are far from perfect, with profane content slipping through the cracks to the surprise of some listeners.  ...

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05:37
Blackberry wins injunction banning Typo Keyboard Case

Blackberry won a preliminary injunction against Typo Products last Friday, banning the Typo Keyboard Case from being sold in the United States. Judge William Orrick said Blackberry established a “likelihood” of patent infringement, according to Reuters. Blackberry, which first filed suit against Typo in January, said the ruling…

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05:37
Latest iPhone 6 concept based on Japanese sketches...

Martin Hajek has been busy this week: after iPhoneclub commissioned him to create concept images of an iPod Nano-inspired design of the iPhone 6, French site Nowhereelse asked him to use the Japanese sketches mentioned in that piece to create something far closer to the existing iPhone 5s design.
With many of our commentators criticizing the square corners of the previous concept, this latest one returns us to the rounded corners we know and love. More controversially, perhaps, we also see a return to the glass back. More images below the fold …

The design also returns us to the...

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05:29
Google’s Android key to latest Apple-Samsung trial

The latest Apple-Samsung trial is scheduled to start today, and both the New York Times and Wall Street Journal report that Google’s Android operating system will be in the crosshairs. While Samsung is claiming Apple violated two of its patents, Apple is seeking about $2 billion in damages…

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05:09
Nvidia's ECS: Some Amazing Little Companies to...


ECS -- Nvidia's Emerging Companies Summit -- is a place to check out some of the firms that could become the next breakout company. It didn't disappoint this year. Among the highlights: A firm that could redefine advertising connected to Web pictures and videos; a company that could put your entire desktop and gaming experience in the cloud; one that could help you actually hear that TV you see at a restaurant or bar (one of my favorites); and one that equips a little box to do a workload that typically would require a server farm.

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05:05
Capture One Pro 7.2.1.32 - RAW workflow software. (...

Capture One Pro is the world's best professional RAW converter and image editing software. It contains all the essential tools and high-end features in one package to enable you to capture, organize, edit, share, and print images in a fast, flexible, and efficient workflow. Capture One Pro's powerful and intuitive toolset is used by professional photographers to achieve world-class image quality, excellent colors and details. Capture One Pro features the leading tethered capture solution, multiple output files from each conversion, an advanced color editor, local adjustments, lens and unique perspective corrections, standard setting black-and-white conversion, openCL support, noise reduction, and hand-made color and camera profiles for more than 200 cameras. With the highest conversion quality available today, and a workflow that has been praised worldwide, Capture One Pro has clearly set the standard for RAW conversion software. Capture One Pro enables you to...

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05:00
Facebook’s very public dispute with Eat24

Eat24 is a food delivery service, with a pretty sizable following on Facebook. All that is about to change.

From the Eat24 blog:

Dear Facebook,

Hey. It’s Eat24. Look, we need to talk. This isn’t easy to say since we’ve been together so long, but we need to break up. We’d love to say “It’s not you, it’s us” but it’s totally you. Not to be rude, but you aren’t the smart, funny social network we fell in love with several years back. You’ve changed. A lot.

Eat24 spent years accumulating fans and likes on Facebook and is so upset with changes Facebook is making, they are deleting their entire Facebook presence.
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05:00
Daily App: PicFlow allows you to quickly combines...

Took a bunch of photos and want to make them into a slideshow instead of a static collage? Then you should check out PicFlow from Red Cactus. The slideshow maker is easy to use and doesn't require you to sign up for a service just to add some flair...

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04:59
TSMC Fighting for Apple's 16nm A9 Processor...

It's being reported today out of Taiwan that TSMC (Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) is likely to add two more advanced processes to its 16nm process portfolio in order to compete with ...

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04:47
Shade 3D 14.1.1 fixes, improves 3D printing, 3D...

Mirye Software has given us Shade 3D 14.1.1, an update of the professional 3D modeling, rendering, animation and 3D printing tool software. The upgrade introduces a 3D Printing Assistant, 3D printing diagnostic and analysis tools, new Poser 3D options for character animation, and more options for 3D game developers.
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04:41
Want to upgrade your iPhone 5s camera to 2k video?...

If you like to use your iPhone to shoot video and Apple offered to upgrade your iPhone 5s from 1080p HD to 2k video for just $7, the decision wouldn’t require much thought. That’s exactly the trick Ultrakam has pulled off with its new iPhone app.
If you’re wondering how a mere app can convert your camera to a higher resolution, it doesn’t: it simply allows the software to use more of the hardware capabilities of your camera. Apple may say that your iPhone 5s has a 1080p HD videocamera, but that’s not quite true: the camera hardware itself is capable of anything up to 3264×2448, it’s just that the software can’t process that many pixels at a sensible frame-rate … 
With the built-in camera app able to capture HD video...

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04:00
Expo Notes: iPhone cases go beyond protection with...

The iPhone case market is flooded with options. That’s a great thing for consumers, but something of a challenge if you’re trying to eke out a living making cases. How on earth can designers make a case that stands out from the ever-growing crowd?
Every trade show tends to reveal a trend in the case market, where manufacturers are trying to anticipate what customers are looking for. Last year at Macworld/iWorld, we saw a lot of ultra-rugged protective cases that practically doubled the size of the svelte iPhone—ideal for deep-sea divers and extreme outdoors fanatics, but an approach that severely compromises the iPhone's style.
It seemed like there were fewer cases at Macworld/iWorld this year compared to the 2013 edition, perhaps because last year’s show followed the debut of the iPhone 5, which was a new body style. The next version of the iPhone is expected to arrive later this year, so it’s possible that case makers are holding off on showing anything new. From what...

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04:27
Olympus reveals Stylus SH-1, Tough TG-3 cameras with...

Olympus has unveiled a pair of compact digital cameras. The Stylus SH-1 point-and-shoot camera uses a similar five-axis image stabilization system to the one employed by the E-M1 and others, while the Stylus Tough TG-3 is a ruggedized shooter that is able to alter the photographs it takes thanks to the use of screw-on lens attachments....  ...

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04:24
Apple’s war on Samsung has Google in crossfire

New York Times:

Some features in Samsung devices that Apple objects to are part of Google’s Android operating system, by far the most popular mobile operating system worldwide, running on more than a billion devices made by many manufacturers. That means that if Apple wins, Google could have to make changes to critical Android features, and Samsung and other Android phone makers might have to modify the software on their phones.

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04:02
∞ Video of Woz surprising a young girl by hand-...

[VIDEO] Steve Wozniak is such an incredibly nice, down-to-Earth person. This happened a few years ago, but the video was just put up on Saturday.

A few years ago, Steve and Janet Wozniak came to town to help us have a little fun with our kid Emma. Emma’s dad met them around the back of the block to give them Emma’s new iMac, and then they drove back around and rang the doorbell to deliver it…and shocked the heck out of Emma and her sister (who as Apple fankids immediately knew who he was) and friends (who only knew of him from “Dancing With The Stars”). Little sister Elizabeth got the iPod Touch as a “one more thing,” and Janet shot the video.

Steve’s known to be quite the practical joker, and it was very kind of him and Janet to spend the time to do this…and make a great memory for all of us.

He gave permission to put this up. We all hope you enjoy it.

Her reaction starts at about 2:30 in. Just a nice thing to do. You rock, Woz!

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03:54
Apple Attacking Samsung in India with Aggressive...

A report from India today points to Himanshu Chakrawarti, CEO at The Mobile Store, India's largest mobility devices retail chain stating that Apple now wants to challenge Samsung in the tablet space like it's doing in premium smartphone space. The "iPad Mini is expected to be the game changer ...

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03:47
New Adobe Muse templates available

Muse Templates Pro Company has rolled out new Adobe Muse Templates with parallax scroll effects. The templates provide designs for websites that are created with Adobe Muse software.
Parallax scroll effects let you add moving different elements of the website into different directions while scrolling through the pages. The new templates are Midnight, Motion and Traveling.
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03:46
MyThoughts for Mac OS X gets revamped interface

Mode de Vie Software has released MyThoughts 1.4, an upgrade of their mind mapping software for Mac OS X. The new version sports an updated user interface for Retina displays, better searching, custom keyboard shortcuts, sharing techniques, and more.
MyThoughts lets you create "brain friendly" mind maps. It comes with a media browser containing over 3,000 images and icons. iPhoto is integrated into the media browser and lets you drag and drop images from your photos into MyThoughts.
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03:44
Kool Tools: Brainshark's SlideShark Anywhere

Brainshark, which specializes in cloud-based business presentations, recently launched SlideShark Anywhere, which extends key features of SlideShark toMac, PC and Windows 8 tablet users. Previously available only on iOS (for the iPad, iPhone,and iPod touch), it enables business professionals to instantly access, show and share up-to-date PowerPoints, and track presentation views and activity .
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03:42
Why Google is splitting their stock

On Thursday, April 3rd, Google will split their stock, creating two stocks, each of which will start at approximately half the current share value. I thought the logic behind the split was interesting.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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03:33
Mobile wallet market to undergo shakeups in the next...

The U.S. mobile payment landscape is currently in a state of flux: Although two-thirds of consumers are interested in learning more about transitioning to a mobile wallet platform, that interest is simply not translating into adoption, according to the Yankee Group (www.yankeegroup.com).
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03:30
Skiva OctoFire Turbocharges up to 8 USB devices ‘...

Skiva's upcoming OctoFire Turbo USB charger promises to deliver an "optimal, intelligent" charge to up to eight USB devices at once. TMO Contributing Editor Chuck La Tournous got a first look at the stylish charger that could put an end to the fight over whose iPhone gets the electic outlet first.

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03:21
Is Android the real target of latest Apple vs...

Photo: Reuters
Pieces in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal suggest that the real target of Apple’s second courtroom patent battle with Samsung may be Android.

Some features in Samsung devices that Apple objects to are part of Google’s Android operating system, by far the most popular mobile operating system worldwide, running on more than a billion devices made by many manufacturers. That means that if Apple wins, Google could have to make changes to critical Android features, and Samsung and other Android phone makers might have to modify the software on their phones …

Jury...

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Sunday March 30

22:48
Samsung shifts strategy in second Apple trial, now...

Apple's second patent infringement trial against Samsung begins today, outlining a battle that the two sides are waging in very different ways. Apple will be expanding upon its legal strategy outlined in the first trial, while Samsung is starting over with an entirely new tactic aimed at devaluating Apple's inventions so it can continue using them for virtually nothing.  ...

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20:08
Briefly: Shazam updates for iOS, new Handy Photo Free

Shazam, a music and TV identifying app, has been updated for iOS devices. Offering a revised user interface, Shazam features a new track page design, and new appearance for video, album and track reviews, artist biographies and more. The Auto Shazam feature is more efficient on battery life, and connectivity to Rdio and Facebook has been added. Lastly Shazam's news feed notifications can be controlled more easily. Available for free, Shazam require iOS 6.0 or later....  ...

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19:32
Follow-up: Judge overrules Samsung on patent video

Ahead of the second patent trial between Apple and Samsung, US District Court Judge Lucy Koh has overruled objections filed by Samsung over an instructional video on the US patent process that will be shown to jurors. Samsung's attorneys had complained that the video depicts a number of Apple products, in most cases used innocuously, and would be "highly prejudicial" to the jury....  ...

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17:00
TUAW Talkcast at 7 PM PT/10 PM ET tonight: Macworld/...

All-new dial-in experience! See below -- do not call into Talkshoe, we won't be there. Be sure to set up Fuze Meeting before the show if you want to join in live.

Macworld/iWorld 2014 is now a thing of the past, which means two things: first, a lot...

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16:26
Dropbox receives criticism for DMCA warnings in...

Dropbox is preventing some users from sharing specific files over DMCA complaints, according to reports. A screenshot showing a folder on the cloud-based storage service with the DMCA warning has appeared on Twitter, which at the time of writing has been retweeted close to 3,000 times, with the user seemingly unable to share a file thanks to Dropbox's automated copyright-infringement prevention systems....  ...

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16:17
The misinterpretation of Virginia Woolf’s suicide...

She left behind a remarkable body of work — from her poignant diaries to her magnificent essays to her little-known children’s books to “the longest and most charming love letter in literature” — and a cohort of heartbroken friends, but the most stirring thing she left behind was her suicide letter to her husband Leonard.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:00
TUAW at Macworld/iWorld 2014: EverWeb gets new...

A few years ago at Macworld/iWorld, we had a chance to see the first version of EasyWeb, an OS X app designed to serve as a replacement for Apple's abandoned iWeb. While the app was remarkably complete and easy to use back in those days, it's even...

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15:48
Thumbs Up to Judge Koh for Overruling Samsung's...

Yesterday we reported that Samsung didn't want jurors in the Apple-Samsung to see an instructional video from the Federal Judicial Center, claiming that the video strongly suggests that Apple's products are innovative and patentable. We expressed our view of that request and Judge Koh poked Samsung in the eye by overruling their objection earlier today.

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15:19
Google Plays a Bigger Role in Latest Apple vs....

Google engineers, including former Android Chief Andy Rubin, may testify during the second patent lawsuit trial between Apple and Samsung, reports The Wall Street Journal. Samsung will reportedly use the testimonials to prove that it licensed four out of the five software features it is accused of infringing upon, as it contends that Google had already been working on the technologies before Apple filed for patents. To help defend Samsung, Google engineers are expected to take the stand to refute Apple's arguments that it forged new ground with the iPhone. Andy Rubin, the former head of Google's mobile business who oversaw the development of Android...

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15:00
A roundup of last week's popular and featured...

Last week was a busy one with your favorite TUAW writers posting some excellent How-To guides, commentary and other useful articles. Here's a quick roundup of our recent feature worthy posts you may have missed:

Apple's failed attempts at taking...

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14:55
Typo Keyboard For iPhone Faces Sales Ban

time_lords_almanac (3527081) writes "BlackBerry is trying to put the kibosh on the Typo, a physical keyboard attachment for iPhone. And they've won the first round, in the form of a sales ban on the attachment. From the article: '"BlackBerry is pleased that its motion for a preliminary injunction against Typo Products LLC was granted. This ruling will help prevent further injury to BlackBerry from Typo's blatant theft of our patented keyboard technology," a spokeswoman for BlackBerry told the news agency in an email.'" ...

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14:50
The Strat at 60

Great timeline on the Strat. I would love to have one of the 60th anniversary models.
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14:16
Judge Koh overrules Samsung objection to patent...

U.S. Judge Lucy H. Koh has overruled objections raised by Samsung regarding an instructional video providing jurors an introduction to the patent system.  ...

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14:00
A roundup of recent hardware reviews on TUAW

In the last few weeks, we reviewed a variety of hardware and accessories that'll complement your favorite iOS or OS X devices. Here's a quick roundup of recent hardware reviews that you may have missed:

Thermodo's miniscule thermometer dongle is...

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13:15
A roundup of last week's app reviews on TUAW

Last week was a busy one for app news and announcements, giving your favorite TUAW writers a chance to post some great reviews of the apps that grace their home screens. Here's a quick roundup of our recent reviews -- and a few app roundups -- you...

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12:45
What Apple's iWatch Can Learn From Pebble

redletterdave (2493036) writes "Many believe Apple's iWatch will marry the looks of a luxury wristwatch with the powerful sensors found in today's fitness wristbands, and, of course, familiar elements from the iPhone and iPad shrunken down and reconfigured to work from your wrist. Apple is undoubtedly full of its own ideas. But it would also benefit from looking at the progenitor of the modern smartwatch—or rather, its steely successor—both as inspiration and as a model to surpass." ...

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11:05
Access any Tesla S with only a 6 character password...

I don’t find this worrisome, since if someone wants access to a Tesla S, they’d find a way to break in. But I do find it interesting.

Tesla Motors Inc’s electric vehicles can be located and unlocked by criminals remotely simply by cracking a six-character password using traditional hacking techniques, according to newly released research.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:04
Apple Files New Round of iOS 7 Icon Trademarks in...

Apple filed for new iOS 7 icons in the US this past week and we covered their filings in four separate reports (01, 02 and 03) including a bizarre abandonment of their iMovie icon that they had just filed for the day before. Today, we discovered that Apple has mirrored those filings in Hong Kong China as well as adding three additional icons to the list. Our report covers Apple's new filings in China as well as a few design patents that surfaced this month.

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10:03
Your salary vs. a major league baseball player’s...

Online Sports Marketing Guy:

Have you ever wondered how much money you make compared to a Major League Baseball player? The interactive visualization can be used to compare your salary and the average US worker’s salary to any MLB player across several different statistics from the 2013 season.

Take my advise – do not do this. It’s way too depressing.
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09:00
African mobile company creates new emoticons in the...

Oju Africa / Wired UK

Oju Africa—a division of African mobile manufacturer Mi-Fone—has launched a set of "afro" emoticons following the recent debate over a lack of diversity of emojis.
It started with an article by MTV journalist Joey Parker, who flagged the fact that there are no (or barely any) non-white emojis in the basic range within most text-message apps used by Apple, Google, and Microsoft. Parker contacted Apple's CEO Tim Cook about the issue and, remarkably, received a reply. It wasn't from Cook himself but from Katie Cotton, VP of worldwide corporate communications for Apple.
She told Parker: "Tim forwarded your e-mail to me. We agree with you. Our emoji characters are based on the Unicode standard, which is necessary for them to be displayed properly across many platforms. There needs to be more diversity in the emoji character set, and we have been working...

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06:18
∞ Walt Disney’s nine old men

[VIDEO] Disney is selling a boxed set of beautifully hardbound flip books, each showcasing one of its pioneering animators. The video in the post is a bit soft on focus but does a good job of giving you a sense of what’s inside. Really lovely.

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06:11
Wikipedia about to undergo a massive font retooling

From FastCoDesign:

Next Thursday, Wikipedia will launch a redesign that’s almost impossibly large in scope, scaling across 32,533,899 pages in 287 languages. But admittedly, it’ll take a sharp eye to notice that font size is larger, or that the section headers will render in authoritative, old media serif (think Georgia) while body copy will render in streamlined sans-serif (think Helvetica).

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:00
Walhburglering Transformers

Seriously though, Dinobots and Marky Mark together at last! Totally looks like Michael Bay will bring Christmas 6 months early this year!
Yeah, boyyyyyys!

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05:49
Google’s 100 year study of employee happiness

Interesting. There’s potential to help fine-tune work environments to make employees happier and, presumably, more productive. There’s a big brother aspect to this. Hopefully, the “Don’t be evil” motto is still in effect at Google.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:30
The Apple-Samsung Patent Trial Begins this Week with...

The next round in the Apple-Samsung patent infringement war begins this week. Yesterday we presented a video that Samsung doesn't want the jurors to see from the Federal Judicial Center, as it all but screams out that Apple is a leading US inventor. In a trial where Apple is seeking more than $2 billion in damages for copying features of its iPhone, the stakes are higher than they were in the first trial. So much so that Google will ...

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05:23
Review: IK Multimedia's iLoud portable speaker...

Being a portable battery-powered Bluetooth speaker, an amp, and a guitar effects modeling system, the iLoud and its dedicated iOS apps cram a lot of potential into a small package.  ...

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05:01
Slideshow: Macworld/iWorld 2014 in pictures

Welcome to the showWhether you come for the sessions and keynotes or to see the products on the show floor, there's something for everyone at Macworld/iWorld 2014.Before the gates openTaken one hour before the show floor opened to the general public. As the minutes tick away, hundreds of people gather at the entrance.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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05:08
The invention of Jeopardy!

Jeopardy! will turn 50 this year and the version hosted by Alex Trebek will turn 30. Ken Jennings, one of the all time biggest winners on any game show ever, won more than $3 million on the show. In the linked post, Jennings interview the mother and creator of Jeopardy, Julann Griffin. Julan was married to Merv Griffin, who created Wheel of Fortune. Just saying.
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Saturday March 29

22:58
Feature: High-resolution audio

If you think that high-resolution audio includes music ripped from typical CDs in lossless formats including FLAC and ALAC, you'd be wrong. The term refers to music that has a higher sampling frequency and bit depth than standard CD recordings, which are mastered at a bit depth of 16-bits and with a sampling frequency of 44.1kHz. FLAC and ALAC, however, do support music recorded at resolutions equivalent to those used in studio recordings, which is better than CD-quality. In recent times, a growing number of sites have started offering music in studio quality giving listeners the opportunity t... ...

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20:17
Briefly: Updated Square card reader, Pyle Audio...

Square, a mobile payment service, has begun to notify its existing customers that they can receive the latest Square reader for free. The redesigned Square card reader is 45 percent thinner than the original, and will be replacing the previous model as the standard device, with the former to no longer be supported. Users can receive their new Square reader for free by signing into their web dashboard....  ...

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19:59
Arq 4.1.2 - Online backup (requires Amazon Web...

Arq is online backup for the Mac using Amazon S3 and Amazon Glacier. It backs-up and faithfully restores all the special metadata of Mac files that other products don't, including resource forks, ACLs, and creator codes. Arq works like Time Machine, except you don't have to remember to plug in your external hard drive. Following the initial backup, Arq automatically makes incremental backups every hour, every day, uploading just the files that have changed since your last backup. Arq keeps hourly backups for the past 24 hours, daily backups for the past month, and weekly backups for everything older than a month. Arq lets you set a budget for S3 storage, and it automatically drops the oldest backups to keep within the budget. Arq backs up everything with no limits. It backs up files of any size, external drives, and network drives. Arq "de-duplicates" your backups, never storing the same file twice in your S3 account.Version 4.1.2: Fixed Bugs:...

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18:58
Voila: Screen Capture & Screen Recorder for Mac

Many thanks to Voila for sponsoring The Loop’s RSS feed this week. Record anything on your screen, edit it with powerful yet efficient tools and share them with just one-click!

Voila Mac Screen Capture Tool from Global Delight makes screen captures a piece of cake with its intuitive and brilliant features. Capture in HD, edit and annotate with tools like arrows, text, stamps, callouts and much more while being able to share instantly to the likes of YouTube, Dropbox, Evernote, Tumblr, Flickr and more!

Voila is especially useful for educators, students, designers, corporates and the like who need brisk, high-performance and solid screen captures without breaking a sweat. Creating tutorials, training manuals, lessons, DIY videos etc. is now super easy and you also get to manage them expertly with Voila’s smart...

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18:15
Remembering Leo Fender

Leo Fender enabled us to make beautiful music.
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18:15
Samsung objects to patent instructional video

Ahead of its second patent battle with Apple in a case set to open on Monday, Samsung is objecting to a US government video intended to instruct jurors on how patents are granted. The video, which has been updated since the first Apple-Samsung trial, now shows some Apple products -- leading Samsung attorneys to claim showing it would be "highly prejudicial," as it would leave jurors with the idea that Apple products are innovative enough to be patentable....  ...

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17:33
The Mac Observer’s Editors’ Choice Awards for...

SAN FRANCISCO - The Mac Observer spent the week looking for the coolest products at Macworld/iWorld 2014 and came up with a great list of apps and hardware. Read on to see which products earned TMO Editors' Choice Awards this year.

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16:53
Briefly: StepPoly Arp, PDF Converter with OCR for...

StepPoly Arp, a Midi arpeggiator app for iPad, has received an update, bringing the latest version to 2.3. Allowing users to control Midi instruments, a variety of sequencers and other virtual instruments, StepPoly Arp can automatically generate melodic patterns from note or chords played in real time. The update features 64-bit support, as well as the addition of start/stop following mode from its external sequencer. Available for iPads running iOS 5.1.1 or later, StepPoly Arp is priced at $12....  ...

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16:50
Petcube Watches and Plays with Your Cat

TMO's John F. Braun winds up his tour of the Macworld/iWorldConference by checking out PetCube, a software and hardware combination which promises to be a total pet entertainment solution.

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16:04
Apple, Google Go On Trial For Wage Fixing On May 27

theodp writes: "PandoDaily's Mark Ames reports that U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh has denied the final attempt by Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe to have the class action lawsuit over hiring collusion practices tossed. The wage fixing trial is slated to begin on May 27. 'It's clearly in the defendants' interests to have this case shut down before more damaging revelations come out,' writes Ames. (Pixar, Intuit and LucasFilm have already settled.) The wage fixing cartel, which allegedly involved dozens of companies and affected one million employees, also reportedly affected innovation. 'One the most interesting misconceptions I've heard about the "Techtopus" conspiracy,' writes Ames of Google's agreement to cancel plans for an engineering center in Paris after Jobs expressed disapproval, 'is that, while these secret deals to fix recruiting were bad (and illegal), they were also needed to protect innovation by keeping teams together while avoiding spiraling costs.' Ames adds, 'In a...

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15:13
Company buys every cd, dvd, and video game you don’t...

Fast Company:

Decluttr buys anything–because that’s their business model. They will literally buy any CD, DVD, or video game you want to mail them. And they pay the postage, too.

Might be a way to get rid of all that old media you have no use for.
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15:08
The business of building roller coasters

Priceonomics:

Perhaps no other creation in history has navigated the divide between terror and unadulterated joy as skillfully as the roller coaster.

Since these “scream machines” were introduced nearly 250 years ago, they have brought millions to tears in all capacities. As one roller coaster designer told us, anonymously: “My job is basically to get as close to making people poop their pants as possible, then have them step off in ecstasy and want to go again.”

I’ve always loved roller coasters. One of my biggest regrets while I was living in the US was not getting to the sixteen roller coasters of Cedar Point, Ohio.
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15:00
Handy Photo Free is a capable iOS image editor with...

Ah, another iOS image editor review. There are so many available in the App Store, with lots of overlapping functions. Cropping, filters, frames ... one could get lost.

Handy Photo Free has all these features, but it's the unique features that make...

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14:00
Expo Notes: Satisfy your itchy photo-taking trigger...

Judging by the showfloor at Macworld/iWorld, just about everyone is fed up with blurry photos shot with shaky hands on your mobile device. We’ve already told you about Emulsio, a mobile app that looks to smooth out the bumps that can occur when you’re shooting video on your iPhone. The developers behind Grip&Shoot have a hardware-based fix for the problem—a trigger that attaches to your phone.
The Grip&Shoot features a case and trigger-equipped handle. iPhone photographers, you may fire when ready.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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14:10
Leaked iPhone 6 dimensions: definitely larger than...

The good folks at Nowhereelse.fr have posted a document from a Chinese website that they think could be a schematic design for the iPhone 6. The drawing depicts a device that is 85 millimeters wide by 150 millimeters long, which would give it a display with a 5-inch (diagonal) screen.

The problem with the leaked dimensions is that they don’t sync with previous rumors that we’ve seen about the upcoming iPhone 6 sporting a 4.7, 5.5, or even 5.7-inch display (or possibly, both).
Take this one with a healthy grain of salt and, as always, consider...

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Expo Notes: Livescribe hopes to make the pen...

Think we’re living in a post-pen world? Think again, Livescribe says. The smartpen maker says its research shows that most people—even those toting around phones and tablets—still like having pen and paper on hand to jot down notes. But that doesn’t mean people want those notes to be available digitally, which is where the Livescribe 3 comes in.
The Livescribe 3 lets you write notes onto a piece of paper, just like you would with any ordinary pen. But, if you’re using one of Livescribe’s Dot Paper notebooks, your notes can also be stored digitally with the help of a companion app for organization, tagging, and searching.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Review: Dragon Dictate 4.0 for Mac – The best speech...

Using our voice to control computers has never really taken off. For many of us, using voice recognition technology wasn’t even a consideration until features like dictation and Siri arrived on our iPhones and iPads. There’s good reason too: the voice recognition features built into our devices have always had the reputation of being half-baked. They simply aren’t accurate and consistent enough to replace our tried and trusted mouse and keyboard or touchscreen. While half decent dictation features come with every Mac (and are powered by Nuance’s technology), the voice recognition features you get with latest version of Nuance’s Dragon Dictate for Mac go well beyond simply dictating speech to text. ...

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∞ When your dad is a DreamWorks special effects...

[VIDEO] DreamWorks After Effects artist Daniel Hashimoto made this series of videos of his little boy. Just incredible.

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Shazam's latest update increases speed and...

For music lovers on the go, Shazam is an invaluable discovery tool. With the simple press of a button, the app tells you the name and artist of any song currently playing around you. Today Shazam released a new update that throws a fresh coat of...

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Expo Notes: Glyph is the ideal mobile personal...

Oculus may be dominating the news about personal video headsets thanks to Facebook, but there are other similar devices hoping to make their place in the market. Avegant makes one of those devices, and at Macworld/iWorld this week, the company is showing prototypes of its Glyph mobile personal theater.

In simplistic terms, Glyph consists of a pair of headphones with a display mounted in the bar that connects the two cans. You can wear Glyph like a regular set of headphones, but the bar moves down over your eyes so you can see the display. You end up looking like one-half of a popular electronic music duo....

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