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Tuesday April 15

10:03
Apple's iBeacon Wins Big in ANKAmall in Turkey...

On the fifth of April Apple opened their doors to their latest flagship Apple Store in Istanbul, Turkey with the typical opening door hoopla that's common around the globe. The day before the store opened we illustrated a twitter traffic map generated by iPhone users in Istanbul that was quite substantial. Today, the new gets better. Patently Apple was just contacted by a Turkish Company who has just completed one of the largest single day iBeacon deployments at Istanbul's ANKAmall. Boni advised us that they're planning to deploy more iBeacon systems in other shopping malls. In fact they're already working on new projects this year that could ...

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09:58
CocoaConf Fall dates announced

To help meet the growing demand, we are adding two new cities. This fall, we will be returning to Columbus, Boston, and Atlanta, and making our first stops in Seattle and Las Vegas! It is going to be one exciting fall conference season!

I’ve always heard great things about CocoaConf.
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09:39
Twitter Tries to Defuse Turkey Controversy


Twitter has agreed to close some accounts in Turkey, but the two sides are still at loggerheads over allegations of tax evasion and whether or not Twitter must maintain a physical presence in the country. Twitter VP of Global Public Policy Colin Crowell led a delegation of sorts to address the country's multifaceted grievances with the social media site. Twitter was banned in Turkey in March. Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's administration followed that up with claims that the company was evading taxes and refusing to heed to Turkish law.

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09:22
Twelve South introduces a hardwood MacBook stand

Twelve South ash introduced the US$79.99 BookArc möd, its first product created in wood. It's a hardwood version of the company's BookArc stand.


The stand is compatible with all current MacBook models and is available in three finished: birch, walnut, and espresso. It's available now; go to http://bit.ly/1t5Je0Sfor more info.

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09:17
9to5Toys Last Call: SquareTrade protection plans 40...

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This weekend’s can’t miss deals:
Last Call updates:

  • Save 40% on SquareTrade protection plans for smartphones, tablets, and more

FitBit Zip Wireless Activity Tracker $35 shipped (Reg. $60) wp.me/...

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09:02
Microsoft launches $70/year Office 365 Personal for...

Pricing on Microsoft's Office 365 service became a little more affordable for individual users on Tuesday, as the company launched a new "Personal" subscription plan priced at $69.99 per year.

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09:00
Adesso releases Scissor-Switch Keyboard

Adesso has released the Campagno Air Bluetooth 3.0 Scissor-Switch Keyboard with Folio Case for the iPad Air. It costs US$7.99.
The slim Bluetooth 3.0 keyboard includes a standard, 64-day layout with iPad and multimedia hot keys that allow you to access shortcuts for the Apple tablet with one touch. The scissor-switch keys purportedly provide the same tactile feel as that of a laptop. The microfiber folio case is designed to offer protection from minor bumps and scratches.
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08:57
Apple meeting with UK ad agencies in preparation for...


Apple appears to be readying for an UK iTunes Radio launch in the near future. As indicated by this tweet, Apple’s director of iAd Paul Wright has recently been visiting media marketing agencies to discuss iAd in relation to iTunes Radio.
Bloomberg said that Apple was planning to launch in the UK in ‘early 2014′ last October, but so far this has not happened several months into 2014. Although many people have seen iTunes Radio sporadically appear on their devices in recent months, it is has only officially expanded to Australia beyond the US launch alongside iOS 7.
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08:50
iPad-friendly Office 365 subscription now available...

The newest addition to Microsoft's range of Office 365 subscriptions is now available. For $6.99 a month, or $69.99 a year, Office 365 Personal lets you use Office on one PC or Mac and one Windows tablet or iPad.
The Personal plan slots in below the Home plan (formerly known as Home Premium), which costs $9.99 a month, or $99.99 a year, which supports five PCs or Macs and five tablets in the same house.
Both subscriptions also include 20GB of OneDrive storage and 60 minutes of global Skype calls per month. Both are also licensed only for "home" use, with "business" use requiring different subscriptions; the Small Business Premium subscription, for $12.50 a month or $150 a year, appears to be the closest equivalent.
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08:49
Corning announces availability of USB 3.0 optical...

Corning has announced the availability of its USB 3.Optical Cables by Corning , capable of sending up to five 5 gigabits per second of data at distances up to 30 meters. Compatible with most USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 devices, the cables extend data transmission beyond the 3-meter limitation of comparable copper cable.
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08:41
Microsoft Launches 'Office 365 Personal'...

Microsoft today started selling its Office 365 Personal subscription, a less expensive version of Office 365 that targets individual users. The cloud-based subscription service provides access to online versions of Microsoft's Office productivity suite, online storage in OneDrive and a block of Skype calling minutes. The new personal option allows subscribers to connect one PC or Mac desktop computer and one tablet, including the iPad, to the online service. It will cost $69 per year or $6.99 per month. Customers who require more connections can sign up for the Office 365 Home plan, which is geared towards families with support...

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08:39
Allegorithmic’s Substance Engine available for all...

Allegorithmic’s Substance Engine is coming to one of the gaming world’s favorite development platforms. With a full integration into Unreal Engine 4 (UE4), Substance Engine is designed to make the creation of next-gen textures a seamless experience for even the most ambitious of game developers.
No purchase is required. It's a free plugin available for all Unreal Engine 4 developers.
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08:37
Microsoft creates Office 365 Personal subscription...

Microsoft has launched a new cheaper tier of its Office 365 subscription service, aimed at individuals wanting to use the productivity suite. Hinted at last month, Office 365 Personal allows for the software to be installed and used on one PC or Mac and one tablet, including the iPad version, rather than the five computers and five tablets provided in the more expensive Office 365 Home Premium, renamed to Home, subscription plan....

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08:34
A&E and History Channel add live TV stream in...


A&E Networks has just updated iOS apps for two of its most popular TV channels, A&E and History, with the ability to watch live TV on both iPhone and iPad. The apps, which previously provided full episodes and clips on-demand to users in the US, will now provide a live stream of what’s playing on the TV channels. The live TV feature, however, will require a cable subscription. 
The new feature will require users to sign into their cable account through one of the supported TV providers. Currently the live TV feature only supports Comcast...

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08:28
Google heavily outspends tech rivals on lobbying

Google, the company who's famous mantra is "Don't be evil", has grown to become one of the largest spenders on lobbying in the United States. Once surely considered "evil" by the company's idealistic founders, lobbying has become essential to the search giant, that has repeatedly been subject to antitrust allegations.
In 2013, the company spent a total of US$15.8 million on lobbying, making Google the fifth largest corporate lobbying spender in Washington D.C. The accompanying graphic is courtesy of Statistica (http://tinyurl.com/l8eun6m).

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08:26
Apple Granted 37 Patents Today Covering Two Major...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 37 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover two major iDevice technologies and five design patents. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.

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08:23
Amazon's iPhone competitor purportedly revealed...

A series of snapshots hit the web Tuesday showing what is alleged to be a prototype of Amazon's upcoming first-party smartphone, with a 4.7-inch display and 6 cameras that are said to power a unique three-dimensional user interface.

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08:12
Pioneer to join list of aftermarket CarPlay upgrade...

Audio specialist Pioneer has announced plans to ship five Apple CarPlay-compatible receivers this summer. The new models in the NEX series will all have large LCD displays, but come in at very different price points. The cheapest model, the AVH-4000NEX, is set to cost $700. Higher-end models will ship for $750, $900, $1,200, and $1,400. Pioneer is also promising various non-CarPlay related improvements; the units are expected to have more responsive interfaces, for example, and better sound and safety features....

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08:11
Apple confirms after-market CarPlay and other news...

A new subscription plan from Microsoft, after-market CarPlay and more gorgeous hardware from Twelve South. Here's this morning's news.

Apple has confirmed to The Verge that after-marked CarPlay solutions will be made available. The company did not...

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08:10
Microsoft’s new cheaper 365 subscription gets you...

Microsoft is launching a cheaper ‘Personal’ Office 365 subscription today that will give you access to the cloud services and mobile apps for $69/year or $6.99/month opposed to the $99/year Home subscription. The new Personal subscription only provides access for one Mac (or PC) and iPad (or tablet) instead of the 5 PC or Macs and 5 tablets you get with a Home subscription.
You might want to hold off on the new subscription, however, as Amazon is currently selling the full Home subscription for just $63 (37% off). That’s cheaper than the new...

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07:54
Pioneer Gets in on Aftermarket Apple CarPlay

Pioneer is tossing its hat into Apple's CarPlay ring with five aftermarket receivers for cars that don't ship with the feature pre-installed. CarPlay is Apple's in-dash system for linking your iPhone to your car for music playback, driving directions, and more.The Mac Observer Spin: Aftermarket CarPlay systems won't be cheap, but it's great to see companies stepping up so most anyone can get in on the hands-free action. It won't be cheap, but it still costs less than buying a new car.

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07:44
Pioneer CarPlay systems to debut this summer

Pioneer Corp. has announced one of the first aftermarket in-dash car multimedia systems to provide Apple CarPlay, allowing consumers the ability to upgrade the vehicle they already own to the safer way to use an iPhone in the car. CarPlay compatibility will be available in early summer 2014 via a firmware update to the five 2014 NEX in-dash multimedia receivers.
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07:43
Amazon's Smartphone with 3D Capabilities...

Recent reports suggest Amazon may be preparing a smartphone with 3D capabilities to compete with Apple's iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy handsets. New details from BGR and TechCrunch shed some light on this 3D feature and possibly provide us with our first look at the phone, which is partially hidden inside a case. According to BGR, multiple sources claim the phone will include a 4.7-inch display with 720p resolution, which is lower than the 1080p HD display in Samsung's flagship Galaxy S5 and less than the projected 1600x900 display that Apple may use in the iPhone 6. Under the hood, the Amazon phone is predicted to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 2GB of RAM. The...

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06:30
The Week in Mac Accessories: Thunderstorm

ThunderstormThis week's roundup of new Mac accessories features several new Thunderbolt storage solutions, as well as new sleeves, cases, and more.FeenixThis company has introduced two new products for high-end Mac gamers. The $97 Nascita gaming mouse (pictured) offers an “8200 dpi laser engine with perfect accuracy, tracking, and pickups,” while the $36 Dimora gaming mousepad's “micro textured surface makes it feel as if mice are hovering on air.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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07:10
The Week in Mac Apps: Light bulb

Light bulbFrom organizing ideas to creating beautiful photos, this week’s app round has a little for everyone.CloudClip Manager 1.2Thinkbitz’s CloudClip Manager (Mac App Store Link) is designed to keep track of all your copy-and-paste operations across multiple computers.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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07:32
Closer look at alleged 'iPhone 6' front...

Whether it's legitimate or not, a newly revealed front panel claimed to be for Apple's next-generation iPhone appears to show a part for a 5.1-inch display with a screen ratio of 16 to 9.

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07:32
Forums: audio problems, Logic X questions and more

This week in the MacNN forums, members help other long time users and Fresh-Faced Recruits resolve problems. Forum members try to assist one Fresh-Faced Recruit with an iMac that is unable to recognize audio inputs or outputs after a power failure, but so far have been unsuccessful in their attempts. Yesterday Junior Member "phkc070408" was trying to determine if there was a way to assign a specific key or series of keys to type a pre-programmed set of text....

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07:30
Who else could direct the Jobs movie and what would...

As reported by the Hollywood Reporter, Sony balked at director David Fincher's request to have $10 million upfront to helm the Steve Jobs biopic based on Walter Issacson's book. Fincher is best known for directing "The Social Network," "The Girl with...

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07:29
Apple deals: iPads and iPods

This week Apple's online store has a wide selection of refurbished iPad and iPod models on sale. Right now the refurbished 16GB iPad mini can be had for $249 after a $50 discount. A $120 discount slashes the cost of the second-generation iPad 2 down to $279....

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07:25
DealNN: $400 off 27-inch iMac

MacMall.com has dropped the price on the 27-inch iMac from $1,800 down to $1,400. Until 4/30/14, a $100 mail-in-rebate offer drops the price even further to $1,300. That is about $200 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. This iMac features a 2.9GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive. Included is a one year warranty on parts and labor from Apple....

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07:22
iPhone Apps: Calendars 5, Morning, SlingPlayer for...
07:15
Samsung Galaxy S5′s fingerprint scanner already...

The news:

When it comes to Samsung’s fingerprint scanner technology embedded in the home button on the new Galaxy S5, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that we have spent plenty of time testing it, and we’ve found that it works very well. The bad news, however, is that it has apparently already been hacked, leaving Galaxy S5 owners’ devices and their PayPal accounts at risk.

My reaction:

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07:03
How audio compression works

Great article by Kirk McElhearn.
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07:00
iPhone 101: Improve the App Store search experience...

Searching through apps in the App Store on your iPhone can be a rabbit hole -- you search for a term and then scroll endlessly through the results to find just the right app that you need. When you want to return to the beginning of your search...

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06:48
Office 365 Personal allows iPad editing

Today we’re announcing that it’s available for purchase–$69.99 USD/year or $6.99 USD/month (ERP)1–online at Office365.com, at Microsoft Stores and through online and retail partners.

An Office 365 Personal subscription allows for one PC or Mac, and one tablet (including iPad) to be connected to the service, and is the best option for individuals interested in using Office 365.

Microsoft is trying, I’ll give them that. It’s a good move on their part.
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06:48
Photos show supposed front panel, batteries for...

New photos may have revealed more components for the next-generation iPhone, usually nicknamed the iPhone 6. An image from Chinese site Sina Weibo shows what's claimed to be a front panel for the device. Next to it for comparison is an iPhone 5s; while the panel has similar cutouts, it's also considerably larger, and sports thinner side bezels. This is consistent with most reports about the new iPhone. Apple is also believed to be working a on 5.5-inch model, though, whereas the panel seems closer to the anticipated 4.7-inch size.......

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06:43
Pioneer owners can upgrade to Apple CarPlay

Pioneer Corporation today announced one of the first aftermarket in-dash car multimedia systems to provide Apple CarPlay, allowing consumers the ability to upgrade the vehicle they already own to the smarter, safer and more fun way to use iPhone® in the car. CarPlay compatibility will be available in early summer 2014 via a firmware update to the five 2014 NEX in-dash multimedia receivers.

CarPlay is gaining momentum.
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06:19
Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty 1.1.1.1806 - Real-...

Download the patch by launching the Starcraft II game and downloading it through the Battle.net connection within the app. Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty is a strategy game played in real-time. You see the action from a top-down perspective and command your armies to gain control of the battlefield and ultimately defeat your opponents. The game's single-player campaign focuses on the terrans, but you can play multiplayer matches as any of the three StarCraft II races: the terrans, the protoss, or the zerg. Each race has access to unique units; these units fill specific roles on the battlefield. Combining different units to form versatile armies is one path to victory. The most basic units at your command are your workers. They harvest the resources you need to expand your base and to add more units to your growing army, and your workers also create new buildings. More...

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06:19
Pioneer officially announces aftermarket CarPlay...

Pioneer officially announced today it will be releasing an aftermarket system for Apple CarPlay, as was previously reported. The company will make CarPlay accessible through a firmware update to its existing NEX in-dash multimedia receivers, which range in price from $700 to $1,400.

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06:13
Report Says LG Making 9M Flexible iWatch Displays

Apple may be planning on shipping 9 million iWatch smartwatches in 2014, assuming information from insider sources is correct. That figure comes from a report that LG is the only supplier for the flexible displays Apple plans to use, and that it has 9 million on order.The Mac Observer Spin: Apple still isn't confirming that it's getting ready to release some form of wearable tech, most likely the long rumored iWatch, but details keep leaking out. What's safe to say is that something is coming. It's the final feature and initial shipping quantities that remain mysteries.

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06:07
Printing From the Palm of Your Hand


While the tech world has gone mobile, there's one key tool that hasn't changed in years: the printer. Most printers are still big, bulky and boring. They do a job, and they stay put. Right where you left them -- at home or in the office. If a new crowdsourced Kickstarter project gets the funding it needs, mobile workers will be able to print most anywhere -- even coffee shops. The tool? A robot printer. ZUta Labs has reimagined the printer into an apple-sized device that can drive over a sheet of paper and print along the way.

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06:00
Shell BUILTINs Available In Powershell

The following are Shell builtins from BSD/Mac that are available in Powershell (note the obvious lack of a builtin command):

  • alias
  • break
  • cd
  • chdir
  • command
  • continue
  • do
  • echo
  • end
  • exit
  • fc
  • for
  • foreach
  • history
  • if
  • kill
  • popd
  • pushd
  • pwd
  • return
  • set
  • switch
  • trap
  • type
  • where
  • while
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06:00
Think Different. Or Not.

Though this image is more satirical then complimentary, you gotta love those glowing Apple logos on the back of every Mac. I have to admit, though, that I would love to see a similar photo taken in the dark....

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06:00
10.8: AppleScript to close iCal Alerts

I'd just installed OS X 10.8, and booted to find the right side of my screen covered in Birthday and Calendar notifications! Since installing I've clicked 'Close' on way too many iCal notification alerts.

Here's a script to close them all for you in one fell swoop. Since I still want iCal to popup a Notification alert for event alarms I've set, I don't want to simply disable all the iCal notifications (or set them to temporary banner alerts).

However, it still occurs that sometimes a small pile of alerts have accrued while I was away from the computer, and I really hate hitting 'Close' a bunch of times.

So, followng is a script to simply close all the piled-up Notification Alerts. The script was put together using these two webpages for inspiration: http://macosxautomation.com/mavericks/notifications/01A.html (most of the nice code comes from here) and ...

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05:59
Opinion: Should Apple settle its Android disputes...

With Apple in the midst of its second major court battle with Samsung over alleged patent violations, and all but one of the five claims relating to Android rather than to anything Samsung-specific, it’s gotten me wondering whether further cases of this kind are truly beneficial to Apple.
I understand it emotionally, of course. It’s galling to work hard on a hugely popular hardware design or user-interface only to see someone else copy parts of it, and the desire to hit back at that is a natural one. But I’m not sure that it makes too much sense rationally … 
For me, there are three reasons for wondering whether Apple would be better off reaching a modest settlement than to battle these disputes out in...

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05:46
Pioneer announces first aftermarket Apple CarPlay...

Apple's forthcoming CarPlay standard for in-vehicle dashboards won't be limited to new cars, as Pioneer announced on Tuesday that it will be bringing five aftermarket options for customers to install in their existing vehicles this summer.

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05:44
iWatch: LG to supply flexible displays, September...

LG Display will be the sole supplier of flexible displays for Apple’s upcoming iWatch, according to South Korea’s Digital Times. It’s reported that Apple plans on bringing the device to the market in September. As previously reported, the Digital Times article claims Apple will release the iWatch in two…

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05:42
Pioneer says CarPlay firmware update for existing...

Following reports yesterday that car electronics manufacturer Alpine was planning to launch aftermarket CarPlay units in the fall, Pioneer issued a press release today confirming a firmware update for existing in-dash systems. Pioneer will be bringing Apple’s new CarPlay system to existing vehicles using the company’s five 2014 NEX...

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05:33
Revenue from mobile device displays to surpass...

Display manufacturers will make more money in 2014 from the screens found in mobile phones, tablets, and laptop computers than those in television sets for the first time as consumers increasingly demand higher-quality displays in mobile devices, according to new data.

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05:31
Pioneer Brings Apple CarPlay to Existing In-Dash...

In line with earlier reports, Pioneer today announced it is bringing Apple's CarPlay technology to its existing product line. CarPlay will be added to the company's five 2014 NEX in-dash multimedia receivers via a firmware update that will be made available in early summer 2014. “Pioneer’s years of expertise integrating smartphone connectivity into the automotive environment has provided us the opportunity to be among the first to offer CarPlay to drivers,” said Ted Cardenas, vice president of marketing for the Car Electronics Division of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “By providing an aftermarket option, Pioneer’s 2014 in-dash multimedia systems give many iPhone owners the...

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05:24
Sibelius 7.5.0 - Music notation solution. (Demo)

Sibelius is the world's best-selling music notation software for Mac. It is as intuitive to use as a pen, yet so powerful that it does most things in less than the blink of an eye. The demo includes example scores and a demo user guide summarizing the main features of the program.Version 7.5.0:

  • Unrivaled expressiveness and feel - With the unique and fully redesigned Espressivo 2.0 feature, Sibelius 7.5 gives you complete control over and customization of the rhythmic feel of any individual part to produce more expressive and realistic musical phrasings. And because the software can now better interpret such notation distinctions as tempo markings, metric emphasis, grace notes, mordents, caesuras, and breath marks on playback, you can hear every nuance of your score--the way you intended it to be heard.
  • Accelerated navigation - With the new Timeline window, you get a quick view of the entire structure of your score...

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05:16
Alleged iPhone 6 front panel, batteries leaked

A picture of the alleged iPhone 6 front panel was posted on Weibo. The alleged white front panel is shown next to an iPhone 5s. Indeed, it looks like a larger iPhone screen, and would belong to the rumored 4.7” model iPhone. …

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05:07
Antitrust Monitor Pleased with Apple’s Cooperation

Michael Bromwich, the monitor Federal Judge Denise Cote placed in Apple to ensure the company doesn't engage in antitrust-related behavior, said that the iPhone and iPad maker is now far more cooperative compared to when he first started his job last year. Judge Cote appointed Mr. Bromwich as a monitor to oversee Apple's actions after she found the company guilty of conspiring with publishers to artificially raise the price of books.The Mac Observer Spin: Considering how resistant Apple has been to Mr. Bromwich's presence in the company as a court appointed monitor, this new found cooperation is a significant change. That said, if the company gets Judge Cote's ruling overturned on appeal, it's a pretty safe bet there won't be any hesitation in showing him the door.

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05:02
Condé Nast’s Epicurious teams up with inMarket for...


Today, Condé Nast’s Epicurious becomes the latest to take advantage of iBeacons in-store by teaming up with inMarket to beam location-based notifications and offers to shoppers in retail environments. I previously wrote about inMarket,  an in-store marketing platform that recently started rolling out iBeacons to retailers (mostly grocery stores), when it...

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05:00
Apple’s data centers to be powered by water?

I don’t think Greenpeace can say that Apple isn’t trying. Apple’s huge data center in North Carolina, which powers iCloud, uses huge amounts of power, and until recently has been utilizing available sources of energy which are primarily coal-burning sources such as those supplied by companies such as North Carolina’s Duke Energy. This is something about which Apple has been catching flak from environmentalists, but late last year, Apple took control of a project built by Earth By Design (EBD), a Oregon-based developer of green energy, that uses small ...

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05:00
Daily App: Cinefy brings Hollywood-style FX to your...

Cinefy - Special FX Studio promises to deliver over 100 Hollywood caliber special effects and animations to your iPhone. The app is easy to use, but it is crippled by in-app purchases that take the fun out of movie-making.

Cinefy is very easy use,...

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04:30
Update Rundown for April 14th, 2014

Every so often we like to post info on updates of some of our favorite software along with some high profile apps that are pretty essential to anyone on a Mac. This information is brought to you by updates I get from developers, but mostly by MacUpdate, although not officially, because that is what I use to keep all my apps up to date. I also like to add some value by throwing in some extra notes from my experiences. So let’s get to it!
TaskTime4 5.1.5
This app for tracking your time and printing invoices has been my goto for my freelance work for years. It’s inexpensive ($20) and the developer...

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04:09
Typinator 5.9 - Speedy and reliable text expansion...

Typinator turbo-charges your typing productivity. Type a little. Typinator does the rest. We've all faced projects that require repetitive typing tasks. With Typinator, you can store commonly used text and images in quick keywords and abbreviations. From email templates to code snippets to website URLs, there's no easier way to recreate repetitive text at a moment's notice. Workflow-friendly features

  • Uncomplicated configuration. Quickly and easily create abbreviations and assign replacement text and pictures.
  • Simplified migration. If you already use TextExpander, TypeIt4Me, or a similar app, you can migrate to the highly praised Typinator using simple drag-and-drop importation methods.
  • Conversion options. Instantly convert currency values, measurement units and more.
  • Extensive app compatibility. Your text expansions function in...

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03:50
Kool Tool: 2TB LaCie Fuel

LaCie (www.lacie.com) has doubled the capacity of its extremely kool, Fuel wireless drive for the iPad, iPhone or Mac. It's now available in a 2TB model for US$249.99.
The Fuel provides wireless streaming of up to five devices without an Internet connection. It can create its own Wi-Fi network and act as a hotshot when connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi.
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03:33
Samsung wanted Google to do its dirty work in...

Image: amongtech.com
Another interesting revelation from the ongoing Apple vs Samsung patent trial: concerned about launching attack ads on a company that was a customer as well as a competitor, Samsung sought to persuade Google to “launch a campaign against Apple.”
The then CEO of Samsung Telecommunications America, Dale Sohn, emailed his chief marketing officer to ask:

As you have shared previously, we are unable to battle [Apple] directly in our marketing. If it continues to be Samsung’s position to avoid attacking Apple given its status as as a large customer, can we go to Google to ask them to launch a campaign against Apple based on the many better Android products available in the market for Q4?

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03:14
Slots Talke for Mac OS X gets maintenance upgrade

Vasilek Games has announced Slots Tale 1.3.1, an update of their slot game for Mac OS X. It's a free casino game based on myths and legends.
Version 1.3.1 is a maintenance upgrade. Slots Tale requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It's available free at the Mac App Store. Go to http://vasilek-games.com for more info.

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03:08
Worldwide semiconductor manufacturing equipment...

Worldwide semiconductor capital equipment spending totaled $33.8 billion in 2013, an 11.5% decline from 2012, according to final results by Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com) Wafer-level manufacturing equipment demand performed above the market with strength in lithography and associated processes, while back-end manufacturing segments fared significantly worse than average, according to the research group.
 
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02:36
Rumor: An Interesting iPhone 6 Photo Surfaces Worth...

When it comes to pure rumors of silly schematics of the next iPhone magically falling into the hands of little blogging sites, I cringe. Then there are the rumors that could fall into the big "maybe" camp. Today, ...

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02:21
Alleged iPhone 6 Batteries Photographed in...

French site Nowhereelse.fr [Google Translation] has shared a photo of what are claimed to be batteries for the iPhone 6 spotted in a production tray. While the validity of the image cannot be confirmed, the batteries do appear to share similar physical characteristics with other iPhone batteries. As the report notes, however, the positioning of the iPhone 6's battery appears to be modified as a metallic section present on current batteries appears to be now integrated along the side. This would indicate a potentially new form factor for the iPhone 6. A report last month indicated that Apple would begin...

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01:44
Apple tech uses Wi-Fi access points for indoor...

While most mobile devices rely on GPS for mapping and navigation, the system only works outdoors and in range of satellite timing signals. However, new technology from Apple could extend accurate positioning indoors without need for additional hardware aside from existing Wi-Fi infrastructure.

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01:37
Photo of Alleged Front Panel from Larger-Screen...

An alleged photo of what appears to be a front panel from Apple's larger-screen iPhone 6 has surfaced on Chinese microblogging site Weibo (via iPhone.fr, Google Translation). The image appears to show an individual in a factory-type setting holding up an iPhone 5s next to a much larger front panel that contains similar characteristics, including cutouts for a front-facing camera, ambient light sensor, ear speaker, and home button. However, the front panel also features a notably thinner bezel, which is consistent with previous rumors about the iPhone 6's slimmer design. While the validity of the image cannot be confirmed, the leak is the latest among a number of others recently. This past weekend,...

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01:20
Apple vs. Samsung, Day 6: It's not copying, it...

Over the weekend, Judge Lucy Koh turned down Samsung's request for a summary judgement in the Samsung-Apple second patent trial, claiming that Apple had failed to prove its case during its presentation. Judge Koh rebuffed the claims and thus the trial continued on Monday, with Samsung still presenting its defense. Continuing its strategy of saying the case is about a dispute between Apple and Google rather than Samsung, the Galaxy smartphone maker put on a stunning seven witnesses -- most of them from the search and advertising giant.......

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01:17
Sketchy photo of an iPhone 6 front panel appears on...


A picture claiming to be of an “iPhone 6″ front panel has surfaced on a Chinese forum after being posted without context on Weibo. Details surrounding the image are not clear, but the forum poster claims that it originates from within an iPhone ‘factory’. The image was first found by iphon.fr.
Compared to the iPhone 5s, as shown above, the screen size is noticeably larger. It appears to feature a screen approximately 4.7 inches diagonally, as previously rumored.

Yesterday,...

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01:00
Is Samsung Trying to Puff up Sales of the Galaxy S5...

Yesterday we posted a report titled "Samsung's Galaxy S5 is a Dud According to Korean Carriers." In a new article published today in the pro-Samsung website Korea Times, they make a rather startling statement: In order ...

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00:49
Rumor: First photo of supposed 'iPhone 6'...

A single photo of what appears to be a larger than normal iPhone front panel assembly showed up on Chinese microblogging website Sina Weibo on Tuesday, offering what could be the first look at Apple's next-generation handset.

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Monday April 14

23:57
New report corroborates rumors of LG iWatch display...


According to a recent report from Korean publication Naver, LG is once again rumored to be the sole supplier of flexible displays for Apple’s upcoming iWatch. First discovered by GforGames, the report seems to back up a rumor from January suggesting that LG would be supplying a 1.52-inch plastic OLED display for Apple.
Naver also indicates that Apple will launch its iWatch in both 1.3-inch and 1.5-inch sizes, which ...

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22:40
LG Again Rumored to be Sole Supplier of Flexible...

LG will be the sole supplier for flexible displays to be used in the iWatch as Apple looks to launch the device later this year in two sizes, according to a report from Korea's Naver [Google Translate, via GforGames]. iWatch concept by Todd Hamilton, based on the Nike FuelBand The report notes that Apple is targeting to sell 9 million iWatch units by the end of the year with LG's collaboration, as the device itself will be released in September. The report also claimed that the iWatch will come in two different sizes of 1.3 inches and 1.5 inches, which falls in line...

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21:50
Apple's iTunes Radio pops up in Ecuador,...

Users in Ecuador have provided evidence that iTunes Radio is now sporadically available in the South American country, suggesting that Apple is testing the service in preparation for international rollouts there and elsewhere. The news comes on the heels of previous reports in both the UK and Canada that saw testing of the service in those place, which may hint that Apple plans to announce a big expansion of the service in the near future. Officially, it is only available in the US and Australia currently....

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20:23
Samsung execs deny copying Apple design, attribute...

Continuing to grind through its long list of expert witnesses on Monday, Samsung brought up two company executives, as well as three Google engineers, to further its case of non-infringement of five Apple patents.

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20:01
Fincher passes on Steve Jobs film and other news...

Famed director David Fincher has passed on the chance to direct the Steve Jobs biopic based on Walter Issacson's book. Fincher had wanted $10 million upfront, and Sony balked, saying the fee was "ridiculous." Who should replace Fincher? Check out...

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19:50
Bromwich says 'new relationship' with...

Michael Bromwich, the court-appointed monitor for Apple's anti-trust compliance policies, demonstrated a marked change in attitude towards the company in his latest report, the first since a Court of Appeals and the DOJ significantly scaled back his powers of investigation and range of allowable duties following Apple complaints in February. A change of "point of contact" with the company has resulted in Apple being "more cooperative" than previously, Bromwich said....

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19:25
Apple's iTunes Radio pops up in Ecuador,...

Apple may be testing a rollout of iTunes Radio services in Latin America as reports on Monday note the feature is up and running in at least one country in the region.

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19:11
Entry-Level Bitcoin Mining Gear for Mac, Windows,...

The world of Bitcoin mining can be confusing if you're new. You'll need to buy specialized mining gear based on ASICs, but the good news is that there are several entry-level options available, and you can run them from your Mac, a Windows PC, or a Linux box. Bryan Chaffin has the details. [Updated with current pricing information on 4/14/2014]

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18:15
MYStuff Pro 2.0.16 - Create inventories for your...

MYStuff Pro is the most flexible way to create detail-rich inventories for your home or small business. Add items to MYStuff by dragging and dropping existing information, uploading new images, or scanning barcodes. Finally, getting organized is easy. Do inventory your way

  • Shop… and Save: MYStuff's built-in browser saves a web archive of the receipt with a single click, and allows you to quickly add a new Record to your inventory right now while it's convenient. Putting a web browser inside MYStuff allows you to easily shop your favorite sites on the 'net, and easily save both information and time. (You can save how-to and informational pages, too.)
  • Fantastic Flexibility: MYStuff organizes things how you do. Don't feel like you have to change how you organize to fit your organization program. MYStuff provides easy ways to organize by category, location, tag, or label.
  • Any Which...

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17:26
FREE MacX DVD Ripper Pro

Each day until April 25 Digiarty is giving away 500 copies of MacX DVD Ripper Pro in their Easter Treat giveaway. Simply download the zip file, install the software, open the text file containing the registration number and enter it in. This title has a retail value of $59.95.

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17:19
Samsung designer denies Apple was an influence

Did Samsung steal its slide-to-unlock feature from Apple’s smartphone software?

“Absolutely not,” said Samsung senior UI designer Youngmi Kim, who has worked on user experience strategy on the Samsung design team since 2004.

Bullshit.
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17:06
Hands On: Sim City 4 re-release for OS X 10.8.5

Sim City 4's original release on OS X had a bum rap, mostly as a virtue of timing. The first release in 2003 was aimed at the PowerPC architecture, and games often got short shrift when Apple migrated to Intel. The title worked on Rosetta, but not well. In 2007, Aspyr released an Intel patch for the game, but it ran poorly, and crashed often. Surprisingly, last week, Aspyr re-released the title with more burly hardware requirements, but this time, Intel-optimized....

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17:00
The best Nintendo DS emulator on iOS doesn't...

Apple has a pretty strict stance on emulators in regards to the App Store, so unless you're willing to jailbreak your iPhone or iPad, the options for retro gaming are usually pretty slim. That is, unless the developers of said apps decide to ignore...

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16:45
Apple now cooperating says external compliance...

Apple's court-appointed external compliance monitor Michael Bromwich on Monday issued his first report to U.S. District Court Judge Denise Cote, noting a marked improvement in relations between himself and the Cupertino, Calif. company.

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16:30
'Social Network' director out as helmer...

Those hoping for a reunion of the team that made The Social Network into a critical and commercial success will be disappointed to learn that -- at least for now -- that film's director, David Fincher, is off the Sony Pictures "Steve Jobs" project, according to industry trade reports. Fincher, along with screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, was set to tackle Sony's big-budget interpretation of Walter Isaacson's biography of Jobs, but has pulled out over the issue of fees and marketing control, sources claim....

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16:29
The Lexus Design Award

The Lexus Design Award provides an opportunity for young innovators to showcase their works while receiving feedback from world renowned professionals in the area of design. Through this initiative, Lexus hopes to nurture and support world-enriching creators. 1,157 submissions were received during the application period from August 1 to October 15, 2013. After careful consideration by six judges, 12 winners have been selected. Read on for more information on the designers and their winning entries. The designers of two winning entries will create prototypes of their designs in close collaboration with mentors Arthur Huang or Robin Hunicke.

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16:00
IntroMate creates pro quality video intros on iPad...

When you're shooting and editing video on the run with your iPad, wouldn't it be nice to add a professional-looking introduction to your work in just a few minutes? That's the idea behind IntroMate, a US$2.99 app that should be on the iPad of anyone...

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15:30
Linux and the Post-XP Cry for Help


Well the Linux landscape shifted dramatically last week, and not just because of the discovery of the Heartbleed bug. No indeed, there's another key reason this little planet of ours isn't the same as it was a week ago, and that's none other than Windows XP's long-anticipated end of life. "As of April 8, 2014, support and updates for Windows XP are no longer available," wrote Microsoft. The news was hardly any surprise, of course -- but neither was the cry for help that rang out soon thereafter in the Linux blogosphere.

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15:15
Sony updates QX10/QX100 wireless camera lens with...

Sony on Monday pushed out a firmware update for its iOS-compatible DSC-QX10/QX100 "lens-style" cameras, adding a half-press to focus function to the device's on-board shutter release, higher resolution MP4 video recording and other minor enhancements.

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15:12
World War I photos overlaid on modern day Europe

It’s hard to believe that these buildings and streets are still around.
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15:03
Chris Beard appointed as interim Mozilla CEO,...

The Mozilla foundation has selected a new interim CEO and appointee to the Mozilla corporation Board of Directors. Long-time Mozilla employee Chris Beard has been chosen for the position while a search for a permanent appointee is undertaken. Executive Chairwoman Mitchell Baker says Beard has a "vision and sense of Mozilla equal to anyone's."...

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15:00
Mac Desks serves up design lust for Apple fans

We love Macs because they're great computers that, as the famous catch phrase goes, "just work." That doesn't mean a big part of Apple fandom doesn't have to do with the company's slick design practices. While the Apple I might have been a...

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14:37
TurboTax 2013.r17.002 - Manage your 2013 U.S. taxes...

TurboTax guides you through your tax return step by step, does all the calculations, and checks your return for errors and overlooked deductions. It lets you file your return electronically to get your refund faster or prints IRS-approved forms on plain paper. Plus, TurboTax has more money-saving advice. It provides easy access to official IRS publications, Money Magazine's Income Tax Handbook, comprehensive Tax Planners, expert video clips, and more.Version 2013.r17.002: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

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

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

You can listen to today's...

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14:24
David Fincher Out of ‘Steve Jobs’ Movie Due to ‘...

Famed director David Fincher is out of contention for Sony's Steve Jobs movie due to what the studio called his "ridiculous" demand for US$10 million up front. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony was tense about the fee and his demand of total control over marketing the movie.

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14:15
Screens VNC client for Mac updated to version 3.0,...


Screens, the popular and powerful VNC client for OS X (with an iOS counterpart), has been updated to version 3.0, introducing a host of new features. But the update is more than just a few new features crammed into old software. The entire app has been completely rewritten with an all-new interface, big speed enhancements, and other optimizations for OS X Mavericks.
For the full details on what’s new, keep reading:
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14:07
Analyst: Apple wants $100 iPhone Price Increase

Apple is reportedly pushing carriers for a US$100 increase in the price it plans to charge for the iPhone 6. Carriers have been resistent to raising the iPhone's price, but will likely succumb and pass on the cost to their customers, according to Jeffries analyst Peter Misek.The Mac Observer Spin: Driving up the iPhone's price by $100 doesn't sound like a smart idea in a market where Apple wants to draw in more smartphone customers instead of driving them to cheaper Android-based products. Jeffries analyst Peter Misek thinks that's what Apple has in store, however, and that it won't have a negative impact on sales. Color us skeptical.

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14:02
Internet Leeches Drawn to Heartbleed


It's been more than a week since news of the Heartbleed flaw launched a frantic scramble on the Web, but security professionals' palpitations haven't subsided.
The OpenSSL Software Foundation has issued a fix, and Google, Cisco, Juniper Networks, Akamai and hordes of other companies have begun patching their products. The open source community "reacted very quickly to the vulnerability, which is good," said Diego Sor, head of security consulting services at Core Security. Predictably, scammers and spammers have climbed onto the Heartbleed solution bandwagon.

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14:00
CAZLET: A different take on the iPhone wallet case

Over the past year we've seen quite a few wallet cases for the iPhone. Some of them tried to stow an iPhone inside of a wallet, which made it difficult to use unless you pulled the iPhone out of its protective shelter. Others used the idea of...

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13:51
David Fincher (and perhaps Christian Bale with him)...


David Fincher might be out for director of Sony’s upcoming Steve Jobs biopic as a report from The Hollywood Reporter claims sources close to the project say Sony is currently shopping for a replacement. The report claims Fincher is asking for “aggressive demands for compensation and control,” some of which include $10 million in upfront fees and control over marketing materials.

Fincher is said to be seeking a hefty $10 million up front in fees, as well as control over marketing, in negotiations with the studio. Sony allowed him considerable input into the...

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13:47
David Fincher pulls out of talks to direct Steve...

According to a report on Monday, director David Fincher will not reteam with screenwriter Aaron Sorkin for Sony's upcoming big-budget Steve Jobs biopic. The duo, along with producer Scott Rudin, worked together on the Academy Award winning film "The Social Network," which focused on Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook.

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13:32
PARAT Solutions rolls out new charge/sync transport...

PARAT Solutions has introduced a compact tablet charge/sync transport case designed especially for education, corporate training, conferences and other mobile device-sharing applications.

The InSync C452 is an universal transport case for transporting, securing, charging and syncing content for up to 10 tablet devices (iOS or Android) with up to a 10.2-inch display. The interior sports surface-mounted connection ports for each device, so you can charge and sync devices using your own USB cables.
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12:39
Windows Phone 8.1 supports Passbook passes

According to a post on WPCentral.com, Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 8.1 software allows Apple Passbook passes to be used natively. When a user chooses to download a Passbook pass, it will be downloaded to the Microsoft Wallet application, and can be used as if it were on an iPhone…

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12:37
Apple's CarPlay reportedly coming to...

Consumers looking for a way to take advantage of Apple's new CarPlay infotainment offering without buying a new vehicle may soon be able to do so, as aftermarket manufacturer Alpine is said to preparing a CarPlay-compatible receiver for release later this year.

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12:34
Pulitzer Prize 2014 winners

Some great winners this year.
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12:31
GoPro circa 1960s
12:30
A Mac graveyard

I'm not sure of the back story on this somewhat creepy collection of defunct computer hardware, which includes quite a few elderly Macs including a Power Mac G4 Cube and a gaggle of iMacs. The photo description says simple "In an old Mac shop," which...

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12:23
Amazon Cloud Drive Photos 3.0 adds iOS 7-friendly...


Amazon updated its Cloud Drive Photos app today to version 3.0 bringing an iOS 7-friendly and a number of features and improvements. With the redesign comes a new navigation view that now contains toggles between photos, videos, and both. This view also includes a progress bar while uploading photos; previous versions of the app only said that photos were being uploaded, not how many or how long it would take. The progress bar feature works with both automatic and manual photo and video uploads....

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12:22
Forbes Analyst Makes Realistic Apple Earnings...

Forbes contributor Chuck Jones spelled out his predictions about Appleâs March quarter in a reasonable sounding piece based on Apple's own guidance and reality. Kelly is very confused about how this got posted.

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12:20
Backblaze: Backup your data online for $5 a month [...

Back up all your data with Backblaze online backup. It’s unlimited, unthrottled, uncomplicated, and unexpensive. At just $5/month for all your data it’s a no-brainer.

Don’t risk losing your music, photos, movies, code, docs and whatever else you’re working on or editing. Backblaze continuously and securely backs up all the data on your computer and external hard drives.

Accessing and restoring files is easy. Quickly download and share files with the iPhone app. Need more of your data back? Use any web browser to download it or have Backblaze FedEx you a flash key or USB hard drive. Whether it’s a broken hard drive, lost external, or a stolen computer, data loss happens all the time. For less than a cup of coffee, just $5/month, Backblaze can back up all the data on your...

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12:07
Windows Phone 8.1 supports iOS Passbook files

The Windows Phone 8.1 preview version of Microsoft Wallet actually supports Passbook files from iOS, reports say. iMore notes that Microsoft has developed a method of extracting information from a Passbook file. The individual passes are said to be composed of generic data, and simply rendered by the container app, much like a browser renders a webpage....

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12:04
[Sponsor] JetPens.com -- Cool Writing Instruments...

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Click through this link and make any $25+ purchase to receive a free Zebra Sarasa pen.

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12:01
No One Said Following Is Easy

Ina Fried, reporting for Recode on the ongoing Apple-Samsung court case, “Top Android Executive Says Google Didn’t Copy Apple’s iPhone”:

Lockheimer testified that Android, too, was the product of long
hours and hard work.

“The hours were pretty grueling,” Lockheimer said, speaking of the
early days of Android as the operating system was being developed
in 2006 and 2007. “They continue to be grueling, by the way. … We
work really hard.”

Later in the article:

One thing that was not initially contemplated for the first
Android device — at least initially — was any sort of touchscreen.

Weird use of initially in that sentence. As shown below, touchscreens probably were “contemplated” for the first Android devices (they expressly mentioned the potential to support them eventually) but they were explicitly...

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12:01
3 More Tips for Protecting Yourself from Heartbleed

When news of the heartbleed OpenSSL flaw hit the Web last week, it send the online security community into a tizzy, and rightly so. The Mac Observer shared some tips on what you can do to protect yourself, and now we have some more help keep your private stuff out of the hands of the bad guys.

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12:00
BlackBerry seeks to halt sales of Typo keyboards

BlackBerry said in a filing last Friday that the injunction is needed now. “Typo has contradicted its prior sworn statements and has significantly changed the way it does business in an attempt to flood the market with infringing keyboards before entry of the injunction,” BlackBerry said in a filing with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

They should be banned from selling the keyboards. BlackBerry is right on this one.
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11:58
Heartbleed facilitates identity theft from Canada...

Canada's tax administration has reported that around 900 people have had personal data stolen, with the miscreants making off with the data using the Heartbleed bug. Taken by the hackers are social insurance numbers (similar to social security numbers in the US), and potentially other data. The breach is the first directly pointing at the Heartbleed bug as the main vector of attack....

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11:35
Facebook reportedly plans money transfer, storage...

Facebook is working to provide financial services, such as allowing users to send money to each other, according to a report. The social network is said to be applying to regulators in Ireland to begin offering money storage and transmissions, something which could receive approval within weeks, and would directly place Facebook in competition with PayPal, Google Wallet, and other similar services....

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11:33
Microsoft reverse engineers Apple's Passbook,...

With Apple's Passbook quickly becoming the de facto way for developers to create digital tickets, store cards and passes, Microsoft has found a way to strip the data from .pkpass files and recompile them on handsets running Windows Phone 8.1.

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11:04
Get One Year of Parallels Access for $14.99

Normally $50, our friends at Stack Social and Parallels have worked with us to get the price down to just $15. Fifty and fifteen may share a lot of sounds a letters, but one of them leaves an extra thirty-five bucks in your pocket, and that's the deal we have running for the rest of the day today. Parallels Access is, hands-down, the best way we've found to access your Mac remotely (or locally) from your iPad. It's almost like magic the way it makes apps on your Mac feel like they were written for iPad. The normal price of $50 for one year is worth it, and at $15 it's a no-brainer. Buy. Now. Before it ends!

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11:00
The HTC One M8 is an Android phone made for iPhone...

Last week, I upgraded my Samsung Galaxy S4 to the new HTC One (M8), and I can confidently say that if Apple's iPhone was somehow wiped from the face of the earth tomorrow, the new HTC One would be the next best thing. It is, in short, what I imagine...

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10:42
Windows Phone 8.1 update lets users add Passbook...

WPcentral notes that the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 update introduces support for Apple’s Passbook iOS app, allowing users to load coupons, tickets, boarding passes, etc, designed for Passbook into the Microsoft Wallet app.
While the Microsoft Wallet app will be able to load the various coupons and loyalty cards usually reserved for Passbook, it’s still a little unclear exactly what’s going on behind the scenes. Microsoft appears to be allowing users to download the Passbook files and rendering its own card for Microsoft Wallet, but the report speculates Windows Phone won’t be able to tap into the push notifications Apple’s uses to update cards like on iOS.
There seems to be some confusion over whether or not Mircosoft is officially supporting Passbook in one way or another, but with a developer preview of Windows Phone 8.1 rolling out today, I’m sure we’ll be hearing more about this...

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10:40
Facebook said to be readying electronic payment...

Social media behemoth Facebook is reportedly nearing a deal with Irish authorities that would allow the company to offer its European users electronic payment and remittance services ahead of Apple's hotly-anticipated entry into the market.

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10:32
Daily Deals for April 14, 2014, featuring Leawo Blu-...

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

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10:22
Custom iPhone baseband chips seen as too '...

With recent rumors and hires suggesting Apple may be planning to build its own custom baseband chips for future iPhones, moving away from off-the-shelf silicon from companies like Qualcomm, one analyst thinks it's a highly unlikely route for Apple to take given the time it would have to invest.

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10:11
Hands On: Linksys WRT1900AC 802.11ac router

The proliferation of 802.11ac routers has begun in earnest. After an initial deployment by Apple, the second wave of refined devices has begun to hit the market. Linksys' new high-end home and small business Wi-Fi router, the WRT1900AC, has arrived. Where does it sit in the range of available devices?...

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10:09
Windows Phone 8.1 Adds Support for Apple's...

Microsoft has added support for Apple's Passbook passes in Windows Phone 8.1, which was released today as a developer preview. Microsoft announced this latest version of Windows Phone earlier this month and equipped the mobile OS with digital assistant and Siri competitor, Cortana. As noticed by Tom Warren of The Verge and reported by iMore, Microsoft has created a method that takes the data from a Passbook file and converts it into a card that is imported into Microsoft Wallet. Passbook passes are just collection of data that get rendered into a card and displayed in Apple's Passbook app. Think of the Passbook files like the HTML, CSS, and JavaScript data that makes up a webpage, and the Passbook app like the browser that renders the actual page. It...

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10:00
Why 9:41 AM is the always the time displayed on...

If you've ever paid close attention to Apple's advertising materials, you may or may not have noticed that the time depicted on Apple's products is always 9:41 AM.

Apple's affinity for 9:41 AM is evident across much of the company's product line....

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09:44
Juiceboxx on Kickstarter Keeps MacBook Chargers from...

I love clever ideas, and the folks at Juiceboxx, Inc. have a dandy one in their self-titled product, Juiceboxx on Kickstarter. This is a plastic enclosure for your MacBook Pro or Air charger that gives it more structure for the thin cable that connects to your laptop. As shown in the image and the video, Juiceboxx forms a tunnel that supports the cable and keeps it from fraying. If you've ever had to replace a charger because it frayed or broke, you'll probably appreciate this idea as much as me. The founders of the company entered and won the Ohio State Business Builders Club with this idea, and they used the prize money to develop the prototypes shown. They'll use Kickstarter funding to put it into production. They're half way to their goal of $25,000, and funding options that get you a Juiceboxx start at $20.

...

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09:30
Billboard claims iTunes Radio isn't the hit...

The debut of iTunes Radio last summer signaled a fundamental shift in Apple's music strategy. First and foremost, iTunes Radio was Apple's not-so-subtle acknowledgment that the musical landscape that framed Steve Jobs' oft-repeated line about...

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09:30
Bruno iPhone 5/5s Case: Premium Leather, Excellent...

In October 2013 Blacksmith-Labs out of Canada introduced their first iPhone holsters made from premium quality leather and metal alloy belt clips. The design concept is modern minimalist and it is different from any other case design this reviewer has seen.

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09:25
Don’t miss the Lunar Eclipse on April 14–15!

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Slate:

Do you live in North America, South America, Australia, or eastern Asia? Then you get to see a lunar eclipse on the night of April 14–15! And while North America is the best place to watch—we’ll get to see the whole event—the real action doesn’t begin until 05:58 UTC on the April 15, which is just before 02:00 EDT, so it’s a bit late. You might just want to stay up for it, though.

I’ll be having a nap later this afternoon so I can get up and take photos of the eclipse. In related news, apparently I’m so old now I need a nap in order to be up at midnight.
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09:24
T-Mobile abolishes excess usage fees from all plans...

T-Mobile will be eliminating overage fees on all of its consumer plans, the carrier has revealed in its third day of Un-carrier announcements. Following the launch of the Simple Starter plan and the Tablet Freedom introduction on Wednesday and Thursday last week, the new announcement is accompanied by a call by president and CEO John Legere for other carriers to remove excess charges from their plans....

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09:22
9to5Toys Last Call: SanDisk wireless iOS flash...

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

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09:11
Apple considering hiking price of iPhone 6 by $100,...

Apple has been asking carriers for approval to raise the base subsidized price of the iPhone 6 from $199 to $299, claims Jefferies analyst Peter Misek. The carriers have allegedly balked at the idea so far. Apple could potentially justify the increase due to the phone's bigger size; it's unclear in fact if the hike would apply to the 4.7-inch model or the 5.5-inch one, since Misek refers to just one iPhone 6. Many shoppers would likely assume a 5.5-inch phone would be more expensive....

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09:00
PhotoFlip! annotates iPhone photos but needs work

PhotoFlip! (free) is a really clever idea that lets you add notes to any photo. By just creating a shell around your existing photos with metadata, it doesn't re-copy the photos wasting space on your iOS device. Notes can be at the top or bottom of...

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08:56
Steve Jobs quotes

There are definitely some great ones here.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:55
Apple Buys Hydroelectric Plant to Power Oregon Data...

Apple is aiming to use hydroelectric energy to power its Prineville, Oregon data center, and has purchased a power plant to make that happen. The company recently bought a hydroelectric plant that's under construction near its data center and will use it to generate up to 3.5 megawatts for the facility.The Mac Observer Spin: Considering Apple's potential plans to expand its Prineville center again, any extra power it can generate will be a welcome find. Apple made a commitment to use renewable energy sources when it can, so it's great to see the company following through.

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08:38
Pandora adds alarm clock feature for iPad, new app...


After introducing a new alarm clock feature for iPhone users back in December, streaming music service Pandora today updated its iPad app with the same functionality. The app already let users fall asleep to music using a Sleep Timer feature, and with today’s update to version 5.3 iPad users will now be able to set song or artist stations as alarm clocks.
The alarm clock feature also packs in the usual snooze feature and can be configured from Settings inside the...

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08:38
Aftermarket CarPlay Systems Available Later This...

Alpine is scheduled to ship an aftermarket car system that includes Apple's CarPlay integration. Plans are to release the system this fall for US$500-700, making CarPlay an option for those who aren't in the market for a new car.The Mac Observer Spin: This is fantastic news. When Apple showed CarPlay off at the Geneva Motor Show in March, one of the first questions many people had was whether or not this would be an aftermarket feature or something only available to new cars. Now we know.

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08:36
OS X: FaceTime calls no longer connect when using...

When using FaceTime with OS X Snow Leopard, you may not be able to send or receive calls.

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08:32
White Hats Use Heartbleed to Steal Keys


The tech industry reeled last week when security researchers discovered a flaw in a key security technology in the Internet's infrastructure. The bug, ghoulishly named "Heartbleed," was found in an open source library, OpenSSL, used by the protocol, SSL, used to encrypt data in transit on the Net. By exploiting the flaw with a specially crafted packet, hackers can extract data from a server's memory in 64K chunks. "This is indeed one of the worst vulnerabilities in the history of the Web," said Amit Sethi, a technical manager at Cigital.

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08:30
Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth coming...

Sid Meier's Civilization series has sold millions of copies and inspired countless sleepless nights from addicted players. Over the course of five titles the series has allowed players to experience building the greatest empires in the history of the...

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08:19
Theme Inn launches iOS version of Bundle for MS...

Theme Inn has expanded its productivity templates with the release of the iOS version of Bundles for Microsoft Office. It requires iOS 6.1 or later.
The new pack of designs is designed to complement the newly released Microsoft Office Mobile with 200 assorted designs for Word, 20 matching template lines for Word, 40 spreadsheet designs for Excel, and 40 slideshow themes for PowerPoint.
Bundler for MS Office costs US$10.99 and is available at the Apple App Store in the Productivity category. Go to www.themeinn.com for more info.

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08:15
Free 1Password tutorial video and more news for...

Another Monday is upon us. But don't despair, it brought enough Apple news to share with the entire class. Let's get started.

In light of the Heartbleed threat, ScreenCastsOnline has made a tutorial video featuring 1Password available for free....

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08:10
Twin Moons game free for Mac OS X, iOS this week

From April 14th to the 20th, G5 will make Twin Moons, a hidden object adventure game, available for free for Mac, iOS, and Google Play platforms.
The game involves you in the story of a talented scientist who worked on a secure mission to open the Half World and give people divine powers. You get to device if characters get immortality or not. Go to http://www.g5e.com/corporate/about for more info.

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07:57
LightSaber Sunglasses From Thinkgeek

Initially I was all set to tell you about the Han in Carbonite Rug, because that is an awesome thing and it warms my heart to live in a world where it exists. But when I went to the What's New page over at ThinkGeek, I was distracted by something even better. What, you ask, could possibly be better than a Carbonite Han Solo Rug? And I answer: Lightsaber sunglasses. Did I mention they light up? Oh yes. Available in green, blue, and red, they're Wayfarer-styled shades that light up (with replaceable button cell batteries). For US$20 (plus shipping), they are no more expensive than most sunglasses I purchase because if I'm going to (inevitably) lose them anyway I'd rather be out $20 instead of $100 or more. Did I mention they light up?

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07:42
∞ Fender Custom Shop Master Design 1950s Relic...

Fender Custom Shop master builder Todd Krause introduces you to his personalized creation, the Master Design 1950s Relic Stratocaster.

Holy shit, that’s beautiful.

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07:38
Aftermarket CarPlay console coming this fall, costs...

Soon, you'll be able to use Apple's CarPlay without buying a whole new car.

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So far, consoles compatible with Apple's CarPlay feature have only been integrated into a handful of high-end cars. If you want to use the feature without buying an entirely new vehicle, Alpine Electronics will soon be able to hook you up—Nikkei reports that the company will begin selling a standalone CarPlay console in the US and Europe this fall. The console is "likely" to have a 7-inch display and will reportedly cost between $500 and $700.
Alpine already sells a lineup of entertainment and navigation systems, and it's possible that this new CarPlay-...

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07:38
Photos show alleged schematics, molds for iPhone 6 [...

(Updated with Nowhereelse mold photo) Photos posted to Chinese site Sina Weibo show what appear to be schematics and case molds for a next-generation iPhone. The schematics indicate a design roughly consistent with current iPhones, including touches like chamfered edges and thin bezels. It's difficult to determine size, but one obvious difference is the phone's depth, which is even thinner than the iPhone 5s....

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07:36
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07:30
NuForce NE-600X earbuds improve the sound of your...

With iPhones being used more frequently than iPods for listening to music, people have begun to look at ways to improve on the EarPods included in every iPhone box.

NuForce is a small California company that has a rather complete line of audio...

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07:24
Apple earns more than HP, Google, Intel and Cisco...
07:17
Readdle’s Calendar apps get new iPad UI, custom...

Readdle, the developer behind popular Calendar apps for iPhone and iPad, today updated both its free Calendars by Readdle and the $2.99 Calendars 5 with a number of notable new features.
First up, both apps get an updated iPad UI that includes a number of tweaks for improved navigation and layout. For iPhone users, version 5.4 of the apps brings the ability to create custom reminders, while both iPhone and iPad users gain Smart Input support in new languages including Italian, French, and Spanish. Those new features are in addition to a handful of other improvements and fixes that you’ll notice throughout both apps.
Calendars by Readdle is...

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07:14
Briefly: BlackBerry 'Heartbleed' updates,...

BlackBerry has added itself to the list of companies working to fix issues caused by the 'Heartbleed' OpenSSL security flaw. Senior vice president Scott Totzke told Reuters that, though the majority of BlackBerry products are unaffected, by not using OpenSSL, it will still need to issue updates to Secure Work Space corporate e-mail and the BlackBerry Messenger clients for iOS and Android....

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07:03
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 14...

Notable software releases this week include OmniOutliner 4.0.4, PCalc 4, FileMaker Pro and FileMaker Pro Advanced 13.0.2, and BBEdit 10.5.10 and TextWrangler 4.5.8. 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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07:02
ExtraBITS for 14 April 2014

In this week’s ExtraBITS, we have a profile of legendary Macintosh icon artist Susan Kare and recollections of Steve Jobs from Don Melton, the creator of Safari. Microsoft poked a bit of fun at itself with an Escape from XP game, NPR has arrived on iTunes Radio, and a former Apple Genius tells you how to maximize your iPhone’s battery life without turning off every feature. Finally, Managing Editor Josh Centers was interviewed on the Ask TUAW Live and The Tech Night Owl podcasts. 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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07:00
iPhone 101: What model of iPhone do I have?

When you purchase a new iPhone, it's pretty easy to know exactly what you bought. But what about the situation where someone gives you an iPhone and they're not really sure what it is? Apple doesn't help out, as they don't label the phones with...

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06:58
CrucialTec's CEO Spins a Tale of being foiled...

Behind the worsening performance at Korea's CrucialTec, it was revealed during their annual shareholders' meeting that they failed to strike a supply deal for fingerprint sensors in Samsung’s new Galaxy S5. With their performance on shaky ground, CrucialTec's CEO recounts a tale of his meeting with Apple's late CEO Steve Jobs.

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06:53
New photograph of purported 'iPhone 6'...

Just days after pictures surfaced of what were said to be molds for Apple's next-generation iPhone, a new photograph has emerged that gives a clearer indication of the parts' scale and sheds light on the possible physical dimensions of the new handset.

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06:31
∞ Cat Stevens: Father and Son

One of the greatest songs ever written.

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06:25
Alpine to launch aftermarket CarPlay add-ons in fall

Car audio and navigation company Alpine will start selling its first aftermarket CarPlay upgrade in the fall, according to Nikkei. Details are relatively scarce, but the unit will reportedly cost between $500 and $700, and "likely" measure 7 inches. Given the nature of CarPlay, the unit will presumably need to be dealer-installed....

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06:23
New picture of supposed iPhone molds further...

 

Pictures of supposed iPhone 6 production tooling leaked out yesterday. However, the initial images of the molds were blurry and lacked context. A new picture from Nowhereelse.fr compare the molds directly to an iPhone 4s.
The new device is substantially larger than the 4s. Nowhereelse did some Photoshopping and overlaid an iPhone 5s onto the image proportionally to gauge how big the impression actually is. Using this method, the site guesses a screen size of approximately 4.7 inches — as has been rumored by many sources in the past
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06:08
T-Mobile says it will end domestic overages in May,...

Following a number of new initiatives launched last week including its new Simple Starter plan and new perks for tablet users, T-Mobile issued a press release today calling for an end to overages and urging consumers to sign a petition for AT&T, Sprint and Verizon to do the same.

Traditional wireless plans start with a low monthly fee for a fixed amount of domestic minutes, texts or data.  Once consumers go over those limits – even by a little – they’re hit with dramatically higher rates and extreme penalties.  These plans seem purpose-built to drive customers over that invisible line into massive overage charges.

In the press...

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06:01
Lying Google bastards

Remember last week when Android engineering VP, Hiroshi Lockheimer, testified in the Apple vs. Samsung trial and lied his ass off saying, “Google did not look to copy the iPhone when it designed Android.” Lies.

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06:00
MacSysAdmin 2014!

Well, it’s that time of the year when one of my favorite conferences opens up registration! Come one, come all to MacSysAdmin for good times, good people and lots of fun Macinnerdiness! I hope to see you there! The official page is up at http://www.macsysadmin.se.

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06:00
Rumor Roundup: Fourth-power stupid

iWatch cost could be subsidized by health insurers, analyst suggests (9to5 Mac)

According to some analyst:

"We continue to believe it is possible the product (iWatch) is backstopped by some sort of insurance subsidization model similar to the...

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05:58
Unlikely scenario: Analyst Peter Misek says Apple...


Analyst Peter Misek, via StreetInsider, is saying that Apple is looking to raise iPhone 6 prices by as much as $100. Misek claims that Apple has been actively negotiating the increase with carrier partners.

Misek says that Apple can leverage the iPhone 6′s market power to force carrier’s hands. He says that carriers believe the iPhone 6 will be the only headline-worthy phone this year and that carriers need the iPhone to retain subscribers.
But we think this general lack of differentiation could be the reason why Apple may be able to get a price increase. Carriers realize that the iPhone 6 will...

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05:57
New Photo of Alleged iPhone 6 Manufacturing Mold...

Over the weekend, several photos surfaced reportedly showing details on manufacturing molds for the iPhone 6. While the manufacturing mold photos left it unclear as to the size of the device body it would yield, a new photo shared by Nowhereelse.fr [Google Translate] shows a nearly identical mold with an iPhone 4s placed next to it for comparison. Calculations based on the comparison suggest that the mold could in fact yield a device with a display of roughly 4.7 inches, in line with the rumored size for the smaller of the two iPhone 6 models. One source of uncertainty lies in the shape of the mold, which is tapered. But Nowhereelse.fr believes that there are...

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05:40
Digital design app Sketch 3 released for Mac

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This will be good news for a lot of graphic designers on the Mac. Bohemian Coding today released version 3.0 of its digital design app Sketch bringing new features and improvements. Here’s the list of features from Sketch 3:
NEW IN VERSION 3:- Symbols, for reusing elements in your design- Text Styles and Layer Styles, redesigned and...

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05:37
Apple reportedly probing carriers about potential $...

Apple has apparently shown interest in raising the price of its next generation of iPhone models by $100, and has sought approval from carriers to do so, according to one Wall Street analyst.

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05:27
Play Nintendo DS games on non-jailbroken devices...


nds4ios has released a special version of the app that runs on non-jailbroken devices using a sneaky workaround. As the app is not available in the App Store, previously the app could only be installed on jailbroken devices, such as through the Cydia jailbreak app store. The app gets around Apple’s restrictions by using an enterprise provisioning profile reports TourchArcade. This is normally meant for businesses to distribute apps to company employees, but nds4ios is exploiting it as a way to enable widespread app distribution. Find install instructions after the break.

Apple has already...

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05:24
Assaulted for wearing Google Glass, but not for...

Kyle Russell writes for Business Insider. He was wrapping up an assignment, covering a protest of a Google lawyer turned part-time landlord, when someone ran up to him and grabbed his Google Glass from his face.

The story is less about this assault and more about the impact well heeled startups are having on the local communities. As the money floods in, housing prices rise, taxes increase, and local residents are prices out of their homes. Anger and resentment brews. Can this be fixed? A thoughtful read.
∞ Read this on The Loop...

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05:16
Apple Reportedly Negotiating with Carriers for $100...

Apple is negotiating with wireless carriers to raise the price of the iPhone 6 by $100, claims Jefferies analyst Peter Misek (Via StreetInsider). Carriers initially are refusing to negotiate on the iPhone's $199 base price, but they may not be able to resist as the iPhone 6 is shaping up to be 2014's blockbuster handset. "The possibility may at first seem far-fetched in light of investor concerns regarding possible carrier subsidy and handset price cuts due to smartphone saturation and lack of differentiation," Misek comments. "But we think this general lack of differentiation could be the reason why Apple may be able to get a price increase. Carriers realize that the iPhone 6 will likely be the only headline-worthy high-end phone launched this year and that they will lose subs if they do not...

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05:02
Sinisa Drpa introduces Effect Stack for Mac OS X

Sinisa Drpa has introduced Effect Stack, a non-destructive image editor for Mac OS X. It requires Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks or later and costs US$9.99.
Effect Stack allows users to chain multiple image filters. It offers a choice of a variety of filters that can be stacked together and saved as pre-sets that can be re-used.
The filters' effects ripple downward through the stack, changing the current stack of the selected image or images. Effect Stack supports all image formats supported by OS X. Go to http://tinyurl.com/n838vwj for more info.

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05:00
Daily App: Trials Frontier comes to iOS with solid...

Ubisoft acquired game development company RedLynx in 2011 and promised to bring the company's popular Trials series of video games to the iOS platform. Platform racing video game Trials debuted in 2000 on the desktop and made a name for itself on...

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04:49
ScreenCastsOnline Offers Free 1Password Tutorial...

With heartbleed posing such a serious security risk for everyone that spends any time online, ScreenCastsOnline is doing what it can to help out by offering a 1Password tutorial for free. 1Password is an app that helps you create strong passwords, manages the passwords for all of your logins, and stores other bits of sensitive information for you, too. ScreenCastsOnline produces great tutorial videos on a wide range of tech topics, and is an awesome resource for learning all about the apps you use on your Mac, iPhone and iPad.

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04:46
∞ Cry Baby: The Pedal That Rocks The World

[VIDEO] The wah-wah guitar pedal emerged in the 60s as a huge influence in the guitar universe. I still have mine. A fantastic invention.

Cry Baby: The Pedal That Rocks The World tells the story of the wah wah effect pedal, from its invention in 1966 to the present day. Musicians, engineers, and historians discuss the impact of the pedal on popular music and demonstrate the various ways it has been used, as well as how its evolution has improved the ability of artists to express themselves musically. The film features interviews with Brad Plunkett, the inventor of the pedal, plus many other musical luminaries such as Ben Fong-Torres, Eddie Van Halen, Slash, Buddy Guy, Art Thompson, Eddie Kramer, Kirk Hammett, Dweezil Zappa, and Jim Dunlop. These professionals explain how a musical novelty transcended convention and has become timelessly woven into the fabric of modern pop-culture.

Video embedded in the original post.

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04:34
Alpine to release aftermarket CarPlay system

Alpine Electronics will sell a standalone console featuring Apple’s CarPlay system this fall, Nikkei Asian Review reports. It will be the first aftermarket CarPlay product. The system will be available first in the U.S. and Europe and will “likely cost around $500 to $700.” It’s noted that the screen…

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04:31
Hands on: Sony Portable Headphone Amplifier (PHA-2)

Just as Apple seems to have switched its attention away from standalone music players in favor of its iPhone and iPad businesses, Sony has made a play for the burgeoning high-resolution audio market. One of its latest high-resolution audio devices is the PHA-2 portable headphone amplifier that has been designed to work particularly well with Macs and Apple's iPhone and iPads. Not only does the device sport an in-built battery for use on the go, it also includes a high-quality DAC that supports 24-bit/192kHz audio files that includes a digital input for iPhones and iPads. Helping improve sound......

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04:28
Alpine to sell stand-alone CarPlay consoles

Nikkei.com:

While a slew of carmakers will soon start offering vehicles that come standard with a CarPlay interface built in, the Japanese company’s device is to be the first aftermarket product compatible with the system. It will first be available in the U.S. and Europe and likely cost around $500 to $700.

The device will connect to an iPhone 5 or later by wire. Drivers will be able to view maps on its screen, likely 7 inches, and use voice commands to access messages, make calls and play music. The system will be able to read messages and directions aloud.

This looks pretty cool. A real boost for CarPlay.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:13
Samsung's Galaxy S5 is a Dud According to...

Late last week a news report from Korea delivered a blow to Samsung by exposing just how poorly their new Galaxy S5 is really selling. Considering that this is Samsung's home turf, if the Galaxy S5 is selling that badly, it's likely being mirrored around the globe. Our report will show you just how bad it is.

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04:00
Why Is It So Hard to Think Different?


I've been having an interesting week -- first, with AMD, which has returned to profitability and stopped chasing Intel's butt to do some rather interesting different things, like merging x86 and ARM technologies. Then, with IBM, which also realized that chasing Intel wasn't doing it any good. It chose an even more unusual path, making its processors "open." Looking back at Apple's incredible success in mobile, it stepped out for the iPod, creating a very different offering, and then took a cookie cutter to the smartphone and tablet market.

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03:56
RESTfm 3 released for FileMaker Server

FileMaker solutions provider, Goya Pty, has launched RESTfm version 3, the latest update for their RESTful Web Services product for FileMaker Server.
RESTfm allows you to share your FileMaker Server based data with a RESTful Web Service API [appliation programming interface] and allow access to read, create, edit and delete records from any application that has web access. Version 3 is updated for FileMaker Server 13 and Mac OS X 10.9, as well as adding exciting new functionality.
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03:39
Research: over over 80% of U.S. households have a...

Parks Associates has released research that provides in-depth analysis, competitor profiles, business model strategies, trends, and forecasts for product and service ecosystems serving the connected consumer.
Currently 75% of U.S. homes have broadband, and over 80% of these households have a home network. Over 60% own connected CE, including over 80% of consumers 18-34, and the average household has nearly seven connected CE devices.
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03:21
Kool Tools: ReelSmart Motion Blur 5

RE:Vision Effects' recently released ReelSmart Motion Blur 5 adds GPU support for Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer/Symphony/Newscutter, The Foundry Nuke, Assimilate Scratch, and Sony Vegas Pro.
ReelSmart Motion adds more natural looking blur to a sequence. You can add as little or as much blurring as you need, or even remove motion blur. Also included in some RSMB versions is a feature that allows you to blur with user-supplied motion vectors that, most likely, come from a 3D animation system.
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02:17
Car electronics manufacturer Alpine to sell...

Alpine devices already integrate with the Siri Eyes Free feature of iOS devices.
In March, Mercedes-Benz said that it had plans to offer aftermarket CarPlay units by the end of 2014. As noticed by MacRumors, a Nikkei report from Saturday reveals that car electronics manufacturer Alpine has similar plans.
Alpine will begin selling a standalone car console that integrates CarPlay in the fall. Although many car manufacturers are going to offer CarPlay-equipped cars in their new ranges very soon, Alpine will be the first company to sell an independent CarPlay unit,...

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Sunday April 13

23:46
Android docs reveal before iPhone, Google's...

Before and after versions of Google's internal "software functional requirements" documents released in the Apple vs Samsung trial this week show that prior to Apple's 2007 iPhone debut, Google's vision for Android was a simple button phone running Sun's Java.

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20:36
Briefly: PrinterPro adds more languages, Deckset...

Wireless printing app for iPhone PrinterPro has announced that it has been localized into nine languages. Now the app is available in German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese as well as English. The software allows users to print attachments, documents and web pages from their iPhone on any Wi-Fi or USB-connected printer. Currently free for the remainder of its 24-hour promotion, Printer Pro can be downloaded through iTunes, and is normally priced at $5....

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19:46
Alpine Planning to Release Aftermarket CarPlay...

Car electronics manufacturer Alpine will begin selling a standalone aftermarket console that will support Apple's CarPlay vehicle integration feature, reports Japanese business newspaper Nikkei. Alpine's offering, which will likely be the first aftermarket device to support CarPlay, is said to hit the United States and Europe this year with a cost of around $500 to $700. While CarPlay will be found in a number of announced and upcoming vehicles from manufacturers such as Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, BMW, Ford, GM, and Honda, the integration of the system into older vehicles has been a topic of much discussion in recent months. Pioneer Electronics ...

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19:16
Auki may be the best quick reply tweak for iOS 7 (...


Auki is a new jailbreak tweak from Surenix and Benno available for iOS 7. This tweak brings a native style quick reply feature to the Messages app. Along with that, Auki provides several other features including a “Silent Mode” that can be applied to individual contacts, similar to Tweetbot’s mute feature.

When you receive a message, you’ll have the ability to tap on the “reply” button found on the notification banner to pull up Auki and begin composing your response. In addition to its quick reply functionality, Auki’s new message popup can also be activated within the Notification Center by swiping down...

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17:02
Florian Mueller backs Samsung legal strategy of...

A prominent patent law blogger has again raised the argument that Apple's patented features have very little value, while stopping short of saying that Samsung should just stop using the infringing technology.

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15:41
∞ Tim Cook’s Lifetime Achievement Award from Auburn...

Much respect, Tim. You can read more on the Auburn Web site.

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15:13
MGG 497: How To Be a Consultant & Cool Stuff...

John and Dave kick off this Sunday's show with a discussion about upgrading your older Macs with SSDs, the first in a series about the topic. Then it's onto sharing advice from your two favorite geeks and your fellow listeners about being a computer consultant in today's world, helping other folks with their computers and technology. Finally, it's the fan favorite: Cool Stuff Found. LOTS here to enjoy. Download now, prepare yourself, and press play!

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15:08
NDS4iOS Nintendo DS Emulator Now Available to...

NDS4iOS, a Nintendo DS emulator that runs on both non-jailbroken and jailbroken iOS devices, is now available to install through an over-the air download, reports TouchArcade. Similar to the first version of the popular GBA4iOS Game Boy emulator, NDS4iOS requires a device's date to be set back to a prior date, specifically February 8, 2014. The emulator allows users to play Nintendo DS ROMs directly on their iPads and iPhones, and is compatible with iOS devices running iOS 5.1.1 and above. NDS4iOS also includes features such as Dropbox integration and iOS 7 controller support, as well as a settings menu that contains options for control pad style and position. Although several emulators such as the ...

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14:14
Rumor: Photos of iPhone 6 manufacturing molds,...

A set of photos published to the Chinese microblogging website Sina Weibo on Sunday allegedly show detailed schematics, CAD renderings and physical manufacturing molds for Apple's next-generation iPhone.

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14:00
Talkcast tonight, 7pm PT/10pm ET: Heartbleed Edition!

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

We come once again to the long standing Sunday night tradition of the TUAW talkcast! This week we'll be chatting with special guest Jeff Gamet, Managing Editor...

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13:49
When it comes to iBeacon Readiness, iOS-7 iDevices...

If developers are wondering what platform to choose for their beacon technology rollout, it's a no brainer. The current score has 87% of iOS devices ready and 2.5% of Android devices ready at this very moment. Here's a trend Google apparently never saw coming. A new slide show is now available that can provide everyone with the ABC's of beacon technology and applications. It's not iBeacon specific, but it does illustrate Apple's iOS dominance in this area of technologies.

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12:56
Alleged Images of iPhone 6 Chassis and Manufacturing...

A new set of leaks showing alleged manufacturing molds and chassis sketches of the iPhone 6 have surfaced on Chinese microblogging site Weibo [Google Translate, via GforGames]. The photos are said to come from a factory belonging to Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn, as the first set of images show very detailed drawings of the chassis for a smartphone-type device, while the second set images are said to be of the manufacturing die used for Apple’s next-generation iPhone. While the validity of the images cannot be confirmed, the leak follows a number of others in the past few months. Last month,...

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12:16
TypeStatus beta tweak for Mac puts iMessage typing...


Following the success of Hashbang Productions’ iOS jailbreak tweak TypeStatus, the development group has released a beta version of the tweak for OS X. TypeStatus for Mac will provide simple system-wide notifications in the OS X menu bar when your iMessage has been read or someone is typing a response.

From Hashbang Productions’ Blog:
TypeStatus for Mac is a simple addition to your OS X menu bar that displays typing and read receipt notifications, much like the iOS version. TypeStatus also has built-in support for the awesome...

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12:14
Google Invents Micro Cameras for Future Smart...

Last month Patently Apple pointed to a new wearable computer idea from Google that will be one of their Google Glass spinoff devices involving smart contact lenses. While our other IP blog called Patent Bolt will be covering many of Google's many patents on this subject throughout the coming week, the one that I wanted to bring to Patently Apple is one that discusses Google's intent to integrate micro cameras right in the very fabric of a future contact lens system. There's an adage that states "Keep your friends close but your enemies closer." Google's former CEO Eric Schmidt ...

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Eyefi Unveils New Eyefi Cloud Service Th...
Eyefi Unveils New Eyefi Cloud Service That Allows Users to Share Media Across Personal Devices Posted by Tre Lawrence on April 18th, 2014 [ permalink ] | Read more »
Tales from the Dragon Mountain: The Lair...
Tales from the Dragon Mountain: The Lair Review By Jennifer Allen on April 18th, 2014 Our Rating: :: STEADY ADVENTURINGiPad Only App - Designed for the iPad Treading a safe path, Tales from the Dragon Mountain: The Lair is a dependable casual adventure game.   | Read more »
Yahoo Updates Flickr App with Advanced E...
Yahoo Updates Flickr App with Advanced Editing Features and More Posted by Tre Lawrence on April 18th, 2014 [ permalink ] | Read more »
My Incredible Body - A Kid's App to...
My Incredible Body - A Kid's App to Learn about the Human Body 1.1.00 Device: iOS Universal Category: Education Price: $2.99, Version: 1.1.00 (iTunes) Description: Wouldn’t it be cool to look inside yourself and see what was going on in there? With My Incredible Body, you can! | Read more »
Trials Frontier Review
Trials Frontier Review By Carter Dotson on April 18th, 2014 Our Rating: :: A ROUGH LANDINGUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Trials Frontier finally brings the famed stunt racing franchise to mobile, but how much does its free-to-play nature affect the game?   | Read more »
Evernote Business Notebook by Moleskin I...
Evernote Business Notebook by Moleskin Introduced – Support Available in Evernote for iOS Posted by Tre Lawrence on April 18th, 2014 [ permalink ] | Read more »
Sparkle Unleashed Review
Sparkle Unleashed Review By Jennifer Allen on April 18th, 2014 Our Rating: :: CLASSY MARBLE FLINGINGUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad It’s a concept we’ve seen before, but Sparkle Unleashed is a solidly enjoyable orb shooting game.   | Read more »
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