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Friday March 7

08:42
iTunes Store Power Searches on the Mac

If the search options Apple offers on the iTunes Store leave you wanting, it's time to start Power Searches. You know, the power search feature Apple hid so you wouldn't know it's there. Apple didn't, however, hide it well enough to keep Kirk McElhearn from figuring out where it is. It isn't completely elegant because it involves a link that first opens in your Web browser and then redirects to iTunes. Plus, it only works on the Mac -- no iPhone or iPad support here. Still, it gives you fine-tune control over your music, movie, TV show, book, podcast, and app searches with little more than an extra mouse click.

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07:50
OS X 10.9.3 to Include Retina Support for 4K Displays

Developers already have their hands on a beta version of OS X 10.9.3, and it sports a big change for 4K display users: Retina support. The higher resolution option is showing up in system preferences for Mac users.

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06:08
Spotify Buys Music Discovery Company Echo Nest in $...

Echo Nest, a company that specializes in technology for music discovery, is now part of the streaming music service Spotify. The deal set Spotify back some US$100 million, and gives it control over the music discovery system it, as well as several other companies, use daily.The Mac Observer Spin: The streaming music market is a hotbed of competition, and owning Echo Nest is a big thing for Spotify. It now controls the tech many of its competitors rely on for listener music discovery.

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05:20
OS X: Use Spotlight for Contact Searches

Using Spotlight, OS X's built-in search application, you can do all sorts of cool things, from calculations to launching programs. Melissa Holt's favorite feature, though, is the ability to find people and launch the Contacts app, all with just a few keystrokes. Come on in and see why she uses Spotlight dozens of times a day-and why you should, too!

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Thursday March 6

15:28
Newsweek (Probably) Found Bitcoin Inventor Satoshi...

Newsweek reporter Leah McGrath Goodman has done something that has eluded everyone else-she found Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator and father of Bitcoin. And guess what? His name is actually Satoshi Nakamoto, and he's a 64-year old reclusive genius who hasn't touched his $400 million in Bitcoin holdings.

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15:22
Password Reset Time: ComiXology Loses User Data in...

Digital comic reseller ComiXology is warning all of its users to change their account passwords after discovering a security breach where someone made off with user names, email addresses, and encrypted passwords. Credit card information wasn't accessed during the security breach because that data is stored on different servers.The Mac Observer Spin: Good on ComiXology for letting users know about the data leak. Go change your password now, and make sure it isn't one you use on any other sites.

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14:35
‘Everyday’ OS X Finder Replacement on Indiegogo...

Team Everyday has launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund development of its titular app, Everyday. This Finder replacement approaches file management from a relationship standpoint, rather than a location basis. Not only does it watch how you use your files, including how they are used and what files are used in conjunction with other files, it allows you to do things like attach contact information to a file. The software will also watch your inbox for associative data, too. Most importantly, it does all this without modifying the files themselves or taking over your Mac. There's much more to their concept, so check it out. The company is looking to raise US$20,000, and funding options get you a copy of the app shortly before it ships for $10, but if you're quick, there are some Early Bird slots left for $5. For $20, you can be a part of the beta program and also get a free copy of the shipping app. This is a very interesting approach to file management, and I look forward to...

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14:11
Apple Updates iTunes Festival App, Works with iOS 7....

Apple has released iTunes Festival 5.0, the company's app for accessing concert music and videos from the company's iTunes Festival, including the company's first U.S. iTunes Festival at Austin's SXSW. Online reports said that Apple would release the app in conjunction with iOS 7.1, but it appeared on Thursday and works with the current version of iOS, 7.0.6.

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14:00
The TV Industry is Apple’s Gordian Knot

Apple makes an enormous amount of money by selling hardware, and hardware generally doesn't change over its lifetime. However, in the TV industry, services come and go. Perhaps innovation by Apple consists of coping with change rather than eliminating it.

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13:42
Apps: Findery, Gmail 3.0, Real Racing 3 2.1 + Star...

2bkco’s Findery (free) was in beta for a long time, but it’s finally hit the App Store today as a full, finished app ready for launch. Findery lets users leave notes in locations all around the world — anything from personal anecdotes, to historical facts, and more. The notes…

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11:23
Discrimination Lawsuit Targets Apple In-store POS...

Apple is facing a class action lawsuit over claims that the handheld POS system the company uses for in-store sales discriminates against the visually impaired. According to the filing, Apple doesn't offer a way for the visually impaired to enter debit card PIN codes during transactions.The Mac Observer Spin: If Apple's current system for handling debit card payments for visually impaired shoppers in its stores isn't up to snuff, the company needs to fix that regardless of whether or not a class action lawsuit is in the works. Considering how the company has worked to make devices like the iPhone and iPad accessible, it's surprising a case like this is even necessary.

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10:42
Apple ‘scrambling’ to meet FTC deadline on in-app...

Apple is reportedly “scrambling” to make changes to the App Store in order to meet a March 31 deadline set by the Federal Trade Commission for changing how the company charges for in-app purchases, according to ZDNet. Apple settled with the FTC in January — the company must…

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10:10
Report: Mercedes working on aftermarket CarPlay...

Mercedes-Benz is working on aftermarket installations of Apple’s CarPlay for older vehicles, 9to5Mac reports. The carmaker — one of three that recently introduced the new iPhone in-vehicle feature — wasn’t able to confirm when any aftermarket option would be available. It’s speculated in the report that such installations…

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10:07
OS X Using FileVault with OS X Recovery

FileVault and Legacy FileVault are both compatible with the Recovery System included with OS X Lion and later.

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09:50
Big Bang Theory goes CUUSOO. The Show, not the...

LEGO seems like a perfect match for Big Bang Theory, so of course someone had to put together Leonard and Sheldon's living room and present it as a CUUSOO project. The proposed kit includes both Leonard and Sheldon along with their friends, plus a whole room filled with awesome details like their dry erase board with equations, super hero memorabilia on the shelves, their telescope, and even a Rubik's Cube tissue dispenser. The designers are also letting fans help choose which shirt the Sheldon mini figure will wear. The proposal needs 10,000 votes before LEGO will consider it for an actual kit and it's already up over 4,500. More BBT in our lives? OK.

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07:43
Economists on Apple Ebook Antitrust Case: Judge Cote...

U.S. Federal Court Judge Denise Cote ruled that Apple was the ring leader in a conspiracy with publishers to artificially raise the price of books, but two economists are saying she got it wrong -- completely wrong. Bradford Cornell from CalTech and Janusz Ordover from NYU felt her ruling was so far off base that they filed a 30-page amici curiae brief with the court in defense of Apple and explaining just how wrong Judge Cote's ruling is.The Mac Observer Spin: The Appeals Court doesn't have to act on the friend of the court brief the two economists filed, but it's a safe bet the Judges involved will at least read it. It may not have much sway, but could prove helpful during the appeal process because it does such a great job of explaining what Judge Cote got wrong.

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07:33
Suit alleges Apple stores discriminate against...

A class action lawsuit recently filed in Florida alleges that Apple is violating Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act by not offering point of sale devices that can be operated independently by the visually impaired. The suit argues the visually impaired cannot enter a PIN without help while…

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07:01
Popular app developer ComiXology reports security...

ComiXology, developer of the popular iOS Comics app, has reported a security breach and is asking all account holders to reset their password. The company sent out an email detailing the breach, noting that payment information is safe. However, an “unauthorized individual” did access a database with ComiXology user…

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06:45
Report: Apple moved $8.9B in profits to tax haven

Apple has moved roughly $8.9 billion in untaxed profits from its Australian operations to a tax haven structure in Ireland over the last decade, The Australian Financial Review reports. The article claims that while Apple reported pretax earnings of $88.5 million in Australia last year, the company “sent $2…

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06:42
Azoi introduces Wello health monitoring iPhone case

New accessory maker Azoi has announced Wello, a shell-style case for iPhone 5/5s with health monitoring capabilities. With its combination of sensors and electronics, the case can track blood pressure, electrocardiography (ECG), heart rate, blood oxygen, temperature, lung functions, and other vital statistics.

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06:40
Judge Denies Apple Injunction Again in Samsung...

Apple's efforts to win an injunction blocking the sale of certain Android-based smartphones and tablets from Samsung have failed yet again. Federal Judge Lucy Koh ruled on Thursday that Apple won't get their injunction because the requirement to show irreparable harm hasn't been met.The Mac Observer Spin: Judge Koh's ruling is a strategic loss for Apple because an injunction at this point would help make its upcoming patent infringement case against Samsung even stronger. The two companies are set for a second trial in just a few weeks, and Apple is hoping for a landslide win again.

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Wednesday March 5

16:51
ACM 245: Apple Shareholders, Global Expansion, and...

Apple's shareholders got to see the angry side of CEO Tim Cook at the company's annual meeting last week, the company is hiring engineers outside the United States, which should have competitors worried, and CFO Peter Oppenheimer is retiring. Apple also has to deal with a bug legal fumble because it accidentally released the same confidential documents Samsung got in trouble over sharing. Jeff and Bryan take a look at all three topics, and try to deal with the realization that they fell out of the linear time stream.

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12:10
iLoud BT Speaker Features 40W of LOUD with Clear,...

"If it's too loud, you're too old" doesn't mean much if what you're listening to is distorted and fuzzy. Fortunately, IK Multimedia's new iLoud mobile monitor (you can call it a speaker) delivers a crystal clear, blow-the-door-off-the-hinges output and a built-in feature that has a special appeal to Contributing Editor Chuck La Tournous and other iRig-loving musicians.

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11:21
Report: Apple bringing full-screen video ads to iOS

Apple will bring full-screen video iAds to iPhone and iPad apps this year, Advertising Age reports. The new video iAds will play automatically. According to the report, these ads could occur during moments of transition, “like after completing a game’s level or finishing an article.” Pricing for the ads…

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10:35
Rapoo’s 7100P Mouse Offers DPI Switching For Gamers

Rapooâs 7100P mouse offers 5 gigahertz wireless transmission, 18 months of battery life and a switch for either 500 or 1000 dpi. There's a convenient storage area in the battery compartment for the dongle. Nancy Gravley liked this new and fairly inexpensive mouse.

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10:31
Cirque du Mac: This Party Goes to Eleven

Cirque du Mac is happening on Friday, March 28th, 2014 and this time... this year... this party goes to eleven! (or maybe 11:30 if we're all feeling energetic!). That's right, folks, we've partied through a decade of Cirque du Mac together and now it's time to celebrate that win. Cirque will, of course, have something for everyone (well, everyone who likes to have fun, that is).

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08:44
Sources Claim 13-inch MacBook Pro to go EOL this Fall

Apple's non-Retina 13-inch MacBook Pro will be discontinued later this year, bringing an end to the non-Retina MacBook Pro line, and built-in optical drives in any Mac model. If the sources sharing the information are correct, that will leave just the MacBook Air without a high resolution Retina Display.The Mac Observer Spin: Of course optical drives and non-retina displays will eventually disappear completely from Apple's product line. There isn't a question of "if," but instead "when." The only non-Retina Display MacBook Pro Apple offers now is a 13-inch model, and it's the only computer the company still sells with a built-in optical drive. It's day's are numbered.

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08:36
Report: Apple working to expand Siri functionality...

Apple is working to expand Siri’s capabilities, including greater third-party integration, according to The Information. The report claims the Siri upgrades are being done with the iWatch in mind. These changes would allow Siri to offer more functionality by connecting to services and apps from third parties. It’s also…

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07:28
Samsung Accuses Apple of Leaking Nokia Licensing...

Samsung is accusing Apple of leaking Nokia licensing agreement documents through a publicly accessible docket related to their ongoing mobile device patent infringement battle. If that sounds familiar, it's probably because Apple accused Samsung of leaking the very same documents last year.The Mac Observer Spin: What a bad, sloppy move on Apple's part. Considering how hard Apple pushed for serious sanctions against Samsung and Quinn Emanuel for doing the same thing, you'd expect their own legal team would've paid closer attention to important little details like that. The Court most likely won't look kindly on Apple's actions, and rightly so.

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06:54
Sanction-seeking Apple publicly disclosed Nokia terms

Apple previously sought sanctions against Samsung in ongoing litigation between the two companies for using confidential licensing terms between the Cupertino company and Nokia — but a recent report notes Apple actually filed its terms with Nokia on a publicly available court docket. The terms remained on the docket for…

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06:05
Gruber: iOS 7.1 Coming Any Day Now

Get ready for iOS 7.1, because if the sources talking with Daring Fireball's John Gruber are right, it's coming before next week. Word on the street is SXSW iTunes Festival show streaming requires the new version of iOS, and since the event starts on March 10, Apple has only days to get the update on user's iPhones and iPads.

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Tuesday March 4

18:19
iPin Laser Presenter Powered by Your iPhone for $46....

We have a deal for you today on a laser presentation device that is tiny and powered by your iPhone. Called iPin, It fits in the audio jack, and was designed to be clipped onto headphone cables for storage. The iPin is a wireless presentation controller that works with your presentation computer to allow you to control your presentation right from your iPhone. That's pretty clever, but when you add in the tiny size and the fact that you don't need to worry about batteries it's even more clever. Through our deal partners, you can get an iPin designed for iPhones without cases for $46.99. There's another version for $49.99 designed for use with a case.

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18:10
Switchd Mac Pro Lock Available for $49 Preorder

If you have one of Apple's fabulous new Mac Pros, you may be concerned about its security. Identified Media has unveiled a lock for the device called Switchd. It's a replacement for the case lock switch in the Mac Pro that is attached to a security cable, while continuing to keep the case from being opened. It's scheduled to ship in April, and the company is taking preorders for US$49. I'm sure this will be a crowded field once Apple has shipped the Mac Pro in quantity, but this is the first one I've seen. The images below are of the prototype the company developed.

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17:26
Apple Reportedly Hiring Hundreds of Local Engineers...

Apple has been on a "hiring binge" in Asia, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. Citing unnamed sources, the newspaper said that Apple has hired hundreds of engineers in China and Taiwan in the last several months, many of whom will be involved in better managing and developing Apple's supply chain in Asia and in developing new products.

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15:49
Kids Reacting to a Rotary Phone - Hilarious and...

Ah, yes, the rotary phone. Oh, and kids! Put the two together in 2014, and what do you get? Hilarity, that's what, and we're talking about a 70s rotary phone, not one of those units where the mouth piece was at the bottom of the wooden box with the earpiece on a very short wire. In this edition of Kids React, the producers shove a rotary phone in front of a dozen kids and ask them how it works. Careful now, text messaging can be tricky with one of those things, and dialing isn't quite as intuitive as those of us who grew up with the things might imagine. For instance, you have to pick up the handset before you dial! Who knew? The whole thing is both entertaining and very fascinating. [Thanks to Bonnie Burton at CNet for the heads up.]

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15:16
Managed Client: How to customize the Computer Name...

With OS X v10.6 or later, you can use the Computer Name screen saver at the login window to display a custom message.

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13:17
Twelve South intros SurfacePad for iPad mini

Twelve South has introduced SurfacePad for iPad mini ($70), a leather case. The thin case uses adhesive to affix itself to the back of the iPad mini. SurfacePad for iPad mini also includes a multi-angle viewing stand. SurfacePad for iPad mini…

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13:14
Report: iOS 7.1 due within week, before SXSW

According to a brief post by Daring Fireball’s John Gruber, Apple will release the final version of iOS 7.1 “any day now,” ahead of next week’s iTunes Festival at South By Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas. Alluding to an unnamed source at Apple, Gruber notes that “a little birdie”…

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12:45
6 Tools to Keep Your Mac Life Sane and Quiet

Writers aren't the only people who need a sane and quiet workplace in order to get stuff done. Every Apple customer has things to accomplish, and unnecessary distractions just get in the way. John Martellaro shares six tools and techniques that he uses to keep his working lifestyle sane and quiet so he can write.

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12:16
Real Three Sided Dice That Actually Roll - You Know...

I have something for the game geeks: a Kickstarter project for real three sided dice that actually roll. OMG, but is this cool, or what? You're in a fight with an Ogre, but your bastard sword was knocked out of your hands and all you have is this fallen branch. But heck, you hit! You rolled a 20 and you hit! Now the idiot DM is telling you to roll a three sided die for damage, even though clubs are one of the weapons you learned back when you ran with that street gang in your home city of Maz. It says so on your character sheet, and everything! I mean, what's the point in choosing a darned club as one of your weapons if you can't get a little benefit from it in just this situation? At least you have your set of Three Sided Dice from Broken Arrow Games, so you won't have to suffer the indignity of rolling a six-sided die and dividing by two. That was a Kickstarter investment well worth it! Bring it on, Ogre! Funding options start at $5 and go to $50 that included a "dragon scale"...

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08:56
Apps: Bejeweled 1.7.1, Frozen: Storybook Deluxe,...

PopCap’s Bejeweled (free) has gone through more iterations and updates over the years than any other iOS game we can recall, and some have made fairly substantial improvements to the core match-three game. The latest update 1.7.1 adds Poker Mode, a surprisingly addictive game mode that challenges you to…

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07:52
Analyst on Oppenheimer’s Retirement: No Surprise, No...

Apple announced on Tuesday morning that long time CFO Peter Oppenheimer will be retiring later this year and will be replaced by current Corporate Controller Luca Maestri. Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um didn't see the announcement as a surprise and he expects the transition to go smoothly.The Mac Observer Spin: Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um thinks Apple has it all under control with Peter Oppenheimer's retirment, and that's no big surprise. Apple doesn't do things by chance, and they always have a plan.

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07:06
Fitness Tracker Basis May Belong to Intel Now

The wearable fitness tracker company Basis may be part of Intel now. A report claims Intel snapped up the company in a US$100 million deal as part of its own push into the wearable technology market.The Mac Observer Spin: The wearable tech market is a tempest right now, and everyone wants a piece of the action. Intel wants to be the go-to company for chips and other platform components in this game, and buying up Basis could help the company make that happen.

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06:18
Apple CFO Oppenheimer to retire, replaced by Maestri

Apple announced today that senior vice president and chief financial officer Peter Oppenheimer will retire at the end of September. Oppenheimer, who has been with Apple since 1996, will be succeeded by Luca Maestri, Apple’s VP of finance and corporate controller. “Peter has served as our CFO for the…

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06:05
Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer to Retire, Luca Maestri...

Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer will be retiring from the company in September and will start transitioning his responsibilities to Corporate Controller Luca Maestri in June. Mr. Oppenheimer has been a part of Apple since 1996 and has served as CFO for the past ten years.The Mac Observer Spin: It's always sad to see a popular face leave Apple, and Peter Oppenheimer has been so very familiar for a long time. Considering how long he's been with the company, he deserves some time to enjoy his life.

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05:30
Automator: Creating a Program to Quit All Apps

If youâve got a slow Mac, a good troubleshooting step to take is to close some programs to see if things speed up. To that end, Melissa Holt is going to walk us through creating an Automator application thatâll quit all open programs, saving us the trouble of logging out or rebooting if weâve got a bunch of running apps. Saved time rocks, and so does getting to use awesome Automator.

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Monday March 3

15:19
Goldman Sachs Taps Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer for...

Goldman Sachs announced on Monday that it has added Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer to its board of directors. Mr. Oppenheimer will sit on several committees and serve as one of ten independent directors.

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14:58
Watchmaker Says Apple Tried to Poach His Employees...

A delightfully fun rumor coming from the watch industry has Apple trying to poach employees from high end time piece maker Hublot and setting up shop in Switzerland so that the unannounced "iWatch" can be "Swiss Made."

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14:22
10 Great Alternative Lorem Ipsum Filler Text...

Sometimes you need to see how a website design or page layout will look with text in place before you can decide whether or not it's going to work for you. But how, you ask, can we do that when the content hasn't been written yet? Lorem ipsum, my friend. It's traditionally Latin gibberish, but can be far more fun thanks to the list of awesome dummy text generators we found.

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13:11
8 Hours Left to Name Your Own Price on Learn-to-Code...

Are you a developer, web or otherwise, or do you aspire to be one? Right now (and until midnight EST tonight) you can get eight great courses for less than $11. That's right... $11 (though the price goes up as more people sign up) is all it takes to register for courses including: Become a Web Developer from Scratch, Programming Java for Beginners, Objective C & Xcode tutorial, PSD to HTML5/CSS3, Learning Dynamic Website Design with PHP, MySQL, Javascript ... and more. What are you waiting for?

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12:45
Hidden Clicks Reveal Network Info in Apple’s AirPort...

Apple's Airport Utility 6 can appear deceptively simple and simple-minded. However, with a few hidden mouse operations, a lot of network information can be revealed quickly and easily. John Martellaro shows you how.

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10:25
Microsoft plans to extend Xbox Live to iOS games

Microsoft is working on extending Xbox Live functionality to iOS games, The Verge reports. A recent job posting for a “New Devices and Gaming” software development engineer states that the company will “create a modern framework that is open source, light-weight, extensible and scalable across various platforms including Windows…

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10:13
Boot Camp: Partition alert message when using Boot...

When upgrading Boot Camp to Windows 8.1 or later, you might see an alert message, "The startup disk cannot be partitioned or restored to a single partition."

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08:50
Jeff Gamet Cellphone Unlocking, Apple’s Antitrust...

TMO's Managing Editor Jeff Gamet joined Gene Steinberg's Tech Night Owl to talk about a cellphone unlocking bill that recently made its way through the House of Representatives, the current state of Apple's ebook antitrust fight, and more.

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08:33
Apple pressing labels for exclusive album releases

Apple music chief Robert Kondrk “has been pressuring major labels for releases similar to last year’s Beyonce exclusive,” according to Billboard. “Tense talks with label executives” reportedly followed Beyonce’s successful exclusive one-week debut of her self-titled album on iTunes. The album was kept off streaming services for the first…

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08:03
Volvo reveals more CarPlay details, confirms Wi-Fi...

A Volvo press release reveals additional details about CarPlay, which was just officially announced by Apple. It’s noted that a Wi-Fi connection will allow for the iPhone to connect to the car in the “near future”; CarPlay was initially announced as being accessible to only three iPhone models…

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07:45
Cook rails against ending ‘green’ projects; profiled...

Apple CEO Tim Cook was “visibly angry” during Friday’s shareholder meeting after a group asked Apple to stop using money on green energy projects that weren’t profitable. The National Center for Public Policy Research, a conservative think tank and Apple investor, was rebuked by Cook, who said Apple did “a…

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07:34
Analyst: CarPlay Shows Apple Push for Artificial...

Apple's announcement that CarPlay, formerly known as iOS in the Car, is coming to several car makers later this year is big news, but Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um thinks there's a bigger play for the iPhone and iPad maker: Artificial intelligence.

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06:56
AFP548 – 2014 Products and Platforms Poll

It’s always helpful to get help from a community of your peers, and our recent survey was an attempt to start having us all check in every once in a while as a group with data about how we maintain and provide management for our customers. Inspired by questions about what ‘server’ to host many of these cross-platform services on, the focus was to capture 1. what products people are using, and 2. what hosts were used to provide those services. Demographic information was optional, but helpful to give some background about the requirements different organizations have when choosing platforms and products(only a handful of folks DIDN’T self-identify with one of the options).The Mac Admin community was pretty well reflected by the poll results, even though it was capped at only 100 responses this time. Please don’t take all of this too seriously, as our sample size is obviously very...

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06:45
Apple on Asian hiring spree to speed up production

Apple is hiring “hundreds of new engineers and supply-chain managers in China and Taiwan” as the company pushes for “faster and more frequent product launches,” the Wall Street Journal reports. The company is hiring engineers from Taiwanese tech firms, including rival HTC. Apple reportedly needs more engineers to develop…

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06:23
Apple rebrands iOS in the Car as CarPlay, slates...

Apple has announced CarPlay, the rebranded name for its iOS in the Car. CarPlay will premiere at the Geneva International Motor Show, which runs from March 6-16. Vehicles from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo will premiere CarPlay this week. According to Apple, BMW, Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover,…

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06:21
Apple CFO named to Goldman Sachs board

Peter Oppenheimer, Apple’s Chief Financial Officer, has been appointed to financial firm Goldman Sachs’ board of directors. His appointment brings the Board to 13 directors, 10 of whom are independent. Commenting on the appointment, Goldman Sachs Chairman and CEP Lloyd C. Blankfein said, “Peter’s 25 years of broad experience…

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06:14
iOS in the Car now CarPlay, Coming to Volvo, Ferrari...

Apple rebranded its iOS in the Car program as CarPlay on Monday and announced that several car makers will include the feature in their new models later this year. Volvo, Ferrari, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Honda, and Hyundai have all committed to ship CarPlay-compatible cars before the end of 2014.The Mac Observer Spin: Using our smartphones as in-dash navigation and communication systems makes sense because that's how so many people already use them. Plus, every time you upgrade your smartphone you essentially get a computer upgrade for your car. Tying that directly to the iPhone is a slick move on Apple's part to lock people into its smartphone lineup, too.

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05:20
iOS 7: Hiding Stocks and Customizing Today View in...

The "Today" view in iOS 7's Notification Center can be pretty useful. It tells you the current date, weather conditions, upcoming appointments, and even how your stocks are doing. But what if you don't want one or more of these things in your "Today" list? Fortunately there's a way to customize it and it's pretty easy.

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04:53
Three New Buffalo Routers All Include Open-Source DD...

I returned from vacation today to find that last week Buffalo introduced not one but three new router models that all include the Ãber-flexible DD-WRT open-source firmware. Long-time MacGeekGab listeners know I'm a huge fan of DD-WRT, as it allows me to run enterprise-grade services like a VPN server, multiple VLANs, QoS, shell access and more on my consumer routers ... at consumer router prices. The only issue with DD-WRT is the hoops one must typically jump through to get it installed on unsupported routers. Buffalo has taken the pain (and risk) out of that process by pre-installing - and supporting - the DD-WRT firmware for you.

Buffalo's WZR-1750DHPD is a dual-band (and dual-core CPU) router with the same (or more) range and speed as Apple's latest AirPort Extreme, and now includes DD-WRT to allow you access to way more features than you'll ever get from Apple. With an MSRP of $189.99 you'll see this selling for less than that shortly. For those who want to save some...

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Sunday March 2

08:53
MGG 491: Don’t Forget to Purge

Dave and John wrangle your messages out of their overflowing mailbag to bring you this, today's show. Topics include some creative ways to purge messages, some creative (and hidden!) ways to purge RAM, skipping mounting your external volumes at login ... and more!

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06:15
Trade Show Survival Kit with Two-Port Battery and...

Heading to Macworld/iWorld or SXSW this month? Then hop on board quickly with this Trade Show Survival Kit our deal folks have put together. First inside the kit is the AViiQ Portable Power Bank. This is capable of pushing out 2A of iPad-fueling power and has TWO USB ports, so you can charge two iPhones at the same time. I used this exact model on vacation last week and it rocks. Then, dig deeper in the box and find the Karma 4G HotSpot. This battery-powered hotspot delivers average speeds of 3-6Mbps and allows up to 8 devices to connect simultaneously. No contract, and just $14/GB when you need it. Check it out. Deal ends in three days, after which the price jumps from $99 to $159.

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Saturday March 1

07:30
How to Astutely Use OS X Hot Corners Without...

Sandro Cuccia continues to uncover handy, hidden features built into OS X. In this article, the Hot Corners feature includes a hidden method for avoiding the accidental and annoying triggering of actions.

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Friday February 28

15:24
3 Free iOS Apps That Will Smarten You Up

Got a question? Vern Seward points out 3 free iOS apps that will help you find the answer in this week's Free on iTunes. Duck Duck Go, Merlin Bird ID, and Learnist.

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14:57
2 Beginner Tips in Mavericks and Cranky iMessage...

Nancy Carroll Gravley discusses what may seem to be an incompatibility coordinating iMessage between computers and iOS 7, and then throws in some Mavericks secrets.

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14:45
How Apple is Exploiting Android’s Weakness

As in warfare, a great business technique is to turn an enemy's strength into a weakness. Apple appears to be doing exactly that with its increased emphasis on the business advantages of going with Apple's closed, secure, curated mobile operating system, iOS.

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13:52
Tim Cook Soundly Rejects Politics of the NCPPR,...

In an emotional response to the National Center for Public Policy Research (NCPPR), Apple CEO Tim Cook soundly rejected the politics of the group and suggested it stop investing in Apple if it doesn't like his approach to sustainability and other issues.

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13:39
Apple to charge out-of-warranty users for online...

Apple will soon charge out-of-warranty device users for online chat support, 9to5Mac reports. The charges will be collected using a new web payment system developed by Apple. It’s possible the system could launch by next week. It appears Apple will charge $20 for each incident of online tech support…

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13:26
Apple USB or Thunderbolt to Ethernet Adapters: First...

When you connect a new Apple USB Ethernet Adapter or Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter to your Mac, a prompt appears asking if you'd like to use this device for a new network configuration. Follow the steps below to quickly set up an Internet connection through one of these adapters if you've not used that adapter with your Mac before.
 

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11:54
iLounge Game Spotlight: God of Light

God of Light ($2) is a new game from Playmous that features music from British electronica group UNKLE. A physics puzzle game, God of Light challenges players to guide a beam of light from a starting point to an end point using mirrors, while picking up crystals along the…

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11:35
Cook: Apple TV earned $1B revenue in 2013

Speaking at Apple’s annual shareholders meeting today, Apple CEO Tim Cook said Apple TV made more than $1 billion of revenue in 2013. Cook has often referred to the set-top box as a “hobby,” but said today, “It’s a little more difficult to call it a hobby these days.” The…

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11:18
Apple CEO Tim Cook Says AZ Project Will Create...

Apple CEO Tim Cook told shareholders on Friday that the project the company has going on in Arizona will create thousands of U.S. manufacturing jobs. Perhaps even more tantalizingly, he also said the project would lead to an ecosystem that creates "tens of thousands of jobs."

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10:13
Apple Pushes Apple TV with $25 Gift Cards

Apple launched a new US$25 gift card promotion on Friday to help goose sales of the Apple TV. To get the card, shoppers need to buy a new Apple TV from Apple's online or retail stores, and the deal is good through March 5.The Mac Observer Spin: Apple TV hasn't been updated in quite a while and now there's a $25 gift card incentive to buy. That could be a hint that a new model is coming soon.

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08:28
Documents 5 Brings File Management to iPhone, iPad

Readdle's new Documents 5.0 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch aims to make your iOS file management easier, or to be fair, possible at all. The app works as a central repository where add-on apps can look for your documents and perform tasks such as viewing files, converting files from one format to another, add color coded tags, organize documents in folders, print, and more. Documents 5.0 is free and available at Apple's iTunes-based App Store.

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07:42
Apple offers $25 gift with Apple TV, new hardware...

Apple retail employees have been told that anyone who purchases an Apple TV from Apple will receive a free $25 gift card starting today and ending March 5, iLounge has confirmed. Atypical for Apple, this promotion increases the likelihood that new Apple TV hardware is on the way in the…

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07:04
IPCom’s Patent Infringement Suit Against Apple...

The Mannheim Regional Court in Germany dismissed IPCom's patent infringement case against Apple on Friday. The court said that Apple wasn't infringing on 3G/UTMS patents IPCom bought from Bosch.The Mac Observer Spin: Dealing with patent trolls is time consuming and expensive no matter what country you're in. Seeing IPCom's case dismissed in Germany is nice, but it won't be the end -- and you can bet there are plenty of other patent trolls working on infringement filings, too.

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06:47
Apple to fix Touch ID issues in update?

Apple is planning to release a software update that would improve fingerprint recognition in the iPhone 5s Touch ID, according to AppleInsider. The update could fix the reported “fade” issue, which seemingly makes fingerprint recognition more spotty after months of using the Touch ID. A source said that Apple…

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06:07
AAPL Earnings Reports May Hint at CFO Oppenheimer...

Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer has been on the Job since 2004, and Forbes thinks the company has been dropping hints through its earnings report conference calls that he's ready to retire. If so, that announcement may be coming today during Apple's annual shareholder meeting.The Mac Observer Spin: The idea that Peter Oppenheimer's retirement from Apple will be announced today is just speculation. That said, when he does retire, Apple most likely has a successor ready to go in Corporate Controller Luca Maestri.

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05:20
OS X: Minimizing Windows into Their Dock Icons

If youâre anything like Melissa Holt, teeny minimized windows lined up next to the Trash icon in your Dock are messy enough to keep you up at night. Luckily, thereâs a preference in OS X thatâll let you change that behavior. Maybe youâll sleep better after you read about it! Maybe Melissa shouldn't be so troubled over such minor details! Maybe with a few more exclamation points, we'll remember what we were talking about! Wait, what?

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Thursday February 27

17:12
Apple Annual Shareholder Meeting Takes Place Friday...

Apple's annual shareholder meeting will take place on Friday morning at 9:00 AM PST. The meeting will be help at Building 4 of the company's Infinite Loop corporate headquarters, and it will feature a variety of shareholder proposals sponsored by both the company and various shareholders.

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15:29
Beta.ey Smartphone Solar Charger on Indiegogo...

Rawlemon has an extraordinary project on Indiegogo called Beta.ey, a solar charger that uses a lens to focus sunlight on a solar charger that tracks that focal point within the device. That produces what the company claims is 70 percent more energy than a stationary solar panel of the same size, and Beta.ey stores that energy in a battery to charge your smartphone or tablet.

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15:00
Bitcoin Stealing Mac Malware Spreads to Pirated...

OSX/CoinThief, a trojan horse designed to steal Bitcoin-related login information from your Mac, has spread to pirated versions of Angry Birds. Originally discovered by SecureMac, security researchers ESET reported on Thursday that the malware has spread to torrented versions of Angry Birds, BBEdit, Pixelmator, and Delicious Library.

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13:46
Right Wing Think Tank Wants Apple to Disclose...

The National Center for Public Policy Research (NCPPR) has put forth a proposal for Apple shareholders that would force the company to disclose more information about its sustainability programs. The right wing think tank also wants Apple to be more open about its participation in "certain trade associations and business organizations promoting the amorphous concept of environmental sustainability."

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13:00
A User’s Joyful Reaction to Apple’s Late 2013 21.5-...

Apple's "late 2013" 21.5-inch Haswell powered iMac is compact, fast and runs very, very cool. John Martellaro has just received one and talks about his very positive out-of-box experience.

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10:26
iPod nano (6th generation or later): Turn on...

If you turn on VoiceOver for iPod nano (6th generation or later), you can hear the names of songs, artists, and playlists spoken when you listen to content on your iPod nano. If you have the Apple In-Ear Headphones with Remote and Mic, you can also use VoiceOver to navigate your playlists.

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10:24
OS X Mavericks: Blocking iMessage Contacts on the Mac

With the release of OS X 10.9.2 Apple added the ability to block message senders in the Messages app just like you could already do on the iPhone and iPad. The feature is tucked away in the Messages preferences, and easy to use once you know where to look.

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10:17
Apps: Another Case Solved, Instapaper 5.1.5, Slack 1...

Chillingo’s Another Case Solved is a new game similar to the company’s popular Puzzle Craft. There is a detective story built into Another Case Solved, but it doesn’t have any effect on the actual gameplay, which involves matching icons by swiping to create lines in any direction. Progressing through…

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08:47
LEGO Legends of CHIMA Online Comes to iPhone, iPad

LEGO's popular Legends of CHIMA Online game has been available for Mac and Windows users, and now it's available on the iPhone and iPad, too. The game ties in to the LEGO CHIMA product line and lets players create their own characters, participate in missions, explore the CHIMA world, hunt for hidden treasures, build their own outpost, and more. LEGO also monitors in-game chats to help protect kids from accidentally sharing personal information. LEGO Legends of CHIMA Online is free to play, and the iOS app is a free download from Apple's iTunes-based App Store.

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08:17
Apple Tops Fortune’s Most Admired Companies List 7...

Fortune's annual list of the world's most admired companies is out and once again Apple took the top spot. This marks the seventh year in a row Apple has been ranked as the number one company based on a survey of corporate executives and analysts.The Mac Observer Spin: Most admired company seven years in a row? That's pretty impressive and a sign that other big companies think Apple is doing something right.

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07:06
House Passes Cellphone Unlocking Bill Packed with...

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill earlier this week to legalize cellphone unlocking. That should be great news because the Librarian of Congress refused to do so in 2012, but the reality is the House's bill is mostly a big bucket of meh.

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06:32
Apple details A7, Touch ID security in document

An updated Apple security document on the company’s “iPhone in Business” site provides more information on security details regarding the iPhone’s Touch ID feature and A7 chip. The document describes the A7 chip’s Secure Enclave coprocessor, which uses encrypted memory and a hardware random number generator to securely store…

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05:35
How to Solve Your iPhoto Auto Launch Issues by...

Mac Geek Gab listener Julie loves how iPhoto automatically opens when she connects her iPhone to her Mac, allowing her to quickly import and enjoy her latest photos. But lately something has gone wrong, and the Image Capture app opens instead of iPhoto, even though she triple-checked that iPhoto is configured to launch when a camera is connected. We explain how her problems may be the result of a bad preference file, and show Julie how to fix it.

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Wednesday February 26

17:10
ACM 244: Apple Crashes MWC Party, Disney Cozies Up...

Samsung may have been present at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, but Apple managed to win an award without even bothering to show up. Jeff and Bryan take a look at that news, along with Samsung's new smartphone and smart watch announcements, tributes to Steve Jobs, Disney's new movie team up with the iTunes Store, and more.

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14:06
About Disney Movies Anywhere and iTunes Store

Learn about Disney Movies Anywhere and your iTunes Store account.

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13:28
About the Xcode Update for OS X Server (Mavericks)

The Xcode Update for OS X Server (Mavericks) addresses an issue that could interrupt bot integration on headless servers running OS X Mavericks v10.9.2.

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13:11
Firmware Update Allows Apple’s Mac Pro to Power Nap...

Apple released Mac Pro SMC Update 2.0 on Wednesday, a firmware update for the company's new Mac Pro (2013) that allows the device to run in Power Nap mode without using the fan for most Power Nap activities.

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12:30
Apple TV poll ends, iWatch poll begins

Our latest poll, What would you most like to see in a new Apple TV set-top box?, has now closed. With reports that a next-generation Apple TV could be adding game support, we wanted to know what our readers would most like to see in the next Apple set-top…

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11:40
HBO Dramatizes Life in ‘Silicon Valley’

HBO has a trailer out for a new series called Silicon Valley that dramatizes the life of nerdy brainiacs and the startup culture in Bay Area. Being about Silicon Valley, the trailer includes a mention of Steve Jobs. We won't spoil it for you, but it's sure to elicit either a chuckle or a growl, depending on your mood. The show premiers in April on HBO. And remember, I know H.T.M.L.

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10:58
Apple Releases iTunes 11.1.5 with Improved Support...

Apple released iTunes 11.1.5 on Wednesday. The maintenance release fixes a crashing bug and improves support for iBooks for Mac in Mavericks.

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10:52
Apple releases iTunes 11.1.5

Apple has released iTunes 11.1.5. The update “fixes a problem that may cause iTunes to quit unexpectedly when a device is connected.” Compatibility with iBooks for Mac on OS X Mavericks is also improved in the update, which is available in the Mac App Store and on the iTunes…

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09:26
ZooGue’s iPad Air Case Prodigy Is Splendid

The new Prodigy case for iPad Air from ZooGue offers good protection, a pebbled surface for good grip, a choice of six landscape viewing angles, and a magnetic sleep/wake and secure magnetic closure. This folio case is sturdy but not especially light compared to others TMO has tested.

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07:59
Facebook Email Feature Put Out to Pasture

Remember those @facebook.com email addresses Facebook assigned to its users? Apparently no one else did, either, because the social networking service is shutting them down.The Mac Observer Spin: Wait, what? Facebook email addresses hadn't shut down already?

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07:11
Apple Rolls Out Security Updates for Lion, Mountain...

Apple's 10.9.2 update for Mavericks wasn't the only security-related patch to roll out from Cupertino on Tuesday. The company also released security updates for Lion and Mountain Lion, although they didn't include the critical SSL fix that was part of OS X 10.9.2 because those versions of the operating system didn't include the same code flaw.The Mac Observer Spin: Apple isn't saying exactly what these security updates include, but considering how dangerous some flaws can be it's a good idea to stay up to date.

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06:28
Sprint MVNO Ting Adds iPhone 5 Support

Ting, the Sprint MVNO owned by Tucows, is expanding its smartphone support to include Apple's iPhone 5. The carrier already supported the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, but until now had been held back from newer models.The Mac Observer Spin: It's great seeing iPhone 5 support on Ting, but it sure would be nice if Sprint gave the MVNO approval for iPhone models faster than it does.

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06:17
Apple appeals e-book antitrust ruling

As expected, Apple has filed an appeal disputing a July ruling that the company conspired to raise e-book prices. Apple told a federal appeals court the ruling “is a radical departure” from modern antitrust law, and warned it would “chill competition and harm consumers,” the Associated Press reports.…

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05:40
Mavericks: Using the “Do Not Disturb” Feature

With Mavericks, you can now use Do Not Disturb for keeping things quiet when you need to sleep or get work done, and itâs just as handy on your Mac as it is on your iOS 7 devices. In this tip, weâll cover how to use it and change its settings, and weâll even go over how to set up a keyboard shortcut for it. Uninterrupted work time, here we come!

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Tuesday February 25

18:26
Apple Says Antitrust Conviction Is ‘Radical...

Apple told an appeals court that its 2013 antitrust conviction was a "radical departure" from modern antitrust law, and that if that conviction is allowed to stand it will "sill competition and harm consumers." According to the Associated Press, Apple made the arguments in formal written filings with the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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17:41
Apple Starts iBeacon Certification Under ‘Made for...

Apple has begun certifying devices for the "iBeacon" mark under its MFi ("Made for iPod/iPhone/iPad") licensing program. Manufacturers can now apply to use Apple's iBeacon logo on devices that meet the company's standards.

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16:24
WeatherFlow Wind Meter, an Anemometer for Your iPhone

Check out the WeatherFlow Wind Meter, an anemometer for your iPhone or Android device. Stick it in your iPhone, point it into the wind, and get real-time local windspeed and directional measurements. According to the company, it's accurate to the larger of +/- 0.5% of the reading or 0.2 mph at up to 15Â off-axis, and it reads in meters/second, miles/hour, knots, kilometers/hour, or the beaufort scale. For information junkies, you can also have your app report its findings to other users and see data from other users, too. It's priced at US$34.95, and it's available now. Yay science!

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14:08
About the security content of QuickTime 7.7.5

This document describes the security content of QuickTime 7.7.5.

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13:33
About the OS X Server v3.0.3 Update

This software updates OS X Server v3.0, v3.0.1 and v3.0.2 to v3.0.3. It requires OS X Mavericks v10.9.1 or later.

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13:16
Disney Partners with Apple for Disney Movies...

Disney announced a proprietary digital movie access platform on Tuesday called Disney Movies anywhere, and the company partnered with Apple and iTunes to make it happen. With Disney Movies Anywhere, customers can access their Disney movies on any iOS device, or through a browser on Mac and PC. As an incentive to attach your iTunes account to your Disney account, the company is offering a free copy of the awesome Pixar movie The Incredibles.

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13:10
Apple releases iBeacon specification

Apple has released an iBeacon specification through its MFi program, as noted by Beekn. If manufacturers meet certain established criteria, they will be able to brand their devices with the iBeacon name. In addition to bearing the name, official iBeacons will broadcast Bluetooth LE to Apple’s standards. Applying to…

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11:59
Apps: Brian Cox’s Wonders of Life, Disney Movies...

Brian Cox’s Wonders of Life ($6) from HarperCollins lets users explore nature through 3D creatures and habits, video, and high-res images. More than two hours of video let users view creatures in HD, and more than 1,000 high-res images include commentary. It’s an extremely impressive app — a collection…

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11:25
Touch ID: How to Correctly Give Your iPhone 5s the...

For some people, the iPhone 5s fingerprint recognition in Touch ID can be less than perfect, occasionally frustrating. Either it doesn't work the first time, all the time, or defining multiple fingers doesn't help. John Martellaro shows how he made it work for him, first time, every time, with just one finger.

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11:10
About the OS X Mavericks v10.9.2 Update

Learn about the OS X Mavericks v10.9.2 Update

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10:55
TV4 Play added to Apple TV in Sweden

Apple has added a new TV4 Play channel to Apple TV in Sweden. Swedish network TV4 announced the addition to Apple TV, along with pricing tiers and features. For free, users can can watch some live broadcasts, and shows for 7…

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10:48
Apple, Google, Samsung Push for Patent Troll Reform...

Sometimes-rivals Apple, Google and Samsung have banded together in Europe in hopes of bringing patent trolls and their abuse of the court system under control. 19 companies have signed a letter asking the European Union to take action to limit the ability of companies that hold patents as their sole source of income from using the legal system to essentially extort money out of other businesses.The Mac Observer Spin: The fact that both the EU and United States are looking into ways to improve the patent litigation process and protect companies from patent trolls is great news. The current patent system needs some serious fixing.

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10:32
Apple Releases OS X 10.9.2 with SSL Goto Fail Fix,...

Apple released OS X 10.9.2 on Tuesday, a Mavericks update that includes important bug fixes and a couple of new features. More importantly for some users, TMO can confirm that the update includes a fix for the SSL security hole that was patched in iOS on Friday.

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10:27
About the security content of OS X Mavericks v10.9.2...

This document describes the security content of OS X Mavericks v10.9.2 and Security Update 2014-001.

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10:21
About the security content of Safari 6.1.2 and...

This document describes the security content of Safari 6.1.2 and Safari 7.0.2.

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08:14
Apple sapphire partner expects orders in ‘latter...

Apple sapphire partner GT Advanced Technologies recently announced its 4Q 2013 fiscal results, noting the company “now expects equipment orders from investments to be received during the latter part of 2014.” GT expects “meaningful revenue recognition” will start in early 2015. “We expect to return to profitability during the…

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07:34
Yes, You can Jailbreak iOS 7.0.6

iOS updates can pose problems for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch owners that like to jailbreak their devices. The big question with the release of iOS 7.0.6 is whether or not it's possible to perform an untethered jailbreak. The answer is yes, but you'll have to dive under the hood and make some changes to the jailbreak utility.

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06:55
Apple urges veto of Arizona anti-gay bill

Apple has asked Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to veto a “religious freedom” bill that would allow businesses to deny service to gays and lesbians, the Associated Press reports. Company spokeswoman Kristin Hueget confirmed Apple “had reached out to Brewer and urged a veto,” according to the report. Apple

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06:16
Ignite Denver: Jeff Gamet’s Coffee Shop Observations...

What do you get when you mix The Mac Observer's Managing Editor Jeff Gamet with coffee shops and Ignite Denver? How about a presentation where he talks about the ridiculous things he sees people do when he's enjoying his drink. That's what happened, and if you weren't there you can watch it online now.

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05:45
How to Add a Time Capsule or AirPort Extreme to an...

Mac Geek Gab listener James is replacing his existing Apple Time Capsule with a series of non-Apple routers, but he'd still like to keep the Time Capsule in his home network in order to back up his Macs. We explain how to integrate an Apple Time Capsule or AirPort Extreme into an existing network without causing complications with his new networking gear.

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Monday February 24

18:43
Apple Urges Arizona Governor to Veto Bill Legalizing...

Apple has officially added its hefty corporate weight to the business forces urging Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to veto a bill legalizing discrimination against homosexuals as long as the discriminator can claim religious prejudice. Apple has a recent track record of being politically active in the gay rights arena, both under the late Steve Jobs and under current CEO Tim Cook, a gay man.

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17:38
Ford Said to Dump Windows for Car Sync and Move to…...

I thought about writing a full article on this, but really, all I can come up with is #lolthefuturelooksbright. The short version is that Bloomberg reported that Ford is planning to dump Microsoft's Windows for its in-car "Sync" platform, and instead embrace the future with Blackberry's QNX platform. The reasons apparently boil down to the fact that it's cheaper and better than Windows, but in either case it's not saying all that much. Perhaps it will be the shot in the arm that Blackberry needs to survive. Then again, maybe Ford will be find itself needing to shop around again in a few years. Either way, it's further anti-validation for Microsoft. Speaking of which, this could shed some light on why Ford CEO Alan Mulally wasn't interested in the Microsoft gig eventually given to new CEO Satya Nadella. [Image courtesy of Shutterstock]...

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16:54
AL.com Profiles Tim Cook’s Childhood in Alabama (...

Alabama promotional site AL.com has published a great profile of Apple CEO Tim Cook, focusing on his childhood in Robertsdale, Alabama. From it, we learn that Mr. Cook was popular as a kid, meticulous, well liked, and that he served on the yearbook staff as business manager.

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15:55
Tim Cook Tweet Reminds World “It’s Worth Waiting to...

Tim Cook tweeted a pair of remembrances for Steve Jobs's birthday on Monday, including one of Mr. Jobs's favorite phrases, "Stay hungry, stay foolish." He also reminded the world that Apple won't release a product before it's ready, a reference to Apple critics who whine about Apple's supposed lack of innovation.

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15:28
Comcast, Netflix Deal Shows the Future of Net...

Netflix and Comcast raised eyebrows over the weekend when they announced a deal where the video streaming company will pay to ensure its content stutter or stall on Comcast's network. The deal sounds a lot like a no-throttling agreement, which flies in the face of net neutrality, but the real issue may not be as simple as that.

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15:12
Minimalist Cyrillic Tribute to Steve Jobs Unveiled,...

A statue of the late Steve Jobs by sculptor Dragan Radenović was unveiled in Belgrade, Serbia, and according to Serbian newspaper Netokracija, it was selected by Apple to be shown at one of the company's Cupertino offices. The minimalist tribute includes Steve Jobs's bust, two Cyrillic letters, and the roman numerals 0 and 1, representing the binary system used by computers today.The Mac Observer Spin: Most great art is initially rejected, and judging by the initial reaction to this piece, it will be considered great indeed at some point.

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12:30
Report: Apple sues Chinese gov’t agency, company...

Apple is reportedly suing a Chinese government agency and a Chinese company over patent rights for Siri, according to the Xinhua news agency. The Cupertino company has targeted Shanghai’s Zhizhen Network Technology, which “developed software similar to Siri,” and the State Intellectual Property Office, which controls Chinese patent rights protection.…

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12:11
Video Reimagines Steve Jobs’s 2007 iPhone...

The folks at EasyExplainVideo have created a cool video that reimagines the late Steve Jobs's 2007 iPhone launch at what was then called Macworld Expo. We take the iPhone and smartphones for granted today, but the reality is that Steve Jobs blew our minds by announcing three new devices-a wide screen iPod with touch controls, a revolutionary mobile phone, and a breakthrough Internet communications device. Oh yeah, and they're all one device. EasyExplainVideo took the audio from that introduction and present it with graphics the company designed to illustrate what was being said. It's pretty cool, and it was released just in time for Steve Jobs's birthday today, as well as the Apple-bashing coming from would-be competitors.

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11:23
ReSound Linx MFi hearing aid launches

GN ReSound has launched ReSound Linx, an MFi hearing aid. First announced last October, the hearing aid connects directly to an iOS device. The ReSound Smart app will let users adjust volume, treble, bass, and geo-tag locations for preferred settings. A…

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08:45
Apple TV gets WWE Channel

Apple expanded Apple TV content again on Monday with the addition of the WWE Network. The new channel for the set top box brings pro wrestling content to viewers, including all 12 of the WWE live Pay-Per-View events.

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08:17
Mad Catz unveils C.T.R.L.i iOS controller

Mad Catz has introduced its C.T.R.L.i ($80) iOS controller. The Bluetooth-enabled controller comes with a removable clip with a mount that can hold current iPhones, and can also adjust for larger devices. The controller will reportedly come in black, white, blue,…

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07:37
Microsoft Considers Lower Priced Windows to Compete...

Microsoft is having a hard go of it in the mobile device market, and to help turn that around is considering drastically reducing the price manufacturers pay to install Windows on their smartphones and tablets. Instead of the US$50 manufactures pay now for products priced under $250, Microsoft will charge only $15.The Mac Observer Spin: Microsoft can't push Windows on all devices simply by being Microsoft any more. The company has to find ways to compete with Apple and Google if it wants to have a fighting chance at staying relevant in the mobile device market. The easiest way to do that is by lowering how much it charges device makers to pre-install Windows, and that should've happened a long time ago.

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07:30
AFP548 2014 Product/Platform Poll

As suggested by @nbalonso, I don’t think I’m alone in wanting to know what other folks are using, and how they’re hosting the products they maintain/provide services to the workstations under their purview with. We’re focusing on the Mac for now, as the ‘great reckoning and consolidation’ of the numerous iOS platforms is still ongoing. It’s hopefully quick and painless(and anonymous,) so please do lend us a few moments of your time!HTML Forms powered by Wufoo(Submit button not working on iOS? Please click -> here <-)About Allister BanksAllister is excitable, adept at nerd sniping, and professionally is a Solutions Architect for 318 in downtown NYC (and elsewhere.) He contributes to various open source projects and speaks...

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07:20
WWE Network launches on Apple TV

As expected, the WWE Network has launched on Apple TV today. The new network from World Wrestling Entertainment can be purchased with an iTunes account. It costs $60 for a six-month WWE subscription on Apple TV, as opposed to $10 per month…

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06:58
Apple iPhone trade-in program coming to Canada soon?

Apple’s in-store iPhone Reuse and Recycling trade-in program will launch in Canada in “the coming weeks,” 9to5Mac reports. A source indicated Canadian Apple Store employees would begin training for the program soon. The iPhone Reuse and Recycling program already exists in the U.S. and U.K., and Apple also has…

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06:35
What Apple’s Goto Fail Security Bug Means to You

Safari in OS X Mavericks may not be as secure as you think, especially if you surf the Web in public places like coffee shops or at school. A serious flaw in Safari's code, called the Goto Bug, could expose data you'd rather keep private -- like passwords and banking information -- and even let hackers intercept your email. Apple promises a fix is coming, but until then it's up to you to practice safe browsing habits to help avoid accidentally exposing your personal information online.

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05:25
OS X: How to do Math in Spotlight

Spotlight is more than just a tool for seraching the contents of your Mac's hard drive. It's also a calculator, and Michael Johnston is ready to show you how to make it bend to your mathematic bidding.

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Saturday February 22

16:13
MGG 490: 5GHz Isn’t Always Faster … But It Usually Is

John and Dave come off the heels of a Cool Stuff Found show (and an interview show!) to get back to answering your questions. First, though, are the results of a bit of testing John and Dave did where they learned some interesting things about the way 5GHz networks perform on first-generation Time Capsules. Then it's onto your questions about email addresses, Time Machine backups and a free VPN for you to use.

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07:30
25 Tips for Mastering iPhone Photography

Sandro Cuccia offers twenty-five tips that are guaranteed to help you improve your iPhone photography.

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Friday February 21

15:20
Wired Science: 3 Free iOS Science Apps You’re Gonna...

Science can be fun and Vern Seward pooints out 3 free iOS apps that proves it in this week's Free on iTunes, Science Today, Dinosaurs:American Museum of Natural History, and Pocket Penguins.

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14:45
The Lost Legacy of the iPad: Action Games That Truly...

There are iPad games that are greatly addictive. And there are buckle down educational apps that teach fundamental skills of use in academia that try, often in vain, to be fun. Given our enormous technological skills in app development, can the two ever be combined into a truly first-rate, important product?

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14:38
About the Snow Leopard Graphics Update

The Snow Leopard Graphics Update contains stability and performance fixes for graphics applications and games in Mac OS X v10.6.4.

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14:38
About the Mac OS X v10.6.8 Update

The Mac OS X v10.6.8 Update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Snow Leopard and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac.

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14:38
About the OS X Lion v10.7.2 Update

The 10.7.2 update is recommended for all OS X Lion users and includes general operating system fixes that improve the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac. It also includes support for iCloud, a breakthrough set of free cloud services that automatically and wirelessly store your content on iCloud and push it to all of your devices.

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14:38
About the OS X Lion v10.7.1 Update

The OS X Lion v10.7.1 Update is recommended for all users running OS X Lion and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability and compatibility of your Mac.

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14:38
About the Mac OS X v10.6.7 Update

The Mac OS X v10.6.7 Update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Snow Leopard and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac.

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14:38
About the Mac OS X v10.6.7 Snow Leopard Font Update

What's included?
The Snow Leopard Font Update contains fixes for Mac OS X v10.6.7 that address issues displaying and printing OpenType fonts.

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14:24
Apple Buys Burstly, Maker of iOS App Testing...

Apple has purchased Burstly, the company behind the popular iOS app testing platform called TestFlight. Terms of the deal haven't been leaked, but the acquisition apparently took place in the last two weeks, and TechCrunch reported that the company's engineers are already working at Apple.The Mac Observer Spin: Hopefully this deal will lead to better developer testing tools from Apple.

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13:10
Episode Seven – Perfunctory Munki Mention

A vacation for your ears comes mid-winter as Pepijn Bruienne in thunderstorm-y Michigan returns to join Mac Admin (and new father) Derick Okihara in not-snowy Hawaii. Arek Dreyer and Ben Greisler get a shout-out each, DeployStudio goes down main street in a cab, and we even kick it old-school as MUG’s become a topic of discussion. We barely scratch the surface of the goings on in Dericks world during this half hour, so hopefully you will all enjoy the teaser and convince him to join us again soon.Links:http://www.hmaus.org http://barefeats.com http://deploystudio.com/Home.html https://code.google.com/p/munki/ https://twitter.com/dokihara https://twitter.com/bruienne http://enterprisemac....

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12:07
Fitbit pulls, recalls Force fitness tracker

Fitbit has issued a voluntary recall of its Fitbit Force Wireless Activity & Sleep Wristband. The company has also pulled the fitness tracker from the market — Fitbit’s Force webpage notes the product is “currently not available for purchase.” Fitbit is citing skin irritation as the reason for…

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11:25
iLounge Game Spotlight: Tengami

The long-awaited Tengami ($5) has finally reached the App Store. Created by Nyamyam, an independent developer founded by former Rare employees, Tengami is described as “an atmospheric adventure game set inside a Japanese pop-up book.” Rated 4+, the game has no in-app purchases and no advertisements.

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11:20
Apple acquires TestFlight parent company Burstly

Apple has acquired Burstly, the parent company of mobile app testing platform TestFlight, according to TechCrunch. Burstly also makes SkyRocket, an in-app management platform for ads. Notably, TestFlight recently announced it would be terminating Android support. Apple, which confirmed the acquisition with Re/code, could be looking to improve…

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10:40
Amazon’s Apple TV Competitor Coming this Spring

Amazon looks to be prepping for a spring launch for its Web TV competitor to Apple TV. Like Apple's offering, Amazon's will stream video and other content to user's televisions, but this device will run on Google's Android OS.The Mac Observer Spin: It makes sense for Amazon to jump into the set top box game. It's another way to deliver the TV, movie, and other content it's already offering through web browsers and its Kindle devices. Adding that to televisions opens the company's content offerings to a wider audience.

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10:39
About the security content of iOS 7.0.6

This document describes the security content of iOS 7.0.6.

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10:39
About the security content of iOS 6.1.6

This document describes the security content of iOS 6.1.6.

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10:39
About the security content of Apple TV 6.0.2

This document describes the security content of Apple TV 6.0.2.

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Thursday February 20

14:23
Testing TCP port connectivity between computers and...

Apple software uses particular TCP and UDP ports that security software or specific network configurations might block on your computer. Use these steps to find out if TCP ports are blocked or unreachable.

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13:23
Boot Camp: Brightness controls no longer respond...

After upgrading from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 on a MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2011 or Late 2011), the F1 and F2 keys may no longer control the brightness of the computer's built-in display.

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07:54
Sydney (Australia) Mac Admins February 2014 Meet Up

To All Sydney Mac Admins,Our 2nd Meeting of the year is scheduled for the 26th February.We have a booking at 6pm for the Fulton Room at Hart’s Pub, Corner of Essex & Gloucester St, The Rocks.Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to get together with your fellow Sydney Mac Admins. We have a good range of admins attending with representatives from small (20-50 users) and large (thousands of users) environments, to companies with offices throughout the world, universities and non-profits.The meeting usually runs for a few hours, so if you can’t make it by 6pm, we will still be there until at least 9pm.If you can’t make next Wednesday, we are planning on meeting monthly on the last Wednesday of the month.Email Marcus Rowell to register your interest or for more information.About Marcus RowellMarcus Rowell is a Mac Systems Administrator and IT generalist who is...

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Tuesday February 18

14:49
Apple Configurator: Error 5103 when redeeming code

When trying to deploy an app purchased using the Volume Purchase Program (VPP), Apple Configurator may state “Unable to redeem code”. The detailed message includes “Please enter your Apple ID and password to redeem your code”, or “MZFinance.RedeemCodeSrvLoginRequired”, along with error code 5103.

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Friday February 14

14:43
OS X: Security certifications and validations

This article contains references for key product certifications, cryptographic validations, and security guidance for OS X platforms.

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Thursday February 13

09:40
OS X: Backing up and restoring Reminders in Mountain...

You can save a copy of your Reminders in Mountain Lion in case you later want to restore them to a previous state.

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Wednesday February 12

10:52
Mac Basics: Printing in OS X

Learn about adding a printer, and printing in OS X Mavericks, and Mountain Lion.

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08:37
About the security content of Boot Camp 5.1

This document describes the security content of Boot Camp 5.1.

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Monday February 10

10:27
Change the country of your iTunes Store, App Store,...

When you make a purchase from the iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks Store, or Mac App Store, you must use the store that matches the country where you live.

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09:55
OS X: Manually migrating data from another Mac

 If your computer is too old to work with Migration Assistant, you can manually copy your data from one computer to another using these steps.

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08:40
OS X: "Cannot connect" or "Cannot...

While attempting to use the Mac App Store on your Mac, you may see the message, "Cannot connect to the app store. An internet connection is required." There are a few different situations that can cause this message to appear. Please consider each of the following situations and their potential resolutions.

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Friday February 7

14:52
iCloud: Storage upgrades and downgrades

Learn about the iCloud storage upgrades available to you, how to upgrade or downgrade your storage, and how to view or change your payment information.

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14:07
Clean Migration of Existing Open Directory Users to...

For many reasons, you may find yourself needing to start a new Mavericks Open Directory server from scratch. In this article, I’ll go over how to import your existing users from an older Open Directory server and import them to your new Mavericks server. I will also use a tool called Passenger to import known passwords for your users. In my environment, I have a Mountain Lion Profile Manager 2 server which also runs Open Directory. This server was originally a Lion Server, with user accounts imported from a Snow Leopard Open Directory server. I imported these users to the Lion server with Workgroup Manager. I had to do this, because Lion Server was so incredibly broken that migrations, archive/restores, simply did NOT work. So Exporting/Importing via Workgroup Manager was my only solution.However, much to my dismay, because I had imported my users with Workgroup Manager, many Service ACLs were borked. For example, my Open Directory users could not access...

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10:12
iTunes Store charges on credit and debit card...

This information may be useful if you see unfamiliar iTunes Store charges on your credit or debit card statement.

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Wednesday February 5

11:46
Adobe Flash Player updates available for OS X on...

Adobe Flash Player updates are available that address a recently-identified Adobe Flash Player web plug-in vulnerability.

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07:09
Airplay mirroring freezes or drops connections on an...

When using a MacBook Pro (Late 2013) or Mac Pro (Late 2013) with Airplay mirroring on an 802.11 b or g network, the TV image might freeze or the connection gets dropped.

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03:15
Episode Six – Mainstream Vocal Jazz

Seb Nash makes his hosting debut, joined by Luis Giraldo of Ook Enterprises. They talk about how Luis got to where he is, consultants as salespeople, and the perils of wireless deployments at tech conferences. Launching his product MonkeyBox gets a fair amount of airtime, and we see some of the behind the scenes process of getting a software project developed and shipped. We’re back!Linksies:http://ook.co/http://pebbleit.com/https://monkeybox.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/200574646-Importing-Devices-from-System-Information-Files-Mac-Luis’ presentation from MacSysAdmin 2012 -http://docs.macsysadmin.se/2012/...

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Tuesday February 4

18:35
iTunes 11.1.4 for Windows: Unable to install or open

Some Windows customers may experience installation issues while trying to install or open iTunes 11.1.4.
Symptoms may include:

"The program can't start because MSVCR80.dll is missing from your computer"
"iTunes was not installed correctly. Please reinstall iTunes. Error 7 (Windows Error 126)”
"Runtime Error: R6034 - An application has made an attempt to load the C runtime library incorrectly"
"Entry point not found: videoTracks@QTMovie@@QBE?AV?$Vector@V?$RefPtr@VQTTrack@@@***@@$0A@VCrashOnOverf low@@***@@XZ could not be located in the dynamic link library C:\Program Files(x86)\Common Files\Apple\Apple Application Support\WebKit.dll”

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Monday February 3

12:35
OS X: New email messages not received until Mail is...

For some email providers, new email messages in Mail may only appear to arrive when Mail is first opened. No new email arrives until Mail is quit and reopened.

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10:26
OS X: When your Mac doesn't sleep or wake

Some features are designed to prevent your Mac from going to sleep. If your Mac doesn't sleep or wake as expected, review the steps in this article.

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08:19
Boot Camp: Press any key message appears while...

When installing Windows 8 on an iMac (Late 2013) or Mac Pro (Late 2013), installation may not complete if you use an optical disc for installation. Instead, you are prompted to "press any key" or the computer restarts back to OS X.

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Friday January 31

12:27
Using Keynote Remote

With Keynote Remote you can control your Keynote presentation from your compatible iOS device.

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08:40
Set up an Apple ID.

An Apple ID is your user name for everything you do with Apple, like using the iTunes Store, the App Store, iCloud, FaceTime, and much more.
If you don’t already have an Apple ID, you can create one whenever you’re asked to sign in. Or just visit appleid.apple.com.
More: Apple ID support

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08:17
Penn State MacAdmins 2014 Call for Proposals

Have experience on a Mac or iOS system administrator topic and want to share? We are looking for engaging, well-crafted sessions that showcase the latest tools and strategies for managing Macs and iOS devices.If you are interested in the opportunity to present a session or two, please submit your proposals soon here:<http://macadmins.psu.edu/conference/submit-proposals/>The deadline to submit session proposals for the 2014 Penn State MacAdmins Conference is Friday, February 28, with about one month left to go!Accepted session speakers will receive a free conference registration.Don’t wait too long, submit today!Sign up for our MacAdmins Conference Newsletter for the latest news.- Penn State MacAdmins Conference TeamAbout ...

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04:49
Resetting an AirPort base station FAQ

This article answers frequently asked questions about resetting AirPort base stations including AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and AirPort Time Capsule.

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Wednesday June 8

16:36
Sprint iPhone in advanced testing?

Sunday March 13

13:49
HTC Incredible S Gets Pictured in the Wild

Friday March 11

21:55
iPad 2 orders already shipping for delivery next week

Monday January 3

13:52
iPhone Alarm Bug Still Causing Issues for Some Users

Monday May 3

08:17
iPad: How to transfer or sync content to your...
Apple Games Features WarBirds Dogfights

February 26, 2010 6:00 AMApple Games has posted a new feature article, this time taking to the dangerous skies of WarBirds Dogfights from iEntertainment Network. In the game players choose from a large variety of historically accurate aircraft and fly in the game's many missions or engage in combat against other players online. The article includes an overview of the game, comments from iEntertainment CEO Bill Stealey, and a short history of flight sims.When you go online, Stealey explains, first we send you to the Special Training Arena, because we learned that new players get shot down very quickly in the regular arenas. He pauses while getting a bead on an enemy plane; he litters one wing with bullets and a teammate finishes the kill. In the Special Training Arena, all players are on the same side, he adds. His team also created CheckRide and CheckOut training options: the former is aimed at experienced flight simmers who want to work on advanced tactics, while the latter is for...

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More Din's Curse Creatures Unveiled

February 26, 2010 6:00 AMSoldak Entertainment, developer of Depths of Peril and Kivi's Underworld, has released more new information about the upcoming action RPG, Din's Curse. The latest update features three new additions to the creature list with the unveiling of the Evil Leprechaun, the Scree, and the Plaguebringer.Evil LeprechaunA nether creature, this small fiend can smell coins of all kinds and will steal from anyone. When it runs away with new found wealth, it'll rely on other brutish allies to protect it from retribution. Scree Chaos rips through the core of the world, a deadly doorway to dimensions beyond. The Scree slipped through into the underworld, cowardly mini-demons ready to mob their enemies when the numbers were on their side.Click over to the link below for more information.Din's Curse MonstersSoldak Entertainment...

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id Developers Discuss Original Quake Public Beta...

February 26, 2010 6:00 AMBethesda Softworks has posted a new blog featuring comments from id Software's John Carmack, Tim Willits, and others about the release of the first public beta of the original Quake 14 years ago. The participants shared their memories of the release of the game and its then innovative features.John Carmack, Co-founder and Technical Director, id Software:We were watching a live online chat when the upload went live. When the first person got it, there was a great clamor for reports about what it looked like. Unfortunately, one of the first things reported was There is a turtle in the corner of the screen. I had a check in the code to draw that icon as a sign that you were running at 10 frames a second or less, so you should reduce quality settings to get a more playable experience. Quake was one of the first PC apps where floating point performance was a critical factor, which meant that Intels Pentium processor had a huge lead over the competing AMD and...

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