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Friday May 15

05:22
Early look at Windows 10 on the new Retina MacBook...

One of the first people to try Windows 10 on the new Retina MacBook says that it actually runs more smoothly than OS X. The comment was made by Computer Science major Alex King, who tried upgrading his Boot Camp installation of Windows 8.1 to the preview of Windows 10.

Here’s the real kicker: it’s fast. It’s smooth. It renders at 60FPS unless you have a lot going on. It’s unequivocally better than performance on OS X, further leading me to believe that Apple really needs to overhaul how animations are done. Even when I turn Transparency off in OS X, Mission Control isn’t completely smooth. Here, even after some Aero Glass transparency has been added in, everything is smooth. It’s remarkable, and it makes me believe in the 12-inch MacBook more than ever before.

If you’re fortunate enough to have taken delivery...

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05:14
Apple Watch Production Bottleneck Ends, Quanta Now...

Apple Watch should be easier to get now that Quanta, the company building Apple's smartwatch, has ramped up production. Company vice chairman CC Leung said there weren't enough workers available during the Lunar New Year holidays, but that's no longer an issue.

The Mac Observer Spin: Assuming Quanta really has been able to ramp up production to the levels Apple needs, Apple Watch deliveries should start coming in larger numbers. We may finally get to see in-store sales soon, too.


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05:08
News: Daily Deal: FLOTE Orbit Universal Tablet Stand

In today’s iLounge Deal we’re offering up the FLOTE Orbit Universal Tablet Stand for $119.99 – 14% off the regular price. Designed to hold your iPad just where you want it, the Orbit Flote can be a great way to keep a recipe handy in the kitchen, use around the house for streaming videos, or sharing presentations in the office. Flote orients your iPad in virtually any position freely and easily with a magnetic ball joint, and includes…

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05:06
Apple releases Final Cut Pro X 10.2.1

Apple has released Final Cut Pro X 10.2.1. It's a minor update to the professional video editing software.
The upgrade restores support for Panasonic AVCCAM video at 25p and 30p. It also improves accuracy when dragging to select a range in the timeline.
Version 10.2.1 update is available through the Mac App Store. For new users Final Cut Pro X costs US$299.99. It requires Mac OS X 10.10.2 or higher.

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05:04
12-inch MacBook month review: A great new Mac if you...


For the last month, I’ve been using Apple’s new 12-inch Retina MacBook almost exclusively. There’s no denying that’s it’s underpowered when compared to other models on the market, but is its portability worth the performance sacrifice? Can you really get anything done with a relatively small display, an Intel Core M processor, and more importantly, zero traditional USB ports?
This won’t be an in-depth review of features and performance (check out Zac’s take on the MacBook for an in-depth look), but instead, I’ve mainly focused on my personal experiences over the month I’ve...

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05:00
Resolve InnoDB Errors In MySQL

Database won’t start? InnoDB errors are a pain. Where was krypted for a month? Did everything finally get to me and I gave up blogging? No, the site ended up having some problems with corruption in some rows of the InnoDB tables. But, I was able to get the site back up by putting the database into recovery mode. How did I do this? It’s pretty straight forward. Open my.cnf and paste these lines in there:
innodb_force_recovery=3
innodb_purge_threads=0
Once the corruption is resolved, bring up empty databases and import your mysqldump into the new databases and link your site back up. But, the InnoDB force recovery puts the database into recovery mode, which is read only. So I wasn’t actually able to use the site, just look at it. At least the content was available, right? When MySQL isn’t writeable, you can’t log in as an admin, etc. The rest is one of the bigger pains I’ve encountered that didn’t result in an all nighter at a customer. I’ll write that up when I...

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04:52
Quanta vice-chairman reportedly acknowledges “...

If you’ve been waiting impatiently for your Apple Watch to arrive, there may be some good news today. Quanta vice chairman CC Leung reportedly said that while the company had struggled to meet orders to date, the company’s capacity problems have been solved and production is now fully up to speed.

Because of labor shortages during the Lunar New Year holidays, Quanta was forced to borrow manpower from other manufacturers and was only able to deliver limited shipments in the first quarter. However, Quanta already has sufficient capacity to manufacture all the orders and should see a giant contribution from its wearable device business in the second quarter.

While not identifying the Apple Watch by name, there seems little doubt that this is the ‘wearable’ in question … ...

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04:35
Google’s self driving cars will hit public roads...

A big step for self driving cars. Google self-driving cars hit the roads. This is us, standing at a big precipice of change.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:26
AppleInsider podcast tackles the latest 'iPhone...

This week's all-new AppleInsider podcast is now available with detailed analysis of this week's news, including the latest round of "iPhone 6s" and "iPad Pro" rumors, a discussion of Apple's automotive ambitions, Tim Cook's trip to China, and more.

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04:15
Spotify is not ending its free service (Updated)

Update: We’ve gotten word from a Spotify spokesperson that the Free model isn’t going anywhere. Director of Communications at Spotify Graham James told me “This is totally false.  Our model is working.” 
Digital Music News is claiming that Spotify is coming under pressure from music labels to end its free, ad-supported service, limiting users to a three-month free trial.

The three-month ‘proposal,’ advanced most principally by major labels Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, would allow current, free-access, ad-supported (or ‘freemium’) subscribers to continue their plans for 6 months, while new users would...

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03:55
Kool Tools: Loopy case for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus

The Loopy Vibe case from Loopy Cases (www.loopycases.com) is a clever case for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. It sports a pocketable finger loop to help prevent dropping the phone.
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03:53
Quanta's Yield Rate for the Apple Watch is now...

A new supply chain report this morning notes that Quanta vice chairman CC Leung wanted to clarify past rumors that the Apple Watch had a poor yield rate ...

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03:48
∞ B. B. King, defining bluesman for generations,...

The thrill is gone.

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03:24
New Ads Promoting the updated Mulsanne by Bentley...

Bentley wanted to promote and showcase their updated flagship vehicle, the Mulsanne along with its new dual back seat fold-out iPad with keyboard feature. They called on ...

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03:22
Apple Final Cut Pro X 10.2.1 - Professional video...

Apple Final Cut Pro X is a professional video editing solution.Completely redesigned from the ground up, Final Cut Pro adds extraordinary speed, quality, and flexibility to every part of the post-production workflow. (Apple has posted a FAQ answering questions about Final Cut Pro X, missing features, and the future.) Revolutionary Video Editing

  • Assemble clips in the Magnetic Timeline without clip collisions or sync problems.
  • Use Clip Connections to attach B-roll, sound effects, and music to the timeline.
  • Reduce clutter by grouping clips into a Compound Clip. Easily expand it back to single clips.
  • Perfect your pacing right in the timeline with the Inline Precision Editor.
  • Cycle through different shots, graphics, or effects at one place in the timeline with Auditions.

Powerful Media Organization

  • Import a broad range...

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03:11
Why is Verizon buying AOL? This is about reinventing...

The traditional telecom business has become a challenging environment to find growth and sustain profits. Beyond subscriber saturation (no one new to sell things to), this situation is exacerbated by pricing wars for traditional services (driven by T-Mobile/Sprint) and encroachment from OTT players into traditional communication services (Skype/WhatsApp). 
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03:10
Change textures on your images with AKVIS Decorator...

AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has released AKVIS Decorator 4.0 as a standalone application and Photoshop compatible plug-in, in versions for Windows and Mac OS X. The software applies a new texture and color to an object on an image.
Decorator applies a new texture or a color keeping the volume of an object, following its folds and creases. The program is equipped with a Texture Library boasting more than 1,800 textures, from fabrics to stones and metal, from food to nature elements. You can also apply your own textures.
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03:00
Bentley again uses iPhones to shoot latest ad, this...

Luxury car-maker Bentley last year shot an ad for the Mulsanne (a mere $298,000 to you, Sir) on the iPhone 5s and iPad Air, and has this year upgraded to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Its new ad is for a driving jacket rather than a car, and it has again produced a behind-the-scenes video (below) showing the kit and software used … 
The latest video features four Saville Row tailors, each of which has created a bespoke jacket commissioned by Bentley...

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02:41
Apple Motion 5.2.1 - Create and customize Final Cut...

Apple Motion is designed for video editors, Motion 5 lets you customize Final Cut Pro titles, transitions, and effects. Or create your own dazzling animations in 2D or 3D space, with real-time feedback as you work. Breakthrough Speed and Quality

  • New 64-bit architecture supports deeper, multilayered effects for use in Final Cut Pro.
  • ColorSync-managed color pipeline produces accurate, consistent color across applications.
  • Shared Render Engine provides consistent quality with Final Cut Pro and Compressor.
  • Rendering uses floating-point, linear-light color space for exceptionally realistic results.
  • Motion taps the GPU on the graphics card for high-speed rendering and exporting.

Editor-Friendly Design Tools

  • Work fast using a single-window interface with a familiar look and feel.
  • Customize Final Cut Pro titles, effects, and transitions by opening them in Motion.
  • Create Smart Motion...

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02:20
Noiseless Pro 1.0.2 - Remove luma and chroma noise...

Noiseless Pro breathes new life into every photo! When taking photos in low light situations, every smartphone, compact camera, or DSLR creates "noise", small color or light speckles that can ruin an otherwise cool photo. Noiseless Pro cleans up digital noise fast, with advanced technology to retain sharp details, with one-click operation, and at an affordable price. Make hand-held shots look like you used a tripod! Noiseless Pro features a handful of features designed specifically for the professional photographer -- including additional presets, Adobe app plugin support, and even more advanced controls for detail recovery. Check out the standard version of Noiseless, which only functions as a standalone app, here. Features

  • Use Noiseless Pro as a standalone app or as a plugin for your favorite editor
  • Revolutionary smart noise-reduction technology
  • Pixel-...

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Thursday May 14

02:00
6 iTunes problems Apple needs to fix

It’s probably fair to say that iTunes is the Apple app that people love to hate. Lots of people use it—more than any other Apple app, since it’s the repository for music and video collections, the tool many people use to sync media and apps to their iOS devices, and the gateway to the iTunes Store on computers.
iTunes tries to do a lot, and many people like to use the word “bloated” when discussing the software. (I disagree with that term.) But it’s true that there are a lot of things in iTunes that don’t work well, or don’t work as they should. I’ve been looking closely at iTunes in recent months, and on my website Kirkville, I’ve been writing a series of articles about how I think Apple should fix iTunes. (I should note that, since I began the series, Apple has fixed two of the problems I pointed out.)...

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07:08
Apple may give social networking another shot with...

Remember Ping? Probably not, but the music-based social network Apple tried in 2010 might be making a comeback as part of the company's Beats Music reboot.
Musicians will be able to create their own pages within the service, which will possibly be renamed Apple Music, 9to5Mac reported. Artists can use those pages to share new music, tour dates, and more with fans, according to the unconfirmed report. Musicians will also allegedly be able to promote other artists on their pages, so if Jay-Z wants his fans to support Beyoncé, he can encourage them to do so.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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09:40
Apple denies reports that HomeKit is delayed

UPDATE 1:14 p.m.— Apple reached out with a statement, denying Fortune's report. An Apple spokesperson said, "HomeKit has been available for just a few months and we already have dozens of partners who have committed to bringing HomeKit accessories to market and we’re looking forward to the first ones coming next month."
HomeKit was announced at WWDC 2014 as being part of iOS 8. And, yes, it’s currently a software framework for iOS 8 app developers—that much is true. But you and I haven’t been able to use HomeKit yet. I saw plenty of HomeKit devices at CES this past January, but most haven’t made it to market, and the ones that have...

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10:45
The Week in iPhone Cases: Go swimming with Mophie’s...

Just in time for summerThis week’s roundup of new iPhone cases bring you fitness-forward options from Belkin and Griffin, cases for photographers from Manfrotto and Olloclip, and extended battery life from Mophie and PowerSkin.BelkinSlim and stylish, the Sport-Fit Plus Armband (iPhone 6 and 6 Plus; $30 to $35) comfortably wraps around your arm while housing your iPhone 6 during walks or runs.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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22:17
Voila 3.8.4 - Capture, annotate, organize, and share...

Voila is a screen-capture, recording, and annotation tool that is a full-featured replacement for Mac's screen-capture and screen-recording capabilities. It has a large and robust set of editing, organizing, annotation, and effects tools that allows the user to create and add details to screenshots, tutorials, videos, and presentations. Voila lets you capture any shape, menu, webpage, or DOM element, capture multiple regions, and capture from iSight. Add annotations like arrows, text, lines, shapes, brushstrokes, paint, callouts, stamps, and images as annotations. Add cool effects such as filters, edges, and skew, and share via Mail, Flickr, FTP, SFTP, or iPhoto. With Voila you can record full screen video or a selected region, along with the audio from the computer or from a mic. You can export videos in different file formats, or upload to YouTube, FTP, or SFTP. Voila lets you organize images in smart collections and custom collections, along with tags, title,...

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19:59
OmniOutliner Pro 4.2.2 - Pro version of the popular...

OmniOutliner Pro is a flexible program for creating, collecting, and organizing information. Give your creativity a kick start by using an application that's actually designed to help you think. It's like having an extra brain - one that doesn't keep losing the car keys. You can use OmniOutliner's document structure to create hierarchies of main headings and subpoints that can be expanded and collapsed, which are immensely useful when it comes to brainstorming new ideas, drilling out specifics, and lining up steps needed to get everything done. But you aren't limited to outlines - you've got multiple columns, smart checkboxes, customizable popup lists, and an Ÿber-innovative styles system at your disposal. Use OmniOutliner to draft to-do lists, create agendas, manage tasks, track expenses, take notes, plan events, write screenplays...and just about anything else you can think of. It's a smarter way to write, a more productive way to stay organized. Whatever your...

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19:59
Microsoft OneNote 15.10 - Free digital notebook from...

OneNote is your very own digital notebook. With OneNote, you can capture that flash of genius, that moment of inspiration, or that list of errands that's too important to forget. Whether you're at home, in the office or on the go, your notes travel with you. And you can share your notes and collaborate with others, across multiple devices! Here are some more ideas on how to use OneNote:

  • Capture rich notes for classwork, meetings, or research
  • Keep track of your shopping list and mark items off wherever you are
  • Create an itinerary and keep track of your travel plans for your next big vacation
  • Take pictures of receipts and bills to remove some of the paper clutter
  • Collaborate and share ideas with your team
  • Research items and prices to make the best purchasing decision
  • Keep and edit all of your notes

Version 15.10:

  • Audio Recording & Playback - This has been a very popular...

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18:51
Bentley again chooses iPhone to shoot new '...

Almost one year to the day after Bentley aired its first promotional "documentary" shot and edited on iOS devices, the luxury car brand repeated the effort to commemorate the Savile Row Bespoke exhibition in Washington, D.C.

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16:08
Today in the App Store — Table Tennis Touch, Day...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today’s notable apps include a discount on Pinnacle Studio; the Heroes and Castles 2 game; and a significant update to Day One for OS X. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Zombies, Run! [Now free, down from $3.99] Join 1,000,000+ runners in an epic adventure!

Dark Parables: Rise of the Snow Queen HD - A Magical Hidden Object Adventure (Full) [Now free, down from $6.99] From the ashes of the snow, the legendary Snow Queen rises and terrorizes nearby villages with her supernatural powers.

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16:08
First Space Black steel Apple Watches arriving,...


In line with shipments beginning yesterday for multiple Apple Watch models, the Space Black version of the stainless steel Apple Watch has begun arriving at the doorsteps for those who placed orders early into the April pre-order process. We’ve received our 42mm Space Black Apple Watch and have put together a hands-on gallery of photos for those interested in the only all-black Apple Watch model. As our photos indicate, this Apple Watch still includes white packaging and a silver MagSafe charging puck, so there are no special black accessories for this version. We also highlight how the Space Black Apple Watch looks with the black Leather Loop and Sport Band in this gallery, below.
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15:57
Feedly updated with Apple Watch support



Joining the growing list of apps that support Apple Watch, Feedly this evening has rolled out an update to its iOS client that adds support for the device. The update, which bumps the app to version 27.0.2, allows users to read their feed of stories, save stories for later reading, and mark articles as read.

Feedly is not supported in Glances on Apple Watch, but it does...

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15:47
HTML parsing quirk allows 'hidden' email...

Thanks to an interesting quirk in the way Apple Watch handles email content, users willing to brave a little HTML code can include "hidden" versions of a message specifically formatted for the device.

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15:15
Sunrise Calendar on iOS adds new “Meet” keyboard to...


Sunrise, the company behind the popular Mac and iOS calendar apps, today launched a new feature called Meet. Meet is not integrated how might expect, though. It’s actually a keyboard designed by Sunrise for quickly scheduling one-to-one meetings.

Since Meet is a keyboard, it can be accessed from anywhere within iOS, including other apps. The process is relatively simple. With the keyboard, you can pick available spots within the week view of their calendar and schedule one-on-one meetings. After you choose a date to...

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15:05
Get software updates for your Mac

Update OS X and other software you got through the App Store or from Apple.

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14:52
iCloud: Limits for Contacts, Calendars, Reminders,...

Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, and Bookmarks might have issues keeping changes up to date across your devices if you exceed one or more of the limits listed below.

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14:38
Venom Vulnerability Could Violate Virtual Machines


Crowdstrike on Wednesday made public its discovery of yet another long-buried Linux vulnerability. "Venom," as it has been dubbed, was unearthed by the firm's senior security researcher, Jason Geffner. It is listed as vulnerability CVE-2015-3456. Venom exists in the virtual floppy drive code used by virtualization platforms based on QEMU, or quick emulator. It has been around since 2004. The code probably went undetected for 11 years because "it's not obvious at all that this is a vulnerability," Geffner said.

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14:30
AWT News Update: May 14, 2015, incorporating Think...

Today's Apple World Today News Update includes accessibility editor Alex Jurgensen's Think Different Thursday report, providing instruction on how to use Apple's VoiceOver technology to provide an audible caller ID for your iPhone. Our other news includes:

  • Word on how IT professionals can get a $200 discount from Apple World Today on registration for the MacIT Conference
  • An Apple Store in Monterey, CA was evacuated after a package made some people ill
  • Fortune's report that HomeKit was going to be delayed has been refuted by Apple
  • UBS thinks Apple could seel more than 51 million iPhones in the quarter ending June 30, 2015

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14:29
Boot Camp: "0x80070005" appears when...

With Boot Camp 3.1 or later, when upgrading from Microsoft Vista to Windows 7, an alert with error code "0x80070005" may appear. This can happen when the Windows 7 installer attempts to write to a read-only Macintosh volume. 

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14:15
Apple Macintosh memorabilia collection for sale

There are some really cool items in this collection that are for sale. Have a look if you’re into Apple collectables.∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:13
iCloud storage pricing

When you sign up for iCloud, you automatically get 5 GB of free storage. If you need more storage, you can upgrade to a larger storage plan.

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14:01
Final Cut Pro 10.2.1 solves bugs causing crashes,...

Apple on Thursday issued a minor update to Final Cut Pro X, its professional video editing suite, fixing a trio of bugs including a critical crash-on-start issue seen by some users.

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13:43
Update to newer versions of Apple apps on your Mac...

After installing OS X Yosemite, the Mac App Store allows you to upgrade to newer versions of some Apple apps.

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13:35
Apple releases Final Cut Pro X 10.2.1 with bug fixes...


Apple today updated Final Cut Pro X to version 10.2.1 with bug fixes and improvements. Apple’s release notes say that this update fixes a bug that would cause Final Cut Pro to quit at launch on some Macs. Support for Panasonic AVCAAM video at 25P and 30P rates has been restored, while Apple also says that dragging through the Timeline view is now more accurate. This 10.2.1 update follows up on the significant 10.2 update from April, which added 3D title support, new editing features, and support for several new cameras and video formats. Today’s minor update is the first to Final Cut since its...

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13:31
OS X Mavericks system requirements

Learn about the system requirements for OS X Mavericks v10.9.

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13:20
Sunrise Calendar builds Meet into iOS 8 keyboard,...

Microsoft on Thursday updated Sunrise Calendar for iOS with a new scheduling tool called Meet, while HBO brought the iOS edition of HBO Go up to par with a redesigned interface.

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13:18
If your Apple Watch displays a red exclamation point

Learn what to do when Apple Watch displays a red "!" icon.

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13:12
Apple reportedly delays HomeKit roll-out

According to FORTUNE (http://for.tn/1Fn4PL6), Apple's HomeKit will arrive in August or September instead of early summer as anticipated (though Apple has never actually announced a launch date).
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13:00
Throwback Thursday: That "affordable" $2,...

JASMINE DIRECTDRIVE AD FROM JUNE 1989 MacUser MAGAZINE

Ahhh, 1989. That was the time when you could spend $549 for a "reliable, affordable and technologically advanced" 20MB hard drive from Jasmine Technologies. This company lasted just five years -- 1986 to 1991, and is known as being the first technology company to be based in San Francisco rather than Silicon Valley. It was also a company that was well-known to Mac users of the era as being customer-focused, something that was important when you didn't have an Apple Store to go to when you needed help.

The price of Jasmine's hard drives was pretty much par for the course for the time. The DirectDrive 300 you see listed there? If you needed that much storage, you were paying about $9,500 per gigabyte for the privilege. The 300MB drive was a real bargain compared to the 20MB version, which sold for the equivalent of about $28,000 per GB! At that rate, 1TB of storage -- common in today's desktop Macs -- would run...

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12:47
Motion version 5.2.1 release notes

Learn about current and previous Motion updates.

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12:46
Final Cut Pro X version 10.2.1 release notes

Learn about current and previous Final Cut Pro X updates.

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12:45
Tip of the Day: Inserting Pauses when Dialing a...

Although dial-up touchtone services like voicemail and calling cards have started to be replaced by modern technologies like Visual Voicemail and voice-over-IP, sometimes they’re still useful and necessary. If you find yourself frequently dialing into a voicemail system that requires a password, making long distance calls using a calling card service, or even dialing somebody’s office extension, the iPhone still provides the ability to…

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12:37
Mac: IK Multimedia iRig Pads Editor

We were pretty impressed with IK Multimedia’s iRig Pads MIDI Groove Controller when it arrived last year, and the company has now taken its offering up a notch with its iRig Pads Editor (free), a Mac application that lets users much more easily customize the MIDI controller for their own personal creative process.

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12:35
Apple asks court to block the sale of some...


Apple is asking a Delaware bankruptcy court to prohibit RadioShack from selling data that the retailer gathered about customers buying Apple products.
I'm RadioShack filed for bankruptcy in February, asking for a court-supervised sell-off of its $1.2 billion in assets. Among those assets was a database of information pertaining to 117 million RadioShack customers, gleaned from mailing lists and service registrations. [Update: Hedge fund Standard General made a winning bid of $26.2 million on Tuesday to buy RadioShack's name, its customer data, and its remaining assets. The sale of the customer data still needs to be approved by bankruptcy court. A hearing is scheduled for May 20.]
The states of Texas and Tennessee...

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12:34
Restart your Apple Watch

Learn how to turn your Apple Watch on and off, even if it isn't responding.

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12:23
Apple refutes report of delayed HomeKit launch, says...

Apple on Thursday refuted claims that software issues have forced the company to push back its HomeKit Internet of Things initiative, saying the first compatible devices are on schedule to launch in June.

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12:08
Apple Watch is better for you than Obamacare, Jeb...

During a Thursday stop in Phoenix, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush --?widely expected to challenge for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016 --?reportedly said that he would do away with the Affordable Care Act in favor of health tracking on the Apple Watch.

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12:00
The MacIT Conference: An AWT interview with Paul Kent

While the defining conference and expo for fans of Apple technology -- Macworld/iWorld -- is no longer being held, those who deploy Apple devices, software and services in the enterprise still have a major three-day event they can look forward to: the MacIT Conference. This year’s event is scheduled for July 14-16 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California, featuring a slate of over 70 speakers and more than 40 sessions. I recently chatted with Paul Kent, the Conference Chair of MacIT to hear more about this year’s event. Read on for details, then take advantage of Apple World Today’s marketing sponsorship of the event to get $200 off of the regular $695 registration fee.

Steve Sande (SS):

Hi, Paul. Tell us a little about this year’s MacIT Conference. 

Paul Kent (PK):

Sure, so MacIT is the world’s largest gathering of enterprise professionals...

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11:58
Small number of users report Find My iPhone showing...

A bug appearing for a small number users on iCloud.com may allow them to temporarily track and make changes to Macs belonging to other users, according to reports appearing on Twitter. Users have noted that Macs with names they don’t recognize recently started appearing in the device list on the Find My iPhone web service, allowing them to remotely lock or erase the computers in some cases, or just play a sound in others.

Update: The exact nature of the problem is difficult to pin down, but a person aware of the issue says that this is likely related to users not properly erasing their Macs before transferring them to someone else. Sources have told us that following the steps on this Apple help document should fix it. That said, we...

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11:52
Get help using iCloud Bookmarks and Reading List

Learn what to do if you have issues using iCloud Bookmarks or Reading List. For example, if you make changes in your web browser that don’t update on your other devices, this article can help.

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11:48
Apple is the Number One Smartphone in China with...

During Apple's latest Financial Conference Call last month Cook had a lot to report on regarding Greater China. For instance, the iPhone experienced 71% year-over-year growth with 16.8 Billion worth of sales; Mac sales in China were up a whopping ...

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11:47
Apple overhauling data services 'front-to-back...

Apple is planning major changes to Maps that will involve radically overhauling the data services behind the platform, according to a job listing posted on Thursday discovered by AppleInsider.

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11:12
HBO GO iOS app updated with fresh design to match...



Following the release of HBO’s new HBO Now app for its $14.99/month standalone streaming service, today the company updated its main HBO GO app with a similar, long-awaited redesign.
Here’s what HBO GO looked like prior to today’s update (left) next to the new design (right):

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11:10
How-To: Benchmark your Mac with these three free...

Over the course of writing guides to boosting Mac and hard drive speeds, I’ve discussed the incredible performance improvements Macs can get from simple upgrades — adding RAM, choosing a fast solid state drive (SSD) as an internal or external drive, and even running a simple disk optimizer tool. But there’s a common question that comes up when considering upgrades: how can you tell in advance how big of an improvement you’ll actually see?
The answer: benchmarking tools. Many apps help you measure the speed of various components of your Mac, and with a little help, you can estimate the performance jumps you’ll see after an upgrade. Below, I’ll introduce...

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10:56
Apple Tweaks Patents Relating to Smartphone Sidewall...

On May 14, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a "continuation patent" application from Apple that revealed a few tweaks to their recently granted patent that we reported on back in March relating to sidewall displays on a future iDevice like an iPhone.

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10:26
Apple on track for another 51+ million iPhone sales...

Demand for Apple's iPhone continues to stay extremely strong, even as the life cycle of the current iPhone 6 series begins to wind down heading into the fall, new data from UBS reveals.

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10:20
Gear: Armpocket Racer and Mega i-40 Armbands

Armpocket’s sport armbands for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are the Racer ($30) and Mega i-40 ($50), respectively. Racer is a thin, lightweight armband which can house an iPhone 6, along with cards and a key. The larger Mega i-40 has a zipper enclosure — it’s also got space inside for cards and a key.

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10:17
Consumer Group Worries Over Safety of Google's...


Media pressure this week led Google to reveal that its self-driving cars, which are being tested on select city streets in California, have been involved in 11 accidents. All were minor accidents that occurred over the past six years, according to Chris Urmson, director of the self-driving car program. The disclosure followed a press report that Google vehicles were involved in three collisions since September, when reporting all accidents involving self-driving cars became mandatory.

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09:46
LifeProof launches ruggedized Fre Power battery case...

Case maker LifeProof on Thursday launched preorders for the Fre Power, a new battery case for the iPhone 6 also designed to be rugged and waterproof.

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09:36
PROMT provides offline translation into seven...

PROMT (www.prompt.com) has announced PROMT Offline Translator English Pack 1.1.7, an update of the translation app that lets Mac owners translate texts without an Internet connection.
PROMT Offline Translator English Pack translates text right on a source page without switching between program windows or browser tabs. Users only need to highlight a word or a text fragment, use a hotkey, and translation immediately appears in a pop-up window.
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09:25
Microsoft Updates OneNote for the Mac with the Most...

Microsoft released OneNote for the Mac about a year ago. Since then Microsoft has delivered frequent improvements and new experiences that have made OneNote a top 10 free app in the Mac App Store. Continuing to make OneNote for Mac even better, Microsoft is introducing today ...

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09:21
News: Report: Apple pushes HomeKit launch to fall

Apple has delayed the launch of its HomeKit home automation platform until the fall, Fortune reports. Originally expected to arrive in May or June, sources participating in the program have revealed that the launch date has been moved back to “something closer to late August or September.” While Apple has not formally announced a launch date, several HomeKit partners had suggested at CES that products could be expected this spring, with…

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08:59
Apple Pushes Back HomeKit Launch to August or...

Apple has pushed back the target release date of its home automation platform, HomeKit. According to a new report from Fortune that cites sources involved with the program, the May-June target launch date has shifted to late August or September. HomeKit, announced at last year's Worldwide Developers Conference, is Apple's platform that links multiple home automation devices together with a single set of protocols to allow them to be controlled through the Apple ecosystem. Apple has demoed HomeKit just once, back in June, and at the time, the company did not give a prospective release date. Many manufacturers began preparing HomeKit-compatible products following the initial debut of the platform, and several of those were shown off at CES. iDevices, for example,...

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08:52
News: Apple objects to inclusion of customer data in...

Apple has filed a formal objection with a U.S. bankruptcy court to prevent the transfer of customer information as part of RadioShack’s auctioned-off assets, according to a new report from the Dallas Business Journal. In its filing, Apple claims that a reseller agreement it had in place with RadioShack prohibits the company from selling information specific to Apple’s customers, and further claims that such information does not “fall…

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08:48
2015 Cartoon Art Museum Fundraiser: #NeXTEVNT

Hosted by longtime Objective-C hacker, Pixarian, and CAM board member (in order of seniority: 26 yrs, 22 yrs, 13 yrs) Dr. Michael B. Johnson, this lively evening will feature a number of special guests from back in the day, including former solidThinking developer and current VP of Tools at Pixar Guido Quaroni, ur-NeXTSTEP developer Andy Stone, and several others too shy to let us give out their names (some of whom might work at a local fruit company).I went to this event last year and will try again this year.∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:43
Small tablet vendors gain ground in the first quarter

Pockets of growth in the tablet market was found among smaller vendors like Huawei, TCL-Alcatel, and LG while market leaders Apple and Samsung suffered double-digit shipment declines in the first quarter (Q1) 2015, pushing the total market 8% lower year-on-year, according to Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com).
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08:27
Software problems force Apple to delay HomeKit...

Apple is reportedly facing technological issues with HomeKit, the company's forthcoming smart home platform designed to act a central hub for iOS-connected products like light bulbs and door locks, that have forced a re-evaluation of the platform's launch timeline.

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08:18
If you see a spinning gear in the Mac App Store when...

Learn what to do if, when you click on the “Update” button next to Aperture or iPhoto in the Mac App Store, you see a spinning gear in the corner of the Mac App Store and the download never completes.

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08:00
Audio recording comes to OneNote for Mac

Just a little over a year ago we released OneNote for Mac. Since then we’ve delivered frequent improvements and new experiences that have made OneNote a top 10 free app in the Mac App Store. Continuing to make OneNote for Mac even better, today we’re introducing audio recording—one of the most frequently requested features by OneNote for Mac fans (especially students), and another powerful way to capture ideas and information into OneNote—plus the ability to recover notes you deleted accidentally and view equations created in OneNote for Windows.

Picture this: You’re sitting in class, frantically taking notes. Your teacher is moving through the material quickly, and despite your best efforts,...

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08:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 045 on...

In this episode, Jeremy Thake and Richard DiZerega talk about SharePoint development post all the announcements at Build and Ignite.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP45.mp3
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08:00
Handwriting Search and Apple Watch support for...

Today’s post on OneNote was written by Greg Akselrod and Avneesh Kohli, program managers on the OneNote team.
Millions of people take handwritten notes in OneNote thanks to digital inking capabilities across popular devices including the iPad, Windows tablets and Android tablets. In fact, OneNote for Windows has supported handwriting recognition since 2006. Microsoft Surface 3 and Surface Pro 3 users can start writing with a click of their pen and iPad users can use a variety of styluses designed for the iPad.
Starting today, you can now search your handwritten notes that are in OneNote notebooks saved to OneDrive–just like you can search through typed text and text within images. Just type your search query into the OneNote search box to locate the page and the specific handwritten note. With OneNote’s powerful handwriting recognition, you’ll never have to worry about losing your notes again.
OneNote for Windows 8.1
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07:52
Apple's Insanely In-Depth Fingerprint Related...

Our first patent report this morning was titled "Apple Advances their OS X "Quick Look" Feature for iOS iDevices using an Intense Touch Gesture." In this second report, we see Apple extending their thinking from the first patent that we covered. In this patent filing Apple delivers a mind boggling overview of where fingerprint technology may go as Touch ID was just the tip of the iceberg.

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07:43
Apple Objects to Customer Information Being Included...

After filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy back in February, confusion began to swirl surrounding the future - or lack thereof - regarding RadioShack's brand name and the sensitive customer data the tech seller has accumulated over the years. Yesterday, the auction for those assets ended and New York-based investment firm Standard General came out on top, winning the brand with a $26.2 million bid. Last week, as bidding went underway for the bankrupt company's IP and data, Apple chimed in with a filing of its own at the bankruptcy court in Wilmington, Delaware where the proceedings were underway (via Dallas Business Journal). Apple's objections note that RadioShack was not holding up its end of a previous...

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07:43
How to enable a passcode on the Apple Watch

Similar to the iPhone and iPad, Apple provides a way to add a passcode to your Watch to secure it from prying eyes. Adding a passcode to your Watch is optional, unless you're enabling Apple Pay, which requires a passcode to protect your financial data in case of theft or loss. Read on to find out how to enable, disable or change the password on your Apple Watch.

Enabling a passcode

During setup, the Watch will prompt you to enter a passcode. If you skipped this option during the initial configuration, you can enable it after the fact through the settings on the Apple Watch or in the Watch app on the iPhone.

On the Apple Watch, tap the Settings icon on the home screen, scroll down until you see Passcode. Tap Passcode > Change Passcode and then follow the on-screen prompts to enter and confirm a new 4-digit passcode.

You also can open the Apple Watch app on the...

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07:37
Monterey Apple Store evacuated after handling...

The Del Monte Apple Store in Monterey, Calif., was evacuated on Wednesday after a dozen people in the store were nauseated by a chemical-contaminated package delivered by FedEx.

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07:30
Apple Store evacuated after employees fall ill,...



An Apple Store in Monterey, California was evacuated yesterday as employees began to fall ill reportedly due to a package delivered to the location covered with an unknown substance. CBS reports that “fire and hazmat officials determined the package was contaminated in transit when an unknown substance most likely leaked onto the package’s exterior.”...

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07:00
Apple steps into Radio Shack sale to protect its...

The bidding for RadioShack's brand name and customer data has concluded with the hedge fund Standard General as the top bidder. However, Apple has stepped in to say its customer data may not be a part of that sale. 

Apple alleges that, in order to become a retail partner, RadioShack waived rights to data of customers who bought Apple products that the store sold, like iPhones and iPods. Apple's filing reads, in part: 

"In order to protect its customers' personal information, Apple oversees the collection and use of customer information collected by its retail partners, including RadioShack. The reseller agreement between Apple and RadioShack protects information collected by RadioShack regarding purchasers of Apple products and prohibits the proposed sale of such information."

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Brendan L. Shannon, who is overseeing the proceeding,...

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06:59
Yosemite Cache Cleaner 9.0.7 - Clear caches, access...

Yosemite Cache Cleaner is an award-winning general purpose tool for OS X. YCC makes system maintenance simple with an easy point-and-click interface to many OS X functions. Novice and expert users alike will appreciate the powerful toolset YCC provides. Yosemite Cache Cleaner is one of the world's leading maintenance tools, with millions of downloads around the globe. Maintenance. Yosemite Cache Cleaner is a one-stop solution for all of your OS X maintenance needs. Intel or PPC, Tiger or Yosemite, YCC has the tools to keep your system running at its best. YCC Documents and the YCC Engine maintain system health by providing full automation of common maintenance chores, including virus scanning of Internet downloads. The YCC Engine can even repair permissions automatically after software installations. With the YCC Engine, powerful system maintenance and antivirus can be completely transparent or as close as your menu bar. Optimization....

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06:48
News: Daily Deal: Sound Kick Bluetooth Speaker

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering you a great price on Soundfreaq’s Sound Kick Bluetooth Speaker – 50% off at only $49.99. This award-winning speaker provides great sound in a compact size and sleep design, all at a great price. You get over 7 hours of playtime with the built-in rechargeable battery, streaming music wirelessly via Bluetooth, along with controls directly on the speaker of controlling volume and playback functions.…

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06:45
Rumor: 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro shipping times...



It’s the shipping times that tend to give away when a new product is in the works.
Over the past several weeks, the shipping times for Apple’s 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro have increased, jumping from one to two weeks and then to two to three weeks.
With the Worldwide Developers Conference taking place next month and Apple typically announcing new products at this event, Intel’s current Broadwell chip is rumored to be in short supply. As a result, it’s unknown as to whether Apple will refresh the 15-inch notebook, which was last updated in the summer of 2014.

Even with supply constraints, Intel has started shipping a small...

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06:33
Apple Watch open to Activation Lock bypass, can be...



This may be something that’ll need to be fixed in a near-term firmware update.
A new video has shown that the Apple Watch’s wrist-detection, which is designed to ask for your passcode if the wearable is removed from your wrist. The iDownloadBlog video demonstrates how the Apple Watch can be reset without having to enter the passcode, then paired with any other iPhone.
iPhones are protected by Activation Lock, which means that even if a thief performs a hard reset of the phone, it cannot be reactivated without the original owner’s Apple ID and password. The Apple Watch, however, has no such protection, and does not require a passcode to wipe it.

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06:15
Cole Haan announces Apple Pay support

Cole Haan (www.colehaan.com), the American lifestyle footwear and accessories brand, has launched Apple Pay within their mobile shopping application, allowing customers to make purchases with one touch.
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06:12
Apple Watch’s security features protect data but won...

When you first set up the Apple Watch, it asks you to assign the device a security passcode to stop just anyone from picking up your watch and looking at all the stuff on it. While that passcode is an effective tool to protect your data, it does nothing to stop someone from lifting your watch, resetting it, and using it themselves or selling it.
As detailed in a post on iDownloadblog, it's dead simple to find the Watch OS reset option without unlocking the device. Long-press the side button to bring up the power menu, then Force Touch that menu to find the "erase all content and settings" button. Once you've done that, pairing the watch to a new phone works exactly the same way as it did when you took the watch out of the box.
There are also ways to erase all the data on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch without bypassing the lock...

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05:55
Apple display supplier Sharp posts $1.9 billion...

One of Apple's key display suppliers, Sharp, posted an annual net loss of $1.9 billion on Thursday and cast doubt on its ability to keep operating, although it will continue to live on in the short-term thanks to investments by banks.

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05:46
News: Apple Music service to include social pages...

Apple’s new Beats-based streaming music service, expected to be named “Apple Music”, will feature Ping-like social network pages for artists, 9to5Mac reports. While the network won’t extend to users of the service, artists will be able to setup their own pages that can be used to post information such as track samples, photos, videos, and concert updates. Artists will also be able to cross-promote by sharing content from other…

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05:45
Apple Watch security concerns

Writing for iDownloadBlog, Jeff Benjamin notes:

"Unlike the iPhone, if someone steals your Apple Watch, they can easily reset the device (bypass the passcode), and pair it with a new iPhone logged in to a different iCloud account. In other words, it’s totally feasible to steal an Apple Watch and set it up on a different device as if you just purchased it from an Apple Store."

Jeff later goes on to note, "It's not a security problem from a user data standpoint, but it is a security issue from a device theft standpoint," and that's certainly true. Your data lives on your iPhone, so pairing an Apple Watch to another iPhone or iCloud account won't put your data in jeopardy. That's cold comfort when your  Watch is gone, though. I wonder if Apple will institute an activation lock for Apple Watch in the future.

In the meantime, add a passcode to your Apple Watch. 

This posts goes out to Ken Snider, whose name I regrettably left out of...

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05:28
News: Lack of Activation Lock makes Apple Watch...

A new report from iDownloadblog highlights how Apple’s latest wearable device lacks the important theft deterrent feature found on Apple’s other mobile devices. First introduced in iOS 7, Apple’s Activation Lock feature prevents an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that is associated with an iCloud account from being erased and reactivated without the iCloud Apple ID and password of the original owner. As this feature has become common…

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05:19
Apple intervenes in Radio Shack sale in effort to...

Bidding for the RadioShack brand and customer data has ended, but not before Apple weighed in on the proceedings, saying that information collected during the sale of its own products should be left out of the deal.

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05:13
Firefox 38.0 - Fast, safe Web browser. (Free)

Firefox offers a fast, safe Web browsing experience. Browse quickly, securely, and effortlessly. With its industry-leading features, Firefox is the choice of Web development professionals and casual users alike. The Web, as it's meant to be experienced Features:

  • Faster than Safari. Firefox stays speedy when other browsers become sluggish.
  • More private than Chrome. Firefox respects your privacy by minimizing suggestive pop-ups.
  • Bursting with features. Tabbed browsing, developer tools, extensions -- Firefox has it all, giving you the power to explore, customize, and create like never before.

Version 38.0: New

  • New tab-based preferences
  • Ruby annotation support
  • Base for the next ESR release.

Changed

  • autocomplete=off is no longer supported for username/password fields
  • URL parser avoids doing...

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05:00
Manage Apps On The Apple Watch

The Apple Watch is just another wearable with a limited feature set. In much the same way that the iPhone is just another phone. But they’re not. They have apps. And the apps are what make these devices so powerful. Installing apps on an Apple Watch is pretty straight forward. But before we do, it’s worth mentioning that there are two types. the first is a glance. This is just another view for an app that is on your iPhone that the Apple Watch talks to. The second is an actual app. These have more functionality and more options. There are also built-in apps that can be shown or hidden.
Apps are managed from the phone. To install either type of app, simply open the Apple Watch app on your phone. From there, you will see any apps that have either an app or a glance available on a device.

Tap on an entry and you’ll see whatever is available for that app. New apps aren’t...

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04:45
Automatic for the People

If you’re a frequent driver, Automatic can help make you a smarter, more efficient, safer driver. Josh Centers explains how.  Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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04:16
Image identification

Stephen Wolfram, writing on the Wolfram blog:“What is this a picture of?” Humans can usually answer such questions instantly, but in the past it’s always seemed out of reach for computers to do this.Wolfram wrapped his image identification project in a public interface that you can play with for free.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:09
Capture One Pro 8.2.2.8 - RAW workflow software. (...

Capture One Pro 8 is a professional RAW converter offering you ultimate image quality with accurate colors and incredible detail from more than 300 high-end cameras -- straight out of the box. It offers state-of-the-art tethered capture, powerful digital asset management, extensive adjustment tools and a flexible workflow. With an updated processing engine, market-leading performance and powerful new features, Capture One Pro 8 is the professional choice in imaging software. You get the highly responsive precision tools you need to create stunning images from your camera's RAW files in a time-saving workflow that can be customized to fit your needs.Version 8.2.2.8: Note: Licensed owners of Capture One Pro 3-7 can upgrade to Capture One Pro 8 for $99. Owners of a Capture One Express, LE, Leica Capture, or Scandisk license can also upgrade to Capture One Pro 8 for $99.

  • Fixed a few crashes
  • Fixed an issue where Ctrl + Arrow keys did...

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03:54
OsiriX 6.5.2 - 3D medical image processing software...

OsiriX is an image processing software dedicated to DICOM images (".dcm" / ".DCM" extension) produced by medical equipment (MRI, CT, PET, PET-CT, ...) and confocal microscopy (LSM and BioRAD-PIC format). It can also read many other file formats: TIFF (8,16, 32 bits), JPEG, PDF, AVI, MPEG and Quicktime. It is fully compliant with the DICOM standard for image comunication and image file formats. OsiriX is able to receive images transferred by DICOM communication protocol from any PACS or medical imaging modality (STORE SCP - Service Class Provider, STORE SCU - Service Class User, and Query/Retrieve). OsiriX has been specifically designed for navigation and visualization of multimodality and multidimensional images: 2D Viewer, 3D Viewer, 4D Viewer (3D series with temporal dimension, for example: Cardiac-CT) and 5D Viewer (3D series with temporal and functional dimensions, for example: Cardiac-PET-CT). The 3D Viewer offers all modern rendering modes: Multiplanar...

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03:22
Bartender 1.2.39 - Organize your menu bar apps. (...

Bartender lets you organize your menu bar apps. Features

  • Lets you tidy your menu bar apps how you want.
  • See your menu bar apps when you want.
  • Hide the apps you need to run, but do not need to see.
  • Have the clean looking menu bar you want.
  • Rearrange your menu bar items as you wish.

Bartender lets you organize your menu bar apps by hiding them, rearranging them, or moving them to Bartender's Bar. You can display the full menu bar, set options to have menu bar items show in the menu bar when they have updated, or have them always visible in Bartender's Bar. There are loads of ways to configure Bartender to perform as you wish. Give it a go and find out.Version 1.2.39: New Features and Improvements

  • Performance Improvements - Improvements added for Yosemite 10.10.3 and newer versions.
  • Internals Changes - Many small changes, fixes etc.

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03:21
The Apple Watch and theft

Jeff Benjamin, writing for iDownloadBlog:The Apple Watch contains security measures to prevent thieves from accessing your data, but it doesn’t include the necessary features to dissuade thieves from trying to steal your device to begin with.∞ Read this on The Loop

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03:14
SMPit Pro ready for Filemaker Pro 14

Comm-Unity Networking Systems has rolled out version 4.6 of its flagship product, SMTPit Pro.
This version includes 64-bit client plug-ins for use with the newly announced FileMaker Pro 14 along with a few minor updates and bug fixes. SMTPit Pro is available immediately at http://www.smtpitpro.com/ for both Mac OS X and Windows.
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03:08
Apple Music to add Ping-like social for artists

Apple takes another swing at a music social network.∞ Read this on The Loop

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02:58
VirtualBox 4.3.28 - x86 virtualization software. (...

VirtualBox is a family of powerful x86 virtualization products for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL). Presently, VirtualBox runs on Windows, Linux and Mac hosts and supports a large number of guest operating systems including but not limited to Windows (NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista), DOS/Windows 3.x, Linux (2.4 and 2.6), and OpenBSD. VirtualBox is being actively developed with frequent releases and has an ever growing list of features, supported guest operating systems and platforms it runs on. VirtualBox is a community effort backed by a dedicated company: everyone is encouraged to contribute while innotek ensures the product always meets professional quality criteria. Version 4.3.28:

  • VMM: fixed a Guru...

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02:55
Apple Advances their OS X "Quick Look"...

Today, we learn in a newly published patent application that Apple intends to bring their OS X "Quick Look" feature to iOS ...

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02:53
Can your Apple Watch help prevent a heart attack?

Can your Apple Watch help prevent a heart attack? Surprisingly, the short answer is, it seems likely that the Apple Watch may help predict a coming heart attack so that preventative measures can be taken.∞ Read this on The Loop

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02:51
Google Chrome 42.0.2311.152 - Modern and fast Web...

Google Chrome is a Web browser by Google, created to be a modern platform for Web pages and applications. It utilizes very fast loading of Web pages and has a V8 engine, which is a custom built JavaScript engine. Because Google has used parts from Apple's Safari and Mozilla's Firefox browsers, they made the project open source.Version 42.0.2311.152:

  • New version of Adobe Flash (17.0.0.188)
  • OS X 10.6 or later

Download Now

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02:34
The Blade, a universal MacBook, iPad lock

When I first heard about the Blade, I was skeptical. It uses adhesive to attach to the underside of your MacBook, MacBook Pro, or iPad. That glued-on unit features a swing out arm that you can attach to most security cables. Read on for more details.∞ Read this on The Loop

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02:09
Apple Watch review from a swimmer and a Pebble owner

Stephen Orth lays out his Apple Watch experience, comparing it to his Pebble experience, and offering his take on the Apple Watch interface and its current level of waterproofing.∞ Read this on The Loop

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01:15
Lufthansa launches new Apple Watch App

Lufthansa has always been ahead of most airlines with technology and today we've learned that they've launched an Apple Watch App that provides their passengers with personalized flight information and boarding passes.

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00:44
Emergency Hazmat Team Called to the Apple Store in...

A disturbing story published late yesterday informs us that the Monterey firefighters evacuated a portion of a shopping center Wednesday afternoon after employees ...

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Wednesday May 13

11:12
AT&T will offer Hulu to its customers, but it...

Update: A Hulu representative reached out to clarify the AT&T partnership."Through the AT&T apps and websites, AT&T video customers will be able to see clips and select short form content (similar to the free content we have on Hulu.com today). They will be able to search and browse through the entire Hulu content in the app. If they’d like to view subscription content they’ll be linked out to Hulu (either the app or website) to view it. From there, new subscribers will be able to subscribe to Hulu and existing subscribers will sign in."Looks like Verizon is not the only wireless carrier making headlines this week.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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22:40
Every ridiculous vehicle in 'Mad Max: Fury Road...

Practical effects have gotten incredibly scarce in big-budget summer blockbusters, so it's pretty refreshing to learn that every ride in Mad Max: Fury Road's apocalyptic menagerie isn't CGI -- they're all functional and drivable. Production designer ...

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02:45
20 uses for Evernote that you probably haven’t...

When it comes to getting organized, Evernote can be a powerful tool to have in your arsenal. In fact, it’s our favorite note-taking platform—by far—because it lets you do so much more than just take basic notes. Through Evernote’s web and mobile apps, you can create digital notebooks for everything from your grandmother’s lasagna recipe to ideas for your next great novel, and everything in between. But you can also use it to backup your photos, create slideshow presentations, and manage your calendar. Read on for more cool Evernote uses that you might not have thought of.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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07:49
Google debuts on Apple Watch with disappointing News...

Google is no stranger to building for iOS—in fact, the company is reportedly working on linking its Android Wear smartwatch platform to iPhones. But until that big project is done, Google is testing the waters of Apple’s own smartwatch platform with its new Google News & Weather app for Apple Watch. Google

Google News & Weather for Apple Watch is pretty basic, even for by smartwatch standards.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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08:30
The Week in iOS Accessories: Even more Apple Watch...

Even more Apple Watch standsWe wonder if the Apple Watch will be the first mainstream product accessorized mostly through crowdfunding efforts. Probably not, but this week’s roundup shows why we’re asking the question.BiteMyAppleThe $40 Bolt is billed as “the world’s smallest portable iPhone USB wall charger,” one that includes a built-in 3000-mAh battery that’s good for two full charges of most smartphones.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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09:25
Podcast: Beta think twice, it's all right

It’s been a pretty slow news week in the Mac world. (Unless you’re excited about Verizon plunking down $4.4 billion for AOL—yes, that AOL.) New betas are out for Yosemite as well as iOS 8.4, so we discuss how to get an early peek at the next iterations of Apple’s operating systems—and if you’re better off waiting for the final versions.Glenn wrote a great piece about living with the new single-port 12-inch MacBook, and his quest to find the best adapter mix for the most people. (Don’t worry—you won’t have to try as many as he did!) He’s been leaning on the MacBook a ton, actually, because his other computers have been giving him huge amounts of trouble, so...

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21:38
Doctors find a way to deliver drugs straight to your...

The blood-brain barrier (BBB) is a marvelous piece of evolutionary engineering designed to keep the inside of your skull pristinely clean by segregating the nervous and circulatory systems. The downside to this nearly impermeable membrane is that it ...

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21:13
Rdio launches low-cost streaming music tier with $3....

In a bid to rocket up the streaming music service charts before Apple releases its own branded offering, industry upstart Rdio on Thursday launched a low-cost subscription tier starting at only $3.99 a month, undercutting much of the competition.

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20:28
Facebook's free internet service expands to...

As good a cause as it is, Internet.org recently came under pressure for allegedly violating India's net neutrality laws -- something Facebook was quick to address. Still, that's not stopping the social network from spreading its initiative, which bri...

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19:59
Adobe Flash Player 17.0.0.188 - Plug-in plays...

Adobe Flash Player is a cross-platform, browser-based application runtime that provides uncompromised viewing of expressive applications, content, and videos across browsers and operating systems.Version 17.0.0.188:

  • Fixed: Nellymoser video plays back at a fast rate
  • Fixed: Desktop HLS Player Throws 106000 Error after 60 seconds
  • Fixed: Content hang issues on Mac OS with Flash Player
  • Fixed: Flash Player Prompts for Updates with 'Never Check for Updates' Enabled in Flash Player Settings Manager
  • Multiple security and functional fixes
  • OS X 10.6 or later
  • Browser compatibility:
    • Safari 5.0 or later
    • Mozilla Firefox 17.0 or later
    • Google Chrome
    • Opera 11 or later

Download Now

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18:50
Rdio Select is a $4 monthly music streaming service...

When the competition from Spotify, Apple and new contenders doesn't let up, it's time to try something different. That's what Rdio is doing, with a new $3.99 subscription service, Select, which will let users stream from radio stations (sans ads) wit...

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18:14
New coloring technique creates perfect spots on 3D-...

Hydrographic printing looks like a magic trick. You print a pattern on a see-through film, place that sheet on a tub of water and spray it with a chemical potion. When you immerse a bland 3D object in the tub, it bonds with the film and comes back ou...

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18:10
Rdio plans new $3.99/mo streaming tier ahead of...

Apple is slated to launch its streaming music service next month, but Rdio is trying to cut off a portion of Apple’s market with a new service. BuzzFeed News reports that Rdio plans to introduce a $3.99 a month streaming music service. The service, called Rdio Select, will be significantly limited, which is to be expected given the low price point…

Rdio Select will include two components. The first aspect is a radio station service similar to iTunes Radio. The $3.99 plan will offer ad-free listening and the ability to skip as many songs as you would like. The second portion of Rdio Select’s...

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17:46
Tesla thinks turn signals will solve liability in...

In vehicles with self-driving features, who takes the blame for a crash? Tesla may have an answer. The Wall Street Journal understands that the turn signal activation of the Model S' car-passing autopilot is largely about liability. When you flick th...

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17:34
Apple's rumored streaming music service to tout...

If and when Apple launches its streaming music service later this year, the company will roll in a social networking platform from which artists can share media, post updates and connect with fans, a report said Wednesday.

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17:26
Virtual reality game asks you to fight blind

Virtual reality gaming isn't just about immersing yourself in visuals... it can be about sound, too. If you need proof, you only need to look at (or rather, hear) Scoot Leadman's experimental Gear VR game Blind Swordsman. The title has you fending of...

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17:09
Samsung Confirms a New Direction for their Gear...

Last Saturday, well ahead of the crowd, we posted a report titled "Samsung May Launch new Round Smartwatch in September." In that report we added a few links to our previous reports on Samsung's utility and design patents ....

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16:00
Today in the App Store — Horizon 3 - Calendar +...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today’s notable apps include a discount on Pinnacle Studio; the new Horizon 3 - Calendar + Weather app; and a significant update to VOX for OS X. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Zombies, Run! [Now free, down from $3.99] Join 1,000,000+ runners in an epic adventure!

Camly Pro – Photo Editor & Collage Maker [Now free, down from $1.99] Camly is an awesome photo editing app that combines professional editing tools and simplicity of usage.

Quetzalcoatl [Now free, down from $...

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15:33
Apple's Upcoming Streaming Music Service to...

Apple's upcoming streaming music service may be called simply "Apple Music" and it may also include social networking tools for artists, according to a new report from 9to5Mac that cites industry sources with knowledge of Apple's plans. Likened to Apple's now-defunct Ping social networking system that let users follow artists and friends to see posts and music recommendations, Apple's new music service is said to let artists have landing pages within the music service to share "track samples, photos, videos, and concert updates." A profile from iTunes Ping Hints of the new feature were found within the latest iOS 8.4 beta, released yesterday. In the Settings app, under General -->...

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15:23
Arduboy Could Spark Retro Gaming Revolution


Arduboy, a new pocket-sized 8-bit game device, has ignited a firestorm of interest on Kickstarter. With 27 days to go, the campaign already has drawn contributions of more than eight times its modest $25k goal. The rapid funding response could spark a miniature retro revolution. The handheld Arduboy has the potential to divert gamers from smartphones and tablets. Arduboy is a throwback to the Game Boy of yesteryear. However, it comes loaded with modern technology to make it relevant for today's pocket gamers and developers.

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15:11
How to add Apple's logo to your Apple Watch...

With Apple Watch, users can select from a wide array of clock face color, style and complication customizations, but there's one option not available out of the box: Apple's own logo.

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15:09
Restore your device from an iCloud or iTunes backup

Learn how to restore your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch from a backup in iCloud or iTunes. 

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15:06
How to back up your devices using iCloud or iTunes

If you back up your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you’ll have a copy of your information to use if your device is ever replaced, lost, or damaged. Backups let you transfer data from your last device to your new one.

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14:48
‘Apple Music’ Beats-based streaming service to have...


Apple’s upcoming Beats-based streaming music service will likely be named “Apple Music” and will have deep social networking integration for artists, according to industry sources briefed on the plans for the new service.
Taking a page out of the discontinued iTunes Ping feature from earlier this decade, the service will allow artists to have their own pages within the streaming music service that they can use to post track samples, photos, videos, and concert updates.
Artists will also be able to share the content of other artists in an effort of cross-promotion. For example, all-gold Apple Watch wearer Kanye West could promote a new album from Taylor Swift on his “Apple...

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14:30
AWT News Update: May 13, 2015

The world of Apple today -- poaching, electric cars, and churches!

  • Tesla grabs an Apple recruiting director to be its new VP of Global Recruiting
  • Apple and car battery manufacturer A123 Systems near a settlement on their employee poaching lawsuit
  • The FTC makes comments in support of Tesla's direct-to-customer sales model, which Apple could use to sell a future electric vehicle
  • The Archdiocese of San Francisco partners with Evergive to make tithing as easy as using an app

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Steve Sande here from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for May 13, 2015.

What goes around, comes around. Back in 2014, Apple hired...

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14:00
App Analytics in iTunes Connect

Measure user engagement, marketing campaigns, and monetization for your iOS apps with data you won’t find anywhere else. App Analytics is included with iOS Developer Program membership and requires no technical implementation. Learn more.

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14:00
App Analytics in iTunes Connect

Measure user engagement, marketing campaigns, and monetization for your iOS apps with data you won’t find anywhere else. App Analytics is included with iOS Developer Program membership and requires no technical implementation. Learn more.

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13:59
24U Software announces a compatibility of plug-ins...

24U Software has announced the compatibility of their plug-ins with the new FileMaker 14.
Almost every single plug-in from 24U is now compatible with FileMaker Pro 14, and some of them even with FileMaker Server 14. All compatible plug-ins can be used with FileMaker Pro 14 in the 32-bit mode, Toolbox Plug-In also in 64-bit mode, 64-bit versions of SimpleFile and SimpleDialog are coming later this month. 64-bit versions of other plug-ins will be announced as they become available.
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13:43
Facebook Introduces Instant Articles

Michael Reckhow, Facebook product manager:

As more people get their news on mobile devices, we want to make
the experience faster and richer on Facebook. People share a lot
of articles on Facebook, particularly on our mobile app. To date,
however, these stories take an average of eight seconds to load,
by far the slowest single content type on Facebook. Instant
Articles makes the reading experience as much as ten times faster
than standard mobile web articles.

A few thoughts:

  • This looks beautiful. Clearly it’s built by the team that did Facebook Paper, with things like the way you tilt the phone to pan around large photos. The knock against Paper is that it only “works” if your friends and family post beautiful, well-crafted content to their Facebook feeds, and, well, that’s not the case for most people. Instant Articles, on the other hand, is all about...
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13:39
Broadcom announces hardware platform fully...

Broadcom on Tuesday announced that the software development kit for its Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices (WICED) platform has been fully vetted by Apple for use with the HomeKit framework, paving the way for wider adoption of the iOS-connected Internet of Things protocol.

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13:14
Get help installing a third-party app to your Apple...

If a third-party app isn't installing successfully, follow these steps.

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13:10
Wolfram, creator of Siri’s knowledge base, releases...


Wolfram Research, the company behind the Wolfram Alpha knowledge base that Apple’s Siri taps into, is today releasing new artificial intelligence tech to answer the question, “What is this a picture of?”
Wolfram is showing off what the Wolfram Language Image Identification Project is capable of using this web app accessible on desktop and mobile devices. You simply drag any photo into the app and the image identification AI attempts to detect what it is (as pictured above).
Now I’m excited to be able to say that we’ve reached a milestone: there’s finally a function called ImageIdentify built into the Wolfram Language that lets you ask, “What is this a picture of...

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13:09
Steve Jobs actor Michael Fassbender still uses a...

Michael Fassbender revealed today in an interview with Variety that he’s not quite up-to-date on the latest Apple hardware, even though he’s playing the company’s co-founder in an upcoming biopic. According to the actor, he still uses an iPhone 4 because that model was his favorite design, and even though the phone is broken, he plans to keep using it until it no longer works.
Fassbender also indicated that he thinks the upcoming film is a “favorable adaptaion” of Jobs’ story.  The...

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13:02
Apple, A123 To Settle Lawsuit Over Poached Battery...

itwbennett writes: Slashdot readers will remember that back in February, electric car battery maker A123 Systems sued Apple for allegedly "raiding" the Waltham, Massachusetts, company and hiring five employees, including two top-level engineers. The loss of these workers essentially forced A123 to shut down some of its main projects, the suit alleged. Now, according to court documents filed Monday, A123 and Apple "have reached an agreement, signed a term sheet, and are in the process of drafting a final settlement agreement."

...

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12:51
Apple expands App Analytics beta to all developers

Apple on Wednesday opened up the App Analytics beta to all registered iOS developers, moving beyond an early system in which people had to request access and briefly wait for their chance to participate.

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12:32
Supplies of 15-Inch Retina MacBook Pro Continue to...

For the past several weeks, high-end 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro shipping times have been quietly slipping, first to one to two weeks and then to two to three weeks, sparking questions from MacRumors readers about whether a 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro update is imminent. While it's true we're approaching the Worldwide Developers Conference in June, where Apple often announces new products, Broadwell chip availability remains an issue that makes it unclear whether we might get a refresh announcement at the event. We have heard no word on the status of Broadwell chips appropriate for the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro for several months. The last update on the chips came from a roadmap released in the summer of 2014, which suggested Broadwell chips appropriate for the notebook would be released in July or August of...

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12:30
Speck CandyShell FIT keeps your Apple Watch looking...

There's a fear common to anyone who owns an Apple Watch -- the fear of scratching that beautiful little device by unexpectedly bumping it into something. Speck's new CandyShell FIT (US$29.95) will make you feel a lot less fearful by offering dual-layer protection and a raised bezel to protect your investment.

I had an opportunity to try out the CandyShell FIT, which will ship later this month in a variety of colors. This little case comes in sizes for both the 38mm and 42mm Watches, and features the same dual-layer design that is common to Speck's CandyShell cases for iPhone. Inside the hard outside shell is a soft silicone layer. The shell protects the watch from impacts while the silicone softens the blow. Should your wrist accidentally slam into something hard like the side of a table or car door, the 1.5mm raised bezel reduces the chance that the Force Touch display of the Watch will get...

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12:24
News: Tesla hires Apple’s Senior Director of...

Apple and Tesla are continuing to lure away each other’s senior employees, 9to5Mac reports, with Apple’s Senior Director of Corporate Recruiting, Cindy Nicola, joining Tesla as that company’s new Vice President of Global Recruiting. Apple previously hired away Tesla’s Lead Recruiter last year to join its own electric car project, amidst other automotive experts. Tesla has reportedly been hiring top talent from Apple in recent…

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11:58
Tesla hires head Apple recruiter after losing own...


Tesla has taken its recruiting of Apple employees to the next level: the electric car and energy company has hired away Apple’s Senior Director of Corporate Recruiting, Cindy Nicola, to become Tesla’s new Vice President of Global Recruiting. Nicola has already noted her new role and start month of May on her LinkedIn profile.
Notably, Apple actually hired away Tesla’s Lead Recruiter in 2014 for its own electric car project, as we noted in our extensive profile of Apple’s automotive related hires. Interestingly, that...

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11:57
Coppertino launches Loop cloud music storage, Google...

Coppertino on Wednesday launched a new cloud music locker called Loop, while Google updated its Docs and Slides iOS apps to enable inserting freshly-snapped photos.

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11:51
If you can mount a file server using AFP but not SMB

SMB 3 security requirements might prevent you from mounting a share point using SMB.

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11:46
Review: Skech Base for iPad Air 2

Skech's Base ($45) is a folio-style case for iPad Air 2. Base is a hard plastic shell surrounded by a soft waxed fabric cover, and soft microfiber lines the inside of the case. Like many folio cases for iPad, Base uses the cover as a stand, enabling multiple viewing angles. But instead of using magnets or notches, Base has a thin Velcro strip attached to the side of its shell, which is used to stand up the iPad. The case comes in three different colors: blue, pink, and black.{/exp:char_limit}

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11:30
Daily Deals for May 13, 2015

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

AWT Featured Deal

Snapselect: Duplicate and Similar Photos Cleaner [Now free, down from $17.99] Beautiful, Fast, Reliable. Snapselect is the award-winning and fast tool to eliminate similar photos & duplicates, conveniently browse all your images and discover the best photos from thousands of others.

Hardware and Accessory Deals

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11:29
Apple’s App Analytics feature now available to all...

Apple’s TestFlight-based App Analytics service is now available to all registered iOS developers through the iTunes Connect interface. Apple recently made App Analytics available to select developers upon request (which were fulfilled in a short amount of time), but starting today all developers can access the service without the need for requesting access.
While the service is still labeled with the ‘beta’ disclaimer, Apple has started notifying developers via email of the new feature availability for everyone.
Last week we shared a first look at Apple’s App Analytics service including...

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11:20
∞ Jetman in Dubai

If given the chance, I couldn’t strap one of these things on my back fast enough. I’d give up body parts to be able to fly one of those things.

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11:10
Opinion: One month later, fixing 15 early Apple...

The Apple Watch had a rough launch: atypically critical reviews, extended shipping delays, and public skepticism surpassing the launches of the iPhone and iPad. But as I write these words, Apple is just beginning next-day shipments of the first Modern Buckle, Leather Loop, and Space Black Stainless Steel Apple Watches, which means that tomorrow will be the first day when the...

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11:05
Archdiocese of San Francisco to begin accepting...

Starting this Friday, Catholics in San Francisco will be able to donate to their local church by using an iPhone app, bringing modern technology to the millennia-old practice of tithing.

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11:04
Apple Watch Vulnerable to Theft With No Activation...

Our iPhones and iPads are protected by Activation Lock, a security feature that prevents thieves from wiping and using a stolen Apple device with a new account, but the recently released Apple Watch has no similar security feature. As pointed out by iDownloadBlog in a detailed post on the security of the Apple Watch, there is nothing that stops a lost or stolen Apple Watch from being wiped and paired with a new iPhone. The Apple Watch has a passcode option that requires a sequence of numbers to be entered every time it's removed from a wrist, but the passcode protects only data. The passcode is also easily bypassed with a reset. Pressing down on the side button of the Apple Watch brings up the power down options and a force press on this screen brings up an option to Erase All content and Settings. Erasing the Apple Watch in this manner erases the passcode...

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10:39
Around The World With Apple Pay

Steve McCabe tries to Apple Pay his way around the world, and turns up some interesting challenges along the way. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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10:31
A Top Israeli Technology Executive Notes that Apple...

Sol Gradman is a seasoned executive of high-technology companies. Gradman gained his rich managerial and global experience while living both in Israel and the US and working for multinationals such as IBM, Orbotech and ASP Computer Products. Gradman was speaking at ChipEx 2015 ...

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10:30
Lily Camera Gilds the Selfie


Lily is taking the selfie up a notch. The startup on Tuesday began taking preorders for a drone camera that will shoot video and stills as it flies above you. While drone cameras have been on the market for some time, the Lily offering combines the popularity of first-person video cameras, like the wildly successful GoPro line of products, with the emerging consumer flying drone market. The Lily cam's robustness could set it off from the competition, noted Andrew Amato, editor-in-chief and cofounder of Dronelife.

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10:15
Ask iLounge: Will removing a credit card from Safari...

Q: Does adding a credit card to Apple Pay automatically add a card to the list of saved credit cards in Safari? Is there any relationship between these cards and the cards in Apple Pay? More importantly, if I delete a card in Safari, will it also be deleted from Apple Pay? I ask because I have a duplicate of one of my cards, and I don’t recall entering it. That’s the one card I’ve added to Apple Pay, so it seems possible there’s…

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10:00
Google to funnel all Chrome for Mac extensions...

All Mac and Windows users of Chrome will soon have to get their browser extensions from the Chrome Web Store, regardless which release channel they're on, Google announced on Wednesday.

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09:37
If you can't sign in with two-step verification...

Learn what to do if you have two-step verification turned on for your Apple ID and can't sign in.

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09:33
How to allow administration of OS X from network-...

These are multiple ways you can specify which network users or groups are allowed to have administrator access.

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09:32
equinux releases Mail Designer Pro 2.2 with Apple...

Equinux (www.equinux.com) has updated Mail Designer Pro, its Mac OS X software that lets you create HTML-mails and newsletters with an optimized layout for mobile devices, to version 2.2. It adds five features to help you create emails and newsletters for the Apple Watch.
If you're already using  Mail Designer Pro 2, you can update to version 2.2 for free. Mail Designer Pro 2.2 is available for all users at the reduced upgrade price starting at approximately US$5.70. Mail Designer Pro 2.2 can be downloaded from the equinux Online Store as well as the Mac App Store.

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09:18
A new book titled "Strategy Rules" by...

A new book titled "Strategy Rules" by Harvard and MIT professors, analyzes the strategies, principles, and skills of three of the most successful and influential figures in business—Bill Gates, Andy Grove, and Steve Jobs—offering lessons for all managers and entrepreneurs on leadership, strategy and execution.

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09:00
Facebook Instant Articles quickly bring news to one...

Facebook wants to be your one-stop shop for news, with the introduction yesterday of Instant Articles, a way for publishers to get interactive articles to readers instantly.

Facebook responded to complaints from publishers that it was taking too long for shared stories to appear on mobile devices -- smartphones in particular -- by working with those companies to create a platform that brings photos, videos, and text to readers in no time at all.

Instant Articles also provides those who are viewing the content on mobile phones with some interactive features that are quite compelling: auto-play videos show up as you scroll through a story, maps can show where a photo was taken, and audio captions provide the background behind a photo or story. Readers can like or comment on small segments of a story in-line.

For publishers, Instant Articles are providing new ways to monetize content. Publishers have...

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08:55
Apple favoring sole-source parts for Apple Watch,...

Apple is without a backup supplier for many components in the new Apple Watch, a new analysis has discovered, revealing an unusual move for a company that generally works to secure options in its supply chain.

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08:51
When you accidentally paste a block of code in the...

When you accidentally paste a code block in the wrong place…

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08:27
Find and manage your iTunes backups

Learn how to find a list of iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch backups on your Mac or PC. To free up space, you can also delete the backups that you no longer need.

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08:24
Leica, Apple working to fix Monochrom DNG bug that...

German optics firm Leica has informed buyers of its new Monochrom Typ 246 digital camera that DNG files generated from the black-and-white shooter are incompatible with Apple's Photos app for OS X, and that using Photos to import Monochrom shots could result in corruption of the Photos library.

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08:18
Is this Samsung’s answer to the Apple Watch’s...

New details about Samsung’s next-generation smartwatch have appeared in the latest build of the Gear developer kit that reveal how the device will look and—perhaps more importantly—how it will serve as an answer to the Apple Watch.
Unlike current Gear models and the Apple Watch, the next Gear will sport a circular display (hence its codename, “Orbis”) with a metal crown and frame. The crown, however, is not the most interesting part. In a departure from Apple’s crown-based navigation system, the Gear SDK indicates that the watch may actually be controlled by a completely different part of the watch.

According to a report from SamMobile, tech specs and design elements included in the new Gear...

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08:16
About encrypted backups in iTunes

To protect backups of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch in iTunes, you can use password protection and encryption. 

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08:12
Expiring Deal: $50-$220 off all iMac 5Ks plus free...

There's just six days left on an exclusive offer that knocks $50-$150 off 4 dozen different iMac with Retina 5K display models and throws in a free AppleCare Protection Plan, a free Canon PIXMA all-in-one printer, free expedited shipping (and no sales tax collected in 48 states).

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08:11
Chrome for Mac will soon require Chrome Web Store...


Back in May of last year, Google started enforcing a policy that requires Chrome extensions be hosted on its Chrome Web Store, but only on Windows. The goal was to prevent malware hidden in extensions installable from outside its store, and it even started disabling extensions already installed on users’ systems that weren’t hosted on the Chrome Web Store. Now, Google says it will bring that requirement to Mac Chrome users over the coming months, as well as the Chrome developer channel for Windows that wasn’t previously enforcing the policy:...

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08:00
How the Lotus F1 Team implemented Office 365—the IT...

In response to viewer requests for us to feature a real organization adopting Office 365, today we kick off a special series featuring the IT staff of the Lotus F1 Team to follow their implementation. The roll out spans their race, engineering, operations and design teams.
In this episode, I visit them at their Enstone headquarters in the middle of the race season where all focus is first and foremost on making the car faster and technology decisions are not taken lightly.
This first show explores the decisions around their IT implementation of Office 365. Having started almost a year ago, they began with Azure Active Directory integration, email and Skype for Business. The team share their tips for choosing between identity options, service configurations, hybrid architectures and discuss their mobile strategy.

Over 20 percent of their users are mobile, either racing, testing or designing the car or managing team logistics and operations, with at least 100...

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07:52
Cupertino idiot tax operation
07:39
Apple and car battery firm A123 on verge of settling...

Apple and battery maker A123 Systems are nearing the settlement of a federal lawsuit which accused the former of poaching engineers and scientists from A123 in an attempt to create a new battery division, according to court documents submitted this week.

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07:38
Facebook forking the news business

Facebook’s new Instant news service gives them unprecedented control over the news business.∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:37
How to export Users and Groups with dsexport

You can use the Terminal command "dsexport" to save a file of your users or groups in OS X that you can later re-import if needed.

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07:32
Gear: Speck CandyShell Fit for Apple Watch

Today we’ve gotten our first look at a wearable Apple Watch accessory — CandyShell Fit ($30) from Speck. CandyShell Fit is a protective cover for Apple Watch based on the designs of Speck’s much acclaimed iPhone cases — Fit features dual-layer polycarbonate and TPU construction, a raised bezel to protect the screen, and a design that allows it to be installed or removed with ease. We received both the 38mm and 42mm versions of the…

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07:29
If your NetBoot clients can't start up from the...

Try these steps if NetBoot services appear to be available on your server, but some client computers can't start up from it.

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07:21
Apple and Lithium Battery Maker A123 Systems in...

In February Patently Apple was first to extensively report on A123 Systems, an advanced lithium battery maker, suing Apple on several counts including Employee Raiding and Misappropriation of Trade Secrets. Today ...

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07:12
News: Apple settling lawsuit with A123 Systems

Apple is close to settling a lawsuit brought by battery maker A123 Systems earlier this year, The Boston Globe reports. A123, which makes large lithium-ion batteries for vehicles, accused Apple of poaching five of the company’s key engineers last June - fueling speculation that the engineers were working on Apple’s rumored electric car project. Apple asked a judge to dismiss the case in March to no avail. The two sides reported Tuesday…

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07:05
How to back up and restore your Apple Watch


Backing up and restoring an Apple Watch is not unlike backing up and restoring an iDevice. Andrew Cunningham

One thing we didn't manage to touch on in our otherwise comprehensive Apple Watch and Watch OS review is the backup and restore process—what you'll need to do if you ever switch watches or iPhones. Yesterday, Apple released a new support document outlining just how the backup process works, what gets backed up, what doesn't get backed up, and when it gets backed up.
Apple says the watch is automatically backed up to your iPhone, but if you really want to be sure you...

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07:01
RapidWeaver 6.1.2 - Create template-based websites...

RapidWeaver is a next-generation Web design application to help you easily create professional-looking Web sites in minutes. No knowledge of complex code is required, RapidWeaver will take care of all that for you. RapidWeaver produces valid XHTML & CSS based websites. One of the perks about using RapidWeaver is that it has a strong custom theme community. You can download themes and edit them from within RapidWeaver and the result is a pretty slick looking website that takes very little effort. RapidWeaver also has a lot of custom plug-ins. Some of them make it easier to edit images directly in RapidWeaver. Others make creating a site map a matter of a few clicks. The supportive community that surrounds RapidWeaver is really what makes this great app superior to other WYSIWYG website creation tools. Be sure to check out YourHead.com for some little tools to help spice up your website in RapidWeaver.Version 6.1.2:

  • Fixes a problem where missing...

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06:58
Verizon Wireless, Sprint to pay $158 million in...



You might want to check your Verizon Wireless or Sprint bill to make sure it’s accurate.
Or at least look into the class action lawsuit against the carriers to see if you qualify for part of the settlement.
Wireless carriers Verizon Wireless and Sprint will pay a combined total of US$158 million to settle billing complain charges filed by the Federal Communications Commission.

According to the terms of the settlement, Verizon will pay US$90 million, while Sprint will have to spend US$68 million, for a total of US$158 million. At least US$120 million of the total amount will go to reimbursing consumers hit with the charges.
The...

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06:51
NeoFinder 6.7 - Catalog your external media and...

NeoFinder (formerly CDFinder) rapidly organizes your data, either on external or internal disks, or any other volumes. It catalogs all your data, so you stay in control of your data archive or disk library. With extensive metadata support, you can find your files quickly. Feature Overview

  • Catalog: any hard disk, data folder, CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, BlueRay, HD-DVD, iPod, Server Volume, Audio-CD, USB-Stick, FTP-Server, and more
  • Power: Handle really large amounts of data
  • Photo Previews: Create beautiful thumbnails for many photo and image formats, such as JPG, TIFF, EPS, RAW, PDF, PSD, BMP, GIF, PNG, TGA, IFF (Maya)
  • Audio Meta Data: MP3, AAC (iTunes), FLAC (Lossless), ALAC (Apple Lossless), and AIFF meta data: author, album, title, composer, lyrics, cover art, track number, duration, bit rate, genre, year, comment. Even catalogs whole Audio-CDs, and Apple iPhone ringtone files!
  • Photo Meta Data: XMP (used by Adobe Bridge), EXIF and...
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    06:47
    Bleep: When you absolutely, positively need your...

    BitTorrent has released new free apps for communicating securely. Bleep is available both as a freely downloaded iOS app on the iOS App Store, and as a Mac app that can be downloaded from the Bleep website. Both set up direct peer-to-peer encrypted communications that cannot be intercepted as no messages are ever stored in the cloud. There's not even a signup process, so nobody has to know you're using Bleep.

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    Apple begins to ship space gray, space black Apple...



    If you ordered a space gray or space black Apple Watch with a link bracelet or modern buckle, it might be on its way.
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    Few space gray or space black models have shipped thus far, even for those who ordered the device at midnight on launch day. This has caused consternation for some buyers who have seen other...

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    Kool Tools: U73b Compressor effect plug-in

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    But before delving deeper into Audified’s authentic-sounding U73b Compressor effect plug-in, perhaps a little history lesson is in order here? After all, only by gaining an appreciation of its namesake hardware predecessor can U73b Compressor be truly appreciated in its own right.
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    13:15
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