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Monday April 21

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

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

Notable software releases this week include Microsoft Office 2011 14.4.1, Adobe Flash Player 13.0.0.201, PDFpen and PDFpenPro 6.2, Keyboard Maestro 6.4.1, and Typinator 5.9. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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05:51
ExtraBITS for 21 April 2014

In ExtraBITS this week, Siri squared off against Google Now and Cortana, Managing Editor Josh Centers gave an Apple TV-oriented presentation to the Chicago-area user group The Northwest of Us, Jeff Carlson provided iPad tips for photographers, hardware maker LaCie admitted to a major security breach, Bradley Chambers offered suggestions about how Apple could improve iOS for education, and Microsoft unveiled a less-expensive Office 365 subscription. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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05:46
Nike axes the FuelBand and most of its development...

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

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

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

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

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

Julio Ojeda-Zapata falls madly in love with the new Mac Pro, and gives serious consideration to buying an entry-level version of the professional desktop Mac. But is it really the Mac for him? He has to set emotion aside and ask hard questions. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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05:05
Apple, Google seek exclusive game debuts

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

When using the...

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04:57
Review: Penclic Bluetooth 'mouse'

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

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04:54
SupaSounds serves up free Sound FX kits

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

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04:52
Samsung’s portrayal in the media

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

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

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

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

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

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04:45
Reminder: AAPL Q2 Earnings Report this Wednesday

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

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04:34
Are you tone deaf?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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03:00
Reviews: PenClic Bluetooth mouse

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

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


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

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

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Sunday April 20

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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12:00
A roundup of recent hardware reviews on TUAW

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

Booqpad: Combining iPad tech with good old...

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


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

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

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

Apps We Actually Use: NotesTab Pro...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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06:00
The 25 Nerdiest Kid Movies

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

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

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

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

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Saturday April 19

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


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

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

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

Many thanks to Backblaze for sponsoring The Loop’s RSS feed this week. Back up all your data with Backblaze online backup. It’s unlimited, unthrottled, uncomplicated, and unexpensive. At just $5/month for all your data it’s a no-brainer.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Slate:

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

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

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

Right?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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06:30
Yet Another 25 Tips for Mastering iPhone Photography

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

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06:00
DeviceScout

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

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

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06:00
Caturday: Gabby at work

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

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05:59
Friction free parking

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

There have been a number of efforts at bringing that same friction reduction to the process of public parking. The linked article explores one system that shows how far we’ve come, how far we still have to go.
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05:40
∞ Space X rocket taking off and landing in same spot

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Friday April 18

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

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

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

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

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19:59
Macgo Blu-ray Player 2.10.3.1568 - Blu-ray media...

Blu-ray Player is the first universal media player for Mac and PC in the world. It can play Blu-ray discs or its ISO files not only on Mac or PC, but also on iPhone/iPad/iPod touch. It supports all media formats for movies, videos, audio, music, and photos. It has multi-language support, and has a user-friendly interface. After adding DTS 5.1 into it, Blu-ray Player brings you the most popular Blu-ray HD video entertainment on your Mac. The first Blu-ray player software supporting Mac... Mac Blu-ray player, the world's first Blu-ray player software for Apple Mac, is the unique Blu-ray media player that supports both Mac and Windows systems. All Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray files, and Blu-ray folders (BDMV folders) can be perfectly played on MacBook Pro, Air, Mac mini, iMac, Mac Pro with OS X 10.5 to 10.9 Mavericks, as well as Windows 8 / 7 / XP / Vista by Mac Blu-ray player software. With this fabulous Mac Blu-ray Player software you can easily have a HD...

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

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

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

OS X 10.5 or laterDownload Now

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

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

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18:52
Nike Dismantles their FuelBand Wearables Team

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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17:00
The Mac hole

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

[Photo credit: Brian Porteous]...

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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16:04
The Loop Magazine Issue 25

In this issue:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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New York magazine:

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

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

It’s amazing how many gimmicks razor manufacturers have come up with to try and get us to by sharp bits of metal to scrape along our faces.
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14:30
The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for April 18, 2014

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

You can listen to today's...

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14:16
NASA and Google Do the Tango


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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13:19
∞ Epic pen spinning

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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12:53
∞ Design Flex

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

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

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

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12:41
Review: Booqpad for iPad Air

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

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

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

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12:30
Menu Bars Of The Stars

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

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12:12
How to Streamline System Preferences on Your Mac

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

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12:09
Adobe Flash Player 13.0.0.201

Fixes a crash that occurred on Macs made between 2006 and 2008. (Free, 14.9 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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12:07
Will Apple Introduce Touchless Input for iDevices in...

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

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

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

Apps Now Free

Ski Jumping Pro [iOS...

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11:30
Jobs, directed by Michael Bay

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

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

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

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11:00
Reviews: Booqpad for iPad Air

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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10:29
How Apple dodged the Heartbleed bullet

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

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

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

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

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

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09:45
iLounge Game Spotlight: Hitman GO

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

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09:33
Hands On: Verizon Samsung Galaxy S 5

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

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

Follow the link to learn about Lost Mode and how to turn it on for your iOS device.
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09:22
German Media Mogul Rips Google in Open Letter


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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09:00
Sketch 3 makes a great design tool even better

If you're a designer type, you've probably heard about Sketch. It's an ambitious attempt (by a team of just four people) to produce a vector drawing application that can make the Adobe Creative Suite a moot point for most designers. That's not their...

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08:55
Online Privacy: Track Which Apps Access Your...

Thanks to heartbleed, there's a renewed interest in sorting out which apps and services can access our personal information. Considering how many apps we use every day, that can be a pretty daunting task. With a little help from MyPermissions, however, that's far more manageable, and it can help you control exactly what information online services can gather, too.

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08:35
Lyric acoustic guitar microphone

This looks really interesting.
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08:30
John Sculley regrets ousting Steve Jobs and other...

It's Friday! Slip on a pair of loafers and browse today's Apple news in a leisurely fashion. Because it's Friday. And you're a boss.

In an interview with Times of India, former Apple CEO John Sculley admitted that ousting Steve Jobs was a mistake....

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08:28
Samsung deal with Swiss clock maker portrayed as an...

Samsung recently inked a deal with Swiss Federal Railways, the same organization that accused Apple of copying one of its iconic clock designs, leading some to speculate that Samsung may have sought the contract solely to make a dig at Apple.

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08:07
Analysts call for year-over-year decline in iPad...

Almost half of a group of 34 analysts tracked by Fortune are expecting Apple to report a slight decline in iPad sales year-over-year during its Q2 2014 results, due to be announced April 23rd. The overall consensus currently sits at 19.3 million units, which would be a 0.7 percent dip. Polling among the professional analysts in the group is somewhat more positive, calling for a 19.4 million consensus versus the amateurs' 19.2 million....

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06:30
Mac Pro shipping delays won't sink Apple profits

Even four months after the Mac Pro’s initial release, Apple appears to be having problems making enough of the high-end cylindrical desktop computer. The company’s store currently shows shipping times of 4-5 weeks for all Mac Pro models, even the stock versions without additional customizations.Computerworld (which, like Macworld, is owned by IDG) points out that the supply constraints for the new Mac Pro are now worse than that of the iMac back in late 2012 and early 2013, which Apple CEO Tim Cook...

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07:17
Apps: Tweetbot for Mac, Monolingual, Radium
07:00
iPhone 101: Add a useful message or contact...

Unlike OS X which has a native setting for adding a message to your lock screen, iOS lacks this option. You still can add a message to your lock screen -- you just have to be a bit more creative and must spend a little extra time creating a custom...

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06:58
FunBITS: Boom for Mac Pumps up the Volume

Global Delight’s Boom promises to turn your Mac’s speakers up to 11. Josh Centers takes a look at the utility, and finds an unexpected use for it. 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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06:56
Judge Denies Rockstar Consortium’s Bid to Move...

Rockstar Consortium was denied a motion to move part of its patent infringement fight with Google from California to the Easter District of Texas -- a court known for favoring patent trolls. The patent holding company includes Apple, Microsoft, Sony, Ericsson, and BlackBerry to buy Nortel's patent portfolio, and is suing Google.

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06:56
Rockstar Consortium denied motion to transfer Google...

US District Court Judge Claudia Wilken has denied a motion by the Apple-led Rockstar Consortium to transfer a patent invalidation countersuit by Google from California to the Eastern District of Texas, Reuters says. The Eastern District of Texas is infamous for leaning towards patent holders in its court rulings. Wilken ruled, however, that Google was able to provide enough evidence to keep the case in California....

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06:48
Next-gen iPad Air front panel with integrated...


New photos that reportedly show the front panel of a next-generation iPad Air have surfaced. Originally shared by One More Thing, the front panel appears to have an integrated display. This notable change could result in an even thinner iPad Air, or leave room for Apple to rework the hardware and add additional components.

According to One More Thing, these picture came from a “trusted Dutch source with connections in China.” The leaked photos arrive just days after a rumored iPhone 6...

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06:38
New photos purport to show Apple's next-gen...

Consumers hoping for an even thinner version of Apple's flagship tablet may get their wish, as a new set of snapshots appears to show a revised iPad Air display assembly with the LCD and cover glass manufactured as a single unit, much like the company has done for years with the iPhone.

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06:34
Alleged next-gen iPad Air front panel leaked

Alleged leaked pictures of the next-generation iPad Air show a new integrated display. The photos, posted by Dutch site One More Thing, show the LCD layer integrated into the glass display, and the site says it appears the device may be even thinner than the current iPad Air. …

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06:31
∞ Super, double top secret photo of iPhone 7 that I...

… In my beard.

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06:23
Facebook’s unfriending problem

Interesting read. And, I think, an opportunity for a social network that recognizes the unfriending problem and that offers a more sophisticated friend curation solution.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Space and nature

Space and natureOne of the cases in this week’s roundup celebrates the upcoming Earth Day in collaboration with a famous Mouse, while another has enough space-age materials to launch into space.BrandoThe Superman 3D Protective Case (iPhone 5 and 5s; $39) features a sculpted body—just like the Man of Steel, but (presumably) sans the X-ray vision.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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06:05
Alleged iPad Air 2 Front Panel with Integrated...

Following the leak of an alleged iPhone 6 front panel earlier this week, the iPad is now getting its turn with a pair of photos showing what is said to be a front panel for the next-generation iPad Air, shared by Dutch site One More Thing [Google Translate]. Notably, the part appears to include an integrated display in contrast to the separate panel and display parts used on the current model. A move to an integrated front panel/display would reduce overall thickness, potentially allowing Apple to further slim down the iPad Air or make room for other components such as a slightly larger battery. MacRumors spoke with...

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06:00
∞ Beautifully crafted off-center axe splits firewood...

The embedded video is just mesmerizing. I love great design.

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06:00
Grep, Search, Loops and Basename for Powershell...

Simple request: Search for all files in a directory and the child directories for a specific pattern and then return the filename without the path to the file. There are a few commandlets we end up needing to use:

  • Get-ChildItem: Creates a recursive array of filenames and pipes that output into the For loop.
  • ForEach-Object: Starts a for loop, looping through the output of the command that has been piped into the loop (much easier than an IFS array IMHO).
  • If: This starts the if pattern that ends after the select-string in the below command, but only dumps the $_.PSPath if the pattern is true.
  • Select-String: Searches for the content in the file.
  • Split-Path: This is the Powershell equivalent of basename and dirname. You can use this commandlet to extract parts of the path to a file. In this case, we’ll use the -Leaf option which effectively runs the basename, or just the file name in the path to a file.

Get-ChildItem -...

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06:00
What happens when an Apple fan meets an Android...

What happens when an Apple fan meets an Android admirer -- a never-ending discussion over which platform is better. If only these dicussions were as amicable as this....

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05:58
Please, don’t be a dick

This is “a handbook for clients and designers” on how to deal with each other.
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05:52
A real world iAd experiment, with surprising results

iAd case study, complete with numbers.
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05:25
Dropbox gets Deeper into Photo Management with Loom...

The online photo management and sharing service Loom is now another tool in Dropbox's kit. Loom announced it was bought on Thursday, signaling Dropbox's push to become your go-to place for cloud-based photo storage.The Mac Observer Spin: With Loom under the care of Dropbox, we shouldn't have to worry about this online photo management service suddenly closing its doors. You know, like EverPix. It also means Dropbox really wants to be your online photo management service.

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05:13
ooVoo 5.0 now available at the Mac App Store

ooVoo has released ooVoo 5.0 on the Mac App Store. The app is a integrated video and messaging tool.
Version 5.0 sports a sleeker interface design that offers high-def, one-on-one calling; 12-way group video calls, voice calls, and screen sharing. This release also introduces an in-app purchase option for ooVoo Premium, which provides an ad-free version of the free app.
ooVoo 5.0 is localized in 12 languages. The app is available in versions for Mac OS X, Windows, iOS, and Android. Go to http://www.oovoo.com/home.aspx for more info.

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05:00
- ..- .- .-- presents 5 apps for World Amateur Radio...

We'll bet you didn't know that today is World Amateur Radio Day, which is celebrated by radio amateurs on April 18th to commemorate the founding of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) in Paris in 1925. In honor of WARD, here are five apps...

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04:40
iTunes Radio: Create a Station from a Song or Artist

Thereâs a neat feature of iTunes Radio thatâll let you create a custom station from what youâre currently listening to-or from any item in your library-with just a click or two. In todayâs Quick Tip, weâre gonna cover it, and if youâve never tried out iTunes Radio, weâre telling you that nowâs the time. Itâs cool!

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04:37
Analysts Predict Q2 2014 Decline in iPad Sales,...

Sales of Apple's iPad and iPhone remained strong during the holiday season with record quarterly sales reported in Q1 2014. Analyst predictions for Apple's second quarter of its fiscal year suggest iPhone sales may rise slightly, while iPad sales may decline slightly, reports Philip Elmer-DeWitt of Fortune's Apple 2.0 blog. The consensus estimate from 21 Wall Street professionals and 13 amateur analysts predict iPad sales of 19.3 million, a 0.7 percent decline in Q2 2014. This is a significant change from Q2 2013, which saw a 55 percent year-over-year increase. The consensus estimate, at 19.3 million, would represent a 0.7% decline, with the pros slightly more optimistic (at 19.4 million) than the amateurs (19.2 million). Dragging down the...

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04:30
Students hack Siri to do more using Googolplex


Do you ever feel like Siri is just not living up to its potential? Do you wish there was more that Siri could do? Well, you aren’t alone. Some students at the University of Pennsylvania felt the same way and decided to do something about it, and the result was Googolplex. The four students, Alex Sands, Ajay Patel, Ben Hsu and Gagan Gupta, entered their creation into a hackathon and won third place. So, how does this work? Keep reading and we’ll tell you.

What does Googolplex do?
In a nutshell, it allows you to...

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04:28
Traffic from Apple's unannounced iOS 8, OS X 10...

Testing of Apple's anticipated next-generation operating systems -- iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 -- continues along at a steady clip, new traffic data shows, ahead of the upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference, where both products are expected to be unveiled.

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04:25
Analyst forecasts suggest iPad sales have peaked,...


As highlighted by Fortune, analysts’ consensus on iPad sales for last quarter suggest that iPad sales will actually decline year-over-year by about 0.7%. Although the expected decline is small, this would represent a big shift in iPad momentum, especially since Apple saw a strong increase in sales for the holiday quarter, going from 22.9M units in the previous year to 26M this year.
If iPad sales have fallen, it wouldn’t be because of different market conditions to last year. Apple introduced the iPad Air at the end of 2014 around a year from the introduction of the iPad 4 at the end of 2012. Last year, Apple dropped the price of the iPad Mini a modest $30 while also introducing the highly anticipated retina iPad Mini. In 2012, it introduced the iPad mini. The product cycles are similar,...

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04:00
Zynga Heads Back to the FarmVille Trough


Zynga is once again plowing the furrow of its greatest success with the launch of FarmVille 2: Country Escape. The latest title from the casual gaming studio is a mobile-focused effort. Zynga has launched the game globally on iPhone, iPad and Android devices. FarmVille 2: Country Escape was crafted from the ground up as a new mobile experience with redesigned crop times, touch controls and animal interactions. Zynga has reformatted the game board with the intention of making sessions of all lengths enjoyable to players.

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03:51
Kool Tools: Smoke 2015 for the Mac

Autodesk's Smoke 2015, the latest version of its professional video editing software, adds new creative tools and performance enhancements. It will also be available soon as a desktop subscription so customers can use it on a pay-as-you-go basis.
Smoke 2015 offers improved workflows with tools such as Final Cut Pro. It features 3D Tracker, a new Timeline FX workflow, added hardware support, and optimization for the new Mac Pro running Mac OS X Mavericks. Key features of the upgrade include:
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03:23
iPhone 6 renders based on recent case leaks show off...





Nowhereelse.fr has commissioned designer Martin Hajek to mockup the iPhone 6, using the most recent leaks...

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03:04
DEVONtechnologies updates all editions of DEVONthink

DEVONtechnologies has released updates for all editions of its information and knowledge manager DEVONthink. Updates are also available for its notebook app DEVONnote and its smart Internet research assistant DEVONagent. The updates are free and recommended for all users.
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03:03
Beamer 2.0 for Mac OS X released with redesigned...

Tupil has introduced Beamer 2.0, an update to their media streaming application for OS X. The app lets you stream any movie file from your Mac directly to an
Apple TV using AirPlay.
Beamer accepts all common formats, codecs and resolutions. Just open any movie file and press play. Version 2.0 brings a completely redesigned user interface and features such as playlists and better controls.
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03:03
Cyber security market to be worth $155.74 billion by...

MarketsandMarkets.com says the cyber security market will be worth US$155.74 billion by 2019. The major forces driving this market are the rapid adoption of cloud-based services, wireless communication along with strict government mandates and increasing cyber crimes in public utilities industries, according tro the research group.
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03:03
Cyber security market to be worth $155.74 billion by...

MarketsandMarkets.com says the cyber security market will be worth US$155.74 billion by 2019. The major forces driving this market are the rapid adoption of cloud-based services, wireless communication along with strict government mandates and increasing cyber crimes in public utilities industries, according tro the research group.
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02:48
Briefly: Rogers 700MHz LTE rolls out, Toshiba UHS-II...

Rogers is expanding the available spectrum for its LTE service in Canada, by turning on its 700MHz network. Engadget reports that areas of Calgary, Toronto, and Vancouver will see the benefits of 700MHz at first, with subscribers and AT&T customers roaming in the region able to see Rogers LTE in indoor areas where the signal was previously inaccessible. While it does not offer specific timing, Rogers plans to roll out the extra spectrum bands across the country....

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00:20
New iPhone 6 Renderings Based on Recent Info Show...

After showing off a concept for a sapphire-glass backed “iPhone Air” earlier this month, French Apple website Nowhereelse.fr [Google Translate] and graphic designer Martin Hajek have teamed up once again to create a set renders for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and accompanying cases in a variety of colors, which are based on leaked schematics posted by Japanese magazine MacFan and the dimensions of an alleged case that surfaced earlier this week. The renderings depict the iPhone 6 as a thin...

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Thursday April 17

22:57
Pandora hit by new copyright lawuits over songs from...

Following a similar lawsuits against Sirius XM radio, a group of record companies has filed suit in a New York court against Pandora, the top streaming subscription music service in the US. While songs made before February 15, 1972 are not subject to federal copyright protections, the labels argue that Pandora, like Sirius, should pay royalties to the tune of tens of millions of dollars because the songs are still protected under state laws....

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22:00
Dropbox acquires Loom and other news from April 17,...

Dropbox is continuing to swallow up other companies, this time acquiring photo storage site Loom. Loom emerged as an alternative to EverPix after its demise in late 2013, and I gave it a try for a few months. A review for TUAW was in my queue when...

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21:29
Apple's Rockstar patent consortium denied...

A U.S. district judge on Thursday issued an order denying Rockstar's motion to transfer a patent invalidation suit leveled by Google from California to the more patent holder-friendly Eastern District of Texas.

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20:38
Facebook for iPhone updated to version 9.0, allows...


Facebook has pushed out version 9.0 of its iPhone application today, adding new features to the commenting system among a few smaller changes. The biggest change in this minor update allows users to reply to comments on pages that have enabled that specific feature.
Aside from that, administrators will now be able to review and approve posts by group members, and everyone will see posts related to the site’s trending topics highlighted in the iPad version’s News Feed. This update follows the...

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20:34
Briefly: Facebook 9.0 for iOS, cross-platform...

Version 9.0 has been released for Facebook's app for iOS, adding new features. Though a minor update, the biggest addition to the app is the ability for users to reply to comments on pages that have enabled it. Administrators can now review and review posts by group members, and all users will be able to view trending topic posts in the iPad's version of News Feed. Facebook's app for iPhone and iPad can be downloaded for free from iTunes....

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19:59
Tweetbot 1.5.1 - Popular iOS twitter client now...

Tweetbot is a full-featured OS X Twitter client with a lot of personality. Whether it's the meticulously-crafted interface, sounds and animation, or features like multiple timelines and column views, there's a lot to love about Tweetbot. Features:

  • Multiple Timelines. Quickly switch between your lists as your main timeline.
  • Multiple Windows and Columns. Display timelines from different accounts side by side.
  • Notification Center support.
  • Beautiful Retina graphics.
  • Mute filters lets you block messages from users without unfollowing them. You can also mute hashtags and specific keywords.
  • Sync timeline position, direct message read statuses, and mute filters between your Mac, iPhone, and iPad via iCloud.
  • Support for multiple services like Pocket, Instapaper, Readability, CloudApp, and Droplr.
  • Save drafts, add locations and POI's, attach photos/videos, manage your lists, and much...

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19:53
Analysts: Low iPhone growth now, but good times...

Historically, investment and Wall Street analysts have had a poor track record predicting Apple's fortunes ahead of time. However, as Apple's guidance has gotten more accurate, and as supplier leaks and blatant manipulation of the market grow, predictions are getting more accurate. As it traditionally does, Fortune magazine has rounded up the predictions of various investment houses and independent analysts, which show slow growth in iPhones this quarter, but expectations of boosts ahead....

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18:03
Google wins a game of “Escape from East Texas,”...

Ken Lund / flickr

A federal judge issued an order today decreeing that Google's court battle against a "patent troll" owned by its competitors must be fought out in California, not in Texas.
The ruling is a substantial victory for Google because venue matters a great deal in patent litigation. The search giant was facing the possibility of fighting a powerful trolling entity in the Eastern District of Texas, considered a district friendly to patent holders. The patent-holding company in this case is the Rockstar Consortium, which was formed when Apple, Microsoft, Sony, Ericsson, and Blackberry teamed up to spend $4.5 billion to buy the patents belonging to Nortel, a bankrupt Canadian telecom company.
Rockstar ...

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17:56
Briefly: Flickr 3.0 for iOS, Photos+ gains Dropbox...

Yahoo has updated the iOS client app for its Flickr photo-sharing service, giving it a more iOS 7-compatible "flat" look and navigation system that offers a noticeably more "Instagram-like" experience, where moving through photos is more free-form. The update now allows users to post up to 30 seconds' worth of HD video to the service, with live filters and adjustment tools available for both video and photos. Version 3.0 now sports certain kinds of object recognition beyond just faces, among other changes....

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17:46
Amazon to expand Fire TV voice search to third-party...

Amazon on Thursday confirmed that Fire TV will add unified voice search compatibility with Hulu Plus, Crackle and Showtime Anytime this summer, extending the capability of the Apple TV competitor.

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17:37
Mac DVDRipper Pro 4.1.7 - Copy, backup, and convert...

Mac DVDRipper Pro is the DVD backup solution that lets you protect your DVDs from scratches, save your batteries by reading your movies from your hard disk, manage your collection with just a few clicks, time-shift your rental, backup your DVD collection, and much more! Mac DVDRipper Pro allows you to copy all your DVDs on your Mac so you can easily view them without having to spend your battery on spinning you optical drive. Mac DVDRipper Pro analyzes the DVD and uses intelligent algorithms to ensure proper rips. It is the best at what it does, at an unbeatable price! You can try it for free before buying, Mac DVDRipper Pro will work without any limitations for your first 5 rips. When using the disc image mode, you can also burn directly to another DVD from the application.Version 4.1.7:

  • Fixed freezing bug

OS X 10.6.8 or laterDownload Now

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16:35
uGet Gives Great Downloads


The latest version of the uGet Download Manager rekindled my interest in grabbing files without relying on a Web browser. uGet version 1.10.4. was released last month. Written in C, it uses GTK+3 for its user interface, and it is packed full with improvements. It is very reliable and stable, with 11 years of growth behind it. The uGet website has received a makeover to better support users, according to Michael Tunnell of the uGet Project. To help spur a new round of development, the project team for the first time is seeking donations.

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16:34
Briefly: OWC updates Hard Drive DIY Kit, PDFpen Scan...

Other World Computing today introduced its new DIY Kit for all 2011 iMac and 27-inch 2012 iMac models, enabling owners to replace the factory-installed internal hard drive with up to 6.0TB hard drive for expanded storage and back-up capacity. The kits feature a custom power cable with an in-line digital thermal sensor, ensuring proper factory fan operation and full compliance with Apple diagnostic testing. All kits include a NewerTech 14-Piece Toolkit, Microfiber Pro Cleaning Cloth, custom iMac to HDD SATA 3.0 (6GB/s) interface and power cable with in-line Digital Thermal Sensor, and two sucti...

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16:00
Deals: RadioShack dropping price on iPhone 5s,...

Although there have been a number of good deals in recent months on both the iPhone 5c and 5s, a new deal kicking off tomorrow from RadioShack may be the one iPhone 4S holdouts have been waiting for. Starting April 18, new or upgrading customers using AT&T, Verizon or Sprint can buy the 16GB version of the iPhone 5s for $99, half of its usual $199 up-front cost. The deal, which is available both online and in stores, gets sweeter if users trade in a working iPhone 4S or newer....

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15:59
Michael's craft store chain hit by massive,...

Craft store chain Michael's Stores and affiliated Aaron Brothers has confirmed details of a massive security breach including between May 8, 2013 and January 27, 2014. The analysis conducted by the company shows that approximately 2.6 million cards may have been impacted, which represents about seven percent of payment cards used at Michael's stores in the US during the time period....

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15:56
Apple’s First WSJ Mention: Just Three Words in 1978

Three words in 1978: "Apple Computer, Inc." Those words are thought to be the first mention of the today's most valuable company in The Wall Street Journal. In an article about using "so called personal computers" in investing published 36 years ago today, Apple warranted a mention merely as one of the more popular brands. That's interesting in and of itself, but what's fascinating is that none of the other companies-Imsai Manufacturing Corp, the MITS division of Pertec Computing Corp., and Processor Technology Corp.-are left. The article also mentions Commodore, Western Digital Corp., IBM, Altair, Radio Shack (the TRS-80), Floppy Disks ("which look like very thin 45-rpm records"), and a few other relics from that era. (There's a PDF version of the article if you want to read the original.)

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15:54
Chase Mobile updated with new design for iOS 7, adds...


Chase updated its iPhone app today with a new design for iOS 7—nearly a year after the operating system was first shown to the public—and a few new features. The update also includes the ability to see and reply to secure messages from the bank, as well as the ability to view limits on your mobile desposits.
Other updates to the app include Spanish localization, improved accessibility features, and a revised frequently asked questions page about the app’s security.
You can grab the updated Chase app for...

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15:18
Pathetic John Scully confesses his Sins against...

John Sculley co-founded Inflexionpoint, an IT and telecom supply chain Company that will be launching its phones in India under the Obi Mobiles brand. In order to get a little publicity for Inflexionpoint, Scully usually pulls out an Apple-related story to capture the presses attention. What is saying now? Another Steve Jobs story of course where Sculley uses the press like a priest at confession.

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15:15
FCC limiting 2015 AT&T, Verizon bandwidth...

The US Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler has confirmed that he plans to limit how much spectrum that AT&T and Verizon can buy in the 2015 auction of bandwidth reclaimed from broadcasters. The chairman spoke out a day after AT&T threatened to boycott the auction, possibly slashing the reimbursement that the federal government would get from the auction....

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14:52
Yahoo gives Flickr complete overhaul with new design...

With its release of the revamped Flickr 3.0 iOS app on Thursday, Yahoo continues its push to bolster the photo capture, storage and sharing service by adding features already on competing apps like Instagram.

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14:30
The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for April 17, 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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14:28
How To Bend iTunes Radio Stations To Your Will With...

Kelly and iTunes Radio disagree about the definition of some stations. To save you having to dig around for how to do this, Kelly has outlined the steps for you.

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14:00
Waterfield Designs Rough Rider leather messenger bag...

Over the past year or so, we've seen a trend emerging from high-end laptop bag manufacturers like Waterfield Designs and Pad & Quill -- use of leather as a primary material in their products. This not only provides a beautiful finish to the products,...

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13:51
RadioShack Planning iPhone 5s Discount this Friday

RadioShack is planning a promotion on Apple's iPhone 5s for this Friday, according to online reports. The electronics retailer will drop the price of a 16GB iPhone 5s to US$99 with a two year contract in the U.S., a discount of $100 off of the normal $199 price. Bring in an eligible iPhone 4s to trade in, and you can get it for free.

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13:30
Design synergy

Not only does the original Mac mini fit perfectly inside the bottom of the G4 cube, but all the cords and rear fan are perfectly accessible from the gap in the rear. It's almost like it was planned.

[Photo credit: Djenan Kozic]...

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13:29
RadioShack dropping 16 GB iPhone 5s to $99 Friday,...


RadioShack is planning a new iPhone promotion starting tomorrow that will let new or upgrading users get an iPhone 5s at a significant discount. The 16 GB model of Apple’s latest smartphone will be available for $99, down from the usual price of $199 for all customers on AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon.
Customers who bring in a “eligible” iPhone 4s (which usually just means “in pretty good shape”), will also get a $100 credit towards their iPhone 5s purchase, which knocks the price down to a very manageable $0.
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13:00
​Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new apps and app updates

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...

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12:50
Honda’s ASIMO Personal Robot is Scary Good in its...

On April 16, Honda unveiled an updated version of ASIMO, its personal robot project. What's cool is how well Honda engineers have engineered the movement of the robot - demonstrated by walking, dancing, kicking a soccer ball, and going up and down stairs. These days, with all the fuss about Google Glass, the iWatch, Apple's TV initiatives and demands for even more innovation, it's easy to overlook this quiet, ongoing work by Honda to build a personal robot.

What's interesting about ASIMO, standing 1.2 meters tall and weighing just over 50 kilos is how it's been made to appear non-threatening with its astronaut-like look and diminutive stature. Reality and Sci Fi aren't too far apart now, and it could be that the vision in the charming movie "Robot and Frank" could be upon us sooner than expected. And notably not from any U.S. tech giant....

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12:49
FaceTime Not Working for Many iOS 6 Users

Apple's FaceTime appears to be malfunctioning for iPhone and iPad users with devices running iOS 6, according to multiple tips received by MacRumors as well as a MacRumors forum post and a thread on the Apple Support Communities. It appears that users who are running iOS 6 are unable to place or receive FaceTime calls, with reports of problems dating back to yesterday. Devices running iOS 7 appear to be functioning as normal, and Apple's System Status page is not reporting any outages. One user mentioned being able to FaceTime with a device running iOS 6.1.6, while a device with iOS 6.0.1 was not able to access the service. Another has...

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12:48
Flickr 3.0 for iPhone

Every day at Flickr we share our passion for inspiring photography by building world-class tools and beautiful photo displays you can access anywhere. Ten years ago we defined online photo sharing as the first major online community to store, organize, tag, and share digital photos. We could not be more excited to continue shaping digital photography with new Flickr app for iPhone coming today to the App Store and for Android in the Google Play store now.

It still shows the old version for me on the App Store.
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12:42
HTML 5 Crash Course for Beginners - $29

We know that our readers love the training courses and tutorial deals our friends at StackSocial have put together, and today's a good one for the future, HTML 5 Crash Course for Beginners, and it's priced at only $29. That's a 70. percent discount from the regular price of $99, and you're getting 46 lectures and 9.5 hours of content, including:

15 lectures introducing HTML for newcomers
15 lectures on accessing the HTML5 canvas for drawing
6 lectures on using geolocation, local storage & advanced forms
4 lectures on embedding HTML5 audio & video
2 lectures introducing microdata, web workers and offline web apps

If you've been saying to yourself, "I should learn HTML 5," this is your chance, so giddy up!

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12:35
Dropbox acquires Loom

This makes some of Dropbox’s recent moves make more sense.
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12:27
Facebook to roll out Nearby Friends option for iOS,...

Facebook has announced an upcoming feature for its iOS and Android apps, Nearby Friends. The function will notify users when friends are within a certain radius, giving a chance to meet up. For security purposes the feature will be off by default, only work if both parties have it enabled, and allow restricting notifications to specific groups -- close friends, for example, or a custom list....

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12:18
Google launching test of fiber Internet for business...

Google is picking select Kansas City companies to test Google Fiber prototype offerings for business. The business rollout in Kansas City is the first of its kind for the Gigabit Internet service with Google saying that it is "in the beginning of figuring out what that product could look like, and that's why we're launching this pilot."...

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12:08
Americans Find Future Tech Both Fascinating and...


The pace of technological change is getting faster, and many Americans are optimistic about the results, although a sizable minority are concerned, Pew Research has found.
Nearly 60 percent think technological and scientific advances will make life in the future better, but 30 percent fear they will make life worse than it is today. Sparking the most anxiety: designer babies; robots as primary caregivers for the ailing and elderly; personal and commercial drones flying U.S. skies; and Internet-connected implants or other wearable devices.

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12:00
Ergotron WorkFit-P Sit-Stand workstation: Get on...

Ergotron has been making workstations for Apple machines for years, so it's no surprise that its latest products are perfect for the current line of Macs. Today I'll be providing information on the Ergotron WorkFit-P Sit-Stand workstation (US$299),...

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11:55
Jeff Carlson’s Handy Tutorial on Using the iPad as a...

Jeff Carlson, all-around nifty fellow, has a featured tutorial over at 500px (a photography community site) about using the iPad as a photographer. Itâs less about being That Guyâ and taking photos with your iPad and more about how itâs a really great tool to put in your camera bag. I came away from Jeffâs article with a few tips and recommendations I can apply to my own photos, and since itâs more of an overview style piece, thereâs not a bunch of technical details thrown in that I didnât understand. Itâs a good read by itself, but if you want to dig deeper you can always pick up his book on the subject.

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11:46
24 Years of TidBITS and Stronger than Ever

It’s a little shocking to realize just how long we’ve been publishing TidBITS, but thanks to the revenue from several thousand TidBITS members, we’re publishing more and better content for you than ever before. Will you join us? 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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11:10
External Link: How Siri Stacks up to Google Now and...

Gizmodo ran a side-by-side test of Apple’s Siri, Google Now, and Microsoft’s new Cortana virtual assistants. The results were neck and neck, with each having its own quirks, but the short video is fun to watch. 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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11:09
External Link: Josh Centers Talks Apple TV to the...

TidBITS Managing Editor and “Take Control of Apple TV” author Josh Centers was invited to speak to The Northwest of Us Chicago-area user group. In this in-depth recorded session, Josh discussed some reasons why Apple users should consider the Apple TV, took audience questions, and speculated about the future of Apple TV. 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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11:09
External Link: Josh Centers Talks Apple TV to the...

TidBITS Managing Editor and “Take Control of Apple TV” author Josh Centers was invited to speak to The Northwest of Us Chicago-area user group. In the recorded session, Josh discussed some reasons why Apple users should consider the Apple TV, took audience questions, and speculated about the future of Apple TV. 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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External Link: Using an iPad to Improve Your...

Our own Jeff Carlson has written a piece for 500px explaining how to use your iPad to up your photography game. No, not by taking photos with its built-in camera, but using the iPad to preview, edit, sort, and share photos; and to even remotely control your camera. 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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