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Monday March 2

06:47
Audio Switcher for Mac OS X revved to version 2.5.3

Spike Software (http://www.spikesoft.net) has announced Audio Switcher 2.5.3, an update to its menubar applet utility for Mac OS X.
Audio Switcher allows you to switch your audio input and output between different audio devices. It supports a range of devices, as well as the built-in audio hardware of your Mac desktop or laptop. Version 2.5.3 adds a preference where the audio device's manufacturer's name can appear in the menu.
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06:43
Remarkable is a new CMS built for the post-PC era

Entropy, a mobile innovations company based in the United Kingdom, used the 2015 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to announce the launch of the new free-to-use mobile app CMS, Remarkable.
As “the first CMS built specifically for the post-PC era,” Remarkable enables anyone with a native mobile app to take full creative control of their product, according to Entropy CEO Eddie Vassallo. He introduced the full beta launch of the Remarkable mobile management solution at the Mobile World Congress. Anyone can sign up and manage their first app for free.
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06:28
External Link: Josh Centers Talks Patents, Apple...

Managing Editor Josh Centers joined The Mac Show panel to discuss patent reform, the Apple Watch, the possibility of a new Apple TV, how much gold Apple is using for the Apple Watch Edition, public iOS betas, what’s coming in iOS 9, and the viability of Final Cut Pro X. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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06:27
Apple kicks off "Shot on iPhone 6"...

Apple today launched a new advertising campaign, "Shot on iPhone 6," to promote the camera on the company's latest iPhone handsets (Via iMore). As part of this campaign, the company debuted the new "World Gallery" compilation, which showcases iPhone photographs taken by 77 amateur and professional photographers from 74 cities and 24 countries around the world.

Apple will advertise the photographs at transit stops, on billboards and at other public locations in major cities worldwide, including Sydney, Beijing and San Francisco. The goal is not to promote each artist, but to inspire the average user to grab their iPhone and produce stunning photographs.

Our take on the news:

I love how Apple ditches the traditional slick marketing campaigns and instead showcases how...

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06:24
External Link: Josh Centers Goes Gold on The Dan...

Managing Editor Josh Centers joined host Dan Benjamin on The Dan Benjamin Hour to discuss how much gold Apple may be using to produce Apple Watch Edition units. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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06:14
Indian Firm Vows to continue their Battle against...

In October we posted a report titled "Indian Firm iVoice Enterprises Challenges "iPhone" Trademark," which provides the full background of iVoice attempting to have Apple's iPhone trademark revoked because of their "IFon" trademark. Today the firm is back in the news stating that they're continuing their battle against the validity of Apple's iPhone trademark in India.

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06:12
Apple Builds Mystery Room for Apple Watch Media Event

Apple is building a mystery room off the side of the Yerba Buena Events Center in San Francisco ahead of its March 9 "Spring forward" media event. Apple did the same when it first showed off the Apple Watch last September, which means the room is most likely a demonstration area for the company's new smartwatch again.

The Mac Observer Spin: If Apple is setting up a demonstration area, it's a safe be Apple Watch is finally ready for proper hands-on time instead of the tightly controlled demos we had last September when the smartwatch was still in development.


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05:42
Microsoft announces foldable version of its...

A Microsoft product might not seem the most obvious purchase for Apple users, but if you switch between platforms, the latest version of Microsoft’s universal keyboard may appeal. Designed to allow you to switch easily between iOS, Android and Windows devices, the Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard is a more portable version, folding in half down the middle. (If you like a smaller vertical fold made for smartphones, Zagg makes an excellent product)

There’s no word yet on pricing or availability, but the original version retailed at $80 (and is available on...

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05:19
Apple Watch tour of world’s fashion magazines...

Apple may be able to scale back its advertising budget for the Apple Watch: so far the device appears to be doing just fine in getting multi-page editorial coverage in the world’s fashion magazines. The latest fashion title to run a major feature on the watch is Hong Kong’s East Touch magazine, which is running a four-page spread.
The Apple Watch has so far been featured Vogue China, Vogue France, the USA’s Self and the UK’s Style, as well as fashion titles in France...

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05:00
Accessible Apple: How the Apple TV could replace...

Image from https://www.apple.com/appletv/what-is/

Back in November of 2010, Apple released a minor software update to the then two-month old Apple TV 2, enabling VoiceOver and enhancing the overall accessibility of the device. As I noted in my initial review of the device, adding VoiceOver was a big advancement for accessibility in the home theatre landscape. Since then, projects like Plex Connect and VLC for iOS have taken advantage of Apple's universal access features to deliver all sorts of content to HDTVs with a surprising amount of accessibility. Apple has slowly but surely added new "official" channels to the Apple TV over the...

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05:00
Mobile World Congress 2015, or Why Your Smartphone...


Don't you just love big industry events like Mobile World Congress? I mean, you've had whole weeks to enjoy the new phone you got last quarter, and now you'll hear about a bunch of incredibly wonderful stuff that will make that new phone look like your grandmother's favorite car -- you know, the one she fell in love with in the 1960s.
Unfortunately, I'm not going to make things better. This week, I'm going to walk you through some of the more interesting things likely to be on display at the event.

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04:51
Kool Tools: MCE Fovea Extreme 3

MCE Technologies's MCE Fovea Extreme 3 is a portable, lightweight, USB 3.0 slot-loading optical drive that allows access to all Blu-ray, DVD, and CD optical disc formats on Macs with no built-in optical drive.
It can read and record data and high definition video to 25GB, 50GB, 100GB, and 128GB Blu-ray recordable discs, as well as M-Disc Blu-ray media. Included with the drive is Mac Blu-ray Player software, allowing the playback of commercial Blu-ray titles in high definition directly on the Mac.
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04:50
Apple Watch Featured in Hong Kong Fashion Magazine...

Apple Watch continues to make its international debut in magazines worldwide with a new cover appearance and multi-page spread in Hong Kong street fashion and lifestyle magazine East Touch this month. The latest March issue of the Chinese-language magazine features the Apple Watch and Apple Watch Sport being worn by several models in various lifestyle shots. In the past few months, the Apple Watch has made magazine debuts in a range of other publications such as on the cover of Self magazine, ...

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04:47
Deliver Express 2.4.6 for Mac OS X improves file...

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has announced Deliver Express 2.4.6, a maintenance update to its solution to automatically send files across the Internet and locally from watched hot folders.
Deliver Express can serve multiple users on a network, offers automatic variable email notifications, and supports FTP, Amazon S3, WebDAV, Google Storage, AFP, SMB and other services. The new version fixes an issue in which automatic date-based subfolders could not be created on SFTP servers.
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04:40
Tim Cook talks Snowden, Apple Car and Steve Jobs as...

Tim Cook appears to be using his international tour, which so far includes Israel, Germany and the UK, to push a second product every bit as hard as the Apple Watch: privacy. In an interview with the German newspaper BILD posted yesterday (paywall), Cook went as far as to praise Edward Snowden for his role in prompting discussion of the issue.
If Snowden did anything for us at all, then it was to get us to talk more about these things. [Apple’s] values have always been the same.
The comments follow a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, at which data privacy was reportedly a key topic. Cook also told the Telegraph...

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04:10
Managing identities, access critical to the success...

Managing identities and access is critical to the success of the Internet of Things (IoT), but in its current form identity and access management (IAM) cannot provide the scale or manage the complexity that the IoT brings to the enterprise, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com).
"IAM leaders must reconsider how traditional approaches to cybersecurity and IAM work in a world where devices and services are so abundant, in so many different forms and positioned at so many different points within the IT ecosystem," sahs Earl Perkins, research vice president at Gartner.
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04:10
Managing identities, access critical to the success...

Managing identities and access is critical to the success of the Internet of Things (IoT), but in its current form identity and access management (IAM) cannot provide the scale or manage the complexity that the IoT brings to the enterprise, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com).
"IAM leaders must reconsider how traditional approaches to cybersecurity and IAM work in a world where devices and services are so abundant, in so many different forms and positioned at so many different points within the IT ecosystem," sahs Earl Perkins, research vice president at Gartner.
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04:06
Apple adds vehicles to its list of company...

Apple has officially added vehicles to the corporate documents describing the company’s activities, at least in Switzerland. The company’s lawyers added the following paragraph, reports Swiss site ApfelBlog.

Vehicles; Apparatus for locomotion by land, air or water; electronic hardware components for motor vehicles, rail cars and locomotives, ships and aircraft; Anti-theft devices; Theft alarms for vehicles; Bicycles; Golf carts; Wheelchairs; Air pumps; Motorcycles; Aftermarket parts (after-market parts) and accessories for the aforesaid goods.

It’s common to add catch-all terminology to company activities, so nothing should be read into the inclusion of ships and aircraft, though we’re sure there will be a breathless headline somewhere soon about an Apple plane … ...

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03:58
Apple supplier NXP to merge with rival Freescale...

Dutch chipmaker NXP -- which provides near-field communications and motion processing hardware for Apple -- announced on Monday that it would spend $11.8 billion to acquire rival firm Freescale Semiconductor, a seminal semiconductor manufacturer and itself a longtime Apple supplier.

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03:32
Skype 7.5.0.738 - Voice-over-internet phone and chat...

Skype allows you to talk to friends, family and co-workers across the Internet without the inconvenience of long distance telephone charges. Using peer-to-peer data transmission technology, Skype eliminates the central server as a middle manager. Today, millions of individuals and businesses are taking advantage of Skype's diverse communication features:

  • Free Skype-to-Skype
  • Landline and cellphone calling
  • SMS and instant messaging
  • Voicemail
  • Free video calls
  • Call forwarding to your phone when you're offline

Skype-to-Skype calls, video calls, and instant messaging are free, 24 hours a day, anywhere in the world. Users can make phone calls and send SMS messages at great value Pay-As-You-Go rates, or make unlimited calls to certain countries with a subscription.Version 7.5.0.738: New

  • Support for Hindi, Turkish, Czech, Ukrainian, Greek, Hungarian, Romanian, Indonesian, Catalan, Croatian,...

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00:25
Apple's next Chinese Apple Store to open in...

As part of plans to triple its retail presence in China by mid-2016, Apple on Sunday announced that Chongqing's MixC mall will play host to the country's next Apple Store.

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00:00
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The AWT team members are all big fans of WALTR by Softorino (US$29.95), a Mac app that does one thing very well -- it converts just about any media file to an iOS-compatible format and then copies it quickly to your device. There's no need to convert the files beforehand with another app or use a special player app on your iOS device -- it's all done with WALTR.

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Sunday March 1

23:56
Xsan - Cant add clients, tried everything.

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: XsanSo.
Im sitting here with a Mac Pro as MDC, and a 20TB SAN.
Ive added multiple clients on here before, and never had any issues.
Now I need to add more clients, but it simply won't work! I get the "client config error" when using the MDC to add them.
I have tried to remove the xsan config folder, disabling/enabling xsan, restarted all machines and servers etc.
When I remove everything from the client, and go to the xsan to add a machine, I can see the machine, I can authenticate, and I don't make it a MDC - but then it starts to write the conf file, and it fails.
Anyone has any suggestions at all?

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17:09
Apple Store opening in Chongqing, China’s MixC mall...


Apple is continuing to aggressively expand across China with several stores, and the latest location is opening up in Chongqing on March 7th. This marks the third store in the region, and this one’s address is 55 Xiejiawan Street in the Jiulongpo District. While the first pair of stores in this region were located on busy streets with magnificent exteriors, this third store is placed inside of the area’s MixC shopping mall, which opened up in fall 2014. Apple executives Tim Cook and Angela Ahrendts frequently note how critical China is to Apple’s success, and the pair have said that dozens of stores are opening in China over the next couple...

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16:41
Apple Watch featured in UK's Style magazine,...

Following cover stories in major publications across China, France and the U.S., Apple Watch made its big UK debut on Sunday with a three-page spread in widely circulated fashion magazine Style.

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16:18
MGG 542: Stick This In Your Drive & Partition It

Dave's back from Florida, John's back is feeling fine, and your two favorite geeks answer questions and discuss all sorts of topics that YOU want to hear about. Backups, restoration, nefarious installers and more.


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16:00
Meet our new Deal Partner: GravityView

It's a new month, and that means another terrific new deal for Apple World Today readers. We know a lot of you run your own websites and many of those are hosted using WordPress. If you're running WordPress, then you should use the GravityView plugin from Katz Web Services. This plugin makes it easy to display form data on your website.

In the most basic terms, GravityView works like this: visitors to your website submit a form and the entries are displayed on the site in a layout that you configure. Examples? Creating staff profiles, letting job seekers submit their resumés or employers post available jobs, tracking and listing issues, or making it possible...

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15:37
Fetch 5.7.5

Improves support for Retina displays and provides a number of fixes. ($29 new, free update, 11.9 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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15:36
Downcast 1.1.7

Fixes a problem with the media library location on Mountain Lion. ($9.99 new, free update, 20.7 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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15:36
BusyCal 2.6.5

Maintenance release with a couple of Exchange-related fixes. ($49.99 new, free update, 10.3 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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15:36
Logic Pro X 10.1.1

Maintenance release with wide-ranging list of fixes for Apple’s professional audio app. ($199.99 new, free update, 1.05 GB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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15:35
VLC Media Player 2.2.0

Adds option for resuming playback and automatic rotation of vertically oriented videos. (Free, 33.5 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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14:52
Shot on iPhone 6

Apple:People take incredible photos and videos on iPhone 6 every day. And here are some of our favorites. Explore the gallery, learn a few tips, and see what’s possible with the world’s most popular camera.This is a gorgeous gallery of images that are hard to believe were all taken with the iPhone 6.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:17
Samsung responds to iPhone 6 with premium metal...

Kicking off the Mobile World Congress event on Sunday, Samsung took the wraps off its highly anticipated next-generation handsets, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, both of which use premium glass and metal to counter the blockbuster success of Apple's iPhone 6.

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13:16
Apple Watch to reportedly offer 'Power Reserve...

Apple will offer a low power mode on Apple Watch to help boost it through longer days, according to a new report that also takes a stab at dispelling rumors that the company may have elected to all some long-rumored sensors last minute.

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13:11
Apple's iPhone 6 World Gallery

Image from Apple.com home page

Apple today introduced the iPhone 6 World Gallery, an online gallery of outstanding images  and videos taken by iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners from around the globe.

Each image includes the photographer's name, where the photo was taken, a short description of how a certain feature or composition trick was used to create a compelling image, and any accessories or apps that were used. 

It's unsurprising that Apple chose today to highlight the gallery on its home page; Samsung announced its new Galaxy S6 and HTC the One M9 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. 

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13:07
SanDisk’s new iXpand flash drive w/ Lightning...

In addition to announcing its first-ever thumb drive with an integrated USB Type-C connector, SanDisk is also introducing a new higher-capacity version of its recently released iXpand flash drive for iPhone and iPad.
Featuring an integrated Lightning connector and companion app for iPhone and iPad, the new 128GB capacity adds to the 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB options already available.
The SanDisk iXpand also comes with a companion app available on the App Store that allows for management of files, as well as streaming and viewing files on an iOS device from the connected drive:
It launches when the iXpand Flash Drive is plugged into an iPhone or iPad and can be configured to automatically sync photos and videos from the camera roll to the drive. In addition, users can store their favorite...

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13:00
SanDisk bumps capacity of iXpand Flash Drive to...

SanDisk's iXpand Flash Drive (affiliate link) is one of the best ways to store large media files off your iOS device, transfer big files between Mac or PC and iOS devices, and back up your iPad and iPhone files. At Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona, SanDisk announced that it's offering a 128GB version of the iXpand Flash Drive, doubling the capacity of the largest available unit. No pricing or availability for the new drive was announced.

The company also announced that the free iXpand Sync app now takes advantage of Touch ID fingerprint identity to encrypt and decrypt sensitive files and also utilize popular Touch ID-enabled apps to open or save files on the drive.

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12:46
SanDisk announces first thumb drive w/ USB Type-C...

SanDisk today announced a new thumb drive that is one of the first to include an integrated USB Type C connector, the next-generation USB plug that’s expected to arrive as one of the only connectors on an upcoming MacBook laptop.
SanDisk is releasing the device in anticipation of not only the upcoming 12-inch MacBook we’ve detailed extensively, but also a slew of smartphones and tablets that will adopt the new USB standard. The slimmer, reversible USB Type C design for the first time offers a solution slim and powerful enough to work for both mobile devices and PCs. A...

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12:30
Music IO: MIDI over USB (Music)

Music IO: MIDI over USB 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Music
Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:
Download the Mac server from the MusicIOapp.com web site. We hope to have this available through the Mac App Store shortly.----Send and receive MIDI between your Mac and your iOS device via USB. It's simple, reliable, and near-zero latency.THREE TEAMSMusic IO is a joint effort by three of the most respected iOS music app development teams. Confusion Studios makes MIDI Designer Pro, the most-respected MIDI controller platform for iOS. MIDI Designer is adored by users, loved by Music Industry press, and trusted on stages and in studios around the World. Audeonic Apps makes the pioneering MidiBridge app, an essential tool for routing and filtering MIDI messages on iOS; they also provide the MidiBus software library, which powers dozens of successful music apps...

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12:08
Apple touts iPhone 6 as world's most popular...

Apple on Sunday launched a home page takeover paying homage to the iPhone 6's camera with a series of striking photographs and videos taken by its users, including tips, tricks and apps used along the way.

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11:39
Apple Showcases 'Shot on iPhone 6' World...

Apple has refreshed its homepage to showcase a gallery of photos taken with iPhone 6 across the world, unsurprisingly coinciding with today's announcements of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The gallery shows photos taken by iPhone 6 users in several countries, including the United States, Canada, Japan, Iceland, South Korea, China, Scotland, Indonesia, Thailand and New Zealand. Some of the photos have been filtered, enhanced or shared with apps such as Instagram, Snapseed, VSCO Cam, Mextures, Filterstorm Neue, Camera+ and Adobe Photoshop Express. "People take incredible photos and videos on iPhone 6 every day," writes Apple. "And here are some of our favorites. Explore the gallery, learn a few tips, and see what’s possible with the...

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11:00
Apple takes over homepage to promote photos taken by...


Apple has taken over the front of its homepage to highlight a new section on its website rounding up photos taken around the world by the iPhone 6/6 Plus’s camera. The website highlights several photographs taken across the globe, from places like Halong Bay (Vietnam), Pamplona (Spain), and The Cairngorms (Scotland). Alongside each piece of media, Apple includes a brief blurb describing the photo as well as the name of the application in which the photo or video was taken. Most of the photos were taken in the iPhone’s bundled Camera application, but the website notes some edits made in Instagram, Snapped, and Adobe Photoshop Express. The entire gallery is well worth a visit. Apple has also published a new page in the App Store...

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10:57
Samsung and HTC unveil 2015 flagships, events ripe...

From 9to5Google: 

As Mobile World Congress kicks off in Barcelona, Samsung and HTC have both unveiled their respective 2015 flagship devices. First off, HTC this morning unveiled the One M9. The device features a Snapdragon 810 processor under-the-hood with a 2,840mAh battery to go with it. HTC infamously ditched Megapixels with its One M8 flagship, but this time around, the company is touting that the One M9 feature a 20MP rear-facing shooter with a f/2.2, 27.8mm sapphire lens and 4k video recording.
Visually, the One M9 looks almost identical to its predecessor…...

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10:54
Samsung Announces Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge and...

Samsung at Mobile World Congress on Sunday announced its latest flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, each compatible with a new mobile payments service called Samsung Pay. The smartphones are a significant refresh to the Galaxy lineup, featuring a slimmer and lighter metal and glass curved design, all-new front and rear cameras, improved hardware specifications under the hood and more. Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge (via The Verge) The Galaxy S6 Edge is notable in that it is the first smartphone to feature a curved display on both sides of the device, constructed from Gorilla Glass 4. Both smartphones have 16-megapixel rear-facing cameras and 5-megapixel front-facing cameras with f/1.9 lenses for improved low-light photos, Auto HDR, optical image stabilization, IR white balance and a "Quick Launch" feature for accessing the camera from any screen in less...

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10:42
Samsung Unveiled the Galaxy S6 with iPhone 6-like...

With Samsung's profits falling off a cliff in the second half of 2014, Samsung needed their flagship Galaxy S6 smartphone to hit a home run today. Samsung's Special Event kicked off in Barcelona this morning and our report provides you with a brief overview of some of their keynote points.

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09:11
Samsung wants to be First with a Foldable Smartphone

Samsung's profits fell off a cliff in the second half of 2014 and in a desperate attempt of calming the market down, they decided to throw a Hail Mary during a Wall Street analyst meeting. They predicting that they would be first to deliver a foldable device to market. Lee Chang-hoon, vice president ...

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09:02
Apple Watch to Feature Time-Only 'Power Reserve...

With Apple's media event just a week away and the company expected to offer final details there on the Apple Watch ahead of its April debut, The New York Times has a new report out sharing a few new tidbits on the device. Among the interesting details is the existence of an unannounced "Power Reserve" mode for the watch that will display only the time and cut off all other functions as the battery begins to run critically low, preserving the most basic functionality of the watch. The report also notes that while the Apple Watch has been widely tested by Apple employees, the company did work to conceal many of those prototypes by disguising them to resemble Samsung smartwatches. Sources have also provided more context to a...

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09:01
Launch Center Pro is coming to the Apple Watch


David Barnard, CEO of Contrast, has today announced that they will be bringing a slimmed down version of Launch Center Pro to the Apple Watch. You can see how the app has been transformed from the grid appearance of the iOS version to a simple list, to optimise screen real estate on the Watch’s much smaller display. This means users can initiate quick actions from their wrist, rather than digging their phones out of their pockets.
The company will ‘hopefully’ have the app available in the App Store when the Watch ships sometime in April.
Another tweet indicates that the company is working on more WatchKit apps as well.

I’m incredibly excited about Apple Watch, and am working on other apps for it. I’m not at all skeptical it’s going to sell really well....

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08:48
NYT: Apple Watch includes ‘Power Reserve’ mode,...


The New York Times has published a piece about the culmination of the Watch project, as Apple transitions from product development stages to production and marketing to consumers. The piece reiterates that Apple was working on a vast array of health tracking sensors that were later dropped, which 9to5Mac covered extensively at the time.
However, the post includes one new piece of information about a previously-unannounced mode called ‘Power Reserve’. According to the report, users will be to enable a special low-power state that conserves battery life. In...

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08:45
Apple’s new job: selling a smartwatch to an...

New York Times:When Apple releases its watch in April, it will enter a market already flooded with smartwatches running Android Wear, a version of Google’s Android software system tailored for wearable computers. The results so far for Android smartwatches have been disappointing. About 720,000 smartwatches with Android Wear were shipped in 2014, according to Canalys, the research firm.How is that “flooded”? Chen doesn’t even back up the premise of his story’s headline. I’ve spoken to dozens of “normal” people who are very excited to see the Apple Watch. Chen writes another of his typical poorly written and thought out New York Times hack jobs.Thanks to John Molloy for the link....

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07:06
Apple Watch ‘pop up’ stores prognosticated for Paris...

Over the past week, we’ve heard rumors that Apple planned “pop up” stores for displaying the new Apple Watch inside high end stores in both Paris Galeries Lafayette and London Selfridges (pictured above). Now the Austin Statesman notes that Apple has participated in SXSW in a number of ways over the past few years...

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06:18
Yet Another Awesome Kickstarter

$8,782,571 funded from a $10,000 goal. Sweet.

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06:01
∞ Awesome Zeppelin kids

“We come from the land of the ice and snow, From the midnight sun where the hot springs flow.”If those words mean anything to you, spend a few minutes watching these awesome kids getting their Zeppelin on.

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05:45
The original Apple Car

Some nostalgia, plus a brand new page for the Apple Car that is already marked for deletion.∞ Read this on The Loop

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03:59
Apple Watch makes UK fashion magazine debut with...

 

Following from features in fashion magazines in France and Germany, the Apple Watch has made its UK editorial debut in Sunday’s publication of Style. Although the Watch did not make the cover (although the cover does say that it is ‘starring Apple Watch’), it does get three pages of press attention in the middle of the magazine.
The main picture features Guinevere Van Seenus wearing a 38mm Apple Watch Sport with Space Grey case and black sport band. The written accompaniment says that the Apple Watch does not convey ‘power, status and discernment’ like a Rolex can but holds back no punches in saying it will ‘wipe the floor with existing smartwatch manufacturers and give mid-market watchmakers a fright’. The magazine compliments Jony Ive in particular, for the design.
Jony Ive has got the tone of the Apple Watch just right. It looks elegant but not standoffish, and as well as the...

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Saturday February 28

21:08
Apple Watch Pop-Up Shop Also Planned for London...

Apple is planning to open a dedicated pop-up shop for the Apple Watch at high-end department store Selfridges in London, according to sources. The shop will likely be located near the entrance of the iconic Wonder Room, a 19,000-square-foot shopping hall that houses a wide selection of luxury jewelry and watch brands alongside a concept store and mezzanine wine bar. Wonder Room at Selfridges in London houses fine jewelry and watches A section of Selfridges located near the Wonder Room was boarded up earlier this month to allow for construction of the expected Apple Watch pop-up shop, sources say. The store-within-a-store concept will display various Apple Watch models and provide customers with a personalized shopping experience, potentially including One to One service for those interested in learning more about the wrist-worn device. Apple is recruiting retail employees from nearby Apple Stores in London to fill Specialist vacancies at an upcoming Central London...

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20:59
PushPal 3.0 - Mirror Android notifications and...

PushPal is a client for Pushbullet, which automatically shows you all of your phone's notifications right on your computer. This means you can see who's calling or read text messages even if your phone is on silent or in another room. Never miss another phone call or text message again while using your computer! PushPal also makes it easy to send pictures, files, links, and more to your devices and even to friends, through Pushbullet. Sending things with PushPal and Pushbullet is the easiest way to share things between your devices:

  • Push a link to your phone by just right-clicking on it on your computer. You can then go right to the link by tapping on the notification.
  • Send pictures and other files to your phone wirelessly from your computer and open them right from the notification. No more digging things out of your email inbox or Dropbox.
  • Send any address over to your phone so you can get right into Maps instead of having to look it...

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20:33
Foxconn Factories' Future: Fewer Humans, More...

jfruh writes: Foxconn, which supplies much of Apple's manufacturing muscle and has been criticized for various labor sins, is now moving to hire employees who won't complain because they're robots. The company expects 70 percent of its assembly line work to be robot-driven within three years.

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20:33
Foxconn Factories' Future: Fewer Humans, More...

jfruh writes: Foxconn, which supplies much of Apple's manufacturing muscle and has been criticized for various labor sins, is now moving to hire employees who won't complain because they're robots. The company expects 70 percent of its assembly line work to be robot-driven within three years. ...

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19:55
djay Pro for Mac

Thank you to Algoriddim for sponsoring The Loop this week. djay Pro for Mac provides a complete toolkit for performing DJs. Its unique and modern interface is built around a sophisticated integration with iTunes and Spotify, giving you instant access to millions of tracks. Pristine sound quality and a powerful set of features including high-definition waveforms, four decks, audio effects, and hardware integration give you endless creative flexibility to take your sets to new heights. Special introductory pricing (40% off) for a limited time.Jim’s Note: I had the opportunity to test djay Pro for Mac and loved it. I’m still using it.∞ Read this on The Loop

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19:19
Apple Likely Building Apple Watch Demo Area at Yerba...

A new image has surfaced that shows construction of an outdoor extension at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, as reported by 9to5Mac. The tented space will likely serve as an Apple Watch demo area at the upcoming "Spring Forward" media event on March 9th, where Apple is widely expected to provide further details about the Apple Watch's features, pricing and release date. According to the tipster that submitted the photos, there are security guards wearing "Apple Security" shirts monitoring the construction site, all but confirming that the external addition belongs to Apple. The company previously built a similar structure...

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18:30
Apple constructing outdoor building next to Yerba...


We have received images of a white building under construction behind the Yerba Buena Center of the Arts, the venue for Apple’s ‘Spring Forward’ event on March 9th. The tipster said that security guards are patrolling the scene, wearing ‘Apple Security’ shirts, confirming the connection between the building and Apple.
Apple built a similar external structure for the Apple Watch’s original unveiling in September, which acted as a demo hall for the products (iPhone 6 and Apple Watch) that Apple had announced at the event prior. Given the similarities, it is likely that this is the purpose of this new building as well.
It...

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16:33
Logitech Keys to Go Review: The ultimate portable...

For those wanting an ultra-portable keyboard to use with your iPhone or iPad, but don't want the bulk and weight of a keyboard case should consider the Logitech Keys to Go.

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12:10
midimux (Music)

midimux 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Music
Price: $9.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:
midimux talks MIDI to your Mac - using the standard usb to lightning or 30 pin cable.Finally.With midimux, you are no longer forced to rely on wifi-packets or external hardware to communicate MIDI data between a Mac and an iOS Device.It seamlessly integrates your iPad/iPhone into your studio. worry-free, reliable and at an ultra low-latency.And it works with all apps that speak MIDI.midimux lets you..- control iOS apps with hardware controllers that are connected to your Mac.- sequence and play iOS apps using a DAW running on your Mac.- control Mac applications or hardware connected to it, using Lemur, TouchOSC or any other app that uses MIDI.- use iOS apps to play and sequence hardware instruments that are connected to your Mac. - create virtual MIDI ports on the iPad/iPhone that can be...

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12:00
Thanks to our February sponsors

We'd like to share a special thank you to our weekly sponsors from February and for the fantastic hardware and software they make. If you haven't checked out these terrific products yet, now is the perfect time to do so. Finally, if you're interested in sponsoring Apple World Today, head over to the sponsor page for all the details

Realmac Software

Realmac Software, the developers behind such amazing apps as Clear,...

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09:36
Ericsson goes Nuclear on Apple Filing 7 Patent...

Yesterday we reported that Ericsson had filed two patent infringement lawsuits against Apple, not a single case, and that only one of the lawsuits provided details. The first lawsuit presented 8 out of the 41 patents involved in their battle with Apple. Twenty-four hours later and the details are getting clearer.

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09:00
iOS 8 How-to: Set up and Use Find My iPhone, iPad...


Find My iPhone was first released in June 2010 initially for the iPhone. Now, Find My iPhone allows you to track the location of your device, be it an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, in case it gets lost or stolen. This is a great benefit because when you locate your device using Find My iPhone, the device makes noise until it is found and will show you were it is located using Apple Maps. Recently, the police used Find My iPhone to track and save a woman’s life. However, Find My iPhone did require the device to be turned on and connected to the internet in order for it to work completely. New with iOS 8, you have the option to automatically send the location of the device to...

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09:00
Backerjack Podcast Episode 8 covers an Apple Watch...

On a special episode of the Backerjack Podcast with Ross Rubin and myself, we discuss the most serious competitor to the Apple Watch at this point in time. That's the $199 Pebble Time smartwatch, which is well on the way to breaking all crowdfunding records on Kickstarter. 

Not only does the Pebble Time have a much nicer UI than the previous incarnations, but with the more palatable price point it may be just the thing for people who will balk at the minimum $349 price tag for the Apple Watch. 

Subscribe at:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-backerjack-podcast/id955301362?mt=2

or you can listen here by pressing the play button below.

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07:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Rugged protection from...

Rugged protection from Roocase and Kensington, and moreThis week’s roundup of new iPad cases includes cases with bright colors for when you feel like trying out a different look—plus pouches, keyboards, and germ-repellent options to switch things up.KensingtonThe BlackBelt 2nd Degree (iPad Air 2; $50) is a rugged case that surrounds your iPad with a thin layer of rubber that keeps it safe from drops and bumps.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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07:30
IiPhoneography 101: Tripods for Your iPhone

Want sharper photos, but don't want to carry a bulky tripod? Vern Seward points out great options in this installment of iPhoneography 101.


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07:18
Sources: Apple's 2015 'iPhone 6s'...

Apple's 2015 family of iPhones are expected to adopt features first introduced in other Apple products, such as the dynamic Force Touch input found on the Apple Watch, but won't include a recently-rumored multi-camera system, AppleInsider has been advised.

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07:00
Caturday: You can't always be on top...

Photo by Mark Moschell via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Sometimes despite your cat's insistence on grabbing the warmest spot in the house -- your lap -- you need to get work done. That's when your cat becomes a convenient laptop stand.

Kiska is a lovely tabby belonging to Mark Moschell and we venture that this location is probably the best of both worlds for a cat -- warm above and below. 

Have a picture of your cat soaking up the good vibes of an Apple product? Tell us the back story behind your kitty's photo on the Apple World Today contact page. We don't accept inbound attachments, so please host the photo on Dropbox, Flickr, iPhoto, etc... and then include the link in your message. 

A loud, purring thank you to Kiska and Mark.

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06:47
Apple shares new Campus 2 aerial shot of...

Apple today released an updated aerial shot of the construction progress of its Campus 2 project in Cupertino, California. The new shot was made available on the City of Cupertino’s official website and continues to show the steady progress including more groundwork made on the future headquarters.
The latest image shows a different angle of the scene and some signs of progress on the ground, and the general project schedule remains unchanged. Building construction is expected to run through the end of next year while earthwork on the site is expected to wrap up in the next few months.
Earlier this week, Apple CEO Tim Cook shared that 2,400 glass...

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06:21
Tim Cook Telegraph interview

A few highlights from yesterday’s Tim Cook Telegraph interview. Some good little nuggets there.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:41
Tim Cook says terrorism should not scare people into...


In the second half of The Telegraph’s interview with Tim Cook, Apple CEO Tim Cook has reaffirmed his position on privacy. Cook says that whilst currently consumers do not understand the ramifications of sharing their data with third-parties, “one day they will”.
Moreover, Cook openly objects to governments that say data sharing is required to combat crime and terrorism. There has been pressure for tech companies to offer back-doors into encryption mechanisms, but a clear implication of this interview is that Apple will strongly oppose this view. Cook describes privacy as a ‘basic human right’.
Cook...

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05:30
Designing for the Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel won the Academy Award for Best Production Design (an award that combines the categories of art direction and set decoration). In my opinion, no other movie even came close.To get a sense of the elements involved, take a read through this interview with the film’s lead graphic designer Annie Atkins, who was responsible for every graphic prop in the movie.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:24
Logic Pro X 10.1.1 - Music creation and audio...

Apple Logic Pro X is the most advanced version of Logic ever. Sophisticated new tools for professional songwriting, editing, and mixing are built around a modern interface that's designed to get creative results quickly and also deliver more power whenever it's needed. Logic Pro X includes a massive collection of instruments, effects, and loops, providing a complete toolkit to create amazing-sounding music.Version 10.1.1:

  • Pre-fader sends are no longer affected by VCA Faders
  • VoiceOver can once again access audio channels as well as the track header volume and pan controls
  • The Brush Tool no longer gets stuck in fixed pitch mode when selected after using the Pencil Tool
  • Resolves an issue that could cause the Download Manager to appear empty
  • Additional bug fixes and stability improvements
  • OS X 10.9 or later
  • 4GB RAM
  • 1280x768 display resolution or higher
  • 64-bit Audio Units plug-...

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05:00
Gadget Ogling: Scooting Around, Scratching Wood,...


Even for someone endlessly in awe of our ability to traverse continents in just a few hours, traveling is increasingly a chore. Anything I can add to trips to make them even a touch more enjoyable is nothing to sniff at. Coolpeds' briefcase e-scooter -- a suitcase with a built-in, motorized scooter -- may be just what I need to freshen up journeys. It's just as well there's a built-in transport system on this, given the suitcase alone weighs a whopping 17.4 pounds. It might be carry-on size, but it's far beyond typical carry-on luggage weight.

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Friday February 27

12:30
The Week in iOS Apps: Vine and YouTube launch apps...

Vine and YouTube launch apps for kidsThis week’s roundup includes two new video apps for children, plus a couple of new offerings more suited to adults. And if you’re somewhere in between, that’s OK! We’ve got stuff for you too.After DarkThe free After Dark app is, uh, for adults only, prepared to captalize on the whole “50 Shades of Grey” craze. “After Dark offers an adult reading experience curated for fans of romance and erotica, with thousands of free eBooks for all passions and persuasions.” Not the sort of thing we’d feature, but it’s getting lots of mainstream media notice. Us? We’re just downloading it … for a friend.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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18:13
Shuttle drivers at Apple, other Silicon Vally tech...

In the ongoing Silicon Valley shuttle bus saga, drivers serving five local tech firms, including Apple, voted on Friday to seek representation by the Teamsters union.

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17:54
Apple Death Knell #68: Apple’s Stock Will Collapse...

Apple's stock price will collapse to less than half its value, according to a research note from German investment bank Berenberg. AppleInsider reported analyst Adnaan Ahmad told the bank's clients that Apple is too reliant on the iPhone and will have to slash prices because la la la shut up you're not the boss of me.


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17:49
Accessory maker LunaTik teases water-resistant Epik...

 
Accessory maker LunaTik today teased a new protective product for the upcoming Apple Watch. Not many features of the Epik Apple Watch Kit have been revealed, but the case is said to provide a level of water resistance that should allow you to use it while swimming, showering, or engaging in many other water-related activities.
Of course, Tim Cook recently said that the Apple Watch will be showerproof, which means the device may already have a similar level of water resistance. All will be revealed when all of the watch’s details are revealed on March 9th. The Apple Watch will...

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17:21
Daily Deals for Februry 27, 2015

It’s time to save some of your hard-earned money with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive deals for AWT readers, hardware discounts and our own handpicked iOS and OS X sales. All prices are USD and subject to change. Please check prices before you purchase as some deals may expire quickly.

AWT’s Daily Deals

Simon 4.0 [OS X; On sale for $49.00, down from $99.00] AppleWorld.Today is pleased to offer an exclusive deal on Simon 4.0 by Dejal Systems. Simon is a robust site monitoring tool for OS X that checks servers for changes or failures and notifies you when a change is detected. The app sends a notification via email, sound, speech, Twitter, or a variety of other means.

The native Mac utility can be used to monitor both your own website and servers as well as external sites. You can use it to track...

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16:47
Apple's Tim Cook takes hardline stance against...

In an interview published on Friday, Apple CEO Tim Cook reaffirmed his commitment to customer data privacy, saying most consumers likely do not know how dire the situation is, but will be "very offended" when they find out.

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16:32
Last Chance: Pay What You Want for the Learn to...

This your last chance to pay what you want for the Learn to Design Bundle, a collection of tutorials that will teach you design skills. You'll also learn how to use Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, how to design flat, responsive websites, and more. If you pay the minimum, you get Creative Web Design Course and Responsive Web Design Course. But if you beat the average price ($8.62 as of this writing), you get six more courses. And 10 percent of your purchase price goes to Creative Commons. That's a sweet deal. Get it while you can before it expires.


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16:20
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

Actions for iPad [iPad; Now free, down from $1.99] Actions transforms your device in a smart and customizable controller for your Mac or PC, revolutionizing the axioms of computer interaction.

iOOTP Baseball 2014 Edition [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] Guide your favorite baseball team to glory! Out of the Park Baseball, the most realistic and best-selling baseball management game ever created.

Cradle...

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15:20
AWT News Update: February 27, 2015

This is NOT an Apple Watch...

The Apple World Today News Update podcast is now in the iTunes Store. Click here to subscribe, and be sure to give us a rating and share the address with friends. On today's podcast:

  • Tim Cook visited the Covent Garden Apple Store in London today, providing personal demos of the Apple Watch 
  • Google is planning a new headquarters just down the road from the Apple Campus 2 now under construction in Cupertino, California
  • Steve Sande and Backerjack.com's Ross Rubin discuss what could probably be the biggest competitor to the Apple Watch, the new Pebble Time
  • Apple is ranked the top online retailer in terms of fast delivery and efficiency in operations.

I'll be back Monday with even more stories about the world of Apple.

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14:43
VLC Media Player 2.2.0 - Popular multimedia player...

VLC Media Player is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, MP3, OGG, ...) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It can also be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network.Version 2.2.0:

  • VLC automatically detects rotated videos and rotates them using hardware acceleration (on compatible platforms)! This is supported for MP4/MOV, MKV and raw H264.
  • Resume playback where you left off. Supported on all the mobile versions of VLC for quite some time, it is now available on the desktop.
  • Vastly improved support for UltraHD video codecs like VP9 and H265, including encoding.
  • New hardware acceleration mechanism, GPU 0-copy decoding, faster and implementations for Linux, Android, and Raspberry Pi.
  • Extensions: supported since a long time, we now feature an in-app downloader for the desktop, like...

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14:00
MLB At Bat gets an update just in time for Spring...

Photo for Apple World Today © 2015, Steven Sande All rights reserved

Pitchers and catchers are already warming up in anticipation of the start of Major League Baseball Spring Training on Tuesday, March 3 2015, which means it's time for another spring tradition -- the update of the MLB At Bat app.

According to the release notes, MLB At Bat 8.0 includes these new features: 

 

  • New UI for all 30 team pages & the league-wide scoreboard (iPhone only)
  • Player search expanded to include all active and historical MLB player cards (iPhone only)
  • Re-designed UI for the newsreader (iPhone & iPad)
  • Team-by-team statistical data filters (iPhone only)
  • Native resolution to optimize At Bat for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus
  • Easy access to every game with new team schedule navigation (iPhone only)
  • Application...
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13:45
News: iLounge Weekly coming Monday, subscribe now

The latest edition of iLounge Weekly, our weekly newsletter covering all things iLounge, will be arriving in subscribers’ inboxes early next week. iLounge Weekly is a summary of the week’s best news, reviews, and feature articles we’ve published, and it also features giveaways and accessory discount offers from various companies. There’s still plenty of time to sign up and receive this week’s edition — just use the simple form…

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13:42
Rumor: iOS 8.2 could arrive next week with iOS 8.3...



iOS could be out the door as early as next week with iOS 8.3 not far behind it.
The rumor mill has it that iOS 8.2 could become available as soon as Monday. However, the report did qualify that “last minute problems” could delay the release until the following week.
A total of five betas of iOS 8.2 have been provided to developers, though the most recent one was a month ago.

Unsurprisingly, not far behind iOS 8.2 will be iOS 8.3, as Apple has already provided developers with two betas of that release even before 8.2 becomes public. Sources reportedly said that Apple plans to have “as many as four” beta versions of iOS 8.3 before it is released to the masses.
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13:30
What to Expect During Apple’s March 9 Media Event

Two of the best minds that follow Apple got together and worked out what we can expect to see during Apple's March 9 media event. Jeff Gamet and Kelly Guimont (with some inspiration from Chris Breen), take their best shot at predicting what else we might see besides a major Apple Watch palooza.


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13:20
Google's Dreamy New Campus Seen in Gigantic...

In April 2006, Apple's CEO Steve Jobs announced to the city council of Cupertino that Apple had acquired nine contiguous properties to build a second campus, the Apple Campus 2. The spaceship styled design has been written about for years and now there's a constant stream of drone overviews during its construction. On Wednesday we posted a report titled "Google Planning New Canopy-Like Mountain View Headquarters," but it lacked photos that were apparently buried in Cupertino's city hall. Today we present you with a series of gigantic concept drawings of the Google's newly proposed campus/headquarters ...

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13:15
Ask iLounge: How do I quickly erase all of the...

Q: Hi. I’m actively using my new iPhone 6 and want to delete everything from my old iPhone 5. How do I delete all of my contacts at once on the 5? A: There are actually two separate questions here, so it’s unclear exactly what you want to do, but let’s take a look at both scenarios. If you only want to delete the Contacts from your iPhone 5, while leaving everything else intact, the easiest way to do that is through iCloud. If you’re…

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11:30
The Apple Watch Mystery Won't Be Solved March 9


The fog shrouding the Apple Watch won't be lifted on March 9 when Apple is widely expected to tell us more about its forthcoming release. Apple's invite to its media event is characteristically coy, with its vague "Spring Forward," tease, which likely refers to the shift in daylight savings time -- and time itself. The Apple Watch event likely will fill in some knowledge gaps around functionality, as well as pricing, but the mystery is whether most of us new buyers suddenly will turn into watch wearers for longer than a few months.

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11:20
Religion Simulator (Games)

Religion Simulator 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:
Religion Simulator is a unique strategy game. It gives you an opportunity to build your own religion and decide about its structure and philosophy.The game consists of two elements: 1. THE GLOBE - You develop your religion on the globe, where you need to take over tiles by adding expansions, temples and other buildings. The more tiles belong to your religion, the more gold you receive and your religion becomes stronger. When making decisions you need to take into account various aspects like population, education and wealth. There are other religions on the globe and your goal is to dominate the world! You can also use various weapons like bombs and thunderstorms to destroy your opponents, but the most important strategy is to give the right directions for expansion.2...

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11:17
MLB At Bat app redesigned, updated with new features...

The MLB.com At Bat app for iPhone and iPad gets a big update today in time for Spring Training bringing Spanish language support, new features, and all the details on what content will be available. Most of the app has also been redesigned including all new UI’s for team pages, scoreboards, and the newsreader.
Also new in the app for version 8.0.0 and 2015:
• New UI for all 30 team pages & the league-wide scoreboard (iPhone only)
• Player search expanded to include all active and historical MLB player cards (iPhone only)
• Re-designed UI for the newsreader (iPhone & iPad)
• Team-by-team statistical data filters (iPhone only)
• Native resolution to optimize At Bat for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus
• Easy access to every game with new team schedule navigation (iPhone only)
• Application available in Spanish language, requires device language set to Spanish (iPhone & iPad)
As for Spring Training...

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11:14
Apple Reveals that Apple Watch will Open Car Doors...

Today we learned something new from Apple's CEO. Apple Watch is designed to be able to replace your car keys and the clumsy, large fobs that are now used by many vehicles. This could be a major development and will reinforce the view that Apple is circling the automotive market. The concept of an iOS device opening a car door...

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10:40
BlastBall MAX (Games)

BlastBall MAX 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:
BlastBall MAX is the ultimate challenge for puzzle fans, bringing you an ALL NEW puzzle mechanic. BlastBall does not feature timer based gameplay, constant random factors, Pay to Win features or tacked-on gameplay mechanics. Our game focusses on one thing: delivering pure puzzle gameplay. Boardgame roots!The BlastBall puzzle mechanic was co-created by abstract boardgame designer legend Kris Burm. He's known for boardgame classics like GIPF, DVONN, TSAAR, YINSH and ZERTZ, BlastBall aims to be the ULTIMATE puzzle experience. So put on your thinking cap, and give it a try.BlastBall MAX features:- An amazing and ALL NEW puzzle mechanic- 90 missions that’ll help you conquer its deep gameplay- Universal iPad & iPhone support- iPad Retina & full resolution iPhone 6 and iPhone 6...

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10:32
Wordaux is new data mining app for Mac OS X

Mac-Chi has released Wordaux 1.0 (http://www.wordaux.com), a data extraction tool for Mac OS X with integrated one-click user actions.
The app recognizes selected text, Clipboard, files, and webpages as data sources. From these sources it extracts seven data types for names, email addresses, phone numbers, postal addresses, urls, dates, and a user supplied custom regex. Designed to empower Mac users to leverage data as they encounter it, Wordaux can be used by sales executives, students doing research, or just the generally curious.
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10:18
Review: Mobile Home Siri remote

Although Beanco Technology's Mobile Home ($79) has been out for a little while now, we still thought it was worth a look, considering that Apple's CarPlay may take longer than anticipated to show up in new vehicles. Mobile Home is a Siri remote designed for use in the car — when connected, its large button acts as a Siri button, so users don't have to actually press the Home Button on an iPhone to activate Siri. The remote allows users to operate Siri through an already existing Bluetooth system compatible with Siri; there's no microphone, speaker, or any other features on Mobile Home.{/exp:char_limit}

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10:09
Rumor: iOS 8.2 release is imminent from Apple, iOS 8...

iOS 8.2 could be released to the public as soon as next week, while the release of iOS 8.3 may not be far behind, setting the stage for the launch of the Apple Watch in April, according to a new report.

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10:09
TMO Daily Observations 2015-02-27: Apple Watch Media...

Not everyone has the same expectations for Apple's March 9 media event. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to duke it out over what announcements we may get along with more Apple Watch news on the 9th, including John's prediction for a gold Retina Display MacBook Air.


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10:05
Apple Files for New "Quickboard" Trademark...

Today the Trademark Offices in both Europe and China have published Apple's new trademark filing for "Quickboard." Did Apple acquire ...

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10:05
Review: Sengled’s Pulse system combines LED lights...


Sengled’s Pulse LED light system is definitely a product I never thought would be a thing. The Pulse series is a system of LED lights with built-in speakers. Yes, you read that correctly. It’s something I never thought would need to exist. That being said, because it was so unique I figured it would be worth checking out and to my surprise, it’s actually pretty cool…

The Pulse system comes as a starter kit which includes a master bulb and a satellite bulb. This alone will allow you to have a stereo speaker system, but you can connect up to seven satellite bulbs (purchased separately) to one master bulb. The bulbs will fit most anywhere with...

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04:00
You Should Play: Alto's Adventure finds...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.
Trying to round up runaway llamas while evading crazed mountain elders sounds like a tremendously frantic and probably frustrating experience, yet playing Alto’s Adventure feels totally Zen.

Alto’s Adventure is like a much more relaxing version of the Great Llama Chase of 2015.To read this article in full or to leave a comment,...

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08:33
Apple Watch will start your car one day, Tim Cook...

While we count down the days until the Apple Watch is (presumably) revealed at Apple’s “Spring forward” event March 9, more details about the much-anticipated wearable continue to dribble out. For instance, the smartwatch was designed to be able to replace your car keys—though it’s unlikely that functionality will be turned on at launch.
Apple CEO Tim Cook told The Telegraph that when it ships, Apple Watch will let you filter messages, give you credits for meeting exercise goals, and accompany you in the shower. Cook also said the battery life will last all day and will take less time to charge than the iPhone using the new MagSafe-style wireless inductive charger. It’s unclear exactly how long the battery...

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09:39
Vesper note-taking app adds first iPad version,...



Q Branch is out with a big update to Vesper, the alternative note-taking app for iOS.
Vesper 2.005 adds landscape support to the app for iPhone so you can now browse, manage, and create notes outside of portrait orientation.
The 2.005 update also includes Vesper for iPad, the first time the note-taking app has been available with a version optimized for the tablet. Vesper for iPad features the same support for landscape use as the iPhone, and Q Branch’s syncing feature keeps notes between both apps up-to-date.
Vesper, which...

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09:28
VLC for iOS back on the App Store, OS X app updated...

VideoLAN has today launched several updates to VLC across its apps on iOS, Android, OS X, and every other platform where the app is available, marking the first time that the company has pushed such a massive coordinated release and the re-release of the iOS app. The new versions (with the main app numbered 2.2.0), include several features across the various platforms, and VLC says it took more than a year of volunteer work to put them together…

Among many others, one of the headlining features in this version is that VLC now automatically detects vertical videos and rotates them accordingly on some platforms. The new version includes other new features like the ability to resume video playback from where it left off on the desktop, much improved support for UltraHD video codecs, new hardware acceleration on some platforms...

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09:27
Leonard Nimoy, Spock of ‘Star Trek,’ dies at 83

New York Times:Leonard Nimoy, the sonorous, gaunt-faced actor who won a worshipful global following as Mr. Spock, the resolutely logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the television and movie juggernaut “Star Trek,” died on Friday morning at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. He was 83. His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed his death, saying the cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.He was a wonderful actor in many roles but will obviously always be known for the iconic Spock. A very sad loss.∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:23
iOS 8.2 Could See Public Release Next Week, Two More...

Apple may be planning to release iOS 8.2 to the public as early as next Monday, reports BGR. iOS 8.2 has been in testing since November and notably contains support for the Apple Watch. The March release date has been rumored for several weeks now, but earlier information pointed towards a launch a bit later in the month, possibly during the second week of March. A Monday, March 2 release date for iOS 8.2 would mean the software would be released to consumers a full week ahead of Apple's scheduled March 9 "Spring Forward" media event, where the company is expected to divulge additional details on the Apple Watch. BGR is fairly accurate when it comes to iOS release date predictions. The site correctly determined several iOS 7...

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09:14
CyClip is an Apple Watch bike handlebar mount...

An upcoming product called CyClip will act as a bicycle handlebar mount for the Apple Watch. Currently in development by a company called Var out of Michigan, the team plans to launch the product shortly after Apple launches the Apple Watch in April.
CyClip provides a simple and elegant solution to a simple problem. Just install and then click in your watch module. Taking it off is also easy, just push in the release mechanism and then remove the watch… We use all metal die-cast parts that meet the demand of the road. The adapter secures to your handlebar using hardware compatible with standard bike tools.
The company shared a few features for CyClip not shown on its website including the ability to mount a battery pack for charging on-the-go. It will also have “an adapter...

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09:00
Next on Modern Workplace—cybersecurity

The number of detected cyberattacks in 2014 almost doubled from the year before, leaving many organizations with significant financial losses and elevating cybersecurity from a server room issue to a boardroom issue. With ever-evolving cyber threats, businesses need to know how to develop strategies to address their vulnerabilities and keep their data accessible, yet safe, in today’s digital world.
Register now to watch Modern Workplace live on March 3rd and hear directly from cybersecurity experts about what you can do to protect your organization from a hacker’s touch. Plus, find out how the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit is using Office 365 tools in their work with global law enforcement agencies to monitor, analyze and fight cybercrime.

Cybersecurity: How Safe are You?
March 3rd | 8:00 a.m. PST / 4:00 p.m. GMT...

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09:00
Office Mix, e-Learning and SCORM

Office Mix was originally created to help educators implement new teaching methods, using the simplicity of PowerPoint. Today, we’re proud to announce that Office Mix brings the same benefits to the professional e-Learning community, with support for SCORM (Sharable Content Object Reference Model), the industry standard for packaging of digital learning content.
Superpowers for PowerPoint
Office Mix enables you to create interactive online videos using PowerPoint. With Office Mix, you can use PowerPoint to record audio or video using a webcam and microphone, and add digital ink to your slides. You can also embed assessments, polls, interactive simulations and online videos to your mix to increase engagement and assess comprehension by your audience.
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09:00
9to5Toys Last Call: iPhone 6/Plus Gift Card w/...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.
Today’s can’t miss deals:
Last Call Updates:

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09:00
Tim Cook reveals Apple Watch may replace key fobs,...

Ahead of the expected Apple Watch announcement next month, Apple CEO Tim Cook talked to the Telegraph's Allister Heath about the Watch and how it will change people's lives once it is launched. 

"This will be just like the iPhone: people wanted it and bought for a particular reason, perhaps for browsing, but then found out that they loved it for all sorts of other reasons."

Cook expects the Watch to kick off an explosion of innovation as developers and other companies develop novel ways of using the wrist-worn device. 

There will be lots of other potentially revolutionary uses. The watch is designed to be able to replace car keys and the clumsy, large fobs that are now used by many vehicles, Cook told The Telegraph. 

Besides car integration, the Watch also will reward exercise via a credit system and filter messages, bringing...

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08:46
12 of the most famous songs no one’s ever heard

Mic:Some of the most mythic songs in history have never before been heard. Music has long played an integral role in literature and myth — forms that imperfectly captured the sounds described. What follows is a list of some of the most compelling songs that no living being has ever heard. These are songs that, without any music, testify to the true power of the art formWhen I first read the headline, I thought it was poorly written but upon reading the story I realized they were right – there are many famous “songs” we’ve never actually heard.∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:28
Google Maps for iOS adds POI quick facts, upcoming...


Google is packing even more useful information into the latest version of its Maps app for iOS. Google Maps 4.3.0 for iPhone and iPad adds several contextual data points to locations like nearby businesses for address searches, quick facts for notable locations, and even event information for select venues.As you can see with the Empire State Building search, Google Maps will include information from sources like Wikipedia prominently within search results for popular locations. While a short summary is presented, a link to Wikipedia will open the full...

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08:20
Ericsson Sues Apple after Failing to Reach Patent...

Ericsson has decided to give up on its efforts to renew patent licensing agreements over technology used in the iPhone and iPad and instead is taking its case to federal court. The two companies had been negotiating terms to renew a 2008 licensing agreement that expired last month, but so far haven't been able to find terms agreeable to both.

The Mac Observer Spin: Like I've said before, even when companies try to negotiate patent licensing terms they just can't seem to stay out of court.


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08:18
Tim Cook says Apple Watch will replace electronic...

Apple is already attempting to eliminate the need for consumers to carry a wallet and may soon extend its assault to the second pat of the venerable three-pat technique, as Apple chief executive Tim Cook said this week that the company designed its forthcoming Apple Watch to replace electronic car keys and fobs.

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08:15
iWork for iCloud out of beta, now available to all...



What a difference a name change makes.
Well, that and taking something out of its beta cycle.
Apple removed the “beta” tag to its online suite of iWork apps on Thursday. The move means that anyone with an iCloud account can use Pages, Numbers, and Keynote on their browser.

The service entered beta in 2014, and required iCloud users to sign up for it. On Thursday, however, all visitors to iCloud.com were greeted with the message that, “Now anyone can use Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for iCloud.”
iCloud is a free service from Apple, and that includes the iWork for iCloud suite.
If you’ve had a chance to play with the software and have any feedback to offer,...

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08:14
Sound Studio 4.7.8 - Robust audio recording and...

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

  • Expansive compatibility. Record your work as an MP3 or AAC M4A file. Edit and export audio in several formats including AIFF and WAV.
  • Creative effects. Layer several effects like delay, reverb, chorus, or flanger filters, then tweak levels or EQ settings.
  • Multi-track support. Record live audio alongside multiple tracks of studio-added sounds.

Version 4.7.8:

  • Bug fixes related to playing audio, including looping, fast-forward, and rewind functions.
  • Also fixed some minor UI glitches.
  • OS X 10.6.6 or later...

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08:14
Court Filing Details First of Two Ericsson Patent...

Earlier today we posted a report tilted "Ericcson Attacks Apple with a Second Patent Infringement Lawsuit," which covered the background of the recent legal battle between Ericsson and Apple that began in January. The second attack on Apple was officially launched yesterday according to the time-stamp on the documents filed with the court in Texas.

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08:05
iOS hits 73% of enterprise market share in Q4 2014...



It never hurts to have decent market share in the enterprise space.
And that’s what Apple appears to be doing.
iOS gained another 4 percentage points, growing to 73 percent of global device activations in Q4 2014. Android device activations, meanwhile, dropped the same amount to 25 percent of total activations last quarter.
The latest findings come from Good Technology‘s Mobility Index Report. Windows Phone activations remain consistent with the seven previous quarters: flat at 1 percent. Since BlackBerry devices use BlackBerry Enterprise Server for corporate email access, Good Technology does not have insight into BlackBerry handset activations.

In Q3 2014, Apple...

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08:00
A first look at Avatron Software's Air Display...

Avatron Software's Air Display iOS app has been around since 2010, providing a way for Mac and PC users to use an iPhone or iPad as a second screen over a Wi-Fi connection. That method of connection was fine... although there was a bit of lag due to network latency and the connection sometimes outright failed. In January of 2015, a competitor -- Duet Display (US$7.99) --  hit the scene, and immediately captured the minds and wallets of a lot of users simply because it used a fast Lightning connection rather than Wi-Fi, allowing instantaneous updates with no lag. Avatron has wasted no time bringing Air Display up to snuff with Air Display 3.0 (US$14.99), which also bakes in features formerly found in the company's Air Stylus app.

To work properly with a Mac (Air Display 3...

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07:56
Apple's March 9 'Spring Forward'...

Whether intentionally timed or just a matter of coincidence, Apple's just-announced March 9 event is likely to overshadow the Mobile World Congress mega-conference in Barcelona, which will take place the preceding week.

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07:50
News: Daily Deal: Enter to win a 50” LG TV + Soundbar

Today in iLounge Deals you can enter our The 50” LG TV + Sound Bar Giveaway. One lucky winner will receive an LG 50LB5900 50-Inch 1080p 120Hz LED TV with an LG Soundbar System . Enter by signing up for iLounge Deals via either Facebook or e-mail at the link below; the winner will be selected on March 25, 2015. Good luck!

Enter The 50” LG TV + Sound Bar Giveaway Now...

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07:45
News: Cook: Apple Watch ‘designed to be able to...

In a stop in London during his European tour, Apple CEO Tim Cook made some more interesting comments on the Apple Watch, The Telegraph reports. Touting the revolutionary features of Apple’s upcoming wearable device, Cook highlighted Apple Pay and the fitness aspects, but also described other “potentially revolutionary uses,” notably saying that the Apple Watch “is designed to be able to replace car keys and the clumsy, large…

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07:30
Vogue Paris profiles the Apple Watch, calling it a...

Apple is beginning to court the fashion world with a two-page spread in the French edition of Vogue magazine, Vogue Paris. Spotted by French site Mac4Ever and PomPomComedy (Via AppleInsider), the article profiles the Watch, calling it "a small revolution."

Apple's Watch also recently graced the cover of women's lifestyle magazine Self, and reportedly is slated for a 12-page advertisement push in the March issue of Vogue US.

Our take on the news:

Apple...

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07:23
Swiss watchmakers debut first luxury smartwatches...



Apple Watch is launching in April, and Apple just scheduled a March 9th press event where it is expected to give it a proper introduction, but between those two dates Swiss watchmakers will finally unveil their own smartwatches that will likely compete with Apple’s high-end Apple Watch collection.
The first two...

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07:23
Apple Watch Edition again showcased by Vogue, this...


Apple is set to give the Apple Watch one more big event on March 9th before its debut in April, but the fashion world’s go to magazine Vogue is continuing to prominently feature the Watch before it goes on sale to the public. French site Mac4ever first shared photos from the Paris edition of Vogue magazine featuring two shots of the 18k gold Apple Watch Edition being modeled in black and white photos....

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07:17
Tim Cook in London to Talk Apple Watch and Visit...

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Friday made an unannounced visit to the iconic Apple Store in Covent Garden, a popular shopping and tourist location in London, according to The Telegraph. The chief executive also sat down for an interview with the British publication to discuss the Apple Watch, providing a few more interesting details about the device ahead of Apple's highly-anticipated "Spring Forward" media event on March 9. Cook claimed that the Apple Watch will have several features that go beyond timekeeping and health and fitness, such as the ability to replace large car key fobs that come with most current vehicles. "This will be just like the iPhone: people wanted it and bought for a particular reason...

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07:15
Tim Cook: Apple Watch will replace car keyfobs,...

In an interview with the UK’s Telegraph newspaper, Tim Cook said that while people might see limited reasons to want an Apple Watch today, they will soon find lots of other uses for it. The interview took place during a London stop in Cook’s international tour.

This will be just like the iPhone: people wanted it and bought for a particular reason, perhaps for browsing, but then found out that they loved it for all sorts of other reasons.

One of those reasons, he said, would be to replace your car keyfob … ...

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07:05
Apple to live stream its March 9th special event

After sending out invitations to its March 9th "Spring Forward" event, Apple updated its Events web page with details about the live stream of the event. Apple will be streaming the entire presentation starting at 10AM PDT on March 9th. Similar to previous events, the stream will require you to watch via Apple TV or Safari for the Mac or iOS.

Our take on the news:

Apple is expected to announce the final launch details for the Watch, so this will be an event you shouldn't miss. We will watching (no pun intended) and blogging the event, so join us for real-time news and commentary.

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07:01
Analyst: Apple Watch Edition to Cost $950

Citigroup analyst Jim Suva weighed in with his expectations for Apple Watch pricing following the news that Apple is hosting a media event on March 9. Apple already announced pricing will start at US$349-presumably for the Apple Watch Sport-and he thinks Apple Watch will cost $550 while the Apple Watch Edition will be priced at $950. He's also pegging April 16 as the smartwatch's official release date.

The Mac Observer Spin: Mr. Suva's $950 price point for the gold Apple Watch Edition is surprisingly low compared to the general consensus that it won't start below $5,000 and could cost more than $10,000. We'll have to wait until Apple's March 9 media event where Apple Watch pricing is expected to be announced to see how close he really is.


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06:46
Vogue Paris calls the Apple Watch 'a small...

Apple's marketing blitzkrieg for the upcoming Apple Watch has made it to the pages of Vogue Paris, with the latest edition of fashion's holy scripture blessing the new device with a two-page spread that calls the Watch "a small revolution" ready to impress.

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06:43
RealVNC releases Mac compatible VNC product

RealVNC (www.realvnc.com) has released its flagship VNC product for the Raspberry Pi, enabling users to connect to their Pi from any Mac, Windows, or Linux computer.
Once VNC has been downloaded to the Pi users can apply a free license or, for an enhanced set of features, a personal or enterprise license. Raspberry Pi users will also be able to connect to their Pi from an iPad, iPhone, Android or Chrome device by downloading RealVNC’s free VNC Viewer app, which is available in the Apple App Store, Google Play or the Chrome web store.
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06:39
Tim Cook’s latest stop in whirlwind international...

Tim Cook’s international tour continues. After visiting BILDChancellor Angela Merkel and an Apple Store in Germany, and President Reuven Rivlin in Israel, he was photographed today in the Apple Store in London’s Covent Garden.
Business Insider pulled together a few tweets in which Cook gave Apple Watch demos to surprised customers, and posed for selfies...

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06:17
All-Apple Modern Family episode on line now

I watched this all-Apple episode of Modern Family with low expectations. I loved it. So very well done.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:08
Apple ranked first as fastest and most most...

Apple Insider:In its first ever quarterly study, customer service analytics firm StellaService ranked Apple as the fastest and most most efficient online retailer in terms of shipments for the fourth quarter of 2014, taking an average of 2.5 days to send out orders.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:05
ABC News now available on Apple TV in Europe &...

ABC News, which was added to Apple TV in the U.S. last year as a dedicated channel, has now made it across the Atlantic to Europe and Scandinavia, reports iFun. The channel offers both live and recorded shows, including local news broadcasts from a number of US cities, handy for expat residents and anyone interested in an American take on the news.
ABC first made it to Apple TV in 2013 with a Watch ABC channel, but it required a cable subscription to view it. ABC News is free to view. The company...

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06:04
Tim Cook to give commencement address to George...

Read the announcement but, more importantly, be sure to watch the video showing the invitation process. It is well worth it.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:00
Apple introduces free, web-only version of iWork for...

Apple launched a web-only version of iWork that allows anyone to use Pages, Numbers and Keynote as long as they have an Apple ID. This access is free and does not require the user to have an Apple device.

“Web-only access is a free level of iCloud service that’s available to anyone, including people who don’t own or use Apple devices. It includes access to Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for iCloud and 1 GB of free storage for any documents you create.”

— Apple

Our take on the news:

Kelly:

Brillant move by Apple to increase usage of iWork for iCloud by opening it to people who may not have an iPhone, iPad or Mac. I will recommend it to my friends and family as a free alternative to Microsoft Office.

Dave:

Also, this will introduce a lot of people who previously didn't have Apple IDs to iCloud and the company's ecosystem in general. A good move...

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05:55
QuickTime & Yosemite: Recording Your iPhone or...

Did you know that you can use your Mac to record a video of your iOS device's screen, making it easy to show an inexperienced user how to access an app or change a setting? That's the subject of today's Quick Tip, and we think it's a pretty darned cool feature of Yosemite. We're happy to do anything we can to make you seem more like a wizard to your friends and family!


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05:48
Firehouse Subs rolls out Apple Pay at 800 US...

Firehouse is at 800 locations and growing rapidly. A nice win for Apple Pay.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:44
∞ The lawsuits keep on coming

SmartFlash LLC follows their recent court victory with a follow-on lawsuit to include more recent devices. And Ericsson AB announced their own lawsuit against Apple, a bit of hardball following a failed licensing deal.

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05:43
Not content with $500M verdict, patent troll...

After Smartflash successfully convinced a court that Apple devices infringed three of its patents relating to downloading and storing content, winning a $532.9M award for its trouble, the company is coming back for more–despite the fact that Apple is appealing the original award.
Smartflash filed its original case before the iPhone 6/Plus and iPad Air 2 were launched, so the company now wants extra cash for these, reports Reuters.

“Smartflash filed the complaint to address products that came out too far into the last proceedings to have been included,” Smartflash’s attorney, Brad Caldwell, told Reuters on Thursday.

The company reached settlements with a number of game developers, and has also filed lawsuits against Samsung, Google and Amazon.
Smartflash is the very...

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05:37
Apple is definitely working on a Top Secret VR...

Apple was granted a patent earlier this month relating to video glasses and Apple is known to have other patents on this project or record as well (one, two and three). In December, shortly after Apple acquired Israeli company PrimeSense we posted a report titled "Take a Peek at a Few Key PrimeSense Patents that Apple Gained." One of their patents on record was for a video headset ...

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05:31
AppleInsider podcast discusses Apple's March 9...

The latest AppleInsider podcast is now available to download and subscribe in iTunes or SoundCloud, with detailed analysis of this week's news, including Apple's invitations to a March 9 media event, the FCC voting to enforce net neutrality, Pebble funding its new smartwatch using Kickstarter (again), Google buying Softcard, and more.

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05:12
Ericsson files patent infringement lawsuit against...

Ericsson today announced that it is suing Apple for patent infringement after the Cupertino company refused Ericsson's licensing terms. Apple previoulsy paid royalties to Ercisson until its license agreement expired in January. Attempt to re-negotiation the agreement failed, triggering the patent infringement lawsuit.

““We have offered them a license; they have a turned it down,” said Kasim Alfalahi, Ericsson’s chief intellectual property officer. “We’re not a company that’s planning to extract more than the value we put on the table.””

— Kasim Alfalahi, Ericsson

According to Bloomberg, Ericsson is filing seven new lawsuits that span 41 patents. The company also is asking the U.S. International Trade...

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05:09
Building AWT: Talking head videos

Steve Sande, Kelly Hodgkins and I are building AWT into what it will be. There have been decisions to make and ideas to test. In this series, we'll provide an honest, behind-the-scenes look at the construction of what we know will be a vibrant community.

Last week I wrote about my desire to make gameplay videos to accompany game app reviews. This time I'll look at the "talking head" videos I've shot, for lack of a better term. Actually, I've only shot one, for reasons I'll soon explain. But first, a bit of Ira Glass.

The gap

I admire Ira Glass tremendously. He's an American Public Radio personality and, among other things, the producer of the fantastic...

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05:00
DeepMind AI Exterminates Space Invaders, Pac-Man


Researchers at Google's DeepMind subsidiary in England have developed an artificial agent they call a "deep Q-network" that learned to play 49 classic Atari 2600 arcade games by just diving in. The DQN algorithm performed at more than 75 percent of the level of a professional player in more than half the games, and came up with far-sighted strategies that let it achieve the maximum attainable scores in certain games, such as Breakout. IT outperformed previous machine learning methods in 43 of the games.

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04:52
Apple Faces Ericsson Lawsuit After Refusing...

Apple faces further legal action from Ericsson this week after refusing to accept a licensing deal for its patented LTE technologies, according to The Wall Street Journal. The Swedish networking company on Friday said it is suing Apple for infringing 41 wireless-related patents that it believes are critical to the functionality of products such as the iPhone and iPad.“By refusing Ericsson’s fair and reasonable licensing offer for patented technology used in Apple smartphones and tablets, Apple harms the entire market and reduces the incentive to share innovation,” the company said in a statement.Ericsson has filed two complaints with the U.S. International Trade Commission in an effort to secure an exclusion order against Apple, which could block the iPhone, iPad and other products involved from being sold in the United States. The company has also filed seven complaints with...

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04:36
Kool Tools: Records for Mac

Push Popcorn's (http://pushpopcorn.com) Records 1.0 for Mac OS X is a personal database tool built around a WYSIWYG [what you see is what you get] Visual Editor. No prior database knowledge is required and you don't have to write a single line of code.
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04:31
U.S. says absurd Chinese rules on selling technology...

The U.S. government has accused China of violating trade agreements by imposing “intrusive” and “protectionist” rules that would prevent companies like Apple selling technology to Chinese banks.
The regulations, announced by China last month, would have required Western companies to turn over source code for products sold to banks, supposedly to permit security checks to be made–a demand to which Apple and other tech companies could never agree.
The WSJ reports that U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said today that the rules were unacceptable.

“China’s new regulations on the use of information and communications technology in the banking industry go directly against a series of China’s bilateral and multilateral trade commitments. For example, the rules would require technology...

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04:19
QuartzCode 1.2 for OS X adds unified timeline panel...

Wan Ahmad Lutfi has released QuartzCode 1.2, an update to his code generation tool for Mac OS X.
It's a lightweight animation tool that turns vector drawing and animation into Objective C and Swift code, bridging the gap between developer, designer and animator. Version 1.2 introduces a new unified timeline panel, which now show animations from all layers, instead of only one layer.
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04:19
Ericcson Attacks Apple with a Second Patent...

We first posted a report in January titled "No Agreement between Apple and Ericsson Leads to Lawsuits." We followed up on that report with another two days later titled "Details of Ericsson's Patent Infringement Lawsuit against Apple Surface." We reported that U.S. based Ericsson Inc. and Sweden's Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (together, "Ericsson") had sued Apple over their refusal to license their patent portfolio ...

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04:06
Ericsson asks ITC to block iPhones from U.S. market...

Ericsson, an early pioneer in cellphone technology, has upped the ante in a patent dispute with Apple by asking the U.S. International Trade Commission to block the import of iPhones into the country.
Ericsson owns patents to a number of fundamental technologies used in all cellphones, including LTE, and Apple had been paying royalties for these up until mid-January when the license fell due for renewal, reports Bloomberg … 
Apple had been paying royalties to Stockholm-based Ericsson before a license expired in mid-January. When talks over renewal failed, the companies sued each other, seeking court rulings on whether Ericsson’s royalty...

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04:05
Worldwide datacenter install base sees minimal growth

Data from 451 Research reveals that the worldwide datacenter install base grew at +0.2% Y/Y [year-over-year] in Q4 2014 to 4.3 million datacenters and IT sites. The weak demand for new facilities was primarily driven by a decline in traditional enterprise demand, particularly in mature markets, according to the research group.
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04:05
Worldwide datacenter install base sees minimal growth

Data from 451 Research reveals that the worldwide datacenter install base grew at +0.2% Y/Y [year-over-year] in Q4 2014 to 4.3 million datacenters and IT sites. The weak demand for new facilities was primarily driven by a decline in traditional enterprise demand, particularly in mature markets, according to the research group.
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03:55
Why Pebble Time, not Android Wear, is Apple Watch...

If you had told me last December that in the first part of 2015, a smartwatch would make headlines across the world, shatter sales records, and create a constant stream of refreshes, hashtags and bad puns, I would have naturally assumed you were talking about Apple Watch. For the past five months we’ve been anxiously awaiting the “early 2015” debut of Apple’s first wearable, an entry so important it’s basically put its Android Wear competitors on ice as buyers wait to see what Apple Watch can really do.
But while we need to wait at least another 30 days (well, maybe less) to strap one on our wrists, Pebble—humble Pebble—went ahead and one-upped Apple, LG, and anyone else planning to show off a new smartwatch at...

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01:30
Ericsson unloads legal barrage against Apple in...

Mobile systems heavyweight Ericsson plans to escalate its patent licensing case against Apple with a salvo of federal lawsuits and U.S. International Trade Commission complaints, requesting both damages and injunctions against the Cupertino company's devices.

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Thursday February 26

23:21
Social discovery app Vurb keeps your favorite apps...

It’s Friday night—time for you and your buddies to hammer out your plans for the evening. You know the drill: you start with a group text, then you launch Yelp to find a restaurant or bar nearby. Oh, there will be eight of you? Better make a reservation; switch to Open Table. Joe suggests you catch a movie first, so now you launch Fandango. And the app-switching cycle continues until your plan is finalized. 

Vurb offers what Lo refers to as “contextual search,” which pairs your search with relevent apps and services for you to connect with. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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22:37
Former Apple retail chief joins online retailer...

Former Apple retail chief Ron Johnson is getting back into the fashion game. The man who helped shape the Cupertino company’s retail arm made the jump to become CEO of JCPenny after exiting Apple in 2011, but was eventually removed from his position there as well.
The undeterred Johnson announced today that he would be leading a $16 million round of funding in online women’s retailer Nasty Gal. Johnson has also been appointed to the retailer’s board of directors. Nasty Gal is currently in the process of...

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22:01
Former Apple exec Ron Johnson appointed to board of...

Former Apple executive Ron Johnson, who cultivated the highly successful Apple Store retail initiative, is leading a $16 million investment round for online retailer Nasty Gal, marking his return to the fashion industry.

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20:59
VueScan 9.5.03 - Scanner software with advanced...

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

  • Easy to use - just run VueScan, press Preview, adjust the cropping, then press Scan.
  • Accurate colors - uses ICC profiles and IT8 calibration.
  • Powerful - dozens of advanced options.
  • Faster workflow - can edit one image while the next image is being scanned (most scanner software won't let you work with one image while another is being scanned).
  • Simple to install - installing VueScan changes nothing on your system, installs nothing in your operating system and all other scanner software will continue to function.
  • Award winning - 2002 "Best Utility", Mac Addict Magazine.
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20:59
LibreOffice 4.4.1.2 - Free, open-source office suite...

LibreOffice is an office suite (word processor, spreadsheet, presentations, drawing tool) compatible with other major office suites. The Document Foundation is coordinating development and maintenance of this OpenOffice.org fork. Many different language versions are available here.Version 4.4.1.2: Writer

  • Master Document Templates
  • Shapes can have a TextBox
  • Improvements to Track Changes
  • Style dropdown
  • Line numbering easier to apply for headers and footers
  • Status bar improvements
  • Toolbar improvements
  • Navigator bookmarks
  • AutoCorrect improvements

Calc

  • Statistics Wizard (alternative to Excel's Add-in "Analysis ToolPak")
  • Direct conversion of formulas into static values
  • Formula engine
  • Toolbar improvements
  • Sheet context menu

Impress...

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18:03
Apple looking for hardware and software engineers to...

A handful of recent Apple corporate job postings suggest the company is experimenting with virtual and augmented reality hardware and software, an area of intense interest some believe will be the next tech battleground.

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09:31
Spring forward: Apple will take the wraps off Apple...

Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 8. The following day, Apple is inviting us to “spring forward” at a “special event” in San Francisco. Hmm…could Apple be showing off a device that has something to do with setting the clock? Macworld will be in the audience to bring you the details at 10 a.m. Pacific.
As is standard for Apple, the invite gave no details other than time, date, and location (Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, a larger venue than Town Hall in Cupertino, where Apple held its last event). But given the tag line and the timing, it’s a given that the company is finally launching Apple Watch after months of build-up....

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15:30
The Week in iPhone Cases: Bring out the battery...

Bring out the battery cases!This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases brings you new battery cases from Otterbox, Unu, and BuQu, plus some interesting multi-purpose cases and a way to mount your iPhone in the car—without an actual mount!BuQuThe PowerArmour (iPhone 6; $80) sports a lightweight, unibody design that makes installation and removal a snap—a big plus for a battery case. Its design remains protective enough that it will prevent damage against bumps and falls.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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17:30
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

Business Card Reader Plus : scan, OCR contact information from visiting cards and save in contacts [iPhone; On sale for $0.99, down from $9.99] ABBYY BCR is a powerful multi-function contact data management application which provides easy access to your contact details. Seamlessly capturing contact information from business cards in 21 languages.

Alertic - Weather Alerts [iPhone; Now free, down from $0.99] Get all the weather alerts into your notifications centre in advance.

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17:00
Daily Deals for February 26, 2015

It’s time to save some of your hard-earned money with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive deals for AWT readers, hardware discounts and our own handpicked iOS and OS X sales. All prices are USD and subject to change. Please check prices before you purchase as some deals may expire quickly.

AWT’s Daily Deals

Simon 4.0 [OS X; On sale for $49.00, down from $99.00] AppleWorld.Today is pleased to offer an exclusive deal on Simon 4.0 by Dejal Systems. Simon is a robust site monitoring tool for OS X that checks servers for changes or failures and notifies you when a change is detected. The app sends a notification via email, sound, speech, Twitter, or a variety of other means.

The native Mac utility can be used to monitor both your own website and servers as well as external sites. You can use it to track...

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16:41
Apple reaches all-time high in mobile profits;...

That growth was led by Apple and its blockbuster iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which captured the overwhelming majority of the industry’s profit. Android, meanwhile, was relegated to a record-low of 11 percent global smartphone profit share during the quarter.Apple had 89 percent and Android took 11 percent. It’s hard to argue with numbers like that.∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:25
Apple takes top spot in online order fulfillment in...

In its first ever quarterly study, customer service analytics firm StellaService ranked Apple as the fastest and most most efficient online retailer in terms of shipments for the fourth quarter of 2014, taking an average of 2.5 days to send out orders.

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16:16
Apple launches Web-only access to iCloud

Web-only access is a free level of iCloud service that’s available to anyone, including people who don’t own or use Apple devices. It includes access to Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for iCloud and 1 GB of free storage for any documents you create.This is such a great idea.∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:00
Rocket Joust (Games)

Rocket Joust 1.0.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes)

Description:
Battle your friends for aerial supremacy in Rocket Joust! Jump in with up to 4 human or AI competitors on the one device, in a wild contest to knock each other from the sky. Play across multiple levels and modes, using a host of quirky characters, and show your friends who the best jouster is!FEATURES+ Fun and addictive multiplayer rocket-jousting!+ Simple one-button gameplay supporting up to 4 players on a single device+ Three fun modes: Free For All, Team Joust, and King Mode+ Five uniquely awesome characters+ Whacky ragdoll physics+ Multiple levels to joust in+ Crazy powerups shake up the competition+ Optional CPU players to join the battle when you need them+ Game Center achievements to unlockWelcome to your new multiplayer addiction. It's time for some Rocket Joust!...

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15:41
Apple hiring hardware engineers to work on display...

We discovered late last year that Apple was hiring software engineers with experience in virtual reality gaming and user interfaces, but new job listings this week point to Apple’s interest in the development of hardware for virtual reality.
Apple is seeking a Senior Display Systems Engineer for “display systems design and development related to VR environments.” More specifically, Apple is looking for someone experienced in monitor and projection technologies to help it with “extremely high fidelity VR environments.” From the job listing:
-Specify and test novel display systems for virtual environments.
-Work with vendors to develop custom display solutions....

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15:36
Apple Opens iWork Web-only Access to All

Everyone, even those who don’t own an Apple device, can now get free access to the Web version of Apple’s iWork apps — Pages, Numbers, and Keynote — along with 1 GB of iCloud storage. 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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14:36
Smartflash Hits Apple with a Second Patent...

Only one day after a Tyler Texas jury awarded Smartflash $532.9 million for Apple infringing their suit of patents, Smartflash LLC and Smartflash Technologies Limited filed a second patent infringement lawsuit against Apple.

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14:16
AWT News Update: February 26, 2015

On the AWT News Update podcast today: 

  • Apple announces an event for March 9, which we will be liveblogging
  • MacRumors reports that Apple Watches will be moved to US distribution points in the first few days of April, making an early April launch date a distinct possibility
  • LA-based Brikk will be selling Apple Watches encrusted with gold or platinum and diamonds... lots of diamonds. Of course, these will be very expensive
  • Firehouse Subs began accepting Apple Pay today
  • Apple adds some fun animations to the Flyover maps of London, England

Listen to the AWT News Update every weekday for a quick overview of stories we may not have published on the blog. The podcast has been approved by Apple, and we'll have an iTunes subscription link for you tomorrow.

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14:16
'Click' Aims to Introduce Apple Watch Band...

Ahead of the Apple Watch's launch, accessory makers are already hoping to create solutions that will allow the device to be used with a wide array of existing watch bands. Click, for example, is an upcoming watchband adapter that will slide into the band slots of the Apple Watch, allowing the Apple Watch casing to be used with any existing 24mm watchband. According to Click's creators, the adapter is a spring bar that will attach to a watchband, which will then fit into the Apple Watch's grooves, much like one of Apple's own watch bands. It appears to use the pin that comes with an existing watchband rather than shipping with one of its own. Click takes advantage of the sliding and locking mechanism on both sides of the watch to hold the adapter in place just like one of Apple's watchbands. Click allows customers to truly personalize the Apple Watch to match their style and at a fraction of the cost of Apple's Watchbands.Click is currently in...

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14:10
Apple's iWork for iCloud goes platform agnostic...

Apple on Thursday removed the beta tag from its Apple ID creation tool, granting anyone, on any platform access to access to the iWork for iCloud Web-based productivity suite.

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13:51
Infinite Cosmos (Games)

Infinite Cosmos 1.0.1
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $.99, Version: 1.0.1 (iTunes)

Description:
Years of intergalactic struggle, planetary annihilation and constant privateering have left space a ghastly mess. It is your destiny to pilot the “Photon” through an array of space junk, left over planet debris and all sorts of wonders from the intergalactic fun, of which you will not be a part.Good luck out there – I hear there are many other pilots looking to find the odd bit of hidden loot to upgrade their measly ships.Features:-Retro inspired pixel graphics-Endless gameplay-5 Hyper modes-A menagerie of enemies to pew pew-High Score chasing thrill ride-A multiplier, to multiply your score!-Original Chip-Tune-inspired OST-NO ADS-NO IAP-an INFINITE COSMOSPermissions:Wake Lock - to keep screen from sleepingInternet - for updates to news ticker on home screen, Twitter...

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13:27
Who killed Tony the Tiger?

Bloomberg:For almost a century, Kellogg defined the American breakfast: a moment when people would be jolted out of their drowsiness—often with a stupendous serving of sugar. The sales of 19 of Kellogg’s top 25 cereals eroded last year, according to Consumer Edge Research, a Stamford (Conn.) firm that tracks the food industry. Sales of Frosted Flakes, the company’s No. 1 brand, fell 4.5 percent. Kellogg executives don’t expect cereal sales to return to growth this year, though they hope to slow the rate of decline and do better in 2016. But some Wall Street analysts say cereal sales may never fully recover. In Battle Creek, so-called Cereal City, that would be the equivalent of the apocalypse.I haven’t sat down to a bowl of breakfast cereal in more than a decade but my favourite was always Apple Jacks....

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13:25
FCC Votes in Favor of Net Neutrality Rules,...

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted in favor by a 3-to-2 decision to enforce net neutrality rules that it claims will help protect freedom of expression and innovation on the Internet, reports Ars Technica. The FCC ruling classifies broadband service as a utility and prevents Internet providers from blocking or throttling traffic or offering prioritized service through so-called Internet "fast lanes" for payment."The Internet is the most powerful and pervasive platform on the planet. It is simply too important to be left without rules and without a referee on the field," said FCC chairman Tom Wheeler. "Think about it. The Internet has replaced the functions of the telephone and the post office. The Internet has redefined commerce...

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13:15
iPhone survives five days in the ice and snow

Imagine that your lost iPhone spent five days in the ice and snow, only to be returned by a total stranger in working condition. That's exactly the scenario we came across while browsing Facebook today. 

Brooklyn's Michael McWatters (@mmcwatters on Twitter) shares this incredible story. While walking to his car, one of his six-year-old twins spied what he thought was an iPhone case embedded in some ice on the street.  Michael bent down to investigate. "I looked down at the pile of ice (that was previously snow)," he told AWT, "and saw the iPhone. I got [my son] in the car, opened the trunk, and used a shovel we keep for digging the car out to scrape the phone out." 

He removed the ice as carefully as possible. Upon examining the freed iPhone, Michael didn't have much hope for it. "It had no protective case, and the Home button was actually frozen solid. It had salt crust, water and ice...

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13:12
The Google Glass Team Invented a Circular Keyboard...

In November we posted a report titled "Google Glass, a Failure until Further Notice." We noted in that report that the first project to have emerged from Google's secretive Google X division was Glass. The high profile project ...

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13:01
What will the Apple Watch Edition cost? Jewelry and...

[Ed. Note: Rob Bates, is a senior editor for JCK, and blogger/writer about the diamond and jewelry industries—this post originally posted here]
When we first started talking about the Apple Watch, some predicted that the highest-end model—the 18k gold Edition—could retail for more than $1,000. Now that seems almost quaint. Apple-focused blogs such as Daring Fireball now regularly bandy about numbers like $10,000—and sometimes far more.
The jewelry and watch sources I spoke with all think a price tag of $6,000 or more is...

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12:52
FCC votes for net neutrality

Ars Technica:The Federal Communications Commission today voted to enforce net neutrality rules that prevent Internet providers—including cellular carriers—from blocking or throttling traffic or giving priority to Web services in exchange for payment. The most controversial part of the FCC’s decision reclassifies fixed and mobile broadband as a telecommunications service, with providers to be regulated as common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act. This decision brings Internet service under the same type of regulatory regime faced by wireline telephone service and mobile voice, though the FCC is forbearing from stricter utility-style rules that it could also apply under Title II.This is a big step but the fight isn’t over yet....

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12:51
Apple Opens Up 'iWork for iCloud' to...

Following a short beta testing period, Apple's iCloud.com website has been updated to make its iWork suite of apps accessible to all users, even those without an Apple device. As of today, anyone can sign up for an Apple ID to access Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for free. The software suite lets users create and edit text documents, presentations, and spreadsheets from their browsers. Signing up for a free Apple ID account entitles users to 1GB of complimentary iCloud storage to be used with the apps for storing documents. Previously, access to Apple's iWork suite of apps was limited to users who owned an iOS device or a Mac, but with Apple's new web-only iCloud access, the company can draw new users to its platform and compete with more universal software offerings like Microsoft's Office Suite. iCloud.com's web-...

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12:50
Pages, Numbers, & Keynote apps arrive on iCloud....

Apple has opened access to its Pages, Numbers, and Keynote apps at iCloud.com to all, even those without an Apple device (via TechCrunch). Earlier this month Apple opened the apps to those without an Apple device while offering 1GB of free storage (an iCloud account with an Apple device has free access to 5GB). However, previously access to the apps for those without an Apple device was limited to the iCloud beta site at beta.icloud.com where Apple frequently tests new iCloud features before launching them to the primary site. Today they move to the main site at iCloud.com.
While the apps themselves remain in beta mode, they are now accessible to all through iCloud on the web. 
Apple has...

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12:48
A-Shirt launches with Apple-inspired t-shirts

Following a successful launch on the French speaking market, A-Shirt (https://a-shirt.club/) is launching in the English speaking market and is inviting all Apple fans to join the club, which specializes in Apple inspired t-shirts.
"Following the successful launch in the French speaking market last December, we are happy to invite all Apple addicts out there to join the A-Shirt Club," says co-founder Cyril Pavillard. "Its aim is to unite Apple fans from around the world on one platform and allow them to show their love for Apple products in a unique, sleek and stylish way."
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12:43
Mac: STM Dux for MacBook Air

We’ve seen STM’s Dux for both iPhone and iPad before, and now we have an early look at the MacBook Air edition of the protective case. STM’s Dux for MacBook Air ($60) is a transparent polycarbonate case with TPU edges for drop protection. Four textured rubber feet on the bottom of Dux prevent your MacBook from slipping on a smooth surface. We received the 13” MacBook Air version of Dux, but a 11” MacBook Air version should be available, as well. The 13” version should be released in late April/early May.

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12:36
A Druid's Duel for OS X launches on Steam

Surprise Attack Games and ThoughtShelter Games have announced that A Druid's Duel is now available on Steam ( http://store.steampowered.com/app/333970/) for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux systems. It's being offered at 20% off for a limited time: US$7.99 instead of the $9.99.
Here's how the game is described: "Welcome to the Realm of Six Seasons, where the predictable cycle of nature's seasons has turned constantly since time began. But now, something is wrong. Something (or someone) is tampering with the precious Seasons, making a complete mess of the Realm.
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12:28
Apple Targeting Early April Launch Date for Apple...

Apple has not provided details on when the Apple Watch might begin shipping to customers beyond the broad "April" launch date shared by CEO Tim Cook, but new information provided to MacRumors suggests the Apple Watch could see a release more towards the beginning of April rather than the end of the month. According to a reliable source that spoke with MacRumors, Apple is planning to begin moving Apple Watches to centralized distribution points in the U.S. during the first few days of the month, with an Apple Watch release possibly coming during the first full week of April, between April 6 and April 10. A launch date around this time would see the Apple Watch shipping approximately one month after the company's planned March 9 media event, where it is expected to unveil new details about...

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12:18
AKVIS announces Pets Frame Pack for ArtSuite

AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has announced a new frame pack for AKVIS ArtSuite. The program allows users to decorate their photos with frames and effects.
Extra frame packs can be installed to the program to increase its functionality. The new Pets Pack includes 60 frames targeted to animal lovers. You can frame photos of your pet with nature decorations, surround it by furry and feathered friends, by its favorite toys, food and treats.
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12:11
Mayhem! (Games)

Mayhem! 0.0.19
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $.99, Version: 0.0.19 (iTunes)

Description:
MAYHEM! is the frantic, frenzied 2D arcade game. Dodge lasers, sidestep mines and collect cash pickups in the Global Smash Hit Game Show: MAYHEM! Can you beat the clock to conquer all Zones, become the ultimate contestant, unlock Endless Mode and top the leaderboard? Warning: As with all the best arcade games, some players might find MAYHEM! EXTREMELY DIFFICULT!MAYHEM! features pixel art from leading UK artist, Gary J Lucken - Army of Trolls; Plus:→ 3 x MAYHEM! Zones→ 1 x Endless Zone→ 12 x Achievements→ Left & Right handed controls→ Game Center Enabled (of course! - it’s a game after all)→ Soundtrack by Grandscale MusicPlease show your support by rating MAYHEM!Thank you. DEADJAM
Mayhem!

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12:08
Smartflash Hits Apple With Second Lawsuit After...

Just one day after Apple was ordered to pay a $532.9 million settlement to Smartflash LLC for infringing upon its patented technologies, the Texas-based patent licensing firm has sued the Cupertino-based company a second time over the same patents (via Reuters). The new lawsuit covers Apple products that were introduced after the original case was filed, including the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPad Air 2."Smartflash filed the complaint to address products that came out too far into the last proceedings to have been included," Smartflash's attorney, Brad Caldwell, told Reuters on Thursday. "Apple cannot claim they don’t know about these patents or understand that they are infringing. A diligent jury has already rejected...

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12:06
Fresh off $533M victory, Smartflash files another...

Just one day after Smartflash won a $533 million jury decision against Apple, the intellectual property holder filed yet another patent case against the company seeking even more damages for alleged infringement.

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