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Thursday March 27

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

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

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07:09
OS X Mavericks Adoption Pushing Toward 50%

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sonnet

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

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

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

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06:43
Political move? Russians shelve iPads

Journalists spotted that ministers at a cabinet meeting were no longer using Apple tablets, and minister Nikolai Nikiforov confirmed the changeover “took place not so long ago.”

He said the ministers’ new Samsungs were “specially protected devices that can be used to work with confidential information.”

Something smells fishy here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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06:00
Setting PowerShell Execution Policies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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05:30
Bioprinting, Part 2 - The Ethical Conundrum


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

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

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

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05:28
Neurosurgeons successfully implant 3D printed skull

This is absolutely fantastic.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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04:00
FlippedBITS: Do Privacy Policies Mean Anything?

Most companies that do business on the Internet have published privacy policies, and although they’re often full of tedious legalese, they’re worth reading. Whether they do anything to protect you is another question. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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04:00
The 3rd Generation Drobo: Faster and less expensive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Finally! For years now we’ve been asking BusyMac for an app that will do for Apple’s Contacts what BusyCal does for Calendar — that is, replace it. (Can you tell we’ve never liked Contacts?) At Macworld/iWorld, BusyMac announced BusyContacts, which promises to do just that — provide a multi-account solution for syncing, sharing, and maintaining address books via iCloud, Google Contacts, Exchange, and any other CardDAV-compatible service. BusyContacts will offer customizable views, tagging, smart filters, social network integration, and more. It is slated to enter public beta within a few months and will cost $49.99 when it ships later in 2014. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site,...

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

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

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

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Wednesday March 26

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

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

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

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

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

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

Testers can download the...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    OS X 10...

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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15:53
iBeacons at Macworld 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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12:36
Create and edit a contact.

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

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12:27
Browse your music library.

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

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12:25
Create your own iTunes Radio station.

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

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12:21
Edit your iTunes Radio stations.

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

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12:15
Edit a mailbox.

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

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

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

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12:12
Turn iPhone completely off.

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

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12:09
Use dictation instead of typing.

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

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12:01
Take a picture of your screen.

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

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11:58
Create an event in Calendar.

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

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11:52
Adjust screen brightness with Control Center.

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

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11:49
See what's happening today.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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11:33
Delete an app.

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

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

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

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11:22
Arrange your apps.

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

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11:20
Download and install app updates individually.

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

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11:18
Redeem an iTunes Gift Card.

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

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11:17
Omni Group Resumes OmniFocus 2 For Mac Testing,...

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

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10:54
Download a previously purchased app.

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

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10:51
Erase your iPhone remotely.

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

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10:49
Lock and track your iPhone remotely.

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

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10:46
Play a sound on your iPhone.

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

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10:43
Locate your iPhone on a map.

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

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10:39
Ask Siri to set up a meeting.

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

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10:35
Ask Siri to send an email.

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

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10:32
Create a new playlist.

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

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10:30
Set up Mail.

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

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10:18
Answer a second incoming call.

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

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

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10:14
Set iPhone to Do Not Disturb.

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

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10:12
Decline a call.

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

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

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

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

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09:47
Make a phone call.

To make a phone call, you can:

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

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

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

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09:43
Update to iOS 7.1.

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

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

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

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

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

The following dialog may appear on your computer:

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

Symptom 2

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

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

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

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

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

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06:43
Apple engineer shares details on iPhone creation

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

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06:39
New York Times Announces Two New Digital...

On April 2, the New York Times will unveil two new digital subscription choices. One of them will be a subscription iOS app called NYT Now.The Mac Observer Spin: A digital Times subscription for the same monthy price as Netflix sounds like a pretty good idea.

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06:26
Former Delta VP joins Apple online retail

Bob Kupbens, former vice president of marketing and digital commerce at Delta Air Lines, has joined Apple. According to his LinkedIn page, Kupbens’ title is VP, Apple Online Retail. Advertising Age noted the title was unconfirmed, but regardless, Kupbens looks to play a large role in Apple’s online…

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05:44
Apple working to add diversty to emoji

Apple is working on adding more diversity to the emoji keyboard character set, according to MTV Act. The website reached out to Apple CEO Tim Cook about the lack of diversity in emoji, and received a response from Katie Cotton, Apple Vice President of Worldwide Corporate Communications: “Tim forwarded…

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05:11
WSJ Interviews iPhone Engineer Just Before Another...

The Wall Street Journal has published an interview with Greg Christie, an engineer responsible for the original iPhone.The Mac Observer Spin: Some of the smaller details in the piece remind us what Apple was like under Steve Jobs. Getting to read about it at all is a reminder of what Apple is like under Tim Cook.

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Tuesday March 25

19:17
Leitz Label Printer Combines iOS App and Wi-Fi for...

Label printers have always been an iffy affair. If an OS X upgrade didn't render it unusable, then the connector became obsolete. Or it was too much fuss to get going quickly. Now, Leitz is introducing the Icon, the first label printer that's accessed with an iOS app. It allows one to start creating a label with just a few taps.

The Icon prints at 4-inches (10 cm) per second on labels up to 3.5-inches wide (9 cm.) It creates its own Wi-Fi hot spot and prints at up to 600 dpi. A battery pack makes it portable. Best of all, it's made by Leitz and that typically means quality and a class act.

The Leitz Icon launches on April 1 and will retail for about US$109.

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15:40
Adobe Announces Marketing Cloud Upgrade, Now With...

Adobe has announced an upgrade to Marketing Cloud, a suite of apps that now includes integration with iBeacons and PhoneGap Enterprise, a way to build mobile apps without learning to code.

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13:55
Apple Quietly Sells 500 Million iPhones

Half a billion iPhones have been sold in six and a half years. This is even more remarkable since it took over half that time to make it to 100 million.

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13:14
How and When to Use Both Ethernet Ports on a Mac Pro

Unlike all other Macs, the Mac Pro line has two Ethernet ports. How and when would one want to use both of these ports? John Martellaro looks at a pair of typical scenarios.

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11:29
Report: Apple sells 500 millionth iPhone

Apple has likely sold its 500 millionth iPhone during the past few weeks, Forbes estimates. There has yet to be an official announcement from Apple regarding the milestone; the company sometimes heralds large-scale sales in press releases, and at other times waits to mention them during media events. …

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09:42
Karen Gillan Does Reddit AMA

At this moment, Karen Gillan of Doctor Who fame is doing a Reddit AMA or "Ask Me Anything". She's answering questions live and so far the two most useful bits of information are that her last name is pronounced with a hard G, and Wil Wheaton has asked her to come play a game on his show Tabletop. When someone does a Reddit AMA, they have to submit proof. Here's Karen's:

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08:39
Apps: FireChat, Photowall for Chromecast, Second...

FireChat is a new free app from Open Garden that lets users send messages to other nearby users without an Internet connection or mobile coverage, using iOS 7’s Multipeer Connectivity Framework to link users together. Users can see what FireChat users everywhere are talking about, or they have the…

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07:28
Apple wins Japanese patent infringement ruling

Apple didn’t infringe on certain Samsung patents and won’t have to pay damages in a Japanese court ruling, Bloomberg reports. A Tokyo District Court ruled the iPhone 4, 4s, and iPad 2 don’t infringe on Samsung data communication patents. Samsung expressed their disappointment with the decision and noted that…

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06:30
Apple ‘related’ search spotted in App Store

Apple is apparently testing a new feature in the App Store that offers users related term suggestions when doing a search. A number of reports have noted the new feature, though it appears it was first spotted by developer Olga Osadcha. Osadcha found the feature while using iOS 7.1.…

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06:07
Japan Court Rules Apple didn’t Infringe on Samsung...

Samsung took it on the chin in its patent infringement fight against Apple in Japan. A court in the country ruled on Tuesday that the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPad 2 aren't infringing on Samsung's data communications patents, which is matches with a similar ruling just over a year ago.The Mac Observer Spin: Samsung's most recent loss in Japan is yet another feather in Apple's legal cap. Win after win can add turn into strong legal arguments for Apple, and the company already has a nicely stocked bag full of wins as it heads into its next U.S. infringement trial with Samsung.

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04:55
Former Democratic Staff Director Now Lobbies for...

Former Democratic Staff Director for the Senate Finance Committee Amber Cottle has a new job as Apple's senior lobbyist. She has a history with the a Washington DC crowd, and was the committee's Chief International Trade Counsel, too.The Mac Observer Spin: Lobbying isn't anything new for Apple, or any other big tech company, for that matter. If you have to play the game, you might as well have as strong a team as you can get.

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Monday March 24

18:56
Apple Hires (Another) Privacy Counsel

Apple hires Sabrina Ross as "Privacy Counsel," according to AppleInsider, and her experience might give some insight into what Apple is spending time on these days.

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14:50
How to Find Out ‘What’s on Apple TV’ in Your Browser

Every so often when you fire up the Apple TV, you'll see a new channel or two appear as if by magic. What do they show? Wonder no more, because it turns out Apple has a "What's on Apple TV," and Kelly Guimont will show you hot to use it.

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13:09
Apple Reportedly Discusses iTunes Subscriptions With...

Apple is reportedly considering expanding its music offerings in the face of declining iTunes sales, including the option of offering a subscription service. The more interesting options being discussed include a Spotify/Beats Music-style paid subscription service for on-demand listening, and perhaps even a version of the iTunes store for Android devices.The Mac Observer Spin: An Android version of iTunes? Really!? Well, yeah, maybe.

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12:42
Apple Should Have Bought Time Warner When it Had the...

It's a challenge, from the outside, to figure out just what Apple wants. For example, just like the original iPhone deal with AT&T, Apple appears to want to leverage off the Comcast network and then create its own relationship with the customer. AT&T benefitted from that, but Comcast is not that desperate. That puts Apple back at square one.

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11:19
TMO Highlights Macworld Presentations on MacVoices

The Mac Observer's Jeff Gamet, Bryan Chaffin, Chuck La Tournous are all speaking at this week's Macworld/iWorld Conference in San Francisco, and they all paid visits to Chuck Joiner's MacVoices podcast to talk about what they have in store for attendees.

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11:06
Clever FlipStand Case for All iPad minis Features...

The FlipStand case for the iPad mini from Felix provides protection and a stand that automatically opens when needed. It features the ability to stand up the iPad mini in portrait or landscape mode, and includes sleep/wake magnets. It is compact and functional with a flair.

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10:56
Rumor: Apple to Intro 12-inch MacBook Pro

Apple is reportedly working on a 12-inch version of its MacBook Pro laptop to ship later this year. Along with a smaller display, the new model will ditch internal fans as well as the mechanical trackpad button currently used on all Apple laptops.The Mac Observer Spin: It isn't any secret that Apple is phasing out built-in optical drives, so this year would be a perfect time to finally drop that from the 13-inch MacBook Pro. It would also make for a great time to seriously revamp the laptop lineup with improvements that go beyond incremental speed bumps.

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10:37
Apple’s iTunes Radio Expands to News with NPR Station

Apple has added its first news station to iTunes Radio, NPR News and Culture. The station went live Tuesday morning, and it offers a mix of live news and segments from the public radio network's shows, including All things Considered, and The Diane Rehm Show.

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09:39
About the OS X Server v3.1.1 Update

Learn about changes included in the OS X Server v3.1.1 Update.

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08:55
NPR news channel coming to iTunes Radio today

iTunes Radio will add National Public Radio as its first news channel, Re/code reports. NPR’s channel is expected to go live today, and it will offer a free 24-hour stream of live news and pre-recorded shows. Additionaly, some local NPR stations will offer their own iTunes Radio channels “within…

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06:55
Apple, Comcast In Talks To Team Up On Apple TV

Late Sunday the Wall Street Journal reported talks are happening between Apple and Comcast, likely working out how to offer cable TV content on an Apple TV.The Mac Observer Spin: This sounds good for customers. Is it too good to be true?

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06:36
UK digital download taxes could increase in 2015

Digital downloads including App Store and iTunes purchases are due to see a tax increase in the U.K. under new laws next year, The Guardian reports. A new budget would force Apple and others to charge a 20 percent tax rate on such downloads. The budget closes a tax…

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06:16
WSJ: Apple talking with Comcast about streaming TV

Apple is talking with Comcast about working together on a streaming television service that would use an Apple set-top box like Apple TV, the Wall Street Journal reports. The deal would use Comcast’s cables to bypass web congestion, sources said. Using Comcast as a partner would, ideally, prevent buffering…

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05:08
UK to Drive Up iTunes Store Purchases through Tax...

The days of Â0.99 music downloads at Apple's U.K. iTunes Store may be coming to an end, and it isn't the iPhone and iPad maker that'll be driving the cost up. Britain's Government is looking to close a tax loophole that lets companies charge VAT rates from other countries -- something Apple and other companies currently do.The Mac Observer Spin: Closing the VAT loophole for Apple, Google, and other companies selling online may help increase money coming into the government, but it won't make consumers happy.

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04:35
Spotlight on the Mac: Searching the Current Folder...

If you'd rather look through the current folder when using Spotlight's search field in Finder windows instead of searching every drive connected to your Mac, you aren't alone. Lucky for you, Michael Johnston knows how to tell Spotlight to do just that, and he's ready to show you how, too.

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Sunday March 23

13:41
30 Years of the Mac – Video

Tim Perfitt of Twocanoes Software has put together a nice video showcasing the thirty years of Macintosh models.I’ve owned eight of them, mostly portables.  How about you?Read more about the video on the Twocanoes blog.About Samuel KeeleySamuel Keeley is a Mac Systems Administrator at Dropbox. He can frequently be found in ##osx-server on Freenode, or on Twitter @keeleysam.Mail | Web | Twitter |...

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Saturday March 22

06:30
How to Visualize Your Music in iTunes

The iTunes Visualizer has been around since the very first version of iTunes. Sandro Cuccia helps you explore and get the most from this scantily documented feature that enhances your enjoyment of your iTunes music. Warning: Visualizer may cause drowsiness while working on your computer.

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Friday March 21

15:38
3 Free iOS Note Apps

Need a better iOS note app? Vern Seward points out 3 that might fit the bill in this week's Free on iTunes: DraftPad, Squarespace Note, and SwiftKey Note.

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13:00
Color Cables Have Just the Right Amount of Glow-in-...

A couple of weeks ago I posted a Cool Stuff Found article for Color Cables, an Indiegogo campaign for photofluorescent (i.e. glow-in-the-dark) Lightning, 30-pin Dock, and Micro USB charging cables. The company sent me a couple of their prototypes, and I thought I'd post a Quick Look review while the campaign was still active.

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12:54
Report: Apple to launch Spotify rival, iTunes...

Apple has “opened exploratory talks” with record executives about creating an on-demand music streaming service, à la Spotify, and the company is also considering making an iTunes app for Android, Billboard reports. The discussions are reportedly part of a strategy to help Apple cope with declining downloads in the…

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12:47
iLounge Game Spotlight: Star Horizon

Star Horizon ($4) is a new space shooter from Tabasco Interactive. A graphically impressive game, Star Horizon puts players into the ship of space fighter pilot. The on-rails shooter supports iOS controllers. Star Horizon certainly looks like a premium title. With…

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12:35
Google Glass is on the Ropes. Could be Finished

Google Glass has been an inspired product. Along the way, however, Google forgot one important thing: to create a thoughtful and beloved product, support it, and develop a considered path to market. That's why Glass looks to be history according to one of its strongest supporters, Robert Scoble.

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12:30
OS X Server (Mavericks): Font profiles with payload...

OS X Server v3.1 or later allows you to create font payloads using Profile Manager. If you include a font larger than 2MB, the payload may not deploy.

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10:57
Apple Death Knell #64: Apple Must Deliver iWatch in...

Mark your calendars. If Apple doesn't release the iWatch by April 19th, the company will "disappear" and become an "irrelevant zombie." Those are bold words from an analyst who is never right, and Bryan Chaffin is adding it to the Apple Death Knell Counter as entry #64.

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08:06
MGG 494: Webcam Tweaks, iTunes Clean-up, Using Mics...

John and Dave come to you on Friday this week, just to get ahead of their Macworld/iWorld travels for next week. This show sees your favorite geeks answering questions about optimizing your webcam, fixing iTunes messes, plugging a mic into an iPad, and more! Download today (it's free!) and enjoy.

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07:38
Golden State first NBA team to use iBeacons

The Golden State Warriors are the first NBA team to roll out iBeacons in their home arena, Bloomberg BusinessWeek reports. Oracle Arena in Oakland uses iBeacons to push seat upgrades, as fans with the team’s smartphone app — and cheaper seats — are prompted to upgrade when in the…

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07:03
SimpleAir Wins $85M in Google Android Patent...

The patent holding company SimpleAir has been awarded US$85 million in its infringement fight against Google. The company won its case in U.S. District Court in Eastern Texas -- a court that's known for favoring patent trolls.The Mac Observer Spin: Just because Apple is fighting with Samsung and Google over whether or not Android OS infringes on its patents doesn't necessarily make SimpleAir's win a good thing. SimpleAir is just a patent holding company, often referred to as a patent troll, and its win only helps to line its own pockets and doesn't help to improve the overall patent system.

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05:51
The Definitive Chronological Order for Viewing Star...

There isn't anything wrong with watching the popular Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series in the order the episodes were released, but it turns out that isn't exactly chronological order. Now that the series is available on Netflix Streaming, StarWars.com had released a list showing exactly which order to watch the episodes to show how they really fit in the overall Star Wars timeline. You won't miss out on anything by watching in order of release, but for die-hard fans it's nice to see just how each story fits into the Star Wars universe.

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05:04
Apple Digital Camera RAW Update Adds New Fujifilm,...

If you're headed to Macworld/iWorld 2014 next week and plan on snapping photos with your brand new Fujifilm, Nikon, Panasonic or Pentax camera, Apple has you covered. The company released Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 5.04 for the Mac on Thursday, adding support for new camera models from all four companies to iPhoto '11 and Aperture 3.

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04:40
Recent Phishing Attempts: Avoid Being a Victim

Phishing emails are becoming harder to spot-and thus, it's getting more difficult to protect your data from malicious people. In this article, Melissa Holt is going to show you an example of a recent phishing attempt she received and give you some suggestions on how you can avoid falling prey to scammers' tricks.

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Thursday March 20

16:22
Fortune Names Apple CEO Tim Cook one of ‘World’s 50...

Fortune magazine released a list of the people it thinks are the "World's 50 Greatest Leaders," and showing up as #33 in the list is Apple CEO Tim Cook. The magazine cited Mr. Cook's "parade of winning new products" and his decision to hire Angela Ahrendt of Burberry to run Apple retail among the reasons he made the list.The Mac Observer Spin: Not mentioned by Fortune is the herculean task of managing a company like Apple in the wake of its iconic founder's death and working in that founder's shadow. Few people could have done that job, which is likely one of the many reasons Steve Jobs hand-picked Tim Cook to be his successor.

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15:31
Apple Pulls Fake Tor Browser After Media and...

Apple pulled a fake Tor browser called "Tor Browser" from the App Store on Thursday, a move that took almost three months of notifications from the Tor project, plus a little more than a day of media and security attention. The app written and submitted by someone not affiliated with the Tor project at all, and was reported to the Tor Project itself to be laden with adware/spyware.The Mac Observer Spin: Seriously? This made it through the review process and after being reported to Apple, only got yanked after it was reported by the tech press?

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14:21
Micro Phone Lens 150x on Kickstarter Turns Your...

Check out this Kickstarter project called Micro Phone Lens 150x, a tiny lens and light combo that turns your iPhone, iPad, or other smartphone and tablet into a 150x microscope. it works a little differently than other lenses-you place the Micro Phone Lens on your device's camera, shine a special light at it, and then place what you want to examine in a slide on top of the lens. Talk about bringing science to your desktop! Thomas Larson is looking to raise US$50,000 to bring the product to market, and he's alrady raised $39,772 with 28 days to go. Funding options that get just the lens start at $29, while the lens and light combo starts at $39.

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13:24
David Fincher Reportedly Wants Christian Bale to...

David Fincher wants to direct a movie about Steve Jobs written by Aaron Sorkin, but only if Batman star Christian Bale plays the lead. The movie has long been in the works, and is based on the Walter Isaacson biography, Steve Jobs.The Mac Observer Spin: Christian Bale as Steve Jobs in a movie directed by David Fincher and written by Aaron Sorkin based on Walter Isaacson's killer biography? Sign me up. That's a recipe for awesome.

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12:08
Apple Adds MP3 Export (Back) to GarageBand 10

Apple has once again given GarageBand users the ability to export songs as MP3s in an update to the consumer music recording solution. GarageBand 10.0.2 also adds three new drummers for those who bought the in-app purchase, as well as other improvements.

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12:00
Your iPhone is About to Have a Lot More Ads

It goes without saying that there has been a massive move to mobile, smart digital devices ever since Apple introduced the iPhone in 2007 with adequate Internet access. Accordingly, advertising goes where the eyeballs are and is about to follow.

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10:41
Apps: Cosmos, NCAA March Madness Live, NFB StopMo...

FOX Broadcasting Company’s Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (free) is a companion app to the new 13-part FOX series, Cosmos. The app offers a full view of an interactive cosmic calendar which visualizes the history of the universe throughout the year. Episode sneak peeks and synopses are included along with…

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09:45
OS X Server: Managing Safari plug-in options using a...

In Safari 6.1.2 and 7.0.2, Safari plug-in options can be managed using the configuration profiles feature of OS X Server.

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09:09
Fitbit Hit with Class Action Lawsuit Over Force Band...

Fitbit recalled its Fitbit Force wristband fitness tracker after some users complained of skin rashes. That wasn't enough for Jim Spivey because a class action lawsuit was filed on his behalf against the company claiming they didn't do enough to warn users of the possibility of skin irritation.The Mac Observer Spin: It's one thing to file a class action lawsuit against Fitbit when you personally suffered from the Force rash. The main plaintiff in this case, however, didn't. Maybe there was a better way for him to handle his disappointment with the company.

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07:07
Sponsor: Get MacX DVD Ripper Pro for Free This Week

I'd like to thank Digiarty for again sponsoring TMO this week. They're always good for a very useful freebee, and this time is no different. In fact, this time is even better than last! From now until the 24th, they're giving away MacX DVD Ripper Pro for free just for you.

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05:56
First Apple Retailer, FirstTech, to Shut Down

FirstTech may not be a familiar name, but it holds a special place in the history of technology because it was the very first store to sell Apple's personal computers. Time marches on, and now the Minneapolis-based retailer is closing its doors after more than 35 years in business, and will be taking a little bit of the glory days of the personal computing frontier days with it.The Mac Observer Spin: Smaller companies can't compete with retail and service providers working on the national level, so they're slowly dropping off the map. It's sad to see independent retailers close shop, and it's sad to see the very first Apple II retailer go out of business.

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05:22
China Mobile added 1M new iPhone users in February

China Mobile sold about one million new iPhones in February according to Chief Executive Li Yue. “We added 1.34 million new 4G users in February and most of them are iPhone users. We are happy with the progress as we are still building our 4G network and the coverage is…

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05:05
EA Patches Flaw, Blocks Apple ID Phishing Scam

The gaming company EA has fixed a security flaw that let hackers use one of its servers to stage a phishing scam to trick victims into revealing their Apple IDs. Hackers used known issues in a years-old version of a Web calendar module as their hook into EA's servers.The Mac Observer Spin: It's great that EA acted so quickly to shut down the phishing scam. It isn't so great that they still had a version of WebCalendar from 2008 with known security vulnerabilities sitting there ready and waiting for hackers.

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Wednesday March 19

20:28
Take a screenshot on your Mac

Learn how to take pictures of your screen (screenshots) on your Mac. These screenshots are saved as files on your desktop.

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17:47
ACM 247: New iPhones, Old iPads, and Sorting Out...

Apple added an 8GB version of the iPhone 5C to its product lineup, but not in many markets. The company also replaced the iPad 2 with the formerly discontinued fourth generation iPad, Microsoft is finally bringing its Office suite to the iPad, and it turns out DigiTimes reports aren't always wrong. All that, and Jeff and Bryan fill you in on their upcoming Macworld/iWorld appearances.

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17:15
Bryan, Jeff, and John Interviewed Hither and Yon

The staff at The Mac Observer has been busy all over the Interwebs, including video podcasts and radio interviews you can stream. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro appeared on the Tech Night Owl radio show, and Jeff Gamet was interviewed on video as part of Chuck Joiner's Road to Macworld series.

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14:35
Resize Image Lets You Scale Images Quickly on iPhone

Resize Image is a handy little free app for your iPhone. It's exactly what it says on the tin, you can scale images down from their current size, either by file size or by pixel measurement. Bonus: You get to determine what those pre-set sizes are, so if you need something particular just adjust the preferences. As noted in an iTunes review, this is great because you don't have to send full size iPhone photos over iMessage/MMS. Second, this is fab for those working with a blog platform or other web service where you want to send a smaller version of your picture from your phone instead of having to email it to yourself for further jiggery-pokery on your computer. It's ad-supported, but the US$1.99 IAP removes them if you prefer. [Via TUAW]

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11:20
Apple TV Critics Are Not Looking at the Big Picture

The frenzy of HDMI dongles on the market or just announced reveals that Apple's competitors are taking the easy road and don't understand what customers really want in the world of TV.

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10:50
Jesse Jackson Targets Apple, Other Tech Companies...

Jesse Jackson is set to visit HP's Annual Shareholder Meeting Wednesday as part of the Digital Inclusion Initiative, drawing attention to the lack of diversity in leadership positions throughout Silicon Valley.The Mac Observer Spin: Jesse Jackson is not wrong, and the numbers that back him up are pretty bleak.

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10:15
EA Games Site Hacked to Steal Apple IDs

EA Games has a headache on its hands thanks to hackers that compromised one of their servers to use as a phishing scheme to steal Apple IDs. The hackers crafted a login page that asks for users Apple ID information, along with their credit card number, birthday, and other bits of information that would be handy for anyone wanting to steal your identity.The Mac Observer Spin: Phishing scams are a real pain because once you've been tricked into giving up your personal information, your bank accounts, online logins and identity are in someone else's hands. This hack probably could've been avoided if EA had updated some of the web modules they're using on their servers.

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09:26
Hacked EA game site phishing for Apple IDs

An EA Games server is hosting a phishing site that’s asking for Apple IDs, passwords, and credit card information, according to anti-fraud Internet services company Netcraft. Two websites in the ea.com domain use the compromised server, which redirects users to the actual Apple ID website after entering their confidential…

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07:35
Analyst: Q2 iPhone Sales to Hit 42M, Blow by Wall...

Apple's second quarter iPhone sales will hit the 42 million mark, coming in above the market consensus of 38 million. That high number comes from Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty who said everyone has been reading the supply chain information wrong.The Mac Observer Spin: 42 million iPhones versus 38 million? That's some serious money for Apple's bottom line. If she's right, it'll be interesting to see how Wall Street responds: happiness for beating their estimates, or disappointment for not beating then enough.

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06:21
iPad Switch Out Takes On Samsung’s New Tablets

Apple dropped the iPad 2 as its lower priced tablet on Tuesday and replaced it with the formerly discontinued fourth generation iPad with Retina Display. Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um thinks that was a smart move because it puts Apple in a better competitive position against Samsung and its new Galaxy TabPRO product line.The Mac Observer Spin: Apple's fourth generation iPad may be old gear in technology terms, but it still offers a great feature set at a good price point. It beats Samsung's new Galaxy TabPRO price point, and for consumers who were already thinking about an iPad, that may be enough to keep them from looking at Samsung's tablets.

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05:28
Checkmark 2 for the iPhone Takes Your Task Lists to...

Snowman's just released Checkmark 2 for the iPhone and iPod touch is a cool task list manager for keeping track of pretty much anything at your desk or on the go. The new version includes iCloud Sync support, date-specific reminders based on locations, easy to set recurring reminders for daily, weekly, bi-weekly and monthly tasks, one-tap rescheduling, and more. You'll need iOS 7 to run Checkmark, and it's currently available through the App Store for half price at US$2.99.

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04:33
iPhoto: Search Your Photos by Date

Wondering where certain pictures ended up in your iPhoto library? You can find them by the date they were taken, without having to page through all your events! We think this built-in date search is pretty darned handy, especially if youâve got a ton of images, and itâs easy to use, too. In this Quick Tip, Melissa Holt will tell us how.

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Tuesday March 18

14:12
Disney CEO Says ‘The Incredibles’ Sequel from PIXAR...

Good news, fans of Pixar's The Incredibles: a sequel is, at long last, in the works. Disney CEO Bog Iger told analysts and investors that Brad Bird, the writer and director of the first movie, is working on a script for a sequel.

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13:47
Apple CEO Cook slams new ‘Haunted Empire’ book

Apple CEO Tim Cook has issued a strongly-worded statement slamming “Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs,” a new book by former Wall Street Journal technology reporter Yukari Iwatani Kane. Cook said in a statement to CNBC, “This nonsense belongs with some of the other books I’ve read about Apple.…

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13:44
Google Announces Android Wearables Developer Preview...

Google has announced Tuesday Android Wear, which is primarily a way to carry Android through to wearable technology (namely, watches). There's a Developer Preview available now for those (with Android Developer accounts) curious about what wearing Android devices will entail.The Mac Observer Spin: Now that a lot of Android's rough edges are much smoother, this might be an interesting idea if the fragmentation issue can be overcome and device compatibility hurdles are much lower. There's a lot of possibility here, especially for whoever can strike a balance between readable display and comfortable-to-wear accessory.

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13:10
How to Assign an App to a Specific Mavericks Desktop

If you have multiple displays, there are two operating modes in Mavericks. You can have one big - or two independent desktops. Here's how to assign an application to a specific desktop.

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12:35
Automatic Link Talks to Your Car’s Computer, Reports...

Have you seen Automatic Link? If you haven't, check it out. It's a device that connects directly to your car's onboard computer and relays the data to your iPhone or Android device. The app can then give you feedback about your driving-if you then act on that feedback, your mileage could improve. You also get detailed diagnostic information, the kind of information normally available only to your mechanic, including decoding your Check Engine light. Cool, right? The device is available now for US$99.95 (no subscription required), it works only in the U.S., and it works with, "just about any gasoline engine car sold in the U.S. since 1996."

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11:03
Apple releases iTunes 11.1.6 beta to employees

Apple has released iTunes 11.1.6 beta to its employees, 9to5Mac reports. The beta restores the ability to sync contacts and calendar information to an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch from a Mac running OS X 10.9.3, which is also in beta. Apple had previously removed the ability to sync…

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10:39
Apple Launches ‘Films Funded on Kickstarter’ Page on...

Apple has launched a page on iTunes dedicated to films that were funded through Kickstarter campaigns. A subsection of the "Independent" category, "Films Funded on Kickstarter" debuted featuring Veronica Mars.

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09:12
Virtualize OS X using vSphere on Mac hardware

On my blog, I have written a 3 page blogpost about virtualizing OS X using vSphere on Mac hardware.In the blogpost I try to answer the below questions:

  • What is required to virtualize OS X?
  • Which hardware is supported, and which hardware works?
  • How to license OS X in a virtual environment?
  • What are best practices for running OS X in a virtual environment?
  • How to safely deploy OS X from a template?
  • How to backup OS X in a virtual environment?

Check out the blogpost here: Virtualize OS X using vSphere on Mac hardwareAbout Mads Fog AlbrechtslundFormer Apple Expert turned Virtualization Consultant. Now passionate about both Apple technology and VMware virtualization. Working for Businessmann A/S in Denmark....

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09:01
Flying Toasters Screen Saver Recreated in CSS

There was a time when the Flying Toasters screen saver from After Dark was a stunning thing to see on your trusty old Mac Quadra. Or Centris. Or Performa. At the time, that took native apps and some serious processing power to render those screen savers and save our CRT displays from image burn-in. Bryan Braun has brought Flying Toasters, along with other After Dark screen savers, back to life, and he did it all with CSS. That means you can relive Fish, Spotlight, Rainstorm, Warp, and more right in your browser -- and you can do it on your Mac, iPad or iPhone. No kidding.

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06:45
Apps: Angry Birds Epic, Bears vs. Art, Facebook 8.0...

In Angry Birds Epic (Free), just soft launched in the Australian, Canadian, and New Zealand App Stores, Rovio has brought its most famous characters into an unusual new genre: a tactical RPG where the birds navigate through a fantasy world, battling bad piggies along the way. Combat is handled…

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06:24
Microsoft to Finally Bring Office to the iPad in...

Microsoft is reportedly ready to release a version of its Office suite for the iPad this month, which seems like something of a contradiction considering former CEO Steve Ballmer routinely said Apple's tablet isn't a device for serious work. The new CEO, Satya Nadella, is expected to announce Office for the iPad ahead of the company's Build conference in early April.The Mac Observer Spin: If Office for the iPad is little more than a shell for Office 365, Microsoft shouldn't even bother. There are already plenty of Office-compatible alternatives that run natively on iOS.

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05:46
About the OS X Server v3.1 Update

Learn about changes included in the OS X Server v3.1 Update.

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05:43
About Apple Remote Desktop 3.7.2

Learn about Apple Remote Desktop 3.7.2.

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05:27
Apple Drops iPad 2, Brings Back iPad 4

Apple unceremoniously put the iPad 2 out to pasture on Tuesday when it replaced the entry level model with the fourth generation iPad. Apple had offered the iPad 2 as a lower priced option to the iPad Air at US$399, and now it's offering the previously discontinued iPad 4 at the same price point.The Mac Observer Spin: As of now, the only non-Lightning connector iOS device in Apple's lineup is the iPhone 4S. Bonus: Your $399 gets you a lot more iPad than it did on Monday.

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04:38
Apple Adds More Market Competition with 8GB iPhone 5C

True to Monday's reports, Apple launched an 8GB version of the iPhone 5C Tuesday morning. It's available in the E.U. and U.K right now, and will presumably show up on Apple's U.S. website later this morning.The Mac Observer Spin: It'll be interesting to see what the 8GB iPhone 5C does for Apple's sales. The iPhone 5S is selling well, as is the iPhone 4S. At a price point that's just $60 below the 16GB model, the 8GB iPhone 5C may be enough to keep customers who are dead set on buying Apple, but it probably isn't enough to pull in shoppers who are looking hard at Android alternatives.

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04:07
Apple adds 8GB iPhone 5c, re-launches 4th-gen iPad,...

Confirming reports yesterday, Apple officially expanded the iPhone lineup this morning by adding an 8GB version of the plastic-bodied iPhone 5c, and changed the iPad family by discontinuing the aging iPad 2 in favor of the fourth-generation iPad, also known as the “iPad with Retina display.” It appears that neither…

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Monday March 17

18:47
Sydney (Australia) Mac Admins March 2014 Meet Up

To All Sydney Mac Admins,Our 3rd Meeting of the year is scheduled for the 26th of March.We have a booking at 6pm for the Fulton Room at Hart’s Pub, Corner of Essex & Gloucester St, The Rocks.This months agenda: 6:00-6:30pm – Drinks and Introductions. 6:30-7:30pm – Main presentation: “Six quick wins that you can implement in an afternoon to make managing your macs easier”. The idea is to present in 5-15 minutes a mud map on how to implement a solution that can be done in an afternoon that makes your job and your users jobs easier. We have a few ideas, but welcome further submissions, even on the night. 7:30-8:00pm – What is bugging you this week? A chance to share issues that you are facing in your environment and get help from your fellow admins. Also an opportunity to share issues that you have solved that may help others. 8:00pm – informal discussion.If you can’t make next Wednesday, we are planning on meeting monthly on the last Wednesday of the month.Email...

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17:13
Microsoft Steps into Evernote Territory with OneNote...

Microsoft is making a move into Evernote's market on the Mac with its OneNote app. The app has been available to Windows users for some time, but not for the Mac until now.The Mac Observer Spin: This is something Microsoft should've brought to the Mac years ago. Instead, they left the market open for Evernote -- and by extension, they left the iPhone and iPad market in Evernote's hands, too. Microsoft may be big, but that doesn't mean they can take down Evernote.

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16:13
Apple to bring back iPad 4 on Tuesday?

Apple will bring back the fourth-generation iPad on Tuesday, 9to5Mac reports. According to a source, Apple stores have been receiving shipments of the previously discontinued iPad. Both Wi-Fi and LTE black and white 16GB models have arrived in stores. It’s likely that Apple will make the 16GB fourth-gen iPad…

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15:40
Microsoft Office to make iPad debut March 27

Microsoft will unveil Office for iPad at a March 27 event, The Verge reports. The iPhone and iPod versions of Office were released last June. Apparently, the iPad version will be similar, requiring an Office 365 subscription for editing. Document creation and editing will reportedly be supported in…

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15:32
SoundPad Combines iPad Stand and Portable Stereo...

We have a deal on a cool stand for iPads (and other tablets) designed around watching videos and movies. It's a stand with a built-in rechargeable battery that powers stereo speakers. The stand is adjustable, and the battery will power the speakers for up to 8 hours. Your iPad sees the speakers through Bluetooth, meaning no wires are necessary. Thanks to our friends at StackSocial, we can offer it to you US$45.99-it has an MSRP of $70.

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15:10
Apple Might Be Replacing iPad 2 with $399 iPad 4

Apple is about to replace the US$399 iPad 2 with a $399 iPad 4, a move that would dramatically increase the value of Apple's entry-level iPad price point. Online reports say that iPad 4 units have been delivered to Apple Store locations with instructions not to open them until Tuesday, March 18th.

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14:15
Former Apple Marketing VP Talks About Steve Jobs

If you've ever wondered what it was like working for the late Steve Jobs, check out what Allison Johnson has to say. Ms. Johnson was Apple's Vice President of World Wide Marketing for Apple from 2005 to 2011, when she left to found advertising company West. During her tenure at Apple, she oversaw the launch of marketing campaigns such as "Mac vs. PC" and "There's an App for That," and she often worked directly with Steve Jobs. She was recently interviewed at the 99U conference by Behanceâs Scott Belsky, and the topics of discussion included her time at Apple and Mr. Jobs. Among the interesting quotes, she said, âHe spent as much time in my world as he did in Jonyâs world. Those were the two parts of the company he cared a lot about.â Check out the full interview in this video. [Via Cult of Mac]...

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13:44
Imitone Kickstarter Project Converts Singing Into...

Wow, talk about a Kickstarter project aimed directly at me! Evan Balster has developed software for the Mac and PC called imitone that takes the notes you sing and turns them into MIDI signals. I can't tell you how many songs I've started by humming something only to forget it before I sit down with a guitar. In fact, I've taken to recording Voice Memos on my iPhone where I sing various parts and offer notes to myself on what I'm thinking. With imitone, I could sing them to my Mac (note to Evan, bring imitone to iOS, please!) and import the MIDI data directly to Logic and put together a quick demo. I say Logic, imitone's MIDI data works with any MIDI software. The software is fully functional, but the Kickstarter money will be used to better refine the Interface with a professional designer for commercial release. Evan has already raised more than US$18,600 of his $20,000 goal, and funding options that get you a copy of the software start at $25.

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13:20
Apple Starts Charging for Out-of-Warranty Online...

Apple has begun charging customers for online chat support on products that are out-of-warranty. The company will charge US$19.99 per incident for such support, though customers can request an exemption.

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