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Friday February 20

12:00
The Week in iOS Apps: Pair your Mac and iPad with...

Pair your Mac and iPad with AstropadThis week’s roundup of apps includes an offering to turn your iPad into a Mac-compatible “professional grade graphics tablet.” Plus, games, video, and more.AstropadThe free Astropad app promises to turn your iPad into a “professional-grade graphics tablet”—similar, users say, to Wacom’s Cintiq hardware. Download the app (and a companion app to your Mac) and you can use graphics programs, like Photoshop, on your tablet while the results display on your desktop computer. (See Astropad’s video for a demonstration.) It works over wireless and USB, turning your Mac and iPad into “one connected workspace.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment,...

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12:04
Apple offers free fixes for MacBook Pros with video...

MacBook Pro owners experiencing video problems are eligible for a free fix from Apple as of Friday.
Apple said a “small percentage” of MacBook Pros sold between February 2011 and December 2013 are experiencing issues with distorted video (or none at all) and out-of-the-blue system restarts. The problems affect 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pros produced in 2011 and 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros produced from mid–2012 to early 2013.
If you’re experiencing any of the above issues, check to see if your MacBook Pro matches one of the models by using Apple’s “check your coverage” tool. Then back up your data, pack up your MacBook, and take the computer to an Apple Store or a repair center authorized by Apple. Apple outlined the repair process in further detail here....

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13:49
Apple Watch straps will be available to purchase...

Despite speculation to the contrary, Apple does in fact plan to sell an array of bands as separate accessories for the Apple Watch at launch, according to sources. So far Apple has only shown the Watch in pre-assembled collections, which reduces their potential for customization, but our sources say that Apple’s retail outlets will be stocked on day one with individual straps so customers can easily mix and match the looks of their Watches.
While Apple has hinted at millions of combinations of Apple Watch when considering the various watch faces and interchangeable strap combos, up until now we’ve not had confirmation that straps would be available to purchase separately alongside the Apple Watch at launch.
What we know about the Apple Watch lineup so far from Apple is that it will come in three models— Apple Watch, Sport,...

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13:24
Screens: Control your computer from wherever you are

My thanks to Edovia for sponsoring The Loop’s RSS feed this week. Screens is a beautiful, yet powerful VNC client for iOS and Mac that lets you connect back to your computer from the comfort of your living room, the corner coffee shop or anywhere in the world.Until the end of the month, we’re happy to offer 20% off Screens for Mac to the readers of The Loop. Simply use this link to save!Jim’s Note: I’ve used Screens for Mac and iOS since they were first released. I love them both.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:17
Top Hat: App Store sales figures at a glance

Top Hat quickly answers the one question that indie developers have every morning: How well did our apps do in the App Store yesterday?Top Hat lives in the Yosemite menu bar and shows up-to-date daily sales figures for your apps. Revenue from In-App Purchases is aggregated to give you a single total for each app. Weekly figures can be inspected by holding ⌥ as you click the Top Hat icon.A great new app from Oisin Prendiville, the man behind Castro podcasting app, Unread and Tokens. I’m buying this.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:15
Apple fixing MacBook Pros with video problems ......

One of the first emails we received from a reader on February 9 when Apple World Today launched was from a man who wondered if we could report some of the issues that a number of people were having with MacBook Pros sold between February 2011 and December 2013. He pointed us to Apple's support pages, where a huge discussion of the problem had been raging for years. Well, that gentleman will be happy to know that starting today, Apple is offering a free fix.

Apparently, only a small percentage of all of the MacBook Pros made during that period are affected with the problem, which manifests itself as distorted or missing video and random restarts. The devices include 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pros manufactured in 2011, and 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros from mid 2012 to early 2013. 

Think your MacBook Pro is one of the "bad apples"? You can check by using Apple's...

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13:12
Mavericks StorNext 5 ACLs

Forums: TroubleshootingI'm trying to manage StorNext 5.0 SAN volumes permissions using the Mavericks Server with Open Directory and File Sharing. My configuration is solid until I reach the point of adding the StorNext 5 volumes in the Server File Sharing. I can add the SAN volume to be shared, but I am not able to apply ACLs. I get a message stating "Failed to save access control list. Make sure that access control lists are enabled on the volume."
I have enabled the "Enforce ACLs" feature on the M440 MDCs. Still File Sharing is unable to apply ACLs to the SAN volumes.
I guess I'm am missing an important element in this configuration, but I don't know what it is or how to resolve it. Any insight is welcome.
Thanks in advance.

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13:03
News: iLounge Weekly arrives Monday, sign up now

The latest edition of iLounge Weekly, our weekly newsletter covering all things iLounge, will be arriving in subscribers’ inboxes early next week. iLounge Weekly is a summary of the week’s best news, reviews, and feature articles we’ve published, and it also features giveaways and accessory discount offers from various companies. There’s still plenty of time to sign up and receive this week’s edition — just use the simple form…

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12:59
Ask iLounge: How do I cancel a print job on iOS?

Q: Okay, I did an ‘oops’ with my iPhone when I was trying to print a single page of a big PDF using AirPrint, and I ended up sending the whole stupid thing to the printer. It’s 385 pages in all, and now I can’t figure out how to make it stop. I’ve tried closing the app, even rebooting my iPhone, but when it comes back up, it starts printing out again. I’ve had to keep the printer turned off, since every time I turn…

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12:46
Your iPad as a professional graphics tablet

Use the Mac creative tools you know & love, like Photoshop, with the touch experience of your iPad.Made by some ex-Apple engineers (of course). This is one of the most exciting things I’ve seen in a while.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:45
The Apple World Today crew on MacVoices

Live on MacVoices -- it's host Chuck Joiner and the three founders of Apple World Today. Join Chuck, Kelly, Dave and Steve for nearly 49 minutes of talk about the site and what we hope to accomplish. 

If you're not up to seeing all of our smiling faces or wish to subscribe to Chuck's excellent podcast, you can subscribe here. Many thanks to Chuck for not only inviting us to be on the show this week, but for MacVoices as well -- it's truly one of the best Apple-related podcasts on the web.

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12:41
Opinion: If any Apple Watch will cost thousands of...

Here’s a thought: Assume that the 18k gold Apple Watch Edition is several thousand dollars, as some people are currently predicting. How will Apple deliver that piece of news — which hasn’t officially been confirmed before, and remains the subject of increasingly wild speculation — to the public?
Depending on your perspective, a high price won’t be bad news for people who expect their jewelry to carry four- or five-digit price tags. But it’s going to be hard to explain why the Apple Watch Edition is priced so far apart from the entry level Apple Watch Sport… or most of Apple’s other products for that matter. Fake gold or not, golden iPhones starts at $99, and iPads at $399 or $499, just like non-gold ones.
While Apple has already started telling the story of what the Apple Watch will do for people that wear it, it has barely told the story on its own of how much it will cost and why. I believe that detail alone is worthy of a second Apple Watch event...

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12:37
Apple remains institutional investors' most-...

Hedge funds, mutual funds, and other large investors continue to make Apple a core component of their portfolios, with over 2,000 individual funds holding shares worth more than $380 billion at the close of 2014, by far the most for any U.S. company.

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11:09
Google Rails Against Proposal to Give Feds Remote...


Google is fighting a proposed amendment to Rule 41 of the U.S. Criminal Code that might allow authorities to hack into computers abroad. The amendment seeks to empower a magistrate in a district where activities related to a crime may have occurred to issue a warrant for remote search of computers, as well as seizure or copying of their files, when a target computer's physical location is unknown, or when multiple computers in several districts are used simultaneously to carry out complex criminal schemes.

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11:07
SketchUp 15.3.329 - Create 3D design concepts with...

SketchUp is an easy-to-learn 3D modeling program that enables you to explore the world in 3D. With just a few simple tools, you can create 3D models of houses, sheds, decks, home additions, woodworking projects - even space ships. And once you've built your models, you can place them in Google Earth, post them to the 3D Warehouse, or print hard copies.Version 15.3.329: General Fixes:

  • Fixed an issue where the Dynamic Components and Classified badges were not always visible for online models in the Components browser.
  • Fixed an issue where the Component browser was showing an older model version than when downloading the component in a browser.
  • Fixed an issue where a Rotated Rectangle would incorrectly rotate when entering a length/width without an angle.
  • Changed the SketchUp Pro title bar to show trial days remaining when in a trial.
  • Windows: fixed an issue...

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11:06
Mac: Stir Kinetic Desk M1

Following up on its previous high-tech standing desk, the Stir Kinetic Desk, the Apple-inspired design company Stir has recently released the Stir Kinetic Desk M1 ($2,990), a new option that drops the price while adapting a more contemporary, curvy design, with rounded waterfall edges. Available in a black or white finish, the desk is CNC-machined, providing a seamless finish, with a powder coat applied over the engineered wood. Like its sibling, the M1 packs in quite a high-tech suite of features, however, that go beyond mere aesthetic appeal, providing smart, cloud-connected features for adjusting the desk and integrating with your Mac, iPhone, and other accessories.
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11:00
An In-Depth Look at Apple Watch Band Options and...

Daring Fireball's John Gruber today published a piece going in-depth on what he believes Apple's upcoming Apple Watch wearable will sell for, how the various accessory bands will be sold at retail, and just how much the all-gold Apple Watch Edition could possibly cost. Taking a step back from the tech industry, Gruber looked at the upper tier of the fashion accessory market and decided to revisit his early fall guess that the lowest price the Apple Watch Edition could sell for would be $5,000. He began asking "friends who might know" whether they thought that estimate was too high.The answer has always been “No”. But the way I’ve been told “No” has given me the uneasy feeling that I’ve been asking the wrong question. I should have been asking if $5,000 is too low. I now think Edition models will start around $10,000 — and, if my hunch is right...

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10:29
FunBITS: Sling TV Is Made for Cordcutters

The new Sling TV Internet service provides many basic paid channels for a low monthly fee, and makes them available just about everywhere. Is it enough to cut the cable cord or drop satellite TV? Yes, for some. 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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10:01
Introducing MacRumors Giveaways: Win a Nomad...

Today we're debuting giveaways on MacRumors, a new feature that will see us partnering up with companies to give away products to our readers. You can expect to see giveaways from us on a regular basis throughout the year. For our first giveaway, we've partnered up with Kero, a company that makes a few awesome accessories for iOS devices, like the Nomad Lightning Cable. The Nomad cable is a three-inch Apple-certified Lightning cable that comes equipped with a USB cap that attaches to a key ring or clip for portability. If you've been a long-time MacRumors reader, you might recognize the Nomad, because we've covered it on a few occasions since it first originated on Kickstarter in 2012. There have been several iterations of the...

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10:00
Apple looking at public beta for iOS 8.3, iOS 9

Image from Apple.com/iOS

Remember Apple's public beta program for OS X Yosemite? By all accounts, it was quite successful, providing many Mac users who aren't developers with the opportunity to try out the latest desktop operating system and also increasing the size of the pool of testers. 9to5Mac is reporting that Apple's considering a similar public test of the upcoming iOS 8.3 beta (due in another month or so) and iOS 9, which will presumably arrive later this year.

Our take on the news: This is, of course, all rumor at this time -- it's coming from 9to5Mac, after all -- but it makes sense that Apple would want to make beta versions of iOS available to a wider variety of users and devices in order to improve the quality of the final product. While others might disagree, I feel that OS X Yosemite has been very stable and that the large public beta was probably a...

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09:53
Les Paul’s 1954 guitar sells for $335k

Les Paul’s personal 1954 Les Paul Custom “Black Beauty” sold to Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay last night for $335,500. According to the New York Times, Irsay’s guitar curator, Christopher McKinney, placed the bid at the February 19, 2015 auction held by Guernsey’s in New York City.I would love to have this guitar. If only I had a few hundred grand laying around.∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:46
The Loop Magazine Issue 31: The Key to Apple’s...

.The Loop Magazine Issue 31:Jim Dalrymple looks at the key to Apple’s success. Is it design, software, hardware? Maybe none of those things; Matt Gemmell talks about the colors of his various computer bags—It’s okay to skip safe; Darren Murph looks at where the DSLR is now that so many people are using an iPhone; Joe Caiati has a look at the origins of his writing; Steven Aquino has a wonderful story on how music and the iPod helped people with memories; With so many recordings of the same classical piece, Kirk McElhearn is still searching for the perfect recording, but does it exist?; Darren Murph looks at mobile data and how everything is being commoditized in mobile; and Tim Schock talks about the resurgence of the cassette… really.You can download The Loop Magazine and preview the...

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09:39
How the photocopier changed the way we worked and...

The Smithsonian:In 1959, Xerox released the “914”—the first easy-to-use photocopier. The culmination of more than 20 years of experimentation, it was a much cleaner, “dry” process. The copier created an electrostatic image of a document on a rotating metal drum, and used it to transfer toner—ink in a powdered format—to a piece of paper, which would then be sealed in place by heat. It was fast, cranking out a copy in as little as seven seconds. When the first desk-size, 648-pound machines were rolled out to corporate customers—some of whom had to remove doors to install these behemoths—the era of copying began. Or more accurately, the explosion of copying began. Xerox expected customers would make about 2,000 copies a month—but users easily made 10,000 a month, and some as many as 100,000. Before the 914 machine, Americans made 20 million copies a year, but by 1966 Xerox had boosted the total to 14 billion.We don’t give much thought to the copier many of us have daily access to but...

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09:04
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Free App of the Week, iPhone 6...

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

iTunes Free App of the Week: Duet Game ($2.99 value)

Baytek iPhone 6/Plus kick stand case...

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09:00
Office 365 news round-up

Patience may be a virtue, but few things are more frustrating than being forced to wait for something you need right away. One of the great things about Office 365 is that you’re always up to date. You don’t have to wait for new features and capabilities. You get them automatically, as soon as they’re available.
One area where we know customers don’t want to wait is with the security and privacy features of our products.  Microsoft recently became the first major cloud provider to adopt ISO/IEC 27018, the world’s first international standard for protecting the privacy of personal data stored in the cloud. We also achieved the highest possible rating for our compliance with...

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09:00
Extended email retention for deleted items in Office...

We’ve all been there, you search for an email or calendar invite in Outlook only to find that it isn’t there anymore. Until now deleted items were moved into the Deleted Items folder, then they would disappear after being in that folder for 30 days. With this update, the length of time items remain in the Deleted Items folder is extended to indefinitely or according to the duration set by your administrator. So that email or calendar invite you were looking for is still there if you search for it later—even if you accidentally deleted it.
If you are an Office 365 administrator, this means we’ll be updating the Default MRM Policy for everyone using Exchange Online over the next month. As an administrator, you also have control over this behavior. If you want to keep the 30-day policy or set a custom retention period, that can be done as well and you don’t even need to wait for the change. Also, if you have already created a custom MRM policy, (as long as it...

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09:00
The Apple Watch isn't losing any health features

I love it when one of the tech press -- Daring Fireball's John Gruber in this case -- slaps down the mainstream media for their idiocy. In this case, the "topic" the media was tossing around was that the upcoming Apple Watch was going to be shipping without some of the health-tracking features that had allegedly been promised at the reveal last fall. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The story that started it all was on the CBS News website, featuring a quote from CNET's Jeff Bakalar that said:

““They were going for some super groundbreaking and innovative health tracking stuff. Heartbeat tracking, stress monitoring. In their testing it wasn’t filling that sort of void that’s in the market for fitness apps right now.”

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08:56
On the Pricing of Apple Watch

After the gala announcement event in September at which Apple introduced Apple Watch and whatever last year’s iPhone was, I ran into SlashGear editor-in-chief Vincent Nguyen in the private hands-on area Apple had set up for select members of the media. I’ve known Vincent for years from various Apple events, and I always enjoy his perspective. I was actually looking around for him this time, though, because I really wanted to hear his take on Apple Watch. Vincent is a watch guy — he knows the watch industry, and his taste is excellent.

We greeted each other, walked in, and started staring, close-up, at the lineup. When we got to the Edition models, Vincent said, with some excitement, “This is going to cost $20,000.”

I’d already started thinking that the Edition models would cost thousands, plural, but $20,000 struck me as a price from Bananas Town. Vincent’s reply was something to the effect of, “Try to find a good...

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08:53
Sprint says its new $90/month 12GB Family Share plan...

Just one day after T-Mobile CEO John Legere announced the wireless provider surpassed Sprint to become the number three carrier in the country, Sprint today announced a new aggressive shared data plan that it says offers better value compared to T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon.
The new $90/month Family Share plan offers 12GB of data for up to 10 lines with unlimited talk and text (the 10 lines offer lasts through March 31, 2016). The plan compares favorably to similar options from the other guys (as pictured in the chart from Sprint above), but there are a few caveats.
Some things to keep in mind when comparing Sprint’s new...

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08:51
The last of the typewriter men

Medium:As the 19th century teetered into the 20th, the clank of typewriter keys went from solo to symphony. They were the weapon of choice for professional writers, the business elite, people with things to say and the need to say them quickly. They unintentionally provided a passageway for women to tread into workplaces from which they had long been banished, and greatly expedited the rate at which human thought could be translated into ink. An 1867 issue of Scientific American marveled at the “machine by which it is assumed that man may print his thoughts twice as fast as he can write them.” Using a typewriter at times feels more like playing piano than jotting down notes, a percussive exercise in expressing thought that is both tortuous and rewarding.Great story about a dying technology and the men who still service it. While I am nostalgic about typewriters and love their look and feel, there’s no way I’d ever want to go back to using one on a daily basis....

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08:00
Daily Deals for February 20, 2015, featuring 20% off...

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’s Daily Deals

Typed [OS X; On sale for $15.99, down from $19.99] AppleWorld.Today is pleased to offer an exclusive deal on Typed by Realmac. Typed is a stunning new Markdown editor and writing app for Mac, and the first that improves your focus so you can create great content. Typed makes writing for the web incredibly easy, and its Zen Mode features relaxing soundtracks that help you concentrate.

Typed is available for US$19, but AWT readers can save 20% off the retail price when they use they use...

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07:47
News: Report: Apple to release iOS public betas

Apple plans to begin releasing new versions of iOS as public betas, according to a new report by 9to5Mac. Intended to help eliminate bugs from upcoming iOS versions before general release, the model will follow the one used by Apple for OS X Yosemite last summer — a public beta cycle that will begin following the early developer betas, running in tandem with the developer program up until general availability of the new operating system. The report…

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07:42
Rumor: Apple may open iOS pre-releases to average...

After an apparently successful public beta program for OS X Yosemite, Apple is rumored to be considering an expansion of that initiative that would see forthcoming versions of its mobile operating system -- beginning with iOS 9 -- subjected to the same assessment.

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07:39
Report: Apple will begin offering public beta builds...

According to a new report from 9to5Mac's Mark Gurman, Apple will soon begin releasing public beta builds of iOS to consumers in the hopes of tracking down and squashing more bugs. The program will reportedly begin with iOS 8.3, the first build of which has already been released to developers, and will extend to iOS 9 after Apple introduces it at this year's Worldwide Developers Conference.
Apple launched a similar public beta program for OS X in April of last year. It began with OS X 10.9.3, the third update to Mavericks, and was followed by a large public beta program for OS X Yosemite. The Yosemite beta was limited to the first million customers who signed...

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07:09
Apple to Launch Public Beta Testing Programs for iOS...

Following up on the public beta program used for OS X Yosemite that allowed non-developers to try out and offer feedback on the operating system before its release, Apple will be launching similar programs for iOS 8.3 next month and iOS 9 later this year, reports 9to5Mac....Apple intends to release the upcoming iOS 8.3 as a public beta via the company’s existing AppleSeed program in mid-March, according to the sources. This release will match the third iOS 8.3 beta for developers, which is planned for release the same week. Apple then expects to debut iOS 9 at its June Worldwide Developer Conference, with a public beta release during the summer, and final release in the fall.iOS 8.2 is still in developer testing as Apple gears up for an April launch of the Apple Watch, but the company has also begun seeding iOS 8.3 to developers...

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07:04
YouTube to launch kid-friendly app exclusively on...

The prospective launch of Google's new YouTube Kids app could be a boon for families with young children, but those invested in Apple's iOS ecosystem find themselves on the outside looking in as the video site reportedly will not support the iPhone or iPad at launch.

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07:01
The Chronicle shares its 1998 audio interview with...

1998 was still a low point for Apple. Steve Jobs had just returned, had some new plans in place, but the triumphant arc of new products that would once again change the world had not yet begun.The Chronicle of Higher Education sent two reporters, one a seasoned reporter and one fresh out of college, to a conference for college computing administrators to grab some time with Steve Jobs. Follow the link to read about the interview and listen to the whole thing.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:55
News: Japan Display vying to be Apple’s primary...

Japan Display is in talks with Apple about the possibility of manufacturing smartphone screens, Reuters reports. Citing a “person familiar with the situation,” the report reveals that Japan Display and Apple are presently negotiating, with Japan Display looking for Apple to carry the majority of the 200 billion yen ($1.7 billion) investment in building a new display manufacturing plant. The discussions are confidential, but a successful…

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06:55
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

History for iOS [iPhone; Now free, down from $0.99] History for iOS is the App Store's top resource for everything iOS. The app contains in-depth information on every iOS release Apple has pushed to the public.

Effect 360 - Best Photo Editor and Stylish Camera Filters Effects [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $0.99] Effect+® contains 500+ filters and all editing features that allow you to beautifully express the best moments of your life that let you see the world in a classic way.

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06:51
∞ The Nest Protect in frightening action

I can’t comment on the Nest Protect smoke alarm. I don’t own one, have never had to set one up or disable one. But this video feels like the opening of a science fiction movie on the order of Alien or Terminator.Fear the future, SkyNet is here!

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06:50
Apple will fight iOS bugs with first-ever iOS Public...


In an effort to eliminate bugs from upcoming iOS versions ahead of their general releases, Apple plans to launch the first-ever public beta program for the iOS operating system, according to multiple people briefed on the plans. Following the successful launch of the OS X Public Beta program with OS X Yosemite last year, Apple intends to release the upcoming iOS 8.3 as a public beta via the company’s existing AppleSeed program in mid-March, according to the sources. This release will match the third iOS 8.3 beta for developers, which is planned for release the same week. Apple then expects to debut iOS 9 at its June Worldwide Developer Conference, with a public beta release during the summer, and final release in the fall…
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06:41
Apple’s electric car team

Jordan Kahn of 9to5mac did a great job pulling together the list of Apple’s recent auto-related hires, along with some background for each one.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:39
Opinion: What we can expect from an Apple Car if it...

What a difference a couple of weeks can make. We knew on February 5th that Apple was offering quarter-million dollar signing bonuses to Tesla engineers to persuade them to jump ship, but the idea that the company planned to make a car was just a vague rumor. Fast-forward a fortnight and it’s now being treated as established fact.
Our own exclusive reporting on the sheer range of automotive hires by Apple makes it clear that the company is, at the very least, seriously investigating the possibility, with a 1,000-strong team reportedly approved by Tim Cook. And while we need to bear in mind the cautionary note in ...

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06:38
Virgin Mobile drops complete iPhone lineup from its...

Since the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus last fall, we’ve noticed that Sprint subsidiary Virgin Mobile USA has offered limited-to-no stock on its iPhone lineup with “out of stock” messages on each of their iOS device and seemingly no plans to replenish inventory. Specifically, the pre-paid carrier went head first into the holiday season without any iPhone inventory for shoppers.
Virgin later confirmed that it had no specific plans to carry the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus at the time, and now the prepaid carrier has completely scrubbed the entire iPhone lineup from its online store.
Virgin Mobile USA previously presented a dedicated webpage featuring its iPhone lineup of unsubsidized prepaid models. Most recently, Virgin offered...

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06:37
Apple is once again #1 most admired company in the...
06:35
Apple want to start producing cars as soon as 2020

Bloomberg supplies more evidence that Apple is working on a car.∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:29
Google Chrome 40.0.2214.115 - 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 40.0.2214.115:

  • Revert from M40 branch 2214: "Get high resolution frame timebase and interval on compatible systems"
  • Disable the inconsistent group policy check in the installer.
  • Cryptohome: Notify about error in async calls if cryptohome is not ready yet.
  • Remove "ui-sans" from the ChromeOS system UI default font list.
  • Correctly track texture cleared state for sharing
  • gpu: Allow virtual context for in-process gpu thread
  • OS X 10.6 or later

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06:27
Rumor: Apple Car could be available as early as 2020


You could have an Apple Car as early as 2020.
According to a Bloomberg article, Apple is pushing its development team to have the car in production in that time frame, albeit Apple has yet to comment on the story and sources have remained anonymous.
Apple Car has all but pushed Apple Watch out of the headlines in the last two weeks. Successive reports from mainstream outlets have claimed Apple has a team as large as a thousand people working on the project, that it is codenamed “Titan,” and that Apple has hired any number of people from the automotive industry.

On Thursday, it was discovered that Apple has been hiring battery experts from at least one company, A123 Systems. That company has sued Apple over the nature of its poaching. Apple has also apparently been targeting battery experts at LG, Samsung, Panasonic, Toshiba, and Johnson Controls.
A 2020 timeline would be...

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06:17
calibre 2.20 - Complete e-library management system...

Calibre is a complete e-book library manager. Organize your collection, convert your books to multiple formats, and sync with all of your devices. Let Calibre be your multi-tasking digital librarian. Manage, convert, sync, and more

  • Library management. Calibre keeps things orderly by creating single entries for books that contains multiple formats. Add tags and comments for better searchability.
  • Format conversion. Calibre's robust conversion options support a wide variety of file formats.
  • File syncing. Calibre's device drivers seamlessly support all the top e-readers and devices.

Version 2.20: New Features

  • ODT Input: Add backlinks for footnotes/endnotes...

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05:50
Apple Launches Repair Program For Longstanding 2011...

AmiMoJo writes: Apple has just launched a MacBook Pro Repair Extension Program for Video Issues to provide out-of-warranty repairs for MacBook Pros and Retina MacBook Pros sold between February of 2011 and December of 2013. Symptoms of affected computers include "distorted or scrambled video on the computer screen," "no video on the computer screen (or external display) even though the computer is on," and unexpected restarts. Some users have been complaining about 2011 MacBook Pro GPU issues since shortly after the systems launched. Those complaints continued for well over three years—outside of the warranty window even if you bought AppleCare, at least if you bought the systems at launch—and were more recently the cause of a class-action lawsuit. ...

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05:36
Steve Jobs talks higher ed. in 1998 interview

The Chronicle of Higher Education conducted an interview with Steve Jobs at an interesting time in 1998. It was shortly after his return to Apple, but before the iMac's introduction. In the previously unpublished interview, Jobs discusses the higher education market and Apple's future.


Our take on the news

It's always compelling to hear Jobs speak and get a little insight into his mind. What's especially interesting here is this: the interview captured Steve as Apple was struggling in the education market, yet there's no humility in the recently-reinstated CEO of a troubled company. He's confident and at times curt with this interviewer. 

Oh, who are we kidding? That's just Jobs being Jobs! 

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05:32
AppleInsider podcast discusses Apple Car rumors,...

This week's all-new AppleInsider podcast is now available to download and subscribe in iTunes or SoundCloud, with detailed analysis of this week's news, including: Apple Car rumors, Apple Watch pricing, new FAA proposed drone regulations, Modern Family films an entire episode on iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2, Apple Pay, Sony and more.

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05:07
A123 Sues Apple For Poaching Employees

An anonymous reader writes "Electric-car battery maker A123 Systems is suing Apple in federal court for allegedly poaching five employees to help it develop a competing battery business. The suit accuses the workers, including A123's former chief technology officer, of breaking noncompete and nonsolicit agreements. "It appears that Apple, with the assistance of defendant Ijaz, is systematically hiring away A123’s high-tech PhD and engineering employees, thereby effectively shutting down various projects/programs at A123," according to the lawsuit. The news adds some credibility to rumors that Apple is getting into the automotive market. " ...

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04:00
You Should Play: Audio puzzler Dark Echo is all...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.
It’s dark. Pitch blackness, all around you. You can’t see anything. You take a step.
It’s deafening. You hear the sound travel through a long hallway, and come back to you. You hear it bounce off the—concrete?—walls, and come back to you. You take another step. You hear something—you’re not sure what—moving toward you. It’s chasing you. You can’t see it. You run.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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05:00
Video Game Preservation: An Impossible Dream?


Fuel Industries last year sought to find the long-rumored cache of buried E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial video games, made for the Atari 2600 in the early 1980s. Surplus copies of E.T. -- a notoriously bad gaming experience -- were dumped in a landfill after failing to sell. By burying its shame, Atari hoped to wipe the title from the gaming community's collective consciousness. Ironically, it's now enshrined in the Smithsonian. Many other games have been forgotten, though, with a lot less effort.

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04:50
Apple Announces Repair Program for MacBook Pro Video...

Apple has finally acknowledged video problems in certain MacBook Pro models and is offering both a free fix for those affected and reimbursements for those who have already paid for repairs. 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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04:42
Things 2.5.3 - Elegant personal task management. (...

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

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

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04:34
Smart city traffic systems to reduce congestion for...

A new report from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) forecasts that smart city traffic management and parking projects will reduce cumulative global emissions in the order of 164 MMT (million metric tonnes) CO2 between 2014 and 2019, equivalent to the annual emissions produced by 35 million vehicles.
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04:34
Smart city traffic systems to reduce congestion for...

A new report from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) forecasts that smart city traffic management and parking projects will reduce cumulative global emissions in the order of 164 MMT (million metric tonnes) CO2 between 2014 and 2019, equivalent to the annual emissions produced by 35 million vehicles.
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04:29
Kool Tools: Bluetooth Freestyle2 keyboard

Kinesis Corporation's (www.kinesis.com) Freestyle2 Blue, Bluetooth keyboards for Macs and PCs includes a handy Multichannel feature that allows switching between the keyboard and up to three Bluetooth-enabled devices.
The Freestyle2 Blue seems to be the first fully-adjustable, fully-splittable ergonomic keyboard to incorporate a Multichannel Bluetooth capability. It features simple, sturdy adjustment mechanisms and is intuitive to configure and use.
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04:29
Sketchy Rumor has Apple Investing in a Display Plant...

Many news sites are reporting the rumor that Japan Display Inc. (JDI) may build a new display factory in Japan that could be ready for 2016 production. Even though JDI won't confirm the rumor, details ...

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04:25
Apple extends repair program to MacBook Pro...


If your rather expensive MacBook Pro notebook is exhibiting video issues, Apple just began a new program which might be able to help you.
A new repair initiative, officially titled “MacBook Pro Repair Extension Program for Video Issues,” applies to MacBook Pro computers sold between February 2011 and December 2013 that exhibit distorted video, no video, or unexpected system restarts, Apple said.
The issues have been associated with malfunctioning discrete AMD GPUs installed within the MacBook Pro notebooks.

Sources familiar with Apple’s internal repair network stated back in August that the company had no immediate plans to initiate a replacement program for MacBook Pros suffering from systematic crashes and graphics failures. It appears, however, that the company has since changed course.
Last October, Apple was slapped with a class-action lawsuit filed on...

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04:23
Building AWT: Game videos

Steve Sande, Kelly Hodgkins and I are building AWT into what it will be. There have been decisions to make and ideas to test. In this series, we'll provide an honest, behind-the-scenes look at the construction of what we know will be a vibrant community.

When Steve, Kelly and I decided to build a "Plan B" after TUAW shut down, I knew that I wanted to make gaming videos. At that time, I was just a few weeks into running Board Games Weekly (BGW), my podcast celebrating the hobby of tabletop gaming*. My BGW co-hosts and I had begun talking about video when "Plan B" became real. I knew I'd have to cease production on BGW, but I wanted to take the idea of game videos with me. 

I planned to make two types of gaming videos for AWT. First, a series comparing tabletop games to their iOS counterparts. I love tabletop gaming dearly, and meet with my...

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04:17
List of Apple employees tasked to electric car...


Over the past couple of weeks, there’s been word of an employee poaching war between Apple and Tesla, Apple hiring from the auto industry and speculation as to exactly what Applee might be working on.
It’s apparently clear that Apple is looking to go beyond an iOS-based CarPlay in-dash system and the majority of the new hires seem to be reporting to one Steve Zadesky, who hails from an automative background.
The Wall Street Journal and 9to5Mac are reporting that Apple has put together a team of hundreds for the electric vehicle product, including former president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Research & Development Johann Jungwirth, but here are some of the other key team members picked from within the company and hired from outside to join the team.

The full piece can be found over at 9to5Mac, which compiled a list of the new hires (largely from changes to...

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04:11
DEVONagent 3.9 introduces Inspectors for even better...

DEVONtechnologies (http://www.devontechnologies.com) has updated all editions of its Internet search and research tool DEVONagent to verson 3.9.
DEVONagent is a research assistant equipped with artificial intelligence. It searches multiple sources for relevant results, and gives you power tools for your research. The new version cleans up the user interface, comes with an improved see-also algorithm, is faster, and fixes some bugs. The updates are free and recommended for all users.
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04:07
TA15-051A: Lenovo “Superfish” Adware Vulnerable to...

Original release date: February 20, 2015
Systems Affected
Lenovo consumer PCs that have Superfish VisualDiscovery installed and potentially others.
Overview
“Superfish” adware installed on some Lenovo PCs install a non-unique trusted root certification authority (CA) certificate, allowing an attacker to spoof HTTPS traffic.
Description
Starting in as early as 2010, Lenovo has pre-installed Superfish VisualDiscovery spyware on some of their PCs. This software intercepts users’ web traffic to provide targeted advertisements.  In order to intercept encrypted connections (those using HTTPS), the software installs a trusted root CA certificate for “Superfish.” All browser-based encrypted traffic to the Internet is intercepted, decrypted, and re-encrypted to the user’s browser by the application - a classic “man in the middle” attack.  Because the certificates used by Superfish are signed by the CA installed by the software, the browser...

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03:59
Apple Maps Connect gains new languages as it expands...

The Apple Maps Connect service, which allows small businesses to add their listings to the Apple Maps database, has been expanded to Canada, France and Germany. The service has also gained two new language options, French and German, to correspond with the regional expansion.
Apple first launched Maps Connect in the U.S. last October, enabling businesses to edit or add listings, as well as set up indoor mapping within selected areas. Entries made by businesses typically show up in Apple Maps around a week later. The international rollout began last month with the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and Singapore.
Apple switched from Google Maps to its own...

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03:07
OmniFocus 2.1 - GTD task manager with iOS companion...

OmniFocus helps you manage your tasks the way that you want, freeing you to focus your attention on the things that matter to you most. Capturing tasks and ideas is always a keyboard shortcut away in OmniFocus 2. Clip data from Mail, Safari, Messages, or third-party apps. Bring up Quick Entry to file away an idea before it drifts away; it's always at your fingertips, waiting for more. OmniFocus comes in two feature levels: Standard, available for $39.99; and Pro, available for $79.99.Version 2.1:

  • OS X Requirement -- OmniFocus 2.1 requires OS X 10.10
  • Vibrant Interface -- We adjusted the OmniFocus interface to better match OS X Yosemite. That included making new toolbar icons, adjusting the appearance of some other elements, and incorporating vibrancy where appropriate.
  • Application and Document Icons -- The app and document icons now fit in better on OS X Yosemite.
  • Extensions -- OmniFocus for Mac now has Today and...

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01:00
Mac Apps That Use Garbage Collection Must Move to...

Beginning May 1, 2015, new Mac apps and app updates submitted to the Mac App Store may no longer use garbage collection, which was deprecated in OS X Mountain Lion. Instead, migrate your apps to Automatic Reference Counting, using the migration assistant in Xcode to help with this transition. Apps may continue to use retain/release for manual memory management. For more information, read the Transitioning to ARC Release Notes.

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01:00
Mac Apps That Use Garbage Collection Must Move to...

Beginning May 1, 2015, new Mac apps and app updates submitted to the Mac App Store may no longer use garbage collection, which was deprecated in OS X Mountain Lion. Instead, migrate your apps to Automatic Reference Counting, using the migration assistant in Xcode to help with this transition. Apps may continue to use retain/release for manual memory management. For more information, read the Transitioning to ARC Release Notes.

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Thursday February 19

13:17
Happy 25th birthday, Photoshop! Adobe looks to...

The first version of Photoshop, which starting shipping for Macs this week 25 years ago, was bare bones compared to the image editing tools and processing power Adobe offers today. But some things, like the magic wand and clone stamp tool that graphic designers used in 1990, are classic stand-bys. So after changing the world (and becoming a verb), what’s next for Photoshop?
First: A birthday celebration. Photoshop is toasting its achievement with a 60-second spot that will air during this Sunday’s Academy Awards. The ad spotlights works of art from Behance, Adobe’s collective of Photoshop creators, and also shows which tools were used to create certain effects.To read this article in full...

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16:24
Apple wants its cars in production by 2020, report...

For a consumer electronics company that won’t even put a TV on the market, an Apple Car sounds unlikely on paper. But mounting evidence says Apple is gearing up for some type of automotive effort, and on Thursday we learned that Apple is targeting 2020 for a full-fledged car.Referencing “people with knowledge of the matter,” Bloomberg reported that Apple wants to put an electric vehicle into production within the next five years. 2020 is a deliciously specific launch date, and, at first glance, this sounds like a long way away. But once you factor in all the hurdles Apple would have to cross, five years is actually an aggressive time frame.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please...

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20:50
Apple said to be considering deal with Japan Display...

A new report claims that Apple is in talks with Japan Display to help finance an LCD display factory in Ishikawa next year. The exact details of the agreement are still in flux, but Apple is said to be considering an investment of somewhere around 200 billion yen (or just under $1.7 billion).
The factory would churn out the same types of low-temperature polycrystalline silicon displays that are currently used in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Japanese news sources also say the factory could eventually be...

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20:19
Apple reportedly in talks to build $1.7B plant in...

Apple may soon secure a more stable source for small to medium sized device displays, as the company is said to be in talks with Japan Display on the buildout of a $1.7 billion manufacturing plant.

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20:01
GAROU: MARK OF THE WOLVES (Games)

GAROU: MARK OF THE WOLVES 1.0.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $3.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes)

Description:
■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■A new generation in the wolf bloodline.GAROU: MARK OF THE WOLVES joins the battle on iPhone ! ■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■ABOUT THE GAME FEATURES ■"FATAL FURY" Series' new generation titleThis latest installment in the legendary series from SNK welcomes a new hero with Rock Howard, the posthumous successor of Geese Howard who was raised by the "Legendary Wolf" Terry Bogard, and a host of all-new charismatic characters with their own unique background story and goals.■A fully redesigned game system"GAROU: MARK OF THE WOLVES" renews the series with the "T.O.P. SYSTEM", a revolutionary game mechanic that can be set anywhere on the character's lifebar and gives access to a unique attack and significantly increases the character's...

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16:38
MacBook Pro Repair Extension Program for Video Issues

Apple has determined that a small percentage of MacBook Pro systems may exhibit distorted video, no video, or unexpected system restarts. These MacBook Pro systems were sold between February 2011 and December 2013.More information is available from Apple’s Web site.∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:04
Apple eyeing electric car production by 2020, report...

Adding to a firestorm of rumors surrounding Apple's supposed electric car project, a report on Thursday claims the Cupertino tech giant is gunning for a manufacturing start date of 2020.

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16:00
Merchants of Kaidan (Games)

Merchants of Kaidan 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $5.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:
!!!! Due to the demanding nature of the games' trading algorithms and 3D environment, Merchants of Kaidan is not going to run on devices older than iPad 3 and iPhone 5. If you have such a device please DO NOT BUY THE GAME!****Regain your riches, restore your honour and punish those who have wronged you.Merchants of Kaidan is a challenging trading game fused with lots of RPG elements. You start very humble, one cart, a purse of gold and silver coins is all that you have. Your task is to roam the world and search of opportunities to score some profit. Buy low, sell high - a merchant's motto is easy to grasp. And yet the job is harder than it seems.A good merchant needs to know everything about the market, he is always on the lookout for a deal, always listening,...

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16:00
Grudgeball: Enter the Chaosphere – Regular Show...

Grudgeball: Enter the Chaosphere – Regular Show's Extreme Sport of the Future 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:
Jump into the explosive action of the future's most extreme sport. Join Mordecai, Rigby and the rest of the Regular Show gang in Grudgeball: Enter the Chaosphere!EXTREME FUTURE SPORTSIn the far future, high intensity Grudgeball is the most popular and dangerous sport in the world. Choose your team and go 3-on-3 against your opponents in a battle for supremacy. Shoot, block, counter-attack and unleash super moves in your quest to be the best.CONQUER THE CHAOSPHERETackle level after level in your journey to unravel the mysteries of the Chaosphere and rescue Pops. Discover arena mods like speed walls, rebound barriers, multicannons, dimensional...

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15:57
Bloomberg: Apple planning to launch its own car by...

Apple’s car team
Apple is pushing to launch its own electric car by the year 2020, according to a new Bloomberg report citing “people with knowledge of the matter.” The company has been rumored in recent weeks to be working on the project in secret, with some claiming that Tim Cook authorized it as much as a year ago.
Apple has been poaching employees from...

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15:56
Apple Aiming to Begin Electric Car Production in 2020

Apple is hoping to begin production on the car project that it is secretly developing as early as 2020, reports Bloomberg. According to the sites sources, Apple is pushing employees working on the car to have it ready to go in five years, a timeline that will eventually allow it to compete with similar electric vehicles coming out from Tesla and GM in 2017.The timeframe -- automakers typically spend five to seven years developing a car -- underscores the project's aggressive goals and could set the stage for a battle for customers with Tesla Motors Inc. and General Motors Co., both of which are targeting a 2017 release of an electric vehicle that can go more than 200 miles on a single charge and cost less than $40,000.Apple's electric car plans first came to light last week, after The Wall Street Journal...

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15:54
Lenovo Rapped for Preinstalling Spyware


Lenovo on Thursday came under fire for preinstalling spyware on some of its laptops.
The software, Superfish, uses the same techniques cybercriminals often employ to crack encrypted traffic from computers to the Internet. "Superfish is purposely designed to bypass the security of HTTPS websites in a manner that would allow malware and attackers to also bypass the security provided by HTTPS," said Adam Ely, cofounder of Bluebox.
"Users are inherently at risk of being directed to malicious sites that appear valid," he said.

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15:32
Apple launches repair program for MacBook Pros with...

Apple has launched a MacBook Pro repair extension program for video issues. The company says it's determined that a "small percentage" of MacBook Pro systems may exhibit distorted video, no video, or unexpected system restarts.
These MacBook Pro systems were sold between February 2011 and December 2013. Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider will repair affected MacBook Pro systems, free of charge. Go to http://tinyurl.com/lftfdbe for details on affected models and service options.
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15:30
Finally Some Relief over Longstanding MacBook Pro...

Apple has just launched a repair program to fix MacBook Pro machines sold between February 2011 and February 2013 that have problems with distorted video, no video, or unexpected system restarts.

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15:30
Daily Deals for February 19, featuring Dejal's...

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’s Daily Deals

Simon 4.0 [OS X; On sale for $49.00, down from $99.00] AppleWorld.Today is pleased to offer an exclusive deal on Simon 4.0 by Dejal Systems. Simon is a robust site monitoring tool for OS X that checks servers for changes or failures and notifies you when a change is detected. The app sends a notification via email, sound, speech, Twitter, or a variety of other means.

The native Mac utility can be used to monitor both your own website and servers as well as external sites. You can use it to track...

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15:19
Apple launches repair program for longstanding 2011...

Apple has just launched a MacBook Pro Repair Extension Program for Video Issues to provide out-of-warranty repairs for MacBook Pros and Retina MacBook Pros sold between February of 2011 and December of 2013.
Affected computers include 15- and 17- inch MacBook Pros from early and late 2011 and both 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro models. Apple's page provides a tool you can use to check your system's eligibility. Symptoms of affected computers include "distorted or scrambled video on the computer screen," "no video on the computer screen (or external display) even though the computer is on," and unexpected restarts.
Some users have been complaining about 2011 MacBook Pro GPU issues since shortly after the systems launched. Those complaints continued...

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15:07
Apple announces repair program for MacBook Pro...

Apple on Thursday announced a new repair program for certain previous-generation MacBook Pro laptops suffering from distorted video, unexpected restarts and other issues, saying these faulty units will be repaired for free.

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15:01
Apple launches Repair Extension Program for 2011-...

Following a number of complaints from consumers regarding graphics issues with Apple’s 2011 MacBook Pro, the company today announced a replacement program to remedy the issue for customers still experiencing problems.
The affected models include 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pros built in 2011, as well as 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros built in 2012 and early 2013. MacBook owners who believe they may have one of these machines can check their warranty coverage on Apple’s website to determine whether they are eligible for a repair under this program.

Apple is offering in-store and mail-in options for repairs, providing customers with some flexibility in how they...

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14:58
Samsung Invents Unique Zoom Functionality for their...

Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Samsung that's designed to advance their digital pen known as the S-Pen with an all-new capability.

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14:44
Apple Initiates Repair Program for 2011-2013 MacBook...

Apple has launched a repair program to fix MacBook Pro machines sold between February 2011 and February 2013 that have problems with distorted video, no video, or unexpected system restarts. As of February 20 in the United States and Canada (February 27 in other countries), users with affected machines will be able to visit an Apple Store or Apple Authorized Service Provider to receive repairs for their MacBook Pros at no charge. Customers will be able to bring their MacBook Pro to an Apple Store or service provider or send it in via mail for repairs. An affected MacBook Pro may display one or more of the following symptoms: -Distorted or scrambled video on the computer screen -No video on the computer screen (or external display) even though the computer is on -Computer restarts unexpectedlyAffected products include 15 and 17-inch MacBook Pro models manufactured in 2011 and 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro models...

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14:22
Apple considering dedicated Apple Watch stores as it...

Apple Watch hands-on table from September Media Event
According to multiple reports out of France, Apple is constructing a dedicated display for the upcoming Apple Watch in some upscale Paris-based retail outlets. The reports say that the size of the display is close to the length of a few small balconies and that Apple Retail Senior Vice President Angela Ahrendts has been directing the construction of the booth at retailer Galeries Lafayette on Champs Elysees. While these claims for France are still unconfirmed, sources have told us that Apple is considering constructing dedicated Apple Watch retail stores in the future if...

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14:03
Opinion: Five reasons why Apple Car is happening,...


Unless you’re Seth Weintraub, the idea that Apple would more likely develop a car than a search engine would have been controversial — as shown above, even The Onion-level comical — two weeks ago. That’s changed. Following public sightings of Apple-leased vans that looked a lot like street view mappers, numerous reports have substantially confirmed that Apple’s working on an electric car, quite possibly a self-driving car. Blessed with great insight (and sources), Seth already highlighted some of the big picture reasons Apple would get into the automotive industry before most people had accepted it as reality.
Now that the dust has settled, and even non-believers are acknowledging that an Apple Car...

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13:57
Apple Maps Connect service for small businesses...

Following a brief outage on Thursday, the Apple Maps Connect Web portal returned to service with new German and French language options, suggesting the service is slowly rolling out internationally.

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13:38
A Look at Fuel Cell Technology With Intelligent...

Fuel cells, which generate power via chemical reactions, aren't exactly new technology, having been invented in the 1830s, but they're seen by some as one of the next steps in the evolution of electrical power. In the not-so-distant future, we may adopt fuel cells for powering cars, homes, and a whole range of consumer electronics with clean energy. Intelligent Energy is one of the companies working to further fuel cell technology in the consumer space, having recently introduced its first hydrogen fuel cell iPhone charger, the "Upp." MacRumors went hands-on with the Upp to give fuel cell technology a try, and we spoke to Intelligent Energy's Corporate Development Director Julian Hughes, who shared some details about Intelligent Energy's fuel cell ambitions. The Upp, introduced in the U.K. in...

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13:31
John Legere says T-Mobile passed Sprint to become...

T-Mobile CEO John Legere announced during the company’s Q4 earnings call today that the company has surpassed Sprint to become the number three carrier in the country.
That would mean the carrier has reached its goal set by Legere to move ahead of Sprint by the end of last year (via The Verge):
“…Going into this year, they have 55 million customers… T-Mobile had 33 million customers. We merged with MetroPCS and went to 42 million customers, and we’ve since added 13 million customers to get up to, guess what, 55 million customers.”
So as of right now the two appear to be neck and neck based on the numbers Legere shared, but he also hinted T-Mobile’s lead would be easier to see over “the next quarter or two.”
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13:20
PostSecret Universe (Entertainment)

PostSecret Universe 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Entertainment
Price: $7.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:
You're invited to enter the PostSecret Universe with this brand new app brought to you by Frank Warren. With the help of the PostSecret Community, over 500 postcard, app and audio secrets are easily browsable by connections and common themes, leading to a seamless adventure into the universe of the project that also allows you to discover the stories behind certain secrets and how they have impacted the public. Additionally, the app contains these features:Never-before-seen secretsAn exclusive tour of PostSecret HeadquartersAnimated stories about the inspiration of the PostSecret ProjectCollation tools to make your own collectionAbility to share secrets with friendsEaster Eggs Enjoy the PostSecret Universe … You never know what you're going to find!...

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13:20
Tip of the Day: Reordering Photos in iOS 8 Photo...

Although it’s been possible to create photo albums in the iOS Photos app for a while now, the feature becomes even more useful with iCloud Photo Library and the impending final release of Apple’s Photos for Mac app. Now all of your photo albums from iPhoto or Aperture can be synced via iCloud Photo Library onto your iPhone, eliminating the need for managing this data in two places. One thing you may notice, however, is that new photos…

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13:15
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Calcbot — The Intelligent Calculator [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] Calcbot is a simple and beautifully designed calculator for your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

Gunship X [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $0.99] Take control of an AC-130 Gunship to defend humanity from invading hordes.

Frozen Synapse [iPad; Now free, down from $9.99] Frozen Synapse brings the simultaneous turn-based strategy genre...

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13:02
Net Neutrality Controversy Overshadows U.S....

The FCC has taken an impressive stand on net neutrality by vowing to reclassify ISPs as common carriers, but as Josh Centers explains, it’s far from a magical solution to our nation’s broadband woes. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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12:52
Rumor: Unique display to showcase Apple Watch at...

In yet another sign of how Apple may market its upcoming wearable device to the high-end fashion market, the Apple Watch is rumored to be featured in a display inside Paris's Galeries Lafayette.

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12:45
Standr stand for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus: Minimalist,...

As the person who gets to write a lot of accessory reviews here at Apple World Today, I see many iPhone stands that are either too bulky to carry with you all the time, too fixed in one position to be useful, or too expensive. The Standr (€3.99, about $4.54, postpaid) is a completely minimalist iPhone stand that's inexpensive, tiny, and perfect for mobile use. 

Made in two colors -- black or white -- the Standr is simply a precisely designed little rectangle of plastic with a notch in it. However, slide that notch onto a side of an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus and you'll find that you can prop your phone up in either a portrait or landscape orientation.  It weighs less than .1 ounce (3 grams), and the only issue you may have is finding it in a backpack or briefcase pocket.

It's perfect for watching videos, but my favorite use for the Standr so far is propping my iPhone 6 Plus up and typing into writing apps using my...

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12:27
Yahoo unveils new suite of dev tools including...

After announcing its first dev con last December, Yahoo today kicked off its mobile developer conference in San Francisco where it unveiled five new products for mobile app makers. As suspected, Yahoo revealed the latest tools from Flurry, the mobile ad and analytics firm it acquired last July.
This includes Flurry Analytics Explorer, a new dashboard for the Flurry Analytics system which it says enables developers to discover more insights with than before, and Flurry Pulse, which lets app builders “share app signals with partners using their existing Flurry SDK implementations and the click of a button.”
Aside from the updated Flurry tools, Yahoo released a new app publishing feature for developers which it uses to monetize its own...

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12:14
How to Proof EPUBs on the iPad with iBooks

Book Proofer, a tool that Apple created and distributed to help ebook developers, does not work on Yosemite and iOS 8. But that’s OK, because it turns out that iBooks on the Mac now incorporates its functionality. That is, if you know the trick for getting it to work. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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12:10
AG Drive (Games)

AG Drive 1.3.3
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $3.99, Version: 1.3.3 (iTunes)

Description:
Link to the App Preview Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xF-sBQG_bggTHE FUTURE IS NOWThe boldest futuristic racer ever made is here!An epic vision of the future, AG Drive takes you on the ride of your life as you drive blazing fast anti-gravity race craft and race against opponents on spectacular tracks that dive over and under an Earth city of the future.TECHNOLOGYThe world of AG Drive is real and full of life - witness huge futuristic highway systems come to life, with air traffic filling the skies as spaceships land and take off, and spotlights sweep the skies. The stunning, unparalleled visuals of the world of AG Drive were possible to be realized only because of the...

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11:53
Find the serial number of your Apple hardware product

Learn how to find the serial number of an iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac, or other Apple product.

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11:37
Results: 80% expect the 18-karat gold Apple Watch...

In a poll of 9to5Mac readers, nearly 80% of people think Apple’s 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition will cost under $4500. Only 16% expect the gold Apple Watch Edition to cost between $5000-$10,000, and 3.8% expect a price tag over $10,000. The biggest group at 29.68% expect the gold model to cost between $1500-$2500. But how much will the gold Apple Watch really cost?

It depends on how much gold, in terms of weight, is actually in the Apple Watch. Apple itself described the model as solid 18-karat gold, but we still don’t know for sure.
We have at least an estimate, however, with Greg Koenig (...

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11:34
Ultra-Premium Mac bundle

A nice looking bundle of 8 apps for Mac users. The apps purchased separately would cost $469, but they are selling it for $44.99. If you use code ULTRAMAC5, you can get it for $39.99.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:29
Apple’s newest store boasts 50-foot glass walls and...

Wired:The Hangzhou store’s ceilings are almost 50 feet high, with no columns to be found. The façade of glass panels reaches from floor to ceiling without interruption, meaning Foster + Partners had to push well beyond their previous feats in glass manufacturing to get 11 seamless panes.I’ve seen a lot of pics of this new store and it is an absolutely stunning architectural achievement.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:11
This is why people don’t trust PC-makers

Chinese PC maker Lenovo has found itself in the middle of a public relations disaster, following revelations that it sold a number of notebook computers with pre-installed software that hijacks users’ browser sessions to inject customized advertisements and seriously degrades the security of encrypted connections.No matter what else they may do, everyone knows that Apple would never pull shit like this.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:03
Lenovo bundled adware on some laptops, leaves users...

Chinese PC maker Lenovo has found itself in the middle of a public relations disaster, following revelations that it sold a number of notebook computers with pre-installed software that hijacks users' browser sessions to inject customized advertisements and seriously degrades the security of encrypted connections.

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11:03
Poll: Do you think Apple should actually build an...

The Apple Watch hasn’t even shipped to consumers yet and there’s been plenty of talk about Apple’s next potential entry into a new product category with the rumored Apple car on everyone’s mind. We discussed Apple’s car project in depth on this week’s 9to5Mac Happy Hour podcast and profiled the experts actually working on Apple’s car project earlier today.
So with all of this car talk out of Cupertino, what do you think? Should Apple invest in such a wildly different product category as an electric car would be or do you think Apple might be stretching itself too thin and should stick to improving the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and other products? Read on to catch up on the car...

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10:58
Apple Patent Could Have "Broad Ramifications...

An anonymous reader writes Filed in 2008, published in 2013, and legally granted to Apple this week, the company's patent for a 'Head-mounted display apparatus for retaining a portable electronic device with display' could have "broad ramifications" for mobile VR headsets like Samsung's Gear VR and Google Cardboard, says patent attorney Eric Greenbaum. "This Apple HMD patent is significant. I would say it introduces potential litigation risks for companies that have or are planning to release a mobile device HMD," he said. "There is no duty for Apple to make or sell an HMD. They can sit on this patent and use it strategically either by enforcing it against potential infringers, licensing it, or using it as leverage in forming strategic partnerships." ...

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10:04
Apple poaching suit potentially tied to A123's...

A123 Systems, which filed a lawsuit this month accusing Apple of unfairly poaching its engineers, is best known for creating large lithium-ion batteries used in futuristic high-performance electric automobiles, a specialty that may have played a key role in Apple's interest in its employees.

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06:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Bumpers from Evolutive...

Bumpers from Evolutive Labs, Grovemade, Poetic… and more!This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases includes a bunch of different bumper cases, plus traditional hard-shell cases that are both sleek and lightweight.Element CaseThe Solace (iPhone 6 and 6 Plus; $100) features a lightweight figure with removable top and bottom crowns for easy installation and additional protection.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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06:00
IFTTT launches three Do apps for a clutter-free...

IFTTT basically automates the Internet, letting you create recipes to bridge various products and online services—you can get a text when there’s rain in the forecast, for example, or have your Belkin WeMo Switch turn on your lamp when the sun goes down. While IFTTT works with dozens of popular services, all its functionality was rolled into one website and mobile app—until now.
On Thursday, IFTTT launched three new “Do” apps for iOS and Android, and the original IFTTT app we already know and love is getting a new name—going forward, it’s just IF. In fact, IFTTT is now a company with two separate products, Do and IF....

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07:42
Inbox by Gmail heads to the iPad, bringing yet...

Google is on an iPad app streak. Shortly after introducing a version of Google Play Music for iOS that works natively on Apple’s tablet, Google has done the same thing for Inbox by Gmail. Google’s new email app—designed to surface the most important messages and better organize the rest—first came to the iPhone in October.
The impact on you: The iPad version is once again a Material Design copy of what you get on Android and the iPhone, only bigger. The main part of the screen is taken up by your messages and bundled categories such as “Updates” and “Social.” The slideout drawer on the iPad has all the same menu options...

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09:00
Apple's auto-industry hires suggest an interest...

Power train engineers, former Tesla employees, and an expert on new battery technology are among the people now working at Apple, amid rumors that the company is building an electric car.
9to5Mac has come up with a list of auto experts--including new hires and existing employees--that are now working at Apple. Their resumes suggest that Apple is interested in more than just CarPlay, the software that connects iPhones to in-car dashboards.
For instance, new hire David Nelson came over from Tesla this month, bringing experience in “modeling, prediction, and verification of motor and gearbox performance and efficiency,” according to his LinkedIn profile. Hugh Jay, another new employee, designed transmissions and gearboxes at EMCO Gears, a parts supplier for various industries including...

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10:00
Apple World Today on OWC Radio 2.0 Podcast

It's another day, another podcast for the AWT team! I spent a completely enjoyable hour yesterday talking with Tim Robertson, the voice behind the OWC Radio Podcast. Of course there was a bit of discussion about what led to the founding of AWT, but we also talked about the possibility (or lack thereof) of an Apple car, and of course Tim asked his "three random questions". 

You can listen to the OWC Radio 2.0 podcast on iTunes right here, and don't forget to subscribe to Tim's wonderful show. 

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09:58
New Pebble coming soon with thinner design, revamped...


Pebble updated its website this morning to tease a new model of its popular smartwatch. The announcement is scheduled for 10 AM on Tuesday next week, but Pebble has not specified what exactly is launching. However, multiple sources tell us that a major update to both the Pebble’s hardware and software have been in the works and that these changes could be ready to debut next week. The new watch is said to (finally) gain a slightly wider, color, e-paper-like display that will be encased in an overall thinner design. The screen will still not be touch like the Apple Watch…

While thinner and brighter, the new watch will still include battery life specifications in line with the current models...

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09:57
Apple Watch Display Rumored to Be Going Up in High-...

Apple may be building a stand for the Apple Watch at Galeries Lafayette, a high-end department store located on Boulevard Haussmann in Paris, according to a few news outlets based in France. Mac4Ever [Google Translate] reports that the stand would reside on the first floor of the department store, with possible expansion to other stores along the Avenue des Champs-Élysées. Image of the Galeries Lafayette via Mac4Ever Mac4Ever claims the current construction on the stand, which began at the beginning of February, is hidden as workers finish it up ahead of the...

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09:52
Microsoft Announces Handwriting Capabilities for...

Today Microsoft announced that handwriting has been added to OneNote for Apple's iPad. Below is a video showing how easy it is to use ...

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09:15
Apple's Automotive Team Includes Former Tesla,...

Apple's alleged automotive team consisting of hundreds of employees working on an electric vehicle includes several former Tesla, Ford and GM employees, according to 9to5Mac. The report reveals that Apple has also recruited talent from smaller firms in the automotive industry and other fields, including A123 Systems, MIT Motorsports, Ogin, Autoliv, Concept Systems and General Dynamics. The list of recent hires from Tesla includes David Nelson, a...

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09:03
Makeovr Web app lets iPhone users create blank...

If you've ever found yourself despairing over Apple's insistence that home screen icons be lined up neatly in rows, but can't -- or won't -- turn to jailbreak tweaks, a relatively new Web app called Makeovr has come to your rescue.

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09:00
Henkel makes bold leap to the cloud with Office 365

When global manufacturer Henkel found itself at a crossroads, dealing with aging IT infrastructure and disparate collaboration and productivity tools, the nearly 140-year-old company decided to leap to the cloud with Office 365. 
Dial soap, Purex hand sanitizer, Persil laundry detergent, Loctite adhesive, Schwarzkopf haircare—Henkel has a broad stable of products and technologies used by consumers and industries in 75 countries. The world’s first glue stick? That was Henkel, too. Much of what the company creates plays a supporting role in people’s lives and businesses—behind-the-scenes, sometimes even virtually invisible, but always exceptional.
“Henkel always strives to be best-in-class. To achieve that goal we need to be proactive in adopting technology to deliver a modern workplace. The world is connected as never before, and we need to connect our people, our partners, and our customers to be successful,” said Joachim Jaeckle, Henkel’s senior corporate vice...

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09:00
Sway for iPhone v1.2 updates

Last month, we released Sway for iPhone more broadly and have been excited to see a much wider set of people use Sway for iPhone. Thanks to this broader growth and usage, we’ve been able to continue learning how to best optimize Sway’s new authoring experience for people who want to quickly and easily create polished, interactive content from their mobile devices.
An updated version of Sway for iPhone is now available from the App Store, and it includes some key improvements based on listening to feedback and adding more capabilities of Sway in the browser on PCs, Macs and tablets. Here is what’s new in Sway for iPhone v1.2:

  • Add video from your phone’s camera roll
  • Create groups and stacks of photos
  • Add bullets and numbering to text
  • Create and apply a hyperlink to text
  • Emphasize words or sentences
  • Crop images
  • Pictures of documents can be...
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09:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 034 on the...

In this episode Jeremy Thake talks to Rolando Jimenez Salgado on the extensibility story of the Office client.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP34.mp3
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09:00
Improving the Sway creation experience and Sway for...

We’ve said it in previous blog posts and we’ll say it again here: We’re on a journey with our customers and early adopters through Sway Preview. Our goal is to understand what you like and don’t like, can already do or can’t yet do and what you want us to adjust as we deliver brand new experiences for expressing yourself and bringing your ideas to life.
For those of you new to the Sway experience, Sway lets you easily create and share a polished, interactive canvas of your ideas that looks great on any screen. The philosophy of Sway is to help you focus on the human part—your ideas, the multimedia you wish to include and how they relate to each other—while Sway’s built-in design engine takes care of the layout and formatting. That way, you always have something polished and ready to share.
Through blog comments, social media,...

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09:00
Review: RooCase GlacialTough for iPhone 6 Plus,...

RooCase's GlacialTough ($60) for iPhone 6 Plus and VersaTough ($60) for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are nearly identical cases. Whereas VersaTough comes with a solid patterned back, GlacialTough has a transparent back to see the back of an iPhone. Otherwise, the cases are the same, made of a TPU bumper attached to an acrylic back. A hard frame is inserted into the front of the case for screen protection. Button coverage is present for volume controls and the sleep/wake button, and the Lightning port is protected by a rubber plug.{/exp:char_limit}

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09:00
ViewExif is a handy iOS extension for viewing photo...

ViewExif from Steven Zhang is a useful utility for iPhone photographers of any level. Though it installs as a standalone app, ViewExif is an iOS extension that allows you to view the Exif information of the photos on your iPhone. This Exif information is stored with each photo and contains a range of photo and camera settings including ISO speed, exposure time, aperture, location information, camera make and model, lens make and model and more.

Because it is an extension, ViewExif adds its functionality to the iOS Photos app and other third-party apps such as Dropbox, Google Drive and FileExplorer. Once you enable ViewExif in an app, you can use the extension to view the details of the photo in just a few taps. Just open the image, tap the share button and then tap "ViewExif" to view all the Exif data. The app extension supports common image formats such as JPG, PNG,...

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08:57
Review: A-Audio’s Icon over-ear headphones pack...


These days, it seems like there is an endless variety of headphones to choose from. With new models popping up on a weekly basis, it’s hard to sort through the crowd to find the ones that fit you best. When it comes to active noise cancellation this elite selection thins out a bit, but there are only a handful that fall into the same category as A-Audio’s Icon over-ear headphones.
From a functionality perspective, these headphones give you everything but the kitchen sink. They can be used wirelessly via Bluetooth with active noise cancellation, in passive (wired) mode, and even feature dual sound profiles. Along with that, they include a wide variety of accessories that offer more than enough for any situation…
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08:47
9to5Toys Last Call: iTunes Free App of the Week,...

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

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08:30
IFTTT releases trio of user-controlled 'Do...

IFTTT today announced the addition of three new apps to its automation service. Unlike the original IFTTT app, the new trio of "Do" apps tap into IFTTT's existing channels and allow you to perform an action with just the tap of the button. The new Do Button, Do Camera, and Do Note apps join the existing IFTTT app, which has been rebranded simply as "IF."

The Do apps differentiate themselves from IF as the Do recipes require the user to intiate the action, while the IF recipes run automatically in the background using an event (If this happens) to trigger an action (then do this). The new Do apps allow you to connect to your camera, access a personalized notepad or create a custom button. You can use these new Do actions to control...

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08:28
Citigroup Lists 6 Reasons why they See AAPL going...

Citigroup’s Jim Suva late yesterday reiterated a Buy rating on shares of Apple (AAPL), and a $135 price target, writing about six reasons why it could trade higher.

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08:14
Battery maker accuses Apple of appropriating battery...


Last week, we brought you news that Apple appears to be working on electric car technology. Those rumors are edging toward !CONFIRMED! status thanks to news that Apple is being sued by battery maker A123 Systems for poaching staff in order to develop a "large scale battery division."
The lawsuit, first reported by Law360, involves five engineers and scientists who A123 Systems alleges were poached by Apple over the course of the last few months, in breach of various NDAs and non-compete agreements. A123 also claims that it’s had to shut down several projects as a result.
In addition to the various contracts, A123 Systems’ suit also...

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08:09
News: Apple’s new car team provides insight into...

An in-depth look at Apple’s ‘electric car team’ put together by 9to5Mac has revealed some additional insight that suggests that Apple is very likely working on an electric car, contrary to much of the dismissive speculation being put forth by industry analysts that have suggested the company is merely working on an enhanced software or electronics platform. The report notes that the team includes a “long list of automotive…

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08:04
VizMac is new Visio Viewer for Mac

Vandaurico has announced VizMac, a Visio viewer for OS X (10.6 or higher) that allows anyone to view, save and print Visio drawings and diagrams on their Mac.
The utility enables users to discover the advantages of using Visio drawings, charts, and illustrations in a Mac environment. Visio files saved as binary (.vsd) files must first be decoded using the VizMac web service before being able to view the drawing or diagram in VizMac. This transaction takes place in the background and is transparent to the end user.
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08:02
Apple could receive up to 20 years in tax breaks for...

Apple's forthcoming "global command center" for its online operations in Mesa, Ariz., could be the beneficiary of up to 20 years' worth of tax breaks, thanks to new rules proposed by the state legislature.

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07:56
PhotoVideoCollage is new, free video collage maker...

Bits&Coffee has released PhotoVideoCollage 1.0 (http://photovideocollage.com/), a free Mac app that helps users create photo and video collages enhanced with music, and custom built for sharing on Instagram, Vine, Facebook, and YouTube.


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07:49
KOAMTAC releases version 3.0 KDC barcode, payment SDK

KOAMTAC (www.KOAMTAC.com) has updated its iOS, Android, and Windows compatible software development kit (SDK).
 
The upgrade offers APIs (application programming interfaces] s that communicate between all major smart devices, PCs, KOAMTAC KDC Bluetooth barcode scanners, transaction and mobile POS companions. The SDK enables developers to integrate support for all these features into mobile application and provides their customers with full barcode and payment solutions with a single SDK.  
 
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07:44
Revealed: The experts Apple hired to build an...

In the last few weeks we’ve heard about a poaching war between Apple and Tesla, a couple hires by Apple from the auto industry, and a whole lot of speculation followed by reports that Apple has a team of hundreds working on an electric vehicle. But who exactly is working on the project at Apple?
We can learn a lot about the scope of the research Apple is doing from the talent on the team, so we’ve talked to our sources and compiled a list of some key employees Apple has hired and assigned to the project. 
A couple things we learn from the hires: Evident by this long list of automotive experts, it’s clear Apple’s ambitions go well beyond just...

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07:40
Tapbots, makers of Tweetbot, release major update to...



Tapbots, the developers behind the popular third party Twitter app Tweetbot, is out today with a major new version of their advanced calculator app Calcbot. As the ‘bot’ theme implies, Calcbot approaches the stock calculator experience and applies character through animations and sounds while delivering more function than the out-of-the-box calculator from Apple.
The completely new version follows the debut of Calcbot for Mac last fall and includes support for quick iCloud sync between the Mac and iOS versions. While the new...

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07:40
Apple tops the list of the world’s most admired...

Apple has topped the list of Fortune‘s list of the World’s Most Admired Companies for the 8th consecutive year, with Google taking the number two slot occupied last year by Amazon, while investment company Berkshire Hathaway moved up one slot into third place.
Apple received the top score in all nine categories of innovation, people management, use of corporate assets, social responsibility, quality of management, financial soundness (was never going to be too much doubt about that one), long-term investment value, quality of products and global competitiveness … ...

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07:25
Alto's Adventure is snowy, llama-chasing fun

Here's the scene: It's a lazy winter day. Snow is gently falling and you're sitting back, enjoying the great outdoors. Your llamas are in their pen, just chillin' and standing around. Suddenly one of the beasts breaks free and sprints down a nearby hill. The rest follow and your relaxing day is over. Hop on your snowboard and chase down those miscreant llamas!

Alto's Adventure for iPhone (US$1.99) is the latest app from Snowman. It's an endless runner-style game that has you snowboarding through seriously gorgeous, dynamic settings. You'll capture llamas, collect coins, pull off spectacular tricks and avoid the angry elders, who aren't happy with a whipper-snapper like you snowboarding all over the place. Here's our look at Alto's Adventure.

It's Monument Valley-level pretty...

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07:23
VMware Fusion 7.1.1 - Run Windows apps alongside Mac...

VMware Fusion allows you to create a Virtual Machine on your Mac and run Windows (including Windows 8.1) and Windows software on your Mac. Run your favorite Windows applications alongside Mac applications without rebooting. Whether you would like to run Windows XP, Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 on a Mac, the VMware Fusion easy install feature will get you up and running in no time. With the ability to run Windows-only applications like Microsoft Project, Access and Internet Explorer, VMware Fusion turns your Mac into the ultimate computer for compatibility. Version 7 is optimized for the latest Macs and ready for OS X 10.10 Yosemite and Windows 8.1 to deliver the ultimate Windows on Mac experience. The new VMware Fusion 7.0 Professional version adds the following:

  • Designed for OS X 10.10 Yosemite and ready for the latest releases of Windows 8
  • Create...

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07:19
New Apple Inventions cover Biometrics and a possible...

Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published patent applications from Apple that cover a possible new MacBook hinge supporting cellular connectivity and biometrics related to Touch ID that could eventually extend to Macs.

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06:56
IFTTT launches trio of new 'Do' apps...

Internet mashup service IFTTT on Thursday announced the first three in a new series of "Do" apps -- Do Button, Do Camera, and Do Note -- designed to help users create quick on-demand workflows.

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06:35
News: Apple Watch fashion marketing ramps up with...

With the debut of the Apple Watch expected in about two months, Apple has begun its marketing efforts to position the new wearable device as a fashion accessory. The cover of the March issue of Self magazine features supermodel Candice Swanepoel sporting an Apple Watch with a white sport band. Presented in an athletic setting, the image seems intended to blend the trendy consumer fashion aspect of the Apple Watch with its health and fitness features....

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06:14
News: Daily Deal: Get the TravelCard Ultra-Slim...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering the TravelCard iOS Lightning Wallet-Size Charger for only $29. This ultra-compact battery packs an extra 1,500 man of juice that you can conveniently keep in your wallet to juice up your iPhone or other Lightning or Micro-USB compatible device while on the go. TravelCard even includes a built-in Apple-certified Lightning cable, so that’s one less thing to worry about carrying around with you. Get the…

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06:10
All About Apple, a museum for the rest of us

This is a real passion project, a museum, located in Savona, Italy, dedicated to all things Apple.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:43
∞ Handcrafting a guitar

A gorgeous walk through the process of handcrafting a guitar.

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05:42
Apple Watch hits Self magazine, makes its U.S. cover...


It had to happen sometime.
A few months after being featured on the cover of Vogue China, the upcoming Apple Watch made its U.S. debut on the cover of Self magazine this month with cover model Candice Swanepoel wearing the Sport Edition of the device.
From Self:
Considering Swanepoel’s athletic prowess, it was an ideal accessory for her sporty cover shoot. She told SELF, “I’m an athlete. I use every single muscle, especially my core and arms, when I pose. It’s so important for me to feel strong!”

Call it what you will, but she just seems to be leaning a bit for the cover image while wearing the Apple Watch. This isn’t exactly extreme power yoga in incredibly adverse conditions. It’s standing upright and leaning a bit.
Nor is she rappelling off a building as part of a covert operation to finally take down Mendoza and save the city from his evil gang of thugs....

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05:26
Photoshop celebrates 25th anniversary today of app...

Adobe is today celebrating the 25th anniversary of Photoshop, which first launched as a Mac-only app on 19th February 1990.
What went on to become the industry standard image editing app started life in 1987, when John Knoll, a computer vision doctorate student at the University of Michigan, began developing it on his Mac Plus. Known then as Display, the app was designed to do nothing more than display grayscale images on the Macintosh’s black-and-white monitor. As Adobe showcases in the video below, the app has come rather a long way since then … 
Adobe says that it wanted to look back at where Photoshop came from before focusing during the rest of the year on where it will be...

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05:22
Samsung acquires LoopPay, looks to become an Apple...


It never hurts to be part of the payment infrastructure.
Only two months after rumors surfaced that Samsung was considering becoming an Apple Pay competitor, the South Korean conglomerate has reportedly acquired mobile payments startup LoopPay to bolster its efforts.
Samsung began talks with LoopPay in December to integrate the latter’s magnetic payment technology into next-generation Galaxy devices. That partnership has apparently turned into an acquisition, as noted by Re/code and the Wall Street Journal.

Acquiring LoopPay would give Samsung a ready-made Apple Pay competitor, albeit one not on equal footing. Apple Pay is based on special behind-the-scenes technology and works directly with credit card payment networks and banks, while LoopPay largely mimics normal credit card swipe functionality.
That could prove a problem for Samsung, as the U.S. is set to follow a...

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05:10
Apple Invents a New CarPlay/HomeKit Related iDevice...

Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a new system that will determine when a user has exited from a vehicle and automatically perform a series of tasks depending on the location that the user has exited. This invention will tie into future HomeKit and parking related applications.

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05:09
RBC says Apple could fund $65B+ annual capital...

Apple is set to announce an update to its capital return program in April, and investment firm RBC Capital Markets believes the company could return some $65 billion to investors annually, creating yet another reason to buy into the company's stock.

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05:03
Samsung acquires LoopPay, makes big move into mobile...

Samsung acquires LoopPay, which uses magnetic induction to mimic an existing credit card and is compatible with most existing merchant terminals. Is that enough to be a threat to Apple Pay? Samsung is betting it is.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:00
Azure Machine Learning Aims to Convert Data to...


Microsoft on Wednesday announced new data services running on its Azure cloud in what it has positioned as a bid to bring big data to the mainstream. Those services include the HDInsight Apache Hadoop-based service; Storm on HDInsight, which lets users use Hadoop and Storm to create distributed, real-time data processing solutions in Azure; and Azure Machine Learning, a managed cloud service for advanced analytics. Azure Machine Learning lets users build and deploy apps and conduct predictive analyses, among other things.

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04:41
Inbox by Gmail iOS app now has full iPad version,...

Inbox by Gmail, which Google appears to view as a replacement for the popular email client Sparrow, has been very quietly updated, notes TechCrunch, to include a native build for iPad. The app is currently only available in some countries (including the U.S.), and neither the App Store description nor What’s New entry mention the iPad build.
The app, which our hands-on last October described as “a marriage between Gmail and Google Now,” has tended to polarise views, some loving it, others hating it–with very few falling between the two … ...

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04:36
Monotype, Lippincott unveil curated ‘Brands With...

Monotype Imaging Holdings —a provider of typefaces, technology and expertise for creative applications and consumer devices — and Lippincott, a global branding firm, have introduced the Brands with Heart Collection.
The curated collection features a palette of typefaces selected for their distinct personalities and idiosyncratic tendencies as well as their ability to convey the humanistic elements of a brand’s persona. The collection was inspired by recent work completed by Lippincott and Monotype, while designing a new brand identity and custom typeface for Southwest Airlines.
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04:32
Home care/lawn care robotics market to reach $2.9...

The home care/lawn care robotics market will surpass US$2.9 billion by 2019, up from US$1.2 billion in 2014, according to a new study published by ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com). Approximately seven million robotic home care/lawn care products will be sold in 2019, up from 3.4 million in 2014, representing a CAGR [compound annual growth rate] of 15.6%, notes the research group.
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04:32
Home care/lawn care robotics market to reach $2.9...

The home care/lawn care robotics market will surpass US$2.9 billion by 2019, up from US$1.2 billion in 2014, according to a new study published by ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com). Approximately seven million robotic home care/lawn care products will be sold in 2019, up from 3.4 million in 2014, representing a CAGR [compound annual growth rate] of 15.6%, notes the research group.
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04:23
Lawsuit: Apple poaching auto engineers to build...

Is this evidence that points to Apple building some form of automotive hardware? Seems like it.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:05
Kool Tools: myNews for Mac OS X

AppGeneration's (http://appgeneration.com/) myNews for Mac OS X users lets you browse more than 5,000 online newspapers from 80 countries.
myNews also allows you to read the news on your native language without having to leave the app. Since it auto translates newspaper websites, it enables you to read a Chinese newspaper in Russian, an English tech magazine in Spanish or a Thai economic newspaper in French.
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04:03
SoftRAID 5.0.6 - High-quality RAID management. (Demo)

SoftRAID allows you to create and manage disk arrays to increase performance and reliability. SoftRAID's intuitive interface and powerful feature set make this utility a must-have for any Mac OS X Server admin, "Pro" user, photographer, digital-video editor, or desktop user who wants more reliable backup for his computer.Version 5.0.6: New Features

  • Support for RAID 4, 5 and 1+0 volumes. Macs can use any SoftRAID volume as a startup volume.
  • Complete support for high resolution displays.
  • Improved volume validation which will optionally fix parity or mirror data during the validation operation.
  • Improved error reporting.
  • Improved the predicted disk failure feature to provide more detailed information about how a disk is failing.
  • Up to 30% improvement in read/write performance for mirror volumes.
  • Numerous bug fixes in the SoftRAID application.
  • A SoftRAID status indicator which is always displayed in...

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03:30
Declutter your Camera Roll with these photo...

My worst iOS habit is hands-down my inability to keep my Camera Roll clean—I never go through it to delete my crappy selfies, random screenshots, or my 49 failed attempts at photographing Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland at nighttime. (Even worse: I back up everything, so those same terrible photos live in various places on my Mac, too.) It’s been an ongoing problem that I can’t quite seem to kick, though I think I may finally be onto something: the answer to de-cluttering my Camera Roll is to clutter up my home screen with more apps. These three photo management apps tackle photo clutter in different ways, and combining the three together into a weekly routine has, so far, started to make a dent in my never-ending pile of photos. To read this article in...

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03:53
Microsoft’s OneNote for iPad app gets handwriting,...

A day after Microsoft updated its OneNote for Mac app, adding OCR scanning of text within images, it has today updated its iPad app. OneNote for iPad gets the same OCR functionality, along with the ability to add handwritten notes–a feature previously available only on the Windows and Android versions of the tablet app.

As many of you have pointed out, one major feature that has been missing from OneNote for iPad is handwriting. With today’s update, you can pen notes. To get started, just tap the new Draw tab on the ribbon. Select a pen, marker, or highlighter and write, sketch or doodle until your heart’s content.

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03:32
Apple Sued by Advanced Lithium Battery Maker on...

A Delaware limited liability company by the name of A123 with a principal place of business in Michigan and offices in Middlesex County, Massachusetts is suing Apple on several counts including unfair competition, misappropriation of trade secrets and employee raiding.

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02:50
Alto's Adventure (Games)

Alto's Adventure 1.0.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes)

Description:
Above the placid ivory snow lies a sleepy mountain village, brimming with the promise of adventure.Join Alto and his friends as they embark on an endless snowboarding odyssey. Journey across the beautiful alpine hills of their native wilderness, through neighbouring villages, ancient woodlands, and long-abandoned ruins.Along the way you'll rescue runaway llamas, grind rooftops, leap over terrifying chasms and outwit the mountain elders – all while braving the ever changing elements and passage of time upon the mountain.Features:• Fluid, graceful and exhilarating physics-based gameplay• Procedurally generated terrain based on real-world snowboarding• Fully dynamic lighting and weather effects, including thunderstorms, blizzards, fog, rainbows, shooting stars, and more•...

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01:00
Handwriting in OneNote for iPad, and OCR Everywhere

People are more overwhelmed than ever by how much they need to remember on a daily basis. In fact, according to a 2013 survey commissioned by the Post-it brand, the average person forgets 4 important things every day, or 1460 things every year. That’s a lot of valuable information! The fact is, keeping track of everything so that it is where you want it, when you want it is still an unsolved problem for many.
OneNote can help you keep track of life and stay organized by making it easy to capture anything, enrich and organize it, and eventually recall it when and where you need it.
Today, we’re introducing two big improvements for capturing content into OneNote and enriching that content to make it easier to recall. First, we’ve added handwriting to OneNote for iPad. This has been a top requested feature, and is now available in OneNote ...

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00:28
Adobe Photoshop celebrates 25 years of image editing...

Adobe's Photoshop notched another milestone when it turned 25 years old on Thursday, marking a quarter century since the venerable software brought digital image editing to the masses as a Mac exclusive.

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Wednesday February 18

12:30
Despite Apple and Facebook's latest plays,...

Virtual reality is undeniably cool, but it’s going to take a lot more than that to make people shell out hundreds of dollars for VR headsets. This week, we saw a head-mounted display patent from Apple and heard more about Facebook’s plans for Oculus, both of which hint at the potential of VR headsets. But patents and apps, as intriguing as they are, aren’t proof that virtual reality is anywhere near ready for mass adoption.Apple explores headsets

Apple has been testing the waters of virtual reality for years, if a recently granted VR headset patent is any indication. The company submitted an application back in 2008 for a patent covering a headset with a slot for an iPhone or iPod. The iOS device slides into the headset and provides video, much like Samsung’s...

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15:09
App Invasion: Get rid of your old iPhone screenshots...

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20:59
TeamViewer 10.0.38979 - Establish remote connections...

TeamViewer gives you remote control of any computer or Mac over the Internet within seconds, or can be used for online meetings. Find out why more than 200 million users trust TeamViewer! Free for non-commercial users. Licensing terms for business users can be found here.Version 10.0.38979:

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

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20:40
AERENA - Masters Edition (Games)

AERENA - Masters Edition 2.12.16885
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $4.99, Version: 2.12.16885 (iTunes)

Description:
Assemble your team of Champions and face-off against your opponents in the game that redefines turn-based tactical combat. AERENA - Masters Edition provides the ultimate experience for the Aerena Players. No Ads! No tedious grind and no limits! Fast paced but deep gameplay in a unique AEtherpunk setting! Get this premium version of the highly acclaimed game and rise up the ranks to become an Aethermaster! . Nominated at the International Mobile Gaming Awards 20159.0/10 Gamezone.com8.8/10 Appszoom.com4.5/5 onrpg.com10/10 Techdtudo8/10 Gamingnexus.comThe optional micro transactions only unlock Skins for Ships and Champions.Set in a unique Ætherpunk world in which powerful masters and their champions fight it out for control of valuable Æther,...

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20:07
The Artful Dodge

From a 20 June 2014 story by WSJ reporter Daisuke Wakabayashi:

Apple is planning multiple versions of a smartwatch — dubbed the
iWatch in the media — later this year, according to people
familiar with the matter.

So far so good.

The devices will include more than 10 sensors to track and monitor
health and fitness data, these people said. Taiwanese manufacturer
Quanta Computer Inc. is expected to start producing the devices in
two to three months, they said.

Not so good. Production did not start in September, not even close. And Apple’s website lists only two sensors for health and fitness tracking: the accelerometer and a heart rate sensor.

Yesterday, Wakabayashi...

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19:49
Southwest Airlines app for iOS updated with Passbook...


Southwest Airlines has updated its mobile app with support for Apple’s Passbook, allowing users to quickly access their boarding passes from the lock screen when boarding a flight. The Passbook card also presents critical information about a passenger’s flight, including departure time and gate, and flight number.
The new version of the app also includes fixes for issues reported by users. It’s available now from the App Store for free.Filed under: Apps...

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19:30
Steve's on the British Tech Network Mac Show

You'll have to listen to the podcast to figure out the episode title... 

The last nine days have been a whirl, with all of the team here at Apple World Today recording podcasts to get the word out about the site. Last Friday, it was the British Tech Network Mac Show hosted by Ewen Rankin.

In this episode of the show, titled "These are not the shrimp you're looking for," I provide a bit of background about the TUAW shutdown and how Apple World Today came to be. Fellow guests Bryan Chaffin and everybody's fun-sized podcaster Kelly Guimont provide a lot of info and laughs... as well as the title to this episode. Many thanks to Ewen for the invitation, and I'm still hoping to make it to the British Tech Bash on July 4th if we somehow make our Patreon goal by then...

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17:27
Apple Watch Makes U.S. Magazine Cover Debut In...

Back in October, the Apple Watch made its magazine cover debut with Vogue China, on the wrist of Chinese model Liu Wen. Now, as Apple prepares to launch the Apple Watch in April, the device is seeing its U.S. magazine cover debut, featured in the March issue of Self magazine (via AppleInsider). Model and Victoria's Secret Angel Candice Swanepoel will be wearing the Apple Watch Sport with a white fluoroelastomer band on the cover of the magazine. Self also has more in-depth coverage on the device, highlighting its accelerometer, heart rate sensor, GPS and WiFi in print and in photos...

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16:55
Apple poached battery manufacturer employees for own...

A new lawsuit filed in early February claims Apple poached workers with proprietary information vital to battery manufacturer A123 Systems' operations in an attempt to build out its own competing battery division in California.

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16:45
Apple Watch makes its U.S. cover debut courtesy of...

It’s been a few months since the Apple Watch was featured on the cover of Vogue China, but now the upcoming gadget is finally making its debut on the cover of a U.S. magazine this month. Self Magazine announced today that its March issue will feature cover model Candice Swanepoel wearing Apple’s unreleased smartwatch.
Swanepoel’s Apple Watch of choice appears to be the low-end Sport model with the white sport band.

From Self:
Considering Swanepoel’s athletic prowess, it was an ideal accessory for her sporty cover shoot. She...

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16:21
Apple Facing Lawsuit for Poaching Key Battery...

Amid rumors that Apple is hiring employees for a secret car project, the company is today facing a new lawsuit for poaching employees from battery manufacturing company A123 Systems. While the specific battery expertise of many of the employees is unknown, at least one of the employees had experience with developing battery technology for electric vehicles. According to a lawsuit shared by Law360 (via 9to5Mac) Apple recently hired five employees from A123 Systems to create a "large scale battery division," violating noncompete agreements that employees signed with the latter company. A123 filed suit Feb. 6 in Massachusetts Superior...

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16:13
High-res photos reveal mysterious Apple van's...

A pair of high-resolution photographs acquired by AppleInsider on Wednesday show close-up views of a van thought to be part of a secret Apple initiative, including a highly detailed look at what are believed to be GPS, camera and other roof-mounted instrumentation.

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15:22
Apple reportedly poached employees from A123 Systems...

Apple has poached five key engineers from A123 Systems to work in a new battery division at the Cupertino technology company, with some hires possibly going as far back as June, a new report claims. The battery maker claims that these hires violated agreements it had in place to prevent them from joining competing companies.
The employees the report refers to are Don Dafoe, Michael Erickson, Indrajeet Thorat, Mujeeb Ijaz, and Depeng Wang. Three of these workers—Erickson, Thorat, and Wang—were PhD project heads working on new battery technology. Ijaz headed up the System Venture Technologies Division, which oversaw work by all four of the others.

After these employees left the company, A123 has...

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15:01
Patently Apple Wishes our Fans in China a Happy New...

Patently Apple would like to thank our many fans in China a Happy New Year! This is the year of the Goat.

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14:54
Apple Watch makes US magazine cover debut with model...

Supermodel Candice Swanepoel, best known for her work as a Victoria's Secret Angel, will be the first woman to don the upcoming Apple Watch in a U.S. magazine cover shoot with the March issue of women's lifestyle magazine SELF, suggesting Apple is quickly expanding marketing efforts beyond fashion and into fitness tracking.

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14:34
Save 50% in Take Control’s February Book Sale

Through 25 February 2015, you can save 50% on the entire Take Control catalog of ebooks. It’s a great opportunity to pick up titles that you’ve been wanting to read or that might be useful to have on your virtual shelf for reference. As always, all ebooks are DRM-free and available in PDF, EPUB, and Kindle formats. 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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14:30
Bandai Crazy Case presents: Back to the Future Part...

Why are you holding a glowing car up to your ear?

It's 2015, which means that pretty soon Marty McFly should be showing up somewhere in Hill Valley, California in the DeLorean time machine car built by Dr. Emmett Brown. Of course, that's all fictional fun from the Back to the Future trilogy, but apparently nobody told the folks at Bandai Crazy Case. They're now taking pre-orders for this ¥5,940 ($50.00) iPhone 6 case modeled on the iconic DeLorean-based time machine

At the risk of looking like a total (in the words of Biff Tannen) butthead, you can own this unique case for your iPhone 6. One wheel slides out to reveal the iPhone's camera, although it looks like the flash is still covered. Panels on the side of the car open for insertion and removal of your phone, and ... wait for it ... it has cool...

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13:58
Samsung Acquires LoopPay to breathe new Life into...

In December we posted a report titled "Confused Samsung Looking for an Apple Pay Equivalent." We noted in that report that copycat Samsung was racing to integrate PayPal into their next Gear smartwatch so that they could match the Apple Watch's use of Apple Pay. A new rumor...

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13:56
News: Apple releases iTunes 12.1.1 update for Windows

In a rare move, Apple has released an iTunes 12.1.1 update specifically for Windows users only, with fixes related to direct synchronization with Outlook and iOS devices. The update also addresses an audio playback glitch, and the release notes also indicate that the update “improves compatibility with screen readers.” The update should appear via the normal software update mechanism, however it is also available for download directly…

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13:45
Ask iLounge: How do I make my camera LED flash when...

Q: I was at a coffee shop the other day and saw the coolest thing that I didn’t think you could do with an iPhone. This guy had his iPhone down on the table, and somebody called and the camera light started flashing. I’m positive it was an iPhone he was using, but I didn’t know that the iPhone could do that, and I can’t find a setting anywhere for it. Is it an app? I’ve found stuff on the App Store that lets me strobe…

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13:43
Apple releases iTunes 12.1.1 update for Windows w/...

After releasing iTunes 12.1 in January adding a Notification Center widget for OS X Yosemite users on the Mac, Apple has released a minor update to iTunes 12.1 specifically for Windows users.
According to the release notes, iTunes 12.1.1 addresses an issue that caused audio playback to glitch while also improving syncing between Outlook and iPhones and iPads. Apple also says the update “improves compatibility with screen readers.”
The latest version is rolling out now so iTunes users on Windows should be able to update soon.Filed under: Apps Tagged: iTunes, iTunes 12, Windows ...

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13:10
Apple's new West Lake store in Hangzhou, China...







China is Apple's fastest growing market, and the company has been busy building new Apple Stores in order to meet demand for its products. The latest store, designed in part by Apple's favored architectural company Foster + Partners, is located in Hangzhou, China's West Lake shopping center and is absolutely stunning.

Featuring a 15-metre (49.2 feet) tall glass facade at the front of the store, the West Lake Apple Store is also notable for a "floating" glass staircase up to a second floor. And it's not just any old second floor -- the structure is cantilevered and appears to be floating in mid-air, built with an extremely...

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13:10
Samsung acquires LoopPay, gears up to take on Apple...

Just over two months after word first broke that Samsung was considering an Apple Pay competitor, the South Korean conglomerate has reportedly acquired mobile payments startup LoopPay to bolster its efforts.

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13:01
Samsung Acquires Apple Pay Rival LoopPay

Samsung today announced plans to purchase LoopPay, in an effort to compete with Apple's Apple Pay payments service. The two companies were in previously talks over a potential partnership in December for a payment system that would rival Apple Pay. LoopPay's technology stores payment information from a credit or debit card's magnetic stripe, transmitting payment details to card readers in lieu of a physical card. Because it works over a magnetic field, LoopPay is compatible with 90 percent of existing card readers and does not require merchants to support NFC as Apple Pay does. Currently, LoopPay works through an app and a standalone hardware device (a case is one of the company's most popular LoopPay offerings), but...

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13:00
Samsung acquires Apple Pay competitor LoopPay to...

From 9to5Google: 

Samsung announced in a press release this evening that it has purchased LoopPay, an Apple Pay-like mobile payment company. LoopPay turns existing magnetic stripe card readers into secure, contactless receivers. This means that, in an ideal world, LoopPay would be available in nearly every retailer that accepts magnetic strip cards. A specific acquisition price is unclear at this point.

As part of the deal, however, LoopPay founders and veteran payment industry experts Will Graylin and George Wallner will join Samsung and work closely with the company’s mobile division. The deal was rumored back in December and at the time, Re/code claimed...

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12:42
Designing for the wrist

That may be why I’ve been getting a lot of questions from developers and designers regarding what I’d like to see from Apple Watch apps. After thinking about it for a good long while, the list turns out to be pretty straightforward.Rene Ritchie has a good list of things to look out for when designing for the wrist. Like Rene, I’ve been getting a lot of questions on this too. We’re in for some interesting times.∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:23
NBC for iOS gains live streaming as Kayak, Snapchat...

A number of major iOS downloads saw updates on Wednesday, including the official NBC app, which now offers live streaming in select market. In addition, Kayak has gained a new "Hotel for Tonight" feature, Snapchat has added the ability to take a snap while listen to music, and Yelp now offers review translations for iPad.

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12:16
Review: CM4 Q Card Case for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6...

CM4's Q Card Case ($40), a wallet case, has returned again for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. As in the past, Q Card Case is a soft rubber case with a built-in faux leather wallet on the back, made to hold up to three cards and cash. The iPhone 6 Plus version of the case adds a slot that works as a kickstand when a card is inserted. Volume controls and the sleep/wake button are both covered by the case. Q Card Case comes with screen film and cleaning cloth. A limited edition brown genuine leather edition costs $60.{/exp:char_limit}

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12:15
Daily Deals for February 18, 2015, featuring Simon 4...

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's Daily Deals

Simon 4.0 [OS X; On sale for $49.00, down from $99.00] AppleWorld.Today is pleased to offer an exclusive deal on Simon 4.0 by Dejal Systems. Simon is a robust site monitoring tool for OS X that checks servers for changes or failures and notifies you when a change is detected. The app sends a notification via email, sound, speech, Twitter, or a variety of other means.

The native Mac utility can be used to monitor both your own website and servers as well as external sites. You can use it to track your...

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