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Monday April 21

14:12
Intel's next-gen Thunderbolt rumored to hit...

In a purported presentation slide leaked to the Web on Monday, Intel outlines its next-generation Thunderbolt specification -- "Alpine Ridge" -- that will boast double the throughput of current Thunderbolt 2 interface, while bringing massive gains in power efficiency.

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14:11
Data Center Fire Fries Samsung's Un-Backed-Up...


A fire that erupted at the data center of Samsung SDS in Gwacheon, South Korea, reportedly took out services to Samsung smartphones, tablets and smart TVs for several hours. The company reportedly stopped all services offered through its website and smartphone apps, and said consumers could not use its online payment services or receive text message confirmations of payments made. The size of payments made by Korean consumers abroad using cards affiliated with other partners, including American Express, apparently also was restricted.

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14:04
Apple pushing into mobile payments

The company has been meeting with potential applicants for two new positions at Apple focused exclusively on building a business around the hundreds of millions of credit cards it already has on file. Apple is seeking to fill head of product and head of business development positions, one of these people said.

The biggest thing that Apple has is trust—they have my credit card and have for years. I trust them with that information, so I would use a its payment system.
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14:00
Apple Offers Peek Inside Nevada Data Centers

Apple has fired another round in their transparency offensive, letting Wired reporter Steven Levy tag along with Environmental Initiatives VP Lisa Jackson on a trip to Apple's Nevada data centers. Kelly Guimont runs us through what we learned and looks at what it means.

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14:00
Narrative Clip lifelogging camera: Hands-on with the...

Being both a fan of innovative hardware and a photography buff, one of the products I eagerly anticipated testing was the Narrative Clip livelogging camera (US$279). The product began life as a 2012 Kickstarter project named Memoto and finally...

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13:35
Apple now offering free recycling of all old Apple...

Continuing its environment-minded announcements on Monday, Apple revealed a new plan to accept all used Apple products for free in an effort to cut down on pollution caused by manufacture and use of the company's devices.

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13:32
[Sponsor] Bellroy: Slim Your Wallet

GQ Magazine:

Newcomer Bellroy has some of the slimmest wallets on the market; from its micro Slim Sleeve to the ultra-compact but fully-functional Hide & Seek, they’re the best your money can buy, and be kept in.

Nobody is thinking more about wallet design these days than Bellroy. For everyday use, their Slim Sleeve wallet just got even slimmer. And if you travel frequently, check out the Travel...

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13:30
Mac on iPhone would be a lot of fun

It's a shame this doesn't actually exist, because I bet a lot of people would love to mess around with an emulated version of classic Mac software. Imagine "booting up" touchscreen versions of Artillery or 3D Checkers. It would a nostalgia trip worth...

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13:27
Leaked Apple video promotes design of Campus 2...

A newly-leaked video -- strongly believed to have been produced by Apple -- promotes the design of Apple's upcoming Campus 2 building in Cupertino. The clip (below) features interviews with key members of the project, such as architects and arborists, as well as shots of lead Apple designer Jonathan Ive, and archival footage of company co-founder Steve Jobs. Jobs' presentation to the Cupertino city council about the building was one of his last public appearances....

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13:00
Reviews: STM Trust technology bag

The search for a good messenger bag that doubles as a laptop bag is something many travelers find themselves facing at least once. Between bags that are either good for carrying around a multitude of things everyday or ones that only have the capacity for a laptop, there doesn't seem to be many that give a good equilibrium. STM is trying to bridge that gap with their new line of Annex bags. These ......

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13:00
Find Tinder too ambiguous? Heavenly Sinful is here...

People use apps like Tinder presumably to find love, whether just for one night or forever. The problem is, you never know a user's motives until you've met up. Your date goes wonderfully, laughs are had, hands are held, smooches are exchanged, and...

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12:00
Apple updates environmental progress, focuses on...

Just in time for Earth Day, Apple has updated its environmental site with the latest information about the many green initiatives it has put in place. Most prominently, the company has assembled a video, narrated by CEO Tim Cook, speaking about how Apple applies its overriding philosophy—striving to make better products—to its commitment to the environment.A letter from the company’s vice president of environmental initiatives, former Environmental Protection Agency director Lisa Jackson, echoes Cook’s sentiments: “We aim to create not just the best products in the world, but the best products for the world,” writes Jackson.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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12:37
Square Reportedly Talks to Tech Giants about a Buyout

Square has reportedly talked with several tech giants about a possible buyout, though all parties concerned have denied that such talks are taking place. Online reports say that Square has had informal talks with the likes of Google, PayPal, and even Apple, and that talks recently resumed with Google.The Mac Observer Spin: Of all potential suitors, Google makes the most sense. The company has Google Wallet, which in many ways is a Square competitor, but few merchants have signed on. Marrying Square's infrastructure with Google Wallet's goal-which is to add everything you buy to the company's vast, vast profile on you-makes a lot of sense for Google.

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12:13
Soundfreaq’s $99 Lightning/Bluetooth/USB Desktop...

I'll be honest, most speaker deals are deals I don't post. I'm picky when it comes to sound and don't want to lead anyone astray. I had a chance to test the Soundfreaq Sound Step Lightning, however, and it impressed me. The speaker set is small, but it's a 2.1 setup, meaning it has stereo left/right speakers as well as a separate, downward-facing subwoofer. The three speakers together make for a relatively well-rounded sound here. At $99, you're getting more than you bargain for with this, with sound equal to speakers twice its price (but not four times its price, to be fair!). Connections include line-in, Bluetooth, USB Audio and a Lightning-connector dock on the front. If you're looking for a speaker to add to your desk or bookshelf - even something to add to your Mac - check this one out.

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11:55
Apple interviewing candidates for mobile payment...

Apple has been interviewing senior payments industry executives as the company looks to move forward with its own mobile payments service, Re/Code reports. The company is looking to hire for two new positions — head of product and head of business development — concentrating “exclusively on building a business…

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11:52
Google Glass to get iPhone SMS support later this...

People pairing Google Glass with an iPhone will get promised SMS support "in the next few days," according to Google. Because of the closed nature of iOS, iPhone owners won't actually be able to send texts from Glass. They will, however, be able to receive notifications on their headset. To enable the option people will have to go into an iPhone's Bluetooth settings, and turn on "Show Notifications" for the paired hardware. Android users already have full SMS support....

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11:49
Apple Campus 2 planning video touted green efforts...

A video detailing Apple's new Campus 2 project, first shown at city planning commission meeting in October, has been published for everyone else to view in a higher quality version.

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11:31
Apple staffing up for 'very, very serious...

iPhone owners may soon be able to use their device to purchase goods and services at brick-and-mortar businesses as Apple has reportedly begun interviewing senior-level candidates to build an iTunes-backed mobile payments business.

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11:30
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Fluxx [iOS Universal;...

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11:27
Apple Continues Pursing Mobile Payment Solution,...

Apple is continuing with its plans to introduce a mobile payments service and has began interviewing senior payments industry executives to take on roles within the company, reports Re/code. Apple is looking to fill two new positions, focused on building an electronic payment service based on the company's existing iTunes accounts. Millions of customers have personal accounts that already store credit card information, allowing them to make purchases within the Apple Store app, in retail stores, and through iTunes. Apple hopes to expand this to third-party avenues as well, both online and at retail locations.The company has been meeting with potential applicants for two new positions at Apple focused exclusively on building a business around the hundreds of millions of credit cards it already has on file. Apple is seeking to fill head of product and head of business...

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11:24
Report: Apple vetting payment industry leaders for...

According to a new report, Apple has recently been interviewing candidates from the payment services arena to fill both head of product and head of business development roles. Re/code writes:

Apple has been interviewing senior payments industry executives to push ahead on a plan to build an electronic payments business, according to two people familiar with the process. The company has been meeting with potential applicants for two new positions at Apple focused exclusively on building a business around the hundreds of millions of credit cards it already has on file.


The Apple-backed mobile payment system has been the topic of much speculation in recent months. Apple CEO Tim Cook himself gave...

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11:20
Apple extends company trademark into 'jewelry,...

Apple is hoping to extend international trademarks on its name into Class 14, an area covering "jewelry, clocks and watches," reports say. In late December, the company is said to have applied for Class 14 protection in Ecuador, presumably as a shortcut to getting its priority recognized in more significant regions like the US and Europe. Similar filings were made in Mexico in early January, Norway in mid-February, and the UK in March. In the latter two countries, Apple applied for protections in a variety of other classes as well.......

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11:13
Hands On: Beamer 2.0 for OS X and Apple TV

Apple's "hobby" Apple TV may not have been the first to market, or the most flexible, but it was the cleanest interface and easiest to use of all the media streamers. Bound to the iTunes ecosystem, it allowed for simple connection and content navigation for all levels of experience. However, for the experienced user, the limit on codecs the device supports is a bit of a problem. A few solutions exist for wide codec playback, but one that promises simplicity is Beamer 2.0 by Tupil. The simple app purports to allow drag-and-drop playback of nearly any video file to an Apple TV, but how well does......

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11:06
Banking Trojan Enters Mobiles via Facebook


Purveyors of a notorious mobile banking Trojan have started targeting Facebook users to infect Android smartphones. The Net predators use a desktop Trojan to leverage a Facebook socializer to install banking malware on their phone, ESET malware researcher Jean-Ian Boutin discovered last week. The desktop bad app, Win32/Qadars, waits for an infected machine to open a Facebook page. When it does, it injects code into the page asking a user to participate in a new safety program that requires a mobile phone number.

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11:00
The 25 best Game Boy games to play on your iPhone

Nintendo's Game Boy turns 25 today, making it legally old enough to start worrying about retirement. In honor of its epic achievement as a pioneer of mobile gaming, here are the 25 best Game Boy games that you can play on iOS. Don't have your phone...

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10:52
iPhone owners don’t trade-in for the Galaxy S5

Gazelle saw iPhone trade-in volumes drop 35% compared to where they were last year on the day the Galaxy S4 launched in the U.S. Interestingly, the Galaxy S4 didn’t even go on sale at all U.S. carriers on the same day last year, so the Galaxy S5 saw fewer trade-ins from a much larger group of potential customers.

So, current Samsung owners are trading up to the new phone, but they aren’t attracting iPhone customers to trade down.
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10:47
Choosing Web site colors

I really suck at choosing colors, but I know what I like when I see it—I also know what I don’t like. Designers that can pull this off are especially talented.
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10:30
Daily Deals for April 21, 2014, featuring the Air-Fi...

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

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10:20
Microsoft’s Azure Web Sites service

Justin Williams recently moved his Web site to Azure. Microsoft has been getting a lot of play recently with Azure hosting apps and Web sites.
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10:15
Unread RSS reader

This is such a great app.
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09:25
Apple TV now showing A&E, History channel,...

Just when you thought it was safe to turn on the ol’ Apple TV, three new channels have made their debut on the company’s set-top box, bringing the total number of services to roughly six quadrillion. Give or take.
The newest additions, which began springing up on home screens on Monday, include A&E, the History channel, and Lifetime. So, regardless of whether you prefer duck hunters, World War II documentaries, or tearjerkers of the week, there’s a little bit of something for everybody. Unless, of course, you’re a fan of costumed, arrow-shooting superheroes, in which case you’re still waiting for the CW channel hinted at almost a year ago. (I assume the delay is just to spite me.)To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please...

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10:02
Apple Highlights Video Detailing Environmental...

As part of the "Better" environmental campaign that was initially unveiled this morning, Apple has posted a video of its Apple Campus 2 project, displaying a series of renderings of the building along with some details on the site from campus designer Norman Foster. Foster speaks on Jobs' inspiration for the campus, noting his love of both Stanford and the area that he grew up in. "The idea is to bring California back to Cupertino," said Apple's senior arborist David Muffly, who is in charge of the flora that will be added to Apple's campus. Along with the video, Apple outlines its plans to make its second campus more environmentally friendly. The site will be "the most energy-...

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10:01
Apple, Google vie for game developers

Both the companies are trying to lure game developers by offering premium placement to these games on their app stores’ home pages and features lists

Considering the reports of how few people spend money on Android apps, I’d be surprised if Apple didn’t win this battle.
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10:00
Analyst: AAPL Q2 iPad Sales to be Offset by Better...

Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um thinks Apple could report lower iPhone and iPad sales for its second fiscal quarter, but that downswing will be offset by better than expected gross margins. Apple will announced its Q2 2014 earnings this Wednesday after the market closes.The Mac Observer Spin: Just because iPhone and iPad sales figures may be down doesn't mean Apple has to report lower earnings. There's a lot that plays into company profits, but regardless of how good those numbers are, it's a safe bet everyone will key in on the expected decline is iPhone and iPad numbers.

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10:00
Dear Aunt TUAW: Why don't my searches work in...

Dear Aunt TUAW,

Safari search is broken as anything. I use Safari, what, once a month, and it can't even work right? I have a page that has at least 20 times my search phrase. And it can't find it. I do CMD + F and then I type my term and then...

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09:49
iPhone SMS notifications coming to Google Glass this...

An iMessage sent to Glass
Google announced today that it’s about to bring SMS for iPhone and a new Calendar Glassware to Google Glass users following an update to KitKat and the introduction of new features earlier this month. First up, iPhone users will now be able to receive text messages on Glass but, as Google points out, they “won’t be able to reply from Glass due to some limitations with iOS.”

SMS for iPhone – iOS fans, by popular demand you can now get texts from your friends on Glass. Get started by going to your iPhone’s Bluetooth settings and turning on “Show Notifications” for your paired Glass. When you receive a new text message, it will appear as a notification on Glass. Keep in mind that you won’t be able to reply from Glass due to some limitations with iOS. (Android fans,...

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09:49
Apple Releases Earth Day Video Narrated By Tim Cook

Apple unveiled a new section of Apple.com on Monday about the environment just one day before Earth Day. On the front page of the new section is a video narrated by CEO Tim Cook about what Apple is doing to help make things better. In fact, "better" seems to be the theme of the video.

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09:49
Apple promotes 'green' efforts via...

Apple today embarked on a new campaign to advertise its environmental protection efforts. The company's CEO, Tim Cook, narrates a video simply titled "Better" (below), in which he talks about initiatives such as renewable energy for datacenters, and efforts to use recyclable materials in products and reduce the amount of packaging Apple products come in. The company's VP for environmental concerns, Lisa Jackson, has meanwhile given an interview to Wired on the topic....

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09:46
Microsoft Office 2011 14.4.1

Maintenance update with important security fixes and other improvements. (Free update, 113 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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09:30
A&E, Lifetime, and the History Channel added to...

The rollout of additional channels to Apple TV continues. Earlier today, A&E, Lifetime, and the History Channel were all added to the Apple TV lineup, bringing a wide expanse of new viewing options to Apple TV users.

TV lovers will undoubtedly be...

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09:27
Apple launches environmental responsibility campaign

Apple has launched a new environmental responsibility campaign with a revamped environmental webpage on its site. The new site includes a short film, “Better,” narrated by CEO Tim Cook. “But now, more than ever, we will work to leave the world better than we found it,” Cook says. The…

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09:10
Logitech’s Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad Air:...

If you've ever looked into keyboards for the iPad, you may have come across Logitech's Ultrathin Keyboard Cover and thought it looked like a great option. Its compact size and integration with the iPad as a cover that goes everywhere your iPad does is a great concept that doesn't disappoint. Of course as with all keyboards of a portable nature, there are trade-offs. However, the Ultrathin has some compelling features that may well make up for those trade-offs and then some.

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09:04
Apple trademark update suggests company may enter...

Apple has broadened its corporate trademark to cover "Class 14" items -- a distinction given to jewelry, clocks and watches, potentially signaling that the company is planning to enter the wearable device market.

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09:02
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Samsung 28″ 4K monitor $600,...

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

Samsung 28-inch 4K UHD LED 60Hz Monitor...

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09:01
Apple TV gets A&E, History, Lifetime app channels

Via a silent update, Apple has added three channels from A&E Networks to the Apple TV. These include A&E itself, as well as History and Lifetime. In general the apps simply provide access to episodes from their respective TV shows, but Lifetime also includes its signature original movies....

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09:00
You can't play Goat Simulator on Mac (yet), but...

Goat Simulator is an amazing game. In Goat Simulator, you control a goat and destroy a small town by running into everything in sight. The game is indeed headed for OS X, but it's not there yet, which is a total bummer. However, a new iOS game has...

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07:45
Apple tries to clean up its carbon-spewing ways with...
08:00
Earnings preview: No news is good news?

Scientists might argue that the root cause of Earth’s rotation is angular momentum, but come on: We all know it’s money, plain and simple. We don’t sit down every three months to hear Apple talk about physics, after all.
On Wednesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook will take to the speakerphone to talk about the company’s most recent financial quarter, cleverly dubbed “the second quarter of fiscal year 2014.”
As always, Macworld will be on hand at 2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET with live coverage and analysis of the call. But if you just can’t wait, and you want to prep a little, here are a few of the hot topics we expect to get covered during Apple’s announcement and the ensuing melee of financial analyst questions.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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08:35
Apple launches 'Better' environmental...

Apple on Tuesday unveiled a campaign that more clearly outlines the impact of the company's environmental initiatives, backing it up with a revamped environmental responsibility website and an introductory video narrated by CEO Tim Cook.

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08:30
Apple and Google battle to secure exclusive gaming...

In the latest instance of the ongoing battle for platform supremacy between iOS and Android, the Wall Street Journal reports that both Apple and Google are attempting to strike deals with popular game developers for platform exclusivity.

The two...

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08:28
DAQ Plot arrives on the Mac App Store

VVI has announced the available of DAQ Plot on the Mac App Store. The app users the DLP-I)8-G data acquisition hardware to measure up to eight voltage signals.
The software and hardware are useful for lab settings on Macs as the combination permits each experimenter to have their individual signal recording station. It uses the built-in drivers on the Mac.
DAQ had been used for over a decade at many commercial labs, universities, industries, and by consultants. It's used for for everything from quick experiments to 24/7 power utility company monitoring. Go to www.vvi.com for more info.

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08:26
Apple Extends Trademark Protection to Include '...

Last June, Apple began registering for trademarks on the "iWatch" name in a number of countries, but since that time the company has been bolstering its trademarks on the actual company name "Apple" to also cover jewelry and watches, MacRumors has discovered. By international agreement, trademarks are broken down into 45 different classes to organize the types of goods and services being registered for protection. Watches and other jewelry are part of Class 14, which is focused on precious metals/stones and products made from those materials. While some of Apple's trademarks on the "Apple" name have previously included some goods from Class 14, the company is now broadening and cleaning up its trademark applications in those areas. The moves come as the company is...

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08:22
Out of the Park Baseball 15 comes to the Mac, PC,...

Out of the Park Developments has released Out of the Park Baseball 15 for Mac, PC, and Linux platforms. It costs US$39.99 and is available at the Mac App Store.
New features include: support for 3D ballparks, as well as 3D in-game ball flight; seven real international leagues, including Japan, Korea, and Taiwan; a new ratings system; a revamped interface; and more.

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08:11
MGG 498: Encryption for Everyone, Choosing Wi-Fi...

John and Dave kick off the week with a Monday show (after kicking back all weekend) and start with what they do best: answering your questions and sharing your tips. Today they dig into which encryption makes sense for you, some tips on copying/pasting and learning about your Mac; wrangling Time Machine under control, and more. Download today and enjoy!

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08:01
Apple’s updated environmental report card by the...

Ahead of Earth Day celebrations planned for tomorrow, Apple today has completely revamped its environmental site with new stats alongside announcements for initiatives planned for the year to come. It also gave an interview with its new head of environmental issues Lisa Jackson. If you don’t want to dig through and read the multiple pages in Apple’s updated report, below we’ve put together a roundup of all the numbers and initiatives Apple announced today:
-2013 Carbon Footprint: 33,800,000 metric tons of green house gas emissions.
-9...

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08:00
Apple renewable energy use grows from 35 to 95...

As of today, Apple has been able to convert its corporate campuses and data centers to using 95 percent renewable energy sources for their power. According to this great article over at WIRED, in 2010 that number was at 35 percent.

Apple appointed...

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07:58
iPhone Apps: Totals, iBank for iPad, Unread
07:53
Apple, Google offering game developers incentives...

Apple and Google are each offering game developers special incentives to prefer their app store over their rival's, according to sources for the Wall Street Journal. The prime example given is EA's Plants vs. Zombies 2, which Apple promised to advertise prominently at the App Store. In return, EA was expected to keep the game an iOS exclusive for two months, which pushed the Android release into October. Another developer, ZeptoLab, agreed to three-month App Store exclusivity for Cut the Rope 2 in order to get better advertising. Asphalt creator Gameloft says it was offered exclusivity, bu......

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07:50
Review: Cogito Pop smartwatch for iOS (video)


When you put the word “smart” in front of anything, most people tend to think that it’s going to be some kind of advanced product. Most smartwatches on the market have a display and offer a simplified (or detailed) look at information from your smartphone along with access to third-party apps and services.
CONNECTEDEVICE is the company that’s trying to put the “watch” back in smartwatch. What if your smartwatch was created with the primary purpose of showing the time? Well, that’s exactly what the Cogito Pop does. It offers style and functionality, but don’t expect anything fancy here. The Cogito Pop puts notifications on the back burner, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
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07:42
1st Gen Apple TV Owners Lose iTunes Store Access

First generation Apple TV owners can't connect to the iTunes Store any more, and it isn't clear if the issue is temporary, or if Apple is leaving those users behind. The problem started late last week, and so far there hasn't been any resolution.The Mac Observer Spin: It seems likely that Apple has made some backend changes that leave first generation Apple TV owners in the dust. The company does, after all, leave products behind when it doesn't see any value in continued support.

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07:35
Apple TV gets three new channels

Apple has launched three new channels on its Apple TV set-top box: A&E, History, and Lifetime. No updates are needed to access the new channels; they simply now appear in your channel listings.
The channels offer a preview of shows such as "Duck Dynasty," "Pawn Stars," "Storage Wars" and "Project Runaway." However, you'll need to be a cable or satellite TV subscriber to access full content.

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07:32
Apple expands renewable energy to retail stores, 120...

Nearly half of Apple's 254 retail stores in the U.S. -- including flagship locations in Palo Alto, Chicago, and New York -- are said to be powered entirely by energy from renewable sources, part of the company's plan to cast a wider net with its environmental initiatives.

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07:30
Ahead of earnings, analysts anticipate uptick in Mac...

Come Wednesday after the bell, all eyes will be on Apple's earnings report for the March quarter. While the key metric investors will be looking at the ever-critical iPhone sales numbers, it's just as important to keep close tabs on the health of the...

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07:26
Tim Cook discusses Apple’s environmental effort in...

 

As Apple continues to acknowledge Earth Day, it has released a new video narrated by Apple CEO Tim Cook himself entitled “Better” describing its environmental efforts as a company. An updated microsite profiling Apple’s environmental responsibilities is available as well. While the site focuses on renewable energy and Apple’s carbon footprint, it also features a video discussing Apple’s upcoming Campus 2 building. That particular video features Steve Jobs referencing Campus 2 as “the best office building in the world.” Designer Norman Foster and Lisa Jackson, Apple’s VP of Environmental Initiatives, also speak in the video. View the video featuring Tim Cook below…
From Apple: “At...

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07:18
Apple, Google Vying For Mobile Game Exclusivity

An anonymous reader writes "Here's an interesting look at the battle for mobile video game money between Google and Apple. 'Last August, for the launch of "Plants Vs. Zombies 2," a highly anticipated sequel to a popular zombie-survival strategy game, publisher Electronic Arts Inc. struck a deal with Apple, which promoted the game prominently in its App Store, according to people familiar with the matter. In exchange, one of these people said, EA agreed to give Apple about a two-month window of exclusivity for the title, which wasn't released on Google's Android software until October.'" ...

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07:17
Apple’s Lisa Jackson talks environmental initiatives...

Wired has an interesting profile today on Lisa Jackson, former head of the Environmental Protection Agency who joined Apple in June last year to oversee environmental issues. The publication joined Jackson as she traveled to Apple’s new data center outside of Reno, Nevada, and through the interview offers some interesting insight into what Jackson is trying to accomplish at Apple. The interview with Jackson is landing just as Apple is set to celebrate Earth Day tomorrow and make some new environmental related announcements:

The teams Jackson works with at Apple tackle product related issues such as the materials which make up Apple’s devices (they must require minimal energy to extract, be as recyclable as possible, and be free of conflict minerals); the packaging that strives for the X-ray thin-ness of an...

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07:15
Apple Launches 'Better' Environmental...

In advance of Earth Day, Apple revamped its Environmental Responsibility website with new content that reconfirms the company's dedication to operate its business in a way that is best for the environment. The updated website features a new "Better" video narrated by Apple CEO Tim Cook that explains the company's environmentally friendly values. Keeping with this Earth Day theme, Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president for environmental initiatives, also recently gave Wired an exclusive tour of Apple's newest data center in Yerington, Nevada. Apple is close to powering all its facilities entirely with renewable energy, with its corporate office and data centers now at 94 percent and climbing. Apple’s data center in Sparks, NV. Photo: David Calvert/WIRED Though Jackson can’t take credit for...

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07:00
Mac 101: A handy list of startup options for Macs...

Need to reboot you Mac to access a new startup disc or launch with safe mode enabled so you can troubleshoot problems with OS X? Then read on for this handy list of startup options for Mac OS X machines.

Manually restart: Hold down the power...

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06:50
A&E, History Channel, and Lifetime Channels...

Apple today has added new channels from A&E Networks to its Apple TV, including A&E, The History Channel and Lifetime. Select Apple TV owners will be able to watch episodes from popular TV shows such as Duck Dynasty, Storage Wars, and Project Runway. These new channels on the Apple TV offer a preview to all users, but full content is only available to cable television subscribers. Currently, the service is available to customers who subscribe to DirecTV, Verizon FiOS, and Cablevision Optimum, with support for additional providers coming in the near future. The addition of these channels is part of a larger push by A&E Networks to expand their content beyond broadcast TV. Earlier this month, the network updated both its A&E [iTunes Link] and History Channel apps [...

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06:49
Apple TV Adds A&E, History, Lifetime Channels

Apple TV owners woke up to three new channels on Monday: A&E, History, and Lifetime. The new channels appeared without users needing to install any updates, and backs up the notion that Apple is serious about bringing more content to its little set top box.The Mac Observer Spin: Seeing more channels come to Apple TV is great, but it doesn't make it any easier to cut the cord because you still need to have a cable or satellite subscription. For now, it's just another way to watch content that's already available to you.

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06:35
Apple TV adds A&E, History, Lifetime channels

Apple has added three new channels to Apple TV: A&E, The History Channel, and Lifetime. All three channels from A+E Networks require a cable subscription for full access — currently, only DirecTV, Cablevision Optimum and Verizon FiOS subscribers can gain access to all included content.

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06:33
Apple adds A&E, History Channel, and Lifetime to...

Apple today has added three new channels to the Apple TV lineup: A&E, The History Channel, and Lifetime. Each channel does require a cable subscription to unlock full content. At the time of launch, each channel only supports DirecTV, Verizon FiOS, and Cablevision Optimum, but the network says it will add support for more providers soon.

I always get excited about the new channels, until I see that you need a cable subscription.
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06:30
Bloomberg joins the linkbait game with bizarre Apple...

A recent Bloomberg story about Samsung "sticking it" to Apple shows that even reputable sites will sink to new lows in an effort to create a story out of nothing.

In the world of tech writing, and Apple in particular, there are no shortage of...

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06:29
History, A&E and Lifetime networks launch on...

A trio of new content options from A+E Networks debuted on the Apple TV on Monday, with viewers now capable of watching content from History, A&E and Lifetime through new dedicated channels.

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06:28
Shakespeare’s annotated dictionary

If it’s real, it’s the literary find of the century. New York antiquarian booksellers Daniel Wechsler and George Koppelman believe they have found William Shakespeare’s annotated dictionary.

An incredible find.
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06:26
Mini review: Elgato Thunderbolt Dock

There are Mac accessories that are exciting or fun, and others that are boring but useful. The Elgato Thunderbolt Dock most definitely falls into the latter category.
As regular readers will know, I’m of the view that wires are evil. Anything that can be wireless should be wireless, and any wires that are unavoidable should be hidden from sight. This is particularly easy if you have an Apple Thunderbolt Display, of course, since all you need in the way of wires from a MacBook is power and Thunderbolt: everything else can be plugged into the back of the monitor.
But if you share my aversion to visible wires and don’t have a Thunderbolt display, or you are frequently connecting and disconnecting your MacBook from a bunch of devices on your desk, the Elgato Thunderbolt Dock may be the answer …

Overview
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06:18
Apple to end support of AIM iChat logins for pre-...

As of June 30th, Apple will be discontinuing AIM iChat login support for users of OS X below v10.7.2, according to a new support document. The decision specifically affects people using a mac.com or me.com address as an AIM ID to sign into iChat. To get around the issue, people must either create a new AIM ID -- which will also require reentering contacts -- or upgrade to a later version of OS X....

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06:16
An inside look at Apple’s environmentally-friendly...

Steven Levy gets a rare inside look at Apple’s data center in Nevada.
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06:14
xsand[24]: mkdir File exists — what does this mean?

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: 10.910.8I'm seeing this message on a client's console log continously:
4/21/14 10:01:51.150 AM xsand[24]: mkdir '/Volumes/WALL_E': File exists

 
I'm not sure what this means. The volume is mounted and available. No duplicate volume name appears in /Volumes/. (I did a brief google search).  And this is only one of the two Xsan volumes we have. Anyone have any possible insight or ideas?
 
Servers are 10.9.2, but this client is 10.8.5. (Waiting on delivery of new Darth Vader Trash Cans to mvoe to 10.9)

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06:07
Apple adds A&E, History Channel, and Lifetime...

 

Apple today has added three new channels to the Apple TV lineup: A&E, The History Channel, and Lifetime. Each channel does require a cable subscription to unlock full content, but it appears the most recent episodes of shows are available without unlocking the channels. At the time of launch, each channel only supports DirecTV, Verizon FiOS, and Cablevision Optimum, but the network says it will add support for more providers soon. While current cable provider support is limited, the A&E network did debut live TV streaming in its iPad apps just a week ago with support for a sweeping range of cable providers…
Specifically, those apps extend support to major providers not listed by the Apple TV channels...

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06:00
Ports to Open When Doing Citrix Deployments

When deploying XenApp, there are a few ports that typically need to be open for the solution to work properly. The most common of these are 1603 and 1604, but you may also need to open 1494 and 2598 as well. And of course, 443 and 80 if you’re doing web stuff. So here’s the list and what they do:

  • Admin: 135
  • Access Gateway Deployment: 443
  • App Streaming: 445
  • Citrix ICA thin client protocol: 1494
  • Citrix ICAbrowser: 1604
  • Independent Management Architecture: 2512
  • Management Console: 2513
  • Citrix Session Reliability Service: 2598

There are also a number of ports that communicate back into your infrastructure, such as LDAP (can be a RODC), RADIUS and DNS. If you’re blocking internal ports (e.g. if your Citrix infrastructure is in a DMZ) then you’ll also need ports 9001, 9002 and 9005 in...

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06:00
Rumor Roundup: Validity not confirmed

New report says iWatch will be significantly cheaper than expected (BGR)

BGR once again plays fast and loose with the definition of "report" by citing some analyst's evidence-free predictions of how much the nonexistent iWatch will cost.

The good...

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05:58
Nike Shoots Down Reports of Killing FuelBand

Nike may have axed most of its FuelBand team, but that doesn't mean the fitness tracker is on death row, or at least that's what the company is saying. When news of the layoffs leaked, speculation arose that the company was pulling out of the hardware market and would focus instead on software for fitness trackers, including Apple's rumored iWatch.The Mac Observer Spin: If Nike is worried about competition in the wearable fitness tech market now, just wait until Apple gets in on the game.

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05:55
Nike stopping FuelBand production

Nike is stopping production of wearable hardware, including its FuelBand fitness tracker, CNET reports. Most of the team responsible for the development of FuelBand has reportedly been fired, as Nike is shifting its focus from hardware to fitness and athletic software. A new, slimmer version of the FuelBand was…

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05:55
Create Typographic Images with Typo-Painter – only $...

Typo-Painter for Adobe Photoshop will quickly become your absolute favorite plugin in your artistic toolbox! This plugin lets you create a typographic painting from any image, using any text you’d like! What’s more, it can also save your file as a vector EPS for easy editing and resizing! Now, read our lips… for a limited time only, thanks to this Mighty Deal, you can get this fantastic app for a mere $5!
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05:51
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 21...

Notable software releases this week include Microsoft Office 2011 14.4.1, Adobe Flash Player 13.0.0.201, PDFpen and PDFpenPro 6.2, Keyboard Maestro 6.4.1, and Typinator 5.9. 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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05:51
ExtraBITS for 21 April 2014

In ExtraBITS this week, Siri squared off against Google Now and Cortana, Managing Editor Josh Centers gave an Apple TV-oriented presentation to the Chicago-area user group The Northwest of Us, Jeff Carlson provided iPad tips for photographers, hardware maker LaCie admitted to a major security breach, Bradley Chambers offered suggestions about how Apple could improve iOS for education, and Microsoft unveiled a less-expensive Office 365 subscription. 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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05:46
Nike axes the FuelBand and most of its development...

It looks like there will be one less company competing in the wearables market with the iWatch. According to CNET, Nike is closing down its wearable hardware development, which includes the FuelBand, in order to focus on its software efforts. As a result, the 70 employees on the FuelBand team are being let go, with a handful staying on until May.

The team members were split between Nike’s Hong Kong offices, with the remainder of the team at Nike’s Beaverton, Ore., headquarters. On the bright side, other departments within Nike will have an...

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05:17
Lens Blur 1.3.0 - True out-of-focus bokeh lens...

Let Lens Blur transform your existing photo into true SLR-quality out-of-focus bokeh effect! Everyone needs a gorgeous personalized background for a social profile, blog, Web/UI design, presentation, or wallpaper, right? So equip yourself with this easy-to-use app and transform your photos with this blurred effect! Bokeh is the pleasing or aesthetic quality of out-of-focus blur in a photograph. Unlike traditional blur filters, Lens Blur provides accurate lens simulation of true optical defocused effects, including silky specular highlights, which are natural to human eyes. Using this app you can create bokeh-style fine art with photos taken with any compact or smart phone cameras. Lens Blur allows you to simulate the aperture of very expensive, large, professional lenses. Love the appeal of extremely defocused images? Make a unique one with this app!Version 1.3.0: Note: The version level of the downloadable demo is 1.1. The version available for...

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05:09
Can a Normal User Justify a Mac Pro?

Julio Ojeda-Zapata falls madly in love with the new Mac Pro, and gives serious consideration to buying an entry-level version of the professional desktop Mac. But is it really the Mac for him? He has to set emotion aside and ask hard questions. 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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05:05
Apple, Google seek exclusive game debuts

Both Apple and Google are approaching game developers to get top titles to debut first on their respective operating systems, the Wall Street Journal reports. The companies are both offering premium placement within their app stores in exchange for exclusivity.  It’s reported that Apple doesn’t offer money for exclusive…

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05:01
Software Update Rundown for April 21st, 2014

We’ll be posting info on updates of some of our favorite software along with some high profile apps that are pretty essential to anyone on a Mac or iThing, just in case you missed them. This information is brought to you by updates I get from developers and my own software use, but mostly by MacUpdate, although not officially, because that is what I use to keep all my apps up to date. I also like to add some value by throwing in some extra notes from my experiences. So let’s get to it!
 
Mac
calibre 1.33.0
This app is great if you want to access PDF documents, ePub books, or other readable, in different...

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05:01
Transcendence and Analytics: What If the End of...


I saw the movie Transcendence last week, and it was an impressive telling of what might happen were we to achieve singularity. Given this is likely where AI research is taking us and that analytics is a major component to getting there, I not only recommend the movie as entertainment but also as a means to wrapping your head around what we must correct before we take that next big step. The problem resides in us. Much of the world operates on lies. Governments, religions, employers, coworkers and relatives all lie at times.

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05:00
Daily App: Union is a powerful image blending tool...

Union (U.S. $1.99) is a very well thought out tool that brings Photoshop-type power to your iPad or iPhone. It's the most impressive image blending app I've used, and it works wonders to help you create unique and compelling images.

When using the...

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04:57
Review: Penclic Bluetooth 'mouse'

Windows 8 aside, computer users have been trained that a mouse is the proper way to navigate through the desktop for years. Trackballs, trackpads, and touch screens have entered the fray, but the staple has continued to be the mouse even as it evolved from using mouse balls to lasers. So what might the next evolution be? How about combining a Bluetooth mouse with an everyday writing utensil like a pencil? Penclic released a mouse that combines the familiarity of holding a writing instrument with the maneuverability of a Bluetooth mouse in the Penclic Mouse B2. Check our review to see how we li......

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04:54
SupaSounds serves up free Sound FX kits

SupaSounds has announced a Free SFX kit offering from their sound library. For a limited time, SupaSounds will provide game developers with all of their SFX kits at no cost.
The library lists hundreds of royalty free music tracks with regularly planned updates. Most of the tracks are 30 second (or longer) sound loops that are optimized for continuous looping.
All are MP3 files encoded at the highest possibly quality, according to the folks at SupaSounds. Go to supasounds.net for more info.

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04:52
Samsung’s portrayal in the media

Yesterday, USA Today ran the linked article discussing Samsung slugging it out with Apple for customers. To me, it read almost like a love letter to Samsung, full of appreciation for a scrappy underdog. For example:

In this escalating slugfest, Samsung has become tech’s Joe Frazier to Apple’s Muhammad Ali, less flashy but tenacious in battering its opponent with a flurry of new products. Apple’s product arsenal remains select — by design.

I find this sort of assessment hard to digest. Did Samsung copy Apple’s design efforts? A federal jury certainly ruled that to be the case. And based on what I’ve read, this seems to be a fair finding.

So why the love for Samsung? Where’s the indignation? I just don’t get it. Samsung as Joe Frazier? Really? Yeesh.
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04:45
Earnings preview: Wall Street expects flat March...

With no major new products launched in the just-concluded March quarter, analysts on Wall Street don't expect big things from Apple when the company reports its earnings on Wednesday, generally projecting for revenue to be about flat with the same period from a year ago.

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04:45
Reminder: AAPL Q2 Earnings Report this Wednesday

Apple's second fiscal quarter earnings conference call for 2014 is scheduled for Wednesday, April 23, and will come with the usual watchful eyes of investors and analysts looking to see exactly how the company performed post-holiday season. Analysts will be watching Apple's iPhone and iPad sales figures closely, and The Mac Observer will offer our usual news coverage and analysis of the event.

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04:34
Are you tone deaf?

This test will tell you if you are tone deaf.
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04:07
Samsung acknowledges one Apple invention: there’s an...

Photo: The Verge
Samsung and Apple may spend rather a lot of time arguing about who invented what in patent trials, but Samsung does at least acknowledge one Apple invention. The Samsung Innovation Museum, opened to mark the 45th anniversary of Samsung Electronics, includes an Apple II, described as “the first home computer.”Filed under: AAPL Company, Tech Industry Tagged: Apple Computer, Apple II, Apple Innovation, Apple v Samsung...

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03:43
Why the music industry is trying—and failing—to...

There is a lot to digest here. How Pandora works, what are the motivations of the various players, are songwriters being paid fairly?

A terrific read.
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03:41
Kool Tools: JMR ProBracket for the Mac Pro

JMR Electronics ProBracket mourning brackets allow the 2013 Mac Pro to be securely installed under a desk, aside a desk pedestal, to a wall, or into a rack cabinet.
The mounts let you mount the Mac Pro with its I-O ports available or hidden. Each mount includes cable management and secure integrated straps that hold the computer in place. Rubberized gasketed surfaces protect the Mac Pro from migration and scratches.
The ProBracket family includes:
° Mounting a single Mac Pro computer under a desk or against a wall: Model: MPRO-DESK;
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03:31
Unwanted cell phones should be sold or recycled

While Americans are well educated on the benefits of recycling bottles, cans and paper, the same can't be said of electronic devices. The proliferation of new cell phones and tablets has led to a growing glut of "e-waste" piling up in people's homes, as well as a lack of understanding about what to do with broken, unwanted or outdated devices.
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03:31
Unwanted cell phones should be sold or recycled

While Americans are well educated on the benefits of recycling bottles, cans and paper, the same can't be said of electronic devices. The proliferation of new cell phones and tablets has led to a growing glut of "e-waste" piling up in people's homes, as well as a lack of understanding about what to do with broken, unwanted or outdated devices.
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03:09
Are 'normally off' computers coming?

f a research team in Japan gets its wish, "normally off" computers may one day soon be replacing present computers in a move that would both eliminate volatile memory, which requires power to maintain stored data, and reduce the gigantic energy losses associated with it.
Most parts of present computers are made with volatile devices such as transistors and dynamic random access memory (DRAM), which loses information when powered off. So computers are designed on the premise that power is "normally on."
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03:09
Are 'normally off' computers coming?

f a research team in Japan gets its wish, "normally off" computers may one day soon be replacing present computers in a move that would both eliminate volatile memory, which requires power to maintain stored data, and reduce the gigantic energy losses associated with it.
Most parts of present computers are made with volatile devices such as transistors and dynamic random access memory (DRAM), which loses information when powered off. So computers are designed on the premise that power is "normally on."
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03:09
Wall Street expecting AAPL earnings toward the high...

Photo: Business Insider
With Apple due to report its quarterly earnings on Wednesday, Fortune has been doing its usual analyst temperature-taking. The 37 analysts who have responded so far expect an average of $43.5B, toward the high end of the $42-44B Apple told the market to expect.

So what are our analysts expecting this week? No surprises, that’s for sure. The average revenue estimate of the 37 analysts we’ve heard from so far — 14 amateurs and 23 pros — is 43.5 billion, just above the midpoint of Oppenheimer’s range.
The amateurs, as usual, are a bit more...

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03:04
DX Toolbox upgrade for Mac OS X adds Ionosonde Plot...

Black Cat Systems has released DX Toolbox version 4.3.0, an update of the Mac OS X compatible radio propagation/conditions analysis and forecasting tool for amateur radio operators, shortwave listeners, and other radio enthusiasts.
This version adds the Ionosonde Plot Window. This window lets you see graphs of foF2, foES and hmF2 ionosonde data from a number of sites around the world. This data is useful in determining the current real time Maximum Usable Frequency (MUF) for shortwave radio propagation.
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03:00
Easy Markdown for Mac OS X gets maintenance upgrade

Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated Easy Markdown, a Mac OS X app for creating text following markdown rules, to version 1.3.1. The new version improves the opening of files encoded in various formats.
The software allows you to create web pages without coding. Text written in Markdown is plain text that automatically translates in a web page coded in HTML.
Easy Markdown requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. It costs US$3.99 and is available at the Mac App Store.

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03:00
Easy Markdown for Mac OS X gets maintenance upgrade

Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated Easy Markdown, a Mac OS X app for creating text following markdown rules, to version 1.3.1. The new version improves the opening of files encoded in various formats.
The software allows you to create web pages without coding. Text written in Markdown is plain text that automatically translates in a web page coded in HTML.
Easy Markdown requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. It costs US$3.99 and is available at the Mac App Store.

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03:00
Reviews: PenClic Bluetooth mouse

Windows 8 aside, computer users have been trained that a mouse is the proper way to navigate through the desktop for years. Trackballs, trackpads, and touch screens have entered the fray, but the staple has continued to be the mouse even as it evolved from using mouse balls to lasers. So what might the next evolution be? How about combining a Bluetooth mouse with an everyday writing utensil like a ......

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00:23
Apple enticing games publishers with promotion deals...


The Wall Street Journal has published a report saying that both Apple and Google are actively pursuing exclusivity deals with game developers. Whispers of these type of arrangements surfaced last year, with reports highlighting a partnership between Apple and EA for Plants vs Zombies 2.
The Journal confirms that Apple’s exclusivity deals do not include monetary payments. In return, the companies offer “premium placement” (such as featured spots on the home page) for launching first on their platform.
In regard to the Plants vs Zombies’ deal, the report says EA gave Apple agreed about two months of exclusivity.
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00:12
Apple and Google bring fight for exclusive games to...

According to a report from The Wall Street Journal on Sunday, Apple and Google are actively pursuing game developers with special incentives to make sure big name titles come to their respective platforms first.

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Sunday April 20

20:20
Apple and Google Vying for Exclusive Games from...

A new report from The Wall Street Journal today highlights the increasing competition between Apple and Google to gain exclusive games for their respective iOS and Android platforms. According to the report, both companies have been offering developers promotional perks, such as premium placement on their app store home pages, in exchange for the first rights to a title. For instance, the popular title Cut The Rope 2 was reportedly part of an exclusivity agreement between Apple and and developer ZeptoLab: ZeptoLab's sequel to its popular puzzle game "Cut the Rope”, introduced in December, reflected a similar pattern. The company and Apple agreed to about a three-month window of exclusivity for Apple's App Store...

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20:08
Briefly: Beats Music updates iOS app, Optimizely...

Beats Music's streaming service app for iOS has received an update. Users can now subscribe to the streaming service from within the app, meaning that once the trial period is over, the transition to paid service is that much easier. Also included is the ability to find Facebook friends who use Beats, improved social network linking and new tracks in the Sentence playlist generator. The Beat Music app can be downloaded from the iTunes Store....

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16:00
Talkcast tonight, 7pm PT/10 pm ET: Easter Edition!

New dial-in experience! Set up Fuze Meeting before the show if you want to join in live.

we have once again reached the end of a weekend, which can only mean one thing: another episode of the TUAW talkcast! This week we'll be chatting about the news...

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12:00
A roundup of recent hardware reviews on TUAW

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

Booqpad: Combining iPad tech with good old...

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09:25
Users finding first-generation Apple TVs unable to...


Some users of the first version of Apple’s set-top box are reporting that their devices are suddenly unable to connect to the iTunes Store, according to a 19-page discussion thread (via MacRumors) on Apple’s support website. A backend change is likely responsible for this problem, though Apple hasn’t yet clarified whether this is a permanent change or a temporary glitch.
The issue was first reported three days ago, with new reports coming in every day since. Thus far no one has been able to find a remedy. At least one user in the thread notes that his Apple TV is working fine while connected to the internet via an Ethernet cable, but it...

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09:00
A roundup of last week's popular and featured...

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

Apps We Actually Use: NotesTab Pro...

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08:10
First Generation Apple TVs Unable to Connect to...

Apple's first generation Apple TV have lost their ability to connect to iTunes and appears to be affecting users worldwide. A lengthy Apple Discussions page shows that the problem started on the 17th of April and has persisted for 1st generation Apple TV users. Forum poster georgevargas describes the issue:As of last night I had full access to the iTunes Store. Since this morning I was getting an Itunes Store Not Available message, and after unplugging the AppleTv the iTunes Store access completly disappeared except for movie trailers. Users have gone through the usual diagnostics, including rebooting and restoring, but have found that nothing has restored connectivity. MacRumors has confirmed the issue on our own 1st generation Apple TV. The initial timing of the outage corresponds to the FaceTime not working...

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07:21
British Pathé releases 85,000 films on YouTube,...

I’m like a kid in a candy store here. Some fantastic vintage short subjects, including a boat load of old Beatles and Rolling Stones shorts. The films span the years from 1896 to 1976. Amazing.

Here’s a link to the Pathé YouTube channel. Happy browsing.
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07:08
NY Times compares Samsung S5 to iPhone 5s

While there are probably some people who go out to shop for the best Android phone, I suspect that most people want to know which phone is best of all, whatever operating system it runs. In other words, how does the Galaxy S5 compare to the iPhone 5S, Apple’s six-month-old flagship device and the champion to beat?

The answer: Not very well. I’ve been using the new Samsung for about three weeks, and while I do think it is the best Android phone you can buy, it sure isn’t the best phone on the market. By just about every major measure you’ll care about, from speed to design to ease of use to the quality of its apps, Samsung’s phone ranks behind the iPhone, sometimes far behind. If you’re looking for the best phone on the market right now, I’d recommend going with the iPhone 5S.

No surprise there.
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07:00
A roundup of last week's app reviews on TUAW

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

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06:00
The 25 Nerdiest Kid Movies

Movies, movie trailers and TV shows helped to validate that many of us were on the right track (or wrong track) in school. For those that were kinda’ smart (or like me, liked being with the smart ones even if they weren’t smart) there was a whole stream of movies, starting with the advent of computers and moving forward until the cliché was beaten right into the poor dead horse with a party hat. So if you’re raising a kid and you want to start them off right or just validate them that they have started off right, here are some movies to help you along that path. From grade school to high school. Must glorify without making too much fun. Must not be animated (that would be a whole other list). The nerd (or kid who all nerds openly want to be) must be the protagonist.

  • War Games is about Ferris Bueller (or a younger, nerdy whiz kid of a Ferris Bueller) who connects into a top secret military mainframe and ends up with complete control over the United...
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03:20
Review: Satechi’s 4, 7, & 10 port USB hubs...

Recently, I’ve had the opportunity to try out a number of Satechi’s USB hubs in my effort to combat my growing need to wire in more stuff to my Mac’s 4 USB ports. While wireless is often more convenient and downright necessary on laptops to have a good experience, I still enjoy the speed and reliability of a wired connection on my desktop setup. To have a completely ergonomic experience and avoid plugging and unplugging things, a USB hub of some sort is definitely needed. The challenge to buying the right hub for your needs is deciphering how each hub differs; it’s not just limited to the number of ports available…

Like most people, I don’t keep anything wired in to my MacBook Air. Even my backups are wireless with Time Machine over WiFi. My desktop, however, is a Mac mini with an external display. Right off the bat, the...

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Saturday April 19

18:53
Apple adds rising star with background in FDA...


Apple has added Divya Nag, a rising star in the medical device community, to its in-house medical technology team, according to sources with knowledge of the hire. Nag made her entry into the medical technology world earlier this decade by co-founding Stem Cell Theranostics, a company that focuses on technologies for testing new medicines for the market and how the drugs will affect patients. Nag also founded the Stanford-based StartX, an “accelerator” for medical technology-focused startups. Nag was just recently recognized for her many accomplishments in the medical and science fields with the Forbes’ annual 30 Under 30 award.
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18:45
Briefly: Facebook's Paper, Skitch for iOS...

Facebook's Paper for iOS app has received its first major update since its release, adding notifications for birthdays and events. Paper allows users to view their Facebook News Feed as well as other content in a simplistic layout format. Users can tap on the globe icon to check notifications that now include important dates. Photo comments are also now featured, meaning that images can be inserted as part of a comment thread, with or without text. Other features within v1.1.0 are new story buttons, more article covers, accessibility features, and group updates. Paper is free to download for......

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17:51
Backblaze: Backup your data online for $5 a month

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17:02
3 Free iOS Apps To Unleash the Music In You

Like making music? Vernon Seward points out 3 iOS app design to help you do just that in this week's Free on iTunes. Novations Launchkey, Gitar!, and Sing!

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13:42
Apple, Inc. and the pursuit of affordable luxury...

In an industry captivated by cheap commodity components, Apple's ability to command healthy profit margins for "magical," premium priced products designed to delight users--rather than just solve basic problems in a cost effective way--has confounded analysts and pundits for the better part of 40 years. It appears Apple will continue to introduce upscale new products in 2014, rather than following the industry into a race to the bottom in pricing.

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10:34
The design flaw that almost wiped out an NYC...

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Slate:

When it was built in 1977, Citicorp Center was, at 59 stories, the seventh-tallest building in the world. You can pick it out of the New York City skyline by its 45 degree-angled top.

But it’s the base of the building that really makes the tower so unique. The bottom nine of its 59 stories are stilts.

This thing does not look sturdy. But it has to be sturdy. Otherwise they wouldn’t have built it this way.

Right?

I’ve been reading about this story for years and it’s a fascinating one of design, ethics and responsibility.
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10:00
How to port your Google Voice number to your iPhone

Earlier this week, I saw this post from @GrowlVoice:

As of today, Google has officially shut off GrowlVoice's access to Google Voice as part of their integration of Google Voice into Hangouts.

Google has also shut off 3rd-party access to Google...

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09:00
Could Apple be Eying Smart Clothing as the Next Big...

Apple's most mysterious hires over the last year have something to do with fashion. Apple first hired Ex-Yves Saint Laurent last July which was then followed by Ex-Nike Ben Shaffer in September and quickly followed by retail superstar Angela Ahrendts in October. Apple's very focused series of hires specializing in fashion in one form or another led to speculation that it was connected to Apple's future iWatch which was made public last February. And yet if you honestly think about it, Apple's new talent pool is complete overkill for a just a single wearable device in the form of a smartwatch. In fact it really never made much sense ...

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08:00
Spoiler Shield is the first line of defense against...

Chances are good that if you've followed a big hit show -- say Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, or Scandal -- at some point the internet has ruined a big plot twist. You've got the episode DVR'd at home, waiting for you while you live your life. Then,...

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07:26
VMware Fusion 6.0.3 - Run Windows apps alongside Mac...

VMware Fusion allows you to create a Virtual Machine on your Mac and run Windows (including Windows 8.1) and Windows software on your Mac. Run your favorite Windows applications alongside Mac applications without rebooting. Whether you would like to run Windows XP, Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 on a Mac, the VMware Fusion easy install feature will get you up and running in no time. With the ability to run Windows-only applications like Microsoft Project, Access and Internet Explorer, VMware Fusion turns your Mac into the ultimate computer for compatibility. Version 6 is optimized for the latest Macs and ready for OS X Mavericks and Windows 8.1 to deliver the ultimate Windows on Mac experience. The new VMware Fusion 6.0 Professional version adds the following:

  • Create restricted virtual machines
  • Create expiring virtual machines
  • Create linked clones
  • ...

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06:30
Yet Another 25 Tips for Mastering iPhone Photography

Sandro Cuccia continues his series on iPhone Photography mastery with yet another twenty-five awesome tips that are guaranteed to help you improve your own iPhone photography and go beyond simple silly selfies.

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06:00
DeviceScout

DeviceScout is a tool that leverages JAMF’s Casper Suite to show administrators vital statistics and show alerts on client systems. These alerts display some of the critical aspects of systems, from encryption to disk capacity to backups, there are a number of pretty cool aspects of DeviceScout.

Using the device view, you can view serial numbers, device types, check-in status, boot volumes, memory, etc. It’s a lot of insight into what you have on your systems. I’m a huge fan of such visibility. You will need to be running Casper to leverage DeviceScout, but it provides a very simple interface for management and even techs to see what’s going on in your enterprise in as quick a manner as possible. Inventory, security status, backup status and a support menu at your fingertips.
With very simple pricing, check out what they have to offer at ...

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06:00
Caturday: Gabby at work

Maybe she's checking owner/photographer Jim Koepnick's bank account, retouching a photo of her beautiful self, or just wondering what this thing is that her human spends a lot of time staring at, but Gabby seems to be looking at something very...

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05:59
Friction free parking

Über succeeded by reducing the friction from the process of getting a taxi. You pick up your phone, tap a few times, your car is on its way. If you like, you can text or call your driver directly and watch the driver’s progress on a map built into the Über app. When you are done, leave your wallet in your pocket. The billing is done automatically with an electronic receipt arriving in email to complete the process.

There have been a number of efforts at bringing that same friction reduction to the process of public parking. The linked article explores one system that shows how far we’ve come, how far we still have to go.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:40
∞ Space X rocket taking off and landing in same spot

[VIDEO] By far, the largest cost in a rocket launch is the cost of the rocket itself. By making the first stage of the rocket reusable, Space X can drop the price of a rocket launch from the traditional $100-$250 million all the way down to $55 million. That number will likely drop even further as reusability improves over time.

Ultimately, reusability will bring the cost low enough to make the Mars Colonial Transporter (another Space X project) a reality.

The video embedded in the main post was shot with a hexacopter. One of the keys to reusability is having the booster separation occur early enough in the launch so the rocket is still moving relatively slowly. Amazing to watch.

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03:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Big grip, small hands

Big grip, small handsThere’s a big case in this week’s roundup that’s designed specifically for small hands, while others bring together materials, from plastics to natural woods, to keep your tablet safe from everyday accidents big and small.BigGripsThe Frame (all iPad models; $35) includes a case made from a soft, non-toxic rubber foam that keeps your tablet safe and makes it easy for the little ones to get ahold of it, as well as a compatible stand that safely holds up your iPad at multiple angles, in both landscape and portrait orientations.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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04:00
Weed like to show you this spliffy 420 Audio High-Fi...

What happens when cannabis meets high-tech? You get PR blasts for 4/20 with headlines like "420 Audio packs dank sound with new High-Fi Wireless Bluetooth Speaker." While we'd like to write this off as a hallucination from drinking some stale bong...

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Friday April 18

23:00
Apple vs. Samsung, day eight: Pushing the judge...

The eighth full day of the Samsung-Apple patent trial went through another raft of witnesses as Samsung struggles to make its case inside its allotted limit of 25 hours -- a problem that hounded the company in the last trial as well. Lead attorney for Samsung John Quinn was forced to read transcripts of declarations to save time, hustle through witnesses and plead with Judge Lucy Koh for more time. An expert that the Galaxy S5 maker paid $1,000 an hour for refuted a colleagues' studies as "kind of biased."...

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22:33
Samsung experts say Apple's patented features...

During the Apple v. Samsung trial on Friday, Samsung continued its defense by calling on a number of expert witnesses who asserted Apple has grossly exaggerated the value assigned to each of its patents-in-suit.

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19:59
BitTorrent Sync 1.3.93 - Sync files securely without...

BitTorrent Sync allows you to sync unlimited files between your own devices, or share a folder with friends and family to automatically sync anything. File transfers are encrypted. Your information is never stored on a server in the cloud and your data is protected by private keys. BitTorrent Sync is specifically designed to handle large files, so feel free to sync original, high quality, uncompressed files.Version 1.3.93:

  • Various crashes fixes.
  • Fixed French localization cosmetic issue.

OS X 10.5 or laterDownload Now

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19:42
Nike fires entire wearables division, cuts planned...

In an unexpected move, Nike has opted to fire as many as 70 members of its Digital Sport division who were focused on hardware development and will not release a now-cancelled new version of the FuelBand fitness tracker that was expected this fall. The company will continue to support the existing FuelBand SE, but is otherwise planning to exit the wearables market just as it is gaining mainstream traction. The company plans to focus on software going forward -- possibly signalling a partnership with a hardware maker.......

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18:52
Nike Dismantles their FuelBand Wearables Team

Last week we posted a report titled "Samsung's New Snake Oil is now on Sale: Smartwatches will be as popular as Apple's iPad … Soon." In that report we stated that With all the hype about electronic health bands and the iWatch, Tim Cook's initial leeriness about consumer wearables in the form of a wrist band watch may have been more plugged in than you might think. At last year's D11 conference (between the 19-21 minute marks of the Walt Mossberg interview) Cook grumbled at the idea of a watch of any kind ...

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18:02
Apple now offering unclaimed WWDC tickets to...

Following the lapse of the deadline for Worldwide Developers Conference ticket lottery winners to pay for their entry, Apple has begun emailing other developers with a chance to purchase unclaimed tickets. The emails are likely also determined by lottery, though the company hasn't said. Reserved slots from the original lottery were held until April 14 at 5pm Pacific time, and it is thought that most of the lottery winners accepted the invitation to attend, which costs $1,600....

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17:11
Nike Fires Majority of FuelBand Team, Plans to Stop...

Nike plans to cease making wearable hardware, as it has fired the majority of its 80-person team responsible for the FuelBand fitness tracker. Instead, the company will focus its efforts on fitness software, according to an unnamed source that spoke to CNET. The shoemaker isn't throwing in the towel on technology. Rather, it's turning away from hardware and realigning its focus exclusively on fitness and athletic software, a strategic shift that would still benefit the company in the long run, analysts said. As the competition in the fitness wearable category has increased with entries from Jawbone and Fitbit, Nike has opted to shift its focus to software. Company spokesman Brian Strong told CNET in an email that Nike continually aligns its resources with business priorities and that it has made changes to its team as its Digital Sport priorities had shifted...

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17:10
Nike to reportedly exit wearables market, fires bulk...

A rumor on Friday claims Nike is planning to shut down the division responsible for creating wearable fitness trackers, starting with the axing of as many as 55 people from the FuelBand team.

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17:00
The Mac hole

I've gotten upset with Safari in the past, but this might be taking things a bit too far.

[Photo credit: Brian Porteous]...

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16:48
Beats Music updated with subscriptions via in-app...


Beats Music for iOS was updated today to version 1.0.7, but don’t let the minor version number bump fool you: this update has a lot of new stuff, including an...

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16:35
Beats Music enables in-app subscriptions with latest...

Beats Music, the streaming radio arm of the Beats empire, updated its iPhone app on Friday with the notable addition of in-app subscriptions, meaning the company is now paying Apple's usual 30 percent commission on new sign-ups.

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16:22
FuelBand and other hardware discontinued,...


Nike has decided to get out of the wearable technology market entirely, according to a brand-new report from CNET. The company is said to have come to the conclusion that fitness software has a more stable future at the company, leading to the discontinuation of the FuelBand and other wearable fitness products and the firing of most of the 70 employees currently working in that division.
The move is interesting timing. Just a week ago, Nike launched Nike+Fuel Lab in San Francisco, a “new program to develop partnerships and products with NikeFuel” hundreds of miles south of its current location at its Oregon HQ.

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16:14
Apple adds 3D Flyovers of San Francisco East Bay,...

Apple has again expanded its Maps program for both iOS and OS X by adding 3D "Flyover" support for the east side of the San Francisco Bay Area, including the city of Berkeley and its University of California campus, which by happenstance is the birthplace of the original UNIX used as the foundation of both OS X and iOS. The 3d Flyover feature has generally been regarded as one of Maps' best features, alongside turn-by-turn driving navigation....

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16:04
The Loop Magazine Issue 25

In this issue:

What’s better, an iPad or a MacBook for university; being a freelance writer; a great story about Axl Rose running off stage; nurturing curiosity through mentoring; and iTunes and Indie bands.
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16:00
How to turn a dead iPod into an upgraded budget...

When a beloved piece of technology dies, it's often hard to let go. We've all seen basements and closets cluttered with the corpses of burned-out hardware that once served us well. Perhaps you've got a drawer somewhere with your dead USB sticks or an...

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15:25
Look Out Apple Haters, Android’s Monopoly on Large...

For many Apple haters and even more reasonable Android fans, the rallying cry for the last couple of years has been that Android is the better platform because you can get a larger display. What will those partisans rely on for proof of Apple's lack of innovation when the company addresses this segment of the market later this year?

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15:00
Pelican ProGear Voyager iPhone 5/5s case: Solid...

Pelican Products, Inc. today announced a new rough-and-tough case for the iPhone 5 and 5s -- the Pelican ProGear Voyager (US$50). The case will only be available at AT&T retail stores and through a special AT&T website, or you can take a chance at...

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14:42
Apple offers unclaimed WWDC tickets to select...

Apple on Friday began sending out emails asking developers who were not selected in this year's WWDC 2014 ticket lottery if they would like to purchase passes that have gone unclaimed by those originally selected to attend.

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14:41
Gillette’s new razor is everything that’s wrong with...

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New York magazine:

The Wall Street Journal obtained the marketing materials for Gillette’s new razor, the ProGlide FlexBall. The ProGlide FlexBall can cut each whisker 23 microns shorter — about a quarter of the width of a strand of human hair.

I won’t mince words: ProGlide FlexBall is a bad idea. A really bad idea. In fact, the razor represents everything terrible about America’s innovation economy.

It’s amazing how many gimmicks razor manufacturers have come up with to try and get us to by sharp bits of metal to scrape along our faces.
...

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14:30
The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for April 18, 2014

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

You can listen to today's...

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14:16
NASA and Google Do the Tango


Google's Project Tango smartphone, which is jam-packed with sensors, soon will be used in the International Space Station. The United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration will swap out the smartphones it has used on two volleyball-sized free-flying satellites since 2011 with the Tango devices. NASA, which announced the Tango tie-in back in February, has flown modified Tango phones several times on an aircraft that can simulate microgravity by taking a parabolic flight path.

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14:14
Apple Offering Some Developers Second Chance to Buy...

Apple is offering some developers a chance to buy unclaimed WWDC tickets, according to a report from 9to5Mac and several Twitter users. Apple has emailed certain developers to offer them WWDC tickets, giving them 24 hours to pay the $1,599 ticket fee. This year, because of nearly immediate ticket sellouts in past years, Apple decided to offer WWDC tickets to registered, paid iOS and Mac developers through a lottery system. Developers who won the ticket lottery had until April 14 to complete their purchases. Now Apple is reportedly reaching out to developers who didn’t win the lottery and offering them a chance to buy unclaimed tickets. Some developers are starting to get phone calls from the company informing them that they have been randomly selected to buy...

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14:00
Booqpad: Combining iPad tech with good old paper

Booq makes some nice products for Apple fans, and one of the more recent announcements from the company was for the Booqpad for iPad Air (US$60 for grey, $95 for black/stone). While it looks like just a plain-Jane folio case for the newest iPad, it...

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13:30
Apple reaching out to developers who didn’t win WWDC...


If you didn’t get a chance to buy a WWDC ticket in the lottery last week, you might just get another chance soon. Developers who won were given until April 14 to buy a slot at the conference, but not all of them took advantage of the opportunity.
Now Apple is reportedly reaching out to developers who didn’t win the lottery and offering them a chance to buy unclaimed tickets. Some developers are starting to get phone calls from the company informing them that they have been randomly selected to buy one of the tickets that winners failed to claim before the 14th.
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13:20
Why Apple Didn’t Try to Copy Google Glass

Google Glass had a nifty sci-fi feel to it when the product first came out. Along the way, however, Google failed to both think about why the product exists and fully appreciate the social aspects of the device. Calls for Apple to quickly follow Google's lead now look silly.

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13:19
∞ Epic pen spinning

You know that pen spinning thing you do? You can stop now. These kids do it better than you could ever imagine doing it.

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13:00
Apple Maps adds Flyover 3D modeling of Berkeley,...

Apple has expanded its 3D Maps Flyover support for the east side of the San Francisco Bay Area, including the city of Berkeley, the University of California birthplace of the flavor of Unix used in OS X and iOS.

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13:00
iSpotlight is a news app for following the rich and...

iSpotlite (free) lets you follow your favorite athletes, bands, or celebrities by feeding you web-sourced news and even the Twitter feeds of the rich and famous.

Once you have selected some celebs to follow, you can opt for news, Twitter feeds...

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12:53
Apple's Shazam Partnership Could Boost...

Earlier this week, Bloomberg reported that Apple has plans to integrate song identification features into iOS 8 through a partnership with audio discovery platform Shazam, but as suggested by media professor Aram Sinnreich, Apple's ambitions may go beyond simple music recognition capabilities. Speaking with Computerworld, Sinnreich, a media professor at Rutgers University, points out that Apple could use Shazam's audio recognition abilities to gather information on the media that iPhone and iPad users are consuming, including music, television shows, movies, and more, for targeted advertisements. While Shazam is known for identifying songs that are playing on the radio or through other sources, the service is also capable of...

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12:53
∞ Design Flex

Design never exists in a vacuum. A designer is always creating something with a defined purpose. The essence of the designer’s job is a complex series of decisions that the end user has hired them to make.

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12:47
Briefly: Online Apple Store delays 24-hour ship...

In a change to certain European Online Apple Stores, the company is no longer offering 24-hour delivery turnarounds, while the option remains active in the U.S. and Canada.

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12:41
Review: Booqpad for iPad Air

Before we get rolling, I'll confess: I've never understood the purpose of cases like the Booqpad. If you've got a tablet, surely part of the point is being able to ditch paper entirely. In practice of course, there are times when a pen and paper are handy -- but can that justify building an entire case around the concept? I suppose we'll have to put the Booqpad to the test....

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12:30
Daily Deals for April 18, 2014, featuring the The...

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

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12:30
Menu Bars Of The Stars

I admit, I really enjoy seeing what people have in their menu bars. Particularly speakers at conferences, or people I know who are super productive, because they tend to be a little fussier about what gets to take up some of that precious space. Recently both Brett Terpstra and Peter Cohen have posted the contents of their menu bars. Brett doesnât go into as much detail, but he does make sure to link in case you want to learn more. I loved reading both of these, itâs like seeing someoneâs iPhone home screen and learning about a super useful app that might help smooth out a rough spot in your workflow.

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12:12
How to Streamline System Preferences on Your Mac

Tired of wading through the loads of options in System Preferences? Kelly has a couple of tricks to make it easier to navigate.

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12:09
Adobe Flash Player 13.0.0.201

Fixes a crash that occurred on Macs made between 2006 and 2008. (Free, 14.9 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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12:07
Will Apple Introduce Touchless Input for iDevices in...

It was reported just last month that Microsoft had claimed that it was making great progress on new touchless technology that would allow users to interact with their smart devices without actually needing to touch them. Microsoft noted that they had a number of prototypes in the works at the moment. Rico Malvar, Microsoft's chief scientist, said work had begun on new screens that could be manipulated without needing to approach a gadget. That's true and today our other IP site Patent Bolt is covering Microsoft's patent pending invention covering "touchless input" for mobile devices which may be closer to reality than most of think. The thing to this report that could be interesting for Apple fans is that the basic technology behind it could be duplicated in future iDevices quite easily using PrimeSense technology that Apple recently acquired.

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12:00
​Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Ski Jumping Pro [iOS...

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11:30
Jobs, directed by Michael Bay

The upcoming Steve Jobs biopic is going through some growing pains, with would-be director David Fincher no longer on board to guide the project. We've already taken a look at what the flick could look like, depending on which director ends up taking...

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11:02
Briefly: VLC 2.3.0 for iOS, DevonTechnologies'...

Free media player VLC has updated its iOS ported app today, offering various fixes and new features. Users can play most video file formats, and do so without the need for conversion. File synchronization with Dropbox, GDrive, iTunes, direct download and through an embedded web upload is also permitted by the app....

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11:00
Reviews: Booqpad for iPad Air

Before we get rolling, I'll confess: I've never understood the purpose of cases like the Booqpad. If you've got a tablet, surely part of the point is being able to ditch paper entirely. In practice of course, there are times when a pen and paper are handy -- but can that justify building an entire case around the concept? I suppose we'll have to put the Booqpad to the test.On a fund ......

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11:00
Apps We Actually Use: NotesTab Pro lets me sync...

I often find that I need to record snippets of information -- the link to this new app, the name of that updated app and so on. These are small items that I need for a specific purpose and usually only for a short amount of time. I often try to...

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10:56
Microsoft Pilot Program Allows Developers to Respond...

Our long nightmare is finally over. It took years, but at long last developers can reply to reviews in iTun...wait, what?The Mac Observer Spin: How is Apple the last on this train? Both Google AND Microsoft managed to add this first, which sort of seems like adding insult to iOS developer injury.

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10:53
Google This: Yahoo Wants Apple's Search Business


Google has dominated the world of search for years, so much so that "Google" is not only synonymous with searching -- it's a verb, too. Who hasn't told someone to google something? That's awesome mindshare, and its power is translated to billions of dollars of ad-related revenue for Google. Where will search grow in the future? Mobile. And rumor has it, Yahoo's CEO Marissa Mayer wants it. More to the point, Mayer wants Apple's mobile search business. Badly.

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10:29
How Apple dodged the Heartbleed bullet

In 2011, Apple told its developers that it would be deprecating OS X's Common Data Security Architecture including OpenSSL, describing it as an outdated relic of the late 1990s. Nearly three years later, OpenSSL was hit by a severe flaw that affected a wide swath of vendors and their users, but not Apple.

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10:14
Plaintiffs ask to use Steve Jobs evidence in anti-...

Plaintiffs' attorneys in a class action lawsuit against Apple, Google, and two other companies are asking that evidence related to Apple CEO Steve Jobs be included in the case, Reuters reports. The case revolves around the anti-poaching agreements Apple and Google -- and later, other high-tech businesses -- forged to keep salaries low and talent in place. The accused parties settled a US Department of Justice investigation on the matter in 2010, agreeing to end barriers to competitive hiring....

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10:00
Analysts chime in on Apple's Q2 2014 iPhone...

With Apple's earnings report slated for next Wednesday, all eyes will be focused on how many iPhones the company sold during the quarter gone by. As the prime source of Apple's quarterly revenue and profits, iPhone sales are often looked at as a...

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09:45
iLounge Game Spotlight: Hitman GO

The Hitman game series has proven popular enough to spawn a number of sequels, as well as a feature film. And with the release of Hitman GO ($5), it’s clear Square Enix thinks the franchise still has legs, as Agent 47 makes a big move from stealth action/adventure to…

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09:33
Hands On: Verizon Samsung Galaxy S 5

Samsung has been standing atop the hill of Android phones for some time now with its Galaxy line. Other manufacturers like HTC and Motorola have briefly held the crown, but Samsung always seems to find a way to yank it back with innovations, ease of use and simple design. The newest in the line, the Galaxy S5, looks to push Samsung towards the top of the pile again. But what kind of features can you look forward to in the new Galaxy S5, and is it capable of competing head-to-head with Apple's iPhone 5s?...

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09:22
Lost your iPhone or iPad? Here’s what to do next

Follow the link to learn about Lost Mode and how to turn it on for your iOS device.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:22
German Media Mogul Rips Google in Open Letter


The chief executive of one of Germany's biggest media companies penned an open letter criticizing Google, saying that his company is afraid of Google and its ever-swelling power. The letter, written by Mathias Dopfner, the chief executive of media giant Axel Springer, opines that Google's technology platforms spread more quickly and more efficiently than anything in the world -- save "biological viruses." Dopfner also asks whether Google plans to create a "superstate" in which antitrust and privacy laws don't exist.

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09:16
Facebook updates Paper app w/ birthdays, events,...

Facebook released a big update today to its recently released Paper mobile app. The app, which provides a full Facebook experience alongside a news reader-style collection of content from around the web, today integrates birthdays and events from Facebook via the app’s “notifications globe” icon.
Version 1.1 also introduces the ability to add photos in comments, and updates from Groups:

Don’t miss posts from your favorite groups. Swipe down to open the Main Menu. Tap the More Options icon to the right of the Search box. When you see your groups, check the new unread counts to catch up on the posts you’ve missed.

Also new in the updated Paper app is new navigation buttons for stories and 9 new “article covers” with news from sources including Fox News, Bloomberg News, Mashable, FT, kottke, Popular Science, The Hollywood Reporter, Vanity Fair and Hacker News. Facebook also...

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09:16
9to5Toys Last Call: iPad Air/mini $50 off, Denon AV...

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

Nest Learning Thermostat (2nd gen) $224 shipped (Reg. $249) – Now at Amazon…...

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09:15
Tavik’s Zippered Folio Case for iPad Air is Built...

There are iPad Air case that are minimalist, lightweight and designed for a benign environment. This case is not one of those. However, when it comes time to travel or move often between various offices with a complement of gear, and there's a requirement for serious protection, the Tavik Hemings Zipper Folio Case for iPad Air can do the job nicely.

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09:13
Apple Maps Misses Your Coffee Shop, but Finds Loch...

Just because Apple's Maps may not be able to get you to your favorite coffee shop doesn't mean it's a failure. You just need to search for the right things, like the Loch Ness Monster. Satellite images that show up only for the iPhone and iPad show what Nessy fans are calling proof positive that the monster is real even though you can't actually see the beast in the water. Instead, there's a big wake from something that seems to be just below the water surface, and it isn't a boat, according to the Mail Online. Unfortunately, we can't get Siri to give us driving directions to the monster. Maybe in iOS 8.

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09:12
Apple's maps trump Google's as hopefuls...

One of the world's most enduring mysteries added another layer recently, as amateur sleuths have discovered what they claim to be the Loch Ness Monster lurking under the water of the famous lake using satellite imagery from Apple Maps, after finding Google's monster tracking solutions unworkable.

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09:05
Photos depict alleged front panel for second-...

Newly-leaked photos show a front panel claimed to be for the second-generation iPad Air. The photos were obtained by a Dutch website, One More Thing. While the panel is similar to its equivalent for the first-gen Air, it appears to have switched to an integrated display. That could allow a second-gen tablet to become even thinner, or maintain the same size and improve battery life....

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