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Monday April 14

03:21
Kool Tools: ReelSmart Motion Blur 5

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

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

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Sunday April 13

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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12:00
A roundup of recent hardware reviews on TUAW

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

Piper packs security cam, home automation hub into one...

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11:51
Latest unverified photos from Weibo claim to show...


A new batch of photos appearing on the Weibo social network claim to show new production schematics and die for manufacturing the body of the iPhone 6 inside a Foxoconn facility, as noted by GforGames. A few of the photos (below) definitely show some sort of technical design documents, though we can’t be sure what they show as they are both incredibly technical and written in Chinese.
The molds, as seen above, definitely appear to be designed to produce a smartphone, but...

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11:50
Auburn University video with Jeff Williams, Bob Iger...

(Photo via Auburn University)
Following Apple CEO Tim Cook being honored with Auburn University’s College of Human Sciences Lifetime Achievement award last December, the university in Alabama from which Tim Cook graduated has shared a video profiling the Apple CEO and his impact at Auburn. While the video was first posted in March and surfaced today, it features commentary and interviews from other notable Apple figures including Jeff Williams, Senior VP of Operations, and Bob...

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11:46
SV150: Apple, Inc. earns more than HP, Google, Intel...

A listing of Silicon Valley's top companies points out that Apple now brings in more revenue ($174 billion) than second place Hewlett Packard and third place Google combined, and earns more money ($37 billion) than the rest of the top five together.

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11:18
Hands on with MakerBot's iOS-connected 5th...

As the technology behind 3D printing improves, market leader MakerBot continues to expand its lineup of devices, and is working to enhance its connectivity with Apple's iOS ecosystem.

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11:09
Auburn University posts tribute to Apple's Tim...

Apple's chief executive Tim Cook was profiled in a new video published by the Auburn University Alumni Association, which has recognized Cook in a Lifetime Achievement Award.

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09:22
Readdle’s Printer Pro for iPhone adds new languages...

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After recently adding support for eight additional languages, Readdles’ Printer Pro app for iPhone is going free for the next 24 hours.
If you haven’t already tried Printer Pro, then now is a great time. The app allows you to print content content and files from a number of apps on iOS to several WiFi...

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

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

My grandmother's iPad
Ming-Chi Kuo...

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07:52
TrailRunner 3.8.769 - Route planning for hiking,...

Note: While the software is classified as freeware, it is actually donationware. Please consider making a donation to help support development. TrailRunner is the perfect companion for runners, bikers, hikers, and all people wandering under the sky. Plan routes on a geographical map. Import GPS or workout recordings and journalize your activities in a diary. Features:

  • View maps and elevation data from Internet mapping services like USGS topo maps.
  • Import GPS recordings from Trails, iTrail and 321Run for iPhone.
  • Import workouts from the Nike + iPod Sport Kit.
  • Import tracks and workouts from GPS fitness devices like the Garmin ForeRunner or Garmin Edge.
  • Import/Export TCX, GPX, and KML files.
  • Describe favorite tracks and rate them with iTunes stars.
  • Plan routes interactively or automatically for a given distance.
  • Export route directions onto your iPod....

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07:00
A roundup of last week's app reviews on TUAW

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

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06:34
Apple's Spotty Record of Giving Back To the...

chicksdaddy (814965) writes "Given Apple's status as the world's most valuable company and its enormous cash hoard, the refusal to offer even meager support to open source and industry groups is puzzling. From the article: 'Apple bundles software from the Apache Software Foundation with its OS X operating system, but does not financially support the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) in any way. That is in contrast to Google and Microsoft, Apple's two chief competitors, which are both Platinum sponsors of ASF — signifying a contribution of $100,000 annually to the Foundation. Sponsorships range as low as $5,000 a year (Bronze), said Sally Khudairi, ASF's Director of Marketing and Public Relations. The ASF is vendor-neutral and all code contributions to the Foundation are done on an individual basis. Apple employees are frequent, individual contributors to Apache. However, their employer is not, Khudairi noted. The company has been a sponsor of ApacheCon, a for-profit conference that...

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06:13
Developers Love iOS 7 Adoption Rates in Contrast to...

One of the reasons why developer's love Apple's iOS so much is that it's adoption rate within Apple's iDevice ecosystem is the fastest in the industry. Case in point, iOS 7 was introduced to the Apple community on September 13, 2013. Seven months later it's now on 87% of iDevices. Yet a quick look at Chitika's latest statistics on Android for smartphones it's clear there's a deeply fragmented landscape in place that's a nightmare for developers.

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06:00
Use Syslog on Windows

There are a number of tools available for using Syslog in a Windows environment. I’ll look at Snare as it’s pretty flexible and easy to configure. First download the snare installation executable from http://sourceforge.net/projects/snare. Once downloaded run the installer and simply follow all of the default options, unless you’d like to password protect the admin page, at which point choose that. Note that the admin page is by default only available to localhost.
Once installed, run the “Restore Remote Access to Snare for Windows” script.

Then open http://127.0.0.1:6161 and click on Network Configuration in the red sidebar. There, we can define the name that will be used in syslog (or leave blank to use the hostname), the port of your syslog server (we used 514 here) and the...

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05:58
9to5Toys Weekend: 1Password 50% off, iPad Air 16GB...

Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: TwitterRSS Feed,FacebookGoogle+ and subscribe to the new Safari push notifications feature.
This weekend’s can’t miss deals:
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Saturday April 12

20:30
Briefly: YouTube aggregator app, Cocktail 7.4 for OS...

A new app for filtering YouTube videos has been released for iOS, entitled Dipper. Users of Dipper can follow topics on YouTube, ranging from daily sports highlights to content from a particular person or TV show, or following an ongoing news topic. Featuring a bookmarking function, videos can be flagged for watching at a later time. Dipper is designed for both iPhone and iPad, requires iOS 7 or later, and is free to download through iTunes....

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19:08
Apple buys hydroelectric facility to help power...

In order to help power its Prineville, Oregon data center with renewable energy as promised, Apple has taken over a small hydroelectric project located about two miles north of the Haystack Reservoir and 45 miles downstream from the intake. It is unclear how far the project had progressed before Apple acquired it, but original plans called for it generate 3-5 megawatts of energy on a seasonal basis, closing in the winter when the irrigation canal it relies on is shut....

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18:45
Sprint reportedly preparing carrier billing option...

Sprint customers may soon be receiving a discount on Spotify, as part of a deal between the two companies, according to a report. An announcement by the carrier, allegedly scheduled to take place on April 29 in New York alongside its expected HD Voice launch, will apparently see Sprint customers receiving free trials of Spotify Premium, with some carrier subscribers potentially qualifying for Spotify discounts....

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11:10
Apple buys hydroelectric green energy project near...

Apple is expanding its use of clean energy to power its iCloud data centers, with the company's Prineville, Ore., facility now flanked by a small hydroelectric project acquired by the iPhone maker.

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09:57
Flavours 1.1.10 - Create and apply themes to change...

Flavours is a Mac application that allow users to create, apply and share beautifully designed themes. Classy Give your Mac a gorgeous new look by applying delicious themes! Easy Unleash your creativity and make your very own flavour with ease! Fast Create a new unique flavour in minutes, personalize your Mac in seconds! Get more Download more flavours from the online store and share your own masterpieces! Editor Explore the endless style possibilities of the powerful editor with live preview built-in! Retina Stunning pixel-perfect details for Retina displays! Version 1.1.10:

  • New Ability to switch Final/Beta update channels on Preferences
  • Improved Disk Mounter is now themed
  • Improved Additional check/fix on /usr/local permissions
  • Improved Theming window bottom bar on additional apps (Parallels, Ecoute for Mac, and...

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09:13
Apple takes over hydroelectric plant project near...


OregonLive notes that government filings from last week show Apple has taken over a hydroelectric project near its Oregon data center. Apple has previously reported that it powers its data centers entirely on renewable energy. The hydroelectric plant in Oregon will help maintain its 100% renewable energy rating. In fact, on Apple’s environmental website, the company notes that the Prineville site will source power from ...

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07:46
Betterment: Elegant, straightforward online...

Many thanks to Betterment for sponsoring this week’s RSS feed on The Loop. Imagine if poring over your finances were as easy as using your favorite app, or smartphone. – “The Apple of finance,” Quartz.

Now it is, with Betterment.

Betterment is the most preferred online financial advisor, integrating technology and years of investment expertise in one elegant application already being used by over 30,000 customers. Betterment has eliminated the unnecessary costs and complications of investing intelligently. It’s straightforward investing for all, whether you have $10,000 or $10 million.

Betterment lets you manage multiple investment goals in one delightful place. Our UX and UI are adored by design enthusiasts, separating us from the red tape of other...

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07:43
NSA denies using Heartbleed security flaw in...

As reports of the severity of the Heartbleed OpenSSL bug has spread, so have the rumors. A report from Bloomberg has claimed that the US National Security Agency exploited the flaw for years. In its own defense, the NSA issued an unusually specific statement saying that not only did it not use the exploit, but it didn't even know about it until news of it went public a few days ago....

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07:30
Weekend App: Follow the final rounds of The Masters...

Instead of sitting in front of the TV to watch The Masters, bring it along with you on your iPad or iPhone while you hit the links this weekend. The tournament closes on Sunday, so don't miss those critical last holes just because you are out and...

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07:23
iWatch cost could be subsidized by health insurers,...

(iWatch concept by Todd Hamilton)
Apple could be planning to subsidize the cost of its upcoming wearable product through health insurers, Cowan & Co. analyst Timothy Arcuri speculates.
“We continue to believe it is possible the product (iWatch) is backstopped by some sort of insurance subsidization model similar to the carrier subsidization model for iPhone.”

The report, which believes Apple will announce the fitness-related device in September and launch ahead of the holidays at an average selling price of $250, says Apple will position the iWatch as a device that makes customers more health conscious.
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06:30
How to Easily Create a Travel Itinerary Map in OS X

Have you ever wanted to create your own custom travel itinerary map? It turns out it's pretty easy, and itâs built into every Mac. Sandro Cuccia shows you how.

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05:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Out and about

Out and aboutThis week's roundup of new iPad cases features several that are designed to help you take your iPad everywhere from the beach to the workplace—even when your workplace is a dusty construction site.AdonitThe Jot Tote (iPad mini; $45) features a soft-touch exterior with a semi-gloss finish for a great combination of form and feel.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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06:00
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06:00
Caturday: Mesmer kitty zones out to Todd Rundgren

Cats always seem to be off in some world of their own, but TUAW reader Roy Behymer found a way to entrance his beautiful cat Sienna with the help of an iPad mini and an app by rock legend Todd Rundgren.

"This is Sienna. Normally she's aloof and...

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05:50
Amazon’s push to get developers to build for their...

Amazon has a tough row to hoe here. Wooing developers to a nascent market is never easy. Just ask Microsoft.
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05:41
Apple Wins Two Design Patents in China for the new...

Patently Apple has discovered that Apple has been granted two design patents for their new Mac Pro in Hong Kong China. Apple filed for these design patents just days before ...

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05:15
∞ The classic Kombi Volkswagen van is retired, makes...

[VIDEO] The Kombi van was created in the 1940s and is an icon of the automotive industry. Called the “hippie van”, or the VW bus, the Kombi van has had a long colorful life. The last one rolled off the assembly line in Brasil at the end of last year.

The video embedded in the post is a love letter from Kombi to the world. Fantastic.

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04:59
Google pilot program tracks online clicks all the...

Wall Street Journal:

The company’s new pilot program involves AdWords, its biggest advertising program, in which advertisers place links next to Internet-search results. Google gets paid when users click on an ad and visit the advertiser’s website.

But while tracking clicks is an effective way to measure a Web ad’s impact on online sales, the system breaks down when shoppers enter a physical store, where their behavior is harder to monitor.

“Clicks are just the beginning, and everyone knows that there’s more value to tying ads to purchases,” said Benny Arbel, chief executive of myThings, an advertising-technology company that works with Google but isn’t involved in the pilot program. “If Google can demonstrate that people did not just click on an ad but that they actually bought something, that is the Holy Grail.”

This will mean a big new source of revenue for Google and a wealth of new data they will be able to collect about their users’ habits....

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04:29
Spotify 0.9.8.296. - Stream music, create playlists...

Spotify is a streaming music service that gives you on-demand access to millions of songs. Whether you like driving rock, silky R&B, or grandiose classical music, Spotify's massive catalogue puts all your favorites within your reach. No streaming service offers a larger, more varied catalogue. The music you love, whenever you want it

  • You're the DJ. Add stars to your favorite tracks, and create playlists. Spotify lets you keep your favorites close at hand.
  • Endless discovery. With built-in Related Artist suggestions, Spotify will help you discover your new favorite artists, albums, and tracks.
  • Make it social. Follow your favorite artists, share musical recommendations with friends, and more.

Version 0.9.8.296.: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.OS X 10.6 or laterDownload...

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03:32
Review follow-up: Gaming on Amazon's Fire TV...

When Amazon launched its Fire TV earlier this month, the company positioned casual gaming as one of the set-top streamer's "bonus" features. In this review follow-up, AppleInsider picks up the controller to find out if mobile gaming is ready for the living room.

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Friday April 11

22:54
Apple vs. Samsung, Day Five: Now it's Samsung...

At the end of the twelth day of the Apple-Samsung trial, and fifth day of testimony, Apple rested its case against Samsung following a detailed presentation from "microeconomist" and PhD Chris Vellturo in which he explained for the jury exactly how he calculated the $2.191 billion in damages Samsung should owe Apple for its infringement. Samsung, which has admitted in an earlier damages retrial that it copied from Apple, began presenting its defense -- by borrowing a Google software executive....

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19:06
A big pile of Google bullshit

A top Android executive testified on Friday that Google did not look to copy the iPhone when it designed Android.

“We like to have our own identity,” Android engineering VP Hiroshi Lockheimer said, testifying in an Apple-Samsung lawsuit currently before a jury in San Jose, Calif.

So before the iPhone, Android looked like the BlackBerry. After the iPhone, Android looked like iOS. Total fucking accident.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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18:00
Revealed: Samsung misled investors, pundits with...

A confidential report from Samsung dug up by Apple lawyers has -- for the second time in as many trials -- revealed that the Galaxy phone maker routinely misleads both investors and the public on its actual sales to end users, at least in the US market. The discrepancy can sometimes be large, and in Samsung's case it used those misleading figures to chip away at the iPad's "marketshare" when in fact it had not made even a modest dent....

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17:54
Wi-Fi Problems Dog Apple-Samsung Trial

alphadogg (971356) writes "There's a new sign on the door to Courtroom 5 at the federal courthouse in San Jose, the home to the Apple v. Samsung battle that's playing out this month: 'Please turn off all cell phones.' For a trial that centers on smartphones and the technology they use, it's more than a little ironic. The entire case might not even be taking place if the market wasn't so big and important, but the constant need for connectivity of everyone is causing problems in the court, hence the new sign. The problems have centered on the system that displays the court reporter's real-time transcription onto monitors on the desks of Judge Lucy Koh, the presiding judge in the case, and the lawyers of Apple and Samsung. The system, it seems, is connected via Wi-Fi and that connection keeps failing." ...

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17:40
A Few Words About Word: 3 Free iOS Word Processors

MS Word is here!!But do you really need it? Vern Seward points out three free iOS alternatives in this week's Free on iTunes. Textilus Free, Docs Unlimited Free, and Easy Writer Lite.

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17:34
Get Free Bitcoins with 24 Website Faucets that...

We've gathered 24 different Bitcoin "faucets"-websites that pay out free Bitcoins just for loading up a page full of ads-and tested them to make sure they actually pay out. We started off with eight sites, but this update adds several more bringing the total to 24 different faucets that really pay. We also updated the descriptions for the original sites with additional information.

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16:50
Samsung calls on Android exec in patent trial to...

Samsung on Friday brought up VP of Android Engineering Hiroshi Lockheimer as its first witness in the second California Apple v. Samsung patent trial in a bid to prove the Korean company's devices did not copy Apple's. The main argument: Google invented certain features before Apple patented them.

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16:23
Amazon’s smartphone

The company has recently been demonstrating versions of the handset to developers in San Francisco and Seattle. It intends to announce the device in June and ship to stores around the end of September, the newspaper cited the unidentified sources as saying.

This will throw a wrench into the smartphone market. There’s a lot of things we don’t know, like the hardware and which version of Android (I assume) it will use. I have a feeling it will be a low-priced phone, which will put more pressure on other Android handset makers than it will Apple.
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16:20
Amazon Has A Smartphone Coming, Say People Who Have...

Amazon has a smartphone in the works. We've heard this before, but now we're hearing about it from people who say they have seen it in real life and then told The Wall Street Journal about it.The Mac Observer Spin: Amazon's had a busy year in the hardware market. Is a phone really the best move for them though?

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16:00
Apple rests in second Apple-Samsung trial

Apple's presentation to the jury in the second Apple-Samsung patent trial is over, with attorneys for the iPhone maker resting their case as expected on Friday following the completion of damages expert Christopher Vellturo's detailed explanation of why Apple is asking for $2.191 billion in total from Samsung. Apple had one final witness on its list, but decided against calling him following Vellturo's testimony. Samsung has already begun its presentation, which seeks to minimize the value of Apple's royalties and calls the damages estimate "grossly inflated."......

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15:51
Apple hires CEO of brand consultant Wolff Olins in...

It was reported on Friday that Wolff Olins Global CEO Karl Heiselman has been hired away by Apple and will start working in a new marketing communications position at the Cupertino, Calif. company in May.

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15:43
Desperately Seeking Linux Programmers


Help Wanted: computer programmers needed to code and maintain Linux systems. The Linux operating system and Linux servers are so widely used today that not enough Linux-trained coders and system techs exist. Software developers and enterprise IT departments have jobs but no takers. To fill this shortage, the Linux Foundation has partnered with edX to offer a free online course to help computer engineers learn Linux. On the job front, some industry leaders are joining forces to jumpstart a movement to help ease the growing shortage.

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15:03
Apple rests case in second California patent trial...

Apple lawyers on Friday concluded their side of arguments in the latest spat with Samsung, bringing the initial phase of the company's case to a close after five days of court proceedings.

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15:00
Elgato Thunderbolt Dock provides ports aplenty

It's a great time to be the owner of a Thunderbolt-equipped Mac! A number of manufacturers have released Thunderbolt-based docks that make it possible for you to plug in one thin cable and have access to a world of ports. The latest company to jump...

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14:56
Wolff Olins Global CEO Karl Heiselman hired by Apple...


Following this week’s revelations that Apple SVP of Marketing Phil Schiller is unhappy with the direction of the company’s advertising and agency, and that Apple is considering hiring as many as four new digital...

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14:50
Court Documents Show Samsung Publicly Fudges Galaxy...

Samsung has been caught wallowing in their own truthiness, according to court documents released as part of the current Samsung vs Apple court case.The Mac Observer Spin: What!? Samsung didnât let facts get in the way of what it told people? Fetch me my fainting couch!

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14:36
Apple updates standalone FaceTime app for Snow...


Remember the good ol’ days when FaceTime wasn’t included with each Mac? Back then, you had to download a bit of software from the Mac App Store in order to make video calls to iPhone owners (though iChat could still do Mac-to-Mac calls). Even today, that standalone app is still available on the Mac App Store for $.99—and for some reason it’s still the #5 paid app on the entire store.
Given its apparent popularity three years after its launch, it makes at least a little sense that Apple updated the app today to fix a bug that could prevent users from connecting to FaceTime calls. Of course, if you’re on anything newer than Snow Leopard, you don’t need this update, but anyone still running OS X 10.6 who already purchased the app can get the free update to resolve the problem.
For...

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14:30
The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for April 11, 2014

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

You can listen to today's...

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14:22
NuGreen LED Lamp Lights Up Your Desk Using Just 3.6...

Bryan Chaffin is a nut for LED lights. They use produce less waste heat than incandescent bulbs and use less power than a Compact Flourescent Light (CFL) bulb, both excellent features in a light source. That's why he was so excited to check out NuGreen, an LED desk lamp from NewerTechnology that uses just 3.6 watts of power.

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14:04
Samsung's Galaxy S5 Splashes Into the...


Samsung on Friday rolled out its much-anticipated Galaxy S5 flagship smartphone in 125 countries worldwide, accompanied by a marketing and advertising blitz. The device was greeted with ambivalence. Some reports compared it unfavorably to the HTC One M8 and the 6-month-old iPhone 5S. Others said it offers only marginal improvements over the flailing S4, and some criticized it as bland. The S5 did not receive a universally chilly reception, though.

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14:00
Apple refuses to join Intellectual Ventures'...

Intellectual Ventures is a patent holding company that's often referenced as an example of widescale and aggressive patent trolling. Co-founded by former Microsoft CTO Nathan Myhrvold, Intellectual Ventures likes to spin its business model as...

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13:54
WSJ: Amazon to announce smartphone with 3D eye and...

Adding to previous reports of an Amazon-built smartphone, The Wall Street Journal on Friday said the Internet retail giant will announce its entry into the handset market in June.

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13:54
Apple rests in patent suit after experts testify...

Apple software designer Greg Christie testifies during the Samsung trial
Apple has made its case against Samsung in the patent lawsuit that never ends, and the company’s attorneys rested today after an expert witness testified that Samsung should pay the full $2.191 billion in damages. As CNET  reports, Quantitative Economic Solutions economist Christopher Vellturo told the court today that Apple’s claim to over $2 billion is...

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13:47
NSA Reportedly Exploited Heartbleed for 2 Years, but...

When system administrators scrambled earlier this week to patch a serious security flaw in the SSL protocol, they assumed it was to protect against hackers and criminals from gathering user names, passwords, and other pieces of sensitive data on the Interent. News surfaced on Friday afternoon, however, that said the NSA knew about the flaw almost as soon as it was introduced into OpenSSL, and had been exploiting it ever since -- a point the NSA flat-out denies.

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13:45
Amazon May Launch Smartphone with 3D Capabilities in...

Amazon is gearing up to release its long-rumored smartphone later this year to directly compete with offerings from Apple and Samsung, reports The Wall Street Journal. According to the report, the company has been showing off prototypes of its handsets to developers in San Francisco and Seattle in recent weeks, with Amazon likely announcing the phone by the end of June and launching it by the end of September. The people said Amazon hopes to distinguish its phone in a crowded market with a screen capable of displaying seemingly three-dimensional images without special glasses, these people said. They said the phone would employ retina-tracking technology embedded in four front-facing cameras, or sensors, to make some images appear to be 3-D, similar to a hologram, the people said. Rumors of the phone first...

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13:38
Briefly: Google glass one-day sale, Coachella on...

Confirming earlier rumors, Google is opening up wearable computing device Google Glass for purchase for one day in the US. Any US adult can join the Explorer program with any shade or frame for $1,500 plus tax. Available devices are limited. Purchase begins April 15 at 6AM PDT....

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13:24
Corel brings Toast DVD to Mac App Store

Corel's Roxio division has released Toast DVD at the Mac App Store. The utility makes it possible to not only burn videos to DVDs or Video-TS folders, but add menus for navigation. There are 25 stock themes, and users can further customize colors, text, and backgrounds....

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13:15
Reeder 2 for Mac public beta

I love this app. I’ve been using the beta for maybe a week and it’s solid, although features are still being added.
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13:15
Apple’s iTunes: Ample Demonstration of Harvard’s Law

Havard's Law states: "Under the most rigorously controlled conditions of pressure, temperature, volume, humidity, and other variables, the organism will do as it damn well pleases."
Nowhere is this more true than when it comes to Apple customers, iTunes and music.

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13:08
Amazon reportedly announcing first smartphone in...


The Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon is planning to announce its first entry to the smartphone market in June. The possibility of an Amazon phone has been a long-running rumor, but recently sources claimed that the company had partnered with HTC to finally produce the device.
Following the launch of the...

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13:06
Briefly: Cross DJ update and contest, Trials...

Mixvibes has introduced the newest version of its cross-platform software, Cross DJ v3.1.0. The software provides users with the tools needed to DJ, such as browsing track catalogues, and monitoring playing track's peaks and phrasings. The new version allows for the ability of users to record their mix and share it on Mixcloud and Youtube, as well as Dailymotion. CrossDJ generates a video file, and the video displays in real time what the track is playing, the name of the artist and the artwork associated with when working with Youtube and Dailymotion; with Mixcloud, users can export their mix......

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13:00
Would you ever get an Apple tattoo?

Tattoos are one of the most unique form of personal expression, given that they're permanent (mostly), painful and artistic all at once. Getting a tattoo of a company logo or product is often seen as foolhardy or shortsighted. But Apple fans are a...

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12:51
About Safari 7.0.3

The Safari 7.0.3 update is recommended for all OS X Mavericks users and contains improvements to compatibility, stability, and security.

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12:34
Apple's iBeacon Begins to Rock the Market with...

On Monday we reported that Apple's iBeacon was ready for the Minnesota's Twins game opener. As we noted in our report, Major Legal Baseball has installed iBeacon at 20 of their 30 stadiums including San Francisco. It was also announced just yesterday that Apple's iBeacon will be debuting at a stadium in ...

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12:16
Court tosses conviction for man accused of stealing...

The 3rd US Circuit Court of Appeals has unanimously tossed the conviction of Andrew Auernheimer, an Arkansas man accused of stealing the personal data of about 120,000 iPad users, says Reuters. Auernheimer was convicted of the crimes in November 2012 and sentenced to 41 months in prison. The case was filed in New Jersey however, and the appeals court has ruled that he was prosecuted in the wrong state, since his crimes weren't committed there....

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12:11
Samsung's big bet on Android actually a covert...

Samsung's success in selling the world's leading volumes of phones through intense, expensive marketing efforts appears to be supporting Android as a platform, but Samsung's internal documents show it has plotted for years to compete against Google with its own mobile OS.

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12:07
Millions of Android devices vulnerable to Heartbleed

Be well Android people and make your way to an Apple store.
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12:07
Internet advertising eclipses television ad spending...

US Internet advertising revenues for 2013 hit an all-time high of $42.8 billion, exceeding broadcast television advertising revenues of $40.1 billion. The full-year results mark the first time that Internet advertising eclipsed television commercial sales. Of particular note is mobile advertising -- for the third year in a row, mobile achieved triple-digit growth year-over-year, rising to $7.1 billion during 2013, a 110 percent boost from the prior year total of $3.4 billion....

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

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

Apps Now Free

Pepi Bath [iOS...

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11:56
Forums: iOS home screen improvements

This week in the MacNN forums, members discuss ways that Apple could change the home screen in iOS after "Hawykeye_a" noted that there hasn't been any real changes in the way that iOS works and provided some suggestions of things they thought could be modified. Today one Fresh-Faced Recruit was looking for a way to edit icons on their Mac and turned to the forums for advice....

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11:51
Apple deals: 5 refurbished Macs for $999 or less

Apple's online store today has a variety of Macs that are priced at $999 or less. The refurbished Mac mini with a 2.3GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, OS X Server, 4GB of RAM and dual 1TB hard drives is now $849 after a $150 discount. Also priced at $849 after a $350 price cut is the 13.3-inch MacBook Air with a 1.8GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage....

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11:49
DealNN: MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and more

At MacMall.com this week save $350 on the 15.4-inch MacBook Pro which has been cut from $1,800 down to $1,550. A $100 mail-in-rebate offer drops the price further to $1,450, beating the next lowest price by $210. This MBP features a 2.3GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 4GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive. Included is a one year warranty on parts and labor from Apple....

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11:36
Microsoft Touts Privacy Bona Fides to European...


Having become the first company to formally meet the European Union's data protection rules, Microsoft is trying to turn its trustworthiness into business in privacy-wary Europe. "For customers who care about privacy and compliance, there is no more committed partner than Microsoft," wrote Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith in a Thursday blog post. More so than in the U.S., data protection is a hot-button topic in Europe, especially in the wake of Edward Snowden's leaks.

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11:35
Tim Cook backs Employee Non-Discrimination Act on...

Apple CEO Tim Cook took to Twitter earlier today in support of the Employee Non-Discrimination Act. "The House should mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act by passing ENDA," he wrote. If passed, the bill would make it illegal for companies to discriminate based on gender identity or sexual orientation. The bill has been trapped in the US political system since 1994, however, and a November 2013 editorial by Cook in the Wall Street Journal had little impact....

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11:28
External Link: The Woman Who Gave the Macintosh a...

Priceonomics has published a profile of Susan Kare, the woman who designed the original icons for the Macintosh, such as the “Happy Mac.” She later followed Steve Jobs to NeXT, designed Microsoft’s iconic Solitaire game, and now works independently, having worked with Facebook and Paypal. 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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11:28
External Link: NPR Now Playing on iTunes Radio

You can now listen to content from National Public Radio on iTunes Radio. The station is a mix of live news and pre-recorded shows. To listen, play the NPR News and Culture Featured Station in iTunes Radio. 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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11:26
External Link: The Man Behind Safari Remembers Steve...

Don Melton, perhaps best known as the man behind the Safari Web browser, has republished his memoires of Steve Jobs, which were first published in Jim Dalrymple’s The Loop Magazine. Melton recollects his first embarrassing contact with Jobs, a Safari feature that he and Jobs came up with simultaneously, and an “epic” joke that Jobs played on Phil Schiller, Apple’s SVP of worldwide marketing. 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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11:16
Has the PC industry bottomed out?

According to data released by Gartner this week, global PC shipments declined by 1.7% in the first quarter of 2014. While a few years ago, this number would have been considered catastropic, now it's actually good news. As a matter of fact, it's the smallest decline the PC industry has suffered since early 2012.
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11:00
My grandmother's iPad

Shawn Blanc wrote about how his grandfather's iPad has enabled him to take more photos, just a few days after my dad told me how much my grandmother in Bolivia uses her iPad. My grandma, who is now 80, does yoga regularly and volunteers constantly....

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10:57
iLounge Game Spotlight: R.B.I. Baseball 14

The words “R.B.I. Baseball” instantly conjure up memories for gamers of a certain age and ilk. First released in Japan in 1986, R.B.I. Baseball has continued to attract a cult following over time, much like the Tecmo Bowl series. Now, the franchise has been updated and relaunched with R.B.I.…

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10:37
OWC launches Jupiter Callisto, Kore enterprise-class...

Accessory and peripheral vendor OWC announced an enterprise-class storage solution with the new rack-mounted OWC Jupiter Kore and OWC Jupiter Callisto. OWC Jupiter Callisto provides storage for multi-user environments via Ethernet, while OWC Jupiter Kore is a Mini-SAS direct connected storage system. Both are available in 8-bay or 16-bay models for up to 384TB of storage with three Jupiter Kore Expander Rack systems....

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10:30
Daily Deals for April 11, 2014, featuring One Year...

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

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10:20
Charter considering ramifications of raising bid for...

Just a few short days after Comcast's hearing on Capital Hill, Charter is reportedly evaluating starting a bidding war for Time Warner Cable. Potentially at stake are the subscribers that Comcast has promised to divest should the merger take place, worth hundreds of millions of dollars annually, should Charter fail in its bid, or antagonize Comcast executives too greatly....

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10:18
Apple blocks rival streaming services from iAd,...

Apple has reportedly banned British iTunes Radio competitor Bloom.fm from advertising on iAd, even as Apple looks set to expand its own digital reach by adding four new creative agencies to its outside advertising team.

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10:18
Reeder 2 for Mac enters free public beta

Popular RSS client Reeder has returned to the Mac in the form of an initial public beta of Reeder 2. The beta is a free download, and replaces Reeder's formerly centerpiece Google Reader sync with services like Feedly, Feedbin, and Fever. Alternately, the software can be set up with locally-stored, non-synced RSS feeds. Google discontinued Reader in July 2013....

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09:15
The Week in iPhone Cases: Say cheese

Say cheeseOne of the items in this week's roundup of new iPhone cases is all corners, while another teaches you how we Italians say cheese. If minimalism and multilingual knowledge aren't what you want wrapped around your iPhone, we also have some products that bring together materials from classic leather to the latest plastics.ArycaThe Wave 3 (iPhone 5 and 5s; $28) is a waterproof case that protects against water, sand, and dirt.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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09:44
Apple's Tim Cook encourages US House to pass...

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook took to Twitter on Friday to again express his support for the Employee Non-Discrimination Act, a proposed bill that would make it illegal for companies to discriminate in hiring based on gender identity or sexual orientation.

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09:36
Bloom.fm banned from iAd due to competition with...

UK-based streaming service Bloom.fm has been banned from advertising on Apple's iAd network due to it being competition with iTunes Radio, according to Bloom PR representatives. Until recently, Bloom was spending £2,000 per month on iAd spots. In rejecting the advertising, Apple is quoted as telling Bloom that it constituted "a competitive service to iTunes Radio and it is against Apple policy."...

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09:30
Reeder for Mac Back as Public Beta

The popular Mac RSS reader app Reeder is back as a public beta after disappearing from Apple's Mac App Store when Google Reader met its untimely demise. Reeder 2 gives a taste of what's in store for the news reader app, including a redesigned interface, and integration with other services such as Twitter and Facebook.

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09:30
Ming-Chi Kuo and The Legend of the $3,000 iWatch

Along with the iPhone predictions I covered yesterday from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo -- who, despite being wrong about new Apple products many times, is described by various outlets as "spot on" and "pretty reliable" -- we were graced with...

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09:25
Tim Cook calls on Congress to pass Employment Non-...

 

Apple CEO Tim Cook took to Twitter on Friday to voice his position on a potential new law currently being considering by the United States Congress. “The House should mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act by passing ENDA,” Cook tweeted while mentioning members of Congress in leadership positions from both political parties. Cook also tweeted the quote “We shall overcome” and said “Much done but much left to do.” 
The law to which Tim referred, known as the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, would prohibit companies with 15 or more employees from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender. The Apple CEO has previously expressed this position in a Wall...

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09:15
iCloudy with a 100% chance of stupidity

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The Robservatory:

I use a lot of cloud services for file storage, primarily Dropbox, but also Box and (begrudgingly, for certain shared projects) Google Drive.

I also use iCloud, but not in any way that would be considered a true cloud file storage service. I use it strictly as a sync service for contacts, calendars, reminders, notes, Safari; I also use Back to My Mac.

But that’s it; I don’t use iCloud for cloud-based file management at all. Why not? Because iCloud in its current implementation is chock full of the stupid, at least for those of us who still use and rely on OS X.

When people say, “Apple doesn’t get Web Services”, this is a prime example of it.
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08:42
Apple Patent Reveals Larger Apple TV Heat Sink Right...

Earlier today Patently Apple discovered a patent application filing that listed one of Apple's leading product design engineers. The patent application was published under ....

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08:37
What it’s like to design a font from scratch

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Fast Company:

Steve Matteson has designed some of the most ubiquitous typefaces in the world, and engineered the original core fonts for Microsoft, adapting Times New Roman, Arial, and Courier, which you’ve probably used for term papers or resumes or anything else you wrote in Word. He has also created some less-classic designs that he’s not too proud of, such as “Curlz,” which falls in the Comic Sans camp of typefaces reserved for high school yearbooks, princess-themed birthday party invitations, and mockery.

But that is the plight of a professional font designer: One day you get to make lasting letter sets, the next you have to pay the bills. “Sometimes you have to do work that you’re not really proud of,” Matteson told Fast Company. “That’s why we call it work instead of play.”

I know...

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08:29
Bloom.fm claims Apple is blocking rival music...

Bloom.fm, a UK-based streaming music service, is claiming Apple has banned it from advertising through iAd advertising platform because the company is a competing service to iTunes Radio. Apple’s advertising platform recently started selling ads for Apple’s free, ad-supported iTunes Radio service, but the Bloom.fm had been spending £2,000/month on iAds placed as banner ads in apps. The company had some words about being banned from Apple’s advertising platform on its Twitter account and also provided a statement to TheRegister and others:

Apple wrote to Bloom today and claimed it was a direct competitor to iRadio, which is surprising because this Apple-operated service does not yet exist in the UK…John Clark, Bloom’s spokesman, told us the small company was surprised to have found itself in Apple’s crosshairs.
“We’re a small company from west London made up of just 27 people. It’s amusing and...

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08:27
AirPrint Basics

AirPrint enables instant printing from iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and Mac without the need to install drivers or download software. Simply select an AirPrint printer and print. It's that simple.

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08:20
Monument Valley: Brilliant, Beautiful iOS Game

Monument Valley, a unique iOS puzzle game, is getting lots of hype (and an App Store Editorsâ Choice award!). But does it deserve the attention itâs getting? Well, yes. But for more of our thoughts on this illusion-based peach of a game, come on in and read our full review.

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08:10
∞ Motörhead: Ace Of Spades

Enjoy your Friday people.

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08:04
Image shows first alleged iPhone 6 cases

A new photo shows what are alleged to be two of the first third-party cases produced for the iPhone 6. While there are no earlier iPhones or accessories in the image for comparison, the cases are said to fit 4.7- and 5.5/5.7-inch devices. One unusual aspect of their design is the presence of an extra cutout on one side, and what appears to be a relocated power button cutout on top. It's unclear what the additional cutout might be for....

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08:00
Apple opts out of patent acquisitions and other news...

Here's your Apple news for Friday, April 11. Enjoy the weekend, folks.

Apple opts out of a recent patent acquisition by Intellectual Ventures. Both Apple and Intel have opted not to participate in the latest buy. Formerly, Apple joined Intel,...

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07:49
Report: Apple bans UK music service from iAd

Bloom.fm, a U.K.-based streaming music service, has reportedly been blocked from using iAd by Apple. A spokesman for Bloom told CNET Apple must view the much smaller service as a threat. “We were surprised at Apple’s decision to ban us from their iAd network as their iTunes Radio service…

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07:47
External Link: Microsoft Launches “Escape from XP”...

Wow! So 8-bit! Having ended support for its superannuated Windows XP operating system earlier this month, Microsoft has released an online game to convince users of the old operating system to get over it. In the game, Escape from XP, you first see XP boot up (faster than in real time), and then crash into the game itself, where you battle armies of marching PCs and flaming Recycle Bins, rendered in full 8-bit glory and accompanied by crunchy synthesized audio. Escape from XP is browser-based and is designed to show off the capabilities of modern browsers. 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...

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07:47
External Link: Microsoft Launches Escape from XP Game

Wow! So 8-bit! Having ended support for its superannuated Windows XP operating system earlier this month, Microsoft has released an online game to convince users of the old OS to get over it. In the game, Escape from XP, you first see XP boot up (faster than in real time), and then crash into the game itself, where you battle armies of marching PCs and flaming Recycle Bins, rendered in full 8-bit glory and accompanied by crunchy synthesized audio. Escape from XP is browser based and is designed to show off the capabilities of modern browsers, in particular the latest iteration of Internet Explorer. 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...

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07:47
XKCD’s take on Heartbleed

Read the linked comic, then take a read of the How it works post from a few days ago. The XKCD comic is basically showing a series of GET requests and what happens when the requested data size doesn’t match the actual data size.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:43
Popular RSS client Reeder 2 for Mac hits first...

Popular RSS client Reeder was largely affected by Google’s abrupt shutdown of Google Reader earlier last year as it raced to update its various apps support for alternative RSS subscription services.
Reeder for iOS gained support for services like Feedly and Feed Wrangler pretty quickly last year, but Reeder for Mac has taken a bit longer than had originally been anticipated.
Today, Reeder 2 for Mac is available in its first public beta for free ahead of its final development....

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07:30
Thoughts on asking users for iOS permissions

Asking a user for permission to send them push notifications or to access their private data can be a little bit of a minefield.

For many apps, not getting access to a phone’s sensors or data can change the entire user experience. For example, if an app depends on where the user is standing, declining access to location could render the app useless. More subtly, if push notifications play a critical role in getting your user to form a habit of using your app, declined access could lead to you losing them forever.

Making it all worse is that when a user taps “Don’t Allow”, there is no easy way for them to reverse that decision.

If you are interested in user interface/experience, this is some good food for thought.
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07:25
Deutsche Bank Initiates AAPL Coverage with $650...

Deutsche Bank analyst Sherri Scribner initiated coverage of Apple's stock on Friday with a US$650 target price, saying the company likely has some surprises in store. Apple hasn't released any new products yet in 2014, but company CEO Tim Cook has said that there would be big announcements throughout the year.

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07:20
$5,000 Amazon Web Services security breach

A nasty surprise when the Amazon Web Services send you an email to update your credit card info to handle the charges.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:18
Apple Blocks Bloom.fm iAd Advertising Ahead of U.K....

London-based streaming-music service Bloom.fm says it has been blocked from advertising on Apple's iAd network because it is a threat to the Cupertino company's iTunes radio, reports CNET. Similar to iTunes Radio, Bloom.fm offers genre and artist-based streaming radio stations with a library of over 22 million tracks. "We were surprised at Apple's decision to ban us from their iAd network as their iTunes Radio service isn't even available in the UK," the spokesman told CNET. "Bloom.fm gives you 22 million tracks for £1 a month -- the price of a single download on iTunes -- so I can see why they'd want to protect their business." Apple may be blocking Bloom.fm as it prepares to launch its iTunes Radio service in the U.K. The service debuted in the U.S. alongside the release of iOS 7 last fall and was recently extended to...

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07:04
iPhone Apps: Mextures, Morning, Twitterrific
07:00
iPhone 101: Change this one setting to get your...

This happens to me all the time. I get snuggled up under the blanket, ready to check my Twitter feed and Facebook posts one last time before calling it a night. It's always then and there that I realize my iPhone battery is at less than 10 percent...

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06:50
Apple, Intel decline new investment in Intellectual...

Two previous investment partners, Apple and Intel, have declined to put money into Intellectual Ventures' latest patent acquisition fund, says Reuters. IV is dedicated exclusively to buying intellectual property, and has so far acquired about 70,000 patents and other forms of IP. It has raised about $6 billion from investment partners in the past, but is looking to pick up another $3 billion. Microsoft and Sony have agreed to participate in the new round of funding....

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06:49
Analyst: Don’t Look for Apple’s Custom Baseband...

JP Morgan analyst Rod Hall isn't buying into reports that Apple is ready to dump Qualcomm and use its own custom designed baseband chips in the next iPhone. He thinks Apple is working on its own chips, but that they won't be ready until some time in 2015.The Mac Observer Spin: Baseband chips aren't easy to design, but that doesn't mean Apple isn't working on just that. If so, expect improved battery life and performance from future iPhones and iPads while Qualcomm and other chip makers take a hit to their bottom line.

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06:39
App Camp for Girls Rocks Macworld/iWorld

One of the most innovative panels at Macworld/iWorld 2014 was the App Camp for Girls Open House. Josh Centers took a look inside how the camp teaches girls how to code. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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06:25
Apple's Former Safari Chief Don Melton Reflects...

Don Melton has a long history with Steve Jobs and Apple, working at NeXT and then moving to Apple where he is known for his work on Safari and WebKit. To commemorate Steve Jobs' birthday earlier this year, Melton recounted his memorable encounters with Jobs in a post he recently published on his blog. Melton was not a confidant of Jobs, just an employee who had the opportunity to be around the Apple co-founder on occasion. Jobs likely thought of Melton as the “Safari Guy” and knew Melton's real name, which was considered an honor. Melton recounts the first time he met Steve Jobs at a NeXT presentation in the late 80s that unfortunately was scheduled during everyone's lunch break. Like many encounters with Jobs, Melton remembered Jobs' demeanor, but not a word of what he said. Obviously he wanted us to quiet down. You could tell because he paused several times for us to hush ourselves. And out of respect, awe, and...

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06:18
App.io brings its HTML5 iOS app demos to interactive...

I’ve covered App.io a few times in the past. The service, which allows app devs to deploy fully useable HTML5 demo versions of their native iOS apps on the web, first launched under the name “Kickfolio” back in 2012. The goal for the company was originally to let devs bring demos of their apps to promotional webpages and it eventually expanded the platform to include Facebook and other channels. Today, and around 2 million interactive app demos later, the company is announcing that it’s bringing those same app demos directly to mobile devices as interactive ads.
The ads go a step beyond the interactive app-like experience that Apple promised, but never quite delivered, with iAd, and allows users to play a demo of the...

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06:12
SlingPlayer Plugin 3.3.20.475 - Browser plug-in for...

SlingPlayer is the screen interface software that works hand-in-hand with the hardware inside the Slingbox to make your TV viewing experience just like that at home. It features an array of innovative features and controls, including a favorites bar, customizable remote controls, and the best streaming video money can buy.Version 3.3.20.475: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

  • OS X 10.8 or later
  • Safari 6, Firefox 25, or Chrome 30 or later (requires 64-bit)
  • 1GB RAM
  • One of the following Slingbox models with the latest Slingbox Software installed:
    • Slingbox PRO-HD
    • Slingbox PRO
    • Slingbox SOLO
    • Slingbox 350
    • Slingbox 500
  • A Sling Account

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06:07
Samsung caught lying about tablet sales

This week we learned, thanks to a February 2012 internal Samsung document marked “top secret” and unearthed by Apple as part of its ongoing patent infringement proceedings, that we were right and those more credulous news outlets were wrong.

When Strategy Analytics was telling the world that Samsung sold 2 million Galaxy Tabs in six weeks, the truth was that it took Samsung all of 2011 to sell half that many.

Lying, cheating, bastards.
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06:00
Stashbox: Turning a Mac Mini Into A Logstash and...

You have a lot of boxes. You would like to be able to parse through the logs of all those boxes at the same time, searching for a given timestamp across a set of machines for a specific string (like a filename or a port number). elasticsearch, logstash and kibana are one way to answer that kind of need. This will involve downloading three separate packages (which for this article, we’ll do in /usr/local) and creating a config file.
First, install the latest Java JDK. This is available at jdk8-downloads-2133151.html.
The following is going to download the latest version of logstash and untar the package into /usr/local/logstash (I like nesting that logstash-1.4.0 inside logstash so when the next version comes out I can have it there too, I have plenty of space so keeping a couple versions back helps in the event I need some old binary and can’t get to it ’cause they revved...

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06:00
A homescreen so creative it'll make you go...

It took me a minute to figure out the humor in the homescreen above, but once I did it made me go "heh". My only regret is that I didn't think of making it first. Too clever....

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05:59
Wells Fargo defends 'market perform'...

Having downgraded its rating on Apple stock in January, Wells Fargo on Friday defended their neutral outlook for the company's near future, characterizing it as a long-term opportunity for investors that faces near-term hurdles while the industry transitions.

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05:37
FunBITS: FTL: Faster Than Light Moves to iPad

Josh Centers jumps back into FTL, the unforgiving, roguelike space simulator, to see how it fits on the iPad and to give a quick look of what’s new in the Advanced Edition expansion for all the platforms on which FTL runs. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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05:37
Alleged iPhone 6 Cases Surface, Apparently Based on...

A photo reportedly showing cases designed for the larger iPhone 6 has been posted by Mobile Fun (via Nowhereelse.fr [Google Translate]. While exact sizes are not apparent from the photo and no comparison with existing iPhone cases sizes is shown, the cases are said to be for 4.7-inch and 5.7-inch iPhone 6 models, consistent with design drawings published by Japanese magazine MacFan late last month. Most sources have been reporting that the larger iPhone 6 will carry a 5.5-inch display, although the MacFan drawings and a few other sources have continued...

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05:18
Dubious iPhone 6 cases already rolling in

It may be five or so months before Apple launches the iPhone 6, with very little known for sure at this stage, but the case makers have already started firing-up their 3D printers.
French site NoWhereElse has posted photos of what claims to be transparent cases for the iPhone 6, with a cut-out for the rumored new position of the power button, on the side of the phone, opposite the volume buttons. Oddly, however, there is also a button-shaped cut-out on the top of the phone.

NWE acknowledges that the source of the photo has no track-record of leaks, and we can’t see any reason to believe this is anything more than the usual attempts by case companies to...

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05:13
Apple says services not affected by Heartbleed

The Heartbleed security flaw, which has affected hundreds of thousands of websites using OpenSSL, has not done the same to Apple’s services. Apple confirmed to Re/Code that its mobile, desktop, and web services were not affected. “Apple takes security very seriously. iOS and OS X never incorporated the vulnerable…

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05:03
Google Glass Goes Public for a Day

Google is ready to expand sales of its Google Glass facetop tech to more than just developers, but only for a day. The Internet search giant plans to let anyone in the United States pony up the US$1,500 for Google Glass on April 15.

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05:00
Amazon grabs a new demographic…comic book readers

If you love comic books and love reading on your iPad, you’ve probably heard of comiXology. The company (and app) are responsible for bringing comic books into the digital age of online purchasing and reading content on a mobile device. So it was only a matter of time before it attracted the eye of the largest online source for purchasing reading material. ComiXology’s CEO, David Steinberger, posted the news on their web site Thursday afternoon that they had been purchased by Amazon.
 

Since 2007, comiXology has been partnering with comic book publishers to bring titles to their service, most notably the DC and Marvel lineups. In 2013 it added a service for independent comic books to self-publish their work.
Naturally, there will be concern...

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05:00
Daily App: Skylit shows sunset and sunrise times

Skylit is a new app from Stay Kids that falls into the weather category, even though it doesn't deliver forecast information. Instead of detailed weather information, the app focuses on sunrise and sunset, which are important pieces of information...

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04:52
Apple updates Xcode developer tool to version 5.1.1

Apple has served up an update (version 5.1.1) to its free Xcode developer tool for OS X and iOS for iOS and OS X. The upgrade includes software development kits for OS X 10.9 Mavericks, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, and iOS 7.1.
Xcode is designed to make it easy for developer to analyze their code, monitor performance, and test their apps, Xcode 5.1.1 is available at the Mac App Store and requires Mac OS X 10.8.4 or higher.

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04:30
Heartbleed bug hits the Internet

A newly announced bug, dubbed “Heartbleed” has got online companies on the run as they race to patch the insecurity. In spite of all the current fervor however, the bug has actually been around for about two years. It may also be the first wide-scale bug to have its own web page and logo (heartbleed.com). Heartbleed is based on a fault in functionality in the widely used OpenSSL library. OpenSSL is the cryptographic software that protects information being transferred from server to server throughout the internet. It is meant to stop hackers from intercepting secure information such as logins, usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, and...

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04:22
Apple opts out of latest patent acquisition fund...

Prominent patent buyer Intellectual Ventures won't be able to count Apple among the participants in its latest IP purchase, as the iPhone maker has apparently opted out of its latest investment.

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04:00
Consumers Can't Stanch Heartbleeding


Consumers can do little to protect themselves from the catastrophic Heartbleed bug.
"Catastrophic is the right word," wrote security guru Bruce Schneier in his blog this week. "On the scale of 1 to 10, this is an 11." Heartbleed is an extension of the SSL/TLS protocol used to encrypt data in transit on the Internet. The most common evidence of SSL to consumers is the padlock icon displayed by URLs that begin with "https." Heartbleed is used to keep a secure connection alive.

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03:56
Apple declines further investment in patent...

Apple and Intel both declined an invitation to invest in a new round of funding for patent assertion entity Intellectual Ventures, reports Reuters. Both companies had invested in the enterprise in the past. Intellectual Ventures did, however, receive further investments from both Microsoft and Sony.

Apple and Intel’s decision is significant because the biggest tech companies have supported IV in the past. “This would be a dramatic departure,” said Kevin Jakel, chief executive of Unified Patents.
Intellectual Ventures declined to discuss investments. Microsoft, Sony, Intel and Apple also would not comment. It is unclear whether Intel and Apple could still opt to invest in IV’s vehicle at a later time.

As a frequent target of patent trolls, it seemed an odd investment for Apple in the first place, and...

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03:53
Global semiconductor revenue grew 5% in 2013

Total worldwide semiconductor revenue reached $315 billion in 2013, up 5 percent from 2012, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). The combined revenue of the top 25 semiconductor vendors increased by 6.9% during 2013.
This was a significantly better performance than the rest of the market, whose revenue growth was 0.9%, and was due, in part, to the concentration of memory vendors in the top ranking, according to the research group. The memory market increased 23.5% in 2013.
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03:39
Kool Tools: Thunderbolt-powered, portable dual drive

The My Passport Pro from Western Digital (WD) is the first portable, Thunderbolt-powered, dual drive solution. It's targeted to creative professionals and enthusiasts such as photographers, videographers, musicians, graphic designers, and architects.
For Mac systems, My Passport Pro has user-selectable RAID functionality to deliver performance for demanding applications in the field, without the need for power adapters or extra cables. My Passport Pro is available in 2TB and 4TB capacities.
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03:36
SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition incorporates Rush Hour...

The Deluxe Edition of Sim City 4 is now exclusively available on the Mac App Store, some weeks ahead of availability elsewhere, priced at $19.99.
The special edition includes the functionality of the Rush Hour expansion pack, which includes a monorail system and a ferry, along with two new disaster scenarios … 

The SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition includes both SimCity 4 and the Rush Hour expansion pack, which gives you more control over your city’s transportation options, plus two bonus disasters: UFO attack and Autosaurus Wrecks.
We even included the exclusive Mac “Custom Tunes” feature that allows your iTunes library to be played in the game!
The original version of ...

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03:34
S.M.A.R.T. for USB and FireWire Drives 0.9 -...

S.M.A.R.T. for USB and FireWire Drives is a kernel driver for OS X external usb or firewire drives. It extends the standard driver behaviour by providing access to drive smart data. The interface to smart data is same as with ATA family driver, so most existing applications should work. The driver requires a SAT (SCSI ATA translation) capable external drive enclosure. The driver consists of a kernel extension and a user client interface library. The code is based on Apple opensource files and is therefore published under Apple Public Source License.Version 0.9: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

  • OS X 10.6 or later
  • USB or FireWire drive

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03:21
LinkOptimizer for Adobe InDesign gets maintenance...

 Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has launched LinkOptimizer 4.8.13, a maintenance update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
The software allows you to reduce the size of InDesign links and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data. It also performs image color conversion and sharpening, converts file formats and more. The new version improves the app's startup process and ensures that LinkOptimizer menu in InDesign can be created when multiple versions of InDesign are open.
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03:18
Cocktail 7.4 (Mavericks Edition) adds support for...

Maintain has served up Cocktail 7.4 (Mavericks Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X Mavericks.
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. Cocktail's features are arranged into five categories that helps you manage various aspects of your computer. This version adds Retina support and OS X 10.9.3 compatibility. It also improves application launch time, adds ability to change default screenshot filename and ability to remove date and timestamp from screenshot filenames.
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02:43
Closer look: Apple Mac Pro AMD FirePro D-Series dual...

One of the many exciting new features of the Mac Pro (late 2013) is Apple's choice to opt for dual AMD FirePro workstation GPUs as standard fitment, which certainly caught the eye of many observers. The previous generation Mac Pros included the option to fit dual CPUs, but as you can tell from the radical external redesign of the Mac Pro that Apple has fundamentally rethought its approach to the Mac workstation. Apple has chosen to adopt a dual-GPU configuration as standard fitment to leverage the massive processing power in GPU architecture. The biggest performance gains in certain profession......

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00:00
Don Melton on Steve Jobs and other news from April...

Former Apple engineer Don Melton posted a heartwarming and fascinating post late on Thursday highlighting his memories of working with Steve Jobs. The entire post is well worth reading in its entirety as it provides a more up-close and personal...

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Thursday April 10

23:43
Exclusive: Apple vs. Samsung docs reveal Galaxy Tab...

Top secret sales data revealed during the Apple vs. Samsung trial this week shows that Samsung knew that the Galaxy Tab sales figures (and overall Android tablet sales) it and various market research groups had fed to the media were not even remotely true.

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22:36
Macworld gems: Glowdeck smartphone dock

Now that we've had time to recover from the fury of meeting so many vendors at this year's Macworld, MacNN and Electronista have had a little time to reflect on some of the products and services we saw there. Many have yet to come to market -- a running joke was the number of projects crowdfunded last summer that will be arriving in stores soon -- some have won awards, and some are just little gems we were delighted, intrigued and wowed by. First up in this ongoing series is a successful Kickstarter startup, Glowdeck....

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20:33
Dropbox 2.6.27 - Online synchronization tool with...

Dropbox is an application that creates a special Finder folder that automatically syncs online and between your computers. It allows you to both backup files and keep them up-to-date between systems. Note: You must first sign up to use Dropbox. The Dropbox application is available for OS X, Windows, and Linux. A video on the site explains more.Version 2.6.27:

  • Fix rare failure on new Windows installer.

OS X 10.4 or laterDownload Now

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19:59
Google Chrome 34.0.1847.116 - 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 34.0.1847.116:

  • Responsive Images and Unprefixed Web Audio
  • Import supervised users onto new computers
  • A number of new apps/extension APIs
  • A different look for Win8 Metro mode
  • Lots of under the hood changes for stability and performance

OS X 10.6 or laterDownload Now

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19:59
iFFmpeg 4.0.6 - Convert multimedia files between...

iFFmpeg is a graphical front-end for FFmpeg, a command-line tool used to convert multimedia files between formats. The command line instructions can be very hard to master/understand, so iFFmpeg does all the hard work for you. This allows you to use FFmpeg without detailed command-line knowledge.Version 4.0.6: Note: When you use user-presets for DNxHD, DVVideo, ProRes, and AVRP you will have to update the presets.

  • Fixed loading user presets
  • Added SMPTE 302M audio support for MPEGTS container
  • Fixed issue when using CRF with H265
  • Updated to Mediainfo 0.7.68
  • Improved Sony PS4 and X-Box One presets
  • Fixed issue when adding external 5.1 audio file
  • Fixed issue when creating movie of images that have different resolutions
  • OS X 10.6 or later
  • Working FFmpeg OS X binary (available...

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19:30
Amazon buys digital comic book platform comiXology

Online sales giant Amazon on Thursday announced the purchase of digital comics platform comiXology, which is responsible for the popular iPad app 'Comics' that consistently ranks near the top of the iOS App Store's top grossing charts.

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19:18
Rumor: Apple considering entry into high-definition...

[Updated with Apple hiring details] Following on the heels of a claim that Apple is planning to "dramatically" overhaul the iTunes music store in the near future, a previous rumor that the company was considering offering "high-resolution" 24-bit music tracks has gained new currency. Apple has been reported to be looking for ways to boost digital music sales, which have seen a slump as users spend more time listening to on-demand streaming services like Spotify. The higher-quality music files would likely be offered in a lossless format.......

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18:17
Briefly: Sim City 4 Deluxe for OS X, Morning app...

Aspyr has announced that its classic city simulator SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition is now available for OS X. Re-released digitally on the App Store, SimCity 4 Deluxe has been updated for current Mac systems, and supported OS X 10.8.5 Mountain Lion and later. Users have full control over the environment and the ability to unleash natural disasters to create or destroy a realistic world. New additions to the game include transportation options such as monorail and a ferry system, as well as bug fixes, performance enhancements, and other updates such as native resolution support. Available for $20, Si......

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17:47
As rumors point to major iTunes renovations, Apple...

Amidst a flurry of reports and speculation regarding Apple’s iTunes Music Store and Radio strategy in the past few weeks, Apple has begun posting job listings indicating they are gearing up for major improvements to iTunes.
Four listings on Apple’s Jobs page show they are interested in hiring iTunes Software Engineers, a Senior Software Engineer for iTunes Radio, and an iTunes Recommendations Platform Software Engineer. From the descriptions:
...

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17:42
Apple confirms its services not affected by '...

Apple has confirmed on Thursday that all of its operating systems and key web services, as well as its website and iCloud service, are not affected by the "Heartbleed" SSL flaw that is threatening much of the web. The "Heartbleed" bug, a flaw in the implementation of later versions of OpenSSL -- which is used by many but not all websites to handle secure log-ins and other transactions -- has put as much as two-thirds of the World Wide Web at risk....

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17:27
CAELinux Is the Ideal Distro for Designing Scientists


CAELinux is a perfect example of the power of open source to tailor the Linux operating system to users' specialized needs. This computer-assisted engineering distro clearly is not for the vast majority of Linux users, but it certainly has all the features you would expect in any mature Linux OS -- and then some. The extra ingredients make CAELinux a unique Linux distro for engineers and engineering students, as well as scientists. It offers an unusual mix of Xubuntu 12.04 LTS 64-bit with a customized Xfce desktop environment.

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17:00
Scanbot for iPhone: The only scanner you'll need

Yesterday on TUAW TV Live, Doc Rock and I did our favorite app and hardware picks of the week, and mine was a surprising app that has changed the way that I look at scanning. As I mentioned on the show, I have despised physical scanners since my...

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16:19
Apple releases Xcode 5.1.1, updates Mac iMovie to 10...

A week after developers received the "golden master" for Xcode 5.1.1 (free), the minor update has been released to users by Apple. The 2.18GB program, which allows developers to author programs for OS X Mountain Lion and Mavericks (10.8 and 10.9) as well as iOS 7.1, has received a handful of bug fixes, and improves the reliability of Quick Look within the debugger. In addition, Apple has updated iMovie for Mac to v10.0.3, which adds new sorting, title and font options....

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16:00
Apps We Actually Use: Command-C to share my...

I spend a lot of time reviewing apps, and I follow the same general cycle. The apps are actively used for a few weeks and then they sit idly, gathering dust until I delete them from my phone. There are some apps, though, that stand out to me and...

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15:31
∞ Joe Cocker: You Are So Beautiful

I just love Joe’s voice.

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15:30
comiXology is being bought by Amazon

comiXology has made waves over the years by providing a high quality digital solution for comic book fans. Its revolutionary Guided View™ mode allow readers to view a comic panel-by-panel on mobile devices that previously weren't suitable for comic...

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15:30
Concealable Entertainment Flask: Get Your 8 Bit...

Ink Whiskey has announced a line of NES-inspired flasks, handy for adding a little value to a beverage. They are available for pre-order now but will ship later in April. These are not actual cartridges, they're made of food-safe plastic and sport some nice blocky labels. This is a done deal, there's no Kickstarter situation where it only exists if enough people pre-order, so there's no pressure. Your options are Super Bar-Hop Bros, CastleVodka, Metal Beer, Legend of Drink, and Drunk Hunt, at US$20 each. Legend of Drink is also available in a gold edition for $65, if you prefer to carry around a slightly flashier pretend NES cartridge. And really, it won't look weird at all that you are carrying around an 8-bit Nintendo game in 2014.

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15:13
OS X facelift

An interesting article by Peter Cohen on whether OS X should get more of a flat design. It makes sense to me.
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15:08
Sorry, Apple/Amazon/Google Your Current Products Can...

There's a lot of flavors of boxes that hook up to the television. Nothing available now is the clear cut winner of a precious HDMI slot on the tv. Kelly explains what the actual winner should look like.

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15:05
Apple iMovie 10.0.3 - Edit personal videos and share...

With an all-new design, Apple iMovie lets you enjoy your videos like never before. Browse your clips more easily, instantly share your favorite moments, and create beautiful HD movies and Hollywood-style trailers. And when you’re ready to premiere on all your devices, iMovie Theater rolls out the red carpet.Version 10.0.3:

  • Option to sort events in the sidebar by date
  • Change the font, size, and color of new titles introduced in iMovie version 10
  • Double-click a transition in the timeline to adjust its duration
  • Crop and rotate clips in events
  • Add speed effects using the Adjustments Bar
  • Option to smoothly transition in and out of speed effects
  • Fixes issues that could cause iMovie to quit unexpectedly
  • Resolves issues that could cause sharing to fail
  • Improves reliability of search when using partial or multiple search terms
  • General usability improvements on computers using certain...

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15:01
Rumor: Apple to offer hi-res 24-bit tracks on iTunes...

Following a report that Apple is considering a major overhaul of iTunes, an overlooked rumor from March suggests the company may also be planning an entry into the high-definition music industry with 24-bit tracks.

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15:00
Family Guy: The Quest For Stuff is well written but...

Family Guy is an easy target for snobs who think their personal tastes are universal. Despite its often maligned reputation the show has been a major part of American pop culture since 1999, spreading dark jokes across the airwaves with a gleeful...

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14:57
Xcode 5.1.1 - Integrated development environment (...

Apple Xcode is Apple Computer's integrated development environment (IDE) for OS X. The full Xcode package is free to ADC members and includes all the tools you need to create, debug, and optimize your own Universal applications, targeting both Intel and PowerPC platforms. At the heart of Xcode is a graphical workbench that tightly integrates a syntax-highlighting text editor, a robust build control system, a debugger, and the powerful GCC compiler capable of targeting both Intel and PowerPC regardless of host platform. Xcode is both easy to use, using assistants to create working projects in just minutes, and also powerful enough to build the largest OS X applications. Xcode is bundled with Interface Builder, AppleScript Studio, Java development support, and WebObjects development tools, among many others.Version 5.1.1: Includes SDKs for OS X 10.9 Mavericks, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, and iOS 7.1.

  • Fixes an issue that would reposition the Interface Builder...

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14:42
BBEdit update

This is one of my favorite apps of all time.
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14:39
Google opening Glass to the public

Next Tuesday, April 15th at 6am PDT, we’re opening up some spots in the Glass Explorer Program. Any adult in the US* can become an Explorer by visiting our site and purchasing Glass for $1500 + tax – and it now comes with your favorite shade or frame, thanks to feedback from our current Explorers. The number of spots available is limited, so mark your calendar if you want to get in.

Don’t do it.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:30
The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for April 10, 2014

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

You can listen to today's...

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14:29
Sonos Swings Into Google's Playground


A new partnership between Sonos and Google means that users of the Google Play Music app for Android now can stream music to their Sonos speakers directly from the app itself. Available in 25 countries, the new capability effectively eliminates the need to use Sonos' Controller app as an intermediary. It represents Sonos' first such integration partnership with a major music streaming service, but it likely won't be the last, said Kristen Bender, Sonos' senior product manager for music services.

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14:18
Briefly: Dropbox launches new gallery app, Cobalt...

Cloud storage company Dropbox has released its latest product, Carousel, a photo and video gallery app. Available for both iOS and Android platforms, Carousel provides a single location for users' photo and video content in an organized manner. The app automatically backs up photos and videos to the user's Dropbox account as they are captured, ensuring they are safe from being lost in a device crash. Users can engage in private conversations with friends, as to share their media with others. The number of photos and videos one can put in their Carousel is based on how much space they have atta...

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14:15
Apple Adds Features, Fixes Bugs in iMovie with 10.0....

Apple released iMovie 10.0.3 Thursday, an update that includes several feature improvements, as well as a few bug fixes. The company improved event sorting, added fonts options for titles, made it easier to edit a transition, added cropping and rotating tools, and more.

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14:03
Apple issues iMovie for Mac update with new features...

Apple rolled out an update to iMovie for Mac, bringing new sorting and font options, enhanced titles, UI tweaks and bug fixes to desktop version of its consumer level video editing app.

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14:00
Piper packs security cam, home automation hub into...

Webcams were one of the forerunners of the current Internet of Things boom, allowing smartphone-toting geeks to keep an eye on the office or homestead while out and about. Piper (starting at US$239), powered by iControl Networks, is targeted at the...

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13:51
Apple releases iMovie for Mac 10.0.3 with new...


Apple has just published its third update to the revamped Mac version of iMovie launched last year. The update, version 10.0.3, makes changes to the default font in the new titles first added to last year’s release. It also includes the ability to sort events by date to quickly find clips by when they were recorded.
Other improvements include the ability to rotate and crop clips within events rather than projects, an easier method of accessing transition duration settings, faster access to clip speed controls, improvements to how speed changes are handled, and various bugs that could cause the app to crash or not do what was expected.
You can grab the update for free in the Updates tab of the Mac App Store if you already own iMovie 10. Users on previous versions of iMovie can...

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13:50
Box Sync 4.0.4733 - Online synchronization tool for...

Box Sync gives you a hard-drive in the Cloud for online storage. Note: You must first sign up to use Box. What if the files you need are on your laptop -- but you're on the road with your iPhone? No worries! With Box, you store files online -- then access them anywhere, anytime, on any device.

  • Get 10 GB Free and Organize All Your Files Into Folders -- Store all kinds of files online, then arrange them into folders just like on your desktop.
  • View and Access Files on Demand -- Box provides anytime, anywhere access to your files from any device -- whether you're in Nebraska or Norway.
  • Convenience and Peace of Mind -- Throwing thumb drives in your bag, transferring files to CDs, stressing about a stolen laptop -- that's yesterday. Today, everything's on Box.

Get and Share Big Files -- Quickly and EasilyThere are lots...

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13:42
ComiXology e-comics distributor acquired by Amazon,...

Amazon today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire digital comics vendor ComiXology for an undisclosed sum. ComiXology developed and distributes the engine used by most major comic book publishers in the United States, including Marvel and DC Comics for their privately-branded digital services....

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13:33
Deals: limited time offers knock 3 MacBooks down to...

A series of promotions this week have temporarily cut the cost of owning a new MacBook to sub-$1000 levels, with over a half dozen MacBook Airs available at an instant $100 discount and no tax in most states, while 13-inch MacBook Pros with CD/DVD iare being sold for $969.99.

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13:30
You can eat the face of Steve Jobs, if that's...

In the years since the passing of Steve Jobs we've seen countless tributes in virtually all forms, but the edible work of chef -- nay, artist -- Wilhelm Rodriguez is particularly amazing. Using your standard pizza ingredients, Rodriguez, who...

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13:29
Apple releases Xcode 5.1.1 update with bug fixes,...

Apple on Thursday released the latest update to Xcode 5.1, bringing fixes for reported bugs and overall stability improvements to the software development, debugging and testing tool.

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David. Review
David. Review By Cata Modorcea on April 18th, 2014 Our Rating: :: MINIMALISTIC IN A DIFFERENT WAYUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad David is a minimalistic game wrapped inside of a soothing atmosphere in which the hero must defeat a number of evil creatures representing different struggles and aspects of life.   | Read more »
Eyefi Unveils New Eyefi Cloud Service Th...
Eyefi Unveils New Eyefi Cloud Service That Allows Users to Share Media Across Personal Devices Posted by Tre Lawrence on April 18th, 2014 [ permalink ] | Read more »
Tales from the Dragon Mountain: The Lair...
Tales from the Dragon Mountain: The Lair Review By Jennifer Allen on April 18th, 2014 Our Rating: :: STEADY ADVENTURINGiPad Only App - Designed for the iPad Treading a safe path, Tales from the Dragon Mountain: The Lair is a dependable casual adventure game.   | Read more »
Yahoo Updates Flickr App with Advanced E...
Yahoo Updates Flickr App with Advanced Editing Features and More Posted by Tre Lawrence on April 18th, 2014 [ permalink ] | Read more »
My Incredible Body - A Kid's App to...
My Incredible Body - A Kid's App to Learn about the Human Body 1.1.00 Device: iOS Universal Category: Education Price: $2.99, Version: 1.1.00 (iTunes) Description: Wouldn’t it be cool to look inside yourself and see what was going on in there? With My Incredible Body, you can! | Read more »
Trials Frontier Review
Trials Frontier Review By Carter Dotson on April 18th, 2014 Our Rating: :: A ROUGH LANDINGUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Trials Frontier finally brings the famed stunt racing franchise to mobile, but how much does its free-to-play nature affect the game?   | Read more »
Evernote Business Notebook by Moleskin I...
Evernote Business Notebook by Moleskin Introduced – Support Available in Evernote for iOS Posted by Tre Lawrence on April 18th, 2014 [ permalink ] | Read more »
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