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Friday April 17

11:00
The philosophy behind Focus Points in Sway

We just touched the surface of the problem area in today’s announcement, so we’d like to dive a little further with you in this post since this truly was an interesting problem.
How does Sway automatically crop images?
First a little background. When we built Sway’s “designer in a box” code, we created an algorithm that we call “Smart Cropping,” and this has been working silently in the background since Sway Preview started in October 2014. This algorithm evaluates pictures in order to understand what is interesting and what isn’t so Sway can create well-composed image crops.
When you drop a picture into your Sway, there’s a lot going on behind the scenes. Sway identifies things like faces, invariant regions (what’s uniform), horizons and other strong lines, and more, as well as how...

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10:56
Apple Watch Try-Ons Are Both Hype and Help

Julio Ojeda-Zapata visited Apple Stores in his area for Apple Watch try-ons. The experience proved more enjoyable and enlightening than he expected and cured some of his misconceptions about Apple’s new smartwatch.  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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10:51
Ex-Apple SVP Scott Forstall is now a producer on a...

Less than 24 hours after a report surfaced revealing Scott Forstall began serving as an advisor to Snapchat last year, the former iOS chief has announced via his Twitter account an unrelated project: a Broadway musical.
I’m thrilled to be co-producing the Broadway musical Fun Home opening this Sunday. Bravo to the phenomenal team!
The announcement is especially notable as it marks the first time the former Apple executive has surfaced in public since his ousting at Apple under current CEO Tim Cook in late 2012....

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10:40
Former iOS Chief Scott Forstall is Now a Broadway...

Former Apple iOS chief turned Snapchat advisor Scott Forstall has taken on a new project, according to his first ever tweet on Twitter. Forstall is co-producing the upcoming Broadway musical Fun Home, a show that opens this Sunday. I'm thrilled to be co-producing the Broadway musical Fun Home http://t.co/PqrKKZGcxY opening this Sunday. Bravo to the phenomenal team!— Scott Forstall (@forstall) April 17, 2015 Forstall is listed as one of the producers of Fun Home along with his wife Molly on the Internet Broadway Database, and he and his wife also...

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10:30
External Link: iOS 8.3 Blocks File Managers and...

If you use a third-party file manager with an iOS device, then you had best hold off on installing iOS 8.3, as new security settings disable many of these apps. Utilities such as iFunbox, iTools, and iExplorer are all affected. iFunBox and iExplorer have been updated to work around the new security settings, but with the limitation that they only work with apps that use iTunes File Sharing. 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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10:20
Duluth Trading Co. apologizes to Don Henley

Don Henley will not take it easy when there’s a product being sold that references both his name and career with The Eagles, and now everyone knows: After filing a lawsuit against a Wisconsin clothing company that emailed an ad telling customers to “don a henley and take it easy” last October, the two sides have settled the case, with the company issuing an apology to both Henley and his fans for trying to be too clever.I really like Duluth Trading Co. and their ads, but they did go too far this time.∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:49
Riding in Driverless Cars Could Be Sickening


Self-driving vehicles could increase the likelihood of motion sickness in some riders, suggests a UMTRI study released last week. Motion sickness, also known as "kinetosis," is a condition marked by symptoms of nausea, dizziness and other physical discomfort. Three factors that contribute to motion sickness -- conflict between vestibular and visual inputs, inability to anticipate the direction of motion, and the lack of control over the direction of motion -- could be elevated in self-driving vehicles, the researchers noted.

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09:42
FBR Capital Markets gives Apple trillion-dollar...

Investment bank FBR this week rated Apple stock with a massive $185 price target, forecasting that the iPhone maker will eventually become the world's first corporation valued at $1 trillion.

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09:42
Keeping Up with the Snoops 9: Junk in the PRISM Trunk

In the latest edition of our series on the U.S. mass surveillance saga, comedian John Oliver figures out what will make Americans care about government surveillance, it turns out that mass surveillance was happening well before 9/11, we analyze the current presidential contenders on their privacy records, part of the Patriot Act may be coming to an end, and we take a look at Stingrays and the TSA. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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09:33
Maintain releases Cocktail 8.3 (Yosemite Edition)

Maintain has served Cocktail 8.3 (Yosemite Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X Yosemite.
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. Version 8.3 adds the ability to clear clear Dictation & Speech, Help, Spotlight and VoiceOver caches. It also resolves some minor compatibility issues with OS X Yosemite 10.10.3.
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09:30
Pastimes: Fishing

Pastime (noun): an activity that someone does regularly for enjoyment rather than work; a hobby; his favorite pastimes were shooting and golf. This weekly feature provides ideas on how to use your Apple devices to provide more enjoyment of your favorite hobbies and sports.

Here in the middle of the second decade of the 21st century, it shouldn't come as a shock to anyone that some of the more useful tools for fishing aficionados may not necessarily be found in a tackle box these days. There are many resources and tools available for the avid fisherman with an iPhone, iPad or Mac, so let's pull on the waders and take a look.

Apps

TROUT STREAM GPS

Trout Stream GPS: Fly Fishing Maps for America's Top Trout Streams (free with in-app purchases, universal)

Considered to be one of the best apps for fly fishing America's...

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09:07
Tip of the Day: Showing full conversation threads in...

Sometimes when you’re looking at a recent email it can be handy to be able to quickly refer back to earlier messages in the same conversation. While the “Organize by Thread” option (found in Settings under Mail, Contacts, Calendars) can be helpful if all of your messages are in the same folder, this is often not the case, particularly when it also involves messages you’ve sent, since these usually remain in the “Sent”…

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09:00
Office 365 news roundup

During the Golden Age of Advertising, when Coca-Cola taught the world to sing, Burger King promised we could have it our way, and Dinah Shore encouraged us to see the USA in our Chevrolet, nothing beat a product that was “new and improved.” That’s still true today. Fortunately, Office 365 is always new and improved—week after week, month after month, year after year. We never stop adding new features and improvements, and you never have to wait. You get them as soon as they are available.
The past couple of weeks have been a busy time for Office 365 updates and improvements. Just this week, we started rolling out Skype for Business Online to eligible customers worldwide; Office 2013 users can expect the new Skype for Business client as part of the April update. ...

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09:00
Enhanced non-delivery reports (NDRs) in Office 365

This post is written by Kevin Shaughnessy, senior program manager and Shobhit Sahay, technical product manager for the Office 365 team.
Regardless which email system or service you use, when an email message you send can’t be delivered you’ll receive a non-delivery report (NDR), also known as a bounce message. The NDR will tell you the message wasn’t delivered, but after that it’s mostly technical jargon designed more for computer science professionals than for the typical email user. You’re often left to fend for yourself to try to fix the issue, searching the web and posting questions on forums for clues to what’s going on and, more importantly, how to fix it. While advances in technology over the last 30 years have been immense, the state of the art in NDRs is still just an homage to 1982—overly technical and ill-designed for the modern email user. But that’s about to change.
Over the next several months, NDRs generated by Office 365 will be enhanced to make...

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08:47
The Big Six Canadian Banks Want to Introduce Apple...

Apple is planning to launch its mobile payments service in Canada this fall, marking the start of its international expansion of Apple Pay. Canada is an attractive market for Apple Pay because of the high level of iPhone market share.

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08:20
News: Apple Pay coming to Canada later this year?

Apple is currently in negotiations with Canada’s six major banks about a potential November Apple Pay launch, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal. This would mark the beginning of the expansion of the service outside of the U.S., and would be expected to enable mobile payments for both iPhone and Apple Watch users, for both credit and debit cards, according to people familiar with the matter. The banks are reportedly open…

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08:07
Apple's Phil Schiller, Marc Newson appear in...

Apple marketing head Phil Schiller and designer Marc Newson made an appearance at today's viewing event for the Apple Watch at the Salone del Mobile, a furniture design fair currently underway in Milan, Italy.

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08:00
9to5Toys Last Call: Ooma VoIP Phone w/ Bluetooth $90...

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Today’s can’t miss deals:
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08:00
Modern productivity—Office on Windows

Today’s post was written by Jared Spataro, general manager for the Office marketing team.
Today I’m excited to share that the Office Universal apps preview for Windows 10 for phone is expected to be available by the end of the month. With this announcement, we’re rounding out our Office on Windows line-up, and I wanted to take the opportunity to explain our strategy of Universal and Desktop apps.
Office Universal
Our Office Universal apps are designed for on-the-go productivity. They’re touch-first, built for tablets and phones, and optimized for viewing, quick edits, notes and mark-up. On a tablet, the Universal apps are fast, fluid, and streamlined for an immersive, hands-on experience. They’re fantastic for reading and perfect for touch- and pen-based content creation. On a phone, the Universal apps adapt to the smaller form factor. Commands and controls are moved to the bottom of the screen so you can triage your work and make edits one-handed with...

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07:48
Apple’s Phil Schiller & Marc Newson kick off...






Apple kicked off its Apple Watch showcase today at Milan’s Salone Del Mobile Design Fair in Italy and on hand at the event were Apple executives including marketing chief Phil Schiller and designer Marc Newson....

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07:45
Cheatsheet is a handy utility for iPhone

iOS developer Christopher Adam Overholtzer is my kindred spirit, and we've never even met.

In the press kit for his app Cheatsheet Quick Reference and Notes (universal, free with in-appp purchase), he notes:

"Cheatsheet was made by Adam Overholtzer, a UX designer and iOS developer living in California. He never remembers his employee ID number."

I was never able to remember my employee ID number, either. Or my wife's PO Box combination. Or where I parked the car. Or where my damn keys are. Fortunately for me, Christopher has done something about that. Cheatsheet Quick Reference and Notes (or "Cheatsheet" as I'll call it for the sake of brevity), is a dead-simple way to get tap-swipe reminders in your iPhone's Notification Center. There's a big old caveat with this one, but it shouldn't pose a problem for the intelligent user. Here's my look at Cheatsheet for iPhone and...

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07:40
Apple's Tim Cook is the most pay-efficient CEO...

The unprecedented financial success Apple has seen since Tim Cook took over as chief executive makes him the best corporate leader in America when it comes to pay versus performance, according to a new Bloomberg executive ranking.

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07:39
Apple Pay plans fall launch for Canada

Breaking news from the Wall Street Journal.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:31
Things 2.5.4 - Elegant personal task management. (...

Things is a task management solution that helps to organize your tasks in an elegant and intuitive way. Things combines powerful features with simplicity through the use of tags and its intelligent filter bar. A Leopard style source list allows for quick and easy focusing. Together with a beautiful user interface, Things aims at the seemingly impossible: making task management both easy and fun. Our screencast is a great introduction. Learn from our users why Things is different by visiting either on i use this or Newsvine.

  • The big picture. A Leopard-style source list lets you easily focus without ever switching...

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07:25
Review: Soen Audio Transit XS Wireless Speaker

Soen Audio has released Transit XS ($130), a smaller version of its Transit speaker, which we reviewed in 2013. Transit XS is a pocket-sized Bluetooth speaker — just slightly longer than an iPhone 6 Plus. The back of the speaker has a mount connector, which should attach to most camera mounts, as well as Soen's included mounting clip. An audio cable and micro-USB cable are also included with the speaker, which comes in black, white, red, purple, or blue.{/exp:char_limit}

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07:16
Photos show unreleased red sport band for Apple...

Two photos posted on Twitter today by British cyclist and ex-rugby player Will Carling show what appear to be unreleased Apple products, including a red version of the Apple Watch sport band and a folding UK wall adapter.

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06:46
Apple Stores to offer "Apple Watch Basics...

With a week to go until the official launch of the Apple Watch, Apple has updated its retail website to give potential buyers information about a new Apple Watch Basics workshop. The workshop doesn't appear to be something that is currently in the works for every Apple Store, but it's beginning to show up as a Concierge option at selected locations.

For example, I selected my local Apple Store (Aspen Grove) in the Apple Store iOS app and found the first workshop listed for Monday, April 27 at 10:15 AM MDT. The description for the workshop says:

“Bring your Apple Watch — along with your iPhone — and get familiar with your most personal device yet. We’ll show you how to get started using Glances, gestures, watch faces and more.”

If you were lucky enough to get a 4/24 - 5/8 scheduled delivery date for your Apple Watch and your local Apple Store is holding the workshop,...

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06:42
Apple Pay could launch in Canada this fall - report

Apple is preparing to launch its NFC-based mobile payments service in Canada this fall, a Friday report says, marking the first time Apple Pay would be officially offered outside of the United States.

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06:40
Apple Pay Launch in Canada Planned for November

Apple Pay is planned to launch in Canada in November, according to The Wall Street Journal. The report claims Apple is in negotiations with six Canadian banks about launching the mobile payments service in the first country outside of the United States. The six Canadian banks reportedly in talks with Apple include the Royal Bank of Canada, TD Canada Trust, Scotiabank, Bank of Montreal, CIBC and National Bank of Canada. The financial institutions, which together account for more than 90% of Canadian bank accounts, are open to supporting Apple Pay in Canada, although have expressed concern about fees and potential security issues."The banks are open to an agreement, but they aren’t happy with Apple’s fee proposals and are concerned about security vulnerabilities like the ones that U.S. banks experienced as they rolled out the service, the people said."Developing…...

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06:35
Report: Apple planning Apple Pay launch in Canada...


Apple is reportedly planning to launch Apple Pay in Canada, its first expansion of the payments service outside the U.S., this fall, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. The company is reportedly in talks with banks for a launch as soon as November:
The company is in negotiations with Canada’s six biggest banks about a potential November launch of the service which would enable mobile payments for both credit and debit cards using iPhones and the forthcoming Apple Watch, those people said.
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06:29
Review: Aircharge Qi wireless charging case for...

As a founding member of the Wires Are Evil club, I’ve been waiting impatiently for wide-area wireless charging, where any device on a desk or within a certain area of a room is wirelessly charged. That still seems a way off yet.
A good halfway house would be inductive charging powerful enough to work through the thickness of a desk, so your charging pads sit out of sight on the underside of the desk and your devices charge as soon as you put them down on the right place on the desk. Sadly today’s wireless charging standards are too weedy to work through even the thinnest of desks.
If you want wireless charging today, then, you’re going to have to have a visible wire to a charging pad, and place your device on that. Apple has so far limited wireless charging to the Apple Watch, but if you want it for your...

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06:25
Apple may Adopt Next-Gen OLED Displays for 2017 iPads

Last week a Korean report surfaced regarding Apple's iPad Pro 12.9 inch displays shifting to Oxide TFT LCD. The time frame discussed was 2015. Today, the same Korean source is now reporting that Apple iPad displays used in the late 2016-2017 time frame will shift to next-gen OLED displays.

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06:23
Photos show Apple Watch’s clever UK plug design, and...

You’ve probably seen a dozen celebrity endorsements of the Apple Watch by now ahead of its official ship date to customers in one week, but the latest photos shared by famed rugby player and captain turned cyclist Will Carling give us the first look at the power adapter expected to be included with the device in the United Kingdom.
Taking on a design similar to travel-...

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06:06
Apple Watch Goes on Display in Milan, Phil Schiller...

After being announced to appear at Milan's Salone Del Mobile Design Fair earlier in the week, today the Apple Watch was displayed for the first time to the public, outside of a retail store or pop up shop, at the design fair (via Macitynet) [Google Translate]. The Apple Watch on display in the Carlo e Camilla restaurant On display at the Carlo e Camilla restaurant in Segheria, the Watch is displayed in long rows of glass-topped tables, identical to its presentation in Apple's own retail locations. The fair is even allowing customers to experience the same try-on appointments happening in retail stores since pre...

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06:04
Exams for Service Technicians

Service technicians who troubleshoot and repair Apple products have to be certified as technicians and qualified separately for selected products. This article describes the current exams for these technicians and provides links to exam registration sites and other resources.

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06:00
Safari: "Could not open the page, too many...

This might happen if you visit a page that's been set to open another page, but the next page is instructed to go back to the original page.

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06:00
Five things you should do now to prepare for the...

Apple Watch pre-orders should begin arriving next week with the first deliveries expected on April 24th. Before your package arrives, you should spend some time preparing for the Watch so your first-day experience with it will be smooth sailing. Below are some tips you can do now while you are waiting for the Watch to make its way to your doorstep. Please feel free share any additional tips in the comments below.

Order accessories now

The accessory market for the Watch is in its infancy, but there still are a few items you should considering purchasing before the Watch arrives. First and foremost, you should order any accessory bands from Apple right away so you can have them as soon as possible. Ship times currently are in May, but those dates may slip as customers receive their Watches and want to accessorize them after the fact.

There also are a handful of different docks from companies like...

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05:51
Apple releases OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 Supplemental...

From the download/knowledge base page:The OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 Supplemental Update fixes a video driver issue that may prevent your Mac from starting up when running certain apps that capture video.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:45
News: Daily Deal: Last chance to get the Wireless...

Today in iLounge Deals you can grab a pair of Wireless Feather Buds Bluetooth earphones for only $24.99—60% off the normal price. A perfect mix of comfort, convenience, and high-quality sound, these bluetooth headphones are packed with great features. The noise-cancelling outer shell isolates the sounds you want to hear, and the lightweight and tangle-free design allows you to use and wear the earbuds comfortably. Bluetooth support provides…

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05:43
SEC probes bond disclosure in L.A. school district...

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has opened a probe into whether investors and other parties were properly informed about bonds being put towards the Los Angeles Unified School District's failed iPad program, a report said on Friday.

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05:37
60-Second Tips: Using Photos for OS X to quickly fix...

In today’s 60-second tip, we demonstrate how to use the new Photos app in OS X to quickly improve your less-than-perfect images.  I'm using one of my bird photos, which has a white haze as I shot it through the front window of my house. In less than a minute, it will be ready for use in our nature journal. 

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05:29
Apple Watch With Custom Red Sport Band, Folding UK...

British cyclist and former professional rugby player Will Carling has shared a pair of new photos on Twitter that appear to reveal two unreleased Apple products. The first photo shows a stainless steel Apple Watch with what looks like a custom red sport band, while the second photo provides a side-by-side look at an Apple charger with a unique folding plug design for use in the United Kingdom. Carling claims that Apple design chief Jony Ive provided him with the folding charger, which could be the official charger for the Apple Watch in the United Kingdom, and it is likely that is who gifted him the Apple Watch with a custom red sport band as well. Ive grew up in England and is known to be a rugby fan, and Carling was the former captain of England's national rugby team from 1988 to 1996. It is possible that the photo is actually of an...

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05:27
How to exclude files from Time Machine backups

Peter Cohen, writing for iMore, talks you through the Time Machine interface. It’s not difficult, perhaps obvious, but well worth the read and the thinking that goes with it.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:13
Apple's Retina MacBook bears first fruits of...

Already a showpiece of technical innovation, Apple's 12-inch Retina MacBook appears to have one more trick up it sleeve in the form of a new, in-house SSD controller likely born of the company's 2011 acquisition of Israeli firm Anobit.

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05:02
Apple adds more Apple Watch guided tours

Apple fleshed out its guided tour offerings, adding four new videos.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:58
Apple Stores to offer “Apple Watch Basics” workshops...

Smart offering from the Apple Workshop folks.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:47
Apple officially names Steve Dowling VP of...

Dowling replaces longtime Communications VP Katie Cotton.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:42
First Legal Shots Fired over Net Neutrality

Everyone knew any attempt by the FCC to regulate the Internet would be met with court challenges… and here they come. 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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04:06
AppleInsider podcast discusses Apple Watch try-ons,...

This week's all-new AppleInsider podcast is now available to download and subscribe in iTunes or SoundCloud, with detailed analysis of this week's news. Neil, Shane and Steve discuss their Apple Watch try-on experience and impressions, WWDC 2015 speculation, hopes and fixes for the anticipated iOS 9, and more.

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04:00
Yelp app for iOS updated, now compatible with Apple...



The Yelp app just became compatible with the Apple Watch.
On Thursday, Yelp announced that its iOS app is now compatible with the Apple Watch. As expected, the app provides the majority of the information and reviews found in the standard iOS app.
The main interface of the app shows four options for restaurants, bars, coffee & tea, and hot & new locations. Tapping on one will bring you to another screen with nearby results that fit your selected criteria.

The Yelp app is available for free and requires a device running iOS 7.0 or later to install and run.
If you’ve tried the new version of the app and have any feedback to offer, let us know in the...

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03:55
Tim Cook on Time’s list of 100 most influential...

Time published its annual list of its 100 most influential people and Tim Cook was right near the top.∞ Read this on The Loop

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03:43
Just when you thought the failed LA schools iPad...

We learned yesterday that the Los Angeles Unified School District may sue Apple for “millions of dollars” following the collapse of its plans to provide every student with an iPad. The mess eventually led to an FBI investigation and a federal review.
The latest development, as ever reported by the LA Times, says that the program is now the subject of a Securities and Exchange Commission inquiry into whether...

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03:35
World's largest companies spent $895 billion in...

IDC research group (www.idc.com) estimates that, including internal spending, the world's largest companies spent US$895 billion on technology in 2014.  IT vendors of all flavors long to harness a share of their hefty IT wallets not only for the revenue gains, but also for the bragging rights. 
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03:24
Apple Watch user-interface still seems confusing?...

Following the try-on appointments that allowed 15 minutes hands-on time with an Apple Watch (or an hour for the Edition), Apple is offering Apple Watch Basics workshops at selected retail stores. Appointments can be booked now, and the earliest workshops take place on the official (or perhaps now unofficial) launch date of 24th April.
It’s unlikely many people will have received their Apple Watch by this date, and you won’t be able to buy...

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03:16
NASA: nobody's going to Mars without our help

NASA's top priority is still taking humans to Mars, and it says private companies who want to do the same don't stand a chance without its support. Administrator Charles Bolden told a US House budget committee, "our ultimate focus is the journey to M...

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03:15
Strata announces Design 3D CX 8.0 for Mac

Strata has announced the latest version of its Strata Design 3D CX app (http://tinyurl.com/lw7t9ln) for creative professionals. Version 8.0 introduces features designed to enhance the design workflow; also, it leverages some of the latest technology in Mac OS X to provide access to more memory and faster rendering.
 
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03:00
Apple releases OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 Supplemental...



It’s not a huge update, but it might help.
Late Thursday, Apple released its OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 Supplemental Update. The update, which can be located, downloaded and installed via OS X’s App Store feature, fixes a video driver issue that might prevent your Mac from booting when running certain apps that capture video.

If you’ve tried the update and have any feedback to offer, let us know in the comments.

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03:00
Bing Image Search + OneNote & OneNote Online...

We on the OneNote team are always working to improve our experiences and provide more to our customers.  From big release to small updates and enhancements we are always listening to your feedback. In today’s post we wanted to introduce you to a couple recent updates: Clip to OneNote in Bing Image Search and an update to the OneNote Online Spell Check.
Introducing Clip it to OneNote
Recently, the Bing Image Search team announced a brand new experience that lets you do more, learn more and be inspired through image search. The OneNote team is proud to be involved in this partnership and is pleased to introduce Clip it to OneNote, a new feature in Bing Image Search.
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Thursday April 16

20:36
Apple to offer 'Apple Watch Basics'...

Apple's retail website was recently updated to reflect upcoming availability of a new Workshop called Apple Watch Basics, suggesting the company plans to roll out device training sessions for early Watch buyers from day one.

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19:59
iPhoto Library Manager 4.2 - Manage multiple iPhoto...

iPhoto Library Manager allows you to organize your photos among multiple iPhoto libraries, rather than having to store all of your photos in one giant library. You can browse the photos in all your libraries directly from iPhoto Library Manager, without having to open each library in iPhoto just to see its photos, and search across all your libraries to help track down a particular photo. Features include

  • Multiple iPhoto libraries. iPhoto Library Manager lets easily create libraries to split up your collection, avoiding iPhoto slowdowns.
  • Smarter searching. iPhoto Library Manager lets you search for photos across one library or many. You don't even need to launch iPhoto.
  • Copy photos and metadata. Put everything in its right place by dragging and dropping images from library to library.
  • Nix the dupes. Need to identify and remove duplicate photos across multiple...

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19:59
NeoOffice 2014.10 - Mac-tailored, OpenOffice-based...

NeoOffice is a complete office suite for OS X. With NeoOffice, users can view, edit, and save OpenOffice documents, PDF files, and most Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents. NeoOffice 3.x and OpenOffice users: before you buy NeoOffice, we recommend that you click on the "NeoOffice support" link and read the list of changes. NeoOffice is extremely stable and thousands of users use it daily. The NeoOffice engineers created NeoOffice in 2003 when they made OpenOffice run natively on OS X for the first time. Since then, the NeoOffice engineers have continually added improvements to NeoOffice that users will not find in OpenOffice such as:

  • Open Calc or Impress instead of Writer at launch using the NeoOffice > Open at Launch menu
  • OS X Versions
  • Native OS X grammar checking
  • Native OS X text highlighting
  • Native file locking support for local and networked volumes
  • OS X Services support
  • Native...

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19:58
Twitterrific adds Apple Watch app & actionable...

Twitterrific today has been updated with support for the Apple Watch. The update comes on the heels of Yelp also being updated with support for Apple’s latest product. The Twitterrific update bumps the app to version 5.11 and also includes actionable notifications. You can now reply to, favorite, and retweet tweets directly from the notification.

On the Apple Watch, Glance View with Twitterrific allows you to easily and quickly track tweet statistics, including retweets, favorites, and follower counts. To gain access to more Apple Watch features, you must buy the $1.99 in-app purchase for push notifications.
With the purchase of push notifications, you can receive Twitterrific notifications on your Apple Watch, including alerts for...

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18:51
Final Cut Pro X 10.2, Compressor 4.2, Motion 5.2

Adds capability to create animated 3D text in Final Cut Pro X and Motion, plus adds iTunes Store packaging capabilities to Compressor. ($299.99/$49.99/$49.99 new, free updates) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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16:58
Yelp comes to Apple Watch in latest app update,...

In the buildup to Apple Watch's debut next week, Yelp on Thursday updated its app with support for the wearable, bringing direct wrist access to tentpole features like nearby businesses, reviews, address lookups and more.

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16:20
Apple officially appoints Steve Dowling to VP of...

It appears Apple has filled the shoes of former PR chief Katie Cotton, as the company's Leadership webpage now lists former interim communications chief Steve Dowling as VP of Communications.

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16:11
Snapchat paid ousted Apple exec Scott Forstall 0.11...

A leaked email from last year's Sony Pictures data breach that surfaced Thursday reveals Snapchat granted former iOS chief Scott Forstall 0.11 percent of its stock in fully-diluted shares in return for being a special company advisor.

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16:05
OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 Supplemental Update 1.0

Fixes a video driver issue that prevented a Mac from starting up. (Free, 1.8 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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15:56
Apple officially names Steve Dowling as Vice...


Apple has officially named long time director of public relations Steve Dowling as its new Vice President of Communications, as noted on the company’s executive bios webpage. Dowling succeeds former Apple Communications head Katie Cotton, who left Apple in 2014 following Apple CEO Tim Cook choosing to take Apple in a new direction PR-wise. Dowling has led Apple’s Communications division for several months following Cotton’s departure, and he was internally named interim head of PR last October. Following the departure of Cotton, Apple’s PR strategy has been more open, with the company commenting more frequently on various news matters...

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15:53
Apple Maps partner Yelp announces Apple Watch app...


Yelp today has joined the long list of companies that have debuted apps for Apple Watch. In a blog post this evening, the popular ratings and reviews app shared the first screenshots of its Apple Watch app. The Yelp app for Apple Watch provides the majority of the information you’re used to seeing in the company’s other iOS apps, just on your wrist.

On Apple Watch, Yelp shows nearby restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and other businesses alongside...

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15:30
Apple Stores to Offer 'Apple Watch Basics...

Starting on April 24, it appears that Apple will be offering "Apple Watch Basics" workshops in some of its retail stores around the world, helping customers who begin receiving their watches on that day to learn how to use them. The classes are not yet listed on the company's website, but in the "Stores" section of the Apple Store app, the workshops are listed as an available option on April 24 for some retail stores both in the United States and other countries. Workshops take place at 1.5 hour intervals all day long in most locations and are also available on Saturday and Sunday. It appears that some locations may be offering extended hours to allow more time for hosting workshops. Customers who are interested in attending one of these workshops to learn more about the Apple Watch can schedule an appointment beginning today in a store where the appointments are listed. Not all stores are showing the workshops that will be available on April 24, however. Some...

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15:18
Ex-iOS chief Scott Forstall became Snapchat advisor...

Jobs and Forstall (Image via Getty)
According to a leaked email from the Sony Pictures hack, Snapchat has given former Apple executive Scott Forstall a 0.11 percent stake of its company for being an advisor. According to the email, Forstall was given his stake in early 2014 with his advisory occurring in January of that year.

Snapchat would not comment on the role of Scott Forstall as an advisor. In a statement to TechCrunch, however, the company said, “We have a number of advisors, but we don’t comment on the specifics of their relationship with the company.”
Snapchat was given a valuation of $10.5 billion in a recent round of investing, which would make Forstall’s share worth $16.5...

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15:15
Los Angeles school district’s iPad project subject...


The Securities and Exchange Commission launched an informal investigation on Thursday into the details of the Los Angeles Unified School District's (LAUSD) notorious $1.3 billion iPad project, which was supposed to give every child in the nation's second-largest school system an iPad loaded with Pearson curriculum. The Los Angeles Times said that a source inside LAUSD confirmed that the commission was asking questions about how the bond money that was set aside to fund the program was used.
The iPad program met many roadblocks since its inception in 2013, and recent allegations of improprieties during the bidding process for the bond money derailed the program permanently. Back in December, the FBI raided the school district's offices...

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15:00
Apple expands CarPlay availability to five new...

In an update to its iOS 8 Feature Availability webpage on Thursday, Apple announced the rollout of CarPlay services to five new countries, including Russia and Sweden.

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14:41
Chrome for iOS adds Today widget, Halo comes to...

Google today updated its Chrome for iOS Web browser with features such as an iOS 8 Notification Center widget and support for app extensions, while Microsoft launched its first Halo game for iOS, called Spartan Strike.

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14:38
Apple announces CarPlay availability in five new...

After expanding the feature to five new countries earlier this month, Apple today has again rolled out CarPlay to new countries. As noted on Apple’s iOS 8 Feature Availability page, CarPlay is now supported in Denmark, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, and Sweden. CarPlay is available in 25 countries total with today’s additions.

Earlier this month, CarPlay support came to Brazil, China, India, Thailand, and Turkey, even though the CarPlay Maps are not available in those countries. In today’s new additions, however, CarPlay does support Apple Maps.
CarPlay has slowly been gaining momentum after a scattered launch. Pioneer earlier this...

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14:26
China's Great Cannon Could Point Anywhere When...


China has a new censorship tool that is causing alarm. It's known as the "Great Cannon." The University of Toronto's Citizen Lab identified the tool in a report released last week. The Great Cannon was first used in March, to launch a large-scale DDoS attack on GitHub and GreatFire.org, Citizen Lab said. The attack apparently was designed to thwart efforts to circumvent Chinese censorship. However, the Great Cannon could "be used to attack any target anywhere in the world," said Tomer Weingarten, CEO of SentinelOne.

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14:00
AWT News Update: April 16, 2015

A light news day in the world of Apple, but enough to bring you our daily podcast! 

  • Apple releases a supplemental update to OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite
  • Yahoo joins the growing list of developers with apps that will work with Apple Watch
  • There's an auction of a 1976 Apple-1 Computer going on right now for charity
  • A Kickstarter campaign aims at making development of text/video/photo-centric apps as easy as dragging and dropping media

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13:59
DODOcase announces dual charging dock for Apple...

DODOcase on Thursday debuted its second Apple Watch accessory in the form of a book-like organizer with wooden charging stand and cable tamer capable of powering both Apple's new wearable and an iPhone.

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13:17
How to identify MacBook Pro models

Use this information to help you determine which MacBook Pro model you have.

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12:59
Apple highlights Apple Watch accessibility

As with every product we make, we want as many people as possible to enjoy using Apple Watch. That’s why it’s designed with assistive technologies and features that make it easy for people with disabilities to use. Accessing them is also simple, either through Settings on the device itself or through the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.I love that this is a priority for Apple.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:55
Yahoo outs plans for Apple Watch support, ReSound...

Yahoo on Thursday announced plans to bring Apple Watch extensions to four of its iOS apps by April 24, while ReSound launched a Watch app for its iPhone-compatible hearing aids.

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12:26
News: Report: Apple being uncooperative with...

Apple has “sharply declined” in cooperating with its court-appointed antitrust monitor, Reuters reports. Michael Bromwich was appointed to monitor Apple’s antitrust compliance policies after the company was found liable in conspiring to raise e-book prices. Bromwich reported this week that Apple has been objecting to providing information and is “inappropriately” attempting to limit his activities. Although Bromwich has…

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12:19
Google presents “Inside Abbey Road”

This is exceptionally great!∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:19
Apple seeds first OS X 10.10.4 beta to developers...

One week after releasing OS X 10.10.3 with Photos for Mac, Apple on Thursday issued the first beta build of OS X 10.10.4 Yosemite to developers for testing.

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12:16
Goldman Sachs surveys potential Apple Watch buyers

We surveyed a group of over 1,000 nationally representative consumers on 4/11, the day after the preorder window for Apple Watches opened. Our key insights include: (1) encouraging initial demand, with +11% of iPhone users “very likely” to purchase an Apple Watch this year, (2) regular watch wearers are among the most likely to order an Apple or other smart watch, suggesting high displacement rates for traditional watches from smart watch adoption, (3) young consumers are substantially more likely to buy an Apple Watch than older consumers, and (4) those likely to buy a smart watch most often indicate Fossil, Seiko, Casio, Rolex, Timex, and TAG Heuer are the watch brands they wear today.I find it very interesting that regular watch wearers are among the most likely to order an Apple Watch. I would have thought they would be more reluctant to move from analog to a smartwatch. The brands listed in No. 4 have a lot to worry about in the next year or so....

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12:11
Reset your iPod

Learn how to reset or restart your iPod following a freeze.

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12:09
Use AirPlay to wirelessly stream content from your...

With AirPlay, you can stream music, photos, and videos to your Apple TV, or stream music to your AirPort Express or AirPlay-enabled speakers. And with AirPlay Mirroring, you can display your iOS screen on your Apple TV.

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12:05
First OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 beta for Mac developers...

Apple today seeded the first developer build of OS X 10.10.4 Yosemite to testers. The build is labeled 14E7f and follows today’s supplemental update of OS X 10.10.3 and the first developer beta of iOS 8.4 which includes a brand new Music app and iTunes Radio experience.
Today’s release appears to only be available to registered developers and AppleSeed testers; public beta versions of OS X tend to follow in subsequent build releases. For registered developers and AppleSeed members with the Configuration Utility installed, the pre-release software update should be available through the Mac App Store. Apple says the update focuses on “stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac.”Filed under:...

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12:01
OS X: Printer and scanner software available for...

Learn which printer and scanner models are supported, and what third-party vendor software is available for OS X Lion or later.

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12:00
OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 (14E7f) Now Available

OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 (14E7f) Now Available

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12:00
OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 (14E7f) Now Available

OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 (14E7f) Now Available

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12:00
Apple releases four more Apple Watch Guided Tours;...

Ten days ago we told you about the first of a series of Apple Watch Guided Tours. Now Apple has released four more tour videos, bringing the total to seven.

Added were Guided Tours for Phone Calls, Siri, Maps and Music. I personally found the Phone Calls and Siri demos to be instructive, as it seems logical that voice commands will be the primary input to a wrist-borne device. 

In other Apple Watch news, DODOcase today announced a new accessory today for the wearable. The Dual Charging Dock Organizer (US$59.95 for a limited time today, regular price $79.95) won't ship until 4 to 6 weeks after the April 24 official Watch launch date, but it looks like the perfect accessory for those who want a...

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11:58
Apple partners with SunPower to build twin 20-...

Apple is set to expand its global investment in alternative energy sources with the construction of two new solar energy sites in mainland China, which when combined will provide up to 80 million kilowatt-hours of power each year.

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11:58
Apple Seeds First OS X 10.10.4 Yosemite Beta to...

Apple today seeded the first beta of OS X 10.10.4 to developers, just over a week after releasing OS X 10.10.3 with the Photos for OS X app to the public. The new beta, build 14E7f, can be downloaded from the Mac Developer Center. It is not yet clear what's new in the 10.10.4 beta, but according to the release notes, the update "improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac." Earlier OS X Yosemite updates, including OS X 10.10.1 and OS X 10.10.2 brought only minor changes to the operating system in the form of bug fixes and performance enhancements. OS X 10.10.4 may serve the same purpose. OS X 10.10.3, released last week, was the first major update to OS X Yosemite that brought new features, including the Photos for OS X app, a redesigned emoji picker, and new diversified emoji. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories •...

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11:18
Director J.J. Abrams shows off Apple Watch onstage...

During a promotional stop for Disney's upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens, director J.J. Abrams flashed what appears to be a stainless steel Apple Watch during a panel discussion at the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim.

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11:15
When Your Numbers Get Serious, Read “Take Control of...

If you’re looking to make better use of the free copy of Numbers that Apple now includes with every Mac, Sharon Zardetto’s new “Take Control of Numbers” offers the essential instruction you need to input, calculate, sort, filter, format, and chart your data on the Mac with ease. 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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11:13
Update and work with Final Cut Pro X libraries FAQ

Learn about updating and working with libraries in Final Cut Pro X 10.1 and later.

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11:04
Pearson, not Apple, to blame for failed L.A. schools...

Though the Los Angeles Unified School District's demand for a multi-million dollar refund from Apple has grabbed headlines, the failure of the $1.3 billion program to create a new digital curriculum for Los Angles students appears to lie primarily with educational publishing company Pearson.

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11:01
Chrome for iOS adds 1Password & LastPass...



After just releasing a new version of Chrome for the desktop, Google is out today with an updated version of Chrome for iPhone and iPad. Version 42 includes a new widget in the Today section of Notification Center, support for 1Password and LastPass and other app extensions, plus more....

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11:00
Kick off National Park Week with these park guides...

National Park Week starts this weekend with free admission available on April 18th and 19th to visitors at at participating parks. The week-long event is meant to encourage people across the nation to get out and explore their national parks. To help you get up and get out, here is an assortment of park guides and outdoor-focused apps that’ll make your visit memorable.

Travel Guides

Not everyone has a national park in their backyard, which means most visitors will have to travel in order to take advantage of this weekend’s fee-free entrance. One of the most beautiful guides is National Parks by National Geographic. The free app includes stunning photo galleries, basic visitor information and maps for 25 of the most popular national parks.

It’s the must-have resource if you plan to visit one of the parks...

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10:42
If a 3D title is lower resolution in Final Cut Pro,...

If your computer has less than 1GB of VRAM, 3D title textures display and export at a reduced resolution.

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10:29
Apple posts supplemental update to Mac OS X 10.10.3

Apple has posted a supplemental update to the recently-released Mac OS X 10.10.3. It addresses a video driver glitch that caused some Mac users to experience startup trouble.
In Apple's words, "OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 Supplemental Update 10.10.3" "fixes a video driver issue that may prevent your Mac from starting up when running certain apps that capture video." It's available for all OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 users at the Mac App Store.

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10:29
Dodocase announces charging dock/cable organizer...


Accessory maker Dodocase just announced this Dual Charging Dock Organizer that accommodates both an iPhone and Apple Watch for charging. It all fits into a book-like design that will also hold your cables and headphones and make for easier traveling.
It’s made of Dodocase’s handcrafted book bound cover with carved baltic birch on the inside; it’s available...

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10:17
LG Lends Substance to G4 Rumors


LG on Thursday confirmed rumors about the basic look of its upcoming G4 flagship smartphone with a post on its Facebook page. Details about LG's forthcoming G4 flagship smartphone recently were leaked on a Korean microwebsite, generating considerable buzz on the Internet. Photos and other information were published by a number of outlets before the microsite disappeared. Almost everything revealed about the G4, other than its appearance, still falls in the category of rumor, although it's possible the leak was intentional on LG's part.

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09:56
Web Snapper 3.3.8 - Capture entire Web pages as...

Web Snapper lets you capture Web pages exactly as they appear in your browser. You can send them to a file as images or vector-based, multi-page PDFs. It captures the whole Web page - eliminating the need to cut, paste and crop multiple screen-shots when trying to create an image or PDF. Web Snapper integrates with Safari via a toolbar button. When clicked, it takes a picture of the current site - but it will also work with any browser as a stand-alone application that accepts drag-and-drop URLs. Regardless of how you invoke it, Web Snapper converts the URL it was given into a continuous vector PDF with everything on the page looking exactly as you originally saw it in the browser.Version 3.3.8:

  • [NEW] Update for responsive themes
  • [UPDATE] Stability and bug fixes
  • [EOL] Officially dropping support for OS X 10.5
  • OS X 10.6 or later

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09:43
Apple's feud with antitrust monitor continues;...

Tension between Apple and its court-appointed antitrust monitor continues to mount, as Michael Bromwich has accused the iPad maker of reducing its cooperating with his reviews of the company.

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09:38
LA Schools Seeking Refund Over Botched iPad Plan

SternisheFan sends news that Los Angeles Unified School District is asking Apple for a refund of the district's effort to equip students with iPads. The project was budgeted at around $1.3 billion to equip its 650,000 students, though only about 120,000 iPads have been purchased so far. After the program went bad, the FBI launched an investigation into their procurement practices. The iPads weren't standalone education devices — they were supposed to work in conjunction with another device carrying curriculum from a company named Pearson. But the district now says the combined tech didn't meet their needs, and they want their money back. Lawyers for the local Board of Education are looking into litigation options. They've also notified Apple and Pearson they won't pay for any new products or services.

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09:37
Yahoo shows off apps for Apple Watch: Weather,...


Yahoo today announced its plans to bring four of its apps to Apple Watch in time for the device’s April 24th launch date.
Yahoo is planning to update its Yahoo Weather, Yahoo Sports Fantasy, Yahoo News Digest, and...

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09:29
J.J. Abrams Wears Apple Watch During Star Wars Panel...

Famous film director and producer J.J. Abrams is the latest celebrity to be spotted with an Apple Watch, which he's wearing right now during the Force Awakens Panel at the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California. Abrams appears to be wearing a stainless steel Apple Watch with a blue band. It is possible that the band is the Blue Modern buckle for the 38mm Apple Watch, but there's also a possibility that it's a custom made navy blue Sport Band created specifically for Abrams. Along with Abrams, several other celebrities have been seen wearing the Apple Watch. Pharrell Williams wore it on reality TV show The Voice, and both Katy Perry and Drake shared Instagram photos of themselves wearing gold Apple Watch Edition models. Yesterday, a photo surfaced of designer Karl Lagerfeld with a custom gold Apple...

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09:26
Glide: Beautifully simple, professional app creation

Create stunning mobile apps simply by placing text, images and movies in a Dropbox folder. Professional results to rival major apps.This is the platform The Loop magazine is built on. Glide is now ready for the public, so let’s support them.∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:23
Why Apple is permanently protecting working forests

Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environmental Initiatives:Today, Apple and The Conservation Fund are announcing a collaboration designed to help America’s working forests stay working forests. For Apple, this is the beginning of a worldwide effort, one that represents a new approach as it reassesses its impact on the world’s paper supply chain. Apple believes that paper, like energy, can be a renewable resource. So Apple is striving to supply 100 percent of the virgin fibers used in its paper and packaging from sustainably managed forests or controlled wood sources.As usual, an interesting manifesto from Apple regarding its environmental initiatives but I also find it fascinating this is a story on Medium, not a press release. Hopefully, we’ll see more of these kinds of articles directly from Apple....

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09:18
How to troubleshoot Wi-Fi connectivity in OS X Lion...

Learn how to troubleshoot Wi-Fi network connectivity issues on your Mac.

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09:07
Microsoft releases ‘Halo: Spartan Strike’ top-down...

Microsoft Studios is today releasing a new top-down shooter set in the Halo universe for iPhones and iPads (in addition to Windows mobile devices and Steam for PC).
The game, developed by Microsoft Studios, 343 Industries, and Vanguard Games, is set during the timeline of Halo 2 and follows a Spartan supersolider on “30 challenging missions while leading UNSC troops through cities and jungles with an all new arsenal of weapons, abilities and vehicles.”
The company is also making Halo; Spartan Assault, the first top-down Halo shooter it developed, available on both iPad and iPhone today. It’s available in a $9.99 bundle with the new Halo: Spartan Strike title:
Also available on iPad, iPhone, and Steam is the Halo: Spartan Bundle. The bundle includes both Halo: Spartan Assault – the...

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09:05
Apple Releases OS X 10.10.3 Supplemental Update With...

Following the April 8 public release of OS X 10.10.3, Apple has today released a supplemental update for software, which fixes a video driver bug that prevented Macs from starting when running certain apps that are designed to capture video. Today's supplemental update is available immediately for all OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 users from the Mac App Store.The OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 Supplemental Update fixes a video driver issue that may prevent your Mac from starting up when running certain apps that capture video.OS X 10.10.3 brought several new features to Apple's desktop operating system, including the new Photos for OS X app, a revamped emoji picker, new diversified emoji, Spotlight suggestions for lookup, and a bunch of bug fixes and performance improvements. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Watch Brings...

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02:26
Automator actions, geotags, and more advanced tricks...

Photos for OS X is here, and the transition from iPhoto and Aperture has begun. While Photos definitely resembles its predecessor iPhoto, it’s also definitely a 1.0 product. Here are a few interesting tidbits that I’ve dug up about Photos as I’ve been writing my ebook about the app.Automator actions

Photos does have some basic scripting support, but it doesn’t come with any Automator actions. Automator can be an extremely useful utility for Mac users who want to automate tasks—these days I’m using it to customize shell scripts and execute scripts from the Finder. Apple provides...

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09:02
Apple releases OS X 10.10.3 supplemental update to...


Approximately one week after releasing OS X 10.10.3 to the public, Apple has released an OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 Supplemental Update to fix a startup issue related to video drivers. The update is available on the Mac App Store in the Software Update tab. 10.10.3 introduced the new iCloud-based photos app, new emojis, and improved Google login for accounts with two-factor authentication.
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02:55
Baseball app GameChanger brings major league...

My junior year of high school was the last year I would play competitive baseball. As the season came to a close, I sat in the last row of the team bus on a return trip from a game that was played three hours away. I had the scorebook on one knee, and a piece of paper and pen on another. Page by page, diamond-filled square by diamond-filled square, I went through the book and tallied my batting average, runs batted in, errors, and a slew of other baseball stats.
The tedious process took the entire ride back, yet it felt like time well spent. I knew where I did and didn’t contribute to the team throughout the season, and was able to confirm I was in the midst of the best season I’d ever had. But I was the only one that knew any of this, as I was the only one that actually took the time to go through the book.To read this article in full...

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05:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Feast your eyes on Gresso...

...plus battery packs, clear cases, and moreThis week’s roundup of new iPhone cases features a pricey little number from Gresso, the latest battery cases from Mophie and Ventev, a unique one-handed accessory from Portenzo, and much more.BodyguardzThe ScreenGuardz Pure and Crown bundle (iPhone 6 and 6 Plus; $40 to $45) is actually a high-end screen protector coupled with a custom-made aluminium rim designed to offer streamlined protection with a little flare.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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07:02
Don't expect to buy an Apple Watch in-store...

Good news: If you preordered an Apple Watch on April 10 and saw an April 24-May 8 estimated shipping date, you might actually get a Watch on the 24th. Bad news: If you holding off on preordering a Watch until you could buy one in-store, you’ll have to wait until June.According to 9to5Mac, Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts sent an internal memo to employees explaining why no Apple Stores will sell Apple Watches on launch day: Apple
You can try on an Apple Watch in-store, but you'll have to buy online.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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09:00
SharePoint Server 2016 update

Today’s post was written by Seth Patton, senior director of product management for the SharePoint team.
In February, we shared our vision on the evolution of SharePoint, outlining our plans for continued cloud innovation with SharePoint in Office 365, and providing a glimpse of the work underway to deliver our next on-premises server release, SharePoint Server 2016.  With Ignite just a few weeks away, we’re getting ready to share more details on the innovation we’re bringing to SharePoint 2016. In the meantime, I wanted to provide an update on release timing and share some of the key enhancements and new capabilities we’re focused on.
Today, we are confirming that SharePoint Server 2016 will become generally available in Q2 2016, with a public beta planned for Q4 2015.  We also want to confirm our commitment to delivering on-premises releases of SharePoint for the foreseeable future. We...

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09:00
Accessible Apple: Apple Watch Try-ons, What You Need...

PHOTO FOR APPLE WORLD TODAY © 2015, KELLY HODGKINS

Last Friday, I visited my local Apple Store for my 11:30 AM Apple Watch Try-on appointment. During the appointment, I confirmed a few facts that I had previously read about and discovered some new ones. Below is a list of the things you should know before booking your Apple Watch try-on appointment if you are interested in seeing the watch's accessibility features in action:

1. The Apple Watch's used for try-on appointments are running videos showcasing their software. You cannot interact with these demos. The primary purpose of these watches is to allow customers to try them on for size.

2. The watches mounted to the table displays in the Apple Store are running full copies of Watch OS and can be interacted with. There are some restrictions on what you can do, some of which are discussed below.

3. The toggle switches used to enable accessibility features on the table-top display watches are dimmed,...

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08:32
Use Maps and Bluetooth on your iPhone or iPad

Learn more about using Maps on your iPhone or iPad with a Bluetooth accessory.

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08:32
Civil Rights Movement Leader John Lewis Befittingly...

Time Magazine has once again published their list of the top 100 most influential people in the world. They broke down their list into the categories of titans, pioneers, artists, leaders and icons. While Kanye West was at the top of the titan category, Apple's CEO Tim Cook was listed in fourth position and described as being a "Courageous Innovator....

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08:21
9to5Toys Last Call: iTunes Free App of the Week,...

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

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08:14
The best Apple Watch headphones and earphones

Up until now, Bluetooth wireless audio was purely optional for Apple’s devices: every iPad, iPhone, and iPod has shipped with a 3.5mm audio port to connect with wired earbuds and headphones. The Apple Watch is different: it’s Apple’s first fully wireless device, with no user-accessible ports to connect accessories, even though it can work as a standalone music player during workouts. The lack of a headphone port is actually a positive, since tethering your wrist to your head with a cable would look silly, and isn’t ergonomically ideal. Thankfully, Bluetooth headphones have come a long way over the past few years, shrinking from gangly and boxy earmuffs into earphones comfortable enough to exercise with.
Since one of the Apple Watch’s major selling points is fitness functionality, this quick guide to the best Apple Watch headphones and earphones focuses mostly on accessories that can work anywhere, rather than options you can’t wear while exercising. But I’ll include some...

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08:10
Killer Deal: Save $50-$220 off all iMac 5Ks plus...

AppleInsider has re-teamed with one of Apple's authorized resellers to offer $50-$220 discounts on 48 different configurations of Apple's new iMac with Retina 5K display, each of which is in stock and also comes with a free 3-Year AppleCare Protection Plan, a free Canon PIXMA all-in-one printer, free expedited shipping (and no sales tax collected in 48 states).

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08:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 042 on the...
08:00
Office 365—monthly Dev Digest for April

This month’s Office 365 Dev Digest was written by Jeremy Thake, technical product manager for the Office 365 Dev team.
Welcome to the second edition of Dev Digest, designed to help you—the Office 365 developer—keep-up-to date with what’s new in Office 365 development.
It was great to hear that the first monthly digest was useful to you. Everyone here in Redmond is getting pumped to show you what we’ve been doing around the Office 365 developer platform at //Build and Ignite in a few weeks. We look forward to seeing you in our sessions, at our booth and online! Don’t forget to join the discussion on our Yammer network also.
In the future, keep an eye out for the Dev Digest on the third Thursday of every month.
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08:00
Office 365 Video begins worldwide rollout and gets...

Today’s post on Office 365 Video was written by Mark Kashman, senior product manager on the Office 365 team.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, video then makes a James Joyce novel look tiny. Video is a popular medium for effective, engaging internal communications—and its importance is growing. Office 365 Video, too, is growing, providing organizations with a secure, company-wide destination for posting, sharing and discovering video content. And the video experience—embedded within Office 365—meets IT requirements and wins the hearts and minds of users.
Today, we are excited to announce the rollout of Office 365 Video to all eligible Office 365 business customers worldwide. We’re also pleased that Office 365 Video “gets mobile” with a new, native iPhone app and modern web experiences.

Office Mechanics show on Office 365 Video with host, Jeremy Chapman, talking to Mark Kashman about all the new mobility enhancements, an overview of...

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08:00
Astropad gains support for FiftyThree’s Pencil...

Popular graphic design iPad app Astropad has today announced a new partnership with FiftyThree, the company behind the Paper app and accompanying Pencil stylus. Astropad has revealed that version 1.1 of its iPad app adds deep support for the Pencil stylus by FiftyThree. With support for Pencil, users will be able able to draw from their iPad directly into Photoshop and other apps on the Mac.

Astropad now supports the unique features of Pencil, including surface pressure and the eraser. Astropad is able to detect the amount of the Pencil...

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07:35
L.A. school district ditches iPad curriculum, seeks...

LA Times:The Los Angeles Unified School District is seeking to recoup millions of dollars from technology giant Apple over a problem-plagued curriculum that was provided with iPads intended to be given to every student, teacher and administrator. To press its case, the Board of Education on Tuesday authorized its attorneys in a closed-door meeting to explore possible litigation against Apple and Pearson, the company that developed the curriculum as a subcontractor to Apple.This story has been ongoing and includes an FBI investigation, resignations of officials and plenty of blame for all to go around.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:35
'iPad Pro' Cases Increasing in Quality...

From design mockups to purported case leaks, the much-rumored "iPad Pro" has been steadily building steam for the past few months. Today, several new cases apparently designed for Apple's iPad Pro have been leaked, and one in particular is far more detailed than any previously released (via SonnyDickson.com). The notable new case leaked today is the first to feature a tri-fold design with a fabric cover, marking a substantial increase in complexity over the simple soft plastic cases seen previously. This increased complexity could be a sign that case manufacturers are increasingly confident in the iPad Pro's design specs and thus willing to invest in more expensive case designs such as this even months ahead of the...

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07:30
CEO raises his company’s minimum wage to $70,000 by...

Inquisitr:Dan Price, the CEO of a start-up company located in Seattle, has just raised his employee’s minimum wage to $70,000 by cutting his $1 million salary to that of his lowest-paid employees. Price is taking upwards to 80 percent of his credit card processing company Gravity Payments’ $2.2 million expected profit and putting it into his employee’s salaries.Price recently announced that over a three-year period, Gravity Payments will be offering its 120 employees a salary of at least $70,000.Fantastic news for the company’s employees. Some say this will become the model for other companies but I’d be hugely surprised if anyone else followed suit. It’s just not The Corporate Way.One thing bothered me about this story though.Price recently told the New York Times that he was motivated to make the radical change after he read a newly released study about how pay raises increase the happiness of those receiving them.Seriously? You had to read a study to know this? He’s obviously...

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07:30
Sago Mini Toolbox lets toddlers discover hammers,...

Children’s app company Sago Sago is known for their “mini” series of apps, which are designed for preschoolers and include colorful and playful themes. This trend is continued in the company’s latest title - Sago Mini Toolbox, which debuted today in the iOS App Store.

As its name implies, Sago Mini Toolbox has a building theme that allows children to explore tools such as hammers, saws, rulers and scissors. The app has a “making” philosophy that encourages kids to pick a tool and build (or saw, or drill) something with it.

Like most Sago apps, the user interface is simple for younger children to understand. My 3-year-old son immediately knew how to start in on a building project, and the app provided the right tools for him to use. He also had no problem completing the task thanks to the kid-friendly graphics and controls.

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07:25
Memo: Apple Watches won’t be available in stores...

Shipping dates for most Apple Watches have slipped into May or June at this point. According to an internal Apple Store memo obtained by The Telegraph, the high demand combined with Apple's initial supply will keep the watches from being sold in brick-and-mortar Apple stores until at least June.
Apple will still allow customers to come into Apple Stores and try the watches on—we came away generally impressed by the experience last week—but the memo from Apple retail head Angela Ahrendts says that actual orders will need to be placed online "through the month of May...

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07:24
L.A. School District Seeks Refund from Apple and...

Last August we posted a report titled "L.A. School District Suspends a Massive iPad Contract." The report was about the second largest school system in the U.S. cancelling a one billion dollar contract with Apple for iPads...

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07:20
After fifteen years, Ars says goodbye to John...


After 15 years of providing Ars readers with deep insight into the internals of Apple’s desktop operating system, John Siracusa has announced that his OS X Yosemite review will be his last OS X review for Ars or for any other publication.
John has published a review for every major OS X revision stretching back to before the operating system's formal release, and his explorations into the Unix-y underpinnings of OS X are the main reason why I am writing this retrospective on a Mac today. His retirement post on Hypercritical states that in 1999 he was "at the forefront of long-form nerd-centric tech writing," and that’s absolutely spot-on. I still remember being absolutely mesmerized by his 6,000-word OS X Developer Preview 2 review in 1999, and I was in awe of...

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07:13
Apple Watch orders to remain online-only until May,...



It’s the leaked internal memos that make life interesting.
For those of you looking to snag an Apple Watch, a leaked internal memo from Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts to Apple Store employees states that Apple Watch orders will continue to be taken exclusively online through May and that deliveries will begin April 24th as planned.
Per the memo:
“The feedback from customers is overwhelmingly positive. They are excited about Apple Watch, and your teams are creating fantastic experiences for them. Customers who pre-ordered will start receiving deliveries next Friday as planned, and I know you will do a great job helping set them up.
Many of you have been asking if we will have the Apple Watch available in...

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07:09
OS X reviewed

John Siracusa:Nearly 15 years ago, I wrote my first review of Mac OS X for a nascent “PC enthusiast’s” website called Ars Technica. Nearly 15 years later, I wrote my last. Though Apple will presumably announce the next major version of OS X at WWDC this coming June, I won’t be reviewing it for Ars Technica or any other publication, including the website you’re reading now.Siracusa’s name was known to many long before he started to write his incredible in-depth reviews of Apple’s Mac OS X but he will be forever known as the guy who wrote in the most detail about the OS.He says:Someone else can pick up the baton for the next 15 years.Sadly, that’s not going to happen. No one can replace Siracusa or his writing style or his passion for writing the most complete reviews humanly possible of Mac OS X....

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07:02
TeamViewer 10.0.41404 - Establish remote connections...

TeamViewer gives you remote control of any computer or Mac over the Internet within seconds, or can be used for online meetings. Find out why more than 200 million users trust TeamViewer! Free for non-commercial users. Licensing terms for business users can be found here.Version 10.0.41404:

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.
  • OS X 10.7 or later

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06:56
SunPower and Apple form Solar Power Joint Venture in...

Today, SunPower announced their joint venture with Apple to build two solar power projects totaling 40 megawatts (MW) in ...

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06:52
News: Leaked cases may hint at ‘iPad Pro’ design...

Leaked cases revealed by Sonny Dickson may provide some details on the design of the alleged larger “iPad Pro” currently under development at Apple. Examining cases that claim to be for the new device, the report speculates that the new device will resemble the current iPads, but include stereo speakers located on both the bottom and the top of the device. The case design also suggests that components such as iSight camera and Touch ID…

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06:48
DataMan apps add Apple Watch support, allow quick...



This could come in handy.
XVision has announced that its DataMan apps are now ready for the Apple Watch. With DataMan, you can quickly glance at your wrist to see just how much data is left on your calling plan as well as your overall usage. Users can be notified if they’re about to go over their data cap as well as check used and remaining amounts of data.

DataMan for Apple Watch is now available in the DataMan Next and DataMan Pro apps. The app requires iOS 8.2 or later to install and run.
If you’ve tried the DataMan apps and have any feedback to offer, let us know in the comments.
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06:38
News: Daily Deal: 50% off MiFi 2 Global Touchscreen...

For today’s iLounge Deal, we’re offering the MiFi 2 Unlocked Global Hotspot for only $99 – 50% off the normal price. Providing 4G Wi-Fi Internet access for up to 10 devices, this little devices lets you bring the Internet anywhere, staying connected securely and reliably without having to suffer the vagaries of coffee shop Wi-Fi. This global hotspot works in over 150 countries, and it’s unlocked so you can choose your own carrier…

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06:30
Next-Generation iPhones Could Adopt 7000 Series...

Apple's next-generation iPhones could adopt 7000 Series aluminum used for the Apple Watch Sport, according to Taiwan's Economic Daily News. The so-called "iPhone 6s" and "iPhone 6s Plus" would likely use Apple's custom Series 7000 aluminum alloy, which is designed to be 60% stronger than most aluminum, and one-third the density of stainless steel, while still maintaining a light weight. Apple elaborated in more detail about the Series 7000 aluminum it used for the Apple Watch Sport on its website, noting that each casing is machined, polished and blasted with microscopic zirconia beads to achieve a consistent satin texture found on each Apple Watch. An additional anodized outer layer helps protect against scratches and corrosion, while the anodizing process also makes possible alternative colors like Space Gray.For Apple Watch Sport, we started with 7000 Series aluminum — the same used in competition bicycles. We...

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06:30
News: L.A. school district seeking restitution over...

The Los Angeles Unified School District is looking to recover millions of dollars from Apple following the failure of an iPad-based curriculum program, the Los Angeles Times reports. Developed by Pearson, an educational consulting firm working as a sub-contractor to Apple, the $1.3-billion program was intended to provide iPads to every student, teacher, and school administrator. The devices began rolling out in the fall of 2013, however, the plan…

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06:25
News: Apple partners with The Conservation Fund to...

The Conservation Fund has announced a partnership with Apple to conserve more than 36,000 acres of working forests — more than 32,400 acres in Maine and more than 3,600 acres in North Carolina. Apple will receive a “steady supply of sustainably harvested timber” for its paper and packaging. Lisa Jackson, Apple Vice President of Environmental Initiatives, posted on Medium that the company “is striving to supply 100 percent of the…

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06:00
Evolving Yammer for a new era of teamwork

This post was written by Juliet Wei, a senior product marketing manager for the Yammer team.
Yesterday we laid out our vision for modern collaboration in Office 365, which recognizes that collaboration is central to productivity and teams today are dynamic, extending far beyond the four walls of an organization. To get work done, teams need an easy way to self-organize, stay connected on the go, tap into the network of stakeholders inside and outside your company—and do all this while juggling multiple projects.
In talking with customers about how they get the most out of Yammer, we’ve learned that those who realize the most value use Yammer as a home for their projects and initiatives.The new world of work we’re living in demands a new way for people to work together. That’s why we’re on a mission to transform team collaboration. Take a look at this video to see how teams use Yammer as part of...

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05:55
News: In-store sales of Apple Watch delayed until at...

Limited availability of the Apple Watch is now expected to continue into June, according to a new report from The Telegraph. The articles quotes an internal memo from Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts in which she notes that lack of in-store availability of the Apple Watch is expected to “continue through the month of May” and directs Apple retail store staff to advise customers to order their watches online in order to receive “the…

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05:46
Tim Cook Featured in TIME's List of '100...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has made TIME's annual list of "the 100 most influential people" alongside several other notable celebrities, business executives, scientists, authors, healthcare professionals, iconic leaders and more. Cook's segment was written by John Lewis, a civil rights leader and Democratic Congressman from Georgia. The chief executive last made TIME's list in 2012, less than one year after the passing of Steve Jobs."It could not have been easy for Tim Cook to step into the immense shadow cast by the late Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs. But with grace and courage and an unabashed willingness to be his own man, Tim has pushed Apple to unimaginable profitability—and greater social responsibility. He is setting a new standard for what business can do in the world. Tim is...

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05:40
Supply Chain Sources Claim that Apple is Already...

We've covered Force Touch from patents through to Apple Watch and beyond. And although the rumor has been around for months that Apple was likely to bring force touch to the next version of the iPhone, it's being confirmed today that Apple is ...

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05:16
Apple Watch preorders estimated at 2.3M units, low...

The linked article has lots of interesting tidbits to process.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:12
Any.Do updated with new list sharing, list filters...

Popular To-Do List app Any.do was updated today to version 3.0 which features an improved user interface, list sharing, theme support and more. The changes were applied across all platforms including iOS, Mac, web, Chrome and Android.

The first change you will notice with Any.do is a new guided tour that launches the first time you use the app. The four-step tour greets you with a Welcome screen and introduces you to Any.do’s list organization, the three new views (Date, Priority or original List), and group sharing. Once you view the guide or press the “skip” button, you hop right into the app and can begin organizing your to do list.

Any.do 3.0 has a revised usere interface that is standardized across all platforms, which makes it easy to use as it is the same no matter which device your are using. One UI for all devices has its drawbacks, especially on the desktop. It is clear that Any.do is focused on mobile, with a layout that...

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04:59
Apple invents Gesture Control Pad for Future Apple...

On April 16, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a possible future Apple TV remote that includes a touchpad that could operate in both gesture or character modes.

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04:51
Ableton Live 9.1.8 - Record music using digital...

Ableton Live lets you create and record music on your Mac. Use digital instruments, pre-recorded sounds, and sampled loops to arrange, produce, and perform your music like never before. Ableton Live is an all-in-one production suite. Find your sound

  • Start in Arrangement View. Create and edit multitrack recordings in a straightforward linear view.
  • Go further in Session View. Switch to this one-of-a-kind interface to improvise and experiment with countless sounds and loops.
  • Access an endless palette of sounds. With 5 built-in synths, 3 samplers, 390 drum kits, and 4000 loops, the possibilities are endless.

Version 9.1.8:

  • Added control surface support for Alesis V and VI keyboards.
  • Live will not auto-update to versions above 9.1.8 when installed on legacy OS versions. Affected operating systems are: Windows XP, Windows Vista, OS X 10.5, and OS X 10.6....

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04:00
Opening Windows Source Code Could Improve Security


Microsoft Technical Fellow Mark Russinovich raised a few eyebrows at ChefCon earlier this month, when he aired the possibility of Windows becoming an open source program. Sure, Microsoft's attitude toward the open source movement has mellowed over the years, but the prospect of the company rubbing elbows with the likes of Linux overloads the imagination. Still, there could be real benefits to making Windows an open source operating system -- among them, better security.

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03:55
Apple Watch Orders Will Remain Exclusively Online...

Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts issued an internal memo to retail employees on Thursday that helps eliminate some of the confusion surrounding the launch of the wrist-worn device. The memo, a roughly translated copy of which was obtained by iGen.fr, states that Apple Watch orders will continue to be taken exclusively online through May and that deliveries will begin April 24 as planned."The feedback from customers is overwhelmingly positive. They are excited about Apple Watch, and your teams are fantastic experiences for creating them. Customers who pre-ordered will start receiving deliveries next Friday as planned, and I know you will do a great job helping set them up. Many of you have been asking if we will have the Apple Watch available in stores on April 24 for walk-in purchases. As we announced last week, due to high global interest combined...

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03:38
L.A. Unified School District may sue Apple for “...

The Los Angeles Unified School District is exploring the possibility of litigation against Apple over the failed project intended to provide every student with an iPad, reports the LA Times.

The Los Angeles Unified School District is seeking to recoup millions of dollars from technology giant Apple over a problem-plagued curriculum that was provided with iPads intended to be given to every student, teacher and administrator.

The project ran into early problems when students figured out how to bypass the restrictions designed to ensure the devices could be used only for school work,...

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03:26
3D printing market surpasses $3.3 billion in 2014

The Canalys (www.canalys.com) research group estimates that nearly 133,000 3D printers were shipped worldwide in 2014, a substantial increase of 68% from 2013. Additionally, market revenue from 3D printers and their associated materials and services rose to US$3.3 billion, an increase of 34% from 2013.
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03:21
Apple to Bring Z Depth Mapping to Final Cut Pro X

On April 16, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals Apple's invention relating to Z Depth image segmentation for Final Cut Pro X.

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03:03
Kool Tools: Sonnet's Fusion PCI Flash Drive

Sonnet's (www.sonnettech.com) Fusion PCIe Flash Drive is a rugged, pocket-size solid-state drive (SSD) storage device with 256GB or 512GB storage capacity.
The Sonnet flash drive serves as an alternative to USB thumb drives and portable SATA-based hard disk drive and SSD storage products. It connects to a compatible Mac or Windows computer, or at the end of a Thunderbolt device daisy chain, via an attached 0.5-meter Thunderbolt cable. 
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02:58
No Apple Watches in store until June, Ahrendts tells...

Angela Ahrendts has told Apple Store staff that the Apple Watch is unlikely to be available for in-store purchases before June – but they should expect the usual ‘blockbuster launches’ in retail stores for future products.
In a memo to retail store staff, Apple’s retail head thanked staff for making the try-ons “unforgettable,” told them customer feedback had been “overwhelmingly positive” and that the online-only ordering period was likely to continue throughout May.

Many of you have been getting questions asking if we will have the watch available in stores on April 24 for walk-in purchases. As we announced last week, due to high global interest combined with our initial supply, we are only taking orders online right now. I’ll have more updates as we get closer to in-store availability, but we expect this to continue through the month of May.

Ahrendts said...

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02:17
Apple Invents a Simple Voice Command to unlock your...

On April 16, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple titled "Speech Recognition Wake-Up of a Handheld Portable Device." I think that most iPhone users would appreciate a simpler way of waking up their iPhone ...

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01:57
VOX 2.5 - Music player that supports many filetypes...

VOX is a beautiful music player that supports many filetypes. The beauty is in its simplicity, yet behind the minimal exterior lies a powerful music player with a ton of features & support for all audio formats you should ever need. VOX was originally developed following the principles of clarity, simplicity and versatility. Thus, the minimalistic interface incorporates both essential and unique features, which let you:

  • Listen to your music regardless of the format
  • Play numerous lossy and lossless audio formats
  • Export playlists in various formats (PLS, M3U, XSPF)
  • Open different playlist types including M3U, PLS, XSPF and the popular CUE format used to store CD rips
  • Play audio files stored on NAS devices and other network drives. Rule your music with ease:
  • Control the player from the main interface, Dock context menu or main menu controls
  • Automatically search for all the missing album artwork from...

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01:20
Apple Focuses on Multiple Sensors for an Active...

On April 16, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their ongoing work on an "Active Stylus." The patent is focused on protecting new aspects of the original patent that Apple ...

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00:41
Apple interested in light field imaging technology,...

A patent application filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday reveals Apple is continuing to explore light field camera applications, in this case imagining how users would manipulate image data to change focus or depth of field post festum.

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Thursday April 9

23:29
FAQ: Everything you need to know about the Apple...

Apple Watch debuted six months ago, which was plenty of time to think up all kinds of questions that company didn’t answer the first time around. How long does the battery last? How will Apple Pay work? How much do the things even cost?
Apple put the watch on display again at its recent “Spring Forward” event, and this time gave some concrete details. Here’s everything you need to know about Apple Watch before it goes on sale April 24. Got more questions? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to check back for the full Macworld review at the end of April....

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Wednesday April 15

02:30
Meet the Appletini Bar, a Power Mac G4 tower with a...

Here at Macworld, we love a good DIY-project involving old Apple tech—and any time you can turn a landfill-bound product into something more useful (and, in this case, so much cooler) than it was before, well, that’s just a win all around. 
Minneapolis-based industrial designer and fellow Apple geek Ross Mackert might just be the new Apple DIY king: He retrofits old Power Mac G4 towers to house liquor and barware, and loves to surprise and shock fellow Mac users when he flips down its side panel to show them what’s inside.

Ross Mackert and his Appletini Bar.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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02:40
Struck gold: Comparing two Apple Watch Edition try-...

Few can afford an Apple Watch Edition, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your hands on one. When Apple started taking preorders for all Watch models last Friday, it also opened up appointments to try them on in person, with a special appointment process for the Edition.
Macworld’s Leah Yamshon and Caitlin McGarry tried on all three models in San Francisco and New York, respectively, and compared notes on what the demos are like, how they differ, and which Watch is the best in person.What we expected 

Caitlin: I admit, my expectations for the Apple Watch Edition try-on appointment were high. I’ve been lusting after the rose gold Edition with rose gray Modern Buckle band for months. I counted all the quarters in my change jar/retirement account to see how close to $17,000 I could get. (Not close, not even a little.) Even though I have no plans to buy an Edition any time soon, or ever, I was looking forward to getting a little taste of luxury at the...

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06:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: Better BiteMyApple

Better BiteMyAppleThis week’s roundup of accessories includes two devices brought to you by BiteMyApple, a clearinghouse for Apple products produced with Kickstarter help. Plus: Batteries galore.ApelpiThe $30 Stem is a 2200-mAh portable external battery charger, covered in gold and offering enough backup power to add six hours of talk time, 11 hours of video, or 44 hours of music playback to your phone. And again: It’s gold.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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08:17
Samsung cozies up to Apple with new dedicated...

After years of accusations and litigation, the once-frosty relationship between Apple and Samsung is thawing. The two companies may always be rivals who create competing products, but their business partnership is growing stronger: Samsung is reportedly dedicating 200 employees to creating displays exclusively for Apple.
According to Bloomberg, Samsung formed a group on April 1 that is dedicated to making displays for iPads and MacBooks. The 200-person team at Samsung Display Co. can only share Apple information within its ranks, which may cut down on the supplier leaks that have ruined Apple product surprises in recent years.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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08:34
Podcast: Apple Watch try-ons, WWDC, and the case of...

After being teased for months with events, slick videos, and the first crop of reviews, the world (well, the world who lives close to an Apple Store, anyway) can finally try on the Apple Watch. Leah Yamshon and Caitlin McGarry join us this week to dish about what it’s like to have $17,000 of wrist candy strapped to your arm, and whether they felt like they had to prove they could even afford the Apple Watch Edition to try it on. (Spoiler: Nope.)
The new MacBook has one big thing in common with the Apple Watch: You can’t buy it at an Apple Store, or at least Susie and Glenn weren’t able to on its supposed launch day. Online orders placed right away on April 10 are starting to arrive at customer’s homes today (April 15), but we think that Apple should have warned us to expect online ordering only. And what’s up with the 4-6 week ship time for USB-C adapters?...

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20:25
Jawbone unveils Up4 fitness tracker w/ mobile...

Even though the long-delayed Up3 isn’t shipping until later this month, Jawbone this evening has taken the wraps off of two new fitness trackers, the Up4 and the Up2. The latter is a replacement for the Up24 released in 2013, while the former is a new fitness tracker by the company. The Up4 most notably adds support for on-band wireless payments from American Express. Both watches pair with your iPhone over Bluetooth.

The Up4 sports an NFC chip to perform the wireless payments. Existing...

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19:59
Google Chrome 42.0.2311.90 - Modern and fast Web...

Google Chrome is a Web browser by Google, created to be a modern platform for Web pages and applications. It utilizes very fast loading of Web pages and has a V8 engine, which is a custom built JavaScript engine. Because Google has used parts from Apple's Safari and Mozilla's Firefox browsers, they made the project open source.Version 42.0.2311.90:

  • High CVE-2015-1235: Cross-origin-bypass in HTML parser.
  • Medium CVE-2015-1236: Cross-origin-bypass in Blink.
  • High CVE-2015-1237: Use-after-free in IPC.
  • High CVE-2015-1238: Out-of-bounds write in Skia.
  • Medium CVE-2015-1240: Out-of-bounds read in WebGL.
  • Medium CVE-2015-1241: Tap-Jacking.
  • High CVE-2015-1242: Type confusion in V8.
  • Medium CVE-2015-1244: HSTS bypass in WebSockets.
  • Medium CVE-2015-1245: Use-after-free in PDFium.
  • Medium CVE-2015-1246: Out-of-bounds read in Blink.
  • Medium CVE-2015-1247: Scheme issues in OpenSearch....

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19:54
Apple quietly updates Watch website, removes April...

The Apple Watch site as it appears now
Apple has made a small but notable change to the web page for its upcoming wearable device. The page previously featured the tagline “Available 4.24.15,” but that notice has now been replaced with “The Watch is coming.”
The change likely stems from the fact that many users have discovered they will be unable to actually get their devices on launch day due to shipping delays, low stock, or the inability to buy them at an Apple Retail Store on launch day.

The Apple Watch site as it appeared until the evening of April 15th
There’s no reason whatsoever to believe that the launch date has been moved. Instead it can be seen as an acknowledgement by Apple that most shoppers will not be able to get their devices on day one. Users have taken to Twitter to point out how few...

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17:24
Ming-Chi Kuo: Global Apple Watch Pre-Orders Exceed 2...

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a respectable track record at reporting on Apple, has issued a new note to investors estimating that global pre-orders for Apple Watch has exceeded 2.3 million units. Previously, a study from Slice Intelligence estimated that there were 1 million Apple Watch pre-orders in the United States. We estimate production of Apple Watch around 2.3mn units in March-May. Mass production of Apple Watch began in March and will likely reach 2.3mn by end of May. Considering that most consumers who preordered will not get the device until June, we estimate global preorders of over 2.3mn units, with Apple Watch Sport, Apple Watch and Apple Watch Edition representing a respective order allocation of 85%, 15% and less than 1%.Kuo notes that Apple plans to expand the supply chains for Apple Watch, with the Cupertino company targeting production of 2 - 3 million units...

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17:13
∞ iOS users dominate music festival Coachella

Gopi Sangha, Director of Technology for Coachella said three-quarters of attendees are using the Coachella app and 90 percent of those are using iOS. [...]

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17:08
KGI estimates over 2.3M Apple Watch pre-orders, 85%...

In a new report from KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo, the usually accurate analyst estimates that global pre-orders for the Apple Watch will top 2.3 million units through May. A report earlier this week claimed that Apple Watch first day pre-orders were at almost 1 million units…

Further breaking it down by specific model, Kuo estimates that the Sport model of the Apple Watch accounted for 85 percent of pre-orders, while the Apple...

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17:00
Office 365 now supports larger email messages—up to...

Today’s post was written by Kevin Shaughnessy, senior program manager and Shobhit Sahay, technical product manager for the Office 365 team.
For the last few years the largest email message you could send or receive in Office 365 was 25 MB. While 25 MB is more than enough for the majority of email, you might bump up against that limit when trying to send large slide decks, spreadsheets or videos. Outlook Web App (OWA) in Office 365 offers an easy way to “attach” a document as a link to where it’s saved on OneDrive for Business, a great option for sharing large files with your colleagues. But there are times when you’d prefer to send a large file as an actual attachment rather than a link. For those times, we’re pleased to announce that we’ve increased the allowed maximum message size to 150 MB, giving Office 365 administrators the ability to set the maximum message size of their...

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Designer Karl Lagerfeld gets Apple Watch Edition...

Several celebrities like Katy Perry, Drake, and Pharrell Williams have been spotted with the gold Apple Watch Edition ahead of the device’s launch, but Apple gifted designer Karl Lagerfeld with something even more special — a custom gold Apple Watch with a gold Link Bracelet.I checked and FedEx didn’t leave one of these at my door.∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:49
L.A. School District Cancels iPad Pearson Curriculum...

Following the end of the $1.3 billion education initiative that would have seen all students in the Los Angeles school district outfitted with an iPad, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has notified Apple that it will no longer be using or paying for the Pearson Education curriculum that was meant to accompany the iPads. In a letter sent to Apple and shared in part by the Los Angeles Times, the LAUSD asked for a refund and said it has no plans to "accept or compensate Apple for new deliveries of [Pearson Education] curriculum." When the school district entered into a contract with Apple, it paid approximately $768 per iPad, which included approximately $200 towards a three-year license for math and English curriculum from Pearson that was meant to replace many...

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16:00
Today in the App Store -- Wikipedia Mobile, Vox...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today's notable apps include a discount on SimplePhysics, the new Vox Player and a major update to Wikipedia Mobile. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Sunny ~ Sleep Relax Meditate on the Beach with Calm Wave and Ocean Sounds [Now free, down from $2.99] You will sleep and feel better with Sunny, your collection of beautiful beaches recorded in stereoscopic 3D for headphones.

Curved Text [Now free, down from $1.99] Curved Text] helps you to add beautiful curved texts on your photo. With tons of curve shapes, text styles, artistic fonts and background templates, you can add...

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15:39
Los Angeles school district demands multi-million...


On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) told Apple that it would not accept any further deliveries of Pearson curriculum, which Apple has been providing as part of a $1.6 billion plan to give every student in the nation's second-largest school district an iPad. LAUSD also asked for a “multi-millon dollar refund” for software that had already been delivered, according to local public radio station KPCC.
In 2013 the school district signed an initial $30 million deal with Apple in a program that was supposed to cost up to $1.3 billion. As part of the program, LAUSD said it would buy iPads from Apple at $768 each, and then Pearson, a...

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15:00
AWT News Update: April 15, 2015

It's Tax Day in the US, and if you're anxiously trying to complete your 1040 or file an extension today, we'll help by letting you listen to today's Apple news.

  • Reuters poll determines that at least 15 million Apple Watches could be sold in the US this year
  • Tumblr gets a big update to 4.0, and you can now create new blogs from the app
  • Want to have lunch with Tim Cook and a friend? Head over to CharityBuzz.com now
  • Chess grandmaster gets banned from a Dubai tournament after it's discovered he was cheating with the assistance of an iPod touch

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14:06
Apple Updates Apple Watch 'Guided Tours'...

Earlier this month, Apple launched a new "Guided Tours" section on its dedicated Apple Watch website, showcasing several Apple Watch walkthrough videos designed to teach prospective buyers how various features work on the device. As of today, Apple has updated the site with four new videos, covering Phone Calls, Siri, Maps, and Music. The first video, on Phone Calls, walks users through how phone calls work on the Apple Watch. It displays options for answering incoming calls and making outgoing calls. There are several options when receiving a phone call -- it can be muted by covering the Apple Watch with a hand or a...

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14:00
Wikipedia app overhauled with new sharing features,...

The Wikipedia app for iOS was updated today with a handful of new features that make it easier to read and share content on the free online encyclopedia. The biggest change are the new image options that make images more prominent as you browse through the entries. Each entry now includes a lead image that appears at the top of an article, giving the app more of a blog feel instead of text-onlyencyclopedia entry. The app also now supports image galleries, allowing you swipe through multiple images that may be attached to an article. 

Another notable feature is a new sharing option that allows youth share a text snippet or an image of the article with your friends, family or followers. The image option includes a thumbnail from the article with text overlayed on top. It's a pleasing presentation that bundles concise information with good looks. Last, but not least, is a handy new...

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13:57
Apple adds new Apple Watch video guided tours for...


Update: Apple just uploaded the four new guided tours to its YouTube channel, as well. They are embedded below.
Apple has now updated its Apple Watch Guided Tour page with four more videos, featuring Phone Calls, Siri interactions, Maps navigation and the Music app. Apple began this series earlier in the month.
The videos demonstrate different Apple Watch features, such as taking a phone call, asking Siri for directions, getting navigation turn-by-turn directions in Maps or controlling music playback in the Music app.

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13:56
Use closed captions in Compressor 4.2

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13:37
Here's video of SpaceX's rocket landing,...

Yesterday SpaceX made another unsuccessful try at landing a Falcon 9 first stage on a barge in the ocean, but the fuzzy Vine clip posted cut off right before things got exciting. Today, the company posted a longer, higher res video but quickly pulled...

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13:35
If you can't install or update iTunes for...

Learn what to do if you can’t install or update iTunes on your Windows PC.

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13:04
Amplified: I sleep nude

Jim and Dan talk about the meaning behind the WWDC announcement, why Jim got three Apple Watches, the evolution of music (from vinyl to tapes to cd’s and now streaming), beginning guitar without an amp, and more.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:00
Backerjack Podcast #14: Breathing sensors, social...

In Episode 14 of the Backerjack Podcast, Steve and Ross check out some of the latest products seeking funds and preorders:

  • Neobase, a home server that lets you create your own private Facebook for sharing with your (small) circle of friends. Now all your base are belong to you!
  • Wakē, a focused light and speaker combo that mounts over your bed to wake you gently without disturbing those sharing the boudoir
  • Prana, a wearable sensor that scores your breathing and posture and lets you practice via a video game

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12:40
Ask iLounge: Can I turn off Message Read Receipts...

Q: Is there a way I can turn off those little “Read” status notifications that my iPhone sends out for only certain people? I know I can turn the setting off for everybody, but I do like my close friends to know when I’ve read their messages — it lets them know I’m alive and I’ve got their message without responding to type “OK” back to them. However, I’m not so fond of the receipts being on for other…

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12:23
App Store Increases Revenue Lead Over Google Play in...

Apple's App Store increased its revenue lead by 10 percentage points over Google's Play Store in the first quarter of 2015, according to the latest numbers from App Annie obtained by The Wall Street Journal. The App Store's revenue was also almost 70% higher than the Play Store, despite Google Play receiving 70% more app downloads during the three-month period ending March. Apple's increased App Store revenue helped it reverse a trend that saw Google Play slowly catch up in revenue over recent quarters, although the Play Store continued to widen its lead in overall downloads. Apple previously held about a 60% advantage in App Store revenues over Google Play during the third quarter of 2014, but that figure rose to about 70% in Q1 2015 on the strength of the United States and China."China was a bright spot for Apple – mirroring the strong market share gains...

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12:04
Gear: Knomo Falmouth Laptop Backpack

Knomo, an accessory company based in London, has released the Falmouth Laptop Backpack ($179), a cotton canvas backpack that can accommodate up to a 15” MacBook. A separate front compartment can hold any sized iPad, and there’s plenty of extra room inside the pack for additional items and accessories. The backpack comes in black or olive — we received the latter option.

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12:00
Wireless iPhone charging with the iQi Mobile...

iPhone 6 & Wood Puck Bamboo Edition Qi charger, Photo ©2105 Steven Sande

The Qi (pronounced "chee") inductive power standard is designed to make charging of electronic devices easy. By placing a Qi receiver that's either connected to a device or built into it near a Qi charger, induction provides a way to charge the device without plugging it in. The Apple Watch will work this way, although as far as we know it doesn't comply with the Qi standard. So how come we still can't charge our iPhones wirelessly? Well, with a Qi receiver from Fone Salesman and one of their Wood Puck chargers, you can.

Receiver:

The receiver is called the iQi Mobile (US$36.66) and it works with any Lightning port iPhone. While I haven't dissected the receiver yet, my guess is that it consists of a flat wound wire "antenna" connected to some simple circuitry. The idea is for you to use the receiver with your iPhone in a case, which is fine since I use a simple (and...

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11:19
∞ iTunes Radio is being maliciously stupid now

I used to like iTunes Radio, but it seems like the crew has abandoned ship and the service is crashing hard. It’s actually gone from questionable song choices to downright maliciously stupid. I swear it just tries to upset me.My parents were in town for a visit recently and while we were driving, I thought I’d put on some 70s music for them. You know, classic rock songs that they would know.I tried iTunes Radio and this is what I got:This song was released in 2008. The rest of the selection from iTunes Radio was no better.Jon B.: They Don’t Know (1997) Anthony David: 4evermore (2011) Conya Doss: Ain’t Giving Up (2005) Eric Roberson: Picture Perfect (2011)Clearly none of these are in the genre Apple listed them under in iTunes Radio.So I fired up Spotify, Rdio, Pandora, and iHeart Radio. Each of those services delivered some nice 70s music like I

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11:17
Guitar Hero Strikes Back


Activision on Tuesday took the wraps off Guitar Hero Live, setting the video gaming stage for a battle of the bands. Though Guitar Hero's original developer left the group years ago to work on Rock Band, the series is in capable hands. DJ Hero developer FreeStyle Games has been prepping Guitar Hero Live for its fall release, which may be right around the time Rock Band 4 appears. The philosophies of the two music games always have been different, and these latest versions are no exception.

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11:00
MacTech Pro Boston a great event for Mac consultants

Today I'm attending MacTech Pro Boston, an event for Apple techs who support small to medium-sized businesses, either as independent consultants or with a larger firm. This year's session covers a variety of helpful topics and, just as important, provides an opportunity to meet and talk with professionals who really know their stuff.

It's a solid event attended by Mac administration professionals who are knowledgeable, thoughtful and generous with their time and expertise. I attended several talks covering topics like iCloud and a deep dive on Time Machine.

The iCloud talk featured a detailed look at exactly where iCloud Drive stores the files that are magically accessible across all of your devices. As presenter Derek Braunschweiger said, "magical" solutions are great until you have to fix them....

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10:43
Universal Audio introduces the next-gen Apollo...

I’ve used a lot of interfaces over the years, but honestly these are the best.∞ Read this on The Loop

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