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Sunday March 23

18:20
Apple wants its own path on Comcast network for...

Apple

Apple is negotiating with Comcast in an attempt to create "a streaming-television service that would use an Apple set-top box and get special treatment on Comcast's cables to ensure it bypasses congestion on the Web," the Wall Street Journal reported today. The usual "people familiar with the matter" revealed the companies' plans, which would involve streaming live and on-demand TV programming to an Apple set-top box, presumably the Apple TV.
If accurate, Comcast would have to be careful not to violate network neutrality obligations. The Federal Communications Commission's rules against Internet service providers giving special treatment to specific Web services were vacated by a court decision, but Comcast still has to follow...

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17:13
Apple in Talks with Comcast to Provide Streaming TV...

Apple is in talks with Comcast about using the cable provider's network for a streaming TV service to be integrated in a future version of the Apple TV, reports The Wall Street Journal. According to the report, Apple's set top-box would be able to access Comcast's wide variety of channels for a monthly subscription, with the Apple TV receiving "special treatment" from Comcast when connected to its cable network to ensure that it would bypass congestion on the Internet for optimal streaming. Apple's intention is to allow users to stream live and on-demand TV programming and digital-video recordings stored in the "cloud," effectively taking the place of a traditional cable set-top box. ...Under the plan Apple proposed to Comcast, Apple's video streams would be treated as a "managed service" traveling in Internet protocol format—similar to cable video-on-demand or phone service...

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17:01
Apple reportedly discussing the possibility of a TV...


The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple is now in talks with Comcast about the possibility of a collaborative television streaming service. The plan, according to the report, is for Comcast to provide preferential streaming treatment to an Apple-built set-top box like the existing Apple TV.
The service would allow subscribers to stream live TV shows as well as on-demand content provided by Comcast. The agreement between the two companies would allow Apple’s box to continue streaming smoothly even when other connections were bogged down by high traffic and bypass bandwidth issues.

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16:39
Downcast 1.0.11

Adds an audio-only option for playing video podcasts. ($9.99 new, free update, 6.5 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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16:30
Talkcast tonight, 7pm PDT/10pm EDT: Macworld/iWorld...

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

Sunday has once again come upon us, and with it comes another TUAW talkcast!

Not just...

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16:20
PopChar X 6.5

Adds a custom insertion technique for apps that don’t reliably support direct event-based insertion of characters. (€29.99 new, free update, 3.7 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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15:09
With Android Wear, Google fires first shot in...

Google's aggressive stance with Android Wear, putting industrial design -- rather than tech specs or bundled software -- at the forefront, reveals the makings of a strategy designed to take on Apple at their own game.

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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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13:00
Bitcoin exchange Vircurex heads into insolvency,...

Another Bitcoin exchange has run into financial problems, following in the wake of other recent turmoil surrounding the currency after the collapse of Mt. Gox. Vircurex, based in Beijing, is faced with insolvency, causing the company to immediately halt withdrawals. Starting March 24, the company will put a freeze on all customer accounts....  ...

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12:30
Crytek releases new CryEngine subscription program...

Not to be outdone by Epic Games, game developer Crytek has announced a new pricing plan for its CryEngine called an "Engine -as-a-Service" (EaaS) program for developers. The program consists of a $10 license fee per month that is royalty-free. This undercuts Epic Game's recent announcement that it would price its Unreal Engine 4 at $19 per month, with a five percent royalty on gross revenues....  ...

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12:21
iTubeX 9.7 - Download media from almost any website...

iTubeX allows you to download videos (Flash, HTML5, and others), .mp3, and .swf files from almost any website as easily as possible. You can also choose to save only the audio of a video as a .mp3 file and save complete webpages as .jpg, .png, .tiff, .pdf (with or without links) or .eps files. iTubeX also has a feature to convert files into a lot of other filetypes, for the iPhone, iPod Touch, other mobile phones and even more filetypes.Version 9.7:

  • Fixed download issues.
  • Fixed a rare audio playback issue.
  • Correctly code signed.

OS X 10.5 or laterDownload Now

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11:55
HighPoint releases RocketStor 6328 Thunderbolt 2...

One of the first hardware RAID adapters for Thunderbolt 2 has popped up on the market from accessory maker HighPoint. The RocketStor 6328 features seven RAID configurations, supporting SAS and SATA hard drives and solid state drives....  ...

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11:42
Review two-pack: Just Mobile’s latest iPhone...


As we have previously noted, Just Mobile sells a variety of premium accessories primarily for Apple products that are made out of aluminum. These designs and materials are similar to what Apple makes for its own products, so Just Mobile’s accessories are popular items for fans of Apple’s product design. For the past few weeks, we have been testing out some of Just Mobile’s latest iPhone accessories: the AluFrame and the AluCup Grande. You can find our full reviews below:

AluFrame

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11:16
New tax law could see UK iTunes customers paying up...


Members of the UK government are seeking to close a tax loophole that currently allows online music, app, and book downloads to avoid the country’s 20% “value added tax” in favor of much lower international tax rates, reports The Guardian. If the push is successful, iTunes customers in the UK will instead be taxed at the appropriate rate for their own country.
However, the new law won’t go into effect until January 1, 2015, so there’s still time for things to change. Supporters of the change say that it will lead to more fair competition...

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11:01
Apple Maps gains 3D flyover support in three new...

Saint-Tropez, France
Apple added 3D flyover support in its Maps application for Mac and iOS to three new cities this weekend: Perth, Australia; Saint-Tropez, France; and Cordoba, Spain. This addition comes just a few months after Apple added flyover support for Cape Town and others as the company continues to expand its coverage to...

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10:53
App Store and iTunes Prices in UK May Increase Up to...

Apple's iTunes and App Store downloads may see a price increase next year when new UK laws take effect. The Guardian reports that the most recently introduced budget closes a loophole that allowed digital downloads to avoid UK taxes.The budget document said: "As announced at budget 2013, the government will legislate to change the rules for the taxation of intra-EU business to consumer supplies of telecommunications, broadcasting and e-services. From 1 January 2015 these services will be taxed in the member state in which the consumer is located, ensuring these are taxed fairly and helping to protect revenue."Digital download retailers such as Apple and Amazon presently avoid the UK's 20% VAT by selling from countries such as Luxembourg where the tax rate is only 3%. Under the new law, downloads to UK customers will be taxed at the higher 20% rate. The change appears to affect...

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10:15
Briefly: Nokia Pocket Magnifier, Newsbeat launches...

Last week Nokia released a new app for the Windows Phone to help people with vision issues or those that need bigger text in their day to day activities. The aptly named Pocket Magnifier was developed with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) in the UK to use a phone's camera to enhance text. The app allows for frames to be frozen for steady reading, offers filters to help define text and allows the use of an LED (flash) to light up the object being read. Owners of a number of Nokia Windows Phones utilizing their cameras now have another use for their device if they need assista... ...

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09:50
Review: $90 Kanex SimpleDock is a beautiful USB 3/...

We’ve reviewed a fair bit of Thunderbolt docks for Mac here and one thing remains constant: The starting prices range well over $200 (Belkin’s a deal at $150) and that’s before you buy an expensive $30 Thunderbolt cable. The question is: Do you really need Thunderbolt to have a quality/usable dock for your MacBook? Can you get almost all of what you need just from USB 3?
Kanex sent me their $90...

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07:01
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 24...

Notable software releases this week include Apple Remote Desktop 3.7.2 and GarageBand 10.0.2. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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06:34
Tony Fadell, Nest founder, now with Google,...

The interview is behind a paywall. You can read a few quotes shared by Loop reader Rob Richman on his blog.
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06:22
A drone that can hack into your phone?

This is really no different than the danger you face when you go out in any crowded public space. But that doesn’t mean the danger is not real. Pretty interesting.
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06:00
Produce Random Complex Passwords in Excel

Recently, I’ve been spending a lot of time normalizing data in Excel. And when I needed to generate a bunch of passwords for a project, I almost switched to another tool to do so. But I decided that I was already in Excel so I might as well do it there. Excel has a couple of random (pseudorandom) number and character functions in RAND() and RANDBETWEEN(). In its simplest, let’s just pick a number between one and ten:
=RANDBETWEEN(1,10)
Now let’s pick a number that’s 9 characters after a decimal:
=RAND()
Or make it a regular nine character number:
=RAND()*1000000000
Regrettably numbers are OK for passwords. So let’s bump up our game a little and produce a random letter that can be used in a password (64+26=90):
=CHAR(RANDBETWEEN(65,90))
Or for more complex characters (thus allowing for more modern passwords):
=CHAR(TRUNC(RAND()*90+33))
You can then add an ampersand after and throw it in again, like so (minus the = to kick...

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05:56
Google founder Sergey Brin’s Stanford resume, with...

I found this amusing. Someone posted a link to Sergey Brin’s Stanford resume, before he founded Google. That alone is kind of cool. But they also dug into the source code and found a little gem embedded in a comment in the resume code.
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05:00
RoomScan creates floor plans automatically

Now here's a clever idea for an app: using the position sensors in your iPhone, the free RoomScan app creates a pretty accurate floor plan (within a foot or so) of any room.

When you launch the app you'll see some help screens, and there are links...

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04:21
How your tweets reveal your home location

Geotagged tweets and images can breach privacy walls and even cost lives:

But it also raises privacy issues, particularly when users are unaware, or forget that, their tweets are geotagged. Various celebrities are thought to have given away their home locations in this way. And in 2007, four Apache helicopters belonging to the US Army were destroyed by mortars in Iraq when insurgents worked out their location using geotagged images published by American soldiers.

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04:04
An unknown iOS 7 feature that is a real game changer

Ever hear of the Multipeer Connectivity framework? No reason you should, unless you are an iOS developer and keep up with the latest and greatest evolutions in networking. But this is a game changer. Read the post for details.
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Saturday March 22

23:44
Review: Sharp's 32" 4K display is a high-...

Apple has made clear its intent to support ultra high-resolution displays with the latest Mac and OS X products, but without a 4K display of its own (yet) the company sells only one UHD monitor as a go-along with its flagship Mac Pro: Sharp's PN-K321.

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20:33
Briefly: Telegram app security updates, Wendy's...

Messaging app Telegram been updated for both iOS and Android devices, featuring voice notes and new security options. Telegram users can now send audio recordings to one another, with the option depicted with a microphone to the right of the message field. In respects to security, individual messages within its Secret Chats section can now be deleted, offering greater privacy and control over message histories. Free to download, Telegram can be found through the iTunes Store and Google Play.... ...

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19:59
VueScan 9.4.27 - Scanner software with advanced...

VueScan is a scanning program that works with most high-quality flatbed and film scanners to produce scans that have excellent color fidelity and color balance. VueScan is easy to use, and has advanced features for restoring faded colors, batch scanning and other features used by professional photographers. Why should you use VueScan?

  • Easy to use - just run VueScan, press Preview, adjust the cropping, then press Scan.
  • Accurate colors - uses ICC profiles and IT8 calibration.
  • Powerful - dozens of advanced options.
  • Faster workflow - can edit one image while the next image is being scanned (most scanner software won't let you work with one image while another is being scanned).
  • Simple to install - installing VueScan changes nothing on your system, installs nothing in your operating system and all other scanner software will continue to function.
  • Award winning - 2002 "Best Utility", Mac Addict Magazine.
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14:00
Apple reportedly considering on-demand music service...

Apple may be considering a number of intriguing changes to its music strategy, according to a Billboard report published on Friday.

The music publication relays that Apple has "opened exploratory" talks with record labels regarding the potential for...

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12:06
Briefly: Monochrome 2.0.1 update, Evernote for iOS...

Einstein's Legacy has announced the release of an update of its image batch conversion software, Monochrome v2.0.1. The application offers users the ability to convert batches of color images to grayscale, providing control over the conversion process and applied effects, creating a consistent-looking set of output images. Its latest version features faster GPU-based image rendering, additional conversion methods, thirty new image effects, and new options for previewing, printing and sharing images....  ...

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12:35
Facebook's DeepFace facial software nears human...

Facebook has revealed in a research paper that it has discovered a way to match faces in two different photographs with 97.25 percent accuracy. The research has aided in the development of a software project called DeepFace which only slightly trails the facial recognition measured average of a human by only 0.28 percent....  ...

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12:00
Bigger isn't always better

Here we see the PowerBook 140 in its natural habitat, having just pounced upon a 13-inch MacBook Pro w/Retina. The PowerBook will now consume its prey whole, digesting it over a period of several days.

[Photo credit: raneko]...

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11:39
iPhone 5c outsold Blackberry, Windows Phone and...

This is surprising, given all the doom and gloom in the press.
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10:10
Symantec dumps CEO Steve Bennett amidst slow...

The anti-virus company Symantec fired its CEO this week adding to the list of troubles for the ailing security software company who has seen revenues decline as the PC market cooled and more competitors entered the fray. The termination of Steve Bennett marks the most recent high profile exit for Symantec who has seen five other senior executives part ways with the company since July....  ...

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09:20
Adobe Creative Cloud 2.5.0.367 - Everything new from...

Adobe Creative Cloud costs $49.99/month (or less if you're a previous Creative Suite customer). Creative Suite 6 is still available for purchase (without a monthly plan) if you prefer. Introducing Adobe Creative Cloud desktop applications, including Adobe Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC. They're the next generation of CS tools. Get hundreds of all-new features. Keep your entire creative world in sync: files, feedback from team members, fonts, settings, and updates. And, as always, your applications live on your desktop, not in a browser and not in the cloud. With Creative Cloud, your entire creative world is synced and organized for you across multiple devices. Track comments posted to shared files, keep tabs on your work and your followers on Behance, respond to invitations to join a project...

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09:05
Rhapsody and Napster to bring The Echo Nest...

Rhapsody International, the company that houses both Rhapsody and Napster music streaming services, says it cutting ties with the music recommendation system The Echo Nest. The move comes not long after Spotify purchased The Echo Nest for an undisclosed sum at the beginning of March....  ...

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08:32
Pixelmator

My thanks to Pixelmator for sponsoring The Loop’s RSS feed this week. Pixelmator is one of the apps that I use every day and have for years. It’s very powerful, but yet approachable, allowing new users to instantly manipulate their images. There is no better image editor.
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07:40
The rig used in Jimmy Fallon’s iPad duet with Billy...

Nice job by Apple Insider’s Neil Hughes to pull together the details on the hardware used by Jimmy Fallon and Billy Joel on their fantastic duet.

If you missed it, our servers were rocked yesterday when Tim Cook tweeted our blog post sharing the performance. Yesterday was a lot of fun.
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07:18
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings’ blog post on Net...

If discussions of net neutrality make your eyes glaze over, this is a good read. Clear and thoughtful, without being too parochial. I recognize that Netflix has a vested interest in how this plays out, but you can’t ignore the fact that Reed Hastings has a unique vantage point. He’s at the center of this storm.
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07:09
BlackBerry selling most of its Canadian real estate...

Smart, smart move. If BlackBerry is going to survive, lean and mean is the way to go.
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06:58
Imogen Heap, her incredible music controlling gloves...

[VIDEO] I remember the moment I discovered Imogen Heap. I was watching Saturday Night Live and one of Andy Samburg’s Digital Shorts came on, called Dear Sister. It was crazy weird, funny as hell, and the music grabbed me immediately. If you are interested in this part of the story, watch the second of the embedded videos. The song is called Hide and Seek.

The real point of this post is Imogen Heap’s new Kickstarter project. If you play an electronic keyboard or any sort of MIDI controlled device, watch the first of the embedded videos.

The Mi.Mu gloves are MIDI and...

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06:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Pushing buttons

Pushing buttonsThis week's iPad-case roundup comes to you with leather that will make your tablet look spiffy every day of the year. We also have a couple accessories that put keys back where they belong, and one that will turn you into a mobile identity machine.D&DThe Varsity (iPad Air; $50) is a ruggedized case designed to protect your tablet from everyday accidents.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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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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06:13
Could China's new Search Engine be a Google...

A new Chinese-language online search engine - Chinaso.com - was launched Friday, marking China's first search service set up by the country's major news organizations. China is the world's largest market and it looks like they're trying to rid itself of Google. Though to be honest, there's an emerging trend in China that is out to challenge, if not eventually marginalize, traditional US based software kings.

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06:09
Soccer broke my brain

A riveting, first person essay about concussions.

The grass and goals are spinning when I stand up. My vision is laced with black spots. It is alarming, but I make an athlete’s calculus, measuring these symptoms against the need to show some grit to this skeptical audience. After a brief break, I rejoin practice. Passes and players ricochet past me and I can’t get anywhere quick enough. I can’t read plays as they unfold. The black spots linger. I’ve slammed my brain hard against my skull.

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06:05
See an airplane flying overhead? Siri can tell you...

Follow the headline link for all the details, but here’s the short and sweet version. Fire up Siri and say:

Flights overhead

If you are in a relatively urban area, you might be amazed at how many planes are overhead at any given moment.

We did a small Twitter experiment this morning, and it seem like the Wolfram Alpha database that makes this work only has data for North America. If you see an exception to this, please let me know (@davemark).
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06:00
Test Volume Speeds for Xsan Metadata Controllers

I have used a variety of tools for testing the speed of Xsan volumes. But none have been as easy as the BlackMagic Disk Speed Test. It’s cute, it’s fast, it’s very informative and it requires no Terminal, unlike the other tools I’ve used for years. To use Disk Speed Test, first download it from the Mac App Store (it’s free). Then mount the volume you’d like to test and open the Disk Speed Test app.

 
Click on the Settings icon in the middle and select the volume you’d like to test.

Then click Start. Enjoy.

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06:00
Caturday: Sir Steve's iMac G3 castle

Sir Steve Cat is a British Shorthair Silver Tabby living in Hungary who is obviously royalty -- after all, why else would he have his own iMac G3 castle to live in? Owner Szergely says that Sir Steve is now about 11 weeks old.

Sir Steve has his very...

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05:34
The daily routines of geniuses

A fascinating read. Here’s just a taste:

Jane Austen asked that a certain squeaky hinge never be oiled, so that she always had a warning when someone was approaching the room where she wrote. William Faulkner, lacking a lock on his study door, just detached the doorknob and brought it into the room with him.

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04:55
∞ Twitter music app is gone, existing app will...

Twitter Music is an experiment that never quite caught on.

Here’s the official goodbye tweet.

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04:50
How to manage your iTunes or App Store subscriptions...
04:28
Music to Apple's Ears: the iPhone is Mobile...

Yesterday we reported that China Mobile had reported their first financial loss in 14 years as they surge ahead with their buildout of their new 4G network. We also noted that Mobile China only began selling Apple's iPhones very late in December which couldn't boost their yearend profits. Today, news has come to light about a comment that China Mobile Chairman Xi Guohua made during his conference call that is ...

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03:06
Apple's iPhone 5c 'failure flop'...

From the constant harping about the supposed "failure" of Apple's iPhone 5c, you'd think the phone is selling poorly. The reality is that middle tier model, while dramatically less popular than Apple's top of the line iPhone 5s, still managed to outsell every Blackberry, every Windows Phone and every Android flagship in the winter quarter, including Samsung's Galaxy S4.

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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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10:50
A Touchscreen Remote With a Next Gen Apple TV Would...

There are many technical issues related to a next generation TV system, as conceived by Apple. But one small area where Apple could cash in on its expertise would be a touchscreen remote, a simpler, less expensive version of the iPod touch to accompany a 4th generation Apple TV.

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07:11
Apple Looks for iPhone 5C Sales Boost with New 8GB...

Apple is reportedly ready to add a lower cost 8GB version of the iPhone 5C to its product lineup, and the new model could hit store shelves early this week. Apple currently offers the iPhone 5C in 16GB and 32GB versions, and word on the street is that neither are selling as well as the iPhone 5S or the older entry-level iPhone 4S.The Mac Observer Spin: If the iPhone 5C isn't selling well, then adding in a lower priced model could help draw in potential buyers who are worried about their overall smartphone startup costs. The crowd that only wants free phones, however, won't be looking beyond the older iPhone 4S.

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06:45
Apple TV adds ACC Sports channel

Apple has added an ACC Sports channel to Apple TV. The channel offers game highlights, interviews, insider reports, player profiles and more on Atlantic Coast Conference athletics. NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament previews are also included in a Campus Insiders section. Like…

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06:07
Apple launches $20/incident post-warranty chat...

Apple today has started charging out-of-warranty customers for for online chat support — it now costs users $20 per incident for support. The company’s new web payment system, first reported weeks ago, is having difficulties thus far, 9to5Mac reports. It’s likely Apple will offer exceptions for payments until…

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05:52
Steve Jobs Killed Apple Television Idea in Secret...

The notion of an Apple-branded television may sound exciting, but Apple co-founder Steve Jobs shot down the idea before he stepped down as company CEO. His revelation came during a secret meeting with the company's top executives and sales people, and seem contradictory to the ongoing rumors that Apple has been designing just that.The Mac Observer Spin: I've been saying all along that a television just doesn't make sense for Apple. Instead, sell the Apple TV and let people connect it to whatever television they want. Profit margins will be higher for Apple, and it's a product the company can convince consumers to replace more often than every seven years.

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05:43
Apple to release 8GB iPhone 5c this week?

Apple may introduce an 8GB version of the iPhone 5c this week, according to an alleged internal email from German wireless carrier O2, obtained by German blog stadt-bremerhaven.de. The lower-capacity version of the phone is supposedly shipping to stores today for a Tuesday morning launch.

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05:33
Healthbook app may monitor heart rate, hydration,...

Apple’s upcoming Healthbook app may track users’ heart rate, hydration, blood pressure, blood sugar, sleep, and more, according to a new in-depth look from 9to5Mac. The article offers “complete recreations of screenshots” which appear to answer numerous questions as to what Apple is testing in health and fitness tracking.…

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04:51
iPhone, iPad Apple Store Apps Beef Up iBeacon Support

Apple has released updates for the iPhone and iPad versions of its Apple Store app that improves iBeacons support, and lets users buy physical gift cards. The Apple Store app is the company's companion app for its retail stores.

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Sunday March 16

07:47
MGG 493: Finder Tips, Display Tips, Syncing...

Dave and John blast off on Sunday morning with a few quick tips and answers, including changing the Finder's default search (to what it should be), setting your Mac's default display, correcting drifting time, and more. Then It's a few questions about automating iTunes and dealing with overlapping WiFi channels. Good, geeky fun for you!

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Saturday March 15

06:30
25 More Tips for Mastering iPhone Photography

Continuing with his collection of killer tips, Sandro Cuccia offers twenty-five more tips that are guaranteed to help you improve your iPhone photography.

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Friday March 14

17:31
Cloud Storage Price Comparison

Online file storage, or Cloud storage, may be easy to come by, but that doesn't mean all services are created equally and pricing can vary widely, too. Google drove that point home this week when it dramatically lowered the prices for its Google Drive storage options. We took a look at just how Google's prices stack up against Apple, Amazon, Dropbox, and other Cloud-based storage options.

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17:19
Weather or Not: 3 Free Weather Apps You’ll Want

Need a weather app? Vern Seward points out 3 great freebies in this week's Free on iTunes. AccuWeather, WunderMaps, and Yahoo! Weather.

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17:01
MOTO TC Rally Car Controlled by iPhone for $39.99

We have a killer deal on a fun toy for you, Griffin's MOTO TC Rally Car, an RC car you control with your iPhone through a companion app. This USB-rechargeable car can be raced on pavement, and it has impact sensors that detect damage from other drivers and obstacles. You can add armor (that slows you down), and it's usable with iPhone 5/5c/5s, iPhone 4s, iPod touch (5th gen.), iPad 3, 4, and Air, and the iPad mini. It retails for US$99, but in this TMO deal, you can get it for $39.99, an offer that expires in 11 days.

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15:59
Apple Reportedly Shelves Plans for a Larger iPad ‘...

Apple has reportedly shelved plans for a 12-inch to 13-inch iPad, a device that many have called an iPad Pro. Citing unspecified and unnamed rumors, DigiTimes said that Apple has canceled its plans for such a device even as other companies were running into hurdles trying to bring their own large tablets to market.

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12:05
It’s Far Too Late for MS Office on iPad

Microsoft has had a version of MS Office ready for the iPad for some time now. What's held it up has been the attempt to entice business users over to the Surface tablets instead. John Martellaro thinks it's too late now, far too late, for Microsoft to reverse its strategy.

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11:46
iLounge Game Spotlight: Glorkian Warrior: Trials Of...

Glorkian Warrior: Trials Of Glork ($3) is a collaboration between developer Pixeljam and prolific comic book artist James Kochalka. A Glorkian Warrior graphic novel, The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza, will be released in a few weeks. The game is a colorful Galaga-esque shooter with a light dose of…

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11:04
Amperage Stompbox Gives Guitarists 7 Knobs for MIDI-...

I have something for musicians today, a Kickstarter project called the Amperage Pedal. It's a stompbox that gives guitarists, bassists, and keyboardists, 2 foot switches and 7 banks of 7 knobs for MIDI-capable apps on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or PC. That's a lot of control for the growing legions of musicians who use mobile devices and computers to control and shape their sound onstage, though I can also see studio and in-your-living-room use for it. The device will work with any MIDI-capable software out of the box, but the folks behind it said they'll release a utility for Mac and Windows that allows tinkerers even greater control over the device. Funding options that include a finished product start at US$225, and the company is looking to raise just under $10,000.

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07:38
Apple’s Burstly Kills SkyRocket Service

Burstly, the company that's known for its TestFlight iOS app testing platform and is now owned by Apple, has been notifying users of its SkyRocket product that they have until June 9 before that service shuts down. SkyRocket is an app monetization service designed to make it easier for developers to work with in-app ad placement services.The Mac Observer Spin: Burstly was offering cross-platform services for developers. Based on the Burstly features that have already shut down, it looks like that's not something Apple is interested in supporting. Hopefully those services will resurface as part of the iOS SDK at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference this spring.

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06:16
Apple may remove Game Center app in iOS 8

Apple is thinking about removing the Game Center app from iOS 8, while leaving the Game Center functionality intact within games, 9to5Mac reports. Recent alleged leaked screenshots from iOS 8 do feature the Game Center icon. Apple may also simplify alerts within Notification Center and add the ability…

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06:02
Some users reporting battery issues with iOS 7.1

Some users are reporting battery issues following installation of iOS 7.1. Multiple threads have popped up on Apple’s support communities regarding decreased battery life while using the newly released operating system. An iLounge editor noted a 35 percent battery decrease with light usage of a device within an hour’s…

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05:51
iOS 7.1: The Keyboard Apple Should’ve Given Us

Apple made some great improvements in iOS 7.1. It's faster, more stable, you can add shapes to more easily see buttons, and more. That awesome update didn't, however, hit the mark with its new on-screen keyboard representation for the caps lock key. I have a much better idea for how that could've played out.

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04:40
iTunes: Show What Playlists Your Songs Are In

Within iTunes, you can easily check to see which playlists a song, album, or artist belongs to, and there's even a sneaky way to figure out which items aren't in any playlists at all. In this Quick Tip, we'll go over how to do just that, and afterward, maybe your iTunes library will be a happier, better-organized place. That's our hope, anyway.

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Thursday March 13

15:34
Fund a Usable Enigma Machine Reproduction on...

I found a super cool Kickstarter project that will exercise your history, math, cryptography, and gadget nerd all at once! It's called the Open Enigma Project by S&T Geotronics, an open source recreation of the german Enigma encryption device from World War II. Enigma was an incredible mechanical encryption machine that was cracked by the allies only through a remarkable combination of luck and mistakes on the part of the Nazis. Better yet, assuming you're not a Nazi, it was exploited by the Allies to remarkable effect because the Nazis knew it to be uncrackable. OK, so enough history: this Kickstarter project will allow you to get or make your own (depending on your funding level) electronic Enigma reproduction that will allow you to create your own encrypted messages. It can interface with your computer through USB, has WiFi, and can encrypt your router traffic. What?! Too cool!

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15:23
Apple Buys iPhone 5c Ad Space on Yahoo! Home Page

Apple has taken out ad space on Yahoo!'s home page to promote the company's iPhone 5c. The ads are colorful animations that play off the circle imagery that stems from the cases Apple designed for the devices.

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12:37
iPhone App Interface Design For Beginners for $29

Check out this deal for an e-learning course called iPhone App Interface Design For Beginners that will teach you the basics of iOS interface design and how to implement those principles. The course also teaches you to how to review the results of your interface design so that you can see how it really looks on an iPhone. That's cool, but what's even cooler is that it's just $29 through our friends at StackSocial in this TMO deal. This price expires in seven days, so get to it.

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12:10
2014 Will Be the Year That Defines Apple CEO Tim Cook

Time can be a funny thing, and not just in a Stephen Hawking yuk-yuk kind of way. For we intellectual mortals, time has a magical ability to change our perspective on things, making small things become important, and allowing us to all but forget what used to feel like was of end-of-the-world, apocalyptic magnitude. That's what is going to happen in 2014, a year I believe will come to define the Tim Cook era of Apple.

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11:10
iOS 7.1: Turn Parallax Off But Allow Other Motion

In iOS 7.0, there was an option to reduce overall motion in the interface. That meant killing the zoom animation on app launch and the home and lock screen parallax effect. iOS 7.1 adds a measure of flexibility.

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11:03
Apps: Fantastical 2 2.05, Paper 1.61, Ridge Racer...

Fantastical 2 ($5), the calendar and reminders app from Flexibits Inc., has updated to version 2.0.5. The update adds support for opening links in 1Password and Mercury web browsers, and creating events with floating time zones. An update to the week view makes events and invitations easier to read.…

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07:48
Rutledge: The New MacBook Pro BookBook Case

Twelve South's BookBook cases for the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iPhone, and iPad are cool and stylish, and now there's a special design just for the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro model. The Rutledge is made from leather and hand-finished, which gives each case its own unique look. Like the other cases in the BookBook line, this one looks like an old hard cover book and offers rigid protection to help keep you laptop safe. The interior is padded for added protection, and it uses dual zippers to keep the case closed when you aren't using your MacBook Pro. The BookBook Rutledge is priced at US$99.99, and you can pick one up at the Twelve South website.

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07:21
Healthbook, Preview, and TextEdit iOS 8 icons leaked

A few alleged iOS 8 screenshots including icons for Healthbook, Preview, and TextEdit have been posted on a Weibo account. The shots are legitimate, according to 9to5Mac. Healthbook’s icon is very similar to the Passbook icon, and Preview and TextEdit’s icons match the Mac versions.

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07:20
Apple Patent Adds More Evidence to Wearable Tech...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published an Apple patent application on Thursday that offers up more evidence that the iPhone and iPad maker is looking to our wrists as the target for its rumored move into the wearable tech market. The patent application describes a pedometer that sits on your wrist, much like the Nike Fuelband or Fitbit Force.The Mac Observer Spin: A patent application doesn't necessarily mean a product is on the way, but considering the other patents Apple has, as well as the company's health and fitness-related hiring spree, it sure looks like we'll be seeing some wearable tech in the near future.

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05:48
United Adds iPad In-flight Movie Service, Leaves...

The skies will be a little more friendly for United passengers with iPads and iPhones come April because the airline will begin offering in-flight movies just for those devices. United will be adding the service to some of its planes next month, and plans to eventually offer iPhone and iPad owners movies and TV shows throughout its fleet.The Mac Observer Spin: Services like free in-flight movies can help airlines differentiate themselves, and potentially draw in travelers that otherwise would've gone with a different company. Skipping the Android-toting crowd says United sees iPhone and iPad owners as potentially more valuable customers -- or at least those are the travelers the airline is most interested in.

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05:30
Report: Apple developing versions of TextEdit,...

Apple is working to develop versions of its TextEdit and Preview Mac applications for iOS, 9to5Mac reports. The iOS versions of the apps would reportedly only be used to view TextEdit and Preview files stored in iCloud; users would have to edit documents using Pages. It’s “currently uncertain, but…

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04:46
1Password 4 Adds Editing to Mini Viewer

AgileBits rolled out 1Password 4.2 for the Mac on Wednesday, bringing with it the ability to edit items and passwords from the menu bar in the 1Password mini viewer. 1Password is a password manger and generator that also stores private and sensitive information in an encrypted database.

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Wednesday March 12

19:47
ACM 246: The Year of Tim Cook and the Goodies in iOS...

It's 2014 and Jeff and Bryan think this is the year that will define Tim Cook's leadership at Apple. They also take a look at iOS 7.12, share some tips, talk about some cool Kickstarter and Indiegogo projects, and discover exactly why you should lock cats outside of the recording studio.

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13:20
iOS 7.1 Quick Tips: a Quick Reference

In this quick reference article, we've collected all the iOS 7.1 Quick Tip and How-to articles we've published. It will be updated as we go along, so be sure to check back from time to time.

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12:21
Take to the Skies with Your Own LEGO Drone

Governments are flying drones, and Amazon wants to, so why shouldn't you, too? GenCode has a Kickstarter project that'll let you do just that, and the bonus: Your quad-copter drone is made from LEGO bricks. Assuming the project reaches funding, you'll get a box full of LEGO bricks, four custom designed motors, mounts for cameras and a remote control system, plus instructions for building your very own LEGO drone. Did we mention this is a real flying drone made out of LEGO bricks? Really, this whole project can be summed up in two words: LEGO. Drone.

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11:40
Stunning ‘Wolfram Language’ Has Knowledge of the...

Wolfram Language is a knowledge-based computer language that's been in development by Stephen Wolfram for about 30 years. "It's a language where a vast amount of knowledge about how to do computations and about the world is built right into the language," according to Mr. Wolfram who formally announced the language last year.

That's all fairly abstract, but the working result is magnificent and needs to be seen to be appreciated. In this stunning YouTube tour of Wolfram Language, Mr. Wolfram illustrates the power of his creation. It has to be seen to be believed. How people in the future will use this new kind of computer language for research and analysis can only be guessed at right now.

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11:32
Pioneer working on aftermarket CarPlay solutions

Pioneer Electronics is looking into implementing CarPlay compatibility into its “existing and future products,” according to a report. The news was reportedly verified by a Pioneer customer service representative. Pioneer makes many in-car electronic systems, opening up the possibility that vehicle makers who haven’t been announced as Apple partners

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10:42
Photos of 5th Ave. Apple Store Cube Repairs

Apple is busily repairing the 5th Avenue Apple Store's iconic glass cube entryway, and the repairs have been documented on Instagram. One of the enormous glass panels that make up the cube was shattered by a snow blower in January, necessitating the repair.

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10:00
Review: Ultra-slim Bluetooth Keyboard Designed for...

The Ultra-slim Bluetooth keyboard for iPad (E6300) from Rapoo is thin and light. It's about a half-inch longer than the iPad mini, just 8 inches wide. It's small size and features should appeal to those who type with their thumbs.

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07:20
Apple Files Appeal in First Samsung Patent Trial

Apple may have won decisively in its first U.S. patent infringement trial with Samsung, but that hasn't stopped the iPhone and iPad maker from filing its own appeal in the case. Apple is hoping to score a reversal on Judge Lucy Koh's refusal to grant a permanent injunction blocking the sale of infringing Samsung smartphones and tablets.The Mac Observer Spin: This injunction is a big thing for Apple even though many of the devices it would block aren't sold any more. It'a about showing a history of Samsung patent infringement, and that's a valuable weapon to take into the court room.

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06:49
Monsters vs. Aliens and Chicken Run: $9.99 on iTunes...

Apple is offering up several HD movies for just US$9.99 each from its Kids & Family section, including Monsters vs. Aliens, Chicken Run, and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were Rabbit. These are all movie purchases, not rentals, so it's OK to procrastinate on watching after you buy -- and they're great to have on hand whenever you need to watch something fun, or use the TV as a babysitter. The deal is for a limited time, so don't procrastinate on your purchase.

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05:32
iTunes Radio could be standalone app in iOS 8

Apple is currently testing iTunes Radio as a standalone app within iOS 8, 9to5Mac reports. At this point, the streaming service is accessible through the iOS Music app. iTunes Radio app functionality would resemble the Music app, allowing users to browse history, purchase streamed tracks, and create stations. Though…

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05:15
Apple drops iPhone return policy to 14 days

Apple will change its iPhone return policy from 30 days to 14 days by Thursday, according to 9to5Mac. The change is already reflected on Apple’s website. The 14-day period will match the return policies of other Apple products. An internal Apple document claims the change is being made…

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05:10
ZiiLabs Hits Apple, Samsung with Graphics Chip...

Both Apple and Samsung have been targeted in a patent infringement lawsuit by ZiiLabs, formerly known as 3DLabs. The lawsuit named Apple because of its A-series processors used in the iPhone and iPad, and Samsung for the graphics tech it uses in the processors it makes for Apple, as well as its own chips.The Mac Observer Spin: The two companies that seem to be locked in a never ending battle over patent infringement claims are both targeted by a third company for the very same thing. There is some irony tucked away in that.

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04:20
iOS 7.1: Control Siri Manually

iOS 7.1 gives us a new way to tell Siri that weâre finished with a command, whichâll be incredibly helpful at preventing frustration (especially for those who are new to using the voice assistant!). Melissa Holt will tell you about Siriâs new feature in this Quick Tip, and if you havenât already updated, this just might make you rush to do so.

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Tuesday March 11

15:36
Apple’s iOS 7.1 Reaches 5.9% Adoption Rate In Just...

Apple's iOS 7.1, which was released on Monday, hit a 5.9 percent adoption rate in just the first 24 hours, according to Chitika. The marketing research company released a report on Tuesday based on the operating systems reported in their app metrics platform.

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14:40
Blizzard Launches Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft...

Blizzard launched Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft on Mac and Windows on Tuesday. The latest expansion of the company's massive World of Warcaft franchise is a "fast paced strategy card game" that includes playing heroes, casting spells, summoning creatures, all through digital cards. The game is a free download, and it pits the player against a series of mini-bosses on the way to the ultimate boss, Illidan Stormrage. I included the promotional video below.

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13:34
Acoustic Stream on Kickstarter is a Wireless Guitar...

There are a lot of audio interfaces for iPhone and iPad out there, but there's a Kickstarter project for guitarists called Acoustic Stream that does something new. It allows you to record, practice, or play live through your iOS device wirelessly. Designed specifically for acoustic guitar, this device goes inside your guitar. You then activate it by tapping one, twice, or thrice on the guitar for recording, tuning, or simple connectivity to the companion app. That means no cords to manage! If you're one of those folks who bangs on your guitar while you play to provide your own percussion section, this may not be for you, but for the rest of us, giddy up! Oh, and it monitors the humidity around your device and will alert you if it gets too dry or too wet. That's way cool all by itself, IMO. It works with Bluetooth LE iOS devices and some Bluetooth LE Android devices. The company has raised $36,000 out of a goal of $50,000. Funding options that get you an Acoustic Stream start at $...

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11:38
Apps: Duolingo 3.3, Marvel Unlimited 2.0, Smash Hit...

Duolingo (free) has updated its app to version 3.3. The update offers more language classes for native speakers of a variety of languages — Romanian and Polish speakers now have access to an English course, while Portuguese speakers can now take a Spanish class, and vice-versa. Duolingo also lists…

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11:29
iOS 7.1: Quick Fix for Slow Keyboard

Some users have been reporting slow keyboard response after upgrading to iOS 7.1. If you're one of them, we have a quick fix-resetting your keyboard dictionary-for you that should get you back up and running in real time in no time.

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10:45
iOS 7.1: Calendar’s New ‘Show Events’ View for iPhone

iOS 7 introduces a new and very welcome method of displaying events below a static display of the month. It eliminates the jarring visual transition from monthly calendar view to the hour-by-hour view. Here's how to toggle that option.

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10:37
Apple to Samsung: Give Us $40 for Every Android...

The patent licensing fees Apple wants from Samsung for every Android-based smartphone and tablet it sells is US$40. That works out to about $8 per patent, and makes for a figure that's substantially higher than the numbers Apple balked at when Samsung demanded 2.4 percent of every iPhone sold.The Mac Observer Spin: Apple's $40 per device licensing fee demand is remarkably high and completely unreasonable considering the company was outraged at Samsung's 2.4 percent per device licensing demands. Of course, that demand won't fly in court and wasn't acceptable to Samsung during pre-trial settlement negotiations. It's no wonder the two companies can't reach a licensing agreement.

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08:46
Flip Wallet Review: Magnetic Leather iPhone Credit...

Toffeeâs Flip Wallet case, made of genuine leather, has a place for a iPhone 5/5s, a place for cards and cash, and a really nice extra feature that use a magnet to hold the back in place while you use your iPhone.

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08:13
Apple TV: How to change the language

Learn how to change the language setting on your Apple TV if it is incorrect, or if you accidentally changed the language to one you don't understand.

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07:34
iOS 7.1: Deciphering the New Caps Lock

Apple made several interface changes in iOS 7 that left us scratching our collective heads, and one that really stood out was the caps lock button on the on-screen keyboard. The company addressed that with iOS 7.1, but that doesn't mean it's any easier to figure out. Since we can't get inside your iPhone or iPad to do something better, we've made a handy graphic showing what each button state really means.

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07:28
Apple running large iPhone 5c ad on NY Times site

Apple is still committed to pushing iPhone 5c sales, as evidenced by a new large interactive ad now running on the front page of the New York Times website — an uncommon move from Apple. Colored dots run across the page before settling in the ad, which occupies a…

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06:49
Star Trek Online Finally Comes to the Mac

After a four year wait Star Trek gaming fans can finally play the Star Trek Online multiplayer game on the Mac. Windows PC users have been able to visit strange new worlds and new civilizations ever since the game launched, but Mac users were left in space dock with no way to warp out of orbit.

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05:53
Report: iOS 8 Maps to gain public transit directions

Apple’s Maps application will boast improved data and public transit directions in its iOS 8 incarnation, 9to5Mac reports. It is expected that public transportation options will be “deeply integrated” into iOS 8 Maps, with train, subway, and bus data, and will first be introduced for major cities, with other…

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04:48
iTunes Radio Hits Top 3 in Online Music Streaming

Apple's iTunes Radio is just shy of six months old, but is already the third largest online music streaming service behind Pandora and iHeartRadio. That comes from data in an annual radio report from Edison tracking active streaming music listeners.The Mac Observer Spin: After six months iTunes Radio is the third largest streaming music service in the United States behind Pandora and iHeartRadio. That has to be a pretty harsh wake up call for Spotify.

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Monday March 10

16:37
The Best Apple iWatch Mockup Yet

I just learned that Tomas Moyano is awesome. A designer living in Argentina, Mr. Moyano has put together the sexiest, most gorgeous Apple iWatch mockup I've seen. With everybody and their brother wanting to know what Apple is cooking up in wearables, this outside mockup left me drooling and wanting one on my wrist, and pronto. In a series of images, Mr. Moyano laid out what he thinks Apple's device could look like (round), what features it might have (syncing, camera, music streaming, and a battery of biomedical sensors), and specs. I have no idea if Apple could fit all that stuff in this kind of form factor, but if so, giddy up! There's a lot more in the full gallery, so check it out. About the only thing it's missing is an actual watch app.

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14:25
The Ultra Slim iPhone 10 Hour Battery Case for $24.95

We have a deal for you today for the TOCCs Ultra Slim 10 Hour Battery Case for iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s. As the name suggests, it's a slim battery case for your iPhone that has up to 10 hours of additional power for your iPhone-2,200mAh in total. Through our friends at StackSocial, we're able to offer it for US$24.95 (it has a retail price of $80). You can control when the battery case is being used by turning it on or off, putting you in direct charge of your extra power. Plus, it's slim, meaning that people won't be asking you why you're carrying a watermelon in your pocket.

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14:11
Help Fund an ARC Plasma Speaker Through Kickstarter

Today I bring you the opportunity to participate in a little science by helping to fund development of an ARC Plasma Speaker. Why would you do this? Not because it's the best sounding speaker on the planet, no. It's far from that, but with an ARC Plasma Speaker you can make sound through a arc of plasma running at 30,000 volts. Come on, right? Who doesn't want to do that? Watch the video if you aren't familiar with the concept. The company-ExcelPhysics-was originally trying to raise US$10,000, but they've blown by that goal and have raised more than $41,000 with 18 days to go. Funding options that get you a kit to build your own ARC Plasma Speaker start at $99. For $199, they'll ship it to you fully assembled. Either way, it's nerdvanna!

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13:46
Apple Expands iPhone Trade-In Program to Canada

Apple has expanded its Apple Store iPhone trade-in program to Canada. The company is offering up to CN$275 to Canadian customers who bring in their old iPhone to trade in towards a new one.

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12:28
iOS 7.1: Killing the Cartoon Button Colors

One complaint I heard over and over when iOS 7 shipped was that many of the colors used in apps and icons looked more like they came from cartoons. Apple addressed part of that with iOS 7.1 by making the neon green phone and messages icons less garish, and by giving us a setting to darken up many of the colors in apps, too.

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12:19
Hidden AirPlay feature in the AppleTV 6.1 (iOS 7.1)...

Here’s one that will make educators and education network administrators realllllly happy. There’s a hidden gem in the AppleTV 6.1 update that was released today.In addition to bonjour negotiation for AirPlay, iOS 7.1 devices will also look for AirPlay sources over bluetooth when doing it’s scan! This means you do NOT need bonjour to AirPlay.Requirements:1) Apple TV with version 6.1 (released 3/10/14) 2) iOS device with version 7.1 (released 3/10/14) 3) IP connectivity between the two devicesI tried a Mac with 10.9.2 and it didn’t see the AppleTV as an AirPlay source over bluetooth. That may be coming in a future update.Make sure your AppleTV is updated to 6.1. You can see that this AppleTV is on an ethernet connection with a 10.10.X.X subnet IP Address. Also make sure bluetooth is ON on your AppleTV.  As you can see on my iOS device, it’s on a Wifi network with a 10.6.X.X subnet address. This VLAN does not...

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12:01
Apple updates Remote app with improved Apple TV...

Apple has updated its free Remote app today to version 4.2. The app now boasts greater integration with Apple TV — users can now control iTunes Radio through the set-top box using the app, and you are now shown your iTunes Match music and iTunes in the Cloud music/TV…

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11:02
iOS 7.1 reveals two new iPad models?

Apple’s new release of iOS 7.1 arrived with support for two new iPad models: iPad 4,3 and iPad 4,6, as noted by 9to5Mac. It’s unclear what these models represent at this point. The report speculates that the iPad models may be “minor hardware revisions,” or possibly optimized models for…

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10:50
Understanding Home Sharing

Home Sharing in iTunes lets you share your iTunes media libraries between up to five computers in your household. You can also use Home Sharing to play your iTunes content on your iOS devices and Apple TV (2nd generation) if they are connected to your home Wi-Fi network.

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10:05
An Awesome Computational Black Cylinder - But NOT a...

The Curta hand cranked calculator was introduced in 1948. Developed by Curt Herzstark, it can do basic arithmetic and, a bit laboriously, square roots. This pepper grinder-like black cylinder is mechanically complex, beautifully made and ingenious.

Even though it remained popular in specific areas, such as sports car rallies even into the 1980s, it was generally superseded by the classic slide-rule in the 1950s and 60s. But who knows? Perhaps in the back of Jony Ive's mind, there loomed the concept of a black computational cylinder that ultimately resulted in the design of the late 2013 Mac Pro.

Computational speed: Looks like a blazing hertz or two.

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09:53
iOS 7.1: Enabling In-app Button Shapes

iOS 7 took away visual cues like borders and shapes to easily identify buttons in apps, but that feature is back with the release of iOS 7.1. No more random tapping on words to see if they're buttons, and adding shapes to in-app buttons is easy to do.

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09:51
Apple TV 6.1 update released, allows users to hide...

Along with today’s release of iOS 7.1, Apple has released a software update for Apple TV. In addition to other changes, version 6.1 of the Apple TV software now allows users to hide channels from the main menu. The changes can be made in Settings > Main Menu, or straight…

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09:47
About the security content of Apple TV 6.1

This document describes the security content of Apple TV 6.1.

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09:42
About the security content of iOS 7.1

This document describes the security content of iOS 7.1.

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09:10
Apple Releases iOS 7.1 with CarPlay, Siri...

Apple released iOS 7.1 on Monday, packing in a host of new features and improvements. Chief among them is the official rollout of CarPlay, the company's new automobile interface for iOS devices. Apple also added a way of controlling how long Siri listens to you, and the company added new features to iTunes Radio.

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09:07
Apple releases iOS 7.1

Apple has released iOS 7.1 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The long-awaited bug-fixing update brings improved Touch ID recognition for iPhone 5s, and many new features to the company’s mobile operating system, along with smaller UI tweaks. Some of the new features include the option to display events in…

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07:32
Apple iPhone trade-in program arrives in Canada

Apple’s in-store iPhone Reuse and Recycle program has arrived in Canada. Users can trade in older iPhones for gift cards that can be applied to a new iPhone purchase. As noted on Canadian Apple retail pages, users can earn up to $275 for a trade-in. The Reuse and Recycle…

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06:32
Samsung Drops SEP Claims from Second Apple Patent...

Samsung and Apple have both agreed to drop some patents from their upcoming mobile device infringement trial, including two of Samsung's standard-essential patents. Samsung dropped a third patent from the case, too, bringing the number of claims it'll pursue in the trial down to two.The Mac Observer Spin: Apple and Samsung may not be able to reach a settlement in their ongoing patent infringement fight, but they can at least find places where working together is an option. Agreeing to drop some patents from this trial will reduce the case's complexity, although Samsung can file a new case centered on the patents it dropped if it wants.

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05:43
Apple TV adds iTunes Festival channel

Apple added an iTunes Festival channel to Apple TV this weekend, ahead of its upcoming SXSW concert series. While SXSW kicked off March 6, the iTunes Festival will begin Tuesday with Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, and London Grammar. Other acts to perform at Apple’s first U.S.-based iTunes Festival include Kendrick…

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04:40
Apple Adds iTunes Festival Channel to Apple TV for...

Apple added a new iTunes Festival channel to Apple TV over the weekend so its SXSW concert series can be viewed from the comfort of your own couch. Viewers will be able to watch the concerts live, and this marks the first time Apple has hosted an iTunes Festival event outside of London.

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Sunday March 9

07:55
MGG 492: Sunday Morning Sleep-Deprived Geek Jam

John and Dave started their Sunday morning recording this show for you. When do you listen? Anytime you like, that's when! In fact, come and post in the comments here and tell us when you listen. Inquiring minds want to know!

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Saturday March 8

05:00
Audio MIDI Setup: Your Mac’s Secret Sound Manager

Your Mac's Sound Preference Pane is the go-to place for choosing audio inputs and outputs, but it isn't the only place you can go in OS X to manage your Mac's sounds. Even though Audio MIDI Setup may sound intimidating, it's loaded with controls that go far beyond what its name implies and can help you fine tune the audio quality your Mac pumps out.

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