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Tuesday April 7

10:27
DE:Flicker released with GPU support for Final Cut...

RE:Vision Effects (www.revisionfx.com) has announced DE:Flicker for Apple Final Cut Pro and Motion; the company has also added GPU support to the already-released version of DE:Flicker for Adobe After Effects. 
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10:16
Recommended Reading: 'Consciously Connecting...

"Consciously Connecting," a new book from Balboa Press, a division of Hay House, aids those too connected to technology with insight on “How to Reconnect in a Disconnected World” to themselves and others without the use of computer screens, keyboards or cell phones. 
As a step-by-step guide, "Consciously Connecting" engages readers in a weekly plan of action to unlock the secrets of reconnecting to the "real" world despite today’s easily accessible, digital communication devices, recommending:
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10:09
Digital-Tutors releases new 'Introduction to...

Digital Tutors (Digital-Tutors.com), a Pluralsight company and provider of an e-learning resource, has released an "Introduction to Unity" tutorial.
The new Unity training includes over four hours and 30 minutes of training content that teaches the viewer how to create a game that they can share with others. Aspects of using Unity 5 are covered including interface comprehension, project creation, character set-up and the development of materials, terrains, and characters.
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10:01
Sonnet announces Fusion PCI Flash Drive

Sonnet (www.sonnettech.com) has announced the Fusion PCIe Flash Drive, a rugged, pocket-size solid-state drive (SSD) storage device with 256GB or 512GB storage capacity — and the newest member of Sonnet's growing family of Thunderbolt 2 technology products.
The Sonnet flash drive serves as an alternative to USB thumb drives and portable SATA-based hard disk drive and SSD storage products. It connects to a compatible Mac or Windows computer, or at the end of a Thunderbolt device daisy chain, via an attached 0.5-meter Thunderbolt cable. 
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09:37
∞ HBO NOW is live

First announced during the Apple Watch event in March, HBO NOW is available to Apple customers today. You can sign-up using your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch or directly on Apple TV.HBO is offering a 30-day trial to new HBO NOW customers who sign-up through Apple. You can learn more about the programming available by visiting Apple’s HBO NOW channel.

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09:29
Roku Offers Shiny New Streamers


Roku on Monday unveiled its new Roku 3 and an updated Roku 2. The Roku 3 brings voice search and private listening via a headphone jack on the remote control. The Roku 2 received a buff so that its speed falls in line with the company's latest flagship streamer. Roku's share of the streaming hardware market fell from about 48 percent in 2013 to about 27 percent last year, according to Parks Associates. While Roku's share of the market has shrunk over the last few years, the sector has grown immensely.

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09:04
HBO NOW service, app rolls out for Apple TV, iOS...



Amidst the slew of quiet content updates to the Apple TV, the HBO NOW channel is now one of them. The channel has also released its app for the iPhone and iPad, which can stream all of HBO’s past and present original content while the standalone streaming service costs $14.99 per month, with customers receiving the first month free if they sign up in April.
The HBO NOW app and service now divides its content into assorted categories such as a watch list, series and movies. The app also includes a search engine and settings menu and the Apple TV channel itself should surface today alongside the app.

For customers using the HBO NOW app, content can be streamed to an iPhone or iPad...

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08:55
HBO Now launches on Apple TV and Cablevision’s...


After years of speculation and months of planning, HBO Now is finally live. The subscription service is offering a 30-day free trial, and after that it costs $14.99 per month—no cable subscription required. For now, HBO Now is only available on Apple's second- and third-generation Apple TV hardware, as well as over Cablevision's Optimum Internet service, which serves the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut areas.
The launch was expected to happen before the...

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08:23
News: ‘Star Wars’ movies available on iTunes April 10

Add the release of the “Star Wars” movie series on iTunes to the list of big things happening for Apple on April 10. A TV ad from Disney and tweets from iTunes confirm SD and HD versions of all six “Star Wars” movies with hours of new bonus extras are available for pre-order in iTunes at $20 each. Reactions on Twitter were mixed, with many complaining that there’s no bundle discount for buying all 6 movies when fans have…

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08:09
Apple developers getting hands-on Watch time

Maximize your personal productivity by working with limited time under intense supervision deep inside a secret location. 

Apple has been given hands-on Watch time to select app developers, at the rate of about 20 per day. The Financial Times reports that the developers work under surveillance and are required to cover their phone cameras while in the facility.  

Our take on the news:

Developing for the Watch must provide unique challenges to developers, and allowing some hands-on time gives select developers a chance to get top-notch apps ready for day one. Also, Apple's security prevents images of the testing lab itself from leaking, and prevents competitors from getting any information other than what Apple has already shared between now and launch day. 

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08:08
Apple Watch reservations to be limited to one unit...



It’s one Apple Watch reservation at a time for in-store pickup, ladies and gentlemen.
Sources have confirmed that customers will be limited to one Apple Watch each through Apple’s Reserve and Pickup service. Customers in the United States and other launch countries will have to present a valid government-issued photo ID upon pickup. Apple has also stated that surrogate pickups won’t be permitted and only the person whose name is on the reservation will be allowed to pick up the Apple Watch.

Per Apple:
Inventory is subject to change. Your reservation is valid for pickup only at the Apple Retail Store that you selected. If you do not pick...

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08:04
About AirPrint

AirPrint is an Apple technology that helps you create full-quality printed output without the need to download or install drivers.

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07:41
1Password 5.3 for OS X released, includes slew of...



Arguably the best password protector/security application for OS X just got better.
On Monday, AgileBits released version 5.3 of its 1Password application for OS X. The new version, a 36.5 megabyte download, includes a massive list of fixes and changes including time-based one-time passwords for two-step verification, new language translations, bug fixes, core improvements and the like.

Version 5.3, dubbed the “Bionic Edition”, is available for US$49.99 and requires OS X 10.10 or later to install and run.
Check it out if you have a chance, and be sure to take a look at the massive change log for version 5.3, which includes some meaty improvements...

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07:27
Entire Star Wars film series to hit iTunes on Friday...



It won’t just be the Apple Watch that comes out this Friday, April 10th.
Walt Disney on Monday announced a completely digital re-release of the venerable Star Wars series, which will launch as a collection of all six episodes on April 10 through Apple’s iTunes and other outlets.
From Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace to Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, each installment comes with bonus content and will be made available for download on Apple’s mobile devices.
The collection will include bonus material, including never-before-released conversations between the artists behind the movies.

Along with an announcement on the official Star Wars...

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07:27
Mac: Grovemade Laptop Stand

Despite the shiny, high-tech look of Apple’s MacBooks, natural and wood-finished products still remain popular choices for accenting one’s work environment, helping to create a more eclectic look. Grovemade’s Laptop Stand ($120) joins the company’s collection of handcrafted wooden accessories. Crafted from multiple molded sheets of wood veneer, the stand provides a graceful curve that raises your MacBook screen for ergonomics while providing room beneath for expanded space on your desk — a great place to keep your MacBook accessories out the way.

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07:24
News: Regulators scrutinizing Apple’s streaming...

Apple’s upcoming subscription music streaming service is facing new scrutiny from federal regulators, the New York Post reports. Sources confirm the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice are holding talks with music industry executives to see if Apple’s attempts to undercut streaming music competitors violate any antitrust laws. European regulators are conducting a similar investigation. Jimmy Iovine, Apple’s executive…

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07:16
HBO Now streaming subscription channel launches on...

HBO's cable-free subscription service, HBO Now, launched with a free trial on the Tuesday with a new dedicated Apple TV channel and an app on the iOS App Store , ahead of this Sunday's hotly anticipated premiere of "Game of Thrones."

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07:15
Grovemade introduces beautiful wood Laptop Stand

GROVEMADE LAPTOP STAND

Recently, a number of accessory manufacturers have put their focus towards Apple's laptops and created some innovative stands on which to place MacBooks for better desktop viewing. Today, Grovemade announced a stunning Laptop Stand (US$119). 

The Laptop Stand is handcrafted of walnut or maple veneer, with a leather-lined aluminum stop at the front to keep your MacBook and other devices from sliding off. As with Grovemade's other accessories, the Laptop Stand is stylish and unique. It's perfect for those who may want to use an external Bluetooth keyboard and mouse or trackpad on a desk and move the MacBook to a more ergonomic position.

The Laptop Stand is available today; we'll be reviewing this accessory in the near future.

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06:45
Intel to mask billion-dollar mobile losses with new...

With its troubled mobile chip unit hemorrhaging cash -- thanks in part to Apple's domination of the smartphone and tablet markets -- Intel this week announced that it would no longer report mobile earnings as a separate line item, instead choosing to lump them in with its money-minting PC business.

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05:56
If you can't unlock the Security & Privacy...

You can't use admin accounts with blank passwords to unlock the Security & Privacy pane of System Preferences.

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05:56
Researchers build aluminum battery that can be...

Promising battery tech from Stanford. Aluminium!∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:53
LaCie doubles capacity of Rugged Thunderbolt SSD

LaCie (www.lacie.com) has announced that its Rugged Thunderbolt storage solution will be available in a 1TB SSD capacity.
With double the storage, the new LaCie Rugged is just as portable with no size or weight increase compared to the 500GB offering. Plus, it still features the lightning–fast transfer rates of Thunderbolt and is tough in the field with shock, dust and water resistance, according to Erwan Girard, Business Unit manager for LaCie.
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05:46
Apple Watch developers making daily visits to Apple...

Developers can’t get their hands on their own Apple Watch for testing, so the lucky ones are getting brief visits to the secret underground (not really) Apple Watch lair.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:36
Apple Pay picks up 39 new banks, credit unions in...

Apple on Tuesday added 39 more banks and credit unions to the roster of institutions offering support for Apple Pay, bringing the total to more than 180 since the service's launch in October 2014.

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05:18
Tim Cook: Apple employees get 50% discount on Apple...

In a memo to employees, Tim Cook lays out the benefit. Not just the US. In every country they sell Apple Watch.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:18
Angela Ahrendts to change Apple product launches

"The days of waiting in line and crossing fingers for a product are over for our customers."

Those are the words of Apple's retail chief Angela Ahrendts. In an internal memo acquired by Business Insider, Ahrendts asks retail employees to steer customers away from brick-and-motar stores for the Watch launch by encouraging them to order online:

"The Apple Store app and our online store make it much easier to purchase Apple Watch and the new MacBook. Customers will know exactly when and where their product arrives.

This is a significant change in mindset, and we need your help to make it happen. Tell your customers we have more availability online, and show them how easy it is to order. You'll make their day."

Our take on the news:

For years, Apple has enjoyed a boost in visibility as customers...

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05:10
Samsung Profits Crash Again Despite the Press Trying...

Wow, do the press love Samsung or what? Samsung announced today that their first quarter will come in with profits down again at 31 percent ...

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05:09
Use Mail Connection Doctor

Mail Connection Doctor can help explain why the Mail app isn't sending or receiving email on your Mac.

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04:55
Entire Star Wars saga headed to iTunes this Friday

The entire collection is available for preorder now. Choose carefully, Padawan.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:33
iWatermark Pro 1.63 - Easily add watermarks to art,...

iWatermark Pro - The Essential watermarking app for professionals, business and personal use. iWatermark, is the No. 1 and only watermarking tool available for all 4 platforms iPhone/iPad, Mac, Android and Windows. iWatermark is the most popular professional watermarking tool for photos. Easily, secure and protect your photos with a text, graphic, signature or QR watermark. Once added to a photo this visible watermark displays it is created and owned by you. Features

  • Works with Lightroom, Photoshop, Picasa, ACDSee, iPhoto, Aperture and other photo organizers
  • Batch processing or sequential
  • Input/Output to all major file types JPEG, TIFF, PNG, RAW, etc.
  • Create text, graphic, or QR watermarks
  • Adjust opacity, font, color, border, scale, rotation, shadow, special effects, etc.
  • Use metadata (GPS, Exif, XMP) as watermarks
  • Design, edit and manage a library of watermarks
  • Export watermarks and use in...

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04:28
The Chinese Prepare to Burn Banknotes from Hell and...

Every once and a while a strange story pops up that I just can't pass on posting. Today we're learning that people in China ...

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04:04
Apple Granted 41 Patents Today Covering an Apple...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 41 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover one of Apple's retail store related systems for authenticating different levels of security ...

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04:00
Parsix 7 Morphs GNOME Into a Better Desktop


Linux GNOME desktop distros are a dime a dozen. What makes Parsix a shinier dime than many of the others is how the tweaking of the GNOME desktop makes this distro such a pleasure to use. Dubbed Nestor, Parsix 7 is wrapped around Debian GNU/Linux Wheezy 7.0. The project's goal is to provide a ready-to-use and easy-to-install operating system based on Debian's testing branch and the latest stable release of the GNOME desktop environment. The Parsix distro meets that goal -- and goes even beyond.

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03:53
Angela Ahrendts: 'The Days of Waiting in Line...

Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts has issued an internal memo to retail employees that encourages store staff to direct customers to the Apple Online Store to purchase the Apple Watch and new MacBook, according to Business Insider. Ahrendts says that this is "a significant change in mindset" for Apple, noting that the long lines that typically form on Apple product launch days "are over" at retail stores."Get in line online The days of waiting in line and crossing fingers for a product are over for our customers. The Apple Store app and our online store make it much easier to purchase Apple Watch and the new MacBook. Customers will know exactly when and where their product arrives. This is a significant change in mindset, and we need your help to make it happen. Tell your customers we have more availability online,...

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03:22
Smartphones fuel biometrics to $3.1 billion

ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com) forecasts US$3.1 billion global revenues in 2015 for biometrics in the consumer and enterprise sectors with much of the growth coming from smartphone solutions.
Existing smartphone hardware provides a relatively stable foothold for some authentication modalities but rapid advances in the biometrics field will drive further smartphone hardware upgrades. Meanwhile, pioneering algorithm design and cloud computing services are transforming user authentication.
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03:11
Kool Tools: Fantastical 2 for Mac OS X

Flexibits has introduced Fantastical 2 (http://flexibits.com/fantastical), an update of the OS X calendar app.
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03:06
Apple Granted a Design Patent for their "Glass...

In December we posted a report titled "Apple's "Glass Lantern" Store in Istanbul Turkey Wins Top Structural Award for ..."

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03:02
Doxie 2.8.1 - Scan, share, and store documents,...

Introducing Doxie, the new, modern paper scanner that's so simple, it'll revolutionize the way you think about sharing and storing docs and photos forever. Doxie is ultra-portable, fully automatic, and integrated with your favorite desktop and Web apps - ready to scan and share all of your paper for just $149! Doxie scans all of your documents, photos, and receipts, then makes it easy to store and share - so amazing, useful, and affordable, it's love at first scan. The PPC version (1.4) is available here, as well as from the secondary link under the Download link above.Version 2.8.1:

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

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02:27
1Password 5.3 - Powerful password manager;...

1Password is a password manager that uniquely brings you both security and convenience. It is the only program that provides anti-phishing protection and goes beyond password management by adding Web form filling and automatic strong password generation. Your confidential information, including passwords, identities, and credit cards, is kept secure using strong encryption. 1Password fully supports major Web browsers, including Safari, Firefox, Chrome, and Opera. All browser extensions share the same encrypted data which means you never need to manually copy your passwords between browsers or from the password manager to a browser ever again! 1Password has received numerous awards, including 5 mice from Macworld magazine, MacLife Editors pick, and was the Pick of Week on MacBreak Weekly by both Leo Laporte and Merlin Mann. 1Password is also available for and syncs with Windows, iOS, and Android.Version 5.3: New

  • Added TOTP!
  • Re-designed Brain is...

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01:50
Apple Granted a Patent that will allow Hand Signals...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 41 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular granted patent report we cover one of Apple's acquired patents from Primesense. The patent covers a Kinect-like device that creates 3D depth maps of a human hand.

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01:34
iOS: Unable to import photos to computer

Your computer does not recognize an attached iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch as a camera, preventing you from importing photos to your computer. The steps below may resolve the issue.

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00:07
OS X Mavericks: Using advanced Active Directory...

A configuration profile can be used to configure OS X to join an Active Directory (AD) domain.

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00:00
Support Corner webcast— supporting common scenarios...

Join us Tuesday, April 14th at 9 a.m. PT/12 p.m. ET to learn the basics of OneDrive for Business, including using and updating the sync app, working with the OneDrive for Business site and common troubleshooting scenarios.
To add the webcast to your calendar, visit Office 365| Summit Events.
Presenters
Rory Lenertz is a technical readiness engineer focusing on SharePoint Online. Rory has been working with SharePoint Online for over four years with an emphasis on Knowledge Base articles and support readiness materials.
Brian Bishop is a technical readiness engineer. He’s worked for Microsoft since 2006 as a support engineer and content creator. His current focus is building SharePoint readiness training and documentation.
For more information on future Office 365 support webcasts, visit the...

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Monday April 6

23:59
LG may have just outed an 8K iMac

Apple's suppliers take a $50 million blood oath on new model secrecy, but it looks like someone from LG didn't get that memo. In a press release explaining why 4K is now passé (really?), the company's display division inadvertently leaked an iMac wit...

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23:02
Twitter now quotes tweets without wasting text

If you've previously tried to quote tweets in the official Twitter app, you know how painful it was -- all it did was throw quotation marks around the post, giving you little space to add your own color commentary. At last, though, it's working the w...

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22:16
Turning the Arduino Uno Into an Apple ][

An anonymous reader writes: To demonstrate how powerful modern computers are compared to their forebears, engineer Damian Peckett decided to approximate an Apple ][ with an Arduino Uno. In this post, he explains how he did it, from emulating the 6502 processor to reinventing how characters were displayed on the screen. "The Apple II used a novel approach for video generation, at the time most microcomputers used an interlaced frame buffer where adjacent rows were not stored sequentially in memory. This made it easier to generate interlaced video. The Apple II took this approach one step further, using an 8:1 interlacing scheme. This had the first line followed by the ninth line. This approach allowed Steve Wozniak to avoid read/write collisions with the video memory without additional circuitry. A very smart hack!" Peckett includes code implementations and circuit diagrams.
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22:05
Default Folder X 4.7 - Enhances Open and Save...

Default Folder X attaches a toolbar to the right side of the Open and Save dialogs in any OS X-native application. The toolbar gives you fast access to various folders and commands. You just click on the buttons to go to your favorite and recently used folders, manage the folders and files shown in the list, and make changes to your settings. It also fixes a number of problems in Open and Save dialogs, "rebounding" to the last selected file, putting the path listing back in the top menu, and correcting bugs in scrolling column views. Features:

  • Directory assistant: You can access the contents of your recent, favorite, and open folders right from Default Folder X's toolbar.
  • Real time saving: If you're constantly saving things inside the same folder, Default Folder X can remember that folder for you.
  • Finder management: Default Folder X lets you open up or save to any Finder window with a...

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21:30
Futuristic 'SuperTruck' doubles the MPG of...

The EPA estimates that motor vehicles contribute about half of America's smog-forming volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxide emissions every year. And given that the average fuel efficiency of your average 18-wheeler only hits about 6 miles pe...

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21:08
Apple Pay participating issuers

Apple Pay works with most of the major credit and debit cards from the top U.S. banks. Just add your participating cards and continue to get all the rewards, benefits, and security of your cards.

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19:59
GraphicConverter 9.6.1 - Graphics editor with...

GraphicConverter is an all-purpose image-editing program that can import 200 different graphic-based formats, edit the image, and export it to any of 80 available file formats. The high-end editing tools are perfect for graphic manipulation as well as the ability to use Photoshop-compatible plug-ins. It offers batch-conversion capabilities, a slide-show window, and so much more.Version 9.6.1: New features

  • added option to disable selection rotation handle
  • added option to use standard folder icon as background for new folder icon

Updates features

  • rename by exif date supports now PCD metadata date
  • improved HPGL import
  • added option to disable tool tips inside image
  • increased JPEG special file size limit to 8192KB

Bug fixes

  • fixed exception during "New Image from Selection" context menu entry
  • fixed a bug during smart crop of large files
  • fixed a bug...

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19:44
Daily Roundup: Hacking in television, PlayStation...

Catch up on all of today's top stories in the Daily Roundup. Find out if the hacking portrayed in prime-time television is realistic, read about PlayStation Home shutting down and get the details on Intel's PC on a stick. Head past the break to read ...

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19:05
Entire Star Wars saga headed to iTunes this Friday...

Disney announced today that the entire Star Wars saga will finally be available for digital HD download later this week, marking the first time ever that the films have been offered in this format.
As confirmed in the TV spot above and the iTunes tweet below, the entire collection will be available to purchase from the iTunes Store this Friday. Pre-orders are already up and running, with each movie coming in at $19.99 for both SD and HD versions.

It’s on!
All the @starwars movies in one place.
#StarWarsOniTunes
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04:00
Freemium Field Test: Fast & Furious: Legacy...

Free-to-play games often look appealing, but it’s difficult to know at a glance whether the business model is insidious and fun ruining, or reasonable and worth pumping a few bucks into. With Freemium Field Test, we’ll take a recent free-to-play iOS game, put it through its paces, and let you know if it’s really worth your time (and money).
If you’re one of the millions of people that flocked to see Furious 7 this weekend, you might be eager to relive some of the big-screen thrills on your iPhone or iPad—and Fast & Furious: Legacy is ready and waiting for you. Here’s the bad news: It’s a free-to-play game that features multiple currency systems, timers that force you to wait for arbitrary reasons, and fair bit of grinding needed to unlock faster cars and later content....

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18:56
Apple Watch pops up on wrist of Pharrell Williams...

As Apple Watch edges closer to release, it appears Apple is releasing sample units to high profile personalities, with Pharrell Williams being among the first.

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18:37
You can (legally) download the 'Star Wars...

While the world waits for the next entries in the Star Wars saga (Episode VII on December 18th, followed by the Rogue One spinoff next year and Episode VIII in 2017), Disney, Fox and Lucasfilm have finally worked it out so you can buy the movies as d...

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17:33
Pharrell shows off Apple Watch on The Voice as Tim...


Last week we noticed that Apple had started seeding Apple Watch review units to the media, and this evening the device is getting more promotion. On popular TV show “The Voice,” coach Pharrell Williams can clearly be seen wearing the Apple Watch. Likewise, Apple CEO Tim Cook is attending the NCCA national championship game with the Apple Watch clearly strapped on his wrist.

Tim Cook appears to be wearing the stainless steel Apple Watch with a white sport band, while Pharrell appears to have on...

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17:26
Judge says you can serve divorce papers through...

How do you end a marriage to someone who's purposefully avoiding your divorce papers? Try Facebook. A Manhattan Supreme Court judge has ruled that a New York woman can serve her divorce summons by messaging her soon to be ex-husband on Facebook. He'l...

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16:14
Twitter unveils revamped ‘quote tweet’ functionality...


Twitter this evening has announced a change to the “quote tweet” functionality of its service. With an update that’s rolling out to iPhone and web users today, using the quote tweet feature will now embed the actual tweet instead of simply quoting it as text.

This new quote functionality allows users to add 116 characters worth of a comment to any tweet, no matter how many characters the original tweet contained. One of the biggest complaints about the previous way quote retweets were handled was that users barely had any characters left to add a comment, which defeated the...

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16:06
What's on your HDTV: 'Game of Thrones...

March is over, and in a few hours March Madness will be too. As the NCAA Men's basketball tournament wraps up -- as well as the first season Better Call Saul -- we're eyeing another championship series with intrigue and plenty at stake: HBO's Game of...

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15:20
Bill Gates’ letter to employees on Microsoft’s 40th...

Good letter. Much better than the drivel Ballmer wrote.∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:16
Apple reportedly acquired search startup Ottocat in...



Apple often acquires small startup companies very quietly and without any formal announcement to bolster its own services, and a new report from TechCrunch claims that the company acquired Ottocat in late-2013. Ottocat was a startup that focused on developing a system to organize and discover apps based on increasingly specific subcategories. Apple currently uses this technology to power the “Explore” tab in the App Store, as seen above.
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15:14
Use Control Center on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod...

Control Center gives you quick access to commonly used settings and apps from anywhere in iOS—including the Lock screen.

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15:01
EE to launch its seamless WiFi calling feature on...

EE's been talking about adding WiFi calling to its list of customer conveniences since last summer, and though slightly delayed, the feature is now ready for prime time. Well, almost, as WiFi calling will officially launch on April 10th, coinciding w...

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14:41
Microsoft Could Throw Windows Wide Open


Open sourcing the code for Microsoft Windows is "definitely possible," Microsoft engineer Mark Russinovich reportedly said last week during a panel discussion at ChefConf. The company isn't acknowledging any movement in that direction as yet, but Russinovich's remarks are a strong indication that the Microsoft of today isn't the trenchant foe of the paradigm it was in the past. Open source code has become a part of business life, and Microsoft has accommodated that reality, he acknowledged during the ChefConf session.

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14:32
Device Enrollment Program: iOS Activation Procedure...

iOS devices automatically connect to the Mobile Device Management (MDM) server during setup if the device is enrolled into the Device Enrollment Program (DEP) and is assigned to an MDM server.

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14:23
Some 2015 13-inch MacBook Pro owners cite user...



This is what bug and firmware fixes are for.
As nifty as the new 2015 13-inch MacBook Pro is, a number of users have logged complaints about the user interface lag in OS X Yosemite. The lag accounts for slow and choppy animations across functions like Mission Control, Launchpad, launching full-size applications, resizing windows and scrolling through web pages.
A pair of threads related to the issue have received close to 200 replies and 20,000 views within the discussion forums, with some users that previously experienced UI lag offering advice on how to resolve the problem. One potential solution involves resetting the Mac’s PRAM...

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14:01
Automated test-taking monitor records your every move

Taking a college course online usually means you're attending class in your underwear while eating a third bowl of cereal. But some Rutgers students were surprised to find out they'd have to put on some pants to take their midterms, since their every...

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14:00
AWT News Update: April 6, 2015

Aerial photograph of Apple campus two construction by michael light for the california sunday magazine

It's Apple Watch Launch Week, but we decided to start the week with a completely Watch-Free News Update. Here's what's up today:

  • Apple doesn't want felons building its new headquarters in Cupertino (seen in the image above)
  • Foxconn gives Re/Code a tour of the living quarters for those employees who build all of your favorite Apple products
  • Samsung paid 500 people in China to act as "fans" at a press event for the new Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge 
  • LG says Apple will release an 8K iMac this year, which of course Apple hasn't announced

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13:34
Yamaha AG Series Mixers: Perfect for podcasting,...

Perfect for webcasting, podcasting, gaming and music production, the AG03 and AG06 hybrid mixing consoles/USB interfaces have unique features that make your computer-based audio tasks easier and better. The AG Series offers high-resolution (24-bit/192kHz) audio recording and playback, iOS compatibility and battery operation.   The intuitive “TO PC” switch allows users to route selected inputs back to a desktop or iOS device. The “Dry CH 1-2” allows computer or iOS recording of inputs 1 and 2, while the “INPUT MIX” switch routes all inputs to the computer or iOS device via USB for music production applications. The “LOOPBACK” switch routes all inputs to the stereo USB output along with the USB input from the computer — perfect for podcasters   Gamers will appreciate the headset/mic interface and direct hardware control of game and voice level, perfect for adding professional audio to videos...

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13:24
Apple ID FAQ

This could be a handy document to bookmark.∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:20
Stanford's aluminum battery fully charges in...

Lithium-ion batteries have been a boon for the modern world -- they've replaced the heavier, single-use alkaline type in everything from wristwatches to jumbo jets. Unfortunately, these rechargeable cells are already struggling to keep up with our ev...

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13:04
Samsung responds to bendgate
12:53
How to browse and buy content from the iTunes Store

If you're new to the iTunes Store, you can learn how to browse and make purchases.

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12:53
Tip of the Day: Using Thread Notifications in iOS...

If you find yourself regularly participating in ongoing email conversations, you may find it handy to get more proactive notifications when somebody sends a reply in an existing thread. iOS 6 introduced a “VIP List” feature that lets you get notifications when messages come in from specific people, but that’s not always useful if you only want to enable notifications on an ad-hoc basis, so the Mail app in iOS 8 takes this a step…

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12:47
BlackBerry Messenger helps uncover a Brazilian...

Some less-than-ethical businesspeople are learning the hard way that even secure messaging systems aren't all that private. Brazilian authorities have used BlackBerry Messenger records (obtained through warrants and BlackBerry's help) to level corrup...

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12:40
Use LTE on iPhone with China Unicom

You can update certain models of iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c to iOS 8 and enable 4G LTE for China Unicom. Your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus already have iOS 8, and certain models can support 4G LTE for China Unicom.
If your carrier is China Telecom, learn to use LTE on iPhone with China Telecom.

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12:37
Tim Cook: Apple employees will get 50% off Apple...


Apple CEO Tim Cook today sent out a memo to all employees ahead of the Apple Watch’s retail try-on kickoff this Friday. Cook thanks employees who have worked on the Apple Watch by saying, “congratulations to everyone who has worked so hard for years to help this product reach our customers.” Cook also prepares the company’s retail division by noting that try-ons will begin in over 400 Apple Stores on Friday ahead of the official Friday, April 24th launch

Likely to the delight of Apple employees, Cook also announced major Apple Watch...

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12:30
AWT Health Club: Chocolate Easter Bunnies and WebMD

Lindt Chocolate Bunny, Image via Candyblog.net

Another week, another chance to get healthier… or did you bite the ears off of too many chocolate bunnies? My personal goals were once again thwarted; my heel’s feeling better, but I’ve had a very painful toothache for the last week that has not yet been fixed and the combination of pain and fatigue has kept me sidelined. However, as you’ll see on my personal stats, I still managed to increase my daily average steps.

This week’s app: WebMD

Sometimes you just don’t feel good. Perhaps you have pain that’s recurring and interfering with your workouts, maybe it’s a spot on your arm that suddenly appeared. Whatever the situation, WebMD’s apps for iPhone and iPad are both valuable companions.

While the layout of both apps varies...

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12:20
Use iBooks with PDF documents on your iPhone, iPad,...

With iBooks for iOS, you can view, sync, save, share, and print PDFs on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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12:19
John Oliver Tackles Surveillance in Surprise Snowden...


Comedian John Oliver boldly went where few journalists from the mainstream media have dared to tread, grilling whistle-blower Edward Snowden about his leaking of thousands of NSA documents to the press. He raked Snowden over the coals for not having read every one of the documents, insisting there's a difference between understanding what's in documents and reading them. The documents were "passed to the journalists," Snowden responded, "and they're using extraordinary security measures to make sure this is reported in the most secure way."

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12:18
Autopkg – Download Recipe Decision Making Process

It’s been a long-standing goal of mine to help people get started making their own recipes for autopkg, which was recently spurred on by revisiting my previously-discussed recipeGenerationUtils. The autopkg wiki can only be so instructive on the process besides some general guidelines, so I thought I’d expand on some points here, while zooming-in on the download recipe in particular. In this flowchart, I take apart the decision making process for what processors to choose and when, which should cover most possibilities.
Why a separate download recipe?
While there are folks who skip download recipes entirely, it really helps sharing and reuse by folks using different management systems if you do insert this step as a separate recipe. Let’s get started:
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11:36
Video: 15 minutes of the new 12-inch MacBook being...

Ahead of its April 10th launch, the new 12-inch MacBook is continuing its world early hands-on tour. The computer already surfaced with detailed unboxing footage and hands-on photos in Vietnam, and now a Ukraine-based YouTube channel has posted a 15 minute long video of the new MacBook being handled.The video shows off the new design, Force Touch Trackpad, and throws in some comparisons with the MacBook Air. Unfortunately, the MacBook does not actually boot OS X, so the video producer’s decided to tape a printed out version of the Yosemite interface over the laptop’s screen.
Watchers may also enjoy the stunts related to walking over the new, non-MagSafe USB Type-C charger that comes with the new MacBook. The new MacBook goes on sale on Friday, April 10th...

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11:36
LG Accidentally Leaks Apple iMac 8K Is Coming Later...

An anonymous reader writes LG accidentally revealed in blog post that Apple is planning to release a 8K iMac later this year. This news comes as a surprise as the leak came from a different company rather than Apple. LG is one of Apple's biggest display partners and has already demonstrated 8K monitors at CES in Las Vegas. They note that the panel boasts 16 times the number of pixels as a standard Full HD screen.

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11:35
Apple Retail Employees Outfitted With New Shirts...

Apple's retail employees were today given newly redesigned shirts that will be worn during the Apple Watch launch, MacRumors has learned. The shirts are a dark shade of navy blue, much darker in color than the existing brighter blue shirts employees wear now. Employees have been given two T-shirts each and have been instructed to wear the shirts beginning on April 10. Apple also typically distributes polo shirts and T-shirts with longer sleeves, but employees have not yet received these. The new shirts Apple employees are receiving for the Apple Watch mark the second wardrobe change that's been enacted this year. In January, Apple distributed redesigned T-shirts and polo shirts all in a dark shade of blue, with an Apple logo located at the top left of the shirt, over the heart. Apple's head of retail Angela Ahrendts was rumored to be behind the first style change, and she's likely handling the new look for employees during the Apple Watch as well, using her expertise...

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11:27
About the security content of Apple TV 7.0.3

This document describes the security content of Apple TV 7.0.3.

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10:59
Gear: Rickshaw Bagworks Reflective Tweed Sutro...

Rickshaw Bagworks has introduced a new custom fabric, Reflective Tweed, which the company has added to its bags in a new collection. We recently received new versions of the company’s Sutro Backpack ($279-$379) and Medium Zero Messenger Bag ($179-$259) featuring the fabric. Reflective Tweed is an American-made fabric on Rickshaw’s American-made bags — it’s made from polyester and 3M Scotchlite reflective yarn. Rickshaw raised more…

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10:04
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 6...

Notable software releases this week include Evernote 6.0.8, iFlicks 2.2, Fantastical 2.0.2, TweetDeck 3.9.482, LaunchBar 6.2, and ChronoSync 4.6 and ChronoAgent 1.5.1. 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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10:04
ExtraBITS for 6 April 2015

In this week’s collection of external links, Adam Engst sits in on MacBreak Weekly, Comcast Internet speeds are about to see a big boost, Apple’s Lisa Jackson discusses the company’s environmental efforts, we find out how a stolen iPhone changed a man’s life for the better, and we get a look at the making of the Apple Watch. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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10:00
How people reacted to the iPhone in 2007

This is pretty damn funny.∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:50
How-To: Choose the best stand or desktop mount for...

Apple currently sells more “laptop” than “desktop” Macs, but in reality, most Macs will be used substantially on flat surfaces — desks, tables, and sometimes nightstands. iPads are more lap-friendly, but also tend to get used upright, particularly for watching videos and access in the kitchen. Since I’ve spent a lot of time testing Apple device stands and mounts, I wanted to share what I’ve learned with you, so you can choose the solution that best suits your Mac, iPad, or both at the same time.
Below, I’ve hand-picked options for different types of users, starting with passive MacBook stands such as Twelve South’s BookArc for MacBook Pro ($50). Made from Mac-matching aluminum with gray rubber inserts, BookArc is designed to safely hold a MacBook Pro...

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09:30
Hands-on with the LaCie Rugged RAID: Thunderbolt...

LaCIe Rugged RAID

LaCie is a brand that’s probably quite familiar to Apple World Today readers, producing stylish storage products for Mac for years. Today I’m looking at the new LaCie Rugged RAID (US$419.99, available today), featuring up to 4 TB RAID 0 or 2 TB RAID 1 (mirrored) storage in an portable bus-powered enclosure designed to put up with shock, dust and even being splashed with water.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 1.3 x 3.6 x 5.8 inches (34 x 91 x 148 mm)
  • Weight: 1.2 lbs. (0.56 kg)
  • Internal Storage: 2 x 2 TB HD
  • Interfaces: Thunderbolt, USB 3.0
  • RAID Modes: Preconfigured RAID 0, Hardware RAID 0/1
  • Rugged Design: IP 54 rated, 1.5 meter (5 ft) drops, can withstand being run over by a 2205 lb/1000 kg car

Design

LaCie’s Rugged line of drives features a design by Neil Poulton that is almost...

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09:28
Opinion: Could the 1080p Apple TV 4 hint at a 4K...

The Apple TV set-top box hardware is expected to be updated this summer after 3 years since the last real refresh and a recent price drop from $99 to $69. While the last Apple TV upgrade boosted video output from 720p to 1080p, the rumored Apple TV 4 is not believed to support ultra high definition 4K video output featured on newer TV sets. Here’s why that’s no surprise and what I think it could mean for an actual Apple TV set:

Apple doesn’t do specs for the sake of specs. The iPhone has maintained an 8MP camera between several generations. The 8MP iSight camera...

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09:12
[Sponsor] PencilCase by Robots and Pencils

HyperCard has been reimagined with PencilCase, an iOS app maker that doesn’t require any coding. Now creating a native app is as simple as importing designs into PencilCase: Studio and then adding complex interactions, transitions and animations using the powerful built-in tools.

  • Animate anything using the physics tool or timeline.
  • Create complex behaviors using the intuitive Whens & Thens system.
  • Incorporate 3D models as easily as adding an image.

With one-tap publishing, your app can be instantly distributed to PencilCase: Player or exported as an Xcode project and submitted directly to the App Store.

PencilCase is free to try. Start making today.

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09:11
Fiorina's and Clinton's Presidential Runs...


There will be a lot of irony in the U.S. presidential primaries and general election as campaigns ramp up later this year. Last time, with Mitt Romney, we saw a business multimillionaire and ex-governor get schooled in how to use analytics by a guy who wasn't even that experienced in politics. Well, there are two women running for president this time -- Carly Fiorina and Hillary Clinton -- and it's likely that analytics, which comes from the male-dominated technology industry, once again will deeply influence the outcome.

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09:09
T3 Thunderbolt 2 RAID upgraded to support RAID 5

CalDigit (www.caldigit.com) says its T3 Thunderbolt 2 RAID storage solution has now been upgraded to support RAID 5, and is available to pre-order at prices staring at US$499 for a 1.5TB model. It will ship April 20.
The T3’s 3-bay design allows CalDigit to offer RAID 5 in a form-factor traditionally found in larger multi-bay storage towers. In smaller form-factor RAID storage most people use 2-bay RAID 0 storage that does not offer single drive redundancy.
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09:08
Frequently asked questions about Apple ID

Need help? You might find the answer to your question below.

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09:02
Restore your Apple TV (2nd and 3rd generation)

Learn how to restore your Apple TV (2nd and 3rd generation).

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08:14
TripAdvisor, Booking.com reviews surface in Apple...



Apple Maps is starting to get some neat stuff put in.
Since the launch of the app back in 2012, Yelp has served as the sole partner for integrating customer reviews of businesses and other points of interest. Recently, Apple’s Maps app has begun including reviews from TripAdvisor and Booking.com on select hotel listings.
It’s currently unclear as to whether a hotel will include a review from Yelp, TripAdvisor or Booking.com, but these reviews have been showing up either way, especially with Booking.com’s stronger international presence in England, France and Australia.

Apple has yet to officially acknowledge that it is sourcing Tripadvisor and Booking.com and has...

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08:13
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPad mini 2 WiFi+Cell 128GB $...

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:

Apple iPad mini 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular 128GB in Space Gray for $370 shipped (Orig. $829)

Amazon Gold Box –...

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08:01
Rumor: Next-gen Apple TV won’t support 4K video...



If you’re hankering for 4K support on your next Apple TV device, you might have to wait a bit.
Sources close to the story stated that the fourth-generation Apple TV will not support 4K content streaming at launch.
“4K is great, but it’s still in its infancy,” said an unnamed source.
In November, a report claimed Apple’s latest A8 system-on-chip as found in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus was capable of outputting 4K video. If Apple sticks with convention the chip will likely power a next-generation Apple TV, leading some to believe the set-top box would also offer 4K support.

Given that 4K video is still very much a niche product, however, Apple’s supposed...

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08:00
Teaching Excel and data analysis—one professor’s...

Today’s post on Excel was written by Felienne Hermans, an assistant professor at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, where she heads the Spreadsheet Lab.
Should a university teach a course on Excel? I have heard this question a lot. But while doing research for my Ph.D. thesis at Delft University of Technology, I noticed the whole world is run by Excel. A manager at a big Dutch bank once told me, “If email goes down, that will be uncomfortable, but if Excel stops working, we’ll all go home.” Excel is so omnipresent in business, yet, we at the university do not help students become proficient in the application.
For example, I was recently visited by a student from the Architecture department. For his graduation project, he was supposed to create a spreadsheet calculating the impact of different building styles. The model was not the problem, he told me, but rather he needed to know how to build the spreadsheet and ensure the calculations were...

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08:00
Apple Maps adds Trip Advisor, Booking.com reviews

In the past, Apple Maps has provided reviews of points of interest from Yelp. While that's useful, Yelp reviews often don't provide the depth that is found in reviews from other sources. The Maps app has added reviews from two of those other sources -- Trip Advisor and Booking.com -- to a number of locations.

The Maps source attribution page still only shows Yelp as the source for local reviews, perhaps waiting for a wider availability of Booking.com and Trip Advisor reviews. For example, at this time my local reviews are all still Yelp-only. 

The new sources aren't the only improvements Apple has made to its in-house mapping service. The company has added new locations to the 3D Flyover capability, and is adding data partners like Gas Buddy and Great Schools as well. The presence of Apple-marked vans on the streets of some major cities has raised suspicion that the company may also add a Google Street View-like feature to Apple Maps in the future.

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07:49
Subscribe to iTunes Match

iTunes Match stores all of your music in iCloud, even songs you’ve imported from other sources such as CDs, and gives you access to it from all of your devices, at any time. iTunes Match is an annual subscription.

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07:38
Mac Basics: Use Mission Control to switch between...

Mission Control zooms out beyond your desktop to give you an easy way to switch between apps, spaces, and windows.

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07:26
What to do before you install iOS beta

To use an iOS beta release, you need to be a member of Apple Beta Software Program, Customer Seed Program, or iOS Developer Program. Here's what to do before you install an iOS beta release on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

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07:00
Report: New Apple TV box won’t support 4K

Rumor has it that we'll get a long-overdue hardware refresh for the Apple TV set-top box at WWDC this year, along with an SDK that will let developers make applications for the platform without Apple's direct involvement. One feature it apparently won't include, however, is higher-resolution video support: BuzzFeed reports that the box won't support 4K output.
This is primarily because 4K is far from a mainstream feature—it still doesn't have wide support from the studios that produce content, the cable and streaming providers that serve that content, and the consumers who view that content. The report suggests that the storage and bandwidth costs associated with 4K video are high enough that it won't become a mainstream...

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06:50
Preparing for Apple Watch: Guided Tours

While you’re waiting for 12:01 AM PT on Friday, April 10 to roll around so that you can try to pre-order an Apple Watch online, why not spend a little time learning how to navigate around some of the features of the “most personal computer yet”? Apple has published the first three of ten initial Apple Watch Guided Tour videos to get buyers pointed in the right direction.

These first Guided Tours outline the use of the Digital Crown, Force Touch, and other interface elements for three built-in apps: Messages, Faces (customizing watch faces), and Digital Touch. They’re short, demonstrate the clever ways in which Apple has made it possible to perform complex functions with a minimal display and interface, and definitely serve the function of ramping up excitement about the Watch as well.

Coming soon in the series are Guided Tours for Phone Calls, Siri, Maps, Music, Apple Pay, Activity, and Workout. ...

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06:49
News: Apple releases Guided Tour videos for Apple...

Apple has added four new Apple Watch Guided Tour videos to its website, giving users a general overview of how to operate the watch, in addition to closer looks at Messages, Faces and Digital Touch features on the upcoming device. Other instructional videos for features like Siri, Phone Calls, Music, Apple Pay and Maps are listed as “coming soon.” The videos emphasize how the Apple Watch augments some functions of a user’s iPhone,…

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06:45
About the security content of Apple TV 5.2.1

Learn more about the security content of Apple TV 5.2.1.

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06:44
About the security content of Apple TV 6.0

Learn about the security content of Apple TV 6.0.

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06:44
About the security content of Apple TV 5.2

This document describes the security content of Apple TV 5.2.

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06:44
About the security content of Apple TV 6.0.2

This document describes the security content of Apple TV 6.0.2.

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06:23
News: Apple Maps adds Booking.com and Trip Advisor...

Apple has added Booking.com and Trip Advisor reviews to its Apple Maps app — previously, Apple Maps relied solely on Yelp for business reviews. Incorporation of Booking and Trip Advisor is still limited — only one of the three review providers is visible for any one business within Maps, with no clear way to determine which source you’ll be getting. And there’s no way to swap between review providers within the app. However, the addition…

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06:06
SoftRAID version 5.0.7 is up to 86% faster

SoftRAID (www.softraid.com) has updated its self-title software to version 5.0.7, which is reportedly up to 86% faster.
With SoftRAID, you can create volumes with several different RAID levels. Any SoftRAID volume can use up to 16 disks.
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02:30
The best cross-platform writing apps for Mac and iOS

iOS devices have completely changed the way we write. Not only has iOS given us the flexibility to quickly jot down our thoughts wherever and whenever they strike, it's fundamentally flipped our expectations of the humble text editor. In an effort to maximize every pixel of screen real estate, developers rethought what was necessary for productivity and efficiency on our mobile devices, from the size of the canvas to the way we interact with buttons, bars and ribbons. The result left us with minimal, distraction-free environments where the only things that matter are our words. And as formatting bars and font menus became obsolete on our iPhones and iPads, a funny thing happened: They became less important on our Macs, too. From iAWriter to Pages and even Microsoft Word, the streamlining of the word processor has created a world of smart, lightweight interfaces built to adapt to whatever device we happen to be using. ...

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06:00
Review: Adonit’s Jot Script 2 adds iPad Air 2...

Up until last year, digital styluses — ones with electronic parts inside — worked pretty well across multiple iPad models. Developers including Adonit took over two years to develop electronic iPad writing tools that were thinner-tipped than fingers and rubber-domed styluses, but they succeeded, enabling iPads to serve as notepads and sophisticated canvases for artwork. Then the iPad Air 2 came out, subtly changing the touch-sensing technology that digital styluses relied upon, breaking some and reducing the accuracy of others. Stylus developers quietly acknowledged that new hardware would be needed.
Adonit’s new Jot Script 2 ($75, aka Jot Script 2 Evernote Edition) is the first digital stylus I’ve tested with full iPad Air 2 compatibility. As the sequel to Adonit’s 2013-vintage ...

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05:55
The Mac Support Store launches redesigned web page...

The Mac Support Store, initially "just" an Apple Certified Repair Shop and reseller in Brooklyn, has launched a redesigned web page for Apple rentals.
Started by Jeffrey Graber and Judith Barr, a married integrate who also reside in Brooklyn, the Mac Support Store has been an Apple business with a one-stop apparatus for out-of-warranty repairs for Macs, iPhones, and iPads. It also sells refurbished Macs, memory upgrades, and accessories.
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05:53
News: Daily Deal: Hand Stylus

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering the Hand Stylus for 40% off – only $14.95. Masterfully designed to provide maximum precision, Hand Stylus features a slim 4mm retractable rubber tip that’s perfect for taking notes, drawing, typing, playing games, and more. Auto-rotating functionality helps ensure the tip wears down evenly, and the small size lets you easily select items even on smaller screens. The tip can also be easily replaced…

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05:42
News: New Apple TV model won’t support 4K streaming

Apple’s next Apple TV won’t support 4K video streams when it hits store shelves later this year, Buzzfeed reports. With limited 4K programming available and few consumers with 4K-capable TVs or Internet connections, Apple isn’t putting effort into meeting the increased requirements of streaming 4K video until the higher resolution format becomes more commonplace. “4K is great, but it’s still in its infancy,” said one source…

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05:38
Take Control of Security for Mac Users, Chapter 11:...

As we’ve seen, security and privacy have a complex relationship, but improving your Mac’s security can often increase your privacy—and in fact, keeping your data private is one of the most important reasons to take security measures. Some of the steps that lead to greater privacy don’t involve security in the strictest sense, but they’re no less important just because they fall on one side of that conceptual line. This chapter explores several of those borderline topics. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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05:37
Chapter 11 of “Take Control of Security for Mac...

Security and privacy are inextricably linked, so in this week’s chapticle, Joe Kissell looks at the implications of sharing a Mac with other people, the privacy risks you face when using the Internet, and how you can keep your communications private, plus he provides an overview of OS X’s main privacy-related settings. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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05:29
Running to the press

What’s the best way for an indie developer to affect change? A thoughtful post from indie developer Allen Pike.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:24
Samsung fighting off its own 'bendgate'...

After Samsung poked fun at Apple's iPhone 6 for the so-called "bendgate" controversy, the South Korean electronics maker is now in the midst of its own public relations crisis, and has been forced to respond to a video showing its new Galaxy S6 Edge bending and breaking.

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05:12
Steve Jobs, at age 22, explaining computers and...

Follow the link, read the text (it’s a quote from Becoming Steve Jobs), then think about the moxy it took for a 22 year old to stand in front of the world of grownups and tell them about the future.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:40
Apple Watch guided tours available, pre-orders start...

Apple posts new videos showing the ins and outs of the Apple Watch, which goes on sale via pre-order late this Thursday night.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:14
Carly Fiorina Calls Apple's Tim Cook a '...

HughPickens.com (3830033) writes "David Knowles reports at Bloomberg that former Hewlett-Packard CEO and potential 2016 presidential candidate Carly Fiorina called out Apple CEO Tim Cook as a hypocrite for criticizing Indiana and Arkansas over their Religious Freedom Restoration Acts while at the same time doing business in countries where gay rights are non-existent. "When Tim Cook is upset about all the places that he does business because of the way they treat gays and women, he needs to withdraw from 90% of the markets that he's in, including China and Saudi Arabia," Fiorina said. "But I don't hear him being upset about that."

In similar criticism of Hillary Clinton on the Fox News program Hannity, Fiorina argued that Clinton's advocacy on behalf of women was tarnished by donations made to the Clinton Foundation from foreign governments where women's rights are not on par with those in America. ""I must say as a woman, I find it offensive that Hillary Clinton travels...

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04:11
Apple can’t release Apple Watch in Switzerland until...

Patent issue. Interesting that they can’t use the image of an apple, can’t use the word Apple. Trademarks can be odd ducks sometime.∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:07
Apple to release super-high resolution 'iMac 8K...

In a rather unusual reveal, a supposed "iMac 8K" has been outed in a press release that was published by Apple display supplier LG, suggesting the all-in-one desktop will get an even higher resolution screen this year.

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04:02
LG publicly claims Apple will release ‘iMac 8K’ with...


Last week, Apple’s biggest display partner LG Display published an explainer on 8K (7,680 by 4,320 resolution) screens, claiming that the specification is the future of display technology. LG has already demonstrated 8K monitors at CES in Las Vegas, and notes that the panel boasts 16 times the number of pixels as a standard Full HD screen. Strangely, however, LG’s document explicitly says that Apple is working on an 8K version of the iMac (emphasis ours):
It has become clear that Japan is planning to launch an 8K SHV test broadcast and then promptly restructure the UHD service. Apple has also announced that they will release the ‘iMac 8K’ with a super-high resolution display later this year. Korea is also preparing to offer an 8K service demonstration at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. LG...

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03:57
Apple Shifting to Oxide TFT LCD's for Future...

Back in October we learned that the iPhone 6 demand was so hot that Apple decided to delay the release of their 12.9 inch iPad Pro well into 2015. Today we're learning that the delay may have also been due to the fact that Apple has decided to change the type of display panel ...

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03:22
Global pay TV subscriber base to surpass 1.1 billion...

According to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com) the worldwide pay TV market grew at a steady rate of 4% in 2014 to reach 923.5 million subscribers.
"Despite the growth in subscriber base, weak currency exchange rates resulted in a slower increase of pay TV market service revenue. Worldwide the pay TV market generated US$257 billion in 2014 and is expected to surpass 1.1 billion subscribers in 2020 with a CAGR 2.7%," says Jake Saunders, vice president and practice director of Core Forecasting.
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03:10
Kool Tools: AC1760 Wi-Fi access point

Amped Wireless' PR175P is a high-power, Wi-Fi access point/ router. This business class device can provide up to 8,000 square feet of Wi-Fi coverage and is designed for complex networks that demand long range coverage, high performance Wi-Fi speeds, advanced security features and centralized management for large deployments.
The ProSeries APR175P is equipped with 12 high-power amplifiers and three high gain external antennas for up to 500mW of Wi-Fi output power (standard Wi-Fi devices feature 100mW of output power). It supports up to 100 Wi-Fi device.
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02:22
SoftRAID 5.0.7 - 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 5.0.7: New

  • The driver now automatically uses all disks when reading from from mirror (RAID 1) and RAID 1+0 volumes. The "Use all disks for mirror reads" preference has therefore been removed. This improves the read speed for mirror (RAID 1) volumes by up to 56% on HDDs and up to 86% on SSDs. This also improves the read speed for RAID 1+0 volumes by up to 56% on HDDs and up to 67% on SSDs.
  • The write speed of RAID 1+0 volumes which contain SSDs has been improved by up to 11%.
  • The write speed of stripe (RAID 0) volumes has been improved by up to 13%.
  • Volume validate and rebuild operations now proceed...

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Sunday April 5

22:00
This week's sponsor: Macphun Software's...

Our sponsor this week is Macphun, and we’re thrilled to be a launch partner for a powerful new Mac app to bring noise-free clarity to your photos — Noiseless.

Noiseless uses advanced imaging technology to eliminate the pixelation and graininess that’s common to digital images shot in situations with poor lighting. Noise occurs when digital cameras automatically increase their ISO sensitivity to correct for low-light conditions, adding grain and speckles to the images. Noiseless automatically compensates for those conditions, and advanced users can make adjustments to preserve details of images or selectively reduce noise.

Does it work? Absolutely! I have been using Noiseless over the past week, and it’s incredibly easy to use. In most situations, all you need to do is drag and drop an image onto Noiseless. After a...

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21:30
Reach for the Sky, Pando

Mark Ames took the aforelinked SF Chronicle report on Apple’s policy of not hiring convicted felons (or those facing pending felony charges) to work on the construction of its new campus and Pando’d the hell out of it, starting with the headline: “As Tim Cook Criticizes Indiana, Apple Imposes Labor Discrimination in Its Own Backyard”. I’m not saying Apple’s no-felons policy is sound — I don’t know — but I feel safe saying that not hiring felons for construction jobs is not even in the same ballpark as a statewide law allowing for discrimination against people based on their sexuality.

Ames:

Roughly 30 percent of Americans have a criminal record —...

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19:59
Bookends 12.5.4 - Reference management and...

Bookends is a full-featured bibliography/reference and information-management system for students and professionals. Access the power of Bookends directly from Mellel, Nisus Writer Pro, or MS Word (including Word 2011): Bookends allows you to scan your existing word-processor files and automatically generate finished manuscripts with properly formatted bibliographies. You can also scan Apple Pages '08, '09, and 5, and OpenOffice 3 files, or RTF files saved from any word processor. Bookends allows you to share your references over the Internet with anyone, on any platform. And with Bookends, you can directly search and import references from numerous sources:

  • EndNote
  • PubMed
  • Web of Science
  • JSTOR
  • Google Scholar
  • ...

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19:24
Apple Maps showing TripAdvisor, Booking.com reviews...

In what appears to be a recent update to Apple's in-house mapping service, hotel reviews pulled from TripAdvisor and Booking.com are showing up in local search results alongside data sourced from Yelp.

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19:20
Apple Maps adds hotel reviews & images from...

Over the past few days, it appears that Apple Maps has gained support for in-app reviews and images from two new sources. Since its launch, Apple Maps has only supported reviews of businesses from Yelp, but now it appears that the app is integrating user content from TripAdvisor and Booking.com for hotels, as seen below.

At this point there does not seem to be any criteria for when you will see content from Yelp, Booking.com, or TripAdvisor. Although, Booking.com seems to be far more prevalent internationally than the other two sources. No matter which of the three sources appears, however, you’ll see both images and reviews from only one source, with no option to view data from the other two within the app.
As of this post, Apple has not acknowledged the addition of Booking.com and TripAdvisor data to its Maps...

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18:56
Apple Maps Now Includes Hotel Reviews From...

Since the release of Apple's in-house Maps app as part of iOS 6 back in 2012, Yelp has been the company's sole partner for integrating customer reviews of businesses and other points of interest. In recent days, however, Apple's Maps app has begun including reviews from TripAdvisor and Booking.com on select hotel listings. It is currently unclear what the criteria are for determining whether a given hotel listing includes reviews from Yelp, TripAdvisor, or Booking.com, but based on a spot check of several cities, the vast majority of hotel listings in the United States continue to display Yelp reviews. Other types of business listings also continue to use Yelp reviews on Apple Maps. Internationally, Booking.com in particular seems to be more strongly represented, with brief surveys of London, Paris, and Sydney all showing reviews from that site on a majority of hotel listings viewed. Apple has...

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16:33
Next-gen Apple TV will not initially support 4K...

Industry watchers expect Apple to release a next-generation Apple TV set-top streamer later this year with a slew of upgrades, but the device might not support 4K high-definition content as some anticipated, according to a report published on Sunday.

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13:21
No 4K Video Streaming Support for Upcoming Apple TV...

Following up on last month's claim that Apple is planning to show off a revamped Apple TV set-top box with App Store and Siri support at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference in June, BuzzFeed now reports that the new box will not include support for 4K video streaming even though several services like Netflix, Amazon, and YouTube offer content in the high-resolution format.“4K is great, but it’s still in its infancy,” said one source familiar with Apple’s thinking. Enabling 4K video support in Apple’s first major overhaul of Apple TV in three years might seem like a smart bit of future-proofing — particularly given reports that the A8 chip in the guts of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is 4K-capable. But it’s arguably an unnecessary one at this point.The report points out that 4K streaming is...

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12:29
“Watch Messi”

This is a lovely bit of analysis on Lionel Messi and Wayne Rooney and their respective approaches to soccer.∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:37
Upcoming refreshed Apple TV reportedly will not...

BuzzFeed reports today that Apple’s next-generation Apple TV will not support 4K video streaming. Citing “sources in position to know,” the report claims that due to the lack of TVs that support the latest video standard, as well as the lack of streaming 4K content, Apple has no plans to implement it into its upcoming refreshed set-top box.

“4K is great, but it’s still in its infancy,” a source reportedly stated. While 4K...

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11:28
Evernote 6.0.8

Incorporates several fixes identified by users in Evernote’s forums. (Free, 64.6 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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10:14
Apple Campus 2 4K Drone flyover video, Easter 2015...

See all of our coverage hereFiled under: AAPL Company Visit 9to5Mac to find more special coverage of...

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09:58
Google wants no-cost international roaming for its...

Google may not have grand ambitions for its upcoming cellular network, but the company could still have a few clever tricks up its sleeve. The Telegraph claims that Google is talking to wireless giant Hutchison Whampoa, the owner of Three (and soon O...

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09:30
Swiss Launch of Apple Watch Hit By Patent Issue

wabrandsma points out this Reuters story, according to which: Apple is not able to launch its new smartwatch in Switzerland until at least the end of this year because of an intellectual property rights issue, Swiss broadcaster RTS reported on its website. The U.S. tech giant cannot use the image of an apple nor the word 'apple' to launch its watch within Switzerland, the home of luxury watches, because of a patent from 1985, RTS reported, citing a document from the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property.

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08:46
Apple's In-Store Reservation System for Viewing...

Last month we covered the topic of the Apple Watch a minimum of six times (01, 02, 03, 04, 05 and 06). The topics ranged from Apple winning the International Forum designer award for Apple Watch to co-inventor of Swatch saying that the Apple Watch could bring forth an Ice Age to Switzerland's watch market through to Piper Jaffray ...

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08:02
Sharp said to be spinning off its smartphone LCD...

Sharp is still in financial trouble despite shifting more of its attention to mobile displays, and it appears ready to take some drastic action to keep itself afloat. Nikkei, Reuters and the Wall Street Journal all claim that the Japanese firm is pla...

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07:00
How-To: Upload your photos into iCloud Photo Library...


Apple announced Photos last year during the WWDC. The Photos app along with iCloud Photo Library will allow you to store all of your photos in the cloud with iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, provided you upgrade your iCloud storage space to accommodate your iCloud Photo Library. Photos will end up replacing Aperture and iPhoto. You can upload your pictures to iCloud Photo Library via iCloud.com. Currently this feature is in a public beta and this how-to article will discuss how to...

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06:30
The Large Hadron Collider is back and stronger than...

Yes, it's back -- after a two-year upgrade program, CERN's Large Hadron Collider is once again operational. Scientists are only firing collision-free proton beams right now to test the new system, but they'll ramp up over the next few months to the p...

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06:28
iFlicks 2.2

Improves the user interface and adds a Watch Folder agent. ($18.99 new, free update, 17.0 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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06:00
Inhabitat's Week in Green: oil rig oasis, bio-...

Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week's most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us -- it's the Week in Green.

Tesla, the Silicon Valley-based electric carmaker, is unrivaled when it comes to automotive innovation, a...

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05:21
A Korean Company Sues Apple over Apple Map Technology

A Korean Company by the name of Porto Technology Co. has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. The patent infringement lawsuit concerns the use of systems related to Apple Maps on Apple iDevices.

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03:31
Apple Watch's first-weekend sales will be...

With less than two weeks left on the calendar before Apple opens preorders for its hotly-anticipated Watch, industry analysts have begun to weigh in with their predictions for opening weekend sales figures. While these numbers are sure to be interesting -- just as they are for the iPhone -- they likely won't mean much for the Watch's future.

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03:05
Despite its looks, this 3D printed violin (probably...

It might not be a Stradivarius, but the violin you see above is pretty impressive on its own merits. For starters, it's 3D printed and only has two strings. And that's to say nothing of its appearance; this thing looks like it'd be right at home on T...

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01:28
Fantastical 2.0.2

Maintenance release for recently updated and expanded calendar app. ($39.99 new, free update, 12.1 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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00:01
Optical nanotech sensor can sniff out bad food and...

The days of having to rely on pricey lab sensors (or carefully trained canines) to detect bad food and bombs may soon come to an end. Oregon State University researchers have developed a hybrid optical and nanotechnology sensor that's at once super-s...

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Saturday April 4

18:27
TweetDeck 3.9.482

Adds a number of features that had been recently rolled out to the browser-based Tweetdeck. (Free, 3.8 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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17:00
Accessible Apple: Building a Wheelchair/Bed-Mounted...

Introduction

Last week, I published part 1 of this series, where I talked about choosing the right device, listed some of the advantages of enabling "Hey Siri", and suggested a battery pack for extended battery life and/or use with "Hey Siri" itself. This week, I'll look at some mounts and cases that we'll use to secure your iDevice in an optimal position for use from a wheelchair or bed.

The Joy Factory MNU107 Carbon Fiber Wheelchair Mount

Mounts:

One of the mount series that I saw recommended time and time again when I worked in Apple resale came from The Joy Factory. The Joy Factory is known for making a wide variety of cases and mounts.

The C-clamp design of The Joy Factory's wheelchair line of mounts makes for easy mounting to wheelchairs, bed...

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15:27
LaunchBar 6.2

Adds capability to stage multiple items and drag them to other applications. ($29 new, free update, 9.8 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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15:26
New Apple Store front display for Apple Watch, new...


Apple will begin dressing up the front of its stores with a new Apple Watch-themed promotion on April 10th to coincide with the beginning of in-store Apple Watch try-on appointments. The new, unique display will be shown at all Apple Stores with glass front windows and it is themed akin to the application icon arrays on the Apple Watch’s Home screen. According to the source who provided the above rendering, each circle is packed with Mac mini-powered LED lights that will show off different colors, patterns, and effects throughout the day. The new front of store visuals will continue to stay live after the Apple Watch launches on April 24th as Apple can simply remove the “Coming Soon” label shown on the above render…

We have also...

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12:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Notebook-case hybrids from...

Notebook-case hybrids from Moleskine and DodocaseThis week’s roundup of new iPad cases also features backpacks from Belkin and Crosskase, and a slim keyboard from Logitech.AnkerThe Zolo Tough (iPad mini 2 and 3; $20) sports a slim and sleek profile, with a front cover that is compatible with the iPad’s magnetic sleep/wake feature.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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11:59
Patent could delay Apple Watch debut in Switzerland...

The Apple Watch may not be able to launch in Switzerland until at least December of this year because of a patent dating back to 1985, a document from the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property suggests.

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10:48
The Hysteria about the Coming Apple Watch in...

We noted back last October that Jean-Claude Biver head of watch brands (Tag Heuer, Zenith, and Hublot) at LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA stated that that because of Apple's sheer size and influence you have to take them seriously. Biver added that "Others have done smartwatches before, but when Apple does it, it will sell." Now a new twist ...

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10:45
Caturday: Tiny's iPad

Photo by Patti Dahl

The entire Apple World Today staff is made up of animal lovers, and there's nothing we like to hear more than someone adopting strays. Reader Patti Dahl sent us this photo of Tiny and the accompanying story:

“ Hi, This is Tiny. Tiny was one of 5 kittens born to a bedraggled stray mom at our house last summer. Both Tiny and her mom are both a permanent part of our household now. Tiny’s siblings have gone on to their own forever homes.

Tiny loves to watch the fish swim and splash on the Cat Fishing app on her iPad. She also loves to stand between me and the screen of my desktop mac for tickles and scratches. ”

Apple World Today needs good cats! Have a picture of your cat soaking up the good vibes of an Apple product? Tell us the back story behind your kitty's photo on the Apple World Today contact page - we don't accept inbound attachments, so please host the photo on Dropbox, Flickr, iPhoto, etc... and then include...

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09:00
The most beautiful cars at the New York Auto Show

There are a lot of vehicles at the New York International Auto Show, naturally. This year, though, the prominent theme for carmakers, both from the US and abroad, seemed to be bright colors and concept projects. And that is, after all, what auto show...

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07:35
Apple Posts Guided Tours of the Features and...

MojoKid writes Wondering if Apple Watch is going to be worth the money? Well, that depends on several factors, including price, features, and how eager you are to jump into the smartwatch category at this point. To help tackle the latter two, Apple has posted a handful of videos that demonstrate what an Apple Watch can do. They play out like tutorial videos and are labeled "Guided Tour," followed by what specifically the video is showcasing. Currently, there are four Guided Tour videos available, one of which is a general introduction to Apple Watch labeled "Guided Tour: Welcome." It's the longest video of the bunch at 4 minutes and 45 seconds.

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07:29
OnePlus releases OxygenOS, its custom take on Android

After a pretty sizable delay, OnePlus has at last released OxygenOS, its in-house version of Android 5.0 Lollipop. As promised back near the start of the year, this Cyanogen replacement is all about a "back to basics" approach that keeps things stock...

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07:00
Review: Inateck’s felt sleeve for the iPad mini


iPad mini sleeves and bags are nearly a commodity today, with a huge selection of styles and options available for purchase online and offline. Even though the iPad mini is light weight and durable, a carrying case is still essential for any kind of travel for many people. I’ve been using Inateck’s felt sleeve for the iPad mini for the past few weeks and it is a functional light way to protect the 7.9-inch iPad.

The model I’ve been testing,...

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06:00
There's no longer a place like PlayStation Home

PlayStation Home, Sony's answer to the Second Life question no one asked, was never where the company's heart lived. Maybe its greasy, suppurating id lived in those gleaming neon halls, somewhere between the bowling alley full of dead-eyed polygon pe...

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05:30
Recording the screen of your iOS 8 device

Aaron Douglas takes you through the steps of using QuickTime Player on Yosemite to record any connected iOS 8 device.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:30
Recommended Reading: The record-breaking all-...

Recommended Reading highlights the best long-form writing on technology and more in print and on the web. Some weeks, you'll also find short reviews of books that we think are worth your time. We hope you enjoy the read.

Dark Horse
by Michael Zel...

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05:18
He is just so focused on his phone…

This is a pretty amazing image. No spoilers, just follow the link and see what you might miss if you are too immersed in Trivia Crack.∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:08
Climbing Mount Everest

This multimedia piece from the Washington Post takes you on an immersive journey from sea level to summit of Chomolungma, known to westerners as Mount Everest.∞ Read this on The Loop

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02:24
How to enable SMS text messaging through Continuity...

Apple first introduced iMessage to the iPhone and iPad with iOS 5, and now with iOS 8.1 and OS X Yosemite, SMS messages from any phone can be managed across all your connected devices.

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Friday April 3

23:12
Arduino-powered turntable plays the phases of the...

This device created by student designers Yingjie Bei and Yifan Hu only looks like an artsy turntable, but it can't play your vinyl collection. Here's what it can do, though: show you the right moon phase for any particular day. When you input the dat...

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02:44
iPad turns 5: What Apple's tablet has meant to...

The iPad was rumored long before it was announced—luckily the one about it costing $1,000 wasn’t true—but even after Steve Jobs walked us through its apps and features, we still didn’t get it, not exactly. People said it was just a big iPod touch. Those people were wrong.
Once the first iPad shipped April 3, 2010, it quickly became clear: the iPad is a game-changer. It wasn’t the first tablet, but it was the first one that really mattered to the world, and the rest of the industry has been trying to catch up ever since—for five years and counting.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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03:00
How to solve the five biggest Messages and FaceTime...

Apple’s messaging system works brilliantly—most of the time. So, when something goes wrong, it’s easy to become frustrated. Shouldn’t these things just work?To understand FaceTime and Messages on their own, it helps to understand how these services work together. To start, there’s Messages—the OS X and iOS hub for instant messaging platforms, iMessages, and SMS-based text messages. Within Messages, you’ll also find your iMessage conversations, the text-like messages that replace standard SMS texts when you’re messaging between Apple devices. Finally, there’s FaceTime, an OS X and iOS app that handles real-time video chatting. (FaceTime replaced iChat on the Mac a few years ago.)To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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04:00
The Week in iOS Apps: More from Marvel

More from MarvelThis week’s roundup of apps includes a new “brawler” game featuring the greatest heroes in the Marvel universe. Plus: Games, photo apps, and more.AutomaticAutomatic improves your driving experience by taking data transmitted from a sensor installed in your vehicle and displaying it on your iPhone. Its latest update lets you use and collect the car’s data even if you don’t bring the phone with you; next time you do bring the phone, you’ll be able to download the distance, fuel efficiency, duration and more data. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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08:55
Report: Apple Watch Edition extended care plan will...

Anyone planning to spend upwards of $10,000 on an Apple Watch Edition should be prepared to spend quite a bit more for extended service and warranty coverage.Apple will charge $999 for an AppleCare+ plan that extends the Edition’s exclusive support perks from two years to three years, 9to5Mac reports.Edition buyers who forgo AppleCare+ will still get a special setup hotline and two years of round-the-clock phone support. They’ll also be covered for two accidental damage incidents in those first two years, minus any service fees and taxes. The $999 AppleCare+ plan extends those benefits for a third year.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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13:50
Set your alarm for midnight Pacific on Friday if you...

This is the weekend to have a garage sale, search the couch cushions for change, check the pockets of those jackets you don’t wear anymore for more change, and then sell those jackets on eBay. Apple Watch preorders start next Friday April 10 at precisely 12:01 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time, and you have to be ready.Apple updated its online store’s home page on Friday with the exact time preorders will start. Yes, that means our friends on the East Coast will have to set an alarm or two to rouse them at 3 a.m., but they can get back at us West Coasters by spoiling our favorite TV shows on Twitter, so in the end, it balances out.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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21:20
Apple to offer in-store launch day pickup option for...

After announcing online Apple Watch preorders would commence on April 10, Apple on Friday said it will allow buyers to pick up their reserved device at brick-and-mortar locations on April 24, launch day.

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19:40
Apple Watch In-Store Reservations Available...

Apple on Friday updated its online store with instructions on how to purchase the Apple Watch, reiterating that the wrist-worn device can be ordered online or reserved for in-store pickup. The new section appears to confirm that Apple Watch in-store reservations will be available beginning April 10, allowing customers to reserve a specific Apple Watch for pickup at an Apple Store beginning April 24. The wording and timing of the new section suggests that Apple Watch in-store reservations will be available April 10, a move that would generate more foot traffic in Apple Stores on Apple Watch launch day. Nevertheless, there remains a slim possibility that reservations will begin on April 24. Apple did not immediately respond to request for comment, although we will update this post if we receive confirmation. Last week, Apple Store training documents obtained by MacRumors indicated that Apple will...

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19:13
Dyre Wolf attack swipes $1 million in wire transfers

Hackers continue their brazen attacks on organizations and are even having their victims call them on the phone to hustle them out of their company's money. That's what IBM's Security Intelligence division has discovered while researching a malware-b...

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18:11
Plaintiffs drop class-action suit claiming Google...

Plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit against Google voluntarily dropped allegations that the company illegally created an Internet and mobile search monopoly through Android terms of use agreements.

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17:41
Reeder 3 for Mac coming soon w/ redesigned interface...

After Google Reader announced its closure, popular RSS client Reeder was forced to step back, retool, and eventually relaunch its Mac client with support for multiple RSS services. Now, Reeder is preparing to launch another major update to its Mac app with heavy design tweaks for OS X Yosemite.

The design changes in Reeder all seem to center around making the app fit in with OS X Yosemite. The sidebar is now...

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15:35
ChronoSync 4.6.0 and ChronoAgent 1.5.1

Major new update for ChronoSync adds over a dozen new features. ($40 new for ChronoSync, $10 new for ChronoAgent; free updates; 28.4 MB, 10.3 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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15:00
AWT News Update: April 3, 2015

It's Friday, April 3, with one week to go until the Apple Watch becomes available for pre-order. That means most of our stories today are about the Apple Watch:

  • Apple announces when pre-orders will begin on April 10
  • AppleCare+ pricing will depend on the model of Apple Watch you purchase
  • Apple Watch picks up a Red Dot Best of the Best award for product design
  • Samsung and HTC are eating some humble pie after SquareTrade does bend tests on their latest smartphones

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14:22
Get an Early Look with “Photos for Mac: A Take...

Thanks to the public beta of OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite, we have an early-bird version of Jason Snell’s new book, “Photos for Mac: A Take Control Crash Course.” It helps you decide whether to transition to Photos right away, walks you through importing your iPhoto and Aperture photo libraries, and explains how to handle key organizational tasks. 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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14:05
Today in the App Store -- Snapheal, Rewind -...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today's notable apps include a discount on Snapheal for OS X, the new Rewind - Automatic Time Tracking app and a major update to Omnifocus . All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Gas tycoon 2 [Now free, down from $4.99] Gas tycoon 2 is a fun pipe puzzle game, perfect for those situations where you need to kill time.

Art Authority for iPad [Now free, down from $9.99] Art Authority for iPad transports you to an enthralling, real-world art museum filled with works by over 1,000 of the western world's greatest artists

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13:34
iOS product security: Validations and guidance

This article contains references for key product certifications, cryptographic validations, and security guidance for iOS platforms.

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13:25
Apple adds new ‘Guided Tours’ section to Apple Watch...

In the lead-up to the retail debut of its first wearable device, Apple has launched a new website that features demo videos demonstrating the watch’s capabilities. At the moment, there are four videos available on the site, covering the Messages ap, customizable watch faces, and Digital Touch communication features. A general overview at the top of the page provides a broad look at the watch’s capabilities.
At the moment, only those in-depth videos seem to be available, but spaces detailing phone calls, Siri, the mapping application, music playback, Apple Pay transactions, and the built-in pair of health and fitness apps are all marked as “Coming Soon.”
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13:24
Apple posts in-depth Apple Watch demonstration...

Apple on Friday launched an Apple Watch Guided Tours webpage, dedicating space for virtual tutorials that show users how they can expect to interact with various device hardware and software features come April 24.

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13:08
Apple Adds New 'Guided Tours' Page to...

Apple today updated its dedicated Apple Watch website with a brand new "Guided Tours" section that includes several Apple Watch walkthrough videos. The introductory video on the site, entitled "Welcome to Apple Watch," walks users through all of the things the Apple Watch can do. The site also includes dedicated videos on various Apple Watch features, like Messages, Faces, and Digital Touch. Other video walkthroughs on features like Phone Calls, Siri, Maps, Music, Apple Pay, and more, are labeled as "Coming soon" and should be uploaded over the course of the next few hours. These videos are also referenced within other areas of the Apple Watch site, with a Fitness video, for example, available in the fitness section, and the Messages video available in the "New Ways to Connect" section. Today's walkthrough videos from Apple come a week ahead of Apple Watch pre-orders, which...

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12:00
Where will you be at 12:01 AM PT on April 10, 2015?

The answer to the question in the headline will be "in bed" for a most people, but for those who want to order an Apple Watch sight unseen, 12:01 AM PT (3:01 AM ET) will be the time when they'll be hunkered down over a Mac or iPhone trying to put in an order for the wearable.

Anyone who is "on the bubble" about whether or not to get an Apple Watch will be able to spend up to 15 minutes with one later on the 10th at Apple Stores in the launch countries. As mentioned earlier this week on the AWT News Update, those interested in purchasing the luxury Apple Watch Edition will get special treatment. 

We anticipate that the online Apple Store will shut down at about 9 PM PT on April 9th so that the site can be prepared for the launch and onslaught of orders.

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11:26
Apps: Adobe Comp CC, Adobe Slate, Office Lens, Riff...

New Apps Adobe Comp CC (free) — Adobe’s new composition app lets iPad users wireframe ideas with actual assets by quickly laying down images, text frames, and shapes, and then transferring the project as a native file directly into the CC versions of InDesign, Photoshop or Illustrator to finish up. The app provides an infinite version history to provide a complete, step-by-step timeline of the entire workflow process. Over a hundred free,…

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11:23
Samsung patent review may undermine $533M Smartflash...

Samsung has asked the US Patent and Trademark Office to review two Smartflash patents, a move that could potentially absolve Apple of paying $532.9 million in damages following a Smartflash court victory in February.

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Monday March 30

04:00
Freemium Field Test: Angry Birds Stella Pop is a...

Free-to-play games often look appealing, but it's difficult to know at a glance whether the business model is insidious and fun ruining, or reasonable and worth pumping a few bucks into. With Freemium Field Test, we'll take a recent free-to-play iOS game, put it through its paces, and let you know if it's really worth your time (and money).Rovio, once the king of iOS gaming and the creative force behind millions of licensed Angry Birds shirts and doodads, is on a serious downswing right now. The studio reported a 73-percent drop in profits last year, due to a number of reasons: Its flagship brand is losing steam, the merchandise isn't selling, and its free-to-play efforts simply aren't competing with current App Store heavyweights. ...

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Wednesday April 1

10:24
Podcast: Join our 'Becoming Steve Jobs'...

The newest Steve Jobs biography wasn't authorized by Steve Jobs himself, but it does come with the blessing of many of Apple's top brass, and includes plenty of insights from its subject, as he had participated in interviews with coauthor Brent Schlender for years. Glenn and Susie, along with our special guests, Macworld's associate managing editor Leah Yamshon, and frequent contributor Jeff Carlson, discuss what this book taught them about working with Steve, and how he applied the lessons learned from his early failures to his later projects. If Walter Isaacson's official authorized Steve Jobs biography left you cold, Becoming Steve Jobs may be just what you're looking for.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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